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Photographer Jack Tuszynski Writers Dr. Christopher Anderson, Dr. Kellie

Tour de Cure

Woodstock man raising funds for American Diabetes Association

Best Mothers of Cherokee Local moms honored by their children

Nehemiah Project — July 10-13, 2013

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Youth serving their community

In the Kitchen Grilled Delmonico with Cabernet Jam & Bleu Cheese Crumbles

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Baxter, Michael Buckner, J. Daran Burns, Jyl Craven, Dr. Kyle Edwards, Louise Estabrook, Dr. Thaddeus Fabian, Dr. Keith Hanna, Fred Hawkins, Rep. Calvin Hill, Dr. James Kilgore, Scott Lavelle, Dr. Michael McNeel, Jamey Prickett, Janet Read, Dr. John Symbas, Dr. Keith West

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Footprints Publishing, LLC 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My East Canton Monthly magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Footprints Publishing, LLC. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community based advertising. Each month, more than 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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Trotter & Patel Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics recently opened their practice located at 12420 Cumming Highway, Suite 306, Canton. Dr. Leigh Ann Trotter specializes in Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Alpesh Patel specializes in Orthodontics. Please stop in for their Open House on May 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come out and meet Dr. Trotter and Dr. Patel and tour the office. They will have games, kids’ activities and refreshments. (678) 947-3600, Arnold J. Weil, M.D. and Anthony R. Grasso, M.D. from Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C. are expanding their 20 year practice. Their new office is located at 2000 Village Professional Dr., Suite 300, Canton in the Willage Medical building. They specialize in non-surgical treatment options for Musculoskeletal injuries and Pain Management. (770) 421-1420, The Velvet Cloak Resale & Consignment Shop (9334 Main Street, Woodstock) recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting event. The Velvet Cloak offers home décor, household furnishings, clothing, formal wear, collectibles, accessories and more. Stop in to shop or drop off your items to consign. The Velvet Cloak is a nonprofit organization. In addition to items for consignment, they accept donations that will be sold to raise money for active and retired military men and women who are in need of care packages with items such as clean blankets, food, clothing or just a phone call of support. For more information, please call (678) 494-0444 or visit and like them on facebook. Rejoice Maids has moved! Their office is now located at 103 Bell Parkway, Suite 100, Woodstock., (678) 905-3476 Tiger Rock Martial Arts is moving to 2228 Holly Springs Pkwy., Holly Springs/Canton! The Grand Opening celebration for their new Martial Arts studio will be held May 11 from 2-4 p.m. with demonstrations, community self-defense classes, games and more! (770) 704-7902,

Harvest Moon Natural Market (3725 Sixes Road, Canton) is expanding to better serve the needs of the community. With the expansion, they will offer more organic grocery items as well as supplemental products and a meditation space. New menu items will be added to the Moon Café offerings and they are increasing their dining area. To keep updated on their progress, like them on facebook., (770) 479-4193 4

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The Cherokee Arts Center located at 94 North St. in downtown Canton is seeking volunteers. The volunteers are needed to act as docents and ushers for the theater, assist at Receptions and in the office and at various events. Interested persons can call the Arts Center at (770) 704-6244, or email Cherokee County School District is holding registration for 20132014 Prekindergarten Classes at Ball Ground, Canton, Hasty, Oak Grove, R.M. Moore Elementary Schools, Little River Preschool and Ralph Bunche Center. Open enrollment ends May 10, 2013 and names will be drawn on May 16, 2013, at each school to fill available spaces. Students who are four years old on or before September 1 are eligible. The Prostate Cancer license plate is new and available in Georgia. For every plate purchased, $22 will be used in two ways: to provide Prostate Cancer Screening in Georgia; for Prostate Cancer Research at Georgia hospitals and universities. Please call Frank Catroneo at (770) 619-0720 for more information.

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Publisher’s note The Importance of “Real” Relationships

Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek

First of all, I want to say how much I appreciate the feedback we receive about the Publisher’s Notes. I am humbled and honored from your encouragement and I just wanted to say thank you. Last month, I took the month off because some dear friends of ours, the Gosdin family, were preparing to leave the country to become missionaries. They felt God’s calling to move to the Dominican Republic, and because they sold everything but their necessary clothing and because they require ongoing financial support, we felt it was important to include a page in the magazines. By the way, thank you for reaching out to them; we appreciate it very much.

Ok, now let me say, this is only my opinion before I go making anyone mad. My take on social media is often skewed. Sometimes I wonder how much weight social media outlets should carry in my real friendships. Those I connect with, especially those from years gone by, are real friendships — ones that were less than an arm’s length and where the spoken word was relied upon and may have played a vital role in the relationship’s development. The weight I am speaking of is how some relationships come back to life through one of these social media outlets. It’s funny how just as quickly as they rekindle, I sometimes look for the “hide” button or their frequency of posts may cause me to refuse to comment, like or share. In my effort to compete to see who has the most friends, I then question, yeah, maybe that’s why we haven’t spoken in 20 years! Scanning through, it’s all about the convenience of saying yes to this one, ignoring that one, or yes, but you’re on a short leash, buddy! Is that how we now build our friendships with conditions based on the number one posts per day (interruptions), whether or not they’re funny, dumb, or even advertisements? All the meaningful friendships I ever made were hardly ever managed from arm’s length and if they became that way, they didn’t last long. So, why is it that we bask in the ability now to keep them there? I got caught in one of these situations and, admittedly, I was a rookie to Facebook (not that I’m an expert now) and made a decision that temporarily cost me a friendship. Ok, so Facebook carries more weight than what I first gave credit, but my question is, should it? So here is what happened: A close friend of mine from years back in Ohio and I reconnected on Facebook. He is a great guy, extremely intelligent, funny and a family guy just like me. So, connecting again after many years was awesome. That was until I felt that some of his posts took pot-shots at my beliefs. At first I ignored them and thought that’s just him being funny. But they became little by little and more and more across the line of what I perceived as “thought provoking” or “conversation engaging” and, least of all, funny. At this point, I decided to message him to talk about how I felt, to see if he was interested in debating the topic, and to see if I could convey why some of what he posted was ok, but some were too far, in my opinion. After all, this was just a Facebook account and it shouldn’t have anything to do with our “real” friendship, right? Well, the debates began and so did the challenge of debating an intelligent guy who lacked belief in anything of which I base my whole life. During these discussions, he posted one more thing that made me say enough, so I “unfriended” him. Right now many of you are thinking, “Oh no you didn’t!” Well, yes, I did, and apparently you’re right, and so I found that Facebook friendships carry more weight than I thought. Before I get too far, fortunately, he and I are still “real” friends, although we stopped conversations over the issues at hand. One of the lessons I learned was that as useful, convenient and, for lack of a better word, cool Facebook can be, it is no replacement for a true friendship. I look sometimes at how many “FB friends” I have and it makes me laugh because I know some have many more and some have less, but I would still have one more if I only knew there was a “hide” button. The most important lesson I learned is that there is never anything more important than the relationships I have with those who know my daily events and goings on and they don’t have to turn on their computer or smart phone to learn it. I hope I am never at a loss for the relationships with friends that are friends in real life and not just social media. Hey Andy, what are we doing this weekend? I’ll text you! Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497,


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Creekview Student Receives Full Scholarship to UNG

Representative Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) recently presented a full scholarship to the University of North Georgia (UNG) to Creekview High School senior, Nathan Ballew. This scholarship is one of only 42 awarded L-R: Nathan Ballew and throughout the state of Rep. Calvin Hill Georgia. Nathan applied for this merit-based scholarship that required him to compete in a stringent regimen based on academic preparation for college, leadership, participation in extra-curricular activities and his desire to serve in the Georgia Army National Guard. Nominated by Representative Hill, Nathan’s application was then reviewed by and obtained final approval of the University of North Georgia Military Scholarship Selection Committee. The Georgia Military Scholarship is a full four-year scholarship that pays for tuition, fees, uniforms, room and board, and books and is valued at approximately $70,000. UNG is one of only six Senior Military Colleges in the country and is considered to be the best alternative to attending West Point. Upon graduation, Nathan will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Georgia Army National Guard.

Indian Knoll Students Help Feed the Needy

Chelsea Leming, 6th grade teacher at Indian Knoll Elementary School, Canton recently worked with students Jr. Optimist Club from the Jr. Optimist Club, who collected 500 cans of food for the Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s SALT Living Bread Food Pantry on East Cherokee Drive. The group worked at the pantry stocking shelves and bagging food during the monthly food distribution and received a Certificate of Appreciation for helping to feed the needy in the community. The food pantry offers a free monthly dinner at the church on the third Thursday of each month and a free food distribution on the fourth Saturday of each month.


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Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Receives Valuable Tech Donation from Cobb EMC

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch recently received 22 used Dell computers from electric utility Cobb EMC, a not-forprofit electric membership cooperative, with more than 196,000 meters representing Robert Arnett (left), John Blend 175,093 members in metro (center) and Zach Blend (right) Atlanta and southwest holding the donated computers. Georgia. For a decade, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska, has provided a home for boys in foster care. Since opening its doors, the nonprofit has grown exponentially, but the technology has remained the same. Recognizing Goshen Valley’s need for updated technology, Cobb EMC Senior Vice President Technology Systems Robert Arnett contacted contacted Zach and John Blend about donating the computers. “After understanding the objectives of Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, I can’t express how good it feels to be involved and make these kinds of contributions to the program,” said Arnett. “These PCs were getting ready to be retired, but I knew they still had some life in them given the right environment.” The donated computers were installed to replace older tech equipment in various homework labs and to provide staff members with functioning computers at the office. “Goshen Valley is so grateful for these computers,” said Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Residential Life Director Zach Blend. “They have been used in our offices, homes and computer labs throughout the ranch. The computers meet our needs perfectly and we are so thankful for them.” Learn more about Goshen Valley Boys Ranch at or call (770) 796-4618.

