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June 2015

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Pro Roofing Painting, Gutters & Siding

36-41 Health & Wellness Guide

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

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

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

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

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here’s a certain aspect of our character that I believe reigns high above in regards to not only personal relationships but to business dealings as well. One thing we all look for in a relationship of any kind is support. Support stems from the trait of firm and solid loyalty. An unwavering loyalty is one thing I’ve always admired as something that is not only difficult to find in others, but may be equally as challenging to discover within ourselves. As a Boy Scout, by reading the Scout Law, I learned that loyalty was second only to trustworthiness. Each week at scout meetings we would say the Pledge of Allegiance, recite the Boy Scout Oath and say the Scout Law. It wasn’t just something we did; it was something we wanted to do. As boys, we wanted to become men. As Scouts, we strived to be more than just grown-ups, but men who knew the difference between knowledge and wisdom. At the time I may have thought we could manage to do so before we became adults, however in being truly loyal to ourselves, we learned that life is more about seeking and less about finding.

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There seems to be somewhat of a disconnect recently within our communities and confusion about where, we as individuals, stand within the complexity of today’s society. Personally, my feeling is that we should look more inwardly as to where our loyalties actually reside. We know what is right. We know what is wrong. It is time we align our actions with our thoughts, creating parallels between what we think we should do and what we actually act on and do. As leaders within our households, community, church, organization or what have you, it is time we lead by example and become more loyal to ourselves providing a path for others to do the same.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jose Baez, Sen. Brandon Beach, Kathleen Boehmig, Nathan Brandon, Crystal Bryant, Michael Consoli, Joe Cook, Jyl Craven, Shannon Dobson, Mary Early, Angela Falany, Catherine Groves, Corey Harkins, Fred Hawkins, Heike Hellmann-Brown, Jenna Hill, Johnny Hunt, Michelle Knapp, James E. Leake, Pamela Marquess, Robbie Matiak, E. Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Jeff Nevison, Vishal Patel, Michael Petrosky, Preston Pooser, Janet Read, Gail Roos, Suzanne Taylor, Kathryn Wise

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Calendar JUNE Farmers On-Going Woodstock Market

Each Saturday morning and Tuesday evening the Woodstock Farmers Market will be held in Downtown on Market Street between Mill and Maple Streets adjacent to the Elm Street Arts Village event green. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. 770-924-0406, DowntownWoodstock.org/Farmer/

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

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New Works Festival — Elm Street’s first annual New Works Festival is a 4-day event in Downtown Woodstock showcasing local talent by producing brand new plays and musicals every day at City Center Stage and the Event Green. ElmStreetArts.org

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Friday Night Live — Dog Days of Summer. Find relief from the Dog Days of Summer in Downtown Woodstock. Be sure to bring your dogs to the several dog related contests they will be having. Downtown is truly going to the dogs on this night! For each Friday Night Live theme participating Downtown Merchants will have activities going on at their stores and throughout the Downtown area related to the theme of the month. Friday Night Live also features great music as bands play throughout Downtown Woodstock in front of the stores, which adds to the street festival feel of the event. 770-924-0406, DowntownWoodstock.org

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Open Reception and Art Exhibit The Cherokee Arts Center will present

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the artwork of Skip Chapman, Kim P. Chesney, Steve Martin and Donna Thomas through June 13 at the Gallery. Art show free to community. Reception: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri: 11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Sat: 12:00-5:00 p.m. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244, Info@CherokeeArts.org

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Chukkar Farm Polo Club Live singer/songwriter concerts organized by James Castos held every First Friday and Saturday through November. High quality concerts in a gorgeous outdoor setting; bring a picnic and beverage and have a great date night or evening with friends. Every Sunday through October Chukkar Farm offers a live polo match to the public for $20 a carload. Come out and enjoy the Sport of Kings in a casual atmosphere and bring a picnic lunch and your lawn chairs. Concerts are held at 8 p.m. and Polo Matches are from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Chukkar Farm Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533, ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com

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Largest Birthday Party and Preemie Reunion — Northside Hospital will host its baby alumni at Atlanta’s largest birthday party at Zoo Atlanta. All families of children ever born at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs, Northside HospitalCherokee in Canton, and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming are welcome to attend. All activities are free to participate; however, souvenir t-shirts will be available for purchase — $15 for adults and $10 for kids, as well as other souvenir items. All T-shirt sales and souvenir proceeds benefit the Northside Hospital Foundation’s Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital fund, which provides financial assistance and support for families with newborns in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Registration is required by June 2. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Give. Northside.com/babyalumni

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East Cobb Quilters’ Guild — Georgia’s largest quilt show with 350 quilts competing for $4,000 in prize money. The show features quilts that are bright and modern, traditional and subdued, used for keeping warm and displayed as art. Vendors, a Raffle Quilt, Raffle Baskets, Sewing Machine Raffle, Quilt Appraisals and Quilt Sales make the show a full day experience. Tickets are $10 at the door; $8 for advanced group sales. Free parking but cost $10 for show. Large groups and buses are welcome. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock. 770-948-5394, ECQG.com

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Woodstock Summer Concert Series — Put on your dancing shoes for the best community concert series celebrating its 18th year! June will feature the “Eliminator KC” ZZ Top Tribute Band with Special Guest Highway 55. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come early; food vendors, a moonwalk provided by Colby Chiropractic, face painting, balloon animals for the kids, and water brought to you by Momentum Church. FREE, 7:30 p.m., Park at City Center, downtown Woodstock. WoodstockConcertSeries.com

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Charity Poker Run — Sponsored by the Volunteer Aging Council, this event will benefit Cherokee Seniors and Homeless Vets. Rain Date will be June 27. Starts and ends at BubBa-Q, Hwy 92 and Hwy 5 in Woodstock. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and kick stands up at 11:00 a.m. Entry fee $25 per bike. Contact Judy Davila, 770432-9075. VAC-CherokeeGa.org

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American Girl Tea Party — Presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society. It’s time to put on your tea party dress, dress up your American continued on

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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

Summer Reading Club Kick-off Events June 2, 1:30 p.m. Rose Creek Library June 2, 4:00 p.m. Woodstock Library June 3, 10:30 a.m. Woodstock Library June 3, 1:30 p.m. Hickory Flat Library BB Fuzz, the fuzziest guy in show business, will be coming to the Sequoyah Regional Library System library near you to kick-off our Summer Reading Club! Combine a trumpet, a fuzzy green guy, and a bad case of “rhymitis,” and kids of all ages will be singing, laughing, and dancing with the hilarious BB FUZZ! Jeff Johnson’s appearance is generously sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County, the Optimist Club of Jasper, and the Friends of the Gilmer County Public Library.

Special Summer Story Times We have put together fun and exciting “Every Hero Has a Story” story times with great books, skits, flannel boards, and songs that engage children of all ages. Family Story Time Mondays, 3:00 p.m. Rose Creek Library Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. Woodstock Library Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. Hickory Flat Public Library Story Time Themes: Week of June 8, Superheroes Super; Week of June 15, I Spot a Fireman; Week of June 22, True Blue Heroes; Week of June 29, A Hero’s Salute.

Special Programs Barnabas the Bluebird & Lindbergh the Blue Heron June 9, 10:30 a.m. Rose Creek Library Upper Etowah River Alliance Chairperson, Lori Forrester, will share Margie Carroll’s books about these two species of birds that are local to our community. She will show you how to make a great blue heron track and a bird’s nest craft. Space is limited; registration is required. This program is best suited for ages 4-10; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Sidewalk Chalk-a-Lot June 10, 10:30 a.m. Woodstock Library Children of all ages are invited to bring their artistic side outdoors and draw on our parking lot with sidewalk chalk! All materials will be provided. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Big Hero 6 June 23, 10:30 a.m. Hickory Flat Library Fans of Big Hero 6 won’t want to miss out on playing games and making a special Baymax craft! Space is limited; registration is required. For ages 5 and up; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Sweet Crafts and Cool Games June 11, 10:30 a.m. Hickory Flat Library Beat the heat as we make fun summer-inspired crafts and play a giant version of Memory! Space is limited; registration is required. For ages 4 and up; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Hero Hearing June 24, 3:00 p.m. Woodstock Library Learn about the science of sound with retired science teacher and Tellus Museum volunteer, Sharon Christensen. We’ll learn how sounds are made and make our own musical instruments! Space is limited; registration is required. For ages 8-12; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

TaeKwonDo June 16, 10:30 a.m. Hickory Flat Library Learn about South Korea and TaeKwonDo from our special guests from Master Kim’s TaeKwonDo Education in Hickory Flat. Kids will learn about respect and confidence and will even participate in a mini class! Space is limited; registration is required. Children may only register for one TaeKwonDo program at this branch. This program is for ages 4 and up; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Star Wars Recycled Droids June 16, 10:30 a.m., Rose Creek Library Young Star Wars fans, ages 8-12, are invited to make their own small droid out of recycled materials. Recreate everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2, or design your own unique creation! Space is limited; registration is required. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Barnyard Heroes Petting Farm June 17, 10:30 a.m. Woodstock Library Children of all ages are invited to meet and interact with chickens, goats, sheep, angora rabbits, and llamas and learn about farm-life in this outdoor program. Barnyard Friends is licensed with the USDA and follows all CDC guidelines. We expect a very large crowd, so come early to get a parking spot. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Give Peas a Chance June 30, 10:30 a.m. Rose Creek Library You’re invited to an interactive puppet show performed by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre group. This high energy, educational show is all about healthy eating and active living. This program is open to kids of all ages; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reading Dogs These 10-15 minute programs encourage children 6 years of age and older to read by providing a nonjudgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh if you make mistakes or stumble over a word. Parents can register their child by calling the corresponding library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled session. Call your local Cherokee or Pickens County Libraries to reserve your spot for one of our Reading Dog programs. Lego Club June 13, 3:00 p.m. Rose Creek Library June 21, 3:00 p.m. Woodstock Library Lego Club has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their own special creation, which will be displayed at the library until the next month’s meeting. All ages are invited; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Girl doll and come to a very special tea party. Seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door, so get yours early. Parents and Grandparents are welcome too! All the proceeds from this event benefit the Historical Society’s educational programs and the Cherokee County History Museum. 2:00 p.m. Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Hwy, Canton. 770-345-3288, RockBarn.org

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Friday Night Live — Downtown Block Party. Join us for a Downtown Block Party to kick off the 4th of July weekend. For each Friday Night Live theme participating Downtown Merchants will have activities going on at their stores and throughout the Downtown area related to the theme of the month. Friday Night Live also features great music as bands play throughout Downtown Woodstock in front of the stores, which adds to the street festival feel of the event. 770-924-0406, DowntownWoodstock.org

