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March 2017

Volume 4 | Issue 8



On the Cover:

Woodstock Dental Care


To Protect and Serve: Dogs That Take a Bite Out of Crime


Buying a House? What to Consider

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


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


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


..................... Mayor’s Minute


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Publisher’s Perspective

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

We never grow wiser from being lucky. We grow from hard work, determination, preparation and perseverance. Being alert, taking more chances and being ready to recognize and take advantage of your opportunities is what manifests “luck.” With any luck at all, we’ll be happier, better and more fulfilled when we all realize just how lucky we are to be celebrating life each day. In the words of Mother Teresa, “Life is Luck.” Wishing you the best this day.

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What is “luck” anyway? In searching the origins of this mysterious, non-thing “luck,” I find it odd there was no luck before the mid-fifteenth century, and oddly, history tells us that much of what we know about life back then didn’t seem so lucky for most, but luckily for us, many had the determination and ability to overcome their trials and tribulations. We hear people wishing for luck to be good, wanting more, praising it, thanking their lucky stars, admiring their own or coveting the luck of others. We envy the perception of “lady luck’s” presence or admonish the existence of her nasty twin, “bad luck.” However, some believe bad luck isn’t anything but the absence of good luck or “luck” in general, right? That’s why, personally, I cannot wrap my head around the whole “luck” thing.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Sen. Brandon Beach, Kyle Bennett, Paul Bodrogi, Amy Bradley, Cyndi Braun, Chris Bryant, Rick Cheney, Jyl Craven, Ashley Donnelly, Kristi Estes, Joshua Fuder, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Donnie Henriques, James E. Leake, Robbie Matiak, Tim Morris, Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Lee Padove, Michael Petrosky, Brandi Price, Katie Wise, Ferdinand Yates, Farris Yawn

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arch is upon us; the early blossoms are sprouting from their twiggy branches, and the fields are greening with lush grasses and young clover. Soon, my backyard will be hopping with rabbits, and a few young deer will eventually appear and provide quick sprints of joy for my dog, Riley, each time she steps out for a walk. One of my simple pleasures is relaxing in a cool pad of clover, reflecting on my day and enjoying the new evening sun after a day on Main Street. After a few years of running my fingers through many hundreds of clusters of clover in my yard, I have resigned myself that there are none of the four-leaf variety taking up residence there. Truth be known, I feel lucky even in their absence, which has me generally questioning this whole “luck” thing.



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Calendar Ongoing A-Typical Parkinson’s Education and Support Group — This group is open to persons affected by PSP, CBD, MSA and related brain diseases and includes patients, caregivers, family members, etc. Meetings are the third Sunday of each month. RSVP to Rick Wolter at Sbr4Psp@ gmail.com. 2:00-4:00pm, Resurrection Anglican Church, 231 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 954-830-7274. Sbr4Psp@ gmail.com

MARCH Through Doughboys and the Home Front: April The Great War in Cherokee County — This exhibit honors the centenary of World War I and focuses on the United States’ entry into the war and Cherokee County’s contribution specifically. The exhibit features numerous artifacts including a World War I era pistol carried by Oscar Bishop as well as original military records and personal letters. Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am3:00pm, Historic Marble Courthouse, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton. 770-3453288. RockBarn.org



CCSD Special Education Department Agency Fair — More than three dozen companies and agencies will be present, offering resources from preschool to post-secondary options. At 4:00pm, Probate Judge Keith Wood will be the featured speaker. 2:00-5:00pm, Cherokee County South Annex, 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock. 770-721-8523. CherokeeK12.net


Passport to Employment — Receive individualized, professional help with résumé building, interviewing tips, soft skills and job search strategies as well as access to mobile career lab work stations. This event is FREE and open to the public. 11:00am-5:00pm, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, terrace level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-3450400. CherokeeChamber.com


Women’s Exchange — Each month, guest facilitators explore topics like entitlement, serving our community, seasonal depression, our personalities and more. This is a FREE event open to all women in the community. 7:00-9:00pm, Venue 92, 12015 GA-92, Woodstock. 978687-9188. TheExchangeGa.org


Agriculture Expo — Visit 39 different agriculture booths, and enjoy commodity foods and drinks. 4:008:00pm, River Church, 2335 Sixes Road,


2017 Tour of the Southern Highlands Bicycle Stage Race — The Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race is the only Pro/Am stage race in Georgia since the Tour de Georgia. There will be live music, food and beverage trucks, kids’ activities and a cornhole tournament. Friday 7:00-10:30pm, Elm Street Event Green, Market Street, Woodstock. Saturday 12:00-6:00pm, Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Sunday 11:00am, Ball Ground. 512-8446383. TOSHSR.com


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Canton. 770-479-1481. CherokeeAgExpo. info

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Parent’s Night Out — Drop off your kids at the pool for a night of fun for both of you! This is for ages 5+, and it includes pool games, crafts, dinner and a movie. 5:30-10:00pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


2017 B.L.A.S.T.T. Drive New Business with Social Media — Presented by Howard Flint, Ghost Partner, this seminar will help you understand the different social media platforms, how to choose what to say and where to say it. It will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you. 11:30am, Chamber of Commerce, terrace level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-3450400. CherokeeChamber.com


The Secret Garden: A Benefit Concert Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved Victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prizewinner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, performed concert-style with a stellar cast, culminating in a lovely evening under the stars of the Elm Street Event Green. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm, Resurgens Orthopaedics Community Stage, 111 Elm Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org


Teacher’s Trivia Night — It’s Trivia Night! All are welcome, and as a thank you to our community, we’ll take 50% off tour admission for teachers, nurses, first responders and military with badge or ID. 6:00pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Suite A, Woodstock. 678-341-0828. ReformationBrewery.com


Cherokee Chorale Presents Glory to God and Country — Concert music of Mack Wilberg performed by the

Cherokee Chorale, directed by Jenny Piacente. 3:00pm, Canton First United Methodist, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton. 678-439-8625. CherokeeChorale.org


Coffee & Connections — Now that you’ve joined the Chamber, it’s time to get oriented! Coffee & Connections provides the Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:00-10:00am, Chamber of

Commerce Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com

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The King’s Academy Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid — Based on the Danish fairytale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human. Friday 7:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Cherokee Arts Center. 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244. CherokeeArts.org


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

6:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-8804760. CRPA.net



It’s a Wibit — Visit the aquatic center for Sunday Wibit days. No extra fee, just your normal daily admissions. Children must be able to pass a 25-yard swim test to use the Wibit. 1:00-5:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Canton. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


Cherokee Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — This meeting offers both current and future Chamber members the opportunity 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

Inklings — Writer’s Critique Group March 11 & 25, 11:00am-1:00pm, Woodstock Individuals interested in starting a new group to support their writings are invited to attend. Music March Madness March 13, 6:00-7:15pm, Hickory Flat Celebrate your love of music during an evening of fun musical activities. Teens will vote for their favorite music artists throughout the program. Who will win the Music March Madness? Light refreshments will be served. This program is for 6th-12th graders. Spring Fling Art Show March 13, 4:30pm, Rose Creek Create one-of-a-kind art pieces for the Spring Fling Art Show that will be on display in the library meeting room for all to see. Tools, supplies and theme will be provided; you provide the creativity. All ages are welcome. Soil & Composting March 14, 6:00pm, Rose Creek Josh Fuder (UGA Extension — Cherokee County) will cover the science behind composting, how to compost and solutions for common composting problems. If you’re interested in starting your own composting bin, bring a 10-18-gallon container — no worms available, but bedding will be available while supplies last. Toddler STEAM March 14, 3:00pm, Woodstock Using imagination and a Little Bits kit, the possibilities for fun are endless.

Virtual Reality is Out of This World! March 16, 3:30-5:30pm, Hickory Flat Explore the final frontier using a virtual reality system. There will also be space-themed crafts and activities. All ages welcome. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Spring Time Creation Station March 20, 4:30-6:30pm, Hickory Flat Learn how to create your own birdhouse and paper flower bouquets! All materials provided by the library. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. 7:00am, Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber. com


Friday Night Live: Zombie Prom — Everyone loves the fun of prom, even zombies! Enjoy this fun and spooky time in downtown Woodstock. Many restaurants and stores in the downtown area stay open late for this event. 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com

Church Listings

March Madness March 23, 6:30pm, Rose Creek Experience a virtual basketball game with the new VR system, and make your own basketball item with the new 3-D printer. There will also be some game-time snacks.

Timothy Lutheran Church & School

Star Wars Night March 23, 6:00pm, Woodstock There will be snacks, trivia and lots of fun activities for Star Wars fans in 6th-12th grades. American Girl Club March 24, 4:30pm, Woodstock This month, learn about Kit and her time period, and make a fun craft for your doll. Weird Science March 29, 4:00-5:00pm, Hickory Flat Learn how to make your own optical illusions and science experiments using everyday items! This program is for children 9+. Registration is required.

