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Anytime Fitness 5 Cherokee Clubs Photos courtesy of

Editor Cherryl Greenman Social Media Delaney Young


Graphic Designer Candice Williams Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood


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Market Director Janet Ponichtera Advertising Design Ashley George



Cherokee County Historical Society Lee Roy Abernathy

My Community Favorites Don’t forget to cast your vote!

Dr. Kellie Baxter, Cynthia Blount, J. Daran Burns, Dr. Charles Cooley, Allison Davison, Rep. Calvin Hill, Dan Jape, Dr. James Kilgore, Lowell Lawson, Dr. Mike Litrel, Drs. Simone & Greg Nutt, Jamey Prickett, Sen. Chip Rogers, Amy Turcotte

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SHS vs. CVHS Basketball Chiefs take on the Grizzlies

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In Every Issue

10 Celebrations 12 CalendaR 16 Library 18 chamber of commerce

Directory Listings 50 Churches 52 Community Info 53 Clubs 54 Local Officials 2

Photographer Jack Tuszynski, Wendell Webb Writers Chantel Adams, Dr. Nasir Asghar,

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by Michelle Meek, Happy 2012 from your friends at My East Canton Monthly magazine! Please take a moment to read the letter shared by a reader — a perfect example of the type of folks that make this community a wonderful place to live. Hi “Santa,” You bought lunch for me and my granddaughter at the Frosty Frog last week. I wanted to thank you again. That was one of the nicest things that has happened to me in a long time. And what you did not know is that I am unemployed at the moment, so that was even a more special gift than you could have imagined. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. You are a wonderful Santa.

My Community Favorites contest is going on now — don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite area businesses! See pages 27 — 30 for a ballot and complete details.

Jill’s Cakes & Bakes is now baking up a new line of Donuts & Coffee available Tuesdays — Fridays starting at 6 a.m.! Stop by before your workday begins & share some with your co-workers!  Located next to Williamson Bros. BBQ in Canton at 1558 Marietta Hwy, (678) 493-7277 or visit us at The Cherokee Bridal Expo is a gala bridal event held annually and sponsored by Globe Trotters — this year on Saturday, January 21, 2012, in Woodstock at the Woodstock’s Magnolia Hall.  The facility is located at 108 Arnold Mill Rd., Bldg. C, in Woodstock and the event will run from 1 — 5 p.m. The City of Woodstock’s Parks & Recreation is again hosting the event. The attendees will enjoy both the complimentary champagne furnished by The Magnolia House Restaurant - and the wonderful Hors d’Oeuvres, furnished by Center Cut Catering.  A Fashion Show will be held at 3 p.m. Gowns are provided by Tie The Knot Bridal Boutique, and David’s Bridal.  Tuxedos are provided by King Tux Rentals, while hair and makeup provided by Melissa & Company.  Fresh flowers will be provided for the Fashion Show by Hamilton Flowers. Brides and guests may register for admission at www. for a discounted admission.  While advisable to pre-register, a cash only admission at the door is also available.   East of Main, An Upscale Boutique Style Salon, welcomes two new stylists — Morgan Malcolm and Lauren Reardon. Morgan and Lauren offer a variety of salon services ranging from Cuts/Color to Keratin Blow Out Treatments. For more detailed information and to book an appointment, Morgan can be reached at (404) 539-2330 and Lauren can be reached at (770) 401-4141. East of Main, 127 East Main Street, Woodstock 4

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rivera family at this very difficult time. The community can reach out to them and offer assistance with a monetary donation. Please visit any local United Community Bank or send your donation to the branch located at 2215 Riverstone Blvd., Canton, GA. Please call (770) 479-6700 with any questions. A t-shirt is also being designed in honor and memory of Jorelys, with proceeds going to the Rivera family. My East Canton Monthly will offer more information regarding the t-shirts in the February issue of the magazine.


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Hill Attends 2011 Farm Bureau Breakfast

Elected officials as well as leaders of the Cherokee Farm Bureau gathered together recently for the annual Cherokee County Farm Bureau Legislative Representatives Calvin Hill, Charlice Byrd and Appreciation Mark Hamilton were in attendance and were Breakfast. joined by other elected officials from the county. This event is the Bureau’s way to showcase one of their programs to the Legislators every year and offer them a tour of one or more local farming operations. “In addition to a very informative program, we also had the opportunity to discuss several pressing concerns of the agriculture community and ways that we might be able to work with them this year in the Legislature,” stated Rep. Hill. “Metal theft has become a tremendous concern as thieves often target remote agriculture equipment and machinery to steal copper wiring. For the few dollars of copper stolen, thousands of dollars of equipment is ruined and the repair costs and time very negatively impact the farmer. These things continue to drive up the costs of our local farmers and ultimately the costs of food at the grocery store for all of us.” Liz Porter of the Buckeye Creek Farm presented this year’s program which highlighted the “Farm to School” program. James Dault of Sweetwater Growers provided a very interesting tour of his operation following the meeting.

Class Graduates from Professional Management Program

Twenty five local deputies, police officers and civilian workers graduated recently after participating in the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Professional Management Program for supervisors. The program is presented by Columbus State University and the Law Enforcement Command College and includes five one-week modules. The curriculum is based on improving supervision skills and specifically teaches the students about managing a diverse workforce, critical incident management, employment process, essential skills for professional management, and internal affairs. Law enforcement officers and civilians from the Georgia State Patrol, the Cherokee, Habersham, Pickens, Gilmer and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as Canton, Clarkesville, 6

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Alpharetta, Holly Springs, Woodstock, Milton, Acworth and Cobb County Police Departments participated in the program.

From left: Thomas Priest, Jason Griffin, Hawk Hagebak, Curtis Garren,  Michael Hales, Ben Gilleland, Raymond Walker, Karen Kelley, Charles Alexander, David Hughes, Paul Gentile, Jennifer See, Jamel Campbell, Casey Barton, Cullen LaFrance, Bonita Smith, Gregory Bowen, Donald Pickett, Danny Clouatre, Ray Grace, Wayne Williams, Jason Burndrett, Kevin Johnson, Ernie McArthur, and Sheriff Roger Garrison.

Birthday Celebration for Jesus Held At the Art Barn

From Woodstock, Roswell and Marietta, 57 children came through the beautiful Georgia countryside to Farmer Sue’s Art Barn in Canton bringing arms filled with gifts for Toys for Tots, collected by a very handsome U.S. Marine Sergeant! The children were celebrating a birthday party for Jesus and were divided into four Birthday Groups — gathering in the inviting Art Barn for making a dove ornament and enjoying refreshments. Next they went through the barnyard filled with the most delightful nativity animals to the yellow garage where the doves, sheep and rabbits were waiting to entertain them as they had Christmas story time.  From here the children moved past the duck pond to the farm road where Farmer Sue was waiting on the tractor to take them for a hayride past Lulu, the Oreo Cow, through the meadow, looking for all the rabbits! Host, Captain Jason Young, made sure that everyone got a parking space as his wife Liz, and the U.S. Marine Sergeant welcomed each person as they came filling the table with gifts for needy children.  Check out The Art more on page Barn on Facebook and plan a visit! 8

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CCFB Wins State Awards

Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) was recognized for its outstanding member programs during the 2011 Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) annual meeting held recently in Jekyll Island. William Grizzle is the CCFB president. CCFB won the Outstanding Promotion & Education Award for its work to facilitate agricultural learning activities at Free Home Elementary School (FHES). The county Farm Bureau also won the Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award for its efforts to educate Cherokee County school system cafeteria managers and staff about locally grown food. “Cherokee County Farm Bureau has done an excellent job of promoting agriculture in its community this past year, and it’s a pleasure to recognize the county for the hard work they have done,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall.

drawing was held on Veteran’s Day and Matt Perkins of Canton was the winner of this beautiful quilt.

From left: Matt Perkins (Winner), Diane Rempfer (Mgr, Autumn Hill Nursery & quilter) and Eric Hill (Co-owner, Autumn Hill Nursery).

Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services Promotes Twenty Firefighters

Pictured from right: CCFB Promotion & Education Committee Chairman Nichelle Stewart and CCFB Women’s Committee Chairman Vicky Grizzle accept the GFB Promotion & Education Award and GFB Women’s Leadership Award from GFB President Zippy Duvall.

Twenty Cherokee County firefighters were promoted recently during ceremonies at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center, located south of Holly Springs. Cherokee County Training Chief, Eddie Robinson, was officially recognized as the new Assistant Fire Chief. Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, said that Robinson was the best selection to be his right-hand man. Robinson will continue his duties as Division Chief of Operations. Shane West was promoted as a new Battalion Chief. Lt. Kevin Lanier was promoted to the rank of Captain. Numerous firefighters, chiefs and family members attended the event. A lunch was held afterwards in honor of the promotions.

Autumn Hill Helps Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) exists to honor and empower wounded military men and women who have incurred service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses since September 11, 2001. So the owners and staff of Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping decided during the 10th anniversary year of 9/11 to honor these brave warriors who have given of themselves and their families to serve our country since that fateful day. The nursery was able to donate over $1,200 through funds raised from 10% of sales on September 24, and the Patriotic Quilt raffle tickets sold. Autumn Hill thanks Diane Rempfer, Hickory Flat store manager, who donated her time and fabric to make the quilt as well as all its generous customers who purchased tickets. A 8

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Bottom row, from left: Sgt. Brady Cornelison, St. Daniel Nash, Sgt. Matt Richter, Sgt. Jeremy Dilliard, Sgt. Kevin Duncan, Sgt. Chris Ginn, Sgt. Jason Williams and Sgt. Joe Hollifield. Middle row (left to right) – Lt. Jason Lamanac, Lt. Chad Davis, Lt. Wesley Densmore, Lt. Scott Gwinn, Lt. Charles Reese, Lt. Sarah Love and Lt. Greg Blanton. Top row (left to right) – Tim Prather (Cherokee County Fire Chief), Eddie Robinson (Assistant Fire Chief), Lt. Richard Jordan, Capt. Kevin Lanier, Shane West (Battalion Chief), Lt. Jeremiah Robinson, Rick Ruh (Cherokee County Fire Marshal) and Danny West (EMS Chief).


