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Northside Vascular Surgery Bringing World-Renowned Expertise to Local Communities

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Roswell Arts Festival

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Artist Profile: Barbara Rush

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In Every Issue 06 Calendar

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Publisher’s

Perspective PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski jack@familylifepublications.com EDITORIAL Michelle Martin michelle@familylifepublications.com ART Tiffany Atwood tiffany@familylifepublications.com Candice Williams candice@familylifepublications.com SALES Jennifer Forman jennifer@familylifepublications.com Janet Ponichtera janet@familylifepublications.com

Moving Forward

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he initial outpouring of well wishes, praise and blessings to myself and the Family Life Publications’ staff via email, voicemail and social networking has been overwhelming. Our friends and families have visited the offices now that we have settled in and gotten into a groove. I’ve been blessed with not only an amazing opportunity to create and produce these magazines but also a wonderful staff of talented and…well…awesome people with which to work. We’re excited about the potential of what our futures hold here at Family Life Publications Inc., or “FLiP,” as we refer to it. “Potential” is a word I’ve been hearing a lot about lately, since starting this new publication company. When I think about the word “potential,” there are so many different forms and kinds to consider. Everyone and everything has potential. It is an inherent characteristic of simply

“being” in the physical world. It’s a vague word, and we often tend to fill in the blank with what we want the definition to be. As someone who most often looks on the bright side, I think my favorite type is “found” potential — the kind that is nurtured by our thoughts, spirit and character. It’s in our general nature to want to improve our lives, surroundings and world. In order to make that happen, we have to look within and find what works for each of us individually to achieve our goals. When we put our faith in what is right and good, believe in ourselves, and just relax and abide in the blessings God gives us each day, everything just seems to unfold as it should. Potentially...that’s a very good thing.

Jack Tuszynski, publisher

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS State Senator John Albers, Robert Avossa, Polly Balint, Ronald Bradley, Michael Buckner, Valli Caldwell, Michael Consoli, Rick Coursey, Dr. Brett Gluck, Catherine Groves, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Kay Izard, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, April Kitchens, Dr. Amanda Kossick, Scott Lavelle, Julie Lippitt, Dr. Mike Litrel, Dr. Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Debra Robinson, Nick Roper, Laura Stalemark, Suzanne Taylor North Fulton Family Life magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Family Life Publications. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community-based advertising. Each month, copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the North Fulton area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found and other information. North Fulton Family Life welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. 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. North Fulton Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher. © 2013 All rights reserved.

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Old Water Heater = Cold Showers By Julie Lippitt

If you don’t think an ice cold invigorating shower is fun, then you may want to spend a few minutes thinking about your water heater. For the most part, water heaters are reliable pieces of equipment that quietly do their job. We don’t worry about them until we turn on the shower and realize that we have no hot water. Fall usually is when most old water heaters fail, because the water coming into the house is colder and the water tank works harder to heat the water. There are several simple things you can do to make your water heater last longer, but at some point it will need to be replaced entirely. A simple visual inspection can tell you a great deal about your water heater. Do you have a fairly new tank, but it doesn’t produce hot water? If there are any leaks or water standing around the tank, you have a problem. Is your water tank “rumbling” like a volcano, or whining? Does your hot water have a “rotten egg” smell or have an orange tint? If you notice any of these problems, please call your plumber to come out and evaluate your water heater and resolve the problem. The methods for heating water have advanced technologically in the last several years. There are many energy-efficient options to choose from, including electric, gas and tankless water heaters. If your water heater is 10 or more years old, you may want to consider upgrading to one of these new options. Or, to avoid a big mess and damage to your home, be sure to check for leaks and make any necessary repairs to your (old or) existing water heater. Remember to adjust the thermostat to “vacation” setting when out of town; this will keep the pilot light on without actually heating the water. Otherwise, you may find that an ice cold invigorating shower is in your future!

Julie & Rick Lippitt are owners of Pete’s Plumbing in Alpharetta. 770-442-3934, PetesPlumbing.com

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‘ALMOST HEAVEN: JOHN DENVER’S AMERICA’ Georgia Ensemble Theatre will open its 21st season with a celebration of the music by the late John Denver. This nostalgic musical will feature 29 of Denver’s hit songs, including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on my Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Calypso” and more. Call or visit the website for performance dates and times. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260, GET.org

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Touch a Truck will coincide with the Johns Creek Fall Family Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3200, JohnsCreekGa.gov

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GRILLING AND GRIDIRON TAILGATE PARTY It’s a tailgate party to crown the Alpharetta Grilling Champion! Community groups and restaurants will set up tailgating displays and grills to create fabulous dishes. Attendees can sample all the creations and vote for the Grilling Champion. Hosted by The Lionheart School, the event also will feature a largescreen TV for attendees to watch the UGA vs. South Carolina game. The event is free, and bracelets will be sold for the grill and beer tastings. 2 p.m., Old Roswell

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TOUCH A TRUCK Presented by the City of Johns Creek Public Works Dept., Touch a Truck provides an opportunity for children to explore bulldozers, backhoes, public safety vehicles and other cool machines up close. The event also will feature children’s activities, games, prizes, music and food, along with vehicle demonstrations by the Public Works staff.

Alpharetta Branch 238 Canton St., Alpharetta, 770-740-2425

5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8897

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FIRST FRIDAYS ART WALK Local portrait artist Kim Sapp will display a collection of 20 oil paintings of various subjects. This event is free to the public. 6-9 p.m., Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232 TUMOR TROOPER RUN/WALK The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, based in Sandy Springs, will host its second-annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Registration fee includes a T-shirt. 6:15-7:45 a.m. registration; 7:30 a.m. 1-Mile Walk; and 8 a.m. 5K Run, Mansell Crossing Shopping Center, 7730 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-252-4107, BrainTumorKids.org

Library Events

IRONKIDS ALPHARETTA This is one of only 12 IronKids events nationwide. Kids ages 6-15 will participate in this triathlon that emphasizes fitness and fun. Distances will vary by age group. 7 a.m., Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 678-297-2811

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BRIDAL SHOWCASE The Wedding Alliance of North Georgia Bridal Showcase, presented by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, will feature everything brides need to plan their upcoming weddings: hotel accommodations, event venues, floral and decor experts, cake and catering samples, unique bridal gift selections and much more. 1-4 p.m., continued on page 8

Roswell Branch 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 770-640-3075

Homeschool Science September 6, 10:30 a.m., Roswell Aerospace engineer and science educator, Kevin Howard, will present a special science program for homeschoolers. Ages 6-10. Art is Rad! Club September 8, October 13, 2:30 p.m., Northeast/ Spruill Oaks Each month will feature a different project, giving teens an opportunity to create an original work of art. This program is presented by Out of the Box Art Studio. Ages 12-18. Registration is required. Geek Chic September 12, 6 p.m., Ocee Geek Chic will teach you how to hand-stitch embellish your clothes using a variety of fabrics, accessories and embellishments. Just bring a cardigan, T-shirt, skirt or anything else you would like to alter. Ages 12-18. SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test September 14, 11 a.m., Alpharetta The 3.5-hour test will help students decide which test is right for them. Students will receive feedback comparing their performance on each of the analogous test section of the two exams., i.e., SAT Math section vs. ACT math section. Space is limited. Registration is recommended. Music is Magic: Differences Make a Difference September 19, 4:30 p.m., Alpharetta Join Bruce Bernstein for a wonderful musical experience. Learn about the different musical families and the different sounds produced by each of them. Numerous opportunities for a handson experience with the various musical instruments. Ages 3-10.


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POWER OF PINK FASHION SHOW North Fulton Hospital’s Check-Up for Chicks program will host its annual luncheon, fashion show and silent auction to support the Greater Atlanta Power of Pink affiliate’s efforts in breast health and breast cancer research. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Country Club of the South, 9375 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek. CheckUpforChicks.com/PowerofPink

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THE DREAM MILE The Dream Mile is the flagship event in Vibha’s continued efforts to increase awareness about the plight of underprivileged children. The event will include a 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk. Registration includes a free T-shirt, food and water. Kids 12 and younger can enter free. 7-10 a.m., Shakerag Park, 10945 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek. 404941-0589, TheDreamMile.org/Atlanta

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EUROPEAN MARKET This two-day Europeanstyle shopping extravaganza will feature an eclectic variety of merchandise under two giant tents in Downtown Alpharetta. Vendors will showcase unique art, handcrafted jewelry, vintage furnishings and décor, women’s and children’s fashions, garden what-nots, and gourmet edibles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., September 21, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., September 22. 35 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. 678-297-6000

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FAMILY MOVIE SERIES Roswell’s Family Movie Series will present “Epic” (G). Bring your own chairs, blankets and picnic snack. Concessions also will be available. The free movie series is sponsored by Movies Under the Stars. The movie will begin at dusk. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-594-6134

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MOVIE OFF MAIN Bring your own blankets, chairs or other creature comforts to view the movie on a large, inflatable screen. Music, kids’ activities and theater-style concessions will be offered one hour prior to the movie. You can also carry out dinner from downtown restaurants. This month’s featured movie will be “The Avengers” (PG-13). 7:30 p.m., Milton Avenue, Downtown Alpharetta. 678-297-6000

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YSC TOUR DE PINK BIKE RIDE Young Survival Coalition’s Atlanta Affiliate, in partnership with the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host YSC Tour de Pink. In addition to the bike ride, the event also will feature a 5K Family Fun route and Run/Walk, community expo, a Taste of the Tour, music from local bands, children’s activities, raffles and various exhibits. Time TBA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010

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GREAT DUCK RACE Hundreds of ducks will race down Big Creek on Oxbo Road. Participants can “rent” ducks from Keep Roswell Beautiful on September 19 and at Rivers Alive on September 28. The 1st place winner will receive $100 and the 2nd place winner will receive $50. Proceeds from the race will help fund Keep Roswell Beautiful projects, such as Rivers Alive, Bring One for the Chipper, America Recycles Day and the Earth Balloon. 12:45 p.m., Big Creek on Oxbo Road, Roswell. 770-641-3715, KeepRoswellBeautiful.org

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POLO FOR PARKINSON’S Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation will host an exciting day of polo at Chukkar Farm and Polo Club. All proceeds will benefit Mill Springs Academy, a nonprofit school that services students with learning differences and ADD/ADHD. Gates will open at 1 p.m. This adults-only event also will feature lunch, music, a silent auction and more. 1 p.m., Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Farm Road, Alpharetta. PoloforParkinsons.com


Lessons from ‘Tony Soprano’s’ Will By Debra Robinson James Gandolfini, the actor who played Tony Soprano on the popular TV series, died of a heart attack on June 19, while on vacation. He was 51 years old and was survived by his wife, baby daughter, and 13-year-old son from a prior marriage. Although he probably hoped to live a long life, Gandolfini understood that life can end prematurely. He wanted to provide for the people who depended on him, so he made sure to have a Will. His Will created a Trust for his baby daughter. Leaving assets in Trust for young beneficiaries is important, because minor children can’t legally manage property. If assets are left outright to a minor child, the surviving parent or another family member will

have to file for a Conservatorship with the Probate Court. Unfortunately, the Trust in Gandolfini’s Will isn’t as good as it could be, because it ends when his daughter turns 21. Most parents prefer not to leave a large sum outright to a child in her 20s. While assets are in Trust, they are protected from divorce and creditors. Gandolfini could have named his daughter as a Co-Trustee at 21 so that she could participate in managing the funds, but keep the Trust in place until she is older. Other beneficiaries in Gandolfini’s Will included his nieces, sisters, godson and some friends. If he hadn’t left a Will, none of them would have known that he loved them enough to want to provide for them.