How to Trap a Leprechaun March 16, 3:30pm, Rose Creek Build the perfect trap to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day using the creation station! This is for ages 6+. Registration is required.

Teen Movie Night March 30, 5:30-7:30pm, Rose Creek Teens are invited to a Throwback Thursday movie night! Enjoy popcorn and snacks while watching The Goonies! This is for 6th-12th graders.

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Pinterest Night: Family Edition March 21, 4:30pm, Woodstock All ages are welcome to make a fun piggy bank craft that is cute and practical. It just makes cents!

iPHONES OF MARCH March 15, 2:30pm, Rose Creek Don’t let your iPhone suffer the same fate as Julius Caesar. Bring your iPhone in for a lesson on how to do basic functions as well as receive information about popular apps. Registration is suggested.



556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-928-2812. TLCWoodstock.org March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5 services at 11:00am & 7:30pm All Wednesday services in Lent are preceded by a family supper at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome. The theme of this year’s Lenten services is “Cross Examination.”

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock. 770-924-7286. GSLutheran.org March 8 at noon and 7:30pm, The Ten Commandments March 15 at noon and 7:30pm, The Apostles’ Creed March 22 at noon and 7:30pm, The Lord’s Prayer March 29 at noon and 7:30pm, Baptism April 5 at noon and 7:30pm, Communion Beginning on Ash Wednesday, soup and salad suppers precede each service at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Business The Cherokee

County Chamber of Commerce recently announced its

Small Business of the Year Award, its Excellence in Customer Service Award, its Volunteer of the Year Award and its Hustle Award.

Autumn Hill Nursery received this year’s Small Business of the Year Award. They are the epitome of a business that started on a shoestring, just like so many American dreams, and they consistently put in the hard work to make their business succeed. 2017 marks their 25th anniversary, and despite the recent downturn in the economy and so many nurseries closing, they continued to succeed and grow. They

Small Business of the Year Award

have a unique atmosphere, with a very dedicated staff that is passionate about gardening and helping their customers learn to garden better. Their motto is “Garden for Life,” and they put their efforts behind it.

Dominium, a Minneapolis-based GrassRoots Tree & Turf Care received this year’s Excellence in Customer Service

leading apartment development

Award. Customer service is their main

and management company, recently

focus because their reputation depends on

announced that it has acquired

it. Customers expect more and are quick

Woodstock’s Riverstock Apartments, a

to share negative experiences with others.

172-unit affordable housing community.

Their employees are continually trained,

Customer Service Award

learning of the company’s products and

Dominium is planning to complete

services in great detail. Employees are

a renovation of the property, which

also schooled on communication skills

will take place later this year. Unit

and how to meet the diverse needs of

improvements will include kitchen

customers, as no two customers are alike.

cabinet improvements, new countertops,

The exceptional employees make all the

light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, bathroom

difference at GrassRoots. The technicians

vanities and mirrors as well as new

are not compensated on production like

window blinds. Appliances and flooring

other companies in the industry; they are compensated on

will be replaced on an as-needed basis.

results. This allows the techs to take time to go the extra

There will also be upgrades to the

mile and take ownership of each project.

clubhouse and leasing office. The exterior improvements will include

Volunteer of the Year Award was

new, 30-year roofs and paint as well

presented to Russ Phillips with

as a variety of functional and aesthetic

TransAmerica Financial Advisors, as he best-

upgrades and replacements. “Riverstock Apartments is a great

exemplified on-going dedication

opportunity for Dominium to expand

throughout the past year as a

its growing presence in Georgia,” said

Chamber ambassador while

Dominium development associate Pete

contributing dozens of volunteer

Nelson. “The acquisition and upcoming

hours on the Chairman’s Council. Volunteer of the Year Award

Janet Ponichtera with Family

Life Publications received the Hustle Award for her

outstanding attendance at Chamber events during 2016. “Janet attended more events than I did, and in my role as board chair I didn’t miss many events,” shared outgoing Chairman Steve Garrison. “Her dedication to the Chamber is appreciated, and I’m honored to present her with this award for going above and beyond.”


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renovations will help to preserve affordable housing in the Woodstock area for years to come.” Riverstock Apartments were originally built in 2001.



Mayor’s Minute

Highlights from the Mayor’s State of the City Address By Mayor Donnie Henriques

2016 continued to build on the successes we have had as a city over the past decade. Our downtown continues to be recognized as a model across the state of Georgia and the southeast. We continue to be recognized as a great place to “live, work and play.”

In 2016: • We acknowledged our first 30-year employee — Sgt. Robert Bryant in the Fire Department.

• Construction of the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater was completed in November. This new facility, which was funded by SPLOST and Impact fees, will be the flagship of Woodstock Parks and Recreation for years to come. Additionally, our Senior Center’s membership grew by 116 new members, and construction of the Rubes Creek Trail was completed.

• Woodstock Public Works Department restriped over 5.2 miles of roadways, completed the resurfacing and curb installation on Dobbs Road, completed the addition of an 8’ sidewalk, with curb and gutter, on Dupree Road, between Reeves Street and Goshen Lane, and constructed the Trolley Stop at City Center. Parking lot expansions also took place at various locations. The Stormwater Division was awarded the 2016 Governmental Partnership Award from Rivers Alive for the Annual Little River Stream Clean-up effort.

• The Community Development Department stayed busy in 2016, permitting a wide array of residential and commercial projects.


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• The Finance Department received the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 23rd consecutive year. In addition, we were awarded the Distinguished Budget Award for 2016; this is the first time Woodstock has received this award since 1998.

• For the 4th year in a row, Woodstock won the Mayor Recycling Challenge.

• The Woodstock Fire Department responded to 5,497 calls for service. Fire personnel also reached over 41,500 people through various outreach efforts, including performing fire alarm blitzes at the Cottages of Woodstock and The Willows Senior Living Community.

• Downtown Woodstock and our partners hosted over 220 events attended by over 110,000 people.

These items really only scratch the surface of the things that were accomplished in 2016. It’s easy to hit the high points, but we shouldn’t lose sight of what is accomplished on a daily basis. In closing, I would like to leave you with a quote from Former President Abraham Lincoln, “I do the very best I know how — the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” • The Woodstock Police Department Here’s to a successful 2017! responded to 34,000 calls for service. During the year, officers conducted 1,307 foot patrols and numerous bike Mayor Donnie Henriques delivered patrols to promote more direct citizenthe State of the City address at the officer contact. The Department also City Council meeting on January 23, 2017. The full version is available for participated in 133 community and viewing at WoodstockGa.gov under other special events. Government — Mayor and Council.



How to Make the Most of Your

By Katie Wise

LIFESTYLE Tax season is here again. For many of us, that means a nice tax refund. But before you dash off with your tax return or start making plans to spend your refund, here are some thoughts to help you get the most out of it:

Contribute to you IRA (or open one!). There is no better savings vehicle than an individual retirement account (IRA). If you have a traditional IRA, you can contribute up to $5500 before April 15th, and give yourself a nice boost to your tax refund ($5500 is the max if you’re under age 50, $6500 if you’re age 50 or over). If you contributed to a Roth IRA, you may be able to claim the retirement savings contribution credit that also lowers taxable income and results in a larger refund check. Don’t have an IRA? It’s not too late. You have until April 15th to open a traditional IRA for the previous tax year. That gives you the flexibility of claiming the credit on your return, filing early and using the refund to open the account.

Use it to improve your financial health. Many people think of their tax refund as a bonus. But actually, this is money that you earned, and it’s wise to treat it as seriously as your paycheck. Here are some smart ways to use your tax refund to improve your financial health:


Create an emergency fund. Many people simply don’t save enough for emergencies. A good rule of thumb is to have enough saved to cover six months of expenses in case you unexpectedly lose your job or are unable to work.


Save for a major appliance. We’ve all had it happen. The air conditioner breaks in the hottest part of summer, or the refrigerator conks out right before the holidays. You can be prepared for life’s unexpected (and expensive) moments with your tax refund!

3. Save for your child’s education. Need I say more? The cost of college tuition rises every year. It’s never too early to start saving. 4.

Reduce credit card debt. Carrying long-term credit card debt is never a good idea. This is your chance to pay it off. If you’ve applied your tax refund and are still carrying a balance, be sure you’re not paying an extraordinary rate. Shop around, and transfer your balance to a card with a lower rate. You can even consolidate your debt with a low-rate personal loan or a home equity line of credit.


Choose direct deposit. By e-filing and choosing direct deposit, your refund will come weeks faster, and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost in the mail.

We work hard for our paychecks, so we want to get the most from each and every penny. Happy tax season, everyone! L

Katie Wise is the Woodstock branch manager at LGE Community Credit Union, 12186 GA-92 #111B, Woodstock. 770-424-0060. LGECCU.org


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Community Feature Cherokee County Educational Foundation Presents 3rd Annual Celebration of Education Gala The Cherokee County Educational Foundation will build upon the success of its past two events, benefitting the Cherokee County School District on March 11th.

