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Publisher’s Perspective

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

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

~ Robert Burns

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Of course, I am certainly not suggesting that any of us just stop planning things. Personally, as someone who basically needs to plan to make plans, those who don’t can be frustrating to deal with to say the least. As a photographer, I’ve dealt with brides that plan things to happen literally minute-by-minute, and I’ve watched at the same pace as the day transpired into happiness, joy and laughter. Take comfort in knowing that YOUR plan may indeed not be THE plan. Stay fleet of foot; accept the opportunity to adapt with a smile on your face; and enjoy this crazy adventure we call life.

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The origin of what became presently known as Murphy’s Law was long before calendars, Palm Pilots and iPhones, or for that matter, wristwatches and the human language. Edward Murphy, a brash, outspoken and often arrogant engineer who worked with the Air Force while testing the effects of g-forces on the body in the 1950s, seems to be the namesake for the term which was coined. The initial tests using his measurement device showed “zero.” It was then discovered the sensors were installed backwards by his assistant, to which Murphy stated, “If that guy has any way of making a mistake, he will,” which was then revised through other team members and made it to the project manager. The project manager stated it during a press conference to convey that the success of the project without loss of life was due to their planning, redundancy and knowledge of Murphy’s Law, iterating that, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”



his saying, the modern adaptation of a line from Robert Burns poetic work, “To a Mouse,” has been a source of comfort to me over the past couple dozen years. To some, that all too prophetic verse may strike fear and rattle nerves, stating that no matter how much preparation, thought and genius is poured into a plan, something just might come along and smash the script. Now, to think about that, Burns was a Scotsman in the late eighteenth century, and even in that day without all the structure, networks and technology — plenty could go wrong.



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Sen. Brandon Beach, Paul Bodrogi, Cyndi Braun, Stacy Brown, Jyl Craven, Debi Dalton, James B. Depew, Brittany Duncan, Joshua Fuder, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, James E. Leake, Robbie Matiak, Tim Morris, Tina Morris, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, William Thrasher

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Detachment 1311 — Every third Saturday of the month, The Woodstock Detachment #1311 is chartered as a subsidiary organization of the Marine Corps League. Veterans share their first-hand experiences as editorial research data in the classroom as speakers. 9:00am, Semper Fi Bar and Grill, 9770 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-672-0026.



Friday Night Live Oktoberfest — Celebrate Oktoberfest in downtown Woodstock! Grab a brew with your crew, and have a blast, too. 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 later. 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Woodstock, 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Home by Dark Concert Series, featuring JP Williams, Joe West and Sabrina — A concert experience like no other. Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 8:00pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Rd., Alpharetta. 678-6650040. HomeByDark.com


Concrete Planters — UGA Master Gardener Extension volunteers of Cherokee County will be presenting a seminar on concrete planters. Planters can be pricey, but with a little knowledge and a few ingredients, you can create your own beautiful works of art to contain your garden plants. Step-by-step, you will learn the secrets of hypertufa containers,


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and go home with your own masterpiece. There is a $10 material fee; registration is required. 10:00am, Cherokee Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770721-7803. UGE1057@uga.edu


Autumn Fest — Barrett Park will be filled with over eighty arts and crafts vendors, an entertainment stage featuring local dance and vocal groups, kids’ zone with games and activities, and food trucks. 10:00am-5:00pm, Barrett Park, 120 Park Lane, Holly Springs. 770-3455536. HollySpringsGa.us


Coffee and Connections — Coffee and Connections provides the Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:00-10:00am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


It’s Not Fair — Melanie Dale, author of the book, It’s Not Fair, will share her story and her quirky views on dealing with the hard stuff in life. 7:00-9:00pm, Venue 92, 12015 Highway 92, Woodstock. 678-687-9188. TheExchangeGa.org


Light Up the Night Community Fall Festival — Enjoy fun booths/ inflatables, food and live entertainment. 6:00-9:00pm, Cherokee Charter Academy, 2126 Sixes Road, Canton. CCAPTC.org


The Mystery of Edwin Drood — This play is a hilarious, interactive, whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534

Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! 5:30-10:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


Touch-a-Truck — Put your imagination in gear, and go! Kids will have the opportunity to climb aboard and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicles, learn from their operators, and meet some of their hometown heroes. 10:00am-2:00pm, Cherokee Fire Training Center, 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, Holly Springs. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net


Little River Clean-Up — There will be breakfast items and coffee provided in the morning. Snacks and water will be available during the clean-up. Bring your own water bottle. After the clean-up, lunch will be provided for all volunteers. There will be a limited supply of Rivers Alive 2017 T-shirts available. Participate in Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and World Water Monitoring Challenge monitoring. Suggested items to have or bring are old shoes, clothes (things you don’t mind getting wet or dirty) and heavy work gloves (optional) — gloves will be provided — but heavier gloves are useful for pulling and carrying larger items (such as tires). 9:00am-1:00pm, Olde Rope Mill Park, 690 Olde Rope Mill Park Road, Woodstock. 770-479-1813 x246. CCWSA.com


Tee Off Fore VAC — This golf tournament gives players and sponsors the opportunity to get involved and help benefit the Volunteer Aging Council. 8:00am-4:00pm, Eagle Watch Golf Club, 3055 Eagle Watch Drive, Woodstock. 770-591-1000. BirdEasePro. com/teeoffforevac


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity!

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4:30-6:00pm, LGE Credit Union, 2018 Cumming Highway, Canton. 770-3450400. CherokeeChamber.com


B.L.A.S.T.T. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Local Businesses — Learn some “tricks of the trade” that will help your business to be found in online searches. 9:0011:00am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Meet & Eat — This NEW networking opportunity will get you out in the community to visit a Chamber Member restaurant while enjoying the company of fellow Chamber Members! 11:30am-12:30pm, Reel Seafood, 8670 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


TGIF Concert Series, featuring Atlanta Dance Party — Atlanta Dance Party is a ten-piece popular music band specializing in the dance hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s plus selected brand-new hits. Concerts are “Chastainstyle,” meaning bring your own picnic, tablecloths, candles, etc. 8:00-10:00pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 678665-0040. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com


Food Truck Friday — Calling all foodies and families! Enjoy delicious food and treats, visit with friends, play games, listen to music and more! 5:00-8:00pm, Recreation Center, Smith L. Johnston Government Complex, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net

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Regional Issues Awareness — This is a collection of forums, which focus on topics that affect not only Cherokee County and its residents, but the region as well. 8:00-9:30am, The Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com

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The Cherokee County Historical Society Historic Homes Tour Featuring Canton & Waleska — The 2017 tour will showcase six private homes: the Gordy Hospitality House at Reinhardt University, the President’s Home at Reinhardt University, the Hasty Home in Canton, the McManus Home in Canton, the Perkins Home in Canton, and the Wilbanks Home in Canton. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse to visit the Canton sites. Guests must provide their own transportation to the Reinhardt University homes. All proceeds benefit the Cherokee County Historical Society and will be used for education and outreach programs. Friday 5:00-9:00pm, Saturday 11:00am4:00pm. 770-345-3288. RockBarn.org


Twilight Run F.O.R. Cherokee Proceeds benefit Cherokee County’s DUI/Drug Treatment Court and the Cherokee Friends of Recovery Foundation. 7:00pm, Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 770-8418530. CherokeeFOR.com


Beer - Where Science, Economy and Culture Collide — Join a group of panelists, as they investigate the role of beer in science, the economy and culture. At this event, you’ll hear local experts discuss everything from the origins of craft beer in the area, why Atlanta has become such a nationally renowned region for craft beer production, where the professional brewing industry is headed, and career opportunities in Atlanta’s burgeoning

brewing industry, to tips on ordering local brews. 6:00-8:00pm, The Circuit, One Innovation Way, Woodstock. 770-9240406. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Main Street Mastermind - Building Great Customer Relationships — Come for this informative meeting about an important topic. 8:009:30am, Office of Economic Development, One Innovation Way, Woodstock. MainStreetWoodstock.org


2nd Annual Monster Dash Glow Run 5k and Little Monster 1 Miler — Come dressed in your most outrageous costume. After the race, enjoy an outdoor movie on the lawn starting at 9:00pm. There will be inflatables, music, food trucks, games and much more. 7:30pm, Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock. 770-9247768. CRPA.net


Trunk-or-Treat — Enjoy live music, trunk-or-treating, games, prizes and more! 5:00-7:00pm, Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock. 678324-7937, BascombUMC.org


Once Upon a Dive-In Movie — Visit 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. 6:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678880-4760. CRPA.net


CCEF Golf Classic 2017 — Proceeds will help provide grants to support Cherokee County schools, teachers, and more. 9:30am, Hawks Ridge Golf Club, 1100 Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground. 678-524-0686. CherokeeCountyEducationalFoundation.org

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HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 ROSE CREEK 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 WOODSTOCK 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859 GAME OF LOANS — UNDERSTANDING LOANS AND YOUR CREDIT

October 10, 12:00pm, Woodstock Attention students, families and businesses — borrowing funds can be an unpleasant but necessary part of life. Join Lisa Huskey, regional adult programs coordinator, as she discusses different loan types, the importance of credit, and how to build, use, and repair your credit.

works of art! Learn to make snowflakes. All materials are provided. This is for ages 16+. Registration is required.

October 19, 6:00pm, Rose Creek Celebrate the release of John Green’s long-awaited new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, as you catch up on your favorite Vlogbrothers videos; compete in trivia, and talk books! This program is for Nerdfighters in grades 6-12.


October 13, 6:30pm, Woodstock Learn all about how paranormal investigations are performed. Meet actual paranormal investigators, and witness their best evidence.


