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Michelle and Brian Meek are the co-owners of AroundAbout — East Canton magazine. Brian spent the last 15 years in sales and also owns a junior golf business. Michelle has been a stay-at-home mom for the past eight years and was a counselor at KSU prior to having their two girls, Ansley and Addison. They have lived in the Canton community for more than nine years.


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People, The Places and The Pleasures that make East Canton. by Michelle Meek,

What’s New? RV Masters Mobile RV Service has recently opened in Cherokee County. Employing certified RVTC technicians, they service and repair all types of RVs from a pop up to a Prevost. Servicing and repairing all appliances and troubleshooting and repairing electrical problems, plumbing problems,etc., please call (770) 231-6389 for more information or to schedule a service. The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the upcoming temporary exhibition to be featured at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitor’s Center. The exhibit will focus on Edward Leslie Stork, a potter who lived in the early 20th century in Orange, GA, who was a prominent figure in the southern folk pottery movement. The exhibit will run from July 6 through September 30. For more information, please call (770) 345-3288 or contact Stefanie Joyner at All About Dance Consignment Sale needs Sellers and Shoppers! August 4, 5 — 8 p.m., August 5 & 6, 9:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. Leotards, tights, shoes, costumes and more! The sale will


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take place at 1000 Woodstock Parkway, Woodstock. Please contact (770) 205-2466, or visit www.

Coming Soon! Fire Stone Restaurant, 120 Chambers Street, is scheduled to open in July, offering signature wood-fired pizzas, entrées including Fire Stone chicken, grilled Carolina striped bass, grilled hanger steak, just to name a few of its specialties. Fire Stone starts with a simple concept: create food the way cultures have been preparing it for generations. (678) 837-Oven,

Happy Anniversary! Little Peoples Childcare Center recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary in the Canton community. Owners Tammy Cantrell and Frankie Coker and their families have a long history in the area and built this family owner business from the ground up, helping to raise many of our local children. Congratulations and Thank You!


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News Anderson, Kasey Kiser, Jasmine Louis, Payton Donley, Tori Janos, Elyre Anderson, Madison Miramonti, Joley Neubert, Tori Cochoff, Savannah Smith, Tyra Dolman. GAKAC Clothing Coordinator, Nancy Bowling, was thrilled to have so many enthusiastic volunteers. She commented “In all the years we have sorted clothing, we have never had so many volunteers! We are very thankful for everyone who came and especially to the Etowah girls’ basketball team and Coach Bob Westbrook who made it possible.

SHS Alumni Flies High Lt. Donald (Donnie) Hart recently graduated from Pilot training and attended his official Wing Pinning Ceremony. Donnie trained at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi for a year after being granted a pilot slot while at Auburn University. His new assignment will be flying KC-135’s at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Florida. Donnie graduated from Sequoyah High School in 2005, and has lived in Woodstock since he was four years old.

Lt. Donald Hart

SHS Football Players Sign Letters of Intent

Local EHS Athletes Support GAKAC

Recently, Give a Kid a Chance hosted a clothes sorting party in preparation for their backpack and clothes giveaway on July 16. A mountain of clothes was sorted and separated into over 250 extra large bags! The Etowah girls basketball team came out in force. Coach Bob Westbrook informed the girls of this volunteer opportunity and they all showed up. The following team members, who are also members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, were volunteers (pictured): August Wolfe, Abbey 6

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Football players from SHS recently signed their letters of intent. Sequoyah High School football player Ben Rogers has signed a football scholarship with West Liberty University. (Top photo) Front row from left, Kip Rogers, Ben Rogers and Tina Rogers; and back row from left, Sequoyah’s Head Football Coach Jim Teter, Athletic Director Todd Miller and Offensive Coordinator Justin Bacile Ben Rogers. Sequoyah High School football player Brandon Alexander has signed a football scholarship with the University of Mount Union. (Bottom Photo) Front row from left, Ray Alexander and Brandon Alexander; back row from left, Assistant Football Coach Billy Baldwin, Head Football Coach Jim Teter, Athletic Director Todd Miller, Assistant Football Coach Ben Martin and Head Basketball Coach Jeremy Adams.

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Fire and Emergency Services Honored by Department of Defense. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was recently honored with an “Above and Beyond” Award in recognition of their support to their employees who serve in the Georgia National Guard and Army Reserve. The presentation was made by the Georgia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (GA ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, at their Annual Awards Banquet at the Macon Marriott City Center. The “Above and Beyond” Award is given in limited numbers and presented annually by the GA ESGR to those employers who go above and beyond the requirements of the federal law in supporting their Reserve Component employees. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services provides outstanding support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

CarMax Cares Supports Elm Street Village Elm Street was privileged to have a new group of people come to City Center for the sole purpose of making things better for the organization and their patrons. A fantastic group of energetic self-starters spent two mornings recently doing some much needed volunteer work.When CarMax Cares Month rolled around this year, it was Elm Street parent and CarMax employee Andrea Jeffrey who arranged for Elm Street to benefit from their volunteer program. (Her daughter, Carys, is appearing in Peter Pan this month). Not only was Elm Street offered a few hours of volunteer time and attention, but they also will receive a $2,000 donation from The CarMax Foundation on behalf of the volunteer teams. 

would be donated in their honor. The Chamber’s Education Committee also acknowledges new teachers and Teachers of the Year in each school. This is the second year that the Chamber has acknowledged retiring educators for their valuable contribution to the lives of students in Cherokee County. The Chamber is pleased to have Cobb County’s educators.


Pictured from left: Susan White, Director, Sequoyah Regional Library System receives the donation for books from Larry Chadwick, Chairman of the Board, Cobb EMC and Pam Carnes, President and CEO, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. EMC sponsor this new tribute to Cherokee

Coloring Contest Promoting Peanuts Cherokee County Farm Bureau sponsored a First Grade Coloring Contest Promoting Peanuts. The first grade students colored a peanut plant teaching them all the different parts of a peanut plant. The first and second place winners and their families enjoyed a day on the Buckeye Creek Farm including a pizza lunch. The children enjoyed fishing, learning about vegetable and fruit gardening, honey bee live hive demonstration from Ross Berry Farms and a horse and buggy ride from the Rocking S Farm. Each first grade teacher received a can of peanuts.

From left: First Row — Ansley Carole, Harley Meade, Mollie Boehmer, Gabriel Soares, Olivia Chumley, Jennifer Alfonzo, Alisa Garcia; Second Row — Carlie Johnson, Ashlyn Bolduc, Nikki Bailey, Jonathan Coldwell, Caroline Barsh, Will Hussa, Kai Tucker, Titus Nordlander; Third Row — Bradon Dabrowa, Alejandra Torres, Ethan Stubbs, John Jones, Lorin Davis, Alida LeBron, Matthew Hall

Cobb EMC Sponsors Recognition of Retired Educators The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee in partnership with Cobb EMC is recognizing retiring educators from the Cherokee County School District by donating funds to the Sequoyah Regional Library System. The funds will be used to purchase books for all five library branches located around the county. The books will include a label recognizing all faculty, staff and administrators who retired during the 20102011 school year. Each retiree received notification that a book 8

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July specialEvents Saturdays now — September 2 Cherokee Fresh Market sponsored by the Cherokee Farm Bureau Time: Location:

9 a.m. — noon 362 Stringer Road, Canton — “Under the big yellow tent at the Farm” Information: New vendors are welcome, and do not have to be farmers. No fees and plenty of tables and chairs available if reserved.  Plenty of parking, restrooms and lots of shade!  Please contact Liz Porter, (678) 491-5843 or for market information and application.  The Cagle Family Farm now has locally grown beef and pork for sale at their farm store. 

July 4 Dog Days of Summer July 4th Celebration Time: Location:

4 p.m. Cannon Park, historic downtown Canton, by the gazebo Information: Live music, bring your favorite dog in their favorite outfit — Win prizes for   Best Outfit, Funniest Outfit, Dog Who Looks Most Like their Owner and Dog Parade. Stay for the Human Parade at 6 p.m. For more information, please call (770) 704-1548. Fireworks and Music at Riverstone at Dusk.

July 5, 6, & 7; 19, 20 & 21 Employment Seeking Strategies Time: Location:

10 a.m. — 1 p.m. The Master’s Training Center, Papa’s Pantry, 6551 Commerce Parkway, Suite 200, Woodstock Information: A 3-morning series is presented. Topics covered include Employer Psychology, Customized Resume Writing and Interview Skills. Regain confidence as you learn how to position yourself in this competitive marketplace to get noticed…and hired! All classes are open to the public. Donations for training are accepted, although not required during times of hardship. Pre-registration is

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required. or (770) 591-4730.

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July 9


3rd Memorial Ride — Kevin Phillip Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Foundation Time:

Registration — 9 a.m. Kick Stands Up — 10:15 a.m. Location: Ride begins and ends at K-otic Kustoms, 6406 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock Cost: $25 includes T-shirt and lunch $5 for additional rider Information:

July 10 “Play For Tay”1-Pitch Tournament & Home Run Derby Time: 1 p.m. Location: Dupree Park, Woodstock Cost: $125 per team, $5 HR Derby Entry Information: Proceeds will go to 15 yr old Taylor Flanagan of Woodstock, currently in remission from Leukemia, to assist with medical bills. Co-ed and female teams welcome! Concessions and Raffles available. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ladd Yeomans at (770) 605-9503.


Tuesday, July 12, 4 — 5 p.m. & Thursday, July 14, 7 — 8 p.m. Location: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC at The ExecuCourt, 6478 Putnam Ford Drive, Woodstock Cost: Free Information: Discover the easiest and most effective way to quit smoking! Learn how hypnosis and emotional freedom technique can be used to easily stop smoking and other cravings. For more information, please visit www. Pre-registration required as space limited. Call (678) 938-7274 or email with desired date and number of attendees. 

