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The Goddard School


Fresh from the Farmers Markets


Health & Wellness Guide


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


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


....................... Scoop of Life


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


............. Community Partners


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


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


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





ust the other day I was pondering why many historic courthouses, churches, cathedrals and city halls were built of granite or marble, as the 1927 courthouse next door to our offices. Of course, durability and longevity of those materials make them an excellent choice for structures that are meant to endure time. But, maybe it is deeper than that. Consider some of the characteristics of granite and marble. Each are quarried, raw stones that are cut into large blocks, shaped and polished with purpose, then assembled to stand the tests of time. They are solid and hard, with strength that rivals anything ever created by man. They are very non-porous materials and highly resistant to discoloration. The piercings of outside forces, such as heat, wind and rain, fall shy against granite and marble walls. Many of these buildings made of granite and marble still serve as meeting places of community leaders; vestibules of honor and dignity, places where justice is served. There could also be some correlation between marble and factual “God honest” truth. They originate from deep within; are durable and created to stand tall; tough to stain, keeping their original purity. Impossible to burn, they retain their cool. Resistant to pressure, truth remains firm and solid and just won’t budge. Truth just is. Have you ever wondered where the term “cold hard truth” originated? Well, maybe we’re on to something.

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Calendar JUNE Through ‘At the Races: Dixie Speedway’ July Presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society, this exhibit chronicles Dixie Speedway’s 45-year history. The exhibit features a pictorial history of owners and operators over the years, especially longtime owners Mickey Swims and family, and drivers. Free admission. 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Saturdays, Historic Marble Courthouse, Suite 140, 100 North St., Canton. 770-345-3288,



Friday Night Live: Dog Days of Summer — Spend the first Friday of every month in Downtown Woodstock and enjoy live music, contests and fun. Plus, downtown merchants will stay open late

and will offer special activities related to the theme of the month. Also, every $10 purchase made at a downtown business during Friday Night Live automatically will register you into a drawing for a $100 Downtown Dollars Gift Certificate. Just bring your receipt for any purchase made at a downtown business during the event to the Woodstock Visitors Center to enter the contest. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Downtown Woodstock.


Gardening Seminar: Heavenly Hydrangeas — Cherokee Master Gardeners will lead this seminar about caring for hydrangeas. Registration is required. 10:00 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-722-7803, Facebook. com/CherokeeMasterGardeners


Northside Hospital Birthday Party Northside Hospital will host its

baby alumni at Atlanta’s largest birthday party. All families of children ever born at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs, Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming are welcome to attend. The event will include free access to the zoo, face painting, arts and crafts, a DJ, dance contests, refreshments, and more. All activities are free to participate; however, family photos with the giant birthday cake will be available for purchase ($5 for two photos). Photo and souvenir proceeds will benefit Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital, a fund that provides financial assistance and support for families with newborns in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. In lieu of paid admission into the zoo, guests attending the birthday party are encouraged to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank by bringing a donation of canned goods, diapers and/or wipes to the event. 6:30-


It’s time to put on your Tea Party Dress, dress up your American Girl, and come to the Cherokee County Historical Society’s very special tea party! The event will include a real tea party for girls and their dolls, a collection of retired dolls on display, doll history trivia, door prizes, and a raffle to win historical doll Kaya. Seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Society’s programs and school tours in the Cherokee County History Museum. 2:00 p.m., Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Hwy., Canton. 770-345-3288,


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Library Events Hickory Flat 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565

8:30 p.m., Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., S.E., Atlanta. Give.Northside. com/BabyAlumni

Rose Creek 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491

Woodstock 7735 Main St., Woodstock, 770-926-5859


Woodstock Public Library 50th Anniversary — In celebration of the library’s 50 years of service, the staff and Friends of the Library will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony to rededicate the Elizabeth D. Johnston Room, named for the prominent community leader who passed away this past December. Donations received in her honor will be used to purchase a special collection of books. The event is open to the public and will include children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments. 3:00 p.m., Woodstock Public Library, 7735 Main St., Woodstock. 770-926-5859

Family Story Time June 10, 17 & 24, 10:30 a.m., Hickory Flat June 10, 17 & 24, 3:00 p.m., Rose Creek June 12, 19 & 26, 3:00 p.m., Woodstock

Special Programs

Summer Reading Club Kickoff with Magician/Comedian Ken Scott June 2, 1:30 p.m., Hickory Flat; 4:30 p.m., Woodstock June 3, 3:00 p.m., Rose Creek Ken Scott has more than 20 years of experience, performing more than 350 shows a year. He has entertained more than 1 million

students; was voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year; performed five times at the White House; and appeared on “CNN Headline News.” This appearance is sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County. Woodstock Public Library 50th Anniversary June 8, 3:00 p.m., Woodstock This year the Woodstock Public Library celebrates 50 years of service to the community of Woodstock and Cherokee County. The staff of the Woodstock Public Library and the Friends of the Library will host a special celebration at its facility; the public is invited to attend. The celebration will include the rededication of the Elizabeth D. Johnston Room and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Elizabeth Johnston, who passed away in December 2013, was a prominent leader in civic, cultural, church and educational activities in Woodstock. Donations received in memory of Mrs. Johnston provided funds to purchase a special collection of books that will be on display. continued on




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Doctor Who Party June 10, 6:00 p.m., Woodstock Participate with other teens in Doctor Who-related activities and crafts while snacking on some TARDIS treats. Dress up as your favorite character! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes! Ages 12-18. Fairy/Dinosaur Garden June 11, 10:30 a.m., Rose Creek Create a magical fairy or prehistoric dinosaur garden out of materials that you could find in your own garden. You will take home a completed garden with fairy or plastic dinosaur. All materials will be provided. Ages 6-12 (children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Registration is required. Bees June 12, 11:00 a.m., Hickory Flat Jeannie and Terry Ross, of Ross Berry Farm and Apiaries Inc., who have been beekeeping for 20 years, will talk about bees, honey, and beeswax products. Gold Panning in Georgia June 12, 4:00 p.m., Rose Creek Gold panner Rob Kelly will share the history of gold panning in Georgia, discussing the spots to pan and demonstrating how to effectively pan for gold. What’s in That Lunch, Anyway? June 18, 10:30 a.m., Woodstock Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre group will present an interactive game show. Participants will learn about healthy eating and active living, all while putting their knowledge to the test! All ages (children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Falling for Gravity June 18, 3:30 p.m., Rose Creek What could be more fun than learning about science with toys? Led by science teacher and Tellus Museum volunteer Sharon Christenson, this program of hands-on experiences will help participants discover why the forces of gravity are so important, with the help of toys from the 15th century on up to toys of today. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Over the Rainbow June 25, 3:30 p.m., Hickory Flat Retired science teacher and Tellus Museum volunteer Sharon Christenson will use prisms and spinning tops to show how light and color make our world so bright. This is a hands-on science activity, and participants will make their own spectroscopes to take home. Ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Gardening: Natives in Landscape June 28, 10:00 a.m., Hickory Flat Cherokee Master Gardeners will present this “Gardening with the Masters” seminar and mini class. Come learn to incorporate wonderful native plants


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The Molly Ringwalds in Concert — The 2014 Woodstock Summer Concert Series continues with The Molly Ringwalds. Other activities will include a moonwalk provided by Colby Chiropractic, face painting, balloon animals and food vendors. Free water will be provided by Momentum Church. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free to the public. 7:30 p.m., The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church VBS — Swing into faith-filled fun at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School! This year’s theme is “Rainforest Adventure.” Kids will soar high into the treetops with toucans, frogs, monkeys, parrots and butterflies all while enjoying games, music, crafts, storytelling and more! VBS is free and will include snacks, crafts and a commemorative T-shirt. Ages 4 (by September)-rising 6th Grade. Registration forms are available at the church or online. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock. 770-924-7286,


Safety Day Camp — Cherokee County Farm Bureau will host Safety Day Camp for area youth ages 8-12. The camp will cover ATV, tractor, animal, bike, gun, electricity, fire, water, severe weather, and Internet safety. In addition, children will be provided lunch, a camp T-shirt and goody bag. Safety Day Camp is free, but registration is required by June 9. 9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m., Lazy D Farm, 848 Bishop Road, Ball Ground. 770-4791481


Gardening Seminar: Beginning Herb Garden — Cherokee Master Gardeners will lead this seminar about planting and caring for herb gardens. Registration is required. 10:00 a.m., Cherokee County Senior Services Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-722-7803, CherokeeMasterGardeners


Movies in the Park — Come out to The Park at City Center for an outdoor movie shown on a 30-foot movie screen! Popcorn, candy, and refreshments also will be available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (PG) will be the featured movie, sponsored by Northside HospitalCherokee and Southern Outdoor Cinema. The movie will start at sundown. 8:50 p.m., 103 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770517-6788,


City on a Hill UMC VBS — City on a Hill United Methodist Church invites kids from age 3 through rising 6th grade to its free Vacation Bible School. At “Weird Animals” VBS, kids will learn how Jesus’ love is one of a kind; participate in memorable Bible-learning activities; sing catchy songs; play team-building games; dig into yummy treats; experience cool Bible adventures; collect Bible Memory Buddies

Calendar to remind them they are one of a kind; and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Register online or by phone. 6:008:30 p.m., 7745 Main St., Woodstock. 678-445-3480,


FBC Woodstock VBS First Baptist Church Woodstock invites kids ages 4 and up (before September 1) to “Jungle Safari” Vacation Bible School. Every elementary student will receive a free gift each day. Register online by June 16. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m., FBC Woodstock, 770-926-4428,

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‘Hairspray Jr.’ Elm Street Cultural Arts Village performers will

star in their own production of Music Theater International’s “Hairspray Jr.,” based on the hit musical and movie, “Hairspray.” The story takes place in Baltimore in 1962, and follows spunky plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad as she is transformed after dancing on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” 7:30 p.m., Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251,


