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WOODSTOCK Community — Home

by Cherryl Greenman,

Woodstock resident, Darryl E. Green, recently had his first children’s book, “Jake and the Buggy Melee” published. The book is a read for children who love rhyme, cats, great illustrations and funny stories with a happy ending. It’s also a great book for parents and teachers who are looking for an enjoyable story with excellent educational components. Darryl currently lives with his wife and two children in Woodstock. Currently, the book is available on-line at, or from the publisher, Main Street Woodstock held a ribbon cutting celebration for I & C Jewelers, located at 103 Bowles Drive, inside House & Garden Boutique. The ribbon cutting (pictured left), which was held in June, celebrated I & C Jewelers’ new location in downtown Woodstock. Owned and operated by Ian and Catherine Brown, I & C is the culmination of their professional experience in the local Atlanta jewelry market. “Our goal is to provide extremely high value to our clients and to leverage our extensive network for your benefit. Please take a moment and explore our world. More importantly, please stop by to see us in downtown Woodstock. We look forward to meeting you,” said owners Ian and Catherine. NexSlim Medical Weight Loss opened at 200 Parkbrooke Drive, Suite 130, in July 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. Ipp’s Pastaria & Bar, 8496 Main Street, held its One Year Anniversary in July with a special ribbon cutting celebration (pictured right with members of the community and Main Street Woodstock. Main Street Woodstock held a ribbon cutting to celebrate local author Beth Hermes as she launched her debut novel, “The Lightbearers: Awake,” a spiritual/fantasy tale about ordinary people discovering their meaning. The author held a book signing and discussion at Foxtale Book Shoppe, 105 East Main Street. Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill, 120 Chambers Street, will be celebrating its One Year Anniversary in August. Stop by and enjoy the best wood fired pizza. (678) 837-6836 Join Main Street Woodstock and Woodstock High School for the second-annual Woodstock High School Business Expo, August 16 from 4:30 – 8 p.m. at the school. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business to students, parents and teachers. The goal is to help seniors learn about career paths in their community as they work on Senior Projects. For more information, contact Tracy Tragesser at Regions Bank at (770) 928-7991.


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COMMUNITY Cobb EMC Raises More Than $8,400

Cobb EMC recently participated in the West Metro March for Babies and raised more than $8,400 for March of Dimes. The event, held at Marietta Middle School, funds programs and research that fight premature birth and help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The 1,500 West Metro March of Dimes participants began the 3.5-mile walk at 9 a.m. In addition to the walk, participants and their families enjoyed a picnic provided by Publix, a Kids Corner with inflatables and games, corporate giveaways and live music. Cobb EMC, a longtime supporter of March of Dimes, has organized a corporate team for the past 30 years. The company’s fundraising efforts this year included a hot dog lunch and bake sale for employees in April. Employees purchased Longhorn Steakhouse hot dog lunches, in addition to desserts baked by employees, to benefit the March for Babies.

Northside Hospital is First To Use Wireless Pacemaker

Northside Hospital is the first hospital in Metro Atlanta and among the first in the country to treat patients with the new wireless INGENIO™ pacemaker, manufactured by Boston Scientific. This state-of-the-art technology allows Northside cardiologists to remotely monitor the respiratory and heart rates of their cardiac patients around the clock and from any computer system via a secure website. Dr. Michael Balk, managing partner, Northside Cardiology, implanted the first device at Northside in May. “With this new technology, when a patient walks into the bedroom to sleep, his pacemaker communicates automatically and wirelessly with a special transmitter that is plugged into the phone jack; there’s no work needed on the patient’s part,” said Dr. Balk.

CCREA Donates Scholarship Funds to Reinhardt University

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presented University President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood with a $1,000 scholarship check to be awarded to two local Reinhardt students who are pursuing a career in teaching. The students selected will each be given a $500 scholarship. “Many of our CCREA members either previously attended Reinhardt or have a close association with the University,” said Prather. “In recognition of how fortunate we are that RU offers a quality teacher education program, we want to support their efforts to attract and train the best future teachers for our local area schools.” Left to right: Janice Prather, Cecile Howell and Reinhardt University President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood.

Promotions and New Hire at BNG

Bank of North Georgia (BNG), a division of Synovus Bank, announced that Allen Barker (pictured top), executive vice president, has been promoted to chief community banking executive, and Frank Roedl (pictured middle), executive vice president, has been promoted to chief corporate banking executive. Additionally, John Bystrom (pictured bottom) is joining Bank of North Georgia as director of retail banking. Allen will oversee the Community Banking Division for Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta, which includes four banking regions as well as the newly created Retail Banking Division that represent 43 branches in 16 Metro Atlanta counties. As chief corporate banking executive, Frank will be responsible for managing the Atlanta region’s specialty lines of business, including commercial real estate, private banking, financial management services, corporate banking, and special assets. John is joining Bank of North Georgia from Bank of Nashville, a division of Synovus Bank, and will serve under Allen Barker’s leadership. He will be responsible for more on managing the Atlanta region’s retail branch network of page 8 43 branches and all retail lending activities.

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Brownies Donate to Violence Center

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2343 recently participated in a nationwide event, the Juliette Low Birthday-in-a-Bag Project. The project was intended to honor Juliette Low, founder of Girl Scouting, during the 100th Year of Girl Scouting. Troop 2343 began collecting items last October to create self-contained gift bags with everything you need to have a birthday party — including items such as cake mix, frosting, cake pan, plates, napkins, candles, balloons, party hats, etc. Eight bags, which included cards hand-made by the girls, were recently donated to the Cherokee Family Violence Center. Left to right: Jennsen Carter, Emily Lindberg, Marissa Sobel-Sorrell, Lizzy Palermo, Isabella Robey, Lauren Kupec, Annslee Albers, and Lauren Crowley.

Book Signing Celebration

Morgan and Holly Hill of Woodstock recently hosted a book signing for Lynne Saunders’ newly released book, “21st Century Keys to Employment.” Lynne’s book is about finding employment in today’s marketplace, which is more competitive than ever before. In most major American cities, approximately 1,000 people are applying for each living wage job. This book is the result of Lynne’s 14 years working directly with people who lost jobs, homes, financial freedom, and hope. “21st Century Keys to Employment” will guide you through the steps necessary to stand out from the competition to land that next job! Lynne is the founder of Papa’s Pantry, a multi-faceted Christian assistance program that ministers to the whole family in numerous ways. Left to right: Lynne Saunders and State Representative Charlice Byrd

First Cherokee State Bank Donates $5,000 First Cherokee State Bank recently presented $5,000 to Reinhardt University for student scholarships. Each spring, 8

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the bank dedicates proceeds from an annual golf tournament at Woodmont Golf Club to A DAY, which helps to fund a grant program for Cherokee County students at the University. The bank has been donating to Reinhardt since its inception in 1988. “We are thrilled to be a financial partner with Reinhardt through our annual golf outings,” said Rick Kononen, First Cherokee State Bank president. “One of our missions as a community bank is to give back to the community and support local institutions, and we always enjoy following the careers and success of local Reinhardt graduates.” Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt’s president, says, “First Cherokee State Bank is committed to their home community. Their support of Reinhardt University over the years has enabled numerous ‘hometown’ students to pursue their dream of attending Reinhardt. We appreciate their support and their giving spirit.” Left to right: Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt president, and First Cherokee State Bank President Rick Kononen.

Miss Cherokee Rose

Mary Ashley Tucker, a Woodstock native, competed at the Miss Georgia Pageant as Miss Cherokee Rose in June. Mary Ashley, the daughter of John and Della Tucker, was crowned Miss Cherokee Rose, a preliminary pageant to Miss Georgia, in January where she was named the Overall Interview winner. At Miss Georgia, Mary Ashley won a Lifestyle and Fitness (swimsuit) Preliminary award and a Non-Finalist Interview award. She was also recognized as a recipient of the Duke of Edinburg Service award. Mary Ashley is a 2009 graduate of Woodstock High School, where she was voted Homecoming Queen, Class President for three years, and Student Government Vice President her senior 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. The 2013 Miss Cherokee Rose pageant will be held on October 13, 2012, at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock. Details on how to enter can be found at


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August The Park at City Center

(770) 517-6788 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock

August 7 29th NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Location: Park at City Center Information: 29th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. Co-sponsored by city of Woodstock Police Department and supported by Target. (770) 592-6000 ext. 1115

August 11 15th WOODSTOCK CONCERT SERIES Time: Location: Information: hosted by the

7:30 p.m. Park at City Center Musical group Lovin Spoonful, City of Woodstock.

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, (678) 494-4251 City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock

August 3 iTHINK IMPROVE TROUP Time: 9 p.m. Information: Enjoy the food, music and fun of Woodstock’s Friday Nite Live, then walk over to City Center for some family-friendly laughs with the iThink Improv Troupe. All seats $5 each.

