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The Academy of Dance Arts Presents...

The Nutcracker

A Festive Family Holiday Tradition Friday, December 14 at 7pm Saturday, December 15 at 3pm & 7pm Presented at The Falany Performing Arts Center Tickets are available November 1, 2012 on Seniors and Students — $14, Adults — $18 The Academy of Dance Arts, Inc. 290 East Main Street | Canton, GA 30114 | 770-479-4615

The Academy of Dance Arts offers classes to ages 3 through Adults in Pre-Ballet, Kinderdance, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical Ballet, Classical Ballet, and Pointe. Voted Best Dance Studio 2011 & 2010.




Monday — Thursday 3pm — 7pm Next to The Academy of Dance Arts | 290 East Main St. | Canton, GA 30114 Visit The Dance Pointe for all your dance wear needs!

Offering a full line of dance shoes, leotards, tights, skirts, and hip-hop apparel. * See store for details. Conditions may apply. Offer good through October 31, 2012



33 Publisher & Co-Owner Brian Meek Executive Editor & Co-Owner Michelle Meek

Cherokee Youth Works Getting Teens in FOCUS for the Life Ahead


Editor Cherryl Greenman Editor Michelle Martin


Graphic Designer Candice Williams Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood

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Market Director Janet Ponichtera Advertising Design Ashley George


Photographer Jack Tuszynski, Wendell Webb Writers Patricia Bowen, Michael Buckner,

Halloween Safety & Fun

Tips to keep your little ghosts & goblins safe.

Fall Festivals & Halloween Happenings Local fall fun!

Cherokee HS vs. Sequoyah HS

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Cherokee Warriors take on Sequoyah Chiefs for the win.

In the Kitchen Cookin’ with Downtown Kitchen.

Canton Heights Dental


In Every Issue

12 CalendaR 16 Library 18 Celebrations 56 chamber of commerce

Directory Listings 57 Clubs 59 Local Officials 60 Churches 63 Community Info 2

Susan Casella, Dr. Charles Cooley, Jyl Craven, Shannon Deveau, Dr. Edward J. Furey, Dr. Scott Harden, Eric Hill, Rev. Norman Hunt, Dan Jape, Carole May, Shane Newton, Janet Read, Sen. Chip Rogers, Suzanne Taylor, Dr. Monika Yadav

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

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WEst Canton Community — Home

by Michelle Meek,

The Photo Factory and Studio, LLC recently opened at 195 Stockwood Drive, Suite 100, Woodstock. They are a full-service photography studio with a unique twist — they encourage other photographers to rent studio space and studio equipment. The 3,600 square feet of studio space allows the Photo Factory and Studio to operate multiple studio sets at once, giving photographers and models numerous photo opportunities. Please stop by to see the studio. Normal hours of business are 10 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. M-F, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sat., and by appointment. (678) 402-8780 Show Me Off Again, a consignment store for men, women and children, has opened at 8926 Main Street in downtown Woodstock. To be a consignor, just drop off your items anytime during normal business hours — no appointment is required. Show Me Off Again accepts all men’s, women’s, kids’ and baby clothes in all sizes. They also accept baby items such as strollers, car seats, cribs, toys, etc. (770) 313-3313

Cherokee Christian Schools will be hosting an Open House on October 15 at 7 p.m. Open House is a time for prospective families to tour the campus, meet staff and faculty, and to find out more information about the school. Light refreshments will be served and children are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Kim Howell at or (678) 494-5464. Sixes Presbyterian is currently accepting vendor applications for the 3rd Annual Santa’s Shoppe on Sixes. The event will be held at Sixes Presbyterian Church, 2335 Sixes Road, Canton, on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.  Applications can be downloaded at Any questions, please call (770) 485-1975.

Kathy Moyers, It Works! Independent Distributor, is now offering this service to the Cherokee community. It Works! offers the world’s first naturally based body contouring line that delivers maximum results in minimal time. Cellulite, signs of aging, loose skin…the ultimate body applicator offers a safe solution to these issues with all-natural active ingredients. Please call Kathy at (770) 880-8771 or visit for complete information.

Ping Segars Salon, a full-service salon focusing on haircuts and color services since 2007, has recently moved. Their new location is at 4280 Hickory Flat Hwy., Suite 114, Canton. (770) 479-3775,

Bascomb United Methodist Church is now accepting applications for its 6th Annual Craft Fair to be held at Bascomb United Methodist Church, 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock. The craft fair will be held Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. This event will feature more than 45 vendors and 2 floors of a wide variety of arts and crafts. Please contact Diane Williams for a vendor application at (770) 917-0119 or via e-mail at, or visit the church website at


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Cherokee Welcomes New ANR Agent

Cherokee County is pleased to welcome Louise Estabrook as the new Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) agent. The primary role of an ANR agent is to assist both the agricultural community and the residential community with any of their horticultural needs. Louise comes Louise Estabrook to Cherokee with 12 years experience, from the Fulton County office in Sandy Springs. Prior to that, she served the citizens of Long Island through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Louise is a Certified Arborist, a Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator, holds degrees in Ornamental Horticulture and Ethnobotany and is pursuing an advanced degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication at the University of Georgia. Louise lives in Cumming with husband, Mike and has two grown children, Michael and Alicia. She will be recruiting and training future master gardeners. Applications are available now for the upcoming class! Louise can be reached at (770) 470-0418, or stop by the office with any samples of your plants, weeds or insects at 100 North Street, Suite G21, Canton or email: with questions or concerns.

& Big Sisters of America and the Adopt-a-Family Mentoring Program.

Boys & Girls Club Benefits From ‘Fore The Children’ Golf Tournament

Tony Harrison, President of the Board of Directors for the Malon D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club, along with Dan Spinetto, 2012 Golf Tournament Chairman, made a recent visit to the KIA Motors Atlanta offices to thank the presenting sponsors of the “Fore The Children” golf tournament. The tournament, held annually at BridgeMill Athletic Club, raised $60,000 for the Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club on Univeter Road. Additional major sponsors included: HMS Golf, Northside Hospital-Cherokee, The Cherokee Tribune, BB&T Bank and Brasfield & Gorrie. The next KIA “Fore the Children” golf tournament will be held in May of 2013. For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact: or visit

Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists Welcomes New Doctor

Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists is excited to welcome Dr. Fonda Webb, a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, to their staff. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Webb earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College, Dr. Fonda Webb her medical degree from Meharry Medical College and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Houston-LBJ Hospital. When asked if there was anything she’d like her patients to know about her, Dr. Webb replied, “I am really excited to be back in the Georgia community to help provide health care to the community I grew up in.”  Along with being a member of AOA, Dr. Webb is also a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association. Dr. Webb has also been involved in the Village Birthing Project, Teenage Mentoring Program, Big Brothers 6

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From left to right: Sam Moore (Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club, Executive Director), Ashley Lord (KIA Regional Marketing Manager), Dan Spinetto (VP, Brasfield & Gorrie, Malon D. Mimms Club Board of Directors Member & Golf Tournament Chairman), Percy Vaughn (Executive Director, KIA Motors America), Tony Harrison (President & CEO of Bonus Building Care, Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors President) along with members of the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club.

Papa’s Pantry and the Darden Foundation Partner to Make a Difference

Papa’s Pantry, a non-profit food assistance program, whose mission is to help individuals and families regain stability, recently announced it has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of more on page Darden Restaurants Inc. The Restaurant Community 8

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Grant Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve. The donation will enable Papa’s Pantry to provide clients, who are enrolled in their stability program, to receive perishable food items (fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy items and meat) along with the non-perishable items, while they are actively pursuing financial stability. Restaurants within the Darden family – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 – are helping to award more than $1.7 million in local grants to nearly 900 exceptional non-profit organizations nationwide. For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit asp. For additional information on Papa’s Pantry, please visit

Local Girls Collect Money for Burn Victims

Four young girls from BridgeMill decided to do something different this year during summer break; to help those less fortunate. Emmie Parker, Serena Ortiz, Hannah Hardman and Presley Hardman decided to get together and bake goodies to help the Georgia Firefighter’s Burn Foundation (GFBF). Founded in 1982, the GFBF’s goal is to help burn survivors in their journey of recovery as well as to prevent others from experiencing the traumatic event of a burn injury. The girls decided to sell baked goods, popcorn and drinks with the donations going to a well deserved cause. The girls spent several days selling their goodies to some of the golfers at the BridgeMill Golf Course. They also sold their baked goods at a car show in downtown Canton. The dedicated young girls and Gretchen traveled to Fire Station 22 near BridgeMill to give a check for $303 to Cherokee County Firefighters. Front row (left to right): Hannah Hardman, Presley Hardman, Emma Parker and Serena Ortiz. Back row: Eric Hatten, Megan Grahma, Doug Hocker, Sgt. Brady Cornelison and Lt. Sarah Love.

Girl Scouts Helping the Local Animal Shelter

As part of earning their Bronze Award, Girl Scout Junior Troop 2779 is collecting donations for the Cherokee County Animal Shelter throughout this school year. They have a donation bin set 8

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up in the Sixes Elementary lobby for donations. A bin will also be set up at Sixes events, such as Fall Festival, dances and Family Night. The following items can be Sixes Girl Scout Junior Troop 2779 from donated and are the Star Lily Service Unit raising funds at desperately needed the Sixes Hoe-Down Dance (left to right): Riley Briggs, Julia Miller, Olivia Wade, Ruthie at the shelter: Rogers and Emily Hutto. canned kitten/ cat and puppy/dog food; cat and kitten toys; metal food/water bowls; bleach; cat litter (non-clumping clay); cat wipes; “Joy” dishwashing liquid (ONLY this brand); antibacterial hand soap; newspapers; towels, blankets, sheets, pillow cases; Scrubbing Bubbles (green label); Clorox Green Works window cleaner; peanut butter. For further information, please contact Troop Leader Camille Rogers at

Rotary Club Partners with Canton Elementary

The Rotary Club of Canton has entered into a formal partnership with Canton Elementary STEM Academy. CES assistant principal Tammie Anderson and Canton Rotary Club New Generations (Youth Left to right: Canton Rotary Club New Service) chair, Peter Generations Chair Peter Gleichman, Gleichman, signed a Canton Elementary STEM Academy Partners in Education Assistant Principal Tammie Anderson, and Agreement at the Canton Rotary Club President Jeff Mitchell. Rotary club’s weekly meeting. The purpose of the Agreement is to establish a formal alliance between the Rotary club and the elementary school for Rotarians to provide extracurricular support for the school. Rotarians will participate in such activities as “Read Across America Day” in early March, Career Day, Science Fair, and other school activities. Canton Elementary STEM Academy, being one of four STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy schools in Cherokee County, provides a unique opportunity for Canton Rotarians to enhance the educational initiatives of the K-6 student body.