“Cinderella” — presented by the Elm Street Players Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 3 p.m. Location: Woodstock City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Cost: $9 for ages 2 & up Information: (678) 494-4251 or

July 18 — 22 VBS at Bascomb UMC Time: Location:

9 a.m. — noon 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock Ages: 4 through 4th grade (Children must be four years old by September 1, 2011 and no older than having just completed fourth grade) Cost: $10 Information:,, (770) 926-9755. 

July 22 & 23 “Death by Chocolate” — Murder Mystery Time: Location:

7 p.m. Liberty Hill at the Mill, 141 Railroad Street, Canton $35 per person or $175 per table Cost: of six — includes dinner and performance Information: Join Lady Gigi Diva, William Wonker, Chip Nestle, Al Mondbar, Kit, Kat and Vahlrone Hershé for a night of delicious food, decadent chocolate and a little murder in “Death By Chocolate,” a murder-mystery dinner show benefiting Forever Fed, a mobile food ministry dedicated to feeding the hungry in North Georgia. Audience members are encouraged to relax, eat a delicious meal and enjoy as much or as little audience participation while veteran actors bring on the fun. Purchase tickets at For more information about Forever Fed, Inc., visit For more information about Liberty Hill at the Mill, visit 13

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Under the


by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

Better than 97% proficient in reading, 94% proficient in math, and a perfect 100% in writing. These are the most recent criterion-referenced competency test and Georgia 8th grade writing assessment scores for Ivy Preparatory Charter School located in Gwinnett County, a suburb of Atlanta. In a state where K-12 education results are not often highlighted, one would think such scores to be a cause for celebration. Think again.

all local systems, would be prohibited from creating “state chartered” schools appears to be a farce, but that is exactly what the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision overturning a state court judge ruling.

Georgia law had, up until recently, only allowed a charter school to exist if the local school system authorized it. As you might suspect, such an approval mechanism has resulted in little more than the status quo. Those rare charter schools that have been created are often just an extension of the local system. Perhaps slightly better but not the groundbreaking movement we need in education. The approval system was so bad that in 2007 twenty-eight charter school applications were submitted to local school systems throughout Georgia. Only two were approved.

The majority opinion was so ill-conceived that it rested on arguments even the plaintiffs weren’t willing to make. Recall, the original thrust of Gwinnett County Schools, and others, was that the state schools should not be allowed to fund a students’ education through the use of both state and local tax dollars. The Georgia Supreme Court ruling went much further, ruling that local school systems have “exclusive” authority in public education and the state has no authority to create public schools.

So in 2008 the legislature fixed the obvious problem by creating a state commission where charter applicants turned down by local school boards could potentially be granted a state charter.

Surely these Justices have not so easily forgotten Georgia’s shameful past where local school systems once created “white only” schools. Back then it took state action to prevent ongoing educational apartheid in Georgia.

Ivy Prep was one of the first schools to receive a state charter. It has a 94% minority student population. Ivy Prep receives around 75% of the typical funding of its neighboring schools in Gwinnett County. Despite receiving considerably less money, the educational results of Ivy Prep students have been nothing short of spectacular. Less money, better results; it’s exactly what educational freedom advocates have claimed would happen if students are given more educational opportunities. Unfortunately the fate of Ivy Prep and all other charter schools created by the state commission looks dim. Gwinnett County Schools, and other public systems, filed suit in 2009 to stop state chartered schools. The legal claim was money; essentially they didn’t want local tax dollars to follow the child if a student moved from public school to public charter school even in the same county. A curious position when one considers that the same taxpaying parents are paying the bills in each situation. As the legal case made its way through the Georgia courts the primary issue ultimately shifted away from the funding issue to whether the state could create general “state chartered” schools at all. Yes, I realize the suggestion that the state, which creates 14 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

If one follows the majority’s argument to its ultimate conclusion the legislature, the state school board, and even the state school superintendent, is essentially prohibited from all public policy in K-12 education. The majority Justices must also ignore the fact that local boards of education are not even mentioned in the Georgia Constitution until 1945. Sadly the ideology that has hindered our state for generations continues. This time thanks to the Georgia Supreme Court. It is important to note that some local systems, like Cherokee County, have done the right thing and reconsidered a Cherokee Charter School that was scheduled to open in August. Lawmakers, parents and students will continue the fight when the General Assembly returns to session in January. A Constitutional Amendment will be offered to correct the flawed court decision. In the meantime let’s hope the children of Ivy Prep don’t get discouraged. We will eventually get education right in Georgia if we acknowledge this single most important principle of America — Freedom.

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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LIBRARY julyEvents


July 6, 10:30 a.m. Ball Ground Public Library

Alpaca Fiesta

Ball Ground l Hickory Flat l R.T. Jones

Story Times

Live, local alpacas are coming down to the library to teach how to care for them, what they are used for, and where they originate from. All ages are invited.

July 13, 10:30 a.m. Ball Ground Public Library “Get Your Game On” with the CRPA

Some friends from the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency (CRPA) will discuss their jobs, all the exciting things they offer our community (especially young people), and lead a fun activity. All ages are invited.

July 16, 10 a.m. Hickory Flat Public Library

Week of July 5:

“Backpacking Through Europe”

Week of July 11: “South of the Border” There are no story times during the rest of July.

Ball Ground Public Library Summer Family Story Time — Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners: Gardening from the Ground Up

Hickory Flat Public Library

Learn hillside erosion solutions and why soil is more than dirt. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register, please call the Extension office at (770) 479-0418, email:, fax: (770)4 79-0565 or visit

Summer Family Story Time — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

July 5 & 12, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library Teacher Tuesday Story Time Elementary students are invited to a special story hour, Teacher Tuesdays, presented by our favorite teachers.

July 13, 3:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library Harry Potter and the Library

Gather your robes, spell books and wands as it is time to play some Harry Potter inspired games, learn a little magic, and have fun with other Hogwarts students. The program is for children 9 — 12 years old.

July 18, 11 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library July 19, 11 a.m. Hickory Flat Public Library July 19, 3:30 p.m. Ball Ground Public Library

Summer Reading Program Finale! — Pirate Puppet Show

A Giggles Under the Stars production company is traveling to your local library branch with another puppet show. You will laugh at this silly pirate — Don’t miss it!

July’s Trivia Question: Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence and how old was he? If you know the answer or find the picture, be the first to call (770) 720-7497 or email to Please notify us that your answer is for “East Canton.”

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R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Summer Family Story Time — Mondays, 10:30 a.m.

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

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 2 — 6 p.m.

Hickory Flat Public Library 2740 E. Cherokee Drive — (770) 345-7565 M — Th: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. Friday: 1 p.m. — 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m Sunday: CLOSED

R.T. Jones Memorial Library 116 Brown Industrial Parkway — (770) 479-3090 M — Th: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. Friday: 1 p.m. — 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m Sunday: CLOSED

Find the hidden picture

Millie Simeone (hidden picture) was our winner for June’s contest corner. We did not have a trivia winner this month. Millie received a gift card to Bruster’s. Congratulations! 17


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Ribbon Cuttings

Automotive Enhancement

Play! Music and Art


144 Bluffs Court Canton (678) 794-3891 Automobile Body Shop

6768 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 112 Canton (770) 345-7529 Art & Music School

400 Chambers Street Woodstock (770) 517-1235 Financial Services


7th Annual Business Expo August 16 from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency South Annex Woodstock Chamber member businesses will showcase their products and/or services to the community. This is a great networking opportunity! For more information, contact Stefanie Gibbons. or call (770) 345-0400

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Suzanne speaks

B.loved Boutique

by Suzanne Taylor

Do you know that girl who If you are a woman who started always looks stylish, fashion her own unique company or are a forward, and put together? direct-selling company, please contact I have a few friends who Suzanne Taylor by e-mail at taylor105@ or visit http://suzannetaylor. fit that description and will love reading about Mandy Phillips of Canton and Eileen Chua of Dunwoody, owners of an online women’s clothing and accessories boutique, www. The name of the boutique is a play on the meaning of Mandy’s name, which is ‘She who must be loved.’

From left: Eileen Chua wearing Ya Long Tube Dress with Ruffle $48 & Mandy Phillips wearing Blue Bird Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress $48.

After the girls met at work and connected through a mutual love of fashion, they started a partnership to create an online clothing boutique. Their goals are to focus on customer service, personal shopping, and provide unique clothing and accessories. Their diverse line of products is found through the Atlanta and LA Mart, New York coterie and intermezzo shows, and the Las Vegas Magic Show.

“The clothing and accessories we offer are easy to wear and assimilate into any woman’s wardrobe. They can be worn casually or dressy, depending on accessories or shoes that they choose to wear.  But overall, the clothing and accessories we sell keep up with current trends at an affordable price,” said Mandy. One of the features on the website is a “look book” which is a go to guide for their customers on how to style their merchandise. Their blog was initially developed to reflect and relay their experience creating the website and purchasing the products. Recently, they started to blog about their personal lives and experiences, which will hopefully offer useful insight into fashion, life and health. If you aren’t an online shopper, don’t despair. B.loved will be at the 2011 Shop, Show and Tell event at the Foundry at Puritan Mills in Atlanta on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.. Register at and check their website for other events. The girls’ determination and style is sure to make this ecommerce business a success. After formulating the idea in September 2010 and launching in November 2010, it is just another shining example of women in business. You can reach them at or shopbloved for more information. 20 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

City of Canton

Fire Department

by Delaney Young We’ve all heard about or been affected by the storms that have been hitting the South pretty hard over the past few months. Many families were unprepared for the dangerous situation that a strong storm can create. This is where local fire departments can come in and really help out. The City of Canton Fire Department, under the direction of Chief Dean Floyd, provides community services that include teaching fire safety and weather safety to schools, seniors and churches. When these firefighters make a school visit in Cherokee or Pickens County, they bring their mobile unit; teach students what to do before, during and after a storm; and they simulate a storm situation by using strobe lights as lightening, rattling blinds to recreate the noise, etc. In addition to visiting schools with their mobile unit, the unit is also brought to local retailers such as Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes, so that the general public can be well educated about safety precautions as well. In the summer, the Fire Station hosts a Farm Bureau Safety Camp for one day. The camp focuses on fire and weather education, with kids older than 10 learning about weather and kids younger than 10 learning about fire. Also at the camp, the firefighters set up a fire and weather safety house for the kids to use. Thanks to the Canton Fire Department’s commitment to educating children and citizens alike; we are all a little bit safer in case of an emergency, and that is something that we can all be thankful for: • Fire Safety • Weather Safety • Farm Bureau Safety Camp • Offering training and teaching services to schools, seniors, churches and more! To request a visit from the fire department to your school or business, please call (770) 479-7287 and ask for the Fire Prevention Department.

