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Child Deaths in Hot Cars Can Be Prevented


Love in Action

Summertime brings more than fun and vacation time; too often it brings tragedies that could have been prevented.

The Child Development Association (CDA) is providing for families in a way that surpasses what the founders would have even dreamed of. Back to School

Back To School

Classes will begin Monday, August 1. Parents who are registering new students should review the school system’s registration requirements for documents needed for admission at

In Every Issue Michelle and Brian Meek are the co-owners of AroundAbout — North Fulton magazine. Brian spent the last 15 years in sales and also owns a junior golf business. Michelle has been a stay-at-home mom for the past eight years and was a counselor at KSU prior to having their two girls, Ansley and Addison. They have lived in the Canton community for more than nine years.


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Directory Listings 56 Faith & Worship 58 Organizations 60 Local Officials 64 Advertiser index

sales Market Director Janet Ponichtera Advertising Designer Ashley George

contributors Writers Christopher Anderson, Chad Arp, Jyl Craven, Thaddeus Fabian, Rick Foltz, Keith Hanna, Donnie Henriques, Dan Jape, Jeff Kincaid, Mike Litrel, Michael McNeel, Colin Morris, Vishant Nath, Patrick J. Rice, Jr., Chip Rogers, Frini Shah, Michael Shotwell, Herb Sims, Laurie Troublefield, Cathy Wendland-Colby, Keith West, Delaney Young Volume 8 | Issue 8 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204 Canton, GA 30115 tel. 770-720-7497 fax. 770-720-1329 Subscription, Customer Service, and Submission Information — AroundAbout Woodstock, a publication of Footprints Publishing, Inc., is a monthly community magazine and is a franchise of AroundAbout Local Media, Inc. AroundAbout Woodstock distributes more than 19,000 copies free by mail to homes in and around Woodstock and at local businesses in the area. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Send check or money order to Footprints Publishing, Inc., 113 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 204, Canton, GA 30115. Reader correspondence, editorial submissions, and advertising are welcome. However, we reserve the right to reject any contributed material. Letters and submissions chosen for publication may be edited and used in all print and electronic media. The deadline for each issue is the 1st of the month prior to publication. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists, and submissions are not necessarily those of the publisher and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Footprints Publishing, Inc is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher.

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People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Woodstock. by Cherryl Greenman,


What’s New? Decorating Den Interiors, owned by Jan Parrish and Keeley Woodford, is now open in downtown Woodstock at 8744 Main Street, Suite 101. You may contact them at 770-926-0383 or visit them online at Marietta Plastic Surgery has recently added Dr. John D. Symbas (1) to their practice located at 823 Campbell Hill Street, Marietta, and 149 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. Dr. Symbas is a native of Atlanta and a Lovett School graduate. He received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Symbas continued at Emory, completing three years of general surgery residency as well as an accelerated plastic surgery residency limited to a few chosen candidates, all under the instruction of some of the world’s most respected instructors in plastic surgery. He joins Drs. West, McNeel, Fabian and Hanna, serving the metro Atlanta community., 770-425-0118 Wink Woodstock (2), 380 Chambers Street, is a contemporary, upscale lounge in downtown Woodstock. Shannon Fannin and Steve Rabb are co-owners of this unique restaurant featuring gourmet tapas, desserts, and an extensive list of wines and specialty cocktails. Partnering with Elm Street Arts Cultural Village, Wink Woodstock will invite artists to perform on Sunday nights, with 100% of the door cover proceeds being donated to the organization. 678-383-6332,

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Allstate Insurance Company is proud to announce the opening of a new agency in Canton. Owned and operated by Sheree Edmondson, the full-service agency offers a complete line of products and services, including auto, property, commercial and life insurance. Sheree can be reached at 678-493-7952 or by email at Augustus T. Stephens, MD has merged his practice, Stephens Eye Associates, with Thomas Eye Group, effective July 1. Dr. Stephens’ addition to Thomas Eye Group creates an eighth clinical location for the multi-specialty eye care practice. For more information, visit


As a business leader and involved citizen in the Woodstock and Canton areas, Allstate exclusive agency owner, John Wells, has been designated an Allstate Premier Service Agent for 2011. Located in Woodstock, call John Wells at 770-952-7385. Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ: RNST) recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Renasant Bank (“Renasant”), a $4.2 billion financial institution, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Birmingham, Alabama based trust department of RBC Bank (USA) (“RBC Bank”), which services clients in Alabama and Georgia. Renasant Bank has offices in Towne Lake at 4475 Towne Lake Parkway, East Woodstock at 190 Village Centre East, and in Canton at 145 Reinhardt College Pkwy in Riverstone.

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7th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

Woodstock Estates Donates Funds

The Drake House, will host its annual homemade ice cream fundraiser at the Historic Roswell Town Square, 616 Atlanta Street, on Sunday, August 28, from 2 — 4 p.m. If you have been The Drake House’s 2010 Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ craving homemade ice cream this will be the place to head — more than 100 unique flavors of homemade ice cream will be featured including orange mango sorbet, peanut butter chocolate chip, chocolate crunchy brownie and tropical delight. There will also be ice cream eating and stacking contests, music, face painting and children’s games. The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing which includes assessment, empowerment and support programs to homeless mothers and their children in the North Fulton area. Funds raised from this event will help maintain 16 furnished apartments and provide empowerment programs such as job readiness, health and wellness, parenting skills and personal finances.

Senior Services director Nathan Brandon recently accepted a donation in the amount of $1,259 from Displaying donation check are Kristen Lockwood and Nathan Brandon, Kristen Lockwood, Amy Allard with Woodstock Amy Allard, and Sharon Smith. Estates. On hand at the event was Sharon Smith, supervisor of Meals-On-Wheels and Volunteer Services. Funds were generated from Woodstock Estates 2nd annual Greenhouse event and plant sale.

Elm Street Rehearsal Rooms Get Face Lift When CarMax Cares month rolled around this year, it was Elm Street parent and CarMax employee, Andrea Jeffrey, who arranged for Elm Street to benefit from their volunteer program. (Her daughter, Carys, appeared in Peter Pan.) Not only was Elm Street offered a few hours of volunteer time and attention, but they also will receive a $2,000 donation from The CarMax Foundation on behalf of the volunteer teams. When asked why she wanted to bring her team here, Andrea said, “I nominated Elm Street for a Carmax Cares event because Ms. Grooms and Siobhan Brumbelow work tirelessly to keep the arts alive and bring quality-theater and educational programs to our community.” And the CarMax volunteers said, “They liked to make a difference and support the Arts in our communities, and Elm Street was so appreciative of our efforts, and it felt great to make a difference.” Artistic Director, G. Lora Grooms said, “Thank you CarMax for your community mindedness, your generosity and your smiling team members. Our rehearsal rooms will be much Team 2 led by Peggy Stewart, more friendly and bright for our ready to finish the job the camp programs because of you.” second day. 6

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Cheroke EMS Honored by Department of Defense Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was recently honored with an ‘Above and Beyond’ award in recognition of their support to their Left to right: Lt Gen Charles Stenner employees who serve Jr, Chief Air Force Reserve; Eddie in the Georgia National Robinson, Training Chief for Cherokee Guard and Army Reserve. County Fire and Emergency Services; According to Training Chief, and Admiral (Ret) James McGarrah, Eddie Robinson, who Chair GA ESGR. accepted the award on behalf of the fire department, “We are fortunate that our Board of Commissioners support our employees who serve in the Georgia National Guard and Reserve. Their dedication to these employees shows their willingness to help those who are fighting for the freedoms that we enjoy in this great country.”

“Thanks Volunteers” Next Step Ministries recently held an Ice Cream Social to thank its volunteers. Next Step Ministries is a non-profit organization serving those with special needs. Programs offered include therapeutic day care, Saturday respite, camps, and drop-in services. For more information, go to or call 770-592-1227.

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Dedication/Open House

Woodstock Teachers Give During Summer

On Monday, July 11 Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques and the city council held an open house and dedication ceremony for the new Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street. The event was held prior to the regular city council meeting. The Chambers at City Center is the former 1913 Church Sanctuary that was renovated by the city of Woodstock for meetings and special events.

Each Tuesday, this past summer at 10:30 a.m., teachers from Woodstock Elementary School were on hand to read to students at the Woodstock Public Library and give out prizes from local businesses.

Woodstock Elementary teachers Nikki Mason, Rachel Wasserman, and Debby Pinion.

Law Enforcement Honored Cobb EMC recently hosted its 5th annual Steak Out event, a luncheon to honor law enforcement officers in the EMC’s service area. More than 120 law enforcement officers and government officials attended the event, which was catered by Longhorn Steaks of Acworth.

Front row (left to right): State Board of Pardons and Paroles Chief Parole Officer Alan Smith, Cobb County Sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Sheriff Lynda Coker, Chattahoochee Technical College Assistant Public Safety Chief Darnell Strefkerk, and Cobb County Police Department Deputy Chief Ron Storey. Back row: U.S. Secret Service member Tim Keener, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dean Minter, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Treka Smith, Emerson Police Department Chief Stan Bradley, Cobb EMC CEO Chip Nelson, City of Mountain Park Mayor Jim Still, Cobb County Manager David Hankerson, Woodstock Police Department Chief of Police David Bores, City of Milton Police Department Captain Shawn McCarty, City of Acworth Police Department Captain Tom Bailey, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jay Baker, and Acting Public Safety Director of Cobb County Chief Sam Heaton. 8

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Celebrating 2 Years of Marriage on August 7 Happy Anniversary!

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ummertime brings more than fun and vacation time; too often it brings tragedies that could have been prevented. Each year, approximately 38 stranded children die from being overheated in an unattended vehicle, and the number starts to drastically increase in the peak of summer. The United States has already reached a milestone this year, one not worthy of pride. In late May, the tragic death of a 3-year-old boy in a hot car marked the 500th death in the nation since 1998. All of these deaths could have been prevented. Just since March, there have been 15 disturbing incidents of toddlers dying from being trapped in a sweltering car. There is truly no greater tragedy for a parent than to suffer the loss of a child, especially one due to hyperthermia. While the risks and causes of these horrific child hyperthermia deaths are well known, it still occurs an average of 38 times each year. Sadly, last year was the worst year on record yet with nearly 50 deaths. These tragedies have occurred in all but one state — Wyoming — and currently only 19 states have laws addressing unattended children in vehicles. As resilient advocates for never leaving your child alone in a car, Safe Kids USA and Safe Kids coalitions nationwide have united to educate parents and caregivers with preventative tips to avoid these heart-breaking tragedies. Safe Kids has already launched two national press conferences, as well as more than 30 local events across the country. Tips include placing a cell phone, laptop or whatever is necessary for the day on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. You can also set an alarm to remind yourself to drop off your child at day care. A little less than a third of these accidents occur from children who gain access to an unlocked vehicle, which can be avoided by simply locking the doors so children don’t enter the vehicle and become trapped. Remind your children that a car is not a playground and encourage them to play away from your vehicle.

