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Four years ago this month, when the first issues of Family Life magazines were published, printed and distributed, I became a publisher, and yes, that definitely made me happy. However, looking back, that single moment wasn’t the pinnacle I then perceived it to be after years of working towards it, but rather just one happy event in a string of decadeslong events that continues to this day. I’ve come to the realization that “happy” is exactly where we choose to find it. It is everywhere, every day and in everything. Take a moment. Look. Take in some happy. It is where you least expect it and right where you knew it would be, too.

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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 over 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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Over the years, I have found myself simplifying more and more, taking little nibbles of joy along my journey rather than making a meal of it. To me, happiness is smaller. What I’ve tended to notice recently is that things, places and events that make me “happy” are

fleeting; happiness is less a state of mind and more of the moment at hand. It’s the warmth of sunshine as the shadows of the trees pass while you drive listening to one of your favorite songs. It’s the softness of your dog’s ear, the way light shines through the clouds just before a summer storm, the giggle of a child, a hug from your grandmother, a pleasant vacation memory during a long day at the office… the list goes on.


ometimes, we reach a point in life that makes us ponder what really makes us happy. Then, we realize what a challenge it may be to achieve our perception of happiness, which may make us fear it. Other times, happiness can be very difficult to quantify, as we are often persuaded to pursue a type of happiness that is defined by society and others close to us. However, happiness, as we’ve come to understand it, can be scary. The sacrifices it takes to grow a successful business, the time spent at work to make that dollar that we want to use to buy that stuff, the long commute in traffic, time away from family, the grind — it seems like it will take an overwhelming amount of perseverance, discipline and drive. What’s the big deal anyway? Is being happy really such a big thing?




CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Jessica Asbell, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Ryan Bleisath, Sen. Brandon Beach, Kyle Bennett, Paul Bodrogi, Cyndi Braun, Cobb EMC, Jyl Craven, David Dundee, Joshua Fuder, Donna Haley, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Jessica Helms, Johnny Hunt, Barbara Jones Newey, James E. Leake, Pamela Marquess, Tim Morris, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, Frank Reynolds, Ferdinand Yates


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SALES Janet Ponichtera Janet@FamilyLifePublications.com

Jack Tuszynski, Publisher


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Sunny Side Up - The Poultry Through September Industry in Cherokee County — The exhibit focuses on the history of an industry that continues to shape Cherokee County today, from its humble beginnings as a backyard industry, to its heyday when Cherokee County was the Broiler Producing Capital of the World. Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North Street, 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. August 12 is Pie Day at the Farm Fresh Market. 8:30am-12:00pm, Market Street, downtown Woodstock. 770-924-0406. VisitWoodstockGa.com


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YPOW AM Coffee — Young Professionals of Woodstock meet to network and socialize. 7:00-8:30am, Copper Coin Coffee, 400 Chambers Street, Woodstock. 770-592-6056. MainStreetWoodstock.com



Meet & Eat — This is an hour of lunch and networking with fellow business leaders. 11:30am-12:30pm, Taqueria Tsunami, 915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Suite 470, Woodstock. 770-3450400. CherokeeChamber.com


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


Summer Concert Series - Gump Fiction — Known as the Ultimate 90s Experience, this band will take you back to the days of dial-up internet, slap bracelets, Tamagotchi™ pets, and the music you forgot you loved. Gump Fiction is your chance to go back in time, and rock out to your favorite A-side tracks from Nirvana to Britney Spears and everything in between. FREE! 7:3010:00pm, Northside Hospital - Cherokee Amphitheatre, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-5176788. WoodstockConcertSeries. com (See page 37 for more information)


Chick-fil-A Moo’ve it 5k — This 5k has grown to become one of the largest road races in Cherokee County. The school with the highest participation wins $1000, 2nd place school $500 and the 3rd


Home by Dark Concert Series Michael Logan and Beth Wood — A concert experience like no other, Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and

evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 6:30pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com

place school $250! Select the school you are supporting when you register. The most spirited “cow” runner will win Chick-fil-A for a year. Funds raised support both Cherokee County Special Olympics and Cherokee County Education Foundation. 7:00am registration, 8:00am race start time, Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. 404-617-6733. Active. com/canton-ga


DW Campbell 3rd Annual Car Show Fundraiser — In addition to the car show, there will be a raffle and prizes at this family-friendly event. Categories will include classic muscle, modern muscle, Euro, trucks, bikes and Asian imports. A live DJ will be present, and 22 trophies will be handed out. There is a $20 entry fee to enter your sweet ride into the competition. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. 10:00am3:00pm, DW Campbell, 1906 Professional Parkway, Woodstock. 770-928-7363. AutismSpeaks.org


SchmoozaPalooza is designed to bring businesses together in a fun and casual networking environment. Exhibitors will have a table-top display that will allow them to promote their business and make new contacts, while attendees will enjoy door prizes, food and fun, as they preview the latest products and services. 4:30-7:30pm, Chattahoochee Technical College, 8371 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Friday Night Live - Super Hero Night — Time to celebrate all things super hero related in downtown Woodstock, be it Superman, Batman or the Avengers. This night is guaranteed to be super fun! Thanks to the extended hours during Friday Night Live, everyone has a chance to explore the varied shops downtown. 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Woodstock. 770-592-6056. VisitWoodstockGa.com

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B.L.A.S.T.T. - Top 10 Mistakes in an Employee Handbook That Create Legal Exposure for Employers — Come for this informative workshop to help you construct a viable employee handbook. 9:00am, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce - Terrace Level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-3450400. CherokeeChamber.com


Parents’ Night Off — Drop the kids off at the pool, so you can enjoy adult time! They’ll play in the pool, enjoy a pizza dinner, do crafts, play games and end the night with a movie! 5:3010:00pm, Cherokee Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678880-4760. CRPA.net


TGIF Concert - Gwen Hughes & Grit Hits — Enjoy a night out with

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families and friends, and listen to the American jazz sounds of Gwen Hughes & “Grit Hits!” 8:00pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533. ChukkarFarmPoloClub. com


Downtown Buzz — Gather and learn about things going on in the community through informal networking and formal programs. 8:009:00am, Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-592-6056. MainStreetWoodstock.org


Art on the Green 2017 — This Gwen Hughes freestyle celebration of food, music, arts and crafts promises to bring vibrancy to Northside Hospital’s Movies in the area. Art on the Green provides a the Park™ presents Disney’s great occasion to experience the work of Beauty and the Beast — Before the musicians, visual artists, craftsmen and movie, take a stroll down Main Street, some of the best culinary restaurants where you can enjoy over eighteen great in the region. This event is FREE to the public. 9:00am-5:00pm, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 111 Elm Street,


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LIBRARY EVENTS SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org HICKORY FLAT 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 ROSE CREEK 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 WOODSTOCK 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859

SOLAR ECLIPSE INFORMATION SESSION August 8, 3:30pm, Rose Creek August 17, 2:30pm, Rose Creek Learn more about the solar eclipse of 2017! Make an orbiting model craft, and receive information about the library’s special eclipse viewing. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

SOLAR ECLIPSE SPECTACULAR! August 21, 2:15pm, Rose Creek For the first time since 1918, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the U.S.! Watch and celebrate this spectacular event with special eclipse glasses and other festivities such as crafts, games and more. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

INKLINGS WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP August 12 & 26, 11:00am, Woodstock Love to write, but need some feedback? All writers interested in joining a group to share writings, ideas and feedback are invited to attend!

HOMESCHOOL H.E.L.P. MEETING August 22, 6:15pm, Rose Creek Join the homeschool parents H.E.L.P. group (Homeschool, Educators and Library Partnership). Learn what the library has to offer through programming, as well as lessons on how to best use the library’s resources.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP August 15, 12:00pm, Woodstock Enjoy coffee, conversation, and a book discussion with new friends. All ages are welcome; new members are encouraged.

HISTORIC HAUNTED GA August 23, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Enjoy a paranormal presentation on historic haunted places in Georgia!

CYBER SPACE EXPLORATION — THE INTERNET EDITION August 16, 2:30pm, Rose Creek Hate technology and anything to do with computers? Learn basic internet-browsing techniques, so you don’t get lost in cyber space. You will also learn about some of the library’s technology resources. Registration is suggested.

NO-TECH CODING August 24, 1:30pm, Hickory Flat Play games, work together to complete challenges, and make your own coding kit to take home with you, without even turning on a computer! This is for children ages 6-11; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

PINTEREST NIGHT August 17, 6:30pm, Woodstock Placemat purses make for a fun, unique accessory to any outfit. Create your own design, and share ideas with other craft lovers! This is for ages 16+. Registration is required.

AMERICAN GIRL BACK-TO-SCHOOL TEA PARTY August 25, 4:30pm, Woodstock The Woodstock Public Library American Girl Doll Club is hosting a special tea party to celebrate the beginning of the school year! This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.

SUPER SLIME LAB August 18, 4:30pm, Woodstock It oozes! It grows! It… glows? Test different ways of making slime! This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. ECLIPSE SELFIES! August 21, 2:00pm, Woodstock This is the first solar eclipse to be visible in the U.S. in 99 years! Make a Georgia-shaped pinhole viewer to watch the eclipse, which can be used to take a picture of your shadow with the eclipse. This is for all ages; children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.


