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Cardiovascular Medicine 25 WellStar Know Your Heart Co. Historical Society 34 Cherokee New History Museum & Visitors Center

Dr. Christopher Anderson Stephanie Anderson Dr. Nasir Ashgar Dr. Kellie Baxter Michael Buckner Lisa Griswold Dr. Scott Harden Eric Hill Dan Jape Dr. James Kilgore

Lowell Lawson Dr. Mike Litrel Cindy Morrow Drs. Simone & Greg Nutt Paul Pugliese Sen. Chip Rogers Judy Ross Amy Turcotte Ann Vancza

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People, The Places and The Pleasures that make East Canton.


by Michelle Meek

What’s New? Safeguard Business Services recently opened a new office at 3440 Sixes Road, Canton. Offering accounting services, new business services and more, please visit www. or call (404) 422-8572 for complete information. Snickerdoodles Cakery and Bakery recently opened at

147 Reinhardt College Pkwy., Suite 1 in Canton. A locally owned business, they offer a variety of cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cupcakes and more. Diabetic offerings are also available as well as special orders for any occasion. Snickerdoodles is open Monday — Saturday and can be reached at (770) 345-1711.

March 14 and close Friday, April 1. Enrollment forms will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the following Pre-K program sites: Ball Ground ES, Canton ES, Hasty ES, Little River ES and RM Moore ES.  Enrollment space is limited. Students must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2011 to be eligible.  Please visit for compete details.

National Pyrenees Rescue Group is in desperate need of foster homes. The group rescues dogs from Alabama and Georgia. They are also looking for ‘forever homes’ for dogs. For more information, please visit

Holdheide Academy located at 5234 Highway 5, Woodstock is proud to announce that they are now SACS accredited. They also have a new Mothers Morning Out Program that is being offered Monday — Friday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Space is limited, but call today for a reservation and tour, (770) 516-2292. Premier Pool Enterprises, a Full Service Pool Management Corporation, held their grand opening recently. Located at 3502 Sixes Road, Suite 108 in Canton, Premier offers Pool Services and Construction, Primo BBQ Grills/Smokers, Coleman Jacuzzi tubs and much more. Please visit www. or call (770) 345-9780 for more information.

Community Involvement Do your spring cleaning early and donate your old treasures to a good cause — the 3rd Annual Garage Sale for the Cure will be held on March 25th & March 26th. Looking for housewares, accessories, tools, exercise equipment, children’s clothes, furniture. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure 3 Day Walk. For information on how to donate items, please contact Gloria Avillar at (770) 720-4092 or Julie Holubetz at (770) 720-7811. Don’t forget to come shopping too! 169 Holly Mill Village Drive, Canton.

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Having found his real passion of expressively reading to seniors he plans to expand this service to kids, veterans and any group of people needing their spirits to be uplifted! Additional information and examples of Neil’s work can be found on his website,

CCWSA Supports Student Projects Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority supported the Cherokee County Science and Engineering recently by judging projects and awarding gift cards to six deserving students.  Grace Reeves, McKenna Bewley and Whitney Jordon from Mill Creek Middle School were recognized for their project “Drink or Drain,” Pictured from left: Lori Leanna Dessert from Freedom Forrester, Cherokee Middle School was recognized for County Water and her project “When the Lights Go Sewerage Authority Out,” George Detz from ET Booth Environmental Affairs Specialist and Elena Middle School was recognized Weigelt, student from for his project “What Blade Shape Creekland Middle Produces the Most Heat Energy School.  from a Windmill” and Elena Weigelt (pictured) from Creekland Middle School was recognized for her project “Are there dangerous levels of lead in local soil?” The Cherokee County middle school students exhibited well thought out projects with potential positive environmental impact.

Unique Business Created By Local British Man Neil Scott-Barbour (pictured left), Woodstock resident since 1987, developed a business providing unique entertainment to senior care communities. While growing up in England, Neil took elocution and acting lessons but never became the actor he hoped to be. After being downsized several times, he has created a niche service: expressively reads, also known as voice acting, for residents of independent, assisted living and memory care communities throughout metro Atlanta. Some years ago, after several of his coworkers and friends suggested he use his authentic and distinctive British voice for recorded messaging or voiceover work, he produced a short audio demo and subsequently received several voice messaging contracts. Upon losing his job in June of 2009, he established his own business, marketing his voice talents. After taking a specialized voice-over course, he volunteered with the Georgia Radio Reading Service, which broadcasts the printed word for Georgia’s blind, visually impaired and print disabled. Neil uses many different voices and accents, plus a range of facial expressions and lots of physical movement when reading humorous and serious poetry, short stories, famous quotations and more, to audiences.


Timken and Non-Profit Team Up for Cherokee Education The Timken Company recently donated an incremental amount from its local, discretionary funds to Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation. Reaping Nature provides in-school programs to children in Title I elementary schools. “The purpose of The Timken Company Charitable Trust is to improve the quality of life in the communities where their associates live and work,” said Vicki Lester, Plant Manager at Timken’s Ball Ground facility, “Reaping Nature’s programs align with our company’s core values through their work to educate children about environmental responsibility and stewardship.” The Timken Company, based out of Ohio, is one of the world’s leading producers of highly engineered antifriction bearings and related products and services and alloy steel and components. Timken is committed to global citizenship, knowing that it touches every aspect of their business and underscores the policies and practices to which they hold themselves accountable. Reaping Nature’s fundraising efforts are currently focused on bringing their graffiti program to schools from Atlanta to Dawson. To learn more about Reaping Nature’s programs or to make a donation, visit them online at and www. Reaping Nature EOF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization recognized by the IRS and, as such, donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Representative Calvin Hill Recognizes New Eagle Scout

Will is pictured with his parents, John and Billy, and Representative Hill.

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Representative Calvin Hill presented Boy Scout Will Absher with a Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives congratulating him for achieving the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout at a ceremony held at Antioch Christian Church in Hickory Flat recently. continued on page


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Cherokee Chamber Selects Teen Leadership Class of 2011 The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that participants for the 10th Annual Teen Leadership Cherokee Class have been selected. Of the 100 students that applied for the program, 19 Cherokee County 10th graders were chosen. Students were asked to submit a formal application and participated in personal interview with local business leaders. The Teen Leadership Cherokee Class has already attended an orientation with their parents and participated in an all-day retreat. Over the next four months, students will participate in five class sessions and a community service project. A graduation ceremony and dinner will be held in April. The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in Cherokee County so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow.

Cherokee County Farm Bureau Day Held at the Capitol Cherokee County Farm Bureau members attended Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol recently. Pictured from left: Ashley Higgins, Cherokee County Farm Bureau Young Farmer, Scott Dault, Sweetwater Growers and Young Farmer, Representative Mark Hamilton, Elsa Satterfield, Cherokee County Farm Bureau Board member, and Kaylyn Petty, Young Farmer.

YMCA Welcomes New Board Member Ivan Garcia, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, recently joined the volunteer board of directors for the Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA in Woodstock and the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA in Canton.  Ivan chose to be a part of the Y because of the “different ways the Y helps the community.  The Y helps children and families in need.” He is excited about “the work of the Y and the role (he) can play in progressing the cause.”

Senator Rogers Named School Choice Sub-Committee Chairman State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has been named Chairman of the Education and Youth School Choice SubCommittee. “I am honored to serve as Chairman on the Education and Youth School Choice Sub-Committee. Giving students educational freedom is the single most important thing we can do to truly change education. Every child can learn if given the right opportunity and we need to make sure that every child in Georgia is given that opportunity,” said Senator Rogers. Senator Rogers has served on the National Digital Learning Council with education leaders from across the United States. He is also a two time winner of the Golden Peach Award for championing public virtual education.


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The Family Touch Influencing Our Children & Friends

Whatever Happened to “You’re Welcome?”

by Dr. James E. Kilgore

by Lowell Lawson

The year was 1969. I was invited to speak to a group of Obstetric and Gynecologic physicians at Piedmont Hospital where I met for the first time an attractive woman doctor named Elizabeth Martin. It was my good fortune to begin my Atlanta practice across the hall from her in the Sheffield building. She became an instant mentor, Dr. James Kilgore colleague and friend. I will always is President of the International Family cherish her memory. She was a Foundation, Inc, Suite tough and tender woman. Perhaps 220, 1558 Marietta Hwy, because she was the first woman Canton, GA 30114. He in a male physician’s world, she and Mrs. Kilgore are had no choice. But she was a active community gracious lady, whose respect for volunteers. people showed in all she did. A wonderful diagnostician, she could talk with a patient for a few minutes and help her to evaluate where she was in life. She listened to her patient describe her goals, looked at her actions and asked, “How do these match up?” She made her patients think about themselves and then helped them make positive changes.

The waitress refilled my coffee cup. I glanced up and acknowledged her service, “Thank You.” She said, “No problem,” as she turned to the next table. I have a problem with “No Problem.” I hear it every day. But it does not make any sense to me.