October 20, 4:30pm, Woodstock In this family-friendly event, you’ll be painting Octoberthemed rocks: all things fall, Halloween, and pink (the color of hope)! Registration is required.


October 15, 3:00pm, Woodstock Add a one-of-a-kind, chic touch to any outfit. Learn to make chip bead bracelets, ages 16+. Registration is required. STUFFED ANIMAL SLUMBER PARTY

October 16, 4:30pm, Hickory Flat Bring a cuddly friend for this special evening story time, share some yummy snacks, and tuck your favorite stuffed animal in for the night. The stuffed animals will spend the night in the library, and you can pick them up the next day. Jammies are encouraged, but not required. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


October 23, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Drop in to make Halloween and fall-themed keychains for family craft night! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. ESCAPE THE ROOM — GLOW IN THE DARK EDITION

October 26, 5:00pm, Woodstock There will be four timed escape sessions in a glow-in-thedark environment. Bring the whole family, and see if you can escape the room! Registration is required.



October 17, 12:00pm, Woodstock Enjoy coffee, conversation, and a book discussion with new friends. The selection for October is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. All ages are welcome; new members are encouraged.

October 30, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Attend the annual Hallow-Teen party! There will be games, candy and a costume contest for grades 6-12.


October 17, 6:00pm, Rose Creek Georgia Paranormal Investigators will be demonstrating how to “hunt ghosts” and what kind of equipment to use. You will see video evidence of some creepy creatures. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. INTRODUCTION TO QUILLING

October 18 & 25, 10:00am, Woodstock Discover how to turn colorful paper strips into beautiful


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October 31, 4:00pm, Woodstock Drop in for a Halloween monster party, featuring games and crafts! Wear your monstrous best for the costume contest! TRICK-OR-READ

October 31, 10:30am-4:00pm, Rose Creek During this fun twist on trick-or-treating, drop by the library, and experience an interactive story walk. Children are encouraged to be in costume while participating in the story walk and other activities. Stop at the front desk before leaving and say, “Trick-or-Read” to get your treat! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Turkey Swim Competition — Turkey swim is a fun, friendly competition between lap swimmers to see who can swim the farthest during the month of November. A log is maintained at the lifeguard station. There is no cost for participating, but if you swim the most, you will win at adult annual pass to the Aquatic Center! Aquatic Center hours, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


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. 7:00am, Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Friday Night Live - Night of Thanks — Have a fun night in downtown Woodstock, and give back at the same time. Woodstock will be partnering with local nonprofits to spotlight their efforts at this Friday Night Live. 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 later. 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Woodstock, 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com


It’s a Wibit — Visit the Aquatic Center for Sunday Wibit days (inflatable water playground), no extra fee, just your normal daily admissions. Children must be able to pass a 25 yd swim test to use the Wibit. 1:00pm-5:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net

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The Key to Closing Georgia’s Talent Gap [AcademicLife] At a recent Critical Issues Forum on “Closing Georgia’s Talent Gap,” the Georgia Chamber of Commerce presented statistics for Georgia counties that were considered “prosperous, borderline distressed, or distressed” based on education, available jobs, quality of living, healthcare, etc. Most of Georgia is considered “distressed,” and the prospects for improving that greatly depend on the quality of the education our students receive going forward. Many companies choose not to operate here because they can’t get qualified employees to fill their needs. The talent pool is already limited, and more than a million senior Georgians will be retiring from the work force in the next six years alone. They took a hard look at the state


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statistics from the high school graduates from the year 2010 and tracked where those kids are now. Seven years later, 22% hold a four-year degree, 7% have an associate’s degree or credential of higher learning, 53% did not attain any formal education after high school, and surprisingly — 18% are still enrolled in a degree-seeking program — a full seven years later. That means less than one in every four Georgia students is completing college. Even fewer are taking advantage of technical schools and crucial training to improve their job prospects and pay scale. This is unsettling. There were nearly 6,000 freshman students who walked to the center of Sanford Stadium to form the big “G” for the freshman welcome photo at UGA this fall. They are full of hope and ready

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to tackle college and their bright futures with zest! Hopefully, they along with other freshmen students at colleges all over Georgia will help turn these statistics around. Every student deserves a chance to do better for themselves. It’s important to understand that you can change your trajectory, and improve your career opportunities. If traditional four-year college isn’t for you, many resources are available to you through the TCSG (Technical College System of Georgia). You can enter one of twelve highdemand fields of study, and pay next to nothing for advancing your education and opportunities (TCSG.edu). The economy and future of our state depend on these students and our commitment to a measurable plan. Their pursuit and completion of higher education programs is key to closing Georgia’s talent gap.

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Woodstock Minute

By Brittany Duncan


Photos are courtesy of Darleen Prem

n Tuesday, October 31, the City of Woodstock is celebrating Halloween with all our younger ghouls and goblins in the Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, from 3:00-8:00pm. As a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, bring the family, and enjoy activities for children of all ages. Activities such as a moonwalk, DJ Ronnie playing some spooky tunes, Tim the Magician, Adam the Juggler, festive games, and the ever-popular stringed apple and

pumpkin bowling, this event is sure to be a hauntingly good time. A costume contest will take place at 6:00pm. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in the following categories: funniest, scariest, cutest, and best costume. And, let’s not forget our pets! Dress them up because we will have a pet

costume contest as well. For more information on Kidsfest, please visit WoodstockParksAndRec.com. If you are going trick-or-treating, please be mindful of the following safety tips: • • • •

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Only visit houses that have a front porch light on. Always carry a flashlight. This helps you see and helps others see you. Walk in groups on the sidewalk, and use caution when crossing the street. Instead of wearing a mask as part of a costume, try face paint to avoid blocking your vision. Motorists should drive with extreme caution in and around residential areas. Parents should inspect candy prior to children eating it. Throw away any unwrapped candy.

City officials and staff wish you a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

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


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even resort to stealing them from friends or family. Physicians commonly prescribe opioids or narcotics for short-term pain due to injury or illness as well as for patients with long-term painful conditions such as cancer. Physicians are now curbing the recommendations for these pain relievers, and when prescribing, they are limiting use to three to seven days. The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation launched communications touting simple steps to curb new addiction and access to these drugs. This is aimed at anyone with prescription pain medication:

By Debi Dalton, M.D. [HealthyLife] The medicine cabinets in our homes are largely responsible for one of the fastest growing causes of death in the U.S. Opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions. Almost everyone knows someone who has an addiction: a brother, a neighbor’s high school student, a colleague. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 144 people in the U.S. die of overdose deaths every day. The incidence of traumas, such as car accidents, have also increased due to opioid use. Opioids include illegal heroin as well as opioid medications prescribed by physicians such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, methadone and fentanyl. Once addicted to prescription narcotics, people are more likely to use heroin. Patients who were prescribed the medications for pain can become addicted even after a few doses. Once addicted, these people will often times get more from their family and friends if they can’t get a new prescription. They may


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1. Take your medications only as prescribed. 2. Never share medications. 3. Store your medication safely (children should not be able to access it). 4. Properly dispose of unused medicine (mix pills with food waste; never flush down a toilet; use drop boxes). Georgia’s 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law encourages people who are with someone experiencing a drug overdose to call 9-1-1. The caller and the victim cannot be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for small amounts of drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia if the evidence was obtained as a result of seeking medical assistance. The law allows the general public to obtain Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdose. Georgia Overdose Prevention, a grassroots organization focused on saving the lives of people experiencing opioid overdoses, distributes the medication to those who request it. The spike in opioid addiction and deaths is killing people we know and love. The retiree next door and the ‘A’ student down the street are at risk. The good news is we can all do something about it. For more information, visit GeorgiaOverdosePrevention.org.

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Historic Dean’s Store Will Continue to Welcome Visitors and Illuminate Local History

The Woodstock Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Woodstock Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently closed on the purchase of one of the most historic properties in Woodstock: Dean’s Store.

Dean’s Store has been a mainstay on Main Street for 111 years and has served as Woodstock’s Visitors Center since 2001. The store belonged to Alice Felton, daughter and granddaughter of the store’s founders. Mrs. Felton passed away January 20th, and her estate offered the opportunity to purchase the property to the DDA and CVB. Dean’s Store opened in April 1906. A local physician, Dr. William Dean, and his eldest son, Linton, who had recently graduated from business school in Atlanta, intended to operate a doctor’s office and pharmacy at the prime location on Main Street. Unfortunately, Dr. Dean passed away in the store’s first year, so Linton turned the store into a drug store and general store. The store was the home of the area’s first Coca-Cola®fountain. It also served as a Trailways® bus station, a service that

was discontinued in 1975. At different times, the store served as the collection agency for telephone, electricity and water, in addition to some City services such as payment of taxes and applications for business licenses. Due in part to the soda fountain and the abundance of CocaCola® products, and even more so to Mr. Dean’s welcoming spirit, Dean’s Store has served as a meeting place for decades. Woodstock’s retired gentlemen have gathered in the store throughout its history. The DDA will be investing in updates to the store that will keep its historic charm intact while improving the function of the space. Staff is currently planning to refine the historical displays, bringing the generosity and spirit of the Dean family to life and highlighting the vital history of retail in Woodstock’s charming downtown. For more information, visit VisitWoodstockGa.com.

Melanie Tugman! Congratulations “7 Differences” winner, Joyce McMichael! Congratulations to to our our October September “7 Differences” winner, Rosa Skurka! Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake



Community 2017 Colors of the Wind Gala

Paint yourself beautiful, and support the Arts Center at the 2017 Colors of the Wind Gala on October 28, 2017. All proceeds go to support the Cherokee Arts Center. Follow Cherokee Arts Center on Facebook for more information and updates.

