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.......................... Perspective


............................. Calendar


....................... Business Life


................... Senator Speaks


................ Woodstock Minute


....................... Scoop of Life


............. Community Partners


......................... Taste of Life


........................ Book Review


......................... Artist Profile


......... Main Street Woodstock


............................. Chamber




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as anyone noticed recently a decline in the quantity of drama since the last time you checked? I must say that I’ve found a little hope since I quit making marks on yesterday’s calendar. It’s come to my attention that the day flows better when it starts fresh, clean and new. Waking up may not be the favorite part of your day, but we all do if we’re inclined to and allowed the opportunity. We may or may not wake to fortune, good looks or fame, but we all wake by grace — we awaken to a new beginning and a new set of circumstances that no doubt fall into place. As days pass in the dusk, regardless of daylight savings, time zones or latitudes, each of us will become not a sum of an array of simple circumstances that we surely will find ourselves in, but divided or multiplied by our individual reactions to each of them. “We are either in the process of denying God’s will or in the process of being shaped and molded by it.” — Charles Stanley Our attitude and the choices we make within the given allotment of those circumstances is how we will perceive and thereby define our individual happiness. If we can find a way to acknowledge that the hand we’ve been dealt are the cards we have to play, and then do the best we can to make the right choice; that’s something to be happy about. When given the chance to make a little happiness, create some comfort or peace for someone; I hope I find the courage — and look forward to seeing their life change for the better, even if only by one shared smile.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jose Baez, State Senator Brandon Beach, Ross Brakeville, Nathan Brandon, Crystal Bryant, Diane Castle, Cobb EMC, Jyl Craven, Karen Fegely, Amber Francis, Meghan Griffin, Catherine Groves, Corey Harkins, Fred Hawkins, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Jenna Hill, Johnny Hunt, Travis Jones, Annie Kim, Michelle Knapp, Joanne Knieriem, Lorre LaMarca, James E. Leake, E. Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Jeff Nevison, Vishal Patel, Michael Petrosky, Preston Pooser, Janet Read, Juan Reyes, Gail Roos, Suzanne Taylor

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Calendar APRIL


Safe Kids Day — Safe Kids Cherokee County will hold a Safe Kids Day event open to the public. The event features car seat inspections and bicycle rodeo. No appointments needed. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, 575 Molly Lane, Woodstock.


Hickory Flat ES Thunder Run 5K Want to run through the halls of HFES? Join the students and faculty for a 1-mile family fun run around the school then through the halls! A 5k will be held prior to this — all proceeds will benefit the students of HFES. 5K Thunder Run starts at 7:30 a.m. ThunderRun5K.com

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Cherokee County Master Gardener Seminars — The Master Gardeners will host 3 seminars in April. April 11: 10:00 a.m., Hooray for Herbs, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. April 25: 10:00 a.m., Container Gardening, Cherokee County Senior Services, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. April 25: 12:00 p.m., Raised Bed Gardening, Cherokee County Senior Services, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. Pre-registration is required. Call 770-7217803, UGE1057@UGA.Edu


1st Annual BridgeMill Car Show/ Classics for Charity — BridgeMill Sixes Service League will host this family

fun day. All car registration fee is $25 and begins at 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. BBQ, band, beer tasting, bounce house and more. Proceeds benefit local charities in Cherokee County supported by the BridgeMill Sixes Service League. Drivein movie on clubhouse lawn after car show. Car show 2:00-6:00 p.m., drive-in begins at 7:00 p.m. BridgeMill Athletic Club, 1190 BridgeMill Ave. Canton. BSSLCarShow.org


1st Annual Woodstock Fashion Show — Main Street Woodstock will host this event and it will include great sales and specials at clothing boutiques and a “Wear Woodstock” stamp card contest, followed by the main event: the 1st Annual Woodstock Fashion Show. All proceeds will benefit the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406, DowntownWoodstock.org/ Fashion


3rd Annual Run for the Stars 5K & Fun Run — Sixes Elementary PTA’s 5K and fun run is perfect for kids, families and all abilities. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to educational programs for Sixes Elementary students. 6:30 p.m. Sixes Elementary. SixesPTA.org or register online at Active.com


Taste & Sound of Woodstock — The 5th Annual Taste & Sound of Woodstock is presented by Main Street Woodstock and supports the WHS Band program as well as local businesses and restaurants. Sample delicious food from many of the best restaurants in the area while being entertained by the students of Woodstock High School and other local musicians. Awards will be given for Best Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Appetizer, Best Decorated Booth and the People’s Choice award. The Park at City Center, Info@


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Library Events SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org Hickory Flat 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 Rose Creek 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 Woodstock 7735 Main St., Woodstock, 770-926-5859

TasteSoundWoodstock.com or contact Kelly Campbell at 678-677-2589.



Outdoor Flea Market — The United Methodist Women at Bascomb UMC are hosting an outdoor flea market, open to the public. Spaces are available at $25 each. Application and payment are due no later than April 15. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road in the lower parking lot. Call Linda at 770-974-4676 or email SpoonDoll@ comcast.net.

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FAMILY STORY TIMES April 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m., Rose Creek April 16, 23, 30, 10:30 a.m., Hickory Flat, Woodstock April 16, 23, 30, 3:30 p.m., Woodstock Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs often feature stories, music, rhymes and a free craft activity. LAPSIT STORY TIMES April 15, 22, 29, 10:15 a.m., Woodstock April 15, 22, 29, 10:30 a.m., Rose Creek

April 15, 22, 29, 11:00 and 11:45 a.m., Woodstock Lapsit story times will be limited to the first 15 children (plus their caregiver) to arrive and the doors to the program will be closed when the program begins.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Drop-In Crafter April 1, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Woodstock Don’t let boredom get the best of you this Spring Break! For all ages who enjoy crafting with paper, glue, and crayons. All materials will be provided. This drop-in program requires a participating adult. continued on




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Serenade Heights 2nd Annual Benefit Ride & BBQ — Serenade Heights is a supportive transitional housing ministry for single-mother families in our community and surrounding areas. Signup begins at 8:30 a.m. Kick Stands up at 10:00 a.m. First Baptist Church Woodstock main entrance. 770733-9728

25 Bookmark Book Club April 14, 4:00 p.m., Woodstock Rack up 7 AR points and have fun doing it! Join us for a fun discussion about this month’s selection, ‘Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library’, by Chris Grabenstein. We will discuss the book, make a craft, and play a game related to the book. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. INCOME TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE April 4, 2:00-6:00 p.m., Woodstock (call 404-509-2856 for appointment) April 5, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Hickory Flat George Russell, formerly with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer income tax return preparation assistance. AARP — INCOME TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE April 6, 13, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hickory Flat April 2, 9, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Woodstock AARP-sponsored tax-preparation volunteers will be at the libraries to assist in tax return preparation for those who need it. READING DOGS April 4, 14, 21, 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hickory Flat April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Rose Creek April 8, 15, 22, 29, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Woodstock 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 for 10-15 minutes for ages 6 and up are available, but space is limited. Register by call the appropriate branch up to two weeks before the scheduled event. KNITTING INSTRUCTION April 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Rose Creek Interested in learning how to knit? A retired teacher will share her knitting skills with others. Bring your yarn, knitting needles, and be prepared to have fun! Free. This group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Woodstock Lego Club April 12, 3:00 p.m., Woodstock Work alone or in teams to construct a special creation matching the current month’s theme, which then stays on display until the next month’s meeting! All ages are invited; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


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Annual Spring Plant Sale — The Cherokee County Master Gardeners will host their annual spring plant sale. Plants include veggies, herbs, pollinator and native plants, perennials for containers, hellebores, hosta, drought tolerant, carpenter bee traps, yard art, and seeds. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cherokee County Senior Services, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton


5th Annual Dancing for the Children Gala — The Service League of Cherokee County will present this annual event which includes the celebrity dances/professional partner competition, dinner and dancing. All proceeds from the fundraising event benefit the needy children of Cherokee County. Tickets are general admission $80 each. 6:00 p.m. Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Pkwy, Canton. ServiceLeague.Net/Annual-Ball-Celebrity-Dance-Challenge/



Cashin’s Sculpture Garden — A beautiful trail in a hardwood forest located in Alpharetta. Cashin’s Sculpture Garden Grand Opening will offer the public an opportunity to view large scale sculptures while walking a trail. Cashin’s Sculpture Garden, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. Susan Wright, 678-899-0509 wrightsusan277@gmail.com or Jack Cashin, 770-664-1533 JackCashin@Bellsouth.net, www. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com


Charity Golf Tournament Fundraiser — Men of Hillside Ministry will host a charity golf tournament at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Course. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will go toward a number of ministries supported by the Men of Hillside: Papa’s Pantry, Kairos Prison Ministries, Cherokee Youth Detention Center, Give a Kid a Chance Ministry, Cherokee Summer Lunch Program, Wesley Foundation KSU, TurnAround Ministries, Elizabeth Inn, Camp Glisson and other benevolent grants. Charity Golf Tournament. MenOfHillside.org/golf


Johnston ES Jungle 5K and 1 Mile Prowl — Join Johnston ES for its 1st Annual Johnston Jaguar Jungle Run 5K and 1 Mile Prowl. Dress up as your favorite jungle animal, all proceeds go towards building a track for the students, staff and community in an effort to promote healthier life styles here in Woodstock. 8:20 a.m. River Ridge HS and Mill Creek MS, 400 Arnold Mill Rd. JES5KRace@gmail.com



