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Market Director Janet Ponichtera


What’s Cookin’ in the Community Summertime BBQ & Cookout Favorites

Preparing for Back to School Games, tips & more!

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Cherokee County Scouts


Photographers Jack Tuszynski Writers Dr. Christopher Anderson, Gemma

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by Michelle Meek, Salon and Spa Venessa, an AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa (8516 Main St., Woodstock), will reopen July 9 after a brief hiatus to “rejuvenate and refurbish” the salon in celebration of its 22nd anniversary. Located in the historic antebellum mansion on Main Street in Woodstock, Salon and Spa Venessa officially will debut its refreshed interior with an Open House, 7-9 p.m., August 2. The public is invited to attend the Open House, featuring complimentary services, consultations with the spa and salon’s creative team, special discounts on retail products, and door prizes. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday and Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. (770) 591-2079,

370,000 square-foot outlet center that will feature more than 80 retail outlet stores and eating establishments. Don’t miss the Red Carpet Preview Night taking place July 17, 6-10 p.m. benefiting the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. Limited tickets are available for this event — visit for tickets and more information about this event. 2013 Inaugural Season CCAC Pelicans Swim Team with Coach Nick Markey

The long awaited Grand Opening of The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta (I-575 and Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock) is scheduled for July 18 at 10 a.m. The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta is a

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Cherokee High School teacher Joseph Stewart, whose family owns the Book Browser bookstore in Woodstock, has organized a book drive for Moore Public Schools in Oklahoma. The books will be used to stock school classrooms and media centers and will be given to students whose homes were destroyed. Donations of books for children of all ages (picture books, beginning readers, non-fiction, reference, classic novels, young adult novels, etc.) are needed to be shipped prior to the start of school. The bookstore is located at 295 Molly Lane, Suite 130, Woodstock; (770) 3848644,, 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 on 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. 4

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Publisher’s note Trust, Text and Translation I love my daughters, so this is not about them. Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, it’s about one of your kids...obviously it’s not, but let’s just say it is. That will keep me out of trouble at home. You know the situation — you tell your kids to put the electronics down and communicate with each other. And they do, maybe for a minute or two, then that weird sound fills the entire house. “Oh, my gosh! My friend needs me to read this or watch that right now or the world is going to end!” Not too long after that, you are hearing of a horrible misunderstanding and she or he didn’t know what I meant or didn’t understand what I said. “You said,” I say, “How did you say it? Certainly this person heard your tone and you were able to explain yourself, right?” “No, I texted them and now such and such thinks I don’t like him and so and so said this and now it’s all messed up and I don’t know what to do.” “Really, you don’t know what to do? Do you know how to ‘dial’ a phone?” “A phone, dial, what?” “The thing you’re texting with!” “Wait what? What is dialing?” Ok, so I’ve observed nowadays that it is completely acceptable to text as opposed to normal communication. Texting is communicating, you say? Maybe… and it’s not just texting, it’s Instagram, kik, or whatever else my, uh I mean, your children are using to communicate with these days. And let me add that this has nothing to do with the communication itself or the method. What is lost is the context, the immediate sensing of a misunderstanding, the instant feedback or clarifications that are only fully understood through a conversation. A CON-VER-SA-TION! You know, with spoken words, voice inflections, the words, “sorry” or “I meant to say” or “No, that’s not what I mean!” Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek

I talk about this generation because, while I am absolutely impressed with their technological ability, their miraculous ability to adapt to the latest trends or social media flash in the pan, I also am worried because they have no idea what each other looks like without some photo bomb dude who sneaked into the snap chat or who jumped in front of the camera in the photo booth at the mall! And I worry that when it does come time to sit in an interview or go on a date and sit across from each other at dinner, they won’t know how to look the other in the eye and communicate, normally. They’re young you say… of course they are. I am not condemning, only concerned. As I said before, a little frustrated because I see the train coming, warn them about miscommunications, then have to clean up the train wreck after it happens…and they have no idea how it happened. So, in other words, we have to be parents and love on them and share with them the importance of personal communications on a higher level than texts et al. I know the kids are going to be fine, but I think they still need us. Why? Because we can still teach them how to express themselves to another person — how they feel, why they’re upset, or why they like them or don’t. We can still teach them the importance of personal contact and communication that enriches their relationships and builds their self-esteem...the oldfashioned way. Relationships rely on trust and understanding. These apps are awesome when all are involved...adults understand a lot better than younger minds that wonder why they weren’t invited, or were told such and such couldn’t hang out but then saw her on Instagram with someone else! These kids have access to wonderful tools for communicating. They are wonderful because they provide real-time information that allows them to express themselves like, arguably, we couldn’t. This is a good thing. It’s the lost in translation, mixed message, no feeling, reading-between-the-lines problems I fear the most. Just sayin’! But, I think in the end if we keep being parents, everything will be ok! Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497,


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CCSD Police Chief Honored by GSU

Cherokee County School District (CCSD) Police Chief Mark Kissel recently was honored by Georgia State University (GSU) as the 2013 recipient of the Judge Andrew A. Mickle Outstanding Instructor Award. The award recognizes an outstanding part-time instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and was presented during the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Graduation Chief Mark Kissel Reception. “I congratulate [Chief Kissel] for being selected to receive this award and for his accomplishments,” said Brian K. Payne, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. “This award was created because Criminal Justice students greatly benefit from the classroom instruction provided by our part-time faculty, many of whom are employed fulltime by various agencies of the justice system.  This award serves to recognize the important contributions of a dedicated instructor like [Chief Kissel] to the teaching mission of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.” 

Local Business Owner Gains US Citizenship

Biagio “Gino” Schiano-Moriello, owner of Taste of Italy on Highway 92 in Woodstock, became a citizen of the United States on June 7, 2013. Schiano-Moriello lives in Woodstock with his wife Giovanna, Biagio “Gino” Schiano-Moriello who became a US citizen in 2012, and their twins, Giorgio and Francesca. Gino has lived in the United States for the past twenty-five years and has been a resident of Cherokee County since 2007; Schiano-Moriello opened the current Highway 92 location of Taste of Italy in 2008 and has been an active part of the local community. Taste of Italy customer Beverly Groneck offered, “Congratulations! It is always wonderful to know that the new citizen, and generations of his descendants, will sow and reap the incredible rewards of living in this great free country. God bless Gino and his new country, America!!”


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Cherokee County School District Director Received Top Honor from Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

Barbara P. Jacoby, CCSD’s Director of Public Information, Communications and Partnerships, is a 2013 “Top 10 in 10: Young Professionals to Watch” Award winner. The awards honor professionals younger than 40 years old From left: Cherokee County Chamber in Cherokee County who of Commerce Chairman Randy Gravley, Barbara Jacoby, CCSD’s are considered rising stars Director of Public Information, in the community; judging Communications and Partnerships, criteria include past and and Chairman-Elect Lewis Cline professional achievements and awards; five- to 10-year professional goals; as well as volunteer and community activities. The 10 recipients including Mrs. Jacoby were honored at a recent Chamber breakfast meeting. Mrs. Jacoby began her career in Cherokee County as one of the Nation’s youngest editors of a daily newspaper, and during her 14 years at the helm of the Cherokee Tribune, she led it to not only local success, but also to State and National recognition. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo, who nominated Mrs. Jacoby for the honor, praised her ability to both assist school board members and to lead and work on a management team. Mrs. Jacoby is an active volunteer with organizations including the Rotary Club of Canton, for which she is the immediate past president; Service League of Cherokee County, for which she serves as Parliamentarian; the Georgia School Public Relations Association and her church, Canton First United Methodist.

Northside Hospital Awarded Grant from Komen Atlanta

Thanks to a generous grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate, Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute will be able to continue its work to promote early detection of breast cancer, by providing funding for screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures for women who cannot afford them. “Through generous community support from groups like Komen Atlanta, Northside is able to increase the early detection of breast cancer by educating and more on screening more women,” said Patti Owen, director page 8

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of oncology services, Northside Hospital. “We are grateful to Komen Atlanta for their ongoing commitment to our Breast Care Program.” Komen From left: Eryn Marchiolo, mission director, Atlanta’s grant Komen Atlanta; Dale Israel, disparities outreach coordinator, Northside Hospital program funds community programs Cancer Institute; and Cati Diamond Stone, executive director, Komen Atlanta. that provide needed breast cancer services to women who are medically underserved and uninsured.  To learn more about receiving services at Northside Hospital, through the Komen Atlanta grant, call (770) 667-4400. For more information about supporting Northside, visit

“This was a very successful golf tournament,” said Barbara Manous, Reinhardt’s director of annual giving. “Under the leadership of Chairman Glenn Warren of Warren Capital Corporation, the initial amount raised was more than $133,000. All funds from this event go toward scholarships for deserving Reinhardt students.” The Golf Classic included 92 players, 27 major sponsors — who contributed from $20,000 to $1,500 each — and 14 hole sponsors. One team was awarded top honors. Taking First Low Net was the team representing Northside Hospital-Cherokee, pictured from right, Billy Hayes, Carl Capelouto, Avery Poe and Michael Kuczmanski.

11 Alive Honors Local Teachers

Cherokee County School District teachers selected as 11Alive Class Act Teachers during this school year recently were honored by the TV station at a reception and breakfast.

BSSL Awards Scholarships To Deserving Seniors

The BridgeMill Sixes Service League (BSSL) recently awarded scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each to two exemplary seniors who have committed themselves From left: Courtney Mixon; Judy to service of others in the West, BSSL Scholarship Chair; community. Madison Griffin and Madison Griffin was chosen from Woodstock High School and will attend The University of Georgia this fall where she will double major in Film Studies and Telecommunications. Courtney Mixon was chosen from Cherokee High School and will be furthering her education at Reinhardt University where she will major in Music Education and minor in Religion. The BridgeMill Sixes Service League was honored to present these scholarships to such deserving young ladies.

