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Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists Providing Easy Solutions to Common Medical Problems Photos courtesy of

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Photographers Jack Tuszynski, Wendell Webb, Charles Melvin Writers Dr. Nasir Asghar, Dr. Kellie Baxter, Michael Buckner, Sonia Carruthers, Jyl Craven, Eric Hill, Dan Jape, Dr. James Kilgore, Lowell Lawson, Drs. Simone & Greg Nutt, Keira & Jonathan Oseroff, Jamey Prickett, Sen. Chip Rogers, Gail Roos, Archie Speights, Julie Swantek, Amy Turcotte

Summer Camp Guide Head off summer boredom

Lucky the Leprechaun Local women publish first children’s book

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Gardeners’ Circle of Life Georgia Master Gardeners Association State Conference

Spring has Sprung Worship services, egg hunts, musicals and more! Cooking with Goin’ Coastal owner Zach Kell


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Local artist, Sheila Roth’s artwork will be on display and for sale at “The Center for Yoga” yoga school and studio for the month of March. This exhibition is inspired by her love of animals, yoga and nature.  The Center for Yoga is located at 1105 Parkside Lane, Suite 1204 (near Tuesday Morning) in Towne Lake.

Volunteers needed — Cherokee Family Violence Center offers emergency shelter, support groups, and life skills classes for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Volunteers are needed to operate our 24 hour hotline, sort donations, assist with children activities, serve as a receptionist and provide transportation for women. The next training class is scheduled for March 8 &10. If interested, please call (770) 4794641 or email

New businesses opening in March in downtown Woodstock will include Woodstock Art Glass, located at 8670 Main Street. The Guay family’s business will include handmade glassworks, Chamilia jewelry, other forms of art and classes. They are scheduled to open on Friday, March 2. The middle of March will welcome Simply Cupcakelicious to the former site of Val’s Happy Shack. Lee Staten will be providing cupcakes, small cakes, ice cream and coffee among other things, as well as gluten free options. Watch out this spring for the opening of The Century House Tavern in the Hubbard House south of J. Christophers as well as Gloss Salon.

Main Street Business Association will be hosting the Small Business Academy. The goal of the program is to assist in laying good foundations for upstarts, expansions and reorganizations for local business-minded leaders. Topics range from Business Planning and Finance to Social Media. Please call Billy Peppers at (770) 592-6056 for complete details. Families Needed to Host Exchange Students —State Representative Calvin Hill has been contacted by Jun Lin, Representative of Chongqing China, regarding the possibility of hosting Chinese exchange students to America. Participating in an exchange program is beneficial to students from both countries, allowing them to experience a different culture and to broaden their international vision. Any area schools or churches interested in recruiting/providing host families are asked to contact Jan Brown in Representative Hill’s office at (404) 4633793 or

Registration for the school year 2012 — 13 kindergarten and first grade students who are entering school for the first time will be held at CCSD elementary schools on Thursday, March 29 from 3:30 — 6 p.m. and Friday, March 30 from 9 a.m. — noon. Visit for additional information and registration requirements.

Baby & More Thrift Store Celebrates Anniversary — On March 31, 2012, The Baby & More Thrift Store in Woodstock will celebrate their second year at their new location. The anniversary celebration will include a $1 sidewalk sale, free car seat checks by SafeKids of Georgia, a visit by Cherokee County firefighters and a fire truck. They will also have face painting and other treats for the kids. The activities will take place from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. in the back parking lot of their store off Highway 92 at 295 Molly Lane. The Baby & More Thrift Store is a part of the ministry of The HOPE Center in Woodstock. The store helps provide clothing and other basic necessities for their clients. It is also open to the public providing bargain prices on everything for ladies and children. For more information, please call (770) 517-4450 or visit our website at

Sandy & Jerry Van Orden are the winners of our random drawing from our February proposal stories. They won a $50 gift certificate to Sophia’s Restaurant & Tapas. CONGRATULATIONS!!!


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Cherokee Fire Explorers Post Brings Home Trophies from Winterfest

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services’ Explorer Post #469 participated in the annual Winterfest Competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee recently and brought home six trophies. Over 3200 people, representing states from all over the southeast, attended the event to compete in drills that would test their skills and knowledge in the fire and emergency services field. Explorer Post #469 had 16 youth to compete against over 60 teams! These trophies represent the hard work and determination of these Explorers. The Explorers started training for this event back in the fall of 2011! And, because of their hard work and determination, they were able to bring home six trophies this year. The Explorer Post would like to thank the advisors that have been constantly working with them to prepare them for this event and a future career in the fire service. Advisors in attendance were: Firefighter Michael Sims, Firefighter Cheri Collett, Firefighter Jordan Seda, Sgt. Scott Deal, Sgt. Michael Poulson, Capt. Bill Hamby (retired), Capt. Tom Pelletier, Capt. Mark Orr, Capt. Ricky Collett, Kathy Lawson, and Asst. Chief Eddie Robinson. Another special thank you goes out to Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, and all the other department personnel, friends, and families who have been supporting this post for many years now.

Cherokee County Agriculture Expo Coming to Canton

Sponsored by Cherokee County Farm Bureau and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, the 2012 Cherokee County Agricultural Expo will be held Thursday, March 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Terrace level of Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Office located at 3605 Marietta Highway in Canton. As part of the National Agriculture Week, March 18 to 24, Cherokee farmers and others will celebrate agriculture in the county with over 20 farm displays and samples of locally grown foods and 6

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other agricultural products. Come celebrate local resources and enjoy the taste of fresh local produce and learn more about how agriculture impacts life in Cherokee County every day. Everyone is invited to attend. Please call (770) 479-1481, ext. 0 to make a reservation.

Representative Hill Addresses the Americans for Prosperity

Georgia Senators, Representatives, leaders in education, and the general public were at the Capitol for School Choice Day, held recently. Representative Calvin Hill addressed members in attendance at the Americans for Prosperity press conference, where he shared results of a L to R: Rep. Paulette Braddock, Georgia Family Council President recent survey on school Randy Hicks, Senate Majority Leader choice in Georgia. This Chip Rogers and Representative was a non-partisan, Calvin Hill. multi-age, multi-ethnic, multi-income level state wide poll in which 16 percent of the participants had a family member employed by a public school system. Seventy eight percent thought public schools were doing a good job of educating, but thought private and charter schools were doing a better job preparing students for competing for jobs in today’s world economy, 70.5 percent would be more likely to vote for a Legislator who supported school choice, including 61.5 percent of people who work in the school system. Eighty four percent believe that the public school system is doing a fair to excellent job of education their children, but, if money was not an issue, 59 percent would be likely to change schools.
Representative Hill concludes, “It is very clear that while public schools are doing an adequate job of education, over 70 percent believe that parents best know the educational needs of their children and believe that they should have the option of how they educate their children, be it public, private, charter, or home schooled.”

Community & Southern Bank to Expand into Senior Housing Lending Community & Southern Bank (CSB), one of Georgia’s most well capitalized banks, announced recently its

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entry into the long-term care and senior housing lending industry, providing traditional commercial bank loans for acquisitions, refinancing and construction. To ensure efficient new service progress, CSB hired long-time industry veteran Steve McGee as the senior relationship manager of the bank’s Senior Housing Group. “One of our primary focuses in 2012, and for many years to come, is senior housing,” says McGee. “We look forward to becoming an active participant in this business as we enhance the types of services offered to our customers.” For more information on CSB, visit

at Johnston Elementary School won the sticker design contest. She was presented with a prototype of the sticker and $50 in her science class at Johnston Elementary School in front of the administration and her father. Tianna will receive 25 stickers and the stickers designed by Tianna will be distributed during education events around the county. 

Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services Receives Grant for EMS Equipment

Today, Fire and Emergency Service providers are trying to increase efficiency and reduce response times. Using technology that is up to date will aid in quicker response times and efficiency when treating patients on the scene of an accident. Insurance Office of America (IOA) is partnering with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to donate $8,028 to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services to purchase a variety of EMS equipment, including: EMS Tablets, GPS Devices. The EMS Tablets will allow rescue workers to access reference guides and pediatric guides for drug dosages within arms reach of their paramedics. The Fire Department will purchase twelve of these tablets. GPS systems (navigation systems) are used by firefighters to help locate an emergency in the quickest manner possible, minimizing response times and also the severity of an emergency. The fire station will purchase twelve of these systems to put inside their apparatus and eliminate all hard copy atlas books. This will aid in the response times and correct locations of 911 calls. “Limited budgets often prevent us from purchasing updated equipment we need,” said EMS Chief, Danny West. “This grant package fills a lot of voids and helps us respond to emergency calls and aid in response times in various emergency situations.” The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. To visit Fireman’s Fund’s “Supporting Firefighters” Facebook page, go to SupportingFirefighters.

Photo Winner (L to R): Lori Forrester (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Specialist), Jamie Rule, Keith Ball (Etowah High School - Principal)

CCWSA Contest Winners Announced

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) recently announced the winners of the 2011 water quality/conservation photograph and sticker design contests. Jamie Rule, 11th grader at Etowah High school won the photograph contest. She was presented her framed photograph and $50 at Etowah High School in front of the administration. Jamie’s photograph will be displayed at CCWSA main office and facilities. Tianna Francis, 5th grader


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Sticker Winner (L to R): Lori Forrester (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Specialist), Tianna Francis, Lisa Whorton (Johnston ES - Science teacher)


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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Lyla Kate McInnish

Age 3 on March 20 Daughter of Valerie & Chris Sister of Amy Happy Birthday! We love you very much! Nana & Poppy

Brianne Quagliana Age 3 on March 5 Happy Birthday to our Big Girl! We love you so much! Mommy & Daddy

Laila Thomas

Age 4 on March 19 Happy Birthday to our beautiful Princess! Love, Daddy, Mommy & Lilly

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Age 5 on March 23 Happy Birthday! We love you! Dad, Mom, Ian & Avery

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Things to do in East Canton

Spring Sales

March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 4th Annual Indoor Yard Sale — Benefitting the Animals, organized by Mostly Mutts Time: Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. Location: Climatized Self Storage, 1125 Roberts Blvd., Kennesaw Information: Gently used and new items will be sold by local animal rescue organizations in approximately 20,000 square feet of space. All proceeds of the sale will benefit animal rescue efforts. woodstock-georgia.html or (404) 381-8586

March 9 & 10

March 10 100th Anniversary Girl Scouts Parade, Picnic & Sing-Along Time: 11 a.m. Location: Downtown Canton & Heritage Park Information: Join Girl Scouts from throughout Cherokee County and surrounding areas to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts. Wear green or a vintage uniform, pack a picnic. Girl Scout troops may RSVP or get more information by emailing

Children’s Spring/Summer Consignment Sale — Canton FUMC Times:

Friday, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. — noon Location: Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton Information: If you are interested in being a seller and/or a volunteer, please contact Shannon Miller at

March 10 TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples (formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club) Time: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta Information: For more information, please call (678) 453-6993, email, or visit  Please bring in this ad for special admittance at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday before the public sale.

