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Photographer Jack Tuszynski Writers Dr. Nasir Asghar, Dr. Kellie Baxter,

Teachers of the Year 2012

Congratulations to the CCSD Teachers of the Year

Summer Camp Guide Head off summer boredom

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R & M Sandwich Shoppe Celebrating 40 Years!

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Patricia Bowen, Michael Buckner, J. Daran Burns, Sonia Carruthers, Rep. Calvin Hill, Eric Hill, Dan Jape, Dr. James Kilgore, Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis, Dr. Mike Litrel, Michelle Martin, Dr. Dawn Mason, Megan McGinnis, Matthew Pierce, Jamey Prickett, Sen. Chip Rogers, Julie Swantek, Amy Turcotte

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Footprints Publishing, LLC 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My East Canton Monthly magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Footprints Publishing, LLC. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community based advertising. Each month, more than 15,000 copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the East Canton area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found. My East Canton Monthly welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My East Canton Monthly magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher.

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EastCommunity Canton — Home

by Michelle Meek,

U-haul Moving and Storage of Canton recently celebrated their Grand Opening at 6380 Hickory Flat Hwy., Canton, GA 30115. The new location is a state of the art facility complete with hitch bay and moving and packing supplies. Please call (770) 4792313 for more information. The Flawless Tan is a mobile, natural air brush tanning company. Flawless Tans are perfect for many special occasions or perfect for those who want to keep a natural looking and safe tan all year long! Great for Bridal/Bachelorette Parties, Holiday Parties, Photo Shoots, Prom/Homecoming Dances and much more! Visit our website at or email us at myflawlesstan@  Group discounts are available.   Reinhardt University is excited to announce the ground breaking for their new 22,000 square foot Athletic Field House. “The field house will give us the opportunity for every sport in Reinhardt athletics to have a home; every student athlete will now have a place to call their own,” said Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, president. Invite Belle to your next Party! This Belle is our local Woodstock/Canton Belle; having been in local parades, spending time at Tea Leaves and Thyme and she is a student at Woodstock High School. Belle now offers Princess Parties. A Belle Party includes: a song for your Princess, storytime, Princess Makeovers, pictures with Belle, and much more! For more information, go to, or her Facebook Page: A Party Princess. Laure Gill joined Thirty-One, a faith based, direct sales company. The company offers functional, stylish products. She is seeking “mompreneurs” who are interested in a flexible, fun, home-based business with excellent opportunity to advance. Please visit www.

Register Your American Cancer Society Relay For Life Team Today — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Cherokee County gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register your team today by visiting or by calling (770) 429-0089. The Cherokee event will be held on May 18 at River Ridge High School. 4

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Ball Ground Heritage Days is Calling for Vendors — The Ball Ground Business Association (BGBA) event wll be held May 19 and 20 in downtown Ball Ground. Arts and crafts vendors and food booths are still available for this event, register and pay online If your business would like to sponsor the event, contact Connie John by email at or call (678) 315-4411. Paint & Electronics Recycling at Johnston Elementary — a community-wide paint and electronics recycling event taking place from 2 — 5 p.m. on April 14. For a complete list of materials accepted and fees and to learn more about Reaping Nature’s programs, visit or contact Executive Director, Denise Carleton at (770) 490-1083. The Cherokee County Senior Olympics presented by Cobb County Kia begins on March 30 and will run through April 27. Registration has begun. Forms and event information are available on the web site


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Cherokee County Farm Bureau Day At the Capitol

Cherokee County Farm Bureau members attended Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Day at the Capitol recently with over 500 members from all over the State of Georgia. GFB’s priority issues discussed were metal From left: Ben Cagle, Cagle’s Family theft, water, immigration, Farm, William Grizzle, President, taxes and budget, animal Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Senator agriculture and farm Chip Rogers. labor. Attending from Cherokee County were Jeannie and Terry Ross, William Grizzle, Ben Cagle and Shirley Pahl.

Chamber Launches Young Professionals Recognition

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that nominees are currently being sought for the Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals recognition program, an initiative designed to cultivate and showcase exceptional Cherokee County young professionals. Coordinated by the Cherokee County Chamber, in partnership with Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine, this recognition program will focus on 25 to 40 year olds considered to be Cherokee County’s potential future leaders. Judging criteria includes past professional achievements and awards, five to ten year professional goals along with volunteer/community activities. Nomination forms are available at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton, or via the web at All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 9. For further details and/or a nomination form, please contact the Chamber at (770) 345-0400 or email Pam@

projects on clean water. Mary Penniman and Alyssa Yeager, 12th graders at Woodstock High School were recognized for their brilliant plant sciences projects.

From left: Mary Penniman, Emily Voigt, Lori Forrester (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Specialist), Nick Zoomer, Alyssa Yeager.

Two New Active Members Appointed to the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees

Two new members have joined the ranks of Reinhardt University’s Board of Trustees. Active members Pam Smith and Ellen McElyea were nominated and approved by the Trustees on January 24, 2012. Each will be approved as a full board member by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in mid-June.

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CCWSA Awards Students at Science and Engineering Fair

The Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) awarded five students a cash prize at the Cherokee County Science and Engineering Fair held recently. Ashley Mooney, 6th grader at Clayton Elementary School was recognized for her project metals reactions to liquids. Nick Zomer and Emily Voigt, 7th graders at Dean Rusk Middle School were recognized for their 6

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“With extensive professional backgrounds and immense talents in each of their fields, Smith and McElyea will bring a new and welcomed perspective on helping the University continue to develop and grow in a positive direction,” William “Billy” G. Hasty, Jr. ’67, Board chairman. “I am delighted these two dedicated professionals are willing to serve on the Board, and we look forward to their participation.” more on page

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Northside Hospital-Cherokee Diabetes Support and Education in New Location


More than one million Georgians are living with diabetes, according to the Georgia Department of Community Health, with more than 50,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. For these individuals, diabetes can affect every aspect of their lives.  However, many complications of the disease can be prevented with proper education, management and support.  It is for this reason that Northside HospitalLeigh Bonacci Cherokee offers its comprehensive Diabetes Education Program.  Recently, the program moved its services from the hospital to the new Northside HospitalCherokee Education Department, located at the Oakside Office Park, 130-B Oakside Court in Canton.  The new location is larger and more convenient for patients to access, with on-site registration and parking. Accredited by the American Diabetes Association, Northside’s Diabetes Education Program focuses on helping individuals obtain the knowledge and develop the skills they need to make healthy lifestyle changes and minimize the risk of complications from diabetes. Leigh Bonacci leads all of the diabetes education classes and the diabetes support group at Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Bonacci teaches both individual appointments and small group classes. “Although a physician order is required for most of our services,” said Bonacci, “we do offer several opportunities for the community.” Diabetes Support Groups and Diabetes Prevention Classes are offered on a regular basis.  For more information, contact Leigh Bonacci at (678) 4931503 or

Ball Ground Elementary Planning Reunion

A reunion for students, staff and faculty who attended Ball Ground Elementary School will be held on Saturday, April 28th, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the school, located at 480 Old Canton Road. Students will be relocating to the new school in the fall of this year. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the school’s library. The day will conclude with a Sock-Hop in the Ball Ground Gym beginning at 7 p.m. Featured entertainment will include the Local Legends Band and Leonard’s Country Road Express Reunited. Refreshments will also be available during the event. The reunion committee is currently looking for photos from the school to put on display during the reunion. If you have old photos of the school, including class photos or pictures taken during sporting or special events, please email your scanned images to Tim Cavender at or call (770) 7354263. Please make plans now to attend this special event to 8

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renew old friendships and relive old memories. The event is being sponsored by the Ball Ground School PTA.

Representative Calvin Hill Honored for Outstanding Service

Representative Calvin Hill received his 5 year Outstanding Service Award as Major in the Civil Air Patrol. Last year, Major Hill won the distinguished From Left: Sam Verniero, Georgia Public Southeast Safety Commission, Representative Charlice Recruiting Award Byrd, Vice-Chairman, Children & Youth by bringing more Committee, Colonel Tonya Boylan, of the Civil than 50 new senior Air Patrol, and Representative Calvin Hill, officers into the Vice-Chairman, Appropriations Committee. ranks. Major Hill, and State Representative and CAP Major Charlice Byrd, have been active in the Wreaths Across America program, placing Christmas wreaths on the tombstones at the Georgia Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Canton.

Lia Sophia Names Top Sales Advisor in Canton

Lia sophia recently announced top honors for its Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for their outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism. Having just joined the fashion jewelry business, Layne Bessho has earned this prestigious accomplishment in the first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new advisors. According to Bonni Davis, vice president of lia sophia, “This immediate success is a result of Layne’s hard work and dedication. Lia sophia is fortunate to have this individual as part of our team and we look forward to celebrating future successes.” For more information about lia sophia, please contact Layne Bessho at


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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

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Age 7 on April 4 Happy Birthday Sophia! We love you! Mom, Dad & Steven

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Makenzie Peardon Age 11 on April 18 Happy Birthday! We love you!  Mom, Dad & Gracie

Rebecca & Ellis Bateman

Celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at The Jekyll Island Club in February. Their three children, Jim, Kathy and Bill, along with their granddaughter, Kathryn McKie hosted the celebration on Jekyll Island where the family had vacationed annually for over 25 years.



Things to do in East Canton

April 6 First Friday Stroll

April 21

Time: 6 — 9 p.m. Location: Canton Historic Downtown Loop Information: Car show, artist market, live music, street dance, block party.

First Annual SpringFest Time: Location:

10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Great Festival Park, Lake Arrowhead Information: Open to the public with approximately 30 artisan exhibitors, food vendors, entertainment venue and children’s section filled with bounce house, games and activities for all ages!

April 6 & 7 First Seder (April 6) & Second Seder (April 7) Time: 7:45 p.m. Information: Join the Chabad Jewish Center for an inspirational Passover Seder and experience the deeper meaning of Passover in a warm and motivational environment. For more information and reservations, please contact the Chabad Jewish Center at (678) 460-7702 or info@ www.Jewishwoodstock. com

April 7 Easter Egg Hunt and Festival (Sponsored by the Main Street Program) Time: 1 — 4 p.m. Location: Cannon Park on Main Street Information: Pictures with the Easter Bunny, music, kids’ activities, inflatables, games and more! Ginger, (770) 704-1548 or visit

April 10

April 11

Northside Hospital Free Skin Cancer Screening

Ball Ground Business Association Lunch & Learn

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Time: 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. Location: Ball Ground City Hall Information: Lunch is sponsored by Acclaim Professional Services and is free for members and first time guests with advance reservations. Please RSVP to Christina Herndon - Christina@ or call (770) 704-7140. For more information on the Ball Ground Business Association or to become a member, please visit

6 — 8 p.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Building, 211 Hospital Road, Canton Information: To register, call (404) 845-5555 and press “0.” Register early! Spaces fill quickly.

April 9 Golf Tournament to benefit Forever Fed — A Mobile Food Ministry Time: Location: Cost:

10 a.m. shotgun start Historic Canton Golf Club $50 fee per golfer (green fees, cart and lunch included) Information: This tournament is coordinated by Cade Silsbee for his High School Senior Project. All proceeds will be donated in honor of Savannah Kinkaid. Cade Silsbee, (770) 3458942,

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April 10, 17, 24 & May 1 Photography Classes — The Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc.