Most people won’t accumulate Gandolfini’s degree of wealth and won’t need the different lifetime Trusts that were part of his estate planning. Even so, anyone with dependent family members needs to have a Will. Relationships between a new spouse and children from a prior marriage are often delicate. Careful estate planning is critical. By creating a separate lifetime Trust for the son from his first marriage, Gandolfini’s planning minimizes the potential for conflict. For fans of “The Sopranos,” there weren’t many good lessons to be learned from Tony. But having a Will is a good lesson for all of us.

Debra Robinson is an attorney with Robinson & Miller. 770-817-4999, RobinsonMiller.com

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Business What's New

Cherokee Women’s Health celebrated the official opening of its new Roswell office with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on August 7. Curt A. Misko, M.D., joins Mike Litrel, M.D., as the group’s new physician. Cherokee Women’s Health specializes in gynecology; urogynecology; pelvic reconstruction and bladder repair; abnormal bleeding; infertility; permanent contraception; tubal reversals; menopause management; weight loss and nutrition counseling; and more. Drs. Misko and Litrel are certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1305 Hembree Road, Suite 202, Roswell. 770-545-8550, CherokeeWomensHealth.com

World Class Barber Shop is a new men’s and kids’ barber shop in Alpharetta. Owner Tamar Muhammed has more than 35 years’ experience as a barber. Services include cut, style, and facial/neck shave. World Class Barber Shop carries American Crew and Woody’s hair-care products. 488 N. Main St., Suite 108, Alpharetta. 678-694-1973, WorldClassBarberShop.com

North Fulton Hospital’s Critical Care Unit was honored recently by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). The association recognized North Fulton Hospital’s Critical Care Unit with the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence, which recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award. The 62 nurses in North Fulton Hospital’s Critical Care Unit, along with hospital administrators and other staff members, began their efforts to improve the unit’s processes and practices in fall 2011. In December 2012, the final documentation was submitted for a seven-month review period. “We are so proud to be one of the few Beacon units in Atlanta,” says Debbie Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital. “Our nurses and staff strive to provide the very best care to every patient, and we are thrilled to be recognized with this honor.” The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the Critical Care Unit at North Fulton Hospital signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The Critical Care Unit at North Fulton Hospital earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. 3000 Hospital Blvd., Roswell. 770-752-2600, NFHospital.com 10

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Protecting Your Teeth from

Heat & Injury By Amanda Kossick, D.M.D.

As summer gives way to autumn here in Georgia, fall sports return as well. It is important to ensure you and your children stay hydrated and wear proper protection, especially for your teeth! Dehydration is a common problem in sports, especially on those hot and humid days that linger into the fall here in the Southeast. Proper hydration is key to preserving your teeth. Drinking water always is the best choice. While sports drinks and energy drinks have become a staple in most households, both contain a lot of sugar that contributes to tooth decay. The average 20-ounce sports drink contains 35 grams of sugar and

an 8-ounce energy drink contains 27 grams — the same amount of sugar in a candy bar. If you feel you still need those types of drinks, take extra care to reduce the likelihood of developing cavities. Immediately rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash or even water after drinking sports and energy drinks will significantly help prevent decay commonly caused by these drinks. Keep a small bottle of fluoride mouthwash or water in your gym bag, just in case. The requirement of mouth guards during games and practice has lessened the frequency and severity of accidents, but, unfortunately, they still occur. The most common accidents on the field involve breaking or losing one or more teeth due to direct contact to the face. If you or your child loses a tooth from injury and you’ve managed not to lose or swallow it in the process, take care to preserve the tooth by placing it in a glass of milk or saliva (from the person who lost

the tooth). The chemical properties of milk are similar to our own saliva and will help prevent the tooth from becoming dehydrated. Call your dentist immediately. The long-term success of the lost tooth depends on how quickly it can be placed back in the socket. Most dental offices have an emergency line in cases such as this.

Allyssa Pforts, R.D.H., contributed to this article.

Dr. Amanda Kossick is a dentist with DeMercy Dental in Roswell. 770-641-8010, DeMercyDental.com

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How Will Obamacare

Affect You? By Senator John Albers

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ith implementation of the (Not So) “Affordable Care Act,” or Obamacare, beginning on January 1, 2014, the Obama administration has begun a major grassroots campaign to promote its federal healthcare reform plan. This highly complex 906-page bill, requiring every American to purchase healthcare insurance or face a tax penalty, has single-handedly changed healthcare as we know it — and not in a good way. The price of rolling out this massive healthcare plan is more than just a number. Health insurance companies more than likely will be forced to increase premiums on average middle-class families to absorb the skyrocketing costs and new tax burdens associated with Obamacare. Other unintended consequences may result in longer wait times or extended scheduling times between doctor visits; experienced healthcare professionals leaving the industry after years in the practice; and a decreased quality of care as a result of millions of new healthcare enrollees. Enrollment for Georgia businesses and families will begin on October 1, 2013; however, the requirement for businesses to provide health insurance or face a tax penalty has been delayed until 2015. Before signing up for a plan, research each plan thoroughly to avoid any hidden fees or sticker shock. Obamacare carries a trillion-dollar price tag and contains 18 new tax increases, which are estimated to cost taxpayers roughly $503 billion between 2010 and 2019.

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“This highly complex 906-page bill, requiring every American to purchase healthcare insurance or face a tax penalty, has single-handedly changed healthcare as we know it.” The Heritage Foundation, one of the nation’s foremost conservative policy foundations, predicts that these tax hikes will slow economic growth and destroy jobs by transferring money from the private to the public sector. This is unconscionable at a time when Americans are looking for employment opportunities and are demanding Congress to stop its indulgent, out-of-control spending. In addition to the increased tax rates, many economists predict higher premiums as a result of new mandates for insurers and the requirement to provide coverage to all applicants regardless of any preexisting conditions. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that private health insurance premiums will increase by 5.7 percent each year from 2012 to 2022. In fact, the state-based exchange responsible for implementing Obamacare in the State of California recently released a study showing Californians may see their premiums rise by up to 14 percent. While we don’t have specific figures on how

Obamacare could affect Georgia, these numbers could paint an ominous picture of future healthcare costs. Nationwide, employers also have expressed concerns over the costs of Obamacare and its impact on potential job growth. According to a recent Gallup poll, “41 percent of small businesses have frozen hiring as a result of Obamacare, and another 38 percent said they have scaled back plans to grow their business because of the new healthcare act.” Instead of considering actions that will further sink our nation into debt and slow job growth, we should be looking at programs that not only mitigate the damage already done by Obamacare but also provide free-market solutions that meet Georgians’ healthcare needs. During the previous session, the Georgia General Assembly took proactive steps to give Georgians a sobering look at the cost of the federal healthcare mandates through the passage of Senate Bill 236. This legislation will provide Georgians with notices detailing exactly how much of a premium increase is the direct result of Obamacare.

Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee counties. 404-463-8055, John.Albers@Senate.GA.gov


Store Brands vs. Professional Brands By Laura Stalemark Haircare professionals are taught to recommend products to their clients during their services. We strive to put the most useful “tools” in their hands so that they can achieve a similar look at home. We also do this to help ensure their chemical services will last as long as possible and stay in healthy condition. Clients frequently ask, “What is the difference between store brands and professional brands?” While there are many store brands to choose from, many cannot achieve the same results as professional brands. I like to compare them to baking ingredients, such as real vanilla vs. vanilla flavoring. Proper ingredients are not diluted, cost more and are necessary for a quality outcome. I think we all would agree that there is nothing like a gourmet cookie!

“Think of professional products as insurance for your hair.”

Many store brands’ first ingredient is water. Water dilutes the product and makes it less concentrated. Professional products are much more concentrated and will last longer if the correct amount is used. Be sure to ask your stylist how much to use so there will be minimal waste. Many clients have several unused products stored in their bathrooms. To avoid this, make sure your salon has a reasonable exchange/return policy. You can also mix the products together to achieve a different effect. I notice shoppers actually smelling the products at the store to see which one is the best. Fragrance is important, but make sure you are purchasing the correct product for your hair type. Hair color is also sold in stores everywhere. Home color typically has more ammonia in the formulas and, if misused, can dry out or damage your hair over time. Stylists have gone to school for hundreds of hours to learn how to properly use and apply hair color. Personally, I have saved many clients from home hair-color disasters. Think of professional products as insurance for your hair. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your stylist about what is best for you and your hair. Make good choices!

Laura Stalemark is owner of Tryst Hair Salon & Boutique in Alpharetta. 770-772-7007, AlpharettaHairSalon.com

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Do you have a really great vacation photo that makes everyone who sees it smile? We want to enjoy it too! Submit your photo to be eligible to win prizes donated from businesses in your community. All entry fees go directly to our featured charity, The Drake House, a residential crisis assessment center for homeless women and children in the North Fulton area, offering housing and programs designed to provide stability for the children and assist in working toward housing self-sufficiency. Name: Address: Phone: Email: Please include your favorite image on minimum size of 4x6 on glossy photo paper along with this form and check for $10.00 payable to The Drake House. Images will be judged on “fun factor,” content and technical quality. Prints become property of Family Life Publications and will not be returned. Finalists will be contacted for additional information about their winning photos. Winners will be announced in our November issue and will receive gift certificates as follows: First place — $100 Family portrait session with PhotoJack.net, Second place — $50 gift certificate to Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, Third place — $20 gift certificate to Slope’s BBQ Alpharetta.

