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Summit Financial Solutions


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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couple of months ago, I was enjoying one of our annual, southeastern meteor showers with friends. I was asked, “Why do stars twinkle?” I stumbled over my words, finding fault in what I was trying to say, as I was saying it, as I admittedly do sometimes. Growing up, I was told, “think before you speak, not as you speak.” Suddenly, I caught a twinkling planet out of the corner of my eye, which stopped my blundering explanation. So the very next day, after an extra cup of coffee, I went and scoured through the archives...and “Googled” it. As it turns out, somewhat to my immediate discouragement, I discovered that it had all been an illusion. Not the part about me being wrong, believe me, there was nothing illusive about that; one has to learn to get used to that, and I’ve managed quite well. What I found was that it wasn’t the stars that twinkled; it was literally the space between us and those celestial bodies that bent the light we saw that made it happen. So I took a long sigh, and with a content smile, I was okay with that knowledge, because even so... they are still beautiful objects of wonder that bring awe, enlightenment and inspiration.

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Often in our lives, day in and day out, we find ourselves learning surprising things about what may have seemed so simple before. More often than that, we may take what we think we know for granted and come to consider it as true. The truth may not be as it appears or as distant as you think. The next time we find our minds peering deep into the darkness, seek to find a point of light and focus on it. Hold on to that light, as it is that point in the vast emptiness that draws us nearer to the truth, and in turn, all seems brighter. On the flip side, remember: as our light bends over the miles and miles, we too, from a distance, are all stars.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Jessica Asbell, Jose Baez, Sen. Brandon Beach, Kathleen Boehmig, Chris Bryant, Cobb EMC, Jyl Craven, Natalie De Valle, Joshua Fuder, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Jenna Hill, Johnny Hunt, James E. Leake, Pamela Marquess, Robbie Matiak, Tim Morris, E. Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Northside Hospital, Amar Patel, Michael Petrosky, Preston Pooser, Nick Roper,

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


Books and Brews — Perhaps those classics we were forced to read as students really just needed the wisdom of age to be truly appreciated? Maybe those works of literature simply needed to be paired with the right stout

or Belgian dubbel to really come to life. Books & Brews will attempt to find out. Join us as we rediscover the required reading of our youth, and discuss great classics over great beer. February’s book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 7:00-9:00 pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock. 678-3410828. ReformationBrewery.com


Game Night — If you’re like us, Game Night is the perfect way to celebrate the gift of good friends and good competition, and being a grown-up means we get to combine our passion for good beer with these moments of win. Stake your claim on board games, card games and more from our collection, or bring your own. This event is free to attend, and tickets are not required. 6:30-9:30 pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock. 678-3410828. ReformationBrewery.com


Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation — Expecting 500 guests, Night to Shine Atlanta promises an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 16 and older. Every guest of Night to Shine Atlanta will enter prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming, friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests will receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and of course, dancing! The highlight of the night will come when every one of the Night to Shine Atlanta guests is crowned as a king or queen of the prom. 6:00-9:00 pm, First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Hwy 92, Woodstock. 404-717-5400 NightToShineAtlanta.com


Backyard Agriculture Series: Garden Planning & Indoor Seed Starting — This program will cover the topics of soil health and the benefits of soil testing, timing and planning your gardening activities and how to get a jump start on the gardening season by starting your own seedlings. Registration required. 10:00am-12:00 pm, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770721-7803. CAES.UGA.edu/extension/ cherokee


Safe Sitter Course — Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, up-todate babysitting course that teaches young teens (11 and up) life and safety skills. The cost is $35 and includes the sitter kit and workbook. 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Northside Hospital-Cherokee, 130 Oakside Court, Canton. 770-345-2295. Lana. Mayfield@Northside.com MAR

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Next to Normal presented by Elm Street Arts — Dad’s an architect, mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal, and their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, making them appear to be a typical American family. And


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yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. This deeply moving piece of theatre is infused with an energetic pop/rock score by Brian Yorkey. Next To Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life in today’s world. Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St. Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org


North GA Gardening Symposium tree scene investigation, landscape safety tips, protecting bees/ pollinators from pesticides and turf grass IPM strategies are some of the continued on




LIBRARY EVENTS SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org


HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 ROSE CREEK 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 WOODSTOCK 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859 FAMILY STORYTIME Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Rose Creek Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Woodstock Thursdays, 10:30 am, Hickory Flat Thursdays, 10:30 am & 3:30 pm, Woodstock LAP SIT STORYTIME Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Rose Creek This program is designed for ages 1-3 years. HAPPY HOUR FOR HAPPY CAPS Mondays, 10:00-11:00 am, Woodstock Bring some soft yarn for this new volunteer project. Cap making guidelines will be provided. Caps are given to people suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment or other medical conditions. KNITTING/CROCHETING GROUP Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, Rose Creek Let Mrs. Darlene help you get started on a knitting or crocheting project. Bring your needles and yarn, and be prepared to have fun! No registration or prior knowledge required. SCRIBBLES & SCRABBLES Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm, Rose Creek Drop by and de-stress. Get your creative juices flowing by playing a game of Scrabble or coloring a picture. All materials will be provided. All skill levels are welcome! FANCY NANCY SOIREE February 4, 4:00 pm, Rose Creek Children ages 3-8 are cordially invited to a Fancy Nancy Soiree! Play stupendous games, make an exquisite craft, and listen to a Fancy Nancy favorite. You’re welcome to wear your most posh outfit and accessories, too! Space is limited; please call 770-591-1491 to register. LEGO CLUB February 6, 2:00 pm, Hickory Flat February 13, 2:00 pm, Rose Creek February 21, 3:00 pm, Woodstock Children can work alone or in teams to make their own special creation. All ages are invited; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


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BOOKMARK BOOK CLUB February 9, 4:00 pm, Woodstock Rack up 6 AR points, and have fun doing it! Join us for a fun discussion about current Georgia Book Award nominee, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, by Nancy J. Cavanaugh. We’ll discuss the book, have a fun activity, and enjoy light refreshments. Registration is required. BOOKS VS. MOVIE/TV SHOW February 9, 6:00 pm, Woodstock Never judge a book by its movie! 6th-12th graders are invited to join us for fun games, trivia and activities related to their favorite book/movie adaptations. LIBRARY BINGO BOOK CLUB February 11, 10:30 am & 4:30 pm, Rose Creek A new kind of book club that lets you decide what to read and when. We provide the criteria; you choose what to read while filling up your bingo board. Come discuss the book you read for the month. Attending meetings is not mandatory to be a member. New members are always welcome. DROP-IN CRAFTER-NOON February 18, 2:00-4:00 pm, Hickory Flat This program is for all ages who enjoy crafting with paper, glue and crayons. This drop-in program requires a participating adult. READING DOGS February 2, 9, 16, 23, Hickory Flat February 3, 10, 17, 24, Rose Creek February 10, 17, 24, Woodstock Children 6 years of age and older can read to a non-judgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh if mistakes are made, or the reader stumbles. Parents can register their child for a 10-15 minute program, two weeks ahead for one session by calling their library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled session.

topics that will be covered. Pesticide recertification forms and evaluations are also a part of the program. Registration is required. 8:00 am-3:30 pm, Chattahoochee Tech North Metro Campus, 5198 Ross Rd, Acworth. 770528-4550. AceWeb.ChattahoocheeTech. edu/wconnect/CourseStatus. awp?&course=16SN73741326



St Patty’s Fest — Celebrate St Patty’s in Downtown Woodstock as we kick off the 2016 Friday Night Live series. Spend the first Friday of every month in Downtown Woodstock, and enjoy the many restaurants and stores that the area has to offer, as the Downtown Merchants stay open late. For each Friday Night Live theme, participating Downtown Merchants will have activities going on at their stores and throughout the Downtown area related to the theme of the month. Friday Night Live also features great music, as bands play throughout Downtown Woodstock in front of the stores, which adds to the street festival feel of the event. 6:00-9:00 pm, Downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. DowntownWoodstock.org

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Business LGE Community Credit Union Donates Over $120,000 to Charities and Individuals in Need

LGE Community Credit Union employees recently gathered to give $120,000 to local charities and individuals in need through the LGE Foundation. The LGE Foundation organizes and conducts fundraisers to raise money to contribute to local nonprofit organizations. Every dollar raised by the LGE Foundation is matched by LGE Community Credit Union. Since 2010, LGE has invested over $418,000 in the lives of those in the community, including children, homeless, abuse victims and those that fall on hard times. Not only is there a monetary contribution, but LGE staff members volunteer over 2500 hours in the community annually. Continued efforts show why LGE Community Credit Union continues to be a fabric of the community.


