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Health & Wellness Guide


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Publisher’s Perspective

PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski Jack@FamilyLifePublications.com

Be True

EDITORIAL Julie Senger Julie@FamilyLifePublications.com Rachel Sprouse Rachel@FamilyLifePublications.com ART Candice Williams Candice@FamilyLifePublications.com Laurie Litke Laurie@FamilyLifePublications.com

After the first person stood to speak, I immediately knew we were going to hear some strong opinions. There was plenty to be said about the confusion of being “politically correct” and the weak posture within our society when it comes to taking a stance. Much of what these men stated, many admittedly from simple upbringings, was about the importance of standing up for our beliefs. One gentleman made it crystal clear when he said, “People can’t be wrong when telling the truth. There is no need to ever fear truth.”


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FamilyLifePublications.com FamilyLifePublications Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct mailed community magazines in our area. Woodstock Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of 24,000, direct mailing over 22,000 copies to Towne Lake, downtown Woodstock up to Hickory Flat and toward the Roswell border. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/Publisher, and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Woodstock Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. © 2016 All rights reserved.




Jack Tuszynski, Publisher

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Just because the truth may hurt someone’s feelings, does not mean we should govern or dictate the value of it by holding back. In truth, there is no confusion. If your beliefs are proven alternatively, then you just learned a valuable lesson that you would not have learned otherwise. Truth is based on facts. There is no arguing, no gray area; it is true or it’s false. There is zero benefit to any backtalk with your personal character, your morals, your country or your God. Be true to yourself by being honest about how you really think and feel. Our world will be a much less confusing place when we stop fearing the truth.

Family Life Publishing Group, Inc.


Sunday, we woke up, got dressed and drove to the first church we found off of a little gravel road near the cabin. We were greeted by a couple dozen folks and felt really comfortable in such a genuinely welcoming environment. The membership of the little church was sparse, and at first, it seemed that everyone was going to say something, and my mind was racing for a little something introspective, just in case.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Jessica Asbell, Jose Baez, Sen. Brandon Beach, Kyle Bennett, Kathleen Boehmig, Jyl Craven, Natalie del Valle, Joshua Fuder, Hillary Gallagher, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Johnny Hunt, Pamela Marquess, Robbie Matiak, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Jennifer Puckett, Juan Reyes, Nick Roper, George Williams



ast month, I was fortunate enough to take a little break from the home zone. The little cabin where we stayed was down in a valley, where the only rush we had was the soothing, rumbling water of a wide mountain creek. There was no cellular service, so no fussing over devices, and no television, so no drama over channels. We made sure the children knew what to expect, and we were upfront about the pending uselessness of their electronics on the journey north. Saturday was spent mostly in or near the water, next to a roaring campfire or relaxing with board games after dinner.



SALES Janet Ponichtera Janet@FamilyLifePublications.com



Calendar JUNE

Ongoing Woodstock Farm Fresh Market — Locally grown, fresh produce and other goodies will be available every Saturday through October. 8:30 am-12:00 pm, Market Street, Downtown Woodstock. 770-9240406. DowntownWoodstock.org Food Truck Fridays — Enjoy delicious food and treats while visiting with neighbors, listening to music and more! Food trucks will rotate each week. Seats may be limited, so bring a blanket and chairs. 6:00-9:00 pm, Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net


Cherokee Chorale’s Pops Concert: America Musical Heritage and Favorites from the Stage Harris Wheeler will conduct this fun show! Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm, Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-9167. Reinhardt.edu


11th Annual Wing and Rock Festival — Free, 2-day family friendly, food and music event that has something for everyone! This event is the 3rd largest chicken wing festival in the country, featuring some of the region’s best tasting wings. Wing vendors compete in several competitions throughout the weekend, and of course, there will be a wing eating contest. Saturday 12:00-9:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm, Etowah River Park & Amphitheatre, 600 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Canton. WingAndRockFest.com

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everyone, including: a 5k run, youth baseball tournament, car show, helicopter rides, live entertainment, a kids’ corner, specialty food concessions and top end arts and crafts vendors. Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00–6:00 pm, BGSummerFest.net


King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Journey back to the medieval age where knights and wizards, dragons and castles, and good versus evil exist. Follow King Arthur from the beginning, when he pulls the legendary sword from the stone and creates the Knights of the Round Table, and witness majestic quests like seeking the Holy Grail. Written by Siobhan Brumbelow, this new spin on the enchanting tale is sure to engage audiences young and old and encourage them a kind heart and teamwork can lead a kingdom. Wednesdays at 10:00 am, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org


iThink Improv Troupe Auditions iThink is currently looking for seasoned and available improvisers to perform as an improv troupe from August 2016-January 2017. Rehearsals will take place most Mondays from 7:00-9:00 pm. Troupe members will perform together at least once a month and perform for Whose Line is it, Woodstock? in January. 5:00-7:00 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org


iThink Improv Brew Haha Unique comedy at each event, along with all brewery tours conducted improv style by the iThink Improv Troupe. Comedy is free, but we encourage tips and donation to Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. 5:30 pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock. ElmStreetArts.org


Main Street Woodstock’s Bluegrass Concert Series — The Sweet Auburn String Band brings high-energy soul and funkiness to American roots music. Free! 7:00-9:00 pm, Resurgens Orthopaedics Community Stage at the Elm Street Arts Event Green by Market Street, Downtown Woodstock. 770-592-6056. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Heavenly Hydrangeas Learn secrets to growing this glorious plant. 10:00 am, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770-721-7803. CAES. UGA.edu/extension/Cherokee



Cherokee Aquatic Center’s Teen Night

1 Teen Nights are good, wholesome fun for your teen! There will be different, fun activities like inner tube water polo, log rolling, etc. Pizza dinner is included! This is for ages 13+. 6:00-9:00 pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


Insect and Disease ID — Even the pros have to manage plant diseases and insect pressure. This class will provide you with information on how to prevent and spot plant diseases and how to distinguish the good bugs from the bad. 10:00 am, Ag Agent Research Garden, 137 Ellenwood Drive, Canton. 770-721-7803. CAES.UGA.edu/ extension/Cherokee

Friday Night Live’s Dog Days of Summer — Find relief from the dog days of summer in Downtown Woodstock. Be sure to bring your dogs to compete in the dog-related contests they will be having. Downtown is truly going to the dogs on this night! Many restaurants and stores in the Downtown area stay open late for this event. Friday Night Live also features great music as bands play throughout Downtown Woodstock in front of the stores, which adds to the street festival feel of the event. 6:00-9:00 pm, Downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. WhatsUpWoodstock.com

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LIBRARY EVENTS SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org


HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 ROSE CREEK 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 WOODSTOCK 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859 GENTLE GYM June 6, 10:00 pm, Woodstock Good health and safety are enhanced by attention to posture, balance and mobility. William Schenck, MS, CAN, will present his Gentle Gym program. Registration is requested but not required. DOCTOR WHO LIVE CLUE June 7, 4:00 pm, Woodstock Join us for a live version of the board game CLUE — with a Doctor Who twist! This program is for grades 6th-12th. SIDEWALK CHALK-A-LOT June 8, 10:30 am, Woodstock Children of all ages can be creative in the great outdoors as they turn our parking lot into a work of art! Chalk will be provided, but you may want to bring beach towels, water and sunscreen. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult. GET IN THE SCIENCE ZONE! June 8, 3:00 pm, Rose Creek Learn how sports are really all about science! Retired science teacher and Tellus Museum volunteer, Sharon Christensen, will teach us how gravity, reaction time, balance and Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion all affect us when we play sports. Participants will want to wear sneakers and play clothes during these fun activities. This program is for ages 8-12. Space is limited; registration is required.

activities. This program is for ages 8-12. Space is limited; registration is required. MAKIN’ MEMORIES June 15, 10:30 am, Rose Creek Get in the game with our giant-sized game of Memory! Space is limited; registration is required. This program is for ages 4 and up. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. TEEN TRIVIA TOURNAMENT June 21, 4:00 pm, Rose Creek Team up and test your trivia knowledge! This program is for grades 6th-12th. LUNA THE TOOTH FAIRY June 22, 10:30 am, Rose Creek Luna the Tooth Fairy is bringing her magic to the library! She’ll show us her tricks and teach us the importance of eating right, taking care of ourselves and having a sparkling smile! All ages are invited to attend. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. DUCT SPARKLERS June 22, 10:30 am, Hickory Flat Learn how to get the illusion of a sparkler as we make this craft with duct tape. All materials will be provided. This program is for ages 9-12. Space is limited; registration is required.

LOCAL AUTHOR, PATTI BRADY June 9, 2:00 pm, Rose Creek Join our book club and meet local author, Patti Brady, and hear about her two novels, The Heart of a Child and The Power of Her Smile.

SOARIN’ PAPER AIRPLANES June 28, 10:30 am, Hickory Flat Kids will create their own paper airplanes and put them to the test. This program is for ages 8-12. Space is limited; registration is required.

LITTLE RED BARN MOBILE PETTING ZOO June 10, 1:00-2:00 pm, Hickory Flat This is a fun, hands-on, family outdoor event with animals.

LIFE SIZE SCRABBLE June 28, 4:00 pm, Hickory Flat Play a giant-sized version of Scrabble! This program is for grades 6th-12th.

BASKETBALL SCIENCE June 15, 3:00 pm, Woodstock Retired science teacher and Tellus volunteer, Sharon Christensen, will teach us the science of basketball and why it’s so important for players to have endurance and superior lung capacity. There will be fun, hands-on

MINUTE TO WIN IT June 29, 10:30 am, Woodstock We’ll have hysterical, silly fun as kids have a minute to win it! These games are easy but very challenging! This program is for ages 9-12. Space is limited; registration is required.


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Woodstock Freedom Run 5k — 7:15 am, Downtown Woodstock, WoodstockFreedomRun.com

Downtown Woodstock’s July 4th Spectacular — Woodstock’s annual parade down Main Street, immediately followed by the festival with great food, live music, children’s games, arts and crafts, vendors and much more! The parade begins at 10:00 am, and the subsequent festival lasts until 3:00 pm, the Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. WoodstockParksAndRec.com

Woodstock’s Firework Show — Begins at dusk, behind the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575. WoodstockParksAndRec. com

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Business Dr. Shannon Barnes, licensed professional counselor, has provided traditional psychotherapy treatment to individuals with a variety of needs for many years. She is the founder of Tranquility

Counseling Services, which opened its doors

in a neighboring town in 2014. Dr. Barnes relocated Tranquility Counseling Services to Woodstock in March 2016. Since that time, the vision of Tranquility Counseling Services has expanded. Tranquility Counseling Services will become a resource to the community of Woodstock and surrounding areas in three ways. First, Tranquility Counseling Services will continue to provide treatment and counseling to those in need. Second, Tranquility Counseling Services will become a resource to the community by providing educational classes, self-growth classes, family education and many other programs. They will also continue internal research regarding human behavior for the benefit of the mental health field and local community. Finally, Tranquility Counseling Services will become a resource to the community of Woodstock by fostering services designed to support adults with special needs. Tranquility Counseling Services will also foster an in-office art gallery, designed for the sale of art from local artists. All profits from these art sales will be donated to the Revive The

Now open! MadLife Stage & Studios

Reeves project. For further information or to contact Tranquility Counseling Services,

on Main Street, in the heart of

please visit their website at TranquilityCounselingServ.com

Downtown Woodstock!