Cherokee County’s Ronnie Young is 2017’s

“Fittest Police Officer on Earth” Cherokee County resident Ronnie Young, an officer with the Johns Creek Police Department, recently showed off his muscles and athleticism by winning first place in his age bracket in the 2017 World Police and Fire Games. Sergeant Ronnie Young travelled to the Los Angeles Convention Center to compete in the Crossfit® division with police and firefighters who hailed from 65 countries worldwide! Only the top ten in each discipline were invited to compete. Sgt. Young stated that the experience was, “absolutely amazing! To be able to compete at this level with people who put their lives on the line for others every day was an honor I cannot put into words.”


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Five CCSD High School Seniors Named


National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors were recently named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists: Etowah HS’s Joseph Young, River Ridge HS’s Simon Yang and twin sisters Claire and Irene Chen, and Woodstock HS’s Preston Alsup. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower exclaimed, “Congratulations to these extraordinary students, their families and their teachers! We are proud of your continued academic achievement on the path to college and career success. Our Merit Scholar semi-finalists are known for their accomplishments in the classroom and through extra-curricular and community activities, and we look forward to seeing them progress through this process… and, we hope, to earning scholarships!” The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which oversees the prestigious competition, has named 16,000 semi-finalists, who were selected from a pool of 1.6 million students, based on outstanding 2016 PSAT scores. Less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors are named semi-finalists. To be considered as a finalist, the students will now have to submit a detailed application, noting their academic achievements, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors; an endorsement and recommendation from a high school official; and an essay. Students also must earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance. The anticipated 15,000 finalists will compete for 7,500 scholarships worth about $32 million, which will be awarded in the spring.

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BEATS’ Haunted Horse Hill Needs Sponsors & Volunteers Bethany’s Equine & Aquatic Therapy Services’ (BEATS) Haunted Horse Hill fundraiser will be at Mariposa Farms (75 Red Gate Trail in Canton) on October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31 from 6:30-11pm. Besides the Spooktacular haunted barn on the hill, there will also be food trucks and a kid zone! How can you help? * They are requesting sponsorships from local businesses to offset the costs of putting on this event. Sponsorships start at only $100. * They need volunteers for the nights of the events, LOTS of volunteers! This is a great opportunity for groups (church, service, school, etc.). Opportunities include parking, tickets, face painting, supervising games, manning stalls with candy for trunk-or-treaters! * The creator of the haunted house, Ross Spencer, will be needing volunteers to be zombies and other scary creatures. Please join the fun! Tickets for the Haunted Horse Hill are $10 and kid zone tickets are $5. All proceeds from this event will support BEATS programs, horses and scholarship. To sponsor or volunteer for this event, please email Bethany at bethany@ beats-inc.org. To learn more about BEATS, visit BEATS-Inc.org.

Welcome Dr. Depew! Please join Plastic Surgery Center of the South in welcoming Dr. James Depew to its team of plastic surgeons. Dr. Depew is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. His training includes a wide range of cosmetic, traumatic, and cancer reconstruction surgery, and research in facial reanimation and surgical quality care improvements. Dr. Depew was inducted as a member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for dedication and commitment to compassionate and humanistic care.



The Children’s Haven


Becomes an Affiliate Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia The Children’s Haven, a Canton-based agency that provides services to children who have experienced abuse or neglect, has teamed up with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia to help prevent child abuse in Cherokee County. The not-for-profit evolved from the organization originally known as CASA for Children, Inc. but changed their name in 2015 to The Children’s Haven to better encompass the many services they provide to children. Their programs work to give foster kids the opportunity to succeed by bringing a variety of support programs under one roof.

Chamber Recognizes

Mayors’ Recycling Challenge Winners The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green Committee has concluded their Sixth Annual Mayors’ Recycling Challenge event, which challenged cities in Cherokee County to encourage their residents to recycle during the months of June and July. The winning city for total pounds recycled, winning city for most pounds collected per capita, and the winning city for highest percentage increase over last year were recently announced. North Metro Waste and Hauling, Santek Waste Services of Georgia, and Waste Management partnered with the Chamber on this event. The City of Woodstock collected the most recycling, which totaled 537,320 pounds, followed by the City of Canton - 312,080 pounds; Ball Ground - 98,920 pounds; Waleska - 175,360 pounds; and Holly Springs - 44,580 pounds. The combined total collected by all cities was 1,168,260 pounds. For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Waleska collected the most recycling per capita with 199.50 pounds per resident, as determined based on 2016 U.S. Census population estimates. Additional per capita totals included Ball Ground - 51.82 pounds/resident; Woodstock - 17.37 pounds/resident; Canton - 11.85 pounds/ resident; and Holly Springs - 3.95 pounds/resident. The City of Waleska was also recognized for having the highest percentage increase of collected recyclables over the previous year. This year, Waleska collected 175,360 pounds, which is a 54% increase over last year’s 113,840 pounds.


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“Of course, the most important work in these efforts is to ensure that children who have already experienced abuse are safe from secondary abuse. This partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia will allow our agency to provide innovative prevention programs using research-based models that prevent primary abuse. We are thrilled to be positioned to get in front of the problem and emphasize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur,” stated The Children’s Haven Executive Director, Deidre Hollands. Hollands states that their first Prevent Child Abuse initiative will be the promotion of 1-800-CHILDREN, a helpline for anyone who is concerned about a child. The helpline provides support for parents, caregivers and professionals alike. It is professionally staffed by operators from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and operates Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-6:00pm. Callers can get the following information and referrals from the helpline: • • • • • •

Parenting support Counseling and support groups Referrals for legal needs Grandparent issues Child abuse and prevention information Concern about the well-being of a child or family member • Family violence concerns • Community resources for emergency assistance • Resources for special needs children

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The 2017 Woodstock Summer Concert Series wrapped up its inaugural season at the new Northside Hospital – Cherokee Amphitheater with contemporary country bands, The Whiskey Gentry and Runaway June. Woodstock Family Life magazine was proud to be a Gold Sponsor, and we look forward to sponsoring this wonderful community series again next year!

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Go Long This

By Jyl Craven

[Lifestyle] Long hair is something that most women have wanted at some point in their lives. If you want to grow your hair long, fall is the time to go for it. But before you grow out those gorgeous locks, there are a few things to know that will help you gain the most benefit from your newly grown-out look. Sure, anyone can grow their hair long, but why not do it with style? So, whether you already have long hair or are going to experiment this season with a longer hairstyle, here are a few beauty tips to consider that will help you achieve a more graceful grow out. Your face shape tells a lot about whether a particular hairstyle is right for you. Round or oval face shapes are best for anyone wanting to grow their hair longer. Women with more prominent or elongated chins should consider holding back the length, as longer hair will only give the illusion of an extended face shape. However, if you still feel the need for longer hair (and have a lengthier face


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

length and body height is also important when deciding how long to grow your hair. Long hair is best on anyone who is of average or taller than average height. Long hairstyles on shorter women can make someone appear shorter, whereas super short hairstyles on taller women can leave an unchic impression. While we can’t change our face shape, hair texture or height, we can certainly change our hair style. So, if your goal is to go longer this season (with your hair that is) why not allow your natural characteristics to work for you? Remember that growing your hair long will not happen overnight. But by following these few beauty tips, your finished look will surely turn some heads. L

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

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What’s up?

Distracted Driving


Georgia has recently been in the news regarding their steadfast crackdown on distracted driving. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office posted the following to their Facebook page: “Just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the work we are doing to keep the driving public safe. Please don’t drive while distracted by your cell phone, reading while driving or putting on makeup. Put your phone somewhere that it can’t be easily reached except for an emergency.”

What’s the law? “While Georgia doesn’t have a hand-held ban for all drivers, it does have restrictions

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on the use of cell phones for novice drivers and school bus drivers,” (DMV.com). “The state of Georgia has prohibited all drivers from texting and driving. It’s a primary law that is strictly enforced. You may get a ticket for texting even if your vehicle is stopped while you’re doing it,” (DMV.com). “Novice drivers (drivers under 18) are completely prohibited from using handheld or hands-free cell phones while behind the wheel or any other sort of electronic device while behind the wheel. School bus drivers are also banned from using both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving,” (DMV.com).

