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Market Director Janet Ponichtera Advertising Designer Ashley George


Halloween Safety & Fun

Tips to keep your little ghosts & goblins safe

Fall Festivals & Halloween Happenings Local fall fun

Hail Safety Tips Safety tips to consider while driving in a hail storm.

In the Kitchen

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Huntington News For Parents


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Photographers Jack Tuszynski, Wendell Webb Writers Beverly Acker, Kyle Bennett, Gemma Beylouny, Susan Casella, Jyl Craven, Shannon Dobson, Jeff Donohue, Jim Fidanza, Scott Harden, Jordana Heaven, Donnie Henriques, Eric Hill, Dan Jape, Jeff Kincaid, Vishant Nath, Chip Rogers, Adriana Rzeznik, Herb Sims, Frini Shah, Jeff Sousa, Suzanne Taylor, Cathy Wendland-Colby, Laurie Troublefield, Monika Yadav

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WOODSTOCK Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

All About You Too (12050 Hwy. 92, Suite 116, Woodstock) recently opened in the Woodstock Crossing shopping center. The gifts and accessories store is open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday, and Noon–5 p.m. on Sunday. Free gift wrapping is offered with every purchase. (770) 592-1156, Show Me Off Again consignment store (8926 Main St., Woodstock, pictured right) held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening. The consignment store accepts all men’s, women’s, children’s and infants’ clothing in all sizes, as well as baby strollers; car seats; cribs; toys; etc. in good condition. No appointment is necessary for placing items on consignment. Show Me Off Again is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Noon–4 p.m. Sunday. (770) 313-3313 THREADS (500 Chambers Street, Downtown Woodstock) celebrated its grand opening with a cocktail party held September 28 at the store. THREADS retail store, located behind PURE Taqueria, offers ladies’ and men’s trendy clothing, jeans, shoes, accessories, and gifts. (770) 485-0744, Firestone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill (120 Chambers Street, Downtown Woodstock) held a ribbon cutting August 22 in celebration of its 1-year anniversary. The restaurant also featured special menu items, giveaways, and other events throughout the week of its 1-year anniversary. Firestone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill in Downtown Woodstock uses Tuscan-imported ovens, homemade focaccia bread and pizza dough, in-house pepperoni and Italian sausage, and fresh local ingredients. Menu items include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes; signature drinks; and seasonal specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner. (770) 926-6778, Downtown Woodstock now has a channel on YouTube. The newest video features the Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market. Sign up now so you can check out all the latest videos from events in Downtown Woodstock. Preservation Woodstock Inc. held a ribbon cutting September 25 for an art exhibit chronicling the 100-year history of the Woodstock Train Depot. The art exhibit, “Down by the Station: An Art Exhibit Celebrating the Woodstock Depot Centennial,” will be on display in the meeting room of the Woodstock Public Library until October 22. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tuesday, 12–8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–6 p.m. The Primrose School at Mountain Brook (175 Village Centre East, Woodstock, pictured left) held a flag raising ceremony September 18 in celebration of its AdvancED Corporation Systems Accreditation and Primrose’s successful pilot of the new AdvancED Standards for Quality Early Learning Schools. The special flag raising ceremony included staff and students of The Primrose School at Mountain Brook. The Primrose School at Mountain Brook was first accredited in 2012.

Photo courtesy of Maya Arabia

ICE Martini Bar (380 Chambers Street, Woodstock) in Downtown Woodstock will open in October. The martini bar and restaurant will feature a menu that will include sushi and tapas created by Chef Ito, previously with MFBuckhead. The tapas menu will include Smoked Salmon and Caviar Mousse, Fresh Snapper Carpaccio, and Lump Crab Avocado Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette. Private rooms and bottle service will be available for special occasions. (770) 672-6334,

Bascomb United Methodist Church (2295 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock) is accepting vendor applications for its 6th Annual Craft Fair. The event will be 9 a.m.–3 p.m. November 11 and will feature more than 45 vendors offering a wide variety of arts, crafts, and a bake sale. For more information and vendor applications, call (770) 917-0119 or visit the church website at 4

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COMMUNITY Local Resident Honored for Service to Reinhardt University

Paula Thomas-Lee of Woodstock was one of many faculty and staff honored recently at Reinhardt University’s Employee Awards and Recognition breakfast. The annual event honors employees for their notable years of service, while also introducing new employees of the university.

Ms. Thomas-Lee was honored for having served five years as assistant professor of music at Reinhardt University. She is coordinator of Graduate Studies and teaches piano, piano pedagogy, music education, and music history. She received a B.A. and M.M. degree from Baylor University and a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia. Paula Thomas-Lee

and holds degrees in Ornamental Horticulture and Ethnobotany; currently, she is pursuing an advanced degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication at the University of Georgia. Ms. Estabrook lives in Cumming with her husband, Mike, and has two grown children, Michael and Alicia. Her favorite flowering plants are hostas and her favorite tree is the Canadian Hemlock. Her areas of specialization include community gardening, farmers markets and the Farm-to-School programs. Please send your gardening questions to

Golf Tournament Raises $60,000 for Boys & Girls Club

In addition to Ms. Thomas-Lee, Reinhardt University honored other faculty and staff—whose service to the University ranged from 5 to 40 years. The annual Employee Awards and Recognition breakfast also welcomed new employees; since August 2011, Reinhardt has hired more than 42 new faculty and staff, including five Reinhardt University alumni.

Cherokee Master Gardeners Welcomes New ANR Agent

Louise Estabrook (pictured) has joined Cherokee County Master Gardeners as its Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) agent as part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Sam Moore, executive director of the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club, and members of the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club thank sponsors of the 2012 ‘Fore the Children’ golf tournament for their donation to the club. KIA Motors Atlanta’s “Fore the Children” golf tournament recently raised $60,000 for the Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club in Cherokee County. Louise Estabrook

As an ANR agent, Ms. Estabrook will assist both the agricultural and residential communities with any of their horticultural needs. She also will recruit and train future master gardeners. Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers contribute countless hours with educational seminars, plant diagnostic clinics, horticultural advice, and specialized programs. Ms. Estabrook has 12 years’ experience from the Fulton County office in Sandy Springs. Prior to that, she served the citizens of Long Island, N.Y., through Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is a certified Arborist and a Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator, 6

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The KIA 2012 “Fore the Children” golf tournament was held September 7 at BridgeMill Athletic Club. KIA Motors Atlanta was the tournament’s presenting sponsor, along with other sponsors that included HMS Golf, Northside Hospital-Cherokee, BB&T Bank, and Brasfield & Gorrie, among others. The Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club in Cherokee County is one of 30 Boys & Girls Clubs operated by the Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA). The Malon D. Mimms Club serves more than 1,400 children and teens each year—providing specialized programming and a safe haven for at-risk and disadvantaged youth. The next KIA “Fore the Children” golf tournament will be held in May 2013.

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Local Resident Wins National Academic Award

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Receives SCPC Accreditation

Williams, currently a redshirt Justin Williams freshman at SAU, is a running (courtesy of SAU) back for SAU’s football team. He is studying Engineering Mathematics. Williams received the Academic Achievement Award based on his academic and athletic performance for the 2011–2012 school year.

Northside Hospital-Cherokee engaged in a rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the Cherokee community, this means that the hospital has processes in place that meet strict criteria aimed at reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment; treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time, when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved; and monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack, to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

Justin Williams of Woodstock is one of 15 student-athletes from Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) in Raleigh, N.C., to earn an Academic Achievement Award from the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association.

To win an Academic Achievement Award from the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, completed a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work, and been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.

Holiday Tour of Homes To Showcase Area Homes

The Junior Service League of Woodstock (JSL) is looking to showcase original properties in the Towne Lake area to be featured in its 16th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, November 10–11. This popular home tour offers visitors a chance to view distinctive homes in the Woodstock and Canton areas. Many homes will feature the unique signature style of some of Woodstock’s most-beloved designers—providing visitors with holiday decorating ideas. Attracting more than 1,500 visitors each year, the Holiday Tour of Homes is the primary fundraiser for the JSL. All proceeds from the tour will benefit local Cherokee County charities. For more information about featuring your home on the tour or to become a sponsor, please contact Jenn Paulo at jslwoodstock@

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Northside Hospital-Cherokee has received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Interventions) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). SCPC is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence and that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. Accreditation is good for three years.

In other news, Dr. Cantuaria, MD, PhD, medical director of Northside Hospital’s NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), has been nominated by his peers to co-chair the program’s national clinical trials subcommittee. This prestigious honor will allow Dr. Cantuaria to develop, Dr. Cantuaria initiate and conduct innovative clinical trials that will benefit patients both nationally and here in Atlanta. Dr. Cantuaria’s role as Northside’s NCCCP medical director and principal investigator is a vital component that provides oversight of the activities of the hospital’s Cancer Institute, including clinical management, community outreach and disparities, clinical trials, information technology, biospecimen initiatives, quality of patient care, and survivorship and palliative care. At Northside since 2011, Dr. Cantuaria is among the most distinguished and experienced robotic gynecologic cancer surgeons in the country, specializing in the da Vinci Surgical System. He is an active member of several key professional societies including: the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the International Gynecologic Cancer Society, the Brazilian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Northside Hospital offers high-quality health care at Northside Hospital-Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming.

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Things to do in Woodstock

item. Cash and checks accepted. Proceeds will go toward upgrading the theater’s sound system. (678) 494-4251,


Through October 22


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10 a.m.


Hickory Flat Library

2740 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton

Information: Cherokee County Master Gardeners’ seminar series continues with “Fruit & Berry Gardening.” Learn how to add and care for edible plants in your own landscape. Programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted or if supplies are necessary. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. (770) 4790418,


October 4–6

sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit


Cherokee County Family Violence Center and


Thursday after 5 p.m.

Give-A-Kid-A-Chance. (770) 924-7286, www.

Friday–Saturday 8 a.m.–Afternoon


Eagle Watch neighborhood

in Towne Lake


9 a.m.


Hobgood Park

6688 Bells Ferry Road,

Woodstock Information: This annual event aims at raising awareness and fighting Global Malaria, the

Information: Check out the bargains for sale


in this community-wide garage sale. Eagle Watch


8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Saharan Africa). Proceeds from the event are

includes more than 1,500 homes, although not


Little River UMC

used to buy chemically treated mosquito nets

all homes will participate in the sale.

12455 Hwy. 92, Woodstock

that help prevent the spread of Malaria. Race

world’s most infectious killer disease (one child is killed every 30 seconds, mainly in Sub-

Information: Vendors will include retailers

registration begins at 7 a.m. (770) 256-2280,

October 6

and yard sale participants. Event proceeds will


benefit abused and neglected foster children


10 a.m.–4 p.m.

in Cherokee County, via the Cherokee County


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Foster & Adoptive Parents Association.

1208 Rose Creek Drive,





4 p.m.

Information: Free admission and free games


8 a.m.–Noon


Amphitheater at Hobgood Park

and activities for children, including a rock


City Center Lobby

6688 Bells Ferry Road,

climbing wall, inflatables, face painting, Christian

8534 Main St., Woodstock


music, and iThink improvisation group from

Information: Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Information: This rally for Republican

Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. Hot dogs,

will host an indoor yard sale featuring funky

presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice-

chili and other food and beverages will be

clothing, accessories, costumes and more.

president nominee Paul Ryan will include food,

available for purchase, and the event also will

Come and find that really “funky” Halloween

music and guest speakers. Bring your lawn

include a bake sale, cake walk, and DVD/book

costume or that truly “theatrical” yard sale

chairs and blankets. Free admission.

