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Northside Cherokee Pediatrics A Growing Practice for a Growing Community

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Publisher & Co-Owner Brian Meek Executive Editor & Co-Owner Michelle Meek


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Market Director Janet Ponichtera

Preparing for Back to School Games, tips & more!

Graduation 2013 Local students celebrate

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

In the Kitchen with Downtown Kitchen Pineapple Coulis over blackened Wahoo & grilled shrimp

Cherokee County Scouts


Graphic Designer Tiffany Atwood Graphic Designer Candice Williams

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In Every Issue

4 My Woodstock 6 Publisher’s note 8 Community news 12 Calendar 14 Celebrations 16 Library news 16 Contest Corner 20 School news 22 Sports News 28 The View From City Hall 30 Main Street Woodstock 32 Goshen Valley boys ranch 62 Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 64 Cherokee county historical society 68 Advertiser index


Photographer Jack Tuszynski Writers Gemma Beylouny, Michael Buckner, J. Daran Burns, Jyl Craven, Shannon Dobson, Joseph Dollar, Dr. Kyle Edwards, Louise Estabrook, Chris Grass, Dr. Scott R. Harden, Donnie Henriques, Johnny M. Hunt, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Scott Lavelle, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. Mike Litrel, Dr. E. Anthony Musarra, Dr. Vishant Nath, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Janet Read, Nick Roper, Lauren Sellers, Suzanne Taylor

Volume 2 | Issue 9 113 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,

Harmony Designs Feng Shui provides Feng Shui consulting for homes and businesses by Cherokee County resident Jennifer Hunt, CPFP. Located in Woodstock, Harmony Designs Feng Shui is available for weekday, evening, and weekend consultations. Feng Shui is a method of creating harmony and balance in a space that nurtures and supports the occupants, allowing them to experience their greatest potential for a harmonious life. (678) 662-2434,, Salon and Spa Venéssa, an AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa (8516 Main St., Woodstock), will reopen July 9 after a brief hiatus to “rejuvenate and refurbish” the salon in celebration of its 22nd anniversary. Located in the historic antebellum mansion on Main Street in Woodstock, Salon and Spa Venéssa officially will debut its refreshed interior with an Open House, 7-9 p.m., August 2. The public is invited to attend the Open House, featuring complimentary services, consultations with the spa and salon’s creative team, special discounts on retail products, and door prizes. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday and Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. (770) 591-2079, Silverton Mortgage Specialists Inc. has announced the official launch of The Silverton Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a mortgage and rent assistance program for families with hospitalized children. The goal is to help families maintain their homes and reduce financial and emotional burdens during times of crisis. The Silverton Foundation works directly with social workers at Georgiabased children’s hospitals to determine families in need of financial assistance. From there, The Silverton Foundation makes the rent, mortgage or temporary housing payments directly to the mortgage company or landlord. Silverton Mortgage Specialists Inc. serves all of Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas, with offices in Woodstock, East Cobb, Kennesaw, Vinings and other locations. (404) 891-1111, Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market (9010 Main St., Woodstock) opened recently in the building formerly occupied by Brenda’s House of Flowers. Owner Zach Yurchuck opened Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market to bring the best brews from around the world to Woodstock. In addition to a large bottle selection, Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market will offer beer enthusiasts 20 options available on counter-pressure fillers that ensure the highest-quality growler fills. Growlers will be available in 32 and 64 ounces, and all bottles will be sold individually — allowing customers to create their own mix-and-match six-pack. (404) 234-5589,,

Cherokee High School teacher Joseph Stewart, whose family owns the Book Browser bookstore in Woodstock, has organized a book drive for Moore Public Schools in Oklahoma. The books will be used to stock school classrooms and media centers and will be given to students whose homes were destroyed. Donations of books for children of all ages (picture books, beginning readers, non-fiction, reference, classic novels, young adult novels, etc.) are needed to be shipped prior to the start of school. The bookstore is located at 295 Molly Lane, Suite 130, Woodstock. (770) 384-8644,, The Cherokee County School District is providing meals at no cost to children during summer break through the USDA Seamless Summer Feeding Program. Any child younger than 18 can receive a free breakfast and/or lunch at any of the eight locations operated by CCSD throughout Cherokee County; there is no income requirement or registration to receive meals. YMCA Canton, through July 26: breakfast (8-8:15 a.m.); lunch (11-11:25 a.m.) YMCA Woodstock, through July 26: breakfast (8-8:20 a.m.); lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) Shadowood Mobile Home Community, through July 26: lunch (10:45- 11:20 a.m.) East Gate Mobile Home Community, through July 26: lunch (11:30-11:45 a.m.) Cherokee High School, July 9-18: lunch (11-11:15 a.m.) 4

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Publisher’s note Trust, Text and Translation I love my daughters, so this is not about them. Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, it’s about one of your kids...obviously it’s not, but let’s just say it is. That will keep me out of trouble at home. You know the situation —you tell your kids to put the electronics down and communicate with each other. And they do, maybe for a minute or two, then that weird sound fills the entire house. “Oh, my gosh! My friend needs me to read this or watch that right now or the world is going to end!” Not too long after that, you are hearing of a horrible misunderstanding and she or he didn’t know what I meant or didn’t understand what I said. “You said,” I say, “How did you say it? Certainly this person heard your tone and you were able to explain yourself, right?” “No, I texted them and now such and such thinks I don’t like him and so and so said this and now it’s all messed up and I don’t know what to do.” “Really, you don’t know what to do? Do you know how to ‘dial’ a phone?” “A phone, dial, what?” “The thing you’re texting with!” “Wait what? What is dialing?” Ok, so I’ve observed nowadays that it is completely acceptable to text as Co-owners Michelle and Brian Meek opposed to normal communication. Texting is communicating, you say? Maybe… and it’s not just texting, it’s Instagram, kik, or whatever else my, uh I mean, your children are using to communicate with these days. And let me add that this has nothing to do with the communication itself or the method. What is lost is the context, the immediate sensing of a misunderstanding, the instant feedback or clarifications that are only fully understood through a conversation. A CON-VER-SA-TION! You know, with spoken words, voice inflections, the words, “sorry” or “I meant to say” or “No, that’s not what I mean!” I talk about this generation because, while I am absolutely impressed with their technological ability, their miraculous ability to adapt to the latest trends or social media flash in the pan, I also am worried because they have no idea what each other looks like without some photo bomb dude who sneaked into the snap chat or who jumped in front of the camera in the photo booth at the mall! And I worry that when it does come time to sit in an interview or go on a date and sit across from each other at dinner, they won’t know how to look the other in the eye and communicate, normally. They’re young you say… of course they are. I am not condemning, only concerned. As I said before, a little frustrated because I see the train coming, warn them about miscommunications, then have to clean up the train wreck after it happens…and they have no idea how it happened. So, in other words, we have to be parents and love on them and share with them the importance of personal communications on a higher level than texts et al. I know the kids are going to be fine, but I think they still need us. Why? Because we can still teach them how to express themselves to another person — how they feel, why they’re upset, or why they like them or don’t. We can still teach them the importance of personal contact and communication that enriches their relationships and builds their self-esteem...the oldfashioned way. Relationships rely on trust and understanding. These apps are awesome when all are involved...adults understand a lot better than younger minds that wonder why they weren’t invited, or were told such and such couldn’t hang out but then saw her on Instagram with someone else! These kids have access to wonderful tools for communicating. They are wonderful because they provide real-time information that allows them to express themselves like, arguably, we couldn’t. This is a good thing. It’s the lost in translation, mixed message, no feeling, reading-between-the-lines problems I fear the most. Just sayin’! But, I think in the end if we keep being parents, everything will be ok! Brian Meek, Publisher (770) 720-7497, 6

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Help Feed Hungry Children with MUST Ministries

With 11,646 students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program in Cherokee County, MUST Ministries is working to rescue hungry children again this summer by providing and delivering sack lunches to various housing neighborhoods. Toni McAlister, MUST coordinator for Cherokee, estimates the group will serve 1,100 children each weekday for a total of 51,000 meals this summer. A detailed list of what goes in each lunch and the daily menu is posted on the MUST website ( Lunches are made by churches, businesses, clubs, neighborhoods, sports teams and families who want to help. Volunteer drivers are also needed. Each weekday, the drivers load their cars with the lunches and drive a pre-appointed route where children wait for the meal. MUST volunteers also hand out free books on Fridays to help the children continue to read during the summer. MUST’s goal this summer is 250,000 sack lunches. People who want to participate in this important project can donate through the MUST website. The ministry also needs peanut butter, jelly, bread, juice boxes, individually packed salty snacks and sweet snacks, baggies and paper bags. MUST host sites include New Life Church, Sixes United Methodist Church, and Heritage Baptist Church. For more information on how to help, please email

The HOPE Center Names Volunteers of the Year

thrift store each Thursday, sorting through donations and getting them ready to sell. The team served a combined total of 446 hours in 2012. The Extra Mile Award went to Maria Walasik. She works in the Baby & More Store, volunteering at the cash register and greeting clients. Walasik served more than 613 hours last year. The awards were given Maria Walasik, at the annual Volunteer The Extra Mile Award recipient Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Piedmont Church in Marietta. More than 100 people attended, representing more than 10,000 volunteer hours last year.

