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What’s Cookin’ in the Community Recipes for kids in the kitchen

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Beylouny, Michael Buckner, J. Daran Burns, Jyl Craven, Louise Estabrook, Dr. Edward J. Furey, Chris Grass, Fred Hawkins, Dr. Bret Hintze, Rev. Norman Hunt, Michelle Knapp, Scott Lavelle, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. Mike Litrel, Carole May, Dr. Chris Meiners, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Shane Newton, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Dr. Monika Yadav

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by Michelle Meek, Andersons Auto Spa is now Sixes Auto Spa — Car Wash and Auto Detail Specialist. Located at 3739 Sixes Road in Canton, like them on Facebook for daily specials and information. Stop in and see the changes and new services available. (770) 720-3844 New On You Boutique, located at 590 East Main in Canton, is now open. The boutique is conveniently situated just outside of historic downtown Canton. Stop in and check out this new consignment boutique, open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Like them on Facebook or call (678) 880-3478 for more information. Just in time for summer, Chick-fil-A has introduced three new salad choices recently added to their entrée menu, complete with new dressings to compliment the new healthy combinations. In addition to the salads, a new grilled chicken cool wrap is also available. Visit for nutrition and ingredient information and stop in your favorite Canton Chick-fil-A restaurant and try one today! The Cherokee Aquatic Center (1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs) is now open. The aquatic center features a

48,000-square-foot indoor aquatic facility with a 50-meter competition pool and seating for 700, along with a 25-yard instructional/therapy pool; locker rooms and family restrooms; concession stands; a lobby with a pool overlook; and other amenities. The aquatic center also features a 7,900-square-foot outdoor leisure pool with a variety of aquatic play structures. Daily admission is available, as well as three-month and annual passes for individuals and families. Please visit for complete program details. MUST Ministries (111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton) has relocated to a larger facility that will allow the organization to better serve Cherokee County residents in need. The new space includes a large food pantry, clothes pantry, storage, a large classroom that can be partitioned into two classrooms, and a new computer lab. Each year, MUST Ministries assists approximately 11,000 Cherokee residents with groceries, clothing, employment services, summer lunch for children, and housing assistance. (770) 790-3876, CrossFit Breaking Boundaries is coming to Holly Springs. The faith-based program focuses not only on physical health, but also on spiritual wellness. Daily workouts will push limits, taking your fitness to a whole new level. A Grand Opening Open House will be held June 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Located at 320 Adams Jenkins Memorial Drive, Suite 200 in Canton, stop in and meet the staff and check out the programs. Like them on Facebook — “Breaking Boundaries HS” or call (770) 355-0651.

The City of Holly Springs is currently accepting arts and crafts, local businesses and concession vendors for the 10th Annual Autumn Fest. Autumn Fest will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit for an application or contact Jennifer Stanley at (770) 345-5536 or Calling all artists and craftsmen! The Patrons of the Arts at Cherokee Christian Schools will be hosting An Evening in Venice on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Artists and craftsmen are needed to sell their wares in the recreated Venetian street market. For information and application forms, please contact Sue Wahle, Vendor Coordinator, at Vendor applications are due by July 31, 2013. The City of Holly Springs needs your help to name the new park. The park on Hickory Road will be passive and will include walking trails, pavilions, picnic tables and a small open space. The majority of the site will be undisturbed and will remain in its natural state. Please submit name ideas to Jennifer Stanley at or visit and click on the Community Voice tab on the left hand side. Names will be collected until July 31, 2013. The park name will be selected by Council members at the August meeting. 4

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Publisher’s note Mom & Dad I am blessed to be able to say that I have a great relationship with both of my parents. But not from a lack of work and a lot of grace! When I think about my parents, what I respect about them most is while they are definitely individuals, they approached parenting in harmony. This is not to say that they would handle discipline the same way, believe me, as my rear end can attest…I would much rather have my mom chasing me around the kitchen table after I knocked the iron off the ironing board (kids, ask your parents what an iron and ironing board are…younger parents, Google it) than, while exiled to my room, hearing my dad’s wing-tipped shoes making their distinct sound as they came across the parquet floor in front of my bedroom door and the “slap-slap-slap” sound of the belt recoiling through each of his belt loops! Before I give you the wrong impression, please do not apply today’s parenting principles to yesterday’s acceptable means of punishing the third boy, whom always seemed to find his way into trouble sufficient enough to warrant such parental action. I should also bring up the fact that in this Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek scenario, there were two older brothers, both model students and lovely specimens of the ideal sons, and a younger sister who suffered the torment from the third boy to levels that resulted in reactions that nearly removed doors from their hinges. My sister will forever be special to me because she deserved so much more from me as her brother than what I gave. And by the way, all kidding aside, my brothers and sister are incredible people, and I love them dearly. What I mean about my parents’ harmony was their complete devotion to their faith, their witness to each of us kids, and their own testimony as a beautiful demonstration of love as we could imagine. Growing up in our house, what I remember was life being firm but fair. If we wanted to get somewhere, my mom and dad always made sure we had a bike with tires sometimes fully inflated or shoes with laces. My mom and I have always had a great relationship. Not to say that my dad’s and my relationship was bad because, for the most part, it was very good. We had our moments for sure but those were the days when I needed validation and felt the way to achieve this was on my own and in my own way. So, I was the one who bucked the system and followed my free spirit, doing the things that I knew were the opposite of what my parents taught me. One time, I recently had pulled myself up by the boot straps and got my life back on track from some college incidents. Back at home and involved again with our church, I walked in one Sunday morning, happened to be Father’s Day, and the pastor asked me to get up in front of the church and speak about how I was blessed by my father. Wait, what? Now, this was a small church, less than 100 people, and nearly every single one of them knew the anxiety I had wrought on my father and mother. So, given the magnitude of some of our run-ins, speaking about how blessed I was by my dad was going to prove interesting. I spoke about the home he provided, the love he showed us, and the example by which he led. I also said that while things were tough sometimes, I noted we laughed more than we cried; we hugged more than we fought and we said I love you, religiously and meant it. My parents are beautiful people, and I love them for who they are and have encouraged me to be. While they are not my provider, I know God because of them and credit them with being obedient to His calling. I honor them by trying to be for my kids what my parents were for me: an example, a testimony and providers of a loving home. In May, I wished my mom a Happy Mother’s Day and this month, I hope for my dad a Happy Father’s Day. Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497,


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Local Modern Woodmen Members Honor Hometown Hero

Local volunteer, Clara Mae Van Brink of Canton, was recognized for countless hours of service to the community by local Modern Woodmen of America members and United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Women’s Leadership Council. Mrs. Van Brink was honored for her dedicated service to our community through Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Heroes Program. As part of this Clara Mae Van Brink program, members of the Canton Modern Woodmen chapter presented the recipient with a certificate and a $100 award grant, to be presented to the charitable organization of the honoree’s choice. “Volunteers form the foundation of a strong community,” says Chad Atkinson, local Modern Woodmen chapter activities coordinator. “Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero program gives us the chance to thank those who selflessly give their time to make the world a better place.” The award was presented to Mrs. Van Brink at the Cherokee Women’s Baby Shower hosted by United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Women’s Leadership Council and sponsored by Wellstar. For more information or to get involved with the local Modern Woodmen, contact Chad Atkinson at (404) 797-8108 or K.Chad.Atkinson@

The HOPE Center Names Volunteers of the Year

In conjunction with Volunteer Appreciation Week, The HOPE Center in Woodstock recognized their outstanding volunteers. The Mother of Israel Award was presented to Pam Coronado who faithfully serves as a client advocate, mentoring those who come to the Center for assistance. Pam, a married Maria Walasik, mother of 3, has faithfully The Extra-Mile Award served in this role since 2008. Coronado served over 162 hours last year. The Star Team Award was given to a special group of ladies this year. They work together in the workroom of the thrift store, sorting through donations and getting them ready to sell. This group consists of Judy Dietz, Pat Kos and Martha Montgomery. Their team served a combined total of 446 hours in 2012. The 6

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Extra Mile Award went to Maria Walasik. Maria works in the Baby & More Store, volunteering at the cash register greeting clients. Serving in a managerial role, she has taken on long-term assignments allowing staff members to go on mission trips and business trips. Maria served over 613 hours last year alone. The awards were given at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Piedmont Church in Marietta. For more information about the HOPE Center or to volunteer, please call (770) 924-0864 or visit and www.

Canton Police Complete Re-Certification Program

Recently, in the City Council Chambers, Chief of Police Joseph Wirthman from the Jefferson Police Department represented the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) and presented the Canton Police Department with a plaque honoring the agency Chief Merchant, City of Canton PD (right) and Chief of Police for successfully completing Joseph Wirthman, Jefferson the department’s 3rd State Police Department Re-Certification. The Canton Police Department received its initial Certification in 1999.The certification process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency’s organization, management, operations and administration. The Certification report prepared and approved by the GACP State Certification Program, demonstrates this agency’s commitment to providing the highest level of professional law enforcement services to the community and public. Certification is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence. Employees take pride in their agency, knowing that it represents the very best in law enforcement.

Waleska Farmers Market Opens for the Season

Thursday nights in Waleska, Ga. will be the talk-of-the-town once again as the Waleska Farmers Market opens for the season. The market will be open through the fall with markets every Thursday through October 24, and new this year, markets are open every Monday, July 1-29. “This year will be a more on big one for the Waleska Farmers Market,” said Zach page 8 White, Reinhardt horticulturist and market coordinator.

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“Last year we were open every week on Thursday nights just through August. But with such an overwhelming response of vendors wanting to participate and customers wanting to shop, this year the market will be open every Thursday night through October 24, and in July, every Monday night too!” Sponsored by Reinhardt University, the Waleska Farmers Market is held in the parking lot behind the North Cherokee Church of Christ at the corner of Highway 140 and 108 in downtown Waleska. Admission and parking are free, and the market will operate rain or shine. Pre-registration is required for all vendors. For more information or to register, please contact White at (770) 720-5988 or ZMW@ or visit Waleska Farmers Market at Reinhardt University on Facebook.

poor conditions and to improve safety training and work practices. Rainy weather made for realistic working conditions for safety-conscious electric utility crews from across the state. Utilities compete in one of three divisions: electric membership cooperatives (EMCs), municipal power companies and Georgia Power. Cobb EMC’s crews walked away from Chehaw Park in Albany, Ga. with numerous honors. The Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo is one of the many safety practices encouraged by Cobb EMC’s Safety department. Others include spot inspections and routine safety trainings for all employees.

Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions Come to Canton Cobb EMC Lineman’s Rodeo Team Bethany’s Equine & Aquatic Therapy Services (BEATS) will be hosting the Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Mariposa Farms in Canton, Ga., and the community is invited to meet these magnificent animals. They will be arriving at Mariposa barn on Monday, June 10. The barn areas will be open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Back in the days of sword-and-armor battle, horses were used as partners and soldiers in arms. One of the highest esteemed of the war horse breeds was the Lipizzan, used in 16th century Austrian forces. The breed was tailor made to have a natural desire and athleticism to jump, leap, and kick their way through enemy lines. Thanks to the Herrmann family, these horses are in the United States and perform the same maneuvers that were used in battle and are displayed to this day in Vienna, Austria. The Herrmann family Lipizzans date back 300 years to a horse that was gifted to an ancestor by Ferdinand II for use in battle. In the early 1960s, the family brought their horses to the United States and have been touring and performing ever since. Their beautiful stallions perform routines to music, as well as battle maneuvers. Show dates and times are June 14, 15, 7 p.m. and June 16, 3 p.m. Mariposa Farms is located at 275 Red Gate Terrace, Canton. Please contact Bethany Butler at (404) 6443917 for more information.

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Huntington Learning Center Launches Reading Adventure Program

With onset of summer, Huntington Learning Center of Woodstock has kicked off its annual Reading Adventure program for children, ages kindergarten through eighth grade. To participate, students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which include a wide range of high-interest book choices for all grade levels and reading abilities. Reading Adventure underscores the excitement that a good book can bring into a child’s life. Each participating reader receives a reading “passport” in which he/ she records the books read and writes a journal entry about each. The entire program encourages students to think of reading as a way to explore new ideas, interests, places and people.“We believe that summer is an ideal time to nurture the reading habit because children have more time to read for pleasure than they do during the school year,” says Reid Trego of the Woodstock Huntington Learning Center. “Our Reading Adventure program is designed with fun in mind. Our experts have identified a variety of books for children of all ages and reading abilities — stories that engage children and get them excited about books. At the culmination of the program, Huntington will honor participants’ reading achievements. During the celebration each child is recognized for his/her achievement and receives a special award. To learn more about the program and for more information about the Huntington Learning Center of Woodstock, contact Reid Trego at (678)445-4746 or

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Wild Wacky Wednesdays (Story Time with a Woodstock Elementary School teacher)

Wednesdays through June26, 10:30 a.m., Woodstock Public Library Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo June 8, 10 a.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library Doctor Who Party June 11, 4 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library Magic Tooth Fairy Show June 12, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library Georgia Room Tour June 12, 10 a.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library

R.T. Jones Memorial Library June 11, 18 & 25 — 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Public Library June 13, 20 & 27 — 3 p.m. Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs often feature stories, music, rhymes and a free craft activity. * All story times begin promptly at the scheduled time; please arrive early to avoid any disruption.