Cherokee Chorale Celebrates 25th Season

The Cherokee Chorale’s last concert of its celebratory 25th season will be the Pops Concert entitled “Night at the Copacabana.” The concert is schedule for Saturday, June 1 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University. Conducted by Dr. Melissa Arasi and Wes Stoner, the concert will feature songs made famous by the popular New York night club. The Copacabana, which opened in 1940, gave many well-known stars their first great exposure and was the setting more on for many films. The concert will feature popular songs page 8 from the Great American Songbook and catchy Latin

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dance rhythms like the bolero, the mamba, and the samba or Brazilian bossa nova. “Copacabana,” written by Barry Manilow and arranged by Dr. Arasi, will open and close the program. The Cherokee Chorale is an auditioned choral group of 70-80 voices, encompassing a variety of ages, professions and occupations including a significant number of music professionals. For information about tickets for the concert, please call (678) 4398625 or visit

Local CASA Volunteer Millie Bush Awarded as Georgia 2012 CASA Volunteer of the Year


Millie Bush, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer with CASA for Children in Cherokee County, has been chosen as the 2012 Karen N. Sibley CASA Volunteer of the Year in Georgia. The award is named in honor of the L-R: Georgia CASA Executive Director, founder of Georgia CASA. Duaine Hathaway, Volunteer of Millie Bush has been a the Year Millie Bush and CASA for dedicated CASA volunteer Children Executive Director, Deidre with CASA for Children Hollands for 10 years and has been a strong, persistent advocate on 29 CASA cases. She has served 47 children during her tenure, 28 of which were returned


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home to strengthened and healthy families and 10 of which were adopted. The Honorable M. Anthony Baker stated it well when he said, “It is a great thing for the judges in Cherokee County to have Millie Bush as one of our CASA volunteers. Mrs. Bush has spent thousands of hours advocating for children in foster care…Without fail, she has always shown great professionalism, determination and compassion for the children she serves. Millie Bush is the epitome of what a CASA volunteer should be.” The Honorable John B. Sumner stated that “…Millie Bush is a dedicated professional who works hard, knows the families and children, is dedicated to the goal of a safe and permanent home, respects the opinions of others and ensures her thoughts are known.” Additionally, Mrs. Bush encourages others to become CASA volunteers, including her husband Phil, and serves as a role model for new CASA volunteers. Through individualized attention, CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, bringing urgency to a child’s needs, both in and out of a courtroom. To contact CASA for Children, visit or call (770) 345-3274. For more information about CASA in Georgia, visit or call (404) 874-2888.

Business Spotlight 9177-B Knox Bridge Highway Canton, GA 30114 (770) 704-7776 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. AAMCO Total Car Care opened on January 2, 2007 as a full service auto repair shop. In many ways it was a natural fit for the Van Brinks whose desire was to put the “CARE” back in car care. After supervising maintenance for Northwest Airlines, Gus decided to transfer his knowledge to the automotive repair industry. A year later Clara Mae moved her ministry of working with families and children to “minister” to those needing automotive repairs. She especially wanted to create an environment where women could get an honest vehicle evaluation and a reliable repair at a fair price. Caring about more than your car, the Van Brinks are deeply committed to community involvement. The Van Brinks are involved with five Cherokee County schools through the Partners in Education program. Gus is a member of the Cherokee County Rotary Club. Clara Mae serves on the YMCA Board of Directors, is Chair for the Cherokee County United Way, and is a volunteer Master Gardener. AAMCO has also hosted interns from Cherokee High School and Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. Most recently they received the Lamar Haley Community Service Award, which recognizes both Rotarians and non-Rotarians who have exemplary volunteer service. AAMCO is putting the “care” back into car care. They remain the experts in transmission diagnostics, service and repair, but also provide total car care. They do brakes, exhaust, engine trouble, factory-scheduled maintenance and most warranty work. Services include: • AAMCO Multipoint Inspection: 36-Step performance and systems inspection • Factory Recommended Maintenance Oil, Lube & Filter Changes • Brakes/Tune Ups: Inspection of entire brake system • Shock/Struts • Radiators/Cooling Systems • Plus many more services


• 408,000 — the number of children currently in Foster Care in the United States • 30,000 — the number of young people in the United States who leave the Foster Care system each year without a forever home • 34 — the number of young men currently living at Goshen Valley • 22 — the number of young men who have been adopted from Goshen Valley into forever homes in the past three years Information and statistics taken from

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• Volunteer to serve at Goshen Valley or tutor a young man • Connect to Goshen Valley in order to invest in the life of a young man who is over 18 and attempting to gain his independence • Consider adoption or long-term mentoring relationships that can change the life of a young person • Give in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month to help provide services for those in need

Straight-forward Pricing

by Nick Roper Have you ever scheduled work to be done on your home based on a price quote you were given? Have you ever gotten ready to pay your bill based upon that quote, but the price was much higher than the quote? Most people have encountered this Nick Roper oversees business issue at some point or another and, understandably, are not very development for H&H Electric and Security LLC. He can be reached happy when they are told one at (770) 735-1136 or visit price but have to pay another. However, some companies are taking a stance to ensure this does not happen. Various service-based companies, including some that provide electrical services, have implemented a solution to this issue by using a variation of what we call “straight-forward pricing.” Straight-forward pricing allows businesses to give clients a 100

percent accurate total up-front before any work is done in their home. The first step in straight-forward pricing is an in-home visit from a company’s highly trained and certified technician. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the technician who will be visiting your home before you schedule any work to be completed. A reputable company will be happy to provide credentials about their technicians, who also should have been cleared with a background check and drug screen prior to employment. As part of straight-forward pricing, the technician will sit down with you and explain every detail of what your particular project will involve, as well as the cost for completing the work. Before any work is started, you will know to the penny what it will cost to complete the job, even if the job takes a little longer than expected. In the extremely rare case that a problem is misdiagnosed, straight-forward pricing will give you peace of mind that your concerns will be taken seriously, the job will be completed, and that the price that was originally quoted will not increase. Many companies will give a low-ball price estimate over the phone to get their foot in your door. However, once they are in your home and see what the work will actually consist of, continued on page 62


Things to do in East Canton


May 10 & 11

Art Classes for Children and Adults

2013 Relay for Life Cherokee County


Time: Begins at 6 p.m. Location: Sequoyah High School Track Information: Come be a part of the 2013 Relay for Life which will raise funds and awareness to help save lives from cancer. Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer benefitting the American Cancer Society. For complete information and registration, visit or call (770) 429-1624.

Cherokee Arts Center 94 North St., Canton Information: Classes include Digital Photography, Drama, Drawing, Knitting and Crocheting (Needles and Hooks), Dance and Painting (watercolor, oil and acrylic). For class information, please see their calendar at “” or call their office at (770) 704-6244.

Mondays & Thursdays Zumba Dance & Toning Time: Location:

7 p.m. Liberty Hill Church 141 Railroad St., Canton Cost: $20 per month or $5 per class Information: Mondays, Zumba & Toning with Weights; Thursdays, one hour of Zumba. If you want to burn from 500 to 700 calories in an hour, this is the place! For more information, please call (770) 331-6341.

May 7 Native Plants That Make Great Garden Plants — presented by the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Time: 7 p.m. Location: William G. Long Senior Center 223 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock Information: Come learn to incorporate wonderful native plants into your landscape. Please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (770) 479-0418 to register and get directions.

May 8 Job Fair Time: Location:

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Holly Springs Community Center/ Historic Train Depot 164 Hickory Rd., Holly Springs Information: Come and meet with Cherokee County’s top companies. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please contact Jennifer Stanley at (770) 721-7506 or jstanley@

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May 11 Great Sky Neighborhood Garage Sale Information: Over 40 homes participating! There will be something for everyone — household items, tools, furniture, clothing, baby items, etc. Don’t miss out on finding your treasure!

May 11 CITY ON A HILL’S Single Mom’s Gas Give-Away Time: Location:

11 a.m.-1 p.m. CITY ON A HILL UMC 745 Main Street, Woodstock Information: The church will be providing free gas to single moms in hopes of changing the world one loving act at a time. For more information, please visit or call (678) 445-3480.

May 11 Gutters for Goshen — benefiting United Way & Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Time: 2-4 p.m., 1:30 p.m. registration Location: Cherokee Lanes 1149 Marietta Hwy, Canton Cost: $25 for 2 hours of bowling and shoes Information: Door prizes and raffle drawings; Grand raffle drawing — a week-long stay at a 4-bedroom beach house on St. George Island ($3000 value). $25/raffle ticket may be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, please email or call

(404) 437-5975. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Towne Lake.

May 16 6th Annual Carpenter’s Cup Golf Benefit Time:

8 a.m. registration 9 a.m. shotgun start Location: Callahan Golf Links, Waleska Cost: $400 foursome, $100 individual player (breakfast & lunch included) Information: Please contact Heather Shelton, or (678) 493-8920. All proceeds benefit the Nehemiah Project, youth serving residents in our community.

May 18 & 19 Serve It Up For Charity Adult Doubles Tennis Tournament Location: BridgeMill Tennis Courts Cost: $40 per person entry fee Information: The BridgeMill Tennis Club is partnering with the BridgeMill Sixes Service League for a fun-filled weekend of tennis! Proceeds will be split 50/50 between the BSSL, which donates their monies to local charities, and the BridgeMill Tennis Club for 2013 designated capital improvements to the tennis facility. To register, please sign up at Everyone is welcome! If you or your company are interested in donating for the silent auction or sponsoring this event, please contact Pat Perry at or Kathy Fulton at

May 17, 18, 24 & 25 Whose Line Is It, Woodstock? Time: Location:

7:30 p.m. City Center Auditorium 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Cost: $10 in advance online $12 at the door Information: The acclaimed iThink Improv Troupe brings their special brand of wacky, well mannered humor to the Elm Street stage at City Center for a full evening of comedy., (678) 494-4251

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Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: 1250 Marketplace Place, Cumming Information: Gold Wing Road Riders Association invites the community for this free event. Motorcycle safety literature will be available as well as a motorcycle demonstration by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department and much more! For information, please contact Jim Elrod at (770) 893-8078 or,,

May 22 Free Stroke Screenings — offered by Northside Hospital Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital Cherokee County Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Information: Whether you are a man or woman, no matter your race, in the prime of life or enjoying your golden years, you may be at risk for a stroke. The best protection you can take is to know your personal risk. In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, Northside Hospital is offering free screenings to determine risk for stroke, heart disease and diabetes. The screenings are free, but registration is required. Please call (404) 845-5555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment.

Every Saturday beginning May 25 — October 26 Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market — presented by Cherokee Bank Time: Location:

8:30-11:30 a.m. Woodstock City Center Parking Lot, Corner of Main St. & Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock Information: The first Saturday of each month the Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market will host special events courtesy of Cherokee County Farm Bureau such as a Pie Baking Contest, Old Tractor Day, and events highlighting in-season produce. For more information on the market or if you are interested in being a vendor, please email

May 31, June 1 & 2 8th Annual 97.1 The River Wing & Rock Fest Time:

6-10 p.m. Friday

noon-10 p.m. Saturday noon-6 p.m. Sunday Location: Woodstock City Park, downtown Woodstock Information: Featuring great live music and the city’s best chicken wings. Come out and enjoy free admission! Wing eating contest, live entertainment, Kidzone and more!

June 1 & 2 ‘Night at the Copacabana’ Pops Concert — performed by the Cherokee Chorale Time: Saturday, 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Location: Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, Waleska Information: Conducted by Dr. Melissa Arasi and Wes Stoner, the concert will feature songs made famous by the popular New York night club. For ticket information, please call (678) 439-8625 or visit the website at or ask any Chorale member.

