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When we own our choices, and understand that we alone are responsible for each of them, only then can we learn to accept the effect, whether positive or negative. Only at that time can we build upon the consequences of actions rather than tearing ourselves down. Not one of us has the ability, opportunity, or wisdom to make every decision correctly in our life, and there is balance or sacrifice in every decision we make. The most content and successful people I have met in my life understand that. Choose as wisely, effectively, and intently as you can. You will either make the right decision for you or for someone else. Knowing that I made the move, made the play, made that choice — and own it — is the one decision, regardless of outcome, that keeps me satisfied, happy, and moving forward.


On the other hand, I have a difficult time narrowing down the array of food on the vast menus in some restaurants, deciding who to spend the holidays with, or what song to play when it’s my turn to choose. I know that my indecision leads to going nowhere. It can also be habit forming, and in one way or another, you’ll probably end up hungry and dissatisfied.

Even though all the possibilities can be overwhelming, I’ll sometimes just roll the dice and enjoy the adventure. It was my turn, and I took it. Win or lose — it will be a learning experience.



very waking moment we have decisions to make. That is just one of the reasons I enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Each choice we make, or choose not to make, affects our individual timeline of events and often someone else’s. Hit snooze again on that alarm clock? Eggs scrambled or fried? When you get dressed in the morning, you’re often deciding about your behavior the rest of the day. For example, if you put on flip-flops, you probably won’t be doing much running and should be nice to others, especially those wearing sneakers. If you decide to wear a hat because it’s a “bad hair day,” you’re going to have hat head all day, so select a good hat.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Cyndi Braun, Cobb EMC, Jyl Craven, James B. Depew, Joshua Fuder, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, William Lewis, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Brittany Page, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Andy Rogers, Mark Sagaas, Rachel Sprouse, Sen. Bruce Thompson, Katie Wise, Ferdinand Yates, Farris Yawn

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Calendar Ongoing Brown Bag Concert Series — Each Thursday in September, enjoy a FREE lunchtime concert! 12:00-1:00pm, The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-517-6788. VisitWoodstockGa.com Square Dancing — On the second and fourth Friday of each month, enjoy square dancing with the Cherokee Squares. If you are new to square dancing, a class will be offered on September 11, 18, and 25 from 7:309:30pm for $6 per person, per class. 8:00-10:00pm, Woodstock Jaycee Hall, 216 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock. 404408-3180 or 901-337-5330. GROW Monthly Meeting — On the third Thursday of each month, join the volunteers in this group to help plan Woodstock’s seasonal plantings, annual Scarecrow Invasion, and downtown holiday decor. 6:00pm, Chattahoochee Tech Woodstock Conference Room, 8371 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-5926056. Design@mainstreetwoodstock. org. MainStreetWoodstock.org/ community/#beauty

1 Million Cups — The first and third Wednesday of the month, attend this FREE, nationwide program designed to educate, engage, and accelerate early-stage startups. The notion is that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate over a million cups of coffee. Drop in on this community of innovators to connect with and support local startups. 9:00-10:00am, the first Wednesday is at The Circuit, 1 Innovation Way, Woodstock; check the online schedule for the location of the third Wednesday, which changes monthly. 1MillionCups.com/cherokee YPOW A.M. Coffee — Each Thursday morning, join Young Professionals of Woodstock for coffee and networking. 7:00am, Copper Coin Coffee, 400 Chambers Street, Woodstock. 770-592-6056. MainStreetWoodstock.org/connect/ Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — The first Thursday of each month (excluding January and July), both current and future Chamber members have the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. 7:00am, Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com Woodstock’s Farm Fresh Market — Each Saturday through December, the Woodstock Farm Fresh Market’s rules guarantee that it is the best market in the region to get locally grown, fresh produce because produce vendors are required to grow at least 85% of the product they bring to the market, and they are subject to inspection to confirm this. 8:30am-12:00pm, Market Street, downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com

Detachment 1311 — Every third Saturday of the month, veterans share their first-hand war experiences, which are then used as editorial research data to assist others. The Woodstock Detachment #1311 is chartered as a subsidiary organization of the Marine Corps League. 9:00am, Semper Fi Bar and Grille, 9770 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-672-0026. Holly Springs Young Professional Experience (HYPE) — On the first Tuesday of each month, young in age, young in your profession, or young at heart — doesn’t matter. Meet at Holly Springs’ newest coffee shop for a cup of coffee and some laid-back networking with local professionals. 7:00-8:00am, The Coffee Vineyard, 2800 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 100, Holly Springs. 770345-5536.

September is Read a New Book Month — When you open the pages of a book, you find yourself swept up in a new world of characters and stories, or valuable information. Use this celebration as your motivation to pick up that novel you’ve been meaning to finish, that DIY manual you bought to complete that project, or even a self-help book to help you become a better version of yourself.


Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt — This scavenger hunt provides a unique experience, as participants team up to gather photographic evidence of their journey through 100 different venues in Woodstock. Participants will have two


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weeks to complete as many of the tasks or challenges that they can out of a list of 100. Teams will be competing to win a $100 Downtown Dollars gift certificate. Downtown Woodstock, 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Night Hike — Please bring your own flashlight or headlamp for a cool evening hike with fellow Cherokee County neighbors. $10 per person, pre-registration is required. All ages welcome. 8:00pm, Lewis Park, 200 East Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net

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Friday Night Live "Art Night" — Enjoy the artistic side of downtown Woodstock on this fun night! Thanks to the extended hours during this popular event, everyone has a chance to explore the variety of shops downtown. 6:009:00pm, downtown Woodstock. 770-5926056. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Artistry in Wood Exhibit by Etowah River Woodturners — These incredibly talented woodturners are back again this year! Check out the wide variety of utilitarian and decorative pieces up for sale. There will be a reception on 9/7 from 6:00-8:00pm. Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm and Saturday 12:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244. CherokeeArts.org


Cherokee Music Teachers Association Meeting (CMTA) — Activities for the year will be discussed, and a potluck meal will be served. All those who are interested in CMTA are welcome to attend. 10:00am-12:00pm, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton. Linda@lokey.net


21st Annual Woodstock Summer Concert Series Presents .38 Special — This is a FREE concert! FREE shuttle service is also provided from the Outlet Shoppes on Ridgewalk Parkway. 7:30pm, Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. WoodstockConcertSeries.com


9/11 Day of Remembrance — On the 17th anniversary of this tragedy, remember those we lost and the service men and women who continue to fight for our freedom. Woodstock honors the men and women wearing the uniform of police, fire, and rescue. Visit the 9/11 Memorial that features two subway tracks recovered from beneath the crumbles of the World Trade Center. A limited supply of 9/11 Remembrance lapel pins will also be given away. 6:00pm, The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill

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Road, Woodstock. 770-592-6000 x1952. WoodstockParksAndRec.com


The Lunch Circuit — Entrepreneurs can meet other local entrepreneurs, both current and aspiring, share a meal, and learn their story. At each Lunch Circuit, a different entrepreneur will be interviewed regarding wins, losses, and lessons learned on their adventure. Event cost is $20/ person and includes lunch, community, and the program. Seats are limited to thirty people. 11:30am, The Circuit, 1 Innovation Way, Woodstock. 770-3450600. MainStreetWoodstock.org


The Main Event — Attend this social gathering to meet with anyone who is currently doing business or is interested in doing business in the Woodstock area. Food will be provided. 5:00-7:00pm, Founders Insurance, 8358 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-592-6056. MainStreetWoodstock.org


Power Hour — This is an hour of fast-paced networking with fellow business leaders as well as Chamber Board Chair Julianne Rivera and Chamber President/CEO Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you will have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:00am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-3450400. CherokeeChamber.com

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FREE CPR/AED Course — You never know when you may need these skills to save a life. This is a fundraiser for Hickory Flat Volunteer Association. Donations are appreciated. Thursday 7:0010:00pm or Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm, Cherokee County Fire Department Station #23, 7625 Vaughn Road, Canton. HFVA. org/CPR-Class-Registration.php


Picasso at the Lapin Agile — Written by Steve Martin, this intellectual comedy features the characters of Albert

Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (French for “Nimble Rabbit”) in Montmartre, Paris. $15 advance/$18 at the door. Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org

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


Movies in the Park — The Greatest Showman will be shown outdoors in downtown historic Woodstock. Before the movie, take a stroll down Main Street where you can enjoy over eighteen great restaurants, thirty charming stores, and watch the train pass through town. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs! FREE! 7:50pm, Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-592-6000 x1952. GeorgiaMoviesInThePark.com


Gardeners Plant Sale — Plants include perennials, ground covers, cannas, yard art, and more! The demonstration garden at the Senior Center will be open for tours during the plant sale, providing a great opportunity to see what various plants look like. 9:00am12:00pm, Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road. Canton. 770-721-7803. UGE1057@uga.edu


Sam Reider and the Human Hands — Reider and the Human Hands are a collective of virtuoso jazz and bluegrass musicians from Brooklyn, NY. Tables and seats available at various price points. 7:30pm, Elm Street Event Green, 111 Elm Street, Woodstock. 678-4944251. ElmStreetArts.org [continued on page 8] WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


LIBRARY EVENTS SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 ROSE CREEK 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 WOODSTOCK 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859 DIY SIMPLE BLANKETS September 8, 1:00pm, Hickory Flat Get ready for fall and winter by learning to create a simple blanket. Registration is required. MOM-DAD & ME YOGA September 10, 11:00am, Hickory Flat Explore and enjoy some fun yoga stretches for parents and children with Certified Personal Trainer Lisa Dudash. Registration is required. MAKER MONDAY September 10, 4:30pm, Rose Creek Get creative in the pop-up maker space with selfdirected making, tinkering, and STEAM activities. This is for ages 7-12; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. FAMILY BINGO NIGHT September 10, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Join the fun, and win prizes! Refreshments will be provided. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. QUILTING “CHEATS” & “TECHNIQUES” September 12 & 26, 10:00am, Woodstock The themes are “Fun With Nine Patch Squares” (9/12) and “How to Make Eight Half-Square Triangles at Once” (9/26). Have fun learning a new skill at each quilting class. 3-D PRINTER DEMO September 13, 4:30pm, Rose Creek See how the 3-D printer works, and learn about all the printing possibilities! This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. TEEN RESUME BUILDING 101 September 13, 6:00pm, Woodstock All teens are invited to learn how to build a resume. Review tips and tricks as well as popular templates through Microsoft Word, Google Documents, and more.


