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Riverstone Corner Bistro opened recently at 135 Reinhardt College Parkway in Canton. The restaurant features a separate lunch and dinner menu. Lunch consists of sandwiches, homemade soups, wraps and more. The dinner menu offers pasta, pork, chicken, shrimp and grits, BBQ pork nachos, catch of the day and more. Riverstone Corner Bistro also has a full bar and extensive wine and beer list and a dessert menu not to be missed. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., they can be reached at (770) 704-7325. Ridgewalk Chiropractic and Massage, located at 1000 Woodstock Parkway, Suite 160, Woodstock opened recently. Dr. Darren Surma, Dr. Linda Bell and Dr. Jenn Paulo offer more than 40 years combined experience providing excellent Chiropractic care to the Woodstock, Canton and Marietta communities. Riverwalk Chiropractic and Massage specializes in Chiropractic for Families, Infant Care, Sports Injuries, Athletic Performance and Nutrition.  Please join them for their Grand Opening Celebration on November 15 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, please call (678) 388-7788. 

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

SoHo Bagel Co., located at 3760 Sixes Road in Canton, recently celebrated its 12-year anniversary serving the Canton community. Their second location at 1105 Parkside Lane in Towne Lake celebrated its seven-year anniversary. Congratulations!

enAble of Georgia Foundation Inc. is accepting nominations for its annual special Education Teacher of the Year award. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started the award last year in recognition of a Special Education teacher making an extraordinary difference in the lives of his/her students and in the community at large. Nominations are open to Special Education teachers in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties’ schools. Nominees must be a full-time certified or licensed Special Education teacher with at least three years of classroom experience. The winning teacher will be selected based on classroom excellence, student/family engagement, and community involvement. enAble of Georgia will present the award — along with a $500 gift card for school supplies and a $500 gift card for personal use — at its annual “Dare to Dream” Gala on March 3, 2013. Nominations are due December 31; nomination forms can be downloaded from the organization’s website. (770) 740-0650, Why spend Wednesday nights watching reruns of Friends when you can come to Epicenter or Epicenter North and experience the real thing! Check out the biggest thing happening every Wednesday night for high school students taking place at two locations: First Baptist Church Woodstock or second floor of Sidelines Grille, Reinhardt College Parkway in Canton. For complete details, please visit Big Springs UMC located at 2066 Sugar Pike Road, Woodstock is offering a new teen program called Euphoria taking place on Friday nights after the high school football games. Euphoria provides a live worship band, 15 minute message by youth minister Timothy Price and refreshments. The goal is to provide teens a safe and fun place to go on Friday nights. Please visit them on facebook: or call (770) 530-6092 for more information. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch is holding its Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show on November 10, 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Country Club of Roswell located 2500Club Springs Drive, Roswell. Fashions are by Barami at Phipps Plaza. Please visit to learn more about the boys’ ranch and to get tickets to the upcoming fashion show. Proceeds benefit the Alice Smith Memorial Fund at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska.

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Credit Union of Georgia Donates To Reinhardt’s A DAY Campaign

The Credit Union of Georgia recently donated $500 to Reinhardt University’s 201213 A DAY program. As a traditional donor to A DAY, the Credit Union’s support comes from honoring its mission of “Our Mission is You.” “Credit Union of Georgia continually seeks opportunities to support education in our community,” said Rebecca Cooper, CUGA Reinhardt President business development director. Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood “Through the A Day program, and Rebecca Cooper we are providing assistance to deserving local students in Cherokee County.” Cooper presented the donation to Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood during a recent A DAY volunteer breakfast. Created in 1988, the A DAY for Reinhardt campaign is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. For more information about A DAY or to volunteer, visit www.reinhardt. edu/advancement, or contact Barbara Manous, director of annual giving, at (770) 7205506 or

bottles and formula and anything that I needed for Avery.” “Samantha getting involved in The HOPE Center was a wonderful blessing,” added Mom Mae Lynn. “We were so honored that Samantha would think about us,” said Cindy O’Leary, executive director of The HOPE Center. “This is a great example of how God can bless all of us in the most unexpected ways.” Georgia Grace Girls

Moose Lodge Presents Public Safety Awards

The Canton Moose Lodge paid tribute to local fire and emergency service personnel during its annual Public Safety Awards Banquet that was held recently at the Canton Moose Family Center. After a delicious meal and a featured speaker, awards were given to the following honorees with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services: Paramedic of the Year-Andrew Vickers; Firefighter of the Year-Erik Alford; Volunteer Firefighter of the Year-Bob Kintner; Special Teams Member of the Year-Linda Winn; Support Services Member of the Year-Danny Daniels and Fire Explorer of the YearCheyenne Gurley.

Game Show Winners Donate To The HOPE Center

A Cherokee County mom, her daughter and a family friend recently appeared on the Game Show Network game show “The American Bible Challenge” and brought home $20,000 for The HOPE Center in Woodstock. The “Georgia Grace Girls” — Mae Lynn Biggs, her daughter Samantha Jesse and friend Lesley Hill — faced two other teams on the show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Contestants share their compelling back-stories before playing the game for a charitable organization of their choice. The show is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Samantha said she has loved The HOPE Center since it helped her through an unplanned pregnancy when she was a college student. “Becoming pregnant was completely unexpected and really scary for me,” she explained on the show. “I was very afraid because I didn’t feel capable of being a parent; I just felt like I was too young. From the beginning of my pregnancy all the way through after Avery was born, The Hope Center helped me financially — providing things like clothes and 6

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Local Girls Give to MUST Three local girls decided that you are never too young to give back to your community. In an effort to stock the pantry shelves for the upcoming holiday season, Madelyn Glover (8), Hailey Chapman (7), and Jocelyn Chapman (12) collected canned goods from their BridgeMill neighbors for MUST Ministries.

From left: Madelyn Glover, Hailey Chapman and Jocelyn Chapman

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

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

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

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


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November 18, 3 p.m. Woodstock Public Library LEGO Club

The LEGO club meets once every month. The club has a different theme 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

November 9 & 10 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Time: Location:

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

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November 10 AN EVENING IN LONDON Time: Location:

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

November 10 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Time: Location:

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


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

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


Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., candlelight tour from 6-8 p.m.; Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. Cost: $20, presale tickets online at Information: This year’s tour is featuring homes in: Towne Lake Hills East, Woodstock Knoll, Eagle Watch and BridgeMill. The Holiday Tour of Homes features exquisite homes in Woodstock and Canton that are professionally decorated for the holidays by local designers.