June 12 Cherokee County Farm Bureau Safety Day Camp Time: Location:

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lazy D Farm, 848 Bishop Rd. Ball Ground Ages: 8-12 years Cost: Free Information: Co-sponsored with the Cherokee County Extension Office. Call (770) 479-1481, ext. 0 or (770) 479-0418 for more information and registration.

Vacation Bible Schools & Camps Macedonia Baptist Church 7984 Cumming Hwy, Canton (located at the corner of East Cherokee Drive and Hwy. 20) (770) 345-6884 Date: June 10-14 Time: 9 a.m.-noon Ages: 3 years-high school

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Roundup VBS. Please register your child under the “VBS” link at For more information, please email Natalie at

Cherokee Presbyterian Church — Kingdom Chronicles 1498 Johnson Brady Rd., Canton Dates: July 15-19 Time: 6-9 p.m.; Dinner served for VBS participants 5:30-6:00 p.m. Ages: Entering 1st grade — 8th grade Cost: Free Information: To register or more information, please visit, follow the VBS link on home page. VBS Kickoff will be held July 13, 2-5 p.m. Come for games, food and fun!

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock (678) 494-4251 Information: Offering various camps throughout the summer, please visit for complete listings.

Camp Imagine Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton (770) 704-6244 Information: Various themed camps throughout the summer. Please visit or email for complete listings.

Sixes United Methodist Church 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton (770) 345-7644; Information: Sixes UMC is offering a variety of camps and clinics throughout the summer: Cherokee County 3rd Annual Choral Clinic for young women grades 6-12; Free Singing Camp for grades PreK-5; Mega Sports Camp VBS free for grades PreK-5 grades. For complete details on these events, please visit the church website at or call the church office at (770) 345-7644.

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Arbor Hill Baptist Church 696 Arbor Hill Rd., Canton Date: June 10-13 Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Information: Put on your cowboy boots for some western fun learning about Jesus at Son West

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Age 7 on May 28 Mommy and Daddy love you and hope you have a fantastic birthday!

Age 6 on May 7 Happy birthday my angel girl! Mom and Daddy love you very much! Daughter of Adrian & Domingo Vargas

Age 4 on May 5 Happy birthday baby girl! Daughter of Amine & Jesse Sister of Jasmine, Bella, Alex & Ana

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Age 14 on May 6 Happy Birthday Anslee! We love you! Dad, Mom, Zachary & Sam

Age 18 on April 28 Happy Birthday Georthon! We are proud of you! Love Mom, Dad & Vivien

Amine & Jesse Elyousfi

Married on February 19, 2013 in Morocco. Daughter of Tammy Pratt & Gerald Sister of Adrian & Josh We love you both very much! Congratulations!

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Age 4 on May 18 With love, sisters Cierra & Claire

Dominic DeGourville

Age 5 on May 7 Hugs and kisses to our Boogie on your special day! Love, Dadda, Momma & Donny

Nia Chester

Age 7 on May 31 We are very proud of you and love you very much! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Nana, & Granddaddy Roy

Marsha & James Brown

Celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on May 17, 2013. 1 Corinthians 13:13. By continuing to apply Jehovah’s Bible principles, I can truly say faith has kept us together for 2 years. ‘Til time indefinite! I love you…love me bear.  

Suzy Romagnoli

Celebrating on May 15 Happy birthday! We love you!

Luke Griffin

Age 2 on May 4 Happy 2nd Birthday, Short Pants! We love you! Mommy, Daddy & Kaya

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Born on March 26, 2013 at 1:47 p.m. 8 lbs., 11 oz., 21 inches long Proud parents are Jennifer & Jonathan


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No story times are scheduled for the month of May.

May 10 & 24, 4:30 p.m., Ball Ground Public Library May 1, 8, 15, 24 & 29, 4:30 p.m. Hickory Flat Public Library May 6 & 20, 4:30 p.m. R. T. Jones Memorial Library

It’s That Time of Year Again! The Summer Reading Club

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. For more information, please call (770) 479-3090, extension 235.

May 3, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. May 4, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Ball Ground Public Library

Hickory Flat Public Library Family Story Times — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Family Story Times — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Lapsit Story Times — Wednesdays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

The book sale will also be open to members of the “Friends” of the library from 4-6 p.m. on May 2. Donating Books: all libraries within the Sequoyah Regional Library System accept the donation of new and gently used books year round. If the library has need of a particular volume, donated books are added to the collection. If the library is unable to place a donation into the circulating collection, the books are sold at annual & semi-annual Friends book sales, and through ongoing book sales within the libraries themselves. For guidelines on acceptable donations, please contact your local branch.

R. T. Jones Book Club May 4, 11:30 a.m., R. T. Jones Memorial Library The book club meets in the R.T. Jones meeting room. For more information about this club and the book they are reading, please call “adult services” at (770) 479-4090, ext. 3 or email

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

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Book Sale

Contest Corner

Sequoyah Regional Libraries are preparing for their annual Summer Reading Club! The program launches on Friday, May 24 and the theme for Summer 2013 is “Dig Into Reading.” Stop by your local library anytime on or after May 24 to pick up your reading log and other materials. Don’t miss the summer fun!

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

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

Amie Hewitt was our winner for April’s contest corner. Amie has won a gift card to Chick-fil-A. 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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School Board News by Janet Read

One can hardly turn on the television or open the newspaper and not hear something about our nation’s economy and the high cost of healthcare. As you may have heard, we are facing those very same issues in the Cherokee Janet Read is the Board Chairperson County School District for the Cherokee County School Board. (CCSD). This looming crisis Janet may be reached by e-mail at has been discussed at several work sessions and school board meetings in the past several months. At our March 21 work session, correspondence was distributed that outlines the historical perspective and potential options for our district within the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) as it relates to non-certified employees. Non-certified refers to those employees who do not hold teaching certificates. While this includes the majority of our custodians, bus drivers and secretarial staff, it also includes most of the employees in our financial and technology departments. We currently have more than 1,760 non-certified employees.

In the 2008-09 budget, CCSD’s cost for insuring the noncertified employees through SHBP was $2.9 million. The cost this school year has risen to $7.6 million and is forecast to be $12.7 million for the 2013-14 school year. This is in spite of the CCSD employing 123 fewer non-certified employees! These costs are just the employer’s portion. Our employees have seen their portions (premiums) rise each year as well. CCSD has taken three steps in determining our best options to contain the healthcare costs. We are issuing Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek bids to potentially privatize our custodial and grounds services. This step is a fact-finding option. It does not mean that a decision has been made. It is simply a method to obtain more information so we can make an informed decision. CCSD is also researching an Alternative Health Plan or Health Plan Contribution Model for our non-certified employees. The third step is to continue to plan and develop other cost-containment models for those employees, such as modifying the size or the scheduled hours of the workforce. More information on these three steps will be forthcoming and will be discussed at a future work session. These steps need to be taken now, as the staff is diligently working on the budget for the 2013-14 school year. continued on page 62


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Avery ES Raises ‘Pennies for Patients’

Avery Elementary School’s Jr. Beta Club recently sponsored a “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser and raised $6,474.87 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Students competed schoolwide — boys vs. girls — to see which group could raise the most funds for the cause. Jr. Beta Club member fifth-grader Annabelle Caraballo raised more than $520. 

From left to right, front row: Alexis Boatright, Lilly Steiner, Faith Holley, Annabelle Caraballo, Jeena Lybbert, Kyle Johnson; back row: Assistant Principal Michelle Whitmire; club sponsor Tori Sinco; Principal Dr. Pam Spencer; club sponsor Mimi Murray and Assistant Principal Kim Hagood.

students will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. Composer Eric Whitacre will be conductor of the performance and clinician for the residency. “The choir at Cherokee High School received this invitation because of the quality of their audition recording and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY. “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.” The singers will spend five days and four nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. The Cherokee High School Mixed Chorus is seeking financial support from the community for this trip. For information, please contact Brad Ellis at (770) 479-4112 or

Indian Knoll Media Specialist Receives Teacher Innovator Award

Indian Knoll ES Media Specialist Jennifer Lewis won a first-place 2012 Teacher Innovator Award presented by PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford. As a Top 10 winner in the national competition, she has been invited to participate in an Indian Knoll ES Media Specialist all-expenses-paid, weeklong “Innovation Immersion Jennifer Lewis Experience” at The Henry Ford this summer in Michigan and will also receive other prizes. To view Ms. Lewis’ winning entry, visit teachers/innovators/gallery/2012/entries/1078/

CHS Mixed Chorus

SHS ROTC Exceeds Standards

The Sequoyah High School Air Force Junior ROTC earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards” — the highest rating attainable during their unit evaluation. The program is led by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Chuck Slater and Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) John Futral. Principal Elliott Berman said the instructors, “Have created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach. The instructors continue to provide outstanding leadership in administering the cadetcentered citizenship program. The Sequoyah High School cadets have performed exceptionally well and take pride in leading and accomplishing their annual unit goals.”

CHS Mixed Chorus Invited to Perform at Lincoln Center in NYC

Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) has invited the Cherokee High School Mixed Chorus and Director Brad Ellis to perform at Lincoln Center next spring. The chorus has been invited to participate in “The Music of Eric Whitacre” concert on March 30, 2014 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic. The Cherokee High 20 My East Canton | may 2013

Sequoyah High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets

Last year, Norm’s son, Jeremy, and his wife, Kayla, participated in a charity ride for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), called the Tour de Cure, which raises funds for diabetes research and education. “Jeremy and Kayla decided to jump in the deep end, the 100-mile course, and invited me along one of their 72-mile training rides,” Norm explains. “Well, somehow I survived that ride with a little gas still in the tank, so to speak. So, I thought, ‘What the heck?’ I’ll follow in their footsteps.”

Age, heredity, diet and exercise are all key risk factors of diabetes, half of which you cannot control. So, when your doctor finally announces, “You’re diabetic,” you will have some decisions to make. Norm Spafard of Woodstock found himself in a similar situation. After about a half-dozen years of simply following typical prescriptions and trying to maintain normal diet routines, Norm had to make some serious decisions about his health and his future. “In December 2010, I was hovering just over 250 pounds and my sugar numbers were not staying in check. It was time to make a change or watch my health go downhill,” he recalls. Following a selfprescribed course of action, Norm increased his physical activity in an attempt to lose weight and get healthy. Within a year, Norm had lost nearly 40 pounds; while his goal was to lose 50 pounds, he was excited at his progress and had a new outlook on life. Discovering proper lifestyle eating changes was fairly easy for Norm, but — at 54 years old — exercise was not. “It seemed like everything I really enjoyed doing was hard on my body and joints,” he says. But Norm remembered days upon days of riding his bike as teenager, so he broke out his old 10-speed and hit the road. Cycling was much less impactful on Norm’s joints and kept the wind in his hair — which reminded Norm of his other passion, riding motorcycles. The cycling exercise regime was working well for Norm.

