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Featured Articles Best Mothers 14 2011 Congratulations to Andy Dameron and Tina Boosel! Choice Winners 27 Readers’ Several business owners and managers enjoyed celebrating together during the Best of the Best, Woodstock Readers’ Choice Awards celebrations.


Home & Garden Special Section Creating a relaxing atmosphere in your garden; when maintaining your lawn, timing is everything; help those in need now — not just during the holidays. Sequoyah High School Prom

In Every Issue Michelle and Brian Meek are the co-owners of AroundAbout — Woodstock magazine. Brian spent the last 15 years in sales and also owns a junior golf business. Michelle has been a stay-at-home mom for the past eight years and was a counselor at KSU prior to having their two girls, Ansley and Addison. They have lived in the Canton community for more than nine years.


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57 Faith & Worship 58 Organizations 61 Local Officials 64 Advertiser index

contributors Photographers Jack Tuszynski Writers David Bores, Miguel Castillo, Emily Caldwell Brown, Shannon Dobson, Thaddeus Fabian, Keith Hanna, Donnie Henriques, Eric Hill, Dan Jape, Jeff Kincaid, Mike Litrel, Michael McNeel, Colin Morris, Vishant Nath, Billy Peppers, Paul Pugliese, Patrick J. Rice, Jr., Chip Rogers, Herb Sims, Laurie Troublefield, Cathy Wendland-Colby, Keith West, Monika Yadav Volume 8 | Issue 5

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People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Woodstock. by Cherryl Greenman,

What’s New?


Footprints Publishing, home of AroundAbout community magazines serving East Canton, West Canton, Woodstock, Alpharetta and Roswell communities, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony (1). The event was held as a re-grand opening celebrating their move to their new office space. After combining offices, AroundAbout moved from their location in downtown Canton to 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204, Canton, 30115 to accommodate the growing business and staff. To get in touch with them or for more information, please call (770) 720-7497 or visit Yoguri, 440 Chambers Street, has opened its fat free yogurt shop offering a healthy treat of fresh, all natural frozen yogurt. Flavors include chocolate, mango, strawberry, green tea, taro, peanut butter, pineapple, and more. You can add your favorite toppings for a really special treat. 678-445-0644


Owner and manager Mike Spidel, announced the opening of LaVida Massage, a massage and wellness center, located at 6175 Hickory Flat Hwy, Suite 180, Canton. The center will feature nine massage rooms and one facial room. Scheduled to open in May, the center will be open from 8:30 a.m. — 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. — 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Black Oak Asset Management (2) recently opened at 100 Churchill Court, Suite 104. Black Oak Asset Management offers brokerage service, life insurance, pension management services, estate planning and more. 770-317-3299 The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce welcomed The American Pillar Nursery (3), 106 Village Court as a new member recently. The American Pillar Nursery is onwed by John and Mavis Houser. John has more than 60 plus years of personal experience in landscape design and installation. He grows many of his own plants in his nursery. 678-557-2163, The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the Book Browser (4), 295 Molly Lane, Suite 130 to the community. The family-owned store specializes in fiction, non-fiction, children, religious, young adult books. 770-384-8644 Big Woods Goods Hunting and Shooting Store recently relocated to 350 Ronnell Road in the Canton/Holly Springs area. After much anticipation the state-of-the-art indoor firearms range has finally open. An expanded the hunting and firearms showroom includes a full archery area with a 3D archery range. On site gun-smithing is also available. This is your one stop for all your hunting and shooting needs. 678-880-0493,


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COMMUNITY Dean Rusk Student Recognized For Saving Friend’s Life At an assembly held at Dean Rusk Middle School, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Ralph Hudgens, Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner recognized Brandon Biro for saving his friend’s Left to right: Ralph Hudgens, Brandon Biro, life. Brandon and Jordan Marankie, and Cherokee County Fire his friend, Jordan Chief, Raymond Gunnin. Marankie, were digging a trench when it collapsed. Jordan was buried underneath the dirt and the only thing Brandon could see were the tips of his friend’s fingers. Before contacting 911, Brandon dug through the dirt until Jordan’s face was exposed so he could breath. He then contacted 911; firefighters arrived on the scene approximately two minutes later and removed Jordan from the trench. Cherokee County Fire Chief, Raymond Gunnin, presented Brandon with a certificate recognizing him for his quick thinking and heroic efforts. Hudgens made Brandon an Honorary Fire Marshal.

Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame Semifinalists It’s not often that a community is fortunate enough to have one citizen with the energy and determination to make a positive difference, but the Atlanta area is lucky enough to have three. Lamar Green of Woodstock, Ga., Lin Seahorn of Alpharetta, Ga. and Kimberly Bearden of Atlanta are being honored for their unstoppable energy and for their commitment to making a positive impact. In January, baseball Hall of Famer Lamar Green Cal Ripken, Jr. and Energizer began a national search for the next member of the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame, a program dedicated to celebrating everyday people who possess the same persevering spirit as the Energizer Bunny® and use that determination to make a difference. From all of the submissions received, these Atlantaarea nominations rose to the top. They are now three of 100 semifinalists in the running to become the 2011 Inductee into the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame. The 2011 Inductee will receive a $10,000 cash prize plus a $5,000 donation to his or 6

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News her favorite charity. That person will also be formally honored at an induction ceremony with Cal Ripken, Jr. in June at the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Mo. When Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, Lamar Green felt compelled to make a difference. The year following the disaster, he led a total of 22 teams to the region, helping people clean up the debris and rebuild their lives. Those experiences inspired Lamar to found Never Alone, a non-profit organization dedicated to relief and outreach. While half of Never Alone’s outreach benefits families in need within Lamar’s home state of Georgia, the remainder of the program helps orphan children and struggling families living in third world countries.

Private Circus Pre-Show For the second year, Feld Entertainment, which owns and operates the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has teamed with local natural gas marketer Gas South and the Metro Mayors Association to provide circus tickets and a special pre-show for Atlanta-area children with special needs. More than 500 children and their families attended pre-show events at Philips Arena and the Arena at Gwinnet Center. Top: Manolo Mejia of Woodstock gets a hug from sister Valeria as they experience an up-close look at The Greatest Show on Earth at Philips Arena. Bottom: Woodstock residents, dad Cliff Owens, son Conner, daughter Kaitlyn, and mom Janine Garick, with one of the Ringling Bros. clowns at Philips Arena.

Cherokee County Sheriff Graduates Three deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office recently graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Regional Academy in Dalton. Deputies Nicholas Timms, Robert Arrieta, and Darren Townsend completed 408 Left to right: Deputies Nicholas Timms, hours of police training Robert Arrieta, and Darren Townsend. over an 11 week period. The deputies are currently assigned to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. Deputy Timms received an award for the highest GPA in the class and Deputy Arrieta received the HRIC award for honor, more on page respect, integrity and courage. 8


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Hope and Light Foundation Receives Donation

Cherokee County “Camera Ready”

The Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services recently presented a check to the Hope and Light Foundation Left to right: Battalion Chief Greg Erdely, Aaron in the and Stephanie Miller, Cherokee County Fire Chief amount of Raymond Gunnin, Captain Tim Milburn and lead $1,025. investigator Ossie Delay. In the front is Aleena. The fire department donated their winnings from the recent Guns and Hoses 5K Run to the Hope and Light Foundation which assists children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetically inherited neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. The run was open to the public and runners were asked to run for either the Cherokee County Fire Department or the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; $5 of their registration fee was donated to their respective charitable organization.

Cherokee County was one of 73 counties Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), designated as Camera Ready at the Georgia State Capitol. Camera Ready is a designation put in place by the state to offer film and television production companies easier, faster and better access to local resources and information.

CTC Places Fourth in Competition The technical programs team from Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) placed fourth in the annual competition portion of PLANET student career days. “The students performed well as individuals and as a team,” said Shane Evans, instructor and division chair of technical programs. For almost Front row: Kelsey Collum. Second row 20 years, the team (left to right): Chuck Carter, Humzah has finished in the Khraim, Brian Watters, Kevin Porter, top ten in the nation, Jessica Watters, and Sandra Wilson. including a first Third row: John Hatfield (instructor), place finish overall in Denise Ruswinkle, Allison Mauelshagen, 2008. “These men Cassie Templeton, Cheryl Gress, Lindsey and women have Luethi, Anita Phillips, and Bejie Herrin made us very proud,” (instructor). Fourth row: Shane Evans said Chattahoochee (instructor), Joseph Moore, Craig Morris, Technical College Drew Nixon, Joe Fries, Allen Humble, President Dr. Sanford Keith Loggins, Steven Meara, and Chris Chandler. “It is Freidenstein. proof again that CTC’s programs and students can compete against the best and brightest in the industry.” 8

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Governor Nathan Deal and representatives of 73 Georgia counties designated as Camera Ready. (Photo credit Alana Joyner)

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Addison Taylor Reece Age 1 on May 16 Happy Birthday! Love, Nana and Poppop

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Justin and Erica Reece Happy 3rd anniversary We love you! Al, Jamie, Hoyt and Jenny

Celebrate! Matt Mummert & Kacie Kamins

We are pleased to announce the wedding of Kacie Marie Kamins and Lloyd Matthew Mummert on Sunday, May 29.

Your wedding day will come and go, but your love will stay forever. Congratulations to the perfect couple! Wishing you both a world of happiness! Love, your friends, Tyler and Tiffany

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Matthew Heldreth & Lauren Mancuso

We are pleased to announce the engagement of Lauren Elyse Mancuso, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mancuso of Hickory Flat, to Matthew Neil Heldreth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Heldreth of Sandersville, GA. An October 1, 2011 wedding is planned at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Roswell with a reception immediately following the Ceremony at The Historic Roswell Mill Club.



May specialEvents On-Going • CASA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED CASA for children, Inc. welcomes volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds.

Things to do in Woodstock







May 7 •

CTC’s spring career fair will be held at its Marietta campus, 980 South Cobb Drive, from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. 770-528-4545

Sixes UMC men will host a BBQ from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. on the church grounds, 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. Plates will be available for $7 to enjoy on the grounds to takeout. All proceeds support the church ministries. 770-345-7644

May 3-5, 17-19 •

May 7, 14, 21 •




Training that will challenge and change the way you approach all aspects of looking for a job. 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. Papa’s Pantry, 6551 Commerce Parkway, Suite 200. 770-591-4730

May 7: Native Plants and May 14: Hooray for Herbs, both held at 2740 East Cherokee Drive. May 21: How to Garden Frugally, held at the Hickory Flat Library. All programs begin at 10 a.m. and are free. 770-479-0418



Instructional class on organic gardening, free of charge, but call to register. Papa’s Pantry, 6551 Commerce Parkway, Suite 200. 770-591-4730

Support the Chattahoochee Nature Center and enjoy a special evening under the star. CC Booker III Band will perform. 770-992-2055 ext 226

May 6 •

May 7 •

GINNY MCCORMACK BOOK SIGNING Appearing at House and Garden Boutique, 103 Bowles Drive, from 1 — 3 p.m. Cookbooks will be available for purchase at the event. 678-494-5800

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Stop by the Nature Exchange at the CNC, 9135 Willeo Road and make a paper flower to give your mom. 770-992-2055 x. 224,


May 3 •

Bring mom out on her special day to the historic homes of Roswell, free from 1 — 3 p.m. Food donations will be accepted for the North Fulton Food Bank.

