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

What’s New? Hopewell Baptist Church in Canton celebrated the Groundbreaking of its new Family Life Center and Administration Offices on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Pictured from left are Construction Representative Roger Watson, Sr., Building Committee Member Dedi Smith, Jo McDonald of the Murray Foundation, Chris Dodd of Morgan Stanley, Charles Saunders of Custom Design Builders, Danny Pope of Custom Design Builders, Chairman for the Building Committee Roger Watson II, Church Pastor Norman Hunt, Greg Latora of Regions Bank and Building Committee Member Mike Holland.

and Frankie Coker and their families have a long history in the area and built this family-owned business from the ground up, helping to raise many of our local children. Congratulations and Thank You! The Sixes Road Starbucks is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary serving the Canton area. Actively involved in the community, the support and faithful patronage from the local residents is greatly appreciated. Congratulations!

RV Masters Mobile RV Service has recently opened in Cherokee County. Employing certified rvtc technicians, they service and repair all types of rv’s from a pop up to a Prevost. Servicing and repairing all appliances and troubleshooting and repairing electrical problems, plumbing problems, etc., please call (770) 231-6389 for more information or to schedule a service. Sixes Presbyterian Church has a multi-purpose building for rent.  The building is air-conditioned with a full-size basketball court, volleyball court, and can be used for banquets and other activities.  For more information, please visit or call (770) 485-1975. The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the upcoming temporary exhibition to be featured at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitor’s Center. The exhibit will focus on Edward Leslie Stork, a potter who lived in the early 20th century in Orange, GA, who was a prominent figure in the southern folk pottery movement. The exhibit will run from July 6 through September 30. For more information, please call (770) 345-3288 or contact Stefanie Joyner at

Happy Anniversary! Little Peoples Childcare Center recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary in the Canton community. Owners Tammy Cantrell


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News Alexis and Rani Tilva. The students competed at DECA’s State Competitions in February, earning positions to attend the international event. Competitions involve much preparation by the students and require the students to perform in a combination of objective testing, From left: Rani Tilva, Emerald Alexis spontaneous role-plays, and Ana Bravo. presentations or written manual preparation. Ana competed in the Business Services Marketing event, Emerald attended the Senior Management Academy, a two-day workshop that helps seniors transition to their next stage of life, whether it be business or college and  to help prepare for a position as next year’s Vice President of Finance for the Woodstock DECA Chapter, Rani attended the Chapter Management Academy. Congratulations!

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Events at Sixes United Methodist Church, (770) 345-7644, 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton • Sports Ministry — A new sports ministry will start up in the fall of 2011 with 3-on-3 Soccer, Flag Football, and Cheerleading for boys and girls 4 years of age through 5th grade. • Cherokee County Choral Clinic — Get ready for your school or homeschool chorus, and honors or all-state try-outs! Sixes United Methodist Church is hosting a choral clinic for young women grades 6 — 12.  Clinic will be held July 26 — July 28 from 9 a.m. — noon, with a short concert on Thursday at noon.  • Singing and Drama Camp — July 17 — July 21 from 6 — 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal CD is available upon registration. Singing Camp is for ages 5 through high school.  

WOODSTOCK DECA STUDENTS ATTEND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Three Cherokee County students from Woodstock High School attended the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida recently. They are Ana Bravo, Emerald 6

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The BridgeMill-Sixes Service League (BSSL) 10th Annual Wine Tasting and Beer Garden was a tremendous success! Held recently at the Terrace in BridgeMill, over 135 guests were in attendance enjoying delicious food and wines. Thank you to all the sponsors and for the amazing donations received to make this an affair to remember. We raised approximately $7000.00 which will go far to help support many Cherokee county charities. For more information on the BridgeMill–Sixes Service League, visit our website at or contact Kathy Fulton at (770) 720-0979 or

Salon and Spa Venéssa Celebrates 20 years in Woodstock As an award-winning Aveda Lifestyle salon and spa, Salon and Spa Venéssa provides an oasis of beauty and wellness for every guest that walks through their historic doors. For six years, they were named one of the “Top 200 Fastest Growing Salons in the Nation” by Salon

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In the Community continued from page 6 Today Magazine. They also have the privilege of being chosen by our community as the Best Salon and Massage in Woodstock! To commemorate their achievements and celebrate their 20th birthday, they invite the community to come and celebrate during the month of July with gifts, special discounts on products and services and a lot of fun. Please RSVP by booking your appointment today at (770) 591-2079.



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Mayor Hobgood Declares National Garden Week Mayor Gene Hobgood presented a plaque from the City of Canton designating June 5 — 11 as National Garden Week in an effort to acknowledge the importance of gardening and the numerous contributions of gardeners from the five clubs that make up the Garden Club Council of Cherokee County. Pictured with Mayor Hobgood are Glenda Thompson, Katie VanHiel, Lois Andreson and Beverly Galanek of the Trayletaah Garden Club. The Trayletaah Garden Club of Canton established in 1947, maintains the Island at the end of Main Street, has donated many books and plants to R.T. Jones Library and also works with the Cherokee Garden Club Council to beautify Downtown Canton.

Locks of Love in Memory of Local Girl’s Grandmother Emma Tinsley (pictured) recently donated 11 inches of hair to Locks of Love in honor of her grandmother who passed away this past October. Emma is 9 years old and attends Knox Elementary.  She lives in Canton with her parents, Sandy and Edward and her brother Mason.

From Left: Back Row — Jay Wright, Dave Maffett, Larry Hanawalt, Norm Semple; Front Row — Sharon Staron, Sharon Hanawalt, Katie Laurens, Cpl Stacy Bailey; Not Pictured — Paul Day, Young Thomoson, Carole Day, Ann Desrosiers

Lakeside Funeral Home Opening Soon Woodstock will soon have a new, locally-owned and operated funeral home offering personalized services to the community. Lakeside Funeral Home is scheduled to open in July 2011. The new facility is located on Claremore Drive near Highway 92 in Woodstock. Lakeside Funeral Home is being developed by Cherokee Funeral Home, LLC, a company owned by Kyle Standridge, Gary Standridge and Stanley Townsend. The new 14,000 SF traditional brick funeral home sits on a pristine wooded site adjacent to Lake Claremore. The state-of-theart funeral home features a chapel with 280 seats, covered entryway, ample parking, memorial fountain, and scenic views of the lake with access to a private dock for moments of reflection.   For more information about Lakeside Funeral Home, please contact Kyle Standridge at (404) 354-5953 or visit www.

Locals Graduate from Citizen’s Police Academy The Canton Police Department, Citizen’s Police Academy Spring class of 2011 graduated recently. The Citizen’s participated in a 10 week program to make them familiar with the inner workings, operations and policies of the City of Canton Police Department, City Government and Fire Operations. The 10 week program included: Tour of the Cherokee County ADC and 911 Center, Criminal Investigation Unit, Use of Force, Narcotics Investigations, Community Relations and more. This program allows the community, City of Canton residents and business owners to understand their community much better. The Canton Police Department utilizes participants from this academy to also create a group of interested and active Volunteers in Police Services. In order to become a volunteer at the Police Department you need to be a graduate from the Citizens Police Academy and pass all background applications. Another Citizens Police Academy will be held in the Fall of 2011, if interested, please contact Cpl. Stacy Bailey at (770) 720-4883 or Stacy.Bailey@ 8

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A View from the Hill Strike up the band! Have a Please let me know if you have any parade! Send up the fireworks. other ideas for me to pass along to Go to the beach! Have a the Committee. Contact me at calvin. picnic! Celebrate the 4th of or call July, Independence Day for (404) 656-0129. the United States of America, commemorating the day Congress approved the wording for the Declaration of Independence! What an exciting and trying time in our country’s history. It was also a depressing time for the many Americans who were losing their businesses, their jobs and even their homes as the economy collapsed. They were driven into the ground by King George, his policies and his taxation. Just look at some of the charges against him in the Preamble to the Declaration: He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance; He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent; For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments; For suspending our own Legislatures and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. Sound familiar? Are these not many of the same concerns we have with our current administration? Have we not almost gone full circle from the time we declared ourselves independent of an oppressive government and allowed the federal government to take over our lives and the individual states’ rights as granted to us in our Constitution? Certainly no right thinking American should contemplate armed resistance against our government, but is it not time to start reversing the trend and taking back some of our basic rights and freedoms? The U.S. now has the second highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world which, combined with absurd regulations force hundreds of companies to close down or move operations offshore every year, costing us much needed jobs and tax revenue. Combine that with an antiquated and overblown IRS code and no wonder individuals feel overtaxed and underrepresented — just as our Colonists did in 1776. continued on page 70 12 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