Business Master Kte Kim is the owner of Kim’s TaeKwonDo Education, he has been teaching Taekwondo for over 15 years and studied at a University in South Korea for TaeKwonDo. Kim’s TaeKwonDo Education offers classes to everyone starting at age 4 and even have adult classes. They encourage parents to take classes with their children as a family! Kim’s TaeKwonDo Education is located at 6175 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 150, Canton, in the Publix Shopping Plaza. 678-880-8511, KTEHickoryFlat@gmail.com


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Green Basements & Remodeling — Green Granite & Remodeling was awarded work to be featured in several episodes of the Emmy Award winning show, Elbow Room. Hosted by Chip Wade, one of HGTV’s top 10-rated designers; owner of Green Basements, Laura Green and her team were filmed completing several remodeling projects including finishing a basement in one episode which included a custom barn door, enclosed a garage and added a carport in another episode, gutted 4 rooms including a ceiling to make an open kitchen/family room floor plan with detailed brick work in a third episode, extended a deck as a kids playhouse in the fourth episode, and performed LVT installation and painting in the fifth episode. Elbow Room filmed 3 field trips to Green Basements & Remodeling locations: their Granite Shop in Woodstock, the Showroom in Roswell, and the Cabinet Shop in Roswell. Laura said, “There was brief talk of my team helping them on all 6 episodes since we have finished the ones they gave us and they may need help speeding up completion of the sixth episode. We are thrilled we had this opportunity to work with a designer as talented as Chip Wade and are pleased at how elated the customers were with how the projects turned out!” The episodes do not have a set time to air, but Laura believed it could be as soon as May. Green Basements & Remodeling, Green Granite & Remodeling, 13987 Hwy 92, Woodstock. 678-445-5533. www.GreenRemodeling.com



Senator Speaks

Another Session

Comes to a Close By Senator Brandon Beach


he Georgia Senate is in the midst of considering a variety of issues to make Georgia the best state to live, work and raise a family. Removing burdensome regulations on business, streamlining government, keeping Georgia’s budget balanced and providing our children with a high-quality education are priorities for our state legislature. The Senate has passed a number of bills over to the House prior to the Crossover Day deadline, which is legislative day 30, for their consideration. In the final 10 days of the session, the Senate will review the House Bills that have crossed over to the Senate. Both chambers must approve a bill before it goes to the Governor’s desk for his approval. The 2015 Legislative Session, which began only a few weeks ago in January, is scheduled to conclude on April 2, 2015, which is our 40th and final legislative day.

All bills that have not been passed by both the state House and Senate will not be considered further until the 2016 legislative session next January. On the other hand, a number of bills have already been signed into law by the Governor, including a balanced budget for the state’s 2016 Fiscal Year that spans from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

veterans and students seeking to participate in dual enrollment.

The Senate has also approved several economic development bills. Senate Bill 4 outlines how redevelopment projects like the Atlanta Beltline area will secure their contracts through public-private partnerships. Senate Bill 59 also addresses how public entities and private businesses work together. It outlines The state’s budget for 2016 appropriates the parameters for $21.78 billion companies to present dollars in Senate Bill 18 establishes the bids and offer innovative projected state policies for veterans to earn ideas to public problems revenue focusing college level credit for specialized like transportation on funding our work experience while they were congestion. state’s education serving our country. Senate Bill system. The 132 continues the “Move On When As this legislative Senate has Ready” initiative to allow Georgia’s session comes to a passed a number dual enrollment system to function close, I am truly honored of education bills more smoothly and encourage high to be able to represent to streamline our school students to take college level the people of Georgia’s post-secondary course work before they graduate. 21st Senate District system for Senate Bill 89 addresses the use at the Capitol. If you of technology in the classroom. It have any questions or encourages local school boards to concerns, please feel provide education materials in a free to reach out to me format that is primarily digital by at Brandon.Beach@ the year 2020. Senate.Ga.Gov or 404463-1378.

Brandon Beach is a State Senator, District 21, who represents a portion of Cherokee County in the Georgia General Assembly.


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Electrical Safety &

Sm ke Alarms By Fred Hawkins Electrical accidents and fires cause millions of dollars of damage to homes each year. These tragedies often result from improper installation, electrical systems that have not been maintained, and corrosive or outdated wiring. Almost two-thirds of home-fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes either without a smoke alarm or with non-working smoke alarms. Your smoke alarm should be replaced every

8 to 10 years. In addition, smoke-alarm batteries should be replaced each year, and the entire system should be checked to make sure the alarms are working properly. Typically, smoke alarms fail because batteries are missing, are disconnected or are dead; in fact, almost one-quarter of smoke-alarm failures are due to dead batteries. Teach your kids the sound a smoke alarm makes and what to do when they hear that sound. The electrical industry is constantly improving with new codes to make your home safer for you and your family. Arch fault breakers are designed to stop electrical problems and fires — from a staple or nail in a wire to a bad ceiling fan. They are designed to trip as soon as they detect an arch, usually sooner than conventional breakers. This may eliminate a problem in your wall and decrease the chance of fire. GFI receptacles lessen the chance of electrical shock from a wet location while using an electrical device. Tamper-proof

outlets prevent children from inserting metal objects into outlets, which may cause electrical shock. CO2 detectors and smoke CO2 combo units are required in all new homes today. CO2 detectors save lives from CO2 leaks commonly caused by bad vent pipes in water heaters and furnaces. Every house should have at least one CO2 detector on the main floor and near bedrooms. With homeowner education, improved safety standards and programs like a Home Protection Plan — a contract that offers service at a discounted rate — homes are being protected and lives are being saved. Have your home or business checked by a professional electrician each year to protect your family and pets.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136, MyAtlantaElectrician.net



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Summer Concert Series By Preston Pooser


he City of Woodstock has announced its 2015 Summer Concert Series line up. This year, the Concert Series will feature the following acts: Savannah Jack (Country), Eliminator (ZZ Top Cover Band), Departure & Electric Avenue ( Journey & 80’s), The Rupert’s Orchestra (70’s and 80’s), Gimme Abbey (Satisfaction & the Return). The Summer Concert Series spans the months of May through September with concerts on the second Saturday of each month. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

ACTS INCLUDE: Savannah Jack (Country) Eliminator (ZZ Top Cover Band) Departure & Electric Avenue (Journey & 80’s) The Rupert’s Orchestra (70’s and 80’s) Gimme Abbey (Satisfaction & the Return)

The Woodstock Summer Concert Series, now in its 18th year, is a well-established concert series with a loyal and expanded following. Each year, the Woodstock Concert Series continues to generate excitement within the community and provide an opportunity to enjoy some of the best national recording artists as well as emerging local musical talent. For the seventh consecutive year, Northside Hospital-Cherokee has agreed to be the Presenting/Title Sponsor for the Summer Concert Series. We are extremely excited to be partnering again with Northside Hospital-Cherokee to provide this year’s concert series. The hospital has always been a tremendous asset to Woodstock and all of Cherokee County. This year’s Woodstock Summer Concert Series Sponsors include: Gold Sponsors: Colby Family Chiropractic, Harry Norman Realtors, LGE Community Credit Union, Outdoor Effects Landscape Group, and Stars and Strikes/Woodstock. Silver Sponsors: Buffalo’s Café, Gold Swimming, Gas South, WalMart, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, and South on Main. Bronze 14

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Sponsors: Main Street Woodstock, Inc., Dentistry of Olde’ Towne, Reformation Brewery, The Magnolia Thomas Restaurant, Georgia Power, and Focus Pest Management. Patron Sponsors for the Concert Series: Digital Media Group, Momentum Church, and Waste Management. Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon stated that, “We truly appreciate the commitment that Northside Hospital-Cherokee and all of our sponsors have to the Concert Series and to the Woodstock community. They are all leaders in their fields and we could

not provide such a successful Concert Series without their support”. For more information about the Woodstock Summer Concert Series go to WoodstockConcertSeries.com or call the Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department at 770-517-6788.

Preston Pooser is director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Woodstock. 770-517-6788

2015 Guns and Hoses Run The Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office once again raised money for charity as they solicited funds from runners in the Annual Guns or Hoses 5K event. The event was open to the public and runners were asked to pick the team they wanted to run for, Guns or Hoses, and part of their registration fee was donated to an area charity. The fire department donated their winnings to Overall 5K winner Sam Harp the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. The purpose Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, which is located in Salacoa, is to provide hope and a family-model home for boys who do not have either. 360 runners signed up for the fire department, while 269 signed up with the sheriff’s office. The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch will receive a check in the amount of $3,600. For the fourth year straight Sam Harp has been the overall winner of the race. Sam is the son of Lyle and Cheri Harp. Sam’s dad is a firefighter with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.

Community Feature Media Specialist of the Year Superintendent Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo recently announced that Woodstock MS Media Specialist Wendy Cope had been selected as the 2015 CCSD Media Specialist of the Year. Cope is always on the move, whether she is searching for the perfect classroom teacher resource, exploring new technology for the media center or matching up a student with the perfect novel. She quietly works her way around bookshelves and computers in the media center and throughout Woodstock Middle School every day, inspiring awe and appreciation from students, parents and her peers, as well as her family. From left, CCSD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower, Haley Cope, Jim Cope, Wendy Cope, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo and WMS Principal Mark Smith.

