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Cherokee Youth Works Getting Teens in FOCUS for the Life Ahead


Editor Michelle Martin Editor Cherryl Greenman


Graphic Designer Candice Williams Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood

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Christmas Tour of Homes

Presented by the Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club

Edwards Eye Care Modern eye care with a personal touch

Market Director Janet Ponichtera


Writers Michelle Baruchman, Dr. Kellie Baxter, Michael Buckner, J. Daran Burns, Dr. Charles Cooley, Jyl Craven, Calvin Hill, Eric Hill, Dr. Travis Jones, Dr. James Kilgore, Dr. William Klausmeyer, Jamey Prickett, Janet Read, Sen. Chip Rogers, Marcia Winchester, Dr. Monika Yadav

2012 Homecoming Sequoyah High School & Kennesaw State students celebrate

Holiday Hope Lending a hand to your community this holiday season

2012 Holiday Guide


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Directory Listings 53 Clubs 55 Local Officials 56 Churches 59 Community Info 2


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Volume 2 | Issue 1 Footprints Publishing, LLC 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My East Canton Monthly magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Footprints Publishing, LLC. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community based advertising. Each month, more than 14,500 copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the East Canton area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found. My East Canton Monthly welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My East Canton Monthly magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher.

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Riverstone Corner Bistro opened recently at 135 Reinhardt College Parkway in Canton. The restaurant features a separate lunch and dinner menu. Lunch consists of sandwiches, homemade soups, wraps and more. The dinner menu offers pasta, pork, chicken, shrimp and grits, BBQ pork nachos, catch of the day and more. Riverstone Corner Bistro also has a full bar and extensive wine and beer list and a dessert menu not to be missed. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., they can be reached at (770) 704-7325. Ridgewalk Chiropractic and Massage, located at 1000 Woodstock Parkway, Suite 160, Woodstock, opened recently. Dr. Darren Surma, Dr. Linda Bell and Dr. Jenn Paulo offer more than 40 years combined experience, providing excellent Chiropractic care to the Woodstock, Canton and Marietta communities. Riverwalk Chiropractic and Massage specializes in Chiropractic for Families, Infant Care, Sports Injuries, Athletic Performance and Nutrition. Please join them for their Grand Opening Celebration on November 15 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, please call (678) 388-7788.  Pam Allen, Arbonne Independent Distributor, is now offering pure, safe and beneficial products to the Cherokee area. Discover Arbonne’s anti-aging, skin and body care, cosmetics, and health and wellness products. All products are vegan certified and also put into place an ingredient policy to screen out gluten and ingredients that contain GMO. Please call Pam at (770) 310-1673 for more information. Avery Montessori Academy, a new fully Spanish/English immersion Montessori school, is now open in Woodstock, for children 6 weeks to 6 years. This authentic full-time bilingual Montessori school is the only one of its kind in Georgia. Located at 9626 Hickory Flat Highway in Woodstock, please visit or call (770) 754-9800 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Kinetix Health Club is coming to Canton! The new club plans to open at 110 Prominence Point Parkway in mid to late November. Group Fitness Classes will include body pump, zumba, bootcamps and more; a large selection of cardio equipment; large free weight area; personal training; kids’ camps; childcare; and much more! For complete details, please visit or call (770)720-4320.


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The City of Holly Springs and the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency have chosen the Foresite Group, Inc. as the design firm for the construction of the new park on Hickory Road. The City will be holding a public input meeting to inquire what amenities the residents would like to see in the new park. The public input meeting will take place November 14 from 4–6 p.m. at the Holly Springs Municipal Courtroom located at 3235 Holly Springs Parkway. If you are unable to attend, you can visit the website at and post your ideas under the community voice tab on the left-hand side of the homepage. The City of Ball Ground is asking organizations, businesses and schools to help kick off the 2012 Christmas season by participating in the Christmas Parade on December 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the City of Ball Ground. All types of groups are needed and welcomed: bands, floats, marching units, beauty queens, public officials, antique cars, fire trucks, civic organizations and funny cars. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be making their first official appearance in the city. If you are interested in participating in this festive event, contact Nancy Butterworth at ncbutterworth@ or call (770) 924-2176. Why spend Wednesday nights watching reruns of “Friends” when you can come to Epicenter or Epicenter North and experience the real thing! Check out the biggest thing happening every Wednesday night for high school students taking place at two locations: First Baptist Church Woodstock or second floor of Sidelines Grille, Reinhardt College Parkway in Canton. For complete details, please visit Big Springs UMC located at 2066 Sugar Pike Road, Woodstock, is offering a new teen program called Euphoria taking place on Friday nights after the high school football games. Euphoria provides a live worship band, 15-minute message by youth minister Timothy Price and refreshments. The goal is to provide teens a safe and fun place to go on Friday nights. Please visit them on facebook: or call (770) 530-6092 for more information. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch is holding its Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show on November 10, 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Country Club of Roswell located 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell. Fashions are by Barami at Phipps Plaza. Please visit to learn more about the boys’ ranch and to get tickets to the upcoming fashion show. Proceeds will benefit the Alice Smith Memorial Fund at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska.

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Sue Ottosen, owner of Heritage Art and Frame, is proud to have been in business since 1994. She has been in the art field since high school, and has an art education degree from Southern Illinois University. Sue Ottosen taught art for many years, then went into the corporate world to illustrate for General Dynamics Electric Boat Division. After moving to Georgia and working in several frame shops, Sue decided to open her own 18 years ago. Starting at home in the basement, the business grew quickly due to her diligence and her art friends in the different art alliances.

Heritage Art and Frame can come to your home or office to plan out your design to make sure the colors are correct and the frame matches the rest of your décor.

One unique skill Sue offers is repairing damaged oil paintings. Framing includes stretching canvas and stitchery projects, designing shadows boxes, and handling antique prints and photos. Sue likes to help people preserve their memories and memorabilia by walking them through a framing project. Since she is on the Archive committee for the Girl Scouts and is trained to handle many different kinds of materials, she can preserve your documents. Call (770) 928-4172 or email for your next framing project.



Boys & Girls Club Thanks Local Landscape Business for Kind Donation

Front row, from left: Nevan Marcos and Vincent Perna; second row, from left: Derek Price, Destinee Poulard, Dylan Mahoney, Nathan Harston, Danielle Fannin, Devon Bynum, Maliya Pitts and Julianna Akridge; back row, from left: Tony Harrison (President of Board of Directors Boys & Girls Club Canton), Tre Glassman (Outdoor Effects), Victoria Glassman (Outdoor Effects), Samuel Moore (Executive Director B & G) and Angela Richardson (Education Director B & G). has also donated ongoing, weekly maintenance appearance of the club for the kids.

Tre and Victoria Glassman, owners of Outdoor Effects, recently donated to the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club of Cherokee County. The Woodstockbased landscape business donated an inground sprinkler system, sod, plants and trees to improve the outer appearance of the club. Outdoor Effects to keep up the

Farm to School Teachers Hosted by Cherokee County Farm Bureau

Building school vegetable gardens, delving into agriculture curriculums, and providing school lunchroom with melons from the local farmers — that’s just a short list of what 20 Agricultural Educators are incorporating into their middle and high schools as part of the Farm to School pilot program. Dr. Teri Hamlin, North Region Agriculture Education specialist and Erin Croom, Georgia Organics Farm to School coordinator, organized this program to stimulate model and mentor programs in North Georgia. Farm to School, which aims to create reliable markets for farmers and increase students’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, is a growing trend in both Georgia and the United States. A typical program might include school meals that incorporate and highlight locally grown foods, edible school gardens, field trips to farms and cooking classes. Research validates that students of all ages will try and eat more vegetables when they have easy access to a variety of local fresh options and are involved in growing and preparing these foods. Not only is it a great way to engage students in the classroom, Farm to School programs are a good strategy for our local economy and health. The 20 pilot 6

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teachers were hosted at the Cherokee County Farm Bureau recently. The purpose of the event was to review their progress of the past year and set goals for expansion of the Farm to School Farm to School Teachers initiatives for the 20122013 school year as well as visit and work with local agribusiness — Jake’s Produce and Sweetwater Growers. If you would like to learn more about Farm to School programs or subscribe to the Farm to School e-newsletter, please contact Erin Croom at erin@

Five Talents Wealth Management Wealth Manager Honored with Professional Award

Five Talents Wealth Management, Inc. proudly announced recently that Jamie K. Williams has received the 2012 Five Star Professional Award. The Five Star Wealth Manager’s 2012 award is based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including: minimum of five years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, fulfillment of firm’s internal review, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, number of client households, education and professional designations. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Five Talents Wealth Management, Inc. has been providing individuals and organizations with financial guidance since 2007.

Motorcycle Awareness Foundation Awarded Grant from GOHS

A local nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing motorcycle awareness and safety has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The founder and chairman, Karen Bosch, was pleased to receive the grant announcement recently. She said, “We have worked very hard over the last four years to grow the foundation and take our message to auto and motorcycle drivers.” The grant was awarded to the foundation to develop activity books for children ages 8-12. The activity books will teach children about motorcycle safety and to become more alert to motorcycles on the roadways. The activity books will be distributed at various motorcycle events and schools in Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton County. more on Katherine Travis, the executive director of the Kevin P. page 8

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Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Foundation, will be working closely with the board of directors to develop the literature and assist in visiting children to do presentations and distribute the activity books. Ms. Travis was a friend of Kevin Mahurin, for whom the foundation is named.

New Fire Training Facility Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

A large crowd gathered for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cherokee County Fire Training Complex that will be located on Old Highway 5, just south of the Holly Springs business district, in the old Pikes Nursery facility. Once completed, the new training center will feature a concrete “live fire” structure, a multistory concrete training tower to assist with search and rescue training evolutions, an apparatus classroom containing showers, a fitness room and a small medical room. There is a small pond located on the property that will be used to gather storm water for training purposes. There will also be an elevated observation area where families can come and watch the training exercises. The facility is due for completion within a year.

construction is a joint project between Cherokee County, the City of Canton and Northside Hospital. Once complete, the road will connect state routes 20 and 140, parallel to the east side of Interstate 575, via a four-lane divided roadway with a raised median and two parallel bridges across Canton Creek. Construction is anticipated to be completed fall 2013.

Members of the community standing on recently renamed Northside-Cherokee Boulevard.

Cherokee County Farm Bureau Wins st Gfb 1 District Awards

In hard hats from left: Buzz Ahrens, Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioner; Jim Hubbard, Post 2 Commissioner; Eddie Robinson, Assistant Fire Chief; Harry Johnston, Post 1 Commissioner; Raymond Gunnin, former Fire Chief and newly elected Commissioner for Post 2; Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire Chief; Jerry Cooper, County Manager; Alan Cablik, CEO of Cablik Enterprises; Jason Picciano, Vice President of Commercial Development for Cablik Enterprises and Steve Defelippi from Pond and Company.

Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) 1st District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. William Grizzle is the CCFB President. The CCFB Women’s Committee was honored with the 2012 GFB 1st District Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award. The CCFB Legislative Committee was honored with the 2012 GFB 1st District Outstanding Legislative Program Award. The CCFB Promotion & Education Committee received the GFB 1st District Outstanding Promotion & Education Award. CCFB Young Farmer Committee won the GFB 1st District Young Farmer Achievement Award. The GFB 1st District includes 15 counties in northwest Georgia.

