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Homecoming 2012

WHS, RRHS & SHS students celebrate

Holiday Hope Lending a hand to your community this holiday season

Edwards Eye Care Modern eye care with a personal touch

Christmas Tour of Homes

Market Director Janet Ponichtera

contributors Photographers Jack Tuszynski, Wendell Webb Writers Dr. Beverly Acker, Michelle Baruchman, Kyle Bennett, J. Daran Burns, Jyl Craven, Shannon Dobson, Rhonda Fidanza, Dr. Scott Harden, Dr. Jordana Heaven, Donnie Henriques, Eric Hill, Johnny M. Hunt, Dr. Jeff Kincaid, Dr. James E. Leake, Dr. E. Anthony Muscarra, Dr. Vishant Nath, Dr. Michael Petrosky, Chip Rogers, Dr. Adriana Rzeznik, Dr. Frini Shah, Suzanne Taylor, Laurie Troublefield, Shelly Wands, Marcia Winchester, Dr. Monika Yadav

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WOODSTOCK Community — Home

by Michelle Martin,

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) held a ribbon cutting October 4 for Clark Creek Elementary School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy in southwest Cherokee County. Clark Creek Elementary is one of six new Cherokee Academies in the school district, which opened this school year to continue increasing the academic choices available within our system. Located on Hunt Road off of Highway 92, Clark Creek Elementary contains 134,824 square feet of space, including 77 instructional units/classrooms that house more than 900 students in grades K-5 and can accommodate 1,250 students. The facility, which was designed by JKH Architects and constructed by Evergreen Construction, is equipped with computer labs and music, art and family living classrooms, a media center, a cafetorium and gymnasium. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included the presentation of colors and Pledge of Allegiance by local Boy Scouts; the singing of the National Anthem by 1st-grader Miranda Crespo; the recognition of special guests, including school board members, school district staff, principals and Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper; dedication remarks by Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Dr. Brian Hightower; a presentation by Georgia PTA Second Vice-President Debbie Rabjohn; and a student musical interactive slate presentation. Northside Hospital-Cherokee and Duke Realty held an official groundbreaking ceremony October 4 for construction of the new four-story, 100,817-square-foot Class A Medical Office Building (MOB) in Towne Lake. The medical campus will offer a variety of outpatient medical services and a wide array of physician practices, representing numerous medical specialties. The MOB will be constructed on the former site of the Madison Pointe commercial/residential development at the intersection of I-575 and Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock. Demolition of the previous structures on the property was completed to make way for the new MOB, surface and 509 parking deck spaces; up to 75 percent of the materials generated by the demolition were hauled off to be recycled. Additionally, the architect will seek to obtain LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Certification Institute as an environmentally friendly facility. The medical building will be built and managed by Duke Realty, but will be called the Northside-Cherokee/Towne Lake Medical Campus. The new medical campus is expected to be completed and open for business as early as August 2013. Olde Rope Mill Park (690 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock) held a ribbon cutting October 2 to unveil new signage for the park. The new signage tells the history of the Rope Mill. The signage was developed through a partnership with the City of Woodstock Parks & Recreation Department and Preservation Woodstock Inc. Olde Rope Mill Park features multiple mountain bike and multi-use trails, park benches, picnic tables, a park pavilion with grills, and a scenic overlook/fishing platform. The park is home to the Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trail, featuring 14 miles of connecting trails that twist through nearly 100 acres of public park land. A pedestrian/bike bridge connects the south side of Little River to the north side, where you can see the remnants of an 1800’s-era Rope Mill. Ridgewalk Chiropractic & Massage (1000 Woodstock Parkway, Suite 160, Woodstock) will hold a grand opening celebration November 15 for its new location in RidgeWalk. Ridgewalk Chiropractic & Massage features Drs. Darren Surma, Linda Bell and Jenn Paulo, who have more than 40 years’ combined experience serving the Woodstock, Canton and Marietta communities. Ridgewalk Chiropractic & Massage specializes in chiropractic care for families, infant care, sports injuries, athletic performance and nutrition. (678) 388-7788, 4

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COMMUNITY Outdoor Effects Donates Sprinkler to Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Cherokee County recently received a donation of landscape services The Boys & Girls Club’s new landscaping, donated and features by Outdoor Effects Landscape Group in Woodstock from Outdoor Effects Landscape Group, located in Woodstock and owned by Tre and Victoria Glassman. The Glassmans donated an in-ground sprinkler system, sod, plants and trees to improve the landscaping at the Boys & Girls Club. In addition, the Glassmans donated weekly, ongoing maintenance provided by Outdoor Effects to help keep the landscaping looking healthy and attractive.

Cherokee County Farm Bureau Hosts Farm to School Teachers

Farm to School pilot teachers at Cherokee County Farm Bureau Twenty middle and high school teachers from North Georgia participated recently in the Farm to School pilot program hosted by Cherokee County Farm Bureau. The program was organized by Dr. Teri Hamlin, North Region Agriculture Education specialist, and Erin Croom, Georgia Organics Farm to School coordinator, as a means to stimulate model and mentor programs in North Georgia. The purpose of the event was to review the teachers’ progress of the past year, set goals for expanding the Farm to School 6

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initiatives for the 2012-2013 school year, and to work with local agri-businesses Jake’s Produce and Sweetwater Growers. The Farm to School event allowed teachers to learn firsthand about building school vegetable gardens, incorporating fresh melons from local farmers into school lunchroom menus, and preparing agriculturethemed curriculums. Farm to School is designed to increase students’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables while also creating reliable markets for farmers. A typical program might include school meals that incorporate and highlight locally grown foods; edible school gardens; field trips to farms; and cooking classes.

Reinhardt University Receives $25,000 Scholarship Donation from Amicalola EMC Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) recently donated $25,000 to Reinhardt University for scholarships that will be awarded to Amicalola EMC’s $25,000 donation to students Reinhardt University whose households are served by Amicalola EMC.

The Amicalola EMC Scholars Fund will be distributed in $1,000 increments to students who need financial assistance while attending Reinhardt University. The scholarship funds were distributed from Amicalola EMC’s unclaimed property account established by O.C.G.A. 44-12-236, which allows an EMC to donate capital credits presumed abandoned if the funds are used for education purposes in the EMC’s service area. Reinhardt University offers selected programs in Woodstock, along with a residential campus in Waleska and a center focused on adults in Alpharetta. “This generous gift from Amicalola EMC will enable us to grant awards to students who need help to attend Reinhardt,” said JoEllen Wilson, vice president for Reinhardt University’s Office of Advancement. “We are very grateful this business is willing to reach and invest in more on page the community.” 8

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Billy Peppers Elected to CCEF

Billy Peppers, director of Economic Development for the City of Woodstock, has been elected vice president of the new Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF). CCEF, which was organized at the request of Cherokee County School Board Vice Chairwoman Janet Read, is dedicated to supporting the students and staff of the Cherokee County School District by promoting teaching and learning and celebrating achievements. It will seek funding and resources to enrich Cherokee County School District schools in areas not fully funded in the regular school program. On September 27, CCEF’s board of directors adopted its bylaws and elected officers and committee chairpersons. In addition to Peppers, the CCEF’s charter officers are: Billy Hasty Jr., president; Anne Coffman, secretary; Doug Barnes, treasurer; Peggy Moore, assistant secretary; and Amanda Arnold, assistant treasurer. Officers will serve a one-year term. Peppers also will serve as chairman of the Compliance Committee.


Woodstock Names Citizen of the Year Preservation Woodstock Inc. has announced Bill Johnston as the 2012 recipient of the City of Woodstock’s “Barbara G. Ingram Citizen of the Year” award. This honor is bestowed on a citizen of Woodstock who has been instrumental in the preservation of the city’s heritage and history. He has been an active member of Preservation Woodstock since 1997.

Bill Johnston, Woodstock’s As Citizen of the Year, Johnston 2012 Citizen of the Year will ride in the City of Woodstock’s Christmas Jubilee parade on December 1. He will receive the award in a formal presentation after the parade as part of the Christmas Jubilee’s other festivities at the gazebo in City Park in Downtown Woodstock. The “Barbara G. Ingram Citizen of the Year” award has been presented annually since 1997. The award is named in honor of Barbara Ingram, who served as secretary/co-chair of the Woodstock Centennial Commission that organized the city’s 100th birthday celebration in 1997. Ingram died in December 1996, just one month short of the start of the city’s year-long celebration. The award was suggested by Mayor David Rogers as a way to honor Ingram and others who would follow her example in efforts to preserve the city’s history.

enAble Seeking Nominations for Annual Award enAble of Georgia Foundation Inc. is accepting nominations for its annual “Special Education Teacher of the Year” award. The 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization started the award last year in recognition of a Special Education teacher making an extraordinary difference in the lives of his/her students and in the community at large. Nominations are open to Special Education teachers in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties’ schools. Nominees must be a full-time certified or licensed Special Education teacher with at least three years of classroom experience. The winning teacher will be selected based on classroom excellence, student/family engagement, and community involvement. enAble of Georgia will present the award — along with a $500 gift card for school supplies and a $500 gift card for personal use — at its annual “Dare to Dream” Gala on March 3. Nominations are due December 31; nomination forms can be downloaded from the organization’s website. (770) 740-0650, 8

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Things to do in Woodstock

November 7


7:30 p.m.



Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Information: Cherokee County Farm Bureau


6:15 p.m.

8534 Main Street, Woodstock

celebrates Farm City Week, November 16-22,

Woodstock Middle School

Information: Hear a live acoustic concert

designated as a show of appreciation for

2000 Towne Lake Hills South Dr.

featuring local musicians Courtney Dickinson,

farmers and urban workers who grow, process,

Information: First Baptist Church of Woodstock

Jordan Grassi and Jonathan Peyton. The three

market and retail the food, fiber, shelter and fuel

takes its “Planet Woodstock” student ministry

seasoned musicians frequently tour the country

for American consumers. Events will include

on the road, visiting one Cherokee County middle

performing their original music. Tickets are

a Legislative Appreciation Breakfast at 8 a.m.

school each month. The goal of Elevate Night is

available for purchase in advance or at the

on November 16 for all of Cherokee County’s

to reach local public school campuses for Christ.

door. (678) 494-4251,

elected and appointed officials and a Farm City


101 Woodland Way, Canton

poster contest open to all 3rd grade students in

Elevate Night will include live music, games, prizes, a message from Pastor Rick Young and much more.

November 10 & 11

Free admission.


Cherokee County schools. (770) 479-1481


November 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

December 1

November 7, 14, 21 & 28, December 5

November 11, Noon-5 p.m.



Information: The Junior Service League of


5:30-7:30 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Woodstock presents the 16th Annual Holiday


The Park at City Center

The Warehouse, First Baptist

Tour of Homes. The Holiday Tour of Homes will

101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock

Church of Woodstock

feature exquisite homes in Woodstock and

Information: Kick off the holiday season with

11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock

Canton that are professionally decorated for

Woodstock’s traditional Christmas Jubilee and

Information: Why spend Wednesday nights

the holidays by local designers. Each home

Parade of Lights, starting at the old Walmart/

watching reruns of “Friends” when you can

will showcase unique features that make it

Furniture for Less store on Highway 92. Bring

come to Epicenter and experience the real

distinctive and will offer visitors decorating

your children after the parade to The Park at City

thing? Check out the biggest thing happening

ideas to make their own homes more festive for

Center to enjoy music, a marshmallow roast and

every Wednesday night for high school students!

the holiday season. This year’s tour will feature

visit with Santa. Woodstock Mayor Henriques

Epicenter North meets at 6:15 p.m. every

homes in Towne Lake Hills East, Woodstock

will announce the winners of the Best Holiday

Wednesday on the second floor of Sidelines

Knoll, Eagle Watch and BridgeMill. Presale

Float and Most Original Float, and Preservation

Grille off exit 20 in Canton. Free admission.

tickets are available at

Woodstock will honor its Citizen of the Year.