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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Grayson Turner

Age 10 on January 2 Officially Double Digits! Happy Birthday! We love you so much! Mom & Dad

Nate Weber

Age 10 on January 5 Happy Birthday Nate! From Matt, Tracy, & Aiden

Lexie-Anne Rodkey Age 9 on January 8 Love you always! Mommy and Daddy

Michelle Weber

Celebrating on December 28 Happy Birthday Michelle! From Matt, Tracy, & Aiden

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Shane Viken

Celebrating on January 12 Happy Birthday Daddy! From Kylie

Andrea & Gavin Ondeck

Andrea: Celebrating on January 21 Gavin: Age 3 on January 31 We love you both so much! Happy Birthday! Love, the Whole Family!

Connie King

Celebrating on January 20 Happy Birthday Grandma! From Aiden

Laurie Hamrick

Celebrating on January 29 Happy Birthday Mom! From Kim, Skyler, Evalynn, Tracy, & Aiden

Tracy Evans

Age 25 on January 8 Mother of Aiden Evans

Sarah Bravo

Age 13 on January 29 Now you’re a teenager! Happy Birthday! We Love You! Daughter of Jana & Nick Sister of Matthew

Joan & Bob Rush

Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary They were married on December 2, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan. Happy Anniversary!



Things to do in East Canton

Class series begins January 7 Foundation in Watercolor

January 1 — 14

Time: 1 — 5 p.m. Location: Canton Home Studio Cost: $200, Series of 4 classes Information: Watercolor instruction by local artist Elly Hobgood, designed for adults looking for the basics or to expand their knowledge about painting in watercolor in a fun, comfortable, non-competitive atmosphere. Registration is limited to eight, so early registration is essential. For complete details, please call (770) 608-0784 or email or visit

CHRISTMAS TREE CHIP & DIP Throw away your Christmas tree the environmental way! Bring your Christmas trees to Olde Rope Mill Park through January 14 and they will be fed into a new chipper. The following week, bring a shovel to Rope Mill Park any time during park hours from 8 a.m. to dusk and “dip” into the free mulch! Pick up free tree seedlings at the park on January 7 during Bring One for the Chipper event sponsored by the Keep Georgia Beautiful campaign. Available from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Study Begins January 12 That Girl’s Marketplace Ministry Bible Study & Lunch Location:

Yawn’s Books & More, Inc. 210 E. Main Street, Downtown Canton Time: Noon — 1:15 p.m., Study begins at 12:30 p.m. Information: Study lead by Polly Balint and based on her book, “Totally Devoted.” This community-wide women’s gathering was established to provide nourishing food for the body and soul. Lunch available from The Soul Food Market. For more information, please visit or call (678) 7731973 or email

January 27 BLOOD DRIVE Woodstock Christian Church, 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock Time: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. Information: The church will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive; Walk-ins are welcome. (678) 403-1692


February 4 January 14 STAR FILLED NIGHT HIKE Location:

Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Time: 7 — 9 p.m. Information: Winter is a wonderful time to explore the sky, join a Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) naturalist on a night hike and finish off the night with a warm campfire and marshmallows. www.chattnaturecenter. org or (770) 992-2055

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Ruins. Please visit for complete details.

The Falany Performing Arts Center (Reinhardt University Campus) 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska (770) 720-9167


January 8

Information: Join Barnsley’s “Wine Snob” for a casual and entertaining wine tasting, featuring six of his favorite wines. Please visit for complete details.

Chix with Stix Percussion Group

February 10 & 11

January 17


Manhattan Piano Trio

Information: Enjoy a romantic special Barnsley’s menu at the Rice House; carriage rides between the Rice House and the Historic

Time: Cost:

Time: Cost:

3 p.m. $20 Adults, $16 Seniors (55+) & Children (12 & under)

7:30 p.m. $25 Adults, $20 Seniors (55+) & Children (12 & under)

January 27 & 28


The Ultimate Tribute — Mike Albert with the Big “E” Band


Times: Cost:

January 27, 7:30 p.m. January 28, 2 p.m. $35 Adults, $28 Seniors (55+) & Children (12 & under)

Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, 2:30 p.m. $15 general admission $12 seniors & students

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

January 6 I THINK IMPROV TROUP Time: 9 p.m. Cost: $10

January 13 — 15 & 20 — 22 A LITTLE PRINCESS Times: Cost:

Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m. All seats are $9 in advance online or $11 at the door

Week of January 23 2012 WINTER/SPRING THEATRE CLASSES Information: Drama, music, dance, and Improv classes are available for all ages.

February 3 I THINK IMPROV TROUP Time: 9 p.m. Cost: $10

If you love adventure and crave a new challenge, then CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Ultimate Hike is for you! On April 21, 2012 participants will hike 26.5 miles of the Foothills Trail, in one day, while raising funds for pediatric cancer research. The Ultimate Hike is a one-day event in which ordinary folks complete an extraordinary feat on trails around the country. Each hiker is required to attend one information session held around Atlanta and a registration donation of $100 will be required. RSVP to join one of the following information sessions to learn the entire scoop about Hike Weekend, Hike Training and Fundraising:

Tuesday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. High Country Outfitters (Buckhead)

Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m.

February 10 — 11 & 17 — 18 BRIGADOON

Sponsored by Jim Miller

in Memory of Jean Miller


Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

REI, Perimeter

Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. REI, Buford

Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. REI, Kennesaw

The Historic Canton Theatre 171 East Main Street, Downtown Canton (770) 704-0755

January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29

Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. Alpharetta Outfitters

Friday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. Halfmoon Outfitters

Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. Red Top Mountain State Park

Cherokee Theatre Company presents:

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

To register for an Ultimate Hike information meeting visit 13

Under the


by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

Calling a Constitutional Convention “… and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared” — Thomas Jefferson $48,000; the amount currently owed in federal debt by every single U.S. citizen. To put this in perspective, the federal debt owed by every U.S. citizen is more than 10 times larger than the average individual credit card debt. In fact the average American owes more in federal debt than auto debt, credit card debt, and school loan debt – combined! So how do we stop this fiscal madness? First, we must stop accumulating debt. We must balance the federal budget. Balancing the budget is required by 49 states either through law or Constitution. Now while some states, like California, play budgetary tricks to circumvent the law, you can only imagine how they would behave with no restrictions at all. Simply put, limiting lawmakers spending is a very good idea and it works. Congress and the President are the ones who created this financial catastrophe so it would be absurd to wait for them to get us out. Remember these are the men and women who thought taking on another $787 billion in debt during 2009 was a great way to solve a recession. The founders actually gave us a fairly straightforward method for amending our federal Constitution through individual state action. Article V of the United States Constitution allows a convention for the purpose of adopting a Constitutional Amendment when two-thirds of the states call for it. Upon passage by the convention, ratification requires adoption by three-fourths of the state legislatures. This method of amending our U.S. Constitution is termed the state application and convention process. Our founders created this method specifically to be an alternative when Congress fails to act. Article V of the United States Constitution The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the 14 My East Canton | january 2012

Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several states, Perhaps no single political issue is more widely accepted than the need to control our nation’s debt. The recent “downgrade” of American creditworthiness by Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency came as a cold slap in the face to most Americans. Recent polling shows that better than 75 percent of Americans believe we now need a Constitutional Amendment to balance our federal budget. The effort to call a Constitutional Convention for adopting a balanced budget amendment, through state action, is not new. In fact, the high-water mark for this effort occurred in the late 1980’s when 33 of the necessary 34 states had adopted a state Resolution calling for the convention. President Reagan was a leading proponent of the state application and convention process. A letter sent by President Reagan dated March 16, 1987 to the Montana Senate outlined his strong support and urged the passage of the Resolution. At the time Montana was on the verge of becoming the 33rd state to adopt the call. Unfortunately, today there are less than twenty states with a current Resolution calling for the Balanced Budget Constitutional Convention. Georgia, along with many states, actually rescinded our call in the last decade. However, this may soon change. Senator Bill Cowsert, Representative Sam Teasley, and I are introducing a Resolution for the specific and sole purpose of calling a Constitutional Convention to pass the Balanced Budget Amendment. A dozen additional states are considering it as well. With $15 trillion in debt, and growing, the time to act is now, before the United States becomes the next Greece.

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

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januaryEvents Week of January 02: “Polar Pals” Week of January 09: “Let’s Look at Pockets”

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

January 7, 11:30 a.m.

Week of January 16: “Mice are Nice”

R.T. Jones Book Club — “Garden Spells”

Week of January 23: “I Don’t Feel So Good” Week of January 30: “Sweets for Our Sweets”

Ball Ground Public Library

Woodstock Public Library

3rd Sunday of each month, 3 — 4:30 p.m.

Family Story Time — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.


Does your child love LEGOS? A new LEGO CLUB is starting at the Woodstock Public Library the third Sunday of each month from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Area. Each month the club will have a different theme and children will work as individuals or on teams constructing their LEGO masterpieces. The creations will be displayed in the library until the next month’s LEGO CLUB meeting. If you have gently used LEGOS to donate please drop them by the Woodstock Library.

Hickory Flat Public Library Family Story Times — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

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

Sequoyah Regional Library System

Happy New Year!

Ball Ground Public Library 435 Old Canton Road — (770) 735-2025 M — F: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 2 — 6 p.m.

Hickory Flat Public Library 2740 E. Cherokee Drive — (770) 345-7565

Library Closings

M — Th: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. Friday: 1 p.m. — 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m Sunday: CLOSED

All libraries will be closed January 16.

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

Contest Corner

M — Th: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. Friday: 1 p.m. — 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m Sunday: CLOSED

Jennifer McGeown was our winner for December’s contest corner. Jennifer will receive a gift card to Home Depot. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email:

Find the hidden picture

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Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year.


P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Natural Strides

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

1136 Trinity Church Road Canton (678) 493-6955 Churches

8636 Main Street Woodstock (770) 627-5692 Retail Running Shoes

9745 Highway 92, Suite F Woodstock (770) 591-2685 Restaurant

Georgia Hospice by Harden

Bambu Salon & Spa

Sixes Tavern

2001 Professional Way, Suite 240 Woodstock (770) 592-3688 Hospice Care

150 Prominence Point Parkway, Suite 700 Canton (770) 345-0027 Hair Salon & Spa

3568 Sixes Road, Suite 100 Canton (770) 345-2939 Restaurant

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Georgia Power’s Learning Power Premiers at Cherokee Charter Academy

Cherokee Charter Academy (CCA) in Canton is the first school in the county to have an “in-class field trip” with Georgia Power’s “Learning Power Energy Education” program.  CCA fifth graders did hands-on experiments with open and closed circuits, insulators, conductors and “UFO Balls.” Deborah Pendergrass, the utility’s Education Coordinator, showed students how to apply science principles to their daily lives. 

humbled to receive the award. “It is an honor to be chosen by the students of Reinhardt University for this award. I consider it a privilege to work with and mentor the students here. I look forward to coming to work every day, and I look forward to interacting with and teaching the students on a daily basis.” Martinez and his wife, GiGi, live in Esom Hill, GA.

