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Dr . Nasir Ashgar Dr . Michael Anderson Dr . Kellie Baxter Julie Brennan Michael Buckner Dr . Charles Cooley Jyl Craven Michelle Girage Lisa Griswold Dr . Scott Harden

Celebrating 15 years

Congratulations Ruth and William Ross

Remembering Reinhardt

Birthdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Dr . Litrel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Community Calendar . . . . . . . 18 School Information . . . . . . . . . . 36 Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Church Listings . . . . . . . . . 52 & 53 Local Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Chamber Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Elected/Appointed Officials . . 61 Community Information . . . . . . 62


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What an incredible start to 2011! I am originally from Ohio, but I was raised a Florida girl, so I am not used to all of the “maintenance” that goes into playing in the snow . I have to admit, the first few days were fabulous — huge snowflakes, gently floating to the ground, a white blanket covering the once grassy yard, wide-eyed, excited children looking out the windows shouting, “No School!” The first few days were magical, a winter wonderland…then my bubble popped! Wet mittens in and out of the dryer, snowy coats on the kitchen table, icy, wet boots left wherever they could get them off the fastest . Even with all of the “maintenance” though watching the kids sled down the hills over and over, laughter ringing through the cul-de-sac as they ran from house to house, mugs and mugs of hot chocolate — the unexpected week off making memories was priceless…but let’s not do it again anytime soon! New Beginnings…check out our Health and Wellness guide on pages 23 — 29 for a healthy start to 2011! Don’t miss our Readers’ Choice voting going on now! See pages 32 and 33 for ballot and information for online voting . Love is in the air — read about our Tournament of Roses winners on pages 42 and 43 . James Hutton, a Cherokee High junior who lives in Waleska, has exceeded his prior snowman record with what he calls the Snow King. James, pictured with the Snow King, is himself six feet tall. The Snow King has a six foot diameter at the base and has been measured as ten feet four inches tall. A neighbor’s Bobcat helped set the pieces and the crown of ice was made from frozen water in a barrel James’ father emptied. James periodically patches the Snow King to help it keep its good form.

Hercules and Zeus — horsin’ around in the snow. Submitted by the horses’ owner Michelle Thomas.


Olde Time Pharmacy at Sixes conveniently located in the Northside-Holly Springs building opened recently . For all of your pharmacy needs, please call (678) 445-4486 or visit them at 684 Sixes Road, Suite 105 in Holly Springs, just off of Interstate 575 . What a Girl Wants, a unique gift shop, opened recently in Riverstone Plaza . What a Girl Wants offers a variety of jewelry, accessories, home decor, teen, wedding, and baby gifts . The shop is located at 1353 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 140 in Canton . Please call (770) 720-2040 for more information and hours . Farmhouse chic has come to Hickory Flat . Union Hill Grill located at 5060 Sugar Pike Road, Suite 204 in Canton features a chef driven menu with great steaks, fresh seafood, comfort foods and seasonal sides, along with full bar and wine offerings . Union Hill Grill accepts reservations for parties of six or more and also for Valentine’s Day . Please call (770) 558-1151 or visit www .unionhillgrill .com for more information .

Community Involvement The Cherokee County Teen Republicans is being designed to create productive, intellectual, and issue-oriented discussion, to encourage students ages 13 — 19 years of age to get involved with the Republican Party, and to encourage students to get active by participating in the election process . Ten charter members are needed . For more information and/or to join, please contact Brandon Roberts at (678) 232-7488, brandonbrandonsal@yahoo . com, or Post 4 County Commissioner (Adult Advisor) Jason Nelms at (678) 315-1752, nelms@everlastseawalls .com . The Avery Elementary Health & Nutrition Committee presents the 2nd Annual “Biggest Loser & Family Fitness Challenge!” This is a Family Fitness Challenge and is open to the community . Parents will focus on weight loss and kids focus on staying active and learning to eat healthy . The kickoff will be held February 3 at 7 p .m . in the cafeteria . The 8 week challenge will end on March 31 and will be based on the percentage of weight lost by parents . PTA members, $10 per family and non-PTA members, $12 per family . Follow us on Facebook “Avery FamilyFitness” or email Heather Thomas for more information: Heather@ MyThomasHome .com .



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Countywide Love Offering Will Benefit Students in Need Organizers of Give a Kid a Chance — Cherokee, Inc . are asking churches of all denominations in Cherokee County to participate in a Countywide Love Offering on March 13, 2011 . Give a Kid a Chance — Cherokee, Inc . is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ministry that has grown from helping 100 students in 2006 to more than 2,700 in 2010 . That’s a pace that shows a need exists to help families fully equip their students for each new school year . And it’s a demand that is difficult to meet — without the help of every church and ministry in the county . Donations collected on March 13 will be used to purchase new backpacks and supplies for children with limited resources in the county . “Your financial contributions mean that more students will walk into school on that first day with their heads held high, confident with fresh haircuts, new backpacks and supplies,


new socks and undies, and new-to-them clothing,” said codirector Cheryl Ruffer . “Our prayer is that the students will feel God’s love and have a confidence that will translate into a successful school year .” The 2011 back-to-school bash is set for July 16 at Canton First Baptist Church and the Cherokee Recreation Center in Woodstock . To volunteer that day, get more details or make a financial contribution, please visit www .giveakidachance .org . If your church would like a Love Offering resource packet, please e-mail bakerrufer@aol .com .

2011 Spring Landscape Design Workshop Spring is a great time for landscaping in North Georgia . The Cherokee County Master Gardeners and the Cherokee County Cooperative Service will be presenting a Landscape Design Workshop on February 21, 24, 28 and March 3, 7, and 10 from 7 — 9 p .m . The workshop will be held at the Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road in Canton . The workshop is designed for the beginning landscaper and is limited to 20 couples . There will be a registration fee of $50 to cover the cost of the landscape design tools and printed handouts . Subjects to be taught are: Principles of Landscape Design, Site Analysis, How to Draw a Landscape Plan to Scale, Erosion Control and Irrigation, Lawns in Ga ., Trees in the Landscape, Ornamental Shrubs, Native/Shade Plants for the Landscape, Annuals/Perennials for the Landscape, and Maintenance including how to prune your trees and shrubs. At the final session participants will have their landscape plan critiqued by a professional landscaper . Advanced registration is required . To register for the workshop, please call (770) 479-0418 .

New Board of Elections and Registration Members Sworn In Recently, Probate Judge Keith Wood swore in three members of the Cherokee County Board of Elections and Registration for new four-year terms . Pictured left to right: Chairman Alan Shinall, Mary Ann Manzell, Donald Sams, Judge Wood.

Job Search Help Offered by Fields Chapel Looking for a new job? Fields Chapel United Methodist Church is starting a new faith based job ministry, “Weathering the Storm,” to help unemployed and underemployed people with their job search . Bi-weekly support group meetings are being held to offer information


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and job search support . The structure of the meetings is based on the best practices of other job search faith based career ministries in the nation . For more information, please visit the website at http://weatheringthestormcherokee .org .

Local Woman Honored at Reserve Unit Banquet The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit hosted their annual banquet in Canton recently . Reserve Sergeant Helen Corbett (pictured right) was named the “2010 Reserve Deputy of the Year” . Corbett has volunteered in the Reserve Unit for more than 13 years .

Canton Police Explorers Shop with a Cop 2010 Canton Police Explorers held their annual Shop with a Cop this past holiday season . Shopping at Cherokee businesses, gifts were purchased for local families in need . Pictured left to right: Zone manager Buster, Chief Jeff Lance, Cadet Brantley Worley, Lt. Jeff Hall, Det. Amanda Usry Explorer Volunteer, Tracey Copland, Christine Hedmann, Dane Dawson, Matt Hitt, Chris Binkerd, Jerry Freeman, Samuel Snell, Explorer Mentor Larry Hanawalt, Explorer mentor Jim Copland, John Brangan, Det. Candy Worthy, Katie Brangan, Tori Bettis, Estan Holloway, Candice Jesneck, Cindy Jodesty, Cynthia Jodesty, Cpl. Stacy Bailey.

Fifteen Graduate from Firefighter Recruit School Fifteen new fire recruits graduated from firefighter recruit school during ceremonies held recently at the Creekview High School auditorium . The evening began with an invocation by Fire Chaplain, Dana McPherson, followed by the presentation of colors by the Cherokee County Fire Honor Guard and the singing of the national anthem by Stormy Gayton. Tim Cavender, public information officer for Cherokee County Fire, introduced Jason Lanyon, Fire Chief with Smyrna Fire and Rescue, as the keynote speaker . Cherokee County Commissioner chairman, Buzz Ahrens, then came forward and congratulated the new recruits and welcomed them to Cherokee County . After chairman Ahrens’ speech, the graduates watched a video presentation on their weeks of recruit training . Before the presentation of the certificates of completion, several of the recruits received special awards . The recruits were then asked to come forward to receive their certificates of completion. After receiving their certificates, the graduates received the firefighter oath from Cherokee County assistant Fire Chief, Tim Prather. The final moments of the graduation included comments by Sgt . Wesley Densmore, Lt . Robbie Kennedy and Captain Eddie Robinson .


Accepting their certificates for completing Firefighter Recruit School included: (Front row – L-R) Hamed Aziz, Michael Roberts, Nicole Bawol, Jeffrey Roberts and Cheri Collett (Second row – left to right) Harold Harp, Craig Henderson, Ethan Garner, Tim Crossland and Jordon Seda, (Back Row – L-R) Cherokee County Fire Chief, Raymond Gunnin, Assistant Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Chief of Training Division, Eddie Robinson, Roger Jarrard, Jeremy Simmons, Chance Champion, Jacob Kenney, Shane Bedwell, Sgt. Wesley Densmore and Lt. Robbie Kennedy.




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Touched by Angels by Lowell Lawson

by Dr. James E. Kilgore About a month ago some made resolutions for the New Year; a few of us have even kept them through the first month. A fitness coach at the YMCA says they are really busy the first couple of weeks in January, but things slow down very soon . Let me offer some principles for making choices that make a difference as the year progresses .

My daughter, Lynn, said, “That’s the last present,” as she surveyed the area that only minutes before was a jumble of ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper . Our 2010 white Christmas was almost gone . No more gifts . Not quite . God had placed one more gift under the tree with my name on it . I would open it in a few days . Dr. James Kilgore is President of the International Family Foundation, Inc, Suite 220, 1558 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114. He and Mrs. Kilgore are active community volunteers.

