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Publisher’s Perspective

PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski Jack@FamilyLifePublications.com EDITORIAL Julie Senger Editor@FamilyLifePublications.com ART Candice Williams Candice@FamilyLifePublications.com Laurie Litke Laurie@FamilyLifePublications.com SALES Janet Ponichtera Janet@FamilyLifePublications.com

March forward M

arch is here, and my favorite season is about to burst forth with all the splendor of spring’s abundance of life. I hope everyone had a great vacation and enjoyed time with their families, had some time to reflect on their goals for the year, or I hope you were at least able to share in the joy of making memories with a friend during a time of departure from their daily routine. Now we are ready to march forward. Spring is a battle cry that we simply cannot ignore. Everything changes from the ground up during the wonderful season of spring. We made plans in January, laid the groundwork last month, and now the time has come for us to take root and grow so that we make positive changes for ourselves.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Jose Baez, Kyle Bennett, Kathleen Boehmig, Chris Bryant, Jyl Craven, Natalie Del Valle, Corey Harkins, Cameron Johnson, James E. Leake, Kelly Marulanda, Robbie Matiak, Jeff Moon, Tim Morris, Neely Motiejunas, E. Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Cindy Nelson, Michael Petrosky, Juan Reyes, Nick Roper, Jinx Willard, Farris Yawn

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We need more of that here on the surface. The positive changes we make in our own lives enhance the community around us. Let us do the right things and inspire others with our actions simply by living up to the potential that rests inside of us. Life will be easier for everyone. March forward.

Woodstock Family Life welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher, and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Woodstock Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher.


While I was on vacation last month enjoying some diving, I took notice of some of the incredible symbiotic relationships of the underwater world. One of the first and most visual is the coordination of efforts of the gobi and the cleaner shrimp. The quick, big-eyed, alert gobi watches over the den and alerts the blind shrimp of approaching predators. With gratitude, the shrimp makes a home for the gobi and keeps it clean, accessible and safe. They are neighbors within the vastness of the ocean, and they have absolutely nothing in common except life itself, but they make each other’s lives better by accomplishing personal goals.

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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Calendar MARCH


Friday Night Live St. Patty’s Fest Celebrate St Patty’s in Downtown Woodstock as we kick off the 2016 Friday Night Live series! 6:00 pm, Downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. DowntownWoodstock.org


Yoga + Beer — 10:00 am, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Rd, Woodstock. 678-341-0828. 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. Being a grown-up means we get to combine our passion for good


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beer with these moments of win. Come join us for Game Night! Stake your claim on board games, card games and more from our collection, or bring your own. Make new friends, and play with others that have come out for the event. 6:30 pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Rd, Woodstock. 678-341-0828. ReformationBrewery.com


Main Street Woodstock’s SemiAnnual Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party — Join us to celebrate the return of Restaurant Week on the rooftop at PURE! A $35 ticket gets you and a friend your choice of two appetizers and two drinks from anything on their menu. A portion of the ticket sales from this evening will also go to Never Alone Ministries. 6:00-10:00

pm, PURE Taqueria, 405 Chambers St., Woodstock. DowntownWoodstock.org


Cherokee County Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Expo — Enjoy visiting 30 different agriculture booths, and enjoy commodity food and drinks. Farmer Sue and TheArtBarn Crew from Morning Glory Farm will be there with several furry, feathery friends to celebrate art, animals, agriculture and education. There will be locally grown foods, plants, animals and handcrafted products. This event is FREE and open to the public. 4:00-7:00 pm, River Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. 770-479-1481, ext. 0.


RepTouR Tales — Elm Street’s touring

repertory troupe is hitting the stage to bring you their 2016 Tour of Shows! RepTouR Tales will contain Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, and their own wacky version of Rumpelstiltskin — as well as improvising stories freshly created and written by our audience! Family-friendly! Great for kids! 2:00 pm, The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St, Woodstock. 678.494.4251. ElmStreetArts.org


Main Street Woodstock’s Semi-Annual Restaurant Week — Join us for a week of specials at your favorite downtown eateries, food shops and special events throughout the week to celebrate the unique food we have to offer right here in your city! Main Street, Woodstock. DowntownWoodstock.org


National Pie Day Celebration — Join PIE BAR to celebrate Pie Day on 3.14. There will be special activities and tastings throughout the day. Pie Bar, 8720 Main Street #130, Woodstock. 678402-6245. OrderPieBar.com


Books and Brews — Join us as we rediscover the required reading of our youth and discuss great classics over great beer the second Monday of each month. March’s book challenge is to read a book by a southern author to share with the group. 7:00 pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Rd, Woodstock. 678-341-0828. ReformationBrewery.com continued on

11905 GA-92, Woodstock 770-926-4428. EasterAtWoodstock.com • March 26, 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm • March 27, 9:00 am & 11:00 am

556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock 770-928-2812. TLCWoodstock.org The worship theme for the midweek services is “Passion Scenes,” 6 places where our Lord’s Passion unfolded such as The Upper Room, Gethsemane and Calvary. • March 2 & 9, 11:00 am & 7:30 pm Lenten Services — Wednesday evening Lenten services are preceded by a family supper at 6:30 pm. • March 20, 8:30 am & 11:00 am Palm Sunday worship service with Holy Communion • March 24, 11:00 am & 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion • March 25, 7:30 pm Good Friday Tenebrae service • March 27, 8:30 am & 11:00 am Holy Communion and Easter Sunday worship — Breakfast served between services.


Holly Springs Easter Egg Hunt — Come hunt over 12,000 eggs! Arrive early to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Each family receives one complimentary picture. Eggs will be hidden for children ages infant to 12 years old. Every child will leave with a basket full of eggs and one prize egg! 11:00 am, Barrett Park, 120 Park Lane, Holly Springs. 770-345-5536. Ga-HollySprings.CivicPlus.com


Northside HospitalCherokee’s 30th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza — Get your Easter basket ready! This year’s event, once again, will include many exciting activities and fun for all ages, including a petting zoo, moon walks, carnival games, puppet shows, and other activities. Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, music and much more. FREE and open to the public. 1:00-3:00 pm, 201 Hospital Road, Canton. 770-720-5474. Register at Give.Northside.com/ EasterEggstravaganza



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Holly Springs Citizens Police Academy The Academy is a series of six sessions, which focus on varying aspects of law enforcement/ citizen cooperation. This is a wonderful opportunity to peek inside the world of a police officer. The sessions include a historical perspective of American law enforcement and its current application, the structure and implementation of the Holly Springs Police Department Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigation Division and will include presentations by the K9 Unit and Bike Patrol Team. Participants will conduct handson problem solving simulations, crime scene processing, domestic violence and suspicious person’s scenarios. Each participant will also have an opportunity to ride with an officer during a working shift. If interested, call 770-7217526. HollySpringsGa.us


Lawn Care Seminar Learn the types of grass, calendar for maintenance and troubleshooting tips to make your lawn the best one on the block. 10:00 am, Rose Creek Library, 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. To register, call 770721-7803.


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 (No Storytime the week of March 22-24.) Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Rose Creek Wednesdays, 10:30 am; Thursdays, 10:30 am & 3:30 pm, Woodstock Thursdays, 10:30 am, Hickory Flat LAP SIT STORYTIME (No Storytime the week of March 22-24.) Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Rose Creek This is designed for ages 1-3 years. KNITTING/CROCHETING GROUP Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, Rose Creek March 2, 16 & 30, 10:30 am, Hickory Flat Let our instructors 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 to 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! LEGO CLUB March 5, 2:00-3:00 pm, Hickory Flat March 12, 3:00 pm, Rose Creek March 20, 3:00 pm, Woodstock Lego Club has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creation. All ages are welcome; ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. PRE-PIE DAY CELEBRATION March 7, 4:00 pm, Rose Creek Come learn about “Pie” and “PI”(that’s math), with Lauren Bolden from the Pie Bar in Downtown Woodstock.


Friday Night Live Roaring 20’s Night — Time travel back to the 1920s as the spirit of the Roaring 20s is celebrated in Downtown Woodstock. 6:00 pm, Downtown Woodstock. 770-9240406. DowntownWoodstock.org


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PIRATE PALS March 8, 4:00 pm, Woodstock Aarrghh you ready for some fun? Pirates ages 3-8 won’t want to miss a high-seas adventure as we play pirate games, make a craft and hear a pirate tale. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 770-926-5859 to register.

