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PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Michelle Martin ART Candice Williams Tiffany Atwood SALES Janet Ponichtera Jennifer Forman

Moving Forward


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

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

Jack Tuszynski, publisher

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Polly Balint, Gemma Beylouny, Jyl Craven, Dr. Kyle Edwards, Louise Estabrook, Catherine Groves, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Mayor Donnie Henriques, Johnny Hunt, Emily Jobe, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Lorre LaMarca, Scott Lavelle, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Dr. Vishant Nath, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Nick Roper, Lauren Sellers, Suzanne Taylor Woodstock Family Life magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Family Life Publications. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for communitybased advertising. Each month, copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the Woodstock area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found and other information. Woodstock Family Life welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Woodstock Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher. © 2013 All rights reserved.


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Calendar of

Events September 10

TOTALLY DEVOTED MARKETPLACE MINISTRY Polly Balint, founder of That Girl Marketing LLC and author of the “Totally Devoted” women’s devotional series, will lead a women’s community Bible study from her “Totally Devoted 2” devotional. This Bible study and gathering is for busy women who are hungry for truth! There is no “homework” — just weekly devotions of hope and encouragement. 9:30-11 a.m., Tuesdays, through November 19, at Canton Marketplace IHOP.


BETH MOORE SIMULCAST Author Beth Moore will bring her Living Proof Live Bible study to Canton via simulcast at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Music for the event will be led by Dove award-winning musician Travis Cottrell. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 4096 E. Cherokee Road, Canton. 770-479-3324,


The MARSHALL TUCKER BAND Main Street Woodstock’s summer Woodstock Concert Series presents The Marshall Tucker Band in concert. Come out and enjoy the Southern Rock band performing hits like “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Can’t You See.” The concert is free. 7:30 p.m., The Park at City Center, 103 Arnold Mill Road, Downtown Woodstock


FIRST RESPONDERS’ APPRECIATION CEREMONY Woodstock Church of Christ will honor Cherokee County first responders who serve local communities. This remembrance service will provide an opportunity for the community to come together for a time of thanks, remembrance and prayer for those who make sacrifices for our safety and freedom every day.


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Library Events Hickory Flat 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565

Rose Creek 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491

Woodstock 7735 Main St., Woodstock, 770-926-5859

September Story Times The event will include a special video to remember September 11, 2001, and a meal for all emergency workers and military in Cherokee County. 5:30 p.m., Woodstock Church of Christ, 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock. 404-421-6370,


CHEROKEE COUNTY FAIR Family fun at the fair, featuring livestock, shows, carnival rides, games and more. Fair Grounds in Canton, 160 McClure St.

Week of September 3: Help is on the Way! Week of September 10: What’s in a Box? Week of September 17: Never Mail an Elephant Week of September 24: Goin’ Nutty! September 3, 10, 17 & 24 Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Rose Creek September 4, 11, 18 & 25 Lapsit Story Time, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., Woodstock September 5, 12, 18 & 26 Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Hickory Flat & Woodstock


Special Programs


Woodstock LEGO Club September 15, 3 p.m., Woodstock Work alone or in teams to construct a special creation matching the current month’s theme. These works will stay on display until the next month’s meeting! All ages are invited; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

PARK(ING) DAY 2013 GROW (Green Reaps Opportunities for Woodstock) will transform parking spaces all over Downtown Woodstock into parks for the day. PARK(ing) Day was organized originally in San Francisco in 2005 to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. FALL PLANT SALE The Georgia Master Gardeners Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County’s Fall Plant Sale will feature Cannas, Sedums, Daylilies, Purple Coneflowers, Oriental Button Bush, Itea Shrub and January Jasmine Bush. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Cherokee County Co-Op Extension Office, which promotes public knowledge and appreciation of plants through seminars. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton


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Are You a Dragonfly? September 11, 3:30 p.m., Hickory Flat The Upper Etowah River Alliance will teach participants about the life cycle of a dragonfly using the book “Are you a Dragonfly?” Afterward, participants will make their own colorful dragonfly. This program is appropriate for children ages 5-8. Registration is required.

Ongoing Events Reading Dogs September 4, 11, 18 & 25, 4:30 p.m., Rose Creek Kids and dogs go together like books and reading. Letting a child read to a dog builds confidence by providing a friendly, furry and non-judgmental listener. Sessions of 10-15 minutes for ages 6 and up are available, but space is limited. You can register by calling the appropriate branch up to two weeks before the scheduled event.

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Events (CASA) for Children and the Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFCS) will host an informational meeting for those interested in volunteering to help to rebuild the life of a foster child. Attendees will learn about the need for foster parents and volunteer advocates and their respective roles in the foster care system. 6 p.m., DFCS Office, 105 Lamar Haley Parkway, Canton. 770-345-3274,


CITIZENS’ PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY The City of Woodstock Police and Fire departments will offer a series of classes beginning September 25 to teach approved applicants of the program about the general services of each department and how participants can help improve public safety. Weekly meetings through November 20 will cover Police & Fire operations; criminal investigations; domestic violence; traffic management and investigation; Homeland Security; and more. Contact the Woodstock Police Dept. for application details. 6:308:30 p.m., Magnolia Hall, 108 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-592-6000, ext. 1172,


‘MIZZ EDNA DRIVES ON MAIN’ Based on the real-life adventures of a Woodstock resident who became the first woman driver in town, this Elm Street Cultural Arts Village original production is by and for seniors and the community at large. Tickets are available in advance and at the door. 7:30 p.m., September 27-28, 2 p.m., September 29, The Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251,


RUN FOR ERIN The 14th Annual Run for Erin is in honor of Woodstock resident Erin Murphy Peters, who suffers from MPS III-B (San Filippo Syndrome). The 5K Walk/Run will be held at Woodstock High School. Race-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Medallions will be awarded in seven age groups. The


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event also will feature food, music and local vendors. All proceeds will benefit the National MPS Society’s MPS III-B research efforts. Woodstock High School, 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock. 770-928-0853,


RIVERFEST The Service League of Cherokee County will present the 29th annual Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival, a juried show featuring more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s activities and concessions. Proceeds from the event will help serve Cherokee County children in need. The event will take place rain or shine. All areas are handicap accessible. Free parking and shuttle services will be available. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., September 29, Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Hwy., Canton. 770-704-5991,

October 14

GOSHEN VALLEY CLASSIC The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch will host its eighth-annual Goshen Valley Classic golf tournament to benefit the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch foster home, located in Waleska. The event will include lunch, tournament prizes, a post-round dinner reception and silent auction. 12:15 p.m., Cherokee Country Club, 665 Hightower Road, Atlanta.


GOLF ‘FORE’ CHARITY BridgeMill Sixes Service League will host its fourth-annual Golf “Fore” Charity Tournament to benefit families in need in Cherokee County. The event will feature 18 holes of golf, a luncheon, silent auction and an awards ceremony, along with a special recognition honoring Kim Loesing with MUST Ministries. 9 a.m., BridgeMill Athletic Club, 1190 BridgeMill Ave., Canton.

Your Employees Can Make or Break Your Business By Nick Roper

Valuable employees are the backbone of any small business. The work completed by these employees is what sets a successful small business apart from an unsuccessful small business. Employees also are the biggest expense of most companies, which makes it imperative to hire only those quality employees who pass a background check and drug screening. Your employees are also the face of your company. To ensure employees represent your company as professionally as possible, implement a dress code that requires employees wear a uniform and maintain a wellgroomed appearance. Employees who dress and behave poorly will give customers a negative image of your business — and directly impact your company’s success.

All companies should hold employee training sessions that cover everything from customer service to step-bystep instructions on how to complete certain job functions. You should also emphasize that no job is finished until each of the steps has been completed, including necessary paperwork. Again, walk employees through the proper way to complete all required paperwork. Employee turnover is a common risk of small businesses. Maintaining quality standards and high expectations means hiring employees who likewise value working for the same company for many years rather than those who typically bounce from job to job. Dealing with constant employee turnover also puts stress on the other employees who are left to pick up the slack, as well as

involves time to interview, hire, and train new employees. Small businesses should live by the old adage that “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” This is especially true for businesses with 20 or fewer employees. If one employee doesn’t pull his or her weight, that represents 5 percent of your staff that isn’t producing a profit for the company. To put that in perspective, let’s say that your company has a net profit of $100,000 at the end of the year; if you subtract 5 percent, that would result in a profit loss of $5,000 for the year. I feel confident in saying that no small business owner would like to throw 5 percent of his profits down the drain!