November 13 & 15 STOP SMOKING SEMINAR Time: Location:

7-8:30 p.m. 6478 Putnam Ford Dr., Ste. 125, Woodstock Information: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC is hosting complementary presentations, “Discover The Easiest Most Effective Way To Quit Smoking Without Cravings, Irritability Or Weight Gain.” The presentation is free but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to GeorgiaHypnotherapy@live.

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

$12 at the door Information: Bring a can of chunky soup, stew or chili to donate to Papa’s Pantry and receive a free beverage at intermission.

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


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

December 1 — 9 BACK TO BETHLEHEM Time: Location:

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

November 17 “ALIVE” WORSHIP CONCERT Time: Location:

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


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110, Woodstock Information: Hosted by the Arts Alliance of Georgia. This event continues into Dec. 1 and 2 and for two additional weekends — Thursday through Sunday. Public is welcome to freely browse and holiday shop the handmade functional and art clay pieces.

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

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

Wednesdays, November 7-28 Kim Bates “Photography” Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $90


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

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

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

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

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

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

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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Caleb Dixon

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

Jackson Higgins

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

Lolo Hatam

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

Pranav Selvam

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

Simon David Gisaku Byrd

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

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Rhyan Lehman

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

Addison Meek

Age 11 on November 30 Daughter of Michelle & Brian Sister of Ansley We love you!

Riley Ann Ligon

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

Lois & Huey Brumbelow

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

Finley Paige Roe

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

Channing Jane Hood “CJ”

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

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

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

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

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participation in giving during this holiday season.

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

American Cancer Society's Love Lights a Tree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Toys for Tots

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

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

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SCHOOL Cherokee Chamber and CCSD Partner for ‘Principal for a Day’ Program

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) continued its longtime partnership with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce by participating in the 13th Annual Principal for a Day event held recently. Through the event, the Chamber pairs member business people with CCSD Principals for a day, during which the business person spends the morning at the school “shadowing” the Principal, followed by a luncheon at the Chamber. Sponsored by Cobb EMC and Credit Union of Georgia, the luncheon featured keynote speaker Dr. Ken Harmon, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for Kennesaw State University, as well as remarks from participants and from Dr. Brian Hightower, CCSD Assistant Superintendent for School Operations.  Participants are encouraged to develop Partner in Education agreements with the school they visit, as well as Partnership Agreements with CCSD, to support the schools with time, talents and in-kind and financial support. Dana Callan of Bank of North Georgia served as Principal for a Day at Sixes Elementary School with Principal John Hultquist. Her duties included conducting a fire drill as Sixes ES participated in the annual Statewide Fire Drill.

Michelle Meek of Footprints Publishing, publisher of My East Canton, West Canton and Woodstock Monthly magazines, served as Principal for a Day at Mountain Road Elementary School. Among her duties was seeing how students, including second-graders, from left, Brylee Burns, Rosa Fisher and J’Adore Jn’Charles use technology.

CCSD Posts State’s Highest SAT District Average

The Cherokee County School District has posted the highest SAT district average score in the State of Georgia for 2012, based on an analysis of statewide data released by the State Department of Education and the College Board. While internal analysis had shown the CCSD score for 2012 to be a 28-point increase from the 2011 average total and the highest in the CCSD’s history, a West Canton | november 2012 20 My

closer review of the scores revealed CCSD to have posted the highest district-wide average as well. The CCSD’s SAT total score average for 2012 is 1587. The next closest district average for 2012 is 1580 (Fulton County). Among 450 high schools in Georgia, all five CCSD high schools ranked in the top 8 percent. Etowah High School ranks 16th in the state, followed by Cherokee High School (23rd); Creekview High School (25th); Woodstock High School (32nd); and Sequoyah High School (35th). All five schools posted an increase over 2011 scores. River Ridge High School will post its first SAT scores with its inaugural senior class in 2013.

Holly Springs Elementary Jr. Beta Club Clean Up the Lake

Members of the Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Charter Jr. Beta Club recently participated in The Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up.

Pictured front row, from left: Natalie Barry, Helen Marie Goodwin, Chloe Somerville, Kasey Karch, Chase Keasler, Cameron Daniel and Laney Broussard. Back row, from left: Taly Sterle, Jordan Lougheed, Amanda Minardi and club sponsor Lisa Lougheed. Not pictured: Aaliyahna Cesar.

Cherokee Christian Inducts New Members into NHS

Pictured front row, from left: Katherine Baker, Joy Lipham (new inductee), Emily Dokken, Ashbelle Pierre, Lauren Edwards (new inductee). Back row, from left: Hope Lipham, Cassie Slomkowski, Jessica Harry (new inductee), Daniel Strevel, Karsten Cook (new inductee), Amberly Truluck (new inductee).

The Cherokee Christian High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) had its fourthannual induction ceremony. Five students were officially inducted in as new members during the ceremony.

SPORTS Woodstock Wrestling Club Begins a New Season

Woodstock Wrestling Club will begin practice November 6. The program caters to middle school-age kids and practices are held at Woodstock High School. For complete program details and information, please contact Usif Murtadi at

Golf FORE Charity Event Helps Local Families

BridgeMill Sixes Service League raised $11,500 at this year’s 3rd Annual Golf FORE Charity event. The event raised $2,000 more than last year. All proceeds from the tournament Jay Patouillet, Golf Outing Chairperson and Suzanne Taylor, BSSL’s Golf Chairperson and help children and families in Cherokee Past President  County. Thanks to all sponsors, golfers, BridgeMill Athletic Club and volunteers who helped make this a successful event! 

