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Market Director Janet Ponichtera

Best Mothers of Cherokee


Local moms honored by their children

Nehemiah Project — July 10-13, 2013 Youth serving their community

Tour de Cure Woodstock man raising funds for American Diabetes Association

In the Kitchen Grilled Delmonico with Cabernet Jam & Blue Cheese Crumbles

Congratulations to the My Community Favorites Winners


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My Woodstock Publisher’s note Community news Library news Contest Corner Calendar Celebrations School Information School news Main Street Woodstock What’s cookin’ in the community Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

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Photographer Jack Tuszynski Writers Kyle Bennett, Gemma Beylouny, Michael Buckner, J. Daran Burns, Jyl Craven, Shannon Dobson, Joseph Dollar, Dr. Kyle Edwards, Louise Estabrook, Dr. Scott R. Harden, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Scott Lavelle, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Dr. Vishant Nath, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Nick Roper, Suzanne Taylor, Laurie Troublefield, Dr. Monika Yadav

Volume 2 | Issue 7 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. (770) 720-7497 fax. (770) 720-1329 My Woodstock Monthly magazine is your monthly community magazine and a publication of Footprints Publishing, LLC. The magazine’s mission is to bring relevant, positive stories and timely information to its readers and to provide local businesses with a premium outlet for community based advertising. Each month, copies are distributed free by mail and through local businesses in the Woodstock area. Please contact us or visit our website for a current list of locations where copies of the magazine can be found and other information. My Woodstock Monthly welcomes your comments, stories and advertisements. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Please contact us for payment options. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the Editor/ Publisher and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My Woodstock Monthly magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission from the Publisher.

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WOODSTOCK Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village will launch its new “Founders Circle” with an official kickoff party on May 16 at the newly created Events Green, adjacent to Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Downtown Woodstock. The invitation-only party will include a reception, with local and Cherokee County officials, business leaders and organizations among the guests. The Founders Circle supports a Cherokee County cultural project to restore and convert the century-old historic Reeves home and surrounding property into a major visual arts, cultural and recreational destination in Woodstock. Once completed, the site will feature demonstration gardens; a woodland walking trail; an outdoor culinary garden; a sculpture garden; open spaces for events; an exhibition gallery space and artists’ studios; and an historic Visitors Center to tell the story of Woodstock’s history. In addition, the site will be the home of the new, state-of-the-art Elm Street Theater for community performances. Envision Health Studio (101 Victoria North Court, Woodstock) held a ribbon cutting recently in celebration of the new studio. Envision Health Studio promotes health, community and strength through a variety of fitness classes and programs, including Fit Body Boot Camp; WERQ Dance Fitness; FitRanX Program; Indo Row T.E.A.M. Shockwave; personal training; athletic performance training; youth fitness; nutrition coaching and healthy meals; and health seminars and workshops. In addition, Envision’s Get Fit…Give Back program supports various charitable and nonprofit organizations through boot camp, race and other fundraising efforts. (770) 926-4180, Leaning Ladder (105 E. Main St., Suite 126, Woodstock), a new tasting boutique and specialty store scheduled to open in May in Downtown Woodstock, will offer premium olive oils, vinegars, pastas, rubs and other unique culinary treats. Leaning Ladder’s knowledgeable staff will guide customers through the tasting experience and offer helpful suggestions for pairings that will suit individual tastes. Trained culinary experts will be on hand two days a week using the olive oils and vinegars in hands-on recipes. Rejoice Maids (103 Bell Parkway, Suite 100, Woodstock) recently moved from its former location off of Main Street in Woodstock. Rejoice Maids provides customized cleaning programs for home and office, from general cleaning to “top to bottom” deluxe cleaning. Customers can schedule cleaning services on a weekly, biweekly, monthly, move-in/move-out or one-time basis. (678) 9053476,

World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are already awaiting word on their host families for the 2013-2014 academic school year (or semester). Host families will provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are encouraged to apply. The exchange students will arrive from their home country shortly before the 2013-14 school year begins; each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money, and expects to bear his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please call Katie O’Hara, local area representative, at (404) 234-1548; 4

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Publisher’s note The Importance of “Real” Relationships First of all, I want to say how much I appreciate the feedback we receive about the Publisher’s Notes. I am humbled and honored from your encouragement, and I just wanted to say thank you. Last month, I took the month off because some dear friends of ours, the Gosdin family, were preparing to leave the country to become missionaries. They felt God’s calling to move to the Dominican Republic and, because they sold everything but their necessary clothing and because they require ongoing financial support, we felt it was important to include a page in the magazines. By the way, thank you for reaching out to them; we appreciate it very much. Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek

Ok, now let me say, this is only my opinion before I go making anyone mad. My take on social media is often skewed. Sometimes I wonder how much weight social media outlets should carry in my real friendships. Those I connect with, especially those from years gone by, are real friendships — ones that were less than an arm’s length and where the spoken word was relied upon and may have played a vital role in the relationship’s development. The weight I am speaking of is how some relationships come back to life through one of these social media outlets. It’s funny how just as quickly as they rekindle, I sometimes look for the “hide” button or their frequency of posts may cause me to refuse to comment, like or share. In my effort to compete to see who has the most friends, I then question, yeah, maybe that’s why we haven’t spoken in 20 years! Scanning through, it’s all about the convenience of saying yes to this one, ignoring that one, or yes, but you’re on a short leash, buddy! Is that how we now build our friendships with conditions based on the number one posts per day (interruptions), whether or not they’re funny, dumb, or even advertisements? All the meaningful friendships I ever made were hardly ever managed from arm’s length and if they became that way, they didn’t last long. So, why is it that we bask in the ability now to keep them there? I got caught in one of these situations and, admittedly, I was a rookie to Facebook (not that I’m an expert now) and made a decision that temporarily cost me a friendship. Ok, so Facebook carries more weight than what I first gave credit, but my question is, should it? So here is what happened: A close friend of mine from years back in Ohio and I reconnected on Facebook. He is a great guy, extremely intelligent, funny and a family guy just like me. So, connecting again after many years was awesome. That was until I felt that some of his posts took pot-shots at my beliefs. At first I ignored them and thought that’s just him being funny. But they became little by little and more and more across the line of what I perceived as “thought provoking” or “conversation engaging” and, least of all, funny. At this point, I decided to message him to talk about how I felt, to see if he was interested in debating the topic, and to see if I could convey why some of what he posted was ok, but some were too far, in my opinion. After all, this was just a Facebook account and it shouldn’t have anything to do with our “real” friendship, right? Well, the debates began and so did the challenge of debating an intelligent guy who lacked belief in anything on which I base my whole life. During these discussions, he posted one more thing that made me say enough, so I “unfriended” him. Right now many of you are thinking, “Oh no you didn’t!” Well, yes, I did, and apparently you’re right, and so I found that Facebook friendships carry more weight than I thought. Before I get too far, fortunately, he and I are still “real” friends, although we stopped conversations over the issues at hand. One of the lessons I learned was that as useful, convenient and, for lack of a better word, cool Facebook can be, it is no replacement for a true friendship. I look sometimes at how many “FB friends” I have and it makes me laugh because I know some have many more and some have less, but I would still have one more if I only knew there was a “hide” button. The most important lesson I learned is that there is never anything more important than the relationships I have with those who know my daily events and goings on and they don’t have to turn on their computer or smart phone to learn it. I hope I am never at a loss for the relationships with friends that are friends in real life and not just social media. Hey Andy, what are we doing this weekend? I’ll text you! Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497, 6

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St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church Plans Consecration

St. Elizabeth, a local parish church of the American CarpathoRussian Orthodox Diocese, will be consecrated by Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, ruling Hierarch of the Diocese, on June 8. The event will take place at the church’s new facility, located at 2263 E. Cherokee Drive in Woodstock. St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church was organized in Woodstock 15 years ago, with members meeting in a variety of locations over the years. In 2010, the Mission purchased a nine-acre property at 2263 E. Cherokee Drive, which included a home (now the priest’s residence) and a 9,000-square-foot building with a 2,400-squarefoot garage/warehouse. The garage/warehouse has been redesigned into the church proper. The remainder of the building will be an educational and social center, with the second floor the future priest residence. St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church is the only Orthodox parish church between Woodstock and the North Carolina/Tennessee border (some 100 miles) or the Alabama border (75 miles). The current priest is Fr. Frederick Watson, who also serves as the Chair of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission.

CASA for Children Names Volunteer of the Year

Millie Bush, a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer Millie Bush (center) with CASA for Children in Cherokee County, was recently named the 2012 Karen N. Sibley CASA Volunteer of the Year for Georgia. The award is named in honor of the Georgia CASA founder. 8

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Bush has been a dedicated CASA volunteer with CASA for Children for 10 years and an advocate on 29 CASA cases. She has served 47 children during her tenure, 28 of which were returned home to strengthened and healthy families and 10 of which were adopted. Additionally, Bush encourages others to become CASA volunteers, including her husband, Phil, and serves as a role model for new CASA volunteers.

Buck Jones Nursery Donates to Elm Street

Tommy Nobis III of Buck Jones Nursery in Woodstock recently presented a check for $2,440 to the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village as part of their Gardeners Helping the Community Pictured, left to right: G. Lora Grooms, program. Buck founding artistic director of Elm Street Jones Nursery’s Cultural Arts Village; Pat Tanner, Elm Street Gardeners Helping and GROW board member; and Tommy the Community Nobis III of Buck Jones Nursery program allows local residents to take advantage of special offers and discounts at the nursery through a $25 membership fee — with 80 percent of the $25 membership fee going directly to Buck Jones Nursery’s Elm Street donation fund. Buck Jones Nursery offers a complete line of nursery stock, including trees, shrubs, sod grass and hard-line supplies. “We were thrilled when Mr. Nobis contacted us about this program and very pleased with the result,” said G. Lora Grooms, founding artistic director of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. “As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, every dollar helps and we’re so honored they thought enough of our organization to let us be a part of their Gardeners Helping the Community program.”

Aquatic Center Offers Swim Lessons

The Cherokee County Aquatic Center is accepting registration for swim lessons offered at the new facility, located off I-575 at the Sixes Road exit. Swimming lessons will be offered for ages 6 months to adult, for all skill levels. Registration is under way online and at the Recreation Center in Woodstock. The first classes will begin May 6. For more information, visit


Ball Ground | Hickory Flat l Rose Creek l Woodstock

mayEvents Reading Dogs

May 1, 8, 15, 24 & 29, 4:30 p.m. Hickory Flat Public Library May 2, 9 & 16, 4:30 p.m., Woodstock Public Library May 10 & 24, 4:30 p.m., Ball Ground 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 children 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.

Book Sale May 3, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. May 4, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Ball Ground Public Library The book sale will also be open to members of the “Friends” of the library between 4 and 6 p.m. on May 2. Donating Books: All libraries within the Sequoyah Regional Library System accept the donation of new and gently used books year round. If the library has need of a particular volume, donated books are added to the collection. If the library is unable to place a donation into the circulating collection, the books are sold at annual & semi-annual Friends book sales, and through ongoing book sales within the libraries themselves. For guidelines on acceptable donations, please contact your local branch.