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October 16, 24

Gardeners’ seminar series continues


with “Never Fail Bulbs.” Learn how to add


7–8 p.m.

continuous color to your landscape by going


6478 Putnam Ford Drive,

underground. Programs are free of charge,

Suite 125, Woodstock

unless otherwise noted or if supplies are

Information: Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates

necessary. Limited seating, registration is

LLC will offer two sessions of the presentation,

encouraged. (770) 479-0418, www.caes.uga.

“Tired of Yo-Yo Dieting?” Learn about the


Virtual Gastric Band for Weight Loss, as seen recently on “Dr. Oz.” The presentation

October 31

is free but requires advance registration due


to limited seating. (678) 938-7274, www.


6:30–8:30 p.m.


Woodstock Christian Church

7700 Hwy. 92, Woodstock

October 22

Information: Join WCC for food, games,


inflatables, face painting, music, and an


7 p.m.

amazing amount of Halloween candy for your


Participating churches in

kids. WCC takes pride in providing a safe and

Cherokee County

warm environment for the whole family to enjoy.

Information: The Cherokee County Ministerial

Everything is free for children 12 & under;

Association (CCMA) is asking churches in

food plates are available for purchase for

Cherokee County to join a county-wide effort

ages 13 and over. (770) 926-8238,

called “Heal our Land Night of Prayer.” The goal

is to unite people from every denomination and political viewpoint to unite in prayer for

November 3

the upcoming election and the nation.



9 a.m.–3 p.m.


Timothy Lutheran Church (TLC)

October 27

556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock


Information: Shop local arts, crafts, and


7 p.m.

more at TLC’s Autumn Craft Show, hosted by


Ball Ground Community Center

TLC Youth Groups. Free admission. For vendor

250 Civic Drive, Ball Ground

information, email

Information: Cherokee County Master

Contest Corner

Find the hidden picture

(770) 928-2812

Stacy Evans was our winner for September’s contest corner. She has won a gift card to Starbucks. 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. 13


Private & Charter Schools Brenwood Academy

Holdheide Prep

(770) 704-4925

(770) 516-2292

Compass Prep Academy

The Kings Academy

(404) 643-9424

(770) 592-5464

Cherokee Charter Academy

Lyndon Academy

(678) 385-7322

(770) 926-0166

Cherokee Christian Schools

Northside Christian Academy (770) 334-0648

(678) 494-5464

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

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

Bascomb Elementary

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

Boston Elementary

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

Carmel Elementary

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

Chapman Intermediate

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

Clark Creek Elementary

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

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

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

Johnston Elementary

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

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

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

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

2012 — 2013 Calendar at a Glance November 6 November 19 — 23 December 21 December 24 — January 4

Furlough Day School Holiday Furlough Day School Holiday

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Middle Schools

Etowah High

Dean Rusk Middle

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

E.T. Booth Middle

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

Mill Creek Middle

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

Woodstock Middle

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

High Schools ACE Academy

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

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

Polaris Evening School

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

River Ridge High

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

Sequoyah High

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

Woodstock High

2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 592-3500 Principal: Mr. Bill Sebring

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

Chattahoochee Technical College (770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University (770) 720-5600,

SCHOOL Eagle Scout Improves Sequoyah High School Campus

Tyler Blackwell, a senior at Sequoyah High School, recently completed a landscaping beautification project at Sequoyah High School as his Eagle Scout project. Blackwell had to develop a plan for the front-entrance beautification that included materials, timelines and resources, and gain approval for it from his Boy Scout Troop 1910. Blackwell began his Scouting career with Cub Scout Pack 465 of Hickory Flat. He also is a four-year active member of the Sequoyah High School’s Swim Team.

Carmel Elementary School Names 2013 Teacher of the Year

Nathan Whitehurst has been named 2013 Teacher of the Year by Carmel Elementary School. Whitehurst, a Music Specialist at Carmel since 2008, was voted by his peers as the teacher who best embodies what teaching is all about. “Mr. Whitehurst exemplifies excellence in teaching. This was noted by his peers selecting him as Carmel Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, and I consider it a great honor to have announced his selection,” said Principal Dr. Keith Bryant. “He is definitely a superior teacher who strives to do his best for the students at Carmel.”

(courtesy of Carmel Elementary School)

Principal Bryant presented Whitehurst with a didgeridoo, an Australian musical instrument, which Whitehurst immediately demonstrated to his music class. “My goal as a music specialist is to inspire students not only in the arts but in all aspects of life,” Whitehurst said.

Nathan Whitehurst, a Music Specialist at Carmel Elementary School, demonstrates the didgeridoo given to him by Principal Bryant in honor of being named 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Cherokee Christian STEM Students Learn Critical Skills Through Robot Project

Cherokee Christian STEM students participated in a project using a robot to help them develop critical thinking and problem16 My Woodstock | october 2012

solving skills. The students mathematically mapped out the strokes it would take to write their names and then scale that to a larger size where it could be written on the floor by a robot using a marker. In addition, the project gave students practice in controlling the robot with wireless controllers. In other news, Cherokee Pictured left to right: Christian School (CCS) 6thCherokee Christian STEM graders attended a Study students John Goss, Alex Right Seminar presented by Chase and Jacob Light. CCS Director of Operations Hal Scripka. The seminar is designed to assist students with the transition to middle school and includes instruction on study and organizational skills, time management, learning styles, and more. The seminar is offered each school year. CCS also has formed a Student Arts Guild, an organization designed to bring together students who are arts practitioners, patrons, admirers, novices and masters alike. Under the direction of teachers Susan Gum, Fine Arts, and Dilawar Khan, Language Arts, the Student Arts Guild will provide a platform for students to learn, practice and enjoy the literary, performing and visual arts amongst a group of like-minded individuals. Students will participate in arts events on and off campus, including performances and exhibitions, volunteer activities, and service projects.

Sequoyah High School Wins Tiger Cheer Classic The Sequoyah High School Varsity Competition Cheer squad won first place at the Tiger Cheer Classic, held September 8.

The Sequoyah High School cheerleading squad is made up of nine freshmen, six sophomores and three juniors, who trained over the summer to prepare for competition. The team trained with Jacob Lewis at Georgia All-stars in Roswell. Veronica Blayton, who teaches U.S. History and Sociology at Sequoyah High School, serves as the school’s head (courtesy of Cherokee County cheerleading coach. School District) 17

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Halloween is a fun time for families, especially




kids. As much fun as trick-or-treating, dressing in costumes, enjoying fall festivals and other activities are, Halloween also brings some safety risks. Here are some tips to consider for kids and adults alike:

Keeping Kids Safe Check local listings for fall festivals and “Trunk or Treats” held in retail stores. When trick-or-treating, visit only those houses you know. Do not visit or go into a stranger’s house.


Trick-or-treat in small groups. Parents should accompany kids not yet old enough to trick-or-treat on their own.

Older kids allowed to go out with friends should agree with their parents on a specific route and timeframe to follow. Call or text periodically to reassure parents that everything and everyone is OK. Remember to take along a flashlight. Look both ways before crossing a street, or cross only at a crosswalk. Big children should look out for little children. Hold hands when walking from house to house and through neighborhood streets. Do not pull pranks, vandalize property, or harm animals. Be home by curfew. Parents may already be nervous about Halloween, so don’t add to the worry by being late. Select a costume that is fireproof or fire-retardant. Masks should include eye holes that allow good peripheral vision. Make sure the costume fits properly to avoid tripping and falling. Use reflective tape on the outside of your costume for visibility at night. Eat dinner before trick-or-treating so that kids won’t fill up on candy. Inspect candy before eating. Do not eat any candy that is not individually wrapped. Source: Woodstock | october 2012 18 My

farm admission. (706) 273-3838,

Weekends through November 11 CAGLE’S FAMILY FARM — FALL FUN

Daily through October Weekends in November (through November 18) UNCLE SHUCK’S CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN PATCH ‘HUSKS OF HORROR’ HAUNTED MAZE (every Friday and Saturday in October) Where: 4525 Hwy. 53 E., Dawsonville Information: Three intricate pathways and two bridges make up the corn maze, which occupies a 12acre field adjacent to the Etowah River. The trails measure close to 5 miles in length. The Kiddie CORNer includes Tire Mountain, Tower Goat Walk, Soybean Maze and the picnic pavillion. The tractordrawn hayrides feature a new 60-passenger wagon complete with wood benches and hay bales. Additional fee-based activities include the Corn Cannon, Bonfire area (weekends), festival food vendors (weekends), and Pumpkin Patch (October). Every weekend in October there will also be pony rides and face painting for children.

Weekends through October 28 APPLE PICKIN’ JUBILEE AT HILLCREST ORCHARDS When: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Where: 9696 Hwy. 52 E., Ellijay Information: U-Pic Apple Festival features wagon rides, petting farm, pig races, cow milking, moonshine museum, playground, jumping pillow, pedal cart rides, great fair food, bakery live entertainment and a large farm market. $6 admission, $3 petting

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AT THE FARM Where: 355 Stringer Rd., Canton Hickory Flat Community Information: Corn Maize, Ag.Venture farm tours, bonfire hayrides, haunted barn, Jumpee Pillow, farm food and more! Prices and times vary per activity. (770) 345-5591,

October 6 (Rain Date October 20) CUMC FALL FESTIVAL When: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Where: Christ United Methodist Church 1340 Woodstock Road, Roswell Information: Enjoy music, food, fun and fellowship! The annual Pumpkin Patch will feature more than 3,000 pumpkins for purchase. Other activities will include pony and train rides, a moonwalk, children’s games, a clown, and the Mother Goose Storyteller. Cuddle with the goats, bunnies and their friends in the Petting Zoo, along with the puppies and kittens in the Pet Adoption Center. Indulge in goodies from the CUMW bake sale, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Purchase early Christmas presents from the variety of vendors. (770) 993-3945,

October 6 7TH ANNUAL SCARECROW HARVEST When: 10 a.m. Where: Historic Downtown Alpharetta Information: More than 100 scarecrows will line the streets of downtown Alpharetta, inspiring fall spirit. A family street party that continues into the night will include a farmer’s market, free hayrides, face painting, artsy activities, delicious food, and music. (678) 2976078, 7TH ANNUAL FALL FAIR When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1208 Rose Creek Drive, Woodstock

Information: Free admission and free games and activities for children, including a rock climbing wall, inflatables, face painting, Christian music, and iThink improvisation group from Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. Hot dogs, chili and other food and beverages will be available for purchase, and the event also will include a bake sale, cake walk, and DVD/book sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit Cherokee County Family Violence Center and Give-AKid-A-Chance. (770) 924-7286, AUTUMN FEST When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Where: Barrett Memorial Park, Holly Springs Information: A celebration filled with fun and excitement for the entire family featuring children’s games, excellent food, community organization booths, arts and crafts, petting zoo, live music and much more! HARVEST FEST When: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church 1136 Trinity Church Road, Canton Information: There will be games, live music, a bounce house, horse rides, BBQ, and hot dogs, all for the community. There will also be a gently used book sale. Some vendors and fire and safety service personnel are scheduled to be present. Food and games are complimentary. Any proceeds from donations will go to Mother’s Cupboard Food Pantry. A recycling center will also be available for your old electronics. (678) 493-6955,

October 19–20, 26–27 GHOST TALES & TRAILS When: 6–10 p.m. Where: City Center, 8534 Main St., Woodstock Information: Hear spooky tales based from Woodstock’s history, culminating with a delightfully comic staging of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” (678) 494-4251,

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HALLOWEEN HIKES When: 7–10 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell Information: Experience the mystery of a half-mile guided night hike through the lighted woodland trails, where you’ll meet friendly costumed forest creatures who will delight you with their dramatic antics. Join CNC for an evening of music, games, crafts, Halloween face paintings, fun activities, and refreshments available for purchase. Kids are encouraged to wear a costume and have their photo taken with CNC’s roaming characters. (770) 992-2055 x236,

THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL When: 1–4 p.m. Where: Downtown Canton Information: Trick-or-treating with the merchants, music, bounce house, games, vendors and hayrides. (770) 704-1548,

October 20 MACEDONIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FALL FESTIVAL/MACEDONIA ROUND-UP When: 5–8 p.m. Where: Macedonia Baseball Fields Information: Bring the whole family! The RoundUp will be held on the Macedonia baseball fields and will feature lots of fun for the whole family including, obstacle course, inflatables, games, cake walk, sack races, vendors, food and lots of fun!