By: Captain Chad Arp Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator- Safe Kids Cherokee County The bottom line is that there are ways to prevent these deaths. Be an active bystander and call 911 if you see a child unattended in a vehicle. In fact, in 2010, in just one county in the U.S. — Palm Beach — the fire and rescue department recorded approximately 450 calls of kids left in cars alone. The number could be infinitely larger and the consequences could have been much greater. By locking cars, creating reminders for ourselves and acting immediately to assist a child left alone in a vehicle, we can save children’s lives. Facts & tips about HypertHermia Children are at greater risk for hyperthermia when they are in cars unattended. • The body temperature of children rises 3 — 5 times faster than adults, and as a result, children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke. • If you see an unattended child in a car, dial 911 immediately. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble. Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child is missing. • Thirty percent of the recorded heat stroke deaths in the U.S. occur because a child was playing in an unattended vehicle. These deaths can be prevented by simply locking the vehicles to assure that kids don’t enter and become trapped. • Many child heat stroke deaths occur because parents and caregivers become distracted and exit their vehicle without their child. Use reminders to help you remember that your child is there. Free educational materials are available at Post them at your childcare center, place of business, church — let’s help each other prevent further tragedies!




Things to do in Woodstock

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August 5-6 • ELM STREET ARTS



Fontaine Fantasy Films presents “Flippin’ Through the Rolodex,” an original comedy by Brenda Fontaine about four elderly gentlemen in search of a date! August 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and August 6 at 2 p.m. City Center auditorium, 8534 Main Street. 678-494-4251,

Barnsley Gardens Resort’s annual award-winning Firefly Nights Series.

To be held on September 10 at 2510 East Cherokee Drive, fellowship hall at Sunnyside Church of God.

FANS FROM THE FANS Drop off a new box fan or donation to Ameris Bank in Woodstock through August 30, 8770 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-592-6249

FARMERS MARKET The Main Street Woodstock Farmers Market presented by Cherokee Bank, is open every Saturday, 8:30 — 11:30 a.m. Located in the public parking lot on Towne Lake Parkway and Main Street. 770-924-0406

August 6 • DRUM CORPS SHOW AND CLINIC Woodstock High School to host show/ competition featuring groups from Virginia, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Saturday morning features a clinic open to high school students interested in learning more about drum corps. Performance at 7:30 p.m. open to public.

LINE DANCING CLASSES Cherokee County Senior Services in Canton is offering classes each Wednesday from 2:30 — 3:30 p.m. 770-345-7515

TOPS CLUB, INC. WOODSTOCK Weekly meetings at 109 Towne Lake Pkwy., Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. weigh-ins are from 9 — 9:30 a.m. Contact Rose Beauchamp at 770-517-3799

August 2 • POLICE DEPARTMENT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Neighborhoods throughout the city of Woodstock are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “28th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event, beginning at 7 p.m. 770-592-6000 x 1115




The Woodstock Calendar Dog calendars featuring Woodstock dogs are available with proceeds benefitting the Cherokee County Humane Society. Cost is $14 and are available at CCHS Thrift Store

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STARLIGHT SUMMER CONCERTS Kennesaw Starlight Series presents Blue Highway a Grammy-nominated band featuring contemporary bluegrass music. Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater. Tickets are $8; table reservations for six are $75. 770-423-6650, www.kennesaw. edu/arts/starlight

August 8-14 • 2011 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Come and watch 156 of the best golfers in the world play in the 93rd edition of the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek.

August 12-13 • GEORGIA MISSION OF MERCY GMOM is a free, large-scale, two-day dental clinic in Cherokee County for low or no income adults who cannot pay for dental care.

August 13• WOODSTOCK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Concert featuring “Wet Willie” wil be held at the Park at City Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

on Bells Ferry Road, 770-627-2335,

August 16 • CHEROKEE COUNTY CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO The 7th annual Business Expo will be held at the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, South Annex from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m.

August 5 • FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Summer of Love — break out the tie-dyes and head bands for a little fun as the 42nd anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival is celebrated! Woodstock downtown merchants stay open from 6 — 9 p.m. 770-924-0406

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August 16 •



LOSE WEIGHT SAFELY PRESENTATION Georgia Hypnotherapy Associates, LLC is hosting free presentations, Safely Lose Weight Without Chemicals, Cravings, or Unwanted Side Effects,

4 — 5 p.m. at ExecuCourt in Towne Lake, 6478 Putnam Ford Drive, Woodstock. 678-938-7274,

August 17• COMMUNITY AWARENESS The Woodstock Police department will host a free seminar at the Magnolia Hall at 7 p.m.

August 19-20, 26-27 • ELM STREET PLAYERS “Nunsense” a wacky musical comedy about five nuns trying to raise funds by putting on a variety show. Recommended for ages 16 and up. August 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m., August 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street. 678-494-4251,

August 20 • MAIN STREET SESSIONS A chef from Tea Leaves & Thyme will entertain with a cooking demonstration. Fans of this special local tea room won’t want to miss this. Owner Kim Jordy’s cookbook will be available. Woodstock Visitors Center, Dean’s Store, 8588 Main Street. 770-924-0406

August 20 • VAC GALA Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council will host its annual fundraiser at the Northside Hospital – Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton at 6:30 p.m. The dinner dance will feature big band sounds, dancing and dinner. php/annual-gala.


August 29 •

Towne Lake Community Church, 132 North Medical Parkway, along with Irrigation without Borders, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping procure and install Irrigation systems in third and fourth world countries, will host a free concert featuring Grammy nominated artists, contemporary Christian rock and worship music, bands and guest speakers. 5 — 8 p.m.


August 26-27 • TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples (formerly Cobb Parents of Multiples Club). Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! New electronic tagging, so a much faster checkout! Open to the public on Friday, August 26 from 9 a.m. — 8 p.m., and Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. — 12 noon (some items ½ price on Saturday!) at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066. 678-453-6993

August 27 • CRPA FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE Publix, B98.5 FM and CRPA will host free movie night at Twin Creeks softball complex, JJ Biello Park. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. and movie starts at nightfall on a giant 45 foot outdoor screen. Food and drink vendors onsite, but bring your own chairs and picnic.

Contest Corner

August’s Trivia Question: Why does August have 31 days and how did this impact February? If you know the answer or find the picture, be the first to call (770) 720-7497 or email to Please notify us that your answer is for “Woodstock.”

Sports are happening at Sixes UMC! Its new sports ministry will start up practices the week of August 29 with 3-on-3 soccer (ages 4 — 1st grade), flag football (2nd grade —5th grade), and cheerleading (4 years of age — 5th grade). Games will be held on Saturdays, beginning September 10. Sixes UMC is located at 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. Brad Bunn, 770-345-7644

September 1 • BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES Free lunchtime concerts in the Park at City Center (formerly Downtown City Park) from noon — 1:00 pm, every Thursday in September.

September 2 • FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE The Great Downtown Tailgate party; spend the first Friday of every month in Olde Towne Woodstock and enjoy the many restaurants and stores who stay open late, 6 — 9 p.m.

September 9 • BSSL GOLF FORE CHARITY TOURNAMENT BridgeMill Sixes Service League will host its annual golf charity tournament. Registration deadline is Friday, August 26. 770-345-7941

September 5 • 5k, 1k FUN RUN DOG TROT Green Pets American will host a 5k and 1k fun run dog tron on Labor Day at 8 a.m. Hopewell Baptist Church, 75 Ridge Road, Canton.

Find the hidden picture Claudia Silva (hidden picture) & Sheila and Noush (trivia) were our winners for June’s contest corner. They received a gift card to Starbucks. Congratulations! 13

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After 2 Years, Team Still Has What It Takes! The ten year-old Canton baseball team took first place in the Wanna Play Ball Park It tournament held at South Cherokee Recreation Association in Woodstock. The team is comprised of 9 boys from the first two original Canton Stingers from Harmon Field. It was the first tournament the team played together in for over two years, and the team won the championship game 16-9 against Patriot baseball team from Johns Creek.

Front row (left to right): Ryan Dodds, Tanner Griffith, Mason Stoner, and Will Brown. Middle row: Grant Potts, Griffin Potts, Grayson Baker, Carter Rice, and Conner Rice. Back row: Coaches Kevin Potts, Doug Dodds, and Chip Rice.

Solorazano Signs to Attend Reinhardt

Front row (left to right): Amy Solorzano (Paul’s mother), Solorzano and Jesse Solorzano (Paul’s father). Back row: John Ihlenburg and Alexa Solorzano (Paul’s sister). Paul Solorzano, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound catcher from Woodstock, has signed a letter of intent to attend Reinhardt University in the fall and play baseball in the spring of 2012 for John Ihlenburg, who officially took over as the Eagles’ head coach on July 1. Solorzano comes to Reinhardt from Woodstock High School, where he played for head coach Scott Krug. Paul is the son of Jesse and Amy Solorzano, and was a member of Woodstock’s varsity team the past two seasons, playing in Region 5-AAAAA. 14 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011 15

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by State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers

The world of politics is often described as “ugly.” Political rivals employ opposition research teams to dig up, or make up, stories about their opponents. The campaigns of today are almost exclusively negative with each feverishly working to see how quickly they can destroy the opposition.

of the Georgia Legislature and was President of the Georgia Council of Safety. Two men, leaders of their day, trusted with founding a state and a nation, yet, they hated one another with a passion.

George Walton was an early political ally of General Lachlan McIntosh, the famous military leader who once commanded the entire western department of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary The world of politics is often described as War. Walton and McIntosh “ugly.” Political rivals employ opposition constantly fought Gwinnett research teams to dig up, or make up, stories for political control of about their opponents. The campaigns of Georgia. today are almost exclusively negative with

One would think such behavior to be a sign of our times and that politics is actually getting worse. History tells us differently. Let’s examine a couple of Georgia’s signers to the Declaration of Independence, George Walton and Button Gwinnett. Surely these men, being two of only three Georgians chosen to sign our single most important founding document, would be above reproach.

each feverishly working to see how quickly they can destroy the opposition.