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



Business What's New All Travel Co. recently opened at 8744 Main St., Suite 404, in Downtown Woodstock. Owners Trudie Robinson and June Cuba joined forces three years ago after many years in the travel agency. All Travel Co. specializes in destination weddings, honeymoons, vacations, group travel and cruises. 770-426-1825,

Clear Plumbing Solutions LLC in Woodstock provides residential and commercial plumbing services throughout metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Family-owned and operated, Clear Plumbing Solutions is dedicated to delivering high-quality yet affordable workmanship based on upfront pricing. Owner Carlos Henao, a master plumber, has more than 15 years’ experience in plumbing repair and installation, including kitchen fixtures and tankless water heaters. 770-807-4800,

Newly opened at 450 Chambers St. in Downtown Woodstock, Rak Outfitters has everything Woodstock residents need to enjoy the outdoors. Rak carries a wide selection of camping and hiking gear, along with kayaks and apparel from The North Face, Patagonia, TOMS, Columbia and other top brands. Owners Brandon and Jeni Knight and Gib Roland also have two other locations, at the Prime Outlets in Calhoun and on Walnut Avenue in Dalton. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday; and 1-6 p.m., Sunday. 678-909-6768,

Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) hosted an Economic Development Forum August 14 at Northside-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton to present findings of a recent survey of businesses in Cherokee County. Leaders from the COED, including Misti Martin, president, shared the overwhelmingly positive findings of the survey. The survey has been conducted every two years since 2007. Of the 23 companies surveyed between April and June of this year, 91 percent reported growth in their primary product or service; 87 percent have introduced new products; and 78 percent expect to expand within the next three years. In addition, 2013 sales for the companies surveyed have already surpassed sales for all of 2007. They also noted that the Cherokee County workforce has a high work ethic, good access to all levels of labor, and is stable. The report also noted an increase in the number of business licenses and building permits issued for Cherokee County. “These are our most optimistic results of the survey to date,” Martin says. In addition to The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta’s recent opening in Woodstock and the new Northside Hospital-Cherokee under construction in Canton, three large companies soon will open new facilities in Cherokee County. Inalfa, which manufactures automobile sunroofs, will open a new 165,000-square-foot office this fall. Cabela’s Outfitters will open a new retail store — its first in Georgia — here in fall 2014. Midwest Metals just announced plans to open a new facility here as well. Each of these new businesses will open at the new Cherokee 75 Corporate Park, located off of Highway 92 near I-75. Martin also noted areas of concern for continued growth. “We have to retain our own talent within Cherokee County and become a self-sustaining community. We have to make Cherokee County not only a great place to live, play and shop but also a great place to do business.” 10

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Minute By Mayor Donnie Henriques

Do Kids Always Come Back?


’ve often said that you need to keep a few extra bedrooms in your house available for guests and your adult children coming home. Recently, those extra bedrooms have come in handy. First, our youngest son came to visit with our 9-monthold grandson. It was definitely worth the effort to have the bedrooms fresh, clean and available for them. The visit was joyous, as we got to play with the baby continually for several days.

Kate, Jackson and Jeremey Henriques

Here’s the good part about their visit: They went back home to their own house. While we will miss the youngster, an old saying comes to mind, “The best thing about grandchildren is they eventually go back to their parents.” I hope this doesn’t sound too harsh, because we really do enjoy their visits.

Second, our oldest son came to stay with us. While I know his return is only temporary, it’s still for an extended period of time — more than a vacation. He is getting a vocational license and it has to be done in Georgia; hence, the extended period of time. Those extra bedrooms, again, are coming in handy. In addition to our oldest son’s return home, our youngest, our daughter, is living with us while she finishes school at Kennesaw State University. She had moved out for awhile, but came back after realizing what she had at home. Don’t get me wrong. I love our children with all my heart. They have all done well so far in life. The oldest (34) just completed his degree in audiology. Number two son (31) got a Ph.D. in neurology. I have no idea what he is talking about, as you can imagine. My daughter (22) is on the Dean’s List at KSU. I have nothing to complain about. They are all good kids. I’m just wondering, do our kids always come back? I’m sure that every parent with adult children knows from where I come.

Donnie Henriques is the mayor of Woodstock. 770-592-6001,


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Do you have a really great vacation photo that makes everyone who sees it smile? We want to enjoy it too! Submit your photo to be eligible to win prizes donated from businesses in your community. All entry fees go directly to our featured charity, Cherokee FOCUS, which operates the Cherokee Youth Works Program to serve at-risk youth providing education, workforce training and life skills. Name: Address: Phone: Email: Please include your favorite image on minimum size of 4x6 on glossy photo paper along with this form and check for $10.00 payable to Cherokee FOCUS. Images will be judged on “fun factor,” content and technical quality. Prints become property of Family Life Publications and will not be returned. Finalists will be contacted for additional information about their winning photos. Winners will be announced in our November issue and will receive gift certificates as follows: First place — $100 Family portrait session with, Second place — $50 Spa package at Revive Day Spa, Third place — $20 gift certificate to J. Miller’s Smokehouse.

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

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The Best Hairstyle for Your Face Shape By Jyl Craven

I think we’ve all done it at one point. We’ve tried to imitate a friend’s or favorite celebrity’s haircut only to be disappointed when the ‘do just doesn’t look as good on us as it does on them. What gives? It’s all about face shape. By determining your face shape and the haircuts that work best for your face, you can minimize problem areas and flatter your unique face. To determine your face shape, pull your hair back from your face and look in a mirror. If your face is circular and approximately the same length and width, then you are a round face type. If you have a strong, broad forehead and an

angular jaw, then your face type is considered square. If your face is wide at the forehead and cheekbones but narrow at the jawline, then you are a heartshaped face type. Oval face types have longer faces with the forehead and jaw approximately the same width. Let’s explore the best cuts for these four main face shapes:





Maximize your look by deflecting the natural roundness in your face. Wear your hair in long layers or in gentle waves that draw attention away from your cheek area. If you want to wear bangs, avoid a blunt cut and keep your fringe long and side-swept. Avoid short bobs or a haircut that ends at the widest part of your face; those cuts will maximize, instead of minimize, a round face shape.

Many women with a square-shaped face want to minimize a strong jaw. If this is the case, wear your hair medium-length to long. Think about light layers, chunky ends or curls to soften the jawline. Side-swept bangs can also minimize a broad forehead. A-line bobs are also flattering on women with square-shaped faces.

Women with heart-shaped faces are often trying to minimize their forehead while filling in the narrow chin area. Consider side-swept bangs to frame the face, or a bobbed length to add texture and volume right at the chin. Women with heart-shaped faces can wear long hair, too, but might want to consider a cut that draws attention to their cheekbone area.

Women with oval faces can wear just about any cut. The only caution we recommend is to avoid too much volume on the top of the head, which might lengthen the face too much.

Ask your stylist about cuts that will flatter your face shape and create a whole new look!

Jyl Craven is owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. 770-345-9411,




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The Marshall Tucker Band

Brown Bag Concert Series

Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll with the Southern Rock legends, The Marshall Tucker Band, on September 14! This free concert in the park is the last of Woodstock’s 16th annual “Summer Concert Series.” Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Music starts at 7:30 p.m., but — Scoop Tip — arrive early for a good spot and family-friendly activities that will include a moonwalk, face painting and balloon animals, along with food vendors. The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock



Fall family fun

Need a break from your regular lunch routine? Come out to Woodstock’s “Brown Bag Concert Series,” held 12-1 p.m., every Thursday in September. Enjoy Downtown Woodstock with your friends, children and co-workers. Pack your lunch or stop by one of Downtown Woodstock’s many restaurants. Visit for a schedule of featured musicians. The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock

Corn Maze If you are excited about fall and the fun events that come with it, your wait is over! Cagle’s Family Farm will offer its annual Corn Maze every Friday-Sunday through November 10. Now in its 13th year, the Corn Maze features more than 3 miles of fun paths to discover. Visit for times, admission prices and more fall events. 355 Stringer Road, Canton

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Which Wich

Looking to take your sandwich choices up a notch? Try Which Wich, located in the Canton Marketplace. With only five OTP locations, we are excited for this new chain of fun and unique sandwiches to open here in Canton. There are more than 50 different sandwich combinations that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Which “Wich” will you choose? 2030 Cumming Hwy., Suite 202, Canton



Community Main Street Woodstock Hosts Appreciation Event

Woodstock’s National Night Out Promotes Public Safety

The board of directors for Main Street Woodstock hosted a Members Appreciation Night August 15 at The Chambers at City Center in Woodstock. The event included complimentary food and beverages provided by J. Miller Smokehouse; Firestone Wood Fire Pizza; Ipp’s Pastaria; Magnolia Thomas Restaurant; and Freight Kitchen and Tap, along with entertainment by Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and PowerTap Cloggers. Main Street Woodstock is a 501(c)(6) organization that is supported through annual membership investments and the City of Woodstock’s hotel taxes. Main Street Woodstock’s mission and efforts are focused on enhancing the community through arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities; business development and networking opportunities; and beautification projects.