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MEET DASH AND DOT September 17, 10:30am, Woodstock Get acquainted with Dash and Dot! These friendly robots offer fun, intuitive programming for all. Draw paths for Dash to follow; play with Dot’s lights, sound, and voice; or use either robot to solve coding-based puzzles! This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS September 18, 4:00pm, Woodstock Investigate robotics! Learn to use engineering and mathematics skills to make robot creations. This is for ages 10-14. CHILDREN’S WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP September 22, 3:00pm, Rose Creek If you enjoy writing stories for children, this is the group for you! DIY CARDS & BOOKMARKS September 26, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Learn to make beautiful bookmarks and cards for fall and Halloween! Registration is required. JOANNE FLUKE POTLUCK PARTY September 27, 11:00am, Rose Creek Celebrate the release of Joanne Fluke’s latest book, Christmas Cake Murder, with a potluck lunch. Bring your best Joanne Fluke recipe and an appetite for murder! Registration is encouraged. TEEN BOOK TASTING September 29, 10:00am, Rose Creek All teens are invited to participate in the first event of Library Crawl 2018! Teens will get the opportunity to review popular young adult books. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last. 3-D PRINTING WORKSHOP September 29, 1:30pm, Woodstock All teens are invited to participate in the second event of Library Crawl 2018! Sequoyah Regional Library System’s very own Rebecca Camp will lead and teach an introduction to 3-D printing.

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18-23 Cherokee County Fair — Family fun featuring livestock, shows, carnival rides, games, and more. American Legion Fair Grounds, 160 McClure Street, Canton. 770-479-4405.


A Novel Idea — Authors discuss their latest novels under the theme of “Southern Writers.” The cafe has sandwiches, salads, and desserts. BYOB. Door prizes will be given away! This event is FREE and open to the public. 7:009:00pm, East Main Cafe (inside Audio Intersection), 210 E. Main Street, Canton. 770-670-9333. Marsha.Cornelius@ hotmail.com


Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) Fundraising Luncheon — Support VAC programs, and get a wonderful lunch for only $5.00! Bring a friend, coworker, family member, or yourself, and enjoy a tasty lunch while supporting the seniors and veterans of Cherokee County. Stay and eat, or pick up and go. RSVP the location, so the amazing chefs can be prepared for all who come to support. 11:30am-1:00pm, Cameron Hall of Canton, 240 Marietta Highway, Canton. 678-230-4067. VAC-CherokeeGa.org


TGIF Concert Series Presents Divas — Enjoy renditions of some of your favorite female power vocalists. 8:00pm, Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-314-3735. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com


Art on the Green 2018 — This event is a great occasion to experience the work of musicians, visual artists, craftsmen, and some of the best culinary restaurants in the region. The event is FREE and open to the public. 9:00am-5:00pm, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 111 Elm Street, Woodstock. 678494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org

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Ready-Set-Grow Garden Summit — Programs include Trees: Selection & Planting; Cool Season Veggies; Bulbs; Dividing Perennials; and Mulching & Lawn Care. There will also be mini demos on soils, amendments, fertilizers, houseplants, and indoor herbs. 10:00am-2:00pm, Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-7217803. UGE1057@uga.edu


Author Raymond Atkins, Set List Book Launch — Hear this author discuss his latest book. 2:00pm, FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Suite 138, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. FoxTaleBookShoppe.com

milestones babies encounter before their first birthday in Day’s new book. 11:00am, FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Suite 138, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. FoxTaleBookShoppe.com


Business After Hours — Enjoy this networking event, which is held at various Chamber member business establishments. 4:306:00pm, Marietta Marine, 1500 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Downtown Buzz — This event is open to Main Street members and invited guests. There will be networking and a brief topical program. FREE! 8:00am, the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-5926056. MainStreetWoodstock.org


Story Time, Baby’s Firsts With Author Nancy Day — Endearing rhyming text highlights the developmental

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Riverfest — Enjoy more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, concessionaires, and family entertainers as well as an exciting children’s area. This event raises funds for charitable causes. Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 770-704-5991. ServiceLeague.net

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Friday Night Live “Roaring 20s Night” — Time travel back to the 1920s in downtown Woodstock. Thanks to the extended hours during this popular event, everyone has a chance to explore the variety of shops downtown. 6:009:00pm, downtown Woodstock. 770-592-6056. VisitWoodstockGa. com



Sally Kilpatrick’s Oh My Stars — Hear Kilpatrick discuss her heartwarming, hilarious Christmas story with a Southern twist. 6:30pm, FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Suite 138, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. FoxTaleBookShoppe.com


Author Dacre Stoker’s Dracul — A riveting novel of gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula’s true origin, but Bram Stoker’s, and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. 6:30pm, FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, Suite 138, Woodstock. 770516-9989. FoxTaleBookShoppe.com


Next Step Ministries’ Run, Walk or Roll 5K — Enjoy the 5th Annual Run, Walk or Roll 5K, and support our community programs for people with special needs. Your participation allows Next Step Ministries to provide services to exceptional clients, and you can make a difference in someone’s life. Bring a group of friends for a team discount. Registration is at 7:00am, and the race begins at 8:00am, First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock. NextStepMinistries.net


Holly Springs Autumn Fest — Stay all day, and enjoy local arts and crafts from over eighty unique vendors, food trucks, local singers, bands, and dance companies, and a free kids’ zone complete with a rock climbing wall, double bungee trampoline, carnival games, face painting, and so much more! FREE to park, enter, and enjoy the kids’ zone! 10:00am-5:00pm, Barrett Park, 120 Park Lane, Holly Springs. 770-345-5536. HollySpringsGa.us


Maddi’s #42 John Mayer Tribute Concert Fundraiser — To honor the 42nd item on Maddi’s bucket list, which was to “go to a John Mayer concert,” musician Ethan Senger will perform a John Mayer tribute show in which 100% of all ticket sales and donations will benefit the Maddi Phillips Take Flight Scholarship Fund. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Even if you can’t attend, please consider purchasing a ticket as a donation. 6:00-8:00pm, Reformation Brewery (NEW location), 105 Elm Street, Woodstock. EthanSenger-Musician.com/ Shows



CCSD’s Anonymous Reporting and Tip Line Communication Systems

Reports can be made in the following ways:

By Lisa-Marie Haygood [AcademicLife] It is not hard for me to recall children from my childhood who were “outsiders” — kids who did not make friends, stood alone on the playground, and didn’t eat lunch with anyone. I do not recall being particularly concerned with their happiness or mental health. I do not recall trying to befriend them or going beyond my normal routine to check on them. I should have. I wish I had been a better friend. Though, it never occurred to me that those same children would harm classmates, teachers, or themselves. Recent years have raised our awareness about these children, and we have seen that more and more young folks


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are experiencing anxiety, compulsions, depression, and extreme mental health issues. There is no way to know if there are more children with these issues, or if we are just more aware now. Regardless, mental health issues are prevalent, and the anti-bullying and #BeKind campaigns combined with the Cherokee County School District’s (CCSD) ad hoc Safety and Security Committee’s updated anonymous reporting and tip line communication systems will help ensure appropriate measures will be taken by community law enforcement and school police/operations officials. Parents, students, and concerned community members can provide discreet information about anything that concerns them, and it will be investigated quickly and thoroughly.

Phone 4ALER T1, ex tensio n 1695 Text # Text 1695 + your t ip to A LERT1 or 253 Email 781 1695@ alert1.u s Online messa ge 1695.a lert1.u s 1-855-

We certainly hope a tragedy doesn’t happen in our community. This is a great way to ensure discretion and immediate action to continue to prioritize the safety of our school children. CCSD and the ad hoc Safety and Security Committee have been great at being proactive.

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

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Day of Remembrance Ceremony 2




By Brittany Page


lease join the City of Woodstock for their annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday, September 11 in The Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock. The Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 6:00pm, will honor and remember the men and women who lost their lives seventeen years ago in the horrific attacks on our country. The men and women who continue to fight for our freedoms including our military, police, and fire departments will also be honored. A limited supply of 9/11 Remembrance lapel pins will be handed out to those in attendance. At the conclusion of the Ceremony, take a few moments to visit Woodstock’s 9/11 Memorial in The Park at City Center. The Memorial features two


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twelve-foot subway tracks from the subway station beneath the World Trade Center. In 2016, Woodstock was selected to receive the recovered tracks from the Port Authority of New York. City of Woodstock personnel traveled to JFK International Airport in New York, received these artifacts, and brought them back to Woodstock. Today, the tracks are proudly displayed in the center of our city as a symbol that Woodstock will “Never Forget.”