LIBRARY BINGO BOOK CLUB March 10, 10:30-11:30 am or 4:30-5:30 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, and then come discuss the book you read for the month. Attending meetings is not mandatory to be a member. New members are always welcome. LEGO ROBOTICS STEAM TEAM March 12, 2:00 pm, Hickory Flat Create, build, control and play with LEGO Robotics. This program is for ages 9-14. Call 770-479-3090, ext. 233 to register. FRIENDS OF THE CHEROKEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE March 17-19, Woodstock Preview Sale: Thursday, March 17, 3:00-5:30 pm. Public Sale: Thursday, March 17, 5:30-7:30 pm; Friday, March 18, 10:00 am-5:30 pm; Saturday, March 19, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Preview Sale is for Friends members only. Become a member at the door. BOOKMARK BOOK CLUB March 22, 4:00 pm, Woodstock Rack up 7 AR points, and have fun doing it! Join us for a fun discussion about Lisa Graff’s current Georgia Book Award nominee, Absolutely Almost. We will discuss the book, do a fun activity and enjoy light refreshments. Registration is required. Call 770-479-3090-ext. 233. This is for ages 9-12. BOARD GAME NIGHT March 22, 6:00-7:15 pm, Woodstock Teens and tweens in 6th grade and up can join us to hang out and play board games. Teens may bring a board game to share and teach if they like. WEAVE A WALL HANGING March 24, 4:00 pm, Hickory Flat Kids ages 9-12 will learn how to make their own woven creation. All materials will be provided. Registration is required and begins March 10. Please call 770-345-7565 to register.

Business The Joint® Chiropractic is now open in Woodstock. The Joint offers convenient hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. The Woodstock clinic is a franchise of The Joint Corp., one of the

In mid-March, the legendary Alpine


fastest growing franchisors in healthcare. The company is transforming

is opening a brand new bakery and storefront in

chiropractic care through a consumer-friendly model that removes many of

Woodstock. Located at 405 Toonigh Road, the

the traditional obstacles to healthcare. For example, appointments are not

bakery will house a staggering 60 feet of “eye

necessary, and consumers receive quality care without insurance hassles.

candy,” with over 80 confections on display.

Patients can choose from several affordable plans and packages with a

Coffees, teas and breakfast pastries will

significantly lower per visit cost than the average insurance co-pay.

also be available. For more information, visit AlpineBakeries.com, or call 404-410-1400.

For more information about The Joint Chiropractic, please call 678-214-4449, or visit the clinic at 1428 Towne Lake Pkwy Ste. 28102 in Woodstock.


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Saying “No” LIFESTYLE I’ve made a career out of not being able to say “no.” I ask myself, “why have I been this way all my life?” I’m big in stature, but my heart is twice as big. I like being kind to people. I love telling the story about taking a group of my seniors on a trip to the capitol for a rally. Coming back, 6 of my ladies got in a discussion about how much landscapers charged them to cut their yards, basically forcing them to have to cut it every week. They didn’t want it cut every week and wanted to save money. I suddenly

By Tim Morris

heard myself say, “I can do it for half of that,” and their eyes lit up. Next thing I knew, I was cutting grass for 6 different ladies and using my own mower and gas. I did this for them for 3-6 years, because I didn’t have the heart to say “no.” I went through 3 lawn mowers and several gallons of gas, and trust me, I didn’t make much because some of the ladies waited three weeks before they asked me to cut their yards. The grass was so high that I killed two of my mowers. Looking back now, that group enjoyed the social contact that they didn’t get

from anyone else. After cutting her grass, one of my ladies asked me if I had time to go to Morrison’s to eat. I always said “yes” because I couldn’t say “no.” She had an older Mercedes, and she wanted me to drive. She got in the back, and it became something like Driving Miss Daisy. One time, she ran into some friends at Morrison’s and introduced me as her “yard man.” As spring approaches, Senior Services is need of groups wanting to volunteer to help do yard work for seniors. This is a huge client need. If you’re interested, please contact Cherokee County Senior Services. Remember, it’s okay not to say “no,” because it’ll make you feel all warm inside. 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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t the January 25, 2016 City Council meeting, Mayor Donnie Henriques gave his annual “State of the City Address.” This annual tradition allows for a historical recap of the prior year in the City of Woodstock. It is a good opportunity to reflect on the past year and set the stage for the Mayor and Council’s annual planning retreat, which follows shortly after the speech. The Mayor began by recapping that the City of Woodstock made Money Magazine’s list of “50 Best Places to Live” in the U.S. Woodstock was the only city in Georgia to make the list for 2015.

at Rope Mill Park, and renovations at Dupree Park were completed and included the addition of a disk golf course. A number of interesting facts and tidbits were also included in the address for 2015. The Woodstock Fire Department responded to over 4,800 calls for service, and over 1,700 fire hydrants were inspected. The Woodstock Police Department responded to over 39,000 calls for service, and

249,000 pounds of debris with its street sweeper, and over 1,000 pounds of trash was collected at the Rivers Alive annual clean-up. Over 1.5 miles of roads were resurfaced, and 11.5 miles of striping was completed. Other highlights discussed were the Downtown Development Authority and Cherokee Office of Economic Development relocating their offices to the newly renovated Chattahoochee Tech campus in Downtown Woodstock. Phase 2 renovations were completed at City Center, which added much needed public restrooms for the Chamber and the

By Jeff Moon

Also In 2015, the value of new construction building permits issued in Woodstock totaled over $200 million, including some 386 new single family homes. This represented the most single family permits issued since the mid2000s. Large commercial projects that were completed included Sam’s Wholesale Club, Stars and Strikes Family Fun Center, expansion of the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta and Woodstock City Church. Among the key projects completed or started in 2015: construction started on the Amphitheater at City Center, 30 parking spaces were added at Woofstock Park, 40 parking spaces were added 12

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there was an 18.75% reduction in violent crime in 2015. The Woodstock Public Safety Foundation raised over $55,000 and assisted 144 kids with Christmas as part of the “Shop with a Hero” program. On the financial front, the City reduced overall debt by $4.5 million in fiscal year 2015 and added $1.1 million to the City’s reserve fund. Our Parks and Recreation Department had trail counters who measured over 200,000 people on the Noonday Creek Trail between May and December, and Woofstock Park averaged over 150 visitors a day. The Woodstock Public Works Department collected over

Theater at City Center, benefiting the Elm Street Performing Arts Center. 2015 was a busy year for the City of Woodstock, and 2016 is off to a fast start. Next month’s column will focus on the results of the Mayor and Council’s annual planning retreat.

Jeff Moon is the City Manager for the City of Woodstock. 770-592-6000. JMoon@WoodstockGa.gov

Breast Lift You, Too, Can Be Perky Once Again! By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake As a woman, do you look in the mirror at your breasts and wonder what it would be like to have perky breasts again? It can happen; all of a sudden, your breasts are sagging. The breast is made out of an outer skin envelope and inner stuffing of breast tissue and fat. When the breast sags, it’s usually because the envelope is too big for the stuffing. Sagging (ptosis) includes breasts that are flattened, with an elongated shape, and a nipple/areola complex that is pointed downward. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy,


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raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants.

A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that’s more youthful and uplifted. Sometimes, the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this, as well. Over time, a woman’s breasts can lose their youthful shape and firmness. These changes can result from: Pregnancy Q Breastfeeding Weight fluctuations Q Aging Gravity Q Heredity Your breast lift procedure can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for you will be based on your breast size

and shape, the size and position of your areolas, the degree of breast sagging and skin quality and elasticity, as well as the amount of extra skin. The new shape and position of your breasts will be visible immediately after surgery; however, the new look will settle a bit over the following weeks. Breast lift surgery is the only permanent way to restore a youthful body contour to the breasts. No amount of exercise or breast firming cream has ever been proven to produce measurable, visible results. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty trained, board certified plastic surgeon.