Fire Department

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

Department Contacts Chief Dean Floyd

(770) 479-4789

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

7 p.m. Liberty Hill at the Mill, 141 Railroad Street, Canton Cost: $35 per person or $175 per table of six — includes dinner and performance Information: Join Lady Gigi Diva, William Wonker, Chip Nestle, Al Mondbar, Kit, Kat and Vahlrone Hershé for a night of delicious food, decadent chocolate and a little murder in “Death By Chocolate,” a murder-mystery dinner show benefiting Forever Fed, a mobile food ministry dedicated to feeding the hungry in North Georgia. Audience members are encouraged to relax, eat a delicious meal and enjoy as much or as little audience participation while veteran actors bring on the fun. Purchase tickets at For more information about Forever Fed, Inc., visit For more information about Liberty Hill at the Mill, visit 15

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy Prep was one of the first schools to receive a state charter. It has a 94% minority student population. Ivy Prep receives around 75% of the typical funding of its neighboring schools in Gwinnett County. Despite receiving considerably less money, the educational results of Ivy Prep students have been nothing short of spectacular. Less money, better results; it’s exactly what educational freedom advocates have claimed would happen if students are given more educational opportunities. Unfortunately the fate of Ivy Prep and all other charter schools created by the state commission looks dim. Gwinnett County Schools, and other public systems, filed suit in 2009 to stop state chartered schools. The legal claim was money; essentially they didn’t want local tax dollars to follow the child if a student moved from public school to public charter school even in the same county. A curious position when one considers that the same taxpaying parents are paying the bills in each situation. As the legal case made its way through the Georgia courts the primary issue ultimately shifted away from the funding issue to whether the state could create general “state chartered” schools at all. Yes, I realize the suggestion that the state, which creates 16 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

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

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

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Suzanne speaks:

B.loved Boutique

by Suzanne Taylor

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

Do you know that girl who always looks stylish, fashion forward, and put together? I have a few friends who fit that description and will love reading about Mandy Phillips of Canton and Eileen Chua of Dunwoody, owners of an online women’s clothing and accessories boutique, www. The name of the boutique is a play on the meaning of Mandy’s name, which is ‘She who must be loved.’

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

“The clothing and accessories If you are a woman who started we offer are easy to wear and her own unique company or are a assimilate into any woman’s direct-selling company, please contact wardrobe. They can be worn Suzanne Taylor by e-mail at taylor105@ or visit http://suzannetaylor. casually or dressy, depending on accessories or shoes that they choose to wear.  But overall, the clothing and accessories we sell keep up with current trends at an affordable price,” said Mandy.   One of the features on the website is a “look book” which is a go to guide for their customers on how to style their merchandise. Their blog was initially developed to reflect and relay their experience creating the website and purchasing the products. Recently, they started to blog about their personal lives and experiences, which will hopefully offer useful insight into fashion, life and health. If you aren’t an online shopper, don’t despair. B.loved will be at the 2011 Shop, Show and Tell event at the Foundry at Puritan Mills in Atlanta on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. — continued on page 70

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

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

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Private Schools Hickory Flat UMC Preschool and Kindergarten (770) 345-9354,

American Heritage Academy (770) 926-7779,


Cherokee Christian Academy and High School (678) 494-5464

Lyndon Academy (770) 926-0166,

Community Christian School (770) 479-9535,

Mission Point Christian Academy (678) 880-1345,

Crossroads Christian Academy (770) 479-7638,

North Cobb Christian School (770) 975-0252, Shiloh Hills Christian School (770) 926-7729,

Furtah Preparatory School (678) 574-6488,

St. Joseph Catholic School (770) 428-3328,

Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091


Public Schools

Canton Elementary School

Hasty Elementary School

R.M. Moore Elementary School

712 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114 (770) 720-6100 Principal: Ms. Gwen Lince

205 Brown Industrial Parkway Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-1600 Principal: Mr. Izell McGruder

1375 Puckett Road Waleska, GA 30183 (770) 479-3978 Principal: Ms. Jan Adamson

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

Cherokee High School

Knox Elementary School

Sixes Elementary School

930 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-4112 Principal: Ms. Debra Murdock

151 River Bend Way Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-4307 Principal: Dr. Kelly Jo Brooks

20 Ridge Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-3070 Principal: Mr. John Hultquist

Clayton Elementary School

Liberty Elementary School

Woodstock High School

221 Upper Burris Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-2550 Principal: Ms. Beth Long

10500 Bells Ferry Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-6411 Principal: Dr. Nicole Holmes

2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-3500 Principal: Mr. Bill Sebring

Freedom Middle School

M.A. Teasley Middle School

Woodstock Middle School

10550 Bells Ferry Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 345-4100 Principal: Ms. Karen Hawley

8871 Knox Bridge Road Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-7077 Principal: Dr. Susan Zinkil

2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-3516 Principal: Mr. Mark Smith

2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance August 1

First Day of School

September 5

School Holiday

September 19 — 23

School Holiday

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545, Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect:

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Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600,

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SCHOOL & Community


Local Groups Perform at Disney Theme Park

Everybody Likes to have Fun — Good, Clean, Ridiculous Fun

Students from the following groups recently became stars of their own Disney show as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program: Sequoyah High School Chorus, which traveled from Canton to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Cherokee High School Marching Band, which traveled from Canton to the Walt Disney World Resort; Cherokee High School Marching Band, which traveled from Canton to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Dance groups, choirs, ensembles and marching bands from around the world apply to perform each year as part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resorts. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25 year history of the program. Disney Performing Arts offers band, choral, dance and auxiliary performers the opportunity to learn, perform and compete at the Walt Disney World Resort. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-603-0552.

This summer having ridiculous fun will not only be possible, but it will be tasty and it will help feed the hungry. Join Lady Gigi Diva,William Wonker, Chip Nestle, Al Mondbar, Kit, Kat and Vahlrone Hershé at Liberty Hill at the Mill for a night of delicious food, decadent chocolate and a little murder in Death By Chocolate, a murder-mystery dinner show benefiting Forever Fed, a mobile food ministry dedicated to feeding the hungry in North Georgia. Audience members are encouraged to relax, eat a delicious meal and enjoy as much or as little audience participation they wish while veteran actors bring on the fun in one of Canton’s favorite murder mysteries, Death By Chocolate written and produced by Detective for a Day, Inc. Performances are Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Hill at the Mill, 141 Railroad St, Canton. Tickets can be purchased online at and are $35 per person or $175 per table of 6 (which is like getting one seat free). Ticket price includes dinner and the performance. All proceeds go to Forever Fed, Inc., a non-profit mobile food ministry dedicated to feeding the hungry in North Georgia. For more information about Forever Fed, Inc. visit For more information about Liberty Hill at the Mill, visit

Liberty Student Receives Trophy for Writing

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Marissa Grace Hordos (pictured right), Liberty Elementary Student, won the state grade level for third grade for a story that she wrote. As the Georgia Young Authors’ Writing Competition 2010-2011 Grade Level Winner, Marissa was very excited to accept her trophy. Congratulations!


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This retreat is intended for middle and high school students who would like to learn more about FCA. Students do not need to be a current FCA member — all you need is an interest in impacting your school! 25

Sarah Witten, Sawyer Banet and Tyler Moura.

Woodstock seniors Camille Redding and Morgan Aszman.

Woodstock senior Elaina Wiggins.

Sarah Witten and Emily Woessner. Katie Lehto and Brittney Booz.

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Left to right: Woodstock class president Morgan Aszman, valedictorian Emily Ward, Mr. WHS Justin Tolliver, co-salutatorian Emma Graf, co-salutatorian Aimee Croft, and SGA president Kristen Sellers.

Jose Chica and Morgan Taylor.

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

Woodstock seniors Brittney Booz and Jeff Kraft.

Woodstock senior Katy Burke and her grandmother Jean Hagood.

From left: Matt Veal, Tyler Wemmer, Dave Kerkoff, Alex Peterson. 27

Prom 2011 Woodstock High School & The King’s Academy

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Programs and Cherokee County School Break Programs available through age 8.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In the Community



julyEvents Ongoing

R.T. Jones l Woodstock

Story Times

Adult Summer Reading Club (SRC) is going on this month, as is the Children’s SRC. Visit your local branch for more information! Fun and prizes are coming your way!

July 5 & 12, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library July 5 & 12, 10:30 a.m. Woodstock Public Library

Teacher Tuesday Story Time

Week of July 5:

“Backpacking Through Europe”

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

Elementary students are invited to a special story hour, Teacher Tuesdays, presented by our favorite teachers.

July 6, 3:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library Irish Dancer & Music Demonstration

Local teen, Claire Shirey, is dancing her way to the library after her recent trip to Ireland. She will be demonstrating Irish Step Dancing and Irish music on the Irish flute, fiddle and concertina. All ages are invited.

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

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

Woodstock Public Library Summer Family Story Time — Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.

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

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

July 13, 10:30 a.m. Woodstock Public Library Book Time with Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald is in town to read some stories and focus on the importance and FUN of knowing how to read and use the library compliments of the McDonald’s of Woodstock. All ages are invited.

July 18, 11 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library July 21, 3:30 p.m. Woodstock Public Library

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

Woodstock Public Library 7735 Main Street — (770) 926-5859 M — F: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 2 — 6 p.m.