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Charities that received donations: Racheal’s Rest, Must Ministries, Warehouse of Hope, Calvary Children’s Home, Next Step Ministries, Paulding CASA, City of Refuge, Safepath, 10 Women of Hope, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Love beyond Walls, The Giving Kitchen and Boys and Girls Club of Cobb County.

Christine’s Creations Wins “Best of Life” Award for 2016 Christine’s Creations would like to thank their loyal customers for a wonderful 2015, and for voting for them to win in the “Best Furniture/ Home Design” category in Woodstock. They were inadvertently left out of the announcement listing in the January Woodstock Family Life issue. They have big plans for 2016, starting with design classes to “Help You Help Yourself.” 8494 Main St., Woodstock. 770-591-5944. Facebook.com/ ChristinesOfWoodstock A complete listing of all our 2015 and 2016 Best of Life winners and their contact information is available on our website at FamilyLifePublications.com

WellStar Brings Transparency to Patient Records WellStar Health System is deploying an innovative solution to improve the patient experience while providing better patient care. WellStar’s electronic medical record patient portal, WellStar MyChart, will provide patients with round-the-clock access to their providers’ notes, in addition to instructions, next steps, medication lists and test results from outpatient medical visits. WellStar is the first Georgia-based health system to offer this service to its patients. Evidence has shown that patients who become part of the care team are more actively involved in their healthcare, and they experience better outcomes with lower costs. When a patient is sick, tired or stressed during a doctor’s visit, they or their caregivers may forget what the doctor said or prescribed. WellStar MyChart takes away the need to remember every detail by allowing the patient the ability to review this important information on their own schedule. Physician notes provide a concise, comprehensive summary of a patient’s condition. This information is shared within WellStar’s electronic health record and shared with the patient through WellStar MyChart. To sign up for a WellStar MyChart account, you can visit your WellStar Medical Group physician or WellStar facility to receive an activation code, or visit MyChart.Wellstar.org/ MyChart/. For additional assistance or details, please speak with your healthcare provider.



Woodstock Minute

The William G. Long Senior Center

in Woodstock By Preston Pooser


he William G. Long Senior Center in Woodstock was named for beloved, long-time elected official and senior advocate, Bill Long. The Center hosts a variety of daily programs that encourage our members to expand their experiences, and enjoy life. The staff at the Center strives to provide an inviting environment that makes seniors feel comfortable and at home, allowing them to enjoy activities and make new friends. Activities include line dancing, woodcarving, billiards, various card games and board games. There’s also a library with a nice collection of reading material and two computer stations. The Senior Center offers frequent day trips. Most venues will provide a group discount, a senior citizen’s discount or some combination of the two. Examples of trips/venues that have been offered: artistic productions, operas, museums, cultural centers, botanical gardens, sporting events, white water rafting, theatre productions, concerts and guided tours of local historical sites and cities throughout Georgia.


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The Center also uses professional tour companies to plan one or two extended stay trips throughout the year. Members have enjoyed trips to Washington, D.C., Branson, MO., Niagara Falls and Toronto and the Biltmore Estates in Ashville, N.C., just to name a few. They’ve also taken a cruise to the Bahamas and currently have an Alaskan cruise planned for the spring of 2016. The Center hosts several events for the Cherokee County Senior Olympics, as well as two Bridge tournaments and one pool tournament during the year. Several year-round classes are offered at the Center, including Bridge, Mahjongg, painting, weight-loss, sewing/knitting/ crocheting and the A.A.R.P. Driver’s Safety class. In conjunction with local businesses, the Center also offers inhouse, informative classes on a variety of topics that will benefit our members. Members celebrate holidays with themed parties throughout the year, including Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

As a division of the Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department, the City provides the Center with a bus for local trips and has recently ordered a new bus. The new bus will seat up to 28 people and will be wheelchair accessible to better serve members with special needs. Also, in the near future, there are plans to expand the facility to accommodate the growth of our Center. The expansion will make room to offer additional programs and classes. The Woodstock Senior Center is located at 223 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. Its parking lot is shared with Fire Station 14, so it’s easy to find. The hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. For more information, call 678-445-6518 or visit Facebook.com/Woodstock.Senior. Center or WoodstockGa.gov and click on “Departments,” followed by “Parks and Rec” and then “William G. Long Senior Center.” Preston Pooser is director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Woodstock. 770-517-6788

By Dr. Steven Start Off Right, Anderson, See the Dentist at Age One! DMD “When should my child first see the dentist?” I love this question. It’s easily answered, but there’s often misinformation surrounding the subject. Age one is the answer! Now let’s understand why. Teeth need to be cared for, regardless of if they are present at eight months or 80

years. New parents need to understand their important role in helping their children maintain healthy teeth. Educating parents on how to care for their young child’s teeth is vital and is an important part of the one-year-old dental visit. Much can happen to a child’s teeth between age one and four. If your child’s first visit to the dentist is at age three or four, it may be too late to prevent problems that can require costly and extensive treatment. Young children do not have the dexterity to effectively brush their teeth. Learning to brush and actually clean teeth takes coordination, instruction and many handson demonstrations from mom or dad. Showing my young boys how to brush their teeth often meant brushing their teeth for them in the toddler, preschool or young grade school years.

What type of dentist will see your child? All dentists receive extensive training in treating oral disease, whether it’s in a child or adult. Some dentists choose “not to see children” and refer this care to other family dentists or a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists are general dentists who complete a “pediatric residency” and who have chosen to “limit” their practice to treating only children. However, many general dentists regularly treat children in their family practice and only refer children with special needs to a pediatric dentist. Speak with your general dentist about what treatment needs may be best for your child. Children are truly a joy, and going to the dentist as a child can be a great experience. After all, great dentistry is all about you and your child! Dr. Steven Anderson, DMD is owner/ dentist with Anderson Dental of Woodstock and East Cobb. 650 Claremore Professional Way, Ste. 200, Woodstock. 770-384-8505. DrStevenAnderson.com



Senator Speaks

A New Year to

Do the People’s Work By Senator Brandon Beach


he 2016 legislative session is now underway. Starting on the second Monday in January of every year, the Georgia General Assembly is called to order to take up the issues of their constituents, and pass a balanced budget to fund our state government for the next fiscal year. The session gaveled in on January 11, 2016 with pomp and circumstance to swear in special officers in the Senate chamber, confirm Senate leadership and set out the Senate’s legislative goals. The Senate is committed to the economic development of our state, which is one of the best states in the country to live, work and raise a family. According to our state’s constitution, the only action the General Assembly is required to take action on is a balanced budget that appropriates state revenues for the upcoming fiscal year. As a practice, the General Assembly also revises the budget of the current fiscal year to ensure it’s as accurate as possible in the final months. This practice allows forecasts and projections to be more precise and provides an opportunity to address unforeseen emergencies that may require an amendment to the current operating budget.

A piece of proposed legislation is read on the Senate floor.


It’s then assigned to a smaller committee of Senators, based on its subject matter.

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This session is also the second in what is called a legislative biennium, which means bills that were introduced but did not pass last year are still available for consideration this year. New legislation will also be introduced throughout the session.

House bills that have passed committee and floor votes will then cross over to the Senate. Legislation that crosses over on or before legislative day 30 is able to receive final passage if both chambers can agree on identical language for the bill on or before legislative day 40.

After a piece of proposed legislation is read on the Senate floor, it’s assigned to a smaller committee of Senators, based on its subject matter. I’m proud to act as Chairman of the Senate’s Economic Development Committee, as well as serve on the Senate’s Regulated Industries, Science and Technology and Transportation Committees, respectively. Additionally, I am a member on the Joint Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight Committee (MARTOC).