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Halloween is a fun time for families, especially




kids. As much fun as trick-or-treating, dressing in costumes, enjoying fall festivals and other activities are, Halloween also brings some safety risks. Here are some tips to consider for kids and adults alike:

KEEPING KIDS SAFE Check local listings for fall festivals and “Trunk or Treats” held in retail stores. When trick-or-treating, visit only those houses you know. Do not visit or go into a stranger’s house.


Trick-or-treat in small groups. Parents should accompany kids not yet old enough to trick-or-treat on their own.

Older kids allowed to go out with friends should agree with their parents on a specific route and timeframe to follow. Call or text periodically to reassure parents that everything and everyone is OK. Remember to take along a flashlight. Look both ways before crossing a street, or cross only at a crosswalk. Big children should look out for little children. Hold hands when walking from house to house and through neighborhood streets. Do not pull pranks, vandalize property, or harm animals. Be home by curfew. Parents may already be nervous about Halloween, so don’t add to the worry by being late. Select a costume that is fireproof or fire-retardant. Masks should include eye holes that allow good peripheral vision. Make sure the costume fits properly to avoid tripping and falling. Use reflective tape on the outside of your costume for visibility at night. Eat dinner before trick-or-treating so that kids won’t fill up on candy. Inspect candy before eating. Do not eat any candy that is not individually wrapped. Source: West Canton | october 2012 10 My


Things to do in West Canton

October 6 Electronics Recycling Event Location:

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 136 Trinity Church Rd., Free Home Time: 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Information: Your recycling donation will help the Tommy Nobis Center to support youth and adults with disabilities (www.tommynobiscenter. org). Items accepted for free recycling: computers — including laptops, disk drives, mice, modems, circuit boards, keyboards, servers, hubs, routers, calculators, AC adapters, chargers, surge protectors, electric motors, games systems, stereos, DVDs and CD players, MP3 players, speakers, remote controls, telephones, alarm clocks, toasters, can openers, wires, cables, switch boxes. Nothing over 50 pounds will be accepted.

October 6 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Costume & Indoor Yard Sale City Center, 8534 Main St., Woodstock Time: 8 a.m. — noon Information: Elm Street Cultural Arts Village will be hosting a costume, accessory, “funky clothing” and indoor yard sale. Come find that really “funky” Halloween costume or that truly “theatrical” yard sale item. Cash and checks accepted. Proceeds go toward upgrading the theater sound system., (678) 494-4251

“Praying for Strangers” — special music and devotions, mission opportunities, book signing, door prizes. Please bring canned goods for MUST Ministries. For tickets, please contact Cheryl Mosley at


October 6 Canton First United Methodist Church “LIFT” (Ladies in Faith Together) Conference Location: Times:

920 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Conference, 9:30 a.m. Cost: $10 Information: Featuring author River Jordan,

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October 6 3rd Annual Victory Run-5K Walk/Run & 1 Mile Family Fun Run Location:

Events begin at BridgeMill park pavillion Times: 5K, 8 a.m. 1 Mile Family Fun Run, 9:15 a.m. Information: The event is sponsored by BridgeMill Athletic Club and the BridgeMill Sixes Service League. The 5K Walk/Run will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile Family Fun Run will begin at 9:15 a.m. Please visit www. or www.bssl.lorg for registration forms and sponsor information.  Contact the Fitness Center at (770) 3452990, or jcrawfo1@ for information. There will be a DJ, moonwalk, prizes and local vendors with giveaways. Please help raise funds for children and families in Cherokee County. 

October 10 3rd Annual Fields of Faith Location:

Tommy Baker Field at Cherokee High School, 930 Marietta Highway, Canton Time: 7 — 9 p.m. Information: Don’t miss this inspirational evening of worship, testimonies, guest speakers, interpretive dancing, reading the Bible and coming to a relationship with Jesus Christ! It WILL be a great evening! Fields of Faith is a peer-to-peer event. Students invite their own classmates and teammates to hear fellow students share their testimonies, be challenged to read the Word of God and follow Jesus Christ. Family event for all ages; all children, students and youth groups welcome. For more information, please contact Brandon Roberts at (678) 232-7488 or brobertsfca@

October 13 Fall Octoberfest Celebration Location: Time:

The Lodge at BridgeMill; 10451 Bells Ferry Road, Canton 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Information: Vendors galore will be selling their wares and gifts. Many food vendors will be featuring German sausage on a skewer and alcoholic beverages will be available. Proceeds from the cake walk and hole-in-one competition will benefit the Volunteer Aging Council. Enjoy Dixieland music, jugglers and face painting. Come out to Octoberfest. Fun for all ages! Please call (770) 479-4639 or go to the facebook page — The Lodge at Bridgemill. 

October 16 & 24 “Tired of Yo-Yo Dieting?” Presented by Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates Location:

6478 Putnam Ford Rd., Ste. 125, Woodstock Time: 7 — 8 p.m. Information: Learn about The Virtual Gastric Band For Weight Loss as seen on Dr. Oz. The presentation is free but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to GeorgiaHypnotherapy@live. com or by calling (678) 938-7274. www.

October 18, 19 & 20 Friends of the Library Book Sale Location:

Rose Creek Library, 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock Time: Oct. 18, Preview Sale for members, 4 — 6 p.m.; Oct. 19, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.; Oct. 20, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Information: Gently used books, DVDs, audio books, videos and more. Proceeds benefit the local library system. For more information, please call (770) 591-1491.

October 25 Keller Williams Short sale Seminar 2205 Riverstone Blvd., Ste. 107, Canton Time: 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. Information: RSVP to (770) 312-4153 or

Yawn’s Books & More Inc.

October 27

210 East Main Street, Canton (678) 880-1922

Finale to “Art in Nature”

October 13 Authors Don & Diane Wells — “Mystery of the Trees” Native American Markers of a Culture Way of Life that Soon may be Gone Time: 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Information: A 40-minute presentation will be held, focusing on the trees in the local area. “Mystery of the Trees” is filled with fascinating local history. Readers will be interested to find out about artifacts and sacred sites that are basically in the backyards of Cherokee County.

Time: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. Information: Age-appropriate pumpkin painting and carving contest. Prizes for the scariest, funniest, most creative. Costume parade, scarecrow making and more. Chili bowl fundraiser - Purchase chili in a handthrown clay bowl and keep the bowl!

Cherokee Arts Center 94 North Street, Canton (770) 704-6244

October Classes October 25 (4th Thursday of each month) Yawn’s Book Club Time: 6 p.m. Information: October book — “A Painted House”

Studio 101 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110, Woodstock

October 6, 7, 13 & 14 Grand Opening of the Community Garden Time: 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. Information: Select your spot in the garden for raising vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, etc. Drip irrigation will be provided - no daily watering! U.S. Department of Agriculture, County Extension plus Master Gardeners will be actively involved. Tea plants will be offered for sale, with proceeds supporting the community garden.

John Horne “Life Drawing” Mondays, October 22 — December 3, 6:30 — 9 p.m., $120 + model fee John Horne “Teen Drawing” Saturdays, October 27 — December 8, 12:30 — 2 p.m., $90 Elly’s “Paint Group” Saturday, October 13, 1 — 5 p.m., $30

November Classes Heather Lyon’s “Creative Movement and Dance-Tap Ballet Class” Wednesdays, November 7 — 28, ages 3-5 4:30 — 5:15 p.m., $52 + registration fee Kim Bates’ “Photography” Wednesdays, November 7 — 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $90.00 Gallery: Stellaris Art Show Reception to be held on November 2 at 6:30 p.m. show November 2 — 9. Gallery hours: October 12 — 28, Tuesday — Friday 11 a.m. — 5 p.m., Saturdays noon — 5 p.m. Free Admission.


November 22 The 10th Annual Gobble Jog Location: Time:

Historic Marietta Square 7 a.m. — Packet pick-up/ Registration — only UNTIMED

REGISTRATIONS; 8 a.m. — 10K; 9:15 a.m. — 1K Run/Walk; 9:30 a.m. — 5K Run/Walk; 10:30 a.m. — Tot Trot Information: For complete details and registration, please visit Benefitting MUST Ministries.

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

Taxed Enough Already It’s no secret that Metro Atlanta traffic is bad. Travel just about anywhere in the United States and you will find motorists who relate Atlanta with congestion. Why, then, did the recent ballot referendum aimed at transportation improvements fail so miserably?

Too much politics. The ultimate project list appeared to be the “wish list” of local elected officials who created it. No one honestly viewed the Atlanta beltline as a legitimate traffic relief project. Proposed transit to the Cumberland Mall area ate up almost the entire budget for Cobb County and yet 95 percent of Cobb residents would have no real use for the Cumberland project. The vote was a catastrophe for the financial supporters who poured almost $10 million into promoting the T-SPLOST. This is especially true when one considers the opponents spent less than $100,000 in opposition.

Voters rightfully do not trust government. The GA 400 toll is the best example of government not keeping its promises. Some two years after the 400 extension has been paid for in toll fees, the toll continues to be collected. Those of us who clearly remember the promise that toll booths The moral of this story is fairly simple. You can’t fool the would go away now see it as a shining example of government voters with a bad idea. not keeping its promises. Had the measure come before elected officials, I am fairly certain that everyone in Metro I am fairly certain it would have been We do not need to extract Atlanta wants traffic relief. However, like done away with—as we must answer more from private citizens all government spending, it should be to the voters. Unfortunately, the to grow the public sector. done with a true cost-benefit analysis. Georgia Department of Transportation After all, we are Taxed Simply stating we need to “untie” (DOT) Board, whose members are not Enough Already! Atlanta is not good enough. elected by the voters, made the terrible decision to keep collecting the toll. We need to start by identifying the 20

Bad timing for a tax vote. There never is a good time for a tax increase, but some times are worse than others. In the midst of three years of unemployment near nine percent nationally, an average 40 percent loss in Americans’ wealth since 2008, and a national debt of $16 trillion, asking the taxpayers for more money simply was a bad idea. Too much transit. The clarion call to solve Atlanta’s traffic congestion was met with a plan that would do little or nothing to improve commute times. Even under the best-case scenario of T-SPLOST supporters, the average commute time would have been improved by one minute each way for the average Atlanta commuter. Considering the estimated $8 billion price tag, voters recognized a bad deal; an $8 billion tax increase for two minutes in commute time-savings each day? West Canton | october 2012 14 My

most-congested roadways in the metropolitan area and devote resources to those projects until they are complete. We should privatize the Georgia Department of Transportation. Almost every function it performs can be better done in private industry. Those DOT Board members who failed to remove the GA 400 toll should be held accountable. Breaking the trust of Georgia voters harms all of us in the long run. Finally, we must remind every level of government to live within the resources it has. We do not need to extract more from private citizens to grow the public sector. After all, we are Taxed Enough Already!