Woodstock Police Dept. hosted its annual National Night Out event August 6 at The Park at City Center in Downtown Woodstock. Residents enjoyed familyfriendly activities, including bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, face painting, and a Safe Kids safety house. In addition, local police and fire officials conducted SWAT and K-9 demonstrations. Woodstock’s National Night Out was part of the nationwide event by the National Association of Town Watch, now in its 30th year. National Night Out began in 1984 to promote awareness of crime and drug prevention, establish community-police partnerships, and instill neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people throughout the United States and other countries.

Woodstock’s annual National Night Out promotes community camaraderie and public safety. Photos courtesy of Darleen Prem

Elm Street Performs ‘Nunsense’

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As part of its 2013-14 season performances, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock presented the popular adult comedy, “Nunsense,” in August. The production, based on the original Broadway musical, tells the comical story of a group of nuns who try to raise funds to bury their fellow Sisters who were accidentally poisoned by the convent’s cook. Upcoming Elm Street Cultural Arts Village performances will include “Mizz Edna Drives on Main,” “Little Women,” and the Christmas Repertory featuring “The Little Drummer Boy” and “A Christmas Carol.” For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, visit Elm Street Cultural Arts Village presents “Nunsense.”

Successful Start to a New School Year By Janet Read

This is the first time in 15 years that I have not had at least one of my boys attending a Cherokee County school. It seems odd that I wasn’t busy planning the first day’s breakfast for about 20 of my friends; shopping for school supplies; attending “Meet and Greet” events; or making sure my PTSA committee was on target for its goals. It is exciting to see both of my boys head off to the colleges of their choice, but it is also bittersweet to have closed that chapter in my life’s book. Even though I am no longer a Cherokee County School District (CCSD) parent, I am still very involved with what is happening around the district.This year the school calendar will reflect the full 180 instructional school days. Some of the students may not be too happy about this, but I know our teachers are. Although

previously we increased the school days by eight minutes to compensate for lost instructional time, I think most teachers prefer having the additional five days to cover all the necessary material. Over the past four years, the CCSD has cut/eliminated 50 bus driver positions and consolidated more than 200 bus routes.This year, our 350 buses will transport approximately 23,000 students each morning and 26,000 each afternoon.This is about 70 percent of our student population. Our cafeterias served 5.3 million meals last year, including breakfast and lunch. This year, approximately 32 percent of our students are eligible for free or reduced lunch prices. School lunch menus are posted online, and parents have the ability to monitor/pay their student’s lunch account online.

Our anticipated enrollment for 2013-14 is 39,324 students. Rest assured that when your student arrived on campus August 5 for the first day of school, our 41 campuses throughout the county were geared up and ready to go! The ongoing education and safety of our students is a team effort. Kudos to the teachers, administrators and staff who worked tirelessly this summer to make sure the 2013-14 school year is another successful year!

Janet Read is chair of the CCSD board. 770-516-1444,



The Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, near The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, is named after a mill site with a long history in Cherokee County. The site was first used as the Little River grist mill in the 1830s. The water-powered mill was used to grind corn into cornmeal and feed. By 1875, the falls were also powering a woolen mill and sawmill. The mill became known as the Woodstock Cotton Mills after being purchased by James A. Atherton in the 1880s. It was later sold to J.S. Dorn and became known as the Dorn Rope Mills, producing as much as 2,000 bales of rope per year. Dorn replaced the old wooden mill buildings with a new brick building, which was damaged by a flood in 1925. He rebuilt the dam and enlarged the mill. After 1928, Joe E. Johnston and Smith L. Johnston ran the mill, producing rope for plows and wells. During WWII the mill produced rope for military tents and employed 30 people. Purchased by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Lake Allatoona project, the mill was closed and removed in 1952. These rarely seen photos show the Dorn Rope Mills building and Rope Mill Bridge as they appeared in 1924. Dorn Rope Mills and Rope Mill Bridge, photographed here in 1924, date back to the original Little River grist mill of the 1830s. The site now is home to Olde Rope Mill Park, located near the new outlet shopping center off of I-575 Exit 9 in Woodstock.

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Academic Woodstock Graduate Begins Classes at U.S. Air Force Academy

Etowah High Chorus Performs at Braves Game

Trey Alexander, a 2013 graduate of Woodstock High School (WHS), has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Alexander participated in basic training over the summer and began classes in August. He was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. Alexander participated in National Signing Day to play football for the U.S. Air Force Academy. A football standout at WHS, he was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Gridiron Club during his junior and senior seasons and was a 2013 Dooley Award winner. He also made All-County Honorable Mention as a basketball player for the school and was a member of the National Honor Society. “We are very proud,” said his mother, Tanya Alexander. “He has been and continues to be obedient, respectful, responsible, strong, courageous, dedicated, protective and much more. All of these characteristics will carry him to great heights. It was truly an honor when he received his nomination from U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.”

Trey Alexander, a 2013 graduate of Woodstock High School, completed basic training at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He began classes in August.


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Members of the Etowah High School Chorus performed the National Anthem before a recent Atlanta Braves game.

The Etowah High School Chorus, the Etowah Elite, had the honor of singing the National Anthem at a recent Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field. Led by Chorus Director William Hall, members of the Etowah Elite sang the National Anthem in front of a crowd of baseball fans before the Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies game on August 13. It was the school chorus’ first opportunity to sing before a Braves game. Etowah was selected after submitting a performance CD this past spring. The Etowah chorus group performing at the Braves game featured 28 students in grades 1012, as well as some former students who had sung on the original recording from which the school chorus was selected; normally, Hall said the Etowah Elite chorus has approximately 130 students in grades 9-12.

Clark Creek Elementary Starts Watch DOGS program Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy has Watch DOGS (left to right): Rob Hogsten, DOGS organized a new Regional Coordinator Keith Schumacker, and Watch DOGS (Dads Donnie Hamb of Great Students) program. Watch DOGS are fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures who serve as positive and active role models for students and commit to volunteer at the school for at least one day a year. “When students see father figures taking an active interest in their school, it can increase the students’ excitement and their education,” said Principal Dr. Jennifer Scrivner. “This nationally recognized program has been a great success.”

Are Your Eyes Helping or Hurting Sports Performance? By Kyle Edwards, O.D. We love our sports in Georgia. While our love for sports will often lead us to buy the latest and greatest golf driver or baseball bat to help us hit a ball farther, we often neglect our most important piece of equipment: our eyes. Prescription eyewear must be kept up to date in order to properly see during any athletic activity. It is also important to know which eye is your dominant eye to determine how to line up objects in your field of vision. The dominant eye processes information faster and often sees more clearly than the nondominant eye as well. About 80 percent of the population is same-side dominant — meaning they are both right-handed and right eye-dominant (or left-handed and left eye-dominant). Approximately 20 percent are cross-dominant, meaning they are right-handed but left eye-dominant (or vice versa). Knowing your ocular dominance is particularly helpful in side-on sports, dominant eye can aid such as baseball and golf, in which your ability to perform the athlete stands to the side of the in your sport.” ball as he hits. In this situation, an athlete who is cross-dominant is thought to have an advantage because the dominant eye is closer to the ball so that he can better visualize the ball in setup and swing.