May 8 •

WOODSTOCK CALENDAR DOG CALENDARS The Woodstock Calendar Dog calendars featuring Woodstock dogs are available with proceeds benefitting the Cherokee County Humane Society. Cost is $14 and available at CCHS Thrift Store on Bells Ferry Road,, 770-627-2335


SPRING FLING/FREE MOVIE NIGHT Bascomb UMC, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road will host Relay for Life beginning at 4 p.m. The Vertical Reality Band will be performing. Activities include dunk tank, cake walk, and more. 770-926-9755

Presented by Michelle Wells and Susan Call, at 6551 Commerce Parkway from 10 a.m. — noon. $10 donation and 5 grocery items requested although scholarships are available. Please ask in advance. Sorry, no childcare. 770-591-4730

May 13-14, 20-21 • “WHOSE LINE IS IT WOODSTOCK?” The Elm Street Theater iThink Improve Troupe at City Center will present this family-appropriate comedy at 7:30 and 9 p.m. 8534 Main Street. 678-494-4251,

May 14 • PRAY FOR TAY LEUKEMIA POKER RUN Poker run for Taylor Flanagan of Woodstock. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Bodock’s, 150 Riverstone Pkwy, Canton. Last bike/car out at 12:30 p.m. 770-362-5583,

May 14 • BACKYARD CAMPOUT AT CNC Join a CNC naturalist as you sleep out under the stars at CNC from 5 p.m. — 10 a.m. 9135 Willeo Road. 770-992-2055 x 237,



Next Step Ministries, 3353 Trickum Road, Ste 100, will host a garage sale from 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. Donations are being accepted from May 9 — May 13 between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 770-592-1227,

Kincaid Orthodontics will host a patient appreciate day from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. at 355 Parkway 575, Ste 200. 770-518-5180, 770-516-5773,





Take a trip down memory lane as local poet Quentin Thomas sets those Old West stories to rhyme. 1 p.m. at the historic Dean’s Store, 8588 Main Street. 770-924-0406

The city of Woodstock will join with local veterans groups to honor those who fight to keep us free! Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at The Park. 770-517-6788

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Rain or shine local farmers and gardeners will have booths at the same location as last year: public parking lot at the corner of Towne Lake Parkway and Main Street. Open every Saturday from 8:30 — 11:30 a.m. 770-924-0406

Next Step Ministries’ day camps include cooking, crafts, music and more. 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. 3353 Trickum Road, Ste 100. 770-592-1227

First concert at The Park at City Center from 5:30 — 10 p.m. Captain Recycle will be on hand to encourage Woodstock to recycle. Edwin McCain will be performing so bring your blanket, concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

May 14 • GREENSTOCK DAY Woodstock recycling event at the old Wal-Mart/ Furniture for Less parking lot at Hwy 5 and Hwy 95 from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.

May 19-21 • PRO WAKEBOARD TOUR From X games gold medalists to world recordholders to national and world champions: all the top professional wakeboarders from throughout the globe are set to converge at Dallas Landing Park in Acworth. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. are free to public. Saturday is a ticketed event from 11 a.m. — 8 p.m.

May 23 • CHILDREN’S CLASS GOLF TOURNAMENT Children’s Restoration Network will host this golf tournament at Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. Proceeds will provide scholarships for a deserving high school senior who resides in a shelter or group home to attend college classes or a technical or trade school.


May 28 • DANCE & MUSIC ACADEMY OF WOODSTOCK RECITAL Recital will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. 770-924-1661,

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Held at Creekview High School, support the teams and find out more about the American Cancer Society’s cancer prevention study-3. Information about the study will be from 5 — 9 p.m. 770-429-0089


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AroundAbout Woodstock will feature the Contest Corner each month. Be the first to email or call in and let us know where you found the hidden picture or answer the trivia question and you can win a great prize! Please indicate Woodstock with your answer. Good Luck!

May’s Trivia Question: What president made Mother’s Day an official holiday?

Find the hidden picture

If you know the answer or find the picture, be the first to call (770) 720-7497 or email to Please notify us that your answer is for “Woodstock.” 13

Andy Dameron Nominated by Brinn Dameron, 8 years old

My mom is the best because she loves me. Second she makes me dinner. Third she taught me how to roller skate. Next my mom taught me my most important lesson, to be responsible. She taught me to be responsible by helping with my brother, also taking care of my pets. My mom is the specialest because she has a loving family who cares! We love you mommy!

An excellent mom No other person’s as loving and hard working as her Dinner’s Delicious You rock mom!

Tina Boosel Nominated by Evan Boosel, 8 years old

My mom makes me feel special because she loves me very much. She does many things for me and my dad. She buys groceries, cooks, packs my lunch, does laundry, helps me with homework, cleans, takes me to doctors, gives me medicine, plays with me, takes me to church, and does lots of other things. My mom is special because she always loves me. She buys me things I like. The most important thing she has taught me is to be nice and use good manners.

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Memories of Life My face may have wrinkles, My hair may be gray, My skin may be sagging, Can’t hear what you say, But inside this body still lies a young girl, On long legs a’runnin across this world, Memories of giggles and tears of joy, Of being a teen and dating young boys, A pretty young bride on daddy’s arm, A handsome young husband just off the farm, A move to a city to parts unknown Wherever he was, then that would be home, Of beaches and sand and many vacations, Fun with the children in all situations, Of watching them grow and being so proud, At school and games and yelling so loud, Grandchildren came and oh what joy, Sweet little girls and fun little boys, Love so profound and deep with care, Just about more than the heart can bear, I wasn’t born old, I have had a life, An infant, a child, a teen and a wife, I once was quite pretty with long shiny hair, My skin was firm and I dressed with flair, So please when you see me, don’t just see old, Don’t act like I’m nothing and treat me so cold, I don’t want to be here, I want to be home, To be independent and not break my bones, But that’s not the way that life is to be, We live here on earth ‘til God calls you and me, So think about this because one day you’ll see, If you live long enough you will become me. Kathy Dunn, 2010 In honor of my mother, Bobbie Lanham and my mother-in-law, Mary (Wilton) Dunn

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Sequoyah Student Scholastic Art Winner

CCSD Counselor of the Year

Anna Ristuccia, Sequoyah High School student, has been invited to Carnegie Hall in New York to receive the Scholastic Art National Gold Medal award at an Awards Ceremony in May. Her award winning photograph “Night” will be exhibited at the World Finance Center.

This is the first year the school district has selected outstanding counselors for specific recognition in their field. Each high school innovation zone nominated a counselor from among its member schools to be considered for the district award. The process included an application, personal essay and letters of recommendation. Nominations included Carol Baumgartner, Cherokee Zone; Ellen Ewers, Creekview Zone; Donna Ratliff, Etowah Zone; Chris Guy, Sequoyah Zone; Rod Metcalf, Woodstock Zone; and Tina Word, River Ridge Zone. Tina Word was selected as the CCSD Counselor of the Year for 2010-11, representing River Ridge Zone and Johnston ES, and will represent the school district in the Georgia School Counselor’s Association selection process for the State Counselor of the Year. “I am a child advocate in Left to right: Johnston ES principal every sense of the word,” Gena Hood; Dr. Brian Hightower, Tina said, “I believe that assistant Superintendent for school every child can learn and operations, Counselor of the Year, develop academically and Tina Word; Dr. Frank Petruzielo, socially as long as they Superintendent of Schools; and are given the support, Ron Dunnavant, director of school encouragement, and tools operations. they need.”

Holly Springs ES Community Service Project

Anna Ristuccia

Holly Springs sixth graders recently participated in a community service project. Members of the Holly Springs Fire and Police Departments were invited to a spaghetti dinner at Holly Springs Elementary, the students wanted to say thanks for the services they provide. This project was spearheaded by parents Jennifer Foley and Christy Jones.

Front row (left to right): Dr. Dianne Steinbeck, principal, Griffen Beckwith, Colton Pittman, Timothy Pittman, Kayla Foley, Brandon Lovelace, Tres Zenchuck, Brendan Jones, Maddie Foley, Jacob Tomeny, Wesley Nolan, Taylor Jones, Rachel Mauldin, Becca Filler, sixth grade teachers Mrs. Mollie Guy and Mrs. Barbra Hicks. Back row: Members of the Holly Springs Fire and Police Departments.

ECW Celebrated at Mountain Road Mountain Road Elementary School students celebrated Exceptional Children’s Week during music, art, and PE. Students had access to age-appropriate books on exceptionalities through the media center. The week was culminated with a special assembly and the release of over Mountain Road students release red balloons with special messages. 550 balloons! The balloons contained wishes made by the students. Their wish was that they would continue to learn and embrace exceptionalities and in return would become more informed, compassionate individuals. 16 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

CCWSA Announce Art & Poetry Winners Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) announced the winners of the water conservation/ water quality Art and Poetry contest. The art contest winner was Emily Kaman from Teasley Middle School and the poetry contest winner was Paige Sannasardo Left to right: CCWSA environmental affairs from Woodstock specialist Lori Forrester and poetry winner High School. The Paige Sannasardo. student’s art and poetry was integrated into a poster with the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District Water Supply and Conservation messages. The students received $50 and 6 copies of the poster. Look for the poster around the county in more on page schools, libraries and businesses. 18 17

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Sequoyah Students Receive State Awards



Woodstock ES Student Honored at Capitol Exhibit

Sequoyah High School DECA members recently won the right to compete at the international level in the organization’s competitive events program. DECA’s industry validated competitive events are aligned with Front row (left to right): Ashley Stull, National Curriculum Leah Carey, Matt Merendino, and Standards in the Elizabeth Horne. Back row: Briyana career clusters of Guadalupe, Wyatt Miller, Rachel Feltner, marketing, business Mary Crumley, and Hannah Kidd. management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. Competition begins at the local level and advances to regional, state, and international level events. Students have the opportunity to compete in several types of marketing and management competitions including written events, interviews, role-plays, case studies, as well as individual and team presentations. State competition was held this year in conjunction with the DECA State Career Development Conference and nine SHS marketing students competed under the supervision of SHS DECA advisor Mrs. Beth Carey. Top scoring participants Leah Carey, Mary Crumley, Sarah Donley, Elizabeth Horne, Hannah Kidd, Matt Merendino, and Ashley Stull may represent the state association in the international competition to be held as a part of the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Cub Scout Pack 2010, under the leadership of Scout Master, Chris Cookson, took Little River Elementary School’s plan for a “Boxcar Children Garden” and made it happen. Scouts and parents donated time, equipment and materials to create the garden in a short Little River’s “Boxcar Children Garden.” three weekend project. As soon as the soil is purchased, carrots, onions, and potatoes will be planted just like the veggies the children in the story cooked for their stew.

Cougar Coupon Characters

Woodstock Int’l Tours Aquarium

Mountain Road Elementary announced the winners for its Cougar Coupon Character Awards. The awards are given each quarter for students who are caught many times showing character traits such as respect, responsibility, kindness and honesty.

Upper Elementary students from Woodstock International School spent a fun-filled day exploring the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. They saw everything from an Albino alligator to whale sharks to adorable sea otters. They even went behind-the-scenes in two aquarium areas for the Quick Dip Tour!

Front row: 1st grader, Casey Meeks, who had the most Cougar Coupons for the quarter. Second row (left to right): 2nd graders, Abby Sears and Gabrielle Orrico; 1st grader Garrett Dropp. Back row: School counselor Brenda Hall; 6th graders Claire Goran, and Elizabeth Guillen; 3rd grader Addison Garmon; principal Tammy Sandell, and counseling intern Katie Williams. 18 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

Paula Fuentes from Woodstock Elementary School was recently honored at the Capitol Art Exhibit, where she met with Representative Calvin Hill. He was impressed with Paula’s 3 dimensional artwork that she created in art class.