TEEN ARTS NIGHT Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Information: Sponsored by Elm Street’s Teen Arts Guild (TAG). Bring your guitar, your karaoke CD, your poetry, your artwork, and short stories to share with other creative, arts minded teens. $5 cash at the door provides a slice of pizza and a soda at intermission. Ages 13 – 15 will need to have a parent sign them in and out.

August 10, 12, 17, 18, 19 NUNSENSE Time: Cost:

August 10, 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m. August 12 & 19, 2 p.m. $9 – 11 in advance online

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$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.

August 3 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE SUMMER OF LOVE Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Downtown Merchants will have activities going on at their stores celebrating the spirit of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival with Friday Night Live “Summer of Love,” Everyone be sure to wear your best hippie attire!!!

August 4 34th ANNUAL OLD SOLDIERS DAY RACE 10K, 5K Time: 7 a.m. Location: Alpharetta City Pool Wills Park Information: (678) 297-6160, email

60th OLD SOLDIERS DAY PARADE Time: 9:15 a.m. Information: The parade is just one way that our country’s war veterans are recognized for their service. A Memorial Service will begin on Main Street in front of Alpharetta City Hall at 9:15 a.m. – Alpharetta City Band, 10 a.m. program; 10:30 a.m. parade. Parade ends at the American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road for free food and activities.

CIRCUS FANTA Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Calling all underwater artists! Help create an underwater scene out of recycled materials. 11 & 11:30 a.m., 1 & 1:30 p.m.: All ages. Grab your goggles and dive right in as Captain Tater Tot and his zany sea creatures perform unbelievable circus acts. Noon: All ages. Come out and see all of the

entries for CNC’s first Recycled Animal Craft Contest.

August 11 ASO FREE CONCERT Time: 8 p.m. Location: Atlanta Symphony Hall Woodruff Arts Center Information: Guest conductor Jacomo Bairos of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will include the Overture of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. (404) 733-5000,

August 14 OPTIMAL HEALTH SEMINAR Time: 10 a.m. Location: Woodstock Recreation Bldg 7545 Main Street Information: Are you struggling with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other lifestyle related diseases? Find out why you are gaining weight and what you can do about it. Led by Dr. Craig Hoffman, M.D., and Linda Hoffman, health coach. (770) 345-4432

August 16, 21 VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND SEMINAR Time: 7 – 8 p.m. Location: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates 6478 Putnam Ford Drive Information: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC, is hosting complementary presentations, “Tired of Yo-Yo Dieting?” Learn about the virtual gastric band for weight loss as seen on Dr. Oz. The presentation is free but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to or by calling (678) 938-7274,

August 18 MAIN STREET SESSIONS Time: 1 p.m. Location: Historic Dean’s Store 8588 Main Street Information: Rob Kelly, Allatoona Gold Panners, will offer a presentation on the history of gold panning/mining in Cherokee County

On-Going MAIN STREET WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET and how you can gold pan as a hobby now in Cherokee County.

items half price on Saturday. (770) 926-4428 ext. 2898,



Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening Time: August 18, 10 a.m. Location: Rose Creek Library 4476 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock Composting & Vermiculture Time: August 28, 7 p.m. Location: Woodmont Golf Club 2105 Gaddis Road, Canton Information: Programs are free of charge, limited seating, registration is encouraged. (770) 479-0418, edtension/cherokee/


Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta Information: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples (formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club). Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! (678) 404-0034,


Information: “Shut Up & Drive,” directed by Associate Professor Jamie Bullins. This Theatre and Performance Studies faculty benefit reading will take place in the Stillwell Theater. All proceeds will support theatre student travel for study-abroad programs. (770) 423-6650,

Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Location: Roswell Square Information: Several businesses, service groups, faith-based organizations, and more will crank ice cream for you to sample at $5 per person or $20 per family (up to 6). Benefits Drake House of Roswell.



Time: Location: Information: consignment

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road Information: Cherokee Squares Square Dance Club is offering beginning classes. (770) 917-8251

August 24, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. August 25, 9 a.m. – noon First Baptist Church Woodstock 11905 Hwy 92 The Blessing Line Kids’ sale, over 200 sellers, many

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Farmers market will continue through October 27 at the public parking lot on Towne Lake Pkwy and Main Street. (770) 924-0406

CHEROKEE FRESH MARKET Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon Location: Cagle Family Farm, 362 Stinger Road, Canton will host local farmers market through Labor Day.

EXPRESS YOURSELF Time: 3rd Friday: 5:30 – 8 p.m. Location: Arts Alliance 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110 Cost: $25 per person Information: Create your own unique masterpiece, oil painting made easy. Enjoy coffee or wine, bring your own snacks. Call or email to register: (404) 509-8792, art@,

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP Time: 4th Tuesday at 3 – 4 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Ed Dept, Oakside Office Park 130-B Oakside Court, Canton Cost: Free Information: (678) 493-1503

WOODSTOCK BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE Information: Every 1st Saturday at 7 p.m. Held at the Woodstock Community Church, 237 Rope Mill Road. Tickets are $7, children 12 and under free. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Hunner Harkins was our winner for July’s contest corner. He will receive 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 13

SCHOOL & SPORTS CCS Awards Art Scholarships

The Creative Arts Scholar program of Cherokee Christian Schools (CCS) annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of CCS creative arts students. Students in grades 6 – 11 are eligible for a scholarship award, which will apply a designated amount toward the following year’s tuition for the selected student or students. Left: 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. Right: Junior Katherine Baker, pictured with CCS Director of Creative Arts Susan Gum, was awarded the Creative Arts Scholarship for Cherokee Christian High School.

RU Golf Tournament Raises Scholarship Funds

Reinhardt University (RU), a United Methodist-affiliated institution, hosted its 19th annual United Methodist Scholarship Golf Outing in May, 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 fulltime career in the ministry. The team of Leigh Ann Hunter (from left), The tournament Steve Crain, Taylor Turner and Bobby James welcomed 90 won the team award for “First Low Gross.” 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. The award for “First Low Net” went to the Dr. Ron Flowers, team of Rick Gillespie (from left), Todd golf tournament Smith, Wayne Monroe and John Stanford. 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. Players participate, year after year, partly because we provide a fun and competitive tournament,” said Flowers, “but more importantly because they want to support the students and the more on page University in some meaningful way!” 16 14 My Woodstock | august 2012


Private & Charter Schools Brenwood Academy

Holdheide Prep

(770) 704-4925

(770) 516-2292

Compass Prep Academy

The Kings Academy

(404) 643-9424

(770) 592-5464

Cherokee Charter Academy

Lyndon Academy

(678) 385-7322

(770) 926-0166

Cherokee Christian Schools

Northside Christian Academy

(678) 494-5464

(770) 334-0648

Public Schools Cherokee County School District: | (770) 479-1871 Elementary Schools Arnold Mill Elementary 710 Arnold Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 592-3510 Principal: Ms. Kerry Martin

Bascomb Elementary 1335 Wyngate Parkway Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-1091 Principal: Ms. Ruth Flowers

Boston Elementary 105 Othello Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 924-6260 Principal: Mr. Les Conley

Carmel Elementary 2275 Bascomb Carmel Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-1237 Principal: Dr. Keith Bryant

Chapman Intermediate 6500 Putnam Ford Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Ms. Susan McCarthy

Holly Springs Elementary 1965 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-5035 Principal: Dr. Dianne Steinbeck

Johnston Elementary 2031 East Cherokee Drive Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 928-2910 Principal: Ms. Kathleen Chandler

Little River Elementary 3170 Trickum Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 926-7566 Principal: Mr. Christian Kirby

Mountain Road Elementary 615 Mountain Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 664-9708 Principal: Ms. Tammy Sandell

Woodstock Elementary 230 Rope Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 926-6969 Principal: Dr. Christy Bowling

Etowah High

First Day of School

September 3

School Holiday

September 17 — 21

School Holiday

6565 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-4411 Principal: Mr. Keith Ball

Dean Rusk Middle 4695 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-2832 Principal: Dr. Adrian Thomason

Polaris Evening School 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-1662 Principal: Mr. Bob Hahn

E.T. Booth Middle 6550 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-5707 Principal: Ms. Dawn Weinbaum

River Ridge High 400 Arnold Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 591-8450 Principal: Mr. Darrell Herring

Mill Creek Middle 442 Arnold Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 924- 5489 Principal: Ms. Elaine Daniel

Sequoyah High

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

High Schools Crossroads High/Middle 3921 Holly Springs Parkway Holly Springs, GA 30142 (770) 345-2005 Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt

2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance August 1

Middle Schools

4485 Hickory Rd Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-1474 Principal: Mr. Elliott Berman

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

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545, Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect:

Reinhardt University

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East Cherokee Bulls Win Dizzy Dean 8Y State Championship

East Cherokee Bulls, who play out of Sequoyah Park in Canton and include members from Canton, Woodstock and Holly Springs, won the Dizzy Dean 8U Georgia A State Championship 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. East Cherokee topped the Oregon Park Sharks 13-5. The Bulls lost to the Oregon Park Sharks 16-4 before 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 AllStar program. Front row (left to right): 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. Back row: Assistant Coach Brennen Hicks, Head Coach David Foster, Assistant Coach Jon Helms and Assistant Coach Jay Ratner.

