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January 2017

Volume 4 | Issue 6


28-29 On the Cover:

APEC Electric



Counting Macros 101


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


............... Community Partner


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski Jack@FamilyLifePublications.com EDITORIAL Julie Senger Julie@FamilyLifePublications.com

“Once you get momentum, embrace it; feed it, and cherish it,” said Bastian. Often, it is the “why,” or the motivation, behind what we do that affects true success. We need to believe that what we want to do is what needs to be done, that it will positively benefit everyone. When effective change is just over the horizon, it’s up to us, as individuals, to pursue it. Our diligence will be rewarded with each goal we accomplish. Have confidence in yourself; continue to push and believe. As the new year settles in and we find ourselves scribbling out or backspacing over a few sixteens here and there, we realize that some corrections in our lives may be easier to make than others. Incrementally, we adjust our timetables, spreadsheets, budgets and lifestyle to make time and to make the necessary changes. We aren’t challenged to be brought down; our challenges are meant to make us realize how strong and wise we are, and that we have the ability to succeed. Let’s not be discouraged; let’s be empowered.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Sen. Brandon Beach, Cyndi Braun, Rick Cheney, Cherokee Office of Economic Development, Michael Consoli, Jyl Craven, Natalie del Valle, Brittany Duncan, Kristi Estes, Samina Fakrh, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Corey Harkins, Paige Harriss, Lisa-Marie Haygood, James E. Leake, Pamela Marquess, Kelly Marulanda, Robbie Matiak, Tim Morris, Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, David Palay, Michael Petrosky, Mitzi Saxon, Ayse Sukola, William Thrasher, Farris Yawn

© 2017 All rights reserved. Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


SALES Janet Ponichtera Janet@FamilyLifePublications.com


At the December North Fulton Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I had the opportunity to listen to a fireside chat between Senator Brandon Beach and Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta Airlines. Bastian spoke of how Delta stepped back and took a discerning look at what they were doing wrong as a company. Every airline flies airplanes, so they had to determine how they wanted to distinguish themselves. The conclusion was that they needed to focus on the cultural needs of customers and their employees rather than the basic, day-to-day operations of the business. The company decided to get more involved with its communities and its people. Once the ball got rolling, Delta worked together to keep it rolling, and everyone benefitted. The company wanted to be there “to serve, not apologize.” This new focus resulted in Delta Airlines becoming the only airline in history to rise out of bankruptcy on its own. It has

the least number of cancelled flights of any major airline and is sharing its good fortune through profit sharing and giving back to local charities and organizations.



rom our earliest recorded history — through the imagery of cave paintings, stone tablets and scrolls — we learn that the willpower of mankind — the ability to adapt, overcome and strive toward the next dawn of day — propels us forward. Our failures incite us to push harder, and our hopes fuel our drive toward success. When down, we reconsider and recalculate then position ourselves to look forward and move ahead. We rest only to rise, to gather strength.

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Calendar TAC members). Stick around for free cabaret at 8:00 pm! 6:00 pm, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock.


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Christmas Tree Chip n Dip — Throw away your Christmas tree the environmental way! Bring your Christmas trees to Olde Rope Mill Park to be fed into the chipper. Then, the following week, bring a shovel to Rope Mill Park any time during park hours, from 8:00 am to dusk, to “dip” into the free mulch! This Bring One for the Chipper event is sponsored by the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign and the City of Woodstock Stormwater Department, and they will offer free tree seedlings at the park on January 7th, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, as well as coffee and donuts! Please, no flocked or decorated trees; they poison the waterways! 7:00 am-10:00 pm, Olde Rope Mill Park, 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road, Woodstock. 770-5926000 x1952. WoodstockGa.gov


Friday Night Live — Friday Night Live has proved to be a wildly popular event, as each month, the crowds grow larger and larger. Spend the first Friday of every month in downtown Woodstock, and enjoy the many restaurants and stores that the area has to offer, as the downtown merchants stay open late. 6:00-9:00 pm, Main Street, downtown Woodstock. 770924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Coffee and Poetry Slam — This will be presented by Elm Street’s Teen Arts Community. You don’t have to be a poet to participate! Throw down some rhymes on paper, present, and get your snaps. And if you don’t want to stand on stage, come enjoy some coffee house drinks and treats. $10 gets you in ($5 for


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Business After Hours — Come meet new people at this wonderful, free networking opportunity, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canton! 4:30 pm, Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Doughboys and the Home Front: The Great War in Cherokee County — This exhibit will focus on the United States’ entry into World War I and the effect on Cherokee County and Georgia. It will highlight the efforts put forth by citizens both on the front and at home. It will draw attention to our soldiers who valiantly served as well as women and families at home. As part of the exhibit, the museum will offer an in-depth look at the United States School Garden Army, which was created in 1917 to encourage children to garden as a way to avoid a food crisis during wartime. Today’s students will have a chance to learn about Liberty Gardens (later Victory Gardens) as well as how to start their own garden at home. Free! Wednesday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am3:00 pm. The Historic Canton Courthouse, 100 North Street, Canton, Suite 140. 770345-3288. RockBarn.org


Parents Night Out — This event is for parents to be able to drop off their children in a fun, safe environment for a few hours to have some adult time! Admission includes pool games, crafts, dinner and a movie! 5:3010:00 pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200

Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-8804760. CRPA.net


Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s 46th Annual Meeting — This year’s keynote speaker is Michael J. Coles, co-founder of The Great American Cookie Company. He is a transformational leader, accomplished entrepreneur, education advocate and motivational speaker. Michael is living proof that there are no limits to what we, as individuals, can accomplish. There will be networking, and lunch will be provided. 11:00 am, Northside HospitalCherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Whose Line is It Woodstock? — That whacky iThink Troupe is at it again! This improv show is returning to the Elm Street stage to make you laugh until you are blue in the face! This unscripted show is never the same twice, as the fearless, castcreated, hilarious scenes are based on audience suggestions. This is rated PG. 7:30 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org


Cherokee Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee & Connections — Now that you’ve joined the Chamber, it’s time to get oriented! Coffee & Connections provides the Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs and its benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:00 am, Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Once Upon a Dive-In Movie — Come to the indoor pool for a night filled with floating and movie fun. Floats will be available for use, or you can bring your own noodle or clear inner tube.

6:00 pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


Last Laugh: A Standup Comedy Competition — Comedians compete for the audience’s favor in this comedy competition, featuring some of the best talent in our area. 7:30 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org



Cherokee Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — This meeting offers both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. 7:00 am, Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com continued on




Library Events

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SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org Hickory Flat 2740 E. Cherokee Dr., Canton, 770-345-7565 Rose creek 4476 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock, 770-591-1491 Woodstock 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859

Harry Potter Night January 10, 6:00-7:00pm, Woodstock Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and future Harry Potter films and projects will be discussed. Play games like Potters to Potters and snack on pretzel wands and butterbeer. This is for 6th-12th graders.

Elm Street Presents: Theater Workshop January 20, 4:30 pm, Woodstock Join an introductory workshop for children. Any child interested in theatre or acting is welcome to attend. This is for k-6th grade.

Minecraft Crafting Party January 11, 4:00-6:00 pm, Hickory Flat Come make crafts and play games based on Minecraft. This program is open to all ages. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Movie Matinee January 20, 3:30 pm, Rose Creek Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day with a loveable, happy, penguin film. Bring a blanket and a friend to enjoy free popcorn with this upbeat movie. All ages welcome.

Toddler STEM January 12, 2:00 pm, Woodstock Toddlers are welcome to come and play with shapes in a light-up sensory box.

Beginning Coding with Sphero Robots January 23, 4:00 pm, Hickory Flat Learn the basic principles of coding in a fun way with round robots! This program is designed to introduce children to the basics of coding in a hands-on and creative fashion. Registration is required and begins January 9th.

Winter Wonders January 12, 3:30 pm, Rose Creek Create one-of-a-kind art pieces for an art gallery that will be displayed for library patrons to admire throughout the chilly season. Tools, supplies and theme provided, while you provide the creativity! All ages welcome. American Girl Club January 13, 4:30 pm, Woodstock Children are welcome to join the American Girl Club and bring their doll along. Play a Victorian era game, and make a craft. This is for ages 7-12. Inklings — Writer’s Critique Group January 14, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Woodstock Individuals interested in starting a new group to support their writings are invited to attend. Homeschool Parenting January 19, 6:00 pm, Rose Creek Join the new homeschool parents group — Rose Creek Homeschool, Educators and Library Partnership (H.E.L.P.). Learn what the library has to offer through programming as well as lessons on how to best use the library’s resources. Pinterest Night January 19, 6:30 pm, Woodstock Come learn to make marble pendant necklaces. These one-of-a-kind necklaces are fun, fashionable and simple to make! All supplies provided.


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Baking Pie Fast: Pie Bar’s Experience on the Cooking Channel January 23, 6:30 pm, Hickory Flat Join us for a screening of Pie Bar’s 2016 episode of Sugar Showdown: Tailgate Pies, followed by a brief Q&A session with Pie Bar owners Lauren and Cody Bolden. Free pie samples will be available. Advance Care Planning January 25, 10:00 am & January 28, 11:00am, Woodstock Who would make your health care decisions if you couldn’t make them for yourself? Attend, and learn how to talk with your family about your choices for final health care. Also, learn how to legally document your choices, and appoint someone as your health care agent. Call 770-956-STAR to reserve your spot! Presented by WellStar. Chinese New Year Crafts & Games January 31, 4:30 pm, Rose Creek Learn more about Chinese culture by playing a traditional Chinese game, and learn calligraphy from the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University. This is for ages 12 & under. Registration begins January 17.


Friday Night Live — Friday Night Live has proved to be a wildly popular event, as each month, the crowds grow larger and larger. Spend the first Friday of every month in downtown Woodstock, and enjoy the many restaurants and stores that the area has to offer, as the downtown merchants stay open late. 6:00-9:00 pm, Main Street, downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Towne Lake Art Center’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre — Come for a fun murder mystery and dinner! Stick around for Free Cabaret at 8:00 pm. 6:00 pm. City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org


Local Artists Art Show — A collection of oil paintings by local artists who studied under Kristina Laurendi Havens will be on display in the gallery. Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-5:00 pm & Saturday 12:00-5:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244, CherokeeArts.org


Gospel Fest — A collection of musicians and singers from local church choirs join together to sing gospel in a celebration of Black History Month. The concert will be led by Rev. Fred Forsh and local figure Pat Tanner. Come join the celebration! Free and open to the public. 6:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244, CherokeeArts.org

Regulate the Moisture Level in Your Home This Winter The Honeywell Electrode Humidifier creates a comfortable climate for your friends and family by monitoring the moisture in your home. It uses a HumidPRO digital thermostat to make automatic adjustments to the humidity in the air based on weather changes and the conditions inside your home.