Senator Rogers Visits Students at Cherokee High School

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers visited with the junior and senior classes at Cherokee High School. Rogers discussed his role in the State Legislature and the legislative process. Students were divided into House and Senate and further into committees in order to have students create an idea for a bill. Students then discussed ideas for legislation and how bills traveling through the legislative process become a law. “These students are on the cusp of becoming our newest generation of voters; in fact, many of them will be able to vote in the next presidential election. It is important that they understand how government works and the many ways they can get involved, whether as a citizen or a legislator,” said Rogers. “As these students graduate and work towards their degree or enter our work force, it is vital that they become engaged in their communities and work towards a bright future for Georgia.” Deborah Pendergrass, Education Coordinator from Georgia Power, assists CCA Students Kaylin Prosser, Maddie Denning, Jazzmyn Albright, and Sophia Perez with testing insulators and conductors via their Human Circuit.

Michael Martinez Presented with Captain A.M. Reinhardt Award Michael Martinez (pictured), director of the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center, was presented with the Captain A.M. Reinhardt Award at the conclusion of Reinhardt’s recent Student Talent Show, which was a part of the University’s Fall Family and Alumni Weekend Festivities. Each fall semester, Reinhardt’s Student Government Association (SGA) honors a member of the Reinhardt community with the presentation of the Captain A.M. Reinhardt Award. This award is presented to one faculty or staff member for his or her sincere dedication to the mission, purpose and life of Reinhardt University. Martinez, who has been at the university for seven years, was 20 My East Canton | january 2012

Creekview SGA Students Spread Holiday Cheer

Surrounded by Christmas presents generously donated by Creekview High School faculty and staff, Student Government Association (SGA) students, from left, Clair Post, Jon Hilton and Adam Prather, wrap gifts that were to be given to local students in need. Students who received the gifts were identified by each of the participating schools. Once identified, the students were asked what they would like for Christmas.  “This program is sponsored annually by SGA and adds extra meaning and joy for all at Creekview High School knowing they have brighten a child’s Christmas morning with something special under the tree,” Principal Dr. Bob more on page Eddy said. 32 21

Charter & Private Schools Antioch Christian Preschool

Hickory Flat UMC Preschool and Kindergarten

(770) 475-8553


(770) 345-9354,

Brenwood Academy

Legacy Home School Academy

(770) 704--4925,

(678) 493-8584,

Cherokee Charter Academy

Messiah Christian Academy

(678) 385--7322,

(770) 479-5280

Cherokee Christian Academy and High School

Woodstock International School

(678) 494-5464,

(678) 977-6501

Children’s Academy of Hickory Flat (770) 345-2929,

Mission Point Christian Academy

Community Christian School

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

(678) 880-1345,

(770) 479-9535,

(770) 720-2333,

Dogwood Hills Academy

Union Hill UMC Preschool

(770) 345-3220,

(678) 297-0550,

Public Schools

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

Crossroads Middle/High School

Holly Springs Elementary School

Ball Ground Elementary School

Dean Rusk Middle School

Indian Knoll Elementary School

Creekland Middle School

Free Home Elementary School

Creekview High School

Hickory Flat Elementary School

6391 East Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 (770) 479-6200 Principal: Ms. Letitia Cline

3921 Holly Springs Parkway Holly Springs, GA 30142 (770) 345-2005 Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt

480 Old Canton Road Ball Ground, GA 30107 (770) 735-3366 Principal: Mr. Doug Knott

1555 Owens Store Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 479-3200 Principal: Dr. Deborah Wiseman

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

2755 East Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-6841 Principal: Dr. Keith Ingram

2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance January 2 January 16 February 20 — 24 March 15 & 16 April 2 — 6 May 25

3635 Univeter Road Canton, GA 30115 Principal: Ms. Ann Gazell

Macedonia Elementary School 10370 East Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 (770) 479-3429 Principal: Ms. Tammy Castleberry

12525 Cumming Highway Canton, GA 30115 (770) 887-5738 Principal: Mr. Val Bahun

1550 Owens Store Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 720-7600 Principal: Dr. Bob Eddy

Staff Development & Work Day School Holiday School Holiday Furlough Days School Holiday Last Student Day

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

Sequoyah High School 4485 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-1474 Principal: Mr. Elliott Berman

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600,

Canton’s very own Lee Roy Abernathy is considered the patriarch of gospel music and was an accomplished singer, composer, teacher and entrepreneur. Most of all though, he was an innovator — he wrote campaign songs for both Roosevelt and Talmadge, and himself, even when he ran unsuccessfully for governor. He also composed “Everybody’s Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There,” which sold over five million records and was later covered by Johnny Mathis and Johnny Cash. In addition he was the first to publish gospel sheet music. In 1949, Shorty Bradford and Lee Roy Abernathy formed the Happy Two and traveled across the country to do shows and commercials on television.  Several years after his run for governor, he opened his Hall of Fame School of Music in Canton, across from his home and taught students from all over the country. He was then elected into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1973. Abernathy passed away on May 25, 1993.   Information taken from Zell Miller, They Heard Georgia Singing: Great Georgians, Volume 2 and the New Georgia Encyclopedia

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Convenient locations, customized fitness programs, cutting edge equipment… Anytime Fitness offers all this and more and it is the right club for you! Everyone is different when it comes to fitness and nutrition: some perform best with the prompting of a personal trainer, others have an intense focus on their work out and get their best results using weights and machines, still others need the schedule of fitness classes to stay motivated and on track. Whatever your specific fitness goals, Anytime Fitness can help you make it happen! Let 2012 be your healthiest year ever! Brennan Archer and Kyle Campbell are long time residents of Cherokee County. Rooted in the community, they have devoted their business focus on bringing jobs to the area and helping to strengthen the local economy. “We care about

promoting growth in Cherokee,” said Brennan. Kyle added, “We are excited to be in Canton, and it’s our goal to be an active member of the community.” Both are passionate about health and fitness, both having a desire to own their own business and stay in their community, Anytime Fitness was a perfect fit. Brennan and Kyle are the co-owners of five Canton Anytime Fitness clubs — they have opened five in five years. Adding their 1,000,000th member this year, Anytime Fitness is the world’s largest and fastest growing 24-hour, co-ed fitness franchise. With 1,700 clubs worldwide, Anytime Fitness has built a solid name you can trust with personalized customer service. Brennan and Kyle take this philosophy seriously, equipping each of their clubs with quality people and quality equipment, providing the best fitness experience for the most competitive price. The Sixes Road location is the newest club to Canton. “Encompassing nearly 6,000

square feet, this new location is a state-ofthe-art facility with cutting edge Life Fitness Signature Series equipment. Expect TV’s everywhere, a full line of group fitness classes, including Spin and hammer strength free weights,” Kyle said. This new facility is the biggest of the five Canton gyms complete with a new layout and design, the largest group fitness room and the largest number of group fitness classes offered. “Personal training is also big at this club,” noted Brennan. Join any Anytime Fitness location and you have access to any of the 1,700 clubs worldwide, anywhere, anytime. Each club offers top of the line, commercial quality equipment — Life Fitness and Star Trac technology. Most clubs also offer a large variety of group fitness classes. Anytime Fitness provides all of the convenience you need to be able to get your best workout whenever you have the time and wherever you are. With 24 hour club access, Anytime Fitness puts safety as top priority. Each club has the latest, advanced security

Joining Anytime Fitness was one of the best decisions I have made for my health. I love to go to the gym at my convenience. Working full time and with community involvement, it makes it easier for me to be committed by accommodating my schedule. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere along with the satisfaction of increasing my workout to my own individual tolerance level. I recommend it to anyone who has put it off and keeps saying they will do it later. Do it now; it will be the best thing you’ve ever done!” Dale Morrissey

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January 7 — 19 Join for $12!

• Yoga • Pilates • Total Body Conditioning • Power Pump • Weighted Aerobics • Boot Camp Classes vary by location — see website for details. No classes held at Riverstone.

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Exceptional value and service at an exceptional price is what you will find when you join Anytime Fitness. Join during their 12 value days, January 7 — 19 and your membership fee is only $12! The affordability to help you achieve the healthiest you ever is incredible; the services and amenities available with your membership are even more amazing!

In addition to cutting edge equipment and fitness classes, a free new-member orientation is offered to get you started on your routine; qualified, knowledgeable personal trainers are available as needed, tanning is offered at many locations and Anytime Fitness has added Anytime Health to the list of valuable services that make your membership value even more exceptional! Anytime Health is an online

resource for living well — track calories, plan meals, find healthy recipes, watch instructional exercise videos, track your workouts, join healthy lifestyle support groups — Anytime Health is accessible anytime and is a free service with your Anytime Fitness membership. Anytime Fitness is committed to a complete, healthier you — let 2012 be your year!

I have been a member of Anytime Fitness-Hickory Flat for about 3 years. I have broken almost every bone in my body at some point in my life; I have had knee replacement surgery and have had several mobility issues. Their variety of machines, free weights and resistance equipment offer everything I need for a complete, effective workout, both strength training and cardio. The staff and trainers are polite and very helpful. I love that it’s close to home and that I can go whenever I want to, anytime of the day or night.” Lawson Hunt

One Membership — 1,700 Clubs Cherokee County Board of Education Discount Senior Discounts Silver Sneakers — training & classes designed specifically for seniors! 25

Friday, December 2 was a surprise filled evening for Woodstock resident, Staff Sergeant William Price. Family and friends gathered at the River Park Clubhouse to welcome Bill home from his third deployment in Iraq. The theme was “Staff Sergeant Bill Price is home, so let’s kick off the Christmas season together.” After being away from home last Christmas and other holidays in the past, it was a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to be able to show their appreciation, support and care for Bill. This three time veteran was as surprised as he was deserving of this honorary event. Bill Price joined the military at the age of 20; now, seven years later, he has completed three tours in Iraq and has been the recipient of many awards for his distinguished service. His MOS, Military Occupational Specialty, is a 91B-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. While this is his MOS, he has taken on the role of many different areas of responsibility. Beginning as a Private 2, he has worked his way up over the years to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Chris Deane, Melissa Neal, Jake Neal, Matt Rycyk, Heather Garrett and Thomas Garrett.