Optimist Club Honors Area Students

The South Cherokee Optimist Club honored Cherokee County middle school students during its annual Youth Appreciation Breakfast, held recently at Featherstone’s in Towne Lake. The program was coordinated by John and Debby Carter-Campbell. The club honored the following students: Ashley Taylor (Woodstock MS), Most Diligent, presented by Amber Davis; Philip Psareas (Teasley MS), Positive Attitude, presented by Michael Byess; Maria Monteleone (Mill Creek MS), Outstanding Achievement, presented by Bonnie Carver; Noah Spinetto, accepted by his sister, Mattie (Freedom MS), Outstanding Achievement, presented by Candie Ngkonchin; Taylor Thomas (E.T. Booth MS), Positive Attitude, presented by Donna Dochney; and T.J. McMahan (Creekland MS), Most Improved, presented by Angie Yeager. In addition, the club awarded the Excellence in Education Award to Cheryl Mills, music therapist, presented by Pam Ballato and Linda VanFossen.

The HOPE Center in Woodstock recognized some of the organization’s outstanding volunteers recently as part of Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Mother of Israel Award was presented to Pam Coronado, who faithfully serves as a client advocate, mentoring those who come to the center for assistance. Having faithfully served in this role every Monday since fall 2008, Coronado served more than 162 hours last year. The Star Team Award was given to three ladies — Judy Dietz, Pat Kos, and Martha Montgomery — who work in the workroom of the 8

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Everything you need To Know About Power Surges

by Nick Roper

by Suzanne Taylor

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

Electrical service companies have the ability to install a surge protector in your electrical panel, which will protect not only your electronics that are plugged into a surge suppressing power strip but also everything in your house that is connected to an outlet. A whole house surge protector installed at the panel catches the power surge before it enters the wiring in the home. Although most people associate power surges with lightning strikes, the majority of power surges are not caused by lightning. Did you know that 40 percent of all computer crashes and data loss is the direct result of a power surge? In fact, the average home in North America faces five or more surges a day, or 2,000 a year. In addition, half of the surges come from inside your own home, when large appliances turn on and off. While these surges are nowhere near the intensity of a lightning surge, they can be severe enough to damage components, either immediately or over an extended period of time. Other surges can be a result from faulty wiring in your home, so it would be in your best interest to get a whole home safety inspection before installing a surge protector. Installing a surge protector in a home with faulty wiring would be like putting a band-aid over something that needs stitches. Another inexpensive option that all homeowners should continued on page 66 Woodstock | july 2013 10 My

Scoop OTP HappiLife Recently, I attended a Market 334 festival and bought a HappiLife “Lake Happi” t-shirt. This shirt makes me so “Happi” dreaming about summertime fun that I had to reach out and find out more about the inspiration behind this company. When HappiLife creator and owner Deanne Murphy graduated from college, she started making original t-shirts by sewing on fabric peace sign designs and “Save the Earth” slogans. A hippie at heart, she loved her hobby, but it just didn’t pay the bills. Luckily, Deanne’s job at an ad agency and the best boss ever, inspired her to learn graphic design and follow her dreams. Years later, with her family’s support, she learned screenprinting by hand and, through trial and error, she created t-shirt designs and sayings she loved. Deanne drew her inspiration from the happiest, most peaceful time in her life, which was her youth in Saratoga, Calif. She loved her smiley face shirt from the 70s, so she designed her own smiley Happi guy. Her “Beach Happi” and “Lake Happi” are two of her best sellers, and she thinks it might be because people are at peace and relaxed at those places. At $24 each, her shirts are extremely soft and hold up well. Each shirt is made by hand with dignity and love. HappiLife offers a wide range of designs covering yoga, baseball, running and many Happi sayings and quotes that you can choose from — or she can create something specific for you! And feel free to choose whatever color ink you want as well. I can’t wait to get the “Lax Happi” shirt to wear to my son’s lacrosse games. She also has lyrics from songs, like, “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane,” by Jimmy Buffet, “All You Need is Love,” and a few others you might recognize. After just starting six months ago, HappiLife now has distribution on Etsy at and at the following local locations: Market 334 in Cumming; Carta Bella at The Collection at Forsyth; Winey Blonde Boutique in Woodstock; Sis & Moon’s in Alpharetta, continued on page 66


Deadline fo r August Cale ndar Events :

July 5

July 10

Things to do in Woodstock

July 10

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

Yawn’s Book Club

First Friday — Downtown Canton

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

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

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

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

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

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

July 8-11 Creekview Soccer Camp Time: Location:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 a.m. 5K Raider Run 8:45 a.m. 1 Mile Brave Run/Walk First Baptist Church of Canton

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

July 15-19 Vacation Bible School Kingdom Chronicles Time: 6-9 p.m. Location: Cherokee Presbyterian Church 1498 Johnson Brady Rd., Canton Ages: Entering 1st-8th grade Cost: Free Information:

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

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

July 16 & 25 Learn How You Can Lose Weight Without Dieting With Gastric Band Hypnosis Time: Location:

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

United Methodist Church 4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock Information: Annual back-to-school event to help low-income families equip their children for a new school year. Backpacks filled with school supplies, medical screenings, haircuts, clothing and more. To register, volunteer or donate, please visit


August 23 & 24 July 17

Tots to Tweens Consignment Sale

Red Carpet Preview The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta


Time: Location:

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

August 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., special hours August 23 Location: Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta Information: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples. Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! Electronic

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

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

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

July 19 TLC Church Preschool Open House Time: Location:

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Towne Lake Community Church, 132 North Medical Parkway, Woodstock Ages: 2 years to Pre-K Information: (678) 445-8766, ext. 203 or

July 19 Community Youth Night Time: Location:

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

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

8 a.m. volunteers; 9 a.m. event First Baptist Church Canton, One Mission Point , Canton; Hillside 13

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Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries

Deadline is July 10 for the August Issue!

Kinsey Ferguson

Age 7 on July 16 We love you & are so proud of you! Happy Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad, Keegan, Kaden & Kameron

Noah Mack

Age 4 on July 29 Happy Birthday, Noah! We love you! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Sissy

Ryan Tarbush

Celebrating on July 19 Happy Birthday! We love you very much! Melanie, Seth, Wyatt & Bentley

Lauren Mack

Age 8 on July 3 Happy Birthday, Lauren! We love you! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Noah

Kelsey Ava Warholak

Age 2 on July 26 Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! With love from Mommy, Daddy, Haley, Jordan & Sierra

Gene & Liam Kachele

Age 10 on July 1 Happy Birthday! We love you, Mom & Dad

Sebastian Parker

Age 1 on July 18 Happy Birthday Chiquito! Mommy, Daddy & Mochis love you so much!

Lily C. Jordan

Age 4 on July 22 Happy Birthday Princess! We love you, Dad, Mom, Grammy & Friends

Hudson Chad Grimes

Born March 26, 2013 Proud to be first-time grandparents. Hudson, we love you to pieces. Love, Rodney

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Lily Butterfield

Age 2 on July 18 Happy 2nd Birthday! Mommy loves you bunches!

Parker McKie

Age 6 on July 20 Happy Birthday Parker, you are growing up too fast! Love, Grammie

barbecue favorites, including pulled pork, chopped chicken, St. Louis cut pork ribs, and smoked beef brisket. The menu also features wraps, salads, all-beef hotdogs and, of course, smoked wings.

J. Miller’s Smokehouse in Woodstock took honors for best non-buffalo flavored wing at the 8th annual Wing and Rock Festival, held recently in Downtown Woodstock. Their winning wings were smoked with a light dose of sweet barbecue sauce. This was J. Miller’s second appearance at the Wing Fest and first time to place. Owner Joe Satterfield was surprised and pleased when told J. Miller’s had placed in the wing contest. “We knew our customers loved the

plain, smoked wings, but to find out we had beaten out some very inventive sauces from the other restaurants was an honor,” he said. J. Miller’s specializes in barbecue, featuring the smoked wings and specialty sandwiches, like the smokehouse Cuban sandwich, which rivals the pulled pork sandwich on the menu. J. Miller’s is a fullservice restaurant serving up

You can try J. Miller’s award-winning wings seven days a week, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday; and 12-8 p.m., Sunday. J. Miller’s Smokehouse is located just off Main Street in Woodstock at 150 Towne Lake Parkway. View the menu at or “like” them on Facebook for specials and upcoming events. For take-out orders or more information, call (770) 592-8295.


Hickory Flat l Rose Creek l Woodstock


Please visit or call the branch for complete event details.

Landscaping with Smart Tags and Downloadable Apps July 8, 11 a.m., Hickory Flat Public Library

Hickory Flat Library Family Story Times — July 11 & 18, 10:30 a.m.