MadLife Stage & Studios matches an exceptional restaurant, MadLife Grill, with an intimate and acoustically accurate live music

Woodstock Pediatric Medicine

venue. Architecturally, the facility

recently added a new physician, Ferdinand

conveys a rugged, industrial barn

D. Yates, M.D., MA. Dr. Yates came to

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Woodstock Pediatric Medicine after an

also houses music production

extensive, successful career in New York.

studios, which are designed to

After graduating from the University of

capture all the magic of the live

Virginia for his Doctorate of Medicine,

performance experience. The music,

Dr. Yates continued his education at the

food and drink at MadLife will be

Trinity International University to receive

diverse, covering a wide variety of

a Master of Art in Bioethics, and he

genres and tastes. According to

continues to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Yates will be caring for children on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays as well

Dr. Yates has held several successful

as Sick Clinic on Saturday mornings.

positions during his career such as medical director, professor of clinical

Dr. Yates is board-certified with the

pediatrics, adjunct professor of bioethics

American Board of Pediatrics and will

and has served in his church and his

be accepting all insurances, including

community by participating in mission trips

Medicaid, Amerigroup, Wellcare and

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has even helped build houses for Habitat

Suite 200, Woodstock. 770-5178-0250.

for Humanity.



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MadLife’s founder, “We want our guests to experience MadLife as an exceptional venue, where great performances happen 5 nights a week, and (we want) our performing artists to cherish MadLife for the quality of our venue and studios, the enthusiasm of our guests and staff and our commitment to supporting the integrity of their music.” 8722 Main Street, Woodstock. MadLifeStageAndStudios.com



3 Ways

You Could Be Damaging Your Hair (and Not Even Know It) By Jyl Craven LIFESTYLE Worried about dull, brittle or broken hair? Things that you do every day could be damaging your locks without you even realizing it.

Hair is primarily composed of proteins and made up of three different layers: the medulla (the innermost part of the hair), surrounded by the cortex, and then the cuticle, which is the outermost layer of the hair. When hair is damaged, the protein bonds become broken, and the hair can feel dry and brittle. Here are the three primary ways you may be damaging your hair, and what to do about them:



Excessive heat styling is a leading cause of damaged hair. Extreme heat causes temporary changes to the hydrogen bonds that hold hair together. Over time, these temporary changes can lead to more permanent damage, especially if you tend to blow dry or iron on a daily basis. To avoid mechanical damage: • Use a thermal protector that’s heat activated and protects the hair fiber inside and out. Also, try to stay under 400 degrees when using any styling iron. • Wait until the hair is at least 50 percent dry before beginning to blow dry. 12

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Chemical damage can occur if you’re attempting to make extreme changes to your hair. A chemical perm is an example by which extreme heat is used to change the natural shape of one’s hair. Just like with heated styling tools, if care isn’t taken, damage can occur during the perming process. Over-processing is another form of chemical damage, where the outer portion of the hair is opened so that the product can reach the inner section. Overuse or improper use of color and bleaching agents can weaken hair strands and permanently damage your hair. Damage can occur if the concentration of the chemicals is too high or if the products are left on for too long. To prevent chemical hair damage: • Always consult with a professional who knows how to properly perform any chemical service. • Color your hair on average only every six to eight weeks.



You are what you eat, and what you eat often shows through in the strength and luster of your locks. Proteinrich foods provide your body with amino acids, which produce the keratin that makes your hair strong. In fact, a deficiency in keratin may cause hair to grow more slowly and cause alreadyexisting hair to be weak. Other diet considerations for damaged hair: • Vitamin C helps absorb vegetable-based proteins in the body, which are the building blocks for keratin. Eat citrus fruits, fresh peppers and Brussels sprouts, as these foods can help promote keratin development. • Ensure you get enough Omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients, found in foods like salmon, walnuts and flax seeds, are known to benefit not only the hair but the skin as well. Embrace Omega 3’s for a generally healthy look.

If you’re dealing with damaged hair, take some of these precautions, so your locks can look as good as you feel! L

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

As a young girl, I spent a great deal of time outside playing. Sun up until sundown, we were outside. My folks had a giant cow bell they would ring to call us in for dinner. I was often sun-burned, to some degree, for the bulk of my childhood. I didn’t hear about sunscreen until I was in 8th grade. I was invited to go to Panama City Beach with my best friend’s family. We excitedly went to the shore and rode the beach waves for the entire afternoon.

Don’t Forget

the Sunscreen! By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Later, when I showered, I noticed how tender my back felt. I had a very serious sunburn; in fact, I had sun poisoning and was covered in painful blisters. All the aloe in the world could not take away the pain, and the rest of the trip was ruined for everyone because I didn’t protect myself from the sun. I’ve spent my adult life paying the price for that sunburn and the many more that followed. Lathering on baby oil and sunbathing on aluminum foil were

normal teenage pastimes for girls my age. As a result of my carelessness, I now have a constant struggle with skin cancer. Twice this past year, I’ve undergone surgical procedures to remove cancer from my face. I have the very best doctors, and even with all the advances in laser technology, it’s a very uncomfortable procedure. They cut away a layer at a time, and then send it to an on-site lab to see if the margins are clear. If not, they go back in and take away another layer. This process is painful and can be a serious blow to your self-esteem. It only takes a few minutes to apply sunscreen, toss on a hat, or put on a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt. A few minutes of prevention can save your skin; it may even save your life.

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



Woodstock Minute

Tips to Consider Outdoor Burning Prohibitions and Grill Safety Tips


pring is here. Well, it’s Georgia, so we have skipped spring and moved straight into summer. For many, this means yard cleanup: new mulch, flowers, trimming the shrubs and raking up dead leaves dropped by the trees over the winter months. Some people mulch the leaves with their mower, some bag them and some decide to burn them. If you burn them, hopefully you’ve already taken care of that because The Federal Clean Air Act prohibits burning May 1st through September 30th in the metro Atlanta area, which includes Cherokee County. The Georgia EPD imposes a ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. We all know how hazy the sky becomes during the summer months. During this time, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. When we burn in our yards, this is a significant contributor to the pollutants that form the ozone. This is why the Clean Air Act was created. If you decide to burn during the ban period, it’s guaranteed that one of your neighbors will call and complain. That means fire trucks will be loaded up to make a visit to your house. Your neighbors all look out their windows when that happens, so you may want to avoid drawing that kind of attention to yourself. The fire department didn’t make the rule, but they have to ensure it’s enforced. On a happier note, spring/summer brings about more outdoor time. This can also mean more meals cooked on the grill. Many people are very knowledgeable about grilling, but the fire department sees numerous fires throughout the year from grills. We all think we are grill experts, but know that a fire can quickly get out of hand. Can you imagine the ribbing you will get from your buddies if your grill catches on fire? The story will likely be told over and over again, for years to come. If you follow these provided tips, you’re sure to have a fun and safe summer.


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Keep the grill away from the house and deck railings to avoid catching them on fire if the grill gets out of hand. When lighting your grill, be sure that there are no gas leaks. If you smell gas, turn the grill off, and have the problem repaired. The juicy steak isn’t worth the risk. Always open the lid of the grill before lighting, which will allow for any gas to dissipate into the open air. Never leave a grill or fire pit unattended. Fire spreads quickly. The new neighbors would prefer a casserole rather than a scorched back yard. Maintain at least three feet of clearance for children and pets. This is always a good rule for indoor cooking as well. This seems logical, but we often get engrossed in cooking, talking or playing games, and the little ones can sneak by us. Pay attention.

George Williams is the Woodstock Fire and Rescue community outreach coordinator, 770-592-6000 ext. 1845. GWilliams@WoodstockGa.gov

Community Feature Michael Gustafson recently became the first Boy Scout in Cherokee County to ever earn all the merit badges that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) offers. Currently, there are only 136 merit badges. But in addition to those 136 Cherokee County’s Michael badges, Michael also Gustafson Achieves Rare earned the only 4 Boy Scout Honor historical merit badges earned in 2010, and he earned a computers merit badge before it became digital technology. So Michael has 141 total merit badges. There have only been 7 other Boy Scouts in Georgia to ever accomplish this goal in the past 100 years, and no Boy Scout in Cherokee County has ever accomplished this feat. Judge Frank C. Mills was Michael’s first merit badge counselor in swimming in 2009, and he recently presented Michael with his 141st merit badge at the Boy Scout Court of Honor at the Cherokee Arts Center. To understand how rare it is for a Boy Scout to accomplish this, there are only about 2 or 3 Boy Scouts in the U.S. who reach this goal each year.

Main Street Woodstock Named Quarterfinalist for “America’s Main Streets” Contest The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announced the quarterfinalists for its 2016 “America’s Main Streets” contest, which included Main Street Woodstock. As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. If Main Street Woodstock wins the contest, it will receive the grand prize of $25,000. Main Street Woodstock has seen tremendous revitalization and growth since it became a part of the Main Street program in 2010. It has seen over $250 million dollars in public/private investment made in the downtown area, 280 new businesses opened, 1,975 new jobs created, 1,140 new residential units and over 800,000 event attendees. Downtown Woodstock is a true Main Street success story.

Congratulations May “7“7Differences” Ann Exley! Melanie Tugman! Congratulations to to ourour October Differences”winner, winner,Mary Joyce McMichael!



Community Feature

Local Youth Selected for Extreme Mustang Makeover Molly Johnston of Ball Ground, GA has been selected to compete in the Fort Worth Extreme Mustang Makeover held in Fort Worth, TX. Molly will have approximately 100 days to gentle a randomly assigned, wild horse and compete for cash and prizes. Molly is a 7th grade honor roll student at Teasley Elementary, and she loves riding and training horses. Her love for horses began when she started volunteering at Trinity Horse Rescue in Acworth. The mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover challenge, which were virtually untouched prior to being picked up by the contestants, will compete in Fort Worth in September. The youth, ages 8-17, and the mustangs will compete in a series of classes that will showcase their new skills. The horses will compete in handling and conditioning, leading trail and a freestyle class. Event information about the Fort Worth Extreme Mustang Makeover is available at ExtremeMustangMakeover.com. The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the west, where they are protected under federal law.