On his first deployment, Private First Class Price was responsible for servicing and maintaining combat vehicles for the 133rd Signal Battalion in support of the 48th Infantry Brigade in Baghdad, Iraq. During his second deployment, Specialist Price was a member of an embedded training team from the State of Georgia sent to Iraq to advise and support the Republic of Georgia’s Army Brigades. On this deployment, he developed a drivers training program for an entire brigade of coalition forces to enable the Republic of Georgia to operate at the standard set by the United States Army. He also drove over 10,000 miles while helping maintain six patrol bases around the city of Al Kut. Prior to returning from this deployment, SPC Price was promoted to Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, and many other honors and awards for his meritorious service. Prior to his third deployment, SGT Price attended the Warrior Leadership Course where he was selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. His third and most recent deployment was to Tikrit, Iraq with a Combat Aviation Brigade attached to the 1-185th from Winder, Georgia. He served as a UH60 (Black Hawk) Door Gunner and was also assigned the role of Unit Master Driver. At the beginning of this deployment, SGT Price was promoted to Staff Sergeant. Flying over 300 combat hours led to him to earn his Aviation Badge as well as an Air Medal. He was also recognized as the Battalion NCO of the Quarter. He returned to the United States on Sunday, November 13 to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where his wife and other military family members anxiously awaited the arrival of the 1-185th. Settled in now, back in Woodstock, SSG Price is enjoying some much needed and well deserved rest and relaxation. The community reached out with generous donations to help make Bill’s homecoming celebration one he would never forget. Special thanks to Brenda’s House of Flowers for a beautiful Christmas floral arrangement, Olive Garden and Zaxby’s for donating a portion of the food, and to friends and family members who made this night a huge success. A good time was had by all, and the safe arrival of Bill at home adds even greater joy to this special time of the year.

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Welcome to the “2012 My Community Favorites� contest! This is your opportunity to support the local businesses by voting for them as your favorite! We want you to enjoy this contest so please vote for your community’s favorite restaurants, service type businesses, small business retail shops, recreation services and residential places. The voting will run from January 1, 2012 and will close February 29, 2012 at 5 p.m. You will find our voting ballot on the next few pages as well as important rules of the contest and policies to follow. This ballot will be printed again in the February issue and you may also vote online by visiting Thank you for your participation and please let the businesses know you voted for them! Please like us on Facebook and tell all your friends to vote! 27


*Please read Contest Rules on page 30 before beginning the voting process.


Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner _____________________________________

All Around ___________________________

Caterer ______________________________

Asian _______________________________

Chiropractor _________________________

Bakery ______________________________ Barbecue ____________________________

Cleaning Service/Maid ________________ CPA/Bookkeeping/Tax Service _____________________________________

Breakfast ____________________________

Day Care/Preschool __________________

Coffee _______________________________

Day Spa/Massage ____________________

Dessert _____________________________

Dentist ______________________________

Fast Food ____________________________ Fine Dining __________________________

Pediatric Dentist _____________________ Electrician ___________________________ Eye Doctor ___________________________

Italian/Pizzeria _______________________

Financial Institution/Bank/Credit Union

Kid-friendly ___________________________


Mexican _____________________________

Hair Salon ___________________________

Seafood _____________________________ Sports Bar ___________________________

Handyman/Repair/Remodel _____________________________________ Heating and Air _______________________ Insurance Agent (Agent Name)


_____________________________________ Landscape Design/Installation

Attorney _____________________________


Auto Repair __________________________

Lawn Care/Maintenance

Car Wash ____________________________


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Medical Family Practice/ Internal Medicine _____________________ Nail Salon ___________________________ OB/GYN _____________________________ Orthodontist _________________________ Painter/Painting Service

Veterinarian __________________________



Pediatrician __________________________

Boutique ____________________________

Pest Control _________________________

Children’s Clothing ____________________

Pet Care/Boarding ___________________

Cigar Store __________________________

Pet Groomer _________________________

Drug Store/Pharmacy _________________

Pet Trainer ___________________________

Audio/Home Theatre __________________

Photographer ________________________

Florist _______________________________

Physical Therapy _____________________

Frame Shop __________________________

Plastic Surgeon ______________________

Furniture/Home DĂŠcor

Plumber _____________________________


Pool/Spa Sales/Service

Garden Center/Nursery



Private School _______________________

Gift Shop ____________________________

Realtor ______________________________

Grocery Store ________________________

Roofer _______________________________

Hardware/Home Improvement

Travel Agent _________________________


Tutoring _____________________________

Jeweler ______________________________ Ballot continued on next page

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SMALL BUSINESS RETAILERS cont’d Liquor Store __________________________ Music Store __________________________ Pet Supply Store _____________________ Specialty Foods ______________________ Tire Shop ____________________________

RECREATION & ENTERTAINMENT Dance Studio ________________________ Fitness/Health Club _____________________________________

CONTEST RULES Only one ballot per person please.

A minimum of 20 selections must be completed in order for ballot to count.

NO PHOTOCOPIES of this form may be used. The selections must be made by the person completing this form. Selections must be located in Cherokee County. Only ballots with name, phone number and signature will be accepted. Please fill out the box at the end of the ballot.

Golf Course __________________________ Gymnastics Center

Return ballot by


Wednesday, February 29

Martial Arts __________________________

at 5 p.m.

Birthday Party Venue _____________________________________

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Apartment Community _____________________________________ Subdivision __________________________

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Creekview Grizzlies Win CYFA Championship Game

Congratulations to the 10 ­— 11 year old Creekview Grizzlies (Blue) who won the Cherokee Youth Football Association (CYFA) Championship game recently at River Ridge High School. Creekview beat the 10 — 11 Sequoyah Chiefs (Black) 18 — 7.

Macedonia Elementary Hosts Community 5K and Fun Run Macedonia Elementary School PTA sponsored a 5K and Fun Run community event on Saturday, November 5. The event was a success with community runners, parents, students, faculty and staff running in the race. 

PTA Co-president Miriam Gibson and her son, Jack.

Avery Students Take a Step Back in Time Front row (from left): Griffin Potts, Conner Rice, T.J. Stubbs, Noah Buly, Grant Potts, Ryan Lamazares, Richard Julian, and Andrew Bloom; Second row: Tyler Land, Carter Rice, Thomas Latimer, Michael Epps, Jacob Curtis, Trent Carrere, Cam Hogan, Tate Foster, Noah Blackwell, and Grayson Baker; Back Row (Coaches): Sol Blackwell, Toby Latimer, Head Coach Chip Rice, Jay Baker, and Rocky Epps.

Representative Calvin Hill Opens Freedom Fighters Golf Tournament

Representative Calvin Hill officially opened the 5th Annual Freedom Fighter’s Open/Operation Santa Claus golf tournament with special guest, Col. Michael Steele. Col Steel was the Company Commander of the Rangers in the Somalia Operation Gothic Serpent that was made into the book and movie Representative Hill (left) “Black Hawk Down.” Proceeds from with Col. Michael Steel this tournament will support Georgia based troops and their families while they are deployed. Most of the participants were veterans of our armed forces and many of them represent the special operations units of their respective service branch. Former Army Ranger Christian Stevens was the organizer of this annual event.

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Avery Elementary School fourthgraders recently held their annual Colonial Day during which they had the opportunity to practice cross-stitching, quilting and calligraphy; to play Colonial games including hopscotch and marbles; to make butter; and to learn about beekeeping and how a spinning wheel works. Colonial America is an integral part of the fourth-grade social studies curriculum.

Fourth-grader Jordan Holloway shakes fresh cream in a small jar until it forms butter.

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by Amy Turcotte I recently had the privilege of taking 10 of our Cherokee County high school FCA leaders to the FCA Winter Leadership Retreat at Berry College. A total of 142 student campus FCA leaders from the Atlanta metro area attended. I am proud to say that Cherokee County’s leaders were stellar examples of what a leader should be on campus. They have the winning outlook of ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING! I was so proud to see how they were impacted and how recharged and motivated they were at the end of the weekend. They all brought their own unique talents and strengths to share and played their own parts in impacting others and, in turn, impacted ME! I know that we always hear things that our teens are doing wrong — but let’s celebrate what so many of them are doing RIGHT! I hope this inspires and encourages you, that we do have amazing kids on our campuses that are impacting others, and that sharing and leading with Christian values and attitudes is how they choose to roll…

Testimonials from FCA Winter Leadership Camp 2011 at Berry College

“The FCA retreat was so amazing! I am so grateful that I got to go!! There were so many great parts, but the biggest thing I took away from it is that I love JESUS so much more!”

Katie D.

“I had a great experience at my first FCA retreat. All of the people there made me feel comfortable. The weekend was planned out well and included many cool activities. I feel as if I grew in my walk with God, Jesus Christ, and what they mean to me.”

Macen B.

“My favorite part of the FCA Leadership retreat was the simplicity of it and being secluded on such a beautiful campus. It was so easy to focus and to be with God. Being there I was definitely impacted to spread the light in a more avid manner!”

Stephanie D. “I am so glad that I got to go to the Leadership Retreat. It has been an extraordinary experience and I wish that everyone had the chance to go. The retreat really helped me grow in my spiritual walk. I loved meeting all of the new people and obtaining all the new ideas for FCA leadership at my school. I want to impact my peers more with the Word of God!”

Madelyn W.

“The FCA Leadership Retreat had a big, if not the biggest impact on my life. It showed me ways to help me to be a better leader and more importantly to be a better leader to others. It showed me that you can’t do anything without God in your life. All the success in school, sports, everything could not be without HIM.” “The Leadership Retreat was a great experience! I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to go. It has changed my mindset on just about everything! I don’t want to be a lukewarm Christian. It is either ALL OR NOTHING. It helped me realize what kind of person I want to be.”

Austin P.