Congratulations to our March “7 Differences” winner, Rosa Skurka!



Community Feature Woodstock HS Teachers Win STEM Grant Woodstock High School Advanced Placement Physics teacher Kelly Burke and engineering teacher Karen Zayance have won a $1,000 grant for a STEM joint class project. The grant from the Public Education Leadership Community of PPG Aerospace will fund a collaborative STEM activity focusing on the physics of aerial flight and will be used to purchase materials and equipment to design, build, and test various airplane models to investigate thrust, lift, and velocity. Ms. Burke’s AP Physics students will work collaboratively with Ms. Zayance’s engineering students to complete the project. Left to right: Ms. Zayance, Wayne Stewart of PPG Aerospace and Ms. Burke.


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Reinhardt’s 20th President The Board of Trustees of Reinhardt University announced the selection of Dr. Kina S. Mallard as the institution’s 20th Board of Trustees Chair William G. Hasty, president. She was Jr. and Dr. Kina S. Mallard chosen by a vote of the full board and will assume the office on July 1, 2015. Student Government President Alexander Bryant presented Mallard and her husband, Steve Dietz, with an engraved door knocker reading “Mallard & Dietz, since 2015, Welcome.” Search Committee and Reinhardt Board of Trustees Chair William G. Hasty, Jr. ’67 noted the hard work and leadership provided by Trustees Cecil Pruett and Marshall Day, President Emeritus Dr. Floyd Falany, Search Committee Assistant Kelly Morris, SGA President Alexander Bryant, Faculty Chair Dr. Jonathan Good, and community representative and alumna Marguerite Cline ‘58. Hasty added, “We were looking for someone who could increase our endowment and enrollment, as well as encourage community outreach, not only here in Cherokee County but also in Atlanta….”

A Time for

Regrowth By Johnny M. Hunt Springtime is associated with the rebirth and regrowth. Nature exhibits this in a multitude of ways. . . as tulips bloom or as baby birds hatch out of their shells. This season can be a breath of fresh air as things start anew. But in order for something to be born, change must occur. The baby bird mustn’t stay in its egg if it is to grow. In order for something to be reborn, something must die away. We love looking at the beautiful kaleidoscope of colors in the wings of a butterfly. We don’t think about the cocoon from which it came;

we don’t witness it growing out of its old skin. The end result is so overwhelming that it is easy for us to forget how that butterfly started.

C.S. Lewis described it this way: The same is true of people. You cannot have a “fresh start” and remain the same as before. And – in our spiritual life – we cannot be reborn unless we allow our “old self” to die away and surrender to new life in Christ. Romans 6:1-4 speaks about this: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

This is the meaning of the Resurrection. This is why we celebrate Easter! But

in order for this to truly be “the Good News,” we must realize that we need rebirth. We must surrender ALL.

Christ says, “Give me all. I don’t want so much of your money and so much of your work – I want you. I have not come to torment your natural self but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there. I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth or crown it or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked. . . the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact I will give you myself. My own will shall become yours.”

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



Community Feature National Merit Finalists

Design Contest State Winner

Kathryn Huller of Cherokee HS, Joshua Whitley of Creekview HS, Joseph D. Litrel of Etowah HS and Chetan Velivela of River Ridge HS join academically talented high school seniors from across the country in competing for 7,600 in scholarships worth $33 million that will be awarded in the spring. All four Cherokee County School District seniors previously named semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program now have been named finalists.

Woodstock High School sophomore Jordie St. Pierre (pictured) has won a State student design contest. Jordie, a second-year graphic design student in the Woodstock HS class taught by Isobel Mason, has been named the winner of the 2015 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) pin design contest by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education’s Office of Academic Special Programs. Her design will be on the cover of the 2015 GSEF Program and on the pin that GSEF participants received at the Fair on March 26, 2015.

Speech/Debate Team Travel to CA The Sequoyah High School Speech and Debate Team, coached by Sequoyah High’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Matt Bartula, traveled to Palo Alto, California to participate in the 29th Annual Stanford University Invitational Debate Tournament. Competing for Sequoyah in the Varsity Public Forum field were seniors Luke Etheridge and David Miller and sophomores Julianne Clark and Mabry Hunt. Competing in JV Public Forum field were juniors Dalan Cox and Sarah Donehoo and freshman Michael Stone and Kalin Valone. Competing in Varsity Lincoln Douglas was junior Janet Miller, and competing in JV Lincoln Douglas was sophomore Nieves Ristuccia.

Julianne Clark, Dalan Cox, Sarah Donehoo, Luke Etheridge, Mabry Hunt, David Miller, Janet Miller, Nieves Ristuccia, Michael Stone and Kalin Valone and Coach Matt Bartula.


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Children’s Author Visits Little River ES World-renowned children’s author and illustrator, Jan Brett, recently visited Little River Elementary School after the school won a national contest to earn the visit. Mrs. Brett talked with students about how she creates her stories and illustrations during a school-wide assembly. She also spent time with every class answering questions and inspiring students to continue to be creative artistic children. She donated an autographed original piece of artwork that will be displayed in the Media Center. “It was an absolute honor to have someone of that stature spend time with these children and make them feel so special,” Principal Christian A. Kirby said. “This visit would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our registrar, Doris Kramer, who spearheaded this whole campaign.”

WMS Team Headed to National Science Bowl A Woodstock Middle School team is headed to the 2015 National Science Bowl after winning the Regional competition in Savannah. The team, which went undefeated through the sub-regional and regional competitions, is the only middle school team representing the Left to right: Coach Brandi Miller, Andy Jiang, Katie state of Georgia at the Gilliam, Camilo Rincon, Laney Broussard, Greg National competition, which Carroll and Coach Heidi Switzer. is from April 30 to May 4 in Washington, D.C. All expenses for the team’s trip will be paid as part of its Regional championship prize. The team of Laney Broussard, Greg Carroll, Katie Gilliam, Andy Jiang and Camilo Rincon is coached by Brandi Miller and Heidi Switzer. The top eight middle school teams and 16 high school teams in the National finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. More than 14,000 students participate each year in the various levels of the competition.

A New Gutter System

For Protection By Juan Reyes

Gutters play an important role in protecting your home from exterior damage caused by water, snow, and ice. They are necessary for proper water drainage to prevent structural damage to your roof shingles, roof boards, attic, fascia, and siding. If they or the downspouts become damaged, clogged with debris, or are installed incorrectly, your home can suffer major damage that can result in costly repairs. If you think that your home’s gutters and downspouts may need repair or replacement, look for visible signs of damage like cracking or peeling; dents, holes, or cuts; sagging or misalignment; breaks in seams, joints; improper

attachment to the roof or downspouts, to name of few. Your gutter system also needs to be kept clean and free from debris like dirt and mud, twigs and branches, rocks, and leaves. Clogged gutters will not drain properly, resulting in standing water that can cause costly repairs from structural damage to your home.

Replacing Your Gutter System When replacing your home’s gutter system, consider two important features that can prevent future leaks and damages and keep your new gutter system completely free of all debris. Seamless Gutters — Seamless system will provide a strong, long-lasting gutter that’s affordable and easy to maintain. Without seams, there are no breaks or joints that can leak, sag, or become loose. Seamless gutter systems are attached with hidden hangers and screws that won’t become loose or put

holes in the gutter system, like nails. Available in a variety of materials: copper, aluminum and galvanized steel, they also come in 14 different colors and guaranteed to last for 20 years. Gutter Protection Covers — With gutter protection covers, you will never have to clean out your gutter system again. Gutter protection covers stop even the smallest objects from entering the system and keep them draining properly for years to come. When you need to install new gutters on your home, choose seamless construction and gutter protection covers that will guarantee a clean, maintenance-free gutter system.

Juan Reyes is owner of Pro Roofing & Siding. 770-777-1733, MyProRoofing.com



The Dog Days Are Back!

Scoopof by Michelle Knapp & suzanne taylor

The winter months are enough to make most people a little stir crazy. With the weather starting to get back to an acceptable temperature, it’s time to get out of the house with your furry friends – they have been enduring the long winter too! Its fun to be able to take your dog out on the town and let him socialize, especially if it involves being able to get a great meal or drink! We’ve done the research for you and come up with a list of OTP businesses that welcome you and your dog on their patio.

Roswell By overwhelming response, we heard about Lucky’s Burgers

In Alpharetta, feel free to bring your dog to


The Corner Deli or Mugs on Milton for a visit. If you’re out for a shopping day, your leashed dog may join you at The Green Bean Exchange! And by all

and Brew in Roswell. Lucky’s was

means, take them with you to Scottsdale Farms in

named after the owner’s dog, and

Milton to stroll the garden.

they welcome you to bring yours too! The Roswell Tap, OTP Tap

& Grill and Nosh Table & Tap


are also eateries with dog-friendly patios. With several outdoor eating

Visit Woofstock Park in Woodstock

areas that allow pups, Downtown

and take the new walking trails into

Roswell is another great place to

Downtown Woodstock where you can sit

take your dog.

outside in the courtyard between Canyons and Pure. Copper Coin Coffee and

Village Market & Café both have outdoor seating areas for you and your


dog to relax after your walk from the park.

In Canton, your dog can tag along with you to

Donovan’s Irish Cobbler in the Towne

Riverstone Corner Bistro and to the new Butcher and Bottle on Sixes Road. And of course, don’t forget the Dairy Queen and Bruster’s Real Ice Cream stands where

Lake area is happy to bring your dog a

you can treat him to something sweet.