Rose Creek Library

Stand Back! Science Experiments!

Family Story Times — July 9 & 16, 3 p.m.

July 9, 4 p.m., Rose Creek Public Library

Woodstock Public Library

Flower Power!

Family Story Times — July 11 & 18, 3 p.m.

July 10, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library

Summer Reading Dogs July 10 & 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; July 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hickory Flat Public Library July 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Rose Creek Public Library

Teen Iron Chef

Family Story Times are designed for families with children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs often feature stories, music, rhymes and a free craft activity. *All story times begin promptly at the scheduled time; please arrive early to avoid any disruption.

July 16, 6 p.m., Woodstock Public Library

Project Wet

Hickory Flat Public Library

July 17, 3 p.m., Woodstock 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

Cookie Exchange July 18, 4 p.m., Rose Creek Public Library

Rose Creek Public Library

The Mixed Up Fairy Tale — Puppet Show July 23, 3 p.m., Rose Creek Public Library July 25, 10:30 a.m., Hickory Flat Public Library July 25, 3 p.m., Woodstock Public Library

Every Quilt Tells a Story July 24, 6 p.m., Hickory Flat Public Library

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

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

Woodstock Public Library 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.

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

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School Board News by Janet Read

Many of you have heard me say that following each school board meeting, I spend the drive home reflecting upon the actions and comments made at the meeting. I usually make mental notes to improve or change things, Janet Read is the Board Chairperson share additional information for the Cherokee County School Board. with folks, or thank people Janet may be reached by e-mail at who contributed to the meeting. For the last few meetings, I have been very somber and serious on my drive back to Woodstock. I have struggled to remember actions or comments that have focused on the main mission of the school board — teaching and learning. Instead, I replay the vast amounts of time, conversation and energy spent on minute details of policies and procedures that tend to draw us away from our main mission. A perfect example was the May 16 meeting. At that work session it was shared that, due to an increased local tax digest, the budget would reflect at least two more instructional days for our students for the 2013-14 school year. This would also allow our teachers/staff to only endure six furlough days instead of this year’s eight. In my opinion, this should have been a cause for celebration. Instead, it seemed that it was just glossed over and focus was instead placed on other items of less importance. I find this very disheartening when the board agreed that returning to 180 school days was a main priority for the 2013 Legislative Session.

From my perspective, it seems that during the last few months we have been too focused on duties that do not really belong to the board — day-to-day operations, ad hoc committees, overly detailed board meeting minutes and nitpicky questions that could have been asked and answered prior to the meeting itself. Rather than using Robert’s Rules of Order as a tool to promote strong board governance, folks want to use it as a weapon to detract from the main mission — teaching and learning. In my previous eight years on the board, we have prided ourselves on our ability to work together for a common goal — teaching and learning. Although we may not have always agreed, once the vote was taken on a topic we moved forward with that majority decision. We did not waste our time, or the public’s time, looking backward. Instead, we looked ahead to the next decision or choice we had to make. We need to continued on page 66 Woodstock | july 2013 18 My

New Beginnings

by Chris Grass, EdSp

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

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

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

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CCSD Honors Valedictorians, Salutatorians

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) and School Board honored the Class of 2013 Valedictorians and Salutatorians during the CCSD 2013 valedictorians and salutatorians 13th Annual (left to right, front row): Ahila Manivannan, Scholar Madison Miracle, Kasey Perrin, Victoria Cochran; Recognition second row: Taylor Wilson, Joshua Chang, Sara Graf, Anna King; and back row: Jebb Ricketts, Banquet, held Raj Patel, Ian Donn and Margaret Hartman recently at Woodmont Golf & Country Club in Canton. The banquet featured speeches by the honorees and their favorite teachers, presentation of gifts, and a buffet dinner. Each student received an iPad, a $50 gift card, plaque and handcrafted commemorative mug. Each teacher received a plaque and $100 gift card. The gifts were made possible by donations from event sponsors. The honorees and their favorite teachers were: Cherokee High School: Valedictorian Jebb Ricketts (teacher Dan Gagnon), Salutatorian Taylor Wilson (teacher Jay Huller); Creekview High School: Valedictorian Victoria Cochran (teacher Henry Oglesby), Salutatorian Kasey Perrin (teacher Cleve Ard); Etowah High School: Valedictorian Madison Miracle (teacher Rebecca Schwartz), Salutatorian Ahila Manivannan (teacher Dr. Claudia Larrotta); River Ridge High School: Valedictorian Raj Patel (teacher Matt Bohon), Salutatorian Ian Donn (teacher Chris Akins); Sequoyah High School: Valedictorian Margaret Hartman (teacher Andy Kohler), Salutatorian Anna King (teacher Allison Webb); and Woodstock High School: Valedictorian Sara Graf (teacher John Bell), Salutatorian Joshua Chang (teacher Loretta Cameron).

Elementary. She said she will miss the children more than anything else, but plans to enjoy her retirement by babysitting her grandson, traveling to the beach, and substitute teaching if her schedule allows.

Kindergartener Wins Big at Pageant

Ansley Powell, a kindergartner at Arnold Mill Elementary School, recently won several titles at the Little Miss River Ridge High School Pageant, including Petite Miss, Most Photogenic, and Best Personality. She will be featured Ansley Powell, Petite Miss in the 2013 River Ridge High School Homecoming Parade this fall. “We are very excited for Ansley and her family,” said Kerry Martin, principal of Arnold Mill Elementary School. “This is quite an accomplishment for her first pageant!”

Local 4H and FFA Students Honored

The Cherokee County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee, Women’s Committee, and Promotion and Education Committee hosted a reception for graduating FFA and 4-H students. The seniors from Cherokee High School FFA and Etowah High School FFA, as well as the seniors from the Cherokee County 4-H Program, were recognized for their outstanding participation. The seniors were presented with a framed certificate and a pen with their name engraved. Louise Estabrook, extension agent with Cherokee County Agriculture and Natural Resources, presented a program on agriculture careers. Matt Roper, chairman of Cherokee County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer program, talked with seniors about the Young Farmer program and encouraged them to join.

Johnston Elementary Honors Retiring Teacher

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Johnston Elementary School honored retiring teacher Carol Rittenhouse recently for her 39 years in education. Rittenhouse taught kindergarten for 36 years, dedicating the last 32 at Johnston

Pictured (left to right): Lauren Murphy, 4-H, Logan Gantt, Etowah FFA; Bridget Kviten, Etowah FFA; Suzane Nguyen, Etowah FFA; Jazmin Delgadillo, Etowah FFA; Hannah Rogers, 4-H; Samatha Potente, Etowah FFA; Destiny Gaffney, Etowah FFA; more on page Jenny Kiewat, 4-H; Lindsey Cline, 4-H; Cody Parker, 22 Cherokee High FFA; and David Hall, 4-H

Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years): As two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they’ll need as they continue on to preschool. Welcome to KinderCare of Towne Lake, where it’s all designed for learning! We invite your family to visit our wonderful location. You’ll be greeted with a smile from our friendly members of management and given a tour. Every day our staff is motivated to put children first! Your child will be educated, nurtured, and engaged. We want to make your family a part of ours. Me’Chelle Carell, Center Director, has been with KinderCare for 14 years. She recently relocated from California to lovely Georgia with her family and loves how welcoming everyone has been. Me’chelle says, “I love making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve every day.” Infant Programs (6 Weeks–1 Year): We provide a safe and nurturing “home away from home” for babies to grow and learn. Learning through play is extremely valuable and our program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning. Toddler Programs (1–2 Years): Our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help toddlers explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment while they develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity. Each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers.

Preschool Programs (3–4 Years): As preschoolers gain more selfesteem, Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances confidence through activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Pre-kindergarten Programs (4–5 Years): Our Early Foundations Pre-kindergarten® program is designed to get Pre-kindergarteners prepared for school by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. Before and After School Programs (5–12 Years): Even after school’s out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. This program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy. We also offer twelve fun and unique weeks of Summer Programs, all summer long! May through August, KinderCare offers awesome camps for pre-school, pre-k, and school-age kids. It’s a great place to bring friends, and to meet new ones! Don’t Miss out! Sign Up Today! Call 678-445-3820 for more information.


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Sequoyah High Student Wins Equestrian Championships

Carmel Elementary Named National School of Character

Carmel Elementary School has been recognized as a National School of Character for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning. The honor, bestowed by the Character Education Partnership, was awarded to only 29 schools and school districts nationwide. Schools are selected for using character education to increase academic achievement, reduce student disciplinary action, and create an atmosphere viewed as caring and supportive by students, parents and the community. Recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this fall. Carmel Elementary was praised by the Partnership for its innovative practices to promote character education even in times of budget shortfalls, especially through its relationships with community organizations to provide programs for students and parents at no cost. Carmel Elementary’s focus on character education has previously earned it other top honors, including being designated as the Georgia State School of Character for 2011-2013 and as a State School of Character in 2010. Dr. Keith Bryant is principal of Carmel Elementary School.