Gardening Seminar: Native Plants That Make Great Garden Plants — Cherokee Master Gardeners will lead this seminar about using native plants in gardening. Registration is required. 10:00 a.m., Rose Creek Library, 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. 770-722-7803, Facebook. com/CherokeeMasterGardeners



FreedomFest — The July 4th celebration will begin with the Woodstock Freedom Run beginning at 7:30 a.m., followed by the parade at Highway 92 at 10:00 a.m. The parade will continue north on Main Street through Downtown Woodstock to Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road. After the parade, come out to The Park at City Center for food, live music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and vendors of all types. The Park at City Center, Downtown Woodstock.,



Business Crave Burgers & Wings has opened its first location in the Centre at Woodstock Shopping Center. Crave Burgers & Wings is a “fast-casual” restaurant developed by John Mercure, Maurice Logan, Lee Kay and Ike Parks of


JMLI Restaurant Holdings LLC, also based in Woodstock. Menu items include “craft-style” Angus beef and specialty burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, sandwiches, and salads. The partners hope to open more restaurants by the end of 2016, as a counter


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WellStar Health Systems has announced its participation in a multi-year, three-pronged initiative launched by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) to improve the treatment of pregnancy-related complications. The first initiative focuses on improving the treatment of obstetric hemorrhage, one of the leading causes of death during labor and delivery. Women in the United States experience greater risk of death from pregnancy-related complications than women in 46 other countries. While two to three women die every day in the United States from pregnancy-related complications, more than half of these deaths are preventable. Research suggests that women who have inductions of labor have a greater risk of experiencing postpartum hemorrhage. African-American women are disproportionately affected by birthing complications, with three to four times more deaths than women of all other racial and ethnic groups. AWHONN’s Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Project has gathered 54 birthing hospitals in Georgia and New Jersey to assess and improve clinical practices. “WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone hospitals are leading the charge for improving pregnancy and delivery care for women in Georgia,” said Deborah Roegge De Vita, vice president, WellStar Women’s and Pediatric Networks. “We’re honored to participate in this initiative for improving health care for women and their newborns.” Supported by a grant from Merck for Mothers, AWHONN’s Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Project is designed to: increase clinician recognition of women at greatest risk of obstetric hemorrhage; increase early recognition of women who are bleeding too much; increase the readiness of clinical team preparedness to successfully respond to obstetric hemorrhage; and improve clinician response to obstetric hemorrhage. Additional practice improvements will include identifying barriers to treating obstetric hemorrhage, sharing clinical best practices, and identifying how to more effectively implement similar improvements in all hospitals in the United States.




Public Safety By Tessa Basford


or me, public safety is the most important service that the City of Woodstock provides, and it is consistently provided with excellence! In fact, I would say the City of Woodstock is the professional home to some of the state’s finest public safety professionals. Public safety is not limited to the police and fire departments, however. Public safety is paramount in all of the jobs that are done in our city, and is the foundation of Woodstock’s success in recent years. Final reports for fiscal year 2013 demonstrated the fiscal commitment to public safety as it relates to our fire and police departments with total expenditures of $7,746,477. This includes personnel, capital expenditures and other expenditures that are all related to the successful operation of these departments and your safety. Although our police and fire departments are combined in this expenditure figure and work together seamlessly when necessary, they are two separate departments within the city with two very distinct, individual roles.

It would take multiple articles to cover all of the public safety services in Woodstock, so, by a flip of a coin, I will start with the police department. The mission of our police department is “to pursue professional excellence by promoting effective partnerships with the community to prevent crime and to enhance the quality of life in Woodstock.” The department’s core values are articulated as professionalism, integrity, service and teamwork. I can tell you from firsthand experience that these are not simply words on paper, but values that are incorporated into each activity and decision that is made by those who work within the department. Our police department is led by Chief Calvin Moss, who is respected within the department and by other city, county and state departments — and, most of all, the community at large — for his integrity, professionalism and leadership. I assure you that if you want to commit a crime, Woodstock is not the place to do it! In 2013, the Woodstock Police Dept. responded to 31,142 calls for service, with the busiest call month being August. Overall crime rates dropped even as Woodstock

experienced incredible growth. Violent crime rates dropped by 57 percent, and property crime rates by 2 percent. We would have seen a larger drop in property crime rates were it not for an increase in larceny from automobiles. To combat automobile break-ins, I encourage you to be a part of Woodstock’s Clean Car Campaign. Every time you leave your car, remember to lock your car and take valuables with you. If you are going to place valuables in your trunk, please do so before arriving at your destination. It is really that simple. If we do our part, we will see a decrease in these types of crimes. Spend time with your family and friends this summer and enjoy all of the many activities Woodstock has to offer! Check out for information about all the happenings right here at home!

Tessa Basford is a member of the Woodstock City Council, Ward 6.



Scoopof by suzanne taylor

If you’re always looking for fun, unique places for a Girls’ Day Out, try these Scoop OTP suggestions.

At One Unique Design at 6679 Hickory Flat Hwy. in Canton, practically everything has been crafted out of something else. Repurposed and recycled is the theme throughout the store. The staff is extremely helpful and creative, and can even help you repurpose an old piece of furniture into something brand new for you!

Winey Blonde Boutique There’s an interesting story behind Winey Blonde Boutique’s name. The mother-daughter owners — both blondes — have “Winey” as their maiden and middle names, so they thought it would be a cute name for the store as well. Winey Blonde Boutique, located at 9327 Hickory Flat Hwy. in Woodstock, carries just about everything a girl likes: jewelry, clothing, bags, gifts, home décor, children’s and baby gifts, and an impressive selection of items for embroidery and other personalization. They are happy to giftwrap for you. One Unique Design Best Dang Bakery Around With more than 100 dealers and 50,000 square feet of showroom,

Woodstock Market at 5500 Bells Ferry Road in Acworth has a vast selection of items for everyone. Hand-painted furniture, salvaged hardware and signs, handmade items, and vintage furniture are just some of the treasures you can find at the Woodstock Market. Individual dealers do a great job at keeping their inventory fresh and new. The market also has a café if you work up an appetite.

If you spend your entire Girls’ Day Out visiting all of these places, you won’t have time to whip something up for dinner. Best Dang Bakery Around, located at 9539 Hwy. 92 in Woodstock, has much more than just baked goods. Pick up a ready-to-go meal and one of their delicious desserts for your family!

Scoop of Life finds are compiled by Scoop OTP owners Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp. For more Outside The Perimeter “Scoop,” visit


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Community Feature Local Club Donates Stuffed Animals for Children The Cherokee County Teen Republicans collected and distributed more than 220 stuffed animals to the Woodstock Police Dept., Canton Police Dept., Holly Springs Police Dept., Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Anna Crawford Center recently. The stuffed animals were donated to the different agencies to give to children when they must be removed from their homes under extreme circumstances. Cherokee County Teen Republicans hope the stuffed animals will serve as a “friend” to the children and help them through tough situations.

North Georgia Titans Win State Championship

Cole Ross (left), Victoria Knowles and Ashley Sheridan with Cherokee Teen Republicans present the club’s donation of 220 stuffed animals to Jerry Cooper, county manager; Chief Calvin Moss, Woodstock Police; and Chief Robert Merchant, Canton Police.

North Georgia Titans are the new state champions for the AAU 7th Grade Girls division. The team, comprised of 7th-grade girls from Cherokee, Pickens and Gilmer counties, beat out seven other teams in the tournament, held recently in LaGrange, Ga. The North Georgia Titans practice in Cherokee County and play in tournaments around the state. Head coach is Stacey Williams, with Scott Kiser and Teresa Blankinship as assistant coaches.

Pictured (left to right, front row) are: Olivia Herrera, Jacqueline Stephens, Leda Tidwell, Torie Williams, Makenzy Blankinship; (back row): Teresa Blankinship, Lacie McCoy, Mary Lee Callihan, Stacey Williams, Jenna Edwards, Mallory Kiser and Scott Kiser.

Be the first to find the photo where these pieces belong! Please email to submit your answer. Be sure to include the magazine title, your name and contact information (address, phone & email). Only emailed answers with full information will be accepted. Individuals can win only once per calendar year. Happy Hunting!

Congratulations to our May winner, Bette Kubow!



Community Feature Race Raises $10,800 to Combat Malaria The “Malaria Bites” 5K Run/Walk, hosted recently by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodstock, raised $10,800 for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ECLA) Malaria Campaign. “A child dies from malaria every minute,” said Kristin Brenneman, outreach coordinator for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. “In a few short hours, Good Shepherd, and the entire community, was able to raise more than $10,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign,” she explained, adding the campaign’s goal is to raise $15 million by the year 2015.

Runners lead the pack at the starting line of the Malaria Bites 5K, which raised more than $10,000 to combat malaria.

While Good Shepherd Lutheran Church raised $5,400 on or before race day, the total donated to the Malaria Campaign grew to $10,800, thanks to a matching program available through the ELCA. The money will help provide insecticide treatments, test kits, education and treatment for those in danger of contracting the deadly disease. Deaths from malaria have dropped by 25 percent since the ELCA joined the World Health Organization in its effort to eradicate malaria. The fastest runners/walkers in age divisions received a medal. The overall male runner trophy was awarded to Mike Stafford of Marietta, with a time of 17:02:00, while the overall female runner trophy went to Caitlyn Farrell of Canton, with a time of 21:42:00. “The real winners are the women and young children who can now be protected, especially those in Naimibia, where the ELCA hopes to start a program to prevent and treat malaria,” Brenneman said.