March 22 — 24 Annual Churchwide Rummage Sale — held by Heritage Presbyterian Women Time: 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church

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Mission & Ministry Center Gym, 5323 Bells Ferry Road Information: Proceeds will benefit community and church projects. For more information, please visit

March 23 & 24 Hide and Seek Day Camp Kids Consignment Sale Times:

Friday, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. & 5 — 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. (many items 1/2 off of Saturday) Location: Mt. Zion Baptist Church 4096 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton Information: (770) 720-0005 or info@ or visit their website at

March 24 Sixes Presbyterian Yard & Bake Sale Time: Location:

10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Sixes Presbyterian Church 2335 Sixes Road, Canton Information: The yard and bake sale will be held along with the Copper Creek Spring Fling on the church property.

Ongoing Events That Girl’s Marketplace Ministry — Bible Study Locations, Days & Times:

Yawn’s Books & More, Inc., 210 E. Main Street, Downtown Canton — Thursdays at noon; Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 4096 East Cherokee Drive, Canton — Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Copper Coin Coffee, Downtown Woodstock — Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Information: Study lead by Polly Balint and based on her books, “Totally Devoted” and “Totally Devoted 2.” For more information and full details, please visit www.thatgirlmarketing. biz or call (678) 773-1973 or email polly@

March 8 Purim Celebration — A Patriotic Purim Time: Location:

5:15 p.m. The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, 1127 White Circle NW, Marietta

Information: Megillah reading by Uncle Sam, food, fun, entertainment and more. For more information, please visit www.jewishwestcobb. com,, or call (678) 460-7702.

March 10 11th Spring Fling Fashion Show and Luncheon — BridgeMill Sixes Service League Time: 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Tuscany Italian Restaurant 250 Cinema Way, Woodstock Cost: $30 (purchase at, Justina’s Boutique in Woodstock, UPS Store BridgeMill or for BSSL members Information: Please contact Deidra at (404) 944-0868 or Judith at (404) 304-5545 for more information.

Time: Location:

7 — 8 p.m. Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC, 6478 Putnam Ford Dr., Suite 125, Woodstock Information: The presentation is free but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to or by calling (678) 938-7274.

March 24 Challenge 4 Adventure Race/ Streetfest 2012 Time:

Race begins at 9 a.m. and festivities run through the evening Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Challenge Four Adventure Race, food, drinks, art, activities and live music on East Main Street and Chambers Street,

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Annual Vaccine Clinic

March 18 The Cherokee Chorale Spring Concert — A German Requiem Time: Location:

3 p.m. Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for students (available at the door or prior purchase at locations listed below) Information: Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Chorale member, the Arts Center and Chamberhouse in Canton, Three Sisters Gifts in Hickory Flat, Jasper Drug in Jasper, and FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock. For information call (678) 439-8625 or visit

March 22 & 27 Learn About the Virtual Gastric Band for Weight Loss As Seen On Dr. Oz 

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

March 9 — 18 Robin Hood Times:

Jake’s Hen Party: Seafood Gumbo 6 — 8 p.m. Jake’s Produce, 591 Knox Bridge Hwy (Hwy. 20), White Information: Prepare and can a delicious seafood gumbo to enjoy year-round. Cost $25. Reservations required. For more information or to RSVP for a “Hen Party,” please call (404) 667-5121.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Location: Reinhardt University, Waleska Information: The public will tour the remains of antebellum iron furnaces and be treated to lectures and discussions from humanities scholars. Make your plans now to take part in this rare gathering of experts eager to share their findings! This event is free. To register, please visit or call (770) 720-5943.

Time: Location:

Noon — 4 p.m. Riverstone Animal Hospital, 112 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Information: All pets must be pre-registered at No walk-ins accepted — Space is limited so register now! Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization Caleb’s kids.

March 27 Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) Meeting Time: 8 — 9:30 a.m. Location: Canton YMCA Information: VAC meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month 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 contact Patricia Bowen at (770) 315-6246. Also, visit website

March 30 & 31 Etowah Valley Iron-Making and the Coming of the Civil War Symposium — sponsored by the Reinhardt History Program and the Georgia Humanities Council Times: Friday, program at 3:30 p.m. followed by dinner buffet and program at 7 p.m.;

Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m. Cost: $9 advance tickets, $11 at door Information: The Merry Folk of Sherwood, led by Robin Hood, help the poor villagers to thwart the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. Swashbuckling fun for everyone!  

March 10 & 17 Sherwood Adventure at Rope Mill Park Time: 10 a.m. — Noon Information: Free event! Interact with the characters, try your hand at archery, enjoy the hiking/biking trail and earn a FREE ticket to see the play!  Please see website for more details.  

The Canton Theatre 171 East Main Street, Downtown Canton (770) 704-0755; Cherokee Theatre Company Presents:

March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 Blithe Spirit Times: Cost:

Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. General Admission, $15; Senior/ Student, $12; Groups 10+, $10 per ticket 13

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

Education Excellence - Parental Choice I would like to thank everyone involved with this magazine for the continuing opportunity to share thoughts on the issues of our day. In sharing these I place myself in a position to be supported or criticized for my views – and after ten years of writing, I have many examples of each. Perhaps the issue which engenders the most passion is education. Originally I never thought I would be drawn to education legislation. I should have known better. My father retired after 32 years working at Cobb County Schools. My mother retired as a public school teacher. I have a brother who serves as a principal in Fulton County Schools and another brother who works for the Georgia Department of Education. It must be in my DNA. Yet it is not my DNA that has forced me into the position of “Champion of Choice” as some call me, but rather the facts of where America is headed if we do not fundamentally change how we educate our students. Here in Cherokee and Cobb Counties we have excellent school systems, thanks to the hard work of students, parents and dedicated teachers. Unfortunately this “island of excellence” does not exist across Georgia or the United States. First, I must state unequivocally, I support every form of excellence in education. Yet even the best school fails to work perfectly for every child. We must focus on creating as many options as possible and strive to individualize education as opposed to industrialize it as has been done since the 1920’s. Whether children attend public schools, public charter schools, home schools, private schools, online schools, hybrid schools, or any combination thereof is of secondary concern to what must be our primary concern; excellence in results. America’s only opportunity to remain the world’s lone superpower resides in our next generation being the most educated in the world. Unfortunately this warning call is not new, in fact, it’s almost 30 years old. “A Nation at Risk” released by the Reagan Administration 14 My East Canton | march 2012

in 1983 was called by education historian Diane Ravitch, “The most important education reform document of the 20th century.” Education Secretary Terrel Bell declared upon the release of the report: “The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.” The report also famously stated: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed it to happen to ourselves.” President Reagan considered education performance an American crisis. According to Dick Carpenter, professor of Education Leadership at the University of Colorado, the two years following the release of “A Nation at Risk” President Reagan delivered more than 50 education-related speeches. In every speech he spoke of educational freedom through choice, vouchers, and tax credits. In President Reagan’s first speech immediately following the release of “A Nation at Risk” he stated: “I believe parents, not government, have the primary responsibility for the education of their children. Parental authority is not a right conveyed by the state; rather, parents delegate to their elected school board representatives and state legislators the responsibility for their children’s schooling. . . So, we’ll continue to work in the months ahead for passage of tuition tax credits, vouchers, educational savings accounts, voluntary school prayer, and abolishing the Department of Education. Our agenda is to restore quality to education by increasing competition and by strengthening parental choice and local control.” Sadly the clarion call for reform has been largely ignored by policy makers. The preferred approach seems to be more money. The decade before and almost three decades after “A Nation at Risk” taxpayers dramatically increased funding for education. From 1970 to 2007 per pupil spending, adjusted for inflation, in the United States increased from $4,000 to over $9,000 per student. Unfortunately, during this same time the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in reading had almost zero change. So where do we go, as a state and as a nation? Next month I’ll share prescriptions for educational excellence from the Gates Foundation, the Friedman Foundation, and the Center for an Educated Georgia. Chip Rogers is the State Senator for District 21. You may contact him by phone at (404) 463-1378 or by e-mail at


Ball Ground l Hickory Flat l R.T. Jones

marchEvents March 2, 16 & 30, 4:30 p.m. Ball Ground Public Library March 5 & 19, 4:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library Tail Waggin’ Tutors and READing Paws

These programs encourage children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to. She won’t laugh if you make a mistake or stumble over a word. Children learn to associate reading with being with the dog, and begin to view it in a positive way. It enhances their confidence and reading ability. Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by calling the corresponding library. Sessions are 10 to 15 minutes. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time.

March 3, 11:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library R.T. Jones Book Club: “Room”

Join the R. T. Jones Book Club as it discusses Emma Donoghue’s “Room.” To register, please call the Reference desk at (770) 479-3090, ext. 3.

March 31, 10 a.m. Hickory Flat Public Library Master Gardeners: Sustainable Gardening

Learn gardening with minimal commercial products. Use natural methods. Master Gardener programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Limited seating, registration is encouraged, ten people minimum to hold seminar. To register, call the Extension office at (770) 479-0418, email:, fax information to (770) 479-0565 or visit the Master Gardener website at extension/cherokee/

Week of March 01: “Singing in the Jungle” Week of March 13: “I LOVE My Colors!” Week of March 20: “WHOOSH! Went the Wind!”

Ball Ground Public Library Family Story Time — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Sequoyah Regional Library System Ball Ground Public Library 435 Old Canton Road — (770) 735-2025 M,W,Th & F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues: 12 – 8 p.m. Sat: CLOSED Sun: 2 – 6 p.m.

Hickory Flat Public Library

New Library Hours In response to many visitor requests, each library will now offer at least one late night each week — beginning March 1. The library that is open late on a particular day will shift hours from the morning to the evening. Hours on late night days are 12 — 8 p.m. A complete, up-to-date schedule of hours can be found at www. or please call your branch for up-to-the minute info. “We know it’s confusing, but it’s the best we can do until funding is restored! Happy reading!” — Sequoyah Regional Libraries

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

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

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

Keyla Lopez was our winner for February’s contest corner. Keyla has won 4 tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters show at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year.

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P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

good morningCherokee Sponsored by Community & Southern Bank Thursday, April 5, 7 a.m. Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg. 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration $15 No Reservation $20 Future Members $25 RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on April 3.


2012 BLASTT Workshops

Shear Design Salon 1032 Marietta Road Canton (770) 479-4929 Hair Salons

Presented by Reinhardt University

March 7, 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

(Lunch is provided)

Speaker: Maura Neill, REALTOR, The Gebhardt Group Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Future Members Whether you are new to Facebook or already have a Facebook Page for your business, chances are you could be managing it better. Learn basic page management, how to integrate your page into your overall online presence, the kinds of posts that generate the most consumer/public engagement, basic Facebook etiquette and “rules of engagement,” and more. Bring your laptop for the opportunity to actively engage with your page throughout the class.

