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Michelle and Brian Meek are the co-owners of AroundAbout — West Canton magazine. Brian spent the last 15 years in sales and also owns a junior golf business. Michelle has been a stay-at-home mom for the past eight years and was a counselor at KSU prior to having their two girls, Ansley and Addison. They have lived in the Canton community for more than nine years.


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Photographers Jack Tuszynski, Create A Memory Studio & Photo Lab Writers Dr. Christopher Anderson, Dr. Michael Anderson, Michael Buckner, Dr. Edward J. Furey, Lisa Griswold, Dr. Scott Harden, Rep. Calvin Hill, Eric Hill, Rev. Norman Hunt, Dan Jape, Dr. Mike Litrel, Carole May, Dr. Dawn Mason, Shane Newton, Paul Pugliese, Pastor Jamey Prickett, Janet Read, Sen. Chip Rogers, Judy Ross, Suzanne Taylor, Amy Turcotte, Dr. Monika Yadav

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Arts Festival 30 Canton Artist Market, Serenity Gardens and much more.



10 Birthdays 14 calendar 26 Library 32 Chamber 38 Dr. Litrel

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65 Local Officials 66 CLubs 67 Community Info 68 Churches

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

What’s New? Footprints Publishing, home of AroundAbout community magazines serving East Canton, West Canton, Woodstock, Alpharetta and Roswell communities, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event (pictured below) was held as a re-grand opening celebrating their move to their new office space. After combining offices, AroundAbout moved from their location in downtown Canton to 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204, Canton, 30115 to accommodate the growing business and staff. To get in touch with them or for more information, please call (770) 720-7497 or visit

anticipation the state of the art indoor firearms range has finally opened. Please check their website for available classes and range specials. They have expanded the hunting and firearms showroom to include a full archery area with a 3D archery range. On site gunsmithing is also available. For more information, please call (678) 880-0493 or visit Josie’s Jewels, LLC proudly announces its grand opening. Workat-home mom, Jenny Williams, launched her new online business after her daughter, Josie, inspired her passion for creating boutique hair accessories. Josie’s Jewels offers boutique bow and flower headbands, headband holders/displays, feathers, beanies, clips, bobby pins and more. For more information, visit Josie’s Jewels online at The Canine Ranch will be hosting a Dock Diving Competition for dogs on June 4 and 5.  Divisions start at six feet, so if your dog can jump off a dock into the water - you are ready to compete!  Please call (678) 493-8040 or visit www.  for more information.

Coming Soon! Cherokee Animal Hospital is pleased to announce the grand opening of their new clinic. Located at 2424 Marietta Highway in Canton, please stop by or call them for more information. (770) 479-6505 FINE HAIR — Affordable Hair Services has opened at 900 Old Philadelphia Rd., Jasper, behind the new Walmart and are open seven days a week. The salon offers upscale services at a fraction of the cost and no appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are always welcome. For more information, please visit Studio 121 artist gallery located at 121 Brown Street in Canton has expanded its offerings.  An exquisite new room is now available for meetings.  “The room is great for book clubs, small parties, and groups up to 12 people,” explained Patricia Reeves, studio owner (pictured).  For more information about Studio 121’s Meeting Room, contact (770) 479-1790.  Big Woods Goods Hunting and Shooting Store has relocated to 350 Ronnell Rd. in the Canton/Holly Springs area. After much


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Oo LaLa Yogurt Ur Way is scheduled to open soon in the Market at BridgeMill shopping center located at 3760 Sixes Road, Suite 116, Canton. The owners are also opening a Towne Lake location at 2990 Eagle Drive, Suite 102, Woodstock. Open Monday — Saturday, the shops will offer more than 20 yogurt flavors and over 40 toppings.

Community Involvement The Cherokee High School graduating class of 1966 is planning their 45th reunion. It will be held on September 10, 2011 at the Sunnyside Church of God, 2510 East Cherokee Drive in Canton. For more information and updates, please visit www.chs1966. If you know the email addresses of any classmates not listed on the website, please share this information. To share photos for the slideshow, please send to Dwight Dover at 520 Waleska Road, Canton, GA 30114. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Hogan at 1287 Old Magnolia Way, Canton, GA 30115 or Ann Bates Price at 320 Old Lathemtown Road, Canton, GA 30115. Great volunteer opportunity! Give a Kid a Chance needs help sorting clothes for the July 16 back-to-school event. The sorting will take place May 14 from 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. at 207 Windfield Drive in Woodstock. The ministry directors can sign off on volunteer service hours for students. For directions or more information, call (770) 926-4758 or (678) 372-9362, www.

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COMMUNITY The Drake Walk and Festival To Be Held IN Roswell The festival will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free to the community. There’s a stroller family friendly 1 mile walk down Canton Street in Historic Roswell and an easy 5K or 10K for longer walks through Historic Roswell. All walks take place on the sidewalks and are considered gentle with some rolling terrain. Proceeds benefit the The Drake House in Roswell who provides short-term crisis housing, assessment, support and empowerment programs (job readiness, health and wellness, parenting skills and personal finances) to over 177 homeless mothers and their 321 children since 2006 in the North Fulton area. Walker registration is $15 for individuals and $30 for a family. To register go to or at the event.

Canton Police Receives MADD Awards

From left, back row: Russell Walker, Chris Binkerd, Larry Hanawalt, Eddie Gilmore, second row: Jerry Freeman, Emily Clines, Candice Jeasneck, Eelliot Gouba, Jorge lopez, Estan Holloway, front row: Emily Shields, Toro Bettis, Corporal Stacy Bailey. Corporal Stacy Bailey received the MADD Challenge award. This award was awarded for the first time this year, for raising the most funds through Walk like MADD fundraiser. The Canton Police Explorers participated in the program to make it successful. Traffic Enforcement Officer Justin Mullins received the MADD, DUI Officer Hero award for 57 DUI’s in a 12 month period based on agency size of 21-50 officers. Canton Police Department received the MADD, DUI Agency of the Year Hero award for the amount of DUI’s based on agency size from January-December 31st 2010. This was made possible through combined efforts of the Uniform Patrol Division and Traffic Enforcement. Corporal Stacy Bailey and the Canton Police Explorer Post 221 received The Shining

News Star award through MADD. This award is given to an individual or an organization, which goes above and beyond to support MADD through volunteerism.

Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup Scheduled for the Fall The Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority (LAPA) has partnered with the Lake Allatoona Association (LAA) for the 2011 Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup (GLAC). The GLAC is a Lake-wide cleanup that involves thousands of volunteers each year. These volunteers removed over 40 tons of waste from around the Lake last year. This effort is a wonderful community effort to clean and preserve this incredible resource. This year, GLAC will be on September 17, 2011. To volunteer for the 2011 GLAC, please contact Aaron Feldt at For more information, please visit

Local Author Gives a Real Take on Addictions Robin D. Cantwell knows what it is like to live under the bondage of addictions. She also knows what it is like to find and live in freedom. In “Addictions Suck: Learn to Break Destructive Patterns and Behaviors,” Cantwell takes a candid and comprehensive look at why people develop addictions and how they can make a real and lasting decision to quit. As a former addict, Cantwell addresses Scripture, popular methods for overcoming compulsive behaviors, and common pitfalls for recovering addicts from a sympathetic perspective. Robin D. Cantwell is an author and speaker who currently serves at His Hands Church in Woodstock. Her devotional, “A Sower Sows,” is available online from Laced with Grace Ministries. Her books are sold through Ingram distributors,, and Christianbook. com.

Local Hero nominated for the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame It’s not often that a community is fortunate enough to have one citizen with the energy and determination to make a positive difference. Lamar Green of Woodstock is being honored for his unstoppable energy and for his commitment to making a positive impact. When Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, Lamar continued on page 8


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Green felt compelled to make a difference. The year following the disaster, he led a total of 22 teams to the region, helping people clean up the debris and rebuild their lives. Those experiences inspired Lamar to found Never Alone, a non-profit organization dedicated to relief and outreach. While half of Never Alone’s outreach benefits families in need within Lamar’s home state of Georgia, the remainder of the program helps orphan children and struggling families living in third world countries. In January, baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and Energizer began a national search for the next member of the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame, a program dedicated to celebrating everyday people who possess the same persevering spirit as the Energizer Bunny® and use that determination to make a difference. From all of the submissions received, Mr. Green rose to the top. He was one of 100 Semifinalists that was in the running to become the 2011 Inductee into the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame.



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Local Daisy Troop Gets Water Wise Daisy Troop 6027 recently visited the Cherokee County Etowah River Water Treatment Plant. The girls met with Mr. Clink Blackwell, the plant manager, who gave them a tour and helped them earn their Use My Resources Wisely pedal (badge).

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Unveils Newly-Renovated Emergency Department Northside Hospital-Cherokee recently renovated and expanded its Emergency Department (ED) to better accommodate the growing needs of the Cherokee County community. The new space began serving patients on March 17. “Due to increasing patient volume and facility constraints, the ED needed a significant expansion and other facility enhancements,” said Billy Hayes, CEO, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.  “Patients can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that should they or a family member need emergency care, Northside Hospital-Cherokee is ready. The new and improved ED features: More than 4,800 square feet of additional space, seven additional exam/treatment beds bringing total beds to 27, new dedicated triage rooms, renovation of all existing rooms, a new covered entrance, expanded ambulance access and parking and expanded waiting area for patients and families. For more information about emergency services at Northside HospitalCherokee, please call (770) 720-5100 or visit

Grace A, Lily C, Ciera H, Emma L, Kaitlyn K, Caroline C, Madelyn B, Sarah M, Carly D, Payton P and Clint Blackwell. The girls attend Liberty ES, Johnston ES, Little River ES and American Heritage Academy.

Cherokee County Choral Clinic Organized by Canton Student Canton Senior Girl Scout, Erica Meerbach, is organizing a Free Choral Clinic in July sponsored by Sixes United Methodist Church for her Gold Award. Get ready for your school or homeschool chorus, and honors or all-state try-outs by attending this clinic! The event will be held at Sixes United Methodist Church, 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton and is for young women grades 6 – 12. The guest clinician will be Jennifer Rawson, director of the Georgia Regional Girls Choir and guest conductor of the Cherokee Chorale. The clinic will be held July 26 – July 28 from 9 a.m. — noon with a short concert on July 28 at noon. Details and registration are online at or call the church office at (770) 345-7644. There is no charge for this activity. 8

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From left — Erica Meerbach, Jenny Rawson (seated at piano), Megan Chester, Kelsi Jamieson, Lauren Wallon and Mary Allison Hamby from Georgia Regional Girls Choir.