Samurai Karate Students Win Big at Invitational

Recently, members of the Cherokee Recreational department and Canton YMCA karate classes won big as they competed in the 2012 West Georgia Karate Invitational. The competition was held in Carrollton, Ga. The athletes are part of the Samurai Karate School. Winning gold medals in their respective divisions were: Jacob Moore, Todd Wermers, Kendra Booth and Abigale Montgomery. Silver medal winners were: Caden Booth, Maddie Dokos and Gavin Somerville. Other medal winners were: Anna Jenkins and Spencer Williams. Some of these winners took home as many as three medals! Congratulations! Spencer Williams (left) competing in the black belt kumite division Photo courtesy of Dave Domer West Canton | november 2012 24 My

School Board News

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In case you have not heard the news, the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) had the highest SAT average in the State of Georgia for 2012. You read it right, the state! Now is when we could start chanting, “We’re number one,” Janet Read is the Board Chairperson if we were cheerleaders. This and Representative for Post 4 for the is a 28-point increase from the Cherokee County School Board. Janet 2011 scores. There are 450 high may be reached by e-mail at janet. schools in Georgia, and all five of the CCSD schools ranked in the top eight percent. Etowah was 16th, followed by Cherokee at 23rd, Creekview at 25th, Woodstock at 32nd and Sequoyah at 35th. River Ridge will post its first scores next year following the graduation of its first senior class in 2013. The CCSD has about 60 percent of the students who take the SAT. This is a much higher percentage than many states, which usually test only the top 5 percent of their students. We also have numerous students who take the ACT. Students are not required to take the SAT or ACT to apply for the HOPE scholarship. However, many colleges require at least one of them for admission. These great SAT scores are a reflection of many factors. Our students realize the importance of a higher score on the SAT as it relates to college acceptance and scholarships. Our parents know that colleges use the SAT scores when determining admission and realize the value of students taking the test more than once if necessary. Our teachers also encourage the students to prepare and remain focused on these tests. The administrators at our high schools give up their Saturdays in order for the students of this county to be able to take the SAT at a school close to their home. They also monitor the school activities, such as Fall Break and Homecoming, so there are minimal scheduling conflicts. Also, I would like to congratulate the over 300 Etowah High School students who were recognized for their academic achievements at the Academic Letter and Lamp of Knowledge Awards Ceremony. These students have maintained a 90 or above weighted average for either two or three consecutive years. The auditorium was standing-room only for this awesome event. Too often we are bombarded with misinformation and complaints relative to how our high schools are failing our continued on page 62

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Vixen Vodka by Suzanne Taylor Vixen Vodka is a new brand of Scoop OTP, an INSIDER’s guide to living vodka that targets women and Outside The Perimeter, is proud to is considered figure-friendly announce the upcoming launch of their since it is made from a glutenwebsite, Scoop OTP will have local recommendations about free base. The company is restaurants, family fun, shopping and launching this month with more. Suzanne Taylor will feature distribution in local restaurants unique OTP products/places. and liquor stores. The founders and creators are three women who met at Crossfit classes and describe themselves as memorable, flirty and fun. With their background in marketing, advertising and sales, they created a brand that represents them and all women. CEO LeeAnn Maxwell of Roswell said, “Every woman has had a vixen moment!” A girls’ trip to the beach inspired the idea for creating this brand. At first, they thought it didn’t matter what product they chose or what it tasted like, because they have excellent marketing skills. With the help of a chemist in Denver, they perfected the taste of Vixen Vodka, so they are now selling a product they are proud to drink and bring to market. Alpharetta-based sales director Jenny Policky, said, “It is great on the rocks with a lime.” A lot of Crossfitters follow a gluten-free lifestyle so it was important for them to have this benefit. The three women relied on their Crossfit background and each other to help them meet the challenges of starting a new company, entering the male-dominated liquor business, and choosing a distributor. “My strength comes from my girlfriends and knowing that I accomplished and exceeded physical tests through Crossfit activities,” said Jenny. Part of their mission statement is “I am a survivor. A warrior in stilettos. And every accomplishment I’ve ever made, every heartbreak I’ve overcome, I’ve done it with class, sass and a glass half-full. Because being a Vixen is a badge of honor — a commitment to myself that I’m worth it, that I’m incredible just as I am.” continued on page 62

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

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

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

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The mission of Clark Salon is to establish positive relationships with their customers through excellent service, individual attention and positive attitudes, in order to cultivate an atmosphere that exceeds expectations of all who experience Clark Salon. Keenan feels strongly that it is the team at Clark Salon and their core values that have earned their exceptional reputation in the community over the years. The team of professional designers offers a unique blend of talent and expertise that has resulted in a loyal and happy clientele. Each team member hired at Clark Salon is required to complete extensive advanced curriculum taught by Clark Salon educators before starting at level 1 in the program. The program is growing and there is always room for new talent. Designers must also attend continuing education courses to stay current with the latest trends and techniques. The corporate culture of Clark Salon is one of honesty, dependability and consistency. Each stylist shares the conviction that healthy hair is beautiful hair. Due to this belief in creating beautiful hair while maintaining its integrity, Clark Salon has developed a niche in restoring distressed and desensitized hair. They pride themselves in taking time to ensure each guest leaves feeling uplifted and beautiful. This is an exciting time for Clark Salon as they have added new talent to their seasoned team, extended their hours to include nights and Mondays, and they now offer new pricing options. Each month they feature different in-store promotions to reflect new salon happenings and community awareness. Clark Salon regularly gives back to the community through charitable donations of service. Current promotions are featured on their website and you can “like” Clark Salon on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of their recent salon news. The convenience of Clark Salon to BridgeMill and many other Sixes communities makes it a clear choice to fulfill all of your family’s hair needs. That is why Clark Salon was voted “Favorite Hair Salon” in My West Canton Monthly magazine’s My Community Favorites Awards 2012 as well as “Best Hair Salon” in Cherokee Life magazine in 2011. The culmination

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

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

My biggest problem over the last few years has been with wildlife. I’m not talking a few tomatoes being eaten by a critter or two — I’m talking about approximately 90 percent of my tomatoes being eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and turtles, and the plants browsed by deer! My office window faces my vegetable garden, so I’ve seen these critters at work firsthand and have watched my neighbor laughing at the half-eaten tomatoes strewn across his yard. I tried all kinds of things to keep the critters at bay, including putting pine cones under the plants. That worked on the rabbits, but not the chipmunks — apparently they have tough little paws! After two years, I finally decided to plant two gardens. With the help of two garden clubs (the Cherokee County Master Gardeners, funded by a grant from the state Master Gardeners and Kaiser, and the Univeter Road Cherokee County Senior Center Services), we put together a community garden and rented out individual garden plots for $20 a year. I rented a plot and, between my home garden and the community garden, planted about 40 tomato plants. While several plants died, I brought home lots of tomatoes from my garden in Canton. I also found plenty of neighbors who were more than happy to enjoy the fruits of my overplanting!