The event will conclude with the lighting of the

November 11

park and the Christmas tree. Donations will be

November 10


accepted for Woodstock Jaycees’ Christmas



7-8 p.m.

Toy Drive. Children, remember to drop off your


10 a.m.


The Park at City Center

letter to Santa at the North Pole mailbox in the


Hickory Flat Library

101 Arnold Mill Road

park gazebo — children who drop off their letter

2740 E. Cherokee Dr., Canton

Downtown Woodstock

by December 17 will receive a reply letter from Santa! (770) 517-6788

Information: Learn how to identify diseases

Information: Join the City of Woodstock and

in the garden and how to treat and minimize

Major General Warren R. Johnson Marine Corps

their effect on your garden in this seminar,

League Detachment #1311 in honoring American

December 1 & 2

“Fungus Among Us.” Part of the Cherokee County

veterans for their patriotism, service and sacrifice


Cooperative Extension & Cherokee County

for the common good. This year’s Veterans’ Day


Master Gardeners’ “Gardening with the Masters”

ceremony also will include a special tribute to

Information: The 2012 Christmas Tour of

seminars. Registration is encouraged, as seating

Vietnam Veterans on the 50-year anniversary of

Homes is the Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club’s

is limited. (770) 479-0418,

the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds

1-5 p.m.

benefitting many different Cherokee County


November 16—22

charities and contributing to a scholarship for a

November 10


deserving Sequoyah High School graduating



senior. The 2012 Christmas Tour of Homes also

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Cherokee County Farm Bureau

will feature a raffle for a handmade quilt and

Information: First Baptist Church of

November 13

special music by Bradshaw Farm residents

Woodstock takes its “Planet Woodstock”

Delores Grimm and Judy Griffin. The four

student ministry on the road, visiting one


beautifully decorated homes included on the

Cherokee County middle school each month.


2012 Christmas Tour are: Richard and Kim Avery,

The goal of Elevate Night is to reach local public

Information: Interested in getting your child

128 Fairway Overlook; Scott and Julie Cullins,

school campuses for Christ. Elevate Night will

started in show business? This is the workshop

217 Jeffrey Drive; Todd and Kelli Ketcham,

include live music, games, prizes, a message

for you. Terri Roland, mom to a child actor, will

4081 Hickory Fairway Drive; and Wick and Terry

from Pastor Rick Young and much more. Free

hold a workshop for parents that will cover

Smith, 507 Avery Creek Pointe. Tickets can be


such topics as how to get your child started;

purchased from any member of the Bradshaw

7-9 p.m.

head shots and marketing; getting an agent/

Farm Women’s Club and at select businesses in

December 6 & 7

Woodstock, Canton and Holly Springs.


on the child; and much more. Parents only;


space is limited.

manager; casting directors; effects of rejection

8990 S. Main St., Woodstock

December 1—20

Information: Join Tea Leaves and Thyme for a


special tea time with Mr. and Mrs. Santa! Call

November 13 & 14

Information: Show your holiday spirit by

for times and reservations. (770) 516-2609


decorating your home, yard, or business with


festive lights, displays and other decorations.

Information: Auditions are open for individuals

The contest will be divided into residential and commercial/business categories, with three different awards for each category: Christmas Elegance, the Mayor’s Award, and the “Griswold

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, (678) 494-4251 Please visit website for complete calendar listings.

7-9:30 p.m.

age 16-Adult. Be prepared to sing one minute of a folk song or Broadway show tune and give a cold reading from the script. The play will be presented in February 2013.

Award” for the home decorated in a way that is most reminiscent of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” movie. The contest is limited to residents and businesses within the city limits of Woodstock. Entry forms are due by December 17.


November 9—11 & 16—18

December 7




November 9 & 16, 7:30 p.m.


November 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2 p.m.

Information: Bring your guitar, karaoke CD,

Information: Come enjoy a live performance

poetry, artwork or short stories to share with

of “Alice in Wonderland.” The story begins

other creative, arts-minded teens (ages 13-15

when Alice falls down a rabbit hole and finds

must be signed in/out by parent). Presented by

herself in Wonderland, where she meets a wide

the Teen Arts Guild. Admission includes pizza and soda at intermission.


6:15 p.m.

variety of zany characters. Tickets available for


Dean Rusk Middle School

purchase in advance or at the door.

4695 Hickory Road, Canton

Contest Corner

6-8 p.m.

Find the hidden picture

Joanne Chalk was our winner for October’s contest corner. She has won a gift card to Chick-fil-A. Congratulations! If you find the hidden picture, be the first to email: Only emailed answers will be accepted. Contest participants are able to win one time per calendar year. 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,

Lawn Care Services, Plant & Flower Installation, Clean Up, Stepping Stones, and Much More!

SCHOOL Magazine Owner Participates in ‘Principal for a Day’

Michelle Meek — co-owner of Footprints Publishing and executive editor of My Woodstock Monthly, My East Canton Monthly, My West Canton Monthly and My North Fulton Monthly magazines — participated in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) and Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual “Principal for a Day” program October 10. Members of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce were invited to participate in the program. The Chamber paired members with CCSD principals for the day, allowing the Chamber members to “shadow” the principals throughout the day. The program also included a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University, and Dr. Brian Hightower, assistant superintendent for School Operations with CCSD. Meek was paired with Mountain Road Elementary School Principal Tammy Sandell. As “Principal for a Day,” Meek had the opportunity to learn how students use technology in their schoolwork and to visit with students as they learned about Red Ribbon Week, which raises students’ awareness about the dangers of Michelle Meek (right) and Mountain Road drugs. Elementary School Principal Tammy Sandell

CCSD Posts State’s Highest SAT District Average

The Cherokee County School District has posted the highest SAT district average score in the State of Georgia for 2012, based on an analysis of statewide data released by the State Department of Education and the College Board. While internal analysis had shown the CCSD score for 2012 to be a 28-point increase from the 2011 average total and the highest in the CCSD’s history, a closer review of the scores revealed CCSD to have posted the highest district-wide average as well. The CCSD’s SAT total score average for 2012 is 1587. The next closest district average for 2012 is 1580 (Fulton County). Among 450 high schools in Georgia, all five CCSD high schools ranked in the top 8 percent. Etowah High School ranks 16th in the state, followed by Cherokee High School (23rd); Creekview 16 My Woodstock | november 2012

High School (25th); Woodstock High School (32nd); and Sequoyah High School (35th). All five schools posted an increase over 2011 scores. River Ridge High School will post its first SAT scores with its inaugural senior class in 2013. In addition, CCSD high schools scored 89 points above the SAT national average.

Senator Rogers Visits Primrose School of Woodstock

On October 5, Senator Chip Rogers visited Primrose School of Woodstock in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K program. October 1-5 was the state’s second official year of Pre-K Week, sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children ( and its Pre-K Week partners. Senator Chip Rogers was one of nearly 140 officials who visited some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties in Georgia. “We were so honored that Senator Chip Rogers took time away from his demanding schedule to spend time with us,” said Robin Dalton of Primrose School of Woodstock. “We need leaders like him to be vocal about the positive effects that early childhood education programs have on the future success of the child, and of our state.” Senator Rogers toured the Primrose School of Woodstock facility — visiting classrooms, reading a story to children, visiting with staff, greeting parents and getting an up-close look at the many ways the center supports learning. Primrose School of Woodstock, an SACS/CASI accredited preschool, has served children of Cherokee County since opening in 1990 and has offered Pre-K classes since 1995. In addition, Primrose School of Woodstock has partnered with the Cherokee County Board of Education in providing Georgia Pre-K Inclusion classes over the past four years. more on page


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Arnold Mill Elementary Implements Positive Behavior Reward Program

Arnold Mill Elementary School has implemented a “Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports” (PBIS) program Recognizing students’ positive behavior and in which leadership at Arnold Mill Elementary students can earn “buckaroos” for outstanding character and leadership. The school designates four days during the school year as “reward days,” when students can exchange their buckaroos for theme-day rewards. Students participated in the school’s first reward day of the year on October 3 — trading buckaroos for special privileges like extra recess time, extended computer time, lunch with school administrators or their favorite teacher, free ice cream and other rewards. The next reward day will be December 12. In other school news, Lowe’s of Woodstock recently donated supplies to Arnold Mill Elementary School’s Garden Club. The supplies were used for the club’s installation of a raised-bed garden.

Mountain Road Elementary Celebrates Constitution Day

To celebrate Constitution Day, 4th-graders at Mountain Road Elementary School created a constitution for their class. All of the 4th-grade students signed the constitution. Mountain Road Elementary School staff and students also dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate the U.S. Constitution. Pictured from left, Gabriella Orrico (front row); Ayden Watson, Luke Sharpton, Alex Trujillo, Dalton Luedke and Luke Trampnau (center row); Hannah Sanchez, Elizabeth Letizia, Lily Feyerabend and Caroline Bagwell Mountain Road Elementary School 4th-graders, with their class constitution Center (back row). Woodstock | november 2012 18 My


Holly Springs Elementary STEM Students Participate in Lake Cleanup

Members of the Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Charter’s Jr. Beta Club recently participated in “The Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup.” Participating in the project were, from left: Natalie Barry, Helen Marie Goodwin, Chloe Somerville, Kasey Karch, Chase Keasler, Cameron Daniel, and Laney Broussard (front row); Taly Sterle, Jordan Lougheed, Amanda Minardi and Club Sponsor Lisa Lougheed (back row); and Aaliyahna Cesar Holly Springs Elementary School’s Lake Allatoona cleanup project (not pictured).

Woodstock Elementary Teacher Wins $1,000 in Classroom Supplies

Woodstock Elementary School’s Debby Pinion (1st grade) was selected to receive $1,000 worth of classroom supplies as part of the OfficeMax “A Woodstock Elementary School’s Debby Pinion Day Made Better” program with nonprofit partner Adopt-A-Classroom. OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom founded “A Day Made Better” to reward outstanding teachers for their commitment to students. Research shows that teachers spend $1,000 out-of-pocket annually on essential classroom supplies. OfficeMax sent a team with flowers, a new chair, printer and two big orange boxes of classroom supplies (including a digital camera, laminator, binders, copy paper and other goodies) to surprise Mrs. Pinion on October 2. She was one of 1,000 teachers nationwide to receive $1,000 in classroom supplies from OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom. With an additional $900,000 in classroom supplies donated by OfficeMax customers and business clients, the total supplies awarded were valued at nearly $2 million. Winning teachers were nominated by their schools for demonstrating passion, dedication and innovation in the classroom.