April 12, 13 & 14

Time: Location:

Time: Location:

6:30 — 8:30 p.m. Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110, Woodstock Information: Taught by Kim Bates, awardwinning professional photographer. For information and to register, please go to

Employment Strategies Course 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. The Master’s Training Center, Papa’s Pantry, 6551 Commerce Pkwy., Suite 200, Woodstock Cost: $89 for 3 classes, scholarships available Information: (770) 591-4730

Every Tuesday, Beginning April 17 — September 11 Sixes Presbyterian Farmers’ Market Mission Time: Location:

3 — 8 p.m. Sixes Presbyterian Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton 30114 Information: Home-grown, home-baked, handmade,

retiring ceremony. In an effort to earn their Bronze Award, Girl Scout Troop 2819 will be collecting American flags that will be retired properly with the help of the local VFW chapter.

April 28 (Rain Date — May 12) Kids’ Bible Clubs Spring Yard Sale Time: Location:

April 18 Northside Hospital Free Prostate Cancer Screening Time: Location:

6 — 8 p.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Building, 211 Hospital Road, Canton Information: To register, call (404) 845-5555 and press “0.” Registration began March 5. Spaces fill quickly.

April 21

8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Faith Family Church, 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth

April 28 11th Annual Wine Tasting and Beer Garden Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Terrace of BridgeMill Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door Information: Presented by BridgeMill Athletic Club, BridgeMill Sixes Service League and Bullock’s Wine and Spirits. Jill Dennis, (770) 367-7393 or

American Flag Collection by Girl Scout Troop 2819

April 28

Time: Location:

46th Annual Dancing for the Children

1 — 4 p.m. BridgeMill Fire Station #22, 9550 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton Information: Any flag that is torn, ripped, faded or otherwise damaged must be retired honorably and properly. Girl Scouts are one of the 3 organizations that can conduct a flag

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6 p.m. — midnight Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton $50 per ticket, $1000 VIP table

Information: The Service League of Cherokee County, in conjunction with Northside HospitalCherokee, will present this annual event. All proceeds benefit the needy children of Cherokee County. For more information, email Lisa Woodruff at Dancing4thechildren@gmail. com or call (404) 583-5220. Come cheer on Cherokee’s finest dancers!

May 7 Fight Pancreatic Cancer! Golf Tournament Location: BridgeMill Athletic Club Information: Fundraising and awareness golf tournament plus silent auction and lunch. PurpleLinks Atlanta 2012,

May 19 Ride & Run Fundraiser Hosted by Local Youth Equestrian Team Time: Location:

8 a.m. — 3 p.m. Big Bear Farm in Pine Mountain, Georgia Information: The Ride & Run is a family friendly, team event that requires two people. One person runs 3.2 miles, (5K), on paved course. The other team member rides 6.3 miles, (10K), on trails. It is a great outing for equestrian teams, pony clubs, cross country teams and family teams. Send an email request to: to obtain a Ride and Run Entry Form: or visit events/126885100773811/ 13

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

Good News for Georgia Good news has been a rare commodity in recent years, which is why a series of positive events has Georgia looking bright again. The announcement of Caterpillar opening a new manufacturing facility near Athens is a big deal in many ways. First, the direct and indirect jobs are expected to be more than 3,000. This makes it the biggest economic development project since the Kia plant in West Point. The overall investment is expected to be in excess of $2 billion. The beauty of this type of manufacturing plant investment is that it is not going anywhere soon. When a company puts down roots measured in the billions of dollars, they plan to stay. A second positive point is that our new Caterpillar plant is actually replacing a plant in Japan. Yes, manufacturing is returning to the United States and this time it is in Georgia. Caterpillar executives pointed to the port in Savannah as the single most important reason to locate in Georgia. The Savannah port, fastest growing on the eastern seaboard, is now exporting Georgia to the rest of the world. The Governor and legislature stepped up again this year to budget almost $40 million more for the port deepening that is crucial to receiving the new super tankers that will soon be sailing the world. Another good sign is a seventh consecutive month of declining unemployment in our state. We have struggled to recover from the national real estate crash that hit Georgia harder than most. Our state economy, once very dependent on construction, is growing again and this time far more diversified. We continue to have a large mountain to climb towards full employment. However, if we stay the course – keeping government out of the way – Georgia entrepreneurs will deliver as they always do. On the education front, some great news about students test scores. Georgia moved up to 13 in state ranking for the number of students passing AP exams for college credit. Additionally, Georgia is now ranked 2nd for the number of black students taking and passing AP exams for college credit. 14 My East Canton | april 2012

Students, parents, and teachers deserve the credit, but let’s not forget State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge, is doing a great job. Governor Deal has also announced the creation of the REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Scholarship. This privately funded scholarship is aimed at helping low-income students. According to the Governor’s office: REACH Scholars will be selected in middle school and will sign a contract to maintain a certain grade average, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school. Their parents or guardians will also sign a contract to support their student through their education. Students who complete program requirements will receive a renewable yearly tuition scholarship of $2,500 to be used at any HOPE eligible institution. This amount will cover the average gap between other needs-based scholarships, such as Pell, and the full cost of attendance. Finally, a new tool is available for Georgia small business owners. Georgia Get Your Business Online is a free way for Georgia businesses to get a website and begin driving greater sales and economic activity. is free for Georgia small business owners and for the next year free tools, training and resources are available to help their business succeed online. Included as well is a free and easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and free web hosting for one year. While 97 percent of Americans look online for local products or businesses, 54 percent of Georgia small businesses do not have a website. Jobs, education, and small business opportunities; good things are happening again in Georgia. So as we begin this climb out of difficult times, let’s keep in mind the words of Helen Keller, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Chip Rogers is the State Senator for District 21. You may contact him by phone at (404) 463-1378 or by e-mail at 15


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Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library “Super Saturday” Family Story Time

Week of April 09: “Down on the Farm”

April 21, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library Spanish Story Time

Week of April 16: “We ♥ Puppies”

Family Story Time

Week of April 23: “F-R-I-E-N-D-S!”

April 2 & 16, 4:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library April 4 & 18, 4:30 p.m. Hickory Flat Public Library April 13 & 27, 4:30 p.m. Ball Ground Public 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.

April 5, 3 p.m. Ball Ground Public Library Real live rabbit ambassadors from the Georgia House Rabbit Society are hopping into our library! After learning about these fascinating little creatures, the participants will be able to interact and pet them. This program is for families of all ages.

April 7, 11:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Public Library

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 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 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 Book Club: “Kindred”

Join the R. T. Jones Book Club as we discuss Octavia E. Butler’s “Kindred.” To register please call the Reference desk at 770-479-3090 ext. 3.

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

Call (770) 479-3090, extension 235 for more information on any of these events.

Find the hidden picture

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

Ball Ground Public Library

Bunny Buddies

Contest Corner

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

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

Danny Mackey was our winner for March’s contest corner. Danny has won a gift card to Bruster’s. 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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Carol Hammont

Crossroads High School/ Middle School Because we emphasize students mastering the material in the courses they take, working at CrossRoads gives me a “favorite teaching moment” nearly every day! One of my favorites was the younger student whose face lit up as he answered my question about giving an example of a chemical formula with “high-quality H two O, like on that ‘Waterboy’ movie, right?” I’ve used that example ever since, and continue to be engaged by students’ creative and insightful work in my classes.

Rollins Caglioni

Hickory Flat Elementary School

Each year, the Cherokee County School District recognizes one teacher from each school in the district as Teacher of the Year. We asked each of these teachers to share their favorite teaching memory or moment. Many of the teachers responded to our request and their stories are shared in these pages. My East Canton Monthly offers their sincere Congratulations to all of the Teachers of the Year!

I am a fourth generation teacher! My entire life has been in a school setting. I remember going to my mother’s classroom and watching her work. All I ever wanted to be was a teacher.  When I first began teaching, I had so many grand expectations and grand ideas of how I was going to make a profound difference. I would like to think that in the last twenty years I have made a difference, but I know it is not what I had mentally anticipated. With the memories of my mother teaching and sharing with her students, I envisioned my teaching career to be much like hers. However, with advances in technology and new strategies in teaching, my teaching career will touch more lives, in more ways, than my mother ever did.  My teaching experience has far surpassed anything I could have imagined.

Kim Geddes

Sequoyah High School My favorite teaching moments always involve students engaging in hands-on physics explorations. I love watching students get excited about physics while they’re exploring momentum by spinning on a rotating platform or having a “hair-raising experience” with the Van de Graf electric field generator. Laughing while learning definitely creates great memories and hopefully greater understanding of concepts.

Kerri Schmitt

Creekview High School Probably my most favorite moment was during a teacher evaluation (my principal was in the room) and my resource science class was doing an activity on the smart board (which means getting up in front of the class) – one student did the activity with no problem, the next student was up there and started struggling – I started to help them out. The first student 18 My East Canton | april 2012

stepped up and said, “I got this Mrs. Schmitt – don’t worry.” He proceeded to help the student through the activity – and they both benefitted.

Jennifer Blakey

Avery Elementary School As a media specialist, I love to teach beginning reference skills to first graders. They are so excited to leaf through a dictionary, exclaiming over the words and pictures as they go. Then, when I tell them they’ll be able to find words in under 30 seconds, they look at me in disbelief. No way, Mrs. Blakey! By the lesson’s end, they are proudly locating words quickly. The closing of the lesson always makes me smile as several ask, “Can we check out these dictionaries?” Move over Fancy Nancy and Clifford, there’s a new Superbook in town!

Britney LeBlanc

Free Home Elementary Teaching is full of moments that sometimes leave you speechless and each year I tear up at the thought of sending my students on to the next grade level. No matter how difficult some days may be, there is something inside a child that brings out the best in all of us.  Some of my favorite memories are receiving post cards in the mail from students while they are on vacation.  I love to know a student is missing me while vacationing in Hawaii and Disney World and sign the post card, I miss you so much!

Angie Rubel

Creekland Middle School One of my favorite memories involved working with a young boy in an inner-city elementary school. This student worked very hard to win the school spelling bee because he had never won an award before. We practiced for hours, and he was ecstatic to reach the district level. I was worried when he didn’t win. This young man came back to school with his Certificate of Achievement and a big smile on his face. I was so proud of him!

Georgia Knowlton

Macedonia Elementary School My favorite teaching moments in the classroom are when students use technology to engage in the learning process. The electronic white board allows lessons to be interactive and exciting. Students are eager to use activ-voters when we review lessons/concepts. I really enjoy teaching students how to create a power point presentation in third grade as an alternate way to present a book report. Technology in the classroom is a tool that allows us to take education to an even higher level.

Heather Phillips

Dean Rusk Middle School My favorite teaching memory is the one I may never know. It could be the moment accompanied by the squeal of a student as they stumble from their desk in a frantic attempt to raise their hand faster and higher than anyone else. At times I think it is within a piece of writing submitted by the one who never speaks. Sometimes I’m convinced I see it in a smile that escapes for only a second before disappearing behind a wall. My favorite memory is the one my students smile about when they find it etched into their minds forever.

Patrick Walker

L. R. Tippens Education Center As a teacher working with students with Autism, I am daily reminded and amazed by the hidden talents these students possess. One of the most memorable moments for me was during a break time and one of my students began to sing.  I literally walked out of the room to see where this beautiful voice was coming from.  As I re-entered the room I saw her there, staring at the ceiling singing a pitch perfect rendition of the song.  I was blown away!  May we never forget that in each of us lies the gift of teaching but the things we learn are beyond measure.