Sell More, Brand Higher Understanding the Difference Between Sales & Marketing

March 21, 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

(Lunch is provided)

North GA CPA Services, PC 1194 Buckhead Crossing, Suite B Woodstock (770) 926-5302 Accountants

Speaker: Twanna Woods, Icebreakers Unlimited LeVon Lewis, Pencilworx Design Group Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Future Members Learn the difference between Sales & Marketing and how when placed together properly, both visibility and an increase in revenue spring to life! Get quick selling tips for making successful cold calls and learn what to do to close those leads fast! Be prepared to understand how to brand your business using social media and other quick resources. Make marketing work for you. Don’t forget to bring your business cards…. A Business Card audit will be performed! This is one workshop you don’t want to miss!

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Woodstock Lions Club P.O. Box 711 Woodstock (770) 926-0909 Civic Clubs

and check it out! It is the perfect site for do it yourself projects and fun crafts. There are plenty of categories you can search to fit your interests. DIY’s can be great crafts to do with your teens or children. Instead of macaroni art, my mom and I made a cute new shirt out of an old button down to share.


n the fifth day of my AP Economics class, Mr. Sailers went off on one of his usual tangents, which are not only more interesting than economics, but are also extremely intellectual. “When I was in school all of the guys in our class tight rolled.” Seeing as I was hardly a child of the 90’s, I honestly had no clue what he was referring to. He proceeded to explain that ‘tight rolling’ was where guys would roll the cuffs of their jeans up to show off their extremely brightly colored high socks. Our entire class burst out laughing when he showed us an example, he simply explained that it was what was trending back in the day. He then challenged all the senior guys to get together and perform an experiment, stating that if every Tuesday all the senior guys would tight roll their jeans, he guaranteed that he would see almost all the underclassmen copying the style. Thus, Tight Roll Tuesday was born.

Copying is the best form of flattery. Don’t be afraid to start trends; you may not even realize you are doing it. Just be yourself — don’t be afraid to wear whatever you want in fear people may think you ‘look weird.’ When we were little, our parents let us walk around wearing princess crowns, bright red rain boots when there was no rain, and superman capes, so why should we be afraid to live on the edge of the fashion world. If you do not believe me, take it from the wiser man.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” — Dr. Suess

Adaptation to cultural styles and traits is completely normal for our society. Popular cultures such as Hollywood celebrities, social networking, or athlete endorsements are often the catalysts for these changes in fashion. How do trends get started? Like the tight roll example, trends usually begin as movements. The Yoga Pants Revolution was a short lived rebellion at my school. Rumor began that our school was going to ban possibly the most comfortable pants in the world, which just about every girl owned. As soon as we heard this, all the upperclassmen serendipitously happened to all wear yoga pants the next day. We later found out the rumor was false in the first place, but the ‘revolution’ definitely got the yoga pants trend in motion. What’s trending now? In these economic times, if you could make a scarf out of an old t-shirt instead of buying one, wouldn’t you? The old becoming new through a little bit of tweaking can be seen all over the homemade fashion world today. Mom’s old oversized sweatshirts and leggings or legwarmers are all coming back in style. My mom constantly tells me to save all my clothes, because things continuously seem to come back as ‘what’s in.’ If you have never heard of Pinterest, rush to your computer 19

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Cherokee Charter Academy First Graders Talk Politics with Woodstock’s Mayor First grade students at Cherokee Charter Academy in Canton got an up-close civics lesson when Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques paid them a visit. The mayor explained exactly what it is that a mayor does and answered all their questions (yes, his job is similar to the president’s, no, he doesn’t ride around in a limo). Mayor Henriques also told the kids how important it is to vote once they’re old enough.  Said 7 year-old Ashelyn Carden, “I learned that mayors are very important and we need them.”

achievement and to promote qualities of good character that make for good citizenship. Junior Beta is for qualifying students in grades 5 — 9. Prospective members have to meet the specific qualifications for their school’s chapter.  Hasty’s new club members are excited about the service projects they have planned for the remainder of the year.  Mrs. Malinda Lipscomb, 6th grade teacher, will serve as club advisor. 

Macedonia Student Writers Ride in Style

Macedonia ES recently named its January Writer of the Month winners. These students were rewarded for their outstanding achievement by taking a limo ride to lunch.  Pictured from left are: Annika Williams, Lexi Phillips, Emily Slike, second-grade teacher Amanda Huber, Karina Harrington, Elena Stevenson, and Umar Rashid. Congratulations!

Front row: Kamal Charania, Carly Long, Ellemieke Van Kints, Kaityln Miller, and Fred Engamba; middle row:  David Martinez, Simone Katz, Olivia Katz, Madeline Rosemeyer, and Griffin Turcotte; back row:  Nadia Willis, Nesma Ixcajoc, Destanie Hardy, Ashley Storck, Raven Fleming, Bayley Carroll, Aiylaha Johnson, and Alexis Hyde.

Georgia Author Visits Dean Rusk

Hasty Elementary Inducts Students into New Jr. Beta Club

Hasty Elementary School proudly inducted students into the school’s first chapter of Jr. Beta. Junior Beta is a national youth organization whose purpose is to encourage and reward academic

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Georgia author, T.M. Taylor, visited Dean Rusk Middle School recently. After reading his short stories, students decided to write letters to the author and publishing company.  Upon receiving the letters, Taylor contacted the students’ teacher and asked to spend the day with the students.  Lively discussions of author’s purpose, character development and personal stories filled the day and the students enjoyed visiting with the author. 21

Charter & Private Schools Antioch Christian Preschool

Hickory Flat UMC Preschool and Kindergarten

(770) 475-8553


(770) 345-9354,

Brenwood Academy

Legacy Home School Academy

(770) 704--4925,

(678) 493-8584,

Cherokee Charter Academy

Messiah Christian Academy

(678) 385--7322,

(770) 479-5280

Cherokee Christian Academy and High School

Woodstock International School

(678) 494-5464,

(678) 977-6501

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

Mission Point Christian Academy

Community Christian School

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

(678) 880-1345,

(770) 479-9535,

(770) 720-2333,

Dogwood Hills Academy

Union Hill UMC Preschool

(770) 345-3220,

(678) 297-0550,

Public Schools

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

Crossroads Middle/High School

Holly Springs Elementary School

Ball Ground Elementary School

Dean Rusk Middle School

Indian Knoll Elementary School

Creekland Middle School

Free Home Elementary School

Creekview High School

Hickory Flat Elementary School

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

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

2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance March 15 & 16 April 2 — 6

May 25

Furlough Days School Holiday Last Student Day

Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect: 22 My East Canton | march 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600, 23

It’s not too early to start planning your children’s summer activities. My East Canton Monthly wants to help you head off the summer boredom. The April issue will also include our Summer Camp Listings to make sure you can get a jump start on your summer fun! Don’t wait — camps fill up quickly.

Next Step Ministries

3353 Trickum Rd., Suite 100, Woodstock Contact: (770) 592-1227 Website:

Dance & Music Academy of Woodstock 6230 Old Hwy 5, Ste C-3, Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-1661 Website:

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool 367 Green Dr., Canton Contact: (770) 720-2333 Website:

Cherokee YMCA Summer Camp

201 East Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock Contact: (770) 345-9622 Website: Dates: Throughout the summer

G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA 151 Waleska St., Canton Contact: (770) 345-9622 Website: Dates: Throughout the summer

World of Gymnastics and Cheer 104 Victoria North Court, Woodstock Contact: (770) 516-6898 Website:

Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency 7545 Main St., Bldg 200, Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-7768 Website: Dates: May 29 — July 27 24 My East Canton | march 2012

Kennesaw State University College of Continuing Education and Professional Education 1000 Chastain Road, #3301, Kennesaw Contact: (770) 423-6765 Website: Dates: June 4 — July 27

Camp Primrose

95 Ridge Rd., Canton Contact: (770) 479-9500 404 Argonne Terrace, Holly Springs Contact: (770) 704-0721 Website:

The Bounce House

765 Ash Street, Canton Contact: (770) 345-5867 Website:

Hide & Seek Day Camp

885 Marvin Land Lane, Canton Contact: (770) 720-0005 Website:

The Goddard School

140 Foster Rd., Woodstock Contact: (770) 720-1311 310 Prominence Point Parkway, Canton Contact: (770) 720-3003 Website:

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village 8534 Main St., Woodstock Contact: (678) 494-4251 Website:

Applause Performing Arts Conservatory

Cumming Highway & East Cherokee (Kroger Shopping Ctr.) Contact: (770) 881-7246

Website: Dates: Drama Camp June 11, 13 & 15 July 9, 11, & 13 Dance Camp June 18 — 22 (daily) July 16 — 20 (daily)

It’s Sew Fun Kids Sewing Camp

Emory Camps & Learning Programs

Children’s Academy of Hickory Flat Summer Day Camp

1599 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 5.316, Atlanta Contact: (404) 727-8000 Website: Dates: May-August

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street, Roswell Contact: (770) 641-1260 x232 Website: Dates: June 4 – July 27

Dancin’ Divas Summer Camp

Hickory Flat Dance Academy 4337 East Cherokee Dr., Canton Contact: (770) 704-7091 Website: Dates: June 11 —June 15

Characters of the Watershed

At the Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Website: Dates: June 18 — 22 or August 6 —10

Chattahoochee Nature Center Camp Kingfisher 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Contact: (770) 992-2055 x 222 Website: Dates: May 29 – August 10

Sports Broadcasting Camp

Play By Play Sports Emory University Contact: 1-800-319-0884 Website:


July 16-20

Cherokee County Safety Town

Bascomb Elementary School 1335 Wyngate Parkway Website: Dates: June 11 – 15; June 18 – 22; June 25 – 29

2457 S. Cherokee Lane, Woodstock Contact: (404) 374-8742 Website:

4360 Hickory Road, Canton Contact: (770) 345-2929 Website:

2012 Woodstock High School Summer Soccer Camp

Woodstock High School Practice Field Contact: Cory Nix

2012 Woodstock Volleyball Camp

Location: Woodstock High School Gym Dates: May 29 — May 31 Times: Rising 3rd-5th grades, 9 a.m. — noon Rising 6th-9th grades, 1 — 4 p.m. Cost: $98. (Includes a volleyball and t-shirt) Information: The Woodstock Varsity Volleyball Team led by Varsity Coach Anita Dodd will offer two camps for girls (enrollment open to players from all local school districts):

3rd-5th grade: This camp is for beginners who are interested in learning about the game of volleyball. The participants will learn skills and rules of the game. 6th-9th grade: This camp is offered to both beginners, and volleyball players with experience. Participants will be coached on the skills and rules needed to be competitive in one of the fastest growing sports.

Contact: Anita Dodd, Head Volleyball Coach: anita.