Senior Project Raises Funds for Animal Rescue Aisia Slaton, a 2013 graduating senior of Etowah High School, and South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital partnered recently in hosting a bake sale to benefit Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta (GRRA). GRRA is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving Golden Retrievers that are in need of new forever homes. Slaton coordinated the bake sale with South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital, which provides veterinary care for some of the GRRA rescues. Slaton, South Cherokee Veterinary staff, and GRRA volunteers worked together to raise more than $500 for GRRA. Aisia Slaton’s bake sale senior project helped raise more than $500 for GRRA.

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Sequoyah High School rising junior Ashley Bates, president of the school’s Equestrian Club, won two national championship titles at the Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America National Horse Show. The competition was held recently at In Your Dream Farms in Alpharetta. Bates won in the Hunter over Fences and Hunter on the Flat events.

Ashley Bates

Etowah High Names New Lacrosse Coaches

The Etowah High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse programs will begin the next school year under the leadership of two new head coaches. Andy Osborn was selected as the new Varsity Girls’ Coach and Michael Cintineo as Boys’ Varsity Coach. Coach Osborn comes to Etowah from Sprayberry High School in Marietta, where he had coached the Yellow Jackets since the program’s inception in 2003. Under his leadership, the Yellow Jackets won 72 games and reached the playoffs seven times, including the last five seasons. The team made it to the Elite 8 this past season. Coach Cintineo comes to Etowah from Duluth High School, where he coached the team to a 9-8 record for the last season. As a lacrosse player, his team finished in the state Final Four his senior year, he was selected as conference Rookie of the Year as a college freshman, and, in 2009, was second in the nation for Division III for goals per game.

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

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Seniors On The Run

by Mayor Donnie Henriques For many years I have been involved in the Senior Center that the City of Woodstock sponsors on Arnold Mill Road. It has been a vibrant, never-ending place of programs that Senior Adults had wanted for so long.

Second, there are weekly trips both near and far. Some of them include short trips to Gibbs Gardens and Helen, Ga., as well as those a little farther away like Cherokee, N.C., and Washington, DC. These trips have proven to be the most popular events hosted by the Senior Center. Mostly, though, the Senior Center provides a feeling of home, allowing Seniors to connect with like-minded individuals who enjoy similar activities. It also brings out a sense of brotherhood (and sisterhood) among the members. It’s not unusual for a member to call or visit another member who hasn’t been seen at the Senior Center in several days. This feeling of belonging stretches into the daily activities of the Senior Center.

Donnie Henriques is the mayor of

First, the Seniors have an Woodstock. You may contact him by calling (770) 592-6001 or e-mail advisory committee made up of members of the Center. With the advisory committee’s guidance, Jan Massey and the Senior Center staff formulate the schedule and runs herd on the daily activities,

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including various card games, pool on three tables in a secluded room, and several lunches provided by the Center.

If you are 55 or older, feel free to call Jan or Don at (678) 445-6518, or just stop by the Senior Center for a tour of the facility. All programs and trips are self-funded by the members at nominal rates. The daily activities are included in the annual membership. Trust me, you won’t be bored. Woodstock’s Seniors are on the run!

In our busy, ever-changing, fast-paced world, personal relationships change as well. The Shriver Law Firm offers experienced, professional legal services to manage the transitions of family life. Since 1981, Mark Shriver has been serving the citizens of Woodstock and Cherokee County regarding matters involving family law — including divorce, modification, contempt, child support, custody, legitimation and adoption. These areas of the law involve the very aspects of a person’s life that are most important: children, homes, finances, safety and emotions. Recognizing that, Mark has maintained a client-focused, results-oriented law practice, which provides representation

for clients that is confidential, strong and respectful. Additionally, he is a Georgia certified mediator and arbitrator. Working with Mark is LaDonna Hickey, his paralegal. For more than 27 years she has provided their clients with professional, courteous and efficient assistance. Before receiving his J.D. degree from Emory Law School, Mark also earned his M.B.A. at Emory after graduating from The College of William & Mary. As a member and leader of the Canton and Woodstock Optimist Clubs, he

has served the community by working to bring out the best in our kids. Mark is a distinguished Optimist leader at the local, state and international level, serving as President of Optimist International in 2009-2010. In recognition of his demonstrated leadership, in January 2012 he was awarded the Lamar Haley Community Service Award from the Canton Rotary Club. Mark and his wife, Patricia S. McKay, M.D., have five children and one grandson. In his spare time, Mark is a dedicated runner, having completed 22 marathons. Golf and other sports are some of the activities he pursues outside of the office. The Shriver Law Firm provides clients with legal representation that is personalized, confidential and experienced in order to better manage the transitions of family life.

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In Downtown Woodstock Even In July by Lauren Sellers By this point in the summer, it is easy to want to run indoors to a climate of 75 degrees and below. Summer barbecues, long pool days and leisurely hikes become territory of only the strongest by July. But there is a way to survive the summertime hours of 12-4 p.m., and it doesn’t involve staying cooped up inside. Venture out to Downtown Woodstock. Downtown Woodstock and its wide range of restaurants, retailers and attractions can pry you away from Netflix or your refreshing air conditioning. Try these suggestions for a cool alternative in Downtown Woodstock. To start, enjoy a cup of chilled, ice coffee at one of Downtown Woodstock’s cafés. The chilled refreshment offers a pick-me-up from long days of sun exposure. Sit indoors if you wish, or enjoy the afternoon at an outdoor table on Chambers Street. The cool, crisp chill of your drink coupled with the mercy of the shade will make you ready to face the sultry 100-degree day with poise. Cold drinks can work wonders in the heat, but once that cup is empty and you are making embarrassing slurping noises, retreat into one of Downtown Woodstock’s many retailers. Treat yourself. Now that you have been cooled and caffeinated, you will be ready to hit all of the stops downtown. Get your hair done at one of Downtown Woodstock’s salons. We all need a summer update once in a while, and nothing says summer like a fresh haircut or pedicure! If you’re still buzzing from that iced coffee earlier, grab a summer-scented candle or breezy outfit. Shopping can be refreshing in itself, and downtown has plenty of retailers that will keep you looking and feeling cool this summer.

yogurt or a mini cupcake afterward. The kids will be re-energized for those long pool days and outdoor afternoons again after a restorative afternoon downtown. Lauren Sellers of Hickory Flat, Ga., A visit downtown is the is a third-year Public Relations and perfect solution to the heat. Spanish major at the University of Shady, wide sidewalks with Georgia. She is a summer intern with the City of Woodstock’s Office plenty of opportunities to stop of Economic Development. indoors will keep you cool and happy — even in these dog days of summer.

For more information on Downtown Woodstock, visit for event information, restaurant and retail guides.

Upcoming Events FreedomFest July 4. Parade starts at 10 a.m. in Downtown Woodstock, Festival in Park until 3 p.m., Fireworks at dusk at the Target Shopping Center on Hwy 92

Friday Night Live: “AmericaFest” July 5, 6-9 p.m.

Woodstock Summer Concert Series: Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project July 13, 7:30 p.m., Park at City Center

Woodstock Farmers Market Every Saturday during the month, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

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Main Street Morning Buzz July 26, 8 a.m., The Chambers at City Center

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

• Credit Recovery and Initial Credit through Cherokee County School District

• Career Development

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

• Digital & Social Media

• Sports, Games and Outdoor Activities

• Science & Math

• Karate

• Facilities & Auto Maintenance

• Leadership Development

• Field Trips • College Visits

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

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A Growing Practice for a Growing Community Last October, Northside Cherokee Pediatrics opened in Holly Springs under the direction of Dr. Jamie Rollins to meet the growing needs of Cherokee County and surrounding communities. As Dr. Rollins explains, many local pediatric practices had averaged an in-office waiting time of one to two hours, while some other practices had to turn patients away entirely. “It was clear the young families needed another pediatric provider that would be there to care for their children as they grow,” she says. “And Holly Springs is centrally located to families in the highly populated communities of Woodstock, Canton and other areas of Cherokee County, as well as nearby north Fulton County communities.” 35

“Our goal is to always provide personal service from a live person — no automated phone menu prompts — and to keep patients’ wait time to 15 minutes or less. By keeping our practice small and manageable, we can treat our patients like family, providing the individual, quality care they need and deserve.” – Dr. Jamie Rollins Prior to joining Northside Cherokee

Cherokee Pediatrics are focused on

grows over the years. Dr. Rollins —

Pediatrics, Dr. Rollins had worked at an

providing individual care and spending

a teacher prior to becoming a doctor

urgent care facility in Macon that was

time with patients (and their parents)

— brings a unique perspective that

affiliated with the Children’s Hospital

to understand their concerns and needs.

can help parents address behavioral

there. She found Northside Cherokee

“We take time with our patients and

and developmental issues in their child.