No story times are scheduled for the month of May. It’s That Time of Year Again! The Summer Reading Club Sequoyah Regional Libraries are preparing for their annual Summer Reading Club! The program launches on Friday, May 24, and the theme for Summer 2013 is “Dig Into Reading.” Stop by your local library any time on or after May 24 to pick up your reading log and other materials. Don’t miss the summer fun!

Ball Ground Public Library 435 Old Canton Road — (770) 735-2025 M,W,Th & F: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tues: 12–8 p.m. Sat: CLOSED Sun: 2–6 p.m.

Hickory Flat Public 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 Public Library


4476 Towne Lake Parkway — (770) 591-1491

May 19, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library The Lego Club meets once a month. The club has a different theme each month, and children will work as individuals or on teams constructing their LEGO masterpieces. The creations will be displayed in the library until the next month’s LEGO Club meeting. Children of all ages are invited to participate; children 9 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

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 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.

Louise Flanders was our winner for April’s contest corner. Louise has won a gift card to Chick-fil-A. 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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Straight-forward Pricing

by Nick Roper Have you ever scheduled work to be done on your home based on a price quote you were given? Have you ever gotten ready to pay your bill based upon that quote, but the price was much higher than the quote? Most people Nick Roper oversees business have encountered this issue development for H&H Electric and at some point or another and, Security LLC. He can be reached understandably, are not very at (770) 735-1136 or visit happy when they are told one price but have to pay another. However, some companies are taking a stance to ensure this does not happen. Various service-based companies, including some that provide electrical services, have implemented a solution to this issue by using a variation of what we call “straight-forward pricing.”

Straight-forward pricing allows businesses to give clients a 100 percent accurate total up-front before any work is done in their home. The first step in straight-forward pricing is an in-home visit from a company’s highly trained and certified technician. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the technician who will be visiting your home before you schedule any work to be completed. A reputable company will be happy to provide credentials about their technicians, who also should have been cleared with a background check and drug screen prior to employment. As part of straight-forward pricing, the technician will sit down with you and explain every detail of what your particular project will involve, as well as the cost for completing the work. Before any work is started, you will know to the penny what it will cost to complete the job, even if the job takes a little longer than expected. In the extremely rare case that a problem is misdiagnosed, straight-forward pricing will give you peace of mind that your concerns will be taken seriously, the job will be completed, and that the price that was originally quoted will not increase. Many companies will give a low-ball price estimate over the continued on page 70


Deadline fo r June Calend ar Events:

May 4 Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Southlands Subdivision 5000 Southland Drive Woodstock (Off Wiley Bridge Rd.) Information: Rain or shine! Over 20 homes participating. Look for the balloons on the mailbox for participants!

May 7 Native Plants That Make Great Garden Plants — presented by the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Time: 7 p.m. Location: William G. Long Senior Center 223 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock Information: Come learn how to incorporate wonderful native plants into your landscape. Please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (770) 479-0418 to register and for directions.

May 8 Job Fair Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Holly Springs Community Center/ Historic Train Depot 164 Hickory Rd., Holly Springs Information: Come and meet with Cherokee County’s top companies. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please contact Jennifer Stanley at (770) 721-7506 or jstanley@

May 10 & 11 2013 Relay for Life Cherokee County Time: 6 p.m. Location: Sequoyah High School Track Information: Come be a part of the 2013 Relay for Life, which will raise funds and awareness to help save lives from cancer. Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer benefitting the American Cancer Society. For complete information and registration, visit or call (770) 429-1624.

May 11 CITY ON A HILL’S Single Mom’s Gas GiveAway Time:

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Location: CITY ON A HILL UMC 45 Main Street, Woodstock Information: The church will be providing free gas to single moms in hopes of changing the world one loving act at a time. For more information, please visit or call (678) 445-3480.

Gutters for Goshen benefiting United Way & Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Time: 2-4 p.m., 1:30 p.m. registration Location: Cherokee Lanes 1149 Marietta Hwy, Canton Cost: $25 for 2 hours of bowling + shoes Information: Tons of door prizes and raffle drawings; grand raffle drawing — a weeklong stay at a 4-bedroom beach house on St. Georges Island ($3000 value). $25/raffle ticket may be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, please email dd@skylinepropertiesga. com or call (404) 437-5975. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Towne Lake.

May 13 6th Annual Hillside UMC Men of Hillside Charity Golf Tournament Time: 8 a.m., breakfast & registration 8-9 a.m., putting contest 9 a.m., warm-up 9:30 a.m. shotgun start Location: Towne Lake Hills Golf Club 1003 Towne Lake Hills East, Woodstock Information: Lunch and awards following the tournament. All proceeds benefit numerous ministries supported by the Men of Hillside. For complete registration information, please visit or call (678) 523-3734. For sponsorship information, please call (404) 421-5913.

May 17 & 18 Match Point on Childhood Obesity — Charity Tennis Tournament Time: Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday with various round robins, mixed doubles, junior drills, etc. ongoing through Friday and Saturday Location: Eagle Watch Tennis Center Woodstock

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Information: Join your community to help fight childhood obesity. Proceeds from the tennis tournament will make it possible to offer a new program to area families. CHOICES for Kids is partnering with both Cooking Matters, a national program dedicated to healthy eating, and Envision Health Studio, a local, total-body fitness facility. The program, called CHOICES Family Workshop Series, is a six-week family workshop that will cater to the whole family! Refreshments will be provided at all events. For registration and more information, go to www.choicesforkids. org. Deadline is May 13. Cost varies depending on level of participation. Discounts for multiple sessions.

May 17, 18, 24 & 25 Whose Line Is It, Woodstock? Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: City Center Auditorium 8534 Main Street, Woodstock Cost: $10 in advance online $12 at the door Information: The acclaimed iThink Improv Troupe brings their special brand of wacky, well-mannered humor to the Elm Street stage at City Center for a full evening of comedy., (678) 494-4251

May 18 Woodstock Spring Festival & Police Memorial Ceremony Location: The Park at City Center downtown Woodstock Time: 10 a.m., Memorial Ceremony 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Spring Festival Information: The Police Memorial Ceremony will honor law enforcement officers who have lost their lives on duty. Following this ceremony, the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation will be hosting the annual Spring Festival with a police and fire vehicle show, police K9 demonstration, kids’ games, bounce houses, food and live music.

May 18 First Annual Hustle For Heroes Charity 5K Location: 777 Neese Rd., Woodstock Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Information: The registration fee for the race is $25, kids $10, and Police/Fire/EMT $15.

May 22 Free Stroke Screenings — offered by Northside Hospital Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Northside Hospital Cherokee County Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Information: Whether you are a man or woman, no matter your race, in the prime of life or enjoying your golden years, you may be at risk for a stroke. The best protection you can take is to know your personal risk. In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, Northside Hospital is offering free screenings to determine risk for stroke, heart disease and diabetes. The screenings are free, but registration is required. Please call (404) 845-5555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment.

Every Saturday beginning May 25 — October 26 Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market presented by Cherokee Bank Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Location: Woodstock City Center Parking Lot, corner of Main St. & Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock Information: The first Saturday of each month, the Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market will host special events courtesy of Cherokee County Farm Bureau, such as a Pie Baking Contest, Old Tractor Day, and events highlighting in-season produce. For more information on the market or if you are interested in being a vendor, please email

songs made famous by the popular New York night club. For ticket information, please call (678) 439-8625 or visit the website at www. or ask any Chorale member.

Vacation Bible Schools & Camps Towne Lake Community Church Themed Day Camps 132 North Medical Pkwy, Woodstock Dates: June 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 July 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m Ages: 4-9 years Cost: $85 per week & one-time registration fee of $20 per child or $25 per family Information: For more details and registration form, contact or call (678) 445-8766, ext. 203.

Timothy Lutheran Preschool Camp Shine 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock Dates: June 17-21, June 24-28 July 1-5, July 8-12 Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: 3-10 years (must be potty-trained) Information: Each week introduces a different theme and activities spotlighting that theme through daily art projects, discovery/science experiences and Bible Wrap Up. Campers bring their own lunch (except on Fridays, when lunch is provided); snacks and water will be provided. The cost for one week session is $115, with a

10 percent discount when registering for all four sessions. Contact Barbara Bowler at (770) 9247995 or email for more information.

Cherokee Presbyterian Church — Kingdom Chronicles 1498 Johnson Brady Rd., Canton Dates: July 15-19 Time: 6-9 p.m.; Dinner served for VBS participants 5:30-6:00 p.m. Ages: Entering 1st-8th grades Cost: Free Information: To register or for more information, please visit, follow the VBS link on home page. VBS Kickoff will be held July 13, 2-5 p.m. Come for games, food and fun!

Little River United Methodist Church — ATHENS: Paul’s Dangerous Journey 12455 Hwy. 92, Woodstock Dates: June 3-7 Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ages: 4-10 years Cost: Free Information: Dinner included nightly for volunteers and participants. To register, please visit For more information, please contact gingermoss1@

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock (678) 494-4251 Information: Offering various camps throughout the summer. Please visit for complete listings.

May 31, June 1 & 2 8th Annual 97.1 The River Wing & Rock Fest Time: 6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday Location: Woodstock City Park, downtown Woodstock Information: Featuring great live music and the city’s best chicken wings. Come out and enjoy free admission! Wing-eating contest, live entertainment, Kidzone and more!

June 1 & 2 ‘Night at the Copacabana’ Pops Concert performed by the Cherokee Chorale Time: Saturday, 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Location: Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, Waleska Information: Conducted by Dr. Melissa Arasi and Wes Stoner, the concert will feature 13

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Connor Morrison

Age 4 on May 12 We love you! Dad, Mom, Kayla, Jacob, Luke & Megan

Isabella (Izzy) Garcia

Age 6 on May 25 Happy Birthday, Princess! Love, Mommy, Dad, Jesse & all your Family

Jenna Jewel Forte

Age 7 on May 31 Happy Birthday, sweet girl! We love you & are so proud of you! Mommy, Daddy, & Jess

Saanvi Lamba

Age 2 on April 26 Happy Birthday! With love, Dada, Dadi, Papa, Mummy

Marsha & James Brown

Celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on May 17, 2013 1 Corinthians 13:13. By continuing to apply Jehovah’s Bible principles, I can truly say faith has kept us together for 2 years. ‘Til time indefinite! I love you.. love me bear.

Adhya Vagish

Age 8 on May 5 We love you, Adhi! Ajji, Dad, Mom, Loki, Niharshanmukh, Shwetha, Gijji & Shruthi

Ryland Sean Davis

Born Feb 19, 2013 Son of Brittany (Giddens) Davis and Ricky Davis Grandson of Lauren Giddens and Sandy Davis Welcome to the world! We love you, Ryland!

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Jackson Tyler Campbell

Born December 29, 2012 Son of Lindsie & Will Campbell Congratulations!

Karin Wilson Submitted by: Linde Kramer, Age 10

My mom is the best of all because she is everything the best mom should be. The best thing about my mom is that she always gives me love. She helped me out a lot when I moved to America. And she always wants to help me. My mom and I like to do almost everything together. We like to play outside, swim together, and I really enjoy helping her with cooking. Also, we like to discover new things. The most important lesson my mom has taught me is that you’re rich if you have people around who love you. That’s why my mom is the best of all.