Reinhardt Golf Tournament Raises Funds For Scholarships

The 25th annual Reinhardt University Dave Henritze Scholarship Golf Classic, played at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga., was an enormous success. Northside Hospital-Cherokee team


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From left: David Persson, owner of The School Box and Class Act awards sponsor; Macedonia Elementary School Principal Tammy Castleberry; Little River Elementary School Class Act Teacher Cynthia Buell; Macedonia Elementary School Class Act Teacher Tabatha Burcher; Cherokee High School Class Act Teacher Jay Huller; Freedom Middle School Class Act Teachers Chad Barner, Kim Harris, Melissa Christensen and Natasha Diaz and Freedom Middle School Principal Karen B. Hawley

CCSD Food Services Wins the Silver Scroll

The Cherokee County School District’s (CCSD) Food Services department was presented with the Silver Scroll Award at the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s Annual Conference recently held in Savannah. Scroll Awards are given to school systems for achievements in the field of school nutrition. Also during the conference, Tonya Slease-Cannon, the cafeteria manager at Mountain Road Elementary School, was awarded third place in the State Culinary Competition. Cherokee County School District School Nutrition Supervisor Susan Turner, right, accepts the Silver Scroll Award during the Georgia School Nutrition Association Annual Conference.  Congratulating her is Cherokee County School Nutrition Association President Cassandra Bronner of Woodstock High School.

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Please visit or call the branch for complete event details.

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

Wednesdays through July, 10:30 a.m., Woodstock Public Library Groundbreaking Reads: Trailblazers! July 9, 4 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library Flower Power! July 10, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library Summer Reading Dogs July 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library

July 11 & 18 — 3 p.m.

Teen Iron Chef July 16, 6 p.m., Woodstock Public Library

Puppets, Puppets Everywhere! July 17, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library Groundbreaking Reads: Zombies! July 20, 4 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library LEGO Club July 21, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library The Mixed Up Fairy Tale — Puppet Show July 23, 10:30 a.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library July 25, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library Adult Story Time July 24, 1 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

July 9 & 16 — 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Public Library

Writing Your Book and e-Publishing July 15, 6:45 p.m., R.T. Jones Memorial Library

Project Wet July 17, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library

R.T. Jones Memorial Library

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.

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.

Javy Ayala was our winner for June’s contest corner. Javy has won a gift card to Zaxby’s. Congratulations!

If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: Only emailed answers (including your mailing address) will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year.

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Everything you need To Know About Power Surges

by Nick Roper Ask yourself, “Which of the following could I not live without today: my washer, dryer, refrigerator, TV, entertainment components or computer?� If you need to use any of these items on a daily basis, this column pertains to you. Nick Roper oversees business development for H&H Electric and Most families look forward to fun in the sun that comes along Security LLC. He can be reached at (770) 735-1136 or visit with the summer season, but an unfortunate by-product of warm weather is lightning. Homeowners have smoke detectors in their home to protect them if lightning were to cause fire; however, few homeowners take the added precaution to protect their appliances and electronics. Most people have power strips that double as surge protectors, and a high-quality one is a must for expensive electronics. Still, you could do more to protect your home electronics from lightning.

Electrical service companies have the ability to install a surge protector in your electrical panel, which will protect not only your electronics that are plugged into a surge suppressing power strip but also everything in your house that is connected to an outlet. A whole house surge protector installed at the panel catches the power surge before it enters the wiring in the home. Although most people associate power surges with lightning strikes, the majority of power surges are not caused by lightning. Did you know that 40 percent of all computer crashes and data loss is the direct result of a power surge? In fact, the average home in North America faces five or more surges a day, or 2,000 a year. In addition, half of the surges come from inside your own home, when large appliances turn on and off. While these surges are nowhere near the intensity of a lightning surge, they can be severe enough to damage components, either immediately or over an extended period of time. Other surges can be a result from faulty wiring in your home, so it would be in your best interest to get a whole home safety inspection before installing a surge protector. Installing a surge protector in a home with faulty wiring would be like putting a band-aid over something that needs stitches. Another inexpensive option that all homeowners should continued on page 66


Things to do in West Canton

July 5

July 10

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

Yawn’s Book Club

First Friday — Downtown Canton

Time: 4 p.m. Location: Yawn’s Books & More Inc. 198 North St., Canton Information: Discussing “Moon over Taylor’s Ridge” by Janie Dempsey Watts — people who have heard the legend of the Cherokee Silver Mine will find the book even more interesting. The book will be available in the store for $12.95 or $11.01 with your book club discount. For more information, please call (678) 880-1922 or visit

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.

July 5 (the first Friday of each month, MarchDecember)

Friday Night Live — Main Street Luau Time: 6-9 p.m. Location: Downtown Woodstock Information: Spend the first Friday of every month in Downtown Woodstock and enjoy the many restaurants and stores that the area has to offer as the downtown merchants and Elm Street Arts Center stay open late and celebrate with a themed downtown-wide festival.

July 7–July 26 TLC Church Summer Camp — Surfing Safari, Inventors & Water Weeks Days: & Times Location:

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Towne Lake Community Church 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock Cost: $85 per week Information: or (678) 445-8766, ext. 203

July 8-11 Creekview Soccer Camp Time: Location:

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

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July 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21 & 24 Beauty and the Beast Time:

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m. Location: Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Cost: $10 in advance online $12 at the door Information: When Belle trades places with her father to save his life from a terrible Beast, she learns that appearances are not always what they seem to be and that love truly conquers all. or (678) 494-4251

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 Karen@

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July 13 Succulents — Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Cherokee County Time: Location:

10 a.m. Senior Center 1001 Univeter Road, Canton Information: How to grow these unusual plants? Make and take a wreath. Supply fee and limit 15; plants additional. Please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (770) 479-0418 to register.

Vacation Bible School Kingdom Chronicles Time: 6-9 p.m. Location: Cherokee Presbyterian Church 1498 Johnson Brady Rd., Canton Ages: Entering 1st-8th grade Cost: Free Information:

July 16 3rd Annual Job Fair — sponsored by Woodstock LIONS Club Time: Location:

July 13 2nd Annual Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees Run Time:

First Baptist Church of Canton 1 Mission Point, Canton Cost: 5K registration — $25 1 Mile registration — $15 Information: Online registration at com — search: 2nd Annual Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5K and 1 Mile Brave Run/Walk. For additional information, please contact Bob Dixon at (404) 271-1360 or Amy Turcotte at (770) 380-1432.

8 a.m. 5K Raider Run 8:45 a.m. 1 Mile Brave Run/Walk

10 a.m.-2 p.m. First Baptist Church Woodstock, Magnolia Room, 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock Information: All Employers are welcome to participate — there is no charge. This is a

service project of Woodstock Lions Club., https://www.facebook. com/WoodstockLionsClub

Ages: 2 years to Pre-K Information: (678) 445-8766, ext. 203 or

July 16 & 25

July 19

Learn How You Can Lose Weight Without Dieting With Gastric Band Hypnosis

Community Youth Night

Time: Location:

7-8:30 p.m. 6478 Putnam Ford Rd., Suite 125 Woodstock Information: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates LLC is hosting complimentary informational presentations. Advance registration required. Leave date, phone, and number of attendees at (678) 938-7274.

July 17 Red Carpet Preview The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta Time: Location:

6-10 p.m. The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, Interstate 575 and Woodstock Parkway, Woodstock Cost: $10 Information: Enjoy a night of premiere shopping and festivities! Tickets include book with discounts and coupons totaling more than $250 in discounts to more than 85 stores. Proceeds will go to The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.

TLC Church Preschool Open House

7-9 p.m. Towne Lake Community Church 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock Ages: All Middle & High School Information: Games, food & fun! youth@ or (678) 445-8766, ext. 203

July 20 8th Annual Back to School Bash Give A Kid A Chance Time: Location:

8 a.m. volunteers; 9 a.m. event First Baptist Church Canton, One Mission Point , Canton; Hillside United Methodist Church, 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock Information: Annual back-to-school event to help low-income families equip their children for a new school year. Backpacks filled with school supplies, medical screenings, haircuts, clothing and more. To register, volunteer or donate, please visit


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Moms of Multiples. Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! Electronic tagging, so a much faster checkout! For more information, please call (678) 235-8468, email, or visit www.NOWAMOM. org. Please bring in this ad for special admittance before the public sale either 7-9 p.m., August 23, or 8:30 a.m., August 24. 

August 25 Santa’s Caravan BBQ & Silent Auction Time: Location:

12:30 p.m. Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth Information: Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Advance ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 years and younger. Ticket price at the door is $10. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the church office. For additional information, visit www. or call (770) 926-3558. Money will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in the community.

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August 23 & 24

July 19 Time: Location:

Time: Location:

Deadline fo r August Cale ndar Events :

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Towne Lake Community Church, 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock

Tots to Tweens Consignment Sale Time:

August 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., special hours August 23 Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta Information: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta

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Serves 4–6 (Simply double list of ingredients if you need a larger serving) 4 large Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes (can leave a little bit of skin on) ¼ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream

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¼ cup freshly chopped chives, divided 8 strips of bacon (6 for the salad and 2 for topping), cooked and crumbled

1 tsp. black pepper salt to taste

thawed 1 pkg. Strawberries, sliced as directed on package Prepare cake batter and bake in pan 15 min. Pierce for 13x9-inch pan. Cool cake intervals. cake with large fork at ½-inch in small bowl; stir 2 Add boiling water to gelatin mix d. Stir in cold water; pour min. until completely dissolve over cake. Refrigerate 3 hours. Frost cake with Cool Whip and Refrigerate 1 hour.

