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Editor Michelle Martin Editor Cherryl Greenman

Caring for Cherokee


Graphic Designer Candice Williams Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood

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Jump Kitchen & Sports Saloon Country rockin’ Scratch cookin’

Will You Marry Me? Local couples share proposal stories in honor of Valentine’s Day

BridgeMill Auto Care Center Elements Salon & Spa New location, same expert hair care


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Directory Listings 61 Clubs 63 Local Officials 64 Churches 67 Community Info West Canton | january 2013 My

Market Director Janet Ponichtera


Photographer Jack Tuszynski Writers Dr. Christopher Anderson, Dr. Nasir Asghar, Gemma Beylouny, Michael Buckner, Bonnie Clark, Jyl Craven, Penny Daughtery, Dr. Jeff Donohue, Louise Estabrook, Rev. Norman Hunt, Dr. Travis Jones, Dr. William Klausmeyer, Dr. James E. Leake, Carole May, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Shane Newton, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Suzanne Taylor

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Happy 13th Anniversary!

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Footprints Publishing, LLC 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My West Canton Monthly magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Footprints Publishing, LLC. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community based advertising. Each month, more than 16,800 copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the West Canton area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found. My West Canton Monthly welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My West Canton Monthly magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher.

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WEst Canton Community — Home

by Michelle Meek,

Salon Papillon has a new name and a new location. The salon has changed its name to Elements Salon & Spa and they are now located at 3422 Sixes Road, Ste #107, Canton. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (770) 3455545. JUMP Kitchen & Sports Saloon opened recently at 1085 Buckhead Crossing, Woodstock in the old Bogey’s location. JUMP is a saloon-themed, family restaurant with an extensive menu including chicken fried steak, lobster roll, wings, fish tacos, burgers and much more! Like them on Facebook and also visit See page 19 to read their story. America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses has recently opened a new store in the Canton Marketplace shopping area. The location is the 16th area store, joining 15 other locations in the Atlanta area. America’s Best offers a full range of optical services, including eyeglasses and contact lenses.The store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the America’s Best Web site at Community & Southern Bank recently opened its new Woodstockarea branch located at 8770 Main Street. The location, formerly an Ameris Bank branch acquired by CSB in November 2012, will serve all local customers. In addition to a downtown Woodstock CSB location, customers will now have heightened access to Acru, a wholly owned subsidiary of Community & Southern Bank, located at 400 Chambers Street. Customers needing additional information can call the CSB Customer Care Center at (800) 9018075 or visit Downtown Woodstock has a Youtube Channel. It was started in 2012 to help spread the word about all the great aspects of the downtown Woodstock area. Check it out at downtownwoodstock Swirl by Design recently celebrated the opening of its store in Downtown Woodstock at 390 Chambers Street. The boutique store features custom Maui jewelry, soy candles, organic customized bath salts and many other island-themed gifts and accessories. (770) 310-4241


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World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet Republics. Host families provide room, board and guidance to a teenager living thousands of miles from home. If you are interested in opening your home and sharing family life with a young person from abroad, please call local Area Representative Amy Stout at (678) 371-4615. www.

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Publisher’s note Learning Patience

Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek

How many of us wish we were more patient? I mean kids want what they want when they want it and they want it now. We as parents often find ourselves engaged in conversations with other parents about our kids and how they just had to have this or that right then. And then I look at the way parents are, Michelle and I included, and I see in general, we never really grow out of this behavior. What is it about waiting that nullifies fun? This is one of the toughest lessons I have tried to learn over the years, and I am not quite sure I have the lesson learned at this point either. I think we have to be patient while we are learning patience.

Our pastor began the year by asking the church members to think of one word that God has put on their heart for 2013, one word that they would latch onto and focus on for the year. There are so many really great words, like “focus,” “intentional,” “love,” “truth,” “brave” and “promise.” My word is “integrity,” but because I was impatient and got my word in to meet the deadline, I think the word should have been “abide” because it really hit home with me. I appealed for a second “one word,” so integrity and abide are now my one words. Let’s broaden this scope a little bit. I know some of you are not religious, but we all think about resolutions and setting goals. How many of you think about a single word that holds meaning for you individually? A word that might help you attain your goal or keep your resolution, or one that by focusing on it will make you a better person. Don’t get me wrong; I love our pastor and I think the world of him, but one word might not be enough for all of us. Sure, some probably just need one word for 2013, but after how 2012 was, I think I need a couple more. So let’s say patience was the most popular word. I have no idea if it would be or is, but I am the one writing the article and I chose the word patience, so humor me for a month, please. Last month I wrote about how we are all in this together and we need to do what we can for the betterment of our community. How can patience make our community better? First thing that comes to mind is road rage and all you stop sign blowers…ugh, I need more patience. How about the people who drive 35 mph on Bells Ferry as they pass no less than three 45 mph signs in either direction, south or north? Obviously you have a glimpse of what I think might make “my community” a little better…drive like I do. Next month’s article will be about being judgmental. Here are my ideas about patience and our community. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Wave to let someone go first at a four-way stop. Use all five fingers when you wave at a slower driver. Let the mother with kids wearing on her every last nerve go first in line at the grocery store. Pull up to the last available pump at the gas station (I had to throw in one more pet peeve). Sure, these things might take a little more time and effort, but don’t we feel better after the act? These are all basic examples, but the root of it all is treating each other better, as if we actually like each other. I have had the pleasure to meet a lot of you and you are likeable. I will work on it, this being patient thing. Please forgive me if I don’t show you a little, as I am a work in progress. Speaking of progress, we continue our voting for My Community Favorites through the end of the month. Show the local businesses your support by going online to vote or use the ballot in this issue. The responses have been outstanding again, so keep the votes coming! Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497,


COMMUNITY Farm Bureau Seeks Entries for Essay Contest

Cherokee County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic, “How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?” The winners of the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $50 for 1st Place County and $40 for 2nd Place County. “Many children don’t understand how their food is grown. The purpose of the Farm Bureau Essay Contest is to encourage students to study Georgia agriculture and learn how their food is produced and the contributions the industry makes to our lives every day,” said William Grizzle, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president. To enter the contest students should contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau for an official title sheet and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Cherokee Farm Bureau office by Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The Cherokee County Farm Bureau Essay Contest winner will be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau First District competition. This contest is sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau and coordinated by the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. For more information, contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office at (770) 479-1481 ext. 0. You may also download more information about the contest by visiting and selecting GFB Programs and then selecting Ag in the Classroom. All essay entries must be officially submitted by the Cherokee Farm Bureau to the Georgia Farm Bureau home office.

Online Publication ‘Music Morsels’ Relaunches

Music Morsels, an online publication that ceased publishing in 2008, has re-launched as a music reviews blog and will post reviews of indie and national recording artists releases worldwide. The publication that began in 1995 has re-launched this time as a music blog featuring the writing of journalist Mark Waterbury and Serge Entertainment/Serge Media Group owner Sandy Serge and is based out of Canton, Ga.“We want to continue to support musicians in any way we can and hosting a site that reviews music is another way for us to do that,” remarks Serge. The writers will post positive reviews of CDs and EPs (not singles) submitted as the reviews are written and will also review concerts in the metro Atlanta area. “If we don’t like the music, we won’t review it, but we will listen to everything submitted,” Serge explains. Visit the Music Morsels blog at http://musicmorsels. Serge Entertainment Group/Surgeland Records also released, “Tune In To MIND Radio: A Tribute To Multi6

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talented Vocalist Kelly Keeling.” Surgeland Records is a division of the Serge Entertainment Group LLC. The CD contains five songs written by Keeling with renditions inspired by musicians who have known Keeling or have been touched by his talent. It also contains a new song written and performed by guitarist ‘Tune In To MIND Radio’ Dominic Gaudious inspired CD Cover by Keeling. “’Tune In To MIND Radio’ is a very eclectic CD with everything from power metal to alt rock to classic rock to new age and world music,” explains Sandy Serge, Executive Producer.

Marietta Plastic Surgeon Earns Board Certification

Marietta Plastic Surgery is proud to announce plastic surgeon, Dr. John D. Symbas, has earned his Board Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. “The process of board certification is a long and extensive one, but also a very important one,” Dr. John D. Symbas said Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. John D. Symbas. “Board certification in plastic surgery should be something that patients understand and consider when choosing a plastic surgeon. I am proud to have earned the certification.” Dr. John D. Symbas is trained in breast surgery, reconstructive surgery, facial surgery, and body contouring plastic surgery procedures. Marietta Plastic Surgery has a fully accredited surgery center and proudly serves plastic surgery patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Woodstock, Georgia, and surrounding areas. They are board certified and provide the latest technology, and best practices for patient safety. For more information, please visit http://www.

Community & Southern Bank Announces Local Promotion Winner Community & Southern Bank (CSB) is proud to announce that Clinton Shaw of Canton, Ga. has been named the local winner of a region-wide, in-

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branch promotion. Selected at random, Shaw will receive a free smartphone, compliments of CSB. “Congratulations to Clinton and all of our Metro Region winners who took time to visit their local bank branch and inquire about CSB’s mobile banking application,” says Jeff Whittington, chief banking officer for CSB. “We value all of our customers and appreciate their willingness to learn more about our expanding product and service offerings.” CSB recently joined an elite group of banks to offer mobile deposits with the introduction of its new mobile app – available for iPhone, Androids, and Blackberry phones, as well as tablets. In all, 17 smartphones were given away to multiple winners in CSB’s East, Metro, North and West regions. For more information on Community & Southern Bank’s mobile application or to inquire about additional products and services, please visit myCSBonline. com or call the Customer Care Center at (801) 901.8075.

involved in this community effort.” According to Elm Street Board of Directors President Shawn McLeod, Walton Communities donated significant amounts of material and labor for overall site grading and infrastructure earlier in 2012. Melissa Casteel, RLA, principal landscape architect of Mondo Land Planning + Design, is donating services for the site on an ongoing basis. Ann Litrel, Director of Fundraising on the Board of Directors for Elm Street, said that the event green will have multiple uses for the community, serving to host outdoor festivals and markets, offering a recreational space along the Greenprints Trail system, and providing a venue for outdoor performances and classes for the Elm Street Theater and local businesses.

CCWSA Announces Photography Contest Winners

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) announced the winners of the Environmental Education Program 2012 photography contest recently. The photographs had to depict Lori Forrester presents Wesley what inspired the students to Berrien with his framed conserve and protect the water photograph. resources in their community. The winners were Spencer Moody from R.M. Moore Elementary School (K-6th grade category) and Wesley Berrien from Woodstock High School (7th-12th grade category). Each student was presented with their winning photograph framed and a check for $50 in front of their teachers and peers. Their winning photos will be displayed at the CCWSA offices and facilities.  

Donors Give Elm Street a Green Light for 2013

Two corporate donors stepped forward to complete the Elm Street Event Green for Woodstock’s Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, just in time for a happy new year for the growing arts center in the downtown area. Austin Outdoor, headquartered in central Florida, and Highland Waterworks, Inc, of Atlanta, were the two corporate patrons who donated nearly $20,000 worth of materials and labor to complete the event green portion of the four acre site. Brian Wester, Regional Vice President for Austin Outdoor, remarked, “Elm Street fit in perfectly with the type of projects we like to assist in our corporate outreach program.” Jim Hester, President of Highland Waterworks, added that Highland was “happy to be 8

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L to R: Shawn McLeod, Elm Street Board President, Russell Smith of Walton Communities, Steve Ware of Austin Outdoor, Ann Litrel Elm Street Board Director, Melissa Casteel of Mondo Land Planning+Design

Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services Awarded Car Seat Mini Grant

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was awarded the 2013 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Injury Prevention. Through the Mini-Grant, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Safe Kids Cherokee County will work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Cherokee County. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Maternal and Child Health Program fund this grant to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles. And it works! Since 2007, at least 229 children in Georgia who were involved in crashes were saved from serious injury or death by car seats, booster seats, and education provided through the Mini-Grant. Safe Kids Cherokee County, led by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, educates parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offers car seat inspections and provides car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 140 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time. For more information about the Cherokee County car seat program, contact Safe Kids Cherokee County at (678) 493-4343 or


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februaryEvents Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library “Super Saturday”

“Super Saturday” story times are family story times designed with the working parent and/or school-aged child in mind and are offered at R.T. Jones Memorial Library in Canton. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs are a repeat performance of that week’s story times but may not include a craft activity.