Wendy Kunkel Submitted by: Kinsey Kunkel, Age 9

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My Mother is the Best! And, Oh, she’s heaven blessed! My Mother likes to go places And I try to retrace her paces. Why, just the other day We went to the movies anyway. This week we’re going to the zoo! And mom, it’s just me and you. My Mother and I went riding. Oh, and the happy time we spent riding Is more that I can count. That fun makes me want to shout! My Mother is funny; As funny as a bunny. Her laugh makes me laugh. When I make a joke she laughs. So I get her to laugh back. My Mother smiles a whole lot. She also gets in bed with me a lot. My Mother goes bike riding with me And we play a lot as you can see. Sometimes we play Twister. She went far away and I missed her! My Mother! Not my brother!

Laura Richardson Submitted by: John & Chloe Richardson, Ages 10 & 8

Our mom is the best mom in the world. She can singlehandedly take care of us and many pets at the same time! She can do stuff people don’t expect a woman to do, like fix our hot water. We love to camp with Cub Scouts, cook out, and play sports together. She teaches us important lessons that help us to be better people — like not giving up, which will help us later in life. In our opinion, she is the best mom ever!

Stacy Daugherty Submitted by: McKae Daugherty, Age 11 My mom is great because she is sweet about everything. We love to paint each others’ nails. She has taught me to be nice to others even though they are not nice to you. My mom also makes the best salsa. 17


Private Schools Furtah Preparatory School

Avery Montessori 770-754-9800,

(678) 574-6488,

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 (770) 926-0166,

(678) 494-5464,

Northside Christian Academy (770) 334-0648,

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

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 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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Student Patrol Keeps Carmel Elementary Safe

Throughout the school year, students in Carmel Elementary School’s Safety Patrollers have walked halls and assisted in other ways to help keep the school safe and orderly. “These students are conscientious and responsible. They are leaders on campus and set a positive example for others, keeping all students safe,” said Jason Himstedt, school counselor and faculty sponsor. Each morning, the students help monitor assigned stations in the hallways around the school. In the afternoons, they help during bus loading. Safety patrol members also provide students with directions or other assistance they might need. “We want to recognize them and thank them for all their hard work!”

CCA’s graduation festivities are planned for May 16 at the Cherokee County Conference Center in Canton. Many of the 47 middle school graduates are expected to return to Cherokee Charter in the fall as the school establishes its first high school class. CCA (currently K-8) will have a ninth grade in 2013-2014 and eventually expand to K-12.

Etowah High Wins State Championships

Members of Etowah High School’s championship academic team

Carmel Elementary School’s Safety Patrol

CCA Middle Students Raise Funds for Graduation

Students in Cherokee Charter Academy’s (CCA) first middle school graduating class participated in fundraising projects recently to earn money toward an official commencement ceremony and formal dance. First, they staged a family “Photos with Bunnies” event at the school to coincide with the Easter holiday. Next, The eighth-grade car wash eight-graders, along with other helped raise $1,100 for Cherokee Charter Academy’s CCA students and their families, middle school graduation scrubbed cars and trucks to ceremony and formal dance. raise money through a car wash. At last count, the students raised approximately $1,100. 20 My Woodstock | may 2013

The Etowah High School Academic Team recently was named the official 5-AAAAAA State Champion at the Georgia Academic Team Association’s Varsity State Tournament, held recently at Ola High School in McDonough. This is the school’s first 5-AAAAAA Academic Team State Championship title. Etowah High finished with a 9-0 record for the day, defeating every top-ranking school in Georgia. The Etowah High School Academic Team will compete in the national competition this month. Team members who competed in the championship tournament were: Sydney Carlson, Lindsey Dolhan, Duncan Morgan, Dylan Morgan, Lucas Read and Craig Wineman. The Etowah High School Academic Team is coached by Honors English teacher Christina Hammonds. In addition, the Etowah High School Weightlifting Team won the State Championship recently. The win marks the school’s third consecutive weightlifting state championship. The team is coached by Coach Dave Svehla and Coach Brett Vavra.

Sequoyah High Junior ROTC Earns High Rating The Sequoyah High School Air Force Junior ROTC earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards” — the highest rating attainable — during their unit evaluation recently. Unit members who participated in the evaluation include:

Jordan Allen, Brandon Biro, Jamie Boatright, Carson Caglioni, Jared Carrio, Parker Cazier, Cailee Colegrove, Andrew Coleman, Emily Davis, Jamie Davis, Morgan Dilbeck, Nhi Dinh, Nicolas Gentile, Cody Gentry, Arianna Hassanali, Joanna Hernandez, Raymond Hernandez, Grayson Hooper, Savannah Hunter, Sukie Jules, Karl Karch, Hannah Kasper, Victoria Kerchof, Amanda Kinder, Nicolas Leslie, Melissa Masocol, Daniel Mendrala, Nicole Miller, Courtney Millican, Rachael Moncada, Linda Morales, Avery Nolan, Kylie Nowokunski, Andrew Oroz, Emily Powell, Jamie Samuels, Christine Shearer, Levi Sierra, Emily Stump, Travis Theiss, Christopher Thomas, Elizabeth Vickery, Mathew Violet, Sydney Webb, Amy Weghorst, Keyarra White and Derek Willingham.

Sequoyah High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC

The program is led by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Chuck Slater and Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) John Futral.

Johnston Elementary Welcomes Woodstock Mayor

Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques visited Johnston Elementary School recently to speak with fifth-graders about his government role. Mayor Henriques was invited by Counselor Tina Word to represent one of the many jobs included in the Government and Public Administration Career Cluster. Mayor Henriques is greeted by Johnston Elementary School Student Council members (left to right) Mathew Broomhall, Ava McDonald and Tyler Gragg.

Senator Beach Visits Bascomb Elementary

State Senator Brandon Beach visited Bascomb Elementary School recently, reading to second-grade and special needs students during his visit. Senator Beach also spoke to secondgraders about their career choices, answered questions about how laws are made, and watched the students prepare for an upcoming play about Georgia. During his visit with special needs students, Senator Beach spoke with the special needs staff about legislation supporting what they do and encouraged them in the difficult challenges they face each day in the classroom.

Senator Beach visits with (left to right) Bascomb Elementary School student Davis O’Brien, teacher Candis Novak, paraprofessional Dawn Beaham, student Jacob Donley, paraprofessional Sheryl Hendry, and student Bryson Kearney.

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SCHOOL Winners Crowned in ‘Miss Woodstock’ 2013

Woodstock High School (WHS) held its annual “Miss Woodstock” pageant recently, crowning winners in a variety of categories: Miss Woodstock and Best Dressed — Helem Merida; Miss Woodstock Faculty — Mrs. Kelly Burke; Senior Queen — Kailah Gordon; Junior Queen and Miss Congeniality — Bridgette Hudak; Sophomore Queen — Hallie Pointdexter; Freshman Queen — Winners of ‘Miss Woodstock’ 2013 Jessica Mann; First Runner-Up — Madison Tank; Second RunnerUp — Whitney Baker; Third Runner-Up — Breanna Jordan; Best Costume — Marissa Helling; and Highest GPA — Bree Murphy. In other school news, senior Taylor Head has been selected to compete at the 21st Annual International Environmental Project Olympiad in Instanbul, Turkey, this month. She is one of only three American students nationwide chosen for the competition. She was selected based upon her online application, abstract, paper and supporting documentation for her project, “Effect of Climate Change and Ocean Acidificacation on Shrimp Populations.” The competition will consist of approximately 150 projects from 50 countries. Also, senior Michelle Baruchman, copy editor for the school’s 2013 SAGA yearbook, has been named to the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) Journalism Honor Roll. The NSPA Honor Roll recognizes students who have excelled as journalists and scholars. Baruchman’s name will be featured in the Best of the High School Press, the NSPA’s annual publication showcasing award-winning student work. In addition to her role as yearbook copy editor, Baruchman has researched and written articles for My Woodstock Monthly magazine as part of her senior project.

Michelle Baruchman

Chapman Intermediate Celebrates Final Days

Chapman Intermediate School, which is closing at the end of this school year, held its last CRCT Prep Rally recently. The students traveled to neighboring Etowah High School for the rally, held in the school’s old gym. During the “prep” rally, the Chapman Intermediate School Band performed with the Etowah High School Band (both are conducted by Director Michael Foxworth), and each team competed in a chant/cheer contest to build spirit for success. Chapman Intermediate School teachers also participated in “The CRCT is a Piece of Cake!” cake-eating contest. In addition, Chapman Intermediate School held a legacy celebration that was open to the public. The Open House event celebrated the school’s 12-year history with special speakers and presentations. Woodstock | may 2013 22 My

School Board News by Janet Read

One can hardly turn on the television or open the newspaper and not hear something about our nation’s economy and the high cost of healthcare. As you may have heard, we are facing those very same issues in the Cherokee Janet Read is the Board Chairperson County School District for the Cherokee County School Board. (CCSD). This looming Janet may be reached by e-mail at crisis has been discussed at several work sessions and school board meetings in the past several months. At our March 21 work session, correspondence was distributed that outlines the historical perspective and potential options for our district within the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) as it relates to non-certified employees. Non-certified refers to those employees who do not hold teaching certificates. While this includes the majority of our custodians, bus drivers and secretarial staff, it also includes most of the employees in our financial and technology departments. We currently have more than 1,760 non-certified employees. In the 2008-09 budget, CCSD’s cost for insuring the noncertified employees through SHBP was $2.9 million. The cost this school year has risen to $7.6 million and is forecast to be $12.7 million for the 2013-14 school year. This is in spite of the CCSD employing 123 fewer non-certified employees! These costs are just the employer’s portion. Our employees have seen their portions (premiums) rise each year as well. CCSD has taken three steps in determining our best options to contain the healthcare costs. We are issuing Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek bids to potentially privatize our custodial and grounds services. This step is a fact-finding option. It does not mean that a decision has been made. It is simply a method to obtain more information so we can make an informed decision. CCSD is also researching an Alternative Health Plan or Health Plan Contribution Model for our non-certified employees. The third step is to continue to plan and develop other cost-containment models for those employees, such as modifying the size or the scheduled hours of the workforce. More information on these three steps will be forthcoming and will be discussed at a future work session. These steps need to be taken now, as the staff is diligently working on the budget for the 2013-14 school year. continued on page 70