Sherry Tucker

Ball Ground Elementary School During my 19 years of teaching I have been blessed with many wonderful memories. I would have to say my favorite memories are those times I have seen the “light” come on for a struggling reader. Then later have the same student come back to visit me and tell me how they are continuing to read and truly loving books.

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Creekview Students Invited to Free Home

Creekview High School students were requested by Free Home Elementary School to read to its students as part of the Read Across America celebration. Creekview High students are asked annually to participate in this program to generate reading enthusiasm among the pupils at Free Home Elementary. This year’s participants were: Savannah Brooks, Steven Whitaker, Emma Hofmeister, Claire Post, Sydney Priest, Travis Ball, Maddie Ryan, Austin Ryan,  Adam Prather, Blake Cochran, Charm Cochran, Zach Pritchett, Aly Chandler, Sydney Chandler, Laura Howell and Sarah Schwarzman.

education system, but also enhanced the broad scope of the outstanding workforce training programs that the college offers to tens of thousands of students each year,” said Paul Holmes, the chairman of the TCSG State Board. “The title of President Emeritus recognizes Dr. Chandler’s exemplary work, his tireless devotion to the very best interests of his students, and the many personal contributions that he’s made to the communities, businesses and industries that are served by Chattahoochee Technical College.” Chandler thanked the board for the honor and expressed his appreciation to the many individuals that have contributed to the college’s growth and success. “I’m deeply honored to be recognized in this manner. It would not have been possible except for the many outstanding people that I’ve been blessed to work with, both at the college and throughout the communities that have provided strong support for the campuses of Chattahoochee Technical College,” said Chandler.

Cherokee Charter Academy’s ‘Pet’ Project TCSG State Board Honors Dr. Sanford Chandler

Dr. Sanford Chandler (pictured), the former president of Chattahoochee Technical College whose leadership helped to build the institution into Georgia’s biggest technical college and the eighth-largest enrollment among all public colleges and universities in the state, has been honored with the designation of President Emeritus. The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted unanimously to bestow Chandler with the title during its monthly meeting on March 1. The board also presented him with a resolution that designates his status of President Emeritus and recognizes his commitment to improving the lives and careers of students through technical and adult education. “Under Dr. Chandler’s leadership, Chattahoochee Technical College accomplished an unprecedented three-college merger that not only increased its size and stature in Georgia’s higher 20 My East Canton | april 2012

Students in Cherokee Charter Academy’s Beta Club did their winter fund raiser for Green Pets America Humane Society. The club presented a check of $164 to Green Pets Executive Director Steve Monahan which will help with operational costs of the no kill shelter and animal rescue/adoption organization. School Principal Vanessa Suarez said, “Pet Project is one of many community outreach projects our students have orchestrated this year,” adding “these projects are a part of our Strive 65 program, a school wide effort which teaches character education and citizenship.” Cherokee Charter’s Beta Club is a service organization for students with grade averages of A & B.

Row 1 - Sam Lawson, Valentina Lopez, Ashlynn Spencer, Sadie Oakray, Maddie Denning,Cohen Hodges, Noah Dryden, Eric Gambino, Peyton Lewis, Ryan Rowell; Row 2 - Emery Tuff, Megan Arendt, Caitlin Apone, Shelby Campbell, Reghan Lewis, Payton Hodges, Olivia McKean, Hannah Bearden, Lindsay Roe, Steve Monahan of Green Pets America; Row 3 - Eileen Connell, Sarah DeAngelo, Max Garcia, Jordan Butler, Katie Tinkelman, Izzy Lopez, Camryn Mullin, Jordan Miller; Row 4 - Benjamin Adams, more on April Wallis (sponsor), Erica Williams (sponsor), J Jenkins, page 22 Wes Roger.

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 (678) 385--7322,

Messiah Christian Academy

Cherokee Christian Academy and High School

(770) 479-5280

(678) 494-5464,

Woodstock International School

Children’s Academy of Hickory Flat

(678) 977-6501

(770) 345-2929,

Mission Point Christian Academy

Community Christian School

(678) 880-1345,

(770) 479-9535,

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

Compass Prep Academy (404) 643-9424,

(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 April 2 — 6

May 25

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

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

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

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

School Holiday Last Student Day

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, Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect: 21 My East Canton | april 2012

Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600,

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CCS Goes to the Birds

Mrs. Goff’s third grade class at Cherokee Christian Schools (CCS) made bird feeders and hung them outside their classroom windows. The students will be observing the birds and comparing their observations with what they have learned in their science curriculum.  Brianne Chumbley (L) and Madison Witter.

Representative Hill Invited to Free Home ES

Mrs. Lacy Savage and her second grade class at Free Home Elementary has been active in many community projects, including a fundraiser for Wreaths Across America in which Calvin Hill, as a Major in the CAP, is deeply involved with. They have been exchanging letters for many months and the children all wrote Representative Hill an individual invitation to come and read to their class to celebrate the Dr. Suess’ birthday program.

Sequoyah H.S. Students Receive Army Training

U.S. Army recruiters recently provided a challenging and rewarding experience for Sequoyah High School students. Approximately 120 students from the Sequoyah H.S. Air Force Junior ROTC and Physical Education Departments climbed the U.S. Army’s Rock

Climbing Wall. The wall challenged the students in both physical strength and dexterity.  With three degrees of difficulty, the wall provided challenges equal to the participant’s level of physical fitness.  Besides the physical activity, the Students Nhi Dihn, below, and, top from left students built to right, Greg Smimmo and James Samuels climb the wall. on their selfconfidence and determination to finish a challenging task. At the end of the day, the students could raise their arms sporting a new arm band signifying they conquered the wall.

Mayor Hobgood is Locked Up for A Good Cause

Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood agreed to be “locked up” at Cherokee High School as a celebrity prisoner in its CTI (Career and Technical Instruction) fundraiser held recently. Cherokee High’s Charley Ingham, Amy Langston, Casey Wingard, Dave Sullivan, Liz Spell and Tricia Parks also volunteered their time for the event, as did Cherokee HS students Moises Pablo and Chance Satterfield.  All funds raised will help send Cherokee HS CTI students to the CTI Leadership Conference.  Pictured with Hobgood are Cherokee County School District Police Officer Beth Buffkin, Sgt. James Morris and Officer Brian Stevenson.

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Next Step Ministries

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

Dance & Music Academy of Woodstock

Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency

Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures Summer Camps

Kennesaw State University College of Continuing Education and Professional Education

119 Mill St., Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-1661 Dates: Weekly at various locations throughout the summer Contact: (770) 826-0446 Information: Half day and full day; Children are supplied with everything they need to create amazing games, movies, robot battles and more.

Ponier Music Rock Camp 2012 5101 Old Hwy. 5, Suite 2, Canton Contact: (770) 928-8807 Dates: Session 1 – June 18 – 22 Session 2 – July 23 – 27

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

Cherokee YMCA Summer Camp

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

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

World of Gymnastics and Cheer

104 Victoria North Court, Woodstock Contact: (770) 516-6898 24 My East Canton | april 2012

7545 Main St., Bldg 200, Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-7768 Dates: May 29 – July 27

1000 Chastain Road, #3301, Kennesaw Contact: (770) 423-6765 Dates: June 4 – July 27

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

The Bounce House

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

Brenwood Academy Summer Camps 8991 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton, GA Contact: (770) 704-4925

Hide & Seek Day Camp

885 Marvin Land Lane, Canton Contact: (770) 720-0005 Dates: Various weeks May 29 — July 20 Information: A Christian, outdoor adventure camp for ages 5 — 11. Hours are 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. with the option of pre/post camp from 7 a.m. — 6 p.m.; $100 - $125

2012 Harmony Lacrosse Summer Camp

JJ Biello Park/Riverside Athletic Complex Dates: May 29 — June 1 Times: Half Day 9am-12pm, Full Day 9am-3pm Costs: Half Day: $150, Full Day: $250 Information: We will be providing basic to advance lacrosse instructions for 8 – 18 years old.   

The Goddard School Woodstock – 140 Foster Rd. Contact: (770) 720-1311 Canton – 310 Prominence Point Parkway Contact: (770) 720-3003

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

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Summer Drama Camps

Dancing Divas Summer Camp

Arts Alliance of Georgia Wee Create & Art Camp 101 Summer Programs

Canton Golf Club – Junior Golf Camp

8534 Main St., Woodstock Contact: (678) 494-4251

Studio 101 — 101 Emma Lane, Woodstock Dates: Weekly June 4, 11, 18, 25 & July 9 Contact:; Linda (678) 7785517 or Madeline (404) 509-8792

Sports Broadcasting Camp Play By Play Sports Emory University Contact: 1-800-319-0884 Dates: July 16 – 20

Cherokee County Safety Town

Bascomb Elementary School 1335 Wyngate Parkway Dates: Week of June 11 – Week of June 25 Information: 9 a.m. – noon, teen volunteers needed, $75

It’s Sew Fun Kids Sewing Camp

2457 S. Cherokee Lane, Woodstock Contact: (404) 374-8742 Dates: Six different weeks beginning June 4 – July 16

Children’s Academy of Hickory Flat Summer Day Camp 4360 Hickory Road, Canton Contact: (770) 345-2929

2012 Woodstock High School Summer Soccer Camp

Woodstock High School Practice Field Contact: Cory Nix,

Discovery Point Summer Camps

Hickory Flat Dance Academy 4337 East Cherokee Drive, Canton Contact: (770) 704-7091 Dates: June 11 – 15 Dates: Ages: Contact:

June 18, 19 & 20 7 – 15; $150 Craig King (770) 345-3786 Class-A PGA Professional Information: Learn the fundamentals of golf: Full Swing, Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Sand Play – 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Academy of Dance Arts Dance Camps Dates: June 11 – 15 & June 18 – 22 Contact: (770) 479-4615 Information: Ages 3 – 12 both morning and evenings

Academics/Athletics (A2) Summer Camp

Sixes Presbyterian, 2335 Sixes Rd., Canton Contact: 888-552-0225 or Dates: May 29 – July 27 Information: Ages 5 – 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Daily educational mini-camps, weekly Christian enrichment and weekly athletic activities such as basketball, soccer, cheer, hip hop and more!

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)

2012 Woodstock Volleyball Camp

Woodstock High School Gym Contact: Anita Dodd, Head Volleyball Coach: 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). 25

Celebrating 40 Years! by Megan McGinnis Allow me to set the scene. You’re wandering through downtown Canton, looking for a place to eat. A shop catches your eye. It’s quaint and the sign tells you it serves sandwiches. You step inside and are immediately seduced by the aroma of cooking onions and roast beef. It’s enough to make your mouth water. While you wait patiently in line to order, you glance along the retro booths that line the right-side wall. You see people you know from just around town or from your neighborhood or from work. The staff, each member resembling one another to some degree, treats you with a familiarity that can only be achieved through years of serving friends and neighbors. Finally, you get to sit down with a hoagie made to your liking. It’s delicious, down to the last scrumptious bite. This is what patrons of the R&M Sandwich Shoppe have been experiencing for 40 years. When the shop opened in March of ’72, it was named R&M Pizza and Sandwiches. It was the only place in Cherokee County that sold pizzas at the time,

and the sandwich part of the business took a backseat. Eventually, though, it got to the point they sold more sandwiches than pizzas, so they removed pizzas from the menu and changed the name of the shop. Other than that, the menu has remained much the same since it opened. I would recommend the Donna Special, what I guess you would call the signature dish of the shop. It’s owned and operated by the DeLuca family, who relocated here from New Jersey after visiting the area in the late 60s. Lou and Helen DeLuca started the business themselves, and their three children, Ray, Donna and Mike, and their families have all put in time at the shop at one time or another. In fact, working there has been the first job any of them held. For some, it’s the only job they’ve ever known. The family treats everyone who comes into the sandwich shop with the same kindness and familiarity, regardless of whether you’re a member of the shop’s Coffee Club or if you’ve never heard of the shop before in your life. R&M Sandwich Shoppe has proudly been a vital part of downtown Canton for 40 years. It’s managed to obtain a status most restaurants can’t hope to achieve. This is thanks to the hard work and dedication of one family, not to mention the loyal following of the Canton community. There’s so much history packed into the building and so many stories tied to the restaurant that I can’t begin to tell it all in this article. What’s the best way to learn it all? Get to R&M Sandwich Shoppe, order a Donna Special, and let it all soak in. Megan McGinnis is a senior at Woodstock High School. She is currently writing articles for VisionQUEST, the senior project at her school. She plans to attend Armstrong Atlantic State University in pursuit of a degree in English and Communications.