LEGO Club June 16, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library Summer Reading Dogs June 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library Butterfly Gardens June 19, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library Adult Story Time June 26, noon, R.T. Jones Memorial Library Groundbreaking Adventure: Caving or Spelunking! June 29, 11 a.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

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

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

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

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Electrical Safety & Smoke Alarms

by Fred Hawkins Electrical accidents and fires cause millions of dollars of damage to homes each year. These tragedies often result from improper installation, electrical systems that have not been maintained, and corrosive or outdated wiring.

With homeowner education, improved safety standards, and programs like the Home Protection Plan, homes are being protected and lives are being saved. I urge you to have your home or business checked by a quality electrician each year as a home maintenance plan to protect your family.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. He can be Did you know your smoke reached at (770) 735-1136 or visit alarm’s entire unit should be replaced every 8 to 10 years? Also, replace all smoke alarm batteries each year and check the entire system to make sure the alarms are working properly. Every house should have at least one CO2 detector on the main floor near the bedrooms.

The electrical industry is constantly improving with new codes to make your home safer for you and your family.

Don’t let this happen to your home. Replace your smoke alarm system every 8-10 years, and have your wiring inspected today!


Things to do in West Canton

June 7

(The “First Friday” of every month, year ‘round)

First Friday — Downtown Canton Time: 6-9 p.m. Location: Main Street Information: Downtown Canton comes alive each month with live entertainment, special events, food, car show, book signings and artists. Restaurants and merchants will stay open late with First Friday special sales and promotions.


Lazy D Farm, 848 Bishop Rd., Ball Ground Ages: 8-12 years Cost: Free Information: Co-sponsored with the Cherokee County Extension Office. Call (770) 479-1481, ext. 0 or (770) 479-0418 for more information and registration.

June 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23 & 26 Disney’s Jungle Book Kids

June 7 Wash Away Hunger — Cans for Carwash Time: Location:

9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Lodge at BridgeMill 10451 Bells Ferry Rd., Canton Information: Come out and support MUST Ministries. Bring six or more non-perishable items and get your car washed! Let’s fill up the shelves for MUST!

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Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Cost: $10 advance online $12 at the door Information: Mowgli is raised by wolves in the jungle but on his way to the man village meets Bagheera, Shere Khan, Baloo, Colonel Hathi and some dancing monkeys. With all your favorite Disney tunes, it’s a real family treat!, (678) 494-4251

Daily Bread Summer Concert Time: Location:

7 p.m. Cherokee Arts Center 94 North Street, Canton Information: Daily Bread is a trio singing Southern Gospel Music with family style 3-part harmony., (770) 704-6244

June 9 Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band Time: Location:

2:30 p.m. City Center Auditorium 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Information: Jazz with a Southern Accent led by Don Erdman — You’ll experience every bit of the joy, energy and humor of that early American Jazz called Dixieland., (678) 494-4251

June 12

Grammy Award Winner Suzy Bogguss Location: Time:

Canton Theatre 7 p.m. doors open 8 p.m. performance Information: This is Suzy’s second show at the Theatre. Her performance last year sold out quickly, so don’t wait to purchase your tickets! Suzy Bogguss has numerous top hits and enjoys the intimate setting of the Canton Theatre. To purchase tickets, please visit or call (770) 757-3149. For more information about Suzy, please visit

June 22 Heavenly Hydrangeas — Master Gardeners Seminar Location:

Cherokee County Farm Bureau Safety Day Camp Time:

June 22

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Hickory Flat Library 2740 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton Time: 10 a.m. Information: Learn the secrets of this glorious

plant. Please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (770) 479-0418 to register.

June 29 Casablanca “Premier” Proceeds benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Program (CASA)


Doors open at 6 p.m. Movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic Canton Theatre 171 E. Main St., Downtown Canton Information: Step back in time to 1942 as CASA for Children Presents the “Premier,” one of the most beloved American Films, “Casablanca.” Patrons will be reminded of what it might have been like to attend the opening of this wartime adventure of romance and intrigue as they walk the Red Carpet on the East Main Street “Walk of Fame,” featuring stars commemorating sponsors of the evening. Patrons are encouraged to wear period-style attire, and cars from the era will line the street. Patrons have their choice of tickets to the Premier Only or one of several “Dinner & Theatre Packages,” which includes a meal at one of the local restaurants in the Historic Downtown Loop. Sponsorships are still available. Please call (770) 345-3274 for ticket or sponsorship information.

July 13 5th Annual Memorial Ride for Motorcycle Awareness and Education Time:

Registration, 9 a.m. Kick stands up, 10 a.m. Location: Start and end at Hooters 100 Riverpoint Pkwy., Canton Cost: $25 per bike includes T-shirt and gift bag Information: Live band, raffle and giveaways. Proceeds go toward motorcycle awareness and education and the State License Tag initiative. For more information, please call Karen at (770) 704-0518 or email her at Karen@

Vacation Bible Schools & Camps Woodstock Christian Church “Kingdom Rock” Date: June 9-14 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: 7700 Hwy., 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-8238

Antioch Christian Church Date: Times: Ages: Location:

June 10-14 6-9 p.m. 4 years-fourth grade 3595 Sugar Pike Rd., Canton (located at intersection of Sugar Pike and Lower Birmingham)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church “Great Bible Reef: Dive Deep into God’s Word” Dates: Times: Ages: Location:

June 17-21 9 a.m.-noon 4 years-rising fifth grade 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock, (770) 924-7286

CITY ON A HILL UMC “Kingdom Rock” Dates: Times: Ages: Location:

June 23-27 6-8:30 p.m. preschool-sixth grade 7745 Main Street, just north of Downtown Woodstock, (678) 445-3480

First Baptist Church Woodstock Colossal Coaster World Dates: June 24-28 Times: 9 a.m.-noon or 6:30-9 p.m. Ages: 4 years (by Sept. 1) and up Location: 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, (770) 926-4428

Australian Adventure Art Camp Dates: Time: Location: Cost: Ages:

June 10-14, June 17-21 & July 15-19 9 a.m.-noon Studio 121, 121 Brown Street, Downtown Canton $135 per week Kindergarten and older

Information: Painting, tie die, watercolor, crafts, stained glass. Register online at JulieERogers. com. Space is limited; a maximum of 10 kids per week.

Canton Golf Club Junior Golf Camp Dates: June 17-19 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Ages: 7-15 Cost: $150 Information: Learn the fundamentals of golf: full swing, putting, chipping, pitching, sand play. Snacks and beverages provided. For more information, please call Craig King, Class-A PGA Professional, at (770) 345-3786.

Creekview Soccer Camp Dates: July 8-11 Times: 6-9 p.m. Ages: 4-11; 12 & up Cost: $100 Location: Creekview High School 1550 Owens Store Rd., Canton Information: Coach Kerri Schmitt (770) 7136854,

Staycation Ideas Fun places to check out this summer in and around Cherokee County!

2013 Woodstock Concert Series June 8 — Yacht Rock Revue-Friday Night Fever July 13 — Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project August 10 — The Dazz Band September 14 — The Marshall Tucker Band Free family-friendly concert; each event takes place in the Park at City Center and the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Blankets Creek Bike Trails & Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park Blankets Creek Bike Trails — just off of Sixes Road, Canton Taylor Randahl Memorial Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park — just off of Interstate 575, exit 9, Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock Gather the family or venture out on your own! Numerous bike trails at each location for novice to expert. Visit the SORBA website for up-to-date information on trail conditions and closures.

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Centennial Olympic Park Downtown Atlanta The 21-acre park is the city’s lasting legacy from the Centennial Olympic Games and hosts some of Atlanta’s most exciting free events: • Wednesday Wind Down: 5:30-8 p.m., now-September, with performances varying from jazz to reggae • Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days: noon4 p.m., now-September • Music at Noon: Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m., now-October, enjoy a variety of live music including R&B, jazz and reggae.

Cline Park — Splash Pad 704 Bartow Street, Waleska, This water playground offers eight water jets, three large fountains and many other kidapproved water features. Join the fun with the kids or just sit and relax! The area is also complete with a playground and walking trail.

Funk Heritage Center Reinhardt University campus, 7300 Reinhardt University Circle, Waleska Browse through the Bennett History Museum and Appalachian Settlers Village, with exhibits focusing on the history and art of the Southeastern Indians and European settlers.

Mercier Orchards 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge (800) 361-7731 Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Strawberry U-Pick — Bring your family and enjoy an afternoon of berry picking and memory making! Due to weather and fruit availability, please call ahead to confirm picking times.

Poole’s Mill Bridge and Poole’s Mill Park 7725 Poole’s Mill Road, Forsyth County Poole’s Mill Bridge is one of Georgia’s 16 scenic covered bridges. This is a perfect spot for a picnic, leisurely stroll, photo shoot, playing in the creek or just relaxing and playing with the kids. Poole’s Mill Bridge is the only historical structure in Forsyth County that is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Poole’s Mill Park also has a playground and picnic tables. 13


Haven’t been able to take that trip to the beach yet but ready for some delicious seafood? Join Sixes Tavern Bar & Grille every Tuesday throughout the summer for All You Can Eat Crab for $25. Check their website and Facebook page for their live music schedule and daily drink and menu specials. Enjoy indoor seating or their outdoor patio. 3568 Sixes Road, Canton, (770) 345-2939,

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Bambu Salon & Spa is an Aveda Concept Salon & Spa offering full-service hair and aesthetic services. Owner Christine Chung opened Bambu Salon & Spa in Canton 1½ years ago, but has been a stylist in Cherokee County since 1997 and has worked with Aveda for 22 years. As the name implies, Bambu Salon & Spa features a natural, bamboo theme and an inviting, comfortable atmosphere that makes customers feel welcome. One of the salon’s current featured products is Invati by Aveda, a 97-percent naturally derived hair care system that has been shown to reduce thinning hair by 33 percent. Invati by Aveda exfoliating shampoo, thickening conditioner and scalp revitalizer have been featured in People magazine and other national publications. In addition to Invati, Bambu Salon & Spa carries the complete Aveda product line, including hair care, skin care and beauty essentials. Aesthetic services include facials, waxing, eyebrow/lash tinting and makeup applications. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday. 150 Prominence Point Parkway, Suite 700, Canton, (770) 345-0027,

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In just over four years, Savy Paws Pet Resort has become the premier boarding and daycare facility in Cherokee County. They are a pet resort where everything is INDOORS! On a rainy, wet, cold, hot or humid day your dog can still play in one of their 1,000-square-ft. play yards. The K9 grass Savy Paws uses in their yards makes it safe for your dogs to run without the chance of slipping, which is a risk in concrete play areas. The dogs also can enjoy a safe quiet place to take a nap or sleepover in one of the suites. With this unique approach to boarding, your pet will enjoy plenty of play and exercise while staying at Savy Paws. Another plus is the pricing at Savy Paws has always been simple and straightforward, no extra charge for playtime, no extra charge for a bath after three nights of boarding and no checkin or check-out time. They want to make sure your dog goes home happy, tired and clean. Savy Paws is open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Feel free to stop in for a tour any time, no appointment is necessary. If you do your dog will tell you, “I wanna go to Savy Paws.” Savy Paws is conveniently located just off exit 14 on I-575. Customers have voted them “My Community Favorite” in West Canton in 2012 and “My Community Favorite” in East and West Canton in 2013!

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Kaitlyn Sasso

Age 4 on June 3 Happy Birthday, Sweetie! We are so proud of you! Love, Momma & Dadda

Age 28 on June 7 We love you Tater and are so proud! Love, your wife Becky and all your family!

Garrett Seckler

Age 18 on April 24 Congratulations to our Senior! We are so proud of you and love you, Your heavenly Mommy, Daddy, Danielle, Erin, Andrew, Gavin & Avery

Penelope Faith Smith

Born on February 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. 4 lbs., 5 oz., 14 7/8 inches long Daughter of Heather & Cass Smith Sister of Caswell Smith Granddaughter of Tammy & Jeff McFelia and Jennifer Bagwell

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Todd Thurmon

Trinity A. Royal

Age 9 June 30 We Love you Sweetheart! Daughter of Angela & Chip Granddaughter of Linzy & Maggie, Shirley, Chuck & Jan

Gavin Seckler & Avery Milholland

Gavin (left): Age 8 on June 13 Avery (right): Age 6 on May 15 Our Angel’s on earth! We love you, Mommy, Daddy, Garrett, Andrew, Nana & Papa

Skye Brianna Pierre Age 4 on May 27 Happy 4th Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad & Star

Janice Cantrell

Celebrating on June 26 Wife of Glenn Mother of Jenny Grandmother of Brandon & Jake

Janice & Glenn Cantrell

Celebrating 52 Years of Marriage on June 30, 2013 Congratulations from family and friends!

Cherokee High School

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Top Teacher at CCA

Cherokee Charter Academy (CCA) has chosen 3rd grade teacher Jolyn Collins as its New American Hero for the 2012-2013 school year. The New American Hero Jolyn Collins designation is part of the charter school’s character education focus, called STRIVE (Schools Taking Responsibility for Important Values of Excellence). Through STRIVE, CCA works to develop students socially, ethically and academically. Mrs. Collins was chosen as the school’s New American Hero for her ability to go above and beyond for her students by providing excellent and innovative educational experiences, demonstrating exceptional support to help students be successful, going out of her way to provide help to individual students or groups of students and being a great role model by putting students first. Originally from Chicago, Mrs. Collins graduated from Roswell High School and Valdosta State University. She’s been a teacher for nine years, the last two at Cherokee Charter.