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ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A LIBRARIAN? August 28, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Contestants ages 8-12 are invited to put their knowledge to the test against the ultimate know-it-all: a librarian! Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. DIY WITH NAIL POLISH August 30, 6:00pm, Hickory Flat Create a beautiful mug or vase with old, extra nail polish! All materials are provided. Registration is required.

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restaurants, thirty charming stores, and watch the train pass through town. There is always something to do in downtown Woodstock. 8:15-10:30pm, Northside Hospital - Cherokee Amphitheatre, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-5176788. GeorgiaMoviesInThePark.com


Strut Your Mutt — This event will be to celebrate National Dog Day and is designed to be fun for you and your mutt! There will be an array of animal-related organizations, food trucks, and contests. Awards will be given for best dressed (small and large), best barker and best tail wagger! Your dog can also visit the Yappy Hour station for a FREE Frosty Paws provided by South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital. 10:00am-1:00pm, Pawtriots (Patriots) Park, 1485 Kellogg Creek Road, Acworth. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net


Gardener’s Seminar — UGA Master Gardener Volunteers of Cherokee County will present “Fall in the Vegetable Garden.” Fall is the best time of year to garden. Learn how to extend your garden season to enjoy fresh vegetables into the holidays. Or if weeds have ruined your interest for the year, learn about cover cropping options to build soil health. 10:00am, Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton. 770-721-7803. UGE1057@uga.edu


I Am Free Music Festival — This festival will provide day-long musical entertainment of various genres including Jazz, Turkish, contemporary gospel and R & B. A portion of festival proceeds will benefit Revved Up Kids, Inc. a non-profit organization. 11:00am, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-6641533. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com


5th Annual Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt — This

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hunt provides a unique experience, as participants team up to gather photographic evidence of their journey through 100 different venues in Woodstock. Participants will have two weeks to complete as many of the tasks or challenges as they can. Teams will be competing to win a $100 Downtown Dollars Gift Certificate. downtown Woodstock. VisitWoodstockGa.com



Home by Dark Concert Series - Tony Arata and Danny Mitchell — A concert experience like no other, Home by Dark brings original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” 6:30pm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 770-664-1533. ChukkarFarmPoloClub.com


Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast — Both current and future Chamber members will have the opportunity to

conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. 7:00am, Cherokee County Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Brown Bag Concert Series — This is a FREE lunchtime concert! Bring a chair, pick up some lunch at one of the great downtown restaurants, and enjoy! 12:00-1:00pm, The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Friday Night Live - Downtown Tailgate — Celebrate the start of football season at this downtown-wide tailgate party! Thanks to the extended hours during Friday Night Live, everyone has a chance to explore the varied shops downtown. 6:00-9:00pm, downtown Woodstock. 770-592-6056. VisitWoodstockGa.com

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Business Cobb EMC’s 11th annual Steak Out appreciation lunch honored law enforcement from across the electric cooperative’s fivecounty service district. More than 250 law enforcement officers and area elected officials attended the event, which was held at Piedmont Community Church. Guests enjoyed a steak lunch catered by LongHorn® Steakhouse in Acworth, along with live music and door prizes.

Cobb EMC President and CEO Chip Nelson (back left) stands with officers and elected officials at the cooperative’s 11th annual Steak Out appreciation lunch for law enforcement.

“Each year, we look forward to recognizing and honoring the service of the law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives to making our communities wonderful, safe places to live and work,” said Chip Nelson, president and CEO of Cobb EMC. Cobb EMC has a long-standing tradition of supporting local law enforcement and public safety personnel.

Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business has named Cherokee’s own Nor-Ral Inc. as an Elite Supplier for 2016. Lockheed recently designated 26 other small and large businesses as top-performing suppliers for the last year, representing the top 2% of a supply base of 1,400 suppliers worldwide. “This award recognizes suppliers holding a 98% on-time delivery rating with a 98% quality rating. Their role with us makes an impact far beyond performance — it ensures the ability to offer safety and security to customers across the globe,” said Janet Duffey, VP,


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Aeronautics Supply Chain Management. Nor-Ral just celebrated twelve consecutive months of 100% delivery and quality, surpassing the already stringent elite requirements. Nor-Ral was one of only fourteen small businesses named to the list. The Holly Springs-based company provides plastic and composite panel assemblies, fairings, skins and absorbers in support of the C-130 and F-35 programs.

Nurses play a critical role in helping patients heal both physically and emotionally. Across WellStar Health System, nurses are at the center of the not-for-profit’s mission to deliver world-class healthcare to patients. Nurses and physicians who work to elevate the field of nursing were recently recognized at the annual Excellence in Nursing award ceremony presented by WellStar. “As nurses, we’re privileged to work in one of the greatest professions,” said Jill Case-Wirth, chief nurse executive for WellStar Health System. “Nurses are given the opportunity to serve and impact others on a daily basis. Our focus on nurses helps us deliver compassionate care that puts patients first and makes a real impact on their lives.” Four nurses received the System’s top honors in 2017: •

Cindy Newman, RN received the Administrative Leadership and Management award for her work in the Community Education and Outreach department at WellStar Health System.

Susan Owens, RN was awarded the 5-Star Nurse award for her work in the Mother/Baby unit at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.

Alicia Burke, RN was recognized with the Rising Star in Nursing award for her work at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center.

Nona Harris, RN was awarded the Nightingale Nurse award for her work at WellStar Paulding Hospital.

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Woodstock Minute

Woodstock Police and Fire Departments Announce Upcoming

Citizens’ Public Safety Academy


By Ryan Bleisath l Photos courtesy of Darleen Prem Photography

he Woodstock Police and Fire Departments are now accepting applications for the fall 2017 Citizens’ Public Safety Academy, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 31. Citizens’ Public Safety Academy is a series of educational classes designed to enhance a citizen’s understanding of various aspects within the police and fire profession. The program is intended to strengthen the relationship between citizens and the Woodstock Police and Fire Departments as well as spotlight the responsibilities of public safety personnel and the inherent risks associated with these professions. Some of the classes offered during this series are CRASE (Civilian Response

to Active Shooter Events) seminar, Criminal Investigation Procedures, Crime Prevention, extrication demonstration, thermal imaging camera presentation, Fire Safety and Fire Prevention. The class will also tour the Woodstock Fire Department, Cherokee County Fire Training Center and participate in a judgmental shooting demonstration at Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone who lives, works or has an expressed interest in the city may apply for the Citizens’ Public Safety Academy. Applicants are required to be at least nineteen years of age and submit to a background investigation prior to acceptance in the program. Once accepted, positions are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Citizens’ Public Safety Academy applications are available at the Woodstock Police Department, located at 12453 Highway 92 in Woodstock or by visiting WoodstockGa.gov/police/cpsa. The deadline for accepting applications is Monday, August 28. Ryan Bleisath is an officer with the Woodstock Police Department, Neighborhood Services Unit. 770-592-6000, ext. 1172. WoodstockGa.gov

The Citizens’ Public Safety Academy will be held at Chattahoochee Technical College, 8371 Main Street in Woodstock, every Thursday evening from 6:308:30pm, from August 31 through November 9.

For more information on the Citizens’ Public Safety Academy, please contact Officer Ryan Bleisath at 770-592-6000, ext. 1172 or via email at RBleisath@woodstockga.gov. Ryan Bleisath


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By Sheriff Frank Reynolds

The Mission of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Dedicated to serving with integrity, protecting with compassion, and preserving a safe and secure environment while keeping the trust and confidence of our community.

The 2021 Vision of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office


We will be recognized for providing exemplary law enforcement services through servant leadership while adapting to emerging trends and contributing to the quality of life.

s the word “trust” something that comes to mind when you think of law enforcement? If you listen to national news, you might think there’s an absence of trust in the police.

For any law enforcement agency to build trust within the community, that agency must have a positive and meaningful relationship with its citizens. In other communities, I’ve noticed that the law enforcement agency didn’t have a bad relationship with its citizens, the agency just didn’t have a relationship at all. Absence of a relationship can equate to a lack of trust. So, where does this relationship begin, and how is it maintained? As public servants, it’s our responsibility to make every effort to build a positive and meaningful relationship with our community. To achieve this goal, the Cherokee Sherriff ’s office has begun to enhance community outreach programs. One effort is to host a Town Hall meeting at each of Cherokee’s five patrol precincts, which includes BridgeMill, Free Home, Hickory Flat, 14

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Oak Grove and Waleska. The meetings will introduce citizens to the deputies who work in their area as well as provide information specific to each precinct. Another program is our Citizens Academy. For a few hours, once a week, for about ten weeks, citizens learn about every aspect of the agency from uniform patrol to criminal investigations. Other services we offer include S.A.L.T (Seniors and Law-Enforcement Together), Project Life Saver (for people who tend to wander away), and other programs that help improve the community’s quality of life. For more information on how we can better serve you, visit CherokeeGa-Sheriff.org. What can you do to enhance our relationship? Do you know the

deputy who patrols your neighborhood? The firefighter or paramedic who may save your life? Or the communications officer at the other end of your 911 call? If not, why not? They’re the ones who will respond when you call for help, so I encourage you to get to know them. To show support, Lake Arrowhead Church recently invited me and several deputies to their service. It created an environment of goodwill and friendship that everyone will remember for a long time. Another key to building trust is respect. Respect is often not an easy task, since people don’t call us over for a BBQ; they call us during a moment of crisis that they need us to reconcile. However, it’s still our duty to remain professional and courteous, thereby building trust and confidence even during the most trying of circumstances. As your sheriff, I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve you and continue to maintain a trusting relationship with the community. Frank Reynolds is the sheriff for Cherokee County. 678-493-4100. CherokeeGa-Sheriff.org

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Woodstock City Clerk Rhonda Pezzello is City Clerk of the Year Recently, the Georgia Municipal Clerk’s Association awarded Woodstock’s City Clerk, Rhonda Pezzello, as City Clerk of the Year at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual convention. Rhonda Pezzello became the city clerk for City of Woodstock in 1991. During her 26 years with the City, Rhonda has proven herself to be instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the City where citizens, staff and elected officials would describe her as “the backbone of the City.” Rhonda not only serves as chair of several committees within the City of Woodstock, but she has also served on committees with the Georgia Municipal Clerks Association. “This award is well-deserved,” says Woodstock’s City Manager, Jeffrey Moon. “Her service and dedication to Woodstock is exemplary, and we are proud of her,” Moon adds.

