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Market Director Janet Ponichtera


2013 Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our Cherokee County teachers!

Summer Camp Guide Plan ahead & head off summer boredom

10th Annual Kentucky Derby Day Hosted by the Cherokee County Historical Society

Reinhardt University Tour of Homes

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April 27, 2013 — Hawks Ridge Golf Club

2013 My Community Favorites Winners


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4 My Woodstock 6 Library news 6 Contest Corner 8 Community news 12 Calendar 14 Celebrations 16 School Information 18 School news 30 The View From City Hall 34 Main Street Woodstock 36 What’s cookin’ in the community 73 Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

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Photographer Jack Tuszynski Writers Dr. Nasir Asghar, Kyle Bennett, Gemma Beylouny, J. Daran Burns, Jyl Craven, Shannon Dobson, Dr. Jeff Donohue, Dr. Kyle Edwards, Louise Estabrook, Dr. Scott R. Harden, Fred Hawkins, Donnie Henriques, Johnny M. Hunt, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Scott Lavelle, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. Mike Litrel, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Dr. Vishant Nath, Raymond Oliver, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Jeff Sousa, Suzanne Taylor, Laurie Troublefield

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WOODSTOCK Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage (250 Heritage Walk, Woodstock) held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the grand opening of its new Woodstock office. According to its website, the company’s goal in the new real estate environment is to lead the growing trend of companies and agents redirecting their marketing and advertising dollars to better serve buyers and sellers at the local level and not on national branding campaigns for a national franchisor. Ed Cordrey is managing broker of the new Woodstock location, which currently staffs approximately 35 real estate agents. (770) 265-2581, www. cherokee-woodstock Let’s Make Music is a new nonprofit music school program based in Woodstock. Currently, the program offers lessons in voice and 34 instruments, including a new harp program. The directors are seeking students and a classroom.

Market Street has officially opened in Downtown Woodstock. Market Street is the first section of road to open in the downtown grid network as part of a major infrastructure improvement project. A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Market Street was hosted by Main Street Woodstock.

Woodstock West by Walton (735 Market St., Woodstock) held a ribbon cutting and unveiling celebration recently for the new apartment community in Downtown Woodstock. The apartments began leasing in February. Woodstock West by Walton offers upscale loft, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes in the heart of Downtown Woodstock’s popular shopping, dining and entertainment district. The Woodstock West by Walton leasing office is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. (678) 946-0011, Connect Woodstock is a new citizen communications platform designed in partnership by the City of Woodstock and PublicStuff, a CRM (customer relationship management) software company. Connect Woodstock is the official civic engagement tool that will allow residents to access important city information, submit service requests and report issues, and track their requests online and via their mobile phones. The City of Woodstock enlisted the services of PublicStuff to create the app and digital communications solution. The technology also helps the City to manage and improve the efficiency in which they respond to service requests, as well as create widgets and customizable information important to Woodstock citizens — including City of Woodstock happenings, emergency weather alerts, city administration information, and more. PublicStuff’s One Voice software also features a time translation feature, allowing Woodstock residents and City staff who don’t speak the same language to work together to build a better community. Residents can report an issue in more than 16 languages, including Spanish. Connect Woodstock is a free app and is available in the Apple and Google app stores for immediate use.

Little River United Methodist Church (12455 Hwy. 92, Woodstock) is seeking vendors for its Community Yard Sale & Market, scheduled for 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 13, at the church parking lot. Vendor booths are available for $10 and $20 each. The event is open to the public. All proceeds will benefit abused and neglected foster children in Cherokee County., 4

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Hickory Flat l Rose Creek l Woodstock

aprilEvents Free VITA Tax Prep Assistance April 6, All Day, Hickory Flat Library April 13, All Day, Rose Creek Library April 7, All Day, Woodstock Public Library

Week of April 14: “Flutter, Buzz, Zoom” Week of April 21: “What Can You Do with a Tail Like This?”

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

Hickory Flat Library Family Story Times — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Calling All Superheroes! April 10, 3 p.m. Rose Creek Library

Rose Creek Library Family Story Times — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

The library is under attack! We need your help to defend it! Join in superhero games and crafts. Children ages 8-12 are invited to attend; registration is required.

Woodstock Public Library Family Story Times — Wednesdays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Lapsit Story Times — Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Reading Dogs April 10, 17 & 24, 4:30 p.m. Hickory Flat Library April 11 & 25, 4:30 p.m. Woodstock Public Library These 10- to 15- minute programs encourage children to read by providing a non-judgmental furry listener who won’t laugh if they make a mistake or stumble over a word. Children begin to associate reading with the dog and start to view the activity in a positive light. Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by calling the corresponding library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time. For more information, please call (770) 479-3090, extension 235.

Hickory Flat Library 2740 E. Cherokee Drive — (770) 345-7565 M,T & Th: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Wed: 12–8 p.m. Fri: 1–5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun: CLOSED

Rose Creek Library 4476 Towne Lake Parkway — (770) 591-1491 M–W: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Th: 12–8 p.m. Fri: 1–5 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun: CLOSED

Woodstock Public Library

Contest Corner Find the hidden picture

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

Evann Conrad was our winner for March’s contest corner. Evann has won a gift card to Bub-Ba-Q. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year.


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Brian Stockton Named Economic Development Director

Brian Stockton recently was hired as the City of Woodstock’s new Economic Development director. Stockton previously served as City Planner for the City of Woodstock. In addition, Stockton’s prior experience included serving as employment coordinator with Rosser International and interning at the City of Marietta Development Services Department and the Cobb County Department of Transportation. In his new role as director of Economic Development for the City of Woodstock, Stockton also will serve as the director of the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority and manager of the Main Street program. Stockton replaced Billy Peppers, who resigned in November 2012 to become the special assistant to the commissioner for Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Stockton has a Master of City and Regional Planning (Urban Design Specialization) degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from Kennesaw State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Congress for New Urbanism. “Brian has played a key role in the development of Downtown Woodstock,” said Mayor Donnie Henriques. “From his involvement in the Downtown Master Plan, LCI Plan, Greenprints Plan, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, and the newly adopted sign plan, Brian already has the knowledge to hit the ground running in his new position.”

Woodstock Resident Honored as ‘10 Under 10’ Jillian Nichols of Woodstock was recognized as one of Reinhardt University’s top “10 Under 10” alumni during its Talon Awards Gala, held recently at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta. The annual event honors 10 Reinhardt alumni from the last 10 years (2002-2012) who have been successful in business, the military, nonprofit organizations, government, and/or the arts.


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Nichols received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Reinhardt in 2004 and a master’s degree in early education from Piedmont College; currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Northcentral University. She was named Teacher of the Year at Oak Grove Elementary School, where she teaches second grade, for the current school year. Nichols tries to teach her students the importance of giving back by incorporating at least two service projects into their curriculum.

Local Resident Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Hannah Hollingsworth of Woodstock was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Hollingsworth is pursuing a degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Hollingsworth is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Woodstock Crowns Mardi Gras King, Queen

Woodstock recently crowned a Mardi Gras king and queen during the “Mardi Gras on Main” Friday Night Live event. Crowning a Mardi Gras Rhonda Pezzello and Dominique Amin king and queen has become an annual tradition in Woodstock. This year’s candidates were Dominique Amin, Jeff Armstrong, Julie Kinglsey, Rhonda Pezzello, Erin Wilson and Jason Wilson. Rhonda Pezzello, city clerk for the City of Woodstock, was crowned Mardi Gras queen; Dominique Amin, with the Bridal Exchange Boutique, was crowned Mardi Gras king.

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Home Protection Plans by Fred Hawkins

Your home is the greatest investment you may purchase in a lifetime. Your home is just like your car: It needs routine service to operate properly. Just as your car needs the brakes checked and the oil changed, your home needs the electrical panel serviced and the GIFs tested. Purchasing a Home Protection Plan will provide many benefits, including regular service and testing.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. He can be reached at (770) 735-1136 or visit

Priority service is the first benefit of an electrical Home Protection Plan. When you need electrical service, you want it fast. As a Home Protection Plan member, you and your family will be given first priority when you call your electrical company. Being a plan member is like having an electrician on call — he is ready and waiting for your call!

Electrical Safety Inspection is another benefit of a Home Protection Plan. Your family’s continued safety is our top priority. The electrical company will perform a safety inspection upon your enrollment and each year after. As long as you are enrolled in the Home Protection Plan, you will receive a complete electrical protection inspection each year to spot any new problem areas before they become a hazard to you and your family. Service, satisfaction and commitment are also part of a Home Protection Plan. The electric company that you use should make sure you are satisfied with any service it performs in your home for as long as you’re a Home Protection member. With a Home Protection Plan, you also will receive exclusive specials. From time to time, you will be able to take advantage of special offers and exclusive discounts that are offered only to Home Protection Plan members. A Home Value Booster is another benefit. Your Home Protection Plan is transferable to a new owner if you sell your home, and the peace of mind that offers to potential continued on page 74


Deadline fo r May Calend ar Events:

April 16 Free Skin Cancer Screening — Offered by Northside Hospital Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee — Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Building, 211 Hospital Road, Canton Information: Northside Hospital’s skin cancer screenings are free, but registration is required. Call (404) 845-5555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment. Register early! Spaces fill quickly. To learn more about skin cancer and latest treatment options, visit

April 18 — 20 Annual Churchwide Rummage Sale Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Heritage Presbyterian Mission & Ministry Center Gym 5323 Bells Ferry Road Information: Held by the Heritage Presbyterian Women, the sale benefits community and church projects. For more information, visit

April 20 Greenstock Day Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: The Park at City Center in Downtown Woodstock Information: Celebrate Earth Day with us! Electronic recycling; document destruction; free lunch-time concert; vendors; and a city-wide yard sale! Residents who live in the city limits are having a yard sale during Earth Week or on Earth Day; please call Woodstock Parks and Recreation at (770) 517-6788 to advertise for free! Environmentally friendly vendors needed! Please contact or call (770) 592-6000, x1702, or or call (770) 517-6788.

Snack Wars — Presented by the Canton YMCA & Northside Hospital-Cherokee (Part of the YMCA’s Annual Healthy Kids Day Community Event) Time: 1-3 p.m. Location: YMCA, 151 Waleska Street, Canton

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Information: Snack Wars is a live, snackmaking challenge. Kids take everyday food items and turn them into a healthy, delicious after-school snack. Participants are given a tub of mystery ingredients and have 12 minutes to plan and assemble a snack. Teams from seven Cherokee County middle schools and four elementary schools will compete before a live audience and a panel of three local judges. Come cheer on your school team! For more information, contact Toby Bramblett at (678) 880-3502,

April 23 Hooray for Herbs — Cherokee County Master Gardeners Seminar Time: 7 p.m. Location: Harmony on the Lakes Clubhouse Information: Learn to plan and plant an herb garden. Incorporate herbs into your landscape. Make and take some herbal delights. Please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (770) 479-0418 to register.

April 23 Annual Woodstock Marching Wolverine Golf Tournament Time: 1 p.m. shotgun start Location: Towne Lake Hills Golf Club Information: Four-man scramble, $100 per person, with proceeds going to the marching band program. The fee includes range balls, 18 holes of golf, dinner and a chance to win door prizes. Organizations and businesses can sponsor a hole for $50. To register, visit For more information, please contact wwbbgolf@gmail. com or (678) 662-2452.

April 24 Free Prostate Cancer Screenings — Offered by Northside Hospital Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital-Cherokee — Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Building, 211 Hospital Road, Canton Information: Uninsured men, ages 40-75, who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer and haven’t had a prostate exam within the past year, are eligible to participate.

Things to do in Woodstock

A limited number of appointments are available for men with insurance. Screenings are free, but registration is required. Call (404) 845-5555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment.

April 27 Senior Extravaganza Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Cherokee County Recreation Center/South Annex 7545 Main Street, Woodstock Information: Free admission. A showcase of products and services: health screens, fashion show, entertainment, food, more than 70 exhibitors. Free all day bingo! For information, please call Dale Walz at (404) 375-8193 or visit

2nd Annual Family Fun Fair hosted by Hunter’s Helping Hands Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: The Park at City Center in Downtown Woodstock Information: Enjoy a day of family-friendly fun with inflatables, live auction, petting zoo, raffle, DJ, food, vendor booths, arts & crafts, Cherokee County “Touch a Truck” and more. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Providence Group, an Atlanta home builder, is a proud sponsor of this event. For more information on Hunter’s Helping Hands, visit their Facebook page at

April 29 Next Step Ministries First Annual Charity Golf Challenge Time: Registration at 11 a.m. Tee-Off at 1 p.m. Location: The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farms, 3030 Bradshaw Club Dr., Woodstock Information: Benefitting Next Step Ministries programs for people with special needs. The event will be a Best Ball Scramble with food, door prizes and lots of fun for a great cause! For registration or further information, visit or contact Stephen George at (770) 592-1227.

May 4 4th Annual Marine Corps League Golf Tournament Time: Registration, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. Location: Towne Lake Hills Golf Club 1003 Towne Lake Hills Drive East, Woodstock Information: To benefit the “Rip” Masters Scholarship Fund and Warren R. Johnson Marine Corps League, (770) 720-1799,

2nd Annual Kids Bike Ride Time: 2-5 p.m. Location: Harmony on the Lakes Clubhouse Information: The ride is open to ages 12 and under and benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and LiveStrong through the 24 Hours of Booty. The event is designed to raise funds and awareness for the cancer community, as well as promote a healthy lifestyle and safe cycling awareness. For more information, please email nadine@ or visit 13

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Kendall Martin

Ian Davis McCreary

Age 12 on April 28 Happy Birthday! We love you, Dad & Mom

Age 8 on April 24 We love you Ian--Love Daddy, Mommy, Lauren, Preston & Julian

Mary Stevenson

Sierra Warholak

Age 13 on April 11 Happy special 13th Birthday! Love Mom, Marshal, & all your family & friends

Age 4 on April 28 Happy Birthday from Mommy, Daddy, Haley, Jordan & Kelsey!

Kirk and Patrice Jackson

Celebrating 7 years of being married to my best friend on April 1! I’ll be your April Fool forever! Love Wifey! Woodstock | april 2013 14 My

Lauren Elizabeth McCreary

Leonardo Benjamin La Fera

Age 10 on April 18 Double digits sweet girl. Love, Daddy, Mommy, Ian, Preston & Julian

Age 1 on April 24 Happy 1st Birthday lil bear! Love, Mommy & Daddy

Harper Reese Lockette

Amelie McCormack

Age 2 on April 8 Happy Birthday to our sweet Harper! We love you, Daddy, Mommy & Zoe

Age 4 on April 13 Happy Birthday Amelie! Hugs & Kisses from Opa & Grandma

Chrissy Daniels & Adam Tyler

Engaged to be married on April 20, 2013 in Ellijay at Cartecay Vineyards. Congratulations!