6U Hobgood Heat Win State Championship

Hobgood Baseball announced the 6U Hobgood Heat AllStar team as the Dizzy Dean State Champions. The Heat beat the 6U Acworth Orange 21-20 in extra innings in the championship game, which ended shortly before midnight on Tuesday, July 3. The Heat finished the 16-team tournament 5-1 and outscored their opponents 124--63 on their way to claiming the State Championship. Congratulations to the 6U Hobgood Heat for making a clean sweep of the District and State Championships before heading off to the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Miss., on July 13, where they entered the World Series with a 24-3 record and were a major contender to bring home the World Series Championship. The 6U Hobgood Heat team members include: Bryce Bessho, Nolan Bower, Tyler Gebhart, Carter Gilliam, Caleb Hughes, Brooks McKenna, Joe Nevle, Dalton Shakar, Matt Steadham, Logan Stradley, Jack Strickland, Jake Zehner, and Ethan Presier (Alternate). Coaching staff includes: Nick Bessho, head coach; Matt McKenna, assistant coach; Mark Nevle, assistant coach; Steve Shakar, assistant coach; and Dave Zehner, assistant coach. 16 My Woodstock | august 2012



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

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 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: 17

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7:30 p.m. Johns Creek HS TBD Harrison HS 7:30 p.m. @ Kell HS 7:30 p.m. @ Walton HS 7:30 p.m. @ Lassiter HS 7:30 p.m. Cherokee HS 7:30 p.m. Roswell HS 7:30 p.m. Etowah HS TBD @ Wheeler HS 7:30 p.m. @ Milton HS


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RIVER RIDGE high school

August 31 7:30 p.m. Sequoyah HS September 7 7:30 p.m. @ Creekview HS September 14 7:30 p.m. @ Ridgeland HS September 21 7:30 p.m. LaFayette HS September 28 7:30 p.m. Northwest Whitfield HS October 5 7:30 p.m. Cedartown HS October 19 7:30 p.m. @ Cass HS October 26 7:30 p.m. Gilmer HS November 2 7:30 p.m. @ Pickens HS


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Scrimmage @ Sequoyah

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August 24

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August 31 September 14 September 21 September 28 October 4 October 19 October 26 November 2 November 9

August 31 TBD Lambert September 7 TBD @ Pope September 21 TBD Wheeler September 28 7:30 p.m. @ Roswell October 5 7:30 p.m. Milton October 12 TBD Cherokee October 19 7:30 p.m. @ Woodstock October 26 7:30 p.m. @ Walton November 2 TBD Lassiter

7:30 p.m.

7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30

Etowah HS

p.m. @ River Ridge HS p.m. @ Cherokee HS p.m. Riverwood HS p.m. @ Sprayberry HS p.m. @ Creekview HS p.m. North Springs HS p.m. Forsyth Central HS p.m. @ Northview HS p.m. Cambridge HS

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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.

Wise Websites Visit these sites for healthy lunch ideas, study tips, medical check-ups and more! 20 My Woodstock | august 2012

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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 22 My Woodstock | 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 23

8688 Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188 | (770) 924-0406 |

A GIFT Of A Lifetime

by Billy Peppers

As people look back on their lives, there are certain moments that bring back more memories than others. The birth of a child, graduations, first steps, and most assuredly weddings are just such events that flood the mind with images of what people wore, how they felt, the time of day, the weather outside, the surrounding cast. Main Street Woodstock and The Bridal Exchange want to make sure that one lucky couple has the memory of a lifetime before the end of this year. Merchants in downtown Woodstock are partnering together with sponsors to give away a free wedding to a deserving couple the first Sunday in December, complete with a venue for the wedding and reception, food, flowers, clothing, photos and all those little details that make a wedding one of the supreme memories for a loving couple. The idea behind the give-away was to showcase the breadth of businesses in the community and how locals can pool them together for a lavish event. Reality shows flood television of brides choosing the right dress, leaving the decorating to professionals, being surprised with makeovers, etc. Why not have that same experience a little closer to home? Couples wishing to win a free wedding have to fill out an application (available online at or

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for pick-up at Dean’s Store or The Bridal Exchange in downtown Woodstock) and submit the application to The Bridal Exchange. The application includes background information about the couple, as well as a short essay on why they are deserving of a free wedding. A committee will cull through the applications and narrow them down to a group of finalists. The finalists will have their stories shared through local media and online, with an online vote to pick the winners. The only rules are that the bride and groom agree to marry on Sunday, December 2, 2012, and that they agree to allow a group of professionals handle every detail. The public will be able to keep up with the wedding and all of the planning via the website, including pictures, video, and behind the scenes of the special day. As for the winning couple, they’ll be able to look forward to the wedding of a lifetime as a Christmas gift from downtown Woodstock that includes both the wedding and reception, bridal tea, rehearsal dinner, bachelor and bachelorette parties, flowers, food, photos, invitations, a destination honeymoon, styling and fitness, and a host of other gifts. For more information, please call Billy Peppers at (770) 592-6056 or call The Bridal Exchange at (770) 675-7354. 25


Woodstock | Rose Creek | Hickory Flat | R.T. Jones

AugustEvents Tail Waggin’ Tutors and READing Paws

Story Times have changed back to their normal school year times. Tuesday Rose Creek — Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones — Family Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Hickory Flat — August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 4:30 p.m. R.T. Jones — August 6, 20 at 4:30 p.m. These programs encourage children to read by providing a nonjudgmental listener and furry friend to read to. She won’t laugh if you make a mistake or stumble over a word. Children learn to associate reading with being with the dog, and begin to view it in

Wednesday Woodstock — Lapsit Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. R.T. Jones — Lapsit Story Time, 10:30 a.m.

a positive way. It enhances their confidence and reading ability.

Thursday Woodstock — Family Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Hickory Flat — Family Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

minutes. Children are asked to select their own reading material

Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by calling the corresponding library. Sessions are 10 to 15 before their scheduled time.

Friends Book Sale

Sequoyah Regional Library System

Hickory Flat — August 16, 17, 18 Join Hickory Flat Friends of the Library for their annual Book Sale

Woodstock — 7735 Main Street, (770) 926-5859

for a chance to find some great deals on gently used books. All

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

proceeds benefit the library. The preview night, August 16 at 4

Rose Creek — 4476 Towne Lake Pkwy, (770) 591-1491 M,T,W: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Th: 12 – 8 p.m. | Fri: 1 – 5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sun: CLOSED

Hickory Flat — 2740 E. Cherokee Drive (770) 345-7565 M,T & Th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Wed: 12 – 8 p.m. | Fri: 1 – 5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sun: CLOSED

R.T. Jones — 116 Brown Industrial Parkway, (770) 479-3090 M: 12 – 8 p.m. | T, W, Th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Fri: 1 – 5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sun: CLOSED

p.m., is for Friends members only, though new members may join at the door. August 17 and 18 sale begins at 10 a.m.

Master Gardeners: Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening Rose Creek — August 18 at 10 a.m. What to plant, when to plant it, and how to care for a bountiful tasty harvest. Master Gardener programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register, call the Extension office, (770) 4790418, email:, cherokee/

Lego Club Woodstock — August 19 at 3 p.m. 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.

For more information on these events, please visit 26 My Woodstock | august 2012

by Jim Fidanza Rhonda and I began our journey to own our Primrose School when Rhonda became Director at the Primrose School at Sixes Road. She followed that appointment by assuming the position of Corporate Partner/Franchise Owner of the Primrose School at Bentwater in Acworth, which is also the corporate training school. In 2009, I accepted a position with Primrose Schools Franchise Company as an independent consultant. These assignments provided us insight in to what was most important to families and reinforced the need for early childhood education. As parents of three adult children, grandparents to four (and another expected next year), we understand the unique way young children interact with the world and the importance of providing a solid foundation for their future. Our oldest grandchildren are rising 3rd graders who completed the preschool program at Primrose; their experience and subsequent success in school further convinced us that we had found something we could be passionate about. We believe you prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child. As residents of the northern suburbs for more than 20 years, we were drawn to Woodstock for the family environment, its unique downtown area and its proximity to our family. Primrose at Mountain Brook opened in June of 2009 and in 2011 it was named the Readers’ Choice for early childhood schools. In January 2012, the former owner returned to Tampa, Florida, and we took ownership. We were immediately welcomed by the Mountain Brook families which confirmed our belief that Woodstock was the perfect

place to begin our dream of running our own Primrose School. The families have supported our changes to the menu, the staff additions, as well as the numerous improvements we have made to the school. We have joined Main Street Woodstock Association to ensure we have the opportunity to be active participants in local events and activities. This year, our summer camp field trips included the Elm Street Theatre, JJ Biello Park, Cherokee Lanes and many of the other great activities in and around Woodstock and Cherokee County! Primrose Company was founded here in Atlanta and is celebrating their 30th year in early childhood education to positively impact children and their families and give them the best possible start to their education. We provide educational curriculum and care for infants as young as 6 weeks, including our youngest grandson, Luca. Our Toddlers, Early Preschool and Preschool classes will be expanding this fall to accommodate our increased enrollment. We also take great satisfaction in welcoming our rising Private PreKindergarten students who are transitioning from Preschool this new school year. After our students graduate from our private Pre-Kindergarten program, they can continue with our after-school Explorers Program. Transportation is provided for Little River, Arnold Mill and Cherokee Christian schools. We would like to thank everyone who cheered us on at the Fourth of July parade through downtown Woodstock. It was a great day and brought back memories of celebrating this wonderful holiday with our children when they were young! 27