Brittany Page is the information officer for the City of Woodstock. 770-5926000. WoodstockGa.gov

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Bringing Back


By Sheriff Frank Reynolds


here were you on 9/11? I was in bed after having worked a night shift on patrol. My phone rang, and it was my mother, “Are you watching the news?” I could tell in her voice something was not right. “Why, what’s going on?” I asked. She indicated two planes had struck the World Trade Center buildings. I told her I would call her back, and I went to the living room to turn on the television. I remember trying to process what I was seeing and trying to make logical sense of what had just occurred. In disbelief, I watched as the tragedy unfolded. The following day, I was at a class at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. At lunch, I went to a drive-through for some food and then picked up a newspaper. As I sat in my car reading the paper, I noticed there were absolutely no airplanes in the sky. I watched for several minutes as the cool air blew through the car and the clouds passed by, but no aircraft. It was a rather surreal moment. Over the next few days and weeks, I remember the outpouring of support for all public safety. People dropped off food at the precincts, waved to us more than usual, and the American flag was displayed on homes, businesses, and vehicles. The level of American pride was tremendous. When I reflect on that day and the weeks that followed, I can’t help but think of how different America is today. What has changed? I am sure we can all point a finger in any direction to find an answer. You can turn to most any news media outlet and see mostly negative images. Political views, false narratives,


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disrespect, and a laundry list of other things have caused our nation to appear fractured. I wonder if we can find that same love and respect without a national tragedy to bring us together. Yet, when I look at our community, I think we have a lot of good things going on in Cherokee County. I am sure others feel the same way about their communities. So, maybe things aren’t so bad after all. This anniversary, I am going to revisit that patriotism I felt on 9/11. I am going to go purchase a new American flag and hang it on my front porch. I am going to drop off something nice for our safety personnel and tell them how much I appreciate the job they do. It’s the little things that often make their day. I am going to spend more time letting people know how much I appreciate their friendship and tell my loved ones how much they mean to me. I challenge you to do the same. Maybe our collective goodwill will make a difference in the lives that touch us and so on. With that said, I appreciate you, and I am glad you are a member of our great community. It is an honor to serve as your sheriff, and I consider it a blessing to serve our community.

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

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Community Land Donation Will Create Traffic Improvements in Woodstock Ridgewalk Holdings recently donated approximately 2.1 acres of land to the City of Woodstock, so that it can extend Ridge Trail to the south to connect Ridgewalk Parkway with Rope Mill Road. This parcel is a critical piece that will provide an alternate route for Woodstock residents to travel from Ridgewalk Parkway to southern destinations. It will allow residents to easily access the I-575 and Towne Lake Parkway Interchange, and it will be a convenient route to and from downtown Woodstock.

Battalion Chief Recognized for Thirty Years of Service Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services recently recognized Battalion Chief Kerry Hughes for thirty years of service to the department. Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather thanked Hughes for his dedication and service in the fire department and presented him with a certificate of appreciation. “Hughes has done an excellent job for us, and we appreciate him for his devotion and duty that he has given to our department over the years,” stated Prather. Hughes came to work in July of 1988, starting his career working at the Little River Fire Department. Hughes has seen a lot of changes in the fire department during those thirty years. “We’ve seen changes in the way you fight fires. Plus, we have seen the introduction of computers to help us, too,” stated Hughes.

“Because of this donation, the City is hoping to commence the connector in the 2018-19 fiscal year,” said Tom Rumptz, executive vice president of development and construction for Horizon Group Properties.

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Etowah HS Senior Competes at International Leadership Conference Etowah HS senior Kaylie Cofield recently traveled to Dallas, TX to compete at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Future Health Professionals’ 41st Annual International Leadership Conference. Kaylie qualified for the competition by placing first with her classmates in the Outstanding HOSA Chapter competition at the State Leadership Conference — the first time a CCSD school advanced to this level.

Three Local Students Win Scholarships The Cobb EMC Community Foundation awarded scholarships to fourteen students, three of which are from Cherokee County. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship, which can be applied to any accredited two- or four-year university, college, or vocational-technical school. 2018 scholarship winners were selected based on applications, grades and test scores, letters of recommendation, and an essay on their future plans and goals. Cherokee’s winners are Jillian Andrews, River Ridge High School; Katie Bishop, Etowah High School; and Abigale Montgomery, Etowah High School. The annual scholarships are open to students who receive electricity from Cobb EMC. Scholarships are funded and administered by the Cobb EMC Community Foundation, a third-party foundation set up to administer and distribute the funds collected through Operation Round Up. For more information, visit CobbEMC.com/scholarships.


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Community Dr. Rohit Panchal and Dr. Raxit Patel Join Cherokee Lung & Sleep Specialists Cherokee Lung & Sleep Specialists, which offers a full spectrum of services to treat pulmonary, sleep, and critical care disorders, announced the addition of Dr. Raxit Patel at its Canton location, and Dr. Rohit Panchel to both the Canton and Woodstock locations.

The project, which Kaylie submitted at the State event, went on to win a Recognition Award at the International level as well. She is serving as president for the school’s HOSA chapter this year, for which teacher Megan King acts as advisor.

Dr. Panchal is a board-certified physician in pulmonary, critical care, internal, and sleep medicine. He specializes in COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sleep apnea, considering each patient’s unique needs to provide individualized care. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Association of Sleep Medicine.

More than 10,000 students attended the International Leadership Conference, which included competitions and an expo at which students could learn about healthcare college programs and related scholarships and employers in the profession. Guest speakers included Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams M.D., M.P.H., Surgeon General of the United States.

Dr. Raxit Patel Dr. Patel is board-certified in pulmonary disease, critical care, and internal medicine. He has a focus on diagnosing and treating pulmonary diseases such as asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic cough, and lung cancer. He will offer a patientcentered care approach that includes educating his patients and their families about the various treatment options available. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Rohit Panchel

Chamber Names Volunteer of the Quarter The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Jay Street with Automated Solutions Consulting Group, Inc. has been named the Chairman’s Council Volunteer of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2018. Members of the Chairman’s Council are accepted by invitation only from the Chamber’s board chair. In determining the Volunteer of the Quarter, attendance at Chamber events is evaluated for all members of the Chairman’s Council. “Jay is a dedicated Chamber volunteer, and we appreciate the time he has devoted this year,” said Julianne Rivera, Chamber board chair. For information on the Cherokee County Chamber and its programs, visit CherokeeChamber.com.

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New CCSD Rodeo Team Established Cherokee County School District high school students who love rodeo now have the opportunity to participate and compete on a team! The rodeo team, sponsored by Cherokee High School, is open to all CCSD high school students. The team’s successes have included students qualifying for national competition. Team member Morgan Feltham is ranked No. 1 in Georgia for barrel racing and pole bending. “We are so proud of our kids,” said team co-sponsor Bethany H. Thomas, a Cherokee HS teacher. “I would love to see more of our CCSD kids avail Morgan Feltham, left, and themselves Jordann Wood competed at of this Nationals in Rock Springs, WY. opportunity.” WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM



Parks and Recreation Administration Coordinator Earns CPRP Certification Bright Future Ahead for Emergency Medical Care in Cherokee Cherokee County has seen a big change in emergency medical care during the past few years. Decades ago, the ambulance service was handled by a local funeral home, and their primary purpose was nothing more than to get the injured or sick to the hospital as quick as they could. It was also during this time that most of the fire departments within Cherokee County were handled by local volunteers. Times have changed, and today, you can no longer be just a firefighter. As the fire department got into the emergency medical services field, three people have been instrumental in the education and training of firefighters. Dr. Jill Mabley, medical director for the department; Randy Pierson, EMS program director; and Danny West, a division chief; have all worked together to bring the emergency medical care in Cherokee to a higher standard. New recruits who come into Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services (CCFES) are trained in firefighting skills for many months, but as soon as they finish, they go directly to school to become an emergency medical technician (EMT). Firefighters today are not only on fire trucks; they are now a part of the ambulance service that was taken over by the County several years ago. Cherokee


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County has been very fortunate to have several firefighters go forward later in their career to become paramedics, too. In fact, fourteen firefighters graduated from paramedic school last month. According to Dr. Mabley, “There was an effort to make paramedics a more recognized profession that has a national entity supervising it and that can accredit the courses.” Pierson, who does the training for paramedics in the CCFD, also stated that years ago there was a national EMS agenda that looked at where emergency medical services needed to go in the future and what changes needed to be made to get everyone on the same level. Because of all these changes, CCFES is now working hard to make paramedic training an accredited program. “We were able to teach the program under a letter of review. They looked at us initially, and they said that we had enough of the stuff together to start the program. They came back to do a site visit and notified us of their recommendations on anything that needed to be addressed, and now we are waiting to hear if we are approved. And then, hopefully, we will be an accredited program,” stated Pierson.

Congratulations to Heather Gaddis, administrative coordinator for the City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department. She has earned the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The CPRP certification is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. Attaining the CPRP designation shows that Heather has met education and experience qualifications and illustrated her commitment to the profession as well as her knowledge and understanding of key concepts within the field of parks and recreation. “I am extremely proud of Heather for attaining her CPRP certification. She is an invaluable asset to the Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Woodstock,” said Preston Pooser, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Woodstock.