Be the first to find the photo where these pieces belong! Please email art@familylifepublications.com to submit your answer. Be sure to include the magazine title, your name and contact information. Only emailed answers with full information will be accepted. Individuals can win only once per calendar year. Happy Hunting! 14

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An Earthly Purpose Several years ago a man was arrested in one of those perennial attempts to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Tabor Edison took a 1,300-pound steel propane barrel, sealed himself up in it, and attempted to go over the falls. Luckily for him the barrel lodged in the rocks about 200 yards from the edge until a helicopter managed to pull him out. The charge they arrested Edison on was very interesting. Since there is no law prohibiting anyone from going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, they charged him with a park ordinance forbidding “any act which serves no earthly purpose.” I thought to myself, “If they ever begin enforcing that, all of us are going to be arrested!”

That story brings up one of life’s greatest questions: “What am I doing now that serves any earthly purpose?” A distinguishing characteristic of genius, history tells us, is immense productivity! •

Thomas Edison, who holds the record for 1,093 patents, gave himself and his assistants “idea quotas!” His personal quota was one minor invention every 10 days and a major invention every 6 months. Bach wrote a cantata every week, even when he was sick or exhausted. Mozart produced more than 600 pieces of music.

By Ron Bradley, D. Min.

Einstein is best known for his paper on relativity, but he published 248 other papers.

In a study of 2,036 scientists throughout history, Dean Keith Simonton of the University of California at Davis found that the most respected scientists produced not only great works but also more “bad” ones. Out of their massive quantity of work came quality. Let’s get busy doing many things that serve a great earthly purpose for God and our neighbors.

Ron Bradley is the pastor at First Baptist Church Roswell. 770-587-6980, Ron@RFBC.org

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Johns Creek Fall Family Festival

Union Restaurant

European Market Night Cruise Come aboard the Spirit of Roswell for a family night cruise down the Chattahoochee River. Feel free to bring your own dinner and enjoy ‘Smores and hot chocolate around a campfire after the cruise. The cruise will depart 5 p.m., September 28, from Azalea Park; tickets are required for admission. 203 Azalea Drive, Roswell

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Off the beaten path, the Union in Milton looks more like a house than a restaurant. Union has an eclectic, casual feel and serves “gourmet” traditional American food, along with a children’s menu that includes Ovaltine and Tang! The restaurant also has a small bar area and features live music nights. 14275 Providence Road, Milton

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The fifth annual Johns Creek Fall Family Festival will feature fun activities for the entire family — arts and crafts; carnival games and activities, including a moonwalk, giant slide and an obstacle course; and Johns Creek’s last Farmers’ Market of the season. The event will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m., September 7, at the main soccer field at Newtown Park. 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek

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Experience the culture, sights, sounds and smells of a European marketplace, held underneath two large tents in Downtown Alpharetta. Vendors of the European Market will feature vintage furnishings, home décor, clothing, jewelry, garden fixtures, handmade items, gourmet edibles and much more. It’s a European-style shopping extravaganza! The market will take place rain or shine, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., September 21, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., September 22. Milton Avenue, Downtown Alpharetta


‘An Ounce of Prevention…’ By Valli Caldwell

As the temperatures begin to cool down, this is the perfect time of year to prepare your home from fall’s abundant critters. Gray squirrels, flying squirrels, bats and raccoons all are looking for a safe, warm nook to hunker down in for the fall and winter months. Now is a good time to perform proper home maintenance to prevent issues throughout the year. Areas to focus on include the following: Decks & Patios: Decks and patios are common homes for opossums, rabbits, raccoons and rodents. These areas (beneath and above) can be secured by installing construction-grade mesh. This is a permanent solution when installed correctly by experienced wildlife technicians. Dormer Eaves: It is a fairly common practice for builders to leave a gap where

Repairing a chimney cap or installing a new high-quality stainless steel or copper chimney cap is a sure way to prevent critters from entering just above the flue.

dormer, soffet or fascia meet the roof. These areas, referred to as dormer eaves, are very common access points for bats, birds, squirrels and raccoons. These areas can be sealed with the proper critterproof materials, which will prevent critters from entering year-round.

Roof & Fan Vents: Almost all roof vents allow access for squirrels, bats and roof rats. Professionally installed stainless steel roof vents prevent animal access. Power ventilation fans can short out or catch fire if a squirrel chews through to the electrical lines.

Soffet Vents: Many times your home’s soffet will become damaged from moisture buildup and rot, which will allow birds, bats and squirrels into your attic. Critters will also rip off your lightweight aluminum soffet vents to gain access directly through the soffet. These areas can be repaired and critter-proofed with construction-grade materials to prevent animal entry.

Other areas to routinely examine are roof flashing, construction gaps, stonework cracks/gaps, fascia boards and the top corners of porch columns. As Benjamin Franklin so famously stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Chimneys: Chimneys are among the most preferred nesting spots of such animals as raccoons, birds and squirrels.

Valli and Jay Caldwell are co-owners of Critter Control in Woodstock. 770-663-6260, CritterControlOfAtlanta.com

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Community North Fulton Communities Host National Night Out City officials and public safety officers in Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell organized a variety of safety demonstrations and family-friendly activities during local National Night Out events held August 6. The City of Milton partnered with the City of Alpharetta for the second year in hosting a joint event for both communities at Alpharetta’s Wills Park. “National Night Out was an awesome event that brought the community together,” says Milton Community Outreach Officer Ara Baronian. “We’re glad everyone came out and enjoyed an evening filled with demonstrations and food.”

Alpharetta Parade Pays Tribute to Veterans

The City of Roswell hosted its own event at City Hall. “National Night Out is designed to strengthen our community by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with the Roswell Police Dept. and our partners. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and, most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” says Lisa Holland, an officer with Roswell Police Dept. “It also was the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors better. By attending National Night Out, residents help to build a stronger, safer community!” Both Alpharetta-Milton and Roswell National Night Out events featured police and fire activities, including technical rescue operations; safety and K-9 demonstrations; and SWAT scenarios. Families also enjoyed free food and kids’ activities.

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National Night Out began in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch to promote awareness of crime and drug prevention, establish community-police partnerships, and instill neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people throughout the United States and other countries.

Local residents enjoy public safety demonstrations and family-friendly activities during National Night Out events held in Alpharetta and Roswell. Photos courtesy of City of Milton and City of Roswell.

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The City of Alpharetta hosted its 61st annual Old Soldiers Day Parade, paying tribute to local veterans, August 3 in Downtown Alpharetta. This year’s theme was “Leading with Honor — Honor Their Sacrifice.” Col. Leon “Lee” Ellis (retired, U.S. Air Force), a former fighter pilot and “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner of war, served as grand marshal. Col. Ellis currently serves as a military analyst for Fox News and is author of the book “Leading with Honor.” Marching bands, military units, floats, clowns and classic cars filled the streets as the parade made its way through Downtown Alpharetta, ending at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road. Attendees also enjoyed free Varsity hot dogs, drinks, candy and fun activities. The event also featured 5K and 10K races, sponsored by the Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Dept.


Tools to Keep Your Child

Cavity-Free By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

Visiting the dentist every six months for X-rays, a dental exam, and cleaning and fluoride application is a great way to keep an eye on your children’s dental health. But what your children do after they leave the dental office goes even further to ensuring cavity-free dental visits. When your children’s teeth first erupt through the gums they are in their best shape: bright, shiny and strong. The longer they can stay that way, the better. Once a tooth’s health is compromised, it can lead to issues farther down the road, even if it is repaired in a timely manner. That’s why it is so important to establish good, consistent oral hygiene habits in your children. The first step to keeping your children’s teeth healthy is to clean them very well

on a daily basis. Establish a routine for your children. They should be brushing and flossing their teeth right before bed in the evenings. If they eat a snack after brushing and flossing, give another quick brush. It is very important to clean any and all food particles from the mouth before bedtime. First thing in the morning, brush again. Teeth are going to be exposed to food on a regular basis; if you do your best to clean all of the food off of your children’s teeth, you will lessen the chances of dental decay. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel to protect against enamel wear and chipping. Mouth rinse helps clean teeth since it can reach all areas of the teeth and mouth, including areas that brushing cannot. This is especially beneficial to

children who are just learning to brush and who may miss some areas. You may notice that food particles become dislodged by the mouth rinse, even after thorough brushing. Fluoride mouth rinses should not be swallowed and, therefore, are not recommended for young children. Before adding fluoride mouth rinse to your children’s dental hygiene regimen, consult their dentist first. Tools are only helpful if they are used as needed. Start your children’s oral health off right by teaching and supervising their oral hygiene habits. Give them the tools to great oral health and teach them to use them daily!

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. 678-352-1090, KidsHappyTeeth.com

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For more than 100 years, United Way of Greater Atlanta has been the most effective organization in improving the lives of the residents of Greater Atlanta’s 13-county region. United Way focuses on the building blocks of a quality life: helping children succeed in school, improving the financial stability of families, providing affordable and accessible healthcare for all and ending homelessness, while continuing to address urgent and basic human care. The goal is to provide interconnected solutions so that individuals and families have the best chance of success. The Fulton County Advisory Board (CAB) consists of two boards: North and South. North Fulton identified education and affordable, accessible healthcare as critical issues for the county. CAB members have historically served as the representatives for

their counties and are able to make funding recommendations at the county level. According to Robert VanBrackle, a North Fulton CAB member and GE Energy Management employee, “The North Fulton Advisory Board gives the ability for local community leaders to help focus United Way’s mission and bring more visibility to the issue areas of education and health that are affecting North Fulton families. The Advisory Board works with local agencies, and, as a result, is able to reach more people who need help with these challenges. The County Advisory Board structure helps magnify United Way’s impact in North Fulton County, allowing community leaders to think globally and act locally.” One of the ways United Way has been present is through its 2-1-1 Contact Center, which received nearly 260,000 calls from residents in North Fulton alone. The center is a free, confidential service. By calling 2-1-1, anyone can call to get help or give help, day or night. In addition, a person can reach 2-1-1 via live chat, email, text and website requests at UnitedWayAtlanta. org/211. Reasons for calls ranged from electric

bill assistance to donation pickups to locating summer programs. Many companies, including Kimberly-Clark Corp., Newell Rubbermaid and UPS, supported United Way last year and raised millions of dollars, which was invested back into the community. More than 25 individuals volunteer as members of the County Advisory Board or Campaign Cabinet. United Way supports multiple agencies that aim to make North Fulton a better place to live, work and play. Agencies such as North Fulton Community Charities; North Fulton Child Development Center; Drake House; Easter Seals Child Development Center; Ed Isakson/ Alpharetta Family YMCA; Families First Inc.-North Fulton/Roswell; Home Stretch; Mary Hall Freedom House; Salvation Army; and more are supported by United Way donations. United Way takes on big issues and big ideas — and you are invited to be a part of the solution. Volunteering, being an advocate on certain key issues, and donating money are just a few ways you can get involved and help move the needle of progress in your neighborhood.

