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


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


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


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


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


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


............................ Quotables


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


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


................... Ribbon Cuttings

Publisher’s Perspective

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hen I’m active, I get tired. The activity is certainly remembered longer in my muscles than it used to be. Back in my younger days, after running around in the woods, riding up and down Toonigh Road on my bike, working in the garden with my dad or completing other chores, I would soon be sleeping on a pillow, surrounded by shag carpet, while being comforted by the breezy hum of an old metal fan. So I think I like being physically active. It reminds me of when I was younger, enjoying youth and simpler times. With so many activities readily available in our current day, deciding which ones to participate in can be a challenge, in and of itself. Often, we aren’t even given a choice with career, family and other obligations we encounter. Being an adult can certainly be exhausting on a new level, as the mind tends to stay active, even as our bodies attempt to rest.

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It’s a New Year. If you have plans to do something amazing for yourself or for others this year, or plans to stop doing something that you don’t think you should be doing — there’s no time like the present to begin. The year is young, and it’s the perfect time to make a change for the better. Seek to rekindle the vitality of your younger self again, with a childlike faith and energy. You should find that in the process, it will positively benefit you, your family and your future.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Andrea Addington, Steven Anderson, Jose Baez, Sen. Brandon Beach, Kyle Bennett, Kathleen Boehmig, Chris Bryant, Jennifer Calandra, Jyl Craven, Natalie De Valle, Arlene Dickerson, Joshua Fuder, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Corey Harkins, Cameron Johnson, James E. Leake, Beth Major, Kelly Marulanda, Robbie Matiak, Tim Morris, E. Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Cindy Nelson, Michael Petrosky, Marcelle Robustelli, Nick Roper, Brook Sillay, Farris Yawn

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Calendar JANUARY


Rooted in Love — A non-profit here in Cherokee County that provides a meal and specific needs to the homeless in Cherokee County on the first Saturday of each month. They offer the homeless families food, toilet paper, water, clothes, and goody bags. The meals usually take place at Changed 2 Ministries, 2484 Marietta Hwy, Canton. RootedInLoveGA.org


Christmas Tree Chip & Dip Throw away your Christmas tree in an environmental way! We will feed them into the chipper, and the following week, bring a shovel any time during park hours to “dip” into the free mulch! Please no flocked or decorated trees, they poison

the waterways. 8:00 am-dusk, Rope Mill Park, 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road, Woodstock. 770-517-6788. WoodstockGA.gov.

that can finally objectively diagnose this disease. 7:00-9:00 pm, Sixes UMC, 8385 Bells Ferry, Canton. 478-397-5542. ForgottenPlague.com/



Free Documentary Film Screening: Forgotten Plague, M.E. and the Future of Medicine --- Ryan Prior’s life imploded October 22, 2006 when he was struck down by a disease that dozens of doctors were powerless to diagnose, let alone treat. The medical enigma, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, denigrated as “chronic fatigue syndrome” by the CDC, becomes the greatest struggle of his life. Against great odds, he becomes a reporter for USA Today and ventures to tell the story of his suffering and improbable recovery. Throughout the story, Ryan interviews doctors, scientists, journalists and patients to get to the bottom of this perplexing medical mystery. Along the way, he discovers breakthrough research

Cherokee Christian School’s Open House — Light refreshments will be served, and children are welcome to attend. 7:00 pm, 678-494-5464. For more information, please contact Kim Howell at Kim.Howell@CherokeeChristian.org


Elm Street Arts presents On Golden Pond — This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory — but still as tarttongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, is the perfect foil for Norman, as she delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good, and perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. Friday/Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St. Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org

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The Friends of Cherokee County Public Libraries First Sale of 2016 — This will be a large sale of donated materials. All proceeds from the sale will go for youth materials and audio materials. Sale dates and times are: Friday, January 22, 10:00 am-5:30 pm and Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. There will be a preview day Thursday, January 21 at 3:00-5:30 pm for Friends members. Non-members may join at the door for an individual fee of $15 and a couple for $25. R.T. Jones Library, 116 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton. 770-4793090. SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org


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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 Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859

FAMILY STORYTIME Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Rose Creek Wednesdays, 10:30 am & Thursdays, 10:30 am & 3:30 pm, Woodstock Thursdays, 10:30 am, Hickory Flat LAP-SIT STORYTIME Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Rose Creek Designed for ages 1-3 years THE JOY OF COLORING Mondays (no program January 18), 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Woodstock Find out why coloring books are so popular again. Have fun, and make new friends. All materials provided. This event is for individuals 16 and older. SIT & STITCH SOCIAL Thursdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Woodstock Enjoy the company of other creative people while you stitch on your current project. Take time to finish a work in progress. Get inspired to try something new. Meet new people, and have fun! ROSE CREEK CRAFTERS Tuesdays, 11:45 am-1:00 pm, Rose Creek Come and bring your jewelry or other crafting supplies to the library. Meet other crafters, and share your love for everything crafty. Create something of your own, or just watch other creative geniuses at work. KNITTING/CROCHETING GROUP Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, Rose Creek Let Mrs. Darlene help you get started on a knitting or crocheting project. Bring your needles and yarn, and be prepared to have fun! No registration or prior knowledge required. LEGO CLUB January 2, 2:00 pm, Hickory Flat Children can work alone or in teams to make their own special creation, which will be displayed at the library until next month’s meeting. Each month, Lego Club will feature


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a new theme. All ages are invited; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. THE CIVIL WAR IN CHEROKEE & NORTH COBB COUNTIES January 9, 3:00 pm, Hickory Flat Local Author, Gerald Flinchum of Woodstock, will discuss Civil War skirmishes in Cherokee & North Cobb counties in 1864. BOOKMARK BOOK CLUB January 12, 4:00 pm, Woodstock Rack up 8 AR points and have fun doing it! Join us for a fun discussion about current Georgia Book Award nominee, Nickel Bay Nick, by Dean Pitchford. We will discuss the book, enjoy a fun activity, and enjoy light refreshments. Registration is required. Call 770-479-3090 ext. 233 to sign up for more information. This event is for ages 9-12.

CRAYON & WATERCOLOR DESIGN January 12, 6:00 pm, Woodstock Teens/Tweens in 6th grade will get to tap into their creativity as they learn how to use resist techniques with crayons and watercolors, and create awesome artwork! Join us for a night of artsy fun with friends. WOODSTOCK BOOK CLUB January 19, 12:00 pm, Woodstock New members are welcome as we discuss The Walk. For more information call 770-926-5859. KIDS’ MAGIC AND ILLUSIONS! January 26, 4:00 pm, Woodstock Kids ages 9-12 will learn fun and easy magic tricks and create their own optical illusion artwork at this fun program! Space is limited; registration is required. Registration begins January 12th. Please call 770-926-5859 to sign up.

Business Zagat Rates 2 Woodstock Restaurants as “Worth the Drive” From Atlanta Downtown Woodstock boasts 2 of the 10 restaurants that Zagat deems worth the drive from Atlanta: Century House Tavern (125 E. Main Street) and Vingenzo’s Pasta & Pizzeria (105 E. Main Street). The rest of the list is made up of various other restaurants that are scattered around North Georgia. What do the representatives at Zagat recommend you order at these 2 delicious establishments? At Century House they recommend the grilled pork chop with mashed potatoes, rosemary jus and seasonal vegetables. At Vingenzo’s you should ask for the slow-braised pork shank confit, served in white-bean stew.


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Chattahoochee Tech and Valdosta State Sign Partnership The presidents of Chattahoochee Technical College and Valdosta State University recently signed articulation agreements that will simplify the student transition process between the two institutions of higher education. The Pathways Program agreement will allow Chattahoochee Technical College students with an Associate of Applied Science in one or more of the 39 articulated programs to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership, a Bachelor of Applied Science in

human capital performance or a Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology in two years or less at Valdosta State University. The Pathways Program centers on the priorities of Complete College Georgia, an initiative developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. It is a collaboration between Valdosta State University and partner institutions like Chattahoochee Technical College to allow students with approved Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Technology degrees to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years or less.