First, recognize that the happiness of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts . The ancient wisdom says, “As a man thinks, so is he .” Easy to say, but so difficult to practice. How many people do you know whose lives are miserable because they believe themselves to be victims of circumstance? They live by the rule of procrastination: “When my ship comes in…, then…” But unfortunately, their ship never even gets into the water! Every problem is excused because of something I can’t control . A favorite phrase becomes, “If it weren’t for…” That justifies anything that is difficult or troublesome. I might even think it excuses me from responsibility . One of my favorite television shows from a few years back was “Hee Haw .” In that hillbilly culture, they sang a song which said, “If it weren’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all .” So it goes for the man who thinks negatively . Eventually “everything” is against him . Nothing ever seems to work out right . His “bad” luck is all he has and all for which he can look forward .

The rule of anticipation is much more positive . Practice expecting good things and watch them show up at your door . In your career, if you can discover what makes you happy and figure out a way to make a living doing that, you’ll not only be successful but you’ll be among the most satisfied people in the world. In your handling of challenges that life throws at you, discover the tests that the Rotarians use: To think or to dwell on an issue, the four way test is: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it bring GOOD will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? I am not a Rotarian, but I admire (and practice) those four tests in my thinking . The founder of the Rational-Emotive Therapy system reduces the answer for many of life’s issues to the discovery of our irrational thinking . If I can identify how I think irrationally, I can pinpoint the source of my uncomfortable feelings . Here’s an example: It is irrational to think that continued on page


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Christmas Sunday was different this year . I awoke to learn that our church services had been canceled . Only those who had a two-horse open sleigh were advised to venture out . My thoughts turned to distant family who would be going to church in Ohio and Pennsylvania . We had often romped in four foot snow drifts on Christmas day . Why not send an e-mail reminiscence?

I began to type, “Hi from snow country to all of you .” The screen said: “i . om no oun o ll o ou .” I tried again . More gobbledygook. Computer problems! “I’ll fix it after breakfast,” I noted, prioritizing my schedule . Cereal, toast, and orange juice . . . a simple menu since the Lady of the Morning had not yet made her entrance . Then it happened. The bread slipped through my fingers and fell to the floor, followed closely by the cereal box. My left hand had decided to take Sunday morning off! Monday morning I saw a doctor . A quick test or two and a diagnosis: unspecified paralysis. Tuesday my neurologist confirmed the diagnosis and scheduled two tests for the next week. Thursday the doctor’s office called to notify me that they no longer accepted my insurance . I had lost my doctors! My caregivers had unceremoniously tossed me away! My mind tumbled and turned in a chaotic whirl . What to do? With my good fingers on my functioning right hand I began walking through the Yellow Pages . There, in very small print, I read BridgeMill Neurological . I called . And then I heard the voice of an angel! “This is Kendra .” I was distraught, upset, and frustrated . She was calm . She quietly heard my every word . Then my angel said, “We can see you. Your insurance is fine.” Soon I was there. Now I know, the unspecified paralysis has an identity . I have had a stroke . I will get better . Then I will make a modification to their office. Under BridgeMill Neurological Associates on the door I am going to place another sign: ANGELS INSIDE .



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One weekend during my first semester of medical school in 1989, my father began quizzing me about eye surgery . Apparently he had just seen a TV show detailing the latest innovations in the field, and he thought he would direct his follow-up questions to his someday-doctor son .

I confessed I didn’t know anything . At the time, my classmates and I were drowning in 80 hours a week of excruciating anatomy, physiology and biochemistry . I remarked that we hadn’t quite gotten around to eye surgery . “Really?” My father responded in an appraising tone . I could see the wheels turning . I knew what he was thinking: Michael is not doing his schoolwork. The shared memory of a certain upsetting parent-teacher conference loomed large and unspoken between us . “Despite his potential, Michael is too immature to put forth appropriate effort. We must consider having him repeat the third grade.” I considered pointing out that I had handled this issue — fourth grade went better . Maybe my father was unaware that the application committee at the Emory University School of Medicine didn’t review transcripts from elementary school? The sad truth is, no matter what you do, members of your own family will never take you seriously . A few days ago, for example, I came home from work to find Ann miserably shivering on the couch under a layer of blankets . She had been sick for two weeks with a classic upper respiratory infection . Three days earlier, her headache had localized over her forehead . It was obvious sinusitis . I called in a prescription for an antibiotic . Ann rejected this expedient . “I’m not sick,” she clarified between sniffles. “I’m just…fighting something off.” I suggested the antibiotic would help with her battle against the infection . “It’s not an infection,” she explained with indignation . “It’s just a little inflammation.” I was having difficulty with Ann’s line of reasoning. According to my medical professors, acute inflammatory

processes are caused by infection . I could only guess that Ann’s professors had taught a different theory at the University of Michigan School of Art . You work your tail off to become a doctor because you crave the knowledge and skill to help others . Love and compassion are ostensibly the motivations . But when I got home to find my wife lying on the couch, with nary an antibiotic in sight, these emotions were nowhere stirring in my heart . Now, I was ticked . “I’ve treated hundreds of patients with upper respiratory infections,” I wanted to shout – “It’s not like I just looked it up on the Internet!” A non-compliant patient is not rewarding to care for . Worse is one that lives under your own roof, getting sicker and sicker spreading bacteria and virus throughout the household . But sharing a bedroom with this patient in the holy bonds of matrimony? Marriage vows wisely address this precise scenario with some very specific clauses: “for better or for worse” and “in sickness and in health .” It doesn’t matter if your soul mate is a walking bacteria-laden petri dish, indiscriminately spreading her pox . There are simply no exceptions . I know this, because I looked it up on the Internet . Muttering, I drove to the pharmacy and picked up Ann’s prescriptions . I helped her sit up, and in her weakened state, she accepted the capsule of amoxicillin that I proffered . I stood over her as she swallowed it . Exhausted, she collapsed her head back on the pillow . I went to the kitchen sink and turned on the faucet . After the water warmed, I lathered my hands and fingers for thirty seconds to emulsify all the pathogens from my wife’s body. I reflected that perhaps the respect of loved ones is not part of our allotment of happiness in this life . “Thanks for getting me my medicine,” Ann called weakly from the couch . “I told you so,” was my sole thought . “I hope you feel better, Annie .” I could hear that my tone was not exactly oozing love and compassion . But at least I got the words right . Then I rinsed the soap off my hands and retired myself to a less germ-infested room .

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The highest majority of us all suffer from some degree of gum recession . Gum recession is commonly referred to as receding gums and is clinically observed as exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gum tissue .

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Gum recession can pose a problem for many people showing up as early as the teens but is most common in adults over the age of 40, becoming more pronounced with age . Why is it important to be aware of this common dental problem and routinely evaluated for it? It leads to numerous dental conditions that get worse over time, it is damaging to teeth, causes discomfort, does not naturally heal, and correction of more severe cases requires gum surgery that can be avoided with early correction . Symptoms Gum recession is progressive and happens gradually over the years making it difficult for us to notice. Receding gums typically remains unnoticed until diagnosed by a professional or until the condition causes pain . The following signs and symptoms may indicate gum recession: • Sensitive teeth because exposed roots are often sensitive • Teeth may appear longer than normal since you begin to see the root as well • The weaker root surface becomes exposed and visible to toothbrush and bacteria • The tooth feels notched at the gum line caused by aggressive tooth brushing • Change in the tooth’s color (due to the color difference between enamel and cementum) • Spaces between teeth seem to grow (actually the space is the same but it seems larger because the gums do not fill it any more) • Cavities below the gum line

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There are numerous CAUSES of gum recession that include: Overaggressive brushing Inadequate brushing or flossing, which allows bacteria to build up between the teeth Abnormal tooth position, such as tooth crowding, that creates inadequate cover of one or more Genetically prompted thin, delicate gingival tissue Periodontal disease Dipping tobacco Grinding your teeth, “Bruxism”, stressing the tissue causing gum recession Adult orthodontic movement of teeth

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The most common cause of gum recession from the list above is related to brushing; either too much or too little . We all know that we need to brush and floss every day. Proper brushing removes plaque, food debris, and bacteria from our teeth . Since teeth and gums are fragile tissues, overaggressive brushing can be destructive, damaging the very teeth and gums that we’re trying to keep healthy . As discussed, improper brushing can cause destructive problems like: • •

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Proper tooth brushing involves these three things: • A soft toothbrush • A non-abrasive toothpaste with fluoride • Good brushing technique

Use a soft toothbrush because it is much easier to remove the plaque below the gum line (as compared to a medium or hard bristle), better avoiding gum disease . Use a nonabrasive toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride hardens the outer enamel layer of teeth, may stop a developing cavity, and gives you more resistance to future cavities . Toothpastes that are labeled “whitening” or “tartar control” can sometimes be too rough on receding gums and exposed roots, wearing away the root’s protective layer . You can be sure toothpaste is non-abrasive if it’s labeled “sensitive .” Use a proper brushing technique by angling the bristles of the brush along the gum line at a 45 degree angle and apply just enough pressure so the bristles slide under the gum line . Having a hard time brushing gently? Consider an electric toothbrush such as the Sonicare . It removes food, bacteria, and plaque very well, and they make it much easier to use less pressure . The Sonicare electric toothbrush will even stop or alert you when you are pressing too hard . And don’t forget to floss. Brushing harder won’t get bacteria out from between the teeth . Treatment Treatment should always start with addressing the problem, which caused the gum recession . The #1 most common treatment for gum recession is adopting proper brushing techniques, most typically not brushing too hard . If poor plaque control is a contributing factor, improved oral hygiene must be performed, combined with regular professional dental cleanings . If malocclusion (improper tooth alignment) is a factor, a bite adjustment or bite splint may be recommended . If traditional treatment measures are insufficient or the recession is observed late in development, soft-tissue graft surgery may be needed to create more gum tissue, borrowed from one area of the mouth and applied to the affected area . In conclusion, see your dentist regularly to be evaluated for gum recession and any of the etiologies discussed in this article, especially ensuring you are brushing properly . We brush multiple times every day and it is very important to make sure you are doing it properly .

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5 — 8 p .m . Chick-fil-A at Canton Marketplace and Riverstone Parkway Information: Enjoy a special night for dads and their daughters with special entertainment, table service and more! Reservations are required and can be made at www .cfacanton . com . For more information, please visit www .cfacanton or ask restaurant for details .

February 5

Goddard Games Open House Time: Location:

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February 19

Cherokee Bee Club Annual Beeschool Time: Location:

8:15 a .m . — 4 p .m . 100 North Street, Canton (Old Cherokee Court House) Cost: $40, Preregister online $35 Information: Potential beekeepers, gardeners and families learn beginning beekeeping skills . Door prizes and raffle. Lunch and handouts provided, club memberships included . www .CHEROKEEBEECLUB .COM , or http://www .ugaextension .com/ cherokee . For more information, please call BJ Weeks (770) 735-3263 or UGA Ext. Office at (770) 479-0418.