All of us have choices to make about how we affect and influence others each day. The result of those choices is a cumulative epitaph of our lives. People may not remember the words that you say, but they will remember how you made them feel. As we live through the third month of 2011, ask what effect you have on others around you. Are they happy to see you coming or glad to see you going? Here are a couple of considerations for improving your impact on those around you. First, practice the presence of God in your living. You are not alone. Begin each day by acknowledging His plan and purpose for your life. That’s more important than your first cup of coffee! Let the first moments of the day bring focus to everything you do. A second choice is to look for ways to live positively. Listen to what people say and hear the feelings that are conveyed. Dale Carnegie made a fortune from his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. The secret to being a good conversationalist is to become a good listener! Attention is the greatest gift we can give to most people. Third, try to encourage those around you. I’ve discovered that almost everyone appreciates a pat on the back for his actions. A smile and a kind word to a cashier or a server goes a long way each day toward contributing continued on page


Can you unconfuse me? If I have asked someone to do something Lowell Lawson is a that requires them to go above and faithful contributor beyond their usual responsibilities, to AroundAbout — a cheerful “No problem” reassures East Canton. Lowell can be contacted me that I have not acted in a at LowellLawson@ too-demanding manner. But if the waitress is simply going efficiently about making my dining experience pleasurable I do not think there has been a problem that needed resolving. The postal clerk hands me a roll of stamps. The convenience store clerk places my soft drink on the counter. The cashier says “Have a good day” as I take my purchases off the counter. I am an appreciative kind of a guy. I’m not keeping a count, but I frequently say a heartfelt “Thank You” for a service given to me. If I say “Thank You” a hundred times about ninety five times the response is “No problem.” That troubles me. Did I ask that many folks to inconvenience themselves on my behalf? I am fully aware that there are those who have read this far in my monthly verbal meanderings who are saying, “Old Lowell, is that all he’s got to talk about this month?” Not really. I could have written about things I miss, such as ladies wearing hats, ladies wearing dresses, banks closing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons, stores closing on Sunday, Cokes and candy bars costing a nickel, paying twenty-five cents a gallon for gasoline, postage stamps were three cents and penny postcards really were a penny. It may be that I am falling behind in this frenetic world of cyberspace, apps, droids, and technology that I cannot comprehend but knows more about me than I can even remember about myself! All of us possess a strong need to survive. I have learned that if I am to survive in today’s whirlwind, I need a strong anchor. My anchor happens to be a place called Yesterday. If you have your own Yesterday, then yours might be the voice I just heard. Someone said, “Thank you for this column. It brought back a lot of memories.” “You’re welcome.”


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An Important Practice by Mike Litrel, M.D. My first experience supervising a junior surgeon through an operation took a hairraising turn. We were halfway through the surgery when my young apprentice, gaining confidence, sliced smack through a large vein. In a blood-filled instant, my patient’s life was at risk. Speechless and shocked, I grabbed

for their group phobia of winter driving. I snickered at the Nervous Nellies lining up for bread and milk at the first rumor of snow. However, after 20 years of Georgia winters, I have gained an appreciation for the challenging driving conditions here in a total absence of snowplows, sand, or salt. Now I try to be first in line at the grocery store.

This year, I finally discovered something even more stressful than giving surgery lessons to interns: teaching my son how to drive. The clumsy moments are just as life threatening. Only the lives at risk have changed: mine, my son’s, and those of a few innocent pedestrians.

The problem with giving spin-out practice to your teenage son is he may never want to stop. An hour later, Tyler was still at it, and my stomach was upset. So I got out of the car to crunch around the parking lot, enjoying the peaceful, snowy landscape. A few bundled-up folk trudged by, braving the walk to the grocery store, but there was not one other car on the road. Out of the corner of my eye. I watched my son gradually gain mastery of the spinning car, shouting with joy when his rear wheels found that perfect patch of ice.

Ann and Mike Litrel and their sons, Tyler and Joseph.

the scalpel from her clumsy hand.

The good news is, giving Tyler driving lessons has deepened my prayer life. The bad news is, I’ve uttered a few expletives I can’t take back. A pick-up truck barreling down with horn blaring has a way of eliciting a few inappropriate epithets. Fortunately, Tyler is a quick student. I notice after his recent lessons my jaw is hurting less, now that I am no longer shouting or clenching my teeth. In fact, the other day I was so impressed with his improvement, I handed him the keys to my convertible sports car. He enthusiastically peppered me with questions as we drove: How fast does it go? How many horsepower? And why does the steering wheel feel different from Ann’s minivan? “The problem is, there’s a nut loose behind the wheel,” I replied in a serious tone. “Really?” he asked with concern. A moment later he caught the joke and laughed. In retrospect, I’ve realized the nut was sitting in the passenger seat. Why would I allow a sixteen year old to control a machine that can travel more than a hundred and forty miles an hour? Is this not the same adolescent who grunts and rolls his eyes when I remind him to clean up three weeks of dirty socks? How much has he really changed in six years since he shot his own hand with a BB gun? Yet, after a recent winter storm, I did something even nuttier. I took Tyler driving on the ice. Years ago, I was guilty of feeling superior to southerners

Tyler drove with appropriate caution and quickly learned to steer smartly into the skids to regain control. After an hour, I decided he was ready for the Big Time. For non-stop sliding there’s no better place than an empty, ice-covered church parking lot. Just a jerk on the steering wheel sends your car careening into a 360-degree spin. For extra excitement, pull the emergency brake while you turn to lock the rear wheels!

Once or twice it looked like Tyler was going to crash into the light pole in the middle of the parking lot. But I knew the worst outcome would be a dented car, not a hurt child. My unspoken fears, shared and understood by every parent of a child who drives, ebbed ever so slightly. Tyler was learning the skills that would help him when his environment was not so safe. Life is a lot like driving. We may be travelling comfortably along when suddenly events spin out of control: money problems, illness, or the worst – the grief of loss. Every one of us has a spiritual skill set – some call it faith – for dealing with the moments that life careens off course. But just like practicing control on a spinning car, we don’t always practice our faith very much. Life’s skids find us panicked, unprepared, and unable to steer back on course. At noon the church bells rang. As the chimes echoed across the treetops, I understood their call: it was my turn to practice. So I set myself to find the words, the beginner’s words of gratitude, for this happy moment, teaching my son to drive.

Dr. Mike Litrel practices with his fellow OB/GYNs at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Canton and Woodstock. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock with his wife Ann and their two sons, Tyler and Joseph. Email Dr. Litrel at Copyright © 2011


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Weathering the Dental Storm by Dr. Scott R. Harden There is no denying our winter weather this year in Woodstock and Atlanta has been a record setting experience. Atlanta official snowfall for this winter is 3 times more than average. It all started last December 15 with the unique and memorable Atlanta Ice Storm of 2010. After the surreal halt of traffic on the way home, parked for more than an hour in the middle of Towne Lake Parkway, I reluctantly joined the parade of people, also commiserating in the decision to abandon my car, and begin my three-mile trek home on foot. Thankful for the emergency blanket to wrap my head and for the umbrella to shield myself against the sleeting rain, the slippery path home instilled strategic placement of my every step. Hearing the report of over 1,000 automobile wrecks reported across metro Atlanta validated my decision that night. Who would ever have dreamed of a Christmas snow in Atlanta, GA? Well, guess what? The last time we had one was 130 years ago close to the time of the Civil War. This occurred just over a week past the ice storm. Amazement struck again, several weeks later, on Sunday, January 9 through Tuesday, January 11 with the snow blast of 2011. This major snowstorm covered our city with about five inches of snow, halted 1400 Delta flights and 400 Air Tran flights, rendering our city and it’s people homebound and stranded. Unequipped for such weather, Georgia roads, schools, businesses and personal commuting shut down and did not resume activity until Tuesday to Thursday of that week. School children stacked Martin Luther King Day onto their entire week off and surmounted a full 10-day vacation. The inclement weather we have faced brings to mind the accuracy and importance of our weather reporting. Further, it has caused me to make a parallel between the scientific monitoring and reporting of weather changes as compared to scientific monitoring and reporting of dental conditions for my patients. In both fields, the continued development of technology has allowed phenomenal improvements in the routine procedures that are performed. Our Christmas snow, snow blast of 2011 and ice storm of December were all accurately predicted many days prior to its arrival. The crazy weather in the United States that includes extreme temperature changes, thunderstorms, blizzards, hurricanes,


tornadoes, earthquakes, drought and floods, have all become much more predicable and reportable (when mother nature gives us lead time) than ever before. The use of Doppler radar allows accurate tracking of many of these with equipment that provides up-to-the-minute reporting of weather. WeatherStar technology that is still used has been upgraded to IntelliStar and permits Weatherscan on a separate channel providing weather bulletins, forecasts and advisories for regions in your specific area. Reporting is also achieved through Sirius XM Radio via satellite, newspapers, online services, transmission to cell phones via data or texting and feeds to individual websites. Our modern technological advances related to weather translate to human safety and permit people to plan their lives to avoid significant problems. This same vantage point can be held in dentistry. Dental technology has advanced to an amazing level today, permitting the dentist to work on your teeth clinically under a microscope, was never dreamed of when I started in dentistry 20 years ago. The use of enlarged images of your teeth on a monitor right in front of you by use of intra-oral cameras allows patients to clearly identify their problems. Laser/ultrasonic sensors permit decay in teeth to be measured by digital readings that provide an amazing diagnosis with actual quantitative numbers. Our tooth enamel is harder than ever due to drinking fluoridated water and large black spots from bacteria do not appear on teeth the same way they did years ago. Today, the bacteria entry points into the enamel are often smaller and harder to evaluate. The cavity that forms still occurs more under the surface than on the top (hence the latin term “little cave”) but is often less apparent than years ago. It spreads inside the soft dentin under the enamel making this area of decay difficult to assess. Thankfully, the use of digital x-rays and digital tooth scanners make all the difference in optimizing your dental diagnosis with confidence. The benefit of advanced technology in dentistry is clear in that it offers an accurate diagnosis and gives the patient the chance to plan their lives to avoid significant problems related to their teeth, just like in avoiding serious weather conditions. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and Dr. has served the Towne Lake area for over 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000. Website:

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“The Me I Want To Be” — Understanding Your Mind, Body, & Spirit

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7 — 9 p.m. The Posture Project, Yoga & Massage Studio, Woodstock (one block west of the intersection of Hwy. 92 & Hames Rd.) Cost: $300 for eight week series Information: An eight week class series with Ann Pauley, Bodywork Expert and Educator. To register or for more information, please contact The Posture Project at (678) 494-3450 or or visit

Beginning March 9

Lenten and Holy Week Services Days & Times: Location:

vary by service Timothy Lutheran Church, 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock Information: All are welcome for the many services throughout March. Please call the church office for specific times and days, (770) 928-2812.