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In a small bowl, mix together your mayonnais e and sour cream. Make sure the two are completely comb ined and then add half of the chives, cheese and pepp er. Taste mixture to see if you prefer some salt. (I usua lly add a dash or two.) Let chill in fridge for a bit. Mean while, peel and cube your potatoes into bite-size piece s. Put in a large pot, cover with water, and boil until fork tende r — about 20 minutes. (You need to keep an eye on them . If they cook too long, you'll end up with more of a mashed potato consistency when you mix them with the sauc e.) When potatoes are ready, drain and let cool just a bit. (Let them cool a lot if you plan to serve chilled.) Put potatoes in a large bowl or dish and combine with sour cream mixture. Fold in most of your crumbled baco n. Top with remaining half of chives and remaining crum bled bacon.

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Savannah Grace Read Age 8 on July 7 We love you sweetheart! Eight is great! Love, Dad, Mom & Skylar

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Celebrating on July 5 Happy Birthday! We pray that God will bless you with many more years so we can see and thank Him for the blessing you are to us! Love, Papi, Doobe, Moody, Juicy & Vick

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Chattahoochee Tech System Honored with Prestigious Award

­­­­­­­­­­­­­Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) has been named a winner of the prestigious 2013 CIO 100 Award from IDG’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) magazine recognizing its innovative use of information technology. The 26th annual awards program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. The award recognized Chattahoochee Technical College’s efforts in creating Grad Audit — a custom-programmed data-mining system to proactively identify students who have completed the requirements for degrees, diplomas or certificates. The system is able to find graduates rather than waiting students’ petitions to graduate, saving time by processing the records in bulk rather than one at a time. Chattahoochee Technical College currently uses Banner and an add-on DegreeWorks as a way for students and advisors to track progress toward graduation. By developing its own solution, CTC can now look at each program of study and see if any students have met the requirements. Complete coverage of the 2013 CIO 100 Awards will be online at on August 1, 2013 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine.

the percentage of students earning the certification. The school offers the certification through its Computer Applications I and Business Communication and Presentation classes. Students in Computer Applications I were eligible for certification in Word 2010 and Word Expert 2010; 30 students passed the certification test for Word and five passed the test for Word Expert. Students in Business Communication and Presentation were eligible for certification in PowerPoint 2010 and Outlook 2010; seven students passed the certification test for PowerPoint and four passed the test for Outlook.The classes are taught by Carla Thornton and Anna Collins. Ms. Collins said Microsoft Office Specialist certification is an impressive achievement for students.

Carla Thornton, left, and Anna Collins stand by a display of their students’ Microsoft Office Specialist certificates.

Liberty ES Students Saving Homeless Animals

At the computer, CTC Database Administrator and Programmer Ian Malcolm. Behind are, from left: Executive Director for Technology Advancement Scott Estes, Associate Registrar Dr. Tyra Wingo and Vice President for Student Affairs and Technology Dr. Scott Rule

CHS Ranks in Top Schools for Microsoft Certification Program

Cherokee High School has been recognized as a top school in the State for its Microsoft Office Specialist certification program. Cherokee High is ranked second among Georgia high schools for

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Liberty Elementary School students raised $618.45 for the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. The shelter is participating in the 2013 ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge. To win the Challenge, the Shelter must save the lives of 300 homeless pets during the months of June, July and August. Each $23.53 that Liberty Elementary School students is received by the shelter Christian and Gabriel Vaulk with aids in the adoption fee their rescued dog. of one dog or cat. Liberty Elementary’s donations saved the lives of 26 pets. Teachers Stacy Yawn and Julie Robbins will be starting a new Homeless Pet Club at the school in the fall.

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School Board News by Janet Read Many of you have heard me say that following each school board meeting, I spend the drive home reflecting upon the actions and comments made at the meeting. I usually make mental notes to improve or change things, share additional Janet Read is the Board Chairperson information with folks, or for the Cherokee County School Board. thank people who contributed Janet may be reached by e-mail at to the meeting. For the last few meetings, I have been very somber and serious on my drive back to Woodstock. I have struggled to remember actions or comments that have focused on the main mission of the school board — teaching and learning. Instead, I replay the vast amounts of time, conversation and energy spent on minute details of policies and procedures that tend to draw us away from our main mission. A perfect example was the May 16 meeting. At that work session it was shared that, due to an increased local tax digest, the budget would reflect at least two more instructional days for our students for the 2013-14 school year. This would also allow our teachers/staff to only endure six furlough days instead of this year’s eight. In my opinion, this should have been a cause for celebration. Instead, it seemed that it was just glossed over and focus was instead placed on other items of less importance. I find this very disheartening when the board agreed that returning to 180 school days was a main priority for the 2013 Legislative Session. From my perspective, it seems that during the last few months we have been too focused on duties that do not really belong to the board — day-to-day operations, ad hoc committees, overly detailed board meeting minutes and nitpicky questions that could have been asked and answered prior to the meeting itself. Rather than using Robert’s Rules of Order as a tool to promote strong board governance, folks want to use it as a weapon to detract from the main mission — teaching and learning. In my previous eight years on the board, we have prided ourselves on our ability to work together for a common goal — teaching and learning. Although we may not have always agreed, once the vote was taken on a topic we moved forward with that majority decision. We did not waste our time, or the public’s time, looking backward. Instead, we looked ahead to the next decision or choice we had to make. We need to get back to being that kind of board. We are seven individual continued on page 66 West Canton | july 2013 22 My

New Beginnings

by Chris Grass, EdSp

Each July a unique rite of passage begins. Parents start to ask themselves, “When are the kids going back to school?” Contrary to what they might say to their parents, students are asking themselves, “When can I go back to school?” Excitement and apprehension go hand-inhand as the new school year starts, and there are a few ways that parents can help their student get off to a great start.

Chris Grass, EdSp., has been teaching in Cherokee County for 25 years, is currently teaching at Arnold Mill Elementary and doing private tutoring. She is a Georgia Master Teacher, National Board Certified Teacher and a Cherokee County Teacher of the Year. She lives in Canton with her husband and two children.

Establish routines — Two or three weeks before school starts is the perfect time. School, besides being a place of learning, gives students routine and structure. Taking a break from routine is fun and highly needed for everyone. However, not having structure for eight weeks can cause a student to regress. It takes six to eight weeks to make a behavior a habit. By starting to reestablish school routines BEFORE the school year starts, you will be shortening the adjustment time when school resumes. This would include everything that your student would do during the regular school week…bedtimes, teeth brushing, medicines, etc. Stay positive — Be careful about what you say in front of your children. Let them know that you are looking forward to a great new school year. Children pick up on how their parents feel and take in much more than parents realize. If you have concerns or worries about the new school year, share them outside of the earshot of your children. Having a positive attitude helps to develop in children a love of school and, therefore, learning. Set goals — Encourage your children to set goals for the new year. Help your children set realistic goals for the upcoming school year. While it is alright to set one or two long-term goals, make sure to help your children set daily or weekly goals. They can be as simple as making a new friend or helping the teacher. Celebrate the successes, but use the defeats as learning opportunities. Mistakes are just steps up the ladder of life. If we never make the mistakes, we can’t move forward. If we don’t learn from the mistakes, then we just become stuck on that same rung on the ladder and we don’t grow. So many life skills can be learned in a fairly easy manner. You can help your children’s transition to the new school year be a positive one. And yes, parents, the kids are going back to school soon!

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Reece Gresham, Age 5 2013 Graduate Pre-K “A” class

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Devin Singh, 2013 Pre-K Graduate

Devin, we are so proud of you! We can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you will learn and do in Kindergarten! We love you baby! Keep up the great work! Love Mommy, Daddy, Marc-Anthony, Brianna, Destiny, Grandma and Papa.

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Local Basketball Teams Celebrate Winning Seasons

CrossCourt boys based in Canton won 1st place in the Finals for the second year in a row in the NEC League 18U Division.

From left: Coach Santana Roberts, Niles Young, Malcolm Stegall, Jack Bowers, Mason Duncan, Adam Stasevich, Corey Smith, and Coach Lisa Stasevich The Shooting Stars comprised of all Freshman girls from the Canton area went undefeated in season NEC League play for the 18U Division, then won 2nd in a nail biter in the Finals.

BSSL Participates in Relay for Life

The BridgeMill Sixes Service League (BSSL) recently participated in Cherokee County’s Relay for Life Event at Sequoyah Back row: Melanie Smith, Marlyn Patouillet, High School. Suzanne Taulli and Kim Subacz; middle row: Rosemary Curving, Mary Cuomo, Wendy Wemmer, With a theme Susan Gaines and Nicole Shippy; front row: of Surf’s Up Kaitlin Gavin, Kaitlyn Shippy and Heather Lairsen and inspired costumes, Team BSSL raised over $3,000 to help The American Cancer Society in their race to find a cure for cancer. Each year communities across the globe come together to remember loved ones lost, honor cancer survivors and fight back against the disease. The BSSL was privileged to be a part of this year’s event.

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Woodstock High School prom was held at the end of May at the beautiful Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Congratulations to Caitlin Thomson, crowned Prom Queen & Evan Bethards, crowned Prom King! 27

congratulations To The Class of 2013

Many local students completed their high school education recently and celebrated by walking across the stage to receive their diplomas with their fellow classmates. Education is much more individualized in this day and age, specifically meeting the unique needs Matthew Bravo of each student. My West Canton Monthly congratulates all of the 2013 Graduates and would like to highlight one local “non-traditional” student, Matthew Bravo, as he moves ahead into a bright future. Matthew Bravo, son of Nick and Jana Bravo and brother of Sarah, graduated from Cherokee High School (CHS) this past May. Although he had never taken a class at CHS, he graduated in the top eight percent of the class — finishing one year early and earning 26 college credits. He was able to do this by

transferring his grades from The King’s Academy, an accredited Home School Program in Woodstock, where he attended for 7-10th grades. Then he completed two years of high school in just one year by participating in the Dual Enrollment Honors Program at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Matthew has been accepted to California Lutheran University on a merit scholarship and to Pepperdine University. He has chosen to stay and finish his undergraduate degree at KSU because of the opportunity provided by the Zell Miller Scholarship. Matthew has continued to take classes in the summer semesters as well. By the time the official fall semester begins, Matthew will have earned 44 college credits. One of his goals is to graduate from KSU in 2015, which will be quite an accomplishment since he was originally on track to graduate high school in 2014. Matthew’s next goal is to be one of the youngest people to be accepted to dental school, aiming to be accepted at the age of 19. Matthew is obviously a very motivated young man who is determined to accomplish his goals. Even with all the time he spends on his academics, he manages to find time for his other interests: tennis, guitar and comedy. Congratulations, Matthew, and all of the 2013 graduates! Best of luck in the future!