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Fall Vegetable Gardening By Kay Izard

Usually by this time of year, the hot, dry summer yields lots of tomatoes, squash and beans for home vegetable gardeners. This year, however, has been radically different from the norm. The long, cool, cloudy, rainy spring and summer have allowed spring vegetables like English peas, lettuce and spinach to thrive, while warmseason vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and okra have fared worse than I can remember in 45 years of gardening.

With the long growing season in Georgia, second crops of beans and squash usually can be planted this time of year and still have time to ripen before the first frost date of October 15. Make sure to read the seed packet and choose crops that take about 65 days to maturity. To have success with cool-season crops, remove the summer plants and debris from the planting area, and dig or till in compost, if you have it, as well as a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Set the plants in the soil at the same depth as they were in the original container, spaced about 12 inches apart. Firm the soil around the plant, water thoroughly, and mulch with straw, chopped leaves, dried grass clippings, or whatever organic material you have available. A few sheets of newspaper under the mulch will help keep weeds under control. For seeds, follow the directions on the seed

packet, putting two to three seeds the recommended depth and distance apart. Thin to leave the best seedlings when they get their second set of leaves. If you water seed beds, remember to keep them moist. Most seeds of fall crops are tiny, so wait to mulch them until they are established and growing well. This year, I am planting broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower as started plants (available at Lowe’s, Home Depot or Pikes) and lettuce and spinach seeds, counting on the weather to remain cool and conducive to their growth. Some of these cool-weather crops will produce until December and later, depending on whether or not there is a hard freeze. Good luck with your fall garden!

Kay Izard is president of North Fulton Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are trained and certified by the University of Georgia Extension Program. NFMG.net

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Academic Holcomb Bridge Middle Principal Honored by State PTA Joy Schroerlucke, principal of Holcomb Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, was presented with the 2013-14 Middle School Outstanding Principal Award by the Georgia PTA at the recent Georgia PTA Convention Leadership and Training conference in Atlanta. The award recognizes principals who provide excellent support of local PTAs by personally participating in the organization and its programs and by encouraging parent participation in the PTA. Principal Schroerlucke came to Holcomb Bridge Middle School in 2006; since that time, she has helped lead the school to numerous distinctions, including the designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch, a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.

Joy Schroerlucke (right), winner of Georgia PTA’s 2013-14 Middle School Outstanding Principal Award

“I am truly honored to receive this special award celebrating the partnership between our school and our PTA — a partnership I believe in so much,” says Principal Schroerlucke. “We have seen how student achievement and the development of positive personal characteristics thrive when there is mutual commitment and trust between faculty, students and parents. We will continue to raise the bar for additional student achievement next year, too.”

Local Students Tour Europe Students in Mrs. Sudu’s Spanish and French classes at Haynes Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta had the opportunity over the summer school break to participate in a special educational tour of cities in France and Spain. Mrs. Sudu and participating students teamed up with a group from Hopewell Middle School in touring European cities that included Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza and Paris. They visited monuments, famous tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, ate local food, and met wonderful people as they learned about the local culture.

Pictured (left to right): Jeff Bolton, RHS Football Coach John Ford, and Chipper Jones.

Roswell High’s Touchdown Club Hosts Golf Tournament

Haynes Bridge Middle School students at the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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Roswell High School Football’s Touchdown Club hosted its annual golf tournament recently to help raise funds to support the school’s football program. The tournament was held August 5 at Brookfield Country Club in Roswell. Participants’ entry fees included 18 holes of golf; full use of the Brookfield practice facility; and breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day. The event also included raffle prizes, awards and a silent auction.


Parents’ Involvement Key to Child’s Success As a superintendent, and also as a dad of two elementary school children, the new school year fills me with optimism and anticipation of good things to come. Fulton County Schools had an outstanding year and accomplished many things in 20122013. Our SAT, CRCT and EOCT results show that students are excelling more than ever, and I know this year will be just as remarkable. Last year we also set our district’s three major strategic goals, and this is guiding our work. Our goals are that by 2017, 90 percent of Fulton County students will graduate on time; 85 percent of seniors will be eligible for a University System of Georgia college or university; and 100 percent of graduates will be certified as work-ready.These are hefty goals, but they’re attainable with hard work by our students and teachers,

By Robert Avossa, Ed.D.

and with the support of our parents and communities. We set these goals because our students should have the best education we can provide.They deserve nothing less. The beginning of a new school year also invigorates me because I know how special of a time this is for families. I come from a background where education is revered and expectations are high, and I know this is the same for many families. My parents were supportive throughout my schooling, but expected me to always challenge myself and do my best. Undoubtedly, this will be a busy year; I implore you to stay involved in your children’s school life and make their education a priority.They need your positive influence, and their teachers and principals need your support as well.

The school district also needs your involvement. It is an exciting time to be a part of public education, and we don’t want you to miss a minute. Keep in touch with us through our website and social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Keeping our community engaged and informed is vital to achieving our goals and creating a successful future for students.

Robert Avossa is superintendent of Fulton County Schools. 404-768-3600, FultonSchools.org

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Self-Installation Tips By Michael Buckner I find it amusing in our industry that people are so anxious to install TVs themselves. Now that we have surround sound, HDMI, resolution settings, audio calibration, control solution programming and much more, it’s not so easy. If you are still up for doing it yourself, let me offer you a few pointers. Know which cable type is best. Always pay attention to which cables give the best quality. For video, the best is HDMI, followed by component video (red, green and blue cables), then composite video (the yellow cable). For audio, it’s HDMI, then optical and coax digital, then stereo RCA cables. Label Everything. Often times the cable box, DVD, surround sound

receiver and all other devices are buried in a cabinet. For this reason, getting the wires to look decent is a megachallenge. Also, troubleshooting the system when there is a problem can be difficult with so many different wires and plug-ins. The best thing you can do up-front to work through issues is to label every single plug-in wire. A decent label maker is less than $100. After labeling, zip-tie excess wire together for a tangle-free installation. Another pointer here is not to “bunch up” the excess wire, but instead roll it up into a circular coil. It will give you better sound quality this way. Run everything through the surround sound receiver. No one likes going through 10 steps to turn on the TV, or getting the “no signal”

screen. Run the cable box, DVD, etc. to the receiver, and then from the receiver to the TV so that the TV is on the correct input. In other words, you can leave the TV on HDMI 1 forever, and just press the different inputs on the receiver as you use other devices. Obviously, there are many more things that could come into play with your home TV, but these are some basics that can help keep your system performing better and for longer. Out of all these, I consider labels the most important.

Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, an independent provider of Dish Network and DirecTV satellite service. 770-479-1000, AudioIntersection.com

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COVER STORY

By Michelle Martin Photos courtesy of PhotoJack.net

Northside Vascular Surgery continues Northside Hospital’s established history of providing the latest medical treatments and technology from highly experienced and educated physicians and nurses. Led by Joseph Ricotta, M.D., who also cochairs Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute, Northside Vascular Surgery is recognized in the state, nationally and internationally as one of the top medical groups for diagnosing and treating vascular disorders. Dr. Ricotta has been named as a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News & World Report and Atlanta magazines and as a “Top Surgeon” by Castle Connolly Medical and the Consumers’ Research Council of America. “Northside Hospital is committed to developing the Heart and Vascular Institute into one of the leading centers in the nation, if not in the world,” says Dr. Ricotta. 28

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Left to right: Drs. Siddharth Patel, Joseph Ricotta, Edward Kang and Catalin Harbuzariu

In addition to Dr. Ricotta, Northside Vascular Surgery also features Drs. Catalin Harbuzariu, Edward Kang, and Siddharth Patel. Northside Vascular Surgery is a full-service practice specializing in disorders and diseases of the arteries and veins, including aortic aneurysms; blockages in carotid arteries; Peripheral Artery Disease (leg artery blockages); venous disease (blood clots, varicose and spider veins); and artery problems of the intestines and kidneys, among others. As Dr. Ricotta explains, they all work as a team to provide quality, comprehensive continuity of care at the highest level possible

using the latest treatment modalities available. “All of us at Northside Vascular Surgery are very skilled and trained at some of the best medical programs in the country — including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Minneapolis Heart Institute and Emory University. We complement each other in terms of experience and areas of expertise,” he says. In fact, Dr. Ricotta helped train Drs. Harbuzariu and Patel, while Dr. Kang was trained by another physician who trained under Dr. Ricotta. Northside Vascular Surgery has three offices: in Atlanta, Cherokee (Canton), and Forsyth (Cumming) to


serve patients throughout the metro area. All four doctors rotate among the different locations to provide patients convenience and flexible scheduling that meet their needs. “With the addition of the Cherokee and Forsyth locations, Northside Vascular Surgery can treat areas with a large incidence of vascular disease that previously were underserved,” says Dr. Ricotta. “Before, patients would have to travel into Atlanta for treatments and procedures. Now, we can offer patients a top-notch facility with the highest level of expertise right in their back yards.” At Northside Vascular Surgery, Drs. Ricotta, Harbuzariu, Kang, and Patel provide comprehensive services ranging from treatment of varicose veins to thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm, which involves the entire aorta extending from the heart to the leg. “It’s the most complex surgery a vascular surgeon can perform,” says Dr. Ricotta. “Nowadays, with new technology, we are able to successfully treat approximately 80 percent of vascular problems with

