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Jyl Craven, Dr. Jeff Donohue, Paula Duncan, Dr. Edward J. Furey, Dr. Scott Harden, Rev. Norman Hunt, Dan Jape, Carole May, LaCretia Munroe, Shane Newton, Janet Read, Sen. Chip Rogers, Debbie Spamer, J. Daran Burns, Marcia Winchester, Dixie Whitman, Dr. Monika Yadav

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Bailey’s Bowtique Kids Resale and Boutique is preparing for its Grand Opening in Canton. Located at 3502 Sixes Road, Suite 106, the shop is currently accepting items for consignment. Please call (404) 441-2979 for complete information. Reformation is coming in 2013! Bringing the love of craft beer, conversation, community and culture, Reformation Brewery will be located at 170 North St. in Historic Downtown Canton. Brewing handcrafted beer in a pub setting and hosting events for patrons, Reformation hopes to provide the community a space for all their gatherings as well as hosting singer/songwriters and supporting local artisans.

PharMoore Pharmacy recently opened at 3422 Sixes Road, Suite 106 in Canton. Medical supplies and equipment, free local delivery, compounding, and more are available at this location. For more information, please call (678)445-4486. NexSlim Medical Weight Loss opened at 200 Parkbrooke Dr., Suite 130 in June next to WOW Fitness. Specializing in personalized weight loss plans and nutritional education, Dr. Jeff Donohue, the National Medical Director, and his team are excited to join you in your weight loss journey. Call (678) 888-0332 today for your appointment. Amy Williams, Cherokee resident, is helping the community connect on multiple levels with her consulting company — AW Consulenza. Amy is the CEO and Founder of AW Consulenza. Following her dream, she has started her consulting business to help local business owners to reach their dreams through networking, wellness and positive business connections. Romeo’s NY Pizza is now open at 1453 Riverstone Parkway (next to RadioShack), Canton. Canton’s only independently owned and operated pizzeria making pizza by the slice and whole pies! For more information or to place an order, please call (770) 345-1117 or visit

Volunteers are needed for the the 3rd Annual “Fields of Faith” at Cherokee High School. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. To volunteer, please go to www. and fill out the form. For more information, please email or call (678) 232-7488.  4

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Recently, our community had to say goodbye to a legend. Progressive Skate Park permanently closed its doors on July 2. Opening in 2003, Progressive touched so many lives all over Atlanta and beyond. Owner Mike DeLuca said, “On a positive note, we had one great run. The Progressive family is the best. We have kept kids focused for many, many years; we have helped people all over the country through our fundraisers and best of all we have changed lives through skateboarding. I can’t thank everyone enough for what it’s meant to me and my family. Thank you again for making the past nine years of my life some of the best times ever.” Progressive Skate Park will be missed by many.

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Northside Honored with Recognition as an NCI Community Cancer Center

Northside Hospital has been selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its participation in the organization’s national network of community cancer centers. A member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) since 2010, Northside is one of only 21 sites nationwide and the only hospital in Metro Atlanta to have this honor. When Northside was originally chosen by NCI as a Community Cancer Center in 2010, the hospital entered into a new era in cancer care in Atlanta. Over the last two years, Northside has taken great strides to utilize the opportunities that come with being a part of the NCCCP and to expand its regional position as one of the largest and most respected providers of comprehensive cancer services. The NCCCP is a collaborative network of community hospitals working to:  expand cancer research, enhance access to cancer care, and improve the quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals in urban, suburban and rural areas, with an emphasis on underserved populations. Since joining the NCCCP in 2010, Northside has opened new radiation oncology centers in Alpharetta, Cherokee and Forsyth and expanded its Hereditary Cancer Program to Northside Hospital-Forsyth. For more information about Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute, visit  For more information about the NCCCP, visit

program for Cherokee County students at the University. The bank has been donating to Reinhardt since the program’s inception. Created in 1988, the A DAY for Reinhardt campaign is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. A DAY helps to fund the University’s Cherokee County Grant Program. This grant gives eligible students the opportunity to receive as much as $8,000 during their four years at the University. Since A DAY’s inception, more than $3 million in Cherokee County grants have been awarded to local deserving students. For more information about A DAY, visit www.

Rick Kononen (right), First Cherokee State Bank president, presents a $5000 check to Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt president, for the University’s A DAY program.

Canton Students Receive Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarships

Northside Cancer Center

First Cherokee State Bank Supports Reinhardt University’s A DAY Program

First Cherokee State Bank recently presented $5,000 to Reinhardt University for student scholarships. Each spring the bank dedicates proceeds from an annual golf tournament at Woodmont Golf Club to A DAY, which helps to fund a grant 6

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Chick-fil-A of Canton has selected Canton residents Hannah Beersdorf, Megan Loudermilk and Cory Wyatt as the recipients of the chain’s $1,000 Leadership Scholarship. Hannah, Megan and Cory have each worked for Chick-fil-A Canton for over two years. They graduated from Timothy Ministry School, Sequoyah High School and Cherokee High in 2010 (Beersdorf) and 2011 (Wyatt and Loudermilk). They are all currently attending Kennesaw State University. Beersdorf was involved in cheerleading and ultra marathons as well as studied in China for a year after graduation. Loudermilk was involved with Student Government, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and captain of the Football/Basketball Cheerleading squad. She was also Sequoyah’s student representative to the Board more on page of Education. Wyatt was on the Cherokee High School 8

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Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball Teams for four years, in which time they made it to the playoffs. “The program recognizes employees who demonstrate the leadership and character qualities to build a successful life, while offering tangible assistance to enrich their lives with education beyond high school,” said Kevin Williams, Operator of both Canton locations. “Hannah, Megan and Cory all have the potential to accomplish great things.”

Bascomb United Methodist VBS Gives Back to Community

Bascomb United Methodist Church recently hosted Vacation Bible School for 95 area children. With over fifty volunteers, the children were able to collect the pictured items to donate to Kid’s Bible Clubs, an outreach ministry to at-risk children who are not involved in church. ( They also donated $185.73 to Operation Kid-to-Kid to buy mosquito nets to fight malaria in Mali. (

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Rosebud Technologies Honored with Regional Award

RoseBud Technologies, a professional services firm located in Woodstock, was recently presented with the 2012 East Region General Manager Award. RoseBud Technologies was honored among the top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions, serving the small and mid-sized markets based on Microsoft technology. Microsoft announced award winners during a ceremony held at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada. This Partner of the Year award recognizes the performance of a Microsoft Partner in each of three regions across the United States.

WHS Graduate Competes at Miss Georgia Pageant

Mary Ashley Tucker, a Woodstock native, recently competed at the Miss Georgia Pageant as Miss Cherokee Rose. Mary Ashley, the daughter of John and Della Tucker, was crowned Miss Cherokee Rose, a preliminary pageant to Miss Georgia, on January 28 where she was named the Overall Interview Winner. At Miss Georgia, Mary Ashley won a Lifestyle and Fitness (Swimsuit) Mary Ashley Tucker Preliminary Award and a Non-Finalist Interview Award. She was also recognized as a recipient of the Duke of Edinburg Service Award. In 2007 Mary Ashley represented Cherokee County in the Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. Mary Ashley is a 2009 graduate of Woodstock High School where she was voted more on page Homecoming Queen, Class President for three years 10 and Student Government Vice President her senior


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year. Mary Ashley received the AJC Cup as the Most Outstanding Senior for the Class of 2009. She is currently a senior at the University of Georgia where she is a Digital and Broadcast Journalism major and a Communications minor. At UGA she gives tours at the UGA Visitors Center and served as an Orientation Leader. The Miss Cherokee Rose Scholarship Program is a part of the Miss Georgia/Miss America system. Miss America is the largest provider of women’s scholarships in the world. Young women between the ages of 17 and 24 who live, work or attend school in the state of Georgia are eligible to compete in the 2013 Miss Cherokee Rose pageant to be held October 13, 2012 at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock. Details on how to enter can be found at

Woodstock High Senior Wins New Ford Fiesta

Woodstock High School Senior, Qandeel Ahmed, drew the lucky key to win a new Ford Fiesta donated by Cherokee Ford owner, Vernon Krause. Representatives Calvin Hill and Charlice Byrd annually attend the event to support the DRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE program in Cherokee. Vernon and Cherokee Ford open the program every year to outstanding juniors and seniors in Cherokee High Schools

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that also have a perfect attendance record. In appreciation for their dedication towards their education, Cherokee Ford offers them an opportunity to register to win a free car, along with many other door prizes ranging from a laptop computer to gift certificates from several local businesses. Congratulations!


August Tuesdays beginning August 7 Community-wide Ladies Devotional Study Time: Location:

9:30 — 11:30 a.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church 4096 East Cherokee Rd., Canton Information: Childcare available, study material “Totally Devoted” by Polly Balint, study leader,

August 9 The Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Region One Planning Board Public Forum Time: Location:

2 — 4 p.m. Ball Ground Public Library 435 Old Canton Rd., Ball Ground Information: The purpose of this forum is to solicit community input to help identify needs regarding behavioral health and developmental disabilities. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Please call (706) 8025272 or email for more information.

August 11 Red Cross Blood Drive Time: Location:

8 a.m. — 1 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1208 Rose Creek Dr., Woodstock Information: For more information and to sign up, please contact the church office at (770) 924-7286.


10 a.m. Woodstock Recreation Center, 7545 Main St., Bldg. 200, Woodstock Information: Are you struggling with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other life style related diseases? Find out why you

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are gaining weight and what you can do about it. Hosted by Dr. Craig Hoffman, MD and Linda Hoffman, Health Coach. (770) 345-4432 or (941) 228-4087.

August 16 & 21 Tired of Yo-Yo Dieting? — Presentation by Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC Time: 7 — 8 p.m. Location: 6478 Putnam Ford Dr., Ste. 125, Woodstock Information: Learn about The Virtual Gastric Band for Weight Loss as seen on Dr. Oz. The presentation is complimentary but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to GeorgiaHypnotherapy@live. com or by calling (678) 938-7274. www.

August 21 Jake’s “Hen Party”: Marinara Sauce Time: Location:

6 — 9 p.m. Jake’s Produce, 591 Knox Bridge Hwy., White (between Canton and Cartersville) Information: Delizioso! Prepare and can a delicious marinara featuring the freshest local ingredients and herbs. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided. Participants will take home more than $50 in canned product. Cost $25. For information or to RSVP for a workshop, please call (404) 667-5121 or visit

duty at New Echota and the building of Fort Buffington in Cherokee County.

August 25 Volunteer Aging Council 12th Annual Gala/Auction Fundraiser Time: Location:

6:30 — 10:30 p.m. Northside Hospital – Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Pkwy., Canton Information: Proceeds will be used for seniors in need in Cherokee County. Gala attendees will enjoy a complete dinner, wine/champagne, dancing, and the opportunity to bid on the many auction items which have been donated. For sponsor/donor information, please contact Susan Bythrow at (678) 761-7610 or Marcine Johnson at (770) 310-3474. Gala tickets may be purchased online, at Darby Funeral Home, at Lakeside Funeral Home in Woodstock, or from a Volunteer Council Member prior to August 20, or until seats are sold out.

September 1 & 2 August 21

Love the Lake Festival

History Program

Times: Location:

Time: Location:

7 p.m. The Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Hwy., Canton Information: John W. Latty will be speaking about his book, Carrying off the Cherokee: History of Buffington’s Company, Georgia Mounted Militia. This is the story of Captain Ezekiel Buffington’s Militia Company during the Cherokee Removal. The book covers their

September 1, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. September 2, noon — 6 p.m. Downtown Acworth beautiful Lake Acworth at Cauble Park Admission: FREE Information: The event will offer more than 75 Arts & Crafts vendors, food booths, a 5K, a parade, local entertainment, a children’s area and more.; Facebook Search: Love the Lake Festival

August 3 & 4 Canton First United Methodist Church Children’s Consignment Sale

September 4 — October 22 Down by the Station: An Art Exhibit Celebrating the Woodstock Depot Centennial — presented by Preservation Woodstock, Inc.   Woodstock Public Library meeting room Information: In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Woodstock Train Depot, local artists are encouraged and invited to enter art work depicting the depot in this unique exhibit. Eligible art work includes paintings, sculpture, photography, needlework, woodcraft, and other craft forms. Entry forms are available at the library and at Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean’s Store, and may be printed also from the Main Street Woodstock website. Artists and craftsmen should register before the Wednesday, August 29, deadline. For more information, contact exhibit director Pat Bull at (404) 723-9700 or by email, pbull91@gmail. com. Artists may place items in exhibit on August 30, 31 and September 2. To request an artist application please email kbennett@

Information: Contact Joyce Fahl for registration information at (770) 596-4481. Sponsorship packages available.