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

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


Traditions Alive by Eric Hill Every family has traditions. Whether it’s homemade pizza on Friday nights or the big Thanksgiving football game in the backyard with all of our relatives, there are certain things we just have to do because it’s tradition. Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill My brothers and sister and I Nursery & Landscaping. He can be grew up with a lot of holiday reached at (770) 442-3901. traditions, and it was my job to make the homemade pizza on Friday nights. Traditions are fun. Our children, especially Elin, make everything a tradition. It’s almost ridiculous around our house. Elin’s favorite soup on her birthday is a tradition. When we go to our cabin we have to stop at Panorama Apples because it is a tradition. When we camp we have to buy Pop Tarts. When we leave on vacation, we’re singing the second verse of “On the Road Again” before we even make it out of the driveway! Why?

Because it’s a tradition. Every time we get together with my folks, Jacob and Elin have to play Monopoly with my dad. The smack talk starts about two weeks ahead of time, and by the time the big game begins it’s war. Another fun tradition we’ve started is open dinner on Sundays. Everyone’s invited, and we usually have fifteen or so people each week — makes for a fun evening and a lot of dirty dishes. We look forward to it every week.

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

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

don’t ignore Heel Pain

by Travis Jones, DPM

It is estimated that one in ten people will develop heel pain in Dr. Travis Jones is podiatric physician and surgeon with Village Podiatry their lifetime. There are many Centers in Canton. His office is located causes of heel pain, with the at 132 Riverstone Terrace, Suite 101. most common being a condition To schedule an appointment, call (770) 771-6991 or visit medically known as plantar fasciitis. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints we see at Village Podiatry Centers. What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a large ligament on the bottom of the foot extending from the heel to the ball of the foot, known as the plantar fascia. This band functions to help support the arch, both while standing and during activities such as walking and running. Irritating this fibrous band can lead to significant pain and swelling that can inhibit many normal daily activities. What are the causes of heel pain? While there are several common causes of heel pain, most cases arise from a change in normal daily activities that place

increased tension and stress across the plantar fascial band, resulting in an acute inflammatory reaction. Vacation, initiation of a workout routine, job changes and sudden changes in weight can all be causes of sudden heel pain. Foot structure also can play an important role for both flat and high-arched feet, as abnormal stresses can result in heel pain. Other causes include trauma (rupture of the plantar fascial band and stress fractures of the heel), arthritic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and local nerve impingement. What are some symptoms of heel pain? Symptoms can include: • Pain in the bottom of the foot or into the arch • Pain with first few steps • Pain with extended periods on the feet People often feel worse with the first few steps in the morning or after sitting for a period of time. Pain tends to improve after a brief period due to the tissues being stretched out. However, the pain can worsen with extended periods on the feet. How is heel pain treated? Approximately 90 percent of patients suffering from heel pain improve with a formal course of treatment. Initial treatments typically include reducing the inflammation and pain by icing and taking anti-inflammatories. A good supportive shoe or the continued on page 51

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



Afterglow Spa (770) 720-1134



Italian Café & Pizzeria (770) 345-4446



Anytime Fitness 5 Cherokee Clubs (404) 217-9333

Rejoice Maids (678) 905-3476 39

Afterglow Spa (770) 720-1134 |

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

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

A recent client review says it all:

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

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

permanent make-up, waxing and nail care.

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

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

— Sheree R.

Alessandro’s (770) 345-4446 |

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

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

party? Bring your group to Alessandro’s and let the chefs demonstrate their skills or invite them to your kitchen where they will share their expertise. Alessandro’s can accommodate small parties of up to 30 people at their location. Frank and Dwight believe in the personal touch. Having fallen in love with one of Alessandro’s many specials, customers will be given a call when their favorite item is on the menu. Offering specials daily, there is always something new to try. Coming in January, Dwight is recreating Alessandro’s menu, adding some favorite, often requested items to their regular offerings. The new menu will be available in-house, as well as part of their catering services. With this type of attention and the delectable choices, it’s easy to see how Alessandro’s quickly turns faithful customers to loyal friends! 41

Anytime Fitness 5 Cherokee Clubs |

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

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

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

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

Photography by Jack Tuszynski

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

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

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

Jack took as the name of his freelance photography business, incorporating the emerging digital age — covering events for individual and corporate clients, while also working full-time, part-time and on a contractual basis for local publishers, media outlets and marketing companies. “It was 43

Rejoice Maids (678) 905-3476 |

Need a little help getting your house clean and ready for family and friends during the holidays? Rejoice Maids provides a variety of cleaning services to fit your needs and schedule — not only during the hectic holiday season but throughout the year as well. Owner Gemma Beylouny started Rejoice Maids in 2008 after working independently for individual clients locally. Her independent business grew so rapidly and steadily that she realized it was more than she could handle physically on her own. “I saw my future as an entrepreneur,” she says. “So I enrolled in Kennesaw State University and graduated with a business degree in 2006. I continued to clean houses on my own until I was certain I wanted to start my own business.” Today, Rejoice Maids has nine employees and provides residential and small

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commercial cleaning services on a weekly, biweekly, monthly or as-needed basis — averaging 50 homes and businesses each week. Pricing is per manhour and based on cleaning services, size of home/business, flooring, frequency of service, pets, etc. Gemma and her team offer free in-home/office estimates and can customize a cleaning program that works for you. Located on Main Street in Woodstock, Rejoice Maids serves customers primarily in Woodstock, Canton, Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta. “This is where my family lives, where my children grew up, where we call home,” Gemma says. “We’re happy to provide a valuable service to the community where we live and to the surrounding areas.” Rejoice Maids takes pride in meeting the highest standards and implementing

quality control measures to ensure customer satisfaction. Gemma also ensures the products and equipment that her team uses are safe, environmentally friendly and in line with industry trends — from vacuums with HEPA filters to 80-percent “green” cleaning solutions. “Our goal is to continually improve and offer our clients our best without compromising quality or attention to detail,” she says. In addition, Rejoice Maids is fully licensed, bonded and insured in Georgia. The company also is a member of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, Towne Lake Rotary Club and other local organizations.