Department Contacts Chief Dean Floyd

(770) 479-4789

Assistant Chief Donnie Arp (770) 479-7287 Fire Inspector Roger Bailey

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Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) is a 501© (3) nonprofit volunteer based organization whose mission is to encourage volunteerism, help plan and develop fundraising activities to benefit all of Cherokee County Senior Services programs, and to be ambassadors to the community by bringing awareness of programs and events that benefit Senior Services, their clients and the community. Programs supported by the VAC are:


Last Stop Emergency Fund: Assists with utilities, prescription & food costs

Chores Program: Minor home repairs and routine maintenance

Food Closet: Provides shelf staples to seniors who are without ample supply

Fan Drive: Each spring, box fans are delivered to seniors who do not have or cannot afford to use air conditioners.

Ramp Project: Volunteers build ramps for handicapped seniors, providing them with safe entrance and exit from their homes and offering independence and dignity.

Meals on Wheels Program: Seniors that are home-bound can have a meal delivered to their home. Caring volunteers deliver a hot, nutritious and well-balanced meal Monday through Friday to seniors sixty years of age and over. All of the meals provide one-third of the recommended daily allowance for adults and are low in sodium.

What We Do & Why We Need You! The Volunteer Aging Council is teaming up with the Cherokee County Senior Center and local contractors to help one Hickory Flat resident have a healthier, happier home.  After unfortunate health issues,our client was left with a home that had many structural deficiencies, no hot water, and in some rooms no drywall.  Our senior received repairs to her roof and has hot running water among other things that were done in general repair of her home. 



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Another case was a 70 year old male living on $887.00/month, disabled and wheel chair bound who was about to have his electricity shut off. The Cherokee County Senior Services stepped in, paid his power bill and “kept the lights on.” One more example would be a woman in her 70’s living in a hotel week-to-week and literally had nowhere else to go in the short-term.  She was about to be evicted and the CCSS was able to provide another one week stay so that she could have the time to make other arrangements.




The Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council salutes the greatest generation ever and invites you to join us to . . .

a wonderful dinner planned

to the big band sounds of Joe Gransden

find “just what you’ve always wanted” at our auction

August 20 at 6:30 pm live

Northside Hospital — Cherokee Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton

performance by

joe Gransden

and his 17 piece orchestra

For more information, please call Dianne Voss at (770) 345-7515 or (678) 269-6677 or visit 23

Allatoona Pass after the battle

The Battle of Allatoona Pass, located in Bartow County, was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The Battle of Allatoona Pass was fought on October 5, 1864, five weeks after the fall of Atlanta. CSA General John Hood wanted to recapture Nashville and ordered General Samuel French to march north from Big Shanty to Allatoona Pass and take the forts there. French was also ordered to fill the pass with debris and then march further north to burn the Etowah River Bridge. Union General Sherman learned of the movement and sent troops from Rome to aid those in Allatoona. French arrived at approximately 3 a.m. and a few hours later, what would come to be called a ‘needless effusion of blood’ began. French’s troops made four assaults on the forts and came very close to taking them. However, when French learned that Sherman was sending more reinforcements, he decided to withdraw. Of the 5,301 men engaged in the battle (2,025 Union and 3,276 Confederates), there were 1,603 casualties. To learn more about the Battle of Allatoona Pass, join us at our History Program on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the Rock Barn. The guest speaker will be Robert Jones, president of the Kennesaw Historical Society. Mr. Jones has written several books, including “Retracing the Route of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign” and “Images of America: Kennesaw.” The program will be offered at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Rock Barn is located at 658 Marietta Highway, Canton. Refreshments will be served.

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In the Community

SCHOOL Holly Springs Students Really Add Up

News Habitat for Humanity Supported by Creekview In its first year of existence this past school year, Creekview High School’s Habitat for Humanity club raised $5,000 for Habitat builds in Cherokee County. More than 50 students took part in fundraising through Trick-or-Treat donation drives, bake sales and other activities. In addition to fundraising, they also took part in Habitat Builds, leadership camps and held meetings to raise awareness at the school of the problem of homelessness in the county.

Holly Springs Elementary School held its first Family Math Night and Math Fair recently. Families participated in math activities all around the school. Fifth and sixth grade students submitted projects in various categories, such as History of Math, Math & Literature, Math in Art, Math in Music, Math in the Real World and specific math topics such as Geometry, Algebra and Probability. The following sixth-graders won ribbons for their entries: Row 1:  Zane Stoor, Colby Cantrell, Dakota Thomas,  Mackenzie Eubanks, Kayla Foley, Mikala Miles, Madison Johnson, Hunter Goss, Griffin Beckwith, Robby Biggs, David Rezkalla; Row 2: Gabby Filkins, Summer Freeman, Leah Mulkey, Briana Outlaw, Nick McKenzie, Evan Kuhn, Korey Karch, Jacob Tomeny, Trae Heinz; Row 3: Sasha Laveing, Grace Hauff, Robyn Sommerville, Katarena Massengale, Amber Woodhull, Megan Evans, Tres Zenchuck, Saigim Garcia, David Pezzello, Chandler Clark, Jake Yelton, Mac Wells, Darius Smith.

From left: Principal Dr. Bob Eddy, Colleen Fogarty of Habitat for Humanity, Creekview Habitat for Humanity Club President Sean Andreassen and club sponsor Michael Sinco.

Avery Students Appreciate the Arts

SHS Presents Association Award to Outstanding Physics Students

Avery Elementary School recently celebrated Fine Arts Week to recognize the importance of art and music in the school. During the week, students enjoyed performances by Lee Bryan “The Puppet Man,” Flash of Brass and the Avery ES Chorus. In addition, Lead Custodian Michael Jarrett Community Canvas demonstrates the art of marble Artist Karen Mervis sculpturing. spent the week working with each homeroom to create a huge canvas painting to be hung in the school’s media center. The school culminated the Fine Arts Week with a Fine Arts Night in which various visual artists from the community displayed and demonstrated their artistic talents in the hallways of the school prior to a performance by the Avery ES Grade Four and Grade Five Honor Chorus.  In addition, Avery ES Art Teacher Kay Martin created a gallery of student artwork displaying one piece of artwork created by each student.  Parents and community members were invited to tour the student artwork gallery and visit the demonstrating artists.

Seniors Brice Bowerman, Rebecca Cottrill, Ryan Evans and Jakob Wetmore, along with junior Tabitha Moore, have been selected as 2011 Outstanding Physics Students of the Year at Sequoyah High School. Kim Geddes, physics teacher, in cooperation SHS Outstanding Physics students set up with the American a physics demonstration. From left: Ryan Association of Physics Evans, senior; Jakob Wetmore, senior; Teachers presented Tabitha Moore, junior; and Rebecca the students with Cottrill, senior.  Not pictured:  Brice certificates of Bowerman. achievement at an awards presentation held on campus. The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is the world leader in promoting physics education at all levels. Each year the Association supports its members in recognizing their outstanding physics students. Students are selected based on achievement in physics, enthusiasm for the subject, extraordinary contributions to the physics classroom and science endeavors outside of the classroom.

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From left: Amber McFarland, Carrie Harper and Alexis Grant.

From left: Matt Veal, Tyler Wemmer, Dave Kerkoff and Alex Peterson.

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Camden Underwood; son of Phillip and Kelly Underwood of Waleska. Graduate of The Carpenter’s Shop Preschool. Landon Cook; son of Brandy Cook of Canton. Graduate of The Carpenter’s Shop Preschool.

Pierson Sears; son of Spence and Jodi Sears of Canton. Graduate of The Carpenter’s Shop Preschool. 27


Welcoming, nurturing, growing, loving…these words and so much more are the essence of The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool. Conveniently located just off of I-575, tucked in the heart of Canton, The Carpenter’s Shop provides a secure learning environment for your child while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Builders of children, the staff at The Carpenter’s Shop offers Christian preschool education like no other. Come experience The Carpenter’s Shop difference!