Reformation Brewery Ranked in Top 50 Breweries in the Country Yahoo Travel has ranked Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery as one of the 50 Best Breweries in America. Reformation was the only brewery in Georgia to make the list. Yahoo’s article stated “Reformation Brewery boasts a goal of “setting beer free.” We think they have accomplished just that. Reviewers give the brewery a rating of 3.76 for the 44 beers produced so far.” In addition to the top honor from Yahoo Travel, Reformation Brewery has also recently launched their year-round Anchor series to the market. Atlas (Rye-IPA), Cadence (Belgian Dubbel) and Stark (Porter) are now available on shelves in cans. The fourth, Union (a Witbier), is scheduled to arrive in spring 2016.



How Well Do You Know

Your 401(k)? By Jennifer Calandra

employers absorb administrative costs on behalf of the employee, but others pass them along, either dividing those costs equally between plan participants or charging a percentage of assets.

There is limited investment selection. The 401(k) is a big chunk of America’s retirement nest egg. It’s favored for retirement saving for a few reasons — it allows for tax-deferred growth as it is funded by paycheck deferrals, and many companies offer to match a percentage of employee contributions. LIFESTYLE

But all 401(k) plans are not created equal, and there are some downsides to these accounts. Here are a few things you need to know about your 401(k):

Administrative fees can be costly. 401(k) plans can be an expensive offering from the employer’s perspective, as there are costs associated with providing the plan, such as paperwork, accounting, legal fees, etc. Administrative costs, combined with investment expenses, can total 1 percent or more and add up over the lifetime of a worker. Some


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401(k) plans offer an average of 19 fund choices, a rather small selection compared to what can be accessed in an individual account like an IRA. Generally, what you find is passive index funds that charge less, and then there are little landmines — actively managed, higher-fee funds — mixed in. Actively managed funds are landmines because they can be more expensive for investors. They are managed by professionals, and investors in the fund pay for that service as part of the expense ratio, the annual fee charged by the fund. Investors want to be aware of these fees and, to the extent that they can, reposition their investment portfolio toward lower cost funds.

Be cautious of target-date funds. Many 401(k)s auto-enroll participants, which simply means your investments are automatically chosen for you. If you don’t make investment selections, the default option is typically a target-date fund,

a kind of mutual fund that is tied to a retirement year and re-balances to take less risk as that year draws near. But many target-date funds are actively managed and carry higher expense ratios. Even if you’re auto-enrolled in your plan, you want to take a look at your investment options. Keep in mind, however, that target-date funds do the work of rebalancing for you, which is part of the reason you may pay a premium. If you invest in index funds, you’ll need to keep an eye on your allocation, and re-balance as necessary.

Lack of education and involvement won’t help you reach your goals. People who fly solo with their 401(k) are likely to be too conservative, too aggressive or will simply ‘set it and forget it’ instead of making smart investment decisions. Lack of experience or knowledge can leave people unnecessarily exposed to financial risk. When it comes to making decisions about your 401(k), be in the know and pay attention … it’s your future! L

Jennifer Calandra, President of W.O.W (Women of Wealth) and COO of Calandra Financial Group, LLC, is a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC), women’s advocate and bestselling author.

Seed Catalogs Bring Relief to Winter Blues By Joshua Fuder The short, cold days of winter leave much to be desired for gardeners, but a successful summer garden begins with the arrival of winter seed catalogs. Today’s catalogs offer more than just seeds. From stories and recipes, to exquisite photos, seed catalogs offer growing advice, new and old plant introductions and welcome inspiration for the house-bound gardener.

Seed catalogs also offer an opportunity to grow new or different plants that you may not be able to find as seedlings at your local garden center. The information in catalogs can be a bit overwhelming to the novice gardener, so it’s important to know how to interpret some of the technical information and abbreviations. Hybrid seed, often abbreviated as F1, is a result of pollination of one genetically uniform variety with pollen from another, specific genetically uniform variety. Hybrid seeds are produced in a controlled manner and are often done by hand, which results in more expensive seed. The result is to produce more desired characteristics like: disease or drought resistance, uniformity and outstanding fruit or flower production. The downside to hybrid seed is that plants grown from them won’t produce seed that’s reliably similar to the parent plant.

Open pollinated (OP), sometimes referred to as heirloom (H) or standard (S) seed has more stable characteristics from one generation to the next. Because open pollinated plants were often chosen for one or two characteristics and adapted to different regions of the country, individual plants of these varieties may differ greatly in size, shape and other characteristics. If you plan on growing more than one variety of open pollinated plants, you may have to separate them by a certain distance, or utilize varying planting times. That way flowers are distant enough in location or bloom schedule to allow you to collect seeds that are true to type. Joshua Fuder is Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/extension/cherokee



Senator Speaks

Transaction Alley:

Powering Payments By Senator Brandon Beach


very time a credit card, debit card or gift card gets swiped, it triggers a set of transactions that — more likely than not — will get processed by a company on the Georgia 400 corridor. Estimates from 2014 say that nearly $5 trillion dollars’ worth of transactions were processed in what is called “Transaction Alley.” This important sector of financial service companies processes roughly 70% of payments for the entire country. It also accounts for a 60% share of the global payment processing marketplace. Georgia is home to more than 80 Financial Technology (FinTech) companies that specialize in payment processing, which accounts for more than $208 million in investments and 1,570 job positions in the payments sub-sector of the FinTech industry. In Transaction Alley, payment processors like Fiserv, First Data, FIS Global, Priority Payment Systems and WorldPay employ hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Payment processing generates nearly $34


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billion in annual economic contributions, which ranks 3rd in revenue generated by payment processing FinTech companies — behind New York and California. Collectively, Transaction Alley represents the largest non-trading FinTech platform in the country. Because of the large amounts of money and associated financial data, cyber security is a high priority. The growth of these payment processors has aligned with expansive growth in cyber security companies in the state. Georgia now has 115 information security companies, which accounts for more than 25% of the world’s IT security sector. Despite these impressive numbers, the need for a talented cyber security workforce will continue to increase each year. Georgia has carved out a vital role both in the payment processing and cyber security markets. All of this growth creates a need for office space, data servers and, most importantly, a talented, tech-savvy pipeline of individuals who can continue to improve

these services and secure the petabytes of data that flow through their networks. Through the Department of Economic Development, the Technical College System, the University System and industry leaders, Georgia’s training and development pipeline has been analyzed and restructured to adapt to this aggressive growth sector in our state’s economy. The ability to process and protect the majority of the world’s financial transactions is critical to the continuity of the flow of money around the world. Any disruption to the movement of money creates panic or insecurity in the market at the corporate and individual level. It is the payment processors of Transaction Alley that keep your money going when and where you want it to go.

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

Community Feature Community Donations Used to Purchase New Fire Engine Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services received a check for $110,000 from the volunteers with the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department.

Robinson, Field Operations Chief, Greg Erdely and firefighters from Station 23 were also in attendance.

The funding, with additional monies from the county, was used in the purchase of a new fire engine that will be used at Station 23 in the Hickory Flat Community. According to Chief Larry Berry, “The funds came from donations obtained from the people within our community.”

Chief Tim Prather said, “The Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department has been an important part of our county for 40 years now. Still, to this day, they are committed to helping their community by providing quality fire service protection.” Hickory Flat volunteers also serve parts of Canton and Woodstock.

Cherokee County Commissioner and former Fire Chief, Raymond Gunnin, accepted the check from Chief Larry Berry, with HFVFD Rookie of the Year, Alex Stice, HFVFD Firefighter of the Year, Jack Tuszynski and HFVFD Board member, Jim Hubbard. Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie

The Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department is recruiting for new membership. If you or someone you know is looking for an exciting and rewarding way to serve your local community, consider volunteering and being part of your local volunteer fire department.

Congratulations Differences”winner, winner,Joyce Melanie Melissa Tugman! Schenck! Congratulationstotoour ourDecember October “7“7Differences” McMichael!