Then, generally speaking, a dually agreed upon bill would go to the Governor for his signature and ratification. Once a bill completes all of those steps, it can go into effect on the day designated in the bill, which could be immediately or on January 1st of the next calendar year, for example.

If legislation passes through the Senate committee process, it’s then available to be placed on the calendar for a full Senate vote. Once a bill that originates in the Senate is approved, it crosses over to the House for their consideration. Similarly,

At times, the legislative process may seem complex and cumbersome. If you ever have questions or concerns about an issue, the legislative process or require assistance interacting with state agencies, please contact my office at 404-4631378, or email me at Brandon.Beach@ Senate.Ga.gov.

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

If passed through the Senate committee process, it can be placed on the calendar for a full Senate vote.

Once a bill is approved in the Senate, it crosses over to the House for their consideration.

A dually agreed upon bill would go to the Governor for his signature and ratification.

Once a bill completes all of these steps, it can go into effect.

Community Feature Imlay Foundation Contributes to Revive the Reeves Woodstock Board Chairman Celebrates Retirement

It was a bittersweet evening last month as the retirement of Jimmy T. Long from the City of Woodstock’s Downtown Development Authority was celebrated. Jimmy served as Board Chairman for 11 years. Sharing in the occasion were family, friends, the City of Woodstock Mayor, Council members and employees. Jimmy accomplished much during his time on the board. He was very involved in the hiring of the first Director of Economic

Development, and he was a big proponent of establishing the Main Street Woodstock organization. He was also very instrumental in the promotion of the Façade Grant Program, the Herb Priest Pedestrian Crossing, and the recent purchase of the trolley, just to name a few. The revitalization of Woodstock and the downtown area has come a long way under his leadership.

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village has received news that the Imlay Foundation has awarded them a grant of $30,000.00 to support the Revive the Reeves project. The Reeves House is an old farmhouse, built in 1897, the same year Woodstock officially became a city. Vacant for decades, this historically significant home

Jimmy has been a tremendous asset. We wish the best to him and his wife, Julie, in the future.

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



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will be transformed into the heart of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. The Reeves House itself will house an arts gallery and library, where the community can gain exposure to the rich variety of local artistic talent. In addition, the plans call for expanding on the historical house footprint to include 4 Studios for established and emerging artists working in a variety of disciplines, a community space to engage with the community, a computer lab to teach all sorts of scientific and artistic classes, instructional space, complete with pottery wheels, a kiln, easels and more, and a catering kitchen, which will serve as the branch into the next segment of phase II, the culinary and community gardens.


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Project SEARCH Graduates Train at Northside Hospital-Cherokee Six interns recently graduated from Project SEARCH, a nine-month program for young adults with disabilities that provides handson and classroom work-related skills. Project SEARCH is a partnership with host business Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Cross Plains Community Partner, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Cherokee Navigator Team and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities to develop daily job tasks for the interns. The uniformed interns reported to Northside Hospital-Cherokee five days a week and participated in a variety of jobs called “rotations.” Job rotations for each intern are 3-10 weeks throughout the course of the program. Interns begin their day at 8:00 am in the classroom, where they learn business

From left: Chloe Klingler, of Woodstock; Trent Ferrell, of Canton; Matthew Coleman, of Woodstock, Tristan Angle, of Kennesaw; Michael Spennato, of Woodstock and Mary Finney, of Canton.

soft-skills; they then report to their job and complete their day around 2:00 pm in the classroom. Project SEARCH employs two employment specialists to assist interns and hospital staff for the entire day. “The ultimate goal is to use the skills they learn to gain competitive employment within the community,” said Elizabeth Hunter, supported employment manager for Cross Plains Community Partner.

Your Annual Medication Review By Pamela S. Marquess, PharmD

We actively schedule our annual physical with our doctor, but have you ever considered scheduling an annual medication review with your pharmacist? Did you know you can make an appointment with your pharmacist to review this information? An appointment lasts about 15 minutes and can positively contribute to your health for the coming year. Doctors are trained to diagnose a health condition, then provide a drug therapy that manages or heals. However, it’s the

pharmacist who knows the action of the medicine in great detail, in order to know how it can work when taken with other medicines. Pharmacists PARTNER with your doctor for your medication therapy. February is Heart Health Month — many who take blood pressure or cholesterol meds, take additional meds for related health issues. As you think of your heart — think of the entire body that your heart supports. The medication check-up is important for anyone who takes multiple medications, some of which are prescribed by different doctors. The check-up also reviews any over-the-counter medications, along with nutritional supplements. There are instances when an over-the-counter medicine or a nutritional supplement could have a negative impact on the prescription medication. This impact can be a side effect that causes another problem or a reduced effectiveness that you may not recognize.

Your pharmacist works with your doctor directly alongside you, to offer alternate choices so that the prescribed medication achieves the desired outcome. The pharmacy team is also aware of the insurance plan you have, so that the right medication is covered under your plan, with the least out-of-pocket expense to you. Medicare led the way to provide the opportunity for pharmacists to have a personal relationship with patients, through a scheduled appointment to review the medication plan they’ve been given. Today, the majority of insurance plans support an annual medication review as part of their proactive wellness effort. Stay healthy so you can enjoy times with family and friends. Schedule your annual medication review!

Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. is Co-Owner of Woodstock Health Mart Pharmacy, 8612 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-926-6478. WoodstockRX.com




911 By Jyl Craven

LIFESTYLE Have you ever seen that professional athlete on TV and thought, “I can do that.”? Or, have you ever watched that “how-to” video online and thought, “Wow! That looks easy! That repair should only take ten minutes!” only to find out later that the feat on TV was more difficult than imagined, and that repair was actually going to take you an entire weekend? Doing your own hair, either for a quick fix or for a more dramatic change, can sometimes require more skill than the average person thinks. Here are three popular misconceptions that when performed incorrectly, may land you in the salon’s ER.

Color Touch-Up – Whether its covering up those first signs of gray or touching up the beginning signs of regrowth, blending that new growth on your own can be more challenging than you think. Since most salon professionals customize hair color formulas specific for each individual, matching the color shade and tone, combined with identifying the correct undertones, can be somewhat complex. If done improperly, you may damage your hair or end up needing a complete color correction to fix your botched endeavor. Consider: There are professional root concealer products that can help cover up regrowth in between your regular salon appointments.

Trimming Your Own Bangs – Yes, most anyone can cut

their own fringe (a.k.a. bangs), but to do it correctly involves some skill. Simply cutting your fringe straight across your forehead to quickly remove length can dramatically harm your look. An incorrect fringe snip can take away from the overall hairstyle, leaving unwanted facial features exposed. Understanding which fringe styles (such as round, square, bowed or side-swept) looks best with your face shape and hairstyle is essential if you want to maintain a stylish look. Consider: Most salons offer fringe trims in between services either for free (for current guests) or for a minimal fee.

Thermal What – If you’re blow-drying, curling or straightening your hair daily without using a heat protectant, then you may be damaging your hair. Improper use of heating tools can cause irreversible damage. Since hair is made of keratin protein and hydrogen bonds, too much high heat can strip hair of its natural oils and proteins, thus breaking down its hydrogen bonds. Consider: Protect your hair as you would your skin. A thermal protectant for the hair is like sunscreen for the skin.

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


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Those quick fixes or weekend makeovers done on a whim can often turn tragic unless performed by a professional. Just as you wouldn’t be foolish enough to think you’re TV’s next American Ninja Warrior, don’t be misled to believe that just anyone is qualified to style your locks. So be careful out there, remain conversant and stay out of your salon’s ER. L

Community Feature CCSD and Business Sponsors Recognize 2016 Teachers of the Year

The Cherokee County School Board and retired Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo, front row center, pose for a commemorative photo with Cherokee County School District 2016 Teacher of the Year, Jeremy Law, seated to the left of the Superintendent, and school-level winners at the annual Teacher of the Year Recognition Banquet. Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Portrait Studio.



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One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to watch your child struggle with school. You know how important learning is to each child’s future, and yet you watch as they fall behind or get lost in concepts. Huntington Learning Center is here to assist you in helping your child succeed. Huntington offers programs that will help your child improve in phonics, reading, writing and math. For older students, we offer subject tutoring in higher level courses and test preparation for the ACT and SAT. The programs at the center can also be paired with specialized programs for students identified with ADHD or those needing additional help with developing positive study skills.