Canton Elementary STEM Academy Wins Awards in Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad Team from Canton Elementary STEM Academy had an outstanding performance Canton ES Science Olympiad at this year’s competition. The Science Olympiad is a national organization dedicated to promoting science. Students who demonstrate a great interest in science, are self-motivated, responsible, and work well with others are chosen to represent the school. The competition took place at Creekview High School and included forty teams from elementary schools across Cherokee County. There were 19 events and CES brought home two 1st place medals (“Straw Egg Drop” and “Starry Starry Night”) and two 3rd place medals (“A is for Anatomy” and “Weather or Not”). Team coaches were CES teachers Judy Wright, Beverly Murphy, Katie Jacobs and David Cornn. West Canton | june 2013 20 My

Young Golfer Plays in International Event Local golfer, Connor Macmillan, recently played in the Texas Open at Horseshoe Bay through U.S. Kids Golf. Connor just completed his third grade year at Sixes Elementary School. This is an incredible opportunity as this is a national as well as international golf event. Over the two day event, Connor scored rounds of 76 and 77. He placed 6th in a strong national and international field.

Connor Macmillan (right) with his caddy, Gordon

Clayton Elementary Welcomes Special Visitor

Children’s book illustrator, Michael P. White, recently visited Clayton Elementary School. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade enjoyed interacting with the Georgia illustrator, whose work includes “The Library Dragon” and “The Return of the Library Dragon,” by Carmen Agra Deedy.

Third-graders Lillie Cate Ergle, right, and Campbell Cato show off their illustrations.

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Wins American Heart Association Award

Holly Springs Elementary School has won its second annual Fit Friendly Gold Worksite Award from the American Heart Association, and is the only school in the Cherokee County School District to achieve this honor. The program recognizes From left: American Heart Association employers that take extra Youth Market Director Lindsey Olexy, steps to create healthy Principal Dr. Dianne B. Steinbeck and workplaces such as providing PE teacher Sharon Peters. walking routes, promoting walking programs and allowing staff to wear athletic shoes on designated “sneaker days.” For more information, see the program’s website at

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NCAA Signing Day


Thirty-four Cherokee County School District (CCSD) high school student-athletes were recognized during a ceremony recently at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level. Sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia and coordinated by the School District’s Office of School Operations, the NCAA Signing Day brunch honored the student-athletes, along with their parents, coaches, athletic directors and principals. “All of us in Cherokee County should be proud that our high school students not only are outstanding scholars, earning the highest SAT scores in the State, but also are talented athletes, whose success in both arenas earns them college scholarships,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo said.  CCSD students were recognized for commitments to play baseball, football, basketball, softball, golf, soccer, swimming, lacrosse, and track and cross-country. 



Courtney Duc

Track and Field Oglethorpe University


Daylan Green


Berry College

Nick Ragsdale


Davidson College

Creekview High School STUDENT



Emma Jo Cook


Berry College

Connor Fraser


Fort Lewis College

Trent Gilleland Football University of the Cumberlands Hannah Hunter Basketball Georgia College & State University Jared O’Kelley

Golf University of Cincinnati

Whitney Stevenson Golf

Daytona State

Sequoyah High School STUDENT



Colin Dozier


Cumberland University

Blake Ingleton


Shorter University

Kierra Smith Basketball West Georgia Technical College Nick Vogel


Reinhardt University

Woodstock High School

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Dalton Baxter

Swimming Union College


JC Cornett


McKenzie Fortson

Basketball Oglethorpe University

Dakota Kinney


Western Carolina Morthland College

Savannah McKenzie Lacrosse

Berry College

Keaton Wallace


Troy University

Zach Zillweger


Morthland College

academically School Board News Staying Fit During the Summer by Janet Read Several weeks ago, a friend forwarded me a list of “the 47 important things in life.” I decided to look at one each day and determine for myself if it was truly important. Day 26 was “Frame every so-called disaster with these Janet Read is the Board Chairperson words… ‘five years from for the Cherokee County School Board. now, will it matter?’” While I Janet may be reached by e-mail at contemplated that, I realized that part of that statement was very applicable for decision-making as a school board member. We have been fortunate not to have had any disasters while I have been on the board. However, I do believe that many of our decisions have far-reaching effects. The ones that come to mind lately are the issues of furlough days, class sizes and longevity step increases for employees. In previous years, we have not had any furlough days that interfered with 180 days of instruction for our students. We were not as fortunate this school year. Three of the eight days were instructional days. Eight minutes were added to the length of the school day in order to fulfill the mandatory seat time requirements. Will those three days matter five years from now? I do not know. I think we can probably absorb one or two years of 177 days of instruction, but if it stretches beyond that, I think it may have an impact on our students. The same is true on class sizes. During my tenure on the board we have seen mandatory class sizes decrease per state law and then start to increase again with approved waivers. Many teachers will tell you that some students will do fine with 30 other students surrounding them all day. Other students struggle even more when class sizes increase. Once again, I think year after year of larger class sizes could have long-term impacts on our test scores and college readiness. I believe that longevity step increases (or a lack of them) would have the most far-reaching effects five years from now. Step increases recognize that employees have gained an additional year of experience at their job, working toward retirement. When the step increases are not given, that will affect the retirement earnings of our employees. The step increases also help to mitigate the increase in health insurance premiums and the loss of wages for furlough days. When the economy does rebound, our employees will be on track with their earned compensation commensurate with their experience. continued on page 70 24 My West Canton | june 2013

by Chris Grass, EdSp The final bell rings for the day and both students and teachers delight in the long list of entertaining things they have on their summer to-do list. Everyone has worked hard all school year and they deserve a well-earned break. Learning, Chris Grass, EdSp., has been teaching however, is like exercising… in Cherokee County for 25 years, stay away from it too long, and is currently teaching at Arnold Mill re-starting becomes a struggle. Elementary and doing private tutoring. She is a Georgia Master Teacher, Stay away for eight weeks and National Board Certified Teacher and a you digress. Fortunately, there Cherokee County Teacher of the Year. are many ways parents can help She lives in Canton with her husband and two children. their child stay academically “fit” over the summer break without breaking the bank or creating havoc in the household. Read, read, read! Reading is a powerful bonding tool. Read out loud to your student and have them read to you. Students need to hear good readers read…yes, even the older students! Comprehension, vocabulary and fluency can be improved by listening. Let your inner actor/actress come through when you read aloud and your children will love it! Join a summer reading club. Many bookstores and libraries have free summer reading programs, or better yet, start your own family book club! Set goals and incentives for reading. Sit down as a family once a week either at home or a special place and talk about the book you are reading. If novels aren’t their thing, have your children read magazines or articles on the internet about their favorite subject, then talk to your child about what they have learned or liked best. Going on a vacation this summer? Have your children read up on where you are going or what kinds of things there are to do there; listen to a book on tape while you travel; and take books or magazines with you wherever you go. Teachers, librarians and bookstores are wonderful resources for great titles as well as the Internet. Math skills are relatively easy to incorporate into your everyday life. Going shopping? Have your kids cut out coupons or look for sales and calculate the savings. Going on vacation? Let your child be part of the budget planning for the trip. Have a sports fan at home? Teach them about sports statistics as they follow their favorite team. Technology can be a great tool for keeping up with a student’s skills while making it a game, no matter what the age. The continued on page 70

What’s Cookin’ Dirt Dessert

Kids in the Kitchen

Shared by Janet Ponichtera

Homemade Twinkies Shared by Jonna & Samantha Roopas Cakes (cakelets): 1 cup and 2 Tbs. Cake flour 1 1/8 tsp. baking powder 3/8 tsp. salt 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 whole egg plus 1 egg white 8 Tbs. unsalted butter 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. sugar

2 small boxes (3.5 oz)

Filling: 2 egg whites 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 light corn syrup Pinch of salt 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Have all ingredients at room temperature to begin.

Preheat oven to 325°. Generously grease and flour an 8-well cream boat pan

To make cakelets, over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a small bowl mix together the milk and vanilla; set aside.

In another small bowl lightly whisk the egg and egg white; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth, about

Chocolate pudding (follow ingredients and directions on box) 1 large container Cool Whip (thawed)

1 package Oreo cookies Gummy worms (as many as the kids would like)

2 minutes. Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes more. Add egg mixture in three additions, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk mixture and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition just until incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. •

Divide batter among wells of the prepared pan. Bake until the cakelets spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 17-20 minutes.Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cakelets cool for 10 minutes. Invert the pan on the rack, gently tap the pan bottom and lift the pan. Let the cakelets cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the filling: in the bowl of an electric mixer, using a handheld whisk, beat together the egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, and salt just until combined. Place bowl over but not touching simmering water in a saucepan and whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot, 2-3 minutes.

Set the bowl on the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until the outside of the bowl is cool and medium peaks form, 2-3 minutes more.

Spoon the filling into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain tip. Insert the tip 1 inch into the bottom of the cakelet. Gently squeeze the filling into the cakelet while slowly withdrawing the tip. Repeat in two more places along the bottom.Turn cakelet over so the filling holes are on the underside and place on a serving plate. Repeat with remaining cakelets.

Make chocolate pudding according to package directions. Crush Oreo cookies. This can be one of the fun parts — place in plastic Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin, kitchen mallot, or just crush by hand. Layer each ingredient as you’d like. Add gummy worms on top, coming out of the “dirt.” The kids can also bury the worms if they’d like. Can be made in a trifle bowl or individual cups. Small, terracotta flower pots are also cute!

Please send us your favorite “Summertime BBQ & Cookout Favorites” recipes for July. Email your recipe to 25

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“I love my daddy so much, and we enjoying playing sports together. I like it that my dad is funny and he teaches me new things . My dad has taught me how to work hard to be the best I can, and that on ly comes with practice. My dad is the best becau se he is my dad.”

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SUBMITTED BY: KENDALL MARTIN, AGE 12 “My dad is the best because he is athletic, smart, funny , and nice. He is also very caring. We like to play baske tball and play outside together. My dad has been sick for the past few months, but he has continued to help me with my homework and coach my basketball team. The most important life lesson he has taught me is to never give up; if you keep working hard you can achieve your goals. In my opinion, my dad is the best dad ever!” 27


by J. Daran Burns

Any time a couple is going through a divorce, it is always best to have to an attorney. I say that not simply because I am an attorney, but for several other reasons. First, it is a legal proceeding that can impact the rest of your life. Second, there J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns are numerous documents that & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He are required by the court, and can be reached at (770) 956-1400. they are all unique to the facts and circumstances of your case. If the documents are not properly prepared and presented to court, your case cannot go forward. No legal forms purchased at the corner office supply store are tailored to your specific needs. Also, attorneys have a skill set that you really need and can rely upon during this stressful time in your life. I have represented many clients that tried this on their own and have been rejected by the courts for not having the proper paperwork. Their cases have been delayed, causing added stress and time. All of these people have said the same thing, “I should have hired an attorney at the start.” I believe that all divorce cases should start with the notion that the parties can and should make reasonable efforts to resolve their matter without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. The parties know their case and circumstances far better than a judge ever will. One especially effective tool is mediation. A mediator helps facilitate a resolution that both parties can accept. Nothing happens in mediation that is not agreed to by both parties. No one is required to resolve the case. Mediation is a requirement before proceeding to a final hearing in most counties in Georgia. If successful, mediation can greatly reduce the time and cost of the divorce process. A valid question that I get every time I talk to someone about their possible divorce is, “How much will this cost?” The good news is you actually have some control over the total cost of your case. The bad news, your spouse also has some control over what the case will ultimately cost. If both parties bend and work together, this process does not have to be extremely expensive. Obviously, if someone is unreasonable or there is a bona fide dispute that must be resolved by way of litigation, the costs go up. I try to resolve cases in the best interest of my client; however, in the event that the matter must be litigated, I will aggressively represent my client’s interests. As the old saying goes, “There is a time for war and a time for peace.” To that end, I strive to give my clients the best representation I can, at all stages of the proceedings. West Canton | june 2013 28 My

Scoop OTP Simple Sarongs by Michelle Knapp Whether you embrace it or avoid it like the plague, swimsuit season will be here in no time. If you are like me and are constantly looking for new and creative ways to cover up at the pool or beach, Simple Sarongs may be just the solution. Kami Darnell started looking for business opportunities after becoming a stay-athome mom with the premature birth of her son. As an avid traveler, she knew she had seen, and purchased, many beautiful items over the years and wanted to take what she had seen and turn it into a product that was as useful as it was beautiful. It was out of that concept that Simple Sarongs was born. Darnell took everything there is to love about a beach towel — the softness, thinness and absorbency — and added cleverly placed buttons and buttonholes to create a simple sarong. She added eye-catching designs that you don’t always see on a beach towel, making it more like a fashionable accessory than a towel. And who doesn’t love a great accessory? Especially one that helps you cover up at the beach or pool! Kami is really trying to make her sarongs a household name. Just recently, she went to the Atlanta auditions for “Shark Tank,” a television show for aspiring entrepreneurs, and made it through to the next round! Simple Sarongs have also been featured on national television shows, and was a suggested gift item in Woman’s Day magazine’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide. We are so excited for Kami to be featured nationally for her sarongs! Locally, you can find Simple Sarongs at both Elle B Gift stores in Cumming and Suwanee, or of course on her website www. My Community Monthly Scoop OTP Readers can enjoy a 20% discount when you mention this column and use code OTP20 when you order through the website. So grab yourself a pretty sarong, because summer will be here before you know it! And tell them Scoop and My Community Monthly magazine sent you!