Community Feature ET Booth MS Students Help Others, Reduce Food Waste An E.T. Booth Middle School 7th grader has started a new school-wide program to help others, and reduce food waste. After seeing students discard uneaten snacks, Petra Deweese began “Leave a Snack, Take a Snack” as part of the school’s #BeKind initiative. She set up containers in the cafeteria where students could donate unwanted, pre-packaged snacks from their lunch, such as fresh fruit, packaged carrots, cheese sticks and milk. Students who have forgotten their lunch or are still hungry may take snacks from the containers.

Petra Deweese, left, and classmate Emma Eagle store ‘Leave a Snack, Take a Snack’ donations in a refrigerator between lunches.


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Because of Petra’s creativity and determination, school officials said food waste is down, and students are benefitting from being able to give and receive the snacks.

Local Artisans Selected For Juried Craft Show Woodworker, Bill Moore, Canton, and glass artisan, Nancy Cann, Woodstock, have been selected to display their work at the American Craft Council Show, the Southeast’s largest juried indoor fine craft show, which is considered the nation’s premier marketplace for one-of-a-kind, quality crafts in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor. These artists were selected for their stunning and cutting edge, one-of-a-kind creations, attesting to the many years they have spent mastering their craft and their highest standard of craftsmanship in the fine craft world. The show will take place on March 13 at the Cobb Galleria.

Starting Off 2016 with Proper Back-Up After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we are now in “cleanup mode,” stashing the decorations, and returning to a sense of normalcy. Small business owners and managers are now wrapping up last year’s business reporting, while planning ways to streamline processes and ensure a successful outcome in 2016. Savvy business owners are aware of how helpful a CPA can be when preparing for tax reporting and payroll. They may also outsource projects, such as shredding old documents and organizing their offices in preparation for the new business year. Smart managers also hire experts to create goals, update marketing materials, and research expansion opportunities. Even though it represents an essential function in a successful business, an often-overlooked part of year-end/new-

year business planning is reviewing your business’s current technology, which includes secure data storage and back-up systems. According to studies by the U.S. Small Business Administration, nearly ¼ of businesses never re-open after a disaster. In the case of fire, flood, theft or other catastrophe, having an off-site back-up strategy can mean the difference between a successful recovery and a devastating loss. When choosing your back-up system, here are a few questions you should ask: • • • •

How often do I back up my files? Is data backed up from every device within the company? How can I access my files if my office is compromised? What is the most effective and costefficient back-up technology for my company?

By Arlene Dickerson

Having a dedicated, in-house backup is a good first step, but if the backups are lost or destroyed along with the server or computers being backed up, or you can’t access files from a remote location, this system will not help you in a disaster recovery situation. As we enter the new business year, resolve to give yourself and your business a secure, off-site back-up system. Before you choose a system, consider how often you need to back up your files, which devices to include in the back-up process and where off-site back-ups will be stored.

Arlene Dickerson is the co-owner/ director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491, TechnicalRS.com



All About Flexor Tendons By Jose Baez, MD

Flexor tendons are cord-like extensions that connect the flexor muscles to the bone and allow these muscles to bend or flex the finger. The flexor muscles start from the elbow and forearm regions, turn into the tendons just past the middle of the forearm and attach into the bones of the fingers. In the finger, the tendon passes through fibrous rings (pulleys), which guide the tendons and keep them near the bone. This enables the tendons to move the joint much more effectively.

Flexor Tendon Injuries Deep cuts on the palm side of the wrist, hand or fingers may injure the flexor tendons and the nearby nerves and blood vessels. The injury may appear minor, but is more complex on the inside. If a tendon is cut, it acts like a rubber band with its cut ends pulling away from each other. A tendon that has not been cut completely through may allow the finger to bend, but will cause pain or catching and might eventually tear all the way through. When a tendon is completely cut through, the finger joint can’t bend on its own.

Treating Flexor Tendon Injuries Since the cut ends of a tendon usually separate after an injury, it will likely not heal without surgery. A hand specialist will advise you on how soon surgery is needed after the tendon is cut. There are many ways to repair the cut tendon, and certain types of cuts need a specific type of repair. It’s important to preserve certain pulleys in the finger, and there is little space between the tendon and the pulley in which to perform a repair. After surgery, the injured area can either be protected from movement or started on a very specific, limited-movement program for several weeks, depending on the type of cut. A hand specialist may also prescribe hand therapy after surgery. After four to six weeks, you should be allowed to move your finger slowly and without resistance.

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


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CCSD Adaptive PE Teacher Wins State “Triumph of the Human Spirit” Award Cherokee County School District Adaptive Physical Education teacher, Amy Aenchbacher, has won a state award for her outstanding service to special needs students. She is one of 20 winners statewide of the 2015 BlazeSports Triumph of the Human Spirit Award, previously named the Georgia Disability Sports Award, which honors significant impacts made in Georgia through adaptive sport and recreation. These awards pay tribute to individuals, groups and organizations that demonstrate qualities beyond athletic achievement, such as leadership and a positive attitude, and to those who inspire, motivate and truly epitomize the “Triumph of the Human Spirit.” A lifelong advocate and educator of quality physical education programs for children with disabilities in Georgia, Ms. Aenchbacher has served as CoCoordinator of the Cherokee County Special Olympics for more than a decade.

Community Feature CCSD Students Continued to Exceed State, Nation on AP Exams Cherokee County School District high school students not only continue to exceed State and National averages on rigorous Advance Placement (AP) exams, but the school system has also garnered national recognition for its AP achievement for the third consecutive year. CCSD has earned the third-highest AP exam passage rate in Georgia in 2015, as well as being named to the College Board’s AP Honor Roll. Only six school districts in Georgia were named to the AP Honor Roll for 2015, and this was CCSD’s third consecutive year to earn the distinction. The School District, with a passage rate of 73% among the 4,125 tests administered in the spring of 2015, ranks third out of Georgia’s 180 school systems and exceeds the State average of 55% and the National average of 58%. The AP Program allows high school students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam to earn college credit in high school and, subsequently, to exempt those courses in college. Studies show that students who participate in AP courses are more likely to earn higher scores on the SAT and ACT and to complete their college education. Passage of AP exams places students at an academic and financial advantage, studies show, as they can both begin classes in their major sooner and avoid tuition costs for exempted courses. Scores of 3, 4, or 5 receive college credit at most colleges and universities.



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Woodstock Middle School’s team won the Cherokee County School District 2015 Middle School Academic Bowl. The team, led by Captain Michael Brown, includes Dayne Bergman, Abby Borland, Laney Brussard, Caitlan Callahan, Tess Cope, Abi Halls, Bryce Hunter, Daniel Jackson, Camilo Rincon and Matt Rudolph. The coaches are teachers, Charmaine Spink and Rosa Frederick.

Woodstock MS Wins CCSD Middle School Academic Bowl From left to right, front row: Abby Borland, Daniel Jackson, Michael Brown (Captain), Laney Broussard, Caitlyn Callahan; back row: Dayne Bergman, Abi Halls, Tess Cope, Bryce Hunter and Matthew Rudolph.

The competition between the seven middle schools was hosted by Teasley Middle School. For the first time in CCSD history, there was a three-way tie for first place, which was finally decided by a threequestion tie-breaker. Woodstock Middle School’s team will represent CCSD at the PAGE Regional Academic Bowl on January 9, 2016.




How a House Became an Angel Situated in the foothills of the mountains on an ordinary street, lies a not-so-ordinary home. The home was built in the late 1990’s and served as a foster home for both girls and boys in Cherokee County for over a decade. The children attended public school, as they do today, and they lived and worked in our community. As society changed, the needs of those seeking shelter changed, as well. With retirement imminent, the foster family, in collaboration with the local community, created a nonprofit to continue to care for those who needed a home. The home went through extensive renovations, such as installing a commercial kitchen, adding a fire hydrant and sprinkler system and ensuring that all other ordinances were met in order to become a licensed provider to care for our youth. February 2016 will mark ten years that the North Georgia Angel House has been caring for children in our community. Over 400 girls have passed through the home, with over 150 of them remaining involved as our extended family grows. We are blessed every day to see our girls grow into self-sufficient adults who can give back to the community that cared 20

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for them. We have raised veterans, college graduates, high school graduates and excellent mothers who opt to stay home and care for their children to compensate for what they wished for as a child. Two of our former youth are now House Parents and full-time college students while raising children of their own.