Woodstock Earns Tree City USA Designation For the 17th time, Woodstock was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Woodstock achieved the recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

The black-tie-optional event at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 6:30pm and dinner, awards and entertainment at 7:30pm. The event’s presenting sponsor is Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Since its establishment in 2012, CCEF has awarded more than $205,000 in continued on page 16

Congratulationsto toour ourOctober February Differences” winner, JulieMcMichael! Warholak! Melanie Tugman! Congratulations “7“7Differences” winner, Joyce



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grants to students, teachers and schools. The nonprofit, charitable foundation seeks funding and resources to enrich schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffle with cash prizes and silent auction during the cocktail hour reception, followed by dinner, dessert and the program. The entertainment will be the third annual “CCSD’s Got Talent” student talent show, featuring the best act from each of CCSD’s six high schools in competition for a $1,000 grand prize and $500 runner-up prize. A presentation of the Alumni of the Year Awards will honor one alumnus and one alumna of CCSD high schools for outstanding professional and civic contributions.

First Citizen of Cherokee County Named The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Byron L. Dobbs has been named the 42nd recipient of the First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. A native of Woodstock, and a lifelong resident of Cherokee County (82 years), Mr. Dobbs retired from radio station WCHK in 1998 after forty years and currently works at WLJA 101.1 FM, which he and business associate Randy Gravley own their corporation, Tri-State Communications. Throughout the years, Mr. Dobbs has been involved with many local organizations, and being recognized for his commitment to his community and profession is nothing new for Mr. Dobbs who has been honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ as Broadcaster of the Year, inducted into the University of Georgia’s Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service, Cherokee County Proclamation for Byron Dobbs Day, Byron Dobbs Day in the City of Canton, Georgia House of Representatives Resolution for Distinguished Career, Georgia Senate Bill commending his community leadership and the Georgia State School Board’s Beacon Award.


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Savor the Moments… ALL of Them

For those of you with high school seniors, things are likely starting to “get real” in your house. College acceptance letters are arriving along with glossy welcome packets from universities and colleges, and decisions must be made. A chapter in your life is coming to a close. New life experiences that do not involve being a parent are in your near future. For most, this is a bittersweet time.

There may be a voice inside you screaming for a handbrake, some way to stop the inevitable or slow things down, so you can savor these moments. You may be wishing to go back to long nights of sports practices, music classes or dance rehearsals, sitting all day at games, competitions or performances. You would even gladly go back to the days of constantly cleaning up toys and preparing snacks. Those of you who have babies and young children do not yet understand the longing to be back in those moments. When your child is home sick, crying with an earache or whining about having to do something

By Lisa-Marie Haygood

they don’t want to do, a day can feel like an eternity. You are tired.... tired of watching Barney, or The Wiggles after likely being up with them all night. Believe it or not, you will miss those times. Try to really appreciate every single stage of growth. Really look at your child; study their face, and take a few quiet moments to enjoy the noise of weekend pancakes and slumber parties. This will all be gone too quickly. The decisions your child makes will shape who they are, and it is exciting to watch them grow into the person you try to raise them to be. It will also be exciting to see who you become in the process.



Community Feature Student Athletes Recognized on National Signing Day The students recognized include: Andrew Keene, baseball, Georgia State University; Drew Waters, baseball, University of Georgia; Macki Walsh, cross country/track, Troy University (AL); Tyray Devezin, football, Mercer University; Stuart Head, football, Stanford University (CA); Ansley Froman, Etowah HS acrobatics and tumbling, Azusa Pacific University (CA); Hayes Johnson, lacrosse, Young Harris College; Rhys Jeffrey, soccer, Georgia Southern University; Reese and Rylan Lavery, soccer, Missouri State University; Alexis Palazzo, softball, Georgia Highlands College; Mallory Gilmer, tennis, University of Alabama; Cole Heller, tennis, Appalachian State University (NC). Hannah Bruce, softball, Andrew College; Brinna Collender, softball, Kennesaw State University; Bayleigh Lott, softball, University of Montevallo (AL); Darion Spencer, softball, Reinhardt University; Gabby Williams, softball, Tusculum College (TN); Reiley Mullen, soccer, River Ridge HS Georgia State University; Caitlyn Peterson, soccer, Columbus State University; Somadina Okeke, football, North Carolina Central University; Hayden Martin, baseball, Georgia Southwestern State University; Maxwell Miller, track/cross country, Piedmont College. Brant Hurter, baseball, Georgia Tech; Jared Staples, baseball, Kennesaw State University; Nolan Tressler, baseball, Georgia Southern University; Devyn Lowe, basketball, University of South Alabama; Ethan Woodstock HS Chamberlin, football, Rhodes College (TN); Abigail Bolt, golf, Appalachian State University (NC); Ian Mastriana, lacrosse, Methodist University (NC); Nicole Frazer, lacrosse, Georgetown College (KY); Logan Llano, soccer, Presbyterian College (SC); Jared McWhorter, soccer, Lee University (TN); Madelyn Reid, softball, West Georgia Technical College; Breanna Roper, softball, Georgia Tech; Lexi Solorzano, softball, Kennesaw State University; Jaclyn Csubak, swimming, Georgia Southern University.


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Woodstock HS Assistant Principal Inducted into Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame & Named GA’s Athletic Director of the Year Assistant Principal Tonya Sebring has been named the Region 4-AAAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year! She will be honored as a Region Athletic Director of the Year at the annual Georgia Athletic Director’s Association conference in Savannah, March 24-27. Election to the Hall of Fame is considered one of the most prestigious recognitions awarded to high school and college softball and baseball coaches in the state.

Etowah HS Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score Senior Nathan Baker earned the top composite score of 36 on a recent administration of the college entrance and placement test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Only 2,235 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the exam in 2016 earned a score of 36, according to ACT.

River Ridge HS Student Wins National Research Proposal Grant Julia Boll won the $200 grant from the prestigious New York Institute of Technology for her research proposal, “The Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on Planarian Regeneration,” under the mentorship of River Ridge HS biology teacher Henley Sawicki. Her submission was chosen for scientific merit and potential impact of an important contribution to the field of science and technology.

Julia Boll, left, is congratulated by her teacher and mentor, Henley Sawicki.



“For millions of Americans, having thicker hair may seem like a farfetched dream.” moisture, allowing it to remain plump and hydrated. After blow drying, finish with a texture spray to help build more volume and enhanced definition.

Make Your Fine Hair “So Fine!” Again By Jyl Craven If you could wave a magic wand and instantly have thicker hair, would you? For millions of Americans, having thicker hair may seem like a farfetched dream. But achieving this dream may not be as difficult as you think. For many of us, our hair is the one thing on our body we wish could be a little “fatter.” Here are three styling tips that will plump up your hair to make it “so fine!” again. LIFESTYLE

Shampoo for Success Start with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, as these are musthaves for fine hair. Volumizing cleansers are the choice for most women with finer hair because they are very lightweight, remove oils and product buildup, revitalize the scalp and clean the hair. Some professional volumizing shampoos 20

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can enhance the thickness of the hair strands by expanding the cortex, thus providing amplified volume. Others deposit thickening polymers that create a coating around the hair, creating more body. After shampooing, you’ll want to use a towel to remove as much moisture as possible, as this will allow for maximum effect from your product regimen. Cocktail Party No, we’re not talking about a girl’s night out, but a hair cocktail that is sure to give your blow dry a fine boost. Before blow drying, start with a root spray to stimulate circulation, create texture and add volume. Follow with a volumizing mouse that is lightweight and adds body. A mousse containing hyaluronic acid is a great choice, as this mineral helps the hair to attract and retain

Fine Tools You’ve shampooed for success and are ready for your cocktail party, but are you equipped with the proper tools for your situation? To gain maximum volume for your fine locks, you’ll need a brush and blow dryer to compliment your objective. When choosing a brush, look for a vented, ceramic, round brush that contains tourmaline. The ceramic and tourmaline combo will work to provide a quicker, smoother, longerlasting finish. When blow drying, use an air concentrator, and wait until your hair is approximately 70% dry before beginning. Start by sectioning out the hair. Beginning at the bottom section, place your brush on the scalp, and wrap a large section around the brush. Starting at the root of the hair, begin drying while keeping medium tension and working your way down the section to the ends. Having fine hair doesn’t mean you can’t rock your locks. But to achieve an envious style full of body, there are a few things you must do first. Yes, implementing just one of these recommendations will provide some benefit, but why hold back? Go all-in with your fine self, and make your hair “so fine!” again! L

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

Senator Speaks

Cybersecurity: A Growing Need

— By Senator Brandon Beach —


hen you make a purchase online, how likely are you to hesitate when asked to input your personal and credit card information? For most, you probably don’t even think twice about it, and you likely have this data saved on sites where you frequently shop, like Amazon. While this is convenient, it’s not necessarily smart. Protecting consumer data has been an issue for businesses across the country, and with companies continuing to push for online bill-pay systems and as online transactions continue to increase, the risk of an accidental or intentional data breach increases. Most of the systems and servers used by companies today utilize only a single firewall, which works to block threats coming into and going out of the network. This worked well in the past when eighty percent of cyber traffic was outside the network. However, today, a lot of serverand data-center traffic is internal, being transported inside the network and inside the firewall, from co-worker to co-worker. This may not seem important, but this is how most network breaches occur.