The sixth annual Give a Child a Mulligan charity golf tournament took place recently at the Bradshaw Farms Golf Club. The event, put on by Junior Service League of Woodstock (JSL), attracted nearly 18 foursomes, 66 golfers total, vying for the chance to be this year’s winning team. In the true spirit of giving, local businesses lent a helping hand for the incredible cause, providing goods and services for raffle items — gift certificates, sports packages, family fun nights, and more! The tournament raised more than $7,000, almost double last year’s amount, which will benefit Never Alone. Founded in 2006 by Lamar and Patricia Green, Never Alone is an organization that provides food, clothing, hope and positivity to families in need. The organization has grown since its creation and now has a center, the only one of its kind with a Woodstock address, where the acreage is dedicated to sustainable organic gardens and includes a food pantry, kitchen, donation closet and more. After the words of gratitude from the representatives of both the JSL and Never Alone, the awards were under way.

My Community Monthly was the winning foursome, with a total score of 54. Congratulations to Brian Meek, Kyrus Frams, Matt Veazey, and Tom Ahern! Junior Service League of Woodstock is committed to improving the community through volunteerism and fundraising. The organization serves Cherokee County families by “Making a Difference,” and is constantly on the lookout to increase its membership and bolster its board with women who are looking to make a positive impact. The group ranges in age and diversity, brought together by the desire to help others. Another JSL fundraiser, raising at least $20,000 each year, is the Holiday Home Tour, which benefits various organizations throughout the area, and they volunteer with a variety of charities, like MUST Ministries, summer lunch program, St. Michaels Luncheon, and Papa’s Pantry. Junior Service League of Woodstock

IsUnmanageable? YOUR MANE

by Jyl Craven

Are you constantly taming tangles and fighting frizz? Do you lament the hours of your life you’ve spent trying to flat iron your hair straight? If you suffer from unmanageable mane syndrome, you’re in luck. Keratin treatments may be just the ticket to reviving your look, and this summer is just the time to try one.

Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. For information, you may contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 or visit Topic written in collaboration with Kristina Aslim, stylist at Jyl Craven Hair Design.

What is a keratin treatment? Keratin is a fibrous protein that forms the main structural constituent of hair; a keratin treatment is a process that smoothes the hair cuticle and makes hair softer and shinier. If you’re plagued by frizz or find yourself constantly straightening your natural curls or waves, then a keratin treatment is for you.


What can a keratin treatment do for your hair? Keratin treatments penetrate your hair’s cuticles with protein to reduce frizz and loosen curls. They can also block the effects of humidity, which causes your hair to crack and dry. After a keratin treatment your hair will look smoother and healthier.


Keratin treatments aren’t just about looking great, though. A keratin treatment may be an excellent solution for the woman who complains that her look takes too long to style. If you regularly blow dry your hair straight, a keratin treatment can reduce blow-drying time. In some cases, these treatments are so effective you may be able to let your hair dry naturally while still maintaining your look.

summertime Is Here

by Yong-In Martial Arts

Summer is here and most of us are ready to go on vacation, spend time at the pool, play outside with friends, and just have a good time. This is also the time when most kids get injured. Preventing injuries is easier than what most people think. With good focus and sense of awareness injuries can be a thing of the past.

Yong-In Martial Arts has been open to the public since 2000 and they focus on character development for children, teens and adults. They want to bring out the best in all of us as citizens and persons. (770) 345-4133

Teaching focus to kids is a trademark aspect of Tae Kwon Do training. We have a three way focus system: eye focus, mind focus and body focus. We stimulate all three basic focuses by following directions, learning new techniques, and when we are kicking the targets. This is the way we can teach kids how to have more focus. Awareness in thought is the next level after the beginner level in sparring. Sparring is the competitive aspect of Tae Kwon Do. We teach the kids at this point that no matter what is going on around them they have one thing to focus on — their opponent. Is this any different than focusing while playing and running at the pool? It isn’t. Being aware of what is around you and who is around you is very crucial. As part of the training that all the students have to go through, focus is among the top three rotary skills. It is important for kids to improve their focus at a young age, not just to prevent injuries, but to also be better at school. We can all improve our focus with a little bit of dedication and practice.

All that means less time managing your mane and more time getting on with your life — and looking and feeling sensational while doing it! Which keratin treatment is right for you? As with many things in beauty and in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. The express keratin continued on page 70 West Canton | june 2013 30 My

Tech Forecast: It’s in the Cloud

by Scott Lavelle In a recent survey by Wakefield Research commissioned by Citrix, 1,000 Americans were asked about their understanding of Cloud Computing [1]. The end result showed that while more than half claim they never use it, 95 percent of that same group actually does use it, and on a regular basis. So, I hope to clarify a few things about what exactly cloud computing is.

Scott Lavelle is the Co-Owner/ Technical Director of Technical Resource Solutions, LLC located in downtown Canton. He can be reached at (678) 928-9491 or visit

First, cloud computing has nothing to do with the weather, clouds that float through the sky, or pillows — some of the actual responses to the abovementioned survey. My simplest and most general definition is that cloud computing is storage or processing that happens on servers in remote locations, accessed via the internet.

So, what would qualify as cloud computing? Here are a few examples: • Social networking, like Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in; • Email services like Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft’s or Office365 services; • File-sharing services like Skydrive or Dropbox; • Online backup services like Mozy, Iron Mountain or Carbonite; • Online games via Facebook, like Farmville and Bejeweled Blitz, or stand-alone, such as SimCity online, or even These are just a few examples, many of which are used by typical computer users on both PC and Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Phone, or even BlackBerry — most not even knowing they are using cloud services. In fact, we often hear from clients who come into our office that say they don’t want to use “the cloud,” but when asked if they use an email service, I can honestly say that all of them do. If it’s not running on your computer or stored on your computer, it’s likely a cloud service. We also get asked a lot about the security of these services. Yes, occasionally you hear about them having some kind of continued on page 70

Between the hedges CLEANING WITH GEMMA Summer Blooming Shrubs

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent Spring’s amazing flowering shrubs make a wonderful show. They are beautiful, much anticipated and appreciated, but spring passes quickly and suddenly it’s summer. There are plenty of equally lovely, heat-tolerant Information about Extension Solutions flowering shrubs out there. for Homes and Gardens can be Among the many shrubs that found on the University of Georgia provide summer interest are Cooperative Extension website, www. hydrangeas, crape myrtles, Or contact the Cherokee County hypericums, spireas, chaste Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite trees, smoke bush, bottlebrush G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. buckeye, clethra, and althea (or Rose of Sharon). There are too many to list! Hydrangeas welcome the heat of summer in order to make new growth. The big-leafed hydrangeas produce big, blue, mopheaded flowers that command attention. The large mounds of foliage support multitudes of flowers, usually mop heads, but occasionally we see a lace-cap plant or two. Those are my favorites because the blues are often intense, cobalt colors. The flowers are generally some shade of blue in our acid soils, but if you lime the soil, the flowers will turn pink or purple. There is even a beautiful red hydrangea, called, appropriately, Lady in Red. The blue flowers of the chaste tree (Vitex) in July remind us that the flowering season isn’t yet over. The 10- to 12-inch spikes nearly cover the plants. In my opinion, they are more beautiful and bloom longer than the butterfly bush, and they attract both bees and butterflies like no other. The chaste tree is a fast grower; it reaches 12 to 15 feet tall. The chaste tree does best in full sun and is a great choice for your garden if deer are frequent visitors — they hate this tree! One of my personal favorites is the smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) — in part because the Latin name is so much fun to say, but mostly because of the unusual froth of summer blooms that crown the borders of the shrub. The flowers are small and numerous, and give the distinct impression that the bush is shrouded in pink or burgundy smoke. If you have questions about planting, selection and care of ornamental shrubs, contact the UGA Cooperative Extension-Cherokee County at (770) 479-0418. 34 My West Canton | june 2013

Garage Cleaning Tips

by Gemma Beylouny Do you have a multi-purpose garage? Well, when we think of the garage, the first thing that comes to mind is cars. Yes, cars. I like to think that in my garage I only have cars. But that is only in my thoughts. You see, in my garage we Gemma Beylouny is the owner of Rejoice have: a freezer, tools, bikes, Maids Service. She lives in Woodstock lumbers, fishing rods, shoes, with her husband, George, and their garden tools, a lawn mower, children. You may contact her at (678) 905-3476,, and many other things. I have no idea how my garage became or visit a storage space. So, I would like to talk about cleaning and organizing the garage. First, we have to admit that we have a cluttered garage. I know it is hard, but look on the bright side: It is the perfect time of year for garage sales and clearing out the things that never get used anymore. You could also donate your unwanted items to a local charity. Either way, it’s a win-win situation. I like to listen to music as I’m working, and you may find that it helps you get in the mood for cleaning as well. Now, let’s get started! First, open the garage door and separate all the contents in the garage into two piles: items to keep and items for a garage sale/donation or trash. The next step in cleaning the garage is to remove all the cobwebs in the corners and on the ceiling. Sweep the floors. If necessary, use the garden hose and a bristle brush. You can use baking soda, kitty litter, or Dawn dish-washing detergent to remove oil stains from the floor — any of the three will do the trick. If using baking soda, pour a little hot water on the floor, then spread the baking soda liberally on top of the oil. Scrub and rinse the floor until the oil is no longer visible. Be careful with the hot water! If using kitty litter, cover the oil with a heavy coating of kitty litter. Step on the kitty litter (or dance) to help the kitty litter absorb the oil. Then, sweep up the area once the oil is absorbed. Just remember to wear old sneakers. Remember the commercial that showed the little ducks covered in oil from the BP spill of 2010? Dawn dishwashing continued on page 70

Your Hometown & Personal

Pediatric Dentist by Michelle Martin

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first pediatric dental visit by age 1. Establishing a “dental home” at an early age provides an opportunity for positive dental experiences and the prevention of tooth decay. In recent years, the incidence of childhood cavities has increased significantly, with approximately 20 percent of children age 2, and 45 percent of children age 4, developing cavities! Dr. Miles Mazzawi (Dr. Miles) and Dr. Anthea Drew Mazzawi (Dr. Drew), the doctors at Cherokee Children’s Dentistry in Canton, are dedicated to helping children develop good oral health habits at an early age — and to making the experience fun for the whole family.

Dr. J. Miles Mazzawi Dr. Anthea Drew Mazzawi

(770) 479-1717

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Board-certified pediatric dentists Dr. Miles Mazzawi and Dr. Anthea Drew Mazzawi have a passion for dentistry and for children. Their practice, Cherokee Children’s Dentistry, takes a “mom-and-pop” hometown approach to pediatric dental care — developing oneon-one relationships with their patients and their families. “We value our patients and enjoy spending time getting to know them,” says Dr. Drew. “It’s important to develop a rapport with our patients so that they trust and feel comfortable with us.” As pediatric dentists, Dr. Miles and Dr. Drew completed a two year residency program in pediatric dentistry after four years of dental school. During their residency, the doctors undergo additional training in child psychology, behavior management, growth and development, dental trauma, restorative dentistry, orthodontics and preventive care. In addition, as pediatric dentists, they are qualified to perform conscious sedations and work with special needs patients. Dr. Miles and Dr. Drew work closely with parents to create a “dental home” based on a fun, positive approach that teaches children the importance of caring for their teeth. “We encourage parents to keep things simple when preparing kids for their first dental visit,” says Dr. Miles. “We relate to children on their level, using kid-friendly words they can understand, making them feel more comfortable in the clinical setting.” For example, cavities are called sugar bugs; fillings are called stars; and numbing methods are called sleepy juice and happy air. “If you make it fun for kids, they will get excited about taking care of their teeth. By developing good habits at an early age, they are likely to carry that into adulthood.” The office of Cherokee Children’s Dentistry was designed with a child’s experience in mind. From the kid-sized door to the colorful wilderness murals throughout, the office captivates young children from the start. The reception area delivers a large play area with toys, children’s books, video games and cartoons. “I’ve always loved the outdoors, so I thought it would be fun, here in the north Georgia mountains, to bring the outdoors in,” says Dr. Miles. The wilderness theme carries over into the different areas of the office, which also features overhead TVs and headphones for patients to enjoy. “As soon as children walk through the door, they see other

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kids having fun and playing and this helps them feel at ease” says Dr. Drew. “We try to make the whole process enjoyable from a child’s perspective.” The personal, hometown care at Cherokee Children’s Dentistry also extends into the community. Dr. Miles and Dr. Drew support a variety of local charities dedicated to children. Recently, Dr. Miles was awarded the winning trophy in the Service League of Cherokee County’s “Dancing For The Children” fundraiser, which helped raise approximately $50,000. All proceeds from the event go directly towards helping address the unmet needs of children in Cherokee County. During Children’s Dental Health Month in February, Dr. Miles visits local schools, talking to approximately 3,000 students about proper oral hygiene and healthy eating habits. “With many of our patients, the relationship begins in the schools,” says Dr. Miles. “Introducing children to dentistry in a fun, familiar setting often makes the kids excited about their dental visit. Parents have told us that their children came home from school talking about ‘chasing away sugar bugs’ and wanting to come see the dentist!” Patients and residents of Cherokee County recognized Dr. Miles and Dr. Drew’s community outreach and personal, hometown care by voting Cherokee Children’s Dentistry “My Community Favorite Pediatric Dentist” for the past 4 years in a row! “Word-of-mouth referral is the best advertisement for any business,” says Dr. Drew. “Being voted ‘My Community Favorite Pediatric Dentist’ is a testament that parents feel confident • Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood disease. in bringing their children to us and that we’re providing the quality care they • Toothaches are the most common reason children want for their family.”

visit the school nurse, accounting for 51 million hours of missed school annually. • 20 percent of 2-year-olds and 45 percent of 4-yearolds have tooth decay. • Most cavities in children are the result of too much refined simple sugars, often found in juice boxes, flavored milk, and chewy/gooey, sugary snacks. • 90-95 percent of tooth decay in children is preventable. • Children should have their first pediatric dental visit by age 1 or when their first tooth erupts.