By Robbie Matiak Would you like to protect your family from the unpleasant effects of cold air this winter season? When the outside temperature drops, we have all fallen victim to dry skin, an itchy throat and chapped lips. Honeywell just released a new humidification system that can alleviate these annoying symptoms of cold weather, while also creating a cleaner, more safe indoor environment for your family.

The Honeywell Electrode Humidifier is different from most humidifiers because it delivers steam humidification directly into your ductwork. Other humidifiers use saturated pads to deliver the moisture to your home. These pads can be problematic because they cultivate the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. An increase of bacteria in your system can reduce the quality of air in your home and create unsafe conditions for your family. The Honeywell Electrode Humidifier eliminates the opportunity for bacteria by infusing the moisture directly into your home’s central heating and cooling system. The Honeywell Electrode Humidifier is also connected directly to your water supply. This

allows it to automatically refill itself, so you do not have to worry about refilling the tank. The water tank also requires minimal maintenance. Simply wash it out with soap and water once a year, and the rest of the year it cleans itself automatically. As we continue to lead fuller and more enriched lives, sacrificing our family’s comfort doesn’t have to be an option. Honeywell’s Electrode Humidifier allows you to manage your home’s comfort while you go about your active, busy life this winter season. Sources: ForwardThinking. Honeywell.com/related_ links/humidification/ steam-systems/03-00111_ PR_1014_Steam_Hum_ Homeowner_Bro_d3-2.pdf ForwardThinking. Honeywell.com/related_ links/humidification/ ehumidifier/Homeowner_ Brochure.pdf

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




Travel Agent magazine, a top travel industry publication, has named Michael Consoli of

Cruise Planners in Roswell as a Top

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are hosting the 15th Annual totes 2 tots Drive to collect backpacks and suitcases for

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and suitcases will be accepted at locations across the state:

honored as an “All Star,” which highlights the best of the best in the travel industry.

Friday, January 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, at all 26 GCS locations in Georgia.

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More than 13,000 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care

franchise owner at Cruise Planners, he has repeatedly earned recognition as a top producing agent for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Oceania Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises and

system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Totes 2 tots aims to change that by giving every foster child in Georgia a new or gently used backpack, duffel bag or suitcase. Since totes 2 tots launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected and distributed more than 48,000 bags.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises. In the past

GCS and Northside Hospital partner with the Georgia Division of Family and Children

year, he was also the first-ever travel agent

Services (DFCS) to distribute the bags in the counties in which they’re collected.

to be honored by Viking Cruises as its Global Top Producing Agent.

For more information about totes 2 tots, and for a list of drop-off locations, visit FB.com/ totes2tots. To make a secure, online donation, visit Give.Northside.com/totes2tots.

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Celebrity Cruises Offers New, One-of-a-Kind

Experience in the Galapagos By Michael Consoli

LIFESTYLE Magnificent views, pristine environments, prehistoric iguanas and blue-footed boobies are just a few things you’ll find when sailing the Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Cruises. Where the fittest survive, modern luxury thrives.

Discerning travelers now have even more options with the addition of two distinct new ships, Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Xperience, which begin sailing in March 2017, following a multi-million-dollar refresh, per vessel, for luxurious enhancements. Both ships offer an all-inclusive range of indulgences and land excursions while sailing new itineraries. Guests can continue to sail onboard Celebrity’s state-of-the-art, 100-passenger Celebrity Xpedition. Together, the three stunning ships will offer six unique itineraries, fifteen islands, more than thirty ports of call and multiple packages from which to choose. Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Xperience are both uniquely intimate. Ideal for travelers seeking a tight-knit

community of like-minded vacationers, Celebrity Xploration is a beautiful catamaran, featuring eight luxurious staterooms, each with a window or veranda. The larger Celebrity Xperience offers a similar experience to guests staying in its 24 staterooms. Regardless of the ship, each stateroom features deluxe accommodations with upgraded, premium mattresses and pillows and luxurious bedding. In addition, each room will have LCD TVs, and highspeed internet service will be available throughout the ship. All vacations feature award-winning shore excursions and specially crafted meals, with fresh regional seafood and fish by Celebrity’s Michelin-starred chef. Guests can also enjoy regional coffee, chocolate and other delights, premium spirits and a curated wine list. Newly upgraded public areas include a vast, refreshed bar in the outdoor grill area, modernized dining room, climatecontrolled wine storage for each varietal, revitalized sun deck and renovated main lounge and boutique area. In addition to the new ships, travelers

can continue to sail on the awardwinning Celebrity Xpedition with seven-, ten-, eleven- or fifteen-night, all-inclusive vacations. Launched in 2014 to mark the 10th anniversary of sailing in this region of wonder, immersive and inspiring land excursions exclusive to Celebrity are available to guests sailing on the ship. These experiences range from dining on authentic cuisine prepared by local residents to contributing to the protected islands through the Scalesia Reforestation Project — a unique partnership with the Galapagos National Park. All sailings can be combined with pre- and post-cruise land experiences, and each will offer something different, so modern travelers can make their vacations exactly what they want them to be. L

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



Woodstock Minute

It’s 2017! Resolve to Explore Woodstock’s Wonderful Parks! By Brittany Duncan


f your New Year’s resolution is to get off the couch, lose weight or explore, Woodstock has a lot to offer to assist you with your goals.

Fun for the Entire Family Get your cardio in while your children play at Dupree Park! Dupree Park is located on Neese Road, just south of Arnold Mill Road, in Woodstock. The park features a large playground, restrooms, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, ¼ mile walking trail, a fishing pond and two park pavilions. A Quiet Afternoon Stroll On days you prefer a quiet activity, you can explore at Dobbs Road Park. Dobbs Road Park is located off Main Street, just east of Chattahoochee Technical College. The park features a ¼ mile walking trail, park benches and a community garden. On Hot Days Since Springfield Park is heavily shaded,


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you can take your lunch there to enjoy the outdoors on the hotter days. Springfield Park is located just north of Highway 92, on Springfield Drive, in Woodstock. It features picnic tables, benches and a small playground. Hit the Trails Olde Rope Mill Park is an ideal place to go exploring. It is located at the end of Rope Mill Road, off Ridgewalk Parkway, in Woodstock. The park features multiple mountain bike and multi-use trails, park benches, picnic tables, park pavilion with grill and a scenic overlook/fishing platform. The park is home to the Taylor Randhal Memorial Mountain Bike Trail, which has fourteen 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 1800s rope mill. Exercise Your Fur Kids Located at 150 Dupree Road in Woodstock, Woofstock Park is a place you can take your dog for some exercise and to allow them to socialize with other fourlegged friends. The park features separate off-leash areas for small dogs and large dogs, shade structures, fountains, benches, and it also serves as a trail-head connection to Noonday Creek and Town to Creek trails. With these places in our own city, succeeding in your 2017 resolutions should be easy. Just go out and enjoy Woodstock’s wonderful parks!

Brittany Duncan is the information officer for the City of Woodstock. 770-592-6000. WoodstockGa.gov

Quotables “Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about you. Their opinions aren’t your problem. You stay kind, committed to love and free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say, don’t you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep on shining like you do.” -Scott Stabile

“One of the most expensive things you can do is pay attention to the wrong people.” -Henry Cloud

“If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business, not kindness.” -Unknown

“Thinking is difficult. That’s why most people judge.” -Carl Jung

“True love is often sold to us as a ‘ready-made’ package, when it actually requires building.” -Vex King

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” -L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

“If an egg is broken by outside force, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.”

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise, we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” -Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

“You only lose what you cling to.” -Buddah

“Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way a car is driven.” -Edward De Bono




Headed in the Right Direction: Basic Tips for Your Haircare Routine By Jyl Craven

None of us are instinctively born knowing the best way to care for our hair. Even haircare experts have to study intensively and constantly stay updated on the latest trends. Luckily, you don’t need any advanced training in order to start a healthy hair routine at home. LIFESTYLE


Haircare Basics for Managing Your Mane:

Get regular haircuts.

Split ends can appear in as little as four weeks after a haircut; left unchecked, they can damage your hair right up to the follicle. One indicator that you may have split ends is by the increased amount of tangles you notice as you comb through your hair. There are more variations of split ends than many people think. So be sure to get a haircut at least every 6-8 weeks, so you don’t find yourself in a tousled predicament.

Use the right products for your hair type.

Your hair isn’t like your mom’s, your best friend’s or Jennifer Aniston’s; therefore, their favorite haircare products may not work for you. Dry and curly hair is best served by a whole different set of products than naturally oily and straight hair. For example, when choosing a conditioner for limp and fine hair, you should select a volumizing conditioner. If your hair is dry and frizzy, then a moisturizing conditioner is your best choice. Ask 14

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your stylist about products that benefit your particular locks.

Use an at-home conditioning treatment.

Salons love to be your one-stop shop to style, but if your stylist could tell you to do one thing at home, it would be to use a conditioning treatment. This is especially true if your hair feels dry — a common occurrence in winter months. Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense is a treatment that delivers complete nutrition to the hair by penetrating the hair fiber, while delivering a long-lasting defense against dryness.

Don’t forget the heat protectant.

Begin by towel-drying your hair until the maximum amount of moisture is removed. When heat is applied directly to your hair, either with a blow dryer or a styling iron, precious moisture is removed, causing your strands to become more susceptible to damage. A heat protectant provides a barrier that can prevent breakage, smooth out

split ends and keep your hair soft and shiny.

Maintain a balanced diet.

Have you ever noticed how unhealthy eating habits can affect you both mentally and physically? Have you ever considered the causeand-effect relationship between your diet and your hair? Eating a balanced diet, with varied proteinrich foods, is not only recommended by your expert physician but is encouraged by your expert stylist, too. After all, our hair needs the same good nutrition as the rest of our body. Following these five tips will have your hair looking healthy, shiny and vibrant. Before you know it, they’ll be a part of your usual routine and have you headed in the right direction. L

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

Community Feature Clark Creek Elementary Wins Elementary School Recycling Competition! The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Going Green & Education Committees co-sponsored a two-day Plastic Bag Recycling Competition, in partnership with Waste Management, between seven of Cherokee County’s elementary schools. The schools collected a total of 88,144 plastic bags. Clark Creek ES collected an amazing 28,813 plastic bags during the two-day event.

Local Church Receives Funds to Stock Food Pantry The Jay Weaver Food Pantry, a ministry of Heritage Presbyterian Church, was awarded $6,272.50 as part of the Georgia Theatre Company’s 13th annual Cinema for a Cause. The money will be used to stock school food pantries in local schools in Cherokee County.