Upon returning home from his signing of the Declaration of Independence, Button One would think such behavior to be a sign of our times and that politics is actually Gwinnett attempted to getting worse. History tells us differently. become Commander of the Georgia Militia, the highest George Walton’s service to ranking military position in Georgia is almost unmatched the state. Much to his dismay in state history. During a General McIntosh was named Commander by the Council of 20-year stretch, from 1776 to 1795, Walton was a member of Safety (the original executive branch of Georgia Government). the Continental Congress, member of the Provincial Congress Gwinnett was soon elected to the General Assembly and of Georgia, member of the Georgia Council of Safety, Colonel of the first Georgia Militia, Governor of Georgia, Chief Justice publicly declared his intention destroy McIntosh and remove of the Georgia Supreme Court, Superior Court Judge, and him as Commander. U.S. Senator. In 1777, Gwinnett assumed the position of President for the Button Gwinnett’s career while not as impressive as Walton’s Council of Safety. From this position he ordered McIntosh was considerable given that he died at the young age of 42. to invade Florida. The plan didn’t work. McIntosh’s brother almost dies in the battle. McIntosh and Gwinnett publicly Gwinnett served as Commander of Georgia’s Continental blamed one another for the colossal military failure. Battalion, he was elected to Continental Congress, the Speaker 16 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

In the Community During this time George Walton performed dirty work on behalf of his ally McIntosh in an effort to take down Gwinnett. His actions were such that he was officially dismissed from his office on a number of occasions and criminally indicted more than once.

participation in the forged letter to Congress. The Georgia legislature then censured Walton and urged the Attorney General to prosecute him. Amazingly the censure came just one day after the Assembly had appointed Walton the Chief Justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court.

The seminal event occurred when Walton forged a letter to Congress designed to intensify the battle between Gwinnett and McIntosh. The letter, allegedly from Gwinnett, called on the President of Congress to remove McIntosh from his position. Walton’s plan worked.

The chain of events led to General McIntosh and George Walton becoming bitter enemies. So much so that, Captain William McIntosh, the General’s son, horse-whipped Walton. Captain McIntosh was court-martialed, while Walton served out his time as Chief Justice.

General McIntosh took to the floor of the General Assembly and called Gwinnett a “scoundrel and lying rascal.” Gwinnett responded by demanding an apology or satisfaction. McIntosh, believing in the veracity of the forged letter Walton had sent Congress, refused to apologize. Gwinnett then challenged him to a duel.

Despite their suspect behavior against one another George Walton and Button Gwinnett are remembered fondly in Georgia history. Each has a county named after him and George Walton has two schools, Walton High in Cobb County and George Walton Academy, named in his honor. Gwinnett holds the distinction of having one of the most sought after signatures in the world. According to historical collectors, it is said that a Button Gwinnett autograph is worth more than any in history behind only Julius Caesar and William Shakespeare.

McIntosh and Gwinnett met for a duel on May 16, 1777, in a field just outside Savannah. Separated by only 12 paces the men fired upon one another. Each man was struck. McIntosh survived. Gwinnett died three days later at the age of 42. For his part in this adventure George Walton was censured by Congress. In 1783 McIntosh became convinced of Walton’s

Chip Rogers is the State Senator for District 21. You may contact him by phone at 404-463-1378 or by e-mail at 17

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The View From CITY HALL History in the Making by Mayor Donnie Henriques By the time you read this, The Chambers at City Center will have hosted at least three city council meetings already. While that may sound like old news to you, I bring it up from the historical significance point that it is. Donnie Henriques is the mayor of

Woodstock. You may contact him Over three years ago, this by calling 770-592-6001 or e-mail city council made the painful decision to abandon the “not so old” city hall, move to what is now called The Annex, and tear down the building. Reminder: the building was “sick” with mold, mildew and other airborne pathogens flying around.

At the time, council made a commitment to bring a “City Government Center” back to downtown as soon as possible. This council has kept its word. Each of them should be commended. While the original plans have all changed because of opportunities presented, the beginning of the heart of city government being back in downtown has begun.

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. . . you witnessed local history in the making.

For those of you who attended the Open House on July 11, and witnessed the dedication of the Chamber to former Mayor Evelyn Chambers, you witnessed local history in the making. Not only was the city’s only female mayor honored, but a new chapter in Woodstock’s rich history was written. A 100 year-old building, one of historical significance, was preserved and refurbished to its former glory. In addition, solar power is being used to run the majority of the electrical systems used in the building. And finally, I’ll go out on a limb and tell you this location will be the site of not just council meetings, but community gatherings for years, decades and perhaps even a century or more to come. That’s historical!

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Congratulations to the Wenclawiak Family! They are the winners of our Summer Photo Contest 2011! Olivia and Ava Wenclawiak visited Cococay island in the Bahamas this summer. Cococay is an island in the Bahamas owned by Royal Caribbean International. The Wenclawiak family went on a four day cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas, stopping at Cococay island and Nassau. Some of the fun things they did with their mom, dad, and sister Jessica: cruise fun, snorkeling, nature walk, Dolphin encounter, hanging on the beach, shopping and waterpark. They said it was the “best vacation ever!� They won tickets to Stone Mountain Park to enjoy another family getaway! 19


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Raffle tickets for a luxurious Swiss watch donated by Key’s Jewelry are now on sale for $5 each or 3 for $10. The watch is 14 carat white gold with a 14 carat white gold panther style bracelet. Bezel contains 30 diamonds totaling 1/2 carat total weight. The dial is mother of pearl and the watch is valued at $5400. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the dinner dance and the winner need not be present to win. The watch can be seen at Key’s Jewelry at 230 East Main Street in Canton. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Key’s or contact Betty Rice at (678) 445-6518.



The mayors of all cities in Cherokee County have been asked to participate in a fun fundraiser for the county’s senior citizens. The Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) is placing a large top hat in the offices of each city to collect donations that demonstrate a vote for their mayor and support for seniors. Visitors to city offices and city employees are encouraged to drop coins and paper money into the top hats and the mayor with the most money donated will be proclaimed Cherokee’s Top Mayor at the VAC’s dinner dance and auction.

Summer is here and the VAC has once again kicked off the annual fan drive for Cherokee County senior residents. The “Free Fans for Seniors” program began in 1998 when Darby-Huey Funeral Home in Canton saw the need for seniors in Cherokee to stay cool in the heat of summer. When the VAC was formed in 2000, they partnered in this cause. Local station WLJA 101 Radio has also joined the team again, donating free radio time to promote the fan program.

Visit your city offices, say “hi” to your mayor and make them the Top Mayor by helping fill their Top Hat. You’ll be supporting him or her and helping senior citizens in your city.

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If you’re a senior and need a fan to keep your home cool or know a senior who does, contact Cherokee County Senior Services on Univeter Road in Canton, (770) 345-7515. Fans are available at the senior center or at Darby Funeral Home, 480 East Main Street in Canton. If the person in need is housebound and needs a fan delivered, they should contact Senior Services at the number above to arrange delivery. To qualify, the senior fan recipient must be 60 years of age and financially unable to purchase the fans themselves. Fans can also be dropped off for donation at the locations above.

The Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council salutes the greatest generation ever and invites you to join us to . . .

a wonderful dinner planned

to the big band sounds of Joe Gransden

find “just what you’ve always wanted” at our auction

August 20 at 6:30 pm live

Northside Hospital — Cherokee Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton

performance by

joe Gransden

and his 17 piece orchestra

For more information, please call Dianne Voss at (770) 345-7515 or (678) 269-6677 or visit 21

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Historic Dean Store

by Billy Peppers A true treasure can be discovered in the heart of downtown Woodstock. Historic Dean’s Store has been a key part of Woodstock’s history since it opened in April of 1906. When the store opened by Dr W.L. Dean, it promised to fulfill the vital role of a pharmacy. But sadly Dr. Dean passed away a few months after the store was opened and his son Linton Dean was forced to take the reins of the store to support his mother and siblings. Linton transitioned the store from a pharmacy to an offering of over-the-counter remedies and goods. During this early period of its history, Dean’s Store perhaps made its biggest mark on Woodstock history by being the first location to serve fountain Coca-Cola in the city.

In 2001 Alice Dean Felton decided she wanted to open the store once again to the public, not for shopping, but so that all Woodstock residents could enjoy this Woodstock historical treasure. A deal was reached to open the Woodstock Visitors Center in Dean’s Store. Dean’s Store now teaches people about the history of Woodstock, as well as providing information about what Woodstock has to offer through its new role as Visitors Center. Discover for yourself the treasure that is Dean’s Store and visit soon. You can browse among the unsold merchandise that still lines the shelves, view the daily patient journals of Dr. W.L. Dean, and examine all the Coca-Cola memorabilia that can still be found at the store. The store is open Monday — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dean’s Store is located at 8588 Main Street. For more information, please call 770-924-0406.

During the course of the 75 years that Linton Dean operated Dean’s Store, it served many different functions from a bus stop to a collection agency for utilities, and a location where Woodstock citizens could pay city taxes and apply for a city business license. Dean’s Store also featured a gasoline pump in front of the store before the era of multi-pump gas stations. Perhaps Dean’s Store is best known as being a hangout for the men of Woodstock. The store always seemed to be a popular hangout place for the gentlemen of Woodstock and that distinction only increased the longer the store was open. Eventually Linton Dean brought in a chair from home so he would be more comfortable, and his friends thought that was a great idea and brought in their own chairs. These chairs hosted many visits from the men of town as they stopped by to discuss the news of the day. When Linton Dean passed away in 1981 after operating the store for 75 years, a new period of Dean’s Store history began. His daughter Alice Dean Felton inherited the store and quickly gave keys to all her dad’s friends and invited them to keep coming in to hang out at the store even though it would no longer be open as a business. For the next 20 years the retired men of Woodstock would play checkers, drink Cokes, and talk about all the changes the city of Woodstock was undergoing while relaxing at the store. 23

Back School To

Tips and Activites

10 Homework Success Tips for All Ages

Summer break is winding down, and it’s time to head back to school. Whether it’s your child’s first year or twelfth year in school, these tips and activities are sure to make this school year great!

By: Delaney Young

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1. Stapler 2. Book cover label 3. Equation on board 4. Missing letter on green poster 5. Cabinet door 6. Color of duck

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Help! Can you help me find the Paper?


1. Establish a routine. Your child should have a set time and place for working on their homework. 2. Working at a desk with minimal distractions generally works best. If there is no desk available, establish another study area that is free from distractions. 3. Plan out your child’s homework with them, so that you are both aware of what needs to be done each day. 4. Start working on larger assignments ahead of time. If you break down these large assignments (studying for a test, projects, etc.) into smaller assignments over the course of a few days or weeks, they will be more manageable. 5. Make sure your child has all the supplies they need nearby, so they don’t have to go searching for them in the middle of homework time. 6. Split up homework time with short breaks to keep your child’s attention and focus strong. The ratio of work time to break time should depend on the child’s age. 7. Make sure your child has a healthy snack either before or during their homework time. 8. Getting enough sleep at night is always important for success. 9. Try doing the hardest homework first, since it will require the greatest amount of attention from your child, and then work your way to the easiest work. 10. Lastly, always be positive and encouraging, and make learning fun!

