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


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


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


.......... Sheriff Frank Reynolds


....... Main Street Holly Springs


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


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


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


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


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


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PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski Jack@FamilyLifePublications.com EDITORIAL Julie Senger Julie@FamilyLifePublications.com

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ART Candice Williams Candice@FamilyLifePublications.com

We have so much going on in our lives that it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to not get caught up in what we are doing and forget what our goals are. If we keep turning our negatives into positives, much in the same way photographers did back in the darkroom days, we may not always end up where we intended, but we will always end up on the plus side.

Family Life Publishing Group, Inc. 150 North Street, Suite A Canton, GA 30114


FamilyLifePublications.com 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 26,000, direct mailing over 24,000 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.


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Another lesson we all must learn is how to embrace failure; use it as a tool

for growth, wisdom and a platform for structure and strength. Success is often built on a series of small failures. The big idea is usually only the push to get you going, and sometimes, that may put us face-down on the ground. Then, through inspired determination, we dust ourselves off and forge ahead — lesson learned, and that is always a positive thing.


ecently, I had a busier-than-normal week planned, and looking at all those color-coded entries on my calendar made me sit back and smile. It wasn’t too long ago that my calendar was a bit thin and only one color. That had to change, and change it soon did. Looking back, four years ago this month, I was putting together ideas and a business plan to start a series of new community publications — these Family Life magazines. After spending my entire adult life in some facet of the publishing business, I had learned quite a bit about what was required from a team to make it work. Maintaining a positive attitude, living within one’s means, and seizing opportunities when they arise are three of those lessons.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Jaime Basso, Sen. Brandon Beach, Paul Bodrogi, Stacy Brown, Chris Bryant, Rick Cheney, Jyl Craven, Kristi Estes, Joshua Fuder, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Jessica Helms, Maria Klouda, Ambre Kragor, Pamela Marquess, Kelsey McKernie, Steve Miller, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Frank Reynolds, Greg Roach, Ferdinand Yates





SALES Janet Ponichtera Janet@FamilyLifePublications.com



Laurie Litke Laurie@FamilyLifePublications.com

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Calendar ONGOING Sunny Side Up, the Poultry Industry in Cherokee County — This is a temporary exhibit about the history of the poultry industry in Cherokee County. It lasts through July 2017. FREE!

Robert Randolph. 7:30pm, Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, 103 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. WoodstockSummerConcertSeries.com


Business After Hours — This is a great networking opportunity. 4:30-6:00pm, Merrill Gardens, 12730 Highway 92, Woodstock. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com

14-28 Poultry in Cherokee County

The Frog Prince — The Frog Prince is an original work by Siobhan Brumbelow and based on the fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. This will be the world premiere of this production. Wednesday 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org

Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00m, Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton. 770-345-3288. RockBarn.org Woodstock Farm Fresh Market — Enjoy fresh baked goods, homemade health and beauty products and farm-fresh fruits and veggies. Produce vendors are now required to grow at least 85% of the product they sell. The Market will be open every Saturday through September. 8:30am-12:00pm, Market Street, downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com



Coffee & Connections — This event provides the Chamber’s newest members with the opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, its programs and benefits. Committee activities and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Attendees also learn about their fellow new members. 9:0010:00am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com

Highway 92, Woodstock. 678-687-9188. TheExchangeGa.org



Women’s Exchange — Each month, guest facilitators explore topics like entitlement, serving the community, seasonal depression, our personalities and more. 7:00-9:00pm, Venue 92, 12015


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Food Truck Friday— Enjoy delicious food and treats while visiting with neighbors, listening to live music and more! 6:009:00pm, Cherokee County Recreation Center, 7545 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net

Woodstock Summer Concert Series- Robert Randolph & the Family Band with special guest, AJ Ghent Band — Enjoy a night of American funk and soul, led by pedal steel guitarist


Brew HaHa — This is a unique comedy event along with all brewery tours, conducted improv style by Elm Street’s IThink Improv Troupe. 5:308:00pm, Reformation Brewery, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Suite A, Woodstock. 678-4944251. ElmStreetArts.org


TGIF Concert, Divas — Divas is a repeated theme concert of last year’s enormously popular show of

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the same name, which features three of Atlanta’s most talented and popular female jazz vocalists! This year’s vocalists are Melanie Dobbins, Gwen Hughes and Maggie Clements. 8:00pm, Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770664-1533. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com

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Woodstock Roots: A Bluegrass Concert Series — This month features Atkins, Ellis and Lawson. These shows are FREE to attend, and concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, food and beverage. 7:00-9:00pm, Elm Street Arts Village Event Green, downtown Woodstock.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hourly Ultra — It’s a hot, midsummer night. While most people are in bed dreaming, you’ll be living out your dream of accomplishing that ultramarathon distance or PR that’s been eluding you. Every year, there are 100 mile finishers! This year, they will receive a personalized belt buckle. 9:00pm, Boling Park, 1098 Marietta Highway, Canton. 678-400-9050. MidsummerNightsDream. RacesOnline.com/home continued on




LIBRARY EVENTS SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 ROSE CREEK 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 WOODSTOCK 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859 INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP June 10 & 24, 11:00am, Woodstock Individuals interested in starting a new group to support their writings are invited to attend. FOSSILS (PET) ROCKS! June 12, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Check out our fossil display on loan from the Tellus Museum, and adopt your own Pet Rock to take home with you! MAKING YOUR OWN BRACELET June 14, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Lynn Mocke will be instructing you on how to make a memory bracelet. Registration is required. CROCHET FOR YOUR COMMUNITY June 14 & 28, 10:30am, Hickory Flat Designed for all ages and all skill levels, learn how to crochet, or help someone else pick up a new skill. This program will culminate into a community service project. BEE KIND June 15, 4:30pm, Rose Creek Learn more about bees and the important role they play in our world. This is presented by the UGA Extension; all ages are welcome. Registration is required. PINTEREST NIGHT June 15, 6:30pm, Woodstock Old hardcover book picture frame- display your photos and your love of reading in a unique, eye-catching way! Bring a photo. Registration is requested. This is for ages 16+. AUTHOR KAREN WHITE June 17, 2:00pm, Rose Creek Celebrate the launch of her new book The Night the Lights Went Out. FoxTale Bookshop will be on hand selling books. This event is free and open to public. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration begins June 1st. RABBIT RESCUE June 19, 2:00pm, Hickory Flat Georgia House Rabbit Society presents an educational and unique experience. Learn about the work GHRS


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does within our community, and see some of their rabbits. GIANT BATTLESHIP June 20, 4:00pm, Rose Creek Play an oversized version of this classic board game. This is for grades 6-12. SUPER SPHERO CODING CLASS June 21, 10:30am, Rose Creek Code and guide your round robot through mazes, under bridges, over water and more! This is for ages 9+. Registration is required. STEAM 3-D PRINTING June 21, 3:00pm, Woodstock Explore how 3-D printers work, and print something cool! GIANT JENGA June 22, 3:00pm, Rose Creek Use your critical thinking skills to strategize your moves; build the tower, and win the giant Jenga game! This is for ages 9+.

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Meet and Eat — Come for an hour of lunch and networking with fellow business leaders. 11:30am12:30pm, Shane’s Rib Shack, 4504 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 101, Holly Springs. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


B.L.A.S.T.T Workshop: “Building Your Beach,” How Employee Engagement Achieves Business Results — This is presented by Jim Bulger of WorkThrive Consulting. 11:30am1:30pm, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce — Terrace Level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Power Hour — This is a fastpaced networking event with fellow business leaders as well as the Chamber Chairman of the Board, Bryan Reynolds, and Chamber President & CEO, Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you’ll have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:00am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com

TOUCH A TRUCK: FIREFIGHTER VISIT June 23, 10:30am, Woodstock Friends from the City of Woodstock Fire Department will be at the library! They will explain about safety and show how fire trucks work. ESCAPE THE ROOM CHALLENGE June 27, 28 & 30, 4:00pm, Woodstock Participants ages 9-12 years old will be “locked” in the meeting room (with two staff members for support and safety) and must solve a variety of puzzles to find their way out. Registration is required. SCALES AND TAILS REPTILE SHOW June 29, 10:30am, Rose Creek See the creatures of our world in a reptile show at the library! Ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.


Downtown Buzz — Gather and learn about things going on in the community through informal networking and formal programs. This month’s featured speaker is Brantley Day, director of community development. 8:009:00am, Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-592-6056. MainStreetWoodstock.org

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Woodstock Freedom Run 5k, Parade, Freedomfest & Fireworks — This is the City of Woodstock’s annual 4th of July event. Participate in the early morning Woodstock Freedom Run 5k road race. There will be a parade through downtown Woodstock followed by Freedomfest until 3:00pm. There will be booths, food, fun and games for children in Woodstock City Park. The after-dark fireworks display can be seen along I-575 & Highway. 92. 5k race is at 7:15am; the parade is at 10:00am, The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-517-6788. WoodstockGa.gov


Friday Night Live: Downtown Dance Party — Put on your dancing shoes, and head downtown for a dance party! It will be a night to remember! Thanks to the extended hours during Friday Night Live, everyone has a chance to explore

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Home by Dark Concert Series- Kyshona Armstrong & Sarah Darling — A concert experience like no other, Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 8:00pm, Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com

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the varied shops downtown. 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Woodstock. 770-592-6056. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Family Fun Night — Enjoy some family fun at the outdoor Oasis Pool with music, games and contests for everyone. The fee is included with daily admissions. 5:00-7:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net



Business Crew Core is a fitness community where a unique culture of diverse personalities and abilities unite with a common goal — to help you transform to a healthier and stronger you. They inspire you to unleash your positive inner voice that they call your “superhero,” enabling you to tap into the mindset of “I can.” Crew Core’s community members lose an average of fifteen pounds of fat and gain over four pounds of muscle in 74 days or less! Their team of enthusiastic fitness experts will help you to achieve extraordinary results that are simply not possible without a coach. If you want to start on your new journey, a way to


transform your lifestyle to a healthier and stronger one with their passionate team of fitness experts, they are offering an introductory rate for community members for a limited time. For more information, call 678-494-8889, or visit CrewCoreFitness.com. Crew Core is located at 12186 GA-92, Suite 110, Woodstock.


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WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s cardiac program is one of only two programs in the U.S. to receive the Joint Commission Gold Seal Disease-Specific Certification for Heart Valve, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG) and Congestive Heart Failure. This means WellStar patients across the state have access to the highest levels of care, close to home. As one of only two hospitals to receive these certifications, WellStar continues to show leadership in patient-centric cardiac care through innovative treatments, technologies and approaches. An example is the CardioMEMS™ device offered to stage three heart failure patients with frequent readmissions. This implantable device measures a patient’s pulmonary artery pressure and heart rate through a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery. This allows physicians to wirelessly manage heart failure. Coordinating care can be a challenge for patients, particularly those with multiple chronic illnesses. WellStar has created individualized clinics to develop care plans centered on the patient and the patient’s family, which acts as a support system. The care plans are developed by a multidisciplinary group to reduce the amount of follow-up appointments and streamline the access to multiple healthcare professionals through the Comprehensive Care Clinic and Structural Heart Clinic.