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Scoop OTP Dang Chicks by Suzanne Taylor Scoop OTP was “Dang Lucky” to meet the owners of the Dang Chicks company, which began in 2009 in Cumming, Georgia. They have since expanded to the Dang Chicks Nation with distribution in more than 800 retail partners all over the world. Their slogan is, “It is more than apparel, it is an attitude!” Scoop OTP had seen the shirts around town for a few years, but it was by happy accident that we learned these shirts were created locally when we met one of their artists, Holly Jones, of the Painted Butterfly in Kennesaw. We had the opportunity to have lunch with Stephanie O’Connor, the creator of Dang Chicks, and her husband, Tim, and learn about their love for everything Southern, for each other and their children, and for the opportunity to inspire women to believe in themselves. Stephanie’s vision to launch a T-shirt company was about more than just selling T-shirts. It was a brand and a concept that her retail partners and fans have embraced. She started with just four designs at the Atlanta Apparel Mart, and then her company escalated. Of course, it didn’t hurt when Country star sensation Miranda Lambert wore her “Dang Texan” shirt for her Grammy nomination rehearsal, or when Elisabeth Hasselbeck was seen on “The View” wearing her “Dang Proud” T-shirt. With the rapid growth of the company, Tim came on a year later, stating, “We go big, or we go homeless!” Together, the two work hand-in-hand with a talented staff to inspire the Dang Chick Nation. The No. 1 selling shirt is “Dang Blessed,” followed by “Dang Texan” and “Dang Proud.” But with so many great shirt titles like, “Dang Lucky,” “Dang Cowgirl,” “Dang Housewife,” “Dang Strong,” “Dang Sweet Tea,” and more, it is easy to want one of each! You can find these T-shirts in many local stores including these OTP locations: Shoe Gallery in Roswell/Johns Creek, The Bilt-House in Roswell, and Sage at The Collection at Forsyth (formerly The Avenue Forsyth). continued on page 70

During the Great Depression it was not unusual for neighbors to give the only thing they could afford — a helping hand to a neighbor in need. In the summer of 1935, many of the residents of the Buffington community came together to work out the cotton crop of Bud Ponder after he was killed in a car accident on July 4, 1935. This property later became part of Nejasco Farms. Those pictured are front row (l-r): Amos Greene, Arthur Greene, John Frady, Odie Greene, Inez Greene, Christine Pharr, Willene Greene, Walderene Pharr, Pauline Greene, G.R. Ponder, Jr., Viola Bell, Irene Greene, Ione Pharr, Walter Owen, and Jim Watkins. Back row (l-r): Carter Greene, John Garrison, Will Bell, Chester Pharr, J.J. Harrison, Wheeler Martin, Ben Brock, George Ponder, Hubert Greene, R.B. Perkins, Tom Perkins, Sr., (next three seated) Dave Bell, Willie D. Mashburn, Cleve Mauldin, Ralph Bell, Wilmer Frady, Bob Perkins (seated), Jack Eberhardt, Joe Ponder, and Tom Perkins. Photo by Mashburn’s Studio, Canton. Information taken from Cherokee County, Georgia: A History & Buffington and Macedonia In Days Gone By.

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Dramatic sweat reduction without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins or surgery. The miraDry procedure uses the only non-invasive technology that is FDA cleared and clinically proven to dramatically reduce sweat and provide lasting results. Now there is a lasting solution to sweat control that doesn’t use harsh chemicals, toxins or surgery. Advantages of the miraDry® procedure: • Lasting results • Dramatic reduction • Immediate results • Non-invasive • Toxin-free • Minimal to no downtime • Quick in-office procedure Please contact our office at (770) information and scheduling.

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DISCOVER Woodstock’s History by Kyle Bennett For many new and even long-time residents of Woodstock, the history of the area is somewhat of a mystery — but it doesn’t have to be. Local residents can learn all about Woodstock’s interesting history through Preservation Woodstock. The organization evolved from the Woodstock Central Commission, which was established in 1997 to help celebrate Woodstock’s centennial. The name of the group eventually changed to Preservation Woodstock, and now is focused on preserving the heritage of Woodstock for future generations to enjoy. Preservation Woodstock is based out of the Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean’s Store on Main Street in Downtown Woodstock. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the organization is invited to attend the next meeting, at 7 p.m., May 13, at Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean’s Store. Everyone is welcome! As an example of the types of local landmarks and other local history you can learn about through Preservation Woodstock, I’ll share the fiery story of the old Enon Church. The church was organized in 1837, and the congregation held services near what is currently the intersection of Main Street and Ridgewalk Parkway. In 1879, the wooden church structure at Enon was physically moved to rest on the ground a few yards off Broad Street (now Main Street), and the name was changed to Woodstock Baptist Church (now First Baptist Church Woodstock). By 1891, that little church house had served its purpose and a new edifice was constructed facing Main Street.

Today, the renovated sanctuary remains intact as The Chambers at City Center, serving as the meeting location of Woodstock’s city council and other meetings and events. It stands as a monument to the combined efforts of city officials and other entities who recognized the importance and value of historic preservation.

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

Family members occupied the Johnston House until 1978. Over the years, different businesses — including the offices for First Baptist Church Woodstock, which eventually moved to its current, larger building located off of Neese Road and Highway 92 — have occupied the building. Today, Salon and Spa Venéssa occupies the lovely home, also referred to by many as “Woodstock’s White Columns on Main.” ‘Tis beauty from 1913 ashes. For more information on Preservation Woodstock and to learn to how you can get involved, please visit the Woodstock Visitors Center or call (770) 924-0406.

Upcoming Events Woodstock Summer Concert Series: Little Texas

The church minutes record the next chapter in the church’s history: “On Sunday night, May 4, 1913, the dwelling house of Mr. J.H. Johnston caught on fire at 9:00, and the Baptist church house caught from that building and was burned down, saving only the seats and Bible.” This year marks the centennial of that event.

May 11, 7:30-10 p.m., at The Park at City Center

As far as can be determined, re-building of both structures began immediately and matching brick was used so that the two complement each other even today. Church records show that the new church house was insured in April 1914.

Friday Night Live: Main Street Luau

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Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market May 25 (every Saturday through October 26) 8:30-11:30 a.m., at Woodstock City Center parking lot

June 7, 6-9 p.m., in Downtown Woodstock

Nehemiah Project is entering its 6th year as a major force in Cherokee County. It is an amazing four-day event for the local youth of this community. The week is filled with daily worship, dynamic messages, and community service. All youth in grades rising 7 through 12 are welcome to be a part of this event. The work projects will last three days and consist of painting homes, repairing and beautifying outdoor community spaces, wheel chair ramps and simple repair of properties for people in our community. Last year 120 youth participated in the Nehemiah Project and completed 10 projects for their neighbors in need. The vision of the Nehemiah Project is to foster a passion for godly service in the name of Jesus Christ. By becoming the hands and feet of Christ, youth will experience Jesus through direct service ministry. In response to the awesome love of Jesus Christ in our lives, we are compelled to share and extend that love by serving others. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Each evening will have awesome worship, inspirational speakers, and tons of fun. It is an incredible experience for the youth! The Nehemiah Project will foster the development of a servant’s hearts, a love of missions and a network of new friendships among local Christian youth groups.

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What’s Cookin’ Strawberry Limeade Margaritas

or Slushies for the Kids

Shared from Farmhouse Favorites by Kim Guzewich (Kid-friendly and adult version)

1 can frozen limeade ½ can Sprite 2 c. frozen strawberries Pulp of 2 limes (Add tequila to taste for

Cinco de Mayo Quick and Easy Blender Salsa Shared by Lisa Hayes

14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 tsp. honey

10 oz. can original Rotel

½ tsp. salt

½ small onion, roughly chopped

¼ tsp. ground cumin

1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed ½-1 jalapeno, seeded or not (depends on how spicy you like it)

Small to medium size handful of cilantro, washed Juice of 1 lime

Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingre dients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste. Serve with tortilla chip s or over tacos.

adult version) Combine all ingredients in blender. Serve in mason jars or margarita glasses.

Taco Dip

Shared by Candice Williams Please send us your favorite “Kids in the Kitchen” recipes for June. With summertime almost here, it’s a great time to spend quality time together and get the kids helping in the kitchen too! Email your recipe to

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1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.) 1 package of taco seasoning 1 lb. hamburger meat 1 jar of salsa

1 bag of shredded cheese (2 cups) 1 bag of tortilla chips or corn chip scoops

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Jeff Kincaid, D.M.D., M.S., of Kincaid Orthodontics, located in Woodstock and Roswell, has been helping patients to achieve a beautiful smile for the past 26 years. Throughout his career as an orthodontist, Dr. Kincaid has built his practice around not just creating beautiful smiles but also creating individual relationships with his patients. “We try to be a ‘throwback’ office with a ‘down home’ approach to patient care,” says Dr. Kincaid. “We work hard to get to know our patients and build one-on-one relationships. It’s important to us that we connect with our patients. We strive to set Kincaid Orthodontics apart by making our patients feel a part of our family.”

Kincaid Orthodontics’ “down home” approach to customer service includes patients and parents alike. Dr. Kincaid and the entire staff spend time getting to know patients (and parents) by name, learning about their interests, and answering any questions so that they feel comfortable. “Patients need to relate to and feel comfortable with their orthodontist, because they’ll invest a lot of time and money in the course of treatment,” he says. “It’s important to me to spend time with my patients, but I’m also very laid-back. I like to tell jokes and have fun. To me, people skills are just as important as orthodontic skills.” 35

Dr. Kincaid and his staff appointments. And, participate in local events patients can access their in both Woodstock and account information and Roswell to connect with make online payments patients and parents and through Kincaid to engage others in the Orthodontics’ secure, community. Most recently, online patient login Kincaid Orthodontics tool. “By using the latest has supported local Girl technology and moving Scout cookie sales, school to a digital charts records fundraisers, sports teams, system, we’re essentially a fall festivals, community paperless office,” says Dr. parades, and other Kincaid. “It’s made us more community events. Dr. efficient as a staff and more Kincaid also writes a blog efficient for our patients.” on his website (www. to Advancements in help educate patients orthodontic technology and parents about have also helped make orthodontic care and treatment a more address common issues comfortable experience for and misconceptions about patients. “Many patients orthodontics. Kincaid still have the misperception Orthodontics also uses that orthodontic care social media, including is painful, but the Dr. Kincaid’s fun, family-like approach to Facebook and Twitter, discomfort is minimal patient care combined with technology that makes to stay connected with with new technology,” patients — with contests, says Dr. Kincaid. Selftreatment convenient, comfortable and affordable trivia, and other fun ligating brackets, for for patients has resonated throughout the features. “We like to post example, are smaller photos of patients while in profile and present Woodstock, Roswell and surrounding communities. they’re in the office for less friction — which a check-up or celebrate minimizes discomfort when they get their braces off,” says Dr. and also reduces treatment time by In addition to making orthodontic Kincaid. “We like to try different things approximately 25 percent. Invisalign treatment fun for patients, Dr. Kincaid to make things fun for our patients and and Invisalign Teen offer a cosmetic tries to make it convenient and easy. help them to get to know us better.” solution to patients who otherwise The two locations in Woodstock may have been reluctant to orthodontic and Roswell offer more flexible Another fun feature at Kincaid treatment through traditional braces. appointment scheduling for patients Orthodontics is Ortho Bucks. With “More and more patients are opting for who live or work in the area. Seamless, every office visit, patients can earn the cosmetic correction in a cosmetic shared computer technology between Ortho Bucks redeemable for fun environment that Invisalign offers,” the two offices allows patients to prizes like toys, T-shirts, movie passes, says Dr. Kincaid, noting that Kincaid call either location and have instant gift cards and certificates. The more Orthodontics is one of the top Invisalign access to their information, he patients keep their appointments, providers in the Metro Atlanta area. says, regardless of the office where wear rubber bands or other AcceleDent System is another new they are treated regularly. Patients orthodontic appliances, and earn good orthodontic treatment offered at Kincaid can request appointment times or grades, the more Ortho Bucks they can Orthodontics. As its name implies, the reschedule existing appointments via earn. Best of all, Ortho Bucks aren’t AcceleDent System uses a small mouth email or Facebook. Text and email just for kids. Adult patients can earn device and technology to move the teeth reminders make it easy for patients Ortho Bucks as well. faster and accelerate treatment by up to to stay informed about upcoming 36 My Woodstock | may 2013

50 percent. “It’s really easy — patients just wear the mouthpiece for 20 minutes every day while they’re watching TV, reading or even driving,” he says. “They don’t have to do anything. The AcceleDent device does all the work by itself.” These newer technologies also mean patients can enjoy longer periods between appointments and still stay on schedule (provided they follow instructions and wear appliances as recommended). Dr. Kincaid says new advancements also make it possible to treat more problems at a later stage, reducing costs at the same time. “Keeping up with technology is a key factor in what distinguishes a great orthodontist from a good orthodontist.” Along with more treatment options, Dr. Kincaid and his staff offer a variety of payment options to make orthodontic care affordable for patients. Patients can choose from low down payments, affordable monthly payments, or finance through CareCredit. Kincaid Orthodontics also offers discounts if paid in full and discounts for multiple family members. “We try to make orthodontic care affordable, so patients don’t feel like they’re taking on a huge financial burden just to get the treatment they need,” he says.