What are the statistics? “Several other activities have been found

to be just as distracting or even more capable of increasing crash occurrences. Here’s how they rank: reaching for a moving object increases crash risk by 9 times; looking at an object outside the vehicle increases crash risk by 3.7 times; reading increases crash risk by 3 times; grooming or applying makeup increases crash risk by 3 times; using a hand-held device like a GPS increases crash risk by 3 times; talking or listening to a hand-held cell phone increases crash risk by 1.3 times; and drowsiness, a tired driver behind the wheel, increases crash risk by 4 times,” (GaHighwaySafety.org). So, please refrain from doing activities that will distract you from your primary responsibility while you’re behind the wheel: driving. Nothing is more important than your life or the lives of your fellow motorists. Sources “Georgia Distracted Driving Laws.” DMV.com/ga/ georgia/distracted-driving-laws “Georgia’s Texting Laws, The Latest Information on Texting While Driving.” GaHighwaySafety.org/ highway-safety/texting-laws/



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ne-hundred years ago, rail was by far the most efficient and modern form of transportation available to the general public. The Trans-Continental Railway united a nation in the thought that long distance travel could be fast, comfortable and affordable. Fast forward a hundred years, and our nation’s major cities are inundated with cars commuting to and from work, trucks carrying freight cross country and buses driving citizens around the city. While technology has drastically improved in the last 100 years, the riddle of easy, convenient and affordable transportation options remains unsolved. However, a possible solution may be to take a modern approach to an aging technology. Recently, I visited Denver’s Union Station. In 2010, the aging Union Station building sat mostly dormant. The surrounding area remained mostly undeveloped, and the city’s roads and highways were constantly backed up. However, through a development initiative led by the City and County of Denver, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Denver Regional Council of

Governments assembled to restore Union Station and create a Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT). The MMPT was completed in 2014 and now serves as a hub for commuter transportation, Amtrak, light rail and bus services. It is now a one-stop-shop for all of the city of Denver’s transportation needs. In 2016 alone, Union Station saw more than a ten-percent increase in ridership from the previous year and had around 140,000 boardings. Union Station also now serves as the focal point of economic development in the city of Denver and continues to serve as a reliable, convenient centerpiece of Denver’s transportation options. This same model could be applied to Atlanta. Early plans suggest that a 119acre site in the Gulch area of downtown Atlanta could be a perfect place for an MMPT of our own. It would have a direct connection to the centrally located Five Points MARTA station and would serve as the transportation hub of the city. It would include bus lines, passenger rail, as well as light and freight rail, all in one centrally


located transportation nerve center. This hub would also become an economic boon to the Gulch area, making it an ideal location for future businesses, retail shops or restaurants. A recent study reported that the Atlanta region grew by more than 80,000 people in the past year. The population will continue to grow, and Atlanta will have to accommodate the increase in population with sustainable public transit. The need is clearly there; it is evidenced by the droves of citizens who flocked to MARTA after the bridge over I-85 collapsed in March, and we are now in financial position where this could become a reality. If Georgia truly wants to lead the way in new and innovative transportation methods, our own MMPT would go a long way toward securing that legacy.

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

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911, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. The first responders will then use the client’s personalized frequency to locate the position of the individual. The website also states that, “Recovery times for Project Lifesaver agencies average thirty minutes, which is 95% less time than standard operations without Project Lifesaver.” Every family has their own set of challenges when caring for those needing continuous monitoring. If you or a friend would like more information about Project Lifesaver, please call or send us an email.

By Sheriff Frank Reynolds The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our community by offering a variety of free services to our citizens. One of the programs we offer is called Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is a service offered to citizens who need continuous monitoring and have a tendency to wander due to cognitive conditions.

The Project Lifesaver website says the following: The method relies on proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue teams. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter on their wrist or ankle that emits an individualized frequency signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies

EMA Director Renee Cornelision 679-493-4033 RCornelison@cherokeega.com Cherokee Sheriff’s Office CherokeeGa-Sheriff.org Project Lifesaver ProjectLifesaver.org/

Frank Reynolds is the sheriff for Cherokee County. 678-493-4100. CherokeeGa-Sheriff.org

Cherokee County first responders often respond to incidents where a family member has wandered off and cannot be located. Although most cases end with a positive reunification to the family, time is of the essence. Project Lifesaver allows deputies to locate an individual in a timely manner, thereby reducing the risk of physical and emotional harm. When a participant in the program goes missing, we will dispatch a team of deputies to your location with special equipment to locate the missing person. When requested, we will also come out to your home to change the battery. Countywide, there are currently over twenty participants enrolled in the program.


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Occasionally, a book comes along that is completely different from most other books. A Million Junes is that book. June, otherwise known as Jack O’Donnell IV, lives in a magical place, a place where the veil between heaven and earth is thinner. Cherry trees grow overnight; coywolves steal shoes; cherries have magical healing properties, and Feather, a pink shimmering ghost, and Nameless, a dark and dangerous spirit, also reside there. When she was eight years old, June lost her father, Jack O’Donnell III, to Nameless. The Angerts, a family with whom the O’Donnells have been feuding for generations, live next door to June. It seems that whenever something bad happens to an O’Donnell, something terrible happens to the Angerts as well. When Jack died, so did Bekah, the Angerts’ daughter and Saul Angert’s twin sister. For generations, June has had to abide by two rules: don’t go near the Angerts, and don’t go near the Falls. But when she meets the boy next door, Saul, she is drawn to him. Suddenly, the Whites (dandelion-like particles) come alive and show June and Saul memories of the people who have gone before. Both painful and exhilarating, June and Saul step through threshold after threshold of memories to find out more. And as they do, they begin to discover the curse that has fallen on their families. As they’re pulled in different directions, they must decide what it means to live, to love, and to hold on to the memories of those we’ve lost without letting those memories drag us under. A Million Junes is a fascinating book about grief, memory and love. As June and Saul process their own grief, the reader is also called to decide for themselves whether to hold their memories tightly in their hands, refusing to let go, or open their hands wide, so that love can get in.

Jessica Asbell is an avid reader and a children’s minister. She holds a BBA from Mercer and a Master of Divinity in Christian education from McAfee School of Theology. She’s also a frequent customer at Foxtale Book Shoppe. 770-516-9989. FoxTaleBooks.com

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What is Operation Not Forgotten? Operation Not Forgotten was created to help veterans and their families achieve a better quality of life. Operation Not Forgotten works through Vet Life Community to connect veterans with other veterans, buddies they can trust and relate with to coach them through any difficulties. Their mission is to measurably enhance and improve a veteran’s quality of life and functioning in four areas: mental, emotional, social and spiritual.

What is Vet Life Community? Vet Life Community is a network of local, weekly, peer-based support meetings that offer tools to help veterans as they transition back into life outside the military. Meetings

are free for all participating veterans and their loved ones. Each veteran will be offered the opportunity to take a Life Renewed Quality of Life Assessment (QOLA). The results will help determine the appropriate coaching they may need as they transition back into civilian life. The meetings will also introduce veterans and their families to trained life coaches (all of whom are also veterans) who will help them understand and use the information provided in their QOLA profile. The life coach will help the veteran construct a life plan, so that he/ she and his/her family can make necessary lifestyle changes and experience an improved quality of life. In addition to a weekly community meeting, the life coach and the veteran/family member(s) also meet weekly at a time and

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location that is mutually convenient. Meetings with life coaches are personal and done oneon-one; men coach men, and women coach women, creating a true community. Another important aspect of a Vet Life Community is the renewed sense of brotherhood/sisterhood that veterans felt when they were in the military. Vet Life Community is a place where veterans can meet other veterans and form new friendships with people who really understand; people who have “been there.” Community members can get together for Sunday afternoon ball games, picnics, televised sports, or even just a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop. The important thing is to have someone there for veterans to reach out to — a place to find support — a Vet Life Community. Vet Life Community meetings are held every Thursday at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Building A, Room 240; 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock.


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Party of the Risen Dead By Pastor William Thrasher

[InGoodFaith] “You only live once.” In saying this, we confirm the fact that at some point in the unknown future, we will cease to exist (at least as we are now). The typical thoughts for what will happen next are likely some version of an afterlife, heaven, reincarnation, or perhaps nothing at all. Simply put, you validate that your body will stop working, and you will cease to be. In other words, you will die. How can you possibly know that you’ve done just the right thing to be included in the club of eternal life? Want to hear something really frightening? You can’t! There is absolutely nothing you can do to earn eternal life, N-O-T-H-I-N-G. There is no threshold you can attain, no decision you can make, no action you can perform, where you can buy your way into

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this eternal after-party, the never-endinglight club. You alone can never do enough to earn your way into this private club with its Holy Ownership. Want to hear some great news? You don’t have to do anything to get in. You are welcomed into this party with open arms waiting to embrace you, not at all because of what you do, or even because of who you know, but all because the Eternal Owner knew and loved you first. His Son, lived and died, not just for you, but as you. You were raised from the dead in Him and named co-owner of the club in the process. This is the scandalous story of grace!

By believing this too-good-to-be-true news, you can immediately access the pre-party benefits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is nothing you can “do” that can outdo these things. By accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior and believing in your heart that his death was payment for sin, you can receive the gift of eternal life through Him that He has prepared for you.

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

“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive,” (1 Cor 5:22).




Recently, Woodstock Family Life sat down with some staff members to discuss what makes this practice special.

By Cyndi Braun

Our panel included • Evelyn Francia, medical assistant • Dr. Chinenye Iheme, M.D. • Hallie Jacobson, medical assistant • Kelly Marulanda, practice administrator • Candice Pendergrast, administrative • Daniela deAlba, medical records • Tarsha Strong, medical assistant

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How is this practice unique? Kelly: Since we are not a corporate practice, we can be flexible and customize care to meet the needs of our patients. Our goal is to make every visit a positive experience. We are not a “minute-clinic.” We want to spend more than a minute with you and your child. Daniela: From the front desk, to the nurses and doctors, everybody does the best they can to accommodate the parent and the child.


visit to Woodstock Pediatric Medicine (WPM) is more than just a visit with your child’s doctor. Staff members, from administrative to medical assistants to doctors, play a role in making sure your child receives courteous service, prompt attention and excellent care. Independently owned, WPM has served the community since the late 1990s. Six providers offer patients a level of care unsurpassed among other pediatric practices. Doctors, nurse practitioners and medical assistants treat illnesses while promoting good health, wellness and disease prevention. Each month, the practice sees about 2,500 patients. Appointments are available six days a week, with Saturdays set aside for sick visits. The practice accepts almost all forms of insurance, including Medicaid.

Dr. Iheme: Even when I have a lot of patients on my schedule, everything goes smoothly because the nurses are so knowledgeable that they know what to do before I even get into the examination room.