Commerce Boulevard Renamed Northside-Cherokee Boulevard

Representatives from Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Cherokee County, the City of Canton and the Georgia DOT gathered recently to view the progress that has been made on the extension of Commerce Boulevard and to recognize the renaming of the road to Northside-Cherokee Boulevard, as unanimously approved by the Canton City Council. The Northside-Cherokee Boulevard 8

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

November 10, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Week of November 5: “Have a Nice Flight” Week of November 12: “Peas & Thank You”

Spanish Story Time

November 11, 10 a.m. Hickory Flat Public Library

Ball Ground Public Library

Master Gardeners: Fungus Among Us

Identify diseases in the garden. Learn how to treat and minimize their effect on your garden. Master Gardener programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register, call the Extension office, (770) 479-0418, email:, fax information to (770) 479-0565 or visit the Master Gardener website at

Tail Waggin’ Tutors and READing Paws These 10-15 minute programs encourage children to read by providing a nonjudgmental, furry listener who won’t laugh if they make a mistake or stumble over a word. Children begin to associate reading with the dog and start to view the activity in a positive light. Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by calling the corresponding library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time.

Ball Ground Public Library

Family Story Time — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

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

R.T. Jones Memorial Library Family Story Times — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Lapsit Story Times — Wednesdays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

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

Hickory Flat Public Library

November 9, 4:30 p.m.

2740 E. Cherokee Drive — (770) 345-7565

Hickory Flat Public Library

M,T & Th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed: 12 – 8 p.m. Fri: 1 – 5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun: CLOSED

November 7, 14 & 28, 4:30 p.m. R. T. Jones Memorial Library

November 5 & 19, 4:30 p.m.

Contest Corner

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

Amanda Hudgins was our winner for October’s contest corner. Amanda has won a gift certificate to Chamberhouse. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year.

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Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3p.m. Cherokee County History Museum & Visitors Center, 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton Information: 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 feature photographs, documents, firsthand accounts, and artifacts from the Society’s collection. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stefanie Joyner at (770) 345-3288 or visit

November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 THE KID’S RANSOM — An original adaptation based on O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief” Time:

Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Location: Historic Canton Theatre, 171 East Main Street, Downtown Canton Cost: $10 general admission Information: Two down on their luck crooks try a kidnapping ransom scheme in a sleepy backwater town. The plan goes awry however and the question then becomes will “The Kid’s” uncle pay to take the little terror back or will the kidnappers have to pay to get rid of her. A show full of laughs for the entire family to enjoy! Purchase tickets online www.cherokeetheatre. org or call (770) 591-0282.

November 9 & 10 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Time: Location:

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. House and Garden Boutique, 103 Bowles Drive, Olde Towne Woodstock Information: The event will offer many seasonal specials, as well as giveaways and refreshments. Stop by to see the fun holiday gift items on hand for this festive

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season! (678) 494-5800 or email info@,

November 10 AN EVENING IN LONDON Time: Location:

6-10 p.m. Cherokee Christian Schools 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock Cost: $6 for students/seniors 60+, $8 for adults-advance purchase online; $8 for students/seniors 60+, $10 for adults at the door Information: All proceeds go to support Fine Arts programs and provide scholarships to deserving students of the arts. Activities include food from renowned chef/owner David Loesch and his Banged Up & Mashed food truck, a quaint English tea room serving tea and pastries, live musical entertainment, photo sittings inside a famous London red phone booth or with a soldier in an authentic Queen’s Household Guard uniform, and shopping in a recreated London street market.

November 10 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Time: Location:

9 a.m. -4 p.m. Waleska First Baptist Church 10657 Fincher Road, Hwy. 108, Waleska Information: Seasonal items available for Christmas decorating and shopping include wreaths, gift baskets, ornaments, handmade craft items, original oil and watercolor paintings. Bakery items include fresh homemade cakes, pies, cookies and candies. The WFBC Country Store will delight everyone with home-canned vegetables and local honey for sale, plus handmade dolls, crafts, knitted and crochet items and more. Be ready for homemade BBQ for lunch. (770) 735-1480 or


Half Marathon, 8:30 a.m.; 10K,

8:35 a.m.; FREE Kids 10 and under run, 8:45 a.m. Location: Blankets Creek Bike Trails Sixes Road Information: The event is sponsored by SORBA Woodstock and Mountain Goat Adventures. Both run courses are on rolling trails along Lake Allatoona. All kids’ race participants receive a race number and finisher medal. Please visit blanketshalf for online registration. Contact Lisa Randall at (770) 653-4614 or lisa@ for additional information. There will be music, prizes, event T-shirts, and local vendors with giveaways. This event helps raise funds for SORBA Woodstock for the continued maintenance of trails at Blankets Creek Park in Canton, Ga. 


Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., candlelight tour from 6-8 p.m.; Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. Cost: $20, presale tickets online at Information: This year’s tour is featuring homes in: Towne Lake Hills East, Woodstock Knoll, Eagle Watch and BridgeMill. The Holiday Tour of Homes features exquisite homes in Woodstock and Canton that are professionally decorated for the holidays by local designers. Each home has unique features that make it distinctive. Visitors will be able to get numerous holiday decorating ideas to make their own homes more festive for the holiday season.

November 13 & 15 STOP SMOKING SEMINAR Time: Location:

7-8:30 p.m. 6478 Putnam Ford Dr., Ste. 125, Woodstock Information: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC is hosting complementary presentations, “Discover The Easiest Most Effective Way To Quit Smoking Without Cravings, Irritability Or

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Weight Gain.” The presentation is free but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to GeorgiaHypnotherapy@live. com or by calling (678) 938-7274. www.

through Sunday. Public is welcome to freely browse and holiday shop the handmade functional and art clay pieces.

November 15

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village


City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, (678) 494-4251 please visit website for complete calendar listings

Heather Lyon’s “Creative Movement

November 9 & 16, 7:30 p.m. November 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2 p.m.

Kim Bates “Photography”

Time: Location:

7:30-8:30 p.m. Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110, Woodstock Information: Arts Alliance of Georgia is hosting the lecture on art history presented by Gabrielle Perry, Resident Clay Artist at Studio 101. This event is free and open to the public.


8 a.m. Cherokee County Farm Bureau Office, 101 Woodland Way, Canton Information: All elected and appointed officials are invited to attend. Farm-City Week is also taking place November 16-22. This week is designated to recognize and strengthen the connection between farm and city. In celebration of this, the Farm Bureau is holding a 3rd Grade Farm City Poster Contest that is open to all 3rd grade students in Cherokee County. Please call Shirley Pahl at Cherokee County Farm Bureau at (770) 479-1481, ext. 0 for more information.

November 17 “ALIVE” WORSHIP CONCERT Time: Location:

7-8 p.m. Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock Information: Join WCC for a night of praise and worship. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (770) 926-8238.


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110, Woodstock Information: Hosted by the Arts Alliance of Georgia. This event continues into Dec. 1 and 2 and for two additional weekends — Thursday

94 North Street, Canton (770) 704-6244

Wednesdays, November 7-28 and Dance-Tap ballet class” Ages: 3-5 Time: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Cost: $52 + registration fee

Wednesdays, November 7-28

ALICE IN WONDERLAND $10 in advance online $12 at the door Information: When Alice falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland, she meets a wide variety of zany characters as she learns how to control her temper. Bring a can of chunky soup, stew or chili to donate to Papa’s Pantry and receive a free beverage at intermission.

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $90


November 10 ACOUSTIC TRIO CONCERT Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 online; $15 at the door Information: Up and coming local talent Courtney Dickinson, Jordan Grassi and Jonathan Peyton present an acoustic concert right here in Woodstock. These three seasoned musicians frequently tour the country performing their original music.

November 13 REALITY FOR PARENTS: YOUR CHILD IN TV/FILM Time: 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50 per person; space is limited Information: Interested in getting your child started in the business? This is the workshop for you. Terri Roland, mom to a child actor, will be holding a workshop for parents. The workshop will cover many topics such as how to get your child started, headshots and marketing, getting an agent/manager, casting directors, effects of rejection on the child and much more. Online registration at  

December 1 ANNUAL CANTON CHRISTMAS PARADE Time: 6 p.m. Location: Historic Downtown Canton Information: Join Santa and the community in a parade through downtown Canton., (770) 704-1500


1:30 p.m. The parade route will be the same as previous parades, beginning at Hiram Way and ending at the Historic Train Depot.  Information: Following the parade, Santa will be on hand for complimentary pictures, there will be entertainment and light refreshments.

December 1 — 9 BACK TO BETHLEHEM Time: Location:

7-9 p.m. Hopewell Baptist Church 78 Ridge Road, Canton Information: Step back in time to Jesus’ birth, interact with the townspeople, merchants and live animals. Free to the community; donations accepted. (770) 345-5723, 13

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

MAKING HEADLINES: Georgia’s Good News Bad news sells. It’s a sad but true assessment of our current media. Gone are the days when issues that actually impact people made headlines. Instead, we are treated to newspapers writing what amounts to little more than tabloid fodder picked up from online bloggers. Not exactly the era of Edward R. Murrow. With this is mind, how about some good news? On issues that actually matter. The HOPE Scholarship has stabilized. Georgia’s most popular program was heading off a proverbial “cliff” before 2011. With expenses outpacing revenues, the HOPE Scholarship could have gone under by 2015. Fortunately, a bi-partisan effort in the General Assembly, led by Governor Deal, put in place safeguards to protect the scholarships for the foreseeable future. Recent reports from the Student Finance Commission show HOPE changes are working. HOPE is now back on solid fiscal ground. While rapidly increasing tuition rates remain a challenge and eat away at the amount HOPE can offer, at least the program is fiscally sound once again. On a somewhat related issue, Georgia’s Pre-K program remains top in the nation. The National Institute for Early Education Research recently gave Georgia its first 10 out of 10 rating. The program, which gives a “voucher” to parents of 4-year-old students to attend the public or private program of their choice, has won rave reviews nationally for preparing students to learn. Georgia is maintaining our top-rated business environment. CNBC, Chief Executive magazine, and Site Selection magazine all rate Georgia in the Top 10 for doing business. The number of large employers looking to re-locate to Georgia is at a five-year high, according to the Department of Economic Development. The unemployment rate for Georgia, which had been stubbornly high with our real East Canton | november 2012 14 My

estate-heavy economy, has now consistently been moving lower as economic output increases. According to the State Department of Economic Development, jobs and investment generated by the Global Commerce division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development jumped by almost a third during the state’s most recent fiscal year. The department reported that the 403 company expansions or locations with which it assisted created 28,776 jobs — an increase of 29 percent from last fiscal year, and $5.97 billion in investment, a 32 percent increase. Four of America’s top 100 companies to work for are headquartered in Georgia: AFLAC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Alston & Bird. Two Georgia schools are ranked in the top 100 in the world. Congratulations to Georgia Tech and Emory University for making the list. National Geographic recently rated the Sea Islands along Georgia’s coast as one of the “Top Coastal” destinations in the world. The Georgia port in Savannah is the fastest growing in the United States and the second largest on the eastern and gulf seaboards. Finally, as if all of this weren’t good enough, at the time of this writing, the Atlanta Falcons are undefeated. There is a lot of good news about our home state if you just look for it. We are blessed to live in the greatest state in the greatest nation on earth.