Family Story Times — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Lapsit Story Times — Wednesdays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Reading Days

These 10-15 minute programs encourage children to read by providing a nonjudgmental furry listener who won’t laugh if they make a mistake or stumble over a word. Children begin to associate reading with the dog and start to view the activity in a positive light. Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by calling the corresponding library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time. For more information, please call (770) 4793090, extension 235.

February 10 & 17, All Day Woodstock Public Library February 23, All Day R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Woodstock Public Library Lapsit Story Times — Wednesdays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Family Story Times — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. *All story times begin promptly at scheduled time; please arrive early to avoid any disruption. Woodstock and R.T. Jones lapsit story times will be limited to the first 15 children (plus their caregiver) to arrive and the doors to the program will be closed when the program begins.

Sequoyah Regional Library System

Free VITA Tax Prep Assistance

Join IRS certified community volunteers for free tax preparation while the library is open. These preparers can assist with most common and simple filings. For more information, visit or call your home library branch.

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

February 17, 3 p.m. Woodstock Public Library

Lego Club

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

Find the hidden picture

Week of February 26: “Rhyme Time”

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

February 4 & 18, 4:30 p.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library February 7, 14 & 28, 4:30 p.m. Woodstock Public Library

Contest Corner

Week of February 5: “I Love You . . . This Much”

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.

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

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Things to do in West Canton

Through May 16

February 8 — March 3

Carved in Stone: The Marble Industry in North Georgia

Vase Forms — Sculptural and Utilitarian, First National Juried Ceramics Exhibition


Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Cherokee County History Museum and Visitor’s Center, 100 North St., Canton Information: The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce this temporary exhibition featuring photographs, documents, and artifacts from the society’s collection. The exhibit features tools, carved marble pieces, sales catalogues and promotional materials from both The Georgia Marble Company and the finishing plants that were located in Canton and Ball Ground. For more information please contact Stefanie Joyner at (770) 345-3288 or visit

February 7 Silver Ring Thing Time:

7-9 p.m., registration begins at 6:15 p.m. Location: Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock Cost: Free Information: This National Youth Event is a concert style, live event that shares the message of sexual abstinence with teens, parents and youth leaders. Using comedy, drama, music, videos and real stories from real students, SRT encourages those who are saving sex for marriage and uses testimonies to challenge those who are not abstaining. The program is designed for Middle school and high school students, parents and youth leaders. This event will include a separate Parent Session beginning at 7 p.m. The 45-minute discussion will provide parents with statistics and talking points to use when talking to their teenager about sexual activity. (770) 924-4777,

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Studio 101, 101 Emma Lane, Suite 110, Woodstock Information: Hosted by The Arts Alliance of Georgia featuring works from Utah, Maine and many other states. Sponsored by Inspirational Artistic Impressions and is free to the public. For open hours, please visit www.artsalliancega. org. For more information, please call Regina Hines at (706) 299-0165.

February 11 Sixes Elementary Blood Drive Time: Location:

3-7 p.m. Sixes Elementary School 20 Ridge Road, Canton Information: Sixes would LOVE for you to donate blood this Valentine’s Day week. To schedule an appointment, please go to and enter SIXES as your sponsor code or contact Suzanne Taylor at 

February 13, 20 & 27 March 6, 13 & 20


6478 Putnam Ford Dr., Suite 125, Woodstock Information: Want To Feel More Attractive? Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC is hosting complementary informational presentations, “Learn How You Can Lose Weight Without Dieting With The Virtual Gastric Band.” The presentation is free but requires advance registration due to limited seating. Register by emailing date and number of attendees to GeorgiaHypnotherapy@live. com or by calling (678) 938-7274. www.

March 15 Beat Out Cancer — Percussion Concert Time: Location:

7:30 p.m. Cherokee High School 930 Marietta Highway, Canton Cost: $7 general admission $20 VIP seating Information: Beat Out Cancer is a fundraising percussion concert with every penny of proceeds going to Relay for Life. Last year, the effort raised almost $3000. Please visit www. for complete details.

ASH WEDNESDAY AND MIDWEEK LENT SERVICES Times: Imposition of Ashes with Holy Communion, noon and 7:30 p.m; Ash Wednesday services, noon and 7:30 p.m. Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock Information: For more information, please call (770) 924-7286.

February 20 & 26 Learn How You Can Lose Weight Seminar Time:

7-8:30 p.m.

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

February 18 — 22 Tisha Gotte’s Drama Camp Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $200 Information: Students will write their own play, learn to apply stage make up, work on costumes, signs, programs, special effects, puppets, choreography and songs (costumes

provided). They will perform their play to family and friends at the end of the week. Performance DVD will be given to each student in the show along with a camp T-shirt.

Cherokee County Gardening With the Masters Please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (770) 479-0418 to register for seminars.

February 26, 27 & 28 February 9

Time: Cost:

How to Start Your Own Plants

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

February 8 FOCUS on Music Concert — Garland Kelley Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door Information: Also featuring Jade Sanders, Jordan Grassi, Courtney Dickinson and Miss Teen USA Georgia, Julia Martin. A portion of proceeds will benefit Families of Cherokee United in Service (FOCUS) for their teen programs.

Woodstock Place Shopping Center, 10029 Highway 92, Woodstock (formerly Walmart) Information:

March 15 & 16

Elly’s Watercolor Floral Workshop 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $225 (supplies not included)


Time: Location:

10 a.m. Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton Information: Start plants from seeds, cuttings, and layering.

March 2 Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Time: Location:

10 a.m. Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton Information: Are you new to vegetable gardening and unsure where to begin? Join us for beginning techniques.

Consignment Saless February 15 & 16 The Blessing Line Kids’ Consignment Sale

Children’s Spring/Summer Consignment Sale Times:

March 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 16, 9 a.m.-noon Location: Canton First United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton Information: Most items on Saturday are ½ off. If you are interested in being a seller or volunteer please contact Shannon Miller at


9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta Information: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples. Strollers welcome!  For more information, email or visit Please bring in this announcement for special admittance before the public sale either 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 15 or 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. 


February 14, 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24 Once Upon a Mattress Time:

February 14, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 7:30 p.m.; February 24, 2 p.m. Cost: $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 for ages 12 and under in advance online or $15, 13, 12 at the door Information: Bring your Valentine to see this hilariously romantic musical comedy! Princess Winnifred of the Swamplands meets Prince Dauntless but she has to pass the Queen’s ridiculous test in order for them — and anyone in the kingdom — to get married.  

Every Saturday Winter Market Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Information: Vendors from the Woodstock Farmers Market will continue to sell their various items — either outdoors as before, weather permitting, or inside the lobby. Don’t miss your favorite breads, preserves, cupcakes and much more!

February 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. February 16, 9 a.m.-noon Location: First Baptist Church Woodstock 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock Information: Many ½ off items on Saturday

February 22 & 23 Wildwood Kidz-Sense Consignment Sale Times:

February 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. February 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Wildwood Baptist Church, 4801 Wade Green Road, Acworth Information: Umbrella strollers only on Thursday night and Friday morning due to a lack of space.

Send Us Your

February 28, March 1 & 2 All 4 Kids Consignment Sale Time:

February 28, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (no strollers prior to 11 a.m.); March 1, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; March 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (many items 1/2 off on Sat.)

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MUST-HAVES Threads is a retail store for guys and gals that carries denim, shoes, clothing, accessories and gifts — featuring top name brands like Miss Me, Lucky, Silver and many more. New gift items just in time for Valentine’s Day include “wristlet” and slightly larger clutches that are handy for carrying your cell phone, credit cards and keys, and come in fun designs, colors and fabrics. These Bohemian-chic necklaces with initials and other charms from Natural Life can be customized for your own look and style. Also, these cute flats (in sizes 5-10) come in seven styles that feature fun spring colors and bright stripes. They will go perfectly with a cute skirt or little dress, shorts, colored denim or skinny jeans, and add a pop of color when paired with a simple T-shirt. Best of all, these flats from Threads are just $10! 500 Chambers St., Woodstock; (770) 485-0744,

During the cold, harsh winter months, our skin often turns dry and itchy. Farmhouse Fresh has a fabulous line of skincare products from hand cream to bath soaks to fight dry skin — and they are fun and irresistible, too! Farmhouse Fresh products are made with 90-99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients. All of their products are paraben- and sulfatefree and many are also Vegan and gluten-free. Revive Day Spa/Baxter Chiropractic, located at 6875 Hickory Road in Woodstock, carries a generous display of Farmhouse Fresh products. Some of the items that are a “must-have” are the Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream, the Bourbon Bubbler Kentucky Whiskey Body Scrub, the Sparkling Bath Soaks in Red Hot Shandy or Clementine, and the Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask enriched with CoQ10. All of their products smell yummy and feel wonderful; Farmhouse Fresh has been nationally recognized in many publications. Stop in and pick up a Valentine’s gift or treat for yourself! (770) 345-1111,

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Call today to schedule your tax or accounting appointment.

Business and Individual Tax Returns: 1040, 1041, 1065, 1120, 1120S

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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

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Deadline is February 10th for the March Issue!

Nicholas Huggins

Brennin William

Age 21 on February 18 Happy 21st Birthday, Speed Racer! We love you, Nick! Mom, Dad & Amaris

Age 1 on February 28 Happy 1st Birthday, Brennin Bug!

Kristy Hough

Myles Morecraft

Age 30 February 23 Happy dirty thirty my little turtle dove! You’re the love of my life and I love you more and more each day! Love, Tyson, Ayden & Allie

Age 1 on February 7 Happy Birthday, Myles! We Love You! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Charlie

Katlyn Price & Ben Thacker

Married on October 6, 2012 at Crystal Falls in Dawsonville, GA Katlyn is the daughter of Vivian & Don Price Ben is son of Susan & Lee Thacker

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Isabelle Dixon

Caroline Nelson

Age 10 on February 23 Happy double digits sweet girl! We love you! Mommy, Daddy, Maddison & Caleb

Age 10 on February 19 Happy Birthday! We love you always and forever! Mommy, Daddy, Heidi, Gra Gra, Papa & Grandma

Emma Staten

Joseph David Marshall

Celebrating on February 14 Happy, Happy Birthday! Nana & Papa Al

Judah Ryan Martin

Born on November 7, 2012 6 lbs., 10 ½ oz., 19 inches long Son of Shanna & Dusty Martin Brother of big sisters Bria & Shaylee 3 John 1:4

Age 13 on February 26 From kid to teen, you’re finally 13! Happy Birthday! Love Always, Mom, Dad & Amanda

Kellie Tracy

Age 16 on February 7 Happy Sweet 16! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Joanna & Rebecca

Jordan Surratt

Age 13 on February 1 Happy birthday! We love you! Daughter of Gina & Kyle Sister of Reese

Andrea Ashworth & James Shurtleff

Engaged to be married on February 11, 2013 at Cedar Plantation in Acworth, GA

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Registering Now for the 2013/2014 School Year! Open: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Full Academic Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Half Day Academic Hours: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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What’s Cookin’ What’s Cookin’ in the Community is a new feature for 2013. Each month, a new theme will be cookin’. This month's recipe theme is Valentine's sweets.

March is “Easter/Passover.” Please share your favorite traditional Easter/Passover recipes with us!

Valentine Chex Mix Contributed by Beth Rafferty

To submit your recipe for the March issue, please email it to along with your photo. We’d love to hear from you!

4½ cups Rice Chex cereal ½ cup white vanilla baking chips ¼ cup peanut butter 2 T butter or margarine cup powdered sugar ¼ cup red, white, pink M&Ms 2 T red or pink jimmies sprinkles

Agave Kiss

ble bowl, microwave vanilla chips, Place cereal in medium bowl. In small microwavea g every 30 seconds, until stirrin es, minut peanut butter and butter on high 1 to 1½ coated. Place half of cereal evenly until l melted and smooth. Pour mixture over cerea and spread on waxed paper coat to Toss . mixture in gallon baggie; add powdered sugar ning cereal mixture remai into les sprink or foil to cool. Meanwhile, stir candies and es, combine the two minut 15 about After and spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. gs (½ cup each). servin 11 about mixtures and store in air-tight container. Makes

Contributed by Beth Ra


In a cocktail shaker, co mbine 2 oz. Tequila, 1 oz. white crème de cacao, 1 oz. cream, soy or coconut milk, ½ oz. Chambord and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass, rimmed with shaved white chocolate and raspberr y garnish.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Contributed by Candice Williams, My Community Monthly team Cheesecake 1½ cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup butter, melted 1½ cups sugar, plus 1 T, divided 3 (8 oz.) packages light or fat-free cream cheese, softened

4 large eggs 3 T unsweetened cocoa 1 cup sour cream ½ cup whole buttermilk 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp distilled white vinegar 2 (1 oz.) bottles red food coloring

Icing 1 (8 oz.) package light or fat-free cream cheese, softened ½ cup butter, softened 1 (16 oz.) box powdered sugar Garnish: chopped toasted pecans

Stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter and 1 tablespoon sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Beat 3 packages cream cheese and 1½ cups sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add eggs, cocoa, sour cream, buttermilk, vanilla extract, vinegar and food coloring; beat until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300° and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Turn off oven and leave cheesecake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; run knife along outer edge of cheesecake and cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Cover and chill for 8 hours. Beat 1 package cream cheese and butter until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake.