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

Leadership Cherokee Class of 2016 Named

Community Feature

This 28th Anniversary Class was chosen following participation in a nomination, application and interview process. The 23 class members traveled to Brasstown Valley Resort for their retreat. “The group participated in both indoor and outdoor team building exercises that enabled them to learn not only about each other, but also about themselves through a look at personality types and communication styles,” said Katie Wise with LGE Community Credit Union and the 2016 Chair of Leadership Cherokee. Over the next nine months, the Leadership Cherokee Class will participate in a broad range of sessions that will focus on a variety of topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare and social/human services. Following the nine months of leadership training, the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2016 will graduate during a ceremony in September. For information on the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2017, contact the Chamber office at 770-345-0400, or visit CherokeeChamber.com.

Class members include: Front Row (l to r): Ashley Carlile, Thompson, Meier & King, P.C.; Maggie Wilt, Keller Williams Realty; Janet Read, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Crystal Welch, City of Woodstock; Cassie Kelly, The Salvation Army Service Center & Family Store. Second Row (l to r): Brian Reece, Cherokee Co. Fire & Emergency Services; Vanna Hernandez, Cherokee Co. Clerk of Courts; Amber Smithwick, Cherokee Co. Chamber of Commerce; Dixie Williams, Southeast Restoration Group; Giselle Espinal-Francis, Goshen Valley Foundation; Heather Daily, Cherokee Training Center; Michael Zenchuk, City of Holly Springs. Back Row (l to r): Joe Perkins, Cherokee Co. Sheriff’s Office; Katie Pearson, Northside Hospital-Cherokee; Jey Willis, State Farm InsuranceJey Willis Agency; Chris Sizemore, Roytec Industries; Kevin Lanier, Cherokee Co. Fire & Emergency Services; Amy Hall, North GA CPA Services; Jeremy Harmon, WellStar Health System; Mark Mitchell, City of Canton; Shannon Gibbs, Cherokee Co. Fire & Emergency Services; Tracey Boltres, Pied Piper Pest Control; Jack Tuszynski, Family Life Publications.

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



Community Feature Wellstar Kennestone Hospital Opens New Cancer Center The new WellStar Cancer Center at Kennestone Hospital opened following an $11 million renovation. The new Center offers patients world-class cancer care including a unique approach to help patients get answers faster. In addition to cutting-edge radiation and surgical treatments, patients can learn about and receive integrative healing treatments for the body, mind and spirit. In a first-in-the-nation collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), a new resource center offers a serene setting for patients and family members to learn about their diagnosis, treatment options and lowering their cancer risk. WellStar’s specially trained nurse navigators staff the center, assisting patients seeking information from the abundant inhouse and online libraries. Kiosks allow patients to chat live with an ACS navigator through an online portal. In addition to the resource center, the Cancer Center offers a variety of new services including: • The Manning Wellness Kitchen — a new, state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for nutritional education • The Rick Gray Family Chapel — a tranquil chapel where patients and their families can turn to their higher power for spiritual strength • Integrative medicine such as yoga and tai chi, complementing the current acupuncture service • A salon offering wig and accessory options for those experiencing hair loss and a new bra and mastectomy prosthesis service in the coming months

3 Cherokee County Cities Rank in Top 25 Safest Cities in GA SafeWise has released its list of the safest cities in Georgia, and three Cherokee County cities rank in the top 25. Holly Springs comes in at number 15 on the list, followed by Canton (21), and Woodstock (25), respectively. The safest cities are ranked by reviewing the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, which is the most recent data available for a full calendar year. Cities with less than 4,000 residents or that don’t submit crime data to the FBI are not considered for inclusion on the list. The list is further narrowed by reviewing the number of reported violent and property crimes in each of the cities.


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Community Feature CCSD National Signing Day Event Honors 57 Student Athletes Fifty-seven Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized at the CCSD National Signing Day ceremony for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level. The following students were recognized from Etowah HS, River Ridge HS and Woodstock HS: SCH. STUDENT


EHS Sawyer Gipson-Long Baseball EHS Brian Peet Baseball EHS Madelynn Reeves Cross Country EHS Alex Smith Football EHS Bronson Rechsteiner Football EHS Brandon Reibly Football EHS Rachel Kraus Lacrosse EHS Beth Haynes Lacrosse EHS Alec Drosos Lacrosse EHS Jaclyn Regnery Lacrosse EHS Sean Smart Lacrosse EHS Daniel Zimny Lacrosse EHS Sarah Garrett Softball EHS Ana Albertson Tennis EHS Nikki Gilner Tennis EHS Galen Lee Tennis RRHS Zachary Cable Baseball RRHS Luke Berryhill Baseball



Mercer University University of West Georgia Georgia Southwestern University Georgia Southern University Kennesaw State University Reinhardt University Georgetown College Georgetown College Jacksonville University Kennesaw State University Mercer University Young Harris College Gordon State College Austin Peay Georgia Southern University Harvard University Chattahoochee Valley, Phoenix City, Alabama Georgia Southern University

RRHS Dylan Schoknecht Baseball RRHS Cody Simmons Baseball RRHS Olivia Stasevich Beach Volleyball RRHS Caroline Mlaska Golf RRHS Lexi Fairchild Lacrosse RRHS Brooke DeSantis Soccer RRHS Jessica Anthony Soccer RRHS Beth McCulley Softball RRHS Ben Van Hout Tennis WHS Trevor Daniell Hillhouse Baseball WHS Kennedy Montgomery Basketball WHS Jillian Chiesa Lacrosse WHS Celine McDuffie Lacrosse WHS Jenna Carr Lacrosse WHS Jordan Gaines Lacrosse WHS Danielle Rubin Softball WHS Lauren Case Swimming

Scholar athletes from River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock High Schools.


COLLEGE Hesston College Maryville College Georgia State University Maryville College Emmanuel College University of Michigan University of West Georgia Kennesaw State University Northern Arizona University Auburn University Columbus State University North Greenville University Savannah College of Art and Design University of Alabama - Huntsville University of Alabama - Huntsville Kennesaw State University University of Texas

Scholar athletes from Cherokee, Creekview and Etowah High Schools.

Dr. Susan Zinkil is GA’s MS Principal of the Year Dr. Zinkil was appointed the Principal of Teasley MS in 2010. Under her leadership, Teasley MS has been recognized as a “Distinguished Breakout Middle School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals in 2013, a finalist for the Georgia Family Friendly Partnership Award in 2014 and a Title I Reward School in 2012 and 2015 by the Georgia Department of Education. Additionally, the Technology Association of Georgia named Teasley MS as a finalist in its State STEM Awards in 2015.

Dr. Zinkil smiles during the presentation.


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Wrist Sprains By Jose Baez, M.D.

Simply put, a wrist sprain is an injury to a ligament in the wrist. Ligaments connect a bone to another bone, and an injury to your ligaments can vary widely. • Grade I injury this is a stable injury to a ligament • Grade II injury partial tearing/ stretching of the ligament • Grade III injury a complete tear in the ligament, or complete pulling away from the bone Whenever you have excessive force or strain imposed upon the wrist, a wrist sprain is possible. The most common cause of a sprain is a fall backwards or forwards on an outstretched hand.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Wrist Sprains If you have sprained your wrist, your doctor should first give you a thorough examination to determine the severity of the sprain, what caused the sprain and determine any further diagnostic tests that need to be given. An x-ray may be needed to rule out any bone fracture, as well as an MRI or a wrist arthroscopy to examine the actual ligaments. Upon diagnosis, your doctor should tailor your treatment to coincide with the severity of the sprain. This may mean splinting or casting and limiting activity. Lesser sprains will generally heal well. However, complete ligament tears may need repair or reconstruction using surgical techniques.

Chronic Wrist Sprains If you have an injury that has gone unnoticed or untreated, you could end up with wrist instability and arthritis in the wrist. This can greatly limit treatment options. Persistent wrist sprains may be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and splinting. It is extremely important to contact your doctor if you believe you may have a wrist sprain. An examination can start the healing process and alleviate any unnecessary future problems.