Brushing Up On Styling Tools

by Jyl Craven

Quick, take a look at your hairbrush. Do you know what style it is? What the bristles are made of? Are you using the right brush for your hair? Don’t worry if you answered “no” to all of those questions. Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design After reading this article of Canton. For information, you may you’ll know just what type contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 of hairbrush you need to use or visit for every occasion. Just like a handyman uses the right tool for the job, so does your stylist. These are the four types of brushes you need to know: Round Brush The round brush is often used by stylists when blowing out your hair. The versatile round shape of the brush leaves hair smooth, cutting down on frizz. It also means round brushes can be used to create waves. You may notice your stylist using different sizes of round brushes. Smaller round brushes are great for short to medium-length hair, while larger round brushes work best on long hair. When buying a traditional round brush, choose one with natural boar bristles or a combination of boar and synthetic bristles. Ceramic round brushes are another option. They are vented, which allows for air to reach the hair during a blowout for faster styling. Styling Brush Known for its curved shape and bristles only on one side, a styling brush has a gentle cushioned backing and no vents. Traditionally, these brushes have five, seven or nine rows of bristles, with seven being the most popular. This brush is ideal for curling hair under, creating volume at the roots. It’s also great for thick hair, bobs and mid-length hairstyles. If your hair dries fast when blow drying then you’ll really benefit from this simple brush. Typically, women prefer to use a seven-row brush because it’s lighter and more manageable when blow drying hair. Paddle Brush Have long, thick, smooth hair and want to keep it that way? Then the paddle brush is your tool of choice. This flat brush continued on page 66 West Canton | july 2013 30 My

Beginning Of School

by Yong-In Martial Arts As the summer vacation comes to an end, kids and parents are getting ready to go back to the same routine. For some parents, it is stressful to think about getting the kids up early to go to school. But Yong-In Martial Arts has been open to the public since 2000 and they focus for some, it is the stress of the on character development for children, kids being bullied yet again teens and adults. They want to bring during a new school year that out the best in all of us as citizens and is on their minds. Previously persons. (770) 345-4133 we talked about confidence and how important and vital confidence is. The best way to prevent bullying is having good confidence. Confidence should be a big part of our kids’ lives. Traditional sports can sometimes hinder the development of good confidence, not because of the sport itself, but because the coaches can sometimes take the game a little too seriously and with that comes yelling at the kids when mistakes are made. We need to remember though that they are just kids and we need to treat them with acceptance and encouragement; that is the key to developing good confidence. In martial arts we teach the kids with positive reinforcement and good encouragement. Just by simply changing how we talk to the kids we can make a big impact in their lives. We do not, however, want the kids to gloat and think that because they are learning how to kick and punch they can pick fights with anyone. We teach them to have a good balance between humility and confidence. We feel like some kids can use more help than others but no matter who it is, no matter what economical, social or racial background they come from, we can help anybody to overcome fears and be more confident.

The best way to prevent bullying is having good confidence. Through martial arts we can help our kids’ confidence and with that they will learn to stand up for themselves and not be targeted by bullies. We need to work together as parents, teacher, coaches, mentors, etc., to make sure every single kid has enough confidence to stand up and participate in class discussion, take part in group activities, or to try new things.

Should I buy A New Computer?

by Scott Lavelle With the prevalence of mobile phones, tablets, laptops and even convertible laptops that turn into tablets when needed, you may ask, “Should I buy a desktop computer?” The answer depends on a number of things, but mostly on what you use your computer for. A few reasons why you might still want to have a desktop computer are business office use, gaming, specialized applications, or an interest in upgradable components.

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

Business Office Use: A desktop computer comes at a great price point for the performance you get when compared to a laptop. Including dual monitors, a high-end processor, plenty of RAM, and a large hard drive, you can easily stay under $1,000 and have a top-of-the-line machine ready for most any software available today. A laptop with the same technical specifications will be considerably more expensive. In fact, you are looking at a price premium of 30 percent or more. Gaming: If you are a gamer and want to play the latest games, you can do so with a laptop, but to get a machine that will compete with a desktop you will likely pay twice the price of a similar desktop — and the laptop will be big, heavy, run hot, and drain the battery extremely fast. Whatever benefits come with a laptop are quickly eliminated by these trade-offs. Specialized Applications: For basic use, like running Microsoft Office, browsing the Internet, checking email, and other low-demand activities, most moderate laptops will fit the bill just fine. But if you have specialized needs, a laptop, especially a basic one, will be hard-pressed to provide what you need. Video editing, audio recording and editing, graphic design, and high-end photo manipulation are better served by the discreet components of a desktop computer. Upgradable Components: As a general rule, how you buy a laptop is the way it will stay for the length of its life. Yes, you can upgrade the memory or the hard drive, but that’s pretty much the extent of the upgrade options. A desktop computer continued on page 66 32 My West Canton | july 2013

Between the hedges Centipedes and Millipedes

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent When it is warm and wet, we start getting calls about moisture-loving insects, such as millipedes and centipedes. Heavy rains can send them into cracks, crevices, windows and doors, looking for higher ground. Outdoors, these animals are generally harmless and largely unnoticed, but indoors they can be considered pests. Although they do not carry diseases or damage structures, we usually don’t want to share our living space with them.

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

Centipedes and millipedes both have long, segmented bodies and multiple pairs of legs. Outside, they will be found under rocks and wood and in mulch and organic matter. Inside, they are usually found in damp corners of the basement, bathrooms or closets. Centipedes have flattened bodies with one pair of legs per segment. When disturbed they move quickly into a dark hiding place. They have a pair of poison jaws behind the head that are used to paralyze prey, usually insects. The jaws are too weak to easily penetrate human skin, but they can bite individuals who try to handle them. The rare case of a centipede bite is described as localized pain and swelling no worse than a bee sting. Individuals allergic to the poison could have a more serious reaction, however. Millipedes have rounded bodies with two pairs of legs per segment. They move slowly and usually coil up when disturbed. Their primary diet is decaying organic material, such as leaves, wood chips or other decomposing material. Large infestations can cause damage to roots and leaves of seedlings. Over mulching and over watering encourage millipede activity near the house. Millipedes are not poisonous, but some species secrete a substance that can cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. To discourage their entrance into your home, clear mulch back from the sides of the foundation and remove piles of wood or continued on page 66

“With our oldest child fresh out of our church preschool and ready for kindergarten, we had a decision to make on where we wanted our child to attend school to best prepare her for first grade. Several of our friends had their children in The Carpenter’s Shop, so we decided to take a tour and fell in love with it! We couldn’t be more pleased with the love and inspiration the staff provided our entire family. We are most impressed with all the educational accomplishments our daughter has experienced, but most notably her desire to learn and longing to return to school.”

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Since opening their doors for their first school year in August of 2007, The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool has been providing our community with quality education and building kids God’s way. With the opening of The Carpenter’s Shop, Donna Harris, owner and director, realized a God-given vision — to offer a solid educational experience while instilling a firm Godly foundation in the hearts of the children they touch, preparing them for a successful future. The school’s mission statement is summarized through this Bible passage, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. The Commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children,” Deuteronomy 6:5-7. “We, as parents and educators, have an awesome responsibility to ‘train our children in the way they should go,’” said Donna emphatically. “We are not like any other preschool or kindergarten in the area; our focus is on the Bible.” As soon as you step through the doors of The Carpenter’s Shop, you truly sense the difference — sharing God’s unconditional love with children while teaching academic excellence that will lead to a bright future. Realizing that the early childhood years are often challenging but truly go by so quickly, Donna and her staff make every moment count with each child. “From birth to 5-years- old, we are building the foundation. Those are the years to mold our children and instill good moral values. An incredible amount of learning takes place during the first five years. They soak up everything you teach them! It is our responsibility to lay a

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solid foundation academically and spiritually on which each child will thrive, grow and reach their God-given potential,” Donna said. The teachers and staff at The Carpenter’s Shop are highly trained in early childhood education; they have a heart for God. They follow the A Beka curriculum, which focuses strongly on phonics and language programs. It is age appropriate, offering science, music, Spanish, math, reading and more, depending on the age level. Weekly chapel is also part of the experience, which includes a kid-style praise and worship time, a monthly memory verse set to familiar nursery rhymes and songs, created and led by Donna herself, and a weekly Bible story. Donna is very adamant about a strong academic curriculum, which is why she chose A Beka and she is just as adamant about making learning fun. And differing from state regulations, there are always two teachers in each classroom, offering your child the full attention they deserve. With the continued growth of their programs, kindergarten was added in the fall of 2011. Offering a low student/teacher ratio and taught by a Georgia certified teacher, The Carpenter’s Shop kindergarten program is a unique opportunity to be taught with academic excellence in the comfort of an intimate setting and Christian environment. “Our kindergarten program is affordable; the pre-K program and kindergarten program are the same price. The kids are given another year in a smaller environment, still challenging them to reach their highest potential,” noted Donna. Being taught in this individualized learning environment, each child will finish the year more than prepared to enter first grade. Upon completion of the kindergarten program, the children ranked in the 98th percentile in the country in standardized testing. The Carpenter’s Shop supports the family as a whole. The school holds special family events throughout the year, such as their Fall Festival held on their picturesque school grounds. Donna shared, “We want to be able to help families with their needs.” And that often goes beyond the school day, such as teachers