September 7 3rd ANNUAL GOLF FORE CHARITY TOURNAMENT Time: Shotgun start: 9 a.m. Location: BridgeMill Athletic Club Cost: $140 Information: Golfers will enjoy breakfast and lunch, a round of golf, a custom golf shirt and a chance to win over $2000 in valuable prizes. Deadline to register is August 31. Please visit or call Jay at (770) 345-7941. Sponsors and players needed. All monies raised help children and families in Cherokee County.

Tuesdays beginning September 11 Cherokee Squares Square Dance Club Dance Classes Time: Location: Information:

7 — 9 p.m. Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock (770) 704-0875 or (770) 917-8251

September 27

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, (678) 494-4251 — please visit website for complete calendar listings

August 10, 12, 17, 18 & 19 Nunsense Times:

August 10, 7:30 p.m. August 12, 2 p.m.; August 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m.; August 19, 2 p.m. Location: City Center, 8534 Main St., Woodstock Cost: $9-11 in advance online $11-14 at the door Information: Back by popular demand!  The Little Sisters of Hoboken return to Woodstock to sing and dance their way into your hearts as they try to raise funds for the convent.      

September 6 & 7 Snow White Tea Party Time: Cost: Location:

4:15 p.m. $16.50 includes meal, tax and gratuity Tea Leaves and Thyme, 8990 S. Main St., Woodstock  

Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Bradshaw Farm Golf Club, Woodstock

August 3, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. August 4, 9 a.m. — noon Canton FUMC, 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton Information: Children’s clothes (newborn to juniors), Halloween costumes, shoes, maternity clothes, toys, books, games, puzzles, movies, baby gear, swings, strollers, pack-n-plays, excersaucers, bouncy seats, baby bedding, furniture and more. Most items on Saturday are half off.

August 24 & 25 The Blessing Line Kids’ Consignment Sale Time: Location:

August 24, 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. August 25, 9 a.m. — noon First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock Information: Over 200+ sellers, many items half price items on Saturday

August 14 — 16 & 21 — 23 Classes in Fabric Projects offered by Zerah Wilson, Fabric Designer Times: 10 a.m. — noon & 7 — 9 p.m. Location: Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110, Woodstock Information: Beginner to advanced classes in sewing. For more information, please contact Linda Boyer at (678) 778-5517.

August 24 & 25 Giggles and Grace Consignment Sale Times:

September 7 iThink Improv Troupe Time: Location:

9 p.m. City Center, 8534 Main St., Woodstock Cost: $5 Information: Enjoy the food, music and fun of Woodstock’s Friday Nite Live then walk on over to City Center for some family friendly laughs with the iThink Improv Troupe.

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Cherokee Family Violence Center Golf Tournament Time: Location:

Times: Location:

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August 24, 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. August 25, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Sixes Presbyterian Church 2335 Sixes Rd, Canton Information: Lots of items half price on Saturday! for more information.

August 25 TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Time: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta Information: Please call (678) 404-0034, email, or visit www.NOWAMOM. org.  Please bring in this ad for special admittance before the public sale either 7 — 9 p.m., August 24 or 8:30 a.m. August 25. 13

Under the

A 2010 report from a Ball State University study found wider funding disparities:


by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

Charter Schools A curious debate has emerged over the last year on the issue of Charter Schools. Cherokee County has been the focus of much debate, as we were the only major county in the Metro Atlanta area without a Charter School prior to the opening last year of the Cherokee Charter Academy. So, what is a Charter School? “Charter School are independent public schools allowed freedom to be more innovative, while being held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn, with all three held accountable for improved student achievement.” — The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools What are the criteria for students attending a Charter School? “Charter schools are opened and attended by choice. While charter schools provide an alternative to other public schools, they are part of the public education system and are not allowed to charge tuition. Where enrollment in a charter school is oversubscribed, admission is frequently allocated by lottery-based admissions systems. However, the lottery is open to all students. In a 2008 survey of United States Charter School, 59 percent of the schools reported that they had a waiting list, averaging 198 students.” — Wikipedia How are Charter Schools funded? Funding for Charter Schools differs from state to state. The most common model includes a combination of state and local funding. A comprehensive national study of Charter School funding was recently completed by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The study found that, on average, Charter School students are funded at comparatively lower amounts than traditional public school students: “Across the states included in the study, the per pupil funding gap was $1,801 per pupil, or 21.7 percent of district funding.” — Thomas B. Fordham Institute 14 My West Canton | august 2012

“Charter School overall were significantly underfunded relative to district schools, the average state disparity was 19.2 percent of total funding or $2,247 per pupil.” — Ball State University study Most importantly, do Charter Schools raise student performance? Depending on the source, the answer to this question can vary considerably. Those who support Charter School will point to studies showing great improvement. Those who oppose Charter School will counter with studies showing little or no achievement gains. Dr. Julian Betts of the University of California was commissioned by the Center on Reinventing Public Education to “study the studies” on Charter School achievement. Essentially, he assessed all the research into student performance at Charter School and removed nearly two-thirds of the studies that did not meet the highest academic standards for scientific evaluation of data. His “research” on all the research into Charter School performance yielded the following executive summary statement: “. . . Charter elementary schools on average outperform traditional public schools in both reading and math, and that Charter middle schools outperform in math. At the high school level, there is no overall significant effect of Charter School. But results vary by locality: in some locations Charter high schools are outperforming, while in others they are underperforming. . . Examining all of these results as separate parts of a whole, Charter School look to be serving students well, at least in elementary and middle schools, and probably better in math than in reading.” — Dr. Julian Betts of the University of California Charter Schools began in Minnesota in 1991. Today, more than 40 states and the District of Columbia have public Charter School, educating nearly 2 million students nationwide. This November, Georgia voters will be asked whether the state should be allowed to join local systems in authorizing public charter schools. The choice is ours.

Chip Rogers is the State Senator for District 21. You may contact him by phone at (404) 463-1378 or by e-mail at 15


R.T. Jones l Woodstock l Hickory Flat

augustEvents Tail Waggin’ Tutors and READing Paws These programs encourage children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to. Children learn to associate reading with being with the dog and begin to view reading in a positive way. It enhances their confidence and reading ability. Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by calling the corresponding library. Sessions are 10 to 15 minutes. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time.

R.T. Jones Memorial Library Family Story Times — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Lapsit Story Time* — Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Public Library

R. T. Jones Memorial Library

Lapsit Story Time* — Wednesdays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Family Story Times — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

August 6, 4:30 p.m. August 20, 4:30 p.m. August 19, 3 p.m. Woodstock Public Library Lego Club

The Lego Club meets once a month and has a different theme each month. Children will work as individuals or on teams constructing their Lego masterpieces. These creations will be on display in the library until the next month’s club meeting. Children of all ages are invited to participate. Children nine and under must be accompanied by an adult.

*All story times begin promptly at scheduled time; please arrive early to avoid any disruption. R.T. Jones Memorial Library lapsit story times will be limited to the first 15 children (plus their caregiver) to arrive and the doors to the program will be closed when the program begins.

Sequoyah Regional Library System R.T. Jones Memorial Library 116 Brown Industrial Parkway — (770) 479-3090

Hickory Flat Public Library

Mon: 12 – 8 p.m. T,W & Th: 10 – 6 p.m. Fri: 1 – 5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun: CLOSED

August 16, 4 p.m.

Friends Book Sale — Preview Night

Woodstock Public Library

August 17 & 18, 10 a.m.

7735 Main Street — (770) 926-5859

Friends Book Sale

You are invited to the Friends of the Library Book Sale for a chance to find some great deals on gently used books. All proceeds benefit the library. The preview night is for Friends’ members only, though new members may join at the door.

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

M,W,Th & F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues: 12 – 8 p.m. Sat: CLOSED Sun: 2 – 6 p.m.

Becky Borgia was our winner for July’s contest corner. Becky has won a gift card to Bruster’s. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year.

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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Junior Payne

Dannielle French

Amaris Smith

Peyton Beavers

Age 5 on July 20 Happy Birthday, Junior! We are so proud of you! Love Mama, Daddy, Jason, Mamaw, Papa & Grandma

Age 10 on July 16 Happy Birthday, Amaris! Welcome to the double digits! We love you so very much! Mom, Dad & Nick

Age 4 on August 4 Happy Birthday! Love, Mommy, Nana, Ashley & Amberley

Age 5 on August 6 Have a Pinkalicious Birthday, Sweetie! We love you! Daddy, Mama, Lolo, Halie & Jake  

Eisley Lucian & Ashlynn Porter Eisley (left): Age 2 on August 15 Ashlynn (right): Age 9 on August 4 Happy Birthday, Claire Bear & Boogie Jayne! We love you girls so much! Love, Kim, Dan, Keith, Dusty, Nana & Papa

Tyler Spears

Ashley George

Age 28 on August 16 Happy Birthday! Wife of Kevin George

David Gomez

Age 10 on August 26 Happy Birthday, Guapo! Love, Dad, Mom, & Jaycel

Age 7 on August 10 Happy Birthday, beautiful! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Dylan, Rosco & Daisy

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Natalie Moore

Age 10 on June 16 Daughter of Mandy & Chuck Sister of Caroline

Jesenia Garcia

Age 9 on August 19 Happy Birthday, Jessi! Love, Uncle Alex

Jacob David Niles

Born on May 1, 2012 at 6:17 a.m. 9 lbs., 1 oz., 21 inches Son of Kelly & David Niles Little brother of Matthew & Andrew

Taylor Pearson

Age 3 on August 6 Happy Birthday! You make our hearts giggle! Love, Mommy & Daddy

Brett Schultz

Age 10 on August 3 Happy Birthday! We love you so much! Love, Mom, Dave, Bri, Brandon & Gpa

Alana Starr & Benjamin Levy

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CCS Recognizes Outstanding Students The Creative Arts Scholar program of Cherokee Christian Schools annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of CCS creative arts students. Students in grades 6th – 11th are eligible for a scholarship award, which will apply a designated amount toward the following year’s tuition for the selected student or students.

Miss Welch and Dr. Petruzielo are joined by her family including, from left to right, grandparents, James and Phyllis Hunter; and parents, Tannish and Andrew Welch.

Sixth grade student Emri Nikolai, pictured with CCS Director of Creative Arts, Susan Gum, was awarded the Creative Arts Scholarship for Cherokee Christian Middle School.

WHS Student Awarded Memorial Scholarship

The Cherokee County School Nutrition Association (CCSNA) recently presented the Judy Johnson Memorial Scholarship to Tiana Welch, the granddaughter of Indian Knoll ES Assistant Cafeteria Manager Phyllis Hunter. The $1,000 scholarship which is named in honor of the late Judy Johnson, who worked as a school food services employee, is awarded to the child or grandchild of a CCSNA member who has shown strong academic performance and a record of community service. The scholarship is funded by CCSNA through fundraisers and private donations. Miss Welch is a graduate of Woodstock High School and a rising senior at Spelman College majoring in chemistry. She plans to attend medical school. Her career goal is to be an anesthesiologist, and as a cancer survivor, she hopes to help others.  

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Miss Welch and Dr. Petruzielo are joined by the family of the late Mrs. Johnson including, from left to right, son, Scott Johnson; granddaughter, Megan Johnson; and husband, Charlie Johnson.

Preschool Special Education Centers Receive Grant

The Cherokee County School District Preschool Special Education Centers recently received a $10,000 grant from the Joseph Daniel Howard Foundation. The Foundation was established by his Left to right: Casey Hanily, Diego Nunezfamily to help meet Ramirez and Liam Hill the needs of other special needs children like Daniel. The grant funds were used to purchase music programs, listening centers and iPads. “The iPads have made an exciting impact on the special education students,” said Donna H. Adams, Principal of the Ralph Bunche Center and Little River Preschool. “Educators have just begun to explore the benefits technology can have on children with communication needs.”