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

The four beautifully decorated homes included on the 2012 Christmas Tour are: • The home of Richard and Kim Avery 128 Fairway Overlook • The home of Scott and Julie Cullins 217 Jeffrey Drive • The home of Todd and Kelli Ketcham 4081 Hickory Fairway Drive • The home of Wick and Terry Smith 507 Avery Creek Pointe The cost of the tour is only $15 per person and is open to anyone 12 years and older. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club and from the following locations: • • • •

Chamberhouse, 145 West Main Street, Canton Christine’s Creations, Inc., 8838 Main Street, Woodstock House and Garden Boutique, 103 Bowles Drive, Woodstock The Ivy Garden Gift Boutique & Salons, 113 Palm Street, Holly Springs • Pineapple Park, 240 Chambers St., Woodstock • Three Sisters Gifts & Home Accents, 6205 Hickory Flat Hwy., Suite 106, Hickory Flat • The Whole Nine Yarns, 8826 Main Street, Woodstock   Tickets may also be purchased on the two days of the tour at the Bradshaw Farm Community Clubhouse from 12:305 p.m. The Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club will serve light refreshments at the Clubhouse.    New this year is a raffle of a lovely, handmade Christmas quilt, stitched by club founder, Carol Smith. This

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exquisite quilt will be on display and raffle tickets may be purchased from Women’s Club members prior to the tour and at the home of Scott and Julie Cullins during the tour.  The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the tour on Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own such a treasure!   Also, the Women’s Club is very excited to have a wonderful, unique musical duo, comprised of Bradshaw Farm residents Delores Grimm playing the guitar and Judy Griffin on the hammered dulcimer performing during the tour. The two talented musicians will be providing lovely traditional Christmas music for your enjoyment both Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at the home of Wick and Terry Smith.    The Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club Annual Christmas Tour is the club’s largest fundraiser. The Women’s Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to volunteerism and giving to our community. All proceeds raised go to many deserving Cherokee County charities, such as the Hope Center; Family Violence Center; Next Step Ministries; Anna Crawford Children’s Center; Meals on Wheels through the Cherokee County Senior Citizen’s Center, YMCA Day Camp; MUST Ministries; Special Olympics; Animal Shelter; Habitat for Humanity; local sheriff and fire departments; and local schools, including a scholarship for a deserving Sequoyah High School graduating senior.   In 2011, the Christmas Tour raised $8,500 — the largest amount ever! Combined with other fundraisers throughout the year, the club was able to donate more than $12,000 to our community. 

Women’s Club Presents

Saturday and Sunday

December 1 & 2, 1 – 5 p.m.

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Age 6 on November 18 Happy Birthday little man! We love you! Mommy, Daddy, Isabelle & Maddison

Jackson Higgins

Age 3 on November 18 Son of Alison & Chris We love you so much and are so proud of you! Love, Mommy & Daddy

Lolo Hatam

Age 21 on November 28 Happy “Legal” Birthday, sweetie! We love you! XOXO Mom, Shane, Halie, Peyton & Jake

Pranav Selvam

Age 3 on November 13 Happy 3rd Birthday! We love you! Mother, Father & Brother

Simon David Gisaku Byrd

Born on August 6, 2012 Son of Kumi & Stephen Byrd Brother of Jack Grandson of Masako & Ron Swart and Kay & Davis Byrd

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Rhyan Lehman

Age 4 on November 6 Happy Birthday! We love you! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Mikayla & Lexy

Amy McInnish

Age 8 on November 16 Happy Birthday! Daughter of Valerie & Chris Sister of Lyla We love you so much! Nana & Poppy

Riley Ann Ligon

Born on September 6, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. 6 lbs., 5 oz., 20.5 inches long Daughter of Diane & Jon Ligon Little sister of Ryan & Catherine

Lois & Huey Brumbelow

Celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary on October 16, 2012 Congratulations from your family!

Finley Paige Roe

Born on September 19, 2012 7 lbs., 14 oz., 20.25 inches long Daughter of Rebecca & Robert Roe Little sister of Kylie & Presley

Channing Jane Hood “CJ”

Born on September 12, 2012 at 1:46 p.m. 6 lbs., 12 oz., 21 inches long Daughter of Crystal & Todd Hood Little sister of Harrison & Connor

My wife Anne and I are thrilled to be opening our new eye clinic this month — Edwards Eye Care — in beautiful Cherokee County. After practicing optometry in the Metro Atlanta area for the past five years, we had been searching to find the perfect community to start our own eye care practice. Little did we know that the perfect area would turn out to be just a few miles from our family in Woodstock. We are now settling into our new eye care office in Hickory Flat and are truly excited about the future of our practice in this growing area.

comprehensive eye care in order to maintain proper vision and overall health. The comprehensive eye exam is so important because, through routine visits, eye doctors are able to diagnose an eye disease, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, in its early stages to save vision or even pick up on a systemic condition like diabetes or hypertension through viewing the retina — which can, in some cases, save lives. As a secondary emphasis of our practice, we knew that giving patients a comfortable experience within our eye care office would be important to alleviate anxiety that can sometimes accompany a visit to any doctor. To this end, we designed our practice to incorporate comfortable elements of the home environment in order to put our patients at ease when coming to our office. As you walk in, you will notice traditional

When we began talking about the vision for our practice, we knew that we wanted to be in a family-friendly environment where we could make a positive impact on the community. While we do provide quality eye care services and products, our job is not complete until all our patients know the importance of annual

craftsman architectural elements that complement our large selection of designer eyewear. When entering the exam rooms, a patient will notice the newest technology available to monitor proper eye health, such as the Optomap Retinal Camera, which takes a wide view image of the inside of the eye. These elements were all carefully thought out to provide our patients with the best eye care experience available. We are excited to have found the right community for our family and our practice. We look forward to serving the eye care needs for residents of Woodstock, Canton and the surrounding Northside area for years to come. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to meeting your family soon. For more information on our practice or to schedule your next eye examination, please call (770) 479-0222 or visit

GRAND OPENING Dr. Kyle Edwards and team invite you to come browse our beautiful optical center and learn about new technology available to help maintain healthy vision.

QUALITY EYE CARE CLOSE TO HOME! 7824 Hickory Flat Highway, Ste.100 Woodstock, GA 30188

(770) 479-0222


Nationwide, the concern among this age group is not being able to find a job upon graduation, whether from high school or college. Students worry that they will accumulate a massive debt and not have the money to pay it off. While health care was of great importance to many people, only 36 percent agree with the Affordable Health Care Act. Even of those planning to vote for Obama, only 31.1 percent agree.

by Michelle Baruchman, WHS Senior There are 45 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 who were eligible to vote in the recent election. This huge cross-section of the voter bloc had the power to decide who was elected as the President of the United States in 2012. Some high school seniors are among the population of eligible voters and had the chance to exercise their newly given constitutional privilege. Interested in this prospect, I visited two randomly selected classrooms at Woodstock High School and administered a political survey. The results of the survey serve as a representation (about 20 percent) of the entire senior population at my high school. I found that my peers not only have a voice but also they want to be heard. Of the high school students surveyed, 32.8 percent identified themselves as Republicans, 14.8 percent as Democrats, 19.6 percent as Independents, and 32.8 percent as “no association.” However, having no political association did not mean that the students did not have opinions. Many of the students with no association were undecided and desired more information to make a decision. Though there were more identified Republicans, 45.9 percent supported Obama and 44.3 percent supported Romney while 9.8 percent supported another or neither candidate. The reason for the skew in the data is because Obama was able to gain backing from more people who identify as either an independent or no association. Though candidates did not gain significant support from any particular religion or region, Obama was able to gain support of every Hispanic and all but one African American in the high school sampling. The most important issues to young people, in order, were the economy, education, health care and jobs. This makes sense.

Political Associations

However, this is not to say that social issues were not important to young individuals. In fact, they were most vociferous and opinionated about these issues: 57.4 percent support gay marriage, 32.8 percent believe abortion should be legal, and 42.6 percent think limits should be placed on gun rights. Whereas gay marriage was not a deciding factor for people when choosing between the liberal or conservative candidate, abortion was far more divisive, with a greater marginal difference. Gender, however, had no influence on whether one believed abortion should be legal. Issues of foreign concern elicited varied responses. Only 18 percent of those surveyed believe that foreign aid should be increased to other countries. While Hispanics did not have a particularly strong opinion on security of the U.S.Mexican border, 62.3 percent surveyed think the border should be more secured. Also, 68.9 percent of people want troops to be withdrawn from places like the Middle East. Among the people who were not eligible to vote in the election, 70.4 percent answered either “yes” or “maybe” when asked if they plan to watch the presidential debates. Young people are generally politically aware and very few answered “no opinion” to questions. Even more interesting was how individualistic the opinions were of these young people. Only a small amount of views directly correlated with those of their parents. Television and online websites are the primary medium through which most obtain news — not friends, family or social media. They stay up-todate, and most check the source either daily or weekly. So, why are young people often ignored and written off as apathetic by politicians? Though the age group of 18-29 has a reputation for not showing up to the voting booths, the 2008 election saw a spike in young voter turnout, and the 2012 election was expected to match that number. When politicians are looking to gain votes, they should consider the young voter demographic.

Michelle Baruchman is currently a senior at Woodstock High School. She chose journalism as her senior project and also plans to major in journalism upon graduation.

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Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Celebrates Their Grand Opening

The Cherokee County School District recently cut the ribbon for its newest facility: Ball Ground Elementary School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy. The new school, on Valley Street, in the city limits contains 146,403 square feet of space, including 74 instructional units/ classrooms, and can accommodate 1,200 students. The facility, which was designed by Manley, Spangler and Smith Architects and constructed by Hardin Construction, is equipped with computer labs and music, art and family living classrooms, a media center, cafetorium and gymnasium.  Construction was funded by Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) revenue. Ball Ground ES is one of the School District’s six new Cherokee Academies, which opened this school year to continue increasing the academic choices available within the system. 

its longtime partnership with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce by participating in the 13th Annual “Principal for a Day” event held recently. Through the event, the Chamber pairs member business people with CCSD principals for a Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood day, during which the business served as Principal for a Day at Clayton Elementary person spends the morning School. Among his duties was at the school “shadowing” the helping students, including principal, followed by a luncheon kindergartener Kaden Worsham, at the Chamber. Sponsored by with a fall project. Cobb EMC and Credit Union of Georgia, the luncheon featured keynote speaker Dr. Ken Harmon, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for Kennesaw State University, as well as remarks from participants and from Dr. Brian Hightower, CCSD Assistant Superintendent for School Operations. 

Creekview School Librarian and Students Co-Author in National Journal The students performed a medley of STEM-themed songs for the crowd, including ‘She Blinded Me With Science.’

Free Home Students Move Forward with Technology

Free Home Elementary School students in Lacy Savage’s second grade class are using mobile device technology as part of their math lessons. After solving each problem to add two-digit numbers, with and without regrouping, Cally Smith uses an iPad students use an iPad or iPhone and to check her answers. its QR (Quick Response) Code scan application to check their answers on the worksheet. 

Cherokee Chamber and CCSD Partner for ‘Principal for a Day’ Program The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) continued 20 My East Canton | november 2012

The Cherokee County School District recently congratulated four 11th grade students, Bethany Roper, Kristiena Shafer, Jacob Morgan and Jordan Grandt, who co-authored an article with Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S., School Librarian, CVHS in the September/October 2012 issue of “Knowledge Quest,” the official journal of the American Association of School Librarians. Not only are these students now published authors in a respected educational publication, but they also did the drafting and editing during their summer vacation. Their work will go beyond the Creekview community and inspire other practitioners and scholars who have an interest in redefining contemporary models of school and learning.