Private Schools Brenwood Academy

Holdheide Prep

(770) 704-4925

(770) 516-2292

Compass Prep Academy

The Kings Academy

(404) 643-9424

(770) 592-5464

Cherokee Christian Schools

Lyndon Academy

(678) 494-5464

(770) 926-0166

Furtah Preparatory School

Northside Christian Academy (770) 334-0648

(678) 574-6488

Public Schools Cherokee County School District: | (770) 479-1871

Elementary Schools Arnold Mill Elementary 710 Arnold Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 592-3510 Principal: Ms. Kerry Martin

Bascomb Elementary

1335 Wyngate Parkway Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-1091 Principal: Ms. Ruth Flowers

Boston Elementary

105 Othello Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 924-6260 Principal: Ms. B. Joey Moss

Carmel Elementary

2275 Bascomb Carmel Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-1237 Principal: Dr. Keith Bryant

Chapman Intermediate

6500 Putnam Ford Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-6424 Principal: Ms. Susan McCarthy

Clark Creek Elementary

3219 Hunt Road Acworth, GA 30102 (770) 721 5800 Principal: Dr. Jennifer Scrivner

Hickory Flat Elementary 2755 E. Cherokee Drive Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-6841 Principal: Dr. Keith Ingram

Holly Springs Elementary 1965 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-5035 Principal: Dr. Dianne Steinbeck

Johnston Elementary

2031 East Cherokee Drive Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 928-2910 Principal: Ms. Kathleen Chandler

Little River Elementary 3170 Trickum Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 926-7566 Principal: Mr. Christian Kirby

Mountain Road Elementary 615 Mountain Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 664-9708 Principal: Ms. Tammy Sandell

Woodstock Elementary 230 Rope Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 926-6969 Principal: Dr. Christy Bowling

School Holiday Last Student Day School Holiday Furlough Day

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Polaris Evening School

Dean Rusk Middle

4695 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-2832 Principal: Ms. Cindy Cooper

E.T. Booth Middle

6550 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-5707 Principal: Ms. Dawn Weinbaum

Mill Creek Middle

442 Arnold Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 924- 5489 Principal: Ms. Elaine Daniel

Woodstock Middle

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

High Schools

2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-1662 Principal: Dr. Curt Ashley

River Ridge High

400 Arnold Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 591-8450 Principal: Mr. Darrell Herring

Sequoyah High

4485 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-1474 Principal: Mr. Elliott Berman

Woodstock High

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

Charter Schools Cherokee Charter Academy

ACE Academy

3921 Holly Springs Parkway Holly Springs, GA 30142 (770) 345-2005 Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt

2126 Sixes Road Canton, Georgia 30114 (678) 385-7322 Principal: Ms. Vanessa Suarez

Etowah High

6565 Putnam Ford Road Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-4411 Principal: Mr. Keith Ball

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance April 8–12 May 22 May 27 May 28–31

Middle Schools

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University (770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College (770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University (770) 720-5600,


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Sequoyah High Baseball Crowns Queen of Diamonds

Demi Wilson was crowned Queen of Diamonds in the Queen of Diamonds Pageant, hosted recently by the Sequoyah High School Baseball program. Twenty students competed for the title. Each year, the pageant also crowns one Varsity Baseball player as King of Diamonds. The 2013 King of Diamonds is Russ McGlamry.

Sequoyah High School’s 2013 Queen of Diamonds, Demi Wilson, left, with Anna Beth Potter, second runner-up; Katie Neely, fourth runner-up; Madison Locke; first runner-up; and Rebecca Gallo, third runner-up

Mountain Road Elementary Wins Aquatic Center Contest

Mountain Road Elementary School has won the countywide contest to name the new Cherokee County Aquatic Center’s outdoor leisure pool and choose its mascot. Cherokee County School District elementary and middle schools were invited to participate in the “Take the Plunge” contest sponsored by the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency. Mountain Road Elementary School’s student council submitted the winning name for the pool, “The Oasis,” and proposal for its mascot, “Paradise the Pelican.” The name and mascot have been approved by the Agency’s advisory board and the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. Each member of the Mountain Road Elementary School student council received a free threemonth pass to the Cherokee County Aquatic Center, scheduled to open in May. 18 My Woodstock | april 2013

Local Student Places at Art Competition

Christopher Yancy, a second-grade student at Little River Elementary School, placed at the state level for the annual PTA Reflections arts competition. This year’s theme for the competition is “The Magic of a Moment.” Yancy is one of only 25 winners from more than 2,000 entries in his division.

Chapman Intermediate Hosts Career Day

Chapman Intermediate School recently presented its annual Career Day for fifth- and sixth-grade classes. Thirty-one speakers shared their career experiences, representing such careers as police officer, aerospace engineer, firefighter, geologist, nurse and entrepreneur. Principal Susan McCarthy remarked that the “community certainly stepped up to inform and engage students on the possibilities for their own careers.”

Dean Rusk Middle Student Places in Art Show Dean Rusk Middle School eighth-grader Liv Alverez earned first place in the Cherokee County Middle School Art Show, held recently at the Cherokee Arts Center. Her winning painting, acrylic and watercolors on canvas, was titled “Tear Drop.”

E.T. Booth Middle Students Win Oratorical Contest

Boston Elementary Book Drive Benefits Local Charity

Boston Elementary School’s Media Center recently sponsored a “Books for Love” used book drive to benefit several local nonprofit organizations, including the Cherokee Family Violence Center. Students participating in the drive collected 1,133 books, which filled 16 boxes. Participating students were entered to win a promotional display for the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” book. The winners were Maggie and Mallory Maynard of Laura Mikes’ first-grade class.

The South Cherokee Optimist Club sponsored its annual oratorical contest, “Why My Voice is Important,” recently at E.T. Booth Middle School. Emelina Acevedo and Trevor Jenkins placed first and went on to represent both the school and club at the Zone 3 contest at the Cherokee School Board Building in Canton. The program was planned and coordinated by Language Arts & Reading Educator Regina Crawford and Probate Judge Keith Wood. This year’s judges were Mariah Lindsey, an educator at Chattahoochee Technical College; Patty Rico with Renasant Bank in Towne Lake; and Will Carlan, an attorney in Canton.

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Jane A. Morris

Shanna Cochran

Arnold Mill Elementary My goal is to have students leave my class fascinated with American History. My greatest teaching moment is when I am able to change a student’s mind about Social Studies. I love the challenge when students tell me at Meet and Greet that they totally dislike Social Studies. Then after just a few weeks, those same students tell me that because of my class, they now “love” Social Studies and can’t get enough!

Clark Creek Elementary School As a special education teacher, I have many special moments with my students when they accomplish or learn something so simple for most but a small victory for them. However, the greatest memory I have thus far in my career is having my students participate in the CC Special Olympics. That day is a day for them to put aside their “differences” and enjoy their special moment.

Nathan Whitehurst

E.T. Booth Middle School One of my favorite teaching memories is the first time I took my students and members of the Friends Club to the Cherokee County Special Olympics. It was so heartwarming to see the joy on the faces of both the athletes and the Friends who had come along to cheer them on!

Carmel Elementary School My favorite teaching experiences revolve around giving students the opportunity to create. One of my favorite experiences is from a time that our school had a performance from the Atlanta Percussion Trio. Following the performance, we discussed some of the things the students enjoyed. As we were discussing, one of the “hard to reach students” raised his hand and asked about the didgeridoo, a wind instrument played by the aborigines of Australia. I could see for the first time intrigue and interest in this young man’s eyes. I thought to myself that there had to be a way I could give him a didgeridoo experience. I received some interesting glances as I walked through the plumbing aisle of a Home Depot buzzing my lips on different sizes of PVC pipe to find out which would make a suitable didgeridoo. The next time that young man came into my class I was proud to introduce a new lesson where students would have the opportunity to play the didgeridoo. He was so excited to get a chance to play. I saw an immediate change in his behavior from that day.

Virginia Richards

Chapman Intermediate School My favorite moments in teaching involve seeing former students. I relish hearing what they remember from my class. Each student takes away something unique, and it is exciting for me to hear from a student’s perspective what they deem important. Each of these memories represents a powerful experience from the classroom. 20 My Woodstock | april 2013

Donna Dochney

Melissa Paurowski

Etowah High School Throughout the past nine years, my favorite moments in teaching have been what we like to call “the light bulb” moments. It’s when you can see a student’s face change because he/she truly understands a concept. It is such a motivator as a teacher — you can never give up until you see the light-bulb moment! I love working in the subject of mathematics. Sometimes, it is not a student’s favorite subject; it can be difficult! However, it can also be an opportunity to change a student’s mind about the subject. If I can somehow make math a little bit fun, then maybe the students will enjoy it too (and do some homework!).

Angel Ginn

Johnston Elementary School A comical memory from my student teaching days: At the end of announcements one day, the principal reminded teachers that it was pay day. One of my students asked why I looked so sad. Apparently, my face revealed that I was not being paid. Truthfully, I believe my fellow educators would say it isn’t the paycheck that calls you to

education. I teach to try and make the world a little better — a bit brighter.

Jenny Kramer

River Ridge High School

Little River Elementary School I strive to make fun teaching moments happen every day and, this being my eighth year of teaching, there are too many to count! My favorite thing about teaching is watching students grow into strong, independent readers. I cannot make students love reading, so I try to introduce them to as many books and texts as possible and hope they develop a love of literature.

Melanie Kroes

Mill Creek Middle School I believe that it is each teacher’s responsibility to find a way for each and every student to simply learn in and out of the classroom setting and teach skills the students may need throughout their lifetime, whether they may be academic or basic life skills. I pride myself on learning about a student’s life outside of school in order to aid in reaching him or her in the school setting.

Frank Graham

Mountain Road Elementary My most enjoyable moments as a teacher are those times that I see my students really grasp a hard concept or lesson. It is truly rewarding to know that you made a positive difference in the life of each student. These teachable moments make all the hard work worthwhile.

Jillian Nichols

Oak Grove Elementary School The most amazing school memories over the years all involve recognizing the sheer generosity that children are capable of portraying. While I have very high academic expectations for my class, I always try to instill in students that one can make straight A’s in school, but still flunk out in the course called life if one does not use one’s talents and brain to do good. Whether it be listening to students recite a piece of writing on what they are thankful for, watching students get excited about running a school lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, or observing the joy on students’ faces when they are making cards for soldiers, my heart is warmed and renewed, reminding me that I am truly blessed to serve as a teacher.


Matthew Bohon

Joyce McQuinn

Woodstock Elementary School One of my favorite memories is the community involvement in the building of our “Kindergarden” at the old Woodstock Elementary School on Main Street to provide a natural space for the children. Our mobile unit of two kindergarten classrooms sat on the playground, and there was a large weedy area between the sidewalk and the classroom. Three of us decided to make this area into a natural habitat for the children to observe wildlife and life cycles of plants. A grandmother of a sixth-grader donated cuttings of plants. A Boy Scout troop helped plant. A retired principal worked in the rain to plant shrubs and trees for us. Others came regularly to water and pull weeds. And the children loved it! They were involved in the garden daily, observing, exploring and wondering about the plants, birds, insects, spiders and small mammals that inhabited our “Kindergarden.”

Lorin Cook

Woodstock Middle School I have many fond memories of the last 21 years of teaching in Cherokee County. One of my favorite things to do is have a time of sharing with my classes after a break or holiday. I feel it is important to re-connect with the students when we all come back; to regroup before we hit the ground running with teaching and learning. I love to hear what they did over the break; to be able to share good times and bad times with each other, and to be a source of acceptance and encouragement. I feel that creating a classroom of community and relationship transfers over to their academic success.

Jennifer Forsyth

Woodstock High School I’ve been teaching for 16 years, so singling out one favorite is a little difficult. I think that overall, my memories of when the proverbial “light bulb” goes on and I see a student’s eyes light up as they finally understand a concept, or they tell me how much they love my class and love biology are the memories that will stay with me forever. 21

School Board News by Janet Read

The past couple of months have been busy with both athletic and academic events in Cherokee. The awesome folks at Woodstock HS once again hosted the Women in Sports event. It was so great to see female athletes from all of Janet Read is the Board Chairperson our high schools recognized for the Cherokee County School Board. for their accomplishments. Janet may be reached by e-mail at Although many people do not remember life before Title IX, I do. During elementary school, two of my classmates had to play Little League baseball with the boys since there were no opportunities for the girls. We really have come a long way.

The National Signing Day ceremony recognized more than 40 high school seniors who will continue to play sports at the college level. These students will compete in colleges and universities across the state of Georgia, the Southeast and the nation. Congratulations on being the “best of the best” in your sport. I know you will continue to make your coaches and families proud. The Gridiron Banquet showcased our strong football teams throughout the county. The coaches from Reinhardt University in Waleska were a nice addition this year. I know many folks are eagerly awaiting the first kickoff when college football comes to Waleska. Congratulations to all of our football teams who make us proud both on and off the field! On another note, I would like to thank the teachers at Avery ES and Sixes ES for including me in their Junior Beta Club inductions. I do have to say that speaking to groups of fifth graders was a little intimidating! When I was researching Beta Clubs, I saw a list of well-known people who had belonged to their school’s Beta Club. Unfortunately, I knew many of the students would have no idea who most of them were. Luckily, one of them was Georgia boy, Herschel Walker, so that certainly pleased the Dawg fans in the room. Also, I had the privilege to read at Woodstock ES and Arnold Mill ES for Read Across America Day. The students at both of those schools were very polite, well-mannered and attentive listeners. I always enjoy reading a new Dr. Seuss book, as well as my favorite books to them. I would like to thank the many continued on page 74 22 My Woodstock | april 2013

10Th Annual Johnny Leathers Jr.

Memorial Golf Tournament May 4, 2013

The Johnny Foundation is hosting the 10th Annual Johnny Leathers Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament at Woodmont Golf and Country Club located in Canton on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in an effort to continue to raise awareness of depression and prevent suicides. This year’s proceeds will continue to fund awareness projects and counseling sessions for those who may not have the financial means to get the help they so desperately need. Did you know? • Every year, approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the country. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for this age group. • Ages 40-59 have the highest death by suicide rates. • More U.S. soldiers ended their own life in 2012 than were killed in combat. • Depression knows no boundaries and can happen to anyone at any time. Please help The Johnny Foundation by: • Playing in the tournament • Sponsoring a hole • Making a tax-deductible donation It is too late for the Leathers family, but they want to share with others what they know now and so wished that they had known 13 years ago before Johnny ended his young life at the age of 21.

Wayne & Lisa Leathers, The Johnny Foundation (678) 493-4986 Information can be found at

Academy of Dance Arts Location: 290 East Main Street, Canton Contact: (770) 479-4615 Website: Information: The Academy of Dance Arts (ADA) has been teaching dance in Canton since 1979. Many of the current students are second-generation ADA dancers. ADA offers a variety of classes based on classical ballet. The staff has many years of experience teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre. ADA accepts students at age 3. Join them for summer camps!