Foster Gift Shop The North Georgia Angel House is so fortunate to have a board of directors that shares the level of compassion found within the walls of our home. It is their compassion that has provided stability to girls who have often drifted from home to home and school to school without the opportunity to put down roots. In addition to providing a home, our girls receive counseling, tutoring, medical

care, family time, scheduled activities, involvement in community activities, spiritual worship and most recently — our job readiness program. The job readiness program includes a one-of-a-kind gift shop, Foster, which provides a secure environment to learn employment skills, such as resume writing, marketing, customer service, finance and community involvement. Our 100 Hospital Road location is open from 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday, with some of the most talented volunteers and artists in the community helping our girls learn marketable skills. All proceeds go back to the North Georgia Angel House Inc., as well as establishing a “rainy day fund” to subsidize an expense for another foster child with a demonstrated need. We truly appreciate the friendship, grace and leadership of those who serve alongside us each day. If you would like to earn your wings, please visit us at 100 Hospital Road in Canton, or at FosterGiftShop.com to give the gift that keeps on giving. To learn more about us, please visit AngelHouseGa.com.

Hard Times

for the Elderly

By Tim Morris LIFESTYLE I was watching the news the other night, and it showed a large group of people protesting the minimum wage for fast food workers. Now it wasn’t the fact that people were voicing their concerns regarding pay, but it did make me wonder who is speaking up for our elderly population on a very limited income. Our services deal with seniors needing home delivered meals, homemaker services and other senior needs. Most are on very limited income, with Social Security as their only means to pay bills. Most of us in this business realize the amount you receive is based on the amount you put in. Some of our seniors are in their 90s and receive checks based on their annual income from back in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The range of amounts are anywhere from $400 to $800 a month. The cost of living is so much higher today than 40 to 50 years ago. I know someone reading this story will ask themselves, “Why didn’t these people just put more money away for retirement?” The simple truth is they didn’t have it to put away, because they were living day by day. Let’s do some simple math on a senior making around $600 a month from Social Security. They receive an annual income of $7200 a year. Based on a 40 hour work week, with 52 weeks in a year, these seniors make $3.46 an hour. Now ask yourself, “Who is speaking up for this group?” That is going to be our job. The Volunteer Aging Council raises money every year for seniors in need. The needs range from assistance with paying bills and buying food, to completing home repairs. You can visit VACCherokeeGa.org to make a donation. I have been the director for 6 months, and this is an outstanding group that does so much for seniors. L

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



In 2009, the Cherokee County Historical Society released its first list of endangered historic sites, called “Cherokee County Sites Worth Saving.” The twelve chosen represented the rich historic sites in the county, from our Native American history to the 1950s. During the past six years, one of the sites has been demolished, three have been saved, and progress has been made on three more. Four, however, are still threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance or inappropriate development. The Historical Society needs assistance from the community to help identify more threatened historic resources to add to the list. Cherokee County’s threatened sites may include buildings, cemeteries, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. The “Sites Worth Saving” list is designed to encourage community dialogue about Cherokee County’s important historic resources. The Historical Society will offer assistance to the chosen site owners with proven preservation tools and partnerships to help stabilize or rehabilitate the properties. Designation on this list will not restrict or limit the properties in any way. The main goal of this program is to identify historic sites in the area that are endangered, and by recognizing these sites, we hope to create community involvement to assist the owner in stabilizing or preserving the site. Our goal is to integrate the historic sites that define Cherokee County with new construction and future development.

1. Stripling/Homiller House — Saved. The family has restored the exterior of this neoclassical home in Ball Ground and is currently working on the interior.

2. Hickory Flat Store

— Threatened. Built ca. 1950, the second floor was originally used as a Masonic Hall.

3. Gramling House — Lost. Despite attempts by the

Historical Society to relocate the property and find a new owner, the current owner demolished this Sutallee landmark.

4. Reeves House — In Progress. The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village has acquired this property in Woodstock and is fundraising for its rehabilitation. For more information go to ElmStreet.org.

To view the list of sites and complete a nomination form, please visit RockBarn.org/ historic-sites-worth-saving/, or call 770-345-3288. 22

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A New Year… A New You!

By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins & Leake The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over. Your stress level is finally coming down a few notches, but what has this done to your facial appearance? Many men and women are troubled by the sagging, tired appearance that their faces have taken on with age. 2016 is a perfect time to take care of YOU with a mini facelift.

Often referred to as a S-lift, short scar facelift, weekend facelift, lunch time lift or Band-Aid lift, the mini facelift offers significant, lasting results with small incisions and less downtime than a traditional facelift. The incision may be in the shape of an S, beginning near the hairline in front of the ear and ending just behind the earlobe. In other variations of the short scar facelift, the incision ends right at the earlobe rather than extending to the area behind the ear, as it does in a full facelift. Through the small incision, the underlying tissue is lifted to a more youthful position, and the skin is tightened. The result is a smoothing of smile lines and wrinkles in the lower face and a firmer, more youthful-looking jawline. For those with sagging jowls, excess fat and loose skin under the chin, a neck lift or liposuction may be necessary. The more limited nature of a mini facelift means reduced bruising and swelling,

which reduces discomfort and recovery time. Recovery from a mini facelift may take only several days. The mini facelift is designed to correct the earlier signs of aging, helping you to “turn back the clock,” but it cannot stop the aging process. Although mini facelift patients can expect to enjoy their new faces for quite some time, the results are not as long-lasting as those of a traditional facelift. This is because a traditional facelift adjusts deeper layers of tissue. Longevity will depend on many factors, including lifestyle, age and heredity. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty trained, board certified plastic surgeon. Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgery CenterOf TheSouth.net





Fitness’s mission is “…to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience, in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which they call the Judgement Free Zone®.”


new Planet Fitness opened in Woodstock in November 2015. The space is huge, high-tech and highenergy. Kris Howell, manager of the new facility, feels enthusiastic about the new club. “Planet Fitness offers a safe, energetic environment,” he says. “Our slogan is ‘No gymtimidation.’ Anyone can work out comfortably here. We’ve created an environment where you can relax, go at your own pace, and just do your own thing without ever having to worry about being judged.” A sponsor of the Biggest Loser TV show, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing fitness center franchises in the United States. Founded in 1992 and operating over 1,000 locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic, Planet


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Kris worked in Planet Fitness centers in Tampa and Cartersville before being tapped for the managerial position in Woodstock. “We have 3,000 members at our Cartersville location,” he says. “Young and old alike — anyone can come in and feel comfortable working out here. We appeal to a lot of first-time gym users.” He continues, “We believe that everyone should feel at ease in our gyms, no matter what his or her workout goals are, and everyone should have access to our new equipment and feel comfortable asking for help.” What else sets Planet Fitness apart from other gyms? Aside from offering a safe, respectful place to work out, they are always open and staffed, 24/7. They only close for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve (the clubs close at 7:00 pm New Year’s Eve and re-open at 6:00 am New Year’s Day). And although they will have a lot of members, there is

plenty of space to work out and lots of machines. “We have 100 cardio machines alone,” Kris says, “as well as two circuit training rooms: one with ten cardio step stations and ten strength training machines, and the other room has abdominal and stretching machines. In addition, we have a variety of weight resistance machines and free weights, HydroMassage beds and chairs and tanning machines. It’s a fun place to work out! Every member gets to take part in Pizza Mondays and Bagel Tuesdays.” Another advantage: membership fees are very reasonable. For $10 per month and a $29 annual membership fee, you get unlimited access to your home club, unlimited fitness training and a t-shirt. A PF Black Card membership, at $19.99 per month and with a $39 annual membership fee, entitles members to the above perks, plus reciprocal use of and unlimited guest privileges at all PF franchise locations — including use of tanning beds,