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Seth (left): Age 12 on May 10 Regan (right): Age 10 on May 10 Happy Birthday! We love you! Mom & Dad

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VS. Nanny State

As we approach Mother’s Day while Congress is preparing their new budget, I am struck by how the Federal government is doing its best to replace our Moms. Great Moms are the best support mechanism ever created and they seem to instinctively know how to walk that tightrope between being overbearing and ignoring an otherwise bad situation. Remember when we fell and scraped our knees? We ran into the house, all bloody and dirty, crying out for Mommy all the way. She calmly wiped away our tears and cleaned up our wound while inspecting it to make sure it was not anything serious. Then a Band-Aid, a kiss on the forehead and she sent us back outside. Sometimes – if it hurt really badly – we might even get a lollipop or other treat to compensate. Once upon a time, our governments used to work like that. Compassionate, but not overstepping that boundary towards managing everything in our lives. A Nanny State would have seen the scrape on our knee and immediately called 911 for an ambulance. While she was on the line she would demand the police to be dispatched to track down and arrest whoever was responsible for attacking her precious child! The next call would be to the ACLU, as there were bound to be other children who had fallen and scraped their knees. They must be protected by all means. This situation is ripe for a class action suit against some large company run by greedy Wall

Street investors. We all know that the accident could not possibly be your fault!

Please let me know if you have any other ideas for me to pass along to the Committee. Contact me at calvin. or call (404) 656-0129.

Meanwhile, back at the Hospital, Nanny State would be demanding X-Rays, CT Scans and probably an MRI, just in case the team of specialists she demanded missed something. While nothing serious was found, the doctors, at Nanny’s insistence, decided to keep you overnight for observation. Of course that short stay would be followed by several months of rehabilitation therapy. Hearing that the doctors reported you only had a minor scrape, Nanny State would immediately file suit against the EMS, the hospital, the Emergency room doctor and staff for malpractice. Somebody MUST be held accountable! So there you have it. A Mom who fixes the situation using common sense and returns you to the world a little wiser and responsible for your own actions or a Nanny State who insists that others must be held accountable for your actions and they will be forced to take care of you for some time to come. Thank you to all the Moms out there that got us cleaned up and back on our feet. We wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Leslie Dobbs

Age 16 on May 6 Happy Sweet 16! We love you!

Braylon Shepherd Age 17 on May 9 Happy Birthday Braylon! We love you!

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Leland Watkins

Age 11 on May 22 We love you, Leland! Son of Gay & Scott Watkins

Colton Rhys Hypes

Age 2 on May 18 Beloved son of Cindy & Chad Hypes

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Things to do in West Canton

specialEvents Throughout May, starting May 2 Spring Art Classes Location:

Woodstock City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Information: Drawing and Watercolor for Still Life, Drawing — 4-week adult program, Create with Art for kids, Drawing and Painting on Windows and Appalachian Egg Basket in Kudzu. Sponsored by the Arts of Alliance of Georgia and the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. For specific classes, times, dates and to register, please email Linda Boyer at plantmaster_888@

May 7 Sixes UMC Spring BBQ Time: Location:

11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Sixes UMC, 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton Cost: $7 per plate, dine-in or carry-out Information: The community is invited to take part in the annual spring BBQ hosted by the Sixes UMC men. An inflatable bounce-house will be set up and a bake sale will be provided by the women of the church. For more information, please call (770) 345-7644. All proceeds support the church ministries and missions.

May 7 Great Sky neighborhood garage sale and flea market Time:

8 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.

May 7 & 8 22nd Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival & Mothers Day Pow Wow Times:

Saturday, 11 a.m. — 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. — 7 p.m. Location: Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway, Canton Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, Children 5 & younger FREE Information: To share Cherokee County’s rich history through entertainment, education and

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cultural fellowship while stimulating reverence and respect for the diversity of our great country. Native American dance exhibitions with competition dance-offs for money and prizes, Host Drum: Thunderbear (Cherokee, NC), Warriors on horseback, Thunder the American bison, Native American cuisine: buffalo, roasted corn, Pima wraps, Indian fry-bread, Native arts and crafts and more! Everyone is welcome!

May 13 & 14 Crestmont / Creekwood Neighborhood Community Garage Sale Time:

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May 14 “Pray For Tay” Leukemia Poker Run for Taylor Flanagan Time: Location:

Registration starts at 11 a.m. Bodock’s,150 Riverstone Pkwy., Canton. Information: Last Bike/Car out at 12:30 p.m. First 50 to register will receive a free shirt. Registration fee: $25 per bike, $5 for additional rider and $25 per car. For route, times and all other details, please visit www.prayfortay. or contact Jeff Flanagan at (770) 362-5583.

May 14 Hooray for Herbs

May 14 Big Chicken Barbershop Chorus Time: Location:

7:30 p.m. Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska Cost: Adults $20, Seniors (55 & older) and Children (12 & younger) $16 Information: The Big Chicken Barbershop Chorus continues to entertain audiences with their unique blend of harmony and enthusiastic program elements — a show for the entire family. (770) 720-9167,

May 14 Grand Opening Day — The Downtown Canton Farmers Market Time: Location:

8 a.m. — noon Cannon Park in downtown Canton, by the gazebo Information: Promotes local farmers and local artisans. All produce is Georgia grown and most is organic. All items are hand-made. Every Saturday through October, rain or shine. The Grand Opening Day will feature live music to kick off the event, along with cooking demonstrations and kid’s activities. or (770) 704-1548

Time: 10 a.m. Location: Senior Center 1001 Univeter Road, Canton Information: Learn to plan and plant an herb garden and to also incorporate herbs in to your landscape. Make and take some herbal delights. Limited Seating, registration encouraged. To register, please call the Extension office (770) 479-0418 or visit

May 14 & May 15 Waleska UMC Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Location:

Waleska UMC, 7340 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska Information: Waleska UMC Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is sponsoring a photographer for “Antiquities” style children’s portraits. A small $10 fee covers the sitting fee for multiple shots and includes one 10 x 13 black and white photo with a splash of color.  For information or an appointment, please call (404) 723-7844 or email waleskaumcmops@ by May 8.  

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

A move from taxing income to taxing consumption, it’s at the heart of the “Fair Tax” idea and it’s the driving force for tax reform in Georgia.

the most controversial measure suggested a restoration of the state portion of the tax on groceries, which still exists at the local level.

Currently the state of Georgia has a progressive income tax that ranges from 1% to 5% up to $7,000 and 6% for everything over $7,000. This 6% rate is one of the highest state income tax rates in the nation. By comparison, our neighboring states of Florida and Tennessee have no income tax and Alabama is 5%.

The legislative committee tasked with accepting and introducing the council recommendations has done so and a revised plan has emerged.

The recent groundbreaking work by economist Dr. Art Laffer confirms what is a commonly accepted truth, states with low, or no, income tax do significantly better creating jobs and increasing personal income when compared to states with high income tax rates. This is particularly important for Georgia. Our current state unemployment rate is higher than the national average and even more disturbing, over the last 20 years Georgia individual income growth is ranked 49th. The legislature has long recognized the need for a true overhaul of Georgia’s tax system. As a state we are heavily dependent on the income tax and have created a sales tax system that has more exemptions than actual taxation. Consequently the demand for tax reform is supported by those on the left and right of the political spectrum. Last legislative session a law passed creating a special Tax Reform Council to study our current tax scheme and recommend changes that would make Georgia a better place for creating jobs and growing wealth. The council was made up of the state’s top economists along with small business owners and members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The research by the council took them all across Georgia studying most of our major industries. The number of volunteer hours numbered in the thousands. In January they released recommendations which called for a major shift away from the income tax and towards a consumption tax. Perhaps 16 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

A new Georgia Flat Tax would be created at a rate of 4.5%. This would be an estimated 25% income tax rate reduction for almost all Georgians. Additionally the state sales tax on energy used in agriculture and manufacturing would be eliminated to help create jobs in those important industries. The suggestion of reinstating the state sales tax on groceries was rejected by legislators and not part of the final legislation. On the consumption side of the ledger, a sales tax would be added to automotive repairs. Currently parts are taxed but not labor. Additionally, Georgia would join 47 other states and collect a sales tax on casual sales of automobiles. Finally, the current hodgepodge of communications taxes on phone, cable, and satellite would be wiped away and replaced with one simple sales tax applied equally to all communication services. The net result of this tax reform is expected to be a $130 million tax cut in 2012 followed by an annual cut of $200 million each year thereafter. If enacted, Georgia would be the only state in the nation to pass a tax cut of this size this year. The tax reform proposal marks the first step in what is expected to be an eventual elimination of the Georgia income tax and a reliance on a more transparent and easy to understand consumption tax. Such change is never easy, but a more efficient tax system that rewards production/income should serve Georgia well.