Insignia of Towne Lake, a senior living community celebrating twenty years of loving care in Woodstock, is proud to announce that Sandy Smith has been promoted to executive director. For the past fourteen years, Sandy held the position of resident care director, so becoming executive director will be a very smooth transition for all — especially the residents and care associates.

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Woodstock Minute

Can Washing Your Car

Benefit Your Lawn? By Greg Roach


ashing the car can be lots of fun! But did you know it can benefit your lawn, too? It’s true!

Just pull your car onto the grass, and wash it there. Your lawn will gladly soak up the water. Plus, the grass will break down the soap and absorb the phosphates as fertilizer. There’s another bonus to getting clean on the green. Keeping soapy water out of storm drains and ditches protects water quality. That is because anything that enters storm drains or ditches is headed straight to our local creeks, rivers and lakes — no filters or treatment. Here are a few more ideas to be clean on the green: • • • • •

If possible, eliminate the use of hazardous cleaning agents and detail products. Use biodegradable detergents. Choose cleaning agents that can be recycled. Use as little water as possible. Use hoses and cleaning equipment with nozzles that automatically turn off when not in use.

Not everyone can wash their car on the lawn. If you can’t, please use a commercial car wash. Regulations require commercial car washes to collect and treat the wash water. The City of Woodstock is committed to being an advocate for our local environment. As such, the City’s Stormwater Division, falling under the Public Works Department, is responsible for planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of Woodstock’s stormwater system. The mission of the Stormwater Division is to prevent flooding and reduce pollution.

Greg Roach is the stormwater operations manager in the Public Works Department for the City of Woodstock.


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Flossing greatly decreases your chances of developing tooth decay in between your teeth. It is also important for children to begin flossing daily at an early age. Flossing is virtually the only way to prevent cavities from forming in between your teeth. These cavities are called interproximal cavities. Even if you are meticulous with your brushing habits (twice a day, ultrasonic toothbrush, brush for two minutes, brush every exposed tooth surface), you are still susceptible to interproximal cavities if you do not floss daily.

Let’s Get Flossing! By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

Chances are, you’ve heard plenty regarding the importance of daily flossing. Yet, statistics show that only fifty percent of Americans floss daily.

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It is even important for children to floss. When your baby’s first few teeth begin to emerge from their gums, it may seem comical to begin flossing. There can be gaps between the teeth. But beginning to floss at a young age gets your child used to having their teeth flossed. This is helpful for parents because if children are accustomed to having their teeth flossed, it will be easier to continue flossing their teeth when they are older but still too

young to floss on their own. Parents need to floss their child’s teeth daily until they are at least five years old. Once your child gets a bit older, they can begin to try and floss on their own, but it is still a good idea for parents to floss after they floss, just to be sure that all food particles are removed from between their teeth. In addition, if you begin the daily habit of flossing for your child, they are much more likely to carry this habit into adulthood. One of the best gifts you can give your child is to instill great oral hygiene habits. You can increase the odds that they will have a lifetime of great oral health, and avoid costly and painful dental treatment due to dental decay.

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



3 Summer Haircuts for Busy Women By Jyl Craven

LIFESTYLE Today’s woman leads a demanding life, and spending more than a few minutes on her hair in the morning just isn’t an option. As summer approaches, and the days become longer, our agendas become fuller than ever before. Work, meetings, carpooling kids, little league practice, who really has time for themselves? If this sounds like you, never fear. Ask your stylist about one of these three haircuts. With minimal muss and fuss in the morning, any one of these three styles will leave you looking dazzling this summer!

The Pixie Cut

Actresses from Mia Farrow to Ann Hathaway have popularized this classic cut, which is perfect for women with fine hair. The cut makes hair appear fuller, while shorter lengths also allow for smooth or tousled styles. Plus, busy women will appreciate that the pixie cut works well even if they only have time to air-dry their hair. Want to create a chic, textured and disheveled look? Keep some sculpting paste on your vanity. Shape Paste by Shu Uemura Art of Hair® perfectly complements the pixie cut because it bonds to the natural protein sites on the hair, reinforcing the structure and style.


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The Curly Bob

The curly bob is an easy and versatile look for women on the go. If the word “bob” scares you, don’t worry; the curly bob can vary from shoulder length to just above the earlobes. Active women can wear a curly bob straight or with layers for extra movement and bounce. A curly bob can be a simple, subtle look that conveys urbanity and sophistication without taking a long time to style. For a touch of shine, consider adding a little of your favorite gloss spray. The curly bob can also easily be styled into a beach wave look. To create the look without stiffness or stickiness, use a styling aid like

Keratase® Spray à Porter. This water-based lotion leaves your hair feeling smooth and breezy all summer long.

Long, Loose Layers

Did you think long hair has to automatically equal a long styling time? That’s simply not true! You can keep your long, thick or curly hair and still have time to live your life, if you embrace loose layers. Long hair with round layers that nicely frame your face will always be in style. Long layers can also be used to shape and contour the face. Women with round faces should ask their stylists for fewer layers, since layers tend to widen the face. For a different look, you might ask your stylist to add a side-swept fringe to keep your hair looking modern. The best thing about all three of these simple, timeless cuts is that they can be appropriate for dayto-day life or styled for a night on the town. If your busy lifestyle is keeping you on the go this summer, ask your stylist about a no-fuss hair cut today. L

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

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Service League of Cherokee County Holds 7th Annual “Dancing for the Children” Local celebrities put on their dancing shoes and committed to raising a minimum of $3,000 each in sponsorship dollars, while also training and partnering with professional dance instructors who donated their time and expertise to the event. Winning over the judges and taking home the mirror ball trophies this year were Todd Hayes of the Cherokee County Solicitor-General’s Office and his professional partner, Lydia Carlile. Through sponsorships, donations and ticket purchases, this year’s event helped raise over $30,000, which will be used to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County. This includes providing necessities such as medical care, dental and vision care, clothing, scholarships, camps and much more.

Community Feature Laurel Canyon Optimist Club Donate 12 Laptops to the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Bob and Cheri Colby of Soleil Charities donated half of the laptops along with the Optimist Club Goshen Valley is committed to creating environments of safety, love and stability for youth in foster care. With the ongoing need of foster families in Georgia, Goshen Valley meets that need with a family-based model of care for children, youth and young adults. They partner with leaders in the community to help shape the lives of the youth they serve. The Goshen Valley Foundation was established in 1998 when the Blend family to donated their ranch property continued on page 16

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to care for foster children. Through the leadership of founder John Blend, in 2001, the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch was created to care for young men in foster care. Over the past sixteen years, Goshen Valley has expanded and now has three programs: Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Goshen New Beginnings and Goshen Homes. Each program has a unique focus and ministry to foster children in Georgia.

Green Prints Alliance Announces Partnership with Zagster to Bring Bike Share to Woodstock Ten cruiser bikes will be available at three stations for members to use for ondemand, local trips. Riders join the program by signing up for a membership. Rides for members — who must be eighteen or older — are free for the first hour, then $3 per hour after. Funding for the initial investment of the bike share program was provided by Rezide Properties. Riding the Woodstock bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App, available for iPhone and Android, or online at Zagster.com/woodstockga. Each bike has a unique number, which riders enter into the app to obtain a singleuse code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message. A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride, so users can plan their trips around their needs rather than around the locations of stations. After a rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends.


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The Katie Becket Deeming Waiver for Your Child with Special Needs By Kristi Estes Parents of children with special needs often encounter numerous additional medical bills related to doctor visits, specialist visits, therapy, special equipment and prescriptions, among many other things. These costs are a huge burden to any family. In the state of Georgia, there is a Medicaid funding source called the Katie Beckett (KB) Deeming Waiver. In 1981, due to the extent of her sickness, Katie Beckett was instrumental in changing government support for home health care during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Her legacy lives on through this program to assist children with special needs. The KB Deeming Waiver offers financial assistance for children who are U.S. citizens under the age of eighteen and

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who qualify as having a disability. It is not a financial-based program, but rather a need-based one. A child has to show delays in several areas of development and has to follow several criteria as listed on this website: DCH.Georgia.gov/tefra. During the KB Deeming Waiver application process, your child must be receiving five (5) therapy services between school and outpatient clinic/ home services prior to application and must be under the care of a pediatrician/ physician who can sign the application documents. The application process is lengthy, but there are consultants who can assist with the process and help it go smoothly. Once the application is filed, news of approval or denial occurs in just a few weeks.

This funding source has been beneficial for so many families in getting their child(ren) the services they need. If you have any questions or are unsure as to whether or not your child would be a candidate for the Deeming Waiver, feel free to call 770-345-2804.

Kristi Estes is an occupational therapist and co-owns In Harmony Pediatric Therapy with Jennifer Puckett. 770-345-2804. InHarmonyPediatricTherapy.com



Community Feature Etowah HS Student Wins National Spanish Award Joseph Young is a winner of the prestigious 2017 Junior Travel Award, valued at more than $3,500, for his achievement on the National Spanish Examination and demonstrated skills in writing and speaking Spanish. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese award this honor to only 24 students in the U.S. from among the 160,000 students who take the exam each year. Joseph will travel to Peru in July with the other 23 winners for the language and cultural immersion experience.

Area 12 Commander Rustie Hibbard congratulates the team of Lilli Georgescu, Evan Setter, Captain Anna Fournaris and Irenee Houngblame.

Woodstock HS Team Places in NJROTC National Brain Brawl Championship The team of Captain Anna Fournaris, Lilli Georgescu, Irenee Houngblame and Evan Setter recently placed third in the National Championship, capping a season that began with 619 schools from across the country in the competition. “These young people just kept getting better and better,” said Lt. (Ret.) Mark Fagan, the school’s Senior Naval Science Instructor.

Joseph was nominated for the award by Etowah HS Spanish teacher Tamara Linares. This is the second time an Etowah High School student has won this prestigious award in the past ten years.

E.T. Booth MS Student Wins Regional Oratorical Contest

Sophia Stewart is the Optimist International Gateway District Oratorical Contest winner, topping competitors from across Georgia and east Tennessee. Sophia first won the girls’ category of the South Cherokee Optimist Club’s oratorical contest, and then the Zone and the Region contests to move on to the Gateway District competition.

CCSD Students Honored for Earning International Skills Diploma Seal State Capitol. With Sequoyah High School’s recent approval for the program, CCSD now offers the Georgia Department of Education Seal through four schools: Cherokee HS, Etowah HS, Sequoyah HS and Woodstock HS.