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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

Avoiding Fraudsters and Scams in Your Senior Years By Cindy Nelson Our loved ones have worked hard to accumulate a “nest egg” over the years, and unfortunately, that makes them a prime target for con artists. These scammers are very good at taking advantage of the kindness and trusting nature of those who grew up in the 30s, 40s and 50s and can often bankrupt their victims. Remind your loved ones not to give out personal or banking information over the phone; be wary of calls or letters that say they have won contests or prizes that require them to pay something in advance, like taxes. Also, remind them that government agencies such as the IRS will never call or email them to request money or information. As people age, there is a cognitive decline, and they are more susceptible to scammers, especially “the nice guy” on the phone. A way

to curb this is to have your loved one’s number listed on the “do not call” registry at DoNotCall.gov. If you suspect your loved one may need more than a simple reminder, it may be time to take action. A durable financial power of attorney can allow you to get involved in their finances in order to spot suspicious activity, and help take the stress of money management off of your loved one’s shoulders. Some banks will even let you set up text or email alerts for transactions over a certain amount so that you can more easily monitor your loved one’s transactions. If your loved one has been a victim of fraud, they will often be afraid to let you know or to file a report for fear that you will think they lack the capacity to handle their own affairs. Contact the local police

or Sherriff’s office as soon as you know about the fraud in order to have the best chances for a good outcome.

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



Protecting the Etowah River Through Education


he Upper Etowah River Alliance (UERA) is a small, local, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children and adults about Etowah Watershed, the Etowah River and its tributaries. UERA serves people in Cherokee, Forsyth, Pickens, Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. They use education to empower citizens to be able to understand how simple storm water management practices, being observant and preventing and cleaning up litter will protect the integrity of the river, which, in turn, protects the unique wildlife that lives in the watershed and the drinking water source on which we all depend. The Etowah is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the United States. There are 76 native species of fish in the Etowah, while the Columbia River Watershed and the Colorado River Watershed only have 58 species of native fish. The Etowah River Watershed is miniscule compared to these two large watersheds, and yet there are more species of fish than the two of them combined. The reason is due to the biological diversity, the huge variety of plants and animals on the land and in the water, as well as the abundant rainfall and rich soils that support every living thing. There are some species that are found in the Etowah and nowhere else in the world. Because of this diversity, the river and its tributaries are healthy, clean resources, but that hasn’t always been the case. When the chicken plants were unregulated, the unofficial name of the Etowah was “Gut Creek,” and when the textile mills washed out their dye vats, the river ran denim blue. In more recent history, problems affecting the health of the Etowah include animal waste from livestock that have access to the streams, land application of manure and soils washing into the streams


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from land disturbance (due to ineffective methods of erosion control), as well as large amounts of litter that washes into the river through storm drains. The UERA accomplishes its goals by going into classrooms, providing handson experiences that teach students about the Etowah and the impacts of living in this special watershed, and it also speaks to civic groups, garden clubs and municipal groups. The UERA also teaches citizens by using Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream program. This program teaches people how to chemically, physically and biologically evaluate a small, adopted stream section. UERA’s work has been recognized by the State for their efforts in this program. The Environmental Protection Agency has also recognized UERA by using federal monies granted to them to clean up non-point source pollution, such as providing funds and expertise to local citizens whose septic tanks failed and were polluting local streams. The Upper Etowah River Alliance depends on volunteers to help them accomplish their goals. If you want to join the UERA, please contact them by emailing their director, Diane Minick, at DMinick@EtowahRiver.org, or visit their website, EtowahRiver.org.

Spring Into

Taekwondo By Jinx Willard

Sunny days are here again, and you’re aching to get outside and get a taste of spring by starting a new hobby. But before you do, experts say you need to prepare your body for your exercise program. LIFESTYLE

If you’ve been less active for a while, see your doctor before you start any new exercise program. Once you have received the “thumbs up” from your health professional, consider Taekwondo! Taekwondo is a traditional art form that originated in Korea. It has benefits ranging from improving balance to gaining confidence, all while having great fun and making new friends!

Adults like Taekwondo for the fitness reasons and to help with weight loss. It’s a great tool to help in your journey of staying healthy. Taekwondo is one of the best activities for young kids and teens because it can teach them valuable life lessons, give them something be excited about and take pride in and will teach them the benefits of physical activity. Taekwondo also teaches courtesy and puts great emphasis on respect. Students learn and are encouraged to respect their instructors, Masters and each other and will learn to respect themselves, as well. Children learn this skill and carry it with them throughout their lives and into adulthood. Training in the art of Taekwondo helps to boost confidence and self-

esteem. This helps students make better grades and to speak in front of groups. Individuals with high self-esteem are less likely to develop destructive behavior like alcohol or drug abuse. Also, this will mean that they are less likely to be bullied at school because of the positive self-esteem they’ve developed. Confidence and pride in oneself is something that will stay with them for many years to come. Taekwondo can benefit everyone in many ways and is a great way to make new friends! Give it a try, and see why it is loved by so many! L Jinx Willard is the assistant manager of The ONE Taekwondo Center and a student currently holding the rank of red belt.



COVER STORY By Kathleen Boehmig Photos courtesy of John Humphreys

A difference you can see. Thomas Eye Group has been serving patients in the

Thomas Eye Group is a carefully selected team of professionals whose doctors are not only outstandingly high academic achievers, but compassionate people who care deeply about the welfare of their patients. The Woodstock office of Thomas Eye Group is comprised of five doctors including Mark Berman, M.D., Paul Kaufman, M.D., Jerry Berland, M.D., Lakhvir Singh, O.D. and Mindabeth Jacobs, O.D.

Dr. Paul Kaufman is fellowshiptrained as a specialist in retina/ vitreous medicine and surgery, and he has been the Chief of Ophthalmology at Northside Hospital since 2006. He provides care for a wide variety of retinal conditions, including retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular pucker/ hole and retinal vascular occlusions, among many others.

oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic services.

The Thomas Eye Group mission statement is “To improve the quality of people’s lives by compassionately providing a lifetime of outstanding eye care.” In 2001 our goal was to bring high quality eye care to the city of Woodstock and the surrounding counties. Dr. Berland and Dr. Berman initially started the location and added services and more doctors as the location grew.

“I enjoy helping people of all ages see better,” Dr. Kaufman says, “from preemies to people who are over 100 years old. Age-related macular degeneration is the number one cause of vision loss for those who are fifty-five years of age and older. The good news is that in the last ten years we have developed treatments which can not only preserve, but improve their vision! It’s an exciting time to be a specialist in retinal ophthalmology.

Mark Berman, M.D.

Mindabeth Jacobs, O.D.

Lakhvir Singh, O.D.

greater Atlanta area since 1974. The full service eye care provider opened its Woodstock office more than a decade ago and moved to its current location, 149 Towne Lake Parkway, in 2009. A dynamic organization of respected ophthalmologists and optometrists, Thomas Eye Group provides eye care services for the whole family with specialties that include pediatric ophthalmology, cataract surgery, LASIK, vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, glaucoma, cornea,

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critical at any age, but especially for seniors. People are living longer now and vision plays a large role in keeping their independence.” Dr. Jerry Berland specializes in comprehensive medical and surgical eye care for children. He serves as the Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Scottish Rite and has been named in Atlanta Magazine and US News and World Report Top Doctors each year from 2012 to 2015. “I love being able to make a major positive impact on children’s lives,” Dr. Berland declares. “In my profession there is an opportunity to

Paul Kaufman, M.D.