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CCSD School Operations Director Honored as a KSU Outstanding Scholar of the Year

Community Feature Etowah High School Wins Sportsmanship Award Etowah High School is the Region 5AAAAAA GEMC Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award Winner for 2015-16! The prestigious Georgia High School Association (GHSA) honor is sponsored by Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, and awards are presented annually to one GHSAmember high school in each region in all classifications. Introduced in 2006, the awards promote sportsmanship and reinforce GHSA’s philosophy: “Student athletes, coaches, spectators and all others associated with high school activities programs should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.” According to GHSA, the program honors student-athletes along with fellow students, school staff, parents and game spectators, making the award not only a school honor, but also a community honor.

CCSD Students and Teachers Honored by Georgia Department of Education The new Georgia ESOL Star Learner program honors students who speak English as a second language; CCSD nominated students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, extra-curricular involvement and outstanding attendance and conduct. Only 27 students statewide were selected for the honor, including class of 2016 graduating seniors Lucas Barros and Kathy Keodouangdy of Etowah High School and Brian Quintana-Guzman of River Ridge High School. Each Georgia ESOL Star Learner had the opportunity to nominate a Georgia ESOL Star Teacher, and they chose Pamela Holman of Etowah HS and Autumn Hamilton of River Ridge HS.


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A CCSD Office of School Operations Director has been named the Outstanding Scholar of the Year in the Educational Leadership program at Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education. Debra Murdock, who in her director role oversees the District’s middle and high schools and athletics, was honored in a ceremony on May 10th. One Scholar is named annually for each degree program based on outstanding achievements in the major field, including an exceptional GPA and notable achievements in extra-curricular, civic or professional activities. The honor is considered one of KSU’s most prestigious awards, and recipients earn the designation “University Scholar” for their achievement.

A Cherokee County School District Principal has been named a 2016 Georgia Distinguished Principal! Free Home Elementary School Principal Karen Carl will receive the honor, which includes a $1,000 award, from the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals at its fall conference. The prestigious recognition is awarded to one principal in each of the Association’s regional districts, and winners are selected by their peers based on exemplary educational leadership. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower praised the school’s successful efforts to increase student literacy and achievement as well as its focus on character education and community through projects such as the Rocket Pantry for families in need. Ms. Carl was praised by the Association for her dual focus on new innovations in teaching and traditional lessons of ethics and good citizenship.



Grandma By Tim Morris

LIFESTYLE Growing up in a small town in central Georgia, June was always special to me and my brothers. School was out, and both parents worked, so we were being shipped out to grandma’s farm for the summer. Now, this wasn’t like going to summer camp, it was more like labor camp. My dad was a state trooper and a

farmer, and he believed in working the grounds on which that farm sat. Planting the garden started in spring, but it wasn’t your normal garden. Dad would grow acres of things. My brothers would say he did this for no reason other than to keep us busy. He had four sons, and we could count on a couple of our friends to accompany us to White Oak Farm, but as the summer got hotter, our friends would disappear. Our main jobs were keeping the grass cut, feeding the cows, hoeing the garden, watering tomato plants with five gallon buckets, picking beans and pulling corn. One particular job my brothers and I will never forget was moving a 15-foothigh sawdust pile from one location to another. Using wheel barrows and an old truck, we moved it over 30 yards from where it was originally. That job left us scratching our heads

for years trying to figure out why. Years later, before my dad passed at a young age, I asked him why we moved that sawdust pile. His reply was because he needed to build a deer stand on top of it so he could see over the trees. I then asked him, “Why didn’t you just cut down the tree?” I knew then that it wasn’t about a tree; it was about keeping us busy. I’ll never forget those memories at the farm. In sharing this story, I hope it will bring back memories for you of spending time with your grandparents. I hope you cherish every bit of it. I can still hear my grandmother ringing that lunch bell…

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




Community Partners Empowering Children and Teens Facing Life After the Death of a Close Family Member It is hard to imagine a more heartbreaking situation than a child who is grieving the death of a parent or sibling. However, research shows that 1 in 20 children will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 18. Kate’s Club, a local nonprofit, works to empower children who are facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. They build healing communities through recreational and group programs, education and advocacy. Kate’s Club was founded in 2003 by Kate Atwood, a 24 year-old woman whose mother died from breast cancer when Kate was only 12. Like most children who experience such a devastating loss, Kate received no formal support, as she faced her teen and young adult years. As a college student, Kate volunteered at a bereavement camp in Virginia. This experience transformed her life and inspired her to create an organization to provide year-round support for grieving children in Atlanta. She named it after herself intentionally, as a statement of empowerment to focus on the surviving children. Kate has since turned operations over to professionals in bereavement support and nonprofit management, but remains highly involved as a board advisor and as a mentor to Kate’s Club members. Kate’s Club serves hundreds of children each year, at no cost to their families. Member children are 5-18 years old, from 20+ metro counties, with diverse family and socio-economic backgrounds. Kate’s Club offers time-tested therapeutic and recreational programs that help grieving children reduce isolation, build peer support networks, improve emotional health and develop positive coping skills. Young people who are mourning the loss of a close family member often face unforeseen challenges such as having to move, change schools and/or deal with economic hardships. Birthdays, holidays and milestone events can be particularly difficult. Through it all, Kate’s Club provides a constant loving presence in children’s lives by offering them longterm grief support. Kate’s Club is also a critical resource to schools and other organizations seeking crisis intervention, grief education and grief counseling support. Kate’s Club has grown steadily over the past thirteen years, supporting grieving children and teens, in ways both large and small, offering them opportunities to relax and be themselves, surrounded by caring staff, licensed therapists, volunteers and peers. For more information about Kate’s Club, please visit KatesClub.org, or call 404-347-7619.


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Dealing With

Dental Anxiety in Children By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. The dental office can be an intimidating environment. This is true even for adults who have some experience and rationale for knowing the importance of going for regular dental visits. So you can imagine the anxiety it can cause in some children. Fortunately, pediatric dental offices offer many options for calming anxious children. Pediatric dentists will use child-friendly verbiage to explain to young patients what will occur during the dental visit. Many will utilize a “tell-show-do” method. An example of this would be to name a dental instrument, then to show how it works (possibly by placing it against the child’s hand), then to use the instrument in the dental procedure.

There are a variety of different reactions that children will have in a dental office. The goal is to create as many positive experiences as possible to ease any anxiety that might be present for the child. It’s best to begin creating these experiences at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child have their 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 the young patient to the dental office. The first visit may only involve the dentist counting their teeth, but it can go a long way towards creating a healthy attitude for the child towards their dentist. Imagine how much more smoothly dental visits will go for a child who only needs to come in for exams and cleanings twice a year. 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.

As parents, we know what a powerful influence we are on our children. Be a good example by not sharing any dental office anxieties you may have with your child! And also, be a good role model with your own brushing and flossing habits!

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



Senator Speaks

Conservative Solutions

By Senator Brandon Beach

submit an Environmental Effects Report. These reports cost thousands of dollars in consultant fees to prepare and take months to compile before gaining approval on a project that has already verified its compliance with Georgia’s environmental law. I appreciate all of the support from limited government, conservative groups throughout the legislative process who supported this bill and will continue to look for ways to make our state government as efficient as possible. There were several possible changes to Georgia’s income tax structure that I voted for this session that proposed creative, conservative solutions to reducing the income tax in our state. Senate Resolution 756 offered a potential amendment to the state constitution that would trigger reductions in the income tax if the budget and budget reserves met healthy thresholds. More simply, if Georgia’s economy would continue to grow, bringing in more tax dollars to the state, the state would automatically reduce the income tax rate in upcoming years. Unfortunately, this bill did not pass the House this session.


ow that the Governor has signed legislation into law, I am proud to say that one of my bills that will reduce the bureaucratic weight of government will go into effect. Senate Bill 346, called the “Environmental Policy Act,” was introduced to make the application of state funds more efficient and cost effective. SB 346 passed with broad conservative support in both the House and Senate and was signed by the Governor on April 26, 2016. The bill targets the mountains of


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paperwork that pile up between project approval by the voters or local governments and actual shovels in the ground. Georgia law requires each project to comply with six state environmental standards to ensure the project, for example, does not pose serious harm to protected animals or would damage any historically preserved sites. Because of SB 346, if the project meets the requirements of all six tests, does not use federal dollars and costs less than $100 million, then that project does not have to

Another tax restructuring measure I voted for was SB 280, which is really a tax code simplification bill. It proposed that starting in 2017, the state income tax rate would drop from 6.0% to 5.4% across all income levels. Also, all itemized deductions would be eliminated except for mortgage interest, charitable contributions and medical expenses. The caps on these deductions would be raised for both single and joint filers. This system would considerably flatten the tax code in a way that would make tax interactions with the state much simpler. However, it is the hope of many that measures similar to these could be discussed around the capitol again next year to continue to make Georgia the best state in which to live, work and raise a family.

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

traight Forward Pricing for the Customer

By Nick Roper Most people have encountered the issue of being given a quote for a job and then received a bill that’s much higher than what they were quoted. People are not happy when they are told one price and have to pay another. However, some companies are taking a stance to ensure this does not happen. Various service-based companies have implemented a solution to this issue by using a variation of what we call “straight forward pricing.” Straight forward pricing allows businesses to give

their clients a 100% accurate investment total, upfront, before any work is done in their home. The first step in this service is when a company sends one of their well-trained, certified, drug-tested and background-checked technicians to your home. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the technician before you schedule work to be completed. The technician should then sit down with you and explain every detail of what will be done as well as the cost for completing the work. This allows you to know, to the penny, what you’re receiving for your investment. So if the job takes a little longer than expected or in the extremely rare case that a problem is misdiagnosed, you can have peace of mind that your needs and concerns will be taken care of, and the up-front price should never change.

low-ball price over the phone to get their foot in your door. However, once they are in your home and see what the work will actually consist of, they are likely to raise the price. Quality companies do not believe in that philosophy. You wouldn’t like it if your favorite fast food restaurant gave you your total when you placed your order, and then when you got to the window to pay, the price was 20% higher. That definitely wouldn’t fly in that industry, so why should your service work be any different? Always ask for upfront pricing on service work as well as the technician’s credentials to determine that they’re well qualified.

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

A lot of companies will gladly give you a



A scaphoid fracture is a break in the scaphoid bone of the wrist. The wrist is made up of two rows of bones, one closer to the forearm (proximal row) and the other closer to the hand (distal row). The scaphoid bone spans the two rows. Its unique position puts it at greater risk during injury, making it the most commonly fractured carpal bone.

How do Scaphoid Fractures Occur? Fractures are most often caused by a fall onto the outstretched hand. You may experience pain initially, but it will decrease after a few days or weeks. Bruising is rare, and swelling is minimal. Since there is no deformity, people with a scaphoid fracture often mistakenly assume their wrist is sprained and delay seeking treatment.