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Tax Policy

for the 21st Century S

By Senator Brandon Beach

ince being elected as your State Senator, I have been laser-focused on jobs, jobs, jobs. This was the centerpiece of my campaign. I believe it is not the role of government to create jobs; it is the private sector that creates jobs. What government can do is create an environment that is conducive to attracting new jobs. Government does this by getting out of the way of the private sector and getting back to basics. The basics are providing an adequate clean water supply, excellent education, a transportation system that reduces congestion and increases mobility, and a tax system that brings Georgia into the 21st century on corporate taxes and property taxes. In earlier columns I have written about water, education, and transportation; now I will focus on taxes. A recent poll of Georgia citizens conducted by Survey USA stated their number one issue is jobs. We need to review our entire tax policy in the state. We need to make sure that all business tax credits and incentives are producing jobs. Below are some ideas on tax policy that would be beneficial to both business and the state: • • •

Review and eliminate tax credits and exemptions that are not producing economic benefit (jobs). Cut tax rates or add tax credits that provide incentives for starting, growing, and keeping companies in Georgia. Develop a tax policy to create jobs so that all the talented graduates from Georgia’s University System can find employment in the state. (It is folly to spend all the state tax dollars we do to subsidize our higher education system and then lose the best and brightest to out-of-state jobs.) Reduce or remove the local tax on inventory to increase investment in distribution center business in Georgia.

We also need to visit the property-tax policy. The property tax is the only tax on an unrealized capital gain, and the only entity deciding that gain is local county government, which has an interest in maximizing what it considers to be the gain — not the market. We need serious reform of Georgia’s property-tax system. We need strong conservative leadership and the courage to make the tough decisions that would lead to economic prosperity and a better quality of life for all Cherokee County citizens.

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



You don’t have to be a “foodie” or an experienced cook to appreciate local farmers markets. While popular for their fresh, locally grown, organic fruits, vegetables and other foods, farmers markets offer something for virtually everyone — artisan crafts and jewelry; bath soaps and candles; flowers, plants and herbs; homemade jams, jellies and sauces; cooking and gardening demonstrations; children’s activities; live entertainment; and so much more! Farmers markets contribute to the local economy by supporting independent, local vendors. And, farmers markets have a special way of creating “community” within the community. As local organizers explained, “The connection between customers and farmers is an experience unique to farmers markets, not something you can find at grocery stores. Farmers markets are a great way to bring local farmers, families, friends and neighbors together.” Visit your local farmers markets to experience a “fresh” approach to food and fun! 18

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Canton Farmers Market 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturdays through October 25 Cannon Park, Downtown Canton 770-704-1529, In addition to fresh produce, plants, baked goods and local crafts, Canton Farmers Market features live music and other activities each week. Special topics will include art demonstrations, eating farm to table, gardening tips from Cherokee Master Gardeners, and more.

Cherokee Fresh Market 8:30-11:30 a.m., Saturdays, June 7-August 30 362 Stringer Road, Canton; 678-491-5843 Sponsored by the Cherokee County office of Georgia Farm Bureau, Cherokee Fresh Market offers fresh, locally grown produce, eggs, bread, honey, jams and preserves, crafts and jewelry. It is located on the Cagle Family Farm, with farm tours at 10:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Vendor spaces (free, with tables) are still available. Don’t miss these special events: Tractor Day, July 19; Pie Day, July 26; and Pie Finals, August 30.

Cherokee Market Farm Fresh Produce 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., daily 4864 Cumming Hwy., Canton; 770-755-0736 Currently located at the historic Bell’s store building on the corner of Union Hill and Highway 20 (Cumming Highway) in Canton, Cherokee Market Farm Fresh Produce is open daily. All produce comes fresh from the Georgia State Farmers Market several times a week, along with fresh seafood from Tom’s Awesome Seafood and grass-fed meats and dairy products from Carlton Farms once a week. Local vendors also deliver fresh-baked breads, cakes, pies and brownies. The market is known for its old-fashioned charm, including old-fashioned bottles of Nehi, RC and other soft drinks on ice in an old-fashioned Coca-Cola cooler. Visit the new location coming soon at 11611 Cumming Hwy., Lathemtown.

River Church Farmers Market 2:00-6:00 p.m., Tuesdays, through October 28 2335 Sixes Road, Canton Fresh, homemade tamales, artisan breads, fancy fruit sorbet, premium pork (hormone-, steroid- and antibioticfree), pasture-raised poultry, and Colombian food by



GG’s Kitchen are just a sampling of the great things you’ll find here. Check the market’s website and Facebook page for a listing of special events, including a pie baking and eating contest on June 17 and a salsa festival in July.

Waleska Farmers Market 3:00-7:00 p.m., Thursdays, through September 4 (no market July 3) Hwy. 140 / Hwy. 108, parking lot at Reinhardt University, Waleska; 770-720-5988 Reinhardt University faculty Elizabeth Smith and Reinhardt Horticulturalist Zach White started Waleska Farmers Market five years ago. New this year is the Waleska Farmers Market Shopper Rewards Program. Patrons who spend $100 at the market will win a market tote bag and be entered into a drawing on July 10 for a $25 cash prize. Pick up a rewards card from the market manager to track your spending. Special events will include “Waleska Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Night,” June 19; “Putt Putt for Produce,” July 10; “Pie Day Challenge,” July 24; and “Salsa Challenge,” August 7. Cherokee Masters Gardeners also will offer free tips June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18.

Woodstock Farmers Market 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturdays, through October 25 Market Street, Downtown Woodstock 4:30-8:00 p.m., Tuesdays, through October 28 The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock; 770-924-0406 FarmersMarket.aspx A group of volunteers started the Woodstock Farmers Market six years ago with approximately 10 vendors. Now with 35-45 vendors — and a new market added on Tuesdays at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta — this year’s Woodstock Farmers Market is expected to be bigger than ever! In addition to fresh, local produce, baked goods and other items, the market will include educational demonstrations by Cherokee County Farm Bureau on the first Saturday and first Tuesday of the month, and cooking demonstrations by local chefs on the third Saturday of the month. Cherokee Masters Gardeners also will offer free tips June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6. 20

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Community Feature Etowah High Student Wins Travel Award Katherine Morawa, a junior at Etowah High School, has won the 2014 Junior Travel Award for her achievement on the National Spanish Examination and for her excellent skills in the Spanish language. The award is valued at more than $3,000, and is only awarded to 16 students from across the United States from among the 160,000 students who take the exam each year. The award provides eligible students the opportunity to travel and experience the culture of a Spanish-speaking country. It includes Katherine Morawa round-trip transportation from the student’s home airport to Spain, transportation and guided excursions while in Spain, hotel stays and most meals. Katherine will travel to Spain in July with the other 15 winners.

CCSD Educators Win Georgia PTA District 13 Awards Local educators were among those honored by the Georgia PTA for District 13 during its annual awards ceremony, held recently at Sequoyah High School. Cherokee County School District (CCSD) educators receiving awards include: Sequoyah High School Principal Elliott Berman, Lifetime Achievement Award; River Ridge HS Principal Darrell Herring, High School Principal of the Year; Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Principal Jennifer Scrivner, Elementary School Principal of the Year; and Jeff Bennett of River Ridge High School, Outstanding Educator Award. The winners also were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at a recent board meeting.

River Ridge High Recognizes New JROTC Unit Commander

Pictured (left to right): River Ridge High School Junior ROTC current student Unit Commander John Bowling, teacher Lt. Col. Brian M. Studley, and incoming student Unit Commander Cadet Major Kaitlyn Andraschko

Cadet Major Kaitlyn Andraschko has been selected as the new unit commander for the River Ridge High School Junior ROTC Program Corps of Cadets. Kaitlyn will serve in the student leadership role and will be responsible for leading and managing more than 100 cadets in the program. Kaitlyn hopes to attend West Point or Norwich University. She will be joined in Corps leadership by Vice Commander Cadet Capt. Javier Alvarenga and Executive Officer Cadet 2nd Lt. Trace Mackay.

Woodstock’s Parth Patel Selected for National Conference Parth Patel, a junior at Woodstock High School, is one of only 50 students from the United States and two other countries chosen to attend the Henry Clay Statesmanship Student Congress this summer at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. Students are selected based on: excellent academic performance; participation in relevant coursework and extra-curricular activities; a record of integrity, service and leadership; strong writing skills; and an endorsement from his or her high school. Named for the “The Great Compromiser” statesman, who served in state and national elected offices and as U.S. Secretary of State (1825-1829), the week-long event promotes public leadership by educating students about Clay and how issues of today could be resolved through compromise, consensus building and conflict resolution. Students also will attend a debate in the Kentucky State Capitol, tour Ashland Estate (Henry Clay’s Estate), visit Three Chimneys Farm, and enjoy a tour and dinner at the Governor’s Mansion. All expenses are paid by The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.





By Lynn Struck

1 can whole kernel corn 1 can French-style green beans 1 can Cream of Chicken soup ½ cup sour cream 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 cup finely chopped green pepper 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped celery 1 stick butter 1-1½ sleeves Ritz crackers

*Substitute canned vegetables for fresh, if desired.

Preparation Heat oven to 400. Combine all ingredients (except Ritz crackers and butter) in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed. Place stick of butter in a 9x11-inch casserole dish and heat until completely melted. Place the casserole mixture into the baking dish and bake about 45 minutes, stirring once at about 30 minutes. Casserole should be very bubbly when ready to remove from oven.

Recipe is from the “Gatherings & Traditions Cookbook,” produced by the Service League of Cherokee County. The Service League of Cherokee County has been working to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County since 1935. In addition to the cookbook, the organization’s fundraising efforts include the annual Riverfest arts and crafts festival; “Run for the Children” 5K Walk/1-mile Fun Run; and Annual Ball, featuring the “Dancing for the Children” competition.”


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Crumble Ritz crackers over top of casserole. Place casserole back in oven (on broil) for an additional three minutes to brown the Ritz cracker crust. Use caution not to overbrown the cracker crust. Casserole is best if allowed to sit for about 15 minutes before serving.

Electrical Panels & Systems on Your Home By Fred Hawkins Your home is one of the most expensive investments you will ever make. Just as your body needs routine checkups by a professional, your electrical panel and electrical system need to be inspected each year by a professional. The panel box is one of the most important parts of a home’s electrical system. With proper maintenance by a licensed electrician, the panel box can last for many years without problems. Some points to check include: • All connections on the panel box should be tight. • Panel should be protected by a main breaker (of appropriate size). • Panel and house should be grounded properly.