A native Atlantan, Dr. Mark Berman shares his colleagues’ passion for making a difference in people’s lives. He specializes in treatment of glaucoma and cataract surgery. “I like to think that we get back to the basics in our practice here. We reach out to our patients, provide a warm, Jerry Berland, M.D. welcoming environment in permanently prevent and correct which to serve them, and we listen vision loss for a child’s lifetime. and get to know them, as well as Children with a blocked tear duct, helping them improve their lives. wandering eye or drooping eyelid I treat my patient the same way can have it corrected as well. I would expect someone to treat Correcting an eye problem in a my mom, daughters or wife.” child changes lives — not only the He continues, “Vision is so

child’s life but it provides peace of mind for the whole family. “I am happy to see any child with the simplest to the most complex eye issues. Some of my patients need a pair of glasses and some need complex eye surgery. The goal is the same and that is to improve the problem and return to just being a kid.” Dr. Berland smiles. Lakhvir Singh, O.D. and Mindabeth Jacobs, O.D. are board certified optometrists specializing in comprehensive eye examinations as well as contact lens fitting and eyeglasses. Both doctors provide eye exams to determine visual acuity and function and to diagnose and refer ocular diseases to our ophthalmologists. With 7 locations in greater Atlanta, Thomas Eye Group is the largest, private ophthalmology practice in the area. The group has been awarded the Consumers’ Choice Award for 9 consecutive years and named “Best Eye Doctor” in the Woodstock Family Life’s 2016 “Best of Life” contest. The professionals at Thomas Eye Group bring the best possible ophthalmic care to Woodstock and across metro Atlanta with their unique blend of caring and compassion.




tends to go away.

Teeth grinding is quite common in children. Its cause can vary depending on the age of your child. Children younger than 7-8 years still have many of their primary teeth. Primary teeth shift and change quite a bit. During this phase of change, a child may experience an abnormal bite that might feel odd to them. This can lead to teeth grinding at night. Most children who experience teeth grinding at a young age will outgrow it once their 6-year molars come in. Once a more permanent bite pattern is established, the teeth grinding


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In older children and teenagers, teeth grinding can be caused by stress. If you notice teeth grinding in older children, By Vishant you should try Nath, D.M.D. talking with them to see if they are especially worried about anything in particular. Teeth grinding can become severe in some cases. If steps are not taken to protect the surfaces of the teeth, the grinding can lead to the wearing down of the enamel, tooth chipping and increased temperature sensitivity of the teeth. Extreme cases can even lead to facial or jaw discomfort and temporomandibular joint disease, more commonly known as TMJ. For the most part, with regard to primary

teeth, the dentist will simply wait for the child to outgrow the grinding as the permanent teeth come in. However, in cases of grinding in permanent teeth, the dentist may recommend that the child wear a mouth guard at night to protect the teeth from the grinding. These are similar to the mouth guards worn in sporting events. They can be molded to specifically fit the individual’s mouth to best protect the teeth. Visiting your pediatric dentist every six months is a great opportunity to keep up with any changes you may notice with your child’s teeth or mouth. Staying on top of these changes can help to ensure that your child’s oral health remains at its best!

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


What the Children Saw We all know the Easter story from church or Bible school, and we know the impact those events have had on the history of the world. Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in Jerusalem at that pivotal time and witness those events firsthand? What the Children Saw, by Deb Gerace, shows us the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the eyes of two unlikely young friends — the son of a Roman soldier and the daughter of a Jewish family. The children secretly watch the brutal crucifixion. Jarius, whose father is in charge of the execution squad, sees his father profoundly changed by the experience. He presents Naomi, his Jewish friend, with an invaluable gift to pass to Mary, the mother of Jesus. This short book is a wonderfully different perspective on these three days in Jerusalem and offers not only a great story to share with children and young adults, but also features a play that tells the story of these young people. In addition, it includes a song with sign language instructions to use with this book as part of a Lenten lesson or program. This book is available from Yawn’s Publishing in Downtown Canton, YawnsPublishing.com and Amazon.com.

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



s ’ k c o t s d o o W t e e r t S n Mai ! s t n e v E g n Upcomi By Kyle Bennett


n 2007, a great tradition started in Downtown Woodstock — the Friday Night Live series. Friday Night Live was started by merchants in Downtown as a way to give individuals who work 9 to 5 style jobs a chance to visit their shops on a Friday night because they stay open late. The event was not an instant success. It started with only three stores staying open late. However, the merchants didn’t give up and kept working to grow the event. Slowly, other merchants started staying open late. The idea to theme the event each month was adopted, live music was booked for the sidewalks, and Main Street Woodstock stepped in to handle the organization for the event series. After persistence and hard work, Friday Night Live has become one of the most popular events in Downtown Woodstock. One of my favorite times of the year is announcing the annual Friday Night Live schedule. It’s exciting to reveal the new themes and the past favorite themes that will return. Without further ado, here’s the lineup for Friday Night Live in 2016:


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March 4


St. Patty’s Fest

September 2nd 50’s Night

Celebrate St. Patty’s in Downtown Woodstock as we kick off the 2016 series!

Join the celebration of the 1950s. Sport your best 50’s style, from slicked back hair to poodle skirts for some 50’s era fun!

April 1st

October 7th

Roaring 20’s Night Travel back in time, as the spirit of the Roaring 20s is celebrated in Downtown Woodstock.

May 6th Super Hero Night Time to celebrate all things Super Hero related, be it Superman, Batman or the Avengers. This night is guaranteed to be super fun!

June 3rd Havana Nights Enjoy Samba music, dancing, cigars and the spirit of Havana!

July 1st Dog Days of Summer Find relief from the “dog days of summer.” Bring your dogs for several dog related contests we’ll be having. Downtown is truly going to the dogs on this night!

August 5th

Oktoberfest Celebrate Oktoberfest in Downtown Woodstock! Grab a brew with your crew and have a blast, too!

November 4th Hollywood Night Enjoy all things “Hollywood” at this Friday Night Live event!

December 2nd Christmas on Main The spirit of Christmas can be found at Christmas on Main. It’s a perfect chance to Christmas shop and have some fun at the same time. Santa has already RSVP’d to attend! The 2016 Friday Night Live series is presented by Reformation Brewery on the first Friday of each month, MarchDecember, 6:00-9:00 pm. For more info on the Friday Night Live series, please check out VisitWoodstockGA. com, or call 770-924-0406.

Downtown Carnival From clowns, street performers, games and live music, the sidewalks of Downtown will be a fun place to hang out!

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

New Roof ? 8 Signs You May Need One By Juan Reyes There are certain signs that may indicate that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. 1. Missing or loose shingles Shingles may become loose, get torn off during a severe storm or simply get worn over time. 2. Dry, blistering, cracking or curling shingles When shingles start to break down, typically they’re reaching the end of their life, which means that it’s time for a new roof. 3. Interior water damage Stains on interior walls or ceilings, or sagging interior ceilings often indicate roof damage, such as deteriorating flashing or inadequate shingle underlayment. Mildew and mold can also point to inadequate roof ventilation. 4. Damaged or missing flashing Flashing is used to connect varying components to a roof, such as a wall or chimney. If the flashing is missing or damaged, water can leak into the home. 5. Overflowing gutters While overflowing gutters usually stems from a gutter issue, they can also stem from an issue with the roof. Keep an eye out for water that collects around the foundation, as well. 6. Granules in the gutters Granules protect shingles from UV rays to extend their lifespan, while adding weight to keep them safe during strong winds. A large number of granules means the roof must be replaced. 7. Dark or dirty areas on the roof. Dark or dirty patches on the roof can point to fungus, algae growth, environmental pollutants, vegetation or loss of protective granules. 8. Sagging roof A roof that’s sagging or buckling in several places isn’t functioning properly. Watch for sagging on the slope or ridges, as well as between the rafters in the attic.


Safety First! When you are looking for signs of damage on your roofing system, always utilize safety standards (OSHA offers easily-accessed guidelines). If you don’t possess proper safety equipment, you should hire a professional roofing company.