Charter & Private Schools Antioch Christian Preschool

Hickory Flat UMC Preschool and Kindergarten

(770) 475-8553

(770) 345-9354,

Brenwood Academy

Legacy Home School Academy

(770) 704--4925,

(678) 493-8584,

Cherokee Charter Academy (678) 385--7322,

Messiah Christian Academy

Cherokee Christian Academy and High School

(770) 479-5280

(678) 494-5464,

Woodstock International School

Children’s Academy of Hickory Flat

(678) 977-6501

(770) 345-2929,

Mission Point Christian Academy

Community Christian School

(678) 880-1345,

(770) 479-9535,

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

Compass Prep Academy (404) 643-9424,

(770) 720-2333,

Dogwood Hills Academy

Union Hill UMC Preschool

(770) 345-3220,

(678) 297-0550,

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

ACE Academy

Holly Springs Elementary School

Ball Ground Elementary School

Dean Rusk Middle School

Indian Knoll Elementary School

Creekland Middle School

Free Home Elementary School

Creekview High School

Hickory Flat Elementary School

6391 East Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 (770) 479-6200 Principal: Dr. Pam Spencer

480 Old Canton Road Ball Ground, GA 30107 (770) 735-3366 Principal: Mr. Doug Knott

1555 Owens Store Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 479-3200 Principal: Dr. Deborah Wiseman

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

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

4695 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-2832 Principal: Ms. Cindy Cooper

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

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

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

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

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

12525 Cumming Highway Canton, GA 30115 (770) 887-5738 Principal: Ms. Karen Carl

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

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University

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SPORTS Samurai Karate Students Win Big at Invitational

Recently, members of the Cherokee Recreational department and Canton YMCA karate classes won big as they competed in the 2012 West Georgia Karate Invitational. The competition was held in Carrollton, Ga. The athletes are part of the Samurai Karate School. Winning gold medals in their respective divisions were: Jacob Moore, Todd Wermers, Kendra Booth and Abigale Montgomery. Silver medal winners were: Caden Booth, Maddie Dokos and Gavin Somerville. Other medal winners were: Anna Jenkins and Spencer Williams. Some of these winners took home as many as three medals! Congratulations!

Reinhardt student-athletes. For more information, contact Barbara Manous, director of annual giving, at or (770) 720-5506, or visit

Local Gymnasts Perform at Annual Charity Roast

Sam Olens, Georgia State Attorney General, was roasted recently at the 9th Annual Charity Roast to benefit the Malone D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club. Various individuals were present to roast Sam Olens and entertain the hundred-plus supporters attending the event. A performance by gymnasts from World of Gymnastics & Cheer was enjoyed by all. Owners Tim and Jackie Courtwright said, “It was a wonderful opportunity for our girls to show their support for the community. We strongly believe in the mission of the boys and girls club, ‘To provide a quality developmental program that empowers our youth so that they may become productive adults.’ We hope to instill these same values in our girls.”

Front row (left to right): Kendra Booth, Jacob Moore, Gavin Somerville and Maddie Dokos. Back row: Anna Jenkins, Spencer Williams, Todd Wermers and Abigale Montgomery (Caden Booth, not pictured). Photo courtesy of Dave Domer.

Reinhardt Holds 3rd Annual Reinhardt Athletics Golf Tournament

“Driving” the success of the third annual Reinhardt Athletics Golf Tournament was (from right) Bill Popp, Reinhardt athletic director; Dan Carmichael, chairman of the golf tournament; and Dr. Danny Cronic, head football coach. The tournament was held in October at Callahan Golf Links in Waleska. Proceeds from this tournament support 22 My East Canton | november 2012

Back row (left to right): Savannah Devine, Tess Reboucas, Brooke Stephan, Samantha Patrick, Tim Courtwright (Owner/Coach), Erin Williams, Gabee Thomas (Dance Teacher) and Taylor Powell; middle row: Brittany Miller, Kristin Dyson, Morgan Spaeth, Isabella Thomas and Olivia Wimbish; front row: Macayla Butler, Jordan Curtis and Jayden Rutledge.

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My East Canton Monthly has contacted several organizations within the community that could use some “Holiday Hope” to help ensure families enjoy and celebrate the holidays just as most of us will. Listed are several organizations to which you could volunteer time, effort or funds to assist in making the season a little brighter for all. We hope this list is helpful as you consider your

Cherokee Youth Works Gift Connection Cherokee Youth Works, a program in Cherokee Focus, sponsors Gift Connection. Gift Connection allows the community to donate funds for testing fees, college entrance fee, interview clothing, transportation, shelter, food, daycare and many other supports that our youth need to be successful. If you are interested in donating to Gift Connection, please visit Gift Connection runs throughout the year to support our youth.

Adopt a Local Family or Child for the Holidays Many local Cherokee children and families are in need this holiday season. Reach out to your local community by adopting a child or family and assisting them this holiday. Clothing and shoe sizes are available, as well as individual and family needs. To help out a neighbor in need, please contact Whitney Minton or Meredith Dixon, professional school counselors at Canton Elementary Stem Academy.

(770) 720-6100, ext. 245

participation in giving during this holiday season.

Cherokee County. Volunteers will cook and serve more than 1,900 Thanksgiving meals (traditional smoked turkey dinner with all the trimmings) throughout the Cherokee/Pickens county area, as well as at the Canton First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Delivery also is available upon request. Volunteers are needed to help organize this event, cook, serve meals and to deliver meals. To make a reservation or request delivery, please contact Lorri-Ann at (770) 365-3471. To volunteer, please contact Barbara at (678) 788-4871 or email Volunteers also will be needed during the week prior to Thanksgiving to make phone calls, distribute flyers and assist with preparation. Donations are requested to help with the costs of food and supplies; checks may be mailed to Canton First United Methodist Church, Cherokee Thanksgiving, 920 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton, GA 30114.

American Cancer Society's Love Lights a Tree

The American Cancer Society will host a tree-lighting ceremony at the gazebo in Downtown Canton on November 23 at 5:30 p.m. Come out and join in the festivities — and bring your camera to have your photo made with Santa Claus! Daily Bread will be singing at 5:30 p.m. and the Academy of Dance Arts dancers and other live entertainment will help start off the holiday season. The tree will be dedicated to the memory of Collins Dixon and Abigail Kelley, and the community is invited to help decorate the tree by purchasing an ornament ($15 each) in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer. Donations also may be mailed to the American Cancer Society Cherokee County Chapter, P.O. Box 1149, Canton, GA 30169. For information, call Gayle Johnson at (770) 479-5551.

SECRET SANTA — Cherokee County Department of Family & Children Services

Cherokee Sheriff's Reserve Unit Each year the Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit’s Christmas Joy Program helps families, children and the elderly receive food, toys and basic necessities. These items are gathered and distributed by the Reserve Unit through donation of money and food from individuals, companies, service organizations and schools. In 2011, the Unit served more than 100 families, 223 children and 111 elderly. If your family needs assistance and your children are in the Cherokee County School System, please contact their school counselors. If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit and mail to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, c/o Reserve Unit, 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115. For information about the program, please contact Sgt. John Forkin. (678) 333-6345

Cherokee Thanksgiving Cherokee Thanksgiving is celebrating 20 years of service to families in need in 24 My East Canton | november 2012

Cherokee County DFCS is in need of gift sponsors for approximately 200 children in foster care this year. DFCS is also in need of cash donations to the Year-Round Secret Santa Fund due to decreases in state and county funding. If you would like to sponsor a child for Christmas, please call (678) 427-9393 and they will be happy to give you more information. If you’d like to make a cash donation, please make your check out to Cherokee County DFCS and write Secret Santa in the FOR line. Mail your check to Cherokee County DFCS, P.O. Box 826, Canton, GA 30169. You can also go to for more information.

Children's Restoration Network Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) is a nonprofit agency focusing on homeless children in the North Fulton community and Metro Atlanta by meeting the children’s basic needs and providing a broad range of positive experiences for the children and their mothers. CRN encourages churches, neighborhoods, businesses and community organizations to conduct food drives in November to help support the organization (CRN will provide boxes, signs and flyers for the collection). CRN’s goal is to provide 275 turkeys and all of the trimmings for all of the children to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal — donations of $15 or $20 gift cards are requested in lieu of actual turkeys due to limited cold storage space. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist in picking up and sorting the items collected through the food drives and in serving the midday meal on Thanksgiving

Day at one of several shelters or group homes. During the Christmas season, CRN will begin its “12 Days of Caring” program to provide new clothes, new toys and other gifts to the children. Donations of new clothes and new toys are requested. In addition, churches, businesses and community organizations also may “adopt” an entire shelter or group home (CRN will match an organization to a shelter/ group home depending on the organization’s ability to help). CRN also will sponsor a gift-wrapping party the weekend before Christmas; wrapping supplies will be provided by CRN, but extra wrapping paper and tape are appreciated. For more information, please contact Children’s Restoration Network. (770) 649-7117, or

Christmas Angel Ministry Hillside United Methodist Church congregation seeks to extend Christ’s love by providing toys, clothing and food to children in South Cherokee County through the Christmas Angels program. Hillside UMC expects to serve 800 children through DFCS, Canton Housing Authority, Murphy Harpst, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and local schools. The goal is to be able to provide a full Christmas, school supplies and food to each of these children. Children in need are screened by area school counselors and specific agencies to ensure the most needy are being helped. To adopt a child for Christmas or to make a donation, please send/contact Hillside United Methodist Church-Christmas Angels, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 or at In addition, “adoptions” will be available during all Sunday church services in November.

Foster Care Support Foundation Inc. Foster Care Support Foundation Inc. (FCSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting thousands of Georgia’s foster and displaced children by providing free clothes, toys and infant-care equipment. During the holiday season and throughout the year, FCSF is in need of new, like-new, and gently worn clothing for preemie sizes to size 24; new underwear, socks and shoes (except infant sizes); toys in great repair; and boys’ pants and sneakers. FCSF also accepts gifts for teens, such as CDs and hand-held games. Monetary donations, sponsorships and volunteers for FCSF’s operation and support — as well as FCSF’s All Kids Count benefit in March 2013 — are critical in helping FCSF to continue to offer programs and assistance for at-risk children. Donated items that are not needed (furniture, household décor and adult clothing) will be placed in the Fostering Hope Bargain Resale shop, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 340, Roswell, GA 30076. For more information, call (770)


is optional. Please remember to complete and attach the label to the shoebox, and include a requested $7 donation for each shoe box to cover shipping and other costs. National collection week is November 12-19; local drop-off locations include First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Hwy. 92, and First United Methodist Church Canton, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. The Regional Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is located at 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 28, Alpharetta, GA 30022. (770) 777-9342,

Operation Homefront Georgia Operation Homefront Georgia is looking for community “elves” who would like to “adopt” a Georgia military family for Christmas. The Adopt-a-Family program is very simple; sign up for the number of children you would like to adopt (suggested $50 per child). Operation Homefront Georgia will provide you with a child’s gender, age, clothing sizes and five wish items. Pack your unwrapped gifts in a black bag and attach the corresponding family number (provided by Operation Homefront Georgia) and deliver by December 2 to Operation Homefront Georgia’s Marietta office, 1220 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30062. Business owners can contact Operation Homefront at (800) 722-6098 to learn more about being a designated Operation Homefront Holiday Toy Drive collection spot.

Papa's Pantry Papa’s Pantry has several opportunities to help during the holidays. In November, Papa’s Pantry will provide Thanksgiving meal items to community families in need. Special holiday items are requested: stuffing, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, cream of mushroom soup, jarred or canned gravy, chicken stock, fried onion crisps, cooking oil, coffee, beverages and tin foil. All Thanksgiving donations must be received by November 17, 12:00 noon. Financial contributions are also needed (and can be made online) to help purchase perishables. In December, you may “adopt” a family for Christmas giving (families will be matched beginning in November through mid-December.) Needed holiday items include Christmas trees and lights, ornaments, gifts and food. Throughout the winter months, Papa’s Pantry also accepts new electric space heaters for its clients in need. Both Cherokee County Papa’s Pantry locations accept food donations to help families in need throughout the year: canned meat, cereal, cereal bars, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, canned pasta, boxed and packaged side items. For more information, call (770) 591-4730,

MUST Ministries Cherokee will prepare boxed meals for approximately 1,000 families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Donations are requested for the boxed items: canned corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, boxes of mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread, gravy mixes, pie makings, macaroni and cheese, turkeys and frozen pies. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off November 5-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; perishable items may be dropped off November 1921, 8-9 a.m., at the Canton location, 141-B Marietta Road, Canton, GA 30114. Grocery store gift cards are also gladly accepted.