Find Rejoice Maids on Facebook for special offers, cleaning tips and other promotions. Gift certificates also are available.

Sweat the small stuff, A Medical Approach But Not Too Much

To Weight Loss

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

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

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

by Dr. Jeff Donohue Are you finding it hard to lose weight? Many people struggle in their weight-loss journey and often turn to extremes in trying to obtain their goal. The increasing prevalence of obesity in today’s society means that more people than ever are in search of the “Holy Grail of Thinness.” So, what are you to do? What is safe and what is just hype? Why have those around you managed to lose weight, and yet you cannot?

Dr. Jeff Donohue is national medical director for NexSlim Medical Weight Loss, located at 200 Parkbrooke Drive, Suite 130, in Towne Lake. NexSlim specializes in personalized weight-loss plans, nutritional education and support. (678) 888-0332

Everywhere we turn there seems to be a new clinic claiming to offer the latest and greatest weight-loss solution. Or, just do a search on the Internet or watch late night TV and one can get inundated with multiple options that can promise immediate and long-lasting results. How can we make sense of it all? While there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to weight loss, there are some basics that still reign true. When looking through most of the studies that are available on this subject, a common thread is that it is impossible to reach one’s goal without taking in fewer calories and exerting more energy. The multitudes of diet plans that have been researched and evaluated typically render the same result: a nutrition plan that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates and sugars seems to give the most consistent and reproducible benefits. This is not to say that plans that implement HCG, appetite suppressants, herbal remedies and the like do not work. These types of plans, however, should be developed according to individual needs. Many of my patients who previously tried “fad” diets gained back all of the weight they had lost on those diets. This is common with fad diets, especially if individuals weren’t educated and evaluated to determine the causes for their initial weight gain. Before starting any weight-loss plan, it is very important to have a complete evaluation by a medical provider who is qualified in weight loss and who can help design a treatment plan that is right for you. The medical evaluation should include a complete physical, lab work and medical history. You may also require additional testing of your hormone levels, cortisol, thyroid and even food allergies or sensitivities. In addition, it is essential to have an accurate analysis of your body fat and muscle mass. continued on page 62 45


We all develop baby teeth that fall out in the primary years and are replaced by an entirely new set of adult teeth. Have you ever wondered why this happens? We do not get two sets of fingers or two sets of eyes or extra hair that men could certainly take advantage of later in life. Every other part of the human body either grows from childhood to adulthood or replenishes itself, as in the case of skin cells, for example. So, why are teeth extremely unique in this fashion? I believe we develop our permanent, adult teeth for three reasons: function, physiology and survival. Functionally, teeth are covered by enamel that is very hard and allows us to chew most things with little damage to our teeth. As carnivores, our function demands strong teeth. The limitation, however, is that the structural hardness of enamel does not allow teeth to grow throughout our lives.

by Dr. Scott R. Harden

good dexterity for brushing their teeth, they love sugar and they drink liquids (including milk) that produce tooth decay. If humans only received one set of teeth as a child (and through adulthood), many of their teeth would be decayed and lost for the reasons noted above. Primary teeth are lost and make way for our adult teeth when we are older, when we possess better dexterity for brushing and flossing, and can better understand the importance of proper eating and drinking.

Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and has served the Towne Lake area for more than 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000 Website:

Physiologically, the size difference in our jaws between Teeth are very vulnerable to bacteria that live in our mouths. birth and adulthood is quite The human mouth has an substantial. Since teeth do not estimated 100 species of bacteria grow in size with age, the body that cause cavities in our Take good care of your adult forms a second set of teeth that teeth. In the last few decades, corresponds with jaw growth. teeth and see your dentist rampant decay in adult teeth Baby teeth, also called “primary has gone down tremendously regularly to demonstrate the teeth,” start erupting into the as access to dental care has responsibility that Mother oral cavity at approximately increased. Likewise, early dental 6 months of age. We receive Nature has bestowed to you. intervention that emphasizes 20 primary teeth by the age of good oral hygiene among 2 years and keep the primary children with their “practice set” molars until around 11 years old. of primary teeth has helped to instill proper dental care and These primary teeth are sized to ideally fit our child-size jaws maintenance from an early age. in most cases. Adult teeth begin to erupt into the oral cavity at 6 years of age. We receive 28 adult teeth by age 12, plus four I suppose it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Take wisdom teeth at around age 18 that typically are extracted. good care of your adult teeth and see your dentist regularly

If you think about it, humans could simply form only one set of teeth as an adult. However, this would have left young children vulnerable to survival and would not have been feasible for existence. Therefore, the aspect of survival is programmed into the development of our teeth, and hence we develop two sets of teeth. There could be still another factor that favors the need for two sets of teeth: Baby teeth are a “practice” set of teeth. I believe that a baby set of teeth is God’s way of giving us a practice set to learn on and “brush up” (forgive the pun) on our oral hygiene before getting our adult teeth. Children do not have West Canton | november 2012 46 My

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For an 8-year-old named Dr. LaCretia Munroe specializes in Jake, the rest of the world has sports chiropractic, functional disappeared as he sits quietly neurology, and metabolic solutions. Providing exceptional care for difficult in a darkened room and stares cases. Call the office at (770) 720intently at a computer screen. 0865 or visit A yellow Pac-Man gobbles dots as it moves across a bright blue background. A soft, steady beeping is the only sound. Jake is not using a joystick or keyboard to control the cartoon character; instead, two thin wires with a dime-sized, gold-plated cup are fastened to his scalp with conducting paste. The sensor picks up the boy’s brain waves — his electroencephalogram (literally, electric head picture), or EEG — and as he changes his brain waves by relaxing or breathing deeply or paying closer attention, he also controls the speed of the Pac-Man. Jake is using a neurofeedback.