February 21 — 25

Next Step Ministries Special Needs Camp Time: Cost:

9 a .m . — 3 p .m . $55 per day or $250 per week Information: A day camp geared towards the moderately to profoundly developmentally delayed or autistic middle school, high school or recently transitioned camper . The week’s theme is “Love Thy Neighbor” – come join us for fun crafts, cooking, music, stories, and more! Located conveniently in Woodstock . For more information, or to register, please visit www .nextstepministries .net or call Lori Baker at (770) 592-1227 .

February 25 & 26

Giggles and Grace Consignment Sale Times:


Friday, 9 a .m . — 8 p .m . & Saturday, 8 a .m . — 1 p .m . Marietta Church of God, 1083 Allgood Rd .



Information: www .gigglesandgrace . org

February 26

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners — Cherokee County Master Gardeners Seminar Time: Location:

10 a .m . Ball Ground Community Center, 250 Civic Drive Information: Are you new to vegetable gardening? Learn the how-to’s on growing a successful garden . Free but limited seating, registration is encouraged . To register, please call (770) 479-0418 or visit www . ugaextension .com/cherokee/

February 28

Book Signing with J.T. Ellison & Sophie Littlefield Time: Location:

5 — 7 p .m . Yawn’s Books & More, Inc ., 210 East Main Street, Canton Information: Both authors will be here with their new books J .T . Ellison with her book “To Close the Hand of Death” and Sophie Littlefield with her book “Aftertime” . Visit the website www .yawnsbooks .com or call (678) 880-1922 for more event information .

March 11 & 12

Tots To Tween Spring Consignment Sale Times:

Friday, 1 — 8 p .m .; Saturday, 8 a .m . — noon Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta Information: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples (formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club) . We offer clothing (newborn to juniors), accessories, toys, play equipment, strollers, car seats, furniture, and much, much, more! For more information, please contact Megan at (678) 4536993 or sale@nowamom .org, or visit www .NOWAMOM .org .


Share the Treats

Companion Vacation

by Dr. Michael G. Anderson

by Dawn Mason, D.V.M.

Winter days are cold, busy and short; a cruel irony that the shorter days demand extra time for everything . January’s record snow added time driving and extra time hunting for misplaced mittens, hats, scarves, coats, and boots . Our puppies enjoy hiding my children’s accessories to complicate our morning ritual .

Road travel is popular for large families during holidays, vacations and day trips. It is more efficient, cost-effective and flexible. However, traveling with a pet can sometimes put a damper on things if you don’t have your “T”s crossed before you leave the driveway . Planning ahead for your pet is important to allow your travel to be pleasant and without surprises .

Some of these extras include fun, like extra time by the firehearth, and extra baked goodies . Naturally, the cold weather triggers our appetite for just about everything including sweets . I enjoy cooking, but like all of us struggle to find the time.

Doc Anderson, MD, FAAP writes for N. GA Kids, and is a pediatrician in Canton and a medical director and Asst Prof of Pediatrics at Children’s Pediatrics Ctr. (770) 720-6963, www. happyhealthy®.com

My mom is an original “Iron Chef,” as she makes it happen no matter the obstacles . When the days were short on sun, time, and cash she had just the answer for a thrifty and fast warm-up . Now, my own children are warming-up from Mom’s (now Nana’s) treats . Moms (Nanas) across Georgia call out to children … Please SHARE . Certainly our Nana is happy to read that I shared this with you . So to begin, don’t waste time and money on expensive and difficult cooking pots and pans. If you don’t own at-least one iron skillet, go to True-Value Hardware, WalMart, Target, Tractor Supply or just Google “Lodge Cast Iron” and smile when you see that the world’s best pans, passed on from grandmother to grandchild, are crazyaffordable . Start your renewed passion for cooking with a 10 or 12 inch skillet, and then reward your family with the following: . • •

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees . Spread a thin layer of butter on all the cooking sides of your skillet . Take a 16 .3-ounce package of Pillsbury Grands® biscuits Place them in a circular pattern along the sides with a biscuit in the middle . Gently press a deep dent into the center of each biscuit, later filled with goodies. In each dent place a thin pad of butter (1 teaspoon) . Next, fill each dent with a tablespoon of brown sugar. Mix 1 cup white sugar with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and sprinkle on the top .

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An extra option is to dust this entire arrangement with a light layer of white powdered sugar, using a flour sifter, to create the appearance of white icing . The most important part continued on page


Dawn Mason D.V.M. is a 1999 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and practices at BridgeMill Animal Hospital. (770) 479-2200

First, make sure your pet has identification. Buy a tag or collar that establishes owner’s name, the pet’s name, the pet’s birthday, telephone number, address and medical needs . For example, engrave a one word medical concern like, DIABETIC . I would also recommend a microchip . This is a small identification chip implanted between the shoulder blades. It attaches a number to your pet . If your pet is lost, most animal facilities have microchip scanners that detect the number which then gets tracked in a system . Once a match is found, an owner can be notified should their pet be lost . It is important to update your microchip information with the company manufacturer if you move, give the pet away or change veterinary hospitals . Consider traveling with your pet either in a carrier or a safety harness . Pets can’t defy motion or gravity should you slam on the brakes or have the misfortune of an accident . Freely roaming pets may also contribute to these sudden actions. You can find approved ways of restraining your pet at local pet stores or online pet retailers . If you make several pit stops consider the temperature outside . Extreme cold climates aren’t good for the pet when you stop at the local Cracker Barrel for breakfast . Keep extra bedding in the car for the pet to burrow under for warmth . The average car heats up to fatal temperatures quickly in the summer . Imagine wearing a fur coat and being left inside with the windows cracked . Carry a copy of your pet’s vaccinations . Some states even require a health certificate for state-to-state travel. Know the animal laws for each state you enter . You would hate to end up with a ticket for not having proper documentation of your furry friend . Lastly, outline possible veterinary hospitals and emergency clinics along your route and final destination. You never know when your pet’s ear may flare up. It’s best to know where to go when you have a sudden emergency .



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Phone: 770.479.2200 Fax: 770.479.2210 9560 Bells Ferry Rd. Canton, GA. 30114

Dr. Christopher Alvey & Dr. Dawn Mason

We offer: Routine Vaccinations Sick Visits In-house Bloodwork X-ray Ultrasound Soft Tissue Surgery Orthopedic Surgery Dental Care Hospitalization Boarding Grooming

Features include theme decorated suites, television and webcams for 24/7 monitoring.

AmericAn Book compAny celeBrAtes FiFteen yeArs of Changing Lives Through Education


produced, stored, and shipped merican Book Company celebrates its 15th anniversary our books,” recalls Dr. Pintozzi. on February 21, 2011. “That’s the date back in 1996 “All our extra money went into when we got our first order for five books from a South the business, and we had to be frugal to survive.” Carolina high school,” states Dr. Frank Pintozzi, Executive Frank Pintozzi reminisces about those days: “We would Vice President of the Woodstock based business. With their transport our employees through the woods to the different combined 55 years of teaching experience and their passion work sites on a little golf cart. We often for helping students succeed, saw deer, wild turkey, hawks, and owls. Frank Pintozzi with his wife, Frequent lightning storms would knock Colleen, the president of American out our computers and server too.” Book Company, cofounded this Colleen states: “The Lord continued educational publishing enterprise in to bless American Book Company and their Cobb County home. its employees every year. We prayed American Book Company’s for His guidance each day. When we mission is to provide effective and were in ten states, we knew we needed affordable curriculum and test to move again. In 2002, we bought a preparation resources in a concise, 10,000 square foot warehouse in Holly easy to read format. In Georgia, for Springs. The year before Frank left KSU example, ABC produces standards to work full time at American Book based workbooks and digital resources Company. We equipped the warehouse for the CRCT, EOCT, GHSGT, Owners Frank, Colleen, and Devin Pintozzi in front of American Book Company’s main ofwith printing equipment and additional and SAT review and practice. fices at 103 Executive Drive, Woodstock. employees. To this day, we do all of our Colleen continues, “We now provide production, shipping, and storage out of Reading, Writing, Science, and this facility.” Social Studies curriculum for first Not long after that, the Pintozzis grade through high school.“ and their other employees moved to their “I was a busy full time professor current office buildings at 103 and 105 of education at Kennesaw State Executive Drive in Woodstock, Georgia. University,” Dr. Pintozzi recalls. So “With 42 employees, we continue to Colleen left her teaching position and serve education,” asserts Frank Pintozzi, ran American Book Company while “despite the current deep recession. We I worked with her on a part time also survived other downturns and 9/11. basis. We used our savings account Technology and the Common Core are and credit cards to buy supplies and changing the schools. Now we produce equipment.” Our first office building, an old cement online instruction through the Internet. Their son, Devin Pintozzi, an blockhouse in rural Cherokee County. Schools use our ebooks along with our Oglethorpe University graduate, printed books. In addition, we just soon joined the company at the end started marketing Core Math in a Flash, our first interactive of the first year. Later, he moved from writing materials to digital learning program for middle school SmartBoards, IPads, marketing and earned his MBA from Georgia State University. and computers.” So these three owners would then write the books to the state Devin Pintozzi, the Executive Vice President for Marketing standards, format, add graphics, edit and proofread the content, and Sales, remarks, “We are now in 19 states and offer national print, bind, and ship the books, handle customer service, products as well. In our 15 year history, we have served well exhibit at trade shows, and track billing and collections. The over 4 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers and parents. Pintozzi parents were also raising their younger child, Mary. Changing lives through education is the passion and purpose Colleen adds, “For entertainment, we licked stamps for our that sustains American Book Company’s success.” next advertising campaign while we watched television.” As they added employees, the Pintozzis moved to 9 acres For more information or to order any resource, go to in rural Cherokee County. “We lived and worked in an old or call 770-928-2834. cement blockhouse. A nearby storage building was where we

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461 East Main Street, Canton