Website: Age: 5-12 Information: Avery Montessori Academy (AMA), Woodstock, serves children 6 weeks to 6 years old. It is the only authentic Spanish/English bilingual Montessori school of its kind in Georgia. AMA is a labor of love for its founder, Elaine Feinblum, and the school lives its motto — “Making a Difference” – in its goal to develop children’s independence, selfconfidence and respect for one’s self and others.

Allen Temple Christian Academy Location: 232 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-8270 Website: Date: weeks of June 3-July 26 Time: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Age: 2-12 years Cost: $120/wk for school age (6-12) & $145/wk for preschool (2-5) Themes: Each week offers a unique theme with exciting activities, including sports, cooking, drama, and science, just to name a few. Fun Fridays will have special events and field trips. Information: 10% sibling discount.

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Camp Juliette Low

Bits, Bytes & Bots — Technology 4 Kids Location: Various locations throughout Cherokee/Cobb Website: Contact: (770) 826-0449 Dates/Times:  Half- or full-day camps weekly through June & July  Ages:  Elementary-High School Information: Robotics, Video/App Game Creation, Stop-Motion Movie Making, Computer Animation & Web Design. A creative and fun environment where children can explore technology with small camp sizes to ensure a place of learning. 

The Bounce House Location: 765 Ash Street, Canton Contact: Website: Information: Designed for children ages 4-12 to provide the most amount of fun we can pack into a single day! From outside water activities to laser tag, inflatables, basketball, and visits to Head Over Heels, our kids are not sitting around bored! Daily & weekly throughout summer — a different theme each week. Camps do fill up, so make sure to register early. 

Location: Cloudland, GA Contact: (770) 428-1062 Website: Information: Located in NW Georgia on Lookout Mountain and celebrating their 85th year of camping! A traditional girls’ camp where traits of selfreliance, confidence and teamwork are nurtured through the camp’s fun, instructional programs. Smiles and friendship abound in beautiful surroundings! Girls learn to be “as sturdy as a leaf and as flexible as a leaf.”

The Carpenter’s Shop Christian Preschool Location: 367 Green Dr., Canton Contact: (770) 720-2333 Website: Information: Camp for children through age 10. $140 per week. Monday -Friday, 6:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are included in tuition price. “Camp Courageous” will teach Bible, Language Arts, Math & Science, Music, Art and P.E. daily. Many on-site field trips and activities for all ages. Children will learn what it means to “ACT justly, LOVE mercy, WALK humbly with our God.” Micah 6:8

Cherokee County Safety Town Location: Bascomb Elementary School, 1335 Wyngate Parkway Website:

Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency Contact: (770) 924-7768 Website:

Cherokee YMCA Summer Camp Location: 201 East Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock Contact: (770) 345-9622 Website: Dates: Throughout the summer Information: Traditional camps and specialty camps for ages 5-15.

Cresco Montessori School Location: 9880 Hickory Flat Hwy., Woodstock Contact: (770) 751-1736 Website: Information: Summer camps available. Cresco also offers a year-round program, Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., full-time or part-time, infants12 years, ballet, karate, music, piano, Spanish, Chinese, field trips and more.

DanceCentre South Location: 1000 Woodstock Pkwy., Woodstock Contact: (770) 516-7229 Website: Information: COOL summer at Dancentre South! “Destination Dance” travels around the world for dance & crafts: Ages 3-9, June 17-21. “FairyTopia” is a fairy glitter-ful week of art & dance: Ages 3-9, July 15-19. Love the show? Learn the moves at “So You Think You Can Hip Hop:” Ages 6-12, July 15-18.

Dance & Music Academy of Woodstock Location: 6238 Old Hwy 5, Ste. C3, Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-1661 Website: Ages: 3-12 years Themes/Dates/Cost: Princess Ballet $60 (3-5 yrs) June 17-20 & July 15-18; Rainbowlicious Ballet & Hip Hop $110 (4-5 yrs) June 10-14 & July 22-26; Rock Star Jazz and Tumbling $150 (6-8 yrs) June 24-28 & July 22-26 (9-12 yrs) June 24-28; Shake It Up Hip Hop and Tumbling $150 (6-8 yrs) June 1014 & July 8-12 (9-12 yrs) July 8-12.

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Georgia All-Star Gymnastics

Contact: (678) 494-4251 Website:

Location: 100 Londonderry Ct., Ste. 100, Woodstock Contact: (770) 516-2654 Website: Dates/Times: May 28-August 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Early drop-off: 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and late pick-up: 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Information: Gymnastics, arts & crafts, outdoor games, indoor games, sprinkler time, watch movies and have quiet time to rest, read or play alone. Bring a snack for the morning and afternoon and a sack lunch. Drinks are provided.

Fieldstone Farm Summer Riding Camp

Hickory Flat Dance Academy

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Location: 1250 Upper Burris Road, Canton Contact: Ann at (770) 315-7488 or Website: Information: Camps are offered in June and July and are offered Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with a maximum of 8 kids per week. Private 1/2 hr. riding lesson given every day tailored to each rider’s skill level. Campers should bring a bag lunch each day; refrigerator and microwave available. $300 per week, sibling discounts are available.

G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA Location: 151 Waleska St., Canton Contact: (770) 345-9622 Website: Dates: Throughout the summer

The Goddard School Locations: Canton I, 140 Foster Road, Woodstock Canton II, 310 Prominence Point Pkwy., Canton Contact: Canton I, (770) 720-1311 or Canton II, (770) 720-3003 Website: Times: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Information: The Goddard School offers a unique summer learning experience. Enhance your child’s educational school year by enrolling in our Summer Camp. Our educationally tailored summer camp offers low teacherto-student ratios, academically sound curriculum, degreed and/or certified teachers, technology in the classrooms, and in-house and/or off-site field trips. Inquire about summer camp at the Canton I or Canton II location.

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Location: 4337 East Cherokee Drive, Canton Contact: (770) 704-7091 Website: register online Information: “Just for Giggles” – June 24-27, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., ages 3-9; “Girls Gotta Dance” – July 22-26, 5:30-7 p.m., ages 3-7; “Dance Boot Camp” – June 24-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m., ages 8-15

Hide & Seek Day Camp Contact: (770) 720-0005 Website:

Huntington Learning Center Location: 6244 Old Hwy. 5, Woodstock Contact: (678) 445-1515 Website: Information: Huntington Learning Center offers individualized testing and tutoring in Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Phonics, Math and Study Skills for students in K-12th grade. Private one-to-one instruction is offered for SAT and ACT Test Prep. Please visit their website for more information.

Next Step Ministries (for middle school, high school and young adults with special needs) Contact: (770) 592-1227 Website:

Premier Wrestling Academy Contact: (678) 578-8891 Website:

Primrose School of Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-0084 Website:

North Atlanta Fencing Center

Primrose School of Woodstock East

Location: 10029 Hwy. 92, Woodstock Contact: (770) 485-3556 or Website: Information: Looking for fast, furious fun? Discover Olympic-style fencing with world-class coaches in our new, state-of-the-art facility in Woodstock. Camps for children ages 8 and up, all experience levels welcome, and we provide the necessary gear. Known as “physical chess,” fencing is both athletically and mentally challenging. 

Location: 175 Village Centre East, Woodstock Contact: (770) 924-9881 Website: Information: Passport to Adventure offers a new theme for Explorers to enjoy each week with various activities, guest speakers and field trips at local attractions and resources. From the great outdoors to science and food fun, Camp Primrose has something for everyone. At Camp Primrose, we give you the passport to fun!

Play! Music and Art

Sky Patriots Cadet Overnight Summer Leadership Camp

Location: 6768 Hickory Flat Hwy., Suite 112, Canton Contact: (770) 345-PLAY Website: Information: Unique Summer Camps!! Music Video Camp: campers write a song, storyboard and film the video — open to ages 10 & up. Videogame Music Camp: campers study and compose videogame music — open to ages 8 & up. Art Camp: students create a variety of projects, including clay, painting, drawing, pastels — open to ages 6 & up. Comics/Manga Camp: campers create their own comic — open to ages 8 & up.

Contact: (678) 457-6466 or

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Summer Sewing Camps Contact: (404) 374-8742 Website:

World of Gymnastics and Cheer Contact: (770) 516-6898 Website:


Woodstock Summer Concert Lineup Announced by Mayor Donnie Henriques I always get excited this time of year because it means that we have finished the planning and booking for the Woodstock Summer Concert Series. This will be the 16th year of the series, which again will be sponsored by Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Each year, we try to book acts from different genres of music that will appeal to different age groups. In other words, we hope to offer at least one concert that everyone will enjoy. This year is no different. The Woodstock Summer Concert Series will begin May 11 with Little Texas, a rockin’ country band that promises a high-energy performance. On June 8, Yacht Rock Revue and Friday Night Fever will pay tribute to the finest light rock and disco of the ‘70s. On July 13, the lead singer Donnie Henriques is the mayor of Woodstock. You may contact him of Collective Soul will perform with his new band, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project. On by calling (770) 592-6001 or e-mail August 10, the ‘80s funk group, The Dazz Band, will perform as part of the series for the first time. Finally, the City of Woodstock is proud to host Southern Rock legend The Marshall Tucker Band to close out the 2013 series on September 14. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Park at City Center in Downtown Woodstock. All concerts are free to the public. Sponsorships for the concert series are still available. For more information about the Woodstock Summer Concert Series and sponsorships, visit

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2013 marks the 10th Annual Kentucky Derby Day at the Rock Barn, the Cherokee County Historical Society’s largest fundraiser! The event will be held on Saturday, May 4, and will benefit historic preservation and education in Cherokee County. It also will provide for new exhibits and school tours at the Cherokee County History Museum. Derby Day at the Rock Barn will feature catered gourmet food and specialty cocktails, including the traditional Mint Julep. There will also be a tasting of reserve bourbons, specially selected for this event.

Don’t forget to crown your outfit with a fancy Derby hat for the party; the ever-popular Hat Parade and Contest is a great way to win a prize! The silent auction is the perfect opportunity to find a special gift for someone or pick out something for yourself! Past

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auction items have included Braves tickets, an evening of fun in downtown Canton, and a wine tasting for you and 20 of your closest friends.


Saturday, May 4


3:30-7 p.m.


658 Marietta Highway, Canton


Tickets are $50

(770) 345-3288

One of the newest features of Derby Day at the Rock Barn is Pony Pull Betting, a 50/50 raffle. Win some money playing the ponies! Tickets are only $50! Call (770) 345-3288 or visit to reserve your place at the paddock!

8688 Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188 | (770) 924-0406 |

THE ABC s OF Downtown Woodstock by Kyle Bennett S is for Seven Arrows, Sew Main Street, Show Me Off Again, and Swirl By Design.

People are always asking the staff at the Woodstock Visitors Center about what makes Downtown Woodstock special. There are countless ways to answer this question, because Downtown Woodstock has so many things that help make it unique. You can discover the many different wonderful things about Downtown Woodstock simply by saying your ABCs.

T is for Threads and Tea Leaves & Thyme. U is for unique stores and restaurants.

So, why don’t you say your ABCs with me and learn about all the amazing things that Downtown Woodstock has to offer?

V is Vengenzo’s.

Kyle Bennett is the manager of Woodstock Visitors Center and Director of Tourism. You may contact him at

W is for Woodstock Art & Glass, Woodstock Pharmacy, Whole Nine Yarns, and Wright Stuff Collectables.

A is for Antique & Art shopping. B is for Blue Frog Imports, Brenda’s House of Flowers, and the Bridal Exchange Boutique. C is for Canyons, Century House Tavern, Copper Coin Coffee, and Cupcakelicious.

X is for “xcellent” events in our city park. Y is for yoga at Ember Hot Yoga and frozen yogurt at Yoguri.

D is for Dress Up Boutique and Dismerio.

Z is for the zest of life you will find in Downtown Woodstock.

E is for the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.

Now it’s up to you to explore Downtown Woodstock and discover these and many other wonderful things yourself. Have fun!

F is for Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza, Foxtale Books, Freight Kitchen & Tap, and the Farmers Market. G is for Greenprints Trail System.

For more information about Downtown Woodstock, please check out

H is for Holly Springs Jewelers, Hot Dog Heaven, and House & Garden Boutique. I is for Ipp’s Pastaria and Ice Martini Bar. J is for J. Christopher’s and J. Miller’s Smokehouse.

The Morning Buzz

K is for Kidsfest on Halloween. L is for Linden and LKT Sports Art. M is for Maxwell’s Cigar Bar, Morgan’s Ace Hardware, Magnolia Thomas Restaurant, and Main Street.

8 a.m., April 26, at City Center (8534 Main Street, Woodstock)

N is for Natural Strides. O is for Out Spokin’ Bicycles. P is for Pure Taqueria, Pineapple Park, and Pennybag Emporium. Q is for questions being answered at the Woodstock Visitors Center.

Please join Main Street Woodstock at the Chambers at City Center for its monthly networking event, “The Morning Buzz” — featuring a light breakfast, networking, speed introductions and a presentation on a topic of interest. (770) 592-6056

R is for relaxing at the peaceful spas and salons. Woodstock | april 2013 34 My

Your Family’s Best Choice for Pediatric Care

8 Caring Doctors

40 Years of Experience in Atlanta Area 3 Wonderful Nurse Practitioners

1 Spectacular Staff

1 Convenient Location in Towne Lake

Thanks to everyone who voted for us! Best Pediatricians 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 Most Insurance Plans accepted 250 Parkbrooke Place, Suite 200 • Woodstock, GA 30189 770.928.0016 •

What’s Cookin’ Spring Salads 7 Ingredient Salad

Shared by Dawn Barrett and Kelly Pearson Serves 4 4 cups chopped Romaine lettuce ½ medium purple onion, thinly sliced 1 whole Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped ¾ cup chopped pecans 1 bag sea salt flavored bagel chips ½ cup crumbled feta 1 bottle poppyseed dressing

Combine all ingredients except bagel chips and dressi ng. Break up bagel chips into pieces and top with bagel chips and dressing. Mix together before serving.

Champagne Salad (Frozen Fruit Salad)

Enjoy these recipes and please email us with your recipe to share with our community. Cinco de Mayo is the theme for May. Email your recipe to

Broccoli Salad

Lynn & Joyce Hammond are happy to share an old family recipe. Makes 4-6 cups


1 cup mayonnaise ¼ cup sugar (less for a sharper taste) 2 Tbsp. white vinegar Combine and let stand at least 1 hour to blend tastes.