Summer Reading Program Finale — Pirate Puppet Show

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

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

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Find the hidden picture

Trista Neely (hidden picture) & Kimberly Lucian (trivia) were our winners for June’s contest corner. They received a gift card to Bruster’s. Congratulations!

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Allatoona Pass after the battle

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

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Healthy Living

watch out

for Ticks! by Charles Cooley, M.D.

Summertime brings about longer days, fun in the sun, and more and more outdoor activities. As a result, it’s commonplace to find ticks and experience the potential harmful effects of tick bites. Ticks are a leading carrier of diseases to humans in the United States, second only to mosquitoes worldwide. They prefer to live in low brush, tall grass, woods, and weeds. They climb onto vegetation and attach to suitable hosts that pass by, including pets and people. Ticks are seldom a problem in well-maintained lawns although edges of property supporting tall weeds and brush can be a source of infestation. There are some things that we can all do to avoid ticks. • Avoid walking through uncut fields, brush, and other areas likely to harbor ticks. • Wear light colored clothing so you can spot ticks easily and brush them off. • Tuck your pants into your boots or socks. • Apply insect-repellent that has DEET, specifically the brands designed to repel ticks. • Inspect family and pets promptly after being in tickinfested areas, and promptly remove any ticks that are found. To remove a tick, grasp it crosswise with narrow tweezers (do not rupture the tick) as close to the point of attachment as possible and pull s-l-o-w-l-y and gently, and the mouthparts will release. Some back-and-forth wiggling may be necessary but do not twist or rotate the tick. You should see a small crater in the skin. Disinfect the bite site. If you see what looks like black lines, you’ve left the head of the tick in. At this point, you should visit a doctor as the head parts may lead to an infection. Ticks carry diseases, including Lyme’s disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, so you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap after handling a tick. Don’t use any of the folklore remedies (matches, cigarettes, pins, gasoline) that will irritate the tick. They increase the likelihood that the tick will ‘spit up’ in you, which increases 36 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

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

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

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


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

Chores Program: Minor home repairs and routine maintenance

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

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

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

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

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



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




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

a wonderful dinner planned

to the big band sounds of Joe Gransden

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

August 20 at 6:30 pm live

Northside Hospital — Cherokee Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton

performance by

joe Gransden

and his 17 piece orchestra

For more information, please call Dianne Voss at (770) 345-7515 or (678) 269-6677 or visit 39

Healthy Living



by Dr. Mike Litrel, MD I was nervous about my first college interview. My mind was racing as I stared at my reflection in the hotel room mirror. If they figured out the truth, there was no way I’d be accepted: a lazy teenager trying to get by. A rejection letter would undoubtedly be in the mail before I even left the building. I wished I was more than what I was. Why couldn’t I be one of those brilliant nerdy teenagers who liked learning just for learning’s sake? Certainly that person would be accepted by this reputed academic institution. Not someone like me, who preferred television and hanging out with his girlfriend to homework. What does one say to an admissions officer to suggest that an apparently ordinary 17 year-old boy is, in actuality, a great intellectual? I pondered this question as I shaved with my twenty cent disposable Bic. How could I pull the wool over their eyes? Suddenly I had an inspiration. A year earlier my science teacher had assigned Gary Zukav’s “The Dancing Wu Li Masters,” a book describing the relationship between the physics of the atom and Eastern spirituality. It was sort of interesting — I guess — for an academic assignment, but I resented reading it on principle alone, as I did all schoolwork at the time. It came to me in a flash that I should somehow steer the interview deftly to the wonders of quantum physics, and then strongly imply that I routinely devoured complicated intellectual books just for leisure reading. Watch any television? Absolutely not: such a wasteful activity would take too much time away from my pursuit of knowledge. Have a girlfriend? No, no, no! I’m too occupied with my deep intellectual thoughts. Ha! Those academic patsies would be eating out of my hand. But in the midst of all my conniving, disaster suddenly struck. I cut myself with the disposable Bic. Even though I had only been shaving for a year or so, I knew in an instant this was no ordinary cut. My eyes welled with tears and my nose began stinging fiercely. I stared at myself in the mirror. With horror I saw that I had just cut the tip off my right nostril. Forget about convincing strangers I was an intellectual, I just wanted to stop the bleeding. Moistened toilet paper didn’t work; it became blood soaked in an instant. Each time I took the washcloth off my nose, blood dripped down my face. This was a disaster. How could I impress anyone with my intellectual prowess if I couldn’t shave my face without cutting my nose? 40 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

I lay on the bed holding pressure on my nose and cursed myself for my stupidity. I checked the mirror every fifteen minutes to see if the bleeding had finally curtailed. After an hour it did, just enough so the toilet paper would stay Dr. Litrel practices with his fellow OB/ GYNs at Cherokee Women’s Health on. As I got dressed for the Specialists. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock interview, painstaking efforts with his wife Ann and their two sons, were required to prevent Tyler and Joseph. E-mail Dr. Litrel at blood from getting on my clothing. I showed up fifteen minutes late. I was not an intellectual. I was not even a lazy teenager. I was just an embarrassed kid with a wad of bloodcrusted toilet paper stuck on the end of his nose. My interview went as well as could be expected. My interviewer pointedly looked everywhere but at my nose. I don’t remember the questions he asked, but I do know what he didn’t ask: How did you cut your nose, Kiddo? I don’t remember any of my responses. Certainly I didn’t weave any tall tales about my academic prowess or intellectual pursuits. My mind was too occupied wondering what to do if the toilet paper suddenly fell off. Six weeks later I received a letter from the University. I opened the envelope with trepidation. I was accepted — crusted toilet paper and all. No one was more surprised than me. This fall, my son Tyler will head off to his first college interviews. I wonder what advice I will give him. The social stuff matters, I guess — good eye contact, a firm handshake, a nice tie, and even hiding a yawn after a boring question. But I hope he already understands the real life lesson he needs to know… God grants each of us purpose that brings meaning to our life. Our task is not to pretend to be someone we are not, but rather to be, and become, the best person we can. When you live this way you will never feel shame or embarrassment or the need to pretend you are someone you are not. And you will be happy. Oh, one last thing you really need to know — Pay attention to what you are doing when you have a razor blade in your hand.

Healthy Living

Thank You . . .

Thank You

by Dr. Michael Anderson

When I have time in the early morning to reflect I feel grateful for so many things, especially for my 26 year marriage. Weeks ago such reflection moved me to show more appreciation for my wife. All began pathetically Doc Anderson, MD, FAAP writes for but ended meaningfully. My N. GA Kids, and is a pediatrician in wife Stephanie deserves to Canton and a medical director and sleep late on Saturday and Asst Prof of Pediatrics at Children’s Pediatrics Ctr. (770) 720-6963, then have a quiet coffee. I www.happyhealthy®.com had planned to whisk our girls secretly to IHOP for their own surprise breakfast with me. Unfortunately we woke mom while debating why they must wear socks with their shoes. Then while driving my girls surprised me when they announced they don’t like pancakes for breakfast. With a tight jaw I whispered, “you will like pancakes or go without breakfast.” At the IHOP, my pouting children endured my lecture on the merits of a traditional breakfast. Afterward, they ordered from the lunch menu. To amend for my surly behavior I tried to be playful with them. Their moods improved but disaster nearly struck when they tossed a napkin at me. I dodged the napkin but it hit a well-dressed woman sitting behind me. By her grace (or pity) she pretended not to notice. After eating, I asked my girls to pick-up the napkins, straws, flatware, etc. from under our table. Mr. Stovall our waiter explained that another customer had already paid for all our meals. Wow! How incredibly nice! I smiled to Mr. Stovall, “I love this community!” The gentleman who stopped by our table thanked me for being his family’s pediatrician. Then I whispered a secret prayer thankful for this gentleman’s kindness. Over a month later, I’m still smiling because of his gesture. This gentleman’s example to me, and my children, changed my day and apparently to a degree my whole outlook. Stephanie claims that from that day I have been more grateful. Whenever I see our “uniformed” men and women: Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, or Fire and Rescue, I tell them “Thanks for serving.” Their warm smiles tell me this makes a difference for both of us. Stephanie now tells me that my IHOP breakfast was a huge success. Not that she was able to sleep late, but that my perspective has improved. Let me conclude to my IHOP benefactor, to all our Members in Uniform, to my wonderful doctors and nurses who care, to my kind and gracious pediatric patient families, to my own mother, to my own children, to my beloved Stephanie, and my Lord. Thank you ... Thank you ... Thank you. With Love, Doc. 42 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