Through a grant from Waste Management, the Chamber was able to fund this elementary school recycling initiative. The grant monies were used to purchase a bench made from recycled plastics for the winning school. The bench, which will be proudly displayed at Clark Creek Elementary, includes a plaque, which recognizes the school as the winner of the 2016 ES Recycling Competition. Through further partnership, the plastic bags collected were donated to MUST Ministries, who will use them to support their ongoing projects.

Melanie Tugman! Congratulations to our October “7 Differences” winner, Joyce McMichael!



The Downfalls of Technology:

Community Feature

How Being “Connected” Keeps Us From Truly Connecting By Paige Harriss LIFESTYLE Technology is a double-edged sword. Instant connection with thousands of people from across the country and world, rapid absorption of information and news, convenience of carrying on relationships and networking — all are transformative benefits of the Information Age. Yet, with all of this at one’s fingertips, is it possible to be more isolated now than ever before? Truthfully, the very features of technology — multitasking, presentation, quantity over quality — conflict with the ability to empathize and form real connections with others.

Electronics have generated the need to multitask. Individuals message, search the internet, update social media and find directions all at one time. Although these conveniences are certainly valuable, they also create drastically shorter attention spans. Human relationships require attentiveness, patience and time. Is a need to be in too many places at once forcing these traits to the wayside? Unfortunately, many relationships are now based on “phrases, abbreviations, snippets, emoticons, which may or may not be accurate representations of the truth” (Forbes.com/sites/susantardanico/2012/04/30/is-socialmedia-sabotaging-real-communication/#543f3a44fd89). In the end, one cannot form a human connection while also texting, googling and face-timing. A real relationship deserves some measure of devotion. Another downfall of electronic relationships is the images one can easily project. On social media, individuals can choose what to post; over text, they can contemplate what to say; even over a phone call, they don’t have to worry about body language or facial expressions. In essence, the individual has direct control over their image, with dire effects. False depictions create false expectations, resulting in individuals not truly knowing each other at all. Real connections are based on total acceptance and honesty; if technology means sacrificing this, is it really worth it? Unfortunately, greater access comes at a greater price. It seems that one great fault of electronic communication is that it spreads itself too thin, promoting quantity over quality. By multitasking and sending messages to some thousands of “friends” on social media, individuals are forfeiting genuine relationships for countless superficial ones. In general, perhaps face-to-face relationships are becoming increasingly rare, or perhaps they are just more valuable. L 16

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Main Street Gives Supporting Shop with a Hero Due to the generous support from Woodstock businesses and residents, over 100 children were able to participate in this year’s Shop with a Hero program. Thanks to the following businesses that donated to Main Street Gives to ensure Woodstock children in need would have a happy Christmas: Pineapple Park, The Premier Group/Keller Williams Realty Partners, Holly Springs Jewelers, Dismero, Woodstock Pharmacy, Southern Local, Rough River Outfitters, Woodstock Optimist Club, Rezide Properties, Primetime Signs, SLB Consulting, Expert Realty Partners, Crossfit Etowah, Venue 92 and J Miller Smokehouse. Main Street Gives is part of the Downtown Woodstock board.

Chattahoochee Tech Brings Cyber Security Degree Program to Woodstock Campus Beginning in the spring, Chattahoochee Technical College’s (CTC) cyber security program will expand to its campus in downtown Woodstock. National employment projections show a growth of eighteen percent across all industries from 2014 to 2024, with a 36% increase in computer system design and related service industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It will take 68 hours (about two years) to complete the cyber security degree program, while the diploma program takes 62 hours. The program intends to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles and techniques required in computer information processing. It focuses on the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development and computer networking. After receiving their degree, graduates will be qualified for employment as information security specialists, responsible for analyzing where security breaches may occur and strengthening or repairing systems that may be vulnerable to such breaches. According to CTC, graduates of the program may expect compensation ranging from $64,000 to $85,000.

T ips

for a Successful Second Semester By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Sometimes people view the new year as a chance to make resolutions and set goals. For many students, January represents a chance to reset from a difficult first semester. If your son or daughter had trouble with school in the fall, your holidays may have been filled with stress and tension. Now it is time to clean the slate, and focus on the new term. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure success for the remainder of the year:

Evaluate course schedules. If your child struggled to pass, consider working with their guidance counselor to adjust their course load. Limit extracurricular activities or part-time work for students who struggle finding enough time to study. Read each syllabus, and pay attention to any big assignment dates. Sometimes, when students have big projects, it helps to check in from time-to-time to ensure they are making adequate progress. Find a tutor. Work early to identify instructors, not waiting until crunch time for tests. Also, CCSD has a free resource called Solaro on the GeorgiaPTA.org website that parents can access to help with practice tests, flashcards and review of subject material. Monitor the CCSD parent portal to view grades before there is a problem in class. If you feel like you’re too busy

to monitor the site, you can log on and set it to send you notifications. Commit to communication with any teachers that work with your child in a difficult class. Teachers are willing to provide extra attention and help if they know it is needed. It is more difficult to pull your grade up later in the term because there are fewer assignments. Replenish school supplies before they go back to school, as pens, pencils and paper go fast. Everyone needs a chance to reset or redo at some point in their life, and January is a great time for families to commit to excellence in education. We can all play a part in ensuring the outcome is a positive one.

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



Community Feature CCSD Celebrates Teachers of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) celebrated outstanding educators with an elegant dinner, tributes and gifts at the 2017 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration, thanks to the support of community partners. Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower congratulated CCSD 2017 Teacher of the Year Brian Carnes of Sequoyah High School as well as all school-level winners during the event. “Our School District’s Teacher of the Year exemplifies what you can accomplish when you take a risk to follow your heart’s calling,” Dr. Hightower said of Mr. Carnes, who left behind a successful career in the poultry industry to pursue his dream of teaching high school chemistry. “We’re so glad he listened, as are the hundreds of students who learned from him in special education, science and

The Cherokee County School Board, front row, and Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, front row center, pose for a commemorative photo with Cherokee County School District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year Brian Carnes, left of the Superintendent, and school-level winners at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet.

Advanced Placement Chemistry classes over the last twelve years.” In his speech, Mr. Carnes spoke about how his faith in his teaching abilities, which started “as small as a mustard seed,” coupled with his family’s support, enabled him to “move mountains” and not only fulfill his dream, but also earn accolades. He congratulated all of the school-level Teachers of the Year for their

Mountain Road ES Media Specialist Earns National Digital Citizenship Certification

accomplishments, noting how hearing about their successes during the evening’s program made his award even more meaningful and humbling. Dr. Hightower presented gifts to all of the schools’ Teacher of the Year winners, including a $150 Visa gift card, a portrait by Lifetouch Portrait Studio and an engraved plaque and a tote bag filled with supplies and gifts.

Etowah HS Wins $6,000 NASA Grant for Robotics Team

The certification is from Common Sense Education, and recognizes that Ms. Shelley Sheldon is knowledgeable in teaching students how to be safe, responsible and respectable digital citizens. “We appreciate your commitment to teaching digital citizenship to students,” said Steve Garton, senior manager of education for Common Sense Education. “It’s only common sense for us to work together, and we applaud your efforts.”

Principal Keith Ball said the competitive grant will support the school’s robotics team. The NASA Robotics Alliance Project awarded the FIRST Robotics Competition Program Growth Grant to the school to use for the team’s 2017 competition season. An international high school robotics competition, FIRST Robotics Competition offers high school students the opportunity to work with mentors to build game-playing robots that compete to complete specific tasks.


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Garden Tool Maintenance By Joshua Fuder

One important task to remember during these days of short daylight is the cleaning and maintenance of tools. A little preventative maintenance this winter will help protect your investments and make gardening that much easier when you start spring planting. Hoses Hoses don’t require a great deal of care, but they will last longer with a little bit of attention. Store hoses on hose supports or coil loosely rather than hanging them on nails. Hose supports or reels prevent sagging and kinking. Digging Tools For tools like shovels, spades, forks and hoes, start by removing any soil or vegetation using wire brushes, steel wool, scrapers or a strong stream

of water. A light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper on wooden handles may be needed. After sanding, wipe the wood down with a coating of boiled linseed oil. The linseed oil will help keep the wood from cracking and drying. A quick file of the blades on shovels and hoes will make slicing into the soil easier next year. Take a quality mill file, and move it away from your body along the original bevel. Do not drag the file back; instead, lift it at the end of each stroke, and reset it at the starting position. Once you have restored the edge, flip the tool, and file the other side enough to remove any burrs or roughness. Lightly oil or repaint the metal surfaces before storage. Pruners Pruning tools require special attention since moving parts are involved. To

properly sharpen, you may need to disassemble them. Pruners are made from relatively soft steel, so a smooth file or whetstone should be used to prevent damaging the metal. Run the filing strokes the full length of the blade in a parallel nature to the blade. Apply oil to the bolt and bolt holes prior to reassembling. Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/ extension/cherokee



By Dr. Steven Anderson, D.M.D.

This year, make a resolution you can really smile about. Make 2017 the year of your teeth! Will it make you feel better? You bet! Losing an adult tooth often has significant, longterm, damaging effects that many people do not realize until it is too late. If you have lost a tooth, for whatever reason, decide today to speak to your dentist about dental implants and how they can improve your quality of life. 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. In many circumstances, dental implants are the optimal method to restore lost

function and prevent future, serious jaw bone disease. With an implant, the tooth is completely restored, which allows you to chew, brush and floss as you normally would with your natural teeth. Dental implants also look very natural. Often, no one knows you have implants, unless you tell them. Does implant surgery hurt? The short answer is, “It’s not that bad of a surgery.” The dentist will certainly make your jaw numb, just like you were having a filling or other treatment. You should not feel any pain during the surgery. Any post-surgery pain or discomfort can be managed effectively by your dentist. There are certainly other common life events

(non-dental related) that are clearly more painful. Bottom line, dental implant surgery pain is very manageable. Fear of pain should not be a limiting factor. Does implant surgery cost a lot? Cost is almost always a relative thing. What is the “cost” of non-treatment? There are significant financial costs associated with non-treatment that patients sometimes overlook. However, all “costs” must be carefully considered. What “costs” will be saved by preventing gum and bone disease because you chose to replace your missing tooth with an implant? An implant will help you maintain a healthy, functioning mouth during your lifetime; that is priceless. Decide to make your teeth a priority. Will it make you feel better? You bet! It will do wonders for your overall health and give your self-confidence a serious boost, as well. You owe it to yourself to have a healthy mouth your whole life. Your dental care should be all about you. It should be personalized care that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Make time to talk with your dentist to collectively come up with a plan to ensure your overall dental health. Get ready to enjoy your new happy, healthy mouth! After all, you deserve the best!