678-445-1515 HuntingtonHelps.com


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Huntington programs are successful because they are tailored to fit each individual child. We begin with an academic evaluation, and then build

the program based on the skills the student needs to develop in order to become more successful in school. Once we’ve planned out the program, we offer one-on-one sessions, as well as four-to-one floor programs. The choice between these programs must be made after a thorough analysis of your child’s needs is completed. Our goal at Huntington is to give every child something they can use in the classroom, each time they come to the center. Whether they learn better reading skills or hone their multiplication skills, every student will be able to translate what they learn in the center to what they are doing in the classroom. If you’re ready to see improvement in your child’s grades or skills, all you need to do is call us, and schedule an academic evaluation. We’re ready to help your child succeed.

Are You Aware of Electrical

Recalls and Hazards?

By Nick Roper

It seems that quite frequently the news channels will report on items from vehicle manufacturers, car seats and food products being recalled to protect consumers from danger. However, there are a lot more products that could pose an equal or greater danger to you and your family. The electrical components of your home are by far not immune to these recalls, and it’s important for you to keep a regular check on these items to avoid personal injury, fire or explosions within your home. CPSC.gov is a reliable, government sponsored site that lets you sort through countless items. In the past few years, some of the most commonly used items that have

been recalled are Kidde Smoke and Combination Smoke/C02 Alarms, Legrand Under-Cabinet Power Strips and Eaton MBED 3042 series residential meter breaker. In regards to the Smoke and Combination Smoke/ C02 detectors, it was found that the units (originally sold JanuaryJuly, 2014) could fail to alert the occupants of fire or C02 danger. It’s recommended by manufacturers that these be replaced every 8-10 years, but if you have one of the recalled units, it should be replaced immediately. The Legrand Under-Cabinet Power Strips that were originally sold from February-August, 2011 were manufactured with the electrical wires reversed, which could put the owner at a risk of shock when using it. If you have one of these units, Legrand will issue a refund for your

purchase. The Eaton meter breaker with catalog numbers MBED3042B200BF, MBED3042B200BF6, MBED3042B225PV or MBED3042PV200BF were found to allow too easy of an access point to the components of the meter, also posing a shock hazard to owners. If you have one of these units, a licensed electrician can contact Eaton for you, and Eaton will send a replacement to be installed by the electrician. Please take the time to review the CPSC.gov website to protect your family, and make sure your home is safe. Nick Roper is manager of business development for H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136. MyAtlantaElectrician.net



Brian V. Hightower,

Cherokee County School System’s New Superintendent Nearly 30 years ago, I stood before a class of students at E.T. Booth Middle School as a new teacher. I can still remember how excited and eager (and a little nervous) I felt to be fulfilling my dream of becoming an educator. Today, I’m filled with the same energy and enthusiasm, as I cap off my career with the Cherokee County School District as your next Superintendent of Schools. It’s such an honor to serve our School District…we’re blessed with a very positive, strong and progressive School Board, top-notch teachers and administrators, students, parents and community partners who are supportive and appreciative of our academic programming. As a young teacher and administrator, becoming Superintendent was never on my radar, but I know now that my work as a teacher, school-site administrator and District-level leader has all prepared me for this role. My personal leadership style is based on the following tenets: • Collaborative in Approach: I believe strongly in the importance and essence of “team” within the organization. CCSD schools and departments, with their vast 22

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responsibilities and complexities, are conceptually bigger than any one person. While built on a framework of policies, protocols and practices, organizations such as CCSD still depend upon the talents and teamwork of many employees, leaders, families and community partners. • Goal and Fulfillment-Driven: I’m extremely goal-oriented, with fulfillment being measured (and celebrated) by successes experienced along the way and ultimately, at goal attainment. I believe much of my success as an educational leader has been built around the fact that I’ve been able to combine a visionary, “big-picture” approach with personal skills and attributes, such as organization, determination and resiliency. • Calm in Demeanor: While neither passive nor meek, I do have a calm, measured personality and leadership approach. Recognizing that public education today definitely calls for highly-visible advocacy in the face of high-stakes accountability and is faced with skepticism by many as to the long-term health of the institution, my experience as a school principal and in the CCSD Office of School Operations has strengthened an unflappable, restrained approach

in issue resolution, communication and action/reaction. • Change-Oriented: While I would not consider myself a revolutionary or dramatic change agent, I’ve learned and embraced the idea that an organization will not continue to thrive and succeed without embracing inevitable, necessary improvement… which, most often, creates a need for growth, movement and change, with a look toward the future. Whether subtle or dramatic, continuous improvement creates constant shifts and changes in the organizational landscape. Our School District is widely recognized as a shining example of excellence in the State, and I hope to continue the momentum in establishing it as one of the premier districts in the nation! Our new motto is “Educating the Emerging Generation”… I hope that you’ll join us, whether as a parent, volunteer or community partner, in this important endeavor. To learn more about CCSD, visit Cherokee.k12.ga.us, or find us on Facebook. If you’d like to become involved as a volunteer or community partner, please email PublicRelations@ cherokee.k12.ga.us.

What You Need to Know

Dental Sedation for Your Child there are risks involved. That’s why it is so important to weigh the risks when choosing sedation as an option. Oral sedation can be inconsistent in its results. This type of sedation is usually administered and monitored by the dentist.

When a child is prescribed a certain dental treatment, there are usually several options for completing the treatment. It’s important to speak with your dentist to fully understand the options and allow them to guide you in choosing the best option for your child. Sedation can be an option for completing treatment. There are several types of sedation. As with any type of sedation,

General anesthesia and IV sedation are administered and monitored by an MD anesthesiologist. The dentist focuses only on completing dental treatment when one of these sedation options is chosen. General anesthesia is usually a better option for procedures lasting longer than 1 hour. It is a more involved procedure. IV sedation is typically useful when less than an hour of treatment is anticipated. There are many factors that will determine which form of sedation is the best option

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for completing your child’s treatment; so ask your pediatric dentist many questions to understand which option is the safest. For some children, especially those who are medically compromised, have high anxiety levels and/or special needs, it can be better to complete the treatment all at once. Therefore, those conditions also need to be considered when making your sedation decisions. Many dental offices offer a variety of treatment options. Speak with your dentist extensively to better understand the best treatment option for your child.

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




By Kathleen Boehmig Photos courtesy of PhotoJack.net


ummit Financial Solutions, located in the Towne Lake area, serves Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Canton and surrounding areas and offers a great variety of financial services, including small business start-up, consulting, accounting, planning and support, tax preparation and planning, financial services and payroll services.

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary dreamed

Summit’s President and Executive Tax Director, Joseph Parker, entered the field of finance in an unusual way: he wanted to help others avoid the mistakes he made in his first business when, in his twenties and in spite of using an accountant to keep him on track, he suddenly found himself owing a substantial amount of income tax to the IRS.

rules and regulations in both areas, people really need our help.”

“People sometimes don’t realize that taxes are their greatest expense in life,” he says; “so many fail to plan adequately to stay on top of them. These days, a lot of small business owners and people in the middle class are in a real crunch, particularly because of healthcare costs. Between that expense and taxes, and the continually changing and evolving

“We have a staff of highly qualified and certified professionals, who are dedicated to analyzing and offering appropriate solutions for your financial needs,” Mr. Parker says. “We do this in an efficient and cost effective manner, while maintaining the highest ethical standards. We set an agenda customized to each client before he arrives. Frequently,


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of reaching the summit of Mount Everest. He knew he could not do it alone. It was the wisdom and loyalty of his guide, Tenzig Norgay, that made that dream a reality.

the client leaves the initial meeting with ‘homework,’ or suggested tasks to provide us with further information, so we can

better assess his unique position and structure our solution to perfectly serve his needs.”

aggressive strategies, gray areas or red flags — is the key to keeping more of what you make.”

Summit’s professionals stay up to date on evolving tax strategies, maintaining membership in the National Association of Tax Professionals and the National Association of Enrolled Agents. Summit was named a winner two years in a row for the Best of Life Awards.