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1085 Buckhead Crossing Woodstock, GA 30189 678-388-7717

JUMP Kitchen & Sports Saloon opened in mid-December 2012 in the old Bogey’s location. The concept is the creation of co-owners David Young and Matt McGehee. A saloon-themed, family restaurant, JUMP offers an eclectic menu with an emphasis on scratch-made, quality food. The fare includes some typical bar food items such as wings, chili cheese fries, chips, salsa and queso, but the menu boasts many unique items as well — fried alligator, calamari and mango chicken tostadas, just to name a few. The fish tacos, lobster roll and many of the in-house ground burgers have already gotten rave reviews. The menu is a combination of items that David and Matt grew up with and have extensive experience and expertise in preparing. Between the two owners, they bring a combined 35+ years in the restaurant industry, operating high-volume restaurants that focused on Cajun and Tex-Mex cuisine. JUMP’s main entrees reflect some of those influences, as well as their southern upbringing. An awesome BBQ meatloaf, chicken fried steak and blackened catfish with bacon, and cheddar grits have quickly become popular choices. The atmosphere is unique, casual and inviting. Classic country and southern rock music is heard throughout, seating is available at country-style red tablecloth-covered traditional tables, as well as picnic tables. There are two large overhead garage doors installed that offer character JumpRestaurants

to the restaurant, as well as opening up to the patio in the spring. The floor layout can accommodate large groups, sports teams or families. Lunch menu items start at $6.95. Daily and nightly food and drink features and specials are highlighted and change frequently; like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date. Live music is coming soon — JUMP has already been in contact with a well-known Nashville recording artist about a possible outdoor show in April. Stay tuned for the upcoming entertainment schedule! They are also planning to participate in the sponsorship of several local baseball, softball and other sports teams. Matt, originally from Mississippi, has been a resident of Woodstock for the past 13 years and David, a resident of Canton, has lived in the area for 15 years after being transferred from Dallas. Deeply rooted in their community, they plan to help strengthen their community and to be as accommodating to their guests as possible. They understand the service industry and the Cherokee market and are listening to their guests. Give them your feedback; they are open to new specials and offerings based on what they hear from their customers.

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Local Schools Hold Annual Spelling Bee

Freedom Middle School sixth-grader Avery Stanley, left, won the school’s annual spelling bee and represented the school at the Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee held at Cherokee High School. The school’s alternate was runner-up seventh-grader Patrick Kump, right, who was eligible to compete at the District bee if Avery was unable to do so.  Knox Elementary School student Hunter Woodall, right, won the school’s spelling bee and represented the school at the Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee. The school’s alternate was runner-up Allison Williford, left, who was eligible to compete at the District bee if Hunter was unable to do so. 

personal contacts in that community, she learned the school had suffered extensive damage. SEMA raised nearly $200 and collected 15 boxes of donations of books and supplies. The money was raised through donations and the sale during lunch of chocolate chip cookies that the students made themselves. “The school responded to the donations with a note of profound thanks and sent photos of the students opening their packages,” Principal John Hultquist said. 

Scholarship Offered to Students Funded By Reinhardt’s Faculty and Staff

Wade Davis

Sixes Students Assist Hurricane Sandy Victims Sixes Elementary School third-grade teacher Mary Alice Gresch, a native New Yorker, was moved to action with the news of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Mrs. Gresch rallied her fellow teachers and students to create the Sixes Emergency Management Association (SEMA) to aid Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School in Island Park, N.Y. Through

Tareva Moore

Teacher Mary Alice Gresch packs donations with students: Caden English, Victoria Giardino, Tyler Woodall and Nikki Bailey.

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Students, faculty and staff are like family at Reinhardt University. The support of students by faculty and staff extends beyond just the classroom or administrative office; it carries over into encouragement for the University’s students to continue in the endeavor to receive a Reinhardt education by assistance through the Reinhardt Family Campaign (RFC) Scholarship. The RFC Scholarship was created to give faculty and staff a greater sense of involvement with their donations and to be able to see the actual results of their generosity – students benefitting from the scholarship. This year the scholarship was awarded to 14 students who were selected from 45 compelling applications. Canton scholarship recipients included seniors Wade Davis and Tareva Moore. Congratulations!


Private Schools Brenwood Academy

Hickory Flat UMC Preschool and Kindergarten

(770) 704--4925,

(770) 345-9354,

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

Lyndon Academy

(770) 926-0166,

Community Christian School (770) 479-9535,

(678) 880-1345,

Mission Point Christian Academy North Cobb Christian School

Compass Prep Academy

(770) 975-0252,

(404) 643-9424,

Shiloh Hills Christian School

Crossroads Christian Academy (770) 479-7638,

(770) 926-7729,

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

Furtah Preparatory School (678) 574-6488,

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool (770) 720-2333,

Harvest Baptist School (770) 974-9091,

The Goddard School (770) 720-3003,

Public Schools Cherokee Charter Academy: (678) 385-7322 Cherokee County School District: (770) 479-1871 Canton Elementary School

Hasty Elementary School

Cherokee High School

Knox Elementary School

Clayton Elementary School

Liberty Elementary School

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

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

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

Freedom Middle School

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

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

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

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

Teasley Middle School

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance February 18-22

School Holiday

March 29

Furlough Day

April 8-12

School Holiday

Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect:

R.M. Moore Elementary School 1375 Puckett Road Waleska, GA 30183 (770) 479-3978 Principal: Ms. Jan Adamson

Sixes Elementary School

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

Woodstock High School

2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-3500 Principal: Dr. Paul Weir

Woodstock Middle School

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

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600, 21

Tim & Katie Henderson “I was invited to go on vacation with Katie’s family to Myrtle Beach. Since we were going to the beach I decided I wanted to have her find her ring on the beach in a seashell. So I got online and began researching seashells, I quickly found out that I could not buy just one seashell, I had to buy a bundle of 25. So I did what I had to do and purchased three bags of seashells before I found the perfect shell. It was a clamshell that opened up and was big enough to fit a ring inside. I casually mentioned that I wanted to watch the sunrise on the beach and look for seashells on the drive up. She seemed excited to go for a walk except we would be getting up early on vacation (who wants to do that). Little did she know that this would be the best walk on the beach ever, at least I hoped so. Finally the morning came, I wore some cargo shorts with a pocket on the side so that I could place the shell in that pocket. So we started walking and I started pointing to random shells all over the beach. I use to be a magician and was pretty good at misdirecting people with my hand motions. I spotted a shell kinda behind where we were standing so that we had to turn around to look at it, then while she was looking at it I took the shell out of my pocket and placed it on the beach. She then turned around and said, ‘WOW look at that one, it is huge’ as she jumped back and said,’I’m not picking it up there is probably a creature in it.’ I was in a panic as a wave was coming in because I did not want this to get swept away in the ocean. Katie kept backing up saying there was no telling what creature was inside, so I quickly picked up the shell and opened it. I then hit one knee and the look on Katie’s face was one I will never forget. She then said ‘YES’ and made me the happiest man in the world!”

Christine & Brian Mathers “In 1994, my boyfriend, Brian, told me we were going on a special date. I was clueless. I was in shorts while he wore a nice church suit with a backpack. We went to the airport and boarded a Delta flight to New York. From there, he bought tickets for the Ferry Boat to Ellis Island to tour the Statue of Liberty. Once there, we climbed all the way up. It was scary because it got really narrow at the top. While I was looking down through the window of Ms. Liberty, Brian knelt down on his knee and asked me to be his wife. February 15th will be our 16th anniversary.”

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Tearsa & Jeffery Helton “God knew what He was doing when Jeffery stepped into my life. I had no time for love. I had a job, went to school and had three beautiful boys. The man in the red car won the hearts of my boys before he won mine — kind and patient by nature. Jeffery’s big blue eyes and warm heart helped to mend my broken heart. Nineteen years and two more beautiful boys later, I thank God I made time for love.”

Lucas & Angelica Andresen (submitted by Tonya Andresen) “My son, Lucas Andresen, dated Angelica Trejo for six years. They were high school sweethearts, both graduating from Sequoyah High School in 2008. My son loves Disney World, and has been going there at least once a year since he was 2 years old. Angelica has traveled there with us on many occasions. They started dating on October 21, 2006. On their five-year anniversary, Lucas took Angelica to Disney World to celebrate. He planned with the Disney photographers to have photos made while they were on Main Street USA. To Angelica’s surprise, Lucas got down on one knee and proposed! They married recently on their six-year anniversary, October 21, 2012, during an evening wedding at Little Gardens in Lilburn, Ga. They celebrated with a Disney honeymoon!”

Bill & Holly Reynolds “I met my bride-to-be on a Wednesday night and proposed on Friday morning. Not wishing to rush things, we waited four months until November 23, 1988, to get married. Four months later, on March 24, 1989, I had a heart attack. Not expecting to celebrate our first anniversary, we decided to celebrate a ‘monthaversary’ on the 23rd of each month. On November 23, 2012, we celebrated our 288th ‘monthaversary’ which was our 24th anniversary. In 24 years I have told her I loved her just once. I feel the word ‘love’ is overly abused and, for me, it has become meaningless. Instead, I tell her ‘I care for you.’ If you care for someone, you want the very best for them and we both can live with that thought.” 23

SPORTS Woodstock Resident Plays in Chick-fil-A Bowl

Woodstock’s Reid Webster, a second team offensive lineman (#77) for the Clemson Tigers Football team, made his Etowah High School alma mater and former teammates and classmates proud as part of Clemson’s winning team in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Clemson defeated LSU 25-24 in a last-second, 37-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. The game was played December 31 before a crowd of 68,027 at the Georgia Dome in Downtown Atlanta. Webster is a redshirt sophomore for Clemson Tigers Football and 2010 graduate of Etowah High School. This was Webster’s second appearance in a post-season bowl game. He played six snaps at center against West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on January 4, 2012. “[The 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl] was a great bowl game experience.

I’ve never been on the field during a game-winner, so it was a great, new experience,” Webster said, also noting that organizers of the Chick-fil-A Bowl did a good job balancing bowl activities with practice and meetings. Players from both Clemson and LSU participated in pre-bowl activities that included visiting local children’s hospitals and competing in fun “Battle for the Bowl Week” events.

Local Youth Golfer Has Incredible Tour Season Connor MacMillan, a third grader at Sixes Elementary and resident of BridgeMill, recently won the US Kids Golf Atlanta tour season in the 8 year old division finishing the season with a 2 over par win at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth. The win caps a good season for him that included playing in the US Kids World Championship in Pinehurst, NC and various regional tournaments in Florida. Congratulations Connor!

Connor MacMillan

WellStar offers an array of medical services for residents of Cherokee county, including urgent care; imaging; cardiology; family practice; internal medicine; pediatrics; and OB/GYN. With locations in Woodstock and Canton, we’ve got you covered.

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WellStar Medical Group, Urgent Care in Towne Lake Can’t wait until Monday to be seen by a physician for a minor injury or illness? We can help. Urgent Care provides treatment for routine conditions, such as sore throat, stomach pains and more. We also care for minor injuries and illnesses; stitches for minor lacerations; lab and x-rays; specialty care referral; occupational health services; worker’s compensation services; school and sports physicals; flu shots; and free blood pressure checks. Urgent Care in Towne Lake is located at 120 Stone Bridge Parkway, Suite 310 (South Cherokee Medical Center), in Woodstock and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (678) 494-2500.