How do you make appointments easier for parents? Kelly: Staff members are like the hands and feet of this place. They get paperwork moving and patients ready for the doctors. They’re the first line of defense, the first voice, the first face of the practice. Hallie: We’re all moms, so we understand. Depending on what the child is here for, we’ll sit and joke with them, laugh and have fun until they smile. We want to make sure they are comfortable. Daniela: We’re confident in what we do, and we love what we do. Parents know we care about their kids. We’re going to do our best to make them smile. We might even sneak an extra sticker if we know they’re having a bad day.

What can you tell us about the providers? Hallie: I like how the providers talk to the child, not just to the parent. That makes children understand that the doctor is listening carefully to what they say. Also, they really


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care about their patients. They take time with every patient. They know them, and they remember them. Candice: The doctors are very respectful and mindful of their patients. They are punctual; they keep appointments on time. And they really like what they do. Daniela: All the providers take an interest in their patients. They remember details about their patients’ lives. They’ll ask how their vacation was, how a pregnancy is going, how their mom is doing. I am amazed at how the doctors can remember so much about patients and their families. It shows that they have built a connection, and they care.

How does the practice work as a team? Kelly: We are very family-oriented. We celebrate successes, and we support each other during hard times and heartaches. It’s a caring atmosphere from top to bottom. We aren’t a large corporation with a board of directors, shareholders and a large circle of red tape. When we need to make something happen quickly, we can normally do it very easily with a single line of communication. Hallie: We all have good relationships with each other. We enjoy working with each other, and we work well together. Tarsha: The best thing is we get to wake up every morning and come to an amazing place to work! We’re like family here. I tell everyone, “teamwork makes dreamwork.”

Are your children patients here? Kelly: Yes! The entire staff trusts the practice enough to bring their own children here, and Evelyn will when her baby is born. That says a lot about the practice. Hallie: My 12-year-old son is a patient and loves all the doctors here. Eventually, he will probably prefer a male provider, and I’m glad he has that option here. Evelyn: People have asked me what doctor my baby will see, but my baby can see anybody here. Each

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provider has their special touch and interest. All the providers are great.

Why do you recommend this practice? Kelly: Patients are never just a number or a medical record. We see children from birth to 21. That’s a long time to build relationships, and we want those long-term relationships. It’s important for continuity of care. Our goal is not to be the biggest practice. We just want to be the best practice we can be, and that means being flexible, adapting to changes and making those changes when we should. Evelyn: The doctors are all excellent, and they treat you well. Daniela: Our interest is in the patient, not in revenue. When my sister had her baby, I told her, “you have to bring her here.”

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Newest Provider, Dr. Chinenye Iheme Chinenye Iheme, M.D. joined Woodstock Pediatric Medicine last year. Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Iheme received an education that spans the globe. After graduating from Georgia State University, she went to medical school at the American University of the Caribbean. She completed her pediatric residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, with a sub-specialty at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She traveled to London to learn more about the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and surgery. Last year, Dr. Iheme initiated a program to provide newborn packets to new mothers at WPM. “We give new mothers a packet that includes a booklet with information about what to expect, what to do, when to call us. Being a new mom can get overwhelming, and it helps to know when you should call the doctor,” said Dr. Iheme. “The booklet gives everyone peace of mind. Moms look through the book, and realize, ‘Oh, this is normal,’ and then they don’t worry in the middle of the night.” In addition, Dr. Iheme plans to implement the “Reach Out and Read” program. This national program incorporates books into pediatric care by encouraging families with young children to read together. “I always wanted to be a doctor. Pediatrics was the obvious choice for me,” said Dr. Iheme. “I’m happy to be part of Woodstock Pediatric Medicine.”


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What Should You Believe? By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] It seems you can find reviews for every experience online these days. We can very quickly and easily share information regarding what has happened to us on any given day. With so many reviews out there, it can be difficult to know what to believe. This is true for dental office reviews as well. Consider the following tips if you are using reviews to narrow your search for a new dentist. Before considering any online reviews, do some research yourself. This can include

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visiting the office’s website, or visiting the office itself. Reviews can be helpful, but there is something to say for seeing things firsthand. You can get a feel for the energy of the office, as well as observe the interactions between patients and staff. You can also take a tour of the office, which can be especially helpful if your child is preparing for their first dental visit.

If you decide to use online reviews to further narrow your search, here are some things to think about: - Most of the happy and content patients do not take the time to place online reviews. Think of your own experiences. How likely are you to go online and make a review when you have a satisfying experience with a business? - Reviews are always a one-sided account of an experience. There are certain

review sites that will allow a business to respond to a review, but for dental and medical offices, oftentimes, HIPAA (patient privacy) constraints do not allow for a thorough response to a patient’s comments and complaints. - If a patient has a poor experience (due to any number of reasons), it will usually taint their overall impression of the office. In general, experiences in life can be very personal and specific. Even if a dental office has a few poor reviews, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t hundreds (or more) patients who are satisfied with the office. Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t fully judge any business solely based on online reviews.

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



Éclair Ingredients


4 oz. water • 2 oz. butter • Pinch of salt • Pinch of sugar 3 oz. bread flour • 3oz. whole eggs, whisked slightly Powdered sugar for garnishing


Éclair Procedure

Serves 4 Caramelized Pear Ingredients

2 Bosc pears • 1 tablespoon sugar • ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon apricot jam • 2 cups cold water Juice of ½ a lemon

Caramelized Pear Procedure

- Add the lemon juice to the cold water to make acidulated water, and set aside. - Peel, core, and dice the 2 pears, and then add them to the acidulated water. - Combine the sugar and cinnamon. - Drain the pears, and toss with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and vanilla. - Heat a sauté pan until it is very hot. - Add the pear mixture, and cook until the sugar starts to caramelize. - Add the apricot jam; remove the mixture from the heat, and stir gently until it is dissolved. - Cool to room temperature.

- Bring the water, butter, salt and sugar to a rolling boil. - Remove the mixture from the heat, and add all the flour. - Return to the heat, and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, and the bottom of the pot forms a skin, and then remove from the heat. - In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the mixture on low speed until there is no more steam (the mixture should be below 120°F). - Slowly add the eggs in 4 additions, waiting until the first egg is absorbed before adding more. Scrape down the bowl between additions. - Place the mixture in a piping bag with a large star tip. - Pipe out 4-inch éclairs. - Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, and then lower the oven to 325°F for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients 2 oz. semisweet chocolate • 1 oz. butter 1 teaspoon corn syrup

Chocolate Sauce Procedure

- Combine the ingredients in microwave-safe bowl. - Heat in the microwave at 75% power for 15 second intervals. Stir well between each interval. Heat until the mixture is just melted. *Note - Do not overheat, or the mixture can burn or seize.

Whipped Cream Ingredients

4 oz. heavy cream • 1 oz. sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Procedure

- Combine all ingredients, and whip until very thick.

Assembly - - - - -

Cut the éclair in half long ways. Fill each éclair with the pear mixture. Pipe the cream onto the pears. Cover with the top of the éclair, and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with the chocolate sauce.

Paul Bodrogi is a pastry chef, Pastry Live event producer and instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College.


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Autumn Tree Planting

By Joshua Fuder [HomeLife] The transition of leaf color is full of symbolism and seemingly marks the end of the growing season. However, it’s actually the best time of year to plant trees. This is because it will establish roots before the warm summer temperatures draw moisture from it and cause stress to the tree.


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Keys to Successful Tree Planting • Plant and Site Selection - Select trees that are well-adapted to the individual planting site. Soil drainage is critical, as most trees don’t like “wet feet.” If you’re unsure whether you have proper soil drainage, you can dig a test hole, and fill it with water. If the hole drains at a rate of less than one inch per hour, you may need to choose a different species, or raise the planting site. • Site Preparation - Dig your planting hole at least twice as wide as the root ball. Don’t dig holes deeper than root balls or put loose soil beneath the roots because the soil will compact over time, and the tree will be planted too deep. In GA’s heavy clay soils, it’s recommended to score the edges of the hole, so roots can penetrate out of the planting hole. Backfill the holes with native soil, as too much organic matter can cause differences in pore size and create water/drainage issues. Fertilization at

planting time is not recommended; a slow-release fertilizer can be added, if needed, the following spring. Tree Preparation - Remove all wrapping, and closely inspect the root ball for girdling roots. If roots are circling around the root ball exterior, cut through the roots in a few places. Remove all tags and labels to prevent girdling branches. Water and Mulch - Thoroughly water the tree after planting, and water when needed during the winter. Mulch should be put down in an area at least equivalent to the dripline of the tree. Two to three inches of mulch is best, and mulch should be kept from touching the trunk.