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Taking Things for Granted My grandmother was very [Lifestyle] unique in the way she lived her life. She was born in 1902 and passed away in 1984, and she never asked for or wanted anything that she couldn’t do for herself. My grandfather was killed in 1947, which left her alone on a big farm for the remainder of her life. She managed by using the resources around her because everything she needed was on that farm. The one thing that puzzled me about her was she didn’t have indoor plumbing. I didn’t understand how someone could live without a bath tub or toilet. She never had it, nor did she ever want it because she didn’t think it was necessary. She had a two-seater outhouse, and on cold and rainy days, she

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had what she called a “slop jar” that was kept beside her bed. She would warm water on her stove and pour it into a wash bowl that she would bathe herself from daily, and she washed her hair once a week using the outside faucet. Today, we take simple things for granted. Could I imagine my daughter without indoor plumbing and what her life would be like? She wouldn’t last a day, and I probably wouldn’t either. We have seniors in our program who need assistive devices to help them with things we take for granted. Cherokee Senior Services collects raised toilet seats, shower chairs, wheel chairs, walkers with seats, and any other device that could assist a senior with daily living. Senior Services needs adult

By Tim Morris

Depends to give to seniors who can’t afford them. We receive a lot of help from the community every year, but we can’t keep up with the demand for Depends. The Volunteer Aging Council purchases Depends for seniors along with other groups, but there is also a very special couple who has been donating Depends for years. I know they would not want the recognition because they truly do it from their heart, and Senior Services is very thankful to them. If you would like to donate or purchase Depends for seniors in need, please contact Cherokee Senior Services at 770-479-7438. L

Tim Morris is the director of Cherokee County Senior Services. 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-479-7438. www.CherokeeGa.com/SeniorServices




fungus that attacks Zoysia as it’s going into dormancy.

Zoysia is also struggling with rhizoctonia at this time, the results can be devastating.

[HomeLife] Most people think that

The attack is much worse if the heat extends longer into the fall than usual, as happened in the fall of 2016. Remember the seventy-degree temperatures in December? This type of environment doesn’t allow the Zoysia and Bermuda grass to go into winter dormancy when it should, weakening the grass and delaying spring green up.

with the cooler fall weather, fungus is no longer an issue. However, that depends on the type of grass you have as well as a few other factors such as nighttime temperatures, humidity, and ambient outside air temperatures during the day. As the longer fall nights turn cooler, brown patches on Fescue grass disappears. But rhizoctonia attacks Zoysia grass cultivars no matter the changing season. Rhizoctonia is a cool season

So how do you keep this from happening and protect your Zoysia grass and your investment? A fall Zoysia fungicide program is the answer. Two applications of a liquid fungicide on Zoysia, one in September and another in October, will keep the turf from being attacked by rhizoctonia and bring the grass into winter healthier and happier.

Grass plants take the winter dormant period to store necessary nutrients and do an internal check of anything wrong, fixing issues before spring. But if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, the results can be a forced use of the vital nutrients the plants have stored up all summer long and will need to come out of dormancy, as the plants use up their nutrients trying to create food in the shorter days of fall. If the

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By Mark Sagaas


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An ounce of prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure.

Mark Sagaas is a senior relationship builder for Maple Leaf Lawn Care and Pest Control, 890 Sylvan Drive, Marietta. 770-794-7444. MapleLeaf LawnAndPest.com

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Senator Speaks

Will the New Law and Express Lanes Provide the Relief We Seek? By Senator Bruce Thompson


n July, the hands-free law went into effect, outlawing the use of hand-held devices while driving. This legislation was passed in an attempt to reduce trafficrelated fatalities as a result of distracted driving. Law enforcement has openly stated that the law was necessary to aid in the enforcement of the no texting statute passed back in 2010. Those against it felt that a law already existed prohibiting the engagement in any action that would distract drivers from safely operating a motor vehicle. This

law was cited when a man was issued a citation for eating a juicy hamburger while driving. If eating a hamburger while driving is deemed distracting and unsafe, I’m still puzzled as to why people can puff on a cigarette or vape while driving down the highway. By the end of the year, the express lanes on 575 and Interstate 75 are set to open. These new roads are designed to provide relief to the packed roadways, but the question still remains whether they will work as designed. I personally

have my doubts after traveling south of Atlanta and seeing similar lanes sitting idle or being restricted from use. It seems to me that since taxpayer money was used to build the lanes, they should be available for use 24/7. As far as the fly-over lanes, one major accident, and commuters may wish they had not traded the crawl on 75 for the complete stall on the fly-over. How many times have you been motoring down the interstate at 65 mph and glanced at your passenger mirror just as a motorcycle zips between you and the car beside you? This action of riding or hugging the white line is called lane-splitting, and it is illegal in Georgia. Although some states permit motorcyclists to drive between the cars, many more are taking actions to prohibit the practice.

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


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#Freeze Your Fat Away

Why CoolSculpting Is Here to Stay By Drs. Petrosky, Harkins, and Depew There are a lot of aesthetic treatments that come [HealthyLife] and go, but one that is definitely here to stay is CoolSculpting. It is an innovative, non-surgical treatment for men and women who want to lose stubborn inches from their waistlines. If you aren’t familiar with the perks of this procedure, here are a few highlights: CoolSculpting is a unique body contouring procedure that utilizes patented Cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells in designated areas of the body, specifically the abdomen, back, waist, and flanks. Since fat freezes at a higher temperature than surrounding tissues, no surrounding tissue or skin is damaged during the procedure, so you can return immediately to your daily activities.

Non-Surgical CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical and requires no needles or anesthesia. Unlike liposuction, which manually removes unwanted fat cells, CoolSculpting gently freezes unwanted fat from outside the body. Your body then naturally metabolizes the destroyed fat cells, resulting in a slimmer silhouette. No Downtime Patients love the fact that CoolSculpting does not require a lengthy recovery period and has no significant side effects. Most people go back to their normal routine immediately and experience nothing more than slight redness, swelling, or soreness at the treatment site. Quick Treatments CoolSculpting treatments typically take less than an hour per session, but this can vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of areas treated. The procedure is so quick, in fact, that many people have it performed on a lunch break. For best results, make sure your CoolSculpting treatment is performed by a specialty trained, experienced plastic surgeon.

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



money you pay up front, the better your interest rate will be, which brings us to other popular types of mortgages: 3. Traditional fixed-rate mortgage - If you plan to stay in your home a long time, most people will choose a fixed-rate mortgage. You pay a down payment of ten to twenty percent or more, and the rate you receive at the time of the loan will remain fixed for the life of the loan. This can provide peace of mind, as you can always count on what your mortgage payment will be.

Getting the

By Katie Wise [Lifestyle] While interest rates have increased in the past year, mortgage loans are still at historically low rates. What’s more, real estate has become a popular investment tool again. Whether you’re purchasing a home to live in or to be used as rental property, you want to get the perfect deal. Where do you start, and what kind of mortgage do you need?

Let’s start with the types of mortgages, as there are many. Most conventional mortgage lenders require a down payment of ten to twenty percent or more, which can be a lot of money for some people. If you have the ability to afford the mortgage payments but the money up front is an issue, consider these two types of mortgages: 1. 100 percent purchase price mortgage - Some lenders offer fixedrate loans that will allow you to borrow


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100 percent of the home’s value. This is a huge benefit to those who haven’t saved enough for a down payment but would like to purchase soon. 2. “No closing cost” mortgage - With this option, you make a down payment, but the closing costs are folded into your loan. This is a great option if you’re unable to afford both the down payment and closing costs, or you’d simply like to have some extra cash for renovations. However, you should know that the more

4. Adjustable-rate mortgage - This option offers a lower interest rate to start, but the rate will adjust after a certain time period, depending on market conditions. For example, a 5/1 ARM will adjust after five years, and could potentially go up as much as two percent, depending on the market. If you’re buying a first home that you plan to leave in less than five years, an adjustable-rate mortgage makes great sense. Lowering your interest rate can save you a tremendous amount of money over the life of your loan. There are a variety of factors that affect your interest rate. For starters, a great credit score will improve your rate. If you’re unsure of your credit score, get a free credit report, and make sure it contains no mistakes. Your employment record is another factor. Two years or more of steady employment are important. Finally, the more money you can put down, the better your rate will be. Your house is likely the biggest investment you will ever make. Understanding how a mortgage works, and choosing a recognized, reputable lender will help ensure you make the wisest choice. L

Katie Wise is the Woodstock Financial Center manager at LGE Community Credit Union.12186 Highway 92, Suite 111B, Woodstock. 770-424-0060. KathrynW@LGEccu.org, LGEccu.org

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Ollie and the Wise Old Owl As anyone who has spent time around children knows, you are subject to be bombarded with questions about anything and everything. It is easy to forget that just because we may understand the reason some things are done the way they are — they don’t. Childlike wonder and curiosity can be amusing or enlightening, but it can also be frustrating at times. This is where we find Oscar in Ollie and the Wise Old Owl by Dan Carlton. Oscar has quite a time trying to get Ollie to join his fellow owls in their nightly routine. Ollie is not one to just accept the way things have always been done. He wants to really understand! Wise old Oscar comes to realize that instead of just causing trouble, Ollie is acquiring true wisdom by questioning everything. This book, beautifully illustrated by Debbie Byrd, teaches children that it is okay to be curious and question things, as they try to understand their ever-changing world. It also reminds adults that it is important to answer those questions with patience. It is the path to wisdom for young and old.

Ollie and the Wise Old Owl was selected as the sole 2018 Children’s Finalist at the Georgia Writers Association Annual Georgia Writer of the Year awards. Available in hardcover and paperback, Ollie and the Wise old Owl can be found at WisdomCapBooks.com, YawnsPublishing.com, and Amazon.com.