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


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Senator Speaks

Looking Forward:

2017 Legislative Session By Senator Brandon Beach


or your state lawmakers, a new year brings motivation and a fresh perspective on the needs of Georgians. Monday, January 9, 2017 is the beginning of the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly, and your legislators have been preparing for months by researching potential topics and issues. There will be forty days to present, discuss and vote on legislation to be considered for signing by Governor Nathan Deal.

number one state in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year. While Georgia is home to eighteen Fortune 500 companies, it’s the small businesses that keep our economy growing and thriving. In order for us to support our small business owners and their employees, we must pass legislation that can alleviate the red tape and regulations on small businesses, and encourage new businesses to open in Georgia.

Along with recommendations from the many study committees, we will likely be

During the summer and fall months of 2015, Governor Nathan Deal’s Education

legislation this year based on the report’s recommendations. The state of our health care system and its accessibility is a growing concern for Georgians, especially in the rural parts of our state. During the 2016 interim, several study committees met to study issues like the opioid abuse epidemic in Georgia and the possibility of providing an alternative solution to Medicaid expansion in the form of a premium assistance program. Any recommendations provided by these committees could result in legislation

“While Georgia is home to eighteen Fortune 500 companies, it’s the small businesses that keep our economy growing and thriving. In order for us to support our small business owners and their employees, we must pass legislation that can alleviate the red tape and regulations on small businesses, and encourage new businesses to open in Georgia.”

focusing on issues dealing with economic development, education, health and human services and many others that affect the daily lives of Georgia citizens. As the chairman of the Economic Development Committee, I’m always interested in hearing legislation that will bring jobs to our citizens and companies to our state. We were recently named the


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Reform Commission (Commission) convened to study Georgia’s education system, including its funding formula, and provide recommendations intended to improve it. The Commission published a report in December 2015 with recommendations for legislation, including revisiting Georgia’s K-12 funding formula, to create a simpler, more transparent, student-based mechanism for allocating funds to districts. This is a key component in accomplishing Georgia’s overall education goals. However, any proposed legislation was delayed during the 2016 legislative session to allow for available funding and a full vetting of the Commission’s report. So we may see

being introduced during the 2017 legislative session. This year promises to be a session full of legislation designed to improve the lives of all Georgians. I am looking forward to working with my Senate colleagues to draft, vet and vote on legislation that will secure Georgia’s position as a great place to live, work and play. I’m thankful to represent you for another year.

Brandon Beach is a state senator for district 21, which encompasses a portion of Cherokee County in the Georgia General Assembly.

Time to

Step Up By Tim Morris

LIFESTYLE In recent months, we are increasingly hearing about seniors wandering off, and in some cases, they step out and just don’t tell anyone where they are going. Of course, this worries the family.

The last trip my elderly uncle made from Roswell to the Augusta area to visit family was a nightmare for him and my aunt who was waiting at home. He’d made that trip 100 times alone and always made it back home

safely. My uncle had the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and became lost. My aunt received a call around 10:00 pm from the Alabama State Patrol. She immediately thought he was in an accident, but she then wondered what he was doing in Alabama, which was the complete opposite direction from Augusta, Georgia. The trooper told her that my uncle stopped at a gas station and appeared to be very confused, so the cashier called the state patrol. They explained to my aunt that he was very combative with them. They knew right away he was confused, and when the officer tried to help him, my uncle punched him in the face. They never arrested him because they knew he had Alzheimer’s. About a year later, my uncle walked out of the home on a cold night and was found the next

day lying in the neighbor’s driveway. He passed away the following day. The recent events of missing seniors are very disheartening. I researched items to help track a loved one’s every move. There are multiple devices on the market. One device goes on their shoe laces, and the family loads an app on their phone that shows them the location of their loved one. Of course, this device isn’t free, so I’m applying for a grant that would help cover the cost. I don’t want another senior to go missing or families to endure this nightmare. If you have any other ideas about how to solve this issue, please call Cherokee County Senior Services. L

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



The Circuit:

Cherokee County’s First Co-Working Space By the Cherokee Office of Economic Development


magine a place that isn’t home, but where you feel at home. Imagine a place where your coworkers aren’t just fellow cube dwellers, but you belong to a learning community of support. Imagine a place where the collision of ideas is an everyday thing; where collaboration is the rule and not the exception; where “thinking outside the box” and innovation is commonplace. Imagine no more. Enter, The Circuit. The Circuit functions as a collaboration of Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC), the Cherokee Office of Economic Development and Woodstock Downtown Economic Development. The Circuit is a modern, innovative, 3,000-square-foot, co-working space on CTC’s Woodstock campus. It is just the first initiative of the Fresh Start Cherokee program, which has been designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Cherokee County. Inside the historic basketball gymnasium of the 90-yearold Woodstock Elementary School, The Circuit combines the feel of 20thcentury, original wood floors and walls with 21st-century desks and work space. You can smell the old wood and almost hear the shot-clock buzzer sounding. Even the original scoreboard was kept, and it still lights up to illuminate a


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memory from the last century. Just being in the space feels inspiring. For those who tour, a sense of anticipation is conjured by the future ideas that will collide in this space; the connections that will happen; the creativity that will flow, and the community that will be cultivated. “The Circuit is a vision that is at least three years in the making,” says Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED). “It’s a new concept in co-working and

the result of a successful, collaborative partnership to encourage and equip local entrepreneurs to launch and grow their startups.” The Circuit will be a central hub of innovation and connection across diverse age groups, industry sectors and business models. It will offer a full-service coffee shop, Wi-Fi, desk space, private offices, membership to the community and access to a full host of events and programming to help students and entrepreneurs with their business or idea. “Entrepreneurs have been transforming the economy and community for centuries in this country. They are the changemakers and disrupters leading the way to advance us into the future. I love Cherokee County and its rich, 185-year history of digging, grinding and hatching its way into the future. I’m honored to be part of the COED team and join their passion and vision to ignite more entrepreneurial growth in Cherokee County,” said Jonathan Chambers, community manager of entrepreneurship. Fresh Start Cherokee and The Circuit hope to be a force to build a stronger community, grow the local economy and continue to create a dynamic sense of place.

“Place” is where we live. “Community” is who we live with.

Fresh Start Cherokee & The Circuit, One Innovation Way, Woodstock. 770-345-0600. CherokeeGa.org, FreshStartCherokee.com

Community Partners


eorgia Highlands Medical Services, Inc. is a private, nonprofit community health center. With humble beginnings, they began their practice in a single-wide trailer, serving less than a hundred people in their first year.They now have three locations in three counties and over 15,000 patients who entrust them with their medical care. Walking into any of their health centers (Bartow Family Health Center, Canton Family Health Center and Cumming Family Health Center), you may not realize that they are a federally qualified health center. Friendly faces greet you when you arrive, and their providers are top-notch. Not only do they provide nationally recognized care in family practice, pediatrics and obstetrics/ women’s health services, they have achieved the highest level of recognition as a patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the patient population for Georgia Highlands meets or surpasses national benchmarks in chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension as well as in pediatrics and women’s health.They also offer a sliding-fee scale for members of the community who are uninsured or under-insured, allowing them to be seen regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, Georgia Highlands Medical Services provides more than just primary care services; they offer screenings, family planning, health education, after-


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hours services on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Cumming Family Health Center and more.Those in need of assistance with prescription costs, information about health insurance options and help connecting with community assistance organizations also find an open door at Georgia Highlands. Highland Pharmacy (located in Cumming) is a part of the 340B pricing program, which allows them to offer their patients medication at a greatly reduced rate. They are thrilled to announce the opening of Highlands Medical Plaza in Cumming in early 2017.This new location will allow them the space to expand their pediatrics, women’s health/ob-gyn services and begin offering geriatric care.They will also soon be offering behavioral health. “We are honored to be the medical home for so many in our community,” says Todd Shifflet, CEO.“We understand the pressure of choosing a medical provider, and we aim to take the stress out of that by offering a quality, culturally-competent patient experience to those we serve.” All of their locations are currently accepting new patients.They accept most major insurance plans (including those on the Health Insurance Marketplace). Contact any of their locations, or visit GHMS-Inc.org for more information.

Cumming Family Health Center 260 Elm Street Cumming, Georgia 30040 770-887-1668

Highlands Pharmacy 260 Elm Street Cumming, Georgia 30040 770-887-1670

Canton Family Health Center 220 Oakside Lane Canton, Georgia 30114 678-807-1050

Bartow Family Health Center 775 West Avenue, Suite A Cartersville, Georgia 30120 470-315-4689

*Coming Soon* Highland Medical Plaza 475 Tribble Gap Road Cumming, Georgia 30040

Early Orthodontic Treatment By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. Most parents are not excited about the prospect of venturing into the area of orthodontics for their child. But its important to remember that putting off, or ignoring the inevitable, can just make things more difficult and expensive. In fact, early orthodontic treatment can make things easier for both parents and children. A pediatric dentist can identify malocclusion at its early stages. Malocclusion is the presence of crowded/ crooked teeth or bite problems. This type of treatment can often prevent more extensive, and potentially costly, treatments done at a later date. There are several causes of malocclusion. These include dental injuries, the early loss of primary teeth or habits such as thumb sucking, fingernail biting or lip

biting. A pediatric dentist can provide helpful advice on how to break these habits, thus preventing orthodontic problems in the future. The most obvious benefit of orthodontics is in improving the appearance of the patient’s smile, but there are much greater benefits to consider. Pediatric orthodontics can help to straighten crooked teeth, guide erupting teeth into position, correct bite problems and prevent the need for tooth extractions. Also, straight teeth are much easier to keep clean and healthy through regular brushing and flossing.

There are different types of orthodontic appliances. Some are fixed, and some are removable. During orthodontic treatment, dental hygiene is more important than ever. Its important to brush and floss regularly to keep both the teeth and the orthodontic appliance clean. In addition, regular dental checkups (along with orthodontic check-ups) can protect against tooth decay and gum disease. Finally, it’s important to contact the dentist promptly if and when an orthodontic appliance breaks in order to keep the treatment on-track. Ask your pediatric dentist about early orthodontic treatment for your child to minimize the level of treatment, and get your child’s smile to be the best it can be!

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



COVER STORY By Cyndi Braun

Make a Resolution to Upgrade Your Lighting

“The APEC Way”

Happy New Year! 2016 has come and gone, and now it’s time to start the new year fresh. Let’s start by upgrading your lighting inside and outside of your residence or business. This will give you a bright and fresh new look, while saving time and money with the LED and lighting specialists at APEC Electric.

Why Choose APEC? Billy Adams established APEC Electric in 1999, and he’s dedicated to serving customers with honesty, integrity and quality work. “Our mission is devoted to providing best-in-class, professional lighting, electrical design and installation services to all of our residential and commercial clients, no matter how big or small,” said Adams. Customers frequently comment on how different this contractor is.