Our two convenient Cherokee locations mean you won’t have to travel far for imaging services. WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center at Towne Lake is located at 120 Stone Bridge Parkway, Suite 300 (South Cherokee Medical Center), in Woodstock. WellStar Canton Imaging Center is located at 720 Transit Avenue, Suite 201, in Canton. For information or to schedule at either location, please call (678) 581-5900.

High-Field Open MRI Located at the WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center at Towne Lake, our 1.0 Tesla High-Field Open MRIs produce the same contrast and image quality of traditional 1.5 Tesla MRIs while creating a more open, comfortable experience for patients, especially children, larger patients and those with anxiety over confined spaces.

Digital Mammography All WellStar Imaging facilities offer digital mammography versus traditional film. Why is digital better? It allows the sub-specialized breast radiologists flexibility in getting a “better look” at tissue, leading to increased cancer detection rates. Digital can reveal early changes in the breast tissue. These early signs are often caught before anything can be felt by a woman or healthcare professional. Annual screening mammograms are recommended for all women age 40 and over.

Heart Screenings for $99

A Clear View Can Save a Life 64, 256, CT, MRI, PET/CT… the terminology can be overwhelming, but the results speak for themselves in the images produced. WellStar’s investments in the latest imaging technology mean better technology, non-invasive procedures and clearer images to detect and diagnose health concerns, such as breast cancer and heart disease. We offer the largest and most comprehensive network of imaging services in Metro Atlanta.

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. A heart screening is a low dose, non-invasive procedure that determines the presence and extent of coronary calcium and allows for appropriate intervention before symptoms appear. The scan is useful for early detection of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. Heart screenings are a good idea for men and women 40 years of age or older who have at least one of the following risk factors: history of smoking or tobacco use; family history of heart disease; diabetes; high cholesterol;

WellStar Locations in Cherokee County: Cardiovascular Medicine WELLSTAR MEDICAL GROUP, CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE 720 TRANSIT AVENUE, BUILDING 100, SUITE 102 CANTON, GA 30114 (770) 704-1955 120 STONE BRIDGE PARKWAY, SUITE 110 WOODSTOCK, GA 30189 (678) 324-4400

Family & Internal Medicine high blood pressure; and/or obesity. Those not eligible for heart screenings are people with coronary stents in place, those who have previously had a heart attack or cardiac bypass surgery, and women who are currently pregnant. WellStar’s Heart Screenings cost $99 per individual and $149 per couple (self-pay price) and are available at both our Canton and Towne Lake locations.

Lung Cancer Screenings for $199 Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in America, and 18 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. Lung cancer screenings are available on a self-referral basis for anyone 50 years of age or older with a history of smoking, second-hand tobacco smoke exposure, or exposure to occupational or environmental cancercausing substances. A board-certified radiologist specially trained to read these screenings analyzes each scan. The screenings cost $199 per individual and $299 per couple (self-pay price) and are available at both our Canton and Towne Lake locations.

We Believe in State-of-the-Art Facilities WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, located in Marietta, is known for its “state-of-the-heart” cardiac program, collaborative vascular program, multidisciplinary STAT Cancer Clinic, and renowned Women’s Center complete with a Level III Neonatal ICU. Our ER — one of the busiest in the state — includes an accredited chest pain center and is a designated Level II Trauma Center, the only one serving Cherokee County. It’s no wonder WellStar Kennestone is known as an established healthcare provider for Metro Atlanta and its surrounding communities.






BridgeMill Auto Care is celebrating our 13th anniversary this month! Thank you for your continued support. We first opened our doors in February of 2000 with the goal of providing top quality service as well as establishing a long-term relationship with the community. This is evident from our eight year run as the My Community Favorites winner and our A plus rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our store in East Cobb has been providing quality service on vehicles since 1992. We simply adopted the same deeprooted philosophy at our BridgeMill store — our commitment to providing sound, honest advice to our customers has not changed over the years.

customers are counting on us to make their vehicle reliable and safe for their families to commute and travel in. This industry is filled with all kinds of shops, from great to terrible. Everyday we strive to be at the very top of our industry and to build trust and long term relationships with our customers. Some other benefits we offer our customers are night time drop off capability, a free ride home and back to the shop if you have to leave your vehicle and tow service if necessary. We are here to answer any questions you may have about your vehicle and will be glad to show you what we are doing in the shop at your request. Without our customers we would not exist. So again, thank you for your support. We hope to be here for another 13 fantastic years!

With the prolonged struggling economy, so many of our customers have faced hardships and we have modified our approach to still provide important preventative maintenance while being sensitive to their budget. Our hourly shop rate has not changed since 2007 and the pricing of many of our services has actually gone down in an attempt to help during these difficult times. We provide multiple options when cost is the absolute top priority for our customer. Having a reliable vehicle is essential and we understand the “perfect� fix is not always in the budget. The past four years have been difficult for us as well, but we are counting on being a part of this great community for many years to come and are willing to do what is needed to keep our customers on the road and happy. Our continued investment in the constantly changing technology that new vehicle manufacturers are developing is a must for our business. Ongoing training and access to information continue to be a top priority. Any shop that is not committed to keeping up will quickly be left behind and can cause costly problems from misdiagnosis. Two ASE Master Technicians and a Ford Senior Certified Technician allow us to handle any problem you may have with your vehicle. A strict quality control program that we do not waver from is essential in keeping customers from having to make an inconvenient second trip back. Anyone that has seen the inside of our shop will quickly see our commitment to cleanliness and quality. Each employee takes their responsibility seriously. We understand that our West Canton | february 2013 28 My

Gentle Dentistry for the Entire Family Accept all PPO insurance plans In-network with Guardian, MetLife and Delta Same day appointments for urgent care (whenever possible) Our staff is friendly and caring — see for yourself

William B. Klausmeyer DDS, PC

Updating the practice, come see our changes!

Come be a part of our family!

Located just 1.2 miles off I-575, Exit 14

Business Spotlight: Elements Salon & Spa 3422 Sixes Road, Canton (next to Anytime Fitness and across from McDonalds) Elements Salon & Spa originally opened as Salon Papillon in 2007. Owners Kim and Alex Nutt live in the Sixes area and wanted to base the business in their community. Kim has 27 years’ experience as a Master Cosmetologist and has worked in salons in California, Oklahoma and Georgia. She is a former educator for a large brand of salon products and believes strongly in continuing to learn and improve her skills, and keeping up-to-date with the latest styles and trends. She created Elements Salon & Spa as a reflection of her vision of the family/community salon experience. Alex has a business background, and handles the behind-thescenes work that keeps the business running smoothly so that Kim is able to concentrate on her clients and her profession. With a strong working partnership and a great team of associates in place, Salon Papillon has smoothly transitioned into Elements Salon & Spa, continuing to offer a relaxed yet professional atmosphere and expert hair care services and products. As a full-service AVEDA salon, Elements offers precision cuts and color services, specialty styles, as well as waxing and mini spa facials. As part of the AVEDA experience, hair clients receive a stress-relieving scalp massage and hand massage as part of their service. In addition to the basic menu items, Elements

also offers conditioning treatments, solutions for thinning hair, new client specials, and makeup specials. The entire visit caters to the clients’ comfort and well-being. In order to enhance the clients’ experience, Kim and Alex will be adding esthetician services to their menu in the very near future. Elements Salon & Spa carries the full range of AVEDA retail hair and skin-care products and is an AVEDA Pure Privilege location. The salon follows the AVEDA mission: “To care for the world that we live in, from the products we make, to the ways in which we give back to society.” At Elements, they believe that great products and great people produce great results. In order to give back to her community, Kim volunteers with the American Cancer Society by leading the “Look Good Feel Better” classes for cancer patients. Elements Salon & Spa has hosted cut-a-thons to benefit Breast Cancer Research. The salon regularly donates items and services to local charity groups for raffles and giveaways as well. “We are dedicated to sharing the AVEDA concept of beauty products and services with our valued guests. We promise individual attention and great value for all of our customers. Your appearance is our highest priority!”

School Board News by Janet Read

When I sat down to write this month’s article, it had only been two short weeks since the tragedy in Connecticut. As a parent of two and a school board member, this incident has weighed heavily on my heart and mind. I cannot imagine what those parents, siblings, teachers and staff have endured in the last 14 days.

Wine & Designs by Suzanne Taylor

Janet Read is the Board Chairperson for the Cherokee County School Board. Janet may be reached by e-mail at

I would like to extend a special thank you to Sheriff Roger Garrison, the municipal chiefs and their officers for the additional support they provided to every one of our schools prior to the holiday break. Their willingness to make sure that officers were available at the schools was greatly appreciated. We are so fortunate to have a strong working relationship with the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the police departments for all of our cities. Several people have approached me about what our school district is doing concerning safety/security. I’m sure many of you know that school safety has always been and will continue to be a major system priority. All schools have detailed security plans and specific drills for each type of potential threatening situation that are approved by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). School employees and students practice these drills on a regular basis throughout the school year. Many of our schools have implemented the P.A.S.S. (Parental Awareness for Safe Schools) program as well as P.E.R.T. (Parental Emergency Response Team) training for parents and community members. These programs, along with our local PTAs, inform and train parents on procedures for crisis situations in our schools, as well as other topics such as cyberbullying. I have heard numerous CCSD teachers comment on the heroism displayed by the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook ES. We heard news reports of teachers who hid their children in closets and in the bathroom, to those who locked them in their room and read them stories while gunfire was echoing throughout the building. The most touching story for me was the teacher who hid her class in the bathroom and kept telling her children how much she loved them. Even when the police found them, she would not unlock the door until the continued on page 66 32 My West Canton | february 2013

If you are looking for Scoop OTP, an INSIDER’s guide to something fun to do indoors this month, think about hosting living Outside The Perimeter, is proud to announce the launch of their a Wine & Designs party. It website, Scoop OTP has local recommendations about all started with a memorable restaurants, family fun, shopping and wedding gift of hand-painted more. Suzanne Taylor will feature water glasses and a pitcher that unique OTP products/places. Suzette Ford, the creator of Wine & Designs Company received many years ago. Every time she used them, she always remembered the person who gave her the personalized gift and loved that concept. So she created Wine & Designs, a company that specializes in paint-your-own wine glass kits and in-home parties. She recently expanded to children’s paintyour-own plate parties too. The kit she created includes all supplies so other people can make their own unique gifts for friends and family. When she first thought up the idea, she decided to host a party with a few of her close friends to see if the concept would work and be fun. “It was a blast and everyone loved it!” They took home their hand-painted glasses as a memory of the evening together. At that point, she decided to offer in-home paint parties in addition to just selling the craft kits separately. Kits include a wine glass, paints, paintbrushes and stencils. Stencils can be designed for a theme. She also offers other options such as beer mugs and votive candles that could substitute for the wine glass. Wine & Designs parties can be hosted anywhere in the state of Georgia, but she prefers to stay close to Atlanta and surrounding OTP cities since she is a Roswell resident. They host parties in homes, neighborhood clubhouses, college sororities and more. They have also branched out and hosted “paint your own plate” birthday parties for kids. Parents sit back and relax while they set everything up and the kids have fun painting plates. This sounds like a great idea for a unique birthday party. Customers can free hand or use the stencils provided. If art isn’t your area of expertise, Suzette said polka dots are easy and always come out nice. Customers can also wipe off the paint anytime as long as it has not dried, and start over as many times as they want. continued on page 66

Welcome to the 2013 My Community Favorites contest!

This is your opportunity to support the local businesses by voting for them as your favorite! We want you to enjoy this contest, so please vote for your community’s favorite restaurants, service type businesses, small business retail shops, recreation services and residential places. The voting will close February 28, 2013, at 5 p.m. Please find the voting ballot on the next few pages and important rules of the contest and policies to follow below. You may also vote online by visiting Thank you for your participation, and please let the businesses know you voted for them! Please like us on Facebook and tell all your friends to vote!

Return ballot by Thursday, February 28 at 5 p.m.


• Only one ballot per person please. • There will be a minimum vote criteria used to determine winners of categories.

Mail or drop off: My West Canton Monthly 113 Mountain Brook Drive Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115

• A minimum of 20 selections must be completed in order for ballot to count. • NO

PHOTOCOPIES of the ballot may be used.

• The selections must be made by the person completing this form. • Selections must be located in Cherokee County. • Only ballots with name, phone number and signature will be accepted. Please fill out the box at the end of the ballot.