HydroMassage beds and unlimited use of massage chairs. Black Card perks also include 20% off at Reebok products and at outlet locations, 10% off at PFStore.com, and 10% off product/ services at Smart Style, Master Cuts and Regis Salons. Most of the equipment is manufactured by Life Fitness. Although members may get a full-body workout in 30 minutes, the typical workout takes from twenty minutes to an hour, depending on the individual member’s fitness goals. “Membership includes unlimited fitness training,” Kris says. “You can design your own program. We have classes to work on specific areas of the body, so you can choose what to work on, and vary your workout.” The website states: “We at Planet Fitness are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone — and we mean anyone — can be comfortable. We offer a diverse, Judgement Free Zone®, where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built. Our product is a tool, a means to an end, not a brand name or a mold-maker, but a tool that can be used by anyone. In the end, it’s all about you. As we evolve and educate ourselves, we will seek to perfect this safe, energetic environment, where everyone feels accepted and respected. We are not here to kiss your butt, only to kick it, if that’s what you need.” “That about sums it up,” Kris says with a smile. “It’s about helping people get healthy and improve their lives in a comfortable setting, where they get the encouragement and help they need. We’re fiercely protective of our Planet and the rights of our members to feel like they belong. With all of these great benefits under one roof, we like to say we’re not a gym…we’re Planet Fitness.”

Planet Fitness WOODSTOCK 299 Molly Lane Woodstock, GA 30189

678-903-8846 PlanetFitness.com/gyms/woodstock-ga Facebook.com/planetfitness



Going Long? LIFESTYLE Long hair is something that we’ve all wanted at some point in our lives. If you want to grow your hair long, winter is the season to go for it. But before you grow out those gorgeous locks, there are a few things to know that will help you gain the most benefit from your newly grownout look. Sure, anyone can grow their hair long, but why not do it with style? So whether you already have long hair or are going to experiment this season with a longer hairstyle, here are a few beauty tips to consider that will help you achieve a more graceful grow-out.

Your face shape tells a lot about whether a particular hairstyle is right for you. Round or oval face shapes are best for anyone wanting to grow their hair longer. Those of us with more prominent or elongated chins should consider holding back the length, because longer hair will only give the illusion of an extended face shape. However, if you still feel the need for longer hair (and have a lengthier face shape), then cutting a 26

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blunt fringe (a.k.a. bangs) will help to widen your face. Hair texture is another important feature to consider when growing out your hair. For fine hair, consider adding long layers for body and movement. Face framing with carefully placed layers can add more interest to one’s appearance. Also, keeping your hair just below your collarbone will help ensure your ends don’t appear too stringy. For medium textured hair, try something fun — like an undercut. Recently, undercuts have been all the rage for someone wanting to punk up their lengthening locks. If your hair is curly, then your hair will look best naturally long. Allow the weight of the longer hair to pull down those curls, giving you some natural looking wave and body. Having the right balance between hair length and body height is also important when deciding how long

to grow your hair. Long hair is best on anyone that is of average or taller than average body height. Long hairstyles on shorter women can give the illusion of making someone appear shorter, whereas super-short hairstyles on taller women can leave an unflattering impression. While we can’t change our face shape, hair texture or body height, we can definitely change our hair style. So if your goal is to go longer this winter (with your hair that is), why not allow your natural features to work in your favor? Remember that growing your hair long will not happen overnight, but by following these few beauty tips, your finished look will surely turn some heads. L

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


How to Be a Loser Like many of you out there, I’m in a constant struggle to control my weight. I’ve eaten my share of prepackaged meals, calculated points and journaled every bite of food. Keeping track of diet plans can be exhausting and frustrating, which is why we all have so much trouble, and many times wind up gaining back more than we lost. In Secrets of a Successful Loser: The Problems People Have with Weight Loss and How We’ve Solved Them, by Drs. Katherine Gettys and Susan D. Reynolds, the authors present a simple and straightforward approach to weight loss that will make the process much easier. The authors explain, in easy to understand language, some of the factors that lead to obesity in modern society and the negative consequences to our health caused by a high fat, high sugar and high calorie diet.They help you find what will motivate you to make the necessary lifestyle changes to shed the excess weight and the health problems that come with it. The book provides ideas and strategies to help you set and reach your goals with questions and worksheets, as well as healthy recipes to replace the bad foods.This is a workbook as well as a diet guide, so that you can chart your progress and also review and update your motivations. The information provided by Drs. Gettys and Reynolds will provide you the tools to evaluate your food options and make the healthiest choice, so that you can take control of your diet and your health. As they explain, it’s not all about willpower. It’s about having the information and tools to choose wisely. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to lose weight. The book is available at YawnsBooks.com and Amazon.com.

Farris Yawn is the owner of Yawns Publishing, 198 North Canton Street, Canton. 678-880-1922. YawnsBooks.com



A Plan to

Eat Healthy for the New Year

1 1 2016

By Brooke Sillay, RD, LD and Andrea Addington, RD, LD

You’ve struggled with eating healthy last year, and like clockwork — the holidays put an end to your healthy eating streak.

eating during the main course. If someone offers an unhealthy dish, just say, “No, thank you. I’m saving room for (insert a healthy item).”

But don’t be discouraged.

Be mindful about your starches, and think protein first.

Here’s a plan to help kick start your new healthy eating habits for the New Year.

Bring your own food.

This is a great way to avoid awkward moments when you look at the dishes on the buffet, and there’s nothing healthy to enjoy.

Stand far away from the finger foods.

Munchies like chips, dips and other easy-tograb snacks can be an easy way to overdo it. If you need to nibble, stick with veggies, fruit, salsa or a handful of nuts.

Fill up on the good stuff first.

Fill up on a broth-based (not cream-based) soup first. Eat a hearty helping of salad, and you’ll be better prepared for not over-

Choose lean protein sources, such as skinless turkey, chicken and fish. Aim for half of your plate to be non-starchy vegetables. If you’re eating starch, do so in moderation.

Chew it up.

Did you know multitasking during meals can make you mindlessly eat? Instead, focus on chewing your food well. Enjoy the smell, taste and texture of each item. This awareness will help you take in the food. Also, if you don’t love it, don’t eat it. While it may be easier to give in to temptations, if you do, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just get right back to eating well again and exercising. Pretty soon, healthy habits will be your only habits.

Brooke Sillay, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietician and Licensed Dietician at Northside Hospital. Andrea Addington, RD, LD, is the System Clinical Nutrition Manager at Northside Hospital. 404-236-8036. Northside.com/nutrition


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Was Dad Acting a Little Weird? By Cindy Nelson

Unfortunately for many of us that have families scattered throughout the state, or even farther, the past holidays will be the first time we’ve seen some of our loved ones in months. This makes noticing changes in health a lot harder. If aging loved ones live farther away, there are a few things to watch out for and a few steps to take that can make their home safer. To make sure loved ones are still able to take care of themselves, try and remember the appearance of them

and their home. Failure to keep up with daily routines and hygiene could indicate that they are struggling with dementia or physical impairments. A few signs to watch out for are neglected housework, lights that don’t work or even things like scorched pans that may indicate they have forgotten about food on the stove. Weight loss could also be a sign of more severe underlying conditions. Memory loss is something many aging loved ones will experience, but if it is more severe than misplacing glasses or a forgotten appointment, start watching for getting lost in familiar places or forgetting common words when speaking. Safety in your aging loved one’s home is also a major concern. Did you notice them having a hard time getting around, especially on stairs? Are they still

driving, and if so, can they remember directions and see well enough to do so safely? If not, it may be time to start exploring other options, such as senior transportation buses. Another safety concern is rugs or carpets that have loose edges or ripples. Removing things like bed skirts and rugs can help to avoid fall hazards. Making sure your distant loved ones are being taken care of and are safe is always worrisome, but if you work with someone who focuses on helping seniors, it may be easier.