making meals for a family experiencing a difficult time. “We want to be a light to the community,” Donna said. The Carpenter’s Shop is not just a school, it’s a ministry. “We are investing in your children’s lives.” Mentoring moms is one of Donna’s many passions. “I love being there for the moms. I want to be an encourager. It’s not just the kids, but the parents too!” The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool offers a warm, family environment where your child will be shown the love of Christ and will be educated with academic excellence. “You can have the best curriculum, which we do, but the basis is to love the children and to teach them where the love comes from,” shared Donna with a smile. Come experience the difference and let The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool become your child’s home away from home. “The Carpenter’s Shop will always have a special place in my heart. All three of my children have enjoyed going there. My daughter Felicia started there when she was 2 months old and has recently graduated this past spring. Donna and her staff are wonderful! The great education, loving care and spiritual guidance your child will receive at this school is priceless! I would highly encourage anyone who is thinking of taking their child to a preschool to come to The Carpenter’s Shop!” — Lisa and Roger Torrico   “Peace of mind! What more can any mom ask for? That’s exactly what I get in The Carpenter’s Shop. Peace of mind that my daughter is loved, cared for, encouraged and challenged; all of this by a wonderful Godly staff. Ms. Donna, Ms. Tammy and Ms. Vicki love each child as their own and it shows from the minute you walk in the door. I could not be happier with the choice we made and there’s nowhere else I would want her to be!” — Melissa Roper “I have known Mrs. Donna for over 20 years, from the time she ‘helped raise’ my oldest daughters back when she had an in-home daycare. So when my son turned 6 last year and started kindergarten, there was no question about where he would go. I knew that The Carpenter’s Shop was the best place to provide a loving, God-centered education that my wife and I desire for our children. From the moment we first visited the campus, we felt God’s presence and concern from the whole staff at The Carpenter’s Shop. This past year was a blessing for our son. He was excited to go to school every day and couldn’t wait to tell me about his day when I got home. The Christian values and education he received at The Carpenter’s Shop were exactly what we had hoped for our son. We are so grateful for Mrs. Donna and the entire staff for the love and care they provided and would not hesitate to bring our girls to The Carpenter’s Shop. Thanks Mrs. Donna! You are one in a million!” — Chris (and Chrystal) Werner “We love The Carpenter’s Shop. Each of my three children attended there, and each of them have received care that exceeded all my expectations. They love their teachers, and their teachers love them, still. My oldest, now in third grade, looks forward to the days he gets to go with me to pick up his little sister so he can see everyone. Christ is central at The Carpenter’s Shop, and His love is evident and palpable in each room.” — Rachel Hefner

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Kid Control

by Michael Buckner

Being that I am submerged in the world of home automation, Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Intersection, located at 631 E. Main I would like to tell you about Street, Canton. For more information all the cool home tech stuff out on any of his monthly columns, for there that can assist you in being questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000. a parent. From monitoring children’s departures and arrivals to limiting their usage of games and TV watching, you can customize your home automation to your individual needs. Most automation systems today have notification options. For example, many systems are compatible with new deadbolt locks that include a number pad. This allows you to give each of your children his/her own code to the front door. When they get home from school and open the door, you will get an email or text message alerting you. Also, you can use this for your teenagers for monitoring when they get home at night to make sure they come home before curfew. Nearly every parent I talk to complains that his or her children watch too much TV or play too many video games. This is one of the easiest things to fix. With a little bit of simple programming, you can set the TV or game system to shut down after, say, an hour of use and not come back on for another two hours. Something a little more fun is a high-tech dinner bell for those parents who get tired of walking up and down the stairs or screaming at the top of their lungs to tell the family that it’s dinnertime. Instead, you can set your lights to signal when it’s dinnertime. One of my clients uses a button on her iPhone that makes the lights in her boys’ bedroom flash that it’s time for dinner or they’re needed in the kitchen. If they ignore the signal because they are playing a video game, she can shut off the game system from her iPhone as well. A side benefit for your children is that speakers can also be added to the bedroom so that they can play their favorite songs with just a flip of the light switch! Ever follow your kids through the house, turning off light switches behind them? We hear this a lot, too. This area of technology has exploded recently, and there are thousands of ways to address this. For example, you could tie the alarm system into the lighting; whenever the motion sensors stop sensing motion, the lights will go out. A more popular solution is placing a “goodnight” button on the nightstand, which, when pressed, will turn off all the lights in the house — preventing the “pajama walk” of the parent having to go around turning off all the lights that the kids forgot to turn off. All in all, kids are the best adopters of new technology. This is no surprise. But you can, however, surprise them with cool home technology that helps you with your duties as a parent! West Canton | july 2013 36 My

CLEANING WITH GEMMA Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

by Gemma Beylouny Having a clean and wellmaintained kitchen appliance is essential to keeping germs and insects at bay. Getting in the habit of regularly cleaning small kitchen appliances after each use is even better. Here are some tips for cleaning appliances using household cleaning solutions: dishwashing detergent, vinegar, baking soda and lemon.

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

Coffeemaker Remove the filter and the carafe. Soak in warm soapy water for 10 minutes. If stains in the carafe are still visible after soaking, fill the carafe with warm soapy water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar; let soak for another 10 minutes. To remove water deposits, use the solution 2-3 cups of water and equal parts vinegar, then pour into the coffeepot chamber and hit the “brew” button. Turn the machine off halfway into the cycle and let the cleaning solution soak for an hour. Turn the machine back on to complete the cycle. To make sure the vinegar solution residue is thoroughly removed from the coffeemaker chamber, run water through the machine two more times. To clean the outside of the coffeemaker, use a wet sponge with dishwashing soap to wipe from top to bottom. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Electric Can Opener Unplug the machine, remove the lid cover and the cutting wheel. Using warm soapy water, scrub the pieces to loosen dirt stuck on the pieces; if needed, use baking soda paste to scour the blade. Wipe dry thoroughly with a clean towel to avoid rust. Wipe down the base with a cloth dampened with dishwashing soap. Repeat the process without the dishwashing soap. DO NOT immerse the electrical base in the water. Microwave Fill a bowl with water and a few slices of lemon. Place the bowl in the center of the microwave, set the microwave for three minutes on high power. Let the lemon water sit inside the microwave for three or more minutes. The steam from the lemon water will help loosen the food spills. continued on page 66

Talladega Time

One False Move Recently, my son Tyler and I went to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama to drive a NASCAR race car, in celebration of his 19th birthday. Under the watchful eye of a professional driver in the passenger seat, we took turns driving a race car around the world’s fastest track. Standing five stories high and banked at 33 degrees, the Talladega track allowed us to reach speeds that topped 170 miles per hour. Driving that fast felt just like my early experiences in the operating room; I was both exhilarated and frightened. One false move would spell disaster.

Grief and Joy I became a doctor because I wanted to be in people’s lives in those moments I believe really matter. I was drawn to OB/GYN because I am awed to witness the miracle of birth, and drawn to help in the sudden emergencies that require my utmost concentration and ability. The moment when a baby is ready to leave his or her mother’s body, so much is at stake.

Racing to Save a Life This Wednesday morning, a call from the delivery room nurse woke me up at 4 o’clock. A laboring patient had just arrived at the hospital. She was bleeding, nowhere close to delivering, and her baby’s heart rate was faltering. Her baby was dying. I told the nurse to set up the operating room for an As we heal, we see this emergency c-section. I ran to my car and screeched out of my driveway. simple truth: The tears we shed

by Mike Litrel, MD

Dr. Mike Litrel is a national speaker and author on the faith-health connection, and a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in pelvic reconstructive surgery at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists. Dr. Litrel can be reached at

Will we celebrate the miracle or grieve the tragedy?

But as I have matured, I have come to understand this: Every moment at funerals are the confetti of our life hangs in the balance. We It was Talladega time. used in Heaven. are just as much at the junction of life and death in this very moment I am careful when I drive fast. as we are in any surgical emergency. I gathered speed, hazard lights We live biologically mortal lives, and none of us are promised flashing, punching a few red lights along the empty road before tomorrow. We are racing around a track, always at that point finally opening up my engine. My speedometer crawled into of losing control, never knowing when our lives will be some high numbers. Already this week I had witnessed the shattered. unexpected loss of an 18-week pregnancy, and the pain a mother and family experience when hope is shattered. Life is fragile. The image of the baby’s death earlier in the week and my patient’s grief dogged my thoughts that day like I didn’t want to see any more. a fragment of a song I couldn’t shake from my mind. How does a family survive the loss of a baby, just before the baby This wasn’t fun like a birthday lap around the racetrack with shower? my son. When I reached the hospital, I ran up the stairs, arriving just as the patient was being placed on the operating As we endeavor to relieve our suffering, we reach out for room table. By the time I had washed my hands and caught my answers. When we pay attention, God does answer, and breath, the anesthesia team had done their job. I could make the answer is always the same. Our lives are not biological the incision. In less than a minute, the baby’s head could be accidents — they are spiritual inevitabilities. We are each a lifted free. The baby’s arm, when I grasped it, had the muscle manifestation of God’s Love, and we are thus each blessed tone of a live baby — not the terrifying ragdoll floppiness that signifies with spiritual immortality. unconsciousness, or even death. Grief — no matter the pain — is a spiritual gift, once we understand. This baby was okay. I breathed a sigh of relief and profound thanks. However, my blood pressure remained elevated the rest of the day. West Canton | july 2013 38 My

As we heal, we see this simple truth: The tears we shed at funerals are the confetti used in Heaven.