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WEST CANTON OFFICIAL BALLOT RESTAURANTS All Around ___________________________ Asian _______________________________ Bakery ______________________________ Barbecue ____________________________ Breakfast ____________________________ Coffee _______________________________ Dessert _____________________________ Fast Food ____________________________ Fine Dining __________________________ Italian/Pizzeria _______________________ Kid-Friendly __________________________ Mexican _____________________________ Seafood _____________________________ Sports Bar ___________________________ Treat for Occasions (Cookie Bouquet, Fruit Baskets) _____________________________________


Attorney _____________________________ Auto Repair __________________________ Car Wash ____________________________ Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner _____________________________________ Caterer ______________________________ Chiropractor _________________________ Cleaning Service/Maid ________________ 34 My West Canton | february 2013

CPA/Bookkeeping/Tax Service _____________________________________ Day Care/Preschool __________________ Day Spa/Massage ____________________ Dentist ______________________________ Pediatric Dentist _____________________ Electrician ___________________________ Eye Doctor ___________________________ Financial Institution/Bank/Credit Union _____________________________________ Hair Salon ___________________________ Handyman/Repair _____________________________________ Heating & Air ________________________ Insurance Agent (Agent Name) _____________________________________ Landscape Design/Installation _____________________________________ Lawn Care/Maintenance _____________________________________ Medical Family Practice/ Internal Medicine _____________________ Nail Salon ___________________________ OB/GYN _____________________________ Orthodontist _________________________ Painter/Painting Service _____________________________________ Pediatrician __________________________

Pest Control _________________________ Pet Care/Boarding ___________________ Pet Groomer _________________________ Pet Trainer ___________________________ Photographer ________________________ Physical Therapy _____________________ Plastic Surgeon ______________________ Plumber _____________________________ Pool/Spa Sales/Service _____________________________________ Private School _______________________ Realtor ______________________________ Remodeler ___________________________ Roofer _______________________________ Travel Agent _________________________ Tutoring _____________________________ Veterinarian __________________________

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GENTLEMEN PREFER…? Canton Theatre’s What Men Really Think About Women’s Hair

by Jyl Craven At Jyl Craven Hair Design, our philosophy has always been that the perfect hairstyle is all about you. Your hair should fit in with your personality, your attitude and your lifestyle. But in honor of Valentine’s Day, we want Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design to share the results of surveys of Canton. For information, you may conducted by Cosmopolitan contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 and Glamour magazines and or visit other organizations that reveal what men really think about ladies’ locks. Ladies, you may be in for a few surprises. Men, let us know if you agree or if these surveys are a bunch of bunk! First of all, men do notice women’s hair! Seventy-two percent of men in the Glamour magazine poll responded that they would notice a woman because of her hair, rather than for her clothes, legs or makeup. In addition, 82 percent of the men indicated that great hair is key to women’s overall sex appeal. So, what makes great hair from a male perspective? While men expressed varying preferences for short, long, light and dark hair, 78 percent of men responded that healthy hair is a turn-on. Perhaps men judge the health of women’s hair by its shininess, because 72 percent of men polled by the UK’s Telegraph said shiny hair equals attractive hair. Another onethird of men indicated that they prefer hair that’s soft and touchable over perfectly groomed and gelled manes. We know you’ve been wondering: Do gentlemen really prefer blondes? Surprisingly, no. In a Garnier survey, 71 percent of men responded that they would prefer to marry a dark-haired mate. So, what do men think when it comes to hairstyle? Apparently, the answer to this question is as varied as the men in the survey. Forty-three percent of men said they prefer naturally thick, long and wavy hair, with Jennifer Aniston-style long, straight locks coming in a close second. In terms of current styles, 83 percent of men indicated that they like today’s trendy loose braids and 76 percent responded that they like asymmetrical styles. What do these surveys mean? With men, it isn’t so much about your hairstyle or color as it is the overall health and shine of your hair. For hair he’ll love to gaze at and touch, be sure to get regular trims and moisturizing treatments. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nutrients like B vitamins, zinc and protein will also help maintain your hair’s luster. Happy Valentine’s Day! West Canton | february 2013 36 My

New ‘Theater’

by Michael Buckner As I was writing this month’s Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio column, I had the pleasure of watching my crew do one of the Intersection, located at 631 E. Main Street, Canton. For more information most exciting things we have on any of his monthly columns, for ever done as a company: install questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000. a new, state-of-the-art audio and video system in the historic Canton Theatre in Downtown Canton. Built in the 1930s, the Canton Theatre has been a landmark of the downtown area for more than 80 years. In 2000, Canton Theatre completed an extensive renovation that transformed it into arguably the most beautiful building in Canton. Since its renovation, Canton Theatre has been used for plays, weddings, concerts, special events and private events. Most recently, the Canton City Council voted to allocate funds for Canton Theatre to install the required equipment to show full-length motion pictures. Yours truly was awarded the opportunity to acquire and install everything necessary to make that happen! By the time you read this, the installation should be complete and you can stop by the theatre to see the new A/V system for yourself. We have installed a 275-inch motorized screen and a 7,400-watt sound system that is guaranteed to blow you away! But the best part about Canton Theatre, I think, is that it is the “people’s theatre.” It doesn’t belong to a big corporation like AMC, Carmike Cinemas, etc. Operated by the Downtown Development Authority, Canton Theatre is an entertainment venue for the people of Canton (and surrounding areas) to enjoy. For example, event organizers are considering themed movie events that will coincide with seasonal holidays — such as a horror film festival during October for Halloween, holiday movies during December, and so on. They may also work with local restaurants for special events that will combine dinner and a movie. The Canton Theatre has partnered with The Painted Pig to cater a special Valentine’s Day dinner along with a special movie showing (check for details). Stop by Canton Theatre soon and meet Bob Sequin, manager of the theatre, to learn about upcoming movies, special events and all the theatre has to offer — or plan a night out on the town and enjoy a movie at the beautiful, historic Canton Theatre and dinner at Downtown Kitchen, Goin’ Coastal or one of Canton’s other great restaurants. I promise you won’t be dispappointed!



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Love to Thank Our Community!

The partners, churches, agencies and individuals that have come beside us make Goshen Valley who we are today. Here is an example of one relationship that made all the difference:

The two were matched. This young man now works 5 days per week for a ministry that helps orphans in developing countries — just as he was helped growing up in foster care.

One of the ministries that Goshen Valley has is called North Georgia New Beginnings (NGNB). This is a ministry specifically for young men in foster care who are over the age of 18 and need help getting into college and finding employment. One young man recently entered into NGNB and needed a job to gain his independence. He was 19 years old and had spent most of his life in the foster care system.

This is only one example of how the relationships Goshen Valley has within the community have brought reciprocal blessings to each other! We want to thank each and every person who has ever touched the life of a Goshen Valley boy. We hope you can see how they have touched your lives as well!

Goshen Valley had built a relationship with SERV Ministry, which is a local nonprofit serving children who are orphaned in several disadvantaged countries. SERV has a local store and was in need of a new employee.

Each month we will share needs at the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, including many ways that the community can get involved.

North Georgia • Local businesses that would like to partner with us to provide New Beginnings internships or employment Ministry • Gas cards for college students Needs • Tutoring services for college students • Families that would like to build a relationship with an older child • Families with a basement apartment that they would like to use to house a college student Please contact Rachel Blend at or call (770) 796-4618 for more information. West Canton | february 2013 38 My

WITH GEMMA Between the hedges CLEANING Homemade Cleaning Solutions Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: An Impending Threat

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent In North Georgia’s mountains, a tiny exotic insect known as the hemlock woolly adelgid is destroying magnificent Eastern hemlock trees, Tsuga canadensis, in record numbers. Information about Extension Solutions The hemlock woolly adelgid, for Homes and Gardens can be a native of Asia, was first found on the University of Georgia identified in the eastern Cooperative Extension website, www. United States in the early Or contact the Cherokee County 1950s in Virginia, where it Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite was brought in by a plant G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. collector. The adelgid has moved steadily into the southern Appalachian forests. In 2002, it was discovered in Georgia in Rabun County.

The adelgid lays its woolly egg sacs, about the size of a match head, on the undersides of hemlock branches. The insect is very easy to locate — its woolly covering makes the tree look like it’s dusted with snow. In spring, the larvae hatch and the tiny adelgids begin sucking the sap from the base of the needle. After several years of infestation, the tree dies. The wind disperses the tiny insects through the air from tree to tree. Birds, other animals and even humans carry the crawling insects through the landscape as well. There are steps homeowners can take to save their trees. Spray with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Spray upward along the bottoms of boughs in April through mid-May. Thoroughly coat the adelgids to the point of dripping. Repeat in spring or fall if the adelgids are still visible. The problem with spraying is that a mature hemlock can reach 40 to 70 feet. It is almost impossible to reach the entire tree without professional equipment. If your tree is small enough, spraying is a viable option. Hold off fertilizing the trees when there is an active adelgid infestation. The nitrogen in the fertilizer pushes out a lot of soft, succulent new growth. The adelgids thrive on the nutrient-rich foliage. continued on page 66 West Canton | february 2013 40 My

by Gemma Beylouny When I was growing up, my mother cleaned large homes for a living. Sometimes, she would take my sisters and me along to help her. Since I was the youngest in the brood, I didn’t really do much but follow my mother around, pretending to be her assistant. Now that I have my own family and am the proud owner of a local cleaning company, I like to share some of my mother’s household cleaning solutions.

Gemma Beylouny is the owner of Rejoice Maids Service. She lives in Woodstock with her husband, George, and their children. You may contact her at (678) 905-3476,, or visit

These cleaning solutions are inexpensive, safe and environmentally friendly. But like anything, excessive use of cleaning solutions is not recommended. Most of us have these common cleaning supplies at home already: vinegar, lemon and baking soda. Vinegar — Vinegar is one of the most inexpensive cleaning supplies, and most of us keep it on hand regularly. There are many types of vinegar, but the best for cleaning is distilled white vinegar. It may have a strong odor, but it is safe. In addition, vinegar has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Vinegar is effective at cleaning many different types of items, especially windows. While it is too cold now to clean the outside of windows, you can easily clean the inside by mixing 2 teaspoons of vinegar with 1 liter of warm water. Use old newspaper (only the black and white paper, not the colored) to wipe and clean the glass. Of course, you can do the same to clean the outside of the windows if weather permits. Vinegar also can be used to remove stains from coffee pots. Just add 2 cups of water to a ¼-cup of vinegar, and bring to boil. Let it cool, then use an old cleaning towel to wipe off the stain. Rinse and air dry. Lemon — Lemon contains citric acid, so it can be used as both a deodorizer and a disinfectant. You can use lemon to clean cutting boards. First, rinse the cutting board in warm, running water and dishwashing soap; dry; then, rub a slice of lemon all over the cutting board. Let the board stand for 20 minutes, then rinse and wipe dry. Lemon also reduces sink odors. Just continued on page 66

Learning Respect

February, the month of love and romance, is an exciting month for couples because of Valentine’s Day, but there is something missing in some couples that would help this day be even better — Respect. If there is no respect in a relationship that relationship will crumble down to dust and there will only be memories. Respect is something that is worth working for and investing in because it is such a basic life skill.