With the course set and registration complete, Norm will set out on his goal to ride 100 miles in the Atlanta Tour de Cure on May 19 — with an initial goal to raise $5,000 for ADA toward diabetes research and education. “I really hate doing things halfway, so, in my typical fashion, I decided to begin training for the long-haul ride and to also challenge myself, family and friends to raise money.” Just six weeks before the race, Norm was feeling good about both his fundraising and training. “I am probably doing better on my fundraising than training due to the horrible weather we had this past winter, but I will reach both goals.” Norm, who has lived in Woodstock since 1985, works for Cobb County Fire Department. Along with biking, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, camping and fishing, and was involved in the early days of Woodstock’s roller hockey program. To learn more about Norm’s journey, visit his blog at For information about ADA and donations to Norm’s Tour de Cure fundraising ride, visit

Atlanta Tour de Cure May 19, 6 a.m. check-in Boundary Waters Park 5000 Hwy. 92/166, Douglasville 21


10U Creekview Junior Grizzlies Win Grizzly Roundup

The 10U Creekview Junior Grizzlies won the Grizzly Roundup recently at Dwight Terry Park off East Cherokee Drive in Canton. The Grizzlies beat the Hopewell Hawks in the final game 19-1. Also Front row left to right: Grant Yokley, Brody competing in the Rhodes, Brady Miller, Hayden Thompson tournament were and Jace Gilmore. Second row: Owen Mello, the Canton Stingers, Grant Anderson, Landon Brown, Brendon Degenkolb, Max Baker and Nicklaus Midway Rangers, Stewart. Back Row: Coaches Brent Rhodes, Sharon Springs Clay Miller, Dave Brown and J.J. Stewart. Spartans, Oregon Park Sharks and the Cherokee Cobras.

Charity Tennis Tournament To Help Families Battle Unhealthy Living

Watch the news long enough and you’re sure to hear how our obesity epidemic has reached an all-time high. With so many people complaining about the problem, few are willing to try to tackle it. CHOICES for Kids ( has been working toward creating healthy kids for 10 years here in Cherokee County. They are hosting a tennis tournament at the Eagle Watch tennis center in Woodstock to fund a local program that will teach entire families about healthy living. CHOICES for Kids is partnering with both Cooking Matters, a national program dedicated to healthy eating, and Envision Health Studio, a local, total-body fitness facility. The program, called CHOICES Family Workshop Series, is a six-week family workshop that will cater to the whole family! It will be held at Envision Health Studio, located on Bells Ferry just north of Hobgood Park in Woodstock. This workshop will be offered free of charge and be open to all families. The Cooking Matters curriculum ( is a national program that uses volunteer chefs to teach every aspect of healthy food preparation. Standard curriculum includes topics such as shopping and budgeting, nutrition, preparation and healthy eating. Many people don’t realize how delicious healthy food can be! The other aspect to this program is physical fitness. Trainers Stacy Ward and Laura Mikszan will lead the sessions and will be assisted by Eric Gurvin. Their goal is to make exercise fun! You can help fund this desperately-needed program by playing in this tennis round robin. It’s called Match Point on Childhood Obesity and will be held on May 17-18 at the Eagle Watch tennis courts. The fun begins Friday morning with a ladies round robin from 9 a.m.-noon. A mixed doubles session will finish the activities off to be held from 7-9 p.m.. with the fun going on much longer than the tennis. Saturday offers chances for the whole family with a round robin for the ladies from 9 a.m.noon and the men from 1-4 p.m. Junior drills will be given by tournament director and pro, Jason Fleeman from 1-2:30 p.m. Prices are $25 for adults and $10 for the junior drills. Refreshments will be provided. For registration and more information, go to Deadline is May 13th. There are discounts for multiple sessions.

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Karin Wilson Submitted by: Linde Kramer, Age 10

My mom is the best of all because she is everything the best mom should be. The best thing about my mom is that she always gives me love. She helped me out a lot when I moved to America. And she always wants to help me. My mom and I like to do almost everything together. We like to play outside, swim together, and I really enjoy helping her with cooking. Also, we like to discover new things. The most important lesson my mom has taught me is that you’re rich if you have people around who love you. That’s why my mom is the best of all.

Wendy Kunkel Submitted by: Kinsey Kunkel, Age 9

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My Mother is the Best! And, Oh, she’s heaven blessed! My Mother likes to go places And I try to retrace her paces. Why, just the other day We went to the movies anyway. This week we’re going to the zoo! And mom, it’s just me and you. My Mother and I went riding. Oh, and the happy time we spent riding Is more that I can count. That fun makes me want to shout! My Mother is funny; As funny as a bunny. Her laugh makes me laugh. When I make a joke she laughs. So I get her to laugh back. My Mother smiles a whole lot. She also gets in bed with me a lot. My Mother goes bike riding with me And we play a lot as you can see. Sometimes we play Twister. She went far away and I missed her! My Mother! Not my brother!

Laura Richardson Submitted by: John & Chloe Richardson, Ages 10 & 8

Our mom is the best mom in the world. She can singlehandedly take care of us and many pets at the same time! She can do stuff people don’t expect a woman to do, like fix our hot water. We love to camp with Cub Scouts, cook out, and play sports together. She teaches us important lessons that help us to be better people — like not giving up, which will help us later in life. In our opinion, she is the best mom ever!

Stacy Daugherty Submitted by: McKae Daugherty, Age 11 My mom is great because she is sweet about everything. We love to paint each others’ nails. She has taught me to be nice to others even though they are not nice to you. My mom also makes the best salsa. 25

When someone close to you Is Arrested by J. Daran Burns

When someone close to you is arrested, things get crazy fast. There are a lot of considerations you might not think about when someone is first arrested. First and foremost, be familiar with attorneys in your area who handle criminal cases. You J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns may want to provide a retainer “just in case.” This will put you & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He can be reached at (770) 956-1400. ahead of most people who find themselves dealing with the unpleasantness of having someone they care about arrested. The reasons behind immediately contacting an attorney are two-fold. First is representation. An accused has rights guaranteed under the Constitution, but those rights are only meaningful if the accused is aware of them and invokes them. Second, an experienced attorney may be able to smooth out the process, providing guidance and assistance both before and after a release from jail. Let’s look at a fairly normal case: a domestic violence situation. It is common to receive a phone call from a spouse who says she and her husband got into an argument last night. It wasn’t that serious, but they both had been drinking and she was nervous, so she called the police. The police in this county take domestic violence very seriously; that nervousness almost inevitably turns out to be a stay at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. They rightly believe that it is usually best to take whoever is deemed to be the aggressor to jail and let things cool down. This is when I get the phone call. It is the next morning, and I have a very nice lady on the phone whose husband is in jail. She tells me that although the police were right to arrest him, it was a one-time aberration, and she needs her husband out of jail. She has two kids, a job and bills to pay, and her husband can’t help her with any of that if he is in jail. She is usually shocked to learn that (1) they usually won’t let her husband bond out for at least two days, and (2) when they do let him bond out, there is usually a “no contact” order in place that will not let him communicate with his wife or even stay at the marital residence. In this very common situation, I usually go to the prosecutor’s office immediately. If the husband is still in jail, I will attempt continued on page 62 East Canton | may 2013 26 My

A VIEW from the Hill Georgia’s Elite

It takes determination, drive, desire, dedication and oldPlease let me know your thoughts at or fashioned guts to become a (404) 656-0129. Thank you for member of the University the honor of serving as your of North Georgia’s (UNG) Representative to the 22nd Legislative prestigious Corps of Cadets on District. a full, four-year scholarship. These qualities, accompanied by excellent academic, physical and leadership records, enabled three local high school seniors to win this scholarship, valued at over $70,000!

Nathan Ballew of Ball Ground

Jacob Garcia of Hickory Flat

Marlena Schmidt of Cumming (not pictured) These three gifted students will become members of the Boar’s Head Brigade at UNG in Dahlonega, which has been honored as the best senior military college and the top ROTC program in the United States. These highly qualified individuals, if they chose to accept the commission, will receive an all expense paid, four-year scholarship that will result in them graduating as Army Lieutenants. There, they can start a career earning more than $56,000 plus benefits. With over 40 U.S. Army Generals coming from the University’s Corps of Cadets, there is no limit to the possibilities. It is a great honor to have all three of the applicants that I recommended accepted into this exclusive program. The quality of the JROTC programs commanded by retired officers such as Lt. Col. Holly, Lt. Col. Slater and Maj. Kelly have resulted in a very high acceptance rate of applicants from my district over the years. Their leadership skills and the programs they developed are producing outstanding young leaders.

Nehemiah Project is entering its 6th year as a major force in Cherokee County. It is an amazing four-day event for the local youth of this community. The week is filled with daily worship, dynamic messages, and community service. All youth in grades rising 7 through 12 are welcome to be a part of this event. The work projects will last three days and consist of painting homes, repairing and beautifying outdoor community spaces, wheel chair ramps and simple repair of properties for people in our community. Last year 120 youth participated in the Nehemiah Project and completed 10 projects for their neighbors in need. The vision of the Nehemiah Project is to foster a passion for godly service in the name of Jesus Christ. By becoming the hands and feet of Christ, youth will experience Jesus through direct service ministry. In response to the awesome love of Jesus Christ in our lives, we are compelled to share and extend that love by serving others. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Each evening will have awesome worship, inspirational speakers, and tons of fun. It is an incredible experience for the youth! The Nehemiah Project will foster the development of a servant’s hearts, a love of missions and a network of new friendships among local Christian youth groups.

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What’s Cookin’ Strawberry Limeade Margaritas

(or Slushies for the Kids) Shared from Farmhouse Favorites by Kim Guzewich (Kid-friendly and adult version)

1 can frozen limeade ½ can Sprite 2 c. frozen strawberries Pulp of 2 limes (Add tequila to taste for

Cinco de Mayo Quick and Easy Blender Salsa Shared by Lisa Hayes

14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 tsp. honey

10 oz. can original Rotel

½ tsp. salt

½ small onion, roughly chopped

¼ tsp. ground cumin

1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed ½-1 jalapeno, seeded or not (depends on how spicy you like it)

Small to medium size handful of cilantro, washed Juice of 1 lime

Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and puls e to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingre dients are finely chopped and salsa is desi red consistency. Taste for seasoning and adju st to taste. Serve with tortilla chips or over tacos.

adult version) Combine all ingredients in blender. Serve in mason jars or margarita glasses.