Treatment If the fracture is non-displaced, it can be treated by immobilization in a cast. The cast usually covers the forearm, hand, thumb and sometimes the elbow for the first phase. Although the fracture may heal in as little as six weeks, healing can be delayed. The fracture can disrupt the bone’s blood supply, which impairs healing. Part of the bone might even die after the fracture due to the loss of blood supply, particularly in the area of the bone closest to the forearm. If the fracture is in this zone, your doctor may recommend

Diagnosis A scaphoid fracture is usually diagnosed by x-ray of the wrist. However, if the fracture isn’t displaced, an x-ray taken within the first week after the injury may not reveal the fracture. A non-displaced scaphoid fracture is sometimes incorrectly diagnosed as a “sprain” because the x-ray came back negative. If you have significant tenderness directly over the scaphoid bone, which is located in the hollow at the thumb side of the wrist, this indicates that the bone may be fractured and should be splinted. You should be re-evaluated about two weeks after the initial x-ray. If findings are still suspicious, x-rays usually reveal the fracture due to changes in the bone at the edges of the fracture. In cases where using a splint may cause undue hardship, or if the x-rays remain negative but the clinical exam is still suspicious, your doctor may recommend using more sophisticated imaging techniques such as a CT scan, bone scan or MRI.

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surgery. With surgery, a screw or pins are inserted, often with a bone graft to help heal the bone. This stabilizes the fracture. Your doctor may recommend surgery fixation, even in non-displaced cases, so as to avoid prolonged casting. If you think you may have a scaphoid fracture, contact your doctor for proper diagnosis.

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


The tragedy of the Hindenburg is one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century. In Flight of Dreams, Ariel Lawson’s fictional account of that fateful flight, she posits an interesting theory as to why the world’s largest airship went down. With its cast of characters, Flight of Dreams uses a kaleidoscope effect in order to achieve a fully realized story of what it was like to ride in this airship. As it tilts between the American, the Stewardess, the Navigator, the Journalist and the Cabin Boy, we begin to see that all is not what it seems. The American is out for revenge. The Stewardess has plans to defect to America before the dangerous secret in her past is known. The Navigator is desperately in love with the Stewardess. The Journalist sees a story everywhere, and the Cabin Boy is pressed into service to help each of them. As they move ever closer to New Jersey and their destination, some of the characters grow more desperate. This adds fuel to the fire of emotion that will eventually explode and bring down the Hindenburg. This book has it all: intrigue, suspense, adventure and a dash of romance. Each intricate detail of the Hindenburg is there, from the acrobat who was on the plane to the dogs in the cargo hold, to the way the smoking room is pressurized so that it is safe to smoke on a hydrogen-filled airship, to the undercurrent of fear some have of the Nazi party. The people on the Hindenburg unknowingly move closer to their fate and the explosion of the Hindenburg. But the question is, who will survive?

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






• 4 salmon fillets

1. Prepare the rice according to package instructions, and fold in the lemon zest.

• 1 bunch asparagus

2. Blanch the asparagus by boiling it for 3 minutes in salted water, and then shock it by removing it and plunging it into an ice water bath to stop the cooking.

• 1 pt. baby heirloom tomatoes (if unavailable, substitute cherry or grape tomatoes) • 2 ears corn, kernels removed • ½ package of basil leaves, torn • ½ lemon, juiced and zested • 1 cup uncooked Carolina Gold Rice

1. Season the salmon fillets with salt and black pepper, and grill to desired temperature. 2. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan on medium heat, then add the corn, and cook for 3 -4 minutes. 3. Add the tomatoes and blanched asparagus to the sauté pan, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

4. Add the torn basil leaves to the vegetables in the sauté pan, and season with the lemon juice and salt and pepper. 5. Serve each salmon fillet with the Carolina Gold Rice and the vegetables

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Hillary Gallagher, CCC is the Culinary Arts Program Director and Lead Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College in East Cobb. Hillary.Gallagher@ChattahoocheeTech.edu. 770-509-6350. ChattahoocheeTech.edu

Medicine Literacy and Safety for Children By Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D. For all generations, children have been considered the joy of our lives, the pride of our lives. We exert extra energy to find the right activities for our children, the right experiences, the right places. When it comes to choosing medical care, we choose the right pediatric practice and the right doctor. There are a few pointers to educate our children about medicine safety in order to keep them safe and healthy, particularly during the summer. First — Medicine is NOT candy. Often, tablets, capsules and liquids are colored, and children think of them as candy or fruit juice. Teach your children to

recognize the container of medicine, so they do not think of it as candy, drink or snack food. Second — Teach your children that only adults, parents or designated caregivers can give them medicine. Medicine should come from adults that your children know. Third — Medicine should only be taken when they are really sick. Let them know that there are different medicines for different illnesses. What they took this past winter may not be the medicine that is needed this summer. Make sure your household, or any

household where your child will be spending time, keeps all medicine high on a shelf and away from the reach of children of all ages. Even vitamins should be kept out of easy reach. A website that offers parents and teachers health literacy tools for children to learn medicine safety is AZPharmacy.org (with the program Katy’s Kids). It is sponsored by the Arizona Pharmacy Association. As your children encounter typical summer discomforts, injuries and simple sickness, your pharmacist is your best resource for over-the-counter solutions to your children’s health needs.

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




Mark Russell has come a long way since leaving his job as a stockbroker in 1994 to becoming one of Angie’s List’s highest-rated arborists in the area. His company, 770-Arborist, based just north of Woodstock, offers tree health and risk assessment, trimming and pruning, professional tree removal and insurance claim assistance for emergency tree removal from storm damage. So what sets 770-Arborist apart from other tree services? Mark says, “There is no shortage of tree services in metro Atlanta, but only a few know how to keep trees healthy and properly identify risk.” Mark and the company’s manager, Lance Oliver, are both ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and Tree Risk Assessment qualified, and Mark is working on becoming a board-certified Master Arborist; only 1000 individuals hold this certification worldwide. “We have the credentials and the work ethic you look for in a responsible arborist. We adhere to a stringent set of ethical guidelines, and we offer unbiased consulting and tree inspections,” Mark explains; “since 1997, we’ve encountered hundreds of clients with injured trees because a commissionbased salesman sold unnecessary tree By Kathleen Boehmig work. Tree removal is a necessary part of our sprawling Georgia tree canopy; however, commission-based tree service salesmen don’t get paid unless they sell something. This results in trees being over-pruned, pruned in the wrong season or flat-out removed through the use of scare tactics used on uninformed clients. We don’t do that.”

The Truth About Trees

“Sure,” Mark adds, “we are happy to give free estimates for fixed-scope work when a homeowner knows exactly what they need, for instance, if they are pointing and saying, ‘Remove this tree,’ or ‘Prune that branch.’ But it doesn’t pass the common sense test to ask a commission-based salesman if the tree is ‘dangerous.’ Why? Because every tree can be dangerous in certain circumstances. It’s better to ask how likely or how often that situation will arise. As consultants, that is what we address. Time frame is an important


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factor; in other words, how long the client intends to stay in the house. As professionals, we define the target, and separate targets have distinctly separate risk profiles. For example, a house can’t relocate during a storm, whereas a person can. So what’s the defined target? Is it the homeowner and his family? The house? Cars? These are just the first few questions we must answer to assess risk and give the homeowner the information he needs to make a reasonable decision.” Mark continues, “During the consultation, we visually inspect trees within falling distance of the house, checking for mechanical, bacterial and fungal damage to the trunk, canopy and visible root flare. We also assess for insect infestation such as carpenter ants, ambrosia beetles or pine beetles. We help identify which of your trees poses the highest risk in the case of tree failure, and we educate our clients on proper pruning, tree spacing and signs of weakening trees.” Mark smiles; “We really like talking about trees.” “We also love working on trees!” Mark says. “Proper pruning is much more than just cutting off a branch. We offer tree pruning options like canopy thinning, taking out dead, dying, crossing and interfering branches, and proportionally pruning the tree’s interior branches; canopy lifting, which is performed to

clear out branches that have grown around and are blocking views from elevated decks; and crown reduction, to redirect the tree’s growth. Of course, if the situation mandates removal of a sick or dangerous tree, 770-Arborist offers expert help with that, as well.” Many homeowners have never had to file a claim for a tree on their house, so when it does happen, it can be very confusing. “Since 1997,” Mark says, “we have handled over a thousand insurance claims from trees on houses. We work directly with the insurance companies, helping our clients through the entire process. The most important thing is to stay safe. Trees on houses are heavy and unstable. In these cases, insurance companies typically tell you to keep your property safe by having the tree professionally removed and to keep your receipts. Most importantly, keep out from under and away from the tree. Let professionals handle the job. After all, that’s why you bought your insurance.” “There is no shortage of tree services in this area,” Mark reiterates, “but there is a shortage of educated, experienced tree healthcare providers.” Now one of the highest-rated arborists in metro Atlanta, 770-Arborist is right in your backyard — a local, fully-insured, family-run business just north of Woodstock, offering professional, knowledgeable, high-caliber tree healthcare.

833 Roper Road, Canton, Georgia 30115

770-Arborist (770-272-6747)




A Little Encouragement By Pastor Johnny M. Hunt

There’s an old story that goes something like this: One day the devil announced that he was having a yard sale, and he put all of his tools out on display: envy, jealousy, hatred, lust, etc., each with its own price tag. One of the tools was by itself in a corner, harmless-looking and worn. Yet it was marked with the highest price. When the devil was asked why, he replied: “That is discouragement. It’s more useful to me than all the others. I can pry open and get into a man’s heart


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with that when I cannot get near him with any other tool. Once I get inside, I can use him in whatever way suits me best. It’s worn well because I use it on everybody I can, and few people even know it belongs to me.” Some of the strongest, most tenacious, faithful followers of Christ have been brought to ruin by discouragement. It slips in so easily unnoticed. Little by little, it builds upon itself and warps our view of truth. If we’re not consistently in the Word, praying and obeying the Lord, our relationship with Him falls out of alignment. That’s when dark thoughts, false logic and the lies of the enemy can permeate our hearts and minds.

When that happens, how can we find the strength to continue? “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

The advantage to becoming aware that you’ve allowed discouragement to cloud your judgment is that you can then start applying the solution prescribed by scripture: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 It’s not the absence of discouragement that makes the difference. It’s the presence of the Lord. Be encouraged!

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

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wellstar family medicine Digital Health Records Improve Care Coordination At WellStar, paper medical records are a relic of the past. WellStar patients’ information is now accessed through an Epic© “WellStar Connect” Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Important patient information — which can include allergies, medical history and prescriptions — is accessible to WellStar providers who access the EMR from any location, whether they are in the family practice office, imaging facility or hospital. Patients can securely view their personal data through WellStar’s “MyChart” application or website. This solution allows patients to maintain their privacy while accessing their record with an application on their smartphone or over the internet, better coordinating care and improving patient-to-health provider communication. These benefits improve outcomes and patient satisfaction, while saving patients time and money.