• Do allergies run in your family? • Are you allergic to certain animals, such as cats? • Do you often need antihistamines and/or decongestants to control sneezing, coughing and Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in congestion? primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, • When pollen is in the geriatrics and is the Center Director of air, are your eyes less BridgeMill Eyecare. Located at 1409 Sixes Rd., red and itchy when you (770) 852-2733 stay indoors under an air conditioner? • Do your eyes begin tearing when you wear certain cosmetics or lotions, or when you’re around certain strong perfumes?

by LaCretia Munroe, MS, DC

This is more than a game for the boy. Jake was born in a crisis. He arrived more than three months before his due date, in July of 1990, and weighed just over a pound. He required open-heart surgery when he was three days old and spent the first two months of his life in an intensive care unit for infants. He survived, but with serious damage to his brain. The most severe symptoms showed up at the age of 4, when he entered his parents’ room one evening drooling and unable to speak. He went into a grand mall seizure and fell unconscious on the floor. After that, the seizures came frequently, usually at night as he was falling asleep. Even at age 7, when I met him, he had not learned to tie his shoes, zip his zipper, or button his shirt. His learning disabilities were numerous and included attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. He had speech problems and would grind his teeth at night. His sleep was troubled, and he woke up 10 or 11 times in the night. Despite this list of problems, there is a bright boy inside of Jake. Jake was put on heavy-duty medications and his parents felt he was losing his personality and was zoned out all of the time. Jake’s brain has places where the electrical activity is not as stable as it should be. Research shows that the brain’s electrical signals are subject to change and that people can be taught how to change them. All neurofeedback does is help guide the client to a specific frequency range and help him stay there — the brain does the rest. A technician has set the computer Jake is playing Pac-Man on so that when Jake spends time in those hard-to-reach frequencies, the Pac-Man gobbles dots and beeps like crazy. When he is not in those frequencies, the PacMan stops gobbling and turns black. Jake knows nothing about continued on page 51 West Canton | november 2012 48 My

by Dr. Edward J. Furey

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then you may have eye allergies. Common signs of allergies include: • Red, swollen or itchy eyes • Runny nose • Sneezing and coughing • Itchy nose, mouth or throat • Headache from sinus congestion Many allergens are in the air, where they come in contact with your eyes and nose. Airborne allergens include pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. Avoidance. The most common “treatment” is to avoid what’s causing your eye allergy. Use high-quality furnace filters that trap common allergens, and replace the filters frequently. Medications. If you’re not sure what’s causing your eye allergies or you’re not having any luck avoiding them, your next step probably will be medication to alleviate the symptoms. Eye drops are available as simple eye washes, or they may have one or more active ingredients such as antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers that inhibit inflammation. Antihistamines relieve many symptoms caused by airborne allergens, such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Decongestants help shrink swollen nasal passages for easier breathing. Common causes of excessively watery eyes are allergies and dry eye syndrome — two very different problems. continued on page 62

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

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

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


by Drs. James E. Leake, E. Anthony Musarra and Michael Petrosky With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start getting ready for all the different holiday parties. If you feel you need help to look your best, dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation may be the solution. Drs. Leake, Musarra and Petrosky In this day and age, most of us are board-certified surgeons at are familiar with the importance Plastic Surgery Center of the of collagen. It is what gives South. They have been practicing in the Marietta area for more than young skin its full, supple 20 years. (770) 421-1242, www. appearance. It is a part of life: Our skin changes as we age, resulting in a look that’s older than how we feel inside. Our skin becomes thinner, loses fat and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in our skin that acts much like a sponge. Its primary function is to bind and absorb water — our skin’s natural moisturizer. As we age, HA diminishes, which contributes to the presence of lines and folds. How our skin ages will depend on a variety of factors, including lifestyle, diet, heredity and personal habits.

If you feel you need help to look your best, dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation may be the solution.

Plastic surgeons offer several different products and procedures that add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Some products, including Botox, Restylane, Radiesse and Juvederm, can immediately restore lost volume and give a more youthful, more refreshed appearance. Best of all, results are clinically proven to last up to a year. To determine if injectable fillers are right for you, call a boardcertified surgeon to learn more about how injectable fillers can help you look your best for holiday get-togethers!

Don’t Ignore Heel Pain

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the addition of arch supports will help reduce the amount of stress on the plantar fascia during normal activities. Achilles tendon and plantar fascia-specific stretching exercises play a key role in reducing the amount of tension placed on the foot and have been shown in several studies to aid in long-term care. In some instances, patients may require local steroid injections, night splints and/or physical therapy to further reduce the inflammation and pain. There is a small subset of patients who continue to have discomfort despite conservative treatment and may potentially benefit from surgical intervention. If you or your family member is suffering from heel pain, make an appointment with your podiatrist. He or she will help find a treatment solution to reduce and end your pain.


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brain-waves, he simply knows that when the Pac-Man is gobbling and beeping, he is winning — and so he has learned how to adjust his brain waves to make the Pac-Man gobble dots all the time. As he spends more time in those frequencies, his brain has learned to function there on its own. This exercise makes the brain more stable. 51

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

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

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

Welcome to Goin’ Coastal! Come on in, we’re open for business! My name is Zach Kell and I am the chef/owner of Goin’ Coastal in Canton. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. If you have any questions, please call (770) 479-3737. 53


A Commentary by Norman R. Hunt

The Bible says it is our responsibility to be thankful. It is our command to be thankful. It is our duty to be thankful. Listen to these passages in the Bible. The Bible says in Psalm 50:14, “Give thanks”; just plainly, “Give thanks unto the Lord our God.”

You’ve got Questions

by Shane Newton, PGA Professional, Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead

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

All of us know I Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks.” For what? “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Ephesians 5:20 says, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Wherever you look in the Bible, it seems there is one continual, constant command; and that is that you give thanks, that you are to be grateful and that you give praise unto the Lord. The attitude then of a child of God is to be continually praising. It is to be of perpetual gratitude, “Always rejoicing.” The Bible says, “in everything.” Notice this solemn warning. God says if you are not grateful, you are out of the will of God. You are just like the man who never comes to church. You are out of the will of God. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God. The person who is not thankful and grateful is out of the will of God.