Discovery Point Summer Camps 136 Prominence Point Pkwy, Canton Contact: (770) 720-8687 200 River Green Ave., Canton Contact: (770) 479-6729 2874 East Cherokee Dr., Canton Contact: (770) 345-3867 Website:

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ringing the luck of the Irish to young and old, local ladies Samantha Strum Brown and Risa Rae Ramji of Johns Creek have recently published their new children’s book, “Lucky the Leprechaun.” Not only is “Lucky the Leprechaun” a fun, whimsical book about a mischievous little leprechaun, the book teaches several strong messages as the kids have fun following Lucky’s silly antics. Samantha and Risa came up with the idea to create a children’s book on a girl’s getaway a little over a year ago. The book is niche-oriented, focusing on St. Patrick’s Day, filling a literary hole, given the fact

that there are very few children’s books about this particular season or holiday. “I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book,” shared Samantha. Risa noted, “And it’s not just a story; it is full of lessons to be learned.” Kindness, respect, positive behavior and listening well are just a few of the lessons that Lucky teaches. Passionate about their project, the authors shared that they have created a whole concept that is very family oriented — the book gift set includes the “Lucky the Leprechaun” book; CD complete with read-a-longs done by the authors, music and movement activities and printable activity pages; and a Leprechaun trap kit. The set is available at www.LuckyTheLeprechaun. com. Connecting with the community is important to Samantha and Risa; in addition to the overwhelming positive community response so far, they have also connected locally by using all locally purchased products and services. From a local illustrator, to a local printer as well as materials used to create the craft pack purchased from local businesses, this is a project that seems to be lucky for everyone! And “Lucky is not the only thing that’s Green.” According to the authors, all of their materials including the packaging are recyclable. Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day fun — Join Lucky for his St. Patrick’s Day contest — purchase your book gift set complete with Leprechaun trap kit; create your own unique trap and take a picture with it; share your picture on their facebook page —www.facebook. com/TheLuckyLeprechaun — the authors will do a random drawing from the photos and donate a book to support a local literacy program in the child’s name. Good Luck!

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Cherokee County Athletes Recognized at National Signing Day Event

Forty-six Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized at the National Signing Day ceremony held recently at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level. Sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia and coordinated by the School District’s Office of School Operations, the students, along with their parents, coaches, athletic directors and principals, were honored at a brunch for making their college choices for a variety of sports on National Signing Day, which is the earliest day on which high school seniors can make a commitment to play sports for a college.  While football draws most of the attention on this date, Cherokee County students were recognized for commitments to play baseball, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, swimming, wrestling, volleyball, track and cross country, as well.  (See list of students/scholarships on page 30.)

Shaw Selected to Head CHS Football Program

Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock recently announced selection of Josh Shaw as Head Football Coach for the Warriors. Coach Shaw, a physical education teacher From left, Cherokee HS Principal at Etowah High School, Debra Murdock; Head Football Coach began his football coaching Josh Shaw; and Cherokee HS Athletic career at Moorhead State Director Jack Wallner. University in 1998 and has been an assistant coach for the past 14 seasons, serving as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the past six seasons.  Coach Shaw has been a valuable part of three Region Championships (2006, 2008, and 2010) and six consecutive playoff appearances during his tenure at Etowah High School. For more information, please contact, Jack Wallner, Athletic Director, Cherokee HS, @ 28 My East Canton | march 2012

Sixth Grade Lady Jr. Chief’s Basketball Celebrates Successful Season

The proud parents of the 6th grade Lady Jr. Chief’s basketball program would like to recognize their daughters’ tremendous success in the Cobb County Junior Basketball Conference Front, from left: Alyssa Cagle, Mallory (CCJBC) league during Lawson, Gretchen Harris and the 2011-2012 season. Annalynne Bennett; Middle, from left: Brianna Bennett, Josie Freeman, Emily For the first time in Feyerabend, Makayla Gardner, Peyton the 34 year history of Satterfield, Chase McGee and Gabi this basketball league, Latimer; Back, from left: Asst. Coach in any grade level Jim Harris, Asst. Coach David Cagle and for the Boys or Girls Head Coach Keith Satterfield. divisions, the Sequoyah Lady Jr. Chiefs won the league championship held recently at the Marietta Civic Center. The Lady Jr. Chiefs went 14-0 during regular season league play to take first place in the East Region and then went on to a 4-0 record during the league tournament to win the Championship. These girls had an overall record of 29-2 this season while winning an additional tournament championship at the Creekview Invitational and being runners-up in two other local tournaments.

Canton Flames Hot All Season

Canton Flames finished their season undefeated. The Flames finished the league season at ATPP and went on to win the tournament. Canton Flames: Gabee Bage, Cierra Foster, The team is Chatham Brown, Valerie Cournoyer, Sadie now 16-0! MacAulay, Savanna Mason, Anniston Krapf, Tournament Ashley Postell, Courtney Cates, Kylie Peace, season starts Bridget Utberg. in March and the team is preparing for Nationals in July. Way to go Flames and good luck at Nationals!

verb [ God smak-ed]: when God reaches down and “smacks” you with an intense and overwhelming feeling or message of something so personal & direct that you know without a doubt that it came from only Him and was meant for only YOU If you have a “God-Smacked” story you would like to share, email:

*another person can be part of the facilitation of this feeling

The FCA 2012 Summer Camp theme is IN THE ZONE — investing in a local Cherokee County youth, making it possible for him or her to go to camp this summer — You could provide a kid with one of the biggest life changing GODSMACKED opportunities by sending them to camp! Getting them immersed into an incredible Christian environment with worship, breakout sessions geared towards encouraging and equipping them to be better leaders for Jesus, and fun competition, your investment cannot be measured here on Earth; it is an investment in eternal salvations! If you would like to donate funds towards camp scholarships and provide Bibles for these kids, you can go to, and check out our website. Under the “donate” section, there is a category for camp scholarships. What an investment — investing in the lives of our kids within our community, encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the thing they love the most, sports! 29

Maybe the Most Important Georgia Law That Nobody Knows About

by Archie Speights I try and read the “Wall Street Journal” everyday, I have for years. Besides a general enjoyment of the collection of articles and keeping up with the world today, it also helps me follow issues that may affect not only my community, but Archie Speights is a partner at Burns my law practice and my clients. & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He Housing trends, foreclosure can be reached at (770) 956-1400. tracking, updates on policies by lenders and credit card companies, and most importantly, employment data, all contribute to decisions that my bankruptcy clients will end up having to make. In the January 18th edition, an article appeared that detailed the issues surrounding long-term unemployment (individuals out of work for more than a year) and the obvious impact felt by those dealing with that particular situation. The article

focused on a few families in Roswell, Ga.; a city not too far from, nor very different from our own community. As short-term job losses turn into long-term unemployment here in Georgia, at a rate of 40%, according to the article, those individuals and couples affected must face the unimaginable task of evaluating the necessity of things that they have spent a lifetime accumulating. On an ever increasing basis potential clients come to my office looking for a way to relieve the burden that a job loss, short or long-term, has created on their financial lives. On more than a few occasions, I wish they had come to consult with me earlier. This is not because their situation has changed or that bankruptcy relief can’t help them now, but because of Official Code of Georgia Section 44-13-100-2(d). Even though bankruptcy is governed by federal law, our state sets the laws that dictate what assets debtors are allowed to keep when they file for bankruptcy. O.C.G.A. 44-13-1002(d) states that debtors have the right to protect any funds in their entirety from any ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) qualified retirement account. This protection extends to your 401(k), 403(b), IRA’s, and any pension funds. Whether you have $5,000 in the account or $500,000 continued on page 63

Scholarship Commitment Signings College

High School


Cherokee Anna Higgins Golf

West Georgia State


Jasmine Fahrnbaur Soccer

Cherokee Meredith Gray Golf

West Georgia State

Cherokee Shanariel Coffie Volleyball

University of West Georgia


Darton College

High School


Bree Wells



Cherokee Zachary Lemons Baseball

Chattahoochee Valley College

Creekview Cori Dulmage Soccer

Georgia Southern

Creekview Sutton Appling Softball

East Georgia College


Tiffany Bailey


Mars Hill College


Alexis Chumbler




Amber Herrington




Audrie Pryor




Nicole Smith


Young Harris


College Troy State

Sequoyah Madeline Tully Soccer

Georgia College and State


Kristin Clegg




Natalee Gordon




Kierstin Dickson


West Georgia


Colby LaFever



Sequoyah Missy Perkowski Softball

Kennesaw State

Sequoyah Katelyn Wienbarg Volleyball

College of Coastal Georgia


Malcolm Simpson


Albany State


Mitchell Smith



Sequoyah Riley Davenport Golf

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Sequoyah Taylor Roy Swimming

University of Florida

Congratulations to all the students! 30 My East Canton | march 2012 31


Cherokee Women’s Photos courtesy of

Health Specialists

Providing Easy Solutions To Common Medical Problems “Because women are so accustomed to ‘putting up’ with pain or discomfort, physicians have to listen carefully to the patient when she comes in,” says Dr. Mike Litrel, CEO and founding partner of Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Canton and Woodstock. As Dr. Litrel explains, one of the key things to know about women as patients is that “women suffer needlessly. The first step we take at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists is to ask the right questions — and to listen. Often we see a new patient who has been putting up with a problem so long that she’s just stopped hoping for a solution. She may feel much older than she actually is simply from letting the problem go on for so long. It could be something as easily treatable as chronic pelvic pain, an abnormally long period, or bladder leakage — but, left undiagnosed and untreated, it starts to drag her down day after day.” 32 My East Canton | march 2012

Top 3 Health Problems Often Resolved In-Office Women’s health specialists, including the physicians and nurses at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, often encounter the same three common health conditions among patients: heavy periods or prolonged bleeding; bladder leakage and pelvic pressure; and pelvic

L to R: Dr. Fonda Webb and Dr. Peahen Gandhi prepare to perform a simple ten minute office procedure for a patient experiencing 12 days of menstrual bleeding each month.

pain, cramps and discomfort. In most cases, these common conditions can be easily treated in-office with innovative new procedures and performed in just a few minutes. According to Dr. Peahen Gandhi, many women just don’t know help is available. “I might see a woman who’s had several children and now she’s living with an abnormal menstrual period or a leaky bladder. While it’s interfering with her physical activities, she thinks it’s ‘normal’ because perhaps her mother or a sympathetic friend told her it was just part of being a woman and getting older,” she says, adding that they may even tell her that she can’t do anything about it and to just get used to it. “Of course, that isn’t true. In fact, I’ve had patients say that they felt 10 years younger once their problem was properly diagnosed and treated.”