minimally invasive procedures that don’t require open surgery.” Part of what helps set Northside Vascular Surgery apart from other practices is the combination of in-house cutting-edge technology and expert staff. All three locations feature a full-service vascular laboratory for performing ultrasound, duplex and doppler flow studies of the arteries and veins. Combined with the doctors’ expertise in surgery and endovascular techniques and experience as national and international leaders in clinical trials, Northside Vascular Surgery is essentially a “one-stop shop” for vascular care. “If problems can be treated with medicine, we can do that. If they can be treated with minimally invasive procedures like a stent or balloon, we can do that. Or, if those treatments don’t work and open surgery is required, we can do that as well,” says Dr. Ricotta. “We can manage any complications of the arteries and veins outside of the heart using a variety of

treatment modalities. At another facility, a doctor may be limited to just one kind of treatment. At Northside Vascular Surgery, we can provide the full spectrum of treatments and, therefore, believe in matching the patient to the procedure.” Because of the doctors’ participation in national and international research trials, Northside Vascular Surgery can offer patients certain treatments and procedures that other vascular centers cannot. “We take research seriously and always try to be on the cutting edge so that we can offer our patients the most up-to-date and advanced treatments possible,” says Dr. Ricotta. For example, Dr. Ricotta is the only surgeon in the United States who is approved (FDA IDE) to treat thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms with a custom-modified FenestratedBranched Endograph technique, which involves delivering a stent through a tiny puncture in the groin artery, avoiding the need for a surgical incision. “With this procedure, you can’t just insert an ordinary stent; WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM

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Northside Vascular Surgery is a full-service practice specializing in disorders and diseases of the arteries and veins, including aortic aneurysms; blockages in carotid arteries; Peripheral Artery Disease (leg artery blockages); venous disease (blood clots, varicose and spider veins); and artery problems of the intestines and kidneys, among others.

it has to be tailored to each patient’s individual anatomy,” he says. Dr. Ricotta first performed the procedure at the Mayo Clinic in 2007. Since earning FDA IDE approval in 2012, he estimates he performs approximately 30-40 procedures each year. Patients have come from all over the world for Dr. Ricotta’s expertise of this special procedure. “The success rate is very high and much easier on patients,” he says. Usually, patients are discharged from the hospital within two to five days and can resume normal activities within two to four weeks without rehabilitation therapy, compared to up to three weeks in the hospital and sometimes months of rehab with open surgery.

can break down over time (venous insufficiency) and cause heaviness, achiness, and swelling in the legs, in addition to varicose and spider veins. “Often, patients just ignore the symptoms and consider them only a cosmetic problem — not realizing that venous insufficiency can progress and cause severe complications, such as leg ulcers. Today, in most cases we can fix venous disease easily with an outpatient procedure in the office that takes approximately 20 minutes using a laser or catheter. Patients can walk around and do whatever they want immediately afterward. Patients have said their legs feel 20 to 30 pounds lighter after the procedure,” says Dr. Ricotta.

With approximately 25 million people in United States suffering from venous insufficiency, Dr. Ricotta encourages people not to overlook common symptoms that can lead to serious health issues if untreated. As he explains, the veins are a one-way system that carries blood from the feet to heart. The valves in the veins

Other serious health risks associated with problems of the arteries and veins include stroke from carotid arteries and even death in the event of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. To help raise awareness of the health risks associated with arteries and veins, Northside Vascular Surgery provides free health screenings

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periodically in communities throughout metro Atlanta. Dr. Ricotta estimates the team sees approximately 125 patients at each event. “We believe in providing high-quality, comprehensive care to patients. These free health screenings allow us to help identify issues or highrisk factors in patients who otherwise may not have access to treatment so that they can lead long, healthy lives.”

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Custom Club Fitting

Will Improve Your Game By Rick Coursey Why get custom fit for a set of golf clubs? What is wrong with buying a set off the rack? These are good questions that deserve a good answer. Buying a set of clubs off the rack is like assuming every golfer swings the club exactly the same, with the same speed and the same approach to the golf ball. Off-the-rack clubs will get you on the course quicker, but they will not help you play a better game. A “standard” club’s shaft may be off in length by just a half-inch, which can make the ball fly off the club head with a slice or hook, or too low or too high. Your game will not improve until the clubs you use fit you like a glove!

Buying a set of clubs that are custom fit to you can improve your score by five strokes or more! Custom fitting also helps variables like lie angle, loft, shaft length, shaft flex and grip size. All of these factors affect your game tremendously; when the club is fit to your height and how you swing, you will be amazed at the difference! Hitting the ball with a custom-fit club will allow you to hit that sweet spot more often! The process of being custom fit for clubs isn’t as lengthy or complex as some golfers think. Technology has improved so much that an experienced fitter can have you properly fit in 30 minutes or less. All the major manufacturers make good equipment, so the brand of clubs is

not as important as clubs that are custom suited for your particular swing. It is also good to know that most do not charge to custom make clubs. If you want to hit better shots and improve your golf score, think about the equipment you are using currently. Take your clubs to your local golf shop and have the experts evaluate your swing; then, see the difference for yourself that custom clubs made perfectly for you could make in your golf game!

Rick Coursey is manager of Edwin Watts Golf in Johns Creek. 770-622-5040, EdwinWattsGolf.com

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Taste of

Smoked Sesame Tenderloin Ingredients 1 pound pork tenderloin ½ cup soy sauce 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon ginger 1 tablespoon vegetable oil ¼ cup honey 3 tablespoons brown sugar ¼ cup sesame seeds

Preparation Place the tenderloin in a sealable food storage bag. Mix the soy sauce, garlic, ginger and oil in a bowl. Pour over the tenderloin and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Mix the honey and brown sugar in a shallow dish. Drain the tenderloin, discarding the marinade. Roll the tenderloin in the honey mixture until well coated. Roll in the sesame seeds. Place the tenderloin on a V-rack with a drip pan. Smoke at 300 degrees for 40 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160 degrees at the thickest portion of the tenderloin.

Recipe is from the “At Your Service: Southern Recipes, Places and Traditions” cookbook, produced by the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties (JLGNF). Since 1986, JLGNF has been serving the women and children of Gwinnett, North Fulton and South Forsyth counties. The mission of JLGNF is to strengthen the community by creating and implementing collaborative volunteer projects, including programs aimed at building self-esteem in girls ages 5-8. In addition to the cookbook, JLGNF’s fundraising efforts include an Attic Sale in the fall and the “High Heels High Times” fashion and shopping event in the spring. JLGNF.org

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Your Smile

& Self-Esteem By Brett Gluck, D.M.D. Many people, prior to orthodontics, partially smile with their mouth closed because they are selfconscious about their teeth. These people are perceived differently than someone who smiles openly and self-confidently. After orthodontics, people smile more naturally, showing off their new straight teeth. This translates to greater selfassuredness in interactions with others. More and more adults are pursuing orthodontic treatment for both functional and aesthetic reasons. For adults, greater confidence is important in social situations and in the workplace. In this day and age when the professional world

can be such a challenge, a youthful, confident smile may help to open doors. Some adults decide to have braces to straighten their teeth, while others opt for Invisalign. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays that are fitted to the teeth very well, and adjusted to straighten teeth as needed. With Invisalign’s clear aligners, treatment is virtually undetectable — so adult patients don’t have to feel uneasy or selfconscious. Also, Invisalign aligners can be removed easily for eating, brushing or other times (weddings, job interviews, family photos) of your choosing. Braces do not offer that same flexibility.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 4 million children and 1 million adults are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment at any given moment to enhance their smile, which inevitably leads to greater selfconfidence. Maybe you, too, could benefit from a more beautiful smile through orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Brett Gluck is an orthodontic specialist at The Brace Place. 770-664-6003, BraceDoctor.com

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By Michelle Martin For almost 50 years, the Roswell Arts Festival has cultivated Roswell’s cultural arts by showcasing unique works handcrafted by artisans while also providing family-friendly entertainment and activities. This year’s event, scheduled for September 21-22 on the Roswell Town Square in historic Downtown Roswell, again will feature fantastic food from local vendors; a variety of fun attractions and activities for children and adults to enjoy; and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts on display (and for sale). The annual Roswell Arts Festival, sponsored by Roswell Recreation Association, began in 1966. Throughout its 47-year history, the festival has helped fund community programs by the Roswell Recreation and Parks Dept. As Bobbie Daniels, public relations coordinator for the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Dept., explains, “Each year, the Roswell Arts Festival Committee works tirelessly to bring quality artisans to Roswell for the benefit of the community and to raise money in support of the Roswell Recreation Association and the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Dept. The Roswell Recreation Association has been a beacon for making Roswell a family-friendly community, and its contributions have assisted in providing the Roswell community with a well-rounded Recreation and Parks Dept. for local residents of all ages.” Community projects made possible by funds raised from Roswell Arts Festival have included the first Sprayground at Riverside Park in 2009; the Roswell Adult Recreation Center in 2000; the expansion of the Roswell Visual Arts Center in 1992; and the purchase of 63 acres in 1969 that eventually became Roswell Area Park. According to Daniels, proceeds from the annual Roswell Arts Festival have helped Roswell Recreation Association donate $1 million toward recreational improvements for Roswell. A free shuttle will run from Roswell City Hall to the festival at the Roswell Historic Town Square.

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Deals, Deals, Deals! By Michael Consoli

Some of the best cruise deals are available now! Every day I get calls from clients who want me to find them a deal, and most of the time I am very successful doing so. Many times, there are special offers or group pricing deals that can be combined with the cruise lines’ offers for a great value. This year is no exception for wonderful cruise line offers, as the deals continue to get better. Cruise lines are working hard to maintain their pricing and discourage guests from booking at the last minute by increasing pricing as the cruise date approaches while also encouraging early booking by adding incredible incentives. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are offering on-board credits up to $400 for 2013 Holiday sailings. That’s free money to spend on board! Combine this with some incredible agency group pricing and you have big savings! Royal Caribbean is offering free prepaid gratuities (for guests one and two, 36

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in balcony categories and above) on its 2014 spring break sailings. American Express card holders can combine this with the Destination Family offer, which provides free soda packages for children 17 and under, free Johnny Rockets family experience and VIP embarkation. Holland America is offering the Explore 4 Deal on many of its 2014 sailings. The Explore 4 Deal includes a free Classic Beverage Package (for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks), free Specialty Dining, 50 percent off deposits, and reduced pricing for third and fourth guests. This is Holland America’s strongest offer ever. Regent Seven Seas is offering free airfare and free shore excursions for all sailings, along with free pre-cruise hotel packages and free Wi-Fi on many of its cruises. Regent also includes everything — Specialty Dining, gratuities, and all beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

This offer is combinable with agency offers of up to $300 on-board credit, which makes this an outstanding offer on an outstanding cruise line. Viking River Cruises is offering Reduced Air Specials, 50 percent off pricing specials, and free wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Most all excursions are included as well. Combine this with a $200 on-board credit and free custom air offer and you have an incredible deal! Of course, all of these offers are subject to certain terms and conditions. But, all of them are amazing offers that make cruising the best value in today’s travel market.