On Summit’s website, SFSGA.com, clients find numerous resources, including a monthly newsletter, which contains helpful information about everything from small business advice to tax tips, to avoiding phishing and malware and personal data protection. There are also links to useful IRS publications, as well as information on tax due dates, forms, rates, a document retention guide and help on refund status.

“The world is full of tax preparers who can put the right numbers, on the right forms, by the right deadlines,” Mr. Parker says; “but when was the last time your tax preparer came to you and said, “Here’s an idea I think will save you money?” At Summit Financial Solutions, we believe proactive tax planning — scouring your income and expenses for every available deduction, credit, loophole and opportunity, without

Summit’s professionalism garners enthusiastic client testimonials, such as: “Joseph has spared my company countless financial headaches. He is intimately familiar with IRS rules as they change and morph year-to-year, and he uses this knowledge to the client’s benefit. His business advice is well-

researched, accurate and carries with it the gravitas of his personal integrity. I recommend Joseph without hesitation or reserve.” Other kudos include descriptors like, “best accountants in town,” “fantastic service!” and “complete business solution in one location.” “Our business is about helping people,” Joseph Parker declares. “We are able to uniquely serve our clients by the combined experience our professionals bring to the table in the areas of tax planning, strategic business planning and personal financial services. Having these services under one roof allows us to operate without the conflicts and hierarchies present in many larger firms, thus we are able to focus on offering the best custom solutions … one client at a time.” Read more on page 26



The Six Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

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Who among us wants to pay the IRS more taxes than we have to? While few may raise their hands, Americans regularly overpay because they fail to take tax deductions for which they are eligible. Let’s take a quick look at the six most overlooked opportunities to manage your tax bill.

1. Reinvested Dividends: When your mutual fund pays you a dividend or capital gains distribution, that income is a taxable event (unless the fund is held in a tax-deferred account, like an IRA). If you’re like most fund owners, you reinvest these payments in additional shares of the fund. The tax trap lurks when you sell your mutual fund. If you fail to add the reinvested amounts back into the investment’s cost basis, it can result in double taxation of those dividends. 26

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2. Job Hunting Costs: A tough job market may mean you are looking far and wide for employment. The costs of that search — transportation, food and lodging for overnight stays, cab fares, personal car use and even printing resumes—may be considered tax-deductible expenses, provided the search is not for your first job.

3. Out-of-Pocket Charity: It’s not just cash donations that are deductible. If you donate goods or use your personal car for charitable work, these are potential tax deductions. Just be sure to get a receipt for any amount over $250.

4. State Taxes: Did you owe state taxes at the time of the filing of

your previous year’s tax returns? If you did, don’t forget to include this payment as a tax deduction on your current year’s tax return.

5. Medicare Premiums: If you are self-employed (and not covered by an employer plan or your spouse’s plan), you may be eligible to deduct premiums paid for Medicare Parts B and D, Medigap insurance and Medicare Advantage Plan. This deduction is available regardless of whether you itemize deductions or not.

6. Income in Respect of a Decedent: If you’ve inherited an IRA or pension, you may be able to deduct any estate tax paid by the IRA owner from the taxes due on the withdrawals you take from the inherited account.


The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, by Scott Wilbanks, is a wonderfully inventive tale that weaves a link between 1890s Kansas and 1990s San Francisco. In 1895 Kansas, Elsbeth Grundy discovers a monstrosity of a house in the middle of her wheat field that wasn’t there the day before. Infuriated, she marches up to the house to demand why the owner built it in her field, when suddenly she lands flat on her back, knocked down by something unseen. Undeterred, she writes a letter to the owner of the house and places it in a mysterious mailbox. 100 years later, but still somehow the same day, Annabelle Aster of San Francisco receives it. It seems that the red door that Annie purchased at an antique shop somehow leads her to 1895 and Elsbeth. However, neither is able to get close to the door without being repelled. As Annie and her friend Christian discover the origins of this mysterious door, they learn that its owner was murdered. Thus begins their race to stop a murder that took place one hundred years ago before it happens. As they attempt to change the fate of the magician who created the door, they find that time is a lot more flexible, and the dangers lurking within it are closer than they thought. In their race to stop the murder and to prevent Elsbeth from being charged with it, they change time in ways they couldn’t have imagined and discover things about themselves along the way. At its heart, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is about misfits finding a place to belong. It’s filled with twists and turns and a few surprises along the way.

Jessica Asbell is an avid reader and youth 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. FoxTaleBooks.com 770-516-9989.



When Shopping for a New HVAC System?

What Should You Ask

By Robbie Matiak

As is typical with a large investment, consumers want to know all the pertinent information so that we can make the most educated decision for our family. So here’s what we should ask the HVAC contractor: What size HVAC system do I need? When a contractor is reviewing your home’s current system for replacement, they shouldn’t simply replace the system with a “newer” model of what is currently in place. A contractor should take into account additions to the home, as well as any energy saving upgrades you may have already completed, such as double pane windows or new insulation, or those you intend to make, such as adding a sunroom. Even an energy efficient HVAC system will waste energy if it’s incorrectly sized. What’s the best type of HVAC system for my home? There are a variety of HVAC systems available on the market. The best type for your home depends on the climate and your family’s needs. Heating and cooling systems are available as naturalgas powered systems, all electric systems or a combination thereof. The HVAC contractor should review your climate,


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comfort standards and heating and cooling needs to establish the best options for your home.

contractor which manufacturers are offering their own rebates in order to maximize your savings.

What are the lifetime operating costs? Look beyond the price of the system. Contact your local power provider for information on annual energy costs in your area; ask questions about the cost to replace parts that are designed to wear out.

Does the HVAC system have moisture control elements? Moisture levels that are too high or too low in your home can create an uncomfortable living environment. Air that’s too dry can prolong the life of certain viruses; air that’s too moist can lead to mold and bacterial growth. Moisture control elements in an HVAC system can help keep you comfortable and healthy.

Do I need to replace all of the HVAC equipment? In order for an HVAC system to work optimally, the ductwork must match the needs of the system; if the ductwork doesn’t match the system, the home will experience energy losses. The HVAC contractor should be able to speak to the needs of the duct requirements of the replacement system. What rebates and tax incentives are available for new energy saving HVAC systems? Research local, state and federal tax laws and energy providers, natural gas and electric, to determine if there are systems available for a rebate or incentive. Discuss with the HVAC

The process of shopping for and purchasing a new HVAC system for your home shouldn’t be a confusing and overwhelming experience. When working with a trusted HVAC contractor, you should receive personalized assistance to determine the best energy-efficient products for your family’s needs.

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




Community Partners


other Teresa once said, “The greatest disease in the west is not TB or leprosy. It is being unwanted, uncared for, and unloved.” In America, you don’t have to go far before you find someone who is in desperate need of love. Communities have been crushed by the addiction of drugs. Thousands of people sleep in the streets because they are without a home. Women and children cry themselves to sleep at night because they have been sexually exploited all day. The need for love becomes more and more apparent when seeing the absence of it. What if it was possible to put more love in the world? Could we create real change to today’s social issues? Could we start a movement that would change the world?

Could we, through love in action, change the reality of so many living without it? Project Live Love was born as an attempt to answer these questions with a “Yes!” Project Live Love is a non-profit organization designed to influence culture through love in action, by engaging, networking and mobilizing people who are motivated by love. They create space for individuals, organizations, and communities to come together to LIVE LOVE through meeting specific community needs by providing hands-on opportunities to put love in action. They partner with individuals, corporations, social organizations, churches, and schools that desire to put their love in motion, and they provide opportunities for them to do so by creating programs and projects that are based on local community needs and collecting projects from various 501(c)3 organizations that work

on today’s social issues. Some of Live Love’s ongoing projects include their THREE-OH-WE-GO program and their GET SET program. THREE-OH-WE-GO gathers volunteers every night the temperature drops below freezing from November through March. On GO-Nights, their team of volunteers assemble together at 9:00 pm at Safehouse Outreach, 89 Ellis Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30303. From there, they divide up routes and supplies, then take to the streets with hand warmers, blankets, winter items and LOVE. Their hope is to help those they encounter to make it through the night warm and safe. Project Live Love’s GET SET is a job training program designed to offer homeless veterans numerous opportunities to “GET SET” for employment, growth and advancement in Atlanta’s thriving industries. They currently have two tracks to the GET SET Job Program. Students can join the Hospitality/ Restaurant Worker track or the IT Quality Assurance (QA) track. If you are interested in partnering, donating or volunteering with Project Live Love, or for more information, please visit ProjectLiveLove.com, or call 404-664-8095.