How do you make well-educated financial decisions? Who walks with you through estate considerations? Where do you turn for solid direction for retirement? Edward Jones has been providing guidance and assisting with these financial needs and much more for nearly 90 years. Rooted in each community they serve, Edward Jones financial advisors value each individual Ned Castleberry and each financial portfolio that they help create. Education, retirement, home ownership, business interests, lifestyle and estate considerations, transfer of wealth — Edward Jones cares about properly helping you navigate your financial road to your chosen destination. Ned Castleberry, AAMS, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, was born and raised in Atlanta. His father was a small business owner. Growing up in the south, he has experienced many changes and has many stories to share about the growth that Atlanta has endured over the years to be the hot spot of today. Ned served in the Navy Air branch of the military. Upon completion of his years serving in active duty, he attended college under the G.I. Bill and graduated from the University of Georgia. Joining the Edward Jones financial team 16 years ago, he chose Canton as his home base. “A large part of financial services is about the relationship,” noted Ned. “First of all, it takes people getting to know you.” This is precisely why Ned has chosen to live and work in the Canton community. Being embedded in the very community that you serve allows the relationships to strengthen, in and out of the office. Ned’s wife, Joan Hasty Castleberry, grew up in Cherokee County. Both she and Ned have a vested interest in their community. On any given day, Ned can be found either at his downtown Canton office or on a local golf course enjoying his favorite hobby. Phyllis Gibson, senior branch office administrator has worked with Ned for many years and has been in the financial industry for 19 years. Building relationships is what Edward Jones is all about. Reflecting on his growth and building his business, Ned shared “I started from scratch. I went visiting people at their homes to discuss investing. I tried to introduce myself to everyone.” And 16 years later, he still sees the value of getting to know his clients, individually and personally, in order to meet their specific financial needs. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, 24

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helping them understand and make sense of the investment options available today and this is the basis for how Ned runs his office. Recently, Travis Lowis joined Ned in his office and is being groomed under the “GoodKnight Program,” an Edward Jones mentoring program. Ned is training him, giving back to his community where Travis will in turn open his own office. Travis served for four years in the Marine Corps, served twice in Iraq and has now settled with his family in Cherokee County and joined the Edward Jones family. Under this philosophy, a new financial advisor is trained under an experienced advisor and it is a win/win situation for the new financial advisor as well as the existing clients. With another financial advisor available, clients are offered an even higher level of customer service. Relationships are key. Each client faces very specific needs when it comes to his or her finances and the goal of Edward Jones is to target individual expectations. In order to do this, the financial adviser must get to know his or her clients. “The most important thing is the personal, face-to-face relationships,” shared Travis. As relationships strengthen, the opportunity arises to learn specific goals of the client. “No doubt, it is the philosophy (of Edward Jones) to do what is right for the client.” Presenting services that are tailored to the individual is the goal. Get to know the person, listen to his or her specific desires and then create a financial strategy. “We follow the Golden Rule. Whatever you do, ask yourself ‘would you do this for your mother or grandmother?’” Ned and his staff work hard to do what is right for the client. As part of the community, Ned offers solid, well-educated, experienced advice to assist his neighbors in realizing their financial goals. Ned Castleberry, a seasoned financial advisor and part of your community, is ready to assist you with your financial goals. “I am not retiring any time soon. I don’t know if I ever will. I will probably go to my grave doing this — because I enjoy it!” Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. You should consult with a qualified tax or legal specialist for professional advice on your specific situations.



Afterglow Spa Come Relax & Indulge… The new management team, residents of Canton, Maureen Dorsey and Monica Pachorek bring over 35 years of client service experience to Afterglow Spa. Additionally, both are highly experienced team managers and are delighted New Owners Maureen & Monica to lead Afterglow’s talented staff. This mother-daughter duo’s vision is to continue the award winning tradition of Afterglow Spa and to elevate the guest experience. “Our clients will find us to be really attentive and to be continually creating new offerings and promotions that make it easier for them to plan time for themselves.” “We believe there is a definite link between our mental and


physical states,” they shared. The idea of making relaxation a part of our routine has proven psychological benefits. People who take time to relax and pamper are often more focused and productive. “Our philosophy is to offer a range of treatments designed to calm the body and mind. People are more stressed out than ever before and are increasingly looking for convenient ways to rejuvenate without taking time to travel long distances to resort spas. Therefore, we hope to take a larger role in our community, by furnishing a way for our neighbors and out of town guests to deal with stress by offering local, more affordable services in shorter amounts of time.” Afterglow Spa offers a wide variety of services including skincare, massage, body treatments, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, waxing and nail care. Please follow their new Facebook page at Afterglow Spa to learn about upcoming service specials and product discounts.



3725 Sixes Road, Canton Monday — Saturday 9 a.m. — 7 p.m. Harvest Moon Natural Market is a jewel waiting to be discovered. If you have never visited this unique store, you must go! If you are a frequent shopper then you are aware of the wide variety of healthy items that this store has to offer. Not only are the products amazing, the staff will amaze you as well. They share their incredible knowledge, which makes it easy to see why many have become “regulars.” Alisha O’Brian, MSN, who is the owner and nutritional consultant of Harvest Moon Natural Market, brought this concept to the Canton area in November 2004. Alisha has a passion for healthy lifestyle and it is very apparent the minute you begin to talk with her. Alisha shared “This is my lifestyle, I live it every day; it is not just a business.” And it shows! At Harvest Moon Natural Market, the variety of organic and healthy products is endless! At least 80 percent of the store is organic. The expanse of organic produce is simply delicious at fabulous prices. “I am very selective with the products. The emphasis is on quality which sets us apart,” stated Alisha. Customers won’t find any product in the store that contains hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, synthetic ingredients, or additives. Harvest Moon is a full organic grocery with an expansive variety. Wheat and gluten-free products abound with an incredible selection to choose from. Many varieties of vitamins, herbs and homeopathic products fill the shelves and the staff is trained and helpful to assist in choosing what is right for your specific needs or ailments. The quality of Harvest Moon’s nutritional supplements is far superior to what you will find in super markets, drug stores or other “Mass Market” retail stores. In fact Harvest Moon is very proud to offer a full line of nutritional supplements from New Chapter a supplement company that is scientifically validated, 100 percent whole food, certified organic and free of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Many conventional multivitamins are


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synthetic, chemical isolates that lack the whole-food benefits found in nature. It’s no wonder they can upset your stomach. Harvest Moon also stocks health and beauty products such as Dr. Hauschka, along with shampoos, conditioners, lotions and deodorants. Lifestyle counseling is available to assess your individual health needs and assist in making proper and accurate product selections. Alisha and the staff also will talk with you about your current habits and assist you in making easy, manageable changes toward better health. More intense lifestyle counseling is also available by appointment to deal with diagnosed major health issues, in order to help facilitate the healing process. New and exciting services are now available at Harvest Moon with the addition of a Holistic Life Coach named Two Bears. Two Bears is available through appointment only and specializes in energy work including guided meditation, past life regression, hypnosis, intuitive counseling and card readings. A full service smoothie bar that is 100 percent organic offers a dozen different smoothies made with fresh ingredients and several choices of add-ins such as protein, flax oil, greens, bee pollen, acai, vitamin B12 and more. Also available are made to order salads, hot off the grill Panini sandwiches, and a variety of hot or iced organic coffees and teas. Staying healthy is worth every penny but that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. At Harvest Moon you will find discounted prices, coupons and a member rewards program that saves members five percent on every purchase (excluding smoothie bar items). With this rewards program, members are also given 15 percent off two times a year with two big customer appreciation celebrations which include tons of free samples, health lectures and prize drawings. Look for the next big event in the spring.




February 12 th

9 a.m. — 2 p.m.

330 Chambers Street, Woodstock

As Albert Einstein famously said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” As you consider new beginnings for yourself, consider yoga. Yoga can provide a path to transform your physical body and to settle your mind. There are many styles of yoga and even as a beginner there is a right one for you. Yoga builds strength in the right places and in the correct proportion for your body. The strength you acquire in yoga builds core stability and resists fatigue. It builds flexibility, lengthens muscles, decompresses the spine and heals the joints. The flexibility you gain in yoga lets you avoid injuries in your other activities and shields the body from excess tension. Yoga detoxifies and purifies all of your body’s systems, increases blood flow throughout the body and massages and rejuvenates internal organs. Yoga does all of these things, brings all of these benefits using just your body by taking it to its maximum potential. Hot yoga is a style that is practiced in a heated room. Doing yoga poses in the heat amplify many yoga benefits. The heat helps the body to open up more quickly and completely, allowing the yoga poses to take the body deeper. The sweating that takes place in the heated room is an integral part of detoxifying the body, contributing to a refreshed and energized feeling after you take class. The challenge of hot yoga classes provide a great cardio workout and can burn up to 1000 calories per class. Finally, being in


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a heated environment builds concentration allowing the background noise to disappear and the mind find stillness. Ember Yoga is a studio and yoga school located in beautiful downtown Woodstock next to J. Christopher’s and Pure Taqueria. Ember’s design was inspired by amazing studios and teachers throughout the country. The result is a yoga studio that is unique to Georgia. Building this vision in Woodstock, taps in to a vibrant local energy and direction that is in sync with Ember’s goals. Ember’s uniqueness comes from the open, spacious design which includes two beautiful practice spaces for hot and nonhot yoga; a large community area for relaxing before and after class; a boutique containing a large selection of apparel brands previously unavailable outside of the city; and well appointed locker rooms with multiple showers. As a dedicated yoga studio, classes can be experienced without distractions and with many resources to expand your practice. The space is designed to build community and to be a destination for workshops and events that will bring together yoga students from all around Atlanta and the surrounding cities. Ember offers a variety of class styles available throughout the day. All regular classes are available to drop-in, with no membership required. The majority of Ember’s classes are accessible to beginners with no yoga experience. Class types include hot yoga, non-hot traditional yoga, restorative styles, yoga for athletes, prenatal yoga, kid’s yoga and more. Ember has more than a dozen certified instructors from around Atlanta, experienced in a wide range of styles taught by great teachers and traditional yoga schools throughout the world. Try doing something different for your body and your mind. Allow an exploration of the potential that a yoga practice may hold for you. Be receptive and grow.




Baxter Chiropractic and Revive Day Spa is a unique area business that specializes in being your one stop wellness shop. With so many of us on the go, our clients appreciate the convenience of having a wide variety of services under one roof.

needleless acupuncture that uses pressure and electrical stimulation to stimulate acupoints. Meridian therapy is effective and much faster than a traditional acupuncture treatment.

Dr. Baxter specializes in chiropractic manipulations of the spine and extremities. She treats patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and those with acute or chronic pain. Sport injuries and personal injuries are a priority as are patients with decreased spinal curvature, scoliosis, and degenerative discs. Wellness care is available for clients of all ages.

If you love a good massage then you have come to the right place. At Baxter Chiropractic and Revive Day Spa massage therapy is performed by nationally certified massage therapists professionally trained in more massages than you knew existed. The menu offers the ever popular swedish, therapeutic, trigger point, pregnancy and deep tissue massages. You’ll also find many unique massage services such as hot stone, lymphatic drainage, arthritis, TMJ, pregnancy, cupping, sinus, reflexology and more. It truly is an extensive menu.