Pediatrics to be a refreshing change

parents to get to know them, bond

“As a former teacher, I’ve encountered

of pace from urgent care. “With urgent

with them and earn their trust,” says

different behavioral problems in children

care, the goal is to treat a patient’s

Dr. Rollins.

firsthand. I know the problems that

immediate needs quickly and move on

teachers commonly see in children and

to the next. There isn’t an opportunity to

Parents often look to their child’s

understand the language and techniques

develop relationships,” she says. “Plus,

pediatrician to help them with different

they use,” she says. “Because I’ve

urgent care requires a lot of night and

concerns — including self-esteem, peer

already earned their trust as their

weekend shifts, which wasn’t ideal for

pressure, healthy lifestyle habits and

child’s physician, parents may be more

my young family.”

behavioral problems — as their child

receptive to me or more accepting of my recommendations. Sometimes,

Dr. Rollins enjoys being able

it’s just hard for parents to accept

to provide personal care to the

that their children have trouble in

patients at Northside Cherokee

school — especially if they don’t

Pediatrics. “It’s important to me

demonstrate behavioral problems

to get to know patients, build a

at home or in other settings. I can

relationship with them and

help parents to understand how

watch them grow up,” she says.

the different settings between

“It’s especially rewarding to

home and school can affect their

care for them from birth and to

child’s behavior.” Dr. Rollins says

see how their cute personalities

consistency, routine and a good

develop over time.” Dr. Rollins

night’s sleep are essential to good

and the entire staff at Northside

behavior in children.

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In addition to providing specialty

patients and parents to know that we are

treatment of behavioral and

here for them — whatever they need,

developmental issues, Dr. Rollins and

whenever they need it.”

Welcome Dr. Shalini Shah

Northside Cherokee Pediatrics believe in putting patients first — no matter what.

To maintain a personal touch with

“We do whatever it takes to help parents

patients, Dr. Rollins ensures the practice

and give our patients the quality care

doesn’t take on more patients than it can

they need, while also making their visit

reasonably accommodate. “Fortunately,

as comfortable and fun as possible,” Dr.

we grew quickly — averaging 20 patients

Rollins says, noting that it’s not unusual

per day and 20 new patients per week

to find her in the waiting room playing

in our first year — but we don’t want to

with her young patients. Sometimes,

grow too big,” she says. “Our goal is to

she says, that type of personal,

always provide personal service from a

individual care may mean staying late to

live person — no automated phone menu

accommodate a sick child; coloring with

prompts — and to keep patients’ wait

a young patient; helping a mother get

time to 15 minutes or less. By keeping

her twins into the car in the pouring rain;

our practice small and manageable,

calming a nervous parent over an after-

we can treat our patients like family,

hours call; or even providing assistance

providing the individual, quality care

outside of pediatric care. “We want our

they need and deserve.”

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Infants-Age 18 Well Checks Sick Visits Vaccinations Sports Physicals In-House Labs

• Pre-Natal Consultations • After-Hours Nurse Triage Assistance • Affiliated with Northside-Cherokee Hospital in Canton

Accepting new patients July 15, just in time for back to school and sports physicals. On July 15, Dr. Shalini Shah will join Dr. Rollins at Northside Cherokee Pediatrics. “As we added more patients, we knew we had to add another doctor in order to continue to offer the personal care that we have set as our standard,” says Dr. Rollins. “Dr. Shah grew up in nearby Alpharetta, so she knows the area and can relate to our patients. She has a warm touch and bubbly personality that will serve our patients well. Dr. Shah just clicked with us right away; we know she will be a great addition to our team.” Dr. Shah, a graduate of Penn State University and the American University of the Caribbean Medical School, recently completed her pediatric residency at Crozer Chester Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she served as chief resident. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation, Dr. Shah is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has special clinical interests in newborn care, weight management and obesity. 37

Passion For Freedom by Johnny M. Hunt

Picnics, fireworks, festivals — these are a few of the marks of our national birthday celebration, but July 4th means so much more than the fact that Uncle Sam has survived for yet another year. More importantly, it speaks to a dream that inspired men and Johnny M. Hunt is senior pastor of women with significantly fewer First Baptist Church of Woodstock. (770) 926-4428, resources than us to risk all for an enduring freedom. That passion to be free at all costs is our nation’s heritage, and hopefully it will continue to be our legacy. We must remain vigilant to be sure that it does. We should desire to protect and preserve our freedom as much as our founding fathers sacrificed to gain it. Complacency is our freedom’s greatest enemy; our passion to remain free is the only fuel sufficient to keep liberty’s torch burning brightly, with each one of us doing what we must and what we can. Thinking about our nation’s legacy inevitably drives me to think about my own personal legacy — how will my epitaph read and what will be the contribution I have made to this world? I believe we should not only be passionate about our nation’s legacy but also should strive to do the most we can to achieve our God-given potential. It has been said that life (and

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especially eternal life) is God’s gift to us, and what we do with that life is our gift back to Him. There is a problem, though: As we age, we tend to lose our passion. That dreaded word “retirement” comes into play, and we begin making plans to wind the clock down when we might very possibly have more wisdom and resources than ever to make a difference in this world. I believe most people have underestimated their capacity to do great things. Let me ask you a question: What if you are more important than you think you are? What if your greatest contributions are yet to come? In these trying times, don’t lose hope in the future of our nation and in your ability to make a difference. Passion for what is good and right can overcome the complacency that naturally sets in with age — whether it is the age of a nation or of a person. When I find my passion waning, I go back to its source for refreshing. I believe we have a sovereign nation because we have a sovereign God, who inspired men and women to accomplish more through Him than they ever dreamed possible. Their passion and legacy have become ours, and the world, along with us, has benefited greatly. Because my faith has seen me through personal trials, I am convinced that a nation of faithful people can overcome adversity as well. In fact, today’s problems may be the platform for tomorrow’s successes if we will continue to stand for what is true and right. Our passion will make the difference — especially if that passion has a divine source and, therefore, a limitless supply. 39

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

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

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

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

“I graduated from Sequoyah High School in May, and will be attending Georgia Tech next year, where I will major in Industrial Engineering in order to (hopefully) work in public health. My Girl Scout Gold Award project was titled Friends for Fitness. The goal of Friends for Fitness was to raise awareness of obesity in populations with intellectual disabilities. Individuals, especially children, with special needs have a much higher chance of suffering from obesity than you or me. In order to reduce these chances, I invited agencies that offer fitness programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities to an event I created, called the Friends for Fitness Fair. My project made my senior year extremely memorable. It allowed me to improve my communication and time-management skills. While the Gold Award allowed me to become a better individual, it also opened many doors. I feel like my Girl Scout Gold Award set me apart from other college applicants and gave me options for my post-secondary education. My project also gave me a job! The Gold Award was one of the greatest experiences of my life so far.”   Christina Herd “I created a Health and Hygiene coloring book to teach children in third-world countries ways to live a healthier life, such as the importance of shoes, mosquito nets, and purifying their water. The book was delivered to local children in Tanzania, Africa. Not only will children share the knowledge they learned from their books with family and friends, we also donated books to schools with hundreds of kids. These books will be cherished for years to come, and kids for many generations will share their knowledge and be exposed to the potentially life-saving information. After seeing my book at the Gold Award Ceremony, I had two different groups ask to take my book to other countries — Kenya and Haiti. This project was a great experience for me. It has helped me to get scholarships and make me a better candidate for jobs. More than that, however, the experience of making this book — between creatively intertwining the information with a fun format and budgeting my time to get everything done — I have learned many significant life skills that will also help me for years to come.” Chloe Heidt “My project involved a program that is important to me, the MUST Summer Lunch Program. The summer lunch program ensures that students that would have received a free or reduced price lunch during the school year are given lunch during the summer. Another of my interests has been making films. In my senior year I made several video skits for our high school news program. So, it was only natural for my Gold Award project to be a film. I created a video on the summer lunch program. This video describes how the program works, how important it is in the community, and includes interviews with some of the volunteers. The purpose of the video is to educate people who may be interested in becoming volunteers themselves. The film is now used in several counties as a type of recruiting tool. I am very proud of this project and it solidified my goal to attend college as a dual film/media communications major at the University of Georgia. It was amazing to see how my film could make a difference in the program.” Madison Griffin 41


Changes In 2013

Should I buy A New Computer?