Building on a Firm Foundation — Building kids God’s way…The Carpenter’s Shop has been doing just that since 2007. Donna Harris, Director and co-owner, has a true Godgiven love and passion for children. “I have been in the preschool business for more than 25 years. I love what I do!” Her enthusiasm is overflowing as she warmly interacts with the children and her passion is contagious! “The kids feel loved; our staff is made up of wonderful, Christian people. They have the same passion for kids that I do!” Building a

“Everyone at The Carpenter’s Shop (TCS) is wonderful! My daughter has grown so much intellectually! We love TCS!” — Ashley Walker

strong foundation for your child is a significant part of their growth. “It is our responsibility to lay a solid foundation academically and spiritually on which each child will thrive, grow and reach their God-given potential,” shared Donna. Following this premise, Donna, along with Tammy Wallace, Manager of Operations and co-owner, genuinely strive to create a learning atmosphere that envelopes the children in God’s love and provides strong academics. A Beka Book, a tried and true Christian curriculum with over 30 years of service to Christian schools, is followed and focuses strongly on phonics and language programs. The curriculum is age appropriate, offering science, music, Spanish, math, reading and more, depending on the age level. “More learning takes place during the first five years of a child’s life than at any other time! It is my prayer that The Carpenter’s Shop will be a place where parents feel comfortable leaving their children because they know that they are loved and that they are learning while in our care!” said Donna. The children attend

“Elisabeth has grown so much in the past few years and part of that reason is because of Donna and her wonderful staff at The Carpenter’s Shop. Since day one, they have embraced her with open arms and with love.” — Marjorie & Ken Canty

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Weekly Chapel complete with kid style Praise and Worship time, a monthly memory verse set to familiar nursery rhymes and songs, created and led by Donna herself, and a weekly Bible story. The Carpenter’s Shop places a strong emphasis on academics and school readiness, but believes just as strongly in making learning fun. “Children learn through play; they learn through fun. We strive to provide an atmosphere for the children to grow, feel accepted, build their self-esteem and be happy,” said Donna.

Community and Family — Once you take a walk through the hallways of The Carpenter’s Shop, visit with Donna and Tammy, watch the children as they interact with each other and the staff, you can’t help but notice that something is different. “We are not your typical day care or preschool; we are so much more,” shared Donna with a smile. Tammy added, “If your kids can’t be at home, this is the next best place.” The warmth and love in every detail of your experience at The Carpenter’s Shop is truly the difference. Great importance is placed on academics, but building true character is just as important. “We want to be here for our families and be a light to our community,” shared Donna. Events are planned throughout the year to include families and invite them into the school. Participating in community outreach projects is also important to teach the kids to reach out to others. “We also want to be a help to families in our community,” Donna added.

“The Carpenter’s Shop is a safe and clean, Christian environment; I feel comfortable with them caring for my son. It has the same values as a private school, except it’s a preschool!” — Carrie DeLuca

“It is so difficult having to leave your child every day to go to work. That is why we are so thankful and blessed to have found The Carpenter’s Shop.  Their family environment, patience, guidance and God’s teachings have been a priceless part of who our Grace is growing up to be.  Our daughter is not only getting an education, but she is being loved and cared for each and everyday.   As a mother, I feel good knowing my little piece of heaven, Grace, is safe in my absence and part of such a wonderful place.   Thank you Carpenter’s Shop.” — The Rothschild Family

“The Carpenter’s Shop is a place where our son not only learns but is also loved. The teachers and staff are a blessing to our entire family.” — Christy Barger

Kindergarten is Coming — Register Now for the Fall! The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool has experienced incredible growth over the last four years. “We feel so blessed,” shared Donna and Tammy. As a continuation of their growth, they are excited to announce the addition of a Kindergarten classroom for the Fall 2011-2012 school year! With over 30 years of teaching experience in the Cherokee County School System, the kindergarten program will be led by a well seasoned, loving kindergarten teacher. The classroom will offer a low student/teacher ratio in order to provide an individualized learning environment and each child will finish the year more than prepared to enter first grade. From six weeks old to six years old, the care and curriculum is amazing at The Carpenter’s Shop. Unique in hours and programs, it offers a fabulous choice for quality Christian education. Come see and feel the difference! Building kids God’s way!

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Know Your Heart

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1) What are some new treatments or research 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 catheter, 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 a require physician. 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 his/her 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 to your heart’s health? Cardiovascular disease is one of only a few disease 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 important 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) What is the difference between LDL and HDL? HDL is the good cholesterol. It takes fat out of the walls of your blood vessels and gets rid of it. LDL is the bad cholesterol. Deposits in the walls of blood vessels can cause atherosclerosis. 32 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

6) Can dark chocolate and red wine help the heart? 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 have a high number of antioxidants that 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). 7) Are vegetarian diets more heart healthy? Vegetarian diets tend to be lower on overall fat and especially animal fats which are more typically saturated fats (the ones that tend to be less heart-healthy). However, many fish are packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats (especially salmon). 8) From a financial standpoint, what is the cost difference between prevention and treatment? It is clearly less expensive to prevent heart disease than treat it after it has already occurred. Many prevention measures are free or relatively inexpensive (eating fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, not smoking, etc.). Treating an already diseased heart can be very costly and some treatments include medication, cardiac catheterizations, stents, angioplasties and echocardiograms. 9) Does your gender/race/age play a factor in developing heart disease? Despite a common misconception, deaths from cardiovascular disease are more common in women than men. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women, but it claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women per year. The frequency of cardiovascular disease definitely increases with age. AfricanAmericans are at higher risk than Caucasian patients, and AfricanAmerican women die much more frequently after heart attacks than African-American men and Caucasian men and women. 10) What impact does smoking have on one’s heart health? Smoking is horrible for heart health. Following the first puff of a cigarette, the lining of the blood vessels in the body become irritated and inflamed and this inflammation can last 45 minutes to an hour. Chronic inflammation of the blood vessels leads to more rapid atherosclerosis. Smoking also makes it more likely that atherosclerotic plaque will rupture, form a blood clot and cause a heart attack. WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine provides comprehensive cardiac service offerings. Offices are located in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Cartersville, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. For more information or a physician referral, call (770) 956STAR(7827) or visit 33

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watch out

for Ticks! by Charles Cooley, M.D.

Summertime brings about longer days, fun in the sun, and more and more outdoor activities. As a result, it’s commonplace to find ticks and experience the potential harmful effects of tick bites. Ticks are a leading carrier of diseases to humans in the United States, second only to mosquitoes worldwide. They prefer to live in low brush, tall grass, woods, and weeds. They climb onto vegetation and attach to suitable hosts that pass by, including pets and people. Ticks are seldom a problem in well-maintained lawns although edges of property supporting tall weeds and brush can be a source of infestation. There are some things that we can all do to avoid ticks. • Avoid walking through uncut fields, brush, and other areas likely to harbor ticks. • Wear light colored clothing so you can spot ticks easily and brush them off. • Tuck your pants into your boots or socks. • Apply insect-repellent that has DEET, specifically the brands designed to repel ticks. • Inspect family and pets promptly after being in tickinfested areas, and promptly remove any ticks that are found. To remove a tick, grasp it crosswise with narrow tweezers (do not rupture the tick) as close to the point of attachment as possible and pull s-l-o-w-l-y and gently, and the mouthparts will release. Some back-and-forth wiggling may be necessary but do not twist or rotate the tick. You should see a small crater in the skin. Disinfect the bite site. If you see what looks like black lines, you’ve left the head of the tick in. At this point, you should visit a doctor as the head parts may lead to an infection. Ticks carry diseases, including Lyme’s disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, so you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap after handling a tick. Don’t use any of the folklore remedies (matches, cigarettes, pins, gasoline) that will irritate the tick. They increase the likelihood that the tick will ‘spit up’ in you, which increases 34 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

the risk of disease. Oil is not effective because the breathing requirements of the tick are so small it could last hours. The mouthpiece is barbed rather than spiraled, so trying to rotate the tick out doesn’t help. To dispose of a tick, drop it into alcohol to kill it, and then dispose of it. Flushing a tick down the toilet will not kill them. Squishing them with a thumbnail is not recommended. If you have been bitten, save the tick in a jar of alcohol for identification, to help decide whether possible infection has occurred. Ticks bites are generally painless. The actual bite may cause symptoms only after the tick drops off. You may notice local redness, itching, and burning – and rarely, localized intense pain. You may also experience flu-like symptoms, fever, numbness, confusion, or a rash that looks like a bull’s eye. If you experience any of these symptoms due to a tick bite, you should see a doctor immediately.

* Information obtained from,, and This information provided by Dr. Charles R. Cooley, of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine, located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. For more information about ticks or if you have bitten by a tick, please call 770-720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue, Suite 101, in Canton, next to The Cracker Barrel. They are open seven days a week from 9am – 9pm. 35

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Mona Lisa’s Volunteering as a chaperone for school functions through the years has always been a great combination of sharing new experiences with my children and also getting to know their friends and teachers. Now in high school, the trips have progressed and recently involved a phenomenal school trip to Paris, France. Getting off the bus, walking through the Louvre and standing face to face with Mona Lisa was an amazing moment in my life. I stared at this famous painting by Leonardo de Vinci, realizing it is one the most popular paintings in the world, and the center of many artistic, religious and theoretical debates. The work of art depicts an enigmatic woman gazing at the viewer and her eyes follow you as you move across the room. I asked myself, “What made this painting so famous?” Is it her facial expression, the direction of her eyes or perhaps her smile? My attention quickly focused on her smile — Mona Lisa’s smile. Then came the revelation; Mona Lisa does not display any teeth. Would de Vinci paint Mona Lisa differently today and display her teeth based on today’s esthetics? Open any magazine today or look at the movie stars and what do you notice? Besides all those designer gowns and tuxes, all these stars seem to have been born with perfectly straight, pearly white teeth. Great genetics, blessed with great teeth you think. Well, think again. With a visit to a competent cosmetic dentist many of these stars received a smile to rival that of Mona Lisa. The only difference is they are definitely flashing their teeth for the paparazzi. Cosmetic dentistry is following right on the heels of cosmetic surgery. Remember the make-over show ABC’s Extreme Makeover, where they took a person for 30 days and did a complete make over, and I mean COMPLETE — from head to toe? What a difference the dental restorations made to improve the looks of these candidates. Not only is cosmetic dentistry for improving our self image, but it is used to treat any number of dental maladies, from rotted teeth and broken teeth to congenitally missing teeth, to large gaps and spaces in between teeth. Various techniques are used in cosmetic dentistry. After a consultation with your dentist you will decide which one is right for you. Sometimes a combination of two or more techniques is used for optimal esthetic results. The simplest and easiest way to make a dazzling change in your smile is teeth whitening. This can be done in a dental office or at home using tray based bleaching products. Bleaching done in the dental office is the quickest and most effective way to whiter teeth. Some dentists will provide patients bleaching kits to take home for self-use. Usually these kits work faster than the ones 36 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011