The students were honored at Georgia’s Second Annual International Skills Diploma Seal Award Ceremony at the


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State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods recognized Savannah Boggs of Cherokee HS, Veronica Rodriguez-Garcia of Etowah HS, Dawson Pfost of Sequoyah HS and Juleisy Varela-Mares of Woodstock HS for earning the prestigious Seal.

Sequoyah High School also was honored for its recent successful application for the program. The Seal, according to the Georgia DOE, “is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the global economy.” Students who earn the Seal have completed an “international education curriculum and engage in extracurricular activities and experiences that foster the achievement of global competencies.”

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Bringing Those Summer Blooms Indoors By Joshua Fuder Summer arrangements are great for adding color to a room or touch of class to a gathering of friends. The success of a flower in a vase will be determined by how you handle them once they are cut. Timeliness The stages of flower development range from tight bud to full bloom. Perfectharvest stage will vary with each species, but as a general rule, cut just after the blossom has opened fully and before it is showing pollen. For spike flowers, harvest when onethird to one-fourth of the lower flowers are open. Daisy-like flowers can usually be cut when petals have begun to unfurl but before they are fully open.

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Time of Day There is much debate on whether flowers should be cut in the morning or evening. There are advantages to each; in the morning, the flowers are at their most turgid and will be less likely to wilt. If you cut in the evening, the plants will have photosynthesized all day, and the stems will contain more carbohydrates, which will lead to longer vase life. If you cut in the morning, you’ll want to ensure any dew has dried. If you cut in the evening, you’ll want to make sure the sun is low in the sky, and temperatures have begun to cool. Sanitation The importance of clean tools, vases and buckets for the garden cannot be overstated.

Dirty clippers and garden buckets will introduce bacteria that will quickly plug the stems of your flowers, and prevent them from taking up water. Wash clippers and buckets for the garden with a mild bleach solution or a fifty percent isopropyl alchohol solution. Water/Preservatives Water temperature should be from room temperature up to 100 degrees. Floral preservatives can help extend vase life, as they provide sugars, biocides to control bacteria growth, and an acidifier for improved uptake of water. If preservatives are not used, the best way to improve vase life is to change the water every day, and keep your vases clean.

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



UPCOMING EVENTS MainStreetWoodstock.org

Friday Night Live: Caribbean Night June 2, 6:00-9:00pm Downtown Woodstock

Farmers Market Every Saturday, 8:30-11:30am Downtown Woodstock

Woodstock Concert Series June 10, 7:30-10:00pm Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Woodstock Roots: A Bluegrass Music Series June 15, 7:00-9:00pm Elm Street Event Green Atkins, Ellis and Lawson

Meet “Moby,”

Downtown Buzz June 30, 8:00-9:00am Chambers at City Center

Woodstock’s New Mobile Visitors Center! By Stacy Brown


he Woodstock Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a new Mobile Visitors Center in April. Staff converted a fourteen-foot enclosed trailer into a space to welcome and inform visitors both locally and regionally.

and eye-catching, incorporating the elements of the Woodstock brand like the popular tracks logo and the phrases “Escape, Gather, Refresh” and “A City Unexpected.”

The Mobile Visitors Center debuted at the 2017 Georgia Regional Visitors Information Center Conference that took place in Woodstock on April 2628. Tourism professionals from across the state joined in a ribbon cutting for the new Mobile Visitors Center at an event at Reformation Brewery.

In May, Woodstock CVB staff traveled with the Mobile Visitors Center, which has affectionately been dubbed “Moby,” to an outdoor film event sponsored by the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division in Birmingham, Alabama. There are plans to take it to annual events at each of the Georgia Visitor Information Centers around the state.

The interior is outfitted with tablets, a flat screen TV to display the video from VisitWoodstockGa.com as well as Explore Georgia videos, brochures and banners highlighting Woodstock’s attractions and lifestyle, and select retail items like Woodstock t-shirts and other gift items. The exterior is colorful

At the Woodstock Convention and Visitors Bureau, the staff works every day to inform and inspire visitors to experience Woodstock’s vibrant shopping, diverse restaurant scene, and energetic trails and public spaces. The Mobile Visitors Center allows the staff to take the visitor center


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experience to where residents and potential visitors are and introduce them, in a really inventive way, to the wonderful city of Woodstock. Look for the Woodstock Mobile Visitors Center to pop up on busy days around town at locations like Rope Mill Park, Dixie Speedway, and events at the new Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more, call 770-924-0406.

Stacy Brown is marketing and tourism coordinator at the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com

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A Sure Cure

for Summer Boredom By Lisa-Marie Haygood

until school starts again. It was on one of those in-between days that our family policy was crafted; a day in which my girls said one time too many that they were “bored.” If anyone asks my girls how their summer is going, they will be quick to answer that it is great! If they are asked what they have been up to, they will give you a full list and always say there is plenty more to be done.This has nothing to do with where we live, how we live, or superior event planning on my part. Like most families, we struggle with summer transitions.The first week or so of summer break, it’s always nice to sleep in later, explore and play all day, stay up late and watch movies or play board games. Many families also have a week or two of vacation planned to the beach, camping, or other fun location. It’s the in-between days that start to tax a parent, making them count down the days

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To keep them occupied, and keep them from pummeling each other, I began to assign tasks. First, I started with scrubbing patio furniture and porch surfaces. I added doors, wiping base boards, painting pasture fences, washing cars, weeding the garden; the list was endless. I responded quickly, and told them I felt it was my personal duty to keep them entertained. Any argument, any sign of boredom was met with a list of household chores to be completed before we could do anything fun.As you can imagine, it did not take long for the girls to learn to be kind to one another, not raise their voices, and keep themselves very entertained. Summers went by much faster, too fast it seems.



hen I hear the term “speed trap,” I usually cringe. For me, it conjures up thoughts of The Dukes of Hazard. I imagine Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane hiding behind a billboard sign waiting on the Duke boys to come zipping by in the General Lee.

In reality, speed traps are illegal. Georgia law is very specific on where and how speed detection can be operated by local law enforcement. I cannot speak for all law enforcement agencies in Georgia, but I can comment on the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, and how our agency enforces the laws against excessive speeding. I’m confident the municipal agencies in our county address speeding similarly. The term “speed trap” infers that speeding tickets are issued to create revenue. This may have been the case many years ago in some jurisdictions, but it’s not the case today. Fines from citations do not go to the respective agency. They go into the general county or city fund. Those fines don’t help our agency purchase new vehicles, equipment, or increase salaries. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office receives daily complaints about excessive speeders. Due to the high volume of requests, we must keep patrol logs to keep up with all the problem areas. When we respond to a complaint area, we’ll attempt to gain voluntary compliance through high-visibility patrols. When the officer identifies a possible speeder, he/she makes a visual estimate of the speed and then confirms the speed with a LIDAR (laser) or RADAR. Here are some of the many rules for operating speed detection for county and


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municipal law enforcement agencies. Please see O.C.G.A. 40-6-181. The officer must have successfully completed a sixteen-hour training course and possess a valid operator’s license. The roadway must be approved by the state for speed detection, and the posted speed limit must be clearly visible. The deputy must be visible for a minimum distance of 500 feet from the suspected vehicle if in stationary mode. School zones offer a few different rules for the protection of children. Also, the Georgia State Patrol has a little more flexibility when enforcing speed limits than local law enforcement does. Often, when a citizen sees a deputy on the side of the road, there’s an assumption that they’re looking for speeders. That’s not necessarily the case. Deputies are constantly given dispatcher broadcasts to be on the lookout for wanted and missing persons, suspected drunk drivers, or waiting on a funeral escort. Sometimes, I see someone flashing their headlights to warn other motorists to slow down because there’s a cop sitting down the street. I can’t help but think of all those wanted persons,


drug dealers and drunk drivers who may duck down a side street to avoid detection. Our goal is to reduce traffic-related accidents and aggressive driving, not revenue. On behalf of the brave men and women of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, “We are dedicated to serving with integrity, protecting with compassion, and preserving a safe and secure environment while keeping the trust and confidence of our community.”

Frank Reynolds is the sheriff for Cherokee County. 678-493-4100. CherokeeGa-Sheriff.org

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Holly Springs —

Here we

Grow! By Mayor Steve Miller

Pictured above is the proposed schematic by Wakefield Beasley & Associates. Subject to change pending approval of the Council.


any of you have been hearing about the Holly Springs Town Center project for years, but you’ve just recently started to see movement towards its construction. If you’ve been to Holly Springs lately, you can see the fruits of many years of labor by the City of Holly Springs, as we have prepared to redevelop our downtown area to include a new civic building, event green, retail space, office space, restaurant space and multiple housing options. The City of Holly Springs accepted proposals for master developer services for the construction of the Town Center Project on March 3, 2017. After evaluating the proposals based on experience, conceptual development of private and public components of the site as well as the approach for financing the construction of the infrastructure and buildings, and conducting interviews with each application, the City Council selected HAAD/ ARCADD, Inc. during their April 24th Council meeting, and they are currently working through negotiations for a master development agreement. The agreement will be finalized by late summer.


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We knew that redevelopment of the downtown area meant that some traffic mitigation efforts would need to be made. Not only is the City adding additional turn lanes and realigning Rickman Industrial Drive, but we are also exploring options for a downtown bypass. The consultant, AECOM, for the Industrial Connector Scoping Project completed the ecological and historic property surveys in March. The City of Holly Springs and AECOM will be conducting a public information open house on August 8th, from 4:00-7:00pm, at the Historic Train Depot (164 Hickory Road) to receive input from City residents and business owners regarding the proposed route of the Industrial Connector from Hickory Road to Holly Springs Parkway. It is very important that all stakeholders attend this meeting to provide input on the proposed route of the new roadway. The Rickman Industrial Drive Realignment and Turn Lane Project construction near the intersection of Holly Springs Parkway and Hickory Road/Holly Street continues to move forward. The traffic light mast arm and

control box were moved on February 11th of this year. All of the utility poles and lines have also been relocated. The demolition of Jackson Street, upgrades to the railroad crossing, and the addition of the righthand turn lane on Holly Springs Parkway northbound began in April. Improvements to Holly Springs Parkway, from Pine Crest Road to Harbor Creek Parkway, have been completed. These improvements included the addition of one northbound lane, sidewalks and lampposts. All of the costs associated with this project were funded by Sutherlin Nissan as a condition of their zoning. You can view a schematic of the Town Center Project, and read a TCP Q&A by visiting HollySpringsGa.us/towncenterproject.