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

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by Janet Read April is traditionally the Janet Read is the Board Chairperson month for what I call the and Representative for Post 4 for the “Administration Shuffle, Part Cherokee County School Board. Janet 2.” The principal assignments may be reached by e-mail at janet. are generally approved in March, and then the process of backfilling and moving assistant principals begins. Some people think there is a magic number of years that an administrator will remain at one school or at one level. This is simply not true. The transfer of administrators depends on factors such as student population, retirements, promotions, experience and requests. Many times an administrator will want to broaden his/her experience and will request an opportunity to work at a different school. This is not considered a “demotion,” but rather a chance for the administrator to diversify his or her skills. In the case of assistant principals, it also allows them to work with a variety of principals as their mentors and experience different leadership styles. The mission of the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is to have the best staff possible at each of our schools. That mission remains first and foremost when making administrative assignments. I would ask that if your school is experiencing a personnel change, give it a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised at the skill and talents your new administrator brings to your school! On a more personal note, most of you know that I am the parent of two high school sons, the oldest of which is a senior. Lisa, a fellow Etowah mom, and I accompanied 14 senior boys to Destin, Florida for Spring Break. Many of our friends were surprised that we would volunteer to do this . . . they insisted we must be crazy or delusional. I can assure you we were neither. We met with the boys and parents prior to our trip and explained the rules and expectations. We assigned transportation vehicles, bedrooms and kitchen clean-up duty. We set the curfew, outlined the meal plan, and reminded them that “M” stands for Mom, not maid; although we did agree to assist with laundry when needed! All the boys were courteous, funny, helpful and considerate. One of our favorite mornings was when all 14 of them, while eating pancakes, used their electronic devices to determine what aspects of church and state separation were actually in the Constitution. Their history teachers would have been so proud! We also determined that moms of boys have it easy. The boys could get ready at a moment’s notice, they didn’t care if they had on similar outfits and they were never picky eaters. It was definitely an awesome experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! To the 14 awesome Etowah senior boys — you guys rock! 18 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

Suzanne speaks Southern Flair Salsa

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect If you are a woman who started holiday to enjoy some of my her own unique company or are a favorite Mexican food and direct-selling company, please contact drinks. Did you know that Suzanne Taylor by e-mail at taylor105@ or visit http://suzannetaylor. Canton has a River Green resident who specializes in making homemade salsa? Meredith Slanina created Southern Flair Salsa after making her Grandmother’s salsa recipe for Christmas gifts and received many requests for more orders. Meredith and her husband, Andy, both love food and enjoy preparing it and then sharing “the love” with friends and family. After making a healthier version of her Grandmother’s family favorite recipe and adding her own twist, she created Southern Flair Salsa. Through word of mouth, local fairs and special events, her business has grown. She is excited to be a vendor at the Canton Farmer’s Market this year. Please contact Meredith at loveoursalsa@ or (770) 280-7464 for more information. Southern Flair Salsa offers two different varieties of salsa at the moment. Smoking Dog Salsa has a nice smoky flavor with little heat and Hot Mama Salsa has both a smoky flavor and lots of heat. They both sell for $7 for a pint size jar and $10 for a quart size jar. The sizes ensure quality and both salsas are made with fresh ingredients and have no preservatives. Salsas are good for 30 — 45 days but once you open the bottle, it will be gone in a flash! Smoking Dog Salsa is named in honor of her dog, Jesse. “In a way, the salsa is like Jesse – a faithful companion / the “go-to” salsa that makes everyone happy,” she said. It is made with smoked peppers, has a mild flavor and no heat. Hot Mama Salsa is a nod to the spicier side in all of us women. It has the same smoked pepper base that pleases most everyone’s palate, but has more heat and a Texas kick.Being in business for yourself has positive rewards. She loves that good food is a way to connect with people. Given the style of her business (wordof-mouth and small marketing venues), she is able to meet her customers in person. “I really enjoy meeting the people who love my salsa and I especially like to hear how people use the salsa – even in their own recipes,” she said. In addition, another positive aspect is she has the ability to share her success by sharing the proceeds from Southern Flair with her favorite non-profit. Currently, Southern Flair Salsa supports Mango Tree Foundation (, a nonprofit founded to empower women in the developing world. Meredith feels very fortunate and wants women in other parts of the world to enjoy success too.

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Knox Teachers get “Pi” in the Face

CHS Students Pay Tribute to the Flag

Students at Knox Elementary celebrated Math “Pi” day on 3.14, March 14. Sixth grade students participated in many “Pi” activities.  Many sixth grade teachers received a pie in the face from students who memorized the most numbers of “Pi.”

While studying the “Red Badge of Courage,” Ms. Singleton and Ms. Smith’s class at Cherokee High School discovered the main character had saved a flag in battle. Through Congressman Tom Price’s office, a flag flown over the US Capitol Building was requested and symbolically saved by the students. Members of the Cherokee High ROTC ceremoniously folded and presented that flag to the students. The flag and the accompanying certificate will be proudly displayed in their classroom.

Teachers (front row from left): Christy Furnish, Lori Tolar, Scott Hodne, Donna Frye, and Shawna Peterson. Back row of students ready to throw the pies (from left) Abbie Harper, Cassandra Kioutas, William Grizzle, Aleigha Johnson, and Tess Murray.

Hasty Student Attends Capitol Art Exhibit Third grader from Hasty Elementary Madeline Roddy, daughter of Hannah and Brock Roddy, met with state representative Calvin Hill recently at the opening reception of the Capitol Art Exhibit. Lawmakers at the capitol look forward to this annual event, sponsored by the Georgia Art Educators Association, and the display of artistic talent from students all around the state of Georgia.

Community Christian Students Raise Money for St. Judes Students from Community Christian School, a small Christian private school in Canton, recently held a fundraiser with proceeds going to St. Judes. With only 35 participants and a goal of $1500, the students raised over $3500, all of which will go to St. Jude Children’s research hospital.

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Back row (L-R): Ms. Liz Smith, Jordan Prather, Canusius Ridley, Josh Cook, Dillon Sawyers, Justin Storey, Dustin Johns, Alexey Golubkov, Debra Murdock, Principal and Ms. Penni Singleton, Front row (L-R): Katie Doughton, Connor Holiday, Derrin Bellamy, Jhoeny Segura and Blue Bennett. Photo by Ms. Cato.

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In the Community

SPORTS Dirty Duathlon held at Blankets Creek Blankets Creek held their Dirty Duathlon recently. The race consisted of a 5 mile trail run and an 11 mile mountain bike course. Pictured is the youngest team to compete in the race. Trevor M. (11) and Tyler S. (10) are in fifth grade. 

KSU Names New Athletic Director Kennesaw State University President Dr. Daniel S. Papp recently named University of Connecticut Associate Athletic Director Vaughn Williams as the university’s new athletic director. Williams brings more than 17 years of NCAA Division I senior athletic administrative experience to KSU. “I am extremely pleased that Vaughn Williams is bringing his leadership to the athletic director’s position at KSU, as we set our sights on becoming increasingly competitive in the top-tier of collegiate sports,” Papp stated. “Vaughn is well suited to grow and develop our athletic program, as he brings a wealth of experience in teambuilding, compliance, fiscal responsibility, administrative management, academics, fundraising and marketing. We are looking forward to his arrival.” A former student-athlete himself, Williams played football at the University of Massachusetts and believes strongly in the importance of athletes succeeding in the classroom, as well as on the field. “I am very honored and excited to become part of the Kennesaw State University family,” says Williams. Kennesaw State’s athletics program made the successful transition to NCAA Division I competition in 2009, and now is embarking on a multi-million dollar fundraising initiative that is critical to making football part of the KSU athletic program. As athletic director, Williams will play a key role in this important initiative.

News It was a great success and 98 children came and competed to help raise almost $500 for the American Red Cross. Kendamas are a skill toy and are made in Japan. They have recently become increasingly popular in the US. 

Local Prep 2 Girls Realize Success at State Meet National Gymnastics Center (NGC) sent their first Prep-Optional 2 team to the AAU state meet recently in Roswell. The sevenmember team snagged the Third Place trophy with a score of 110.4, and three of the girls had their Personal Best All-Around scores. NGC, located in Holly Springs, opened in August, 2010, and the girls completed their first competitive season NGC Prep-Op 2 Team — (left to right) Back: with coaches Lisa Coach Lisa Nondorf, Katie Shortell, Taylor Nondorf and Julie Ryals, Catherine Jones and Coach Julie Mannor. In addition Mannor, Front: Emma Ryals, Sam Konop, to the third-place Emme Roberts and Kathryn Jones. team score, several individuals took top honors, bringing home five State Titles on Vault, Beam and All-Around, seven silver medals, two bronze and an additional eight medals in the Top 5.

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Junior Volleyball summer camp

Danny Mason (pictured front center), a junior at Cherokee High School, recently organized a Kendama fundraiser to support the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake relief. Moe’s Kendama Competition 2011 was held at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Canton.  24 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

Set for June 6 — 9, with rising 4th — 7th graders attending 9 a.m. — noon, and rising 8th and 9th graders scheduled 1 — 4 p.m. The camp is run by Etowah coaches and players from the 2010 season, and will be held in the school’s new gym. Cost is $115. To register, go online to or mail a check payable to EVBC to 230 Ascott Lane Woodstock Ga 30189. Open to the public.

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Story Times There are no story times in May.


Adult Summer Reading Club opens this month, as well as sign-ups for the Children’s Summer Reading Club. Visit your local branch for more information. Fun and prizes are coming your way!

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May 31, 10:30 a.m. R.T. Jones Memorial Library June 1, 3 p.m. Woodstock Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff — Travelin’ Tales A tantalizing trio of timeless tales from India, China and American Indian cultures are given new life through the magic of Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy. This program is sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board of Cherokee County and the Friends of Gilmer County Library.

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

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

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All Libraries will be closed Monday, May 30.

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May’s Trivia Question: What president made Mother’s Day an official holiday? If you know the answer or find the picture, be the first to call (770) 720-7497 or email to Please notify us that your answer is for “West Canton.”

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Shana Giles, along with daughter Leighann (hidden picture) & Suzanne Groves (trivia) were our winners for April’s contest corner. They received a gift card to Frosty Frog Creamery & Café. Congratulations!

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My mom is very special to me because she is always here for me. She took a job that she can work from home so I have a mom to come home to everyday. She takes me to dance and soccer and takes the extra mile to make sure I am happy. She told me to enter different contests like the invention and I invented the 2 and 1 dog leash and won first place. My mom is different from other moms because she is a minister. She is always helping someone. My mom has a huge heart. She’s true to herself. What you see is what you get is what I am trying to say. She’s real. Real AMAZING! The most important lesson that my mom taught me, there are so many but one that sticks to me, is to stay close and don’t wander out of eyesight. This world is not safe. If she can’t see me, I am too far away. I think that is something I will always remember and use someday when I am a mom.

Christy Cushing Nominated by Preslie Camille Cushing, 9 years old My mom is the best mom in the whole world!! She spends time with me and teaches me how to be a good friend. She takes me to the beach for girls only trips. She also puts “I love you” notes in my lunchbox. The most important lesson she has taught me is to love others. When she is not with me, she works 2 days to help people stop doing alcohol and drugs and she volunteers at school and church. She snuggles with me, takes care of me, and does not lie to me. My mom is AMAZING!!