March 10 & 24

Support Group — Caring for Someone with Memory Loss or Dementia Time:



March 10, 6:30 p.m. & March 24, 6 p.m. March 10 — Terrace at Riverstone, 125 Riverstone Terrace, Canton, (770) 720-9669 March 24 — Terrace at Woodstock, 756 Neese Road, Woodstock,

(770) 924-2072 Information: A group of family members & Memory Care Specialists will be discussing the challenges associated with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia. New friends, healthy discussions, and light refreshments. Bring your questions and find better ways to cope with your day-to-day challenges. Everyone one is welcome.

March 18 & 19

Children’s Consignment Sale Time:

Friday, 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. & Saturday, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Woodmont Golf & Country Club Times, 3105 Gaddis Road Canton Information: (770) 735-7070 or http:// moochiesboutiquesale.googlepages. com/

March 19

Pet Wellness & Vaccine Clinic Time: Location:

2 — 4 p.m. Riverstone Animal Hospital, 112 Bluffs Parkway, Canton (behind post office and Sears) Information: Sponsored by Riverstone Animal Hospital and Canton Paw Park. Canine package: $59; Feline Package: $39. Cash or credit only. First come, first served basis, no appt. necessary. All pets must be on a leash or secured in a carrier. www.

March 20

Cherokee Chorale Concert

Time: 3 p.m. Location: Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for students and may be purchased at the door Information: The 70-voice Chorale, conducted by Dr. Melissa Arasi, will sing “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein and several other Psalms arranged for chorus. The Creekview

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HS Chorus, directed by Susan Wallace, will be guest performers for the concert. For information, please call (678) 439-8625.

March 22

Prostate Cancer Screening

Time: 6 — 8 p.m. Location: Northside HospitalCherokee Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Building, 211 Hospital Rd., Canton Information: To help raise awareness of the disease, Northside Hospital is offering a free prostate cancer screening at its Cherokee campus. Registration is required. Please call (404) 845-5555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment.

March 26

Streetfest 2001 Time:

Live music begins at 12:30 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Live music Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ as the headline band at 7 p.m., artist market, food, drinks and more. Sponsored by First Cherokee State Bank and Greenprints Alliance.

April 8

11th Annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference — “Women Leading in the New Millennium” Time: Location:

8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw Information: The Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character presents this annual conference luncheon. Registration is ongoing with a general admission fee of $99. Discounted rates and early registration is available until March 18th! Visit programs and events section or contact Joann Trodahl at jtrodahl@ or call (678) 797-2204.

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HEART-itude Changed by the Miracle

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by Stephanie Anderson CPNP As you may recall from my husband’s article in April 2010 (please read, it is easily found on our website under news — local articles), we are once again celebrating Miracle Day this month! What is Miracle Day, you may ask? We said the same to our daughter when she came up with it. She patiently explained the obvious, “Miracle Day is the day God gave us a miracle. Daddy didn’t die of cancer.” This sweet faith and honesty made an impression. Of course, I still think of that day in March 2007, almost daily, but each year as Miracle Day approaches, I am especially grateful that my husband is still with me, and that my children have a daddy.

by Drs. Simone & Greg Nutt

Stephanie Anderson is a nurse practitioner in Canton. She assists her husband, Michael G Anderson MD FAAP in his practice at Children’s Pediatrics Center, 391 East Main Street, Canton (770)720.MyMD (6963) www.happyhealthy. com®

Our sweet daughter, Faith, stands next to me as I write the article this month. Remember, it was she who came up with this holiday. She wanted me to write that she would not know what to do without her daddy. She also says that she loves to laugh and play with him and catch up on the silly fun together, since he may not have been up to much play back then. Since today is Valentine’s Day, as I write this tribute to my husband, I may get a little mushy. Michael and I are on our 26th year of marriage and I have to say that our marriage seems to be getting stronger and stronger AFTER he was diagnosed with cancer. I have pondered over and over on this idea. I have come to the conclusion that it is probably because I have had the opportunity to focus much more attention on what my sweet love may need from me, and not so much on unimportant matters of life. I had incorrect perceptions of what my husband thought of me. I have also received a deeper appreciation for my husband in a very profound way. He has mentioned that having felt like he had come close to death, he had the opportunity to think deeper about his relationships with his family. This then led us to be able to communicate on a deeper level and thus understand each other better. Like my husband has shared in the past, “a heart experiencing love grows to share that love with others.” If you are one of the ones blessed to have married your one true love, cherish every moment and never take any of the moments for granted. To be forever with your best friend is a blessing I will always be grateful for! The next best thing to loving and sacrificing for your spouse is to love and help those around you. May God bless you all, and if you are someone we have been able to help at our office, we are grateful to be there for you.


The arrival of warmer weather in Georgia also brings with it our pests, especially mosquitoes. You may not be aware that the mosquito is actually a threat to your dog or cat, as it is the transmitter of heartworms. Below is a basic outline of heartworm disease. For more detailed information please visit

Simone and Greg Nutt are the co-owners of Riverstone Animal Hospital. If you have any questions, feel free to visit them at their new facility or call (770) 479-7141.

Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and the heart of dogs, cats and other mammals, including foxes, ferrets, and in rare instances humans. Heartworms are classified as roundworms. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection. Heartworms have been reported in all states, but are most prevalent in the southeast with Georgia being one of the most affected states.

Mosquitoes become infected with heartworm larvae while taking a blood meal from an infected pet. During the next 14 days, the larvae mature within the mosquito. After that, the mosquito bites another dog, cat or other susceptible animal, and the infective larvae enters through the bite wound. It then takes a little over six months for the infective larvae to mature into adult worms. In dogs, the worms may live for up to seven years. Larvae cannot mature into adult heartworms without first passing through a mosquito, which means that your pet can only get heartworm disease through a mosquito, not directly from another animal or from exposure to infected blood. For both dogs and cats, the early stage of heartworm disease often does not cause any symptoms. Heavily infected dogs may eventually show clinical signs, including cough, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after exercise, reduced appetite and weight loss. If untreated, heartworm disease in dogs can lead to heart failure and death. Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are very nonspecific, mimicking many other diseases. Chronic signs include vomiting, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. Signs associated with the first stage of heartworm disease are often mistaken for feline asthma or allergic bronchitis, when in fact they are due to a syndrome called Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD). Heartworm infection in dogs is usually detected with a simple blood test for a heartworm substance called an antigen. In cats, heartworm infection is very difficult to diagnose.

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With summer quickly approaching, parents are already concerned with their children’s activities for the upcoming summer months. The 2010-2011 school year ends May 27 but knowledgeable parents know that they can’t wait until May to make a decision on where and what their children will be doing each day during their vacation. AroundAbout East Canton’s 2011 Summer Guide will help you with this important decision. There are several day camps in our community that will offer your children hours of fun in the sun, opportunities to camp overnight, and learn new swimming techniques. Also available are camps for specific activities including acting, sports broadcasting, manners, and more. Your children look forward to summer — take time to give them some great memories at summer camp.

Passport Around the World

Goddard School 310 Prominence Point Parkway, Canton, (770) 720-3003 140 Foster Road, Canton, (770) 720-1311 Dates: Weekly May 31 — August 1 Ages: 6 weeks — 12 years

World of Kids

104 Victoria North Court Contact: (770) 516-6898

A Christian, outdoor adventure camp 4096 East Cherokee Drive, Canton (770) 720-0005 Dates: May 31 — July 22 Times: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. (pre/post camp available beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.) Ages: 5 — 11 years old

Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency

Sportykes Camp Dates: August 1 — 4, 8 — 11 Ages: 3—4 Adventures Express Summer Day Camp Dates: May 31 — July 29 Ages: 6 — 12 Teen Adventure Camp Dates: June 20 — 24 Ages: 13 — 15


Cherokee YMCA Summer Camp 201 East Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock Contact: (770) 345-9622 Dates: May — August

Summer Musical Theatre Camps

Hide and Seek Day Camp

7545 Main Street, Bldg. 200, Woodstock Contact: Kate Borden (770) 924-7768

Waterlogged Camp Dates: June 6 — 10; July 18 — 22 Ages: 8 — 12

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (formerly known as Towne Lake Arts Center) (678) 494-4251 Dates: Weekly June 13 — July 29 Ages: 5 — 14

G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA 151 Waleska Street, Canton Contact: (770) 345-9622 Dates: May — August

Kennesaw State University

College of Continuing and Professional Education 1000 Chastain Road, #3301, Kennesaw Contact: (770) 42306765 Dates: June 6 — July 22 Ages: 1st grade — 12th grade

Next Step Ministries Day Camp

3353 Trickum Road, Suite 100, Woodstock Contact: Lori Baker, (770) 592-1227 Dates: May 31 — July 29 Time: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. (additional care time between 8 — 9 a.m. & 3 — 5 p.m.)