Steve Miller is the mayor of Holly Springs. 3237 Holly Springs Parkway. 770-645-5536. HollySpringsGa.us

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By Rick Cheney DIY Basement Finishing? Hire a Professional for the Electrical Wiring If you are considering a summer project inside your home, a finished basement is a great idea. A properly designed and finished basement can transform your space into a variety of usable rooms. It also adds value to your home. Many homeowners choose to finish their basement on their own to save on costs. While this method can be effective, it is important to make sure when dealing with electrical wiring that the area to be finished is completed by a licensed electrician. This is because according the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire

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departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction from 20072011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in directproperty damage. Finishing a basement on a budget is preferable; the added cost for a licensed electrician is minimal when compared to the risk of injury, death or the cost of replacing property due to faulty wiring. It is also important to make sure that the electrical contractor that you select has a proven track record. If something were

to not function properly, or if you want to add anything in the future, you need to feel confident that the company will be available to come back to your house if needed. Once the HVAC ducts and plumbing pipes have been installed, the electrical wiring needs to be installed. At this point, don’t forget to have the electrician pre-wire for surround-sound speakers if your design calls for them. This will keep unsightly wires out of view. After the electrical wiring has been installed, you can begin installing drywall, flooring and trim work. Before you know it, you’ll have that movie room, bar, office or home gym that you’ve always wanted.

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



Senator Speaks

It’s Time for

Regional Transit Solutions By Senator Brandon Beach


ife in metro Atlanta came to screeching halt at the end of March when a portion of I-85 collapsed. People who live in north Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties were forced to find alternative routes to get into and out of Atlanta. The only good thing to come from this catastrophe is that people are now seeing the value in transit options and are beginning to use commute alternatives like MARTA. Last year, I pushed hard for more transit options like expanding MARTA rail lines in Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The legislation I proposed would have allowed the people of Fulton and DeKalb Counties to approve a half-percent sales tax for investment in transit. After a clear defeat in the Senate, it was obvious that metro Atlanta wasn’t ready to invest in long-term transit solutions at the time. Some opponents of the MARTA expansion legislation cited the bill’s language was too narrow, since it only included two of the metro area’s five most populous counties. To address this, I cosponsored Senate Bill 6, which would’ve created


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the Georgia Regional Transit Council (GRTC). This Council would’ve been responsible for establishing a statewide, strategic transit plan to enhance Georgia’s transportation infrastructure. To be clear, the GRTC was not just going to be a study committee that would once again review the inadequacies of our transportation infrastructure. The last thing we need to do is waste more taxpayer dollars studying something we already know is an issue. This Council’s mission would’ve been to develop a seamless transportation network with dependable trip times for commuters, road congestion relief, enhanced limited access highways, safety enhancements and plans for future transportation initiatives. However, just because the legislature didn’t find value this session, I will not give up. Considering the recent collapse of one of the state’s main transportation arteries, it’s more important now than ever before that we bring together Georgia’s transit authorities and agencies to work as a unified body to develop and execute a plan to be prepared for whatever may happen in the future.

While fixing our interstate systems will be a lot of work, many have been very quick to respond to the needs of Georgians by getting Atlanta back up and running. The Georgia Department of Transportation has done a fantastic job repairing the I-85 bridge in a timely manner. MARTA and GRTA quickly assessed the need for expanded service and stepped up to the plate to ensure Georgians could have efficient commutes. Additionally, Georgians adapted quickly to the unusual circumstance and adjusted their routines. This willingness to adjust with little complaint proved that our community is able to unite and adapt to unexpected events at the drop of a hat. Even though SB 6 did not pass, now is the time to come up with a regional transit solution that will benefit all Georgians.

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

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Prevention! Next Step through Diabetes Education By Pamela S. Marquess, Pharm. D.

Diabetes education classes have helped thousands learn to manage their diabetes and live a wonderful life with this disease. There’s now an exciting new aspect of diabetes education available, which teaches patients who are at risk for type 2 diabetes about how to live a lifestyle that will allow them to prevent diabetes altogether. Prevention classes will be a resource to recognize the components of your lifestyle that contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes, and help you make preventative changes. Nutrition and physical exercise are two key parts of preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. However, the most important part is your personal commitment to make and keep the changes as your new lifestyle. Most everyone visits the doctor once a year for an annual exam. But that same person is


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in a pharmacy at least four times per month for items other than a prescription. Your pharmacy team likely sees you more than your medical team. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 86,000,000 people in the U.S. are at risk for the onset of diabetes. That includes both pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. With this statistic, the CDC partnered with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) to develop a program that provides structured learning to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. This pilot program has run for two years, in sixteen states, at 45 sites, within five different settings. The program is a lifestyle change program, not a fad diet or exercise program. It’s not a quick fix. It’s a year-long program focused on long-term changes and lasting results.

This program has brought a new quality of life and wellness to families. The CDC reports that statistics from lifestyle programs reveal that 58% of those who participated and stuck to the new lifestyle prevented the onset of type 2 diabetes. For those individuals who were sixty years and older, 71% prevented the onset of type 2 diabetes. Also, the newest statistics are showing a reversal of prediabetes conditions in some participants.

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

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Meg White Clayton’s The Race for Paris is the fictional account of female reporters during WWII. As evidenced by the actual quotes from WWII female reporters sprinkled throughout the book, it’s clear that they were not welcomed on the front lines, and steps were taken to try to ensure their safety and to keep them in their assigned location. If caught, going AWOL could be a career-killer for a photographer/reporter, but it could be a career-maker if they successfully made it to the front to be the first to report a city’s liberation. The Race for Paris is about Jane (a journalist) and Liv (a photographer) who go AWOL from their assigned field hospital in an attempt to report from the front. They meet up with Fletcher (a friend of Liv’s husband) and Charles, who is also a photographer. Fletcher is a photographer for British Intelligence; his job is to go to dangerous places and report about the locations of the Germans. The four of them set off toward the front in Paris with the burning desire to be the first to report its liberation. Along the way, they face very real danger and are aided by allied troops. They befriend strangers and see the devastation left by the war. Soon, readers discover that Liv is chasing more than just the notoriety that comes with reporting a great story. As she pushes Jane and Fletcher on to Holland, their dreams, desires, and the reality of war all come crashing together in an explosive way. The Race for Paris is a fictional account of WWII, but it is also about what it takes to keep going, how much we are willing to give for our dreams, and the ways we remain strong in the face of adversity and death. Clayton’s fictional account allows readers to see WWII from a different perspective — through the lens of a camera.

Jessica Asbell is an avid reader and a children’s 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

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Community Partners Present

1986, a group of theatreloving volunteers came together to form the Cherokee Little Theatre Players. Now known as Cherokee Theatre Company (CTC), the group has performed in venues all over Cherokee County including local schools, restaurants, town squares and auditoriums. In 1996, they found a home at the Cherokee Arts Center in Canton where they presented works such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Steel Magnolias, Little Shop of Horrors, as well as an annual murdermystery dinner theater production. In 2009, they moved to the historic Canton Theater on Main Street, staging such favorites as You Can’t Take It with You, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, A Murder is Announced, Greater Tuna and the Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awardwinning drama, The Lion in Winter. CTC, which recently closed its 31st season, currently performs their main stage productions at the Canton Theatre. Their workshop, an airplane hangar on Arnold Mill Road, provides space for storage of building materials for scenery, props and


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costumes. There is a designated, stagesized area where auditions and rehearsals take place prior to moving into the theater the week before opening night. Throughout its production history, CTC has performed a wide variety of theatre genres including classic dramas, physical comedies, readers’ theatre productions and audience participation dinner theatre productions. CTC strives to provide a creative environment for theatre arts by producing and supporting quality theatrical events for the local community.

still sits on the Board of Directors along with Rebecca Bowden, Jeff Bennett, Sarah Nation, Peggy Waylor, Myrna Feldman and Darrell Blalock, he relinquished his presidential role with CTC to Rebecca Hogue. Along with the Board of Directors, who handle the business operations of the company, there is an ever-growing group of volunteers who help build the sets, run the box office and concessions, help backstage and, of course, act on stage.

As a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, CTC endeavors to not only bring entertainment to the community, but to provide educational and skill development opportunities to the area. CTC recently expanded its theatre tech outreach by working with three schools in the community as Partners in Education in an effort to continue to serve as a source of learning for all aspects of theatre.

CTC will open its 32nd season in September with Red Velvet Cake War, a hilarious southern comedy. The rest of the season will include the heartwarming comedy Over the River and Through the Woods, the award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, and the Victorian thriller, Angel Street.

In June 2016, Ed Palombo, CTC’s founder and president, stepped down to celebrate thirty years of successfully bringing performing arts to the area. Though he

More information on CTC, their productions, and tickets can be found at CherokeeTheatre.org or by calling their box office at 770-591-0282.

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Is Your A/C Unit

a program to eliminate any energy used to heat/cool the home when you are away. You should also consider the age of your system; if your old, inefficient system is costing you hundreds of extra dollars a year in utility costs, it may be worth completely replacing the system and upgrading to one that is more energy efficient.

Summer-Ready? By Jessica Helms the amount of dust in your home, but a general rule of thumb is about once a month. •

making weird noises? If so, this could mean that one of the components is not functioning properly, and it is worth having a professional HVAC service technician look at it before the entire system fails.

Here’s how to make sure your unit is in great operating condition: •

Change your filters regularly.

It is recommended for most homeowners to change the filters in their systems about once a month. This can vary depending on the number of pets your family has and

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Listen to your unit. Is your unit

Track your utility bills. Have you seen an increase in your monthly utility bills? This could be a sign that your system is not running efficiently. There are several ways to remedy an inefficient system. Make sure your thermostat is running on

Keep your system clean. It is recommended that you have your system checked by a professional HVAC service technician before each heating and cooling season to ensure that it is clean and prepared for the hot or cold temperatures.

Jessica Helms is an executive assistant/ communications director for R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-9171795. RAndDMechanical.net



COVER STORY By Ambre Kragor, D.D.S., M.S.


h man, braces are something my generation grew up hating. The Vanilla Ice groupies did not want to be called “metal mouth” or “train tracks.” Trust me, being the only girl in your college sorority with braces and eye glasses was not cool (#lame). Thankfully, today, everyone seems to want braces (and eye glasses for that matter)! I often have young patients begging their parents to start braces the same day in our office, and the bribes are amazing: car washing, toilet cleaning, laundry folding, you name it! Braces are so cool; I think I want to invent the Snapchat filter called “brace face;” I could probably pay off all my and my husband’s student loans with that invention!