Obstetrics: Giving Moms the

Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure Featured on ‘The Doctors’ TV Show Many common health conditions among women — including pelvic pain, discomfort, and endometriosis — no longer require a full hysterectomy and can even be treated without any hospital stay. As Dr. Litrel explains, one of the physicians at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists was brought on specifically for his technical innovations in the field of women’s surgery. “Dr. Jorge Lense has been a pioneer in perfecting

“Royal Treatment” Cherokee




Obstetrics care is led by senior physicians Dr. Jorge Lense and Dr. Mike Litrel. Together, they have delivered more than 10,000 babies including high-risk pregnancies, twins and triplets. The board-certified OB/GYN staff also includes two highly experienced midwives who, along with Drs. Lense and Litrel and the entire medical staff, offer new and expectant moms the “royal treatment” in obstetrics care. Premium services for expectant moms include on-staff nutritionist for pregnancy health; breast-feeding help from a certified lactation counselor after delivery; weight-loss services to help shed post-pregnancy weight gain; and more. In addition, Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists is one of a select group of Obstetrics practices that is fully accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine for Obstetric and Gynecologic ultrasound — allowing expectant moms to observe their baby in real-time 4-D ultrasound. Litrel says the advanced ultrasound service is also an important tool for the early detection of pelvic cancer and ovarian cysts.

L to R: Dr. Jorge Lense with Clinical Manager Angel Bobo. Dr. Lense has been featured on ‘The Doctors’ show and at conferences nationwide for his innovations in minimally invasive, single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS).

the technique for the single-incision laparoscopy [SILS],” he says, adding that the incision is made through the belly button so there is no visible scar. “Dr. Lense travels internationally teaching the technique to other GYN surgeons and was highlighted last March on ‘The Doctors’ TV show.” Dr. Lense adds, “Technology is always changing. Robotic surgery is another cutting-edge option we’ve added for our patients, for the more complicated surgeries that can’t be performed laparoscopically. The robot assists the very delicate motions that are part of some advanced GYN procedures. The surgeon still has total step-by-step control, but the robot adds even more precision.” Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists is affiliated with Northside HospitalCherokee, where patients are provided

with highly personalized care in the O.R. as well as in private delivery suites featuring Jacuzzis for laboring Moms. “Some of our moms have described their delivery experience as ‘giving birth at a spa,’” Dr. Litrel says. “Everyone at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists works together to develop a personal and caring relationship with our patients. We respect our patients’ time. We’re honest. Most important, we treat our patients with the care that we would want for ourselves, our friends, and our families.”

Physicians Michael Litrel, MD Jorge Lense, MD Peahen Gandhi, MD Pearl Hwang, DO Fonda Webb, MD Joining August 2012

Mid-Level Providers Susan Griggs, RN, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife

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Jodi Toledo, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife

Kelly A. Franckowiak, RD, LD, CLC, Registered Dietitian

Canton – 227 Riverstone Drive Woodstock – 100 Stone Forest Drive-Suite 200 Phone (770) 720-7733 33

Magnolia Thomas was born in 1890 in Canton. She was a

March 23, 2012

graduate of Spelman College and then began to teach in Woodstock. Her brother, Robert, built the house that she and her mother lived in, located on what is now Arnold Mill Road. She taught school for many years and also

Historic Preservation Awards Banquet (Cherokee Co. Historical Society) Time: Location: Cost:

7:00 pm Northside Cherokee Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Parkway Canton Tickets are $25

kept the books for Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling all over the United States and the world.

May 5, 2012 9th Annual Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn Time: Location: Cost:

3:30 p.m. The Rock Barn 658 Marietta Highway, Canton Tickets are $50

Now — May 15, 2012 Cherokee County’s African-American History Temporary Exhibition In this photo, Magnolia and her friends from Tate gather on the front porch of her house in Woodstock. Magnolia is third from left in the front and her mother Caroline and Robert are on the far left in the back row.

Times: Wednesday — Friday, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. Location: Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, 100 North Street, Canton Suite 140 of Historic Marble Courthouse

For more information on these events, please visit or call (770) 345-3288.

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Ingredients Cauliflower Purée:

Roasted Potatoes:


1 Shallot “Peeled and Sliced”

2 lb. bag of Fingerling potatoes

½ lb. cauliflower florets

½ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 lb. of domestic “dry pack scallops” If you see scallops packaged in liquid, do not use.

1½ cups chicken stock

Sea salt and white pepper to taste

1½ cups heavy cream 1 tsp. Dijon mustard Salt & pepper to taste

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Sea salt and white pepper to taste 2 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions Cauliflower Purée: Bring cauliflower and shallot to a boil with chicken stock and heavy cream; cook until tender. Remove cauliflower and shallot, place in blender with a cup of the chicken stock and heavy cream from the pot. Add Dijon mustard and purée until smooth adding salt and pepper to taste.

Roasted potatoes: scallops:

Preheat oven to 350º. Slice potatoes in half long way and toss with olive oil and sea salt and pepper. Place in oven for 25 minutes or until tender

Bring sauté pan to medium high heat; add olive oil and seer scallops on each side until cooked to medium temperature, approximately 1 ½ minutes per side.

Spoon the Cauliflower purée on plate, place scallops on purée. Add your potatoes, garnish with Arugula. Add Premium American Hackleback Caviar for an incredible compliment to this dish!

Place the Scallops

Spoon the Purée

Add the Caviar 37

by Gail Roos, Cherokee County Master Gardener

Wow, here comes the 2012 Georgia Master Gardeners Conference (GMGA), “Gardeners’ Circle of Life!” Hope you’re all signed up and ready to go to the Bluffs in Canton because April 20-21 is right around the corner. If you are not signed up, register today at And remember, this is the only GMGA conference to be held this year and we are open to the public. Our county is named for the Cherokee Indians who had a close relationship with all life, especially plants. Our logo, pictured below, represents the Medicine Wheel, a Native American symbol of the four seasons and the four compass points.  The center circle represents the three realms of Earth — above, ground level and below.  The emblem also represents the Native American dreamcatcher.  We’ve never met a gardener who wasn’t a dreamer on some level. Because we want anyone and everyone to have access to our efforts, folks who are not going to attend the conference are invited (on Friday only) to visit

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and shop from our wonderful vendors. Please note: all the vendors take cash and checks; only a few take credit cards, so be prepared! Our speakers are all relating their topics to our theme, Gardeners’ Circle of Life. Two speakers are associated with one of our sponsors, Southern Living: Rebecca Bull Reed, Associate Gardens Editor for Southern Living and Robert (Buddy) Lee, the inventor of the Encore Azalea®.  Ms. Bull Reed will talk about what motivates us as gardeners and where we are in that gardeners’ circle of life.  Mr. Lee will talk about the circle as demonstrated in the development and evaluation of new plants. Ila Hatter is a nationally acclaimed Interpretive Naturalist, Wildcrafter, and Master Gardener, who has been teaching the cultural heritage of native plants for 38 years. Rita Mercer, not a gardener until she moved onto a wooded lot in N.C. nearly twenty-five years ago, has become an avid shade gardening enthusiast and consultant. Dr. Rick Schoellhorn, a member of the Proven Winners team — also one of our great

sponsors — is their Director of New Products. He finds new plants and tests them via Proven Winners trialing program and works with plant breeders around the world. We’ll have question and answer time at the speaker sessions.  Now, that’s being up close and personal with our gardening rock stars! We very much appreciate our conference sponsors and urge you to show appreciation by your patronage of those businesses. Here are our generous sponsors: Griffin Greenhouse and Nursery Supplies, Cherokee Bank, Offset Printing Atlanta, Cherokee Tribune, First Cherokee State Bank, Cherokee Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram, Woodmont Golf Club, Proven Winners, Southern Living, and Elly Hobgood, Artist. We live that ‘circle of life’ constantly, as did the Cherokee Indians who lived here before us, so please come celebrate the Gardeners’ Circle of Life with us. Now, it’s so close! Save the date: April 20-21. Don’t miss this great weekend planned with you in mind! 39

Bascomb UMC

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

2295 Bascomb Carmel Road (770) 926-9755, March 29, 7:30 p.m. Crucifixion of Christ Drama April 8, 7 a.m. Sunrise Service 9 a.m. Contemporary 11 a.m. Traditional

1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock (770) 924-7286, April 5, noon & 8 p.m. Maundy Thursday April 6, noon & 8 p.m. Good Friday April 7, 8 p.m. Vigil of Easter April 8, 7 a.m. Sunrise Service, Holy Communion 8 & 11 a.m. Traditional Worship, Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. Praise Worship, Holy Communion

Calvary Baptist Church 137 Hightower Road, Ball Ground (770) 887-6982 April 8, 11 a.m. Easter Musical “Not Just A Story”

City On A Hill —A New UMC Church 7745 Main Street, (678) 445-3480 April 6, 7 p.m. Good Friday Worship April 7, 5 p.m. Children’s Easter Program April 8, 8:10, 9:35, 11:15 a.m. Easter Worship Service

First Baptist Church Woodstock 11905 Hwy 92 (770) 926-4428, April 9 & 11 a.m. Easter Worship No PM Service

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road (770) 926-3558, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday April 8, 8:45 & 11:10 a.m. Easter Worship Services

Hillside UMC 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock 770-924-4777, April 5, 7 p.m. Living Last Supper Drama April 6, 7 p.m. Gabriel Faure’s Requiem April 7, 7 p.m. Night of Worship April 8, 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service 8:25, 9:25 & 11 a.m. Traditional Worship Sanctuary 9:25 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock (770) 516-0009 April 7, 8 p.m. RCIA Vigil April 8, 7, 9 & 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. English Mass 2:30 p.m. Spanish Mass

Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton (770) 345-7644, April 8, 7 a.m. Sunrise Service 8, 9:30, & 11 a.m. Easter Celebration Services

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

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March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Lenten Services All Wednesday evening services above are preceded by a family Lenten Supper at 6:30 p.m.

April 1, 8:30 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Service with Holy Communion April 5 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion April 6, 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service April 8, 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

Towne Lake Community Church (TLC Church) 132 N. Medical Pkwy (678) 445-8766, March 25, 10:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday Service April 6, noon Good Friday Service at the Cross April 8, 7 a.m. Son Rise Service 10:30 a.m. Easter Passion Service

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Hwy. 92, Woodstock (770) 926-8238, April 8, 6:45 a.m., Sunrise Service, breakfast; 8 & 10:30 a.m., Easter Worship Service


Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Road, NW, Ste. 120 April 6 First Seder, RSVP only April 7 Second Seder, RSVP only For more information and reservations please contact the Chabad Jewish Center at (678) 460-7702 or or

Tikvah I’Chaim Jewish Messianic Congregation 4206 North Arnold Mill Road April 6, 10 a.m. Passover Service April 14, 10 a.m. Passover Seder, RSVP only

Easter Egg Hunts

Other Spring Activities

Easter Eggstravaganza — sponsored by Northside Hospital-Cherokee 201 Hospital Rd., Canton March 31, 1 —3 p.m. This is a free, community event. Donations for diapers and wipes will be collected and given to MUST Ministries Cherokee.