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Middle school, high school, and recently transitioned with special needs

Camp Imagine

Cherokee Arts Center 94 North Street, Canton (770) 704-6244 Dates: Weekly June 6 — July 29 Time: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. (before and after camp care available) Ages: 4 — 11

Sports Broadcasting Camp

Play by Play Sports Emory University Contact: (800) 319-0884 Dates: July 18 — 22 Ages: Boys and girls 10 — 18

Woodstock Volleyball Camp for Girls

Woodstock High School, Woodstock Contact: Anita Dodd, Head Volleyball Coach, anita. Dates: May 31 — June 2 Times & Ages: Rising 3rd — 5th graders, 9 a.m. — noon & Rising 6th — 9th graders, 1 — 4 p.m. Cost: $95.00 -Includes a volleyball and t-shirt

HANG TEN — Surfing the Bible

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool 367 Green Drive Canton, Ga. 30114 (770) 720-2333 Dates: throughout the summer Ages: 5 — 10 years old Daycare: 6 weeks — 4 years old Times: 6:30 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Camp Kingfisher 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Contact: (770) 992-2055, x222 Dates: May 31 — August 12 Ages: Kindergarten — 9th grade

Camp Primrose 2011

Sixes Road, (770) 479-9500 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 928-5683 Harmony on the Lakes, (770) 704-0721 Dates: Weekly, May 31 — August 1

The Bounce House

765 Ash Street, Canton (770) 345-5847 Dates: Weekly June 6 — July 29. Times: Half-day camps 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. & full-day camps 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. (before and after care provided for an additional $5 per hour per child)

Rock Camp

Ponier Music Woodstock & Virtuo Sound Studios 5101 Old Highway 5, Suite 2, Canton (770) 928-8807 Dates: June 13 — 17 & July 11 — 15 Time: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. Ages: 8 — 17 years old This camp is designed for students with at least one year playing/studying experience. Beginning to advanced students can come individually or as a band and will be grouped by playing ability.

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Yo’ Sista

Smoking Cessation: Starting the New Year Right

by Cindy Morrow Even dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, Cassaundra Dian’ee Bingaman is striking. She is manager at Shane’s and Moe’s in Canton, but if you ask for her by that name, few will know her. She goes by Yo’ Sista, the petite spoken-word artist. “I have been managing Shane’s and Moe’s since I was 20 years old,” said Yo’ Sista, now 23. “I call it ‘the other side of Cinderella’— behind a broom by day, behind a mic by night.”

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She always dreamed of becoming a spoken-word artist. She just didn’t know that’s what it was called until she was 15. That’s when she watched a poet named Georgia Me on a DVD in the basement of her Maryland home. Yo’ Sista was riveted. It would be seven years before her vision would become reality. *** Yo’ Sista’s parents split when she was young, then she split when she was 16. “They got married at 17 and didn’t understand,” she said. “They didn’t have a manual, ya know?” She lived the life of a vagabond for a while, living here and there, doing this and that. She ended up at her dad’s in Canton in 2004 and graduated from Sequoyah High a year later. Canton is where Cassaundra Bingaman became Yo’ Sista. “The name ‘Sista’ was given to me by a man named Johnny Willis (a Canton native), who just recently passed this year,” she said. “He and his wife gave me a place to live when I was homeless. I want to honor him.” Homelessness wasn’t her only detour. In 2008, she was arrested for driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana, charges that were expunged after she served 65 days in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. While there, a woman from Allen Temple AME Church in Woodstock visited her. Sister Dorene pressed her with the same question every time she came, “What has been one thing constant in your life?” “It was that vision,” Yo’ Sista said. “That picture of me, a microphone and a crowd. I’ve had mommas, stepmommas, dads and stepdads, stepbrothers and sisters. All that has changed. But that, that was the one constant.”

*** Her first performance was in 2009 as a featured poet at Londzell’s Martini Lounge & Restaurant in Roswell. She performed for eight weeks straight, then weekly with a live band. Later, with the same band, she was the solo spokenword artist in a show at Center Stage in Atlanta.

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Hands down the best preventive medicine one can do for oneself is to quit smoking. The best thing a doctor can do for a patient is to help them quit smoking. The list of reasons to quit cigarettes is exhausting. Everyone knows there is a significant increase risk of lung cancer, emphysema, and heart attacks, but there are a multitude of other reasons to quit that might not be as obvious. Cigarettes affect every organ system in our body.

Dr. Nasir Asghar is an Internal Medicine physician with special focus in Heart Disease, Diabetes & Medical Weight Loss. Internal Medicine Associates can be reached at (678) 494-9669 or visit www. advancedmedcenter. com.

The largest organ in our body, our skin, becomes thicker, discolored and ages at a significantly faster rate than a non-smoker. Compare a thirty year-old who smoked ten years to a thirty year-old non-smoker and the lines of their face give away the smoker. Allergies and sinus conditions are another common condition exacerbated with use of cigarettes. Cigarette smoke paralyzes the tiny hairs in your respiratory system called cilia that move harmful particles and allergens out of your body. Once these cilia are paralyzed, significant debris builds up, leading to chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. Do not forget the harmful effects on your pets, children and your ability to have future children. It is well known that children exposed to cigarette smoke have increased risk of asthma and other respiratory issues. Regarding your ability to have children, fertility is decreased for both men and women, and specifically for men there is a decrease in testosterone, resulting in another myriad of symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction and muscle loss. Medical practices now have up to 65 percent success rate in smoking cessation. There are multiple ways to quit smoking, but currently the best method we have is a combination of an SSRI (anti-depressant) with Chantix for a three month period. Persons who smoke two packs a day have successfully quit within three months. The way Chantix works is by blocking the nicotinic receptor in the brain, so that when you smoke, nicotine effects are diminished, making the cigarettes taste like ash. In fact, when taking Chantix, you can smoke as much as you want. You can even try to smoke to your full desire, but you will be surprised to find out that the desire to smoke will vanish. The antidepressant (SSRI) is started two weeks before starting the Chantix to counter the ill effects of nicotine withdrawal (i.e. buzzing in the head). This combination for only three months is a solid method to quit and start fresh in 2011 — smoke free. Next month we will discuss weight-loss management through the integration of nutrition, proper exercise and correcting organic (medical) reasons of improper weight or weight gain.

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Enjoying Blueberries From Your Own Backyard

Home Presets by Michael Buckner I often wonder, “Why do we welcome technology more in our cars than in our homes?” After all, let’s go back to the last time you approached your car. You probably pressed the button on a remote that unlocked the door and disarmed the alarm. Where’s your remote for your house that does this? As you pull back on the door Michael Buckner is in your car, the light conveniently the owner of Audio comes on for you inside and the Intersection. For questions or to set seat moves back. When you sit up an appointment, down, and either put your key in or please call press start, the seat moves forward, (770) 479-1000. the steering wheel moves down and towards you. As you take a drive down the road, your favorite music is just a single button press away on the six presets. In our homes, thousands of products are available to give you the same experience as in your car, people just don’t know about them. For example, there are ways to install a remote on your keychain that unlocks your door and disarms the alarm. It’s also rather easy to install a 6-button keypad beside your entry door. These six buttons act as “presets” for you and your home, much like the six buttons on your car stereo. Press the #1 or “Welcome” button, and your house takes on the setting that you prefer, like having the lights illuminate the path to your bedroom closet, your thermostat change to “comfort mode,” and your favorite music to start playing throughout the house. My favorite preset is the “Good Morning” button. First, every morning at my scheduled wake up time, my thermostat raises the temperature, and easy listening music comes through my speaker system very softly for two minutes. After two minutes, the volume increases and switches to my rock playlist. After I am up and headed to the shower, I press my “Good Morning” button. This plays that rock playlist through my bathroom speakers, and the lights very slowly work their way up to 70 percent over two minutes. When I am finished getting ready, I press the “Goodbye” preset, and all of my music shuts down, my thermostat lowers if it’s winter, raises if it’s summer, the security system turns on, and all lights turn off. In the past, this was the technology for millionaires. Anyone that knows me can tell you that I am far from seven figure status, but you couldn’t tell from my smart home. Of course, the level of extravagance can increase the price exponentially, but to give you an example, a 6-button keypad is $199. It goes without saying that you have to have the other stuff like speakers and a stereo system to take full advantage, but I am constantly going into clients’ continued on page



by Eric Hill I never gave much credence to, “Too much of a good thing.” However, last summer I think I finally came close. From the beginning of July to well into August, we enjoyed blueberries grown in our yard. My wife made cobbler, jam, and waffles. We ate blueberries by the bowl, sprinkled them on our cereal and mixed them in yogurt. We even rationalized eating more ice cream because we were adding blueberries. Growing our own food has become popular again. We are enjoying cost-saving benefits, comforted with the knowledge that no chemicals are being applied. Rabbiteye blueberries are native to Georgia, and especially easy to grow. There are many varieties of Rabbiteye blueberries, and you will need at least two varieties to crosspollinate to produce fruit. Here are three readily available varieties that ripen at different times of the summer, allowing you a longer harvest: • Climax ripens early July producing an abundance of very large, sweet-tasting berries. • Premier produces a medium to large fruit, and ripens mid July. Premier is also a heavy bearer. • Tifblue ripens late July into August with high berry production with fruit that is large and very sweet. Blueberries perform best given at least five hours of direct sun, and planted in soil with a pH between 4.0-5.5. Luckily most of us have soil that falls into this range, but a soil test from the extension office will determine your pH and nutrient levels. Blueberries have roots close to the surface, with very few small feeder roots. This means they benefit from consistent moisture and heavy mulching. Plant your blueberries 6’ apart to avoid overcrowding. Dig each hole about12 inches deep and 30 inches wide, amending the soil with organic compost. Install the plant so that the level of the root ball is level with the top of the ground. Back fill around the plant using your foot to firmly tamp the soil. Apply Cotton Seed Meal fertilizer following the recommended rates. Water each plant well. Apply a heavy layer of mulch, keeping the mulch pulled back from the plant’s trunk. Young plants will need supplemental watering their first year. After that, fertilize them each fall or early spring with Cotton Seed Meal, and wait for summer. Oh, I almost forgot, birds love blueberries, so plan to share. (They get out quicker in the morning than we do). Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping. He can be reached at (770) 442-3901.