Michael Consoli is a professional travel and cruise specialist and owner of Cruise Planners. 770-650-7667, PlanMyCruise.com


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Camping/Fishing/Hiking

Providence Canyon, Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” in Lumpkin, features 150-foot-deep gullies that were caused by poor farming practices in the 1800s. The canyon soil’s pink, orange, red and purple hues provide picturesque views for visitors to enjoy day hikes along three miles of trails or overnight camping trips on the seven-mile backcountry trail (pioneer and backcountry campsites). Pack your fishing gear and try your luck at reeling in largemouth bass, catfish and bream at Florence Marina State Park on the 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George (also known as Lake Eufaula). Nearby Columbus offers a variety of sporting events, museums, entertainment and other attractions as well. GeorgiaStateParks.org/ProvidenceCanyon

Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

Florence Marina State Park

Canoeing/Kayaking

The good news about Georgia’s rainy weather this year is that it has re-opened the Okefenokee Swamp to recreational canoeing, kayaking and other boating activities. Visitors can take guided tours out of the west entrance by Stephen C. Foster State Park staff, or rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats to adventure out on their own. The National Wildlife Refuge of the 402,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp provides up-close encounters with alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures. In nearby Fargo and Waycross, visitors can enjoy golf, a swimming beach and other activities at local state parks. Train lovers can enjoy passing the time watching trains come in and out of two different rail hubs in Waycross: the Historic Passenger Rail Depot and at the largest computerized CSX rail yard on the East Coast. Waycross also holds an annual festival for one of its famous hometown kids, the late singer-songwriter Gram Parsons. This year’s Gram Parsons Guitar Pull & Tribute Festival will be September 20-22. WaycrossTourism.com

Stephen C. Foster State Park, the west entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp

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Cycling

The Silver Comet Trail’s Riverwalk Bridge (credit: The Path Foundation)

Named after the Silver Comet passenger train (1947-1969) and original freight rail line (1897-1903) over which it is constructed, Silver Comet Trail runs from northwest Georgia to the northeast Alabama state line, where it connects to the Chief Ladiga Trail. Construction began in 1998 in Smyrna, and this first section remains the busiest part of the trail today. The combined Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trail length is estimated to be 94.5 paved miles — making it the longest paved trail in the United States. It is a popular attraction for cycling, jogging, walking, and roller blading. Pack a bag and set a daily goal to ride a different stretch of the trail from one town (or state) to another as you enjoy the trail’s beautiful colors this fall! SilverCometGa.com

Hiking/Camping

Cloudland Canyon State Park offers visitors both fantastic hiking and camping opportunities. Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, just west of LaFayette, the 3,488-acre park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek. Some elevations reach nearly 2,000 feet high. Visitors can hike five different trails, including the nine-mile Cloudland Connector Trail and two-mile Waterfalls Trail. Backpackers can enjoy camping in a hemlock grove on the two-mile Backcountry Loop. Overnight lodging options include tent camping, cottages near the canyon edge, and new yurts — small dwellings with a tent-like canopy top. GeorgiaStateParks.org/ CloudlandCanyon

Another great hiking spot is Dawsonville’s Amicalola State Park, which spans 829 acres and features the spectacular 729-foot Amicalola Falls — the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. The park offers 12 miles of hiking trails, including an 8.5-mile trail leading to the southern end of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. In addition, Amicalola Falls provides excellent whitewater rafting opportunities. Overnight visitors can choose from the 56-room mountaintop lodge, the 20-room Hike Inn, cottages or campsites. Advance reservation is recommended for accommodations during peak leaf season. Plan time to tour Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. GeorgiaTrails.com/gt/Amicalola_Falls

Overnight lodging in Cloudland Canyon’s new yurts

Amicalola Falls State Park’s West Ridge Falls Access Trail

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in north Georgia (credit: PhotoJack.net)

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Whether you’re an experienced rider or new to horsebacking, Sunny Farms North in historic Dahlonega is the perfect setting to enjoy an unforgettable riding experience in Georgia’s picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains this fall. The family-owned and operated horse farm caters to all riding skill levels, offering both self-guided trails and guided tours from knowledgeable staff. Spanning more than 250 acres, Sunny Farms North is open year-round. The farm also offers lessons, boarding and horses for sale. Stay the weekend at one of Dahlonega’s charming bed-and-breakfasts for your visit to local gold mines, wineries and quaint shops as well. SunnyFarmsNorth.com


What Every Woman Should Know

About GYN Cancer By Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

More than 84,000 women living in the United States are diagnosed with a gynecologic (GYN) cancer — cervical, ovarian and endometrial cancer — each year. GYN cancer can occur at any age, but your risk for certain cancers actually increases as you age. So even if you’re beyond your “childbearing years,” it doesn’t mean you should stop seeing your gynecologist. Following is important information about three of the most common GYN cancers. Cervical Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Each year, approximately 12,000 American women will develop invasive cervical cancer. All women are at risk for getting cervical cancer, but it is most common in women over 30. Most cervical cancers are caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). For females ages 9 to 26, there is a vaccine that protects against HPV. Smoking, poor eating habits, a long history of oral contraceptive use or having a family history of cervical cancer also increase the risk of contracting cervical cancer. Early on, cervical cancer may not cause signs and symptoms. In its later stages, warning signs include abnormal vaginal bleeding, increased vaginal discharge, pelvic pain or pain during sexual intercourse. Although mortality rates have been in a steady decline since the use of the Pap test began, more lives could be saved with routine screenings. Beginning at age 21, women should have a Pap test every three years.

Ovarian cancer, the most severe cancer that affects the female reproductive system, affects roughly 20,000 women each year. Known as the “silent” cancer because symptoms are often vague and dismissed as normal abdominal discomfort, ovarian cancer is rarely detected until it’s in an advanced stage, when it’s less treatable. Unfortunately, no screenings exist for the disease, but you can help protect yourself by knowing your family health history and recognizing symptoms. Warning signs include a persistent or worsening of abnormal bleeding or swelling; feelings

of fullness; discomfort in the pelvic region; pain during intercourse; or frequent urination.

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer Endometrial or uterine cancer is the most common GYN cancer in the United States. All women are at risk, but most cases occur in menopausal or postmenopausal women. Unfortunately, like ovarian cancer, no accurate screenings exist, so recognizing symptoms, such as postmenopausal bleeding, irregular vaginal discharge, or pain or pressure in the pelvis, is vital.

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute As a leader in women’s health services, Northside diagnoses and treats more cases of GYN cancer than any other hospital in Georgia — leading the way in groundbreaking procedures for better outcomes and less-invasive treatments. Northside was the first hospital in Georgia to perform a robotic radical hysterectomy for cancer and ranks in the top 5 percent of all robotic GYN programs in the country. A dedicated team of GYN oncologists, surgeons and specialty trained oncology nurses provides patients with the highest level of expertise to diagnose, evaluate and treat GYN cancers. For more information on Northside’s cancer program, visit Northside.com/CancerInstitute.

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By Catherine Groves

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iven that this is the September issue, this month’s featured book selection is one of my favorites by Rosamunde Pilcher — appropriately titled “September.” “September” is rich in characters, intense with life’s lessons, and full of different stories that build into a throbbing crescendo around a dance in September. Pilcher’s uncanny ability to involve so many characters, each with their own compelling story, into one epic tale is unmistakably genius. The story takes place in Scotland, and Pilcher doesn’t leave readers’ imaginations to wonder. Her descriptive turns make everything real and alive — the fragrance of the heather, the dampness of the fog, the crackling of the fire, and the hills covered in colorful bloom. Pilcher brings it home with such lines as, “The deep blue of the skies was reflected in loch and river, and with the harvest safely in, the fields stood golden with stubble. Harebells grew in wayside ditches, and the scented heather, coming into full bloom, stained the hills with purple.” With precision, Pilcher moves from character to character, capturing the spirit and mission of each: going to the September dance. Pandora, having left home more than 20 years earlier, makes her way back to Scotland and becomes the focal point of the involving plot. While Pandora may have left in the midst of scandal, she was remembered with such thoughts as, “Pandora was a life enhancer, an injector of vitality and laughter to the most stuffy of occasions.” And then there is Archie, with whom readers quickly fall in love and ache for him to find the courage to heal his mental scars from the war so that he can find peace in his bedroom. Noel, from Pilcher’s bestseller, “The Shell Seekers,” returns with a surprising change in character. In his return in “September,” we find a man who is no longer comfortable with being shallow, selfish, and “living for the moment.” Noel, to his own great surprise, finds himself attracted to Alexa, a woman who before would never have met his criteria. Instead, he finds himself loving her wholesome goodness. How proud his mother would be if she could see. As the story unfolds, a variety of characters, ranging from the delightful to somewhat sinister, intertwine to create a fascinating tale of Scottish aristocracy.

Catherine Groves has lived in Georgia for 15 years and has lived in the South for considerably longer. An avid book collector (owning more than 5,000 books) and just as avid of a reader, she (as her children have said) “lives and breathes her books.” Catherine studied psychology, is working on an English degree, and is writing her first novel.

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Hard to put down and ever so compelling, “September” is a novel to be endeared by all. This is a story about coming home, forgiveness, growing old, being young — and very much about love. First published in 1990 by St. Martin’s Press, Rosamunde Pilcher’s “September” can be found at most bookstores and online as an electronic book.