Woodstock High School

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River Ridge High School

Sequoyah High School 21

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

MAKING HEADLINES: Georgia’s Good News Bad news sells. It’s a sad but true assessment of our current media. Gone are the days when issues that actually impact people made headlines. Instead, we are treated to newspapers writing what amounts to little more than tabloid fodder picked up from online bloggers. Not exactly the era of Edward R. Murrow. With this is mind, how about some good news? On issues that actually matter. The HOPE Scholarship has stabilized. Georgia’s most popular program was heading off a proverbial “cliff” before 2011. With expenses outpacing revenues, the HOPE Scholarship could have gone under by 2015. Fortunately, a bi-partisan effort in the General Assembly, led by Governor Deal, put in place safeguards to protect the scholarships for the foreseeable future. Recent reports from the Student Finance Commission show HOPE changes are working. HOPE is now back on solid fiscal ground. While rapidly increasing tuition rates remain a challenge and eat away at the amount HOPE can offer, at least the program is fiscally sound once again. On a somewhat related issue, Georgia’s Pre-K program remains top in the nation. The National Institute for Early Education Research recently gave Georgia its first 10 out of 10 rating. The program, which gives a “voucher” to parents of 4-year-old students to attend the public or private program of their choice, has won rave reviews nationally for preparing students to learn. Georgia is maintaining our top-rated business environment. CNBC, Chief Executive magazine, and Site Selection magazine all rate Georgia in the Top 10 for doing business. The number of large employers looking to re-locate to Georgia is at a five-year high, according to the Department of Economic Development. The unemployment rate for Georgia, which had been stubbornly high with our real Woodstock | november 2012 22 My

estate-heavy economy, has now consistently been moving lower as economic output increases. According to the State Department of Economic Development, jobs and investment generated by the Global Commerce division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development jumped by almost a third during the state’s most recent fiscal year. The department reported that the 403 company expansions or locations with which it assisted created 28,776 jobs — an increase of 29 percent from last fiscal year, and $5.97 billion in investment, a 32 percent increase. Four of America’s top 100 companies to work for are headquartered in Georgia: AFLAC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Alston & Bird. Two Georgia schools are ranked in the top 100 in the world. Congratulations to Georgia Tech and Emory University for making the list. National Geographic recently rated the Sea Islands along Georgia’s coast as one of the “Top Coastal” destinations in the world. The Georgia port in Savannah is the fastest growing in the United States and the second largest on the eastern and gulf seaboards. Finally, as if all of this weren’t good enough, at the time of this writing, the Atlanta Falcons are undefeated. There is a lot of good news about our home state if you just look for it. We are blessed to live in the greatest state in the greatest nation on earth.

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


A Most Sacred Responsibility by Mayor Donnie Henriques By the time this magazine reaches mailboxes and hits newsstands, the United States will have held its 57th presidential election. History shows us that somewhere between 60-70 percent of registered voters in America will have taken their voting responsibility to heart and actually cast their vote. While this is great, I have to ask one question: Why isn’t that 100 percent? It’s not my job to give a history lesson on why we all should vote every time the opportunity arises. But people DID die during our nation’s formative years for everyone’s right to vote. Why would you not? It’s hard for me to understand. While the national elections pull the highest percentage of voters, state elections pull the next-highest with an average of 45-60 percent. But, you want pitiful? Local elections — the one government that has the most impact on daily lives. The City of Woodstock, with almost 26,000 people, generates approximately 10 percent voter turnout every two years. Ten percent, by the way, is a very generous average; it’s probably more like 7-8 percent. The last City election generated fewer than 1,600 voters — that’s only 6 percent! Think that’s bad? One year in recent history we had less than 5 percent voter turnout. I’m at a complete loss for words for this lack of civic responsibility. It’s one thing not to have the time to volunteer or give back to your community in some way. But not taking 10 minutes to vote? Inexcusable! What lesson are we teaching our children about their futures? We should be voting in all elections and bringing our children with us to the voting machine to show them that we view our right to vote as a sacred responsibility. If you are one of the roughly 30-40 percent of Americans who didn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election or in our recent local elections, I urge you to do your part in reversing the trend with the next elections. 24 My Woodstock | november 2012

THE ‘KID YEAR’ If you have read my column in the past, you know I refer to the period from the first day of school to the last day of summer vacation as “Kid Year.” Well, the highlight of “Kid Year” — the Holiday Donnie Henriques is the mayor of Season — is fast approaching. Woodstock. You may contact him Yes, Woodstock’s Christmas by calling (770) 592-6001 or e-mail Jubilee (and Christmas itself) is just around the corner! Didn’t think you would hear about it soon enough? Your kids already have been thinking about it, so you might as well get on board, too! This year’s Christmas Jubilee will be 5:30-7:30 p.m., December 1, at The Park at City Center in Downtown Woodstock. The December 1 festivities will kick 5:30-7:30 p.m. off with Woodstock’s @ The Park at City Center traditional Christmas Parade of Lights, starting at the old Walmart/Furniture for Less store on Highway 92. There will be lots of activities for kids, including music, a marshmallow roast and visit with Santa. I’ll also announce the winners of the Best Holiday Float and Most Original Float, and Preservation Woodstock will honor its Citizen of the Year. The event will conclude with the lighting of the park and the Christmas tree. Children also will have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off at our North Pole mailbox in the park gazebo — all letters dropped off by December 17 will receive a reply letter from Santa!

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Woodstock wedding giveaway: Meet The Winning Couple By Kyle Bennett, Director of Tourism Woodstock Visitors Center Romance is in the air in Downtown Woodstock! The Bridal Exchange Boutique and Main Street Woodstock are pleased to Coty Ervin and Jimmy Thigpen, winners of the announce Jimmy Thigpen and Coty Ervin as the winning couple Woodstock Wedding Giveaway contest of the Woodstock Wedding Giveaway contest. More than 11,300 local residents participated in the public vote, with Jimmy and Coty receiving the most votes among the four original couples. Jimmy and Coty’s story highlights the strong love on which their relationship is built. Early in their relationship, Coty was in an accident that totaled her car and left her with a few minor injuries. Jimmy rushed over, took her to the hospital, and stayed by her side the entire time. Coty says she knew then that their relationship had changed and that she was in love with Jimmy. They consider themselves best friends and enjoy a relationship filled with God, love, respect, music, college football, and wonderful family and friends. Unfortunately, Jimmy and Coty did not have the budget to share their special day with everyone they would like to invite, so they decided to enter the Woodstock Wedding Giveaway contest — and they won! As winners of the Woodstock Wedding Giveaway contest, Jimmy and Coty will work with The Bridal Exchange Boutique and Main Street Woodstock toward planning a fabulous wedding. They already have begun picking out invitations, colors, etc., and are so excited! In the time leading up to the wedding day, Coty also will select her wedding dress, choose flowers and rings, plan her bridal tea and the rehearsal dinner, and the list goes on and on. All of the items and services for Jimmy and Coty’s wedding are being donated by Downtown Woodstock’s local businesses, who have partnered with The Bridal Exchange Boutique and Main Street Woodstock in celebrating the special couple and in giving them a wedding that they — and all of Woodstock — will never forget! Jimmy and Coty’s wedding will be held December 2 at the Chambers at City Center in Downtown Woodstock, with a reception following at Magnolia Hall. The venues were coordinated for the wedding with the assistance of the City of Woodstock’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Woodstock Wedding Giveaway contest was designed to highlight all the great businesses in Downtown Woodstock and the wonderful products and services they offer. If you are planning a wedding, we encourage you to consider all the ways that the business community in Downtown Woodstock can help you to have your perfect wedding.

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novemberEvents READING DOGS

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 Parkway, (770) 591-1491 Woodstock — 7735 Main Street, (770) 926-5859

Time: 4:30 p.m. Information: These 10- to 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 calling the corresponding library. Children are asked to select their own reading material before their scheduled time. R.T. Jones Library — November 5 & 19 Hickory Flat Library —November 7, 14 & 28 Rose Creek Library — November 7, 14 & 28 Woodstock Library — November 8 & 15

‘FUNGUS AMONG US’ Date/Time/Location: November 10, 10 a.m., Hickory Flat Learn how to identify diseases in the garden and how to treat and minimize their effect on your garden in this seminar, “Fungus Among Us.” Part of the Cherokee County Cooperative Extension & Cherokee County Master Gardeners’ “Gardening with the Masters” seminars. Registration is encouraged, as seating is limited. (770) 479-0418, extension/cherokee

LEGO CLUB Date/Time/Location: November 18, 3 p.m., Woodstock Information: The LEGO Club meets once a month, with a different theme each month. 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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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. “Super Saturday” R.T. Jones — Family Story Time, Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Spanish Story Time R.T. Jones — Family Story Time, November 10, 10:30 am Story Themes Week of November 5 — Have a Nice Flight Week of November 12 — Peas & Thank You







organizations within the community that could use some “Holiday Hope” to help ensure families enjoy and celebrate the holidays just as most of us will. Listed are several organizations to which you could volunteer time, effort, or funds to assist in making the season a little brighter for all. We hope this list is helpful as you consider your

Adopt a Local Family or Child for the Holidays Many local Cherokee children and families are in need this holiday season. Reach out to your local community by adopting a child or family and assisting them this holiday. Clothing and shoe sizes are available, as well as individual and family needs. To help out a neighbor in need, please contact Whitney Minton or Meredith Dixon, professional school counselors at Canton Elementary STEM Academy.

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American Cancer Society's Love Lights a Tree The American Cancer Society will host a tree-lighting ceremony at the gazebo in Downtown Canton on November 23 at 5:30 p.m. Come out and join in the festivities — and bring your camera to have your photo made with Santa Claus! Daily Bread will be singing at 5:30 p.m. and the Academy of Dance Arts dancers and other live entertainment will help start off the holiday season. The tree will be dedicated to the memory of Collins Dixon and Abigail Kelley, and the community is invited to help decorate the tree by purchasing an ornament ($15 each) in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer. Donations also may be mailed to the American Cancer Society Cherokee County Chapter, P.O. Box 1149, Canton, GA 30169. For information, call Gayle Johnson at (770) 479-5551.

Cherokee County Department of Family & Children Services — SECRET SANTA

Cherokee County DFCS is in need of gift sponsors for approximately 200 children in foster care this year. DFCS is also in need of cash donations to the Year-Round Secret Santa Fund due to decreases in state and county funding. If you would like to sponsor a child for Christmas, please call (678) 427-9393 and they will be happy to give you more information. If you’d like to make a cash donation, please make your check out to Cherokee County DFCS and write Secret Santa in the FOR line. Mail your check to Cherokee County DFCS, P.O. Box 826, Canton, GA 30169. You can also go to for more information.

Cherokee Sheriff's Reserve Unit Each year the Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit’s Christmas Joy Program helps families, children and the elderly receive food, toys and basic necessities. These items are gathered and distributed by the Reserve Unit through donation of money and food from individuals, companies, service organizations and schools. In 2011, the Unit served more than 100 families, 223 children and 111 elderly. If your family needs assistance and your children are in the Cherokee County School System, please contact their school counselors. If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit and mail to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, c/o Reserve Unit, 498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115. For information about the program, please contact Sgt. John Forkin. (678) 333-6345 28 My Woodstock | november 2012

participation in giving during this holiday season.

Cherokee Thanksgiving Cherokee Thanksgiving is celebrating 20 years of service to families in need in Cherokee County. Volunteers will cook and serve more than 1,900 Thanksgiving meals (traditional smoked turkey dinner with all the trimmings) throughout the Cherokee/Pickens county area, as well as at the Canton First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Delivery also is available upon request. Volunteers are needed to help organize this event, cook, serve meals and to deliver meals. To make a reservation or request delivery, please contact Lorri-Ann at (770) 365-3471. To volunteer, please contact Barbara at (678) 788-4871 or email Volunteers also will be needed during the week prior to Thanksgiving to make phone calls, distribute flyers and assist with preparation. Donations are requested to help with the costs of food and supplies; checks may be mailed to Canton First United Methodist Church, Cherokee Thanksgiving, 920 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton, GA 30114.

Cherokee Youth Works Gift Connection Cherokee Youth Works, a program in Cherokee Focus, sponsors Gift Connection. Gift Connection allows the community to donate funds for testing fees, college entrance fee, interview clothing, transportation, shelter, food, daycare and many other supports that our youth need to be successful. If you are interested in donating to Gift Connection, please visit Gift Connection runs throughout the year to support our youth.