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Giving It to You Straight:

Braces are Cool! So, where did we rack up all those student loans? I went to undergrad and dental school at the University of Washington, in Seattle; the rainy rumors are true! Dr. Andy studied undergrad at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). We both attended orthodontic residency at the University of Michigan where I met Dr. Andy. We then moved to Woodstock, so we could be close to our family. We have lots of Woodstock love! Downtown Woodstock reminds us of Vail, Colorado and is one of the greatest places in Georgia! We love

supporting all the wonderful local businesses, and we could not be happier setting up our office where we want to raise our family. These days, it’s not just children and teens who desire straight teeth; increasing numbers of adults want braces, too. Women seem to love them because they get asked to show their ID more often. I secretly jump up and down whenever I get carded; it feels like my 21st birthday every time it happens. Many refer to orthodontic treatment as the “Botox® for your smile.” And it’s not just women who visit our office; we have a lot of male patients, too. Research has shown that women prefer bald men with straight teeth over men with crooked teeth and a full head of hair. So, guys, forget wearing hats; embrace being bald, and consider Invisalign® instead. Braces not only straighten teeth, they also enhance smiles and profiles; not that I want anyone looking at me from the side. I just had a baby, Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

and mama loves her cupcakes. In all seriousness, braces help to properly align your bite and reduce wear on your teeth, which can save you lots of money in dental work in the future. Personally, I had a lot of dental work done prior to my orthodontic treatment. Now that my teeth are properly aligned, I haven’t had any further dental work done. I have also stopped clenching and grinding my teeth at night— which may be a coincidence, but my husband is very happy that he’s now able to sleep more soundly. Orthodontic treatment is not only about changing smiles, it is about the experience. So, when you see Dr. Andy dressed up in a Christmas onesie and reindeer slippers, prancing around the office like he is Rudolph, it is to help patients laugh and have a great time. Or maybe he just really likes pajamas; I still haven’t decided. The average time spent in braces is about two years. “Two years?” you say, “That’s two percent of my life!” Well, the other 98% is spent with a beautiful smile, and you know what they say about smiles? They are the curves that set everything straight. Everyone loves a smile, even a toothless one like our five-month-old son has seemed to master. Invisalign® is an aesthetically popular way to straighten teeth. The concept of aligner-assisted tooth movement is not a new technology; it has been around for years. However, its popularity has risen, and it has vastly improved since its inception. It’s a great alternative to traditional braces for obtaining a gorgeous smile. A series of aligners are made after Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake

impressions, or a scan is taken of your teeth. The trays have to be worn at least 22 hours a day. However, the advantage is to be able to straighten your teeth without anyone really noticing. For example, Justin Beiber had Invisalign® treatment, and most people never knew that. Even supermodel Gisele Bundchen had Invisalign® treatment. “What about retainers?” you ask. I’m glad you brought that up. There are several types: bonded retainers that have wires that stay behind the teeth, clear retainers and Hawley retainers that have cool designs on them. Personally, I had a glow-in-thedark retainer. That was back when lava lamps were cool (queue the teenager who asks what a lava lamp is). Retainers help keep your teeth straight after treatment has occurred. Without retainers, teeth shifting is

inevitable. Retainers are like the insurance policy for your smile. So, please keep them away from pets. For each retainer we remake due to a pet eating it, we donate the cost of the retainer to a local animal shelter (and post your sad puppy-face picture on Facebook). You can save yourself the trouble (and Facebook embarrassment) by keeping your retainer away from your pet, and just make your own donation to an animal shelter. After all, everyone loves puppies and charities! Overall, the time spent in braces or Invisalign® is a good investment. It’s also an experience, so you want to make sure you have fun while visiting your orthodontist. Whether you choose traditional braces, or Invisalign® treatment—you’ll be in good hands at Kragor Orthodontics, and you’ll have a beautiful smile in the end!

For more information about teeth-straightening options and treatment,

visit KragorOrtho.com, or call 770-485-8827. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Quotables “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” -Clarence Budington Kelland “We are stars wrapped in skin. The light you are seeking has always been within you.” -Unknown “A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.” -G.K. Chesterton “If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.” -Unknown “Sometimes, I wish that I was the weather; you’d bring me up in conversation forever. And when it rained, I’d be the talk of the day.” -John Mayer “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yates

“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.” -Rick Godwin “Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one who finds the gold.” -Proverbs 11:27 “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain

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“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” -Chinese Proverb


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I have a summer birthday. In fact, last year was the big 4-0! A lot of jokes were told at my expense, most of which I thought were pretty funny. Each year, we get older; that’s the way it works whether we like it or not. Now that I’ve fully entered “mid-life,” I sometimes wonder if the best is still yet to come. Like many people, especially men, I’ve lived a lot of my life embracing my potential. But the sand in that particular hour glass is quickly running out. Thankfully, when I open the Bible, I see lots of stories. Actually, most of the stories are about people who answered their call and/or made the biggest difference in their lives when they got older. In fact, some of them had reached a wonderful advanced age! What great news to think that God will still have work for me to do as I age, and just maybe, the most important work of my life still lies ahead.

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S UM M E R B I R T H DAYS By Pastor Chris Bryant

we are. If you have breath in your body, God has a role for you to play. For some of us, that role is a much bigger role than we may have previously imagined. It may even be something that we currently don’t possess the skills or life experience to complete. So, this summer, as I celebrate my 41st year, I’m going to keep seeking God, just as I will each year for the rest of my life. Who knows what is ahead of me?! I should not necessarily think the best days or the best I can offer is behind me. Not so, says the many stories of the Bible. Indeed, the most important thing of my life, and your life, may be further down the road.

As I think about it, nobody ever “retires” in the Bible, at least not from living and serving the Lord. Sure, we can retire from one thing or another, from one job or another, but God seeks to use us no matter what age

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




Parfait Procedure: 1. Line a bread pan with plastic wrap. 2. Whip the heavy cream until very soft peaks form. 3. Pour egg whites into a mixer with a whip attachment. 4. Cook the sugar and water to a temperature of 248 degrees. 5. When the sugar mixture is at 240 degrees, begin whipping the egg whites on medium speed. 6. When the sugar mixture reaches 248 degrees, slowly pour it into the whipped egg whites, and whip until cool. 7. Fold the pistachios and cherries into the whipped egg whites. 8. Fold in the whipped heavy cream. 9. Pour the mixture into the bread pan, and tap it to level the mixture. 10. Cover, and freeze the mixture overnight. 11. Slice to serve, and drizzle with *chocolate sauce.

*Chocolate Sauce Ingredients: • 2 oz. chocolate

Parfait Ingredients: • 2 oz. water • 5 oz. sugar • 2.5 oz. egg whites • 16 oz. heavy cream • 2 oz. chopped pistachios • 3 oz. canned dark cherries

• 1 oz. butter

• 1/2 oz. corn syrup

Chocolate Sauce Procedure: 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 2. Place over a hot water bath, and stir until melted.

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The Cherokee County Historical Society recently hosted the 14th Annual Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn, which was a fundraiser supporting educational programs and the Cherokee County History Museum. The event featured a silent auction, pony-pull betting, bourbon tasting, and a competitive hat parade and contest. The event concluded with over 160 crowd members watching the Run for the Roses on TV. The Historical Society first hosted the annual Derby Day event in 2003. The theme was chosen because of the rich racing heritage of the Society’s facility, the Rock Barn. The Barn, constructed in 1906, belonged to Augustus “Gus” Coggins, a harness racing enthusiast whose champions set records on the Grand Circuit, bringing fame to his north Georgia farm. The most notable pacer, Abbedale, was a Grand Circuit Winner of top class for famed driver Walter Cox and is listed in the Hall of Fame of the Trotter in Goshen, New York.



with Your Middle School Student By Kelsey McKernie and Jaime Basso Summer break may be the light at the end of a long tunnel for students (and teachers), but for parents, it can be as stressful as the school year. Enjoying a well-earned respite without sinking into boredom is a challenge. Fortunately, there are many ways to “survive the summer” that combine fun and the chance to continue learning.

Fun & Educational Summer Ideas • Hiking/Explore Nature (science) • Attend a Play (art) • Visit a Museum (all subjects) • Art Classes (art) • Summer Camp (all subjects) • Read a Book/Visit the Library (all subjects) • Write a Poem/Short Story (language arts) • Take Music/Theatre Classes (art) • Bake a Cake (math) • Home Improvement Projects (math)

For example, if you have plans to travel, it’s easy to create your own “family field trip.” From hiking a battlefield (history!) to exploring a creek (science!) to attending a play (the arts!) or visiting a museum (history, science and art!), families need not go far to find both education and fun. For those staying closer to home, summer is a great time to try out a new hobby or learn a new skill, from crafting to martial arts to painting. Many schools offer summer camps or classes in subjects both academic and creative, making it easy to find something for everyone. Summer is also the perfect time for kids to discover their new favorite book or subject. For some, reading for pleasure comes easily, while others must work hard to find a book that captures their interest. A trip to the library or bookstore can be the gateway to a whole new world. Writing for pleasure is just as important as reading. Long summer days lend themselves perfectly to keeping a journal, writing a novel or creating poetry; all are tremendously beneficial pursuits.They help build vocabulary, develop new ways of thinking, and they can serve as an emotional outlet for even the most creatively challenged child. This list is hardly exhaustive: athletic or musical pursuits, volunteer work, and home improvement projects could all be added. Summer is full of learning opportunities in disguise. All it takes is a bit of creativity and a willingness to try something new to find them.


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ith the official arrival of summer this month, it never hurts to have a collection of ways to stay cool during these often hot and humid Georgia days. One of the most obvious ways to ensure you don’t break out into a summer sweat is to make sure that the AC unit in your home is in perfect operating order. See page 31 for tips from R & D Mechanical on things you should do to make sure your house doesn’t start to feel like an oven! If you have large, uncovered windows in your home that let in lots of light and heat, you may want to consider tinting those. All Pro Windows is an excellent source for that as well as car window tinting. So, what are some other things you can do to beat the heat this summer? Here at Family Life, we got you covered! Check out these fun ideas!


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Aquatic Centers Aquatic centers are perfect for rainy days or any day that you simply don’t feel like slathering sunscreen on yourself or the kiddos every hour. Cherokee Aquatic Center, located at 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway in Canton, offers lots of planned activities like family fun nights, teen nights, and parent’s night out, which allows parents to drop their kids off to enjoy a pizza dinner, crafts, games, a movie, and, of course — swimming! However, if you want the best of both worlds, they also have a fabulous outdoor “Oasis,” complete with water slides and colorful playgrounds surrounded by water. For more information, visit CRPA.net/aquatic-center-oasis-opening-day/.

Cold Drinks

Speaking of “parent’s night out,” if you’re looking for a frosty-cold adult beverage to raise a toast to your few hours of adult time with your friends or significant other, you can’t go wrong by meeting up for a cocktail at Downtown Kitchen in downtown Canton. Their delicious cocktail options will definitely help you chill out. But if you’re trying to “chill out” at home with your children, this refreshing recipe for frozen strawberry lemonade is a treat the whole family can enjoy: Ingredients • 1 can non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiri mix • 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate • 1 cup frozen strawberries • 6 cups of ice • Lemons and/or strawberries to garnish Procedure • Start by crushing your ice in a blender. • Add the lemonade and daiquiri mix and 2 cups of water, and blend to desired consistency. • Add the frozen strawberries, and blend to desired consistency. • Garnish your glass with a lemon wedge or a strawberry Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake

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If you’re looking for a new summer haircut, see page 14. Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design shares suggestions for “3 Summer Haircuts for Busy Women.”