Learning respect takes time but it also takes patience and that is something most people do not have. At Yong-In Martial Arts respect is our foundation. We want every single student that comes to us to learn better respect and better manners. Teaching such an important rotary skill is no walk in the park nor is it going to happen overnight. Some parents think that within a few lessons they are going to see a dramatic change in their attitudes, but that is highly unlikely because nobody learns overnight and retains the information for a long period of time.

by Yong-In Martial Arts

Learning respect takes time but it also takes patience and that is something most people do not have, but we do. We approach each of our students with care and dedication so that we can Yong-In Martial Arts has been open to the public since 2000 and they focus see how they learn and what on character development for children, kinds of interests they have. teens and adults. They want to bring Once we know those things, out the best in all of us as citizens and persons. (770) 345-4133 the teaching/learning process begins. Through punching and kicking we can create a sense of accomplishment and acceptance that our students will respond to and that is how we can help anybody. Respect is important to have and important to learn as a child. Basic rotary skills are our specialty and with time and effort we can help anybody with respect. It is important that there is a mutual dedication between parents and instructors to maximize the outcome of the process. We hope to see more kids showing respect to their elders. That is our goal.

by Christopher Anderson, M.D. Having teenagers brings enough worry on its own. But, there’s something else that you should think about if you have a preadolescent or teenager — meningitis. Every year in the United States, nearly 3,000 people come down with bacterial meningitis. Teens make up nearly 30 percent of all U.S. cases. About 10 to 12 percent — or about 300 to 360 cases — are fatal. Among the survivors, up to 15 percent may suffer long-term permanent disabilities including hearing loss, limb amputation or brain damage. Meningitis is a dangerous inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Some types of meningitis are caused by a virus; others are caused by different types of bacteria. Not all types of meningitis can be prevented with vaccines. However, there is a vaccine available for one of the most aggressive forms of bacterial meningitis. Also, about 83 percent of the cases among teens are thought to be preventable by vaccination, according to the National Meningitis Association. The CDC recommends a meningococcal vaccine for: • All children age 11-18 (usually given at the 11-12 year old check-up) • College freshmen living in dormitories • Military recruits • Anyone having an immune system disorder • Anyone who has been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak, particularly in other countries

Your preteen or teen should not get the meningitis vaccine if he or she has had a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous meningococcal vaccine or to latex. Meningitis can be contagious. The bacteria are spread through direct contact with infected people through kissing, sharing drinking glasses or bottles, or coughing. People in the same household or day-care center, or anyone with direct contact with a person’s oral secretions would be considered at increased risk of acquiring the infection. Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The disease often begins with symptoms that can be mistaken for common illnesses, such as the flu. However, meningococcal disease is particularly dangerous because it progresses rapidly and can kill within hours. The most common symptoms of meningitis are: • High fever • Headache • Stiff Neck Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion and sleepiness. Preventing the disease is much preferred to treating it. Early diagnosis and treatment are key. It is crucial to receive prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment of bacterial meningitis. There are many things that we can’t protect our teenagers against — meningitis is not one of them. * Information obtained from,, This information is provided by Christopher Anderson, M.D. of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine. They are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week and are located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. For more information, please call (770) 720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue in Canton, next to Cracker Barrel.

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by Nasir Asghar, MD Testosterone is an androgenic steroid hormone also known as the principal male sex hormone. In males, it is primarily made in the testes and is six to eight times in higher concentration than in females. It is the hormone responsible Dr. Nasir Asghar is a Prestige Primary for puberty in boys and is Care physician with special focus is in essential for health and feeling Heart Disease, Diabetes and Medical of well-being in adult males. It Weight Loss and can be contacted at (678) 494-9669. Website: also regulates muscle mass, fat concentration, bone density, sexual desire and erectile function in adult males. As we age, there is a natural physiological decline in testosterone levels. In fact, we lose on average one percent in testosterone level per year after the age of 25. This natural decline is further exacerbated by chronic illness, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, sleep apnea and certain medications. This multi-factorial decline in testosterone levels can lead to further obesity, muscle loss, increased risk of diabetes, sleep apnea, dementia and low sexual desire. Initial symptoms of low testosterone are fatigue, general malaise, trouble concentrating and decreased libido. A simple blood test, usually done before 10 a.m., can give doctors an initial testosterone reading. If levels are low, then blood work is repeated with more intensive tests to rule out other disorders, such as pituitary disease. Once a diagnosis of low testosterone is established, treatment can be decided. For most patients it’s essential to treat testosterone deficiency, as the low levels can lead to accelerated aging. Natural ways to increase testosterone levels include controlling cortisol and sugars levels (stress management and proper diabetic treatment), adequate sleep, weight loss, weight training (increase muscle mass), proper nutrition, and reassessment of all current medications and supplements that may be interfering with testosterone synthesis. Some alternative medicine literature suggests that consumption of large amounts of meat that has been enhanced with growth hormones can lead to increased estrogen levels, which further leads to lower testosterone levels in men. It is recommended that kids consume organic meat until they reach their peak in physical growth. continued on page 66 West Canton | february 2013 44 My

Inside Liposuction

by Drs. James E. Leake, E. Anthony Musarra and Michael Petrosky

When a person looks in the mirror, it is common to find areas that he or she would like to improve. Plastic surgery allows people to contour the body with long-lasting results. It helps men and women achieve a number of specific cosmetic goals, especially when diet and exercise alone are not producing the desired results.

Drs. Leake, Musarra and Petrosky are board-certified surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. They have been practicing in the Marietta area for more than 20 years. (770) 421-1242,

Liposuction is safer and more effective than ever. Surgeons can now target large and very localized treatment areas with more precision and less trauma. Liposuction involves using a cannula to manually loosen fat and sculpt a better contour in the treatment region. Small, well-hidden stab incisions are placed depending on the area treated. Surgery is performed as outpatient using sedation or general anesthesia.

It takes generally one to three hours for your surgeon to sculpt a new shape using liposuction. After surgery, you are placed in a compression garment to help the skin to conform to its new contour. The results of liposuction are not immediate; they appear gradually as swelling and bruising subsides. Your overall appearance will refine after four to six weeks. Your shape, however, may continue to improve over the next six months or even up to a year after surgery. Proper weight management and a healthy active lifestyle will keep your new shape in top form for years to come. What you need to know: • Any doctor, regardless of specialty or training, can purchase liposuction equipment. Make sure you choose a specially trained board-certified plastic surgeon to perform any liposuction of the face or body. • Liposuction is not a weight-loss alternative. • The benefits of liposuction are permanent as long as you maintain your weight. A great body can’t always be achieved through diet and fitness alone. Heredity, weight fluctuation, pregnancy and aging can influence the shape and tone of every part of your body — from the arms, breasts and tummy to the buttocks, hips and thighs. However, liposuction can help you get the sexy curves you deserve. Check with your preferred board-certified plastic surgeon’s office about a complimentary consultation and consider your body-contouring options to improve the curves and bulges that are beyond your control.

Curb YOUR RISK FOR Cervical Cancer

by Penny Daughtery, RN, MS, OCN Gynecology Oncology Nurse Navigator Cervical cancer strikes more than 12,000 women each year, but thanks to increased use of annual Pap screenings, the incidence and number of deaths from this slow-growing cancer have decreased steadily. Importance of Screening Most cervical cancer is caused by specific strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is spread through sexual contact with someone else who has it. Someone can be infected with HPV and not know it, and it may be years after contracting the virus that cervical cancer develops. Not everyone who has HPV will get cancer. When caught early, cervical cancer is a highly treatable disease. That’s why it is so important to have an annual Pap screening. In fact, among the women diagnosed with new cases of cervical cancer each year, approximately half never had a Pap screening. A Pap test detects changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer and can help prevent the disease altogether. Reduce Your Risk You can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer by avoiding tobacco use and practicing safer sex. Use condoms and limit the number of sexual partners. For women 26 and under, vaccines are available to protect against some types of HPV most likely to cause cervical cancer.

However, vaccines cannot treat the disease or prevent it in women who already have cancer-causing HPV. Pay Attention to Your Body Abnormal cervical cells rarely cause symptoms until they become cancerous. Pay close attention to your body and see a gynecologist right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: • Abnormal bleeding or a change in your menstrual cycle that you can’t explain; • Bleeding or pain during sex or when you put in a diaphragm; • Unusual vaginal discharge.

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Weight Loss Tips For 2013

Every time a new year comes around, we look to find new ways to lose weight or get in better shape. We are trying to discover the latest tip or latest breakthrough that will make it easy for us to shed those unwanted holiday pounds. No matter what we read or see in the media, nothing will take the place of taking fewer calories in and burning off some through exercise.

by Jeff A. Donohue, MD

Dr. Jeff Donohue is a National Medical Director for NexSlim Medical Weight Loss in Woodstock. (678) 888-0332,

Recent studies have evaluated the effectiveness of various diet plans, including plans recommended by the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Society, the Atkins Diet and the Ornish Diet, just to name a few. The one that showed the quickest weight loss was a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates, which is most consistent with the Atkins plan. Consistently, this plan showed the best outcomes over

a six-month period. Over a two-year period, however, most plans showed similar weight-loss results. When this data was evaluated even more closely, the most successful plan was the one that patients had followed most faithfully. As these diet plans were further evaluated, more fat loss resulted among patients who had followed the nutrition plan along with a proper exercise protocol. The studies showed that patients could maintain their current weight with 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, but actually lose fat mass when aerobic exercise was increased to 300 minutes per week. This was best accomplished when the exercise was moderate in intensity, i.e. jogging, jumping rope, swimming, etc. Additional fat mass loss and maintenance of muscle mass was seen after patients added two days of resistance training to their aerobic activity. The studies also showed that medications, like appetite suppressants, could be added to exercise and a proper nutrition plan to accelerate the weight loss. Once again, weight loss is best accomplished in a proper medical weight loss facility where every aspect of a patient’s program can be closely monitored. Accountability is the key aspect of how well any patient would do on any given program, and weekly monitoring at a bariatric center is recommended for optimum results. When all of these aspects are appropriately handled, weight loss can be maintained long term.

Evaluating the Life Of Your Athletic Shoes

by Travis Jones, DPM Just like milk in your refrigerator and cans in your pantry, your athletic shoes have a specific shelf life. Unfortunately, shoes have no expiration date noted on the bottom. Nevertheless, there are a number of factors that you should consider before sending your shoes “out to pasture.”

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

Many patients ask me how long their athletic shoes will last. The answer depends on several factors, including how often you wear your shoes, where you run or walk, how your foot functions and your workout conditions and mileage. Contrary to popular opinion, however, you cannot always tell whether a shoe is worn out by visual inspection. With the technologies available today, the outer sole can hold up and not show deterioration even after the shock absorption and stability capacities of the shoe are gone. Wearing old athletic shoes, specifically for running, or wearing the wrong type of shoes for your foot or for a specific sport can lead to injuries. For example, running in a shoe that no longer provides traction, support and cushioning can lead to a number of musculoskeletal complaints, among them heel pain, shin splints and stress fractures. A basic rule of thumb for runners is to replace shoes every 300-500 miles. Other factors to consider are: • Type of shoe/type of foot: Ask your podiatrist about specific shoes that are best for your foot type. Some shoes are designed to accommodate pronation or supination, and your doctor can give you good reasons to choose one brand over another. • Environment: A humid climate can contribute to a shoe’s rapid breakdown because running in a wet shoe will overstretch the upper part of the shoe while overcompressing the lower part. • Body type: Your body weight is a big factor in determining which shoe is best for you. In general, the more you weigh, the more cushioning your feet will need to withstand the impact. • Usage: The amount you wear your shoe and how many miles you log can also affect the life of your shoe. Runners

February is

National Children’s Dental Health Month by William Klausmeyer, DDS, PC February is National Children’s Dr. William Klausmeyer is a graduate Dental Health Month! The of the University of Michigan School American Dental of Dentistry, Class of 1984. He Association and Michigan consistently searches for alternatives Dental Association sponsor this for the use of “scary stuff” in dentistry. (770) 479-1444, annual event throughout the month of February to raise awareness among families and policymakers about the importance of good oral health habits in children. National Children’s Dental Health Month began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3, 1941. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. This single day observance became a week-long event in 1955, and in 1981 the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to Forbes Magazine “Top Three Reasons to Visit Your Dentist” you may think that going to the dentist regularly may only serve to flash your pearly whites and healthy gums. While it is certainly true that regular check-ups and cleanings help to promote good oral health by preventing tooth decay and gum disease, the benefits of maintaining oral health reach far beyond your mouth. 1. Marker of the State of your General Health Your mouth and tongue are external markers of the state of your overall health. Your mouth offers a snapshot into whether you may be suffering from anemia, a vitamin or even a trace element deficiency. A number of viral and bacterial diseases first manifest in the oral cavity. Your mucous membranes and tongue also reveal whether you may be dehydrated and require additional fluids. Your dentist can make an assessment during a general examination. 2. Screening For Head and Neck Cancer if You Drink or Smoke A simple screening exam by your dentist can detect lesions in your mouth, neck and tongue which could be early precancerous areas of further concern. Early detection and treatment could potentially be life-saving. Your dentist can discuss how this important exam can be vital to your health and wellness. 3. Promotes General Cardiovascular Health/Preventive Health Care Recent research suggests that poor oral hygiene resulting in plaque buildup and potentially leading to periodontal disease can lead to development of a systemic bacterial infection which could potentially trigger a heart attack or even lead to pneumonia. Regular flossing and checkups to remove plaque buildup on teeth can be potentially lifesaving.