Representative Calvin Hill and Paula Fuentes.

Little River Gets “Boxcar Children’s Garden”

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CTC Track Athlete Star

Changes at Reinhardt University

Chattahoochee Tech track athlete Andrew Archer officially finished up his eligibility as a Golden Eagle at the March 4-5 NJCAA National Indoor Meet at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex. But that doesn’t mean the 22 year-old Bahamas native is done as a Chattahoochee Tech track athlete collegiate runner, or as Andrew Archer a contributor to the CTC program. Archer ended his junior college eligibility by posting a school-record time of 50.21 in the 400 meter dash at the national meet, breaking his own mark set earlier in the indoor season. Though he cannot compete officially during the spring outdoor schedule, Archer will travel with the team to several meets as an unattached runner in order to gain more exposure to four-year programs. He also will maintain his leadership role with the team through the school year.

Bill Popp (left), Reinhardt University’s director of athletics and head baseball coach since 2005, has agreed to a promotion to focus solely on his role as of athletic director, thus relinquishing his duties as head baseball coach. Associate head baseball coach John Ihlenburg will take over the baseball program. The changes are effective on July 1.

KSU New Athletic Director Kennesaw State University president Dr. Daniel S. Papp recently named University of Connecticut associate athletic director Vaughn Williams as the university’s new athletic director. Williams brings more than 17 years of NCAA Division I senior athletic administrative experience to KSU. With the UConn men’s Vaughn Williams basketball team basking in the national limelight from garnering the national NCAA Division I championship, the athletic program is quite preoccupied with celebrations and recognition ceremonies. “I am extremely pleased that Vaughn Williams is bringing his leadership to the athletic director’s position at KSU, as we set our sights on becoming increasingly competitive in the top-tier of collegiate sports,” Papp stated. “I am very honored and excited to become part of the Kennesaw State University family,” says Williams. “Owl athletics have made incredible progress as it made the transition from Division II to the Division I level. I look forward to continuing and growing our presence regionally and nationally at the Division I level,” he said.

Brady Richeson Comes to Woodstock HS Woodstock High School Athletic Department has announced that Brady Richeson, former Assistant at Sequoyah High School, is the new Head Boys Basketball Coach. Coach Richeson played his college basketball at Texas State and has been an Assistant at Sequoyah for four years. 20 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

Reinhardt University softball player Nikki Roddy was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her play from March 21-27. It marks the first time Roddy has earned the weekly conference honor. Roddy, a 5-foot-5 junior utility player from Woodstock, Ga., hit Nikki Roddy .600 (3-for-5) with a home run, two walks, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base in two games. She posted a 1.200 slugging percentage and an onbase percentage of .714. Nikki attended Woodstock High School.

CTC Cheer Wins First Time Out! In its first-ever competitive meet, the Chattahoochee Tech club cheerleading squad took second place in the Level 6 division at the Spirit Unlimited Competition in front of more than 1,500 attendees. The meet, held at the Georgia State University sports arena, featured other age 17 and older all-star teams from around Georgia in Level 6, the top age group at the event. Over 35 teams from around the state competed across all six levels. The Golden Eagles put on a twoand-a-half-minute routine in one of the day’s last performances. “It was really high energy pretty much the The three year-old Chattahoochee Tech whole time,” cheer team took second place in a statewide said an elated competition at Georgia State University, the head coach program’s first-ever meet. Audra Tillman.

my how you Have Grown. . .

by Billy Peppers I remember as a child seeing a relative for the first time in many years at family reunions — the feel of the thumb and forefinger as they pinched my cheeks and the painful ritual was almost always followed by the exclamation, “My how you have grown!” Life has a way of making children feel like growing giants when situations such as these arise. The truth of the matter is that as people age, the pinch of the cheeks becomes a hug or shake of hands followed by, “You look well for your age,” or “I love the color of your hair.” Communities never fully reach adulthood, at least until they’ve celebrated 500-plus years of existence. In a sense, many communities around us are like these growing children. I am constantly fascinated as I attend various meetings and workshops when people ask where I am from and I proudly say, “Woodstock.” I had the opportunity in late March to welcome a group of my peers to a workshop on Visual Merchandising. Many had not been to Woodstock before or had not been in many years. I got the, “My how you have grown,” comments and looks. Then I tell them my perspective. Since coming to Woodstock

in September 2005, downtown has truly changed. First and foremost, there are more people. In 2000, the city had roughly 10,000 residents. A decade later, there are 24,000-plus residing in the Woodstock city limits. In 2005, there was no east-side of downtown, save for Morgan’s Ace Hardware and the Woodstock Funeral Home. Crossing the railroad tracks meant hobbling over the crushed rock base and the steel rails. People around here hoped for a book store. Today, downtown Woodstock is home to ten established eateries and will soon add two more restaurants, a full-service coffee shop and a wine and cheese bar. We have a thriving book store. We’ve added three art galleries, a theatre, and a cigar bar. There is hot yoga, women’s fashion and children’s clothing. We have a top 50 Atlanta Area Restaurant in Vingenzos. We’ve added a motorcycle store to our highly popular bicycle shop. We’ve added Chattahoochee Technical College, over 100 high-end residential units and The Whole Nine Yarns finally owns their own space for their Tuesday knit nights. We’ve added public parking lots, expanded the Visitors Center to six days a week, and started a Main Street program. We’ve really grown. The proudest thing we’ve done though is keep our southern charm and passion for visitors. No matter how much we grow, I hope we always keep our manners. 21

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Under the


by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

A move from taxing income to taxing consumption, it’s at the heart of the “Fair Tax” idea and it’s the driving force for tax reform in Georgia.

the most controversial measure suggested a restoration of the state portion of the tax on groceries, which still exists at the local level.

Currently the state of Georgia has a progressive income tax that ranges from 1% to 5% up to $7,000 and 6% for everything over $7,000. This 6% rate is one of the highest state income tax rates in the nation. By comparison, our neighboring states of Florida and Tennessee have no income tax and Alabama is 5%.

The legislative committee tasked with accepting and introducing the council recommendations has done so and a revised plan has emerged.

The recent groundbreaking work by economist Dr. Art Laffer confirms what is a commonly accepted truth, states with low, or no, income tax do significantly better creating jobs and increasing personal income when compared to states with high income tax rates. This is particularly important for Georgia. Our current state unemployment rate is higher than the national average and even more disturbing, over the last 20 years Georgia individual income growth is ranked 49th. The legislature has long recognized the need for a true overhaul of Georgia’s tax system. As a state we are heavily dependent on the income tax and have created a sales tax system that has more exemptions that actual taxation. Consequently the demand for tax reform is supported by those on the left and right of the political spectrum. Last legislative session a law passed creating a special Tax Reform Council to study our current tax scheme and recommend changes that would make Georgia a better place for creating jobs and growing wealth. The council was made up of the state’s top economists along with small business owners and members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The research by the council took them all across Georgia studying most of our major industries. The number of volunteer hours numbered in the thousands. In January they released recommendations which called for a major shift away from the income tax and towards a consumption tax. Perhaps 22 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

A new Georgia Flat Tax would be created at a rate of 4.5%. This would be an estimated 25% income tax rate reduction for almost all Georgians. Additionally the state sales tax on energy used in agriculture and manufacturing would be eliminated to help create jobs in those important industries. The suggestion of reinstating the state sales tax on groceries was rejected by legislators and not part of the final legislation. On the consumption side of the ledger, a sales tax would be added to automotive repairs. Currently parts are taxed but not labor. Additionally, Georgia would join 47 other states and collect a sales tax on casual sales of automobiles. Finally, the current hodgepodge of communications taxes on phone, cable, and satellite would be wiped away and replaced with one simple sales tax applied equally to all communication services. The net result of this tax reform is expected to be a $130 million tax cut in 2012 followed by an annual cut of $200 million each year thereafter. If enacted, Georgia would be the only state in the nation to pass a tax cut of this size this year. The tax reform proposal marks the first step in what is expected to be an eventual elimination of the Georgia income tax and a reliance on a more transparent and easy to understand consumption tax. Such change is never easy, but a more efficient tax system that rewards production/income should serve Georgia well.

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

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The View From CITY HALL The Next Steps by Mayor Donnie Henriques Now that all the construction and pain on Main Street is done. . . for now, it’s time to discuss with you the next few steps. First, our annual Summer Concert Series will start in May with one major change: Donnie Henriques is the mayor of Woodstock. You may contact him we will have a portable stage by calling 770-592-6001 or e-mail on the “lower half” of City Park at City Center, and hold the major part of the crowds down there. Overflow, for the larger concerts, will still be above in the “upper park,” which, of course is the original site of the concerts. After the last concert in October, work will begin on developing this site into a true amphitheater-type setting. There will be no permanent seats, as the area will be utilized as an open green space the rest of the year. We will build a permanent stage, with restrooms and a “greenroom” for the acts, as well as storage. In addition, plans are being made for additional amenities around the park, such as more restrooms and possibly a concession stand and picnic area. Whatever the final product, Woodstock will be proud to call the new park a vital part of our new City Center. Next are two steps we hope to take. One is the expansion of Towne Lake Parkway/Arnold Mill Road to accommodate a left turn lane on the eastbound side of Main Street so cars can go North on Main without having to divert to Mill Street. This project has long been needed as one car trying to go north against the signage, tends to back up traffic to the Interstate. Yes, if the police see it, they will ticket the driver. Many pieces had to fall into place for this to happen, not the least of which was the acquisition of the old Woodstock Community Church site, mostly for ROW (right-of-way), but also for the rest of our City Center. We’ll be moving into the old Enon Baptist Church sanctuary (aka Woodstock First Baptist) in July for our permanent council meeting site, to be named the Evelyn Chambers-Chambers at City Center. While the Elm Street Players continue to use the former Community 24 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

Church building for their productions, one day in the future, they will have their own black box theater and we will have some version of a new City Hall at City Center on the site. Lastly, we have applied for, and are waiting for approval on the second and last phase of our Streetscape Project. Yes, that’s right. The north side of Main Street fronting our new City Center is slated for the same look that has been achieved on the south end of downtown. This is predicated on approval from GDOT on our grant application for the project. If approved, the project could start as early as the beginning of 2012. So, hold on to your hats Woodstock — as Betty Davis said, “It’s going to be a bumpy night.” I’ve never heard anyone else attributed to it, so I’m taking credit for it — “If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.”


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HAVE WE BEEN Deceived? by David Bores

Part 1 — Recently, a judge in Florida issued a court order in a civil trial requiring the disputing parties to follow Shari a law to resolve their differences. The case was heard in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County and involved four You may contact Woodstock Chief of Police David Bores at the new City Hall individuals suing the Islamic Annex on Highway 92, or you may call Education Center of Tampa. 770-592-6012. Like many Americans, I have watched with utter disbelief as our European allies have permitted Islam to become such a dominant force within Germany, France, Great Britain, and many other countries in

Central Europe. And I have watched with dismay the arrests of violent “home-grown” Muslim adherents, who are naturally born U.S. citizens and who have adopted extreme Islamic views to commit atrocities against law abiding people in our major cities. With the legal judgment issued in Florida and another similar decision recently rendered in New Jersey, I can see that we will soon be facing a similar fate of even greater Islamic intervention in our country if this subjugation of our legal system in favor of Shari a law is permitted to continue. How have we gotten to the point where the Muslim religion has been able to make such a foot-hold in our society and the societies of so many other Western nations, especially in light of the 9/11 attack on our country by Islamic extremists? Could it be that we operate under very noble beliefs and values as a nation that may have serious, yet unintended consequences for us in the near future? Could it be that we have inadvertently allowed ourselves to become deceived as to the true nature of the threat posed by Muslim militants? We are blessed by living in a nation that permits a wide variety of personal freedom. Unlike other democracies, ours has a Bill of Rights that protects us from the abuse of power so often exercised by government officials. We are also a nation that is extremely tolerant of the diverse backgrounds of others. After all, our country was originally populated by people from many cultures, who held many beliefs, all seeking freedom and a willingness to subscribe to the principle of “E Pluribus Unum” — out of many, one. Indeed, our Judeo-Christian values underscore our beliefs to treat others with the same level of respect as we want to receive. To be sure, although we are a multi-cultural society, we are Americans first. More on this next month in part II.