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“Billy and Matt have been exceptional in the quality of their work and the communication about all the services they were providing. They have been one of the few contractors I have worked with that I could depend on to show up on time and get things done in a timely matter. I will be using them again on my next home renovation project,” said Scott from Kennesaw.

What Makes APEC Different? Unfortunately, many people have shared horror stories of contractors who have made the experience so bad that they hesitate to hire another contractor. That’s not the case with APEC Electric. In response to these horror stories,

APEC Electric created a 30-point job process, which ensures that each of its electricians follows a routine. That means each job flows in an organized, clean and timely manner. In addition, APEC Electric’s office personnel follow a 15-point office job process for each client. Employees refer to these procedures as “The APEC Way.” After projects are completed, employees assess what they did right and what they could do better. “There is always room for improvement,” said Adams. “For many companies, the business plan might be fast growth, which is often at the expense of good service and product. For me, it has never been about size or money first. It is about quality work, not quantity, and

building long-term relationships with customers that will lead to growth.” With more than 100 years of combined experience, customers can feel confident to call on APEC Electric for any residential or commercial electrical needs. Some recent jobs include restaurants, bars, pools and outdoor landscapes as well as kitchen ceiling and under-counter lighting with cool, custom-made LED lights that can be controlled via a remote, IOS or Android device.

LED APEC Electric offers customdesigned, light-diffused LED channels that they will install anywhere the customer dreams. Once installed, the lighting is controlled via a wall dimmer, four-zone remote control or IOS, Android or Google device. The color options are endless and so much fun.

Supporting the Local Community Reel Seafood At Reel Seafood, APEC Electric completed several projects inside the restaurant, then added trendy LED

lighting that spans the outside of the restaurant. This unique lighting is one of APEC Electric’s specialties. “You can change the color of the lighting, or you can leave it as one solid color. The customers like it. It’s particularly noticeable later at night when the rest of the street is dark,” said David Silverman, executive chef and owner of Reel Seafood. Silverman added that he plans to use APEC Electric for more projects and recommends the company for anyone looking for electrical work. “Billy is very thorough. He explains everything in detail and helps you understand what the results will be. He really listens to what you want. A lot of companies will tell you, ‘this is what you need to do,’ but he listened to what I wanted, then gave suggestions, meeting me in the middle,” said Silverman. Cherokee County Fire Department Cherokee County Fire Department is upgrading the air filtration and ventilation units at seventeen Cherokee County fire stations and the training center. APEC Electric was called on to run wiring to the new units and connect to existing ventilation systems. Now that

the project has been completed, firefighters at all eighteen locations benefit from the automatic air filtration and air purification system. “APEC Electric has been great to work with. They were receptive, always on time and did very good work. It’s extremely important to have dependable systems in place, and we know we can count on these guys to get the installations done right,” said Eddie Robinson, assistant fire chief.

Giving Back to the Community “The APEC Way” includes giving back to the community. APEC Electric donates portions of its proceeds from every job to local charities that give the most back to those in need. Check out the company’s most recent projects at ApecElectric.biz, and give your local, professional and seasoned electrical contractor a call today to experience “The APEC Way.”

2845 Holly Springs Parkway Holly Springs 770-720-0419 APECElectric.biz



High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer By Samina Fakrh, M.D.

It’s normal for people to get symptoms and diagnose themselves with something far worse than what they actually have. But what people rarely worry about is something that kills Americans every day: hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. Physicians can work with patients to protect themselves against this asymptomatic condition, which can lead to multiple health problems. Protecting yourself starts with a phone call to schedule your annual physical. Blood pressure is measured as the systolic pressure over diastolic pressure. Normal blood pressure is less than 120 over less than 80. The top number is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is contracting at the time of a heartbeat.

The bottom number is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is relaxed between heart beats. We can recognize hypertension when we see patients for an annual physical and do a simple blood pressure measurement. When a patient has high blood pressure, first, we’ll confirm if it is persistent. We also look for other possible causes of high blood pressure such as oral contraceptives, decongestants, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medicines (for example, Advil or Aleve) or even sleep apnea.

make a significant difference in reducing blood pressure. Hypertension affects nearly a third of our population, and it’s believed that one in five people don’t even know they have it. It affects everyone. Regardless of sex or ethnicity. African Americans have slightly higher instances. But it’s manageable for all of us. You can take a step toward living a better life with something as easy as an annual physical. One call could save your life.

Once high blood pressure is confirmed, a variety of medicines help manage it. We also encourage patients to quit smoking if they smoke, walk thirty minutes a day and lose weight. Losing just ten pounds can

Dr. Samina Fakrh is a family medicine practitioner at WellStar Towne Lake Medical Center, 145 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock. 770-592-3000. Wellstar.org

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We need to keep blood pressure under control because it can lead to major health issues such as:


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Stroke and brain hemorrhage, leading to long-term side effects that affect speech and activities of daily living

Ischemic heart disease such as heart attacks

Chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease

Blood vessel damage in the eyes, leading to loss of vision

Book Review by farris yawn

Another Patchwork Quilt Anyone who has studied history knows that the cold facts tell you very little about a town. To really learn about an area, you need to hear the stories about the places, events and, most importantly, the people who shaped and built it. Larry Cavender continues telling the story of Ball Ground in the follow-up to his 2015 release, A Patchwork Quilt. His new book, Another Patchwork Quilt, is a fascinating collection of articles and photographs, some never before published, that brings Ball Ground’s history to life for his readers. He also includes background information on the subjects of his writings as well as how he came to tell their stories. You will learn that Ball Ground was an important part of the Georgia gold rush, and some of its residents played notorious roles in the Civil War. Larry also shares the stories of several prominent citizens such as Dr. J.P. Saye and Couch Raymond Cheshire, both of whom played very different, but vital, roles in making Ball Ground the wonderful place it has become. He also tells the story of several of the past and present businesses that helped the city grow and prosper. Ball Ground is home to several beautiful and historic homes. This book could be used to take you on a self-guided tour of some of the more prominent and historically significant homes in the area. As with his first book, Larry ends his new book by paying tribute to the men and women of Ball Ground who served our country with distinction in the armed services during World War I and World War II. This book is a must-have for anyone with a connection to Ball Ground, Georgia and should definitely be on every Cherokee County resident’s wish list.

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



Tasteof by chef hillary gallagher

Preparation Pork Tenderloin

1. Mince the garlic and rosemary, and mix together with the salt, pepper and


Pork Tenderloin Sweet Potato Puree & Pickled Red Onions (serves 4-6)

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Ingredients Pork Tenderloin 1, 1 – 1.25 lbs. pork tenderloin 3 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Pickled Red Onion (yield 1 pint) 6 oz. red wine vinegar 3 oz. water 1.5 oz. sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ lb. red onion, sliced in thin rings

Sweet Potato Puree 2-3 sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 oz. heavy cream, hot Salt and pepper to taste

Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. Hillary.Gallagher@ ChattahoocheeTech.edu. 770-509-6350. ChattahoocheeTech.edu


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olive oil. Remove the pork from the package; pat it dry with a paper towel, and rub it with the herb/garlic mixture. Place the pork on a rack on a baking sheet, and roast it in the oven at 375400 degrees. Roast for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 140 degrees. Remove the pork from the oven; tent it with foil, and allow it to rest for at least five minutes. Remove the foil; slice, and serve.

Pickled Red Onion

1. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper in a stainless-steel saucepan, and bring it to a boil.

2. Boil the red onions in salted water for 1 minute, and drain. Pour the hot 3. 4.

vinegar mixture over the onions. Allow the onions to cool in the vinegar solution until they are room temperature. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to two weeks.

Sweet Potato Puree

1. Scrub, and blot dry the potatoes. 2. Pierce the skins with a fork or paring knife in a few places. 3. Bake directly on a rack in the oven at 425 degrees until very tender and cooked through.

4. Combine the cream and butter in small sauce pan, and bring to a simmer; set aside in a warm place.

5. Halve the potatoes; scoop out the flesh, and puree in a food processor or 6. 7. 8.

pass through a ricer. Use a towel to hold the potatoes, as they will be very hot, and you want to do this as quickly as possible. Pour the cream and butter over the pureed sweet potatoes, and gently combine; add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with the pork and pickled red onions. For added flavor, steep a piece of fresh ginger in the cream and butter mixture.

Put Your Best Face Forward in 2017! By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake

As the holidays come to a close, it’s time to think about how we can get a refreshed look. Non-surgical options as well as facelifts and mini facelifts can help many who are looking for a revitalized face. Non-surgical treatments offer a revitalizing boost with a quicker, easier recovery. A great option for noticeable facial enhancement is laser skin tightening. The results are firmer, smoother and younger-looking skin. Many patients have a very specific concern regarding facial rejuvenation. They might be bothered by crow’s feet, deep lines near the mouth or maybe a furrowed brow, which the use of injectable fillers can help. Sometimes, wrinkles and loose skin

cannot be corrected with non-surgical treatments alone. A facelift tightens skin and underlying tissues of the mid and lower face for a more dramatic, enduring rejuvenation. Individuals with more pronounced, extensive signs of facial aging may need a full facelift to achieve the improvement they desire. A traditional facelift adjusts deeper layers of tissue; you can expect to see a tighter, more improved look for several years. Longevity will depend on many factors including lifestyle, age and genetics. 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. Through the small,

s-shaped 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. Take a comprehensive approach. Plastic surgeons often use the analogy of home improvement; updating the kitchen highlights how outdated the living room looks. By devising a treatment plan for the entire face, patients feel they look truly refreshed. Before embarking on this process, it’s critical to find an experienced, facial plastic surgeon who has the skill and aesthetic Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake are board-certified eye to turn plastic surgeons at Plastic your goals into Surgery Center of the South. a reality. 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgery CenterOf TheSouth.net



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Crawling: An Essential Often, therapists hear parents rave about their child’s early walking skills. Although it’s something to be excited about, the therapist may ask if the child has ever crawled. Walking is a great milestone, but crawling provides an important foundation for many other things in a child’s life. A child should begin crawling around 9-11 months. With everyone so concerned about SIDS, parents often do not give children enough tummy time, which, in turn, does not allow for development of strength on the stomach or in the hands-and-knees position (a precursor to crawling). Crawling is very important. The repetitive movement of alternating left and right sides stimulates parts of the brain that are important for learning, memory, comprehension and attention. Crawling also helps with balance, hand/eye coordination, visual-motor development