She enjoys sports and working with athletes of all ages and skill levels—from pros to weekend warriors. She tailors specific stretching and strengthening exercises to each patient’s individual needs.

“Dr. Kellie always takes great care of my patients. She is comprehensive in her evaluation and treats underlying issues not just the symptoms. She has been an invaluable resource for help in treating my patients with musculoskeletal issues.” —Kathryn Neely, MD Baxter Chiropractic offers the latest in rehabilitative therapies and equipment including the erchonia cold laser, an FDA approved treatment for sprains, strains and tendonitis used by professional athletes worldwide. Baxter Chiropractic also features a convenient on-site x-ray suite. If you have questions about nutrition Dr. Baxter has the answers. She can show you how to get the most from the food you eat and can recommend a wide range of supplements offered at Baxter Chiropractic. Dr. Baxter also specializes in meridian therapy, a type of Chiropractic Rehabilitation ■ Personal Injury ■ Sports Injuries ■ Meridian Therapy ■ Cold Laser ■ Massage ■ ■




Our estheticians specialize in treating a wide variety of skin care issues from acne-prone skin to dry, aging skin. Facials, specialty masks, enzyme peels and microdermabrasion can make anyone’s skin look fabulous. Estheticians perform all natural organic spray tanning, hand-sprayed for the best results. Waxing and electrolysis services are available for your hair removal needs. Combine several services in one money-saving, pampering package to truly help you relax, rejuvenate and revive. You can also book a spa party for a perfect girls night out, birthday party or bridal party. Revive Day Spa’s gift shop features many unique goodies including gift certificates, candles, hot packs, soaps, soaks, scrubs, bath salts and fizzles, lotions, creams, and sponges. Revive Day Spa is the area’s exclusive seller of Waxing Poetic, Pure Sanctuary, and Dog-eared Jewelry. Stop by Baxter Chiropractic and Revive Day Spa and get on the path to wellness.


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120 East Marietta Street, Canton

(770) 345-8008

How can you bring common sense to the sometimes irrational world of investing? Judy Ross, the President and Senior Financial Advisor at J. ThompsonRoss Investments, has spent her entire education and career doing just that. An Accredited Asset Management Specialist® with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Clemson University, Judy brings 22 years of experience in the financial field to the table. After college, she gained significant knowledge at a regional bank first as a personal banker, then in the business bank implementing lending and all-around financial solutions for her clients. Understanding the needs of businesses, owners and executives has proven to be an invaluable foundation as she provides solid financial advice based on extensive experience. She has earned her FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, 9 and 10 brokerage registrations and her life, health and variable insurance licenses. Joining with a national brokerage firm in 2001, Judy moved from Midtown Atlanta to Downtown Canton. Last year, when big brokerage firms were merging, she decided it would be in the best interest of her clients to stay in Cherokee County. Using the sophisticated resources of the big brokerage firm, Judy is now an independent advisor supported by the infrastructure of Wells Fargo Advisors. And she continues to make Downtown Canton her business home. She is able to


provide a personalized approach, customized to each individual’s needs. “I strongly believe in knowing my clients. We then tailor each investment strategy according to their time-frame, purpose and risk tolerance,” Judy said. Financial and estate investment planning can be an intimidating aspect for even a seasoned investor, but it is also a vital part of Judy’s approach. Whether it is a multimillion dollar retirement plan for a business, a charitable foundation or an individual investor, she has access to analysts, planning tools and solutions to help fulfill the requirements. She encourages everyone to plan for their financial future. “It is important to pay yourself first and invest wisely,” Judy added. Judy is known for her common sense and ethical advice. Because her clients take that advice to heart, referrals are how she has grown her practice over the years. J. ThompsonRoss currently has three registered associates who help clients around the U.S. and in several countries around the world. Registered Associates (left to right) Daren Sexton, Patti Hayton, Judy Ross

Investment and insurance products: NOT FDIC-Insured

NO Bank Guarantee

MAY Lose Value

Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), and Member SIPC. J. ThompsonRoss Investments is a separate entity from WFAFN.



If I Were You

Tax Credits Extended for 2011

by Michael Buckner

by Dan Jape

Every day, more and more people are asking me about Internetbased TV. With the onset of ondemand players like GoogleTV, which can deliver Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube, there are tons of free or really cheap choices in TV content out there. The question remains, are we far enough along for you to kill your Michael Buckner is cable bill? While the short answer the owner of Audio is yes, the more realistic answer is Intersection. For not exactly. While you certainly questions or to set could, most of you would not want up an appointment, please call to. The current reality is that while you probably cannot eliminate your (770) 479-1000. cable subscription service, you can drastically lower your TV bill by using an on-demand player in conjunction with the most basic TV service to keep you entertained. Let me give you some scenarios:

There is great news for every homeowner who missed out on the $1500 tax credit in 2009 and 2010. The 25c tax credit program has been extended for 2011 for qualifying heating and cooling systems. At the time I am writing this, Congress has put a maximum limit of only $500 for the new one year extension, but there are some who feel when the new congressional session starts next year, they might up the credit back to the $1500 that we have become used to. This would be a very good use of the stimulus money as opposed to some of the other projects I have seen funded.

Let’s say you’re a football fan. Currently, there’s no way to enjoy the game without subscribing to TV service, because the games are usually on Fox and ESPN. The good news is that both DirecTV and Dish Network offer plans for $24.95 per month that cover these two channels and more. Then, with an on-demand player, you can access ESPN online and ESPN3 to this mix for free. Now, let’s say you’re a news buff. There again, there’s no way to get the local news everyday through an on-demand player in the same fashion as turning on the TV and going to your news channel of choice. So what you do is get CNN and local news with the $25 plan, and then you can use an on demand player to access CNBC, Wall Street Journal, plus enhanced CNN on-demand, which often times has later breaking news.

Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air, located at 13987 Highway 92 in Woodstock. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096.

But no worry. Here at Reliable, we have arranged with Trane to triple the 2011 $500 tax credit back up to $1500 on qualifying systems for the next three months to allow those who missed out last year to take advantage of this special program. We have instant cash rebates to bring the credit up to $1500 when combined with the federal credits available. This would allow a homeowner to upgrade their old inefficient heating and cooling system and get top of the line system for almost the same price as an entry level system.

What about sitcoms and movies? The “Everything Pack” with Dish Network that has every HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc, is $99. With DirecTV it’s $115, and Comcast is $150’ish. I instead propose that you use an on-demand player to watch your favorite TV series, as you can find almost 100% of TV shows and movies on-demand. Both Netflix and Hulu only charge $8 per month for this. Best of all, it’s instant, rather than having to wait for the show or movie to arrive on TV. Again, this would allow you to subscribe to the $25 Dish or DirecTV package, plus Netflix On-Demand. Instead of $1200-1500 per year for TV service, it would lower to approximately $400.

The system that qualifies for the $1500 tax credit is a very unique air conditioner and furnace that has multiple stages or outputs of heating and cooling. Instead of just coming on and running wide open putting out its full capacity, the two stage cooling and heating system slows down and runs at half capacity to more evenly heat and cool your home. It is much more efficient to gradually condition your home and this approach removes more moisture in the summer and keeps the heat very consistent in the winter. The special variable speed 2 stage furnace operates on D/C current instead of A/C and this allows a savings of over $200 a year just in blower costs. This package also includes a special thermostat that not only controls temperature but also controls the humidity. You can set the desired humidity level in your home and this special feature can result in 5 — 10% more moisture being removed in the summer and the more moisture that is removed, the more comfortable you will feel at a warmer temperature which will generate lower cooling bills.

Many people are afraid of the complication that ondemand content brings. Certainly, if it’s not simple and easy, most people don’t want it. I would challenge you to get out there and see for yourself how easy these on-

There is a great new humidifier available from Aprilaire that can be installed on second floor upstairs systems where there has been a threat of freezing water in the past. It is the model 800 steam generator and it can be remote

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Avery Beta Club Honors New Members Avery Elementary School recently inducted 102 fifth graders into the Jr. BETA Club. State Representative Calvin Hill spoke to the students at the induction about the club’s motto, “Let us lead by serving others.” Congratulations to all of the new members!

the state were invited to perform. Sequoyah is the only Cherokee County school invited. For additional information, please contact Gerald Parker, SHS’s Theater Director at (770) 345-1474. Cast photo: Nicholas Stinson, Ben Fierke, Elizabeth Mitchell, Kelly Johns, Tommi Cooley and Julia Flowerree.

Avery Holds Annual Spelling Bee Hasty’s Helping Hands Program Reaches Out to Canton Students at Hasty Elementary School along with principal Izell McGruder presented toys to Dr. Gayle McLaurin, principal at Ralph Bunche Center (RBC)/Little River Preschool(LRP). The toys were collected as part of Hasty’s Helping Hands program. Students at Hasty brought in new, unwrapped toys to help make the holidays special for the boys and girls at RBC/LRP.

SHS Selected to Perform at Georgia Thespian Conference Sequoyah High School will perform the one act play, “Do Not Go Gentle,” written by Susan L. Szeder on Saturday, February 12, 2011, in the Columbus State University Theater at the 2011 Georgia State Thespian Conference at the Columbus State University. Only 35 schools from


Avery ES recently held their annual School Spelling Bee with one classroom winner from each fourth and fifth grade homeroom class competing. Dr. John Poidevant, the school psychologist, was the word caller and judges were assistant principals Christian Kirby and Stacey Krutz along with third grade teacher Randy Robinson. The Avery ES Spelling Bee Winner was fifth grader Will Touchstone and the first runner-up was fifth grader Austin Darnell. Will Touchstone then represented Avery ES at the Cherokee County Spelling Bee at River Ridge HS.

Front Row (left to right): Assistant principal Stacey Krutz, Michael Epps, Will Touchstone, Taylor Ruth, Mayce Williams, Garrett Brown and Chloe Helton. Second Row (left to right): Avery School psychologist Dr. John Poidevant, Logan Gordon, Elizabeth Andrews, Ann Blakey, Paige Poulos, Nathaniel Seman, Austin Darnell, Breana Author, Cole Ekmark, Thomas Currie, assistant principal Christian Kirby and principal Letitia Cline.