Spot the Difference Can you spot the six differences between the two pictures?

10 School Day Routine Tips By: Delaney Young

1. Start practicing your morning and nighttime routines a week before school starts, so kids are already adjusted. 2. Plan out anything you can the night before: outfits, breakfast, lunches, homework, etc. 3. Write out a checklist of jobs, chores, habits your kids should complete each morning and night. 4. The routines should include rules and rewards, so that your child stays motivated. 5. Consider staggering the wake-up times of your children. Wake up the kids who need the most help or are the slowest first. 6. Don’t skip breakfast.

7. Always stick to the routine you have set. Kids need consistency. 8. Limit the use of electronics and the intake of caffeine an hour before bedtime, so that kids are relaxed enough to fall asleep quickly. 9. Provide your child with a sheet of information they may need to know throughout the day so that they don’t have to worry about remembering everything. 10. Make sure your child is getting at least eight hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep is the best way to make every day go smoothly. 25

New Principals The Cherokee County 2011-12 school year begins on Monday, August 1! Many of the county’s school will have the same staff, but for some a new principal or assistant principal will be on hand to welcome the students. Ms. Kerry Martin is the newlyappointed principal at Arnold Mill Elementary School. She has more than 21 years of service in public education and was previously the assistant principal at Arnold Mill. Kerry served as a teacher on special assignment at Hasty ES and has prior special education facilitator experience as well as being a teacher for many years.

Ms. Kerry Martin

Ms. Kathleen Chandler assumes the role of principal at Johnston Elementary School. She has been involved in public education for 26 years and was recently assistant principal at Knox Elementary School and Boston Elementary School. Kathleen has also been an instructional lead teacher in the Cobb County School District.

Ms. Tammy Castleberry will also assume a leadership role at Johnston as principal. Tammy has more than 26 years experience in public education and was recently assistant principal at Freedom Middle School. She has served as a summer school administrator and joined the Cherokee County School District as a teacher at Little River Elementary School in 1987.

Ms. Tammy Castleberry

Christian Kirby is the newly-appointed principal at Little River Elementary School; previously he was assistant principal at Avery Elementary School and Oak Grove Elementary School. Christian has experience as a private school administrator and teacher and joined CCSD in 2001 as a teacher at Boston Elementary School. 26 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

Tom Usry assumes the role of assistant principal at Woodstock Elementary School. He was previously a special education teacher at Bascomb Elementary School and taught at Sixes Elementary School. Tom is a 200708 Superintendent’s Leadership Academy I participant.

Mr. Tom Usry

Lawrence Gluckson is a newlyappointed assistant principal at Dean Rusk Middle School, moving from Chapman IS where he was a teacher. Lawrence also taught middle school in Wesley Chapel, FL and is a 2010-11 Superintendent’s Leadership Academy I participant.

Scott Krug is a newly-appointed Mr. Lawrence Gluckson assistant principal at Woodstock High School, having been a PE teacher at Woodstock. Scott’s prior teaching experience was in Largo, FL and is a 2008-09 Superintendent’s Leadership Academy I participant.

Kelly Strickland is also a newlyappointed assistant principal at Woodstock High School, having recently been a teacher on special assignment for special education-Autism students. Kelly also was an extended school year administrator for 2010 and 2011 and previously served as a special education teacher at Woodstock Ms. Kelly Strickland High School and Sixes Elementary School. Kelly also is a 2010-11 Superintendent’s Leadership Academy I participant. 27


Welcome Back Students! Private Schools


Cherokee Christian Schools

Lyndon Academy

(678) 494-5464

(770) 926-0166

The Kings Academy

Northside Christian Academy

(770) 592-5464

(770) 334-0648

Public Schools

Cherokee County School District: | (770) 479-1871 Elementary Schools Arnold Mill Elementary 710 Arnold Mill Road Woodstock, GA 30188 (770) 592-3510 Principal: Ms. Kerry Martin

Holly Springs Elementary

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

Middle Schools Dean Rusk Middle

High Schools Crossroads High/Middle 3921 Holly Springs Parkway Holly Springs, GA 30142 (770) 345-2005 Principal: Mr. Richard Landolt

Polaris Evening School

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

4695 Hickory Road Canton, GA 30115 (770) 345-2832 Principal: Dr. Adrian Thomason

2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive Woodstock, GA 30189 (770) 926-1662 Principal: Mr. Bob Hahn

Johnston Elementary

Mill Creek Middle

River Ridge High

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

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

Little River Elementary

Woodstock Middle

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

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

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

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

Mountain Road Elementary

Woodstock High

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

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

2011 — 2012 Calendar at a Glance August 1 First Day of School September 5 School Holiday September 19 — 23 School Holiday November 8 Staff Development & Conference Day November 21 — 25 School Holiday December 19 — January 2 School Holiday Cafeteria account information: Parent Connect: 28 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

Local Colleges & Universities Kennesaw State University

(770) 423-6000,

Chattahoochee Technical College

(770) 528-4545,

Reinhardt University

(770) 720-5600, 29

Love in Action

Ways to donate •

By Delaney Young The Child Development Association (CDA) opened its doors to the Roswell community 44 years ago, making it the oldest nonprofit in Georgia, with the motto of “Love in Action.” The original founders’ mission was to provide care for the children of economically disadvantaged, working parents because they understood the importance and significance of a quality preschool education. Today, the CDA is providing for families in a way that surpasses what the founders would have even dreamed of. The CDA operates a daycare and leased office space facility at their main address in Roswell. This space not only houses nine classrooms, which serve 200 kids a year, but it also provides offices for other related nonprofits such as Every Woman Works, Families First and others. The daycare program is available for children ages one to five and uses the Creative Curriculum and is NAEYC accredited. Donna Smythe, the executive director of the CDA, says their fundamental philosophy is, “children learn through play.” However, not only is the preschool operating on a nationally accredited curriculum, but it also offers students the opportunities to go on free of charge field trips to see puppet shows, to the library, to the Georgia Aquarium and more. 30 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

The cost to parents for this preschool is $80 a week, which may not seem like much, but according to Smythe, the average income of the enrolled families is around $20,000 a year, while the average income for all families in the Roswell area is $70,000. Smythe says that if this preschool were not a nonprofit, they could be charging $250 a week for their programs. But, thanks to donations, fundraisers and volunteers, the CDA is able to keep their costs low. The impact of giving these children this type of education is huge. Smythe quoted a study from researchers Risley and Hart, which found that children of lower income families know three million fewer words by the time they reach the age of five than higher income families. In addition, higher income children also now have a greater vocabulary by the age of five than most lower income parents. CDA is attempting to provide a way for kids of lowincome families to bridge this gap and succeed. The CDA also began operating Kids Express last year. Kids Express provides drop-in childcare services at the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs. While at Kids Express, the children are exposed to the same high quality activities

Wish List: Gift cards from large stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, Publix, Kroger Georgia’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program: Donate and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on your state taxes, and receive a deduction on your federal taxes. See for more information. Fund a child’s scholarship for a year.

and education that they would be provided if they were attending the daycare facility in Roswell. In the first year alone, this service has served 3,000 kids. The newest program sponsored by the CDA is a Parents as Teachers Outreach, which will be launching sometime this fall. This outreach is intended to help those parents who are taking care of their children in the home by providing them with advice on how to structure their children’s learning and play within the home. However, none of this would be possible without the generous donations and support of the community. Each year, the CDA hosts a Down Home Derby fundraiser, which is held in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby and is a casual affair. The CDA also has other groups, such as North Point Community Church and neighborhood associations, hold fundraisers on its behalf. 31

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A Surgical Solution for Heartburn Without Incisions by Michael W. Shotwell, MD, FACS General Surgery


hat may have seemed like science fiction, surgery without an incision, is now a reality that is making lives better for patients suffering from chronic acid reflux also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Dr. Michael Shotwell of Northside Hospital – Cherokee is the first in the area to offer the TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) procedure for the treatment of GERD.

The TIF procedure with the EsophyX device can significantly improve quality of life for our patients. — Dr. Shotwell

“The TIF procedure with the EsophyX device can significantly improve quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Shotwell. “Many patients take reflux medications which suppress acid production such as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to help relieve their heartburn symptoms and are still unable to eat the foods they want or have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux. In addition, recent studies have shown that long term use of PPIs can lead to inadequate absorption of minerals such as calcium leading to bone fractures. Studies have also shown that PPIs can interact with other prescription medications reducing their efficacy. Clinical studies show that at two years after the TIF procedure, nearly 80 percent of patients are off of their daily reflux medications and can eat and drink foods and beverages they avoided for many years. Reflux no longer impacts their life like it previously did.”

Meridian Surgical

3755 Sixes Road, Suite 203, Canton, GA 30114 770-704-6101 36 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

In a healthy patient, there is a natural valve between the esophagus and the stomach that forms a physical barrier preventing stomach fluids from backwashing, or “refluxing,” up into the Dr. Shotwell received his medical degree from the Medical College esophagus. “In a patient of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia in with chronic GERD, 1998. He completed his residency at Michigan State University in East this valve has become Lansing, Michigan in 2003. He is dysfunctional,” explained Board Certified in General Surgery. Dr. Shotwell.” The TIF procedure reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent reflux. It is based on the same well- proven principles of conventional more invasive laparoscopic GERD surgery. TIF’s advantage is that it is “surgery from within” performed transorally (through the mouth). Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, no visible scar and most patients can get back to their normal activities within a few days.” With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, the TIF procedure with the EsophyX device offers an excellent alternative. “We are very excited to be able to offer our patients the same benefits as more invasive procedures with only minimal risk,” expressed Dr. Shotwell. Please contact us if you or someone you know suffers with chronic GERD and would like more information about how TIF can get you back to living without the pills and without heartburn. 37

Healthy Living

Battling the

Back to School Blues by Christopher Anderson, M.D.

Ready or not, it’s time to stock up on school supplies, buy new school clothes, and get ready for those early morning starts to the day. Back to school is a time of excitement for some and a time of fear and dread for others.

• Before the first day, write down all pertinent information that can alleviate a “melt-down” at school, i.e. their student ID number, bus number, locker combination, teacher’s name, room number, etc.

Children’s fears and worries are just as real and powerful as those of adults but children have less experience coping. It is our job, as parents, to remind them that their anxiety is normal and expected. Let them know that everyone feels a little nervous about the first day of school — even Mom and Dad and probably even their teacher. Encourage them to talk about their concerns and worries. Fears can be harmful if not addressed.