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Stars & Strikes July 4th FreedomFest Annual Woodstock Freedom Run at 7:15 a.m. See Active.com or WoodstockFreedomRun.com for more details. Annual parade kicks off the celebration at 10:00 a.m. The parade starts and ends at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road. It travels up Main St. to Towne Lake Pkwy, Mill St., Market St., Fowler St., Main St. and back to the school. After the parade, join us in The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road until 3:00 p.m. for food, live music in the gazebo, children’s games, cake walk, arts and crafts, Adam the Juggler, and vendors of all types. Fun for everyone! The day concludes with fireworks at dusk behind the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575. See our website for traffic directions for the fireworks show. WoodstockParksandRec.com


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Business

In an effort to serve Cherokee County with quality education, Anchor Christian Academy is now accepting enrollments for fall of 2015, with Pre-K4 through 6th Grade. Anchor Christian Academy is a STEM (Science, Technology, and Engineering & Math) school and will be adding a new grade every year through the 12th grade. Anchor Christian Academy’s vision is to not only enrich a child’s life through strong academic programs, but to also strengthen the body and spirit through bible study and fine arts programs; developing values they will carry with them for the remainder of their lives. Anchor Christian Academy is a

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non-denominational Christian School with a strong focus on academic excellence with a Christian perspective. At Anchor Christian Academy, they believe that children are our hope for the future. Their duty is to anchor the student’s minds, bodies, and spirit. By doing so they build future leaders that are sure and strong in their beliefs, giving all glory to God. Brittany Jones, 770-406-0326. AnchorCA.org

Cherokee Angel Adult Day Care Center Opens Cherokee Angel Adult Day Care Center provides accessible, affordable, high quality care to the seniors in our community. Its goal is to help Georgia seniors maintain their choice to remain as independent and healthy as possible. Through adult daycare/day health program activities and services the center plans to stimulate, educate and create an environment where its participants socialize and exercise to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cherokee Angel Adult Day Care Center offers Georgians (seniors and their caregivers) a cost-effective alternative service to prolong their autonomy and preserve their dignity. At Cherokee Angel Adult Day Care Center you can expect the opportunity to be cared for in a safe and compassionate environment. They offer an organized program of services during the day in a group setting for the purpose of supporting the personal independence of seniors and promoting their social, physical, and emotional well-being. A variety of activities designed to meet the individual needs and interests of the participants. Offering a place where your family member will be treated with dignity and respect while socializing with new friends. 678-224-6460 or 678-224-6398 or email Info@ CherokeeAngelsC.com.

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Don’t Give Up You Can Find a Way

By Crystal Bryant As a mom of three boys, I am kept running. It is hard to make time for myself. This is a problem most moms and dads face today. Work hours get longer, time off and vacations get shorter, and the list of kid activities can be astronomical. It is easy to put our health at the very end of the list of important things, if it makes the list at all. Unhealthy fast food can quickly become a staple. And making time for exercise is simply impossible. When I was diagnosed with a muscle

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issue several years ago, it was both a blessing and a curse. A curse, because it was an issue I would have to deal with every day for the rest of my life. But it was a blessing because it was easily treatable. But that treatment was exercise. At first, even though I acknowledged the issue and the treatment, I “squeezed it in” whenever I could, which was not often. The end result? I was in pain every day, my sleep was compromised, and my overall health was affected. One day, when I had realized that the everyday pain got in the way of me being able to enjoy time with my family, watching my boys play their sports, and doing just about anything I really wanted to do, I knew I had to make a change. But I couldn’t seem to figure out how to add an hour or more of exercise. So I decided I

would try to work in even 5-10 minutes scattered throughout the day. Turns out, it was easier than I expected. I started by adding squats in the morning while I brush my teeth. Then I added stretching or pushups while watching TV or a movie with the family. I found that even the smallest bits of exercise scattered over a 24 hour period brought great results. I also implemented changes in my diet, small changes, over time, again with great results. Don’t give up! You can find ways to get healthier, if you just know where to look!

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


Electrical Panels & Systems on Your Home By Fred Hawkins Your home is one of the most expensive investments you will ever make. Just as your body needs routine checkups by a professional, your electrical panel and electrical system need to be inspected each year by a professional. The panel box is one of the most important parts of a home’s electrical system. With proper maintenance by a licensed electrician, the panel box can last for many years without problems. Some points to check include: • All connections on the panel box should be tight. • Panel should be protected by a main breaker (of appropriate size). • Panel and house should be grounded properly.

• Breaker should match the panel and meet current code requirements. • All aluminum wires should be tightened and an antioxidant substance like No Lox applied. • Breakers should match the wire size so they will trip before the wire burns.

The home’s general electrical system should also be inspected and maintained yearly by a licensed electrician. Electrical issues to check include: • Does the home have GFI and Arch Fault Protection in all required areas, and are they operating properly? • Are there tamper-resistant outlets in all required areas to protect the safety of small children? • Are there smoke and CO2 detectors in all required areas, and are they operating correctly? • Are electrical outlets and switches grounded to prevent electrical shock? • Are all outlets and switches (including lights and ceiling fans) operational, have

protective plates, and wires are tight? • Is there any exposed or spliced wiring in the attic or basement? Note: Do not use extension cords for wiring, as this could pose an electrical hazard. • Are there two circuits for your kitchen outlets, and are they on GFI protection? Any outlets within six feet of a sink or tub require GFI protection. • Do the microwave, dishwasher, furnaces, air conditioners, washer, dryer and disposal have dedicated circuits to operate properly?

Routine yearly maintenance by a licensed electrician can save you money and provide peace of mind that your home and family are safe.

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

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Time to “Unplug” And Enjoy Our Parks & Trails By Preston Pooser

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he Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department is on the move, finding new and unique ways to incorporate health and fitness into our citizen’s daily lifestyle. Over the past few years, we have focused on expanding our outdoor fitness opportunities to fill this need. With its one-of-a-kind pirate Old Rope Mill Park ship theme, the Dupree Park Playground was constructed with our youngest residents Greenprints Trail System. The Fitness in mind. Climb, swing and steer the ship Trail is a 1/3 mile long, 8-foot wide from the upper level of the playground asphalt trail that encircles the five acre and then slide your way to more fun on greenspace on the northwest corner of the the lower tier. While your kids see it as a park. The trail runs along the outer edge jolly good time, it’s a great way to set the of the greenspace allowing the area to also pace for a lifestyle of outdoor enjoyment. be utilized for soccer in the fall and other events and programs throughout the year. If your family is up for a little adventure, the Dupree Park Family Mountain Bike We’re anticipating even more enthusiasm Trail will fit the bill. Rated as Easy, the over the Fitness Trail once the new three main loops are beginner friendly Outdoor Fitness Station is complete with a wide, smooth trail tread. The (scheduled for late May). This addition grades are very low, and the trails are will include 11 exercise stations meant to be fun at slower speeds. Also, including: a bench press station, squat, featuring a short bike skills trail which leg curl / leg extension, triceps press, provides technical features designed to chest press, sit-up benches, pull-up / teach balance control and bike handling. dips, and plyometric boxes. The Fitness These are excellent trails for kids and for Station will also include three handicap / novice off-road riders as well as those wheelchair accessible pieces of equipment getting back on the bike after a long including a vertical press, chest press hiatus. The three main loops are named and butterfly machine. The equipment is “Lions”, “Tigers” and “Bears”. The skills adjustable with resistance ranging from area is named “Oh my!” easy to more advanced higher tension. The newest amenity at Dupree Park has Adventure seekers from both near and been well received: The Dupree Park far, adore Olde Rope Mill Park for its Fitness Trail is the newest section of the

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mountain bike trails and the ability to canoe and kayak on Little River. The park is home to the Taylor Randhal Memorial Mountain Bike Trail that has 14 miles of connecting trails that twist through nearly 100 acres of public park land. A pedestrian/ bike bridge connects the south side of Little River to the north side where you can see the remnants of an 1800’s Rope Mill. Take a hike, bike or stroll along the 1.5 mile Noonday Creek Trail. With trail heads in three locations, the trail is easily accessed from Downtown Woodstock at Market Street, Highway 92 and Woofstock Park, located at 150 Dupree Road. “Woodstock residents are extremely active — from walking, jogging and biking our trails to canoeing and kayaking; our citizens want to be active and enjoy what the City has to offer in our parks. We encourage our residents to get unplugged and spend quality family time outdoors.” adds Preston Pooser, Parks and Recreation Director. Please visit our website for further details about our Parks and their amenities.

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


Community Feature A recognized leader in robotic surgery, Northside Hospital is pleased to announce that it has enhanced its Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Program with the addition of the very latest Xi™ model of da Vinci®Surgical System at Northside Hospital-Cherokee. The newest iteration of the robotic system is already being utilized for general surgery, colorectal and Northside Cherokee News urology procedures. Dr. Jeffrey S. Cohen performed the first surgery with this device at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in March. “The addition of the Xi technology to the existing Si da Vinci surgical robots allows Northside Hospital-Cherokee to offer twice as many opportunities for our patients to benefit from the very latest minimally invasive surgical procedures,” said Deborah Green, RN, MSN/MHA, clinical manager of surgical services at Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Surgeons at Northside Hospital have performed more robotic surgery procedures than any other hospital in the Southeast. Northside Hospital-Atlanta was one of the first hospitals in Atlanta to obtain robotic technology, when it implemented its Advanced Robotic Surgery Program in 2005. Northside Hospital-Cherokee followed in 2007. For more information about Northside Hospital’s Advanced Center for Robotic Surgery or for a free physician referral, visit Northside.com. Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine recently announced Brian Seng, D.O., as its newest physician. Dr. Seng joins Dr. Stephanie Hsu, Dr. Travis Jones and Dr. Matthew Simmons in providing full-service orthopedic medicine to patients of all ages. Dr. Seng works alongside Dr. Jones at Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s newest location at the Northside Cherokee/Towne Lake Medical Campus in Woodstock. Dr. Hsu and Dr. Simmons continue to see patients at the practice’s Holly Springs facility. For more information, visit NorthsideCherokeeOrtho.com. To schedule an appointment, call 770-517-6636.

Congratulations to our May “7 Differences” winner, Alfred Santacroce!

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Community Feature Congressional Baseball Game Since 1909 the Congressional Baseball Game has been the only annual partisan showdown beloved by all and enjoyed by thousands. Every year, with a few interruptions, Senate and House members of each party team up to settle scores and solidify friendships off the floor and on the field. U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk recently wore the colors of Cherokee High School and River Ridge High School at practices for the upcoming Congressional Charity Baseball game.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk proudly wears River Ridge Knights colors for practice.

Fire Explorers Post 469 Host Ceremonies

Cherokee County Fire Explorer Post #469 held their annual Promotion Ceremony and Senior Night at the Left to right: Capt. Brooke Ice, Lt. Kenny Cherokee Robinson and Lt. Jake Pohlman. County Fire Training Center. Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, Lt. Scott Deal and Michael Sims spoke to those gathered at the event. The Cadet Officers Captain Brooke Ice, Lt. Jake Pohlman and Lt. Kenny Robinson were promoted for 2015-16. Seniors receiving certificates were: Emily Blackwell, Carson Caglioni, Josiah Gnanamuttu, Sukie Jules, Nick Leslie, Morgan Leslie, Sarah Logan, Georgia Perez, Ethan Sanders and Christopher Simmons. The explorer program is a career based learning opportunity and is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Fire & Emergency Services. For more information about Explorer Post #469 you can contact Advisor Michael Sims at 678-644-1377 or MRSims@CherokeeGa.com

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June is Men’s Health Month!