Soldiers' Angels Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization of more than 30 different teams and projects supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Soldiers’ Angels sends letters, care packages and comfort items to deployed military and also helps support their families here at home. In addition, Soldiers’ Angels provides assistance to wounded military, continuing support for veterans; remembrances and comfort for families of fallen military; and immediate response to unique difficulties. Through special projects and dedicated teams and individuals supporting our troops, Soldiers’ Angels makes a visible difference in the lives of our service members and their families.

Operation Christmas Child

Toys for Tots

A program offered through Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations through gift-filled shoeboxes and the good news of God’s love. Simply choose a boy or girl from three different age groups and fill an empty, standard-size shoebox with little gifts. Wrapping

Alessandro’s Italian Café & Pizzeria in Canton is an official Toys for Tots drop-off location. Please bring any donations of new, unwrapped toys to the restaurant, 10511 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, GA 30114. Toys will be accepted November 20-December 20. (770) 345-4446,

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Snapshot of a boy… If you were to take a snap shot from the life of a typical boy in foster care, you might be able to predict what it would look like. That picture might include neglect, abuse and poverty. He would come from a broken home. One or both of his parents might have struggled with addictions, poor decisions and jail. His records from the multiple schools he attended would show low attendance and failing grades. This boy secretly wonders where he will live next… Most boys in the foster care system who come to Goshen Valley Boys Ranch are not unlike this young man. Academically, they are three years behind on average. Through patient tutoring and endless encouragement, a new, transformed student emerged.

Transformed… A young man, whose past is revealed by these snapshots, was reminded that he has hope and a future. He got involved in many sports and clubs such as JROTC, Red Cross Club, Track, and Cross - Country, SGA, Book Club, National Honor Society, and other self-esteem building activities. He graduated high school with a 3.7 GPA, bought a car, and now attends college at Reinhardt University pursuing a business degree. In addition to school, he works for the Cherokee County Justice Center. He helps lead a foster youth empowerment group every Thursday.

Now on a mission… He says his passion is to teach other kids that have lived through similar experiences within the welfare system that success is possible. When it seems like there is no hope, never give up because God does have a plan for you. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm, and plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). This is just one of the success stories we are excited to share. It is a story of hope and inspiration. We are in constant prayer for the continued opportunities to impact more boys. Is this really possible? Absolutely. But we need your support. Lives are being changed. Boys are being redeemed and turned into young men. We pray that, through Goshen Valley, these young men who were once hopeless can continue to grow into supportive husbands, fathers, businessmen and leaders. We hope to keep the incredible momentum of changing lives through your support…

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The best defense A VIEW from the Hill Against DUI by J. Daran Burns

In the State of Georgia, DUIs J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns, are treated as a misdemeanor, Abbott & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. meaning that the maximum He can be reached at (770) 956-1400. sentence is 12 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. There are other consequences when one is convicted of DUI, such as a license suspension. A typical sentence will include probation, a fine, community service work, counseling, and random testing for both drugs and alcohol. A person can be convicted under the DUI laws even if he does not blow over the legal limit. It is also possible to be convicted of driving under the influence of drugs if those drugs impair a person’s ability to drive. The prosecutor need only show that a person’s driving was impaired because of the ingestion of drugs or alcohol. Even not giving a breath sample can be used against the driver at trial. Here in Cherokee County, we have a DUI court for repeat offenders. This is a treatment court. It has been very successful in reducing the rate of recidivism in our county. It is usually reserved for people who live in the county and who have had a least two convictions for DUI in the last five years. By entering into the DUI court, a person commits himself to an intense regimen that includes regular testing, counseling, and communication with the Court. When a person enters into the DUI Court, under current law his license is suspended by the State. However, this law will change in January — giving a person the opportunity to keep his license upon entry into DUI Court. The judge still will have the power to suspend that license if needed. Because of the complexity of the law regarding DUIs and the many repercussions, it is always a good idea to have an attorney defend you in Court.

Watching the debates between the future leaders of this Please let me know your thoughts at or great country, many of us (404) 656-0129. Thank you again for were excited about what the honor of serving you in the Georgia our candidate had to say and General Assembly. critical of what his opposition uttered. Across the country there were gatherings of adamant supporters of one and dedicated opposition groups of the other. It was a great showing of support of the American methodology of elections. As I listened to so many folks criticize the leaders of local, state and national positions, I was reminded of the comments President Theodore Roosevelt once made to the French at the Sorbonne in Paris. “It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Nothing says more of the stature of an American who believes in a free society and takes the personal step forward to ensure it will continue to thrive. The same holds true for the untold thousands of Americans who have selfishly set aside their personal lives and ambitions to join our military and dedicate themselves to the needs of our country. These individuals stepped up to do their duty, not for personal gain or glory, but to help in whatever way they could. November is a month of memories, new beginnings and Thanksgiving. From the annual birthday party of the United States Marine Corps, a tradition since 1776, through Veterans’ Day, the picture of American strength and individuality continues to gather structure. While other cultures dissolve into anarchy at the mere mention of a video they have never seen, Americans — no matter their political leanings — can gather themselves up after a divisive election and go forth determined to make our country even stronger. It is this showing of American Exceptionalism that makes the United States the real leader of the free world. Thomas Paine told us to “Lead, follow or get out of the way,” and we have chosen to lead. This month, at our time of Thanksgiving, take the extra moment to thank those whom we do not know for their personal sacrifices in serving us and allowing us to continue our dream of American Exceptionalism.

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Holiday Healing

by Dr. Kellie Baxter

The holidays are just around the corner. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. I love the hustle and bustle of the season, the decorating, catching up with family, and picking out goodies for my loved ones. A great gift I give every year is a much-deserved massage or spa Kellie Baxter B.S., D.C. specializes in chiropractic, sports injuries and service. As much as everyone nutrition. For more information, please enjoys the holidays, it can also call the office at (770) 345-1111 or be a stressful and hectic time visit of the year. It is nice to give someone an hour or so of much-deserved relaxation. Plus, the therapeutic benefits of massage are amazing. The goals of a massage are to stretch and loosen connective tissue, including the muscles. Therapists use different types of strokes to the soft tissues of the body to relax and relieve neck, mid back, low back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and even foot pain. Massage improves range of motion through increased flexibility. It is helpful in stretching weak, tight and atrophied muscles. It can help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous activities. Plus, it feels really good. Massage improves the condition of our largest organ — the skin. It promotes tissue regeneration and reduces scar tissue and stretch marks. It improves circulation by helping pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs. Massage can improve post-surgical adhesions and swelling. It can enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow and drainage. It can help to lessen depression and anxiety, reduce mental stress and induce relaxation. Massage can lower blood pressure. It releases endorphins — the body’s natural painkillers. Massage can relieve migraine pain. It can ease medication dependence. Massage can also assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity stays in the hospital. Those are some pretty good reasons to get or give your loved ones a massage this season! Always choose a massage therapist who is nationally certified and licensed. He or she should be trained in a variety of different techniques and massages. The therapist should always take a brief history to determine what type of massage will best fit your particular needs and goals. Some popular forms of massage are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Therapeutic Stretching, Arthritis, Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral, Sinus, Cupping, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone and Pregnancy. Remember, with the holidays quickly approaching, not only is massage great for you, but it makes a great gift for loved ones. Enjoy the season, and, as always, stay well adjusted. 32 My East Canton | november 2012

Sweat the small stuff, But Not Too Much

by Dr. Monika Yadav Stress can be useful at times, giving the person a focus and drive to achieve certain goals on a daily basis. It keeps us on our toes. But when dancing through life transforms from a Texas Two-Step into a constant Jitterbug, many problems could cause a misstep. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headache, high blood pressure and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes and loss of sleep.

Dr. Monika S. Yadav is a boardcertified physician in Internal Medicine who practices at 684 Sixes Road in Holly Springs at Prestige Primary Care ( For appointments, call (678) 494-9669.

By definition, stress is any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiologic, and behavioral changes.” An extreme amount of stress can have health consequences and adversely affect the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems — not to mention the psychological burden that occurs by daily stress insults to the mental structure of an individual. Here are the statistics: 22 percent of Americans reported to be under extreme stress. The causes are the usual suspects: money, work and the economy. But relationships, family responsibilities, family health problems, personal health concerns, job stability and housing costs are gaining as well. And although 83 percent of adults are aware that stress can contribute to major illness, only 25 percent are doing a good job at reducing it. We all have ideas of things we would enjoy doing to reduce stress, such as reading, listening to music, walking, visiting friends… but finding the time to do so is a major issue. In my ideal world, I would suggest aerobic exercise and mind-body practices like breathing techniques and yoga regularly because these have shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, and improve sleep and self-esteem — but finding the willpower to stay is a constant struggle. Over the past five years, I have noticed an increase in hypertension, diabetes, anxiety and depression. Along with a healthy, well-balanced diet and regular exercise, I have stressed (PUN INTENDED) the fact that finding moments here and there just for oneself to bring the decibels down a notch or two in the soundtrack of life will ultimately improve longevity and the overall quality of each day.

My East Canton Monthly wants to help make the holiday season easier and more enjoyable for you by providing you with options right here in our local communities. Our community businesses can help fill all your gift ideas and holiday needs, including a little time out for yourself, help in the kitchen or preserving your holiday memories. My East Canton Monthly’s 2012 Holiday Guide can help you find just what you need to make the holidays special and stress-free for you and your loved ones!

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Afterglow Spa (770) 720-1134

Alessandro’s Italian Café & Pizzeria (770) 345-4446

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Anytime Fitness 5 Cherokee Clubs (404) 217-9333 33

Afterglow Spa (770) 720-1134 |

There are numerous reasons why Afterglow Spa has been named one of the top spas in North Georgia year after year for almost a decade. Our satisfied clientele may sing our praises because of our highly trained and caring staff. Or it could be our individualized services and treatments featuring unparalleled products. Perhaps it is our convenient location, affordable pricing and incomparable results. Most likely it is because of our promise of relaxing and rejuvenating indulgence, time after time. At Afterglow Spa, every individual is treated with respect, in a private and serene environment. Our full-service spa routinely provides undeniable physical and psychological benefits to those who indulge. True relaxation is

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under-rated. But at Afterglow Spa it is experienced and enjoyed six days a week.

A recent client review says it all:

My husband and children gave me a gift certificate recently, AMAZING! The Swedish massage was fabulous, the facial was unbelievable and my pedicure was spectacular. Being new to the Canton area, this will definitely be the place where I go for pampering!

The Afterglow philosophy is to offer a range of treatments designed to calm the body and mind. People are more stressed out than ever before and are increasingly looking for convenient ways to rejuvenate without taking time to travel long distances to resort spas. Therefore, Afterglow seeks to take a larger role in our community by furnishing a way for neighbors and outof-town guests to deal with stress by offering local, more affordable services in shorter amounts of time.

permanent make-up, waxing and nail care.

Afterglow Spa offers a wide variety of services, including skincare, massage, body treatments, laser hair removal,

Call today or go online to find out about our holiday offers and to purchase the perfect gift for that special someone!

— Sheree R.