October 20 (rain date October 27) HAY DAY 2012 When: 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming Information: Fall fun for the whole family! Pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, games, a cake walk, plate lunches, raffles, baked goods, vendors and more! Free parking and admission. Donate a bale of hay to the rescue; available for purchase at the event. Proceeds will benefit (770) 886-5419,

October 26 FALL PARTY AT KINDERCARE When: 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Where: KinderCare, 3670 Cherokee St., Kennesaw Information: Free fun, games, and lots of candy! (770) 427-8515

October 31 WCC ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL When: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Where: Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Hwy. 92, Woodstock Information: Join WCC for food, games, inflatables, face painting, music, and an amazing amount of Halloween candy for your kids. WCC takes pride in providing a safe and warm environment for the whole family to enjoy. Everything is free for children 12 and under; food plates are available for purchase for ages 13 and over. (770) 926-8238, KIDSFEST When: 3–7 p.m. Where: Woodstock City Park Downtown Woodstock Information: Just treats, no tricks for costumed kiddies. Moonwalks, apple bobbing, face painting, candy give-away and more. (770) 517-6788,

November 3 AUTUMN CRAFT SHOW When: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Where: Timothy Lutheran Church (TLC) 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock Information: Shop local arts, crafts, and more at TLC’s Autumn Craft Show, hosted by TLC Youth Groups. Free admission. For vendor information, email (770) 928-2812 TC COUNTRY’S 7TH ANNUAL OKTOBER FEST PARTY When: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: 100 Heritage Town Parkway, Canton

Information: No Oktober Fest is complete without German delicacies: free German food, including Bratwurst, Red Cabbage, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and more. German specialty items (Lebkuchen, a variety of German Chocolates, Brandy Beans & Marzipan) will also be available for purchase. The event also will feature vendors, door prizes and a raffle. (770) 479-8926 CREEK VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FALL CARNIVAL When: Noon-5 p.m. Where: Creek View Elementary School, 3995 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta Information: Enjoy many great rides and inflatables; win prizes at Creek View’s Midway games section; and try your luck at the Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Throw and a special whip cream eating contest! Dance to great hits by our DJ, enjoy a petting zoo, and spend time exploring lots of activities such as crafts, balloons, face painting, karate and so much more! Special appearances by the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and “Freddie the Falcon.” Plenty of food from Shane’s Rib Shack, Chick-fil-A, Rita’s and more! Free admission, tickets for rides and games for purchase at the entrance. Fun for all ages! (770) 667-2932 21

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

Taxed Enough Already It’s no secret that Metro Atlanta traffic is bad. Travel just about anywhere in the United States and you will find motorists who relate Atlanta with congestion. Why, then, did the recent ballot referendum aimed at transportation improvements fail so miserably?

Too much politics. The ultimate project list appeared to be the “wish list” of local elected officials who created it. No one honestly viewed the Atlanta beltline as a legitimate traffic relief project. Proposed transit to the Cumberland Mall area ate up almost the entire budget for Cobb County and yet 95 percent of Cobb residents would have no real use for the Cumberland project. The vote was a catastrophe for the financial supporters who poured almost $10 million into promoting the T-SPLOST. This is especially true when one considers the opponents spent less than $100,000 in opposition.

Voters rightfully do not trust government. The GA 400 toll is the best example of government not keeping its promises. Some two years after the 400 extension has been paid for in toll fees, the toll continues to be collected. Those of us who clearly remember the promise that toll booths The moral of this story is fairly simple. You can’t fool the would go away now see it as a shining example of government voters with a bad idea. not keeping its promises. Had the measure come before elected officials, I am fairly certain that everyone in Metro I am fairly certain it would have been We do not need to extract Atlanta wants traffic relief. However, like done away with—as we must answer more from private citizens all government spending, it should be to the voters. Unfortunately, the to grow the public sector. done with a true cost-benefit analysis. Georgia Department of Transportation After all, we are Taxed Simply stating we need to “untie” (DOT) Board, whose members are not Enough Already! Atlanta is not good enough. elected by the voters, made the terrible decision to keep collecting the toll. We need to start by identifying the 20

Bad timing for a tax vote. There never is a good time for a tax increase, but some times are worse than others. In the midst of three years of unemployment near nine percent nationally, an average 40 percent loss in Americans’ wealth since 2008, and a national debt of $16 trillion, asking the taxpayers for more money simply was a bad idea. Too much transit. The clarion call to solve Atlanta’s traffic congestion was met with a plan that would do little or nothing to improve commute times. Even under the best-case scenario of T-SPLOST supporters, the average commute time would have been improved by one minute each way for the average Atlanta commuter. Considering the estimated $8 billion price tag, voters recognized a bad deal; an $8 billion tax increase for two minutes in commute time-savings each day? Woodstock | october 2012 22 My

most-congested roadways in the metropolitan area and devote resources to those projects until they are complete. We should privatize the Georgia Department of Transportation. Almost every function it performs can be better done in private industry. Those DOT Board members who failed to remove the GA 400 toll should be held accountable. Breaking the trust of Georgia voters harms all of us in the long run. Finally, we must remind every level of government to live within the resources it has. We do not need to extract more from private citizens to grow the public sector. After all, we are Taxed Enough Already!

Chip Rogers is the State Senator for District 21. You may contact him by phone at (404) 463-1378 or by e-mail at


Living in the Year of 60 by Mayor Donnie Henriques

Many have done it before me. Many will do it after. There are multiple “milestone” birthdays in our lives. Turning 21, if memory serves, was worth noting. Turning 30, 40 and “The Big 5-0” were also monumental. But, turning 60 had a different feeling to it. In my mind, I’m still in my 30s or 40s, depending on the day of the week. Wrapping my head around the concept of, that’s wild! You see, while growing up, I thought people in their 60s were old—I mean, realllllly old! Most people were ready to leave this world at that age. Times, and medical advances, have changed for the better. Life expectancy has increased dramatically

since my father died at the age of 52 in 1967. Oh, did I mention he smoked three packs of cigarettes a day, did not exercise, and lived a life of stress-filled days? Our lifestyle habits, for the most part, are much better than those days, which has been a major contributor of the increased life expectancy age.

Donnie Henriques is the mayor of Woodstock. You may contact him by calling (770) 592-6001 or e-mail

Still, turning 60 did bring some milestones, some of which I would have rather not have crossed. For the first time in my life, I experienced a lifechanging medical emergency. Not to get overly melodramatic, but it was serious enough to make me look at what I thought was a healthy lifestyle and make changes for the better.

In my mind, I’m still in my 30s or 40s, depending on the day of the week.

The year also brought milestones in other, personal areas. My youngest, Madeline, turned 21 (yikes!) and promptly moved into an apartment with two other girls. The good comes with the bad, right? On a good note, my youngest son, Jeremy, the second doctor in the family, is gracing my wife and me with our first grandchild, Jackson Jacob, scheduled to say, “Hello World!” later this month. If that’s not enough, my oldest son, Derek, graduated from college (better late than never) and decided to go to graduate school to copy his mom and be a doctor of Audiology. Which brings me back to my youngest, Madeline. By the time she is finished with school (she is on the Dean’s List at Kennesaw State University), she will be the fourth doctor in our family. Which leads me to the only conclusion I can come to...I’ll be the only member of our family who isn’t a doctor—which, by law, makes me the dumbest member of the family! And to think, it only took me 60 years to find all this out! 24 My Woodstock | october 2012



Reading Dogs Time: 4:30 p.m. Information: These 15-minute programs encourage children to read by providing a non-judgmental furry listener who won’t laugh if you make a mistake or stumble over a word. Children begin to associate reading with the dog and start to view the activity in a positive light. Parents can register their child two weeks ahead for one session by call the corresponding library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time. Hickory Flat Library — Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 R.T. Jones Library — Mondays, October 1, 15 Rose Creek Library — Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 Woodstock Library — Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 MARTIAL ARTS WORKSHOP Date/Time/Location: October 4, 10:30 a.m., Hickory Flat Information: Steve Odom’s Martial Arts studio will hold a martial arts workshop to teach and show little guys some basic karate moves. All ages are invited to attend. SPINNING & WEAVING CELEBRATION Date/Time/Location: October 4, 3 p.m., Rose Creek Information: In celebration of “National Spinning & Weaving Week” October 1–7, local spinner/weaver Suz Weitzel will be set up in the lobby demonstrating the ins and outs of this ancient art. Some of her work and tools will be on display at the library through October 20. AMERICAN GIRL: KIRSTEN PARTY Date/Time/Location: October 8, 6:30 p.m., R.T. Jones Date/Time/Location: October 9, 6:30 p.m., Woodstock Information: Girls between the ages of 8–13 are invited to attend a party celebrating our friend, American Girl Kirsten. Girls are invited to dress up and bring their 18-inch doll to experience the life, times and history of an 1854 Swedish immigrant. Participants will learn about her life, enjoy Kirsten-inspired food, drink, and crafts. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for the R.T. Jones program, call (770) 479-3090, ext. 233. For the Woodstock program, call (770) 926-5859. ‘JAKE AND THE BUGGY MELEE’ Date/Time/Location: October 11, 4:30 p.m., Rose Creek Information: “Jake and the Buggy Melee” book signing and reading by author Darryl E. Green. “Jake and the Buggy Melee” is Darryl’s first children’s book. Registration is required. (770) 591-1491 26 My Woodstock | october 2012

Sequoyah Regional Library System Hickory Flat — 2740 E. Cherokee Drive (770) 345-7565 R.T. Jones — 116 Brown Industrial Parkway, (770) 479-3090 Rose Creek — 4476 Towne Lake Pkwy, (770) 591-1491 Woodstock — 7735 Main Street, (770) 926-5859

Tuesday R.T. Jones — Family Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Rose Creek — Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday R.T. Jones — Lapsit Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Woodstock — Lapsit Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Thursday Hickory Flat — Family Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Woodstock — Family Story Times, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Story Themes Week of October 15 — Mo Books! Week of October 22 — Play Ball! Week of October 29 — Later, Gator!

MASTER GARDENERS: FRUIT & BERRY GARDENING Date/Time/Location: October 13, 10 a.m., Hickory Flat Information: Learn how to add and care for edible plants in your landscape. Master Gardeners programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Limited seating; registration is encouraged. (770) 479-0418 FRIENDS BOOK SALE Date/Time/Location: October 19–20, 10 a.m., Rose Creek Information: Attend the “Friends of the Library” Book Sale for a chance to find some great deals on gently used books. All proceeds benefit the library. A special Preview Night for “Friends of the Library” members only will be held at 4 p.m. October 18. LEGO CLUB Date/Time/Location: October 21, 3 p.m., Woodstock Information: The LEGO club meets once a month. The club has a different theme each month and children will work as individuals or on teams constructing their LEGO masterpieces. The creations will be displayed in the library until the next month’s LEGO Club meeting. Children of all ages are invited to participate.