Community Feature Check Out the New Dupree Park Improvements! The Dupree Park project was constructed by City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff. Because of their hard work and dedication, the project was completed on time and under budget. An electrofishing (lake audit) of Dupree Park lake was recently conducted. Crews working with Aquatic Environmental Services determine the health of the fish population of this lake. During electrofishing, all fish are released unharmed. The results of the study can be viewed at WoodstockGa.gov/DocumentCenter/ View/6785. Parks and Recreation staff will stock the lake based on recommended findings. Dupree Park also features a large playground, restrooms, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, 1/3-mile fitness trail, a ninehole disk golf course and two park pavilions. For more information on Dupree Park as well as other parks in the City of Woodstock, please visit WoodstockParksAndRec.com.

Congratulations to our July “7 Bennett! Melanie Tugman! Congratulations to our October “7 Differences” Differences”winner, winner,Ryan Joyce McMichael! Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake



Community Feature Pie Bar Featured in Taste of the South’s Taste 50 List From where-to-eat to eventsto-attend, Taste of the South identifies fifty delicious things about the south — and Pie Bar is one of them! You can read about them in the July/August 2017 issue. In addition to delicious dessert pies, Pie Bar is now serving quiche on Sundays: Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato; and Spinach, Red Pepper and Feta.

Ugandan Children Thankful for Chattahoochee Gold Swim Team’s Helping Hand Lake Bunyonyi in southern Uganda is one of the African continent’s most beautiful and deepest lakes. Naturally, children who live in the lush villages surrounding the lake take to the water in this inland sea. But sadly, drowning is common because many kids have never learned to swim. Now, the local community, with help from Denver-based Global Livingston Institute, has begun giving children swim lessons at the Entusi Resort & Retreat Center. However, many of the girls were unable to participate because they didn’t have swimsuits. The Woodstockbased Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club learned about the swimmers’ plight from former Gold swimmer Melissa Earl. They then gathered and sent four large boxes stuffed with swimsuits, swim gear and t-shirts for the Ugandan children.


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Facial Rejuvenation —

Is it for You?

By Drs. Petrosky, Harkins and Leake

With age, our skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and aging. Exposure to sun and years of muscle movement (squinting, chewing, smiling) contribute to tissue breakdown of the skin. Facial fillers will volumize creases and folds in the face in areas that lose fat and collagen as we age. The face starts to lack volume and appears aged with deeper nasolabial folds (cheeks), unaesthetic marionette lines, a deeper mentalis fold (chin), thinning lips, and a turning down of the corners of the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane® and Juvederm® are used to replace the lost volume and create a younger look in the face. One of the more disconcerting changes with aging often involves vertical lines and creases on the upper lip edges. When coupled with shrinkage of lip tissues, this creates an undesirable appearance for many patients. Assuming that any smoking has been discontinued and sunblock is used, then the options include fillers which add volume and help soften lines and tissue loss.

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As for excess fat under your chin, now, with the addition of KYBELLA© to the arsenal of injectable treatments, invasive liposuction is no longer the only treatment option. The product is strategically injected under your chin to treat the submental fat. It takes two-to-four treatments depending on the desired result. Downtime is minimal, and you can expect to see results within two-to-four weeks of treatment. Skin rejuvenation treatments can include laser skin resurfacing. Laser treatments are used for several aesthetic concerns such as evening out skin tone and eliminating blemishes. Small spider veins, moles and wrinkles can also be minimized. Additionally, minimally invasive procedures such as microdermabrasion, light chemical peels and photo rejuvenation can delay the aging process. Minimally invasive procedures cost less and require less downtime; however, the results don’t last as long. Whether you’re looking for subtle improvements or a major change, research, plan and consult with a boardcertified plastic surgeon.

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



Community Feature

Eight CCSD Schools Named National Beta Schools of Merit Cherokee, Creekview and Sequoyah High Schools and Creekland, Dean Rusk, E.T. Booth, Freedom and Mill Creek Middle Schools earned recognition for supporting the youth service organization on their campuses.

CCSD Wins Three National Awards for Communications The Cherokee County School District has earned its first-ever National recognition for communications by bringing home three awards from the National School Public Relations Association. Each year, the Association, consisting of school communications and public relation leaders and experts from across the nation, honors outstanding publications and electronic media produced by school districts as part of their communications efforts. The School District won a Merit Award for its video, “School Closure Decision Process,” animated by Etowah High School teacher Brandon Grummer, which was based on a script by Carrie McGowan, the Office of Communication’s supervisor of strategic planning, community relations and publications. Teasley Middle School Assistant Principal John Carter provided the video voiceover. Two CCSD publications won Honorable Mention awards: the “2016 Annual Report of District Progress,” which compiles important achievements and data from divisions and schools; and the “2016 First Day Facts,” which provides a snapshot of what’s new for the coming school year. They will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the August 17 meeting.


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National Beta Club, which is the largest nonprofit educational youth The E.T. Booth Middle School Beta Club organization in the nation, organized a Veterans Day dinner for veterans includes senior clubs for students in grades 9-12 and in the community and their families last junior clubs for students in school year. grades 4-8. Its mission is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.” The Schools of Merit honor recognizes schools’ “dedication to academic excellence, leadership development and commitment to celebrating students’ achievements,” according to Bob Bright, chief executive officer of the National Beta Club. The schools were recently recognized at the 2017 National Beta Convention in Orlando, Fla.

CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award! The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals presents the distinguished award to ten schools in Georgia each year in recognition of outstanding curriculum and organizational leadership initiatives. This is the seventh consecutive year that at least one CCSD school has been honored. Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, led by Principal Penny Valle, earned the award for her program, “Anchor Standards.” The selection committee selects exemplary initiatives that result in positive change and demonstrate strong involvement of staff, students, parents and community. “Anchor Standards” is a school-wide initiative through which teachers identified specific learning goals for each grade level, subject and grading period to be prepared for, tracked and updated through collaboration within Professional Learning Communities teacher groups. Administrators, community partners, volunteers and parents all play a role in the program’s success, and a data room provides a place to review results and talk strategy.

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Back-to-School Time

What’s in the

Lunch Box? By Dr. Steven Anderson, D.M.D.

These days, monitoring your child’s lunch box is becoming increasingly important. High revenue opportunities are causing soda machines to “pop” up in hallways, and candy-filled vending machines are unfortunately commonplace. As a result, unhealthy eating temptations are facing our children more than ever. These blatantly placed temptations in our schools are cause for concern. Soda and sugar are often treated as another food group rather than a “special treat,” and the harmful health aspects are far-reaching. Soda should not be consumed on a daily basis. From an oral health perspective, all soda contains harmful acids that literally eat away the strong enamel of our teeth, not to mention the near absence of any nutritional value. Regular consumption can rapidly destroy your teeth. The ability to enjoy good foods may evolve into very extensive, costly dental treatment.


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Sugar and other refined carbohydrates increase oral bacteria’s harmful acid production. Sure, twicedaily brushing for two minutes helps, but this contraband cannot be combated effectively without abstinence. Fruits and vegetables should be an obvious choice in the daily lunch box. Got milk? Make sure it’s white milk. Restricting flavored milks and juices is an excellent regular policy. Make it a practice to read the labels of the packaged products, and look at the grams of sugar per serving. Soda and flavored milks have too much sugar for regular consumption in our diet. Many schools have meal plans that provide nutritious opportunities for those not packing lunches. But remember, you must still educate your child to make good choices in the lunch room. A lunch monitor or cashier will sometimes patrol school sweets when possible or if specifically asked by a parent. However, you must still take an active role with your child to control his/her sugar consumption at school. Just like the last time you were at

the grocery store checkout line, and your sweet one begged for something to make them even sweeter, kids can be just as manipulative in the lunch line. Establishing a healthy diet and “sweet rules” when children are young will better prepare them as they enter adolescence and are less malleable. Teenage tooth decay can be a serious problem that can be very costly for parents and very detrimental to your child’s overall oral health. The occasional sweet relief will keep everyone smiling. So, remember to practice what you preach in meals and in lunch boxes. 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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n the evening of March 30th, the fate of Atlanta’s infrastructure was compromised. The I-85 bridge had just collapsed, and no one was certain what kind of impact this would have on our city. We were given estimates of months until the bridge repairs would be complete, and we were to be faced with gridlock in all directions on our commute to work. But by May 13th, the bridge repairs were complete, and just like that — traffic was open in all directions. Remarkably, GDOT and its many partners proved those initial estimates wrong by finishing the project in just 43 days.