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


R.T. Jones l Woodstock

OctoberEvents October 8, 6:30 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library October 9, 6:30 p.m., Woodstock Public Library

Week of October 15: “Mo” Books! Week of October 22: Play Ball! Week of October 29: Later, Gator!

American Girl: Kirsten Party

Girls between the ages of 8 and 13 years are invited to attend a party celebrating our friend, American Girl Kirsten. The girls are invited (but not required) to dress up and bring their 18-inch doll to experience the life, times and history of an 1854 Swedish immigrant. Learn about her life. Enjoy Kirsten-inspired food, drink and crafts. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for the R. T. Jones program, please call (770) 479-3090, ext. 233. For the Woodstock program, please call (770) 926-5859.

October 18, 4 p.m., & October 19 & 20, 10 a.m. Rose Creek Library

Friends of the Library Book Sale (Preview Night — October 18) Come out for the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This is a great opportunity to find some great deals on gently used books. All proceeds benefit the library. The preview night is for Friends members only. Rose Creek Library is located at 4476 Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock.

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

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

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

October 21, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library LEGO CLUB

The LEGO club meets once every month. The club has a different theme each month and children will work as individuals or on teams constructing their LEGO masterpieces. The creations will be displayed in the library until the next month’s LEGO Club meeting. Children of all ages are invited to participate.

Woodstock Public Library 7735 Main Street — (770) 926-5859 M,W,Th & F: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues: 12 – 8 p.m. Sat: CLOSED Sun: 2 – 6 p.m.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors and READing Paws

These 10-15 minute programs encourage children to read by providing a non-judgmental furry listener who won’t laugh if they make a mistake or stumble over a word. Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by calling the corresponding library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time.

R. T. Jones Memorial Library

October 1 & 15, 4:30 p.m.

Contest Corner

Woodstock Public Library

October 4, 11 & 18, 4:30 p.m.

Find the hidden picture

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

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Weekends through November 11 Cagle’s Family Farm — Fall Fun at the Farm

Location: 355 Stringer Rd., Canton, Hickory Flat Community Information: Corn Maize, Ag.Venture farm tours, bonfire hayrides, haunted barn, jumpee pillow, farm food and more! Prices and times vary per activity. (770) 345-5591, www.

Weekends through October 28 Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards

Location: 9696 Hwy. 52 E., Ellijay Time: 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. Information: U-Pic Apple Festival features wagon rides, petting farm, pig races, cow milking, moonshine museum, playground, jumping pillow, pedal cart rides, great fair food, bakery live entertainment & a large farm market. (706) 273-3838. $6 admission, $3 petting farm admission.

Every Day in October, Every Weekend in November (through November 18) Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch “Husks of Horror” Haunted Maze every Friday and Saturday in October

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make up the corn maze, which occupies a 12-acre field adjacent to the Etowah River. The trails measure close to five miles in length. Returning on the festival grounds will be the popular Kiddie CORNer. This free activity area includes Tire Mountain, Tower Goat Walk, Soybean Maze and the picnic pavillion. The tractor-drawn hayrides feature a new 60-passenger wagon complete with wood benches and hay bales. Additional fee-based activities include the Corn Cannon, bonfire area (weekends), festival food vendors (weekends), and Pumpkin Patch (October). Every weekend in October there will also be pony rides and face painting for children. Admission to the corn maze continues to be $10 for anyone five years old and older; maze admission is free for children four and under. The tractor-drawn hay rides along the Etowah River, which include access to the bonfire area, are $5 per person.  The Cob Combo is a ticket for $13, which includes admission to the maze and the hay ride.  Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located only 40 minutes from metro Atlanta, just two miles west from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Highway 53.  For more information, visit www.uncleshucks. com, or follow the progress of the maze on Facebook.

Time: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Information: A free, fun-filled day for the entire family! There will be free games and activities for children such as a rock climbing wall, inflatables, a cake walk, face painting and much more! Translucent, a local Christian band will perform as well as GSLC’s own musicians. A new addition to the entertainment is iThink, an improvisation group from Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. Hot dogs and chili will be available for purchase as will food from The Butcher’s Block. And be sure to check out the homemade baked goods at the bake sale or get a great bargain at the silent auction. Don’t miss the popular used DVD and book sale! Organizations that will benefit from proceeds raised from this event are Cherokee County Family Violence Center and Give-A-Kid-AChance. For more information, please contact the church office at (770) 924-7286.

October 6 Harvest Fest Hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church


Barrett Memorial Park, Holly Springs Time: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Information: A celebration filled with fun and excitement for the entire family featuring children’s games, excellent food, community organization booths, arts and crafts, petting zoo, live music and much more!

1136 Trinity Church Road, Canton, in the Free Home community between Arbor Hill Rd. & Hwy. 372 (Free Home Rd.) Time: 11 — 3 p.m. Information: There will be games, live music, a bounce house, horse rides, BBQ, and hot dogs, all for the community. There will also be a gently used book sale. Some vendors and fire and safety service personnel are scheduled to be present. Food and games are complimentary. Any proceeds from donations will go to Mother’s Cupboard Food Pantry. A recycling center will also be available to accept your old electronics.  (678) 493-6955,

October 6

October 11


12th Annual Taste of Canton,


Time: 5 — 8 p.m. Information: Come sample a variety of culinary tastes from local Canton restaurants. (770) 704-1548,

October 6 AUTUMN FEST in Holly Springs


1208 Rose Creek Drive, at the intersection of Eagle Drive in the Towne Lake area of Woodstock


Downtown Canton

October 13 Movies in Brown Park, Downtown Canton Ice Age 4: Continental Drift


7 p.m.

join in celebrating our community and have some fun Y’all! For additional information or for information on how to become a vendor at the Macedonia Round-Up, please contact Amy Cantrell at amyrcantrell@gmail. com.

October 19 — 20, 26 — 27 Ghost Tales & Trails 


City Center — 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Time: 6 — 10 p.m.   Information: Hear spooky tales based on Woodstock’s history, culminating with a delightfully comic staging of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” $11 Adults, $6 ages 12 and under purchased in advance online. $13 and $8 at the door. (678) 494-4251, www.

October 19 — 20, 26 — 27

October 20 (rain date October 27) Hay Day 2012 — proceeds go to


1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming Time: 11:30 a.m. — 4 p.m. Information: Fall fun for the whole family! Pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, games, cake walk, plate lunches, raffles, baked goods, vendors and more! Free parking and admission. Donate a bale of hay to the rescue; available for purchase at the event. (770) 886-5419,



Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Time: 7 — 10 p.m. Information: Experience the mystery of a half-mile guided night hike through the lighted woodland trails, where you’ll meet friendly costumed forest creatures who will delight you with their dramatic antics. Join CNC for an evening of music, games, crafts, Halloween face paintings, fun activities, and refreshments available for purchase. Kids are encouraged to wear a costume and have their photo taken with CNC’s roaming characters. (770) 9922055 x236,

October 20 Macedonia Elementary School Fall Festival — Macedonia Round-Up

Time: 5 — 8 p.m. Information: Bring the whole family! The Round-Up will be held on the Macedonia baseball fields and will feature lots of fun for the whole family including obstacle course, inflatables, games, cake walk, sack races, vendors, food and lots of fun! Admission at the gate is $7 per child and includes all the games and activities, adults are free! Come

and an amazing amount of candy all provided in a safe and warm, family environment. EVERYTHING is FREE for children 12 & under! Food plates are $3 per teen/adult (13 & over). (770) 9268238,

October 27 The Great Pumpkin Festival, Downtown Canton

Time: 1 — 4 p.m. Information: Trick or treating with the merchants, music, bounce house, games, vendors and hayrides. (770) 704-1548,

October 31 KIDSFEST Downtown Woodstock

Location: Woodstock City Park Time: 3 — 7 p.m. Information: Just treats, no tricks for costumed kiddies. Moonwalks, apple bobbing, face painting, candy give-away and more. (770) 517-6788,

October 31 Annual Fall Festival hosted by Woodstock Christian Church

Location: 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock Time: 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. Information: The community is invited for food, games, inflatables, face painting, music,

November 3 TC Country’s 7th Annual OktoberFest Party

Time: 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. Location: 100 Heritage Town Parkway in Canton, directly off SR 20 in the Macedonia Community Information: Product vendors will be set up with special deals and free samples of their products (Resaca Sun Feeds, ADM, Weruva, Earthborn Holistics, Precise, Doggie Dressings, Nature’s Variety and more) as well as informational booths from local groups, including the Cherokee County Extension Office. There will be door prizes as well as a raffle. No Oktoberfest is complete without German delicacies: free German food, including Bratwurst, Red Cabbage, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and more. German specialty items (such as Lebkuchen, a variety of German Chocolates, Brandy Beans & Marzipan) will also be available for purchase. All are welcome. (770) 479-8926 21

SCHOOL Cherokee Christian Graduate Receives Military Scholarship

2012 Cherokee Christian High School graduate Eric Gleason was awarded one of 39 Military Scholarships by North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU). The scholarship is a full 4 year scholarship and requires the recipient to commission as a second lieutenant in the Georgia Army National Guard upon Eric Gleason graduating from North Georgia. Eric began his studies at NGCSU this fall.

‘Drive-In Movie’ at Cherokee Charter Academy

The gymnasium at Cherokee Charter Academy in Canton was transformed into the “Starlight Drive-In” movie theater for a little Friday night fun. Elaborate cardboard kiddie cars were the best seats in the house for a screening of “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.” The charter school located in Canton recently kicked off its second year of operation with the addition of 8th grade. 

From left: Kindergarteners Anika Kumar, Katrina Finley and Benjamin Isaac

Clayton Elementary Celebrates Fall

Clayton Elementary School recently hosted its Annual Fall Festival. The entire community turned out to support the school’s fundraiser, which included inflatables, games, a petting zoo, face painting, sno-cones and more.

Knox Students Brush Up on Bus Safety

Students at Knox Elementary School participated in a bus safety program presented by the Cherokee County School District Transportation Department, which included the opportunity to practice what they had learned. From left: Monica Partida, Kade Holloway and Makenna Martin listen as Mrs. Beavers gives instructions.