Weekend Athlete? Young Lad at Heart? Love those Desserts? By Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. Health is really about wellness — to live our life in a way that we prevent sickness. Wellness also guides us to manage the aging process in ways that we can still enjoy life. Have you been the Weekend Athlete? Your joints and muscles benefit by a physically active life. You can support your body during exercise and physical activity with a variety of braces, compression garments, the right socks and shoes. If you have an injury, the right equipment during your body movement can support proper posture and balance without placing stress on another section of your body. Love Those Desserts? But sugar does not just come in desserts. Think of all the grab

and go prepared foods that you eat; they often contain different types of sugar that can impact your insulin levels. Diabetes can impact your wellness at all levels of your body, be especially watchful for your sight. Medication can assist, but again, an active effort on your part is necessary to take medication regularly and check blood glucose levels at scheduled times. Visit your doctor regularly to measure your A1C levels, and commit to the diet plan that supports a balance of insulin in your body. Can’t lift those heavy items as quickly as you used to? Testosterone not only impacts libido but it impacts strength levels, sleep patterns, endurance energy and mental desire to engage in daily activities. Know your T-numbers like you know your blood pressure, LDL/

HDL, A1C numbers. Many men have moved to T-therapy using a compounded prescription. This allows for a more specific measure to achieve an accurate dosage. As women have learned more about bio-identical hormone sources, so have men. Ask your doctor if he partners with a pharmacy that can compound your testosterone prescription to better match your need. All of these steps help with men’s wellness but it still takes your effort to maintain wellness.

Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. is CoOwner of Woodstock Pharmacy, 8612 Main Street. 770-926-6478

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Community Feature Pop Top Craze

WHS Student Wins Scholarship

Left to right: Justin Hayward, Erica Law, Addie Morrison, Janet Price, Beth Lowry (Addie’s Mom). Not present: Michael Hayward and Robert Wahnschaff. Addie Morrison from Janet Price’s 2nd grade class at Carmel Elementary presented 55,948 pop tops to support the Ronald McDonald House. Her family and neighbors worked hard collecting the pop tops during the course of the school year.

Ironheart Performed at CCHS Cherokee Christian High School recently performed an original play, Ironheart-a Steampunk version of the Greek Myth of Bellerophon. Left to right: Emily Goff, Amber Murphey, and Julia Morrow.

Woodstock HS Sophomore Nicolas Franco-Roldan has been awarded the Lillie B. Hamilton scholarship by the Georgia Junior Classical League (GJCL). This scholarship is one of only two Junior Classical League scholarships given in the state each year. He was nominated by his teacher, Kellie Mason, and voted on by the GJCL and GCA committees (which include Latin teachers from all across the state). The scholarship was established to help any underclassman in attending the National JCL Convention and pays for the convention cost, valued at $495. The criteria for this scholarship include service and dedication to JCL and spirited involvement in JCL. Woodstock HS Latin teacher Kellie Mason, left, and Nicolas Franco-Roldan.

WHS Celebrates Poetry Month The Woodstock High School media center celebrated National Poetry Month with different activities in April. Lunch programs consisted of Black Out Poetry, “I Am” Poetry, “Leaves of Grass” Lunch on the Lawn, The Gathering – An Evening of Poetry, and a virtual poetry lounge with Etowah HS and River Ridge HS. Interactive “Poem In Your Pocket” Kaitlyn Kelly, Maddie Leslie, Eily displays were also hung up Blackman, April Schlinkert, and throughout the school. Imani Zusega.

Boston’s Enhanced Media Center The Boston Elementary School Media Center recently unveiled its updated seating and technology enhancements. Scott Hall, the owner of Chick-fil-A in Towne Lake, graciously donated the restaurant’s caféstyle seating units to the school’s media center upon completion of the store’s recent renovations. Boston’s Media Center Specialist, Jennifer Martin, proudly showed off the school’s high-tech enhancements, including a Promethean board, ten touch-screen wireless computers, and an iPad mobile lab that includes an animated Augmented Reality app that can be displayed on the Promethean board

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Standing with the Chick-fil-A cow mascot are: Bonnie Blackmon, Marketing Director of Chick-fil-A, Jennifer Martin, Scott Hall, Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A, and Joey Moss, Principal of Boston Elementary.


LIFESTYLE It’s true that longer-term certificates typically offer a higher rate of return than shorter-term certificates. However, in order to earn the higher, most people don’t want to tie up all their money for a longer period of time. So how can you make the most of your money?

Here’s a tip to help you get more return on your certificates. It’s a concept called laddering and here’s how it works. Let’s say you have $20,000. Instead of putting all your money in one certificate, split it up and buy in equal amounts a 1-year, 2-year, 3-year, 4-year, and 5-year CD. As each one matures, renew it for 5 years.

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How does this help you? First, generally speaking you earn more dividends on a certificate if you invest for a longer term. Second, because rates typically fluctuate, you lower your risk. After all, if you put all your money in a single CD, even if it’s a 5-year CD at a good rate, what happens when it comes up for renewal and rates happen to be very low at that time? You suddenly find yourself getting very little return on all your money. Laddering also provides you with staggering maturity dates in the event you need access to your funds. There are many different ways to use the laddering approach and everyone’s situation is different. That’s why it’s important to talk to a financial services representative at your local credit union or bank to find out how you can make the most of your money. L Kathryn Wise is the LGE Community Credit Union Retail Manager in Woodstock. 12186 Highway 92, Suite 111B — behind Starbucks in Walmart shopping center. 770-424-0060, KathrynW@LGEccu.org, LGEccu.org

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Scoopof by Michelle Knapp & suzanne taylor

Great New Ideas for Your

1 Dad!

# Fun on The Lake: Get out of the heat

Chances are, Father’s Day comes around

and take Dad to the

and you get Dad the same old-same old: a

lake or the river with a

tie, golf balls, or a mug that says “#1 Dad”

variety of fun rentals

on it. All great gifts, but we’ve done the

from Go With the

Flow in Roswell. Grab a tandem Kayak to create a fun parent-child experience. For the water-loving Dad,

research to find some fun, local items that Dad might not already have. So this might be the year you get to actually surprise him!

grab a new hat or some croakies too!

Game Time for Dad: If your Dad

Yeti Rambler Tumblers: These tumblers defy nature,

loves to play games, check out this

vowing to keep a drink, “As cold as science allows.” Works

life size Jenga, made locally in Canton

for hot beverages too. Perfect for the Dad who lovingly sits

by Sassy Sisters Décor. You can

at the ball field all day cheering you on. Available at Henry

email her at KSacklyn@yahoo.com or

& Pearl in Milton, Kinnucan’s at Avalon, and Rak Outfitters

find her business on Facebook. Dad may enjoy a customized Cornhole game

in Woodstock.

from Woodstock Cornhole Games found at Woodstock Market and online. They also have attachable lights so you can keep the competition going past dark!

Hand-crafted, Locally Made Sausage: It’s a proven fact that 99.9% of all Dads love meat.

Smooth Operator Aftershave Balm: Dads are tough, but they still enjoy a little pampering. Indigo Bath &

Body, made locally in Marietta, has a line of men’s products including aftershave, beard oil and shampoo bars. Pair it with a membership to Dollarshave Club, and Dad won’t have to worry about razors for the whole year. Available online at IndigoSoaps.com and DollarshaveClub.com

Why not surprise Dad with some sausage for the big cook out?

Dad’s Man Cave: Last but not least, if Dad has a

Frankfurt Doner and Meats

Man Cave, local artisan and Woodstock resident Bronze

in Ball Ground sells a variety of

Denison has launched RedBeardLabs.com that features

sausage, pork chops, jerky and

handmade décor from reclaimed wood that is sure to look

other accompaniments to make for

great in any Man Cave! Plus, a portion of the proceeds go

a perfect dinner for Dad. Frankfurt

to the March of Dimes, so you can feel extra special about

Doner is located at 250 Gilmer Ferry Road in Ball Ground.

purchasing a gift from them.

At the end of the day, Dad probably will be just as happy by spending quality time together. Take a hike together, cook a meal, or take in a ball game; whatever it is that he likes to do, it is his day after all!

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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Cancer Screening By Angela F. Falany, M.D. If there is a family history of Breast or Ovarian Cancer it is important to know if you have the gene for the mutations. BRCA is a simple blood test for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations which can be inherited from either parent. Ovarian and breast cancer is greatly increased in women with BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations. Approximately 12% of all women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and 1.3% will develop ovarian cancer. However, if you test positive your risk will increase for breast cancer by 45-65% and for ovarian cancer by 11-39% by the age of 70. A positive result will allow your healthcare provider to help you manage your risk of cancer which may include an increase in screening, prophylactic or risk reducing surgery, and medications. Screening can include mammography and MRI for breast cancer and ultrasound and CA125 for ovarian cancer. Risk reducing surgery for breast cancer includes removal of both breasts. Removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes not only reduces a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, but also breast cancer. There are medications available that play an important role in reducing risk; the most surprising being the use of birth control. Negative results offer the reassurance that you do not have the gene and it will not be passed down to your children. There are several computer models that allow your healthcare provider to determine your specific risk and may suggest some of the same options for women with a positive result. This makes it important to assess your risk whether your results are positive or negative. Has any of the following family members: mother/father, brothers/sisters, children, uncles/aunts, nieces/nephews, grandmother/grandfather had breast cancer at age 49 or under, ovarian cancer at any age, male breast cancer at any age, 3 or more breast cancers on the same side of the family, Jewish ancestry and personal or family history of breast or pancreatic cancer at any age? If you answer yes to any of the above, you should contact your healthcare provider to be tested.