Cassie S. “I am so Blessed that I got the opportunity to go to the retreat. I know that I am a stronger Christian because of it. I am going to strive more for perfection and to be the leader that Christ knows and wants me to be!”

Blair B. Look for more Leadership testimonies next month! 33

by J. Daran Burns Now certainly this quote is as clichéd as they come. Nevertheless, at some point all of us have found the need to heed those words. Fortunately, our country’s legal system allows individuals a vehicle to pursue that fight. Nearly everyone who contacts my office, in some way, needs to fight for something, whether it’s their freedom, their home, their business, their right to drive, or the custody of their children. As an attorney I am proud to provide the assistance and guidance needed by my clients to defend and fight for their rights. For almost 20 years, I have dedicated myself to channeling those now famous words of wisdom, providing each individual client the very best legal service. From the beginning, as I began my

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career as a lawyer, I knew those words would be the foundation of everything I strived to accomplish. Since starting my career, I have strived to give my all in each and every case. That was certainly the fact when I successfully fought for a local homeowner who had to challenge his HOA just to be able to fly the American flag in his yard and most assuredly as I successfully defended three local teenagers in separate murder cases wherein they were exonerated. As a local attorney not all of my cases are as grandiose as those, but I recognize the importance of each case in our office. If you make the difficult decision to hire an attorney, you deserve their attention and respect. I never lose sight of the fact that while I may have several cases, yours is the only one that matters to you. I take the same personal approach in each of my cases.

As I began my career as a lawyer, I often wondered: Where would it take me? Thankfully my law partner and I have had the opportunity to call Cherokee County our home and have built a local firm that I can be proud of. My office is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Canton next to the historic courthouse on North Street, offering assistance in a variety of legal needs, including divorce, divorce modifications, child custody, child support, contempt, criminal representation and bankruptcy. If you have legal needs, I am confident that Burns & Speights is the only stop when you need to be sure that you are getting the very best legal representation. If you need to talk with an attorney about a legal matter please call me. I will schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. 35

A VIEW from the Hill Off to the Races

Or not. That is the question Please let me know your thoughts that might be answered by at or Georgia voters next year if (404) 656-0129. Thank you again for Representative Geisinger gets the honor of serving you in the Georgia General Assembly. his way. He is attempting to put the question of Parimutual wagering on horse racing on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. According to his plan, all proceeds would go to such things as the H.O.P.E. Scholarship and trauma care. Additionally, the industry could eventually employ up to 10,000 people throughout the state. That is only one of the interesting bills that are proposed for the Georgia General Assembly to consider as we reconvene for the last half of the 2011-2012 Legislative Session. I hope that you will take the time to follow any bills of interest this year and let me know your thoughts on any of them. It is my honor to represent you and knowing what you think about any piece of legislation enables me to do my job a little bit better.

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You can go to our main website, and from there watch live or archived meetings of the House or Senate, and most of our committee meetings. Georgia was the first state in the country to create this ability, so you do not have to leave the comfort of your home to see what we are up to. One of the other newly introduced bills you might want to watch this year would be HB668. This bill would require drug testing of people who want to get assistance from a state agency — such as welfare. There is sure to be some heated committee meetings on that one! Not to be outdone, Rep. Scott Holcomb will be introducing HB 677 which would require drug testing of members of the General Assembly — the same test that we might be asking of welfare recipients. As he is only asking that we be tested every couple of years, there would be plenty of opportunity to try to smuggle drugs into the country in your underwear like Legislators used to do. Closer to home, Representative Byrd introduced HB 679, the Constitutional Carry Act of 2012, redefining the right to bear arms laws in Georgia. Look for these and many other new and exciting Bills and Resolutions to be “cussed and discussed” throughout the last few months of session. I am sure that you will find your Cherokee Legislative Delegation to be in the midst of the fray. Please join in with your opinions so we can truly represent you. 37

ACUTE Lower Back Pain The fifth most frequent reason to visit a physician’s office is for low back pain. The technical name is lumbago, but most of us just say “pain in the back.” The reasons for low back pain are varying and the majority of the time it goes undiagnosed. Causes range from scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, muscle imbalance and pulled muscle to more severe, but less likely causes, such as bone infection, fracture, abscess and rarely cancer.

The fifth most frequent reason to visit a physician’s office is for low back pain. The technical name is lumbago . . .

Lumbago can be either acute or chronic (longer than three months). Acute low back pain usually is a result of an inflammatory process that can last from two weeks to three months. There are multiple modalities for treatment of acute lumbago such as anti-inflamatories, short term muscle relaxants, alternating hot/cold compression, stretching

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by Dr. Nasir Asghar

and massage (specifically acupressure, not Swedish). Usually a combination of these treatments is an effective start. Bed rest is never recommended and may exacerbate the condition. If symptoms do not Dr. Nasir Asghar is an Internal improve after an appropriate Medicine Associates physician with trial of these therapies, then special focus is in Heart Disease, imaging may be necessary to Diabetes and Medical Weight Loss and rule out disk herniation and can be contacted at (678) 494-9669. Website: other reasons for pain. Please remember core and back strengthening programs are very important only in chronic lower back pain (not acute) and prevention of future acute back pain attacks. If there are any warning signs such as bowel or bladder incontinence, leg weakness or numbness then you should contact a physician immediately.


by Dr. Mike Litrel, MD

Cathy, a pretty young brunette, had come to my office for an annual exam, waiting with slumped shoulders, gazing at the floor. As I entered the room, her smile was polite, but the lines of her face traced profound sadness. And when her eyes accidentally met mine, she quickly looked away.

her marriage: “My husband says that woman was made from man’s rib. So I should never question him and always obey him.”

Physicians worry about abuse when meeting patients like Cathy. During the physical exam, I asked a few questions, poking gently into her life at home. Cathy and her husband had been married twelve years and things were “fine.” Her two children were “growing like weeds,” and about to finish elementary school. Her husband worked. She stayed at home. No, there weren’t any problems to speak of. It was her job to cook the meals, keep the home nice and mind the children after school. She didn’t get out a lot, only grocery shopping or to church on Sundays. There were no visits with friends or family.

When you read the Gospels, it’s hard not to notice that the people Jesus found most Dr. Litrel practices with his fellow OB/ annoying were the Pharisees, GYNs at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock who could quote Holy with his wife Ann and their two sons, Scripture to the letter, but Tyler and Joseph. E-mail Dr. Litrel at followed God’s will the least. There is a long historical precedent for interpreting the Bible to justify bad behavior. Many Pharisees are alive today, wielding the Bible like a weapon rather than using it as an instruction manual how to love.

I asked why, and her answer was the red flag I had feared. “My husband tells me I have to stay at home,” she said dully, looking down again. I asked point blank if her husband ever hit her — even though her body hadn’t shown any sign of bruises or injuries in my exam. No, she said. But abuse comes in different forms.

Marriage is sacred. Each partner should be dedicated to the health and well being of their chosen spouse. This doesn’t mean we have to do everything with each other all the time. Who could possibly stand that? But we should never stand in each other’s way.

Cathy confided she once dreamed of becoming a photographer, but her husband didn’t want her taking courses at the local community college. Her job was to clean the house, watch the children, and have sex when he wanted it. He made the money, he paid the bills, and she would get money only if and when he said so. She was allotted a modest grocery allowance once a week.

Cathy and I sat together in silence. I felt sad. I didn’t really know what to say and didn’t want to overstep my bounds. Marriages are sacred and created by the husband and wife and God. But sometimes the parameters of the relationship are destructive and more often than not the woman gets the raw end. Cathy’s husband went out drinking beer with his friends many nights while she remained alone at home. He never took Cathy out to a restaurant or movie. It’s a sad truth in gynecology that a woman’s biggest problem in life often starts with choosing the wrong sexual partner. Cathy hesitatingly broke the silence, revealing the premise of

I searched for a response. I admitted that even though I am a Christian, I don’t know exactly what it means in Genesis that God created woman from man’s rib. There is no biological basis for this, so I don’t interpret the statement literally. But as a doctor who has studied biology and has delivered thousands of babies, I was able to assure Cathy of one thing: “I know that every man who is alive today or ever was alive, including Jesus, came into this world through a woman’s body.”

Cathy’s eyes widened. Her mouth opened and she let out an audible breath. She seemed dumbstruck for a moment. “You’re right!” she said slowly, her voice full of wonder. Then more strongly, “All men do come into this world through a woman’s body!” As Cathy was leaving, I offered that God wants us to believe in ourselves and follow our dreams in life. She began nodding to herself, as though listening internally to another voice. A light was growing in her bright blue eyes, like a window opening in a dark cell. She walked away, appearing gripped in thought. Marriage is sacred. Each partner should be dedicated to the health and well being of their chosen spouse. This doesn’t mean we have to do everything with each other all the time. Who could possibly stand that? But we should never stand in each other’s way. 39

WAGING WAR On Winter Itch

by Dr. Kellie Baxter

While it is refreshing to get a break from the southern heat, winter brings with it a very unwelcome friend — dry skin! There are a lot of great things about winter but dry skin, and the itchiness it brings with it, is definitely not one of them. Winter is hard on our skin. A recent survey reported that 80 million Americans claimed to experience dry, scaly or itchy skin during winter’s harshest months.

corneum, corneocytes, desmosomes and intracellular lipids. This mixture of cells forms a matrix that protects the deeper layers of our skin. One of its main duties is to protect us against moisture loss. The corneocytes and intracellular lipids work together with natural moisturizing factors that act as humectants — substances that promote moisture retention. The problem is this matrix is also water soluble. Anything that is water soluble can lose water. This is why people who constantly wash their hands get so dry. Excess showering, bathing and swimming also dry the skin.

Kellie Baxter B.S., D.C. specializes in chiropractic, sports injuries and nutrition. For more information, please call the office at (770) 345-1111 or visit

Let me explain why our skin gets so dry in the winter, as well as what you can do about it. Every day the average human loses about a pint of water through something called transepidermal water loss. We have several layers of skin. The epidermis is the outer most layer. It’s comprised of the stratum

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During winter, humidity drops causing an increase in transepidermal water loss. We can go from a healthy 25 - 35 percent water down to 10 percent, where we start to get red, dry and itchy. Because the skin loses water and intracellular lipids, it can’t lubricate, protect or exfoliate properly. We get an excess build up of dead skin cells giving skin an ashy look. Our skin also has more difficulty healing itself. We lose our protection from bacterial invaders and skin can get cracked and infected. So how do we win this war on water loss? First and foremost stay hydrated. Your body still needs water continued on page 55


This Winter by Charles R. Cooley, M.D.