Open Notes WellStar recently became the first Georgia-based health system to provide patients with access to their outpatient providers’ notes. Evidence has shown that patients who become part of the care team are more actively involved in their healthcare and experience better outcomes with lower costs. When a patient is sick, tired or stressed during a doctor’s visit, they or their caregivers may forget what the doctor said or prescribed. WellStar takes away the need to remember every detail by allowing patients access to important information on their own schedule. “By implementing ‘Open Notes’ in our WellStar MyChart patient portal, we created a more transparent and collaborative atmosphere for patients 32

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to better and more easily understand and access their health information,” said Jon Morris, M.D., WellStar Health System’s chief information officer. “This strengthens the relationship between our No more waiting for a phone call or follow up appointment from your doctor providers, — view test results and physicians’ comments promptly on WellStar’s MyChart. their patients and caregivers, resulting in better Find your Wellstar care. We believe it’s critical that we expand WellStar.org our care teams to include the patient and Attri Datta, M.D. others. We know this will help patients WellStar Family Medicine manage their care more effectively, better at Woodpark Place understand any medical problems and 203 Woodpark Place engage more effectively with their care Building C, Suite 100 Woodstock, GA 30188 providers.” 770-926-4150

MyChart also helps physicians to better coordinate care. For example, a family practice provider may need to check a patient’s cholesterol. But if that same patient’s cardiologist recently ran the same test, the provider can access that information immediately. In this case, the patient was saved the added expense and inconvenience of a duplicated test. Patients can access MyChart on any computer with web access or download the MyChart application in Google Play or Apple App stores for smartphone access. For more information about MyChart, visit WellStar.org, or contact the MyChart Helpdesk at 470-644-0419 or MyChartHelp@WellStar.org. World-class healthcare, close to home, WellStar’s newest healthcare providers offer healthcare for children and adults, as well as same-day sick appointments; wellness screenings and immunizations; and chronic disease management, at four convenient locations in Cherokee.

Sharnee Straub, CNP WellStar Family Medicine at Edgewater Hill 687 Marietta Hwy. Canton, GA 30114 770-479-8040 Nathan Kaller, D.O. WellStar Family Medicine at BridgeMill 3755 Sixes Rd., Suite 202 Canton, GA 30114 770-720-1880

Samina Fakhr, M.D. WellStar Towne Lake Medical Center 145 North Medical Pkwy. Woodstock, GA 30189 770-592-3000

Plastic Surgery center of the south the face, legs, arms or stomach while improving the skin’s tone and texture. ThermiVa’s multiple benefits include feminine youthfulness and well-being as well as relief from urinary stress incontinence.

This past November, Plastic Surgery Center of the South celebrated its 18th anniversary of providing over a decade of beauty as one of the area’s premier cosmetic surgery practices. Eighteen years ago, the physicians decided they could provide more comprehensive services to their patients by working together. In August 2014, the team at Plastic Surgery Center of the South added a fourth doctor to its trio of plastic surgeons. This team has built the practice into a leading cosmetic surgery center in the southern U.S. Today, they could not be more pleased. The office is an independent, comprehensive, state-of-the-art surgical facility that includes two state-certified operating suites as well as medical exam rooms and recovery areas. Most cosmetic surgical procedures are performed in the facilities by a well-trained surgical team.

The practice also employs a full-time medical aesthetician who assists patients who are looking for alternatives to surgery such as CoolSculpting or ThermiVa. They offer a full array of products and services to help the aging process. Specializing in the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques, its renowned surgeons are dedicated to providing you with the best care in a safe, private environment. Offering a wide range of procedures, including, but not limited to, breast enhancements, facial surgery, liposuction (also known as body contouring), tummy tucks and injectable fillers. One of the hottest, most popular procedures is ThermiRF. As seen on The Doctors, ThermiRF is a non-invasive procedure using unique radiofrequency technology to safely tighten skin on

Plastic and reconstructive surgery has changed dramatically over the years, and one of the biggest changes has been better informed patients. Patients are much savvier nowadays. There is a wealth of information at their fingertips. The physicians at Plastic Surgery Center of the South seek to provide additional, comprehensive information on all procedures, so that the patients can achieve the results they desire and deserve. It’s all about making a patient feel comfortable with the decision they are making. Their doctors will be the first to offer an alternative if they feel the patient does not need or is not quite ready for a procedure. Consultation is a big part of their business. The physicians take the time to meet with each patient about all of their choices. If the patient’s demands are not realistic, the doctors are upfront about it. Plastic Surgery Center of the South is extremely excited about their over 98% patient satisfaction rating, as posted on Demand Force. That says it all…

OF THE SOUTH 120 Vann Street, Ste. 150 Marietta, GA 30060 770-421-1242 PlasticSurgeryCenterOfTheSouth.net WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, at the Towne Lake Medical Campus in Woodstock, is a wellestablished orthopedics practice known for total joint replacement of the hip and knees as well as their specialized care of the foot and ankle. Dr. Travis Jones and Dr. Brian Seng welcome new patients seeking hip/knee and foot/ankle relief. Dr. Jones is an expert in reconstructive surgery for post-traumatic deformities, foot and ankle trauma and diabetic limb salvage.

Dr. Travis Jones

“As former competitive athletes, we understand how sports injuries affect daily life,” says Dr. Jones, a former collegiate soccer player from Bellarmine University. “No one needs to needlessly suffer from foot/ankle issues.” Dr. Jones, who graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and did his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said the practice offers a variety of services, with the highestquality care possible. Dr. Jones is skilled in ankle arthroscopy, ankle replacement as well as latest advancements with conservative and surgical practices. “I’m here to help with any foot/ankle issues,” Dr. Jones says.

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Dr. Seng is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in hip and knee replacement. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Michigan. He followed with a fellowship in adult reconstruction with Joint Implant Surgeons in Columbus, Ohio. “I perform partial knee replacements for people who are candidates for this procedure,” Dr. Seng says. “It is a less invasive alternative to total knee replacement that allows for a quicker recovery and a more ‘normal’ feeling knee after surgery.” In addition, Dr. Seng performs direct anterior hip replacement, a less invasive surgery that allows patients to get back to normal activity quickly, with less pain and less complications. “I like helping people improve the quality of life that has been diminished by suffering from arthritis in their hip or knee,” Dr. Seng says. “We are a patientcentered practice, focused on how to provide the best and most personalized care for each individual person. Our office staff provides a warm and friendly environment for the patients. At the same time, all the physicians are highly trained in the latest technologies related to their individual specialty within orthopedics.”

Towne Lake Office 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 320, Woodstock, GA 30189 770-517-6636 • NorthsideCherokeeOrtho.com

Georgia Breast Care Did You Know? In 2016, it is estimated that 246,660 new cases of invasive female breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States alone. Statistically, 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with an invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Fortunately, women have the resources needed for early detection, and when diagnosed at early stages, breast cancer is highly curable.

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Georgia Breast Care is a surgical oncology practice that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and all breast-related disorders. Their mission is to identify and treat breast cancer early and efficiently. They implement a team-based approach to thoroughly evaluate all patients. This includes an in-depth medical history, a complete breast exam and utilization of the most advanced, minimally invasive biopsy techniques when indicated. They then provide individualized, patient-appropriate management as outlined by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for breast care. Fortunately, most of their patients will only be managed for benign disorders. For those facing the diagnosis of breast cancer, they offer superior, state-of-the-art surgical care in a compassionate and comfortable environment. 780 Canton Road, NE, Marietta, GA 30060 678-370-0370 • GeorgiaBreastCare.com

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Expert GI Care for Your Children

Dr. Nirav Patel (left) and Dr. Tejas Mehta (right).

Pediatric and Adolescent Division When it comes to caring for children with GI issues, personal and comprehensive care is a top priority at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates’ (AGA) Pediatric and Adolescent Division. With two boardcertified pediatric gastroenterologists on staff, Dr. Tejas Mehta and Dr. Nirav Patel, infants, children, ‘tweens and teens receive the same high level of care AGA has been providing to adults in metro Atlanta for 40 years. While all types of digestive and liver disorders are evaluated and treated by AGA’s pediatric specialists, “some of the

more common digestive issues seen in many young patients are acid reflux and constipation,” says Dr. Patel. “Where possible, I like to take an approach focused on nutrition and lifestyle changes in addition to traditional medicine.” Children and adolescents can also suffer from many of the same GI issues that affect adults, including abdominal pain, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, esophagitis, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease and motility disorders. For example, chronic abdominal pain can be a sign of a food allergy or something more serious, like inflammatory bowel disease. “The incidence of food allergies and hypersensitivity to foods is on the rise,” says Dr. Mehta, “and that can result in more serious gastrointestinal disorders.” To help with these issues, nutrition counseling is available for patients and their families.

“We can really make a difference in a child’s life,” says Dr. Mehta. “When families walk in the door, they should expect to receive high quality care and responsiveness,” adds Dr. Patel. “Dr. Mehta and I are dedicated to offering complete pediatric digestive healthcare services to our patients.”

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fyzical therapy & balance centers for our therapists and patients while they undergo treatment is crucial. Our railing and harness system will enable us to safely challenge our patients in ways they could never duplicate without this setup.”

FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers recently added its first north-metro Atlanta location in Woodstock. Its mission is to deliver the most advanced physical therapy to its patients, wellness services to the community and to “stop America from falling.” FYZICAL of Woodstock was formerly known as SOAR Physical Therapy. Clinical Director, Dr. Burt Stevens, PT, and General Manager, Brian Stevens, MHA, still lead the highly skilled team they have assembled over the years as they transitioned from SOAR to FYZICAL earlier this year. “We are still locally owned, but now nationally known,” says Brian Stevens. SOAR Physical Therapy was opened in 2009 in the Hickory Flat community. When asked why Burt and Brian decided to invest in and join FYZICAL, the response was pure excitement. “Burt and I are constantly searching for ways to deliver the best care and service to our community. The shared vision and ethical standards we have with FYZICAL ultimately helped Burt and I make this major change,” Brian says. There are many reasons people need physical and certified hand therapy. Brian 36

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says, “We regularly treat patients recovering from various types of surgeries, including total joint replacements, ligament and tendon repairs, hand injuries, rotator cuffs, ACLs, etc.” FYZICAL has made enormous investments to acquire the technology, protocols and education to “stop America from falling.” “We now have the training and a state-of-the-art Balance Center to help those suffering from balance/dizziness disorders, including vertigo. We are very excited to be able to offer solutions to problems our local population and medical community have struggled with for years. Almost everyone knows of, or has heard of, someone who has been injured from a fall. In fact, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older people,” Brian adds. Dr. Danielle Ritchie, PT, the lead therapist for FYZICAL Woodstock’s Balance Center, says, “Being able to provide therapy in a safe environment

FYZICAL has made a major investment to be able to provide wellness services. There are many members of our community who feel they have physical conditions that prevent them from safely exercising. These include previous injuries or medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, back pain, etc. Physical therapists regularly treat people with these issues and are the perfect solution to develop, implement and monitor exercise and wellness programs. FYZICAL has developed the first of its kind, whole body physical health exam called BodyQ. BodyQ is a unique testing tool used for assessing movement, function, general health, balance and recovery. Knowing your BodyQ score will help your physical therapist outline a plan for wellness and improved quality of life. Olivia NewtonJohn recently joined FYZICAL as their spokesperson. “FYZICAL is an innovative group of physical therapists who are bringing prevention and holistic care to people across the United States,” Olivia says. Her BodyQ is 90, what’s yours?