Purim Carnival/Traditional Shabbat and Purim Tot Shabbat

City On A Hill 7745 Main Street, Woodstock (678) 445-3480 April 7, 9:30 a.m. & noon FREE Games, food, and fun for all ages.

Towne Lake Community Church 132 N. Medical Pkwy., Woodstock (678) 445-8766 April 6, 1 p.m.

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Hwy. 92, Woodstock (770) 926-8238 April 7, 11:30 a.m. FREE, Rain or Shine!

Congregation Ner Tamid, a Reform Jewish congregation, is having a Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 11 from 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. Mountain View Prep, 2320 Baker Road NW, Acworth. Traditional Shabbat and Purim Tot Shabbat, March 9, at Christ Lutheran Church, 176 West Sandtown Road, Marietta, 7 p.m.

Cherokee Presbyterian Church 1498 Johnson Brady Road, is hosting a dessert auction on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. to benefit the Hope Center. RSVP requested. (770) 704-9594

Easter Baskets for Needy Children CRPA is requesting Easter Baskets from community which will be delivered to children in need throughout Cherokee County. The program will run March 1 — 30. Goal is to reach 300 children.

St. Clement’s Episcopal Church — Lenten Fish Fry 2795 Ridge Rd., Canton, at Davis Hall. March 1 — 30, 5 — 7 p.m. — every Friday except Good Friday (April 6) Cost: $6 for adults; $3.for children younger than 10 Information: Dine in or take out. Proceeds are for the benefit of St. Clement’s community outreach ministry. Deacon Lucy Martinez: (770) 516-6976 41

Focus on youth Empowerment

by Sonia Carruthers This year, as a part of their senior year class projects, Christina Delgado (Woodstock High School), Kelsey Gilmartin (Sequoyah High School), Sommer Simmons (Polaris Evening School), and Lauren Cummins (Cherokee High School) came together to work with local agencies and community leaders on the Cherokee Youth Challenge held this past November. These young ladies worked together to plan, market and execute this event as event planners, event marketers, and social workers, getting hands on experience to the future careers they are interested in pursuing. At the same time, they were empowered to help design an event that provided an opportunity for the teens of our county to learn about Left to Right – Christina Delgado, Kelsey Gilmartin, choices and Sommer Simmons and Lauren Cummins. consequences in a safe environment. Not only did the senior high students gain empowerment through this project, they helped design an event that empowered other teenagers. Through the event life mazes on relationships and dating, alcohol, drugs and social media, the reality of high school, and reality after high school, area youth learned to recognize that they have the ability to make choices in life, the implications of those choices, the importance of making informed decisions and to take action based on those decisions and accept the responsibility for the consequences of their actions. While the relationship/dating and drug/alcohol sessions of the event were similar to those in the first Youth Challenge, the senior girls completely designed and added a third event segment titled “Reality, Life in High School,” designed for middle school youth. The girls collaborated and enlisted the help of their friends to put this look at high school life together. Their fairly recent experience of entering high school and remembering the fear and uncertainty that they felt made these young individuals virtual experts in this area. Along with the games and challenges the girls designed to give the facts and dispel the myths about the high school social scene, the group of teens wrote, acted in, filmed and edited a video that was shown to talk about popular student stereotypes and create discussion on the importance of getting to really know people who may be different from yourself. 42 My East Canton | march 2012

In the “Reality After High School” maze, community leaders were enlisted to challenge high school aged students in meeting the expectations of young adulthood. Participants drew cards indicating what education Sonia Carruthers is the Executive level they would enter the Director and CEO of Cherokee FOCUS. workforce and based on that You can e-mail her at cherokeefocus@ choice, they were asked to or visit pick a career they thought they might like to pursue one day. The youth were then given a corresponding monthly salary and challenged to make it through the maze of utilities, taxes, housing, groceries and other life expenses. By developing a game that was interesting to the teenagers and a challenge to them, the teens engaged in the game and as a result the youth began to understand the true cost of living, the immediate results of their choices and the need for taking seriously their future decisions. Christina, Kelsey, Sommer and Lauren also learned the challenges of organizing an event and the cost involved. They sent out over 200 sponsorship letters and received a lot of support from area businesses including their major event sponsors Gas South and Cobb EMC. Participant evaluations for this event are proof that empowering youth to voice their opinions on issues relevant to them and by supporting them in taking action clearly does make a difference. At the end of the event day, the seniors also shared with all the participants where they had come from, life struggles that they had already overcome, and where their lives where headed now. I can’t wait to see all the things these girls will accomplish in the future. 43

RECLAIM Your Space!

by Jonathan & Keira Oseroff

Whether we are compulsive collectors of “stuff” or simply have accumulated lots of junk over years of living in the same place, reclaiming your space makes a world of difference in the way that you feel about your life! Often times, people avoid the process of cleaning out a cluttered space such as a basement, garage or any other part of a home or office because the task is overwhelming.

Jonathan Oseroff is the owner of the local 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK (1-800-468-5865) or online at Keira Oseroff is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression and eating disorders. You may contact her at (770) 592-0566 or visit her online at

Clutter may not just be an inconvenience; it might present a health or safety issue. An example of this might be if the clutter gets in the way of rescue in case of emergency. In addition to creating a safe environment, there are numerous other benefits to cleaning out your space. A clean environment lowers stress and anxiety levels. It can save us valuable time and money, helping us to be more productive. It also creates space for us to enjoy our lives with family, friends and hobbies.

First, we need to understand that it takes time, and it may not happen overnight, depending on the size of the space. There is also no one way to tackle this seemingly giant task!

Set yourself up for success by beginning with a small, manageable space. It might be necessary to ask for help from a friend, a professional organizer, junk removal specialist or even a counselor if the anxiety is too great. The most important thing is to get started reclaiming your space and your life! 44 My East Canton | march 2012 45

Heart Disease In Women

Spring Clean And Get Lean

by Dr. Nasir Asghar

by Dr. Kellie Baxter

The most common cause of death and disability for women and men in the United States is heart disease. But heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is not equal in men and women. The presenting symptoms Dr. Nasir Asghar is an Internal for women are different and Medicine Associates physician with subsequent treatment not as special focus is in Heart Disease, adequate, when compared to Diabetes and Medical Weight Loss and the male counterpart. We know can be contacted at (678) 494-9669. Website: that women are treated less aggressively and are not referred appropriately for diagnostic procedures. Heart disease in the United States overall is found 10 years later in women with a greater burden or risk when compared to men. The most important reason for this disparity is women are less likely to have typical angina (heart pain). Typical angina is described as left-sided chest pressure, radiating to the left arm and/or jaw with nausea and sweating. These symptoms are classic, especially when happening at the time of activity for men. In fact, sixty-six percent of the time for a man, it means a heart attack. In women the presenting symptoms may be similar, but often very different.

The official first day of spring, March 21, is swiftly approaching. While most of us take this opportunity to spring clean our homes, this is also a great time to spring clean your fridge. Replace water filters, defrost, and check the temperatures in your Kellie Baxter B.S., D.C. specializes in chiropractic, sports injuries and refrigerator and freezer. The nutrition. For more information, please freezer should be set at zero or call the office at (770) 345-1111 or less and the fridge should be visit set at 40 degrees or less. This is very important. If the temperatures are higher your fridge can become a breeding ground for food poisoning.

For females the first presentation may not be a heart attack, but more subtle signs giving women an advantage if the disease process is caught early. In a woman, cardiovascular disease may present with shortness of breath, fatigue and weakness. When chest pain is present, it is more sharp and painful, sometimes described as burning (often being confused with gastric reflux disease). It may radiate to the neck, jaw or back. It could occur at rest, sleep or with mental stress, as opposed to men where it occurs usually on exertion. Even though female patients tend to go to the doctor more, they are less likely to be referred for further testing and diagnosed later with cardiovascular disease as compared to men. The good news is heart disease in the United States is becoming a preventable disease when approached early and correctly. It is important for us to be educated about the differences in heart disease in both men and women, for both ourselves and our families. Simple tests such as an EKG, stress test and a cholesterol panel can reveal a tremendous amount of information about your heart. If there are any concerning symptoms as listed above or any risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, inactivity or family history, please do not hesitate to discuss heart disease with your physician. 46 My East Canton | march 2012

Decide whether you want to tackle the refrigerator or freezer portion first. Do one at a time. It’s a good idea to protect your hands and wear gloves especially when working on the freezer side. Check all labels for dates. Throw out all expired food items. If you are in doubt, throw it out! Throw out any broken or improperly sealed containers too. Clean off all shelves and bins with warm soapy water. Do not use any toxic chemicals to clean an area where you may be storing fruit or vegetables. Place a new baking soda box in the refrigerator to reduce odors. Get rid of the junk. Throw out unhealthy options. Look at labels and toss high fat, high calorie, and high sodium foods. Replace them with healthier options like fresh fruits and veggies. Do the same with condiments. It’s amazing how many calories and how much sodium and fat some dips and sauces contain. Replace these items with healthier, low sodium versions. Try fresh salsas, organic mustards, ketchups, horseradishes and seasonings. Pitch foods that are full of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Get rid of high calorie sodas. Replace sodas with fruited water or iced teas. Water looks more appealing to little ones with some sliced lemons, limes, cucumbers or oranges visible in the pitcher. If you insist on keeping soda around, buy natural and only keep one or two chilled at a time. If most of your soda is sitting warm in the pantry, you’re more likely to make a healthier choice when reaching for something cold. Now for the freezer. Again, toss frozen meals high in artificial ingredients, sodium and calories. Replace with healthy organic frozen fruits and veggies. If you eat meat buy free range, antibiotic and hormone free. Now is a great time to go through your pantry, too. Apply the same rules. continued on page 63 47 49

The family touch Lower Urinary Tract Faith, Family and Food

by Dr. James E. Kilgore Truett Cathy was a neighbor up the street when I was 15 years old. He offered me one of my first jobs at his restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia, known as the Dwarf Grill. Today his business has grown tremendously, and you may know him as the founder of Chick-fil-A. I learned three things about Truett while working for him. He was a man of faith, family and food.

Dr. Kilgore is President of the International Family Foundation, Inc., Suite 220, 1558 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114. He and Mrs. Kilgore are Ministers Emeriti of Lake Arrowhead Chapel and active community volunteers.