Childhood Milestone By Kristi Estes

and spatial relations (the child moves in the direction of a desired object and around obstacles) and binocular vision development (looking forward then back at hands). Additionally, crawling helps develop tolerance of different textures on hands such as grass, carpet and sand. Some studies have correlated children who did not crawl as infants with things such as ADHD, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia and/or poor coordination. It’s recommended to encourage tummy time, and encourage your child to crawl as much as possible. Placing children on their tummies can lead to the natural progression of hands and knees, rocking on hands and

knees, moving to kneeling on knees, pulling to stand, standing, then walking. Placing things out of reach of your child so they must visually regard something before moving towards the object is one way to encourage this process. Placing a baby over a Boppy® pillow or a parent’s leg to help promote pushing through arms is a good starting point when a baby is very young. Not all children who skipped crawling will have learning or sensory issues, but many do. Occupational and physical therapists work with babies in helping them learn to crawl and walk. They also assist schoolage children if learning or sensory issues emerge. Kristi Estes is an Occupational Therapist. She and Jennifer Puckett are co-owners of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-345-2804. InHarmonyPediatricTherapy.com



Painting is one of the many art forms that can capture the beauty of the surrounding world, but it takes a truly talented painter to see the moments worth bringing to life. Georgia painter Deborah Tidwell is an expert at spotting and capturing perfect images with oil paints, a brush and a canvas. “My inspiration comes from the life around me,” she says. Deborah Tidwell’s passion for art has always been a part of her life. She had a desire to create from a very early age. “Perhaps it’s a part of my genes! My passion for art has just always been in me,” she says. Although Deborah dabbled in art her whole life, it wasn’t until recently that she was truly able to explore her talents. “I had a degree in marketing from Georgia State University, but in 2003, I decided to quit my marketing job to go into real estate. Within the next four weeks, I found out I was pregnant. This was my opportunity to be a stay-athome mom and devote my spare time to art,” she says. 38

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In the months after she left her job, Deborah busied herself by taking painting and advanced art classes at the University of South Carolina- Aiken until her son was born. To this day, she still does what she loves. “My sunroom is my studio. It provides fabulous lighting with its two sky lights,” she says. She often spends four days a week, six hours each day, devoted to her artwork, and depending on the size and complexity of her paintings, it can take six to eight weeks to create a 36” x 48” painting. “I like to create a larger piece about every two or three months. It just depends on my upcoming shows, commissions and motivation,” she says. Working from photographs, Deborah will look through hundreds of photos until she finds one that jumps out at her. “The most important part of my process is choosing the image. For example, I was recently at a wedding, and the flower girl stopped to pick up some of the petals. The lighting and image was perfect. I snapped a few pictures of her, and I will eventually make those photographs into a painting,” she says. Symphony in Yellow

Her keen eye for the prefect image has won her several awards over the years, including some national recognition. “Being able to enter shows, win awards and sell some of my paintings has been a big accomplishment. I’m always humbled when I receive recognition for my paintings,” she says. Abiding Calm has received numerous awards and stands as Deborah Tidwell’s favorite painting yet, only rivaled by Barefoot and Pregnant, which has also gotten favorable acknowledgement in the art community. “I strongly encourage others to try their hand at art. Creating art is about your enjoyment. If it becomes more, wonderful; if it doesn’t, you still get the pleasure of unleashing your creative side, which is just as rewarding,” Deborah says. Tidwell wins “Best in Show” for Nap Time.

ArtistProfile by natalie del valle

Abiding Calm

A Holtzscheiter Swing-Along

Barefoot and Pregnant




Why Are My Hands Tingling?! By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

Tingling is often associated with numbness, or a “pinsand-needles” feeling, which can occur in any of the extremities, but it’s frequently felt in the fingers and hands. Tingling in the hands can be common, but frequent occurrences could mean there’s an underlying condition. A variety of things can cause tingling, even medications or insect bites. Most tingling occurs due to a pinched nerve, which can have many different causes. While most disorders are minor, other serious conditions should be recognized and treated immediately.

Common Conditions Most of the time, patients should not be alarmed if they’re experiencing tingling. It often subsides quickly or with medication when associated with common conditions; while pain ranges from mild to severe, common conditions are not typically lifethreatening. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by compression of the median nerve, which is caused by repetitive motion with the hands. Tingling often occurs in the thumb, index and middle fingers. Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome includes taking antiinflammatory medication, icing and wrapping the wrist in a splint at home or surgery in severe cases. Bone spurs develop around the joints. They’re often associated with additional symptoms including muscle spasms, loss of coordination, numbness and dull pain


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in the neck or back. Bone spurs often result from arthritis, worsening with age. Cortisone shots can be prescribed for joint swelling, and muscle relaxants or pain medications may help with discomfort. Serious cases may require surgical removal to decompress nerves.

B vitamins help your brain and nerve cells develop and work properly. Vitamin B12 directly correlates with neurological issues like numbness or tingling in fingers. To obtain more B12, individuals can receive shots and take supplements.

Serious Conditions Tingling hands and fingers that don’t feel better after a short period could be a sign of multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a progressive disease that attacks the protective cells surrounding nerves, which leads to impaired vision, muscle control and balance. There’s not a cure for MS, but certain medications can control symptoms and slow development. People inflicted with diabetes often have some form of neuropathy (nerve disorder), caused by a variety of factors including high glucose levels, inflammation and mechanical injuries. Damage is already done by the time some symptoms are noticed. Aside from tingling, other signs include burning

sensations and pain. There’s not a cure for diabetic neuropathy, and nerve damage cannot be undone, but there’s relief for pain, and preventative measures can be taken to reduce the risk of this disease. Persistent tingling can also be a sign of an oncoming stroke or other serious medical condition. If this sensation lasts more than a few minutes and doesn’t fade with stretches or movement, contact a medical professional immediately.

Atlanta Hand Specialist has locations in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888. AtlantaHandSpecialist.com

But this year, you’re ready! It’s time for more Life!

New Year

New Life By Pastor William Thrasher

It’s a new year. The chaotic holiday whirlwind has reduced to a gentle breeze of self-reflection. As you collect your thoughts and meditate on what has transpired, you realize that this “get-things-done year,” which was full of potential, has now passed. Those resolutions of losing 20 lbs., exercising more, spending quality time with family, enjoying life more, stressing out less…have not been fulfilled (again).

What if you learned that finding this renewed life, purpose and outlook has little to do with personal goals? What if the change you truly desire was not found in the places you have always looked? What if you’ve repeatedly been fed from the same unfulfilling perspective on life? From the earliest point of recorded history, humanity has been fixated at this life-draining mirage. It began within creation’s primordial garden. It was a life of perfect provision, supplied from an overabundance of beautiful trees and delicious fruits. The most giving and significant tree in this garden was called, the “Tree of Life.” From its branches grew fruit of peace, immortality and perfect grace. Standing in contrast to this supreme power of life was another tree. Its

contributions yielded the freedom of choice, and its toxic fruit exposed us to the difference between right vs. wrong, better vs. worse and good vs. evil. Morality, legalism and conviction were its addictive flavors. The effects of consuming its alluring nectar separated us from the abundant flow of grace and life. We picked this lifeless tree as our way. But there is hope, a renewed way. Your Creator offers you the full power of the Tree of Life through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Belief in His unconditional love for you will grow a life of perfect provision and fulfilling purpose. It is only at the cross where personal peace, hope and perfect love flow. This new year, you can return to Life.

William Thrasher is the author of The Jesus Purpose and is college pastor at His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock. 770-405-2500. HisHandsChurch.com




hile counting macros is not new to many people in the nutrition and fitness industry, there are many people who have never heard of this healthy way of eating. Even those who have heard of it are often very confused as to how to calculate and keep track of their needs. While the following information may sound a bit complicated and involved, once you follow these instructions and spend about fifteen minutes setting everything up, it’s actually quite easy to eat this way.




Eating Healthy for Life By Ayse Sukola

“Macro” is short for “macronutrient.” Macronutrients are nutrients that provide energy (or calories). The three macros you need to track are carbohydrates (carbs), proteins and fats. They each have their own specific roles and functions in the body, which vary in quality and supply us with energy. Protein helps to build and repair blood cells, DNA and muscle tissue; it produces hormones and enzymes and acts as a transporter in the body. Protein contains 4 calories per gram. Healthy sources of protein include meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, protein powder and bars. Fats are necessary for brain health (70% of our brain is made up of fat), blood sugar regulation, hormone production and cell membrane health. Every cell in our bodies contains fat. Fat contains 9 calories per gram. Healthy sources of fat include oil, nuts, avocados, nut and seed butters, butter and egg yolks. Carbs are made up of sugars — the body’s main source of energy. They are broken down into two general categories: simple carbs or complex carbs. Complex carbs generally have more fiber, helping to slow the rise in blood sugar. Carbs contain 4 calories per gram. Healthy carb sources are fruits, whole grains and vegetables. Both macro and micronutrients are what make up our health. Micronutrients, which are only needed in small amounts, provide the foundation for many metabolic and physiological processes in the body. Vitamins and minerals are two types of micronutrients. We need macro and micronutrients for every function in our body: metabolism, building new tissue, hormone activity, immune function, nervous system maintenance, brain health and more. In other words, the nutrients


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in food become a structural part of every cell in our bodies. Current eating patterns in the U.S. do not align with the healthy dietary guidelines. Most Americans exceed the recommendations for added sugars, saturated fats and sodium. The high percentage of the population that is overweight or obese suggests that many in the U.S. overconsume calories. More specifically, “More than two-thirds of all adults and nearly one-third of all children and youth in the United States are either overweight or obese” (Health. gov.com). Counting macros is important because: • You are fully aware of what is being put in your body, which encourages healthier, more well-balanced food choices. However, it’s not nearly as easy as calorie counting because you are keeping track of very precise numbers of nutrients. • It teaches you what healthy food portions look like. • If you exercise or have specific athletic goals, counting macros allows you to take care of your total calorie intake and really eat to support your training goals, ensuring you are always on top of your protein, fat and carbohydrate intake. Counting Macros vs. Counting Calories: Counting calories can be a less healthy way of monitoring your daily food intake. This is because we may still eat high carbohydrates, high fats, low fiber, high sugar, etc. In other words, we may be more likely to sacrifice the calories in a healthy food item (e.g. salmon), so that we can reserve those calories to eat a less healthy, nutrient-deficient food item (e.g. candy). Monitoring your macronutrient intake is more likely to ensure that your body is getting everything it needs. How do I find out how many macros I need each day? Daily macro allotment is exclusive to each individual because you must supply your age, gender, activity level, sports performance, body type, weight and what your specific health goals are (e.g. weight loss, weight maintenance or weight gain) for the most precise calculations.

What will I need? • Create a free account on MyFitnessPal.com, or download the free MyFitnessPal app on your smart phone. • Purchase a small food scale and measuring cups/spoons to keep in your kitchen for food preparation.