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CTC Student Honored Among State’s 2011 EAGLE Delegates The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) recently paid tribute to 30 adult learners, including Caroline Gaddy from Chattahoochee Technical College, for outstanding achievement in the From left: Gwendlyn Boyd, Beverly state’s adult education Smith, Caroline Gaddy & Ron program. Gaddy, who Jackson. was born in London, now lives in Canton with her two daughters Victoria and Vanessa. She enrolled in adult education classes at Chattahoochee Technical College’s Cherokee Learning Center and is now a student in the health sciences program at CTC. “I realized I needed help one day when my child had some homework, and I was unable to help her with it,” Gaddy said of her reason for returning to school. “That’s when I knew it was time to set a better example for my children. I knew I had dyslexia, but I did not know how bad it was until that day. So I enrolled so I could not only set the best example I could for my children, but also for myself.” According to her adult education instructor, Heidi Schuler, Gaddy is a natural leader and problem solver. After hearing her speak at her GED graduation ceremony last June, the lead instructors from Gilmer, Pickens, Cherokee and Bartow counties selected her as the school’s 2011 Eagle Delegate.

Hasty Reflections Winners Honored at Special Breakfast Hasty Elementary is so proud of their creative and talented Reflections participants for the 2010-2011 Program. The Theme was “Together We Can...”  The students were honored at a special breakfast held at Hasty Elementary recently.  Participants in the photo (top row): Zoe Martin, Rebecca Castagner, Jordan Messler, Hali Waters, Polly Williams, Cristovalina Lopez (bottom row) Jax Rosemeyer, Lillian Derenthal, Kaylee Lankford, Abigail Spencer, Ellemieke Van Kints, Cameron Van Kints, Mariana Guillen and Madison Koch (not pictured).


Macedonia Elementary recently honored their terrific young authors with the heavily anticipated “Writer of The Month” (WOTM) award. This award is given monthly to one winner at each grade level.  The winning entries are proudly displayed on a bulletin board in the front hallway for all students, teachers and parents to view.  The monthly winners are announced over the intercom and are treated to a limo ride and a free lunch at the Canton O’Charley’s.  Macedonia would like to thank Trevor Sherwood at Gold Coach Limo for providing the luxury transportation.  MES would also like to thank their Partner in Education, O’Charley’s for their support. Back Row, left to right: 3rd grader Connolly Huth, 2nd grader Richard Poelvoorde, 5th grader Gabriella Ramos, 5th grade teacher Julia Leftwich, Assistant Principal Mr. Matt Harper. Front Row, left to right: Kindergartner Shelly Holman, 1st grader Hailey Wright and 4th grader John Hanaford.

Local School Celebrates Their 100th Day

Hickory Flat United Methodist Church Kindergarten and Preschool recently celebrated their 100th day of school. The Kindergarten class (pictured) had a special visitor “Zero the Hero” come visit with treats for the children. Back row, left to right: Teacher Dara Yokley, “Zero the Hero”, teacher Jen Deaton. Middle row, left to right: Luke Rusbridge, David Hammock, Kirkland Broaded, Sam Barnes, Charlie Cowan, Griffin Tully and Zach Bramblett. Front row, left to right: Elizabeth Asher, Olivia Sneed, Amelia Wallace, Laurel Blase, Maddy Massey, Camryn Cass, Tristan Barber and Michaela Buzogany.

Donuts for Dads Comes to Free Home Free Home ES PTA sponsored Donuts for Dads recently. Dads were able to spend time that morning and have a donut and coffee with their child. Maggie, Jerry, and Lily Grace Haynes.

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American Heritage Academy

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Woodstock International School

Community Christian School

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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MaRCH 2011

The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the new Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center is open in the Historic Courthouse, located at 100 North Street in Canton. It will be open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum showcases historic photographs and artifacts from the Historical Society’s collection. The museum is one of the first to utilize iPad computers to engage the public and enhance the visitor experience. The museum will also feature real-life Cherokee County residents from 1838 to 1930 who will share their story through movie presentations. Clara Bedell — Age 18, 1902 She was the daughter of a sheriff of Cherokee County and she attended Reinhardt Normal School. William Grisham — Age 58, 1861 He was one of Canton’s first town commissioners and also worked at the Dahlonega Mint. Little Fourkiller — Age 10, 1838 He and his family were forcibly removed from Cherokee County on the Trail of Tears. Magnolia Thomas — Age 40, 1930 (not pictured) She was a graduate of Spelman Seminary and taught school in Woodstock.

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To achieve this high level of service, Dan has established the correct combination of skilled company staffing, the best and newest tools for Reliable’s technicians, and quality customer service with the best available products. Dan’s son, Daniel, is working full-time learning Reliable’s day-to-day operations. Daniel looks forward to taking the company into the second generation of operation. In fact, Reliable Heating & Air takes the phrase “Family Owned and Operated” and brings it to another level. “We have fathers and sons who work here together, husbands and wives, brothers, mothers and sons… If you’re not related to someone that works here, you’re almost in the minority,” says Dan. Reliable’s 80 plus employees are some of the best technicians and installers in the industry. Every service and install technician is factory trained and certified and holds an EPA card to be sure the new environmentally-friendly refrigerant (R410a) is handled and installed properly and the old refrigerant R22 (Freon) is handled and disposed of responsibly and in a manner according to Federal EPA laws. Although only required by law since January 2010, Reliable Heating & Air is a leader in the installation of this product, having installed thousands of these units since they came out in the late 90s. The rest of Reliable Heating & Air’s formula for success comes from using top-quality products from manufacturers such as Trane. Trane builds the most durable HVAC products in the market place and stands behinds them like no one else in the industry. Trane gives a 10-year parts warranty on all components and Reliable matches that with a 10-year labor warranty. “This is the longest warranty I have ever seen included for free in my 32

years in business,” Dan says. When a customer buys a new heating and cooling system from Reliable, they are given a one-year planned maintenance contract. If kept in effect every year after that first year, a lifetime warranty will be provided. “Let us keep your system running at peak efficiency and capacity, and if we can’t repair it, we will replace it with like kind,” Dan says. Reliable Heating & Air makes it easier to deal with the unexpected — you can depend on Reliable for repair or replacement services. “We work on existing homes and retrofit or replace existing equipment. We first visit the home to do a complete system and duct evaluation,” shares Dan. “We take exact measurements, evaluate the equipment and supply needs, and offer the client a complete, computer generated proposal on the spot. Then we sit down with the customer and educate them on what is available in the marketplace and what the differences are between the different grades of systems. After the customer accepts the proposal, we can start usually within a few days,” Dan says. Reliable can select the proper system for you that will earn a $500 tax credit to help pay for a new comfort system. “This is a great time to replace your old inefficient system with all the energy incentives available today,” Dan adds. But, you don’t have to wait until it breaks to call Reliable. Dan, Daniel, or one of their experienced sales

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professionals will come to your home, free of charge, to advise you on how to be more comfortable while saving money on your system. You can always count on unbiased, straightforward advice from Reliable. “We have earned many customers just from giving honest second opinions. Often people will be talked into upgrades that they don’t need and that don’t offer them any real value,” Dan continues. Reliable proposes the correct efficiency and type of equipment, not what brings the most sales commission. Reliable is one of a few elite companies in Atlanta to be awarded the Trane comfort specialist status. A comfort specialist is a dealer of the highest standing in every aspect, from installation and service to customer satisfaction and employee training. Reliable was voted the Best of the Best by the readers of AroundAbout magazines in Woodstock and North Fulton for the last five years, and has won Consumer Choice Awards for 2002 — 2006. Dan Jape served as president of the North Metro chapter of Conditioned Air Contractors of Georgia for three years and was on the Lennox Southeast Region dealer advisory council. He worked for three years on the Carrier partners in development factory advisory team, helping design the popular new midefficiency Carrier furnace. With more than 32 years of experience, Dan Jape and Reliable Heating & Air is the right team to trust for your heating and cooling questions. If you are looking for quality, commitment to customer service, and competitive pricing, Reliable will go above and beyond your expectations. For more information or to receive a free in-home, on-the-spot estimate, call Dan at (770) 594-9969 or visit


(L-R) Marcus Fox, Amy Turcotte, Bill Queen and Diana Calvert – FCA Teammates.

For more information, visit

YMCA & FCA Leadership Lock-in 2011


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


Who is invited/mission: All Cherokee County 8th grade — 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”

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

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KSU Men’s Lacrosse Wins Prestigious Award Kennesaw State University’s Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team has won the prestigious 2010 James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award for District 5 (which includes Georgia). The Left to right: Ken Byers, KSU Club Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team Head Coach award was and Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame bestowed at the member; Eric Rudolph, District Governor annual US Lacrosse for the Men’s Division Officials Council Convention of US Lacrosse for District 5 and Georgia in Baltimore, Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; KSU Club Maryland, and Sports Men’s Lacrosse Team members personally Casey Newton, Tom Mudrak and Scott accepted by Schulze. Head Coach Ken Byers at the 2011 Georgia Lacrosse Foundation Awards Dinner. Jerome Ratchford, KSU’s vice president for student success, said, “Coach Ken Byers’ Fighting Owls bring a high level of intensity and excitement to every game.” Ratchford continued, “This award is a tremendous honor and reflects well on both KSU’s club student-athletes and their volunteer coaches who hold fast to the ideals of rugged play combined with the utmost in sportsmanship exemplified in the national intercollegiate lacrosse program.” The award is given annually to a deserving school by the US Lacrosse College Officials Council District Officials. Winners are selected in each district and judged on the level of sportsmanship exhibited by the players, coaches, fans and administrators.