by Dr.Scott R. Harden

bought over the counter as they contain stronger amounts of the whitening agent and the trays are custom fitted which helps to prevent gum irritation from excess whitener on the gums. Your dentist may use porcelain Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at veneers. These veneers are best Fountain View Family Dentistry and has served the Towne Lake area for to treat chipped, weakened or over 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor discolored teeth. The veneers for two nationally renowned dental are very thin shells of porcelain research companies. that are actually bonded directly Office: (770) 926-0000. Website: to your teeth with a very strong adhesive. There are several types of veneers available. Porcelain veneers will not discolor and can last ten to fifteen years. Some dentists opt for porcelain or ceramic crowns that are like the porcelain veneers but encase the entire tooth. Sometimes composite resins are used to gently reshape teeth and sometimes to add reinforcement to a weakened tooth. This is called dental bonding. This composite is matched exactly to your tooth color, and can be done in a single visit often without anesthesia. Composites generally last from seven to ten years and do not discolor. Dentists designing “smile makeovers” are in demand for more than their technical skill in placing crowns, veneers and implants. Today’s sophisticated consumers are aiming for natural-looking teeth. They want a dentist with good taste as well as good hands. Enter the dentist as artist. Dentists achieving acclaim for being at the forefront of providing wonderful smiles get it when it comes to making people — not just smiles — more beautiful. Creating a new smile that is right for every patient means that you look at the person’s age, the shape of the face and lips, the color of the skin, even the body type. Creating a natural appearance means creating subtle variations that you see with natural teeth. The dentist can place one tooth at a slightly different angle, a slightly different plane, or create a slight overlap — all of which creates that authentic look. Patients should seek out dentists who are aware of these esthetic components of smiles to get the best possible result. Ask your dentist for photos of smile makeovers that they have done to get a comfortable basis for what they can achieve and what they can do for you. Mona Lisa’s smile has become legendary in history. Consider the value of your smile and what it can do to improve your life.

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Financial Considerations

for Business Owners

by Judy T. Ross

For those who own their own This article was written by Wells Fargo business, it’s no secret that Advisors and provided courtesy of Judy personal financial security is T. Ross, Senior Financial Advisor, in very closely tied to the success Canton, Georgia at (770) 345-8008. of the business. And with the never-ending task of overseeing day-to-day operations, owners may find it difficult to focus on broader financial issues associated with running a business. Following is a brief checklist of some of the most important items business owners should consider, along with an explanation of how each fits in the big picture. Qualified Retirement Plan. To help you with the allimportant tasks of planning for retirement — both for yourself and for your employees — a qualified retirement plan allows you to build a portion of your wealth independently from your business. For you personally, such a plan offers several advantages. For one thing, you can reduce your personal taxes by contributing to a retirement plan. In addition, these plans allow for tax-deferred growth on your plan investments that may provide a significant amount for your retirement. Aside from the personal benefits, you may also be eligible to receive a business tax deduction for the cost to establish and maintain the plan, and for the employer contributions you add to your employees’ accounts. A good retirement plan will also help attract, reward and keep good employees, which could prove to be a competitive advantage for your business. Compensation. While a qualified retirement plan can be a good start to building wealth for retirement, it may not address all your needs and objectives. In some cases, you may need to provide additional options for the owners or other highly compensated individuals within your business. Though they only apply in limited circumstances, nonqualified deferred compensation plans allow you to address these unique needs through several options. Some plans let executives defer a portion of their compensation, while others let employers provide tax-deferred compensation to this select group. There are also excess deferral plans for highly compensated individuals who may be subject to contribution limits with qualified plans. Beyond the salary and deferral issues, there are several other elements that make up total compensation. You may want to provide life insurance as an employee benefit. Group term life insurance, individual and group disability insurance and continued on page 54 38 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

A sweet Alternative by Dr. Kellie Baxter Sweets are meant to be eaten in moderation. Unfortunately we Americans love our sweets. I often write about how we should strive to cut sugar and corn syrup from our diets and eat more “Real Food” — Real Food being lean protein, Kellie Baxter B.S., D.C. specializes fruits, vegetables, nuts and in chiropractic, sports injuries and whole grains. Real Food is not nutrition. For more information, please Equal, Splenda, high fructose call the office at (770) 345-1111 or corn syrup or any of the highly visit processed, man-made food experiments that have found their way into our breakfast, lunch and dinner. So what should you eat when you crave sweets and Real Food just won’t do? Indulge, but only in moderation — once or twice a week. No fake stuff, okay? I’m going to tell you how to get that sweet treat and feel good about it. For those of you who want a zero-calorie, all-natural option, Stevia should be your first choice. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar so you only need a little. There are many different brands of Stevia. If you don’t love the flavor of one, try another. They really do differ. My favorite is Nustevia in the purple box. In powdered form, it comes in packets you can carry with you. You can also get Stevia in liquid form or crushed green leaves from the actual Stevia plant. You can even grow it yourself! Stevia has been used by Indians, South Americans and the Japanese for over 500 years. We have known about it in this country since the early 1900’s. However due to oppression from the sugar industry and artificial sweetener proponents it has yet to be approved by the FDA. Stevia also has medicinal qualities. Stevia can help regulate and lower blood sugar. In this country, the authorities on food consider this a side effect because it could interfere with the medication you are taking to lower your blood sugar by lowering it further. If you are diabetic or hypoglycemic and take Stevia, monitor your blood sugar. You should be doing this anyway. Stevia has also been shown to lower elevated blood pressure. Yet, again, this is considered a side effect. If you are on high blood pressure medicine this could further lower your blood pressure. I guess it’s alright if a medicine lowers it rather than a natural, zero-calorie sweetener. Studies show Stevia can help boost the immune system, continued on page 54

In June 2011, The Kid Connection Child Development Center in the Macedonia Community was renamed, “Brenwood Academy.” In addition to building upon The Kid Connection’s exceptional early childhood programs developed over the last 20 years in Cherokee County, Brenwood Academy will expand its services with a “boutique” style elementary school opening fall 2011. Offering limited classes and positions for students in grades kindergarten through the second grade, the school will continue to expand based on enrollment by adding grade levels through the fifth grade. Brenwood Academy will continue to offer its early childhood programs as well for children from birth through age three as well as the GA Lottery funded Prekindergarten programs for children that have turned four years old by September 1st of the school year. The mission of Brenwood Academy is to provide each student with a diverse education that promotes excellence, motivation and self-discipline, developing confidence and skills to become an independent and self-sufficient individual, equipped for success in a dynamic and changing world. Brenwood Academy elementary students will be provided a solid foundation that will take the best of traditional elementary elements, cutting edge technology, an emphasis on language and literacy, and an intentional integrated program of time management, executive functioning skills and confidence building through projects and presentations. The founders of Brenwood Academy believe that a strong foundation of academics is paramount with emphasis placed on writing, reading and phonics. In addition to an emphasis on language and literacy, course work in math, science, social studies, foreign language, physical education, music and art will round out a well-balanced curriculum. The latest proven technology is used in all classrooms at age, skill and developmentally appropriate levels. Believing that the key to success in any early learning or primary setting is to offer students a comfortable, fun and friendly environment, Brenwood Academy’s academic and social environment enables children to work together creating a place where they actually “want to learn” in carefully planned facilities that are bright, open and welcoming, with small class sizes and experienced state certified instructors. The “family friendly” philosophy has grown from over 30 years of proven educational experience where each child’s individuality is nurtured, not stifled. Brenwood Academy is currently accredited by AdvancEd SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), through the District Accreditation received in 2010. This very important

accreditation indicates the school’s commitment to excellence and demonstrates a proven and validated level of quality throughout its programs. It is the vision of the founders of Brenwood Academy to maintain excellence in educational opportunities for children through grade five, in this small, family friendly environment that is comfortable and fun allowing its students to excel beyond even their parent’s wildest imaginations! Mary Dean Townsend, Head of School, and Kelly Ashworth, Director of Early Childhood Programs are available now to answer your questions and would love to have interested families stop by for a tour and additional information. Please contact Brenwood Academy at (770) 704-4925, visit us at 8991 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, GA 30115, or visit our website at Brenwood Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origins, or religious affiliation in the administration of any of its educational policies, activities, and other school administered programs. 39

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Thank You . . .