Charter & Private Schools Brenwood Academy

Hickory Flat UMC Preschool and Kindergarten

(770) 704--4925,

(770) 345-9354,

Cherokee Charter Academy


(678) 385--7322,

Lyndon Academy

Cherokee Christian Academy and High School (678) 494-5464

(770) 926-0166,

Mission Point Christian Academy

Community Christian School (770) 479-9535,

(678) 880-1345,

Compass Prep Academy

(770) 975-0252,

North Cobb Christian School

(404) 643-9424,

Shiloh Hills Christian School

Crossroads Christian Academy (770) 479-7638,

(770) 926-7729,

St. Joseph Catholic School

Furtah Preparatory School (678) 574-6488,

(770) 428-3328,

Harvest Baptist School

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

(770) 974-9091,

(770) 720-2333,

Public Schools

Cherokee County School District Website: (770) 479-1871 Canton Elementary School

Hasty Elementary School

Cherokee High School

Knox Elementary School

Clayton Elementary School

Liberty Elementary School

Freedom Middle School

M.A. Teasley Middle School

712 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114 (770) 720-6100 Principal: Ms. Gwen Lince

930 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-4112 Principal: Ms. Debra Murdock

221 Upper Burris Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-2550 Principal: Ms. Beth Long

10550 Bells Ferry Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-4100 Principal: Ms. Karen Hawley

August 31

8871 Knox Bridge Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-7077 Principal: Dr. Susan Zinkil

First Day of School Furlough Day School Holiday

September 17-21

School Holiday Furlough Day

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Sixes Elementary School

20 Ridge Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-3070 Principal: Mr. John Hultquist

Woodstock High School

10500 Bells Ferry Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-6411 Principal: Dr. Nicole Holmes

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1375 Puckett Road Waleska, GA 30183 (770) 479-3978 Principal: Ms. Jan Adamson

151 River Bend Way Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-4307 Principal: Dr. Kelly Jo Brooks

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance August 1

R.M. Moore Elementary School

205 Brown Industrial Parkway Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-1600 Principal: Mr. Izell McGruder

2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-3500 Principal: Mr. Bill Sebring

Woodstock Middle School

2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mr. Mark Smith

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University

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As summer vacation becomes a wistful memory and families jump back into the school year routine, we can all use some tips to help us get back on a schedule and prepare for success. Read on for helpful hints and websites to start the new year off right and keep it going smoothly all year long. The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Developing Good Homework and Study Habits • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy. • Schedule ample time for homework. • Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time. • Supervise computer and internet use. • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for him or her. • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive. • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren’t able to help him or her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child’s teacher first.

Making the Start of a New School Year Easier • Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. He/she will see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh positive memories about previous years, when he/she may have returned home with high spirits because he/she had a good time. • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus. • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with him/her) to school.

Backpack Safety • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles. • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, and they may be difficult to roll in snow.

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Reinhardt University Raises Scholarship Funds from Golf Outing

Reinhardt University, a United Methodistaffiliated institution, hosted its 19th annual United Methodist Scholarship From left: Leigh Ann Hunter, Steve Crain, Taylor Golf Outing Turner and Bobby James. held recently at Bent Tree in Jasper. All proceeds raised from this event will support Reinhardt students who are United Methodist and those who are pursuing a full-time career in the ministry. The tournament welcomed 90 players. “One of our strongest selling points for support of the golf outing is that 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to student scholarships,” said the Rev. Dr. Ron Flowers, golf tournament chairman and retired pastor. “The success of the golf outing is certainly due to the hard work of the University staff and the support of the local churches and ministers. People know a good cause when they see it, and they want to support it and make a difference in the lives of these outstanding students.” The top awards for the tournament went to two teams. The team of Leigh Ann Hunter, Steve Crain, Taylor Turner and Bobby James won the team award for “First Low Gross.” The award for “First Low Net” went to the team of Rick Gillespie, Todd Smith, Wayne Monroe and John Stanford.

East Cherokee Bulls are State Champions

The East Cherokee Bulls, playing out of Sequoyah Park in Canton and include team members from Canton, Woodstock and Holly Springs, won the Dizzy Dean 8U Georgia A State Championship recently. The championship was played in Valdosta. The Bulls opened the double-elimination tournament by beating the Valdosta Blazers 6-4 and the Powder Springs Indians 15-7. The Bulls went on to beat the NYO Stallions 16-4 and the East Side Titans 10-5. After these wins, East Cherokee topped the Oregon Park Sharks 13-5. In the final games, the Bulls lost to the Oregon Park Sharks 16-4 before then beating the Sharks 6-5 to clinch the championship. The Bulls went 6-1 in the tournament, which featured the top 21 Dizzy Dean All-Star teams from all around Georgia. East Cherokee outscored its opponents 70-43 over its seven-game run to the state title. It is the first A State title in the five-year history of East Cherokee’s All-Star program. The Bulls 24 My West Canton | august 2012

went on to play at the 8U Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Mississippi.

From left: Ryder Moye, Brayden Campbell, Dylan Foster, Evan Case, Jack Enrico, Elijah Ollman, Lawton Bowers, Mason Hicks, Andrew Helms, Joey Ratner, Koen Dolezar and Adam Voigt. Coaches from left: Assistant Coach Brennen Hicks, Head Coach David Foster, Assistant Coach Jon Helms and Assistant Coach Jay Ratner.

NASA B’17 Elite Win Regional Championship

NASA (North Atlanta Soccer Association) B’17 Elite recently won the state championship held in Columbus, GA. They then went on to the Regional championship, which, involved close to 12 states.  There are four regions in the U.S. and NASA B’17 Elite is included in Region III.  The boys won the entire Regional Championship, making them one of four teams nationally to have this title. The team has been invited to play a National championship with all four teams, although there is not one sponsored by U.S. Youth Soccer at this level.  This normally starts at U14.  This was the very first year that the U13 level has been included at the Regional level.  Many Cherokee boys are playing on this top team. Congratulations!

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TBD Lassiter HS

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September 28

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Bridgemill pga Junior League One of BridgeMill’s junior golf teams headed to the City playoffs in its inaugural year of joining the PGA Junior Golf League. The PGA Junior Golf League is partnered with PGA of America and focuses on the development of junior golfers ages 7-13. The competition consists of nine hole matches in two man scramble formats against area golf clubs.

The BridgeMill Junior Golf Academy teaches golf skills, core values, proper etiquette, rules of golf, and competition strategies with an encouragement to play and practice. These skills contribute to the junior’s life skills along with other positive character values. For more information on BridgeMill’s Junior Golf Academy, please call BridgeMill at (770) 345-5500.

BridgeMill had two teams participating in the PGA Junior Golf league. BridgeMill Red is coached by Denise Killeen, a former LPGA Professional and BridgeMill Blue is coached by Tom Losinger, a PGA Master Professional. BridgeMill Red defeated Bentwater, BridgeMill Blue, The Manor, Cartersville Country Club and Eagle Watch to make its way to the city playoffs. Their closest match was with BridgeMill Blue, which they won 7-5. Then, they headed to a playoff match at the beginning of July. It was a fantastic season! Denise Killeen’s PGA Junior League team consists of 16 juniors ages 8-13. She selected her team from her Junior Golf Academy at BridgeMill. She currently has over 150 juniors enrolled in her program. Parents believe her program is second to none not only in the area, but in the south. Denise’s goal for the Academy is to offer many positive learning experiences for all of her participants so that they will have a lifelong love of the game.

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Back row, left to right: Brayden Morgan, Connor Macmillan, Sylvia Strickland, Caroline Maurer, Caroline Brown and Assistant Coach Kalyn Johnson. Bottom row, left to right: Christopher Schrader, Harrison Smith, Brock Hoover, Coach Denise Killeen, Billy Goddard, William Maurer, and Ellie Skeen. Not pictured: Cheney Harden, Alex Reedy, Lizzie Reedy, Brennan Hogan and Abby Bolt. 29

When someone close to you Is Arrested

by J. Daran Burns When someone close to J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns you is arrested, things get & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He crazy fast. There are a lot of can be reached at (770) 956-1400. considerations you might not think about when someone is first arrested. First and foremost, make yourself familiar with attorneys in your area that handle criminal cases. You may want to provide a retainer “just in case.” This will put you ahead of most people that find themselves dealing with the unpleasantness of having someone they care about arrested. The reasons behind immediately contacting an attorney are two-fold. First is representation. An accused has rights guaranteed under the Constitution, but those rights are only meaningful if the accused is aware of them and invokes them. Second, an experienced attorney may be able to smooth out the process, providing guidance and assistance both before and after a release from jail. Let’s look at a fairly normal case — a domestic violence situation. It is common to receive a phone call from a spouse who says she and her husband got into an argument last night. It wasn’t that serious, but they both had been drinking and she was nervous

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so she called the police. The police in this county take domestic violence very seriously; that nervousness almost inevitably turns out to be a stay at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. They rightly believe that it is usually best to take whoever is deemed to be the aggressor to jail and let things cool down. This is when I get the phone call. It is the next morning, and I have a very nice lady on the phone whose husband is in jail. She tells me that although the police were right to arrest him, it was a one time aberration, and she needs her husband out of jail. She got two kids, a job and bills to pay, and her husband can’t help her with any of that if he is in jail. She is usually shocked to learn that (1) they usually won’t let her husband bond out for at least two days, and (2) when they do let him bond out, there is usually a “no contact” order in place that will not let him communicate with his wife or even stay at the marital residence. In this very common situation, what I usually attempt to do is go to the prosecutor’s office immediately. If the husband is still in jail, I will attempt to go to the 72 hour hearing to see if I can prevent onerous conditions of bond from being imposed and to make sure the bond is set as low as possible. If the husband has already made bond, then we try to remove the no contact provisions as soon as possible. From there, it is a process of getting the family life back to normal before the case is resolved and reaching the best possible outcome regarding the criminal aspect of the case. This may not be your exact situation, but it does serve as an example of why having an attorney on retainer or in mind for this situation is crucial. 31


Taking Personal Care to a Higher Level by Michelle Martin

Over the past decade, Scott Merritt, D.M.D. with BridgeMill Dentistry in Canton, has strived to offer his patients personal care that goes “above and beyond” the dental services typically offered at other practices. “Any dentist can fill a cavity,” he says. “I want my patients to feel comfortable here, to trust me and the entire staff. I want them to have the best patient experience possible from their initial call to check-out.” Dr. Merritt established BridgeMill Dentistry in 2002 after relocating his first dental practice from Gainesville. “My true desire was to serve the community where my family lives,”

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he says, noting that the Sixes Road area was a vibrant community even though it was still in the early stages of development when he opened BridgeMill Dentistry. As the neighborhoods surrounding his office grew, so did BridgeMill Dentistry. Dr. Merritt built his patient base by basically going door to door around local businesses and residences, and it just grew from there. “BridgeMill Dentistry is patientdriven -- not insurance-driven,” says Dr. Merritt. “The entire staff shares the same core values and is dedicated to enhancing the patient experience. We take time with all patients, getting to know them personally. My team and I make every effort to help our patients feel comfortable, calm and free of any anxiety that they previously had with other dentists.”

According to Dr. Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care for children and adults, in a fun, family atmosphere and modern setting. Family and cosmetic dental services include routine check-ups, fillings, root canals, extractions, veneers and reconstruction. It also offers in office Zoom® teeth whitening. BridgeMill Dentistry operates on a chartless records system -- storing patient treatments digitally for easy accessibility. Digital records also help simplify sharing information when consulting with outside specialists. Dr. Merritt says he has built relationships with a network of specialists whom he often recommends to patients requiring more extensive treatment. Dr. Merritt believes in providing patients with the most thorough examination possible. He checks patients’ head, neck and lymph

This kind of thorough, personal treatment has helped Dr. Merritt build a solid patient base. To better accommodate patients, Dr. Merritt and his team opened a new office at 3682 Sixes Road. The new facility is approximately 5,000 square feet and offers spacious and even overflow parking. Dr. Merritt says BridgeMill Dentistry’s new office provides patients a higher level of service that combines modern technology with sophisticated style. The beautiful new facility features spacious exam rooms to accommodate patients, along with state-of-the-art digital technology that allows patients to view digital x-rays on TV monitors in individual exam rooms. “The digital technology not only helps reduce patients’ exposure during x-rays but also helps them to better

understand their treatment. They can see everything for themselves on the TV screens,” he explains. BridgeMill Dentistry’s new technology also includes nitrous oxide in all rooms and a Velscope florescent light for oral cancer screening. To better serve our community, BridgeMill Dentistry is proud to introduce Dr. Michael Cox. Dr. Merritt says bringing on Dr. Cox has made it possible to offer more flexible scheduling for appointments. “Dr. Cox is easygoing, thorough, and spends a lot of time with patients. He obviously enjoys what he does -- and patients seem to love him as well.” Dr. Cox is also a native of Georgia where he graduated from Osborne High School. From there he went on to graduate from the University of Georgia. After working for four years in research at both Emory and the Medical College of Georgia, he then attained his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.

Dr. Merritt believes patients value the well-rounded and familiar team of doctors, hygienists, and support staff at BridgeMill Dentistry. “Each of us plays a vital role in the patient experience, so it’s important that our patients trust and feel comfortable with every member of the team,” he says, noting that BridgeMill Dentistry’s 10-year history in the community reflects a stability that also helps instill trust among patients. “Some of our patients have been with us since the beginning. We hope all of our patients feel like they know us and trust us -- because we give them personal care and build a relationship with each of them. It’s just how we do things at BridgeMill Dentistry, because we enjoy what we do.”