So wherever you and your furry friend may find yourselves OTP, there are many places that will welcome you both as long as you don’t

bucket full of water while you enjoy a beer on their patio.

Marietta Marietta has several dog-friendly establishments along the Historic Marietta Square. Pressed Panini Bar, Taqueria Tsunami, Marietta Pizza Company, Johnny MacCracken’s and Sugar Cakes all have outdoor seating for you and your dog, as well as The Schoolhouse Beer Shop on Whitlock Avenue.

mind sitting outside and chatting with the rest of the dog lovers who are enjoying their day. Your dog will thank you for it!

Scoop of Life is compiled by Scoop OTP owners Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp. For more Outside The Perimeter “Scoop,” visit ScoopOTP.com.


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Teen’s First

Gynecologic Visit By Annie Kim, M.D.

A question I am asked commonly is, “At what age should I bring my daughter in for her first GYN visit?” It’s an important question because addressing the physiological and psychological changes that occur during this time in a young girl’s life can have a tremendous impact on the decisions she makes in the near future and the rest of her life. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), girls should have their first gynecologic visit between 13 and 15 years of age. Some

of the issues that are often addressed during these visits include positive body image, healthy sexuality, nutrition and exercise, contraception, STD prevention, tobacco, alcohol and drug use, and building supportive relationships. The purpose of the well-woman teenage visit is to make them feel comfortable with the gynecologist so that they will start developing a pattern of coming in regularly for their annual exams and feel comfortable discussing issues related to reproductive health. The first visit to the gynecologist can be a source of great anxiety for both the teen and her parent. However, knowing what to expect can help alleviate some of this stress. A pelvic or internal exam is usually not part of the first visit, unless there is a specific concern or complaint, such as abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain. The first Pap smear for cervical cancer screening is not done until age 21, but STD screening may be done earlier through a urine sample. This is also an optimal time to receive certain vaccinations, including the HPV vaccine. The teen may

want to prepare for her visit by writing down when her last menstrual period started, how often her periods are, and at what age her periods started. We encourage parents to be with their teen at her first appointment to meet the physician and to be informed about our confidentiality policy with teens. We also encourage your daughter to talk with you about her visit, what she learned, and what she was advised. So when should you bring your daughter in for the first time? Generally, the answer is the sooner the better! Make a preventative appointment. Don’t wait until something is wrong. Help your daughter understand the importance of preventative care, and start this process with a stress-free, comfortable and educational visit.

Dr. Annie Kim M.D., is with Falany & Hulse Women’s Center, located in Canton. 770-720-8551, FalanyAndHulse.com



Two years ago I wrote an article about the many ‘rope holders’ in our district.These are folks that work behind the scenes, often unnoticed, yet are vital to the Cherokee County School District.The last week of February revealed many more ‘rope holders’ in our midst. I would like to commend Assistant Superintendent, Bill Sebring and his

Owen and his financial team. I know our employees were especially grateful that the Payroll Department reported for duty to ensure that all of our employees were paid on time at the month’s end. Our director of Strategic Planning, Mike McGowan takes the lead on monitoring the weather and the roads situation throughout the county. He works collaboratively with the Sheriff’s Office

Bobby Blount, also continues working during our ‘snow days.’They are constantly monitoring our system to ensure that parents and students can access our website for up-to-date information.The Public Information team, led by Barbara Jacoby, helps keep our Facebook page and our Twitter feeds current and accurate. I would like to extend a personal thanks to the folks mentioned above, as well as

Rope Holders facilities team for their behind-the-scenes work in our 42 schools. Even though students were not present for most of the week due to inclement weather, all of our buildings and campuses were still being monitored. Mr. Sebring and his team made sure that furnaces were functioning properly and that each campus was safe and secure.

of Homeland Security — Emergency Management to provide the best information about forecasted inclement weather. Occasionally, forecasts dictate that we must wait until the wee hours of the morning to decide to cancel school for that day. He is often the one who starts that process, while the rest of us are still fast asleep.

I would also like to thank newly appointed Assistant Superintendent, Ken

Our Technology Department, under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent,


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By Janet Read

the many parents and staff who reminded their friends and neighbors that the safety of EVERY child in this district is a top priority for the CCSD. Here’s to hoping Spring is just around the corner!

Janet Read is chair of the CCSD board. 770-516-1444, Janet.Read@Cherokee. K12.Ga.us



Ankle Replacement

Puts You Back on Your Feet

By Travis Jones, D.P.M., Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Most people have heard of knee or hip replacements, but there’s another aging joint being replaced that’s gaining ground. By replacing arthritic or injured ankles with artificial joints, foot and ankle surgeons help to get people back on their feet. Ankle replacement surgery relieves debilitating pain and discomfort caused by arthritis, while restoring and maintaining ankle motion in people with compromised ankle function. During the 2-to-3 hour surgical procedure, the ankle joint is exposed, diseased cartilage and bone is removed and a metal and lightweight plastic bearing is inserted. In general, healthy, non-diabetic older patients who have exhausted non-surgical treatment and continue to experience painful and disabling ankle arthritis are ideal candidates for ankle replacement. Ankle arthritis is the progressive loss of the smooth gliding surface that lines the ends of the bones that form the ankle. This produces pain, stiffness, swelling and warmth at the joint. These detrimental effects lead to discomfort and endurance for everyday activities such as standing and walking. Many people might not have heard of ankle replacement surgery


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because when compared to the other major joints, arthritis of the ankle is uncommon. About 50,000 people a year experience end-stage ankle arthritis, when the ankle cartilage wears away completely, causing bone-on-bone contact. How long an ankle replacement lasts depends on many factors, including the type of implant used and the patient’s physical condition, activity level and lifestyle. While prosthetic joints can provide increased mobility and pain relief for many years, most patients can expect their ankle replacement to last 10-20 years. As with any surgery, there is always a risk of infections or complications, including nerve, vessel, tendon or bone injuries and persistent pain. A surgeon specialized in foot and ankle surgery can best evaluate your condition and determine if an ankle replacement is right for you.

Dr. Travis Jones is a foot and ankle surgeon at Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. For more information, please visit www.northsidecherokeeortho.com, or call 770-517-6636 to make an appointment.

Shedding Season is UPON US! By Lorre LaMarca Here we are — warmer weather! If you are the lucky owner of say a Husky, Retriever, or German Shepherd, I am sure you know when dog hair shedding season has taken over your home! This time of year I am always asked the question, how can I control the shedding madness? While nothing is 100% effective, here are some tips to help control the dog hair madness!

1. Daily Brush Outs. Purchase a tool that actually is used for de-shedding and brush your dog outside daily in the morning right before the dead hair from the overnight sleep start shedding. Or do this anytime!

2. Professional De-shedding. For breeds like Husky’s and Retrievers, this is key!

Find a place that offers monthly professional undercoat brush outs with professional de-shedding shampoos and tools. It can take up to 1-2 hours for this treatment, but it does relieve 60-70% of the dog hair until the next monthly treatment if you keep it up consistently.

3. Omega Oils in Diet and Conditioning Shampoos. Dogs with frequent shedding hair can be a result of a poor diet or lack of adequate conditioning treatments. When dog hair is too dry and brittle it will begin to shed quickly. Also making sure their food has a high source of omega oils (like those found in fish oils) can often help most dogs from the inside out.

4. Keeping Dead Ends from Forming. For long hair shedding breeds such as Golden Retrievers, I do recommend a light hand scissor of all the dead ends. Keeping a tiny trim up will keep help the coat healthy and help control the shedding of loose dead hair from the top coat.

5. Consult Your Groomer or Vet. If shedding is out of control, talk to a professional to see what options you could have to get the best look while minimizing the shedding problem. If shedding seems unhealthy, creating bald spots, there could be an underlying problem which would require the attention of your vet.

Lorre LaMarca is owner of Bark Station in Woodstock. 770-517-9907, Bark-Station.com



Community Partners by karen fegely


he Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation awarded Bethesda Community Clinic $125,000 in grant monies last month to help fund Bethesda’s Dental Clinic set to open later this year. A recent Cherokee County Community Development Block Grant award also enabled the clinic to purchase additional business suites which allows for the expansion of medical services as well as the space needed for the dental clinic. In the past Bethesda Community Clinic offered very limited free dental services to Cherokee County residents but it has always been the goal from its founding to include more extensive services. “We exist to demonstrate the compassion of Christ by providing quality, affordable health care and dental services to those in need,” says founder Karen Fegely, Nurse Practitioner. “We are closer to


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BETHESDA Community Clinic Receives Grant Awards for Dental Clinic making that a reality than ever before.”

referrals, and comprehensive, holistic care.

In spite of the Affordable Care Act, which made no provision at all for dental care, medical and dental care is still non-existent for many in Georgia. Visits to Georgia’s emergency rooms for oral health problems alone cost more than $23 million annually. Unfortunately, the high cost of exams, x-rays, and treatment leave the uninsured with nowhere to go for follow up locally.

Now in its fourth year, the medical clinic is increasing its capacity by adding 80 to 100 new patients each month. In 2014 there were nearly 5,000 visits for medical care.