Angela F. Falany, M.D. with Falany & Hulse Women’s Center, located in Canton. 770-720-8551, FalanyAndHulse.com

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Air Quality in Your Home When we hear the words air quality, we most often think of outdoor air pollution and smog; however, the quality of air in our homes is also affected by pollutants. Having a poor indoor air quality could lead to various symptoms, including eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. The pollutants present in our home environments, as well as the amount of ventilation in our homes affect the quality of air we breathe indoors. Today’s homes are built much tighter than their predecessors and this means that many of the irritants are unable to easily escape the indoor air. Pollutants such as pollen, pet dander, household cleaning products, mold, moisture, dust mites and secondhand smoke also contribute to the hazards found in indoor air. As a society, we are spending more of our time indoors resulting in a need for better indoor air quality. There are steps that you can take to improve indoor air quality. 1. Read Product Labels — when purchasing household cleaners or air fresheners, look for fragrancefree or naturally scented products. According to WebMd, synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. Most fragrances are derived from petroleum products, and generally haven’t been tested to see if they have any significant adverse health effects in humans when they are inhaled. 2. Keep a Healthy Level of Humidity — as mentioned in our January Humidification article, the humidity in your home should be maintained around 30%-50%. This range helps keep dust mites, moisture and other allergens under control. Running your air conditioning system, highefficiency models are equipped with dehumidification, or a 22

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dehumidification unit such as the Honeywell TruDry, will help to reduce moisture in the indoor air and control allergens. 3. Remove Dust Frequently — dust can harbor a buildup of chemicals and allergens in your home. Using a HEPA filter with your vacuum can help reduce allergens such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. Going over your laminate or hardwood flooring with a mop and plain water will capture lingering dust and allergens. Place door mats at the entryways into your home to reduce the amount of “tracked in” pollutants such as pollen, dirt and pesticides into your home. For those homes with pets, allergy and asthma sufferers, or that are looking for a more robust solution to the air quality, media filters and ultra-violet (UV) lights can be installed into the existing HVAC systems. Honeywell’s line of Whole-House Media Air Cleaners, installed into your home’s heating and cooling system, trap and filter airborne particles and contaminants passing through the duct system ensuring that cleaner air is distributed throughout

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Dust Frequently

By Robbie Matiak

your house. Based on tests conducted with ASHRAE and LMS Technologies, Whole-House Media Air Cleaners are up to 14 times more effective than a standard one-inch filter, catching up to 96% of airborne particles. These filters also last longer than a standard one-inch filter, requiring replacement every 6-12 months versus monthly or quarterly changes for the one-inch filter. UV Lights aid in improving air quality by inhibiting the surface growth of mold spores and certain bacteria in the duct system that would otherwise spread throughout your home. If your family and home suffer from allergies, a humid climate, ductwork that needs frequent cleaning, or a dry winter climate where windows are closed, Honeywell’s Indoor Air Quality products may be a solution for improving the indoor air quality of your home, and in turn your family’s health.

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

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The Rest of the Story By Janet Read

For those of you following along at home, here is the second part of last month’s article. As I mentioned earlier, our seven member board was tasked with finding the best location for a new administrative building. The original plan was to demolish Buildings A and B and rebuild on our existing land in downtown Canton. Since other options had been presented to us, we asked the Superintendent to direct his staff to research those options. I want to commend the numerous staff members who spent a tremendous amount of time on this effort. The task was large and the timeframe was tight. Dr. P and his team, once again, completed their objective on time and in great detail.

The board was offered three options at our March 19 meeting. One was our original option — tear down the buildings and rebuild as planned. Another option was to accept one of the two bids for the buildings and property that were submitted. The third option was to swap parcels of land with the City of Canton. The land swap option came about in large part, because of Canton Councilman, Bill Grant. Bill is a creative, outside of the box thinker — a crucial quality as an elected official. Bill approached me about this potential option before the February meeting. We discussed it and both agreed to share it with our respective entities. I contacted the Superintendent and both teams began researching the feasibility. This step involved a lot of work on the part

of our dedicated board attorney, Tom Roach and city attorney, Bobby Dyer. The board decided at the March meeting, that swapping the land with the City of Canton was our best option. This was a very tough decision for me, both personally and professionally. I love downtown Canton with its great restaurants, shopping and small town charm. I know the Canton City Council and the Mayor will continue to move their city forward. I am excited about a central location for all of our central office staff and the increase in productivity and efficiency it will provide.

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

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Senator Speaks

By Senator Brandon Beach

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ith the legislative session all wrapped up, there are some great bills for all of Georgia being signed into law by the Governor. Bill signing ceremonies are happy occasions for so many people. Legislators, constituents and advocates for the law gather around the Governor for a moment to celebrate improving the lives of Georgians. During each year’s legislative session some bills, like the budget, are sent directly to the Governor to be signed immediately upon approval from the legislature. Others sit on his desk to be examined in further detail allowing the necessary state agencies time to prepare for implementation. The list of bills officially becoming law is continuing to grow because the Governor has a limited window of time to sign or veto legislation. Legislation that the Governor does not act on will become Georgia law at that time.

hiring well-qualified employees who have earned their GED. The TV and film industry continues to grow here in Georgia, and the tax credits available to this industry have helped Georgia take a leading role in the movie and television production business. Also, a revision was made to Georgia’s transportation special purpose local option sales tax (T-SPLOST) code to allow T-SPLOST revenues to go toward repairing roads and bridges that were damaged as part of a natural disaster.

One major initiative coming from the Governor’s office for a number of years is criminal justice reform. House Bill 71 was officially signed into law on May 1 to provide clarity and transparency in Georgia’s criminal justice parole process. On that same day, the Governor signed “Tanja’s Law,” a bill creating a uniform set of punishments for violence against a trained service animal working in an official police capacity.

With all of the incentives for businesses to come to Georgia, along with the continually growing population, it is crucial that we have the resources necessary to keep our citizens safe on our roadways. The maintenance of Georgia’s transportation infrastructure was at the forefront of this year’s hot button issues. House Bill 170 is an important step towards creating a better, safer Georgia as well as improving how everyone moves through our state.

To keep Georgia’s economy strong, the Governor put his signature on several tax incentive and tax credit measures. Georgia employers can now get tax credits for

As a matter of Georgia history, House Bill 1 called “Haleigh’s Hope Act” is now Georgia law. The bill, in part, will set up a study program for Georgians with some

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of the most serious medical conditions to determine the effectiveness of the treatment and policy surrounding cannabis oil, which is derived from the marijuana plant. Another portion of the bill allows medical refugees native to Georgia to return home without the threat of criminal prosecution for medical treatment received in other states. The full list of bills that have been signed into law by the Governor is available on Legis.Ga.Gov/Legislation/en-US/ SignedByGov.aspx. If you have questions about a bill, please let us know at my office at 404-463-1378.

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


Macular

Degeneration By Vishal Patel, O.D.

Age-related Macular Degeneration or AMD is the leading cause of irreversible visual loss in people over the age of 65 in the US. Macular degeneration is a disease of the tiny central part of the retina which is responsible for fine detail vision and for color perception. It usually affects both eyes, but often starts in one eye. Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the arteries that nourish the retina harden. Deprived of nutrients, the retinal tissues begin to weaken and die, causing vision loss. Patients may experience blurriness, grey or distorted areas, and possibly a blind spot in the center of their vision. Other signs may include pigmentary change, slow recover of visual function after exposure to bright light, and shadows or missing areas of vision. Macular degeneration doesn’t cause total blindness because it doesn’t affect the peripheral vision. Possible risk factors include genetics, age, diet, smoking and sunlight exposure. Regular eye exams are highly recommended to detect macular degeneration early and prevent permanent vision loss.

Treatment for Macular Degeneration There is no exact cure for age-related macular degeneration However, there are some treatments that may slow down the progression or even improve vision. The type of treatment for the disease depends on what stage the degeneration is in: the early, dry form stage or in the more advanced, wet form stage that can lead to serious vision loss. Many believe that certain nutrients such as zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamins A,C and E – can help slow down the progression of dry macular degeneration. In addition, high levels of antioxidants and zinc have shown promising results. For the wet and more serious form, treatments aimed at stopping abnormal blood vessel growth include FDA-approved drugs of Lucentis, Macugen and Visudyne used with Photodynamic Therapy or PDT.

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

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Community Partners

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ave you noticed the construction going on in the old State Patrol barracks across from Cherokee High School? The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in Cherokee is transforming the building to become The Children’s Haven, where the health and happiness of children impacted by abuse can be promoted. Kids enter foster care through no fault of their own. All have experienced abuse and/or neglect due to a crisis of parenting. Family stress factors such as poverty, substance abuse, incarceration, mental illness, and homelessness have forced the state to intervene in the lives of families to protect children from abusive and neglectful situations. Right here in Cherokee County, hundreds of kids are touched every day by the emotional suffering caused by abuse, neglect and placement in the foster care system. Kids in foster care are just like any other child you may know. But life in foster care can be extraordinarily challenging and disruptive for kids, emotionally and developmentally. Separated from their family, foster youth face tremendous obstacles due to changes in home placements and caregivers, school transitions, lack of basic services, and emotional turmoil. The impact can be profound, and it can last a lifetime unless we intervene. The Children’s Haven will integrate comprehensive safety and healing programs under one roof and make them available for all kids who have experienced abuse and neglect. Drawing of New Children’s Haven by Mark Robillard Architects

The Children’s Haven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on the support of the community to offer all of their services at no charge to the child or the child’s family, including: Safety — Supervised Visitation Center will offer a safe, comfortable environment for a child to visit with parents, siblings and extended. CASA Advocacy — Individual child advocacy so that no child lingers in the foster care system without the security of a safe, nurturing and permanent family. Support Services — Children need guidance and compassion to prevent trauma and loss from defining their lives – enrichment opportunities improve a child’s social, emotional and education functioning: Educational goal setting and tutoring Mentoring focused on character development and self-esteem Grief support groups Emergency supply closet with clothes Birthday celebrations

The Children’s Haven will provide children with the support every young person deserves, no matter their circumstances. To learn more about how you can help visit www.CherokeeChildrensHaven.org or call 770-345-3274. 26

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COVER STORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2558 Canton Road, Marietta, Georgia 30066

770-777-1733

www.MyProRoofing.com

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Teach Your Child By Your Actions By Johnny M. Hunt

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 When we are children, for most of us the best thing about summertime is that school is out! More time to sleep in, hang out with friends, play sports, jump in the pool, go to camp — there’s really nothing like enjoying the sunlight and feeling the fresh cut grass between your toes. Then we get older and some of us become parents, and our summer months become filled with not so much our activities, but

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our children’s activities. There are snacks to make, schedules to follow, uniforms to wash, not to mention all the transportation to and from lessons, practices, and games. There is a great deal of fun to be had and life lessons to be learned for your children as they get involved in these activities. However, remember the bigger picture. Are you teaching your children about what is most important in life? Is your parenting eternally focused? It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of your child perhaps hitting that home run, acing that gymnastics routine, or rocking that piano recital. If our children become pro ball players, Olympians, or maestros, but do not have the gospel — we’ve missed it. If we do not lead by example and place Christ at the

center of our lives, we are leading our children into a life of idolatry without even realizing it. Consider these words from Deuteronomy 6:5-7: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Our children look to us for how to live. They emulate our behavior and follow our lead. If we appear to place more value on activities than on obedience to our Creator — that is the message they will receive.