There are a few medical issues that we need to address as well. • Make sure your child has received all of the necessary immunizations. Be aware that there are two additional immunizations that your child may need this year — Chickenpox booster and Hepatitis A. • Inform the school nurse and your child’s teacher about any medical conditions your child may have, particularly food allergies, asthma, diabetes and any other conditions that may need to be managed. • Make arrangements with the school nurse to administer any medications your child might need while at school. • If your child has a condition that could affect their learning, discuss it with their teacher. For example, if your child has vision problems, they should sit near the board, and a child with attention deficit disorder should be seated in the front of the room.

To help your child cope with the fears about starting back to school, it’s very important to always keep the lines of communication open. Communication is the key! Sit down together and find out what worries them. Some common fears that many students have may include: • Who will my new teacher be? • What if my teacher is mean? • Will any of my friends be in my class? • Will I fit in? • Who will I sit with at lunch? • What if I don’t understand my schoolwork? • What if there’s a bully in my class? As parents, we want to help our children with their back to school worries. Here are a few strategies that we can use to help ease in their transition. Let your child know that everyone in the family needs to adjust to the new schedule, so he or she doesn’t feel alone with these changes. • Make a schedule. Set times for your child to wake up, do homework and go to bed. Daily routines improve school success. • To simplify the morning rush, select clothes the night before. • It is very important for your child to get enough sleep. It is impossible for him or her to succeed in school if his or her body is too tired. • Make sure they eat a healthy breakfast. Kids are more alert and do better in school if they eat a good breakfast every morning. 38 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

Whether it’s the first day of the school or the last, make sure your child knows you’re there to listen to his or her feelings or concerns, share in all achievements, and that you don’t expect perfection — only that your child tries his or her best.

Information obtained from,, and This information provided by Christopher Anderson, M.D. of M.D. Minor Emergency & Family Medicine located in the Riverstone Medical Complex. They are open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm. For more information, please call (770) 720-7000 or visit their office at 720 Transit Avenue in Canton, next to Cracker Barrel. 39

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Be Heart Healthy At Any Age


Women’s risk for heart disease will change throughout their lifetime due to menopause, weight changes and the normal process of aging. Staying informed about the risk at every age is essential to preventing heart and other vascular diseases such as stroke. Northside Hospital, a leader in women’s health services, offers these tips to be heart healthy at any age.

Age 40-49 • Talk with your doctor about whether you should be screened for diabetes. • Keep a close eye on your cholesterol and blood pressure as these can increase with age. • Maintain a healthy weight and continue to exercise regularly (30 minutes at least five times a week). Age 50-59 • Risk of heart attack and stroke increases dramatically in your 50s. Continue to monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure levels. • Maintaining a healthy weight becomes more difficult as estrogen levels decline during menopause. Take extra care to eat healthy and exercise regularly. • If there is a family history of aortic aneurysm, talk to your doctor and consider an ultrasound to screen for aortic aneurysm. Age 60+

Age 20-39 • Know your family history of heart disease. If you have a first degree relative with premature heart disease (male relative at 55 years; female relative at 65 years), then you are at increased risk for heart disease. • Have your cholesterol checked every five years and know your ideal cholesterol level. • Have your blood pressure checked every two years. If your blood pressure is 120/80, have your blood pressure checked every year. • If you have any risk factors for the developments of diabetes (i.e. history of gestational diabetes, overweight or obese, family history of diabetes), you may need a blood test to screen for the disease. Discuss this with your doctor. • Do not smoke and stay away from second-hand smoke. • Maintain a healthy weight. • Get 30 minutes of exercise, at least five days a week. • Drink alcohol in moderation, which is one drink per day. 40 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

• If you have heart or other vascular disease, make sure your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and physical activity are all at your heart healthy goal in order to prevent future events. • After the age of 65, low-dose aspirin may be beneficial in preventing stroke and heart attack. Talk to your doctor about the risk of bleeding and potential benefits of aspirin if you are not already taking it daily. • Enroll in a cardiac rehabilitation program if you have had any cardiac event, such as heart attack or heart surgery/ procedure.

Stay Informed • Learn more about heart health and cardiology services at • Watch videos from medical experts. • Read articles about prevention, diagnosis and treatment. • Find a doctor. • Register for upcoming screenings.

Healthy Living


About Braces. . .

by Jeff Kincaid, DMD, MS This article answers some of the most common and funny questions asked about braces. Will I set the metal detectors off in the airport? You are cleared for takeoff! The lightweight materials used in braces will not affect metal detectors.

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

When is the best age to visit an orthodontist? Seeing a patient around age seven is a good rule of thumb, however there are other reasons that could spark your interest in seeing an orthodontist such as: • • • • • • • • • • •

Difficulty in chewing or biting, Mouth breathing, Finger sucking or other oral habits, Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth, Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude, Speech difficulty, Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth, Protruding teeth, Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all, Facial imbalance or asymmetry, Grinding or clenching of teeth.

Will my teeth be straight forever after braces? Teeth move throughout a lifetime; therefore, it is very important to wear your retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist to maintain that healthy, beautiful smile! I’m an adult, am I too old for braces? Absolutely not! We have patients as young as 5 years-old and as seasoned as 78 years-old. More than 25 percent of our patients are adults. Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. If I have braces and kiss someone with braces will we get “locked” together? With today’s smaller, sleeker braces, it is extremely difficult and almost impossible to lock braces while kissing. Also braces are not magnetic, which means any “attraction” felt is on the part of the wearers so ask your parents if you should be kissing. They will have the correct answer for you!

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Ear Infections

by Cathy Wendland-Colby, DC In the United States, ear infections are now responsible for more than 30 million doctor visits per year. This represents a 300% increase between 1975 and 1998. Children get ear infections much more often than adults, with the highest concentrations of ear infections Dr. Wendland-Colby is a chiropractor in private practice with her husband occurring between the ages of at Colby Family Chiropractic on 6 and 24 months old. Almost Highway 92 in Woodstock, specializing in sports and family care. She can be half of all children will have at reached at 770-592-1915 or least one middle ear infection before they are 1 year-old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. Of these, almost half will have had repeated bouts. Two Main Types of Ear Infections In acute otitis media (AOM), parts of the ear are infected and swollen, with fluid and mucus trapped inside the ear. AOM

can be extremely painful. In otitis media with effusion (fluid), or OME, fluid and mucus stay trapped in the ear after the infection is over. OME makes it harder for the ear to fight new infections. Constant buildup of fluid can also affect your child’s hearing. Why Do Ear Infections Happen? In infants and children, the eustachian tubes, which connect the middle ear to the back of the throat and nose, are shorter and more horizontal than those of grown-ups. During a cold or another respiratory infection, these tiny eustachian tubes can become inflamed and swollen, trapping fluid in the middle ear. Muscle spasms and/or misalignment of vertebrae in the neck can press on structures that would normally drain the middle ear, preventing fluid from escaping. When viruses or bacteria multiply in the fluid, the result is a painful infection. What Are Some of the Symptoms? Parents should suspect an ear infection if their normally happy child becomes irritable, has a runny nose and fever, doesn’t want to eat, has trouble hearing or tugs at the ears. Balance will oftentimes be affected; I have one little patient who neither tugs at her ears nor complains of pain, but she falls out of bed at night when she has an ear infection. Older children may complain of an earache, a feeling of fluid in the ear, or difficulty sleeping that is exacerbated by lying on their side. In rare cases, a child may have visible discharge of pus from the ear. More parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections. New York chiropractor, Dr. Joan Fallon, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the sixmonth period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks). “Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a build-up of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly,” explains Dr. Fallon, whose research earned her the acclaim of child rearing magazines including “Parenting” and “Baby Talk.” “Adjusting the occiput (back of the skull) and atlas (the first vertebra in the neck) will usually get the middle ear to drain. Depending on how chronic it’s been and on where they are in their cycle of infection versus antibiotics, children generally need to get through one bout of fluid and fight it off themselves.” For the average child, that means between six and eight treatments. If a child’s case is acute, Dr. Fallon will perform “…adjustments every day or every other day for a couple of days if they’re acute, and then decrease frequency over time. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective and something that parents should try, certainly before inserting tubes in their children’s ears.”

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by Vishant Nath, DMD Parents normally do not expect to hear odd noises coming from a child’s bedroom at night. If you hear a gnashing or grinding sound from your child while they sleep, it’s usually nothing to be too concerned about. This article will address some causes of teeth grinding as well as solutions for the most severe cases.

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Roswell Pediatric Dentistry. You may contact him at 678-352-1090 or visit

The scientific term for teeth grinding is bruxism. Bruxism is quite common in children. Its cause can be dependent on the age group of your child. Children younger than 7 or 8 years still have many of their primary teeth. Primary teeth shift and change quite a bit. During this phase of change, a child may experience an abnormal bite that might feel odd to them. This can lead to teeth grinding at night. Most children who experience teeth grinding at a young age will outgrow it once the 6-year molars come in. When a more permanent bite pattern is established, the teeth grinding tends to go away. In older children and teenagers, teeth grinding can be caused by stress. If you notice teeth grinding in older children you can try talking with them to see if they are especially worried about anything in particular. In all cases, talk to your child’s dentist to ensure that the grinding is not damaging the teeth. A parent may not even realize that teeth grinding is occurring, but the dentist can tell by looking for wear patterns on the surfaces of the teeth. Teeth grinding can become severe in some cases. If steps are not taken to protect the surfaces of the teeth, the grinding can lead to the wearing down of the enamel, tooth chipping and increased temperature sensitivity of the teeth. Extreme cases can even lead to facial or jaw discomfort and temporomandibular joint disease, more commonly known as TMJ. For the most part in primary teeth, the dentist will simply wait for the child to outgrow the grinding as the permanent teeth come in. In cases of grinding in permanent teeth however, the dentist may recommend that the child wear a mouth guard at night to protect the teeth from the grinding. These are similar to the mouth guards worn in sporting events. They can be continued on page 62 43

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Improve Your Earning Power?

by Drs. Thaddeus Fabian, Michael McNeel, Keith Hanna and Keith West It’s an age-old phenomenon — attractive people are often more successful. So it is no surprise that more youthful-looking people may go farther in their careers, get better Drs. Thaddeus Fabian, Michael McNeel, Keith job offers, or close more Hanna and Keith West are all board-certified deals. In fact, a 2007 plastic surgeons with Marietta Plastic Surgery, University of California with offices in Marietta and Woodstock. As members of the American Society of Plastic study confirmed that Surgeons, they are skilled in the latest attractive people earned techniques and procedures in the field of 12% more than their plastic surgery. For a private consultation, more average-looking contact counterparts. They studied three different groups and the results uncovered that attractive people were seen as more helpful and cooperative, garnering more support from co-workers. They were also consistently judged and treated more positively. It’s easy to see why all of us would want to maintain a more youthful appearance in the workforce. Traditionally, men have mentioned career reasons as to why they seek out age-defying procedures like Botox or even more permanent solutions like eye lifts, neck lifts and liposuction. Women, on the other hand, traditionally have been motivated by a desire to look attractive again on a more general level. But times are changing. Women are now seeking cosmetic procedures for career advancement reasons on a much more frequent basis.