Children's Restoration Network Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) is a nonprofit agency focusing on homeless children in Metro Atlanta by meeting the children’s basic needs and providing a broad range of positive experiences for the children and their mothers. CRN encourages churches, neighborhoods, businesses and community organizations to conduct food drives in November to help support the organization (CRN will provide boxes, signs and flyers for the collection). CRN’s goal is to provide 275 turkeys and all of the trimmings for all of the children to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal — donations of $15 or $20 gift cards are requested in lieu of actual turkeys due to limited cold storage space. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist in picking up and sorting the items collected through the food drives and in serving the midday meal on Thanksgiving Day at one of several shelters or group homes. During the Christmas season, CRN will begin its “12 Days of Caring” program to provide new clothes, new toys and other gifts to the children. Donations of new clothes and new toys are requested. In addition, churches,

businesses and community organizations also may “adopt” an entire shelter or group home (CRN will match an organization to a shelter/group home depending on the organization’s ability to help). CRN also will sponsor a gift-wrapping party the weekend before Christmas; wrapping supplies will be provided by CRN, but extra wrapping paper and tape are appreciated. For more information, please contact Children’s Restoration Network. (770) 649-7117, or

Christmas Angel Ministry Hillside United Methodist Church congregation seeks to extend Christ’s love by providing toys, clothing and food to children in South Cherokee County through the Christmas Angels program. Hillside UMC expects to serve 800 children through DFCS, Canton Housing Authority, Murphy Harpst, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and local schools. The goal is to provide a full Christmas, school supplies and food to each of these children. Children in need are screened by area school counselors and specific agencies to ensure the most needy are being helped. To adopt a child for Christmas or to make a donation, please send/contact Hillside United Methodist Church-Christmas Angels, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 or at In addition, “adoptions” will be available during all Sunday church services in November.

Foster Care Support Foundation Inc. Foster Care Support Foundation Inc. (FCSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting thousands of Georgia’s foster and displaced children by providing free clothes, toys and infant-care equipment. During the holiday season and throughout the year, FCSF is in need of new, like-new, and gently worn clothing for preemie sizes to size 24; new underwear, socks and shoes (except infant sizes); toys in great repair; and boys’ pants and sneakers. FCSF also accepts gifts for teens, such as CDs and hand-held games. Monetary donations, sponsorships and volunteers for FCSF’s operation and support — as well as FCSF’s All Kids Count benefit in March 2013 — are critical in helping FCSF to continue to offer programs and assistance for at-risk children. Donated items that are not needed (furniture, household décor and adult clothing) will be placed in the Fostering Hope Bargain Resale shop, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 340, Roswell, GA 30076. For more information, call (770) 641-9591.,

include First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Hwy. 92, and First United Methodist Church Canton, 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. The Regional Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is located at 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 28, Alpharetta, GA 30022. (770) 777-9342,

Operation Homefront Georgia Operation Homefront Georgia is looking for community “elves” who would like to “adopt” a Georgia military family for Christmas. The Adopt-a-Family program is very simple; sign up for the number of children you would like to adopt (suggested $50 per child). Operation Homefront Georgia will provide you with a child’s gender, age, clothing sizes and five wish items. Pack your unwrapped gifts in a black bag and attach the corresponding family number (provided by Operation Homefront Georgia) and deliver by December 2 to Operation Homefront Georgia’s Marietta office, 1220 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30062. Business owners can contact Operation Homefront at (800) 722-6098 to learn more about being a designated Operation Homefront Holiday Toy Drive collection spot.

Papa's Pantry Papa’s Pantry has several opportunities to help during the holidays. In November, Papa’s Pantry will provide Thanksgiving meal items to community families in need. Special holiday items are requested: stuffing, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, cream of mushroom soup, jarred or canned gravy, chicken stock, fried onion crisps, cooking oil, coffee, beverages and tin foil. All Thanksgiving donations must be received by November 17, noon. Financial contributions are also needed (and can be made online) to help purchase perishables. In December, you may “adopt” a family for Christmas giving (families will be matched beginning in November through mid-December.) Needed holiday items include Christmas trees and lights, ornaments, gifts and food. Throughout the winter months, Papa’s Pantry also accepts new electric space heaters for its clients in need. Both Cherokee County Papa’s Pantry locations accept food donations to help families in need throughout the year: canned meat, cereal, cereal bars, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, canned pasta, boxed and packaged side items. For more information, call (770) 591-4730.

MUST Ministries Cherokee will prepare boxed meals for approximately 1,000 families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Donations are requested for the boxed items: canned corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, boxes of mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread, gravy mixes, pie makings, macaroni and cheese, turkeys and frozen pies. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off November 5-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; perishable items may be dropped off November 1921, 8-9 a.m., at the Canton location, 141-B Marietta Road, Canton, GA 30114. Grocery store gift cards are also gladly accepted.

Soldiers' Angels Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization of more than 30 different teams and projects supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Soldiers’ Angels sends letters, care packages and comfort items to deployed military and also helps support their families here at home. In addition, Soldiers’ Angels provides assistance to wounded military, continuing support for veterans; remembrances and comfort for families of fallen military; and immediate response to unique difficulties. Through special projects and dedicated teams and individuals supporting our troops, Soldiers’ Angels makes a visible difference in the lives of our service members and their families.

Operation Christmas Child

Toys for Tots

A program offered through Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations through gift-filled shoeboxes and the good news of God’s love. Simply choose a boy or girl from three different age groups and fill an empty, standard-size shoebox with little gifts. Wrapping is optional. Please remember to complete and attach the label to the shoebox, and include a requested $7 donation for each shoe box to cover shipping and other costs. National collection week is November 12-19; local drop-off locations

Alessandro’s Italian Café & Pizzeria in Canton is an official Toys for Tots drop-off location. Please bring any donations of new, unwrapped toys to the restaurant, 10511 Bells Ferry Road, Canton, GA 30114. Toys will be accepted November 20th-December 20th. (770) 345-4446,

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Nationwide, the concern among this age group is not being able to find a job upon graduation, whether from high school or college. Students worry that they will accumulate a massive debt and not have the money to pay it off. While health care was of great importance to many people, only 36 percent agree with the Affordable Health Care Act. Even of those planning to vote for Obama, only 31.1 percent agree.

by Michelle Baruchman, WHS Senior There are 45 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 who were eligible to vote in the recent election. This huge cross-section of the voter bloc had the power to decide who was elected as the President of the United States in 2012. Some high school seniors are among the population of eligible voters and had the chance to exercise their newly given constitutional privilege. Interested in this prospect, I visited two randomly selected classrooms at Woodstock High School and administered a political survey. The results of the survey serve as a representation (about 20 percent) of the entire senior population at my high school. I found that my peers not only have a voice but also they want to be heard. Of the high school students surveyed, 32.8 percent identified themselves as Republicans, 14.8 percent as Democrats, 19.6 percent as Independents, and 32.8 percent as “no association.” However, having no political association did not mean that the students did not have opinions. Many of the students with no association were undecided and desired more information to make a decision. Though there were more identified Republicans, 45.9 percent supported Obama and 44.3 percent supported Romney while 9.8 percent supported another or neither candidate. The reason for the skew in the data is because Obama was able to gain backing from more people who identify as either an independent or no association. Though candidates did not gain significant support from any particular religion or region, Obama was able to gain support of every Hispanic and all but one African American in the high school sampling. The most important issues to young people, in order, were the economy, education, health care and jobs. This makes sense.

Political Associations

However, this is not to say that social issues were not important to young individuals. In fact, they were most vociferous and opinionated about these issues: 57.4 percent support gay marriage, 32.8 percent believe abortion should be legal, and 42.6 percent think limits should be placed on gun rights. Whereas gay marriage was not a deciding factor for people when choosing between the liberal or conservative candidate, abortion was far more divisive, with a greater marginal difference. Gender, however, had no influence on whether one believed abortion should be legal. Issues of foreign concern elicited varied responses. Only 18 percent of those surveyed believe that foreign aid should be increased to other countries. While Hispanics did not have a particularly strong opinion on security of the U.S.Mexican border, 62.3 percent surveyed think the border should be more secured. Also, 68.9 percent of people want troops to be withdrawn from places like the Middle East. Among the people who were not eligible to vote in the election, 70.4 percent answered either “yes” or “maybe” when asked if they plan to watch the presidential debates. Young people are generally politically aware and very few answered “no opinion” to questions. Even more interesting was how individualistic the opinions were of these young people. Only a small amount of views directly correlated with those of their parents. Television and online websites are the primary medium through which most obtain news — not friends, family or social media. They stay up-todate, and most check the source either daily or weekly. So, why are young people often ignored and written off as apathetic by politicians? Though the age group of 18-29 has a reputation for not showing up to the voting booths, the 2008 election saw a spike in young voter turnout, and the 2012 election was expected to match that number. When politicians are looking to gain votes, they should consider the young voter demographic.

Michelle Baruchman is currently a senior at Woodstock High School. She chose journalism as her senior project and also plans to major in journalism upon graduation.

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Just For Kids by Michelle Martin

“A lot of parents don’t realize the difference that a pediatric dentist offers over a general dentist,” says Dr. Julius Park of Park Pediatric Dentistry in Woodstock. “A general dentist can treat kids, but a pediatric dentist specializes in kids. The whole approach is different.” As Dr. Park explains, it’s important to speak to and treat children on their level, in a way that makes them feel comfortable. “We use the ‘Tell, Show, Do’ technique as much as possible. We think it’s important to spend time with our young patients (and parents) and explain to them what we’re going to do without using words like ‘drill’ that may scare them. Then, we let them feel the air or water from the instruments so they better understand and feel more relaxed about their treatment.” Dr. Park also uses flavored fluoride and scented tools to keep things fun for kids, along with oversized models of teeth and toothbrushes that help them learn the proper brushing techniques. “All of our surroundings are kid-friendly,” he says, noting the child-size chairs and equipment, vibrant murals and TVs in each room, and play area that features cartoons, video games, children’s books and toys. “Children are very visual, so we make sure that every treatment room includes features that will help them to feel comfortable, have fun, and look forward to coming here.” Park Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive pediatric dental services for children from age 1 up to 18. Dr. Park recommends that parents bring their children as soon as their first baby tooth surfaces to establish a regular maintenance schedule early on. Often times, though, parents don’t bring their kids to the dentist until they’re 32 My Woodstock | november 2012

preschool-aged and may already have developed cavities or more serious problems with their baby teeth. “Children’s teeth, especially baby teeth, are less forgiving than adults,” he says, “so any problems require more immediate attention. Unfortunately, many parents wait too long until the problem has caused severe pain or an infection.” Dr. Park and the entire Park Pediatric Dentistry staff take care to know each of their young patients and parents. “One of the advantages of being a small office is that we can offer more personal service,” he says. “We spend a lot of one-on-one time with our patients, getting to know their hobbies, likes and dislikes, and answering any questions they may have. It’s important to develop a personal relationship so that we understand their needs and that they understand the treatment. Our goal is for our patients to feel comfortable and their parents to feel they can trust us.”

Because of Park Pediatric Dentistry’s focus on personal relationships and service, they consistently score high reviews from their patients through an independent third-party survey company. These can be viewed at in the reviews section. “Our goal is to always go above and beyond,” says Dr. Park. Park Pediatric Dentistry often participates in community programs to help educate children on the importance of proper dental hygiene and to provide pediatric dental care to children in need. Through programs like February Dental Outreach, Give A Kid A Chance, Georgia Mission of Mercy, local school clinics and others, Park Pediatric Dentistry has provided free dental screenings, treatment and education to hundreds of children in Cherokee County and Metro Atlanta. “We moved to Cherokee County after practicing in New York and New Jersey so that we could be close to my wife’s family,” says Dr. Park. “We love it here, and our goal — whether in our office or in the community — is to help children to feel comfortable about coming to the dentist and to make it a fun experience so that they look forward to coming to the dentist.”