• Breaker should match the panel and meet current code requirements. • All aluminum wires should be tightened and an antioxidant substance like No Lox applied. • Breakers should match the wire size so they will trip before the wire burns.

The home’s general electrical system should also be inspected and maintained yearly by a licensed electrician. Electrical issues to check include: • Does the home have GFI and Arch Fault Protection in all required areas, and are they operating properly? • Are there tamper-resistant outlets in all required areas to protect the safety of small children? • Are there smoke and CO2 detectors in all required areas, and are they operating correctly? • Are electrical outlets and switches grounded to prevent electrical shock? • Are all outlets and switches (including lights and ceiling fans) operational, have

protective plates, and wires are tight? • Is there any exposed or spliced wiring in the attic or basement? Note: Do not use extension cords for wiring, as this could pose an electrical hazard. • Are there two circuits for your kitchen outlets, and are they on GFI protection? Any outlets within six feet of a sink or tub require GFI protection. • Do the microwave, dishwasher, furnaces, air conditioners, washer, dryer and disposal have dedicated circuits to operate properly?

Routine yearly maintenance by a licensed electrician can save you money and provide peace of mind that your home and family are safe.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136,



The Importance of

Protective Eyewear for Sports Safety By Kyle Edwards, O.D.

their vision during sports activities. Today’s protective eyewear market offers many choices that allow athletes to play safely and look good at the same time. Here are some important tips from Prevent Blindness America on the importance of protective eyewear during sports.

When I was growing up, there was not much of an emphasis on protecting the eyes during sporting competitions. At that time many did not have the knowledge of how simple protective sports eyewear could help prevent eye injury and, in many cases, save vision and prevent blindness in the unfortunate event of a serious sportsrelated eye injury.

Tips for Keeping Kids’ Eyes Safe During Spring/Summer Sports

According to Prevent Blindness America, each year an estimated 25,000 kids nationwide under the age of 15 have sports-related eye injuries, most of which are preventable. Today, many individuals and parents are diligent in making sure they and their children properly protect


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Children in sports need protective eyewear, just as they need helmets and protective padding. Balls, bats and jabs from other participants can cause both temporary injuries and long-term vision problems — even cataracts and blindness. Choose protective eyewear with wrap-around frames to protect the eyes from all sides. Regular eyeglasses and sunglasses don’t protect the eyes, because they are not strong enough to withstand flying objects and hard blows. You can get protective glasses with or without a prescription; just be sure the lenses are both impact- and scratch-resistant.

Sun exposure damages the eyes, so kids need protection from both UVA and UVB rays with either goodquality sunglasses or protective eyewear. If the labels don’t specify UVA and UVB protection levels, you can find out how protective the products are by having your eye doctor check the UV blockage with a spectrophotometer.

These tips can help you and your family remain as safe as possible when engaging in sports this spring and summer.

Dr. Kyle Edwards is an optometrist at Edwards Eye Care in Woodstock. 770-479-0222,

Beautiful Hair at Any Age

By Jyl Craven

LIFESTYLE The words “aging” and “beauty” are not a contradiction. As science learns more about the human body, age truly is becoming simply a number. Skin care has been the focus for much of this advancement, but hair care has recently taken center stage. Since hair plays such a large role in revealing or concealing your age, it’s important to understand how aging changes your hair. The following tips can help you achieve healthy, vibrant hair.

Beauty begins on the inside; as you get older, your body needs additional nutrients. If you’re having hair trouble, vitamins may be a good place to start. Since thinning hair is a by-product of age, consider taking Biotin, a supplement known to help hair grow faster and retain its thickness. Folic acid and vitamin A help keep gray hair at bay. CoQ10 brings back the elasticity and body in your hair. There are also supplements meant specifically for your hair that provide added nutrients, such as taurine, zinc, grape seed extract, and green tea, that will strengthen hair follicles. Figure out what your hair needs and take your daily dose. Hair care products made specifically for anti-aging are another thing to consider. Just as your body needs more care as you get older, so does your hair. Hair gets drier and more brittle as you age, so look for products with ingredients like peptides, ceramide, green tea, and camellia oil for added moisture and strength. Also, be sure to protect your hair from the sun by using products with a UV filter. Add a weekly conditioning treatment to your hair regiment and consider regular scalp treatments. Think of these as a workout that will get you shinier, stronger hair.

“Just as your body needs more care as you get older, so does your hair.”

Having a cut and color that suits your hair, skin tone and face shape is vital to looking your best. As you get older, all of these factors change, so don’t get stuck in a rut. Get highlights to blend your gray if you only have a few scattered strands, or go to full color if you need more coverage. Get a cut that helps with the problems that come with older hair. Add layers or a shorter length if it begins to thin, or add bangs to create more contrast. Talk to your hair stylist about finding the best look for you.

Most importantly, don’t assume that older means you can’t look fabulous. With the right tools, your birthday can be another excuse to party! Keep everyone guessing about how many candles are on the cake — and making their own wish for hair as great as yours!

Jyl Craven is the owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design in Canton. 770-345-9411,




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A Father’s Love By Crystal Bryant

I didn’t celebrate Father’s Day much as a child. By the age of 7, I was fatherless, in the literal sense. However, I was very close to my grandfather. He helped raise me, gave me a place to live, food to eat, and even bought me a flute for band and a dress for a dance. As an adult, I often think back to the bad example my grandfather had. He had one toy his entire life — a teddy bear — and regularly was beaten by his father and eldest brother. If you mentioned God, or, heaven forbid, got caught with a bible, it was another beating. Yet, as an adult, my grandfather never raised his hand to anyone. He was kind to everyone and everything that crossed his path. He provided for his family and was gracious in ways most people couldn’t understand. He was the best example I could ever imagine of a good father, and grandfather. He expected me to perform any tasks he gave me to the best of my ability, without whining or complaining, and there was no such thing as “allowance.” He corrected me when I said or did something wrong, and made it clear what his expectations were. But, I never doubted his authority or his motives. My grandfather told me only once, when I was 3 years old, that he loved me. My grandmother told me I’m the only person she knows of, including herself, to whom he ever said that. In the harsh environment in which he was raised, a person’s actions spoke the clearest — and every day he made it clear that he loved me. Although we didn’t talk about issues of faith, he was one of the best examples of Christ I’ve ever known. He spoke volumes through his silence. He expressed love in his patience and investment of time. Happy Father’s Day to all the men who express care and value in ways no words can truly express.

Crystal Bryant is the wife of Pastor Chris Bryant at City On A Hill United Methodist Church in Woodstock. She is involved in women’s, prayer and children’s ministries. 678-445-3480,




Academic, social & creative development in early education By Michelle Martin l Photos courtesy of


hen it comes to your child’s education, those early foundational years play a vital role, not only in cognitive development but also social and creative development. The Goddard

School in Hickory Flat/Canton, part of a national franchise of more than 400 Goddard Schools across the country, takes a “whole child” approach to learning, incorporating a variety of activities that encourage exploration, stimulation, curiosity, creativity and interaction as part of its curriculum to make learning fun. The Goddard School’s unique approach is designed to “nurture your child into a joyful, confident learner who is successful in school and in life.”


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Mary Kay Buquoi, Ed.S., who taught kindergarten in metro Atlanta for eight years, was so impressed with her young daughter’s experience at The Goddard School that she wanted to run her own center. “I firmly believe in The Goddard School’s education philosophy, because I saw my daughter thrive in it,” she says. “I had always dreamed of owning a preschool. The Goddard School’s emphasis on early education matched my own ideas about early education, so my husband and I talked about it and decided to make the dream a reality.” Buquoi and her husband purchased the Hickory Flat/Canton Goddard School franchise in July 2011. As Buquoi explains, The Goddard School’s “child-centered learning” is tailored to each child’s individual academic and social development needs, not necessarily according to age. “Our measurement is development and ability rather than an age cutoff,” she says. “We won’t hold a child back from pre-kindergarten or kindergarten if he’s ready. We assess each child individually to determine the best classroom placement. Parents appreciate that The Goddard School isn’t just a cookie-cutter preschool, that we offer a better academic program that mixes flexibility and creativity in their child’s early education.” The Goddard School offers programs for infants through kindergarten, as well as after-school programs up to age 12. Daily learning activities based on The Goddard School’s own FLEX curriculum (a Fun Learning Experience) cover eight core subjects — Personal and Social Development; Language

and Literacy; Mathematical Thinking; Scientific Thinking; Social Studies; Creative Expression; and Physical Development — that are essential to nurturing academic skills, social skills, creativity and confidence for well-rounded development. What makes FLEX unique and so effective, Buquoi explains, is that teachers are not “boxed in” to set lesson plans. “We encourage teachers to be flexible and creative,” she says. “If a student finds a neat bug outside and all the other students become fascinated by it, for instance, it’s OK for the teacher to let the children explore and learn more about the bug back in the classroom. Our goal is to help children learn by engaging them in activities that are fun, peak their curiosity and help them to think for themselves — however teachers find it works best for their students.”

• Private Preschool for Infants-Age 6

Technology plays a big part in how The Goddard School at Hickory Flat/ Canton engages children. One of the most popular learning tools is the ActivBoard by Promethean, an interactive board that allows students to access ready-to-use educational activities, tools and resources, and fosters collaborative classroom learning. “Students age 2 and up here use the ActivBoard for all types of learning, including learning the alphabet, numbers and handwriting,” Buquoi says. “The kids love it, and it really helps them to learn to interact socially and work together.” The school soon will have a similar ActivTable as a second interactive learning tool for students.