by Scott Lavelle

by Joseph Dollar Many potential and current homeowners look to FHA as an outlet to secure a low interest rate with little to no equity in their property. With so many defaults and foreclosures over recent years, the reserves required by FHA Joseph Dollar’s years of navigating the have fallen below where they rough mortgage waters as a Licensed need to be to cover the losses Mortgage Advisor has allowed him incurred. To overcome this to help countless families realize the American Dream. He specializes in deficit, FHA has changed purchases and refinances of Conforming, its policy on its mortgage Non-Conforming, FHA, VA and USDA insurance premiums for the loans at Angel Oak Funding, LLC. (404) 729-3383, seventh time in five years. Not only will the monthly insurance increase, but the FHA also announced a major revision regarding the cancellation of its mortgage insurance. As an insurance company, FHA is required to maintain 2% reserves for paying claims. The reserves are filled using mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) paid by the nation’s FHA-backed homeowners. FHA homeowners typically pay an up-front MIP at the time of closing, plus an ongoing annual premium that is paid to the FHA monthly. These premiums are paid into a fund known as the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund. Here’s a quick look at the MIP increases from April 1: • For 15-year terms that are less than or equal to 90% loan to value (LTV), the annual premium increased to .45%. • For 15-year terms that are greater than 90% LTV, the annual premium increased to .70%. • For 30-year terms that are less than or equal to 95% LTV, the annual premium increased to 1.30%. • For 30-year terms that are greater than 95% LTV, the annual premium increased to 1.35%. What does this FHA mortgage insurance change mean to you? Simply put, FHA case numbers pulled after April 1 will cost more on a monthly basis. Here’s how the average FHA homebuyer putting 3.5% down on a 30-year loan was affected: • On a 30-year mortgage with a loan amount of $200,000, continued on page 66 Woodstock | july 2013 42 My

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

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

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

Spalon & Tan in Woodstock has highly trained professional beauticians with more than 10 years of experience. Each stylist can help find the right look for your personality and lifestyle. Spalon and Tan offers haircuts and styles for the whole family, along with coloring services, highlights, extensions, and Keratin treatment (permanent hair straightening for every day or special occasions). Spalon & Tan also offers acrylic and gel nail manicure and pedicures, facials, massages, full-body waxing, eyebrow and full facial threading, eyelash extensions, and more. The staff is trained in the latest techniques and styles to fit their customers’ needs. Additionally, Spalon & Tan’s services include romantic couple treatments, bridal and wedding parties, and corporate plans. Spalon & Tan gift cards and special packages make excellent gifts. Spalon & Tan is located at 3333 Trickum Road near Publix in Woodstock and is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.6 p.m., Saturday. Other hours are by appointment only. Please call (678) 445-0342 to make your reservation for your new look!

CLEANING WITH GEMMA Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

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

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

Coffeemaker Remove the filter and the carafe. Soak in warm soapy water for 10 minutes. If stains in the carafe are still visible after soaking, fill the carafe with warm soapy water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar; let soak for another 10 minutes. To remove water deposits, use the solution 2-3 cups of water and equal parts vinegar, then pour into the coffeepot chamber and hit the “brew” button. Turn the machine off halfway into the cycle and let the cleaning solution soak for an hour. Turn the machine back on to complete the cycle. To make sure the vinegar solution residue is thoroughly removed from the coffeemaker chamber, run water through the machine two more times. To clean the outside of the coffeemaker, use a wet sponge with dishwashing soap to wipe from top to bottom. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Electric Can Opener Unplug the machine, remove the lid cover and the cutting wheel. Using warm soapy water, scrub the pieces to loosen dirt stuck on the pieces; if needed, use baking soda paste to scour the blade. Wipe dry thoroughly with a clean towel to avoid rust. Wipe down the base with a cloth dampened with dishwashing soap. Repeat the process without the dishwashing soap. DO NOT immerse the electrical base in the water. Microwave Fill a bowl with water and a few slices of lemon. Place the bowl in the center of the microwave, set the microwave for three minutes on high power. Let the lemon water sit inside the microwave for three or more minutes. The steam from the lemon water will help loosen the food spills. continued on page 66 Woodstock | july 2013 44 My

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

Brushing Up On Styling Tools by Jyl Craven Quick, take a look at your hairbrush. Do you know what style it is? What the bristles are made of? Are you using the right brush for your hair? Don’t worry if you answered “no” to all of those questions. Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design After reading this article of Canton. For information, you may you’ll know just what type contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 of hairbrush you need to use or visit for every occasion. Just like a handyman uses the right tool for the job, so does your stylist. These are the four types of brushes you need to know: Round Brush The round brush is often used by stylists when blowing out your hair. The versatile round shape of the brush leaves hair smooth, cutting down on frizz. It also means round brushes can be used to create waves. You may notice your stylist using different sizes of round brushes. Smaller round brushes are great for short to medium-length hair, while larger round brushes work best on long hair. When buying a traditional round brush, choose one with natural boar bristles or a combination of boar and synthetic bristles. Ceramic round brushes are another option. They are vented, which allows for air to reach the hair during a blowout for faster styling. Styling Brush Known for its curved shape and bristles only on one side, a styling brush has a gentle cushioned backing and no vents. Traditionally, these brushes have five, seven or nine rows of bristles, with seven being the most popular. This brush is ideal for curling hair under, creating volume at the roots. It’s also great for thick hair, bobs and mid-length hairstyles. If your hair dries fast when blow drying then you’ll really benefit from this simple brush. Typically, women prefer to use a seven-row brush because it’s lighter and more manageable when blow drying hair. Paddle Brush Have long, thick, smooth hair and want to keep it that way? Then the paddle brush is your tool of choice. This flat brush continued on page 67 Woodstock | july 2013 46 My

Between the hedges Centipedes and Millipedes

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

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

Centipedes and millipedes both have long, segmented bodies and multiple pairs of legs. Outside, they will be found under rocks and wood and in mulch and organic matter. Inside, they are usually found in damp corners of the basement, bathrooms or closets. Centipedes have flattened bodies with one pair of legs per segment. When disturbed they move quickly into a dark hiding place. They have a pair of poison jaws behind the head that are used to paralyze prey, usually insects. The jaws are too weak to easily penetrate human skin, but they can bite individuals who try to handle them. The rare case of a centipede bite is described as localized pain and swelling no worse than a bee sting. Individuals allergic to the poison could have a more serious reaction, however. Millipedes have rounded bodies with two pairs of legs per segment. They move slowly and usually coil up when disturbed. Their primary diet is decaying organic material, such as leaves, wood chips or other decomposing material. Large infestations can cause damage to roots and leaves of seedlings. Over mulching and over watering encourage millipede activity near the house. Millipedes are not poisonous, but some species secrete a substance that can cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. To discourage their entrance into your home, clear mulch back from the sides of the foundation and remove piles of wood continued on page 67

Kid Control

by Michael Buckner

Being that I am submerged in the world of home automation, I would like to tell you about all the cool home tech stuff out there that can assist you in being a parent. From monitoring children’s departures and arrivals to limiting their usage of games and TV watching, you can customize your home automation to your individual needs.

Michael Buckner is the owner of Audio Intersection, located at 631 E. Main Street, Canton. For more information on any of his monthly columns, for questions or to set up an appointment, call (770) 479-1000.

Most automation systems today have notification options. For example, many systems are compatible with new deadbolt locks that include a number pad. This allows you to give each of your children his/her own code to the front door. When they get home from school and open the door, you will get an email or text message alerting you. Also, you can use this for

your teenagers for monitoring when they get home at night to make sure they come home before curfew. Nearly every parent I talk to complains that his or her children watch too much TV or play too many video games. This is one of the easiest things to fix. With a little bit of simple programming, you can set the TV or game system to shut down after, say, an hour of use and not come back on for another two hours. Something a little more fun is a high-tech dinner bell for those parents who get tired of walking up and down the stairs or screaming at the top of their lungs to tell the family that it’s dinnertime. Instead, you can set your lights to signal when it’s dinnertime. One of my clients uses a button on her iPhone that makes the lights in her boys’ bedroom flash that it’s time for dinner or they’re needed in the kitchen. If they ignore the signal because they are playing a video game, she can shut off the game system from her iPhone as well. A side benefit for your children is that speakers can also be added to the bedroom so that they can play their favorite songs with just a flip of the light switch! continued on page 67

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

Directions: Wahoo & Shrimp • 8 oz. Wahoo filet, seasoned with your favorite blackening seasoning • 4 Large shrimp, shelled to the tail and de-veined, salt and pepper to taste 50 My Woodstock | july 2013

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

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

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

To Plate: Spoon two tablespoons of Pineapple Coulis on to plate. Place Wahoo with Shrimp on top and drizzle more Pineapple Coulis over fish and shrimp. The Pineapple Coulis goes well with your favorite fish, shrimp, scallops or other light dish. 51

Talladega Time

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

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

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

by Mike Litrel, MD

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

Will we celebrate the miracle or grieve the tragedy?