6884 Hickory Flat Highway Woodstock, GA 30188 770-704-8244 FYZICALwoodstock.com

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Cherokee Sports Medicine

Since opening its doors in October 2015, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Cherokee Sports Medicine has had nearly 2,000 visits from children and teen athletes. The new 2,800-square-foot space, complete with 1,600 square footage of gym space, allows sports physical therapists to evaluate everything from a pitcher’s throw to a dancer’s mechanics. With a dance floor and portable barres, a throwing lane and Dartfish motion analysis, the therapists are equipped to help young athletes get back to the sports they love.

With summer here, the sports medicine team at Children’s stresses the importance of staying cool and hydrated when children and teens are more active outdoors. Whether playing outside or training for fall sports, it’s important to keep an eye on your child’s hydration. Here are some tips to help prevent dehydration this summer:

Never rely on thirst. Thirst is a poor indicator of the body’s level of hydration. When a young athlete begins to feel thirsty, he or she may already be dehydrated. Pre-hydrate. Thirty minutes before activity, have your child drink until he is no longer thirsty, plus an additional eight ounces. Kids weighing less than 90 pounds should drink five ounces for every 20 minutes of activity. Kids weighing more than 90 pounds should drink eight ounces for every 20 minutes of activity. Choose the right drink. If the activity lasts one hour or less, water is best. For activities lasting more than one hour, kids should drink a fluid with carbohydrates (sugar) and electrolytes. Drinks like Gatorade and PowerAde are specially formulated for rehydration during exercise and contain the

proper amount of carbohydrates. Fluids like fruit juice and soda have too much sugar and can cause cramping. • Drink it, don’t pour it. Your child may think pouring cold water on his head or face feels great, but it will not make him more hydrated. To learn more about our program and for other sports-related tips, visit choa.org/sportstips.

Children’s at Cherokee A service of Children’s at Scottish Rite hospital

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Anderson Dental due to the ever-increasing effort of insurance companies and corporate dentistry valuing profit over the patient.” At Anderson Dental, you can expect to receive comprehensive, quality dental care, which involves your total oral health being evaluated and correctly diagnosed. “Oftentimes, a dental problem can be directly related to an appropriate initial dental diagnosis,” he says. Dr. Anderson takes time with each of his patients; with modern diagnostics and training, he is dedicated to knowing and treating the diseases that affect their oral health. Dr. Anderson sees children and adults. “In my profession, if I can prevent tooth decay early, whether in a child or adult, I am a happy doctor,” he states. Dr. Anderson is also trained in implant placement and wisdom teeth surgery. Another unique offering at Anderson Dental is clear braces, called aligner orthodontics, which allow patients to straighten teeth without metal brackets.

Dr. Steven Anderson opened Anderson Dental in November 2005. After working for other dental practices in the area, he decided to move out on his own. As a man with a lot of ambition and many talents, Dr. Anderson built the professional building where he, his staff and his dental practice occupy the top floor. “Dentistry is a second career for me,” he says. “I was an executive in computer science and did a couple of software startup companies, but that career required a lot of traveling, and I was tired of that. My family was starting to grow, too, and I wanted to ensure I was around to raise my boys.” As a result, Dr. Anderson earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from the University of Louisville in 38

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Kentucky, which is one of the nation’s top dental schools. Anderson Dental focuses on comprehensive and quality patient care. Dr. Anderson says, “We focus on our patients and their needs and wants. Our patients are very important to us. We do not treat them like a number or rush through treatment. We want to know each patient, and we demonstrate that by spending time to do quality work.” “It takes time to diagnose a patient’s problem correctly and even more time to do quality dentistry; otherwise, things get missed,” he says. “It’s always worth it to receive the correct diagnosis followed by personalized, high-quality care,” Dr. Anderson notes; “This necessary philosophy is sometimes lost or overlooked

Dr. Anderson enjoys his free time with his wife, Shelley, and his two boys, Jason and Jeff. Located next to Woodstock’s new Gold’s Gym, Anderson Dental is at 650 Claremore Professional Way, Suite 200, Woodstock, GA 30188. You may contact Dr. Anderson at 770-384-8505, or visit DrStevenAnderson.com.

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north georgia ob/gyn specialists

North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists is made up of Dr. Angela Falany, Dr. Najia Lawrence and Physician Assistant Michelle Clardy. These highly skilled providers, along with their friendly office staff, take pride in being pioneers of women’s health procedures. The practice’s philosophy is a commitment to providing quality women’s health care in a warm and caring environment. “It is our pleasure to provide compassionate patient care to women of all ages,” says Dr. Falany. “We are rewarded when our patients entrust us with their gynecologic and obstetric needs.” All the practice’s obstetricians are abreast of the latest medical advances and provide a full range of maternity care, from preconception counseling and infertility care, to high-risk obstetrical management. Their doctors and office staff get to know

the new mothers and bring that warm, family-centered feeling to each and every delivery. Babies are delivered at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton.

“The practice’s name has changed, but our commitment to our patients remains the same,” Dr. Lawrence says. “We look forward to meeting our patients’ health care needs.”

“Each pregnancy is unique,” says Dr. Lawrence, a board-certified OB/GYN physician. “Being a compassionate listener and answering every question is really important to us. Over the years, we have developed lifelong relationships with our patients.” Dr. Falany adds, “We educate women, encourage them to choose a healthy lifestyle and keep up with their preventative health care visits. Our patients are partners in their health care decisions.” If the names of the providers sound familiar, it’s because, until recently, they used to be known as Falany and Hulse Women’s Center.

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Pinnacle Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Specialists

Getting You Back to the Life You Love be scheduled in a timely manner.

Pinnacle Orthopaedics Ambulatory Surgery Center The staff at Pinnacle is constantly striving to increase the level of service and convenience offered to their patients. With this in mind, they opened an on-site Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in 2011 at their Woodstock location. This ASC has fully functioning operating rooms for all types of outpatient orthopaedic surgeries. Since opening, thousands of outpatient surgeries have been performed, providing patients the convenience of having surgery close to home. As an orthopaedic specialty facility, they treat all orthopaedic sports-related injuries and perform many outpatient procedures, including total knee and hip surgery and certain outpatient spine procedures. With 20 employees within the center and more on call, they perform over 400 procedures a month. The most common surgeries performed are knee and shoulder arthroscopies, carpal tunnel procedures and spinal pain management injections. Pinnacle has 6 offices, with 2 in Cherokee County. Patients at any Pinnacle office can have procedures at the ASC. The physicians will evaluate a patient, and if a surgical procedure is needed, surgery will Acworth 678-213-5717


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Woodstock resident Cindy Cook experienced firsthand the expertise of the surgery center. She was unable to extend her leg comfortably, and pain was gradually developing along her knee cap. She went in to see Dr. Brandon Burris at the Woodstock office, who diagnosed a medial meniscus tear. She would need a knee arthroscopy with a partial medial meniscectomy to repair it. This procedure takes about 20 minutes. She was in and out of the facility in no time. “It felt like I was going to a regular appointment at a doctor’s office. The staff made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I had no idea that it was so quick and easy, or I would’ve had it repaired much sooner,” said Cindy. For more information about the procedures that can be performed in the Pinnacle ASC, speak to your Pinnacle physician, or call 770-926-6975 for information regarding the Pinnacle Ambulatory Surgery Center.

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In November 2010, Pinnacle relocated its Woodstock office to its own building at 1505 Stone Bridge Parkway, next to Walgreens at Towne Lake Parkway and I-575. “Pinnacle Orthopaedics has been in Woodstock for over 19 years now, and we have seen the area grow and have grown with it,” states Dr. Michael Kuczmanski, managing physician of the Woodstock office and medical director of the surgery center. This building, at just over 33,000 square feet, houses the Pinnacle Physicians’ Office, Pinnacle Physical Therapy and Pinnacle Imaging Center, including MRI and the Outpatient Surgery Center. “This full service office is a way to better serve our patients, with better space, equipment and technology,” says Dr. Kuczmanski. “This is a great asset to our patients.” Pinnacle Orthopaedics provides quality care, convenience and assurance that our patients are receiving the most advanced and comprehensive orthopaedic care, in a professional and courteous manner. Pinnacle has offices throughout the northwest Atlanta area, including Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding, Counties. Pinnacle has 20 physicians with experience in correcting skeletal abnormalities and injuries. Our physicians have a wide range of orthopaedic interests and specialties for children and adults, including arthroscopic surgery, surgery of the spine, total joint replacement, surgery of the hand and foot, fracture care, pain management, traumatic injuries, limb lengthening and deformity and treatment of work-related and sportsrelated injuries. For more information on our services and locations, please visit Pinnacle-Ortho.com Marietta 770-427-5717

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Northside Hospital-Cherokee (Automatic Internal Cardiac Defibrillators) implantation, cardiac catheterization and stent placement. All three Northside hospitals offer Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) and are nationally recognized for quality patient outcomes.

Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute Cardiology and vascular care go hand in hand when it comes to maintaining cardiovascular health, but they also have important differences. Cardiologists diagnose and treat heart disorders like congenital heart defects, coronary artery blockages and heart failure, whereas vascular surgeons diagnose and treat diseases of the body’s veins and arteries. For Georgians at risk for heart disease, the Northside Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute’s board-certified cardiologists and vascular surgeons, working alongside cardiovascular-trained nurses and technologists, have the highest level of expertise in diagnosing and treating these conditions.

From the Simplest to the Most Complex Cases With locations in Cherokee, Forsyth and North Fulton counties, the Northside Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute offers an integrated approach to cardiovascular care, which incorporates the latest technologies and surgical techniques, along with a comprehensive network of preventive, diagnostic, medical and support services, for treating patients with cardiovascular disease. At Northside Hospital-Cherokee, boardcertified cardiologists use state-of-the-art technology to perform a full-spectrum of non-invasive diagnostic testing and interventional cardiology procedures, including pacemaker and AICD

Other diagnostic cardiac testing includes stress tests, echocardiograms and nuclear medicine cardiac studies. Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Stress and Echo Lab is staffed with cardiology nurses and technologists who specialize in assisting physicians with these non-invasive exams that provide valuable information about the health of the heart. Northside’s highly-skilled vascular surgeons treat everything from the simplest to most complex arterial conditions, including aortic aneurysms, blockages in the carotid arteries, peripheral artery disease (leg artery blockages), venous disease (blood clots, varicose and spider veins), and artery problems of the intestines and kidneys, among others. Additional services, such as diabetes education and smoking cessation classes, are also available. Cardiac rehabilitation (medically supervised exercise to help patients regain their heart health) will be available at Northside Hospital-Cherokee starting in January 2017.