“Determining your

One simple test to find out your dominant eye is to focus on an object across the room, such as a light switch. Then, make a circle between your hands, leaving just enough space to see the light switch through from 12 feet. Once you have the light switch in focus between your hands, close one eye and then the other. The eye that can still see the light switch within the circle made by your hands is your dominant eye. Determining your dominant eye can aid your ability to perform in your sport. In baseball, a right-handed batter that is also right eye-dominant may need to better position his head in order to get his right eye around to better see the ball out of the pitcher’s hand. There are many applications to this knowledge, and a good place to start is a comprehensive eye exam with your eye care professional.

Dr. Kyle Edwards is an optometrist at Edwards Eye Care in Woodstock. 770-479-0222,



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Not Your Mama’s

Woodstock By Lauren Sellers

I’m 20, about the same age as Towne Lake, and can still remember when its trees were saplings. Some part of me will always equate Woodstock with large SUVs, manicured suburban lawns, and moms waiting for their lip gloss-wearing daughters in Cherokee 16 Cinema’s parking lot. In 2006, Woodstock’s city limits held 8.8 miles of pure suburbia. I can’t say that I appreciated it then, but I do now. I grew up in a modern Mayfield, but I wanted crêpe food trucks, charming architecture, wide sidewalks filled with people instead of children on bicycles and razor scooters. Two years ago, I moved to Athens, Ga., and for the first time got a taste of what I had dreamt of in Woodstock: culture like I had never experienced. I loved attending the weekend farmers’ market, brunching at vegan restaurants, and mingling with crowds of rowdy fans dressed in red and black as they filled downtown restaurants and bars on fall Saturdays. My tastes weren’t the only things to change during this time, however. Back home, Downtown Woodstock underwent its own renaissance — bringing local, trendy restaurants, a variety of upscale, urban housing options, and cute shops to the small town. 26

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Nestled between quiet suburban streets, Woodstock’s historic downtown drew me in. Though I had practiced yoga, drank little cups of Cubano coffee, and learned what farm-to-table meant in Athens, rediscovering these things in the town I grew up in felt a little bit sweeter. It was like a secret had been uncovered — home décor stores filled with items plucked from cultivated Pinterest boards, trendy boutiques with price tags I could afford, sweet restaurants in historic buildings. This was not the sleepy “map dot” town of my childhood. The Woodstock of my childhood never was “the” destination as it is today. Music and laughter fill downtown streets every weekend. Open shop doors invite and encourage sidewalk strollers to visit. Suburbia makes people yearn for excitement and energy, and Downtown Woodstock fills that void today — with such offerings as Pilates classes, latte art, Mimosa drinks and more. Add a new sense of style to the city’s smalltown appeal and suburban bliss, and you will find something that can fill even the biggest case of wanderlust.

September Brown Bag Concerts A free concert in the park. Thursdays in September 12-1 p.m. The Park at City Center Woodstock Farmers Market Saturdays, through October 26 8:30-11:30 a.m. City Center parking lot Friday Night Live “The Great Downtown Tailgate” September 6, 6-9 p.m. Downtown Woodstock Woodstock Summer Concert Series The Marshall Tucker Band September 14, 7:30 p.m. The Park at City Center Main Street Woodstock’s “Morning Buzz” September 27, 8-9 a.m. The Chambers at City Center

Downtown Woodstock has grown and developed a lot since its modest start as a rural farming community. After a recent growth spurt and some growing pains, Downtown Woodstock has become something worth treasuring. Stylish, grounded and community-oriented, this place brings pride to its people. No, I never thought I would love Woodstock, but I truly do. If you look downtown and see its worth, it becomes clear that this city is irresistible.

Lauren Sellers of Hickory Flat, Ga., is a third-year Public Relations and Spanish major at the University of Georgia. She is a summer intern with the City of Woodstock’s Office of Economic Development.

Child-Like Faith Is Mature Faith By Polly Balint

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

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

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

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




By Michelle Martin Woodstock Pediatric Medicine has been meeting the pediatric healthcare needs of the local community for more than 10 years. Drs. Jordana Heaven, Adriana Rzeznik, Frini Shah and Maren Bear, along with Shannon Dobson, nurse practitioner, and the team of nurses and administrative staff, including Kelly Marulanda, practice manager, work together to deliver quality, personal continuity of care that patients and their parents can trust. Their comprehensive pediatric services for newborns up to age 21 include annual well exams and sports physicals, immunizations, treatment of common colds, flu and other illnesses, and other medical care that follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Board-certified by the AAP, each of the doctors at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine has experience in areas of special interest, including ADHD; asthma; childhood obesity; diabetes; growth, puberty and thyroid; maternal and newborn health; and nutrition and healthy eating to offer patients the most complete care possible throughout their different life stages. In addition, bilingual healthcare providers on staff make it possible to meet the special needs of the diverse community. “Immediately, I recognized Woodstock Pediatric Medicine as a professional, friendly practice,� says Dr. Bear, who joined the staff in January. Photos courtesy of


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Jordana Heaven, M.D. “It was obvious that everyone works together as a team to give patients the quality care they need.” Everyone at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine — from the physicians to the support staff — shares the same classic approach to patient care. As Dr. Heaven explains, “At Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, we believe in providing personal attention over the long term that focuses on conservative methods while integrating the latest, proven treatment modalities.” Caring for patients’ social and physical needs over the long term, she says, offers a continuity of care that patients can’t get from occasional visits to an urgent care facility or to the emergency room, for example. “It’s important for parents to understand that their children’s overall healthcare is best left to their primary physician,” she says. “We get to know the whole child and build a medical history over years, which allows us to anticipate certain issues, troubleshoot medical problems when they arise, and provide follow-up care that is vital to treating serious and chronic medical issues. A doctor in the emergency room or at an urgent care facility, on the other hand, gets only a snapshot of the child’s current health conditions.” The relationship that comes from long-term care by a primary physician like the doctors at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine also gives doctors an in-depth insight that can benefit the

family for generations. “Many of our infants and young patients now are children of our former patients,” says Dr. Rzeznik. “Having a family medical history is extremely helpful in recognizing and treating certain health problems.” As an established pediatric practice in the community, Woodstock Pediatric Medicine is a name that patients and parents have come to depend on and trust. “We have been in the same, single location for years,” says Dr. Shah. “People appreciate that we are dedicated to serving the Woodstock community and that we care about their children. It’s reassuring to them that they know how and where to reach us when they need us.” Woodstock Pediatric Medicine is also an independently owned practice. “Being an independent practice allows us to meet our patients’ needs more efficiently and more quickly,” says Dr. Shah. “In most cases, we can see and treat patients the same day that they call for an appointment. We work together to determine the best course of treatment for our patients — delivering the same level of care and using consistent methods by all doctors. We can do this because we don’t have to go through a lot of red tape usually associated with with a medical franchise or hospitalowned practice.”

Adriana Rzeznik, M.D. Fini Shah, M.D. Maren Bear, M.D. Shannon Dobson, CPNP

• Board-Certified Pediatricians

• Members of American Academy of Pediatrics

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24/7 Nurse Helpline Newborns - Age 21 Annual Well Exams Immunizations & Flu Shots

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ADHD Care Sports Physicals Online Parent Resources Saturday Sick Appointments

• Affiliated with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Northside Hospital

• Insurance Claims Filing

To continue to meet the growing needs of the growing community,



Woodstock Pediatric Medicine expanded four years ago to include a second office building adjacent to the original office. Both offices were renovated recently — adding not only new design features but also new technology. Most of the exam rooms now include computer workstations that make electronic records and prescriptions easier. This is especially helpful this time of year, when back to school and the upcoming flu season result in more patients. Shannon Dobson, CPNP, says it is common to see an increase in colds, strep throat and diarrhea this time of year. Incidents of whooping cough also have increased in recent years due to a decline in vaccinations.“We strongly encourage parents to keep their kids current on the recommended vaccinations and immunizations. Whooping cough can be fatal in newborns and infants,” she says.“Children also experience a decrease in immunity as they get older, so it’s important that they get booster shots at certain ages.” Woodstock Pediatric Medicine also offers flu shots for the entire family


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— including parents, older siblings and even grandparents of current and new patients. Woodstock Pediatric Medicine’s commitment to the community also includes charitable efforts, such as donating supplies for medical missions, fundraising for back-toschool programs, collecting toys, clothing and necessities for holiday gift drives, and volunteering at children’s medical camps.“While we value the role Woodstock Pediatric Medicine plays day in and day out toward local children’s health, we also feel it’s important to serve the community outside of our practice,” says Dr. Heaven.