joint Custody by Dr. Monika Yadav Cus-to-dy (noun): immediate charge and control exercised by a person; SAFEKEEPING. As I grow older, there are many delusions I begrudgingly grow out of — like sleep is NOT essential for a clear mind, patience IS a virtue, Dr. Monika Yadav is an Internist with Internal Medicine Associates who and my body will remain lithe practices in Holly Spring and Jasper. and limber naturally as the (678) 494-9669, advancedmedcenter. years move on. The last point com has been more immediately apparent since I jumped back into tennis league play after 20 years. From the time we are born until about the age of 20 we are almost in a constant growth spurt. We don’t require as much stretching and warm-up because our own ever-enlarging muscle and joint cells are doing a lot of the work for our young developing bodies. But as we get older (and I mean 30 and above!) and have stopped growing, we now must do all of the work to stay flexible. Most injuries are due to de-conditioning and lack of proper warm-ups. Muscle fatigue, unusual activity and repetitive actions are the key players for pain and suffering in a physical perspective. We don’t have the luxury to regularly exercise because of work, children, life in general… And when we do eventually hit the gym, courts, fields, etc., sprains, tears, pains and more become our fast friends. We all know the acronym “RICE” (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for when we injure ourselves during exercise, but what can we do to PREVENT this from happening? 1. Stretch before AND after exercise. Usually 5 minutes of movements will suffice —This is what most of us learned in elementary PE class. It’s probably more comfortable and effective if done at home pre- and post- exercise. 2. Also do 5 — 10 minutes of a mild warm-up (i.e. jogging) before and after vigorous exercise. 3. Increase the level of difficulty in small increments, not giant leaps. 4. Drink lots of fluids before, during and after exercise. This statement should be an inherent part of everyday life in the South regardless if you are exercising or not. Being a former Yankee, it still baffles my mind how most of you DON’T really drink as much water as your body needs, especially because of the high heat index. continued on page 70 43

Healthy Living

Mona Lisa’s Volunteering as a chaperone for school functions through the years has always been a great combination of sharing new experiences with my children and also getting to know their friends and teachers. Now in high school, the trips have progressed and recently involved a phenomenal school trip to Paris, France. Getting off the bus, walking through the Louvre and standing face to face with Mona Lisa was an amazing moment in my life. I stared at this famous painting by Leonardo de Vinci, realizing it is one the most popular paintings in the world, and the center of many artistic, religious and theoretical debates. The work of art depicts an enigmatic woman gazing at the viewer and her eyes follow you as you move across the room. I asked myself, “What made this painting so famous?” Is it her facial expression, the direction of her eyes or perhaps her smile? My attention quickly focused on her smile — Mona Lisa’s smile. Then came the revelation; Mona Lisa does not display any teeth. Would de Vinci paint Mona Lisa differently today and display her teeth based on today’s esthetics? Open any magazine today or look at the movie stars and what do you notice? Besides all those designer gowns and tuxes, all these stars seem to have been born with perfectly straight, pearly white teeth. Great genetics, blessed with great teeth you think. Well, think again. With a visit to a competent cosmetic dentist many of these stars received a smile to rival that of Mona Lisa. The only difference is they are definitely flashing their teeth for the paparazzi. Cosmetic dentistry is following right on the heels of cosmetic surgery. Remember the make-over show ABC’s Extreme Makeover, where they took a person for 30 days and did a complete make over, and I mean COMPLETE — from head to toe? What a difference the dental restorations made to improve the looks of these candidates. Not only is cosmetic dentistry for improving our self image, but it is used to treat any number of dental maladies, from rotted teeth and broken teeth to congenitally missing teeth, to large gaps and spaces in between teeth. Various techniques are used in cosmetic dentistry. After a consultation with your dentist you will decide which one is right for you. Sometimes a combination of two or more techniques is used for optimal esthetic results. The simplest and easiest way to make a dazzling change in your smile is teeth whitening. This can be done in a dental office or at home using tray based bleaching products. Bleaching done in the dental office is the quickest and most effective way to whiter teeth. Some dentists will provide patients bleaching kits to take home for self-use. Usually these kits work faster than the ones 44 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011


by Dr.Scott R. Harden

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

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Healthy Living

Financial Considerations

for Business Owners

by Judy T. Ross

For those who own their own business, it’s no secret that personal financial security is very closely tied to the success of the business. And with the never-ending task of overseeing day-to-day operations, owners may find This article was written by Wells Fargo it difficult to focus on broader Advisors and provided courtesy of Judy financial issues associated with T. Ross, Senior Financial Advisor, in running a business. Following Canton, Georgia at (770) 345-8008. is a brief checklist of some of the most important items business owners should consider, along with an explanation of how each fits in the big picture. Qualified Retirement Plan. To help you with the allimportant tasks of planning for retirement — both for yourself and for your employees — a qualified retirement plan allows you to build a portion of your wealth independently from your business. For you personally, such a plan offers several advantages. For one thing, you can reduce your personal taxes by contributing to a retirement plan. In addition, these plans allow for tax-deferred growth on your plan investments that may provide a significant amount for your retirement. Aside from the personal benefits, you may also be eligible to receive a business tax deduction for the cost to establish and maintain the plan, and for the employer contributions you add to your employees’ accounts. A good retirement plan will also help attract, reward and keep good employees, which could prove to be a competitive advantage for your business. Compensation. While a qualified retirement plan can be a good start to building wealth for retirement, it may not address all your needs and objectives. In some cases, you may need to provide additional options for the owners or other highly compensated individuals within your business. Though they only apply in limited circumstances, nonqualified deferred compensation plans allow you to address these unique needs through several options. Some plans let executives defer a portion of their compensation, while others let employers provide tax-deferred compensation to this select group. There are also excess deferral plans for highly compensated individuals who may be subject to contribution limits with qualified plans. Beyond the salary and deferral issues, there are several other continued on page 70 46 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011


Vision is Cloudy by Dr. Edward J. Furey A cataract is a clouding of the Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in eye’s natural lens, which lies primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, behind the iris and the pupil. geriatrics and is the Center Director of BridgeMill Eyecare. Located at 1409 The lens works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto Sixes Rd. (770) 852-2733. the retina at the back of the eye. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away. The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see. There are some myths that surround cataracts and they are: Myth #1 Only older Americans develop cataracts. FACT: While cataracts affect nearly 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older, it can occur among young adults or children. Risk factors that may lead to getting cataracts at a younger age include: • Intense heat and long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun • Certain diseases, such as diabetes • Inflammation in the eye • Hereditary influences • Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother • Long-term steroid use • Severe long-term nearsightedness • Eye injuries • Eye diseases • Smoking Myth #2 The best time to have cataract surgery done is when it is first diagnosed.

FACT: Cataract removal is elective surgery, which means it is the patient’s choice when to undergo the procedure. Most people need surgery when the cataract causes enough vision loss to interfere with work, play or other day-to-day tasks. You, your eye doctor, and family members should decide together when and if surgery is needed. Additionally, an insurance carrier may determine when removal of the cataract is deemed “medically necessary.” MYTH #3 Cataracts can be treated with eye drops. FACT: Surgery is the only proven treatment for cataracts. Cataracts cannot be treated with medicines. Eye drops or other drugs will not dissolve a cataract or slow its progress. MYTH #4 Lasers are used to remove cataracts. FACT: In cataract treatment, the clouded lens is surgically removed and then replaced with an artificial lens implant. If a patient has cataracts in both eyes, separate surgeries are scheduled. Sometimes the membrane behind the implant may become cloudy after cataract surgery. Laser treatment then may be used to open up the cloudy membrane.

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Know Your Heart

WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine

1) What are some new treatments or research in the field of cardiology? The field of cardiology is constantly changing and moving forward. We are just starting to replace valves (particularly the aortic valve) percutaneously (meaning through the leg, like in a catheter, instead of requiring open heart surgery. There are new genetic tests that can identify certain genes that put one at risk of early myocardial infarction and others that test for response to certain drugs. Patients can also participate in a heart screening that does not a require physician. A heart screening, also known as a CT Cardiac Calcium Score, is a fast and non-invasive CT Scan used to determine the risk of coronary artery disease. Using a multi-slice scan, the heart screening can help cardiologists determine the participant’s level of risk for heart disease or future cardiac issues. The screening is recommended for those who have diabetes, family history of heart disease, history of smoking or tobacco use, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Candidates for the heart screenings are patients ages 35 or older and • Smoke or use tobacco • Have a family history of heart disease • Have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol • Have a weight problem/are obese • Are not physically active 2) What are common questions that people ask about heart health? The most important thing is that you need to KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. Everyone should know his/her blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, and body mass index (and Hgb A1C if they are diabetic). People should talk to their doctors about these numbers and about other things that put them at risk for heart disease including a history of smoking and a family history of coronary artery disease. 3) Why is it so important to pay attention to your heart’s health? Cardiovascular disease is one of only a few disease processes that we know can be prevented. Many other diseases concentrate on early detection but not necessarily prevention. Heart disease can be prevented in many cases, so it is important to know how to do it. 4) What are the most common heart problems? The most common problems are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease (that leads to heart attack). 5) What is the difference between LDL and HDL? HDL is the good cholesterol. It takes fat out of the walls of your blood vessels and gets rid of it. LDL is the bad cholesterol. Deposits in the walls of blood vessels can cause atherosclerosis.