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


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Book Review by catherine groves

Natchez Burning In May of 2014, Greg Iles burst back into the bestseller’s list with his highly anticipated thriller, “Natchez Burning”. After waiting for 5 years, (while Iles recovered from a near fatal automobile accident) for his new Penn Cage novel, this 800 plus page book was worth the wait. Penn has recently returned with his young daughter, Annie, to his hometown of Natchez to serve as mayor to try and heal from the death of his wife. Soon upon his return, his father and local physician, Tom Cage, is accused of murdering his beautiful nurse with whom he worked closely in the 1960s. In Penn’s determination to clear his father’s name, he soon finds himself uncovering crimes involving the Double Eagles, a spinoff group of powerful men in the KKK from 40 years before. It soon becomes perfectly clear; under the dictatorship of the same men from years ago, everyone must fear for their own life. Wanting to believe in the dad he’s always respected and loved, but with all signs pointing to deceit, Penn must make a choice on how much he’s willing to put his own life and the lives of those he loves on the line to uncover the truth. The first of a trilogy, “Natchez Burning” can be summed up perhaps best by Stephen King who wrote, “Extra ordinary entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down.” The second in the triology, “The Bone Tree” was released in May of this year. Natchez Burning can be purchased at major bookstores and on Kindle and Nook.

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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Seniors’ Life

Silver and 64 Bronze medals were awarded.

By Nathan Brandon

Senior Health and Wellness Initiative — Cherokee County

Senior Olympics Closing Ceremonies — On April LIFESTYLE

28 we celebrated the closing of the 2015 Senior Olympics for Cherokee County. This year’s participation was the highest of the last 8 years. The Olympic planning committee worked hard to solicit sponsors and for participants to enjoy an entire month of competition. A total of 185 seniors took part in one or more competitions. The oldest competitor was a 98-year old woman who is now competing nationally. Competitions varied widely and were appropriate for those who had not previously participated. Everything from free throw basketball, pickle ball, Wii bowling, billiards, hillbilly golf, bowling and horseshoes were enjoyed throughout the month of April. A total of 152 Gold, 107

Senior Services received a grant of $42,437.67 from Northside Hospital Cherokee for the installation of a pocket park to be located to the west of the current senior center on Univeter Road. With the rise in health risks and the financial burdens associated with sedentary lifestyle, it is time to think of new ways to promote health and make physical activity and exercise more available, accessible, affordable and beneficial to everyone. There are numerous benefits of outdoor fitness parks that focus not only on the physiological benefits but also on the economic, social and psychological benefits as well: • Acts as an incentive to encourage the non-exercising populations to engage in

personal fitness. • Once people are engaged in working out it could serve as a catalyst to increase interest in proper nutrition. • Free to users, it would give a greater number of people a place to exercise regularly who cannot afford club memberships. • It would provide a social outlet during exercise. The facility will include apparatus that will focus on weight and strength training used to target the development of strength, balance, core and heart. The exercise machines are created to accommodate any age participant and any level of exerciser. L

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

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Hand Nerve By Jose Baez, M.D.

Injuries

Nerves carry messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Each nerve is like a telephone cable covered in insulation. Each nerve contains millions of individual fibers grouped in bundles with the insulated cable. This results in the loss of feeling in the area supplied by that nerve. Nerves are fragile and can easily be damaged by pressure, stretching or cutting. When a nerve fiber is broken, the end of the fiber farthest from the brain dies, but the insulation stays intact, leaving the nerve tube empty. The end that is closest to the brain doesn’t die, and may begin to heal overtime. If the insulation was not cut, nerve fibers can grow down the empty tube until they reach a muscle or sensory receptor. If both the nerve and insulation have been cut and the nerve is not repaired, the growing nerve fibers may grow into a ball at the end of the cut, forming a nerve scar called a ‘neuroma’. A neuroma may be painful and can cause an electrical feeling when touched.

Nerve Injury Treatment

A cut nerve can be repaired by sewing together the insulation around both ends of the nerve. A nerve in a finger is only as thick as a piece of thin piece of spaghetti; therefore the stitches must be very tiny and thin. You may need to protect the nerve with a split for the first three weeks to prevent it from stretching apart. The goal is to fix the outer cover so that the nerve fibers can grow down the empty tube to the muscles and sensory to work again. Your doctor will line up the ends of the nerve repair so that the fibers and empty tubes match up with each other as best as possible. Because there are millions of fibers in the nerve, not all of the original connects are likely to be re-established. If the wound is dirty or crushed, the doctor may wait until the skin has healed to fix the nerve. If there is a gap between the nerves, your doctor may take a piece of the nerve (nerve graft) from another part of the body to fix the injured nerve. The procedure may cause permanent loss of feeling in the area where the nerve graft was taken. Sometimes smaller gaps can be bridged with “conduits” made from a vein or special cylinder. Once the nerve cover is repaired, nerve fibers should begin to grow across the repair site after three to four weeks. The nerve fibers then grow down to the empty nerve tubes up to one inch every month, depending on your age and other factors. This means that a nerve injury in the arm 11 or 12 inches above the fingertips may take as long as a year to finish growing. You notice a feeling of pins and needles in the fingertips during the healing process. This is a sign of recovery and should pass.

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Recovery for a Nerve Injury

You should be aware of several things while you’re waiting for the nerve to heal. Your doctor may recommend therapy to keep joints flexible. If the joint becomes stiff, they won’t work even after the muscle begins to function properly. Although a nerve injury may create a lasting problem, proper care and therapy will help you achieve more normal use.

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


Hostas for Drama in Shady Landscapes By Gail Roos

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

Hostas, also called plantain lilies, are native to eastern Asia, but are very popular perennials for shade gardens in Georgia. Hardy and lush, they add drama and color to shady areas of your landscape. Hostas have tall, delicate — and sometimes fragrant — flowers; however, we prize them more for their luxurious foliage than for the flowers. That foliage can be a few inches to many feet across in leaf spread and can come in color combinations that include bluish, blue-green, gold, variegated green and yellow, or variegated green and white. Plant hostas in the spring in well-drained soil amended with organic matter. They spread slowly underground, and you won’t need to divide for several years. When you’re ready, divide hostas in the spring by digging up a whole clump or just a part of one. If you dig a whole clump, wash the soil from the roots with a firm stream from the hose so you can untangle the roots and divide into smaller clumps, making sure each one has plenty of roots. To dig just one section of a clump, slice down into the ground at the edge of the existing plant with a sharp shovel and remove a section. Either way, keep the roots wet if you don’t transplant right away. Lightly fertilize your hostas when you plant, and use a slow-release fertilizer during the growing season. Once established, they will only need extra water during very hot, dry weather, but they do not like to have wet feet. Mulch around the plants to retain the moisture they need. Deer, slugs and snails love hostas too. Your county extension office can offer suggestions for safe, non-poisonous controls of these pests. When cold weather begins, hostas will start to die back and the leaves droop. As it gets colder, they collapse and disappear — until about March in our area. Then they come back and start over again. Isn’t that why we’re gardeners?

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Northside Cherokee Surgical Associates What patients notice immediately at Northside Cherokee Surgical Associates is a friendly and empathetic medical staff, attentive to patient comfort and an above average level of customer service. That’s the personal and attentive care patients have come to expect from Northside Cherokee Surgical Associates, a practice that has served the Woodstock community since 2013. Led by Dr. Grant Wolfe, a skilled and board-certified physician with extensive experience in a wide variety of surgical procedures, the comprehensive general surgery practice specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including robotic techniques, and serves patients with a kind approach to care. “As a surgeon, I want to make sure my patients have access to the most effective treatments and technologies that are going to give them the best possible outcomes,” Dr. Wolfe said. “I am excited to take part in the care of the Cherokee County community.”

A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Wolfe completed a General Surgery residency and Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Recognized for his outstanding and empathetic patient care, Dr. Wolfe was recipient of the Palmetto Care Award in 2009. He is board certified in General Surgery by The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association. Northside Cherokee Surgical Associates is a full-service practice specializing in the wide scope of general surgery. Additionally, the latest minimally invasive and Robotic techniques are used whenever possible, including single incision procedures. Treatments are offered for gallstones and gallbladder problems; hernias; GERD and hiatal hernias; stomach, adrenal gland, pancreas and spleen disorders; diverticulitis and colon cancer; breast cancer and breast masses; thyroid and parathyroid problems; skin and soft-tissue lesions.

Dr. Grant Wolfe

Dr. Wolfe and his team are invested in serving this community and their surgical healthcare needs.

Woodstock 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 412

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Neurology Since December 2013, Northside Cherokee Neurology and Dr. Saima Khurram have proudly served the Canton community. As her practice continues to grow, Dr. Khurram also has added a half-day each Wednesday to see patients at the Northside Cherokee/Towne Lake Medical Campus in Woodstock “I think there is a huge need for a neurologist in this area; our offices have convenient scheduling options available and short waiting times,” Dr. Khurram said. Dr. Khurram’s full-service medical practice provides patients with the fullspectrum of neurological care.

Dr. Saima Khurram

“I like helping my patients better manage their conditions, so they can have as much of a normal life as possible,” Dr. Khurram said. “I want my patients to be able to live their lives to the fullest.” Board-certified physician in Neurology, Dr. Khurram and her team specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including headaches, dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and transient ischemic attach (TIA), Neuromuscular diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy and other neurological disorders. The practice offers Botox injections for headaches, dystonia, blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasms. What sets Northside Cherokee Neurology apart is Dr. Khurram’s one-on-one patient care. The practice also provides onsite technicians to administer electromyographic (EMG) studies, offering same-day diagnostic capabilities. “Not a lot of practices have that,” Khurram said. “We like to go above and beyond for our patients.” Dr. Khurram received her Doctor of Medicine from Punjab Medical College and held her fellowship at Georgia Health Science University. In addition to neurology, she offers expertise in neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy and stroke. Dr. Khurram’s strategy of care is simple: “My goal is to bring comfort to my patients.” 38

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Canton 145 Riverstone Terrace, Suite 102