Alessandro’s Italian Café & Pizzeria (770) 345-4446 |

Delicious, authentic Italian food in a comfortable, warm and friendly environment is what you will find when you walk through the doors of Alessandro’s Italian Café & Pizzeria. Frank Carozza is originally from Staten Island, N.Y. After over 30 years of owning a very successful pizzeria in N.Y., Frank and his family decided to relocate to Canton, Ga., bringing the same traditional, mouthwatering cuisine to our area. Being a part of the community, making memories with family and friends and serving up the best food around is what the business is all about. Dwight King, Frank’s son-in-law, is co-owner of the restaurant. He brings over 10 years of experience as a chef, having worked in restaurants in New York as well as Georgia before joining Frank at Alessandro’s. Planning a holiday get together? Let Alessandro’s do the work — any size

party at any location. Whether it is the holidays or any time of the year, Alessandro’s will bring their amazing food to you. Setting the menu, food preparation, setup, serving, and cleanup — as much or as little help as you need — their professional staff will come to you and take care of it all! Teachers’ lunches, sporting events, family gatherings, business meetings, whatever your occasion, Alessandro’s will create a menu to fit your needs at a very affordable price. The whole family is welcome at Alessandro’s. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday nights with the purchase of an adult meal! And Alessandro’s is the perfect spot for a party or group gathering. Bring the kids in to be “Chef for a Day,” which includes making their own pizzas in an authentic pizza kitchen. Dwight or Frank will teach the kids everything they know. Cooking club, scouting group, birthday

party? Bring your group to Alessandro’s and let the chefs demonstrate their skills or invite them to your kitchen where they will share their expertise. Alessandro’s can accommodate small parties of up to 30 people at their location. Frank and Dwight believe in the personal touch. Having fallen in love with one of Alessandro’s many specials, customers will be given a call when their favorite item is on the menu. Offering specials daily, there is always something new to try. Coming in January, Dwight is recreating Alessandro’s menu, adding some favorite, often requested items to their regular offerings. The new menu will be available in-house, as well as part of their catering services. With this type of attention and the delectable choices, it’s easy to see how Alessandro’s quickly turns faithful customers to loyal friends! 35

Anytime Fitness 5 Cherokee Clubs |

Convenient locations, customized fitness programs, cutting edge equipment…Anytime Fitness offers all this and more! Everyone is different when it comes to fitness and nutrition: some perform best with the prompting of a personal trainer, others have an intense focus on their workout and get their best results using weights and machines, still others need the schedule of fitness classes to stay motivated and on track. Whatever you’re specific fitness goals, Anytime Fitness can help you make it happen! Brennan Archer, Kyle Campbell and recently added partner, Dennis Markakis, are longtime residents of Cherokee County. Rooted in the community, they have devoted their business focus on helping people become healthier while strengthening the local economy at the same time.

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Passionate about health and fitness and having a desire to own their own business and stay in their community, Anytime Fitness was a perfect fit. Brennan, Kyle and Dennis are the coowners of the five Anytime Fitness clubs here in Canton along with two other clubs in Vinings and Buckhead — they have opened eight clubs in about six years, selling one along the way. With 2,000 clubs worldwide, Anytime Fitness has built a solid name you can trust with personalized customer service, quality people and quality equipment, providing the best fitness experience for the most competitive price. Join any Anytime Fitness location and you have access to any of the 2,000 clubs worldwide — 24/7/365. Each club offers top-of-the-line, commercial-quality equipment — Life Fitness and Star Trac technology. With 24-hour club access,

Anytime Fitness puts safety as top priority with surveillance cameras at each location and secure Club Key access to make your workout experience safe and comfortable, any time of the day or night. Exceptional value and service at an exceptional price is what you will find when you join Anytime Fitness. The affordability to help you achieve the healthiest “you” ever is incredible; the services and amenities available with your membership are even more amazing! In addition to cutting-edge equipment, your membership includes free fitness classes, a free fitness consultation with a qualified, knowledgeable personal trainer, and free tanning. Try Fitness on Request at the newest Sixes location — take a class 24/7/365! And Anytime Fitness has added Anytime Health to the list of valuable services that make your membership value even more exceptional! (404) 217-9333 |

Jack Tuszynski, also known as “Photo Jack,” has been photographing Cherokee County and the Southeast for more than two decades. His first opportunity was as photographer of the Etowah High School yearbook staff, where he got the attention of the yearbook’s publisher, Georgia Photographics. Jack quickly accepted the offer to become one of Georgia Photographics’ outside photographers. “It was great, because money was tight for me at just 16 years old,” he says. “Plus, it was a great ‘in’ for me. Georgia Photographics gave me 1520 rolls of film each week for shooting events, which allowed me to basically teach myself on the job.” Soon after, Jack was offered employment at two local newspapers, accepting the chief photographer’s

Photography by Jack Tuszynski

important for me to continue with my regular work in the media, because it allowed me to better hone my craft and also stay connected with the community,” Jack says.

position at Cherokee Tribune in 1990 under then-editor Rebecca Johnston. One of his assignments was a lifestyle shoot at The Mandarin House in Canton in 1994. Not long after, Jack was dining at the restaurant with friends when the manager recognized him — referring to him as “Photo Jack.” The name stuck.

In 2000, Jack took fulltime to “enjoy the brighter side of life.” He says he enjoys every minute of his job — capturing the special events and cherished moments of family and portrait photography. “It has been very rewarding to enjoy a career that has grown and developed much like the community around me. As a Cherokee County native, I’ve seen the Metro Atlanta area come a long way over the past two to three decades. I consider it a blessing to be a part of such a vibrant and friendly community and part of this country — where neighbors become friends and family, even if for just a day.”

Jack took as the name of his freelance photography business, incorporating the emerging digital age — covering events for individual and corporate clients, while also working full-time, part-time and on a contractual basis for local publishers, media outlets and marketing companies. “It was 37

by Charles Cooley, M.D. Has the red and green of the holiday season left you blue? Like many people, you may experience cabin fever during the winter months. Or, you may tend to eat more or sleep more when the temperature drops. But Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) goes well beyond those symptoms. Seasonal Affective Disorder is much more than the winter blahs. It’s a type of depressive disorder, sometimes called winter depression. As many as half a million people in the United States may have winter depression. SAD is more common in women than in men. The main age of onset is between 18 and 30 years old. It becomes more common the farther north you live — maybe because these areas experience decreased daylight time. Symptoms of SAD usually appear during the colder months of fall and winter, when there is less exposure to sunlight during the day. They usually begin in October or November and subside in March or April. The most difficult months for SAD sufferers seem to be January and February. The typical symptoms of winter depression are: increased sleep or sleepiness, overeating, weight gain, daytime fatigue, lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed, and social withdrawal. If your depressive symptoms are severe enough to significantly affect your daily living, you should consult your physician. If you feel down for days at a time and life seems to be losing its pleasure, see your doctor. This is particularly important if you notice that your sleep patterns and appetite have changed — and certainly so if you think about suicide. Researchers have also found that another way to help treat SAD is light therapy. Light therapy has proved to be an effective treatment option. They have proven that bright light makes a difference to the brain chemistry. This form of therapy involves exposure to very bright light (usually from a special fluorescent lamp) between 30 and 90 minutes a day during the winter months. This form of therapy is easy to administer and has relatively few side effects. Nearly 70 percent of people experience a reduction of their symptoms from daily light therapy and about 50 percent experience remission while undergoing light therapy. Your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant medication in combination with light therapy or as an alternative, if light therapy is not working. About 70 percent of people taking antidepressants have decreased symptoms and about half experience remission while taking medication. With the right course of treatment, SAD can be a very manageable condition.

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• Increase the amount of light in your home. Open blinds, add skylights, and trim tree branches that block sunlight. • Get outside and walk on sunny days, even during the winter. • Exercise regularly. Physical exercise helps relieve stress and anxiety, which can accentuate SAD. • Find ways to relax. Learn how to better manage stress. • If possible, take winter vacations in sunny locations.

This information is provided by Charles Cooley, M.D. of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine. They are opened from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. They are located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. For more information, please call (770) 720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue in Canton, next to Cracker Barrel.

Heel Pain

by Travis Jones, DPM It is estimated that one in ten people will develop heel pain in their lifetime. There are many causes of heel pain, with the most common being a condition medically known as plantar fasciitis. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints we see at Village Podiatry Centers.

Dr. Travis Jones is podiatric physician and surgeon with Village Podiatry Centers in Canton. His office is located at 132 Riverstone Terrace, Suite 101. To schedule an appointment, call (770) 771-6991 or visit

What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a large ligament on the bottom of the foot extending from the heel to the ball of the foot, known as the plantar fascia. This band functions to help support the arch, both while standing and during activities such as walking and running. Irritating this fibrous band can lead to significant pain and swelling that can inhibit many normal daily activities.

What are the causes of heel pain? While there are several common causes of heel pain, most cases arise from a change in normal daily activities that place increased tension and stress across the plantar fascial band, resulting in an acute inflammatory reaction. Vacation, initiation of a workout routine, job changes and sudden changes in weight can all be causes of sudden heel pain. Foot structure also can play an important role for both flat and high-arched feet, as abnormal stresses can result in heel pain. Other causes include trauma (rupture of the plantar fascial band and stress fractures of the heel), arthritic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and local nerve impingement. What are some symptoms of heel pain? Symptoms can include: • Pain in the bottom of the foot or into the arch • Pain with first few steps • Pain with extended periods on the feet People often feel worse with the first few steps in the morning or after sitting for a period of time. Pain tends to improve after a brief period due to the tissues being stretched out. However, the pain can worsen with extended periods on the feet. How is heel pain treated? Approximately 90 percent of patients suffering from heel pain continued on page 58


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by Dr. William Klausmeyer

In my more than 25 years as a dentist, I have met people who love going to the dentist. They are not the majority. If you are a person who can claim, “I love going to the dentist!” then that is fantastic. If, however, you’re one of the majority that has some variation of dislike for going to the dentist then listen up! I have spent years learning to help people who are uncomfortable going to the dentist.

to their comfort. Sometimes these people require subdued lighting or music. Other times they might require a little laughing gas or possibly even medication to assist them in accomplishing their desired objective. The third type of patient is a true anxiety patient. Often we see them during the most difficult episodes — a toothache (or several), broken tooth (or multiple broken teeth), or any variety of issues that force them to try to deal with their anxiety. The problem is... anxiety is a real medical condition. It needs to be treated as such. “Toughing it out” is simply not a very effective way of getting a true dental-phobic the help they need.

Dr. William Klausmeyer is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Class of 1984. He consistently searches for alternatives for the use of “scary stuff” in dentistry. (770) 479-1444,

There are basically three categories of people who don’t like going. There are those who just simply don’t enjoy the process, but that’s about it... they deal with the negative feelings and just process it and take care of themselves. Next, there are those who really struggle and have borderline anxiety to the office. Usually they’ll make and keep appointments; however, we have to pay extra special attention

I have actually witnessed a well-meaning, good-hearted staff person leading a terrified patient through a treatment area to “show her” how well everyone else was doing! It’s almost the same as taking someone who is afraid of the water to a swimming pool where people are swimming ... as if they somehow did not know people have fun swimming. Pharmaceutical solutions for patients who have both dental anxiety and dental needs exist. Treatment takes a systematic approach. Would it make sense to give a person with a dental phobia a plan that includes 10 appointments? No. Once they know they can comfortably get their needed care done using continued on page 58

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Traditions Alive

by Janet Read

by Eric Hill Every family has traditions. Whether it’s homemade pizza on Friday nights or the big Thanksgiving football game in the backyard with all of our relatives, there are certain things we just have to do because it’s tradition. Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill My brothers and sister and I Nursery & Landscaping. He can be grew up with a lot of holiday reached at (770) 442-3901. traditions, and it was my job to make the homemade pizza on Friday nights. Traditions are fun. Our children, especially Elin, make everything a tradition. It’s almost ridiculous around our house. Elin’s favorite soup on her birthday is a tradition. When we go to our cabin we have to stop at Panorama Apples because it is a tradition. When we camp we have to buy Pop Tarts. When we leave on vacation, we’re singing the second verse of “On the Road Again” before we even make it out of the driveway! Why? Because it’s a tradition. Every time we get together with my folks, Jacob and Elin have to play Monopoly with my dad. The smack talk starts about two weeks ahead of time, and by the time the big game begins it’s war. Another fun tradition we’ve started is open dinner on Sundays. Everyone’s invited, and we usually have fifteen or so people each week — makes for a fun evening and a lot of dirty dishes. We look forward to it every week.