Contributed by Fran Arfaras

8 oz. cream cheese ¾ cup sugar 1 large cool whip 3 bananas, mashed 1 cup pecans drained 1 large can crushed pineapple, rries wbe stra 1 small package frozen ng ingredients sugar until creamy. Add remaini Mix softened cream cheese and ing. and freeze. Thaw slightly for serv

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Salad Base

½ cup raisins 1 small onion, diced 1 large head broccoli, cut florets & tender part of stalks (in bite-size pieces) 8 slices of bacon, cooked crisp & crumbled (for garnish) Toss raisins, onion and broccoli with dressing. Just before serving, sprinkle crumbled bacon over top.


Dr. Scott R. Harden 1816 Eagle Drive, Suite 200-A Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-0000

By Michelle Martin Photos courtesy of

Throughout history, Rome has been the benchmark for beautiful architecture that has stood the test of time. Flowing fountains, towering columns and ornately finished walls have long defined Roman style, a model for cities not only during the days of the Roman Empire but also many centuries later. Dr. Scott Harden, D.D.S., M.P.H. and founder of Fountain View Family Dentistry in Woodstock, has designed his dental office around those classic Roman features — incorporating elements of Roman architecture to create Fountain View Family Dentistry’s signature style and to serve as the foundation for building beautiful smiles. “As the saying goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ It took years of incredible craftsmanship. It’s the same way with our teeth,” Dr. Harden explains. “If we take proper care of them, our teeth can last for our lifetime. But if we neglect them, our teeth will start to decay and lead to problems that, in many cases, will involve extensive work to restore the healthy, beautiful smile that we once had.” 37

Fountain View Family Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care for children and adults. Dr. Harden and the entire Fountain View Family Dentistry staff are committed to providing the highest quality care possible — combining the latest dental technology and a spa-like atmosphere to help reassure and relax patients. Complimentary spa amenities include Tempur-Pedic massage chairs, paraffin wax hand treatments, and a “pamper lounge” where patients can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, juice or water. Advancements in dental technology give patients more options and understanding about their treatment. For example, patients can choose between conventional nitrous oxide sedation or computerized anesthesia to help them feel as comfortable and pain-free as possible during treatment. DIAGNOdent, a wonderful new diagnosic device, uses laser technology to precisely detect tooth decay. And the combination of intraoral cameras and monitors at each treatment station allows patients to view their results up close for themselves, giving them a better understanding of their dental issues and the recommended treatment. “Losing my teeth to a sports injury as a young boy provided me a clear goal for becoming a dentist and helping others. My goal as a dentist for 25 years has been to provide excellent, state-of-the-art dental care for patients in a positive, relaxing environment that is based upon good service and good relationships,” says Dr. Harden. “If patients feel comfortable and have confidence in their dentist, they are more likely to follow through with needed dental care, regular check-ups and daily care to keep their teeth healthy. Learn more about how Dr. Harden and Fountain View Family Dentistry are building beautiful smiles from these testimonials of recent patients.

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John Lavelle Mr. Lavelle is a senior citizen who recently moved to Woodstock. “When my front tooth broke completely off, I was in dire need of dental care to help restore my smile,” John says. ”I felt an immediate connection and was confident in Dr. Harden’s recommendations. Choices of a bridge or implant were discussed and questionable for me at my age.” Dr. Harden called John at home to help answer questions regarding his care. John committed to care and was completely happy with his new smile. “Dr. Harden and his staff did a great job, and all wanted to be as helpful as possible.”

Dolly Reeves After taking strong antibiotics as a child, Dolly went through her entire life with dark teeth. “I always put my hand in front of my mouth when I smiled, or just didn’t smile at all,” she shared during our interview. Dolly had been a patient of Dr. Harden’s for several years and trusted that he could give her the white teeth that she had always wanted. “Dr. Harden was easy to work with. I wanted my teeth to look very natural, and Dr. Harden understood and delivered exactly what I wanted. I love my new smile.” She says the experience was an easy, stress-free process that moved quickly and didn’t feel like a major ordeal. “I wanted white teeth my whole life, and now I finally have them. I am finally learning how to smile.”

Billy Wright After years of grinding his teeth excessively and failing to floss and visit the dentist regularly, Billy noticed that his teeth were starting to thin and crack. An old friend of Billy’s recommended Dr. Harden after receiving care for a similar problem. “I immediately trusted Dr. Harden because he understood what I wanted, listened to me, and made me feel comfortable,” Billy says. “It was much easier than I could have imagined. I don’t think I could have received that quality of treatment in that kind of environment anywhere else.” Billy says his only concerns were financial because he didn’t have dental insurance. “Dr. Harden and his staff worked with me to set up a payment plan where I could pay off the balance quickly. They clearly care about helping people and work with patients to make dental care affordable — and do a better job, more affordably, than most dental practices.”

General Dentistry Check-Ups & Hygiene Children’s Dentistry Gum Disease Therapy Orthodontics TMJ Therapy

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dennis Scott Dennis has enjoyed being a patient of Dr. Harden’s for four years and has received complex dental care for complex problems that Dennis was presented with years ago. Dennis had a pronounced overbite combined with extensive enamel erosion from acid reflux and grinding his teeth at night. His problem was far beyond normal correction with fillings. “Dr. Harden takes great pride in his work, and not only corrected years of enamel destruction involving my back teeth but also provided me a great smile as well,” says Dennis. “Dr. Harden and his staff always went the ‘extra mile’ to make me feel comfortable and to minimize pain. I don’t dread going to the dentist anymore. I would tell other patients to trust that the outcome will greatly offset the time and money of quality dental treatment.”

Cosmetic Bonding Lumineers Porcelain Veneers Smile Makeovers Teeth Whitening

Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry

Crown & Bridge Dentures Fillings Full-Mouth Reconstruction Implant Restorations Oral Surgery / Wisdom Teeth Removal Porcelain Crowns Root Canals

Fountain View Family Dentistry 1816 Eagle Drive, Building 200-A, Woodstock

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Reinhardt University

Don’t miss your chance to get a first-hand look into three of the most exclusive and luxurious homes in Cherokee County! Reinhardt University will present its inaugural Tour of Homes, with proceeds to benefit the A DAY for Reinhardt program on Saturday, April 27. The Tour of Homes will be held in the prestigious golf community of Hawks Ridge, located in Ball Ground, Ga. Hawks Ridge Golf Club has hosted multiple U.S. Open Section Qualifier rounds and has been featured on the Golf Channel’s hit show “The Haney Project.” This golf community has also received multiple recognitions in America’s Best Communities by Links Magazine.

April 27

10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Hawks Ridge Golf Club

Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased online at tourofhomes or by calling (770)720-5546 or (770) 720-5506. The Hasty Home The Hasty Home is a Mediterranean-style home situated on 5.5 acres with French gardens overlooking the 11th fairway of Hawks Ridge Golf Course. The home is 20,000 square feet, including six bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, four fireplaces, separate guest quarters, a freestanding masonry spiral staircase, chef’s kitchen with keeping room, mahogany floor-to-ceiling paneled library, an English pub, wine cellar, home theatre, massage room, and exercise and yoga rooms with bamboo floors. The grounds feature an infinity salt water pool, spa and outdoor kitchen.

The Nixon House A 20,000-square-foot home, the Nixon House stands on 10 gated acres overlooking the golf course. The home has eight bedrooms, nine full baths and three half-baths. The property contains two pools and pool house, and multiple outdoor living areas, including a media room and English pub. This lovely estate also features a tennis court and guest house with a stage, recording studio and a full catering kitchen.

The Owens House The Owens House is a luxurious home located on 3+ acres. It features a gourmet kitchen, a huge fireplace in the keeping room and a lavish master bedroom with a stained barrel ceiling. The master bath contains a spa with dressing room and custom closet. This remarkable home features an extensive outdoor living area with an infinity edge pool and built-in grill overlooking the golf course.

The Tour of Homes will benefit the A DAY for Reinhardt Program About A DAY for Reinhardt Created in 1988, the A DAY for Reinhardt campaign is an annual fund raising effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. A DAY helps to fund the University’s Cherokee County Grant program, which gives eligible students the opportunity to receive as much as $8,000 during their four years at the University. Since A DAY’s inception, more than $3 million in Cherokee Grants has been awarded to deserving local students. For more information about A DAY for Reinhardt, visit Woodstock | april 2013 40 My

Canton’s Connection to the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry Did you know that Canton has a connection to the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry?   Augustus Coggins, owner of Crescent Farm and the Rock Barn, and his brother, Thomas “Rol” Coggins, both married daughters of Captain Tom Ryman of Nashville. Gus Coggins married Daisy Ryman and Rol Coggins married Pearl Ryman. Captain Tom Ryman was an esteemed businessman in Nashville, owning several riverboats. It is said that after hearing Reverend Sam Jones preach one night, Captain Ryman was so moved, he vowed to construct a building where people could come to hear Reverend Jones. The Union Gospel Tabernacle was completed in 1892 and was built in Late Victorian Gothic Revival style, popular at the time. After the death of Captain Ryman in 1904, the Tabernacle was renamed the Ryman Auditorium in his memory. The Ryman Auditorium is most famous for hosting the Grand Ole Opry for 31 years and it is known as The Mother Church of Country Music. It has hosted such legends as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley.   The Coggins families traveled routinely between their homes in Canton and the Ryman home in Nashville. In the late 1990s, Elizabeth Coggins Jones, daughter of Daisy and Gus, was instrumental in the effort to restore the Rock Barn for the Cherokee County Historical Society.


Photo 1: Daisy and Pearl, with Daisy’s son, Lee Rol, on a cliff near the Etowah River. This area is where Gus Coggins quarried rock for the building of the Rock Barn. Photo 2: The Union Gospel Tabernacle at its completion in 1892 (photo courtesy of Photo 3: Captain Tom Ryman and family at their home, 1903. Front Row (L-R): Pearl Ryman Coggins, Louise Ryman Buchanan, Infant Bennie (Louise) Buchanan, Tom Coggins, Tom Ryman, Elizabeth Coggins, Bettie Ryman, Lee Rol Coggins. Back Row, (L-R): Leslie Ryman Barton, Tom Ryman Jr., Georgia Ryman, Daisy Ryman Coggins, Paul Ryman.


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What is Venue 92? Venue 92 is a brand new special events facility where clients can host life’s special celebrations, including wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, showers, rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, athletic banquets, corporate events and more. The spacious building is located only 30 miles north of Atlanta in Woodstock, GA, and only minutes from Roswell, East Cobb, Canton and Marietta. The event space now known as Venue 92 has just undergone a complete renovation and is a modern space reminiscent of an elegant downtown loft or art gallery. It has an open floor plan with multiple options for hosting events of any type. With 9,600 square feet of indoor space and a covered terrace adjacent to the first floor, there are many different arrangements for tables and event layout. The inside space is spacious and can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. We like to say that it has the upscale elegance of many modern spaces in downtown Atlanta, but it’s outside the perimeter in bustling Woodstock! Venue 92 features a lot of natural light due to many large glass windows and has a contemporary look and feel. Facility

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highlights include: polished cement floors, exposed ductwork, all-brick exterior, interior brick accents, large catering kitchen, built-in custom bar, silver Chiavari chairs, natural wooded ceremony space, an elegantly appointed bridal dressing room, beautiful garden complete with a 7-foot-tall fountain, huge covered cocktail terrace with Italian string lights, and plenty of free parking.

How did Venue 92 come to life? Being the owners of Stylish Stems Floral Design for 10 years, we have visited almost every venue in the Metro Atlanta area. Cherokee County doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to event spaces, so when we stumbled upon the commercial property where Venue 92 now exists, we knew that it would be the perfect space to accommodate special events of all sizes. We wanted the name to be memorable and resonate with the building’s location, which resides off of Highway 92, thus Venue 92 was born!

What are people saying about Venue 92? Many people have visited the new space in the past few months. Some have booked Venue 92 as the location for their special event and others attended the

building’s grand opening that took place in February. Guest’s favorite features of the building vary, but the majority of the compliments received on a daily basis are for the gorgeous bridal dressing room on the second floor. Named after the soothing pale blue walls and the popular Old English rhyme: “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…” Venue 92’s “Something Blue” room is the perfect place for brides to relax with bridesmaids and get ready for the big day. Unanimously, everyone who has stepped through the doors agrees that Woodstock has needed a large special events facility for a long time, and they are glad that Venue 92 has put down roots in Cherokee County.

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Perspectives on DEFENDERS Or Lovers? Spring Cleaning

by Johnny M. Hunt About now, many households have already begun or are about to begin the annual process affectionately known as “spring cleaning.” Out with old and in with the new, as they say! Of course, this year’s new will likely be next year’s old, but I’ll save that topic for another time. And then there’s the whole neighborhood yard sale thing…

Johnny M. Hunt is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock. (770) 926-4428,

For those households with two or more people, the spring cleaning process is more complicated and sometimes even painful because what one person wants to throw out, another can’t live without. Arguments arise, feelings get hurt, and the whole process is delayed until someone can come along and conduct some sort of therapy session. Peace is restored, and the cleaning begins again with compassion and understanding. The problem, of course, is perspective. One of my first lessons on perspective came when my wife, Janet, and I visited a new restaurant in a very popular vacation city. My pals had told me all about the new eatery, and I couldn’t wait to bless my wife with what I anticipated would be a magical experience. As I looked over the menu, my mouth began to water at the variety of incredible dishes offered. I thought, “Wow, this place has everything!” As I turned to Janet, expecting to hear something like, “Dearest husband, thank you so much for completing my life by treating me to such an awesome meal!” what I heard was more like, “This place offers so many different types of food, they can’t possibly be good at anything!” I could not believe my ears; my heart sank, and I’m still trying to understand her statement all these years later. Perspective! What does perspective have to do with spring cleaning? I’m not much on household spring cleaning, but I like to regularly perform a personal spring cleaning of my life goals, priorities and attitudes. The problem is deciding what are the correct goals, priorities and attitudes. Here’s what I have learned: No person can answer that question correctly without an outside source guiding the process, and that outside source must be wiser than them and genuinely interested in their well-being. Perspective! continued on page 74 Woodstock | april 2013 48 My

by Laurie Troublefield

A few days ago, I stood looking out my kitchen windows into my amazing backyard. I have nothing but a forest with a stream running through it behind me, but it’s beautiful, even in the winter. Now that spring is approaching, the birds Laurie Troublefield is the director of are returning to my feeders; I absolutely love watching them. training with Grace Connections. You may contact her at I noticed that there was quite a battle going on at one of them, and really it wasn’t much of a competition. A larger bird on the arm of the feeder was eating freely, while a smaller bird on the pole holding the feeder was trying to get in on the action — but the larger bird was not going to let that happen. Even though there was room for several birds to eat alongside each other, this “bully” bird was not interested in sharing. This went on for several minutes, until I finally opened my back door to scare them away, hoping the little bird would get back quicker and possibly snatch up a little nibble. As I watched this scene unfold, a thought came to mind about what I’ve experienced quite often in my journey with the Church (and I use that word to not be specific about any one denomination or fellowship, but the church at large). Over my 30-plus years as a believer, I’ve seen similar situations take place — only between believers and over silly things like theology or tradition. These fights usually do not end well — hence, the amazing numbers of denominations that now exist. I’ve heard people say that it’s our responsibility as Christians to “defend” our faith, or even God Himself. We must protect doctrine and make sure people do not dilute the Gospel. The sad thing is, it most often ends up looking like my bird feeder: The one with the most power “protects” his or her version of so-called truth from the hungry and degenerate who attempt to enter into the feast until they have their act together (as defined by the larger or louder voice). I’m quite saddened by how often I hear of (or, even more sadly, participate in) such arrogant ridiculousness. It’s just not the way of Jesus! We are called the body of Christ, His bride, His children, and even the very expression of His glory on the earth. And yet, sometimes we are deceived so deeply that we forget who we are. We are not needed by God for anything (Acts 17:25), and certainly we are not His defender. We are brothers and sisters in Him, and His only way for us is love. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.” (John 13:35)


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CLEANING WITH GEMMA Spring Cleaning Tips

by J. Daran Burns So, your divorce is finally complete. Months, perhaps years, J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He of stress and expense are finally can be reached at (770) 956-1400. over. You are probably ready to start fresh and forget about your old life, but what do you do if your ex-spouse doesn’t live up to his or her side of the agreement? I handle a lot of divorce cases, and for many of my clients, it is one of the most emotionally difficult processes they will go through in their lives. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that the issues that made the divorce so stressful can continue long after the case is closed. When a divorce case is finished, a Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce is issued. In most cases, these orders will be accompanied by a settlement agreement between you and your former spouse. The settlement agreement covers everything from major issues, like visitation and child support, to the relatively minor ones, such as which party receives the dining room furniture. These documents are legally binding orders of the court. However, at the end of the day they are just pieces of paper with signatures on them; the parties have to do what they agreed to do to make the documents effective.

by Gemma Beylouny Ready, set, get cleaning! Yes, it’s time for spring cleaning! If you’re like most of us, you get in the mood to clean your home from top to bottom just once a year, each spring. Here are some tips to help make those chores more manageable and the results of your hard work last longer.