Award-Winning Cardiovascular Care Despite advances in technology and research, according to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. and the world. It’s the reason for about one of every three deaths in the U.S., claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Northside Hospital has been recognized by some of the nation’s leading health care organizations for providing a high level of expertise in treating patients with chest pain, heart attack symptoms, heart failure and stroke. All three hospital campuses have achieved Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers and multiple awards from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® and Get With The Guidelines® programs.

Always on the Forefront of New Treatments and Technologies Clinical trials translate results of scientific research into ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. Northside cardiologists and vascular surgeons work alongside respected industry partners and nationally recognized clinical trial networks to study new, investigational devices and medications. Many of these trials were previously only available at academic or research institutions. However, patients can now benefit from these latest treatments close to home. For more information about Northside Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute, visit Northside.com/heartandvascular.

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Comfort in Connection By Robbie Matiak

HVAC system notify you that you have no heating or cooling in your home? Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort Services, supported by their exclusive RedLINK™ Wireless Technology and their full-suite of wireless-enabled comfort systems, allows you, the homeowner, to connect to your home anytime you’re away through your PC, smart phone or tablet. Once you’ve registered through the Honeywell RedLINK™ Internet Gateway, you have the ability to customize your system and alert settings as well as download the mobile app. Depending upon the combination of products installed from the RedLINK™ suite, homeowners are able to program schedules, view and change HVAC system settings (heat, cool, fan, humidification, etc.), view and set the temperature in the house, receive temperature and humidity alerts via the web, access over 90 system alerts via the web, and get automatic upgrades as new features are made available. Late getting home? With the Total Connect Comfort Service, you have the ability to access your home thermostat and make adjustments to your programmed setting in order to save on energy bills by not heating or cooling an empty home. The Total Connect Comfort Service also has the capability to store data logs of your system’s operation, not only alerting you while you may be away that you have no heating or cooling, but also allowing for system analysis, which enables you to make a call for service or replacement prior to a complete loss of heating or cooling. You can count on Total Connect’s system performance alerts for peace of mind and a level of awareness that is unmatched. You’ll be able to remain connected to your home from anywhere in the world. Via the web portal or the mobile app, you’re able to establish and adjust alerts to monitor the comfort of your home, based on the needs of your family. Because you’re receiving alerts instantly when there’s a problem or deviation from your programmed setting, you can make a decision to take action immediately, potentially avoiding costly damages in your home.

Constant motion is the present theme in many of our lives. Whether we’re running from work to home, home to sports practice, a weekend at the grandparents’ or the beach, the activities in our lives have us constantly moving. In order to manage the minutiae, we’ve come to rely on technology to remain connected; we consistently seek out and discover new ways to connect our lives with others and our homes. We all have an “app for that,” ranging from managing our budgets, grocery lists, satellite or cable TV service and home security system settings. What if you had an app to help you manage your home energy bills or to have your 42

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As we continue to lead fuller and more enriched lives, it’s not necessary to sacrifice your family’s comfort. Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort Services allow you to remain connected and manage your home comfort while leading an active life.

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


he Burns Law Group, PC, has been representing citizens of Cherokee County and northern Georgia for over 23 years. Their staff has over 125 years of combined legal experience. They have successfully represented thousands of clients and have built a highly respected practice. Most people never expect to need an attorney; however, when or if the need arises, you need a firm you can trust. You need a firm that inspires confidence and provides quality representation. The Burns Law Group, PC, is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with the local legal system. They’re constantly in the courthouse representing clients and are well-versed within the legal community. The firm handles two types of cases. They represent clients in domestic court by handling divorces, child

support cases and modifications, contempts, DFCS matters and other family law issues. They have a team that concentrates only on domestic matters. They understand that each case presents unique facts and circumstances. They begin each case by assessing the needs and desires of each client, and then they develop a personalized case strategy. They recognize that many cases can and should be resolved amicably and quickly. Other cases may need investigation and litigation. Their team can assist in making decisions about the best way to approach your case. The Burns Law Group, PC, also has a team that concentrates only on criminal cases. Their founding member, J. Daran Burns, has successfully tried several murder cases, all ending in “not guilty” verdicts. Additionally, the team includes a 13-year former prosecutor.

The firm has successfully represented thousands of accused individuals. The Burns Law Group, PC represents people with criminal charges of all ranges. They handle DUI cases and misdemeanors. They’ve also tried and/ or resolved some of the biggest and most complex cases Cherokee County has ever prosecuted. They provide clients with a clear understanding of the criminal prosecution process. If you have a legal matter in Cherokee County, it’s important to make the right choice. The Burns Law Group, PC, will put their experience to work for you.

The Burns Law Group, PC 181 East Main Street, Canton 770-956-1400




By Julie Senger

Many of us are familiar with Georgia’s Tybee, St. Simons and Cumberland Islands. However, Georgia’s other, less publicized beaches also have a story to tell, a story that’s undisturbed by chain hotels, restaurants and shopping establishments. Sapelo, Ossabaw and Wassaw are barrier islands off the coast of Georgia that are exclusive, exquisite and have much to offer in the way of breathtaking scenery, wildlife, nature and history.

Sapelo Island is home to the last remaining Geechee/Gullah community in the U.S., which is known as Hog Hammock. The Geechee/Gullah community members are descendants of slaves who worked the plantation of Thomas Spalding. They have retained much of their African culture, and they have their own distinct language. They also have their own burial ground, Behavior Cemetery, which reflects AfricanAmerican burial customs.

Things to See

Sapelo Island Lighthouse — This lighthouse was built in the 1800s. It has a very rich history and is currently still in operation. RJ Reynolds Mansion — The Mansion served as the Spalding Plantation Manor from 1810 until the Civil War. Visitors can rent one of its 13 bedrooms and enjoy its game room and exploring the grounds, which have beautiful sculptures and massive live oaks. The Mansion also has a library containing many old, original volumes of Mr. Reynold’s private collection. Chocolate Plantation — This was once a prosperous sugar cane and Sea Island cotton plantation. The remaining ruins are of slave cabins, the main house, the restored tabby barn, the Sears Roebuck house and many others. Sapelo Indian Shell Ring Complex — This mysterious site consists of three doughnut-shaped Indian mounds left centuries ago by Native Americans. It was formed over a period of hundreds of years. The site has been radiocarbon dated at 2170 B.C., making it older than many of Egypt’s pyramids!

When Should I Go? A great time to visit the island would be during its Culture Day Festival, which is held each year on the second Saturday in October. The festival features West African food, music, arts and crafts and storytelling.


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Ossabaw Island is a 20 minute boat ride from Savannah. It has been preserved by the state of Georgia for natural, scientific and cultural study as well as research and education. Its unspoiled beauty has attracted creative types to live on the island for short periods of time while researching and creating new works. Ralph Ellison, Annie Dillard and Alice Walker have all spent time on the island.

Things to See

Loggerhead Sea Turtles and Endangered Wood Storks — Both of these precious animals nest on Ossabaw Island. Ossabaw Hogs — The Ossabaw hog is the closest genetic representative of historic Spanish stocks because the population remained on the island, where it didn’t come into contact with mainland breeds. They are biologically unique because they’ve adapted to the island’s heat, humidity and seasonal food scarcity. North End Plantation Tabbies — The Plantation Tabbies are 3 surviving slave quarters dating back to the antebellum period that are considered to be some of the best preserved examples of slave settlement architecture in the southeast.

Main Road — This dirt road was carved into the island in the 1760s and is considered to be one of the oldest continually used roads in America.

When Should I Go? In October

and November (annually), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources conducts controlled hunting for Ossabaw hogs, deer and alligator for population control. There’s also an annual fundraiser, usually held in October, called the Ossabaw Island Pig Roast and Art Auction. If you’re a writer, you may want to look into the Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat, held once in spring and once in autumn each year. And if you love turtles, you can book a trip through the Ossabaw Island Foundation for a two-night weekend to observe seasonal turtle hatching. continued on page 46



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Wassaw Island is a designated National Wildlife Refuge and is the most primitive of all of Georgia’s barrier islands. If you want to see what Georgia’s islands looked like before the Europeans arrived, Wassaw Island is the place for you. Boneyard Beach — Beachcombing at Boneyard Beach can be breathtaking. The beautiful shapes of the twisted driftwood that rests here for unknown periods of time can make for some very dramatic photo opportunities. Since the ocean is this beach’s decorator, its landscape changes with the tide, so no two visits to Boneyard Beach are likely to look the same. You may also catch sight of a bottlenose dolphin, as they like to hang out around the island. Loggerhead turtles also come to shore to nest here.

If you’re looking to leave your footprints in some less-populated beach sand, Sapelo, Ossabaw and Wassaw are the ideal beaches for you!

Fort Morgan — This structure was built during the Spanish-American War. As it was only constructed several hundred feet from the shore, the ocean tide has begun to erode and bury this bit of history. It looks as though its days may be numbered before it is overtaken by the sea altogether.

When Should I Go? Since the island is only open for visitation during the day, it is highly

recommended that you time your visit to allow for you to experience Boneyard Beach at sunset! There is also seasonal deer hunting, by permit only. Loggerhead turtles usually come to nest in April each year.