The Road to

Recovery By Senator Brandon Beach

A question I have been asked repeatedly is, “Is this new bridge safe?” Unquestionably, the safety of the bridge has been proven by numerous safety inspections, but this question brings up an interesting point. How could this bridge possibly have been built up from scratch in six weeks and still maintain the Georgia Department of Transportation’s high standards for road safety? The answer is that the only thing really standing between a large construction project and its completion are unnecessary and burdensome bureaucratic processes and red-tape. While our city’s infrastructure remained crippled, Georgia and its federal partners put together a strategy to ensure a quick, efficient and (most importantly) safe process to get the bridge back up and running. With federal assistance, we could bypass the many unnecessary permits and studies that often bog down and prolong these vital projects. Without the time-consuming paper shuffling, our workers could get on with the task at hand and bring it to a speedy conclusion. While the bridge was out, we witnessed unprecedented cooperation between MARTA, GRTA and other transit agencies that worked tirelessly to ensure the steady flow of people from their homes to work and back again. Not only does this unified spirit symbolize our solidarity in difficult times, but it also speaks volumes for our citizens who are desperate for alternative transit solutions when this sort of debacle occurs. This project was such a success that President Trump and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) intend to use the I-85 bridge success as a model for the rest of the country as to what can be accomplished without the hindrance of government regulation and red tape. I cannot extend my gratitude enough to the President, the Governor, USDOT, GDOT and the many others who worked day and night to see this project through to completion. Imagine the possibilities if we were to remove these kinds of costly regulations from every project our state undertakes. While I believe our state still has a way to go, I am confident the achievement of the I-85 bridge reconstruction will open some eyes as to the many possibilities awaiting us simply through streamlining the process and removing redundant paperwork.


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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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Why Everyone Should Care About Public Education — Whether You Have a Child in the Public Education System or Not By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Did you know that a free and adequate public education is not only granted to every Georgia student by our state constitution, but that it is the PRIMARY responsibility of the state? Think about that for just a moment. If something is your primary responsibility, doesn’t it demand most of your time, attention and resources? So, why isn’t public education important to everyone? Yes, the quality of education can have a great deal of

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influence on a child’s future endeavors and chances of being successful. But even if you don’t have children in public schools, the quality of education where you live is very important. It affects the value of your home and your ability to sell it, and it is a major consideration when businesses choose to locate to your area, thereby providing jobs and resources to the entire community. Not all schools are perfect, and not all teachers are wonderful, but in Cherokee County, a solid effort has been made to ensure excellence in every school no matter where you reside in the county. Choices and options have been provided for families that want their children to have opportunities in arts, science, technology, engineering and math. We

have options for night school, options to study career pathways, and options for advanced placement and moving on to local colleges and universities to complete high school and college combined.These resources and options are presented in a user-friendly format on the Cherokee County School District website for parents and students alike. Quality education impacts all of us. The people who wait on your table, ring up your groceries, change your oil, and take your customer service phone calls are of better caliber when their education is excellent. We should all be concerned with making sure our kids have the best teachers, technology, and education resources available to them. Ensuring their success makes a brighter future for all of us!



The Importance of Gun Safety in the Home — For the Sake of Your Children Not withstanding the importance of 2nd Amendment rights, the concern about personal safety, and the importance of recreational use, the possession of personal firearms in the home is a documented cause for concern. Gunshots are the second leading cause of injury-related death in children. National statistics (USA Today, June 2017) document that — on average — “nineteen children are either injured or killed by firearms every day,” and that “25 children die from bullet wounds every week.” A longitudinal study between 2007 and 2014 revealed that in the 10-17-year age group, there was a decrease in firearm homicides, but, sadly, there was a 60% increase in children committing suicide. A recent study (A. Silver, 2017) showed — • Under 15 years of age, most injuries were unintentional. • Between 15-19 years of age, most


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By Ferdinand Yates, M.D.

injuries were the result of assault. 90% of gunshot patients were male. Most of the children hospitalized were from households with a low median income.

In attempt to educate and protect, pediatricians have — for quite some time — been questioning parents about the presence of firearms in the household. Unfortunately, some parents have felt marginalized or profiled. As reported in the New York Times (N. Bakalar, June 2017), children are at a higher risk of gun violence where there are academic concerns, likelihood of aggression, and limited supervision from an adult. In addition, other risk factors include communities with gang activity, drug sales, underemployment and poverty. In an attempt to help protect the children under their care, pediatricians inquire

about the presence of firearms in the household with the sole purpose of encouraging the discussion of proper safeguarding and storage of these weapons. This is particularly important where the family has members (adults or children) with mood disorders, substance abuse problems or a history of a suicide attempt. Simple steps include keeping the gun unloaded and separation of the gun and the ammunition, trigger locks, high trigger pressures, lock boxes, and perhaps even gun avoidance programs. Sources - American Academy of Pediatrics, The New York Times, USA Today

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

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Do you know the name Kate Warne? How about Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency? We know that Kate Warne was hired by Allan Pinkerton in 1856 as the first female Pinkerton Detective. She died in 1868 and was buried in the Pinkerton family plot. History also tells us that she helped save Abraham Lincoln’s life on the way to his inauguration in 1861. But that was all that history told us about this important figure. In her book entitled Girl in Disguise, Greer Macallister brings Kate Warne to life. She enters into Allan Pinkerton’s office, answering an advertisement for a detective. When told that he doesn’t hire females as detectives, Kate simply responds, “Somebody has to be first.” Thus, Pinkerton takes a chance on Kate, a widow with a mysterious past. Kate begins her new life full of aliases, coded messages, and little support from the other detectives. When Abraham Lincoln is elected, it’s learned that there is a plot to assassinate him on his way to the inauguration. Thanks to the Pinkerton detectives, Lincoln is disguised as an invalid, and Kate transports him safely to D.C. and to his destiny. However, the country grows ever more restless and tense, eventually splitting at the Mason-Dixon Line. During the Civil War, the Pinkerton detectives are tasked with finding the spies among them. When an unexpected enemy betrays someone Kate cares for, Kate will have to choose whether to do what is expected of her or to follow her heart. Although little is known about the real Kate Warne, it’s easy to imagine her with the feisty personality that Macallister has given her in Girl in Disguise.

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


ddiction is not a new problem, and those who have been affected by it know how damaging it can be to families and communities. Here in Cherokee County, HopeQuest has been helping individuals and families who have been impacted by addiction to experience freedom, hope, and life for over fifteen years. Since its start as a ministry helping local families, HopeQuest has become a non-profit, state-licensed, residential treatment center for drug, alcohol, and sexual addiction with separate, genderspecific programs for men and women. Because of HopeQuest’s unique and effective approach, which sets it apart from other treatment centers, local individuals and families as well as people from other states are turning to HopeQuest for help. HopeQuest believes that behind every addiction is a story, and the treatment approach is aimed at addressing core issues that drive addictive behavior. Since addiction is a complex problem, HopeQuest’s program is ninety days instead of 28.This gives clients a longer stabilization time and a better chance of succeeding in their recovery. A significant distinction is that its treatment approach is fully integrated in a Christ-centered and clinically effective model that addresses biological, emotional, psychological, and spiritual factors in order to treat the whole person. HopeQuest’s staff is made up of licensed counselors and therapists who view their work as a calling and genuinely care about the people who come for help. While clients are in treatment, HopeQuest also works with family members to 26

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address their needs for support and healing. In Cherokee County, HopeQuest has become a trusted partner for those facing the challenges of addiction. Because of the devastating impact of addiction in the community, HopeQuest is committed to making treatment accessible to those in need by underwriting up to 50% of each client’s costs through the generosity of financial donors. HopeQuest staff members also consult with local church leaders, organizations and families to offer training, support and resources. Every week, the negative impact of addiction on families and communities is felt due to accidents, overdoses, divorces and tragic deaths. Each person struggling with addiction is someone’s son or daughter, mother or father, spouse or partner.The pain and loss resulting from addiction are devastating. HopeQuest exists to help people impacted by addiction to try to keep these things from happening. If

you or your business would like to help people struggling with addiction to write new chapters in their lives, visit HopeQuestGroup.org. To speak with the admissions department about HopeQuest’s addiction treatment programs, or for a free confidential assessment, call 678-391-5950, or email Contact@ HopeQuestGroup.org. Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

Prevention of Sports-Related Mouth Injuries By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

It is estimated that thirtymillion children in the U.S. participate in some sort of organized sporting activity. These activities can contribute to sportsrelated injuries, many involving the face. As a parent, it’s important to know the best way to prevent these injuries. Males are twice as likely to experience sports-related oral injuries than females. Even in football, where protective equipment is a high priority, only about 2/3 of youth football players regularly wear mouth guards. In sports such as soccer and softball, the compliance and emphasis on mouth protection is even less; only about 7% of these athletes regularly wear mouth guards. Even at the high-school level, there are

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only four sports where mouth guard usage is required nationally: football, lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey. Basketball is a sport where many facial injuries occur due to the close contact and speed of the game.

that the cost of treating an avulsed tooth could range from $5000 to $20,000 over a lifetime. This doesn’t include the loss of work time from parents to accommodate dental visits, or the loss of school time for the children.