And here is a link to a really useful little checklist you can print out and use on your next visit: newsAndEvents/pdfs/some_reasons.pdf

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Tina served this delicious cheesecake with a chocolate martini.

INGREDIENTS ½ package of Nutter Butter cookies 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter 2 (8oz.) packages Philadelphia cream cheese, softened ½ cup sugar ½ cup mashed ripe banana 1 (4oz.) jar Gerber baby food strained bananas 2 large eggs cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 heaping Tablespoons crunchy peanut butter 50 My West Canton | february 2013

Directions Finely chop peanut butter cookies in food processor into crumbs. Melt butter and add melted butter to cookie crumbs, blend well. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. Combine cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add fresh bananas and jar of strained bananas; mix at low speed just until blended. Pour over baked cookie crust. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the rim of the pan to separate from pan. Let cool for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate pieces and then stir in peanut butter. Spoon into a small ziplock plastic bag. Seal the bag and snip the corner off of one end. Squeeze the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the top of the cheesecake in a swirl pattern. Place in refrigerator overnight. 51

Can you imagine leaving everything you know and giving up 6-9 months of your life for a cause? That’s exactly what Cherokee resident Jack Fussell is doing. Saturday, January 12, 2013, he loaded his belongings into a jog stroller named Wilson and left Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah, Georgia. He is running to Monterey, California. Jack is raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Jack is 62 years old and this journey has been in the making for many years, he just didn’t realize it. Ten years ago, Jack weighed 260 pounds and lived a non-active lifestyle. He had some medical issues that inspired him to slowly make life changes. He got in his car, drove to Amicalola Falls State Park, and walked to the bottom of the stairs. He decided that fitness and being healthy were a top priority in his life. Fast forward 10 years: Jack weighs 157 pounds, is free from daily medications, and is the healthiest he has ever been. His decision to do something this big came without struggle. He just came in one day almost two years ago and said, “I am going to run across the country.” His dad died in June of 2000 and he suffered from Alzheimer’s. The memory of his father prompted Jack to dedicate this run and his life to raising awareness and money for Alzheimer’s. His financial goal for this run is $250,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations may be made at He also has a Facebook page and Twitter account.

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“Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association website ( “Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.” Jack often says if this run makes one person aware of Alzheimer’s disease, then it will be worth it. He has no support team with him, no fancy hotels (unless the night is donated). He is relying on the kindness of strangers. So far he has met many kind people, many of them have been affected or touched by Alzheimer’s disease, most willing to sit and chat a while.


Prior to his run, Jack raised more than $7,000. He has a long trip and a lot of money to raise. To follow his blog and see the people he has met and the small towns he is going through is wonderful, but when you see the people who have been touched by this disease, it’s heartbreaking. Jack will be coming back through the Woodstock/ Canton area this month on his journey through 12 states. He will be sporting his yellow shirt and Wilson. If you see him, say “hi.” Kind words and encouragement are necessary to do something like this. You can view the route Jack will be taking on his website. If you have family and friends along Jack’s journey, forward his information to them and let them know Jack is heading their way.


A Commentary by Rev. Norman R. Hunt We think of February as the “Love Month” probably because of Valentine’s Day. We often forget that love is not just about our emotions and how we feel about someone. But, truly, love is a choice! We choose to love or choose not to love. Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church.

We show love because we choose to do so. We fall in love with our nearest and dearest. We cannot help ourselves. But sometimes we must resolve to love. We are to love because it is the right thing to do. The Bible speaks of love as something we do. I John 5:3 says, “This is the love of God that we keep his commandments.” I John 3:17 says, “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love (agape) abide in him? Little children let us not love in word or speech but in DEED AND IN TRUTH.” When we do acts of love with hearts full of animosity, this does not mean we are hypocrites. It means we are giving God our will when we cannot give Him the right emotions. We are choosing to do the right thing and asking God to change our hearts and our feelings. One thing that will bear us out is when you surrender your will to something, your emotions will one day follow. Jesus commands us always to show agape love. That means we are to treat others, all others — those we love and those we hate — as we ourselves would like to be treated. We are to have one goal. It is not to get even and to trade blow for blow. It is not to ignore those who hurt us or hate us. It is to move out in kindness toward this person, loving them, as we want Jesus to love us. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor martyred by the Nazis in 1945, showed much love, not only for his fellow prisoners, but for his Nazi captors. In the sermon on this very text Bonhoeffer said, “Love seeks those who need it. Who needs our love more than those who are consumed with hatred and are utterly devoid of love? Who, in other words, deserves our love more that our enemies?” That, friend, is what Jesus meant for love to be. Love is something we choose to do. West Canton | february 2013 56 My

Dear Kids

by Bonnie Clark

Dear Kids, (Why we hope you turn out weird) Parenting is the hardest thing your dad and I have ever been faced with. It’s fun to imagine having kids, but it’s a whole other thing to actually have them and feel Bonnie is married to Keenan Clark, owner of Clark Salon in Canton. the responsibility. We do not She is a full-time wife and mother of take this job lightly. We’ve three; part-time runner, blogger and weighed every decision since Crossfitter. You can follow her blog at the moment you were born: Do we let them sleep in our beds or cry it out in their own rooms? Do we vaccinate or not? Daily we are faced with decisions to make on your behalf and moment by moment we second guess ourselves. But some decisions come easily. Some things will never be allowed in the Clark house. Here’s the deal. We love you like crazy and we want the best for you, and we believe that means going against the gravitational pull of today’s culture. We want you to be made up of different stuff than “most kids.” We have no problem telling you “No.” You will hear it eventually and we’d rather it be from us now rather than from a cop later. So go ahead and complain that “everybody else can.” You cannot. We filter our decisions through our beliefs and not through the general acceptance of society. “But as for me (we) and my (our) family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 NLT Will some of your friends think you are weird because you aren’t allowed to do some of the things they are allowed to do? Yes. (We hope they aren’t friends for long.) Are you going to be considered weird because we’ve decided (for now anyway) to homeschool? Well, if Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Venus and Serena Williams, C. S. Lewis, Mozart and Einstein are/ were weird, then fine. It’s a label I’m willing (for you) to live with. Oh — and don’t you judge anyone else for what their parents have decided is best for them either. We are all parenting to the best of our abilities, knowledge and convictions. The dictionary defines the word weird as, “involving the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny.” Exactly! We are called to be in the world but not of it. So if the world is headed in one direction, we will do our best to point you in the opposite continued on page 66


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First Lesson Phobia Now, Who wants by Shane Newton, PGA Professional, Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead

How many times have you heard the question, “Are you a golfer?” I like to believe everyone is a golfer, just some people have not learned to play yet. If you play golf, you know it is a sport for a lifetime. It is one of the few sports that different generations can all participate and enjoy together in the same foursome.

Shane Newton is the General Manager at Lake ArrowHead Yacht & Country Club. He can be reached at (770) 721-7913.,

Many people never learn to play golf because they are afraid they might embarrass themselves and might not hit the ball as well as that person they saw playing on TV last weekend. I remind them even the best players in the world hit bad shots. When giving lessons, I also remind people that they need to hit bad shots or we have nothing to work on. Also, many people learn to play golf from friends or family. This is okay, but the key difference between learning from a PGA Professional rather than a friend or family member is the PGA Professional will offer positive suggestions and reinforce what is correct in your swing. This is much more productive and easily received than someone who has the best intentions in the world but can only point out what you are doing wrong. There is a time and place for everything, so I recommend hitting balls on a driving range to first start out. When you play for the first time, let the golf course know that you are a beginner and that you would like to play when it is not very busy. I promise you will enjoy your first round much more when the course is not busy and there are always times that are less busy on golf courses. The best way to learn anything is to learn the right way from the start. Clinics are also a great place to learn because of the minimal cost and the material covered is the foundation of a good golf swing. Beginners who attend clinics say it helps them to see other people who are learning (and hitting “less than perfect” shots) too. Your local PGA Golf Professional will get you in the proper position to make it easier to hit good shots and will reinforce what you are doing correctly. If you have not played golf yet, go out and try it today! If you play golf, go get a friend to try it! If there is anything more rewarding than learning to play golf yourself, it is helping someone else to learn this game of a lifetime! Play Better! Play More! West Canton | february 2013 58 My

A Chocolate Chip Cookie?

by Carole May It seems like just yesterday that I heard myself say those words to my little boy as he played nearby. I can still hear his answer and picture him running with his hands out to receive his favorite baked goods. Forty years have passed, but when it involves his favorite treat, that chocolate chip Carole May is a freelance writer for cookie can’t be beat! Fast forward My West Canton Monthly. Email her at to the present. Each year my husband and I purchase a gift certificate from our son’s favorite store. This year he said he didn’t need anything for himself but would appreciate us donating to an “upcoming special delivery.” His father and I honored his request but as parents wanted him to open a gift on X-Mas Day. Let me introduce you to The Christie Chocolate Chip Cookies. These baked treasures leave your taste buds craving for more with each bite. If you want to dip this cookie into a glass of milk, it better be a big one (LOL). The cookies are sold online and also at The Double Tree Hilton Hotels. Three days before Santa would be squeezing down the chimney, I tried to purchase them online but the particular gift I knew our son would enjoy was out of stock. Relentless as is Carole May, I called the closest hotel and pre-ordered a dozen artery clogging delights to be picked up at 5 p.m. After driving on the interstate for fortyfive minutes, we arrived at The Double Tree Hyatt Hotel near Atlanta where the cookies are baked on site. Unfortunately, the reservations clerk (who obviously could give the Cookie Monster a run for his cookie) informed me that there was a problem with the oven. He suggested that I drive to another hotel five miles away. My response was “No way!” Then the assistant manager volunteered to drive to retrieve the cookies. I know two words in Italian but “Bravo” seemed more appropriate at the time. Fortyfive minutes later, after devouring two complimentary cookies, the reservation clerk informed us that the assistant manager was stuck in holiday traffic. Personally, I thought that he was milking the entire situation along with a couple of our son’s cookies. It was then that I asked if the cookie order came with a complimentary room and a broom. Stressed out as I was at the time, you know what I would have done with that broom! Finally! And fifty minutes later our volunteer walked in the door, cookies in hand. Mazel Tov! were the words that parted my lips. OMG! The anticipation of this particular delivery reminded me of the birth of our son. Both seemed to take forever but well worth the wait. This article is dedicated to him along with the hope that he will never forget his X-Mas gift of 2012. I know two senior citizens who will not. Now, Who wants a Chocolate Chip Cookie?

Molly Maid of Cherokee County


Through May 15, 2013 Carved In Stone: The Marble Industry of North Georgia Temporary Exhibit at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center Time:

Wednesday — Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: 100 North Street, Suite 140 Canton, GA 30114 Information: The exhibit will feature artifacts, documents and photographs of the marble industry in Cherokee and Pickens County. Free admission. Please visit www.rockbarn. org or call (770) 345-3288 for more information. School Tours of the museum and courthouse are available.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 CCHS History Program The History of Lockheed by Joe Kirby, Editor at the Marietta Daily Journal Time: 7 p.m. Location: Rock Barn 658 Marietta Highway, Canton Information: Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments Provided.

The Creole Quarry at The Georgia Marble Company in Tate, GA. The quarry is estimated at 90 feet deep in this photo from 1927.