Also, as recent and upcoming changes in healthcare impact local families, the staff at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine continues to work with parents to provide the quality medical care their children need. “We understand that families may have certain hardships or special needs with changes in insurance,” Kelly Marulanda, practice manager, adds. “We want to reassure patients that Woodstock Pediatric Medicine strives to offer all patients the same quality of healthcare, regardless of insurance. We are here for them and will continue to be here for them.”

2000 Professional Way, Woodstock 770-517-0250, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch)



Canton’s popular arts and crafts festival impacts Cherokee County long after the weekend event. By Michelle Martin For almost 30 years, Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival has been a source of family-friendly entertainment and unique treasures crafted by local artisans for Cherokee County residents and visitors alike. This year’s festival, scheduled for September 28-29 at Boling Park along the banks of the Etowah River in Canton, promises to offer plenty of fantastic food, activities and entertainment for children and adults to enjoy, as well as the popular marketplace featuring more than 200 exhibitors’ arts and crafts.

a Riverfest-style “End Zone” tailgate area. The Service League of Cherokee County also will debut its new cookbook, “Gatherings & Traditions,” featuring recipes that “capture the essence of Southern cooking throughout the generations and create lasting memories as families and friends gather around the table.” Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase at Riverfest, at local retail stores and from Service League members throughout the year.

Riverfest is presented by the Service League of Cherokee County, the oldest service league in the area. It is the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, with proceeds benefitting Cherokee County children in need. According to Jennifer Stanley, who serves as the chairperson for Riverfest 2013, all of the funds raised from Riverfest help provide medical care, dental care, eyeglasses, food, clothing, scholarships and other necessities for local children in need. “I am very humbled to be the chair this year to a tradition that is now 29 years old,” she says. “The ladies of the Service League of Cherokee County work on this cause year-round to create two days of fundraising that will make a difference in the lives of children here in our county.”

“Riverfest has become a fall family tradition in north metro Georgia over the past 28 years. During that time, the festival has continuously evolved, offering new and exciting features each and every year,” says Millie Cline, Riverfest chair of publicity. “While some things at Riverfest may change from year to year, there are many more things, such as wholesome fun for the entire family and the Service League’s mission to raise funds for needy children, that remain the same.”

Stanley says Riverfest 2013 is “bittersweet,” as this year marks her 10th and final year of commitment to the Service League of Cherokee County. “Still, I look forward to utilizing the knowledge passed down many years from my predecessors and mixing in some new aspects of the event this year to keep the Riverfest tradition alive.” Some of the features new to Riverfest this year include a redesigned children’s area and


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Delane Stevens, president of the Service League and a former caseworker and sponsorship chair, brings a unique perspective to Riverfest this year. “I feel fortunate to view the Service League’s work from the standpoint of sponsorship, which is income; casework, which is expenses; and as president, which involves the ‘big picture’ overview of the entire Service League,” she says. “If you support the Service League as a sponsor, a participant of Riverfest, or a volunteer, then you are making a difference in the life of a child. We depend on Riverfest to help fund our annual budget and assist the children we pledge to serve. I am excited as Riverfest approaches. I attended the festival as a little girl; to see it now from this perspective, knowing the vital role it plays in assisting children who cannot help themselves, is very rewarding.”

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Taste of

Marinated Cheese Submitted by Emily Jobe


1 (7-ounce) envelope Italian dressing mix ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup white vinegar 2 Tbsp. minced green onion 2 Tbsp. water 1½ tsp. sugar 1 (8-ounce) block Monterey Jack cheese, chilled 1 (8-ounce) block Cheddar cheese, chilled 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, chilled 1 (4-ounce) jar chopped pimentos, drained Assorted crackers


Whisk together first six ingredients. Set aside. Cut Monterey Jack cheese in half, lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into quarter-inch-thick slices. These will resemble a square. Repeat with Cheddar and cream cheeses. Arrange cheese in four rows in a shallow baking dish, alternating Monterey Jack, Cheddar and cream cheeses. Pour marinade over cheese. Cover and chill at least eight hours. Drain marinade from cheese and arrange cheese slices on a platter in rows. Top with pimentos and serve with assorted crackers.

Recipe is from the “Gatherings & Traditions Cookbook,” produced by the Service League of Cherokee County. The Service League of Cherokee County has been working to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County since 1935. In addition to the cookbook, the organization’s fundraising efforts include the annual Riverfest arts and crafts festival; “Run for the Children” 5K Walk/1-Mile Fun Run; and Annual Ball, featuring the “Dancing for the Children” competition.


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Your Eyes

Are the Window to Your Soul

By Drs. Musarra, Leake & Petrosky Have you ever heard that old saying? Well, it is true; eyes can tell a lot about a person. Your eyes can look older than you actually are because of the aging process. Do you think your eyes appear tired, puffy, wrinkled or just unattractive? An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) can help restore a beautiful, more youthful and refreshed appearance. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done today. It removes excess skin, fat or muscle from those droopy and puffy upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty improves baggy skin under the eyes, sinking upper eyelids or drooping eyelids that impair vision. The procedure can correct a medical condition called ptosis (drooping eyelid), which is caused by poor muscle tone or nerve damage. Ptosis causes the eyelid to hang very low and block vision. As we age, excess skin forms in and around the eye area, and the skin loses its elasticity. Fatty tissue cannot be removed by losing weight. Even with good skincare and eye care, wrinkles, puffiness and drooping eyelids will catch up with you. Blepharoplasty is a very easy procedure with very little pain or down time. It is an outpatient procedure that can be performed with either general anesthesia (completely asleep) or under sedation (partially asleep). The procedure only takes one to two hours depending on the work necessary. Bruising and swelling normally clear within 7-10 days. There will be a visible scar for about two months, but it can be covered easily with makeup until it fades. What do you see when you look in the mirror? If you don’t like what you see, change it. This simple procedure alone can change how you see yourself and how others see you. You, your friends and family will love your new look! Friends and family will wonder if you have been on a diet, vacation or changed your hairstyle because the change from the surgery will be subtle — just a new, refreshed look! Consult a boardcertified plastic surgeon to consider if eyelift surgery is right for you to “open the window to your soul.”

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

Has Your Faith Missed

First Base?

By Johnny Hunt

If Jesus were to send you a letter, what would it say? For me, the answer can be found in the Bible, in The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Writing letters is exactly what Jesus did in this book’s first chapters by dictating short memos to seven churches through the inspired writer, the Apostle John. Jesus shared two basic thoughts in these seven letters. He commended the churches for their good qualities, and then reprimanded them for errors in their attitudes and actions. Each of the seven commendations and reprimands are worth investigating, but the one that caught my attention was the first one written to the church in Ephesus. Jesus commended this group for their devotion, but pointed to the fact that they had lost their “first love.” The church was doing the right things, but for the wrong reasons. Have you ever been guilty of doing good things out of tradition, routine, or even self-fulfillment? This is an easy trap for Christians, churches and other organizations to experience; it’s a trap that I am particularly aware of in the church I lead. Something that really helped me understand this problem was a simple baseball game. A great athlete came to the plate and belted a pitch right out of the park with his pictureperfect swing. The runner took his trot around the diamond, waving to the cheering crowd, but when he crossed the plate the umpire called him out. The runner had failed to touch first base! That’s when it occurred to me: I can appear to be doing the right things and still miss first base. What is “first base” for people of faith? I believe Jesus clearly defined first base for us in Matthew 22:37-40. First base is loving God with everything you are and everything you have. He added that second base is equally as important: Love others just as much if not more than yourself. Unfortunately, good Christians have the capacity to fall in love with our wonderful churches, programs and events — all the while neglecting our opportunities to influence the people around us. Let’s work together as a team to hit a home run for Christ here in Woodstock without missing first base!