But soon there will be hope for some. Free dental services will be offered to uninsured residents of Cherokee County who are below the 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is determined by family size and income. Services will include exams, x-rays, cleanings, simple extractions, and some restorative care as well as oral health education. These dental services will be in addition to the primary medical care services already being offered to all ages at Bethesda which includes physical exams, well woman exams, acute care, chronic disease management, diabetes education and nutrition classes, wellness coaching, assistance with medications through the pharmaceutical companies and on-site dispensary, blood lab testing, and many other services. By partnering with other local health care organizations, Bethesda is able to provide medical imaging, specialty

Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and others will be needed to volunteer in this weekly free dental clinic which will be held every Friday morning at the clinic located in Holly Springs. Volunteers and donors may contact Bethesda via the website links at BethesdaCommunityClinic.org. or by emailing Karen@BCCcherokee. org. As a 501 (c) 3 Georgia non-profit organization all donations are fully tax deductible. The GA DHR offers Sovereign Immunity (malpractice coverage) for licensed medical and dental professionals who volunteer to care for Georgia’s underserved populations.

Senior Olympics this Month! By Nathan Brandon

LIFESTYLE Remaining active is absolutely essential as we age. For those fortunate enough to be gifted with a long life, there are several factors involved in healthy aging. Remaining active is one of those factors. The month of April provides two great opportunities to engage in a healthy level of activities. Cherokee County Senior Olympics: Email: CherokeeSO@yahoo.com Website: CherokeeCountySeniorOlympics.com The Opening Ceremonies will take place at 10:00 a.m. April 7 at the South Recreation Center on Main Street in Woodstock. Visit the website and be sure to sign up for some of the events offered throughout the month of April. Competitions include: Basketball Free Throw, Baggo, Bowling, Swimming, One-Mile Walk, Wii Bowling, Billiards, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Bocce, Washers & Hillbilly Golf, and Golf. The events are calendared on different days during the month of April and a full calendar is available on the website. Cherokee County Senior Services — Exercise Program The second opportunity for remaining active is to join our exercise group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, meeting at 9:00 a.m. for a full hour of exercise. The meeting place is the gymnasium of the Boys & Girls Club, across the street from the Senior Center at 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. The exercises are chair-based with focus on four major areas: strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. The cost of this program is FREE! It is provided through the ongoing programming through Cherokee County Senior Services. Call 770-479-7438 for more information. Take a moment and visit our website at CherokeeGa. com and click on the link to Senior Services. You will see the option of viewing our activities calendar for each month. Seniors who are 60 years of age and up may participate in the activities listed by joining our Congregate Program. This provides many opportunities to join in local trips, educational programs and lunch each day at a minimal cost. L

Nathan Brandon is director of Cherokee County Senior Services. 770-479-7438, CherokeeGa.com/Senior-Services



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By Meghan Griffin

Business ownership can certainly have highs and lows, yet owning a business with your family can present its own unique set of challenges. When lifelong Georgians, Robbie and Dana Matiak, started R & D Mechanical Services in 2000, their goal was to build a company with rock solid values that would lead them to a successful future. That decision wasn’t made without some trepidation as Robbie had just left a position with a larger company and had concerns about striking out on his own. However, he said that he felt called to do the work he is doing; fixing problems and serving people within and around his community.


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As R & D continued to grow through the early 2000s, Robbie and his family continued to build the business together. He brought his son and daughter, Heath and Ashleigh into the business in 2011 and the company relocated from Robbie and Dana’s home to their current office space in Holly Springs. While expanding their company, they also wanted to make sure that they were making the lives of their employees better. Every January, the team members meet to discuss the expectations, goals and focus for the year. Last year, the company made a decision to center efforts on further improving quality, both in the work that they perform and personally by being good examples to those they come in contact with. This year’s focus is on serving others. At the top of the priority list are the team members who make up R & D Mechanical Services. Heath noted, “If we serve each other first, we will serve our customers even more so.” The term ‘team member’ was a very deliberate decision for the company; Robbie wants everyone at R & D to know that they are, “Working with us and not for us.” The focus on valuing family time is also conveyed by allowing the on-call service technicians to control their schedules when emergency calls are needed. If their son or daughter has an activity such as a sporting event scheduled or they are attending a church outing, technicians are encouraged to make it known and to ask other technicians to assist in the emergency service calls with our customers. As always with R & D, family is first priority.

other employees as they would like to be treated is intrinsic in their company’s work ethic. They use these values as standards when hiring new team members. As Heath said, “Our core values serve as a great litmus test when we are looking to expand. We can teach the skill set later, but they need to connect with our values first.” Customers and future team members can learn more about the company by visiting R & D’s website, where the company’s core values are proudly listed. Some key points include living and working with the highest sense of integrity and character, being themselves, whether in public or in private, and always doing as they have promised. R & D Mechanical Services currently operates at about a

70/30 split between commercial and residential work. They offer heating and cooling installation services, as well as preventative maintenance, upgrades and repair. For their customers, Robbie and Heath stress the importance of building a loyal customer base. The company strives to under-promise and over-deliver at all times. “We strive to spend your money like it was our money.” Robbie said. In addition to putting the focus on family and team members, Robbie and his crew are active in the community. Last year, R & D Mechanical was a sponsor for the Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5K in Canton and the Hero Run 5K for the Wounded Warrior Project in Kennesaw. This year they are sponsoring the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series. They also partner heavily with Alive Ministries

R & D also wants to make sure that everyone that works within their company understands that doing the right thing and treating



Mission Trip to Haiti

Voted Best Heating & Air

and their Save It Forward program, which Dana Matiak is very involved. The Save It Forward program uses extreme couponing and partnering with the Atlanta Food Bank to provide food Photo courtesy of PhotoJack.net and toiletries to families in need. They work with local schools and letter, he spoke of the history of the counselors to identify and serve those company and of his drive to start his families. R & D Mechanical believes own business. He reiterated their wholeheartedly in the mission of this mission and the work that they do in program and helps out monthly. the community. He also wrote about how the company and his family Other organizations that they have supports children in Haiti and how partnered with include Next Steps special it was to him and Dana, Ministry in Woodstock, which assists when they are able to spend time special needs individuals in job with the children during mission skills development, and Cloud Walk trips to Haiti. The letter ‘spoke to’ Ministry in Alpharetta. However, many of his customers and Robbie the team members at R & D are most shared the overwhelming responses. proud of quietly helping individuals In Robbie’s mind, it proved his in their community. Whether it point that by putting family, team is installing a new low or no-cost members, and his customers first; furnace or system for someone who he has built a company not driven by was without heat during the winter profit, but by love and loyalty. or doing labor at cost to help families in need save money, R & D continues As we transition into spring, if to show their actions speak louder you need assistance with your than their words. HVAC system, consider calling R & D Mechanical Services and During Thanksgiving 2014, Robbie know that your money will be going sent out a letter to their customers to a company that goes above and and titled it Thanks-Giving. In the beyond.


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CANTON 770-917-1795 RandDMechanical.net AliveMinistriesInc.org

sweat glands, or involve surgery which contains inherent risks.

Don’t Sweat It!

By Amber Francis, M.A., A.C.L.P. Did you know one in five Americans suffer from excessive underarm sweat? Roughly 20 percent of the US adult population says they sweat more than they’d like in their underarms and it bothers them. Many patients don’t realize that excessive sweating is a medical condition, and they go to great lengths to hide it. Now a proven, lasting treatment is available: the miraDry® procedure. Until now, treatment options have been limited to prescription-strength antiperspirants, oral medications, botulinum toxin A injections and surgery. These options are either designed to temporarily disable the

The miraDry® procedure is the only medical device cleared by the U.S. FDA that dramatically reduces underarm sweat and provides lasting results. The procedure delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the area under the arm where the sweat glands reside, and heats and eliminates the sweat glands. Since sweat glands do not regenerate, results are lasting. Each miraDry® procedure takes approximately one hour in the doctor’s office and the full treatment plan requires two procedures to maximize results. The procedure is non-invasive with little to no downtime, so patients can go about their normal routines after treatment. Recent clinical data showed patients treated with the miraDry® system experienced sustained improvement in sweat reduction and quality of life at 24-months post treatment. This is

follow-up data to a study that assessed the efficacy and safety of the miraDry® procedure, which previously reported an average of 82 percent sweat reduction at 12 months post procedure. There are other therapies that utilize energy in treating hyperhidrosis, however there is limited data, both in number of patients and amount of follow-up, and they are not FDA approved. Only miraDry® provides a lasting solution with a noninvasive procedure. Benefits of the miraDry® procedure include: • • • • •

Dramatic reduction of underarm sweat Lasting results Non-invasive (no surgical incisions or cuts) Minimal to no downtime Performed in the physician’s office

Amber Francis is an Aesthetician from Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center, Marietta — 770-422-3306, Newnan — 770-5020202, and Austell — 770-941-1013. SkinCancerSpecialists.com



Tasteof by Joanne knieriem

2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese 2 cups grated Swiss cheese 2 extra large eggs ¾ cup light cream 1 Tbsp. flour Salt and pepper to taste 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped ¼ cup meat (ham bits or crumbled bacon) ¼ cup broccoli or spinach, chopped in small pieces 1 small onion chopped and blended with mixed ingredients 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell

Mix together cheeses in a bowl. In a blender, combine eggs, light cream, flour and salt and pepper. Starting and ending with cheese mixture, arrange alternate layers of cheese and extra ingredients in the pie shell. Then pour blender mixture over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until light brown on top (a knife inserted

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

should come out clean). Freezes well

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.” ServiceLeague.net


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Understand Your

Pet’s Care Needs Pets are a wonderful addition to our family, but they are not human. To truly love them, we must learn how to care for their special needs. We have a seventy-eight pound husky mix dog who is at least seventyseven pounds of trouble. After a recent incident in which my neighbor’s dog attacked ours, I have learned a lot about treating wounds on dogs. The first rule, of course, is not to panic. The second rule is damage control. We confined my dog to a bathroom to access her condition, and keep her from flinging blood through every room in the house. She had a tear in her ear that bled quite a bit, which was made worse by her shaking her head.