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

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Community Partner

The Center for the Visually Impaired in Your Community

Every person with vision loss should be able to live with independence and dignity. This mission guides the activities at the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI), a nonprofit vision resource and rehabilitation center located in the heart of metro Atlanta. CVI offers programming and rehabilitation services to support people all over Georgia who are visually impaired or blind. It is Georgia’s largest, comprehensive, fully accredited, private facility providing vision rehabilitation services. CVI was started by a group of parents facing a collective challenge: how to help their visually impaired children reach their full potential. Interested in enhancing opportunities for their children, the devoted parents sought specialized training for them in orientation and mobility, advanced communication, and daily living skills. Led by George and Jean Henderson, the group established a new agency in 1962, Community Services for the Blind, which later changed its name to the Center for the Visually Impaired. CVI provides a variety of training for the visually impaired, supporting individuals throughout their lives. For 55 years, CVI has offered vocational rehabilitation for working-age adults, social, therapeutic, academic, and recreational services for school-aged youth, and specialized classes and support for children under the age of five. CVI also offers a community-based program, providing training directly in the home. Additionally, CVI provides training classes on topics such as Braille, white cane travel, diabetes management, assistive


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technology, cooking and meal preparation, health and fitness, financial management, self-defense, and emergency preparedness. Special events are held throughout the year to support CVI’s prgrams. The next event is Dining in the Dark — a one-of-a-kind dining experience designed to raise awareness about vision loss. At this event, guests are served a three-course meal in complete darkness, amplifying their sense of smell, touch, taste, and sound. The featured menu remains a mystery and is delivered to guests’ tables by members of the Atlanta Police Department SWAT Team, using their night-vision equipment. Dinner is preceded by a training session that shows guests the dining techniques CVI teaches clients with low or no vision. The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. When CVI was founded, rehabilitation services for people with vision loss were only just beginning to be developed. The growth of CVI over the years represents more than an expansion of services — it also reflects the organization’s leadership in finding new ways to help people live more independently. The organization is proud to serve more than 4,000 Georgians annually.

For more information about CVI or how you can help, please visit CVIGA.org, or call 404-875-9011.

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COVER STORY By Cyndi Braun

Offering Treatment for Chronic Jaw Pain


he symptoms seem unrelated. You have a headache, your face feels tired in the morning, your ear aches a bit, and your neck is tight. You decide to consult a medical specialist: an ENT for the ear pain, a chiropractor for the neck, a neurologist for the headaches, and you have no idea who to call about the facial fatigue. Turns out, these aches and pains are all symptoms of Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), also known as Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD). The good news is you figured out the problem. Now it’s time to relieve that pain.

Dentistry for Woodstock Dentistry for Woodstock treats the dysfunction of the joint that causes pain and a variety of other symptoms. Rather than multiple doctor appointments, you can simply call Dentistry for Woodstock and start your journey to pain-free living. “For more than two decades, I have helped patients with their dental needs. I find it especially rewarding to help people who are suffering from TMD because the results are life-changing,” said W. Bruce Fink, D.D.S., who has extensive training in the treatment of TMD. “My continuing


education in oral surgery, sleep apnea, and full-mouth reconstruction enables me to provide the most effective treatments for patients.”

One Patient’s Journey to Pain Free Samantha Treadway suffered from chronic jaw pain for many years and recently sought treatment at Dentistry for Woodstock. When Samantha came to the office, she mentioned she had tightness in her facial muscles upon waking, tension headaches multiple times each month, and crooked teeth. When staff members asked her for more information, they realized her vertigo and neck pain were also due to the displacement of the temporal joint.

Symptoms of TMD q Facial fatigue upon waking

Treatment Steps

q Ear pain

Education - The first step in treating patients is proper education on TMD symptoms and treatment as well as the financial options the practice offers. From the front desk to the dental hygienist, all staff members take time to ask questions and educate patients on what can be done to help them. Staff members asked Samantha to describe what she was experiencing, so they could determine the best treatment options for her.

q Jaw pain q Vertigo q Nausea with headache q Tension headaches q Neck pain and tightness q Sore and sensitive spots in the head q Migraine headaches q Numbness and tingling in the fingertips q Chest tightness q Sleeplessness q IBS

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position and the pain to subside. Some patients suffer for decades and, through this treatment, have relief for the first time from headaches and facial pain.

Data Collection

Consultation the TMD. For Samantha, the process was simple and painless. In addition to a CT scan of her head and neck, staff members took a series of photographs at different angles to see the position of her head to her spine. Then, Dr. Fink conducted a full exam of the facial muscles and reviewed her health history. Financial Options - At the time of the consultation, the dental team presents treatment options and explains financial responsibilities. Medical plans have coverage for the treatment of TMD, and most health plans can contribute the financial cost of the treatment. Orthotics - Many TMD patients benefit from orthotics as a treatment method. A special orthotic holds the jaw in position to keep the muscles and nerves in proper alignment and to decompress the area of pain. Since Samantha decided

to move forward with treatment, the dental team took impressions for an orthotic, which was then sent to the lab for fabrication. After Samantha received her orthotic, she embarked on Laser Treatment a twelve-week process of upper and lower appliance therapy and laser treatment to heal the joint. Just as a knee brace keeps the knee aligned after a sprain, the orthotic stabilizes the jaw until it heals. Results - Treatment results vary from patient to patient. Some see immediate results, while others take longer for the body to accept the

For Samantha, after a couple of weeks, the vertigo subsided. Now, yoga is a relaxing and enjoyable experience; days waking with a headache are far and few; and the neck pain is now all but related to her fabulous heavy handbag.

For More Information Whether you suffer from TMD or have other dental needs, Dentistry for Woodstock is ready to help. Call now to schedule your appointment. The practice offers a full range of general and cosmetic dental treatments including teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, preventative care, family dentistry, veneers, endodontics, periodontal services, dental implants, and treatment for TMD and sleep issues.

1816 Eagle Drive, Building 200-A, Woodstock, GA 770-926-0000 DentistryForWoodstock.com Consultations are FREE, and Dentistry for Woodstock is available to educate you on the path to pain FREE.

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Humidity Health and Comfort By William Lewis [HomeLife] When an air conditioning system is designed for your home, multiple things are calculated. Filtration, temperature, and humidity are among them. The filtration cleans the air while the temperature and humidity determine how cool the air feels, just like the weatherman’s heat index, “It’s 85 degrees outside, but it feels like 92 degrees.” That’s why some homes are more comfortable at the same temperature than others.

humidity within well-defined summer and winter ranges, or what can happen if it is not controlled. Those who understand the importance of balancing indoor humidity appreciate the wide range of health and comfort advantages offered by professionally installed central humidity control systems. When humidity is within an optimal range, people feel more comfortable at higher temperatures, which allows the homeowner to run the air conditioning at a higher setting, thus saving them money. The optimal humidity for good indoor air quality is the same as that for comfort, with most health professionals recommending a 40-60 percent range. Higher humidity levels promote the growth of mold. Potential consequences range from allergic reactions and asthma to hives, as well as the possibility of toxic mold growing out of sight.


Among these, the least understood is humidity and the benefits of balancing indoor


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Excessively dry air brings a different set of problems. That’s because it can absorb moisture from the body, leading to dry skin, scratchy throats, and irritated eyes. Dry air can also dry out sinuses and nasal passages, as well as the protective mucous membrane that lines the respiratory tract, making you susceptible to colds, flu, and sinus infections. The best and healthiest way to consistently maintain optimal humidity is with a propersized central heating and cooling system that includes an additional humidifier, ensuring properly conditioned air is evenly distributed throughout the home all year. Central humidifiers are easily maintained with an annual cleaning and are designed to work with the latest Wi-Fi thermostats, which include settings for humidity control.

William Lewis is the president and CEO of Southern Air Pros, LLC, 520 Industrial Drive, Woodstock. 770-7130168. SouthernAirPros.com

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Woodstock Summer Concert Series


with special guest The Bitteroots Photos courtesy of PhotoJack.net


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“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” John W. Gardner

“There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” Fred Rogers


“What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” Eugene Delacroix

“Every act of art is a good faith attempt to arrest time – the motion of life – and make contact with other human beings.” Kilroy J. Oldster

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso

“An artist who makes pictures that look good but express nothing is like a writer whose words sound good but have no meaning.” Gerald Brommer

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“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” C.S. Lewis

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they never fail to imitate them.” James Baldwin

“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.” Nelson Mandela

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Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival Aralyn’s Boulangerie Cupcakes


iverfest Arts and Crafts Festival, organized and hosted by the Service League of Cherokee County, is Cherokee County’s longest-running fall festival. More than thirty years ago, the Service League created Riverfest as a way to raise funds for the children in Cherokee County whose families were facing hardships. Riverfest hosts some of the Southeast’s finest artists, crafters, and entertainment, which draws recordbreaking crowds year after year. With a line-up of returning favorites and many new artists and crafters, the 34th Annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival is sure to be the best yet!

Willow and Ash Designs

New to Riverfest this year is Aralyn’s Boulangerie Cupcakes. Not only are the cupcakes and other baked goods amazing, but Aralyn is nothing short of amazing herself! Aralyn Russell is only eleven years old with three years of baking experience under her belt already. She says she has been baking with her mother since she was little. She was inspired to get serious about her baking talent after watching Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network. Her dream is to appear on Kids Baking Championship and to also open her own cupcake shop. No doubt this girl is going places. Be sure to check her out in the children’s area at Riverfest, and you may want to snag an autograph along with that cupcake! Another exciting vendor new to Riverfest this year is Willow and Ash Designs. Willow and Ash Designs features custom, stamped, and beaded jewelry. The jewelry is unique, beautiful, and can be custom made just for you. Anyone looking for the perfect piece of jewelry will be sure to find it here. Check them out in the arts and crafts area at Riverfest this year.