Thank You

by Dr. Michael Anderson

When I have time in the early morning to reflect I feel grateful for so many things, especially for my 26 year marriage. Weeks ago such reflection moved me to show more appreciation for my wife. All began pathetically Doc Anderson, MD, FAAP writes for but ended meaningfully. My N. GA Kids, and is a pediatrician in wife Stephanie deserves to Canton and a medical director and sleep late on Saturday and Asst Prof of Pediatrics at Children’s Pediatrics Ctr. (770) 720-6963, then have a quiet coffee. I www.happyhealthy®.com had planned to whisk our girls secretly to IHOP for their own surprise breakfast with me. Unfortunately we woke mom while debating why they must wear socks with their shoes. Then while driving my girls surprised me when they announced they don’t like pancakes for breakfast. With a tight jaw I whispered, “you will like pancakes or go without breakfast.” At the IHOP, my pouting children endured my lecture on the merits of a traditional breakfast. Afterward, they ordered from the lunch menu. To amend for my surly behavior I tried to be playful with them. Their moods improved but disaster nearly struck when they tossed a napkin at me. I dodged the napkin but it hit a well-dressed woman sitting behind me. By her grace (or pity) she pretended not to notice. After eating, I asked my girls to pick-up the napkins, straws, flatware, etc. from under our table. Mr. Stovall our waiter explained that another customer had already paid for all our meals. Wow! How incredibly nice! I smiled to Mr. Stovall, “I love this community!” The gentleman who stopped by our table thanked me for being his family’s pediatrician. Then I whispered a secret prayer thankful for this gentleman’s kindness. Over a month later, I’m still smiling because of his gesture. This gentleman’s example to me, and my children, changed my day and apparently to a degree my whole outlook. Stephanie claims that from that day I have been more grateful. Whenever I see our “uniformed” men and women: Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, or Fire and Rescue, I tell them “Thanks for serving.” Their warm smiles tell me this makes a difference for both of us. Stephanie now tells me that my IHOP breakfast was a huge success. Not that she was able to sleep late, but that my perspective has improved. Let me conclude to my IHOP benefactor, to all our Members in Uniform, to my wonderful doctors and nurses who care, to my kind and gracious pediatric patient families, to my own mother, to my own children, to my beloved Stephanie, and my Lord. Thank you ... Thank you ... Thank you. With Love, Doc. 40 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

joint Custody by Dr. Monika Yadav Cus-to-dy (noun): immediate Dr. Monika Yadav is an Internist with charge and control exercised Internal Medicine Associates who by a person; SAFEKEEPING. practices in Holly Spring and Jasper. As I grow older, there are many (678) 494-9669, advancedmedcenter. com delusions I begrudgingly grow out of — like sleep is NOT essential for a clear mind, patience IS a virtue, and my body will remain lithe and limber naturally as the years move on. The last point has been more immediately apparent since I jumped back into tennis league play after 20 years. From the time we are born until about the age of 20 we are almost in a constant growth spurt. We don’t require as much stretching and warm-up because our own ever-enlarging muscle and joint cells are doing a lot of the work for our young developing bodies. But as we get older (and I mean 30 and above!) and have stopped growing, we now must do all of the work to stay flexible. Most injuries are due to de-conditioning and lack of proper warm-ups. Muscle fatigue, unusual activity and repetitive actions are the key players for pain and suffering in a physical perspective. We don’t have the luxury to regularly exercise because of work, children, life in general… And when we do eventually hit the gym, courts, fields, etc., sprains, tears, pains and more become our fast friends. We all know the acronym “RICE” (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for when we injure ourselves during exercise, but what can we do to PREVENT this from happening? 1. Stretch before AND after exercise. Usually 5 minutes of movements will suffice —This is what most of us learned in elementary PE class. It’s probably more comfortable and effective if done at home pre- and post- exercise. 2. Also do 5 — 10 minutes of a mild warm-up (i.e. jogging) before and after vigorous exercise. 3. Increase the level of difficulty in small increments, not giant leaps. 4. Drink lots of fluids before, during and after exercise. This statement should be an inherent part of everyday life in the South regardless if you are exercising or not. Being a former Yankee, it still baffles my mind how most of you DON’T really drink as much water as your body needs, especially because of the high heat index. 5. If you are mainly sedentary at work, try to vary your activity as much as possible and attempt to stretch every hour to keep the circulation going.

I know most of this advice is common sense… but unfortunately we don’t take heed to what we already know most of the time. I have started learning from my mistakes (and multiple injuries) and try my best to follow my own medical advice because I want to enter each ensuing decade younger and fitter than the one before!

Gentle Dentistry

For the Entire Family 41

[ by Julie Brennan ] A friend once asked me if I had been taught fear. The question shocked me at first, and then I realized that I was not taught fear but respect. Fear denotes the agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger. Respect denotes both a positive feeling of esteem for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct. Last year, a new outdoor adventure opened in Lula, GA. North Georgia Canopy Tours recently celebrated its one year anniversary, so I decided it was time to try it out for myself. Along with photographer Kim Bates, I geared up for what proved to be an awesome afternoon in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Our hosts and guides were outstanding, and the folks that were part of our adventure made the experience a once in a lifetime treat. I was the only one in the group who had never experienced a zip line, which made for a few laughs and interesting circumstances. The experience began “low and slow,” though we soon found ourselves zipping at greater heights and speeds through the lush canopy. We enjoyed a birds-eye view of the North Oconee River, ravines, ponds, pastures, and wildlife. Despite my efforts to maintain a steady focus on keeping my body positioned straight ahead, that didn’t happen. Everything around me was beautiful, peaceful, and worth taking a look – so as my eyes turned one way so did my body. Thank goodness that Kevin and Austin were there every step of the way, making sure all harnesses, ropes, clips, and every other safety piece was in place at all times. They maintained a fun and light-hearted environment amongst the beautiful backdrop of the tree tops, the glorious sky above us, and the magnificent surroundings that spoiled us. The adventure is worth every minute of it; the ability to soar through the air attached to a steel cable—which soon

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disappeared from our consciousness— the ziplines, sky bridges, moderate hikes through a natural beautiful area, and a dual racing zip over the Hilltop Pond in front of the Observation Deck were simply fabulous. I did realize I do fear one thing – rappelling. Though safely held by ropes and harnesses, I was not able to let go as easily as the rest of the folks in our group. However, as with life, once I realized that there were others there who “had my back,” it was easier to let go. My eyes remained focused on the guides that made it all oh so easy. The feeling I enjoyed from that afternoon is one that remains in my memory. Besides taking pleasure in the beauty of the awesome mountains, meeting new friends, and learning more about ecological responsibility, I was able to cross out another item off my List of things I never thought I’d do. Should you ever have the opportunity to take a ride to Lula and enjoy a time of freedom and fun, I encourage you to “zip it!” NORTH GEORGIA CANOPY TOURS 5290 Harris Road, Lula, Georgia 30554 770 869 7272 | 770-869-9993 phone/fax North Georgia Canopy Tours has added a nationally and locally approved 4 stage geocache which is free to the public, an 18 hole disc golf course with doubles tournaments every 3rd Sunday of the month, and camping in teepees! Did you know? Kids ages 10-15 zip for ½ price (valid Tuesday through Thursday) with the purchase of a full price adult Adventure Tour purchase.

Family and Faith

talk dog with kelli & Jeff

— Training Basenjis by Jeff Schettler

Well, our first effort with Talk Dog went over great and I want to thank those of you who called and emailed us with questions and comments. This edition’s topic will be: The Basenji; To Train, Or Not To Train? Thanks to Michelle and Trevor for their picture of their Basenji. Basenjis are one of the world’s most ancient breed of domestic dog with roots currently in the Congo but archeological evidence suggests that Egypt and the feet of the Pharaohs might perhaps be their origins. From a DNA perspective, Basenjis are more closely related to the Asian Wolf than Canis familiaris, the domestic dog. The Basenji is a “barkless” dog probably due to evolution as a diminutive hunting dog in a predator rich environment. A noisy dog might be a meal in Africa where much larger predators rule the jungle. Basenjis do make noises that have been compared to a crying baby or as Kelli’s says...”something not quite right!” But, for the most part, Basenjis are preternaturally silent most of the time. Basenjis are extremely fast and agile with abilities to take down small game that rivals coyotes. Basenjis are still used today by villagers deep in the Congo

to hunt small to medium size game. The first recorded imports were in 1890. These dogs are listed by the AKC as a “Sight Hound” but the shape, structure and size of the dog suggest that this breed is actually a multi-sense hunter with a proclivity for scenting. Now to the question, can a Basenji be trained?

Want to Talk Dog? Please send your pictures & questions to: or (770) 721-6959.

I have been a Basenji fan for years and got my first back in the 90’s as a small game hunter. My first dog, Axel, excelled at hunting though not in a traditional western sense. When left to his own devices, Axel seemed to develop a natural hunting bond with me that really required no training. It was if he knew what to do right out of the box. This may be due to the fact that the Basenji is more a “primitive breed” akin to the New Guinea Singing Dog, Dingo, or Carolina Dog. The continued on page 54 43

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Hearing but not


by Lowell Lawson There is a BIG difference between hearing and listening. Lowell Lawson is a faithful contributor to AroundAbout — East Canton. Lowell Unless tragically touched by can be contacted at LowellLawson@ deafness, we are surrounded by a constant cascade of sounds every waking moment. We hear them. Sadly, only occasionally do we listen to them. Hearing is to receive a sound. Listening requires that we pause and ask, “What do those words mean? Need I do anything in response?” Allow me to share a recent experience. My doctor moved to a new office. For several weeks a notice was posted informing the patients of the location. Just one problem. It was a block off the main highway, obscured from view. On my first visit I drove a wandering route somewhere in the general vicinity. I eventually called the office and told the voice on the phone: “I am lost.” Sympathetically she replied, “We saw you go by. We’ll have someone stand outside the office.” Finally, I was reunited with the caring staff. Despite the sincere efforts to insure all patients would correctly navigate their way, I suspect a few of us sailors could not find the harbor. Directions don’t help when what you are looking for is invisible. As I retraced my route back to the main highway, I discovered a much better and completely visible way to go. There it was. A friendly traffic light. Turn right at the light, go one block, and turn right into the parking lot. It was so simple even I could do it. My mother told me to do at least one good deed every day. Try as hard as I can, I have missed one day in the past twenty years. I had my good deed ready for my next doctor’s visit. Modestly I told the receptionist, “May I tell you something that will fill your patients’ hearts with gratitude?” I could sense the breathless expectancy in her own heart as she said, “Please do.” “Why don’t you tell the patients that they will find you if they turn at the highly visible traffic light instead of seeking to find an obscure building hidden from view?” At this point she kept on hearing but stopped listening. “Oh, that is how I find the office. And that is what I tell the patients,” she said. “But what about the rest of us who seek the safe harbor?” She repeated, “I know how to get here and I tell the patients what works for me.” Unfortunately, only a select few were privy to her secret passage. The rest were left to wander. And so it went. I had the best of intentions when I offered an “It works for me and it will help a lot of others” suggestion. As Robby Burns said, “The best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft agley” when someone is hearing but not really listening. 44 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