Woodstock 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 302

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Pinnacle Orthopaedics Pinnacle Orthopaedics has offices throughout the northwest Atlanta area, including Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding counties. Pinnacle’s Physicians have over 300 years of experience in correcting skeletal abnormalities and injuries. The Physicians have a wide range of orthopaedic interests and specialties for children and adults, including arthroscopic surgery, surgery of the spine, total joint replacement, surgery of the hand and foot, fracture care, pain management, treatment of traumatic injuries, limb lengthening and deformity repair, and treatment of work related and sports related injuries. Pinnacle Orthopaedics has been in Cherokee County for over 17 years and has grown with the area. The Woodstock location is at 1505 Stone Bridge Parkway at Towne Lake Parkway and I-575. This building, houses the Pinnacle Physicians office, Pinnacle Physical Therapy, Pinnacle Imaging Center, including MRI, and the Pinnacle Woodstock Ambulatory Surgery Center. Pinnacle has 17 Physicians serving this office including R. Brandon Burris, MD, Jessica Bilotta, MD, Craig Chebuhar, MD, John Day, MD, Mark Diehl, MD, Stanley Dysart, MD, Sam Fleming, MD, Clark Glass, MD, Krishna Gumidyala, MD, Michael Kuczmanski, MD, James Malcolm, MD, Paul Payne, MD, Trevor Starnes, MD, PhD, Alan Swayze, MD, Scott Swayze, MD, William Terrell, MD, and Rajeev Valvani, DO. Pinnacle’s Canton office is at 720 Transit Avenue at Riverstone Parkway near I-575. This office houses the Pinnacle Physicians office and Pinnacle Physical Therapy. Pinnacle has four Physicians that see patients in their Canton office including Craig Chebuhar, MD, Michael Kuczmanski, MD, Trevor Starnes, MD, PhD, and Alan Swayze, MD. At Pinnacle, they believe in results. That is why their Physicians are constantly pursuing leading edge technologies and investing in research and education in new and innovative techniques. Using this advanced approach, they are able to

maximize results and minimize recovery time, allowing you to spend time enjoying what is really important to you and your family. For more information on their Physicians, locations and services please go to Pinnacle-Ortho. com. In addition to orthopaedic care, physical therapy and MRI services, Pinnacle is very involved in Sports Medicine. Sports Medicine is an area of specialty in orthopaedics that involves preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to participating in sports or exercise. Pinnacle Physicians provide medical coverage for various sports teams, including some area high school, college and professional teams. They have also sponsored many community sporting events including road races. This year they are the title sponsor for the 2015 Woodstock Freedom Run. This is a 5K run on July 4th in Downtown Woodstock. They also promote a sports medicine blog as well as provide sports medicine needs. The race is only a few weeks away and Pinnacle is excited to get you across that finish line. Here are some tips they offer for your training: Start Slow — Starting too fast can hurt you physically and mentally. Make Sure Your Shoes Fit — Even the slightest size off can affect your feet, legs and hips and limit your run. Stretch Warm Muscles — Do a quick run or jog in place before stretching. Avoid Blisters — Wear two pairs of socks or lubricate your feet before the run to avoid blister-causing friction. Favoring

a leg because of blisters can also affect the other leg! Shin Splints, Stress Fractures and Ankle Sprains — Are common in running and running activities. Rest, ice and aggressive stretching can help these ailments. Also avoid dehydration and heat related issues. These are conditions that can possibly be avoided with proper preparation. As an athlete, you put it all on the line each day: training, skill and dedication. It is with these same characteristics that Pinnacle Physicians put it all on the line for their patients, ensuring that they continue to do the sport they love. They are dedicated to “Keeping You at the Top of Your Game.”

Canton 770-345-5717 720 Transit Ave., Suite 202

Woodstock 770-926-9112 1505 Stone Bridge Pkwy., Suite 200

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Plastic Surgery Center of the South By Mary Early Self-esteem is an essential component to mental health. Before leaving for work, going to an event, or in quiet moments, people often analyze themselves in the mirror, contemplating each aspect of their appearance, their face and the contours of their body. How a person feels about themselves physically can affect their overall approach toward life. If an individual feels embarrassed or isolated due to an aspect of their appearance they’re not satisfied with or they consider undesirable, the crippling self-consciousness can lead to depression and further withdrawal from socializing. Plastic surgery offers a solution to improve a person’s appearance, and therefore help reestablish their self-worth and confidence. Plastic surgery allows a person to maintain youthfulness and dignity. They can look in the mirror and approve of the person looking back at them. The Plastic Surgery Center of the South strives to achieve the results you ensure because you deserve it. Their plastic surgeons are thoroughly trained and dedicated in providing their patients with the best medical care in a safe, private environment. Over the years, thousands of procedures have been performed in their state of the art certified operating rooms. They create an environment that is comfortable, relaxing, leaving behind any stress or anxiety over the operation. They have a wonderful, caring staff, whose patients’ health and safety is their number 40

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one concern. They value their patients’ comfort and make their stay serene and agreeable. With years of combined experience, the information and experience shared among the physicians of Plastic Surgery Center of the South is invaluable. At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, the four plastic surgeons onsite went into their field with this goal in mind: seeing the end result and how they can help people feel better about themselves. They enjoy the complicated and intricate work that goes along with plastic surgery. Furthermore, plastic surgery is becoming more noninvasive. This is often a concern when debating plastic surgery: the extensive cutting and splicing involved. Yet one procedure for which fat injections are an option is buttock augmentations. Buttock augmentation and lifts are among the fastest growing procedure over the past year (think Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, and Jennifer Lopez). ‘Going under the knife’ is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Botox and fillers such as Voluma,

Radiesse, Restylane, and Juvederm, for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, have seen tremendous growth. State of the art laser treatments and increased advancements in skin care products can help reduce the effects of the aging process significantly. Maintaining the essence of youthful beauty no longer has to be an ordeal. Some might argue plastic surgery is a shallow endeavor. However, every patient deserves to achieve their maximum potential in all areas of live, including outward beauty.

770-421-1242 PlasticSurgeryCenterOfTheSouth.net

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Northside Hospital Cherokee Northside Hospital-Cherokee is located in the heart of one of the most rapidly growing counties in the country, and the hospital has been a part of this growth for nearly two decades. Northside has invested millions of dollars to maintain the high level of healthcare excellence the community expects from the hospital and give back to local outreach efforts, education and charitable organizations that keep the Cherokee community strong. Recent expansions and enhancements are further evidence of this as Northside Hospital-Cherokee has continued to grow to meet the healthcare needs of the community. In addition to the 84-bed hospital in Canton, Northside HospitalCherokee has outpatient locations across the county, with more than 1,300 employees and nearly 500 physicians who offer a full range of medical services.

Replacement Hospital

Comprehensive Spine Care Earlier in 2015, Northside HospitalCherokee relocated and expanded its Spine & Pain Center to the Oakside Professional Center in Canton. The Center makes evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of back, neck and spine pain as easy as possible, offering self-referral and appointments, within one to two days. Patients benefit from a conservative, coordinated and personalized approach, combining the expertise of specialists in pain treatment, orthopedics, neurosurgery, radiology and physical therapy, who provide superlative treatment and follow-up care.

State-of-the-Art Robotic Surgery

Northside Hospital continues to lead the way in surgical care, performing more minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures than any other hospital in the Southeast. In March 2015, Northside Hospital-Cherokee began using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the latest version of the da Vinci robot for laparoscopic surgery. The technology is being used for general surgery, colorectal and urology procedures.

implement a new cancer research program that aims to reach more Georgians in their own cities and towns. Through the Georgia NCORP (NCI Community Oncology Research Program) partnership, patients with cancer or increased risks of cancer in Georgia have access to NCI-funded clinical trials through their cancer physicians at 41 participating locations throughout the state.

Breast Care Early detection of breast cancer saves the lives of thousands of women each year. However, medically underserved and uninsured women often lack access to care. With the generous support from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate, Northside is able to provide funding for screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds, biopsies and more for women in Cherokee County who cannot afford them. Services are available at select Northside locations, as well as aboard Northside’s ScreenAtlanta mobile-mammography unit. Follow @NorthsideHosp on social media, and for more information visit Northside.com.

Leading-Edge Cancer Care The new hospital is coming. Site preparation is well underway for the Northside Hospital-Cherokee replacement campus, which will initially include the hospital, a distinct Women’s Center, a multispecialty medical office building, cancer center, and 900 parking spaces. Construction began spring 2015.

In 2014, a new partnership sponsored by the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute was awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute to

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Health & Wellness Categories Chiropractor

OB/GYN

Colby Family Chiropractic

Falany and Hulse Women’s Center

770-592-1915, ColbyChiropractic.com

770-720-8551, FalanyandHulse.com

Dentist Anderson Dental 770-384-8505, DrStevenAnderson.com

Eye Doctor

Winners

Thomas Eye Group LLC 404-819-5434, ThomasEye.com

Medical Practice/ Family/Internal Medicine Northside Family Practice 770-517-2145, NorthsideFamilyPractice.com

Orthodontist Kincaid Orthodontics 770-516-5773, KincaidSmiles.com

Pediatric Dentist Roswell Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 678-352-1090, KidsHappyTeeth.com

Pediatrician Woodstock Pediatric Medicine 770-517-0250, WoodstockPeds.com

Plastic Surgeon Marietta Plastic Surgery 770-704-0057, MariettaPlasticSurgery.com

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By Michael Consoli LIFESTYLE Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, sailed into Southampton Cruise Port with a lineup of unexpected experiences at sea bringing thrilling adventures to guests of all ages. From the RipCord by iFLY skydiving experience and the North Star, a glass observation capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean, to futuristic entertainment, a robust culinary experience and game-changing technology that encompasses everything from robotic bartenders to superfast wireless connectivity, Anthem of the Seas will allow guests to vacation like never before.

Anthem of the Seas will sail her inaugural spring and summer season from her homeport of Southampton, U.K., offering Europe and Mediterranean itineraries. In fall 2015 she will cross the Atlantic to make Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New York Harbor her permanent home, sailing to the Caribbean. No matter where she is or what water she’s plying, Anthem will treat guests to an incomparable vacation experience that can only be found on Royal Caribbean. Highlights of Anthem of the Seas include:

Unexpected at Sea Adventures Endless experiences await guests’ onboard Anthem of the Seas, with thrills that can only be found on Royal Caribbean. From North Star, providing guests breathtaking, panoramic views from 300 feet above sea level, to RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea, and SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea that is complete with bumper cars, a circus school, roller skating and more, there is no end to the fun that can be found onboard.

A Delectable Menu of Choice and Flexibility Anthem of the Seas features a fresh approach to cruise ship dining, thanks to a robust culinary experience that allows guests to customize their onboard dining experience to best meet their varying palates and preferences. An allnew Dynamic Dining experience gives guests a selection of 18 restaurant concepts, including five complimentary main dining restaurants, along with the opportunity to choose between Dynamic Dining Choice, which allows guests to decide when, where, and with whom to dine each evening, and Dynamic Dining Classic, which is designed for those who prefer a more traditional experience. In addition, Anthem of the Seas features a lineup of specialty dining restaurants, as well as partnerships with world-renowned chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Michael Schwartz, and Devin Alexander.

The Ultimate Hi-Tech Vacation From ultrafast Wi-Fi and RFID technology, to virtual views from interior staterooms and robots that can mix up a mean cocktail, Anthem of the Seas is packed with a bold lineup of technological advancements that will impress even the most tech-savvy modern traveler. Designed to seamlessly deliver unprecedented guest vacation experiences at sea, technology is prevalent throughout the ship, substantially increasing guest convenience and efficiency and ensuring a cruise onboard Anthem of the Seas is nothing but smooth sailing. L

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

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2230 Towne Lake Parkway, Building 900, Suite 200

(678) 250-9355 Protecting you and the ones you love is the primary focus of Nelson Elder Care Law.

advantage of the services Nelson Elder Care Law provides. Their clients have ranged from 18 to 98 years old.

Life sometimes has a way of throwing us curveballs as we, and our loved ones, age. Cindy Nelson, attorney and founder of Nelson Elder Care Law in Woodstock, GA, makes it her mission to help you navigate life’s up and downs to ensure you are ready and have the legal authority to care for your loved ones, when the need arises. Curveballs can come our way at any age.