Health consequences Of Obesity

by Dr. Jeff Donohue 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 and Dr. Jeff Donohue is the National is obtained by dividing weight Medical Director of NexSlim (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. 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. 28 My Woodstock | august 2012

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, be 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 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. continued on page 62 29

THE WATERFALL BRAID CLEANING with Gemma 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 30 My Woodstock | august 2012

Pantry Cleaning

by Gemma Beylouny Now that the children are back to school, our schedule returns to normal again. I don’t know about you, but I am into routine. Especially when you have children, everything needs to be in order. So, as soon as the Gemma Beylouny is the owner of Rejoice children are back to school, Maids Service. She lives in Woodstock I start my inventory tasks. with her husband, George, and their These are the chores that children. You may contact her at (678) 905-3476,, I do not have the time to or visit tackle when my children are home. Like my pantry. When school is out, I tend to load up the pantry. Most of the time I buy varieties of cereals, cookies and snacks to make sure my kids are not wailing, “I’m starving — there is no food in the house!” Yes, that is one of my children’s favorite sentences. That and, “I’m bored!” — two words that make me cringe. But that’s another story. Back to cleaning. When time permits, I like to clean my pantry. Having a clean and organized pantry adds to the beauty of the kitchen and makes finding foods easier. Also, by cleaning, I’m able to see the items that have been inside my pantry for who knows how long. But before I start cleaning, I make sure I have all my cleaning tools ready: garbage bag, vacuum, cleaning towels and bucket with warm water for mopping. Inside my pantry I find all sorts of empty boxes, canned foods, snacks, stale cereals, half-eaten cookies, etc. Most of the time, I find a lot of empty boxes because my kids can’t seem to find the garbage can in the kitchen or they have no energy to toss the boxes. Why? I have no idea. From the top of the shelves, I take out my pantry’s contents one shelf at a time. By doing this I am able to see all of the items on each shelf. The ones that are nearing expiration, I place in the center; the expired, I toss in the garbage. The empty boxes are tossed in the garbage or recycle bin. I wipe clean the canned foods and bottles before arranging them like the ones in the grocery aisles. It is easier to find what I need when items are organized by dates and/or shape. Last, the floors. This area gets really dirty and sticky. It requires sweeping and mopping. Also, a vacuum tool around the corners to remove food crumbs and dust. Make sure to continued on page 62

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 homeowners see 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 keep it off until having the system repaired. The unit often times cools again if it is turned back on, then freezes 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 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 1 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 towels to keep it from running down in the furnace and drain continued on page 62 31


Dr. Keith West, MD, FACS: Putting Patients First

by Michelle Martin dvances in medical technology have dramatically changed the landscape of plastic surgery over the past decade, but Dr. Keith West of Marietta Plastic Surgery says the everevolving technology is what he enjoys most. “When I was in medical school, Emory University School of Medicine was on the forefront of plastic surgery, especially breast reconstruction and microsurgery. It was fun and fascinating to me,” he says. “Plastic surgery is just as exciting today, because technology is evolving at a much more rapid pace than 20 years ago.” Dr. West is one of five highly skilled, well-trained, and accomplished surgeons at Marietta Plastic Surgery — along with Drs. Michael McNeel, Keith Hanna, Thaddeus Fabian and John Symbas. Considered one of Atlanta’s premier

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providers of plastic surgery, Marietta Plastic Surgery maintains two offices to conveniently serve patients in Metro Atlanta and Cherokee County. Marietta Plastic Surgery’s main office is just blocks from Kennestone Hospital, while the Woodstock office is conveniently located between historic Main Street and I-575. Both locations offer full-service plastic surgery such as body contouring (abdominoplasty, liposuction, arm and body lift, and breast augmentation), non-surgical procedures (Botox injections and dermal fillers), and aesthetic treatments (skin peels, facials and microdermabrasion), for example. In addition, the Marietta office also features a fully equipped surgical center accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.

within a few weeks, with According to Dr. West, maximum results in one of the biggest two to four months.” changes in plastic The results from surgery in recent CoolSculpting are years is an expected to be increase in long-term with minimally and proper diet and non-invasive exercise, and Dr. procedures. West says patients “More and may choose to more, new have more than technologies one treatment to are offering maximize their patients significant results. improvements — but with Dr. Keith West, MD, FACS*†, While the influx of little or no Dr. Thaddeus Fabian, MD, FACS*†, new technologies surgery, minimal Dr. John Symbas, MD, in plastic surgery incisions, and a Dr. Michael McNeel, MD, FACS*†, gives patients more short recovery.” Dr. Keith Hanna, MD, FACS*† options, Dr. West He says patients says individual technologies must be are finding natural-looking results from carefully evaluated to determine facial injections and fillers, for example, which procedures are truly most that can be refreshed periodically. effective and beneficial to patients. Opting for these kinds of procedures “Advancements mean we can offer earlier, more often can buy patients patients a full spectrum of services. more time and improve their appearance We present our patients with as until they are ready for surgery. many options as possible based on their individual desired results. One of the newest advancements in We spend time with our patients, plastic surgery being offered at Marietta making sure they understand Plastic Surgery is Cryolipolysis, also exactly what the procedure known as CoolSculpting. As Dr. West involves, realistic expectations, and explains, the procedure uses a machine the recovery process.” to essentially freeze excess fat cells in a targeted area. Excess fat cells gradually The physicians at Marietta die off, causing the remaining fat cells Plastic Surgery are dedicated to to condense and reduce the fat layer. their patients — always making Recently cleared by the Federal Drug themselves available to assist patients Administration, the procedure involves throughout the different stages of no needles, surgery, or downtime. treatment. As advocates for their “CoolSculpting is a good option for patients, the doctors carefully patients who are within 20-30 pounds review the newest advances in of their ideal body weight,” he says, plastic surgery to ensure these noting that the procedure is not a procedures deliver on what they replacement for liposuction in patients promise, never offering something wanting more significant fat reduction. that hasn’t been proven. They want “Usually, patients will see improvement

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to help their patients avoid spending time and money on procedures that may not give them the long-term results they desire. “We get most of our new referrals from existing patients and have many patients return for different procedures, so we think we’re doing a good job. But, we’re always looking for ways we can improve the patient experience.”

Marietta Plastic Surgery provides full-service elective and reconstructive plastic surgery, including but not limited to the following popular procedures and services: Facelift Eyelid Surgery Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Breast Augmentation / Lift Drainless Tummy Tuck Liposuction CoolSculpting® Body Contouring BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, and Sculptra Laser Skin Treatments Aesthetic Treatments (Skin Peels, Facials, Microdermabrasion)

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Preparing Your Child For A Dental Visit

by Vishant Nath, DMD It may be your child’s first dental visit. Or maybe it’s their tenth visit. Your child may be quite nervous, or maybe they are actually excited to go see the dentist. No matter what your situation is, there are several things that you can do prior to the dental visit to help your child to have a great experience.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may contact him at (678) 352-1090 or visit

Perhaps the most important thing to do (or not do, actually) is this: do not project any negative feelings or experiences you might have had regarding dental visits onto your child. Not only should you keep any of your negative experiences to yourself, you should be a good role model for your child’s oral care overall. Does your child see you brush and floss regularly? Chances are, if they see this being a regular part of your routine, they will understand that it needs to be a part of their routine as well. If your child is very young (toddler age and younger) and it is their first dental visit, explain that the dentist will be looking in their mouth to count their teeth. Depending on their age, a dental cleaning may not be performed, but these early visits are vitally important in allowing your child to develop a relationship with their dentist. This relationship will be a key part of your child developing great oral health care for life. For most pediatric dental offices, the office website will have photos or a virtual tour that you can show your child. Seeing a fun-looking environment may help to alleviate some of their nervousness. You may also be able to show them photos of the dentist and other staff members. It is most important that your child realizes that everyone involved in the dental visit wants to help them and make it a great experience. Should your child require more than just a dental cleaning (i.e. dental treatment for cavities), the dentist and staff will have ways to explain this to your cchild so it is easy for them to understand. If you have confidence and trust in your child’s dentist, your child will feel more comfortable as well. As a parent, your job is to reach that level of trust and comfort. Ask as many questions as you need in order to achieve achieve that trust. Even though it is your child’s dental visit, your participation in this process is very important. Playing an active role before, during, and after the appointment can greatly enhance your child’s oral health care. 39

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 40 My Woodstock | 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

Consciousness in Nutrition and Exercise

by Jeff Sousa Most people understand that both exercise and nutrition are key components to good health. Unfortunately, in making changes to improve health, many people often wander aimlessly through the large variety of choices with Jeff Sousa is a yoga teacher at just as much confusion and Ember Yoga in downtown Woodstock. discontent that they suffer in their unhealthy behaviors. That is not a coincidence. There are millions of dollars spent each year advertising the latest must-have in exercise, or the latest diet craze. The marketing plays on the same psychology that pretends that there is a magic bullet that will bring us health and happiness. It creates a noise that keeps us lost and moving in circles without direction, always looking for what’s next.