Riverfest is also excited to host Deeloochia and Southern Pine Restorations, both great places to find stylish, one-of-a-kind home decor. Deeloochia specializes in custom-made gourd lamps. And Southern Pine Restorations is a husband-and-wife team that builds, paints, and refinishes furniture. Visit these vendors, and take home a unique lamp or beautiful piece of furniture to complete your living area. Whether you are a regular at Riverfest or coming for the first time, there is something for everyone. From arts and crafts and jaw-dropping entertainment to pony rides, bounce houses, and delicious food trucks, you’ll find it all and much more at the 34th Annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival. The Service League of Cherokee County will present the Festival from 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday, September 29, and 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday, September 30 at Etowah River Park, located at 600 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton. Admission for adults and children eleven and older is a requested $5 donation. The event will take place rain or shine. All areas will be handicap accessible. Free parking and shuttle service will also be available.

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3 Easy Hairstyles for Moms and Daughters By Jyl Craven

[Lifestyle] Now that kids are back in school, and summer is coming to a close, the freedom of all-day wild hair is no longer an option. Hairstyles that make sense, save time, and are easy to care for can be a saving grace for the fast-paced family morning of darting back and forth from breakfast to the hair dryer. Moms and daughters across the globe are rushing through turbulent mornings together — some for work, and some for school. Looking clean with minimal effort and styling is the best way to get busy gals moving and ready to take on their day. To save precious minutes, here are three simple, chic hairstyles that moms and daughters can don and style together:

One-Length Bob A one-length bob is typically worn above the shoulders but can creep a few inches below for desired longer lengths. This hairstyle has no layers, is incredibly easy to style, boasts clean lines, and looks elegant with either straight or wavy hair. If you like to keep the length of your hair a bit longer, you can wear a bob below the shoulder and have the freedom to pull it up, giving you more styling versatility. Style Tips - Many styling ranges can accompany a bob hairstyle. Wear it half up;


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load up on some volumizing spray; or flat-iron your strands into submission.

Layered Bob Another wonderful style for mothers and daughters, a layered bob adds more movement to the hair. It is also a great option for both straight and curly locks. Layered bobs will add volume and give hair a complimentary shaggy tousle that’s fun and easy to work with. Depending on your hair texture, with a layered bob, you can roll right out of bed, sweep a brush through a few times, and be on your way out the door. Style Tips - For an added style bonus, you can cut your bangs to better frame and compliment your face. A texturizing spray for a shaggy effect works well with this hairstyle.

mother-daughter hairstyle. Face shape and specific hair textures will be the determining factor on whether or not this style works well for each of you, but the length of a pixie cut can vary depending on your attributes. For example, leaving a longer pierce-nape length to slim the neckline or creating a short, choppy fringe to bring out your eyes and strengthen your brow bone can be very flattering. Style Tips - For styling, a small amount of pomade is recommended, as it helps to hold that fashionably disheveled look throughout the day. For many women/girls, hair often takes up the bulk of their morning effort. With these three easy, manageable haircuts, mothers and daughters everywhere can enjoy more relaxed dawns. L

Pixie Cut If shorter hair is your go-to, a pixie haircut can be a contemporary and marvelously easy-to-work-with

Jyl Craven is owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. 770345-9411. JylCraven.com

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Dentures By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), 57 percent of Americans aged 65 to 74 and 51 percent of Americans aged 55 to 64 wear full or partial dentures. Regardless of your age, having teeth is super important! Having teeth allows for the ability to speak and eat more easily, not to mention the importance of teeth in maintaining facial appearance. Since over half of adult Americans have some sort of dentures, chances are good that you or someone you know is in this group. If you or someone you care for has dentures, it is important to understand how to best care for them over time. As stated above, dentures can play a significant role in quality of life for those who

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need them. Having to live without some or all of your teeth will drastically affect the way you eat, speak, and look. Partial dentures are prescribed when the patient still has some of their natural teeth. Full dentures are required when all teeth are missing. New dentures may feel awkward initially, as it can take a few weeks to get used to them. It is common to notice some soreness or mild irritation to the gums and cheeks. It is imperative to continue good oral hygiene habits with dentures. Brushing of the gums, cheeks, and roof of mouth helps to stimulate circulation in these areas. This should be done every morning before putting the dentures in place. Another crucial part of dental hygiene with dentures is to brush the dentures themselves daily after removing them. The tissues of the mouth should be brushed again in the evening to remove any food particles that may remain in the oral cavity.

Some denture wearers see benefit in the use of denture adhesives. Adhesives come in several different forms – creams, powders, pads/wafers, liquids, and strips. Consult your dentist for advice on what might work best for your situation. Regardless of whether you still have some of your natural teeth, it is very important to schedule regular appointments with your dentist. The dentist can examine your mouth and assess your dentures to be sure that the fit is still appropriate. No matter your age, work with your dentist to find the best options for you, so that your teeth can allow you to continue to speak, eat, look, and feel your best!

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




By Cyndi Braun

henever there’s a need for a heavy-duty wrecker to clear an accident scene, there’s a good chance Mauldin Body Shop & Towing will be there. And if Mauldin is on the scene, you might catch a glimpse of a young woman in a pink safety vest driving the wrecker.

for towing and repairing vehicles. She learned from leaders in the industry: her grandfather Herbert Mauldin, mother Debbie Weaver, and father John Weaver.

Meet Angela Reece, Reinhardt graduate, certified firefighter, softball player, former Mrs. Cherokee County, and WreckMaster Top Ten. Angela breaks all kinds of stereotypes every day. She handles a 75-ton rotator truck with skill and precision, pulling overturned tractor trailers upright, assisting emergency responders with life-saving extrications, and

rescuing large farm animals in trouble — all in a day’s work, and sometimes a night’s work. Angela inherited the family’s penchant

“We handle everything from small vehicles all the way up to moving tractor trailers and construction equipment. We’ve also handled derailed trains and even airplane crashes,” said Angela. “After we tow a car, or if you bring it here, we work with the insurance companies. We can repair any make, model vehicle you have. We can do the body work, paint work, frame work, from start to finish.”

Towing Services

Located on Butterworth Road since 1961, the company offers towing and recovery services, lockout service, relocation of vehicles, and large animal rescue (in coordination with Cherokee County Fire Department). Mauldin has a fleet of vehicles, which includes a Peterbuilt semi with


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a Landoll trailer used for heavy equipment or oversized storage container relocation, three heavy-duty wreckers (a 30-ton Kenworth, 60-ton Peterbuilt, and a 75-ton Peterbuilt rotator), one medium-duty wrecker, and flatbed rollback wreckers for light-duty towing needs. All wrecker drivers are WreckMaster certified, which means they’ve learned the latest skills and techniques in the towing and recovery industry. Six drivers are also trained firefighters, including John and Angela. Four drivers are career firefighters in Cherokee County, including Brian Reece, Angela’s husband. “Our drivers are trained to do towing and recovery, damage-free,” said John Weaver. “We’re the only Cherokee County wrecker service with all its drivers WreckMaster trained and certified.” John has long supported WreckMaster training. He attended his first WreckMaster class in 1996 and continued through the training until he was named WreckMaster of the Year in 2005. He’s so influential in the field that he was inducted into the International Towing Museum Hall of Fame in 2016. He travels throughout the southeast to teach a heavy-duty cross-training course for towers and fire rescue. He also serves as chairman of the operations committee for the Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force. Angela is following in her father’s footsteps and is the highest-trained female WreckMaster worldwide. She was named WreckMaster Top Ten in 2010. She is also a member of the Service League of Cherokee County, Safe Kids of Cherokee County, Ghost Out, and TIME Task Force of Atlanta.

Body Shop

Whatever the cause of those dings, dents, and scratches, Mauldin’s fullservice body shop can transform your vehicle. Managed by Debbie Weaver, Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake

the shop warranties all work for the lifetime the customer owns the vehicle.

specific color. The shop also offers paintless dent removal.

Prior to getting started, technicians meet with customers to learn the history of the car. Technicians then prepare a detailed estimate of what they’ll do to restore the car to preaccident condition.

Using two Brewco frame and alignment racks, technicians can detect misalignments and restore vehicles to proper structural alignment. This ensures that the car not only looks good but is safe to drive.

“We work with the insurance companies for customers. We help argue for what we think is needed,” said Angela. “We fix the vehicle the way we would want it to be if it was our personal vehicle. We treat it like we would be driving it every day.” The shop uses only best quality PPG paints to ensure optimum gloss and durability. Trained technicians mix colors by factory computer codes and then custom tint to match the vehicle’s

The Fourth Generation

While the youngest of Herbert’s descendants is not quite ready to take over the shop, Angela and Brian’s ten-year-old daughter Sierra is already fascinated by the business. She’s been known to provide helpful suggestions for the wrecker drivers and has begged her mom to take her out on calls. In a few more years, Cherokee County may have a second woman in a pink safety vest driving heavy-duty wreckers.

143 Butterworth Road, Canton, GA 30114 770-479-4851 MauldinBodyShop.com Facebook.com/MauldinBodyShop



Going the Extra Mile

By Pastor Andy Rogers

[InGoodFaith] Ever regret asking “How do you know?” It was late in the afternoon when I received a text from my wife asking if I could find a plumber. Thinking I had been successful in fixing clogs in the past, I asked “How do you know we need a plumber?” Her text back was, “Because spaghetti and tomato shards are all over the basement floor.” My heart sank, feeling this was not good news, and I began to ask around for plumber recommendations. I got home to assess the situation, and sure enough,


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the previous night’s dinner was all over the basement floor, but I couldn’t find the source. A little more looking around led to the issue — a quarter-size hole in my cast iron plumbing. Knowing I was in over my head, I phoned my neighbor, a general contractor, hoping he could recommend a trusted plumber.

My neighbor went the extra mile and exhibited Jesus Christ to me when my plumbing was busted. Rather than refer to someone else or point out what needed to be done, he made the repairs with me at his side, learning and listening. He went the extra mile for his neighbor when it might have been easier to stay in his recliner and watch his favorite show.