6) Can dark chocolate and red wine help the heart? There is good evidence that both have beneficial cardiac effects. Alcohol (not just red wine) increases your HDL (good cholesterol). Dark chocolate and red wine have a high number of antioxidants that appear to be beneficial from a cardiac perspective. Of course, the key is everything in moderation. Most of the studies that have shown benefit with chocolate include only a very small amount (about the equivalent of one square of a chocolate bar per day). Recommendations are for no more than one glass of wine per day for women (two for men). 7) Are vegetarian diets more heart healthy? Vegetarian diets tend to be lower on overall fat and especially animal fats which are more typically saturated fats (the ones that tend to be less heart-healthy). However, many fish are packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats (especially salmon). 8) From a financial standpoint, what is the cost difference between prevention and treatment? It is clearly less expensive to prevent heart disease than treat it after it has already occurred. Many prevention measures are free or relatively inexpensive (eating fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, not smoking, etc.). Treating an already diseased heart can be very costly and some treatments include medication, cardiac catheterizations, stents, angioplasties and echocardiograms. 9) Does your gender/race/age play a factor in developing heart disease? Despite a common misconception, deaths from cardiovascular disease are more common in women than men. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women, but it claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women per year. The frequency of cardiovascular disease definitely increases with age. AfricanAmericans are at higher risk than Caucasian patients, and AfricanAmerican women die much more frequently after heart attacks than African-American men and Caucasian men and women. 10) What impact does smoking have on one’s heart health? Smoking is horrible for heart health. Following the first puff of a cigarette, the lining of the blood vessels in the body become irritated and inflamed and this inflammation can last 45 minutes to an hour. Chronic inflammation of the blood vessels leads to more rapid atherosclerosis. Smoking also makes it more likely that atherosclerotic plaque will rupture, form a blood clot and cause a heart attack. WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine provides comprehensive cardiac service offerings. Offices are located in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Cartersville, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. For more information or a physician referral, call (770) 956STAR(7827) or visit 47

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How do you spell


by Dawn Mason, D.V.M.

R-O-L-A-I-D-S? No, not when it comes to canine seasonal skin allergies. Read below to learn more. George is a seven year old Shih Tzu plagued with years of itching and redness of his skin most often in the spring and Dawn Mason D.V.M. is a 1999 fall. His owner complained he graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and practices was chronically chewing his at BridgeMill Animal Hospital. feet and not able to rest. His (770) 479-2200 ears smelled horrible and he was constantly shaking them. He wasn’t eating very well and over the counter Benadryl wasn’t working anymore. George needed relief fast! No one was sleeping at night because of the constant scratching and thumping of his leg against the floor. Animal allergies are a very common and frustrating disease for both pets and owners. This time of year our office is flooded with appointments for skin issues or “itchy” pets. Most people describe the problem as “that time of year” and request the “cortisone shot.” Although steroids are effective for getting the intense itch under control, chronic use is actually not good for your pet. Pets may also develop secondary skin or yeast infections requiring antibiotics, shampoos or other oral medications. Usually, if the skin infections are brought under control, the pet’s itch improves. For those pet’s still suffering, it is recommended to skin test a pet for allergies. This requires anesthesia and may be costly to owners. Once allergens are identified, allergy shots are needed for the life of a pet. There is an alternative to expensive testing and chronic use of steroids. If your pet has been diagnosed with seasonal allergies related to environmental irritants like mold, pollens, trees, etc. there is a non-steroidal option for you. Relief is spelled A-T-O-P-I-C-A! Atopica is the first FDA-approved oral medication designed to control atopic dermatitis in the canine. The active compound is Cyclosporine. It is given by mouth every day for up to a month and then gradually reduced to its lowest effective dose. The drug targets the immune system. Like other medications, Atopica does have side effects. Vomiting and diarrhea were the most reported by clients. To help alleviate these symptoms, the dose can be adjusted. Atopica can be given with other medications and may be given initially with steroids, if the allergy is severe. The goal is to stay on the drug throughout the year. Atopica can be expensive initially, but the benefits outweigh the costs. continued on page 70 48 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

MR. Putt


by Shane Newton, PGA Professional, Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead We always hear from our buddies “in order to be a good putter, you must have confidence.” That sounds really good, but how do you get the confidence? Several years ago, I was playing golf with a guy who was Shane Newton is the General Manager having a career round. He was at Lake ArrowHead Yacht & Country hitting every fairway and green Club. He can be reached at (770) 721-7913. and then making the putt. He, was enjoying his round and enjoyed it more every time the beverage cart came around. I figured his putting streak would end but it never did. I finally asked how do you keep making all those putts?!? He looked up at me with a serious look and said “you can just call me Mr. Putt Putt.” (This was obviously a “beverage cart inspired” comment.) I started laughing so hard I could barely stand up. I was laughing at his comment and that my new goal was to be a “Mr. Putt Putt” myself. Eventually, “Mr. Putt Putt” told me how he makes so many putts. He practices putting regularly and if he had a putt longer than two feet, he just wants to get it close. I had a hard time believing his goal was to “just get it close.” When I questioned this, he asked what my goal was. I told him my goal was to make every putt. He said always trying to put a ball that is a little less than two inches into a hole just over four inches sounded like a lot of pressure. I had never really thought about it that way. I thought being confident was telling myself I could make that 20 footer (even though I was really thinking how difficult it would be). On the other hand, when Mr. Putt Putt had a 20 footer he studied his line, then walk to the ball and made his stroke. I assumed this was confidence in making the putt. This was actually confidence in getting the ball within a two foot circle around the hole. How much more confidence do you instantly get when you are trying to putt the ball in a four foot “hole” versus the 4.25 inch hole? With this new found confidence, you will be surprised how many of these long putts go in. The lesson I learned from playing golf with Mr. Putt Putt was to practice putting and adjust my goals to be more realistic. Remember, practice is no good if you are practicing incorrectly. So stop by and see your local PGA Golf Professional. They can make sure your putting mechanics are correct and give you a productive practice plan. With this combination, you can become a Mr. or Mrs. Putt Putt yourself! Play better! Play More! 49

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Emerge Victorious Through A Life In Christ Our guest evangelist for this special day is former Airborne Ranger Captain Chris Plekenpol. Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999. As a combat company commander in Iraq, he was responsible for over one hundred men, six of whom he would eventually lose. His men played a key role in assisting the 1st Marine Division in taking Fallujah in November, 2004, and played a large part in the first free elections in Iraq in January, 2005. Come hear his dynamic testimony of God’s power in the midst of war. Special music will be provided by Jeff Anderson and the Hopewell Choir. Also on this day, former Airborne Ranger Captain Christian Stevens will be parachuting in from approximately 15,000 feet with our Nation’s flag as a salute to our troops! Come and join us for this amazing day celebrating our country’s freedom.

GOD AND COUNTRY DAY JULY 10, 2011 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Hopewell Baptist Church 75 Ridge Road, Canton GA 30114

Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church.

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Everyday Angels receives many e-mails concerning community needs. We felt the following is an inspirational reminder to live for today. Today is a gift and tomorrow is merely a mystery. Dear Everyday Angels: I am writing to you as a concerned neighbor and friend. Carolyn has lived down the street from me for 15 years. She and her husband have successfully raised their kids, sent them all to college and were eager to begin the second part of their life enjoying one another and traveling. What was supposed to be her easy, relaxing years have turned into her most difficult. Several years ago, Carolyn’s husband was diagnosed with cancer. She put everything on hold – she quit her job, canceled her trips and plans they had saved for and continuously cared for her husband for over three years. They fought his battle together exhausting their nest egg for medical bills. They even sold things in order to take one last vacation together before his passing. She never asked for help or sympathy but instead courageously adjusted her life and met each circumstance head on. After her husband’s passing, with little time to adjust, she had to immediately find a job in order to keep her home and pay her bills. Everyone who knew her and her circumstances were in awe of her determination and independence. She then moved her aging mother in to live with her for companionship for both of them. However, shortly after she moved in, her mother suffered a severe stroke which left her in a wheelchair and unable to care for herself. Once again, Carolyn stopped what she could and is caring for her mother. Today, she is caring for her mother full-time and working part-time to pay bills. She is constantly taking her to all of her doctors’ appointments and making sure she is comfortable and happy. She recently shared with us her financial concerns and the emotional difficulty of these past years. The cost of gas, food and constant medical bills can certainly overwhelm you. I have so much admiration for this precious friend. It isn’t often you witness the selfless love and faith of one human being. I wanted to share her story with you but also would hope that we could raise some funds to provide her and her mom with financial relief during these times. I witness her tireless efforts and amazing spirit and hope that someday I will be like her! She is always happy, smiling and constantly giving of herself. Any little assistance would be a welcome encouragement for such a special person. I hope that whoever reads this is not only inspired but also reminded that we must live each day to the fullest today – not wait until the future to experience our dreams. Despite our best plans for our future – no matter how well prepared – can be interrupted in a moment – sometimes over and over again. It is my hope that Carolyn will one day go on those trips that she planned and enjoy the second part of her life.

We are accepting gas and grocery cards for Carolyn. If you would like to donate, please send them to Everyday Angels, 2449 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock GA 30189.