Cindy Nelson is an Elder Care Law Attorney with Nelson Elder Care Law, LLC. 2230 Towne Lake Parkway, Building 900, Suite 200, Woodstock. NelsonElderCareLaw.com




Pear Salad:

Asian Dressing:



p 2 cups of red cabbage, shredded p 2 cups of romaine lettuce, torn p ½ cup carrots, chopped p 3 pears, sliced p 1 green onion, chopped p Sesame seeds, toasted

p ½ cup vegetable oil p 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar p 2 tablespoons soy sauce p 4 teaspoons sugar p ½ teaspoon sesame oil p ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Procedure: - Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl or platter.

Procedure: - Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk together - Pour over salad and serve immediately.

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


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How You Start Your Day, Shapes Your Day…

By Lisa-Marie Haygood In the spirit of the New Year and the idea that lots of folks make resolutions to change habits for the better this time of year, I have a proposal for you. As a PTA volunteer, I get to spend lots of hands-on time in the schools. Mornings are tough for everyone! I’ve assisted in car pool lines with children on the verge of a meltdown the minute I open the door. Sometimes it’s about separation issues, but often it has to do with that child’s earlier events that morning. Bad mornings are hard on parents, too, and can set the tone for a bad day. Here are some tips for getting the day started on a positive note: Get enough sleep the night before! Parents sometimes let bed times slip over the holidays. You need to start scaling back to normal bed time 3-4 days before school starts back. Children need a full 8-10 hours of sleep each night to function properly. You can’t expect them to stay up late watching movies and then hop right back into the routine overnight. Let kids get themselves up. I treated my girls to Barbie alarm clocks before

they started kindergarten. Let them select the music or sound they would most like to wake up to, and talk about the importance of the “big girl task” of getting up and ready all by themselves. We talked ahead of time about what time they needed to be downstairs for breakfast and laid their clothes out the night before. Of course, I would check-in and say “good morning,” make sure the lights were on, and progress was being made. In the event that they don’t get up by their selves, try to come up with a funny “plan B.” When I was little, my father would blast the Fiddler on the Roof album and dance around like a crazy man until we got out of bed. We were able to laugh about it, then and now. Feed them well. We’ve heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” yet it’s the one most kids skip. If you’re pressed for time, consider making granola or trail mix packages the night before, and keep yogurt and fresh fruit on hand. Pack up dinner leftovers for school lunches

the next day. Give the kids choices the night before to avoid morning arguments over lunch contents. If they get a say about what you are packing, they are more likely to eat it at lunch time. Slip a short note into packed lunches to lift your child’s spirits during the day. If something works for you and your family, use it and share the idea with others. Everyone wants to avoid morning meltdowns. They’re hard on parents and children, alike. Remember to treat your children the way you want to be treated, and it is sure to be a better day for everyone.

Lisa-Marie Haygood is the President of Georgia PTA. 404-659-0214. LMHaygood@GeorgiaPTA.org



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Children Need a New Start, Too! By Kelly Marulanda

We made it through the holidays! Some of us might have made it through by gaining new boots, a flat screen TV or maybe even a new car. But what did our children gain? Unfortunately, many children made it through the holidays with little to no exercise and additional weight gain. Ultimately, they may also be gaining adult-type problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. January is always the start of new beginnings and the ending of bad habits. Just as adults have always made resolutions in January to lose weight, we are now in a world where this is a true need for our children…every month of the year. According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in

adolescents in the past 30 years. For the state of Georgia, our average obesity rate for children is 35%. So what are we going to do about it?

By changing small habits in your home, you are most likely going to make BIG changes in your child’s life…present and future. You might actually be saving their life. Children learn by example. Let’s make sure they’re gaining healthy examples from the ones who love them the most!

Get them active and moving for at least 60 minutes every day! Detox them from electronic devices! Put down the iPad and unplug the TV. Move them outdoors for soccer, tag, jumping rope, hop-scotch or just a walk around the block. Provide nutritious and healthy meals. Parents often state that their child will only drink sodas or sweet tea and will only eat macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. But who buys these items? We do! Let’s re-introduce them to nutritious meals. Buy more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods. Eat out less, and cook at home more. And please don’t forget the water!

For more great ideas and healthy recipes, we highly recommend visiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s website, Strong4Life.com.

Kelly Marulanda is the practice manager at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, 2000 Professional Way, #200, Woodstock. 770-5170250. WoodstockPeds.com



By Cameron Johnson, MD

What is a refractive error?

The eye works similarly to a camera, with the clear cornea in the front of the eye focusing an image onto the retina (film) located in the back of the eye. When the image is focused perfectly on the retina, this results in clear vision. In nearsightedness, the cornea is too steep, causing light to be focused in front of the retina. In farsightedness, the cornea is not steep enough, causing the image to be focused behind the retina. Both of these problems cause the vision to be blurred.

How does refractive surgery work? The most common types of refractive surgery work by changing the shape of the cornea in order to increase or decrease its focusing power. This allows light to correctly focus on the retina, resulting in clear vision.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a procedure in which a blade or a very precise laser creates a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. A second type of laser then reshapes the cornea in order to focus light precisely on the retina. The flap is then put back into


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place, and healing begins immediately.

How long does the recovery take after LASIK?

Right after the procedure, many patients feel as if they are looking at things from under water. However, by the next day, the vision is typically clear. For approximately one week after surgery, patients will be on drops to prevent infection and inflammation.

How do I determine if I am a candidate for LASIK?

Your eye doctor will perform an extensive examination to determine if you are a good candidate. The exam will include determining your current glasses prescription, checking your cornea with a special scanner to make sure it is healthy enough for LASIK and performing a complete eye examination, including a dilated exam to determine the health of the retina and optic nerve. Some people, such as those with active autoimmune disease, or those pregnant or nursing within the past three months would not be a candidate.

What are the risks of LASIK?

LASIK is a very safe procedure, but like all

surgeries, there are risks. These include infection, development of irregularity of the cornea and problems with the flap. It’s important to determine if you are at high risk for these problems during the preoperative evaluation. Having a laser make the flap reduces the risk of flap problems.

What are alternative procedures to LASIK?

Patients who are not candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas may be candidates for PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy). In this procedure, the surface cells of the cornea are cleared off, and the reshaping of the cornea is performed directly on the surface of the eye. This procedure causes more discomfort post operatively than LASIK, and the vision takes longer to clear. However, once recovery is complete, the results are very equivalent to LASIK.

Dr. Cameron Johnson is a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 678381-2020. MilanEyeCenter.com

Quotables Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Carl Bard

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. John F. Kennedy The doctor of the future will no longer treat In all affairs, it’s a the human frame with drugs, but rather will healthy thing now When wealth is cure and prevent disease with nutrition. Rock bottom The healthy man and then to hang lost, nothing is lost; Thomas Edison became the solid does not torture a question mark when health is lost, foundation on others; generally, it on the things you something is lost; If a man achieves victory over this body, who which I built my is the tortured who have long taken for when character is lost, in the world can exercise power over him? life. turn into torturers. granted. all is lost. He who rules himself rules over the whole J.K. Rowling Carl Jung Bertrand Russell Billy Graham world. Vinoba Bhave There comes a day when you realize turning a page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on. Zayn Malik You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. Paul Walker

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning. Thomas Jefferson

The human body is the best picture of the human soul. Ludwig Wittgenstein

If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all. Joey Adams

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Ann Wigmore

The greatest wealth is health. Virgil




From the lens of her camera to the special watercolor paper, Elly’s passion and talent with watercolors is obvious in the way she captures powerful images with the graceful stroke of her brush. “I never know what will inspire me to paint,” Elly Hobgood, Cherokee County Watercolor Artist, explains. “It has to grab me. There has to be some sort of emotional connection.”

mean I keep it. Sometimes, I don’t like how my work turned out, and I have to restart it completely.” For two years, she painted beautiful pieces of art work and set them aside, allowing them to pile up, until her husband suggested she should sell her work. She now does art shows across the southeast and sells her work at Chamberhouse in downtown Canton. “My art pieces are like children to me. I don’t really sell them, but transfer custody of them.” It’s obvious in her beautiful textures, colors and shapes that Elly spends an abundance of time putting her whole heart into each painting. “People who’ve previously bought and enjoyed my art return to visit me at art shows. I’ve made a lot of friends that way.”