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For example, say you’re at work, and you email a co-worker a link to a story you read on Facebook. That co-worker can receive the email, open the link and see the post with little-to-no problems. This is because the server recognizes your email as a “trusted” source. However, the problem with this type of security is it doesn’t block potentially threatening links from “trusted” sources because there is only one firewall that works to block threats coming from the outside. The link you sent your co-worker could lead to a website that contains a virus and can inadvertently put your company’s network and servers at risk for a breach. The need for cybersecurity in Georgia, and across the country, is growing. Criminals are getting smarter by the day, and we need professionals working in this industry to protect us and our personal information. The need for cybersecurity experts is evident, but the jobs and workforce to fill them haven’t been, until now. Governor Nathan Deal recently announced the allocation of $50 million for the construction of the new Georgia

Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta. This new, modernized center will position Georgia as the leader of cybersecurity in the southeast. This training center is a huge step in the right direction for Georgians. Not only will it create new jobs in the cybersecurity industry, it will provide training towards the defense of our cyber infrastructure. The center is designed to promote the modernization of Georgia’s cybersecurity initiatives. This center is a tremendous endeavor and will help cement Georgia as the Silicon Valley of the south. Criminals are clever and can often breach a system and obtain your information before anyone notices. I commend Governor Deal for addressing this need, and I will support every endeavor that ensures your information is secure and safe.

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

Preventive Maintenance:

Don’t Be a Hot Mess this Summer! By Robbie Matiak

Spring is almost here, and summer will be here before you know it! Before each cooling season, it is recommended that your HVAC systems get professional preventative maintenance. This is the biggest step in helping to prevent major malfunctions in your home’s HVAC system. Preventative maintenance should include a complete system inspection and documented system recommendations to aid in minimizing future complications with the performance and operation of your HVAC systems. Some of the benefits of preventative maintenance include peace of mind for safe operation, return on your investment when purchasing a high efficiency system, reduced repair cost, reduced equipment failures, lower energy bills and extended life of the equipment.

Your heating, cooling and indoor air quality provider should offer a professional system recommendation, not as a way to sell you something, but as a necessary customer service to ensure the utmost safety and continued comfort for you and your family. The last thing you want is for your family to go into a Georgia summer unprepared and end up with a failed system. There are a variety of products by trusted brands such as Trane®, Rheem® and Honeywell® on the market today. Whether you are looking for a system upgrade, a system replacement or any other indoor air quality improvements, be sure to get a reliable recommendation from a quality professional for your HVAC system — before you are faced with a “hot mess” in the summer months!

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



6 Ergonomic Products

for Work and Home By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

What does it mean to be ergonomic? Essentially, ergonomic means to be designed for the user, rather than expecting the user to adapt to the product’s design. Ergonomic designs typically put less stress on the user’s physical body, allowing them to work and live more comfortably. They also help prevent repetition-related stress injuries like carpal tunnel and muscle strains.

Make your living and working environments healthier for your hands and body with simple ergonomic products. Some of the recommended ergonomic products include:

Ergonomic Keyboards Because the average office worker spends more than seven hours a day using the computer, ergonomic keyboards can help prevent stress injuries. Ergonomic keyboards are slightly rounded with a break in between the keys in the center of the board. This design works with the hand’s and wrist’s natural resting position to prevent injury.

Ergonomically Designed Computer Mouse Many workers also enjoy using an ergonomic mouse that either doesn’t require rolling or is shaped to fit the natural resting position of the hand. This can help prevent strain on the wrist.

User-Friendly Standing Desk

Ergonomic Kitchen Utensils

With the typical work day lasting 8-10 hours in the United States, it’s vital to find office furniture that supports your physical health. A good ergonomic alternative to the typical desk is the standing desk. This desk allows you to sit or stand, relieving the danger of blood clots and encouraging you to move more throughout the day.

People spend much of their time in the kitchen preparing, cooking and enjoying meals. To help prevent overuse injuries, invest in ergonomic kitchen utensils designed to make repetitive movements carry less strain. From spring-loaded kitchen scissors to easy-grip pots and pans, these simple product changes in your kitchen can help prevent wrist and hand injuries.

Comfortable, Ergonomic Chair Ergonomic desk chairs are available that can provide lumbar support to prevent back strain. They are also made for maximum comfort with specifically designed cushioning to relieve joints. Ergonomic chairs should have an adjustable height, lumbar support and arm rests.

Foot Rests and Lumbar Cushions Cushions and supports are easy additions to your home, office and car that can be helpful in preventing back strain. Although comfortable, many chairs and couches are not ergonomically designed and can actually cause stress to your back and neck muscles. With the proper cushion supports and foot rests, you can enjoy a movie at home without worrying about muscle pain or soreness.

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


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Book Review by farris yawn


here are many wonderful dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, or any other type of pet you can imagine, in desperate need of a forever home. That’s why these two books are important. The History of Homeless Pet School Clubs, by Laura Fritz, tells the story of a well-known veterinarian, Dr. Michael Good, and his search for a way to help the animals he encounters at shelters. Homeless pet clubs teach children about responsible pet ownership and help them get the word out about the great animals available for adoption at local shelters. This book is an excellent way to inspire kids to start their own club! Paw Prints on My Soul, by Deb Gerace, is actually two books in one. The first section is a kid-friendly, photographic journey through Sammy’s and Babycake’s adoption, and their introduction to a new career as therapy dogs. The second half discusses how Deb and her husband, Mike, made the decision to rescue two special-needs dogs and include them in their work with the sick and the elderly. Hopefully, these two books will inspire you to visit your local shelter the next time you are looking for a new family member. If you can’t care for a pet full time, you can volunteer to work with the animals that are waiting for their forever home.

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



Community Partners March 11th

1:00-5:00pm The Harp Irish Pub

1425 Market Boulevard, Suite 1330 Roswell

March 18th

March 25th 2:30-11:00pm Guston’s Grille

12650 Crabapple Road Milton

3300 Cobb Parkway, NW Acworth

March 26th

1:00-4:00pm Amana Academy

285 South Main Street Alpharetta


2:00-10:00pm Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

Bald is beautiful, and folks in the beloved peach state have been proving it since 2002, hosting hundreds of St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving events to support childhood cancer research. The funds raised at these events are granted to some of the most promising childhood cancer research facilities in the world, including Georgia’s own Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

St. Baldrick’s events are like a party for good — and you’re invited! Register at StBaldricks.org/atlanta. If shaving your head isn’t your thing, you can still be a hero to kids with cancer as an event organizer, volunteer or donor. See the four leaf clover on this page for local locations where you can get involved.

Childhood Cancer Is a Family Diagnosis. Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a parent hears the words, “Your child has cancer.” These four words change everything. Suddenly, parents are torn between work, hospital and home, and siblings feel left out and left behind. All the while, the diagnosed child is poked and prodded as their childhood — and sometimes their life — slips away. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fund the most promising childhood cancer research in the world. They work closely with leading pediatric oncologists to determine research priorities, which helps kids of all ages and with all types of childhood cancers. If you’d like to make an immediate impact, visit StBaldricks. org/donate.

Their Life’s Mission is to Fund Lifesaving Children’s Cancer Research. It all started with a dare. Three businessmen challenged each other to shave their heads to help kids with cancer at their annual St. Patrick’s Day party. That first St. Baldrick’s event in 2000 raised $104,000 for childhood cancer research, and the rest is history. Sixteen years later, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, having granted more than $200 million to fund the most promising research to find cures for kids with cancer. And they’re not slowing down. This progress wouldn’t be possible without like-minded supporters holding their mission close to their hearts. People just like you. To learn more about how you can get involved in the fight against childhood cancer, visit StBaldricks.org. 26

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Senior Transportation LIFESTYLE Senior transportation in Cherokee has been a long discussion since my arrival in July 2015, but I know it has been an ongoing issue before my arrival. Cherokee Area Transportation System (CATS) provides the transportation for most senior center trips and various appointments within the county. They are a hardworking group that assists seniors as well as the general public. Senior Services receives some requests that CATS is unable to fulfill because of the time of day or location of the destination. We have seniors who need a ride late in the evening or to a doctor appointment in Cobb or Fulton County. So, CATS is a great service, but it’s very limited due to funding or lack of volunteers. We provide a Volunteer Transportation Program, where a

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handful of people provide rides for seniors to various appointments. With the help of Volunteer Transportation Coordinator Joy McEuen. these volunteers are angels on wheels, providing a much-needed service. Joy would love to have more volunteers for this program. There is also a Transportation Voucher Program, directed by Dianne Voss, with several providers to drive seniors at a low cost, but this is a program that maintains a waiting list, as these destinations are not limited to just Cherokee County or a specific time. Recently, we’ve been in discussions with other agencies about the use of Uber. Then, a miracle came our way, and not giving names, let’s just call this miracle couple Mr.

and Mrs. Brown. They contacted one of our commissioners, who then forwarded their email to me. We set up a meeting, and by the time the meeting was over, we were all excited about this opportunity. Mrs. Brown volunteered to gather some data on Uber in Cherokee. We were surprised to see how active Uber is here. A lot more research is needed to determine if Uber can assist with transportation needs, but we are hopeful that something can be worked out. For more information on transportation for seniors, please contact Cherokee Senior Services.