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• Pre-Kindergarten • Kindergarten • After-School Programs up to Age 12 • Educational, Social & Creative Development • FLEX Curriculum (a Fun Learning Experience)

• Middle States Corporate Accreditation • Certified, Caring, Trained Teachers • Secured Access & Video Monitors for Safety

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We’re more than just teachers, though; we’re all family. We know what’s going on at home and are here to help whenever, however we can.” — Mary Kay Buquoi

the safety of children and teachers. Parents must sign in and out, as well as enter a password when entering the school each day; any others authorized to pick up must present two forms of identification. The school also is monitored with five outside and three inside security cameras. “We take the safety of our students seriously,” Buquoi says, noting that they practice safety and fire drills regularly. “In addition, we have a good relationship with local law enforcement and meet with them twice a year to get their recommendations for extra safety and security measures.” Just as The Goddard School values safety, it sets high standards for teachers as well. Lead teachers have a degree in early childhood education (or related field), and all teachers are trained through The Goddard School’s exclusive Goddard Systems University. This training program coaches teachers in Goddard’s 30

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approach to health and safety, curriculum, developmental guidelines, and enrichment programs to ensure that teachers provide Goddard’s high standards for academic, developmental and physical care for all children. “Our teachers, including myself, are very dedicated and in tune with our students,” Buquoi says. “We’re more than just teachers, though; we’re all family. We know what’s going on at home and are here to help whenever, however we can. Many of our students are here 10-12 hours every day, so parents trust us to be their partner.” Buquoi understands what parents expect from The Goddard School because she is a Goddard parent herself. Both of Buquoi’s children, ages 5 and 18 months, attend The Goddard School every day. “Wearing two hats as parent and owner gives me a unique perspective,” she says. “Being a parent of students here allows me to see what the other parents see. And because I’m both professionally and personally

invested in The Goddard School, I take care in hiring teachers that I would feel comfortable teaching and caring for my own children.” Buquoi is involved every day in every part of The Goddard School Hickory Flat/ Canton — greeting parents in the mornings, visiting all the classrooms, and helping the staff and parents however she can. “It’s important to me to be a part of what’s going on and connect with the parents. This isn’t just my business; this is my school. Parents want the best education for their children, and they chose The Goddard School because they believe in us — just like I believed in The Goddard School for my own children, and wanted to provide that same Goddard experience for other children.”

The Goddard School 140 Foster Road, Woodstock


A New Confederate

Jasmine By Louise Estabrook

We are all still recovering from the recent freezes and all the damage that has been done to our landscape plants. Most of the cold-damaged plants I see every year are damaged because they are not hardy in our region. Take Confederate jasmine as an example. This popular plant has graced many a porch or arbor in the southern areas of our state. Until recently, however, it was subject to cold injury when planted this far north. Fortunately, a new Confederate jasmine variety is available that’s hardy in north Georgia. Confederate jasmine is an old favorite. A native of China, the plant has been grown for centuries by gardeners in both Europe and the United States. Its popularity around southern homes earned it the name Confederate jasmine. This relatively new Confederate jasmine variety is called “Madison” and it’s hardy throughout USDA zone 7. It has all the typical allurements of Confederate jasmine, but is even more sweetly scented. The Madison Confederate jasmine is a fast-growing ornamental vine. It has a twining growth habit and can reach up to 40 feet at maturity. Provide a lattice or other support as it climbs arbors, canopies, and porches. Madison Confederate jasmine can be used as a ground cover as well. Very little maintenance is required when used as a ground cover. You just have to plant it in an area where you can mow or trim around the edges to keep it in bounds. Madison Confederate jasmine has phlox-like flowers on short stalks. The blooms are creamy white and open in the spring. The star-shaped flowers are borne on the previous season’s growth. Madison Confederate jasmine does well in full sun or even in partial shade. It seems to flourish in both moist and dry soils, but it does not like “wet feet.” Be sure to avoid overwatering the plant. We may still get surprised with an unseasonably late freeze, but Madison Confederate jasmine is a dependable vine you can count on to survive the typical cold weather of north Georgia.

Louise Estabrook is the Agricultural and Natural Resources agent for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. 770-721-7803,



Community Partners

Senior Services Cherokee County

Cherokee County Senior Services serves as a community focal point for the delivery and coordination of comprehensive social, nutritional, assistance and informational services to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. Established in 1975, Cherokee County Senior Services is a nonprofit organization that provides a range of services to the older adults in Cherokee County through local and state resources. Cherokee County Senior Services coordinates the Meals-On-Wheels program, which provides nutritional meals to Cherokee County seniors who are either homebound or nutritionally challenged. In addition, Cherokee County Senior Services also assists senior adults in finding appropriate and affordable housing, transportation, medical and dental services, just to name a few. The Information and Assistance Dept. (770-345-5320 or 770-3455312) is available on weekdays to answer questions and provide contact information for other community resources. Got questions about Medicare? Get answers from GeorgiaCares. A representative is available the fourth Monday of each month at Cherokee County Senior Services to answer questions and provide information on Medicare, prescription drug plans, longterm care insurance, and more. The service is free and there is no selling. An appointment is required and space is limited; call 770-345-

7515 to schedule an appointment. Caregiver Support Group meetings are available to persons who are providing care to a loved one either at home or in a facility. Each meeting addresses a topic related to caregiving. The support group provides an opportunity for caregivers to speak with others who are in similar situations. Some topics for discussion presented at each meeting include Alzheimer’s, dementia, elder care services, home health, veteran’s benefits, assisted living facilities, and much more. Refreshments are served and meetings are scheduled at various times. To learn more, call Stacy Jones at 770-3455312 or email Looking for something to do? The Congregate Meal Program provides seniors ages 60 and older a hot, nutritious meal along with enjoyable activities designed to provide social, mental, and physical stimulation. Meals are nutritionally balanced, low in sodium and provide onethird of the recommended daily allowances for adults over age 60. Activities include bingo, arts and crafts, parties, and much more. The Canton group meets 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; Tuesdays in Waleska; Wednesdays in Ball Ground; and Thursdays in the Bells Ferry area. Seniors age 60 and older meet for fun, friendship, activities and education. To find out how you can join the fun, call 770-345-2675.

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Dealing with

Dental Anxiety in Children By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. The dental office can be an intimidating environment for adults, so you can imagine the anxiety it can cause in some children. Fortunately, pediatric dentists have specialized training during their two-year residency, which includes various tactics for creating a calm, happy dental visit for children. Most pediatric dental offices offer enjoyable distractions for children, including television, video games, and child-friendly décor. Pediatric dentists use child-friendly jargon to explain to young patients what will occur during the dental visit. Many will utilize the “Tell-Show-Do” method. An example of this would be to name a dental instrument, then to show how it works

(possibly by placing against the child’s hand), then to use the instrument in the dental procedure. Another technique that is used is “modeling.” In this technique, an anxious patient is paired with a non-anxious patient of the same age. Any time the patient responds in a cooperative manner, the dentist and staff praise him or her. Dental rewards are often given to the child at the end of the visit to further reinforce a positive experience. The goal is to create as many positive experiences as possible to ease any anxiety. It is best to begin creating these experiences at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

recommends a child’s first dental visit within 6 months of the first tooth erupting, or at the age of 1 (whichever occurs first). These early experiences serve to introduce young patient to the dental office. The first visit may only involve the dentist counting the child’s teeth, but it can help the child develop a positive attitude about the dentist. As a parent, you can help to prevent the need for dental treatment by instilling great oral hygiene in your child. The simple act of brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily can help to prevent your child from developing dental anxiety. Studies show that parents with good oral hygiene habits pass these habits along to their children. So, practice what you preach and be a good role model for your child!

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



CCSD Celebrates

Successes By Janet Read

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is constantly striving to ensure its students are ready to compete nationally and internationally. Although it seems like a moving target, we are steadily improving each year.That progress was measured in a very tangible way at River Ridge High School (RRHS) recently, when the RRHS Marching Knights were invited to participate in the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade! This will be the 30th anniversary of the famed parade that features more than 8,500 participants and nearly half a million spectators.The invitation was issued personally by Bob Bone, executive director of the parade, and Duncan Sands, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster, both of whom talked during their school visit about the pageantry of the parade and the historic significance of the parade route as it winds through Westminster. I am so proud of the Marching Knights and the entire RRHS community for receiving such a prestigious honor. I know they will make us all proud as they continue to rehearse and to make plans to “travel across the pond” and represent not only their school but also the entire CCSD family! CCSD celebrated some other “firsts” as well.The Cherokee Education Foundation hosted the first Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony recently, recognizing outstanding volunteers and community partners from each of our schools.These people give of their time and money to make sure that our students have everything they need to be successful.We are fortunate to live in such a caring community that continues to make students’ success a priority. Also, Boston Elementary School recognized their first fifth grade inductees of the new Beta Club.This is the first time in 13 years that fifth-grade students have attended Boston ES. It was only fitting that their theme for fifth grade was “Leaving a Legacy.” I know that the 22 Beta Club members will leave a legacy not only at Boston ES but also at Booth MS, Etowah HS and beyond. Congratulations to all of you!

Janet Read is chair of the CCSD board. 770-516-1444,


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eth Simati, M.D., with North Fulton Primary Care-Wylie Bridge, knew from an early age that she wanted to practice medicine. “Somehow, I just always knew that I wanted to be a doctor,” she says. “When I was really little, I thought I wanted to be a doctor of animals, a veterinarian, but then I learned that I would have to put animals to sleep. Around age 12, I decided that I wanted to help people instead. I have never wavered in that decision, and I love what I do!” Dr. Simati graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and completed a residency in family medicine at Tacoma Family Medicine in Tacoma, Wash. She is board-certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. “I chose family medicine because I wanted to have a broad scope in my ability to help people,” she says. “I enjoy seeing people of all ages and stages of life, a mix of healthy checkups and sick visits.” At North Fulton Primary CareWylie Bridge, Dr. Simati provides compassionate care to all patients — from infants to geriatric adults. She spends time getting to know patients individually to understand how to best treat their individual medical needs. As a part of the North Fulton Hospital network, North Fulton Primary Care-Wylie Bridge offers


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a wide variety of services and specialties to patients. Dr. Simati’s comprehensive family medicine care covers a broad range of conditions, including routine physicals, management of chronic conditions, colds, bladder infections, and more. In addition, North Fulton Primary Care-Wylie Bridge performs on-site laboratory testing, including Urodynamics.