The American Dental Association recommends the use of mouth guards for youth involved in acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian events, extreme sports, field events, field hockey, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, sky diving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Your pediatric dentist can create a custom-made mouth guard for your child. The cost of the mouth guard is much less than the cost of the dental treatment that may be needed if oral injuries are sustained. If your child participates in these types of sports, it is well worth considering investing in a quality, comfortable, protective mouth guard.

Each year in the U.S. there are five-million teeth avulsed (knocked out), many due to sporting activities. In 2005, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimated

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



COVER STORY By Cyndi Braun


hether arthritis is making your life difficult, you’ve experienced an injury while playing sports, or you have annoying muscle or tendon pain that won’t go away, the physicians at Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine want to help you get back to your activities as soon as possible. As former athletes themselves, Drs. Jimmy Jiang, Travis Jones, Stephen Rodes, Brian Seng and Matthew Simmons understand how sports injuries can impact your life. They work as a team to provide you the best possible care. With two locations, one in Holly Springs and one in Woodstock, the practice offers conservative care and minimally-invasive surgery for disorders of the upper and lower extremities, outpatient total joint replacement, concussion management, fracture care and treatment for all sports-related injuries.


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Dr. Jimmy Jiang Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon Dr. Jimmy Jiang is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and microvascular surgery. Having received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, he is proud to return to the Atlanta area to practice. “I enjoy fixing things and helping people. That is what attracted me the most about the field of orthopedics,” said Dr. Jiang. “I practice hand and upper extremity orthopedics, which means that I focus on the treatment of all conditions from the fingertips to the shoulder.” Dr. Jiang commonly treats issues Dr. Jimmy Jiang such as carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tendinitis, thumb arthritis, cubital tunnel syndrome, mallet finger, Dupuytren’s contracture, trigger finger and broken bones. He provides arthritis care, non-operative treatment of orthopedic conditions, and minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy of the upper extremity. If people have a more

advanced degenerative joint disease, he also performs joint replacements for the shoulder, elbow and wrist. “I’ve always enjoyed orthopedics because it allows me to take care of a diverse group of patients from young athletes, to patients who have arthritis in their joints, to those who sustain a traumatic injury,” said Dr. Jiang. “I customize the most ideal treatment plan for each patient.”

Dr. Travis Jones Foot and Ankle Surgeon A former collegiate soccer player, Dr. Travis Jones understands how injuries can affect both sports performance and daily life. He specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, including ankle arthroscopy and total ankle replacement. “I treat everything foot-related, from ankle fractures to reconstructive procedures,” said Dr. Jones. That includes plantar fasciitis, bunions, diabetic foot, hammer toe, high arch, flat feet, clubfoot, neuroma and severe arthritis. “We see arthritis, tendonitis and activity/ sports-related problems. A lot are kids and young adults who are active and have an injury that we’re able to treat conservatively, as well as some with more complex injuries that do need surgery,” Over 26,000 Each Issue, Every Month

said Dr. Jones. “I enjoy helping make patients’ lives better by returning them to function.”

Dr. Stephen Rodes Sports Medicine Surgeon Dr. Stephen Rodes is the newest member of the team, joining the practice in 2017. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, he has experience treating high school, college and professional athletes. He currently serves as a team physician at each of the high schools in Cherokee County, as well as Reinhardt College. “Sports medicine is different than what most people think,” said Dr. Rodes. “In addition to treating younger athletes, it also includes treating rotator cuff tears in a 70-year-old patient, performing knee scopes for meniscus tears in a 40-yearold weekend warrior, or a variety of other injuries or age related problems.” Dr. Rodes has expertise in minimallyinvasive, arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, knee and elbow injuries as well as shoulder and knee replacement for arthritis. “I’m a hands-on type of guy,” said Dr. Rodes. “I enjoy helping patients get well and get back to doing the activities they enjoy.” Dr. Rodes is excited to join Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, “We work well together and assist each other whenever needed, providing a team-based approach to patient care.”

Dr. Brian Seng Hip and Knee Surgeon Dr. Seng believes in getting his patients back to activity as soon as possible. Board-certified in orthopedic surgery, he specializes in hips and knees. When nonsurgical treatments are exhausted, worn-out arthritic joints are then (and only then) considered replaceable. Dr. Seng offers a variety of nonsurgical and conservative treatments Serving Woodstock, including Towne Lake

including joint-lubricating injections (viscosupplementation). If surgery is needed, you’re in good hands. Dr. Seng has expertise in minimally-invasive procedures including partial knee replacement and the direct anterior approach for total hip replacement. “Direct anterior hip replacement is a less invasive way to do hip replacement surgery,” said Dr. Seng. “It allows patients to get back to normal activity quickly, with less pain and fewer complications.” Dr. Seng offers hip replacement surgery on an outpatient basis and uses a rapid recovery program that focuses on educating patients prior to surgery and coordinating postoperative care to get patients moving and home much quicker. “Outpatient surgery makes recovery easier for patients; they get to sleep in their own bed, eat their own food,” said Dr. Seng. “It’s a better experience all around.”

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running schedule, training, equipment and any medical problems that may be contributing to their injury – giving patients a comprehensive level of care.”

What Makes This Practice Special? The physicians at Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are committed to serving the needs of the community that they themselves are a part of and offer personalized, one-onone patient care in a warm environment. Patients get to see a doctor each time they come to the office and have access to the latest treatment modalities without having to travel far.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Dr. Simmons is board-certified in sports medicine and family medicine and has experience serving as team physician for numerous schools, including Louisiana State University, Southern University and Parkview Baptist High School. He currently serves as Reinhardt University’s team physician and coordinates the Sports Medicine Program for all six Cherokee County high schools. “Sports medicine doctors are the gatekeepers to a variety of orthopedic issues. We’re able to see patients of all age groups, and I enjoy the variety of cases that I see throughout the day and helping them return to the activities they enjoy,” said Dr. Simmons. “Having trained in family medicine and orthopedics, I tend to have a different scope and approach when I work with patients,” said Dr. Simmons. “For example, when a runner with a stress fracture comes in, I ask about

“My partners are great doctors and surgeons, but they’re even better people,” said Dr. Rodes. “We all spend a significant amount of time with each of the patients to ensure that we are able to answer all of their questions and address any concerns.”

Two Locations

684 Sixes Road Suite 130 Holly Springs, GA 30115 770-517-6636 900 Towne Lake Parkway Suite 320 Woodstock, GA 30189 770-517-6636



Hassle-Free Hair By Jyl Craven

Does your frizzy hair have you in a tussle as you start each day? Have you ever wished you could have a more manageable mane? If you could reduce your blow-drying time each day, would you want to learn how? Let’s face it, hassle-free hair is something we all dream of. And finding a solution to our own unique hair woes can sometimes leave us feeling bemused. If this sounds like you, then you may want to consider a keratin treatment. Keratin services have many benefits, but there are a few things you must first be aware of before getting one of these transformative treatments. LIFESTYLE

What is a keratin treatment?

Keratin is a protein that is naturally found in your hair, skin and nails. In human hair, keratin acts as an external protective shield and an internal structural protein. Over time, as hair becomes physically damaged, by chemicals or from the environment (such as from the sun), the hair’s natural keratin becomes depleted. A keratin treatment replenishes the gaps in the hair by penetrating the cuticle. The treatment then works to strengthen the keratin bonds from within while repairing those damaged strands and smoothing the hair shaft.

What are the benefits?

The most common reason people get a keratin treatment is for improved manageability. When keratin gets infused into your strands, your hair will instantly be less frizzy, your split ends will be mended, your locks will become 30

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shinier, and smoothness will reign supreme. Hair feels healthier, and hair color becomes more visibly vibrant. Time spent blow drying may also be reduced by as much as 50%.

strip out keratin, always rinse your hair with fresh shower water before going for a swim. Doing so will add hydration and help prevent your hair from absorbing unwanted chlorine and salt.

How long will it last?

Whether you’re heading back to school or simply want an easier start to your day, hassle-free hair is something we all want. The transformative and lasting benefits of a keratin treatment make it a unique service that delivers both enhanced beauty and improved styling. If this is you, seek out a professional who is certified in keratin treatments. Then, you’ll finally be able to enjoy your hair, your way. L

A keratin treatment can last four-to-five months with the proper care. The longevity of the treatment begins with the proper at-home hair-care regimen. Unlike other salon services, getting the proper post-care products for a keratin service is essential, if you want it to last. After a treatment, always opt for a sodium-chloridefree and sulfate-free shampoo. Use styling products, blow-dry creams and serums that are infused with keratin. And when styling, do not pull your hair up into a braid or pony for the first couple of days. If the Georgia heat has you wanting to relax in the pool, take caution, and follow this bit of advice: Since chlorine and salt water quickly

Jyl Craven is owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. 770-3459411. JylCraven.com

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Energy Savings

Hiding in Your Laundry By Cobb EMC

that must be heated. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates $2.6 billion could be saved annually if all U.S. homeowners replaced their old washers. Another perk — HE machines can often hold more clothes, which means you can run fewer loads.

retractable clotheslines can be hung above a standard shower and bring you savings year-round.