Dr. Kincaid’s fun, family-like approach to patient care combined with technology that makes treatment convenient, comfortable and affordable for patients has resonated throughout the Woodstock, Roswell and surrounding communities. Kincaid Orthodontics recently was voted “My Community Favorite” by readers in both Woodstock and Roswell. “We know patients have many choices in orthodontists today,” says Dr. Kincaid. “We’re humbled and excited that our patients recognize the hard work we put into providing quality orthodontic care.” 37

Last year, Norm’s son, Jeremy, and his wife, Kayla, participated in a charity ride for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), called the Tour de Cure, which raises funds for diabetes research and education. “Jeremy and Kayla decided to jump in the deep end, the 100-mile course, and invited me along one of their 72-mile training rides,” Norm explains. “Well, somehow I survived that ride with a little gas still in the tank, so to speak. So, I thought, ‘What the heck?’ I’ll follow in their footsteps.”

Age, heredity, diet and exercise are all key risk factors of diabetes, half of which you cannot control. So, when your doctor finally announces, “You’re diabetic,” you will have some decisions to make. Norm Spafard of Woodstock found himself in a similar situation. After about a half-dozen years of simply following typical prescriptions and trying to maintain normal diet routines, Norm had to make some serious decisions about his health and his future. “In December 2010, I was hovering just over 250 pounds and my sugar numbers were not staying in check. It was time to make a change or watch my health go downhill,” he recalls. Following a selfprescribed course of action, Norm increased his physical activity in an attempt to lose weight and get healthy. Within a year, Norm had lost nearly 40 pounds; while his goal was to lose 50 pounds, he was excited at his progress and had a new outlook on life. Discovering proper lifestyle eating changes was fairly easy for Norm, but — at 54 years old — exercise was not. “It seemed like everything I really enjoyed doing was hard on my body and joints,” he says. But Norm remembered days upon days of riding his bike as teenager, so he broke out his old 10-speed and hit the road. Cycling was much less impactful on Norm’s joints and kept the wind in his hair — which reminded Norm of his other passion, riding motorcycles. The cycling exercise regime was working well for Norm. Woodstock | may 2013 38 My

With the course set and registration complete, Norm will set out on his goal to ride 100 miles in the Atlanta Tour de Cure on May 19 — with an initial goal to raise $5,000 for ADA toward diabetes research and education. “I really hate doing things halfway, so, in my typical fashion, I decided to begin training for the long-haul ride and to also challenge myself, family and friends to raise money.” Just six weeks before the race, Norm was feeling good about both his fundraising and training. “I am probably doing better on my fundraising than training due to the horrible weather we had this past winter, but I will reach both goals.” Norm, who has lived in Woodstock since 1985, works for Cobb County Fire Department. Along with biking, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, camping and fishing, and was involved in the early days of Woodstock’s roller hockey program. To learn more about Norm’s journey, visit his blog at For information about ADA and donations to Norm’s Tour de Cure fundraising ride, visit

Atlanta Tour de Cure May 19, 6 a.m. check-in Boundary Waters Park 5000 Hwy. 92/166, Douglasville

Recently, the team at My Community Monthly celebrated with the winners of the 2013 My Community Favorites Awards. This year’s awards recipients from Cherokee and Fulton counties gathered for an evening to recognize each area business that was voted My Community Favorite by the readers. Thank you to all who were in attendance. Congratulations!

Photos courtesy of and Michelle Baruchman & Paige Trammell, Woodstock High School Seniors

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HOPE Stings

by Laurie Troublefield

“Now when this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?” — 1 Cor. 15:54-55

Laurie Troublefield is the director of training with Grace Connections. You may contact her at

There is a longing within each one of us — a deep and abiding conviction — that one day we will be with Jesus, and this world, which often brings with it intense pain and ongoing struggle, will no longer be our home. This is HOPE! For many of us, this past season of life has been one of the most memorable; not necessarily for its triumphs and excitement, but more for the conflict and confusion that have come through strenuous circumstances. I have had numerous conversations with people all over the world who are asking some difficult questions about the disillusionment they are experiencing. Times are tough! And truthfully, I have no answers. But I do have HOPE! We who believe in Jesus as the only true giver of LIFE have been given a promise: Death is no longer to be feared, nor does it hold any power over us; it has lost its sting. This is Good News! We still go through the pain of losing a loved one, but we know that it’s not the final chapter. Life has won! The problem comes not in our dying, but in our living…existence on this planet, no guarantees as to how it will go, or how long we will be here. And though there are so many moments of amazement and wonder, sometimes, in the struggle, it’s often hard to believe there is any goodness. HOPE stings! To hope is to breathe. If we inhale without it, we are desperate. If we exhale without it, we are bitter. When we are enveloped in Him who is Hope, something within us cries out in worship, “I believe!” even when nothing we can see would inspire such an exclamation. I can imagine Mary and Joseph, as they sought shelter for the night and found none, feeling the sting of Hope (literally within her) and struggling to believe this is how God planned to enter the world. Then, Hope was born…not in a palace, but where we live. In the “mangers” of our lives, He came to us. He became a perfect expression of Love in the messiness of our humanity. HOPE Lives! continued on page 70 Woodstock | may 2013 42 My

by Joseph Dollar


no surprise the real estate industry has changed over the past few years. Staying up to date is what I do best! I pride myself on understanding what is needed and completing the task. Call it the “athlete” in me, I like to achieve my goals. I take pride in providing the best client experience for the people of Woodstock/Canton, where I have lived for the past 27 years. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for eight years and we have a 5-five-year-old daughter and another baby girl on the way. When I am not competing in marathons and triathlons, I enjoy watching college and professional football in my spare time. I began my mortgage career so I could assist people in

achieving the “American Dream” of owning a home. After many years of assisting the community with home ownership, or providing the best interest rates when refinancing, I’ve realized how important it is to be up to date in the housing market. I’ve established a name for myself by treating customers and referral partners with integrity. The most important gift I can give is educating my customers. I educate them to know all their best options before making a decision on the most expensive item they will ever purchase, a home. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, seasoned homeowner looking to upgrade, looking for an investment property, or refinancing your current home, let me be your “go-to” mortgage consultant. Rest assured; you will maximize your dollar with Joseph Dollar!

Scene Programming

by Michael Buckner

This month I’d like to talk about something common in my world that is very rare to most people; scenes. What this means is that for a smarthome owner, they do not have to think about which lights to turn on and at what dimming level, what temperature for the Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Intersection, located at 631 E. Main thermostat, and what music to Street, Canton. For more information play. Instead, they just choose on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, the particular “scene.” Let me put it a different way: If you just call (770) 479-1000. tell your home what you are doing in the room, it can set the room up best for that activity. Here are a few of my favorite scenes from my home; I love to program these for other homeowners as well: “Cook” – Press the “Cook” button on the wall in the kitchen, and the overhead and under-counter lights will come on to full brightness, Pandora music service will come on in the ceiling speakers, and the thermostat for that room will adjust to comfort level. “Eat” – As soon as the cooking is over, press the “Eat” button on the same wall and the dining room lights will come on, all lights will dim, and the music will switch to a soft station and at a lower volume. “Clean” – This setting will make all the lights come on to full brightness. There’s usually a particular up-beat music playlist to match this one to, if so desired. “Panic” – This security scene can make all of the lights in the entire house and the exterior floods come on. In addition, if the client has a camera system, we can make the video of the house pop up on all of the TVs so there is no question about what’s going on. Press the button a second time and the police can be notified via silent alarm. “Goodnight” – Ever done the “pajama walk,” where you walk all through the house, turning everything off and locking all the doors? Instead, we program the “Goodnight” scene and, with one press of a button, all the lights, music and TVs will turn off, the garage doors will close, the deadbolts will lock, the security system arm, and thermostat will drop the temperature in the master suite two degrees. continued on page 70 Woodstock | may 2013 44 My

5 Things to love About Windows 8

by Scott Lavelle

If you get a new PC, odds are that it will have Windows 8 installed on it. Some have loved it and others have been critical. Here are five things that are really great about Windows’ new operating system — things you can actually use in your daily routine.

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

1. Fast boot times: On my laptop, which is about five years old, my start-up time from completely off to “ready to use” is about 30 seconds. From “sleep mode” to usable is about five seconds with Windows 8. This is dramatically faster than Windows 7 on the same laptop. 2. The new “Modern UI” (previously known as “Metro”): Mostly seen in the Start Menu, this is a customizable view that lets you see the apps you want — up front, dynamic and automatically updating with new information available at a glance. Rather than burying everything in nested menus like the old Start menu, Windows 8 allows you to customize the apps that you access most, right there in big, colored blocks. It’s also “touch friendly,” so if you have a touchscreen laptop/PC, you can control this interface easily with familiar tabletlike actions. 3. Built-in Skydrive: If you are familiar with applications like Dropbox, you already know the idea of Skydrive — an online “cloud” location to store your files so you can access them anywhere or share them with others. Users get 7GB of free storage space and apps that work on Windows, Mac, the Web, iPhone/iPad, Windows Phone, and Android devices. That’s more space and compatibility than the other similar competition out there. 4. Native anti-malware: For personal use (or for businesses with less than 10 computers), Microsoft Security Essentials has been available for free for the last two years or so, but now it’s built in from the start. It’s pretty effective, updates automatically with Windows update, has no ongoing subscription costs, and doesn’t interfere with your computer use — no major slowdowns, unlike many of the paid-for options. 5. Lots of apps in the new Windows store: Whether continued on page 70

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When someone close CLEANING WITH GEMMA Your Patio Ready For to you Is Arrested GetSummer Barbecues by J. Daran Burns

When someone close to you is arrested, things get crazy fast. There are a lot of considerations you might not think about when someone is first arrested. First and foremost, be familiar with attorneys in your area who J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns handle criminal cases. You & Speights, P.C. Attorneys at Law. He may want to provide a retainer can be reached at (770) 956-1400. “just in case.” This will put you ahead of most people who find themselves dealing with the unpleasantness of having someone they care about arrested. The reasons behind immediately contacting an attorney are two-fold. First is representation. An accused has rights guaranteed under the Constitution, but those rights are only meaningful if the accused is aware of them and invokes them. Second, an experienced attorney may be able to smooth out the process, providing guidance and assistance both before and after a release from jail. Let’s look at a fairly normal case: a domestic violence situation. It is common to receive a phone call from a spouse who says she and her husband got into an argument last night. It wasn’t that serious, but they both had been drinking and she was nervous, so she called the police. The police in this county take domestic violence very seriously; that nervousness almost inevitably turns out to be a stay at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. They rightly believe that it is usually best to take whoever is deemed to be the aggressor to jail and let things cool down. This is when I get the phone call. It is the next morning, and I have a very nice lady on the phone whose husband is in jail. She tells me that although the police were right to arrest him, it was a one-time aberration, and she needs her husband out of jail. She has two kids, a job and bills to pay, and her husband can’t help her with any of that if he is in jail. She is usually shocked to learn that (1) they usually won’t let her husband bond out for at least two days, and (2) when they do let him bond out, there is usually a “no contact” order in place that will not let him communicate with his wife or even stay at the marital residence. In this very common situation, I usually go to the prosecutor’s continued on page 70 Woodstock | may 2013 46 My

by Gemma Beylouny

Spring and the beginning of summer are great times to sit on the patio and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. As the weather gets warmer, barbecue season also kicks in. To enjoy these fun outdoor activities, it is a good idea to clean your patio and any outdoor furniture first.