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KIDSFEST OFFERS Safe, Family Fun For Halloween by Kyle Bennett, Director of Tourism, City of Woodstock

As director of tourism and manager of the Woodstock Visitors Center, I am often asked what is my favorite Downtown Woodstock event of the year. This is a very hard question to answer when you consider all the great events that take place in our downtown area. Events to choose from range from the farmers market, parades for the 4th of July and Christmas, the Friday Night Live series, concerts, and festivals in the park—just to name a few. Out of all the events in Downtown Woodstock, my personal favorite has to be KidsFest! KidsFest, held on Halloween in Downtown Woodstock’s City Park, offers families a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween. The event features fun trickor-treat activities, including moonwalks, games, face painting, a magician, a costume contest, and lots of candy. Best of all, KidsFest is free! The main reason I love KidsFest is because of all the great costumes the kids and their parents wear to the event. My favorite is seeing families in themed costumes. For example, one year a family all came dressed as characters from “Toy Story.” Another year, I saw a family that was dressed up as characters from “Winnie the Pooh.” In addition to all the great costumes, it is always fun to watch the kids trick-or-treating. For many children, KidsFest is their first time trick-or-treating, and it is so much fun to see the joy on their faces as they get candy at the different booths in the park. As Halloween draws closer, I hope that you and your family will plan to attend KidsFest. The event will be held 3–7 p.m., October 31, at Woodstock City Park in Historic Downtown Woodstock. Happy Halloween! For more information about KidsFest and other events in Downtown Woodstock, contact Woodstock Parks & Recreation: (770) 517-6788, 28 My Woodstock | october 2012

5 Keys to Finding Your Favorite Dentist

by Dr. Scott R. Harden The years have taught me that patients primarily seek out dental care for one of two reasons: to move toward health or to move away from pain. In other words, some people are proactive and go to the dentist regularly, while others Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at are reactive and only go to Fountain View Family Dentistry and the dentist when they need a has served the Towne Lake area for painful or broken tooth treated. over 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental Logic would clearly indicate going to the dentist on a regular research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000. basis makes great sense and Website: helps prevent big problems such as tooth abscesses, root canals or extractions. Discipline is needed to achieve regular dental visits and healthy teeth. Value is also a very important element for the patient to stay motivated and remain disciplined; after all, going to the dentist is not necessarily the top priority on a person’s checklist. But, the decision to find your favorite dentist is very important because a positive experience will help you establish a routine of going to the dentist regularly! Here are five keys to finding your favorite dentist: 1. Quality. The quality of care you receive begins with diagnosis of specific emergency needs and your overall dental health. Quality of diagnosis requires the latest technology because it improves the accuracy of your diagnosis. While poking a tooth with an explorer is a traditional technique for diagnosing decay that is still common in many offices, it is very inaccurate, inconsistent, and often results in undetected or late detection of tooth decay. Today’s modern Diagnodent cavity detection equipment utilizes laser ultrasonic technology to digitally and scientifically assess tooth decay before advanced tooth destruction has occurred, and it provides incredibly accurate results. Diagnodent can be compared to infrared technology used in your home to assess termites, water leakage, or mold. The traditional visual inspection of these problems often meant late detection and costly home repairs. Quality of care also involves the quality of treatment, which encompasses white fillings and meticulous polishing to prevent bacterial leakage, crowns, implants, dentures, root canal therapy, extractions, gum disease treatment, and all aspects of modern dentistry. The bar has been raised very high in today’s dental Woodstock | october 2012 30 My

profession, and you want this quality reflected in any dental care you receive from your favorite dental office.

2. Communication. A patient’s communication with the front office, hygienists, dental assistants, insurance and treatment coordinators, lab, and specialists is just as important as with the dentist because they all play a role in the level of dental care you receive. Communication is something you must evaluate for yourself and usually can be gauged when you make an appointment or during the basic dental cleaning and exam. Look for friendly professionals who focus on you and your needs, and who can clearly communicate your treatment options. Your favorite dental office should include options of communicating with you by phone, email or text.

3. Comfort. Historically, comfort at the dentist was a bit of an oxymoron. But computer anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and a caring dentist with good anesthesia techniques are setting a new standard for comfort. Ask the dentist what specific techniques will be used to provide comfort during your treatment. Look for value-added services, such as soft music, fountains, spa services, paraffin hand waxing, and similar features that help you to relax and add to a comfortable and enjoyable dental visit. You’ll usually find these types of features and services at your favorite dental office.

4. Financial. Financial considerations for your dental care are always important. Evaluate the costs carefully and ask questions to avoid surprises with your bill. Many patients complain of routine cleanings turning into gum-disease procedures with higher associated costs than they expected at check-out. Good communication and good office policies help prevent this type of scenario. If it’s not already the policy of your dentist, ask that you be informed in advance of any treatment changes that would add additional costs before the procedures are performed. Another financial consideration is insurance. Insurance can be very complicated because it’s a third party that stipulates many complex limitations to treatment and coverage. Ask your favorite dental office to provide an insurance fact sheet that will detail treatment procedures and limits of coverage to give you the most accurate estimate possible. Interest-free financing for dental treatment is now available to patients with a good credit rating, and can buffer the costs for dental care that you may not have budgeted for.

5. Maintenance. Routine maintenance is a very important focus for a dental office, so make sure you maintain two dental cleanings per year. This will keep you enrolled with the office so that you receive reminders about upcoming dental visits. This reasoning returns us to the premise of proactive dental care being the best avenue to avoid costly dental care. Take time today to call the dental office and stay proactive with your dental health.





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One Family’s Hope by Michelle Martin For the two years since learning their son, Julian Smith, 5, has Autism, Miriam and Julius Robinson of Sandy Springs felt hopeless and helpless. “Julian’s pediatrician and neurologist provided no real explanations or options,” says Miriam. “It was very frustrating, and we felt very helpless and hopeless for the past two years.”

diagnosis. Miriam says she became even more frustrated when Julian’s neurologist suggested medications and referred her to the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. “The neurologist didn’t offer any explanations, information, or any real options — not even a pamphlet for me to take home and read.”

Miriam says she first became worried when Julian was 3, because he still spoke in one-word utterances, didn’t make eye contact, was a very picky eater, and became easily disturbed by large crowds and loud noises. “Julian’s pediatrician didn’t seem very concerned. His pediatrician told us that children develop differently and that Julian’s behaviors could also be due to the fact that he didn’t have any siblings in the house — so he couldn’t watch and mimic other children.”

Miriam began researching Autism on her own and found that Julian exhibited many of the classic symptoms. Her husband’s chance meeting in the park with a parent whose child also has Autism eventually led them to Brain Balance Achievement Center in Roswell. “Her son didn’t appear to be Autistic from what I noticed of him at the park,” Julius recalls. “She explained how Brain Balance’s program and dietary changes work together to modify many of the behaviors associated with Autism — and that her own research in the field for her Master’s degree supported Brain Balance’s method as well.”

Julian’s pediatrician recommended he undergo testing by a neurologist, but Julian didn’t exhibit enough symptoms of Autism for an official

Brain Balance is an individually designed, comprehensive, non-medical program that combines academic and sensorymotor activities to address specific

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

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neurobehavioral and learning challenges, including ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program includes in-center and at-home exercises, along with dietary recommendations; typically, participants complete two 12-week sessions. Brain Balance Achievement Centers’ 47 nationwide locations include centers in Roswell, Suwanee and Peachtree City. Miriam and Julius attended a Brain Balance workshop, and enrolled Julian right away. “I knew this was the right program for Julian and that he should begin as soon as possible,” Miriam says, “because children have a great capacity for soaking up information before the age of 5. I knew getting treatment for Julian before he got any older would make a big difference.” Julian has been working with Brain Balance since March. Miriam says she noticed improvement in Julian within a month of changing his diet according to Brain Balance’s recommendations. The Brain Balance medical assessment indicated Julian had a sensitivity to milk protein and peanut protein, so Miriam and Julius quickly removed those substances, along with all dairy and gluten, from Julian’s diet. In addition, Julian started taking supplements that included vitamins, minerals and amino acids. “Not long after changing his diet, Julian was less foggy-headed, more focused, had more energy, and didn’t suffer from stomach problems.” The Brain Balance assessment also revealed Julian had some dexterity issues and primitive reflexes. In other words, even as a small child he would grab things with his whole hand rather than with his fingers and would suckle his thumb when his mother caressed his cheek — behaviors more often found in infants. Miriam worked with Julian at home for two months, performing a series of exercises three times a day. The exercises included wearing blackout glasses to help strengthen Julian’s focus in the weaker eye; tasting foods with certain textures and smelling jars of scented oils; doing sit-ups, push-ups; and laying on his stomach while raising one arm and stretching out the opposite leg. “Now, Julian can do 30 sit-ups at a time, he’s not so grabby, and is more coordinated,” Miriam says.

primitive reflexes. “The directors at Brain Balance explained that Julian’s symptoms were the tip of the iceberg, and first we needed to find out and fix what was lying beneath the iceberg,” Miriam says. “Julian was smart, but he couldn’t verbalize himself and had to find other ways of communicating and doing things.” Brain Balance has helped Julian to improve physically, mentally and socially, according to Miriam. “Now, he is more focused, more responsive, and more engaged,” she says. “My mother was so excited to be able to have a real conversation with him over the phone, whereas before he barely spoke.” Julian also attended day camp this past summer, where he participated in group activities like swimming, tennis, dancing, and other typical camp programs. “When our family was out one evening recently, Julian became so excited when he recognized one of his friends from camp. His friend came over and talked with us, and said that Julian was one of the most popular boys at camp! It was fantastic to see firsthand how much Julian has improved in his social skills and in building relationships.” Miriam says the Brain Balance program is intensive and requires a lot of work and commitment, but the difference Brain Balance has made in Julian has been worth it. “Parents need to have options, not just statistics,” she says, noting that one in five boys is diagnosed with Autism today. “Two years ago, when we first found out Julian has Autism, we had no options and no hope. Brain Balance is our hope.”

After doing in-home exercises for a couple of months, Julian began cognitive exercises at the Brain Balance center in Roswell to address Julian’s speech delays and to further address his 33

A Medical Approach POISON PREVENTION To Weight Loss

by Dr. Jeff Donohue Are you finding it hard to lose weight? Many people struggle in their weight-loss journey and often turn to extremes in trying to obtain their goal. The increasing prevalence of obesity in today’s society means that more people than ever are in search of the “Holy Grail of Thinness.” So, what are you to do? What is safe and what is just hype? Why have those around you managed to lose weight, and yet you cannot?