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One College. Multiple Campuses. Community Focused. Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) has grown rapidly over the past two years, especially in Cherokee County. More than 15 percent of the college’s students are from Cherokee County, making it the second largest home for CTC. Now with two campuses, as well as other venues for continuing and adult education, Chattahoochee Technical College remains a mainstay in the workforce development and higher education options for the community.

Currently the largest technical college in the state, the school’s open enrollment policy, affordable tuition and high quality education has attracted a diverse group of learners. There are more than 13,000 students currently enrolled in programs that offer associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates to meet the evolving needs of regional and global employers. Students choose majors in five different areas, including business sciences, health programs, computer sciences and engineering technology, technical programs, and public and personal services. This fall the college will join Georgia’s other technical colleges in transitioning from quarters to semesters. With the deadline of that transition looming, students are preparing for the new academic calendar that will put them on the same schedule as more than 80 percent of the schools, colleges and universities nationwide, including Georgia’s K-12 and University System. In addition to aligned calendars, the benefits include additional instructional time and ease of transfer to other institutions, as well as calendar alignment that better supports dual and joint enrollment opportunities for high school students. One adjustment that prospective students will have to make is that applications will now be due in July to attend classes at CTC in the fall. While the later start date of quarters allowed officials to delay application deadlines until late August in the past, students will now have to have all applications, forms, transcripts and test scores in by the new July 29 deadline to be eligible to register. New to Chattahoochee Technical College is the school’s eighth campus. Located in The Bluffs off of Riverstone Parkway, the Canton Campus is one of the most sizable

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at 62,500 square feet on 25 acres. In addition to traditional classroom space, the new campus houses a library, four computer labs, medical/ science labs, a bookstore and tiered lecture hall. Faculty and staff offices will also be located in the new facility, including a business office and a student/financial aid center. Plans include expanding the current general education offerings to HVAC, drafting technology, as well as select classes in accounting, business administrative technology, management and supervisory development and marketing management.

Chattahoochee Technical College’s department of economic development leads the region in developing programs and services that support the specific requirements of workforce development for the community’s industrial and organizational base.

Canton is the second Cherokee County campus for the college, as classes are currently conducted at the school’s Woodstock facility. Previously Woodstock Elementary School, the college houses a library, financial aid office, student The college’s athletic program success center, bookstore and many classrooms has already produced several at that location. Course nationally ranked and offerings include general education, criminal justice, championship teams. accounting and early childhood education.

Outside of the classroom, students have their choice of activities from clubs and academic competitions to athletics. The college’s athletic program has already produced several nationally ranked and championship teams. Among the school’s intercollegiate teams, CTC‘s sports program includes cross country, indoor/outdoor track and men’s basketball. Club sports teams include football, women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Also available in Cherokee County are several adult education opportunities through the Cherokee Learning Center at 94 North Street in Canton. In addition to GED preparation, the center offers classes for those who are unable to read, write, or speak the English language and an English Language/Civics Program. All classes are offered free of charge. Chattahoochee Technical College also offers non-credit courses which provide short-term, focused training for personal and professional improvement through its continuing education programs. Jack Tuszynski/

Chattahoochee Technical College also serves as a facilitator for the Georgia Work Ready Assessment. Launched in August 2006 by Governor Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce and drive future economic growth for the state, more than 70,000 people have been awarded their Georgia Work Ready certificates since January of 2007.

For more information about the programs and services available at Chattahoochee Technical College, call 770-528-4545 or visit

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hat do people see as they drive by your house or walk up your sidewalk? Can they see your house, or is it hidden by bushes? Landscaping sort of creeps up on us over time, and the next thing you know, it makes our house look old, unattractive and uninviting. Landscaping should make your home look welcoming

while complimenting the style of your house. It also doesn’t hurt if it adds a little color or flare. If you aren’t feeling the pride you once had, it’s time to do something about it.

Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping. He can be reached at 770-442-3901.

A properly designed and installed landscape not only brings the look of your house up-to-date, it increases the property value tremendously. A $3,500 investment can yield a $6,000 to $7,000 increase in your property value within a short time. The increase in curb appeal, and the smile it puts back on your face is nearly immeasurable. So where do you begin? Before you do anything, look around. Go visit neighborhoods; expensive ones, inexpensive ones, new ones and old. When you spot an attractive or particularly inviting yard, make some notes about what you see, or take some photographs. Visit nurseries and look through home and garden magazines, especially those known for their fresh ideas like “Southern Living.” Soon you will start to form an opinion of what you might like to see in your own yard. Next you need to decide on your budget. The cost of this project is going to depend on you and your yard. The typical re-landscaping across the front of a house, including removal of old plants, amending the beds, installing plants and mulching averages between $3,000 and $4,000. You can save about half of this cost by doing the work yourself, but you should consider your limitations. Time is another hurdle for many of us. A typical job like this may take a professional crew thirty to forty manhours. Once you have some ideas and you’re comfortable with your budget, decide whether you want to hire a professional designer. Creating an attractive, functional design takes a fair amount of plant knowledge. The help of a professional can pay in long-term dividends. If you decide to hire a designer, make sure that he or she will listen to your requests, and value your input. The final result needs to be what you like and will feel proud of, not the designers. An attractive landscape is an investment that gives you a tremendous return in value. If yours is no longer performing, now is a good time to give your house a new look.

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Top 10 Landscape Mistakes Home & Garden

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s we pass through another spring, local county extension offices are buzzing with lots of calls from home gardeners and landscapers with just about every tree, shrub, flower, and lawn question you can imagine. Over and over, Paul Pugliese is the Agriculture and county extension agents have Natural Resources Extension Agent conversations with people for Cherokee County Cooperative Exthat say they heard or saw tension, a partnership of The Universomeone else plant something sity of Georgia, The U.S. Department a certain way, they followed of Agriculture, and Cherokee County. suit, and then problems 770-479-0418. For more information happen. Unfortunately, most and free publications, visit the local folks call our office after it’s Website at too late. This article highlights cherokee the top landscape mistakes that agents see and hear about all too often. Hopefully, you can avoid future problems by changing some old habits and learning from the mistakes of your neighbors. 1. Leaving burlap, straps, ropes, or wire cages on a newly-planted tree or shrub root ball is not okay. Any material left on the root ball could potentially restrict root growth and create a “pot-bound” root system. Also, all stakes, ties, or tags should be removed to avoid girdling the stems of plants. 2. As a general rule, it is better to not use any soil amendments than to use them the wrong way. Soil amendments or compost should never be backfilled into a planting hole with new trees or shrubs. Soil amendments act like a sponge and either stay too wet when it rains or too dry during a drought. Soil amendments are better used over large planting areas, such as vegetable gardens, by thoroughly mixing 2” to 3” inches of compost in with the clay subsoil several inches deep to create a uniform soil profile. 3. Planting trees and shrubs too deep creates long-term, irreversible problems. When plants are buried too deep, there is greater potential for root rot, stem rot, bark cracking, and disease. To avoid this, all plants should be inspected prior to planting to find and expose the root flare, where the first set of major roots meets the stem. This root flare should be level with the existing grade around the planting hole or slightly higher for certain plants such as Azaleas that need well drained roots. Be sure to have a firm foundation of soil under larger trees so they don’t settle after planting. 4. Knowing the names of your plants and their specific cultural needs, light, water, and space, is probably the single most important part of plant installation and maintenance. Do your homework before you buy a new tree or shrub. Find out how tall and how wide the plant gets and make sure you plant in a spot that allows enough room to reach its mature size. Plants that are placed too close will eventually shade each other out, compete

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for water and nutrients, and diseases will spread more quickly between them. 5. It is important to take the time to read and follow the label before using any chemical or pesticide in your lawn or garden. Even if it’s an organic or natural product, you should closely follow the directions. All chemicals have the potential to cause damage to plants if applied at the wrong rate, the wrong time, or in the wrong place. Consider all the other alternatives to pesticides first. 6. Trees should never be topped when pruning; it destroys the branching control and shape of a tree. Improper pruning and topping often leads to more problems with tree branches dying and shortens the life of a tree. Never plant medium or large trees near or under utility lines, awnings, or anywhere else that will require extensive pruning to keep them from damaging property. Pick the right tree for the right site. 7. Applying the wrong amount of fertilizer or lime can be avoided simply by doing a soil test every few years on your lawn or garden. Applying too much fertilizer is not only a waste of money, but it can potentially burn plants. Excess nutrients that are not used by plants can become a source of water pollution. A soil test will tell you exactly how much lime or fertilizer you need to apply, if any, and when to apply it for your particular lawn or plants. For more information, go to 8. More plants are killed in Georgia from too much water than from the lack of water. Many root stress and disease problems are the result of over watering. As a general rule, established landscape plants and lawns only need about 1” inch of rain every 7 to 10 days. Therefore, if you get that much of rain in your rain gauge in one week, your irrigation should be turned off the following week and not turned back on as long as there is rain in the forecast. 9. Plants don’t live forever and some plants are shorter lived than others. There are numerous examples of plants that should be avoided such as Bradford Pears, Euonymus, and Red Tip Photinia. In the case of Bradford Pear trees, they generally live for about 15-20 years and when a strong wind or storm comes along, they literally self-destruct and their branches will break due to their weak branch structure. Euonymus shrubs are short-lived because they always end up getting destroyed by powdery mildew and scale insects. Red Tip Photinias are often short-lived due to a major leaf spot disease that will kill every leaf in a matter of weeks. Therefore, do your homework and avoid those plants that are not recommended for Georgia’s climate. 10. The last common landscape mistake is going overboard with mulch. Mulch is an extremely valuable tool for conserving soil moisture, protecting tree roots, and keeping weeds down. However, many people go to the extreme of applying deep mounds of mulch, often referred to as “mulch volcanoes” at the bases of trees. Never apply more than 2” to 3” inches of mulch around the root zone of trees and shrubs. You can go as far as twice the canopy width of trees to protect tree roots, but never go too deep. When mulch volcanoes are created several inches deep around the trunks of trees, there is potential for root rot, stem rot, disease, and insect problems. Also, avoid raking leaves or pine needles into piles at the bottom of tree trunks.