Dr. Julius Park Education D.M.D., Harvard School of Dental Medicine 2-Year Pediatric Dental Residency Program, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Biophysics and Rhetoric Degrees from University of California, Berkeley

Professional Memberships American Dental Association American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Georgia Dental Association Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 33

THE THRILL Of Bargain Hunting

KEEPING Traditions Alive

by Shelly Wands I don’t remember my parents Shelly Wands, along with her husband or my parents’ friends ever and five children, are the new owners bargain hunting when I of Your Turn Kids in Towne Lake. was a child. I recollect the occasional antiques hunter, but if ever I had even come across one such person, he or she would not have been nearly as extreme as today’s bargain hunters. People today bargain hunt in a way that our parents’ generation never thought possible. The Internet has made bargain hunting a much easier task. Even though the hunt can sometimes be a challenge, it also can be fun — especially when you find daily deals or coupons. “Daily Deals” websites first emerged a couple of years ago, and now there are more than can be counted. Each of the different “Daily Deals” websites offers great deals for restaurants, salon and spa services, travel, entertainment and more. In addition, many blogs are devoted to keeping followers informed of any and all deals locally and online.

People today bargain hunt in a way that our parents’ generation never thought possible.

Recently, my husband and I used a “Daily Deals” Internet offer for a date night. We were able to go to the local shooting range for a fraction of the original cost. It wasn’t the typical date night, but it was fun and affordable! We’ll definitely go back soon. Coupons have undeniably made groceries more affordable! Anyone who has done any extreme couponing has experienced the “savings high” — that giddy feeling that comes with watching your total drop from $500 regularly to $80 or less with coupons. Boy, is it fun to have that satisfied feeling when you get home and see an overstocked pantry that cost far less than even one half as full would normally! Bargains don’t apply just to food and adult activities. They can be used to buy many of the items we use every day for our children. Every parent knows how expensive kids’ clothes, toys, sports, activities, education and medication — the list goes on and on — can be! Many parents are thankful for resale shops and sales that offer great bargains on used but “like new” clothing, toys, and equipment. Wherever your searching takes you, Happy Bargain Hunting! Woodstock | november 2012 34 My

by Eric Hill Every family has traditions. My brothers and sister and I grew up with a lot of holiday traditions, as well as homemade pizza on Friday nights (it was my job to make the homemade pizza on Friday nights). Whether Eric Hill is the co-owner of Autumn Hill it’s homemade pizza on Nursery & Landscaping. He can be Friday nights or the big reached at (770) 442-3901. Thanksgiving football game in the backyard with all of our relatives, there are certain things we just have to do because they’re tradition. Traditions are fun. Our children, especially Elin, make everything a tradition. It’s almost ridiculous around our house. Elin’s favorite soup on her birthday is a tradition. When we go to our cabin, we have to stop at Panorama Apples. When we camp, we have to buy Pop Tarts. When we leave on vacation, we’re singing the second verse of “On the Road Again” before we even make it out of the driveway! Why? Because it’s a tradition.

Traditions make life fun, memorable and bring us closer together. Long live the tradition of traditions!

Every time we get together with my folks, Jacob and Elin have to play Monopoly with my dad. The smack-talk starts about two weeks ahead of time and by the time the big game begins, it’s war! Another fun tradition we’ve started is “Open Dinner” on Sundays. Everyone’s invited, and we usually have 15 or so people each week. It makes for a fun evening — and a lot of dirty dishes — but we look forward to it every week. In recent years, it seems like a lot of traditions are disappearing simply because they have become an inconvenience. Like making homemade pie crusts, real Christmas trees and decorations. Why go through the hassle when the store-bought replacements are so good? I feel like future generations lose out on a bit of life and history when traditions start to fall away. Fortunately, most of us have traditions that we feel are worth passing down. And many families, like my own, are creating their own traditions. Traditions make life fun, memorable and bring us closer together. Long live the tradition of traditions!

The best defense TheHairBENEfits of Against DUI Extensions by Jyl Craven

Just a few short years ago, natural human hair extensions were for the very rich and the mega famous. We all saw models walking down the runway with a chic bob one day and long, flowing locks the next, but regularly experimenting with our look like that was a little beyond the average person’s reach.

Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. For information you may contact the salon at (770) 345-9411 or visit

Fortunately, the beauty industry heard our call and technology gave us natural, human hair extensions at affordable prices. Now any woman can step out of the house looking like a runway model. Why hair extensions? Hair extensions look and feel natural because they’re made of human hair, and they come without the risk that comes with experimenting on your own delicate locks. Heating, coloring and over-styling without the proper therapy for your hair can leave your hair looking limp and damaged. On the other hand, hair extensions are like an instant new start for women (and men!) who want to try new looks without waiting for a color or cut to grow out. Hair extensions can add length to short hair, body and volume to flat hair, and allow for endless experimentation with edgy cuts, colors and styles — all without endangering the health of your own hair. And forget about gluing synthetic hair extensions to your scalp; this approach is a thing of the past. Trained stylists now use non-adhesive methods, like looping, which leave you with durable and completely natural-looking extensions. So, what’s a typical day with hair extensions like?

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In the State of Georgia, DUIs J. Daran Burns is a partner at Burns, are treated as a misdemeanor, Abbott & Speights, P.C. Attorneys meaning that the maximum at Law. He can be reached at sentence is 12 months in jail and (770) 956-1400. up to a $1,000 fine. There are other consequences when one is convicted of DUI, such as a license suspension. A typical sentence will include probation, a fine, community service work, counseling, and random testing for both drugs and alcohol. A person can be convicted under the DUI laws even if he does not blow over the legal limit. It is also possible to be convicted of driving under the influence of drugs if those drugs impair a person’s ability to drive. The prosecutor need only show that a person’s driving was impaired because of the ingestion of drugs or alcohol. Even not giving a breath sample can be used against the driver at trial. Here in Cherokee County, we have a DUI Court for repeat offenders. This is a treatment court. It has been very successful in reducing the rate of recidivism in our county. It is usually reserved for people who live in the county and who have had at least two convictions for DUI in the last five years. By entering into the DUI Court, a person commits himself to an intense regimen that includes regular testing, counseling and communication with the court. When a person enters into the DUI Court, under current law, his license is suspended by the State. However, this law will change in January — giving a person the opportunity to keep his license upon entry into DUI Court. The judge still will have the power to suspend that license if needed. Because of the complexity of the law regarding DUIs and the many repercussions, it is always a good idea to have an attorney defend you in court.

Hair extensions can be washed just like your regular hair. They can also be blown dry, straightened, curled or styled! Essentially, extensions are like … an extension of yourself! With professional extensions, there’s no need to worry about an “oops” with the curling iron that will leave your hair asymmetrical! Ready for hair extensions? Ask your stylist which method he or she will use to put your extensions in. Some methods last longer than others. Also, ask about maintenance. Just like with a haircut or color, long-term extensions will need to be maintained as your natural hair grows out. Good luck on your new look! Woodstock | november 2012 36 My

IS YOUR CAR Ready to Trade-In or Sell? How long have you had your car? As the economy starts to turn upwards (like your odometer), many people are now thinking about trading in their current car and purchasing a new one. In order to maximize the trade-in value of your automobile, there are several cosmetic repairs that will make a difference. According to a 2011 February article, keep the negotiations of a new car purchase and your trade-in separate. This will benefit you the most. The article stated that a used car’s profit margin, though based on a lower selling price, is much greater than that of a new car. So, don’t underestimate your car’s value to a dealer. One way to get considerable benefit is to shop your car to used car dealers. I know that time is money and driving all over town is a hassle, but it could be worth it. For example, if you have a Volkswagen Passat and you’re considering buying a Nissan Altima, try selling the Passat to a Volkswagen dealer yourself. In most cases, a used Volkswagen is worth more to a VW dealer than a Nissan dealer. Whether you’re working with one dealer or two, remember that combining the trade-in and new car purchase is what you’re

trying to avoid. Maximize both the selling and buying price points. How can you increase your value? Take the time to understand the damage currently on your car. Do you have dents or dings? Is there damage to your bumper or your alloy wheels? Do you need paint touchup for scratches? Repairing this damage adds considerable value to your vehicle. If you have dents and dings, trained technicians can remove them using a paintless dent repair process. That’s right, no paint needed! If your Alloy Wheel Tires have rubbed a few curbs and need to be cleaned up, that is a good investment too.

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Also, inspect the inside of your car. Do you have rips in your leather? Does your car have stains or smells? Repair your leather and vinyl by trained representatives so that the rips and tears are magically gone. Taking some cosmetic steps before you visit the dealerships with your car will maximize your trade-in value. It will look so good you may reconsider trading it in! Of course, if you are just passing your car down to your 16-year-old child, I recommend waiting a few months to get the dents and dings removed! Look for a one-stop shop that can get the job done quickly and at an affordable price. You want to make your car look and feel new again before selling it to help increase its value. Suzanne Taylor, Marketing Manager, Atlanta Dent Company, (770) 594-6376

Atlanta Dent Company congratulates its sister company, Interior Magic, for winning the 2012 Franchise of the Year award. The company has 40 franchises in 18 states. For quality leather and fabric repairs or dyeing, alloy wheel repair, headlight restoration, stain removal, and other automotive interior restoration, contact them at (770) 594-6376 or visit their shop at 993 Mansell Road across from the Walmart for a FREE estimate.

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Two Gardens

Are Better Than One by Marcia Winchester Cherokee County Master Gardener Every gardener encounters many different factors that can affect the success or failure of a garden, and often times a gardener has little if any control over these factors. This is true with an ornamental garden, a small vegetable/herb garden or a huge farm.

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

My biggest problem over the last few years has been with wildlife. I’m not talking a few tomatoes being eaten by a critter or two — I’m talking about approximately 90 percent of my tomatoes being eaten by squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and turtles, and the plants browsed by deer! My office window faces my vegetable garden, so I’ve seen these critters at work firsthand and have watched my neighbor laughing at the half-eaten tomatoes strewn across his yard.

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I tried all kinds of things to keep the critters at bay, including putting pine cones under the plants. That worked on the rabbits, but not the chipmunks — apparently they have tough, little paws! After two years, I finally decided to plant two gardens. With the help of two Garden Clubs (the Cherokee County Master Gardeners, funded by a grant from the state Master Gardeners and Kaiser, and the Univeter Road Cherokee County Senior Center Services), we put together a community garden and rented out individual garden plots for $20 a year. I rented a plot and, between my home garden and the community garden, planted about 40 tomato plants. While several plants died, I brought home lots of tomatoes from my garden in Canton. I also found plenty of neighbors who were more than happy to enjoy the fruits of my overplanting! In the community garden, I’ve noticed many things: • Friends will stake out your fallen tomatoes. • Tomatoes will squash pepper plants if given a chance. • Squash can take a lot of space and squash vine borers can find a new squash plant overnight. • It is easier to give away tomatoes than eggplants. • Most people overplant their gardens and then spend time trying to keep the plants in the boundaries. • There is a difference between the amount of space runner beans and bush beans use. • Gardeners will share crops.

My Woodstock Monthly wants to help make the holiday season easier and more enjoyable for you by providing you with options right here in our local communities. Our community businesses can help fill all your gift ideas and holiday needs, including a little time out for yourself or help cleaning and organizing your home for holiday guests. My Woodstock Monthly’s 2012 Holiday Guide can help you find just what you need to make the holidays special and stress-free for you and your loved ones!