I was surprised by his response. He came over, and after sizing up the situation, he offered to drive me to the hardware store after dinner and walk me through the repair. Two hours later and another trip to the store for additional pipe, having found other rusted spots, we had replaced over thirty feet of our plumbing system. He refused to let me pay him. Rather, he responded, “That’s what neighbors are for.”

I am grateful for neighbors like my friend and for a church community that also seeks to go the extra mile to meet the needs of others. How might you go the extra mile for someone else? What might be the blessing God has in store for you when you do? Only one way to find out…

Andy Rogers is lead pastor at City On A Hill United Methodist Church, 7745 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-4453480. COAHUMC.org

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A College Student’s

Guide to Time Management By Rachel Sprouse

[AcademicLife] College can be a stressful time. For many, it may be the first time you have had to manage your own schedule. Keeping track of deadlines, assignments, and appointments can seem daunting, but with these simple tips, you can learn how to better manage your time.

Writing out tasks and appointments at the start of each day, along with an estimated time it will take to complete each task, will help you prioritize assignments and keep track of appointments. For example, you might use a small whiteboard that hangs in your work/study area to write out daily tasks and meetings. Once a task is

Create a daily plan.

finished, erase it, and move on to the next one.

Learn to say “no.” This is something people of all ages struggle with. It is possible to take on too much work. Instead of overloading your day and adding unneeded stress, learn to say “no” without having to give an explanation. If you’re unable to complete a task or attend something, it’s ok to say “no.”

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Schedule time for yourself. This may sound silly, but how many times do we put ourselves first? Make sure to incorporate time for yourself when creating a schedule. Even if it’s just thirty minutes, make sure it’s your time. Set it aside as a breather or time to catch up. It will give you a reprieve from your daily tasks and allow you to take a moment before getting back to studying/working. Minimize distractions. Many students study with music in the background, but listening to music on a smartphone or computer can lead to added distractions while studying. Install a toolbar in your web browser to block out distracting websites, and use airplane mode when using a smartphone for music. By minimizing distractions, you can focus on your work without feeling the need to check social media or email. With these tips in mind, go forth, and study hard.



By Julie Senger


hile many folks already know about things like Atlanta’s Olympic Torch Tower, Marietta’s Big Chicken, Alpharetta’s Cagle Castle, or Ball Ground’s Burger Bus, there are many other interesting/peculiar Georgia attractions you may not know existed, which may be worthy of a short detour on your next road trip. Here are a few you may want to check out:

Photos courtesy of 57th Fighter Group Restaurant, JandDImages


Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden 200 North Lewis Street Summerville 706-808-0800

Known for designing album covers for rock groups such as R.E.M. and the Talking Heads, artist Howard Finster originally started out to build a roadside folk-art tribute to inventors out th 57 Fighter Group Restaurant of junk and scraps. However, according 3829 Clairmont Road to the Paradise Garden Foundation Atlanta website (ParadiseGardenFoundation. 770-234-0057 org), Finster shifted his focus when he This aviation-themed restaurant is was “using his fingers to apply paint to a decorated to look like a WWII refurbished bicycle, he noticed that the active war zone, with vehicles paint smudge on the tip of his finger had and planes on the grounds formed a human face. A voice spoke to outside, while the restaurant him, saying, ‘paint sacred art.’” Finster itself is made to look like went on a bomb-damaged French to create farmhouse. Inside, you can almost put on headsets to listen 47,000 to nearby air traffic control pieces of tower chatter because the art in his establishment is located lifetime, on the runway of Peachtree many of Dekalb Airport, so you can also which can watch small planes take off and be seen in land while you eat. Additionally, Paradise the interior walls are covered with Garden. Paradise Garden Artist Howard Finster’s 1940s memorabilia and pictures. World’s Folk Art Church

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Tank Town USA

10408 Appalachian Highway Morganton 706-633-6072

You’ll be driving around in a dirt pit that gets especially muddy when it rains, so you probably don’t want to wear expensive designer duds on this field trip. If you really want to get rid of some pent-up angst in a healthy way, for $599, you can drive the “tank” over a car and crush it!


238 Eddie Martin Road Buena Vista 706-507-8306 Eddie Owens Martin, the artist/creator of Pasaquan, had been “sick with a fever when he was visited by three very tall humanoids from the future world of Pasaquan. They chose him, they said, to be their envoy, ‘St. EOM,’ the only Pasaquoyan of the twentieth century.” Eddie’s job was to “make art and live his life in a way that would show people how wonderful the future would be.” Eddie went on to spend thirty years adding rooms onto his deceased mother’s farmhouse and filling them with paintings and sculptures of “Pasaquoyans in their anti-gravity power suits.” The seven-acre compound is covered with mystic symbols and zany structures that are a testament to this artist’s colorful past and eclectic personality. Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake

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Old Car City USA

Wampus Box

3098 Highway 411, NE White 770-382-6141

2315 Georgia 17 Sautee Nacoochee 706-878-2281

This place is a haven for photographers who love to scour its 32 acres for the perfect rusted-out old vehicle with the best mix of light and shadows dancing across its hood from just the right angle. Opened as a general store during the Great Depression, Old Car City gradually evolved into a large old automobile junkyard. In 2009, owner Dean Lewis realized he could turn it into a tourist attraction because “lots of people seemed to share his love of decomposing automotive carcasses.”

This box/cage contraption is located outside the Old Sautee Store. It has delighted, intrigued, and frightened travelers for more than twenty years. One traveler recalled visiting the wampus box as a child: “Inside, they say there’s a rare and dangerous animal. You can peak inside, but you can’t reach in. All you see is a wampus tail sticking out from an inner hole. Now, being kids, we wanted to see the whole wampus, so we did what they dared you not do and opened the box from the front latch. Well, needless to say, a ‘wampus’ leaps out and nearly scares the bajeebees out of you!”

While in White, have lunch at Wes-Man’s restaurant (3167 Highway 411, NE), where the old 1940s truck parked out front is repainted every single day and utilized as a welcome sign and message board.

Bettis Tribble Gap Road Cumming

labyrinth has only one path, and the

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Booger Hill

A gravity hill, it is said that “ghosts haunt the nearby slave burial ground” because they don’t want visitors, “so they pull your car back up the road. Labyrinth of Rome And leave hand prints.” At 402 Civic Center Drive the bottom of the hill, Rome when you put your car 706-295-5576 in neutral, it will defy gravity and roll up Need to get out of the hill. According your car to stretch to one person who your legs and tried it, this road clear your head? is very busy in the In 2010, the 1930s daytime, so you may Works Progress want to try it at night Ph Administration ur ot To o of co when it is less busy (and e urt c amphitheater was fi f esy eO o f Ge orgia’s Rom creepier!). The same person transformed into a meditative also claimed that the car “picked up labyrinth composed of 5,490 bricks. speed” as it ascended. According to RomeGeorgia.org, “A is m

Have you ever wanted to drive a tank, but you just don’t think you’re cut out to join the military, endure the rigors of boot camp, and then uproot yourself to go wherever Uncle Sam sends you for training and duty? If your answer is, “Yes!” then this place is for you. Well, you won’t actually get to drive a tank because the U.S. will not sell operational armor to the public. Instead, you can operate a FV432, which is an armored personnel carrier that the British army used to drive. However, most people would label this vehicle a tank, as it is fifteen tons of armor-plated steel.

intention is not to confuse, but rather to help one focus. The path into the center is a search for your true self, as the stresses and concerns of the world slip away from your consciousness. This particular labyrinth is a bit more strenuous than most as it is on different levels, not unlike how we live our lives.”




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The Power of Parenting By Ferdinand Yates, Jr., M.D., M.A. [HealthyLife] According to a Pew Research Study in 2017: • 56 percent of working parents said they find it difficult to balance their time between work and family. • 63 percent wish they had done more activities with their child. • More than half of parents said they regret not having more quality time with their children when they were younger. This is not an unusual observation. Here are a few suggestions to help parents:

P - You are a parent, not a buddy, and you will likely never be best friends with your child. You want to protect your child, but also be proactive and anticipate problems (sexuality, bullying, internet activity). Occasional appropriate

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punishment is reasonable with proper anticipatory warnings.

A - It is necessary to allow your child to experience life with all its adventures and adversities. Controlled risk-taking is an important part of learning. R - Reach out to your child with love

and respect. Your child needs your affection but also deserves some privacy. Boundaries are an important part of life’s activities.

E - Engage, educate, explain, and

encourage your children. They learn well when you teach by example. A good foundation will provide the child with both roots to grow and wings to fly.

N - Nourish your child with quality food, experiences, and opportunities. It is difficult to predict which of life’s many nuances will positively impact your child.

T - Your child needs your time and your

talents. You are your child’s treasure, not the stuff you give him or her. Children change quickly, and time goes by very fast. Try not to blink! Your child learns to walk only once, but it may not be too late to watch that first ball game.