Third, flour is a wonderful, pain-free way to help stop bleeding. We all have it in our homes and can easily get to it, especially in an “emergency.” Our home is lucky to also have a bearded dragon. He is an adolescent and is very friendly. He really likes to snuggle. I have never owned a reptile before and it has been a learning experience. When I purchased his terrarium, it came with sand, lights and containers for food and water. Since then, however, I have learned carpet is better for young dragons. They have trouble digesting the sand, which they end up ingesting as they eat the crickets fed to them. The carpet is better because they don’t pick it up with the crickets when they eat. He has shed his skin a couple of times, and will again between now and adulthood. He has a wooden branch in his tank that helps him with the shedding. He also prefers to be at the

highest point he can be, to watch the world around him. He diet is mostly meal worms and dragon “pellets,” a special food made specifically for his nutritional needs. However, he loves to stalk live crickets dusted with a calcium supplement around his cage. The most challenging aspect of raising a dragon has been the lighting. As he is an exothermic creature (no internal thermostat) he relies on special lighting to keep warm. He even needs a special “night light” that emits heat, but not light when he sleeps. Learning how to properly care for our pets is the best way we can love them.

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



Book Review by catherine groves

James Herriot a True Lover of all Animals On October 3, 1916, James Alfred Wight was born in Sunderland, England. The world now knows him as James Herriot, as he became one of the world’s most beloved writers of all time. Having been a veterinarian his entire adult life, Herriot, at the age of 50, began writing and in 1969 published his first book. Sales were slow until he became published in America; the first book was called “All Creatures Great and Small.” He followed this with “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “All Things Wise and Wonderful”, “The Lord God Made Them All”, and “Every Living Thing”, which he finished shortly before his death in 1995. All of his books were bestsellers. Herriot’s books portray his life as a Yorkshire county vet during a time when times were tough, horses were used to farm, and penicillin was not yet discovered. The reader will fall in love with not only James and his furry patients, but also with the two brothers with whom he worked closely his entire life. Siegfred, his somewhat eccentric partner, and Tristan, the dare devil with hilarious charm, enrich the already compelling stories. Although the books have been in print for decades, they are ageless. Herriot’s wholesome yet poignant ability to share stories based on truth will move the reader to tears and within the same paragraph bring laughter. The books take us through the journey of Herriot’s life as he begins practicing in rural England, to his falling in love, going to war, and having kids. He brings the farmers, the farm animals, and the pets to life in a way that makes one understand, even with his literary success; how he stood by he was first and foremost a veterinarian. These books are a must read for animal lovers and for those whom lives have already been touched by Herriot in the past, they are the perfect books to be reread, again and again.

Catherine Groves is an avid reader and book collector (owning more than 5,000 books). She also is publisher of two neighborhood magazines and is writing her first novel.


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Facts About Cataracts By Vishal Patel, O.D. What is a cataract? At birth, our eyes have a clear lens that allows light to be transmitted and focused in the eye. As we age, that clear lens begins to slowly get cloudy, eventually resulting in a cataract that interferes with our vision as it blocks and scatters light. This process is usually age-related, but it can occur earlier in patients with certain diseases such as diabetes, on medications such as steroids, as well as after eye injuries.

What symptoms does a cataract cause? A cataract can lead to a slow

deterioration in vision, particularly under

low light conditions. Other symptoms include an increased amount of glare during nighttime driving, or a dramatic, rapid, blurring of vision. Although a cataract can lead to rapid vision loss in some circumstances, other causes of vision loss must also be ruled out in these cases.

How is a cataract treated? Cataracts

are treated by a quick, safe, painless, and very effective outpatient surgery. An ultrasound machine breaks up the cataract into small pieces which are then removed from the eye, followed by the insertion of an artificial lens implant. There are different types of artificial lens

implants that can be used. The standard monofocal implant usually corrects one’s distance vision, while still requiring reading glasses. Other, newer types of lens implants include multifocal and toric implants. Multifocal lenses can correct both distance and near vision reducing the need for glasses. Toric lenses are used to correct corneal astigmatism, which is a variation in the shape of the cornea. In patients with significant astigmatism, a standard lens implant would not sufficiently correct distance vision, and toric lenses help to reduce the need for distance glasses, although reading glasses would still be needed. Your eye doctor can review your case to determine if you are a candidate for either a multifocal or toric lens implant.

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




Planting Guide

Spring is here and many of us are heading outdoors to plan yard projects. As you’re planning this spring, make sure your landscaping leaves enough distance between your plants and power lines, equipment and street lights. Proper planning can help reduce outages.


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Why does distance from overhead power lines matter? This important factor is often overlooked, but it can make a huge impact on your family’s safety in two ways. If you are a parent of a child who likes to climb trees, you don’t want those tree limbs growing anywhere near power lines. Additionally, during storms, tree branches can touch or fall on power lines, causing outages. In fact, properly spacing and placing large landscaping, like trees, can help reduce your odds of a power outage and eliminate a safety hazard. This explains why you may see crews trimming branches near lines. If you see branches in your yard that could be a safety or outage hazard, contact your power provider. What about equipment on the ground? The large green, metal boxes you often see in yards are transformers that house the electrical equipment needed to supply electricity to your neighborhood through underground power lines. Leave 10 feet of space between plants and the opening

of the transformer and 4 feet of space between plants and the other three sides. Before you plant trees in your yard this spring, ask yourself these questions: Are you hoping for shade or a privacy screen? How tall and wide will the tree be when full-grown? Will the tree branches be strong enough to withstand ice without breaking? You want your yard to be safe, but you also want it to be beautiful. Many plants add color and foliage while growing safely under power lines. Learn more at CobbEMC.com/Safety.

These tips are tips were provided by Cobb EMC, a non-forprofit electric cooperative. 770-429-2100, CobbEMC.com



with By Diane Castle, D.V.M.

Taking a pet on a vacation or a trip can be a great adventure for you and your best friend. Preparation ahead of time can significantly improve both your experiences. The most important thing to consider is being honest about whether your pet will be comfortable with travel. Some pets may not be able to handle travel because of illness, injury, age or temperament. If your pet is not good with travel, you should consider a reliable pet-sitter or talk to your veterinarian about boarding facilities in your area.


he most common way to travel with your pet is by car. If you don’t often take your pet in the car, start with short trips to “fun” destinations (such as PetsMart or a park) to help your pet get used to riding in a car. If your pet gets car sick, talk to your veterinarian about suggestions or medications to keep them comfortable.

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your pets, you and to other drivers. Pets should not be allowed to ride on the driver’s lap or near the driver’s feet for the same reasons you wear your seat belt. • A crate or a specially designed pet harness that attaches to a seat belt are viable options for dogs. • Cats should always be transported in carriers to prevent escape and/or injury. Traveling by air with your pet may be an option but be aware that pets over 15 pounds must travel in cargo. Most airlines do not allow pets to fly in cargo during the summer months because of the risk of overheating. Small pets

can travel in the cabin, but most airlines limit the number on each flight so make sure you make a reservation for your pet well in advance. Most airlines also require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) issued within 10 days of travel. It is recommended that you do not give tranquilizers to your pet when traveling by air because it can increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems as well as make it difficult for them to regulate their body temperature.

overlooked is that your pet may not be allowed where you are staying. Some accommodations allow pets and some will not, so be sure to check in advance. If you are staying with friends or family, be sure to inform your host that your pet will be coming along and make sure that your pet is a welcomed guest as well. If your pet is not used to traveling in a crate, leave the travel crate sitting open for a few days before your trip so they can get used to the smell and so they don’t get nervous when it’s time to get into it. Feeding them in the carrier at home may lessen their anxiety about the carrier also. An important step that is often

If you are staying in a hotel call ahead to be sure pets are welcome. Some hotels only accept small pets or pets under a certain weight; so when making a reservation, make sure you inquire about the terms of their pet policy. Be aware that many do not allow you to leave a pet alone in the room. You will need to plan for a place for your

pet if you go out to eat or tour someplace that does not allow pets. Leaving them in the car in hot weather is not an option since car temperatures rise quickly in the sun and can become deadly. Animals can travel out of the country with you but keep in mind that you have to follow both the United States regulations, as well as the regulations in the other country to which you are traveling. Traveling to many countries involves weeks to months of planning to satisfy specific requirements so start your inquiries early. The United States Department of Agriculture website and your veterinarian are good sources of information. Knowing the requirements before you travel helps you decide if you are going to take your pet or leave it at home, and prepares you for what to expect if you do take your pet with you. Traveling with your 4-legged family member can be a great experience but does require some preparation so that everyone can enjoy the trip. Dr. Diane Castle is a veterinarian with Union Hill Animal Hospital. 770- 664-8380, UnionHillVet.com