But as I have matured, I have come to understand this: Every moment at funerals are the confetti of our life hangs in the balance. We It was Talladega time. used in Heaven. are just as much at the junction of life and death in this very moment I am careful when I drive fast. as we are in any surgical emergency. I gathered speed, hazard lights We live biologically mortal lives, and none of us are promised flashing, punching a few red lights along the empty road before tomorrow. We are racing around a track, always at that point finally opening up my engine. My speedometer crawled into of losing control, never knowing when our lives will be some high numbers. Already this week I had witnessed the shattered. unexpected loss of an 18-week pregnancy, and the pain a mother and family experience when hope is shattered. Life is fragile. The image of the baby’s death earlier in the week and my patient’s grief dogged my thoughts that day like I didn’t want to see any more. a fragment of a song I couldn’t shake from my mind. How does a family survive the loss of a baby, just before the baby This wasn’t fun like a birthday lap around the racetrack with shower? my son. When I reached the hospital, I ran up the stairs, arriving just as the patient was being placed on the operating As we endeavor to relieve our suffering, we reach out for room table. By the time I had washed my hands and caught my answers. When we pay attention, God does answer, and breath, the anesthesia team had done their job. I could make the answer is always the same. Our lives are not biological the incision. In less than a minute, the baby’s head could be accidents — they are spiritual inevitabilities. We are each a lifted free. The baby’s arm, when I grasped it, had the muscle manifestation of God’s Love, and we are thus each blessed tone of a live baby — not the terrifying ragdoll floppiness that signifies unconsciousness, or even death. with spiritual immortality. This baby was okay. I breathed a sigh of relief and profound thanks.

Grief — no matter the pain — is a spiritual gift, once we understand.

However, my blood pressure remained elevated the rest of the day.

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

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“I don’t see us as just a pediatric dental office, it’s more of a ‘dental home.’” — Dr. K


ental care for kids is naturally more involved than it is for adults. After all, when you’re a growing child, you first have one set of teeth come in and then a second set. All the while, your mouth is growing, too. “It takes two to three years of additional training after dental school to become a pediatric dentist,” says Dr. Travis Kimathi, who runs First Care Pediatric Dentistry. “It’s a rather complex specialty.”

our offices so that children look forward to coming back,” says Dr. Kimathi. First Care Pediatric Dentistry has two locations, one in Douglasville and the other in Woodstock, but patients will always visit with Dr. Kimathi. Dr. Kimathi gets to know the children personally, and building that trust is essential for quality care.

But a pediatric dentist needs more than clinical expertise to be successful. Since the patients are children, the doctor’s manner needs to be particularly warm and understanding. At the same time, the patients’ parents need to feel at ease, too.

“I don’t see us as just a pediatric dental office,” says Dr. Kimathi, whose patients call him Dr. K. “It’s more of a ‘dental home.’ We’re looking to implement preventive dental health habits that keep children free from dental disease. Of course, we treat diseases, but you don’t want them to develop in the first place if at all possible. Prevention, or at least early detection, is the best way to avoid discomfort — not to mention higher costs.”

“My staff and I look to create a personable and relaxing atmosphere at

To that end, he offers regular checkups, cavity repair, cosmetic restoration,

as well as preventive care, such as prophylactic dental cleaning and topical fluoride applications. Dr. Kimathi also creates (and strongly recommends) custom-fit mouth guards for kids who play contact sports. But what sets First Care Pediatric Dentistry apart is the warm manner of everyone who works there. The office is particularly welcoming for special-needs children or children with high levels of anxiety. Everyone at the practice works to make sure all patients receive the oral health care they need.


by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS One question I get asked frequently during an orthodontic consultation is, “How long will treatment take?� I have written several articles over the past few years that, in one way or another, attempt to explain why there Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in are limiting factors associated orthodontics and owner of Kincaid with the bone and how Orthodontics in Woodstock and teeth move through it that Roswell. Visit his website at will prohibit any significant improvement in treatment times. Newer archwires and self-ligating (lower friction) braces have, most recently, represented our best attempts to shorten orthodontic treatment with only modest success. Invariably, the constant we have not been able to overcome has been associated with biology itself and how we can get bone to remodel and allow teeth to move faster...until now. Vibration forces that are used in medicine can be traced back to the early space program for treatment of bone issues associated with weightlessness, as well as routine treatment of bone fractures and healing. Only recently has the technology been adapted for dentistry. A company based in Texas, OrthoAccel Technologies Inc., has introduced a device called AcceleDent that uses micropulse technology to accelerate the rate of tooth movement. The AcceleDent system has been in use in Europe and Australia since 2009 and received FDA approval for use in the United States in November 2011. By using a cyclic vibratory force in addition to the standard static force provided by orthodontic treatment, researchers were able to induce accelerated remodeling of alveolar bone, thus increasing the speed of tooth movement. Various studies have confirmed overall treatment time savings of 38-50 percent. The device is comprised of an activator, which generates the micropulses, and a mouthpiece that comes in various arch sizes. A charging port has the capacity to read data and provide the patient and doctor with information about compliance and appliance usage patterns. The system can be used with continued on page 67 Woodstock | july 2013 54 My

Canker Sores

Canker sores are very common problems experienced by many people and cause discomfort and embarrassment. Canker sores should not be mistaken for cold sores, which are caused by the herpes virus. Canker sores occur in 20 percent of the population — more in women than men — between the ages of 10-40, last 1-2 weeks, and tend to reduce in frequency with age. Canker sores are not cancerous, pre-cancerous or contagious. Canker sores are ulcers that form inside your mouth or on your lips due to an immune system reaction initiated by some type of trauma. Forms of trauma include: physical trauma (sharp tortilla chips, biting your lip, or braces); chemical trauma (spicy or acidic foods); and miscellaneous trauma (stress, some medications, or sunburn). Canker sores might stem from allergic reactions to oral bacteria, according to some theories, or stem from sensitivity to sulfate in some brands of toothpaste. Vitamin B12 deficiencies may contribute to triggering canker sores, as well as gastrointestinal issues like Crohn’s and celiac disease. Stress can compromise your immune system and cause canker sores. An oral ulcer that persists two weeks could be oral cancer and is a good reason to see a doctor. Be aware that certain foods or drinks could possibly trigger canker sores, so try to avoid them. Once a canker sore appears, avoid spicy, hot or acidic foods that irritate it further and hurt. Rinse with warm salt water to help reduce tissue swelling and promote healing. Use over-the-counter topical numbing agents to ease the pain.

more than 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000. Website:

Here are several categories of medicines that offer pain relief from canker sores: Chlorhexidine mouthwash helps to prevent ulcers from becoming infected and is usually used twice a day. It may stain teeth brown; however, the stain is not usually permanent. Brush your teeth before use and avoid drinking tea, coffee, or red wine.

Canker sores are ulcers that form inside your mouth or on your lips due to an immune system reaction initiated by some type of trauma.

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are subdivided into A) minor aphthous ulcers, which occur 80 percent of the time and B) major aphthous ulcers, which occur about 10 percent of the time. Minor aphthous ulcers are small and round, typically less than 10 mm across, and look pale yellow in the center, with a flat red border around them. One to five ulcers may appear at the same time. Each ulcer lasts 7-10 days, produces little to no pain, and then heals without leaving a scar. Major aphthous ulcers tend to be 10 mm or larger and look pale yellow with a red swollen border around them. One or two ulcers appear at a time and lasts 2 weeks to 2 months, typically leaving a scar. They can be very painful and interfere with eating. Woodstock | july 2013 56 My

by Scott R. Harden, DDS, & Spencer Harden Treatments for aphthous ulcers are designed to reduce pain and help them heal as quickly as possible. There is no treatment that prevents aphthous mouth ulcers from recurring and no treatment may be required. The pain is often mild, particularly with Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at the common “minor” type of Fountain View Family Dentistry and aphthous ulcer. has served the Woodstock area for

Steroid lozenges (brand name Corlan® pellets or Betnesol® tablets) may also reduce the pain and help ulcers heal more quickly. Use your tongue to keep a lozenge in contact with an ulcer until the lozenge dissolves. A steroid lozenge works better the sooner it is applied after noticing an ulcer and, if used early enough, it may prevent an ulcer from fully erupting. The usual dose is one lozenge four times a day until the ulcer disappears. Children should not use this treatment for more than five consecutive days. A barrier paste or powder, such as carmellose sodium (brand name Orabase® and Orahesive®), can be applied to the ulcer to reduce pain.

A pain-killing oral rinse, gel, or mouth spray may help to ease pain. Examples include benzydamine spray (brand name Difflam®), or choline salicylate gel (brand name Bonjela®). Bonjela® should not be used in children under the age of 16 due to the potential risk of Reye’s syndrome if it is overused. These treatments are over-the-counter medicines that are available at your local pharmacies.

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


An Important Connection Between Vision & Learning by Kyle Edwards, OD

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

Most people don’t notice well-done plastic surgery. That’s because it’s subtle. Drastic changes look unnatural, as we’ve all seen in too many procedures. Treatment should be strategic and performed in moderation. A good facelift doesn’t change the face but enhances it by correcting signs of aging. Natural-looking results are ensured by evaluating how a person’s face has aged. A good plastic surgeon will identify areas that are drooping and where corrections can be made to restore a firm and realistic-looking appearance. It is also recommended to assess whether a patient would benefit from broader improvements or smaller corrections to specific areas. Evaluating muscle laxity and how facial fat contributes to an aged look are also part of a thorough analysis. Finally, skillful implementation should allow a person to look like a younger version of herself/himself.