Cindy is a caregiver advocate who specializes in the rights and interests we need as we age. Her compassion is obvious as she offers peace of mind to families and their loved ones. This includes guiding families that are trying to afford the high cost of nursing home care, protecting assets so an aging family member can live a life of dignity, working closely with clients and their families to protect their savings and their home, preparing critical decision-making documents, and advising families about options to avoid a crisis situation in the future.

Sometimes a loved one has a medical crisis early in life, like a stroke in their 50’s. Others may live a very healthy life until they reach their 80s. We usually don’t know when the curveball is coming or how severe it will be when it hits, but we do know that most of us experience some curveballs throughout our lives. The name “elder care law” can be misleading.You don’t have to be “old” to take

If you are not sure whether you are legally protected from the curveballs of life, Nelson Elder Care Law offers complimentary consultations to evaluate your specific situation.

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The Greek term ArtistProfile “encaustikos” refers to by Heike Hellmann-Brown the process of adding the element of heat to a painting. “An encaustic painting is created by melting beeswax and resin together and adding color pigments,” Brenda Rehrig explains. “Multiple layers of wax are built up on top of a birch panel in reliefs. Each layer is fused to the previous one through heat. The composition of colors and layers creates the optical effect of the piece.” The ancient technique of using molten beeswax dates back to the Greeks, who caulked ship hulls and decorated warships with wax. During the first three centuries A.D. the process was used in Egyptian mummy portraits. In spite of their fragile appearance encaustic paintings are extremely archival. The famous Fayum funeral portraits, panel paintings of the Coptic period, are well preserved and retained their brilliant colors through the centuries due to the protection of the wax. Born in Pennsylvania, encaustic painter Rehrig studied political science at Kennesaw University and worked as a paralegal for 10 years. She then took pottery from a hobby to a profession, selling sculptures and functional pottery at art festivals throughout Georgia. A former president of the Georgia Clay Council, Brenda Rehrig was granted a fellowship in The Hambidge Center’s Creative Residency Program, where she encountered an encaustic artist and was utterly fascinated by this art form. She began studying with critically-acclaimed New York encaustic artist Michael David. “Encaustic accretion —

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meaning the build-up of wax on surfaces — takes a lot of skill,” the artist notes. “The learning process was frustrating at times.” The average size of Rehrig’s paintings is 40 inches x 40 inches or larger, and she produces one piece at a time. Inspired by her love and respect for the natural world, Rehrig explores texture and luminosity by starting with a basic concept such as “Fog” or “Water” or “Sunrise” and lets the colors guide her. “I am trying to get away as far as possible from pictorial art. Through the use of certain colors I create a mood rather than a scene.” Rehrig’s finished pieces are custom framed, so that the accretion on the sides is showcased. While pre-planning and actual production of an encaustic piece can take up an entire month, the artist finds it difficult to title her work. “Titling narrows the concept. I’d rather want the onlookers’ imagination take them somewhere,” Rehrig says. Brenda Rehrig, who is represented by a renowned Atlanta gallery, is currently exploring other applications for her work: “Bronzing my paintings would allow for an outdoor setting. The artwork would weather beautifully, and the very intriguing end product would complement my existing path.” When she is not in her studio, Rehrig is a dog trainer. With her therapy dog, Border Collie Sadie, she visits twice a month the Hickory Flat library for the “Tail-Waggin’ Tutors” program that practices reading skills and builds self-esteem in kids by allowing them to read to a four-legged companion. 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.


Open Your Eyes! By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins & Leake Have you ever heard the old saying, “Your eyes are the window to your soul”? Well it is true, your eyes can tell a lot about a person. What happens if your eyes look older than you because of the effect the aging process has on your eyelids. Do you think they appear tired, puffy, wrinkled or just unattractive? An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) can help restore a beautiful, more youthful and refreshed appearance.

those droopy and puffy upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty improves baggy skin under the eyes, sinking upper eyelids or drooping eyelids that impair vision. The procedure can correct a medical condition called ptosis (drooping eyelid) which is caused by poor muscle tone or nerve damage. Ptosis causes the eyelid to hang very low and block vision. As we age, excess skin forms in and around the eye area and the skin loses its elasticity.

Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done today. It removes excess skin, fat or muscle from

Blepharoplasty is a very easy procedure with very little pain or down time. It is an outpatient procedure that can be done in

our outpatient facility with either general anesthesia (completely asleep) or under sedation (partially asleep). The procedure only takes 1-2 hours depending on the work necessary. Bruising and swelling normally clear within 7-10 days. There will be a visible scar for about 2 months, but easily covered with make-up until it fades. When you look in the mirror what do you see? If you don’t like what you see, change it. With this simple procedure alone you can change how you see yourself as well as how others see you. You will love your new look! Friends and family will wonder if you have been on a diet, vacation or changed your hairstyle because there will be no visible sign of your surgery – just a new refreshed look. Drs. Petrosky, Musarra and Leake are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242, PlasticSurgery CenterOf TheSouth.net

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Communities surrounding it were looking at tough decisions about which way they wanted the river to go — down a path of preservation and progress or down a path of defilement and destruction.

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2002, my daughter, her mother and I spent 30 days canoeing the 163-mile length of the Etowah River. At journey’s end, Ramsey, then just three-years-old, could easily identify the call of a pileated woodpecker as it echoed through the riverside forests and had learned the paddlers’ motto: “Just go with the flow.”

We saw in the Etowah the same dynamic that the Chattahoochee faced in the mid-1970s as Atlanta’s suburbs crept steadily north along its banks. Thankfully, the Chattahoochee was, in large part, saved thanks to the synergy of local activists, a sympathetic state governor (Jimmy Carter) and a movement within the National Parks Service to create “urban national parks.”

What we saw on that journey was a river flowing through a rapidly developing landscape where in places riverfront homes crowded the river and spoiled its natural beauty.

The result some 40 years after the first cries to protect the Chattahoochee: thousands of acres of land preserved as the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a string of parks that is visited by millions each year.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a home on the river. A view of flowing water from the back deck is something to treasure, but what we found during that trip was a river at a crossroads.

For sure, there are many homes along the Chattahoochee, but there are also pockets of preservation where you can walk a trail, paddle a canoe or simply sit and watch the river flow.

For me, journey’s end left me smitten by the Etowah … and a little afraid for its future.

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By any measure, the movement to, “Save the Hooch” has been a success. In 2012, the National Parks Service named 48 miles of the Chattahoochee through Atlanta and its 18 public access points as the nation’s first National Water Trail. The question back in 2002 was: could something similar happen on the Etowah? Now, 13 years later, that three-year-old fan of pileated woodpeckers is driving a car and Etowah River communities have answered that question with a resounding “YES!” In 2002, there were three developed public access points on the Etowah (excluding ramps on Lake Allatoona).


Upcoming Events August 1 Etowah River Paddle: This 10-mile paddle through history begins at Allatoona Dam and includes a stop at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. For more information, visit Coosa.org.

August 2 Today, through the combined efforts of local governments, private landowners and non-profit organizations (with aid from Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails grants) there are 11 developed public boat launches, and more are on the way. The same synergy that prompted protection of the Chattahoochee has come together on the Etowah. Nonprofit organizations like the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI), Upper Etowah River Alliance, Mountain Stewards, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia and others have raised money to facilitate land protection and establish public access points. Local governments in Dawson, Cherokee, Bartow and Floyd counties have stepped in to preserve property and develop boat launches. Even the National Parks Service has lent a hand, facilitating the formation of an Etowah River Water Trail Stakeholders group. That group, made up of local governments, non-profit organizations, businesses and landowners, is now raising money and aiding local governments in promoting and developing the Etowah River Water Trail. There’s a website, EtowahWaterTrail.org, that includes complete maps and guides of the river, and even a guidebook, the Etowah River User’s Guide. Published by the University of Georgia Press in cooperation with Georgia River Network and CRBI, the book is even printed on waterproof paper, making it river ready.

In Forsyth County, Commissioners are moving forward with the development of the 225-acre Eagles Beak Park that will include a boat launch near Old Federal Road.

Paddling Through History: The special fundraiser to support Cherokee County Historical Society, Upper Etowah River Alliance and CRBI features a 7-mile paddle on the Etowah in Cherokee County followed by a catered dinner, silent and live auction and a kayak raffle. For more information, visit Coosa.org.

In Canton, the city recently completed a launch at its new Etowah River Park — a project made possible by funding secured through a legal settlement between CRBI and the developers of the Canton Marketplace shopping center in 2008. Further downstream in Bartow County, both Cartersville and Bartow County have partnered with CRBI to build new boat launches within the last year, completing a 48-mile “trail” with seven public access points that provide multiple day trips of various lengths. What’s there to see out there? Lots! The Etowah is rich in cultural and natural history. It is home to dozens of Native American fish weirs, the v-shaped rock dams that Cherokee Indians built to capture fish, and of course, the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. Within the Dawson Forest and McGraw Ford Wildlife Management areas in Dawson and Cherokee counties, it is also home to beautiful scenery, and beneath the surface it holds 76 different species of fish, diversity that is unparalleled for a river of its size. 13 years have passed since I was first

smitten by the Etowah, and today I’m a little less fearful for its future. Local governments are recognizing the river and water trail as an amenity for citizens and an economic development tool. Most importantly, more and more people are venturing on the river, discovering its charms and falling in love with it. This bodes well for the river. A river with many lovers is one that is well kept.

Joe Cook is an Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the Coosa River Basin Initiative. Coosa.org, ProtectGeorgia.net WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM

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Health Conscious Lifestyle Downtown Woodstock By Jenna Hill

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ealth and wellness are on people’s mind a lot these days. People are changing their sedentary lifestyle into a more active, health conscious lifestyle. Downtown Woodstock is the perfect place to start your journey. With a number of completely different workout facilities to choose from, there is a type to fit every level. Downtown Woodstock is home to a great yoga studio. At Ember Hot Yoga, you can take classes in a modern studio which has a regular temperature room and a room that is hot. According to their website, “Ember’s Hot Studio features a state of the art heating system. The forced air system continuously circulates and heats the air to maintain a consistent hot yoga temperature. The system also silently and evenly injects steam to maintain 40% humidity. Fresh, filtered air is automatically exchanged with stale air in the studio whenever carbon dioxide levels are elevated. Inspired by the unlimited potential in every person, Ember believes in enabling individuals to take control of their own health, happiness and well-being through yoga. With practice anyone – regardless of their age, their health or their

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background – can ignite their mind, body and spirit and achieve anything.” I have been going there for about a month and it truly is a wonderful way to get your body and mind into shape. Another awesome workout facility in Downtown Woodstock is Gin Miller Fitness. According to their website, “Gin’s Downtown Woodstock studio offers functional fitness training for all levels in a small group setting. Exercises include cardio, strength and balance with constant pushing, pulling and movement with tubes, linked handles, a step, a stability ball and more. Here you will find unique small group personal training programs for functional fitness. Gin Miller is one of the industry’s top professionals, best known as the innovative force behind the Step Training revolution – one of the most significant fitness phenomena of the last century. Her concepts and creativity laid the foundation for ‘step aerobics’, earning her the worldwide reputation as a preeminent fitness program creator and exercise professional.” I can tell you that the people I see from day to day working out in this studio are certainly getting a great workout!