For more energy saving tips, visit CobbEMC.com/save.

In fact, it’s an estimated ninety percent of the cost of washing clothes in an older, top-load washing machine, according to the Department of Energy.

But even with the most efficient of washers, you can still waste a great deal of water if you’re running partially full loads of laundry. As you switch clothes over to the dryer, don’t forget to clean out the lint filter, so the dryer can run more efficiently.

Invest in a high-efficiency (HE) washer to cut down on the amount of water

You can also realize savings by giving your dryer the cold shoulder. Small,

Your laundry room may be just the place to look for energy savings. The average U.S. household does 400 loads of laundry every year, and heating water accounts for one of the largest portions of your home’s energy costs.

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And for those of you with a sink in the laundry room, check for leaky faucets. Small drips can add up to thousands of gallons of water lost each year.

These tips were provided by Cobb EMC, a non-forprofit electric cooperative. 770-429-2100. CobbEMC.com



(Serves 4) Fruit Medley Ingredients

Orange Sauce Ingredients

w 2 mangoes w 2 kiwi fruit w 1 pineapple

w 12 oz. orange juice (fresh squeezed is preferred) w 1 oz. sugar w ½ vanilla bean, cut in half and seeds scraped

Fruit Medley Procedure - - -

Peel and slice the mangoes, and grill one minute on each side. Dice other fruits, and combine in a bowl. Dice the grilled mango, and add to the fruit mix.

Meringue Ingredients w 2 oz. egg whites w 2 oz. sugar

Meringue Procedure - Combine egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl, and whip to medium peaks.

Orange Sauce Procedure - -

Combine all ingredients in a `pot over low heat, and reduce by 25%. Allow the sauce to cool before using.

Summer Biscuit Ingredients w 8 oz. all-purpose flour w 5 oz. cake flour w 1 tablespoon sugar w 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder w ¼ teaspoon salt

w 4 oz. butter, cut into large pieces w 9 oz. buttermilk w Zest of ½ lime w Zest of ½ lemon w Powdered sugar for garnish

Summer Biscuit Procedure

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Roll out the dough to a thickness of ¾ of an inch. Cut the dough with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. After cooling, cut in half.


- In a mixer, combine all the ingredients except the buttermilk. - Using a paddle attachment, mix on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse sand. - Stream in the buttermilk, and mix until just combined. - Remove the dough to a floured work surface, and knead a couple of times, being careful not to overwork the dough.

- Place the bottom half of the biscuit on a plate. - Arrange fruit around and on top of the biscuit half. - Cover the fruit with the orange sauce. - Scoop the meringue on top of the biscuit, and cover with the remaining biscuit half. - Dust the biscuit with powdered sugar.

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


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Faith, Not Fear How many choices do you make based on fear? It’s human nature to resort to anxious thought patterns. If we finally reach peace concerning one matter, another issue seems to throw us back onto the merry-go-round of apprehension and turmoil. That’s not the life God has planned for us. The Bible says a lot about this type of fear. It contains much practical wisdom in how to deal with it. God’s instructions concerning this fear? Don’t do it. Repeatedly, “Do not be afraid…fear not…do not worry… be not afraid.” There’s not enough room to list out the many scripture references, so I’ll just spotlight this one: “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; surely I will

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By Pastor Johnny M. Hunt

help you; surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand,” Isaiah 41:10. The key in this verse, and God’s theme throughout His word in battling fear, is that He is with us. To say that things are changing in America and that people, in general, no longer feel safe and secure is an understatement. God’s ever-near presence soothes our soul. It’s the only remedy for fear, and it’s the path to peace. Consider this other verse in Isaiah: “You will keep Him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on you, because He trusts in you,” Isaiah 26:3. How encouraging that the Creator of the universe promises that He will keep our mind in perfect peace if our thoughts remain on Him! If you

“Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love.” – Rick Warren find yourself in a season of anxiety, discouragement and fear, simply look up to the heavens. As you pray, “you will dwell in the secret place of the most high, and He will be your refuge and strength,” Psalm 91:1.

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




“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” -Lao Tzu

-Duane Hanson

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” -Rumi

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history but not a part of your destiny.” -Steve Maraboli

“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know well.” -Alfred Adler


“Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.”

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” -Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.” -Paula Poundstone

“Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” -the Dalai Lama

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Out of convenience, many people use antibiotics when they don’t truly need them. It’s become so common that bacteria are mutating and developing a resistance to antibiotics, which makes some illnesses much more difficult to treat. The bottom line – if we can’t use restraint when it comes to antibiotics, then we will likely end up in a situation where we aren’t able to fight common or complex illnesses. This should scare parents and anyone in the community. But luckily, there’s a fix, and we can all do something about it. It won’t be easy. But healthcare providers and patients can stop antibiotic resistance together. We can save lives together. First, how did we get to this point? Antibiotics started out as a game changer. When they were discovered and first mass produced eighty years ago, they were saving lives. Patients who were dying because of bacterial infections were suddenly treatable. When a bacterial infection broke out among the troops during World Word II, antibiotics saved the lives of countless soldiers in the 1940s. Throughout the years, people learned of their power and began to demand it. People demanded antibiotics for everything, even the common cold. But as our dependence has grown, we’ve exposed bacteria to antibiotics repeatedly. When that happens, they become resistant over time.

By Donna Haley, M.D. Many infections are no longer responding to antibiotics. And if antibiotic resistance continues to spread, we will return to a time without antibiotics, which would be a true health crisis for our community and for the world. But, there’s a solution. We can decrease the number of times bacteria is exposed to antibiotics. To do that, we decrease the number of times it’s prescribed. We save it for the serious illnesses. We only use antibiotics when there’s no other option.


What can you do? Patients and their physicians should discuss natural remedies and alternative prescriptions whenever possible. Even better, everyone can avoid the


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need for medicine by staying healthy. A healthy lifestyle of exercise and balanced eating keeps our immune system strong and helps our body fight illnesses naturally. Vaccines, active handwashing, wiping cell phones with antibacterial wipes and sneezing into our elbow lowers the spread of germs and keeps our body from having to fight them off. By being aware of the dangers of antibiotic resistance and the preventative measures we can take as a society, we’re giving power back to antibiotics, and we’re ensuring a better future for our children. We should all want future generations to have access to life-saving antibiotics if they need them.

Donna C. Haley is a physician at WellStar Family Medicine at Edgewater Hall. 687 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-479-8040. WellStar.org

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Woodstock Summer Concert Series Drivin’ N Cryin’

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Because Maybe Your Glory Days Haven’t Passed You By! By Julie Senger


ho says that just because you’re an adult that you must stop playing recreational or competitive team sports? In fact, adulthood is as good a time as any to play sports for many reasons. First of all, you no longer have to worry about how you’re getting to and from practices and games; you can totally drive yourself! No more relying on mom’s taxi or carpooling with your neighbor! Also, you no longer have to worry about impressing your parents — no more looking over to the sidelines or grandstands to see if mom or dad saw that amazing play you just made (or to see if they saw you rib-cage it while going for that fly ball that you missed)! All kidding aside, the biggest reasons why now is as good a time as any to take part in a sport is because it’s physically and mentally healthy for you. Just be sure you obtain your physician’s consent before starting any new physical activity.


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According to StateOfObesity.org (“Adult Obesity in the United States”), Georgia is tied with Wisconsin for having the nineteenth worst adult obesity rate in the U.S. as of September 2016 (Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi rank 1st-3rd, respectively, in case you were wondering). Over thirty percent of adults in Georgia are considered medically obese, meaning they have a body mass index (BMI) of thirty or higher. This means a large percentage of adults in Georgia need to eat less and exercise more. Of course, for most of us, that’s easier said than done. But, in terms of exercise, wouldn’t it be fun to get your cardio in by running up and down a basketball court, crossing up your opponent to get inside the paint to make that sweet lay up, scoring two points for your team? Think you’re too old to dribble up and down the court? Well, check out the San

Diego Splash (ESPN.com/espnw/ video/19395401/san-diego-splash). The Splash is a women’s basketball team for which you must be at least eighty years old to play. You read that correctly; “eighty” was not a typo. In addition to the physical advantages of playing a sport, there are also mental advantages. Physical activity releases endorphins (your body’s “happy” chemical), which helps reduce depression, stress, insomnia and anxiety. It also boosts self-confidence, brain power/concentration/memory skills, creativity and energy level (“The Top 7 Mental Benefits of Sports,” Healthline.com). So, why not grab your buddy from the office, and join a local kickball team? You can release some work-related stress, clear your head, and allow your creative juices to start flowing, which may help you come up with a new way, (anything other than another PowerPoint™ presentation), to present your latest brilliant idea in the next company meeting. Finally, there’s a reason that so many companies invest in team-building retreats for their employees. There are definitely some positive things to be gleaned from being a part of a team. Teams are about bringing people together to achieve a common goal, so individual egos must be cast aside. When you are part of a team, you must learn to take constructive criticism from coaches and teammates, and apply it

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Not sure where to find a local team sport to join? Here are a few suggestions to start your search: to your athletic performance. That said, if you are the teammate who is giving constructive criticism or communicating critical instructions during the heat of a game, you must be clear and diplomatic in your communication. And having the self-awareness to know your own strengths while also recognizing the strengths and skills of others is an invaluable trait that can be developed on the playing field. All of these skills translate well to the workplace and your family at home.