Fortunately, most of us have traditions we feel are worth passing down; and, like our family, many are creating their own.

Seems like a lot of traditions disappear simply because they become an inconvenience like making homemade pie crusts or purchasing a real Christmas tree to decorate. Why go through the hassle when the store-bought replacements are so good? I feel like future generations lose out on a bit of life and history when a piece of our culture fades away. Fortunately, most of us have traditions we feel are worth passing down; and, like our family, many are creating their own. Traditions make life fun, memorable, and bring us closer together. Long live the tradition of traditions! East Canton | november 2012 42 My

In case you have not heard the news, the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) had the highest SAT average in the State of Georgia for 2012. You read it right, the state! Now is when we could start chanting, “We’re number one,” Janet Read is the Board Chairperson if we were cheerleaders. This and Representative for Post 4 for the is a 28-point increase from the Cherokee County School Board. Janet 2011 scores. There are 450 high may be reached by e-mail at janet. schools in Georgia, and all five of the CCSD schools ranked in the top eight percent. Etowah was 16th, followed by Cherokee at 23rd, Creekview at 25th, Woodstock at 32nd and Sequoyah at 35th. River Ridge will post its first scores next year following the graduation of its first senior class in 2013. The CCSD has about 60 percent of the students who take the SAT. This is a much higher percentage than many states, which usually test only the top 5 percent of their students. We also have numerous students who take the ACT. Students are not required to take the SAT or ACT to apply for the HOPE scholarship. However, many colleges require at least one of them for admission. These great SAT scores are a reflection of many factors. Our students realize the importance of a higher score on the SAT as it relates to college acceptance and scholarships. Our parents know that colleges use the SAT scores when determining admission and realize the value of students taking the test more than once if necessary. Our teachers also encourage the students to prepare and remain focused on these tests. The administrators at our high schools give up their Saturdays in order for the students of this county to be able to take the SAT at a school close to their home. They also monitor the school activities, such as Fall Break and Homecoming, so there are minimal scheduling conflicts. Also, I would like to congratulate the over 300 Etowah High School students who were recognized for their academic achievements at the Academic Letter and Lamp of Knowledge Awards Ceremony. These students have maintained a 90 or above weighted average for either two or three consecutive years. The auditorium was standing-room only for this awesome event. Too often we are bombarded with misinformation and complaints relative to how our high schools are failing our continued on page 58

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Ingredients: (serves 4) 6 cups picked fresh spinach 1 cup grape tomatoes ½ red onion ½ cup crumbled bacon ½ cup blue cheese crumbles 4 8-oz. pieces of fresh salmon 4 Tbs. Blackened fish seasoning Dressing: 1 cup of rendered bacon fat 1 cup rice wine vinegar 2 Tbs. brown sugar 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard 1 lb. bacon

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay bacon flat on sheet pan and cook until crisp. Pour hot bacon fat into stainless bowl; add remaining four ingredients and mix well.

Coat one side of salmon with blackened fish seasoning and blacken in sauté pan over medium-high heat. Finish cooking in oven at 350 degrees for seven minutes. In a stainless bowl, mix spinach, red onion, tomatoes, bacon and 6 ounces of dressing, then place even portions in serving bowls; place salmon over spinach, garnish with blue cheese crumbles.

Welcome to Goin’ Coastal! Come on in, we’re open for business! My name is Zach Kell and I am the chef/owner of Goin’ Coastal in Canton. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. If you have any questions, please call (770) 479-3737. 45

Two Gardens

Are Better Than One by Marcia Winchester Cherokee County Master Gardener Every gardener encounters many different factors that can affect the success or failure of a garden, and often times a gardener has little if any control over these factors. This is true with an ornamental garden, a small vegetable/herb garden or a huge farm.

I tried all kinds of things to keep the critters at bay, including putting pine cones under the plants. That worked on the rabbits, but not the chipmunks — apparently they have tough little paws! After two years, I finally decided to plant two gardens. With the help of two garden clubs (the Cherokee County Master Gardeners, funded by a grant from the state Master Gardeners and Kaiser, and the Univeter Road Cherokee County Senior Center Services), we put together a community garden and rented out individual garden plots for $20 a year. I rented a plot and, between my home garden and the community garden, planted about 40 tomato plants. While several plants died, I brought home lots of tomatoes from my garden in Canton. I also found plenty of neighbors who were more than happy to enjoy the fruits of my overplanting!

Information about Extension Solutions for Homes and Gardens can be found on the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension website, extension/cherokee. Or contact the Cherokee County Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418.

My biggest problem over the last few years has been with wildlife. I’m not talking a few tomatoes being eaten by a critter or two — I’m talking about approximately 90 percent of my tomatoes being eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and turtles, and the plants browsed by deer! My office window faces my vegetable garden, so I’ve seen these critters at work firsthand and have watched my neighbor laughing at the half-eaten tomatoes strewn across his yard.

In the community garden, I’ve noticed many things: • Friends will stake out your fallen tomatoes. • Tomatoes will squash pepper plants if given a chance. • Squash can take a lot of space and squash vine borers can find a new squash plant overnight. • It is easier to give away tomatoes than eggplants. • Most people overplant their gardens and then spend time trying to keep the plants in the boundaries. • There is a difference between the amount of space runner beans and bush beans use. • Gardeners will share crops.

A plethora of ways To Wear Hair Extensions

by Jyl Craven Just a few short years ago, natural human hair extensions were for the very rich and the mega famous. We all saw models walking down the runway with a chic bob one day and long, flowing locks the next, but regularly experimenting with our look like that was a little beyond the average person’s reach.

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

It was beyond our reach until the beauty industry heard our call and technology gave us natural, human hair extensions at affordable prices. Now, any woman can step out of the house looking like a runway model. Why hair extensions? Hair extensions look and feel natural because they’re made of human hair, and they come without the risk that comes with experimenting on your own delicate locks. Heating, coloring and over-styling without the proper therapy for your hair can leave your hair looking limp and damaged. On the other hand, hair extensions are like an instant new start for women (and men!) who want to try new looks without waiting for a color or cut to grow out. Hair extensions can add length to short hair, body and volume to flat hair, and allow for endless experimentation with edgy cuts, colors and styles — all without endangering the health of your own hair. And forget about gluing synthetic hair extensions to your scalp; this approach is a thing of the past. Trained stylists now use non-adhesive methods like looping, which leave you with durable and completely natural-looking extensions. So what’s a typical day with hair extensions like? Hair extensions can be washed just like your regular hair. They can also be blown dry, straightened, curled or styled! Essentially, extensions are like … an extension of yourself! With professional extensions, there’s no need to worry about an “oops” with the curling iron that will leave your hair asymmetrical! Ready for hair extensions? Be sure to ask your stylist which method he or she will use to put your extensions in. Some methods last longer than others. Be sure to ask about maintenance — just like with a haircut or color, long-term extensions will need to be maintained as your natural hair grows out. Good luck on your new look! East Canton | november 2012 48 My


To Save Money by Michael Buckner Technology is great. Along with it have come all sorts of fantastic conveniences — but all with a price. With great high-speed Internet, for example, comes a $50 bill. Cell phone companies now charge us all for texting and Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio data, hitting you with another $50. And the standard TV and Intersection located at 631 E. Main Street, Canton. For more information home phone bills continue to on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, increase. Well, I can show you call (770) 479-1000. how to save more than $1,000 per year on these different technologies simply by making a few phone calls — but with little or no sacrificing of the conveniences that we’ve come to rely on with these technologies. First, let’s talk about your cell phone. Do you have an iPhone? If so, chances are you’re on a plan that exceeds $100 per month. STOP! Instead, you can have your phone “unlocked” (call me if you don’t know what this means) and switch to Straight Talk Mobile. This is a prepaid service that uses AT&T’s cell phone towers, delivers 4G speeds, and includes unlimited talk, text and data for only $45 per month! I have no idea why so few people know about this service, but I have been using it for months and it’s great! The unlock process can be a little more difficult with an Android phone, but it’s still possible and still offers substantial savings. My cell phone bill went from $135 with taxes to $47.99 — saving me $88 per month, or $1044 per year! Next, let’s discuss home phone and Internet service. Many of my clients have told me that they only had home phone service because of their security system. STOP! First of all, now you can add a cellular alarm system that will cost only $10 extra per month. Secondly, if you have a standard phone company, such as Windstream or AT&T, your alarm system still will work if you tell them to cancel your phone but keep your Internet service. You see, in order to have Internet service, the phone company will “give” you a phone line for free. The only catch is that you won’t be able to make free outgoing calls unless it’s to an 800-number, which is what most alarms dial out to anyway. If it’s not an 800-number, the phone company will charge $.20 per minute. Even if the alarm doesn’t use a toll-free continued on page 58

Molly Maid of Cherokee County


The Family Touch

Having a Family Conference by Dr. James E. Kilgore Changing negative family interaction is the goal of a family conference. Sometimes the first experience happens in a counseling session, but some simple ideas can help your family introduce new options for your household. Here are some basic guidelines:

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

1. Every family member agrees to be present for the conference. The family is made up of ALL its members, and each one has some input to give. Agree on the best possible time for most of the members. 2. Each family member has equal participation time. The family conference is not a time for the parent(s) to lecture the children. Exploration of issues without judgment is the goal. I ask that the youngest member be the “chairman” for the first gathering. To ensure equality, the family can use an egg timer or a similar device that allows a short period of talking without interruption. Each family member has the opportunity to say what he wishes before the timer is passed to the next family member. 3. Each family member agrees to think about what he can do to bring positive changes to the family interaction. In the family conference, no member can tell another member what he has to do; instead, any changes are to be volunteered by the family member. Try a sentence like, “I’ll try to do this to help with our situation” (followed by the proposed change). The family conference purpose is to provide a vehicle for controlled family conversation. When counseling a family, I usually seek a commitment that no one is to be punished for anything that is brought up in the family discussion. That provides an atmosphere of safety to explore some issues. This “rule” only applies to the family conference. Whatever rules the family has apply at other times. One of the underlying principles for me in treating families is to strengthen positive parenting. A therapist should never undermine parental authority while attempting to develop parental sensitivity and nurture. A therapist then models for the parents and the children what respect looks like. Families, after all, are the most important institution in our world. Make yours the best it can be.

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A Generous Life

by Pastor Jamey Prickett

In Matthew 6:21 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Eugene Peterson, translator of the Message, puts it this way, “The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be and end up.” Jesus Jamey Prickett is the Senior Pastor of knows our hearts follow what Liberty Hill Church. To contact Pastor we value. A person’s life is a Jamey, please call (678) 493-8920 or reflection of his or her heart. email http://wrestledwithangels.wordpress. Our values will display where com/ our hearts reside. If we value material things, it is in them that our hearts will be found. If we value comfort and safety, then our hearts will be invested in our personal concern. Our lives, our thoughts and our actions will be dominated by what one seeks and treasures. How do we know if we are treasuring our possessions? Jesus gives us a clue, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal.” If anything has time to be moth-eaten and consumed by rust, then we probably don’t need it. Putting value on anything that will be consumed by time makes us greedy. Greed creates a very limited view of life. Living in greed, you can never rejoice because you never have enough. The greedy feel that they have ownership. It is about control. “As long as I have money in the bank I am secure,” the greedy person convinces himself. “As long as my money makes me happy then I am safe.” The greedy see a “For Sale” sign on all of life. They themselves have been for sale for so long that they cannot imagine anyone or anything that is not for sale.