Taco Dip

Shared by Candice Williams Please send us your favorite “Kids in the Kitchen” recipes for June. With summertime almost here, it’s a great time to spend quality time together and get the kids helping in the kitchen too! Email your recipe to

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1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.) 1 package of taco seasoning 1 lb. hamburger meat 1 jar of salsa

1 bag of shredded cheese (2 cups) 1 bag of tortilla chips or corn chip scoops

meat Brown hamburger meat and drain. Cook age). in taco seasoning (according to the pack 8”x an of m botto Spread cream cheese in the top on t 8” dish. Next, layer hamburger mea on of the cream cheese. Add a layer of salsa se chee dded shre the with top of meat. Finish se. chee melt on top. Place in the oven to Serve immediately with chips.

By Michelle Martin


uying and selling a home has always been a complex and often stressful process. Since the real estate market crash in 2008, the process has become even more challenging for buyers and sellers alike as they struggle to understand current real estate trends. How does the local market compare to national statistics? Are mortgage lender requirements starting to ease? What percentage of the list price can sellers expect to get for their home? These are just some of the issues of today’s ever-changing housing market that an experienced, educated real estate professional — like Shellie Hollingsworth and Melissa Llano of Keller Williams Gateway Realty Group — can help prospective homebuyers and sellers to better understand. “As full-time agents, we’re out studying the market every day to stay on top of trends so that we can educate our clients and help them to make the best decisions for their individual needs,” says Llano. “Our clients’ needs come first. We care about them and do whatever it takes to provide them with the exemplary service that we expect of ourselves as realty professionals.”

Left to right: Shellie Hollingsworth, Robyn Price and Melissa Llano. 31

Since forming Keller Williams Gateway Realty Group a year-anda-half ago, Llano and Hollingsworth have expanded their team to accommodate the realty company’s fast-growing business — a sign that the local real estate market is recovering at a steady rate. Jan Gelder joined the staff in July 2012 as administrative assistant and “gatekeeper,” working with clients to protect timelines and other important parts of the contract required for closing. Robyn Price was hired in December 2012 as a lead buyer specialist, working exclusively with clients who are looking to buy a home. Hollingsworth and Llano work principally as sellers’ listing agents. “With our growing business, we couldn’t be everything to everyone,” Hollingsworth says. “We all have special strengths and skills that we add to the team. We support each other, stand in the gap as needed, and work together to meet our own high expectations — which are to exceed clients’ expectations.”

• Professional service with experience, integrity and compassion • Certified luxury home marketers • Certified distressed property experts • Expert marketing includes FMLS, social media, professional photography and home staging • Active in local community, with a portion of commissions donated to Thriving Children charity

To better assist prospective homebuyers and sellers, Keller Williams Gateway Realty Group has launched a new website, The website features all the tools and resources important to understanding today’s real estate market — including a searchable database of current FMLS properties; exclusive listings; statistics of local market trends; social media and video blogs; preferred vendors; information about area schools; and will be updated steadily to include information on popular attractions and much more. “Approximately 90 percent of homebuyers start their search online,” Llano says. “Our newly enhanced website not only enhances our visibility and credibility but also serves as a valuable community resource to our clients.” Given the dramatic changes in the real estate market in recent years, it’s no surprise that Llano and Hollingsworth consider studying local trends and educating clients about the local market among their most important services to clients. “Most buyers are surprised to learn that the market has shifted back to a seller’s market,” Hollingsworth says, noting that most homes under $200,000 are getting multiple offers after just a short time on the market. Low mortgage rates have brought buyers back to the market, but inventory remains low due to the absorption of the number of distressed properties on the market. As a result of increased demand, Hollingsworth says home prices are increasing as well. “Home prices in the fourth Provided by ChartMaster Services, LLC exclusively for Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Gateway Realty Group serves the north Metro Atlanta area, including Cherokee, Cobb, north Fulton and south Forsyth counties. The realty company is a member of Keller Williams Luxury Home International and the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, a prestigious organization that provides special training and certification for marketing highend homes. In addition, Llano is a KELLER WILLIAMS certified distressed REALTY PARTNERS property expert for No. 1 Realtor Team, 2012: marketing homes Shellie Hollingsworth, that are in short Melissa Llano & Jan Gelder sale in an effort to avoid foreclosure. Realtor of the Year, 2012: The team at Keller Shellie Hollingsworth Williams Gateway Rookie of the Year: Realty Group Robyn Price (2012), has expertise Melissa Llano (2009), in assisting Shellie Hollingsworth (1998)

homebuyers and sellers of all property types at all price points. “Clearly, there is a difference in marketing a $100,000 home and a multimillion-dollar home,” Llano says. “The key is getting to know your clients and understanding their individual needs. They may have different socio-economic backgrounds, but they all share the same dream of providing the best for their family. That’s just one reason why it’s essential as real estate professionals to be able to communicate with, listen to, and connect with clients. We meet them where they are.”

Recent statistics show steadily increasing home sales prices, although not yet reaching 2003-2009 prices. 32 My East Canton | may 2013

quarter alone increased 14.9 percent on average in Metro Atlanta and an average of 10 percent in Cherokee County. We expect this trend to continue as more buyers return to the market and inventory remains low.” Whether it’s a seller’s market or buyer’s market, the process can be very emotional for both parties. “Finding the right home is mostly about a ‘feeling’ that buyers get when they walk through the door. They picture their own furniture and family in the home, and get attached to the home,” Llano explains. “Homeowners also are emotionally invested in their home, but it becomes a commodity with a certain value once it goes on the market. It’s our job to educate sellers about comparable homes that have sold recently in the area, advise them on a realistic price point, and help them stage their home to appeal to a broad base of potential homebuyers. For some sellers, it’s a wake-up call.”

Shellie Hollingsworth Melissa Llano

(678) 999-2547

Llano, Hollingsworth and Price work hard to strike a balance between being compassionate about their clients’ needs and helping them to get the best deal. To them, getting to know their clients, earning clients’ trust, and showing clients that they care is just as essential to the process as building relationships with other agents and vendors in the industry, studying current market trends, understanding brokerage agreements, and being experienced in negotiating contracts. “This isn’t just about money; it’s about building relationships and providing a valuable service to our community,” Llano says. “It’s our job to work through any challenges and protect our clients’ interests,” adds Hollingsworth. “We are happy if our clients are happy. If they’re not happy, we’re not happy.”

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Brooksgate Stable Inc. in Canton is a full-service facility specializing in hunters, ponies, jumpers and equitation. Originally located in Alpharetta, Brooksgate Stable has been in business for more than 30 years. The current stable is twice the size of the original farm — providing horses more turn-out with a state-ofthe-art facility that caters to horse and rider. Owner/trainer Elizabeth Warmington offers riding lessons for beginners, intermediate and more experienced riders. In addition, Elizabeth has produced champions locally and nationally in the short stirrup, medium pony, and large pony divisions. She has guided juniors to the children’s hunter, large junior hunter’s division championships, and national equitation finalists. Elizabeth and her family, along with the full-time stable crew, reside on the property — ensuring the horses receive all the care, supervision and security they need. Brooksgate Stable prides itself on giving riders and horses the individual attention and training they need to excel. Brooksgate Stable Inc. in Canton is conveniently located to serve residents in nearby Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta and Cumming.

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Recently, the team at My Community Monthly celebrated with the winners of the 2013 My Community Favorites Awards. This year’s awards recipients from Cherokee and Fulton counties gathered for an evening to recognize each area business that was voted My Community Favorite by the readers. Thank you to all that were in attendance and Congratulations! Photos courtesy of and Michelle Baruchman & Paige Trammell, Woodstock High School Seniors 37

Water Works

by Kellie Baxter, DC Want your body to work better? One of the easiest and most important things you can do to keep your body healthy is to drink water. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Most people don’t get enough water on a daily basis.” Thirst is a poor indicator of your water Dr. Kellie Baxter B.S., D.C. specializes in chiropractic, sports injuries and needs. By the time that you nutrition. For more information, please feel thirsty you are most likely call the office at (770) 345-1111 or mildly dehydrated. Water is visit great at quenching our thirst but it is absolutely vital in controlling body temperature, moving nutrients and oxygen to cells, flushing out waste products, protecting organs, and cushioning joints. How much water should you drink? A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it by 2. Then drink that amount in ounces. For example, you weigh 150 pounds divided by 2 equals 75 ounces. Most experts agree that 2 liters of water daily is the minimum needed to maintain proper hydration. Two

liters equals 8 cups or 66 ounces. If you are working outside in the Georgia heat or working hard at the gym you will lose water through sweat and evaporation so you will need to drink more. Our joints, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments are dependent on the cushioning effect water provides. Water not only keeps all of them lubricated but it also acts as a shock absorber inside the eyes and spinal cord. Water will help keep you looking your very best too. It actually works to plump up fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out. Water will also improve the elasticity of your skin. It can brighten eyes and make hair silkier as well. Unfortunately, many people live in a constant state of mild dehydration. Patients often have symptoms such as headaches, heartburn, depression and joint pain. Many of these complaints clear up once they start drinking adequate amounts of water. I am not a fan of bottled water for many reasons, from the price to pollution of our environment. Bottled water also more often than not contains contaminates like bacteria, arsenic, man-made chemicals, trihalomethanes, phthalates, fluoride, and even lead. Bottled water is allowed to contain contaminates such as fecal material! Tap water, on the other hand, is regulated by the EPA and is tested daily. No poop allowed. To make sure your tap water is safe, visit, continued on page 62


yle Church’s Tiger Rock TaeKwonDo has been serving Canton for over 8 years. We have taught hundreds of students from ages 3-73 at our academy as well as thousands more at local elementary schools. We have moved from our facility in the Prominence Point Shopping Center to a state of the art facility on Holly Springs Pkwy (Next to Domino’s). We offer age-specific classes for Tiger Cubs (4-6), Juniors (7-11), Youth (12-15), and separate adult classes (16+). We also offer an exciting HYPER extreme martial arts program, 60 Days to Change for adults, free self-defense classes for any community group, summer day camps, and exciting birthday parties.

gained confidence, sportsmanship, and friendships. Taekwondo has taught us much more than selfdefense!” Lana OBriant, Mother and Student

“Taekwondo has lifted me and my son for the past three years. We have

“Master Church and his staff are like family to me! TKD has given me

“We are a TKD family through and through! I have 3 children involved in Master Church’s school. We have been there 4 years and will probably be there forever! The kids truly learn to live the tenets they recite in every class, and this is what is most important to me. The world needs more Honor, Courage, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Courage, Community, Strength, Humility, and Knowledge.” Kelleye Greene, Mother of 3

confidence, discipline, and mad skills!” Owen Noone, 11 year old black belt, Member since 2006 “Training at Church’s TKD has been an investment that will forever pay dividends in our children’s lives! Not only has it developed in them physical strength, but more importantly strength of character! Our boys love it because the instructors make fitness fun! As parents, we love the inherent benefits of instilling in our boys integrity, self-control & perseverance.” Kim Noone, Mother of 2