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

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At Family Life Publications (FLP), 98% of each of our magazines is printed on non-toxic, sustainable, uncoated paper because we are very strong believers in doing what we can to protect our environment. This month, we decided to take this a step further by challenging ourselves to create a fun fall craft that utilized at least one major item that we could recycle/repurpose from our homes. Here is what we came up with:

Illuminated Autumn Tree By Julie Senger, FLP Editor

Recycled Materials • Tomato Plant Cage • Tangled White Christmas Lights (100-bulb strand) • 3-5 Twisty Ties (from loaf bread) Other Materials • 6’ Fall Leaf Garland x2 (12’ total) • Burlap Bow • 4 Yards of Sparkly Green Tulle (ballerina tutu fabric) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


Instructions - Turn the tomato cage upside down, and bind its legs together near the top with a twisty tie. - Place your tangled Christmas lights inside the cage and hang what appears to be the middle of the wad by hooking that part of the wire between the point of your newly connected tomato cage legs, so that the tangled lights hang in a mass as they dangle to the bottom of the cage. - Lay out your green tulle, and carefully place your tomato cage in the middle of the fabric. - Take each side of the tulle and stretch it to the top of your “tree,” and tie the ends together at the top. Near the top of the tulle, punch one of the legs at the point through the netting to make sure it stays connected to the top. The fabric is thin, so this is easy to do. You may also use a dot of hot glue to ensure it stays in place. - Cut off any excess tulle at the top. - Stretch the tulle around the cage, so it’s completely covered, and pull the plug for the lights through one of the fabric separation locations at the bottom of the cage (make sure this side faces the wall/outlet). - The leaf garlands have plastic circles at the end of each strand, so use a twisty tie to connect them together to make a 12’ strand. - Take one of the circles on the end of the newly connected leaf garland, and put it over the top of the point of your tree, then wrap the garland around the tulle-covered tomato cage. Use a twisty tie to connect the other end of the garland to the bottom of the cage (in the back). - Adhere the burlap bow to the top of your tree. - Plug in your new autumn tree, and enjoy!

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Spooky Cute Halloween Tree (Children’s Craft)

By Janet Ponichtera, FLP Sales and Marketing Director

Aluminum Leaves Initial

By Candice Williams, FLP Art Director Recycled Materials • 17 Aluminum Soda Cans

Recycled Materials • 2 Small Tree Branches (about 2’ each, try to find ones that look like miniature leafless trees) • Packing Styrofoam • Plant Container (cleaned and dried) • Black or Brown Paper or Cardboard • Pine Straw or Mulch (or other items from your yard to lay under the “trees”) • Newspaper Pages Other Materials • Small Pictures of Bats (can be printed off the internet or drawn) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or tape) *Optional Materials • Tissues or Recycled Gift Bag Tissue Paper (for ghosts) Instructions - Cover your work surface with newspaper to make clean up easier. - Cut Styrofoam to fit into the plant container to make a base; use leftover Styrofoam pieces to fill up the container. - Place branches side by side into the Styrofoam to make two “trees.” - Cut out bats, and hot glue or tape them onto the branches. Small children should have adult supervision if using hot glue. - Use the brown/black paper or cardboard to cover the Styrofoam. - Sprinkle the pine needles or mulch over the paper to cover it. *Ghost Instructions (Optional) - Make a small ball out of scrap paper. - Place the ball in the center of a piece of tissue paper. - Twist the paper right under the ball. - Place the ghosts under the tree.

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Other Materials • Paper Maché Initial (Initial used in this project was 9 ¾” x 16”) • Spray Paint (white, brown, copper and sea green) • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks • Scissors • 1 Nail • Black Permanent Marker • Spray Bottle with Water • Gloves • Leaf Pattern (for tracing, the design for this project was found at CountryDesignStyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Fall-Art-Project-leaves-cut-outCountry-Design-Style-countrydesignstyle.com_.jpg)

Instructions - Spray paint the paper maché initial with white paint. Let it dry according to the directions on the can. - Print leaf patterns from the internet, and cut them out without the stems. **Use caution when working with the sharp edges of the aluminum cans for the following steps. - Using the gloves and scissors, cut the cans into sheets of aluminum by removing the top and bottom and cutting down the cylinder of the can. To uncurl, rub along the edge of a countertop. - Trace the leaf patterns onto the aluminum using a permanent marker, fitting three leaves per sheet, and cut out. - Use the nail to etch veins into the leaves. - Separate the leaves into three groups of 17. - Paint one group with the brown spray paint, and let dry. - Paint another group with copper spray paint, and let dry. - Paint the last group with copper spray paint, and while the paint is still wet, mist with water using the spray bottle. Then, immediately spray the sea green color on top of the water, and let dry. After the leaves have dried completely, spray each leaf with one more shot of the sea green color, and let dry. This will give the copper a weathered, patina appearance. - Use the hot glue gun to attach your leaves to the paper maché initial. Make sure to not let any leaves hang over the bottom, so it can stand properly.

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Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Coasters By Laurie Litke, FLP Graphic Artist Recycled Materials • Wide-Mouth Mason Jar Lids

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Cozy Fall Dog Bed

By Jack Tuszynski, FLP Publisher Recycled Materials • 2, Four-Way-Entry, Close-Boarded, Perimeter Base Pallets (used 36”x24” size for this project) • Old Sofa or Outdoor Furniture Cushion(s) Other Materials • #2 Wood Screws, sizes 1.25” and 2.25” • Measuring Tape • Saw • Sand Paper • Drill 3 • Paint or Stain of Your Choice (optional) • Seasonal Blankets, Fabric and/or Decorative Pillows



Instructions - First, order about 80,000 magazines, and have about 4000 delivered on pallets to your office. If that isn’t an option, simply find a free pallet somewhere. Try asking local manufacturing companies, or find them locally online. Fall is a great time to prepare a cozy and comfortable new bed for your dog or cats. This project may be painted, stained or customized to match your interior design, your pet’s personality, or current seasonal holiday. - Take your first pallet, and if necessary, trim any excess wood on the ends to make it flush with the 3 center blocks (see photo 1). Remove every other top slat board on the first pallet, and set these boards aside for use as trim later. - Take your second pallet, and remove the bottom chamfers and center blocks, leaving the stringer boards and top slat boards (see photo 2). - Cut the remaining portion of your pallet into 3 pieces, making your first cut along the top of the middle stringer board and your second cut halfway between the remaining 2 stringer boards. These pieces will be your back and sides of the pet bed. - Use your drill and wood screws to attach the back and sides to your first pallet (see photo 3).

Other Materials • Thin Sheet(s) of Cork • Acrylic Paints • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks • Spray Paint (1 can of the color of your choice, a fall color that compliments the leaves is best) • Polyurethane • Scissors Instructions - Trace the mason jar lid onto the cork, cut out the circle with scissors, and set aside. - Hot glue the mason jar lid to the metal ring. - Spray paint the mason jar lid and ring. - Paint leaves on cork circles, and allow to dry. - Once your leaves are completely dry, apply 2 coats of polyurethane on the cork circle. Be sure to let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat. - When the second coat of polyurethane is thoroughly dry, hot glue the cork circle inside the mason jar lid and ring.

- As needed, trim out the open spaces on the sides and the front by measuring and cutting the slats you removed from first pallet to the appropriate size. - Sand down your edges and flat surfaces, so you and your pup don’t get splinters. - Paint or stain and allow to dry according to package instructions (optional). - Add a pillow top and the seasonal bedding of your choice. Here is a link to a pallet diagram with labeled parts: http://eckleyfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/pallets-pallets-and-more-pallets.html


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t fourteen, Kelli Jones, or Kelli J as she prefers to be called, began styling hair for her friends. Little did she know; this hobby would lead to a lucrative career as a hair and makeup artist. Kelli J was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She has always had a love and appreciation for the creative arts, especially dancing and singing. She is a self-described foodie who loves to travel the world trying new things. Staying up to date in pop culture trends is important for this artist who loves reality TV. Kelli J attended Empire Beauty School with the aspirations of becoming a top-notch stylist. She declined advice to branch into makeup at that time, so she could concentrate on honing her hair styling techniques. She began renting booths as an independent artist. For three years, she owned her own salon, but sold it to concentrate on freelance work. Years later, Kelli transitioned into makeup artistry, stating that it was a natural progression in her career. Today, Kelli J does it all. She is a stylist for Atlanta & Co on WXIA, fashioning hair and makeup for the hosts and guest. She is an independent stylist offering one-on-one luxury appointments. For a luxury appointment, Kelli J pulls out all of the stops through private, uninterrupted service while performing an image consultation.

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She is part of Ted Gibson’s artistic team. Ted is a celebrity hairdresser to actresses such as Debra Messing, Anne Hathaway, Renee Zellweger, Kate Gosselin, Zoe Saldana and Ashley Greene among many others. He is based in NYC and was the hair expert for the cable show What Not to Wear. To become part of this elite team, Kelli J participated in a competition where she was one of the top two stylists. Kelli J has also styled for NY Fashion Week, hair conventions, and many celebrities. As busy as Kelli J is, she also runs a bi-monthly “Day of Diva” where she works with various local organizations to give back to the community. In the past, she has worked with My Sister’s House, the Atlanta Shelter and Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Day of Diva is centered around giving confidence to women. For one woman who was preparing for a job interview, wardrobe, hair, makeup, and interview preparation was provided. When it comes to hair, Kelli J loves the cut the most, calling it “the foundation of any style.” She specializes in cuts, weaves

and natural hair. One of her influences is artist Nikki Nelms because of the iconic styles she creates. What is Kelli J’s advice to other hair and makeup artists? “Stay consistent, and never give up. It always pays off.” Based on her own personal success, it seems that she took her own advice.

Tina Morris is a student in the MFA creative writing program at Reinhardt University. 770-720-5582. Reinhardt.edu/Graduate/MFA-CW/



Skin Tightening Revolution – Thermi is here! By Drs. Leake, Petrosky, Harkins & Depew

tissue to be heated with virtually no discomfort. If you’re concerned with loose skin, especially in trouble spots such as the neck, tummy or upper arms, ThermiTight® can tighten those areas without surgery and no downtime, and it is an excellent complement to other body treatments such as CoolSculpting®. Your surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a special probe that heats tissue, causing fat cells to shrink and the skin to contract and tighten.