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nodes for thyroid abnormalities at each hygiene visit. “We’ve detected several cases of thyroid cancer just in the last year,” he says. “We feel it’s important to be thorough with our patients rather than move them in and out as quickly as possible like an assembly line. When we discover issues beyond our scope of practice, we refer to the appropriate physician specialty. This allows a more definitve conclusion to our intial assessment.”

Heat Illness Prevention Tips Heat Illness Prevention Some general guidelines to help protect your child from heat-related illnesses include the following: • Drink plenty of fluids during vigorous or outdoor activities (including sunbathing), especially on hot days. Drinks of choice include water and sports drinks; avoid alcohol and fluids with caffeine such as tea, coffee and cola, as these can lead to dehydration. • Dress your child in light-colored, lightweight, tightlywoven, loose-fitting clothing on hot days. • Schedule vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day. Take rest periods in shady or cool areas. • Protect children from the sun by having them wear a hat and sunglasses and by using an umbrella. • Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15. • Increase time spent outdoors gradually to get your child’s body used to the heat. • Teach children to take frequent drink breaks and “wet down” or mist themselves with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated. • Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot and humid days. • Do not leave children unattended in a hot automobile. • Teach children to warm-up and cool-down before and after exercising. • If your child has a medical condition or is taking medication, consult your child’s physician for further advice for preventing heat-related illnesses. Tips for Keeping Young Athletes Hydrated • Never rely on thirst. Thirst is a poor indicator of hydration status. When a young athlete begins to feel thirsty, he or she may already be one to two percent dehydrated. • Pre-hydrate. Thirty minutes before activity, drink until you are no longer thirsty plus another eight ounces. For athletes weighing less than 90 pounds, drink five ounces for every 20 minutes of activity. For athletes weighing more than 90 pounds, drink eight ounces for every 20 minutes of activity. • Water is best if the activity lasts one hour or less. For activities lasting more than an hour drink a fluid with carbohydrates (sugar) and electrolytes. Sports drinks are designed specifically for re-hydration during exercise and contain the right amount of 34 My West Canton | august 2012

carbohydrates, about six to eight percent. Fluids with too much sugar, such as fruit juice and soda, contain too much sugar and can cause cramping. Athletes younger than 10 years old may dilute a sports drink 1:1 water for a better taste. Avoid carbonated and caffeinated beverages because the carbonation may make you feel bloated, and caffeine can speed up metabolism, generating more heat. • Drink it, don’t pour it. Pouring cold water on your head or face may feel great, but it does not improve your hydration status. Some Signs of Heat-Related Illness: • Cramps • Very high body temperature • Red, hot, dry skin (athlete is not sweating) or heavy sweating • Rapid pulse • Throbbing headache • Dizziness • Nausea/vomiting • Confusion • Loss of consciousness • Paleness *Information provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is pleased to offer health and safety tips for parents and children. Children’s is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support from our community. Operating three hospitals with more than half a million patient visits annually, Children’s is recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, neonatal, orthopedic and transplant services, as well as many other pediatric specialties. Visit their website at to learn more about Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Or contact Public Relations at

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PLAY LEAGUE TENNIS? OF COURSE YOU CAN!! contributed by Pat Perry of BridgeMill Athletic Club If you’ve lived in the Atlanta area for very long, you’ve probably heard people talk about their tennis match or tennis team. What do think of when you hear them talk about tennis? Do you think you’re too old to learn to play, too uncoordinated, don’t have enough time to learn? Well, none of these thoughts apply. Tennis can be learned at any age, you don’t have to be a super athlete to learn, and it doesn’t take that long to learn the basics and be ready for a league! You are never too old to learn how to play tennis! As long as you can stand, run a little bit, and hold a racket, you can learn the basics. If you have some coordination and are willing to practice, you will get the hang of the basics in a fairly short period of time. If you are a beginner, you can set up private lessons with a teaching professional or look for a beginners’ group clinic. Atlanta has a variety of leagues available and for all levels of play. If you can serve, maintain a short rally, and keep score, there is a league for you. The overall challenge and joy of playing tennis is invigorating and satisfying. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize and make new friends. If you have played other competitive sports in the past, you will find that tennis can satisfy the desire to compete and it can be played well into the senior years. ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association | is the largest tennis-based community organization in the world, with many league options including men’s and ladies’ doubles, mixed doubles, senior men’s and ladies’ doubles, and junior leagues. USTA (United States Tennis Association | is the country’s largest recreational tennis league. The USTA league

is organized into teams by level and gender for team match play. USTA offers men’s and ladies’ singles and doubles, mixed doubles, senior and junior leagues. In addition to team league play, there are also several flexible individual leagues available to players. A flexible league is one that you enter as an individual player or doubles team. When you get your schedule you have a window of time to schedule a match with your opponent. There are multiple levels offered in each of these leagues from beginner to advanced. T2 ( is one such league offering adult doubles and singles, mixed doubles, senior doubles, and junior singles. Ultimate Tennis (ultimatetennis. com) is another flexible league. One of the greatest aspects of tennis is that it is fun! It can be challenging if you are just beginning, but it’s a sport in which lessons, practice, and persistence pay off quickly. Tennis is a great way to reduce stress and is a wonderful opportunity to socialize, particularly if you join a local tennis league or club. Playing tennis also has significant health benefits - improving balance, agility, mobility, fitness and strength. It burns calories, promotes aerobic exercise, and can also help lower your blood pressure, reducing your risk of heart disease. It also makes a great family activity. Don’t be afraid to get competitive! Not only will you find the challenge rewarding and energizing but you will also build friendships and help develop healthy habits. Contact a tennis club or facility near you to find out about available league teams and instruction options to get you started in competitive tennis league play today!

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THE WATERFALL BRAID And Other Classic Summer Looks

by Jyl Craven Summer is here and we’ve already hit three digit temperatures and a heat index somewhere near boiling. Now is the perfect time to experiment with this summer’s hottest hair trend – braids. We all know the traditional Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. For information you may plait and French braid, but contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 other popular braids this or visit summer include the fishtail and waterfall. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions for the Waterfall Braid, a look that’s often called the “fairy tale” braid because it conjures up images of medieval maidens and princesses. The braid is so named because, once put in, your hair will fall in cascades like waterfalls around your head. The Waterfall Braid 1. Begin on clean hair, brushed smooth. Take the first piece of your hair, at the temple, pull it toward the back of your head, then divide it into three equal pieces (think traditional braid.) 2. Bring the bottom piece over the middle piece, and then the top piece over the middle piece like a traditional braid. Do this 1–3 times. This is your base braid. 3. Grab a second piece of hair at the root next to the first braid you have started. This piece should be equal in size to the three sections you divided your first braid into, because you’ll be adding it to the original braid. 4. Braid the new piece of hair to your original braid, then drop the bottom strand. These bottom strands will be your waterfalls! 5. Continue around your head by adding a new piece from your hair, near the root and next to the original braid. Be sure to drop the bottom strand each time you add a new lock of hair, for a beautiful waterfall effect. 6. Continue halfway around your head. From here, you can secure with a bobby pin or elastic if you’d like to continue styling, or end the braid with a few strands of traditional braid and secure. continued on page 62 36 My West Canton | august 2012

by Yong-In Martial Arts

What would life be without any dreams or goals? It would be meaningless, because we need to have purpose in life. We are the ones responsible for setting goals and dreams. It is Yong-In Martial Arts has been open to important for children, teens the public since 2000 and they focus and adults to have goals and on Character development for children, dreams. How can we achieve teens, and adults. They want to bring out the best in all of us as citizens and our goals and dreams? Work persons. (770) 345-4133 hard, don’t give up, and keep on trying even after failure. But how can we teach setting goals and achieving them? Setting big goals is good but most people that dream too high and fail give up and won’t try again. So it is always good to also set smaller goals leading up to the main goal. We do this in the martial arts world by achieving color belts before achieving the Black Belt. Step by step kids, teens and adults feel good when they receive a new belt and we use that confidence and that pride to eventually push to get the Black Belt. However, there will be times when they will feel like the goal is too high. But that is no reason to give up.

Failure is a normal part of life and we need to learn how to embrace it and learn from it.

When things seem too hard, by nature, humans try to avoid it or just give up, that’s when motivation from family, friends and mentors becomes so crucial. When we have someone motivating us to do our best we will do it, but if we have people talking down on us, the majority of the people will give up. We need to learn to listen to both positive and negative. We can listen to positive reinforcement and feel confident and proud of compliments that people give us. But we also need to listen to the negative by trying to prove them wrong and show that we can do certain things that might seem impossible. Failure is a normal part of life and we need to learn how to embrace it and learn from it. We teach our students at Yong-In Martial Arts that even when we fail, we can learn a lot from it and better ourselves. Failure is not a reason to give up and walk away. Failure is a reason to work harder and try again. Nobody in the world is perfect and we need to realize that before we can improve ourselves. We can learn this kind of discipline by training in martial arts and following through with our goals and dreams, because without them our life is meaningless. 37

WATCH OUT For The Ice by Dan Jape One of the biggest issues we encounter in the cooling repair business is the formation of ice on an air conditioning system. When a homeowner sees ice on their unit, they often turn it off until the ice they see is melted and then they turn the Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable unit back on instead of calling Heating and Air. You may contact him for help. This is the worst at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online mistake they could make and it at could end up destroying their outdoor unit in the process. The outdoor compressor needs to have the correct amount of air moving across the indoor coil and if it is not, you need to turn it off and not continue to run without having the system repaired. The unit often times cools again if it is turned back on, but it will freeze again and this is very hard on the compressor.    There are a couple of reasons why ice forms on a residential air conditioner. One is poor airflow across the indoor evaporator coil and the other is low refrigerant charge. The lack of airflow can simply be a dirty air filter blocking the proper amount of air from moving across the coil. This can also be caused by a dirty blower wheel, packed with dust and debris, which will restrict airflow and cause a freezing. Another very common problem we encounter is an improper amount of intake or return ducts, which do not allow enough air to reach the indoor coil, thus causing a freezing up issue. When the indoor blower motor or fan fails, this breakdown will cause instant icing and the unit needs to be shut off. People may still feel some cool air through the vents from the block of ice melting in the unit, but continued operation of a unit in this condition will cause damage to the compressor. The ice one sees is only the “tip of the iceberg” so to speak. The larger piece of ice is located in the duct work of a unit and it is formed on the indoor cooling coil. The ice forms a sheet over this coil and blocks airflow which causes the unit to ice even quicker and before long a block of ice a foot high and wide can be on the cooling coil. One symptom of this problem is reduced airflow to your rooms. There are few other problems that can so severely reduce airflow, so if this condition happens to you, turn your system off and look for possible ice. Be very careful with the ice melting as the melting water will run down on the furnace and can harm the electronic controls. Try to soak it up with continued on page 62 38 My West Canton | august 2012

A black bear Was Sighted

by Marcia Winchester Cherokee County Master Gardener A black bear was sighted in a backyard in Ball Ground a few weeks ago. Why that made all the news networks is beyond me; Cherokee County has wildlife! That is one of the reasons I love living here. I remember the thrill when I first saw a turkey majestically strutting across the golf course in my back yard. While Cherokee County and the state of Georgia have an abundance of wildlife, sadly our kids know more about Polar Bears than Black Bears. This is because most of their information comes from TV shows, not from actually being in nature. Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods” coined the term “nature deficit disorder” describing what happens to children who become disconnected from the natural world. He associates this with separation from nature to disturbing childhood trends, citing the rise in obesity, attention disorders and depression. In a typical week only six percent of kids age 9-13 play on their own and kids 8-18 spend an overwhelming 53 hours a week using entertainment media. We as parents and adults need to recognize and address this disconnect as the extremely important educational deficiency it has become. We are more worried about soccer practice or taking our kids to the latest animated movie than we are on educating children on what is going on in our backyard. Take the next few weeks of summer and, together with your children, learn about Georgia’s wildlife from native bees, frogs, toads, snakes, birds and of course black bears. Start simple with a hummingbird feeder or a birdbath and then look out the window with your children and observe nature happening. More stats are available: 39

by Charles R. Cooley, M.D. Many controversies surround the ever-growing number of vaccines that are given to children over the first few years of life. As with any medication or treatment, each vaccine has its own set of side effects that can occur with their use. But dangers and side effects of medications, treatments or vaccines should be weighed against the dangers associated with not using them. Many people boldly advise others to “fight the system” and not vaccinate your children. The first thing you should ask these “experts” is what they did with their kids. You will usually find two answers: (1) They don’t have kids or (2) They had their kids vaccinated —“But it was different then.” My two boys have had all of their vaccinations and always complained that the only thing they got for free (being a doctor’s kid) was shots! Many of the most controversial vaccines — Polio, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis-whooping cough) — have been around for many years. They frequently get a bad rap because few adults remember what it was like when friends and family had these terrible diseases and many babies were dying from whooping cough or teenagers being crippled by polio. The self proclaimed “experts” frequently say, “that medicine was different then — not advanced and scientific like now,” and proceed to tell people that, “your kids don’t need the protection of vaccines anymore.” This so-called protection comes from the fact that the majority of the U.S. has been vaccinated against many of these diseases. But guess what happens when your sweet unvaccinated 19 year old begins to travel the world and goes to Cancun or the Dominican Republic — they get the measles (over 200 cases in 2011) or mumps or something much, much worse. You can look up all the statistics for these illnesses on the CDC website, review the risk of each vaccine side effect or talk to your family physician or pediatrician. But instead of talking about lots of statistics on the many vaccines available, let’s talk about one single vaccine that was introduced in 1991. Most parents were around then and remember back that far. 40 My West Canton | august 2012

Haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB) — this is a bacteria, not the influenza virus (confusing I know). Before 1991, this bacteria was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis and other major illness in children 5 years old or under (older kids would get sick too, but harder to track). It would cause illness in about 100 kids out of every 100,000/year. Of those 100 children who would get sick from HIB infections between 7-8 percent would die! They would also get many other illnesses such as ear infections, etc. because of the HIB bacteria, but let’s stick with the basics. In 1991, the vaccine began being required for 2 month olds in the U.S. By 1996, the rate of children under 5 years old who got sick with HIB infections dropped 99 percent from 100/100,000 to 0.03/100,000. WOW! Now that means that instead of 7/100,000 kids dying from HIB/year .0021/100,000 kids died that year from HIB infections, BIG DIFFERENCE — especially if your child was one of the seven of the 100/100,000 before 1990 that died. The HIB is only one of the many vaccines helping to prevent diseases in our great country. Vaccines have their risks, but most of the serious risks associated with vaccines occur about 1/1,000,000 doses or less. Be informed, talk to your doctor, read the statistics of the illnesses that are prevented. Your children may pay a high price for your decision. Ref: CDC website, MMWR-3/22/2002

This information provided by Charles R. Cooley of M. D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine, located in the Riverstone Medical Complex next to Cracker Barrel. For more information about SAD, please call (770) 720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue in Canton. 41


With Fibromyalgia

Health consequences Of Obesity

by Dr. Monika Yadav

by Dr. Jeff Donohue

Patients are inspiring. Over the past 10 years, I have treated endless individuals afflicted with a simple cold to more complex cases dealing with insulin pumps or chronic infections. And I have noticed that those who have a stronger Dr. Monika S Yadav is a board-certified mental spirit, despite the physician in Internal Medicine who prognosis, fare much better practices at 684 Sixes Road in Holly on so many levels in the long Springs at Prestige Primary Care run. One particular category ( For appointments call (678) 494-9669. of sufferers who utilize the aforementioned philosophy with maximum effort is those who live with Fibromyalgia.

The obesity epidemic is upon us. This trend has been occurring for the last 20 or so years and continues to increase at an alarming rate. Obesity is defined as a BMI over 30. The BMI (body mass index) is a widely used measurement Dr. Jeff Donohue is the National and is obtained by dividing Medical Director of NexSlim weight (kg) by height (m)2. The Medical Weight Loss located at 200 limitations of this equation are Parkbrooke Dr., Suite 130. Specializing in personalized weight loss plans and that it is not exact for certain nutritional education. Call (678) 888ethnic groups, does not take 0332 today for your appointment. into account one’s distribution of fat, nor does it account for fat versus lean body mass. There are many more technically superior methods of measuring body fat on the market today. Suffice it to say that no matter how we are calculating this number, obesity is at an all-time high.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain affecting all four body quadrants (above and below chest and both sides of body) for more than three months. There are also more than 11 tender points that often can be triggered with deep palpation. This disease is often accompanied with fatigue and sleep, memory and mood issues. Scientists have discovered that Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. This disease seems to have a genetic component, and women are afflicted more than men. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress, but symptoms can gradually occur over time with no significant triggering factor. There is no cure for Fibromyalgia. Just like the varying degrees of intensity and duration of flares, the treatment choices are many and usually involve a few modalities. These include medicines, such as anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, and warm aqua-therapy. Also, consistent low-intensity exercise, especially those focusing on muscle strengthening and stretching. Stress reduction by relaxation techniques and improved sleep quality plays a great part in minimizing flares. I treat many with Fibromyalgia — but over the past year I have met three remarkable women who really left a lasting impression on me. They are all different ethnicities, age varies in decades spanning from 30 to 60, and flares are triggered and treated with different recipes I concoct utilizing the above methods. But one thing they share in common is their undying positive attitude and refusal to let this chronic and debilitating disease chip away at their soul. They focus on being ALIVE and what they HAVE rather than drown with a defeatist mindset. It’s truly amazing and uplifting to witness and tell others to mimic. 42 My West Canton | august 2012

As this obesity trend continues — with some models showing that by 2030 over half of the population in parts of the United States will be obese — the health consequences and costs escalate at an alarming rate. The cost of childhood obesity is estimated to be approximately three billion dollars. This number is a combination of direct costs, such as doctor’s visits and treatment, and indirect costs through lost wages and future earnings. The medical complications associated with obesity are across all organ systems of the body. These include such ailments and diseases as: diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, heart disease and stroke — just to name a few. There are studies out now that show a correlation between dietary changes and cancer outcomes. Just 10 percent weight loss will have a beneficial effect on improving most of these problems. The key is to find a comprehensive program that not only includes diet and nutrition changes, but also lifestyle modification and exercise protocols. It is really not sufficient enough to just take a diet pill or HCG and not also include counseling and close follow-up with a trained professional. Many people become very discouraged at their inability to lose weight or that they get to a point where they can no longer shed the pounds. It is encouraging to know that there are so many new modalities and tests to help people determine why they have stopped losing. Once the cause is found, then an individualized approach can be implemented to get them right back on track. Small changes can have a huge impact on improving quality and quantity of life. 43

WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY Is It Right For You? By Debbie Spamer, RN, BSN, CPAN, CBN, and Paula Duncan, RN, BS, CBN, bariatric specialists, Northside Hospital There is continued concern over the nation’s growing obesity problem. Obesity is a serious health issue that can increase your risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, cardiac disease, joint disease and even cancer. It can impact your ability to perform your job and interfere with your personal and family relationships. If you have gained excessive weight, take action and talk with your health care provider about possible weight-loss solutions. For many people, traditional diet and exercise doesn’t work. Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery may be an option to help you manage your obesity and the health consequences it brings. What is Weight-Loss Surgery? Weight-loss surgery is designed to treat morbid obesity by surgically changing the amount of food a person can consume and needs to feel satisfied. It is only performed on people who are significantly overweight and for whom diet and exercise have failed, but it is a life-changing decision that has the potential to resolve or improve serious obesity-related medical conditions and enhance quality of life. Several types of weight-loss surgery are available: Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y) involves creating a small pouch out of a portion of the stomach and stapling it directly to the small intestine, bypassing a large part of the stomach. After surgery, patients feel full more quickly, which aids in controlling their hunger. With a faster weight loss, patients may improve health issues more quickly. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band involves placing a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach, thereby producing a quicker feeling of fullness and supporting longterm, sustainable weight-loss. The band is adjustable through a port placed under the skin. After surgery, the patient returns to the surgeon’s office, where the port is injected to fill the band. This procedure is reversible and the band can be removed. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a laparoscopic procedure that removes around 85 percent of the stomach. What remains is small, narrow or sleeve-shaped and can hold only one to 44 My West Canton | august 2012

four ounces. This restrictive, and irreversible, procedure not only severely limits food intake but also inhibits hungerstimulating hormones, both of which lead to fast and significant weight-loss. Are You a Candidate? If you are significantly overweight, have a body mass index of 30 or greater, or have a serious medical condition related to your weight, weight-loss surgery might be for you. However, surgery does have potential risks and it isn’t for everyone. Consult with your health care provider to determine what is best for you.

Atlanta’s Most Preferred for Weight-Loss Surgery Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network, Northside Hospital offers comprehensive weight loss services including stateof-the-art surgery — in Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth — and was the first in Georgia to perform single-incision weight-loss surgery, resulting in fewer scars for the patient. More recently, the hospital performed its first robotic gastric bypass. Northside hosts free monthly informational seminars about weight loss surgery. Monthly support groups also are available. For information, call (404) 845-5457 in Atlanta or (770) 292-4726 in Cherokee and Forsyth. To watch in-depth videos and learn more about weightloss surgery from local experts, as well as hear from patients on their personal experiences, visit

are you feeding Your Brain?

acute angle-closure Glaucoma

Nineth in a series of “The Top 10 Reasons for Red Eye”

by LaCretia Munroe, MS, DC The brain needs three things Dr. LaCretia Munroe specializes in to survive: oxygen, glucose sports chiropractic, functional and activation. Most people neurology, and metabolic solutions. can understand that the brain Providing exceptional care for difficult cases. Call the office at (770) 720needs oxygen, without it 0865 or visit you would die in about four minutes. Activation is in the form of exercise and stimulation to send sensory information from the joints and muscles of the arms and legs and the eyes and ears to the brain. Glucose is a simple sugar which is a major source of energy for most cells of the body, including the brain. In fact, glucose is the only food the brain can use yet most people do not feed their brain. I am surprised at how many of my patients skip breakfast altogether, or eat around 10 o’clock in the morning. Most people really don’t think about it, but sleep is a fasting state meaning that we do not feed our brain while we are sleeping. So if we go to bed at 10 p.m. and get up and eat at 7 a.m., our brain has not had any food for nine hours. If our kids get up and skip breakfast and don’t eat until lunch, which is around noon, their brain has gone without food for 14 hours. Yet we all expect our kids to make all A’s or B’s, have a great attitude, never get moody and have tons of energy. So when they get a C, get moody, lie around on the couch and never feel like doing anything ask yourself, “what did they have to eat that day?” Let’s put it this way. I decide to take my kids camping. We have a great time and now it is time to call it a night. I throw some logs on the fire to keep it going so I will have embers in the morning. When I wake up I have two choices. I can add some wood to the embers to get the fire going again or I can go on a hike and let the fire die. I can let it die (not eating breakfast), and then have to start all over or I can get up and add wood to the fire (eating breakfast) so it will burn hot and strong all day. When I add wood to the fire I can add small sticks and leaves which is like eating a pop tart or donut, a simple sugar that will burn up and not last long, or I can put an oak log on the fire. Putting a log on the fire would be like eating protein for breakfast. Good sources of protein would be two eggs, a chicken biscuit, bacon, or a protein shake. Now my fire will burn hot and long and it will get me to lunch without burning out. I can keep adding small logs throughout the day (like having snacks of nuts and cheese and other sources of protein) so I keep the fire burning. To have a good brain we do have to eat that most important meal of the day, breakfast. What we eat is also important. So please feed your brain every day.

by Dr. Edward J. Furey Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. This important nerve is responsible for carrying images to the brain. The optic nerve fibers make up a part of the retina that gives us sight. Over time, high pressure causes the nerve fibers to die, resulting in decreased vision. Vision loss and blindness will likely result if glaucoma is left untreated.

Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, geriatrics and is the Center Director of BridgeMill Eyecare. Located at 1409 Sixes Rd. (770) 852-2733.

Glaucoma has been nicknamed the “sneak thief of sight” because it often goes undetected and causes irreversible damage to the eye. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Many people have glaucoma but are not aware of it. As the disease progresses, vision seems to fluctuate and peripheral vision fails. If left untreated, vision can be reduced to tunnel vision and eventually, total blindness. Glaucoma usually occurs when fluid in the eye builds up, causing higher pressure than the eye can withstand. The canal responsible for draining this fluid becomes plugged, preventing proper drainage. In other cases, the eye may produce more fluid than normal and simply cannot be drained fast enough, producing higher intraocular pressure. Some causes may include trauma, genetic disorders and low blood flow to the optic nerve. Having high intraocular pressure increases the risk of developing glaucoma. Those who are over forty years of age and who are African-American also have an increased risk. Anyone sixty years of age is more at risk, especially MexicanAmericans. Furthermore, those with a family history of glaucoma are at higher risk of developing glaucoma. Having systemic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems also increases your risk. Other risk factors include nearsightedness and direct trauma to the eye. Closedangle glaucoma happens quickly. An “attack” may produce a red, painful eye and symptoms such as facial pain, headache, blurry vision, rainbow-colored haloes around lights, nausea and vomiting. It is a severe medical emergency. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce eye pressure to a level at which no more damage occurs. Treatment is given in continued on page 62 45


To Achieving A Beautiful Smile by Dr. Scott R. Harden Smiles represent our window to the world. Flash a beautiful and confident smile and that job might be yours or you may relate better with people at school or work. Why, for example, is getting braces so popular among teenagers? They have figured out that their Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and looks are important and they has served the Towne Lake area for want to look their best around over 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor their peers. Alternatively, senior for two nationally renowned dental research companies. citizens frequently come into Office: (770) 926-0000. the office desiring to have a Website: smile makeover because they still value how they look and this is a very fulfilling experience for the dentist and staff and the patient as well. Smile enhancements can be accomplished by specific techniques or combining several techniques that include whitening, braces, veneers, crowns, implants. These techniques provide the tools that allow patients to achieve the smile they have always dreamed of. Here are the seven steps to achieve a beautiful smile: 1. Initial smile consultation — Choose a dentist you like and can communicate with. Discuss the smile attributes you would like to possess in your smile.