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Grizzlies Win Big Chief Tournament

The 11U Creekview Junior Grizzlies took first place in the Big Chief baseball tournament recently at Tommy Mann Field on Sugar Pike Road. The Grizzlies beat the Sequoyah Junior Chiefs 8-6 in the Championship game. Congratulations Grizzlies!

Woodstock and Cherokee County, a non-profit organization called Cherokee Hockey In-Line League formed. Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA) assumed control of the rink located behind their building off Main Street. Please contact Hockey Director (and father of two girls) Matt Hackett at (770) 851-1558 or  with any questions.  You can visit the website for additional information as well; please note, the website is still being updated and under construction.

SHS Swimmer Goes to the Swamp

Sequoyah High School Swimming standout Taylor Roy recently signed a scholarship with the University of Florida. Attending her signing were (seated, from left) Taylor’s sister Sophia, mother Heidi, Taylor, and father Philip Roy. Standing, from left, are Principal Elliott Berman, Head Coach for Swim Atlanta Mark Minier, Head swim coach for Sequoyah Nell Hess, Assistant Swim Coach for Sequoyah Judy Bulmer and Athletic Director Todd Miller. Congratulations!

L — R, Front row: Carter Rice, Griffin Potts, Ryan Dodds, Grant Potts, and Conner Rice; middle: Preston Vaughn, Andy Davis, Grayson Baker, Noah Bully, and Cameron Hay; back: Manager Kevin Potts, Coaches Chip Rice, Doug Dodds, and Garrett Potts.

C.H.I.L.L. Comes to Cherokee

Cherokee Hockey In-Line League (C.H.I.L.L.) is gearing up for their spring season which will begin April 14. There are three age groups, 10 and under, middle school, and high school, and all skill levels are welcome. Both boys and girls are welcome to participate in the fantastic sport of roller hockey in a noncompetitive atmosphere.  In an effort to bring hockey back to


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by Amy Turcotte In the past few months, it seemed as if it Canton could not catch a break, one trial after another. Quite a few of the students that I work with had many questions — the main question: “Why did God allow such horrible things to happen?” We were in the midst of praying for Collins Dixon and his family, and Jorelys Rivera’s family. I was being asked some pretty deep questions from the kids and I wanted to make sure that I answered them correctly. Precious little Jorelys had her life taken from her. It was so terribly sad and senseless. Our hearts ached for her mother and family. As I started one of my morning devotions, a verse deeply spoke to me talking about God’s promise of bringing rainbows out of clouds. I sent that verse to the Cherokee HS cheerleaders that are on my “prayer text” distribution list. “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13). My prayer was that this verse would restore some hope to the girls that even though we don’t always understand why horrible things happen, just trust that God can bring rainbows out of clouds. Later that rainy, dark day, the news was released that Jorelys’ murderer had been arrested. The students at Cherokee HS had been dismissed, and as they were leaving, Tiffany Meeker, one of my FCA cheer girls, took a picture of the rainbow that appeared over Canton Elementary (the school that Jorelys attended right next to Cherokee HS) and pictures of “Jorelys’” rainbow (pictured top right) started spreading like wildfire…in emails and on facebook.

that God is sovereign and He is in control, and that He can turn clouds into rainbows…so through a collaboration of some really amazing people in our community and Jorelys’ mom Joseline, a t-shirt was designed from Jorelys’ actual artwork. The little girl, a beautiful self-portrait that Jorelys drew herself, and her pretty butterflies, and her name just as she wrote it…I can think of nothing more beautiful to share as a memory of a precious little angel whose time here on earth was so brief, but to be able to seek comfort that she is in heaven… Even though Canton has been through some tough days and months, I truly believe we are better, stronger…stories emerging of people in our community being so deeply moved and called to be advocates for keeping our children safe. Sergeant Stacy Bailey of the Canton Police department and Bianca Cummings have started radKIDS here in Canton and have devoted the program in Jorelys’ memory. Sgt. Bailey and I were able to sit and visit with Joseline, Jorelys mom and her dear friend Angie. Please pray for her. Some days are better than others, and the days that are better are far from being ok. The days that Joseline can pull herself together to go to work, she gets paid, but the days she can’t go, she does not. They do not have a lot, but they have each other.

To some it might sound silly, that seeing a rainbow would provide so many of us such comfort that day. But it did; it reminded us

Please consider buying one of Jorelys’ t-shirts. All money collected for the t-shirts will be donated directly to her family. To order t-shirts or to make a donation to Jorelys’ Family, please visit 29

CONTEMPT Actions and Divorce by J. Daran Burns So your divorce is finally J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns complete. Months, perhaps & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He years, of stress and expense are can be reached at (770) 956-1400. finally over. You are probably ready to start fresh and forget about your old life, but what do you do if your ex-spouse doesn’t live up to their side of the agreement? I handle a lot of divorce cases, and for many of my clients, it is one of the most emotionally difficult processes they will go through in their lives. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that the issues that made the divorce so stressful can continue long after the case is closed. When a divorce case is finished a Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce is issued. In most cases these orders will be accompanied by a settlement agreement between you and your former spouse. The settlement agreement covers everything from major issues like visitation and child support, to the relatively minor ones, such as which party receives the dining room furniture. These documents are legally binding orders of the court. However, at the end of the day they are just pieces of paper with signatures on them; the parties have to do what they agreed to do to make the documents effective. So the question is: what do you do if your ex-spouse isn’t following through with the agreement? The court allows you a few options. The most common and the most effective is filing for “contempt.” If your ex-spouse simply refuses to do something agreed to in your settlement, such as pay child support, sign over a car or hand over your Elvis commemorative plate collection, you can initiate an action for contempt, which is a civil suit asking the court to force the other party to follow the agreement. Feeling like your case is starting over is dreadful to think about. You will have to pay a new set of filing fees and other legal expenses, but fortunately contempt actions are cases where the court will often order the party breaking the agreement to pay the expenses of the party who initiates the case. It is important to remember this when weighing whether or not to proceed. Divorce is a stressful experience for everyone involved, but the granting of the divorce is often not the end of the case. Going back to court may be the last thing you want to do, but it can be the only way to ensure your ex lives up to the agreement you worked so hard to create. Hopefully allowing you to put these issues behind you for the last time, and as most say, “Move on with your life.” 30 My East Canton | april 2012

A VIEW from the Hill

When Is Enough, Enough? Please let me know your thoughts Some days it seems like we at or cannot stop ourselves from (404) 656-0129. Thank you again for overprotecting our children. the honor of serving you in the Georgia We all love and cherish our kids General Assembly. and would never wish them harm in any way, but can or should we try to protect them from everything? In their overzealous desire to protect, state and federal agencies force you to comply with THEIR interpretation of how to best keep your child from harm. Common sense and cost seem to have been tossed out the window along with the concept of personal responsibility. Yes, these laws and regulations start out with a noble cause. But where do we draw the line? When will we outlaw children climbing trees, as they may fall and break an arm or leg? Or make jumping rope a criminal offense – unless the participants have taken the proper safety classes, are wearing certified safety gear and jumping on a government approved resilient surface? Ridiculous you say? It is not too far off – as seen by HB673 introduced this year. In an effort to address the tragedies of concussions incurred in sports, this bill would add miles of red tape and millions of dollars to almost every organized sport your child could participate in – from high school football all the way down to seven year old cheerleaders. The Department of Health would create special concussion recognition courses which coaches and/or staff would be required to take. Computerized cognitive assessments would be used as a baseline for all of these kids – which should be properly collated and interpreted by a licensed neuropsychologist to have any validity. If a child should be suspected of having a concussion, procedures to assess their ability to play again would be lengthy and expensive. Every school, public recreation facility, business and nonprofit organization that organizes youth activities would have to comply, further driving up the costs and complications of participation in youth sports. It would not be long before only the wealthiest could afford to play any of these sports. BUT WAIT, in order to be fair, we should tax everybody, as all kids are entitled to the right to play for free – right? Or maybe take all the risk of physical injury out of sports by participants playing in specially designed bubble suits? Better yet, perhaps sports should only be allowed to be played in a virtual world, making sure they use only the latest in ergonomic equipment to minimize the rise of carpal tunnel syndrome type of injuries? As I said in the beginning, where do we draw the line? When is enough, just enough?

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Dr. John Symbas Combines New Technologies with Old-School Approach to Patient Care

By Michelle Martin


Marietta Plastic Surgery’s Dr. John Symbas, practicing medicine is like a family tradition. His father was a cardiovascular surgeon at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital for more than 40 years, and his two older brothers are practicing physicians as well. “My father was an immigrant from Greece who lived the American dream,” Symbas says. “He believed in education as the foundation for success, but he never pushed me toward medicine. It was my natural aptitude for and interest in science that led me to pursue medicine over other traditional careers.”

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Symbas, the newest and youngest doctor at Marietta Plastic Surgery, grew up in Buckhead and graduated from Emory University. He studied both general surgery and plastic surgery at Emory University’s School of Medicine and completed a year-long fellowship that included an emphasis on oculoplastic surgery at Paces Plastic Surgery in Atlanta before joining Marietta Plastic Surgery last July. Symbas says he enjoys plastic surgery because it allows him to work on many different areas of the body for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. “I have always thought it was interesting to see how the body

could be reformed and reshaped from a reconstructive and cosmetic standpoint. Plastic Surgery gives me the opportunity to perform a variety of procedures such as breast reconstruction, facial rejuvenation, lower extremity reconstruction and breast augmentation to name a few.” Drawing from his father’s long history in cardiothoracic surgery, Symbas combines the best of new technologies in plastic surgery with an old-school approach to patient care. “Before managed health care, there was more emphasis on fostering the doctor-patient relationship,” he says. “I saw firsthand from my father what it means to be a good doctor and how patients should be treated. Just like my father did, I want to get to know my patients not only as patients but also as people so I will better understand how to treat them. I try to put myself in my patient’s shoes and explain the risks and benefits of individual surgeries and procedures in terms that they can easily relate to. I want my patients to feel comfortable with and confident in me.” Symbas says patients who have complete trust and faith in their doctor typically have a quicker and easier recovery. In addition to Symbas, Marietta Plastic Surgery also features Drs. Thaddeus Fabian, Keith Hanna, Michael McNeel, and Keith West — all skilled, experienced and high trained plastic surgeons who are considered among Atlanta’s premier providers of plastic surgery. Patients can choose from two convenient locations in Marietta and Woodstock. The main office in Marietta is just blocks from Kennestone Hospital, while the Woodstock office is easily accessible via 575. Both locations offer full-service plastic surgery such as body contouring (abdominoplasty,

liposuction, arm and body lift, and breast augmentation), non-surgical procedures (Botox injections and Dermal fillers), and aesthetic treatments (skin peels, facials and microdermabrasion), for example. In addition, the Marietta office also features a fully equipped surgical center accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Symbas hopes to bring a fresh perspective to Marietta Plastic Surgery to appeal to the increasingly younger patients undergoing plastic surgery. “Plastic surgery is more accepted today than 10 or 20 years ago,” he says. “People are more open about it, so procedures like breast augmentations are becoming more socially accepted even for patients in their 20s.” As the most recent addition to the staff, Symbas feels he offers a new energy and new ideas based on the “latest and greatest techniques in plastic surgery” that will help Marietta Plastic Surgery better serve its patients. “Cutting-edge technology allows us to perform minimally invasive surgeries and procedures with minimal scarring but with maximum results. Sometimes it helps to bring in someone who thinks a little outside the box,” he says, suggesting that iPads featuring “morphing” images that illustrate before-andafter examples of rhinoplasty procedures, for example, could help educate patients and give them a clearer vision of their desired results. “Advancements and improvements always combine the best in new ideas and technology with expertise, experience and integrity. I think

Dr. Keith West, MD, FACS*†, Dr. Thaddeus Fabian, MD, FACS*†, Dr. John Symbas, MD, Dr. Michael McNeel, MD, FACS*†, Dr. Keith Hanna, MD, FACS*†

that’s how all of the doctors are working together to improve Marietta Plastic Surgery for our patients.”