Source - The American College of Pediatricians

Dr. Yates is a pediatrician at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, 2000 Professional Way, #200, Woodstock. 770-517-0250. WoodstockPeds.com



Test Your Electrical

Safety Knowledge By Cobb EMC staff [HomeLife] Think you know a lot about

electricity? Test your electrical knowledge with the quiz below. After you ace the quiz, share your knowledge by practicing and teaching others about electrical safety — it could save a life! 1. What’s the most dangerous place to use electricity? A. Outdoors B. Around other electrical devices/equipment C. Near water 2. Exposure to low-voltage electricity cannot cause serious injury or death. A. True B. False 3. You notice the electrical cord on a device is damaged or frayed. What should you do? A. Wrap tape around the damaged area, and continue using it. B. Replace the frayed cord immediately. C. Do nothing, and keep using the cord, regardless of the frayed wires. 4. When electrical devices carry this mark, it means it has been tested for safety. A. SC (Safety Certified) B. ES (Electrical Safety) C. UL (Underwriters Laboratory) 5. Overloading power strips and wall outlets increases the possibility of an electrical fire. A. True B. False 6. The safest ladder to use around electricity is… A. Fiberglass B. Aluminum C. Wood 7. How much space should there be between power lines and trees? A. At least three feet B. Any amount you want C. Enough space where mature trees/limbs won’t touch power lines if they fall 8. It is safe to run power cords beneath rugs and carpets. A. True B. False

These tips were provided by Cobb EMC, a not-for-profit electric cooperative. 770-429-2100. CobbEMC.com

(Answers – 1. C, 2. B, 3. B, 4. C, 5. A, 6. A, 7. C, 8. B)


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Fall Is Prime Time for Vegetable Gardening By Joshua Fuder It is a common [HomeLife] misconception that vegetable gardening ends with the summer. Many vegetables like spinach, collards, lettuce, and turnips prefer to grow in cooler temperatures. Not only do many vegetables tolerate cool temperatures, they actually thrive and are sweeter and more flavorful when grown under cold conditions.

Things to Consider for the Fall Garden Planting from seed - Successive plantings of quick growing plants like radishes, spinach, beets, turnips, and lettuce can be made up to about mid-

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September to mature before frosts come. These plants do best when planted directly from seed. Soil temperatures in the fall tend to be warmer than in spring, so it is recommended to plant seeds twice as deep as normal. Transplanting Things like collards, kale, broccoli, and cabbage can be transplanted in the garden up to the end of September. These plants are very tolerant of mild frosts and get sweeter in taste after a few freezing nights. Turn up the flavor - To add some flavor to the roots and greens coming out of the garden, think about planting herbs

like parsley, dill, arugula, and cilantro — all of which prefer to grow under cooler temperatures. The fall is also the time to plant garlic, onion sets, and shallots for harvest next year. A little protection goes a long way - If a frost is predicted, try to cover plants with a floating row cover, straw, or old bed sheets. If just a few plants are left, you can protect them with things like milk jugs. Simple cold frames can also be constructed with old windows or plexiglass, which will make growing things like lettuce possible all winter long.

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



Dental Implants

Consider the Cost of NOT Having Them By Steven Anderson, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] Losing an adult tooth often has significant, long-term, damaging effects that many people do not realize until it is too late. If you have lost a tooth, for whatever reason, decide today to speak to your dentist about dental implants and how they can improve your quality of life. In many circumstances, dental implants are the optimal method to restore lost function and prevent serious jaw bone disease in the future. Your dentist will restore the complete tooth with the implant, which will allow you to chew, brush, and floss as you normally would with your natural teeth. Dental implants also look very natural. Oftentimes, no one knows you have implants unless you tell them. Does implant surgery hurt? The short


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answer is, “It’s not that bad of a surgery.” The dentist will certainly make your jaw numb (just like if you were having a filling or other treatment). You should not feel any pain during the surgery. Any post-surgical pain or discomfort can be effectively managed by your dentist. There are certainly other common life events (non-dental related) that are clearly more painful. Bottom line — dental implant surgery pain is very manageable. Fear of pain should not be a limiting factor. Does implant surgery cost a lot? Cost is almost always a relative thing. What is the cost of non-treatment? There are significant financial costs associated with non-treatment that patients sometimes overlook. Yet, all costs must be clearly understood. What is the actual cost savings by preventing gum and bone

disease because you chose to replace your missing tooth with an implant? Priceless. And you maintain a healthy, functioning mouth during your lifetime as an added benefit. Your dental health should be personalized care that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Make time to talk with your dentist about your desires to have healthy, functional teeth, and collectively come up with a plan to ensure your success. After all, you deserve the best, and great dentistry is all about you.

Dr. Steven Anderson is owner/ dentist with Anderson Dental of Woodstock and East Cobb. 650 Claremore Professional Way, Suite 200, Woodstock. 770-384-8505. DrStevenAnderson.com

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Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Celebrations Atlas Chiropractic of Woodstock 8744 Main Street, Suite 103 Woodstock 248-345-9258 Health Care

Cherokee Fire Station 1

JW Collection South On Main 138 Brighton Boulevard Woodstock 770-809-6013 Builders - New Home

303 Allatoona Ridge Road Woodstock 678-773-0875 Technology Services

Women First Rehabilitation

Costco Wholesale

Woodstock Lions Club

100 Old Bascomb Court Acworth 678-493-4107 Government - County

280 Heritage Walk Woodstock 770-485-7411 Health Care


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113 Lincoln Street Woodstock 770-694-7193 Retail


P.O. Box 711 Woodstock 770-906-2958 Nonprofit Organizations

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Enjoy Your Local

PARKS Cherokee





disc golf

ball field

tennis basketball

dog park




inline hockey



skate park


splash fitness/ park rec center

Woofstock Park 150 Dupree Road


large & small breed off leash

The Park at City Center 101 Arnold Mill Road

boat ramp Kenney Askew Memorial Park 1080 Univeter Road

trailhead to Noonday/ Town to Creek Trail

athletic field McCanless Park Muriel Street

fountain, ample benches, 911 memorial, gazebo


Cherokee Mills Park 6900 Bells Ferry Road

Barnett Park 10795 Bells Ferry Road

Scout hut Sequoyah Park 7000 Vaughn Road

$5 fee to use: 3 ramps, boat dock & trailer parking

athletic field

Cherokee Tennis Center at JJ Biello Park 155 Brooke Boulevard 10 courts & pro shop

Blankets Creek Bike Trails 231 Sixes Road

Dobbs Road Park 200 Dobbs Road

Boling Park 1098 Marietta Highway

Union Hill Community Center 1780 A J Land Road banquet hall, warming kitchen


Weatherby Park 100 Worley Road

community garden

athletic field


Dupree Park 513 Neese Road

Brown Park 251 East Marietta Street


free little library Hobgood Park 6688 Bells Ferry Road

Buffington Park & Gym 4600 Cumming Highway

Barrett Park 120 Park Lane gazebo

turf field Lewis Park 200 East Bells Ferry Road

Burge Park Crisler Street

J.C. Mullins Park 150 Childers Academic Circle

Olde Rope Mill Park 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road

Cannon Park 130 East Main Street

J.B. Owens Park 2699 Hickory Road

14 mi Recreation Center, South Annex 7545 Main Street

gazebo, benches, community events Cherokee Veterans Park 7345 Cumming Highway

stage Riverchase Park 150 River Glen Drive



Etowah River Park 600 Brown Industrial Parkway stage, trail connects to grass field Heritage Park

Riverside Athletic Complex at JJ Biello Park 610 Druw Cameron Drive 6 athletic fields (for rent)

Field’s Landing Park 600 Fields Landing Drive

Springfield Park 423 Springfield Drive

Heritage Park 508 Riverstone Parkway

future trail head

$5 fee to use: 3 ramps, boat dock & trailer parking

Dwight Terry Park 13395 East Cherokee Drive Ball Ground Patriots Park 1485 Kellogg Creek Road - Acworth adaptive ball field and playground Cline Park 704 Bartow Street - Waleska

one-mile concrete walking trail connecting to Etowah River Trail and Etowah River Park, field

The Valley Playground & Pavilion at JJ Biello Park 175 Brooke Boulevard areas for 2-5 years & 5-12 years

Hickory Log Creek Reservoir Fate Conn Road at Bluffs Parkway

Twin Creeks Softball Complex at JJ Biello Park 250 Brooke Boulevard 5 softball diamonds for rent

Hickory Trails Park 3860 Hickory Road

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$5 per vehicle

Garland Mountain Horse & Hiking Trails 1411 Garland Mountain Way Waleska 12+ mi Waleska Park 150 Ball Field Road - Waleska athletic field



Alpine Bakery 21 Alzheimer’s Music Fest 19 Anderson Dental 53 Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates 27 Bug You No More 34 Burns Law Group 27 C & T Auto Service 21 Cherokee Breast Care 3 Cherokee Celebrity Feud 33 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 31 Cobb EMC 16 Dance Imagination 49 Dawn Sams, Realtor 21 Dentistry for Woodstock Cover, 28-29 Dr. Fixit, Ph.D. 49 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village 25 Eyes on Towne Lake 13 Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill 11 Foot & Ankle Reconstruction 23 of North Georgia Fun Finds and Designs, LLC 56 Georgia Zombie Fest 11 Great Allatoona Lake Clean Up 49 Healing Hands Youth Ranch 39 Hickory Flat Volunteer Association 48 Holly Springs Autumn Fest 43 Jyl Craven Hair Design Inside Back Landscape Matters 39 LGE Community Credit Union Inside Front Mandy Marger — Safe Harbor Mortgage 48 Maple Leaf Lawn Care and Pest Control 34 Masterpiece Framer 20 Mauldin Body Shop & Towing 40-41 Next Step Ministries 30 North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists 13 Northside Cherokee Pediatrics 11 Northside Heart 5 Northside Hospital Cherokee 1 Northside Radiation Oncology Consultants 5 Outdoor Living, Indoor Comfort, LLC 3 Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 42 and Dentistry at Canton Perimeter North Medical Associates 10 Plastic Surgery Center of the South 51 Riverfest 37 Southern Air Pros, LLC 47 Summit Financial Solutions 35 Twilight Run F.O.R. Cherokee 33 WellStar Health System Back Cover Woodstock Fire Department 43 Woodstock Pediatric Medicine 35 Woodstock Summer Concert Series 32 56

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