It is that time of year when the activities of summer are keeping you so busy, having fun, that it is easy to forget the start of a new school year is just around the corner. While summer is a great time to relax by engaging in various recreational activities Dr. Kyle Edwards is an and family vacations, it also is optometrist at Edwards Eye Care a great time to schedule exams in Woodstock. (770) 479-0222, for your children while they are on break from the busy school year. As such, summer is a great time to get a comprehensive eye exam for your children in order to make sure they have optimal vision to aid their ability to learn. The majority of all we learn is attributable to the information we are able to process from the images we see. Recent studies confirm this strong correlation between vision and learning, with 80 percent of what a child learns being presented visually. We know that reading is enhanced when our eyes are functioning properly, and many learning difficulties can be attributed to poor vision.

A back-to-school eye exam from your eye care professional can help make sure that your children have the best opportunity to succeed.

Men or women seeking to refresh their face with a new look and rid themselves of wrinkles and sagging skin can find a wide range of treatment options. For those who don’t want to undergo surgery and are looking for a non-invasive treatment, the “liquid facelift” using Botox and injectable facial fillers could be the answer. It is becoming more popular as more patients learn about it. Aging skin can be unattractive. Resurfacing procedures with lasers, chemical peels, and dermabrasion can take years off patients’ appearance. For lighter treatments, medical estheticians can polish the skin to make it glow.

Unfortunately, the statistics show that only approximately 31 percent of children from ages 6 to 16 years old have an eye exam each year. In addition, 70 percent of children under the age of 6 years old have never had an eye exam. As a result of these infrequent or missed eye exams, one in four children will go back to school this year with an undiagnosed vision problem that could interfere with the child’s ability to see and learn.

Facial plastic surgery is a unique way to impact your life. Improving your appearance so that you look younger and more vibrant can also have a major impact on how you feel about yourself. Whether you are considering a full or mini facelift, eyelift or browlift, consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will listen carefully to your areas of concerns is key.

I encourage all parents to give their children the best opportunity to learn this school year by ensuring they have proper visual function. A back-to-school eye exam from your eye care professional can help make sure that your children have the best opportunity to succeed and give parents peace of mind before the new school year begins.

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Return to Play Act: Summer Safety Tips What You Need To Know

by Shannon Dobson, CPNP My mom has always said that when you know better, you do better. Nowhere has this been clearer than with the recent increased awareness of and protection for student-athletes from the dangers of concussions. The Shannon Dobson is a Certified knowledge about concussions Pediatric Nurse Practitoner at has increased in the past few Woodstock Pediatric Medicine in years, and the treatment of Woodstock. (770) 517-0250, head injuries has changed along with it. Georgia recently followed many states in passing the Return to Play Act to protect our kids. Concussions are common in athletes and children alike. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta reported more than 1,400 emergency room visits and 5,000 nurse advice line calls for head injuries in 2012. The goal of the Return to Play Act is to protect our children from long-term injury. In the “old days” if there was no loss of consciousness, then it was assumed that there was no concussion. Newer research proves that to be false. We now recognize that during a concussion there is an alteration in blood flow in the brain. This alteration in blood flow causes the energy demands in the brain to increase as it “heals” and returns to normal. Re-injury during this vulnerable, healing period can make the injury worsen and cause long-term consequences. The Return to Play Act provides education for coaches and trainers to recognize the signs of a head injury. When an athlete (including cheerleaders, gymnasts, etc.) shows any signs of a head injury, they must be removed from play until cleared by a health care provider. This allows for the crucial rest period needed for the brain to heal and recover, thereby lessening the chances of long-term damage. The symptoms of a head injury can vary, from immediate to a few days later. Immediate signs are any of the following: confusion; lack of recall of the event; an unsteady gait; incoherence; asking the same questions again and again; appearing “dazed”; nausea/vomiting; and loss of consciousness. These symptoms can also be noted in the few days to months after a head injury as well. Cognitive changes, such as feeling “slow,” being slow to respond to questions, academic issues, and memory changes are also causes for concern. Anger, continued on page 67 Woodstock | july 2013 60 My

by Vishant Nath, DMD

The summer months bring with them lots of fun playtime, which often can lead to accidental injuries. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the best way to react to certain injuries so that you can respond appropriately.

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

If your child has an injury that causes a tooth to become knocked out, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. If the tooth is a primary, or baby tooth, the emphasis probably will not be toward saving the tooth. However, it’s still important for your child to be seen by a dentist to check for damage to any adjacent teeth.

If your child loses a permanent, or adult, tooth, it’s much more critical that every effort is put into saving the tooth. Obviously, it’s most important to assess your child’s overall medical condition in the case of an injury. Injuries to the mouth oftentimes are accompanied by injuries to the head. First, determine if your child’s injury requires emergency room care. If the injury is focused only on the mouth, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Most dentists should have a 24hour phone number to contact if an injury occurs after office hours or on weekends, if you are an existing patient. Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. Do not scrub it with soap; use only water. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container of milk, saliva or water. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. If your child chips or fractures a tooth, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist. Some dental emergencies are not caused by injuries or trauma. Toothaches can be quite painful and bothersome to a child. Again, it’s important to contact your pediatric dentist immediately. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not apply heat or aspirin to the sore area. continued on page 67

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



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

New Temporary Exhibit

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

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

Power Surges

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


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and Ella B in Suwannee. Check out the HappiLife Facebook page at to see her upcoming local shows and other retail distributions.

School Board News

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

FHA Loan Changes

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the mortgage insurance payment increased by $16.67 per month.

Another significant change to FHA loans went into effect June 3. This is the BIG one! • For all loan terms with an LTV greater than 90%, the monthly mortgage insurance will remain in effect for the life of the loan. • For all loan terms with an LTV of 90% or less, the monthly mortgage insurance will remain in effect for 11 years. Just like the other changes, this change, effective June 3, means your FHA loan now costs more. However, in addition to a monthly increase, your FHA loan will end up costing substantially more over the life of the loan. Historically, FHA mortgage insurance drops after the LTV reaches 78% or the borrower has paid it for at least five years. This will no longer be the case. FHA borrowers will be required to keep their insurance for at least 11 years without exception. 66 My Woodstock | july 2013

A better option is a conventional loan with private mortgage insurance. There is no up-front mortgage insurance; the monthly mortgage insurance premium is less than half the amount and, most important, the mortgage insurance can be removed after six months by request of the homeowner.

Should I Buy A New Computer?

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will allow you to upgrade just about any component and gain better performance in specific areas, replace failed parts, and generally provide a longer lifespan. Another benefit of these upgrades is that they are fairly easy to do and can even be fun. If you can cook a meal, you can probably install a new PC component. Tablets and other mobile devices surely have their place, but desktop computers still do, too. A lot of commentary lately has been on fewer sales of new desktop computers. Part of this is due to the fact that desktop computers last so long and can be upgraded and repaired rather than replaced. I don’t believe desktop computers are going anywhere any time soon.

Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

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

Modifying A Child Custody Order

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

Brushing Up On Styling Tools

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

Centipedes And Millipedes

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

Kid Control

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Ever follow your kids through the house, turning off light switches behind them? We hear this a lot, too. This area of technology has exploded recently, and there are thousands of ways to address this. For example, you could tie the alarm system into the lighting; whenever the motion sensors stop sensing motion, the lights will go out. A more popular solution is placing a “goodnight” button on the nightstand, which, when pressed, will turn off all the lights in the house

— preventing the “pajama walk” of the parent having to go around turning off all the lights that the kids forgot to turn off. All in all, kids are the best adopters of new technology. This is no surprise. But you can, however, surprise them with cool home technology that helps you with your duties as a parent!


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any patient undergoing all forms of orthodontic care, from fixed traditional braces to lingual braces to removable aligners. Patients use the device by lightly holding the mouthpiece between the teeth for 20 minutes a day; it can be incorporated easily into daily activities while they read, text, watch TV or work on their computer. The unit is extremely light and patients report only a very slight vibratory sensation. One added benefit frequently reported is that the AcceleDent devise can significantly reduce discomfort often associated with an orthodontic adjustment. Treatment times up to 50 percent faster without sacrificing quality offers many advantages to the patient and the orthodontist. Less time spent in orthodontic appliances means fewer potential hygiene problems, and patients and parents are more likely to accept treatment if the length of anticipated care is drastically reduced. Decreased discomfort is appealing to anyone, so just when we think things could not get better… they do. Go Dawgs!

Return To Play Act

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emotional instability, irritability, personality changes, and anxiety are common as well. Some kids have a hard time sleeping or sleep too much. What to do? If any of the above is noted, take the child out of play immediately and consult a health care provider. Educational resources can be found online at (click on the Concussion Program link). There are printable resources to educate parents and coaches, and education is the crucial key to early recognition and treatment. We use our brain every second of every day…let's keep it sharp!

Summer Safety Tips

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All of these scenarios have something in common: All require the immediate attention of a dentist. Time truly is of the essence. Having a pediatric dentist who is familiar with you and your child can greatly assist you in nursing your child back to great dental health! 67



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