Liberty ES Observes Patriot Day

Liberty Elementary School observed Patriot Day on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 with a ceremony honoring firstFrom left: Liberty ES Teacher of the Year Tracie responders. Jordan and Firefighters Mark Orr, Michael Cherokee Poulson and Michael Sims. County Fire and Emergency Services Firefighters Michael Sims, Michael Poulson and Mark Orr from the BridgeMill Precinct were guests for the ceremony, which included speeches and a performance by the school chorus. Liberty ES Teacher of the Year, Tracie Jordan, spoke about the importance of education and learning to be leaders in our government. Her message also stressed the importance of being compassionate and kind to each other and people across the globe. Mrs. Jordan read the book, “14 Cows for America” by Carmen Agra Deedy, a story of compassion in the aftermath of 9/11. Rosemary Grimes, a student nurse from Kennesaw State University, spoke about living in New York at the time of the attack. In her speech, Ms. Grimes asked the children to always be respectful of public safety and law enforcement officers, as they put their lives in danger to keep people safe. The Liberty ES chorus, led by Dan Detweiler, performed two songs: “A Long, Long Journey to Heal” and “Taps.”

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Charter & Private Schools Hickory Flat UMC Preschool and Kindergarten

Brenwood Academy (770) 704--4925,

(770) 345-9354,

Cherokee Charter Academy (678) 385--7322,

Lyndon Academy

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

(770) 926-0166,

Mission Point Christian Academy

Community Christian School (770) 479-9535,

(678) 880-1345,

Compass Prep Academy

(770) 975-0252,

North Cobb Christian School

(404) 643-9424,

Shiloh Hills Christian School

Crossroads Christian Academy (770) 479-7638,

(770) 926-7729,

St. Joseph Catholic School

Furtah Preparatory School (678) 574-6488,

(770) 428-3328,

Harvest Baptist School

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

(770) 974-9091,

(770) 720-2333,

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

Hasty Elementary School

Cherokee High School

Knox Elementary School

Clayton Elementary School

Liberty Elementary School

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

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

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

Freedom Middle School

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

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

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

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

Teasley Middle School

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance November 6 November 19-23 December 21 December 24-January 4

Furlough Day School Holiday

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

Sixes Elementary School

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

Woodstock High School

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

Woodstock Middle School

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

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Furlough Day School Holiday

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R.M. Moore Elementary School

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600,


contributed by Shane Newton — PGA Professional, The Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead At first glance, golf appears to be a simple sport. We see those people playing golf with effortless swings on television all the time. They hit it a mile, close to the hole nearly every time, and make putts from everywhere. This makes us wonder, if golf is this simple for them, why do I struggle so much? First of all, if you struggle with your golf swing, you are not the only one. Everyone who plays golf wants to play better. That is why there are so many sources of information, swing aids, and game improvement clubs. Golf is a sport of trade-offs that requires finding a good balance between opposing principles. Some examples are distance versus accuracy, and speed versus power. The proper balance of these principles is required in a good golf swing. The key word here is balance. Being the longest hitter in the world does not help your score if you are hitting in the woods. The opposite is also true. Being the most accurate player in the world is not going to guarantee you a good score if you only hit the ball 20 yards at a time. To play our best, we must find a balance between hitting the ball as far as we can while still being as accurate as we can.

Most people know more about the golf swing than what they think. They usually have a basically good golf swing but they just have a little extra of something in it. We see this everyday when someone reaches back just a little bit more or swings a little bit harder. The results usually end up being the opposite and they hit the ball shorter and/or completely off target. In most cases, when we give lessons, we are taking out these extras to make their swing simpler. This is what I call getting “a little too much of a good thing”. It comes from the philosophy that if a little bit is good, more is a lot better. While the theory behind this sounds good, it will quickly throw off the balance in your golf swing. If you want to find that balance in your swing, stop by and see your local PGA golf professional. They will clear up your concerns, simplify your golf swing, and have you hitting the ball correctly in no time! Play Better! Play More! Lake Arrowhead offers private lessons and seasonal clinics. Call 770.721.7902 for details. ©2006, 2012 - SEN

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Scoop OTP Formerly “Suzanne Speaks”

Beck & Shel Studio by Suzanne Taylor One accessory can tie in the outfit and create the “wow” factor that you desire. Sisters Michelle Michaud and Becki Fiorelli’s custom design belt buckles are just such an accessory. Beck & Shel Studio, nicknames that the sisters use for each other, began after they created buckles for themselves and some friends. Then, those friends wanted more for gifts, so the business was created in their Woodstock studio. Visit their website at or find them on Facebook. The buckles can be found at Divas & Dames in Acworth, through holiday markets and trunk shows. The sisters love to meet their clients and help them with the decision process. They also sell the buckles online and start at $35. They do

custom designs and prices vary for those unique buckles. They can create any school logo or design. Their work includes photos or artwork that clients give them, as well as their original design work.

Scoop OTP, an INSIDER’s guide to living Outside The Perimeter, is proud to announce the upcoming launch of their website, Scoop OTP will have local recommendations about restaurants, family fun, shopping and more. Suzanne Taylor is looking to feature unique OTP products/places.

Their Falcons’ buckle is a big seller as well as the collegiate line. The Gameday collection provides a special look for tailgating. The belts can be worn with jeans, a cute dress, or a sweater. Michelle said, “It seems that the first buckle that women purchase tends to be more ‘subdued’ in colors and design. But when she comes back for her second or third, (after receiving so many compliments!) she is looking for a ‘look at me’ design.”  The best thing about the buckles is they are interchangeable.  Once you own a belt strap (which you can purchase from their website), you can change the buckle according to the outfit. Some topsellers are: The “Addison,” which has wonderful fall colors and the racy “Va Va Voom,” featuring the classic pin up girl. Since this is the South, the Monogram Buckles are a must have for many women. The choices are endless and match their tag line — “accessories as intriguing as you.” They hear from women at the trunk shows that belts are for “skinny girls;” well this is just not true!  The sisters know that a belt can be for any size woman.  It can help define a waist and give shape to an outfit. Beck & Shel Studio is just one of the many unique items “Made OTP” that is featured on the Scoop OTP website. If you mention Scoop OTP or My West Canton Monthly magazine, you

get 25% off any in stock buckle. This offer does not apply to custom designs.

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Gardening with the Masters Fall Veggie Gardening


Do The Right Thing

by Patricia Bowen Cherokee County Master Gardener

by Shannon Deveau 1st dan Black Belt

Fall is a great time to enjoy gardening. The mornings are cooler, insects and weeds are fewer, and we can enjoy some different fresh vegetables and herbs that require less care and feeding than summer crops. You’ve probably already had Information about Extension Solutions your fill of cucumbers and for Homes and Gardens can be zucchini but still want to play found on the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension website, www. in the dirt and extend the Or harvest season. Many of the contact the Cherokee County Extension early spring crops are good Office, 100 North St., Suite G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. picks for late summer and fall. Planting should be in late August or early September to harvest crops in October and November.

Someone asked me once how I would define responsibility. I told them it means to ‘do the right thing.’ I have heard this many times before in my Tae Kwon Do classes. It’s actually our Mental Training quote Yong-In Martial Arts has been open to the public since 2000 and they focus for our senior brown belt level on Character development for children, students. Of course, being teens, and adults. They want to bring an adult I had learned about out the best in all of us as citizens and persons. (770) 345-4133 responsibility long before I started training in martial arts. I had to be fairly responsible at a young age. I grew up in a hard-working family that expected participation from everyone no matter what age we were. It was tough sometimes but it made me a stronger person later in life. And I believe it’s important to teach our children early on about good, strong core values. And responsibility is at the top of the list.

If you have a well prepared garden spot that still gets at least six hours of sun until first frost, pick your favorites from among beets, broccoli and cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, garlic, onions and shallots, lettuce and spinach, beans and peas, parsley, and even radishes. Some of these will survive most Georgia winters and reward you with a very early spring crop: garlic, sweet onions, shallots; some hardy cabbages will start producing in fall and keep going all winter into spring. All of the above are annuals, but don’t overlook some wonderful perennial vegetables that can be started in spring or fall: asparagus, horseradish, rhubarb, Jerusalem and globe artichokes will give you multiple harvesting seasons for many years. As with any garden project, start with a plan, even a simple one. List a planting time for each crop (just Google ‘when to plant’ if you don’t already have that information from your seed packet or plant instructions) and determine how much room each type of veggie will need in your garden plot. Lay out your plan on graph paper, leaving space between rows so you can weed and pick. If you use your summer garden spot for fall planting, clear out all other plants, turn the soil lightly and plant from either seeds or plants. If you’ve had severe pest problems in a particular spot you may want to apply a good dose of pesticide a week or so prior to planting as a precaution. Go easy on fertilizer as there may be a lot of residual fertilizer in the ground from your summer crops. West Canton | october 2012 34 My

I have had my own business for many years and most times feel I am the walking definition of responsibility. If you’ve ever owned a business you know what I mean. It’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I make sure that my kids go to work with me every opportunity they have or talk with them about my dayto-day routine in business so they will get a good sense of what responsibility is. It can mean so many things to ‘do the right thing.’ It means answering for your actions, being accountable, being trustworthy, being cautious, owning up to mistakes, and on and on. There have also been many times in my life where just accepting things as they were was the right thing. Even if something wrong happened that wasn’t your fault. Sometimes doing the right thing is doing nothing at all. The martial arts are a great way to teach responsibility to kids. Even adults get this ‘refresher course’ the more we participate and become active at the school. I have been a black belt for quite some time now and you are expected to be more of a teacher as a black belt than just a student. Of course, we may never become masters at Tae Kwon Do but we are constantly learning more and more about the art and its philosophies. Responsibility is just one of the many mental training focuses we have to study. But in my mind it’s one of the most important ones. Even outside of the school, what would we gain if we were not responsible for our actions? Actually, we would gain a lot of trouble and heartache I’m sure. continued on page 62


So Much Dust In My Home? by Dan Jape It seems every homeowner I speak to asks us, why they have so much dust buildup in their home. Many times you will see a thin, black line all around the baseboards just where the wall meets the floor. Many years ago, this excessive buildup was a real mystery because it could not be Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable removed or cleaned. If one had Heating and Air. You may contact him at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online a light-colored or white carpet, at it was a real eyesore. It could be cleaned, but would return almost immediately. A lot of people in our industry misdiagnosed this as soot from a cracked furnace fire box or heat exchanger. We looked at all kinds of issues, such as chimneys or clothes dryer vents, but could not determine the cause of this thin line of dirt. I even cut some fibers from a white carpet that was being changed to a dark color to mask this issue and we sent this sample into a lab to have it tested. It was, in fact, a mix of dirt, sheetrock dust and a heavy concentration of fiberglass shards. This one clue led us to look at the attics of these homes. What we finally found was that dirt and insulation forming the line would come down the wall cavity from the attic and pick up sheetrock dust and construction debris left in the wall. Air would enter the wall through holes in the attic on the top plate of the walls and would be pulled down to the baseboard. The carpet actually worked much like a furnace filter — stopping a portion of this dust and debris before it entered the home — but a large amount still would enter the home and would be pulled around by bath fans, clothes dryer vents, kitchen hoods, and air conditioning system. All these devices will create a negative pressure in a home and cause this dust problem to be accelerated. The holes where the air would enter the wall had been drilled by electricians, plumbers and HVAC installers to allow wires, pipes and cables to be pulled through the house. A few years ago, the building code did not require these holes to be sealed, and the holes would create a very dusty indoor environment. Today, it is a requirement to completely seal the attic around all openings. The way to stop all this leakage is to seal and caulk all the openings, keeping this dirt and insulation in the attic. It is also a good idea to seal around electrical outlets and A/C ducts. Lack of or improper sealing can also cause much of continued on page 62 West Canton | october 2012 36 My