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Memories of Life My face may have wrinkles, My hair may be gray, My skin may be sagging, Can’t hear what you say, But inside this body still lies a young girl, On long legs a’runnin across this world, Memories of giggles and tears of joy, Of being a teen and dating young boys, A pretty young bride on daddy’s arm, A handsome young husband just off the farm, A move to a city to parts unknown Wherever he was, then that would be home, Of beaches and sand and many vacations, Fun with the children in all situations, Of watching them grow and being so proud, At school and games and yelling so loud, Grandchildren came and oh what joy, Sweet little girls and fun little boys, Love so profound and deep with care, Just about more than the heart can bear, I wasn’t born old, I have had a life, An infant, a child, a teen and a wife, I once was quite pretty with long shiny hair, My skin was firm and I dressed with flair, So please when you see me, don’t just see old, Don’t act like I’m nothing and treat me so cold, I don’t want to be here, I want to be home, To be independent and not break my bones, But that’s not the way that life is to be, We live here on earth ‘til God calls you and me, So think about this because one day you’ll see, If you live long enough you will become me. Kathy Dunn, 2010 In honor of my mother, Bobbie Lanham and my mother-in-law, Mary (Wilton) Dunn 29

May 21 & 22, 2011 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Canton, Georgia Canton Festival of the Arts, sponsored by the Cherokee Arts Center, is a two-day outdoor festival taking place on May 21 & 22, with an emphasis on fine art and crafts, the art of living well, and the literary arts. Set in historic Brown Park, the festival offers free admission to the public and a variety of engaging activities. The popular Artist Market is the centerpiece of the festival, bringing together more than sixty talented artists and craftspeople from around the country, whose fine art mediums include oil, watercolor, fine blown glass, elegant and whimsical jewelry, decorative and functional pottery, sculpture and hand turned wood, among others. Serenity Gardens encompasses the art of gardening, environmental protection and healthy living. Canton Festival of the Arts honors the written word through the Literary Celebration. More than thirty authors from several states will gather to discuss the writing process, their writing experience, the past and future of “The Book,” along with other topics. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions, purchase their favorite authors’ books, and have them signed. The Children’s Experience will feature a kaleidoscope of exciting projects and media. Children will have the opportunity to experiment with musical instruments, photography, mural painting, improv and other activities. Rounding out the festival this year will be a tempting variety of food and drink, and a soul-satisfying array of local talent on our stage. For additional information and a schedule of authors attending, please go to the Cherokee Arts Center web site at:

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While changes in the economy occur regularly, what we have experienced recently is anything but a “normal” change. The challenges of the current economy haven’t been seen or experienced in our country in decades. This article was written by Wells Fargo Like most investors, you may Advisors and provided courtesy of Judy wish you could figure out T. Ross, Senior Financial Advisor, in some way to know when Canton, Georgia at (770) 345-8008. economic conditions were about to change, or what adjustments you should make in your portfolio based on current conditions. It’s a tricky topic, and even economists disagree about the nature and causes of economic cycles. But we can at least take a look at some of the issues you need to be aware of, and help familiarize you with how the economy works.

Although it is only May, believe it or not, our eyes need sunglasses with polarized lenses to protect them year round. If an individual is a Winter Sport individual who skis, snowboards or snowshoes, the sunlight’s Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in reflection off the snow can be primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, more intense than summer geriatrics and is the Center Director of months at the beach. Don’t BridgeMill Eyecare. Located at 1409 Sixes Rd. kid yourself, though! The (770) 852-2733. sunlight bounces off the white sandy beaches and reflects off of the lakes and waters. As a matter of fact, experts advise an SPF factor of 40 or higher for your skin, but what factor are you using to protect your eyes? Without proper protection, your eyes can suffer from “sunburn” as well. The proper “SPF” protection would be some form of polarized sunglasses.

Some people tend to refer to changes in overall economic conditions as “economic cycles” or “business cycles.” However, it could be a misnomer to label these changes this way. Because they are not, in fact, predictably cyclical, some economists prefer to call them “economic fluctuations.” Regardless of the terminology you choose to identify them with, changes in economic activity generally follow four phases: Advance or expansion. When times are good and the economy is growing, we typically see indications such as falling unemployment rates and factories taking advantage of excess capacity, to name a couple. While the news during this phase is typically positive, you may soon start to see signs of problems ahead. If inflationary pressures begin to creep in, this is typically when the Fed raises interest rates in an attempt to help keep the economy from overheating. Peak. By the time we get to this point, the economy tends to be operating at full employment, factories have generally used up their excess capacity, and inflationary pressures are usually building. When rising labor and materials costs squeeze companies’ profit margins, the Fed will usually move more aggressively in an attempt to slow growth by raising rates to help ease inflationary pressure. Please refer to the June issue of AroundAbout West Canton for the conclusion of this article. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANKGUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE. Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), and Member SIPC. J. ThompsonRoss Investments is a separate entity from WFAFN.

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Not all sunglasses are the same. There are non-prescription sunglasses, prescription sunglasses, fashionable sunglasses and functional sunglasses. Your eye care professional will advise for the best “SPF” coverage; choose the functional sunglasses over fashion. The functional sunglasses are those sunglasses that have anti-reflective properties in the lenses to “bounce” the sunlight off of the lenses as well as polarized lenses for filtering the sunlight spectrum and protecting the eyes in a two-fold manner. There are several manufacturers of exceptional quality polarized sunglasses to choose from: Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray Ban, Costa del Mar and Serengeti to name just a few. However, what if you prefer a pair of sunglasses for their fashion rather than choosing a pair for function? You may request that the lenses be replaced with polarized lenses. What if you don’t have a prescription to fill? It doesn’t matter. Lenses that do not have a prescription in them can be replaced with non-prescriptive polarized lenses called plano lenses, or in other words, plain lenses without a prescription. Those same lenses should also include the anti-reflective properties on the front and back surfaces of the lenses for the best protection possible.

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or most of us, finding the right dentist can be a daunting experience that can create some key questions. Does the dentist have the experience and credentials and a well coordinated team who can provide me with a great dental experience every visit? Will the dentist and staff be personable, sincere and friendly and make me feel special? Does the dental office provide great value for my entire family compared with other dental offices? Does the dental office accept most insurance and have affordable options for my dental care? All of your dental care needs are met at Fountain View Family Dentistry. Patients are treated with state of the art equipment and only the most skilled team is assembled to perform all types of dental procedures. The team is led by Dr. Scott R. Harden. Dr. Harden is all you envision in the ideal dentist. His extensive training and more than 20 years experience provides benefits to all members of your family whether pediatric care for your children, cosmetic and restorative care for all ages or what can often be complicated care for the elderly. According to his patients, Dr. Harden’s ability to connect with them is what sets him apart from other dentists. “It is time to stop performing procedures and start delivering care,” stated Dr. Harden.

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Relaxing Environment & Experienced Staff Walking into Fountain View Family Dentistry you feel like you are walking into a friend’s living room. Relaxing, comfortable furniture including massage chairs for your enjoyment. A fireplace, flat panel televisions and a tucked away arcade game complete the package! No sooner are you in the door and one of the attentive staff is welcoming you…if you are an existing patient, don’t be surprised if they greet you by name. The staff is always professional and smiling – an impressive combination. But there is more…they are also incredibly experienced and knowledgeable. They offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation for patients with anxiety but find open communication helps the most. They make the best use of your time, explain every step efficiently and 36 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011


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Heart and Soul

When my son Joseph sat down at the piano after his first lesson, I experienced a moment of sublime joy. My son, the piano player! In my mind’s eye I saw Joseph receiving a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall, his voice cracking with emotion as he pronounced to the sold out audience that he owed all his success to his Dad. As I basked in this fatherly fantasy, my eyes almost welled with tears.

to remain properly complimentary in the face of classic fourteen year old swagger. To me it seemed the kid expected applause every time he didn’t fall off the stool.

Sadly, this reverie didn’t last long. Indeed, it ended quite abruptly – with the sound of Joseph’s fingers, first pressing on the keys.

Then something happened I couldn’t handle: Joseph learned “Heart and Soul.” And just like his musically inept Uncle Chris, it was all he would play. I lasted three days before I lost it.

When Ann and I were newlyweds, I flinched when she mentioned wanting a piano. Certain childhood memories of enforced lessons cast a black cloud over the whole subject for me. But she dragged me to an auction and persuaded me to throw $300 into a used upright, an instrument which sits in our living room to this day. It turns out Ann is an accomplished pianist. In the evenings while the boys and I lounge on the couch, she plays Bach or Beethoven. At Christmas when friends gather round to sing carols, she accompanies for hours. But most of the time when Ann plays, I am in a different room, her songs wafting through our home, lifting me in ways of which I am barely conscious. Now I can regret not putting more effort into my musical skills. But still, I would never force my sons to take piano lessons like my Chinese mother did to me and my twin brother Chris. The only thing I hated more than practicing piano myself was listening to my brother practice. Chris must have learned more than one song in three years of lessons, but to this day the only one that comes to mind is “Heart and Soul,” the melody half of the duet “Chopsticks.” When it was my brother’s turn to practice, no matter what our teacher had assigned, Chris would play this song over and over again. Thus it was during my childhood that I first became aware of the ungodly noises a piano can make. Even so, when Joseph expressed interest in piano lessons, I was enthusiastic. Joseph will be a musician - like his mother, I thought… Joseph is a cocky, self satisfied fellow. After his first lesson he massacred a preschool piano ditty and immediately turned to me with his eyebrows raised smugly, like he had just played Beethoven’s ninth. This is the kind of attitude that makes proper parental encouragement a challenge. “Oh, that was great, Joseph,” I intoned neutrally. Big whoop, I couldn’t help thinking. Thirty bucks for that? Over the next month Joseph practiced each day. And once again, I began to dread the sounds a piano can make. What Joseph lacked in skill he made up in volume. I struggled 38 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

by Mike Litrel, M.D.

Dr. Mike Litrel practices with his fellow OB/GYN’s at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Canton and Woodstock. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock with his wife Ann and their two sons, Tyler and Joseph. E-mail Dr. Litrel at www.