Macedonia Wildcats Adopt Motto: Never Say Die In an incredible, action packed game held recently, the Macedonia fifth grade boys basketball team beat the Holly Springs team 28-20. Winning the game is exciting, but the way they won was even more exciting. The Wildcats ended the game with only three players left on the court but with their “never say die” motto, the team was able to pull off a win. The full team consists of Adam Coats, Thomas Latimer, Kyle Mallet, Kyle Pearce, Carter Rice, and Conner Rice. Their coaches are Chip Rice and Toby Latimer. The team started down one player, Conner Rice, who was


unable to play due to a broken arm. The boys played with five players, allowing minimal rest and no subs. With the game score close, they continued to play hard and battle as the second half began. Early in the third quarter, a player fouled out – now down to four players on the floor.  About one minute later, the team lost another player who fouled out.  With Thomas, Kyle, and Conner cheering from the bench, the team Bottom row, left to right: Kyle continued to battle Pearce, Thomas Latimer, Kyle through the game with only Mattet. Back Row, left to right: three remaining players Carter Rice, Adam Coats and on the floor.  Macedonia’s Conner Rice. remaining three players rose to the challenge and continued to hustle, play smart and won, overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds.  Congratulations Macedonia Wildcats!

Credit Union of Georgia Sponsors Kennesaw State Men’s Basketball Game Credit Union of Georgia was the proud sponsor of Kennesaw State University Men’s basketball game as they took on Mercer University recently. As a team-wide effort to raise awareness for prostate cancer, the KSU Left to right: Credit Union of Georgia Owls Basketball Director of Business Development Rebecca team and fans Cooper, Interim Athletic Director Scott sported baby Whitlock, and Credit Union of Georgia blue attire. Credit Business Development Representative Union of Georgia Kathy Bouyett. presented a $5,000 donation check to Owl Nation, a student rewards program. Owl Nation is a fan-driven and sponsor-supported incentive program to increase attendance and KSU Spirit among students at selected KSU sporting events.

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Special March Events March 24, 4 p.m.

Ball Ground l Hickory Flat l R.T. Jones

Story Times Week of March 1: “Sensible Shoes and Outrageous Hats” Week of March 7: “The Wheels on the Bus, the Car,

Ball Ground Public Library Re-fun! Recycle, Repurpose and Reduce!

Discover how to recycle, reuse, and reduce, while you learn how to make a repurposed change pouch. Please call (770) 735-2025 to register. Sign up begins March 3. This program is for ages 9 —12 years old.

the Train, the Tractor . . .”

Week of March 14: “Scrum-didley-umptious” Week of March 21: “Slither and Slide”

Ball Ground Public Library

March 9, 4 p.m.

Family Story Time — Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.

Hickory Flat Public Library Rescued Rabbits

The library is hopping with rescued bunny friends from the North Georgia House Rabbit Society! Children will learn about, discuss, and have an opportunity to love on these bunny ambassadors while sharing bunny facts and stories. This program is appropriate for all ages.

March 19, 9 a.m.

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

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Family Story Times — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Lapsit — Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Hickory Flat Public Library Free Tax Preparation at Your Library

March 5, 12, 19 & 26 10:30 a.m.

Sequoyah Regional Library System

R.T. Jones Public Library Super Saturday

Ball Ground Public Library

“Super Saturday” story times are family story times designed with the working parent and/or school-aged child in mind. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs may be a repeat performance of that week’s story times but do not include a craft activity.

435 Old Canton Road — (770) 735-2025

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

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

March 19, 10:30 a.m.

116 Brown Industrial Parkway — (770) 479-3090

R.T. Jones Public Library Spanish Family Story Time

Monday — Thursday: 9 a.m. — 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Sunday: 2 — 6 p.m.

March’s Trivia Question: Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17?

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.”


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Gale Weatherby (hidden picture) & Debby Ciccone (trivia) were our winners for February’s contest corner. Gale and Debby received a gift card to It’s A Grind. Congratulations!

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Cub Scout Trevor M. earned his Super Achiever Award at Pack 752. Super Achiever is earned by scouts who have earned all 20 Webelos Badges

Above — American Heritage Girls Troop GA 2911 participated in the wreath-laying ceremony during Wreaths Across America at the Georgia National Cemetery. American Heritage Girls is a Christian character development organization for girls age 5-18 dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, country and community. Back row, left to right: Teresa, Piper, Grace, Meira, Alycia, Anna, Hannah. Front row, left to right: Bethany, Lily, Claire, Grace, Emily, Sarah Jane, Abigail.

Above — Scout Sunday at Canton First United Methodist Church — Front row: Joshua, Drew, Ava, Catherine, and Julia. Back row:  Madeleine, Anna, Lilli, Evie, Julia, and Brian.

Cub Mobile Races

Cub Scout Pack 752, Den 10, First Grade — Front Row, Left to Right: Charlie, Thomas, Luke, Andrew, Will; Back Row, Left to Right: Harrison, Cooper, Mathew and Den Leader Ed Jackson.


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Below — As Canton Paw Park prepares for its Grand Opening on April 16, 2011, there are still many items needed for the park. But bag holder stations can be taken off that list thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 4900, based out of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Woodstock.  Led by Rob Patchett and Greg Clark, the scouts range in age from 12 to 17 years of age. The kids made ten bag stations earning their carpentry badge. One of the requirements to earn this badge was that everything had to be made by hand, without the use of power tools. Canton Paw Park would like to thank Troop 4900 for their time and dedication to this project. Troop 4900: Top row, left to right: Aaron, Justin, Anthony, Nick, Daniel, Elijah, Christopher, and Jonathan. Bottom row, left to right: Nathan, Victor, Sam, Dylan, and Johnny.

Above — Daisy Troop 10407 from Avery Elementary School: Emma, Mackenzie, Mia, Grace, Ellie, Lauren, Caroline, Anna, Annagrace, Rachel, Jaden, and Alexa (not pictured). Leaders: Emily Jobe and Shannon Kimber.

Girl Scout World Thinking Day — Troop 7824 chose France as their country of study. Left to right: Lillie Grace, Caroline, Nora, Emaline, Maddie, Grace & Elizabeth.

Above — Daisy Troop 11919: Christine is holding the flag, Madison is center and holding the picture of Daisy Petals, and Mary is holding Woodstock International School Magnet. The troop meets at Woodstock International School.

Troop 10413 spent the afternoon learning painting techniques and making personal masterpieces at The Funky Paintbrush.

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by Christopher Anderson, M.D.


articipation in any sport, whether it’s recreational football, lacrosse, soccer or simply bike riding, can teach kids to stretch their limits and learn sportsmanship and discipline. But any sport that a child participates in also carries the potential for injury. In youth sports, the rate of sports injuries today is rising due to the new super-competitive youth sports culture. Today’s youth are particularly susceptible to sports injuries for a variety of reasons. Some injuries are simply accidents. Some occur as a result of improper training or a lack of appropriate safety equipment. Other injuries in children may be a result of rapid growth during puberty. No matter what the reason, sports injuries, especially in children, are going to happen. The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles and fractures. Dislocations, Achilles tendon injuries and shin bone pain are also very common. There are two kinds of sports injuries – acute and chronic. Acute injuries occur suddenly when playing or exercising. Examples of an acute injury are fractures, sprains, strains and lacerations. Signs of an acute injury include: zz zz zz zz zz zz

Sudden, severe pain Swelling Not being able to place weight on a leg, knee, ankle or foot Tenderness in the injured area Immobility Weakness

Chronic injuries are those that happen over a period of time. Signs of a chronic injury include pain when you play or exercise, a dull ache when you rest and swelling. If a sports injury occurs, never try to work through the pain. This will only cause more harm. Some injuries should be seen by a doctor right away. Call your physician or visit M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine if the injury causes severe pain or swelling, limping or a loss of range of motion. If you don’t have any of these symptoms, it may be safe to treat the injury at home. Use the R.I.C.E. method to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed healing. Follow these four steps right after the injury occurs and do so for at least 48 hours.

zz I-ce: Ice reduces swelling by reducing blood flow to the affected area. zz C-ompression: Wrapping the affected area with an ACE bandage limits swelling and provides minor pain relief. zz E-levate: Elevating the affected area above the heart reduces swelling. If pain or swelling does not decrease within 48 hours, seek the advice of a physician.

Information obtained from,, and This information provided by Christopher Anderson, M.D. of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine, formerly PIMC, located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. If you or your child has experienced a sports injury, please call (770) 720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue in Canton, next to Cracker Barrel. They are open every day from 9:00am to 9:00 pm.

zz R-est: Resting immediately after an injury protects the affected area from further injury and provides your body with the energy necessary for healing itself.


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Softball: Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings at Hobgood Park Softball Complex. (770) 479-9450 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 Bocce: Friday mornings, call for time and location. (770) 720-0168 Bowling: Thursday afternoons at Cherokee Lanes, Canton. (770) 720-7039

Canton Senior Center

Horseshoes: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Habersham Park, 1925 Marietta Highway, Canton. (770) 720-7039

Ball Ground Satellite

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. Canton Senior Center: Monday — Friday, 9:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. Waleska Center: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Ball Ground Center: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Waleska Satellite

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


9081 Fincher Road, Waleska, GA 30183

Bells Ferry Satellite

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

Cherokee Senior Olympics Supported by Cobb Kia Elvis Pressly, with Cobb County Kia recently presented a check for $2500 to the Cherokee County Senior Olympics (CCSO). Allison Chandler accepted the check on behalf of the CCSO committee.  Cobb County Kia is the 2011 signature sponsor.

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

1001 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115

Join the VAC! The Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 8 —9:30a.m. to discuss the needs of Cherokee County seniors, how to raise funds and how to disperse those funds to best support them.  For more information, please contact Patricia Bowen at (770) 315-6246. Also, visit website at for more information on their mission and programs.