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Rejoice Maids (678) 905-3476

Ember Yoga (770) 485-5583

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Georgia Patio (770) 751-5800 (404) 217-9333 39

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Need a little help getting your house clean and ready for family and friends during the holidays? Rejoice Maids provides a variety of cleaning services to fit your needs and schedule — not only during the hectic holiday season but throughout the year as well. Owner Gemma Beylouny started Rejoice Maids in 2008 after working independently for individual clients locally. Her independent business grew so rapidly and steadily that she realized it was more than she could handle physically on her own. “I saw my future as an entrepreneur,” she says. “So I enrolled in Kennesaw State University and graduated with a business degree in 2006. I continued to clean houses on my own until I was certain I wanted to start my own business.” Today, Rejoice Maids has nine employees and provides residential and small

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commercial cleaning services on a weekly, biweekly, monthly or as-needed basis — averaging 50 homes and businesses each week. Pricing is per manhour and based on cleaning services, size of home/business, flooring, frequency of service, pets, etc. Gemma and her team offer free in-home/office estimates and can customize a cleaning program that works for you. Located on Main Street in Woodstock, Rejoice Maids serves customers primarily in Woodstock, Canton, Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta. “This is where my family lives, where my children grew up, where we call home,” Gemma says. “We’re happy to provide a valuable service to the community where we live and to the surrounding areas.” Rejoice Maids takes pride in meeting the highest standards and implementing

quality control measures to ensure customer satisfaction. Gemma also ensures the products and equipment that her team uses are safe, environmentally friendly and in line with industry trends — from vacuums with HEPA filters to 80-percent “green” cleaning solutions. “Our goal is to continually improve and offer our clients our best without compromising quality or attention to detail,” she says. In addition, Rejoice Maids is fully licensed, bonded and insured in Georgia. The company also is a member of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, Towne Lake Rotary Club and other local organizations.

Find Rejoice Maids on Facebook for special offers, cleaning tips and other promotions. Gift certificates also are available.

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For the past two years, Ember Yoga in Downtown Woodstock has been enabling people to break out of stale patterns and take active control of their health and happiness through yoga. Yoga adds strength and flexibility in the right places and correct proportion for your body. The strength you acquire in yoga builds core stability and resists fatigue. Yoga increases flexibility, lengthens the muscles, decompresses the spine, and heals the joints. The flexibility you gain allows you to avoid injuries in your other activities and it shields the body, from excess tension. Yoga detoxifies and purifies all of your body’s systems, increases blood flow throughout the body and massages and rejuvenates internal organs. Yoga does all of these things just using the body by taking it to its maximum potential. Yoga allows you to experience life with strength, without

pain, with freedom of motion and with mental focus and clarity. In addition to traditional yoga classes and mat Pilates, Ember offers hot yoga classes. Hot yoga is a style that is practiced in a heated room. Doing yoga poses in the heat amplifies many of yoga’s benefits. It allows the body to open more quickly and forces mental discipline and focus. It also provides for a challenging and complete workout. There are some common misconceptions about yoga. For example, you do not need to be flexible to do yoga; yoga will give you flexibility. You do not need to be skinny to do yoga; yoga will help you lose weight and will tone your body. If you feel like your mind is too active to stay present when holding yoga poses, yoga will help with that as well, enhancing focus and equanimity. You do

not need to know how to do the yoga poses and you will still receive all of the benefits from your very first class. That is because even the simplest yoga pose evolves over time as your body learns to release tension and open up. Doing yoga is not about pressing up into a handstand or turning your body into a pretzel. Doing yoga is about the direction that you set — here is not a final destination and it is never too late to start. Ember is a 4,400 sq. ft. space with both hot and non-hot yoga rooms. The studio is located in beautiful Downtown Woodstock. Ember offers more than 45 classes per week led by more than a dozen of Atlanta’s best teachers. There is no membership required; you can drop into any class on the schedule. Try something different for your body and your mind. See if yoga is right for you. Visit www. for more information. 41

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Georgia Patio is your one-stop shop for all of your outdoor needs. Owner Brian McMillan and the entire Georgia Patio staff have more than 40 years’ combined experience to help you get the most enjoyment from your outdoor living area, features and experience. Open in Kennesaw since January 2011, Georgia Patio is conveniently located for customers in Metro Atlanta and in nearby Alabama and Tennessee. Georgia Patio offers a wide selection of products to help you create a comfortable and stylish outdoor environment — including furniture, fireplaces, grills, hot tubs, shade solutions, accessories and more. The store has a large showroom of top brands available for immediate delivery, as well as custom pieces and fabrics at affordable prices. As an authorized dealer for some of the top manufacturers, Georgia Patio can

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provide quality products along with significant cost-savings. “I describe our selection at Georgia Patio as having Chevys, Buicks and Cadillacs — outdoor furniture and accessories by different makers and at different price ranges to meet our customers’ individual needs,” says McMillan. Georgia Patio also offers complimentary design services from its team of specialists. Whether in-store or in your backyard, Georgia Patio’s design specialists can help you plan the perfect outdoor setting and select the perfect features that you and your family can enjoy in any season and in any weather. “This is a fun business,” McMillan says. “Our customers are excited about coming in and seeing our selection, because they’re already looking forward to the fun that their new outdoor space will offer them. Our staff enjoys

We bring indoor comfort to the outdoors! working with customers and helping them to create their ideal outdoor living area.” McMillan encourages local residents who are planning a new outdoor space, a remodel or simply looking for new furniture, grills or accessories to visit Georgia Patio’s showroom for current selections, custom options and special offers. Generally, the fall and winter months are a good time for end-ofseason clearance pricing, along with new models from new product lines launching next year. (404) 217-9333 |

Jack Tuszynski, also known as “Photo Jack,” has been photographing Cherokee County and the Southeast for more than two decades. His first opportunity was as photographer of the Etowah High School yearbook staff, where he got the attention of the yearbook’s publisher, Georgia Photographics. Jack quickly accepted the offer to become one of Georgia Photographics’ outside photographers. “It was great, because money was tight for me at just 16 years old,” he says. “Plus, it was a great ‘in’ for me. Georgia Photographics gave me 1520 rolls of film each week for shooting events, which allowed me to basically teach myself on the job.” Soon after, Jack was offered employment at two local newspapers, accepting the chief photographer’s

Photography by Jack Tuszynski

important for me to continue with my regular work in the media, because it allowed me to better hone my craft and also stay connected with the community,” Jack says.

position at Cherokee Tribune in 1990 under then-editor Rebecca Johnston. One of his assignments was a lifestyle shoot at The Mandarin House in Canton in 1994. Not long after, Jack was dining at the restaurant with friends when the manager recognized him — referring to him as “Photo Jack.” The name stuck.

In 2000, Jack took fulltime to “enjoy the brighter side of life.” He says he enjoys every minute of his job — capturing the special events and cherished moments of family and portrait photography. “It has been very rewarding to enjoy a career that has grown and developed much like the community around me. As a Cherokee County native, I’ve seen the Metro Atlanta area come a long way over the past two to three decades. I consider it a blessing to be a part of such a vibrant and friendly community and part of this country — where neighbors become friends and family, even if for just a day.”

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INVESTING IN Quality Child Care For Your Child According to recent expert studies, children enrolled in early childhood education programs are more likely to test better in reading and math, to graduate from high school, and to attend college. They’re also more likely to hold a job and earn more money. Now more than ever, early childhood education is the cornerstone to a thriving life for your child. One thing parents should consider is the accreditation that the early childhood school has earned. “I have personally experienced the challenge parents go through when searching for a provider for their child that they can trust,” said Rhonda Fidanza, owner of Primrose School at Mountain Brook. “Choosing a quality preschool and childcare partner is one of the most important decisions a parent has to make.” Curriculum: To provide education excellence, a comprehensive curriculum should embrace several proven educational concepts. In addition, a proven teaching approach

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that balances academics, play and character development, and that is based on national developmental learning standards will help ensure that children are nurtured academically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively. Jim and Rhonda Fidanza, owners of

Primrose School at Mountain Brook, Assessment: In a continuing 175 Village Centre East. You may effort to provide children contact them at (770) 924-9881, with the skills and knowledge www. necessary to instill a lifelong love of learning and to prepare them for more formal education, a recognized school readiness assessment should be a part the program. The evaluation of a child’s understanding of important foundational concepts directly related to early childhood education should be a part of the process to ensure academic growth.

Highest Accreditation Standards: The accreditation process should be from a recognizable organization familiar with higher education standards; compliance with applicable governmental requirements; non-discriminatory admission of students; records retention; institutional integrity; and a code of ethics. The actual process should include examination of management procedures, curriculum delivery and teacher training, and should reinforce a longstanding commitment to high-quality early childhood education. Commitment to Safety: Ensure that the provider employs the highest health, safety and security standards. The centerpiece of this commitment is the school’s written plan; it should be a comprehensive tool designed to prepare its school and parents for any kind of emergency. These guidelines should be updated on an annual basis in conjunction with a safety consultant and safety organizations, such as fire, health and police departments. Well-Trained Teachers: Parents of preschool-age children find peace of mind knowing that their early education and child-care provider has caring, competent and knowledgeable teachers. Its teaching staff should participate in continuous education opportunities through the licensing and approved private organizations with an annual continual learning plan. Investing in your child’s future — starting with early childhood education — is an important decision for every parent to consider. Woodstock | november 2012 44 My

My wife Anne and I are thrilled to be opening our new eye clinic this month — Edwards Eye Care — in beautiful Cherokee County. After practicing optometry in the Metro Atlanta area for the past five years, we had been searching to find the perfect community to start our own eye care practice. Little did we know that the perfect area would turn out to be just a few miles from our family in Woodstock. We are now settling into our new eye care office in Hickory Flat and are truly excited about the future of our practice in this growing area.

comprehensive eye care in order to maintain proper vision and overall health. The comprehensive eye exam is so important because, through routine visits, eye doctors are able to diagnose an eye disease, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, in its early stages to save vision or even pick up on a systemic condition like diabetes or hypertension through viewing the retina — which can, in some cases, save lives. As a secondary emphasis of our practice, we knew that giving patients a comfortable experience within our eye care office would be important to alleviate anxiety that can sometimes accompany a visit to any doctor. To this end, we designed our practice to incorporate comfortable elements of the home environment in order to put our patients at ease when coming to our office. As you walk in, you will notice traditional

When we began talking about the vision for our practice, we knew that we wanted to be in a family-friendly environment where we could make a positive impact on the community. While we do provide quality eye care services and products, our job is not complete until all our patients know the importance of annual

craftsman architectural elements that complement our large selection of designer eyewear. When entering the exam rooms, a patient will notice the newest technology available to monitor proper eye health, such as the Optomap Retinal Camera, which takes a wide view image of the inside of the eye. These elements were all carefully thought out to provide our patients with the best eye care experience available. We are excited to have found the right community for our family and our practice. We look forward to serving the eye care needs for residents of Woodstock, Canton and the surrounding Northside area for years to come. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to meeting your family soon. For more information on our practice or to schedule your next eye examination, please call (770) 479-0222 or visit

GRAND OPENING Dr. Kyle Edwards and team invite you to come browse our beautiful optical center and learn about new technology available to help maintain healthy vision.

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a thankful Heart

by Johnny M. Hunt


by Laurie Troublefield

Thanksgiving is more than just a day to me, but that wasn’t always the case. It takes work to develop a thankful attitude and even more work to maintain it. When things go wrong or just not the way we want them to, our natural Johnny M. Hunt is senior pastor of tendency is to feel shortFirst Baptist Church Woodstock. changed or victimized, and a (770) 926-4428, culture of entitlement feeds this emotional response. Let me share a few thoughts that help me make every day a day of thanksgiving.

Have you ever noticed that children lack any fear or reluctance to ask for what they want and to make a stink when they don’t get it? If you’ve been in a Walmart recently, you’ve undoubtedly observed a common scene: Laurie Troublefield is the director of “Mommy, I want a toy.” Mom replies, “Not today. You training with Grace Connections. You may contact her at just got a new toy last week.” The child whines, “But MOOOOOOOOOOM!” And the tantrum soon follows.