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Valentine’s is a day of love. This year, instead of giving her chocolates, flowers or a romantic dinner, why not consider giving the gift of a flatter stomach? Tummies are one of the hardest areas for us to keep in line.

Tummy Tuck for Valentine’s Day

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as “tummy tuck,” is a cosmetic procedure for both women and men who By Drs. wish to achieve a flatter, well-toned Petrosky, abdomen. By removing excess fat Musarra, Harkins & Leake and skin, and in most cases, restoring weakened or separated muscles, a tummy tuck will create an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer, something that many of us strive for. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and saggy. A number of factors contribute to an unflattering waistline or an unattractive tummy. The most common causes are weight gain, pregnancy, aging, heredity and prior surgery. Candidates for tummy tuck surgery usually agree with one of the following statements: •

You’ve had multiple pregnancies that have left your skin and muscles stretched beyond the point that they can return to normal. The skin of your abdomen has lost a significant amount of tone and elasticity as the result of aging or weight fluctuations. You’re generally healthy and in good shape but bothered by large fat deposits or loose skin around your abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise.

If you’re slightly overweight and frustrated by the presence of excess skin, a tummy tuck can greatly enhance your appearance. If you plan on losing a lot of weight or becoming pregnant, you should postpone the surgery. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty trained, board certified plastic surgeon. Together, you can make an informed decision about a treatment plan designed especially for you.

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



Which Senior Care Option is Best for My Loved One? By Julie Senger


ccording to a recent report by the United Health Foundation and American Public Health Association, by 2030, it’s projected that more than 20% of the U.S. population will be age 65 and older, up from 13% in 2010 and just under 10% in 1970. Therefore, finding appropriate living arrangements and care for an aging family member is something most everyone will have to consider at some point in their lifetime. With so many different options available for senior care in Georgia, it can be an overwhelming and daunting task to try and find the right facility or professional assistance for your aging loved one. All of the available options have much to offer, but the one that is best for your elder family member will greatly depend upon their individual needs and abilities, as well as the capabilities and amount of time others in the family can be involved in the care of their senior. In an effort to narrow down your search, here is an explanation of some of the different options:


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Home Health Care

Home health care is usually used on a more short-term basis in an effort to help an individual live independently again after an illness or injury. The care may be comprised of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy and is usually administered on a parttime or intermittent basis by a medical professional who comes into your home.


Respite Care

Respite care is a service that companies provide for seniors whose primary caretakers are usually family members. It is temporary, short-term care that can be contained within an assisted living facility or continuing care retirement facility, or eldercare professionals can be hired to come into your home. Respite care is usually utilized when family caretakers need a day off or are going on vacation. For example, in addition to providing longterm assisted living, Canton’s Windsor House provides respite care services that include assistance with daily living activities, medication supervision, housekeeping services, community activities, dining and other amenities in its community.


Independent Living

Just as the name suggests, independent living communities/facilities are usually a good choice for seniors who require little or no assistance with daily life. The units may provide optional services for residents, such as housekeeping, laundry and meals. Residents of independent units may have some home health care services provided by in-house staff or an outside agency. The community may or may not provide hospitality or supportive services, but if it does, residents have complete choice as to whether or not they want to participate in those services or programs.


Assisted Living

If an independent living residence doesn’t provide the level of support that is needed, then assisted living may be the best choice. Assisted living provides long-term care that combines housing, support services and health care. According to the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, it is “the preferred alternative to nursing home care” and is “the fastest growing long-term option for seniors.” Assisted living facilities will assess residents’ needs when they move in and will reassess any time they have a change in long-term health or physical needs. They will then develop a personalized care plan based on the results of the individual’s assessment. The amenities will vary, but most facilities include meals, housekeeping and laundry services, transportation, 24 hour security, exercise/wellness programs and social and recreational activities. Personal care options usually include emergency call systems in each unit, medication management, access to health and medical services, as well as staff members who will respond to scheduled/unscheduled needs, which usually include help with eating, bathing, dressing, walking and/or toileting.


Special Care Units (SCUs)

SCUs are assisted living communities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. They usually have additional security measures in place, such as cueing devices or specific architectural features, and they must be licensed by the state to ensure that programming specific to the needs of these residents is being provided. The staff members in SCUs are specially trained to work with individuals who have dementia. However, be sure to double check the specific facility’s acceptance regulations, as some will only accept residents who are in the early stages of the disease. SCUs are often housed in a special wing of an assisted living facility.


Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)

CCRC’s offer all of the different levels of care (independent living, assisted living and nursing home care). Often, there is a long-term agreement/ contract between the resident and the community that offers a continuum of the different levels of living arrangements/care, which is based on the individual’s needs at different stages of his or her life. The housing, services and health care system are usually all on one site and are covered by state regulations in Georgia.


Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes can be a short-term or longer-term residential option. They provide nursing or convalescent care for three or more persons unrelated to the licensee. They treat chronic conditions, or provide convalescent or rehabilitative care. Nursing homes are decidedly less private, but are often necessary following an injury or long illness, where the temporary or longerterm resident requires daily “nursing.” If you notice that your senior family member is having trouble maintaining their home, managing medication, feeding or bathing their self, using the restroom without assistance or if they are having memory loss or other longterm health issues, it may be time to consider one of the above options. For more information on how to find the eldercare option that is right for your loved one’s needs, you can visit N4A.org, or call the National Eldercare Locator by the U.S. Administration on Aging at 800-677-1116. Additionally, a handy “Community Review Checklist” can be found on the Assisted Living Federation of America’s website at ALFA.org/alfa/ Choosing_a_Community1.asp. *Source: ALFA.org



One senior in our program told me that she had been married for 76 years when her husband passed away. It’s truly remarkable that two people could experience happiness for so long. I say “happiness” because she teared up talking about how much she loved him.

By Tim Morris

When I started in senior services 22 years ago, I got to witness 3 weddings that took place in our senior centers. These couples had been married before, but had lost their spouses several years ago. When they started coming to the center, they found love again. It doesn’t matter how old you are, love can still find you.

I truly enjoy this time of the year, especially Valentine’s Day. This day is special, because I’m married to the love of my life. But it’s also special because I get to hear all of the stories from our seniors about the love and longevity of their marriages to their significant others.

There was a couple from one of my centers that had been married for 15 years. You may ask, “What makes that so special?” It turns out that he had been married to her sister until she passed away. The two began talking at the funeral, and

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she had recently lost her husband. They decided to go out for dinner together and eventually got married. She passed away about three years ago after a long illness. They were a really cute couple. He was talking to me about four months after she passed away. He tried to reach out to the third sister in Florida, but she wouldn’t return his calls. Finally, she sent him a letter expressing to him she did not want any contact with him, because he was bad luck, and she was not going to be number three. Cherokee Senior Services will be hosting a free admission movie titled The Age of Love this month. The date has not been set, but you can call 770-3452675 for more information. L

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

Pure Joy

By Johnny M. Hunt

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. — John 15:9-11 These verses are preceded by the passage where Jesus describes himself as the true vine and His followers the branches. Just before He references joy, He directs us to abide in His love. Before that, He explains that the key to abiding in His love is to keep his commandments. The order is significant: keeping commands → abide in His love → JOY. So is it possible for us to experience joy without being obedient? What is real joy? We tend to associate joy with emotion, with synonyms like happiness, delight, pleasure, glee, exhilaration, etc. But this definition of joy can distort our perception of the joy to which Jesus is referring. It

isn’t happiness, though happiness often accompanies it. Joy is taking delight in doing His will, regardless of circumstances. It’s being content in His arms, knowing and believing that your Creator is in control and voluntarily surrendering to Him in obedience, no matter what. Consider this quote from Oswald Chambers: Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily health, neither in circumstances, nor even in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God and in the same fellowship and oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed. But the first

thing that will hinder this joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too much thought to our circumstances. Jesus said, “… the cares of this world…choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). If you dwell on that which is worthy of God’s praise rather than the “cares of this world,” you will find yourself unable to be anything but joyful.