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

The first thing that needs to be done is to de-clutter the patio. Throw away (or set aside for a yard sale) any items that you do not use regularly or that are broken.

Depending on the type of patio you have, sweep, scrub and pressure wash the patio as needed. Remove any weeds that may have sprouted up, along with any dead plants and flowers. Wash and clean the flower pots. Think of this task as an annual ritual, removing the remnants from the long winter. The most common patio items that should be cleaned regularly are outdoor furniture, including chairs and seat cushions, table umbrellas, and barbecue grills and covers. Durable, weather-resistant chair cushions are the best option for patios that are not covered. To clean mildew from outdoor cushions, mix a bucket of warm soapy water with a small amount of bleach. Use a cleaning towel or scouring pad to wipe off the dust and mildew. Or, use a spray bottle to soak the cushion for five minutes if the mildew is very obvious. You can do the same for the rest of the outdoor furniture, including chairs, umbrella and table. Next, clean the barbecue grill. There are several products on the market for cleaning the grates, but one of the most common and effective is a stiff wire brush. Once the grill has cooled down, take the brush and clean off all the remaining food particles and sauces. You can also do this after each use, when the grill is still a little warm. Just be sure to read the grill’s instruction manual before you begin, because all grills are not the same. Some may recommend certain cleaning instructions. continued on page 70

Spring Cleaning:

The Shelf Life Of Shampoo & Conditioner

by Jyl Craven

Are you using expired hair care products and don’t even know it? Now may be the time to do some spring cleaning of that outdated shampoo and conditioner that you’ve collected from seasons past. Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design Didn’t know these products of Canton. For information, you may could expire? You’re not alone, contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 actually. The Food and Drug or visit Topic Administration doesn’t require written in collaboration with Kristina Aslim, stylist at Jyl Craven Hair Design. expiration dates on hair care products. Manufacturers who note expiration dates actually do so voluntarily.

The reason shampoo and conditioner have such a long shelf life is because of the preservatives they contain. Since one of the main ingredients of shampoo is water, the moment it gets opened it becomes exposed to air and other contaminants — making it susceptible to the growth of harmful microorganisms. Therefore, don’t be tempted to dilute your products with water. Over time, this will only increase the possibility of contamination and render the preservatives less effective. How can you know when a product has gone bad if it doesn’t include an expiration date? Extremely old shampoos and conditioners typically smell funny or even acrid, and feel funny between your fingers. However, they often tend to go bad even before they start to smell strange. Always check to see if there is an expiration date on the bottle. The expiration symbol will typically be located near the product’s UPC and will display the drawing of a little container with a number inside of it, like 6, 8, or 12. That means you have 6, 8, or 12 months of use after you open the bottle; double that if you don’t touch it. If there’s no label, a good rule of thumb is to keep unopened bottles for no more than three years and an opened bottle for no more than 18 months.

Between the hedges Leyland Dieback

by Louise Estabrook Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent About this time every year, I receive dozens of calls from area residents concerning Leyland cypress trees. And the question most frequently asked by homeowners is, “Why are the branches on my Leylands turning brown and dying?” Information about Extension Solutions The reason that limbs are for Homes and Gardens can be browning and dying right now found on the University of Georgia is largely due to two disease Cooperative Extension website, www. problems: Seiridium blight Or contact the Cherokee County and Botryosphaeria canker, Extension Office, 100 North St., Suite both of which are caused by G21, Canton, GA, (770) 479-0418. fungus. Even I have noticed a large number of Leylands in the Cherokee County area with brown or yellowish-brown limbs, so I recently contacted Dr. Jean Woodward, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia Extension in Athens, and asked her which disease was presently causing the problem and how to tell the difference. According to Dr. Woodward, one of the easiest and best ways to tell the difference between Seiridium and Bot canker is to run your hands across the branches of newly affected trees. If the needles fall off upon touching, then it is Seiridium. If the leaves stay attached, then it is Botryosphaeria. Most often, the follow-up question to “What is killing my Leyland plants?” is “What can I do to stop this?” Proper irrigation during hot, dry periods is essential in helping to prevent these diseases. But, what about after the disease is already present?

If you use “natural” versions, the rules are quite different. Regular hair care products include additives and preservatives to help extend their shelf life. Natural products don’t include

On trees already infected, the best control is to prune the brown (dead) branches from the tree. This will make the tree look better and also reduce disease spread by reducing the fungal inoculum. Once this is done, then irrigation is the best remedy to prevent any smaller cankers from expanding to kill more of the plant. The one thing that needs to be stressed for Leylands showing brown or dead branches now is that the original infection probably occurred years ago, but the symptoms are only now becoming evident as the cankers have enlarged. Therefore, fungicides are not very effective in controlling the diseases at this time.

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Brooksgate Stable Inc. in Canton is a full-service facility specializing in hunters, ponies, jumpers and equitation. Originally located in Alpharetta, Brooksgate Stable has been in business for more than 30 years. The current stable is twice the size of the original farm — providing horses more turn-out with a state-ofthe-art facility that caters to horse and rider. Owner/trainer Elizabeth Warmington offers riding lessons for beginners, intermediate and more experienced riders. In addition, Elizabeth has produced champions locally and nationally in the short stirrup, medium pony, and large pony divisions. She has guided juniors to the children’s hunter, large junior hunter’s division championships, and national equitation finalists. Elizabeth and her family, along with the full-time stable crew, reside on the property — ensuring the horses receive all the care, supervision and security they need. Brooksgate Stable prides itself on giving riders and horses the individual attention and training they need to excel. Brooksgate Stable Inc. in Canton is conveniently located to serve residents in nearby Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta and Cumming.

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

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Ingredients • Delmonico or highest quality center cut ribeye

Cabernet Jam

• 1 medium onion, minced • 1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon • ¼ cup Vinegar (Red Wine, Rice, Apple Cider, your choice depending on palate) • 2 Tbs. packed brown sugar • ¼ cup honey • 1 Tbs. butter • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions Cabernet Jam

Melt butter in sauté pan Add onions and sauté until translucent Pour wine and vinegar Reduce by half Add brown sugar and honey Reduce to syrupy jam consistency


Grill Delmonico to temperature preference Top with jam and 1 Tbs. bleu cheese crumbles Place on oven-safe plate or platter and broil until cheese melts Pair this dish with your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon or hearty red wine and enjoy! 53

• 408,000 — the number of children currently in Foster Care in the United States • 30,000 — the number of young people in the United States who leave the Foster Care system each year without a forever home • 34 — the number of young men currently living at Goshen Valley • 22 — the number of young men who have been adopted from Goshen Valley into forever homes in the past three years Information and statistics taken from

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• Volunteer to serve at Goshen Valley or tutor a young man • ConneCt to Goshen Valley in order to invest in the life of a young man who is over 18 and attempting to gain his independence • Consider adoption or long-term mentoring relationships that can change the life of a young person • Give in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month to help provide services for those in need

Facial Protection More Pain, No Gain During Activities

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS This is the time of year when children and young adults gear up to participate in a myriad of activities. Recently, dental and sports organizations teamed up to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports and activities.

Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in orthodontics and owner of Kincaid Orthodontics in Woodstock and Roswell. Visit his website at

The mouth and face of children and young adults can be easily injured if the proper precautions are not used while participating in sports or recreational activities. More than half of the 7 million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by children as young as 5 years old. According to an article published by Dental Tribune America, many injuries could be prevented with proper protection. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation has estimated that more than 3 million teeth could be knocked out in youth sporting events each year. In addition, athletes who don’t wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth than athletes who do wear mouth guards. Yet, in a survey by the American Association of Orthodontists, 67 percent of parents admitted that their children do not wear a mouth guard during organized sports. This raises the question: If mouth guards offer a simple and relatively inexpensive solution to help decrease the risk of injury, why aren’t more kids wearing them? The same survey revealed that 84 percent of participants do not wear mouth guards because they are not required, even though other protective materials may be, like helmets and shoulder pads. Basketball, baseball, softball, racquetball and volleyball are a few sports that do not require mouth guards — yet have a high incidence of injury. Compared to other types of protective gear, the mouth guard may be the least expensive of all, so non-compliance is still a mystery. An effective mouth guard protects the teeth, holds the lower jaw in place, and allows normal speech and breathing. Dental professionals, especially those in the Academy for Sports Dentistry, can recommend the best mouth guard for every sport and recreational activity. Dental experts urge athletes, continued on page 71 Woodstock | may 2013 56 My

by Monika Yadav, MD

Happy Spring! Yes, I realize I changed the very well-known slogan to yet again fulfill my informative needs. As the seeds of the season begin to blossom, the predictable influx of abashed patients ensues. This phenomenon is not new and occurs like clockwork around this time. What is the regretful Dr. Monika S. Yadav is a boardissue? Post-holiday weight certified physician in Internal Medicine gain. “I’ve fallen off the wagon, who practices at 684 Sixes Road in Holly Springs at Prestige Primary Doc…” It happens in the Care ( For majority of people…especially appointments, call (678) 494-9669. those over the age of 35. And most of my patients want the quick, easy fix, instant gratification. The problem with this concept is why I changed the words in the title to suit my following advice. In achieving most life-altering goals, and especially weight loss, one must experience PAIN on multiple levels. And not just physically, but also mentally. There is a popular misconception that we can continue with certain ways of life and habits after age 35. Most of us can’t. There have to be more sacrifices and discipline as we age. This is what I see as desperately lacking in today’s mindset. As we age, our metabolism slows and we naturally lose muscle — two things much needed to burn calories. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance to push the system in order to see results. How can this be done? There is far more caloric effectiveness with drastically changing the way we perceive food. Instead of meals being something to look forward to and indulge in, it must be considered just a way to sustain a functioning body. As the years have passed, the sources of sustenance have deranged into highly fattening, processed junk. Perhaps when we were cave people a high carb and salt diet were required to thrive — avoiding infection and famine. But now in the 21st century, those things aren’t needed…especially here in the most developed and powerful nation. I think that’s where part of the problem lies. Studies show that as our great nation has grown, so has our appetite. “Portion distortion” has taken over. The sizes of meals and snacks are outrageous nowadays. For years our brains have been wired a certain way. Eat three square meals with dinner being the largest, cheat during holidays. Well, every day can convert into some kind of special day — every year more and more are added to the calendar, not to mention sporting events and award shows to add to the excuses list. continued on page 71