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Of course there are many ways to achieve a youthful image. Sometimes the smallest changes make a big impact. Updating your wardrobe and hairstyle are probably the easiest ways to quickly appear more youthful. Staying fit and trim and even whitening your teeth also go a long way. Facials and other less invasive skin treatments (like fillers, peels, laser and microdermabrasion) can help smooth away fine lines. But given the recent resurgence of plastic surgical procedures last year (all procedures up 5%, facelifts up 9% according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), it appears more and more people are opting for more long-term solutions to help battle the passage of time. And with the competitive nature of the workforce, men and women are more open to all options to help them advance. Facial procedures, like neck and face lifts, eyelid surgery to correct droopy lids, Botox to soften continued on page 62

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Healthy Living


by Frini Shah, MD Now that the end of summer is creeping upon us, it is time to think about going back to school! The start of each school year can be a particularly exciting and anxious time for children. While youngsters may look forward to going school shopping and seeing their old friends again, they might be apprehensive about a new teacher and new expectations.

Dr. Frini Shah is a pediatrician at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine. You may contact her at 770-517-0250 or visit

Children on average need 8 — 12 hours of sleep each night and establishing a set bedtime will ensure a good rest to start the day right. Review the morning routine with your child (brushing teeth, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and the actual commute to school) and figure out how much time will be needed, then pick a wake-up time accordingly. Some children may wake up to an alarm, but others may need several nudges before waking up! Healthy eating is especially important when kids are back in school. Breakfast is the morning meal that fuels brains to think and concentrate during the early part of the day. Try not to skip this meal and incorporate fruits, whole grains and some protein to sustain them until lunchtime. If the school cafeteria doesn’t offer many healthy choices or your child cannot be convinced to purchase healthy options (and in many elementary and middle schools, only one lunch entrée is provided), pack a healthy lunch for your child each day. Once your child gets home from school, have some healthy snacks for him to choose from — raw vegetables with nonfat dip, fresh fruit, whole-grain crackers, air-popped popcorn, unsalted pretzels, or baked tortillas with salsa. Review how your child will get to and from school. Whether it is walking, car-pooling or riding the bus, review safety! If there are any changes in the routine, tell your child so they know what to expect and notify the school as well. There are many children who have medical conditions (asthma, allergies, ADHD) that may require medications that are kept at school or given during schools hours. Ensure that prescriptions are filled and all necessary paperwork is filled out. The most dreaded part of school for children is homework! Develop good homework habits by designating a regular continued on page 62 45

Life At Home

WHAT DOES YOUR Hair Say About You?

by Jyl Craven According to David Coplan, a professor in anthropology at Wits University, “Hair and identity are inseparable — whether you’re consciously making a statement or not, your hairstyle does express something about you.” As a society, we judge one another based on appearances, and one of the first things we notice is hair. Your hair makes the first statement about who you are.

Jyl Craven of Jyl Craven Hair Colour Studio of Canton. For information you may contact the salon at (770) 3459411 or visit

Think about a young woman with long, shiny, brown hair. Does she make the same impression on you as another woman of the same age with short, spiky, red hair? Probably not. I would immediately categorize them with completely different personalities — one more traditional and down-to-earth, the other bolder and more artistic. So, what does your hair say about you? Hair length reveals certain traits. Short hair shows someone who is confident, artistic, fun and hip; look at Keira Knightly or Emma Watson’s recent haircut. Medium length hair gives the perception of a more intelligent and good-natured person, such as Christina Applegate or Claire Danes. Long hair is seen as sexier or bohemian, like Beyonce or Angelina Jolie.

Keeping your hair healthy with the right products and hair treatments is essential.

Hair color also plays into how you are perceived. Red hair conveys the impression of someone fiery, sexy, and confident. Black hair gives the person an exotic, strong, and mysterious air. Brown hair makes others think of someone responsible, a good girl; while blonde hair gives the perception of fun-loving and flirty. Hair length and hair color, though, do not alone show people who you are. Whether or not your hair looks healthy also plays a role. Frizzy, dry strands will not give the same impression as someone else’s sleek and shiny tresses. Keeping your hair healthy with the right products and hair treatments is essential. Decide what message you want to send and make sure your hair is saying it. If not, then make a change. A trip to the hair salon could be the first step in showing the world who you really are. 46 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011


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Life At Home

TIRE Facts

by Rick Foltz

There are several things you should know about the care and maintenance of your tires. The biggest two are rotation and proper inflation. Everyone has heard that it is important to rotate your tires, but most people don’t know Rick Foltz is the Fixed Operations that there are more reasons Director at Cherokee Ford. You may contact him at 770-592-0090 or other than making your tires wear evenly. For instance, regularly rotating your tires can delay other types of wear, such as cupping and scalloping, which cause a rough ride and noise. Your front tires sustain more edge wear because they are turning at a sharper angle than the rear tires. This will severely shorten their life if not rotated. Front tires also have to carry the weight of the engine, and do most of the braking. Many newer vehicles have rotational sensors in the wheel hubs that sense how many times per second your tires complete a full rotation. If they are rotating at even miniscule different speeds due to wear differences between front and rear tires, it can cause problems with four-wheel drive vehicle transfer cases. When your vehicle pulls in one direction most of the time the problem can be solved by rotating the tires. Cherokee Ford’s recommendation is to rotate your tires every 6,000 miles. A good rule of thumb is every other oil change; we recommend intervals of three months or three thousand miles for your oil change.


Tire pressure is checked when tires are rotated, as often times the pressure spec for front and rear tires are different. Having your pressure check regularly can also extend the life of your tires. Cherokee Ford offers free tire rotation if you buy your tires from us. We sell major brands at just $5 over our cost because we want you to buy everything for your vehicle from us, and not consider anywhere else for your transportation needs. Another important aspect of tires is proper inflation. There are many reasons to keep your tires inflated to the proper amount, and several are related to safety. Most manufacturers have the inflation specs located on a sticker on the jamb of one of your front doors. These are critical, because the tire pressure specs are part of the overall design in continued on page 62 48 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

Life At Home

SHOULD I REPAIR My Leaky Air Conditioner?

by Dan Jape Two of the most common questions I am asked by homeowners is, “Do I have a Freon leak?” and “Why can’t you fix my Freon leak?” First, let me state unequivocally, that if you ever had to add any Freon to your cooling Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable system, you have a leak. An air Heating and Air. You may contact him at 770-594-9096 or visit him online at conditioning system is a sealed system that if properly installed and maintained, should never leak and never need even a few pounds of Freon added. I stress this due to the misconception that it is normal to have to “top off” your Freon in your air conditioner. While this has been common practice for years due to the fact it was less expensive to add Freon than it was to find and repair a leak, it is not the case anymore. Freon is in its last years of production and will be taken off the market soon. The quantity of Freon being

produced is being curtailed each year and the price is going up. If your cooling system needs Freon every year, it will soon be more expensive to keep adding it than it will be to buy a new system. Normally its not one big leak, but rather many small leaks, where the tubing is stressed or ruptured by the bonding of a dissimilar metal such as copper and aluminum. These dissimilar metals expand and contract at a different rate and wear a hole in the copper tubing and also react to each other to form corrosion and lack of heat transfer. This is why an air conditioner with a same metal coil is more leak proof than a coil with copper tubing and aluminum fins. Most air conditioning companies have Freon leak detectors to sniff out leaks; with enough time, patience and diagnostic money, they can tell you exactly what you already know. You have a leak! To try and repair these leaks, one would have to melt away the aluminum fins to get to the copper tubing in the middle of the coil and weld up the stress areas. This would render that area of the coil useless and the chance you could repair all the possible leaks and weak areas in a coil are slim to none. Most of the time, these leaking air conditioners are old and inefficient — your money would be better spent simply cutting the cord on them as opposed to throwing good money after bad. continued on page 62 49

Life At Home

TAKE Charge by Patrick J. Rice, Jr. Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to handle your family and job responsibilities? When you do get a break, time to yourself, the last thing you probably want to do is think about reviewing your financial Patrick J. Rice, Jr. is a Renasant Wealth Management Investment Advisor of situation. We have an idea that Renasant Bank. You may contact him keeps it easy and simple to at 678-388-5342, take charge of your financial or visit future. It will save you from the financial media too! Here it is: Focus on ABC’s and what is most important. ABC is an acronym for assessment, budgeting and contingencies. Assess your true financial position by creating a balance sheet to understand your assets, liabilities and net worth. This will give you a starting point from which you can improve. Next, create a budget to determine whether your income covers your expenses. Categorizing expenses as “wants” and “needs” can be very enlightening and help you prioritize spending to match your goals. The final piece is having contingency plans for death, disability, job loss, fire, and many other events that might occur unexpectedly. These can devastate an otherwise solid financial picture. Protecting what is most valuable to you requires understanding where you are vulnerable and addressing it. Keeping things simple sounds easier than it is. We are constantly bombarded with information, demands on our time and distractions. Financial success requires discipline to focus on important things first, like family and work. Then we must focus on our goals in those areas and steps we can take to achieve them. By maintaining a disciplined focus on important goals, you can be in a better position to put information in the proper context and limit distractions (i.e. television’s talking heads). You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to follow these steps, make better use of your time, become successful and have more fun along the way. Think about the kids you know who are learning their ABC’s and trying to understand what is most important in life. They have fun most of the time and so should you! Your example can create a legacy of financial success in your family. It is our pleasure to help clients at Renasant Bank. Please give us a call if we can help you. Renasant Bank and Renasant Financial Services are not registered broker/dealers and are not affiliated with LPL Financial. Article provided by Patrick Rice, Renasant Wealth Management,

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Edward Leslie Stork, a potter who lived in the early 20th century in the Orange community in Cherokee County was a prominent figure in the southern folk pottery movement. Pottery vessels were of vital importance in the South to store, process and handle food, especially when the climate led to spoilage. Stork was a descendant of a family of potters from South Carolina and learned the trade. However, sometime during the early 1900s, Edward Stork left South Carolina and became a roaming potter for a few years. In 1913, Stork purchased his first 40 acre lot on East Cherokee Drive. He later added two more adjacent lots. From this shop, he produced many different jars, churns and flower pots, frequently using Michigan slip, which sometimes fired to a burnt-orange color. In addition he made miniature churns, plates and cups as souvenirs, which he shipped all over the south.

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E.L Stork passed away in 1925 and is buried in Macedonia Baptist Church cemetery in an unmarked grave. His land was sold to Arthur Whitfield and all of his equipment was sold to W.H. Burns. However, many collectors still recognize the importance of preserving this unique portion of Cherokee County history.