Johnny Hunt is senior pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock. 770-9264428, FBCW.org



New Technology Resolves Symptoms for Inoperable Patients with Leaky Heart Valves By Amar Patel, MD

Heart valves play an important role in the transportation of blood through the circulatory system. Mitral valve regurgitation — or leaky valves — can develop during the normal aging process. Doctors often recommend surgery to fix the problem when the leakiness becomes severe. However, some patients are not eligible for surgery, due to other conditions. They are forced to live with poorly treated symptoms and repeated hospitalizations. Thankfully, a new technology called MitraClip offers these patients a treatment option and a better quality of life. To better understand what a mitral valve does, imagine that it’s an opening with double “doors” that open and close. The doors open to allow blood to travel from the left atrium to the left ventricle. Then the doors swing closed, ensuring the blood doesn’t flow backwards. As people age, those doors aren’t always able to shut, causing blood to flow backwards and pool. This causes the heart muscle to work twice as hard to pump enough blood through the body. In severe cases, the additional stress causes


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an enlarged heart and leads to heart failure. Many people with this condition may have no symptoms at all. Others may have shortness of breath, fatigue and swollen legs. These symptoms often continue, even when treated with medicine. Although open chest surgery is highly successful, some patients are considered to be of prohibitive risk, including those with severe lung or liver disease, renal insufficiency, right ventricular dysfunction, a history of chest radiation or stroke or those who may be considered too frail. Fortunately, the MitraClip procedure has become available for some patients who aren’t candidates for traditional mitral valve surgery. MitraClip is the first minimally invasive solution for patients with degenerative mitral valve regurgitation. An interventional cardiologist accesses the heart through a vein in the patient’s leg. The vein leads to the right atrium of the heart, through which the physician can access the left atrium and the mitral

valve. An inserted catheter allows the interventional cardiologist to clip the valves (the “doors” in our earlier example) together for decreased backflow of the blood and better overall blood flow. The success rate for the procedure is high at 95% and offers a solution to patients who have had no options in the past. The treatment is now offered at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its cardiovascular program. The hospital has become one of the nation’s top cardiac programs and offers a range of cutting-edge procedures to patients across metro Atlanta. People with mitral valve regurgitation should discuss whether surgery or the MitraClip procedure is right for them with their cardiologist. In any case, anyone experiencing chest tightness or pain, exhaustion or swelling in the legs should see a doctor right away.

Amar Patel, MD is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology and is a physician with WellStar Health System. 770-590-4180



What Are

Ganglion Cysts? By Jose Baez, M.D. Ganglion cysts are common lumps within the hand and wrist that develop adjacent to joints or tendons.

The most common locations are: • Top of the wrist • Palm side of the wrist • Base of the finger on the palm side • Top of the end joint of the finger The cyst often resembles a water balloon on a stalk and is filled with clear fluid or gel. The cause is unknown, although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They can occur in patients of all ages. Ganglion cysts may change in size or even disappear completely. They may or may not be painful. These cysts are not cancerous and will not spread to other areas.

How are ganglion cysts diagnosed? Physicians can usually diagnose a ganglion cyst based on the appearance and location of the bump. Ganglion cysts are usually oval or round and may be soft or very firm. Physicians may also request x-rays in order to investigate problems in the adjacent joints. Cysts at the end joint of the finger frequently have an arthritic bone spur associated with them.

What are the treatment options for ganglion cysts? Treatment is often non-surgical. In many cases, cysts are simply observed, as they frequently disappear on their own. If the cyst becomes painful, limits activity or is otherwise unacceptable, there are several treatment options, including: • Splints and anti-inflammatory medication to decrease pain • Aspiration to remove the fluid and decompress it • Surgery to remove the cyst (if the above fail to provide relief or if the cyst recurs) Surgery involves removing the cyst, as well as a portion of the joint capsule or tendon sheath. With wrist ganglion cysts, traditional and arthroscopic techniques may yield good results. During your appointment, your physician will discuss which treatment options are right for you.


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


eginning when he was only 13 years old, Bill Moore discovered his talent for working with wood. After 71 years of fine tuning his talent, he can now turn old pieces of wood into stunning furniture. Bill Moore was born in a small town in Alabama, and he lived in the Chicago area for 25 years before moving to

Georgia in 2002. He started working with wood in the 7th grade when he took an industrial arts class at his school. That’s when he discovered his passion for woodworking. “I was given a saw and a planer and some wood,” he says. With these materials and basic tools, he created a footstool, a set of bookends and a hanging shelf. From that day on, he was hooked. Amazingly, other than his 7th grade class, Bill is completely self-taught. He uses several types of wood, including black walnut, maple, oak and cherry. He looks for pieces of wood according to the beauty of the lumber. “Just recently, I came across a scrap in the lumberyard. It was a


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Artistic Woodworking for More Than 7 Decades nice piece of black walnut. I bought it, and I turned it into a bench and table,” he explains. Even now, Bill only uses standard woodworking tools like saws, hammers, sanders and a lathe to create his pieces. Among his creations are shelves, bed frames and cradles. One piece of work he created years ago is now an heirloom in his family. “I made a cradle for my son when he was a newborn, and his sibling also used it. Now my son’s children have used it, and my great-grandchildren will use it in the future,” he says. Bill has created several memorable projects. “It’s hard to say which has been the most memorable. I’ve enjoyed all the pieces I’ve created,” he says, “but one of my favorites has to be a casual black walnut table.” He loves being able to envision what he can make from the wood and then

bring his vision to reality. He’s been selling his hand-crafted furniture for about 25 years, but in the last 10 years, he has doubled his effort in selling his work. Bill is constantly working on new pieces to sell between two different galleries. “I’m currently working on a half dozen different pieces,” he says. It usually takes him about 2-3 weeks to create a piece from start to finish. He takes pride in the finish, or the protective glaze that he uses on his pieces. “I take my time and sand my work down super smooth before putting on the finish,” he explains. Although he mostly focuses on creating pieces for the galleries, he also occasionally takes part in art and craft shows. To view his work or inquire about a custom piece, visit the Ann Art Gallery in Canton or the Westside Market in Atlanta.

Get Involved in Your

Downtown Woodstock By Jenna Hill


any people consider the holidays the biggest time of year to give back. This is a wonderful time to open wallets and hearts to make sure that families have an easier holiday season, but let’s make this a way of life all year long! Main Street Woodstock, Inc. tries to help out in any way we can, all year long.

The design committee for Main Street Woodstock is GROW (Green Reaps Opportunity for Woodstock). GROW is continuously working to improve the landscaping and design in Downtown Woodstock. One major beautification project GROW has undertaken recently is the art benches. These benches were purchased with proceeds from the Scarecrow Invasion in 2015. They are a part of a series that will be installed in Downtown Woodstock over the next few years. The first bench, purchased earlier in 2015, is located at the

YPOW, or Young Professionals of Woodstock, is a group designated for the younger generation. They conducted a food and coat drive for a local non-profit in the later part of 2015 and plan on helping out

pedestrian crossing. It is a beautifully sculpted tree. One of the new benches has a fun dragonfly design and is located next to the visitor info booth by Freight Kitchen & Tap and Dress Up. The 3rd bench is a beautiful swirl design and is located in front of Copper Coin Coffee. All together they add a whimsical design element to Downtown Woodstock. If you haven’t seen them, be sure to make a special trip. If you are interested in volunteering with GROW, check out DowntownWoodstock. org/grow/

many other charities in the future, as that is part of their mission. You can learn more at DowntownWoodstock. org/ypow/

Main Street Woodstock’s business development committee ENDOW (Educate, Network and Develop Opportunities for Woodstock) recently raised funds for the Shop With a Hero program and is currently working on a fundraising opportunity for the computer lab at the Reeves House for Elm Street. ENDOW has exciting plans for 2016 to make a difference in Woodstock! You can get more information on how to become involved with ENDOW via DowntownWoodstock.org

If you would like more info on how to become involved with Main Street Woodstock, visit DowntownWoodstock.org, or email JeHill@WoodstockGa.gov.