TheHairBENEfits of Extensions by Jyl Craven If you’re like me, your fascination with hair and its many forms began with a pair of scissors and a Barbie doll. Unfortunately, once your day of styling fun was over, you were left with an ugly doll with a short, choppy haircut. Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design Experimenting with cutting of Canton. For information you may and styling your own hair has contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 slightly more emotional stakes or visit — even though it grows back. Of course, if you get a cut you don’t like, that growing-out process can seem like an eternity! That’s why high-quality, human hair extensions have been such a revolution in the salon industry. Now women (and some men) can experiment with a new look if they want to — with little risk, and better yet, no styling damage to their own natural head of hair. We’ve all been in those in-between stages as we’ve tried to grow our hair out. Hair extensions make that awkward, in-your-face length a thing of the past. Better yet, highquality extensions like the ones from LOX ™ are made from 100 percent Remy real human hair — so they can be cut, colored, and styled just like your natural hair. Did you consider hair extensions in the past and decide against them? I understand why. Early application methods were harsh on the hair. Fusion techniques that often used glue adhesives greatly increased the possibility of damaging the hair. Also common was battling against unwanted stiffness, which usually left an unnatural appearance and would compromise the integrity of one’s new look. But fortunately for us, the beauty industry heard our demands and hair extension technology has come a long way. Real human hair is now cost-effective, and the loop method of insertion means you can get a whole new look in a couple of hours – without sticky glue. And the results are amazing! Plus, when applied by a trained stylist, extensions take only an hour or two, and they look absolutely natural. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is explaining how your hair grew 10 inches over the weekend. continued on page 62

A Lighter Side of Gardening

by Eric Hill Don’t tell my wife, but I scrapped her suggestion to talk about gardening in clay soil for this month’s column. At the time it sounded good, but, as I wrote, it became painfully boring, and I just deleted everything. Of course, that left me with a blank page Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill to fill. In search of an idea that Nursery & Landscaping. He can be reached at (770) 442-3901. can be boiled down to 400500 words, I came across two items from past newsletters that I thought you might enjoy. A while back we asked our customers to finish this sentence: “You might be a gardener if… .” These are some of their responses: You Might Be a Gardener If: • You find yourself pulling weeds at rest stops. • You have more than one coffee mug left in the garden at

• • • • • • • • • • • •

any given time. You think Walter Reeves is cute. You ever planned your vacation around a plant sale. You ever were mistaken for an employee at a nursery. You name a child after a flower. You get a shovel for Mother’s Day without asking. You give names to your plants. A neighbor calls at 10 p.m. with a gardening question, and you don’t mind. You remember your wedding flower but not your anniversary. You receive plants dug up in a plastic bag for your birthday. They know you by name at the nursery. You get excited about free compost. Your neighbor drags her husband over to your yard and exclaims, “I want our yard to look like hers.”

Forgive me, Mr. Fulghum, for the blatant rip-off of your popular book, “All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The same could be said of gardening… All I Need to Know About Life I Learned in the Garden • Order is not always necessary. continued on page 62

There has been a changing of the guard at the dental office of James A. Uhlin, D.D.S. After over 20 years of caring for the Canton community’s dental needs, Dr. Uhlin made the decision to retire. In order to ensure that the quality of care that he has provided to his patients for so many years would go uninterrupted, Dr. Uhlin spent countless hours locating

William Klausmeyer, DDS, PC

a highly qualified dentist with years of experience that would be the perfect fit. William B. Klausmeyer, D.D.S, P.C. is pleased to take over right where Dr. Uhlin left off — providing superior dentistry with a personal touch. Dr. Klausmeyer is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Born in Illinois, he moved to Michigan early in life and spent most of his childhood there. He also spent a few years in Arlington, Virginia. While attending the University of Michigan, Dr. Klausmeyer won the William Branstrom award signifying his placement in the top five percent of his freshman class and was also perennially on the Dean’s List. After spending many years in the north, Dr. Klausmeyer relocated and opened a practice in sunny Florida. Port St. Lucie was an up and coming area and his dental practice grew rapidly. His office’s hours increased to meet the needs of the community and he quickly decided to take on a partner in the practice. When the timing was right, Dr. Klausmeyer sold his practice to his partner and in 2008, he moved to Georgia. He then began his journey to find the right dental practice to purchase in the suburbs of Atlanta. In the interim, Dr. Klausmeyer periodically assisted in other dental offices, taking over the dental practices when the dentist needed support. He also worked closely with other dentists in dental office development. During this time, Dr. Klausmeyer made connections in the community. He even worked with Roswell Mayor Jere Wood on his campaign. Once he met Dr. Uhlin and learned of his history in the area and the success and connection that he had in the Cherokee community, Dr. Klausmeyer knew that he wanted to settle down and create Canton Heights Dental. Canton Heights Dental is located in a quaint little house conveniently located just off of Marietta Highway in Canton. The office is a “home that was converted to a dental office and has a quiet, almost residential feel,” noted Dr. Klausmeyer. It is a very comfortable environment with all of the same familiar faces. Dr. Klausmeyer is very pleased that all of Dr. Uhlin’s friendly staff has stayed through the transition, making the changeover seamless for current patients as well as welcoming to new ones. In addition, Michelle Stapleton has joined the team as the Office

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Bonding Crowns and Bridges Specialty Dentures Cosmetic Fillings Implant Restorations Veneers Whitening

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Sealants Root Canal Therapy Extractions Scaling and Root Planing • Dentures • Cosmetic Dentistry

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Manager. Dr. Uhlin and Dr. Klausmeyer stay in contact in order to ensure a smooth transition and continue to offer the same high level of care the patients have come to know and expect. Dr. Klausmeyer’s philosophy for patient care follows the Golden Rule. “My feeling with respect to patient care is that it is very understandable to be anxious,” said Dr. Klausmeyer. “I don’t believe in dictating to people what they have to do. I believe in presenting treatment options and educating my patients on their options in order to allow my patients to maintain the decision process. I am very conscious of my patients’ time and money and I am very particular about their results.” In a non-judgmental manner, Dr. Klausmeyer educates his patients, helping them to be aware of all of their options for top-quality dental care. “I try to keep people enrolled in their own health decisions.” At Canton Heights Dental, the staff pursues ongoing education to stay up-to-date on latest trends and advancements in dentistry. The process is underway to update technology as well as furnishings in the office to continue to provide a superior patient dental experience. One area is offering digital imaging which provides a much more accurate way to diagnosis problems and cut down on the amount of radiation. This type of imaging also allows easier communication with specialists.

327 Heights Place Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-1444 Like us on Facebook Canton Heights Dental

Dr. Klausmeyer is forward thinking in regards to the latest office technology as well as in the way he stays connected with his patients. “Like” Canton Heights Dental on facebook; visit their new website at Personable, fun-loving with a great sense of humor — Dr. Klausmeyer seeks to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible. He invites you to “stop in and take a look.” While you’re visiting, don’t forget to say “hi” to their office dog, Sky, a newly adopted Husky. You may also find yourself in a conversation about running, biking, hiking or kayaking — Dr. Klausmeyer enjoys the great outdoors. Whether you are a current patient or someone seeking a new dentist, Canton Heights Dental offers superior dentistry with a personal touch. 39

by Charles Cooley, M.D.


t’s coming . . . it’s right around the corner . . . flu season. Every year in the United States, the flu causes 36,000 deaths, 200,000 hospitalizations and an astronomical amount of sick days. The symptoms of influenza begin much like those of the common cold: headache, fatigue, runny nose and body aches. In many cases, a fever develops associated with uncontrollable chills. Most flu sufferers have a dry throat and cough. Nausea and vomiting may occur as well. Often a person with the flu is so weak and uncomfortable that he or she may not feel like eating or doing anything else. There are some things that you can do to help prevent the flu. The best source of protection is a flu shot. It’s important to get your flu shot before you experience flu-like symptoms so you can avoid the headaches, body chills and fever commonly associated with the flu. Once vaccinated, it takes your body about two weeks to produce the protective antibodies needed to safeguard against the flu. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early before the flu season gets underway. Influenza is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. These viruses change from year to year. So, it’s important to get the flu vaccine every year to help protect against these new strains.

• Anyone with heart or respiratory illnesses Another way to protect yourself against the flu and stay healthy is to build your immune system. Here are a few suggestions: • • • •

Eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet. Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Wash your hands often.

Of course, you can’t completely isolate yourself against the flu virus. Since we all are around other people everyday, we stand the chance of being exposed to an infected person. The flu is a contagious virus that is spread from one person to another through tiny droplets that are released into the air when a person infected with the flu coughs or sneezes. Sometimes, people can become infected by touching their nose or mouth after touching something infected by the flu virus. This is especially prevalent in schools, medical facilities and gyms. The threat of flu is everywhere. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Flu season is coming. Don’t let it catch you unprotected. Information obtained from and This information provided by Charles Cooley, M.D. of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine. They are opened from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. They are located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. For more information on water safety,

There are some individuals that should get the flu vaccine without question. Those that are considered “high risk” for the flu include:

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The Power of ZZZZ

by Dr. Monika Yadav

10:30 p.m. Goodnight!

Dr. Monika S Yadav is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine who 2:49 a.m. Good Morning? practices at 684 Sixes Road in Holly Really? Actually, I know it’s Springs at Prestige Primary Care not going to be as good of a ( For appointments call (678) 494-9669. morning or entire day for that matter, because I didn’t get my much needed six hours of sleep. Occasionally, I suffer from sleep deprivation—and that term is relative because my father always performs on target with only four hours of sleep while my mother needs at least eight hours to maintain her usual “Mary Poppins” cheerful attitude. But, studies have shown that on average adults need at least four hours of concentrated sleep in order to function normally. Other studies, as well as what I see continually in my office, indicate that 30 percent of Americans are suffering from chronic insomnia. So, if you’re up before the break of dawn and reading this article, chances are that a few of your neighbors are awake already as well.