BACK TO BETHLEHEM December 1 — 9 7-9 p.m. Hopewell Baptist Church 78 Ridge Road, Canton Step back in time to Jesus’ birth, interact with the townspeople, merchants and live animals. Free to the community; donations accepted. (770) 345-5723,

Here are a couple of questions I get asked most often about golf. Most of the questions have basic common-sense answers and they have technical answers as well. Surprisingly, most people are looking for technical answers versus the commonShane Newton is the General Manager sense, easy ones. I have at Lake ArrowHead Yacht & Country included both my common Club. He can be reached at sense answers along with (770) 721-7913., abbreviated technical answers so you can see the difference and why I prefer to keep things simple. One of the questions I get asked most often is, “How can I hit the ball farther?” The common-sense answer to this question is hit the ball with a longer club. By this I mean, if you need to hit the ball a little farther than you normally do with your 6-iron, just hit the ball with your 5-iron. This is typically not the answer people want to hear. They want some super secret swing tip, so here it is…To hit the ball farther you must learn to hit the ball with your hips, not just your arms. This is why Tour-caliber golfers hit the ball so much farther than the average golfer. This goes against human nature and requires a little faith, but it is well worth the change. Another question I get is, “How can I spin the ball back on the green?” The easy answer to this question is “Why? Do you always hit it past the hole?” Of course, they are not asking this question for practical reasons. They are asking how to hit a shot like the Tour players, and, yes, it does look “cool.” However, Tour players do not want to spin the ball back (very few exceptions to this). They prefer the ball to stop when it lands on the green. Of course, TV only shows when spinning the ball back works out, but this is the exception. To spin the ball correctly, a lot of things have to work out. Conditions, equipment, circumstances and execution all must be near perfect. All these things come together to compress the ball against the ground so that it rides up your clubface and gets maximum spin. If everything is perfect, you might spin the ball back. Plus, remember to hit the ball past the hole so if it does spin back, you might be closer. All this is more trouble than it continued on page 62

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50 Shades of Grey

Left Carole May 50 Shades of Red


To Save Money

by Carole May

by Michael Buckner

What can I say that hasn’t already been “whispered down the lane” about this erotic self- published novel by author E.L. James? I know! I will warn cardiac patients that lighter reading will keep their heart rates at a safer pace. Then I will Carole May is a freelance writer for inform healthier individuals My West Canton Monthly. Email her at to keep taking their 81mm of daily coated aspirin (for the sake of being on the safe side) before turning the pages on this BDSM best seller. For those of you who are in the habit of using the “lol” and “ggn” (gotta go now), welcome to the dark world of desire. The above initials represent Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism. It kinda reminds me of the paper I signed years ago called a marriage license, but without the use of apparatuses. Now on a serious note, I would like to take the time to thank the editor of My West Canton Monthly for allowing me to express my opinion on this phenomenal best-seller, “50 Shades of Grey.” This is a family magazine, so let’s just say I am keeping it “all in the family.” FYI — it did take me weeks to read all three books. I was exceptionally slow because (for research purposes only) I found it necessary to refer back to certain chapters, if you get my drift. So, here is a heads-up on what is in store for you. The subject matter of this book was so hot I had to use pot holders while turning the pages! I honestly can say that my batteries (no pun intended) on my flashlight died and had to be changed as I entered the dark world of Mr. Christian Gray (a 27-year-old entrepreneur control freak) and Ana, his submissive romantic encounter. Books I and II sparked more than my curiosity, but by Book III it turned out to be more of a love story for me. As for the “man of my dreams” lying beside me while I read each night, well, he did express his concern about waking up one morning and finding his hands bound above his head and missing his 5 a.m. breakfast. After 46 years of marriage (but I couldn’t make it without the man), I assured him of one thing — the rope would be closer to his neck. I know! I’m bad! Hang me! Or was that in Chapter 11? LOL! Well here’s a news flash for ya. Months ago I told my mother about last year’s best-seller, and she replied, “I read all three books.” I was shocked. She responded, “I may be 94, but I’m not dead! Here’s to the color it put back in my face.” It seems to me the apple didn’t fall far from the tree; it’s heredity! “50 Shades of Grey” Left Carole May 50 Shades of Red.

Technology is great. Along with it have come all sorts of fantastic conveniences — but all with a price. With great high-speed Internet, for example, comes a $50 bill. Cell phone companies now charge us all for texting and Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio data, hitting you with another $50. And the standard TV and Intersection located at 631 E. Main Street, Canton. For more information home phone bills continue to on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, increase. Well, I can show you call (770) 479-1000. how to save more than $1,000 per year on these different technologies simply by making a few phone calls — but with little or no sacrificing of the conveniences that we’ve come to rely on with these technologies.

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First, let’s talk about your cell phone. Do you have an iPhone? If so, chances are you’re on a plan that exceeds $100 per month. STOP! Instead, you can have your phone “unlocked” (call me if you don’t know what this means) and switch to Straight Talk Mobile. This is a prepaid service that uses AT&T’s cell phone towers, delivers 4G speeds, and includes unlimited talk, text and data for only $45 per month! I have no idea why so few people know about this service, but I have been using it for months and it’s great! The unlock process can be a little more difficult with an Android phone, but it’s still possible and still offers substantial savings. My cell phone bill went from $135 with taxes to $47.99 — saving me $88 per month, or $1044 per year! Next, let’s discuss home phone and Internet service. Many of my clients have told me that they only had home phone service because of their security system. STOP! First of all, now you can add a cellular alarm system that will cost only $10 extra per month. Secondly, if you have a standard phone company, such as Windstream or AT&T, your alarm system still will work if you tell them to cancel your phone but keep your Internet service. You see, in order to have Internet service, the phone company will “give” you a phone line for free. The only catch is that you won’t be able to make free outgoing calls unless it’s to an 800-number, which is what most alarms dial out to anyway. If it’s not an 800-number, the phone company will charge $.20 per minute. Even if the alarm doesn’t use a toll-free continued on page 62

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

(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton


2012 BLASTT Workshops Presented by Reinhardt University

November 7, 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

(Lunch is provided)

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



Sponsored by & located at:

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

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

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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

School Board News

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

Scoop OTP

continued from page 28

With their launch in Georgia, they are being distributed by Quality Wine & Spirits, and should be in all your local restaurants and liquor stores. If you don’t see Vixen on the shelf or behind the bar, ask for it! Once they conquer Georgia, they will expand distribution to the Southeast and then to New York. The product is currently made in Colorado, but the three creative women all live OTP, with the director of marketing, Carrie King, living in East Cobb. The 80-proof vodka lets women be in charge of how much they want to pour with their mixers or drink on the rocks. Many women who prefer white wine are switching over to vodka so they can control their consumption levels. All three owners really want the vodka brand to empower women everywhere, and their Facebook page is dedicated to positive thoughts. Visit their website at and like their Facebook page for recipes and distribution updates.