How to Keep your

Indoor Cat Happy

by Drs. Simone & Greg Nutt Cats are inquisitive animals with amazing senses. In the wild and outdoors, they rely on their senses to survive by catching food and avoiding danger, and thrive. Many cats nowadays are kept strictly indoors, as this greatly reduces the risk of injury and disease Simone and Greg Nutt are the coowners of Riverstone Animal Hospital. and often results in a longer If you have any questions, feel free to life span. Cats that are kept visit them at their new facility or call indoors can also thrive, (770) 479-7141. but without an enriched, stimulating environment many will become bored, stressed and overweight. The consequences for their physical and mental well-being can be severe. Boredom in indoor cats can lead to obsessive-compulsive behaviors such as overgrooming, as well as destructive behavior. Cats that are stressed because they live in close quarters with other cats often develop abnormal urination behavior which can be severe enough to force owners to give up the cat or choose euthanasia. Obesity is much more prevalent in indoor cats and is one of the main predisposing factors for diabetes and joint disease. Fortunately, providing your cat with an enriching indoor environment can greatly reduce the incidence of these problems and doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cost too much. Below is a wide selection of websites that explain why cats need environmental stimulation, offer advice on how you can bring complexity and unpredictability to your indoor cat’s daily life, and introduce products you can use to safely bring the outside world to your indoor cat. Your veterinary team can also be a great source of information if you have questions about any of these topics and can help you determine how to best optimize your cats indoor environment. • — This website of the indoor pet initiative explains the importance of environmental enrichment for indoor cats and the role that stress plays in their general health. It shows how our feline friends feel and see the world and how you can apply this knowledge to your cat’s needs, such as litter boxes, scratching areas, places to rest, perches and toys. • — The Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) is a British charity devoted to the wellcontinued on page 54 45

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NOT JUST A FEATHER for your cap

The Latest Hair Accessory

What do hairstylists and fly fishermen have in common? Feathers! The most recent hair trend is causing fishing shops to run out of the feathers known as “hackle” as women and hairstylists flock to buy them in bulk for hair extensions. Available in their natural colors or dyed pink, purple, green or blue, feathers in your hair will put you in the company of stars such as Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha and Steven Tyler. This look isn’t just for the girls! Steven Tyler is actually the one credited, or blamed, by fishermen who want the feathers for their lures. Tyler brought attention to this unique hair accessory by wearing different feather extensions each week on Season 10 of American Idol. Although people thought Jennifer Lopez would be the one who brought fashion to the judges’ table, it was Steven Tyler’s hair that caught the imagination of the viewing public. Now feathers are selling out everywhere! The great thing about this hair accessory is how easy it is to put in, to take care of, and to change. The extensions are easily attached to the root of the hair with metal clips and can last for

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by Jyl Craven

several months. They can be blow dried, curled, straightened and brushed. Choose feathers that create a subtle look — or be outrageous. Whatever you do, have fun with it! You can even accessorize your dog to match. Feather Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio of Canton. For information you extensions are becoming may contact the salon at (770) 345so popular that people are 9411 or visit getting them for their canine companions. Dogs are now boasting feathers in their fur along with their owners, creating a cute and funky ‘do for dogs. If you want a new appearance for your dog or for you, feather extensions may be the way to go. These extensions can be found in most salons and, due to high demand and limited supplies, the price is consistently rising. Call your hairstylist for advice on finding the right feathers for you — but hurry because they might run out!

Sometimes laughter lasts happily ever after. Come to a place whe re e le phants fly, te acups s pin a nd fair ytale s re ally d o come true — Walt Dis ney Wo rld ® R e s or t. H e re , your family will cre ate me morie s that will las t a life time —mag ica l mome nts you’ll hold in your he ar t, happily eve r a ft er. W he the r it’s your firs t Dis ney e xpe rie nce , or yo ur one hund re d and firs t, why wait a mome nt longer t o bring your family? T he re ’s a magical Dis ney moment waiting for you right now!

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To book your next magical Disney vacation, contact Pixie Vacations today.

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Disney world

Buying a new

Money-Saving Tips


by Dan Jape When it’s finally time to replace your old heating and Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air. You may contact him cooling system, there will be at 770-594-9096 or visit him online at many choices and different decisions to be made that will affect your comfort, efficiency and overall happiness with any new system selected. It would benefit anyone to become familiar with the different components and terms you will face when that day does arrive. There are three separate pieces of equipment you have to replace when purchasing a new HVAC system; they are the furnace, the indoor cooling coil and the outdoor condenser (or air conditioner). You have choices of different furnaces and condensers, but generally there is only one coil for any system. There are many different manufacturers of furnaces and many different models available, but there are really just two distinctly different types of furnaces: single speed, single stage furnaces and two stage, variable speed furnaces. A single speed, single stage furnace comes on full blast anytime it runs and the motor in it consumes $250 a year of A/C electricity. A two stage, variable speed furnace comes on gradually and only uses the amount of gas needed at any given time to heat your home and its blower consumes only $30 annually of D/C current. The variable speed furnace also comes with a special thermostat that actually allows the furnace to reduce the amount of humidity in your home by an additional 5 — 10 percent, and when it is drier in your home, you can actually keep it warmer and feel the same comfort level, which will save you money. You have many choices in different outdoor condensers and what you pick is critical to your comfort. There are two different types of outdoor units, single speed units and two-speed units. The two speed units are the best choice for most homes in the south; they can be large enough in capacity to handle the extreme hot days, but because of their two speed design, they slow down to remove more moisture than a regular single speed condenser. The efficiency of these two speed units is usually so much better than a single speed unit that they can reduce the electric consumption by over 50 percent compared to your old cooling system. There are builder grade units, consumer grade units and top of the line units in both single speed and two-speed. Builder grade units are designed for a low, upfront price point and come with short warranties and will usually provide a shorter life span, as most builders are only interested in how a particular appliance operates for one year, which is the standard warranty for a new continued on page 54 48 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

by Lisa Griswold If you are going to Disney World any time soon, you may like to know some good ways to save some money. There are many ways to make a Disney vacation more budget-friendly! • or call Travel When School is in (678) 815-1584. Session – Disney Resort Survey: Do you have a tip or trick that prices are highest when the you use when going to Walt Disney kids are out of school, either World? Send your answer to Survey@ for the summer or for a holiday. Avoid these times! Cherokee County gives us two great opportunities each year to go to Disney when it is cheaper and less crowded: Fall and Winter Breaks. Historically, September is when Disney offers their Free Dining promotion! Bonus!

Know Your Promotion – If you call Disney to book your vacation, they will not offer you a discounted rate; you have to know the promotion that you want. Otherwise you will be paying full price. A travel specialist can help you determine the best package for your family.

Use the Disney Dining Plan – Dining Plans can save you up to 30 percent off of your food costs. They are easy and convenient to use. And the plans are pre-paid, so it makes dining less stressful. To make the most of it, eat breakfast in your room, use a counter service credit for lunch and a table credit for dinner. Also, pack additional snacks in a backpack before you hit the parks. Granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, water bottles, juice pouches, and even chips and cookies are easy to pack up and take with you.

Buy Souvenirs Before You Go – If you are reading this, you are close enough to drive to Walt Disney World (WDW). Make a stop at a Wal-Mart or a t-shirt shop near Disney. You will find ALL kinds of Disney souvenirs at nice discounts. Look for a light up toy too. Nighttime toys are very expensive at WDW and very hard to resist when you are under four feet tall! Buy your princess dress before you go. Stop at the Dollar Store to get some Glo necklaces and bracelets. If pre-purchasing souvenirs is not your thing, save the shopping for the last day. This way everyone can browse the whole trip and evaluate what they really want to buy.

Buy 4-Day Park Tickets or More – Disney tickets get cheaper the more days you buy. The difference between a 3- and 4-Day adult base ticket is $8.52. After that it is only $5.32 per day (up to 10 days). You won’t save much by cutting out days five and six from your tickets. Go for it!

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

Charitable & Support Organizations AA Meetings: Antioch Christian: (770) 475-9628 AARP Organization: Canton Chapter: (770) 479-5460 Adopting Families Group: (770) 516-1340 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group: (770) 926-0119 American Heart Assoc. — Cherokee Division: (678) 385-2013 Arts Alliance of Georgia: (678) 754-8482 Bethany Place: (770) 479-9462 Breast Cancer Support Group, Drop-In: (404) 843-1880 Canton Al-Anon: (770) 516-3502 CASA for Children, Inc.: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Cherokee Autism Support Group: Heidi — or Renee — Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: (770) 592-9779 Cherokee Co. Aspergers Syndrome Parents Support Group: (678) 616-6741 Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee Co. Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA: (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: (770) 345-1879 Cherokee Co. Senior Services: (770) 345-5312 Cherokee Co. Service League: (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: (770) 517-7101 Cherokee County Family Violence Center: (770) 479-1804 Battered Women Hotline: (770) 479-1703 In Spanish, (770) 720-7050 Cherokee FOCUS: (770) 345-5483 Drug Free Cherokee: Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483 Emotions Anonymous: Tonya M., (678) 648-9953

Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: (770) 345-1879, Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries: (800) 989-4248, Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies): (770) 924-0864, Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store: Hospice Advantage: (770) 218-1997 iCOR (helping orphans): (404) 992-8155 Legacy Ministries International: (770) 924-0826 Meals-on-Wheels:

(770) 345-7440 Miracle Mothers: MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton,

Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): West:

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:

MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers:

(678) 232-7488,

(770) 479-4140

Cherokee County Young Republicans: (770) 926-9317, MUST Ministries:

(770) 479-5397

Cherokee/Pickens Libertarian Party: (770) 345-4678,

Narcotics Anonymous: (770) 720-4032 National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group:

Recreation & Hobbies

(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 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:

Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418

(770) 757-2282

Cherokee Fencing Club: (678) 224-7878

Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750

Canton Lions Club:

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:

Cherokee Hiking 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,

(770) 235-3655

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

(770) 928-4239

Cherokee Running Club:

(770) 926-8513 Cherokee Senior Softball Association:

Crossfit Workout of the Day Club:

Sons of the American Revolution:

The Funk Heritage Center Book Club:

(770) 720-5969

Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015

The Trail of Tears Association:

(770) 704-6338

(770) 479-4114

Cherokee County Saddle Club:


Business Organizations

Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: (678) 493-3976 Southern O Scalers:

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by Michael Buckner Every now and then, I prefer to answer questions rather than standing on a soapbox of my own choosing. So this month, I have a few questions from my clients and friends that I’d like to cover:

Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Intersection located at 631 E. Main Street, Canton. For more information on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000.