Then, calculate your daily calorie requirement, which equals your body weight in pounds multiplied by the activity level number that coincides with your goal (weight loss, weight maintenance or weight gain) in the following chart:

• •

grams of daily carbohydrates Protein Macros: (1800 x 0.30)/4 =135 grams of daily protein Fat Macros: (1800 x 0.30)/9= 60 grams of daily fat

Then, manually enter your macros into your MyFitnessPal account. • Click on “Goals” in the heading at the top of the MyFitnessPal homepage (if using the smart phone app, you must click on the “More” tab at the bottom of your screen first). • If you are tracking exercise, adjust “Activity Level” to your appropriate level (sedentary, moderately active, very active). • Under “Nutrition Goals” click on “Calorie & Macronutrient Goals,” and enter the calorie amount you calculated for yourself, and adjust carbohydrates, protein and fat to the percentages given by the calculator. Note: You’ll have to round to the nearest 5% increment unless you are a “Premium” member, which has a monthly fee of $9, or $44 yearly. It is worth it to pay for the membership because it’s much easier to strictly count your macros. (see Diagram 1 on page 44)

Weight Loss

Weight Weight Maintenance Gain

Sedentary (minimal exercise)




Moderately Active (exercise 3-4x a week)




Very Active (exercise 5-7x a week)




For example, a sedentary person weighing 150 lbs., who works out twice a week for an hour and wants to lose weight, would make the following calculation: 150x12 =1800, which mean he/she can start at 1800 calories per day. Next, divide macronutrients into your daily calorie allotment. For a starting point, your diet should consist of 30% of protein, 40% carbs and 30% fat. So for an 1800 calorie diet: • Carbs = 4 grams /per calorie • Protein = 4 grams/per calorie • Fat = 9 grams /per calorie • Carbs Macros: (1800 x 0.40) /4= 180

Finally, enter your daily food intake, and track your macros in MyFitnessPal. • To get started, click on the “Food” link on the website, or the “Diary” tab at the bottom of your smartphone screen. • Then, click the “Add Food” link below the appropriate meal. • You can then search for a food, enter it manually, or scan the barcode of the food you are eating with your device’s camera. • Adjust serving size as necessary, then click “Add Food to Diary” on the website, or click the check mark at the top of your smartphone screen. Continued on page 44 WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM



How to use

Diagram 1



The diagrams shown below correspond with the MyFitnessPal app used on a smart device.

Continued from page 43

Click the “Goals” heading at top of website homepage or under the “More” tab on the app. Adjust “Activity Level” for tracking exercise. Then, click on “Calorie & Macronutrients Goals” under “Nutrition Goals.”

Diagram 2

Click “Food” link (on website) or “Diary” tab (at bottom of app screen). Click “Add Food” under the appropriate meal time. To view nutrition and macros: Click on the “Food” page (if you are using the website). Click the “Nutrition” tab at the bottom of the “Diary” screen (if you are using a smart device). Then, click “Nutrients” or “Macros” at the top of the app screen to view.


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The more you do this, the easier it gets, as MyFitnessPal remembers your prior foods and suggest things you normally eat. On the website, you’ll be able to see all of your food’s nutrients on the “Food” page as well as a running total of these nutrients at the bottom of the page. To keep track of your nutrients on your smartphone, scroll to the bottom of the “Diary” screen, and click the “Nutrition” button. You can then use the tabs at the top to see how your macros and calories are tracking for the day. At the end of each day, click on “Complete Entry.” (see Diagram 2)

By supplying your body with the nutrients it needs in the calories you consume, you will be more satiated and likely consume fewer calories overall. Add regular exercise to your lifestyle, and you will see dramatic results in your body’s composition, and your overall health and the way you feel will assuredly improve.

Ayse Sukola is a CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) and CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist), earning her certifications through NASM and USA Weightlifting Sports and Performance Level 1 as well as currently pursuing a nutrition certification from Precision Nutrition. She is also the owner of Macro Fit Kitchen: Personal and Nutrition Coaching. 678-622-6953. MacroFitKitchen.com, OweItToBarbell.com


Do You Really Want to

Eat That? By Julie Senger

wishes you the best health in 2017! Clip this page for your refrigerator.

Serving Size

Food Items


Popular Snack Food Items

(Exercise in minutes)

Oreos ® (original)

1 cookie






Chips Ahoy ® (original)

1 cookie






Breyer’s ® Vanilla Ice Cream

1/2 cup






M&M’s ® (plain, milk chocolate)

1 oz. (28 pieces)






Doritos ® Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

1 oz.






Lay’s ® Plain Potato Chips

1 oz.






Reese’s ® Peanut Butter Cups

2 cups (1.5 oz.)






Ben & Jerry’s ® Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

1/2 cup






Snicker’s ®

1.9 oz. bar






Marie Callender’s ® Restaurant Apple Pie

7.5 oz. slice






Food Items

Serving Size


Popular Fast Food Items

(Exercise in minutes)

Domino’s ® Large, Hand-Tossed, Pepperoni Pizza

slice, 1/8 of pizza






McDonald’s ® Medium French Fries

111 g






Chick-fil-A ® Classic Chicken Sandwich

1 sandwich






Chick-fil-A ® Classic Chicken Biscuit

1 biscuit






McDonald’s ® Big Mac

1 sandwich






Buffalo Wild Wings ® Medium Hot Wings

6 wings






Pizza Hut ® Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizza

1 pizza






Burger King ® Whopper with Cheese

1 sandwich






Hooters ® Classic Hot Wings

6 wings






Taco Bell ® Nachos BellGrande

1 order (10.9 oz.)






Wendy’s ® Baconator Cheeseburger

1 sandwich










*Calorie content and exercise amounts were obtained from CalorieKing.com.

ith the obesity rate in our country as high as it is, not only do we need to be more mindful about our food choices, we also want to pay attention to what an actual serving size is for some of our favorite meals and snacks. For example, one ounce of tortilla chips is considered a serving, which equates to about eleven chips. When was the last time you went to your favorite Mexican restaurant and only ate 11 tortilla chips? If you and your family are like many other families, you will mindlessly eat the entire basket and ask for it to be refilled. With many people striving for better health in the new year, here is a list of some common favorite food items, followed by their serving size and calorie content. For your convenience, the amount of exercise you must do to burn those calories off has also been provided. These exercise amounts are based on a 35-year-old female who is 5’7” and weighs 144 lbs., so your exercise amounts will vary based upon your metabolic rate, which depends on your body size and makeup, your gender and your age. But this handy chart will give you a general idea of the amount of work you must put in to offset the calories you consume. To act as a deterrent for regularly choosing these items, tear out this page; pull out those old, brightly colored alphabet magnets; slide over your children’s prized artistic creations, and make room for this information on your refrigerator. So the next time you think you want to chow down on a half a bag of Oreos while watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, just know that you’ll need to set aside three and a half hours to walk off those calories.



Butternut Squash Medley

Balsamic-Glazed Mushrooms



3 butternut squash, seeded, peeled and diced 1 yellow onion, chopped medium 1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets ½ cup olive oil 1 tablespoon each salt and pepper

4 oz. oyster mushrooms ½ cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon olive oil


> Heat the oil in a small sauté pan. > Add the mushrooms, and cook until they start to sweat and become tender. > Add the balsamic vinegar, and reduce by half. > Add the honey, and reduce further until mixture develops a thickened, syrupy consistency.

> Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. > Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl; toss with oil, and season with salt and pepper. > Place ingredients in a baking pan, and bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.


Filet Mignon

Procedure Cook 4-6 filets to desired level of doneness.

Plating > Plate the steaks and medley together. > Top with the mushrooms and glaze. > Enjoy! This recipe is perfect with a cabernet sauvignon or an old-vine zinfandel.


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Martial Arts and the

Pediatric Patient By Kelly Marulanda

Martial arts may offer substantial benefits, but please proceed with caution. The martial arts are a codified system and tradition of combat practices, which, historically, have been practiced for reasons such as self-defense, military and law enforcement applications, mental and spiritual development, self-control and entertainment. Luminaries such as Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee have been catapulted to fame in this venue, and many movies have been the source of considerable endorsement of the martial arts. In addition, tournaments have been glorified, and injuries have been nullified. Recognizing the tendency to and the extent of the issue, it is estimated that 6.5 million children participate annually in some form of martial arts in the United States. Whereas pediatric data concerning injuries is relatively scarce. We (as parents and guardians) need to be cautious with our recommendations and consent for our children and patients to participate in this level of activity. An upcoming statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that: y Martial arts may provide children with a vigorous level of activity that may lead to better physical fitness. y Supervisors must insist on activities and protection that are age and weight appropriate. Furthermore, maturity and experience must be considered. y Blows to the head are strictly forbidden, and any point system awards should be discouraged. In addition, proper defensive blocking should be taught and encouraged. y Mouth guards may reduce orofacial injuries, but there is no evidence that soft headgear decreases the risk of concussion. Parents often – and rightfully – desire to see their children do well in life’s activities, exhibit self-control and enjoy self-esteem. Participation in martial arts can be a worthy activity in this goal. Let us be sure that our children are safe in exploring their world.

Kelly Marulanda is the practice manager at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, 2000 Professional Way, #200 Woodstock. 770-517-0250. WoodstockPeds.com



Local Law Firm

Committed to Quality Legal Services in All Areas of Law


ake a drive through downtown Canton, and you’ll see Burns Law Group a block from the courthouse, tucked between B. Loved and Canton Theater. The beautifully restored office space houses three, well-respected attorneys, five paralegals and an office manager, all ready to help with a legal problem of any sort. J. Daran Burns heads the firm, having established it in 1993 after completing law school at the University of Georgia. Burns says he always wanted to start his own law practice, but it took him awhile to bring the practice to Canton. “I started the firm in downtown Atlanta and then gradually migrated north. As I was handling more cases, I started doing more and more in Cherokee County, and I fell in 48

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love with Canton and knew that I wanted to practice here,” says Burns, who grew up in Marietta. The firm moved to Cherokee County in 2000. The Burns Law Group handles all areas of law, focusing on domestic and criminal cases. “When you have a case, you want to have a lawyer who is local, knows the court, has experience with the judges and has a solid history and reputation here. We provide all of that to our clients. There are a lot of good lawyers in our town, and we try to set our firm apart by providing our clients with a fully staffed office, capable of a higher level of client contact and work product, regardless of our trial schedule. Clients can always reach someone in our office who knows their case and can discuss details and get information

on the progress of the case,” says Burns. “When the lawyers are in court, the clients can rest assured knowing that their matter can still be advanced by the firm, and they can still communicate with us.” Burns Law Group offers a free, 30-minute consultation by phone or in person. This enables potential clients to discuss the basics of their case and determine if they’d like to retain the services of the law firm. “What we keep in mind is that if you’re calling our office, you’re generally experiencing some type of problem or emergency. The person needs to discuss the matter with someone who can analyze their issue objectively and who has the experience and ability to start resolving it immediately. Clients need to be able to reach someone