Johnny Hunt is senior pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock. 770-926-4428,



Carpet Cleaning the Easy Way By Gemma Beylouny We all know how much of a beating our carpets take each day. Consistently cleaning carpet is critical to extending the life of the carpet. It is one of the most noticeable areas in the house; even in an otherwise spotless room with freshly painted walls, dirty carpet will be noticed before anything else. Besides just looking good, having a clean carpet is in the best interest of the family. After all, carpet is the biggest air filter in the house. It keeps the allergens, dust, dander and other unwanted things from floating in the air — but only if it is cleaned properly and regularly. Frequent vacuuming will reduce the amount of gritty particles in the carpet. Cleaning carpet with a vacuum can be simple and easy. For best results, vacuum at least once a week (more often in high-traffic areas). A quality vacuum is essential. Use a vacuum with high suction, a well-maintained rotating brush and quality vacuum bag to trap the particles from releasing into the air. Before vacuuming, remove any items on the floor to make vacuuming easier. Visualize an imaginary quadrant and vacuum the entire area before moving to the next. Take the necessary time to go over each area thoroughly, especially with plush carpeting. Vacuum slowly to allow the suction to work properly in removing the dust and dirt. Pay close attention to the areas where people sit and walk; vacuum these areas slowly and in a criss-cross pattern. At least once a month use the small attachment tools in those hard-to-reach crevices. Change the vacuum bag as needed, and pour baking soda inside the new vacuum bag to reduce odor. When cleaning stains in the carpet, always follow the directions noted on your preferred cleaning product. Never use a regular vacuum on wet areas of the carpet; better yet, do not let the carpet soak in water. Wet carpet isn’t good for the carpet or for your family. Keep the carpet as clean and dry as possible at all times.

Gemma Beylouny is the owner of Rejoice Maids Service. 678-9053476,,


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By Heike Hellmann-Brown

Labor Day is always highly anticipated by watercolor artist Brenda Harris Tustian. This is when she introduces her annual Christmas painting. “My 27th edition of this cherished keepsake depicts Santa at the manger,” she says. “I consider it one of my best, and I am very excited to show it to the public.” What has become a tradition started out when Tustian wanted to create something special for her first granddaughter. In the following years she painted a Santa scene for each of her six grandchildren, and collectors began to pay attention. “I love the subject matter,” she explains. “I simply love Christmas. I love the joy, the calm, the peacefulness. You have to have a connection to what you paint.” Meanwhile, Tustian’s magical Christmas art is part of corporate and private collections around the world. Her painting, “God Bless America,” from her “Patriotic Christmas” series had even been presented to former president George W. Bush. Tustian’s talent was discovered during her childhood and fostered by her parents and teachers. She studied Fine Art at the University of Tennessee and continued to paint in oils as a hobby while she raised her three children. During a one-year stay in Brazil with her family, she was introduced to watercolors by The American Society of São Paulo. The transparency of the medium sparked her interest. Back in the United States, Tustian studied with prominent watercolor instructors, and eventually began to exhibit her artwork. The gorgeous setting of Tustian’s studio at her horse farm in Ball Ground offers splendid views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and endless inspiration. “It’s like a piece of paradise. I can spend hours completely lost in the joy of painting landscapes and florals,” she says. Another inspiration comes from traveling overseas; Tustian takes annual workshops in Italy and has painted in Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. Tustian has received numerous awards throughout her career. Two of her pieces were chosen as the official posters for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Garden and Patio Show. Many of her images have been licensed for use on home décor, puzzles, giftware and Christmas cards. Her newest project is a series of collegiate works that integrate themes from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Alabama. “My paintings convey so much love. Each piece reflects who I am — it’s a view inside my creative world,” Tustian says. What does she still strive to accomplish? “Reach out to touch more hearts, touch more people.” Sales of Tustian’s artwork have supported such charities as the American Humane Society, the U.S. Equestrian Foundation, the Marine Corps, the Cancer Society, and Children’s Healthcare. Brenda Harris Tustian continues to show her work at local festivals and can be found at the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain. She also teaches regularly at “Corkscrew and Canvas,” a business she co-owns with her daughter Sheri. Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.


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Better Hygiene with Braces By Jeff Kincaid, D.M.D., M.S.

Windows Efficiency: Keyboard Shortcuts

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

The mouse was a fantastic invention. Back in 1981, the first one was introduced for use with a Personal Computer. In fact, you can go as far back as 1964 to find the first prototypes, invented by Douglas Engelbart.

Dentists are increasingly concerned about acidic and sugary foods and drinks that can damage enamel when consumed frequently over extended periods. Sugary foods and drinks can cause tooth decay. Starchy foods, like potato chips, also can stick to teeth and cause problems. Soft drinks are especially hard on teeth because they contain acidic additives and include 10-12 teaspoons of sugar. Even diet soda has been shown to weaken tooth enamel. Your body’s natural defense against tooth decay is saliva. Allow saliva plenty of time to wash away acids that form during eating and drinking.

To use these shortcuts, press and hold the “modifier key,” ), then such as Shift, Control, Alt, or the Windows Key ( press and release the key for the shortcut.

Hard, sticky and chewy foods can loosen, break or bend wires and bands. Common foods to avoid include nuts, caramel, hard cookies or chips. Apples and carrots are OK, but should be cut into small pieces. Such habits as chewing ice, biting your nails, chewing on pencils, and nervously picking at your braces can also cause trouble. Use a fluoride toothpaste and place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum, gently rotating along the gum line. Then, gently brush the braces so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wires and teeth. A batterypowered toothbrush works well. Brush both inside, outside and the biting surfaces of each tooth. Fluoride protection is especially important during orthodontic care, when plaque accumulates more than usual. Your dentist may prescribe a fluoride rinse to supplement the fluoride in your toothpaste and in tap water (bottled water does not contain fluoride). You can and should floss while wearing braces — your orthodontic team will teach you how. Follow these simple rules and you will be on your way to a beautiful smile!

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

By Scott Lavelle

Today, you can hardly buy a computer without a mouse, and some computer features require a mouse or pointing device of some kind to access. Most features, however, can be accessed by keyboard alone; many, in fact, are more efficient when accessed via keyboard shortcuts. These are a few of my favorite keyboard shortcuts.


Key Combo

Arrow Keys Shift + Arrow Keys Ctrl + Arrow Keys Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys Home Ctrl + Home End Ctrl + End Ctrl + X Ctrl + B Ctrl + C Ctrl + U Ctrl + V Ctrl + I Ctrl + A Ctrl + Z Ctrl + Y F2 F3 F5 Windows + M Windows + E Windows + Up Arrow Windows + Down Arrow


Move around the document Select text Move a word at a time Select a word at a time Go to the beginning of the current line Go to the beginning of the current document Go to the end of the current line Go to the end of the current document Cut Bold Copy Underline Paste Italic Select All Undo Redo Rename Search Refresh Minimize Open Windows My Computer Maximize Current Window Minimize Current Window

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

Scott Lavelle is the co-owner/technical director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491,




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

Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area

Florence Marina State Park


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

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




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

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


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

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

Overnight lodging in Cloudland Canyon’s new yurts

Amicalola Falls State Park’s West Ridge Falls Access Trail

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in north Georgia (credit:


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

Wash Away Fido’s Fears By Lorre LaMarca

Giving a dog a bath can be a stressful experience for both the dog and its owner. Follow these Do’s & Don’ts to help create better bath-time behavior. • Do get your dog used to grooming at a very young age. Getting your dog used to water, combing and the sound/force of a hair dryer are all key to preventing bad bath-time behavior. • Do give your dog some strenuous exercise before the bath to tire him/her out. • Don’t bathe your dog in an area where you can’t control the water temperature. The feeling of an ice-cold bath or scolding hot water could scare your dog away from water.

• Do practice placing your dog in and out of the tub calmly for short periods of time. Start with small amounts of water on the dog’s feet and increase daily as your dog gets more comfortable with the process. • Don’t attempt nail trimmings or ear cleanings without proper hands-on instruction from your groomer or vet. • Do massage your dog’s feet and ear flaps on a daily basis to get him/her accustomed to touch for ear cleanings and nail trims. • Do gently place cotton balls in the ears to keep water out of the ears and also soften the loud sound of the hair dryer. Consider applying

an ophthalmic ointment in your dog’s eyes before bathing to prevent irritation from the shampoo. • Don’t be in a hurry and remain calm even if your dog is not. If your energy is nervous, his/her will be, too. If you have a tub where you can restrain your dog, use both hands to lather in a massaging, comforting motion. If your sink or tub can not restrain them, bring them to a local self-serve dog wash. • Don’t get a long-haired dog wet without first brushing out tangles. Water creates more tangles and painful brushing when wet. • Do celebrate the bath time when it is complete by giving affection and your dog’s favorite treat! Lorre LaMarca is owner of Bark Station in Woodstock. 770-517-9907,



770-884-7196 The Shriver Law Firm in Woodstock provides experienced, professional legal services to help clients manage the difficult transitions of family life. Attorney Mark Shriver has assisted residents in Woodstock and Cherokee County with divorce, modification, contempt, child support, custody, legitimation, adoption and other family legal matters since 1981. These legal areas involve and affect the most important aspects of families: their children, homes, finances, safety and well-being. At The Shriver Law Firm, clients’ needs are Attorney Mark Shriver’s priority.