Although she was born in Pennsylvania, Elly spent her school years growing up in Georgia. “I started with cows and barns because I grew up on a farm. They came out of my paint brush first,” she says. Rural scenes aren’t the only thing Elly enjoys painting. She also paints pictures of local landmarks, like the Crescent Farm Historical Center, locally known as the Rock Barn, and the Cherokee County Courthouse. Her favorite things to paint, however, are flowers and other still life pictures. All of her work starts from photographs she takes with her camera, and sometimes she combines multiple photographs to make one original painting. “I started dabbling in watercolors as a stress reliever, taking a few workshops and classes every now and then.” That was fourteen years ago, and now Elly is hooked. She has always had a fondness for painting, but it wasn’t until after Elly retired from nursing that she started painting full time. She creates a new painting every seven to ten days, but it doesn’t always take 38

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that long. “Sometimes, I’ll start a painting in the morning and work all day, through lunch and dinner, and finish it,” she says. “But just because I finish a piece, doesn’t

Probably one of the most amazing things about Elly and her work is that she’s “90% self-taught.” She admits that she only “took a few workshops to learn how to make certain things better.” She now shares her personal tips and ideas in her local workshops and classes. “I teach about 5 workshops a year and have been teaching my foundation class and landscape class for about six years now,” Elly says. Her classes and workshops average about 10-15 people, all of whom admire Elly’s work and teaching style. To view Elly Hobgood’s wonderful pieces, and learn dates for her classes and workshops, go to EllyHobgood.com.



The Importance

Dirty Air Filter

As the temperature continues to drop outside, we rely upon on our home heating system for comfort. We just want to be able to walk over to the thermostat and “bump” it up so we’re warm and cozy in our home environments, without giving a thought to whether or not the system is operating properly. Having regular maintenance performed by a qualified HVAC professional is key for efficient operation of the moving parts and pieces of the mechanical system that need to be cleaned, inspected and adjusted. Dirt is a big enemy of your home’s furnace, affecting all three basic components of the furnace: the filter, blower and motor. A dirty filter impacts the quality of air in your home, resulting in aggravated allergies, asthma and other illnesses. It also restricts air flow, causing strain on the fan motor, which forces the motor to overwork, using more energy and potentially burning out, which causes your system to overheat or fail. On average, the filter should be changed twice a year, or more often if there is someone with allergies, asthma or other breathing difficulties residing in the home. Depending on the age and current operating condition of your home’s HVAC system, properly scheduled maintenance can potentially increase the life of the system, decrease energy costs and greatly decrease the chance of a breakdown. For those homes heating with a gas furnace, regular maintenance on your home’s heating system also increases the health and safety of those living in your home. In addition to checking items such as voltage, automatic controls, thermostat operation, limit switches, safeties, ignitors, flame sensors, gas valve operation, flue conditions, etc., 40

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of Maintenance

Clean Air Filter

the technician should also check the carbon monoxide level in your home, and visually inspect the heat exchanger component of your home’s gas furnace. Carbon monoxide (CO) becomes a concern in the home when the heat exchanger is rusted, allowing the combustion gases back into the ductwork or when the flue pipe is rusted, allowing the combustion gases to leak into the living environment. In addition to having your home’s heating system maintained by a professional HVAC technician, install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home, and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated, “carbon monoxide detectors are as important to home safety as smoke detectors are,” and recommends each home have at least one, and preferably one on each level of the building. If the proper measures are taken on a regular basis, your chances of carbon monoxide poisoning can be greatly reduced, and you can ensure your family’s comfort and safety inside your home.

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

Arranged to Eat, LLC is owned and operated by Natalie Durham, a resident of Cherokee County. She began her company in 2009, and it has grown from just a chocolate fountain rental company to a very successful event and wedding planning company. She now provides all-inclusive packages for any event. The streamlined approach of having the majority of your needs met by a single company significantly reduces your risk of having any issues arise before, during or after your event, thus allowing clients more time to immerse themselves in the joy of the occasion, and spend less time worrying about the details. Throughout Arranged to Eat’s growth, Natalie always held true to the fact that

creating an authentic relationship with each client was the key to her company’s success. With over a few hundred events under their belt, the experience that Arranged to Eat brings to the table is top notch. They provide a very easy and budget friendly way to achieve your dream wedding, birthday party or big corporate event. Their services include event consulting and planning, floral



A powerful and informative workshop detailing everything you need to know about planning a dream wedding on a budget. February 7, 2016 11:00 am-3:00 pm Frosty Frog Creamery & Café 6205 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton, GA 30115 Book online at ArrangedToEat.com to reserve your spot! For more information, call 770-842-9200.

design, specialty event décor, full-service catering and chocolate fountain rental. Arranged to Eat is a one-of-a-kind experience. Not only do they WOW their clients, but they truly care about your guests. The goal to make everyone feel like a VIP is just another way the company operates, and it’s what you can expect. In addition, due to the large number of brides who constantly seek out Natalie’s advice, she is now going to offer monthly wedding planning seminars, beginning in February. The classes will be held locally and will accommodate brides, their bridal parties and any other family members that will be involved in planning. To register, visit ArrangedToEat.com, or call 770-842-9200 for more information about the seminars or any of your other event planning needs.






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6 duck legs 3 bay leaves 3 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 tablespoon of olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 250°. Heat oil slightly in a roasting pan. Season duck legs with salt and pepper, then add to pan (skin side down). Crisp the skin over medium heat until golden brown, then flip and brown the other side, as well. A decent amount of fat should render out of the legs. Mix in your bay leaf and thyme, and put in the oven, skin side up, for two hours.


• ½ cup of heavy cream • ¼ cup of cheddar cheese


• Bring heavy cream to a simmer, and whisk in your cheddar cheese until sauce has a smooth and thickened consistency.

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Toss all ingredients together, and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 350°.


After your duck is finished roasting, take some of the delicious juices the duck is has rendered and transfer to a sauté pan. Over medium heat, whisk in a small amount of flour until slightly thickened. Finish the gravy off with 1/2 teaspoon of chopped, fresh thyme.

PLATING • Plate your new potatoes, and then top with your duck and your delicious sauces.


2 lbs. red or fingerling potatoes, halved or quartered 1 clove garlic, minced 1 sprig of fresh rosemary 1 sprig of fresh thyme Salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup of olive oil

This dish is best enjoyed with a nice, earthy red wine.

Resolution Reality 2016: Having Happier, Healthier Teeth …It’s Time!

By Dr. Steven Anderson, DMD

This year, make a resolution you can really smile about. Make 2016 the year of your teeth. Will it make you feel better? You bet! There’s no better resolution you could make than one that will do wonders for your overall health, and give your self-confidence a serious boost, as well. Maintaining good oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health. A good dentist will make sure your resolution to improve your oral health is an experience that’s both rewarding and comfortable. Having a healthy, well-maintained smile creates hundreds of opportunities that unfortunately aren’t always open equally to those with poor oral health. Missing teeth and halitosis (bad breath) adversely affect positive self-esteem and optimal

psychological development. These issues can lead to negative self-images, lack of self-confidence and self-defeating behaviors. Here are some simple steps to keep your resolution on track: 1. Decide that you want to improve your oral health, and make a personal commitment. 2. Spend at least two minutes, two times a day, gently brushing and flossing your teeth. 3. Reevaluate your diet, and reduce any “real” sugars (sweet tea, soft drinks and candies) to a minimum. 4. Choose a dentist that meets your expectations and will take the time to provide quality care. 5. Schedule your dental visit in January or no later than February.