Has the red and green on the holiday season left you blue? Like many people, you may experience cabin fever during the winter months. Or, you may tend to eat more or sleep more when the temperature drops. But Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) goes well beyond those symptoms. Seasonal Affective Disorder is much more than the winter blahs. It’s a type of depressive disorder, sometimes called winter depression. As many as half a million people in the U.S. may have winter depression. SAD is more common in women than in men. The main age of onset is between 18 and 30 years old. It becomes more common the farther north you live — maybe because these areas experience decreased daylight time. Symptoms of SAD usually appear during the colder months of fall and winter, when there is less exposure to sunlight during the day. They usually begin in October or November and subside in March or April. The most difficult months for SAD sufferers seem to be January and February. The typical symptoms of winter depression are: increased sleep or sleepiness, overeating, weight gain, daytime fatigue, lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed, and social withdrawal. If your depressive symptoms are severe enough to significantly affect your daily living, you should consult your physician. If you feel down for days at a time and life seems to be losing its pleasure, see your doctor. This is particularly important if you notice that your sleep patterns and appetite have changed — and certainly so if you think about suicide. Researchers have also found that another way to help treat SAD is light therapy. Light therapy has proved to be an effective treatment option. They have proven that bright light makes a difference to the brain chemistry. This form of therapy involves exposure to very bright light (usually from a special fluorescent lamp) between 30 and 90 minutes a day during the winter months. This form of therapy is easy

to administer and has relatively few side effects. Nearly 70 percent of people experience a reduction of their symptoms from daily light therapy, and about 50 percent experience remission while undergoing light therapy. Your doctor may prescribe an anti-depressant medication in combination with light therapy or as an alternative, if light therapy is not working. About 70 percent of people taking anti-depressants have decreased symptoms, and about half experience remission while taking medication. With the right course of treatment, SAD can be a very manageable condition.

WAYS TO COPE WITH SAD • Increase the amount of light in your home. Open blinds, add skylights, and trim tree branches that block sunlight. • Get outside and walk on sunny days, even during the winter. • Exercise regularly. Physical exercise helps relieve stress and anxiety, which can accentuate SAD. • Find ways to relax. Learn how to better manage stress. • If possible, take winter vacations in sunny locations. Information obtained from, and

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


By Cynthia Blount, RN, BSN, CPHQ Director, Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Centers

• Cortisol levels can rise due to lack of sleep, causing inflammation around your heart, raising blood pressure and disrupting sleep. Inflammation also can cause plaques in your arteries to break loose, lodging in vessels in the heart or brain and leading to a heart attack. Tips for How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep The human body needs sleep to maintain a healthy balance. The Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Centers offer these tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:

Do you want to feel better, have more energy and look your best? Getting enough sleep can help. When you don’t get enough sleep, you deprive your body of needed rest, resulting in feeling irritable, anxious, hungry and tired. Experts believe that there are several ways that sleep deprivation can cause health problems, too: • Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder occurring when the muscles at the back of the throat relax to the point of obstructing the upper airway. Breathing can stop for up to 40 or more seconds. You don’t receive enough oxygen, causing “mini-awakenings” (gasping for breath) several hundred times a night. These awakenings can cause heart rate and blood pressure to rise, straining the heart and leading to permanent high blood pressure or, ultimately, heart disease. • Sleep imbalance can upset or confuse the release of hunger regulating hormones. Research shows that when we don’t get enough sleep, our leptin (internal appetite-suppressing hormone) levels fall and ghrelin (internal hungerpromoting hormone) levels increase. Thus, when you’re feeling sleepy, you might feel like you need to head for the fridge, instead of bed. Even with exercise, our metabolism slows down if we don’t get enough sleep. This can potentially lead to obesity and diabetes, two of the primary causes of heart disease. 42 My East Canton | january 2012

• Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning, including weekends. • Exercise regularly, but finish at least three hours before bedtime. • Eat healthy, but finish eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime. • Replace sugar and caffeine with healthy snacks such as carrots or a granola bar. • Create a quiet, dark and comfortable sleeping environment. • Relax. Take a warm bath, drink a cup of warm milk or read a book. • Leave worries at the bedroom door. If you’re concerned about something, make a list of the steps you’ll take to solve the problem. • Don’t nap during the day for more than 20 minutes or on a regular basis, and never after 5 p.m. • Don’t read, watch TV or do work in bed for an extended time.

For more information about Northside Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center – in Atlanta, Forsyth and Cherokee – or about how you can get a better night’s sleep, visit


Making Positive Choices for 2012 by Dr. James E. Kilgore Our New Year’s resolutions may still be in tact this first month. A fitness coach says the first couple of weeks in January are really busy but things slow down very soon. Here are some principles for choices that last for 2012. First, your happiness will be determined by the quality of your thought life. Ancient wisdom says, “As a man thinks, so is he.” Clearly stated but practice challenges us. I know people who are miserable because they believe they are victims of circumstance. They live by the rule of procrastination: “When my ship comes in…, then….” Unfortunately, their ship never gets into the water! Every problem is excused because of something I can’t control. A favorite is, “If it weren’t for…” which somehow justifies any trouble.

of our irrational thinking. Dr. James Kilgore is President of the When I identify how I think International Family Foundation, Inc, irrationally, I can pinpoint the Suite 220, 1558 Marietta Hwy, Canton, source of my uncomfortable GA 30114. He and Mrs. Kilgore are active community volunteers. feelings. Here’s an example: It is irrational to think that EVERYONE must like you. Even if you are successful ninety percent of the time, some folks will not like you — just to be different! But if you allow one person’s disapproval to determine your happiness, you will be a miserable soul. Your goal may be to have as many of your acquaintances approve of you as possible, but be realistic — not irrational — with those expectations.

Finally, as you make choices for the New Year, remember the most important power you possess: you have power over your A popular television show, “Hee Haw,” featured a mountain own mind, even when you can’t control outside events and song which said, “If it weren’t for bad luck, we’d have no influences. When Bonheoffer was imprisoned in Germany, luck at all.” So it goes for the man who thinks negatively. along with millions of Jews, he decided that his captors could Eventually “everything” is take everything from him but against him. Nothing ever his choices. In one extremely seems to work out right! humiliating scene, he recalls Practice expecting good things standing naked before guards, The rule of anticipation is and watch them show up at your being interrogated. He much more positive. Practice door. Successful careers result from resolved, “They can take expecting good things and everything from me but my discovering what makes you watch them show up at your dignity. I am a child of God.” happy and finding a way to door. Successful careers result He survived his internment. make a living doing it. from discovering what makes you happy and finding a way Most of us will not face tests to make a living doing it. that stern. We can learn from People who do are among the most satisfied in the world. In his behavior. After enduring beatings and imprisonment, your handling what life throws at you, discover the tests the Paul still said, “I can do ALL things through Christ Who Rotarians use in these four questions: Is it the truth? Is it strengthens me.” He had an anchor in the storms of life. fair to all concerned? Will it bring GOOD will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? I am not a Find your anchor. Fix your thoughts on the things that count. Rotarian, but I practice those four tests in my thinking. You’ll make a difference in your living in 2012. You may even make a difference for someone you love too. Rational-Emotive Therapy reduces life’s issues to the discovery

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ME DAVID, They Goliath! by Lowell Lawson

Probably my first hero was Lowell Lawson is a faithful contributor David. As a small boy I was to My East Canton Monthly. Lowell fascinated as I read how he can be contacted at LowellLawson@ killed Goliath. Unlike David, I do not always win my battles. But it will never be due to fear of failure. My most common battle with giants these days is when I suffer from poor customer service or I learn of a friend who has been abused in the marketplace. A large restaurant chain recently honored veterans with a complimentary meal on November 11th. A good friend, a Marine, now 86 years of age, who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima, joined the lunch time gathering. The meal was excellent…except they did not provide him bread which makes about as much sense as serving apple pie ala mode without the ala mode. My friend cordially inquired of the server if he might have a piece of bread. At that point, things rapidly declined into a state we can best describe as ridiculous. The server said he would provide bread at a cost of 49 cents. About the time

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the server challenged this request he made a second decision that can only be described as proof that he did not know what a server does; he knew nothing about Iwo Jima, WWII, and Semper Fidelis! He called in the on-duty manager to help him take his stand against this veteran of the Pacific conflict. Amazingly, the manager concurred with the server. He insisted that for one quarter, two dimes, and four pennies this impasse would be resolved. Ultimately the stalemate was resolved. Bread was served. Soon thereafter I learned of the experience I have briefly described. For those who say, “You sure are making a big deal out of a 49 cent piece of bread.” Remember the verse you have heard: “For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe a horse was lost, for want of a horse a rider was lost, for want of a rider the message was lost, for want of a message the battle was lost, for want of a battle the war was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.” Goliath laughed at David. Dumb move. The restaurant staff brought a knife to a gunfight. Even dumber. The next day I visited the restaurant and had a one-sided conversation with a higher level manager. Amazingly, he understood that, as I pointed out, 49 cent bread cancels out the corporate dollars spent on promoting an excellent program. Current scoreboard: Me and David …2


Does your pet

Need a New Year’s Resolution, too? by Drs. Simone & Greg Nutt A recent survey indicates over 50 percent of America’s pet population is overweight. Many pet owners are not aware that their pet is overweight. A good test is to feel the side of your pet’s ribcage. Ideally it should feel like the back of your hand, with a thin layer of skin and the Simone and Greg Nutt are the coowners of Riverstone Animal Hospital. rib bones easy to feel. If it feels If you have any questions, feel free to more like your forearm, then visit them at their new facility or call your pet is overweight. Recent (770) 479-7141. studies have shown that by allowing your pet to become overweight, you may be reducing his life span by up to two years. Simply put, if your pet is overweight he is eating more calories than he needs, even if you feel that you are feeding very little. Most of the calories often come from treats and the bites off the dinner plate. All excuses aside, excess weight

in an otherwise healthy pet is a direct result of consuming unnecessary amounts of food. There are several common misconceptions regarding obesity. Healthy pets do not necessarily need to eat every day; the pet food industry has painted the picture for us of the “eager eater.” The impression is that a happy pet will eat every meal with gusto. Do not try to entice your pet to eat if he isn’t interested. If you provide a good quality dry food, your pet will eat when he is hungry and leave food when he is full. Another myth maintains that spaying or neutering causes obesity. This is false. Any pet will gain weight if it is overfed relative to its energy requirements. The surgery may slightly slow the pet’s metabolism, as will normal aging, and it will then burn calories more slowly and require less food. Keep in mind the surgery doesn’t cause the weight gain, eating too much does and you have control over that. Many pet owners feel that feeding a “weight management” food is sufficient to maintain a healthy weight. The problem is that by law these diets still have to have sufficient calories to satisfy the requirements of all life stages, and therefore are generally not restricted enough to achieve weight loss. It is the continued on page 55 45


by Chantel Adams If your kids respond with groans and sighs to your gentle promptings to open a book then do something about it. Start a book club! Three years ago, I resolved to awaken my apathetic reader. I rounded up a few neighbors and friends and started a book club just for girls. From the very beginning, I made it all about fun!