Juan Reyes is owner of Pro Roofing & Siding. 770-777-1733, MyProRoofing.com



Community Partners

Cherokee Youth Works (CYW) has been helping outof-school youth get back on track and obtain their GED diploma for years. Once limited by participant restrictions, the Cherokee Youth Works program is now open to any out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-24 who hasn’t finished high school or a homeschool program and would like to obtain a GED. There’s no cost, but as a CYW participant, they must be fully committed. They must have a complete desire to be the best they can be in order to prepare themselves for the transition into the workforce, which allows them to become strong, contributing members of the community. GED preparation is just one component of the CYW program. Young adults who have graduated high school but are not in college or working may also qualify for the program. Upon enrollment, participants are provided the support of strong adult case managers, tutors, counselors and mentors. Then they begin a 12 week START program with personalized goals set for each individual. START is an acronym for Support To Achieve Results in Transitioning. While individually based, these youth and young adults have one thing in common — they’re all going through a major transition in their lives. Whether it’s the transition to post-secondary education, the workforce, adulthood, life as a new parent or life on their own for the very first time, CYW is there to support them. There’s no “typical” CYW participant. Some are drawn to the GED prep classes and/or assistance with navigating the college application and enrollment process. Others have never had a job and need assistance with determining the job that would be best suited for them, writing a resume, interviewing skills and beginning the job hunt. Some have been out in the workforce but haven’t found a job that has led to long-term employment. In addition to discussing the


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basics of getting a job, these students are provided with soft skills training focused on keeping a job. All students are offered the opportunity to obtain the Georgia Best certification on soft skills. Participants can choose from various occupational skills training and certification opportunities, classes and guidance on entrepreneurship and career exploration. CYW also offers unpaid internships, pre-apprenticeship programs, job shadowing and some paid, on-the-job work experience opportunities. Guidance and counseling is offered in other areas, as well. Drug and alcohol prevention training equips students with factual information and resistance strategies. Strength training assessments help new participants identify their current strengths and understand how to build on them for future success. Financial literacy education is another key component of the program. Whether it is going through the Dave Ramsey Foundation program, meeting with local finance experts or attending budgeting classes, CYW prepares participants to START now in order to be financially stable in the future.

For more information on the Cherokee Youth Works program, visit CherokeeYouthWorks.org, email Chad@ CherokeeFocus.org, or call 770-345-5483 to see if CYW is right for you or someone you know.

Do you think about your own death? With Easter this month, many will contemplate, at least momentarily, being ready to die. It’s marvelous news that with faith in Jesus Christ, though I die, yet shall I live. If such a belief is earnest, it can change a lot of things about a person, not the least of which may be how they fair when they die. But as important as our being ready to die is, it’s equally important to know whether or not we are ready to live! Read again the actual quote from Jesus according to John’s account of the gospel, “Everyone who LIVES and believes in Me will never die...” Do you believe this? For the Christian, our hope in Jesus’ resurrection is not only hope after death but also hope before death. We celebrate at Easter, the explosion


Hope By Pastor Chris Bryant

of hope in Christ’s newly empty tomb. We celebrate how all of life and all of death looks different because Jesus lived and died and lives again. This is incredibly important because when we decide to not just die in Christ but to also live in Christ, God offers hope for every place where we are dead and dying. When we live in Christ, marvelous things occur; we change remarkably for the better. We experience peace, joy and a sense of purpose like never before. Relationships are restored and renewed. Employers find they

have a new employee in us. Employees find they have a new employer in us. Care is given for others who previously were not thought about. Friendships are made with people whom we would’ve never before been friends. All kinds of people find that we are someone who cares about the hurts and needs of others, someone who cares about the stewardship of God’s creation and someone who cares about the lost, the lonely and the forgotten. It’s just marvelous how Easter’s hope explodes into the lives of those who receive it and extends into the lives of those they know.

Chris Bryant is lead pastor at City On A Hill United Methodist Church. 678445-3480. COAHUMC.org



Choosing the

Right Camp for Your Child By Neely Motiejunas


s summer approaches, many parents ask themselves, “What am I going to do with my kids this summer?” Summer camps are a great way for parents to entertain their children, teach them new skills, ensure their safety and keep them physically and socially active. But how do we go about choosing the right camp for our kids? There are many factors to consider before making any decision. Start by talking with your children about their expectations and desires for the summer. Here are some additional items to contemplate:


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Cost This certainly does not mean much to your children but often is one of the main factors for consideration. As parents, we have to develop a budget for summer and find camps that fit into that budget. Typically, standard day camps offered by YMCA’s, day cares and recreation centers are a less expensive option when compared with specialized sports camps such as cheerleading, gymnastics or football.

Day or Overnight The decision to send your child to an overnight camp should be based on his/her

personality, experience and needs. A shy child who has never slept away from home may not enjoy being away from you, whereas a child with more experience staying elsewhere may look forward to staying overnight. Age and maturity level should also come into play. A child at an overnight camp will need to be more responsible when it comes to their belongings, hygiene, a schedule, etc.

Camp Focus Does the camp have a particular focus? If you want your child to experience more of the outdoors, then a camp at an outdoor YMCA or lakeside location may be good. A standard day camp at a recreation center is going to offer diverse activities, which often include field trips, arts and crafts, playground time, movies and indoor games. If your child wants to learn a new skill or develop current ones, a specialized camp such as sports or horseback riding is a good choice.

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Extended Care Before and aftercare hours for working parents is an important addition to a camp. If a camp is 9am-4pm with no extended hours, this may not fit into your work schedule. Ask up front about extended care and any additional costs.



Learning about the location of a camp is important. It may play a role in how your child gets to and from camp, how safe the program is and how comfortable your child will feel there. Parents may want to pick a camp that is close to work in case of illness or injuries. If your child is sensitive to the sun and heat, an outdoor focused location may not be best. Does the location have air conditioning? Does your child have access to only indoor activities? These are important things to know.

The camp staff will play a huge role in your child’s safety and overall camp experience. Ask the following questions: What is the hiring process? Is there a minimum age for staff? How are they trained in child care/discipline? Are all staff CPR/First Aid Certified? What is the staff to camper ratio? Summer camp is meant to be a rewarding, memorable experience for children. Only you know what is best for your child. Take the time to research; don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions, and choose wisely! Neely Motiejunas is the recreation division director for Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net


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starts by measuring the amount and location of astigmatism in the cornea during the cataract evaluation. Often, this is performed with more than one device to improve accuracy. The most reliable way to correct moderate or high astigmatism during cataract surgery is with a special toric intraocular lens that corrects astigmatism inside the eye. The amount of astigmatism to be corrected is calculated using the preoperative measurements. The artificial lens is orientated during surgery to line up with the steepest part of the cornea, so that it cancels out the astigmatism of the cornea and results in clear vision. Patients corrected for the distance will still require reading glasses for near vision. For some patients, correcting one eye for closer vision is a way to reduce dependence on reading glasses, as well. Your eye doctor can help you determine if this would be a good choice for you.

Can Astigmatism be Corrected

at the Same Time as Cataract Surgery? By Cameron Johnson, MD

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) or the lens inside the eye has different amounts of focusing power vertically and horizontally. Ideally, the cornea is sphere-shaped, like a baseball, and images are focused on a single spot, which results in clear vision. If the cornea has an oblong shape, like a football, images are focused on 2 different spots, which results in blurry vision.

How does cataract surgery affect astigmatism?

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cataract surgery and replaced with a clear, artificial lens, all of the astigmatism arising from the lens is also removed. The astigmatism that remains is caused by the oblong shape of the cornea. If patients have significant, untreated astigmatism after cataract surgery, the uncorrected vision is blurry, and the patient will require glasses to correct the astigmatism to obtain clear vision.

How can astigmatism be corrected at the time of cataract surgery?

Fortunately, there are now options available to surgically correct astigmatism during cataract surgery. The process

Another method for correcting lower amounts of astigmatism during cataract surgery is by limbal relaxing incisions. In this procedure, arc shaped incisions are created in the peripheral cornea, which relax (or flatten) the steepest part of the cornea. This results in a cornea that is more sphere-shaped, correcting astigmatism. There are different methods for creating these incisions. One method that works well is using a diamond knife. A more recent innovation involves using a laser to create these incisions, which results in greater precision. Limbal relaxing incisions are good at reducing low amounts of astigmatism, but a toric intraocular lens is better at reducing higher amounts of astigmatism. Some patients may have so much astigmatism that they require both methods. Discuss with your eye doctor to see if you would benefit from astigmatism correction at the time of cataract surgery.