“Joseph!!! I can’t take it anymore!” the words erupted. “Are you trying to ruin my life?” I could feel my temple veins throbbing over the din. An unmistakable smirk flitted across Joseph’s face. Without pausing, he simply continued to play, even louder. It suddenly dawned on me he was happy to both practice the piano and annoy his father at the same time. But Ann was appalled. She motioned me to the other room. My job as a father was to provide encouragement, she emphasized with some agitation. How dare I jeopardize his fragile efforts in a new endeavor! Fragile efforts? What about my fragile ear drums? But I took a deep breath and bit my lip to keep more criticism from escaping. God has blessed us with children. Our job as parents is to guide them to become the best they can - hopefully without screwing them up too much. But Joseph had been banging on those keys for over an hour. In my opinion, he needed encouragement a lot less than I needed earplugs. And then a miracle! “Oh my goodness, Joseph what did you just do?!” I said eagerly with astonishment. ”It sounds fantastic!” Joseph grinned and played straight man. “Yeah Dad, I just stopped playing. I’m taking a break.” “Well, whatever it is, it sounds really good,” I smiled proudly. “You definitely need to do more of that!” I glanced over at Ann to see if this would pass as fatherly encouragement. She shook her head ruefully, her face buried in a book, fighting back a smile. Ann would never admit it, but I suspect she too was enjoying the peaceful sound of Joseph’s fingers not pressing down on the piano keys. Joseph was snickering. Carnegie Hall is out – but I console myself that just a few more months of torture, and Joseph can’t help but get better. Despite himself - and his dad. 39

One College. Multiple Campuses. Community Focused. Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) has grown rapidly over the past two years, especially in Cherokee County. More than 15 percent of the college’s students are from Cherokee County, making it the second largest home for CTC. Now with two campuses, as well as other venues for continuing and adult education, Chattahoochee Technical College remains a mainstay in the workforce development and higher education options for the community.

Currently the largest technical college in the state, the school’s open enrollment policy, affordable tuition and high quality education has attracted a diverse group of learners. There are more than 13,000 students currently enrolled in programs that offer associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates to meet the evolving needs of regional and global employers. Students choose majors in five different areas, including business sciences, health programs, computer sciences and engineering technology, technical programs, and public and personal services. This fall the college will join Georgia’s other technical colleges in transitioning from quarters to semesters. With the deadline of that transition looming, students are preparing for the new academic calendar that will put them on the same schedule as more than 80 percent of the schools, colleges and universities nationwide, including Georgia’s K-12 and University System. In addition to aligned calendars, the benefits include additional instructional time and ease of transfer to other institutions, as well as calendar alignment that better supports dual and joint enrollment opportunities for high school students. One adjustment that prospective students will have to make is that applications will now be due in July to attend classes at CTC in the fall. While the later start date of quarters allowed officials to delay application deadlines until late August in the past, students will now have to have all applications, forms, transcripts and test scores in by the new July 29 deadline to be eligible to register. New to Chattahoochee Technical College is the school’s eighth campus. Located in The Bluffs off of Riverstone Parkway, the Canton Campus is one of the most sizable

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at 62,500 square feet on 25 acres. In addition to traditional classroom space, the new campus houses a library, four computer labs, medical/ science labs, a bookstore and tiered lecture hall. Faculty and staff offices will also be located in the new facility, including a business office and a student/financial aid center. Plans include expanding the current general education offerings to HVAC, drafting technology, as well as select classes in accounting, business administrative technology, management and supervisory development and marketing management.

Chattahoochee Technical College’s department of economic development leads the region in developing programs and services that support the specific requirements of workforce development for the community’s industrial and organizational base.

Canton is the second Cherokee County campus for the college, as classes are currently conducted at the school’s Woodstock facility. Previously Woodstock Elementary School, the college houses a library, financial aid office, student The college’s athletic program success center, bookstore and many classrooms has already produced several at that location. Course nationally ranked and offerings include general education, criminal justice, championship teams. accounting and early childhood education.

Outside of the classroom, students have their choice of activities from clubs and academic competitions to athletics. The college’s athletic program has already produced several nationally ranked and championship teams. Among the school’s intercollegiate teams, CTC‘s sports program includes cross country, indoor/outdoor track and men’s basketball. Club sports teams include football, women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Also available in Cherokee County are several adult education opportunities through the Cherokee Learning Center at 94 North Street in Canton. In addition to GED preparation, the center offers classes for those who are unable to read, write, or speak the English language and an English Language/Civics Program. All classes are offered free of charge. Chattahoochee Technical College also offers non-credit courses which provide short-term, focused training for personal and professional improvement through its continuing education programs. Jack Tuszynski/

Chattahoochee Technical College also serves as a facilitator for the Georgia Work Ready Assessment. Launched in August 2006 by Governor Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce and drive future economic growth for the state, more than 70,000 people have been awarded their Georgia Work Ready certificates since January of 2007.

For more information about the programs and services available at Chattahoochee Technical College, call 770-528-4545 or visit

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Healthy Living

Good to Grow:

Parenting Tips for Toddlers, Tykes & Tweens

The Great Pretender by Dr. Monika Yadav

by Dr. Michael Anderson

Toddlers (ages 2 and 3) preventing picky eating. If your toddler’s finicky eating habits are hard to swallow, you might take a look at what you eat. Mothers are a major influence on children’s food choices. If kids see you Doc Anderson, MD, FAAP writes for eating something and liking N. GA Kids, and is a pediatrician in it, chances are they’ll eat it, Canton and a medical director and too. Offering your children a Asst Prof of Pediatrics at Children’s variety of foods is also good for Pediatrics Ctr. (770) 720-6963, www.happyhealthy®.com overall health. If moms don’t do this, their children run the risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. To encourage better eating habits, start young. Studies show that a high percentage of food preferences are formed as early as ages 2 and 3. Choose wisely. Avoid snacks that only offer empty calories. Kids need to understand that it’s not just about eating what tastes good, but it’s also about eating what’s good for you. Let them have their say. Offer a variety of foods and have your child choose three. The more kids get involved, the more apt they are to eat. Offering adult-size servings makes it hard for children to clean their plate. So let them put the items on their own plate, within reason, of course.

Tykes (ages 6 to 8) kids and bullying. For many parents facing down a bully has traditionally meant fighting back, and therefore we have had to learn to stick up for ourselves. If someone picked on you, you were expected to stand up to him or her. That’s what we were taught, so that’s what we’ve taught our children. Our culture has been one of handling aggressive situations with aggressive responses. We need to understand that refusing to fight back doesn’t equate with being cowardly. Oftentimes bullies may be emulating adult behavior, reacting to violence they’ve seen on TV or attempting to dominate others as a way of appearing to be in control of the situation. Children don’t have the skills to manage the process. Adults have to get involved. Some ways that parents can help: Get the whole story. Acknowledge that the problem exists. Ask your child to explain what is happening before you react. Get involved. Ask your child what they think will help. Get their permission before approaching the bully’s parent in a non-confrontational way, if you both think that will help. If that doesn’t work, continued on page 70 42 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

With this country still recovering from the aftermath of the recession, I have seen the medical consequences of this financial disaster. Individuals of most ages are highly stressed. They can’t eat what they may prefer and Dr. Monika Yadav is an Internist with might not be able to keep Internal Medicine Associates who their membership at the gym. practices in Holly Spring and Jasper. People are consumed with work and worry. For the past couple years I have made it a point to pry because one particular condition may masquerade around as other things in hopes of not being caught… Depression. Everybody is aware of the obvious signs of this With this country condition — still recovering from A depressed mood, the aftermath of the thoughts of worthlessness recession, I have and death, and irregular seen the medical sleep and eating habits. consequences of this But there are also subtle, financial disaster.” more covert symptoms that are only found if asked about in depth. These include low energy, poor concentration, psychomotor retardation or agitation, and a gradual loss of interest in activities — especially those that would bring pleasure to the person. There is also a genetic predisposition. The problem is that mood disorder was taboo, so treatment was rarely sought. Instead, those affected would hurt themselves by abusing alcohol and drugs or hurt others with their edgy behavior. I hope as time goes on these misconceptions fade.

We now have a better understanding of what causes depression. Neurohormones, such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine that play a role in making us feel happy are broken down faster in those suffering from depression. Medicines prohibit this from occurring. People have no qualms in telling their friends about taking a pill for blood pressure or diabetes, yet when it comes to a pill for depression… Living with untreated depression is like living with a handicap. And the sooner we realize this fact, the faster the quality of millions of lives will be improved.

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Healthy Living

allergies . . .


by Christopher Anderson, M.D. Warm weather may feel good after a long, cold winter, but spring is one season that some people do not look forward to. That’s because hay fever, a seasonal allergy to pollen, kicks in just as the sunnier days arrive and reeks havoc on our sinuses. In fact, nearly 36 million Americans suffer from hay fever every year. Hay fever slams many of us every spring — you can’t breathe; can’t think; can’t even hear very well. Your nose is running constantly, your brain is fuzzy, your eyes are watery and itchy, and your cough and congestion is driving you crazy. What’s worse is that you can’t sleep at night and you’re irritable and extremely tired. Why is this happening? Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an allergic response to pollen or other microscopic substances that are present only at certain times of the year. In the spring and summer, trees, grasses, weeds and ragweed release their pollen. If you’re sensitive, your immune system views the pollen that you are breathing in as an “invader” and releases histamines into your bloodstream. Histamines are chemicals that trigger inflammations in the sinuses, nose and eyes. These histamines cause the sneezing, congestion and runny nose that you experience with hay fever. But, there is hope. You don’t have to settle for all that sniffling, sneezing and teariness. Hay fever treatments are plentiful, including over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. For mild hay fever, an over-thecounter product may be all you need. The key ingredient — antihistamine — targets those histamines that are giving you grief. The antihistamine does not prevent the release of histamines, but it does prevent some of the chain reactions triggered by them, which in turn reduces symptoms. If overthe-counter medications aren’t working, see your doctor. You might need a prescription antihistamine or a prescription steroid nasal spray. The doctors of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine can help find out what you need by doing in-house allergy testing. Avoiding contact with the troublesome allergens — like pollen — is the absolute best way to fight seasonal allergies. You 44 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

can control your exposure to pollen at home, in the car and outdoors. Here are a few suggestions: At Home: • Keep your windows closed and use your air conditioner. • Cover air conditioning vents with cheesecloth to filter pollen. Use HEPA air filters. Clean your air filters frequently and air ducts at least once a year. In the Car: • Keep your windows closed. • Set the air conditioner to use re-circulated air. Outdoors: • Stay indoors as much as possible on hot, dry, windy days when pollen counts are highest. • Stay indoors between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are usually highest. • Wear a mask when mowing the lawn or gardening. • Don’t hang linens or clothes out to dry. • Minimize walks in wooded areas or gardens. With proper care and the right medication, most hay fever sufferers can get through the season without a whole lot of distress. But, without proper treatment, hay fever can impair your quality of life and cause sleeplessness, fatigue,and irritability that affect your performance at work or school. Don’t wait. Don’t suffer. Enjoy your spring. Information obtained from, and This information provided by Christopher Anderson, M.D. of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine, located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. They are open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm. For more information about hay fever symptoms and treatments, or to be tested for allergies, please call (770) 720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue in Canton, next to Cracker Barrel. 45