Marietta Plastic Surgery provides full-service elective and reconstructive plastic surgery, including but not limited to the following popular procedures and services: Facelift Eyelid Surgery Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Breast Augmentation / Lift Drainless Tummy Tuck Liposuction BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, and Sculptra Laser Skin Treatments Aesthetic Treatments (Skin Peels, Facials, Microdermabrasion)

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April 11, 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

(Lunch is provided)

Speaker: Drew Tonsmeire, KSU Small Bus. Dev. Center Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Future Members Teaching attendees how to maximize their marketing dollars and enhance their business’ profitability by incorporating some of the simple industry secrets of effective marketing in the areas of public relations, advertising, and low-cost marketing research.


Successful, high-impact marketing relies less on money and more on knowing how to use time, energy, and imagination. Increase sales and profits with unique and effective marketing strategies designed especially for small businesses.

Contact Amy at (770) 345-0400 or for more information

Contact Amy at (770) 345-0400 or to register.

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Mobile Career Resource Center by Sonia Carruthers Are you or someone you know, searching for a new job? Have you been knocking on doors, searching through the classifieds, and spending hours on the Internet looking for opportunities? Do you wish someone would just drive up to your door and help you navigate your way through the employment search process? The Atlanta Regional Workforce Board wants to help you! While they can’t drive right up to your front door and offer help, they are doing the next best thing. Each Wednesday the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board’s Mobile Career Lab drives up to Cherokee County and is stationed just off Exit 19 at the R.T. Jones Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each week this state of the art mobile unit is here in our county to provide assistance in job readiness and job search activities. The staff at the mobile unit is also equipped to tell you about valuable Workforce Investment Act funded training opportunities that you might be eligible for. And best of all, their services are FREE to the public! Inside the Mobile Career Resource Center you’ll find a 13-station fully accessible computer lab. Operating under generator driven power the mobile unit has available Internet

connections, printer, scanner and copy services. The mobile unit also has a 42” plasma TV with DVD and VCR for training purposes. A separate interview area has also been built in to give you the opportunity to work with Sonia Carruthers is the Executive staff on your interviewing Director and CEO of Cherokee FOCUS. skills in a private one-onYou can e-mail her at cherokeefocus@ one environment. This unit or visit also provides a wheelchair lift and a fully accessible ADA workstation with movable table and auxiliary equipment so that everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of this great rolling resource. All individuals have access to job search and career development activities such as on-line job search, resume and cover letter development, on-line tutorials and individual assessments and exploration of training eligibility and options. I have spoken to several community members who have taken advantage of the Mobile Career Lab and they have all raved about it. One person told me that she could not believe that she walked in with no idea what to expect and walked out with three solid job opportunity leads. One young man found help not only in his career search, but direction on where to go to complete his GED and get back on the right track, which he has now done. Everyone I spoke with had one thing to say that they were certain of, and that was the fact that the staff on the mobile unit were some of the nicest and most helpful people that they had ever met. Meeting the caring people of the Atlanta Regional Commission who came to Cherokee to assist them with their job hunt made what can be a stressful time, into a time of renewed hope.

The mobile unit services are available to individuals age 16 years and older. Hours of operation are every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the R.T. Jones Memorial Library located off Exit 19, 116 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton. Local businesses may also take advantage of the mobile unit for recruiting, pre-employment screening, interviewing and training. For more information, call (404) 463-3327, or visit 35

Tapenade Ingredients: 1 red pepper 1 red onion � Tbs. minced garlic ) � Cup green and Kalamata olives (halved 1 Tbs. chopped dill 1 Tbs. chopped basil 1 Tbs. capers 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar 1 Lemon Additional ingredient: perature

Goat cheese allowed to come to room tem Directions:     

Heat olive oil in sauce pan t until tender Add peppers, olives and onions and sau Deglaze with balsamic vinegar redients Remove from heat and add remaining ing Add salt and pepper to taste Lamb preparation: l butcher 1 14  16 oz. rack of lamb from your loca olive oil with n dow Season with salt and pepper, pat Heat grill to medium high heat approximately 145 Grill rack of lamb to desired doneness, internal temperature for medium utes  Allow to rest for approximately 5 min ribs per section  Slice between ribs, approximately two

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To plate:  Spoon tapenade onto center of plate, place lamb around tapenade and add a dollop of goat cheese to each lamb section.  This is paired well with your favorite Pinot Noir... enjoy! Left to Right: Corey Shupert, Co-Owner and Jason Liford, Kitchen Manager Downtown Kitchen is located at 140 E. Marietta Street, in historic downtown Canton. Their goal is to consistently deliver the perfect dining experience for their guests. For more information, please visit them online at or call (770) 479-1616. 36 My East Canton | april 2012 37

Services attorney Flint, Connelly & Walker auto repair AAMCO Transmissions & Total car care car wash Mr. Clean Car Wash

Restaurants All Around Downtown kitchen Asian MiZu Steakhouse bakery Jill’s Cakes & Bakes Barbecue Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q breakfast ihop - canton marketplace

Caterer arranged to eat Chiropractor Demyen Family Chiropractic Cleaning Service/Maid Rejoice Maids CPA/Bookkeeping/Tax Service Drawdy CPA Services Day Care/Preschool The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

coffee Starbucks - Sixes Road

Day Spa/Massage LaVida Massage Canton/Hickory Flat

dessert frosty frog creamery & café

Dentist Swords & Phelps

fast food chick-fil-A - canton

Pediatric Dentist Cherokee Children’s Dentistry

fine dining Downtown kitchen italian/pizzeria Provino’s Italian Restaurant kid-friendly chick-fil-A - canton mexican la parilla seafood goin’ coastal sports bar taco mac 38 My East Canton | april 2012

Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner CitruSolution of North Cherokee

Electrician Edge Electric Eye Doctor Cherokee Eye Group Financial Institution/Bank/ Credit Union Cherokee Bank Hair Salon Ping Segars Salon Handyman/Repair/Remodel Churchill’s Home Improvement Services

Heating & Air Premier Indoor Comfort Systems Insurance Agent (Agent Name) Jey Willis, State Farm Landscape Design/ Installation All American Landscape and Stone Lawn Care/Maintenance Daze Landscape Medical Family Practice/ Internal Medicine Pathway Internal Medicine Nail Salon Nail World OB/GYN Falany & Hulse Women’s Center Orthodontist Jernigan Chris O DMD Painter/Painting Service Churchill’s Home Improvement Services Pediatrician DV Pediatrics Pest Control Northwest Exterminating Pet Care/Boarding Bones LLC Bed, Bath, biscuits, and More Pet Groomer Bones LLC Bed, Bath, biscuits, and More Pet Trainer The Canine Ranch Photographer Physical Therapy Soar Physical Therapy Plastic Surgeon Marietta Plastic Surgery Plumber Ghorley & Ghorley Plumbing Pool/Spa Sales/Service Lusk Pools & Leisure Products

Private School Cherokee Christian Schools

Jeweler Key’s Jewelry

Realtor Lisa Hughley, Prudential Georgia Realty

Liquor Store Uncle Jack’s Spirits

Roofer Churchill’s Home Improvement Services Travel Agent The Flagg Agency Tutoring Clubz! In-Home Tutoring Veterinarian Bridgemill Animal Hospital


business Retailers Boutique Three Sisters Gifts Children’s Clothing Your Turn Kid’s Hickory Flat Cigar Store Little River Cigar Company LLC Drug Store/Pharmacy CVS - Hickory Flat Audio/Home Theater Audio Intersection Florist Fowlers Florist & Gifts

music Store Donely’s Music Pet Supply Store Petsmart Canton Marketplace Speciality Foods Clear Conscience Natural market Tire Shop Cherokee Tire Service

Recreation &

Entertainment Dance Studio Hickory Flat Dance Academy Fitness/Health Club Anytime Fitness - Hickory Flat Golf Course Woodmont Golf Club Gymnastics Center Head Over Heels Athletic Arts Martial Arts Yong-In Martial Arts Birthday Party Venue The Bounce House

Frame Shop The Great Frame Up Furniture/Home Décor Fun Finds & Designs Garden Center/Nursery Autumn Hill Nursery



Gift Shop Three Sisters Gifts

Apartment Community River Ridge at Canton

Grocery Store Kroger - Hickory Flat

Subdivision Woodmont

Hardware/ Home Improvement Home Depot Hwy 5 & Holly Springs 39

In May 1949, Reinhardt college planned a major publicity stunt that included a visit by the Vice President of the United States to attract attention to the school. The college’s farm was rebuilt in a day using a thousand volunteers and over 100 machines. The event, called Conservation Field Day, saw 50 acres cleared, four buildings erected, and a 10-acre athletic field completed. United States Vice President Alben Barkley spoke at the event which

Reinhardt College, May 18, 1949. U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley is at the

drew more than 50,000 people to

podium. Georgia Governor Herman Talmadge can be seen to his left, as well as

the college campus.

U.S. Congressman John S. Wood. (Information Taken from Picture Perfect in

(Taken from

Cherokee County, Georgia: A History)

Cherokee County: Selections from the Buddy Alexander Collection)

May 5, 2012

May 5, 2012

9th Annual Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn

4th Annual Derby Dash 5K and 1-mile Fun Run

Time: Location: Cost:

Time: Registration opens at 7 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. Location: Downtown Canton Cost: $20 before April 23

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

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

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Natural Ways to Ease

Asthma and Allergies This Spring

by Dr. Nasir Asghar

by Dr. Kellie Baxter

Attention to all bicyclists, long-distance commuters and pregnant and or sedentary individuals. All of you may share a common disorder, resulting in one-sided gluteal pain, radiating down the leg, caused by a variety of different Dr. Nasir Asghar is an Internal pathologies. The result is Medicine Associates physician with one disorder, called sciatica. special focus is in Heart Disease, Essentially, sciatica is a nerve Diabetes and Medical Weight Loss and can be contacted at (678) 494-9669. root compression by a variety Website: of causes, of at least one of the five spinal roots (L4. L5, S1, S2, S3), that give rise to the sciatic nerve.