Private Schools American Heritage Academy

Messiah Christian Academy

Antioch Christian Preschool

Woodstock International School

(770) 926-7779,


(770) 479-5280

(770) 475-8553

(678) 977-6501

Community Christian School

Mission Point Christian Academy

(770) 479-9535,

(770) 479-5538,

Cherokee Christian Academy and High School

(678) 494-5464,

Legacy Home School Academy


(678) 493-8584,

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool (770) 720-2333

Union Hill UMC Preschool

(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

Macedonia Elementary School

Creekland Middle School

Free Home Elementary School

Sequoyah High School

Creekview High School

Hickory Flat Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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

April 4 — 8 May 27

10370 East Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 (770) 479-3429 Principal: Ms. Catherine Elliott

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

Local Colleges & Universities

Winter Break

Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Spring Break Last Day of School

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

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

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

2010 — 2011 Calendar at a Glance February 21 — 25

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


Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600,


Open House Dates . Thursday, February 17, 8:30 a.m. . Thursday, March 31, 8:30 a.m.

American Heritage Academy 2126 Sixes Road Canton, GA 30114

(770) 926-7779



Creekview Wrestlers Celebrate Great Season

to the Region finals before losing to Woodland. The team qualified for the Georgia State Dual Meet Championship which was held in Macon on January 14 and 15. This is the first time in the team’s short history that they have qualified for the State Duals Championships. Congratulations Creekview!

Cherokee Warriors Support Wounded Warriors

The Creekview varsity wrestling team recently received the Region 7AAAA Dual Tournament runner-up trophy. The Grizzly Grapplers defeated Lambert and Rome en route

The Cherokee Youth Football Association (CYFA), Cherokee Warriors ages 10/11 Black team picked “The Wounded Warrior Project” (WWP) as their chosen fundraiser for a second year in a row. This year the boys raised over $2000 to send to the WWP, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. Head coach Brian Turcotte, a former USMC is very proud of the boys for their hard work on and off the field and their desire to help and serve others. The boys collected donations at the Friday night Cherokee Warrior home football games and then challenged parents, friends and family to match donations for points scored on the field. They also additionally raised $500 that they presented to a local recent Cherokee High school football player, a Marine, Lance Corporal Thomas Coggins, who was injured in Afghanistan by an IED and had to temporarily come home before returning to Camp Lejeune for more recovery.

Players front to back: Eric Aboyoun, Noah Ross, Colin Kleinschmidt, Chandler Johnston, Grant Alexander, Bryce Dickerson, Jack Agner, Carson Weaver, Corey Dutton, Damon Sheffield, Jackson Collins, Wade Woodall, Patrick Lowhorn, Griffin Turcotte, Jacob Weaver, Zack Rowell, Logan Hardin, Devin Hansbury, AJ Ross, Anthony Aboyoun. (Imad Stozier and Kale Martin not pictured). Coaches: assistant coaches Darin Ross, Mike Hansbury, Josh Hardin, Kevin Ross and Brian Turcotte.




Expires 2/28/11

Expires 2/28/11

Coaches are at the heart of FCA. Our role is to minister to them by connecting them to Christ, connecting them with other coaches and helping them connect the Bible to their coaching. Last month we introduced the first of FCA’s Four C’s — starting with Community, then Coaches, Camps, and Campus. This month we will share about another “C” that goes hand in hand with community. Cherokee County is very blessed to have a strong foundation of community and youth sports — and in order for this to happen, GREAT COACHES!! Many of these coaches are volunteers with the exception of our teachers who are coaches, but trust me, or ask one that you know, how many hours they put in and most of them don’t do it for the money. If you ask, you will hear how they are “Called to Coach” — which is also the title of the new book by Coach Bobby Bowden who recently spoke at our November banquet. Chuck Butler, owner of Savy Paws, a local pet boarding facility, recently shared how it has been a blessing to him to give to FCA. He sponsored a table at the banquet and he chose not to attend himself, but to allow local coaches to be treated to an evening out as a thank you for their dedication. They spend countless hours away from their families, to invest in others, (just like so many other amazing servants) and take their coaching responsibilities seriously and are aware that they are acting as a very influential role model to our local youth. We all know the impact that a coach can have on his or her players. Please take a moment and read the FCA Coaches mandate. Share it with a coach you know. Pray that as they read it, they are impacted, encouraged and their passion is renewed with each new season and group of athletes and families. Thank them for making a difference in our community, our youth or even another coach’s life.

YMCA & FCA Leadership Lock-in 2011

Who is invited/mission:

All Cherokee County Middle & High school students who have a desire to come together with other local youth to inspire and encourage each other as “Tomorrow’s Leaders”

How to register:

Go to and click on “YMCA & FCA Leadership Lock-in”


G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA in Canton


Friday March 4th 8:30pm to 7:30am (yes — it’s an overnight lock–in!!!)


Free with registration & the donation of a canned food item- proceeds to benefit MUST Ministries


Please contact Amy Turcotte or (770) 380-1432 for more information



Ruth & William Ross


In keeping with tradition at AroundAbout — East Canton magazine, our annual Tournament of Roses contest was held again this year. We asked the readers — family members, friends, neighbors or even the couples themselves — to send in nominations for couples that have been married a very, very, very long time. The East Canton area sure has a lot of long time sweethearts! But Ruth and William Ross took the cake, or should I say the roses, celebrating 68 years of marriage, soon to be 69! Ruth and William were high school sweethearts. In 1941, the couple met in their last year of high school in Yonkers, NY. “I don’t remember how he proposed, but I remember I got my ring at Christmas,” shared Ruth. They were married at Day Spring Presbyterian Church in Yonkers on April 11, 1942 and honeymooned in New York City. William served in the US Navy for three years; Ruth stayed with her family during this time. “It was a different time,” William noted. “You had to grow up fast with the war.” The Ross’ have lived in various places throughout their married lives. They have now settled in the Canton area to be near family. Ruth and William


are blessed with one son, Ray and his wife Viola. They have three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, sprinkled throughout the country. “We’ve had a great life,” said William with a smile. “I don’t regret one day.” Over the years together, the couple enjoyed travelling and seeing new places. Amongst their travels, their favorite places were Hawaii and St. Croix. Reflecting back, Ruth stated, “We did a lot of travelling.” Reading is a hobby that Ruth continues to enjoy with her favorite books being best sellers and history. William dabbles on the internet and even Facebook. “I get a kick out of it,” he said with a smile. It is always very enjoyable meeting with our Tournament of Roses winners and the Ross’ were no exception. A pleasure to be around, the couple is inspirational to couples young and old. As we chatted, they shared their secrets of success: “You have to give, you have to take; you have to look the other way sometimes. You can’t always be right. You have to enjoy the same things,” shared William wisely. Ruth added, “It has got to be 50/50.” William faced some health struggles last year. “You should have seen how she took care of me. She’s a good nurse.” The couple is a fine example of give and take. Ruth noted, “He is very helpful.” Coming from a different generation where the woman typically took care of the man, this is an important statement. But, William is always willing to do his share and help his bride. “She is my rock; she is my right arm,” said William with a smile in Ruth’s direction. Enjoying each day together, they still share common interests. “We hold hands and watch Judge Judy every day.” They both laugh. Congratulations Ruth and William Ross. AroundAbout — East Canton is honored to recognize such a wonderful couple as our 2011 Tournament of Roses winner.



Honorable Mentions

Reverend Gene & Dee Carlisle Wedding Date: October 26, 1946 Married 64 Years

Jennie & Eldred Vaughn

Janice & Glenn Cantrell

Not Pictured: Frances & George Sosebee Wedding Date: January 3, 1948 Married 63 Years

Doris & Richard Kassner Wedding Date: June 24, 1951 Married 59 Years


Johnny & Sue Tatum

Wedding Date: March 4, 1948 Married 62 Years

Wedding Date: June 30, 1961 Married 49 Years

Mary Elizabeth & Robert Smith Wedding Date: January 3, 1970 Married 40 Years

Bobby & Edie Johnson

Wedding Date: March 8, 1952 Married 59 Years

Wedding Date: January 1, 1956 Married 55 Years

Pat & Ken Roberts

Wedding Date: March 19, 1965 Married 45 Years

Marie & Miller Wrinkle

Wedding Date: December 20, 1948 Married 62 Years

JoAnne & Ray Pinyan

Wedding Date: March 12, 1955 Married 55 Years


Connie & Andy Alexander Wedding Date: June 6, 1959 Married 51 Years

Bunky & John Bowden

Wedding Date: March 12, 1948 Married 62 Years


by Charles R. Cooley, M.D. Has the red and green of 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.

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% of people experience a reduction of their symptoms from daily light therapy, and about 50% 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% 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. Information obtained from, and This information provided by Charles Cooley, M.D. of M. D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine, located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. They are open every day from 9:00am to 9:00pm. For more information about SAD, please call (770) 720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue in Canton, next to Cracker Barrel.

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.



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.


City of Canton


Canton Senior Center Waleska Satellite

9081 Fincher Road, Waleska, GA 30183

Ball Ground Satellite Bells Ferry Satellite

1001 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115

11990 Evenflow Drive, Canton, GA 30114 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, GA 30102

Softball: Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings at Hobgood Park Softball Complex. (770) 479-9450

Canton Senior Center: Monday — Friday, 9:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Basketball: Sundays at 7 p.m at Boys and Girls Club and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA) Recreation Center in Woodstock. (770) 345-4435

Waleska Center: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Bocce: Friday mornings, call for time and location. (770) 720-0168

Home-Delivered Meals: Meals-on-Wheels provides a hot, well-balanced meal each weekday for homebound senior citizens age 60 and above who are nutritionally at risk.

Bowling: Thursday afternoons at Cherokee Lanes, Canton. (770) 720-7039 Horseshoes: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Habersham Park, 1925 Marietta Highway, Canton. (770) 720-7039 North Georgia Pickleball Club: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 1 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. Free for seniors and anyone interested. (770) 401-7355

Cherokee County Senior Services (770) 345-6730 Congregate Program — A nutritious meal and crafts, games, exercise, shopping trips, guest speakers and more. Please call for this month’s scheduled programs.

February’s Trivia Question: What countries observe Groundhog Day?

Ball Ground Center: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Bells Ferry Center: Thursdays, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Transportation — Cherokee County Senior Services provides transportation to and from the congregate program, scheduled field trips, grocery shopping and medical appointments.

The Cherokee County Senior Olympics Committee meets the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Cecil Pruit YMCA in Canton GA. Please join us as we prepare for the 2011 games which will be held in April. For more information email info@ccsrolympics. org or visit the website at

Find the hidden picture

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



Claudia Chu & Laurel Kountz were our winners for January’s contest corner. Claudia and Laurel received a gift card to Starbucks. Congratulations!