When we allow ourselves to be turned around and around like that, what we are missing is consciousness. A diet is not something you do to lose weight; a diet is the healthy food choices you eat normally and that make you feel great, energetic and alive. Exercise is not a chore that needs to be endured or supplemented by some innovative time-saving contraption; it is a pleasurable expression of self-love. We are not able to love others or be a positive force in our communities unless we love ourselves — and that starts with taking care of our physical and mental health. In being conscious of the choices that we make about exercise and nutrition, and not allowing the noise to supplement that consciousness in search of the quick fix, we start to make real progress. We break away from the inertia that surrounds the revolving door of exercise routines and diet strategies. We gain direction and the power to move toward the best version of our self. In yoga classes, we often start by taking a few minutes to center ourselves and to understand what brings us to the mat. It is an individual thing, never a one size fits all, but it is a practice in being conscious and aware. We tune into our breathing, something that we all do in the background thousands of times each day. However, in mindfully bringing the focus to the breath and learning how to properly control the breath continued on page 62 41


by Jordana Heaven, MD, Shannon Dobson, CPNP, Adriana Rzeznik, MD, Frini Shah, MD, Beverly Acker, MD Some kids prefer to eat the school lunch and some kids do not. Packing a healthy lunch every day and keeping it interesting can be a challenge. Some kids may be happy eating peanut butter and jelly and apple slices EVERY day Jordana Heaven, Shannon Dobson, . . . but most get bored with Adriana Rzeznik, Frini Shah and that. How do we keep it Beverly Acker are all board-certified healthy and interesting AND providers with Woodstock Pediatric Medicine. To contact them, please have something that they will call (770) 517-0250 actually eat and not toss in the trash? Sometimes you have to think outside the lunch box. Think about the nutritional content. What do we want in a lunch? Preferably a good protein, a fruit and/or vegetable, some kind of whole grain carbohydrate, and maybe a treat will round out a good lunch. Does your kid like to dip? Some kids will eat anything they can dip in ranch dressing, ketchup or peanut butter. Apple slices (fruit) and peanut butter (protein) — done. “But my kids won’t eat apples when they turn brown,” you say? Squeeze on a little lemon juice and they will not do that quite so fast. Add a frozen Gogurt (it will thaw by lunch time) and a whole grain banana nut muffin — does not look like the traditional lunch, but it covers everything that they need to finish the school day. Ranch dressing and any kind of vegetable that your child will eat, cheese sticks for your protein (they have more than we think they do and kids love them) and a fruit cup and maybe a few crackers to go with the cheese are also healthy choices. Ham and cheese roll-ups that they can dip in ranch dressing also work well for this crowd. Ask your child what they want, let them participate in the buying and packing of their lunch. It may sound yuck to you, but if they will eat it and it is nutritious then everyone wins. Try to keep the drink something non-sugared like plain milk or water. Kids like the water packets and they make some in “kid size” portions. These may go over better in the first month or two of the school year when it is so hot. Invest in some good storage containers and more than one lunch box or thermal lunch sack. We all know it will get left on the bus or in the desk. Cute containers that they like will make it more fun for them and therefore, they will be more cooperative with the whole process. Label them well with a continued on page 62 42 My Woodstock | august 2012

BACKAndTOBraces SCHOOL by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS We all want the best for our children. To provide our kids with the advantages we didn’t have is every parent’s dream! Achieving the dream can be difficult and even a little overwhelming. There are so many things to consider: time Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in constraints, budget concerns orthodontics and owner of Kincaid and who to trust, just to name Orthodontics in Woodstock and a few. All of our endeavors Roswell. Visit his Website at as parents are undertaken in order to raise healthy, happy and confident children who will thrive and contribute to our community. Orthodontics can be an integral piece to this puzzle. In some respects, getting braces has become a right of passage. For children (and adults) who need braces, it can make a tremendous difference in their outlook on life. When a person, who does not feel good about his or her smile, is able to have orthodontic treatment and become comfortable and confident, it is a life-changing experience! Being able to give a person confidence and self-esteem is the most fulfilling and satisfactory part of our job. We love what we do! We want everyone to experience the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with having a great smile and the confidence to show

the world. Nothing warms a room, a relationship or changes attitudes like a great smile! The great news is that getting braces has become so comfortable, convenient and affordable that virtually everyone can now afford to give the wonderful gift of a great smile to their children (or themselves!). The days of having to see the orthodontist every month, painful bands and separators, headgear and high down payments are in the past! Modern technology, modern convenience and modern financing make braces more attractive and affordable now than ever before. In the past, people were told to wait until all the baby teeth are gone and then wait for their dentist to refer them to the orthodontist. These days, however, it is a whole different ballgame. Advances in technology have made it possible to identify and address problems before they turn into a “train wreck” necessitating the removal of adult teeth. If your child sees the orthodontist at age 7 (or at least before age 10) the options and tools available for optimum treatment are greatly increased. In the vast majority of cases, no treatment will be necessary on young children; the orthodontist will only monitor their growth and development and then intercede at exactly the right time if necessary. Sometimes having an orthodontist monitor your child from an early age and addressing minor issues such as mouth breathing or tongue thrust through non-orthodontic means can help avoid situations becoming worse over time and even avoid the “need” for braces all together! The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening by age 7, so do yourself and your child a favor and call an orthodontist to set up an appointment. A dental referral is not necessary to set up a time to see the orthodontist. 43

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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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! 45

EVERYTHING In Moderation

First in a series of “Diabetes, Sugar and Exercise” by Cathy Wendland-Colby, DC The dog days of summer are here; the temperatures are rising and the humidity will stay high through midSeptember. After all these years that I’ve been living in Georgia, I still can’t get used to school starting in the middle of the summer.

Dr. Wendland-Colby is a chiropractor in private practice with her husband at Colby Family Chiropractic on Highway 92 in Woodstock, specializing in sports and family care. She can be reached at (770) 592-1915 or

As the kiddies head back to school, lunch boxes and vending machines replace the kitchen and patio tables. Are you sending them off with a nutritious breakfast and a well-balanced lunch? Do you know what your children are eating while they are at school? Or visiting a friend’s house? How nutritious are your meals? Are you the type that waits for the kids to go to bed so you can rummage through the sweets hidden in the pantry? Do you have a few pieces and feel satisfied, or do you avoid sweets altogether? We’ve all heard the saying, “Everything in moderation,” and it holds true for sweets. I find that when people deprive themselves of sweets, it makes them crave them to the point of gorging themselves. It is okay to indulge yourself every now and then. Just be careful not to overindulge. There is this old myth that has fooled some people into believing that eating sweets will cause diabetes. Some people have actually asked me if just eating a little sugar here and there can cause diabetes. If you’ve ever seen a commercial for any of the sugar substitutes, you know they try to convince you that sugar is a terrible thing. But is it? Sugar is a natural food source. Sugar alone does not cause diabetes. Your body does not have a reaction to sugar that causes diabetes. Eating too much sugar does not prevent your body from producing insulin. So what does cause diabetes? Being overweight is the number one cause. Let’s talk about Type II Diabetes Mellitus, which, until recent years, was commonly known as Adult-Onset Diabetes. Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more children develop Type II Diabetes, so we are seeing less use of the term continued on page 62 46 My Woodstock | august 2012

living With Fibromyalgia by Dr. Monika Yadav

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 boardmental spirit, despite the certified physician in Internal Medicine prognosis, fare much better who practices at 684 Sixes Road on so many levels in the long in Holly Springs at Prestige Primary Care ( For run. One particular category appointments, call (678) 494-9669. of sufferers who utilize the aforementioned philosophy with maximum effort is those who live with Fibromyalgia. 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. 47


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 48 My Woodstock | 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. 49