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770-926-7718, BestInBoating.com

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770-650-7667, PlanMyCruise.com

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Crossroads Veterinary Hospital 770-591-5474, MyCrossVetHospital.com

Hiring an Uninsured Contractor? When contracting work for your home or business, it’s important to verify the credentials of the person or business that is being hired to do the work. Several factors should be considered before making your final hiring decision and insurance is one of the most important. Surprisingly, there are many businesses hired every day that are operating without insurance, so it’s ‘Buyer Beware and Be Smart!’ The reason insurance should rank near the top of your list is simple. If something goes wrong with the work that you contract to be done, it will be the contractor’s insurance that will provide you with the best hope for recovery of damages. If the contracted business doesn’t have insurance you should consider: • If they couldn’t afford insurance

how can they afford to pay for your damages or theft by their employees? • If they cut costs by not purchasing insurance they are putting you at risk. • If they don’t have insurance, they are unfairly competing against more legitimate and responsible companies and doing so at your expense. A qualified repair, service or janitorial business should be operating with an insurance policy that provides the following minimum recommended coverage: • General Liability including products and completed operations • $1,000,000 per occurrence to cover loss due to personal injury or property damage • Workers Compensation if the work is being performed by an employee • Surety or Janitorial Bond to cover theft by employees

By Jeff Nevison

Ask for proof and never assume — always request a certificate of insurance direct from the contracted company’s insurance company or agent before signing a contract or agreement. Do not accept a certificate direct from the contracted company. Make sure that the certificate properly states the business name and business classification and that the classification corresponds with the work you are contracting to be done. It’s your home or business, make sure it’s always protected and call your agent when in doubt.

Jeff Nevison is the co-owner/ managing agent of Mountain Lakes Insurance. 770-926-9444, MountainLakesInsurance.com



Restorative Options to Consider By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. Advances in technology occur all of the time. Just think of how often we get updates for software on our smart phones, for example. In dentistry, even with new approaches available to us, sometimes the “old-fashioned” way of doing things can still be a viable option. When it comes to deciding what sort of treatment is best for restoring your child’s tooth structure, both old and new options should be carefully considered. If the cavity is small, a composite-resin may be an option. These fillings are made of plastic and are tooth-colored to give a natural look. They are not as durable as metal fillings, so they may not be an option in certain areas of the mouth. They are more technique-sensitive to fill and they are also more expensive than metal fillings.


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Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for over 100 years. They are made of a mixture of metals and are usually the lowest cost option for filling small to moderately sized cavities. They are very durable, so they are usually a good option if parents want it for filling cavities in the back teeth. Not all offices offer amalgam fillings. If the cavity is large, a stainless steel crown may be prescribed. This is because after removing the decayed area of the tooth, there may not be enough tooth structure left to support a simple filling. Stainless steel crowns have been used in dentistry for 50 years. As with metal fillings, they are very durable and cost-effective. They will typically last longer than metal fillings. These crowns are the most gum friendly and least problematic for kids. Tooth colored crowns are another option. They are either made of stainless steel then coated with tooth-colored veneer, or they

are solid porcelain (Zirconia). As with the composite fillings, tooth-colored crowns are more costly than stainless steel crowns. Also, they can be less durable, may take more time to apply to the tooth structure, require much more removal of tooth structure (and can therefore come off more easily), and possibly could require a nerve treatment.

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

David and Julie Boone

Artist Profile by Heike Hellmann-Brown

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Birdhouses according to the specifications of the National Audubon Society are the specialty of woodworker David Boone. “In 30 years I have sold over 55,000 birdhouses,” Boone states proudly. “Many of my customers are not even aware that each species requires housing that matches its natural habitat. Floor size, depth, diameter and above floor height of the hole and the birdhouses height above the ground are important to ensure the safety of the nesting bird.”



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Boone, a native Atlantan, became fascinated with birdhouses as a Cub Scout. “The fact that I could manipulate a natural product like wood, construct something with my hands and a bird would find a home in it was just amazing.” Boone attended an art school in Atlanta and later took a job with a fine art publisher in Cherokee County, where he met Julie, who worked at the same company as a graphic designer. After they got married the Boones decided to start out on their own. They offered handmade paper and printmaking services to artists and began attending arts and craft shows to attract more business. During that time David Boone remembered his passion for birdhouses and began working on his own designs. “I learned about the science behind birdhouses and began adding elements such as copper and glass,” Boone explains. While participating in nationwide art festivals with their birdhouses the Boones met artists from all across the country who created unique merchandise just like they did. An idea was born: In 1999 the Boones acquired 24 acres in Ball Ground and opened “Wildcat on a Wing”, a gallery that sells the work from up to 150 different artisans from 38 states. “We felt we were starting the gallery on ‘a wing and a prayer’,” Julie jokes. Now in its 16th year, the gallery is thriving. Julie Boone runs the daily operations, while her husband can be found in 44

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his woodworking shop on the property or at various art festivals. And they are embarking on their next adventure — a vineyard. “We have such an array of bird species on our property,” David Boone says, “so Julie and I decided to clear the land and grow grapes that would make good wine and at the same time attract different bird varieties.” While the Boones admit that this endeavor was a long and labor-intensive process, they are hoping to open “Feathered Edge Vineyard” by summer. “We want customers to enjoy art and good wine in a beautiful setting,” Julie says. “I can’t wait for people to come to our gallery/winery, enjoy a glass of wine, walk my vineyard and see my birds. It is so rewarding if someone appreciates what we have created and are passionate about,” David adds, “I am the dreamer, who gets the ball rolling, but Julie is the one who makes it all happen!”

www.wildcatonawing.com 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.



What Are Extensor Tendons? By Jose Baez, M.D.

Located on the back of the hand and fingers, the Extensor tendons allow you to straighten your fingers and thumb. These tendons are attached to muscles in your forearm. The tendons become flat and thin as they continue into your fingers, and are then joined by smaller tendons from the muscles in the hand. It is these smallmuscle tendons that allow delicate finger motions and coordination.

Extensor Tendon Injuries The extensor tendons lie just below the skin, directly on the bone, on the back of the hands and fingers. Due to their location, they are easily injured, even by a minor cut. Jamming a finger may tear these thin tendons away from the bone. After this type of injury, you may have trouble straightening one or more joints. Treatment is necessary to return use to the tendon.

Common Types of Extensor Tendon Injuries: •

Mallet finger or the drop of the end of the joint where an extensor tendon has been cut or separated from the bone Boutonniere deformity or the bentdown (flexed) position of the middle joint of the finger from a cut or tear of the extensor tendon Lacerations or cuts on the back of the hand

Extensor Tendon Injury Treatment A cut that splits the tendon may require stitches, but tears caused by jamming injuries are usually treated with splints. The splint prevents the healing ends of the tendon from pulling apart, and should be worn at all times until the tendon has fully healed.

Dr. Jose Baez is a physician with Atlanta Hand Specialist, located in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888, AtlantaHandSpecialist.com

A Hand Specialist will apply the splint in the correct place, and give you directions on how long you should wear it. He may also place a pin through the bone across the joint as an internal splint. Call to schedule an appointment with your nearest Hand Specialist.


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Growing Herbs By Gail Roos

Herbs are fragrant, flavorful, and beautiful. They’ll grow happily in the yard, in garden beds, or in containers. Growing herbs isn’t difficult, but you have to determine what will make them perform well — what sun exposure, soil, pH, and water requirements. Group the herbs according to those requirements. How will you use your herbs? Do you want to cook with them? Popular herbs for kitchen gardens are rosemary, basil, oregano, and fennel. If you plan to make teas, you could plant chamomile and mint. If you want to use them as landscape plants, you might use rosemary, yarrow, and sage. Most herbs can be grown in pots in any combination you want, such as oregano, parsley, and chives, as long as the sun requirements for each are the same. First, find a location where your herbs will thrive. Most herbs need sun, sun, and more sun. They’ll need six hours of full sun a day. Next, prepare the soil. Good drainage is a must. Mix in lots of organic matter to a depth of at least 8 to 10 inches. Plus, if your bed has lots of clay, add some sand. Herbs do best with pH between 6 and 7.5. Planting your herbs in a raised bed will give better control of the soil mixture for good drainage. A soil test by your local cooperative extension office will tell you the recommendations for lime and fertilizer. When you plant, arrange the herbs by the height they’ll reach when full grown. Add about 2 inches of mulch to protect the roots from the sun and to keep the weeds down. Water in the evening at ground level using a soaker hose to keep water off the foliage and to avoid diseases that thrive on dampness. For growing herbs in containers, clay pots are best because they are porous. Fill the pot with a good, lightweight, well-drained artificial soil mix, but not a garden soil. Water frequently and fertilize regularly because nutrients get washed out. Give herbs a try! Gail Roos is a certified Master Gardener Extension Volunteer with Cherokee County Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension. Contact the Cherokee County UGA Extension office for gardening assistance. 770-721-7803, CAES.UGA.edu/Extension/ Cherokee