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The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce the upcoming temporary exhibition on Edward Leslie Stork and his work to be featured at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitor’s Center. The exhibit will run from mid-July until September 15 and will be located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse. This will be first in a series of temporary exhibitions; following it will be an exhibit on World War II, then local African-American History in 2012. The museum is free and open to the public. The operating hours are Wednesday — Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Cherokee County Historical Society (770) 345-3288 — 51

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by Colin Morris Have you been on It has become a verb, you know. As in: “Last night we Skyped my grandparents.” For anyone out of touch with technology, this Colin Morris is a freelance writer who resides in sounds like a capital Woodstock with her husband and three children. offense! On the contrary, I think free video chat on my computer deserves an award. Here are a couple of ways my family has enjoyed the benefits of the webcam. My sister lives in Hawaii. Her husband is a Marine and they have been stationed there for the last six years. My kids are close in age to her kids, and we love to Skype with them. When we recently bought a new laptop, my kids were able to carry it around our house and show their cousins in Hawaii

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new posters in their rooms. Amazing. We have even Skyped with my brother-in-law when he was in Pakistan. Most of our grandparents live in town, but I know plenty of moms that use Skype to help their kids keep in touch with out of town grandparents. Even if your computer is older and doesn’t have a built in camera, webcams are inexpensive and easy to install. The other cool way we have used webcams lately is at the beach. We took a family vacation to Daytona Beach this summer. The hotel where we stayed had a “beach cam.” Before we left Woodstock, we were able to see the beach at our hotel. We sent our family a link to the beach cam, and then when we got there, we called them and were able to wave “hello.” The top of the lighthouse in Hilton Head has a live camera feed where you can wave to friends and family on your vacation too. In fact, you would be astounded by how many interesting webcams are online. Most of these are not for waving hello. The ones I enjoy the most allow me to show my kids new or educational things. We can sneak a peek at Po — the newest Panda at Zoo Atlanta. The Panda Cam on runs five days a week. NASA has a live webcam in their Jet Propulsion Laboratory where they are building the next Mars Rover ( You can check out the continued on page 62

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PREGNANCY IS Tough On Husbands

by Dr. Mike Litrel, MD The other day I saw a pregnant patient whose ultrasound showed a healthy baby the size of a peanut, tiny heart beating rapidly. My patient’s young husband stood nearby with a happy grin on his face, clutching the photos of his unborn child. The expectant mother was smiling too, but she obviously didn’t feel well. I asked her what was wrong.

I informed Ann that although no one knows what causes the nausea or what purpose it serves, it’s a sign of a healthy pregnancy. Hunched over clutching the toilet bowl, she didn’t seem appropriately reassured. As a young husband with a pretty, talented wife, I had become accustomed to being surrounded with beauty and the sounds of music in our home. Not to sounds of retching.

Dr. Litrel practices with his fellow OB/ GYNs at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists. Dr. Litrel lives in Woodstock with his wife Ann and their two sons, Tyler and Joseph. E-mail Dr. Litrel at

“I’m nauseous,” she answered. “And no matter what I do, I belch all day long.” “Oh my gosh, Doctor, does she ever!” her husband chimed in, his smile fading. “You’ve got to help her!” “She’s pretty miserable, I imagine.” I observed. “It’s not just that,” he explained. “She belches during mealtime. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, it’s making me sick!” Eyebrows knitted, he placed a hand on his stomach as the memory of unpleasant mealtime sounds brought a green hue to his complexion. His wife nodded her head sympathetically. “Yeah, he’s really having a tough time,” she said seriously. Once again, I was reminded why I like taking care of women more than I do men. I have seen women sometimes embody a selflessness akin to Divine Love. It’s rewarding to give them the medical care they so often postpone while taking care of others. But I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit some empathy with the young husband, too. My marriage was wonderful before Ann became pregnant. All that female generosity, focused like a laser beam right on me: meals, laundry, a clean house, even someone willing to listen to all my boring conversation and pretend to be interested. All that changed when Ann got pregnant. Ann suffered profound nausea, off and on all day, every day. This was confusing. Something called “morning sickness” should end by noontime, no? I was a recent med school graduate in my first year of OB/GYN residency, knee-deep studying

the physiology of pregnancy. The 20th edition of “Williams Obstetrics” clearly stated that, “This so called morning sickness of pregnancy usually commences during the early part of the day but passes in a few hours.” Obviously Ann wasn’t reading the same textbooks I was.

I remember this was a tough time in our married life. Nevertheless, I tried my very best to encourage Ann, and despite my youth, made sure I was extra solicitous and loving in my communications with her. “Sweetheart, what’s for dinner? “Sweetheart, do I have any clean underwear? “Sweetheart, does this tie match this shirt?” In retrospect, I can see that my early approach to husbandly love had a few limitations. But I was genuinely befuddled. What happened to the rosy, happy glow of motherhood I had been expecting? You know, the one that graces all those pregnancy magazine covers? I was pretty sure that the fairy tale of marriage didn’t include the beautiful princess running to the bathroom, hand covering her mouth just as the prince was sitting down to enjoy his supper. Ann threw up one last time the day before her cesarean section. She was at work and made sure not to bother anyone. The next morning I stood beside her in the operating room as one of my obstetrics professors removed our son from her uterus. Tyler’s cries soon filled the operating room. The surgical team focused all efforts on stopping Ann’s bleeding. As a young surgeon, I knew the blood pouring from her body was par for the course. But there was still a lot of it. I looked at my beautiful wife as the surgeons were closing her abdomen. Ann smiled at me weakly. It had been a tough nine months. I suppose it had been rough on her, too. Understanding how much mothers and wives sacrifice, compared to what we husbands offer, is one of the stepping stones toward manhood. A boy thinks first of himself and expects others to give to him again and again. There are plenty of smiling boys with grey hair who remain self-centered and are certainly unhappy. A man appreciates what he has been given, understands what God wants and dedicates himself to giving to those around him. It’s an uphill walk, but it’s the path we climb to happiness and fulfillment. 53

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SOMETHING Beautiful . . .

by Laurie Troublefield I’ve had the privilege of traveling around this globe, and when I say privilege, I mean it. I am so grateful for what I’ve seen, experienced, and encountered along the way, and that includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is an amazing world!

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

One of the “life lessons” I’ve learned in my experiencing different cultures, environments, cuisines, etc. is that we’re all very different in our preferences. I’m telling you, some of the things people eat in other countries quickly increased my belief in fasting. But it’s not just the food; it’s how they dress, what they believe, how they drive, raise their kids, clean (or not) their homes, and the list goes on forever.

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Early on in my missionary training I was taught the idea of, “different — not wrong,” and it’s proved to be very helpful (especially to my somewhat spoiled American upbringing). Yes, we are different, but we’re also very much alike. When you strip away culture and conditioning, at the very foundation, we are all the same — humans created in the image of God with a far greater destiny than we realize — we are the glory of our Creator on this planet. At the end of all His fashioning of all He created, he looked at us, and proclaimed, “Behold, it is very good!” (Genesis 1:31). One thing that has struck me, no matter how the differences may affect my comfort level or capacity to understand, there is beauty all around me. In some of the most disgusting circumstances in which I’ve found myself (open sewage in India, poverty and homelessness in Mexico, the haughtiness of the wealthy in LA) I’ve had my eyes opened to see something beneath, or even within, the ugly — I’ve seen something beautiful. It’s not because of any amazing quality in my character, it’s because God has seen fit to reveal it to me, and it’s made me love this world all the more. I’m a little stumped though while finding beauty in most every place I’ve traveled, I’ve been confounded by the struggle within continued on page 62

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by Herb Sims Faith is simple and miraculous. Faith is evidence of a miracle. That is not what I learned growing up in rural Georgia. I understood as a child that all I needed to do was to believe. I would lie awake at night and wonder Herb Sims is the pastor of Gracelife if I believed enough. In my Church. You may contact him at 404prayers I would be very close 509-3397. to chanting — “I believe. . . I believe. . . I believe. . . ” You get the idea. I never knew if my belief was good enough. I was afraid. I am not sure if the understanding that, “I bring my belief to the table to meet God’s grace,” is what I understood from the small church I attended as a child or if that was the message the wisdom of this world had given me. But the basic understanding was that belief — faith was up to me. I didn’t have to do anything except believe. Most of the religions of the world are known as “Faiths.” Where do you suppose that came from? You don’t think belief is the founding premise, do you? Fear is the driving force behind religion, whatever name it may be under, even Christianity. The motivation of fear keeps the followers “devoted.” They continually put forth the effort to follow the instructions of the religion, because to not be found “devoted” or “faithful” or “believing,” would bring punishment and/or loss of reward as the result. So, the followers of religion must believe because it is required from them — or else. But this effort to remain devoted, this effort to prove to ourselves and to God that we believe, keeps us in bondage and very tired and very afraid. This “belief” or “faith” or “devotion” that we have been deceived into thinking we generate, has nothing to do with the miracle of Jesus Christ.  What is miraculous is that when an individual who doesn’t give a damn about God has been overtaken by His love and responds in a relationship that they don’t deserve, finds them self in . . .well. . . it’s miraculous. That is living in the faith of Jesus Christ. This faith is also evidence of perfect love. It’s what we have always desired. “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love. We love, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:17-19 55

Woodstock Baptist Calvary Baptist 137 Hightower Road, 770-887-6982 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

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

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

North Arnold Mill Baptist Church 4206 N. Arnold Mill Road, 770-926-8087

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

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

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

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

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 Services: 10:30 a.m.

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

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 1635 Old US Highway 41, 770-771-9952


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

St. Michael the Archangel 490 Arnold Mill Road, 770-516-0009

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

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

Presbyterian Cherokee Presbyterian Church, PCA 1498 Johnson Brady Road, 770-704-9594 Sunday Services: 10:30 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 Services: 11 a.m.

Methodist Big Springs United Methodist Church

Bells Ferry Church of God

Hickory Flat Church of God

6718 Bells Ferry Road, 770-592-2956 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

4056 E. Cherokee Dr., 770.345-5969 Sunday Services: 9:20 & 11 a.m.

Branches of Christ

The Lighthouse Church

5946 Jacobs Road, 770-917-4964 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

18271 Union Hill Road, 770-664-3644

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

Cherokee Seventh Day Adventist 101 Rope Mill Road, 770-591-7304 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. www.

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

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

2066 Sugar Pike Road, 770-475-1796 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m.

Woodstock Ward, 770-926-7230 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

City On A Hill A New United Methodist Church

Church of the Messiah

7745 Main Street, 678-445-3480 Sunday Services: 9:35 & 11:15 a.m.

Little River United Methodist Church 12455 Highway 92, 770-926-2495 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

Mount Gilead United Methodist Church 889 Arnold Mill Road, 770-591-0837

Mountain View United Methodist Church 2300 Jamerson Road, 770-928-0050 Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Woodstock United Methodist Church 109 Towne Lake Parkway, 770-516-0371 Sunday Services: 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 Services: 10:30 a.m.