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He has built his practice on clientfocused, results-oriented representation that upholds clients’ confidentiality and respects their personal wishes. His paralegal, LaDonna Hickey, has worked with him for more than 27 years — providing professional, courteous and efficient assistance to clients. In addition, Mark Shriver is a Georgia-certified mediator and arbitrator. Before receiving his J.D. degree from Emory Law School, Mark Shriver earned an M.B.A. from Emory University and an undergraduate degree from The College of William & Mary. He has served the local community by working with youth in the area through the Woodstock and Canton Optimist clubs — serving as president of Optimist International in 2009-2010. In recognition of his demonstrated leadership, Canton Rotary Club presented Mark Shriver with the Lamar Haley Community Service Award in January 2012. He also was awarded the Justice Robert Benham Award for

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Community Service by the State Bar of Georgia in 2010. Attorney Mark Shriver and his wife, Patricia S. McKay, M.D., have five children and one grandson. In his spare time, Mark is a dedicated runner, having completed 22 marathons. He also enjoys golf and other sports. Located at 301 Creekstone Ridge in Woodstock, The Shriver Law Firm provides legal representation that is personalized, confidential and experienced in order to better manage clients’ transitions of family life.

Tools to Keep Your Child

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

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

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

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

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



What Every Woman Should Know

About GYN Cancer By Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

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

Ovarian Cancer

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

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


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

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

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

Controlling Weedy Vines By Louise Estabrook

Native and non-native ornamental vines can become weedy problems in your trees and shrubs. Many can be hard to control if left unchecked. Among these troublesome vines are cross vine (Bignonia capreolata); bittersweet (Celastrus species); English ivy (Hedera helix); Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia); wisteria (Wisteria species); kudzu (Pueraria montana); greenbrier (Smilax species); trumpet vine (Campsis radicans); and poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans).

Some of these, like English ivy and wisteria, have ornamental value. Others, like Virginia creeper, are important sources of food for wildlife. In a perfect world, all of them would be maintained or removed when they’re small plants. If you have a vine you’re trying to get rid of, a few tactics could help in your efforts. First, consider trying to maintain the vine you’re about to remove. English ivy, Virginia creeper and cross vine can be brought in bounds with a little pruning. Many of these plants can take years to reach the stature they’ve achieved. These plants don’t become a problem overnight. Even the mighty kudzu can take years to cover a tree canopy. Ivy will not damage a healthy tree. If a tree is in decline for another reason, then a heavy growth of ivy may contribute to the breakage of large branches. When ivy climbs high into the canopy of a tree,

it becomes very heavy. When it rains, it gets even heavier — and if we get one of Georgia’s ice storms, then that ivy can become dangerous! What about the ivy on the ground? That ivy retains ground moisture and prevents weed growth. It also provides a perfect cover for snakes! Ivy on the ground can be controlled. Mow it down with a lawn mower or a weed eater, then fertilize it and water when it stops raining. What you are trying to do is to force new growth. When it puts out that new growth, uses a non-selective herbicide on it, let it work for two weeks, then repeat the whole procedure until the ivy is so weakened it just gives up. It’s a tough little vine, but you can beat it!

Louise Estabrook is the Agricultural and Natural Resources agent for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. 770-479-0418,



By Catherine Groves


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

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


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

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139 Etowah Industrial Court Canton 770-479-2227 Manufacturers-Auto Parts

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Les Bon Temps Louisiana Kitchen

Advanced Dental Restorations LLC

248 Gilmer Ferry Road Ball Ground 678-454-0073 Restaurants

1505 Stone Bridge Parkway Suite 220, Woodstock 678-810-0881 Dentists

Trotter & Patel Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

The Goddard School at Prominence Point

The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta

12420 Cumming Hwy., Suite 306 Canton 678-947-3600 Orthodontists, Dentists (Pediatric)

310 Prominence Point Parkway Canton 770-720-3003 Private Schools, Child Care Centers



Business After Hours Sponsored by The Wheeler House. RSVP by 5 p.m. on September 20. There is no charge to attend. 4:30-6:30 p.m. 510 Gilmer Ferry Road, Ball Ground

915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Suite 899 Woodstock 678-701-4220 Shopping Center



Jason Liford is the executive chef at Downtown Kitchen and has been an integral part of the staff for nearly six years. Jason fell in love with cooking at the age of 16 and is a lifelong Cherokee County resident and graduate of Cherokee High School. He brings his love and passion for food to Downtown Kitchen and enjoys providing these seasonal recipes to the community. He hopes you enjoy them, too!


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10 strips thick-cut bacon (chopped)

Cook bacon in skillet to your preference, or until just starting to brown.

½ medium onion (roughly chopped) 2 cloves garlic (smashed)

Remove bacon from skillet, leaving the rendered fat.

½ cup jam (any jam of your choice will work)

Add onion and garlic and cook until softened.

¼ cup chicken stock

Mix all ingredients in food processor or blender and process to a nice and chunky consistency.

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme Salt and pepper (to taste)

Grill your pork tenderloin to desired temperature. Top with bacon jam and enjoy!

This bacon jam also tastes great on blackened fish and chicken.



South Cherokee Optimist Club: 678-524-3832

Clubs &


Towne Lake Optimist Club: 770-516-7497, Woodstock Jaycees: 770-926-8336 Woodstock Masons Masonic Lodge #246 F. & A. M., Inc.: 770-928-6140 Woodstock Midday Optimist Club: 770-345-6158

Military Organizations

Korean War Veterans Association — Gen. Raymond Davis Chapter (KWVA Chapter 19): 678-402-1251, Marine Corps League — Major General Warren R. Johnson Detachment 1311, Woodstock: 770-926-4752

Political Organizations

Cherokee County Democratic Party: 770-380-7071,

Business Organizations

American Business Women’s Association: 678-493-3618, Cherokee Area Business Connection: 770-345-8687 Cherokee B2B Network: 770-781-3452, Cherokee Toastmasters: 770-712-4077,

Cherokee County Republican Party: 770-592-6545 Cherokee County Teen Republicans: 678-232-7488, Republican Women of Cherokee County: 678-520-2236,

Recreation & Hobbies Allatoona Gold Panners: 770-516-7044

The Joy of Connecting ~ Woodstock:

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc.: 678-754-8482


Blue Skies Laughter Club: 404-520-0221,

Main Street Woodstock:

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society: 770-928-8590,

North Georgia Referral Network: 770-427-2799

Cherokee County Arts Center: 770-704-6244,

Together We Rise: 404-569-5280

Cherokee County Saddle Club: 770-655-0819,

Women of Woodstock: 770-928-2700

Cherokee Fencing Club: 678-494-9750,

Woodstock Community Business Association:

Cherokee MOTS (Moms of Tots): 770-272-5388,

Charitable & Support Organizations

Cherokee Music Teachers Association: 770-720-1701, Cherokee Outdoor YMCA: 770-591-5820

Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: 770-592-9779,

Cherokee Tennis Association:

Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, 770-926-8055

Dog Hikers of Georgia: 770-992-2362,

Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: 770-345-1879

Foothills Running Club: 770-924-9504

Cherokee County Humane Society: 770-928-5115,

Les Marmitons: 770-516-5197

Cherokee Co. Senior Services: 770-345-5312

North Atlanta Soccer Association: 770-926-4175,

Cherokee Co. Service League: 770-704-5991

North Cobb Bass Club: 770-820-3945,

Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: 770-517-7101

Wildlife Action, Inc.: 800-753-2264

Cherokee County Family Violence Center: 770-479-1804

Woodstock Youth Track Club: 404-654-0093

Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes: 404-441-3508,

Zack Walk Singles Mixer: 404-452-9980,

Companion Animal Connection: 678-493-9847, Feed My Lambs, Inc.: 770-795-9349, Funds 4 Furry Friends: 770-842-8893,