Chantel Adams is a book enthusiast and blogger. She spent years helping shape youth policy with the Georgia Association of Homes & Services for Children before becoming a stayat-home mom. She lives in Canton with her amazing husband and four incredible children.

Groups work best when everyone is about the same age. The girls in our club have similar interests, and we choose grade level appropriate books. I spend summers reading and reviewing books. I check the blogs and mainstream reviews, as well as seek input from librarians and teachers that I know.

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Next, choose a date and a time to meet. Our group meets the third Friday of every month. The kids know exactly how long they have to read every book. Everyone understands that they have to read the book to participate. Rarely does a girl miss a meeting. When the girls arrive for a club meeting, we enjoy a bookthemed snack and participate in games or other activities that reinforce the message of the book. Sometimes, we invite a guest speaker to join us. Then it’s time for our discussion. I find curriculum guides on other websites, in addition to making notes as I’m reading and developing questions that I think will best engage our group. I read aloud passages from the book and ask them what they think about what we have just read. We act out pivotal scenes or participate in other critical thinking writing exercises that expand our knowledge of the book. Our club has just three rules: 1. Listen first. 2. Speak one at a time. 3. Every opinion matters. One girl might say, “I hated the book,” and another might say, “It was favorite book ever.” The girls talk about why they think that. They can disagree. continued on page 55


The Small Voices by Pastor Jamey Prickett

There is a story about a little boy who, one night during dinner, was not being heard and decided to make sure everyone around the kitchen table knew he was present. He let out a loud screeching scream that vibrated the dinner plates. His mother sent him to his room.

Jamey Prickett is the Senior Pastor of Liberty Hill Church. To contact Pastor Jamey, please call (678) 493-8920 or email http://wrestledwithangels.wordpress. com/

Life is filled with tiny voices often lost beneath the noise of a busy world. Those tiny voices remind us that the importance in life is most often than not found in the little things. Many times we discover that our lives are not changed by the enormous events but by happenings so small that we almost miss them.

Centuries ago there was a Roman official in a small obscure village on the outskirts of the Roman Empire. One day the priests of this region sent the official a case to review. It seems

that a local carpenter was turning this little part of the world upside down with his teachings and miraculous wonders. The local officials did not like it so they attempted to present their case before the Roman official. The Roman official didn’t see a reason to get involved. He considered it an insignificant matter. He turned the matter back over to the local officials. Pilate, the Roman official, did not know that this carpenter would shape the course of history forever. The carpenter from Nazareth would become the hope of redemption for all of humanity. Pilate saw him as an inconvenience. We need to remember it is the inconveniences of life that give direction to our lives. People who are careful about little things can be trusted to handle larger things. Businesses run more efficiently when attention is given to detail. Homes are built by small deeds of kindness. In life it is the little things that count. Life is filled with many voices. The people who seem to manage life well are those who listen carefully for the small voices and who are alert for the small things. I’m still learning. Maybe next time I will listen to my son as we sit around the dinner table and he is trying to tell me something that I have already written off as unimportant. I guess I was the one that needed to be sent to my room that evening. I am discovering that it could be the tiny things that could change your life. In 2012 make it a priority to listen to the tiny voices and pay attention to the little things. 47


by Allison Davison I have to say customer service today is going down the toilet, so bad in fact that I actually offer to call DirecTV or Dish Network on behalf of you, my customer. I work with a retailer that installs for both of these companies and I really Allison Davison, Audio Intersection do enjoy the product they Satellite Expert, is a Canton resident offer but definitely not the and has been part of the Audio customer automated service Intersection team since 2008. you get when calling in with a question. One difference in using a local company instead of the 1-800 number, is anything service related you contact your local retailer and get a real person on the phone, imagine that! When I am interested in purchasing something that will be in my home for at least the next two years I want the facts. I want the real price, not the prices you tell me to get me installed and then are nowhere to be found when that price goes up and I have questions. I try and treat my customers the exact way I expect to be treated when purchasing television service and I do that by providing the real price they can expect to pay for the promotional year and the year after. Also I try to listen to their wants and needs and do everything I can to make those happen. I believe in expressing empathy and understanding towards customer’s frustrations; I have been there. There are a ton of questions about satellite TV people have, especially if you have never had it. Here are some FAQs I get: 1. Will the signal go out with every cloud, or rain storm? Not if your system is installed properly. You can expect about 5 minutes of downtime per month. (I have DirecTV and don’t even experience that.) 2. Are local channels included or do I have to pay extra? Local channels are included in both Dish Network and DirecTV packages. 3. How much is this going to cost me to get installed? NOTHING, Basic installs for both companies are FREE. 4. I do not want a huge, ugly round thing showing from my yard or roof. If we were installing 20 years ago this would be the case, continued on page 55 48 My East Canton | january 2012


by Dan Jape

Things have been real tough for a number of years with unemployment high and the economy really struggling; I know many people are losing their homes or faced with foreclosure issues. But I am a firm believer that the severity of our current state of Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable recession is directly affected by Heating and Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online the mental state of our people at as they go through their daily lives and that there is a difference as to how bad things are as reported by the media versus the true state of the economy. A few years ago, I could not get ready for work in the morning without being bombarded with one negative doom and gloom story after another. If you listened to all of these, it really set the tone for your day and gave you such a negative outlook on things that you could not help being down and depressed.

If more positive signs were to make the news it might have a positive effect on all of us, and in turn, a positive effect on the actual economy.

Most remember the Reagan years in a positive light and one of the things he did the best was to inspire people and make us feel good about our country and our future. We are a great nation and we will rise again to overcome this current funk that has beset us. The last few years have been some of the most difficult in 33 years for us at Reliable and we have had to work very hard to earn and keep the customers we have. But the good side of this is I believe this hard work has resulted in a better company with more attention to detail and customer service.

For the last few years we have not seen many new homes being built or many new commercial jobs to bid on. In the last few months, all this has changed. People are sending us a large number of prints of new homes being built to bid on and we have won the contracts to install the heating and plumbing in some homes already completed. I have spoken to other company owners in other trade industries and they are seeing the same thing. I take this as a real positive sign and good news for all. If this trend continues it will be good news for everyone and a sign that things are not as bad as the media reports. If more positive signs were to make the news it might have a positive effect on all of us, and in turn, a positive effect on the actual economy. 49



Ball Ground First Baptist

Church of God Free Home Community Church

445 Old Canton Road, (770) 735- 3374 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7p.m.

152 Crystal Springs Lane, (770) 479-1537 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Calvary Baptist

947 Bailey Road, Woodstock, (770) 475-4321 Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m.

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

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

Community Baptist Church 115 W. Wes Walker Memorial Dr., Ball Ground Currently meeting at Canton Community Church Sunday Service: 1:30 p.m.

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

First Baptist Canton Mission Point Campus: 1 Mission Point Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 11 a.m. East Campus: Creekview H.S. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 479-5538,

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

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

Hickory Road Baptist Church 2146 Hickory Road, (770) 345-2296 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

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

Mountain View Baptist Church 8991 East Cherokee Drive (Kid Connection) Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (678) 880-0871, Pastor: Dr. Joe Brothers

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

Hickory Flat Church of God

Hillside Community Church of God

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

Methodist Ball Ground United Methodist Church

12487 Fincher Road, (678) 880-1901 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

3045 Ball Ground Highway, (770) 735-6247 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

New Life Church

Big Springs United Methodist

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

Sunnyside Church of God 2510 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 639-1018 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Toonigh Church of God 4776 Old Highway 5, (770) 926-3096 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Episcopal Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church 6488 Hickory Flat Hwy., (404) 395-5003 Meeting at All Points Community Church Saturday Service: 5:30 p.m.

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

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 1635 Old Hwy 41 NW, Suites 112-265, Kennesaw (678) 460-7702, Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m. Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m.

2066 Sugar Pike Road, (770) 475-1796 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Birmingham United Methodist Church 15770 Birmingham Rd., (678) 942-1600 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

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

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church 7745 Main Street, Woodstock, (678) 445-3480 Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

Hickory Flat United Methodist Church 4056 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 345-5969 Sunday School: 9:20 a.m. Sunday Services: 9:20 & 11 a.m.

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

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

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

Congregation Ner Tamid

Sixes United Methodist Church

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

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

Tikvah I’ Chaim “Hope for Life” Messianic Jewish Fellowship

Union Hill United Methodist Church

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


Shoal Creek Primitive Baptist 174 Fields Mcghee Drive, (770) 630-7150 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Elder Randall Cagle

(770) 503-5050,

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

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church Scott Mill Chapel, 411 Scott Mill Road Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Bethel Tabernacle 13417 Fincher Road (Hwy. 108), (770) 479-4540 Sunday Service: 12 noon

C3 Church 94 North Street, Cherokee Arts Center Sunday Service: 10 a.m. (404) 317-0345,

Faith Presbyterian Church USA

Canton Community

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

260 Rolling Hills Avenue, (770) 479-3792 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Grace Church, PCA

Canton Hispanic SDA

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

Heritage Presbyterian Church

462 Scott Road, (678) 493-2727 Sabbath School: 9:15 a.m. Worship Service: 11:15 a.m.

5323 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11:10 a.m. (770) 926-3558,

Canton Adventist Church

Sixes Presbyterian Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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

3459 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 720-9574 Sunday Services: 1 p.m.