A RIVER OF SALIVA (I.E. Spit Happens) by Scott R. Harden, DDS There is no doubt that working inside people’s mouths every day is not a profession many people would consider. Why would anyone want to be a dentist? There is nothing attractive about decayed teeth, gum disease, unruly tongues, gag reflexes, patients Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and with dental anxiety and, has served the Woodstock area for most importantly, let’s not more than 21 years. He is a Dental disregard the endless river of Advisor for two nationally renowned saliva. That’s right. You work dental research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000. diligently to remove decay from a tooth, then place a band Website: around it to contain the white filling. You place cotton rolls everywhere possible to isolate the tooth. You place adhesives on the tooth to chemically retain the filling and, as you reach for the filling material, here comes that river of saliva heading for the tooth. “Suction,” the dentist requests of the dental assistant — and the war on saliva begins again. Saliva is a never-ending battle that plagues dental professionals every day. The most challenging patients are teenagers and pregnant females, who seemingly produce gallons per minute. Thinking about saliva and the dentist brings to mind Bill Cosby’s skit about going to the dentist and his famous line, “Hey…I have saliba hangin’ from my bottom lipa!” He comically told how he wiggled his head, tried to blow the saliva off his lower lip, and leaned back to snap the saliva in half — unsuccessfully leaving a long line of saliva stretching from his lower lip to the old spittoons of yesteryear. Bill Cosby’s fans laughed hysterically. Yes, even Bill Cosby understood the challenge of saliva in dentistry. Why do we produce saliva in our mouths anyway? As it turns out, saliva has numerous functions and proves to be extremely beneficial to our body. Functions of saliva include: Digestion. An enzyme in saliva, called amylase, breaks down starch in our foods into simpler sugars that can be absorbed easier in the small intestine. Another enzyme in saliva, called lipase, is the first form of fat digestion. So, saliva is the first stage of digestion in the body. Protecting Teeth. Saliva has a protective function, helping to prevent bacterial build-up of plaque on the teeth through pH Woodstock | may 2013 58 My

neutralization and washing away food particles — both of which reduce tooth decay. Disinfectants. Saliva contains antibacterial agents. Disease Prevention. Iodide is found in saliva, possibly providing antioxidant and anti-tumor activity, as well as prevention of oral and salivary gland diseases. Facilitates Eating. The lubricating function of saliva allows food to pass more easily from the mouth into the esophagus. Saliva, although an ominous foe of dental procedures, has earned its respect in the dental profession. Dentists, hygienists and dental assistants alike have all learned to cope with saliva. Our weapon of choice is the saliva ejector to suck up unwanted saliva that challenges the dry environment we strive to maintain. Another tool for safeguarding against saliva is the rubber dam — a sheet of latex strategically placed around a tooth, acting as a barrier technique. Saliva production is one of those daily occurrences we are accustomed to and provides us normal chewing and swallowing. The average person swallows 600 times per day. Imagine if you did not produce saliva, which is the case for many people who suffer from the condition known as “dry mouth.” Dry mouth can occur from smoking products, medications, infections, diseases, trauma and surgery. More than 1,000 medications cause dry mouth, including antihistamines, pain relievers, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and those that treat chemotherapy, hypertension, obesity, acne, mental disorders, asthma and epilepsy. Dry mouth can also be attributed to certain diseases, infections and medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, the mumps or a stroke. This article was inspired by Ann, one of my original patients from more than 20 years ago, who moved away to Maine for many years but recently returned to my office for dental care. She has dry mouth due to a condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, an immune disease that attacks the exocrine glands that produce saliva. Her dry mouth resulted in advanced tooth decay over the years, which required numerous tooth extractions and many implants to satisfy replacing her missing teeth. Dentures are not a good treatment solution for Ann because her skin was very sensitive to dentures without lubrication normally produced by saliva. Dry mouth is a serious dilemma in dentistry and requires careful consideration and planning by the dentist to offer rinses to replace saliva and to coordinate treatment and home care to maximize the patient’s oral health. Otherwise, for the majority of our patients, we tolerate that river of saliva because, in reality, it isn’t such a bad thing after all.

MOMMY MAKEOVER: A Plastic Surgery Trend

by Drs. James E. Leake, E. Anthony Musarra and Michael Petrosky The “Mommy Makeover” is the current craze and talk of the town, whether it be in the car pool lines or mother’s morning out play dates. The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to restore a woman’s body after child bearing.

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

Motherhood brings many wonderful changes, including new depths of love, patience and joy. Unfortunately, it can also change a woman’s body in ways that may not always be pleasing. Many moms find that no amount of exercise or dieting can ever bring back their flat, pre-pregnancy abdomen. Breasts can also lose their size and shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Breast enhancement and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are the two most common components of the Mommy Makeover. Procedural options include: Breast Augmentation: to restore volume to breasts (often performed in conjunction with a breast lift to correct sagging). Breast Lift: to firm, elevate and reshape sagging breasts for a more youthful appearance. Breast Reduction: to remove excess skin, fat and breast tissue, and to elevate and reshape overly large breasts. Abdominoplasty: to tighten lax stomach muscles and eliminate excess skin and fat, resulting in a flatter, firmer waist and abdomen. The most popular Mommy Makeover procedure is the tummy tuck. For excess fatty deposits that accumulate in the abdomen, flanks, hips or thighs, liposuction often is incorporated into a Mommy Makeover. From the music they listen to, the places they go, and the clothes they wear, today’s moms represent a new generation. continued on page 71 Woodstock | may 2013 60 My

Eye Allergies In Full Swing

by Kyle Edwards, OD Have itchy, red eyes been an all too common occurrence for you since the arrival of spring this year? You may be suffering from eye allergies. While it is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies, approximately Dr. Kyle Edwards is an 4 percent of allergy sufferers optometrist at Edwards Eye Care report that eye allergies are in Woodstock. (770) 479-0222, their primary allergy. Itchy eyes are the most common symptom associated with eye allergies, and is triggered by outdoor and indoor allergens. For some, eye allergies can prove so uncomfortable and irritating that they interfere with job performance, impede leisure or sports activities, and even curtail vacations. What are eye allergies, and how do you know if you are suffering from this condition? Eye allergies can encompass many symptoms, such as itching, burning and dryness, that are caused by allergens in our environment. Eye care professionals refer to eye allergies as “allergic conjunctivitis,” which is a reaction to indoor and outdoor allergens (such as pollen, mold, dust mites or pet dander) that get into your eyes and cause inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and helps keep your eyelid and eyeball moist. Eye allergies are not contagious. Other substances called “irritants” (such as dirt, smoke and chlorine), and even viruses and bacteria, can compound the effect of eye allergies. In some cases, these irritants can cause irritation symptoms similar to eye allergies among people who do not have allergies. The eyes are an easy target for allergens and irritants because, like the skin, they are exposed and sensitive to the outside environment. Certain medications and cosmetics also can cause eye allergy symptoms. By way of response to these allergens and irritants, the body releases chemicals, called histamines, which, in turn, produce inflammation. In very mild cases, oral allergy medication may help relieve itchy eyes along with cold compresses to the eyes a few times each day. However, your eye care professional is best able to treat this condition with specific anti-allergy drops that can keep those red, itchy eyes away and have you back outdoors enjoying the beauty of spring.

Tips for fun In The Sun by Shannon Dobson, CPNP

Ahhhh…warm weather and sunny skies are upon us! It’s time to get out, get active and start soaking up some vitamin D! Just be sure that you take precautions for your children (and yourself) when out in the sun.

by Vishant Nath, DMD

Shannon Dobson is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitoner at Sunscreen is not made for Woodstock Pediatric Medicine in babies under 6 months. In fact, Woodstock. (770) 517-0250, babies should not be in direct sunlight. Keep them under a shade and dress them in lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat to protect them. If you absolutely cannot avoid the sun, a little bit of sunscreen will be better than a sunburn. For older babies and young children, choose a sunscreen especially formulated for children. Sunscreen for children is gentler on the skin and generally “tear free.” Find a sunscreen that is waterproof so you won’t have to fish your kids out of the pool every 30 minutes to reapply sunscreen. Always read the label to know how often the manufacturer recommends re-applying sunscreen; even waterproof sunscreen typically requires more than one application.

My kids loved to wear swim goggles. On and off they would go, and off the sunscreen would go with the friction of the goggles. Pay special attention to faces and ears when applying sunscreen. Also, new sunscreen regulations require that any sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” protects against both UV A and B rays. Apply this type of sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside so that it will penetrate the skin and offer the most protection. We know now that UV rays also can harm the eyes, even in children, so it is recommended to wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses. The sun is strongest between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., so avoid those hours in the sun if you can. When you go out in the sun during these peak hours, always remember to wear sunscreen. Don’t be fooled by cloudy or overcast days; you can get a bad sunburn from the rays that penetrate the clouds and reflect off of the water. While sunscreen will provide some protection against the sun’s harmful rays, it is not a “free pass” to stay in the sun for extended periods. Use common sense with your children and the sun. If they have been outside for hours on a very hot/humid day, they will need a break. Remember to hydrate them well when they are swimming, too. They may continued on page 71 Woodstock | may 2013 62 My

XYLITOL’S Oral Health Care Benefits Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous part of certain plants. It is found in certain “sugar-free” products, such as gums and mints. In addition to serving as a substitute for sugar, xylitol has its own benefits. It can actually help to fight against cavities!

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may contact him at (678) 3521090 or visit

Bacteria in the mouth cause tooth decay. The primary bacterium that causes tooth decay is Streptococcus mutans. The bacteria live off of the food that we eat. The bacteria in the mouth break down the food particles and produce acid. This is called “acid attack.” The acid attack weakens the tooth structure, allowing for the formation of cavities. After eating, this acidic environment remains in the mouth for as long as 30 minutes before being neutralized slowly over time. This creates a prolonged environment that is unfriendly to your teeth. Slowly but surely, the enamel is broken down and cavities begin to form. Picture this happening several times over a day as we eat and you can see how troubling this can be.

Now, let’s introduce xylitol into the system by chewing xylitol-containing gum after a meal or snack. Bacterial cannot break down xylitol. When xylitol is introduced into the mouth, less acid is produced — so the teeth are protected from cavities. Also, since the bacteria cannot break down xylitol, they are not fed. The levels of bacteria can fall by as much as 90 percent. Obviously, having less cavity-causing bacteria present in your mouth is a good thing! The sweetness of xylitol-containing gum stimulates salivary glands. Saliva protects the mouth and teeth, so having more of it is another benefit for your teeth. Also, the saliva that is stimulated by chewing xylitol-containing gum actually works to neutralize the acidity of the mouth more quickly than normal. All of these factors lend credibility to the use of xylitol to help strengthen teeth and prevent cavity formation. Of course, the best way to prevent cavities would be to brush away any food particles each time that we eat. But an acceptable alternative throughout the day would be the use of xylitol-containing gum. This, in addition to establishing good oral hygiene habits (brushing twice daily and flossing before bedtime), can go a long way toward creating happy, healthy smiles!