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

Windows — For do-ityourself window cleaning, my suggestion is to clean the windows using the following supplies: a 20-ounce bucket of warm water; 2 ounces of vinegar; a few drops of dishwashing soap; a squeegee; a cotton towel, microfiber cloth or old newspaper to dry. Use the microfiber cloth or cotton towel to wipe the window clean, then use the squeegee to remove the cleaning solution. Wipe dry excess liquid using a new dry towel or newspaper. Do not clean your windows on sunny days! Direct sun will make the cleaner dry too quickly and leave streaks.

So, the question is: What do you do if your ex-spouse isn’t following through with the agreement? The court allows you a few options. The most common and the most effective is filing for “contempt.” If your ex-spouse simply refuses to do something agreed to in your settlement, such as pay child support, sign over a car or hand over your Elvis commemorative plate collection, you can initiate an action for contempt, which is a civil suit asking the court to force the other party to follow the agreement.

If you are going to hire a window cleaning company, make sure the company carries liability and workers compensation insurance to protect its workers in the event of an accident or fall while climbing ladders to clean your windows. A legitimate company shouldn’t have a problem showing proof of insurance. And since the windows are getting clean, you might as well get the high ceiling fans and light fixtures in the foyer clean as well. Most window cleaning companies will clean ceiling fans and light fixtures for an additional charge.

Feeling like your case is starting over is dreadful to think about. You will have to pay a new set of filing fees and other legal expenses, but, fortunately, contempt actions are cases where the court will often order the party breaking the agreement to pay the expenses of the party who initiates the case. It is important to remember this when weighing whether or not to proceed.

Dusting — Most people do not realize that there is a right and wrong way to dust, and most are doing it the wrong way. Wrong way: spraying furniture polish directly onto the furniture. Right way: spraying furniture polish onto a cleaning cloth and wiping with the grain of the furniture wood. If you only want to remove dust rather than actually polish the furniture, it is best to just use a damp microfiber cloth. The microfiber cloth will pick up the dust without using furniture polish.

Divorce is a stressful experience for everyone involved, but the granting of the divorce is often not the end of the case. Going back to court may be the last thing you want to do, but it can be the only way to ensure your ex lives up to the agreement you worked so hard to create — and allow you to put these issues behind you for the last time and, as most say, “move on with your life.” Woodstock | april 2013 50 My

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CUTTING Fuel Costs If you are trying to save money for the holidays, one area that can help is watching your fuel costs. Here are a few tips to help reduce your gasoline expenses. What is in your car that shouldn’t be? Do you still have your beach chairs and summer luggage rack attached? Any extra items stored in or on your car affect the amount of gas you use, and luggage racks also create wind resistance. Lessen your car’s load by removing the extra “things” inside and outside of your car. If you can carpool and use the double occupancy lane, it is a win-win for both you and your friend. Carpooling saves money on gas, and wear and tear on your vehicle. It should go without saying that you should use the right grade of gasoline. Most cars run fine on regular. Also, check the price at competing pumps. Sometimes driving a half-mile away can save you a few pennies to 10 percent per gallon, which adds up. Don’t top off your gas tank. The gasoline needs some room to expand in the tank, and the extra vapors can be emitted back into the environment if you keep trying to get to an even number on the pump. Make sure your fuel cap is on tight, too. Keep your car on its proper maintenance schedule. Having your tires properly inflated and aligned can reduce your gas usage. Most cars don’t need to idle anymore. It is a waste of gas at zero miles per gallon. If the weather is good, keep the car windows up and the A/C off, opting instead for the flow-through ventilation. Again, keeping the windows down will create wind resistance and drag. Reports vary, but using the A/C or heat can increase gasoline consumption by 13 to 21 percent. If you can convince your boss to let you telecommute one day a week each the month, you will save money on gas that you can use for your family’s summer vacation. Finally, gas cards and gift certificates for ding/dent removal and interior/ exterior detailing make great Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts for friends and family members. These simple gifts will help keep your car looking and running like new!

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BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HAIR This Spring With Ombre

by Jyl Craven The word “ombre” means “shadow” in French — probably not a word you associate with brightening up your hair for the spring. But the ombre technique is all the rage, from the red carpet to the office to the beach. Ombre gives hair a textured, sun-kissed look straight from the salon. But, is ombre right for you?

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

What is Ombre? Ombre is a coloring technique where the roots of the hair are dark, with the hair gradually lightening through the middle and showing lightest of all on the ends. The most popular everyday ombre uses natural tones that look “at home” on your hair and lightens very gradually down the length of the hair. “Reverse ombre,” where hair is light at the roots and darkens toward the tips, has recently cropped up, as has ombre using all the colors of the rainbow. Those looks are fun, but not as natural in appearance as traditional ombre. Why Ombre? Ombre is low-maintenance. Many of our clients are busy people but still want to look their best, so they ask for a look that is both stylish and low-maintenance. If they ask for stunning color, we often recommend ombre. Brunettes especially love ombre because it solves the problem of what to do when dark roots begin to grow in. With lighter locks around the face but less root maintenance needed, ombre can be a “best of both worlds” hairstyle for the busy, glamorous brunette. Also, ask your stylist about ombre if you are growing out your color. The gradual lightening effect is a great alternative to allowing color to grow out naturally. You may have seen young stars like Selena Gomez or Ashlee Simpson sporting ombre, but ombre does not have to be as dramatic as some celebrities choose to wear it. In fact, a very minimalist technique known as “softened ombre” lightens your tips to a golden blonde or chestnut brown. This extremely natural look will leave brunette hair looking lighter and brighter while family and friends scratch their heads wondering just what the difference is. continued on page 74 Woodstock | april 2013 52 My

TOPPING TREES Is Harmful To Tree Health

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent

One of the most destructive tree-pruning practices is “topping,” the drastic removal, or cutting back, of large branches in mature trees. Topping is often done to reduce the size of a tree. However, topping is not an acceptable method of reducing Information about Extension Solutions for Homes and Gardens can be tree height and tree hazards. In found on the University of Georgia fact, in the long run, topping Cooperative Extension website, www. can increase tree hazards. Or contact the Cherokee County A tree that has been topped Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite is more vulnerable to insect G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. and disease infestations. The severe pruning may interfere with the trees’ ability to chemically defend the wounded areas against invasion. Some insects are actually attracted to the chemical signals released by the trees. Topping can be very expensive in the long run. If the tree survives, it will have to be pruned again in a few years. If it does not survive, it will have to be removed. Topping also can reduce property values. Ugly, topped trees are considered an impending expense in property value assessments. The trees are more prone to breaking, can be a significant hazard, and will negatively affect the potential sale of the home. Plant the right tree in the right space. Each species of tree has different height, width and spacing needs in order to mature into a healthy tree. Matching your tree selection with the site conditions — proximity to other trees, buildings or aboveground utilities — will prevent problems before they occur and eliminate the need for harmful, drastic measures. When a tree must be reduced in height, the branches should be cut back to their point of origin. To shorten a branch, cut back to a lateral branch large enough to assume the terminal role and that is at least one-third the diameter of the limb being removed. Do not confuse tree topping with proper tree pruning. A topped tree is very noticeable due to the destruction of the tree’s natural shape. A properly pruned tree often appears as if no work has been done at all. With proper pruning, an arborist will spend time carefully selecting and removing branches to retain the tree’s natural shape and beauty.

Learning From Women

by Mike Litrel, MD

Last month, my wife and I put the finishing touches on a “he-said, she-said” book about marriage and family. Ann and I tell stories back and forth, confessing the numerous times we haven’t seen eye to eye. But recalling our adventures raising a family has also gently reminded me of the many life lessons a man — and an OB-GYN — can only learn from women. When I entered medical school, Obstetrics and Gynecology was the specialty at the bottom of my list. And that included proctology.

My impression of Gynecology was based wholly on a former girlfriend’s reaction to her first GYN exam. When I asked how it went, she just shook her head and grimaced. I thought I could even see a few tears in her eyes. I knew then that GYN was one field I would avoid like a minefield. God has a sense of humor. Years later, I found myself as a third-year medical student entering the hospital for the first time to take care of patients. I was assigned to Labor and Delivery, under the supervision of a firm-minded intern with intense eyes in her first year of training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This young doctor, in that first night, taught me how to place IV lines, how to check for labor, and — just after three in the morning — how to deliver a baby. I was not prepared for the screaming that echoed through the halls of Labor and Delivery. It’s one thing to study the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth in the quiet of a library. It’s quite another to witness the cries of a woman in agony as she pushes a human being out of her body. I watched the baby’s head enlarge the opening with each contraction. The young mother-to-be cried and writhed on the delivery table. Blood and body fluids gushed out each time she pushed. I felt sick to my stomach.

physician, I’m graced daily with the stories of women — sometimes single moms soldiering through long work days, coming home to care for children alone at night, long after the fathers are gone. Sometimes older women, struggling to be good mothers and daughters and wives, when they are tired and have nothing left to give.

Dr. Litrel and his wife, Ann, are coauthoring their “he said/she said” book on marriage and family. For details and release date, register at

As a husband, I’ve watched my wife perform the thankless tasks that mark the seasons of motherhood — the years of changing diapers, the anxious nights awake caring for a sick child, the endless rides and school projects, and the final letting go as they grow up. Physicians receive an embarrassing quantity of gratitude and respect from their patients. Many have expressed the thought that since I so well understand the difficulties of womanhood, I must be one amazing husband. I wish I could say, “guilty as charged.” Unfortunately for Ann, I am still a guy. By our nature, we men approach marriage and life differently. Women think first about the needs of others. We men tend to think about ourselves first. It’s sort of pathetic, really. In the big picture, the purpose of our lives is to grow spiritually — to focus less on ourselves and more on daily acts of love. Women are hardwired to love in this capacity; they have a spiritual head start. We men have more growing up to do. This is why marriage is so important to a man’s spiritual journey. Through faithfulness to a wife and family, we share in the labors of marriage and raising children. Ideally, spouses learn from each other — if we’re paying attention.

I didn’t recall those little details being mentioned in my textbooks. The baby’s head finally emerged, and the intern guided my hands to correctly maneuver the baby as she was thrust from the dark warmth of her mother’s body. Clutching the tiny newborn to my chest, I watched the intern cut the cord, and I was suddenly overwhelmed by sublime emotion. There at my first delivery, before I could even put down the baby, I understood that I would dedicate my career to the care of women. I had discovered my purpose in life. No one was more surprised than I. As an OB-GYN, I’ve cared for thousands of women over the past 20 years. I’ve been married to one woman for 25. As a 54 My Woodstock | april 2013

I have been blessed with many male mentors in my medical career. But it is perhaps women who have been my most important teachers — not just in my profession but also, more importantly, on the path toward becoming a spiritual grown-up. The title of Ann’s and my book is “Family — A Mismatch Made in Heaven.” The point is this: Marriage and family life were conceived in heaven, but are lived here on earth. As we journey together, it is only if we understand that our path begins and ends with God that we can see the roadmap through our struggles — and in the end, find our way back Home.

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The Eckman Family Last year, Isabelle Eckman took it upon herself to turn something fun into something that serves those in need! She threw a “back to give to Goshen Valley by selling snacks and drinks to her guests.

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This year, Isabelle is planning to sell refreshments at her family’s

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school” party filled with friends and fun. Isabelle raised over $20 to

garage sale in order to support Goshen Valley. Her compassionate spirit of giving continues to encourage all of us! To give to Goshen Valley through Isabelle’s fundraiser, consider attending.

Great Sky Subdivision, Canton Thundering Hills Pod

The Towne Lake Rotary The Towne Lake Rotary is holding “Gutters for Goshen” bowling tournament in May! Bowling tickets will sell for $25/ticket, which includes 2 hours of bowling, shoes, drinks & popcorn.

“Gutters for Goshen” Bowling Tournament Saturday, May 11 2-4 p.m. Cherokee Lanes

Big raffle item will include a week-long stay at a 4-bedroom beach house on St. George Island, Florida. Raffle tickets will be sold for $25/ticket and limited to 150 tickets. Prizes for best score by age group. All proceeds will go to sponsor Goshen Valley.