A Child Custody Order

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by J. Daran Burns In my family law practice, I seek to help clients obtain an initial custody order that will work long term. Often though, as children grow up, parents move, or life changes happen, the original custody arrangement does not work and the order J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns needs to be modified. In order & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He to change custody, you need a can be reached at (770) 956-1400. court order. Even if both parents agree to change custody, the original order remains in effect until a judge says otherwise. Clients have called me numerous times and said the other parent has failed to abide by a verbal agreement to change custody. Unfortunately, I have to inform those clients that the verbal agreement the parties reached was unenforceable because a court order was never issued changing custody. Before you can obtain a court order, you need a reason to change custody. The parent who wishes to change custody must show the court that something important to the child’s well-being has changed since the original custody award was issued. I have encountered numerous scenarios where custody needs to be changed. Some of the more common are where a child reaches 14 years of age and decides to live with the other parent, one parent moves, or one parent is no longer providing for the child’s best interests. Once you determine that custody needs to be changed, there are two ways to obtain a court order. One, the parties may present a written agreement to the judge, specifying which parent will have custody; or, two, the parties can let the judge decide which parent will have custody at a contested hearing. Where both parties agree, a detailed agreement can be prepared and signed by both parents. Georgia law requires that all custody agreements contain certain terms. A judge must review the agreement to ensure not only that it contains the required terms but also that it is in the child’s best interests. An agreement drafted by an attorney is far more likely to be approved by the judge. Sometimes one parent thinks it is in the child’s best interest to modify custody, but the other parent disagrees. A contested modification of the custody case requires one parent to file a petition with the court and serve the other parent. The parent seeking to change custody must convince the court that circumstances affecting the child have changed since the continued on page 66 West Canton | july 2013 40 My

by Suzanne Taylor Recently, I attended a Market 334 festival and bought a HappiLife “Lake Happi” t-shirt. This shirt makes me so “Happi” dreaming about summertime fun that I had to reach out and find out more about the inspiration behind this company. When HappiLife creator and owner Deanne Murphy graduated from college, she started making original t-shirts by sewing on fabric peace sign designs and “Save the Earth” slogans. A hippie at heart, she loved her hobby, but it just didn’t pay the bills. Luckily, Deanne’s job at an ad agency and the best boss ever, inspired her to learn graphic design and follow her dreams. Years later, with her family’s support, she learned screenprinting by hand and, through trial and error, she created t-shirt designs and sayings she loved. Deanne drew her inspiration from the happiest, most peaceful time in her life, which was her youth in Saratoga, Calif. She loved her smiley face shirt from the 70s, so she designed her own smiley Happi guy. Her “Beach Happi” and “Lake Happi” are two of her best sellers, and she thinks it might be because people are at peace and relaxed at those places. At $24 each, her shirts are extremely soft and hold up well. Each shirt is made by hand with dignity and love. HappiLife offers a wide range of designs covering yoga, baseball, running and many Happi sayings and quotes that you can choose from — or she can create something specific for you! And feel free to choose whatever color ink you want as well. I can’t wait to get the “Lax Happi” shirt to wear to my son’s lacrosse games. She also has lyrics from songs, like, “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane,” by Jimmy Buffet, “All You Need is Love,” and a few others you might recognize. After just starting six months ago, HappiLife now has distribution on Etsy at and at the following local locations: Market 334 in Cumming; Carta Bella at The Collection at Forsyth; Winey Blonde Boutique in Woodstock; Sis & Moon’s in Alpharetta, and Ella B in Suwannee. Check out the HappiLife Facebook page at to see her upcoming local shows and other retail distributions.

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When you think of Scouting, what comes to mind? Camping…Pine Wood Derby…Crafts…Boy Scout Popcorn… and, who can forget, Girl Scout Cookies? But that is such a small part of the picture. The ultimate goal of scouts is to create good people, citizens and leaders. To that end, both programs encourage community service, which involves good leadership skills. Many Scouting troops participate in numerous community outreach projects, such as giving to animal shelters, creating and maintaining school gardens, lake clean-up, helping with Special Olympics and much more! While many of these projects can be fun, as Scouts enter into their high school years, these community projects and badges earned create a very extensive and impressive résumé for college and beyond. “The goal of my Eagle Project was to relocate the flag pole of Hickory Flat Fellowship Church and illuminate it so it can be flown 24 hours every day. This was accomplished by digging a hole for the new location, digging up the pole, cementing it in the new location, digging a trench to the pole and laying subterranean wire to the new light fixtures I installed. The project is necessary because the church currently flies their flag night and day; however, the flag currently has no illumination, and this is a flag code violation. Also the pole is too close to the playground and this could be a problem because the light fixtures would be a safety problem.” Grant Gollner

“My Eagle project was to measure and paint parking lot spaces, including adding two handicap spaces, at the Hickory Flat Masonic Lodge. I learned that by working as a group a great deal more can be accomplished in a brief period of time, but it really requires effective communication and leadership. Working as an individual is easier, but it’s not nearly as productive. During the planning phase we made several changes to project, so it was important that I communicated so everyone understood the goals and their responsibilities. It was a challenging project, but I learned a great deal about planning and organization. I also enjoyed meeting the members of the lodge and I am grateful for all their tremendous support.” Joe Murray

Troop 241 is celebrating its 60th year as a member of the Boy Scouts of America and being a part of the Canton Community. They meet every Tuesday at McCanless Park off Muriel Street in Canton. Michael Gustafson (L) and Jake Syers (R)

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The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn and encourages girls to lead with courage, confidence and character. Nationally, only about 5 percent of Girl Scout Senior/Ambassador level girls receive this award. (L to R) Madison Griffin, Chloe Heidt, Christina Herd

“I graduated from Sequoyah High School in May, and will be attending Georgia Tech next year, where I will major in Industrial Engineering in order to (hopefully) work in public health. My Girl Scout Gold Award project was titled Friends for Fitness. The goal of Friends for Fitness was to raise awareness of obesity in populations with intellectual disabilities. Individuals, especially children, with special needs have a much higher chance of suffering from obesity than you or me. In order to reduce these chances,…I invited agencies that offer fitness programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities to an event I created, called the Friends for Fitness Fair. My project made my senior year extremely memorable. It allowed me to improve my communication and time-management skills. While the Gold Award allowed me to become a better individual, it also opened many doors. I feel like my Girl Scout Gold Award set me apart from other college applicants and gave me options for my post-secondary education. My project also gave me a job! The Gold Award was one of the greatest experiences of my life so far.”   Christina Herd “I created a Health and Hygiene coloring book to teach children in third-world countries ways to live a healthier life, such as the importance of shoes, mosquito nets, and purifying their water. The book was delivered to local children in Tanzania, Africa. Not only will children share the knowledge they learned from their books with family and friends, we also donated books to schools with hundreds of kids. These books will be cherished for years to come, and kids for many generations will share their knowledge and be exposed to the potentially life-saving information. After seeing my book at the Gold Award Ceremony, I had two different groups ask to take my book to other countries — Kenya and Haiti. This project was a great experience for me. It has helped me to get scholarships and make me a better candidate for jobs. More than that, however, the experience of making this book — between creatively intertwining the information with a fun format and budgeting my time to get everything done — I have learned many significant life skills that will also help me for years to come.” Chloe Heidt “My project involved a program that is important to me, the MUST Summer Lunch Program. The summer lunch program ensures that students that would have received a free or reduced price lunch during the school year are given lunch during the summer. Another of my interests has been making films. In my senior year I made several video skits for our high school news program. So, it was only natural for my Gold Award project to be a film. I created a video on the summer lunch program. This video describes how the program works, how important it is in the community, and includes interviews with some of the volunteers. The purpose of the video is to educate people who may be interested in becoming volunteers themselves. The film is now used in several counties as a type of recruiting tool. I am very proud of this project and it solidified my goal to attend college as a dual film/media communications major at the University of Georgia. It was amazing to see how my film could make a difference in the program.” Madison Griffin 45

My name is Kellie Porch, and I have been teaching Montessori for ten years. I received my initial certification in the Montessori method from the North American Montessori Center and continued thereafter at Kennesaw State University. My professor at Kennesaw State, Dr. Feland Meadows, received his training in Italy from Dr. Elisabeth Caspari, who was trained by the originator of the Montessori method as surrounding philosophy, Dr. Maria Montessori. This direct connection from the source of Montessori provides me with an untainted knowledge of this highly successful method of teaching. In addition to Bella Montessori providing a rich environment for your children, the school also has an enhanced reading environment, by means of a reading therapy dog. By sitting down next to a dog, a child relaxes and focuses on reading. Any fear of being judged is put aside, and the self-esteem of the child builds. The child associates reading with something pleasant. Contact Bella Montessori for more information on this unique educational experience and to schedule a tour.

After an exhaustive search for the right school, we found Bella Montessori. It is a small gem of learning nestled right here in our community. Not only is our child thriving academically, but she has a true love for the journey of learning. She embraces challenging work with confidence and excitement, and loves school so much that she wishes to continue throughout the summer! Bella Montessori has created a peaceful learning environment infused with laughter and love: We know our daughter is being both nurtured and challenged when she is there. We truly feel blessed.

What is Bella Montessori? Bella Montessori is a school using the Montessori method, an education system based on two powerful, unique ideas that are supported by a hundred years of academic success and current scientific research: the child works as a self motivated, active learner while the school provides an environment that promotes this methodology. The goal of a Montessori classroom is to enable children to learn through active exploration based on their choices. In other words, allowing them to follow their “inner self.”

Jack and Theresa Shampine

Pineapple Coulis • 2 cups diced pineapple • ½ bunch cilantro (bottom stems Removed) • ½ bunch green onions • 2 Tbs. lime juice • ½ tsp. salt & pepper

Directions: Wahoo & Shrimp • 8 oz. Wahoo filet, seasoned with your favorite blackening seasoning • 4 Large shrimp, shelled to the tail and de-veined, salt and pepper to taste 48 My West Canton | july 2013

Put all Pineapple Coulis ingredients in a blender and purée. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to sauce pan and grill Wahoo filet side down for two minutes on mediumhigh heat. Grill shrimp on medium heat until desired doneness.

Jason Liford is the Executive Chef at Downtown Kitchen and has been an integral part of the staff for nearly six years. Jason fell in love with cooking at the age of 16 and is a lifelong Cherokee County resident and graduate of Cherokee High School. He brings his love and passion for food to Downtown Kitchen and enjoys providing these seasonal recipes to the community. He hopes you enjoy them too!