Dr. Jeff Donohue is national medical director for NexSlim Medical Weight Loss, located at 200 Parkbrooke Drive, Suite 130, in Towne Lake. NexSlim specializes in personalized weight-loss plans, nutritional education, and support. (678) 888-0332

Everywhere we turn there seems to be a new clinic claiming to offer the latest and greatest weight-loss solution. Or, just do a search on the Internet or watch late night TV and one can get inundated with multiple options that can promise immediate and long-lasting results. How can we make sense of it all? While there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to weight loss, there are some basics that still reign true. When looking through most of the studies that are available on this subject, a common thread is that it is impossible to reach one’s goal without taking in less calories and exerting more energy. The multitudes of diet plans that have been researched and evaluated typically render the same result: a nutrition plan that is high in protein and low in carbohydrate and sugars seems to give the most consistent and reproducible benefits. This is not to say that plans that implement HCG, appetite suppressants, herbal remedies, and the like do not work. These types of plans, however, should be developed according to individual needs. Many of my patients who previously tried “fad” diets gained back all of the weight they had lost on those diets. This is common with fad diets, especially if individuals weren’t educated and evaluated to determine the causes for their initial weight gain. Before starting any weight-loss plan, it is very important to have a complete evaluation by a medical provider who is qualified in weight loss and who can help design a treatment plan that is right for you. The medical evaluation should include a complete physical, lab work, and medical history. You may also require additional testing of your hormone levels, cortisol, thyroid, and even food allergies or continued on page 62 Woodstock | october 2012 34 My

& Treatment

by Jordana Heaven, MD, Shannon Dobson, CPNP, Adriana Rzeznik, MD, Frini Shah, MD, Beverly Acker, MD When my kids were smaller, there was a “yucky frownface” sticker that we used to identify poisonous or otherwise harmful products around our home. More than one million children under the age of 6 years old will have an exposure Jordana Heaven, Shannon Dobson, to something poisonous every Adriana Rzeznik, Frini Shah and year. Could you recognize Beverly Acker are all board-certified the signs that your child has providers with Woodstock Pediatric Medicine. To contact them, please ingested or come in contact call (770) 517-0250 with something poisonous? What would you do in such a situation? The first course of action if you suspect that your child has ingested something poisonous is to call the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222. Do not induce vomiting unless directed by the Poison Control Center. Vomiting rarely is recommended anymore because many substances are more dangerous coming back up. Syrup of Ipecac also is no longer recommended. Generally, if the Poison Control Center believes the substance needs to be flushed from the stomach, the operator will advise you to go to your closest emergency center immediately. If you’re not certain your child has ingested or come in contact with something poisonous, look for the common signs: unexplained stains or odors on your child’s clothing; unusual drooling; unexplained vomiting; or abdominal cramping. Behavior changes like sleepiness, irritability, and jumpiness can be clues that your child has ingested certain medications or alcohol (not necessarily the kind of alcohol usually found in a liquor cabinet). In fact, many different household substances contain alcohol that can be harmful if swallowed. If you notice your child having difficulty breathing, having seizures, or is unresponsive, call 911 immediately. Be sure to explain all of your child’s symptoms and any suspicions you have. The best way to prevent ingestion or contact of poisonous and harmful products around the home is through “baby-proofing” and diligence. But, as parents we all know that children are curious by nature and that accidents can and will happen in even the safest homes. The good news is that most instances do not develop into serious health conditions. Usually, the whole ordeal is harder on parents than on the children.

The Power of ZZZZ Slowing Down by Dr. Monika Yadav

10:30 p.m. Goodnight!

Dr. Monika S. Yadav is a boardcertified physician in Internal Medicine who practices at 684 Sixes Road in Holly Springs at Prestige Primary Care ( For appointments, call (678) 494-9669.

2:49 a.m. Good Morning? Really? Actually, I know it’s not going to be as good of a morning or entire day for that matter, because I didn’t get my much needed six hours of sleep. Occasionally, I suffer from sleep deprivation—and that term is relative because my father always performs on target with only four hours of sleep while my mother needs at least eight hours to maintain her usual “Mary Poppins” cheerful attitude. But, studies have shown that on average adults need at least four hours of concentrated sleep in order to function normally. Other studies, as well as what I see continually in my office, indicate that 30 percent of Americans are suffering from chronic insomnia. So, if you’re up before the break of dawn and reading this article, chances are that a few of your neighbors are awake already as well. Sleep is really not given the respect it deserves in this country. Although born and raised in America, I have travelled immensely all over the world and have observed different cultural attitudes about sleep. Once while in Spain with my sister, we begrudgingly waited two hours after lunch for a major bank to re-open because it is customary for businesses to shut down for an afternoon siesta. In India, major towns don’t begin to bustle until 11 a.m., after people have leisurely awakened and have eaten a hearty breakfast. I somewhat understand the pressures of being the most powerful country in the world and what it takes to maintain the status—but, come on now, let’s remember to stop and smell the roses, breathe, stretch, SLEEP… I stress this point because danger lurks with insomnia. Insomnia is defined as difficulty initiating sleep or maintaining sleep, waking up too early, or experiencing sleep that is chronically poor in quality. There are a myriad of consequences that arise from insomnia. These include short-term memory loss; depression; irritable mood; decreased energy; low libido; respiratory problems; increased blood pressure; depressed immunity; increased appetite and obesity; chronic headaches and GI symptoms; increased incidents of crashes and workplace errors; continuous anxiety about not being able to sleep well; and an overall poorer quality of life in general. So it comes as no surprise that there is an increased mortality rate in those who don’t get at least four hours of concentrated sleep each night. Other things can cause sleep deprivation, such as medical continued on page 62 36 My Woodstock | october 2012

by Jeff Sousa

The pace of life can be fast if we allow it to be. It begins when we link our happiness to the need for things to happen a certain way. When we do that, we are constantly looking to the future and can get pulled along so fast that we Jeff Sousa is a yoga teacher at miss everything. It can lead to stress, anxiety, sleep problems, Ember Yoga in Downtown Woodstock. unhealthy food choices and behaviors. It is great to have goals and work to achieve them; but, at the same time, we need to be aware of what is happening now and learn to derive the large part of our happiness from being in the moment. It takes practice, but it is a shift in perspective that is always available and productive. When we spend time on ourselves by slowing down and cultivating growth with no externalities, we create the space to take in and enjoy everything that is happening in our lives. We can still engage in the world, but from a more grounded and centered state of mind. In terms of shifting perspective, in yoga I like to make an example of the poses where you are upside down: handstand, headstand, shoulder stand. Of course, the human body is designed to function well in its normal orientation, with feet on the ground. However, turning things upside down for just a few moments can have an amazing effect on our mood and the physical systems in our body. Everything from joint compression to blood circulation can benefit from pausing and reorienting the pressures that they are normally under. Yoga has been around in various forms for thousands of years. The dramatic increase in popularity over the past few decades can arguably be attributed to the accelerating pace of modern life. As information bombards us from every direction and there are more and more demands for our attention, we might never think to stop and ask what’s important and what’s not. If it all went away, with what would we be left? That can be a scary question that we would rather avoid. But, by allowing ourselves permission to examine it, it actually is empowering. The next time you’re in the middle of a stressful situation that seems all-important and your mind won’t stop racing, find a quiet place and sit in the child’s pose (Google it) for a minute or two. Your mind may tell you there’s no time for that and those two minutes could be better spent some other way, but give it a try. It might just change the outcome of your day.

Breast Cancer Myths – Busted! by Susan Casella, RN, OCN, Breast Health Coordinator, Northside Hospital

Women are overwhelmed with information about breast cancer—and much of it is wrong. The problem is that some women tend to use this misinformation as an excuse not to have regular breast exams. Getting your facts straight could save your life. Much research has been done about the causes of breast cancer and many advances made in the detection and treatment of the disease. Although there is still plenty for us to learn, one thing we do know is that breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women—striking anyone, regardless of age, race or economic status. Here’s the truth behind some common misconceptions about breast cancer: Myth: I don’t have breast cancer in my family, so I won’t get it. Fact: Most women (70 to 80 percent) diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. Simply being a woman and having breast tissue puts you at risk for the disease. However, women who do have a family history are at an increased risk for developing the disease and should discuss with their doctor beginning screenings as early as age 25. Myth: Finding a lump in my breast means that I have breast cancer. Fact: Eight out of 10 breast lumps are not cancerous. However, you should still see your healthcare provider if you find one or notice any other changes in your breasts, because catching breast cancer early offers a 98 percent likelihood of it being cured. Myth: The government said that I don’t need to get a mammogram anymore. Fact: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced in 2009 that it was changing its mammography guidelines. However, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, American Cancer Society, and many other reputable health organizations have since debunked the USPSTF findings for not considering all current data. All women should continue annual screening

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using mammography and clinical breast examination, beginning at age 40. Myth: Mammograms cause breast cancer. Fact: While it’s true that radiation is used in mammography, the amount is so minute that any risk is overshadowed by the huge preventative benefits of having the procedure. Mammography is a woman’s best weapon against breast cancer. It is the only test proven to save lives and that can find a cancer years before it can be felt, when it is smaller and more treatable. Myth: I’m too young to worry about breast cancer. Fact: While it’s true that your breast cancer risk increases as you get older, the fact is that women of all ages are at risk for developing the disease. Myth: I have small breasts, I can’t get breast cancer. Fact: There’s no connection between the size of your breasts and your risk of getting breast cancer. However, very large or dense breasts can be harder to examine, which can make it harder to spot problems on mammograms. There also is no evidence to prove that having breast implants (silicone or saline) increases the risk of breast cancer. All women, regardless of breast size, should commit to regular screenings. 37

IS IT REALLY Flu Season? Part I

by Cathy Wendland-Colby, DC According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 5-20 percent of Americans will get influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, this year. We all know that the flu can make you feel pretty lousy. Symptoms usually come on suddenly and can include: • • • • • • • • •

Dr. Wendland-Colby is a chiropractor in private practice with her husband at Colby Family Chiropractic on Highway 92 in Woodstock, specializing in sports and family care. She can be reached at (770) 592-1915 or

Fever (usually high) Fatigue Muscle aches Chills Headache Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in children Runny or stuffy nose Sore throat Cough (sometimes dry)

Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms. Although the flu can make you feel bad enough to stay in bed for about a week, none of its symptoms are deadly. While some reports are designed to make you believe that thousands of people die from the flu, it’s not actually the flu that is resulting in their deaths. People with compromised immune systems have a difficult time fighting the flu virus and therefore are more susceptible to other illnesses. The CDC resourcefully lists these other illnesses as flu-related complications. How can you protect yourself from getting the flu? • Practice good health habits to maintain a strong immune system. Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, get adjusted regularly, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. • Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. • Also, clean surfaces of everyday items, such as cell phones, steering wheels, computer keyboards, and remote controls. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often continued on page 62 Woodstock | october 2012 38 My

THE EXCITEMENT Of A Loose Tooth! by Vishant Nath, DMD It is one of life’s unique Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of experiences when a child Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may realizes that he has a loose contact him at (678) 352-1090 tooth. A new level of or visit excitement is generated when a child begins wiggling a loose tooth back and forth. For children, perhaps it’s the anticipation of a visit from the Tooth Fairy. For parents, it may be the realization that an important transition is beginning in their child’s life. Here are some important points to remember during this process. Many children begin to lose their primary teeth between the ages of 4 and 7. As a general rule, the primary teeth will become loose and fall out in the order in which they initially erupted through the gums. The process of losing a tooth is normally not painful for the child. During the process by which the permanent tooth pushes the primary tooth out, the root of the primary tooth is reabsorbed, or disintegrated until there is only a bit of tissue holding the primary tooth in place. This allows for an easy removal of the primary tooth. Some children want to wiggle and play with a loose tooth until it gets loose enough to come out. Others may be content to allow the new permanent tooth to do the work of pushing the tooth out. You may be able to see the permanent tooth peeking through the gums as soon as the primary tooth is out. Once the primary tooth has come out completely, the area of the gums may be a bit tender. However, it is still very important to gently clean the area when brushing. It also is very important to brush and floss around the new permanent tooth from the moment you can first see it. Sometimes, primary teeth are lost prematurely due to trauma or dental disease. Your pediatric dentist may advise the placement of a “spacer.” This is an appliance that prevents the surrounding teeth from moving into the space until the permanent tooth emerges from the gums. Remember that most children still need assistance in brushing their teeth until they are 7 or 8 years old, depending on the child. There are surfaces on the teeth that may be difficult for children to reach, so it’s a good idea to continue to supervise children’s brushing habits until you feel that they have a good grasp on brushing. And twice-yearly visits to the dentist will help to ensure that all of your children’s teeth — primary and permanent — stay strong and healthy!