However, if you’re looking for an idea for a carefree, beautiful summer style you can create at home, luscious beach waves are a great option if your hair is at least chin-length long. One of the most popular ways to achieve this style is to either braid or twist small sections of your hair, spritz them with seas-salt spray, and then use a flat iron or hair dryer to apply heat to the braids/twists to speed up the “waving” process. Since there’s not an ocean nearby, here’s an easy recipe for DIY sea-salt spray:

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1 tablespoon sea salt or Epsom salt 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 tablespoon hair gel or leave-in hair conditioner 1 cup warm water

• Pour the warm water and sea salt into a spray bottle, and shake until the salt • •

dissolves. Combine the coconut oil and hair gel (or leave-in conditioner) into a separate bowl. Then add the mixture to your spray bottle, and shake the bottle to combine. Apply to toweldried hair that has been braided or twisted.

Or, if you’d like to get your lovely locks up off your neck, check out the video tutorials for some awesome up-dos at Merakilane. com/10-tutorials-foreasy-sexy-summerhair-updos/.



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Cool, Floral- Print Clothing

Though the idea here is how to stay cool, right now, there’s nothing hotter than a summery floral print for women’s and juniors’ clothing items. There are lots of cute tops, shorts, skirts and sundresses on the market from which to choose. Be sure to select something in a light, airy fabric that will flutter elegantly in those rare southern breezes. Southern Local in downtown Woodstock has many stylish, floweryfabric options for you to try such as this darling yellow, two-piece set or the colorful printed shorts, both of which will look great with your summer tan.


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The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) offers several different types of canoe trips including canoe 101, birding canoe trips, date night canoe trips and other seasonal or private canoe trip options. Each trip is led by a CNC naturalist and offers a unique introduction to the ecology of the Chattahoochee River. Your naturalist will enlighten you as to the cultural and natural history of the river, citing important ecological relationships and environmental issues that affect this endangered river while allowing you to enjoy the peaceful qualities of the river. Canoe guides are all CPR/First-Aid Certified and are experienced paddlers and naturalists. Don’t worry if you are new to canoeing — CNC provides all equipment (canoe, paddles, and a personal flotation device for participants). These trips are suitable for both beginning and advanced paddlers (ages 6 and up). For more information, visit ChattNatureCenter.org, or call 770-992-2055. 42

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While places like Small Cakes in Canton have ready-made, delicious ice cream flavors for you to enjoy, if you can’t make it out of the house for some reason, try this delicious, simple recipe for homemade ice cream, which doesn’t even require an ice cream making machine! Ingredients

• 2 cups heavy cream, chilled • 1, 14 oz. can sweetened-condensed

milk, chilled • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Procedure • In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the cream until stiff peaks form. • On low speed, mix in the condensed milk, vanilla, and any other flavorings you’d like (*suggestions coming up!). • Pour the mixture into a sealable container; cover the surface with plastic wrap, then seal. • Freeze for at least 6 hours, or until firm. Keep leftovers stored in the freezer. *Suggested flavors/add-ins — 1 teaspoon peppermint extract + 1 cup mini chocolate chips + green food coloring will make mint chocolate chip. ½ - 1 cup peanut butter, Nutella or your favorite cookie butter flavor makes for a delicious treat. Adding 15 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped, will give you cookies and cream. ¾ cup cocoa powder (sifted) + 4 ounces melted, cooled chocolate will create a rich chocolate flavor. Or, you can also simply add your favorite fruit!

SEE A MOVIE/PLAY Back before most homes were equipped with central air conditioning systems, theatres were some of the few places where indoor air conditioning was available. Moviegoers and live play supporters would flock to the local theatres in summertime not only to be entertained, but also to cool off. Cold, dark theatres are still a wonderful way to beat the heat on sweltering hot days. Check out MovieFone.com for current movie titles and local movie theatre locations, or visit BroadwayBoundProductionsInc.com/, CherokeeTheatre.org and ElmStreetArts.org for local community theatre offerings and locations. 4 219573


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“Here Comes the Sun” — and Not Just the Old Song! By Ferdinand Yates, M.D.

Summertime offers many things to look forward to, but there are also things to be wary of:


Sunscreen should be applied liberally. Remember that the sun is at its peak between 10:00am and 2:00pm, and cloudy days offer no protection against sunburns.

and it is important to have a buddy system when in the water.

U Umbrellas and cabanas offer protection from sun and sand, M Moving Toys (bikes, scooters, skates) should be

accompanied by helmets, protective pads and goggles when eyes may be at risk.

younger than twelve years old should not operate a push lawnmower. Children less than sixteen shouldn’t operate a riding lawnmower.

Educate – teach your child how to be safe and careful. But also, why not consider a summer reading program?

and do not belong in the hands of children.

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Ticks and mosquitos may carry diseases; the use of DEET may help avoid infections from bites and stings. Do not use sunblock products that contain DEET, as the sun protection products need to be reapplied. Also, try to be diligent about checking your child’s skin after a day in the sun.

Injuries can happen almost anywhere, but helmets, properly fitting equipment, and age-appropriate toys help reduce the frequency and the severity of the injury. Also, monitoring events and activities helps, too.

to be places where children mingle; expect the unexpected!

Early to bed provides energy for the next day; don’t negate your normal bedtime routine, but an occasional late night can be a special treat.


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R Roman candles and other fireworks are extremely dangerous Have fun, but be safe!

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



Artist Profile BY MARIA KLOUDA

North Georgia’s Brent Lambert-Zaffino was always the kid with the camcorder, spending a lot of time playing around with iMovie. Now, Brent is an independent, freelance director and videographer for music videos, short films and corporate videos. However, what originally began as Brent’s third-grade hobby has recently led to his first feature-length film. Brent’s film, The Head, is a dark comedy that addresses the millennial generation, the stereotypes they face, the economy and self-expression. He’s both the writer and the

director of the film. Brent enjoyed working with a team of professionals who shared a common objective for the script, which was shot almost entirely in Smyrna, GA. His goal is to release the film this summer, and he has launched a crowdfunding campaign to seek investors for this original, creative project. The Head is currently in the editing process. Brent watched a lot of movies growing up. His favorite is Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. When he was a pre-teen, he watched Lord of the Rings with his father and was virtually transported to another world. He was completely invested in the characters and simply accepted the story as it was presented on the big

screen — immersed into the fantasy as if it were real. Brent was lucky to have parents who frequently took him to see movies. He was also encouraged early on by his English teacher, Mr. Turnbaugh (Chicago), who shared his affection for movies. Brent quickly became aware that he wanted to do more than just create films as a hobby. With that realization, he decided to attend Kennesaw State University and pursue a degree in communications, focusing on media and entertainment, with a minor in film studies. At age 26, Brent continues to develop his voice through film. He’s comfortable

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with the medium and finds it easier to communicate his message behind the camera. He’s using The Head to tackle challenges faced by millennials. Additionally, Brent recognizes the cultural dichotomy of the south, and it shows in his work. Overall, he finds it interesting and fulfilling to take an idea and make it come to life visually. Brent’s advice to other filmmakers is to be willing to find your own way. Realizing there are a million ways to be successful in a video career, artists should follow their gut instinct to build on the craft. He advises, “Go where life takes you; never say ‘no;’ keep rolling with it; don’t manipulate the environment. Find your way.” From that, moments of artistic (and hopefully financial) success will follow. As many people already know, Atlanta has become quite the hot bed for film and television productions. Brent is active in the film community, and he’s excited to see what lies ahead for the region. He realizes it is a great time to be on the ground floor and that new talent has plenty of opportunity to succeed.

The movie trailer for The Head and more of Brent’s work can be found on his website, BrentLZFilms.com/. Brent also blogs for ShareGrid Atlanta (Blog.ShareGrid. com).

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Serves 4 Pickling Liquid Ingredients 1 cup cider vinegar 1 cup water ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 sprig fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 10 black pepper corns 1 teaspoon each of coriander seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds and crushed red pepper. Pickling Liquid Procedure •Combine all ingredients into a pot, and bring to a boil to melt ingredients. Then, allow the liquid to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month. •Strain off herbs and spices before using.

Court Bouillon Procedure •Add all ingredients except the shrimp into a pot, and bring to boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes. •Add your shrimp, and stir gently, so they separate and cook evenly. •Poach the shrimp until just cooked through, about 3-6 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp. •Remove the shrimp from the bouillon, and place in an ice bath to stop them from cooking. Once shrimp are cooled, pour pickling liquid over them, and allow them to set for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Allowing them to set in the liquid too long will make them tough.

Shaved Baby Vegetables Use what is available and in season. Wash and peel vegetables as needed. Shave with a mandolin, peeler or vegetable shaver. This recipe used tri-color baby carrots, chiogga pink beets, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and English cucumber. Chop fresh herbs for garnish (thyme, parsley, tarragon, basil, chervil etc.) Plating •When shrimp have pickled, place in a bowl with your shaved vegetables, pickling liquid and chopped fresh herbs, and mix to combine •Arrange on plate/bowl/platter as desired. •Top with a drizzle of pickling liquid, extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, sea salt and black pepper.

Court Bouillon Ingredients 4 quarts water 2 cups white wine 3 tablespoons salt 1 lemon, cut in half Herbs to taste—parsley, thyme, tarragon. These can be changed based on what is available. 16-20 shrimp, peeled and de-veined


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YZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers of Woodstock is

continuing its mission to deliver the most advanced physical and occupational therapy to its patients, wellness services to the community, and to “Stop America From Falling.” In addition to balance & vestibular therapy, they regularly treat patients recovering from various types of surgeries including total joint replacements, ligament and tendon repairs, hand injuries, rotator cuff repairs, sports injuries, knee injuries, etc. They are making tremendous investments in equipment and staff training to deliver the best results to their clients.