Healthy Living

Expectations if you need

Extensive Dental Care

As with many editorials, a single person can greatly inspire a story to be told that helps influence others and provides insight into an area that may otherwise be vague or misconstrued. So is the case with John Bishop, husband, father and recent patient. This story begins with understanding the mindset of John Bishop and why after not going to the dentist for over 20 years, he suddenly appears in my office for comprehensive dental care and determined to do something about his teeth that he has seriously neglected over the past several decades. John is now 47 years old and although his conscience was an untold source of his rationalization for appearing in my office, his wife was more of the culminating source of his forthright dental desires. John felt overwhelmed about his dental condition and, with the constant aversion of his appearance when looking in the mirror every day, was embarrassed by badly decayed teeth. The state of his mouth had become a self-perpetuating problem for years since he did not want to be ridiculed or lectured about his poor dental health. His wife put things in perspective for him redirecting his focus on the harmful affects of chronic abscesses in his mouth, his bad breath and the fact his front teeth were brown with decay and greatly detracting from his smile and general appearance. Ironically, his choice to visit the dentist was as much to appease her as it was to benefit him. John Bishop knew he was going to need extensive dental care based upon how bad his teeth had gotten without any professional dental attention for so long. He explained his purpose was to develop a smile that would make him and his wife proud and develop a new bite that would let him chew comfortably, which he had not been able to do for so long. Referred to our office by several friends that had received similar extensive dental care, John was looking for a clear understanding of his dental needs, the steps it would take to restore his teeth, the cost and a confident approach that would motivate him to achieve something he instinctively knew was difficult to accomplish. His examination revealed that his teeth seemed to be from two different mouths. His back teeth were relatively level and straight and initially made his dental care look routine. Further examination of his front teeth, however, offered a complex series of problems. His upper front teeth were badly decayed and several teeth required root canal therapy while several others required extraction; fundamental procedures to eliminate active abscesses and infection circulating through his body. His upper front teeth completely overlapped his lower teeth all the way to his lower gum tissue and because he had 46 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

by Dr.Scott R. Harden

very crowded eyeteeth placing bad stresses on opposing teeth when he chewed, his front teeth presented an extremely complex restorative problem. John was presented with two fundamental options of treatment that involved getting Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and braces or avoiding braces has served the Towne Lake area for and pursuing treatment with over 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor crowns and bridges. Option for two nationally renowned dental research companies. 1 offered braces to eliminate Office: (770) 926-0000. his overbite, moving his teeth Website: into more ideal positions, and making other restorative care much easier. Option 2 would not involve braces because many adults, especially males, do not wish to have braces on their teeth. This option would achieve a similar outcome as braces, would entail more extensive restorative care and expense, but could achieve John’s dental goals without people being aware of his dental treatment. Multiple options of care are always important for patients to make informed decisions. After numerous phone calls between doctor and patient, John chose option 2, because it allowed him to fulfill his dental requirements and because it just so happened to be an efficient process that would allow him to feel good and look good on an upcoming cruise with his wife in three months for their anniversary. A separate appointment to sit down and discuss all the findings and options between the doctor, patient and preferably spouse is always a good idea. This allows open discussion to focus on the patient’s primary goals and desires, review what treatment paths are available and to answer many questions that include number of appointments, duration of appointments, cost of treatment and financing arrangements, special concerns or limitations of case. It is important for the dental office to take the time to review this process for the more complicated cases such as John’s treatment. The experience with John’s dental needs brings to light the most crucial factors for patient success involve a thorough diagnosis, multiple treatment options, patient understanding and confidence in the treatment, consultation to discuss treatment prior to beginning dental work, ongoing communication, patient involvement, willingness of doctor and staff to work with the patient not only to achieve all their dental needs, but most importantly to provide care, staying within their budget.

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Family and Faith

The Role of a mother Ephesians 5: 21-24 A Commentary by Norman R. Hunt A great deal of the Bible has to do with the husband and the wife relationship and the responsibilities of the parents because it impacts what the children learn and the lessons they are given. The Bible tells us that the man Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church. is to love his wife; he is to love his family, and he is to do so sacrificially. Men are to love their wives and their families as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, a love, which is sacrificial. The key word in terms of responsibility of the man is the word “sacrifice,” a sacrificing love. Now there is a key word in terms of responsibility of the wife. You will find it in several places in the Bible. It is a very controversial word. It occurs about three times in the verses that we are focusing on. It is the word “submit.” The teaching of the Bible is that the way to be a wife and mom is to learn the importance and respond to God’s teaching about the matter of submission. Look at verse 21, Submitting to one another. Look at verse 22, Wives, submit to your own husbands. Look down at verst 24, Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Submission — Now the whole concept of submission has really been brought under a great deal of attack. There are some people who say that this conjures up images of subjugation, that it is an archaic concept that is anti-woman. Yet I have come to believe after studying this subject all over again in recent days and weeks that the golden key for a woman to be a great wife and mom is SUBMISSION. It is something that goes all the way back to the book of Genesis. In Genesis 3:16 it says, To the woman he said, I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Now look at this. He said, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” There are some folks who say, “I am sorry; I just don’t continued on page 70 50 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

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Family and Faith

Who’s Calling

the Shots? Part 2

by Dawn Mason, D.V.M. In my last article we discussed vaccinations of dogs and as promised I will deliver the feline vaccine information. Cat owners are a little more hesitant about vaccinating their kitty because of the potential side effects of a vaccine or that Dawn Mason D.V.M. is a 1999 graduate of Auburn University College their kitty simply “never goes of Veterinary Medicine and practices outside.” Although these are at BridgeMill Animal Hospital. logical thoughts, if we stop (770) 479-2200 vaccinating animals because their risk is minimal, that is how “outbreaks” begin. Take a look at the children’s vaccines for measles or whooping cough. The trend has been to not vaccinate children for these diseases because they are not as common as they once were or other risks. However, the reality is that the decline in these vaccinations has caused outbreaks in 2010 and 2011 with deaths involved. This article is not to debate the human vaccines, I merely want to point out that not vaccinating can actually cause more harm than good. With that said, it is always best to go over vaccination protocols with your veterinarian. The veterinarian should guide you based on the age, risk and health of the pet. Cats are complex and every practice has their standards for feline care and vaccinations. The information below will help you understand the meaning behind the shot. Even if a cat is not at risk, think of how many times a new found kitten or puppy is brought into a home. No prior history and “BAM!” now the indoor family cat is exposed.

Rabies: As discussed before, this vaccine is required by law on cats and dogs. It is almost always a fatal central nervous system disease transmitted through bite wounds. This shot can be given every one or three years. Feline panleukopenia: Known as feline distemper it is widespread and highly contagious. May cause fever, diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia and death in kittens. Feline viral rhinotracheitis: Highly contagious, upper respiratory disease. Discharge is noticed from both eyes and nose. Feline calicivirus: A serious and highly contagious respiratory virus usually with fever. Feline pneumonitis: Moderate upper respiratory virus caused by Chalmydia psittaci. continued on page 70 52 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

The Golden Rules

of Golf

by Shane Newton, PGA Professional, Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead The simple game of golf can quickly become complex due to the number of variables that all come together to make a good golf swing. These can include how you feel, your equipment, course conditions, weather conditions and the Shane Newton is the General Manager last golf “tip” you had… at Lake ArrowHead Yacht & Country These variables are why even Club. He can be reached at tour players hit bad shots (770) 721-7913., occasionally. I like to think this is what keeps the game “exciting” every time I play. While there are an infinite number of variables in golf, there are constants. I call these the “Golden Rules of Golf.” We will discuss a few of these. Two wrongs can make a right; this leads to more golf frustration than probably any other. One example is — Common sense tells us that if we keep hitting the ball to the right of our target, we just aim a little to the left … right? Well, this strategy may work for a few holes but will always result in a breakdown of the golf swing if not properly corrected. If you find yourself in this situation, it is critical to work on alignment before your next round. The mind is a terrible thing — Another way of saying this is “paralysis by analysis.” It is easy to get bogged down in all the information about the swing. We see golfers every day who are thinking so much they have a tough time even beginning their swing. Thinking too much leads to tension, which leads to another golden rule — tension is the killer of a good golf swing. The final golden rule for this time is — The ball always goes where the clubface is facing at impact. Most people do not want to believe this but it is always true. Who wants to believe they made the clubface face that house when they hit the ball (then house)? There are an infinite number of ways to swing the club but the “moment of truth” is when the club contacts the ball (impact). Jim Furyk’s swing is less than picture perfect but he has won 16 tour events including a US Open. He consistently has his clubface facing the target at impact and that is what counts. Keep these Golden Rules in mind to help temper some of the many variables in the golf swing. Also remember, if “tips” continued on page 70

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specialEvents May 15 Foster Families and Friends Picnic Time: Location:

1 — 4 p.m. Goshen Valley Ranch, 387 Goshen Church Way, Waleska Information: To help raise awareness of foster care and show appreciation to the families who are fostering in our community.  All are invited to attend the picnic sponsored by His Heart Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry of Liberty Hill UMC, Goshen Valley Ranch, Chick-fil-A and Bounce House.  Come out and enjoy free food, hay rides, pony rides, inflatables and face painting.  For more information, please contact Karla at or visit  Rain date:  May 22

May 19 Job Fair Time: Location:

1 — 5 p.m. The Village Shoppes at East Cherokee, 6232 Old Highway 5, Holly Springs Information: Come & meet with Cherokee County’s top companies. Admission and parking for the event is FREE. For more information, please contact Jennifer Stanley at (770) 345-5536 or

May 21 & 22 Canton Festival of the Arts Time: Location:

10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Brown Park, historic downtown Canton Information: The Trayletaah Garden Club of Cherokee County will hold its annual plant sale during the festival. This plant sale is a favorite for garden club members who share plants from their traditional gardens, some going back 60 years! Guests will also enjoy the Artist Market, Serenity Gardens, Literary Celebration, Children’s Experience, food and drinks and much more!