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Dr. Simati also is active in the community, often providing health screenings and sports physicals through community outreach programs. A native of Oregon, she lives in Roswell with her husband and two young boys. Dr. Simati believes her experience as a mother helps her in her role as a physician as well. “I think we all draw from our own experiences when we relate to others,” she says. “Being a mother helps me relate to other mothers on both the medical side and through practical life changes. My perspective as a mother allows me to speak from experience when giving advice to parents about issues with their children.”

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The most rewarding part of Dr. Simati’s work as a physician, she says, are the relationships with patients and their families. “I learn from my patients every day, and I hope they learn from me. That is what really drives me and keeps me coming back day after day.”

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orthside Hospital-Cherokee continues its commitment to the community by balancing clinical excellence with safe, highquality, compassionate care. In fact, the hospital has been recognized for doing just that by the nation’s leading healthcare organizations. Throughout an expanding network of state-ofthe-art medical facilities in Canton, Holly Springs and Woodstock (Towne Lake), Northside offers a wide variety of services, including cardiology, emergency, cancer care, radiology, surgery, women’s services, and much more. Award-Winning Patient Care In 2013, Northside Hospital-Cherokee was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. The hospital was recognized for its exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Northside Hospital-Cherokee also was named to Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll. Alongside Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth, the three hospitals are among only 25 Georgia hospitals to be placed in the Chairman’s category, the highest on the list. Excellence in Cardiovascular Care Northside Hospital-Cherokee is an accredited Chest Pain Center and was recertified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center in 2013. The hospital also achieved the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Performance Achievement Award, recognizing its commitment and success in heart attack care.

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In addition, Northside Hospital-Cherokee and Northside Cherokee Cardiology were accredited in nuclear cardiology by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. In May 2013, Northside HospitalCherokee added a second suite to its Cardiac Catheterization/ Interventional Radiology Laboratory and expanded its services to include the latest in vascular surgery services. Northside’s Heart and Vascular Institute is the only program in the nation equipped to treat high-risk patients with custom-modified endografts for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm. Patients also have access to a wider array of options for cardiac testing and treatment, including angioplasty. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Replacement Hospital Northside Hospital-Cherokee is committed to advancing healthcare in Cherokee County, and looks forward to continuing to offer these services at the new Northside Hospital-Cherokee replacement hospital. In October 2013, the new Northside Cherokee Boulevard opened between Highways 20 and 140, which will bring the community to the new hospital. Site preparation is well under way for the project, which will include the hospital, a distinct Women’s

Center, a multi-specialty medical office building (MOB) and cancer center, a 600-space parking deck and 300 surface parking spaces. In the meantime, Northside continues to improve and expand its existing facilities to better meet the needs of patients. In the last year, the hospital completed renovation of several patient units and expanded its parking lot, adding 160 spaces. In September 2013, Northside proudly opened its newest state-of-the-art facility, the Northside-Cherokee Towne Lake Medical Campus, located at 900 Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock. The 100,817-square-foot, four-story, medical office building houses a wide variety of outpatient healthcare services and physician practices, representing numerous medical specialties. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Plastic Surgery Center of the South Advancements in Plastic Surgery Patients come to Plastic Surgery Center of the South because they want to improve their appearance and self-image. They may want a younger, more refreshed look, or to remove stubborn areas of fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise. Plastic Surgery Center of the South can enhance and contour body and facial features to give patients the look they desire. The most significant development in plastic surgery for any area of the body is minimally invasive procedures that leave little scarring. This applies to facial, breast, and body procedures. Fat injection to the breasts, buttocks and other areas is also very popular. Botox and other fillers, including Voluma, Radiesse, Restylane and Juvederm, provide facial rejuvenation without surgery or downtime. They are a great choice for facial rejuvenation and offer good, immediate results without the surgery, downtime and expense of traditional facelifts. CoolSculpting and other non-invasive procedures help to reduce fat without undergoing surgery

as well. In addition, state-of-the-art laser treatments and advancements in skin care products help minimize effects of the aging process. About Plastic Surgery Center of the South At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, we strive to achieve the results patients desire because they deserve it. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are thoroughly trained and are dedicated to providing the best medical care in a safe, private environment. Our doctors have performed thousands of procedures in our state-of-the-art certified operating rooms. At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, we create a comfortable atmosphere where patients can feel relaxed and aren’t intimidated. Our wonderful, caring staff and physicians make patients’ health and safety our No. 1 concern. At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, our physicians’ combined experience, expertise and care are invaluable to providing quality plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments that leave patients looking and feeling their best.

120 Vann Street, Suite 150, Marietta 770-421-1242


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From left to right: Dr. Musarra, Dr. Leake & Dr. Petrosky

Our Physicians E. Anthony Musarra, II, M.D. Graduated from Medical College of Georgia, with residencies at Georgia Baptist (general surgery) and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Houston (plastic surgery).

James E. Leake, M.D.

Graduated from Michigan State University, with residencies at St. Mary’s & Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich., (general surgery) and Rush-PresbyterianSt.Lukes, Chicago (plastic surgery/hand).

Michael Petrosky, M.D. Graduated from University of Pittsburgh, with residencies at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh (general surgery) and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (plastic surgery).

Drs. Musarra, Leake and Petrosky all chose to specialize in plastic surgery for the same reason. While they enjoy the intricate work involved in plastic surgery, what is most rewarding about plastic surgery is seeing patients’ end results and helping patients to feel better about themselves.


hen you’re a parent, your child’s well-being comes first and you’ll accept nothing less than the best when it comes to his or her health. For patients from birth to 18 years of age, Northside Cherokee Pediatrics provides the most compassionate, comprehensive medical care. Our physicians understand your concerns as a parent, and offer the quality oneon-one care you demand to keep your family happy and healthy. Northside Cherokee Pediatrics offers short wait times, same-day appointments and personalized care at a convenient location (free parking) for your busy lifestyle. Before establishing Northside Cherokee Pediatrics in October 2012, Dr. Jamie Rollins worked both in private pediatrics and in the urgentcare setting. She is board certified in pediatrics and provides attentive, complete care to children in every stage of development. Dr. Rollins received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and pursued her pediatric residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia at Mercer University, where she also served as chief resident and assistant program director. She has special interests in breastfeeding, and developmental and behavioral disorders.

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“Looking after children is a huge privilege and I’m so happy to be given that opportunity every day,” says Dr. Shah. “Helping a child grow into a happy and healthy individual is every pediatrician’s goal.” To do that successfully, Dr. Shah believes in partnering with parents to make the best choices and develop care plans that are as unique as the children that she and Dr. Rollins serve. In addition to providing quality care, the friendly and attentive staff at Northside

Cherokee Pediatrics aims to care for patients in a timely manner. They strive to see all patients within 15 minutes of their arrival and return all nurses’ calls within one hour. Both Dr. Rollins and Dr. Shah are on the medical staff at Northside HospitalCherokee in Canton and work closely with the full network of physicians that Northside has to offer. The staff at Northside Cherokee Pediatrics would be honored to care for your family.

“As a mother of two, I feel that I understand the concerns that many of the parents of my patients have,” says Dr. Rollins. “And as a physician, I want to offer the quality one-on-one care they demand to keep their children happy and healthy.” In 2013, Dr. Shalini Shah joined Dr. Rollins. Dr. Shaw grew up in Alpharetta and was excited to move back home and serve the community where she once lived. After completing medical school at the American University of the Caribbean, she pursued a pediatric residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she served as chief resident. She has special interests in newborn care, as well as weight management and obesity.

Dr. Shalini Shah

Dr. Jamie Rollins

684 Sixes Road, Suite 220 Holly Springs 678-388-5485 WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Pinnacle patient Shannon Mallory with sons, Reese and Aaron

Pinnacle Orthopaedics Keeping You at the Top of Your Game


n addition to orthopaedic care, physical therapy, and MRI services, Pinnacle Orthopaedics is very involved in sports medicine. Sports medicine is an area of specialty in orthopaedics that involves preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to participating in sports or exercise. Pinnacle physicians provide medical coverage for various sports teams, including local competitive club, high school, collegiate and professional teams. Sports injuries aren’t limited to studentathletes and professional athletes. Injuries among “weekend warrior” athletes are quite common. Typical injuries include fractures and muscle and ligament strains and tears. Dr. Michael Kuczmanski, a surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics, says the most common sports injuries Pinnacle treats are knee and shoulder injuries, including meniscus tears, ACL tears, and shoulder sprains or dislocations. So, what happens when a weekend warrior gets sidelined with an injury? Shannon Mallory, who plays right mid-fielder with a local adult soccer league, was injured almost two years ago when he collided with an opponent as they both were going for the ball. He heard a “pop” in his knee — resulting from torn ligaments and a


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Dr. Michael Kuczmanski

dislocated kneecap. An MRI confirmed the ACL and MCL acute tears, and Shannon met with Dr. Kuczmanski to discuss his injuries. Dr. Kuczmanski performed ACL Reconstruction Surgery to repair Shannon’s torn ligament, while the MCL healed on its own.

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After only a few months of recovery, rest, and home and physical therapy, Shannon was back on the soccer field in time for the playoffs in June 2013. Just six-and-a-half months after the injury, Shannon scored the winning goal in the first overtime to win the championship game! “We have Dr. Kuczmanski to thank for that,” says Shannon’s wife, Kelly. “If it wasn’t for Dr. Kuczmanski’s expertise in his practice and in the operating room, Shannon would not have been able to play soccer again — much less in the championship game!”

replacement; spine care, limb

Athletes put it all on the line each day, dedicating themselves to training and developing their skills. Sometimes, injuries happen. “In order for these injuries to heal, athletes must put the same training and dedication that are required to perform their sport back into their recovery,” says Dr. Kuczmanski. Similarly, Pinnacle Orthopaedics puts it all on the line for you to help you continue to play the sports you love and keep you at the top of your game.

provides musculoskeletal care in all facets of orthopaedic care, including general orthopaedics; fracture and trauma care; sports medicine and arthroscopy; joint lengthening and deformity; hand, foot and ankle care; and pain management. Pinnacle Orthopaedics has 27 physicians in nine offices in Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties.