[HealthyLife] Thermi® is a versatile, nonsurgical, skin tightening system that treats a wide range of concerns. Thermi® procedures include tightening lax facial and neck skin and even vaginal rejuvenation using specialized ThermiVa® treatments. Thermi® treatments don’t require any downtime and typically take less than an hour. The FDA-cleared device uses controlled, gentle heat to stimulate your natural healing process, firming and toning tissues in many areas. The Thermi® platform actually supports five unique treatments designed to improve your appearance in specific areas of the body by harnessing the power of safe and effective radiofrequency energy. That energy stimulates the production of collagen and tightens loose, sagging skin on the face, neck, body and vagina. Specialized probes and applicators designed for the specific treatment area allow the


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In most cases, only one treatment is needed, and the results appear gradually as the heated tissues begin tightening. The results have been shown to last for years. A local anesthetic is applied to the treatment area to limit discomfort during the procedure. Some patients report feeling pressure or warmth, but not pain. Whether you are looking for subtle improvements or a major change, be sure to research, plan and consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Drs. Petrosky, Harkins, Leake and Depew are board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgeryCenterOf TheSouth.net

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address, so that he’d never forget where he came from. Thus, 1029 Gastro Pub was born. Seth stated:

Born in Gallipolis, OH, Seth Bickle, owner and operator of 1029 Gastro Pub, began working towards his passion early in life. He has always had an affinity for the food industry, and fortunately, he never gave up on that. In 2010, at the ripe age of 22, Seth moved to Georgia and opened a sandwich shop. From there, his excitement for the food industry only grew stronger. Seth worked hard alongside his employees for years. A few sandwich shops later, he was ready for something bigger. In 2017, Seth opened his first gastro pub, and since Seth feels it’s important to stay true to his roots, he chose to name it after his childhood

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I wanted to bring upscale flavors to Woodstock in a restaurant where you can hang out and relax. Come in to sit back with a craft beer and your favorite gastro pub dishes. You’ll find everything from zesty, drunken mussels to crispy, savory chicken and waffles here at 1029 Gastro Pub. With our open layout, you can stop by to enjoy a burger, as you watch the big game, or meet your friends for a refreshing glass of wine. Since we just opened in 2017, our focus has been on letting the community know we’re here, and we’re open and ready to serve up good times and delicious food.

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Located at 6380 Bells Ferry Road in Acworth, 1029 Gastro Pub has already begun to see repeat customers among all the new faces. You can regularly find Seth’s friends sitting at the bar making menu suggestions to newcomers. Loyalty and camaraderie are heavy in the air along with the tempting smells that come from the kitchen and the sounds of live music from the stage. The vast menu and welcoming atmosphere will have everyone returning time and time again.



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Straight Teeth in Heaven? By Dr. Steven Anderson, D.M.D. [HealthyLife] Having straight teeth in this life is critical. It helps avoid serious oral diseases that will likely cause the loss of the crooked teeth you have. Pretty white teeth are nice cosmetically, but why would a dentist recommend your teeth be straightened? Periodontal disease is the deterioration or loss of the supporting bone around teeth. Bone is what holds our teeth in our mouth, and healthy pink gums should cover that bone. Our gums should not be red, tender, or bleed when we gently brush and floss. Bleeding gums can be an initial sign of periodontal disease. Crooked teeth collect plaque in overlapping areas, and regular brushing and flossing often doesn’t adequately remove it. Plaque hardens and turns into a substance known as “calculus.” You cannot remove the hardened calculus yourself, and it becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Periodontal disease often sets in, and the bacterium involved destroys the supporting bone around teeth. Left untreated, the disease spreads, teeth become loose, and eventually need to be removed or may fall


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out. This result is not what dentists like to see for their patients.

So, do your best to work with your dentist, and follow their advice.

Your dentist should alert you about problem areas during regular checkups. By performing a comprehensive periodontal exam with probing and x-rays, your dentist will be able to show you existing problem areas and color images supporting periodontal findings. A periodontal exam can help you understand the severity of looming problems, and it’s critical during any initial dental visit.

Back to straight teeth — clearly, avoiding periodontal disease is another benefit beyond the obvious cosmetic benefits. Traditionally, visible wire and brackets are used for children and adults. However, modern dentistry offers new and advanced methods to straighten teeth. Adults now have “invisible” or “clear” alternatives. These clear, thin, plastic retainers (known as aligners) fit over your teeth and slowly move them, similar to traditional wire methods. Some of the benefits to clear aligners are that they’re removable, easily cleaned, soft to the inner lip area, not readily visible, and typically have a shorter treatment time.

Periodontal disease is treated by deep cleanings, more frequent exams, and other drugs or necessary surgical treatments. Currently, there is no cure, and it remains a disease condition that your dentist tries to control with you. Periodontal disease can usually be controlled, but it takes cooperation on your part as well as potentially having your crooked teeth corrected. Periodontal disease is serious and should command your attention once diagnosed. Modern medicine is linking periodontal disease to other medical problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Ask your dentist about treatment alternatives to periodontal disease and straighter teeth. After all, great dentistry is all about you, and perhaps, it may help get you to the pearly gates with all your pearly whites intact!

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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Proceed with caution. This feature may not be suitable for little eyes or the faint of heart.


ave you ever stopped to think about how important music and sound effects are to a film? Even if you can hear actors speaking to one another, how might our reaction to a film be different without the underlying music soundtrack or the sounds of the movements and actions being performed? Would the vision of a woman screaming be as scary without your ability to hear the scream? Would the potential threat of Jaws be as unnerving without the sounds of John Williams’ orchestra playing the “Jaws Theme Song,” which gets progressively faster in tempo as the shark is about to attack? According to an episode of It’s Okay to Be Smart (PBS), “There are two ways that sounds can be scary: by being sudden, or by generating a ‘frightful’ tone.” And humans may be hardwired to be more afraid of what they hear than what they see because, “Sound information actually travels faster than the information we receive from sight, which suggests that humans evolved to use sound (as opposed to sight) as a first defense against predators,” (V Renee). While we know how music soundtracks are created, how are the sound effects for other actions that take place in a horror film created? Enter, the Foley artist. MOOOWAHAHAHA! A Foley artist creates audio effects for a film by using physical


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props during post production. This artistic style was named after Jack Foley, who was the originator of many of the sound techniques that are still used today. Here are some examples of scenes from classic horror films and how some of the sounds were created:

The 180 Degree Head Turning in The Exorcist (1973) “William Friedkin’s notorious shocker features the famous scene in which Linda Blair’s head turns a full 180 degrees on her possessed neck. The sound that accompanies the movement? Foley man Gonzalo Gavira manipulating an old leather wallet full of credit cards,” (Williams).

Godzilla’s Roar in Godzilla (1954) “While the sound effects team on the original 1954 Japanese film unsuccessfully tried to use various animal noises and roars, the film’s composer, Akira Ifukube, had the idea to use musical instruments to create the monster’s iconic sound instead. ‘It was actually a double bass, using a leather glove coated in pine tar resin to create friction,’ sound designer Erik Aadahl

told NPR of the original Godzilla. ‘They’d rub it against the string of the double bass to create that sound,’” (Obias).

Freddy’s Glove in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) “Freddy Krueger’s weapon of choice is, of course, that knife-fingered glove. That means you need two sounds in your Freddy Foley kit: leather and blades. For the former, a belt was bent and creaked and generally manipulated. For the sharper end, the effect was emphasized by sliding a surgical steel blade along a machete,” (Williams).

Predator Movement in Predator (1987) “‘The Predator’s body required several tracks,’ explains Foley artist Vanessa Ament. ‘One track was a wet chamois. Another was hand lotion on my hands. A third was a wet leather purse. A fourth track was some mouth noises’ (the voice acting and clicking is credited to Transformers’ Peter Cullen),” (Williams).

The Shower Scene in Psycho (1960) “Although you don’t actually see Mrs. Bates slice into Marion Crane, you can hear every stab going into her body. Alfred Hitchcock achieved this by stabbing

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Sources through countless melons to find the perfect one for the scene. ‘In a recording studio, prop man [Bob] Bone auditioned the melons for Hitchcock, who sat listening with his eyes closed,’ writes Stephen Rebello in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. ‘When the table was littered with shredded fruit, Hitchcock opened his eyes, and intoned simply, ‘Casaba,’ ’” (Obias). Now that you’ve learned the origins of the sounds from some pretty famous movie scenes, no article about horror movie sound effects would be complete without talking about screaming.

King, Susan. “What Makes a Good ‘Scream Queen’?” LATimes.com/entertainment/la-et-screamapr8-pg-photogallery.html Lee, Steve. “The Wilhelm Scream.” HollywoodLostAndFound.net/wilhelm/ Obias, Rudie. “10 Iconic Movie Sounds (And How They Were Made).” MentalFloss.com/article/75464/10-iconic-movie-sounds-and-howthey-were-made Williams, Owen. “The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects.” EmpireOnline.com/movies/features/cinema-sound-secrets-foleyartist/ V Renee. “The Sound of Horror: Why Hearing Stuff is Scarier Than Actually Seeing Stuff.” NoFilmSchool.com/2013/11/why-hearing-stuff-is-scarier-thanactually-seeing-stuff

Some actresses are so good at screaming in scary movies that the mere mention of their name causes people to immediately associate them with the horror film genre, earning them the “Scream Queen” moniker. So, what makes a good “Scream Queen?” Well, to put it plainly, she must have “a great decibel range,” (King). Who are some of the best “Scream Queens” and what are their decibel ranges?