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May 21 & 22 “As Time Goes By: Songs from the Silver Screen” — Pops Concert presented by The Cherokee Chorale


May 21, 7:30 p.m. May 22, 3 p.m. Location: Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for students Information: For information, please call (678) 439-8625 or visit

May 27 & 28 Kung Fu Panda Weekend Time: Location:

Noon — 7 p.m. Carmike Riverstone 15, 5 Reinhardt College Pkwy., Canton Information: Have your picture taken with Kung Fu Panda! For more information, please call Jonathan Cruzado at (770) 345-8045 or email  

June 8, 9, 10 & 11 “The Secret Garden” performed by the Academy Street Theatre Group

Time: Location:

7:30 p.m. Sequoyah High School Theatre, 4485 Hickory Road, Canton Cost: $8 at the door Information: The Academy Street Theatre Group (ASTG) is an Arts Education Program of the Cherokee County School District offering students in grades 2 through 12 on-stage and off-stage opportunities in theatre arts. For more information, please email Janice.lewis@cherokee.

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Half-day camps 9 a.m. — 1p.m. Full-day camps 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. (before and after care provided for an additional $5 per hour per child)

“Art’s Up” Art Camp Sponsored By The Arts Alliance Of Georgia Woodstock City Center/Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 8534 Main St., Woodstock Dates: June 6 — 10, June 13 — 17, July 11 — 15 & July 18 – 22, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. Information: Clay, painting and drawing, weaving, printmaking and papermaking are just some of the fun activities that are planned. For further information, please call Madeline Hall at (404) 509-8792.

June 13 — 17 Cherokee Presbyterian Church VBS (770) 704-9594, 1498 Johnson Brady Rd, Canton Time: 1 — 4 p.m. Ages: 3 years — 6th grade

June 20 — 24 Liberty Hill Church VBS (678) 493-8920, 141 Railroad St., Canton Time: 6 — 8 p.m. Ages: Nursery (6 weeks) — Adult

June 6 — 10 & June 26 — 29 Hillside United Methodist Church VBS, (770) 924-4777, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock Time: June 6 week, 9:30 a.m. — noon, June 26 week, 6:30 — 8:45 p.m. Ages: June 6 week, Pre-K — Kindergarten, June 26 week, Rising 4 — 6 grade Cost: $15

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Life At Home

Is it time for a

New Look?

by Lisa Griswold

by Eric Hill

What do people see as they drive by your house or walk up your sidewalk? Can they see your house, or is it hidden by bushes? Landscaping sort of creeps up on us over time, and the next thing you know, it makes our house look old, unattractive and uninviting. Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping. He can be Landscaping should make reached at (770) 442-3901. your home look welcoming while complimenting the style of your house. It also doesn’t hurt if it adds a little color or flare. If you aren’t feeling the pride you once had, it’s time to do something about it. A properly designed and installed landscape not only brings the look of your house up-to-date, it increases the property value tremendously. A $3,500 investment can yield a $6,000 to $7,000 increase in your property value within a short time. The increase in curb appeal, and the smile it puts back on your face is nearly immeasurable. So where do you begin? Before you do anything, look around. Go visit neighborhoods; expensive ones, inexpensive ones, new ones and old. When you spot an attractive or particularly inviting yard, make some notes about what you see, or take some photographs. Visit nurseries and look through home and garden magazines, especially those known for their fresh ideas like “Southern Living.” Soon you will start to form an opinion of what you might like to see in your own yard. Next you need to decide on your budget. The cost of this project is going to depend on you and your yard. The typical re-landscaping across the front of a house, including removal of old plants, amending the beds, installing plants and mulching averages between $3,000 and $4,000. You can save about half of this cost by doing the work yourself, but you should consider your limitations. Time is another hurdle for many of us. A typical job like this may take a professional crew thirty to forty man-hours. Once you have some ideas and you’re comfortable with your budget, decide whether you want to hire a professional designer. Creating an attractive, functional design takes a fair amount of plant knowledge. The help of a professional can pay in long-term dividends. If you decide to hire a designer, make sure that he or she will listen to your requests, and value your input. The final result needs to be what you like and will feel proud of, not the designer’s. An attractive landscape is an investment that gives you a tremendous return in value. If yours is no longer performing, now is a good time to give your house a new look. 58 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

Moderate Resorts Last month I wrote about Value Resorts. This month, let’s take a look at Moderate Resorts.

Walt Disney World Resort has five Moderate Resorts: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Please send your questions about Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Cruise Line, Disneyland, Adventures by Disney, or any of the international Port Orleans Resort – French Disney parks to Lisa@PixieVacations. Quarter, Disney’s Coronado com or call (678) 815-1584. Springs Resort, and The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. I’m going to save the Cabins for another month when I discuss Fort Wilderness by itself. Riverside and French Quarter are sister resorts. French Quarter is one of the best lose-yourself-in-the-theme resorts. You really seem to get taken to the historical French Quarter of New Orleans. Riverside is characteristic of the Mississippi River in the late 1800s. Caribbean Beach is themed to take you to the Caribbean, of course! It offers six villages (clusters of room buildings), each representing a different island like Martinique, Aruba and Jamaica. Coronado Springs will immerse you in the styles of northern Mexico and the American southwest. There are three regions: the Casitas, the Ranchos and the Cabanas. The standard room rates go from $154 — $239 per night (add $5 per night at Coronado Springs). It is about $154 during Value Season, $185 for summer and $239 over Christmas. When you stay at a Moderate resort, you get more space in the room (55 sq. ft. over a Value resort). You will have two sinks (except Coronado Springs). The rooms have two double beds (Coronado Springs and French Quarter have queen beds – all Moderates will have queens eventually!) which can accommodate up to four guests, plus an infant. You can upgrade to a single king bed. They also offer some king rooms for an up-charge. Riverside offers a room with a trundle bed that can accommodate a child about nine years or younger, so you can get six people in there (one being an infant)! Each resort has multiple swimming pools (CB=7, CS=4, FQ=1, R=6) and a children’s pool. Guests at French Quarter may use the pools at Riverside. Each resort offers a sit-down restaurant (except FQ) and a food court (The Peppermarket at Coronado Springs is one of the best – if not the best – Quick Service restaurants on Disney property), merchandise store, and arcade in the main building of each resort. You can get poolside continued on page 70

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Life At Home

Does Anyone Really Survive High School?

by Carole May

Now why would that question pop into my mind this month? The answer would be a packet I received in the mail for my 50th (oh my G--! I said it, and I read it) class reunion. Inside the envelope was an invitation to attend the event along with a yearbook photo of a teenage girl I hadn’t seen in years. I’ll be honest; it almost brought a few tears. The caption beneath the picture of Carole May read, “Sweet and delightful with the radiance of spring.” When reading these words in the autumn part of my life when more than leaves are dropping from gravity, made me stop, rewind and reset. I had forgotten that girl who rushed through the halls every day so she would not be late for class. The young lady who spent a lot of time worrying about passing tests instead of her studying harder for them. Yes! This reunion has set my mind spinning like the Mad Hatter’s tea cup. I am e-mailing and texting former classmates who are reliving their high school memories with me. I was more than surprised to receive a text from someone I knew way back when. He informed me that my status in high school was that of the “in” crowd. I guess I was the only one who wasn’t aware of that. Then he mentioned to me that he was a nerd. “‘Nerd,’ I heard, is now referred to as a geek,” I said, “So get that into your head. Geeks are in! It only took you 50 years to get here.” Actually,

a friend of mine shared with me that she attended an all girls’ high school. My verbal reaction to this was “Brutal!” She mentioned that the girls who used to sit by themselves at the lunch table and ignore everyone else had attended Carole May is a freelance writer for their reunion. She was AroundAbout West Canton. Email her at disgusted to witness the same women (after 50 years) had not changed their behavior, only their seats at the lunch table. Another female who was a popular cheerleader shared with me that she was dropped by the “A” list and didn’t know what she did wrong. She was so upset! After graduating from high school, she left her hometown. Here’s another one for ya. A former friend of mine who had recently visited my home said, “High school for me was hell.” She had to attend classes in the morning and then went to a related job for the remainder of the school day. Her social life was shot. Does anyone ever survive high school? I’ll let you be the judge of that while taking your trip down memory lane.