Extreme Diets Can Cause Extreme Health Problems Heart Disease – Anorexia can cause irregular heart rhythms and result in smaller heart muscles. Hormonal Changes – Changes in reproductive hormones and in thyroid hormones can cause absence of menstruation, infertility, bone loss, and retarded growth.

by Christopher Anderson, M.D. With bathing suit season just around the corner, we are all trying to shed some winter weight. We are bound and determined to stick to our diets, get fit, and look good. But, be careful. Not all weight loss is good for you. People start new dieting programs because of many different reasons. Sometimes your doctor encourages you to do so, other times we just feel fat and want to do something about it ourselves. Sometimes people feel that the body they see in the mirror is out of control, forcing them to live in a world of insecurity, struggling emotionally, and suffering in silence. New diets can create abnormal eating patterns which can lead to eating disorders. Eating disorders may begin with a preoccupation with food and weight, but they are most often about much more than food. They generally arise from a variety of physical, emotional, social and familial issues. Selfesteem problems are at the core of many eating disorders. Depression may precede eating disorders and also contribute to their onset. It has also been observed that living with an eating disorder leads to depression. Some common eating disorders are anorexia, compulsive eating, binge eating, and bulimia. Eating disorders can be dangerous and eventually lead to poor health. They result in a drop in your confidence and performance levels and thus further lead to more depression. Americans can be obsessed with their appearances and their bodies. We spend more than $40 billion a year on dieting and diet-related products. In the United States, as many as 10 million females and one million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder. Approximately 25 million more are struggling with binge eating disorders. Not all diets are bad but, not all diets are good. If you find East Canton | may 2013 40 My

Imbalance of minerals and electrolytes – Your body needs adequate levels of minerals, particularly calcium and potassium, in order to maintain the electric currents that keep your heart beating. If left, imbalances can be life-threatening.

yourself becoming so absorbed in your diet and start doing extreme things such as making excuses for Nerve Damage – Eating disorders not eating, avoiding can cause brain and nerve damage, eating in front of seizures, and loss of feeling. others, or are trying Digestive Problems – Anorexia can to hide your dramatic cause constipation and bloating. weight loss behind baggy clothing, you need to get help. You are not alone. There is hope.

Dealing with an eating disorder may not be easy. It is very important for you to be aware of the disorder and adopt the required corrective approach as soon as possible. See your physician if you, or someone you love, may be dealing with an eating disorder. Recognize that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no one right body size. Your body is not, and should not, be exactly like anyone else’s. Try to see your body as a facet of your uniqueness and individuality. Information obtained from, and This information is provided by Christopher Anderson, M.D. of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine. They are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week and 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.

Eye Allergies In Full Swing

by Kyle Edwards, OD Have itchy, red eyes been an all too common occurrence for you since the arrival of spring this year? You may be suffering from eye allergies. While it is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies, approximately Dr. Kyle Edwards is an 4 percent of allergy sufferers optometrist at Edwards Eye Care report that eye allergies are in Woodstock. (770) 479-0222, their primary allergy. Itchy eyes are the most common symptom associated with eye allergies, and is triggered by outdoor and indoor allergens. For some, eye allergies can prove so uncomfortable and irritating that they interfere with job performance, impede leisure or sports activities, and even curtail vacations. What are eye allergies, and how do you know if you are suffering from this condition? Eye allergies can encompass many symptoms, such as itching, burning and dryness, that are caused by allergens in our environment. Eye care professionals refer to eye allergies as “allergic conjunctivitis,” which is a reaction to indoor and outdoor allergens (such as pollen, mold, dust mites or pet dander) that get into your eyes and cause inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and helps keep your eyelid and eyeball moist. Eye allergies are not contagious. Other substances called “irritants” (such as dirt, smoke and chlorine), and even viruses and bacteria, can compound the effect of eye allergies. In some cases, these irritants can cause irritation symptoms similar to eye allergies among people who do not have allergies. The eyes are an easy target for allergens and irritants because, like the skin, they are exposed and sensitive to the outside environment. Certain medications and cosmetics also can cause eye allergy symptoms. By way of response to these allergens and irritants, the body releases chemicals, called histamines, which, in turn, produce inflammation. In very mild cases, oral allergy medication may help relieve itchy eyes along with cold compresses to the eyes a few times each day. However, your eye care professional is best able to treat this condition with specific anti-allergy drops that can keep those red, itchy eyes away and have you back outdoors enjoying the beauty of spring. East Canton | may 2013 42 My

Are You a good

Candidate for Plastic Surgery? by Drs. Keith West*†, Michael McNeel*†, Thaddeus Fabian*†, Keith Hanna*† and John Symbas* There comes a time when many people wonder if plastic surgery is right for them. The field of plastic surgery is vast and varied. It includes more common and familiar surgical procedures, like face lifts, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), Marietta Plastic Surgery is a full breast enhancements or lifts, service surgical and aesthetic tummy tucks and liposuction. center with locations in Marietta and Non-invasive procedures are Woodstock. (770) 425-0118 increasing in popularity and should be performed by board- *Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeons, such †Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as facial fillers and injectables that treat lines, wrinkles and folds. Laser treatments and microdermabrasion are also effective at softening fine lines and improving skin appearance. And CoolSculpting is a newer procedure that actually freezes fat cells, resulting in about a 20 percent reduction, with no down time. It’s important to understand if you’re a good candidate for all the options available so consulting with a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the right first step. Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind. Are you in good health? General overall good health is important so if you have any chronic illnesses, like diabetes or high blood pressure or if you’re a smoker, you’ll want to share all of your health information with your plastic surgeon. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and can impact healing and scarring so you may need to quit smoking for an amount of time that is agreed upon with your surgeon. Do you have reasonable expectations? Plastic surgery is not magic so keeping realistic expectations in mind is important. If you’re trying to enhance the “inner” you, then you will probably be satisfied with your choice. In fact, according to a Dallas Morning News article, Mommy Makeover patients are among the happiest patients, because they are so pleased to get their pre-baby figures back*. Do you have a strong support system? Some procedures require time to heal, from a few days to a few weeks. It’s continued on page 62

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Opening their doors in Canton on April 8, 2013 was like a homecoming for Dr. Leigh Ann Trotter. Dr. Trotter grew up in this area which is the reason Trotter & Patel Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics chose this community to establish their practice. She had always planned to return to her hometown to provide dental care. Their motto, “Bring Your Family to Our Family,” is truly the case at their office. Dr. Leigh Ann Trotter and Dr. Alpesh Patel are married and their office manager, Brittany Haught, is Leigh Ann’s cousin. When you schedule an appointment, you will always see Dr. Patel for your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Trotter for pediatric dental care and Brittany to make you feel right at home!  Dr. Trotter was born and raised in Ball Ground, where she attended Macedonia Elementary, Teasley Middle School and Cherokee High School. She then attended The University of Georgia and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Education. Dr. Trotter received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from The Medical College of Georgia, where she also completed her two year pediatric dental residency and received her Master of Science in Oral Biology. She also had the opportunity to train at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, working primarily with special needs children and children with craniofacial anomalies, and has been

granted hospital rights to continue her passion of treating these patients. Dr. Trotter is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, Georgia Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Dr. Patel was born in southern Georgia and grew up in Atlanta, where he attended Lakeside High School. He then attended the University of Georgia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Dr. Patel went on and completed his formal dental training at the Medical College of Georgia, where he not only received his Doctor of Dental Medicine but also met Dr. Trotter. Upon graduating from dental school first in his class, he attended The Ohio State University Orthodontic Residency Program. Taught there by world-renowned orthodontists, Dr. Patel completed a 33-month post-graduate program and received his orthodontic specialty certificate and Master of Science in Oral Biology. Dr. Patel is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, and American Association of Dental Research. Dr. Trotter and Dr. Patel are very active, as they both enjoy playing tennis, traveling and spending quality time with each other as well as family and friends. Their sweet English Bulldog, Hershel, is also part of the family. They look forward to having your family join their family!

Jason Liford is the Executive Chef at Downtown Kitchen and has been an integral part of the staff for nearly six years. Jason fell in love with cooking at the age of 16 and is a lifelong Cherokee County resident and graduate of Cherokee High School. He brings his love and passion for food to Downtown Kitchen and enjoys providing these seasonal recipes to the community. He hopes you enjoy them too!

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Ingredients • Delmonico or highest quality center cut ribeye

Cabernet Jam

• 1 medium onion, minced • 1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon • ¼ cup Vinegar (Red Wine, Rice, Apple Cider, your choice depending on palate) • 2 Tbs. packed brown sugar • ¼ cup honey • 1 Tbs. butter • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions Cabernet Jam

Melt butter in sauté pan Add onions and sauté until translucent Pour wine and vinegar Reduce by half Add brown sugar and honey Reduce to syrupy jam consistency


Grill Delmonico to temperature preference Top with jam and 1 Tbs. bleu cheese crumbles Place on oven-safe plate or platter and broil until cheese melts Pair this dish with your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon or hearty red wine and enjoy! 47

Spring Cleaning:

The Shelf Life Of Shampoo & Conditioner

by Jyl Craven

Are you using expired hair care products and don’t even know it? Now may be the time to do some spring cleaning of that outdated shampoo and conditioner that you’ve collected from seasons past. Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design Didn’t know these products of Canton. For information, you may could expire? You’re not alone, contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 actually. The Food and Drug or visit Topic Administration doesn’t require written in collaboration with Kristina Aslim, stylist at Jyl Craven Hair Design. expiration dates on hair care products. Manufacturers who note expiration dates actually do so voluntarily.