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Gentle Dentistry

For the Entire Family 53

Left to right: Master Andy, Master Kim, Master Jeong, Master Silva and Mr. K’anen.

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Yong-In Martial Arts was established by Master Yong J Jeong in 2000 with the first school located in Woodstock, GA. Graduating from a prestigious martial arts university in South Korea, Master Jeong moved half way around the world, settling in Georgia and bringing his expertise in the fine art of Tae Kwon Do. Master Jeong is a current resident of Canton, with his academy in BridgeMill. Yong-In Martial Arts BridgeMill was opened in 2005 and has trained many students to the level of Black Belt In Tae Kwon Do. Becoming a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do takes a lot of practice, diligence, time, effort and support from the family and great teaching from the Masters. The name Yong-In Martial Arts can only be used by the graduates from Yong In University, located in Yong-In City, South Korea, the most renowned martial arts university in the world. Master Jeong graduated from this university. Not only did he graduate at the top of his class, but during his time there he was captain of the Taigon International Demonstration Team. Luckily, Master Jeong brought what he learned through the years to our door step here in Canton. Each of the Masters at Yong-In Martial Arts is certified with the

World Tae Kwon Do Federation, who also oversees the rules and regulations of the Tae Kwon Do Olympic Games. Yong-In also has special treats for all of the students, bringing world champions from South Korea to teach at the school for several months, increasing the quality and the learning experience of every child, teen and adult. The training program at Yong-In Martial Arts offers the highest quality instruction available in Georgia. The experience and teaching technique of the Masters and instructors sets it apart from all other martial arts centers. The programs at Yong-In Martial Arts are guaranteed to improve focus, respect, confidence, discipline and perseverance. “Our goal here at Yong-In Martial Arts is to bring the highest quality of martial arts training to our students. We want every student that steps in to our academy to feel proud and satisfied with the experience — our style of teaching and our style of Martial Arts,” noted Master Jeong. “We have programs and classes that are designed to fit ages from 3 —100 years old. It is never too early or too late to start Tae Kwon Do,” he added.

3760 Sixes Road, Suite 118 Canton, GA 30114

(770) 345-4133

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Life At Home

Money-Saving Tips

Disney world

by Lisa Griswold If you are going to Disney World any time soon, you may like to know some good ways to save some money. There are many ways to make a Disney vacation more budget-friendly! •

Travel When School is in Session – Disney resort prices are highest when the kids are out of school, either for the summer or for a holiday. Avoid these times! Cherokee County gives us two great opportunities each year to go to Disney when it is cheaper and less crowded: Fall and Winter Breaks. Historically, September is when Disney offers their Free Dining promotion! Bonus! Know Your Promotion – If you call Disney to book your vacation, they will not offer you a discounted rate; you have to know the promotion that you want. Otherwise you will be paying full price. A travel specialist can help you determine the best package for your family. Use the Disney Dining Plan – Dining Plans can save you up to 30 percent off of your food costs. They are easy and convenient to use. And the plans are pre-paid, so it makes dining less stressful. To make the most of it, eat breakfast in your room, use a counter service credit for lunch and a table credit for dinner. Also, pack additional snacks in a backpack before you hit the parks. Granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, water bottles, juice pouches, and even chips and cookies are easy to pack up and take with you.

Buy Souvenirs Before You Go – If you are reading this, you are close enough to drive to Walt Disney World (WDW). Make a stop at a Wal-Mart or a t-shirt shop near Disney. or call (678) 815-1584. You will find ALL kinds of Disney souvenirs at nice Survey: Do you have a tip or trick that you use when going to Walt Disney discounts. Look for a light World? Send your answer to Survey@ up toy too. Nighttime toys are very expensive at WDW and very hard to resist when you are under four feet tall! Buy your princess dress before you go. Stop at the Dollar Store to get some Glo necklaces and bracelets. If pre-purchasing souvenirs is not your thing, save the shopping for the last day. This way everyone can browse the whole trip and evaluate what they really want to buy. Buy 4-Day Park Tickets or More – Disney tickets get cheaper the more days you buy. The difference between a 3- and 4-Day adult base ticket is $8.52. After that it is only $5.32 per day (up to 10 days). You won’t save much by cutting out days five and six from your tickets. Go for it!

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

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Life At Home

Carole May

Gets Gas by Carole May Did I get your attention? Well I hope so, but don’t let the title fool you. This article is about filling up one’s gas tank for the first time in six years. Okay, Okay, I’m not like the rest of my peers. I have been spoiled! My wonderful gas station attendant (a.k.a. Carole May is a freelance writer for AroundAbout West Canton. Email her at husband) has been filling the gas tank for me since we moved to Georgia. Why? In New Jersey when I needed gas, I would drive to the station, pull up to the pump and a nice, friendly person would greet me and say, “Good day, would you like regular or premium gas?” Then I would slide the credit card through the machine and a receipt would be handed back to me. I didn’t have to leave the car which was the best part by far. I was a happy camper without the tent! Moving to the South changed the rules, and I had to become my own gas station attendant, which involved dealing with flammable material. My husband and I agreed that a trip to the gas station together would be the safest for all parties concerned. While driving in the car, he kept repeating instructions as to what I should do when I arrived at our destination. I pulled the car up to the pump and got out of the car. My husband instructed me to unlock the gas tank, and I did. I then slid the credit card into the designed place for approval. This is where it gets hairy. My husband was standing a few feet in front of me when I grabbed the hose in my hand. He had been driving me crazy repeating the words “remember don’t pull the trigger” on the hose. I watched as his patience evaporated into the air like the water in my bird bath. The capillaries in his face rose to the surface in my direction. His voice grew stronger and louder. There were a few people at the other pumps staring at this novice with her initiation. I turned to see if I recognized anyone. I thought to myself, “Did I really need to be the next subject of a bunko gathering?” So I did just what I usually do when I get anxious — the opposite of what was asked of me. I squeezed the trigger! Send me up the river. And while I am at it, I confess to being guilty of laughing when the stream (of gasoline) squirted toward him and onto his shoes and pants. I must admit he did one heck of a war dance. The entire scene was a Lucy and Desi episode from the past. Thank heavens it didn’t last. As for this dizzy red head, I am proud to say that at the end of the day, Carole May got gas! 58 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

Buying a new


by Dan Jape When it’s finally time to replace your old heating and Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air. You may contact him cooling system, there will be at 770-594-9096 or visit him online at many choices and different decisions to be made that will affect your comfort, efficiency and overall happiness with any new system selected. It would benefit anyone to become familiar with the different components and terms you will face when that day does arrive. There are three separate pieces of equipment you have to replace when purchasing a new HVAC system; they are the furnace, the indoor cooling coil and the outdoor condenser (or air conditioner). You have choices of different furnaces and condensers, but generally there is only one coil for any system. There are many different manufacturers of furnaces and many different models available, but there are really just two distinctly different types of furnaces: single speed, single stage furnaces and two stage, variable speed furnaces. A single speed, single stage furnace comes on full blast anytime it runs and the motor in it consumes $250 a year of A/C electricity. A two stage, variable speed furnace comes on gradually and only uses the amount of gas needed at any given time to heat your home and its blower consumes only $30 annually of D/C current. The variable speed furnace also comes with a special thermostat that actually allows the furnace to reduce the amount of humidity in your home by an additional 5 — 10 percent, and when it is drier in your home, you can actually keep it warmer and feel the same comfort level, which will save you money. You have many choices in different outdoor condensers and what you pick is critical to your comfort. There are two different types of outdoor units, single speed units and two-speed units. The two speed units are the best choice for most homes in the south; they can be large enough in capacity to handle the extreme hot days, but because of their two speed design, they slow down to remove more moisture than a regular single speed condenser. The efficiency of these two speed units is usually so much better than a single speed unit that they can reduce the electric consumption by over 50 percent compared to your old cooling system. There are builder grade units, consumer grade units and top of the line units in both single speed and two-speed. Builder grade units are designed for a low, upfront price point and come with short warranties and will usually provide a shorter life span, as most builders are only interested in how a particular appliance operates for one year, which is the standard warranty for a new continued on page 70


By Delaney Young

Caroline Wood might seem like your average teenager. She goes to church and school, plays soccer, enjoys hanging out with her friends and doesn’t always get along with her siblings. However, Caroline is also a businesswoman. In August of 2010, Caroline, with the help of a few friends, started a nonprofit organization: Candles for a Cause, Soaps for Support. Candles for a Cause sells handmade items such as candles and soaps as well as seasonal items such as scarves for winter or earrings for Mother’s Day, and then donates all of the proceeds to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Caroline and her younger sister Becca received their candle-making machine, which sparked the creation of Sisters Caroline and Becca Wood her nonprofit, from their stepmom, Linda, for Christmas in 2009. “When I was younger, I always liked being with kids and selling stuff,” said Caroline. Now she, her sister and their friends are using their present in a way that fulfills Caroline’s passion for being creative and gives back to the community. Caroline chose to donate the money she has raised to Children’s because of a little girl she knows from church who has a rare skin condition, and who goes to Children’s for a variety of medical purposes. The mom of this little girl, Sam Zavitz, describes Caroline as a “good soul,” and was “blown away” by the fact that Caroline decided to donate money to Children’s because of her daughter. Kate Myers, the Foundation Program Coordinator at Children’s, said donations, even small ones, “make an impact because when added with the other gifts we can purchase a piece of equipment that may cause $25,000 that we couldn’t have before,” and that, “[Children’s is] grateful for a donation if it is $10 or $10,000. It was $10 that we didn’t have yesterday.”