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American Business Women’s Association: (678) 493-3618, Canton Cherokee Business and Professional Women’s Club: (770) 345-1750 Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club: Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224 Cherokee Area Business Connection: (770) 345-8687 Cherokee B2B Network: (770) 781-3452 Cherokee Business & Professional Women: (770) 345-1751 Cherokee Toastmasters: (770) 712-4077 NEW Network of Entrepreneurial Women: (678) 595-0344 PowerCore: (404) 572-1278 Towne Lake Business Association: (770) 720-6558, Woodstock Business Networking Group: (770) 591-7101

Charitable & Support Organizations AA Meetings: Canton First United Methodist: (770) 479-6961 AARP Organization: Canton Chapter: (770) 479-5460 Adoptees and Birthmothers Support: (770) 693-1907 Adoption/Infertility Support Group: (678) 445-3131 Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group: (770) 926-0119 American Heart Assoc. — Cherokee Division: (678) 385-2013 Arts Alliance of Georgia: (678) 754-8482 Bethany Place: (770) 479-9462 Breast Cancer Support Group, Drop-In: (404) 843-1880 Canton Al-Anon: (770) 516-3502 CASA for Children, Inc.: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Celebrate Recovery: (404) 317-0345 Cherokee Autism Support Group: Heidi — or Renee — Cherokee Child Advocacy Council: (770) 592-9779 Cherokee Co. Aspergers Syndrome Support Group: Cherokee Co. Family Child Care Assoc.: Brenda Bowen, (770) 926-8055 Cherokee Co. Foster & Adoptive Parent Association of GA: (770) 378-0759 Cherokee Co. Habitat for Humanity: (770) 345-1879 Cherokee Co. Senior Services: (770) 345-5312 Cherokee Co. Service League: (770) 704-5991 Cherokee Co. Special Olympics: (770) 517-7101 Cherokee County Family Violence Center: (770) 479-1804 Battered Women Hotline: (770) 479-1703 In Spanish, (770) 720-7050

Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Bill Queen (404) 441-3508, Cherokee FOCUS: (770) 345-5483 Cherokee Co. Board of Elections & Registrations: Drug Free Cherokee: (770) 479-0407 Stacy Bailey, (770) 345-5483 Cherokee County Democratic Party: (770) 345-3489, Georgia Animal Project: (770) 704-PAWS Cherokee Co. Municipal Planning Commission: (678) 493-6101 Grace to the Nations: (404) 819-5520 Cherokee County Republican Party: Habitat for Humanity North Central GA: (678) 809-1411, (770) 345-1879, Repulican Women of Cherokee County: Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries: (678) 520-2236, (800) 989-4248, Cherokee County School Board: (770) 479-1871 Hope Center (hope for unplanned pregnancies): Cherokee County Teen Republicans: (770) 924-0864 (678) 232-7488, Cherokee County Young Republicans: Hope Center — Baby & More Thrift Store: (770) 926-9317, Cherokee/Pickens Libertarian Party: Hospice Advantage: (770) 218-1997 (770) 345-4678, iCOR (helping orphans): (404) 992-8155 Legacy Ministries International: (770) 924-0826 Meals-on-Wheels: (770) 345-7440 Canton Moose Family Center (Bingo): Miracle Mothers: (770) 479-8300 MOMS Club of Canton (serving Canton, Christian Authors Guild: Ball Ground, Waleska and Holly Springs): West: Cherokee Amateur Radio Society: MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers: (770) 928-8590, (770) 479-4140 Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SKYWARN Storm Spotters): (770) 928-8590 MUST Ministries: (770) 479-5397 Narcotics Anonymous: (770) 720-4032 Cherokee Arts Center: (770) 704-6244 National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support Group: (404) 394-1229, Cherokee Community Chorale: (678) 439-8625 North Georgia Angel House, Inc.: Cherokee County Master Gardeners: Northside Hospital Cherokee Auxiliary: (770) 479-0418 (770) 720-9559 Cherokee County Saddle Club: (770) 757-2282 Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples: (678) 404-0034, Cherokee County Social Adventures Group: Papa’s Pantry: (770) 591-4730 Safe Kids of Georgia in Cherokee County: Cherokee Fencing Club: (678) 493-4343, Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Salvation Army: 121 Waleska St. (770) 720-4316 Volunteer Aging Council: (770) 345-7515 Cherokee Hiking Club: (770) 235-3655 Young Peoples AA Meeting: (770) 479-2502 Cherokee MOTS (Mom’s of Tots): (770) 272-5388 Cherokee Music Teachers Association: BridgeMill-Sixes Service League: Linda Lokey (770) 720-1701, Marlyn Patouillet (770) 345-7941, Cherokee New Horizons Band (CNHB): Canton Lions Club: (678) 224-7878 (770) 479-4917, Cherokee Photography Club: Canton Noon Day Optimists: (678) 454-2370 Cherokee Running Club: (770) 928-4239 Canton Optimist Club: (770) 926-8513 Canton Rotary Club: (770) 479-2101 Cherokee Senior Softball Association: Cherokee County Historical Society: (770) 345-3288, Cherokee Tennis Association: Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon: (678) 493-9135 Pilot Club of Cherokee County: Crossfit Workout of the Day Club: Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766 Falany Performing Arts Center @ Reinhardt University: Rotary Club of Cherokee County: (770) 720-5558, (678) 297-0154, The Funk Heritage Center Book Club: Rotary Club of Towne Lake: (770) 926-0105 (770) 720-5969 Sons of the American Revolution: North Cobb Bass Club: (770) 820-3945 Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015 North Georgia Driving Club (Sports Car Drivers): The Trail of Tears Association: (770) 704-6338 Bill Tracy, Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Helen Plane Chapter 711: (678) 493-3976 Southern O Scalers: Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139

Political Organizations

Recreation & Hobbies

Civic Organizations


Business Organizations

(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Atlas Orthopaedics

Technical Resource Solutions

970 Woodstock Parkway, Suite 310 Woodstock (770) 517-2257 Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgeons

185 West Main Street, Suite A Canton (678) 928-9491 Computer Consulting & Service

Anna Crawford Children’s Center Holiday Lights of Hope Hobgood Park Woodstock Non-profit Organization

Papa P’s 2295 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 160 Woodstock (770) 592-3100 Restaurants

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Thursday, March 7, 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 March 5.

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

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

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) (202) 224-3643 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 GA: (770) 661-0999 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30339 fax: (770) 661-0768 Website:

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

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

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R) (404) 656-1776 203 State Capitol fax: (404) 657-7332 Atlanta, GA 30334 State Rep. Michael Caldwell (D-20) local: (678) 493-7257 511 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. business: (404) 656-0129 Atlanta, GA 30334 fax: (770) 345-2394 e-mail: State Senator Brandon Beach (R) (D-21) (404) 463-1378 303-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 State Rep. Calvin Hill (R) (D-22) local: (678) 493-7257 511 Coverdell Legislative Bldg. business: (404) 656-0129 Atlanta, GA 30334 fax: (770) 345-2394 e-mail: State Representative (D-22) — Vacant Special runoff election February 5, 2013

State Rep. Mandi L. Ballinger (D-23) P.O. Box 5123 Canton, GA 30114 email:

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

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

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

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

Board of Education

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

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

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

Patsy Jordan, Post 2 e-mail: (as of January 18)

(770) 893-2970

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

Rob Usher, Post 5 (770) 928-0341 e-mail: Robert Wofford, Post 6 e-mail:

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

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

(404) 362-1600

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

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

(678) 493-6400

City of Canton

(770) 704-1500

(678) 493-6511

1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114 (678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6001

(770) 345-6256 Mayor Gene Hobgood

Board of Commissioners

(770) 704-4398, x4370

Juvenile/Family Court: Judge John B. Sumner (678) 493-6250 Judge Tony Baker (678) 493-6280 Magistrate Court: Chief Judge James Drane III (678) 493-6431 Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (678) 493-6160

Janet Read (R), Countywide Chairman (770) 516-1444 e-mail: Kelly Marlow, Post 1 e-mail: (as of January 18)

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

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

Commissioners: Buzz Ahrens (R), Chairperson e-mail:

Other Cherokee County School System



United States Government

City of Waleska Mayor Doris Ann Jones

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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

Hickory Log Missionary Baptist

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,

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Tikvah I’ Chaim “Hope for Life” Messianic Jewish Fellowship

4096 East Cherokee Drive, (770) 479-3324 Sunday Services: 8:30, 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Sardis Baptist 392 Sardis Circle, (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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4206 N. Arnold Mill Rd., (678) 936-4125 Saturday Shabbat Service: 10 a.m.


Field’s Chapel United Methodist Church 1331 Fields Chapel Road, (770) 479-6030 Sunday Service: 8:40 & 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,


Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church

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

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

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 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Christian Education Hour (children & adults): 9:45 a.m. (770) 928-2812,


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

Christian Praise Center

Oak Leaf Church Canton

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

1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532

151 E.Marietta Street, (678) 653-4652

Woodstock Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

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

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 230 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, Woodstock Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (770) 517-2977,

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

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

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

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Church of the Messiah

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

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

Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church

Covenant Christian Center

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

The Quest Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Greater Bethel Community Church

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

Woodstock Church of Christ

Life Changers Church International

Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

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

Servico En Espanol Domingo: 10:30 a.m. Ministro: Rafael Uzcategu,i (770) 926-8271

Life Bible Church

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene

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

874 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 924-4499

New Life Church

Woodstock Community Church

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

8534 Main Street, Woodstock, (770) 926-8990

Northern Hills Church of Christ

Waleska Church of God of Prophecy

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

127 Dry Pond Lane, (770) 214-8343

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, Acworth, (770) 924-9161 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock, (770) 926-8838

Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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School Board News

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policemen showed their badges and used a key to get them out. I also heard many of our teachers talk about what they would do and say if ever in a similar situation. I am thankful for the love and commitment that our teachers and staff have for their students. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor and adapt our safety and security plans as needed. I am glad that we have plans in place and that our mission will remain the same: to offer a safe and secure environment to every student and staff member in the Cherokee County School District.

Scoop OTP: Wine & Designs

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Watching people create their own personal hand-painted masterpiece is Suzette’s favorite part of the job. Her great tag line is, “Create Your Own Masterpiece, Make a Memory, Make it a Party!” You can reach her by email at or phone at (404) 513-6118. Her website is; tell Suzette that Scoop OTP and My West Canton Monthly magazine sent you!

Between the Hedges . . .

Lastly, I’d like to share an inspirational quote to help motivate us all. “You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” — Charles Bruxton

Testosterone Deficiency . . . continued from page 44 If natural methods fail to increase testosterone levels, then medical supplementation may be an option. Supplementation may range from testosterone injections to patches and gels. Dosages and route of administration will depend on decisions made by you and your physician. Once on supplementation, routine labs must be performed at one, three and six months to assess the testosterone level, hematocrit (thickness of blood), lipid and prostate levels. Please consult with a medical specialist if you feel you have signs or symptoms of low testosterone.

. . . Life of Your Athletic Shoes continued from page 48

continued from page 40

If you notice the hemlock woolly adelgid on your hemlocks, please call the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Cherokee County for more information at (770) 4790418. The Cherokee County Master Gardeners will offer the following seminars: “Wonderful World of Roses,” 10 a.m., February 2, at Ball Ground Community Center, 250 Civic Drive, Ball Ground; and “How to Start your own Plants,” 10 a.m., February 9, at Senior Center, 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. Please call the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office to register at (770) 479-0418.

Cleaning with Gemma . . . continued from page 40 cut the lemon into small pieces and place the pieces in the garbage disposal. Baking Soda — Bicarbonate soda, the official term for baking soda, is one of the most versatile household products. While baking soda can be used also for baking, we’ll focus on its purposes in cleaning. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in the bottom of a garbage can and inside the trash bag to prevent odors. Another helpful use for baking soda is removing burned and greasy food from bottom of the pots and pans. Sprinkle baking soda, add hot water, and let the pot soak overnight. By the next day, the burned food will be loose enough that you can remove it by normal dishwashing. To 66 My West Canton | february 2013

remove grease from stovetops, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water to form a paste. Use a sponge to spread the paste over the greasy areas, then wipe with a wet, warm cleaning towel. It’s a very effective grease cutter.

and walkers can easily track their mileage. Shoes used outside will break down more rapidly than those in the gym.

I also advise my patients to buy a second pair of shoes about halfway through the life of their first pair of shoes. This second pair should be rotated during workouts. Having a newer pair as a point of reference will also help you identify the feel of shoes that have run their course. Your feet can last a lifetime, but your shoes are not designed to do the same. Replace worn athletic shoes as often as needed. Remember, wearing worn shoes can cause damage to your feet including shin splints, heel pain, plantar fasciitis and Achilles strain. If you feel pain in your feet, contact your podiatrist to keep your feet healthy and injury-free.

Dear Kids

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one. We want you to be so full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22,23) that you stand out in a dark world. So here we go, doing our best at this most important job — parenting. Will we get it all right? Nope. No parent ever has. But we will love you unconditionally, give you everything that you need, and pray that you turn out weird. Love, love, love, Mom & Dad

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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) 777-2454 Dish Network (888) 825-2557 ETC Communications (706) 253-2271 Gas South (866) 762-6427 Georgia Natural Gas (888) 442-7489 Georgia Power (888) 660-5890 Scana Energy (877) 467-2262 Waleska Water (770) 479-2912 Windstream (866) 971-WIND


Emergency — 911

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

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


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