Sleep is really not given the respect it deserves in this country. Although born and raised in America, I have travelled immensely all over the world and have observed different cultural attitudes about sleep. Once while in Spain with my sister, we begrudgingly waited two hours after lunch for a major bank to re-open because it is customary for businesses to shut down for an afternoon siesta. In India, major towns don’t begin to bustle until 11 a.m., after people have leisurely awakened and have eaten a hearty breakfast. I somewhat understand the pressures of being the most powerful country in the world and what it takes to maintain the status—but, come on now, let’s remember to stop and smell the roses, breathe, stretch, SLEEP… I stress this point because danger lurks with insomnia. Insomnia is defined as difficulty initiating sleep or maintaining sleep, waking up too early, or experiencing sleep that is chronically poor in quality. There are a myriad of consequences that arise from insomnia. These include short-term memory loss; depression; irritable mood; decreased energy; low libido; respiratory problems; increased blood pressure; depressed immunity; increased appetite and obesity; chronic headaches and GI symptoms; increased incidents of crashes and workplace errors; continuous anxiety about not being able to sleep well; and an overall poorer quality of life in general. So it comes as no surprise that there is an increased mortality rate in those who don’t get at least four hours of concentrated sleep each night. Other things can cause sleep deprivation, such as medical conditions; psychiatric issues; neurologic diseases; sleep continued on page 62 West Canton | october 2012 42 My

Village Podiatry Centers is pleased to now be a part of the Canton community. In September, Village Podiatry completed its acquisition of North Georgia Foot & Ankle which included its Canton office staffed by Bret Hintze, DPM and Travis Jones, DPM. Drs. Hintze and Jones join more than thirty Village Podiatry podiatric surgeons and are pleased to now be associated with the metro-Atlanta area’s largest and most specialized podiatric practice. Village Podiatry Centers offer treatment and surgery for all conditions and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower leg, from minor nail infections to complex foot and ankle fractures. Our physicians provide care for all ages from children to seniors. For the most accurate diagnosis, we utilize state-of-the-art digital X-ray, extremity MRI, ultrasound and in-office vascular testing.

When surgery is required, it is performed at one of our dedicated foot and ankle surgery centers or a local hospital. Village Podiatry Centers provides surgical care for patients in Georgia and further serves as a national referral center for the most complex conditions. In Canton, you can rely on Dr. Travis Jones to provide superior care for all of your lower extremity problems. Dr. Jones, who joined the Canton office in July, earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and completed his doctorate at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed a three-year podiatric and surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Woodstock and have a one year-old daughter. Dr. Jones is affiliated with Northside Hospital-Cherokee and sees patients Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (770) 771-6991. For more information about Village Podiatry Centers, visit

5 Keys to Finding Your Favorite Dentist

by Dr. Scott R. Harden The years have taught me that patients primarily seek out dental care for one of two reasons: to move toward health or to move away from pain. In other words, some people are proactive and go to the dentist regularly, while others Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at are reactive and only go to Fountain View Family Dentistry and the dentist when they need a has served the Towne Lake area for painful or broken tooth treated. over 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental Logic would clearly indicate going to the dentist on a regular research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000. basis makes great sense and Website: helps prevent big problems such as tooth abscesses, root canals or extractions. Discipline is needed to achieve regular dental visits and healthy teeth. Value is also a very important element for the patient to stay motivated and remain disciplined; after all, going to the dentist is not necessarily the top priority on a person’s checklist. But, the decision to find your favorite dentist is very important because a positive experience will help you establish a routine of going to the dentist regularly! Here are five keys to finding your favorite dentist: 1. Quality. The quality of care you receive begins with diagnosis of specific emergency needs and your overall dental health. Quality of diagnosis requires the latest technology because it improves the accuracy of your diagnosis. While poking a tooth with an explorer is a traditional technique for diagnosing decay that is still common in many offices, it is very inaccurate, inconsistent, and often results in undetected or late detection of tooth decay. Today’s modern Diagnodent cavity detection equipment utilizes laser ultrasonic technology to digitally and scientifically assess tooth decay before advanced tooth destruction has occurred, and it provides incredibly accurate results. Diagnodent can be compared to infrared technology used in your home to assess termites, water leakage, or mold. The traditional visual inspection of these problems often meant late detection and costly home repairs. Quality of care also involves the quality of treatment, which encompasses white fillings and meticulous polishing to prevent bacterial leakage, crowns, implants, dentures, root canal therapy, extractions, gum disease treatment, and all aspects of modern dentistry. The bar has been raised very high in today’s dental West Canton | october 2012 44 My

profession, and you want this quality reflected in any dental care you receive from your favorite dental office.

2. Communication. A patient’s communication with the front office, hygienists, dental assistants, insurance and treatment coordinators, lab, and specialists is just as important as with the dentist because they all play a role in the level of dental care you receive. Communication is something you must evaluate for yourself and usually can be gauged when you make an appointment or during the basic dental cleaning and exam. Look for friendly professionals who focus on you and your needs, and who can clearly communicate your treatment options. Your favorite dental office should include options of communicating with you by phone, email or text.

3. Comfort. Historically, comfort at the dentist was a bit of an oxymoron. But computer anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and a caring dentist with good anesthesia techniques are setting a new standard for comfort. Ask the dentist what specific techniques will be used to provide comfort during your treatment. Look for value-added services, such as soft music, fountains, spa services, paraffin hand waxing, and similar features that help you to relax and add to a comfortable and enjoyable dental visit. You’ll usually find these types of features and services at your favorite dental office.

4. Financial. Financial considerations for your dental care are always important. Evaluate the costs carefully and ask questions to avoid surprises with your bill. Many patients complain of routine cleanings turning into gum-disease procedures with higher associated costs than they expected at check-out. Good communication and good office policies help prevent this type of scenario. If it’s not already the policy of your dentist, ask that you be informed in advance of any treatment changes that would add additional costs before the procedures are performed. Another financial consideration is insurance. Insurance can be very complicated because it’s a third party that stipulates many complex limitations to treatment and coverage. Ask your favorite dental office to provide an insurance fact sheet that will detail treatment procedures and limits of coverage to give you the most accurate estimate possible. Interest-free financing for dental treatment is now available to patients with a good credit rating, and can buffer the costs for dental care that you may not have budgeted for.

5. Maintenance. Routine maintenance is a very important focus for a dental office, so make sure you maintain two dental cleanings per year. This will keep you enrolled with the office so that you receive reminders about upcoming dental visits. This reasoning returns us to the premise of proactive dental care being the best avenue to avoid costly dental care. Take time today to call the dental office and stay proactive with your dental health.

sports-related Eye Injuries

by Dr. Edward J. Furey The start of training for school sports can bring a surge of sports-related eye injuries among young athletes, even though it’s possible to prevent such injuries. “As training season begins, and as children resume practice, Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, emergency rooms across the geriatrics and is the Center Director of country may see an influx of BridgeMill Eyecare. Located at 1409 eye injuries from sports — Sixes Rd. (770) 852-2733. yet most of these injuries are highly preventable by wearing protective goggles,” pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Repka, of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and deputy director of ophthalmology at Hopkins Children’s Center, said in a Hopkins news release. Nine out of 10 such injuries can be prevented by using safety

eyewear consistently, according to the release. Parents, young athletes and coaches should become educated about the dangers of eye injuries and become informed of eye protection, especially for high-risk sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and fencing. Mild injuries such as eyelid bruises and corneal abrasions usually cause no long-term damage, but serious injuries can have lasting effects. High-impact injuries can lead to internal bleeding or fracture the bone around the eye, which may require surgery. Parents should seek immediate medical attention for their child if the child has any of these eye problems: cuts or punctures; redness, itching or irritation; discharge or excessive tearing; swelling of the eye or surrounding area; deep pain, pain behind the eyes or unexplained headaches; floaters or flashes in the field of vision, or partial loss of vision. Additionally, watch for symptoms days later, such as memory loss, vomiting and dizziness. “Eye injuries at an early age can have serious and life-long consequences for the young athlete that go beyond missing a game or two and can sometimes lead to permanent eye damage and loss of vision,” Repka said. continued on page 62

Breast Cancer Myths – Busted! by Susan Casella, RN, OCN, Breast Health Coordinator, Northside Hospital

Women are overwhelmed with information about breast cancer — and much of it is wrong. The problem is that some women tend to use this misinformation as an excuse not to have regular breast exams. Getting your facts straight could save your life. Much research has been done about the causes of breast cancer and many advances made in the detection and treatment of the disease. Although there is still plenty for us to learn, one thing we do know is that breast cancer IS the second most common cancer among women, striking anyone, regardless of age, race or economic status. Here’s the truth behind some common misconceptions about breast cancer: Myth: I don’t have breast cancer in my family, so I won’t get it. Fact: Most women (70-80 percent) diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. Simply being a woman and having breast tissue puts you at risk for the disease. However, women who do have a family history are at an increased risk for developing the disease and should discuss with their doctor beginning screenings as early as age 25. Myth: Finding a lump in my breast means that I have breast cancer. Fact: Eight out of 10 breast lumps are not cancerous. However, you should still see your healthcare provider if you find one or notice any other changes in your breasts, because catching breast cancer early offers a 98 percent likelihood of it being cured. Myth: The government said that I don’t need to get a mammogram anymore. Fact: The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced in 2009 that it was changing its mammography guidelines. However, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, American Cancer Society and many other reputable health organizations have since debunked the USPSTF findings for not considering all current data. All women should continue annual screening West Canton | october 2012 48 My

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using mammography and clinical breast examination, beginning at age 40. Myth: Mammograms cause breast cancer. Fact: While it’s true that radiation is used in mammography, the amount is so minute that any risk is overshadowed by the huge preventative benefits of having the procedure. Mammography is a woman’s best weapon against breast cancer. It is the only test proven to save lives and can find a cancer years before it can be felt, when it is smaller and more treatable. Myth: I’m too young to worry about breast cancer. Fact: While it’s true that your breast cancer risk increases as you get older, the fact is that women of all ages are at risk for developing the disease. Myth: I have small breasts, I can’t get breast cancer. Fact: There’s no connection between the size of your breasts and your risk of getting breast cancer. However, very large or dense breasts can be harder to examine and spot problems on mammograms. There also is no evidence to prove that having breast implants (silicone or saline) increases the risk of breast cancer. All women, regardless of breast size, should commit to regular screenings.