Helpful friends Sam and Alexis Biondi

As Caroline looks to the future, she hopes to raise at least $1,000 in donations for all of the families whom Children’s helps. She also plans to major in early childhood education in college, so that she can continue to serve others. To check out Candles for a Cause, Soaps for Support visit:!

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100 River Ridge Drive Canton, GA 30114 (678) 493-8280

River Ridge at Canton is a beautiful and affordable gated apartment community located on River Ridge Drive in Canton. All of the apartments have large outdoor patios or decks allowing the residents to enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds and many spectacular views of the surrounding hilly terrain. All of the apartments have fully equipped modern kitchens and spacious floor plans. Other amenities include garages, a car wash, fitness center, tanning bed, a furnished clubhouse and a large resort like swimming pool and sundeck. River Ridge offers 356 spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments all well appointed to fit any lifestyle. The apartments were built in 2003 and maintain a like new appearance. River Ridge has several picnic areas with barbeque grills and picnic tables as well as playgrounds and a walking/jogging trail allowing residents to enjoy outdoor living in a spectacular environment. The property manager, Sherry Patterson, is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County. Sherry attended Etowah High School in Woodstock and now lives with her family in Ballground. The maintenance supervisor, Doug Byess, is also a lifelong resident of Cherokee County. Other staff includes the assistant manager, Ciera Crawford; leasing specialist, Catie Callahan; occupancy specialist, Loarina Horty and maintenance technician, Martin Quintino. The entire staff at River Ridge takes great pride in maintaining the buildings and grounds and providing their resident with top rate customer service. Please feel free to stop by. The friendly staff will be happy to show you around.

Stunning 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms

Fitness center

Walk-in closets

Swimming pool

Huge kitchens

Garages available

Spacious balconies

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I have been living at River Ridge Apartments for 3 ½ years. I live with my granddaughter and her five year old daughter. We have been very pleased with management. They have a very good maintenance crew and grounds keeper. We have pool parties and Easter egg hunts for the children. Last year on certain days, Sherry, property manager, would have ice cream for the children at the pool. We had a movie night on the lawn with drinks and popcorn. In addition, the playground was redone last year.” — Charolett Orr

The experiences I’ve had for the last four years at River Ridge Apartments have been positive. The office staff is friendly, helpful and likeable. The maintenance personnel also have been a plus. Whenever a problem arises in my apartment, the repairs are done to my satisfaction, in a timely manner and with professionalism. River Ridge also hosted seasonal events for the residents such as the Christmas party for which I dressed like Santa Claus and entertained the children. For Easter, we had a party and egg hunt for the children. We also had a Halloween party and Super Bowl party and other events for families. Finally, the grounds are well maintained and safe for the community.” — Jerry Gilliam

Melissa Llano “Melissa is very dedicated and professional. She really cared about our needs and our family and made us feel like she was working just for us.” ~ Sam and Glennis W. "If it wasn't for Melissa we would not have our dream house!! She was so patient with us and listened to all our wants and expectations.” ~ Sid and Melissa W. “Contacting Melissa about selling my home as a short sale was the best thing I could have done. My home sold within 2 months.” ~ Beatrice H. “Melissa was such an asset to us in the selling of our home in a weak market. Her communication with us was constant, and her expertise was refreshing.” ~ Laure G.



Honesty, Integrity, and just good oldfashioned Hard Work! This is the value system that makes me successful as a REALTOR®. Real estate can be risky business these days and you must hire a REALTOR® who puts your needs first. I will tell you how I can help and I will follow through. As an excellent communicator, you will find I respond quickly . . . and I will always tell you like it is. No lines, no fluff, no smoke and mirrors. Just transparent character, solid work ethic. You can count on me!!

Melissa Llano Mobile: (770) 312-4153 | Office: (678) 493-2100 2205 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 107, Canton, GA 30114 61

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

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

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Life At Home

NOT JUST A FEATHER for your cap

The Latest Hair Accessory by Jyl Craven What do hairstylists and fly fishermen have in common? Feathers! The most recent hair trend is causing fishing shops to run out of the feathers known as “hackle” as women and hairstylists flock to buy them in bulk for hair extensions. Available in their natural colors Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio of Canton. For information you or dyed pink, purple, green or may contact the salon at (770) 345blue, feathers in your hair will 9411 or visit put you in the company of stars such as Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha and Steven Tyler. This look isn’t just for the girls! Steven Tyler is actually the one credited, or blamed, by fishermen who want the feathers for their lures. Tyler brought attention to this unique hair accessory by wearing different feather extensions each week on Season 10 of American Idol. Although people thought Jennifer Lopez would be the one who brought fashion to the judges’ table, it was Steven Tyler’s hair that caught the imagination of the viewing public. Now feathers are selling out everywhere! The great thing about this hair accessory is how easy it is to put in, to take care of, and to change. The extensions are easily attached to the root of the hair with metal clips and can last for several months. They can be blow dried, curled, straightened and brushed. Choose feathers that create a subtle look — or be outrageous. Whatever you do, have fun with it! You can even accessorize your dog to match. Feather extensions are becoming so popular that people are getting them for their canine companions. Dogs are now boasting feathers in their fur along with their owners, creating a cute and funky ‘do for dogs. If you want a new appearance for your dog or for you, feather extensions may be the way to go. These extensions can be found in most salons and, due to high demand and limited supplies, the price is consistently rising. Call your hairstylist for advice on finding the right feathers for you — but hurry because they might run out! 64 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

There are Giants

in the Sky

by John Barker … or, so it seems when beginning to get ones’ mind around all of the “Cloud” solutions popping up everywhere, even down to “what in the world IS the cloud, and why should I care?” In networking terms, “the John Barker is Chief Infrastructure Architect for Delphi Global Technology, cloud” is nothing more than 1558 Marietta Highway, Suite 200, the Internet-at-large, that is, Canton., anything outside of your local (404) 380-1726 network and firewall.  “Cloudbased-solutions” can then be defined as services and products offered and hosted outside of your network, whether that be the network at your place of business or your home.  The variety of products and services being offered as cloud solutions grow daily, from backups, phone services and accounting software, to most recently, music services. The main selling point of a cloud solution is your ability to have services and products that have no reliance on you, your computer, your network or your technical ability to keep the products up-to-date or running at all.  All of that is handled by the provider.  They also give “access anywhere” ability.  No longer do you have to be tied to your computer at your desk to get your accounting done, or listen to the music from your collection.  These definitely make compelling arguments to use them. Is there a downside?  Potentially, yes.  These external services DO rely on you having connectivity to them to use them.  If you find yourself in a location without Internet access, you’ll be out of luck.  Also, you’re placing your faith in that company that has your stuff and that they’ll always be around to serve it up to you.  Choose wisely, and go with big providers when you have a choice.  Saving a few dollars on the front-end won’t pay off if you find yourself without the data later. So, what’s our recommendation?  Use them, but in hybrid.  Leverage the cloud solutions to your “use-themanywhere” advantage, but be smart to have your own local copies of the big stuff. And the reference in the title of this article?  We’ll give a free $49 performance tune up to the first person who calls in with the correct answer.