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provided paint, faux and wood staining for nearly all of our 15,000 square foot home. They turned drab built-in cabinetry into stunning accent furniture,” says Livia, homeowner in Buckhead. She goes on to say, “If you choose any company other than Castle Painting, you are making a mistake.” Castle Painting began ten years ago when Roberto Castillo moved to the U.S. from Venezuela as a pitcher for professional baseball. His baseball career was cut short from a shoulder injury. He then started painting for Disney World in Orlando. After a professional basketball career in Venezuela, his brother, Miguel Castillo moved his family to the U.S. to join Roberto. After relocating to the Atlanta area, the two brothers started Castle Painting. As with professional sports, they applied the same discipline and hard work to grow the company from one customer to now serving over 6,000 customers by their great reputation for delivering high quality services, only using the highest quality materials, and all for the best price. This is the foundation for the company today – always take care of the customer by providing five-star quality service. In addition to providing customers with professional crews on the job site, Castle Painting is proud of their supporting team in the office. Customers can call the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and always talk to a live person. “In addition to ensuring our customers can reach one of our team members when they call, we also take advantage of the latest technology so we are always accessible out in the field or after hours,” says Miguel, owner and president. “Besides having immediate access to us, we also provide project 39

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HVAC Reliable Heating and Air

Unheard of savings Available Now! by Dan Jape


his is an exciting time to be in the market for a new HVAC system in the greater Atlanta area due to the many programs and specials available to help with the cost of replacing an old inefficient system. Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air. You may contact him The tax credit program is still at 770-594-9096 or visit him online at available for homeowners, allowing a $500 bottom line credit off your income taxes. It is called the 25C program and it is available to most taxpayers

without any income limits. You simply have to purchase a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner or heat pump to earn this lucrative credit. There is money available from all the major EMC electric companies to finance a new heating and cooling systems, offering a 36-month, no interest loan making payments very affordable on a new comfort system, saving the homeowner hundreds of dollars in energy bills every year. For the homeowner who needs a longterm payment option, low interest loans are available. The Atlanta Gas Light company has a number of specials that are available to most Atlanta area homeowners who have gas heaters. There are a number of different gas marketers, but they all buy their gas from Atlanta Gas Light Company. A few cities who have their own gas companies, like Austell or Sugar Hill, do not participate in the gas promotions, but the vast majority of Atlanta homeowners can take advantage of these specials. Wonder if you qualify — call our office and we can help you. If you replace a furnace and an air conditioner and use an 80% efficient furnace, you can earn a $200 cash rebate and if you purchase a 90% furnace and an a/c unit, you can earn a $400 cash back rebate. If you currently have a heat pump or a dual fuel system with a gas furnace or a heat pump, you can earn a $1,000 cash rebate; if you replace the gas furnace and air conditioner or if you just replace the gas furnace and have the heat pump rewired to work as an a/c unit. This is a very lucrative program and this money will go a long way in helping with the cost of a new HVAC system replacement.      Trane also has incentives of $200, $400 and $1,000 or interest free financing for 36 months. The requirement is to purchase a high efficiency heating/cooling system and the rebate is an instant rebate given at the time of time of purchase. If you have not had your existing system serviced for the summer, now is the time. If your unit’s coils are not clean or if it is slightly low on refrigerant, it can cost hundreds of dollars in wasted energy bills. A dirty blower wheel and any number of items out of sync can come back to haunt you in higher bills and poor comfort. People who have their routine service performed are assured they are getting their money’s worth when the long hot summer days arrive with a vengeance. 

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May 21-22, 2011 in Canton, GA Canton Festival of the Arts, sponsored by the Cherokee Arts Center, is a two-day outdoor festival, May 21-22, with an emphasis on fine art and crafts; the art of living well; and the literary arts. Set in historic Brown Park, the festival offers free admission to the public and a variety of engaging activities. The popular Artist Market is the centerpiece of the festival, bringing together more than sixty talented artists and craftspeople from around the country, whose fine art mediums include oil, watercolor, fine blown glass, elegant and whimsical jewelry, decorative and functional pottery, sculpture and hand turned wood, among others. Serenity Gardens encompasses the art of gardening, environmental protection and healthy living. Canton Festival of the Arts honors the written word through the Literary Celebration. More than thirty authors from several states will gather to discuss the writing process, their writing experience, the past and future of “The Book,” along with other topics. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions, purchase their favorite authors’ books, and have them signed. The Children’s Experience will feature a kaleidoscope of exciting projects and media. Children will have the opportunity to experiment with musical instruments, photography, mural painting, improv and other activities. Rounding out the festival this year will be a tempting variety of food and drink, and a soul-satisfying array of local talent on the stage. Hours: 10-5 both days. For additional information and a schedule of authors attending, visit Cherokee Arts Center website 42 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

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Artist Market with Over 60 Exhibitors Wine and Beer Garden Taste Tempting food concessions Camp Imagine .....Hands on Art Activities for Children Entertainment All Day Literary Panel & Booksignings 45 minutes from Atlanta 20 minutes from Alpharetta or Marietta Free Parking - Very Convenient to Festival Location 43

Healthy Living

REDUCE YOUR Skin Cancer Risk

By Emily Caldwell Brown Communication Specialist, Northside Hospital

• Check your medications. Some, including acne treatment and birth control, can make your skin extra sensitive to sun exposure. Check with your doctor to see if yours may have such an effect. • Ditch the tanning bed. With or without sunscreen, they can damage your skin, putting you at increased risk for cancer. Continued exposure can bring wrinkles, brown spots, blotchiness and leathery looking skin. Free Skin Cancer Screenings May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Northside Hospital will offer participants full or partial body assessments, which will be conducted in private settings by licensed medical staff and physicians. Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6-8 p.m. Northside Hospital-Forsyth Cancer Center 1100 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 140, Cumming

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, protecting it from injury and infection. Shielding your skin from sun exposure can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and potentially save your life. Skin cancer doesn’t just affect sun bathers. Even everyday activities can leave your skin exposed and increase your risk for cancer. Plan ahead and protect yourself, so you can enjoy staying cancer free. • Schedule “sun time” for before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when exposure is less harmful. If outside during peak hours, seek shade or covered areas, instead of direct sun. • Wear sunscreen. Choose an SPF of at least 15, applying at least 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming. Wear it on overcast days, too. UV rays can travel through clouds. • Skin cancer can occur in places you don’t expect — the backs of your hands and feet, eyelids, ears, in between your toes and your lips. Be thorough when applying sunscreen. • Accessorize. Wear tightly woven, bright-colored clothing that covers most of the body. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Choose wrap-around sunglasses that absorb at least 100% of UV rays, to help protect your eyes and the surrounding skin. 44 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6-8 p.m. Northside Hospital-Atlanta Cancer Center 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta Appointments are required. Call 404-845-5555, press “0.” For more information, please visit

Northside Hospital’s Cancer Care Program According to the American Cancer Society, more than two million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Northside Hospital is committed to providing you information and resources to live cancer-free. From nutrition and prevention to treatment and recovery, Northside provides extensive resources across the cancer continuum. Northside Hospital is among 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to join a national network of community cancer centers (NCCCP) offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care. Learn more about cancer prevention and care at

The Denim Dollar Days Celebration in August of 1960. The celebration was created by the Canton Cotton Mills, as part of a larger national movement, in order to promote denim to the public and to increase sales. As part of the celebration, they also had a pageant called the Denim Dolls.

The little girls are pageant participants in the front row (left to right): Unknown, Emily Smith, Rhonda Morris, Phyllis Smith, Jean Bishop, Anne Cash, Brenda Edmondson, Unknown, Debra Cornelison, Nancy Pague, Bonnie Woodall, Martha Ray, Martha Richards, Jenny Holbrook, Fran Rolan and Jean Ray. The little girls (left to right): Jenny Holbrook, Bonnie Woodall and Jean Ray.

American Girl Tea Party

American Girl Tea Party

Raffles, Games, Prizes! Presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Barn 658 Marietta Highway, Canton Tickets are $20 Visit or call (770) 345-3288 to order your tickets! 45

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by Cathy Wendland-Colby, DC It’s time to put away those bulky sweaters, get rid of those loose t-shirts and head to the lake, the pool or the park in your bathing suits and tank tops. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the biggest trend this summer is the belly baring shirt. No doubt you’ve seen the celebrities showing off their flat stomachs. Well you can have a flat stomach, too.

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 www.

Here are my top four tips to help you achieve a flatter stomach this summer.

1. Nutrition — What you eat has a lot to do with how your stomach looks. Eat a lot of fatty foods and you’re sure to gain weight. Don’t eat enough fiber, and you’ll prevent your body from getting rid of the food you’ve already eaten – giving you that noticeable pooch to your lower abdominal area. Increase your daily fiber intake by adding a high fiber cereal to assist your digestion and help minimize that lower belly pooch. Increase the amount of water you drink to help speed up your metabolism, rid your body of toxins and keep your skin looking fresh, tight and smooth. 2. Cardio — Remember, you cannot “spot reduce” meaning you cannot say to your body, “I want to lose some fat right here,” and have it miraculously happen. When we lose weight, we lose it all over our bodies. When you do a significant amount of cardiovascular exercise and raise your heart rate and your metabolism, you will begin to burn calories from the fat stored all over your body. The result is a thinner, healthier body. 3. Abdominal Exercises — There are many exercises that target your abdominals; there are many more that simply use your abdominals to assist other muscle groups. Both types of exercise are effective, both types should be incorporated into any workout plan. The exercises that use your abdominals to assist other muscle groups include any exercise where you are moving your arms or legs and your torso is working to stabilize you. Running, walking and swimming are the most common; be sure to engage your abdominals by pulling your belly button in while you feel your torso gently rotate from side to side. Kickboxing continued on page 62 46 AroundAbout Woodstock | may 2011

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by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS

Part 3 — There is so much information out there about braces and orthodontics thanks to “Dr. Internet” and, due to the ease in which it can be retrieved it’s often difficult to separate fact from fiction. Even worse, sometimes there is a glimmer Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in of truth embedded in a lot of nonsense making it even harder orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and to ferret out the truth. Quite Roswell. Visit his Website at often I read or hear a myth cleverly disguised as the truth and realize we must debunk these ideas when possible. It’s just too easy to buy into these notions, especially when you hear something frequently or from a well meaning source. For the last couple of months I have been discussing common myths and misconceptions regarding orthodontic treatment. Most of the discussion has centered around educating the consumer about advances in technology that have enabled us to eliminate

some of the perceived issues in wearing braces. Concerns such as pain, frequency of visits, and length of treatment, that were previous truths, are no longer valid concerns today. Feel free to refer to previous issues or contact me personally if you would like information regarding prior articles. This month I want to discuss a couple of misconceptions that were never true in the first place but have been entrenched in orthodontic folklore for decades. In fairness to my profession, I must state that only through long-term, thorough, and well documented research in our industry by dedicate people of science have we been able to continually provide the necessary knowledge to dentists and orthodontists to advance our profession. 1. Once I get my braces off, my teeth will stay straight forever. Getting your teeth straight and bite corrected is just half the battle. Teeth are connected to bone by elastic fibers called periodontal ligaments and, as teeth move, these ligaments are stretched, compressed and rotated. Once the braces are removed, these fibers have the tendency to return to their original position thereby causing relapse. Wearing your retainer is so important because it is your best defense in keeping your teeth straight once your braces are removed. continued on page 62 47

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The Great Pretender

by Dr. Monika Yadav

With this country still recovering from the aftermath of the recession, I have seen the medical consequences of this financial disaster. Individuals of most ages are highly stressed. They can’t eat what they may prefer and Dr. Monika Yadav is an Internist with might not be able to keep Internal Medicine Associates who their membership at the gym. practices in Holly Spring and Jasper. People are consumed with work and worry. For the past couple years I have made it a point to pry because one particular condition may masquerade around as other things in hopes of not being caught… Depression. Everybody is aware of the obvious signs of this condition — A depressed mood, thoughts of worthlessness and death, and irregular sleep and eating habits. But there are also subtle, more covert symptoms that are only found if asked about in depth. These include low energy, poor concentration,

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psychomotor retardation or agitation, and a gradual loss of interest in activities — especially those that would bring pleasure to the person. There is also a genetic predisposition. The problem is that mood disorder was taboo, so treatment was rarely sought. Instead, those affected would hurt themselves by abusing alcohol and drugs or hurt others with their edgy behavior. I hope as time goes on these misconceptions fade. We now have a better understanding of what causes depression. Neurohormones, such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine that play a role in making us feel happy are broken down faster in those suffering from depression. Medicines prohibit this from occurring. People have no qualms in telling their friends about taking a pill for blood pressure or diabetes, yet when it comes to a pill for depression…

With this country still recovering from the aftermath of the recession, I have seen the medical consequences of this financial disaster.”