Berkeley HeartLab Testing by Nasir Asghar M.D. Congratulations! You have made it through 2010. We are now starting a new year, giving us the opportunity to start fresh and take responsibility for our own health. Besides a healthy mental outlook on life, we need to examine three major preventive medical aspects in our lives to ensure a long healthy quality of life. First, we need preventive medicine for internal Dr. Nasir Asghar is monitoring of our health and putting an Internal Medicine out fires before they do damage. physician with special Secondly, managing (or getting to) focus in Heart Disease, optimal weight that is achieved by Diabetes & Medical harmonious integration of eating Weight Loss. Internal properly, correct excursive and Medicine Associates can be reached at (678) active lifestyle. And third is smoking cessation. Medical programs now 494-9669 or visit www. advancedmedcenter. have over 65 percent successful com. quitting rates. The advancement in medical science is providing us with powerful tools to forecast and prevent major events. The Berkeley HeartLab testing is a new and innovative way to check cholesterol, genetics and overall risk for heart and vascular disease. Genetic testing is the newest arsenal is

our tools to fight heart disease. We can now test whether you have an early heart attack gene, if a Statin (cholesterol lowering drug) is right for you, if certain drugs such as Plavix (anti-platelet drug given to patients with stents) will work on your body, if alcohol will increase or decrease your good cholesterol and even if aspirin is effective on your body to prevent heart disease. The Berkeley HeartLab also gives you an in-depth cholesterol panel that is very different than the standard lipid panel. The basic cholesterol panel that you have done during your annual physical checks your total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). The Berkeley test goes much further and breaks down the LDL and HDL into further “bad and good categories” For example LDL — the bad cholesterol can actually be broken up into four different particles: One being labeled as “good,” two being “bad” and one particle called IVb being very dangerous. There are also multiple markers of inflammation that the Berkeley Lab test does such as Fibrinogen, CRP and homocysteine levels that tell us what kind of disease process is happening in your vessels. Berkeley HeartLab testing gives us better knowledge which translates to significantly improved care for each individual. continued on page


Mane Attraction

May I See Your Driver’s License Please?

by Jyl Craven Reinvention can be the key to starting off the New Year on the right foot, and with the approaching lover’s holiday, looking your best will most certainly ensure your greatest Valentine’s Day yet. We are all working to shed the holiday pounds. What better way to reward your new body than with a beautiful modern hairstyle?

by Sgt. William Rownd

Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio of Canton. For information you may contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 or visit

A great method to help you decide on a fresh look for spring is to emulate a particular celebrity that fits your personal style. It’s like having your own stylist for free. There is no doubt that celebrities are always on the forefront of fashion and beauty, and the tabloids provide a plentiful variety so you’re sure to find looks that can easily transition into your daily routine. If you have long hair and prefer a more romantic aesthetic, Carrie Underwood has the soft curls down to a science. For trendier hair, Rihanna and Katy Perry are consistently on the cutting edge. Hair in 2011 is all about futuristic sophistication so don’t be afraid to try something new. Shortening your length is a great way to frame the face and highlight bone structure. Short cuts range from classic to edgy, and in the hands of a professional you are sure to get the cut that’s right for you. Color and cut go hand in hand so a perfect way to compliment a new style is with a unique, multi-tonal color pattern. We are even being introduced to some hair trends for men by adding volume at the crown with a modern take on the pompadour. Seize the opportunity to begin your 2011 on a beautiful note. Whether you are looking to completely reinvent yourself or simply revamp your do, set the tone for this year with a contemporary style that defines the new fabulous you.

WE HAVE MOVED! See AroundAbout — East Canton’s new address on page 2!

My last article was about road rage and how to avoid being the victim of an aggressive driver. This month I want to talk about a few traffic laws that, if obeyed, will keep you out of a law enforcement officer’s radar. Speeding, running stop signs, and violating equipment laws are the primary reasons that you could encounter a law enforcement officer. Avoiding these main three violations of state law will greatly reduce your chance of receiving a good driving certificate from local law enforcement.

Feel free to e-mail questions to me at wrownd@

First, speeding is the largest contributor to death in trafficrelated accidents in Georgia. There is a 10-mile-per-hour tolerance given to motorists by local law enforcement agencies (city and county government). There are a few exceptions to this rule, where the speed limit is the speed limit. 1) Residential Zone 2) Construction Zone 3) School Zone Georgia State Patrol (G.S.P.) is the only agency that can write a ticket on any road for one mile per hour or more over the speed limit. I spoke with two of my G.S.P. friends, and they generally observe the same 10-mile-per-hour tolerance as local officials. Speeding is a moving violation and will affect your license and insurance status. Stop sign violations are the results of laziness. Most stop sign violations that I witness are people who slow down and roll through. This roll can cost you more than $150 in fines, which could have been prevented if you took one more second out of your life to make a COMPLETE stop. Again, this is a moving violation and will affect your license and insurance. Examples of equipment violations include burned out brake lights and turn signals and other issues at the rear of your vehicle. I know that the majority of you do not get out and check to see if your turn signals work. A simple monthly check will ensure that you will not be late to your next staff meeting because the officer thinks you do not know how to use a turn signal. Replacement bulbs for a turn signal or brake light are just a few dollars and can be installed at home with simple tools. Headlights are easy to check and replace; driving with your high beams on is not the answer to a burned-out headlight. continued on page





(770) 345-3288

Below: The first car on campus in 1906.

Above: The Sophomore Class, October 19, 1900 with Dr. Richard Rogers, who also served as president.

Education has always been important in Cherokee County; academies and small schools were being formed almost as soon as the first log cabins and houses were built. Although some people left Cherokee County to pursue higher education, the opening of Reinhardt Normal School in 1883 gave many the opportunity to live near home and earn a degree or teaching certificate. The school was also a military academy and the young men had to muster and participate in the annual Sham Battle at commencement. The school was chartered as Reinhardt Normal College in 1891 and had an approximate enrollment of 215 by 1900. In 2008, they celebrated their 125th Anniversary and in 2010 broke their personal record for enrollment with 1130 students. Also in 2010, they became Reinhardt University.






Ball Ground First Baptist

Church of God Hickory Flat Church of God

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

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

Calvary Baptist

12487 Fincher Road, (678) 880-1901 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.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 300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Dr., (678) 493-0908 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

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

Hillside Community Church of God

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

Sunnyside Church of God 2510 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 479-3956 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Zion’s Temple Church of God 152 Crystal Springs Lane, (770) 887-9439 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

First Baptist Canton 1 Mission Point and Creekview H.S. Sunday Services: 9:05, 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (770) 479-5538, Visit website or call for details for each location

First Baptist Holly Springs 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy, (770) 345-5349 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.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

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.

Tikvah I’ Chaim “Hope for Life” Messianic Jewish Fellowship 132 North Medical Parkway, (678) 936-4125 Saturday Shabbat Service: 10 a.m.

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



Shoal Creek Primitive Baptist

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

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

2260 Holly Springs Parkway, Suite 120, Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 503- 5050,


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

Big Springs United Methodist 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, 9:45, & 11 a.m.

City on a Hill: A United Methodist Church Worships at Johnson Elementary School Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. (404) 862-7850,

Hickory Flat United Methodist Church 4056 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 345-5969 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 Service: 11 a.m.

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

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

Union Hill United Methodist Church 2000 A.J. Land Road, (678) 297-0550 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Mission Service at the Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel


8855 Main St., Woodstock (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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

New Covenant Bible Canton Community 260 Rolling Hills Avenue, (770) 479-3792 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

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

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

Canton Adventist Church Sixes Presbyterian Church

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3459 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 720-9574 Sunday Services: 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Meets at Liberty Elementary School Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Soul’s Harbor Word of Faith Church 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,

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.

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

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

Lake Arrowhead Chapel

Send us your church information!

1218 Lake Arrowhead Drive, (770) 479-3886




Business Organizations

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 N.E.W. Networking Entrepreneurail Women: (678) 595-0344 PowerCore: (404) 572-1278 Woodmont Business Club:

Charitable & Support Organizations

AA Meetings: Antioch Christian: (770) 475-9628 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 Parents Support Group: (678) 616-6741 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 FOCUS: (770) 345-5483 Drug Free Cherokee: Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483


Emotions Anonymous: Tonya M., (678) 648-9953 Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: (770) 345-1879, Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries: (800) 989-4248, 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: (770) 345-7440 Miracle Mothers: 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,

The Trail of Tears Association:

(770) 704-6338 United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Helen Plane Chapter 711:

Political 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: (770) 592-6545, Cherokee County Repulican Women’s Club: (678) 520-2236, Cherokee County School Board: (770) 479-1871 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:

(770) 928-6592

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society: (770) 928-8590, Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SKYWARN Storm Spotters):

(770) 928-8590 Cherokee Community Chorale: (770) 479-4114 Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418 Cherokee County Saddle Club: (770) 757-2282 Cherokee Fencing Club: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Cherokee Hiking Club:

(770) 235-3655 Cherokee Music Teachers Association: (770) 720-3987, Cherokee New Horizons Band (CNHB): (770) 479-4917, Cherokee Photography Club:

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 Running Club:

(770) 928-4239 (770) 926-8513

Cherokee Senior Softball Association: Crossfit Workout of the Day Club: The Funk Heritage Center Book Club: (770) 720-5969 Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild:

Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015

(678) 493-3976

Southern O Scalers: Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139



P.O. Box 4998 3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114


Ribbon Cuttings

Guardian Home Care 1558 Marietta Highway, Suite 210 Canton (770) 720-0003 Healthcare

Barco Disaster Response 138 Moose Loop Canton (770) 720-2400 Fire, Water & Mold Restoration

Giddeons Automotive 103 Elliot Industrial Drive Woodstock (678) 494-6473 Automobile Repair & Service Center

Minuteman Press 3753 Marietta Highway, Suite 145 Canton (678) 880-9065 Printing Services

Carmike Riverstone 15 5 Reinhardt College Parkway Canton (770) 720-9570 Movie Theater

Market Web Group, LLC 3328 Rough Creek Drive Woodstock (678) 506-5050 Internet Marketing 4 Local Biz

NARRA Maids 9585 Main Street Woodstock (678) 905-3476 Cleaning Services (Commercial & Residential)

North Georgia Safety Training Institute P.O. Box 191 Tate (678) 454-0243 Safety Training

Good Morning Cherokee! Sponsored by Cobb EMC Thursday, February 3, 7 a.m. Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg. 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Cost is $15. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on February 1.




Gentle Dentistry

For the Entire Family

Let’s Talk Disney

Sickening Sweet

by Lisa Griswold

by Dr. Kellie Baxter

Let’s talk about Disney! There are so many things to do and places to explore. But along with lots of options comes lots of confusion. Should you get the Park Hopper option? What about the Disney Dining Plan (and which one!)? Where should you stay?

I’m sure many of you are aware of a little ingredient called high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that is making us anything but little. Princeton researchers who studied the side effects of corn syrup — and how the body reacts to it when ingested — found out what the healthcare community has long suspected. Are you ready for this shocker? It’s horrible for you!