Trinity Presbyterian Church USA 1136 Trinity Church Road, (678) 493- 6955 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

Antioch Christian 3595 Sugar Pike Road, (770) 475-9628 Sunday Services: 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Emmanuel Community Church 2135 East Cherokee Drive, (404) 668-2653 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Grace Bible Church Meets at Cherokee Christian School Sunday Service: 11 a.m. (770) 355-8724,

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

Hickory Flat Fellowship 5301 Hickory Flat Highway, (770) 704-5050 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Inner Quest Unlimited (a metaphysical Christian Church) 12830 New Providence Road, Alpharetta Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 521-2875,

Jehovah’s Witnesses 667 Scott Road, (770) 479-7028 Call for local meeting times.

Lake Arrowhead Chapel 1218 Lake Arrowhead Drive, (770) 479-3886

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Life Bible Church 124 P. Rickman Industrial Drive, (770) 217-7494 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

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

New Covenant Bible 1095 Scott Road, (770) 479-6412 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

The Pointe (404) 557-9640, Visit website or call for information.

Quaker — Canton Friends Worship Group 360 East Marietta Street, (770) 720-4669 Sunday Service: 2nd & 4th Sunday 10 a.m.,

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

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

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

The River 3440 Sixes Road, Canton (next to Taco Bell) Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Soul’s Harbor Word of Faith Church 110 Evergreen Road, (770) 345-2715 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

St. Paul AME 390 Crisler Street, (770) 479-9691 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Word of Life Family 207 Marvin Land Lane, (770) 479-7693 Sunday Service: 9 a.m. 51


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My East Canton Monthly — (770) 720-7497

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

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

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

(770) 704-1500 (770) 479-7287 (770) 720-4883

(404) 657-9300

(770) 720-6607

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

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

Driver’s Licenses Georgia State Patrol Health Department Hospitals:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help lines:

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

Non-Emergency 911

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

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

(770) 479-3117

Parks and Recreation: Barnett Park (770) 924-7768 Boling Park (770) 720-7578 BridgeMill Athletic Club (770) 345-5500 Callahan Golf Links (770) 720-1900 Cherokee County Outdoor YMCA (770) 591-5820 Cherokee County Soccer Association (770) 704-0187 Cherokee Recreation and Parks Authority (770) 924-7768 Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Assoc.: (770) 846-4843

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


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

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

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

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

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

(770) 720-7000 (678) 426-5450 (678) 494-2500

Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: American Business Women’s Association: (678) 493-3618, Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club: (770) 345-1750 Cherokee Area Business Connection: (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Business & Professional Women: (770) 345-1751 Cherokee Toastmasters: (770) 712-4077 NEW Network of Entrepreneurial Women: (678) 595-0344 PowerCore: (404) 572-1278 Woodmont Business Club:

(770) 345-1879, Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries:

Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies):

(770) 924-0864,

Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store:

Hospice Advantage:

(770) 218-1997

iCOR (helping orphans):

(404) 992-8155

Legacy Ministries International: (770) 924-0826 Meals-on-Wheels: Miracle Mothers:

Charitable & Support Organizations AA Meetings: Antioch Christian: (770) 475-9628 AARP Organization: Canton Chapter: (770) 479-5460 Adopting Families Group: (770) 516-1340 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group: (770) 926-0119 American Heart Assoc. — Cherokee Division: (678) 385-2013 Arts Alliance of Georgia: (678) 754-8482 Bethany Place: (770) 479-9462 Breast Cancer Support Group, Drop-In: (404) 843-1880 Canton Al-Anon: (770) 516-3502 CASA for Children, Inc.: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Cherokee Autism Support Group: Heidi — or Renee — Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: (770) 592-9779 Cherokee Co. Aspergers Syndrome Support Group: Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee Co. Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA: (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: (770) 345-1879 Cherokee Co. Senior Services: (770) 345-5312 Cherokee Co. Service League: (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: (770) 517-7101 Cherokee County Family Violence Center: (770) 479-1804 Battered Women Hotline: (770) 479-1703 In Spanish, (770) 720-7050 Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Bill Queen (404) 441-3508, Cherokee FOCUS: (770) 345-5483 Drug Free Cherokee: Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483 Emotions Anonymous: Tonya M., (678) 648-9953

(800) 989-4248,

(770) 345-7440

MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton, Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): West: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers: (770) 479-4140 MUST Ministries:

(770) 479-5397

Narcotics Anonymous:

(770) 720-4032

National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group:

(404) 394-1229,

North Georgia Angel House, Inc.:

Northside Hospital Cherokee Auxiliary: (770) 720-9559 Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples:

(678) 404-0034,

Papa’s Pantry:

(770) 591-4730

Safe Kids of Georgia in Cherokee County: (678) 493-4343, Salvation Army: 121 Waleska St. (770) 720-4316 Volunteer Aging Council:

(770) 345-7515

Young Peoples AA Meeting:

(770) 479-2502

Civic Organizations

Canton Lions Club:

(678) 224-7878

Canton Noon Day Optimists:

(678) 454-2370

Canton Optimist Club:

Canton Rotary Club:

(770) 479-2101

Cherokee County Historical Society:

(770) 345-3288,

Hickory Flat Optimist Club:

Alan Flint (770) 720-9056

Holly Springs Business & Professional Assoc.: (678) 467-9269

Pilot Club of Cherokee County:

Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

Rotary Club of Cherokee County: (678) 297-0154,

Sons of the American Revolution:

Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015

The Trail of Tears Association:

(770) 704-6338

United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Helen Plane Chapter 711:

Political Organizations


Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520

Business Organizations

Cherokee Co. Board of Elections & Registrations: (770) 479-0407 Cherokee County Democratic Party: (770) 345-3489, Cherokee Co. Municipal Planning Commission: (678) 493-6101 Cherokee County Republican Party: (678) 809-1411, Cherokee County Repulican Women’s Club: (678) 520-2236, Cherokee County School Board: (770) 479-1871 Cherokee County Teen Republicans: (678) 232-7488, Cherokee County Young Republicans: (770) 926-9317, Cherokee/Pickens Libertarian Party: (770) 345-4678,

Recreation & Hobbies

Canton Moose Family Center (Bingo): (770) 479-8300 Christian Authors Guild: Cherokee Amateur Radio Society: (770) 928-8590, Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SKYWARN Storm Spotters): (770) 928-8590 Cherokee Community Chorale: (678) 439-8625 Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418 Cherokee County Saddle Club: (770) 757-2282 Cherokee County Social Adventures Group: Cherokee Fencing Club: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Cherokee Hiking Club: (770) 235-3655 Cherokee MOTS (Mom’s of Tots): (770) 272-5388 Cherokee Music Teachers Association: (770) 720-3987, Cherokee New Horizons Band (CNHB): (770) 479-4917, Cherokee Photography Club: Cherokee Running Club: (770) 928-4239 (770) 926-8513 Cherokee Senior Softball Association: Crossfit Workout of the Day Club: Falany Performing Arts Center @ Reinhardt University: (770) 720-5558, The Funk Heritage Center Book Club: (770) 720-5969 North Cobb Bass Club: (770) 820-3945 Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: (678) 493-3976 Southern O Scalers: Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139 53


United States Government:

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

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

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

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

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

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

State Government:

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

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

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

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

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

(404) 656-0287

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County Board of Education:

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

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

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

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

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

(678) 493-6431

(678) 493-6160

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

(770) 345-6256

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

(770) 516-1444

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

(770) 704-4398, x4370

Rob Usher, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

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

(678) 983-9644

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

(404) 362-1600

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

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

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

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail:

Cherokee County School System

Cherokee County Courts:

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

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

City of Canton

(770) 704-1500

Mayor Gene Hobgood

City of Ball Ground

(770) 735-2123

Mayor A. R. (Rick) Roberts III

(678) 493-6511

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners 1130 Bluffs Parkway (678) 493-6000 Canton, GA 30114 fax: (678) 493-6001

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

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson e-mail:

City of Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing

(770) 345-5536

Waging War on Winter Itch

. . . Start a Book Club!

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even though it’s not hot. Supplement with essential fatty acids like omega 3 fish oils, evening primrose oil, or flax seed oil. Exfoliate daily. Microdermabrasion works miracles on exfoliating dry, aged and acne-prone skin. Daily exfoliants and enzyme and spa treatments that specialize in battling winter skin also work wonders. Take fewer and shorter showers and baths at lower temperatures. Get a humidifier. Avoid harsh soaps and detergents which can strip skin. Moisturizers do not actually add moisture to the skin. They act as a barrier to keep the rate of transepidermal water loss to a minimum. We offer all of the above supplements and treatments. Call to find out more. Hope this advice helps keep your skin silky smooth all winter long with no winter itch. As always, stay well adjusted.

Satellite Service . . .

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Books challenge us to discover new ideas and empathize with others. We can travel in time, escape reality, and assimilate information to make sense of the world. All great stories must eventually come to an end, but after three years together my hope is that the BridgeMill Book Club Girls experience a happily ever after as they pass on their love of books to a new generation. To start your own club or request a list of our girls’ favorite books, contact Chantel Adams at

Does Your Pet Need . . .

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equivalent of us trying to lose weight on reduced fat peanut butter. For pets with strong food drives a true prescription weight loss diet is generally necessary to achieve weight loss.

but now they are small and we do our best to hide them where you want them. Dish Network recently switched their dishes to the color black so they are even less noticeable.

Keep in mind that most overweight dogs have a slow metabolism. They simply don’t burn calories very fast and in turn require very few calories. Even a few treats can prevent them from losing weight. Lastly, make sure you are not using food as a way to show your pet love. Playing with our pets, taking them for walks, or interacting with them in other ways is a much better way to show them that we care than food.

5. Which is better? For the sports person, DirecTV hands down. DirecTV also offers whole house DVR, which allows you to view your recordings throughout your home. Price wise would definitely be Dish Network. Both offer better picture, sound and price than cable. Being in this business for the past three years, I continue to grow as does the technology, there is always going to be bigger and better. I enjoy helping you decide how much bigger and better you want to go in an easy and understandable way.

Contact your veterinary team for help on how your pet can maintain a healthy weight. It is probably the single most important investment you can make in his or her long term quality of life!

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