Basketball Cherokee Recreation and Parks Association CRPA.net/athletics/adultbasketball/ Life Time Fitness UHLife.com/find-your-league-1 LA Fitness LAFitness.com

Flag Football

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Cherokee Recreation and Parks Association CRPA.net/athletics/adult-softball/ Cherokee Senior Softball Association CSSA.teampages.com/


Impact Adult Soccer League CSAImpact.com


Atlanta Volleyball Meetup Group MeetUp.com/AtlantaVolleyball/


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Shrimp and Pico de Gallo Ingredients

Cocktail Sauce Ingredients

u 7 large shrimp, peeled and deveined u ¼ cup diced tomato u 1/8 cup diced red onion u 1 teaspoon finely diced jalapenos u 1 minced garlic clove u 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro u Juice of ½ a lime u Salt and pepper to taste

u ¾ cup ketchup u ½ can of orange soda u 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro u 1 tablespoon blackening seasoning u Juice of ½ a lime u Salt and pepper to taste

Shrimp and Pico de Gallo Procedure - Poach shrimp in boiling water for 90 seconds, and transfer them to an ice bath to cool down. - Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl, and set aside.


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Cocktail Sauce Procedure - Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and set aside.

Assembly - Mix pico de gallo, cocktail sauce and shrimp together, and enjoy!

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Has a New Informative Weather Station As of June 7th, Cherokee County has become the newest site for weather data through the University of Georgia’s Weather Network. The network has 86 sites around the state that collect information on a variety of things such as air and soil temperature, humidity, precipitation, soil moisture and wind. The service is a partnership between the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, various specialty crop associations, and individual farms and organizations across the state. The Cherokee County station is supported by the Cherokee County Water Authority and is housed at their Ball Ground treatment facility. The station goes far beyond providing

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current conditions. Every fifteen minutes, a summary is calculated and permanently stored on servers at the UGA Griffin campus. These summaries are calculated at midnight and stored each day. The weather network website is free to the public, and it produces daily maps of all weather conditions from temperature to solar radiation. The site also has calculator functions, so visitors can set a date range and query rainfall, temperature, hours above or below a certain temperature benchmark and more. This data logging function means that the station in Ball Ground will become more useful through the years. The UGA Weather Network was established in 1991, and many of the stations have

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twenty years or more of data behind them. These stations allow you to calculate important data like first and last frost dates each year as well as the intensity of summer heat and winter cold. Weather impacts the lives and decisions of most of us on a daily basis. This station will obviously help farmers and gardeners make informed decisions, but it can also help teachers, engineers, architects, landscapers and others. Explore the site at GeorgiaWeather.net 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





ld School Horn Band, a nine-member local party band known for its classic rock and rhythm and blues, is back on stage this summer with three new members, some new twists on popular favorites and a renewed emphasis on songs that showcase the rich, full sound of its unique three-person horn section. According to guitarist Bedeke Cresci, the last of the band’s founders still on the roster, the recharged and rejuvenated band is coming out strong with all the favorites its fans have come to expect and some surprises, including new members Bob Brooks (vocals), Justin Gorun (bass guitar) and Fred Jewell (keyboards). Still rocking the roster are Joy Boyd (vocals), Tim Fellenz


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(trumpet), Jill Freeman (trombone), Steve Weikle (saxophone) and Brad Wild (drums). The brainchild of Cresci and two of his friends, one of whom didn’t even play an instrument at the time, the band formed in 2008 after a group scheduled to play at a neighborhood party cancelled at the last minute. The band’s rapid growth and popularity exceeded their expectations. Based in Alpharetta, the band plays a wide range of music, but its emphasis is on 70s-era classic rock, which Cresci and some of the senior members of the band grew up enjoying. “We play music we love,” he explains. Favorite artists include Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Steely Dan, plus Motown and rhythm

and blues legends such as Otis Redding. They gravitate toward music with a strong horn component, including the Blues Brothers’ “Soul Man,” Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” Their most requested song? Bruce Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.” In addition to popular hits, they

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play lesser-known gems. “We try to do material that is a little more complex or that would not typically be played by other bands,” Cresci says. He named “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” by Traffic, “5:15” by The Who, “Jackie Wilson Said” by Van Morrison and “Them Changes” by Buddy Miles as songs “many bands wouldn’t attempt because they require horns to sound their best.” Cresci, who started playing the guitar in high school,

comes from a musical family. His brother plays guitar, and his mother plays piano. While not a musician, his father’s love of classical music added to his interest in various genres, including Flamenco guitar. His early musical influences include Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Cresci was drawn to Garcia’s “very improvisational approach to music.”

of love. “There’s just something about playing music that both satisfies the soul and sets it free,” he adds. Advice to young musicians just starting out? “Play music that you love with people who you like — that’s when music is the best,” Cresci advises.

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Barbara Jones Newey is a freelance writer residing in north Georgia. She is a participant in the Reinhardt University Etowah Valley MFA in Creative Writing program.

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Aging and Mental Health By Tim Morris Mental health issues come in various forms, and most of us could not come close to dissecting them. These issues affect about 10% of the clients who receive services from Cherokee Senior Services (CSS), which means staff members must spend more time with these clients. It’s often frustrating because since CSS is not a clinical service, it can’t adapt to their constant needs. What makes it more difficult is that the staff cares deeply for these seniors, so they feel helpless in many situations. LIFESTYLE


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CSS staff members are well trained in many aspects of the aging process and working with seniors. Mental health issues add a different twist to day-to-day operations. Local law enforcement and fire/ EMS members are frequently called by several seniors, and they are wonderful and patient with these clients. Sometimes, they contact CSS to seek help for someone who may not be a client. The relationship between CSS and these first responders is a valuable one. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when everyone works toward the same goal.

If there is someone reading this article who can reach out to CSS and provide information with how to deal with mental health in aging, it would be greatly appreciated. The staff at CSS are eager to learn anything that would make their jobs easier and help them provide the necessary attention to those who are aging with mental disabilities. Who can staff members turn to when they are facing one of many crises related to mental health? CSS would like to start a support group for families that have an aging relative with mental health issues. Please contact CSS if you think you can help. L

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

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See the First U.S. Continental Total Solar Eclipse Since 1979!


n Monday, August 21, 2017, be sure to block out the afternoon to catch an amazing, rare spectacle. Stretching from Salem, Oregon all the way to Charleston, South Carolina, the total solar eclipse will be a sight you won’t get to see again across the U.S. until 2024. The metro Atlanta area will see between 95-97% of the Sun eclipsed. Locally, the eclipse will begin around 1:00pm EDT and reach a maximum at about 2:30pm EDT. The eclipse will end at 4:00pm EDT. The northeast portion of the state will be the closest path to see totality; however, the mountainous regions could be hindered by cloud coverage. Weather, of course, is a very important factor to consider when making your eclipse observation plans. Solar eclipses occur when the Moon is perfectly lined up between the Earth and the Sun. This can only happen at the time of a New Moon. Usually, there are two or three solar eclipses every year, but they are not all visible from our region. During the eclipse, the sky will appear much like it does at twilight. While it won’t be totally dark, you will certainly notice that the Sun is not as bright as normal. Be cautious when driving. Better yet, make plans to NOT be driving, so you won’t miss this fantastic astronomical event. For best observing, please remember the Sun is always dangerous to look at. Never observe the Sun without the proper filters and without someone with you who knows how to observe the Sun safely.


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By David Dundee



City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department Hosts

Family Life Publications Hosts

DARK IN THE PARK VIEWING PARTY FOR THE 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE August 21, 1:00-4:00pm Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock

FADE TO BLACK! SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING SOCIAL August 21, 1:30-3:30pm Cannon Park 130 E Main Street, Canton - FREE eye protection at the gazebo while supplies last!

- Eye protection will be provided for the first 200 people. - Bring blankets and lawn chairs. - Enjoy music, activities, food and a moonwalk.

N O R T H F U LT O N Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) Hosts

SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING August 21, 2:00-3:00pm 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell - Solar viewing goggles will be provided. - For more information, visit ChattNatureCenter.org, or call 770-992-2055

David Dundee is an astronomer at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA. Tellus is a Smithsonian affiliate museum. 770-606-5700 TellusMuseum.org

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ECLIPSE FACTS On August 21, 2017, all of North America will view (weather permitting) a partial eclipse, when the moon obscures part of the sun. A total eclipse will be viewable throughout a 70-mile-wide path that crosses fourteen of the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky will view the greatest eclipse – that is, where the Sun, the Moon and Earth line up the most precisely. The eclipse begins there at 1:24pm CDT.

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The lunar shadow will exit the east coast of the U.S. at 4:09pm EDT.

The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on February 26, 1979. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred exclusively in the U.S. was in 1778.

Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens, on average, about once every 375 years.

12.2 million Americans live in the path of the total eclipse. Of course, with visitors, that number will be much higher on August 21! These quick-changing conditions can affect local weather and even animal behavior. For example, orbweaving spiders were observed dismantling their webs during a 1991 eclipse in Mexico.