Thankfulness is appreciating what I have, not always getting what I want. In our consumer-driven society, marketers have learned to bombard us with advertising. Here’s the next great thing, and you must own it! Whip out the plastic and it’s yours! Forgotten is the product that was yesterday’s “next great thing.” If I have version one, I must have version two, three and so on. Companies are more than willing to supply all the future product generations we will wait in line to acquire.

We come into this world unafraid, clear about our needs, and bold in our requests. We are taught through our experiences to be afraid of our desires and to deny them…and this leads us to a place of being afraid of anything that might make us vulnerable or weak to others.

The Bible, however, teaches me to be satisfied with what I already have. Through ministry projects, I regularly visit places around the world that barely have what we consider the basic necessities of life. This helps give me a realistic perspective on just how blessed most of us are in this country. In fact, seeing others in need challenges me to be a giver rather than a consumer, and it makes me very grateful for the abundance I already possess. Thankfulness is more about people than possessions. While we are programmed to value possessions and purchase them at any cost, we tend to undervalue and under-appreciate the people in our lives. We are reluctant to tell others how much we love them, but quick to express our criticism and disappointments. Let’s reverse that trend. Let’s commit to telling our family members, friends and others all the good we see in them. Take the time to think about them reflectively. Jot down a few notes so you will be ready to speak blessings into their day as opportunities arise. I guarantee your relationships will become more valuable and rewarding. Thankfulness is God’s will for my life (1 Thessalonians 5:18). God wants me to be thankful for everything — not just what I continued on page 62 Woodstock | november 2012 46 My

We’ve been chatting the last couple of months about this idea of losing face — the means we go to in protecting ourselves from any possibility of looking stupid, being exposed, or seeming like we don’t have it all together. And if we’re honest, we know it’s not working and really never has. I suggested last month that you look into the scriptures at a very familiar story to most of us: the prodigal son. I think we’ve heard the story so many times that much of its truth becomes hidden by its more obvious or more common interpretations. Do you ever think about what was going on in the mind of the prodigal son when he asked his father for his inheritance? An inheritance usually comes after someone dies; do you see the audacity of the prodigal son’s request? Was there anything healthy in his asking? I wonder. What about the father? What do you think was going on in his heart when his son came with such a bold and selfish request? And what in the world must the father have been thinking to have granted his son’s request? He could have spared them both a lot of pain and embarrassment if he had just said no. Was there something deeper there? Is it possible that the father chose to finance his son’s debauchery because he knew — even though from the outside he would definitely “lose face” — that his son would gain a newfound reality of his unconditional love and continued on page 62

The four beautifully decorated homes included on the 2012 Christmas Tour are: • The home of Richard and Kim Avery 128 Fairway Overlook • The home of Scott and Julie Cullins 217 Jeffrey Drive • The home of Todd and Kelli Ketcham 4081 Hickory Fairway Drive • The home of Wick and Terry Smith 507 Avery Creek Pointe The cost of the tour is only $15 per person and is open to anyone 12 years and older. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club and from the following locations: • • • •

Chamberhouse, 145 West Main Street, Canton Christine’s Creations, Inc., 8838 Main Street, Woodstock House and Garden Boutique, 103 Bowles Drive, Woodstock The Ivy Garden Gift Boutique & Salons, 113 Palm Street, Holly Springs • Pineapple Park, 240 Chambers St., Woodstock • Three Sisters Gifts & Home Accents, 6205 Hickory Flat Hwy., Suite 106, Hickory Flat • The Whole Nine Yarns, 8826 Main Street, Woodstock   Tickets may also be purchased on the two days of the tour at the Bradshaw Farm Community Clubhouse from 12:305 p.m. The Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club will serve light refreshments at the Clubhouse.    New this year is a raffle of a lovely, handmade Christmas quilt, stitched by club founder, Carol Smith. This

The Bradshaw Farm

exquisite quilt will be on display and raffle tickets may be purchased from Women’s Club members prior to the tour and at the home of Scott and Julie Cullins during the tour.  The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the tour on Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own such a treasure!   Also, the Women’s Club is very excited to have a wonderful, unique musical duo, comprised of Bradshaw Farm residents Delores Grimm playing the guitar and Judy Griffin on the hammered dulcimer performing during the tour. The two talented musicians will be providing lovely traditional Christmas music for your enjoyment both Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at the home of Wick and Terry Smith.    The Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club Annual Christmas Tour is the club’s largest fundraiser. The Women’s Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to volunteerism and giving to our community. All proceeds raised go to many deserving Cherokee County charities, such as the Hope Center; Family Violence Center; Next Step Ministries; Anna Crawford Children’s Center; Meals on Wheels through the Cherokee County Senior Citizen’s Center, YMCA Day Camp; MUST Ministries; Special Olympics; Animal Shelter; Habitat for Humanity; local sheriff and fire departments; and local schools, including a scholarship for a deserving Sequoyah High School graduating senior.   In 2011, the Christmas Tour raised $8,500 — the largest amount ever! Combined with other fundraisers throughout the year, the club was able to donate more than $12,000 to our community. 

Women’s Club Presents

Saturday and Sunday

December 1 & 2, 1 – 5 p.m.

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Ingredients: (serves 4) 6 cups picked fresh spinach 1 cup grape tomatoes ½ red onion ½ cup crumbled bacon ½ cup blue cheese crumbles 4 8-oz. pieces of fresh salmon 4 Tbs. Blackened fish seasoning Dressing: 1 cup of rendered bacon fat 1 cup rice wine vinegar 2 Tbs. brown sugar 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard 1 lb. bacon

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay bacon flat on sheet pan and cook until crisp. Pour hot bacon fat into stainless bowl; add remaining four ingredients and mix well.

Coat one side of salmon with blackened fish seasoning and blacken in sauté pan over medium-high heat. Finish cooking in oven at 350 degrees for seven minutes. In a stainless bowl, mix spinach, red onion, tomatoes, bacon and 6 ounces of dressing, then place even portions in serving bowls; place salmon over spinach, garnish with blue cheese crumbles.

Welcome to Goin’ Coastal! Come on in, we’re open for business! My name is Zach Kell and I am the chef/owner of Goin’ Coastal in Canton. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. If you have any questions, please call (770) 479-3737. 49


We all develop baby teeth that fall out in the primary years and are replaced by an entirely new set of adult teeth. Have you ever wondered why this happens? We do not get two sets of fingers or two sets of eyes or extra hair that men could certainly take advantage of later in life. Every other part of the human body either grows from childhood to adulthood or replenishes itself, as in the case of skin cells, for example. So why are teeth extremely unique in this fashion? I believe we develop our permanent, adult teeth for three reasons: function, physiology and survival. Functionally, teeth are covered by enamel that is very hard and allows us to chew most things with little damage to our teeth. As carnivores, our function demands strong teeth. The limitation, however, is that the structural hardness of enamel does not allow teeth to grow throughout our lives.

by Dr. Scott R. Harden

good dexterity for brushing their teeth, they love sugar and they drink liquids (including milk) that produce tooth decay. If humans only received one set of teeth as a child (and through adulthood), many of their teeth would be decayed and lost for the reasons noted above. Primary teeth are lost and make way for our adult teeth when we are older, when we possess better dexterity for brushing and flossing and can better understand the importance of proper eating and drinking.

Dr. Scott Harden is a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry and has served the Woodstock area for more than 21 years. He is a Dental Advisor for two nationally renowned dental research companies. Office: (770) 926-0000. Website:

Physiologically, the size difference in our jaws between Teeth are very vulnerable to bacteria that live in our mouths. birth and adulthood is quite The human mouth has an substantial. Since teeth do not estimated 100 species of bacteria grow in size with age, the body that cause cavities in our Take good care of your adult forms a second set of teeth that teeth. In the last few decades, corresponds with jaw growth. teeth and see your dentist rampant decay in adult teeth Baby teeth, also called “primary has gone down tremendously regularly to demonstrate the teeth,” start erupting into the as access to dental care has responsibility that Mother oral cavity at approximately increased. Likewise, early dental 6 months of age. We receive Nature has bestowed to you. intervention that emphasizes 20 primary teeth by the age of good oral hygiene among 2 years and keep the primary children with their “practice set” molars until around 11 years old. of primary teeth has helped to instill proper dental care and These primary teeth are sized to ideally fit our child-size jaws maintenance from an early age. in most cases. Adult teeth begin to erupt into the oral cavity at 6 years of age. We receive 28 adult teeth by age 12, plus four I suppose it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Take wisdom teeth at around age 18 that typically are extracted. good care of your adult teeth and see your dentist regularly

If you think about it, humans could simply form only one set of teeth as an adult. However, this would have left young children vulnerable to survival and would not have been feasible for existence. Therefore, the aspect of survival is programmed into the development of our teeth, and hence we develop two sets of teeth. There could be still another factor that favors the need for two sets of teeth: Baby teeth are a “practice” set of teeth. I believe that a baby set of teeth is God’s way of giving us a practice set to learn on and “brush up” (forgive the pun) on our oral hygiene before getting our adult teeth. Children do not have Woodstock | november 2012 50 My

to demonstrate the responsibility that Mother Nature has bestowed to you.

Primary Dentition

Adult Dentition

Sweat the small stuff, But Not Too Much

by Dr. Monika Yadav Stress can be useful at times, giving the person a focus and drive to achieve certain goals on a daily basis. It keeps us on our toes. But when dancing through life transforms from a Texas Two-Step into a constant Jitterbug, many problems could cause a misstep. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headache, high blood pressure and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes and loss of sleep.

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.

By definition, stress is any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiologic and behavioral changes.” An extreme amount of stress can have health consequences and adversely affect the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems — not to mention the psychological burden that occurs by daily stress insults to the mental structure of an individual. Here are the statistics: 22 percent of Americans reported to be under extreme stress. The causes are the usual suspects: money, work and the economy. But relationships, family responsibilities, family health problems, personal health concerns, job stability and housing costs are gaining as well. And although 83 percent of adults are aware that stress can contribute to major illness, only 25 percent are doing a good job at reducing it. We all have ideas of things we would enjoy doing to reduce stress, such as reading, listening to music, walking, visiting friends… but actually finding the time to do so is another matter. In my ideal world, I would suggest aerobic exercise and mindbody practices like breathing techniques and yoga regularly, because these have shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, and improve sleep and self-esteem — but finding the willpower to stay disciplined is a constant battle. Over the past five years I have noticed an increase in hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, and depression among my patients. Along with a healthy, well-balanced diet and regular exercise, I have stressed (pun intended) the importance of finding moments here and there just for themselves to bring the decibels down a notch or two in the soundtrack of life. Ultimately, these steps will improve longevity and their overall quality of each day. Woodstock | november 2012 52 My

INVISALIGN TEEN A ‘Clear’ Alternative To Braces

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS

Does your teenager need his or her teeth straightened, yet refuses to see the orthodontist because he/she doesn’t want to wear braces? While there have been tremendous strides in the cosmetic appearance of traditional metal braces Dr. Jeff Kincaid is a specialist in and ceramic (tooth-colored) orthodontics and owner of Kincaid braces, some teens just don’t Orthodontics in Woodstock and want braces — period. There Roswell. Visit his website at really wasn’t a good option for the growing teenager until a few years ago, when Invisalign introduced a product specifically targeting the teen patient. Unlike traditional braces that attach to the teeth, Invisalign Teen employs a series of clear, medical-grade plastic trays that are custom molded to fit each individual patient. Invisalign Teen varies only slightly from the original Invisalign, but the differences are important. To be specific, it has features especially designed for teens that are still in the growth and development stages. The trays are engineered to address the natural eruption of the teeth that have not yet come in, as well as the eruption of the second molars. Another feature (my favorite) of Invisalign Teen is the addition of compliance indicators. Would you worry that your teen may not be wearing them as they should? Each tray features a small blue dot in the molar region that is called a compliance indicator. The blue dot gradually fades over time as the aligners are subjected to the oral environment. The orthodontist can examine each aligner and determine whether they are being worn the proper number of hours. What parents wouldn’t worry about their child losing or breaking an aligner or two? Some parents have told me they’re happy if their teen finds his or her way home! To be fair, a teenager today has lots to juggle on any given day — school, social events, dating, sports, band, etc. The chance of your teen losing an aligner is pretty high, but Invisalign Teen has good news for parents. Invisalign Teen will replace up to six aligners at no additional cost. Finally, one less thing parents must worry about! Since teenagers (especially the middle to late teens) place such continued on page 62


by Drs. James E. Leake, E. Anthony Musarra and Michael Petrosky With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start getting ready for all the different holiday parties. If you feel you need help to look your best, dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation may be the solution. Drs. Leake, Musarra and Petrosky In this day and age, most of us are board-certified surgeons at are familiar with the importance Plastic Surgery Center of the of collagen. It is what gives South. They have been practicing in the Marietta area for more than young skin its full, supple 20 years. (770) 421-1242, www. appearance. It is a part of life: Our skin changes as we age, resulting in a look that’s older than how we feel inside. Our skin becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in our skin that acts much like a sponge. Its primary function is to bind and absorb water — our skin’s natural moisturizer. As we age, HA diminishes, which contributes to the presence of lines and folds. How our skin ages will depend on a variety of factors, including lifestyle, diet, heredity and personal habits.