His faith is obvious in his restaurant chain which includes “closed Sundays” right under its name in almost all advertising. Now in his 91st year, he spent more than sixty years teaching young boys in Sunday school class at his home church! His family is important to him. He and Jeanette have been married more than seventy years. From their happy home came committed children like son, Dan, now CEO of Chick-fil-A and daughter, Trudy, who served as a missionary. Food is a way to serve people. You can feel that when you buy a sandwich in one of the restaurants and see the happy faces of people, especially children, enjoying time with their parents and friends. Chick-fil-A has also developed a unique program for training in leadership called the LEADERCAST. Through simulcasting, we are bringing that program to Cherokee County on May 4, 2012 at the Canton First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. This day-long training and networking experience will bring together leaders from across our area to hear 11 internationally known speakers like Tim Tebow (Quarterback, Denver Broncos); Andy Stanley (inspirational author and speaker); Soledad Obrien (Morning host, CNN); Urban Meyer (Coach, Ohio State University); authors Marcus Buckingham, Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell and others. From 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., your day will be filled with a special training opportunity. The theme is “Choices.” The most important one for this program is to get a ticket and come. Individual tickets, group programs, and sponsorships are available. The International Family Foundation hosts this event. For more information, call me at (770) 479-3669 or check our website: Registration forms will be available at all Chick-fil-A restaurants in the county. 50 My East Canton | march 2012

Disease in Cats

by Drs. Simone & Greg Nutt Urinary tract diseases are some of the most common problems cat owners encounter. Many of us have had our cat at one point exhibit signs such as bloody urine, painful urination, going outside of the litter box, or even the inability to produce any urine at all. Simone and Greg Nutt are the coUnderstanding these conditions owners of Riverstone Animal Hospital. and minimizing the risk factors If you have any questions, feel free to visit them at their new facility or call can greatly enhance your cat’s (770) 479-7141. quality of life. The general term for the group of diseases affecting the lower urinary tract of cats (bladder and urethra) is feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). What causes FLUTD? There are a number of potential causes of FLUTD. They include urethral or bladder stones, bacterial infections, tumors or masses, and urethral plugs, which is the blockage of the urinary opening with a mixture of crystals and/or inflammatory material. Some cats experience severe inflammation of the bladder or urethra without an identifiable cause. Urinating outside of the litter box can also be a behavioral issue in cats, often caused by anxiety or stress. How is FLUTD diagnosed? The initial diagnosis of FLUTD is based on a thorough history and identifying the presence of inflammation or infection via a urinalysis. Blood work, bacterial culture of the urine, or evaluating for presence of stones with an x-ray may also be necessary. What is the treatment for FLUTD? It must be noted first that failure to produce any urine at all can indicate a complete blockage of the urethra, which is considered a life-threatening emergency and should receive veterinary care as soon as possible. Other treatment of FLUTD depends on the underlying cause and can include antibiotics, pain control, special therapeutic diets, surgical removal of stones, as well as surgical alteration of the end of the urethra in male cats to relieve recurrent obstructions. There is no universal treatment for FLUTD. Each case has to be investigated to determine the underlying cause, and then the treatment has to be tailored to the individual cat. Sometimes despite appropriate tests and treatment, clinical signs may still recur, requiring repeat treatment. continued on page 63

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And then

if nominated

There Was Light

I Shall Not Serve

by Lowell Lawson I have been the secretary of Lowell Lawson is a faithful contributor more organizations than I can to My East Canton Monthly. Lowell remember. The reason is can be contacted at LowellLawson@ simple. Few want to be the secretary and I enjoy taking minutes, sending out announcements, and the various and sundry tasks involved. Did you ever notice that secretaries and treasurers serve forever? I never looked it up in Roberts Rules of Order but I believe those positions cannot be resigned. They are lifetime appointments. Let it be said now that I do not covet the office of secretary. Anytime someone expresses interest in serving as secretary I will ask for the privilege of placing their name in nomination. On one occasion I was in an election as secretary for another term, having already served fifteen. A lady decided she would seek the office. I had no idea anyone wanted to be the secretary. I went to her and said that if she wanted to be secretary I would like her to have the position. The ballot had already been printed and we each brought a brief presentation to the members before the election. She spoke well of her qualifications and why she wished to be secretary. My remarks were sincere and in a lighter vein. I said that if elected I would promise to write legibly, try to spell correctly, and seek to have everyone’s mailing address correct as I had done for the last 15 years. As I have often done, I voted for the losing candidate. I voted for her. I do not have anything but respect for a person who chooses to run for public office. Personally, I certainly do not have what it takes. I do not want to run for public office for the same reason I am not a good umpire. Umpires and elected officials always make fifty percent of the people unhappy. I call “Strike Three!” I hear, “Go home, you blind bat. Go back to Little League.” (Note: This is a family column. What I have just written in no way resembles what was actually said.) A mayor presides over the dedication of a new city hall. Very soon the letters to the editor appear. “Hey! Mr. Mayor, congratulations on your new palatial mansion. You certainly know how to spend my tax dollars, you liberal phony.” (Note: Please refer to the last sentence in the paragraph preceding this one.) My wife has asked me to consider giving up some of my secretarial positions. I told her they wouldn’t let me. But if it will make her happy, I will not run for mayor.

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by Pastor Jamey Prickett “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light” (Genesis 1: 1,2). Jamey Prickett is the Senior Pastor of Liberty Hill Church. To contact Pastor Jamey, please call (678) 493-8920 or email http://wrestledwithangels.wordpress. com/

We all have experienced an event in our lives where we could use the words formless, empty or void. This past year may have had an occurrence that left us feeling empty — the death of someone we love; the loss of a job; the foreclosure of a home; the breakdown of a relationship; sickness. Our kids know what it’s like to feel empty — a bully that won’t stop; a rumor that was spread; a break-up that was difficult; a friend who is no longer a friend; a death; parents getting a divorce. We all have episodes in our lives that can be described with the words formless, void or empty.

The story of creation is about how God takes what is formless, void and empty and creates something beautiful . . . God wants to create light in your darkness and order in your chaos.

The story of creation is about how God takes what is formless, void and empty and creates something beautiful. God wants to do that in your life this year. God wants to create light in your darkness and order in your chaos. If God can take all of the dark and chaotic mess that existed before creation and make something as beautiful as sunshine, then God can do something extraordinary with our messed up lives. In the Gospel of John, God’s light becomes personal and intimate. In speaking of Jesus, John says, “All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:2-5). Jesus is God’s light that shines in the darkness. Jesus gives redemptive purpose to our chaotic mess. 53

Tools Every Woman Needs by Jyl Craven As women, you have a lot of work to do every morning before you leave the house: shower, make-up, hair, dress, and so on. The one that probably takes the longest and causes the most frustration is fixing your hair. Three tools to help you through this moment of inelegance are a blow dryer, a brush, and a ceramic flat iron.

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

Hair dryers come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on whether you have straight or curly hair, you will need either a concentrator or a diffuser. With a concentrator to help direct the air flow, it will be easier to style your hair. When drying your hair make sure the hair is 70% dry before using a brush because until then hair has no memory. For less frizz and more curl use a lower setting on the dryer and add a diffuser. Starting at the root, drying the hair upside down and only drying the hair until it’s 80% dry are a few other tips for helping to control your frizz. Using the blow dryer less will save you time and energy - and help prevent damage to the hair. Using a brush is a given but are you using the right brush? A good quality boar bristle brush is recommended for many reasons. One benefit of a boar bristle brush is that it massages and stimulates the scalp as well as distributes the natural oils called sebum through your hair. The dense bristles of the brush will distribute the natural oils, thus sealing the hair cuticle and improving the appearance of dead ends and breakage. This simple process makes your hair smoother and more manageable. The dense bristles are also effective at removing loose hair fibers and dirt from the scalp. When combing your hair with a boar bristle brush always remember to begin away from the scalp and work your way towards the scalp. Never force the brush through knots and tangles and do not use this type of brush on wet hair. Lastly, make sure you have a ceramic flat iron in your toolbox. Ceramic flat irons are better than metal irons because they create less damage to your hair due to negative ions. Even better are ceramic flat irons with titanium. Never turn your iron on more than 400 degrees and use professional hair products that offer heat protection. When using a flat iron, work with smaller sections as this reduces the amount of times continued on page 63 54 My East Canton | march 2012

Bring Back The Memories by Eric Hill Bet you got a shoebox buried in your closet with old letters and photographs. Letters from when you and your spouse were dating. Letters from high school friends, or the letter dad wrote you when you went off to college. My wife and I Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill wrote the longest letters when Nursery & Landscaping. He can be we were dating as we lived in reached at (770) 442-3901. different states. She still has all of them, even the multi-paged one I wrote completely backwards; Eric , love .you miss… Well, what memories are we keeping now? Tweets? Facebook quotes? Photos on our phone? It’s all electronic, and you can’t even touch it, let alone pull it out twenty years from now. Funny how it’s usually the smallest gesture or gift that is most appreciated and most often remembered. Plants are one of those gifts. Not a vase of flowers from the florist, but a plant in the yard. One that your friend or mother will see every time they are in the back yard. Sharing plants with friends and family is a gift that can last a lifetime. Seeing that hydrangea that came from a cutting from your grandmother’s backyard brings a little smile inside every time you walk by. And it reminds you of her. Well, you can pass along these feelings and memories to others, creating a lifetime of pleasure. Sharing or passing down plants is nothing new, as it has been done for centuries. Common heirloom plants are bulbs such as tulips or daffodils, and shrubs like roses and hydrangeas. These have always been popular plants, and very adaptable to many locations. Bulbs are easy to divide, and the aforementioned shrubs are easy to propagate. In my opinion, sentimental value of plants can be high, but the cost isn’t. Sometimes it’s the actual plant that you may pass along or maybe purchase for someone, but most often it is a “baby” that is propagated from the original. Deciding which plant to pass along may take some consideration. It may be one that your daughter or friend comments about often, or you may have a fondness for a particular plant. In either case, the plant must be easy to dig up, and move, or simple to propagate. (Space does not permit us to discuss methods of propagation, but your local nursery or internet searches can give you all continued on page 63 55


by Michael Buckner

Here we are once again, where the sunshine, the warmth, and pollen of Spring is upon us. I’m reminded of an obscure Eddie Murphy movie called “Holy Man” where he reminds the viewer that if we are lucky, we only get to enjoy Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio 78 of these in our lifetime. Intersection located at 631 E. Main I believe that it is with this Street, Canton. For more information appreciation that we love on any of his monthly columns, for improving our outdoor living questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000. spaces. Many choose to go for the full monty, and install a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fireplace, and all sorts of high-end landscapes and lighting around their home. Others only pick a couple of these, or just a back porch swing. Regardless of your level of sophistication, what would your back yard be without music?! For our clients that have great outdoor sound systems, I always get the comment that this is their absolute favorite room of sound (then again, sometimes it comes in 2nd to the shower speaker). For those ‘Do-It-Yourselfers’ out there, let me throw you a HUGE bone. We are a dealer of a system called Sonos. This is without a doubt the most impressive way to easily add an infinite supply of music to your home, regardless of the room. This is a device that brings over 20,000 local radio stations from around the world, plus Pandora, Slacker, Lastfm, Rhapsody and many more. It is especially beneficial to yardscapes because you control the entire system from a free app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone through your already existing wifi network. In other words, you don’t have to get off your lounge chair or porch swing to change the music. Pricewise, if you already have an amp and speakers, $350 is all it costs for this magic little box that does it all — $499 + speakers if you are starting from scratch. In terms of weatherproof speakers, let me say that there are more choices out there than you can imagine. I suppose my favorite ones of recent are little frog statues with speakers built inside the mouth. They actually sounded pretty good, and they looked really cool next to our clients’ landscaping by the pool. Other options of decoys with speakers built-in are several colors of rocks, planters, outdoor lighting, and terracotta pots. There are even speakers that you bury, and only a part that looks sorta like a small periscope protrudes from the ground! So there you have it. Hopefully you now know that there continued on page 63 56 My East Canton | march 2012