Dr. Cameron Johnson is a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. (678)381-2020. MilanEyeCenter.com

LED Lighting By Nick Roper On October 14, 1878, Thomas Edison filed a patent for the “improvement on electric lights,” that’s right; he did not invent the light bulb; he just improved it to the point to where it was a practical, incandescent light. The problem with incandescent bulbs is that the majority of the energy they use is converted to heat instead of light. The latest improvement to the light bulb has significantly reduced the amount of wasted energy.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are what create the light source that we see with LED lighting. LEDs produce 3.4 BTUs per hour, whereas the lighting equivalent in an incandescent bulb produces 85 BTUs per hour. The added heat buildup in your home results in added air conditioning costs in the warmer months, which results in an overworked AC unit. Furthermore, LED lights require less energy to create light, so your power bill will automatically be reduced. Converting your home or business to LED lighting not only saves you money on your power bill, it also reduces energy consumption, which helps the environment. LEDs can last up to 20 times longer than other lighting sources, which results in reduced manufacturing, packing and shipping of incandescent or compact florescent bulbs. An article in Electronics Weekly, states that the average LED light will last 13.7 years if used 10 hours per day. Therefore, it’s feasible to

assume that if these bulbs were installed in a new home, the bulbs wouldn’t have to be changed for nearly 14 years. LED lighting is going to cost you more money initially. However, the pricing has dropped significantly in recent years, and I’m sure as technology advances, LEDs will become more and more affordable, just as plasma, LCD, and LED TVs have. The bottom line about LED lights is that they are better for the environment, reduce energy bills and prevent you from having to change light bulbs for many years. So if you can manage the upfront cost, you will be much better off over time.

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




A colorful ocean-side sunset, lush green foliage framing a waterfall and a snowy mountain range are just a few of the stunning sights Allen Quandee has photographed. For as long as he can remember, Allen has been capturing the world and all its beauty in

mesmerizing snapshots. “It’s a wonderful stress reliever being out and enjoying nature. It inspires me. It’s a gift instilled in me to capture God’s beauty,” he says. His passion for photography started as a child when his father bought him a Brownie Kodak camera, and his passion and interest in photography only grew as he became a teenager. “I started getting serious in the 1960s,” he recalls; “I developed my own pictures and did my own processing in dark rooms.” Amazingly, Allen’s photos are simply the product of a keen eye and years of experience. “I took a few photography classes in college, but that’s it,” he says. Nowadays, his photos are receiving recognition and winning awards, including a second place prize at the Botanical Gardens Art Show that he won three years ago. Allen has taken photos in a variety of locations in the United States and even some overseas. “I’ve taken photos all over. Some shots are of local areas in Tennessee, North

Carolina and here in Georgia, while a few photos are taken in Canada, Japan and Korea,” he says. But his favorite location to photograph is in the Grand Tetons National Park, in northwestern Wyoming, where there are plenty of beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes and sights waiting to be captured. “My favorite types of pictures to take are of landscapes, flowers and wildlife,” he says, “but wildlife is harder to capture. I have to be at the right place at just the right time.” One striking wildlife photograph Allen managed to capture is of a gray and white wolf. The picture’s up-close detail allows viewers to take in the animal’s golden eyes and black whiskers around its nose. “The wolf had been injured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center. I was able to catch a snapshot of him in his natural habitat there. It’s one of my favorite photographs,” he says. He considers this picture to be the one of which he is most proud. Since Allen has retired, he has had more time to focus on his hobby. “Sometimes, I take a bunch of pictures within a month, and other times, I’ll only take a few. It varies, but I do take photos more frequently now,” he says. He displays and sells his work at fine art shows, and he involves himself in photography clubs and competitions. Until recently, he has been focusing mostly on photographing flowers and landscapes, but one of the new things he is working with is micro landscape photography, which is snapshots of the little details. “I want to experiment with new techniques and push myself for new ideas,” he says.

To view Allen Quandee’s photography or inquire about purchasing a photograph of his, go to

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hief of Police, James “Chip” McCarthy, has spent the last 25 years of his 35 year career in the business of supervising and managing police officers. This experience has more than prepared him to be the next Sheriff of Cherokee County. He is described in endorsements by his employers, employees and friends as being a leader who is well respected, ethical and professional. Chip is also characterized as having strengths in crime prevention and community relations. Chip has lived in Cherokee County


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for 27 years with Tamara, his wife of 29 years. They have three children, Jamie, Niki and Caitlin. Tamara has been a preschool teacher for eighteen years at Saint Andrew Methodist Church, where the family has been actively attending since 1989. Chip and Tamara have also been active with youth and leadership activities at the church. Chip has served on the church council, trustees and the Staff/Pastor Relations Committee. Additionally, he has been an adult leader on several youth mission trips in Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Chip’s education includes an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Mercer University and a master of public administration from Columbus State University. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vison Institute’s Management Development Program. In addition to his education and training, Chip spent 26 years in the Fulton County Police Department, rising through the ranks to become a deputy chief during the county’s

Chief McCarthy states, “It’s my intent to approach the Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office in the same manner, to increase the visibility of deputies in the neighborhoods, decrease the number of deputies leaving the agency and attack crime in the county. Our deputies are second to none in the state, and we need to keep them here to address the problems that are creeping into Cherokee County from the outside.”

transition from horse farms and rural communities to the diverse, urban county it has become. While there, he worked in or managed every division of the agency of 330 sworn officers and 30 civilians. His duties included creating and running a $26 million dollar budget, heading up an Olympic venue, visiting Israel for anti-terrorism training and creating a search and rescue unit. Chip also commanded the administrative and criminal investigation divisions for the agency. Upon retiring from the Fulton County Police Department, Chip was selected to lead the Fairburn Police Department as chief, where he has been for eight years. During that time, he has raised the education level of the officers under his command, assigned cars to every officer to increase visibility and reduce response time, and he has improved officer professionalism by increasing the availability of training time. His performance as chief was evaluated by noted author and renowned leadership expert, Gennaro F. Vito, PhD, Chair of Criminal Justice at the University Of Louisville, who stated, “The chief is a textbook example of a transformational leader. He has turned your agency around, led it out of a crisis situation and prepared it for the future. What more can a chief do?”

Chip is also a strong constitutionalist and supports the citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. He states, “It’s my hope that all citizens who are qualified to get a permit and carry a weapon, will do so. This protects citizens when immediate action is required and must be taken, when law enforcement may be minutes away.” In the community oriented policing aspect of law enforcement, Chip believes that a citizen’s first contact with deputies or officers should not be when the blue lights come on for a traffic violation. He believes that deputies should be in the neighborhoods getting to know the citizens where they live, work and play. By retaining deputies in

Cherokee County instead of them going elsewhere, a relationship between the deputies and citizens will be formed. This same visibility and personal rapport will be applied to schools and businesses to increase the positive relationship between Cherokee’s citizens and the law enforcement professionals who serve them on a daily basis. In addition to his experience as a chief of police, Chip has a proven track record of successfully running a large law enforcement agency. While acting as chief of police for the City of Fairburn, he increased manpower by 25% and simultaneously reduced the budget by $200,000. With a welldocumented history of positive accomplishments and a wide range of experience, Chip is well respected, not only throughout Georgia, but also nationally and internationally. A vote for Chip McCarthy will bring real world, large agency experience to a county that is changing from its rural roots to a diverse, urban/ suburban community, as well as the experience needed to handle the crime that may be associated with such a transition.





Bacon Aioli

Bacon Aioli

• 6 strips of bacon (pan fried, chopped, • • • •

and reserve the rendered fat)

1½ cups of mayonnaise 2 teaspoons lemon juice ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper

Fried Green Tomatoes • lump blue crab meat • • • • • • 42

(heated in a small amount of butter) 3 green tomatoes (sliced ¼” thick)

2 1 1 1 2

cups flour tablespoon blackened seasoning teaspoon salt teaspoon pepper cups buttermilk

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• Combine all ingredients except the bacon fat in a blender or food • •

processor. Blend while slowly adding the bacon fat. If the aioli becomes too thick, you may blend in a little water to thin it.

Fried Green Tomatoes

• Thoroughly mix flour and seasoning together. • Toss green tomatoes in the flour, then submerge in buttermilk and then back to the flour mix.

• Deep fry or pan fry until crispy and golden brown.


• Smear a little of your aioli on a plate as a base for the tomatoes. • Arrange tomatoes on the plate, then top with crabmeat and aioli. • Use as an appetizer before a delicious dinner, and enjoy!

The Wisdom in Removing Wisdom Teeth By Dr. Steven Anderson, DMD

remove them?