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*Sources: GeorgiaStateParks.org, TourSapelo.com, LostWorlds. org, OssabawIsland.org, FWS.gov, SlowFoodUSA.org



eautiful images can be captured by camera, but Jeff Kerns, a local Georgian artist, doesn’t just capture images with the push of a button. Rather, with the skillful strokes of his paintbrush, Jeff turns any snapshot into a beautiful work of art. Jeff’s father taught him how to draw and paint. “I started painting in the first grade. My dad taught me what he learned from his art major, and I loved it,” he says. His interest in art took off, as he honed in on his portrait skills by practicing how to draw his favorite musical group, the Jackson 5. From there, Jeff moved on to drawing his friends. Soon, everyone noticed his skill and talent, and many people in his school wanted their portrait drawn, too. With such recognized ability, Jeff started taking art classes at school. His teacher admired his talent with a paintbrush and decided to enter his work into contests like the National Scholastics Art Awards. He ended up winning several awards in the


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National Scholastic’s for his art throughout his high school career. “After winning these awards, I became interested in art as a career,” Jeff says. While still in high school, Jeff unofficially began his art career after realizing the demand for people wanting portraits of themselves. He began accepting commissions, and Jeff’s beautiful artistic skill drew in quite a few customers. Like his father, Jeff wanted to further his artistic knowledge, so he moved to Georgia in 1977 to attend college at the Art Institute of Atlanta. He studied several different styles of art, including advertising, illustration, graphic design and photography. While still in art school, Jeff was asked by a local restaurant owner to design the restaurant’s logo. This job would be the first of many design and graphic assignments Jeff would be commissioned to create for other companies in the Atlanta area, but his passion lies in creating portraits. “I’m inspired and fascinated by people, and it’s the most awesome feeling selling one of my

portraits,” Jeff says. He graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 1980. Jeff now focuses on painting portraits and any commissions he receives. “I mostly work from photographs, but I can also work with live models,” Jeff says. He spends 6 to 10 hours every day painting in his studio in Roswell. He uses materials like oil paints and chalk pastels to create his gorgeous works of art. “The number of paintings I create within a single week and the amount of time it takes to complete one of those paintings varies. It’s the same with the cost of the painting, as well. Larger, more detailed works take longer to complete, so they cost more than smaller ones I do,” Jeff explains. He has completed hundreds of paintings for people all across the United States, earning wide recognition, but he considers his biggest accomplishment to be that he’s been able to earn an income doing what he loves for the last 30 years.

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as encourage group cohesion. Music therapists have extensive training in utilizing music interventions to foster the development of motor, communication, cognitive and social abilities in children.

Why Music


By Jennifer W. Puckett, L.P.M.T., M.T.-B.C. Parents often ask, “Why would I enroll my child in a music class? My child already goes to story time, preschool and plays soccer in a local league.” Well, here are a few reasons why you should enroll your child in a music class taught by a board-certified and licensed music therapist. It’s important that the class teacher is able to identify individual needs in the class as well

Music therapists plan each class and curriculum specifically to target ageappropriate development and to promote self expression as well as creativity. Today, children live in a LOUD world with technology pounding them over their heads! Music is intrinsic, and it is important to provide children with a natural avenue to build creativity and self regulation. Music therapists understand that LIVE music is evidence-based and research-backed to be the most effective developmental tool in the young, developing brain. Busy lives, work demands and home duties can sometimes make it difficult for “intentional time” with your child. Music classes offer time to shut off the phone and have intentional, uninterrupted time between a parent and child. They

provide opportunities for your child to learn social interaction skills and enhance communication skills with peers in a semi-structured environment that utilizes singing, dancing and a variety of instruments. Music therapists establish a rapport throughout the class session by using the same hello and goodbye song. This simple implementation creates structure for the child, and the child knows what to expect when the hello song is sung each week. It’s important to give your child up to 3 classes to feel their maximum level of comfort in a class. So why take a class taught by a music therapist? Music therapy adapts music teaching styles to the child’s needs to create a successful learning experience with peers and an important bonding time for parents!

Jennifer W. Puckett is a L.P.M.T., M.T.-B.C. at In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-345-2804. InHarmonyPediatricTherapy.com



Procedure: In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the octopus, and cook over medium heat, turning until lightly brown. Add the garlic cloves, crushed red pepper and white wine, and bring to a boil. Cover the Dutch oven, and braise over medium-low heat until very tender, about 1.5 hours.


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1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano 1 fennel bulb, halved, cored and thinly sliced 1 carrot, thinly sliced ½ red onion, thinly sliced 3 scallions, thinly sliced 1, 15 oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained Kosher salt to taste 1-2 cups arugula leaves ½ cup parsley leaves

Transfer the octopus to a plate, and let it cool completely. In a large bowl, combine red wine vinegar, lemon juice, oregano and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then, add the fennel, carrot, onion, scallions, chickpeas and a generous pinch of salt. Wipe the purple skin off the octopus with a paper towel, leaving the suckers intact. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the octopus tentacles, and cook until well-browned, about 1-2 minutes. Then, transfer the octopus to plates. Toss the arugula in the vinaigrette with all the vegetables, and transfer onto plates. Garnish with parsley, and enjoy!

Some “Seedy� Things Happening at Hickory Flat Library By Joshua Fuder The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension-Cherokee County and Cherokee County Master Gardeners have partnered with the Sequoyah Library System to open a unique program at the Hickory Flat Library. The Cherokee County Seed Library, which is housed in an antique dresser, is a place where gardeners can learn about seed saving and borrow vegetable, herb and flower seeds. Seed saving is a timehonored tradition that allows the selection and perpetuation of plants that have

particular value to a gardener, whether it is an especially early and tasty tomato or an especially vigorous and drought adapted hollyhock. Saving the seeds of favorite plants contributes to the biodiversity of local communities. Saving seeds also helps to connect generations within families; many gardeners enjoy the same beans or okra their parents or grandparents grew. The seed library is free to the public, and interested gardeners are simply asked to fill out a membership form when they check

out seeds. The seeds are organized by difficulty of seed saving, and borrowers are asked to return some of the seeds from their successful plants at the end of the season. As growers deposit seeds, the seed library will maintain its inventory and will contain plants that are better adapted to growing in our unique growing environment. The Cherokee County Seed Library is open during the normal business hours of the Hickory Flat Library. Interested gardeners can also find information on the great public education programs led by The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension-Cherokee County and Cherokee County Master Gardeners at the Hickory Flat Library.

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




Woodstock T rolley

There’s an App for That!

By Kyle Bennett


njoy a free ride around Downtown Woodstock, courtesy of the Woodstock Trolley. Provided by the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority, the Woodstock Trolley features stops at public parking lots in Downtown Woodstock, by Downtown stores and restaurants, Reformation Brewery, the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta and the Woodstock Library. The Woodstock Trolley is a convenient way to make your way around Downtown Woodstock, and it is also a very fun experience to ride the trolley. The trolley is especially popular with kids! The Woodstock Trolley currently runs on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The hours of operation for the trolley change with the season, so to find the current schedule, check out DowntownWoodstock.org/trolley

Remember, the Woodstock Trolley is free to ride! We are very excited to announce a new tool that makes the Woodstock Trolley even more convenient to ride. The new Woodstock Trolley app is now available! With the Woodstock Trolley app, you will be able to check in at trolley stops, and find out the estimated amount of time until the trolley arrives at each stop. No longer will you have to wait at a trolley stop and not know when it will arrive. 52

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Simply check the app to find out! On the app, you will also be able to see the trolley route, stop locations and schedule. Another cool part of the app is the message feature. Via this part of the app, you can receive messages with the latest news on the trolley. It’s the best way to find out about schedule changes for the trolley, new trolley stops and all other trolley related news. Think of this app as a combination

of the Woodstock Trolley and Uber; sounds like a great combo! Be sure to download the free Woodstock Trolley app on your smart phone!

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

Pregnant…Is Your Smile Ready? Recently, I treated a woman because she had fractured her back tooth during childbirth. As we talked, several things came to mind that I thought worthy of sharing for good oral health during pregnancy. Preparation for good oral health during pregnancy starts with a current dental exam. Many dentists are experienced in treating pregnant patients. Extra precautions are employed to help mom feel comfortable and to protect the fetus. If you haven’t seen your dentist prior to getting pregnant, a routine checkup and cleaning should be scheduled during pregnancy. Tooth decay and other oral disease should be treated immediately, if possible. Active oral disease will progress

over this time, so resolving any problems will avoid any extensive and painful treatment once your newborn arrives. With the advances of modern digital dental x-rays, they’re now considered safe because the radiation is so low and the focus is the tooth or jaw — not the uterus. Your dentist can even provide a lead apron to further protect the uterus and ease a mother’s concern. A good time to schedule your dental visit is during your second trimester. In the second trimester, the fetus has moved beyond the critical early organ development stages and into body development. Often, “morning sickness” has passed, which makes mothers better physically prepared to receive any necessary dental work. Review and consider necessary treatment only. Listen closely to your trusted dentist, and make decisions together.

By Steven Anderson, D.M.D.

Drugs, Dentistry & Pregnancy

Medications can affect your developing fetus. In dentistry, there are very few drugs routinely used that could be potentially harmful to a developing fetus. Overdoses or chronic use are the primary concerns. Antibiotics, pain medicine and anesthetics are carefully considered when needed. Your dentist should take precautions and discuss with you and/or your OB/GYN any specific drug concerns. Having a child can be a very rewarding experience, and keeping your teeth healthy before, during and after pregnancy prepares you to enjoy this experience. After all, great dentistry is all about you and your newborn. Dr. Steven Anderson is owner/dentist with Anderson Dental of Woodstock and East Cobb. 650 Claremore Professional Way, Ste. 200, Woodstock. 770-384-8505. DrStevenAnderson.com



Ribbon Cuttings

1. Cherokee Veterans Park


7261 Cumming Highway Canton 770-924-7768 Government — County


2. Advanced Pain and Spine 246 Creekstone Ridge Woodstock 678-494-9668 Chiroprator

1. Park 9 1105 Ridgewalk Parkway Woodstock 470-226-3987 Apartment Complex

2. Bavarian Repair



204 Bell Place Woodstock 770-310-2381 Automobile Repair & Service Center

3. Pivotal Performance Processes 8145 Main Street, Unit A Woodstock 770-592-7587 Consulting Services

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8744 Main Street, Suite 303 Woodstock 678-227-2593 Counseling Services

By Juan Reyes


ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS of an Effective Flat Roof Maintenance Plan

Flat roofs are different from the gabled roofs on most homes, but they have one similarity — proper maintenance is not optional. Developing a functional maintenance plan is essential for extending your roof’s functional lifespan.

1 Keep Detailed Documentation

Effective documentation includes an energy audit, product sheets from the roofing company and the specs of the roof. Also, keeping construction reports and warranties of every repair or change to the roof is useful. This way, anything

you need to know can be referenced immediately. Keep both a hard copy of these reports and a digital copy in case of a systems failure or natural issue, such as a flood, occurs.

2 Make Routine Inspections

A full inspection by a professional should happen at least once a year. Quarterly inspections, combined with a post-storm inspection, are the optimal choice. Catching flat roof repair projects early will help you save thousands over the lifespan of your roofing system. If your building’s maintenance manager is not familiar with your roofing system, team up with a local contractor.

3 Enforce Roof-Preserving

Precautions An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Those maintaining your roof should be trained in the essential basics of flat roof maintenance and upkeep. This includes:

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Walking only on designated paths Avoiding smoking on the roof Cleaning out any clogged drains Never leaving tools or equipment on the roof • Utilizing proper safety equipment when on the rooftop a Budget Item for Repairs 4 Include Free up your finances by building maintenance/repair costs for your flat roof into your budget. Integrating small costs today will help to ensure that costly repairs are avoided later. These are just a few of the basic requirements of developing a solid flat roof repair and maintenance plan to keep your building and your assets secure.

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



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