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homas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider that offers comprehensive services, including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care, has expanded its clinic and patient services in Roswell. With the expansion, the Alpharetta pediatric office has relocated from Old Milton Parkway into the newly renovated Roswell office, located just three miles away at 11690 Alpharetta Hwy.

experience,” said Tim Couch, operations director for Thomas Eye Group Roswell. “The new amenities were designed with our patients in mind to further our ongoing commitment to providing personalized eye care with state-of-the-art facilities and experienced doctors.”

The move allows complete eye care in one location for its North Fulton patients, ranging from infants to seniors. The Roswell office, which recently underwent a 3,000-square-foot expansion, includes a theater for pediatric patients and a full optical shop for eyeglass and contact lens needs. It also offers better patient flow, as well as streamlined and enhanced patient care.

Pediatric ophthalmologists Stephen B. Levine, M.D., and Stephen N. Lipsky, M.D., formerly at the Alpharetta office, have joined adult ophthalmologists Larry E. Heit, M.D., and Stuart J. Newman, M.D., along with optometrist Nhora C. Abril, O.D., at the newly expanded Roswell clinic. More than 25,000 patients are expected at the Roswell office, located across from North Fulton Hospital, in the coming year.

“The expanded office will offer new opportunities for the patient

The board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists at Thomas Eye

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Group have decades of combined experience in eye care and have undergone highly specialized subspecialty training to offer services that include oculoplastics, pediatrics, cornea, retina, and glaucoma. As the largest pediatric eye care practice in the Southeast, Thomas Eye Group offers a complete scope of preventive and corrective eye care for children. From the detection and treatment of eye disorders to eye surgery, doctors also treat disorders of eye alignment in adults, including double vision. Thomas Eye Group has served the greater Atlanta community since the company was founded in 1974. For more information on the newly expanded Roswell office or to schedule an appointment, call 770-475-5515 or visit ThomasEyeGroup.com.


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Better Hygiene with Braces

Your Employees

By Jeff Kincaid, D.M.D., M.S.

Can Make or Break Your Business

While wearing braces, it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums. The wires and brackets on braces have many nooks and crannies that can trap food and plaque. This means your risk of tooth decay and gum problems are higher as you wear braces. Areas on the enamel surface may begin to lose minerals (the first stage of tooth decay), leaving unsightly white spots. You may also develop inflamed, bleeding gums (gingivitis) that can lead to bigger problems. While undergoing orthodontic treatment, continue to see your family dentist to ensure little problems don’t become big ones.

By Nick Roper

Dentists are increasingly concerned about acidic and sugary foods and drinks that can damage enamel when consumed frequently over extended periods. Sugary foods and drinks can cause tooth decay. Starchy foods, like potato chips, also can stick to teeth and cause problems. Soft drinks are especially hard on teeth because they contain acidic additives and include 10-12 teaspoons of sugar. Even diet soda has been shown to weaken tooth enamel. Your body’s natural defense against tooth decay is saliva. Allow saliva plenty of time to wash away acids that form during eating and drinking. Hard, sticky and chewy foods can loosen, break or bend wires and bands. Common foods to avoid include nuts, caramel, hard cookies or chips. Apples and carrots are OK, but should be cut into small pieces. Such habits as chewing ice, biting your nails, chewing on pencils, and nervously picking at your braces can also cause trouble. Use a fluoride toothpaste and place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum, gently rotating along the gum line. Then, gently brush the braces so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wires and teeth. A batterypowered toothbrush works well. Brush both inside, outside and the biting surfaces of each tooth. Fluoride protection is especially important during orthodontic care, when plaque accumulates more than usual. Your dentist may prescribe a fluoride rinse to supplement the fluoride in your toothpaste and in tap water (bottled water does not contain fluoride). You can and should floss while wearing braces — your orthodontic team will teach you how. Follow these simple rules and you will be on your way to a beautiful smile!

Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and Roswell. KincaidSmiles.com

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Valuable employees are the backbone of any small business. The work completed by these employees is what sets a successful small business apart from an unsuccessful small business. Employees also are the biggest expense of most companies, which makes it imperative to hire only those quality employees who pass a background check and drug screening. Your employees are also the face of your company. To ensure employees represent your company as professionally as possible, implement a dress code that requires employees wear a uniform and maintain a well-groomed appearance. Employees who dress and behave poorly will give customers a negative image of your business — and directly impact your company’s success. All companies should hold employee training sessions that cover everything from customer service to step-by-step instructions on how to complete certain job functions. You should also emphasize that no job is finished until each of the steps has been completed, including necessary paperwork. Again, walk employees through the proper way to complete all required paperwork. Employee turnover is a common risk of small businesses. Maintaining quality standards and high expectations means hiring employees who likewise value working for the same company for many years rather than those who typically bounce from job to job. Dealing with constant employee turnover also puts stress on the other employees who are left to pick up the slack, as well as involves time to interview, hire, and train new employees. Small businesses should live by the old adage that “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” This is especially true for businesses with 20 or fewer employees. If one employee doesn’t pull his or her weight, that represents 5 percent of your staff that isn’t producing a profit for the company. To put that in perspective, let’s say that your company has a net profit of $100,000 at the end of the year; if you subtract 5 percent, that would result in a profit loss of $5,000 for the year. I feel confident in saying that no small business owner would like to throw 5 percent of his profits down the drain!

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


Taylor Brooks Hair Salon & Spa is committed to giving you the highest level of beauty services and care possible. The highly trained and talented professionals at Taylor Brooks Hair Salon & Spa provide personal attention in a relaxed and professional atmosphere. Everything they offer has been designed to enhance your image and to make you feel and look your best. From precision cuts and the latest hairstyles to coloring and waxing, Taylor Brooks Hair Salon & Spa does it all! They are experienced in all hair textures and are specialists in the Keratin treatment, which reduces frizz, makes hair shiny and silky, and reduces styling time. Taylor Brooks Hair Salon & Spa is one of a few salons that has

three certified Redken master color specialists and one American Board master colorist on staff. In addition, the salon offers a great line of hair and skin care products to keep you looking your best. Taylor Brooks Hair Salon & Spa also offers gift certificates for special occasions. With your first visit, you’ll enjoy an experience that will keep you coming back again and again! Call today to make your appointment. The owners of Taylor Brooks Hair Salon & Spa also own and operate Piper Lillies Gift Shoppe. Located next to the salon, Piper Lillies has a gift for everyone and every occasion. Piper Lillies offers gift registries

for bridal showers, baby showers and other special occasions. The boutique store also provides inhouse monogramming, vinyl and custom appliques. Gift certificates are available as well. Stop by today and let one of Piper Lillies’ courteous salespersons personally assist you in selecting the perfect gift!

Taylor Brooks Hair Salon & Spa 11705 Jones Bridge Road, Suite B-203, Johns Creek 770 772-0510, TaylorBrooks.com Piper Lillies Gift Shoppe 11705 Jones Bridge Road, Suite B-206, Johns Creek 678-876-0033, PiperLillies.com

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Energy-Efficiency Myths Can Cost You Money By April Kitchens Today more than ever, everyone is looking for ways to use energy more efficiently and cut down on utility bills. Here is just a sample of the many different myths and old wives’ tales that are commonly believed.

FACT or FICTION? Closing off vents and registers will reduce your heating bill. FICTION. If you have a modern forced-air heating system, the pressure load is balanced throughout the house. Blocking the vent will impact how the system inhales and exhales air; it can throw the system out of balance, causing it to have to work harder or possibly break down. The most energy-efficient practice you can implement is even heat distribution throughout the house. Blocking vents in certain rooms will make those rooms colder. Because heat moves from greater concentrations to lesser 48

concentrations, these colder rooms will draw heat from other rooms in the house, making the whole house feel colder and causing you to raise the thermostat.

FACT or FICTION? Leaving a ceiling fan on will cool a room, even when you’re not there. FICTION. Fans cool your skin, not the air; they do not lower room temperature. A fan works by circulating the air in a space. When the air moves across the skin, we feel cooler even though the air temperature in the room remains the same. If a fan runs in a room when no one is there, no one is feeling its benefits. By keeping the fan on, you are wasting electricity.

FACT or FICTION? Installing an energyefficient furnace or air conditioner will automatically reduce your energy bill. FICTION. Even the highest efficiency-rated heaters and

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air conditioners can cost you more money to operate if they are improperly sized or installed. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, poor installation and improper-sized equipment can waste as much as one-third of your energy consumption.

because heating and cooling costs depend mostly on the difference between indoor and outdoor temperature.

FACT or FICTION?

FACT or FICTION?

There is no cost benefit to adjusting your thermostat when you don’t need as much heating or cooling, such as at night or when no one is home. FICTION. Research shows that the longer your house stays at a reduced temperature when heating or at an increased temperature when cooling, the more energy and money you will save. This is

It requires less energy to boil water if you fill your pot with hot water from the tap. FICTION. It takes the same amount of energy to reach the boiling point whether you use hot or cold water. Why? If you use hot water, you’ve already paid to heat the water in your water heater. You may have a head start of a few degrees, but you have already paid for that head start.

Setting your temperature back 10 or more degrees for 8 hours while you sleep or go to work can reduce your energy bill by 5-15 percent.

April Kitchens is the Director of Marketing at 4 Seasons Heating & Air. 770-504-5833, 4HVAC.com


Windows Efficiency: Keyboard Shortcuts By Scott Lavelle The mouse was a fantastic invention. Back in 1981, the first one was introduced for use with a Personal Computer. In fact, you can go as far back as 1964 to find the first prototypes, invented by Douglas Engelbart. Today, you can hardly buy a computer without a mouse, and some computer features require a mouse or pointing device of some kind to access. Most features, however, can be accessed by keyboard alone; many, in fact, are more efficient when accessed via keyboard shortcuts. These are a few of my favorite keyboard shortcuts. To use these shortcuts, press and hold the “modifier key,” such ), then press as Shift, Control, Alt, or the Windows Key ( and release the key for the shortcut.

Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys Select a word at a time Ctrl + X Cut Ctrl + B Bold Ctrl + C Copy Ctrl + U Underline Ctrl + V Paste Ctrl + I Italic Ctrl + A Select All Ctrl + Z Undo Ctrl + Y Redo F2 Rename F3 Search F5 Refresh Windows + M Minimize Open Windows Windows + E My Computer Windows + Up Arrow Maximize Current Window Windows + Down Arrow Minimize Current Window

These are just a few of my most commonly used shortcuts. They keep me from constantly reaching for my mouse to perform regularly used functions. It may not seem like a lot of time or effort to save with each operation, but it definitely adds up over time.