Living with untreated depression is like living with a handicap. And the sooner we realize this fact, the faster the quality of millions of lives will be improved.

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Diet and Exercise? by Drs. Thaddeus Fabian, Michael McNeel, Keith Hanna and Keith West The answer isn’t yes OR no. . . it really depends. Today, there are a lot of plastic surgical procedures that can help women and men look more fit and trim. There is liposuction that often Drs. Thaddeus Fabian, Michael McNeel, Keith results in going down Hanna and Keith West are all board-certified plastic surgeons with Marietta Plastic Surgery, a pant size or two. with offices in Marietta and Woodstock. As And a more invasive members of the American Society of Plastic procedure, called Surgeons, they are skilled in the latest techniques and procedures in the field of an abdominoplasty, plastic surgery. For a private consultation, or tummy tuck as it contact is more commonly known, can help women and men achieve a flatter and tighter

stomach and shed many unwanted pounds and rolls of skin that don’t seem to disappear with diet and exercise. Moms especially may feel that it is a losing battle. We often hear from women that, after childbirth (or two or three) they feel that no amount of exercise will help them return to their pre-pregnancy weight and shape. Add in the time constraints of managing a job, kids, family and a household, and the challenge magnifies. Pregnancy changes a woman’s body — hips widen, pounds are added to nurture the growing baby, breasts often droop from breastfeeding and nothing is the same afterwards. Some women also suffer from separated abdominal muscles, which often create a pooch or fullness in the lower tummy. This is why “mommy makeovers” are on the rise, plastic surgical procedures that are designed to create a more youthful appearance in the breast, hips and stomach areas. A mommy makeover may include a breast augmentation or lift, along with liposuction and/or a tummy tuck. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tucks are increasing in numbers, hitting 116,000 in 2010. And a recent “Redbook” article on this very subject reports that, “The number of tummy tucks done in this country has climbed 88.7 percent since 2000, to 110,323 in 2009.”* continued on page 62 49

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To Eat Healthy

by Shannon Dobson, N.P. You can lead a child to the table. . . but you can’t make them eat! Any parent will tell you they have struggled with their child to eat healthy foods. We offer nutritious foods, but our children refuse them. Childhood obesity is at epidemic proportions and Georgia is leading the nation with the percentage of obese children per capita.

Shannon Dobson is a nurse practitioner at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine. You may contact her at 770-517-0250 or visit

A popular question we are frequently asked is, “How much should my child eat?” Infants are easy; they eat when they are hungry. A healthy infant will nurse 8-12 times a day before solid food and 6-10 times a day thereafter. A formula fed baby will take 24-32 ounces per day, but does not need more than

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32 ounces. Once eating solids, a baby should eat 1-2 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. What is a serving? 1-2 tablespoons is a serving for infants under one. Toddlers — possibly the most frustrating eaters of all! Energy and caloric needs drop off at age two, so how do you feed these little people? Smaller portion sizes work well. 2 tablespoons of ground meat or a tablespoon of peanut butter meets a protein serving. A half a piece of fruit and a tablespoon of cooked vegetables is one serving. A half a slice of bread, ¼ cup of dry cereal or 1-2 crackers meet this requirement. 4 ounces of milk, 1/3 cup of yogurt or one inch cheese cube is all they need. A normal active toddler should eat three, healthy meals a day with two snacks. Their decision to eat or not is theirs and will match their bodies need. Let’s talk juice. Juice is full of sugar and empty calories. Most children do not need juice and it does not substitute as a serving of fruit. Juice consumption contributes to obesity, cavities, and can cause diarrhea. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, stop juice and offer water between meals to satisfy thirst. The early school age child can be an active participant in their diet and are very verbal about what they want to eat. Your job as a parent is to provide healthy food and it is your child’s job to eat continued on page 62


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in Kids

by Vishant Nath, DMD How can a small child have such stinky breath?? A study from 2003 showed that 23% of kids have bad breath, so don’t feel like you are alone if you are dealing with this in your child! There are several causes for bad breath in kids. There are also options for preventing and treating it when it occurs.

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

The first question to ask is, “Is my child doing an adequate job of brushing and flossing?” Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath. Bacteria (which produce the foul odor) feed upon food particles that are left in the teeth. Proper brushing and flossing can eliminate the food particles, thereby eliminating the presence of the bacteria. As parents, we know that we need to help our young toddlers to brush their teeth, but even older children may require some help until they develop the dexterity to brush well. Even if they have the dexterity, they may not understand the importance of brushing well, so they may need some coaching to ensure that their dental hygiene is great. And don’t forget to teach your child to brush the tongue as well! Bad breath can also be a symptom of tooth decay, so be sure to visit your pediatric dentist twice a year to make sure that any tooth decay is diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Another cause of bad breath is postnasal drip due to allergies. In this case, treating the allergy should help to alleviate the bad breath symptom. Any sort of bacterial infection can cause bad breath. This includes sinusitis and throat infections. Normally there will be other symptoms associated with these conditions. Treating the infection should work to eliminate the bad breath. So, in all of these cases, bacteria is the cause of the bad breath. There have been some studies that have shown that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Many sugarless chewing gums contain xylitol, you can certainly give this a try to combat bad breath. If you feel as though you have tried everything and the bad breath is still an issue, be sure to consult your pediatric dentist and pediatrician for a more thorough analysis, as it can sometimes indicate a more serious underlying condition. Most often though bad breath is not too difficult to deal with. 51

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FIVE STEPS TO A Simpler Financial Life

by Patrick J. Rice, Jr. For many Americans, financial life seems to be getting more and more complicated. Perhaps that’s because more workers bear responsibility for their own retirement savings thanks to the proliferation of 401(k) and other plans. Or maybe it’s because Patrick J. Rice, Jr. is a Renasant Wealth Management Investment there’s so much information Advisor of Renasant Bank. You may and so many investment choices contact him at 678-454-2395 or to sort through. Whatever the visit case, here are some suggestions that may help to simplify your financial life. 1. Start with a Plan — A little time spent planning now can benefit you later. First, determine short-term financial

goals. Do you want to purchase a home in five years? Are your kids heading off to college soon? Is buying a car a top priority next year? Next, think about long-term goals, such as saving for retirement and, if your children are young, college expenses. Estimate how much money you’ll need to meet each of these goals. 2. Build a Better Budget — Next, look at your current monthly net income and then set up a budget. Creating a budget allows you to see exactly where all your money goes and to determine where you can scale back. After making cuts, invest that money to help pursue your financial goals. 3. Invest Systematically — You can take time and guesswork out of investing with a systematic investing program. With mutual funds, for example, you can make arrangements to automatically invest a specific amount of money on a regular (e.g., monthly) basis, a strategy also known as dollar cost averaging.* In addition to making investing easier, dollar cost averaging could potentially save you money. You’ll buy more shares when prices are low and fewer shares when they’re high. Over time, the average cost you pay for the shares may be less than the average price. 4. Rely on an Investment Professional — While the financial world is far more complex than it was just a few years ago, you don’t have to go it alone. Think about tapping into your investment professional’s expertise before making any major change in your investments. He or she can help you to evaluate how new tax rules and changing market conditions may affect your portfolio and, in turn, your financial goals. *Dollar cost averaging involves regular, periodic investments in securities regardless of price levels. You should consider your financial ability to continue purchasing shares through periods of high and low prices. This plan does not assure a profit and does not protect against loss in declining markets. Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPA. Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. Investments are not Bank Guaranteed, not FDIC Insured, not insured by any federal government agency, may lose value and are not a deposit. Article provided by Patrick Rice, Renasant Wealth Management, © 2010 Standard & Poor’s Financial Communications. All rights reserved.

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by Dr. Mike Litrel, MD When my son Joseph sat down at the piano after his first lesson, I experienced a moment of sublime joy. My son, the piano player! In my mind’s eye I saw Joseph receiving a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall, his voice cracking with emotion as he pronounced to the sold out audience that he owed all his success to his Dad. As I basked in this fatherly fantasy, my eyes almost welled with tears.

Joseph is a cocky, self satisfied fellow. After his first lesson he massacred a preschool piano ditty and immediately turned to me with his eyebrows raised smugly, like he had just played Beethoven’s ninth. This is the kind of attitude that makes proper parental encouragement a challenge. “Oh, that was great, Joseph,” I intoned neutrally. Big whoop, I couldn’t help thinking. Thirty bucks for that? Over the next month Joseph practiced each day. And once again, I began to dread the sounds a piano can make. What Joseph lacked in skill he made up in volume. I struggled to remain properly complimentary in the face of classic fourteen year-old swagger. To me it seemed the kid expected applause every time he didn’t fall off the stool. Then something happened I couldn’t handle: Joseph learned “Heart and Soul.” And just like his musically inept Uncle Chris, it was all he would play. I lasted three days before I lost it.

Dr. Litrel practices with his fellow OB/ GYNs at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock with his wife Ann and their two sons, Tyler and Joseph. E-mail Dr. Litrel at

Sadly, this reverie didn’t last long. Indeed, it ended quite abruptly – with the sound of Joseph’s fingers, first pressing on the keys. When Ann and I were newlyweds, I flinched when she mentioned wanting a piano. Certain childhood memories of enforced lessons cast a black cloud over the whole subject for me. But she dragged me to an auction and persuaded me to throw $300 into a used upright, an instrument which sits in our living room to this day. It turns out Ann is an accomplished pianist. In the evenings while the boys and I lounge on the couch, she plays Bach or Beethoven. At Christmas when friends gather round to sing carols, she accompanies for hours. But most of the time when Ann plays, I am in a different room, her songs wafting through our home, lifting me in ways of which I am barely conscious. Now I can regret not putting more effort into my musical skills. But still, I would never force my sons to take piano lessons like my Chinese mother did to me and my twin brother Chris. The only thing I hated more than practicing piano myself was listening to my brother practice. Chris must have learned more than one song in three years of lessons, but to this day the only one that comes to mind is “Heart and Soul,” the melody half of the duet “Chopsticks.” When it was my brother’s turn to practice, no matter what our teacher had assigned, Chris would play this song over and over again. Thus it was during my childhood that I first became aware of the ungodly noises a piano can make. Even so, when Joseph expressed interest in piano lessons, I was enthusiastic. Joseph will be a musician – like his mother, I thought. . .