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



COVER STORY By Cyndi Braun

Bringing Happy Smiles to Woodstock

Woodstock Dental Care Gently Cares for Your Entire Family


beautiful smile is a beautiful thing. But if you are embarrassed of the way your teeth look, take heart…much can be done to transform your teeth and create that smile you’ve been wanting. 28

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Convenient Hours and Location

From tooth cleanings to Invisalign®, braces to dental implants, Woodstock Dental Care does it all, including making that smile beautiful again.


“We welcome patients from children through grandparents. In fact, we pride ourselves on serving families because most of us have kids of our own. We offer convenience in the sense of our downtown location but also in our availability for appointments before and after school and work,” says owner Dr. Damon Bond. “We also offer same-day emergency appointments for anyone needing our help.”

The practice features an energetic team of professionals committed to gentle and caring dentistry. Three dentists and five hygienists assist patients five days a week from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Woodstock Dental Care is located in downtown Woodstock near the intersection of Main Street and Towne Lake Parkway.

A long-time resident of Woodstock, Dr. Bond assumed ownership in 2008 and has injected new life into the practice, which was established 39 years ago. Besides more gentle treatment modalities and updated technologies, the practice has a colorful new sign and façade, enhancing visibility along Main Street. “Woodstock Dental Care already had a loyal following and a lot of history when I

came along. We enhanced that longstanding tradition by making improvements both inside and outside our walls,” says Dr. Bond.

Dental Team ___________ The doctors all attend hundreds of hours of continuing education to ensure patients receive the most modern, cost-effective and gentle dental services.

“inWethatareweunique offer a wide range of dental services under one roof.

Damon L. Bond, D.M.D., graduated from Georgia Southern then completed dental school at the Medical College of Georgia. He served three years as a U.S. Navy dentist, completing a residency in advanced general dentistry. Clay Cannon, D.M.D., graduated from Clemson University then completed his dental education at the Medical College of Georgia. Matthew Dimassi, D.M.D., graduated from Georgia State then pursued his dental education at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry. He also completed a one-year general dentistry residency.

The Caring Art of Dentistry

___________ Dentists talking about dentistry are like artists talking about their latest masterpieces. The dentists at Woodstock Dental Care are no different. They most enjoy helping patients achieve a better smile. “I find that dentistry is very artistic. You get to create something with your hands, and see an improved result. And seeing the reaction of patients is really awesome. They are thrilled when you make big improvements to their smile,” says Dr. Cannon. Dr. Dimassi agrees. Whenever he completes a case, whether it’s a set of crowns, veneers or whatever he does to transform someone’s look, he feels like he is making a difference in someone’s life. “I think mainly it’s the satisfaction of seeing something change for the positive, whether it’s brightening up their smile or fixing their teeth. I like continued on page 30



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working with my hands, and being a dentist gives me that opportunity,” says Dr. Dimassi.

General Dentistry and Much More

___________ “We are unique in that we offer a wide range of dental services under one roof,” says Dr. Bond. “We offer general dentistry and much more. Having three dentists with different interests and specialties allows us to do virtually everything from the first visit at two years old, to invisible braces, all the way to dentures for grandma and grandpa.” Regardless of the dental needs, the doctors at Woodstock Dental Care will take the time to explain the best treatments available and address those needs with gentle compassion. “We want to treat our patients exactly how we would want to be treated ourselves,” says Dr. Bond.

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healthier, more natural and youthful smile. Some procedures include porcelain veneers and Invisalign® braces.

• Dental Implants — These man-made replacements

for natural teeth improve chewing ability, which helps patients enjoy more nutritious foods and contribute to overall health and wellbeing. They also can improve appearance, self-confidence and clarity of speech.

• Pediatric Appointments — The practice offers

appointments for children as young as two. With five dental hygienists on staff, families can schedule their children’s appointments at the same time, so they aren’t spending hours in the dentist’s office.

• Emergency Dental Care — Dental emergencies

should be addressed as quickly as possible. Woodstock Dental Care sees emergencies the same day, and new patients are always welcome.

8950 Main Street, Suite 120 Woodstock, GA Phone: 770-926-4447 WoodstockSmiles.com/

Spring is Coming‌.

Bathing Suits, Tank Tops – Are You Ready? By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake Have you been considering breast-lift surgery? Are you looking to regain the figure you once had before childbirth, aging or weight loss? Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, significant weight changes and gravity can all have drastic effects on your breasts. As your skin loses its elasticity, your breasts often lose their shape and firmness. A breast lift can help you regain self-confidence and the figure you deserve. Breast-lift surgery is a procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. Your breast lift is customized to meet your needs and expectations. The amount of

lifting to restore your breasts to your most desired position will vary from patient to patient, as will the level of skin elasticity and the amount of breast tissue in each breast. All these factors will be taken into consideration. If you are planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your surgery until you are done having children. Your ability to breastfeed may also be compromised. Plus, pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the procedure. Mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, tightens lax breast skin, repositions the nipple and reshapes the breast. If the areolas

(the darker pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) are enlarged, they may be reduced in size. Some breast tissue may also be removed if the patient wants smaller breasts. If larger breasts are desired, breast implants may be inserted to increase breast volume. Breast-lift surgery is usually performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The length of the operation varies depending on the complexity. As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialtytrained plastic surgeon. Together, you can make an informed decision about Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake are board-certified a treatment plastic surgeons at Plastic plan designed Surgery Center of the South. especially for 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgery you. CenterOf TheSouth.net



Taste of

by Chef Paul Bodrogi

Cobbler Filling Ingredients: ½ ounce softened butter 2 cups fresh blueberries Pinch of nutmeg 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon sugar Juice of 1 lemon 2 ounces water 1 teaspoon cornstarch

(Serves 4)

Cobbler Topping Ingredients:

Cobbler Filling Procedure:

3.5 ounces all-purpose flour

1. Coat 4 shallow ramekins with the softened butter. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch and water.

1 ounce granulated sugar 1

3. Gently toss all the remaining ingredients together.


4. Evenly divide the blueberry mixture into the 4 ramekins.

/8 teaspoon baking powder /16 teaspoon baking soda

5. Top the berry mixture with pieces of the cobbler topping.

Pinch of salt 3 ounces cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 2 ounces buttermilk

6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the berries start to bubble.

Cobbler Topping Procedure: 1. Combine and sift all the dry ingredients. 2. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse sand. 3. Stream in the buttermilk, and mix until the mixture just comes together. 4. Set aside.

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


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Therapeutic Listening®:

How it Can Benefit a Child

Does your child struggle with inattention, social difficulties, communication or challenges with bowel, bladder or sleep patterns? Is your child overly emotional, hyperactive or low energy? Does your child have coordination issues or struggle with team sports, have difficulty following directions or show sound sensitivity? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Therapeutic Listening® (TL) may help your child improve in these areas. “Therapeutic Listening® is an evidencebased, auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention and communication,” (VitalLinks.net). The auditory (sound) system has such a powerful relationship with other parts of the brain, and music has wonderful

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therapeutic benefits. The music in the Therapeutic Listening® program is specifically modified with different frequencies to trigger parts of the brain that help with attention, body movement and organization, and the frequency changes in the music capture the attention of the listener. The Therapeutic Listening® program can be done as part of a home-therapy program. A trained TL therapist will develop a custom program for each child based on his needs. As the child moves through the program, specific music chips are selected based on where the child is at that time and which struggles that child may be having. Children listen for thirty minutes, twice daily, through specialized headphones and players. Therapists change out the music every few weeks. Introducing new music

continues to challenge brain pathways. The Therapeutic Listening® program can be used in conjunction with occupational or music therapy or on its own with consultation from a trained therapist. Children who participate in the Therapeutic Listening® program see great improvement in their attention span, sleep and bowel patterns, stress level, balance, motor skills, coordination, handwriting, communication, socialization and mood regulation, among other things. If you feel your child may benefit from The Therapeutic Listening® program, please contact a local occupational or music therapist to get started. More information about providers and the program can be found at VitalLinks.net. Kristi Estes is an occupational therapist and co-owns In Harmony Pediatric Therapy with Jennifer Puckett. 770-345-2804. InHarmonyPediatricTherapy.com



by which acid produced by bacteria breaks down the enamel on the tooth surface. If demineralization has occurred and the enamel has been compromised, introducing fluoride to the environment can promote re-mineralization of the surface enamel, thereby working to strengthen an area that has been weakened by the bacteria.