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Key Combo Arrow Keys Shift + Arrow Keys Ctrl + Arrow Keys

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Scott Lavelle is the Co-Owner/Technical Director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491, TechnicalRS.com

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Redefining Cubism

ontemporary artist Barbara Rush made Roswell her home after a career in corporate advertising in New York. “It was so cold up there! I was looking for a warmer, sunnier place; rolling hills and country living, but with access to a large city and its amenities,” she says. “Roswell proved to be the perfect place. I enjoy being outdoors hiking and kayaking. Life in Roswell is like living in a state park!” Although Rush painted as a hobby during her first years in Georgia, she lost interest in art when her new job became so demanding. Inspiration struck again when she visited a retrospective of Cubism at the High Museum in 2006. While she had considered herself a realist painter, the exhibit fascinated her.

By Heike Hellmann-Brown

Developed at the turn of the 20th century by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and founded on geometric simplification and distorted perspectives first explored by impressionist Paul Cézanne, Cubism fragments and re-configures the subject matter. Rush’s first abstract painting depicted three horses. “I have had an affinity for horses since Girl Scout camp. I have never owned a horse, but I ride for leisure — mainly English Equitation style, which is similar to dressage,” she says. “Horses are wonderful creatures. They give unconditional love. So, for me, they are a natural inspiration.”

Rush describes her style as “GeoCubism,” as it has its roots in the Cubist movement but tends to be more geometric in nature. In addition to her equine works, she also has a line of whimsical cat paintings. Both have a palette of vibrant colors in common. “People who see my art feel enlightened and uplifted. They find my approach fresh and unique.”

In the following years, Rush kept one foot in corporate America and one foot in painting and exhibiting at art shows on the weekend. When she got laid off in 2011 she was so comfortable in her career as an artist that she took a leap of faith to pursue art full-time.

Rush also markets accessories and giftware of her images. “I always dream up new ways for my art to reach the public,” she says, noting that her works have been reproduced on T-shirts, mugs and greeting cards. “The invention of the Internet offered amazing resources. You can have art anywhere, on any surface. In fact, I am currently trying out two temporary tattoos of my art.” Ready to take her career to the next level, Rush is developing collections of scarves, tote bags, luggage, giftware and more. In that aspect she is inspired by Pop Artist Romero Britto and painter Laurel Burch, commercial artists who licensed their designs worldwide. Rush’s artwork and giftware are available currently through her website and at selected stores, including Synergy Fine Art, a gallery in Historic Roswell that she co-owns. Her work also will be featured at the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain and at Arts in the Heart of Augusta, both in September.

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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.


Child-Like Faith Is Mature Faith By Polly Balint

Little children are aware they are dependent on a parent to meet their needs physically, spiritually and emotionally. A young child cannot drive herself to the grocery store and push the huge shopping cart! She can’t safely cook a meal by herself while standing on a stool and leaning over a hot stove. She can’t walk down to the street corner, hop on a bus, go to the mall and buy clothes for school. What would you think if you saw a 6-yearold girl walking down a busy shopping mall corridor alone with a designer bag on her arm – and her bag full of credit cards?

She would tell you she’s on her own because she insisted she doesn’t need her parent’s help. Do you think this girl would be safe all alone? Do you think she could get one item off a clothes rack? Do you think she could see over the checkout counter? Do you think she could be easily lured by a stranger? Hmm…Not so funny, is it? This is what we look like when we push our Heavenly Father away and insist on going our own way. We don’t want to listen to His voice, so instead we hear the voice of a stranger who wants to lead us into darkness! In humility, young children look to their caretakers to meet their needs. That’s the way it is with God and His children. Jesus told a crowd who was questioning Him, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of

heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 18:1-4). Humble, dependent, child-like faith is mature faith that will keep us safe because we are listening to our Father’s voice and trusting Him to meet our every need. This is affirmed in Proverbs: “Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm,” (Proverbs 1:33). Wow! Who wouldn’t want the freedom, vitality and joy of a child that only comes from wholeheartedly trusting her Father in heaven?

Polly Balint is founder of That Girl Marketing LLC; a women’s Bible study leader and encourager; and author/ producer of the “Totally Devoted” women’s devotional series and conferences. ThatGirlMarketing.biz

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Now, 20 years later, my work hours and job duties can be demanding and emotionally draining. There are desperate moments in the dead of night when a life is at stake and I am rushing into the operating room. But no matter the hour, I find the cries of a healthy newborn baby a joyful reminder that God is always present in our lives. Obstetrics and Gynecology has proven to be the spiritual field of medicine I was seeking as a young man. I stopped prescribing antidepressants years ago, after a patient who had been on Zoloft came to my office in a desperate state. I found her curled up on the floor of the exam room. Having quit her medication three days earlier, she said she felt like she was going out of her mind. She quickly felt better after resuming the medication. But her withdrawal symptoms were too similar to those I’d seen experienced by addicts. People abuse drugs to be happier, to alleviate their suffering. Antidepressants affect the neurotransmitters in the brain with a mechanism similar to that of cocaine.

Cocaine or Prayer? How Best to Feel Better By Mike Litrel, M.D. Sixteen years ago, when I first started my private practice, the complaints of some of my patients confused me. Despite normal exams and lab results, a number of women told me they just weren’t feeling well. They didn’t have energy and felt overwhelmed by life. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. The visiting pharmaceutical salesman, however, came to the rescue. The diagnosis, I learned, was depression. The solution to my patients’ complaints was the pharmaceutical company’s product, taken once a day, every day — forever. In my first year of practice, I selectively began prescribing antidepressants. I was pleased to see that many patients experienced a lifting of their sadness.

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I continued prescribing depression medication judiciously. Still, the diagnosis and treatment troubled me. Early in my medical training, I had anticipated that psychiatry would be my specialty. The word “psychiatry,” literally translated from the Greek, means “treatment of the soul.” I had entertained the idea of a joint degree at Emory in both medicine and the ministry, so the idea of practicing in the field of medicine that handles the human soul called to me. But, I soon learned the reality of the practice of psychiatry was not what I had imagined. Psychiatric patients were placed on powerful medications with little real understanding of the diagnoses or the mechanism and side effects of the drugs.

We all experience sadness in our lives, a sense of confusion about what we are doing, and, at times, an overwhelming feeling of despair. These are normal human emotions that all too often have a spiritual purpose. Drugs supply relief; but, are they the solution? Health is not just about vital signs, laboratory findings and medical diagnoses. Part of health is understanding our purpose in life and following that path in our daily actions. When we stray, we are designed to experience unhappiness. After all these years in practice, seeing thousands of patients, it’s been my observation that depression is not a true diagnosis of the body like cancer or pregnancy. It’s a spiritual discomfort to remind us to look deeper at our lives — and to make a change.

Dr. Mike Litrel is a national speaker and author on the faith-health connection, and a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in pelvic reconstructive surgery at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists. MikeLitrelMD.com


Karen Handel was the first in a speaking series at GNFCC’s “Meet the Georgia Senate Candidates” event. Handel addressed the GNFCC board of directors and Chairman’s Circle members.

Pictured (left to right): Brandon Beach, Karen Handel, Brad Beisbier, and Liz Hausmann

RaceTrac 2645 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta

Cherokee Women’s Health Roswell Drs. Curt Misko & Mike Litrel 1305 Hembree Road, Suite 202, Roswell

GNFCC’s “Summer Jam,” sponsored by Pepsi, helped collect food and donations for North Fulton Community Charities. Participating companies included Shane’s Rib Shack; Grouchy’s Deli; Village Tavern; The Gourmet Sandwich Co.; Domino’s Pizza; Cuzi Fresh Café; Qdoba; and Carole Parks Catering, which provided food for the event.

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Second Chance Movers of Alpharetta

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Understanding & Treating Concussions in Children By Christy Noll As a parent, one of the scariest injuries our children may sustain is a hard hit to the head, whether caused by an accident around the house or on the sports field. It is vitally important for parents to recognize the symptoms of a concussion and understand when to seek medical attention. WebMD.com defines a concussion as “a form of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow, fall, or other impact injury where the brain has been shaken inside the skull.” Common symptoms of a concussion include memory loss, double vision, inability to concentrate, vomiting, and dizziness. Other, lesserknown symptoms include changes in sleeping pattern, sadness, anxiety, loss of energy, and being easily upset.

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Injuries in children and teens are inevitable, but head injuries can be especially serious because their young brains are still developing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, concussions in young children may present symptoms similar to those of older children and adults, but can also manifest in other ways, such as excessive crying, changes in behavior, loss of interest in their favorite toys, and loss of balance. A high school nurse shared with me that she sees a high number of concussed teens in the clinic with headaches, dizziness, inability to concentrate, and other symptoms. This reinforces the need for children to see their doctor and not return to school until symptoms have disappeared. The newly passed Return to Play Act of 2013 is aimed at developing return-to-

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play policies for youth athletes who are concussed during a game and to educate parents about the risks of concussions. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta launched a new online portal with extensive videos and resources to help primary care physicians and first-response caregivers (coaches, athletic trainers, nurses and families) to provide appropriate and effective care to children and teens impacted by concussions. The information can be found at CHOA.org/ConcussionTools and is a great resource.

Christy Noll is founder of AlpharettaMoms.org, a resource that connects North Fulton families with community organizations, programs and events.


French Onion Soup Serves 4-6

Ingredients

8 cups beef stock 6 each large yellow onions, sliced into thin strips ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon sugar 2 garlic cloves, minced ½ cup dry white wine 1 bay leaf ¼ teaspoon dry thyme Salt and pepper to taste 8 slices of provolone and Swiss cheeses 8 slices of toasted French bread

Preparation

In a large sauté pan, sauté the onions in the olive oil on medium heat until well browned. Add sugar to pan about 10 minutes into this process and continue to sauté for another 20 minutes until the onions are nicely caramelized. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add beef stock, wine, bay leaf and thyme, cover partially and simmer until all the flavors are well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard the bay leaf. In individual oven-proof soup bowls, portion soup and top with one slice of bread and one slice of cheese. Broil on 350 degrees for 10 minutes, until the cheese bubbles.

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