They recently added Bertec’s Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) system to

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their sensory system, the integration of that information by the brain, and the motor control systems. Combining this cutting-edge technology with their highly trained team is a major benefit for patients. Their CDP system by Bertec is one of only two in the state of Georgia. Danielle Ritchie, DPT states, “Adding a system like this will enhance our overall assessment capabilities. It will allow us to establish a more thorough, individualized treatment plan to improve our patients’ balance and ultimately their quality of life.” They are excited about the fitness and wellness program that they have put together that will be the solution for their local community. For years, many in the healthcare community have struggled to find a way

to work safely and properly with people struggling with health conditions. These might include individuals with back issues, knee pain, prior surgeries, obesity, diabetes, etc. Patients know they should exercise. Their doctors tell them to exercise. They just might not be sure how, or what type of program is proper for them. Most fitness facilities might not know either. At FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers, they have an exercise physiologist on staff who has spent years working with patients with health issues. FYZICAL Fitness Director William Schenck says, “FYZICAL provides all the resources needed to address your immediate needs and help you stay fit for life.” FYZICAL has developed the first-ofits-kind, whole-body, physical health exam called “BodyQ.” BodyQ is a unique testing tool used for assessing movement, function, general health, balance and recovery. Their FYZICAL fitness members receive a BodyQ test prior to beginning exercise in their facility. Members’ BodyQ results are reviewed by their exercise physiologist and one of their doctors of physical therapy. A plan is developed for each member, which includes recommendations on how to address health issues identified by their BodyQ test. Having a medical fitness center where exercise physiologists and therapists are available for guidance, questions and one-on-one training is unique. They are excited to be able to help fulfill another need for their community. Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

Expert GI Care for Your Children For children with gastrointestinal issues, comprehensive care is a top priority at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates’ (AGA) Pediatric and Adolescent Division. Led by boardcertified pediatric gastroenterologists Dr. Tejas Mehta and Dr. Nirav Patel, young patients receive the same quality care that AGA has provided to adults in metro Atlanta for forty years. While all types of digestive disorders are evaluated and treated by the physicians, common conditions seen in younger patients include colic, acid reflux and constipation. Many young patients also suffer from GI issues that affect adults, which include abdominal pain, celiac disease, diarrhea, irritable bowel disease and esophagitis.

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Minor GI issues are common in both children and adolescents, but what is normal for one child may not be normal for another. Whatever symptoms your child may have, AGA physicians understand that each patient is different, and thorough evaluation is critical before a diagnosis and treatment plan can be determined. If your child has any of the following symptoms or conditions, he or she may require a specialist’s care: • Chronic or long-term abdominal pain — especially if it’s more than just mild or occasional pain • Recurring nausea, vomiting or reflux • Difficulty swallowing • Poor weight gain or underweight • Constipation, diarrhea or blood in the stool • Food intolerances or allergies • Neurologic impairment or developmental delay, which often includes feeding difficulties

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Things You Can Treat at a Pediatric Urgent Care Center — and a Few Things You Can’t While the choice isn’t always simple, knowing the difference between urgent care and emergency care could save you time, money and in serious cases, your child’s life. If your child’s illness or injury isn’t life-threatening, and your pediatrician isn’t available, a pediatric urgent care center is the best choice. A pediatric urgent care center provides access to doctors and nurses who are specially trained to diagnose and treat children. Patients at urgent care centers are typically treated on a first-come, first-served basis, so your child will get treated faster than at a hospital ER, where the sickest patients are treated first. Some pediatric urgent care centers provide online scheduling, so you can choose an arrival time, and begin the registration process. Symptoms and Conditions That Can Be Treated at Urgent Care • • • •

Fever, cold and flu-like symptoms Minor cuts that may need stitches Ear infections Sore throat

• Sprains or minor bone fractures (the bone is not coming out of the skin) • Mild wheezing with no trouble breathing • Allergic reactions with no trouble breathing • Mild skin rashes • Possible concussion without lost consciousness • Vomiting or diarrhea without blood in the stool • Red, inflamed eyes • Headache or migraine without numbness, tingling or weakness • A seizure without fever that stops on its own

• Possible ingestion of a button battery • Suspected fracture with visible swelling, unevenness and bumps in the injured area • Ingestion of a poisonous substance or too much medication • Severe burns involving large amounts of body surface, the face, extremities or genitalia • Lost consciousness after a head injury, even for a few seconds • Signs of dehydration (very dry lips and mouth, absence of urination for more than twelve hours, lethargy and confusion) • Heavy, fast breathing and gasping for air • Gaping cuts • Oozing skin rashes • Complex chronic illnesses

• Minor burns

• Psychiatric issues

When Minutes Count, Go the ER

When in Doubt, Call Your Pediatrician

If your child has a serious illness or lifethreatening emergency — it’s important to take him to the nearest ER, or call 911. Symptoms and Conditions That Require a Trip to the ER • Fever of 100.4 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) or higher in a child younger than one month

If possible, call your pediatrician’s office before making the decision between urgent care and the ER. Usually, they’ll have a physician on call who can give advice on where to go. If they send you to an ER, they’ll call ahead to let them know that you’re coming.

This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. If you think your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.


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Built for you: The NEW Northside Hospital Cherokee

On the morning of May 6th, just before the sun peeked over the north Georgia foothills, Northside Hospital Cherokee embarked on the move of a lifetime — transitioning its patients, staff and services to its long-awaited replacement hospital. Located off I-575, at exit 19 (GA Hwy. 20) in Canton, the new Northside Hospital Cherokee was built with you and your family in mind. It’s a hospital that’s easy to find, with access to care that’s unmatched in the area. Keeping You Healthy

Residents in Cherokee County and other northern Atlanta suburbs are among the healthiest in the state. In fact, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings, which were compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cherokee is Georgia’s fifth healthiest county, and it has consistently ranked in the top ten (out of 159 counties) for more than five years. A major reason is due to the quality care that the Northside Hospital health care system delivers. Top-quality patient care is Northside’s foundation, which is why the best physicians and nurses work with innovative technologies to serve your health care needs. 52

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Northside Hospital Cherokee was built with the latest medical advancements to provide you with the best health care available. With an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® recognition, a nationally renowned Cancer Institute and a distinct Women’s Center, Northside Hospital Cherokee gives you easy access to superior care. Northside’s robotic surgery program ranks in the top one percent in the country. In addition, a sports medicine program, 24-hour adult and pediatric emergency services, Heart and Vascular Institute / catheterization lab, same-day total joint replacements for hip and knee and access to clinical trials and radiology services are all dedicated to you. More Comfort, More Healing

Georgia’s newest hospital was designed to make patients and families feel at home. Patient rooms are designed to deliver comfort, care and safety. In-room sleeping accommodations for family, storage space for personal belongings, handrails and roll-in showers are standard. All promote faster healing. Your new state-of-the-art hospital is much easier to navigate – from the highway and parking lot, to the department and patient floor.

At Your Service: • 24/7 emergency services for adults and pediatrics • 24/7 stroke care • Cancer Institute • Maternity & newborn services (Level 2 NICU) • Orthopedics and sports medicine • Surgical services (robotics, bariatrics, plastics, neuro) • Diagnostic and interventional imaging (inpatient and outpatient) • Infusion Center • Spine Center • Interventional pain management • Heart & Vascular Institute/cath lab • Urology • Behavioral health services • Wound care • Gastroenterology • Neurology • Intensive/critical care services • Pulmonary/respiratory care • Laboratory services • Specialty medicine • Diabetes and nutrition services • Comprehensive rehabilitation services • Sleep Disorders Center • Gynecology • Breast care program

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120 Vann Street, Suite 150, Marietta lastic Surgery Center of the South is not simply a medical 770.421.1242 • PlasticSurgeryCenterOfTheSouth.net practice; it’s a community. They are proud to have so many of their loyal clients refer their friends and family to their practice for their cosmetic or reconstructive surgery needs. From generation to generation, their full gamut of top-notch procedures can accommodate any age and nearly every concern. No matter if you are coming in for your first skin care treatment or you are scheduling your next plastic surgery procedure, you can expect to receive small-town friendliness and big-city results. The office is an independent, comprehensive, state-of-the-art surgical facility that includes two state-certified operating rooms in addition to medical exam rooms and a recovery area. Their three board-certified plastic surgeons believe in hard work and treating people with great respect. Their patients are the heart of their practice. That’s why they strive to provide them with the best possible care, while creating results they’ll enjoy for years. To do this, their surgeons and staff operate under a set of core values that has become the cornerstone of their practice. Ethics — When you become a patient at Plastic Surgery Center of the South, you become a friend. And as a friend, you are treated with the same respect and consideration as a valued family member. Your satisfaction and safety are always their top priorities, and they make every effort to ensure that you have a great experience with them every time.

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Integrity — Plastic Surgery Center of the South places a higher value on customer service than sales, and this is reflected in how they treat their patients. Their goal is to establish lifelong relationships with each of their patients rather than to have a high-volume practice. They honor the relationship between physician and patient by respecting your time and privacy. Honesty — There’s no slick sales talk here. Instead, their team is committed to providing you with detailed, truthful information about your procedure. Their surgeons pride themselves on being straightforward with patients. They can help you weigh the benefits and risks of your procedure and will answer all of your questions with honesty. Education — They make an effort to answer all of your questions thoroughly and in detail, so that you have clear, realistic expectations about what can be achieved. They strive to help you better

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patient at Plastic Surgery Center of the South, you

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understand your condition and the treatment options available to you, so you can make an informed choice. This November, Plastic Surgery Center of the South will celebrate its 20th anniversary, providing two decades of beauty as one of the area’s premier cosmetic surgery practices. They have employees who have been with them since they opened in 1997. Their patient satisfaction rate, as posted on their website through Intuit/Demand Force, is 95%. They believe this speaks volumes about their practice.



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Limb Lengthening and Deformity Repair Most people think of an orthopaedic doctor as the doctor one goes to for a broken arm or a fractured hip. However, there are many specialties within orthopaedics. Limb lengthening and deformity repair is a very sophisticated sub-specialty of orthopaedics that is offered at Pinnacle Orthopaedics by Dr. William Terrell. He is one of the few limb lengthening and deformity correction specialists in the U.S. Bones with a considerable difference in limb length, severe fractures, and conditions such as non-unions, mal-unions or failed fixations are all part of Dr. Terrell’s expertise. These conditions can be a result of either trauma or a defect, and they vary in severity. This specialty also involves a broad range of treatment of bones that won’t heal, have formed or healed incorrectly or have become infected. This includes cases with patients who have had multiple Before procedures (such as bone grafts) that have not healed properly. Sandy Faye Taylor came to see Dr. Terrell after many, many visits with other physicians. She had a leg deformity that prohibited her from standing upright and level. Her legs were different lengths, and her knee bent incorrectly. Sandy said: I was born with a birth defect. The birth defect was from hip dysplasia, a deformed femur bone. My knee was located on the outside of my leg and bent like an elbow. When I met Dr. Terrell, I had been to over seventeen orthopaedic doctors. I had given up hope of ever being able to walk. I was confined to a wheelchair and weighed 290 pounds. In the last three years, Dr. Terrell gave me my life back. He lengthened my right leg over four inches and fixed my knee. For the first time in over fifty years, I can stand completely level on the floor. Dr. Terrell is truly a Godsend.

Dr. Terrell is board-certified with fellowships in sports medicine and AO trauma, and he has extensive training in the Ilizarov Technique. Dr. Terrell has treated thousands of patients of all ages to correct their complex bone deformities and/or their musculoskeletal disorders. He performs surgeries weekly to repair fractures that have not healed properly, lengthen limbs and correct deformities from congenital defects and trauma. His primary practice is located in Marietta, Georgia. He sees patients in the Marietta and Woodstock locations. 54

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The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) diagnoses and treats more cases of cancer than any other hospital in Georgia. It is one of the largest and most respected cancer care service providers in the southeast. Additionally, NHCI leads the statewide network of the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, giving you access to the latest research and treatments available.