BRANCH Boutique by Jodi Tiberio

At Branch Boutique, inspiring Jodi Tiberio is the owner of Branch people to feel good about and Threads. She can be reached at themselves is what we love to do. Every day we help women choose unique tops and dresses, cool jeans and shoes with fun accessories to complete the look. It is always fun for us to help someone “Branch Out” and try a new look. To show our appreciation for the time and effort put forth by our dedicated teachers, Branch Boutique started a teacher restyle program. By partnering with our friends at A New Creation Salon and Price Permanent Cosmetics, we were able to create an amazing experience for the teachers that were selected by their peers. Our first “victim,” Virginia Richards of Chapman Intermediate, Virginia Richards of Chapman went through a wonderful Intermediate and Jodi Tiberio transformation that made her sister cry and left her friends and fellow teachers with their mouths ajar. She received several new outfits courtesy of Branch Boutique, a gorgeous new hairstyle from A New Creation Salon and a facial and fabulous make-up from Price Permanent Cosmetics. All of us enjoyed working with such a deserving person because we understand the impact teachers have on students’ lives. They are not just teachers and mentors but role models that inspire students to achieve greater things. Designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “What is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” Many women need help defining or redefining their style and then selecting appropriate pieces to round out their wardrobe. That’s where we come in. We try to truly understand the customer’s needs and help them mix and match pieces that will have the most impact. We also keep our prices very low so you can expand your wardrobe without busting your budget. Branch Boutique would like to expand our restyle program to the readers of My Woodstock Monthly. If you know a deserving person in need of a makeover, send us an e-mail. We will select one person per month to receive a new outfit courtesy of Branch Boutique. 50 My Woodstock | august 2012 51

CITY ON A HILL United Methodist Church (COAH) was started in August of 2006 with a group of 35 adults. Today it seems to be growing almost every weekend with approximately 525 men, women and children calling it their church home. They are a church that prides itself in experiential and thoughtful worship, local missions that touch the heart and expressions of faith that are genuine. They are outwardly focused on helping and serving others and inwardly, they are committed to discipleship as well as decisions for Christ. The name of the church comes from something Jesus said when describing his followers (Matthew 5:13-16); they want to make a difference anyone can see. They are committed to feeding the hungry; befriending the lonely; visiting those sick and in prison; caring for the poor and down-and-out; and inviting those who feel lost and showing them a way home in Jesus. Have questions or doubts about faith or organized religion? Never been involved in a church before, or at least as an adult? Ready to get serious about faith, really learn about Jesus and contribute to making a difference yourself? You are certainly welcome at CITY ON A HILL UMC!

CITY ON A HILL 7745 Main Street, Woodstock

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So many people in our community are looking for a church, but don’t know where to start. I was in the same boat. Knowing the Lead Pastor previously, I decided to give COAH a try. The people at COAH are some of the most friendly I’ve met. I attend worship on Saturday nights — it’s been fun! I’ve not always felt that way about church. The Bible studies I’ve been a part of and especially the ongoing missions this church does, like the Single Mother’s Gas Giveaway, have given me ‘lifetime’ friends in only a short time. It’s been an awesome experience. If you are like I was, and looking for a church where you will fit in and can meet lots of cool people, give CITY ON A HILL a try. I live in Marietta, but driving the extra miles every time I go to worship or Bible Study or to serve is a small price to pay for the experiences of a lifetime.” — Sutton Mehaffey, regular attendee

As a ‘12 Sequoyah High School graduate, employee, daughter, sister and friend, life has been flying by lately; the chaos is never ending. But because of my new church home I found a peace. CITY ON A HILL has truly been the arms of Christ to me. The sense of community and love is overwhelming (but in a good way!); I have never felt more at home.” — Stephanie Dillion, member

Being married, in your late 20s/early 30s and childless, puts you in a unique group when it comes to finding a church. In many, with programming revolving around kids’ groups, you simply don’t fit-in, but also clearly you are too old for the various youth & young adult ministries offered. For my husband and me, that led us to “church shop” for years! Then one day we walked into CITY ON A HILL. From the first ‘wave’ in the parking lot, to the hands reaching out at the door, to the genuine warmth provided by their hospitality, COAH has sought to actually SEE us (with or without children). This is a church that understands the large spectrum of the community and wants to reach all. As a blogger at Our Marriage Adventure I have posed the question to my readers of what they want/need in a church as part of my journey to find a church home. Time and again the response has been quite simply a welcoming church with leaders that seek to know the members and serve the

needs of ALL persons. I believe CITY ON A HILL does that and more, from its outreach events in the community, to its understanding of working single parents, to its prayer team, small groups and care ministry, COAH is a church designed to meet the actual needs of this community.” — Stephanie Lee, recent visitor, now regular attendee

When my husband and I first moved to Cherokee County in the spring of 2007, we were recently married and looking for a church home. We both grew up in large churches, so a start-up church was something new to us. On our first visit, we immediately felt welcomed. Chris, the Lead Pastor, even came over to introduce himself and sent us a personal letter the next week inviting us to join a small group he and his wife were forming for young married couples. We had the same thought: ‘I don’t think we need to try any other churches.’ In addition to the casual, hospitable atmosphere we encountered, we were also drawn to the core values – authenticity, transformation, mission, human worth, commitment. We felt connected to their purpose, mission and vision. Having both previously served on several local and international missions, we admired COAH’s devotion to serving those around them. We recognized that this church would accept us as we were, yet continually challenge us to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Since that initial visit, we have become members, lead small groups, served in the nursery, and been honored to serve as co-lay leaders (non-clergy spiritual leaders). As our lives have moved into a new phase with an almost one-year-old son, our interests and priorities have shifted, too. I am looking forward to joining the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in the fall, my husband has joined a new men’s accountability group, and we really enjoy the new worship experience on Saturday nights. We are so thankful for a growing and thriving church family that seeks to change the world, one loving act at a time!” — Megan Kaufman, COAH Co-Lay Leader

COAH began as dream; and, through the inspired efforts of a few dedicated and focused Christians, has become a beacon of hope in our community. By addressing every topic from traditional Biblical teachings to difficult, contemporary issues, Rev. Bryant and the leadership of COAH continually connect. Even the most casual visitor will experience a vivid impression of God’s work and not just throughout this community but within each of us.” — Bob Pahl, longtime financial supporter 53


by Herb Sims

Faith is simple and miraculous. Faith is evidence of a miracle. This is not what I learned as a child. I understood as a child that all I needed to do was to believe. I would lie awake at night and wonder if I believed enough. Herb Sims is the pastor of Gracelife In my prayers I would be very Church. You may contact him at close to chanting — “I believe (404) 509-3397. . . . I believe. . . I believe. . .” You get the idea. I never knew if my belief was enough. I was afraid. And this fear is what has been behind all of the insanely bad choices of my life. I am not sure if my insecurity was the result of the message I heard in the small church I grew up in or the fruit of a wisdom found in this world. My basic understanding was that belief (faith) was up to me. I didn’t have to do anything to be “safe” except believe — have faith. Most of the religions of the world are known as “Faiths.” Where do you suppose that came from? You don’t think love is the founding premise, do you? Fear is the driving force behind religion, whatever name it may be under, even much of what we know as Christianity. The motivation of fear keeps the followers “devoted.” They continually put forth effort to follow the instructions of the religion because to not be found devoted or faithful or believing followers is to bring punishment and/ or loss of reward as the result. So, the followers of religion must believe because it is required of them or else. But this effort to remain devoted, this effort to prove to ourselves and to God that we believe, keeps us in bondage and also very tired and very afraid so we learn to hide from everything that is good. This belief or faith or devotion that we have been deceived into thinking that we generate has nothing to do with the miracle of Jesus Christ. As a pastor over the years it has been very tempting to use fear to motivate people. I don’t want to see families break apart, people I love destroyed by addiction or children continued to be hurt by generational dysfunction. I want to put the fear of God in them, but really what the deceiver is whispering in my ear is to put the fear of Herb in them. So I tried and found out it doesn’t work. What they need is a miracle. They need the miracle of love that meets them where they are and draws them away from destruction. They need the same miraculous love that came to me in the midst of my fear. continued on page 62 54 My Woodstock | august 2012 55



Calvary Baptist 137 Hightower Road, (770) 887-6982 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Cherokee Baptist Church 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, (770) 720-3399 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Community Baptist Church 152 Rolling Hills Ave., Canton Sunday Service: 1:30 p.m.

Cross Roads Community Church 2317 Bascomb Carmel Road, (770) 592-7007 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church

Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA

2941 Sam Nelson Road, (770) 479-8923 Sunday Services: 8, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. (Español)

1498 Johnson Brady Road, (770) 704-9594 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

St. Michael the Archangel

Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA)

490 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 516-0009 Sunday Services: 7:30, 9, 11 a.m., 12:45, 2:30 p.m. (Español)

Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, (770) 977-1442 Sunday Services: 8, 10 a.m., 12, 2 (Español) & 6 p.m.