415 Charles Cox Drive, 770-479-5280 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

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

Covenant Christian Center Worship Annex

Momentum Church 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 Services: 10 a.m.

Sunnyside Church of God 2510 E. Cherokee Drive, 770-693-1018 Sunday Services: 11:15 a.m.

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

Woodstock Christian Church 7700 Highway 92, 770-926-8238 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m.

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

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene 874 Arnold Mill Road, 770-924-4499 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m.

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

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

Covenant of Peace Ministries 604 Industrial Court, 770-821-8972 Sunday Services: 12 p.m.

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive, 770-516-5733 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m.

Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Church 507 Industrial Drive, 770-928-7478 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.

Grace Life Church 655 Molly Lane, Suite 140, 404-509-3397 Sunday Services: 11 a.m.

Greater Bethel Community Church 211 Arnold Mill Road, 770-592-9900

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Business Organizations American Business Women’s Association Meeting: Contact:

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

Cherokee Area Business Connection Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. Contact: Marci Zied, 770-345-8687

Cherokee Toastmasters Meeting: Every Wednesday at noon Contact: 678-361-3553

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

North Georgia Referral Network Meeting: Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. Contact: 678-361-3553

Together We Rise Meeting: Contact:

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

Women of Woodstock


Meeting: First and third Wednesdays Contact: 770-928-2700

Woodstock Community Business Association

The Hope Center

Towne Lake Optimist Club

Contact: 770-924-0864 Website:

Hospice Advantage

Meeting: Every Wednesdays at J. Christophers (Woodstock) Contact: Jack Futch, 678-778-0722 Website:

Contact: 770-218-1997 Website:

Woodstock Jaycees


Meeting: First Tues. and third Thurs. at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-926-8336

Contact: 404-992-8155 Website:

Woodstock Masons

Pet Buddies Food Pantry Contact: Heather Ballance, 678.310.9858 Website:

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

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

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

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

Civic Organizations AARP Woodstock Chapter

Cherokee Child Advocacy Council

Meeting: Contact:

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

American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 316

Contact: Mary Migliaro, 770-345-8100 Website:

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

Cherokee County Family Child Care Association

Hickory Flat Optimist Club

Contact: 770-926-8055

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

Cherokee County Special Olympics Meeting: Contact:

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

Companion Animal Connection Contact: 678-493-9847 Website:

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

Genesis Adoptions Contact: 770-517-0043 Website:

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

Habitat for Humanity Contact: 770-345-1024 Website:

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Woodstock Midday Optimist Club Meeting: Every Wednesday at noon Contact: Johnny Young, 770-345-6158

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 Republican Women

Meeting: Second Monday at noon Contact:

Charitable Organizations

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

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Third Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact: 678-520-2236 Website:

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

Republican Women of Cherokee County Meeting: Second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Contact: RWCC Headquarters, 678-520-2236 Website:

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

Junior Service League of Woodstock

Recreation & Hobbies Allatoona Gold Panners

24-hour information line: 770-592-3535


Rob Kelly, 770-516-7044

Kiwanis Club of Woodstock

Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc.

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

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

Lions Club of Woodstock

Blue Skies Laughter Club

Meeting: Second and fourth Tues. at 7 p.m. Contact: Ed Cook, 770-906-2958

Rotary Club of Woodstock Meeting: Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: 404-506-6878

Sewrifics of Cherokee Meeting: Contact:

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

Sons of the American Legion Meeting: Contact:

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

South Cherokee Optimist Club Meeting: Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: 770-926-3522

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

Cherokee Amateur Radio Society Meeting: Second Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact: Jim Millsap, 770-928-8590 Website:

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

American Cancer Society

Hearing loss association of America

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

24/7 information line: 1-800-227-2345

Chapter meeting information: 770-517-2941 Contact:

Cherokee Music Teachers Association

Autism Parent Support Group Meeting: Contact:

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

Jewish Havurah Contact:

Marcia, 770-345-8687

Breast Cancer Support Group

La Leche League of South Cherokee

Meeting: First Thursday Contact: 404-843-1880

Meeting: Contact:

Contact: 770-591-5820

Canadian Women’s Club

Miracle Mothers

Dog Hikers of Georgia

Meeting: Contact:

Contact: Melissa, 770-516-1078 Website:

Contact: Suzanne Hosea, 404-667-4733 Website:

Cherokee Outdoor YMCA

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

Foothills Running Club Contact:

John McCusker, 770-924-9504

Les Marmitons Meeting: Contact:

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

Third Wednesday Lesley Frappier,

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

CASA for Children, Inc.

MOMS Club Woodstock — 30188

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


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

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

Nar-Anon Meeting

North Atlanta Soccer Association

Cherokee Autism Spectrum Support Group

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


Wildlife Action, Inc.

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

Meeting: Contact:

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

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

Woodstock Youth Track Club

Depression and Bipolar Support Group

National Psoriasis Foundation Support Group

Practice: Contact:

Meeting: Second and fourth Tues. at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 770-560-7112

Meeting: Contact:

Zack Walk Singles Mixer

Diabetes Support Group

Over-eaters Anonymous

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

Meeting: Fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. Contact: 678-493-1503

Meeting: Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Contact: Lois, 770-592-6421

Emotions Anonymous

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

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: Second Monday at 10 a.m. Contact: 770-720-4068

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

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

Support Organizations Adoption/Infertility Support Group Meeting: Contact:

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

Heidi, Renee,

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Cindy, 770-928-6554

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group

Meeting: Contact:

Meeting: First Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact: 770-926-0119

GRANDparents Raising GRANDchildren

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

Meeting: Second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: 678-699-3400

Meeting: Every Monday at 8 p.m. Contact: 404-218-0246

National Alliance for Mental Illness Support Group

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

Tender Hearts Caregivers Support Group Meeting: Contact:

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

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

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

Court of Clerks: Patty Baker

(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:

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

Rep. John Linder (R), District 7 90 North Street, Suite 360 Canton, GA 30114-2724 Website:

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

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

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

Board of Commissioners Buzz Ahrens (R), Chair

(678) 493-6511


Harry Johnston (R), Post 1

Jim Hubbard (R), Post 2

Karen Bosch (R), Post 3

Jason A. Nelms (R), Post 4

(202) 225-4272 GA: (770) 479-1888 fax: (770) 497-2999

Board of Education Robert Wofford, Post 1

State Government

(770) 345-6256


Mike Chapman (R), Post 2 Governor Nathan Deal (R)

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

203 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Website:

(770) 704-4398, x4372


Michael Geist, Post 3

(404) 462-4950


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


(678) 493-6511

1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R)

Rep. Tom Price (R), District 6

Judge John B. Sumner Judge M. Anthony Baker

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

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

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

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

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

(770) 516-1444


Rick Steiner (R), Post 5

(770) 704-4398, x4370


Rob Usher, Post 6

(770) 928-0341


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

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

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

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

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

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

Janet Read (R), Post 4 (Chair)

Kim Cochran (R), Post 7

(678) 983-9644


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

Other Cherokee County Schools System

(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


Fulton County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Roger Garrison, R 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: Judge Clyde J.Gober, Jr. Judge W. Alan Jordan

(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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498 Chattin Drive, Canton, GA 30115 email: Website:

Fulton County Tax Commissioner: Sonya Little, R

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

(678) 493-6409

2780 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114 email:

City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques

(770) 592-6000, x1003 61

Teeth Grinding in Children

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molded to specifically fit the individual’s mouth to best protect the teeth. Visiting your pediatric dentist every six months is a great opportunity to keep up with any changes you may notice with your child’s teeth or mouth. Staying on top of these changes can help to ensure that your child’s oral health remains at its best!


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Northern Lights from a live feed from Yellowknife, Canada. ( You can watch puppies who are being trained to be guide dogs ( Webcams give us eyes all over the world. Whether we use them to stay connected to friends and family or to visit new places, my kids live in a reality my generation only imagined. I used to think only James Bond and the Jetsons had video phones!

Leaky Air Conditioner

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What difference does it make where the leak is in that 12 year-old machine? I see person after person spending hundreds of dollars each year finding a leak only to be told it can’t be repaired, or worse, fixing one leak only to find another the next month, after all their Freon has leaked out. Do not get too attached to your old air conditioner, it is just another appliance in your home like your dishwasher or water heater, and will need to be updated after 12 to 15 years to assure you the comfort and energy savings a new system can give you.

Improving Your Earning Power

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frown lines, or dermal fillers to correct the common “marionette” lines around the mouth, are all cosmetic procedures that can make a perceptible difference in facial appearance. Often these procedures can change one’s appearance from that of looking perpetually angry, to appearing more cheerful and positive. And it’s also not uncommon for patients to opt for procedures at a younger age, before it’s traditionally needed and then plan for periodic updates over the years as “maintenance.” For people who are looking for a career boost, a well-groomed and improved appearance may help them feel more selfconfident and present a more polished and capable image. One that may just put more money in their pockets. 62 AroundAbout Woodstock | august 2011

Tire Facts

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the handling characteristics of the vehicle. If a tire becomes under-inflated, several issues arise. The first is that the tire runs hotter, because of increased road friction. This can cause poor fuel economy, accelerated tire wear, and in many cases, tire failure, which can cause a blowout. Loss of inflation is normal, as tires lose air with temperature changes and time. At Cherokee Ford, we offer nitrogen for your tires. We have a machine which takes the air out of your tires and replaces it with nitrogen. Nitrogen is much more stable than air, and the tires with nitrogen lose less pressure over time. Many times we have found that tires filled with nitrogen have lost no pressure over two years. So keep your tires rotates, keep an eye on pressure, get a wheel alignment every year, and add nitrogen for stability

Facts and Myths About Braces

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Will braces affect playing sports? You should be able to play just about any sport or activity. Although we do highly recommend wearing a mouth guard in contact sports or any sport where there is a chance you can get hit in the face.

Something Beautiful . . .

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contrary to our own preferences, without losing the beauty of the miracle of relationship. Like a rose bush that blooms a color we didn’t plan for, it seems far too easy to uproot and try another variety. I don’t like this, not at all. Surely if I/we can regard a stranger as something beautiful, can we not do the same with those right next door (or in the next room)? Let’s pick it up from here next month.

Back to School Basics

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location and time to work on daily assignments. Keep backpacks in a regular place so that you are not searching in the mornings and watch the weight of your child’s backpack. Pick a time of day to review the day’s events with your child. Be involved, praise them on their accomplishments and help them work through their problems! 63

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