6. Follow through with your personalized dental journey. Your dental care should be “all about you” and no one else. It should be personalized care that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Make time to talk with your dentist about your New Year’s resolution, and collectively come up with a plan to ensure your resolution’s success. Get ready to enjoy your new happy, healthy mouth in 2016. After all, you deserve the best. Happy New Year from the friendly staff at Anderson Dental! Dr. Steven Anderson, DMD is owner/ dentist with Anderson Dental of Woodstock and East Cobb. 650 Claremore Professional Way, Ste. 200, Woodstock. 770-384-8505. DrStevenAnderson.com



Preservation Woodstock:

Preserving History and Tradition By Kyle Bennett


re you interested in the history of Woodstock, Georgia? Then you need to consider becoming involved with Preservation Woodstock, Inc. “Who is Preservation Woodstock?” you might be asking. Preservation Woodstock is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of Woodstock for future generations by sponsoring activities that focus attention on historic events, locations and people who have contributed to the city and its citizens. Preservation Woodstock’s roots date back to the celebration of the City of Woodstock’s centennial in 1997. At that time, the organization was known as the Woodstock Centennial Commission, and it helped plan various activities that year to help celebrate the centennial of Woodstock, such as the publication of the history book, Georgia’s Woodstock: A Centennial Tribute. Given the group’s historic focus, the membership decided to change the name to Preservation Woodstock and continue their goal of spotlighting the history of Woodstock. Perhaps the most visible project Preservation Woodstock is involved with is the historic plaque project. Have you ever noticed plaques on the historic buildings in Downtown


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Woodstock that highlight the history of the building? Those plaques were placed there by Preservation Woodstock, and they do a great job of giving people a picture of what Woodstock used to be like. Preservation Woodstock also helps organize exhibits that focus on unique aspects of Woodstock history. Topics that past Preservation Woodstock

exhibits have focused on include the Woodstock Train Depot, Women in Woodstock History, the Cherokee Atomedic Hospital, Woodstock Elementary and many more. Preservation Woodstock also offers crucial support to the Woodstock Visitors Center at Historic Dean’s Store. This venue gives residents and visitors a first-hand look and “feel” of Woodstock in earlier decades. Also at

the Woodstock Visitors Center, you can purchase some historical themed ornaments, magnets and books that are fundraisers for Preservation Woodstock. The next time you are in Downtown Woodstock enjoying a meal at one of the great new restaurants, shopping at the wonderful stores or having fun at a festival, keep in mind that you are standing amongst the history that has helped shape all that we love about Woodstock! For those interested in the history of Woodstock, you need to consider becoming involved with Preservation Woodstock, Inc. For more information on Preservation Woodstock, please call 770-9240406, or check out their website at PreservationWoodstock.com. Preservation Woodstock holds their meetings at the Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean’s Store on the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November. The meetings are at 7:00 pm, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Kyle Bennett is director of tourism and operations for the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406. KBennett@WoodstockGa.gov

Valuable employees are the backbone of most small businesses. In the U.S., a small business is considered any business with greater than 1 and less than 251 employees. The work completed by these employees is what sets a successful small business apart from an unsuccessful small business. Employees are the largest asset and the biggest expense for most companies, which means it’s imperative to conduct background checks and hire quality, drug-free individuals. In addition to being the biggest expense of most companies, your employees are also the face of your company. Small businesses should require employees to come to work in a uniform, as well as maintain a wellgroomed appearance. The last thing that any business needs is a bad image caused by a poorly dressed, ill-mannered employee.

Employees Can

Make or Break Your Small Business By Nick Roper

Companies should hold training sessions with employees to go over everything from work ethic and attitude, to fine tuning how to complete a job. It’s important to stress that a job isn’t complete until every detail is covered, and the paperwork is properly completed and filed away. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. This is especially true for

businesses with few employees. If one employee out of twenty is not pulling their weight, then 5% of your staff is not producing a profit for the company. So, if your company has a net profit of $100,000 at the end of the year, and you subtract 5%, you’ve lost $5,000. I feel confident that no small business owner wants to throw 5% of their profit into the garbage can. Employee turnover is also an unfortunate obstacle that small businesses have to deal with. Maintaining quality standards and high expectations allows companies to hire employees who value working for the same company for many years, and weeds out those who bounce from job to job.

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



Ribbon Cuttings

Jared Davis State Farm Insurance 1775 Woodstock Rd., Suite 330 Roswell 770-559-9150 Insurance

Sam’s Club

9464 Main St. Woodstock 678-402-0541 Retail

Healthsprout 8256 Main Street Woodstock 770-517-2240 Chiropractor

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Pain Solutions Treatment Centers

MaThCliX MaTh Learning CenTer

City of Holly Springs J.B. Owens Park

1554 Riverstone Pkwy., Suite 160 Canton 404-317-7443 Health Care

1105 Parkside Ln., Suite 1322 Woodstock 770-852-0314 Math Tutoring, Education/Tutorial


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2205 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 101 Canton 770-590-1078 Physicians

2699 Hickory Rd. Holly Springs 770-345-5536 Government — City

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New Year’s Resolutions — Dental Addition

By Vishant Nath, DMD

The start of a new year brings with it a clean slate. It’s time to hit the reset button and begin afresh. Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions regarding our health and wellness. When you examine your wellbeing, don’t forget your oral health status. There are many ways to reinvigorate your oral health wellness; here are a few ideas! Beginning this month, resolve to understand your dental insurance benefits!


Understanding your dental insurance plan empowers you to use the benefits appropriately. Realize that you’re paying for these benefits through your monthly premium, so use your dollars wisely by taking some time to fully understand your plan. Being proactive about understanding your plan can make life simpler if you or your children need dental treatment later in the year.

If you or your children are not on a twice-yearly schedule for dental hygiene visits, start today! Call your dentist to make appointments for yourself and your children. If you would prefer to avoid scheduling your child’s appointment during school time, call now to schedule a summertime appointment. For many offices, these appointment times fill up fast, so calling now can help to ensure that you get your choice of appointment times.

Change your toothbrush! This might seem like a simple action, but it’s an important one. As a general rule, you should change your toothbrush or brush head every 3 months. The bristles begin to wear down over time and become less effective at adequately cleaning your teeth. Last but not least, pep up the daily oral hygiene routine in your house! Something as simple as changing your child’s toothpaste can add freshness to a mundane task. Perhaps you could try a different type of toothbrush, or add mouth rinse to your child’s routine. It’s so important to solidify your child’s daily oral care maintenance. Thoroughly brushing and flossing teeth on a daily basis can lead to great oral health all year long!

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




New Year By Pastor Chris Bryant

So much of life is responsibility and obligation, mere routine. Deep within us is a longing for more. We want to live so that our heart occasionally skips a beat for joy or excitement about what it is that we do or how things are going. That is really what New Year’s resolutions are about, our living the life we want to lead. Yet, in a flash we’ll be here 365 days from now, doing the same thing. Do you remember last January? What happened to our excitement and hope for 2015? Did we live more fully, or were these past 12 months just a blur of activity? More importantly, what about this time next year? How can 2016 be different? To live the life I want to lead is a wonderful feeling, a wonderful position to be in, regardless of what other kinds of things, bad or good, happen during the course of the year. When we feel we’re making real progress towards our heart’s desires, we feel especially hopeful and optimistic — two vital ingredients of any recipe for contentment. What about you? What’s the most important thing for you to do this year? Choices have to be made, and no one said it would be easy. Spikes of emotional fervor and flashes of inspiration are “mountain top highs.” They are expressions of desire. The difference between people who are on a temporary, emotional high and those who actually make lasting change, is that those who make a decision about what’s truly most important will take consistent action to achieve or maintain that which makes them happy. From the faith perspective, Christians believe that it takes a firm, heart-felt, soul-deep, faith-grounded and spiritually backed decision for change to occur. The good news is that with such a decision comes this promise: “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 ESV). Otherwise, it will just be “another” new year.

Chris Bryant is lead pastor at City On A Hill United Methodist Church. 678-445-3480. COAHUMC.org

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