This recipe is perfect for July gatherings of friends and family because it is easy to prepare. This dish pairs well with a chilled Chardonnay.

To Plate: Spoon two tablespoons of Pineapple Coulis on to plate. Place Wahoo with Shrimp on top and drizzle more Pineapple Coulis over fish and shrimp. The Pineapple Coulis goes well with your favorite fish, shrimp, scallops or other light dish. 49

America’s sin

Of Forgetting God Deuteronomy 8: 1-20 A Commentary by Rev. Norman R. Hunt What has happened to this marvelous nation of ours in this 21st century of God’s grace? We seem to be passing through a sea of trouble — morally, economically and politically which has no counterpart in the history of our beloved country. Rev. Norman R. Hunt is the Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church.

Corruption in government, moral decay and perversion of every kind, increased divorce, crime, sexual permissiveness and pornography, the increasing use of drugs and alcohol are characteristic of modern day America. The reason is very apparent to those of us who are Christians. The trouble with America is that as a nation we have forgotten God. For with all our scientific and technological advances, ours is an age which lacks any great faith in God. Men are no longer motivated by a desire to do the will of God. They no longer seek spiritual guidance, but follow the vain ways of a secular world. If our nation is to be saved, there must be a return to God — a revival of our faith. Our only hope lies in God. We need to hear God’s voice and turn to Him before it is too late. The future of our beloved country lies in the hands of our present generation. Before the next generation takes place, America may be past the point of no return. As we celebrate this wonderful country of America this July 4th, please be reminded we need God’s blessing more than ever!

The “Shroom” Of Doom

by Dawn Mason, DVM Mushrooms are found everywhere; they invade our grass, parks and forests. Although pets and people might think they are tasty, mushrooms can deliver a deadly blow to our furry friends. Some mushrooms have a fishy Dr. Dawn Mason is a 1999 graduate of taste which intrigues our pets Auburn University College of Veterinary into eating them. More than Medicine and practices at BridgeMill 99 percent of mushrooms Animal Hospital. (770) 479-2200 have little toxicity to pets and people. The issue arises in the identification of poisonous versus non-poisonous mushrooms. Deadly mushrooms can be found growing right next to safe mushrooms and may look identical. Differentiating a mushroom should be left up to the experts. Ideally, a mycologist (someone who studies mushrooms) can decipher the good from the bad. Regardless, if you know your pet has eaten a certain mushroom, wrap it in a damp paper towel and take the pet and the “shroom” to the vet. Treat ALL mushrooms as toxic. The risks are deadly if you sit back and do nothing. Clinical signs from mushroom poisoning depend on the species of mushrooms. Some clinical signs include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. More serious consequences are disorientation, stupor, tremors, seizures, coma and death. If an animal presents with a known ingestion, vomiting should be induced. If the whole mushroom comes up in the vomit, then your veterinarian will decide if further treatments are necessary. Mushroom toxicity can lead to kidney and liver failure so blood work may be recommended. Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, decontamination with charcoal may be given along with intravenous fluids for supportive care. Injectable drugs are ideal for pets that are drooling or experiencing seizures. With early treatment mushroom ingestion has a good prognosis overall. Inducing vomiting and lavaging the stomach can place everyone’s mind at ease. Some mushrooms are so toxic that even treating may lead to an unfortunate outcome. Some symptoms may not become evident until several days later, if liver or kidneys are damaged. Your pet may have an increase in thirst and urination as the first sign of concern. Regardless, if you witness your pet grazing the back yard and the mushrooms have been disturbed, act quickly and get to the veterinarian.

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Don’t Bug Me!

by Carole May

Sounds rude to you? Well, I guess that saying would be true if what happened to me happened to you. It was a normal day for me. I did my usual Cinderella housewife chores, minus the mice helpers. I then went to visit Carole May is a freelance writer for my granddaughters. As I was My West Canton Monthly. Email her at driving home, I noticed that the seat next to me, which was previously vacant, was now occupied. LOL! The middle child had earlier pleaded her case for a sleepover at our home. My answer to her question was a no brainer, so I wasn’t driving home alone. The remaining afternoon was busy doing fun things. By night fall this writer, along with her shadow, climbed into bed exhausted. Lights out and a few pages of the “Velveteen Rabbit” was the perfect recipe for a little girl’s sleep. I thought to myself, “Time to unwind.” I grabbed my book along with a flash light and began to read. All of a sudden, something hit the top of my PJs and attached itself. I immediately jumped up to see a huge black bug that resembled the shape of a drone. My first thought was that this creature was a scout for the government. Was I a possible Taliban threat? Yes! My imagination was out of control from being overtired. I rushed into the bathroom and shook the moving object onto a floral pattern rug. Now I had a difficult time locating the bugger. Frantically I searched on my hands and knees and finally trapped it in a urine sample container, which by the way, and with all the excitement, I could have filled in no time. I then carefully placed the closed container on the counter and left the room. It was now 2 a.m. I lay in bed looking up at the ceiling waiting for a squadron of its relatives to pounce on me. With that thought in mind, I got out of bed once again to see if the creature was still alive. To my surprise, it was still moving. It didn’t need air to survive. The thought that this insect didn’t need air immediately shortened my breath. Once again my imagination began working. I started to feel sorry for this moving thing. Did nature need this bug to continue “the circle of life?” Then again, I thought about its mother! Would she come to get her baby? Unable to sleep with all these thoughts running through my mind, I found myself standing at the front door and flinging (what I was later informed of was a gigantic cricket) into the darkness. Yep! A camping trip is definitely out of the question for Carole May, the city girl. Don’t bug me! West Canton | july 2013 52 My

How to find The Right Putter

by Shane Newton, PGA Professional, Highlands Course at Lake Arrowhead Most golfers are always one Shane Newton is the General Manager round away from replacing at Lake ArrowHead Yacht & Country their putter and/or driver. If Club. He can be reached at you are in the market for a new (770) 721-7913., putter, there are seemingly infinite choices. There are more different types of putters than any other golf club. Luckily, there are several common factors to consider that help make your choice a little easier. First and most important of all is the feel of the putter. Don’t let the look of a putter be the main determining factor. Just because a putter does not look like your old one doesn’t mean you should not try it. Many of the new putters out now are not traditional looking. Their looks are based mostly on physics and how that putter can help you putt the ball straighter. Unfortunately, too often the main determining factor for buying a new putter is price and brand. Of course, we all have a budget but price and/or brand should not be the reason for selecting (arguably) the most important single club in golf. You use your putter more than any other club in your bag during a round. Golfers don’t think twice about spending hundreds of dollars on a driver that they will only hit 14 times, at the most, during their round. These same golfers balk at a putter that costs $150 that they probably use 36 times during their round. When you look at it like this, where do you think your money is best spent? This year we received many new putters in our golf shop. We tried all of the new putters so we could answer questions and explain their benefits. Of course I had some potential favorites when we walked out the door, based entirely on their looks. However, after trying them on the putting green, I had a completely different list of favorites. If there was any pattern for the ones I liked, it seemed to be the “uglier” the putter looked (or technically the least traditional looking) the better I putted with it. There are several other factors to consider when shopping for a putter but the main thing to remember is feel, and is the most important factor to consider. Once you have a general idea of what you are looking for, stop by and see your local PGA professional. Have them look at your putting stroke while you talk with them about your putting style and what you like in a putter. They will be more than happy to help you find the best putter for you! Play Better! Play More!

Parenting Not for Wimps!

by Vicki Knight-Mathis, MD I have often said that “parenting is the most rewarding yet most challenging job in the world!” From the time that little baby comes home from the hospital until that teenager graduates from high school, we must continually refine our parenting skills to shape our children’s behavior so that they can grow up to be well rounded contributing citizens of our society.

for most of us who decide to have children, we were not born to parent those little bundles of joy that come home from the hospital, and I have even joked that “we need to register to vote and we need a license to drive, yet there is no registration or licensing required to have children and become parents.” Most of us bring “baggage” from our childhood into our parenting role. Some of which may be good, such as, “My parents were the best and I hope I can do as well with my children as they did with me.” Others may not be so good, such as, “There is no way I am going to be like my parents.” I suspect that the reality is usually somewhere in the middle. There are some behaviors we would do well to use in parenting and some that we may not want to use.

Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and has practiced in the pediatric field for more than 17 years. 2920 Marietta Highway, Suite 142, Canton (770) 7040057,

I have seen some really great parents; you know the ones that seem to be able to direct their children to do exactly what they need to do while supporting their children’s self-esteem. But

I think parenting in this decade has some challenges that were not present when we were children. These include: loss of the extended family, increase in electronic media, increase in single parenting and two parent working families, and increased educational and recreational opportunities for children. So, personally, what did my parents do right and what do I want to teach my children? I want them to know that they are important. That God created them and only them for a certain continued on page 67

by Christopher Anderson, MD School’s out and the heat of summer has certainly kicked in. It’s time for some rest and relaxation. It’s time to let our worries go and just chill by the water. But, we can’t be completely carefree. We must all be mindful of the dangers that can occur at poolside or at the lake. Every year, thousands drown or are injured in water-related accidents that could have been prevented. Follow these general water tips to help stay safe in, on and around the water.

Water Safety Tips: • • •

Learn to swim. Enroll your child in a swimming course. There are lessons available for all ages. Never swim alone. Even good swimmers can have an unexpected medical emergency in the water. Supervise children at all times, even when a lifeguard is present. Use of a floatation device cannot replace parental supervision. Learn CPR and make sure that others who care for your child know CPR, too. If can be the difference between life and death.

Drowning is not the only danger with swimming pools or lakes. If you see storm clouds or hear thunder, get out of the water immediately to avoid electrocution. Also, contaminated pool water can make you sick. So, for other’s sake, don’t swim if you are sick and don’t swim with open wounds or sores. It is also a good practice to shower before you swim. To ensure a safe summer and fun-filled days at the pool and lake, make yourself knowledgeable of these water safety guidelines. As they say, “Better safe than sorry.” *Information obtained from and National SafetyCouncil.