Woodstock Fashion Month By Jenna Hill


ain Street Woodstock is pleased to announce that the month of April will be focused on fashion and fundraising in Downtown Woodstock. This month will consist of great sales and specials at clothing boutiques and a “Wear Woodstock” stamp card contest, followed by the main event: the 1st Annual Woodstock Fashion Show. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. The Woodstock Fashion Show will take place on April 18th starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Chambers at City Center. Tickets are only $10 and are now available at the Woodstock Visitors Center, online at www.ElmStreetArts. tix.com and at participating boutiques. Those taking part in the Fashion Show include Moop’s, Spirited, Fashion Cupcake, RAK Outfitters, Dress Up, Brooklynn’s, Branches and Dismero. There will be a silent auction full of awesome items from our Downtown stores and restaurants along with a


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special presentation by Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. Proceeds from the fashion show and silent auction will be donated to the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Since opening the doors of the Anna Crawford Children’s Center in 1990, their staff of mental health therapists, forensic interviewers, family advocates, and parent mentors and educators have worked together to serve thousands of Cherokee County children and family members impacted by child sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and exposure to violence, allowing them to live healthier, fuller and happier lives. The Wear Woodstock stamp card will be available at the Woodstock Visitors Center starting April 1st. Contestants will pick up their card and must have it stamped by each boutique on the list. To receive a stamp, you must make a purchase of at least $10. At the end of the month, we will announce the winner who will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars. Contestants must

drop off their completed stamp card at the Woodstock Visitors Center by Thursday, April 30th before closing at 5:00 p.m. to be entered into the drawing. Also during the month of April, our Friday Night Live theme will be Roaring 20’s. Travel back to the 1920’s where the fashion was so distinct and fun; we are encouraging everyone to wear their best 1920’s style attire! Make plans now to visit Downtown Woodstock during the month of April for some fun, fashion and fundraising! For more information on the Woodstock Fashion Show call 770-9240406 or visit www.VisitWoodstockGA. com.

Jenna Hill is Tourism Information Coordinator at the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406, WhatsUpWoodstock.com



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By Drs. Musarra, Leake, Petrosky & Harkins Throughout the ages, women have turned to brassieres, corsets, and now surgery to obtain a more aesthetically pleasing bustline. The size, shape, and appearance of the breasts can influence how women feel about their bodies and, in turn, themselves. Most women who seek breast augmentation with implants fall into 1 of 2 categories:

younger women who have always been dissatisfied with the size and proportion of their breasts, and women later in life who have lost volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or simply aging. Do you fit into one of those categories? Here are a few quick facts you should know if you're thinking about breast augmentation: Today's results look and feel surprisingly natural. In recent years, implant technology has come a long way. You can boost your size without drastically changing your shape or creating a "fake" look. Breast augmentation is one of the safest surgeries in the world. This procedure has one of the lowest complication rates of any surgery, especially when you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon such as one of our specialists. Surgery and recovery are easier than you think. The operation itself takes only an hour or 2, and you'll be back to work within a week. We also use an innovative local pain

reliever called EXPAREL速 that lasts 3 days after surgery, so there is no need for oral narcotics. Our patients tend to be amazed at how easy the recovery process is. What's more, breast surgery is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling procedures we offer. It is also a very personal decision. Most women consult a plastic surgeon after having done a lot of research. Homework does not, however, replace the guidance of an experienced plastic surgeon. We invite you to request a consultation, if you'd like to learn more. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty trained board certified plastic surgeon. Drs. Musarra, Leake and Petrosky are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242, PlasticSurgery CenterOf TheSouth.net



Unlike dry scalp, dandruff isn’t caused by dry skin, but rather by an overgrowth of sebum (oil). While it can be unclear why dandruff occurs, two conditions commonly create it: seborrheic dermatitis or malassezia.

Scalp Detective:

Is it Dandruff or Dry Scalp? By Jyl Craven

LIFESTYLE We have all seen those commercials for dandruff shampoo, where the model’s hair goes from unruly to long and beautiful in 30 seconds or less. But did you know that not all dry scalps are created equal?

Both dandruff and dry scalp are common conditions that will affect a majority of men and women sometime in their life. Dry scalp is often mistaken for dandruff; however, there are several ways to tell which one you have.

Dry Scalp 101

Simply put, dry scalp is when your skin loses its natural moisture causing an itchy sensation that may produce small white flakes. Some things that can contribute to dry scalp include stress, fluctuating temperature changes, new detergents, soap or shampoo, and your diet. You may suffer from dry scalp merely due to moving to a home


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with hard water or because of a lack of water in your diet. All of these factors can lead to dry skin, making you an easy target for inflammation. Fortunately there are a few ways to easily remedy dry scalp: 1. Avoid extremely hot water when showering, especially in winter when the air is already dry. 2. Use a professionally balanced hair care system. Many less expensive brands use harsh cleansers that can strip your hair of moisture. Look for products that contain pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, tar, selenium sulfide, or ketoconazole. 3. And only wash your hair when necessary as water tends to dry out your scalp.

Dandruff 101

Now dandruff, on the other hand, is another thing entirely. It’s a medical condition, and should only be diagnosed by a doctor.

Seborrheic dermatitis is the most frequent cause of dandruff and is marked by red skin accompanied by white or yellow greasy flakes. This condition may also affect other areas of the body that are also rich in oily glands, such as the eyebrow. It’s unclear why some people get seborrheic dermatitis, but research has shown that it’s not from poor hygiene and it’s also not harmful to your health. Sometimes, seborrheic dermatitis will clear up by itself. More often, it’s a lifelong issue that clears and then returns. It can last for years at a time, but you can control it with good skin care and using medicated products. Malassezia is yeast-like fungus that lives on most adults but for some, it irritates the scalp. This irritation causes more skin cells to grow which then fall and die off. These additional skin cells can appear white and flaky. To control the symptoms, use a shampoo with pyrithione zinc, selenium sulfide, or selenium. Remember that although it isn’t pretty, having dandruff isn’t harmful to your health. So if your shampoo and conditioner aren’t helping, get a diagnosis from a professional, and say goodbye to those pesky flakes. L

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



Ribbon Cuttings

Transformations Salons 10150 Ball Ground Hwy., Suite 206 Ball Ground 770-735-2649 Hair Salons

American National Insurance Melissa Bassett 113 Mountain Brook Dr., Suite 104 Canton 470-848-4566 Insurance

Budget Blinds of Canton 1780 Blackwillow Dr. Marietta 678-445-5657 Retail Window Covering

Chamber Events Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon

2015 Series Presented by: AT&T

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 4:30-6:00 p.m. Sponsored by:

Delphi Global Technology Located at:


Show appreciation to your support staff! They will enjoy a great program, delicious lunch, and fabulous door prizes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Terrace Level 3605 Marietta Hwy., Canton

107 Weatherstone Dr., Ste. 540 Woodstock, GA 30188

Cost: $35 Chamber Members $55 Future Members

RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on April 10. There is no charge to attend.

Contact Gini at 770-345-0400 or Gini@CherokeeChamber.com to purchase tickets.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:00 a.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration: $15 On-Site Registration: $20 Future Members: $25 RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on May 5. Sponsored by:

Northside Hospital Cherokee

High Tech Physical Therapy By Dr. Ross Brakeville, PT, DPT, STC

Want to play golf but back pain creates more shanks than a butcher? Maybe a few sessions with Nintendo Wii golf can help. In a recent blog listed on ‘Supplemental Health Care’, Nintendo Wii golf and other sports games have become tools in physical, occupational and neurological rehabilitation. In fact, according to the blog, Wii golf has helped speed up recovery times for stroke patients at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, CA. WebPT also found that physical therapists globally over the past 5 years are increasingly incorporating technology such as Nintendo Wii into treatment plans and home programs. Wii games use motion-sensitive controllers and repetitive movements similar to the exercises performed in physical therapy. As a complement to traditional PT modalities,

Wii-Hab, as it’s come to be known, is a proven way to better engage patients in their recovery and ease the burden of PT in clinical settings. (We use it regularly in our sports medicine facility.) A 2104 article in ‘Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation,’ looked at a number of studies using Wii Fit as a tool for balance assessment and treatment. Although the data does not provide empirical evidence to support use as a rehabilitation modality they did not find any study showing a negative impact. Some exciting advances in technology and physical therapy might make you think of soon having the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they are a reality and much more than just high-tech gadgets. Innovations in PT are designed to reduce healing times, increase

comfort levels, and enhance level of care. In addition, the newest equipment and specialty apparatus allows for progressive training. Who knows, 300 yard drives with a slight draw may be in your near future.

Dr. Ross Brakeville is a Physical Therapist specializing in Sports Medicine. He is owner of Woodstock Physical Therapy & Performance Institute. 770-516-9191, WoodstockPT.com



2 ¾ cups chicken broth 2 ¼ cups Pearl (Israeli) couscous 10 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Balsamic glaze — Rolands brand 1 ½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 2 cups fresh spinach 1 cup Shitake mushrooms /1 3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 ¼ cup chopped fresh basil 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 2 (8 oz.) pieces of Arctic Char Garlic (to taste)


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Bring broth to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan and stir in couscous, then simmer, uncovered 6 minutes. Cover pan and remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Spread couscous in 1 layer on a baking sheet and cool 15 minutes. In large sauté pan bring olive oil up to medium heat. Add tomatoes and mushrooms, cook for 2 minute. Add garlic cook for an additional minute. Add couscous to sauté, fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Plate couscous onto the middle of a plate. Bring nonstick sauté pan up to medium-high heat add 3 tablespoons oil. Place seasoned fish into pan and cook for 3 minutes per side. Place fish on top garnish with balsamic glaze and olive oil.

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