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



1 swordfish filet, cut into 1 inch pieces 8 large Gulf Shrimp, peeled 12 mussels, cleaned 4 large sea scallops


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- Add oil to a medium stock pot over medium heat. - Add anchovies, and sauté for 2 minutes. - Add celery, leek, carrot, garlic, onion and all dry seasonings, and cook until translucent. - Next, deglaze with Chablis; reduce by half. - Add ground tomatoes, shrimp stock, corn and potatoes, and simmer for 20 minutes. - Add swordfish and scallops, and cook for 3 minutes. - Add mussels and shrimp, and continue to cook until mussels open. - Finish with hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste. - Ladle into bowls, and enjoy.



2 tbsps. oil 1 celery stalk, diced small 1 leek, julienned 1 large carrot, diced small 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3 anchovies, minced 1 yellow onion, diced small 1 tsp. fennel seed 1 tbsp. dry tarragon 1 tbsp. seafood seasoning ½ cup Chablis 2 cups ground tomato 3 cups shrimp stock 1 tbsp. hot sauce 2 ears of corn, shucked 3 red potatoes, diced ½ inch salt and pepper to taste

Don’t Do This When

It’s Cold Outside

By Cobb EMC 1. Don’t use the fireplace. Burning a fire doesn’t contribute much additional heat to the room and can actually increase your heating bills when the temperature dips into the 20s. Plus, the open flue sucks heated air out of your house through the chimney. 2. Don’t crank the thermostat up to heat a cold home in a hurry. Turning the thermostat up to 90 degrees won’t warm up a 70-degree home any quicker than turning it up to 73 degrees. 3. Don’t run the bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans longer than necessary. Exhaust fans pull air from your home, which can cause the heater to run longer than necessary. Flip the fans on only to clear smoke in the kitchen or steam in the bathroom. 4. Don’t leave a space heater running when you leave. It could topple over, overheat or catch something on fire. 5. Don’t turn off your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans save energy in the winter. Set the blades to spin clockwise so that warm air is forced down into the room. 6. Don’t close the blinds. During the day, letting the sun shine into the room will warm it up and give the heating system a break. Do close blinds and curtains after dark. 7. Don’t close off unused rooms. Closing doors and cutting off air flow makes your heater run longer and work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the rest of the home. 8. Don’t turn off your furnace completely, even if you’re going on an extended winter vacation. Set the thermostat to 55 degrees so the plumbing pipes in an unheated home won’t freeze and burst.

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



A Heart Healthy Diet By Northside Hospital

The body’s relationship with food can be one of friendship or one of conflict — especially when it comes to your health. Just because something tastes good, doesn’t mean your body will appreciate it later. What you eat can directly impact your risk for heart disease and other health complications. By making the right choices at the dinner table, you can improve your cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy weight, helping you have a healthier heart. Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, nuts, lean meats and fatty fish at least twice a week, which are all good for the heart. Oils with high levels of mono-unsaturated fats, such as olive oil and peanut oil, are also a healthy addition to your diet. Flavonoids may help protect artery walls from heart disease and stroke, as well as help lower blood pressure. They are found in fruits, tea and soybeans. Limit foods with trans-fat and saturated fat, such as dairy and meat products that are high in fat and margarine. Many processed foods have trans-fat. Look at the nutrition labels when buying food so you know exactly what you’ll be consuming. Avoid foods that list “hydrogenated” and “partially hydrogenated” ingredients. Fiber can reduce your risk of heart disease. Sources of fiber include whole grain pasta, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Set a goal to eat 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day, then work to gradually achieve that goal. Make sure you drink plenty of water, too, as that helps fiber do its work.

Dining Out:


Eat Thi

Instead of: Cream and cheese-based soups Try: Broth-based soups, such as minestrone

Not Tha

Instead of: White bread with butter Try: Whole wheat bread dipped in olive oil


Every once in a while, most of us love to let someone else do the cooking. Here are some healthier options to try when in a restaurant.

Instead of: Pasta with cream, cheese or red meat sauce Try: Pasta with marinara sauce and grilled chicken

Instead of: Steak with mashed potatoes and deep fried onions Try: Broiled fish with steamed vegetables

Instead of: Crème brûlée with berries Try: Fresh seasonal berries with a dollop of nonfat whipped cream

Instead of: Flourless chocolate cake Try: Fresh fruit sorbet

Northside Hospital has been recognized by some of the nation’s leading health care organizations for providing a high level of expertise in treating patients with chest pain, heart attack symptoms, heart failure and stroke. For more information about how you can be heart healthy, visit Northside.com/heartandvascular.


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Education Outside the Classroom By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Can your children set a proper place setting at the dinner table? Can they load the dishwasher or make a bed that is wrinkle-free with tight corners? Can they sort laundry into whites, lights and darks? Can they fully wash, dry, fold and put away a load of laundry? How about cleaning a toilet or a sink? Can they make a handful of meals, start to finish, without the aid of a cook book or a microwave? These are all necessary life skills, and more and more children aren’t learning them. We pride ourselves on being good parents, and yet many of us are guilty of doing too much for our kids. Often, it’s just easier and faster for us in our hectic worlds to do these things ourselves. However, the day will come when they grow up and move away, either to school, work or even into a marriage and family all their own. My husband is a very tidy man. His mother taught him to garden, cook and clean. He and his two brothers learned these skills.They can bake, can vegetables and iron, too. He is very

helpful around the house, and I thank his mother so much for raising him to know these things. In today’s society, more and more women are working longer hours away from home, thus having a capable husband is not just a blessing, but a virtual necessity. Do your kids a favor. Let them help you around the house to equip them to better care for themselves. My girls got a new household chore for their birthday present each year. I figured they were a little older and therefore, could do more. You can start small, such as feeding a pet, watering plants or taking out the garbage.These skills make them feel helpful and part of their family at any age, and prepare them to be responsible adults and/or helpful partners within their future relationships.

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



Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Celebrations

Sears Hometown Store 110 Bluffs Pkwy, Suite 100 Canton 770-720-9020 Retail Department Stores


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Planet Fitness

299 Molly Lane Woodstock 678-903-8846 Health/Fitness

Adult Night Care of Woodstock 604 Industrial Ct, Suite A Woodstock 770-485-4580 Senior Care

North Georgia Tax Solutions

157 Reinhardt College Pkwy., Suite 200 Canton 770-735-3336 Accounting & Tax Preparation

Soil/Growing Media

Indoor Seed Starting By Joshua Fuder Starting plants from seeds indoors is a great way to get a jump start on your spring and summer gardens. It’s often the only way to grow rare, heirloom plants or ones that require a long growing season, like my garden favorite Hibiscus sabdariffa. I enjoy starting my own transplants because it extends my gardening year, and I get a little more satisfaction from that vegetable harvest when I know I was there when it was just a seed. Starting seeds indoors can be a bit tricky, so follow these guidelines to ensure success.

A wide range of growing media may be used as long as it’s loose and well drained. Don’t use or mix garden soil, as it’s too heavy and will potentially introduce pathogens that can kill your young seedlings. A mixture containing equal parts perlite or vermiculite, peat moss and sterile compost is best and can be purchased from most retail locations. This potting mix will have low fertility, so seedlings must be watered with a diluted fertilizer solution as soon as the first leaves emerge.

Light Transplants grown indoors will likely require supplemental light soon after germination. A south facing window is a great place to get seeds started but will oftentimes not provide the young plants enough light exposure, which will result in weak, “leggy” plants. Fluorescent fixtures placed 2-4” above the leaves, with an exposure of 16

hours per day is the best method.

Containers Plastic cell packs can be purchased or reused, but there’s really no limit to what you can use as long as it is sterile and provides adequate drainage.

Soil Moisture and Temperature The growing medium should be thoroughly moistened prior to planting. After seeding, the soil must be kept moist but not sopping; think of a wrung out sponge. The temperature of the soil is also critical and must be kept near 70 degrees. A horticultural heat mat may be required under the seed trays and pots to keep roots actively growing.

Joshua Fuder is Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/extension/cherokee



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