2. Records appointment — Study models of your teeth and diagnostic digital photographs of your teeth are taken to carefully study and plan your smile makeover. A simulation wax up of your teeth is performed to show you the after appearance of your smile on a model with white sculpting wax before treatment is actually performed. This is an important aspect of the process allowing a three-dimensional perspective for doctor and patient to discuss.

3. Smile analysis review, treatment plan developed (dentist and patient) — Dentist and patient sit down and further review patient goals, which include diagnostic photos, study models, preview of simulation wax up displaying your ideal smile. Your individualized treatment plan, treatment steps and cost are presented next to provide you all the information you need. The simulation wax up is carefully evaluated and gives you the opportunity to critique your virtual smile and ensure it’s exactly what you want or how it might be altered further to your desires. The diagnostic wax up should be compared to 46 My West Canton | august 2012

see how it balances with your teeth and your face. The shape, size and contours of the teeth should reflect what you like.

4. Perform elective procedures — Any needed preliminary care such as whitening or braces is performed prior to your smile enhancement procedure. This stage is designed to achieve the optimal whiteness of your teeth or perform any necessary straightening/repositioning of your teeth. Whitening is the most common element to perform.

5. Initial phase of smile enhancement treatment — Teeth are prepared for smile enhancement using specific techniques decided in records appointment (veneers or crowns). Impressions of your teeth are taken to provide the dental lab with the necessary information they need to fabricate your customized veneers or crowns. Transitional restorations (“temporaries”) are fabricated to cover your prepared teeth until lab fabricates final restorations. These transitional restorations create the ideal smile you desire by simulating the diagnostic wax up. Photos of the transitional restorations are taken and sent to laboratory so they can compare the diagnostic wax up to live version of transitional restorations in the mouth. The dentist, patient and lab can see how the initially planned smile makeover appears and how it balances with the patient’s face.

6. Dental lab fabricates final customized restorations to transform current smile to desired smile. 7. Final phase of smile enhancement treatment — You return to the office and have your transitional restorations replaced with the custom laboratory restorations. This is very exciting but must yield a level of patience in case you wish to modify any details regarding your veneers or crowns. The restorations are tried in and evaluated closely for all necessary technical details. Once approved by the doctor and staff, you receive the official unveiling to behold the smile makeover you waited for. This is the time you can determine if the restorations are exactly what you like or if they need any modifications to meet your expectations. Final restorations that immediately meet your expectations are placed on your teeth that day and cemented with strong final cement. Final restorations that require modifications go back to the lab for further customization. Patients sometimes need several weeks to wear and evaluate their cosmetic restorations. This is not a problem. The restorations are placed on the teeth with weak temporary cement allowing patients the wonderful opportunity to determine if they ultimately like the crowns as they are or have them modified. When the patient is ultimately confident about their smile, the final restorations are cemented in place with strong final cement.

The seven steps to achieving a successful and enjoyable smile makeover all require good communication. Communication must be between doctor, patient, staff and laboratory technician. This communication is enhanced by use of digital photographs and study models. The experience is exciting for the patient and should provide a confident and attractive smile that allows you to perform better socially and in business. The key to success for smile enhancements is the patient communicating what they want at all steps along the way. Only then can the dentist and dental lab technician go to work and achieve this ideal level of expectation for the patient.

Corey Shupert, Co-Owner of Downtown Kitchen Downtown Kitchen is located at 140 E. Marietta Street, in historic downtown Canton. His goal is to consistently deliver the perfect dining experience for guests. For more information, please visit or call (770) 479-1616.

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Garlic & Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin



with Sweet Potato Puree

• 2 lbs. cleaned/trimmed pork tenderloin, cut into 8-oz. portions Crust: • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese • 1 cup minced garlic • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs • Salt and pepper to taste Sweet Potato Puree: • 6 sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped • 1 large yellow onion, chopped • 8 garlic cloves • 2 sprigs fresh thyme • ¾ cup cream • ¾ cup honey • ¾ cup olive oil • Salt & pepper to taste Additional Items: • Clarified butter • Monday Night Brewery Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale

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Evenly coat pork tenderloins with garlic & parmesan crust mixture Bring sauté pan to high heat Add clarified butter and melt Place pork in pan and cook on each side for 1½ minutes (cook two at a time) Place all four tenderloins on cooking sheet in 350-degree preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes for desired doneness 145-150 medium 150-155 medium well 160+ well done • Allow tenderloins to rest for 3 – 5 minutes, then slice to serve Puree: • Place potatoes, onion, garlic on edged cooking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper • Place in 350-degree preheated oven for 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft • Remove from oven and puree in food processor or blender with other ingredients (except oil) • Slowly drizzle oil through top into puree and allow to completely incorporate Scoop approximately 4 oz. puree onto plate and add sliced tenderloins. This dish is best complemented by Monday Night Brewery’s Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. Enjoy! 49

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And Marriage A Commentary by Norman R. Hunt Most things in life tend to tarnish with age. Silver must be polished. Chrome will crack and peel. New clothing fades and frays. A job that at first enthralled us soon becomes dull and monotonous. The marriage is no exception. Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church. Many people enter into marriage with great expectations. They believe their marriage will produce love, comfort, understanding, companionship, tenderness and affection. But after a few months, many of them are disillusioned and disappointed. It is like the young couple who sought out a divorce attorney after being married only eight months. They said, “We no longer have anything in common.”

There are more divorces granted in the United States than the rest of the world combined . . . If you have a happy marriage, thank God. You have one of life’s greatest blessings.

The divorce rate reveals this. There are more divorces granted in the United States than the rest of the world combined. The tragic fact is that most marriages that fail never reach the divorce courts. These are the emotional divorces. In many marriages, the people walk on the same carpets, sleep in the same bed, eat at the same table; but emotionally, they are miles apart. They stay together only because of religious, economic and other pressures. One psychologist has estimated that 75 percent of all marriages are failures. If you have a happy marriage, thank God. You have one of life’s greatest blessings.

by Carole May This signature phrase, I am sure, has paid for the wrinklefree, lack of expression on Joan Rivers’ face. However, I certainly can relate to those words made famous by this comedienne. It seems that I am out of touch with everyone under the age of 60. Just when Carole May is a freelance writer for My West Canton Monthly. Email her at I am feeling comfortable with using my cell phone, no one responds to my calls. Could that be because the call is coming from little old me? Well, shame on them! Now-a-days no one wants to take the time, or feels they don’t have time, to pick up the phone and share whatever it is that they have to say. iPhone, my phone — no one phones! My own grandchildren, Hannah (9) and Molly (7), are so proficient with the iPhone, computer, iPod and smart phone that I have to tell them to slow down so this Mom Mom (an antique) can take notes on how to use them. It is downright embarrassing to feel so out of the loop! These kids are touching the numbers and letters on the phone faster than I typed in my advanced class in high school. I wouldn’t be surprised if carpal tunnel syndrome was on the rise. Take for instance the day I asked both granddaughters if they wanted to call their friends to come over and play, and what did I see? Too many sets of fingers busy as bees, texting! I also have to watch my back for a surprise attack. My little darlings just can’t wait to video their Mom Mom (wherever she may be) and make her the next You Tube sensation. As far as I am concerned, at my age, movie star is not an option, unless it is captioned, “Fright Night.” Bottom line: No one wants to talk anymore! Is there anything wrong with hearing the inflection of someone’s voice in a conversation? I question myself at times. Am I being selfish in wanting to hear the emotion of another human being when conversing with them? Is this too much to ask or am I really that far in the past? I think by now you have gotten my message, and of course, this is just my opinion. I am not saying in time I won’t be convinced to “join the crowd” and purchase a phone, but for now I am just sharing my thoughts with you. If I had all of your phone numbers, I would call you and say, “This is Carole May, Can We Talk?” Lol

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Leaving a Legacy Military Working dog team support association, Inc.

John Douangdara and his dog, Bart. Both were lost in the Chinook chopper crash on August 6, 2011.

Military Dogs Championed by Cherokee Non-Profit by Dixie Whitman “John Douangdara pulled his buddy closer — to protect him — but it was a failed attempt at saving either of their lives as the Chinook helicopter groaned its last breath. The rocket-propelled grenade struck the heart of its target on August 6, 2011, and 30 American families received a knock at their doors advising that a son or husband had been killed in action in Afghanistan. You may remember the 30 members of the American military, which included members of Seal Team Six, who died tragically last August as they rushed to support a Ranger group that was under siege and in imminent danger. I cannot forget; John Douangdara was my brother, and his buddy, Bart, was his ever present military working dog.” These haunting words are etched in Chan’s heart; she is one of the passionate Board Members of Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc (MWDTSA). Her brother, John, was one of America’s dog handlers who has made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. MWDTSA was founded in 2007 to coordinate and channel support from individuals, organizations and corporations to benefit active duty teams, retired U.S. military working dogs and veteran dog handler events. While the organization was born and bred in Cherokee County, Georgia, the grassroots efforts have touched the lives of 52 My West Canton | august 2012

thousands of military dogs and handlers from across the country and beyond. For deployed handlers and veterinarians, MWDTSA provides care and comfort packages that often include difficult to obtain dog supplies or medications and serve as a reminder of home. The typical care package will include a KONG toy, grooming wipes, Doggles and the highest quality dog treats. For the handlers, packages often include coffee, dried fruit, power bars and children’s artwork. Depending on the time of year, packages might include hand or foot warmers or a cooling tie. Additionally, MWDTSA fabulous T-shirts are usually sent in holiday packages along with an extra pair of socks and items, like books or magazines, to pass the time between missions. Of course, it also tries to supply specific items requested by the handlers, like dog whistles or specific toys. Presented on the website at www. are the stories of five hero dogs like Lucca K458, who recently made international news. She was severely injured, but saved the lives of the platoon behind her and ultimately was reunited in retirement with her first handler. The love that these dogs and handlers have for each other is without measure of depth or time. While the faithful dogs of Vietnam were abandoned, MWDTSA is delighted that changes were made and these K9 heroes are now able to return home, to retire and to become adopted. MWDTSA is also very proud of the role it has in supporting the military teams every day.

Military Working Dog, Fons, retired from active duty to live at home with his handler.

The website offers an amazing array of information regarding Military Working Dogs, hundreds of brilliant photos, an often-updated blog and subscription link to a free, award-winning online newsletter, Kennel Talk. MWDTSA plans to introduce its new 2013 calendar in eStore, Dog Tagz, on August 6, the one year anniversary of the loss of John Douangdara.

al lunt MWDTSA is looking for a few good volunteers and financial or in-kind donations to support its many missions. Donations may be made via Pay Pal at or by sending a check to P.O. Box 5864, Canton, GA 30014. Volunteers with skills in speaking, fund-raising, computer skills, design and writing are among the many areas of need. For additional info or to volunteer, please contact: 53

Classical vS. Heavy Metal

by Shane Newton, PGA Professional, Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead “Easy game isn’t it?” This is one of my favorite things to say in a lesson after someone has really been struggling and then hits a great shot. I usually get a delirious chuckle and a couple of more candid comments. When you see, hear and read all the information out there about how to swing a golf club, it seems as complicated as designing and launching the space shuttle. Is the golf swing really that complicated?