Ah-choo! Spring is in full swing and yellow pollen is covering everything. If you suffer from allergies, this time of year has you reaching for the Kleenex box, antihistamines or anything that will help ease allergy symptoms. Those of us with asthma and allergies suffer Kellie Baxter B.S., D.C. specializes this time of year. Allergens are in chiropractic, sports injuries and nutrition. For more information, please major triggers that have the call the office at (770) 345-1111 or potential to spur on some of the visit most unpleasant asthma attacks. I have had asthma since birth. When the allergy specialists at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital tested me to see what I was allergic to, I puffed up like a blowfish — Ten plus pages of items listing everything from trees and grasses to Pepsi. I remember my parents being in shock and Mom saying, “What are we supposed to do? Keep her in a bag?” Dad mumbled, “She’s probably allergic to that, too.”

Risk factors include age over 40, prolonged sitting, diabetes and pregnancy. Causes of sciatica includes lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease resulting in spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome (whole sciatic nerve is compressed by an irritated piriformis muscle), and rarely tumors.

The important point here is to remember sciatica is a syndrome resulting from a variety of different causes and subsequently requiring different treatments.

The important point here is to remember sciatica is a syndrome resulting from a variety of different causes and subsequently requiring different treatments. These include conservative management such as alternating hot and cold packs, specific stretching, NSAIDS and muscle relaxers. More advanced treatments include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and medical massage. Finally invasive therapy such as epidural steroid injections and as a last resort, surgery may be required if significant pathology is present. After a trial conservative treatment and observation for approximately two weeks, an imaging modality such as CT scan or MRI will help differentiate the causes of sciatica. Prevention of sciatica includes exercise and active lifestyle, stretching of hip flexors and extenders, proper posture and lifting mechanics, controlled diabetic management and finally avoidance of prolonged sitting. Please remember any severe pain or loss of bladder/ bowel control requires immediate medical attention. 42 My East Canton | april 2012

While some traditional medicines may be necessary, there are natural methods and practices that can help reduce your symptoms. When pollen levels are highest, stay indoors. After you have been outside remove clothing and wash it. Shower to get pollen out of your hair and off your body. Change the filter in your air conditioning system. Keep your house clean and vacuum twice a week if possible. Exercise indoors during peak pollen days. Use a fruit and veggie wash solution and buy organic if possible since pesticides, fungicides and herbicides can also be allergens. Keep animals well groomed. Dogs and cats will bring pollen inside on their coats. Take supplements that boost your body’s potential to fight allergens. An excellent supplement is D-Hist. Research has shown the ingredients of D-Hist make mast cell walls stronger. Mast cells break open and release histamine when exposed to allergens. If the cell wall stays strong and intact, it won’t break open and histamine is not released. No histamine equals no itchy eyes or runny nose. Omega 3 fatty acids fight inflammation. Walnuts, flaxseed and certain types of fish contain high amounts of Omega 3. However, if you suffer with asthma or allergies you need to supplement. Vegetarian digestive enzymes can reduce and relieve food allergens. They reduce inflammation, help with nutrient absorption, support metabolism, and give a boost to the immune system. Local honey, Meridian therapy, sinus continued on page 63 43

TAKE THE Argument Outside by Dr. Mike Litrel, MD Years ago when my boys were little, I’d walk through the front door after a long day at work and they’d launch into my arms, shouting Daddy, Daddy!, their faces lit with incandescent joy. Those early years of parenting were a challenge, but the outpouring of my children’s young love was so palpable, I found it painful being away from them. A dozen years have turned my boys into teenagers. And now it’s painful to be around them. Forget about the pitter patter of little feet when I come home: my boys are ensconced in the basement watching television or surfing the web. If I walk downstairs I might score a salutary grunt. But if they are engaged in an online game with friends, their greeting could teeter on a glare. Thus I was taken off guard last week when both my boys met me at the door after work. Their faces were not alight, however, with the childhood joy I remember so fondly. They were flushed with teenage anger. There had been an argument – and they wanted me to arbitrate. The last thing I wanted to hear at the end of a long day in the operating room was a pile of teenage complaining. I scanned their faces and briefly considered using my father’s unique parenting strategy. When my twin brother Chris and I would ask our dad to settle a conflict, he generally listened for a minute or three. If the solution wasn’t readily apparent, he’d shrug and go with his favorite standby: “I think you boys just need to take your argument outside.” Chris and I, now in our mid-forties, have both studied martial arts for twenty years. I suspect our motivation to master these ancient fighting techniques is the direct result of the sheer number of fist fights we had growing up. In some ways, those fights were very satisfactory: nothing answers a surge of boyhood rage better than socking your brother right in the eye. It’s less fun when your nose gets bloodied instead. There are two main reasons I have not used my father’s nonchalant “boys will be boys” approach to parenting. The first is that physical violence only breeds more anger, which in turn breeds more violence; the fighting is endless (as I learned firsthand). Second – and most important – my boys are three years apart, so I could never figure out a way to make the fist fight fair. 44 My East Canton | april 2012

Tyler spouted out his complaints first. Joseph had hacked into one of his computer accounts to play the game without Tyler’s permission. To add insult to injury, Joseph had also changed the password – to “tylerisajerk.”

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

Joseph rebutted that Tyler hadn’t played this game in over a year, and no matter how politely he had pleaded, Tyler had still refused to let Joseph play. Tyler deserved to have his account hacked. Not to mention the descriptive new password.

Listening to this fraternal feud, my mind wandered. I couldn’t help but think, I could be relaxing right now – if only Tyler had let his brother play in the first place. Joseph was wrong of course – but that password move was sort of slick. It didn’t matter what I decided. One of my boys would end up angry and indignant: “It doesn’t matter what happens – you always choose HIS side!” Over the years I have developed the perfect answer: “It’s because I love your brother so much more than you.” This is usually met with a reluctant laugh. I just want a peaceful home. So I kicked both boys and their complaints out of the house until dark. Peace and calm descended. I figured I’d restore their electronics once they were getting along again. A few hours later Tyler and Joseph returned. After a long walk together through the neighboring woods and down to the lake, they said they could now assure me they were the very best of friends. I was skeptical. I requested to see a convincing brotherly hug. They were laughing as they dug their knuckles into each other in what could only be called a somewhat aggressive embrace. That was enough for me. I took a cell phone photo of their smiling faces. They retreated back to the basement to play videos. I stared amused at their photo for a few minutes. Who would have thought? I’d been wrong all these years. “Take your argument outside, boys” was a strategy that really worked. 45

Functional Movements

by Matthew Pierce It’s really a buzz word now and has been diluted to mean every movement under the sun. But what is a functional movement and why are they important? Let’s start with the later. Human beings need to move a certain way. We were designed by God to lift, throw, climb, run, jump, drag, pull, push, to name a few. Our bodies are incredibly able to perform a variety of tasks. Many years ago, but for most of the existence of man, we needed these physical abilities to survive — to provide for our basic needs. In modern day, we no longer need these abilities to provide for our basic needs and because of this, we are breaking down. Most of us spend the vast majority of our days sitting on our behind. We commute to work and once we are there, we sit for 6 to 10 hours, drive back home, and then sit for the remainder of the evening. This is not what our bodies were designed to do day in day out, year after year. It’s no wonder the majority of Americans are falling apart. Our bodies need movement and activity to survive. That’s how we are wired and without it you will fall apart. Try this very simple workout at your

But just moving gym and feel the difference that basic compound movements can have on in any way is not you. For 12 minutes perform the enough. To maintain following as many times as possible: the abilities that • 5 Pull-ups (from full arm extension our bodies were to chin above the bar) designed for, we • 10 Push-ups (from the knees or toes) need to replicate the • 15 Squats (depth of the squat movements that were should be to parallel and make needed for survival sure to stand up completely) like the ones listed in Perform these three exercises and the beginning of this their reps in sequence as many times article. Functional as possible in 12 minutes. One time through is one round, see how many movements in my rounds you can do. opinion must be compound, multijoint exercises that stimulate the body to work as one unit. Movements like the squat, deadlift, push-up, sit-up, running, jumping, and pull-ups have far more benefits and relation to function than any machine based fitness. Machines that are commonly found in most gyms work each body part separately and are easy to use but cannot provide the appropriate stimulus to improve your functional fitness. Please feel free to contact me for additional functional workout ideas! 46 My East Canton | april 2012

Keeping your cool When Your Child is Hot

by Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis It is 3 a.m. and your 4 year old wakes you crying and is burning up with fever. What should you do? First and foremost, don’t panic. Fever is a normal response most commonly, to illness. If your child is healthy, fever is usually not a medical emergency.

Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and has practiced in the pediatric field for more than 17 years, with the Canton office just celebrating their 10 year anniversary. 2920 Marietta Highway, Suite 142, Canton (770) 704-0057,

What is a fever anyway?

Fever is generally defined as a temperature over 100.3°F. The height of the fever is not the most important thing. The most important thing — what does your child looks like? Obviously most children feel bad when they have a higher grade fever but they should not be lifeless. It takes fevers of about 107°F to be associated with brain damage. Thankfully the body has its own thermostat that keeps most children’s temperature from reaching that level. How should I take a temperature?

Generally, children less than 1 – 2 years old should have a temperature taken in the rectum (bottom). In older children an oral (mouth) or axillary (armpit) temperature should be fine. Should I treat my child’s fever? If your child is comfortable, acting pretty normal and drinking well — not necessarily. Fever actually turns on the body’s ability to fight infection. If your child is uncomfortable, acting sick and not drinking then of course treat the fever. For most children, over 6 months, acetaminophen or ibuprofen is appropriate. If your child is playing, smiling and drinking well, when the fever comes down then you can generally relax and contact your doctor in the morning. What if the fever does not come back to normal?

Don’t panic! Sometimes fevers do not come down to normal. Verify your child’s dose of fever medication. It can take 60 — 90 minutes for the fever medication to work. The fever not returning to normal is not critical. The most important thing is what does your child look like?! When to call the doctor?

Call if your child is acting very sick and you have treated their fever and it is down. Call if your child is breathing hard or complaining of a headache that is not improved after being treated with fever medication. Call if your child complains of a stiff neck, rash, or any persistent pain. Call if your child shows signs of dehydration for example dry mouth, no tears, no urine in last eight hours. Finally, if your child has any continued on page 63

heart health FAQs

with WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine’s Ada Mercado, M.D. and Ernesto Hernandez, M.D.

1. What are some new treatments or research out there in the field of cardiology? The field of cardiology is constantly changing and moving forward. We are just starting to replace valves (particularly the aortic valve) percutaneously (meaning through the leg, like in a cath), instead of requiring open heart surgery. There are new genetic tests that can identify certain genes that put one at risk of early myocardial infarction and others that test for response to certain drugs. Patients can also participate in a heart screening that does not require physician order. A heart screening, also known as a CT Cardiac Calcium Score, is a fast and non-invasive CT Scan used to determine the risk of Coronary Artery Disease. Using a multi-slice scan, the heart screening can help cardiologists determine the participant’s level of risk for heart disease or future cardiac issues. The screening is recommended for those who have diabetes, family history of heart disease, history of smoking or tobacco use, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Candidates for the heart screenings are patients ages 35 or older and • Smoke or use tobacco • Have a family history of heart disease • Have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol • Have a weight problem/are obese • Are not physically active

2. What are common questions that people ask about heart health? The most important thing is that you need to KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. Everyone should know their blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, and body mass index (and Hgb A1C if they are diabetic). People should talk to their doctors about these numbers and about other things that put them at risk for heart disease including a history of smoking and a family history of coronary artery disease.