Dr. Miles Mazzawi Dr. Anthea Drew Mazzawi 205 Waleska Road, Suite 2B, Canton Phone (770) 479-1717 37

Summer Sound

by Michael Buckner

I love music, and I love sunshine. The only thing better than these individually is both at the same time. Throw a cold adult beverage in the mix and you’re gonna have a hard time getting me away from that spot. I also really love helping people get this Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio same experience at their home. Intersection, located at 631 E. Main So it drives me nuts when I go Street, Canton. For more information to someone’s house who has all on any of his monthly columns, for the equipment they need to have questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000. music in their backyard, but the last A/V guy at their house just failed to mention that all they needed was a pair of speakers. Since this has happened over and over, let me explain what you should be looking for on your equipment. If you have a surround sound system, look at your A/V receiver that powers everything. Most of these receivers are made by Yamaha, Onkyo, Sony and Denon, so look for one of those name brands in your stack of equipment. Does it say Zone 2, Multi-

Zone, or Speakers A/B? If it does, then there’s a 95 percent chance that all you need to buy is a pair of speakers ($100-$400 per pair), run wires where you want them to be, and viola, you now have an outdoor sound system! Now, of course, there are no less than 1,000 ways to control the music going to this area, but I’ll try to help there, too. For $99, you can buy an Apple Airport Express. This will let you sit in your lounge chair and use your iPhone or iPad to send music to the speakers outside using what’s called Airplay. This isn’t the best solution out there, but it’s one of the cheapest. Another way to do it is to get a Sonos unit. This works with both Android and Apple products, and gives you more choices in music than you could ever listen to in a lifetime. Sonos is approximately $350 to get started, and is amazing. One of the only tradeoffs here is that Sonos does not actually control your A/V receiver, so you may have trouble trying to change volume or change channels if it’s a TV channel that you’re listening to, etc. The ultimate experience is the combination of Sonos and Control4. With these two together, you can change to any music, volume, channel, etc. You can also control your landscape lights, pool controls, hot tub, etc. These prices can vary depending on existing equipment and desired results, but the sky is the limit here. But at the very least, look at your receiver. If it says multizone, be kind to yourself and get some outdoor music!

Congratulations to our Seniors — Justin Warren and Cody Erickson! Justin and Cody are part of the 2013 Graduating Class from Cherokee High School! Justin hopes to pursue a degree in law enforcement, and Cody would like to work in the field of veterinary medicine. A note from Justin...  

“My life really started in 2005 on June 23, when I first came to live at Goshen Valley. For eight years I have been able to call them my family. Education is a big part of the Ranch because they want you to go on and do good in life. About 1 to 2 years ago, I came to a point in my life when I thought about quitting. After talking with my house parents and Goshen Valley, I decided to finish high school.”

Here are some current needs at the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. Donations and support from the community are always welcome, including community outreach opportunities. Please contact Rachel Blend at rblend@ or call (770) 796-4618 for more information.

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Needs: • Furniture • Kitchen supplies • Electronics All of the donated items will be used to furnish a new apartment and new house opening July 1, 2013.


Plastic Surgery Center of the South


WellStar Health System


Brain Balance Achievement Centers


Non-Surgical Orthopaedics


Northside Hospital-Cherokee


Marietta Plastic Surgery


Georgia Cancer Specialists


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Plastic Surgery Center of the South

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Dr. Musarra, Dr. Leake and Dr. Petrosky also have hospital privileges at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and Marietta Surgical Center for more complex, challenging cases. In addition to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Plastic Surgery Center of the South is known for its extensive menu of popular nonsurgical treatments. Men and women who want to rejuvenate their looks without a lot of downtime can choose from services like BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser hair removal, facial fillers, and non-invasive fat reduction with CoolSculpting®. We also offer the latest laser and light treatments to improve skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and eliminate environmental damage.


hen it comes to your image, you can’t afford to take any chances. Plastic Surgery Center of the South is an established plastic surgery practice with a reputation for excellence in both results and quality of care. We offer the most current, up-to-date treatments and techniques in an atmosphere that is warm and inviting — never cold or sterile. Since 1997, our practice has been a trusted source for cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and nonsurgical enhancement. Our team of three board-certified plastic surgeons is respected throughout the community for their surgical skill and patient-centered approach to medicine. Collectively, they possess nearly a century of hands-on surgical experience and have performed hundreds of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. They are leaders in the medical community and maintain active involvement in several professional organizations in order to provide their patients with the most innovative treatments available. Dr. Musarra, Dr. Leake and Dr. Petrosky are sought out for their expertise in plastic surgery procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, face lift, liposuction, and eyelid surgery. They believe that the best results look inconspicuous and unaltered — as if created by nature. Patients appreciate our surgeons’ aesthetic sensibilities and skills as much as they value the personal attention and individualized care they receive. As an established plastic surgery practice, we don’t feel the pressure to “sell” patients on plastic surgery. Our practice emphasizes patient safety and education above all else. Our office has a leading-edge surgical facility with two state-certified operating suites for your privacy and safety.

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Changing your appearance is a big decision. Plastic Surgery Center of the South understands how important this decision is and believes in empowering patients through honest information and education. Our surgeons will involve you every step of the way — answering your questions and allowing you the power of choice in your treatment decisions. Let us help you look and live better. Contact our practice for your complimentary consultation and learn why so many people trust us with their image.

It’s About You At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, we treat each patient like a valued family member. We thrive on the lasting connections and positive relationships we build with our patients. We think we’ve got something pretty special here, and we’re convinced you will, too.

What We Offer •

3 board-certified plastic surgeons

Innovative surgical and nonsurgical treatments

Exemplary patient care

2 state-certified operating suites

Comprehensive treatment and care

120 Vann Street, Suite 150, Marietta (770) 421-1242

WellStar Health System WellStar Locations in Cherokee: Cardiovascular Medicine WellStar Medical Group, Cardiovascular Medicine 720 Transit Avenue, Building 100, Suite 102, Canton (770) 704-1955 120 Stone Bridge Parkway, Suite 110, Woodstock (678) 324-4400

Family & Internal Medicine WellStar Medical Group, Family Medicine at BridgeMill 3755 Sixes Road, Suite 202, Canton (770) 720-1880 WellStar Medical Group, Towne Lake Medical Center 145 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock (770) 592-3000

Imaging WellStar Canton Imaging Center 720 Transit Avenue, Canton (770) 479-4847 WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center at Towne Lake 120 Stone Bridge Parkway, Suite 300, Woodstock (678) 494-2440

OB/GYN WellStar Medical Group, Kennestone OB/GYN 2230 Towne Lake Parkway, Building 500 Suite 100, Woodstock (678) 445-5941

Pediatrics WellStar Medical Group, Towne Lake Pediatrics 145 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock (770) 517-1900

WellStar Cares for Cherokee


herokee county residents can count on WellStar Health System for a wide range of services for the entire family. From primary care to specialty care and advanced imaging services, WellStar cares for Cherokee. When hospitalization is needed, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, located in Marietta, is just minutes away and is known for its “state of the heart” cardiac program, collaborative vascular program, multidisciplinary STAT Cancer Clinic, and renowned Women’s Center complete with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Kennestone Emergency Department includes an accredited chest pain center and is a designated Level II Trauma Center, the only one serving Cherokee county.

Urgent Care WellStar Medical Group, Urgent Care in Towne Lake 120 Stone Bridge Parkway, Suite 310, Woodstock (678) 494-2500 43

Brain Balance Achievement Centers to stimulate the specific areas of the brain and improve connections.

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The Brain Balance program requires commitment, not just from the child but also from the family. Attending initial sessions three times per week, the child works with a cognitive coordinator, as well as a sensory motor coordinator, in areas such as posture, strength, auditory and visual stimulation, written and oral expression, and listening comprehension. Positive reinforcement is used along with the physical and academic exercises.

Where Every Kid Connects with Success


s executive director of Brain Balance of Atlanta, Dr. Peter Scire (Dr. Pete) has helped hundreds of children overcome various learning deficiencies and behavioral issues through the program’s unique approach to cognitive and motor sensory function. Children experience behavioral, social and academic challenges, he explains, often as a result of a “functional disconnect,” or imbalance in the left and right sides of the brain. Brain Balance’s unique program integrates physical and cognitive exercises along with dietary changes — customized according to the children’s individual needs based on Brain Balance’s comprehensive assessment of brain and body function — to correct the underlying imbalance, improve overall function, and reduce or entirely eliminate negative behaviors. The system has been so successful that it has been used in 54 Brain Balance Achievement Centers nationwide, including Dr. Scire’s centers in Roswell, Suwanee and Peachtree City. The Brain Balance difference offers scientific research that the brain can be changed. It is a brain-based program, not a drug-based program. Called Functional Disconnection — an imbalance in the connections and function between and within the hemispheres (sides) of your child’s brain — this condition is responsible for a host of behavioral, academic and social difficulties. When one side of the brain develops faster than the other, the connections are not developing properly. This disconnect or imbalance leads to many commonly diagnosed disorders, such as Autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, and a host of learning and behavioral disorders. “Our job is to go in there and determine the underactive side, strengthen that side, and improve connections,” said Dr. Pete. Through the individualized, custom program, the child works in the center and at home

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The brain can be changed — something once thought impossible. That means your child’s problems aren’t permanent and the situation isn’t hopeless. Because difficulties can be corrected, children suffering from Functional Disconnection can be greatly helped. The Brain Balance program has given hope for a bright tomorrow to more than 700 families in the last five years dealing with development disorders. Dr. Pete noted, “We remediate the kids, and because of this, the child will not need lifelong treatment.”

“It’s exhilarating to witness and be a part of children’s development, to help them reach their full potential.” Jessica Freeman, Sensory Motor Coordinator

“The measuring stick for success is different for each family; every child that comes to us has success.” Dr. Peter Scire (Dr. Pete), Executive Director, Brain Balance of Atlanta

Brain Balance helps improve cognitive and motor sensory imbalances often associated with: • • •

ADHD Autism Asperger’s

Roswell Location: 30 E. Crossville Rd. Suite 150 (770) 650-8010

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Dyslexia Learning Disorders Tourette’s

Suwanee Location: 780 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 400 (770) 614-4790

Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C.


n 1993, Dr. Arnold Weil founded Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C. in Marietta, Ga. specializing in spine care and pain management. Recognizing a need for non-surgical orthopaedic care and pain management options in the area, Dr. Weil was the first to open a practice of this type. Since that time, the practice has developed into one of the top non-surgical orthopaedic practices in the southeast and an industry leader for non-invasive treatment of back and neck pain. Now, after 20 years of caring for patients with chronic pain, he and Dr. Anthony Grasso, Jr. have established a new office in Canton, Ga. Non-Surgical Orthopaedics P.C. offers a wide variety of non-surgical options to treat pain and musculoskeletal injuries such as back and neck pain; sports, work and auto injuries; and expert pain management with an emphasis on treating low back pain. The physicians and staff at Non-Surgical Orthopaedics are committed to superior patient care. The practice is guided by state-of-the-art technology yet grounded in a philosophy of a hands-on approach customized to each patient’s unique needs. The highly-trained physicians are Board Certified and specialize in non-surgical orthopaedic care. Keeping up-to-date on the latest technologies in treatments in their area of expertise is paramount. Non-Surgical Orthopaedics offers individualized care including interventional spine procedures and injections for pain management including epidural steroid and facet injections as well as prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for various musculoskeletal injuries. The staff is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and is dedicated to excellence and efficiency. They strive to see patients within 24 hours and maintain on-site digital x-ray and laboratory facilities. A hands-on approach is taken with each patient to ensure the proper treatment plan is implemented for the greatest level of pain relief and timely return to activities. The physicians and staff are readily available to answer any questions and numerous resources are offered for the patient to gain knowledge on the treatment options to be well-informed and participate in treatment-making decisions. The website links and resources offered are designed to provide information and patient education. The information provided however, should not replace the professional opinion of your physician and is not a substitute for medical care. The physicians at NonSurgical Orthopaedics strive to partner with their patients to

achieve the highest level of care and results. Non-Surgical Orthopaedics mission is to treat patients with respect, understanding and compassion. Their Arnold J. Weil, M.D. goal is to eliminate Board Certified, APBM&R pain with a strong Anthony R. Grasso, Jr., M.D. emphasis on injury Board Certified, APBM&R prevention and rehabilitation. Outstanding customer service, professional medical care and expertise in the field set them apart as Metro Atlanta’s premier Non-Surgical Orthopaedic and Pain Management specialists.