United States Government:


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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

(770) 516-1444

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

(770) 704-4398, x4370

Rob Usher, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

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

(678) 983-9644

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

Cherokee County School System

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

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

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

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

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

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

(678) 493-6431

(678) 493-6160

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

Cherokee County Coroner

(404) 656-0287

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

(678) 493-6511

(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 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

(404) 362-1600

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

City of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood

(770) 704-1500

City of Waleska Mayor Doris Ann Jones

(770) 479-2912 65


Business Organizations

American Business Women’s Association: (678) 493-3618, Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club: (770) 345-1750 Cherokee Area Business Connection: (770) 345-8687 Cherokee Business & Professional Women: (770) 345-1751 Cherokee Toastmasters: (770) 712-4077 NEW Network of Entrepreneurial Women: (678) 595-0344 PowerCore: (404) 572-1278 Towne Lake Business Association: (770) 720-6558, Woodstock Business Networking Group: (770) 591-7101

Charitable & Support Organizations

AA Meetings: Canton First United Methodist: (770) 479-6961 AARP Organization: Canton Chapter: (770) 479-5460 Adoptees and Birthmothers Support: (770) 693-1907 Adoption/Infertility Support Group: (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group: (770) 926-0119 American Heart Assoc. — Cherokee Division: (678) 385-2013 Arts Alliance of Georgia: (678) 754-8482 Bethany Place: (770) 479-9462 Breast Cancer Support Group, Drop-In: (404) 843-1880 Canton Al-Anon: (770) 516-3502 CASA for Children, Inc.: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Cherokee Autism Support Group: Heidi — or Renee — Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: (770) 592-9779 Cherokee Co. Aspergers Syndrome Parents Support Group: (678) 616-6741 Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee Co. Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA: (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: (770) 345-1879 Cherokee Co. Senior Services: (770) 345-5312 Cherokee Co. Service League: (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: (770) 517-7101 Cherokee County Family Violence Center: (770) 479-1804 Battered Women Hotline: (770) 479-1703 In Spanish, (770) 720-7050 Cherokee FOCUS: (770) 345-5483

66 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011 Drug Free Cherokee: Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483 Emotions Anonymous: Tonya M. (678) 648-9953 Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: (770) 345-1879, Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries: (800) 989-4248, Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies): (770) 924-0864 Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store: Hospice Advantage: (770) 218-1997 iCOR (helping orphans): (404) 992-8155 Legacy Ministries International: (770) 924-0826 Meals-on-Wheels: (770) 345-7440 Miracle Mothers: MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton, Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): West: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers: (770) 479-4140 MUST Ministries: (770) 479-5397 Narcotics Anonymous: (770) 720-4032 National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group: (404) 394-1229, North Georgia Angel House, Inc.: Northside Hospital Cherokee Auxiliary: (770) 720-9559 Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples: (678) 404-0034, Papa’s Pantry: (770) 591-4730 Safe Kids of Georgia in Cherokee County: (678) 493-4343, Salvation Army: 121 Waleska St. (770) 720-4316 Volunteer Aging Council: (770) 345-7515 Young Peoples AA Meeting: (770) 479-2502

Civic Organizations BridgeMill-Sixes Service League: Kathy Fulton (770) 720-0979, Canton Lions Club:

(678) 224-7878

Canton Noon Day Optimists: Canton Optimist Club:

(678) 454-2370

Canton Rotary Club:

(770) 479-2101

Cherokee County Historical Society:

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

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

(678) 493-9135

Pilot Club of Cherokee County:

Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

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

(770) 926-0105

Sons of the American Revolution:

(770) 479-1871

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

Recreation & Hobbies Canton Moose Family Center (Bingo): (770) 479-8300 Christian Authors Guild:

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society: (770) 928-8590, Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SKYWARN Storm Spotters):

(770) 928-8590

Cherokee Community Chorale:

(770) 479-4114 Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (770) 479-0418 Cherokee County Saddle Club:

(770) 757-2282

Cherokee Fencing Club:

Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750

Cherokee Hiking Club:

(770) 235-3655

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

(770) 345-3288,

Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon: Cherokee Running Club:

(770) 928-4239

(770) 926-8513 Cherokee Senior Softball Association:

Crossfit Workout of the Day Club:

The Funk Heritage Center Book Club:

Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015

(770) 720-5969 The Trail of Tears Association: (770) 704-6338

(678) 493-3976

(678) 520-2236,

Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: Southern O Scalers:

Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139

AroundAbout West Canton Magazine — (770) 720-7497

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

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

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

Driver’s Licenses

Georgia State Patrol

(770) 704-1500 (770) 479-7287 (770) 720-4883 (404) 657-9300

(770) 720-6607

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

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

Health Department Hospitals:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help lines:

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

Non-Emergency 911

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

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

(770) 479-3117

Parks and Recreation:

Barnett Park Boling Park BridgeMill Athletic Club Callahan Golf Links Cherokee County Outdoor YMCA Cherokee County Soccer Association Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency

(770) 924-7768 (770) 720-7578 (770) 345-5500 (770) 720-1900 (770) 591-5820 (770) 704-0187 (770) 924-7768

Cherokee Youth Lacrosse Assoc.: (770) 846-4843 G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA (770) 345-9622 North Atlanta Soccer Association: (770) 926-4175 SCRA Park (770) 926-5672 Wildlife Action, Inc. (800) 753-2264


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

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

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

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


Emergency — 911

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hickory Log Missionary Baptist 179 Belletta Drive, (770) 479-3347 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Hopewell Baptist Church 75 Ridge Road, (770) 345-5723 Sunday Services: 9:30, 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.

New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-8448 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 10:50 a.m.

Oakdale Baptist 100 Oakdale Road, (770) 479-9060 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Sardis Baptist 392 Sardis Circle, (770) 345-6718 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Sutallee Baptist 895 Knox Bridge Highway, (770) 479-0101 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m

Toonigh Baptist Church

Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church

Waleska First Baptist

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

10657 Fincher Road, (770) 479-1024 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

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

Field’s Chapel United Methodist Church 1331 Fields Chapel Road, (770) 479-6030 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock Traditional Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Contemporary Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. (770) 924-4777,

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta (770) 928-7916 or cell (770) 490-7234 Sunday Eucharist Service: 10:30 a.m.

Holly Springs United Methodist Church

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church

Liberty Hill Church

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

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

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


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

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.

Waleska United Methodist Church 7340 Reinhardt College Parkway Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (710) 479-4428,

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

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock, (770) 924-7286 Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

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


Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m. Contact Fr. Frederick Watson: (770) 485-0504

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

4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon, (770) 928-2491 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Canton First United Methodist Church

Faith Presbyterian Church USA

Victory Baptist Church

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

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

346 Lucky Street, (770) 345-1133

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

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

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

Saturday Worship: 11:00 a.m.

4563 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, (404) 579-0885 Sunday Service 10 a.m.

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta

Oak Leaf Church Canton

6464 Highway 92, Acworth, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Christian Praise Center

The Pointe

1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, (770) 516-5918 Canton Ward, (770) 479-1522 Woodstock Ward, (770) 928-5641

Woodstock Presbyterian Church

Church of the Messiah

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

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

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

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.

Other Churches Allen Temple, AME Church 232 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-6348 Sunday Services: 8 & 11 a.m., Nursery available

Bells Ferry Church of God 6718 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, (770) 592-2956 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

BridgePointe Church Meeting at Woodstock Middle/High School Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. (770) 517-2977,

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

Christian Praise Center 1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Covenant Christian Center Services held at their Worship Annex 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Blvd., Canton Sundays: 10 a.m. (770) 345-0307,

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

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

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

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation 2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta, (770) 578-1533 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Woodstock Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. (678) 384-4919,

Faith Community Church 659 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, (770) 516-1996 Sunday Worship: 8 & 10:30 a.m.

Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-4560 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

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

Life Changers Church International 2499 Palm Street, Suite 100, (678) 384-4307 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

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

Northern Hills Church of Christ

Towne Lake Community Church 132 N. Medical Pkwy, Woodstock, (678) 445-8766 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Watermarke Church Meeting at American Heritage Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton (770) 928-8235 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-8238 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Church of Christ 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-8838 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategu,i (770) 926-8271

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 924-4499 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Woodstock Community Church 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Waleska Church of God of Prophecy 127 Dry Pond Lane, (770) 214-8343 Sunday Service: 11 a.m & 5 p.m. 69

Suzanne Speaks

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Financial Considerations . . .

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5. If you are mainly sedentary at work, try to vary your activity as much as possible and attempt to stretch every hour to keep the circulation going. I know most of this advice is common sense… but unfortunately we don’t take heed to what we already know most of the time. I have started learning from my mistakes (and multiple injuries) and try my best to follow my own medical advice because I want to enter each ensuing decade younger and fitter than the one before!

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

How Do You Spell Relief?

Joint Custody

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Stop your pet’s itch today and discuss the option of Atopica with your veterinarian. It has revolutionized animal skin allergy therapy and provided relief for animals suffering from seasonal allergies. It’s time to get some peaceful sleep and get your pet started today! 70 AroundAbout West Canton | july 2011

Buying A New System

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home. Consumer grade units today come with a 10 year parts warranty and some companies offer a 10 year labor warranty or even a lifetime warranty if properly maintained. Units such as these can often last 18 to 20 years and are available up to 16 seer in most cases. Top of the line air conditioners are loaded with safeties and controls that allow them to last 20+ years and cut operating costs up to 60 percent while doing the best job in dehumidification and cooling and come in single speed, twospeed single compressors, two-speed twin compressors and even solar powered. Units such as these are more expensive up front, but are a better investment in the long run, by offering superior operation, efficiency and comfort. It helps in any market place to know about the different products that are available and it is always a good idea to get at least three different estimates to see if there is a general consensus to what each company recommends.

A View from the Hill

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Now is the time for all of us to once again throw off the shackles of an oppressive government that is costing us jobs and driving our country into bankruptcy. This time the revolution should come through the ballot box rather than a musket, but the message needs to be as loud. Now is the time to become involved and take our country back. Then we can once again strike up the band, have a parade, shoot off fireworks and truly celebrate our independence! Thank you for the honor of letting me represent you in Georgia’s 21st District and please let me know if I may ever be of assistance by contacting me at or calling my office at (404) 656-0129.

Cataract — Vision is Cloudy

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