Eleven spacecraft, over fifty NASA-funded, high-altitude balloons, numerous ground-based observations and citizen scientists will capture a wealth of images and data that will be made available to the public before, during and after the eclipse.

Total solar eclipses offer unprecedented opportunities to study Earth under uncommon conditions. The sudden blocking of the Sun during an eclipse reduces the sunlight energy that reaches the Earth. Scientists stationed in Columbia, Missouri and Casper, Wyoming will measure the radiant energy in the atmosphere from the ground and in space. Their goal is to improve our understanding of how the Sun’s radiant energy within the Earth’s atmosphere changes when clouds, particles, or the Moon block sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface. *Source – Eclipse2017.NASA.gov

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COMMON HAND CONDITIONS By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff


Mallet finger, or baseball finger, is an injury to the relatively thin tendon that straightens the end joint of your finger and thumb. With mallet finger, the end joint of your fingertip will bend, but will not straighten by itself. You may be able to physically push your finger straight, but it will not naturally hold this position.

What Causes Mallet Finger/Baseball Finger? The most common cause is when some unyielding object (such as a baseball) hits your thumb or finger and causes it to bend back farther than intended. When this happens, the force of the blow tears your extensor tendon. Mallet finger can also occur by a minor force such as tucking in a bed sheet. After force or impact has occurred, patients are unable to straighten the thumb or fingertip on their own.

Tears in Extensor Tendon

What Happens When You Have Mallet Finger? A mallet finger injury can either pull the tendon away from where it attaches to the finger bone or completely rupture the tendon. In some instances, a tiny piece of your bone is jerked away with the tendon, which is called an avulsion injury. The most common fingers to be injured are the small finger, ring finger and long finger on your dominant hand.

Symptoms of Mallet Finger If you have mallet finger, your finger may be bruised, swollen and painful. Your fingertip will noticeably droop and will only straighten if you push it in place with your other hand. If your nail is detached or if there is blood beneath the nail, it’s vital to seek medical attention to avoid infection. These may indicate a cut in the nail bed or a broken finger bone with an open fracture. Each of these injuries places you at risk for infection.

Treatments for Mallet Finger A mallet finger injury requires the attention of a hand surgeon or hand specialist. Your visit will include a physical examination and an x-ray to determine if the injury forced your bones out of alignment. If you leave this condition untreated, it may result in deformity and stiffness. In children, mallet finger can affect the cartilage, which controls bone growth.


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In either case, a hand specialist can treat most mallet finger conditions with nonsurgical treatments such as a splint. If your joints are out of line or if there is a large fracture fragment, your physician may consider surgical repair.

Schedule an Appointment with a Hand Specialist. Mallet finger or baseball finger can be frustrating and painful, but there are multiple treatment options to remedy this condition. A hand specialist can provide innovative solutions for a wide range of conditions affecting your hands, arms, fingers and thumbs.

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS MainStreetWoodstock.org

The Hunt is On

Woodstock Farm Fresh Market Every Saturday in August, 8:30am-Noon downtown Woodstock

Friday Night Live - Superhero Night August 4, 6:00-9:00pm downtown Woodstock

Woodstock Summer Concert Series August 12, 7:30pm Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater Gump Fiction with special guest - Jonathan Peyton

Hands on Woodstock August 19, 9:00am-2:00pm Market Street (by guitar)


he 5th Annual Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt is just around the corner! Soon, locals and tourists alike will have an exciting opportunity to experience Woodstock through a scavenger hunt. The Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt is a free activity that will take participants on a journey through various areas in Woodstock; you will learn new things; explore exciting places, and visit some familiar and some new areas. Participants will have August 30th through September 16 to complete as many of the 100 photo challenges included in the hunt as they can. The lucky winner will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars to spend at their favorite place in downtown Woodstock as well as various other prizes from downtown stores and restaurants! Contestants can expect a variety of challenges during the scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunters will be learning about the history of Woodstock, performing an amusing task or making a funny face in pictures, all while having a great time! The Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt will be a great excuse to take family and friends to restaurants, shopping destinations, parks, and new places in the Woodstock area. Past teams have said they discovered new favorite restaurants they had never tried or


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August 25, 8:00am Chambers at City Center Guest speaker - Woodstock Police Dept. Chief Calvin Moss

Mastermind August 30, 8:00-9:30am Chattahoochee Technical College “Building Your 12-month Marketing Plan & Social Media Calendar” with Stephanie Hines

Main Event September 7, 5:00-7:00pm Camellia Place

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Friday Night Live Downtown Tailgate September 1, 6:00-9:00pm downtown Woodstock

trails to hike that they didn’t know existed. You might find a new favorite shopping spot, eatery, or Woodstock recreational facility that you love. Since the Scavenger Hunt takes place over a week, you will have plenty of time to fully explore this wonderful town.

The Scavenger Hunt activity list will be available at 9:00am on August 30 on VisitWoodstockGA.com or the downtown Woodstock Facebook page, and hard copies will be available at the Woodstock Visitors Center starting at 10:00am.

The photo challenges are scored on a scale depending on their degree of difficulty. Although scavenger hunters probably will not be able to finish all 100, choose wisely, so you can get the most points out of each challenge. This is a great way to be creative, and have fun with friends and family! Participants will take photos with a camera or cell phone to have visual proof of completing the challenges.

Go ahead, and start preparing a team for the 5th Annual Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt! For more information, please contact the Woodstock Visitors Center at 770-924-0406, or log on to VisitWoodstockGA.com. Kyle Bennett is director of tourism and operations for the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406. KBennett@WoodstockGa.gov

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In July, Woodstock’s Friday Night Live had citizens and visitors putting on their dancing shoes for a fabulous downtown Dance Party! The Friday Night Live events have a different theme each month, providing families a festive opportunity to enjoy Woodstock’s eclectic array of boutiques, restaurants and shops, as downtown businesses extend their hours during this event, so everyone has a chance to explore this “City Unexpected.” Friday Night Live events take place on the first Friday of each month from April through December, 6:00-9:00pm. For more information, call 770-592-6056, or log on to VisitWoodstockGa.com.

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“It’s Not the Heat; It’s the Humidity!” How many times have you heard, “It’s not the heat: it’s the humidity!”? While we can’t do anything about the humidity outside, we CAN control the humidity in our homes. By controlling the humidity in your home, you can create a more comfortable environment for your family while also helping to improve your HVAC system’s performance.


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Here’s how: The HVAC units in our homes cool the air by removing heat and humidity. They don’t just blow cold air. The process of removing heat and humidity from the air results in cold air that is then circulated through our homes. But to get cooler air, the heat and humidity must first be removed. How can a dehumidifier help improve your system’s performance? Well, when a dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, it makes the air easier to cool; this allows you to set your thermostat at a higher set point and still feel just as comfortable. Simply put, your system doesn’t have to work as hard to cool the air by removing the heat and humidity when there’s not as much humidity to remove. Less energy being used by your system can result in lower utility bills and potentially an extended lifespan of your system.

By Jessica Helms

There are a couple of ways you can incorporate a dehumidification system into your home. One option is a dehumidification system that will connect straight into your HVAC system and drain the water outside your home. Another option is a room dehumidifier, which is relatively inexpensive and can be moved to different rooms in your home. There is a little more maintenance required with a room dehumidifier, and the area it dehumidifies is not as large, but it is still a great economical option that can help to reduce the energy required to cool your home.

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

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Ribbon Cuttings


Next Step Ministries, Inc.

Bethany Place

7709 Turner Road Woodstock 770-592-1227 Nonprofit Organizations

8024 East Cherokee Drive Canton 770-479-9462 Nonprofit Organizations

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Goodman Dermatology, PC 117 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 320 Woodstock 770-754-0791 Doctor’s Office

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Medication Safety for Children We actively engage to learn and provide the right foods and fluids, in the right amounts for our children to be energized and function at their best. We are watchful that children do not have access to or consume food and fluids that are not good for them. The pharmacy team’s watchfulness is called Medication Safety, and here are a few SAFE thoughts.

1st Area of Safety — Over Medication Often, non-prescription drugs are called “Over-the-Counter,” OTC for short, because they do not require a prescription to purchase. We walk up to the children’s display, read the information, and make our selection. Many times, parents give these medicines together and duplicate the active ingredient. Safety for OTC means that some products do NOT need to be taken together. More importantly, more of the same medicine does not heal faster. Ask your pharmacist for the SAFE choice in OTC medications.

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By Pamela S. Marquess

▶ 2nd Area of Safety — Doses of Medication

Do you have a child who takes medicine on a daily basis? Is it a challenge to arrange to have doses available for your child at school, at an after school activity or traveling with family or friends for extracurricular activities? Unit dose packaging provides a SAFE, sealed, individual dose. This type of packaging is a SAFE solution.

▶ 3rd Area of Safety — Emergency Help

While your pharmacy team never wants you to experience the stress a parent feels when you think a child got into a medicine that is not for them, program “800-222-1222” into all the phones of those who care for your children — NOW! This number is the 24-hour HOTLINE for the Poison Control Center, but it is also your SAFE VOICE in case of a medication emergency. Medication Safety is the pharmacy team’s highest priority for your family.

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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