The reason shampoo and conditioner have such a long shelf life is because of the preservatives they contain. Since one of the main ingredients of shampoo is water, the moment it gets opened it becomes exposed to air and other contaminants — making it susceptible to the growth of harmful microorganisms. Therefore, don’t be tempted to dilute your products with water. Over time, this will only increase the possibility of contamination and render the preservatives less effective. How can you know when a product has gone bad if it doesn’t include an expiration date? Extremely old shampoos and conditioners typically smell funny or even acrid, and feel funny between your fingers. However, they often tend to go bad even before they start to smell strange. Always check to see if there is an expiration date on the bottle. The expiration symbol will typically be located near the product’s UPC and will display the drawing of a little container with a number inside of it, like 6, 8, or 12. That means you have 6, 8, or 12 months of use after you open the bottle; double that if you don’t touch it. If there’s no label, a good rule of thumb is to keep unopened bottles for no more than three years and an opened bottle for no more than 18 months. If you use “natural” versions, the rules are quite different. Regular hair care products include additives and preservatives to help extend their shelf life. Natural products don’t include continued on page 63 East Canton | may 2013 48 My

Scene Programming

by Michael Buckner This month I’d like to talk about something common in my world that is very rare to most people; scenes. What this means is that for a smarthome owner, they do not have to think about which lights to turn on and at what dimming level, what temperature for the Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Intersection, located at 631 E. Main thermostat, and what music to Street, Canton. For more information play. Instead, they just choose on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, the particular “scene.” Let me put it a different way: If you just call (770) 479-1000. tell your home what you are doing in the room, it can set the room up best for that activity. Here are a few of my favorite scenes from my home; I love to program these for other homeowners as well: “Cook” – Press the “Cook” button on the wall in the kitchen, and the overhead and under-counter lights will come on to full brightness, Pandora music service will come on in the ceiling speakers, and the thermostat for that room will adjust to comfort level. “Eat” – As soon as the cooking is over, press the “Eat” button on the same wall and the dining room lights will come on, all lights will dim, and the music will switch to a soft station and at a lower volume. “Clean” – This setting will make all the lights come on to full brightness. There’s usually a particular up-beat music playlist to match this one to, if so desired. “Panic” – This security scene can make all of the lights in the entire house and the exterior floods come on. In addition, if the client has a camera system, we can make the video of the house pop up on all of the TVs so there is no question about what’s going on. Press the button a second time and the police can be notified via silent alarm. “Goodnight” – Ever done the “pajama walk,” where you walk all through the house, turning everything off and locking all the doors? Instead, we program the “Goodnight” scene and, with one press of a button, all the lights, music and TVs will turn off, the garage doors will close, the deadbolts will lock, the security system arm, and thermostat will drop the temperature in the master suite two degrees. continued on page 62

Between the hedges 5 Things to love About Leyland Dieback

Windows 8

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent About this time every year, I receive dozens of calls from area residents concerning Leyland cypress trees. And the question most frequently asked by homeowners is, “Why are the branches on my Leylands turning brown and dying?” Information about Extension Solutions The reason that limbs are for Homes and Gardens can be browning and dying right now found on the University of Georgia is largely due to two disease Cooperative Extension website, www. problems: Seiridium blight Or contact the Cherokee County and Botryosphaeria canker, Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite both of which are caused by G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. fungus. Even I have noticed a large number of Leylands in the Cherokee County area with brown or yellowish-brown limbs, so I recently contacted Dr. Jean Woodward, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia Extension in Athens, and asked her which disease was presently causing the problem and how to tell the difference. According to Dr. Woodward, one of the easiest and best ways to tell the difference between Seiridium and Bot canker is to run your hands across the branches of newly affected trees. If the needles fall off upon touching, then it is Seiridium. If the leaves stay attached, then it is Botryosphaeria. Most often, the follow-up question to “What is killing my Leyland plants?” is “What can I do to stop this?” Proper irrigation during hot, dry periods is essential in helping to prevent these diseases. But, what about after the disease is already present? On trees already infected, the best control is to prune the brown (dead) branches from the tree. This will make the tree look better and also reduce disease spread by reducing the fungal inoculum. Once this is done, then irrigation is the best remedy to prevent any smaller cankers from expanding to kill more of the plant. The one thing that needs to be stressed for Leylands showing brown or dead branches now is that the original infection probably occurred years ago, but the symptoms are only now becoming evident as the cankers have enlarged. Therefore, fungicides are not very effective in controlling the diseases at this time. continued on page 62 East Canton | may 2013 50 My

by Scott Lavelle If you get a new PC, odds are that it will have Windows 8 installed on it. Some have loved it and others have been critical. Here are five things that are really great about Windows’ new operating system — things you can actually use in your daily routine.

Scott Lavelle is the Co-Owner/ Technical Director of Technical Resource Solutions, LLC located in downtown Canton. He can be reached at (678) 928-9491 or visit

1. Fast boot times: On my laptop, which is about five years old, my start-up time from completely off to “ready to use” is about 30 seconds. From “sleep mode” to usable is about five seconds with Windows 8. This is dramatically faster than Windows 7 on the same laptop. 2. The new “Modern UI” (previously known as “Metro”): Mostly seen in the Start Menu, this is a customizable view that lets you see the apps you want — up front, dynamic and automatically updating with new information available at a glance. Rather than burying everything in nested menus like the old Start menu, Windows 8 allows you to customize the apps that you access most, right there in big, colored blocks. It’s also “touch friendly,” so if you have a touchscreen laptop/PC, you can control this interface easily with familiar tabletlike actions. 3. Built-in Skydrive: If you are familiar with applications like Dropbox, you already know the idea of Skydrive — an online “cloud” location to store your files so you can access them anywhere or share them with others. Users get 7GB of free storage space and apps that work on Windows, Mac, the Web, iPhone/iPad, Windows Phone, and Android devices. That’s more space and compatibility than the other similar competition out there. 4. Native anti-malware: For personal use (or for businesses with less than 10 computers), Microsoft Security Essentials has been available for free for the last two years or so, but now it’s built in from the start. It’s pretty effective, updates automatically with Windows update, has no ongoing subscription costs, and doesn’t interfere with your computer use — no major slowdowns, unlike many of the paid-for options. continued on page 63

The Family ToucH A Leader’s Lessons

by James E. Kilgore, PhD The Leadercast is coming! Friday, May 10, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. approximately 200 leaders from athletics, business, churches, civic clubs, education, government and industry will gather at Canton First United Methodist Church for our third Cherokee Chickfil-A Leadercast. Cherokee County will host one of the most influential leadership experiences you can ever have.

Dr. Kilgore is president of the International Family Foundation, Suite 220, 1558 Marietta Hwy., Canton, GA 30114. He and Mrs. Kilgore are active community volunteers in the Cherokee Chorale and Canton First United Methodist Church. He continues a limited marriage and family counseling practice. For appointments, call (770) 479-3669 or email

What’s a Leadercast? Glad you asked. From the Gwinnett Arena, we will simulcast this day-long event featuring Andy Stanley — a top leadership and motivational speaker; Coach Mike Krzyzewski — Head Basketball Coach for Duke and Team USA; Sanya Richards-Ross — 2012 London gold medalist, track and field; Navy Seal Rorke Denver — star of the 2012 movie “Act of Valor;” authors David Allen, Dr. Henry Cloud, and John Maxwell; and former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice in a video interview! My Community Monthly, Northside Hospital and Southeast Restoration are our primary sponsors for this third annual event, joined by Darby Funeral Home, Delphi Global Technology, Edward Jones Investments (Ned Castlebery and Kelly Geiken), Express Impressions, all four Cherokee County Chick-fil-A locations, Five Talents, Cherokee Focus, Papa’s Pantry, and the International Family Foundation. Tickets are moving quickly. Your $79 registration includes breakfast, the day-long program, breaks, a gift bag, lunch and a drawing for ONE YEAR FREE Chick-fil-A! Again this year we are including students who are EMERGING YOUTH LEADERS, nominated by their civic clubs, school principals or athletic directors and coaches or youth pastors. Businesses in our county are providing the scholarships for their attendance. Leaders continue to learn awareness of others, ideas that change lives, and methods of bringing their dreams into reality. That’s what Leadercast 2013 can do for you, too! Just don’t miss this vital day! East Canton | may 2013 52 My

A word to Graduates: Stay Open

by Pastor Jamey Prickett Do you remember the words of advice that you were given as you graduated from high School or college? What word of advice would you give a graduate today? I don’t remember much about my graduation other than I was Jamey Prickett is the senior pastor of glad to be graduating. The Liberty Hill Church. To contact Pastor irony of commencement Jamey, please call (678) 493-8920 or speeches is how individuals email http://wrestledwithangels.wordpress. motivate graduating seniors com/ to reach for the stars, keep on keeping on, and never give up when in reality they don’t have a clue. For twelve years the students have been living one day from the next and now all of a sudden they must start thinking about 401Ks. Their minds must shift from day to day thinking to long-term career focus. I remember coming back from my graduation trip sitting in my friend’s truck gazing out the window thinking “now what?” If I was going to share a piece of advice to graduation seniors, high school or college, it would be to stay open. I would tell students to be open to the move of God’s Spirit. Not power, not prestige, not knowledge, not money but availability is what God is looking for. God is looking for people to put their heart on the table so he can put it on the map. God is longing to make a difference in the world one life at a time and his plan is to use us. An inspiring story made the rounds of all the major news outlets in the wake of September 11th. William Harvey, a violin and composition major at New York’s renowned Julliard School wrote, “Sunday, September 16th was the most incredible and moving experience of my life,” and went on to say that the Julliard School organized a quartet to play at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, the place where families of those missing from the World Trade Center were sent to wait for the news of their loved ones. Harvey arrived a little later than the other members of the quartet, and they played for six hours, nonstop. When the rest of the group simply could play no more, he volunteered to stay and play a while longer. A Sergeant Major asked him if he would be willing to play for the soldiers who were coming back from digging through the rubble at Ground Zero. He said that there were volunteers who were going to give continued on page 63

During the Great Depression it was not unusual for neighbors to give the only thing they could afford — a helping hand to a neighbor in need. In the summer of 1935, many of the residents of the Buffington community came together to work out the cotton crop of Bud Ponder after he was killed in a car accident on July 4, 1935. This property later became part of Nejasco Farms. Those pictured are front row (l-r): Amos Greene, Arthur Greene, John Frady, Odie Greene, Inez Greene, Christine Pharr, Willene Greene, Walderene Pharr, Pauline Greene, G.R. Ponder, Jr., Viola Bell, Irene Greene, Ione Pharr, Walter Owen, and Jim Watkins. Back row (l-r): Carter Greene, John Garrison, Will Bell, Chester Pharr, J.J. Harrison, Wheeler Martin, Ben Brock, George Ponder, Hubert Greene, R.B. Perkins, Tom Perkins, Sr., (next three seated) Dave Bell, Willie D. Mashburn, Cleve Mauldin, Ralph Bell, Wilmer Frady, Bob Perkins (seated), Jack Eberhardt, Joe Ponder, and Tom Perkins. Photo by Mashburn’s Studio, Canton. Information taken from Cherokee County, Georgia: A History & Buffington and Macedonia In Days Gone By.