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According to Reid Trego, executive director of Huntington Learning Center in Woodstock, one of the most difficult periods for parents and kids alike is 4th-8th grade. Schoolwork and homework become much more intensive as students transition from elementary to middle school, and from middle to high school. As students get older, teachers typically have higher expectations and may take a stricter approach than the students are accustomed—putting more responsibility on students to take notes in class, work independently, keep up with their homework, and stay aware of upcoming test dates. “It can be overwhelming even to students who have always performed well—but especially to students who already struggle academically,” he says. Huntington Learning Center offers custom programs designed to help 4th-8th grade students identify and overcome their individual learning gaps, based on Huntington’s Academic Evaluation. Trego has found that many students who seek help from Huntington struggle with similar issues: lack of organization, incomplete class notes and homework, and inconsistent study times. “Schedule, structure and predictability are critical to students’ academic success,” he says. “If even one of these elements is lacking, students’ performance can suffer.” Typically, students come into Huntington two or three times a week for an hour or two each session. Huntington also can partner with parents and schools to help track students’ assignments, important test dates and academic progress. “But the real goal,” Trego says,“is to help students build the proper study skills so that they become motivated by their own success.”

Huntington Learning Center 6244 Old Highway 5, Woodstock Phone (678) 445-1515

Does not do his/her best

Won’t do homework on his/her own

Refuses to do homework

Waits until last minute to do homework

Fails to bring homework home

Won’t do homework if parents aren’t home

Takes all night to complete assignments If your child regularly struggles in one or more of these homework pitfalls, contact Huntington Learning Center to schedule a consultation and assessment.

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Self-esteem & Early Childhood Development by Rhonda Fidanza Confidence is a critical component of a child’s development and can propel a child forward developmentally. When children feel connected and loved, they are more motivated to cooperate, learn new skills, show affection Jim and Rhonda Fidanza, owners of and respect. When we Primrose School at Mountain Brook provide encouragement as 175 Village Centre East. You may they experiment and test contact them at (770) 924-9881, their knowledge and skills, www. we are helping them develop a willingness to tackle new challenges. Giving children opportunities to make choices helps them build confidence and to trust in their own abilities. From birth, young children have an inborn need to explore the world around them so they can figure out how it works. Therefore, each classroom should be designed with ageappropriate equipment to stimulate, develop and support

children’s sense of wonder. While they laugh, learn and explore, children also learn the importance of sharing, cooperating and caring—all character traits that make a tremendous difference in children’s ability to get along with others and become compassionate adults. Children’s feelings of competence and confidence are highly related to their actual achievement. They develop a sense of security that enables them to keep trying if their first attempts were not successful. Competence comes from experimenting with their own capabilities. In addition, a balanced learning curriculum includes activities that are both child-initiated and teacher-directed, structured and unstructured play, and large and small group discussions. This balance offers individual guidance and support for each child, fosters a sense of community in the classroom, and provides multiple opportunities for independent exploration and play. Here are some tips from Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education at Primrose Schools, on how to make lasting connections with children and to help them grow into confident adults: Talk to children about what they are doing. Children learn best in the context of relationships. When you talk to children about what they are doing, think out loud with them. If there’s a problem to solve, don’t rush in with a solution. Encourage children to think of possibilities by focusing on what is known and by asking open-ended questions like, “I wonder what made the block tower fall? What do you think caused it to tip over?” Young children are in the process of acquiring language, so it’s important to use words to describe what is going on around them. This will give them the vocabulary to express and discuss their thoughts and feelings, which is key to their cognitive and social-emotional development. Encourage children’s desire to explore. In his book, “Right From Birth,” Craig Ramey of Georgetown University says, “When we encourage children to explore, we let them know that their world is a very interesting place and that they are going to have a great time as they sort of meander through it.” It is this mentality that encourages children to learn independently with the support of their teachers, parents and peers. Involve children socially, emotionally and intellectually. In her book, “Mind in the Making,” Ellen Galinsky states that “When children are truly engaged in learning, they are engaged on all three of these levels—socially, emotionally and intellectually.” Therefore, a balanced approach to learning is paramount to a child’s development.

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TheHairBENEfits of Extensions

Scoop OTP Beck & Shel Studio

If you’re like me, your fascination with hair and its many forms began with a pair of scissors and a Barbie doll. Unfortunately, once your day of styling fun was over, you were left with an ugly doll with a short, choppy haircut. Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design Experimenting with cutting of Canton. For information you may and styling your own hair has contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 slightly more emotional stakes or visit — even though it grows back. Of course, if you get a cut you don’t like, that growing-out process can seem like an eternity!

One accessory can tie in the Scoop OTP, an INSIDER’s guide to living outfit and create the “wow” Outside The Perimeter, is proud to factor that you desire. Sisters announce the upcoming launch of their website, Scoop Michelle Michaud and Becki OTP will have local recommendations Fiorelli’s custom design about restaurants, family fun, shopping belt buckles are just such an and more. Suzanne Taylor is looking to accessory. Beck & Shel Studio, feature unique OTP products/places. nicknames that the sisters use for each other, began after they created buckles for themselves and some friends. Then, those friends wanted more for gifts, so the business was created in their Woodstock studio. Visit their website at www. or find them on Facebook.

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That’s why high-quality, human hair extensions have been such a revolution in the salon industry. Now women (and some men) can experiment with a new look if they want to— with little risk, and better yet, no styling damage to their own natural head of hair. We’ve all been in those in-between stages as we’ve tried to grow our hair out. Hair extensions make that awkward, inyour-face length a thing of the past. Better yet, high-quality extensions like the ones from LOX ™ are made from 100 percent Remy real human hair — so they can be cut, colored and styled just like your natural hair. Did you consider hair extensions in the past and decide against them? I understand why. Early application methods were harsh on the hair. Fusion techniques that often used glue adhesives greatly increased the possibility of damaging the hair. Also common was battling against unwanted stiffness, which usually left an unnatural appearance and would compromise the integrity of one’s new look. But fortunately for us, the beauty industry heard our demands and hair extension technology has come a long way. Real human hair is now cost-effective, and the loop method of insertion means you can get a whole new look in a couple of hours — without sticky glue. And the results are amazing! Plus, when applied by a trained stylist, extensions take only an hour or two, and they look absolutely natural. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is explaining how your hair grew 10 inches over the weekend. continued on page 62 Woodstock | october 2012 46 My

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The buckles can be found at Divas & Dames in Acworth, through holiday markets and trunk shows. They also sell the buckles online and they start at $35. They do custom designs; prices vary for those unique buckles. They can create any school logo or design. Their Falcons’ buckle is a big seller as well as the collegiate line.

Michelle said, “It seems that the first buckle that women purchase tends to be more ‘subdued’ in colors and design. But when she comes back for her second or third, (after receiving so many compliments!) she is looking for a ‘look at me’ design.”  The best thing about the buckles is they are interchangeable.  Once you own a belt strap (which you can purchase from their website), you can change the buckle according to the outfit. The choices are endless and match their tag line — “accessories as intriguing as you.” They hear from women at the trunk shows that belts are for “skinny girls;” well this is just not true!  The sisters know that a belt can be for any size woman.  It can help define a waist and give shape to an outfit.

HAIL Safety Tips! “Why is it raining ice cubes?” asks your little one. Luckily for you, there is Google and you can find out the answer, or you can read this article and learn a little about hail, driving in hail, and treating your car after hail damage. Last year, Atlanta had many hail storms. We associate hail with severe weather and tornadoes. According to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, hail is a form of precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into ice. Hail is larger than sleet and forms only in thunderstorms. Drops of supercooled water from the lower temperatures higher in the atmosphere hit the ice, and freeze on it, causing it to grow. When the hailstone becomes too heavy for the updraft to keep it aloft, it encounters downdraft air—it falls. It then is pulled by gravity towards the earth. There are different sizes of hail from a dime to a softball. A funny sign I once saw said, “If there were no golf balls, how would we measure hail?” Driving in a hail storm is serious and here are some safety tips to consider. First, stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and it can cause injury to those in its path. Stop driving and pull to a safe place so hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows—driving compounds hail’s impact with your car. Stop under an overpass, and don’t forget to pull out of traffic lanes and onto a shoulder. Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water. If you can keep your car angled so the hail is hitting the front of your car, that is better for you and your vehicle. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and the back glass are not, so they’re much more susceptible to breakage. If there are children in the car, lie down and protect them by keeping your back to the window. If you have a blanket, cover yourself and loved ones to prevent possible debris from hitting you.

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If your car should be damaged, call your insurance company to report the claim. If you have comprehensive coverage, you will be covered as hail is an act of God. You will be sent to an adjuster, and then you always have the choice to choose a company to perform the work. Instead of heading to a body shop, investigate paintless dent removal companies. They are the experts in hail repair. Trained technicians use specific tools that can remove the hail dimples without repainting the car. Look for a company that has a strong reputation and has been vested in your area. All work should be guaranteed and customer satisfaction should be their priority. Your car should look and feel new again after the repair! Suzanne Taylor, Marketing Manager Atlanta Dent Company, (770) 594-6376


Orthodontists Fight Back

A Lighter Side of Gardening

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS For as long as I can remember, orthodontists have dreaded Halloween because it signifies the beginning of a long holiday season that extends through the New Year, when patients with braces overindulge in candy and nuts and then require additional emergency appointments to fix Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in orthodontics and owner of Kincaid broken appliances and other Orthodontics in Woodstock and problems. The year’s most Roswell. Visit his website at candy-friendly season is also the orthodontic industry’s most worrisome time of year as their warnings to patients to go easy on the hard, sticky, chewy treats go largely unheeded. If you thought orthodontists were exaggerating the kinds of effects that the Halloween season has on their orthodontic appliances, you would be wrong! Each year, orthodontists across the country make special arrangements to schedule extra appointment time to take care of problems that occur from indulging in the “forbidden” treats that are so popular, especially at this time of year. Parents are more likely to look the other way as their kids enjoy the fruits of the season, failing to realize that broken appliances and poor hygiene ultimately increase the cost of treatment and can usually extend the amount of time their kids will be required to wear braces. In spite of warnings year after year not to indulge in problematic foods, there has been no decrease in problems after the holiday... until recently. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) came up with a brilliant “buy back” program to allow kids to enjoy the holidays with more tooth-friendly treats. Under the program, which includes hundreds of dentists across the country, kids can exchange their considerable amounts of hard, sticky candies and treats for non-candy gifts, including gift vouchers, movie tickets, orthobucks, or even cash. Last year, close to 5 million Americans undergoing orthodontic treatment exchanged their “loot” for other appealing gifts; this year, the AAO expects to “buy back” close to 16 tons of candy. As part of the annual awareness program, the AAO is making people aware of the type of foods that can be safely consumed in moderation. The AAO recommends softer chocolates that melt in your mouth, slices of apples or strawberries dipped in chocolate and anything that won’t harm the appliances or adversely affect the hygiene. continued on page 62 Woodstock | october 2012 48 My

by Eric Hill Don’t tell my wife, but I scrapped her suggestion to talk about gardening in clay soil for this month’s column. At the time it sounded good, but, as I wrote, it became painfully boring, and I just deleted everything. Of course, Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill that left me with a blank page Nursery & Landscaping. He can be to fill. In search of an idea reached at (770) 442-3901. that can be boiled down to 400-500 words, I came across two items from past newsletters that I thought you might enjoy. A while back we asked our customers to finish this sentence: “You might be a gardener if… .” These are some of their responses: You Might Be a Gardener If: • You find yourself pulling weeds at rest stops. • You have more than one coffee mug left in the garden at any given time. • You think Walter Reeves is cute. • You ever planned your vacation around a plant sale. • You ever were mistaken for an employee at a nursery. • You name a child after a flower. • You get a shovel for Mother’s Day without asking. • You give names to your plants. • A neighbor calls at 10 p.m. with a gardening question, and you don’t mind. • You remember your wedding flower but not your anniversary. • You receive dug up plants in a plastic bag for your birthday. • They know you by name at the nursery. • You get excited about free compost. • Your neighbor drags her husband over to your yard and exclaims, “I want our yard to look like hers.” Forgive me, Mr. Fulghum, for the blatant rip-off of your popular book, “All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The same could be said of gardening… All I Need to Know About Life I Learned in the Garden • Order is not always necessary. continued on page 62