In addition to our great fitness studios, we have a wonderful trail system, the Greenprints Alliance, where you can walk, jog, hike or bike the pounds away. You will also find restaurants in Downtown Woodstock with healthy choices made with fresh, local ingredients. If you want to start cooking your own food, you can’t beat the healthy choices Woodstock Farmers Market. I am also on my own healthy living journey right now. Luckily, Woodstock is the perfect place to be if you are on a healthy living journey of your own. For more info on fitness studios and restaurants in Downtown Woodstock visit http://www.VisitWoodstockGa. com or for more information on the Greenprints Alliance visit http://www. WoodstockTrails.com/.

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


Insurance for Your Business By Jeff Nevison If you’re a small business owner or contemplating starting a business it’s important to know that your business insurance policies will protect you from any foreseeable risk possibility. Business insurance is more complicated than buying insurance for your personal home and auto so don’t assume that your home and auto insurance company is also the best company to insure the specific needs of your business. It’s smart to shop with more than one company for business insurance.

The Basics Business Liability — Covers your business in the event your business is responsible for causing harm to a person and/or damage to property. It also helps

cover the cost of your defense in case a claim is made against you, charging you or your employees with causing bodily injury or property damage to another party.

Property Insurance — Can help protect the property your business owns, leases or rents, including things like buildings, equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures. It provides coverage for damaged computers and media and loss of accounts receivable records.

Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) Combines business property and business liability. With one convenient policy, you’re protected against loss of income, fire, theft, lawsuits and more. In addition, you can purchase optional coverage allowing you to tailor a policy that meets the unique needs of your business, today and as it evolves.

Workers Compensation — Is

(including owners and officers if you are a corporation, LLC or other entity), pays for medical care and physical rehabilitation of injured workers and helps to replace lost wages while they are unable to work. State laws, which vary significantly, govern the amount of benefits paid and other compensation provisions.

Other Coverage or Policies — Such as commercial auto, tools and equipment, data breach, professional liability (E&O), employment practices liability, employee benefits liability, commercial umbrella, bonds, products completed, product liability, home based business, etc. may also apply to your particular business.

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

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U.S. Congressman Barry Loudermilk’s District Office 9898 Highway 92, Suite 100 Woodstock 770-606-9490 Government – U.S.

Harmony Burger Café 2210 Holly Springs Pkwy, Suite 120 Canton 770-721-5749 Restaurants

Reel Seafood 8670 Main Street Woodstock 770-627-3006 Restaurants

Massage Envy of Canton 1810 Cumming Hwy, Suite 620 Canton 770-345-4772 Day Spa

Thursday, June 4, 2015 7:00 a.m. Sponsored by:

South State Bank RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on June 2. For more information on this event, please visit CherokeeChamber.com.

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Summer Smooth All Season Long By Jyl Craven

LIFESTYLE As the summer months approach and the humidity heightens, if your desire is to make those smooth locks last, here are some helpful tips that may just set you on a path to success. After all, who really has the time to deal with the added frizz compliments of the extreme Georgia heat? By simply stepping outside on an unbearable day, dried out hair will naturally draw in moisture from the air creating the ultimate in uncontrollable frizz. So whether your goal is to keep your hair silky smooth for one day or several months, here are three tips that will set you on a path to success.

Blow Dryer

If your hair is naturally pretty straight then a blow dryer may be all you’ll need. After shampooing and conditioning work in a dime size amount of shine product at the ends of your hair and stop about a half inch from the roots. Follow up with a smoothing pomade, slightly more than a dime size amount, and apply evenly through your hair stopping at your roots. Section your hair into six sections and then blow dry allowing the nozzle to follow the brush keeping the nozzle in the same direction as the hair. Using a blow dryer with an ionic technology will give the additional benefit of drying the hair in less time while creating negative ions which help smooth the hair and lock in that much needed moisture.

Flat Iron

If your hair is a little more on the curly side then consider using a flat iron after your blow dry. Begin by picking the right size flat iron for your hair type. For short hair use an iron with narrow plates ranging from half inch to one inch thick. For longer hair use an iron with plates ranging from one and a half inches to two inches wide. Choose an iron with variable temperature settings as this will allow you to adjust the temperature based on your specific hair texture. Prior to using the flat iron always use a heat protectant as this creates a protective barrier over the cuticle. Finally, take small one inch sections from roots to ends making one continuous pass through the hair.

Keratin Treatments

If your hair is unruly and you want a silky smooth style all summer long without the daily hassle consider a keratin smoothing treatment. Keratin is a protein found naturally in your hair that when properly applied can cut down on frizz and curls. These treatments can last anywhere from four weeks to five months and can reduce your blow drying time by fifty percent. By applying a small amount of keratin to the hair followed with a flat iron set at the correct temperature, a keratin treatment is a popular option for anyone longing for smoother straighter hair. There’s nothing worse than spending countless hours finishing your hair only to walk outdoors and soon find yourself in a frizzy frenzy. If you prefer to smooth out your own hair, properly using a blow dryer and flat iron should suffice. If you prefer not to deal with the daily grind of smoothing out your own hair, seek out a professional for a keratin treatment. Regardless of your approach, achieving a summer smooth look is only a decision away. L

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

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Ingredients: 2 (8 oz) wild caught salmon filets 2 cups fresh English peas 2 heirloom tomatoes, quartered 1 shallot, finely minced 2 ears of corn, shucked, roasted and cut off the cob 1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled and diced small 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1 lemon Zest of 1 lemon 1 tbsp fresh parsley 1 tbsp fresh tarragon Salt and pepper

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Preparation: Bring medium pot salted water to a boil add peas cook for 2 minutes or until tender; plunge into ice water bath to stop cooking. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; roast bell pepper and shucked corn — 4 minutes for the corn and 15 minutes for the bell pepper. Preheat the grill and season salmon fillets with salt and pepper, rub with olive oil and place on grill, cook for 3 minutes per side. Mix roasted bell pepper, corn, lemon juice and zest, 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Bring sautÊ pan up to medium high heat, add shallots cook for 1 minute, add drained peas and tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes, place peas onto center of the plate top with salmon and corn and pepper mixture.


Healthy Checkups By Shannon Dobson, CPNP

Does your healthy school-age child need a checkup every year? Yes.

health issues could be prevented or treated early with an annual checkup, even during the adolescent years.

In the beginning, when babies are babies, you spend a lot of time in the doctor’s office for checkups and baby shots. As toddlers, your child still will require frequent doctor visits to be treated for colds, ear infections and other common ailments from time to time. Most likely, your child’s doctor will remind you at these sick visits that your child needs a “healthy checkup” each year.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a thorough checkup every year for every child. Most well-child visits for school-age and adolescent children are uneventful. Still, various issues can arise during these “growing years.”

As children reach school age, they need current immunization records, hearing and vision screenings, and other health screens at different stages. But, what about once they are older? Does your 12-year-old still need an annual checkup? Yes. Many

Height and weight are both monitored at every checkup. Growth disorders are often detected during an annual checkup and, when caught early, usually do not affect the child later in life. Blood pressure can be an early indicator of kidney or heart problems. Your child’s doctor will check to make sure that puberty is starting when it should. Signs of early puberty (or late puberty, or not experiencing puberty at

all) can be an underlying symptom of a bigger problem. Whatever the case, it should be treated promptly. For some adolescents, they are relieved to learn that they are “normal.” Many children don’t feel comfortable talking to mom or dad when they go through different developmental stages; instead, they often turn to their friends and are badly misinformed. Your child’s provider will discuss normal development and expectations for your child’s age, as well as any questions you may have about discipline, friends/peer pressure, school and activities. Now that school is out for the summer, this is a great time to schedule a healthy checkup for your school-age child.

Shannon Dobson is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine. 770517-0250, WoodstockPeds.com

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Free Apps

for Keeping Track of

Those Loose Teeth By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. Technology is everywhere these days. It’s nice to find free apps that are helpful and informative. Here are a couple of ways to use free apps to learn about your child’s teeth. For those of you with very young children (infants through 4-year olds), the My Baby’s Teeth app provides a nice visual for when you can expect your child’s teeth to come in. It’s free and very easy to use. Simply enter your child’s age in months and you will see which teeth a typical child that age will have emerged. Tapping on a tooth will tell you the name of the tooth while helpful facts will pop up at the top of the screen. For families with children older than the age of 4 years, try the free app simply called Teething Chart. This app will again provide information based upon what a typical child of a given age will have experienced regarding the emersion of permanent teeth. It is interactive and kid-friendly while providing basic information for you and your child. Speaking of loose teeth, it is very important to keep primary teeth healthy and strong until the adult teeth are ready to come in. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a recent survey revealed that 3 out of 4 parents admitted their children forget to brush their teeth on a regular basis! Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes is vitally important to keeping your child’s oral health care at its best. Everyone is busy, but if brushing becomes a regular habit, your child’s dental checkups should be quick and easy. The best way to avoid the need for dental treatment is with regular brushing and flossing. It is just as important to keep baby teeth healthy as it is to keep the permanent teeth healthy. And if you start when your child is very young to monitor their daily brushing, it will become a lifelong habit for them. What a gift to give your child, a lifetime of great oral health!

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

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Advertiser Index Atlanta Hand Specialist 5 Cherokee Angel Senior Care 25 Cherokee County Historical Society 21 Cherokee Imaging Center 33 Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5K 7 Cruise Planners 30, 55 Dawn Sams, Realtor 11 Dive Georgia, LLC 11 Dr. Fixit Ph.D. 21 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village 32 Ember Hot Yoga 16 Falany and Hulse Women’s Center, P.C. 17 Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill 16 Goin’ Coastal 23, 54 The Great Frame Up 9 H&H Electric & Security, LLC 13 JUMP Kitchen & Sports Saloon 3 Jyl Craven Hair Design Inside Back Landscape Matters 25 LaVida Massage 36 LGE Community Credit Union Inside Front Marietta Plastic Surgery 43 Milan Eye Center 3 Mountain Lakes Insurance 47 Nelson Elder Care Law 45 Northside Cherokee Neurology 38 Northside Cherokee Surgical Associates 37 Northside Hospital Cherokee 1, 41 Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 9 Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Inside Front Pinnacle Orthopaedics 39 Plastic Surgery Center of the South 19, 40 Pro Roofing and Siding Cover, 28 & 29 R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 27 Rejoice Maids 9 Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center 51 Summit Financial Solutions 10 Technical Resource Solutions 31 WellStar Health System Back Cover Woodstock Pediatric Medicine 12 Woodstock Health Mart Pharmacy 35 Woodstock Physical Therapy 36



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