Services: • • •

Pain Management Orthopaedic & Sports Injuries Workers’ Compensation

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Auto Injuries IME’s & Disability Evaluations

What Makes Us Unique: • • • • • •

Non-surgical approach to orthopaedic injuries and pain management Expertise in a wide variety of non-surgical conditions and treatments Highly skilled and trained Board Certified Physicians Commitment to physician education and utilization of the latest medical technology Emphasis and commitment to patient education, patient care and customer service New patient (non-emergency) appointments within 24 hours

Canton Location: 2000 Village Professional Dr., Suite 300

Marietta Location: 335 Roselane Street

(770) 421-1420 45

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Specializing in Spine Care & Pain Management

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Excellence in Cancer Care The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is recognized nationally as a leader in cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. In fact, Northside is the only Atlanta hospital chosen to be a Community Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, an honor that was renewed in 2012. It’s this same experience and expertise that provides comprehensive cancer care services at Northside HospitalCherokee, where patients have access to a full array of services including radiation therapy, imaging, surgery, and support services — regardless of their cancer diagnosis.

Your Community Hospital


orthside Hospital continues to serve Cherokee County and surrounding communities with highquality, compassionate care. Northside HospitalCherokee in Canton, along with outpatient facilities in Canton, Holly Springs and Woodstock (Towne Lake), offer a wide variety of services to the community including cardiology, maternity, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, diabetes education, sleep disorder, emergency services, and much more. 24/7 Stroke Care At Northside Hospital-Cherokee, patients can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that should they or a family member need emergency care they have access to board-certified emergency physicians and nurses certified in advanced cardiac and pediatric life support. In 2012, the Hospital was named an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and received additional Disease-Specific Care Certification for pneumonia by The Joint Commission. Patients also have access to a wider array of options for cardiac testing and treatment, including angioplasty. Full-Service Outpatient Imaging Northside’s network of convenient imaging locations offers advanced technology in a variety of subspecialties. Nearby outpatient imaging locations include Northside/Riverstone Imaging, Northside/Towne Lake Imaging and Northside/ Holly Springs Imaging. All three are located just off I-575 in Canton (Exit 20), Towne Lake (Exit 8), and in Holly Springs (Exit 11). The very latest in imaging technologies are available to provide the necessary screening and/or diagnostic images for physicians to accurately care for their patients.

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State-of-the-Art Surgical Services A recognized leader in robotic surgery, Northside offers the very latest da Vinci® Surgical System at Northside Hospital-Cherokee — the Si™ — used for Single-Site™ (single incision) and multi-incision procedures. Used in conjunction with fluorescence imaging, the technology allows surgeons to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a unique fluorescent dye that is activated by near-infrared light. This latest technology adds another level of confidence to ensure complete removal of cancerous tissue. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Replacement Hospital Northside HospitalCherokee is committed to advancing healthcare in Cherokee County and looks forward to continuing to offer these services at the new Northside Hospital-Cherokee replacement hospital, expected to open in 2015. Site clearing is well underway for the project, which will include a distinct Women’s Center, a multispecialty medical office building (MOB) and cancer center, and a 600-space parking deck and 300 surface parking spaces. In addition, construction is underway on the new 100,817-square-foot, four-story Northside Cherokee Towne Lake MOB in Woodstock. The MOB is expected to open in August 2013 and will house a wide variety of outpatient healthcare services and physician practices, representing numerous medical specialties.

For more information, visit

Marietta Plastic Surgery Dr. Keith West, MD, FACS, Dr. Michael McNeel, MD, FACS, Dr. Thaddeus Fabian, MD, FACS, Dr. Keith Hanna, MD FACS, Dr. John Symbas, MD


elcome to Marietta Plastic Surgery (MPS), where each individual receives top quality, personal attention in determining the specific approach that is best for them in order to produce their desired results. A full-service cosmetic and reconstructive surgical practice, Marietta Plastic Surgery offers all types of breast, facial and body procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. The doctors have more than 60 years of combined experience and have been trained at top plastic surgery programs: Emory, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt. Each surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They work on a team approach allowing each highly skilled and trained doctor to offer the highest level of patient care by sharing information, supporting one another, and continually enhancing their skills to improve and advance patient care. Marietta Plastic Surgery offers surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance the patient’s natural beauty. As leaders in technology and innovation in their field, they offer the latest advancements in plastic surgery procedures. Vectra 3D imaging technology is precision imaging that allows patients to envision what they may look like after prospective facial, breast or body procedures, helping patients visualize what their results may be. Particularly helpful for breast and facial/nose procedures, patients are able to “try on” different looks so they can discuss different options with the surgeon beforehand. This advancement in technology assists patients in making better-informed decisions. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that targets stubborn fat areas on the tummy, waist and back. New to the practice, this FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin. Only fat cells are frozen; healthy skin cells remain. The procedure takes about 1-3 hours, and the patient will enjoy their noticeable results within a few months. The Fraxel Laser is a breakthrough skin rejuvenation procedure offering technology that softens fine wrinkles, improves skin texture and tone, and is effective on acne scarring.

“drains” that can be a source of irritation and possible infection if not treated properly. Without drains, this procedure is much more convenient and comfortable for patients. Because of their level of experience and training, the surgeons at MPS take a more conservative and careful approach to their patients, surgical and non-surgical, always tailoring recommendations and procedures to what is best for each individual. With two accredited surgical centers, both with privacy entrances, patients are offered discretion along with the highest in safety standards to provide a comfortable experience. The surgeons at Marietta Plastic Surgery pride themselves on producing natural-looking results, allowing them to enhance your natural beauty.

Procedures offered: • • • • • • •

Facelift Eyelid Surgery Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Breast Augmentation/ Lift Drainless Tummy Tuck Liposuction CoolSculpting® Body Contouring

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BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, and Sculptra Fraxel® Laser Laser Skin Resurfacing Aesthetic Treatments (Skin Peels, Facials, Microdermabrasion)

All injections performed by physicians

Two of the latest, most advanced surgical procedures offered by the surgeons at MPS are shaped breast implants and the drainless tummy tuck. Often called “gummy bear” implants, shaped implants are very natural looking, giving women more options in choosing the right size and shape to meet their goals. As a select group of plastic surgeons in the nation, MPS now offers drainless abdominoplasty procedures, or “tummy tucks,” designed to reduce patients’ recovery time, discomfort and inconvenience. Typical tummy tucks involve one to two

Member of American Board of Plastic Surgery Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Woodstock Location: 149 Towne Lake Pkwy. Suite 104 (678) 494-2380

Marietta Location: (AAAASF-accredited surgical center)

823 Campbell Hill St. (770) 425-0118 47

Georgia Cancer Specialists Centers Program (NCCCP), gives our patients access to the most cuttingedge treatments through clinical research trials. In addition to offering standard hematology and oncology services for all types of cancer, including infusion treatment and chemotherapy, our Canton location offers ambulatory infusion services for other non-oncologic autoimmune diseases, such as osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis. Moreover, we support radiation oncology therapy and work with partnering specialists in our community to provide our patients the full-extent of care. Our highly-trained compassionate physicians, Drs. Zemsky, Garrot and Volas-Redd, also specialize in some of the most aggressive and common forms of cancer, including urinary, colorectal, breast and brain cancer.


ancer isn’t just physically draining; it’s emotionally and spiritually challenging as well. At Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS), we recognize the importance of treating the body, mind and spirit when it comes to giving our patients the highest quality of care possible. As a national leader in advanced cancer treatment and research, GCS offers compassionate, state-of-the-art and cost-effective medical care to adult cancer and hematology patients right in their own communities. GCS provides a full range of support services for patients in Georgia, including nutritional counseling, pain management, wellness counseling and home health coordination. This integrative approach to cancer care that includes prevention, early detection, advanced treatment, clinical research, support services and compassionate caregivers, ensures that our patients are as comfortable as possible during their road to recovery. Our partnership with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the only comprehensive cancer center in Georgia selected by the National Cancer Institute as a NCI Community Cancer

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Our ultimate goal is to provide ethical, compassionate, leading edge care for patients with cancer and blood disorders. We are proud to be a part of our patients’ journey to wellness, and will do whatever it takes to provide our patients with the utmost physical and emotional care in doing so. To make an appointment, or for more information about our practice and location, please go to

228 Riverstone Drive Canton, GA 30114 (770) 479-1870

Pinnacle Orthopaedics


innacle Orthopaedics provides quality care, convenience and assurance that our patients are receiving the most advanced and comprehensive orthopaedic care in a professional and courteous manner. Pinnacle has offices throughout the northwest Atlanta area, including Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding counties. Pinnacle has 26 physicians with more than 300 years of combined experience in correcting skeletal abnormalities and injuries. Our physicians have a wide range of orthopaedic interests and specialties for children and adults, including arthroscopic surgery; surgery of the spine; total joint replacement; surgery of the hand and foot; fracture care; pain management; traumatic injuries; limb lengthening and deformity; and treatment of work-related and sports-related injuries. All the physicians at Pinnacle Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Specialists are either board certified or board eligible in their various specialties. Pinnacle Orthopaedics is now performing two new procedures that have cut recovery time in half. Our surgeons are performing a new procedure for Total Hip Replacements. This procedure is called the Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement. It allows the patient to be weightbearing almost immediately. There is less down time, less recovery time, less rehabilitation, and the patient has fewer restrictions after the surgery. The procedure is a full hip replacement, but the incision is smaller and done on the anterior side of the joint — opposite of the more traditional incision sites. It is the same procedure with less disruption to muscles and soft tissues that surround the joint. The smaller incision allows for less pain and quicker recovery time. Hip replacements are very common, and the causes for it vary. But the goal to replace the ball and socket of the hip joint and to improve quality of life is the same for everyone. With this procedure, patients can do that in less time than ever before. The actual anterior approach is not a new surgery. Doctors have performed it for years. But the instruments used to make smaller incisions to go around the tissues are new. These specialized tools make this surgery much less invasive and traumatic to patients. Also, with these instruments, the incision is between the muscles — not removing the muscle and then reattaching, as done in a posterior or a lateral approach. Another procedure that our surgeons are performing with great success is a popular carpal tunnel procedure that has had phenomenal satisfaction by patients. The procedure is called Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System

(ECTRS). The incision is not in the palm of your hand like traditional carpal tunnel procedures, known as open procedures. A small incision is made at the base of the wrist in non-tensed tissue, which allows for easier healing and a smaller scar. Once inside, an endoscope provides a clear view of the underside of the transverse carpal ligament and surrounding anatomy, giving the surgeon a sufficient view to release pressure on the nerve. For more information on our services and locations, please visit

Pinnacle Orthopaedics is proud to announce that our Surgery Center located in our Woodstock location has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to its patients. Status as an accredited organization means Pinnacle Orthopaedics Surgery Center – Woodstock has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. 49

The Man God Blesses Psalm 1: 1-3

A Commentary by Rev. Norman R. Hunt The book of Psalm begins with the word “Blessed” or as it can be rendered “Happy.” We can render the first word of Psalm “Oh, the blessedness of the man” or “Happy, happy is the man,” or “Oh the happiness of the man.” Basically the psalmist says that Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church. God does not hand out His blessings one at a time, but He pours them out in many various ways in our life. He says, first of all, God blesses the man that is separated from the world. In other words, the happy man is marked by what he does not do, by the places he does not go and by the company he does not keep. A man that would be happy begins by avoiding certain things in his life — things that make it impossible for happiness because they are poisonous, destructive and counter- productive. He begins by

saying, “Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.” The Living Bible says, “Who does not follow evil men’s advice.” The Living Bible goes on in this verse by saying, “Who does not hang around with sinners.” There is nothing wrong with being friendly to the lost. Jesus did, but He did it for a reason. The reason was to lead them to salvation. The Bible says, “We are not to stand in the way of sinners.” In other words, we are not to participate in their sinful activities. Now note the progression in wickedness, “the ungodly, the sinner, and the scornful.” For instance, the term there in this verse is referring to “the professor’s chair.” Matthew 3:23 says, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat;” that is, they were professors of the law. They were the teachers of their day.

The man God blesses separates himself from the ways of the world. The happy man avoids the seat of the scornful. He avoids the classroom of the atheists and the humanist who delight to shred the faith of the believer. The man God blesses separates himself from the ways of the world.