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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:

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 Funds 4 Furry Friends: Gina Jeter, (770) 842-8893 Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: (770) 345-1879,

(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

MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton, Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): West:

Charitable & Support Organizations

MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers: (770) 479-4140 MUST Ministries:

(770) 479-5397

Narcotics Anonymous:

(770) 720-4032

National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group:

(404) 394-1229,

North Georgia Angel House, Inc.:

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

(678) 404-0034,

Papa’s Pantry:

(770) 591-4730

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

(770) 345-7515

WellStar Kennestone Ostomy Support Group: (770) 793-7171 Young Peoples AA Meeting:

Political Organizations

(800) 989-4248,

Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies):

(770) 479-2502

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

(770) 704-6338 United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Helen Plane Chapter 711:

Cherokee Co. Board of Elections & Registrations: (770) 479-0407 Cherokee County Democratic Party: (770) 345-3489, Cherokee Co. Municipal Planning Commission: (678) 493-6101 Cherokee County Republican Party: (678) 809-1411, Cherokee County Repulican Women’s Club:

(678) 520-2236,

Cherokee County School Board: (770) 479-1871 Cherokee County Teen Republicans: (678) 232-7488, Cherokee County Young Republicans: (770) 926-9317, Cherokee/Pickens Libertarian Party: (770) 345-4678,

Recreation & Hobbies


Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries:

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 Arts Center: (770) 704-6244 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

the Chamber Classic

Golf Tournament Monday, June 10 BridgeMill Athletic Club Wiley Creek Duck Preserve 205 Sawyer Farm Road Waleska (770) 712-5910 Hunting Preserve

8:30 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Celebration Banquet (Held at end of tournament play) Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Envision Health Studio, LLC 101 Victoria North Court Woodstock (770) 926-4180 Health/Fitness

The Velvet Cloak Resale & Consignment Store 9334 Main Street Woodstock (678) 494-0444 Nonprofit Organization

Good Morning Cherokee Thursday, June 6, 7 a.m. Sponsored by: Hasty Pope Trial Lawyers Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg. 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration: $15; No Reservation: $20; Non-Members: $25 RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on June 4.

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ResuMay Day Friday, May 10, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Terrace Level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton Free & Open to the Public! Contact or (770) 345-0400 for more information.

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. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R), District 11 100 North Street, Suite 150 Canton, GA 30114 Website:

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

(404) 463-1378

State Representative Scot Turner (D-21) 611-G Coverdell Legislative Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

Superior Court: Chief Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea Judge David Cannon, Jr.

Juvenile/Family Court: Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge M. Anthony Baker Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

Patsy Jordan, Post 2 e-mail:

(770) 893-2970

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

Robert “Rick Steiner” Rechsteiner, Post 4 e-mail:

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

(678) 493-6431 (678) 493-6160 (678) 493-6511

1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114 (678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6001 Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson e-mail:

(770) 704-4398, x4370

Rob Usher, Post 5 e-mail: Robert Wofford, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

(770) 345-6256


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

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

(404) 362-1600

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

Sonya Little (R) 2780 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114 e-mail:

(678) 493-6400

City of Canton

(770) 704-1500 Mayor Gene Hobgood

Board of Commissioners

Cherokee County School System

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

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

(678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6483

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

State Court: Chief Judge W. Alan Jordan Judge A. Dee Morris Judge Michelle H. Homier

Brian Poole (R), District 3 e-mail:

(404) 656-0314


State Rep. Calvin Hill (R) (D-22) local: (678) 493-7257 401-B State Capitol business: (404) 656-0129 Atlanta, GA 30334 fax: (770) 345-2394 e-mail:

Raymond Gunnin (R), District 2 e-mail:

Janet Read (R), Countywide Chairman (770) 516-1444 e-mail: Kelly Marlow, Post 1 e-mail:

State Government

(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 345-2931 fax: (770) 345-2930

State Senator Brandon Beach (R) (D-21) 303-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334

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

Board of Education

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


United States Government

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


Arbor Hill Baptist Church

Free Home Community Church

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

696 Arbor Hill Road, Canton Sunday Service: 11 a.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,

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

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.

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

For location and service times, please visit

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

Crossroads of Life Baptist

Sunnyside Church of God

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

2510 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 639-1018 Sunday Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m.

Community Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

First Baptist Church of Woodstock 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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Timothy Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Christian Education Hour (children & adults): 9:45 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: 8:15, 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 “The Land” 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,

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

Sunday Worship Service: 11 a.m.

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

Morning Star Church

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.

Cherokee Christian Fellowship Meeting at Free Home Community Center (Hwy. 372 & 20) Sunday Service: 11 a.m. (678) 793-7422,

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.

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.

Iglesias Cristianas Monte de Sion 90 Herndon Lane, (770) 616-2788 Saturday Service: 6 p.m.

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

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: 10 a.m.

Revolution Church 125 Union Hill Trail, (770) 345-2737 Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:45 & 11:15 a.m.

The River 2335 Sixes Road, Canton 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.

Unity North Atlanta Church

Jehovah’s Witnesses

4255 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, (678) 819-9100 Sunday Services: 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. (sanctuary) & 11:15 a.m. (Español, Peace Chapel)

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

Watermarke Church

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

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

Lighthouse Church 75 Crowe Road, Alpharetta (770) 664-3644

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

Westminster Chapel 9972 Ball Ground Hwy., Ball Ground, (404) 725-7045 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Straight-Forward Pricing

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they may raise the price. A reputable company should not operate like that. How would you like it if the next time you visited your favorite fast food restaurant they were to give you your total price when you placed your order, then raised the price by 20 percent when you got ready to pay? That definitely would not fly in the restaurant industry, so why should it when it comes to work to be performed on your home? The next time that you decide to have service work completed, make sure to get your price up-front and don’t be afraid to ask for credentials that verify the person who will be completing the work is qualified and experienced.

School Board News

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I would like to reiterate that these steps and potential changes for our non-certified employees are NOT a reflection of their worth to our organization. Over the years, I have mentioned the many dedicated employees who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the benefit of all the students of CCSD. Our custodians and grounds crew are just two of the many groups that are vital to our organization. The CCSD is just continuing to “tighten our belts” to make the best use of our shrinking tax dollars.

Someone Close to You is Arrested

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to go to the 72-hour hearing to see if I can prevent onerous conditions of bond from being imposed and to make sure the bond is set as low as possible. If the husband has already made bond, then we try to remove the no-contact provisions as soon as possible. From there, it is a process of getting the family life back to normal before the case is resolved and reaching the best possible outcome regarding the criminal aspect of the case. Obviously, this may not be your exact situation, but it does serve as an example of why having an attorney on retainer or in mind for this situation is crucial.

Water Works

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which houses water-safety ratings of cities across the country. It also rates bottled water. If you live in a place with a bad rating or you don’t like the taste of your tap water, use a filter or faucet-mount filtration system. So stay hydrated this summer and make sure that you get enough water daily!

. . . Candidate for Plastic Surgery?

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important to plan for help with childcare, household duties or driving carpool so you can heal properly and get the results you deserve. 62 My East Canton | may 2013

Can you maintain your weight for six months to a year prior to your procedure? If you are planning to have a body contouring procedure like liposuction, tummy tuck or even CoolSculpting, your surgeon may want you to maintain a steady body weight for a period of time. That way, you’ll be able to gauge the actual results better. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat freezing technique that leads to about a 20 percent reduction in fat. It’s highly effective on individuals who have a little extra “inch to pinch”— but for patients with more pounds to lose, results are less pronounced and difficult to really see. If you’re realistic about the results you’re seeking and align yourself with a highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon who can guide you toward the best and safest procedures for you, then you’re more likely to be satisfied. There is probably a procedure that is just right for you, but it is not one size fits all. *Dallas Morning News, 12/17/2012

Scene Programming

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“Romance” – This is the most fun scene to program. It’s different for everyone, but in general, is meant to be a fix for the guy who has ever been criticized for not being romantic enough. By pressing this button, the lights in the master will dim to a candlelight level, gas logs will kick on in the fireplace, and some soft R&B, jazz or whatever is deemed as the favorite choice of music will play through the speakers. Some clients have requested that this button be called the “Evening” button instead. No matter what we call it, it’s definitely the sauciest thing we do. While Smarthome scenes may seem excessive or luxurious, you’d be surprised how easily you can get used to them. And just like any other technology, such as microwaves and cell phones, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

Between the Hedges

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Important keys to preventing Leyland diseases are not to injure trees when planting or working around them; not stressing Leylands by planting them too close together; and irrigating Leylands during periods of drought or in summer when rains cannot be counted on. If your Leylands are severely affected, the best control is to remove the damaged trees and replant with something else, or even more Leylands. Within a few years, the new trees will grow so fast that the loss hardly will be noticed. Information about Extension Solutions for Homes and Gardens can be found on the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension website,, “Learning for Life.” Contact the Cherokee County Extension Office at 100 North St., Suite G21, Canton, GA; (770) 479-0418.

The Shelf Life of Shampoo . . .

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these same additives and preservatives — which means you will have to keep a sharp eye (and nose) out. As for extending the life of your hair care products, remember to keep the water droplets out. The less chance oxygen and water have to get inside the products, the longer they will last. Also, store them in a cool, dark place when you’re not using them, as constant light might further the deterioration process. Hopefully, all this won’t scare you away from your favorite shampoos and conditioners. It just pays to know a little more about some of your beloved hair care products. Now you can be sure your hair will have the protection it needs all year long!

A Word to Graduates . . .

5 Things . . . About Windows 8

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5. Lots of apps in the new Windows store: Whether you are looking for games to play, news to read, stocks to track, or shopping deals to find, the Windows store has it covered. As of this writing, there are more than 50,000 apps available. Obviously, some are good and some not so good, but there is a lot of variety out there to customize Windows 8 with the extra features that you want. So, while there is a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of Windows 8, it has some great new features to make your PC life more productive and enjoyable.

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massages, and he could think of nothing more soothing than also listening to violin music. Harvey played for several more hours, everything from classical music, patriotic songs to Amazing Grace. By the end of the night, he said that his strings were shot and he had no bow control. He forgot segments of some of the music and had to improvise, but the soldiers didn’t seem to care. When he knew he could play no longer, he asked the Sergeant Major if it would be appropriate to play the national anthem as his last number. The sergeant called the soldiers in the room to attention, and as William Harvey played the anthem, 300 soldiers from the 69th Regiment saluted an invisible flag. The 69th Regiment is the most decorated in the United States Army. As he went back to Julliard, he realized that this was the most meaningful experience he had ever had as a musician and as a person. At Julliard, teachers and students expect technical perfection, but that night Harvey played for the most appreciative audience of his life. William Harvey used his God-given gift, however imperfect, to offer a helping hand and bring comfort to others. He made himself available. Only those who keep themselves open can bring music to a world crying out in pain. Living in availability is freedom, free to be the person who God has called me to be. The world is changed by those who are available to respond when the world cries and God calls. 63



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