Sodium Diamine Fluoride! By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. Fluoride has long been used as a tool to fight against tooth decay. Fluoride is especially important for children. This is because it creates an environment where better quality enamel is formed on the teeth. Fluoride works in two ways — preventing demineralization and promoting re-mineralization. Demineralization describes the process


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So, fluoride is a great tool to have to protect against tooth decay. It is also applied in a simple, easy manner. With the advances in fluoride varnish, the experience is very manageable for both dentists and patients. The fluoride varnish is simply painted onto the surface. As great as fluoride is, it’s not effective if tooth decay has progressed beyond a minor level. There is another tool that dentists can use to stop a cavity in its tracks. It is called sodium diamine fluoride (SDF). SDF has the same easy process to apply as fluoride varnish. The dentist paints it onto the surface of the

decay. SDF reacts with decay, preventing it from advancing, and it also kills the bacteria causing the decay. SDF will blacken the brownish decay on a tooth, arresting decay. For this reason, it is most accepted by parents for use on areas that are not as visible, such as the back molars. It’s a great option for primary teeth as an alternative to any sort of drilling or sedations that might be required for your child if they have significant tooth decay. SDF usage must be determined following a detailed diagnosis of the patient, their risk factors and the depth of the decay. For that reason, it’s not a cure for all. But it’s an awesome tool to have.

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



By Amy Bradley, MMSc CGC

Genetic testing has become more accessible, but many people still have concerns surrounding the topic. Here are answers to some of the most common questions:

Am I a candidate for genetic testing?

There’s no definitive answer. It isn’t for everybody. But, it can be highly beneficial for some. Genetic counselors help people decide if testing is right for them and what to do with the results. Genetic testing can be helpful for expectant mothers as well as people who have a family history or a diagnosis of cancer or heart problems.

Which cardiac conditions do these tests look for?

Individuals who have a personal or family history of heart problems, including sudden cardiac arrest or death, aortic aneurysm, irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), disease of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) and congenital (structural) heart disease are some of the things that are looked for. Many of these inherited cardiac


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conditions can cause sudden cardiac arrest and death. They can affect anyone of any age, including infants and children. If someone has a personal history of a cardiomyopathy and/or if there is a family history, testing can help determine if there is a genetic or hereditary reason for the condition. Knowing the exact genetic cause in a family can help other family members determine if they, too, could be at a high risk for developing the condition. This helps the family be prepared with information about appropriate screening and symptoms for faster treatment if necessary. Testing is not always the right choice for every family. In those cases, other options are available; one example is an occasional echocardiogram. The ideal scenario is to start with the patient who has the diagnosis. If a patient with a known condition has a gene mutation, then first-degree relatives have a fifty-percent chance of having the same mutation.

How do I know if genetic testing is right for me?

It can be hard to decipher what all of this means and who might benefit from genetic testing. Genetic counselors at WellStar work with individuals — both children and adults — and families to discuss family histories and find patterns of heritable disease. If there’s a compelling reason to test, the counselor will discuss what that information could mean and what type of impact it will have on the patient. Genetic testing is a tool to help people and their families in their pursuit of living the best life possible. It is often covered by insurance.As more is learned over time, information will constantly evolve. When people have questions, it’s helpful to know that genetic counselors are available close to home.

Amy Bradley is a genetic counselor for WellStar Health System, 770-793-7472 or Genetics@wellstar.org

Springtime = Fresh Starts By Pastor Chris Bryant Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start! Do you need one? Sure, we all do! The rebirth in spring whispers about the hope of a new beginning, a fresh start in one way or another. Or maybe, for some of us, our whole life really could use a fresh start. The Christian faith leads to new beginnings. “His mercies are new each morning,” the scripture reads. Of course, sometimes, it is our faith in God which is in need of a fresh start. We all go through things, and life just sort of happens. Before we know it, we get out of the habit of worship attendance and church involvement. But now, because of what we face, the consequences of decisions we’ve made, or maybe even the questions

we have, we realize we need to give Jesus’ story a fresh look. Christians believe that faith in Christ can bring new life to whatever in our life is dying. This is one amazing belief! We believe the empty tomb of Jesus is the eternal hope of consistently new God-possibilities. If true, this means there’s the possibility of a complete life make-over for you from the insideout and back again. Wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, whatever mistakes you’ve made, whatever has happened to you — rest assured — you don’t have to stay there. I can tell you this, not only as a pastor, but from personal experience as well. In fact,

claiming new beginnings or making a fresh start is a necessity in this broken life. We all need it, and we need a power source from which to maintain it. May the warmth and renewal of this spring bring you the alluring hope that transformation is possible, despite your persistent difficult circumstances. May it also mean that perhaps you should give church another try. Easter is just around the corner. You might Chris Bryant is lead pastor at City just discover that On A Hill United part of the fresh start Methodist Church. you need is getting 678-445-3480. back to church. COAHUMC.org




By Julie Sen


any of us look forward to having our beloved family dog excitedly greet us at the door at the end of our day, tail wagging, jumping up and down as they look out the window to see us pull in the driveway and emerge from our vehicle. No matter what kind of day we’ve had, we can always count on our dog to be happy to see us, even if it’s just because they need a potty break. There’s a certain level of comfort in that. We rely on our dogs for many things. They help us remain active due to their need for walks and playtime; they alert us when someone is in 38

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our yard or at the door; they comfort us when we’re sick, sad or upset by snuggling up to us or allowing us to pet them until we are calm. But what if we had to rely on them to save our life or the lives of others? There are dogs that are trained to do just that, among other things. K-9 Yup is a 29-month-old German Shephard who was actually born in Germany then raised in Holland from the time he was three months old until he was sixteen months old. In Holland, K-9 Yup was trained in initial obedience, initial patrol work (bite work, aggression training, handler protection/defense) and other areas

of K-9 training. He then made his way to the United States in early 2016 to become Rob Columbo’s security companion/partner. Rob and K-9 Yup work for a private security agency that supplies K-9s nationwide. When Rob first acquired K-9 Yup, they went to Indiana for a sevenweek training program, which would allow Rob the opportunity to learn everything he could about his new partner. But the training doesn’t end at the conclusion of the seven-week program, “K-9s must be trained on daily basis, and they and their handlers have to be certified once a

year,” Rob stated. “From the moment a dog starts training, training lasts until the dog is retired, due to age or medical conditions, or until the dog is taken out of service.” According to Rob, “There is a very distinct, in-depth and intense process when it comes to training police or security dogs.” It starts with a detailed, selective breeding process, where two previous service dogs, two dogs with a service-dog blood line, or two dogs that have strong service/police dog traits are mated. After the puppies are born, they are put through several basic evaluations, which progressively get more complex. Police/security dogs must have a strong level of perseverance. “They must have a high desire to find and locate things, coupled with a drive to hunt, not necessarily for prey, but hunt for people, objects and other materials,” Rob said. Police/security dogs can be trained to do many different things; they can track subjects, sniff out bombs or illegal drugs, find articles and evidence and protect their handlers among other things. One of the things K-9 Yup is certified to do is protect and defend his handler. If a

dog is handler-protection-and-defense certified then “they are trained to protect and defend their handler with or without a command to do so; basically, K-9 Yup reacts to intense or hostile situations and goes into protection mode,” Rob explained; “I would trust K-9 Yup to protect me and/or save my life.” So how are K-9s protected on the job? Many are provided bullet-proof vests, and their handlers often have vehicles that are specially equipped for K-9 safety and transportation. “Because of K-9 Yup, my patrol car is outfitted with a kennel, air system, hydration system, heat-sensor system and a door-pop system,” Rob assured. The heat-sensor system indicates when the vehicle gets too hot for a dog to remain in the vehicle. Rob continued by explaining that:

deploy K-9 Yup at a moment’s notice. I have a remote control that I carry in my vest that will automatically open the door and let K-9 Yup out to come assist me in any ongoing situation. There is not a specific retirement age for police/security dogs, as it largely depends on the type of job each dog is trained to do as well as their physical structure and mental capacity. “I probably will not work K-9 Yup much past eight or nine years old,” Rob stated; “at which point, I will be able to keep him as a pet, and we will get old, fat and happy together in our golden years!”