I always remember that today’s case can be the most important thing in that person’s life. And it’s out of their control. They are coming to us and basically saying, ‘here’s my life; here’s my issue.’ They are putting it into our hands.” — J. Daran Burns

and feel confident that their chosen attorney understands the issue and knows what steps need to be taken to put them in the best possible position. We have the experience and the reputation to do just that,” says Burns. In domestic cases, Burns says that he knows that emotions tend to run high. Having an attorney who knows when to be aggressive and when to be amicable is very important. Some lawyers believe that they always need to be aggressive for their clients, but Burns disagrees. “Each case is different, and the lawyer needs to have the experience and knowledge to determine which approach is in the best interest of the client. There are certain cases where the client needs an aggressive attorney who will ensure that their rights are protected; however, most cases should begin with the goal of an amicable settlement, particularly when the parties have minor children,” says Burns. “Settling a domestic case in our conference room, as opposed to the courtroom, saves the client time, money and perhaps, most importantly, the emotional toll that a domestic case can cause. The lawyers at Burns Law Group take the time to understand the issues involved in your case and develop a unique case strategy to give you the best possible outcome.” The firm is also very active in handling criminal defense cases. The firm handles criminal issues, from traffic tickets to murder trials. Burns encourages people to seek legal help right away in a criminal matter, so his firm can begin to build their defense. “When someone is facing a criminal charge, they’re often afraid, worried or worse. They

and their families sometimes feel helpless or devastated,” says Burns. “They need to hire an attorney quickly, and they need to make the right choice on who they hire.” The Burns Law Group has been providing excellent criminal defense representation for years. “When you come in and meet the attorneys and staff in this office, you’ll quickly realize that they know how to navigate this system and know how to resolve these cases. Like other types of cases, knowing when to be aggressive and when to push a settlement is one of the most important parts of the case. Also, knowing that your lawyer has successfully tried the most complicated and serious cases provides a sense of security that you’re in the right hands at the Burns Law Group,” Burns says.

putting it into our hands.” This approach has earned Burns Law Group a reputation as honest, skilled and capable lawyers who put clients’ needs first. In addition to Burns, the firm has two associate attorneys: D. Charles Fulcher, who heads the domestic team, and Susan Zereini, who heads the criminal law team.

By focusing on each client’s specific needs, the firm provides quality legal services. “Many years ago, my mentor and friend, David Cannon Sr., gave me some good advice,” says Burns. The two had successfully gotten a client acquitted of murder. After celebrating their victory, Cannon reminded Burns that tomorrow he might be in court defending someone for a speeding ticket. Cannon said, “Don’t ever forget that a speeding ticket is as important to that client as this murder case was to this client.” “I always remember that today’s case can be the most important thing in that person’s life,” says Burns. “And it’s out of their control. They are coming to us and basically saying, ‘here’s my life; here’s my issue.’ They are

181 E. Main Street Canton, GA 30114

770-956-1400 BASLG.com



Upcoming Events Downtown Buzz January 27, 8:00 am The Chambers at City Center 8534 Main Street, Woodstock DowntownWoodstock.org/downtown-buzz/

Main Event January 31, 5:00-7:00 pm DowntownWoodstock.org/mainevent/

Looking Back on 2016 in Downtown,

Destination Woodstock — A City Unexpected

By Mitzi Saxon


ain Street Woodstock is a nationally accredited membership organization, which is dedicated to the revitalization of the historic commercial district through preservation-based economic development initiatives. The Main Street movement encompasses a four-point approach that focuses on economic vitality, design, promotion and organization. When these four elements are implemented correctly, it creates the perfect environment for strong downtown development. Main Street Woodstock programs help promote your business and help you develop as an individual. Our Learn & Work initiative hosts events such as Downtown Buzz — a monthly networking and community update breakfast; Excursion — which are themed familiarization tours to sites


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within greater Woodstock; Main Event — a quarterly, after-hours networking event that is hosted by a Main Street investor; Mastermind — a quarterly, relevant business training opportunity, and Pivot — an intensive, all-inclusive trip to study the best practices of another community. Main Street grows the community through beautification and community projects such as a year-round, weekly farmers market that is limited to local growers; the Friday Night Live program and Main Street Gives. Young Professionals of Woodstock hosts Lunch and Learn functions, the annual Jingle Mingle, sneak peeks of local businesses and weekly morning coffee meetings. Looking back on 2016, Main Street Woodstock assisted in the opening of eight new businesses, which created

54 new jobs. Our downtown district saw approximately seventy new homes built, totaling almost $34 million in added residential value. By the start of November, Main Street Woodstock had hosted 192 events that were attended by 90,607 participants and consisted of over 42,000 volunteer hours. Downtown Woodstock has so much of which to be proud. Don’t be fooled by the name of this organization because it isn’t just about Main Street; it’s about our entire downtown. We appreciate and support all our downtown businesses. The reason we are so successful is because of our merchants and city leaders. There is such a wonderful variety of boutiques, restaurants, salons and specialty shops as well as a bookstore, pharmacy and post office all tucked into this vibrant, historic downtown. This is what makes us unique. This is why Money Magazine named Woodstock one of the “Top 50 Places to Live in the U.S.” Please come and enjoy everything downtown Woodstock has to offer. For more information, please visit MainStreetWoodstock.org. Mitzi Saxon is the downtown program manager for the City of Woodstock. 770-924-0406. MainStreetWoodstock.org

Being Unsafe

Can Cost You! By Rick Cheney One of the most important aspects of the construction industry is jobsite safety. Each year, OSHA collects fines in excess of millions of dollars. It’s hard to imagine that something as small as not wearing your safety glasses or not having your hard hat on could cost you over $12,000 in fines, or even more devastating, it could cause an employee to be seriously injured or killed. Whether your company has employees or you use subcontractors, as the company owner, you can be held financially and legally responsible for a worker’s actions.

It’s very important for companies to have a safety program. A safety program may consist of written training, physical training, ongoing training, jobsite evaluations and an accountability system. Implementing a safety program allows you to protect your assets and the lives of your employees. Many practices that were acceptable in the last several years are now in direct violation of current OSHA codes. Things like stairs not having hand rails, no guard rails to prevent a person from falling from the top floor to the bottom floor, not having the ground prong on an extension cord, having a splice on your extension cord, not having access to a fire extinguisher at the jobsite, not having access to a first-

aid kit at the jobsite, using a damaged ladder, using a ladder improperly and so many other things can cause a company to incur a $12,000 fine, by violating just one code. Many home builders are requiring their subcontractors to take the necessary measures to get themselves up to speed on new and existing regulations. Fortunately, there are companies that specialize in safety-training plans and can help you avoid costly fines as well as injuries. They offer seminars or indepth training classes that go over the codes that apply to your specific scope of work. In a single afternoon, you can learn enough to be on your way to a safer jobsite.

Rick Cheney is in the purchasing department at H&H Electric and Security, LLC. 770-735-1136. HHElectrician.com



When Should You Consider

By Dr. David A. Palay

Cataract CataractSurgery Surgery?

A cataract is the clouding that occurs in your eyes as you age. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., affecting everyday activities like reading, watching TV or driving at night. Sometimes, symptoms of a cataract may be improved with new glasses or brighter lighting. But most people with cataracts will need cataract surgery. The good news is that cataract surgery today is faster, more effective and safer than ever before. Common symptoms of cataracts include cloudy, blurry or faded vision, glare or frequent eyeglass prescription changes. Some people also experience double vision or multiple images in one eye. People in their forties and fifties may have cataracts, but it is usually around age sixty or older that they might begin to affect a person’s vision.


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While cataract surgery can be performed manually by the surgeon, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery offers a higher level of precision. The laser creates a perfect circular incision into the lens, and the lens is fragmented into smaller pieces. Any astigmatism is treated with corneal incisions. Once the cataract is prepared, the second part of the procedure involves removing the lens fragments and inserting a lens. The inserted lens can correct higher levels of astigmatism and be targeted for near vision or distance vision. Some people select monovision, which is one eye targeted for near vision and the other eye targeted for distance vision. A lens that provides both distance and near vision in the same eye is also available. The traditional cataract surgery and femtosecond laser surgery methods have

similar outcomes for patients with no astigmatism. The safety of the procedure and recovery with the femtosecond laser versus traditional technique is the same. Nearly all patients are candidates for both techniques. It boils down to how much astigmatism the patient has and whether they want to be less dependent on glasses after surgery. For those with astigmatism who want to be less dependent on glasses after surgery, the femtosecond laser option is a better choice. Before agreeing to laser surgery, schedule a consultation with your surgeon to ask questions, and make sure you are comfortable with the doctor and facility.

Dr. David A. Palay is a board-certified ophthalmologist affiliated with Northside Hospital. Dr. Palay specializes in cataract surgery, corneal transplant surgery and refractive surgery. For more information, call 404-252-1194 or visit Northside.com/ ophthalmology.



Kragor Orthodontics 1816 Eagle Drive, Suite 100B Woodstock 770-485-8827 Orthodontists

Addison Taylor Salon 2900 Marietta Highway Canton 770-224-8484 Hair Salons


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Volcano Steak & Sushi

2990 Eagle Drive, Suite 100-101 Woodstock 678-498-7888 Restaurants

Revolution Holistic

2766 Holly Springs Parkway Holly Springs 770-383-5338 Health & Wellness

Affordable Medications Part 2 —

Discount Drug Cards By Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. Currently, several discount cards are marketed and advertised as being a resource for patients. A patient will access the discount information, print the page that gives the codes, then bring it to the pharmacy to receive the medicine at the price they believe they will get. However, the customer never sees that within a month, the discount card company sends the pharmacy a bill for the price difference. So the pharmacy had to pay for the actual costs and the patient had to pay the discount card company for a supposed cost difference. Independent pharmacies cried, “Foul!” The only solution for these pharmacies was to decline acceptance of those discount cards, which, of course, left the customer

feeling like they were not being served. In spring 2016, a company launched a major, national, public relations and marketing campaign to announce the deepest discount ever for prescription medications. On the first day, this news was repeated many times, by all major networks, as a new way for customers to offset the cost of medications. On that first day, a customer brought in their computer printout from this discount company, showing they had paid this company in advance. At the time of process, their codes would not go through the system. On that first day, claims resources were contacted to determine the status of this company. On that first day, it was learned that this company had not entered into an agreement with any of the insurance

claims processors; they were collecting payment up-front from the patient and had no platform to distribute those funds to pharmacies for the payment of filled prescriptions. News of this discovery was not reported to the public. Buyer beware — there’s a difference between a manufacturer’s discount coupon and a publicly advertised discount drug card. Learn to recognize the difference because it has an important impact on your pocketbook and your wellness. Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. is co-owner of Woodstock & PharMoore Health Mart Pharmacies. 8612 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-9266478. Stores.HealthMart.com/ woodstockhealthmart



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