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One large Idaho potato ½ gallon soybean oil or vegtable oil 2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper

Roasted GaRliC aioli Ingredients:

• Thinly slice potato with mandolin or potato slicer • Soak in water for 15 minutes • Remove from water and dry with paper towels • Heat peanut or vegetable oil to 350˚F • Fry for 3–4 minutes; occasionally stir chips around to assure even cooking • Remove from fryer and season with parmesan and black pepper immediately • Place chips on paper towels to absorb excess oil 50 My West Canton | october 2012

2 egg yolks ¼ cup water 1 Tsp. salt 1 Tsp. black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper (to taste) Juice of 1 lemon, strained 1¼ cup roasted garlic infused oil 1 Tbs. chives

• Combine all ingredients, except oil and chives, into blender and blend for one minute • Slowly incorporate oil until mixture emulsifies • Plate and garnish with chives

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Buffalo sauCe Ingredients: 2 cups of your favorite hot sauce 1½ cups of honey (buy locally harvested) ½3 lbs. melted unsalted butter • Mix all ingredients in large bowl

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• Toss in flour dust • Fry for 7-10 minutes, depending on size, at 350˚F • Toss in Buffalo Sauce

Blue Cheese dip Ingredients: 4 cups mayonnaise 12 oz. Blue Cheese crumbles 1 Tbs. dry mustard 1 Tbs. granulated garlic Salt and pepper to taste • Mix all ingredients together • For some, nothing goes better with homemade chips and wings than an ice-cold Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing.

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Keeping commitments Matthew 21:30

Flight 211

Definitely A Good Omen

A Commentary by Norman R. Hunt The words, “I go, sir, but did not go,” describe one of life’s most serious sins. The broken promise, the unkept commitment, the unfulfilled vow, can be as serious as the most heinous crime. The son in the story did not Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church. keep his word. He did not fulfill his commitment. He made a promise and failed to follow through. Perhaps he failed because he was a dishonest person. There are those who say they will do something with no real intention of holding themselves to what they say they will do. “I’ll take care of it tomorrow,” they say, but tomorrow never comes. People make promises to resist pressure, but they have no real intention of keeping those promises. They deliberately deceive others, and they deceive themselves. In short, they bear false witness. The son may have calmly looked his father in the eye, and responded “yes;” and in his heart, he knew all the time he would not carry out his commitment. On the other hand, the son may have had every good intention of doing his father’s bidding. He may have set out to fulfill his obligation. Yet somewhere between his intention and his destination, something changed his course of action. Perhaps it was such a nice day he decided to go fishing. Whatever it was, something happened; and he broke his word. There are few in this life who have escaped the frustration of a broken promise. How we are hurt, angered and embarrassed by those who fail to keep their commitments. Every life has been touched by broken promises. I am sure God has been hurt beyond measure by unkept commitments, broken promises and deedless words. Yet, He still loves us; and He never fails to keep His promises to us. “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.” (I Kings 8:56 ESV) The entire Bible is a book of God’s promises to man which He always keeps. Remember this the next time you make a commitment. West Canton | october 2012 52 My

by Carole May Y’all don’t have to guess that I’ve set you up (at my expense) for a humorous story, but in the back of your mind, remember, “It could happen to you.” Last month my husband and I were visiting family and Carole May is a freelance writer for My friends back in Snooki’s area, West Canton Monthly. Email her at New Jersey. I saw the old gang. Don’t get anxious — I am just referring to age, not a possible next door neighbor by the name of Tony Soprano. So, there we were enjoying ourselves. “Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company.” Mickey and Minnie (the two of us) checked our return flight information, and my better half announced that the number of our flight was that of his high school class (211). He then added, “This is definitely a good omen,” knowing that standing on a 4-step ladder gives me vertigo. We said our goodbyes and off to the airport we went. We passed through security with little trouble. By this I mean, “One bottle of water, step aside please!” At the departing gate my husband did a double take. Our flight had been delayed due to bad weather. So there we sat for a boring 1 hour and 35 minutes. We took our familiar positions — I read a book, and he talked to whoever would listen. When our plane finally arrived, a woman over the paging system made the following announcement: “Attention passengers of Flight 211. The aircraft which was delayed will be arriving any minute. So if anyone has to go to the lavatory, please go now because you will not be able to go on the plane. We are late and want to get going ASAP.” “OMG!” I thought to myself, I am 10 years old again, and my mom was rushing me into our car. Now I was being rushed into an aircraft. I couldn’t stop at the gas station to go to the potty if I had to! So what did I do? I sprinted to the restroom as if trying to qualify for the Olympics. Back in line again, hopefully without toilet paper trailing (wouldn’t be the first time), I entered the plane with my husband and we took our seats along with the other passengers. The plane starts to taxi toward the runway. Minutes later the pilot announced that our flight is number 19 in line to take off, due to the use of one runway. This news set my insides going once again. I was out of my mind and continued on page 62

School Board News ‘Invisible’ Technology by Janet Read

Lately, I’ve been thinking I should purchase a billboard. Janet Read is the Board Chairperson and Representative for Post 4 for the It would need to be on a wellCherokee County School Board. Janet traveled road in Cherokee may be reached by e-mail at janet. County and possibly be illuminated after dark. It would be preferable if it could be an electronic billboard, so it could be updated remotely at a moment’s notice. Maybe it could even have a date/time stamp so passersby would know how current the information really is. By this time, you’re certainly asking yourself why I would even think about doing something this crazy! The answer is…to get the facts out to as many people as possible. It seems that every time I turn around, someone is spouting off incorrect information about our school district. For example, how many times have you heard the statement: “Georgia is 47th in education?” It’s not true. Georgia is 47th in the ranking for SAT scores by state. The largest contributing factor is that about 85% of our students take the SAT, as compared to 5% in the leading states. Georgia actually ranks 7th in education in the U.S., according to a study by Education Week, which ranked public school systems based on 129 factors.

Or how often have you heard the statement: “What’s so special about these new Academies?” If I had a billboard, I’d post the dates of the Expos that every Cherokee Academy is hosting to showcase its new programs, which offer real choices for unique academic options. I could also post photographs from the first Expo at Oak Grove Fine Arts Academy, where all of its 500plus students participated! Don’t forget the incorrect statement as to “how poorly our high schools are faring.” That would be countered with the actual results of the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for 2011-12. More than 2,200 AP exams were taken countywide from the 22 courses offered. A record 78% of those exams were scored at a 3, 4 or 5, which translates to course credit at colleges and universities. That’s an impressive fact that would look great on a billboard. I’m sure you’ve heard the incorrect statement concerning “high overhead” at the school district’s central office. I’d post on a billboard the independent study results (from the AJC) that show our school district is 9th lowest in these costs per student statewide and lowest in metro Atlanta. If the billboard was large enough, I’d also post the organization chart with the multiple open positions to verify, once again, how our district continues to do more with less. Please remember I’m only an email or phone call away. Though I may not have all the facts, I usually know where to find them. Besides, it will save you from having to look at another billboard! West Canton | october 2012 54 My

by Michael Buckner

As I sit here, I have had Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio the craziest inundation of Intersection located at 631 E. Main technology news that I have Street, Canton. For more information ever received. First, Google on any of his monthly columns, for has announced that it will have questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000. a self-driving car that will be available and affordable to the masses in less than eight years. Google’s self-driving car already is approved in Nevada. As soon as Google’s self-driving car is approved in Georgia, everyone will want one. Also new from Google is “Google Glass.” This technology essentially is a wearable PC or smartphone, featuring a small display window over the right eye. “Google Glass” uses a voice-command software that allows you to take pictures, send messages, and perform other functions. For example, if you were to say, “OK, Glass,” an icon menu would pop up and allow you to take a picture, record a video, make a phone call, or use Google Maps. Then, I see that Apple unveiled its iPhone5 last month. It’s a very beautiful new toy, and the new map software on the new iOs6 software is awesome. I’ve been using the beta version for a month or so, and it’s fantastic. These new technologies are amazing and doing something remarkable without you noticing. They’re making the word “computer” disappear. In fact, the iPhone has more computing power than all of NASA had in the 1960s during the Apollo missions (true story). But you don’t call the iPhone a computer; you call it a phone. Its “computer” is invisible. This is the beauty of technology in the 21st century! Those of us who work in technology are trying as hard as we can to make technology “invisible” in our everyday lives while still being available to us. Think about it from my perspective. Today, it is my goal for you to take out your iPhone, play any song in the world, and then send it to your back porch speakers. You don’t think about the fact that your iPhone has to talk to a computer in your basement and connect to the Internet to find that song or to turn on an amplifier; you just know that when you hit the “play” button, you can listen to your favorite music and enjoy your favorite beverage. Other items in your house also can be used to make technology invisible. With the click of a single button attached to your car’s sun visor, you can open the garage door, disarm the continued on page 62

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American Business Women’s Association: (678) 493-3618, Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club: (770) 345-1750 Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club: Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224 Cherokee Area Business Connection: (770) 345-8687 Cherokee B2B Network: (770) 781-3452 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 Celebrate Recovery: (404) 317-0345 Cherokee Autism Support Group: Heidi — or Renee — Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: (770) 592-9779 Cherokee Co. Aspergers Syndrome Support Group: Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee Co. Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA: (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: (770) 345-1879 Cherokee Co. Senior Services: (770) 345-5312 Cherokee Co. Service League: (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: (770) 517-7101 Cherokee County Family Violence Center: (770) 479-1804 Battered Women Hotline: (770) 479-1703 In Spanish, (770) 720-7050