CLEANING with Gemma Holiday Cleaning & Decorating

by Gemma Beylouny As the holidays approach, we tend to get very busy— even busier than our normal busy. In addition to our daily activities such as work, school, kids and chores, many of us also have to find time to put up decorations or change the décor of the house according to the season. For some, this can be a fun project, and for others the mere thought is daunting.

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

There are simple ways we can prepare our homes for the holidays. For Halloween projects, cleaning the front porch or front door isn’t as necessary because any cobwebs and dirt will fit right in with the ghosts, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, and other Halloween displays. But inside of the house is a different story, because you’ll likely have lots of visitors throughout the holidays. Let’s start with the foyer. This is the area kids will see when they Trick-or-Treat for candy. Typically, the foyer isn’t a large space, so you won’t need to do much here. Just vacuum (or sweep, if you have hardwoods) the floor and keep the area tidy. Find a spot where you can keep Halloween candy handy. Next, the dining room. You don’t want any cobwebs here! If you don’t have a feather duster, tie an old cotton shirt around a broom. Then, working left to right, use the broom to remove cobwebs from the ceilings in your dining room. Repeat the same process along the baseboards. Don’t forget to dust the dining room table, chairs and all other furniture and accessories. A microfiber or cotton towel works best for dusting furniture items. Vacuum, sweep and mop the floor as needed. You can repeat this same process when cleaning the other rooms of your home. Don’t feel pressured to clean your entire house in one day. Take your time and prioritize which rooms to clean first, based on the rooms where people typically will gather or where guests will sleep overnight. If your house is a two-story or split-level, there’s no need to worry about the rooms that you don’t plan to decorate. I call it strategic cleaning and decorating. Holidays are stressful enough already—keep them as simple and enjoyable as possible. Woodstock | october 2012 50 My

WHY DO I HAVE So Much Dust In My Home? by Dan Jape It seems every homeowner I speak to asks us why they have so much dust buildup in their home. Many times you will see a thin, black line all around the baseboards just where the wall meets the floor. Many years ago, this excessive buildup Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable was a real mystery because Heating and Air. You may contact him it could not be removed or at (770) 594-9096 or visit him online cleaned. If one had a lightat colored or white carpet, it was a real eyesore. It could be cleaned, but would return almost immediately. A lot of people in our industry misdiagnosed this as soot from a cracked furnace fire box or heat exchanger. We looked at all kinds of issues, such as chimneys or clothes dryer vents, but could not determine the cause of this thin line of dirt. I even cut some fibers from a white carpet that was being changed to a dark color to mask this issue and we sent this sample into a lab to have it tested. It was, in fact, a mix of dirt, sheetrock dust and a heavy concentration of fiberglass shards. This one clue led us to look at the attics of these homes. What we finally found was that dirt and insulation forming the line would come down the wall cavity from the attic and pick up sheetrock dust and construction debris left in the wall. Air would enter the wall through holes in the attic on the top plate of the walls and would be pulled down to the baseboard. The carpet actually worked much like a furnace filter—stopping a portion of this dust and debris before it entered the home— but a large amount still would enter the home and would be pulled around by bath fans, clothes dryer vents, kitchen hoods, and air conditioning system. All these devices will create a negative pressure in a home and cause this dust problem to be accelerated. The holes where the air would enter the wall had been drilled by electricians, plumbers and HVAC installers to allow wires, pipes and cables to be pulled through the house. A few years ago, the building code did not require these holes to be sealed, and the holes would create a very dusty indoor environment. Today, it is a requirement to completely seal the attic around all openings. The way to stop all this leakage is to seal and continued on page 62

Homemade Potato Chips with Roasted Garlic Aioli Chips Ingredients: One large Idaho potato ½ gallon soybean oil or vegtable oil 2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper • Thinly slice potato with mandolin or potato slicer • Soak in water for 15 minutes • Remove from water and dry with paper towels • Heat peanut or vegetable oil to 350˚F • Fry for 3–4 minutes; occasionally stir chips around to assure even cooking • Remove from fryer and season with parmesan and black pepper immediately • Place chips on paper towels to absorb excess oil 52 My Woodstock | october 2012

Roasted Garlic Aioli Ingredients:

2 egg yolks ¼ cup water 1 Tsp. salt 1 Tsp. black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper (to taste) Juice of 1 lemon, strained 1¼ cup roasted garlic infused oil 1 Tbs. chives

• Combine all ingredients, except oil and chives, into blender and blend for one minute • Slowly incorporate oil until mixture emulsifies • Plate and garnish with chives

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip Chicken Wings • Toss in flour dust • Fry for 7-10 minutes, depending on size, at 350˚F • Toss in Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo Sauce Ingredients: 2 cups of your favorite hot sauce 1½ cups of honey (buy locally harvested) ½3 lbs. melted unsalted butter

Blue Cheese Dip

• Mix all ingredients in large bowl

Flour Dust Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 Tbs. paprika 1 Tbs. granulated garlic 1 Tbs. salt 1 Tbs. black pepper • Mix all ingredients in large bowl

Ingredients: 4 cups mayonnaise 12 oz. Blue Cheese crumbles 1 Tbs. dry mustard 1 Tbs. granulated garlic Salt and pepper to taste • Mix all ingredients together • For some, nothing goes better with homemade chips and wings than an ice-cold Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing.

Corey Shupert, Co-Owner of Downtown Kitchen Downtown Kitchen is located at 140 E. Marietta Street in historic Downtown Canton. His goal is to consistently deliver the perfect dining experience for guests. For more information, please visit or call (770) 479-1616. 53

FREEDOM From Fear by Herb Sims

Fear. It’s always there, whether right up front or lurking in the background. But, is fear to be feared? I remember a story of a mother in the kitchen asking her young son to get a can of tomatoes from the pantry, Herb Sims is the pastor of Gracelife Church. You may contact him at but he didn’t want to go in (404) 509-3397. alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he wouldn’t budge. Seeing his fear she said, “It’s OK. Jesus will be in there with you.” Little Sam walked carefully to the door and cracked it open. He peeked inside, saw it was dark and started to leave, then said: “Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me that can of tomatoes?” In our journey as believers, we come away with the thought that we are not supposed to be afraid. To be afraid is to lack faith. But is that the truth? I just came back in town after traveling to be with a couple from church. The wife was scheduled for brain surgery at one of the best hospitals in the country. A tumor needed to be removed, and the prognosis left a lot of room for fear. And fear there was—I personally had a lot of fear, so you can imagine the couple’s state of mind. But in the midst of all our fear, I saw a freedom present in the way this couple loved each other and those around them. Paul reminds Timothy that fear does not come from God. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:2-7 NKJV Yep, the fear of falling short and not measuring up to others’ or our own expectations doesn’t come from God. He doesn’t use fear to motivate us. He doesn’t use fear of punishment or the fear of broken relationship. Fear of brain tumors, head-on collisions, spiders, snakes and 1,000-foot drops are OK. Fear that God is going to “get us” is not OK. “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” —1 John 4:17-18 NKJV continued on page 62 Woodstock | october 2012 54 My


by Laurie Troublefield

I got an email from a friend Laurie Troublefield is the director of the other day telling me how training with Grace Connections. deeply she has been struggling You may contact her at with the temptation to measure herself with and to everyone around her…and she was cracking under the pressure. On the news last night I saw a football player try to wiggle himself out of a suspension for using steroids to “beef himself up” because he had determined he was just not strong enough to compete any longer. I had lunch with a young woman who told me she had considered killing herself because her husband was continually reminding her of how she was a complete failure as a wife and mother. And the list goes on and on. Everywhere, people are measuring themselves (and being measured by others) and coming up short. And everywhere, we are trying to cover up or completely deny our inability to be perfect, or at least closer to perfection than those around us. When will the madness stop? Where is there freedom from the immense pressure (real or not) to be something more? Unfortunately, it’s become a worldwide phenomenon that isn’t working—and yet the cycle continues and the means to accomplish the goal becomes more extreme with every newscast, weight-loss product, self-improvement philosophy, and so on that is put before us. We have bought it all, hook, line and sinker! What motivates us to such insanity, doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results? It’s the world’s wisdom that plays to our humanness and sucks us into deception, believing that we must be our own source of life. And when we believe this lie, we are insane. All of our efforts go toward protecting ourselves from “face-loss.” And even though the results continue to not be favorable, we keep trying. So, if it’s not up to me, where do I find rest from the craziness, and how do I not work so hard to protect myself? It’s the million-dollar question. Spend some time in Luke 15:11-31, one of the most famous stories in the Bible. As you read, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what was going on in the mind of the son in asking what he did of his father…and then, in the heart and mind of the father in his giving him what he asked. You may find there’s more to this story than we often have been taught. We’ll pick it up from here next time.



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

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

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

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

Catholic Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church

Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA

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

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

St. Michael the Archangel

Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Woodstock (PCA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timothy Lutheran Church, LC-MS 556 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 928-2812

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

Welcome All Baptist Church 545 Stell Road, (770) 928-0555

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little River United Methodist Church

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

12455 Highway 92, (770) 926-2495 Sunday Service: 11 a.m.

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

Mountain View United Methodist Church

Covenant of Peace Ministries

Revolution Church

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

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

1130 Bluffs Parkway, (770) 345-2737 Sunday Services: 8:15, 9:45, 11:15 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.

Dayspring Church

Sunnyside Church of God

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

2510 E. Cherokee Drive, (770) 693-1018 Sunday Service: 11:15 a.m.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Towne Lake Community Church

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

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

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

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

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

Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Church

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

Watermarke Church

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

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

Grace Life Church

Woodstock Christian Church

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

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

Greater Bethel Community Church

Woodstock Church of Christ

211 Arnold Mill Road, (770) 592-9900

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

Hickory Flat Church of God

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

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

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene

BridgePointe Church

His Hands Church

Branches of Christ

Meeting at Woodstock High School Auditorium 2000 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, (770) 517-2977 Sunday Service: 9 & 11 a.m.