Not Your Average Wake-Up

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comfortable. Feeding canned food allows extra water in the cat’s diet, encouraging bladder health. A prescription urinary diet will keep the kitty’s urine acidic and thus reduce inflammation. Glucosamines have benefits and are thought to collect within the bladder wall, reducing mucosal irritation. Lastly, providing minimal stress in a cat’s life will help. Regardless, these illnesses are serious and frustrating, but remember it’s not the kitty’s fault. By working with a veterinarian, you can provide a balanced life for you and your kitty with FLUTD.

A Medical Approach to Weight . . . continued from page 45 None of this can be done without someone to work alongside us, coordinating the plan and coaching us through each step. Oftentimes, we need help during this lifestyle change to keep us consistent and accountable. Many patients start on a weightloss plan and quickly fall off when the protocol becomes too difficult or they become unmotivated. Studies have shown that having someone we can turn to during the occasional struggles will help the plan to be more successful. Weight loss is a journey that should be individualized, as each of us has unique needs. Just be sure to go to an office that can not only address the medical issues associated with obesity but also handle the psychological ramifications as well. 62 My West Canton | november 2012

Eye Allergies continued from page 48 With allergies, your body’s release of histamine causes your eyes to water, just as it may cause your nose to run. It may seem illogical that dry-eye syndrome could cause watery eyes. But sometimes an underlying dry-eye condition stimulates your tear glands to overproduce the watery component of your eye’s tears as a protective response, leading to watery eyes. Decongestants clear up redness. They contain vasoconstrictors, which make the blood vessels in your eyes smaller, lessening the apparent redness. They treat a symptom but not the cause of eye allergies. In fact, with extended use, the blood vessels can become dependent on the vasoconstrictor to stay small but get bigger than they were in the beginning. Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) eye drops may be prescribed to decrease swelling, inflammation and other symptoms associated with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, also called hay fever. Prescription corticosteroid eye drops also may provide similar, quick relief. However, steroids have been associated with side effects such as increased inner eye pressure, leading to glaucoma and optic nerve damage. Make an appointment with your eye care professional to determine the best course of action.

You’ve Got Questions continued from page 54 We will cover more questions in future articles. In the meantime, if you have questions, stop by and see your local PGA golf professional. They will answer your questions, explain the proper way and will show you the right positions to make a relaxed, natural swing much easier. Play Better! Play More!

Streamline to Save Money continued from page 56 number, keeping only the Internet service still would be cheaper than spending $40 per month for a standard phone line — saving you approximately $480 per year. Lastly, let’s talk about my favorite part: TV. How long have you been with your current cable provider? Are you paying more than $100 per month for cable? STOP! Let’s face it; all TV providers basically offer the same channels with some variation of delivery. Why not switch providers every couple of years, giving you not only newer equipment but also any perks of being a “new” customer? In general, switching cable providers can save you approximately $50 per month — or $600 per year — and in most cases you won’t lose any of the channels offered through your current provider. If you have any questions about how you can save money on your current cell phone, home phone, cable TV or security system devices, feel free to contact me. My team would love to help you save money without sacrificing the features you have come to enjoy and rely on most.

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

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

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

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

(770) 720-7000 (678) 426-5450 (678) 494-2500 63



Your Community

Attorney/Legal Services

Home Improvement/Repair/Service

Burns, Abbott & Speights, P.C.


Automotive Services

BAM Fence & Doors Daniel’s Home Services Dr. Fixit Mr. Junk

27 38 23 21

Progressive Audiology Center, Inc. Vein Center of North Georgia Village Podiatry Centers Wellstar Health Systems

Real Estate

BridgeMill Auto Care Center Inside Front

Landscaping/Landscape Services

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech Green Solution

23 9


Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping Calvary Landscaping & Irrigation Landscape Matters

49 5

BridgeMill Eyecare Pearle Vision

49 Back Cover

BridgeMill Animal Hospital

Cleaning Services Molly Maid Rejoice Maids

Pet/Veterinarian Services & Supplies

31 HG-44

5 55 17 47 21 11 31

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

Alessandro’s Italian Café & Pizzeria HG-41 Goin’ Coastal Inside Front, 52 & 53

Physicians & Medical Services Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists DV Pediatrics M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine Nexslim Medical Weight Loss Northside Hospital — Cherokee Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Plastic Surgery Center of the South Prestige Primary Care

15 31 11 35 3 1 21 25 29

Audio Intersection Cherokee Chorale Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Ghost Net Inc. Rayven Co. Candles Three Sisters Gifts

55 38 27 9 21 23

Businesses listed in bold italic type denote new or returning advertisers to My West Canton Monthly.


Health & Beauty Afterglow Spa Azure Salon and Spa Bambu Salon & Spa Clark Salon Jyl Craven Hair Design

Restaurants/Food Services



Dentist/Orthodontists 1

HG-42 22 35

11 HG-43

BridgeMill Dentistry Family & Cosmetic Canton Heights Dental Canton Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Cherokee Family Dental Fountain View Family Dentistry Dr. Jerry Smith Orthodontics Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock Williams Orthodontics


Recreation & Fitness Anytime Fitness Golf FORE Charity Yong-In Martial Arts

Churches Liberty Hill Church Inside Back

Skyline Properties Group

37 25 9


A Healthy Body Towne Lake Family Chiropractic

17 55 15 7

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