NHCI Cancer Centers Offer: • Board-certified medical oncologists & hematologists • The latest evidence-based treatments • Outpatient infusion centers • Access to groundbreaking

Using the latest technology to provide the most effective treatment possible, Northside’s large network of physicians, nurses, researchers and support staff in Cherokee County offer you access to the highest quality cancer care, in a location that is close to home.

clinical trials • Second-opinion consults • Genetic screening and testing • Counseling and support groups • Nutritional counseling services

Cancer is a long journey, and for thousands of survivors, the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is where it begins.

• Pain management services • Rehabilitation services

Two convenient locations in Canton. Atlanta Cancer Care 460 Northside Cherokee Boulevard., Suite 450 Canton, GA 30114 770.721.3800 • AtlantaCancerCare.com Brand New Facility Dr. Colleen Austin, Dr. Ming Chi, and Dr. Mohammed Naeem.

Georgia Cancer Specialists 228 Riverstone Drive Canton, GA 30114 770.479.1870 • GaCancer.com Certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Dr. Navneet Dhillon, Dr. L. Crain Garrott, Dr. Gena Volas-Redd, and Dr. Lynn Zemsky.

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 610,000 people annually. “That’s an alarming statistic,” Dr. Apurva Shah of Northside Heart says, adding, “A big reason for this is many people tend to ignore signs of heart disease.” Dr. Shah is a cardiovascular specialist at Northside Heart Woodstock, at 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 400. One of the largest cardiology groups in the north Atlanta area, Northside Heart features a team of 16 highly-trained, boardcertified cardiologists who see patients in eight convenient locations throughout greater Atlanta, with an additional office opening soon in Marietta. “Heart disease develops gradually due to injury or weakness of the heart,” says Dr. Shah. “Underlying causes can include heart attack, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease or heart valve disease among other conditions.” Dr. Shah says he became a cardiologist because he wanted to make a difference. He received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He completed his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. At Northside Heart, Dr. Shah specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. “I regularly see patients for things such as coronary artery disease, chest pain, shortness of breath and heart palpitations,” he says. One of the latest advancements offered at Northside Heart includes cardiovascular Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake

CT scans. These allow the cardiologists to see an image of the heart, blood vessels and other cardiac structures very accurately and non-invasively. It’s essential to know your risk factors for heart disease. While everyone is different, Dr. Shah says there are some signs to watch out for, especially if you have three or more of the following: • • • •

Diabetes Smoking Hypertension Hyperlipidemia (high LDL “bad” cholesterol) • Obesity • Sedentary lifestyle • Family history of heart disease

Who: Dr. Apurva Shah What: Northside Heart Where: 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 400, Woodstock

Contact: 770.924.5095 or NorthsideHeart.com

• Age above 60

“I want our community to know that we work as a team with each patient,” Dr. Shah says. “Diet and exercise remain the cornerstones of good heart health.” Dr. Shah enjoys being a part of the Cherokee County community and witnessing the tremendous growth it has experienced over the years. “I enjoy the community, and I feel connected to the people in the area,” he says. At Northside Heart Woodstock, patients are seen by experienced and highly-trained doctors who are boardcertified in cardiovascular disease,

nuclear and interventional cardiology. They use the latest technologies and research to diagnose medical issues and develop effective treatment plans for each patient. “It is truly a family feel,” Dr. Shah says. “We have seen some of our patients for years, and we take the time to get to know them as individuals.” Northside Heart Woodstock is conveniently located at 900 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 400, Woodstock. For more information, visit NorthsideHeart. com, or call 770-924-5095. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

Text messaging is one of the most frequently and widely-used applications on mobile devices and smartphones. According to Pew Internet Research, 97% of Americans send at least one text message every day, which accounts to more than six billion texts in the U.S. every day. With so many conversations being conducted in short text messages, your thumb and fingers are destined to get a workout. Overexertion can lead to soreness and cramping in your thumbs, fingers, wrists and forearms, which explains a condition called text claw.

What Is Text Claw? Text claw may not be an official medical diagnosis, but it explains the pain you get throughout your hand and wrist after continuously performing fine motor activities. In addition to text messaging, other fine motor activities that may cause text claw include peeling vegetables,


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needlepoint and rolling a cigar. In some patients, text claw has led to tendonitis, which is associated with wrist pain, numbness, aching and loss of strength. The swelling from tendonitis may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treatments for Text Claw If it’s clear your pain is caused by overtexting, one alternative is to choose a voice app to convert your speech to text. However, if you’re unable to live without texting, use the following tips to reduce the discomfort and improve flexibility. 1. Use heat. Apply heat to the affected area with a heating pad or hot towel. This will help alleviate the pain and relax the muscles. 2. Perform Stretches. Reach forward while extending your arm outward with your hand extending backward.

This simple motion will stretch your muscles and tendons. 3. Perform massage techniques. In the process of stretching, pay attention to areas with tightness or tension. Check to see whether you have nodules in your forearm, which will feel like tiny balls. Gently rub the nodules, and press downward. Avoid overdoing it, and don’t apply too much pressure near or on your thumb. This could damage the large nerve in the area. 4. Take an anti-inflammatory. Naproxen, aspirin or ibuprofen may help reduce the inflammation and irritation. If you do not find relief after performing these at-home treatments, your condition may be more serious. As a result, it’s important to speak to a hand specialist for an expert opinion.

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

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mericans are shocked at the 20, 30 or even 100% rate increases they’ve seen in their healthcare plans. Vito Molfetto has some answers that might save you 50-70%. Vito Molfetto has been a licensed health insurance consultant in North Georgia and Florida for the past eighteen years, serving clients across the metro Atlanta area. He’s helped hundreds of clients save money on their healthcare needs, while providing exceptional products and plans. Three years ago, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was mandated, Vito struggled to help clients with coverages and services that would limit their out-of-pocket expenses, which was the cornerstone of his practice. He was frustrated about what the new law was doing to his clients because he truly cares. He had decided not to renew his license.

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Then, a true miracle occurred. Vito was invited to represent a Healthcare Christian Sharing Ministry group. You see, up to that point they never had any licensed advisors representing them. The plans were robust, penalty-free of the ACA, and provided clients with a 60% reduction in their monthly premiums with additional gap coverages, which would really limit clients’ out-of-pocket expenses. Vito was excited that he once again had a way to help clients keep more of their hard-earned money in their pocket, while also being part of an organization that helped other likeminded believers. In one case, Vito’s 45-year-old client with a wife and two children was paying $1,250 a month with a $13,000 family deductible. So, the real cost of their policy was $28,000. If something major were to happen, this was to be their

true out-of-pocket expense before any insurance coverage. After switching to the Christian Sharing plan, this client had a $5,000 annual family share, for only $412 per month, with an additional gap plan to cover the out-of-pocket family share, and accident and dental coverage was added for a few dollars more. After eighteen years in business, Vito was happy to be able to provide such a great healthcare plan, allowing him to help others. Additionally, Vito gives back to the community through active participation in his church, Lions Club, Optimist Club and both the Cherokee Chamber and Gilmer County Chamber. He feels blessed to live where he’s surrounded by liked-minded, caring believers. And he’s excited about his ability to help others through Affordable Biblical Healthcare.



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Meals on Wheels

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By Tim Morris LIFESTYLE A lot of recent news has

circulated in relation to President Trump’s upcoming budget proposals. One part of his proposal stuck out: cutting Meals on Wheels. After looking closely into what it is he is proposing,

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he’s not proposing the entire program be eliminated. There’s a smaller block grant that partially funds Meals on Wheels, and that was the grant in his budget outlining. In our budgets that are funded with Federal, State and County dollars, we don’t fund our program through the block grant he mentioned. Cherokee Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels is supported by five or six various grants. Our program is just as strong now as it ever has been. Annually, we serve well over 30,000 meals to around 200 seniors in Cherokee County. These seniors need these meals in order to stay in their homes as long as possible. Without these meals and other services we provide, many seniors would be in long-term care facilities, which would cost the country a hundred times more. I’ve been in aging for over 25 years, and I’ve spoken to many politicians about the importance of these programs. When I told them that delivering meals seven days a week

along with homemaker services twice a month only costs $140 a month per person, their eyes popped out. They know a senior in a long-term care facility on Medicaid costs $147 a day. That was all I had to say to convince them not to cut programs in aging. Those in political office do not receive heartbreaking phone calls from seniors who are worried about losing their meals. One call still breaks our heart every time we listen to it. It was from the sweetest lady begging us not to take her meals away because she can’t survive without them. Our Meals on Wheels coordinator called her back immediately to reassure her that she wouldn’t lose her meals, even if we had to make them for her ourselves. L

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




ummertime How Sweet It Is By Dr. Steven Anderson, D.M.D.

Summer is now here, and that usually means most people are outside enjoying the weather and all

the activities warm weather brings. This time of year seems to also bring out the sweet treats, whether in sugary drinks or hardcore lollypops and popsicles.

Every time we eat sugar, bacteria continue to excrete the harmful acids in our mouth beyond the time of an immediate tooth brushing ritual. The more we eat or drink sugar during the day, the longer the harmful acids are present in our mouth wreaking havoc. Moderation in most things is still a good idea.

Unfortunately, sweets have their pitfalls. So, consider what you can do to reduce some of the risk factors of oral disease and tooth decay that may result in serious health problems and financial costs in your future. Tooth decay is the most common disease in the world. Left untreated, tooth decay often hurts, and the more it hurts, the more serious and involved the treatments and costs. It’s always best to see your dentist early, before it hurts.

Bacteria in our mouth are the most common cause of tooth decay. Bacterium secretes strong acids, eroding the enamel and soft dentin of our teeth. So, why do these bacteria secrete acid? Acid is the by-product of their digestive processes, and when bacteria “eat,” their waste product is this acid. So, what do they eat? You guessed it — sugar! The bacteria in our mouths love sugar. They love real sugar, not the artificial stuff. Here’s a helpful shopping tip: Remember “sugar free” for your family. There are many sugar-free products your children (and you) will enjoy that do not have an undesirable aftertaste.


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So, what about sports drinks? Always read the label. Most sports drinks contain sugar — sometimes as much as a soda! All sugar drinks in our diet need to be closely monitored because they often contribute to too much sugar in our diets. Diet sodas also contain harmful acids that affect our teeth.

“The bacteria in our mouths love


Summertime is a fun time that can still be enjoyed with ice cream and chocolate — in moderation. Be smart about the decisions you make and what you and your children eat. These decisions will affect your oral health in the future. After all, it’s your smile (or your kids’), and good dentistry should be all about you.

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

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