Shane Newton is the General Manager at Lake ArrowHead Yacht & Country Club. He can be reached at (770) 721-7913.,

Ideally to improve, you want to simplify your swing as much as possible to make it easier to repeat. The golf swing is based on a few fundamentals that are critically important. These fundamentals are: holding the club correctly, good balance, and proper alignment to your target. If you have these fundamentals down pat, you will make a good golf swing every time. All the fancy terms like linear compression, angular momentum … explain what happens naturally in a good golf swing — not components to worry about. If you really want to see how simple a golf swing should be, go to this website: You might not be a Nike, or a Tiger Woods fan, but if you like golf, you must see this video. It is from his earlier days and is amazing. Notice how simple and effortless his swing is. One of the most striking things to people about this video is how still his head is throughout the swing. This tells me he has very good fundamentals in his swing. Another thing I noticed in this video is Tiger Woods’ swing is shown with classical music in the background. It is almost as if the music was written for his swing. When you watch this video, ask yourself, “If my swing was put to music, what type of music would it be? Classical, rock, heavy metal…?” If you want to put some consistency in your game, stop by and see your local PGA golf professional. They will answer your questions and simplify your swing. This will help get your swing closer to classical music than heavy metal by helping you achieve a simple, repeatable golf swing. Play Better! Play More!

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DISH vs.

DirecTV 2012 by Michael Buckner It seems over the years of writing about home audio and video, I get the most questions from clients concerning different TV services and how they compare. We install both Dish and DirecTV, so I am pretty unbiased about Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio which is better. At present, Intersection located at 631 E. Main Dish and DirecTV both have Street, Canton. For more information some really great new features. on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, First of all, they both now call (770) 479-1000. support Pandora Internet Radio and YouTube. Both also have a really comprehensive On-Demand system that lets you download your favorite TV shows and movies. Lastly, they both support Whole Home DVR where you can record something in the living room, and then play it back on any HDTV in the house! But there are some key differences that will make one better for you. DirecTV is the company that brought us the Whole Home DVR. They have taken this a step further now with the Home Media Center receiver. This is a fancy name for a new box that can record up to five shows at once, with none of the other TVs in the house being forced to watch what’s being recorded! Best of all, this is only a $99 upgrade on a new installation. The limitation is that you can only pause a live TV show and/ or browse the On-Demand library from the room where the DVR is. As far as programming, DirecTV just made their NFL package free with their Choice package ($34.99). So if you’re a major NFL fan, DirecTV is hard to beat. Dish has been working really hard to gain your respect and business, and they created the new Hopper system that you should have seen in a commercial by now. This is a very impressive system. This DVR records up to 2000 hours of TV, and has three tuners built in. For an extra $199, you can get two hoppers, and therefore have six recordings at once. Also, you can pause live TV and browse On-Demand in any room. They also have a new feature called “Prime Time Anytime” that records all four major TV networks from 8-10 p.m. M-F, and only uses one tuner to achieve this. The only tradeoff here is that all the TVs in the house share three tuners if you have one Hopper (DVR), or six tuners if you opt-in to getting two Hoppers. So if you have a big family with a lot of people continued on page 62 55


P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Southeast Swimwear

Bethesda Community Clinic, Inc.

What A Girl Wants

12926 Highway 92, Suite 500 Woodstock (678) 403-1444 Retail Swimwear

107 Mountain Brook Dr., Suite 100 Canton (678) 880-9654 Non-profit Organization

1455 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 120 Canton (770) 720-2040 Gift Shops

Salon Bella’s

Blue Chip Air

The Premier Group Keller Williams

9999 Highway 92, Suite 160 Woodstock (678) 445-7676 Hair Salons

20 Bledsoe Road, Suite 1000 Newnan (770) 251-2200 Heating & Air Sales & Service (Commercial)

8604 Main Street Woodstock (678) 494-0102 Real Estate


2012 BLASTT Workshops Presented by Reinhardt University

August 22, 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

(Lunch is provided)

Employment Disengagement: The Unseen Undertow Presenter: Jim Bulger, VP of HR Consulting, Work Thrive, LLC Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Future Members Employee engagement has become a critical strategic component to achieve organizational success, employee productivity, and business goals. Utilizing real-world examples, research findings, and a tropical theme, Jim draws a visual picture of the various levels of engagement and discusses how business leaders and their management teams can positively influence engagement growth in their organization. This session will focus on how organizations can strategically take action to increase employee engagement and positively impact their productivity, profitability and workforce budgets. Contact Amy at (770) 345-0400 or to register.

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Tuesday, August 21, 4:30 — 6 p.m. 2012 Series Presented by: AT&T Sponsored by & located at:

105 Long Drive, Woodstock, GA 30189 There is no charge to attend. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on August 17.

American Business Women’s Association: (678) 493-3618, Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club: (770) 345-1750 Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club: Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224 Cherokee Area Business Connection: (770) 345-8687 Cherokee B2B Network: (770) 781-3452 Cherokee Business & Professional Women: (770) 345-1751 Cherokee Toastmasters: (770) 712-4077 NEW Network of Entrepreneurial Women: (678) 595-0344 PowerCore: (404) 572-1278 Towne Lake Business Association: (770) 720-6558, Woodstock Business Networking Group: (770) 591-7101

Charitable & Support Organizations AA Meetings: Canton First United Methodist: (770) 479-6961 AARP Organization: Canton Chapter: (770) 479-5460 Adoptees and Birthmothers Support: (770) 693-1907 Adoption/Infertility Support Group: (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group: (770) 926-0119 American Heart Assoc. — Cherokee Division: (678) 385-2013 Arts Alliance of Georgia: (678) 754-8482 Bethany Place: (770) 479-9462 Breast Cancer Support Group, Drop-In: (404) 843-1880 Canton Al-Anon: (770) 516-3502 CASA for Children, Inc.: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Celebrate Recovery: (404) 317-0345 Cherokee Autism Support Group: Heidi — or Renee — Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: (770) 592-9779 Cherokee Co. Aspergers Syndrome Support Group: Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee Co. Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA: (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: (770) 345-1879 Cherokee Co. Senior Services: (770) 345-5312 Cherokee Co. Service League: (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: (770) 517-7101 Cherokee County Family Violence Center: (770) 479-1804 Battered Women Hotline: (770) 479-1703 In Spanish, (770) 720-7050

Sons of the American Revolution: Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Bill Queen (404) 441-3508, Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015 Cherokee FOCUS: (770) 345-5483 The Trail of Tears Association: (770) 704-6338 Drug Free Cherokee: Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483 United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Helen Plane Chapter 711: Georgia Animal Project: (770) 704-PAWS Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: Cherokee Co. Board of Elections & Registrations: (770) 345-1879, (770) 479-0407 Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries: Cherokee County Democratic Party: (800) 989-4248, (770) 345-3489, Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies): Cherokee Co. Municipal Planning Commission: (770) 924-0864 (678) 493-6101 Cherokee County Republican Party: Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store: (678) 809-1411, Hospice Advantage: (770) 218-1997 Repulican Women of Cherokee County: (678) 520-2236, iCOR (helping orphans): (404) 992-8155 Cherokee County School Board: (770) 479-1871 Cherokee County Teen Republicans: Legacy Ministries International: (770) 924-0826 (678) 232-7488, Meals-on-Wheels: (770) 345-7440 Cherokee County Young Republicans: Miracle Mothers: (770) 926-9317, MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton, Cherokee/Pickens Libertarian Party: Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): (770) 345-4678, West: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers: (770) 479-4140 Canton Moose Family Center (Bingo): MUST Ministries: (770) 479-5397 (770) 479-8300 Christian Authors Guild: Narcotics Anonymous: (770) 720-4032 Cherokee Amateur Radio Society: National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support (770) 928-8590, Group: (404) 394-1229, Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Services North Georgia Angel House, Inc.: (SKYWARN Storm Spotters): (770) 928-8590 Northside Hospital Cherokee Auxiliary: Cherokee Community Chorale: (678) 439-8625 (770) 720-9559 Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples: Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (678) 404-0034, (770) 479-0418 Papa’s Pantry: (770) 591-4730 Cherokee County Saddle Club: (770) 757-2282 Cherokee County Social Adventures Group: Safe Kids of Georgia in Cherokee County: (678) 493-4343, Cherokee Fencing Club: Salvation Army: 121 Waleska St. (770) 720-4316 Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Volunteer Aging Council: (770) 345-7515 Young Peoples AA Meeting: (770) 479-2502 Cherokee Hiking Club: (770) 235-3655 Cherokee MOTS (Mom’s of Tots): (770) 272-5388 Cherokee Music Teachers Association: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701, Cherokee New Horizons Band (CNHB): BridgeMill-Sixes Service League: (770) 479-4917, Marlyn Patouillet (770) 345-7941, Cherokee Photography Club: Canton Lions Club: (678) 224-7878 Cherokee Running Club: (770) 928-4239 (770) 926-8513 Cherokee Senior Softball Association: Canton Noon Day Optimists: (678) 454-2370 Canton Optimist Club: Cherokee Tennis Association: Canton Rotary Club: (770) 479-2101 Cherokee County Historical Society: Crossfit Workout of the Day Club: (770) 345-3288, Falany Performing Arts Center @ Reinhardt University: Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon: (678) 493-9135 (770) 720-5558, Pilot Club of Cherokee County: The Funk Heritage Center Book Club: (770) 720-5969 Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766 North Cobb Bass Club: (770) 820-3945 Rotary Club of Cherokee County: Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: (678) 297-0154, (678) 493-3976 Rotary Club of Towne Lake: (770) 926-0105 Southern O Scalers: Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139

Political Organizations

Recreation & Hobbies


Business Organizations

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The Marietta and North Georgia Railroad line to Cherokee County was completed in May 1879 and impacted the area more than perhaps any single thing had before, opening the county to unparalleled commerce and growth. The journey to get rail service into Cherokee County was a long one with many delays and false starts. Several contracting companies, many of them local, worked on building the rail bed through Cherokee County. Wallace, Haley and Company, as well as R.F. Maddox and Company; Field, McAfee, Tate and Company; and J.M. McAfee and Company had a hand in preparing the line. The line was originally built as narrow gauge, but was converted to standard gauge in 1889. By 1884, four trains a day were running throughout the county and goods such as marble, cotton, cloth and rope were reaching markets all over the United States.   1. A train in front of Roberts Marble Company in Ball Ground is loaded and prepared for departure.   2. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad purchased the rail line through Cherokee County in 1902 and had several stops a day at some of the county’s cities.   3. Information taken from “Cherokee County, Georgia: A History” available for purchase at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center at 100 North Street in Canton. This book is also available online at Please call (770) 345-3288 for more information or to order a copy.

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United States Government:


President Barack Obama (D) (202) 456-1414 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue fax: (202) 456-2461 Washington, D.C. 20500 Website:

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners 1130 Bluffs Parkway (678) 493-6000 Canton, GA 30114 fax: (678) 493-6001 Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson e-mail:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) (202) 224-3521 Senate Russell Courtyard-2 GA: (770) 763-9090 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website:

Harry Johnston (R), Post 1 e-mail:

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30339 fax: (770) 661-0768 Website:

Jim Hubbard (R), Post 2 e-mail:

Karen Bosch (R), Post 3 e-mail:

Jason A. Nelms (R), Post 4 e-mail:

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6 P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 Website:

(202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7 (202) 225-4272 90 North Street, Suite 360 GA: (770) 232-3005 Canton, GA 30114-2724 fax: (770) 232-2909

Cherokee County Board of Education:

Mike Chapman (R), Post 2 (Chair) e-mail:

State Government: Governor Nathan Deal (R) 203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 656-1776 fax: (404) 657-7332

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 345-6256

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

Janet Read (R), Post 4 e-mail:

(770) 516-1444

State Senator Jack Murphy (R) (D-27) (770) 887-1960 304-B Coverdell Legislative Bldg. fax: (770) 205-0602 Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

State Rep. Calvin Hill (R) (D-21) local: (678) 493-7257 511 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. business: (404) 656-0129 Atlanta, GA 30334 fax: (770) 345-2394 e-mail:

Rob Usher, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

Kim Cochran (R), Post 7 e-mail:

(678) 983-9644

State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R) (D-22) 607 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(404) 656-0287

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 e-mail:

Cherokee County Coroner Earl W. Darby 90 North Street, Suite 310 Canton, GA 30114

State Rep. Mark Hamilton (R) (D-23) Email:

Superior Court: Chief Judge Frank C. Mills, III Judge N. Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea

(678) 493-6270 (678) 493-6260 (678) 493-6240

State Court: Chief Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr. Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris

(678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480

Juvenile/Family Court: Judge John B. Sumner Judge Tony Baker

(678) 493-6250 (678) 493-6280

(678) 493-6431

(678) 493-6160

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

(404) 362-1600

Cherokee County School System

Cherokee County Courts:

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

(770) 704-4398, x4370

(678) 493-6511

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo (770) 479-1871 P.O. Box 769 fax: (770) 479-1236 110 Academy St. Canton, GA 30114 Website:

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Roger Garrison (R) (678) 493-4100 498 Chattin Drive fax: (678) 493-4228 Canton, GA 30115 Website:

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

Sonya Little (R) (678) 493-6400 2780 Marietta Highway fax: (678) 493-6420 Canton, GA 30114 e-mail:

City of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood

(770) 704-1500

City of Waleska Mayor Doris Ann Jones

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Crossroads of Life Baptist Church 2861 Ball Ground Hwy., (770) 479-7638 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Cross Roads Primitive Baptist Church Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 710-1068,

First Baptist Canton 1 Mission Point, Canton Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Visit the website or call for details: (770) 479-5538,

First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy., (770) 345-5349 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, (770) 479-9415 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Waleska First Baptist

City On A Hill

10657 Fincher Road, (770) 479-1024 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

7745 Main Street, Woodstock, (678) 445-3480 Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

Episcopal Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church 2135 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock (404) 395-5003 Meeting at All Points Community Church Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta (770) 928-7916 or cell (770) 490-7234 Sunday Eucharist Service: 10:30 a.m.