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“Joseph!!! I can’t take it anymore!” the words erupted. “Are you trying to ruin my life?” I could feel my temple veins throbbing over the din. An unmistakable smirk flitted across Joseph’s face. Without pausing, he simply continued to play, even louder. It suddenly dawned on me he was happy to both practice the piano and annoy his father at the same time. But Ann was appalled. She motioned me to the other room. My job as a father was to provide encouragement, she emphasized with some agitation. How dare I jeopardize his fragile efforts in a new endeavor! Fragile efforts? What about my fragile ear drums? But I took a deep breath and bit my lip to keep more criticism from escaping. God has blessed us with children. Our job as parents is to guide them to become the best they can – hopefully without screwing them up too much. But Joseph had been banging on those keys for over an hour. In my opinion, he needed encouragement a lot less than I needed earplugs. And then a miracle! “Oh my goodness, Joseph what did you just do?!” I said eagerly with astonishment. “It sounds fantastic!” Joseph grinned and played straight man. “Yeah Dad, I just stopped playing. I’m taking a break.” “Well, whatever it is, it sounds really good,” I smiled proudly. “You definitely need to do more of that!” I glanced over at Ann to see if this would pass as fatherly encouragement. She shook her head ruefully, her face buried in a book, fighting back a smile. Ann would never admit it, but I suspect she too was enjoying the peaceful sound of Joseph’s fingers not pressing down on the piano keys. Joseph was snickering. Carnegie Hall is out – but I console myself that just a few more months of torture, and Joseph can’t help but get better. Despie himself – and his dad. 53

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NEEDED Or INCLUDED? by Laurie Troublefield I’m a pretty consistent participant in the Facebook community. I admit it — I like it. I find it fun, a way to keep up and connect with people in a quick and simple fashion, a way to see what others are thinking and doing in the world, and just plain intriguing to see how weird some people really are. I’ve become one of “those!”

Laurie Troublefield is the director of training with Grace Connections. You may contact her at

One thing I don’t particularly like about Facebook is the advertisements that pop up along the side of my profile page. For the most part, I just ignore them and they don’t induce me to peruse whatever they might be selling or promoting. But lately, one particular ad has caught my attention more than once, and it has been quite disturbing. Its title is, “Heal People with Christ.” And underneath the title is a picture of an obviously strung out addict who needs MY help! Seriously?

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One of the most common perceptions (in my opinion, deceptions) I come across in my work with churches and ministry organizations around the world is the idea that God needs us. . . that somehow if I don’t, then He can’t. It’s quite prolific and sometimes even cultic in the way it’s presented to believers; in some circles, even to the point of claiming, “Their souls are your responsibility.” That’s a pretty heavy burden to carry, not to mention saying a lot about their concept of God. This advertisement is from a Christian counseling degree program and offers those who have their Christian life together to become a professional at healing those who don’t. Now I assume that if I had a conversation with the Dean of the college, most likely they would say, “That’s not what we meant.” The problem is, they didn’t think through their advertising campaign very well, at least not enough to anticipate what those who really need help might feel about their mode of recruitment, nor what it might communicate to those who would consider becoming a “healer.” It’s condemnation to the first and a set-up for failure for the latter. Acts 17:24-25 tells us, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human continued on page 62

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by Colin Morris May has become one of my favorite months. Before my kids were in school, I enjoyed May for its nice days, not too hot. We could go to the park or even start to swim at the pool. Now Colin Morris is a freelance writer who resides in that all three of my Woodstock with her husband and three children. children are in school, May’s pace has picked up considerably. Every activity has a recital or a program or an end of the year gathering. We juggle spring football with family birthday parties and exams. I am learning that May, with its many endings, feels satisfying. We committed to this or that for a season, and now we are finished. We fulfilled our commitment, and now we wipe the slate clean in anticipation of something else. I am a list-person, and May is one big

checking-off for this year’s activities. First grade? Check. Tumbling? Check. Carpool? Check. My mom and kid suggestion for this month is take a moment to reflect on your year. All three of my kids have been taught first grade by the same phenomenal teacher at Woodstock Elementary: Mrs. Jane Hancock. She hosts a cookout for her class at the end of every school year. Her husband cooks hot dogs at J.J. Biello Park, and all the parents and kids bring food to share. We get a chance to talk back and forth about the year, and remember how far our kids have come. Many years and in various grades, teachers will have slide shows or give back journals that my kids have been writing in all year. Those are valuable opportunities to help my kids see their own progress. They don’t feel any different now than they did nine months ago on the first day of class, but they certainly are. With sports, too, there is a chance to talk about lessons learned, and skills acquired. Performances and recitals and tournament games allow us to acknowledge our children’s growth. Some school years are more difficult than others. I remember at the end of a particularly challenging year, I was talking with one of my kids. All year long we had labored together in continued on page 62 55

Family and Faith


by Herb Sims

Questions are great! When my wife Tracy and our four kids traveled in our Suburban, questions were the way we got to know each other. Discussions would begin and sometimes last for hours, going places that often Herb Sims is the pastor of Gracelife made both mom and dad Church. You may contact him at 404uncomfortable. All it required 509-3397. was a little organization that involved putting Adam, my second oldest son, as far away from his sister Jenny as we could arrange. You see, there is only 13 months difference in their ages. Hence the Suburban with three seats was wonderful. Throw in a few questions and the next thing you know 15 years of growth fly by. Our faith can grow through questions. This past Sunday we asked a question at our small church that promoted more

growth than we have seen in a long time. Here it is, “If Jesus is not a risen living Savior would it make a difference to your faith?” Do you need Jesus to be alive now? Or, is He just a “travel ticket” to heaven? For many, their faith is centered on choosing a destination instead encountering a living and relevant God. Eternal life is considered to be a really, really long time in a place of better circumstances. What if Eternal Life is not about having eternity added to your length of existence? What if a relationship with Jesus is not about securing a good set of circumstances when you die? What if Eternal Life is not a ticket to heaven or fire insurance from hell? What if Eternal Life is found in a Person? What if Eternal Life is a person? What if Eternal Life is Jesus? There I go with more questions. I am not denying that once we are free of the earthly containers we call our bodies that things are not going to get a lot better; but what characterizes our faith that is found in Jesus Christ is His present Life. This Life is what differentiates true Christianity from religion. I have had a stomach full of religion that uses God as a means to an end. Jesus came that I may have Life, His Life, Eternal Life, Abundant Life, now. This present experience of my Savior looks like a lifetime of wonderful holy conversation with my family in the Suburban discussing Life. These conversations have resulted in an understanding of how things don’t define us, dreams can move past what we see in this world and supernatural Life can be experienced now. It is interesting how things change but yet stay the same. Adam’s daughter is celebrating her third birthday party and Jenny just celebrated her 26th. Adam and Jenny are best friends and questions are still being asked, conversations started, and Life is experienced. This “mystery” of Life is far more than we can imagine. Please don’t let anyone put Him into boxes labeled Heaven or Hell. He is now. Ask some questions. . . make someone uncomfortable. It is glorious!

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Woodstock Directory Listings Faith & Worship Baptist

Calvary Baptist 137 Hightower Road, 770-887-6982 Cherokee Baptist Church 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, 770-720-3399 Faith Community Church 659 Arnold Mill Road, 770-516-1996 First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, 770-926-4428 Mt. Olive Baptist Church 131 Mill Street, 770-928-1334 New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, 770-926-8448 North Arnold Mill Baptist Church 4206 N. Arnold Mill Road, 770-926-8087 South Cherokee Baptist Church 7504 Highway 92, 770-926-0422 Stonecrest Baptist Church 485 Arnold Mill Road, 770-926-8820 Toonigh Baptist Church 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon 770-928-2491 Welcome All Baptist Church 545 Stell Road, 770-928-0555


Roman Catholic

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

Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church 2941 Sam Nelson Road, 770-479-8923

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, 770-928-7916 Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton, 770-345-6722

jEWISH Chabad Jewish Center 1635 Old US Highway 41, 770-771-9952

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

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel 8855 Main Street, 770-485-0504

Presbyterian Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1498 Johnson Brady Road, 770-704-9594 Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church 471 Arnold Mill Road, 770-833-3797 Woodstock Presbyterian Church 345 Arnold Mill Road, 770-926-0074

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, 770-516-0009

Seventh Day Adventist Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, 770-591-7304 www.

United Methodist Big Springs United Methodist Church 2066 Sugar Pike Road, 770-475-1796 City On A Hill - A New United Methodist Church Worshipping at Johnston Elementary School 2031 East Cherokee Drive, 404-862-7850 Little River United Methodist Church 12455 Highway 92, 770-926-2495 Mount Gilead United Methodist Church 889 Arnold Mill Road, 770-591-0837 Mountain View United Methodist Church 2300 Jamerson Road, 770-928-0050 Woodstock united methodist church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, 770-516-0371 57

FAITH & WORSHIP Other Churches

Hickory Flat Church of God 947 Bailey Road, 770-475-4321

Allen Temple, AME Church 232 Arnold Mill Road, 770-926-6348

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

Allpoints Community Church 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, 678-493-3430

Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130 678-384-4919

Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, 770-592-2956 BridgePointe Church Meeting at Woodstock High School 770-517-2977

Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400 770-591-0040

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: 770-926-8055

Towne Lake Community Church 132 N. Medical Parkway, 678-445-8766

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

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

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, 770-926-8238

Cherokee County Special Olympics Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Colleene Konwick, 770-517-7101

Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, 678-494-2193

Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, 770-926-8838 Servico En Espanol Domingo, 770-926-8271

Companion Animal Connection Contact: 678-493-9847 Website:

Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints Woodstock Ward, 770-926-7230

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, 770-924-4499

Feed My Lambs, Inc. Contact: 770-795-9349 Website:

Woodstock Community Church 8534 Main Street, 770-926-8990

Genesis Adoptions Contact: 770-517-0043 Website:

Church of the Messiah 415 Charles Cox Drive, 770-479-5280 Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 Covenant Christian Center Worship Annex 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Boulevard 2463 Holly Springs Parkway 770-345-0307 Covenant of Peace Ministries 604 Industrial Court, 770-821-8972 Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, 770-516-5733 Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Church 507 Industrial Drive, 770-928-7478 Grace Life Church 655 Molly Lane, Suite 140, 404-509-3397 Greater Bethel Community Church 211 Arnold Mill Road, 770-592-9900

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Business Organizations American Business Women’s Association Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Lori Matthewson, 770-720-6274 Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Marci Zied, 770-345-8687 Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Every Wednesday at noon Contact: 678-361-3553 Main Street Woodstock Meeting: First Friday at 8 a.m. Website: North Georgia Referral Network Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. Contact: 678-361-3553 Together We Rise Meeting: Second and fourth Tuesdays Contact: Pat Snipes, 404-569-5280 Women of Woodstock Meeting: First and third Wednesdays Contact: 770-928-2700

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Contact: 404-862-6180 Website: Habitat for Humanity Contact: 770-345-1024 Website: The Hope Center Contact: 770-924-0864 Website: Hospice Advantage Contact: 770-218-1997 Website: ICOR Contact: 404-992-8155 Website: Meals Fur Pets Contact: Steve, 770-712-4077 Website: MUST Ministries Contact: Kim Loesing, 770-479-5397 Website: Papa’s Pantry Contact: Lynne Saunders, 770-591-4730 Website:

Organizations Safe Kids Cherokee County Contact: Chad Arp, 678-493-4343 Website:

Lions Club of Woodstock Meeting: Second and fourth Tues. at 7 p.m. Contact: Ed Cook, 770-906-2958

Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at noon Contact: Johnny Young, 770-345-6158

Volunteer Aging Council of Cherokee County 678-269-6677

Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: 404-506-6878

Political Organizations

Civic Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter Meeting: Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact: Rich, 770-926-1944 American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 316 Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: George Wallace, 770-354-6454 Website: Hickory Flat Optimist Club Meeting: First and third Tuesdays Contact: 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:

Sewrifics of Cherokee Meeting: Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact: Sheri Torch, 770-591-8335 Sons of the American Legion Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Charles Tucker, 678-643-0794 South Cherokee Optimist Club Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: 770-926-3522 Woodstock Jaycees Meeting: First Tues. and third Thurs. at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-926-8336 Woodstock Masons Masonic Lodge #246 F. & A. M., Inc. Meeting: Second and fourth Thurs. at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Charles Sharp, 770-928-6140

Cherokee County Democratic Party Meeting: Third Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Hamilton, 770-380-7071 Website: Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: Fourth Monday at 7 p.m. Breakfast first Saturday at 8 a.m. Contact: Conrad Quagliaroli, 770-592-6545 Cherokee County Republican Women Meeting: Third Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: 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 59

Organizations Blue Skies Laughter Club Meeting: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Contact: Craig Whitley, 404-520-0221 Website: Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meeting: Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact: Jim Millsap, 770-928-8590 Website:

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting: First Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-926-0119

La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Contact: Marguerite, 770-926-2791

American Cancer Society 24/7 information line: 1-800-227-2345

Miracle Mothers Contact: Melissa, 770-516-1078 Website:

Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Sharon Jones, 770-345-6551

Cherokee County Arts Center Meeting: Fourth Friday at 10 a.m. Contact: 770-704-6244 Website:

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: First Thursday Contact: 404-843-1880

Cherokee County Saddle Club Meeting: Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Tamma Trump, 770-655-0819 Website:

Canadian Women’s Club Meeting: Third Wednesday Contact: Lesley Frappier

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

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

Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Suzanne Hosea, 404-667-4733 Website: Cherokee Outdoor YMCA Contact: 770-591-5820 Dog Hikers of Georgia Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact: Dr. Daniel C. Batchelor, 770-992-2362 Website: Foothills Running Club Contact: John McCusker, 770-924-9504 Les Marmitons Meeting: Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Larry Lodisio, 770-516-5197 North Atlanta Soccer Association Contact: Michele Fox, 770-926-4175 Website: Wildlife Action, Inc. Meeting: Third Sunday at 1 p.m. Contact: WLA Office, 1-800-753-2264 Woodstock Youth Track Club Practice: Mon., Tues., and Thurs. at 6 p.m. Contact: Michael Dahlhauser, 404-654-0093 Zack Walk Singles Mixer Contact: Karen Sacandy, 404-452-9980 Website:

Support Organizations Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meeting: First Wednesday at 7 p.m. Contact: Cindy Braddock, 678-445-3131

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Celebrate Recovery Meeting: Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact: Debbie Anthros, 770-331-6685 Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group Contact: Heidi, Renee, 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: Second and fourth Tues. at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 770-560-7112 Diabetes Support Group Meeting: Fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact: 678-493-1503 Emotions Anonymous Meeting: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Cindy, 770-928-6554 Fellowship of Companies for Christ International Meeting: Second and fourth Thurs. at 7 a.m. Contact: Randall Hill, 770-516-5887 GRANDparents Raising GRANDchildren Meeting: Second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: 678-699-3400 Hearing loss association of America Chapter meeting information: 770-517-2941 Contact: Jewish Havurah Contact: Marcia, 770-345-8687

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: Every Monday at 8 p.m. Contact: 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: First Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact: Scott Bell, 404-218-6626 Over-eaters Anonymous Meeting: Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Contact: Lois, 770-592-6421 S.N.A.P — Special Needs Awareness Program Meeting: Second Monday at 10 a.m. Contact: 770-720-4068 Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meeting: Second and fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Contact: Robin Galloway, 770-517-5899 The Way Group, AA Meeting: Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. Contact: Hillside UMC


Local Officials United States Government

President Barack Obama, D 202-456-1414 fax: 202-456-2461 Senator Saxby Chambliss, R 202-224-3521 fax: 202-224-0103 Senator Johnny Isakson, R 202-224-3643 fax: 770-661-0768 GA: 770-661-0999 Rep. Tom Price, R, District 6 202-225-4501 fax: 770-565-7570 GA: 770-565-4990 Rep. John Linder, R, District 7 202-225-4272 fax: 770-479-2999 GA: 770-479-1888

State Government Governor Nathan Deal, R 404-656-1776 fax: 404-657-7332 203 State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia 30334 Sen. Chip Rogers, R, District 21 404-463-1378 fax: 404-657-9887 Sen. Jack Murphy, R, District 27 770-887-1960 fax: 770-205-0602 Rep. Charlice Byrd, R, District 20 404-656-0126 fax: 404-463-2793 Rep. Calvin Hill, R, District 21 404-656-0129 fax: 770-645-2394 Rep. Sean Jerguson, R, District 22 404-656-0287


Courts 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 Judge Clyde J. Gober, Jr. Judge W. Alan Jordan

678-493-6480 678-493-6490

Magistrate Court Judge James E. Drane III, R


Probate Court Judge Keith Wood, R


Juvenile Court Judge John B. Sumner Judge M. Anthony Baker

678-493-6250 678-493-6280

Clerk of Courts Patty Baker


Board of Commissioners 678-493-6000 fax: 678-493-6013 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114 Buzz Ahrens, R, Chair 678-493-6001 Harry Johnston, R, Post 1 Jim Hubbard, R, Post 2 Karen Bosch, R, Post 3 Jason A Nelms, R, Post 4 678-493-6000

School System Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo 770-479-1871 fax: 770-479-1236 110 Academy Street, Canton, GA 30114

Earl W. Darby 404-362-1600 480 Main Street, Canton, GA 30114

Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Roger Garrison, R 678-493-4200 fax: 678-493-4228 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115

Tax Commissioner David Fields 678-493-6400 fax: 678-493-6420 2780 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114 155 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188

Board of Education robert wofford, R, Post 1 770-345-6256 Mike Chapman, R, Post 2 770-704-4398 x4372 Michael Geist, R, Post 3 404-462-4950 Janet Read, R, Post 4, Chair 770-516-1444 Rick Steiner, R, Post 5 770-704-4398, x4370 Rob Usher, R, Post 6 770-928-0341 Kim Cochran, R, Post 7 678-983-9644

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques 770-592-6017



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Myths About Braces

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2. My wisdom teeth are making my teeth crooked. Most people think wisdom teeth cause crowding. I am constantly amazed at how entrenched this notion has become. As much as I try to dispel this misconception, much of the time I am met with skepticism and disbelief. If this were true, then one must assume that teeth would not move after wisdom teeth were extracted. In fact, people who never had wisdom teeth still see their teeth move over time. This is a topic that will warrant an entire column in the future, but for now, be aware and refer to #1 above. Teeth just tend to move over time regardless of whether you have wisdom teeth or not.

Needed or Included?

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hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” God is complete within Himself and not reliant upon anyone to accomplish His will. The miraculous reality is that He includes us in what He’s about, sometimes giving us the privilege of being the conduit of His Life to another, but we are NEVER the source. What does this little nugget of Truth do for us? Well, for me, it frees me to not have to learn how to heal, serve, preach, evangelize, cast out demons, or anything else. I simply get to breathe and when Jesus is about something and wants to include me, I’m not needed or responsible; I am however moved to worship, in awe that I am included in His divine desire. Now that’s something to advertise.

Is Surgery a Subtitute?

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But the important thing for all women to understand is that it is not a decision to make lightly. Recovery time is at least a couple of weeks, like a C-section, and discomfort is similar, women report. Women also find that lining up help and support during the recovery phase makes the transition easier. But many women are so pleased with their results, they are happy they worked it into their busy lives. Healthy diet and consistent exercise are critical to achieving and maintaining a healthy body image. In certain circumstances, a surgical option may help women achieve the final results they’ve been looking for. As always, prospective patients should discuss their specific situation with a board certified plastic surgeon, skilled in breast and body contouring procedures. (408 words) *

A Flatter Stomach

involves lots of twisting which, when done properly, gives your abdominals a great workout. When you lift weights, be sure to use proper technique and good posture to allow your abdominals to assist in stabilization. The best exercises that specifically target your abdominals include many variations of the crunch. Whether on the floor, on a ball or on a slant board, the crunch is one of the most effective ways to target your abdominals.The proper way to perform any type of crunch is to lye flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor, positioned roughly hips distance apart. Gently tilt your tailbone up toward the ceiling so that your waistband is pressed down to the floor. Be sure to keep your waistband down on the floor to prevent straining your back and hips. Using your hands to support the weight of your head and neck, pull your belly button in toward your spine as you concentrate on using just your abdominal muscles to bring your ribs toward your hips. Be sure to exhale as you exert and inhale as you lower. Vary the crunch by lying on a stability ball or a slant board. If this or any exercise causes pain in your low back or neck, discontinue that exercise until you’ve been evaluated by your chiropractor to determine the cause of the pain.

Mom & Kids

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this subject. The teacher was tough, and my child sometimes felt discouraged. But at the end of the year, we looked back together, and suddenly, there was a willingness on his part to see how much he had learned. I think if we had not processed it together, he would have just felt negative. Instead, we were able to pull out the good and remember the positive too. Take some time this month to ask your kids: “What was your favorite part about this year?” “What would you have done differently?” and “What did you learn?” You might be surprised at what you will hear.

Eat Healthy Early

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what is provided. Serving sizes for this age group are similar to that of an adult or the portion size listed on the package. Remember, you are in control of what food is purchased. If you don’t want your child eating “junk” food after school, quite simply, don’t buy it. A fun and healthy game — divide their plate and let your child help fill it. One quarter of the plate is meat/protein, one quarter is carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, tortillas, etc.) and the rest of the plate? Fruits and vegetables! Now, let’s all go eat some carrots!

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Dreams Do Come True!

Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone and Oprah

As far as fans go, Kristin Ribley is one of Oprah’s biggest. For more than 10 years, she faithfully watched her talk show, and when she couldn’t, she would record it. After a show that discussed Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Kristin created a vision board of the things she wanted to do or have in her life. One of her goals was to meet Oprah. One day, an e-mail appeared in Kristin’s inbox, asking: “Are you an ultimate Oprah viewer?” “Yes!” thought Kristin. In order to win tickets for a taping, Kristin had to answer several questions. But after several attempts at answering the questions, she talked herself out of sending the e-mail. “I gured so many people would be trying for these tickets, and I felt my answers weren’t perfect enough to even be considered,” she said.

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barefoot on the beach, and had dinner. This was denitely my favorite part of the trip,” recalled Kristin. When Kristin and Karen were at the airport, Oprah gave each guest a personal “goodbye.” “I learned a lot from this experience,” said Kristin. “First, I learned to go for what you want, always, like sending that e-mail. Now, I wouldn’t hesitate. The thoughts and intentions we put forth into the world will come back to us. Count on that which is greater than yourself to make your life bigger than you could ever imagine.” Kristin lives in Towne Lake with her husband Dan and children Palmer, Zoe, oe, Athan and Olivia.

Several weeks later, Kristin’s best friend, Karen Ferguson called her. Karen actually entered the contest, and received a call from representatives of the Oprah show, inviting her and a guest to a taping in Chicago. Karen chose Kristin to accompany her. Because it was Oprah’s nal season, she wanted to do something big. The “something big” came in the form of this statement from Oprah: “I’m going to take all of you with me to the other side of the world! We are going to Australia!” Kristin and Karen ew to Sydney, where they stayed at the posh Intercontinental Hotel. They were greeted with a red carpet, live music, food and media. The winners were divided into groups, and Kristin’s group went to Queensland, Hamilton Island. Kristin went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, held a koala bear, enjoyed a U2 concert, sailed on a private sailboat and surfed on Bondi Beach. One of the most memorable events was a private beach party with celebrity chef Curtis Stone. “While we were having cocktails, two helicopters arrived with Oprah and her best friend Gayle. We hung out with Oprah,

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