1505 Stone Bridge Pkwy., Woodstock 770-926-9112 720 Transit Ave., Canton 770-345-5717



Are Your

Passwords Secure? By Arlene Dickerson The recent Heartbleed bug reminded us that we should change all of our passwords immediately, if not sooner. Changing a password can be overwhelming because we all want to make sure it is something we can remember. Changing all of our passwords is even more daunting. You may have created a system to help you remember your passwords, or even used the same password with a different number or character on the end for each site. Even without the Heartbleed bug, creating passwords like that is not secure. Here are some tips to help you create strong passwords: • Make sure your password is more than 8 characters. The longer your password is, the harder it is to crack. • Do not use your name or user name as your password. • Include uppercase and lowercase letters. • Include at least one number, but shy away from the obvious 0 in place of the letter “O.” Hackers are on to that. • Include a special character like ~!@#$%^&*, etc. • Do not use words that can be found in the dictionary. • Use unusual capitalization.

Once you’ve created new passwords using these guidelines, a mnemonic phrase can help you remember them. For example: My Very Educated Mother Just Said Uh-oh No Pluto. This is a modern variation of the phrase that many of us learned in school to help us memorize the names and order of the planets. Creating a little rhyme or story like this can help you to remember each of your passwords. Another way to keep track of your passwords is to use a service like LastPass. Services like this create a “vault” to store your passwords. As you change or update passwords, the service keeps a record of them, which will help to ensure that you do not fall into a rut of using “Pa$$word1” and then change it to “Pa$$word2” a few months later. Changing passwords is necessary to keep your information secure. While nothing is failsafe, adopting a few tricks will help ensure that you have good, secure passwords, and that you will remember them, too.

Arlene Dickerson is the co-owner/director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491,


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Artist Profile

Laura & Fred Ellis


Southern Pottery

By Heike Hellmann-Brown


hen (former) Georgia State Trooper Fred Ellis approached retirement, his biggest concern was how to fill his days in the future. His wife, Laura, found a new pastime that developed into a passion. “I signed him up for a pottery class,” she says. “Fred and I had always enjoyed visiting art and craft fairs, and Fred had often expressed that creating something

with his own hands ‘looked like fun.’ While I was into stained glass, fused glass and drawing, Fred was interested in anything that could be shaped by hand — wood turning, glass blowing, candle making, and clay work.” After his initial pottery class, Fred was hooked. “I truly fell in love with clay the first time it slipped through my fingers on the wheel,” he says.

Laura had taken pottery classes in school, and Fred’s enthusiasm rekindled her interest. They bought a wheel and a used kiln, made the first pots in their home studio and continued their education by studying with renowned potters in the United States and overseas. “Eventually, we had so much inventory that we needed to find an outlet to sell,” Laura says.



Artist Profile They launched Something Southern Pottery, which quickly evolved into a fulfilling second career for the Ellises. “There isn’t a single piece of pottery that hasn’t been touched by both of us,” Laura says. Fred has a preference for wheel-thrown pieces, while she creates hand-thrown items and adds the decorative touches. The pottery of this husband-andwife collaborative is functional, yet visually appealing. “Laura and I love the design aspect,” Fred explains. “We can do almost anything in clay, so our body of work is constantly evolving. By exploring new techniques, we incorporate fresh ideas and applications, while still offering our established dragonfly and cattail lines.” Over the years the Ellises have become a cornerstone of the north Georgia art scene. Fred teaches his craft at the Cherokee Arts Center, and he and his wife serve as president and secretary, respectively, of the Georgia Clay Council. They are also the founders of the North Georgia Art Ramble, a

self-guided studio and gallery tour featuring artists in nine counties that will be in its third year this December. Select gift shops and galleries carry Something Southern Pottery’s handcrafted items, as well as the art centers in Jasper and Calhoun. Additionally, the Ellises sell at art and craft shows around the Southeast. “Our pottery not only speaks of fine workmanship. The feel, the touch, the sensation tell a story and connect us with the user,” Fred explains. “There may be my thumbprint in a coffee cup that many years from now may cause someone to wonder about the person who created this then-antique piece of stoneware, pottery made in the Southern tradition of excellence.”

“I truly fell in love with clay the first time it slipped through my fingers on the wheel.” Fred Ellis 44

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Fun in the Sun with Hydration & Massage By Jericka Jones Dehydration leaves us feeling and looking tired and older than we are, or want to be. A hydrated body is not only healthy but also fitter, more flexible, and younger looking. That is why hydration is this summer’s hottest tip to looking and feeling good. To understand why, let’s talk a little about the effects of dehydration. LIFESTYLE

Dehydration is an insufficient supply of water in the body, which creates chronic inflammation over time. Inflammation is not only the leading cause for disease but also cytotoxic — meaning it can kill cells prematurely. Asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, pain

disorders, arthritis, and cancer are just a few things that can be linked to dehydration. Dehydration inhibits the lymphatic system, negatively affects the brain, especially where memory is concerned, and increases the risk of obesity. Already, we can see the importance of staying hydrated. Drinking half your body weight in ounces is a general rule for getting your daily intake of water. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces of water a day. Flavored water and other sugary drinks do not count, as they are considered diuretics/water expelling and only further dehydrate. Staying hydrated can be as simple as drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables (they contain additional water for your body), and getting regular massage.

because even if you increase your water intake, unhealthy “tight” muscle tissue can prevent the natural flow of blood and lymph drainage, which decreases blood profusion and increases metabolic waste buildup. Lose weight, decrease your risk for disease, increase flexibility, and let your skin shine like the sun this summer with a healthy and fun combination of hydration and body work.


Jericka Jones is a massage therapist with LaVida Massage in Canton. 770-345-1200,

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Upcoming Events Downtown Buzz

June 27, 8:00 a.m. The Chambers at City Center 8534 Main St., Woodstock

You could spend a day during your staycation enjoying Woodstock’s wonderful downtown area. With more than 30 stores and 20 restaurants, you can find just about anything your heart desires.

By Jenna Hill


ith the month of June comes the thought of vacations. Children are out of school and people are ready for a break. However, the thought of vacation can also bring about stress and anxiety. Why vacation when you can just “staycation?” A staycation is an enjoyable, affordable way to spend the summer days while also supporting your local economy at the same time. Downtown Woodstock will be busy with events and activities during the entire month of June! Friday Night Live, at 6:00-9:00 p.m., June 6, will celebrate “The Dog Days of Summer.” Be sure to bring your furry friends. There will be petfriendly activities and vendors. It is sure to be a howlin’ good time! 46

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For all of the bookworms out there, the Woodstock Public Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 8. Be sure to stop by for fun children’s activities and exhibits celebrating the library’s history beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Woodstock Summer Concert Series will kick off on June 14 with The Molly Ringwalds, the world’s best ‘80s tribute band! Come to the Park at City Center early to get a great seat. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. If you’re a family of movie buffs, come out to the lower level of The Park at City Center for Movie Night in the Park on June 14. This outdoor movie will be shown on a 30-foot movie screen! Lots of popcorn, candy, and your favorite refreshments will be available, too! Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. The movie will start at sundown.

Also, Dixie Speedway will be back in full swing with six races in June! Another great activity would be to spend a day at each of Woodstock’s beautiful parks. Whether you like hiking, biking, fishing, playing sports or just enjoying the weather, Woodstock’s parks will suit your needs. If the beach is what you want, visit Lake Allatoona to feel the sand between your toes and soak up the sun. So, when you start planning for your next vacation, just remember there is no need to travel long distances. You can stay right here in Woodstock and still have a wonderful time! Staycation is the new vacation. For more information on events going on this summer, visit: Visit Woodstock App (downloadable online)

Jenna Hill is Tourism Information Assistant at the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406,

Dog Hair Everywhere –


By Lorre LaMarca

As the owner of five dogs and a large pet resort with a grooming salon, I’ve come to accept dog hair as part of my daily life. Many of my clients ask how to minimize dog hair around the house. Nothing will eliminate dog hair completely in your household, even for non-shedding breeds, but these tips can help you better control the hair mess:

Daily Brush-Outs — Purchase a tool that is used specifically for de-shedding and brush your dog outside daily. Most of the loose hair will come off throughout the day, so a good morning brush-out will maximize your results.

Professional De-Shedding Monthly — A monthly professional undercoat brush-out and professional de-shedding shampoo treatment will help remove 60-80 percent of dog hair until the next monthly treatment. The treatment can take up to two hours, but it is effective in reducing the amount of hair your dog will shed at home throughout the month.

Omega Oils & Conditioners — Some shedding can be the result of a poor diet or lack of adequate conditioning treatments. When dog hair is too dry and brittle, it will shed quickly. Using deep conditioners made especially for dogs is suggested. Also, make sure your dog’s food contains a high amount of omega oils (like those found in fish oils), which promotes a healthy coat from the inside out.

Short Summer Cuts — Shaving is not recommended for long-hair dogs, such as Golden Retrievers or Shepherds, as it could damage their

skin and coat. I recommend a lighthand scissor outer edge trim on the tips of the hair. This will give your dog a sleek look and also help shed the excess dead hair.

Non-Shedding Breeds — For those who cannot handle excess dog hair and are looking to adopt a new dog this summer, look for a dog with doodle-type or wavy hair. Bishon’s and Shih-Tzu’s, for example, still shed, but not as much as a Golden Retriever.

Consult Your Groomer — If your dog’s shedding gets out of control, talk to a professional groomer about options that would give your dog a great look while also minimizing shedding.