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Pay Yourself First by Judy T. Ross No matter how hard you try to avoid it, sometimes it seems like your day-to-day living expenses just eat away at your entire paycheck. Before you know it, the money in your paycheck seems to vanish, and you don’t even know where it went. And while you’re focused on just making ends meet, putting money away for the future may be the last thing on your mind. Even so, you need to remember that taking care of your longer-term financial goals is just as important as meeting your current needs. Ever since the days of putting pennies in a piggybank, you’ve likely received plenty of advice on the value of saving your money. But when mom and dad aren’t taking care of the necessities any more, and you have your own bills to pay, it’s easy to lose track and forget to save. As a reminder of just how important it is to put part of your income aside — and to do it sooner, rather than later — take a look at an example of just how the numbers shake out. For this example we’ll use two investors — one who starts early and lets her savings grow and another who waits until later to begin. Let’s say the early investor puts away $5,000 per year for five years, and then allows that investment to grow for 15 years without putting in another penny. The late investor, on the other hand, waits for 10 years before he even begins his savings plan. He then invests $5,000 a year for 10 years, putting his total investment at $50,000 — exactly twice as much as the early investor.

Disciplined investment habits aren’t always easy to come by, but there are several things you can do to improve your savings routine. One of the easiest ways to establish a savings plan is by taking advantage of the convenience of electronic funds transfer (EFT). You may be familiar with this type of service if you currently receive or make electronic deposits to your bank account. This service is also available from other financial services firms, and paying yourself first by using an EFT system can help you get in the habit of saving. Direct deposit allows you the opportunity to deposit all or part of your paycheck to the account of your choice, so you could choose to set aside a certain portion to go directly to a savings account as opposed to your checking account. Another way to take advantage of EFT is to set up an automatic monthly deposit. This is a simple, disciplined way to add to your account, authorizing a specific amount to be transferred from one of your accounts to another (i.e. from checking to a savings or investment account). Regardless of which method you choose — or even if you decide on completely different investment strategy — putting aside money now will help you prepare to reach your financial goals that lie further down the road.

This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Judy T. Ross, Senior Financial Advisor, in Canton, Georgia at (770) 345-8008.

Assuming an eight percent average annual rate of return on their investments, if we jump ahead now to 20 years from the time our two investors started, the difference in their accounts is substantial. Our early investor would have accumulated a total of roughly $100,493 in her account by this time. Keep in mind she hasn’t put a penny of her own money in for the last 15 years. Meanwhile, the late investor’s account has grown to only $78,227, and he has been contributing each year for the past ten years. That means that our early investor only put in half as much of her own money, and came out well over $20,000 ahead. Now, this example is only meant to illustrate the advantages of saving regularly and starting early. This does not reflect the performance of any specific investment, nor does it take into account the eventual effects of taxes. It does, however, make the point very clear — by delaying 10 years in getting started, the late investor loses out on the benefits of compounding over a longer period of time.

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

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,


Business Organizations

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:

Cherokee Running Club:

(770) 928-4239

Holly Springs Business & Professional Assoc.:

(770) 926-8513

Cherokee Senior Softball Association:

Alan Flint (770) 720-9056 (678) 467-9269

Pilot Club of Cherokee County:

Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

Crossfit Workout of the Day Club:

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

The Funk Heritage Center Book Club:

(770) 720-5969

Sons of the American Revolution:

Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild:

Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015

(678) 493-3976

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

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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

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

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

Methodist Ball Ground United Methodist Church 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 Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

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

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

Union Hill United Methodist Church 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

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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

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


Ribbon Cuttings

Arranged To Eat Canton (770) 842-9200 Catering Services

American Kidney Services 12186 Highway 92 Woodstock (770) 872-4260 Non-Profit Organization

AT&T Georgia Retail Store 8989 Highway 92 Woodstock (770) 591-2131 Telecommunications

Business After Hours Sponsored by Soleil Laurel Canyon Tuesday, March 15 4:30 — 6 p.m. Location: Soleil Laurel Canyon

Atlanta Dog Trainer Pet Resort 5660 Howard Road Cumming (678) 455-9199 Pet Services

There is no charge to attend. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on March 11.

Good Morning Cherokee! Sponsored by EdwardJones Thursday, March 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 March 1.


AroundAbout — east Canton

MARCH 2011

Disney Dining Plans by Lisa Griswold This month I will answer a question from Laura who asks… “My family is planning to go to Disney World over Fall Break. How do the Disney Dining Plans work? Will I save money by using one? Will the Free Dining offer come out again this year?”

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.

Laura, there are three basic dining plans (and two additional dining plans that include some recreation and entertainment options). They are each based per person, per night of your reservation.

The first is Quick Service Dining. This plan includes two counter service meals (entrée, dessert, and beverage) and two snacks (box of popcorn, fountain soda, bottled water, ice cream novelty, or one of many others – some choices are not obvious, make sure to ask!). It includes a beverage mug with unlimited refills per person. This is a good option if you are not big on making reservations or keeping to a schedule. It is also good for a family of light eaters. The second option, and the most popular, is Plus Dining. This includes one table service (entrée, dessert, and beverage – kids get an appetizer too!), one quick service, and one snack. It does not include a drink mug. Plus Dining allows a lot of flexibility to your dining. You can dine with characters, see shows, or experience one of Disney’s Signature Restaurants. You can simply plan a nice sit-down meal for the family at the end of the day. Or mix it up! The third option is Deluxe Dining. This plan includes three meals (appetizer, entrée, dessert, and beverage) and two snacks. The refillable drink mug is included with this plan. This is A LOT of food, but is great for a family who wants to experience some of the dining options that require two table credits. The meal credits do not have to be used at table service restaurants; they can be used at quick service locations too (no appetizer for adults when you do this). The dining credits are put onto your Key to the World Card (room key). They are deducted each time you use one. It doesn’t matter if you use them all in one day or skip a

day or two. They just come off one at a time. The dining plans can save you up to 30 percent. There are over 100 restaurants and location to use your credits. You can make reservations up to 180 days in advance. It may sound silly to reserve this early, but it can become difficult to get the restaurants and times you want if you wait. For the past five years or so, Disney has offered Free Dining in the fall, which conveniently covers our Fall Break. There has been some scuttlebutt that since the Free Dining was already offered for this fall (back in November 2010), the offer will not be made again. We won’t know until it is (or isn’t) announced. There is a room discount available, best for Moderate and Deluxe Resorts, and the Kids Stay & Play Free offer that is best for families with children 3 — 9 years. I would advise that you don’t wait in hopes of the Free Dining coming out again. If you are sure you are going in September, secure your reservation now. You can switch to the Free Dining if it comes out!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 56

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MARCH 2011

Lichens and Moss Don’t Kill Plants Extension Solutions for Homes and Gardens by Paul J. Pugliese Lichens and moss are often found growing on rocks, tortoise shells, window panes, and even plants. Since we know rocks are not living, then we also know lichens and moss do not infect or parasitize rocks. The same is true for plants that have lichens or moss growing on them. Lichens and moss are not true pathogens and do not cause disease in plants; they only use the plants as a surface to grow upon. If a tree or shrub begins to decline due to some sort of environmental stress or other plant disorder, then the reduced leaf canopy allows sunlight to enter and support lichen growth. Moss tends to grow on trees that are older, slower growing, and under heavy shade. The presence of lichens and moss is often an indicator of poor plant health, but it is never the cause. Lichens are composite, symbiotic organisms made up of members from as many as three biological kingdoms. The lichen fungi cultivate partners that manufacture food by a process known as photosynthesis. Sometimes the partners are algae, other times cyanobacterium, formerly called blue-green algae. Some enterprising fungi exploit both at once. The alga or cyanobacterium converts sunlight and carbon dioxide to food for the lichen fungus and in return the lichen fungus protects the alga/cyanobacterium from drying out. The fungus obtains water and minerals from the air and the material it is growing on. The alga provides carbohydrates and vitamins. Some blue-green algae fix nitrogen that is used by both the alga and the fungus. Nitrogen is also obtained from bird excrement, organic debris, or plant leachate. It has been said that lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture. Lichens and moss do not cause plant damage and are considered harmless to plants. Moss actually prefers heavy shade and is often found growing on the north side of a tree’s bark. In contrast, lichens need sunlight to grow and if overall plant health is improved, a dense, vibrant leaf canopy should inhibit any sunlight available for lichen growth.  Have you ever heard of the old saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss?” I like to use this saying as an analogy to describe why lichens and moss don’t grow as much on healthy, active growing trees. As long as a stone or any other object is rolling or moving, then moss and lichens will not have a chance to grow or cling to the surface of the stone.  The same is true for trees and shrubs — if a plant is actively growing, constantly expanding new bark and shedding old layers of bark, then those same moss

and lichens would not have a chance to grow or cling to the trunks or limbs of that plant. On the other hand, trees and shrubs that are stressed, growing very slowly or just very old will have moss and lichens growing on them. One of the more common situations where we see lichens growing on trees is when they are planted in a small island in the middle of a parking lot. There are several stress factors at work that cause parking lot trees to grow very slowly such as limited soil and root growth, heat stress due to paved surfaces, and compacted soils. Unfortunately, trees that are improperly planted or planted in small parking lot islands will never reach their full potential and will continue to decline. Sometimes, the best option is to remove a tree in this situation and replace with a smaller tree or shrub that is better adapted to the situation. When lichens or moss are found growing on trees and shrubs in your landscape, this is a clue that something else is causing your plants to decline in health and is causing their slowed growth pattern. This could be a combination of factors such as plant competition, drought stress, root stress, over watering, soil compaction, poor nutrition, improper soil pH, or improper pruning.   Proper pruning techniques can actually rejuvenate and stimulate new growth, even on mature trees.  A soil test can help troubleshoot soil pH and nutrition problems. A soil test is actually one of the quickest and easiest ways to rule out a potential underlying problem. You can order a soil test kit at www.soiltest123. com or submit a sample through your local county Extension office. If the problem that is causing the tree or shrub to decline is corrected, then the lichens and moss will stop growing and may eventually go away.

Paul Pugliese is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent for Cherokee County Cooperative Extension, a partnership of The University of Georgia, The U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Cherokee County. (770) 479-0418. For more information and free publications, visit our local website at www.ugaextension. com/cherokee.