If the vehicle gets too hot, it will sound alarms, roll down windows and activate a window fan that is installed on the vehicle especially for K-9 Yup in his kennel. The door-pop system is in case I get into a fight or situation where I need to


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Wisdom Teeth: is it Wiser to Keep Them or Remove Them? By Dr. Steven Anderson, D.M.D. If you’ve got them, why remove them? Wisdom teeth (third molars) are located in the very back of your mouth. Sometimes, these molars remain under the gums and never come in. Wisdom teeth that never come in or do not have room to erupt completely are termed “impacted.” If you are unsure that you have them, your dentist can make this determination. Although you may not currently have any pain or problems with your wisdom teeth, that does not mean you will 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 important jaw bone. By removing wisdom teeth, you remove the possibility of getting serious, bone-destroying tumors later in life. Often, partially erupted wisdom teeth cause gum pain or significantly contribute to a more serious, bone-deteriorating disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is a common disease in our mouth in which the supporting bone around the tooth goes away. Once the bone goes away from around your tooth, it becomes loose and is eventually lost. Unfortunately, destroyed jaw bone does not grow back. Periodontitis around wisdom teeth spreads to neighboring teeth and causes additional bone loss around otherwise healthy molars. An astute dentist recognizes this nearly inevitable condition associated with wisdom teeth and can guide you through the appropriate treatment for preventing


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this non-curable disease from showing up later in life. By removing your wisdom teeth, you can better clean your important molars in the back of your mouth, which can prevent periodontitis in the long term. Should everyone get their wisdom teeth removed? Discuss this question with your dentist. The answer will depend upon a thorough examination and your individual situation. It also depends upon the oral health 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 that don’t hurt now, you shouldn’t ignore the idea of having them removed to prevent tumors or periodontitis. Removal of wisdom teeth is a common, generally safe surgery with very few risks. Many general dentists remove wisdom teeth safely and efficiently using local anesthesia. Oral surgeons usually use anesthesia that puts you to sleep for the procedure (general anesthesia). As with any surgery, complications can arise. Most complications are managed successfully, and patients usually heal quickly. Remember, early prevention of disease is a key principle 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 a wisdom tooth.

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

ArtistProfile by Brandi Price

piece, Sax Man, took “Best of Show.” Ed was “tickled to death.” Channel Two Action News was even present to broadcast his greatest artistic moment.


pon entering Ed B’s Studio 54, you’re immediately intrigued by this nontraditional art gallery. As you look around, you’ll get a sense of the owner’s talent and creativity. At a young age, Ed Brackin left Charleston, SC to explore the country. Eventually, he settled in Georgia and opened his thriving art studio, Studio 54. For thirty years, Ed has worked for a fire protection company and has always loved creating, but he became intentionally artistic three years ago.

After purchasing and renovating the dilapidated studio property, Ed was eager to learn to weld. Upon learning the craft, he and his daughter began exploring the local scrap yard every Saturday morning, finding treasures to create metal sculptures. Once he completed some of his unique, folksy pieces, Ed decided to enter his first art contest at Hartsfield Jackson Airport, and his 42

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The inspiration for Ed’s work is both his community and an overactive, highly creative mind. After mastering steel, Ed wanted to do stained glass, so he created a glass room at his studio, which has also been successful. After glass, Ed moved on to pottery and casting, where he molds people’s hands, feet and bodies. Ed is adamant about incorporating the unexpected in his work, as he is tired with the oftenoverdone themes of nature and landscapes. Ed likes to surprise, and he loves when people are shocked by the pieces throughout his studio gallery. Not only does he generate pieces for Studio 54, but it houses almost twenty local artists, along with his own personal finds. New pieces arrive frequently. On advising artists, Ed says, “Just let it fly, man.” He believes you limit yourself when you stick solely to what you’ve been taught. Ed thinks breaking barriers and doing what makes you happy is important. Another key aspect of Ed’s art is that he doesn’t create for mass selling. Ed says,

“I create what I want to create. If you don’t like it, it’ll go home with me.” Although, that’s not to say he doesn’t love for his art to make people happy. He explained that, “I just love doing things for people. I just enjoy it. It’s not about money to me. It’s just fun. I love to see people happy. I love to see the enjoyment. I love to hear the laughter when they’re coming through here.” Ed has found continued success with his work all over the state, selling and making commissioned pieces. His piece, Hula Hoop Girl, can be seen in Woodstock’s Elm Street Sculpture Garden. He’s even shipped a piece as far as Utah. Though Ed advertises little, you can find him on Facebook, and make a worthwhile visit Ed B’s Studio 54.


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

Upcoming Events Downtown Buzz

The Friday Night Live Series Returns to

Downtown Woodstock for its 11th Year in 2017! By Kyle Bennett


or many locals working nine to five, it can be difficult to find time to visit favorite stores in downtown Woodstock. So, Friday Night Live was started by downtown merchants to give people a chance to shop later once a month. Thanks to the extended hours during Friday Night Live, everyone has a chance to explore the varied shops downtown. From this simple idea, the series has grown into one of Woodstock’s most popular events. Some new themes will be added to this year’s lineup, and some crowd favorites will be returning.. With that in mind, mark your calendars; here’s what you can look forward to:

July 7th: Downtown Dance Party — Put on your dancing shoes, and head downtown for a dance party! It will be a night to remember!

September 1st: Downtown Tailgate — Celebrate the start of football season at this downtown-wide tailgate party! October 6th: Oktoberfest — Celebrate Oktoberfest in downtown Woodstock! Grab a brew with your crew, and have a blast, too.


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Mastermind March 15, 8:00-9:30am Chattahoochee Tech One Innovation Way, Woodstock Brad Nix will be speaking on “Designing ‘Why’: A Brand Strategy Session.” DowntownWoodstock.org/mastermind/

December 1st: Christmas in Downtown — The spirit of Christmas can be found downtown at Christmas on Main. It’s the perfect chance to shop for gifts, and have some fun at the same time. Santa has already RSVP’d to attend! The 2017 Friday Night Live series takes place on the first Friday of each month, from March to December, 6:00-9:00pm. This year’s Friday Night Live series will be presented by Reformation Brewery. For more information on the Friday Night Live series and other downtown happenings, log on to VisitWoodstockGa.com/calendar, or call 770-924-0406.

April 7th: Zombie Prom — Everyone loves the fun of prom, even zombies! Head downtown for this fun and spooky time in Woodstock.

June 2nd: Caribbean Night — Enjoy Caribbean fun in downtown Woodstock as we kick off summer.

8534 Main Street, Woodstock DowntownWoodstock.org/ downtown-buzz/

August 4th: Super Hero Night — Time to celebrate all things super-hero related in downtown Woodstock. Be it Superman, Batman or the Avengers, this night is guaranteed to be super fun!

March 3rd: Masquerade Ball — The fun and mystery of a masquerade kicks off the 2017 Friday Night Live series.

May 5th: Western Night — The fun of the Old West will be in full effect on this night. It will be a great night for cowboys and cowgirls!

March 31, 8:00am The Chambers at City Center

November 3rd: Night of Thanks — Have a fun night in downtown Woodstock, and give back at the same time. Woodstock will be partnering with local nonprofits to spotlight their efforts at this Friday Night Live.

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

Edible Landscaping: Fill Your Dinner Plate and Create Better Curb Appeal at the Same Time! By Joshua Fuder Edible landscaping is the practical incorporation of edible plants into the traditional home landscape. An edible landscape can range from the incorporation of just a few plants with culinary value to the entire outdoor space. Here are some things to consider before incorporating edibles into your landscape: Design and Function Most vegetables and herbs will need

at least six hours of sunlight and welldrained soil. The soil nearest the home may require some amending to have success. Consider starting with a list of plants your family enjoys eating, and then learn how they will grow in your landscape. Some plants are harvested once and others over weeks or months. Plant things that require more attention and harvesting in areas that are easily accessible. Texture and Color Rainbow chard, purple mustard, kale and lettuce can all add dramatic effect with their foliage and mid-rib color variation in cool-season plantings. For texture in cool seasons, try parsley, dill and fennel. Calendula and Nasturtium are both warm-season, edible flowers that can add color to salads, and Nasturtium leaves can be used in pesto. Ground Cover Thyme, oregano, winter savory and strawberries make great evergreen

ground covers. Sweet potatoes, squash and melons will also work in the summer months. Shrubs At maturity, blueberries will make a suitable hedge and good replacement for hollies. Pomegranate and figs will grow with little maintenance and add interest through foliage and fruit. American hazelnut is a deciduous shrub/small tree that also grows well in our area. Herbs, like rosemary and garden sage, are evergreen and exceptionally fragrant. So, with careful consideration, you’ll have a healthy, colorful plate of edible plants to enjoy year-round, and you won’t even have to leave home.

Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/ extension/cherokee



What’s Appropriate? By Ferdinand Yates, M.D. Despite considerable government regulation of the toy industry, toy-related injuries continue to be a significant childhood problem. Parents and the pediatric community, often unaware of how toys receive their developmental and safety labeling and the degree to which age-labeling of toys can be discretionary, rely on the industry and regulations for direction and protection. In the face of these efforts, one-third of these injuries occur in children under age five, with a prominent peak injury potential at age two. In addition, there is a spike in injuries during the summer months, and boys are injured more often than girls.


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Toy labeling has two basic aspects. The first — safety labeling for hazards with small parts, balloons or small balls that may present a choking risk — is mandatory. The second — developmental age-labeling — describes the age of the child for which the toy is intended and sometimes has discretionary components. This aspect is more problematic to apply, as there may be not only a customary chronological age that a toy is typically introduced, but also a developmentalage estimate as well as a targeted age at which the manufacturer intends for advertising (typically through child television viewing).