Please send your questions about the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Adventures by Disney, or any of the international Disney parks to or call (678) 815-1584.

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

For starters, let’s talk about the Disney Cruise Line. The timing is perfect, as the Dream, Disney’s newest cruise ship, had its maiden voyage on January 26, 2011. This ship is larger than the other two Disney ships in operation. It climbs two decks higher, and holds 4,000 passengers versus the 2,500 passengers that the Disney Magic and Wonder can carry.

The research showed that rats fed HFCS gained significantly more weight than those that had access to the same caloric amount of basic table sugar. Even worse, the table sugar was the same concentration as what is in a standard soda. The HFCS solution was only half of what is in a standard soft drink and the rats ballooned in size much like the average American has over the past 20 years.

One of the ships most talked about features is the AquaDuck. It is a watercoaster that spans four deck levels and stretches over 750 feet, including a length of the ride that cantilevers off the port side of the ship! There is no additional fee to ride the AquaDuck. Two people can ride at one time in the two-person inflatable raft, but you have to be 48” tall to ride.

Not enough evidence for you? How about this — the rats on the HFCS diet had significant increases in triglycerides and abnormal fat deposits including belly fat. HFCS has also been linked to insulin resistance and some testing has shown that many samples of it seem to contain mercury. Yuck!

Another unique feature of this new ship is the virtual portholes that you will find in the interior staterooms. These flat-screen TVs will display live images from cameras positioned on the exterior of the ship. It’s just like looking outside. You may catch a glimpse of Peach (Finding Nemo), Mickey Mouse, or a ghost ship.

Over the past 10 years diabetes in this country has increased by 90 percent. Over 24 million Americans now have diabetes. This is expected to triple over the next ten years. Why wouldn’t it? HFCS is in everything from ketchup to crackers and all the good tasting stuff in between.

Disney ships are the only ships on the sea that shoot off fireworks from the ship. You can catch this display during the Pirates of the Caribbean party. Be sure to pack an eye patch and bandana or a whole pirate costume (yes, like I do!).

Now if that isn’t bad enough, the corn syrup refiners know that if you find out about these frightening facts you might actually vote with your dollars and stop purchasing some of their crap. But they’re smart. They have decided to change the name of their poison to corn sugar. They think if you see corn sugar on the label you will say “Oh, I’ll get this! There’s no HFCS in it!” They’ve spent millions of dollars building a new name, website and marketing campaign to give their frankenfood an alias.

The Dream will also feature enchanted art. The art looks like normal, everyday art, but upon closer observation, you’ll notice that the picture may take on a life of its own! For example, Bambi and Thumper may start to frolic or pirate ships may fire upon each other…from separate pictures! And listen for birds chirping and watch for Tinker Bell to fly by!

So what do you do? Read labels. Don’t be fooled by the renaming. Stop purchasing so many prepackaged foods. Eat real food. Cook at home using real ingredients. Eat fast food in moderation. If you make cookies with grandma’s recipe they might not be the healthiest choice you can make, but you can eat a bunch and they won’t be as bad for you as a HFCS-laced candy bar.

There are many more fun and exciting things to discover on board Disney’s Dream. Again, I can go on and on when it comes to Disney!

Hope this article helps give you some great reasons to search out and start eliminating HFCS from your diet. If you have questions about nutrition call the office and make an appointment. As always stay well adjusted.




Good People = Good Government by State Senator Chip Rogers The November election results were less about Republican or Democrat and more about “we the people” demanding good government. There are a number of important requirements for “good government.” It must be limited, transparent, beholden to the people, and just. Perhaps overlooked is the need for “good people” to make “good government.” Regardless of party affiliation, “bad people” will almost always give us “bad government.” The actions of a public servant eventually reveal his or her true character. This is why I think it important we all know about the background of an elected official who just took office in one of the most important positions in Georgia. He was an honor graduate from Washington County High School. He was the student body president at Mercer University, while also serving as the commanding officer in the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC).

In the early 1980s, he ran for the Georgia Senate and won. He served his district for twelve years, rising to become President Pro Tem of the Senate. In 1992 he ran for the United States House of Representatives and won. He was reelected by his constituents each two years thereafter. While in Congress, he wrote, among other things, the law that prohibited Social Security benefits for illegal aliens, saving U.S. taxpayers more than 20 billion dollars. He was recently elected to a new position of great importance. In his first speech, he reiterated our American responsibility to live within our means and never ask government to do for us what we can readily do for ourselves. His decisions over the next four to eight years will literally impact every person in our state.

“This is why I think it important we all know about the background of an elected official who just took office in one of the most important positions in Georgia.”

He is Nathan Deal, Georgia’s 82nd Governor. And whether you are Democrat, Republican, Independent, Tea Party, Green Party, Libertarian, or some combination, we should all support him. Georgia needs “good government” now more than ever.

He graduated with honors from Mercer University, where he was awarded the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, which designates the top senior student. He went on to graduate, again with honors, from Mercer Law School. He served the United States with distinction in the US Army JAG Corps. After serving in the Army, he moved to Gainesville and began to practice law, serving as Assistant District Attorney for several years before going into private practice. He served as Juvenile Court Judge for a number of years in Hall County. During this time, he was a member of various civic clubs, serving as president of the Jaycees and Rotary, among others. He has been a faithful member and leader of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville for more than 40 years.


Chip Rogers is the State Senator for District 21. You can call him at (404) 463-1378 or fax him at (404) 657-9887. You also can e-mail Chip at Chip also serves on the AroundAbout — East Canton Community Board.



President Barack Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website:

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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) 304-B Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(770) 887-1960 fax: (770) 205-0602

State Rep. Calvin Hill (R) (D-21) 511 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail: State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R) (D-22) 607 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

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

local: (678) 493-7257 business: (404) 656-0129 fax: (770) 345-2394

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:

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail: Mike Chapman (R), Post 2 (Chair) e-mail:

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

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

Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo P.O. Box 769 110 Academy St. Canton, GA 30114 Website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

(678) 493-6431

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner David Fields (R) 2780 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114 e-mail:

City of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

(678) 493-6160

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

(678) 493-6511

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners 1130 Bluffs Parkway Canton, GA 30114


(678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6001

(770) 704-4398, x4372

(404) 462-4950

Cherokee County School System

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

(770) 345-6256

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

Cherokee County Coroner (404) 656-0287


United States Government:

City of Ball Ground

(404) 362-1600

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

(678) 493-4100 fax: (678) 493-4228

(678) 493-6400 fax: (678) 493-6420

(770) 704-1500

(770) 735-2123

Mayor A. R. (Rick) Roberts III

City of Holly Springs


(770) 345-5536



Emergency — 911

AroundAbout East Canton Magazine — (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

Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Assoc.: (770) 846-4843 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

Pets: 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

Children and Family: Anna Crawford Children’s Center Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club Cherokee Family Violence Center Cherokee Focus Child Support Enforcement Department of Family & Children Services Hope Center MUST Cherokee Ministries Papa’s Pantry

(770) 592-9779 (770) 720-7712 (770) 479-1804 (770) 345-5483 (770) 720-3581 (770) 720-3610 (770) 924-0864 (770) 479-5397 (770) 591-4730

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

Driver’s Licenses

Health Department

(770) 345-7371

Hospitals: Kennestone Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

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

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) 222-1222 (770) 704-2610 (404) 250-KIDS (770) 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


(678) 493-4100

(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 (706) 253-2271 ETC Communications 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

(404) 657-9300 (770) 720-6607

(770) 516-4195

Amicalola EMC

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

Georgia State Patrol

(800) 275-8777


City of Canton: City Hall Fire Department Police Information

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


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Pay special attention to these violations to keep your license and bank account in good standing. If you can keep from doing one of these three things, you have a better chance of not meeting your local law enforcement officer on his or her terms. As always, be safe, and if you have any questions or comments, e-mail me at wrownd@


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Companion Vacation

demand players are. Find someone (me) who can show you the different choices out there that vary in ease of use. If someone asked you if it would be worth a couple of days getting used to a new way of watching TV in exchange for $1000 per year in savings, and 1000’s of more choices in content, I think most of you would be willing to figure it out. continued from page

Pack your bags and your dog’s bags anytime you travel this year. You can never be over-prepared for your pet’s travel. Be aware of safety concerns for you and your pet. Avoid the unexpected by knowing what to expect before you leave the house.


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Tax Credits Extended for 2011 mounted up to 26 feet away from the furnace so there would be no chance of water freezing on an extremely cold day. The steam humidifier can handle any size home and provide comfort and savings in all weather conditions. Many people like to add moisture to their second floor bedrooms and in the past this was not possible without the risk of water damage. This unit also does a great job on first floor systems and can be installed in crawlspaces or basements. It can bring higher humidity levels to your home and add a level of comfort never realized before. continued from page


Touched by Angels I hope you will go in. Kendra is my special angel. She comes from a family of angels. You will meet Dee, Karista, Kim, Christy, Bonnie, Michelle and Marsha. And, of course, you will meet the Mother Angel, Dr. Stephanie Riemann. God placed angels under my Christmas tree this year. continued from page


Berkeley HeartLab Testing free for all Medicare patients. Please ask your physician about the Berkeley HeartLab testing if you think you have problems, may have problems or have a family history of heart disease. Next month in part 2, we will discuss optimal weight and weight management.




The Family Touch EVERYONE must like you. Even if you are successful ninety per cent of the time, there are some folks who 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 year, remember the most important power you possess: you have power over your own mind, even when you can’t control outside events and influences. When Dietrich Bonhoffer was imprisoned in Germany, along with millions of Jews, he made up his mind that the captors could take everything from him but his choices. In one extremely humiliating scene, he recalls standing naked before the guards, being interrogated. They took his last possession — his wedding ring! In his mind he kept thinking, “They can take everything from me but my dignity. I am a child of God.” He survived his internment and lived to bless others with what he learned. Most of us will not face tests that stern. We can learn from his behavior. The Apostle Paul, after enduring beatings and imprisonment, was still able to say, “I can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens me.” He had an anchor in the storms of life. Find your anchor. Fix your thoughts on the things that count. You’ll make a difference in your living in 2011. You may even make a difference for someone you love too!



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Northside Hospital — Cherokee Wellstar Children’s Pediatric Center East Main Northwest Oral Surgery Cherokee Women’s Health Vein Center of North Georgia Progressive Audiology Northside Pediatrics M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine Internal Medicine Associates

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Finding Your Soul Mate

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Developing Your Relationship

February 20

The Greatest Sex Ever

February 27

Staying In Love

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