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Technical ResourcE Solutions

by Scott Lavelle When we started Technical Resource Solutions, LLC in 2003, we set out to provide local small businesses with the opportunity to use the same kinds of technology that big businesses are accustomed to at a budget level they could afford Scott Lavelle is the Co-Owner/ and with the support needed Technical Director of Technical to get the best return on their Resource Solutions, LLC located in investment. In 2013, 10 years downtown Canton. He can be reached at (678) 928-9491 or visit later, the same ideas apply — but with even more options available. The old list of desktop, laptop, server, and network support and implementation has been expanded to include smart phones, tablets, and cloud technologies — making business documents, email and other forms of electronic communication even more accessible from anywhere, any time, on nearly any device. Several years

after we began offering our IT Services we added Website Design to the mix. We found that more small businesses wanted to take advantage of the advertising available on the web for the first time or found that their current site needed to be refreshed or completely overhauled to take advantage of newer technologies, mobile browsers, or simply a new look and feel. We believe that a business should have the ability to update their site easily themselves without having to learn HTML or other advanced “languages,” so we build most of our sites with a content management system, allowing for updates to be made with easy-to-use control panels. You can add text, pictures, video, products for sale, or just about any other type of content you can think of to the site. Of course, we’re here to help if needed as well. We can host your site for you and we can also optimize that site for search engines; after all, what good is a website for your business if people can’t find it through searching? Finally, we added our stateof-the-art training center because we found that after getting the hardware, software and services to efficiently run their company, people wanted to get the most benefit from them by learning to use them effectively. Our room accommodates 12 people, each with their own workstation for a hands-on continued on page 74


by Jeff Sousa In this month’s column, I wanted to tell you about an easy cleanse that is perfect to do in the springtime. It is called the watermelon cleanse; I learned about it from my teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, during my yoga teacher training.

Jeff Sousa is a yoga teacher at Ember Yoga in Downtown Woodstock.

Quite simply, you eat watermelon for three days. Easy, right? That is the beauty of it — anyone can do it. Watermelon is easy to find, easy to prepare, and easy to take with you wherever you go. Eat as often as you are hungry. You can drink some water if you are thirsty, but not too much. There is plenty of water in the watermelon, and excess water can deplete your sodium levels. During the cleanse, I would also suggest starting each day with a glass of lemon water: squeeze one lemon into a cup, dilute with water and drink. Do not use any sweetener. In addition, taking a yoga class is a great way to twist and stretch the body to support detoxification. Finally, an epsom salt bath at the end of each day will help you to fall asleep. Then, just ease back into a healthy diet at the end of the three days. Why should you do the watermelon cleanse? It is an excellent rest for your organs, specifically the kidneys and the liver. It is also easy on your digestive tract, and the three days allow your system to purge and rest as well. The body has wonderfully powerful and intricate systems for cleaning house and selfpreservation. However, when we eat and drink poorly, these systems are constantly under stress, overloaded, and don’t have time to rest. Even people who eat healthy may find it near impossible to go a 24-hour period without caffeine, fat, meat, artificial sweeteners or other processed chemicals. This cleanse is the time and the technique needed to clear all of that and strengthen your body’s natural systems. From a yoga perspective, a cleanse or fast will help you to realize how much mind power you normally would spend thinking about and planning meals. It is also interesting to notice regular impulses — like mindlessly eating from a bowl or plate that’s left out, even though you’re not hungry — fall away. When on a cleanse, your whole mental process is exposed. As long as you stay committed to the cleanse, it can strengthen your ability to control your thoughts, eating habits and other actions. Woodstock | april 2013 58 My


by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS In 2013, the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) could conspire against families making health care decisions. I will discuss several examples of the tax changes that may impact the purchase of braces. As of Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in January 1, the Act imposed orthodontics and owner of Kincaid a new tax of 2.3 percent on Orthodontics in Woodstock and medical device manufacturers, Roswell. Visit his website at which includes those that make dental and orthodontic devices. While the tax is paid to the IRS by the manufacturer, the fear is this tax will be passed along as a higher cost of the product to the dentist, which then may require an increase in fees to the consumer. It places the orthodontist in an uncomfortable position. “The ACA is a misnomer,” says John Buzzatto, DMD, MDS and president of the American Association of Orthodontists. “It’s making orthodontics less affordable rather than more affordable.” With the poor economy in recent years, orthodontics has been hit particularly hard and many doctors will be reluctant to increase their fees — but, with increased overhead costs, they may have to. Many dental industry experts claim that this tax is unfair to dentists because it doesn’t directly benefit from the expansion of care that Obamacare promises. Hopefully, insurance planning in the future will cover essential health benefits that will include pediatric dental coverage that previously wasn’t available. But even if that were to happen, the cost and availability of orthodontics are not likely to improve dramatically. The second issue is a new cap on Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). With a medical FSA, employees are able to save pre-tax dollars to be used for approved medical services, including orthodontics. Previously, these accounts were unlimited by federal law, though each company could set a cap for how much employees could contribute. Now, however, there is a federal cap of $2,500. With the combination of families likely paying for the medical devise tax and then not having as much untaxed money available, it seems that the consumer and the orthodontic industry may be impacted negatively from the new health care law. continued on page 74


by Dr. Nasir Asghar

Attention all bicyclists, longdistance commuters and pregnant and/or sedentary individuals. All of you may share a common disorder, resulting in one-sided gluteal pain, radiating down the leg, caused by a variety of different pathologies. The result is one disorder called sciatica. Essentially, sciatica is a nerve root compression of at least one of the five spinal roots (L4, L5, S1, S2, S3) that gives rise to the sciatic nerve.

Dr. Nasir Asghar is a Prestige Primary Care physician with special focus in Heart Disease, Diabetes and Medical Weight Loss. He can be contacted at (678) 494-9669. Website:

There are a variety of causes. Risk factors include: age over 40, prolonged sitting, diabetes and pregnancy. Causes of sciatica include lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease resulting in spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome (whole sciatic nerve is compressed by an irritated piriformis muscle), and, rarely, tumors. The important point here is to remember sciatica is a syndrome resulting from a variety of different causes and subsequently requiring different treatments. These include conservative management, such as alternating hot and cold packs, specific stretching, NSAIDS and muscle relaxers. More advanced treatments include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and medical massage. Finally, invasive therapy, such as epidural steroid injections and, as a last resort, surgery may be required if significant pathology is present. After a trial conservative treatment and observation for approximately two weeks, an imaging modality such as CT scan or MRI will help differentiate the causes of sciatica.

The important point here is to remember sciatica is a syndrome resulting from a variety of different causes and subsequently requiring different treatments. Prevention of sciatica includes exercise and active lifestyle; stretching of hip flexors and extenders; proper posture and lifting mechanics; controlled diabetic management; and avoidance of prolonged sitting. Please remember any severe pain or loss of bladder/bowel control requires immediate medical attention. Woodstock | april 2013 60 My

Stress & Weight Gain

by Jeff A. Donohue, M.D.

I am sure you all have seen the TV ads and commercials regarding the cortisol belly, or in other words, the abdominal weight gain caused by the stress hormone, cortisol. This is a true phenomenon and something we in medicine see Dr. Jeff Donohue is a National Medical on a daily basis. Whether you Director for NexSlim Medical Weight are a CEO in a big corporation, Loss in Woodstock. (678) 888-0332, a shift worker, stay-at-home parent, or in any occupation where stress is involved, no doubt you are releasing cortisol at high levels. I often tell my patients that it does not matter if you are running a marathon, just won the lottery, or suffered a loss in the family; the stress hormone was released in response to that situation, positive or negative. Cortisol can be very difficult to control, but it is necessary to do so for proper weight loss. Basically, cortisol puts the body into storage mode while our goal is to lower the level and, in essence, make it easier to burn calories. The stress hormone can cause cravings, particularly for carbohydrates and sugars. Unfortunately, when we eat these foods in the light of high stress, we tend to store these calories in the abdomen and buttocks area. Typically, we measure cortisol levels in blood or saliva. It is easier to measure in the saliva, but it must be measured multiple times throughout the day. Cortisol can be measured from the saliva by spitting into four separate tubes throughout the day: in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon, and at night. The usual pattern is for a high cortisol level in the morning, slowly declining as the day progresses. Rarely do we see a normal curve as described. More often, when patients are under stress, we see high levels all day long — which prevents the desired weight loss. We can treat high cortisol levels with calming herbs, acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, and yoga. It is also imperative that you get proper sleep, avoid further stress, and do not overexercise. Good nutrition that consists of low carbs, low sugars and smaller, more frequent meals has also been shown to be important in moderating the hormone. It is equally important that other hormones, including the thyroid and sex hormones, are stable as well. If you are finding it difficult to lose weight or maintain weight loss, be sure to get your stress hormone, cortisol, checked and begin the proper treatment.


by Shannon Dobson, CPNP

One of the most important steps parents can take in their children’s health is to protect them from disease through vaccination. Knowing what to vaccinate against and when to do it can be confusing to parents, especially with the Shannon Dobson is a Certified more recent controversy Pediatric Nurse Practitoner at regarding vaccines in our Woodstock Pediatric Medicine in recent culture. As a child health Woodstock. (770) 517-0250, provider, I am heartbroken when I see children become ill, have long-term consequences and even die from illnesses that could have been prevented. My grandmother remembers growing up with the fear of polio and children and adults dying from this disease. While we are far removed from that fear in our society today due to medical advances, diseases can return even with today’s modern medical technology and treatment. Millions of children all over the world are vaccinated safely every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers many vaccination resources to help educate parents about vaccination. Your child’s health care provider can also assist you. Here are some suggestions for parents considering vaccinations for their children: Ask questions. Your children’s physician wants to partner with you. We want you to bring your questions and concerns to us. We want to discuss the benefits (and any risks) to your children, dispel the myths, and reassure you that you are doing the right thing for your children. Vaccinate yourself. One way to protect infants and young children who are not yet fully immunized is to vaccinate yourself, close family members and caregivers. Pertussis (whooping cough) has made an ugly comeback. The best way to protect infants against this disease is for people around infants to be vaccinated, then have the infants vaccinated at the recommended age and allow their immunity to develop accordingly. Stay current. There are scientific reasons behind the recommended vaccine schedule, and new advances and findings continue to be made in this field — resulting in changes to the recommendations. Make sure you stay up to date on the latest recommendations for vaccines. A child’s continued on page 75 Woodstock | april 2013 62 My

DENTAL Treatment Options

by Vishant Nath, DMD A visit to the pediatric dentist can sometimes result in a diagnosis for dental treatment for your child. This may not be what you were expecting as a parent. But, it’s important to realize that there are options available to you in getting Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of your child’s dental health Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. back on track. In many cases, You may contact him at (678) 352pediatric dental treatment can 1090 or visit be performed rather quickly in the office, in a single appointment. However, there are times when the amount of treatment needed and/or the tolerance of a child dictate that either deep sedation or general anesthesia is required in order for the treatment to be completed. State regulations require that any person administering either sedation medications or general anesthesia undergoes specific training. In addition, any pediatric dentist who wishes to administer either deep sedation or general anesthesia in their practice must meet the training requirements of the American Dental Association (ADA). Some pediatric dentists offer deep sedation and/or general anesthesia in-office (as opposed to in a hospital setting). These dentists often will partner with anesthesiologists to assist in the treatment appointment. If your child’s dentist recommends either of these options for completion of dental treatment, be sure to educate yourself about the process/procedures for that office. Get all of your questions answered so that you can make the best decision for your child. As a parent, you should be comfortable with and have confidence in your child’s dentist. Oftentimes, this level of dental treatment is avoidable if proper dental hygiene is established from an early age. Be sure to help your child to brush and floss daily. Establish a “dental home” for your child by the time he/she is 1 year of age so that you and your child can develop a productive and trusting relationship with the dentist. Be sure that your child visits the dentist every six months for exams and cleanings. Follow these tips to help avoid being faced with having to decide what type of dental treatment your child needs. If your child does require dental treatment, schedule it in a timely manner to prevent it from getting worse. Partner with your child’s dentist to help your child achieve and maintain good oral health.

YOUR EYES BODY SCULPTING PROTECT With Polarized Sunglasses Without Surgery

by Drs. James E. Leake, E. Anthony Musarra and Michael Petrosky No surgery, no down time and you can reduce that unwanted fat around the body? Sounds too good to be true, but it is. Say goodbye to stubborn fat. It’s called stubborn fat for a reason: No matter how much you eat healthy and exercise, Drs. Leake, Musarra and Petrosky are it’s virtually impossible to board-certified surgeons at Plastic lose those annoying muffin Surgery Center of the South. They have tops, love handles, and belly been practicing in the Marietta area for pooches. CoolScultping, more than 20 years. (770) 421-1242, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is a unique, patented and clinically proven body contouring procedure that utilizes Cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells in designated areas of the body — specifically, the abdomen, back, waist and flanks. Since fat freezes at a higher temperature than surrounding tissues, no surrounding tissues or skin are damaged during the procedure, so you can return immediately to your daily activities. Men and women looking for non-surgical liposuction are discovering the benefits of CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive way to lose those small pockets of fat around the body. Only CoolSculpting targets fat cells alone — eliminating them in an easy, non-intrusive fashion that exercise and diet can’t achieve as quickly or effectively. The procedure takes one hour. The area that is to be treated is covered with a gel pad for comfort. The hand-held CoolSculpting hand piece gently draws the skin and underlying fat between the two cooling panels. You will feel a pulling sensation. The area will become cold, as if you were applying an ice pack, but the cold feelings will dissipate as the area becomes numb. You simply lie back, relax and let the system do its work. Many patients check their email, work on their computers, or talk on the phone during the treatment. When the treatment is over, you can return to your normal activities, go to the gym, run, or whatever you desire. There is no down time or restriction. CoolSculpting is not intended as a weight-loss method, but as a means of reducing small areas of fat. CoolSculpting is an continued on page 75 Woodstock | april 2013 64 My

by Kyle Edwards, OD Just as the sun’s rays can damage your skin with sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer, ultraviolet, or UV rays can also have bad consequences for your eyes. Growing evidence shows that long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts — serious eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or loss.

Dr. Kyle Edwards is an optometrist at Edwards Eye Care in Woodstock. (770) 479-0222,

As you begin preparing for your spring and summer vacation destinations, be sure to take these basic precautions when in the sun in order to protect your eyes from damage associated with UV exposure. When possible, limit your time in the sun and take breaks often throughout the day. Also, make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses that filter 99 percent of UV rays.

Growing evidence shows that long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts. Polarized sunglass lens technology is often a great choice for a day at the beach, as the lenses effectively filter out horizontally polarized light reflected from the surface of the water that is often the cause of harmful glare. Due to this fact, polarized lenses have long been the standard in sunglasses for fishermen; but now, all those who love the outdoors are enjoying the tremendous benefits of polarized sunglasses as well. Remembering to protect your children’s eyes is also important, as studies have shown that children may receive up to 80 percent of their exposure to damaging UV rays by age 18. To keep them safe, follow the same precautions as you would for an adult while making sure to choose sunglasses that properly fit their smaller faces; have impact-resistant lenses with quality frames; and have lenses large enough to shield their entire eye. Stop in to see your eye doctor before you head out on your trip to the beach. Experts can help you have your day in the sun while safely protecting the eyes as well. The expert may recommend the best in quality polarized sunglasses in both prescription and non-prescription that meet the highest standards for sun and safety protection the industry has to offer.