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

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

Church at North Gate

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

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

Momentum Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Morning Star Church

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

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

Covenant Christian Center Worship Annex 330 Adam Jenkins Memorial Drive, (770) 345-0307 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

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

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

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

Church of the Messiah

Woodstock Community Church

Love Community Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resurrection Anglican Church 231 Arnold Mill Road, Suite 400 (770) 591-0040 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. 57


Business Organizations

Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes

American Business Women’s Association

Contact: Bill Queen, (404) 441-3508, Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Companion Animal Connection

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

Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club Contact:

Steven Van Schooten, (770) 366-8224

Contact: (678) 493-9847 Website:

Feed My Lambs, Inc.

Cherokee Area Business Connection

Contact: (770) 795-9349 Website:

Meeting: Contact:

Genesis Adoptions

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

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

Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Contact:

Every Wednesday at noon (678) 361-3553

Contact: (770) 517-0043 Website:

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

Green Pets America Humane Society Contact: (770) 712-4077 Website:

Hickory Flat Optimist Club Meeting: Contact:

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

Junior Service League of Woodstock 24-hour information line: (770) 592-3535

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

Lions Club of Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

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

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

Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Contact:

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

Sewrifics of Cherokee

The Joy of Connecting ~ Woodstock

Habitat for Humanity

Meeting: Contact:

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

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

Contact: (770) 345-1024 Website:

Sons of the American Legion

The Hope Center

Meeting: Contact:

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

Main Street Woodstock

Contact: (770) 924-0864 Website:

South Cherokee Optimist Club

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

Hospice Advantage

Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: (770) 926-3522

North Georgia Referral Network

Contact: (770) 218-1997 Website:

Towne Lake Optimist Club

Meeting: Contact:


Together We Rise

Contact: (404) 992-8155 Website:

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

Meeting: Contact:

Pet Buddies Food Pantry

Woodstock Jaycees

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

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

Women of Woodstock

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

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

MUST Ministries

Woodstock Masons

First and third Wednesdays (770) 928-2700

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

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

Cherokee County Family Child Care Association Contact:

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

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

Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Contact:

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

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

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

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

Third Saturday at 9 a.m. at Woodstock Senior Center John Newport, (770) 926-4752

Civic Organizations

Cherokee County Humane Society Contact: (770) 928-5115 Website:

AARP Woodstock Chapter

Cherokee County Special Olympics

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 316

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

Meeting: Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: George Wallace, (770) 354-6454 Website:

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

Safe Kids Cherokee County

(770) 926-8055

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

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

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

Cherokee County Republican Party Meeting: Contact:

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

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

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

Recreation & Hobbies

Les Marmitons

Diabetes Support Group

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Contact:

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

North Atlanta Soccer Association Contact: Michele Fox, (770) 926-4175 Website:

North Cobb Bass Club Contact: (770) 820-3945 Website:

Wildlife Action, Inc. Meeting: Contact:

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

Woodstock Youth Track Club Allatoona Gold Panners Contact:

Rob Kelly, (770) 516-7044

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

Practice: Contact:

Mon., Tues., and Thurs. at 6 p.m. Michael Dahlhauser, (404) 654-0093

Zack Walk Singles Mixer Contact: Karen Sacandy, (404) 452-9980 Website:

Support Organizations

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

Adoption/Infertility Support Group

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society

Meeting: Contact:

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

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

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

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

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

Cherokee Outdoor YMCA Contact:

(770) 591-5820

Cherokee Tennis Association Website:

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

Foothills Running Club Contact:

John McCusker, (770) 924-9504

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International Meeting: Contact:

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

GRANDparents Raising GRANDchildren Meeting: Contact:

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

Hearing Loss Association of America Chapter meeting information: (770) 517-2941 Contact:

Jewish Havurah Contact:

Marcia, (770) 345-8687

La Leche League of South Cherokee Meeting: Contact:

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

Miracle Mothers

Blue Skies Laughter Club

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

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

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

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting: Contact:

First Thursday at 7 p.m. (770) 926-0119

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

Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Contact:

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

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: Contact:

First Thursday (404) 843-1880

Canadian Women’s Club Meeting: Contact:

Third Wednesday Lesley Frappier,

CASA for Children, Inc.

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

MOMS Club Towne Lake — 30189, 30188 Contact: Paige Robertson, (404) 399-4915

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

Nar-Anon Meeting Meeting: Contact:

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

National Alliance for Mental Illness Support Group Meeting: Second and fourth Tues. at 7 p.m. Contact: Jill, (404) 394-1229 Website:

National Psoriasis Foundation Support Group Meeting: Contact:

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

Over-Eaters Anonymous

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

Meeting: Contact:

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

Celebrate Recovery

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

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

Meeting: Contact:

Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group

Meeting: Contact:


The Way Group, AA

Heidi, Renee,

C.H.O.O.S.E. of Woodstock

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

Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Second and fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Robin Galloway, (770) 517-5899

Meeting: Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. Contact: Hillside UMC

Meeting: First Monday at 7 p.m. 24-hour information line: (770) 517-3043

Depression and Bipolar Support Group Meeting: Contact:

Second and fourth Tues. at 7:30 p.m. (770) 560-7112 59


Juvenile Court:

United States Government

President Barack Obama (D)

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

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

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

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

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

Senator Johnny Isakson (R) 1 Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30339 Website:

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

Rep. Rob Woodall (R), District 7

Court of Clerks: Patty Baker

Board of Commissioners 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

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

Buzz Ahrens (R), Chair

(678) 493-6511


Jim Hubbard (R), Post 2

Karen Bosch (R), Post 3

(202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 232-3005 fax: (770) 232-2909

Jason A. Nelms (R), Post 4

Board of Education Robert Wofford, Post 1

(770) 345-6256


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

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

Mike Chapman (R), Post 2

(770) 704-4398, x4372


Michael Geist, Post 3

State Senator Chip Rogers (R) (D-21)

(404) 463-1378 fax: (404) 657-9887

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

(770) 516-1444

e-mail: (404) 656-7127 fax: (404) 463-1381

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

State Rep. Charlice Byrd (R) (D-20)

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

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

Rick Steiner (R), Post 5

(770) 704-4398, x4370


Rob Usher, Post 6

(770) 928-0341


Kim Cochran (R), Post 7

(678) 983-9644


State Rep. Calvin Hill (R) (D-21)

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

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

Other Cherokee County Schools System

State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R) (D-22)

(404) 656-0287

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

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

Cherokee County Coroner: Earl W. Darby


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

(404) 362-1600

480 Main Street, Canton, GA 30114

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office:

Superior Court: Chief Judge Frank C. Mills,III Judge Jackson Harris Judge Ellen McElyea

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

State Court:

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

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

(678) 493-6431

Probate Court: Judge Keith Wood (R)

(678) 493-6160

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(404) 462-4950


Janet Read (R), Post 4 (Chair)

State Senator Jack Murphy (R) (D-27)

Judge Clyde J.Gober, Jr. Judge A. Dee Morris Judge W. Alan Jordan

(678) 493-6511

(202) 225-4501 GA: (770) 565-4990 fax: (770) 565-7570

State Government

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

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

Harry Johnston (R), Post 1

P.O. Box 425, Roswell, GA 30077 Website:

90 North Street, Suite 360 Canton, GA 30114-2724 Website:

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

Judge John B. Sumner Judge M. Anthony Baker

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

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner:

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

(678) 493-6409

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

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques

(770) 592-6000, x1003

(770) 345-0400

P.O. Box 4998

3605 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Sweet Escapes, LLC

Cherokee Office of Economic Development Cherokee 75 Corporate Park

9776 East Cherokee Drive Canton (678) 880-9176 Restaurant (Ice Cream - Coffee)

3511 Highway 92 Acworth (770) 345-0600 Economic Development

Rock Creek Manor Assisted Living 50 Cagle Mill Road South Jasper (678) 454-2600 Assisted Living Facilities

Canton Communicators Toastmasters Club Meeting Location - G. Cecil Pruett Family YMCA 151 Waleska Street Canton (770) 366-8224 Nonprofit Organization

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Thursday, November 1, 7 a.m. Location: Northside Hospital — Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Co. Administration Bldg. 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton Advanced Registration $15 No Reservation $20 Future Members $25 RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on October 30.

320 Adam Jenkins Memorial Dr., Suite 200 Canton, GA 30114 There is no charge to attend. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on October 12. 61

The Benefits of Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions can be used to add volume to flat hair, length to short hair, and versatility to any look. If your own hair has been damaged by coloring or over-styling, extensions can even camouflage the problem while you give your natural hair the therapy it needs to become healthy and shiny again. Ready for a brand new look? Consult with your stylist about natural human hair extensions!

Freedom From Fear

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The mind of man is always looking over our shoulder, looking at consequences. We have learned over the years to make bold claims that hide our fear. But they don’t work. We live free from the fear of retribution from God because our life is found in Jesus. He is where we exist; we live in Him, and He lives in us. As we live in this freedom from the fear of punishment, we find ourselves loving even in the midst of being afraid of brain tumors.

Medical Approach to Weight Loss

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sensitivities. In addition, it is essential to have an accurate analysis of your body fat and muscle mass. None of this can be done without someone to work alongside us, coordinating the plan and coaching us through each step. Oftentimes, we need help during this lifestyle change to keep us consistent and accountable. Many patients start on a weight-loss plan and quickly fall off when the protocol becomes too difficult or they become unmotivated. Studies have shown that having someone we can turn to during the occasional struggles will help the plan to be more successful. Weight loss is a journey that should be individualized, as each of us has unique needs. Just be sure to go to an office that can not only address the medical issues associated with obesity but also handle the psychological ramifications as well.

A Lighter Side of Gardening

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spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. • Keep your distance. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Likewise, when you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from also getting sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

• Not everything works as planned, and it’s not the end of the world either. • All we need is air, water, and a good supply of worms to survive. • Some of us are late bloomers. • A haircut once in a while does us all wonders. • Soak up the sun when you can, but welcome the rain. • Let the little guys go first, and the big ones can stand in the back. • Fences mean nothing when you are curious. • Rocks are part of life. • Sometimes birds poop on you. • You can plan as much as you want, but God has the final say.

Next month, we’ll discuss the benefits and risks of getting a flu shot.

If you do want to discuss gardening in clay soil, stop by and we’ll show you how instead.

Is It Really Flu Season? Part I

Dust in My Home

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caulk all the openings, keeping this dirt and insulation in the attic. It also is a good idea to seal around electrical outlets and A/C ducts. Lack of or improper sealing also can cause much of the heated and cooled air in a home to be pulled into the attics and other unconditioned areas, where it is wasted. All homes should be checked to make sure all these construction gaps and holes are sealed and caulked. Even though it is now required to seal these openings, one should have their attic checked to make sure it was correctly sealed. The space around the attic staircase should be airtight and sealed along with all the air conditioning grills and registers. This simple repair will not only cut down on dust and dirt buildup but also will also save hundreds of dollars on wasted energy costs. 62 My Woodstock | october 2012

The Power of ZZZZ...

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conditions; psychiatric issues; neurologic diseases; sleep disorders; and medications. Several therapies have been developed and approved for insomnia. If you suffer from this common and chronic problem, please don’t ignore it for too long. It will take a toll on many obvious and hidden aspects of your life.

Orthodontists Fight Back

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Check with your dentist or orthodontist to see if he or she is participating in this program and start planning for a healthier, happier orthodontic experience during these wonderful holiday months. So, as you can see from this article, it is entirely possible to have a sweet Halloween without spooking your orthodontist!



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