Lorre LaMarca is owner of Bark Station in Woodstock. 770-517-9907,



Book Review by Catherine groves

“Missing You,” the latest novel by bestselling author Harlan Coben, takes readers into the world of online dating, to a place far too sinister to find love. While NYPD detective Kat Donavan is scrolling through profiles on a dating site set up for her by a well-meaning friend, she happens upon a face from her past — and a heartbreak from which she’s never recovered. The photo is of her ex-finance’, Jeff, from whom Kat hasn’t heard and hasn’t seen in 18 years. Knowing in her heart she’s never quite gotten over him, Kat reaches out to him. She quickly comes to realize that something dark and terrible is going on, and she has no idea to what extent Jeff may be involved. What she does know is that too many people have gone missing, and Kat knows she must find the monsters

‘Missing You’ that are luring innocent victims into this sinister web of greed — all in the name of love. Coinciding with this investigation is Kat’s own, personal search, for answers regarding the murder of her father long ago. She is faced with decisions of the heart, involving so many of those with whom she’s the most closely involved.

As heart-pounding and intricate as any Coben novel to date, “Missing You” is sure to provide readers with all they’ve come to love and expect from his previous books: the ride of their lives! “Missing You” can be purchased at most major bookstores and in e-Reader versions for Kindle and Nook.

Just as she’s been for so long now, Kat finds herself alone again. As more bodies turn up, she knows she’s racing not only against terror but also time. Kat knows she has gone too far to turn back, and she clings to her undying love for Jeff to find the courage to continue plunging deeper into this unknown world of evil.

Harlan Coben’s new book illustrates how online dating takes a sinister turn for many people searching for love. Catherine Groves has lived in Georgia for 15 years and has lived in the South for considerably longer. An avid book collector (owning more than 5,000 books) and just as avid of a reader, she (as her children have said) “lives and breathes her books.” Catherine studied psychology, is working on an English degree, and is writing her first novel.


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Healthy Checkups By Shannon Dobson, CPNP

Does your healthy school-age child need a checkup every year? Yes. In the beginning, when babies are babies, you spend a lot of time in the doctor’s office for checkups and baby shots. As toddlers, your child still will require frequent doctor visits to be treated for colds, ear infections and other common ailments from time to time. Most likely, your child’s doctor will remind you at these sick visits that your child needs a “healthy checkup” each year. As children reach school age, they need current immunization records, hearing and vision screenings, and other health screens at different stages. But, what about once they are older? Does your 12-year-old still need an annual checkup? Yes. Many health issues could be prevented or treated early with an annual checkup, even during the adolescent years. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a thorough checkup every year for every child. Most well-child visits for school-age and adolescent children are uneventful. Still, various issues can arise during these “growing years.” Height and weight are both monitored at every checkup. Growth disorders are often detected during an annual checkup and, when caught early, usually do not affect the child later in life. Blood pressure can be an early indicator of kidney or heart problems. Your child’s doctor will check to make sure that puberty is starting when it should. Signs of early puberty (or late puberty, or not experiencing puberty at all) can be an underlying symptom of a bigger problem. Whatever the case, it should be treated promptly. For some adolescents, they are relieved to learn that they are “normal.” Many children don’t feel comfortable talking to mom or dad when they go through different developmental stages; instead, they often turn to their friends and are badly misinformed. Your child’s provider will discuss normal development and expectations for your child’s age, as well as any questions you may have about discipline, friends/peer pressure, school and activities. Now that school is out for the summer, this is a great time to schedule a healthy checkup for your school-age child.

Shannon Dobson is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine. 770-517-0250,



Ingredients 1 pound bay scallops

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 diced red pepper


1 minced red onion

2 cups orange juice

½ cup grilled corn

1½ teaspoons salt

1 bunch green onions 50

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cup lime juice

Preparation Rinse scallops well. Toss all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill for four hours, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sliced avocado.

Jon-Paul Pelotte is Sous Chef at Goin’ Coastal in Canton.



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A ny decorator will tell you that kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in a home to remodel. It’s because a big part of getting the new look means time-consuming removal and replacement of countertops, bathtubs, vanities and tile. Miracle Method of North West Atlanta’s surface refinishing process eliminates the need to remove worn and dated bathtubs, tile and kitchen countertops. “Refinishing is the smart money alternative to expensive and messy demolition and replacement,” says Mike Simmons, owner. Despite it being 2014, metro Atlanta and surrounding areas have their share of gold, green and pink bathtubs. For more than 35 years, Miracle Method has


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been changing colors, repairing chips and making worn, old tubs look like new again. “Our customers are amazed at the transformation, and it just takes a day or two,” Simmons says. Simmons, a custom homebuilder in the Atlanta area for more than 30 years, opened his Miracle Method franchise in September 2012. Miracle Method Surface Refinishing is the nation’s largest bathtub, tile and countertop surface-refinishing network, providing surface refinishing services to homeowners, property managers, colleges, hospitals and hotels. He is assisted by his wife, Kay, and son, Zachary, in this family-operated business. The Simmons’ franchise represents one of


more than 130 Miracle Method locations nationwide and in Canada. Each store has the support of the company’s 35-year reputation of quality and service. Refinishing is the affordable way to add style to your kitchen and bathrooms. In just two days, worn and outdated tubs, countertops, vanities and tile walls will have a durable, like-new look and feel – and you’ll save up to 75 percent over the cost of replacement.

To learn more about surface refinishing, visit the Miracle Method showroom at 4710 Ecton Drive, Suite E, Marietta; or call 678-809-7866 for a free estimate.

Bathing Suit Season

Has Arrived! By Drs. Musarra, Leake & Petrosky

Summer is here, which means many of you are stressing about shorts, swimsuits, and sleeveless tops. Now may be the time to consider CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is the perfect solution for people who want to slim down without surgery. CoolSculpting involves no surgery or downtime in reducing unwanted fat from the body. It may sound too good to be true, but it is. Say goodbye to stubborn fat. It is called “stubborn fat” for a reason: No matter how much you eat healthy and exercise, it’s virtually impossible to lose those annoying muffin tops, love handles, and belly pooches. CoolSculpting also works on thighs and arms, which can be a big trouble spot for many people. CoolSculpting’s unique, FDA-approved fat-freezing procedure offers quick, comfortable treatments with no downtime. Men and women looking for non-surgical liposuction are discovering the benefits of CoolScultping. CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive way to lose those

small pockets of fat around the body. The procedure takes one hour and patients often read, work on their computers, or answer email. Lay back, relax and let the system do its work. Now is a great time to fine-tune your body and have it ready for summer. With CoolSculpting, you’ll benefit from: • • •

Short, hassle-free treatments (usually one hour); An average fat reduction of 20-25 percent in treated area; and No incision, scars or anesthesia.

Are you a good candidate for CoolSculpting? If you have a troubling area, you are a good candidate. Men and women alike of all ages can benefit from CoolSculpting!

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




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What is a SEER Rating? By Robbie Matiak Heating and cooling our homes account for approximately 50 percent of the energy we use in our homes. Having a high-efficiency HVAC system properly installed and maintained can help to reduce that total cost. We are all accustomed to using MPG to determine the efficiency of our automobiles; the higher the MPG, the more efficient the automobile. The SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, rating is the “MPG” rating for HVAC units; the higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the HVAC unit. Prior to 1975, there was no universal standard of measurement for HVAC energy efficiency. In 1975 the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) introduced the EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating took into consideration the cooling output of the unit, watts of electricity, specific humidity and temperature.

While this provided a base line efficiency rating, it did not take into consideration the effects of seasonal operation. For example, Georgia and Utah have different summer conditions, which affect the performance and resulting cooling energy savings for the user of the HVAC unit. These variations in seasonal output ultimately affect the EER and must be taken into consideration when calculating the unit’s efficiency. AHRI introduced the SEER rating in 1978, taking into consideration the seasonal fluctuations on residential equipment usage patterns and an average cost of operating that residential equipment. This measure of efficiency is what the industry still uses today. Currently, the minimum rating for a newly manufactured HVAC unit in the United States is 13 SEER. There are higher efficiency units available today of 20 SEER or more, which promise to deliver greater energy savings.

Having a high-efficiency HVAC system properly installed and maintained can help to reduce your energy cost. Beginning in 2015, the minimum rating in the United States will be 14 SEER. This new standard accounts for the long-term energy future of the nation by allowing more efficient systems to be placed in new homes and replaced in existing ones. While the higher SEER-rated systems have a marginally higher investment cost initially over the standard SEER systems, the energy cost savings will begin to offset the initial investment cost within a few years — and even more so throughout the extended life of the higher SEER rated systems.

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



Seasons of Life By Johnny M. Hunt

We all go through emotional, physical and spiritual seasons in our life. One of my favorite verses is Galatians 6:9, which states, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” The Bible doesn’t promise us a perpetual bed of spring roses. From time to time it’s going to get very, very hot. When the weather is hot, we begin to pull off layers of clothing so we can continue our activities. Spiritual summers, when the heat is really on, influence us to remove things from our lives that hinder our spiritual progress. Could it be that God uses these stressful times in order to develop us, changing us to be more like Him? I’m not saying that God intentionally harms us, but that He allows and uses the normal pressures of life to mature our faith. He doesn’t send the problems as much as He sees us through the problems so that we benefit from them one way or another.



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What’s the antidote to fatigue and failure in the seasons of our Christian life? It’s found in the verse above and in the one following it, which reads, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all…” God’s message is this: When the heat is on, don’t give in; don’t give up; don’t quit! In fact, do just the opposite — do good as opportunity arises.

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A couple of years ago, I experienced one of the driest seasons of my life, and I can confidently say that my faith is stronger than ever. In spite of that time of physical, emotional and spiritual stress and fatigue, Janet and I continued to focus on the opportunities around us to do good. I have learned that when my focus is on others, my problems seem much less overwhelming.

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Whatever your current season of life may be, know that change is coming. If it gets too hot, jump on one of the many “good” opportunities all around us. It might just bring the relief you need!

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