3. Why is it so important to pay attention

processes that we know can be prevented. Many other diseases concentrate on early detection but not necessarily prevention. Heart disease can be prevented in many cases, so it is key to know how to do it.

4. What are the most common heart problems? The most common problems are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease (that leads to heart attack).

5. Are there benefits of dark chocolate and red wine in regards to heart health? There is good evidence that both have beneficial cardiac effects. Alcohol (not just red wine) increases your HDL (good cholesterol). Dark chocolate and red wine both have a high number of antioxidants which appear to be beneficial from a cardiac perspective. Of course, the key is everything in moderation. Most of the studies that have shown benefit with chocolate include only a very small amount (about the equivalent of one square of a chocolate bar per day). Recommendations are for no more than one glass of wine per day for women (two for men).

Ernesto Hernandez, M.D., is a cardiologist with WellStar Medical Group, WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Hernandez is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. His special interests include general cardiology, Invasive, and Interventional Cardiology. Ava Mercado, M.D., is a cardiologist with WellStar Medical Group, WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Mercado is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and is a member of the American College of Cardiology and American Echcoardiograpohy Society. Her special interests include general cardiology, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram, and nuclear cardiology.

to your heart’s health? It is so important to pay attention to the health of one’s heart because cardiovascular disease is one of only a few disease

For more information about WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine or for a cardiology referral in Cherokee County, please call (770) 956-STAR. 47

Leaving a Legacy

Healing Hands A

woman empowered to help those in need, driven to fulfill God’s plan for her, who truly embodies the true meaning of an inspiration, Jennifer Simonis is an entrepreneur and the founder of a nonprofit organization called Healing Hands Youth Ranch (HHYR) located on an enormous 147 acres in Waleska, GA. Healing Hands is devoted to assisting 10-17 year old troubled children by pairing each child with one horse and one instructor, and allowing the horses to share their unconditional love with their rider. The ranch teaches life skills and leadership; it teaches about relationships and how to further develop them.

Geared toward children who feel they may not fit in or feel judged, the ranch is a safe outlet to provide an emotional connection with one of five horses that all want to meet the child’s needs. “Horses never lie, they always tell the truth,” states Jennifer. She truly believes that the horse picks the child because horses are extremely intuitive. Horses sense emotions and by your body language they can tell exactly what you need. They don’t judge; they don’t see the outside appearance, but the inside and what your heart says. “A little boy and his dad came to me to get some equipment and I took the boy to feed the horses. When we arrived at the field the horses were deeply interested and wanted to touch him and check him out. Whatever the boy was feeling, the horses knew.” Horses have personalities and emotions just like humans do. There is an alpha and followers that make up a community, or herd, and no one wants 48 My East Canton | april 2012

Youth Ranch by Julie Swantek

to be ostracized. At the ranch, all the horses and the people know is kindness. Although the horses love it on the ranch and are very friendly and well trained, it wasn’t always that way for some. Some of the horses were acquired with faults and injuries that made them less than the perfect show horse. Just like not all kids are perfect, neither are the horses. The horses that people thought were of no more use really have so much to share. This is the helping hand that Jennifer holds out to children in need. Working with the horses gives children confidence, being able to control a larger animal gives them control and empowers them to control their lives by using the horses as a median and God as the base. A typical day at the ranch is a free ninety minute session that begins small, helping volunteers on the ranch by fixing fences or picking rocks out of the arena with Jennifer, and meeting the horses to establish communication. This allows them to take ownership in the ranch. “It’s the kid’s ranch, not mine.” Jennifer teaches horse safety and allows the kids to hang out with the horses and establish a connection with them without fear. Some think that horses can be frustrating or stubborn, but Jennifer’s response is, “It is never the horses fault; look at yourself.” With the help of the horses she hopes the youths will respond to the horses by seeing their own personalities and traits that could be changed.

Taking care of 147 acres, five horses, two donkeys, and a family can be an immense amount of work. Jennifer is currently looking for volunteers who can dedicate their time to helping youth and the ranch. There is no requirement in horse knowledge, only a passion for helping children. She will provide training once a week for any faithful volunteers available. The ranch is also looking for any children 10-17 making the wrong choices who want to witness and experience a life changing understanding. If interested in donating, the ranch is hoping to gather funds to build a covered arena, which will greatly help when the weather is rainy and during the warm Georgia summers. Donations or business partnering will greatly help this worthy organization that helps make our community stronger. Healing Hands Youth Ranch is also sponsoring a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 (see below). For more information about the ranch or to see how it all got started see Jennifer’s website at RAISE FOR THE ROSES Kentucky Derby themed benefit HHYR • Features a live viewing of the Derby • Themed menu • Derby hat fashion contest • Silent auction Order tickets online now! Jennifer Simonis (770) 633-4451 or email 49

The Family Touch behind Closed Doors

How Can I Become a Leader?

by Dr. James E. Kilgore Are leaders born or made? In this election year we are looking for leadership. Can we “find” it or “grow” it? Perhaps the answer is both. Some are born to leadership. They emerge in childhood or feel a call for what they wish to do. Others are selected and trained, perhaps conditioned to become leaders. Think about these five levels of leadership:

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.

1. Position – People follow because they have to – a “boss,” a director, a teacher, or even a parent. The place a person occupies defines their leadership. 2. Permission – People follow because they want to – a pastor, a community official, someone I admire may be my leader. My allegiance gives them the right to lead. 3. Production – People follow because of what you have done for them personally. You demonstrate that your capabilities benefit them. They choose to follow. 4. People Development – People follow because of what you help them to become. The encouragement you offer makes you one they wish to follow. 5. Pinnacle – People follow because of who you are and what you represent. A leader is one to be emulated. Imitation is said to be the best form of flattery. Attitude makes a difference. None of the succinctly defined leaders above will succeed with an attitude of superiority and pride. Obvious greed detracts from leadership. Moral failure destroys a leader’s effectiveness. Choices we make determine what kind of leaders we become and our success in a chosen field. Leadership training is one course to develop skills and traits. On May 4, 2012 at Canton First United Methodist Church, the International Family Foundation will host the second annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Simulcast immediately from Atlanta you will hear Andy Stanley, Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer, Angela Ahrendts, John Maxwell, and several other internationally known speakers dealing with the theme: “Choices.” Individual, early bird and group registrations are available online at internationalfamily. org. Sponsorships can be arranged through (770) 479-3669 or by emailing me at continued on page 63 50 My East Canton | april 2012

by Dawn Mason, D.V.M.

Have you ever wondered when you go to your veterinarian’s office and they take your pet “to the back,” what is actually taking place? Over the years, I’ve heard all about what happens behind closed doors. I have heard comments Dawn Mason D.V.M. is a 1999 such as, “My pet went back graduate of Auburn University College and has NEVER been the of Veterinary Medicine and practices same at the vet,” or “My dog at BridgeMill Animal Hospital. (770) 479-2200 started to bite after he went back there.” Putting any fears to rest, animals are intimidated by strange surroundings and will act different away from home. They arrive through the doors a boisterous puppy eager to lick everyone and then they grow up. Future visits involve being sick with a painful ear or getting vaccines which is not a dog’s idea of fun. So what really goes on behind that door? Not able to speak for every clinic, I can promise you there is nothing to hide. An exam room is typically not the biggest space to work with pets. Especially if it’s family day and the entire room is filled with our 90 pound Fluffy and five members from the Smith family. Space is limited, the room gets hot and tension is high. Fluffy is already stressed from the drive to only find he has landed in a place with more smells than a Bath and Body Works. Fluffy can feel the anxiety from the children who are scared to get shots themselves, let alone watch as their furry friend is held on a table and poked several times with a variety of vaccines. Let’s remove Fluffy from this box into a quiet, open space with better lighting and less distraction. This makes it easier on everyone. Other reasons to take an animal to the back may be related to equipment. We can’t stock an entire exam room with veterinary supplies. It’s easier and usually quicker to have the pet in an area where anything we might need is at the reach of our fingers. Also, some treatments are rather disgusting. Take anal glands for an example. The aroma of these tiny glands can leave a stench in the room gagging even the dog posters on the wall. This smell can linger into the next week if we leave it trapped in the small space. If these are reasons to leave the room, why does my animal return for the next visit and resist walking in the front door? Unfortunately, this is hard to answer. Age plays a big part of the picture. As animals get older some aren’t quite as keen on veterinary visits. As much as we try to soothe the fears of our continued on page 63 51

I owe, i owe, Off to Work I Go

by Pastor Jamey Prickett Have you seen the bumper Jamey Prickett is the Senior Pastor of sticker that says, “Work Liberty Hill Church. To contact Pastor fascinates me, I can sit and Jamey, please call (678) 493-8920 or watch it for hours?” Here’s email one that our outdoorsmen will http://wrestledwithangels.wordpress. like: “The worst day of fishing com/ is better than the best day of working.” Another one says, “Hard work may not kill me but why take a chance?” Most of us follow the philosophy of another bumper sticker: “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.” The fact is we have to work to live or is it live to work? In the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians he stressed being ready. He said Christ will come at an unexpected moment, so you better be prepared. He didn’t give them a time table but told them to be ready at any moment. Apparently some of Paul’s hearers interpret his frequent emphasis on the Lord’s coming as a time to stop working and just pray and watch. What Paul meant by watchfulness was different than what his readers interpreted. He means a steady

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attentiveness to life in the community. They understood it as ‘stop what you are doing, give up all your activity so that you will not be distracted and miss the return of Christ.’ So some of the Thessalonian converts decided that since Christ would soon return, there should be no further need to work, but instead they would depend on other members of the community to support them in idleness. Paul gives specific instructions that they continue to support themselves as he had done while he lived among them. Hearing about them not working, Paul writes a letter that concludes, “Fine, if you don’t work, you don’t eat.” No daily bread for you. A motivation that encourages us in our work is to view our work as working for the Lord. There’s a story told about three men who were digging a foundation. When asked what he was doing, the first man replied that he was earning money to feed his family. The second man said he was working so he could go out and party on the weekend. Only the third man captured the architect’s plan for the structure when he said, “I’m building a cathedral to the glory of God.” Your job is an avenue to promote the purposes of God. Mother Teresa was once asked by a reporter, “What is your biggest problem?” Mother Teresa answered with one word: “Professionalism.” She said, “Here are these servants of Jesus continued on page 63 53

ChilD Abuse

Awareness Month by Michael Buckner Audio Intersection is Proud to Support the Anna Crawford Children’s Center as They Recognize April as CHILD ABUSE Awareness MONTH Please join the Anna Crawford Children’s Center and Williamson Bros. BBQ Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Intersection located at 631 E. Main on Monday, April 23, from Street, Canton. For more information 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the on any of his monthly columns, for Square in downtown Canton questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000. for a luncheon in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month. All proceeds benefit the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Throughout the month of April, the Anna Crawford Children’s Center will be conducting activities to bring attention to the issues of child abuse intervention and prevention. In light of the recent headline stories such as the Penn State abuse scandal, the Anna Crawford Children’s Center would like to take this opportunity to shed light on the issue of child sexual abuse and recognize the responsibility we all have to protect children. • This issue is not about large universities, headlines, or reputations. This issue is about children.  • We must acknowledge the reality that there are people that would rob children of their innocence and they are people we know and trust. They go above and beyond to establish a positive reputation and immerse themselves in our families and organizations allowing them access to children.  • It takes remarkable courage for children and adults that have been abused to come forward. We must support and honor the courage of victims and work together to stop the sexual abuse of other innocent children.   • Child abuse prevention is the responsibility of adults. Educating children about how to keep themselves safe from abuse is important, but adults bear the burden to speak out when something doesn’t look or feel right. • The consequences of failing to report abuse are dire. If we remain silent, we are complacent in its occurrence and aftermath.  • Child sexual abuse is preventable. Awareness and education are crucial. We must learn the facts, acknowledge the reality, ensure organizations have policies in place to protect continued on page 63 54 My East Canton | april 2012

No Room to grow vegetables? Think Again

by Eric Hill

Many of us grew up with large yards, and finding space for a vegetable garden was easy. Dad tilled up a big plot of land, we kids shoveled in cow manure from the farm down the road, and helped mom plant rows of seeds. Then our parents disappeared while we weeded.