Going to The Beach Does anyone survive by Shane Newton, PGA Professional, Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead

There are many affectionate terms for sand bunkers on a golf course “the beach,” “kitty litter,” “&*^%$ bunker”… We all get that dreaded bunker shot more often than we care for; in fact, this is one of the most dreaded shots in golf Shane Newton is the General Manager for most players. However, at Lake ArrowHead Yacht & Country many professional golfers say Club. He can be reached at they don’t mind bunker shots (770) 721-7913., and actually prefer this shot over hitting the ball out of the greenside rough. Why is there such a disparity in the way golfers view this shot? The answer is basically one word — confidence. Golfers who do not mind bunker shots are confident they can get the ball out every time. Confident bunker shots will come with knowledge and practice. First, we need to know how to hit a bunker shot, and then we must practice hitting properly out of the bunker. Proper practice, even if only a few minutes each season hitting shots out of a practice bunker, will deliver dramatic improvement. Secondly, we must adjust our expectations. When in the bunker, we feel pressure to hit the ball out and within inches of the hole every time just like tour players on TV. Remember, they regularly practice bunker shots for hours. However, if you don’t practice bunker shots for hours, your expectations should be more realistic. The best swing thought I have found for most golfers hitting out of the bunker is “any out is a good out.” This means any shot that gets the ball out of the bunker is a good one. Once you have taken the pressure out of trying to hit that perfect bunker shot, you will be surprised how many you will hit close to the hole. Your game will change when you have the confidence to hit out of the bunker. Instead of seeing just the big bunkers for your next approach shot, you will actually see the big green. In fact, the best reward for confidence out of the bunker is that you do not hit into them any more! Don’t just rely on luck to get out of the bunker each time. Go and hit shots out of a practice bunker or even better, stop by and see your local PGA golf professional. They will show you how to properly hit a bunker shot so you will have confidence to hit these shots every time. With this knowledge and a little practice, you will not dread going to “the beach” any longer! Play Better! Play More! West Canton | june 2013 52 My

Sibling Rivalry?

by Carole May Yes! An only child with imaginary sisters and brothers — there are certainly less injuries. As for me, being the middle child of three, the scars of bruising and disagreements are a thing of the past. Well, with the exception of that one incident Carole May is a freelance writer for where a three foot thief stole My West Canton Monthly. Email her at my pacifier as I lay in my crib. However, today I still refer to her as my “big sister.” LOL! My brother, the youngest, didn’t bother anyone as long as he could retire to his room with a bologna sandwich and a glass of milk. “Memories in the corner of my mind.” I like my siblings now! Currently, there are two forces to be reckoned with that are causing childhood flashbacks for this grandmother. Enter Hannah and Molly. The girls are the kindest, nicest people you will meet under five feet. Hello! What did you expect? I’m their “mom mom.” Can ya get any more partial than that? Now I would like to add that they are smart, pretty and, like all children, easy to love. Did I mention love separately? It’s Spring break 2013, Canton, Ga. Our grandchildren are with us for the day. What to do? The zoo was too smelly, and miniature golf was a “no way.” So where do we go? Justice, the arcade, and Five Below. Watching the girls as they entered the store looked like a military mission in progress. One sister went in the opposite direction from her sibling. She was searching for an item that wasn’t going to be duplicated by her sister. Both girls managed to blend in like two chameleons to the environment of the store. I was amazed as they methodically inspected every inch of the inventory. They knew their mission was not to be seen by the enemy, their sibling. They had to get in, get what they wanted to purchase, and get out. I watched as they maneuvered like miniature Navy SEALs around the store. Unfortunately, the first casualty was the younger sibling who wanted what her sister had spotted. This normally is a compliment, but at the age of 10 the elder referred to it as copying! A bomb of emotions went off like the fourth of July. The elder threw in the towel (as the younger sister wiped her face with it) and moved on looking for her individuality. She located it in aisle 2 — a string of lights that lit up her face and would do the same to her room. On a positive note, all was quiet on the front lines for the rest of the day. Does anyone survive sibling rivalry? Ya never heard of a sibling divorce did you? So I guess y’all are gonna have to muddle through. Dedicated to Hannah and Molly (and as 4/26/13 Ireland Rose). Good luck to all of you.

A big Rock

Sometimes our neighbors compliment me on having a nicelooking yard. I take no credit whatsoever. For 10 years now, a local guy by the name of “Duffy” has been mowing and blowing my lawn. And Ann does the rest.

Ann regularly shares with me reports on her landscaping activities. She includes not only the details of her mulching, pruning and digging, but also the Latin names for plants I have never heard of. I always nod my head politely. Since she’s the one doing all the work, I figure it’s the least I can do. Recently, the weekly news flash involved a Big Rock. Now, this Rock was minding its own business, buried in the ground between my neighbor’s backyard and mine, half-covered with leaves and just barely sticking its nose into the air. Joseph stumbled upon it when he was walking through the woods and had the bright idea of digging it up. He discovered it was quite large and, knowing his mother’s interest in all things obscure and natural, alerted her to his discovery. Ann proceeded to investigate. It turns out this was no ordinary Rock. No, this was apparently a very attractive Rock — a specimen of quartz, flecked with mica and other such minerals. Such a prize Rock should not remain underground. No. A Rock like this should be dug up, heaved out of its hole, and moved a hundred feet into a prominent place in my backyard so we could all enjoy looking at it. Mind you, I missed all the excitement because I was at work. Each evening I returned home to hear about the progress of Ann’s Rock excavation and moving operation. Juicy details included how many shovels and 2” x 4” levers she had employed, what material makes the best ramps, and speculations about which section of the garden path would be best enhanced by this gem. Ann was clearly enjoying the

by Mike Litrel, MD

challenge. She even went so far as to compare her efforts with those of the Egyptians, building the pyramids without power tools. I didn’t offer to help. My philosophy about yard work is that it’s best to let sleeping rocks lie. Dr. Mike Litrel is a national speaker and Unfortunately, the Rock author on the faith-health connection, eventually proved to be too and a board certified OB/GYN and much of a challenge even for specialist in pelvic reconstructive surgery at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists. Ann. So it happened that when Saturday morning rolled Dr. Litrel can be reached at www. around, just as I was settling down to read the morning paper, Ann requested my aid and manual labor in moving the Rock. Saturday morning...My aid…Manual labor. Now, I’ve been married 25 years. I knew I really didn’t have a choice. But as I was stewing and finishing my coffee, I was also still trying my best to figure a way out of it. I began to consider grounding Joseph for making this discovery in the first place. But then I remembered the one thing I ever learned about big rocks. A time-management specialist was giving a demonstration. Into a large glass jar he placed a bunch of big rocks. He asked the audience how many of them thought the jar was full. Most raised their hands. Then he poured a bunch of pebbles into the jar, which filled the space between the rocks. Again, most watching considered the jar full. Then he poured in a bunch of sand and, again, most thought it full. Then he filled the jar with water. He asked the class what the lesson of the demonstration was. One person raised his hand and said, no matter how busy you are, you can always fit in more. No, that wasn’t it. The point of the demonstration was this: Put your big rocks in first. Do what is most important in your life to get the most out of it. So I got off my chair to help my wife. I was hopeful the size of the Rock had been exaggerated. Nope, it was a big Rock, alright — 200 pounds, easy. I spent the next half-hour struggling to move it wherever Ann pointed. I was sore and grimy by the time the Rock was correctly positioned. But in the end, Ann giggled happily, cleverly oohed and ahhed over my biceps, and gave me a big hug. Spending time with your spouse is a big Rock. It doesn’t matter so much what you actually do. It’s the together part that matters. 

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3 cups Mayo 1 cup Heavy Cream 3 Lemons, zest and juice 4 Tbs. Lemon Juice 4 Tbs. Champagne Vinegar 8 Basil Leaves, rough chopped 8 stalks Tarragon, rough chopped

1 bunch Parsley, rough chopped 2 Tbs. Roasted Garlic PurĂŠe Add all ingredients into blender and purĂŠe for 2 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste.

2 heads Boston Bibb Lettuce - picked and washed 1 Avocado - sliced 1 medium Vidalia Onion - sliced thin 2 hand fulls Roasted Pistachios 2 local ripe Tomatoes - sliced 6 oz. fresh picked Crab - blue, dungeness or king 2 oz. of Green Goddess Dressing To assemble, add lettuce to large mixing bowl and add dressing and mix. Place greens on top of plates and top with avocados, tomatoes, onion, pistachios and crab lightly dressed with green goddess. 57

Never judge

A Book By Its Cover by Monika Yadav, MD It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been practicing medicine for almost a decade now. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on all the things I’ve learned from books AND from experience…I am rarely deceived by looks anymore. FAT doesn’t always Dr. Monika S Yadav is a board-certified equal medical disaster and SKINNY doesn’t always mean physician in Internal Medicine who practices at 684 Sixes Road in Holly one is fit and fabulous. I am not Springs. For appointments, call saying that extra weight doesn’t (678) 494-9669. Follow the Prestige Medical Group blog at http://www. harm in other ways, like joint and breathing problems — but it does not necessarily mean that an obese person will have many diseases usually related to being inactive and carrying extra pounds. I have seen perfect blood pressures and cholesterol panels in sedentary folks, and, sadly have had to put athletes on medicines to manage those same numbers. One of the most important messages I want to send out to the community is about the power of genetics. Almost every disease, from asthma and heart conditions to depression and diabetes, can be passed down genetically. But there are a few barriers that make it hard to know what may run in a family. Most people are influenced by the media. Unfortunately, the most advanced or stereotypical facets of a disease are presented. For example, one can only have diabetes if you are obese and urinate a lot — hardly ever the case when initially developing the disease. Fatigue and dry mouth are more common at the start. Similarly, depressives are thought to be those who cry a lot, eat a lot, and sleep a lot. Being more snappy or tired and low libido are the usual suspects. With subtle symptoms it is easy to blame other things — like “all working mothers are supposed to feel chronically tired and moody ” or “all dads juggling work, recession, expectations are supposed to be edgy and distant.” Another barrier is the lack of knowing the family history. Grandparents just passed away at 75 and all thought it was old age, whereas if their high cholesterol or blood pressure (both usually asymptomatic until it’s too late) would have been managed, they could’ve survived for 20 more years. The last barrier is one’s own self. When we are younger it is often felt that illnesses only happen to older people — when disease is passed down genetically, one can be a fit 20-year-old when numbers begin to shift in the wrong direction. continued on page 71 West Canton | june 2013 58 My


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

“I have been working out like crazy, eating right and still can’t get rid of my fat.” Sound familiar? We hear this all the time. Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.

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

Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and, ultimately, enhancing your self-image. Liposuction surgery can be used to treat stubborn fat pockets in many parts of the body, including: • Abdomen & Waist • Thighs, Hips & Buttocks • Arms, Neck & Back

• Knees, Calves & Ankles • Cheeks & Chin • Chest

Fat removed from these areas can also be used to enhance other areas of your body, such as the buttocks or breast, by doing fat injections or fat transfers — removing fat from one area and replacing it in another. Cost is always an important consideration in elective surgery. However, the quality of the liposuction is more important than the costs. If the ultimate goal is to have a happy patient, then the surgeon’s expertise and experience are probably the most important factors when considering liposuction. Be careful not to put your body on the “Discount Rack.” Choosing a surgeon based on lowest price might ultimately be the most expensive choice, if you need to have your procedure redone. Factors that determine liposuction costs are the size of the patient; the number of areas of liposuction; the amount of time and effort required of the surgeon; cost of operating room fees; the cost of anesthesia services; preoperative laboratory fees; and compression garments. continued on page 70

We Buy, We Sell . . . but we are definitely not your typical resale shop! Our primary focus is serving the community, which we do in a variety of ways.  First, we offer quality items at the lowest price on everything kids! Some merchandise is purchased from the community and some items are new. If you are looking for quality at a great price, you found the right place! In addition to name brand clothing (preemie thru teens and juniors), shoes, toys, books and décor, we are a distributor for Squeaker Sneakers, Disciple’s Cross, Poo~Pourri, Belle’s Bowtique and Trippin’ Out Custom Wear & Photo courtesy of Monogram service.  Darby Rose Photography

Secondly, our customer service is top notch! If it can be accomplished, we’re on it. We strive to meet the needs of our customers, so speak up! Let us know what you like and what you don’t like. We go the extra mile to ensure a positive experience for everyone: sellers and buyers. We are so thankful for our sellers that help us to keep our prices consistently low. It is our goal to get the best price so we can offer the best price.  Lastly, we hope to leave a mark in the community and in the hearts of our customers. It is a privilege and honor to serve in the Hickory Flat community.   Thank you for choosing Your Turn Kids Hickory Flat as your “Favorite Children’s Clothing Store.” We will continue to do our best to serve you!