WOULD YOUR Dental Health Habits Score An ‘A?’

by Scott R. Harden, DDS All parents want their children to bring home an “A” from school. Achieving an “A” requires hard work, consistency, dedication and communication with the teacher. We encourage our children to adopt these principles throughout their Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and years at school. If any one of has served the Woodstock area for these principles is missing, more than 21 years. He is a Dental then the grade can quickly Advisor for two nationally renowned reduce to a “B,” a “C” or dental research companies. worse. The same principles are Office: (770) 926-0000. important for good oral health. Website: Consistency and dedication to good oral hygiene, including proper brushing and flossing daily, is important to eliminate bacteria from your teeth and gums. In comparison to seeing the teacher, regular visits to the dental hygienist and dentist every six months for a dental check-up creates a successful formula for your oral health. So, what grade would you receive for you dental care? Let’s take a moment and devise a grading system to determine what grade you should receive. For each category in the survey, select choice a, b, c or d and note your point score. Repeat this for all four categories, total your score, and divide by 4 to determine your Oral Health Grade. Oral Health Survey Last Visit to Dentist Points A. Last 6-8 months....................4 B. Last 9-12 months .................3 C. Last 12-24 months ...............2 D. Over 2 years ago.................0

Brushing Points A. Three times per day..............4 B. Twice per day..........................3 C. Once per day........................... 2 D. Once every couple................0 of days or more

Oral Health Grading Scale:

Flossing Points A. Three times per day..............4 B. Twice per day..........................3 C. Once per day........................... 2 D. Once every couple................0 of days or more Pending Dental Care Points A. None............................................ 4 B. In progress..............................3 C. All suggested by dentist....2 (None Completed) D. no idea........................................0





If your grade is an “A,” you are doing everything correctly to maintain proper oral health. Any grade below “A” leaves room for improvement by visiting your dentist for regular checkups and dental cleanings. Complete any pending treatment Woodstock | april 2013 66 My

recommended by your dentist and you will easily raise the quality of your oral health up to an “A.” Here are some interesting facts about dental care. About 60 percent of Americans visit the dentist every year. The average person visits the dentist every three to four years; does not floss even once per week; and has more than a 75 percent chance of having gum disease, based upon national statistics. The anatomy of your tooth facilitates tooth decay. Everyone’s natural teeth have grooves, which create spaces for bacteria to collect and form a cavity. Some grooves are like small elevator shafts that direct food and bacteria straight down into the center of your teeth. Without preventative dental care (i.e. sealants, fluoride), these teeth will develop cavities despite even the best at-home care. Therefore, your teeth require routine check-ups to assess for tooth decay. Tooth fractures are another common tooth problem that leads to cavities. Fractures occur from normal chewing, grinding your teeth at night, large fillings that thin the walls of your teeth, or thermal changes over many years. Tooth fractures are typically 50 microns in diameter as compared to bacteria that are only 1 micron in diameter. Fractures allow bacteria to penetrate into the center of the tooth beneath the enamel and result in significant decay. Another type of decay transpires from drinking soft drinks, sport drinks and sweets in any form. Sugar provides a food source to oral bacteria, which promotes the bacteria to produce an acid by-product. The acid erodes your tooth enamel by causing demineralization, which is the removal of minerals from your enamel. Demineralized teeth appear white at first, commonly seen between teeth where plaque collects from not flossing and also on front teeth of young orthodontic patients due to improper brushing around brackets. If the bacteria stay on the teeth long enough, the demineralization advances deeper to produce light brown decay, and spreads even farther into the tooth to produce dark brown or black decay. Light brown decay spreads the fastest and can destroy a tooth quite rapidly — resulting in root canals or extraction. As a dentist for 25 years, my best advice to patients is to visit your dentist regularly to discover dental problems involving your teeth and gums while they are small problems. Waiting until a toothache occurs or missing regular dental check-ups means enhancing the risk of substantial dental problems that are costly and avoidable. For dental anxiety patients, regular visits are crucial to avoid dealing with large dental problems that evoke even more anxiety. Follow the same advice you would give your children in school and set a good example that will benefit both you and your children. Regular dental visits every six months, regular brushing and flossing, and completing needed dental treatment are essential steps to receive an “A” for your dental care.



Calvary Baptist 137 Hightower Road, (770) 887-6982 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Cherokee Baptist Church 7770 Hickory Flat Highway, (770) 720-3399 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Community Baptist Church 152 Rolling Hills Ave., Canton Sunday Service: 1:30 p.m.

Cross Roads Community Church 2317 Bascomb Carmel Road, (770) 592-7007 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church

Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA

2941 Sam Nelson Road, (770) 479-8923 Sunday Services: 8, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. (Español)

1498 Johnson Brady Road, (770) 704-9594 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

St. Michael the Archangel

Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA)

490 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 516-0009 Sunday Services: 7:30, 9, 11 a.m., 12:45, 5:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. (Español)

Transfiguration Catholic Church 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, (770) 977-1442 Sunday Services: 8, 10 a.m., 12, 2 (Español) & 6 p.m.

Christ The Redeemer 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, (404) 395-5003

Cross Roads Primitive Baptist Church (770) 710-1068 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Faith Community Church 659 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 516-1996 Sunday Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Woodstock 11905 Highway 92, (770) 926-4428 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Mt. Olive Baptist Church 131 Mill Street, (770) 928-1334

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

Mountain View Baptist Church 8991 E. Cherokee Drive, (770) 880-0871 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

New Home Baptist Church Conner of Hwy. 92 & Wiley Bridge Rd. Woodstock

New Victoria Baptist Church 6659 Bells Ferry Road, (770) 926-8448 Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m.

South Cherokee Baptist Church 7504 Highway 92, (770) 926-0422

Stonecrest Baptist Church 485 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 926-8820 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Welcome All Baptist Church 545 Stell Road, (404) 210-7130

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Episcopal Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 1673 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-7916 Sunday Services: 8:30, 10 a.m.

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church 2795 Ridge Road, Canton, (770) 345-6722 Sunday Services: 8, 9, 11 a.m.

Jewish Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. NW, Ste. 120 (678) 460-7702

Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Congregation, (678) 264-8575 Contact us for High Holiday Service times and dates

Tikvah l’Chaim - Hope for Life Messianic Congregation 4206 North Arnold Mill Road, (678) 936-4125 Shabbat Service: 11 a.m. Call for Details Concerning High Holy Days

Lutheran Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, ELCA 1208 Rose Creek Drive, (770) 924-7286 Sunday Services: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Timothy Lutheran Church, LC-MS 556 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 928-2812 Sunday Services: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Orthodox St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 2263 E. Cherokee Dr., (770) 485-0504 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Meets in the Rec Center of Cherokee County’s Smith L. Johnson South Annex Complex in Woodstock 7545 Main Street, Building 200 (770) 926-1196, Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Rd Northwest, Acworth (770) 926-3558 Sunday Services: 8:45, 11:10 a.m.

Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church 471 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 833-3797 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

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

Methodist Bascomb United Methodist Church 2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, (770) 926-9755 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Big Springs United Methodist Church 2066 Sugar Pike Road, (770) 475-1796 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

CITY ON A HILL 7745 Main Street, (678) 445-3480 Saturday Service: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

Hickory Flat UMC 4056 East Cherokee Dr., 770-345-5969 Sunday Service: 9:20 a.m.

Hillside United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 924-4777 Sunday Services: 8:25, 9:25 & 11 a.m.

Liberty Hill Church At The Mill, 141 Railroad St., Canton (678) 493-8920 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Little River United Methodist Church 12455 Highway 92, (770) 926-2495 Sunday Service: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Mount Gilead United Methodist Church 889 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 591-0837 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m.

Mountain View United Methodist Church

Covenant Christian Center Worship Annex

Resurrection Anglican Church

2300 Jamerson Road, (770) 928-0050 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Drive, (770) 345-0307 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

231 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, (770) 591-0040 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Covenant of Peace Ministries

Revolution Church

604 Industrial Court, (770) 821-8972 Sunday Service: 12 p.m.

125 Union Hill Trail, Canton, (770) 345-2737 Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:45, & 11:15 a.m.

Dayspring Church

Sunnyside Church of God

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

2510 E. Cherokee Drive, (770) 693-1018 Sunday Service: 10 & 11:30 a.m.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Towne Lake Community Church

Woodstock United Methodist Church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, (770) 516-0371 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Allpoints Community Church 6488 Hickory Flat Highway, (678) 493-3430 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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

Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road, (770) 917-4964 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

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

Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Church

132 N. Medical Parkway, (678) 445-8766 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Watermarke Church

507 Industrial Drive, (770) 928-7478 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Meeting at Cherokee Charter Academy 2126 Sixes Road, Canton, (678) 880-9092 Sunday Services: 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Grace Life Church

Woodstock Christian Church

655 Molly Lane, Suite 140,(404) 509-3397 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Greater Bethel Community Church

Woodstock Church of Christ

211 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 592-9900

233 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400, (770) 517-2977 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Hickory Flat Church of God

219 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8838 Servico En Espanol Domingo, (770) 926-8271 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

947 Bailey Road, (678) 691-9165 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene

Catalyst Church

His Hands Church

BridgePointe Church

9872 Main St., (770) 516-7070 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

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

Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92, (770) 924-9161

Church at North Gate 9876 Main Street, (678) 494-2193 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Allatoona Ward, (770) 516-5918 Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Woodstock Ward, (770) 928-5641 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Cherokee Branch (Spanish), (678) 445-4873 Sunday Service: 2:15 a.m.

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

Cornerstone Community Church 503 Hickory Ridge Trail, Suite 160 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

550 Molly Lane, (770) 405-2500 Party on Sunday: 10 a.m.

The Lighthouse Church 18271 Union Hill Road, (770) 664-3644

874 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 776-9296 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m.

Woodstock Community Church 237 Rope Mill Road, (770) 926-8990 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road Acworth, (404) 663-1828 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Momentum Church 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130, (678) 384-4919 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Morning Star Church 1006 Owens Store Road, Canton, (678) 794-7486 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

Mt. Paran North Canton Campus Meets at Sequoyah High School 4485 Hickory Rd., (678) 285-3288 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

Northern Hills Church of Christ 110 Londonderry Court, Suite 130, (678) 384-4919 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

Relevate Church 999 Jep Wheeler Road, (678) 238-1488 Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m. 69


Business Organizations

American Business Women’s Association Meeting: Contact:

Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Lori Matthewson, (770) 720-6274

Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club Contact:

Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224

Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Contact:

Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Marci Zied, (770) 345-8687

Cherokee B2B Network Meeting: Second and Fourth Thursday at Best Western, 705 Transit Avenue, Canton Contact: Linda Lullie, (770) 781-3452 Website:

Companion Animal Connection

Junior Service League of Woodstock

Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website:

24-hour information line: (770) 592-3535

Feed My Lambs, Inc. Contact: (770) 795-9349 Website:

Meeting: Every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Contact: (678) 494-4841 Website:

Funds 4 Furry Friends

Lions Club of Woodstock


Meeting: Contact:

Gina Jeter, (770) 842-8893

Genesis Adoptions Contact: (770) 517-0043 Website:

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Contact: (404) 862-6180, Website:

Green Pets America Humane Society

Kiwanis Club of Woodstock

Second and fourth Tues. at 7 p.m. Ed Cook, (770) 906-2958

Pilot Club of Cherokee County Contact: Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. (404) 506-6878

Sewrifics of Cherokee

Cherokee Toastmasters

Contact: (770) 712-4077 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Habitat for Humanity

Sons of the American Legion

Contact: (770) 345-1024 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

The Hope Center

South Cherokee Optimist Club

Contact: (770) 924-0864 Website:

Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: (678) 524-3832

Every Wednesday at noon (678) 361-3553

The Joy of Connecting ~ Woodstock Meeting: Every Third Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Contact: Edeine Francois-Dryden, (678) 789-6158 Website: events/edryden

Meeting: Contact:

Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sheri Torch, (770) 591-8335

Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Charles Tucker, (678) 643-0794

Hospice Advantage

Towne Lake Optimist Club

Meeting: First Friday at 8 a.m. Website:

Contact: (770) 218-1997 Website:

North Georgia Referral Network


Meeting: Every Wednesdays at Eagle Watch Club House Contact: Matt Halloran, (770) 516-7497 Website:

Contact: (404) 992-8155 Website:

Woodstock Jaycees

Pet Buddies Food Pantry

Meeting: Contact:

Contact: Heather Ballance, (678) 310-9858 Website:

Woodstock Masons

Main Street Woodstock

Meeting: Contact:

Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. (770) 427-2799

Together We Rise Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Tuesdays Pat Snipes, (404) 569-5280

Women of Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

First and third Wednesdays (770) 928-2700

Woodstock Community Business Association Meeting: Second Monday at noon Contact:

Charitable Organizations Cherokee Child Advocacy Council Contact: Mary Migliaro, (770) 345-8100 Website:

MUST Ministries Contact: Kim Loesing, (770) 479-5397 Website:

Papa’s Pantry Contact: Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Website:

Volunteer Aging Council of Cherokee County Contact: (678) 269-6677 Website:

Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact:

Civic Organizations

(770) 926-8055

Cherokee County Humane Society

AARP Woodstock Chapter

Contact: (770) 928-5115 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Cherokee County Special Olympics

American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 316

Meeting: Contact:

First Monday at 7 p.m. Colleene Konwick, (770) 517-7101

Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes Contact: Bill Queen, (404) 441-3508, Website:

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Masonic Lodge #246 F. & A. M., Inc. Meeting: Second and fourth Thurs. at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Charles Sharp, (770) 928-6140

Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Contact:

Second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Rich, (770) 926-1944

Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Irma M. Martin, (678) 662-2366 Website:

Hickory Flat Optimist Club Meeting: Contact:

First and third Tuesdays Alan Flint, (770) 720-9056

Every Wednesday at noon Johnny Young, (770) 345-6158

Military Organizations

Safe Kids Cherokee County Contact: Chad Arp, (678) 493-4343 Website:

First Tues. and third Thurs. at 7 p.m. (770) 926-8336

Korean War Veterans Association Gen. Raymond Davis Chapter (KWVA Chapter 19) Contact: Urban Rump, (678) 402-1251 Website: Chapter19KWVA

Marine Corps League, Major General Warren R. Johnson Detachment 1311, Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

Third Saturday at 9 a.m. at J. Miller’s Smokehouse, 150 Towne Lake Parkway John Newport, (770) 926-4752

Political Organizations Cherokee County Democratic Party Meeting: Third Monday at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Hamilton, (770) 380-7071 Website:

Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: Contact:

Fourth Monday at 7 p.m. Breakfast first Saturday at 8 a.m. Conrad Quagliaroli, (770) 592-6545

Cherokee County Teen Republicans Contact: (678) 232-7488 Website:

Republican Women of Cherokee County Contact: (678) 520-2236 Website:

Recreation & Hobbies Allatoona Gold Panners Contact:

Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044

North Atlanta Soccer Association

GRANDparents Raising GRANDchildren

Contact: Michele Fox, (770) 926-4175 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

North Cobb Bass Club

Hearing Loss Association of America

Contact: (770) 820-3945 Website:

Chapter meeting information: (770) 517-2941 Contact:

Wildlife Action, Inc.