If you’ve got them, why

Wisdom teeth (third molars) are located in the very back of your mouth. Sometimes, these molars remain wisdom teeth under the gums and under gums never come in. Wisdom teeth that never come in or do not have room to erupt completely are termed “impacted.” Your dentist can determine if you have impacted wisdom teeth. Although you may not currently have any pain or problems with your wisdom teeth, that doesn’t mean you’ll never have

problems. In some cases, very serious diseases (tumors) grow around impacted wisdom teeth, and you may never know it until the tumor has destroyed vital jaw bone. By removing wisdom teeth, you alleviate the possibility of getting serious, bone-destroying tumors. Often, partially erupted wisdom teeth cause “gum pain” or significantly contribute to the more serious bone deteriorating disease, periodontitis. Destroyed jaw bone does not grow back. Periodontitis around wisdom teeth spreads to neighboring, healthy teeth and causes additional bone loss. An astute dentist recognizes this nearly inevitable condition associated with wisdom teeth and can guide you through the appropriate treatment for preventing the non-curable disease of periodontitis. Should everyone get their wisdom teeth removed? Discuss this question with your dentist. It depends upon a thorough examination and your individual situation. It also depends upon the risks you are willing

to “live with.” A patient’s age and health history should always be a consideration. So, just because you have wisdom teeth or they currently “don’t hurt,” is not enough reason to ignore considering having them removed for prevention purposes. Removal of wisdom teeth is common, generally safe and has few risks. However, as with any surgery, complications can arise. Most complications are managed successfully, and patients usually heal quickly. Early prevention of disease is key in dentistry, and accepting preventative dental treatment earlier in life often makes a big difference later. After all, great dentistry focuses on you, even if it means removing wisdom teeth. 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



Brides: 3 Tips for the Ideal

“I Do” Hairdo

By Jyl Craven

low side, wraparound, sleek or even a ponytail in an intricate braid to complement this traditional wedding look. Also, consider these wedding-day hair do’s and don’ts before you say “I do”:

Face Shape: Your wedding-day hair should not only highlight the cut of your dress but also complement the shape of your face. You and your stylist should experiment with the height and distribution of your hair to find the perfect look.

Accessories: Choose a veil or flowers to carry on an age-old tradition, or add a little bling with tiaras, headbands or pins. Top off your lustrous locks with the right accessories to finish your weddingday look. The dress is fitted; the flowers are ordered. But, how will you do your hair? Take these three wedding-day hair “I do’s” into consideration when picking your perfect hairstyle for your special day: LIFESTYLE

The Romantic Bride: If you chose a halter dress or a bridal gown with spaghetti straps or no straps at all, you’ve chosen a soft, romantic look. You’re a blushing bride, so complement the look with a loose, romantic wave, slightly pulled back, or hair that is loosely pulled up. Cap off the romantic look with a soft fringe or tendrils of hair around the face. Your guests will swoon at the romance of it all. The Elegant Bride: All brides are elegant, of course, but a high-neck 44

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or V-neck dress is the height of sophistication. In this style of gown, your hair should be up off of your shoulders to avoid disturbing the neckline. The French twist and the chignon are excellent choices to complement a high-neck or V-neck dress. Plus, both styles are so versatile that you’ll have plenty of different hair looks from which to choose.

The Traditional Bride: If you choose a gown with full styles and sleeves, also choose a slim hairstyle. One flexible option you might not have considered is a sleek ponytail. While a ponytail may sound at first like a leisurely approach to weddingday hair, there are actually many gorgeous style options. Consider a

Hair Health: Nothing is more radiant than healthy hair. But, chances are you’ll be stressed and frazzled before your big day, so don’t forget to eat a balanced diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. You will feel better, and your hair will appear nourished and stunning. Your hairstyle is, of course, only one small part of your big day — but a vital one. Pick a hairstyle you’ll love to think back on as you look at pictures and cherish your memories for years to come! L

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

Put Some


in Your Step!

By Kelly Marulanda

March 20th is officially the first day of spring. It’s the perfect time to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and shake off the “stillness” we’ve been stockpiling all winter. However, we all need to play outside more at any time of the year, and guess what? This is especially true for children!

Research shows the average American inmate and the coveted free-range chicken spend more time outside than our children. Children spend an average of 7 hours a day with an electronic device, but only 30 minutes playing outside. The American Academy of Pediatrics only recommends 2 hours per day of screen time (cell phone, television, computer/ tablet) for children over the age of 2. Boys tend to play outside more than girls, and mothers are usually outside supervising their children more than fathers. Elementary schools have reduced recess time by up to 50% in the last 20 years, some have canceled it completely. But the benefits of being outside are amazing because they improve the physical, mental and cognitive development of children. Consider the following: •

Children need sunshine so they can absorb more Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important because it helps promote bone growth, calcium absorption and decreases the risk of heart disease and cancer.

• •

Playing outside burns calories. Childhood obesity has become one of the most widespread public health problems in the U.S. Research has proven that children who play outside for at least 60 minutes a day have lower obesity rates than children who stay indoors. Being outside helps decrease depression, anxiety and stress. Research shows children who play outside are able to focus better, which benefits children diagnosed with ADHD.

So turn off the tablet, unplug the television, and step outside with your children. Let them experience what it means to imagine, play and pretend. Let them experience nature in “real-time.” They may not want to step outside at first, but keep Kelly Marulanda is the encouraging them. practice manager at Woodstock Pediatric Eventually, they’ll Medicine, 2000 Professional be begging you to Way, #200 Woodstock. put some “spring 770-517-0250. WoodstockPeds.com in their step!”



Improve Your

Indoor Air Quality By Robbie Matiak

Air quality most often makes us think of outdoor air pollution and smog. However, the quality of air in our homes is also affected by pollutants. Having a poor indoor air quality could lead to eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. The amount of ventilation and presence of pollutants such as pollen, pet dander, household cleaning products, mold, moisture, dust mites and secondhand smoke in our homes will affect the quality of air we breathe indoors. As a society, we’re spending more time indoors, which results in a need for better indoor air quality.

Steps you can take to improve indoor air quality: 1. Read Product Labels — When purchasing household cleaners or air fresheners, look for fragrance-free or naturally scented products. According to WebMd, synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air, which may cause adverse health effects. 2. Keep a Healthy Level of Humidity — As mentioned in our January humidification article, the humidity in your home should be maintained around 30-50%.This helps keep dust mites, moisture and other allergens under control. High-efficiency air conditioning models are equipped with dehumidification features, or a dehumidification unit will help to reduce moisture and control allergens. 3. Remove Dust Frequently — Dust can harbor a buildup of chemicals and allergens in your home. Using a HEPA filter with your vacuum can help reduce allergens such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. Mopping your laminate or hardwood flooring with plain water will capture lingering dust and allergens. Place door mats at your home’s entryways to reduce the amount of “tracked in” pollutants like pollen, dirt and pesticides.

For homes with pets, allergy and asthma sufferers, or those who may be looking for a more robust solution to air quality, media filters and ultra-violet (UV) lights can be installed into existing HVAC systems. Whole-house media air cleaners installed into your home’s heating and cooling system will trap and filter 46

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airborne particles and contaminants passing through the duct system, ensuring that cleaner air is distributed throughout your house. Based on tests conducted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AirConditioning Engineers, whole-house media air cleaners are up to 14 times

more effective than a standard one-inch filter, catching up to 96% of airborne particles, and they also last longer, requiring replacement every 6-12 months versus monthly or quarterly changes for the one-inch filter. UV lights aid in improving air quality by inhibiting the surface growth of mold spores and certain bacteria in the duct system that would otherwise spread throughout your home. If your family and home suffer from allergies, an excessively humid or dry climate or ductwork that needs frequent cleaning, contact a professional HVAC company to discuss whole-house media air cleaner products that may be a solution for improving the indoor air quality of your home, thus improving your family’s health.

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

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Insignia Senior Living 1835 Eagle Drive Woodstock 770-592-4242 Senior Care

Brownlee Agency, Inc.

3213 S Cherokee Lane, Building 1700, Unit 1710 Woodstock 800-810-8699 Insurance

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2210 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 128 Holly Springs 678-493-9100 Income Tax Preparation



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