A person’s life is a reflection of his or her heart. Our values will display where our hearts reside.

If greed is a prison, then generosity is freedom. Greed focuses on what I do not have; generosity focuses on what I have. Generosity demonstrates a life of contentment. It is a witness to the world that I have enough and am willing to share out of my abundance. As we head into the season of Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for our blessings. Let’s practice generosity and share from our table with those who are hungry, share from our clothes closet with those who are naked, and create space in our lives for those who are lonely. Let’s give thanks by living a life of generosity.

Edgewater Hall, also known as the A. L. Coggins House, is a twostory red brick structure with a central hall plan on both floors, as well as an attic and basement. It was designed by noted Atlanta architect Francis P. Smith (1886-1971) and has detailing in locally quarried marble. A. L. Coggins referred to his 350 acres as Crescent Farm. The farm derived its name from the manner in which the Etowah River partially encircles it in a crescent-like shape. Coggins built his Colonial Revival residence on the same site where a former Victorian frame structure once stood. He occupied the house from 1922 to 1926. Crescent Farm had significant agricultural influence in Cherokee County, because the barn was built as a horse-racing stable where fine race horses were bred and raised by A. L. Coggins. Some went on to win state, regional and national awards for racing. Edgewater Hall, now Edgewater Family Practice, will be on the Historic Canton Holiday Tour of Homes this December 14 & 15. Reserve your space online at or call (770) 345-3288. Tickets only $15 until December 9.

Historic Canton Holiday Tour of Homes Friday and Saturday, December 14 & 15, 2012 Friday Candlelight Tour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tickets only $15 until December 9, 2012 Beautifully Decorated Historic Homes and Businesses Transportation provided between the homes. Call (770) 345-3288 for more information or to reserve your space. Visit to order tickets online.

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

United Daughters of the Confederacy,

Habitat for Humanity North Central GA:

The Helen Plane Chapter 711:

(770) 345-1879,

(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: Miracle Mothers:

(770) 345-7440

(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: Cherokee County Young Republicans: MUST Ministries:

(770) 479-5397

Narcotics Anonymous:

(770) 720-4032

National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group:

(404) 394-1229,

North Georgia Angel House, Inc.:

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

(678) 404-0034,

Papa’s Pantry:

(770) 591-4730

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

Cherokee County Democratic Party:

(678) 232-7488,

(770) 479-4140

(770) 479-0407

Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers:

Cherokee Co. Board of Elections & Registrations:

MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton, West:

Political Organizations

Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries:

Charitable & Support Organizations AA Meetings: Antioch Christian: (770) 475-9628 AARP Organization: Canton Chapter: (770) 479-5460 Adopting Families Group: (770) 516-1340 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group: (770) 926-0119 American Heart Assoc. — Cherokee Division: (678) 385-2013 Arts Alliance of Georgia: (678) 754-8482 Bethany Place: (770) 479-9462 Breast Cancer Support Group, Drop-In: (404) 843-1880 Canton Al-Anon: (770) 516-3502 CASA for Children, Inc.: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Celebrate Recovery: (404) 317-0345 Cherokee Autism Support Group: Heidi — or Renee — Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: (770) 592-9779 Cherokee Co. Aspergers Syndrome Support Group: Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee Co. Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA: (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: (770) 345-1879 Cherokee Co. Senior Services: (770) 345-5312 Cherokee Co. Service League: (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: (770) 517-7101 Cherokee County Family Violence Center: (770) 479-1804 Battered Women Hotline: (770) 479-1703 In Spanish, (770) 720-7050 Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Bill Queen (404) 441-3508, Cherokee FOCUS: (770) 345-5483 Drug Free Cherokee: Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483

Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520

Volunteer Aging Council:

(770) 345-7515

Young Peoples AA Meeting:

(770) 479-2502

Civic Organizations Canton Lions Club: (678) 224-7878 Canton Noon Day Optimists: (678) 454-2370 Canton Optimist Club: Canton Rotary Club: (770) 479-2101 Cherokee County Historical Society: (770) 345-3288, Hickory Flat Optimist Club: Alan Flint (770) 720-9056 Holly Springs Business & Professional Assoc.: (678) 467-9269 Pilot Club of Cherokee County: Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766 Rotary Club of Cherokee County: (678) 297-0154, Sons of the American Revolution: Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015 The Trail of Tears Association:

(770) 704-6338

(770) 926-9317, Cherokee/Pickens Libertarian Party: (770) 345-4678,

Recreation & Hobbies


Business 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: (678) 439-8625 Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418 Cherokee County Saddle Club: (770) 757-2282 Cherokee County Social Adventures Group: Cherokee Fencing Club: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Cherokee Hiking Club: (770) 235-3655 Cherokee MOTS (Mom’s of Tots): (770) 272-5388 Cherokee Music Teachers Association: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701, Cherokee New Horizons Band (CNHB): (770) 479-4917, Cherokee Photography Club: Cherokee Running Club: (770) 928-4239 (770) 926-8513 Cherokee Senior Softball Association: Cherokee Tennis Association: Crossfit Workout of the Day Club: Falany Performing Arts Center @ Reinhardt University: (770) 720-5558, The Funk Heritage Center Book Club: (770) 720-5969 North Cobb Bass Club: (770) 820-3945 Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: (678) 493-3976 Southern O Scalers:

Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139

(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton


2012 BLASTT Workshops Presented by Reinhardt University

November 7, 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

(Lunch is provided)

Refresh Your Mind, Restore Your Revenues! Prospecting & Sales Techniques That Actually Work! Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Future Members Don’t miss your opportunity to learn prospecting and sales techniques that actually work! Take advantage of spending the day with sales professionals who specialize in locating and closing new business opportunities. If you are a business to business company, you absolutely want to be at this event! Get ready to learn to sell smarter, not harder! This is a hands on event so bring your laptop, accounts with barriers you can’t seem to break, old accounts you have lost and want to gain back into your company, or just bring your wish list. You are guaranteed to leave with a new appointment! Due to one on one coaching, attendance is limited so reserve your space early! This workshop will be presented by Twanna Woods with Icebreakers Unlimited. Contact Amy at (770) 345-0400 or to register.



Sponsored by & located at:

Tuesday, November 13, 4:30 — 6 p.m. 2012 Series Presented by: AT&T 120 Mountain Brook Dr., Canton, GA 30115 There is no charge to attend. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on November 8.

good morningCherokee Sponsored by:

Thursday, December 6, 7 a.m. Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg. 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration $15; No Reservation $20; Future Members $25 RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on December 4.

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

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:

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

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

(770) 516-1444

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5 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

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

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

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

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

Juvenile/Family Court: Judge John B. Sumner Judge Tony Baker Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

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

(678) 493-6431

(770) 345-6256

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Cherokee County School System

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


United States Government:

(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:

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

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

City of Canton

(770) 704-1500

Mayor Gene Hobgood 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

City of Ball Ground

(770) 735-2123

Mayor A. R. (Rick) Roberts III

City of Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing

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Church of God


Ball Ground First Baptist

Free Home Community Church

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

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

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

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

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

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

Cross Roads Primitive Baptist Church Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 710-1068,

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

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

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

Heritage Baptist Fellowship 3615 Reinhardt College Parkway, (770) 479-9415 Sunday Service: 11 a.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,

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

Shoal Creek Primitive Baptist 174 Fields Mcghee Drive, (770) 630-7150 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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Hickory Flat Church of God 947 Bailey Road, Woodstock, (770) 475-4321 Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m.

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

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

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

Sunnyside Church of God 2510 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 639-1018 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

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


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, 9:30, & 11 a.m.

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church 2135 East Cherokee Dr., Woodstock (404) 395-5003 Meeting at All Points Community Church Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

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

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Road NW, Suite 120, Kennesaw (678) 460-7702, Introductory Service: 1st Shabbat of each month at 11 a.m. Traditional Service: 3rd Shabbat of each month at 10:30 a.m.

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

Tikvah I’ Chaim “Hope for Life” Messianic Jewish Fellowship 4206 N. Arnold Mill Rd., (678) 936-4125 Saturday Shabbat Service: 10 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Churches Action Church 271 Marietta Road, Canton Village Shopping Center Sunday Service: 10 a.m. (404) 317-0345,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The River 2335 Sixes Road, Canton (Sixes Presbyterian Gym) Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Watermarke Church

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton (678) 880-9092 Sunday Services: 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

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

Word of Life Family

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

207 Marvin Land Lane, (770) 479-7693 Sunday Service: 9 a.m. 57

Don’t Ignore Heel Pain

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improve with a formal course of treatment. Initial treatments typically include reducing the inflammation and pain by icing and taking anti-inflammatories. A good supportive shoe or the addition of arch supports will help reduce the amount of stress on the plantar fascia during normal activities. Achilles tendon and plantar fascia-specific stretching exercises play a key role in reducing the amount of tension placed on the foot and have been shown in several studies to aid in long-term care. In some instances, patients may require local steroid injections, night splints and/or physical therapy to further reduce the inflammation and pain. There is a small subset of patients who continue to have discomfort despite conservative treatment and may potentially benefit from surgical intervention.

School Board News

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children. I think that these are just a few examples of how our high schools are preparing our children for the future (either higher education or the workforce) and recognizing them along the way. Congratulations to all of our students in the CCSD. You make us very proud!

Streamline to Save Money

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number, keeping only the Internet service still would be cheaper than spending $40 per month for a standard phone line — saving you approximately $480 per year.

a medication, it’s very much about reducing their number of visits to a minimum.

Lastly, let’s talk about my favorite part: TV. How long have you been with your current cable provider? Are you paying more than $100 per month for cable? STOP! Let’s face it; all TV providers basically offer the same channels with some variation of delivery. Why not switch providers every couple of years, giving you not only newer equipment but also any perks of being a “new” customer? In general, switching cable providers can save you approximately $50 per month — or $600 per year — and in most cases you won’t lose any of the channels offered through your current provider.

We don’t try to cure the phobia. There are medical professionals who can assist there. We just try to make dentistry “do-able” for them. Regardless of your level of comfort in the dental office, we have options available so that we can specially cater to your needs.

If you have any questions about how you can save money on your current cell phone, home phone, cable TV or security system devices, feel free to contact me. My team would love to help you save money without sacrificing the features you have come to enjoy and rely on most.

If you or your family member is suffering from heel pain, make an appointment with your podiatrist. He or she will help find a treatment solution to reduce and end your pain.

Dental Anxiety

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


Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech Green Solution

Revive Day Spa Salon • Spa Venessa Trilogy Salon

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Home Improvement/Repair/Service

Mr. Junk


Landscaping/Landscape Services

Chiropractors Baxter Chiropractic


Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping Landscape Matters

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Churches Liberty Hill Church

Edwards Eyecare Pearle Vision

Cleaning Services Molly Maid


Dentist/Orthodontists Canton Heights Dental Canton Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Cherokee Family Dental Williams Orthodontics

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies

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The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool



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Restaurants/Food Services Alessandro’s Italian Café & Pizzeria Arranged to Eat Frosty Frog Creamery & Café Goin’ Coastal

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1 Man Geek Audio Intersection Bailey’s Bowtique Cherokee Angel Senior Care & Training Center Cherokee Chorale Cherokee Youth Works Ghost Net, Inc. Heritage Art & Frame Three Sisters Gifts

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Afterglow Spa Azure Salon and Spa Jyl Craven Hair Design LaVida Massage

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BridgeMill Animal Hospital

Anytime Fitness Crossfit Canton Golf FORE Charity



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