Sons of the American Revolution: Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Bill Queen (404) 441-3508, Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015 Cherokee FOCUS: (770) 345-5483 The Trail of Tears Association: (770) 704-6338 Drug Free Cherokee: Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483 United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Helen Plane Chapter 711: Georgia Animal Project: (770) 704-PAWS Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520 Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: Cherokee Co. Board of Elections & Registrations: (770) 345-1879, (770) 479-0407 Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries: Cherokee County Democratic Party: (800) 989-4248, (770) 345-3489, Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies): Cherokee Co. Municipal Planning Commission: (770) 924-0864 (678) 493-6101 Cherokee County Republican Party: Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store: (678) 809-1411, Hospice Advantage: (770) 218-1997 Repulican Women of Cherokee County: (678) 520-2236, iCOR (helping orphans): (404) 992-8155 Cherokee County School Board: (770) 479-1871 Cherokee County Teen Republicans: Legacy Ministries International: (770) 924-0826 (678) 232-7488, Meals-on-Wheels: (770) 345-7440 Cherokee County Young Republicans: Miracle Mothers: (770) 926-9317, MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton, Cherokee/Pickens Libertarian Party: Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): (770) 345-4678, West: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers: (770) 479-4140 Canton Moose Family Center (Bingo): MUST Ministries: (770) 479-5397 (770) 479-8300 Christian Authors Guild: Narcotics Anonymous: (770) 720-4032 Cherokee Amateur Radio Society: National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support (770) 928-8590, Group: (404) 394-1229, Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Services North Georgia Angel House, Inc.: (SKYWARN Storm Spotters): (770) 928-8590 Northside Hospital Cherokee Auxiliary: Cherokee Community Chorale: (678) 439-8625 (770) 720-9559 Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples: Cherokee County Master Gardeners: (678) 404-0034, (770) 479-0418 Papa’s Pantry: (770) 591-4730 Cherokee County Saddle Club: (770) 757-2282 Cherokee County Social Adventures Group: Safe Kids of Georgia in Cherokee County: (678) 493-4343, Cherokee Fencing Club: Salvation Army: 121 Waleska St. (770) 720-4316 Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Volunteer Aging Council: (770) 345-7515 Young Peoples AA Meeting: (770) 479-2502 Cherokee Hiking Club: (770) 235-3655 Cherokee MOTS (Mom’s of Tots): (770) 272-5388 Cherokee Music Teachers Association: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701, Cherokee New Horizons Band (CNHB): BridgeMill-Sixes Service League: (770) 479-4917, Marlyn Patouillet (770) 345-7941, Cherokee Photography Club: Canton Lions Club: (678) 224-7878 Cherokee Running Club: (770) 928-4239 (770) 926-8513 Cherokee Senior Softball Association: Canton Noon Day Optimists: (678) 454-2370 Canton Optimist Club: Cherokee Tennis Association: Canton Rotary Club: (770) 479-2101 Crossfit Workout of the Day Club: Cherokee County Historical Society: (770) 345-3288, Falany Performing Arts Center @ Reinhardt University: Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon: (678) 493-9135 (770) 720-5558, Pilot Club of Cherokee County: The Funk Heritage Center Book Club: (770) 720-5969 Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766 North Cobb Bass Club: (770) 820-3945 Rotary Club of Cherokee County: Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: (678) 297-0154, (678) 493-3976 Southern O Scalers: Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139 Rotary Club of Towne Lake: (770) 926-0105

Political Organizations

Recreation & Hobbies

Civic Organizations


Business Organizations

R.T. Jones founded the Canton Cotton Mill in 1899. Here, employees line up in front of the original mill, circa 1900. Whether these are all employees or some are family members is not known. It was not until after 1906 that Georgia’s Child Labor Law forbade the employment of anyone under 10 years old. In 1923, construction began on the second mill in North Canton. The mills continued to operate until 1981.

October 16, 2012 History Program By Dan Roper, Editor of Georgia Backroads Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway, Canton Information: Mr. Roper’s program, “Searching for Beulah Buchanan,” is the story of a young girl in a Georgia cotton mill family early last century. The author came across her grave in an abandoned cemetery a few years ago, starting him on a search to find out more about the girl, the textile industry in the early 1900s, and what led to her death on Thanksgiving Day of 1917. Beulah’s parents were employed in mills in Chattooga and Floyd Counties. This program is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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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

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

Cherokee County Board of Education:

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail: 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

(770) 345-6256

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

(770) 516-1444

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:

Rob Usher, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

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

(678) 983-9644

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

(404) 656-0287

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

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

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

Cherokee County Courts: (678) 493-6270 (678) 493-6260 (678) 493-6240

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

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

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

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

(678) 493-6431

(678) 493-6160

Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

(404) 362-1600

Cherokee County School System

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

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood

(770) 704-4398, x4370

(678) 493-6511

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

Sonya Little (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 59



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

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

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

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

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

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

Waleska First Baptist

City On A Hill

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

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

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

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

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

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center

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

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

Hopewell Baptist Church

Congregation Ner Tamid

75 Ridge Road, (770) 345-5723 Sunday Services: 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

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

Hickory Log Missionary Baptist

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.

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


Oakdale Baptist

Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

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

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

Sardis Baptist 392 Sardis Circle, (678) 777-4327 Sunday Service: 10:45 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 4999 Old Highway 5, Lebanon, (770) 928-2491 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Victory Baptist Church 346 Lucky Street, (770) 345-1133 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

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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.


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,

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

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

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

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

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

Waleska United Methodist Church 7340 Reinhardt College Parkway Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 479-4428,

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

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

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

Canton First United Methodist Church

Grace Church, PCA

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

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

Heritage Presbyterian Church

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta

Northern Hills Church of Christ

5323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11:10 a.m.

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

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

Sixes Presbyterian Church

Christian Praise Center

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

1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The Pointe

Allatoona Ward, (770) 516-5918 Canton Ward, (770) 479-1522 Woodstock Ward, (770) 928-5641

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

Church of the Messiah

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church

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

Oak Leaf Church Canton

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

6409 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock, (770) 928-2795 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

2941 Sam Nelson Road, (770) 479-8923 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 5:30 p.m.

Covenant Christian Center

The Quest Church

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

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

St. Michael the Archangel

Dayspring Church

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.

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

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

Roman Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church

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

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 High School Auditorium Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. (770) 517-2977,

Christian Praise Center

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation 2799 Holly Springs Road, Marietta, (770) 578-1533 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:30 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.

Faith Pointe Church 101 Old Hwy. 5, Canton Thursday Service: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Greater Bethel Community Church

Canton Adventist Church

Life Changers Church International

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

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

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

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.

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist

New Life Church

101 Rope Mill Road, (770) 591-7304 Saturday Worship: 11:00 a.m.

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

Resurrection Anglican Church

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

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

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

Watermarke Church Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton (678) 880-9092 Sunday Services: 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.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. 61

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

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Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States and most eye injuries in school-age children are sports-related, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. About 100,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year in the United States, and children account for nearly half those cases. SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, July 26, 2012

Flight 211 . . .

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my seat. The folding door to the small closet containing a toilet and sink closed behind me. I was in the process of doing what I had to do, and doing it “my way” when all of a sudden the plane started to move. Frantically I pulled myself together and returned to my seat. Fifty-five minutes later we were cleared for takeoff and ascending up toward the clouds and homeward bound. Two hours later, for Carole May, it was quite a relief to feel the wheels of the plane touch the ground. The pilot informed us (while taxiing for 15 minutes) that our arrival gate was located at the end of the Atlanta airport, which in this writer’s opinion is closer to Macon. So…after an 8 hour trip and a southern welcoming downpour of torrential rain (while driving toward our home), I turned to my not so better half at this time and repeated his prophetic words, “Flight 211…Definitely A Good Omen.”

The Power of ZZZZ

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disorders; and medications. Several therapies have been developed and approved for insomnia. If you suffer from this common and chronic problem, please don’t ignore it for too long. It will take a toll on many obvious and hidden aspects of your life.

. . . Dust in my Home

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the heated and cooled air in a home to be pulled into the attics and other unconditioned areas, where it is wasted. All homes should be checked to make sure all these construction gaps and holes are sealed and caulked. Even though it is now required to seal these openings, one should have their attic checked to make sure it was correctly sealed. The space around the attic staircase should be airtight and sealed along with all the air conditioning grills and registers. This simple repair will not only cut down on dust and dirt buildup but also save hundreds of dollars on wasted energy costs. 62 My West Canton | october 2012

‘Invisible’ Technology continued from page 54 security system, and have Pandora playing by the time you walk in the door. Best of all, this is all easier than you would think. All it takes is a phone call to me! Soon, even the world of TV will not be the same. You will not have a TV in the current sense. Instead, you will be able to transform your wallpaper into a TV—picking any color, pattern, or style on the fly. Your wallpaper could morph into a live scene in downtown Paris, if you like, or a 360-degree view of the football game as if you’re right on the field. All of this is coming sooner than you think, and I’ll be the guy to bring it into your living room!

Responsibility . . . continued from page 34 In short, teaching this very important core value to our children early in their lives will make a huge difference for them as they grow and mature. Of course, experience is the best teacher of all. So we must always try to be, and act, responsible around them so when it’s time for them to be so, they will recognize it and ultimately understand its importance.

The Benefits of Hair Extensions continued from page 36 Hair extensions can be used to add volume to flat hair, length to short hair, and versatility to any look. If your own hair has been damaged by coloring or over-styling, extensions can even camouflage the problem while you give your natural hair the therapy it needs to become healthy and shiny again. Ready for a brand new look? Consult with your stylist about natural human hair extensions!

A Lighter Side of Gardening continued from page 37 • Not everything works as planned, and it’s not the end of the world either. • All we need is air, water, and a good supply of worms to survive. • Some of us are late bloomers. • A haircut once in a while does us all wonders. • Soak up the sun when you can, but welcome the rain. • Let the little guys go first, and the big ones can stand in the back. • Fences mean nothing when you are curious. • Rocks are part of life. • Sometimes birds poop on you. • You can plan as much as you want, but God has the final say. If you do want to discuss gardening in clay soil, stop by and we’ll show you instead.

My West Canton Monthly — (770) 720-7497

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

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

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

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


Georgia Animal Project 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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Your Community

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

Home Improvement/Repair/Service 31

Automotive Services BridgeMill Auto Care Center

BAM Fence & Doors Dr. Fixit Mr. Junk Reliable Heating, Air & Plumbing

49 28 19 37


Landscaping/Landscape Services Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech


Chiropractor A Healthy Body


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Cleaning Services Green Solutions Molly Maid

41 15

Dentist/Orthodontists BridgeMill Dentistry 49 Family & Cosmetic Canton Heights Dental 38 & 39 Canton Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 17 Cherokee Children’s Dentistry 29 Cherokee Family Dental 11 Fountain View Family Dentistry 45 Dr. Jerry Smith Orthodontics 55 Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 23 Williams Orthodontics 27

Education/Instruction/Counseling The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies 19

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Restaurants/Food Services Downtown Kitchen HMS/Center Cut Restaurants Sixes Tavern

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C&W Photography 18 53

Audio Intersection 55 Bailey’s Bowtique 28 Cherokee Youth Works Cover, 32 & 33 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village 19 Ghost Net Inc. 47 Junior Service League of Woodstock 9 Rayven Co. Candles 41

Physicians & Medical Services Cherokee Imaging Center M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine Northside Hospital — Cherokee Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Plastic Surgery Center of the South Prestige Primary Care Progressive Audiology Center, Inc.

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Recreation & Fitness


Health & Beauty Azure Salon and Spa Bambu Salon & Spa Big Apple Nail & Spa Jyl Craven Hair Design Salon • Spa Venessa

Keller Williams 27 Skyline Properties Group 11 Woodstock Downtown Condos Inside Front

Academy of Dance Arts Yong In Martial Arts


BridgeMill Animal Hospital

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Real Estate

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BridgeMill Eyecare Inside Front Pearle Vision Back Cover

Churches Liberty Hill Church

Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation Landscape Matters

Vein Center of North Georgia Village Podiatry Centers Wellstar Health Systems


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