Keep Your Pool Safe: • • • • • •

Have a phone near the pool at all times. Enclose your pool completely with a fence that has a self-closing, latching gate. Have basic lifesaving equipment (pole, rope and floatation devices) and know how to use them. Keep toys away from the pool when not in use. Toys attract young children into the water. Remove pool covers completely prior to pool use. Don’t run near the pool, push others, or dive or jump into unfamiliar or shallow water.

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

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Your Face To Just Anyone? by Drs. James E. Leake, E. Anthony Musarra and Michael Petrosky Some celebrities give plastic surgery a bad reputation, especially when it comes to facelifts. People see overdone celebrities and assume that all facelift procedures create a drastic “wind-blown” look. But as we tell all our facelift patients, this doesn’t have to be the case.

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,

Most people don’t notice welldone plastic surgery. That’s because it’s subtle. Drastic changes look unnatural, as we’ve all seen in too many procedures. Treatment should be strategic and performed in moderation. A good facelift doesn’t change the face but enhances it by correcting signs of aging. Natural-looking results are ensured by evaluating how a person’s face has aged. A good plastic surgeon will identify

areas that are drooping and where corrections can be made to restore a firm and realistic-looking appearance. It is also recommended to assess whether a patient would benefit from broader improvements or smaller corrections to specific areas. Evaluating muscle laxity and how facial fat contributes to an aged look are also part of a thorough analysis. Finally, skillful implementation should allow a person to look like a younger version of herself/himself. Men or women seeking to refresh their face with a new look and rid themselves of wrinkles and sagging skin can find a wide range of treatment options. For those who don’t want to undergo surgery and are looking for a non-invasive treatment, the “liquid facelift” using Botox and injectable facial fillers could be the answer. It is becoming more popular as more patients learn about it. Aging skin can be unattractive. Resurfacing procedures with lasers, chemical peels, and dermabrasion can take years off patients’ appearance. For lighter treatments, medical estheticians can polish the skin to make it glow. Facial plastic surgery is a unique way to impact your life. Improving your appearance so that you look younger and more vibrant can also have a major impact on how you feel about yourself. Whether you are considering a full or mini facelift, eyelift or browlift, consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will listen carefully to your areas of concerns is key.

Each summer, Goshen Valley holds a rigorous, fun and hands-on Summer Academy for our young men! Whether they are playing sports, visiting the lake or learning how to suture pigs’ feet, our young men are active and learning! Here are just some of the things our guys are doing this summer:

• Credit Recovery and Initial Credit through Cherokee County School District

• Career Development

• Summer Work Program at Irongate, Lake Arrowhead Golf Course and Cowboy Church

• Digital & Social Media

• Sports, Games and Outdoor Activities

• Science & Math

• Karate

• Facilities & Auto Maintenance

• Leadership Development

• Field Trips • College Visits

Thank you to all of our volunteers, community members and employers who, through your support, have become a vital part of accomplishing our mission! (770) 796-4618 West Canton | july 2013 62 My

(770) 345-3288 After the arrival of the railroad in 1879, Canton grew by leaps and bounds with new industries and citizens. It was decided to take advantage of this growth, so a subscription was started by several citizens to raise $100,000 in order to build a cotton mill. R.T. Jones, founder of the Jones Mercantile, put up the first $25,000 and other citizens, including William Galt, George and W.A. Teasley, Benjamin F. Perry and Thomas Hutcherson, put up at least $1,000 each. By January 1900, construction had begun on the building located on the Etowah River



Photo 1: Mill employees in front of the original mill on Railroad Street before 1910. Note the very young male and female employees in the front row, which was common throughout the Southeast at this time. By 1906, Georgia’s Child Labor Law forbade the employment of anyone under 10 years old.   Photo 2: Aerial of Canton Cotton Mill #2 and surrounding mill village. This is currently the Canton Mill Lofts.

New Temporary Exhibit

on Railroad Street. The new cotton mill began to make denim cloth, using more than 40 bales of cotton per day. In 1923, the Canton Cotton Mill expanded to two mills, with the second mill being built on Highway 5. This new mill would be larger, at almost 600 feet long and three stories tall. In August of that same year, the Cherokee Advance newspaper advertised the need for more than 600 new employees for the new mill. The second mill became operational in June 1924. 64 My West Canton | july 2013

June 5 — September 14 Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center 100 North Street, Suite 140 Downtown Canton Free and Open to the Public

(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

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Canton Wellness Center

305 Quiet Hill Lane Woodstock (404) 310-3959 Party/Event Planning

1558 Marietta Highway, Suite 100 Canton (770) 720-4090 Chiropractors

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Cherokee County Aquatic Center

MUST Ministries

P. O. Box 2349 Acworth (770) 728-8520 Pest Control

Exit 11 — Sixes Road off I-575 (770) 924-7768 Government — County

111 Brown Industrial Parkway Canton (770) 479-5397 Nonprofit Organization

Integrated Financial Advisory

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Canton Counseling

2205 Riverstone Boulevard, Suite 256 Canton (770) 720-8088 Financial Planning, Insurance

2205 Riverstone Boulevard, Suite 257 Canton (678) 493-2115 Insurance

310 Paper Trail Way Canton (678) 880-4645 Counseling Services

Good Morning Cherokee Thursday, August 1, 7 a.m. Sponsored by: Cherokee Bank Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg. 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration: $15; No Reservation: $20; Non-Members: $25 RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on July 30.

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Tuesday, August 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sponsored by: WellStar Location: Towne Lake Imaging Center, 120 Stonebridge Parkway, Suite 300, Woodstock There is no charge to attend. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on August 23. 65

. . . Know About Power Surges

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consider is to install a power strip surge protector that is rated to handle higher surges than the basic extension cord with five or six outlets on the end of it. You can purchase a surge protector strip with a UL rating of at least 1449 from your local hardware store. Although there is no surge protector on the market that will completely protect your house from a direct lightning strike, installing a surge protector in your panel will protect you from the day-to-day surges that could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement of electrical items that are essential to your everyday activities.

School Board News

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people with seven sets of ideas and goals. However, we need to come together as seven people and focus on what our goal as a school board is — teaching and learning for the more than 39,000 children who will enter our schools next month. If we are unable to do that, we are doing not only ourselves a disservice but also the students of this county an even bigger disservice.

Brushing Up on Styling Tools

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has an air cushion that means the padding and bristles are designed to collapse when they meet resistance. This keeps the brush from breaking, stretching, or splitting long hair. Also, the bristles design allows the cuticle to lie flat, making it perfect for smoothing and detangling hair without adding volume. The paddle brush is also a great scalp massager! Cushioned Brush This brush is ideal for medium-length to long hair that is naturally straight or delicate, but also works well with medium-length curly hair. Designed similar to the paddle brush with a soft cushion, a flat back, and regular or balled tipped bristles, this brushes’ air-filled cushion acts as a shock absorber and protects the hair and scalp from aggressive brushing. Another reason to choose a cushioned brush is to smooth (without creating lift or volume) short to mediumlength hair that is not too thick or dense. For detangling dry unmanageable hair, the cushioned brush is also the way to go. Who knew choosing a hairbrush would be such a complicated process? If you’re still unsure which brush type is right for you, be sure to consult with your stylist.

. . . Buy a New Computer?

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will allow you to upgrade just about any component and gain better performance in specific areas, replace failed parts, and generally provide a longer lifespan. Another benefit of these upgrades is that 66 My West Canton | july 2013

they are fairly easy to do and can even be fun. If you can cook a meal, you can probably install a new PC component. Tablets and other mobile devices surely have their place, but desktop computers still do, too. A lot of commentary lately has been on fewer sales of new desktop computers. Part of this is due to the fact that desktop computers last so long and can be upgraded and repaired rather than replaced. I don’t believe desktop computers are going anywhere any time soon.

Between the Hedges

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other debris from close to the house. Cracks and crevices can be caulked to limit their points of entry. Install door sweeps beneath all exterior doors. Consider using a dehumidifier to dry out the environment. Once in the house, the easiest and safest control is to sweep or vacuum them up. I think centipedes and millipedes are fascinating creatures. Remember, they are more of a nuisance than a hazard. Simple control measures can keep them outside where they belong. If you have questions about centipedes or millipedes, contact the Cherokee County Extension office at (770) 479-0418 or

Cleaning with Gemma

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Remove turntable, soak in warm soapy water. Use a sponge and the same solution to clean microwave walls, and a toothbrush to scrub the wheels, corners and edges. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. To clean the exterior, use the sponge dipped in warm soapy water, wipe clean, and dry completely the front and sides of the microwave. For stainless steel microwaves, do the same process, then polish the front using stainless steel cleaner (be sure to follow the grain). Blender/Food Processor Unplug the machine. Remove all removable parts. Place in the sink with warm water mixed with dishwashing detergent. Clean removable parts using a nylon brush to remove food particles. Rinse in warm water, and wipe dry with a clean towel. Meanwhile, clean the base. Use a damp towel with a drop of dishwashing soap to wipe clean the base. Repeat the process without the soap. Wipe dry thoroughly.

Modifyng A Child Custody Order

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original order was issued and it is in the child’s best interest for the original court order to be modified. If your current custody order is no longer in your child’s best interest, it can be changed. I encourage you to speak with the other parent and an attorney to determine the best way to modify the order for you and your child.

Parenting — Not for Wimps!

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purpose. That my life is more fulfilled because I am their parent. To respect other people, their environment and themselves. They can make a difference in their community, country and world. Finally that many things that are worthwhile will require blood, sweat and tears. So identify your values. What your child sees in your life is worth a thousand words. Setting boundaries and limits is necessary. Finally know that parenting is not for wimps and that some children are easier to parent than others. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it — your family and your child are worth it!



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