Jewish Havurah

Meeting: Contact:


Third Sunday at 1 p.m. WLA Office, (800) 753-2264

Woodstock Youth Track Club Practice: Mon., Tues., and Thurs. at 6 p.m. Contact: Michael Dahlhauser, (404) 654-0093

La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: Contact:

First Tuesday at 10 a.m. Marguerite, (770) 926-2791

Miracle Mothers Contact: Melissa, (770) 516-1078 Website:

Contact: Karen Sacandy, (404) 452-9980 Website:

MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30189, 30188

Meeting: Second Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Contact: Madeline Hall, (678) 754-8482,

Support Organizations Adoption/Infertility Support Group

Meeting: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Contact: Craig Whitley, (404) 520-0221 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact: Jim Millsap, (770) 928-8590 Website:

Marcia, (770) 345-8687

Zack Walk Singles Mixer

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc.

Blue Skies Laughter Club

Second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (678) 699-3400

First Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cindy Braddock, (678) 445-3131

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group First Thursday at 7 p.m. (770) 926-0119

American Cancer Society

Mothers & More Meeting: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Michelle Wise, (770) 720-8834 Website:

Nar-Anon Meeting Meeting: Contact:

Every Monday at 8 p.m. (404) 218-0246

National Alliance for Mental Illness Support Group

Meeting: Fourth Friday at 10 a.m. Contact: (770) 704-6244 Website:

Autism Parent Support Group

Meeting: Second and fourth Tues. at 7 p.m. Contact: Jill, (404) 394-1229 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

National Psoriasis Foundation Support Group

Cherokee County Saddle Club

Breast Cancer Support Group

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

Over-Eaters Anonymous

Cherokee County Arts Center

Meeting: Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Holly Springs Depot, 164 Hickory Road Contact: Tamma Trump, (770) 655-0819 Website:

Cherokee Fencing Club Meeting: Beginners, Wednesday at 5 p.m. Club, Wednesday at 6 p.m. Contact: Andy McCann, (678) 494-9750 Website:

Cherokee MOTS (Moms of Tots) Contact: (770) 272-5388 Website:

Cherokee Music Teachers Association Contact: Linda Lokey, (770) 720-1701 Website:

Cherokee Outdoor YMCA Contact:

(770) 591-5820

24/7 information line: (800) 227-2345

Contact: Paige Robertson, (404) 399-4915

Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Sharon Jones, (770) 345-6551

First Thursday (404) 843-1880

Canadian Women’s Club

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

S.N.A.P — Special Needs Awareness Program

Third Wednesday Lesley Frappier,

Meeting: Contact:

Contact: Deidre Hollands, (770) 345-3274 Website:

Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group

Celebrate Recovery

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact: Debbie Anthros, (770) 331-6685

Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group Contact:

Heidi, Renee,

Dog Hikers of Georgia

Depression and Bipolar Support Group

Meeting: Sundays at 10 a.m. Contact: Dr. Daniel C. Batchelor, (770) 992-2362 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Foothills Running Club

Meeting: Contact:

John McCusker, (770) 924-9504

Les Marmitons Meeting: Contact:

Third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Larry Lodisio, (770) 516-5197

Second Monday at 10 a.m. (770) 720-4068

Second and fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899

The Way Group, AA Meeting: Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. Contact: Hillside UMC

WellStar Kennestone Ostomy Support Group Meeting: First Wednesday, every other month Contact: (770) 793-7171

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. 24-hour information line: (770) 517-3043


Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Lois, (770) 592-6421

CASA for Children, Inc.


Cherokee Tennis Association

First Tuesday at 7 p.m. Scott Bell, (404) 218-6626

Second and fourth Tues. at 7:30 p.m. (770) 560-7112

Diabetes Support Group Fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (678) 493-1503

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Thurs. at 7 a.m. Randall Hill, (770) 516-5887 71


United States Government

President Barack Obama (D) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website:

Board of Commissioners

(202) 456-1414 fax: (202) 456-2461

Court of Clerks: Patty Baker

(202) 224-3521 GA: (770) 763-9090 fax: (202) 224-0103

Buzz Ahrens (R), Chair

1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R), District 11

100 North Street, Suite 150, Canton, GA 30114 Website:

(202) 224-3643 GA: (770) 661-0999 fax: (770) 661-0768

(678) 493-6511

Raymond Gunnin (R), District 2

Brian Poole (R), District 3

Board of Education

Jason A. Nelms (R), District 4 Janet Read (R), Countywide Chairman (404) 656-1776 fax: (404) 657-7332

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website: (770) 516-1444


Kelly Marlow, Post 1 e-mail:

State Senator Brandon Beach (R) (D-21)

(404) 463-1378

303-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334

Patsy Jordan, Post 2

(770) 893-2970


Michael Geist, Post 3

State Rep. Michael Caldwell (D-20)

(404) 656-0298 fax: (404) 463-2793

608 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

(404) 656-0314

Rob Usher, Post 5

(770) 928-0341


401-B State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:


(404) 656-0129 fax: (404) 463-7778

Robert Wofford, Post 6 Cherokee County Schools System Superintendent, Dr. Frank Petruzielo 110 Academy Street, Canton, GA 30114 e-mail: Website:

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

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

Cherokee County Coroner: Earl W. Darby

(678) 493-6490 (678) 493-6480 (678) 493-6483

Magistrate Court: Judge James E. Drane III (R) Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (R)

Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge M. Anthony Baker

Sheriff Roger Garrison, R 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115 email: Website:

(678) 493-6431

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner:

(678) 493-6160

Sonya Little, R 2780 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114 email:

Juvenile Court: (678) 493-6250 (678) 493-6280

(770) 479-1871 fax: (770) 479-1236

(404) 362-1600

480 Main Street, Canton, GA 30114

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office:

State Court:

(770) 345-6256



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(770) 704-4398, x4370


611-G Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 e-mail:

State Rep. Calvin Hill (R) (D-22)

(404) 462-4950


Robert “Rick Steiner” Rechsteiner, Post 4

State Rep. Scot Turner (D-21)

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

(678) 493-6000 fax: (678) 493-6013


(202) 225-2931 GA: (770) 345-2931 fax: (770) 345-2930

State Government

(678) 493-6511

1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

Harry Johnston (R), District 1

Senator Johnny Isakson (R)

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(678) 493-4200 fax: (770) 493-4228

(678) 493-6400

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques

(770) 592-6000, x1003

(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Cane Cutters Landscaping

Starbucks Coffee Company

Jump Kitchen & Sports Saloon

3093 Damascus Road Jasper (678) 247-3733 Landscaping Services

2030 Cumming Highway, Suite 100 Canton (678) 493-9605 Restaurant

1085 Buckhead Crossing, Suite 140 Woodstock (678) 388-7717 Restaurant

Summit Financial Solutions

Winchester Woodfire Grill

Cherokee Soccer Association

1816 Eagle Drive, Suite 100-A Woodstock (770) 928-8100 Tax Preparation

110 Mountain Vista Boulevard Canton (770) 345-4745 Restaurant

157 Railroad Street Canton (770) 704-0187 Nonprofit Organization

good morningCherokee Thursday, May 2, 7 a.m. Sponsored by: Kennesaw State


Studio 5 Salon

7336 Highway 92 Woodstock (678) 331-5444 Automobile Dealership — Pre-Owned

200 North Street Canton (770) 345-5000 Hair Salon & Spa

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 April 30. 73

Home Protection Plans

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homebuyers will be a huge selling point. Or, you can move your Home Protection Plan with you — as long as you stay in the same service area. A Home Protection Plan also offers safety savings. In some instances, you can save 10 percent on products and services needed to bring your home up to the minimum standards of the National Fire Protection Association and keep you and your family safe into the future. Basically, with the Home Protection Plan, you will purchase peace of mind for you and your family.

School Board News

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other schools that asked me to read. I hope to attend a future event at those schools. The job of the BOE chair has a lot of ups and downs. We continue to monitor health-care costs, furlough days, the tax digest and state funding, in hopes of positive news. Aforementioned events like these remind me of why I ran for office three times. For me, it’s all about the kids! Thank you for allowing me to represent all of you!

Perspectives on Spring Cleaning

As we embrace the Bible through personal study, we discover the goals, priorities and attitudes that please God. After living that process for several decades, I can easily profess that when God is pleased with my life, I am the beneficiary. Perspective! My invitation: Grab your Bible and do a little personal spring cleaning this year. A clean heart and mind will greatly enhance your perspective. continued from page 50

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Now that you’ve got some helpful spring cleaning tips, try to keep up with the chores year round. A little bit of cleaning each day will help lessen the buildup. Happy cleaning!


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What to Know Before Asking for Ombre Ombre looks best on women who usually wear their hair down. Because the ends are so much lighter than the roots of your hair, a bun or ponytail won’t showcase the look to its full effect. Ombre hair should also have some texture and layers; otherwise, the gradual colors may not blend as well as you want. It is possible for people with straight, one-length hair to wear ombre, but your stylist will have to guard against big blocks of color. Because ombre is a complex coloring technique, it is best performed by a licensed stylist with plenty of experience. If you’re looking for a sun-kissed change this spring, ask your stylist about ombre!

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Where can you find a perspective like that? One could look for an unbiased perspective, and that might be good enough, but who wants to settle for good enough? In this case, a biased perspective is best as long as that perspective is biased toward you, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph. That brings us to the Bible, and as a gospel preacher, you know I had to get there eventually. Creator God designed each one of us for a specific purpose; a specific set of goals, priorities and attitudes; and a specific perspective. He has given us His wisdom expressed in extreme bias toward us in the book we call the Bible. “For God so loved the world that He gave…”

Spring Cleaning Tips

of hair and the rest will be spread around. I suggest before you pick up the vacuum, wrap a microfiber cloth around a broom and sweep up any noticeable pet fur into a corner. Then, use the vacuum wand to suck up the clumps of pet fur.

Technical Resource Solutions

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experience with the software they are learning. We also have an interactive, touch-screen whiteboard to deliver our training topics in a more meaningful way — think of it as a wall-mounted 77-inch tablet. In addition, we offer this room to others to train on their topic, meet with their audience, or present to a small group effectively. We are located in historic downtown Canton at 185 West Main Street, just across from the fire station. You can find us on the web at, or you can reach us by email at info@ In the coming months, we look forward to sharing useful articles with you here.

Braces and Obamacare

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Another issue is the Medical Itemized Deduction when considering the cost of braces. Faced with possible higher prices and a reduced ability to pay with a FSA, many families will want to deduct the cost on their tax returns. Previously, families facing high medical and dental expenses were allowed a deduction if those expenses exceeded 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI). The new law now imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI — making it more difficult for taxpayers to claim this deduction while also increasing the amount of taxable income.

If the orthodontist were to choose to absorb some of these negative impacts, could the negative effect of decreased profitability reduce a family income or even eliminate a job? Could it impact how overhead is controlled with decreased or delayed purchases? Or, just maybe, this is a lot of handwringing over nothing and all will work out just fine. We all must keep the faith and work toward a better tomorrow. And remember... Go Dawgs!

National Immunization Week

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immune system is different from an adult’s, so the recommendations are different as well. There are dedicated scientists whose life goal is to make vaccines as safe and effective as possible. Smile! Yes, smile! Kids do not like shots; for that matter, most adults don’t either. Relax and remind yourself that this momentary discomfort to your children will help protect them against a lifetime of illness. Young children pick up on your feelings and usually follow. If you remain calm and positive, then most likely your children will feel calm and reassured. Bring something from home — a favorite toy or stuffed animal — that will help comfort your children. Consider yourself lucky to be bringing up your children in a time and place with access to life-saving vaccines. Many mothers have helplessly watched their infants or small children

perish from diseases that we now know how to and, in most countries and cases, have the ability to prevent.

Body Sculpting

continued from page 64

excellent choice for people for whom liposuction is not feasible or desirable. CoolSculpting provides body contouring without surgery, no down time, and takes only one hour of your time. Your friends and family will wonder when you found the time to work out so much and look so good. It is not about what you lose, but what you gain. So, say goodbye to stubborn fat and say hello to the body you once had. Get yourself ready for summer and swimsuit season.




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49 9 43

Automotive Atlanta Dent Company C&T Auto Service My Mechanic Joe

51 53 3

Banking/Financial Services Summit Financial Solutions

Your Community

Avery Montessori Cresco Montessori Huntington Learning Center Primrose School of Woodstock East

28 24 23 25

Health & Beauty Bambu Salon and Spa 61 Big Apple Nail & Spa 29 Jyl Craven Hair Design 17 LaVida Massage Inside Front Cover Salon & Spa Venessa 33

Home Improvement/Repair/Service

Carpet Dry Tech


Cleaning Services Rejoice Maids

Decorating Den Dr. Fixit PhD H&H Electric & Security, LLC Mr. Junk Paine Flooring Covering R&D Mechanical Services, Inc.

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Insurance Mountain Lakes Insurance

Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry 75 Dr. Jerry Smith 65 Fountain View Family Dentistry Cover, 37–39, 67 Kincaid Orthodontics 49 Nia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 59 Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock 47 Williams Orthodontics 17


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Optometrist/Eyewear Businesses listed in bold italic type denote new or returning advertisers to My Woodstock Monthly.

Marietta Plastic Surgery 53 NexSlim Medical Weight Loss 13 Northside Hospital – Cherokee 5 Northside Hospital Sleep Disorder Center 3 Northside Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 35 Plastic Surgery Center of the South Inside Back Cover Prestige Primary Care 9 WellStar Health Systems 7 Woodstock Family & Urgent Care 3 Woodstock Pediatric Medicine 33

Real Estate


Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners

Physicians & Medical Services

Pearle Vision 1 Edwards Eye Care Inside Back Cover


Dawn Sams ERA Sunrise Realty XecutiveSuites – The Terrel Team

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Recreation & Fitness Allen Temple Christian Academy Camp Juliette Low Cherokee YMCA Dance & Music Academy DanceCenter South Ember Yoga Georgia All-Star Gymnastics North Atlanta Fencing Center Play Music & Art Workout Woodstock

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Restaurants/Food Services Bub-Ba-Q 9 Firestone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill 47 Goin’ Coastal 56, 59 Jump Kitchen & Sports Saloon 43 The Painted Pig Tavern 29

Services/Retailers/Miscellaneous Inside Front Cover Canton Festival of the Arts Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County Historical Society Chick-fil-A Leadercast Elm Street Cultural Arts Village The Flagg Agency Hunter’s Helping Hands JSL’s Give a Child a Mulligan Main Street Woodstock Technical Resource Solutions Venue 92

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