Testing done prior to marketing includes:

Small parts in a test cylinder (simulating a choking hazard)

Normal toy use/abuse (simulating what may happen if a toy is used inappropriately)

Significant concerns present in homes with multigenerational families, where young children may have access to ageinappropriate toys, as well as homes with developmentally challenged children. Appropriate toy buying is helpful in reducing injuries, and parents should be aware of the potential hazards that may be caused by toys with sharp edges, heating elements, buttons, magnets and small batteries. Furthermore, use of rideon toys should be supervised in a safe area, and broken toys should either be repaired or discarded. Please remember that there is no limit to the objects that children will use as “toys,” and parents should be mindful of a child’s imagination and creativity.

Dr. Yates is a pediatrician at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, 2000 Professional Way, #200, Woodstock. 770-517-0250. WoodstockPeds.com

By Ashley Donnelly

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone and a great investment! However, it can also be intimidating and stressful trying to make sure you’re buying a quality home. Having a realtor’s experience and guidance can help greatly with this. They will guide you through the process, make sure you’re protected and ensure you have enough duediligence days to get a thorough inspection. An experienced realtor has also seen enough homes to know the red flags to look for before you must pay for an inspection. Buying resale and new construction are two totally different experiences. Here is what to look for and expect with each:

Resale Homes: One thing to consider when purchasing a resale home is the age of the major components (HV/ AC system, roof, water heater, etc.). The average life span of these items generally ranges from 10-20 years. So, if they’re older but in good, working condition, at least you’ll be prepared and know to budget for possible replacement in the future. In many cases, the seller will agree to offer a oneyear home warranty, which will protect you in your first year if any of these major components give you trouble. A home warranty generally does not exceed $500. In Georgia, it is very important to make sure that the home is termite-free. Usually, the seller will agree to provide a clear-termite letter before closing to make sure there is no activity. A Seller’s Property Disclosure usually tells you anything and everything that the owner knows about the home, and what stays with the home after purchase. Make sure you read this closely, and ask any questions you may have. It could be a big disappointment if you think you’re getting a refrigerator, and it’s not there on move-in day.

Having an inspection is always recommended. A good inspector will point out any major issues that you might not notice on your own. Many times, negotiations can be made to have the seller make repairs or credit the buyer for work that needs to be done. The good thing about due diligence, as noted earlier, is that you can back out with your earnest money protected if anything turns out to be a deal breaker. When doing the final walkthrough, usually a few days before closing, you will want to make sure no major damage or changes have been done since you last saw the home. You also want to make sure that any repairs that you negotiated have been done correctly. Usually, the buying and listing agents keep one another updated on these issues well before the final walkthrough. Contracts generally state that the home should be “broom swept.” In other words, the home should not be full of boxes or garbage, and should be clean enough and suitable for move in. Remember, when purchasing a resale, it’s not always easy to see all the scratches and stains until all the furniture is moved out of the home. Sellers should leave the home the way they would hope to find it, and most of the time, they do. continued on page 48



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New Construction Homes: New construction is a different ball game, and generally simpler when it comes to the walkthrough. During the final walkthrough, usually a week or so from closing, you will want to make sure everything was completed in accordance to your agreement (colors, finishes, upgrades, etc.). You can look for any scratches, paint touchups, etc. There aren’t usually too many surprises at this point because most of the time, the buyer has been visiting the home during the construction process. It is the buyer’s choice whether to have an inspection or not. With new construction, builders are required to have inspections and code requirements checked and met throughout the entire building process. Most builders offer a warranty, and with the system and components being new, there are usually warranties on those as well.


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Any time you move into a new construction, minor things may come up in the first couple of months you live there. After moving in, buyers should keep a list of anything they notice that might need adjusting, and call their realtor/builder when they have a list of more than just one or two things. Remember, it’s imperative to make sure you go into this process with a trustworthy builder who honors a warranty. It’s important that you are not shy during the walkthrough process. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Homebuyers deserve a well-built, beautiful home.

Ashley Donnelly is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty Partners/ Woodall Family Realty. 678-230-2911. WoodallFamilyRealty.com


(serves 4)

Artichoke Feta Bruschetta:

1 cup artichoke hearts 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved ¼ cup crumbled feta 1 tablespoon basil, chopped 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or garlic oil for a little extra flavor) ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper

Parmesan-Crusted Salmon:


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1 cup panko bread crumbs, lightly toasted ½ cup of parmesan 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper 4, 4 oz. salmon filets Aged balsamic vinegar to taste

Preparation Artichoke Feta Bruschetta: 1. Toss all ingredients together, and set aside. Parmesan-Crusted Salmon: 1. Combine all ingredients except the salmon and the vinegar. 2. Press salmon into your parmesan crust mixture to coat thoroughly. 3. Pan sear over medium heat or grill to your desired level of doneness and crust is browned. 4. Plate your salmon with your bruschetta, and drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar.

LED Bulbs: A Bright Idea! By Rick Cheney LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are becoming more popular every day. They offer many advantages over standard, incandescent bulbs. Some of the advantages are efficiency, longevity, durability, safety, future proof, as well as versatility and the many different uses for which they are made. LED’s are extremely efficient and can save as much as 90% of the energy used by a comparable incandescent bulb. Since they only use a fraction of the energy that standard incandescent bulbs use, there can be a huge savings on your electric bill each month. Due to the longevity of LED bulbs, you can also expect to save money on bulb

replacement. Additionally, LED bulbs can be used in areas where solar panels are the only power source since they require such a small amount of energy. They typically have a higher initial cost, however, once installed, your money will be quickly recouped with energy savings. LED’s have a lifespan of 60,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of only 1,500 hours. On average, they last ten times longer than compact fluorescent bulbs and 130 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Many LED bulbs can last for seven years before needing to be replaced. Safety is another important feature of LED bulbs. Even after long hours of being used, they are still cool to the

touch because they don’t put off heat. LED lighting is currently used in a wide variety of industries and applications. It can be found in computers, TVs, the automotive industry, the military, the broadcasting industry and countless other applications. They come in different colors and color temperatures, allowing you to achieve the desired color of lighting in your home more closely. If you are interested in switching to LED bulbs throughout your home, contact a qualified electrical company to help you select the right bulbs; some LED bulbs do not work with dimmers, and some will require special LED dimmers.

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




Can Threaten Expectant Mothers Beyond Childbirth By Dr. Lee B. Padove One of the biggest challenges of preeclampsia during pregnancy is detecting this nuanced disorder. That’s because, sometimes, preeclampsia can show no obvious symptoms. A prenatal lab examination can detect elevated urine protein levels, which is an indication of preeclampsia. Other symptoms can include severe headaches, vision changes, swelling, severe breathing issues and even seizures (eclampsia). Early-symptom detection is important for improving the odds of a safe pregnancy. When suspicion of preeclampsia exists, a thorough evaluation may include hospitalization, so health care providers


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can more closely monitor the mother, baby and placenta. The treatment for preeclampsia is the baby’s delivery. If only mild preeclampsia exists and both baby and mother are doing well, it is ideal to deliver after 37 weeks. If there is a threat to either the baby’s health or mother’s life, delivery is scheduled earlier. However, the effects of preeclampsia do not necessarily end after pregnancy. If a woman has preeclampsia during pregnancy, she has a higher risk postdelivery for developing blood pressure problems, high cholesterol, diabetes, along with stroke and heart disease.

Women who experienced preeclampsia during pregnancy are at nearly double the risk for heart disease or stroke in the subsequent five to fifteen years. Women who have had severe preeclampsia may have a greater than six-fold risk. It is important that women who’ve experienced preeclampsia embark on a healthy lifestyle path and follow preventive measures as well as continued screening for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and premature heart disease. For recommendations specific to you, continue regular checkups with your primary care physician or cardiologist.

Dr. Lee B. Padove is a board-certified cardiologist at Northside Hospital. 404-303-3320. Northside.com/ maternityresources



Ribbon Cuttings

1. Culver’s


6778 Hickory Flat Highway Canton 678-880-7200 Restaurants

2. Hale Healthcare

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120 N Medical Parkway Building 100, Suite 201 Woodstock 678-744-4253 Health Care

3. Ball Ground Flowers & Gifts 2945 Canton Highway Ball Ground 706-299-1895 Florist

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4. The Atlantic BridgeMill Leasing Office 1000 Preston Glen Circle Canton 770-704-6888 Apartments

5. Big Door Vineyards 125 Clearwater Trail White 470-377-2137 Event & Wedding Venue


6. Travel Promotions P.O. Box 34 Holly Springs 404-457-7672 Travel

1. Path & Post 214 River Park North Drive Woodstock 770-720-4663 Real Estate Agents & Brokers

2. Cherokee Lung and Sleep Specialist 900 Towne Lake Parkway #206 Woodstock 770-852-7740 Physicians’ Office


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