Support Organizations

Adoption/Infertility Support Group: 678-445-3131

Genesis Adoptions: 770-517-0043,

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group: 770-926-0119

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta: 404-862-6180,

American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345

Green Pets America Humane Society: 770-712-4077,

Autism Parent Support Group: 770-345-6551

Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: 770-345-1879,

Breast Cancer Support Group: 404-843-1880

Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies): 770-924-0864,

CASA for Children, Inc.: 770-345-3274,

Hospice Advantage: 770-218-1997,

Celebrate Recovery: 770-331-6685

ICOR: 404-992-8155,

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock: 770-517-3043

MUST Ministries: 770-479-5397,

Depression and Bipolar Support Group: 770-560-7112

Papa’s Pantry: 770-591-4730,

Diabetes Support Group: 678-493-1503

Pet Buddies Food Pantry: 678-310-9858,

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International: 770-516-5887

Safe Kids of Georgia in Cherokee County: 678-493-4343,

GRANDparents Raising GRANDchildren: 678-699-3400

Volunteer Aging Council: 770-345-7515

Hearing Loss Association of America: 770-517-2941

Civic Organizations

Jewish Havurah: 770-345-8687 La Leche League of South Cherokee: 770-926-2791

AARP Woodstock Chapter: 770-926-1944

Miracle Mothers: 770-516-1078,

American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 316: 678-662-2366,

MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30189, 30188: 404-399-4915

Hickory Flat Optimist Club: 770-720-9056

Mothers & More: 770-720-8834,

Junior Service League of Woodstock: 770-592-3535

Nar-Anon Meeting: 404-218-0246

Kiwanis Club of Woodstock: 678-494-4841,

National Alliance for Mental Illness Support Group: 404-394-1229,

Lions Club of Woodstock: 770-906-2958

National Psoriasis Foundation Support Group: 404-218-6626

Pilot Club of Cherokee County: 770-393-1766

Over-Eaters Anonymous: 770-592-6421

Rotary Club of Woodstock: 404-506-6878

S.N.A.P — Special Needs Awareness Program: 770-720-4068

Sewrifics of Cherokee: 770-591-8335

Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group: 770-517-5899

Sons of the American Legion: 678-643-0794

WellStar Kennestone Ostomy Support Group: 770-793-7171


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Churches Baptist Calvary Baptist 137 Hightower Road 770-887-6982, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Cherokee Baptist Church 7770 Hickory Flat Highway 770-720-3399, Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Community Baptist Church 152 Rolling Hills Ave., Canton Sunday Service: 1:30 p.m.

Cross Roads Community Church 2317 Bascomb Carmel Road 770-592-7007 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Cross Roads Primitive Baptist Church 770-710-1068, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Faith Community Church 659 Arnold Mill Road 770-516-1996, Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92 770-926-4428, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Mt. Olive Baptist Church 131 Mill Street 770-928-1334

Mount Zion Baptist Church 4096 E. Cherokee Drive, 770-479-3324, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Mountain View Baptist Church 8991 E. Cherokee Drive 770-880-0871, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

New Home Baptist Church Corner of Hwy. 92 & Wiley Bridge Rd.

New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, 770-926-8448, Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m.

South Cherokee Baptist Church 7504 Highway 92 770-926-0422

Stonecrest Baptist Church 485 Arnold Mill Road, 770-926-8820, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.


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Toonigh Baptist Church 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon, 770-928-2491 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Welcome All Baptist Church 545 Stell Road, 404-210-7130

Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church 2941 Sam Nelson Road 770-479-8923, Sunday Services: 8, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. (Español)

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road 770-516-0009, Sunday Services: 7:30, 9, 11 a.m., 12:45, 5:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. (Español)

Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta 770-977-1442, Sunday Services: 8, 10 a.m., 12, 2 (Español) & 6 p.m.

Episcopal Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church 2135 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock 404-395-5003, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta 770-928-7916, Sunday Services: 8:30, 10 a.m.

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton 770-345-6722, Sunday Services: 8, 9, 11 a.m.

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Road NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw 678-460-7702, Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m.; Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Congregation Ner Tamid

Lutheran Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, ELCA 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock 770-924-7286, Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-928-2812, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 E. Cherokee Drive 770-485-0504, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Methodist Bascomb United Methodist Church 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road 770-926-9755, Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Big Springs United Methodist 2066 Sugar Pike Road 770-475-1796 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church 7745 Main Street, Woodstock 678-445-3480, Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

Hickory Flat United Methodist Church 4056 East Cherokee Drive 770-345-5969, Sunday Services: 9:20 & 11 a.m.

Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock 770-924-4777, Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Liberty Hill Church 141 Railroad Street 678-493-8920, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Little River United Methodist Church

Reform Jewish Congregation Contact us for High Holiday service times & dates 678-264-8575,

12455 Highway 92 770-926-2495, Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Tikvah I’ Chaim “Hope for Life” Messianic Jewish Fellowship

Mount Gilead United Methodist Church

4206 N. Arnold Mill Rd. 678-936-4125, Saturday Shabbat Service: 10 a.m.

889 Arnold Mill Road 770-591-0837 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Mountain View United Methodist Church 2300 Jamerson Road 770-928-0050, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Woodstock United Methodist Church

Church at North Gate

Morning Star Church

109 Towne Lake Parkway 770-516-0371, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

9876 Main Street 678-494-2193, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

1006 Owens Store Road 678-794-7486, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Mt. Paran North Canton Campus

Presbyterian Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1498 Johnson Brady Road 770-704-9594, Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA) Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s Smith L. Johnson South Annex Complex in Woodstock 7545 Main Street, Building 200 (770) 926-1196, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Grace Church, PCA 1160 Butterworth Road 770-265-5811, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-926-3558, Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11:10 a.m.

Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-0074 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-6348, Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m., Nursery available

AllPoints Community Church 6884 Hickory Flat Highway 770-704-0945, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Bells Ferry Church of God

3459 East Cherokee Drive 770-720-9574 Sunday Service: 1 p.m.

Meets at Sequoyah High School, 4485 Hickory Rd. 678-285-3288, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Church of the Messiah

Relevate Church

415 Charles Cox Drive 770-479-5280, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

999 Jep Wheeler Road 678-238-1488, Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Cornerstone Community Church

Resurrection Anglican Church

503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

231 Arnold Mill Road 770-591-0040, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Covenant Christian Center Worship Annex

Revolution Church

330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Drive 770-345-0307, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

125 Union Hill Trail 770-345-2737, Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:45 & 11:15 a.m.

Covenant of Peace Ministries

Sunnyside Church of God

604 Industrial Court 770-821-8972, Sunday Service: 12 p.m.

2510 East Cherokee Drive 770-639-1018, Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m.

Dayspring Church

Toonigh Church of God

6835 Victory Drive, Acworth 770-516-5733, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

4775 Holly Springs Parkway 770-926-3096, Worship Service: 11 a.m.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Towne Lake Community Church

2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta 770-578-1533, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

132 N. Medical Pkwy., Woodstock 678-445-8766, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Church

Unity North Atlanta Church

507 Industrial Drive 770-928-7478, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Grace Life Church 655 Molly Lane, Suite 140 404-509-3397, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Greater Bethel Community Church

6718 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 770-592-2956, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

211 Arnold Mill Road 770-592-9900 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Branches of Christ

Hickory Flat Church of God

5946 Jacobs Road 770-917-4964, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

947 Bailey Road 678-691-9165 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

BridgePointe Church

His Hands Church

230 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, Woodstock 770-517-2977, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Catalyst Church 9872 Main St. 770-516-7070, Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road 770-591-7304, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92 770-924-9161,

550 Molly Lane 770-405-2500, Party on Sunday: 10 a.m.

The Lighthouse Church

4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 678-819-9100, Sunday Services: 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. (Sanctuary) 11:15 a.m. (Español, Peace Chapel)

Watermarke Church Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy (2126 Sixes Rd.) 678-880-9092, Sunday Services: 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock 770-926-8238, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock 770-926-8838, Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road 770-776-9296, Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

18271 Union Hill Road, 770-664-3644

Woodstock Community Church

Love Community Church

8534 Main Street, Woodstock 770-926-8990, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

5598 Bells Ferry Road Acworth 404-663-1828, Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130 678-384-4919, Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.





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