PLUMBING Maintenance Checks

by Dan Jape

We all use our plumbing year after year, neglecting the routine items that should be looked at on a regular basis. Here are some of the items that should be checked during a plumbing tune-up and why it is important to keep each one working properly:

Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online at

All toilets should be checked for leaks from the tank to bowl, “silent leaks” can increase your water bill drastically even though you will never see a leak because the water goes down your sewer pipe. Dye can be put in the tank to see if any water leaks into the bowl to detect this potential costly leak. All toilet flapper valves should be inspected and replaced to make sure they are in good shape and not leaking. The manufacturer recommends these be replaced once a year to prevent leaks and failure. All faucets and water lines should be checked for leaks and repaired when needed. There can be a small drip under a vanity or kitchen sink that you do not see until it ruins your cabinet or hardwood floors. All fixture drains should also be checked for leaks and snake out all tub drains to remove any hair or soap buildup. All washing machine hoses and drains should be checked as well as outside hose bibs. Water is delivered to your home at high pressure, and then a component called a pressure reducing valve lowers the pressure for use in the home. Pressure inside your home can be no more than 80PSI and if it is higher, it can damage all the plumbing fixtures in your home. The pressure should to be checked yearly to make sure this valve is not out of adjustment. Water heaters need to be checked for gas leaks and the “flue” or chimney is working properly. If your flue stops working, your home can become filled with carbon monoxide. The emergency pressure relief valve needs to be inspected once a year. This valve releases excess pressure if there is a malfunction in the water heater. The water heater should be flushed every year to reduce sediment buildup which will cause a premature failure. The emergency water cutoff valve should also be checked to make sure the valve is easy to operate and has no leaks. Gas water heaters need to be checked continued on page 63 57


Emergency — 911

My East Canton Monthly — (770) 720-7497

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

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

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

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

(404) 657-9300

(770) 720-6607

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

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

Driver’s Licenses Georgia State Patrol Health Department Hospitals:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help lines:

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

Non-Emergency 911

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

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

(770) 479-3117

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

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


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

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(404) 656-0287

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County Board of Education:

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

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

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

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

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

(678) 493-6431

(678) 493-6160

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

(770) 345-6256

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

(770) 516-1444

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

(770) 704-4398, x4370

Rob Usher, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

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

(678) 983-9644

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

(404) 362-1600

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

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

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

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail:

Cherokee County School System

Cherokee County Courts:

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

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

City of Canton

(770) 704-1500

Mayor Gene Hobgood

City of Ball Ground

(770) 735-2123

Mayor A. R. (Rick) Roberts III

(678) 493-6511

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

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

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

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


United States Government:

City of Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing

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Church of God


Free Home Community Church

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

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

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

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

Calvary Baptist

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

Ball Ground First Baptist

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

Hickory Flat Church of God

Hillside Community Church of God

Cherokee Baptist

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

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

Mt. Paran North Canton Campus

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

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

First Baptist Canton Mission Point Campus: 1 Mission Point Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Visit the website or call for details: (770) 479-5538,

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

First Baptist Church of Woodstock

meets at Sequoyah HS, 4485 Hickory Road Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (678) 285-3288,

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) 639-1018 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

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

Heritage Baptist Fellowship

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church

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

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

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

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

2795 Ridge Road, (770) 345-6722 Sunday Eucharist Services: 8, 9 & 11 a.m.

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Road NW, Suite 120, 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.

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

Shoal Creek Primitive Baptist

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

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

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

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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, 9:30, & 11 a.m.

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church

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

3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, (770) 479-7438 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS)

7745 Main Street, Woodstock, (678) 445-3480 Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Sixes Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

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

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

Canton Adventist Church 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.

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

Church of the Messiah

Trinity Presbyterian Church USA

Dayspring Church

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

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

Woodstock Presbyterian Church

Emmanuel Community Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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

The Pointe 300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Pkwy., Suite 112 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watermarke Church

Jehovah’s Witnesses

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

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

Word of Life Family

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

207 Marvin Land Lane, (770) 479-7693 Sunday Service: 9 a.m. 61


Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520

Business Organizations

Habitat for Humanity North Central GA:

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

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

Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies):

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(770) 924-0864,

Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store:

Hospice Advantage:

(770) 218-1997

iCOR (helping orphans):

(404) 992-8155

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

Charitable & Support Organizations

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

(800) 989-4248,

(770) 345-7440

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

(770) 479-5397

Narcotics Anonymous:

(770) 720-4032

National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group:

(404) 394-1229,

North Georgia Angel House, Inc.:

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

(678) 404-0034,

Papa’s Pantry:

(770) 591-4730

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

(770) 345-7515

Young Peoples AA Meeting:

(770) 479-2502

Civic Organizations

Canton Lions Club:

(678) 224-7878

Canton Noon Day Optimists:

(678) 454-2370

Canton Optimist Club:

Canton Rotary Club:

(770) 479-2101

Cherokee County Historical Society:

(770) 345-3288,

Hickory Flat Optimist Club:

Alan Flint (770) 720-9056

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

Pilot Club of Cherokee County:

Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

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

Sons of the American Revolution:

Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015

The Trail of Tears Association:

(770) 704-6338

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

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

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

Bring Back the Memories

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information you need.) You want to avoid plants that are temperamental or only survive in a narrow spectrum of cultural conditions. Daphne, for instance may not be the wisest choice since its cultural requirements are quite strict. While daffodil bulbs, on the other hand, survive and multiply virtually anywhere. So when your friend’s birthday comes around, or your son or daughter purchases their first home, don’t like them on Facebook, or send an E-card; give them a plant with a simple explanation as to why you would like them to have it. Better yet spend a little time planting it together.

Spring Clean and Get Lean

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Now that your fridge and cupboards are lean and clean, think about detoxing your body too. We offer several options including nutritional counseling, a supplement overhaul, an herbal cleanse, a detox body wrap, and a cupping massage. Hope this info helps. As always, stay well adjusted.

Tools Every Woman Needs

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you’ll need to go over a section and remember not to apply too much pressure on the flat iron or creases may appear. The flat iron puts the final touches on straight hair, leaving hair smooth and shiny all day. These tools will make your morning less stressful, helping you create a daily style like you just left the salon. Don’t waste that great haircut you just got. Show it off – and give yourself the confidence of knowing you look your best!

Here Comes the Sun

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is almost an infinite number of options when it comes to adding speakers to your outdoor living area. In addition, it’s not anywhere close to the price you paid for that outdoor fireplace, pool, or Jacuzzi. Best of all — all of this can be done after the fact, and in many cases, do it yourselfers can still have a ball doing it. To check out the system I was referring to, go to www., and as always, call me if you have any questions.

Lower Urinary Tract Disease . . .

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How can FLUTD be prevented? It is impossible to completely prevent FLUTD from occurring. However, it is more common in cats that have low water consumption and in cats that are inactive and overweight. All these factors may relate, at least in part, to the frequency with which a cat urinates. Lower quality foods that are higher in phosphorus and magnesium also contribute. Therapeutic veterinary diets are now available that can help dissolve stones and prevent recurrence of crystals, as well as reduce the recurrence of inflammation. The goal is to manage your cat’s weight, water intake, activity level, and diet to help prevent this issue as much as possible. For further information do not hesitate to contact your veterinary team!

Plumbing Maintenance Checks

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for rust and leaks as these units normally only last 10 to 12 years before they fail. The question on an older heater is not if the heater is going to rust out and leak, but when it will leak.

. . . Important Georgia Law

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matters not, it’s all considered exempt under this code section. This kind of protection is not found anywhere else in the bankruptcy code. This provision is a wonderful way to protect assets, but it makes my heart sink every time I meet with someone about bankruptcy who has already emptied out their retirement accounts in an attempt to stay afloat. As potential long-term unemployment worries continue, being proactive towards your financial future and marshalling your assets becomes even more of a pressing issue. It’s hard to say if there are any right or wrong answers as we stare down an unprecedented time in Georgia’s history, but one thing is for certain, knowing your options is paramount. That’s why in these financially challenging times, O.C.G.A. Section 44-13-100-2(d) may be one of the most important code sections in Georgia law that nobody knows about. 63



Your Community

Chattahoochee Technical College The Goddard School

Attorney/Legal Services Burns & Speights, P.C.


Banking/Financial Services Intelligent Payroll Services SW Accounting

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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech


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Health & Beauty Azure Salon and Spa Bambu Salon & Spa Jyl Craven Hair Design LaVida Massage Revive Day Spa Salon & Spa Venessa Trilogy Salon & Spa

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Home Improvement/Repair/Service

Chiropractors Baxter Chiropractic


Mr. Junk Reliable Heating, Air & Plumbing

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Churches First Baptist Church Woodstock Liberty Hill Church

Physicians & Medical Services Cherokee Women’s Cover, 32 & 33 Health Specialists In Harmony Pediatrics Therapy 17 Internal Medicine Associates 43 M.D. Minor Emergency & 39 Family Medicine Meridian Surgical 21 Northside Hospital — Cherokee 3 Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 53 Northside Hospital Spine Center 9 Progressive Audiology Center, Inc. 39 Rausch Family Practice 9 Vein Center of North Georgia 49 Wellstar Health Systems 7

Recreation & Fitness 45 Inside Back

Cleaning Services Molly Maid


Landscaping/Landscape Services Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping BAM Fence & Doors Landscape Matters Vaughn Landscaping

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Pearle Vision


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Goin’ Coastal Jill’s Cakes & Bakes Sidelines Grille

BridgeMill Animal Hospital Riverstone Animal Hospital

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Photography C&W Photography

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Services/Retailers/Miscellaneous Audio Intersection Cherokee Chorale Chick-fil-A Leadercast Ghost Net, Inc. Harlem Globe Trotters Heritage at Riverstone

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Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies

Education/Instruction/Counseling The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

Applause Performing Arts Conservatory Crossfit Canton Hickory Flat Dance Academy Play! Music and Art

Restaurants/Food Services


Dentist/Orthodontists Canton Pediatric Dentistry Cherokee Children’s Dentistry Cherokee Family Dental James A. Uhlin, DDS Dr. Jerry Smith, P.C. Riverstone Dental Care Williams Orthodontics

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