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Life At Home

Unheard of Savings

Available Now!

by Dan Jape

This is an exciting time to be in the market for a new HVAC Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating and Air, located at 13987 system in the greater Atlanta Highway 92 in Woodstock. You may area due to the many programs contact him at (770) 594-9096. and specials available to help with the cost of replacing an old inefficient system. The tax credit program is still available for homeowners and it is $500 as a straight bottom line credit off your income taxes. It is called the 25C program and it is available to most taxpayers without any income limits. You simply have to purchase a high efficiency furnace and air conditioner or heat pump and you can earn this lucrative credit. There is money available from all the major EMC electric companies to finance a new heating and cooling systems and it is in the form of a 36 month, no interest loan that can make the payments very affordable on a new comfort system that can save hundreds of dollars in energy bills every year. They also have very low interest loans for people who need long term payments. The Atlanta Gas Light company has a number of specials that are available to almost anyone in the Atlanta area that has gas at their home. There are a number of different gas marketers, but they all buy their gas from Atlanta Gas Light Company. There are a few cities that have their own gas companies such as City of Austell or Sugar Hill that do not participate in the gas promotions, but the vast majority of Atlanta homeowners can take advantage of these specials. If in doubt if you qualify, call our office and we can help you. If you replace a furnace and an air conditioner and use an 80% efficient furnace, you can earn a $200 cash rebate and if you purchase a 90% furnace and an a/c unit, you can earn a $400 cash back rebate. If you currently have a heat pump or a dual fuel system with a gas furnace or a heat pump, you can earn a $1000 cash rebate if you replace the gas furnace and air conditioner or if you just replace the gas furnace and have the heat pump rewired to work as an a/c unit. This is a very lucrative program and this money will go a long way in helping with the cost of a new HVAC system replacement. Trane also has incentives of $200, $400 and $1000 dollars or interest free financing for 36 months. All you have to do is purchase a high efficiency heating cooling system and the rebate is an instant rebate given at the time of purchase. If you have not had your existing system serviced for the summer, now is the time. If your unit’s coils are not clean or if your units are slightly low on refrigerant, it can cost hundreds of dollars in wasted energy bills. A dirty blower wheel and any number of items out of sync can come back to haunt you in higher bills and poor comfort. People who have routine service performed are assured they are getting their monies worth.   64 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011



by Michael Buckner If you are anything like me, you are tired of the cold and ready for spring. Not only am I tired of the insane amount of rain this year, but I miss sitting on my back porch while listening to my favorite album in the world, Alice In Chains, Unplugged. Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Somehow, no matter how Intersection. For questions or to set many times I hear it, I still feel up an appointment, please call encapsulated with serenity when (770) 479-1000. in that moment. While I’m sure that you can imagine that my A/V system is packed with features, nothing beats my outdoor music. What’s a shame is that most people don’t know that they can add outdoor sound on a budget. If you have purchased a decent surround sound receiver in the past three or four years, most likely it was a 7.1 model. This means that it is designed to run seven speakers and a subwoofer. The reality is that probably 95 percent of people only use this for a 5.1 system. This leaves two extra channels of amplification available for whatever you want. Provided that you can get speaker wire from the receiver to the outside, you can use this remaining power to run that pair of outdoor speakers and liven up your outdoor space! Many of the newer receivers even have what’s called “Dual Zone” control of those extra speakers, meaning that while your significant other wants to watch their show on the living room TV, you can step out onto the back porch and enjoy some music at the same time. If you’re really into outdoor entertainment, put a TV out there. A company called Sun Brite ( makes a truly weatherproof TV, but hold on to your wallet. The demo that I have seen of this TV was incredible! It had a TV show on the screen while it was inside a fish tank with a water hose showering over it. The only issue is that they run about $3000 for a 32” model. Other clients I have, that are less willing to part with that kind of cash, purchase grill covers and have them made to fit around their TV when not in use. This requires the TV to be under some sort of cover, be it in a screened in porch, under a large eve, etc. but has worked fine in every instance that I have seen. My favorite one ever is in a Tiki Hut by the client’s swim-up pool bar. He also has several fake rocks that double as speakers throughout the area. His neighbors love his system much less than I do. So whether you’re willing to part with $200 or $10,000, there are hundreds of ways to bring your back yard to life with electronics. If you already have some gear and are wondering if you can just buy a volume knob and a pair of speakers, give me a call and I’ll give you a hand.

United States Government:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Wofford, Post 1 e-mail:

(770) 704-4398, x4372

Michael Geist, Post 3 e-mail:

(404) 462-4950

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

(770) 516-1444

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

(770) 704-4398, x4370

Rob Usher, Post 6 e-mail:

(770) 928-0341

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

(678) 983-9644

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

Cherokee County School System

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

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

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

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

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

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

(678) 493-6431

(678) 493-6160

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

Clerk of the Court: Patty Baker

Cherokee County Coroner

(404) 656-0287

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

(678) 493-6511

(770) 345-6256

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

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner

(404) 362-1600

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

City of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood

(770) 704-1500

City of Waleska Mayor Doris Ann Jones

(770) 479-2912 65


Business Organizations

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

Charitable & Support Organizations

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

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

Civic Organizations Kathy Fulton (770) 720-0979, (678) 224-7878

Canton Noon Day Optimists: Canton Optimist Club:

(678) 454-2370

Canton Rotary Club:

(770) 479-2101

Cherokee County Historical Society:

The Helen Plane Chapter 711:

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

(678) 493-9135

(770) 479-1871

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

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

(770) 928-6592

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

(770) 928-8590

Cherokee Community Chorale:

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

(770) 757-2282

Cherokee Fencing Club:

Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750

(770) 235-3655

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

(770) 345-3288,

Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon:

Cherokee Running Club:

(770) 928-4239

Pilot Club of Cherokee County:

(770) 926-8513

Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

Cherokee Senior Softball Association:

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

(770) 926-0105

Sons of the American Revolution:

Cherokee Chapter, (770) 410-0015 The Trail of Tears Association: (770) 704-6338

(678) 520-2236,

Cherokee Hiking Club:

BridgeMill-Sixes Service League: Canton Lions Club:

United Daughters of the Confederacy,

Crossfit Workout of the Day Club:

The Funk Heritage Center Book Club: (770) 720-5969 Sewrifics, American Sewing Guild: (678) 493-3976 Southern O Scalers:

Dan Mason, (770) 337-5139

AroundAbout West Canton Magazine — (770) 720-7497

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

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

City of Canton:

City Hall Fire Department Police Information

Driver’s Licenses

Georgia State Patrol

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

(770) 720-6607

(770) 345-7371

Kennestone Hospital Northside Hospital — Cherokee

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

Health Department Hospitals:

Hotlines — 24 Hour Help lines:

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

Non-Emergency 911

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

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

(770) 479-3117

Parks and Recreation:

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

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

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


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

Post Office (Canton) Recycling Center Sheriff’s Office

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

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


Emergency — 911

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

(770) 720-7000 (678) 426-5450 (678) 494-2500 67



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakdale Baptist

Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

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

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

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

Lutheran Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church

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

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

Sardis Baptist

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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

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

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

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

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


Toonigh Baptist Church

Canton First United Methodist Church

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

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

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

Waleska First Baptist 10657 Fincher Road, (770) 479-1024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church Services at Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel 8855 Main St., (770) 485-0504 Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.

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

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

City On A Hill: A United Methodist Church 7745 Main Street, Woodstock Saturday Service: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

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

Heritage Presbyterian Church

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta

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

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

Northern Hills Church of Christ

Sixes Presbyterian Church

Christian Praise Center

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

1358 Sixes Road, (770) 924-7532

The Pointe

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waleska Church of God of Prophecy New Life Church 154 Lakeside Drive, (770) 345-2660

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

Moderate Resorts

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snacks and drinks or room service (limited menu). You’ll find a playground, jogging trails, bike rental, boat rental, carriage rides and fishing (varies by resort). Moderates offer laundry service and self laundry facilities. You have more options for room categories like water view, junior suite or preferred room…even a Pirate Themed room! Staying in this category, you will find some additional amenities. You will have a refrigerator in the room, the pool will have a water slide, and Coronado Springs offers convention space. Some things are still missing at this level though, like a spa, fitness center, valet parking and character dining. Moderates are a nice compromise between the Value resorts and Deluxe resorts when staying on Disney property.

Benefits of Sunglasses . . .

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• Long-term overexposure can lead to pinguecula which is a growth on the white part of the eye. That growth can grow large enough to cause dry eye symptoms such as burning, gritty, even blurry eyes. If the dry eyes persist, the corneas can dry out leading to corneal scarring. Remember, when you choose sunglasses, try to choose function over fashion. But remember that those fashionable sunglasses can be made to be more functional. Just ask your eye care professional how to go about doing that!

The Golden Rules of Golf

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from your buddies are not helping your swing, stop by and see your local PGA Golf Professional. They will get you in the right positions to make a relaxed, natural swing much easier. They will answer your questions, explain the real meaning behind those “tips,” and most importantly, reinforce what you are doing right in your swing. Play Better! Play More! ©2005 – SEN (revised 2006, 2007, 2011)

Who’s Calling the Shots?

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Feline leukemia: Life threatening virus that has an effect on multiple organ systems. May cause death. Transmitted through saliva. Routine testing is suggested in outdoor cats. FIP: Complex disease of cats causing possible tumors and fluid accumulation in the abdomen. Vaccine is controversial. Merial has a line of vaccinations for cats which may cause less side-effects, i.e. injection site reactions. You may pay a couple dollars more. However, it is an advance in medicine and technology. Consider asking if your veterinarian carries this vaccine line. 70 AroundAbout West Canton | may 2011

Vaccination is the key to keeping diseases eradicated. It is also essential in keeping your pet safe and healthy. If you have any concerns about vaccination, please take the time to discuss it with your veterinarian. It should be up to your veterinarian to call the shots.

Good to Grow . . .

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get the school involved. Alert your child’s teacher or school administration. Once they know what’s going on, they can help provide the supervision needed to stop the problem.

TWEENS (ages 9 to 12) kids ask the darnedest things. When our kids ask us questions about our youth, especially if it involved underage drinking, premarital sex or recreational drugs, we might be tempted to be evasive or unresponsive or to just flat-out lie. After all, many of us came up during the 1960’s and 1970’s when society’s views of sex, drugs and social drinking were much more permissive. But with HIV/AIDS and substance abuse looming large, today’s landscape looks very different. So how should you respond? Kids ask these types of questions because they are curious, and it helps them get to know you as a parent better. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a buddy to your child. You’re always a parent first. Remember that when you share information about your past it can have a significant impact on their behavior for years to come. Here’s some advice: Be selective about what you say. Don’t advocate being dishonest, but as parents you have to hold back certain information, especially if you don’t think the time is right to share it. For example, if you first had sex at an age that you feel was too young, you may not want to reveal exactly how old you were. Instead say it was younger than you thought it should’ve been. Remember, it’s okay to say what you feel to be a better value for your kids growth and maturity. They constantly look to you as their heroes for life advice, spiritual and practical.

The Role of a Mother

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agree with that. I don’t like that; I refuse to accept it; that is not something that is going to be acceptable in modern culture today.” Well, what you have to decide here is this: What is going to be your authority? Is your authority going to be what God says, or is it going to be what the culture says, or what other sources say? God is the one who has designed the family. He is the one who has put together the husband and the wife in marriage, the parents and the children in the family. God has given us an instruction manual, the Bible. So when we go to the Bible we find the spiritual truth of submission. Now a wife and a mom who wants to be blessed of the Lord goes by the Bible teaching. God bless you and have a Happy Mother’s Day.

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