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, (770) 345-6722 Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m.


179 Belletta Drive, (770) 479-3347 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Hopewell Baptist Church

Congregation Ner Tamid

75 Ridge Road, (770) 345-5723 Sunday Services: 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Reform Jewish Congregation Contact us for High Holiday Service times & dates (678) 264-8575,

Mount Zion Baptist Church 4096 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 479-3324 Sunday Services: 8:30, 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-8448 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 10:50 a.m.

4206 N. Arnold Mill Rd., (678) 936-4125 Saturday Shabbat Service: 10 a.m.

Lutheran Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

100 Oakdale Road, (770) 479-9060 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Scott Mill Chapel, 411 Scott Mill Road Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 503-5050,

392 Sardis Circle, (678) 777-4327 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Shoal Creek Baptist 4967 Fincher Road, (770) 720-0195 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Sutallee Baptist 895 Knox Bridge Highway, (770) 479-0101 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m

Toonigh Baptist Church 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon, (770) 928-2491 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Victory Baptist Church 346 Lucky Street, (770) 345-1133 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

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Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock Traditional Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. (770) 924-4777,

Holly Springs United Methodist Church 2464 Holly Springs Parkway, (770) 345-2883 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Liberty Hill Church 141 Railroad Street, (678) 493-8920 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Orange United Methodist Church 220 Orange Church Circle, (770) 886-9662 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11 a.m.

Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 345-7644 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Union Hill United Methodist Church Tikvah I’ Chaim “Hope for Life” Messianic Jewish Fellowship

Oakdale Baptist

Sardis Baptist

1331 Fields Chapel Road, (770) 479-6030 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Road NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw (678) 460-7702, Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m. Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Hickory Log Missionary Baptist

Field’s Chapel United Methodist Church

2000 A.J. Land Road, (678) 297-0550 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Waleska United Methodist Church 7340 Reinhardt College Parkway Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 479-4428,

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock, (770) 924-7286 Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 928-2812 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.


2263 E. Cherokee Drive, (770) 485-0504 Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m.

Presbyterian Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1498 Johnson Brady Road, (770) 704-9594 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Canton First United Methodist Church

Faith Presbyterian Church USA

930 Lower Scott Mill Road, (770) 479-2502 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30, & 11 a.m.

3655 Reinhardt College Parkway Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 479-6193,

Grace Church, PCA

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta

Northern Hills Church of Christ

1160 Butterworth Road, (770) 265-5811 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

6464 Highway 92, Acworth, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

4563 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 579-0885 Sunday Service 10 a.m.

Heritage Presbyterian Church

Christian Praise Center

5323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11:10 a.m.

1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532

151 E.Marietta Street, (678) 653-4652 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The Pointe

Sixes Presbyterian Church

Allatoona Ward, (770) 516-5918 Canton Ward, (770) 479-1522 Woodstock Ward, (770) 928-5641

300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Pkwy., Suite 112 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Church of the Messiah

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church

2335 Sixes Road, (770) 485-1975 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-0074 Traditional Worship Service: 11 a.m.

Roman Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church 2941 Sam Nelson Road, (770) 479-8923 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 5:30 p.m.

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 516-0009 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m., 12:45 & 5:30 p.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 2:30 p.m.

Other Churches Action Church 271 Marietta Road, Canton Village Shopping Center Sunday Service: 10 a.m. (404) 317-0345,

415 Charles Cox Drive, (770) 479-5280 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Covenant Christian Center Services held at their Worship Annex 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Blvd., Canton Sundays: 10 a.m. (770) 345-0307,

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth (770) 516-5733 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation 2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta, (770) 578-1533 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Woodstock Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. (678) 384-4919,

Faith Community Church 659 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 516-1996 Sunday Worship: 8 & 10:30 a.m.

Allen Temple, AME Church

Faith Family Church

232 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-6348 Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m., Nursery available

5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Bells Ferry Church of God

Faith Pointe Church

6718 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, (770) 592-2956 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

101 Old Hwy. 5, Canton Thursday Service: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

BridgePointe Church Meeting at Woodstock High School Auditorium Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. (770) 517-2977,

Greater Bethel Community Church

Christian Praise Center

Life Changers Church International

1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

2499 Palm Street, Suite 100, (678) 384-4307 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Canton Adventist Church

Life Bible Church

411 Scott Mill Road, (678) 880-0106 Saturday Worship: 10 a.m.

124 P. Rickman Industrial Drive, (770) 217-7494 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist

New Life Church

101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11:00 a.m.

154 Lakeside Drive, (770) 345-2660 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

211 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 592-9900 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Oak Leaf Church Canton

6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

The Quest Church 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton, (678) 687-8670 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0040 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m

The River 2335 Sixes Road, Canton (Sixes Presbyterian Gym) Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Revolution Church 1130 Bluffs Parkway, (770) 345-2737 Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:45 & 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m.

Towne Lake Community Church 132 N. Medical Pkwy., Woodstock, (678) 445-8766 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Watermarke Church Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton (678) 880-9092 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-8238 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategu,i (770) 926-8271

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 924-4499 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Woodstock Community Church 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma continued from page 45 the form of prescription eye drops and occasionally, oral systemic drugs. Laser treatment has been shown to work just as well as medicines to prevent more damage from occurring. In certain cases in which medication or laser procedures do not achieve this goal, surgery is helpful. Many times therapy includes a combination of these treatments. It is important to understand that glaucoma cannot be cured, but can be controlled. Unfortunately, vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed. If ever any red eye symptom occurs, be sure to contact your eye care professional at once.

The Waterfall Braid . . . continued from page 36 7. Repeat the same process on the other side of your head. If you prefer, you can braid the ends of each waterfall together at the back of your head, or secure the two braids with a pretty clip or simple elastic. We’d love for you to find us on Facebook at Jyl Craven Hair Design and send us a photo of your waterfall braid! You can also check out our Facebook Photos section for a look at the different braids trending this summer. Want more braids? There are many excellent tutorials on YouTube, or check out “12 Classic Hair Braids to Try” at

Dish vs. DirecTV 2012 continued from page 54 watching TV at the same time, there is the possibility of kicking someone off of what they’re watching. But, their Internet based On-Demand system is great, since they bought Blockbuster and now offer the Blockbuster Service inside their receivers, and someone can use this if the tuners are all taken. All in all, both companies have very entertaining TV systems, and both offer a better price than Comcast. Best thing is that you can call me, the local Dish and DirecTV guy, to help you make up your mind. Then, we’ll come install it and always be there for future questions or issues.

Watch Out for the Ice continued from page 38 towels to keep it from running down in the furnace and drain pan as it can flood your ceiling if your unit is in the attic. Most of the icing problems we encounter are not due to blower or filter problems, but rather caused by low refrigerant charge. When a unit is low on refrigerant, before it stops cooling altogether, it will reach a state where ice forms on the coils and it is not something a homeowner can repair. Be sure and turn off your unit 5 or 6 hours to thaw before your service tech arrives, because they will not be able to properly repair a frozen air conditioner and they will have to come back another time, which will only add to the frustration of being hot with no cooling. 62 My West Canton | august 2012

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Cherokee County Government: Business Licenses (678) 493-6200 Commissioners (678) 493-6000 Clerk of Courts (678) 493-6511 Economic Development (770) 345-0600 Engineering Office (Traffic Signals) (678) 493-6077 Environmental Health (770) 479-0444 Extension Office (770) 479-0418 Jury Phone (770) 479-9011 Justice Center (Courts, Judges, etc.) (770) 479-1953 Planning & Zoning (678) 493-6101 Senior Services (770) 345-2675 Tax Assessors/Evaluation (678) 493-6120 Taxes: License Plates/Tags, Property Tax (678) 493-6400 Woodstock Office (770) 924-4099 Renewals Online Voter Registration (770) 479-0407

Children and Family: Anna Crawford Children’s Center (770) 592-9779 Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club (770) 720-7712 Cherokee Family Violence Center (770) 479-1804 Cherokee Focus (770) 345-5483 Child Support Enforcement (770) 720-3581 Department of Family & Children Services (770) 720-3610 Hope Center (770) 924-0864 MUST Cherokee Ministries (770) 479-5397 Papa’s Pantry (770) 591-4730

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

Driver’s Licenses

Georgia State Patrol

(770) 704-1500 (770) 479-7287 (770) 720-4883 (404) 657-9300

(770) 720-6607

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

(770) 793-5000 (770) 720-5100

Health Department Hospitals:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help lines:

Battered Women Hotline Drug Tip Line (Cherokee Co. Sheriff) Poison Control Center Poison Control Center (outside metro Atlanta) Probate Court Information Line Rite-Call (Child Medical Problems) Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center

Non-Emergency 911

(770) 479-1703 (770) 345-7920 (404) 616-9000 (800) (770) (404) (770)

222-1222 704-2610 250-KIDS 428-2666

(770) 479-3117

Parks and Recreation:

Barnett Park Boling Park BridgeMill Athletic Club Callahan Golf Links Cherokee County Outdoor YMCA Cherokee County Soccer Association Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency

(770) 924-7768 (770) 720-7578 (770) 345-5500 (770) 720-1900 (770) 591-5820 (770) 704-0187 (770) 924-7768

Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Assoc.: (770) 846-4843 G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA (770) 345-9622 North Atlanta Soccer Association: (770) 926-4175 SCRA Park (770) 926-5672 Wildlife Action, Inc. (800) 753-2264


Georgia Animal Project Animal Control (678) 493-6200 Animal Shelter & Pet Adoptions (770) 345-7270 Cherokee County Humane Society (770) 928-5115 Emergency Veterinary Clinic (770) 924-3720 Lost Pet Hotline (770) 615-3333 People4Pets (770) 516-7885 Second Chance Rescue

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

(800) 275-8777 (770) 516-4195 (678) 493-4100

Utilities: Amicalola EMC (706) 253-5200 AT&T (888) 757-6500 Ball Ground Water (770) 735-2123 BellSouth (404) 780-2355 Canton Water (770) 704-1500 Charter Communications (888) 438-2427 Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority (770) 479-1813 Cobb EMC (770) 429-2100 Comcast (404) 266-2278 DirecTV (877) 516-6276 Dish Network (888) 825-2557 ETC Communications (706) 253-2271 Gas South (866) 762-6427 Georgia Natural Gas (888) 442-7489 Georgia Power (888) 660-5890 Scana Energy (877) 467-2262 Waleska Water (770) 479-2912 Windstream (866) 971-WIND


Emergency — 911

Urgent Care Facilities: M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine Northside Cherokee Urgent Care Wellstar Urgent Care

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Attorney/Legal Services Burns & Speights, P.C.

Home Improvement/Repair/Service 29

Automotive Services BridgeMill Auto Care Center


Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech

Your Community

BAM Fence & Doors Dr. Fixit Mr. Junk Padgett Construction Reliable Heating, Air & Plumbing

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Churches Liberty Hill UMC

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Cleaning Services

Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation Landscape Matters

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Optometrist/Eyewear BridgeMill Eyecare Pearle Vision

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies


Dentist/Orthodontists BridgeMill Dentistry Family & Cosmetic Canton Pediatric Dentistry Cherokee Family Dental Fountain View Family Dentistry James A. Uhlin, DDS Jerry Smith, P.C. Park Pediatric Dentistry Williams Orthodontics

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BridgeMill Animal Hospital

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Education/Instruction/Counseling The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

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Recreation & Fitness

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Academy of Dance Arts Golf Fore Charity Totally Running Yong In Martial Arts

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Restaurants/Food Services Downtown Kitchen HMS/Center Cut Restaurants Sixes Tavern

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Physicians & Medical Services Cherokee Imaging Center In Harmony Pediatrics Therapy Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine NexSlim Medical Weight Loss Northside Hospital — Cherokee Northside Hospital Resource Therapy Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

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Services/Retailers/Miscellaneous Audio Intersection Bits, Bytes & Bots Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Ghost Net Inc. Green Pets America

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Keller Williams Skyline Properties

Chiropractor A Healthy Body Towne Lake Family Chiropractic


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