Fay Wray (King Kong) = 10 decibels Drew Barrymore (E.T. The Extraterrestrial) = 9.5 decibels Doris Day (The Man Who Knew Too Much) = 9.5 decibels Janet Lee (Psycho) = 9.5 decibels Jamie Lee Curtis (Janet Lee’s daughter — must be genetic!) (Halloween) = 9 decibels Naomi Watts (The Ring) = 9 decibels Neve Campbell (Scream) = 9 decibels

The Wilhelm Scream The Wilhelm Scream has been heard in over 300 movies. Though many sound editors use it as sort of a joke in contemporary films like the Star Wars series and Raiders of the Lost Ark, it originated in the 1951 Warner Bros. film, Distant Drums. However, the scream didn’t get its name until it was used again in a film called The Charge at Feather River (1953), in which, “The scream is heard when a soldier named Pvt. Wilhelm (played by Ralph Brooke) gets shot in the leg by an arrow,” (Lee).

Barbara Stanwyk (Sorry, Wrong Number) = 9 decibels

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with Pumpkin Risotto (Serves 4-5) Pumpkin Puree Ingredients • 1 sweet pumpkin (or pie pumpkin) • ½ sweet (Vidalia) onion • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg • ½ teaspoon ground ginger • ½ teaspoon allspice • 1 cup brandy • ¼ cup honey • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme

Pumpkin Puree Procedure - Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. - Cut the pumpkin in half, from stem to base. Remove the seeds and pulp, and cover each half with foil. - Bake in the oven, foil side up, for about 1 hour or until tender. - Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves, and set aside. - In a 2-quart sauce pan, sweat the onion with seasonings. - Deglaze onions with 1 cup


brandy; reduce, and cook out alcohol. - Stir in honey and fresh thyme. - Place onion mix and pumpkin meat in blender, and puree until smooth.

Scallops Ingredients • 20 oz. New Bedford scallops • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 4 sprigs thyme • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Scallops Procedure - Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. - Season scallops with salt and pepper, and cook until deep golden brown on one side (about 3 minutes). - Turn the scallops, and add the butter and thyme to the pan.

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Continue cooking, spooning butter over scallops often, until scallops are cooked through, and butter is brown and smells nutty, (about 3 minutes longer).

Risotto Ingredients • 5 cups unsalted chicken stock • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1 ¼ cups diced onion • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice • 5/ 8 teaspoon kosher salt • ½ cup dry white wine • 2 tablespoons butter • 2-3 cups pumpkin puree • 1.5 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/ 3 cup) • Toasted pumpkin seeds and thyme for garnish

Risotto Procedure - Heat a 10” saute pan to medium heat. Add oil to the pan, and swirl to coat.

- Add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. - Add the rice, and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently, making sure not to burn the rice. - Add the wine, and cook 2 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. - Stir in 1 ½ cups stock, and cook for 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. - Add the remaining stock 3/ 4 cup at a time, stirring nearly constantly until each portion is absorbed before adding the next. - Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the pumpkin puree, butter and cheese. - Finish with seared scallops, and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh thyme.

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to an end. If we can focus on serving others, and serving them well, everything else will fall into place.

– s s e n i s u B n i 15 Years ed!

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to reflect on the ways we have developed as an organization.

is a family owned and operated HVAC contractor located in Canton. We partner with businesses and homeowners to provide heating and cooling services with integrity. We have just recently celebrated our 15th anniversary in business, and recognize the importance of taking time

While we have learned many useful lessons over the years, if we had to narrow it down to the greatest lesson our organization has experienced, it is this: It’s all about serving people. At the end of the day, heating and cooling is just a means

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To do this, we infuse service and integrity into everything we do. We believe getting involved in the community is of utmost importance, and we strive to make that a priority. On October 27 and 28, at the Owl-OWeen Hot Air Balloon Festival at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, we will be giving away a FREE HVAC system to a family in need. This is just one of the many ways we try to go above and beyond to serve others and serve them well. If you are interested in learning more about how we serve others and ways that you can partner with us, come out and see us at the Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival.

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



UPCOMING EVENTS MainStreetWoodstock.org

We’re Being


Woodstock Farm Fresh Market Every Saturday in October, 8:30am-Noon downtown Woodstock

YPOW A.M. Coffee Every Thursday, 7:00-8:30am Copper Coin Coffee

Friday Night Live - Oktoberfest October 6, 5:00-8:00pm downtown Woodstock

Downtown Buzz October 27, 8:00-9:00am Chambers at City Center

Woodstock’s Halloween Kidsfest October 31, 3:00-8:00pm The Park at City Center

Friday Night Live Night of Thanks November 3, 5:00-8:00pm downtown Woodstock


By Stacy Brown

he invasion has returned! Once again, downtown Woodstock is being invaded by scarecrows. As you drive down Main Street during the month of October, you will be welcomed by hundreds of scarecrows. Last year, there were 150 scarecrows in the invasion, and the invasion is expected to be even larger this year! Voting for the best scarecrow will take place at Woodstock Visitors Center, which is located at 8588 Main Street in downtown Woodstock. It is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00-5:00pm. Just drop by any time during the month of October to vote for the scarecrow that you like the best. The votes are $1 each, and businesses with scarecrows may have voting set up in their establishment for their scarecrow. 50

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The winner will receive bragging rights and an awesome trophy. The proceeds from the Scarecrow Invasion will be donated to Green Reaps Opportunity for Woodstock (GROW). This organization is the design committee for Main Street Woodstock. They create and implement great design initiatives for the downtown Woodstock community. You might know them from their beautiful landscaping and holiday decor along Main Street. The money raised from this event will help in further beautification of downtown

Woodstock. Proceeds from last year’s Scarecrow Invasion went to purchase beautiful art benches, which have been installed around downtown Woodstock. For more information about how to be a part of the Scarecrow Invasion, visit the Woodstock Visitors Center, check out VisitWoodstockGA.com, or call 770-924-0406.

Stacy Brown is marketing and tourism coordinator at the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com

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Swan-Neck [HealthyLife] Swan-neck deformity is a condition explaining the deformed position of your finger. This condition is a complex ailment where the proximal IP (PIP) joint over straightens because of a lax ligament on the palmar side of the joint. The ligament on the palmar side of the joint is called the volar plate, which is designed to prevent over straightening. When a patient is experiencing a swanneck deformity, the finger will have a hyperextended PIP joint and a bent distal IP (DIP) joint, making the finger appear in a position that resembles a swan’s neck.

What causes swan-neck deformity? The most common cause of swan-neck deformity is rheumatoid arthritis. The chronic inflammation on the PIP joint stretches the volar plate. As the volar plate becomes stretched and weakened, the PIP joint begins to hyperextend. This causes the extensor tendon to get out of balance, which causes the DIP joint to get pulled down toward the flexion. Swan-neck deformity can also be the result of an overlooked injury in childhood, adolescence or young adulthood. The finger can begin bending downward


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Deformity and Treatment By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

on its own and stay in a fixed, overstraightened position. If this happens, this condition can be extremely debilitating. Other causes of swan-neck deformity include the following: m Untreated mallet finger m Looseness of the fibrous plate m Looseness of the finger ligaments m Chronic muscle spasms caused by nerve damage m Other types of arthritis m Ruptured finger tendon m Misalignment

How is swan-neck deformity diagnosed and treated? In most instances, swan-neck deformity can be diagnosed from a physical examination. However, an X-ray may be ordered to allow the physician to examine joint alignment, check the condition of joint surfaces and determine if a fracture is present. After diagnosis is

complete, physicians can use either nonsurgical or surgical treatment options.

What are the non-surgical treatments for swan-neck deformity? Non-surgical treatments are based on restoring balance in the fingers and hand. The goal of non-surgical treatment is to realign the PIP joint and prevent hyperextension, which should restore DIP extension. Stints are commonly used to protect the joint from hyperextending and line up PIP joints. Physicians may also prescribe physical and occupational therapy in order to restore function and alignment.

What are the surgical treatments for swan-neck deformity? If non-surgical techniques are unable to treat the swan-neck case, surgery may be used to reconstruct the hand around the PIP joint. Your physician may use soft tissue repair, PIP joint arthroplasty and/or finger joint fusion to remedy your swan-neck deformity.

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Don’t Be Too

Proud By Tim Morris

[Lifestyle] I have worked with our elderly population for over 27 years, and in so many cases, this generation is some of the most prideful group I’ve ever met. They seldom want help when they need it the most. And they’re often too proud to ask for it. Perhaps that’s why this group is known as the greatest generation. They would rather do things for themselves than be a bother to anyone. My grandmother was not one to ever want or ask for anything. She lived on a 400-acre farm all alone, providing for herself by selling pecans, timber, cakes and homemade aprons. She also had four grandsons for free labor around that huge farm. My grandmother was very self-sufficient. She always managed to serve us a big lunch while we spent

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summer breaks working on her farm. My grandmother didn’t have a lot of money to put toward those big meals, which was fine because everything was farm raised and farm grown. I remember she didn’t splurge on buying sugar for anything other than the cakes she sold. She would serve iced tea with saccharine tablets instead of sugar — and it was awful. My brothers and I still talk about that big dinner bell she used to ring to call us to the table. Senior Services receives many calls from seniors who need help. One call that stands out was from a nice lady who had let things pile up, and she was overwhelmed. Her husband had passed away, and he took care of a lot of things. She started by saying she let her pride get in the way of asking for help. What she needed was nothing that a good group of volunteers couldn’t help her with in one day. There are many seniors who could use help, but they must tell someone first.

If you’re a senior needing help with things, reach out to Cherokee Senior Services (770-479-7438). Perhaps our services may benefit you, or we may be able to find someone who can help with whatever it is you need. L

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



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