6175 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton (Publix Shopping Center)

(678) 493-5437


Vision is Cloudy by Edward J. Furey, OD PC A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. The lens works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina at the back of the eye. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and Dr. Edward J. Furey specializes in primary eye care, glaucoma, low vision, far away. The lens is mostly geriatrics and is the Center Director made of water and protein. The of BridgeMill Eyecare located at 1409 protein is arranged in a precise Sixes Rd. (770) 852-2733. way that keeps the lens clear and allows light to pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and, over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see. There are some myths that surround cataracts: Myth #1 Only older Americans develop cataracts. FACT: While cataracts affect nearly 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older, it can occur among young adults or children. Risk factors that may lead to getting cataracts at a younger age include: • Intense heat and long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun • Certain diseases, such as diabetes • Inflammation in the eye • Hereditary influences • Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother • Long-term steroid use • Severe long-term nearsightedness • Eye injuries • Eye diseases • Smoking Myth #2 The best time to have cataract surgery done is when it is first diagnosed. FACT: Cataract removal is elective surgery, which means it is the patient’s choice when to undergo the procedure. Most people need surgery when the cataract causes enough vision loss to interfere with work, play, or other day-to-day tasks. You, your eye doctor, and family members should decide together when and if surgery is needed. Additionally, an insurance carrier may determine when removal of the cataract is deemed “medically necessary.” continued on page 70 West Canton | june 2013 60 My

Why you should consider Custom Orthotics Over Store-Bought Insoles

by Bret Hintze, DPM When you buy shoes, do you grab a pair off the shelf and go? Most people take time to try on shoes and walk around the store to test how well the shoes fit. The reason you can’t just grab any pair of shoes is that size tells only part of the story. Everyone’s feet are different, Dr. Bret Hintze is a board-certified podiatrist with Village Podiatry Centers and no single pair of shoes fits in Canton. His office is located at everyone the same way. As 132 Riverstone Terrace, Suite 101. To any podiatrist will tell you, the schedule an appointment, call (678) same holds true for orthotics. If 880-0036 or visit you’re suffering from heel pain or another form of foot discomfort, a store-bought insole is a poor substitute for a custom-fit orthotic from your foot doctor. Here’s why it pays to personalize your foot protection: Perfect Fit Although you can try to match store-bought insoles with your foot size, you will never replicate the fit you get with a custom orthotic. Since custom orthotics are made by podiatrists to follow every curve and ridge of your foot, the fit will be unlike anything you can buy in a store. This fit will give you the best possible protection from heel pain and any other foot problem you may be experiencing. Tailored Treatment When you opt for a custom orthotic, your podiatrist can design it to treat the specific issues you’re having with your feet. If you’re having heel pain and problems with bunions, for instance, your podiatrist can make an orthotic that soothes those particular problems. At best, a store-bought insole will treat only one of your complaints. Increased Comfort Like ill-fitting shoes, ill-fitting insoles can be uncomfortable. Because custom orthotics mold to your foot like a glove, they can give you unmatched comfort. If foot pain is your problem, why risk increasing it with a badly fitted insole? If you have heel pain, bunions, or other foot issues, Village Podiatry Centers can help you with custom orthotics. Don’t let foot discomfort compromise your quality of life — make an appointment by calling (678) 880-0036.


by Chris Meiners, MD

How it Works A simple concept — When you have information on what your brainwaves are doing, your brain can use that information to change how it works. BrainCore Neurofeedback is also known as EEG Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is Dr. Chris Meiners is a licensed guided exercise for the brain. It chiropractor with over 15 years of experience. He has been serving the is actually a learning modality Canton community at Canton Wellness designed to retrain dysregulated Center located at 1558 Marietta Hwy., Suite 100. (770) 720-4090, brainwave patterns. The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate optimally and efficiently. It is completely noninvasive and is considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be safe. In fact the FDA recognizes that neurofeedback has NEVER produced a serious side effect since it was first discovered over

40 years ago. Published scientific research has demonstrated neurofeedback’s efficacy in managing many neurological conditions such as ADHD, Migraine and Tension Headache, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Post Stroke Syndrome, Anxiety and Panic Attacks as well as many others. Braincore Neurofeedback Training Before training sessions begin, a comprehensive assessment is performed. This assessment procedure allows the doctor to determine, in a scientifically objective manner, whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from normal. The assessment provides the doctor with the neurofeedback training protocols that will be used during the training sessions. These protocols are designed to retrain the brainwave patterns toward normal. As the brainwave patterns normalize, the brain is able to operate more optimally and efficiently. Once the protocols are determined, the individual is hooked up to a computer using wires and sensors and the computer records their brainwave activity. These sensors are noninvasive, as no electrical current is put into the brain. The sensors simply record the brainwaves coming from the brain. Information about these brainwaves is displayed on the doctor’s monitor. continued on page 71

The wet winter is over, school’s almost out, and most people are outside enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Many are planning day trips to the ball field, playground or the amusement park and packing a picnic lunch to take along. What they are not thinking about is what is happening to their picnic food in the hot sun. Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. The sickness peaks during the warmer months because food has been left out of the refrigerator for too long. In addition to improper refrigeration, contaminated food, unclean hands and dirty kitchen counters, appliances and utensils will inevitably lead to food poisoning. How do you know if you have food poisoning? Here are some common symptoms: • Nausea • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Upset Stomach • Abdominal Cramps The symptoms can develop rapidly, within 30 minutes, or slowly, getting worse over days to weeks. However, most symptoms usually subside within 24–48 hours. You should contact your doctor if: • Your food poisoning symptoms last for more than 2 days. • You have fever. • You have signs of dehydration (intense thirst, dry lips, weakness or dizziness). • Anyone else in your family who ate the same food is also sick with similar symptoms. • You cannot keep any liquids down. It is easy to confuse food poisoning with other illnesses. For example, you may not know if the abdominal cramping is appendicitis, gallbladder pains or menstrual cramps. Since many illnesses can mimic food poisoning, you should contact your physician if you are unsure of its

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by Christopher Anderson, M.D.

cause. The main treatment for food poisoning is to put fluids back into your body (rehydration) either through drinking or, if needed, through an IV. Do not eat solid foods while nauseous or vomiting — only drink plenty of fluids. After you are able to keep the fluids down, eating should begin slowly. You should eat plain foods such as rice, breads, potatoes or low-sugar cereals. To prevent food poisoning, you should follow these guidelines to help keep contaminants away: • Shop for food safely. Buy cold foods last. • Store your food properly. Refrigerate quickly. Especially in these warmer months, never leave food out of the refrigerator for more than 1-2 hours. • Prepare your food safely. • Wash your hands often and keep everything clean. • Do not cross-contaminate. Do not prepare uncooked meats and cold foods, such as salads, on the same surface. • Thaw food properly. • Cook food thoroughly. Food poisoning is very common but also very preventable. Take some extra precautions to ensure cleanliness and proper refrigeration and your picnics will be much more enjoyable. Information obtained from and www.

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

(770) 345-3288 • League e c i v r e The S e County e k o r e h of C 1958

From the Service League website,

Founded in 1935, the Service League of Cherokee County, GA, is the oldest volunteer service organization in Cherokee County. With its deep roots and rich heritage of caring for children, the League has grown to an organizational size of 80 women, all of whom commit to 10 years of active service and contribute volunteer

Ann Weeks (left) and Carolyn Bradshaw organize clothes for the Service League of Cherokee County’s Annual Clothing and Rummage Sale at the organization’s office on East Marietta Street. Information taken from “Picture Perfect in Cherokee County: Selections from the Buddy Alexander Collection”

hours that collectively approximate 10,000 hours per year. As a not-forprofit organization, the money we raise through our efforts is directed back into the community to help provide food, clothing, medical and dental care, eyeglasses, scholarships, and much more to identified children in need.   

Raffles, Games, Prizes! Saturday, June 15, 2013 2 p.m.  Rock Barn 658 Marietta Highway, Canton  Tickets are $25

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(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

the mayor’s

Recycling Challenge Help our city


Living GREEN! Working GREEN! Thinking GREEN! During the months of June & July, the cities in Cherokee County will be competing to see which one can collect the most recycling!

Kinetix Health Club 110 Prominence Point Parkway, Suite 114 Canton (770) 720-4320 Health/Fitness

the Chamber Classic

Golf Tournament Monday, June 10 BridgeMill Athletic Club 8:30 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Celebration Banquet (Held at end of tournament play) Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Register online at or email

Do your part to keep recyclable waste out of the landfills and at the same time enjoy a little friendly competition. Presented by:

Participating Sponsors:

Canton Downtown Development Authority — Canton Theatre 171 East Main Street Canton (678) 880-1274 Nonprofit Organization (Governmental)

Event Wise Catering

Latini’s Italian Market & Deli

ERB Industries, Inc.

6887 Bells Ferry Road Woodstock (678) 386-9593 Catering Services, Restaurants

402 Argonne Terrace, Suite 200 Holly Springs (770) 345-0552 Restaurants

1 Safety Way Woodstock (770) 926-7944 Manufacturers

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School Board News

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As a board member, I am committed to continuing to make my decisions not just based on today or next week. Rather, I am constantly asking myself, “Five years from now…will this decision matter?”

Staying Academically Fit . . .

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App Store and the Android Market both have Education categories, and there are thousands of free apps covering different subjects and age levels. Additionally, there are numerous free websites that students can access to help them review their skills in a game-like format. Ask your child’s teachers for recommendations. Practicing skills learned throughout the year will encourage your child to stay “fit” over the summer and create an easier transition in the fall.

Is Your Mane Unmanagable?

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treatment takes as little as one hour and lasts about five to six weeks. The longer keratin treatment takes a couple of hours, but can last up to five months. Concerned about scheduling this service the same time as your color service? Don’t worry; these two services can be scheduled on the same day. Keratin treatments are right for most hair types, but may not be suitable for those with bleached hair or hair that’s already very straight. If you have any questions, your trained stylist will be able to tell you if a keratin treatment is right for you. No one except your stylist wants to spend these next few months indoors with a blow dryer! Consider a keratin treatment so you don’t waste a second of your summer.

Tech Forecast . . .

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security problem — getting hacked and taken offline or records stolen, but there are also many stories about offices getting broken into and their hard drives stolen (along with the data of their customers). There are always security risks, but it’s my opinion that the security you are able to supply for yourself against physical or logical attack is less sophisticated than what companies like Microsoft and EMC are able to provide, and most times a “hybrid approach” employing both on-site and off-site options is usually the most beneficial. So, the next time that you are online checking your status, checking your mail, or checking the sports scores, remember that you are probably using cloud computing. More and more, it is becoming an everyday thing used by nearly anyone who is “connected.”

Cleaning with Gemma . . .

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detergent was used to wash the ducks clean. Yes, just like with the ducks, pour a little detergent on the floor and use a stiff brush to remove the oil. Rinse with warm water. Now that the garage is clean, do not put back unwanted items. Organize the space to make room for all the items that you truly need. If you have shelves, you can separate items into categories according to their usefulness. Use clear storage bins for easy access. You can also make more room in your garage by storing bicycles on a hanging bike rack or (for little children) a floor bike rack. If you find that you still have too much stuff in your garage, consider a storage shed to free up space in the garage. They come in various sizes. Let’s take back our garage from all the clutter and start using it for parking family cars.

Is Liposuction For Me?

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Your consultation should only be with a specially trained board-certified plastic surgeon. During a thorough examination you will be asked to point out exactly which areas you would like to see improved. This will help your plastic surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved. The ideal candidate for liposuction surgery is a patient who has excellent skin tone or tissue elasticity, with isolated areas of excess fat. Liposuction is one of the top cosmetic procedures performed both nationally and internationally. Schedule a complimentary consultation to discover how you can have the body you have been working so hard for.

Cataracts — Vision is Cloudy

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Myth #3 Cataracts can be treated with eye drops. FACT: Surgery is the only proven treatment for cataracts. Cataracts cannot be treated with medicines. Eye drops or other drugs will not dissolve a cataract or slow its progress. MYTH #4 Lasers are used to remove cataracts. FACT: In cataract treatment, the clouded lens is surgically removed and then replaced with an artificial lens implant. If a patient has cataracts in both eyes, separate surgeries are scheduled. Sometimes the membrane behind the implant may become cloudy after cataract surgery. Laser treatment then may be used to open up the cloudy membrane. If you feel you are developing any visual disturbance, contact your eye care professional and they will determine the cause.


^, DeCarlis, Kim. “Most Americans Confused By Cloud Computing According to National Survey,”, 2012-08-28.

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The software automatically detects when the brainwaves are properly ordered and it feeds that information back to the patient. This feedback appears in the form of a game, movie or sound which signals the patient that the brainwaves are becoming more ordered. For example, the patient is watching a puzzle of a picture that is being filled in piece by piece. As long as the patient’s brain waves are moving in an orderly direction, the puzzle pieces are filled in and the patient hears a tone. If the brainwave patterns move away from an orderly pattern, then the puzzle does not get filled in and no tone is produced. The patient is actually controlling the completion of the puzzle with their brain and by doing so; the brain is learning how to regulate itself. In another design, the patient performs the training while watching a movie. In this case the patient may watch a DVD movie that is being controlled by their ability to regulate their brainwaves. The movie will get brighter as the brain waves normalize and become darker when they become dysregulated. The brain’s natural desire to watch the movie clearly will drive those neurological circuits that normalize the brainwaves and allow the picture to be visualized. The more those circuits are driven and used — the more neuroplastic changes take hold. The patient learns how to use those new circuits during the demands of everyday life.

Never Judge a Book . . .

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So the bottom line of this article is “NEVER ASSUME.” In today’s age of technology, good information is easily accessible. Sites like and have up-todate and reliable insight on hereditary disease and how to fight it, if possible. COMMUNICATE. Talk extensively to family members and probe into what health conditions may run in kin. Recently, a bipolar patient of mine wrote many letters to all cousins to discretely explore whether mood disorder ran in the family or not. The response was unbelievable. All it took was a courageous person to start the dialogue. And finally, don’t be in the dark yourself. If you think that you have changed mentally or physically more than the usual, take initiative to discover why. It may be more tortuous and a scary road to travel, but almost always ends up with some light at the end of the tunnel.



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