“I have HDMI on my laptop; how come it doesn’t carry the audio to my TV when it’s hooked up? I have to use an auxiliary cable from my headphone jack to the aux input.” — Patrick Drennan, Vail, CO Patrick, the reason for this is that there are about five different versions of the HDMI protocol, from 1.0 to 1.3a, 1.3b, and now we are at 1.4b. The version you have on your PC is before the 1.3 version and does not carry the audio. This is actually very typical of computers, as the engineers think of computers being more for showing presentations, and so they save the company money by not putting audio in that board. I, too, think that this is very lame.

“What are the differences between the types of flat screens?” — Elise Bares, Woodstock, GA Elise, despite the confusion of marketing companies, there are still only two types of flat screens, Plasma and LCD. LED is just a fancier version of LCD. To this day, plasma still has the best picture quality and costs a whole lot less than LCD or LED. The only reason you’d ever want to buy an LCD TV is if direct sunlight hits the TV, or if you very often play video games for more than 4 — 5 hours at a time. If you do this, you risk “burning in” certain images onto the screen. All in all, the best looking TV out there right now is the Panasonic VT30 Series Plasma. It’s got all the older technology of the Pioneer plasma, which was the Ferrari of TV’s before they stopped making them.

“[I am] having problems getting my DVDs that I make on the computer to show as clear on the TV. What am I doing wrong?” — Tonya Gragg Hylton, Atlanta, GA Tonya, the issue is that the resolution of the images you’re using is too low. They probably look fine on a 13” computer monitor, but once you blow it up on your bigger TV, it looks terrible. I’m not sure what you are starting with, but let me give you a couple of pointers: 1) If you are downloading movies, make sure you download one that is at least 720p quality. 2) If you are using photos, make sure you are saving them in the highest resolution possible. Rule of thumb is that the bigger the numbers, the better it’s going to look — four digits per measurement is a good idea (ex. 1920 x 1080).

Thanks to everyone for your questions. Please, if any of you out there would like to ask me anything, just send me an email, or call me. I love my life of helping people with their electronics! 50 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

The Family Touch by Dr. James E. Kilgore Disappointment often discourages us deeply. Death knocks the props out for a while. Yet all of us have to cope with things we’d rather not face. We can’t choose what happens to us, but we make choices about how we react to our circumstances.

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

When you lose a job, when a friend betrays you, when a spouse abuses you or is unfaithful, and the list might go on, you look for an anchor to keep stability in your life. All of us need symbols of strength to remind us of what we have. It is enough sometimes just to know that all is not lost. Francis Scott Key wrote those immortal words in our Star-Spangled Banner. “Oe’r the ramparts we watched…the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, oe’r the land of the free and the home of the brave?” The flag still stands for freedom, yet another song proclaims. That enduring symbol, like the brave eagle in the air, symbolizes the hopes and the dreams of Americans. They keep us going in the face of death and disappointment whether brought on by the enemy or in the halls of our own government. That flag calls us back to the fight and inspires hope for the long march to our nation’s goals. But what do I cling to as a personal symbol when I face disappointment or death? For me, the answer is very basic. I hang on to the relationships that anchor my life. I know the security of the love of my wife and the joy of my children’s growth and success. They remind me of the most important things for which I live. There is also another relationship for me, and it has a symbol too. More than sixty years ago I acknowledged the Lordship of Jesus Christ in my life. The empty cross is the symbol of His death in my place and my future in His family in heaven. If the proclamation is true that a happy home on earth is a taste of heaven, then the security of my future looks bright and satisfying. My security anchor is in the Person I trust. A young boy was asleep in the First Class section of the cabin when the flight attendant awakened him and asked him to put his seat belt on again. “We are experiencing some disturbances and the flight might get a little rough, Son.” “Not to worry, Lady,” the boy said, “My Daddy is the pilot, and we’ll be just fine.” If you know the Pilot, your flight through disappointment, discouragement and even death, can be faced with confidence. I’m glad I know who my Pilot is. Do you?

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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

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


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

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

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

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


Emergency — 911

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

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Ball Ground First Baptist

Church of God Hickory Flat Church of God

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

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

Calvary Baptist

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

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

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

Community Baptist 300 Adam Jenkins Memorial Dr., (678) 493-0908 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

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

Hillside Community Church of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shoal Creek Primitive Baptist

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canton First United Methodist Church 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, (770) 479-2502 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:45, & 11 a.m.

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church 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 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 Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m.

Contact Fr. Frederick Watson: (770) 485-0504


Bethel Tabernacle

Jehovah’s Witnesses

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

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

C3 Church 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.

Sixes Presbyterian Church 2335 Sixes Road, (770) 485-1975 Sunday Service (contemporary): 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service (traditional): 11:15 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

1218 Lake Arrowhead Drive, (770) 479-3886 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

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

New Covenant Bible 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Arrowhead Chapel

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

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

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

Greater Bethel Community Church

Soul’s Harbor Word of Faith Church

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

110 Evergreen Road, (770) 345-2715 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Word of Life Family 207 Marvin Land Lane, (770) 479-7693 Sunday Service: 9 a.m. 53

Financial Considerations . . .

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individual and group long-term care insurance are additional benefits that could be offered for employees. In addition, you might consider other benefits such as college savings plans, which can help employees save money to send their children to school. Insurance. In business, you face many risks you cannot control. In that light, it only makes sense to try to reduce the effects of those risks to the extent possible. Remember, one of the most valuable assets of the business is you. For this reason, you should make sure to have adequate life and disability insurance for yourself, in order to provide financial security for both you and your family. If the owner of a business or a key employee dies unexpectedly, the business could suffer as a result. Key-person insurance can provide cash to help your business continue operating in difficult times, and it may surprise you how affordable it is to effectively reduce a serious risk to your business. While these are just a few of the major concerns business owners face, you may want to take time to consider the many options available to help you address these issues. A financial advisor can be one key member of your team to help put your finances in order, so that you can spend your time doing what’s most important — building your business. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/ NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), and Member SIPC. J. ThompsonRoss Investments is a separate entity from WFAFN.

A Sweet Alternative

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improve digestion and may even have beneficial effects on your skin. Another benefit of Stevia is that of a natural weight loss aid. You can find fun recipes online that will satisfy your sweet tooth — everything from Stevia-sweetened home-made root beer to chocolate chip cookies to raspberry sherbet! As always, stay healthy and well adjusted!

Buying A New System

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home. Consumer grade units today come with a 10 year parts warranty and some companies offer a 10 year labor warranty or even a lifetime warranty if properly maintained. Units such as these can often last 18 to 20 years and are available up to 16 seer in most cases. Top of the line air conditioners are loaded with safeties and controls that allow them to last 20+ years and cut operating costs up to 60 percent while doing the best job in dehumidification and cooling and come in single speed, two54 AroundAbout East Canton | july 2011

speed single compressors, two-speed twin compressors and even solar powered. Units such as these are more expensive up front, but are a better investment in the long run, by offering superior operation, efficiency and comfort. It helps in any market place to know about the different products that are available and it is always a good idea to get at least three different estimates to see if there is a general consensus to what each company recommends.

Talk Dog . . .

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sight hound moniker was placed on the breed simply to allow it into the lure coursing circles. We are actually on our fourth generation of Basenjis now and we have been selectively breeding to produce a Basenji that works for humans along the lines of a German Shepherd or Malinois to detect narcotics and explosives. What better dog to detect something like explosives than a Basenji who does not look like a working dog, thrives in high temperatures, and is as agile as a monkey... plus, they are silent! Our first “working” litter is planned for this winter. So, YES! :) Basenjis can be trained to do a number of things...they just require a strong handler who can get their attention. Visit our web site at

. . . Indoor Cat Happy

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being of cats. From the behavior landing page you will find links to information about cats and stress, as well as ways to alleviate that stress. Elsewhere on the website you can read about the pros and cons of indoors versus outdoors and find out all about cat fencing. • — Train your cat! Cats can be trained to do many things, from performing tricks to not scratching in inappropriate locations to taking a harness, which is a safe way of allowing your cat outdoors. Cats International has several articles that will give you an overview of cat training. training — This is another great website for instruction on how to train your cat. • — Cat movies are another way of entertaining your cat. Some cats love them. Other cats won’t pay them any attention. The Kitty Show Company has video previews on its website, so you can look before purchasing. • and — Both of these companies offer cat fencing, a great way to let your cat safely enjoy the outdoors. It is designed to keep your cat in and dangers out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County Board of Education:

Cherokee County Courts:

(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

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

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

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

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

(678) 493-6431

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 Mayor Gene Hobgood

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

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

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

(404) 362-1600

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

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Cherokee County School System

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

(770) 345-6256

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

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

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


United States Government:

City of Ball Ground

(770) 704-1500

(770) 735-2123

Mayor A. R. (Rick) Roberts III

City of Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing

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