Christ The Redeemer 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, (404) 395-5003

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

Faith Community Church 659 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 516-1996 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Mt. Olive Baptist Church 131 Mill Street, (770) 928-1334

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

Mountain View Baptist Church 8991 E. Cherokee Drive, (770) 880-0871 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

New Home Baptist Church Conner of Hwy. 92 & Wiley Bridge Rd. Woodstock

New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-8448 Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m.

South Cherokee Baptist Church 7504 Highway 92, (770) 926-0422

Stonecrest Baptist Church 485 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-8820 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Episcopal Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-7916 Sunday Services: 8:30, 10 a.m.

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

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Ste. 120 (678) 460-7702

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

Tikvah l’Chaim - Hope for Life Messianic Congregation 4206 North Arnold Mill Road, (678) 936-4125 Shabbat Service: 11 a.m. Call for Details Concerning High Holy Days

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

Timothy Lutheran Church, LC-MS 556 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 928-2812

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

Welcome All Baptist Church 545 Stell Road, (770) 928-0555

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Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s Smith L. Johnson South Annex Complex in Woodstock 7545 Main Street, Building 200 (770) 926-1196, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Rd Northwest, Acworth (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 8:45, 11:10 a.m.

Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church 471 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 833-3797 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

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

Methodist Bascomb United Methodist Church 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, (770) 926-9755 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Big Springs United Methodist Church 2066 Sugar Pike Road, (770) 475-1796 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

CITY ON A HILL 7745 Main Street, (678) 445-3480 Saturday Service: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

Hickory Flat UMC 4056 East Cherokee Dr., 770-345-5969 Sunday Service: 9:20 a.m.

Hillside United Methodist Chruch 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 924-4777 Sunday Services: 8:25, 9:25 & 11 a.m.

Liberty Hill Church At The Mill, 141 Railroad St., Canton (678) 493-8920 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Little River United Methodist Church

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 E. Cherokee Dr., (770) 485-0504 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

12455 Highway 92, (770) 926-2495 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Mount Gilead United Methodist Church 889 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0837 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m.

Mountain View United Methodist Church

Covenant of Peace Ministries

Revolution Church

2300 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-0050 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

604 Industrial Court, (770) 821-8972 Sunday Service: 12 p.m.

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

Dayspring Church

Sunnyside Church of God

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

2510 E. Cherokee Drive, (770) 693-1018 Sunday Service: 11:15 a.m.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Towne Lake Community Church

Woodstock United Methodist Church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 516-0371 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-6348 Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m.

Allpoints Community Church 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, (678) 493-3430 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Church

132 N. Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Watermarke Church

507 Industrial Drive, (770) 928-7478 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton, (678) 880-9092 Sunday Services: 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Grace Life Church

Woodstock Christian Church

655 Molly Lane, Suite 140,(404) 509-3397 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Greater Bethel Community Church

Woodstock Church of Christ

211 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 592-9900

5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Hickory Flat Church of God

219 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8838 Servico En Espanol Domingo, (770) 926-8271 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

947 Bailey Road, (678) 691-9165 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene

BridgePointe Church

His Hands Church

Branches of Christ

Meeting at Woodstock High School Auditorium 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, (770) 517-2977 Sunday Service: 9 & 11 a.m.

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161

Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, (678) 494-2193 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, (770) 516-5918 Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Woodstock Ward, (770) 928-5641 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Cherokee Branch (Spanish), (678) 445-4873 Sunday Service: 2:15 a.m.

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

Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Covenant Christian Center Worship Annex 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Drive, (770) 345-0307 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

550 Molly Lane, (770) 405-2500 Party on Sunday: 10 a.m.

The Lighthouse Church 18271 Union Hill Road, (770) 664-3644

874 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 776-9296 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road Acworth, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130 (678) 384-4919 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Morning Star Church 1006 Owens Store Road, Canton (678) 794-7486 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Mt. Paran North Canton Campus Meets at Sequoyah High School 4485 Hickory Rd., (678) 285-3288 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Northern Hills Church of Christ 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130 (678) 384-4919 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400 (770) 591-0040 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. 57


Business Organizations

Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes

American Business Women’s Association

Contact: Bill Queen, (404) 441-3508, Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Companion Animal Connection

Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Lori Matthewson, (770) 720-6274

Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club Contact:

Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224

Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website:

Feed My Lambs, Inc.

Cherokee Area Business Connection

Contact: (770) 795-9349 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Genesis Adoptions

Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687

Cherokee B2B Network Meeting: Second and Fourth Thursday at Best Western, 705 Transit Avenue, Canton Contact: Linda Lullie, (770) 781-3452 Website:

Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Contact:

Every Wednesday at noon (678) 361-3553

Contact: (770) 517-0043 Website:

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Contact: (404) 862-6180, Website:

Green Pets America Humane Society Contact: (770) 712-4077 Website:

Hickory Flat Optimist Club Meeting: Contact:

First and third Tuesdays Alan Flint, (770) 720-9056

Junior Service League of Woodstock 24-hour information line: (770) 592-3535

Kiwanis Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Contact: (678) 494-4841 Website:

Lions Club of Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Tues. at 7 p.m. Ed Cook, (770) 906-2958

Pilot Club of Cherokee County Contact: Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. (404) 506-6878

Sewrifics of Cherokee

The Joy of Connecting ~ Woodstock

Habitat for Humanity

Meeting: Contact:

Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sheri Torch, (770) 591-8335

Meeting: Every Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Edeine Francois-Dryden, (678) 789-6158 Website: events/edryden

Contact: (770) 345-1024 Website:

Sons of the American Legion

The Hope Center

Meeting: Contact:

Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Charles Tucker, (678) 643-0794

Main Street Woodstock

Contact: (770) 924-0864 Website:

South Cherokee Optimist Club

Meeting: First Friday at 8 a.m. Website:

Hospice Advantage

Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: (770) 926-3522

North Georgia Referral Network

Contact: (770) 218-1997 Website:

Towne Lake Optimist Club

Meeting: Contact:


Together We Rise

Contact: (404) 992-8155 Website:

Meeting: Every Wednesdays at Eagle Watch Club House Contact: Matt Halloran, (770) 516-7497 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Pet Buddies Food Pantry

Woodstock Jaycees

Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. (770) 427-2799

Second and fourth Tuesdays Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280

Women of Woodstock

Contact: Heather Ballance, (678) 310-9858 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

MUST Ministries

Woodstock Masons

First and third Wednesdays (770) 928-2700

Woodstock Community Business Association Meeting: Second Monday at noon Contact:

Charitable Organizations Cherokee Child Advocacy Council Contact: Mary Migliaro, (770) 345-8100 Website:

Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact:

Contact: Kim Loesing, (770) 479-5397 Website:

Papa’s Pantry Contact: Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Website:

Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Contact:

Contact: Chad Arp, (678) 493-4343 Website:

Volunteer Aging Council of Cherokee County Contact: (678) 269-6677 Website:

Every Wednesday at noon Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158

Military Organizations Marine Corps League, Major General Warren R. Johnson Detachment 1311, Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

Third Saturday at 9 a.m. at Woodstock Senior Center John Newport, (770) 926-4752

Civic Organizations

Cherokee County Humane Society Contact: (770) 928-5115 Website:

AARP Woodstock Chapter

Cherokee County Special Olympics

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 316

Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Rich, (770) 926-1944

Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: George Wallace, (770) 354-6454 Website:

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Masonic Lodge #246 F. & A. M., Inc. Meeting: Second and fourth Thurs. at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Charles Sharp, (770) 928-6140

Safe Kids Cherokee County

(770) 926-8055

First Monday at 7 p.m. Colleene Konwick, (770) 517-7101

First Tues. and third Thurs. at 7 p.m. (770) 926-8336

Political Organizations Cherokee County Democratic Party Meeting: Third Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Hamilton, (770) 380-7071 Website:

Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: Contact:

Fourth Monday at 7 p.m. Breakfast first Saturday at 8 a.m. Conrad Quagliaroli, (770) 592-6545

Cherokee County Teen Republicans Contact: (678) 232-7488 Website:

Republican Women of Cherokee County Headquarters: 9910 Hwy 92 Contact: (404) 747-3353, (678) 520-2236 Website:

Recreation & Hobbies Allatoona Gold Panners Contact:

Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc. Meeting: Second Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Contact: Madeline Hall, (678) 754-8482,

Les Marmitons

Diabetes Support Group

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

North Atlanta Soccer Association Contact: Michele Fox, (770) 926-4175 Website:

North Cobb Bass Club Contact: 770-820-3945 Website:

Wildlife Action, Inc. Meeting: Contact:

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society

Third Sunday at 1 p.m. WLA Office, (800) 753-2264

Woodstock Youth Track Club Practice: Contact:

Mon., Tues., and Thurs. at 6 p.m. Michael Dahlhauser, (404) 654-0093

Zack Walk Singles Mixer Contact: Karen Sacandy, (404) 452-9980 Website:

Support Organizations Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meeting: Contact:

First Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131

Meeting: Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact: Jim Millsap, (770) 928-8590 Website:

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group

Cherokee County Arts Center

American Cancer Society

Meeting: Fourth Friday at 10 a.m. Contact: (770) 704-6244 Website:

Cherokee County Saddle Club Meeting: Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Holly Springs Depot, 164 Hickory Road Contact: Tamma Trump, (770) 655-0819 Website:

Cherokee Fencing Club Meeting: Beginners, Wednesday at 5 p.m. Club, Wednesday at 6 p.m. Contact: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Website:

Cherokee MOTS (Moms of Tots) Contact: (770) 272-5388 Website:

Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Linda Lokey, (770) 720-1701 Website:

Cherokee Outdoor YMCA Contact:

(770) 591-5820

Cherokee Tennis Association Website:

Dog Hikers of Georgia Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact: Dr. Daniel C. Batchelor, (770) 992-2362 Website:

Foothills Running Club Contact:

Fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (678) 493-1503

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Thurs. at 7 a.m. Randall Hill, (770) 516-5887

GRANDparents Raising GRANDchildren Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (678) 699-3400

Hearing Loss Association of America Chapter meeting information: (770) 517-2941 Contact:

Jewish Havurah Contact:

Marcia, (770) 345-8687

La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: Contact:

First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Marguerite, (770) 926-2791

Miracle Mothers

Blue Skies Laughter Club Meeting: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Contact: Craig Whitley, (404) 520-0221 Website:

Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197

Meeting: Contact:

First Thursday at 7 p.m. (770) 926-0119

24/7 information line: (800) 227-2345

Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Contact:

Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Sharon Jones, (770) 345-6551

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: Contact:

First Thursday (404) 843-1880

Canadian Women’s Club Meeting: Contact:

Third Wednesday Lesley Frappier,

CASA for Children, Inc. Contact: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Website:

Celebrate Recovery Meeting: Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact: Debbie Anthros, (770) 331-6685

Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group Contact:

Heidi, Renee,

Contact: Melissa, (770) 516-1078 Website:

MOMS Club Woodstock — 30188 Contact:

Mothers & More Meeting: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Michelle Wise, (770) 720-8834 Website:

Nar-Anon Meeting Meeting: Contact:

Every Monday at 8 p.m. (404) 218-0246

National Alliance for Mental Illness Support Group Meeting: Second and fourth Tues. at 7 p.m. Contact: Jill, (404) 394-1229 Website:

National Psoriasis Foundation Support Group Meeting: Contact:

First Tuesday at 7 p.m. Scott Bell, (404) 218-6626

Over-Eaters Anonymous Meeting: Contact:

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Lois, (770) 592-6421

S.N.A.P — Special Needs Awareness Program Meeting: Contact:

Second Monday at 10 a.m. (770) 720-4068

Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899

The Way Group, AA Meeting: Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. Contact: Hillside UMC

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. 24-hour information line: (770) 517-3043

Depression and Bipolar Support Group Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Tues. at 7:30 p.m. (770) 560-7112

John McCusker, (770) 924-9504 59


Juvenile Court:

United States Government

President Barack Obama (D)

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

(202) 224-3521 GA: (770) 763-9090 fax: (202) 224-0103

Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website:

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7

Court of Clerks: Patty Baker

Board of Commissioners 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

(678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6013

Buzz Ahrens (R), Chair

(678) 493-6511


Jim Hubbard (R), Post 2

Karen Bosch (R), Post 3

(202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 232-3005 fax: (770) 232-2909

Jason A. Nelms (R), Post 4

Board of Education Robert Wofford, Post 1

(770) 345-6256


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

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

Mike Chapman (R), Post 2

(770) 704-4398, x4372


Michael Geist, Post 3

State Senator Chip Rogers (R) (D-21)

(404) 463-1378 fax: (404) 657-9887

325-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(770) 516-1444

e-mail: (404) 656-7127 fax: (404) 463-1381

304-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

State Rep. Charlice Byrd (R) (D-20)

(404) 656-0298 fax: (404) 463-2793

608 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5

(770) 704-4398, x4370


Rob Usher, Post 6

(770) 928-0341


Kim Cochran (R), Post 7

(678) 983-9644


State Rep. Calvin Hill (R) (D-21)

613 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(404) 656-0129 fax: (404) 463-7778

Other Cherokee County Schools System

State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R) (D-22)

(404) 656-0287

607 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo 110 Academy Street, Canton, GA 30114 e-mail: Website:

Cherokee County Coroner: Earl W. Darby


(770) 479-1871 fax: (770) 479-1236

(404) 362-1600

480 Main Street, Canton, GA 30114

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office:

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

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

State Court:

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

Magistrate Court: Judge James E. Drane III (R)

(678) 493-6431

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (R)

(678) 493-6160

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(404) 462-4950


Janet Read (R), Post 4 (Chair)

State Senator Jack Murphy (R) (D-27)

Judge Clyde J.Gober, Jr. Judge A. Dee Morris Judge W. Alan Jordan

(678) 493-6511

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

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

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

Harry Johnston (R), Post 1

P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 Website:

90 North Street, Suite 360 Canton, GA 30114-2724 Website:

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999 fax: (770) 661-0768

Judge John B. Sumner Judge M. Anthony Baker

Sheriff Roger Garrison, R 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115 email: Website:

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner:

(678) 493-4200 fax: (770) 493-4228

(678) 493-6409

Sonya Little, R 2780 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114 email:

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques

(770) 592-6000, x1003


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.



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. 61

When Someone is Arrested

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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. Obviously, 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.

Classic Summer Looks

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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.

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permanent marker. You may become familiar with the lost and found bin for a little while but, at least you can feel good about what they are eating!

Watch Out For The Ice

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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.

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we bridge an important gap between what we do consciously and what we do unconsciously. It affects how we react not only when faced with the challenge of holding a handstand or sitting in stillness to meditate, but also how we react when faced with the barrage of impulses in our daily life.

Pantry Cleaning

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mop or hand wipe the floor with warm soapy water. Let air dry before closing the pantry door.

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.

Thinking Outside The Lunch Box

Nutrition and Exercise

Yeah, the children are back to school. It’s a mixed emotion. I like them home so that I can spend time with them because they grow so fast. On the other hand, I am glad they are back in school!

Everything in Moderation

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adult-onset. This is the disease process that begins first with Insulin Resistance; your body is having a tough time utilizing the insulin you produce. Eventually, without intervention, this will progress into Type II Diabetes, which will require you to monitor your blood glucose levels. If not monitored sufficiently, this can progress into Insulin Dependence. Next month we will discuss Insulin and why it is important; and how we can make some significant changes to help us as a diabetic, or pre-diabetic.

From the Pastor

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It is miraculous when an individual who doesn’t give a damn about God is overtaken by His love and responds in a relationship that we don’t deserve but receive as a gift. That is living in the faith of Jesus Christ who perfectly revealed the love of God. This miraculous faith sets us free from fear and when we are free of fear, we can love. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:17-19 63



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Bass, Bergeron & Smith, PC Burns & Speights, PC

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Huntington Learning Center Primrose School at Mountain Brook Primrose School of Woodstock

Automotive C&T Auto Service My Mechanic Joe

50 19

Banking/Financial Services LGE Community Credit Union 25 Summit Finiancial Solutions Inside Back Cover


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Health & Beauty Jyl Craven Hair Design Salon & Spa Venessa

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Home Improvement/Repair/Service Dr. Fixit PhD Mr. Junk Reliable Heating, Air & Plumbing

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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech 55 cleanAcarpet 3

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Churches City On A Hill

Rejoice Maids Inside Front Cover


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Physicians & Medical Services 52, 53

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Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry Fountain View Family Dentistry Dr. Jerry Smith Kincaid Orthodontics Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock Williams Orthodontics

26 23

Optometrist/Eyewear Pearle Vision

11 49 55 31 34 23

Recreation & Fitness Bits, Bytes & Bots Dance & Music Academy of Woodstock Ember Yoga Golf FORE! Charity Play Music and Art Stingrays Swim Team and Swin School Totally Running

Cherokee Imaging Center 5 Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, PC Inside Back Cover Marietta Plastic Surgery Cover, 32, 33 Northside Hospital – Cherokee Back Cover Northside Hospital Resource Therapy 11 Northside Hospital Spine Center 5 Northside Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 50 Plastic Surgery Center of the South 40 Prestige Primary Care 63 Progressive Audiology Center, Inc. 42 Rausch Family Practice 9 WellStar Health Systems 7 Woodstock Family & Urgent Care 3 Woodstock Pediatric Medicine 23

29 43 54 51 42 25 19

Restaurants/Food Services Downtown Kitchen Goin’ Coastal

Landscaping/Landscape Services Evergreen Grounds, Inc. Landscape Matters Inside Front Cover

44, 45 47

Services/Retailers/Miscellaneous Branch Boutique Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Ghostnet, Inc. Green Pets America Main Street Woodstock Your Turn Kids Resale & Boutique

3 34, 61 39 55 46 24 3

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