If you feel you need help to look your best, dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation may be the solution.

Plastic surgeons offer several different products and procedures that add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Some products, including Botox, Restylane, Radiesse and Juvederm, can immediately restore lost volume and give a more youthful, more refreshed appearance. Best of all, results are clinically proven to last up to a year. To determine if injectable fillers are right for you, call a boardcertified surgeon to learn more about how injectable fillers can help you look your best for holiday get-togethers!

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KIDS RULE! Choosing A Pediatric Dentist by Vishant Nath, DMD If you are a parent, think back to the times before you had children. Things were a bit different, right? Priorities, lifestyle and expectations were specific to what you needed at the time. Then things probably changed when a new little Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of life was brought into your Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may world. Many of the things contact him at (678) 352-1090 that changed were driven by or visit the needs of the child. Your life became more child-friendly. In a similar manner, pediatric dental offices try to cater to the needs of children as well. Pediatric dental offices are set up to treat children within a wide range of ages and abilities. The youngest patients might be 6 months old and the oldest patients might be adults with special needs. In all cases, pediatric dental offices are set up to put the patients’ needs first. Let’s say that a patient requires dental treatment. A pediatric dentist will be able to gauge, based upon his/her experience, whether or not it best serves the patient to perform treatment all at once or in several appointments. This can be difficult to predict at times. It is the job of the pediatric dentist to determine what is best for the patient. Sometimes, this might require additional visits to the office until all treatment is complete. For some children, treatment can be completed on the same day that it is diagnosed. The most important aspect of the pediatric dental experience is that your child’s needs are put first. This means that there needs to be a good, trusting relationship between the dentist and your child, as well as the dentist and you, the parents. If the trust is missing from either of these relationships, the experience may not be pleasant. This requires that you, as parents, do your homework in finding the right dentist and in developing a solid, trusting relationship with your child’s dentist. Ask friends, family and neighbors to recommend the dentists they have chosen for their children. Visit the office and meet the staff, even before making an appointment. Once you have decided on a dentist, show your child the office’s website. Allowing your child to see photos of the office, dentist and staff members will help him or her to have some familiarity before even going to the appointment. In most continued on page 62 Woodstock | november 2012 54 My

WELCOME TO Cold & Flu Season by Jordana Heaven, MD, Shannon Dobson, CPNP, Adriana Rzeznik, MD, Frini Shah, MD, Beverly Acker, MD Winter is technically here, and with it comes cold and flu season. A “cold” can happen at any time of the year, but is more common in the winter, as we are closed up together more and in closer contact with each other. Jordana Heaven, Shannon Dobson, Adriana Rzeznik, Frini Shah and What is a cold? A cold is a Beverly Acker are all board-certified virus that affects the upper providers with Woodstock Pediatric respiratory tract (the nose and Medicine. To contact them, please call (770) 517-0250. throat) and causes congestion, cough, sore throat, sometimes a low-grade fever and a general crummy feeling. A typical cold will last 7-10 days, on average.

Antibiotics will not help treat a cold, as antibiotics only work for bacterial infections. Many people think that the color of the mucus from their nose means they have an infection that requires antibiotics, but mucus from the nose can be any color and does not necessarily indicate a need for antibiotics. Mucus in the morning, for example, can be thicker, darker or discolored from sitting in the nasal passages all night. Mucus also can affect the cough — often seeming worse as we are trying to sleep (because we are lying flat and the mucus drains differently), can be loose and wet or dry, can be worse in the mornings, and can even make children gag. Some children will have a decreased appetite and some will have diarrhea as a result of mucus that they swallow. If you have cough and congestion, how do you know if they’re from a cold or the flu? The major difference between a cold and the flu is that the flu also brings persistent fever, body aches and fatigue along with cough and congestion. How should you treat your child’s cold? First, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. Our bodies need rest to heal, and the fluids help loosen the mucus. Younger children who cannot blow their nose yet benefit from saline drops and the occasional bulb suction to help clear the nasal passages. A humidifier in the bedroom also can make them more comfortable at night. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help a sore throat, but studies have shown that over-the-counter cold medicine does not have any good effect on the little body and really should be avoided. continued on page 62



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. (Traditional Worship)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little River United Methodist Church

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

(678) 493-6511

Board of Commissioners 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

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

Buzz Ahrens (R), Chair

(678) 493-6511


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

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

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

(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:

Janet Read (R), Post 4 (Chair) (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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(770) 516-1444


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

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

(404) 462-4950


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


2012 BLASTT Workshops Presented by Reinhardt University

November 7, 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

(Lunch is provided)

Refresh Your Mind, Restore Your Revenues! Prospecting & Sales Techniques That Actually Work! Cost: $30 for Members; $55 for Future Members Don’t miss your opportunity to learn prospecting and sales techniques that actually work! Take advantage of spending the day with sales professionals who specialize in locating and closing new business opportunities. If you are a business to business company, you absolutely want to be at this event! Get ready to learn to sell smarter, not harder! This is a hands on event so bring your laptop, accounts with barriers you can’t seem to break, old accounts you have lost and want to gain back into your company, or just bring your wish list. You are guaranteed to leave with a new appointment! Due to one on one coaching, attendance is limited so reserve your space early! This workshop will be presented by Twanna Woods with Icebreakers Unlimited. Contact Amy at (770) 345-0400 or to register.



Sponsored by & located at:

Tuesday, November 13, 4:30 — 6 p.m. 2012 Series Presented by: AT&T 120 Mountain Brook Dr., Canton, GA 30115 There is no charge to attend. RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. on November 8.

good morningCherokee Sponsored by:

Thursday, December 6, 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 December 4. 61

A Thankful Heart

continued from page 46

consider to be good things. No child likes discipline, but everyone needs it. I have asked for many things I never got just to find out later I was better off without them. God knows what is best, and if I submit to His choices, I can trust things will work out for the best. Gratitude ensues, and I begin to value the Giver more than His gifts. Greed is the opposite of gratitude, and it is a beast that feeds uncontrollably (Proverbs 30:15). Starve greed and feed a heart of gratitude. Find someone less fortunate than you and give them something valuable. The joy you experience will be an invaluable exchange.

Losing Face Part III

continued from page 46

that being a beloved son was his true identity? It certainly seems that way to me. When we are confident in who we are, of our being loved and cherished, our fear begins to subside. When John wrote in his first epistle, “Perfect love casts out fear…because fear involved punishment” (1 John 4:18), he wasn’t commanding us to love. He was referring to God as Love, in whom we find freedom from fear — fear of being scrutinized, of wanting, and all kinds of fear. God as Love is our place of security and rest from the constant battle to protect ourselves. Can you even imagine such a reality? Stay tuned next month, when we‘ll look at finding ourselves “free” and “losing face” to be a non-reality.

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Invisalign Teen

continued from page 52

an emphasis on their appearance, they’ll appreciate having an alternative to traditional braces and may be more agreeable to the cosmetic overhaul of their misaligned teeth. Invisalign Teen is a great orthodontic solution for teenagers who want to still feel accepted and comfortable in their own skin. Now, let’s all cheer on those Dawgs!

Choosing A Pediatric Dentist

continued from page 54

cases, a child will follow the lead of the parents. If you truly trust the dentist, your child probably will, too. The bottom line is that you and your child can trust that your pediatric dentist puts the needs of your child first. Kids rule in a pediatric dental office — and your child’s oral health will benefit from it!

Cold & Flu Season

continued from page 54

When should your child see a doctor? Call your child’s pediatrician and report your child’s symptoms. By alerting your child’s doctor of the symptoms your child has, your doctor can advise if an office visit is needed based on those symptoms and your child’s past medical history. Generally, colds don’t require an office visit and can be managed at home following the doctor’s instructions. Colds are a miserable part of everyone’s life! The average child comes into contact with one virus after another every single day, developing an average of four to six colds a year. NO FUN! But with a little love and attention, children will bounce back quickly and move on to the next thing!



Your Community

Attorneys/Legal Services


Bass, Bergeron & Smith, PC 9 Burns, Abbott & Speights, PC Inside Back Cover

Primrose School at Mountain Brook Inside Back Cover Primrose School of Woodstock 9

Automotive Atlanta Dent Company My Mechanic Joe

37 55

Banking/Financial Services Summit Finiancial Solutions

Health & Beauty


LaVida Massage Jyl Craven Hair Design Perfect Touch Nail & Spa Salon & Spa Venessa

55 15 3 7


Home Improvement/Repair/Service Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Carpet Dry Tech 63 cleanAcarpet 9

44 31 HG–42 35

C&W Photography 19 HG–43

Real Estate Dawn Sams ERA Sunrise Realty 23 Windsong Properties Inside Front Cover

Recreation & Fitness Ember Yoga Golf FORE! Charity

HG–41 27

Landscaping/Landscape Services

Chiropractors Ridgewalk Chiropractic & Massage


Cleaning Services Rejoice Maids

Coleman Home Services Dr. Fixit PhD Georgia Patio Mr. Junk

Plastic Surgery Center of the South 53 Prestige Primary Care Inside Front Cover Progressive Audiology Center, Inc. 7 WellStar Health Systems Back Cover Woodstock Family & Urgent Care 3 Woodstock Pediatric Medicine 35


Dentist/Orthodontists Canton/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry 55 Fountain View Family Dentistry 51 Dr. Jerry Smith 63 Kincaid Orthodontics 23 Park Pediatric Dentistry of Woodstock Cover, 19, 32, 33 Williams Orthodontics 38

Autumn Hill Nursery & Landscaping Evergreen Grounds, Inc. Landscape Matters Overstreet Lawn Care, LLC.

11 15 31 35

1 45

Physicians & Medical Services Northside Hospital – Cherokee Northside Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Piedmont Physicians

Downtown Kitchen Goin’ Coastal

5 15 23

Bradshaw Farms Tour of Homes 47 The Cherokee Chorale 8 Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 61 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village 63 Ghostnet, Inc. 31 Main Street Woodstock 25 Threads 3 Winey Blonde Boutique 15 Your Turn Kids Resale & Boutique 3

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Optometrist/Eyewear Pearle Vision Edward Eye Care

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