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 Services: 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 Services: 10 & 11:30 a.m.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Toonigh Church of God

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

Grace Life Church

4775 Holly Springs Parkway, (770) 926-3096 Worship Service: 11 a.m.

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

Unity North Atlanta Church

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

4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, (678) 819-9100 Sunday Services: 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. (Sanctuary) 11:15 a.m. (Espa単ol, Peace Chapel)

Greater Bethel Community Church

Watermarke Church

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

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

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

Woodstock Christian Church

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

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.

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

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

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 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.

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. 65


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:

Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Contact:

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

Main Street Woodstock Meeting: First Friday at 8 a.m. Website:

North Georgia Referral Network 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:

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

Contact: Gina Jeter, (770) 842-8893 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Genesis Adoptions

Pilot Club of Cherokee County

Contact: (770) 517-0043 Website:

Contact: Lynda Goodwin at (770) 393-1766

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Rotary Club of Woodstock

Contact: (404) 862-6180, Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Green Pets America Humane Society

Sewrifics of Cherokee

Contact: (770) 712-4077 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Habitat for Humanity

Meeting: Contact:

Contact: (770) 345-1024 Website:

The Hope Center Contact: (770) 924-0864 Website:

Hospice Advantage Contact: (770) 218-1997 Website:

ICOR Contact: (404) 992-8155 Website:

Pet Buddies Food Pantry Contact: Heather Ballance, (678) 310-9858 Website:

Kiwanis Club of Woodstock

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

Contact: (770) 928-5115 Website:

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

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

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

Woodstock Jaycees Meeting: Contact:

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

Woodstock Masons

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

Woodstock Midday Optimist Club

Papa’s Pantry

Meeting: Contact:

Contact: Lynne Saunders, (770) 591-4730 Website:

Contact: Chad Arp, (678) 493-4343 Website:

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

(770) 926-8055

Cherokee County Humane Society

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

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

Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact:

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

Sons of the American Legion

Civic Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter Meeting: Contact:

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

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

American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 316 Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Irma M. Martin, (678) 662-2366 Website:

Hickory Flat Optimist Club Meeting: Contact:

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

Military Organizations

Safe Kids Cherokee County

Charitable Organizations

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

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

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 67


United States Government

President Barack Obama (D)

Board of Commissioners

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

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 Website:

1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

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

Buzz Ahrens (R), Chair

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

Senate Russell Courtyard-2 Washington, D.C. 20510 Website:

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 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


Harry Johnston (R), District 1

Raymond Gunnin (R), District 2

Brian Poole (R), District 3

Jason A. Nelms (R), District 4

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

Board of Education Janet Read (R), Countywide Chairman

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

(770) 516-1444


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

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

Kelly Marlow, Post 1 e-mail:

Patsy Jordan, Post 2

(770) 893-2970


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

(404) 463-1378

303-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334

Michael Geist, Post 3

(404) 462-4950


State Rep. Michael Caldwell (D-20)

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

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

Robert “Rick Steiner” Rechsteiner, Post 4

(770) 704-4398, x4370


Rob Usher, Post 5

(770) 928-0341


State Rep. Scot Turner (D-21)

(404) 656-0314

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

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

Robert Wofford, Post 6


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

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

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

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

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

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

(770) 345-6256


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

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

(678) 493-6431

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (R)

(678) 493-6160

Cherokee County Coroner: Earl W. Darby

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

(404) 362-1600

480 Main Street, Canton, GA 30114

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Roger Garrison, R 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115 email: Website:

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner:

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

(678) 493-6400

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

City of Woodstock Juvenile Court: Chief Judge John B. Sumner Judge M. Anthony Baker

Court of Clerks: Patty Baker

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

(678) 493-6511

Mayor Donnie Henriques

(770) 592-6000, x1003

(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

the Chamber Classic

Golf Tournament Monday, June 10 BridgeMill Athletic Club Wiley Creek Duck Preserve 205 Sawyer Farm Road Waleska (770) 712-5910 Hunting Preserve

8:30 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Celebration Banquet (Held at end of tournament play) Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Envision Health Studio, LLC 101 Victoria North Court Woodstock (770) 926-4180 Health/Fitness

The Velvet Cloak Resale & Consignment Store 9334 Main Street Woodstock (678) 494-0444 Nonprofit Organization

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phone to get their foot in your door. However, once they are in your home and see what the work will actually consist of, they may raise the price. A reputable company should not operate like that. How would you like it if the next time you visited your favorite fast food restaurant they were to give you your total price when you placed your order, then raised the price by 20 percent when you got ready to pay? That definitely would not fly in the restaurant industry, so why should it when it comes to work to be performed on your home? The next time that you decide to have service work completed, make sure to get your price up-front and don’t be afraid to ask for credentials that verify the person who will be completing the work is qualified and experienced.

School Board News

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I would like to reiterate that these steps and potential changes for our non-certified employees are NOT a reflection of their worth to our organization. Over the years, I have mentioned the many dedicated employees who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the benefit of all the students of CCSD. Our custodians and grounds crew are just two of the many groups that are vital to our organization. The CCSD is just continuing to “tighten our belts” to make the best use of our shrinking tax dollars.

Dang Chicks

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The T-shirts make up about 60 percent of their business, but the company’s new line of jeans is growing like crazy as well! You can be a Dang Chick from head to toe with boot jewelry and trucker hats. Check Dang Chick Nation’s website at for their latest accessories made by local OTP artists. Check their Facebook page for updates on a May 18 charity concert and event that will feature their newest shirt, “Dang Chicks GNO” (Girl’s Night Out). That’s the “Dang Scoop!”

Hope Stings

Scene Programming

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I don’t know what your Hope is set upon in this season of life, nor how much it stings. My wish for you is this: I wish for you a miracle…and He can be found right in the middle of where you breathe! HOPE is Jesus!

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“Romance” – This is the most fun scene to program. It’s different for everyone, but in general, is meant to be a fix for the guy who has ever been criticized for not being romantic enough. By pressing this button, the lights in the master will dim to a candlelight level, gas logs will kick on in the fireplace, and some soft R&B, jazz or whatever is deemed as the favorite choice of music will play through the speakers. Some clients have requested that this button be called the “Evening” button instead. No matter what we call it, it’s definitely the sauciest thing we do. While Smarthome scenes may seem excessive or luxurious, you’d be surprised how easily you can get used to them. And just like any other technology, such as microwaves and cell phones, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

Windows 8

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you are looking for games to play, news to read, stocks to track, or shopping deals to find, the Windows store has it covered. As of this writing, there are more than 50,000 apps available. Obviously, some are good and some not so good, but there is a lot of variety out there to customize Windows 8 with the extra features that you want.

So, while there is a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of Windows 8, it has some great new features to make your PC life more productive and enjoyable.

When Someone Is Arrested

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office immediately. If the husband is still in jail, I will attempt to go to the 72-hour hearing to see if I can prevent onerous conditions of bond from being imposed and to make sure the bond is set as low as possible. If the husband has already made bond, then we try to remove the no-contact provisions as soon as possible. From there, it is a process of getting the family life back to normal before the case is resolved and reaching the best possible outcome regarding the criminal aspect of the case. Obviously, this may not be your exact situation, but it does serve as an example of why having an attorney on retainer or in mind for this situation is crucial.

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Get Your Patio Ready

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For basic general cleaning of a gas grill, first make sure the gas is off. Prepare a bucket of warm soapy water. Using a cleaning towel or non-scratch scouring pad, start on the top cover and work your way down. You can also follow this cleaning approach with charcoal grills. Replace the used charcoal and clean out the ashes from the bottom of the grill. Having a clean patio is always inviting. If you do this in early spring, you can enjoy your patio for several months until the fall season. Have fun barbecuing with your family and friends.

The Shelf Life

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these same additives and preservatives — which means you will have to keep a sharp eye (and nose) out. As for extending the life of your hair care products, remember to keep the water droplets out. The less chance oxygen and water have to get inside the products, the longer they will last. Also, store them in a cool, dark place when you’re not using them, as constant light might further the deterioration process. Hopefully, all this won’t scare you away from your favorite shampoos and conditioners. It just pays to know a little more about some of your beloved hair care products. Now you can be sure your hair will have the protection it needs all year long!

Leyland Dieback

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Important keys to preventing Leyland diseases are not to injure trees when planting or working around them; not stressing Leylands by planting them too close together; and irrigating Leylands during periods of drought or in summer when rains cannot be counted on. If your Leylands are severely affected, the best control is to remove the damaged trees and replant with something else, or even more Leylands. Within a few years, the new trees will grow so fast that the loss hardly will be noticed. Information about Extension Solutions for Homes and Gardens can be found on the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension website,, “Learning for Life.” Contact the Cherokee County Extension Office at 100 North St., Suite G21, Canton, GA; (770) 479-0418.

More Pain, No Gain

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Exercise does not help us lose weight (unless you are doing Olympic-level activity). It aids in maintaining your current weight. It has other benefits like expanding the lungs and conditioning your joints. If done at an aerobic rate, it can shape up your heart. After a certain age, yoga is more beneficial than boot-camping. It builds muscle, improves flexibility, and helps

with mental stability. Now seen more in the West, it has to be more understood and embraced. Buck up. No more excuses. Experience pain. Calorie count. Choose organic. Become regimented. Celebrate holidays with laughter and words rather than with food. It will take baby steps, but it can be done with patience and diligence. And, in the long run, it will prove more successful in staying on that wagon for a lifetime of travelling down healthy roads!

Facial Protection

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parents/caregivers and coaches to be proactive as they head out this spring and offer these important tips: 1. Wear a mouth guard. Dentists can make customized ones that provide the best fit, but other less expensive options include the boil and bite mouth guards, or the stock generic guards that are ready to wear, but often don’t fit well. 2. Wear a helmet when possible. It can adsorb energy and help prevent damage to the head. 3. Wear eye protection. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage during sports. 4. Wear a face shield to avoid damaging the bones around the eyes, nose and jaws.

Mommy Makeover

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Today’s moms want to look young, feel young and preserve the body they always had. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, requests for Mommy Makeovers increased five times faster than other cosmetic procedures in 2006. If you want help in returning to your pre-pregnancy figure, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon to learn about all of your Mommy Makeover options and help you decide which procedures will best achieve your desired results.

Tips For Fun In The Sun

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be “in water,” but they are losing water in their little bodies through heat and activity. Children are much more susceptible to dehydration than adults. More common sense: Never leave a child alone in any body of water (pool, tub, etc.) Even grown-ups should not swim alone! If you are in the ocean, be aware of rip currents and teach your older children (and yourself) to swim along the shore until out of the current. Get out of any body of water in a storm and take appropriate cover during lightning. If on the beach, watch for cars — some beaches allow cars or have beach patrols. Happy Summer! 71



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