MARCH 2011


A New Generation of Thermostats

Help a Needy Child!

by Dan Jape

by Candi Hannigan

A new generation of thermostats has come on the market. They not only control the temperature and humidity in your home but also can act as a live weather station, act as an air quality management system and also a digital picture display. They are high definition touch screen thermostats and are far advanced over and above normal Dan Jape is the owner thermostats; they perform functions of Reliable Heating never thought of from a thermostat and Air, located at just a few months ago. They are of 13987 Highway 92 in course fully programmable seven Woodstock. You may day thermostats that can switch from contact him at (770) 594-9096. heating to cooling automatically depending on temperature swings. They also monitor and control the humidity with on board humidity sensor. If the thermostat is connected to a variable speed furnace the two pieces of equipment can be programmed to help remove up to 10 percent more moisture in the summer and the dryer it is the more comfortable one can be at a warmer temperature setting.

Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee, Inc. has a way for you to make a difference in the life of a child in need! We need donations of clothing, school supplies, socks and underwear and volunteers to help us manage the donations, both before and on our July 16, 2011, back-to-school blast.

The thermostat has a 7” LCD HD screen that can display a number of different digital pictures of your choosing. This can be much more esthetically pleasing than just looking at numbers or a blank screen that is normally displayed. It also comes with a number of different color bezels that can change the look of the thermostat to any color wall it is mounted on. Also, the background color is customizable to one of eight colors.

Won’t you join us as we strive to help children in need help themselves to a better education and a better future? Feel free to contact Cheryl Ruffer at (678) 372-9362 or Barbara Fulbright at (770) 656-9209

This new thermostat can also give the user remote control of the heating and cooling system via a web enabled cell phone or a remote computer. This function could be very useful for someone who does not know when they will arrive home and needs to make sure their home is comfortable. Integrated control of a humidifier is also an added feature that eliminated the need for separate controls for the furnace and accessory humidifier. It will also alert the homeowner when it is time to change the water pad.  The thermostat is also a real time weather station that will give live weather displays including forecasts, radar images, and weather alerts.   A change filter program is also part of the new thermostat and can remind you when it is time to clean or replace the air filter in your system. A program that records your system’s history of run times and energy usage is a very nice feature to help manage energy and comfort. Of course you can program four different temperature set points per day as well as programming your indoor fan to cycle on and provide air circulation and ventilation as well as air cleaning. An outdoor temperature sensor is also available as an option to let you know the outside temperature.  A program that alerts you to any potential continued on page


We served 2,700 children last year in two locations, and expect more than 3,000 this summer. We are thankful for the success with which God has blessed us, and want to share in those blessings and ask for your help. A new effort to raise funds for this year is our countywide Love Offering on Sunday, March 13. Give a Kid a Chance is a ministry that has brought together more than 30 Cherokee County churches of all denominations to work toward the same mission: “To help low-income families equip their children for each new school year.” Businesses and other nonprofits can make contributions as well. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry, we can provide you with a tax receipt. If you would like more information about Give a Kid a Chance, our ministry leaders would be happy to speak to your church group, business or civic organization.

God bless!


AroundAbout — east Canton

MARCH 2011

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 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

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

Driver’s Licenses

Georgia State Patrol

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

(770) 720-6607

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

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

Health Department Hospitals:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help lines:

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

Non-Emergency 911

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

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


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

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

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

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


Emergency — 911

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

MARCH 2011

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


The HOPE Scholarship by State Senator Chip Rogers The HOPE Scholarship – Georgia’s most popular government program – is in trouble. Two decades of unprecedented success is now threatened with slowing revenues and skyrocketing expenses. Since its inception, more that 1.3 million students in Georgia have received more than $5.6 billion in awards. By any reasonable measure, HOPE has been an incredible success. HOPE has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college who may not have been able to do so otherwise. It has put thousands of four year old children on the right track with early learning. It has kept Georgia’s best and brightest students in state, which directly impacts long-term economic development. Students who graduate from a Georgia high “. . . the HOPE reserve school with a 3.0 or fund will be empty by better GPA qualify for the end of FY 2012. This the HOPE scholarship or cannot be allowed to HOPE grant to attend happen.” technical school. The lottery proceeds also allow Georgia to be the only state in the nation to offer universal pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds.

As one might imagine, the ideas for “fixing HOPE” are varied. • • • • • • • • •

Raising the eligible GPA Adding a standardized test score component from the SAT or ACT Requiring the first year of HOPE be a loan which would be paid back if a student loses HOPE during the first year De-coupling the HOPE award from tuition rates, so that future HOPE awards will not necessarily be tied to tuition increases Reducing the pre-K program from 6.5 hours to 4 hours per day Making scholarships and pre-K “means” tested based on the parent’s income Limiting the number of quarter/semester hours for which HOPE will pay Eliminating HOPE money for remedial classes and books Restricting bonuses paid the lottery officials

Some of these ideas will be accepted, some rejected, and others considered. However, it is incumbent upon the General Assembly to solve this problem now in order to save HOPE for the next generation of Georgians.

It is important to remember, HOPE awards today include funding for both pre-K and college scholarships. However, years ago HOPE money also went to fund “technology” projects for education. Since 1994, when HOPE funding started to flow, the breakdown of education expenditures has been 49 percent for postsecondary education, 35 percent for pre-kindergarten, and 16 percent for other expenditures (mainly technology spending). The HOPE program has always maintained a healthy reserve fund until recently, when expenses began to increase rapidly. The projected HOPE shortfall for fiscal year (FY) 2011 and FY 2012 is a combined $550 million. More importantly, if these numbers actually materialize, the HOPE reserve fund will be empty by the end of FY 2012. This cannot be allowed to happen. Changes must be made to save HOPE. Since there is little the legislature can do to affect the revenue side of the ledger, we are left with controlling the expense side.


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.

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MARCH 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(404) 656-0287

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County Board of Education:

Cherokee County Courts:

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail:

Mike Chapman (R), Post 2 (Chair) (770) 704-4398, x4372 e-mail:

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

(770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 (770) 704-4398, x4370 e-mail:

Rob Usher, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

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

(678) 983-9644

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

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

Cherokee County Coroner

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

Cherokee County School System

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

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

(678) 493-6250 (678) 493-6280 (678) 493-6431

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

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

City of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

(678) 493-6160 (678) 493-6511

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners

1130 Bluffs Parkway (678) 493-6000 Canton, GA 30114 fax: (678) 493-6001

(404) 362-1600

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

(770) 345-6256

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


United States Government:

City of Ball Ground

(770) 704-1500

(770) 735-2123

Mayor A. R. (Rick) Roberts III

City of Holly Springs

MARCH 2011 Mayor Tim Downing

(770) 345-5536


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The Family Touch

Yo’ Sista

to someone else’s happiness. Nobody is offended by a sincere compliment. These simple lessons, if practiced by a parent, can transform the atmosphere of your home. We set the emotional thermostat by our attitudes and example! Keeping your focus tends to keep your children on track. When you listen to your children and hear their needs, they will hear your values and dreams when you share them. If parents demonstrate their use of the two ears they have first, their children will use theirs to listen when you speak. But if we talk more than we listen, they will try to out talk us. Think about that! Today we choose the outcomes of our tomorrows. Our children will grow up to become distant from us or to become our adult friends. That choice is largely ours, as parents, to make. Harsh relationships create distance and chill growth. Warm relationships encourage growth and build intimacy. A number of years ago I coached a group of young boys learning to play baseball. It was obvious quickly that some parents were more interested in the skills their sons displayed than in the character and relationships they developed. My job as a coach was not just instruction in skills but instilling the values of teamwork and teaching life lessons. At the end of the season, one young player made it all worthwhile when he said, “Thanks, Coach, this is the best team I’ve ever played with.”

A creative writing teacher from Redan High in Stone Mountain was in the audience and invited Yo’ Sista to perform for her students. That teacher introduced her to another spoken word artist—Georgia Me. “I was blown away,” she said. “There she was. The first artist I ever saw. I felt like I’d come full circle.”   Yo’ Sista’s vision has expanded beyond a microphone and a crowd. She plans to produce a ‘Poetry in Prison’ tour. “I’ll go to any prison that will have me and uplift the inmates through my poetry,” Yo’ Sista said. “I also want to open a Yo’ Sista Foundation in Canton for children and teens, and partner with the probate courts to give an option for community service in Cherokee County.” And now you’ve met Yo’ Sista.

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The Mosquitos Are Coming . . . While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover. There is no effective treatment for heartworm disease in cats, so it is imperative that disease prevention measures be taken for cats. Because heartworm disease is preventable, the American Heartworm Society recommends that pet owners take steps now to best protect their pets from this dangerous disease. Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive. There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection in both dogs and cats, most of which are given once a month. These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease. All of these methods are extremely effective, and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be effectively prevented. Please talk to your veterinarian about the best choice in preventing heartworm infection in your pet.


Home Presets homes and making all of their rooms talk to one another with their existing equipment. So every time you hit that keyless entry button on your car, or hit that favorite channel preset on the stereo, think of how cool that could be in your house.

May all our children, when they have grown up, want to say, “Thanks. My family is the best thing that has ever happened to me.” No parent will ever have a greater reward.



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A New Generation of Thermostats problems with your system is a nice feature as it will give you the name and number of your service company to contact for assistance. Soon a full featured zoning system will be available that allows the new thermostat to give you control of different rooms and create different temperature zones with one furnace and air conditioner. Call today for more information about this new comfort control and you will be very pleased with all the full features available at your fingertips.

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. . . “You’re Welcome” Without a doubt I have touched a responsive chord with some of you who share my concern. You will probably voice a thank you . And I appreciate your thoughtfulness. To you I want to say “You’re Welcome.”

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