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

Now we are living with smaller yards. Considering the latest claim that 37% of us are growing vegetables these days, there must be ways around the lack of room, and our aversion to weeding. We all have heard of square foot gardening and it works great for most vegetables. Easy to construct, virtually no weeding, and ability to add the proper soil without tilling are just a few benefits. Lettuce, carrots, radishes, peas, cabbage, and more easily share space in a 4ft x 4ft box. Tough concept to beat; all you need is sun, and a nearly level spot. But some of us are challenged to find a level spot with sun, or maybe we like to grow space-eating vegetable or fruits like tomatoes or cantaloupe. We need alternatives. Is the sunniest part of your property your deck or patio? Nearly all vegetables can be grown in containers. Plastic nursery pots, cheap terra cotta pots, or even 5-gallon buckets work great. Draw backs? I can think of a few. The black pots can heat the soil, but this is quickly remedied with a spray can of your favorite color paint. Get creative, and spring for a few different colors. Containers in windy areas can dry out quicker. This where a top quality potting soil pays off; not only will a quality soil have the right nutrients, it will have the means to absorb and release moisture as needed. You can grow just about any vegetable or small fruit in a pot. We can get space-saving cultivars of nearly every vegetable. From sweet corn to cucumbers we can enjoy big flavor on smaller plants. A quick Internet search will provide an abundance of smaller-growing vegetables. The latest rage in gardening is going vertical, and this applies to vegetables too. Beans, cucumbers and tomatoes are easily trained on a trellis. An old chair back can support your beans while a container full of lettuce plants occupies the seat. A step ladder can be shared with multiple vegetables. continued on page 63 55

Gardening with the Masters Geraniums

by Patricia Bowen Cherokee County Master Gardener When I was a child my grandmother had bright red geraniums in flower pots on her front porch. I now have geraniums by my garden gate, and my children have these same favorites in front of their homes. Geraniums have never gone out of style. They’re easy to grow, forgive beginning gardeners, and can decorate your deck, garden and landscape. In addition to the red varieties you’ll find geraniums in blue, pink, white and purple. Leaf colors also vary from green to bronze to yellowish white. You can bring your geraniums in over the winter, let them rest in pots or go totally dormant in your basement or garage, trim them back in the spring and replant them outdoors in the ground or in pots. Most will survive. You can also treat them like houseplants over the winter. They won’t flower, but their leaves will stay green and look pretty. Most geraniums are shrubby and grow to around three feet in pots or in the ground in well drained soil. Dwarf varieties are available and these look great in rock gardens and as pot fillers. They all like sun and afternoon shade when the sun is at its strongest. If they have no relief from the heat in the hottest part of the summer the plants may simply stop blooming so they can rest. Geraniums can be found anywhere flowers are sold: supermarkets, hardware stores, catalogs and online. You can also take cuttings from your favorite plants (or a friend’s), dip them in rooting hormone and plant them in pots in a sunny window or outdoors when all danger of frost is past. If you want bushy plants, keep pinching them while they’re small so new branches will form. Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 are days you won’t want to miss. Cherokee County Master Gardeners host the Georgia Master Gardeners Association Conference for 2012. Everyone is invited to attend this event for all things green and growing. For more information and to register go to 56 My East Canton | april 2012

The Last Water Heater You Will Ever Buy

by Dan Jape When you are in need for a Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable new water heater, there are a Heating and Air. You may contact him number of different models at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online on the market today. One can at choose the regular tank water heaters that normally lasts for 10 to 12 years or a high efficient tankless type that can last 20 to 25 years and provides a large amount of hot water on demand. But another choice that is quickly becoming popular is the Marathon water heater, it will last a lifetime and is one of the most efficient ways to heat water. The tank of a Marathon is made out of a high impact, high temperature polysufone fiberglass, it will not corrode or rust and is cocooned in a 2.5 inch thick foam insulation jacket that stops the heat from escaping from the heated water when it is in standby mode. The Marathon comes with a lifetime warranty that allows for no pro-rating deductions if there is a leak. The water heater is simply replaced by Rheem no questions asked. If you are a Georgia Power customer, you can even qualify for a $525 cash rebate if you convert over to a Marathon. One very nice feature of the Marathon is the ability to be installed in a basement or an upstairs closet/attic and you virtually never have to worry about your heater leaking and flooding your home and furnishing. Because of the special fiberglass construction, you are assured it will not fall apart and rust. Most Atlanta area homes have no overflow protection for their water heaters meaning hundreds of homes each year suffer flooding when the homeowner waits too long to replace an old unit. This will not be the case with Marathon. All the internal parts carry a 6 year warranty and can easily be rebuilt after that if any failure occurs. If you have an electric water heater currently, the Marathon can cut your usage cost by half and if you currently have a gas heater, you can normally save $60 to $70 per year. All gas water heaters need regular maintenance and flushing to make sure sediment does not build in the tank and by not doing so, the lifetime will be shortened. The Marathons need no cleaning or flushing and other than an occasional check of the temperature and pressure relief valve, the Marathon is one of the few maintenance free water heater choices in the market place. Another great choice for a water heater with an extremely long lifespan is the gas tankless water heater. They heat water on demand without holding any water in a tank on reserve. This means that they also are a very good choice to be installed in an area where a leak or failure could cause damage since they have no water in them to leak. Either one is a very attractive option to consider when the old builder grade heater in your home starts nearing the 10 year old mark or it is rusty or leaking. They truly will be the “last water heater you buy.” 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 Services: 9:30 & 11:15 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) 479-9415 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 2335 Sixes Road, (770) 485-1975 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Roman Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church 2941 Sam Nelson Road, (770) 479-8923 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 Action Church 271 Marietta Road, Canton Village Shopping Center Sunday Service: 10 a.m. (404) 317-0345,

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Emotions Anonymous: Tonya M., (678) 648-9953 Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520

Business Organizations

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

Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: (770) 345-1879, Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries:

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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:

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 Celebrate Recovery: (404) 317-0345 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

(800) 989-4248,

Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies):

Miracle Mothers:

(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

The Family Touch

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Your choice can make a difference in your future! Join us for this life-changing day. We are grateful for our sponsors for this event: PLATINUM: Footprints Publishing, Northside Hospital, and Southeast Restoration; SILVER: Darby Funeral Home, Joan McFather, and North Georgia Medical Associates. Ned Castleberry and Reinhardt University are Emerging Youth Sponsors.

No Room to Grow Vegetables?

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You can go vertical with shelves as long as you can provide sufficient sunlight to each plant. Suddenly the square foot garden that took up 16 sq. ft. of lawn is being grown in just 4 sq. ft. of your patio. Where there is a will there is a way. It just takes a little creativity. Check out what your neighbors are doing. Spend a little time at the computer; you’ll be amazed with some of the solutions people have found.

Behind Closed Doors

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furry friends, the reality is shots can hurt. This is not fun for anyone. I can’t remember the last time I was enthusiastic to go to my doctor and give blood. Yippee! If you are uncomfortable with your animal leaving the room, ask if you can follow them to the back. Unless your veterinarian feels that your pet works better away from you, this is usually an option. We have an open door policy. I certainly have nothing to hide and occasionally will invite owners to follow me if we don’t have other animals out in the treatment area being examined. Trying to accomplish as much as possible in the room is important. However, there are times where the things I discussed need to take place behind closed doors.

Keeping Your Cool . . .

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chronic medical problems for example cancer, sickle cell anemia, immune problems, febrile seizures, and all newborns less than 3 months of age, you should contact the doctor or follow advice previously given by your doctor like going to the emergency room. Finally, always use your best judgment! Usually, allowing your child to rest, giving plenty of fluids and providing tender loving care is just what the doctor ordered. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away.

Natural Ways to Ease Asthma . . .

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massage and certain blends of essential oils for your bath or shower can also ease symptoms. We offer many of these supplements and services at my office. Getting adjusted has been shown to help boost the immune system so make an appointment. It really does help. Get allergy tested by a specialist like I did so you know exactly what to avoid and what causes the worst reactions. I can recommend a specialist if you are unsure where to go. Hope this info helps. As always, stay well adjusted.

Child Abuse Awareness Month

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children, and talk to our children. • The fight against child abuse must be a collaborative effort. It will take all of us to change the culture to one where involved adults offer no opportunity for a perpetrator to have access to children.  • We can learn valuable lessons from what happened at Penn State and we can pledge to focus on the things we can do today to better protect children.     To learn more about how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse, please call the Anna Crawford Children’s Center at (770) 345-8100 and schedule a Darkness to Light training class. Training classes are offered at its Canton Center and can also be provided at off-site locations, including churches, businesses or neighborhoods. Look for other businesses supporting the “cause” in the month of April. The Center works with law enforcement, DFCS and the DA’s Office to investigate allegations of abuse and champion the needs of sexually and physically abused children. All services are offered at no charge.

I Owe, I Owe, Off to Work I Go

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who care for the poorest of the poor. I have one who just went off and came back with her medical degree. Others have come back with registered nurse degrees. Another with a master’s in social work, and when they come back with their degrees, their first question is always, “Where is my office?” Then she said, “But you know what I do? I send them over to the House of the Dying where they simply hold the hands of dying people for six months, and after that, they’re ready to be servants again.” Whatever our occupation, our vocation is to be a servant. Some folks will only see God through us and at work is when most folks see us. It is true we work to live, but it can also be said we work so that others may see Christ live in us. Many occupations, one vocation: being a servant of Jesus Christ. 63



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


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

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Molly Maid

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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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Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies BridgeMill Animal Hospital Riverstone Animal Hospital

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Physicians & Medical Services Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists DV Pediatrics In Harmony Pediatrics Therapy Internal Medicine Associates Marietta Plastic Surgery M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine

Real Estate Keller Williams

Recreation & Fitness Applause Performing Arts Conservatory Crossfit Canton Hickory Flat Dance Academy Play! Music and Art Ponier Music Relay for Life of Cherokee County

Heritage at Riverstone

Arranged to Eat Downtown Kitchen


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Audio Intersection CASA for Children Chick-fil-A Leadercast Ghost Net, Inc. Hunter’s Helping Hands Junior Service League of Woodstock

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Northside Hospital — Cherokee 3 Northside Hosptial Sleep Disorders Center 31 Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 11 Progressive Audiology Center, Inc. 27 Vein Center of North Georgia 9 Wellstar Health Systems 7, 47

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Liberty Hill Church

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