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Moore’s Wealth Management Holds Annual Senior Prom Moore’s Wealth Management Staff include Scott & his wife Carla Moore pictured in the center, from left to right is Michelle Moore, Mark & Liz Peterson, Kyle Moore, Brian & Karly Moore, and Chris Moore.

Moore’s Wealth Management’s Annual Client Appreciation Event was held on October 12, 2013 at the beautiful Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville, Georgia. The theme for the Senior Prom event this year was “Hopelessly Devoted to You”, which was attended by over 200 clients and their guests. Many of them danced to the tunes of the 1950’s-80’s, performed flawlessly by the band “Terry Lee and the GT’s”. In addition, during dinner, the attendees enjoyed a wonderful “Young Elvis” presentation by Harold Shultz, one of the top Elvis Impersonators in the area. A key traditional feature of the event was the crowning of the 2013 Moore’s Wealth Management King and Queen of Prom, awarded to the client who was responsible for the most referrals to the firm over the last 12 months. The main purpose of the event each year is to show the appreciation for the trust and confidence that the growing clientele continue to place in the firm and its advisors. Scott Moore, founder and senior advisor of Moore’s Wealth Management, has been in the financial services industry for over 22 years and has developed 100’s of clients throughout the Southeast. He has a low-risk, safe & secure philosophy toward managing his client’s retirement assets while providing a reasonable annualized rate of return over 5-10-15 years with some of the finest Private Wealth

“We help our clients protect their financial future through a fiduciary standard of care that puts their interests first”

Managers in the country. Because of this philosophy, Moore’s Wealth Management has seen continued growth and success throughout 2013. Due to tremendous growth in the North Georgia area, Moore’s Wealth Management has recently doubled the size of their Gainesville office and has continued to increase staffing in that location as well. The family owned company is growing at a rate of 100-150 clients per year and is expected to exceed this growth in 2014. Scott was a mutual fund broker with one of the larger investment firms on Wall Street for almost 17 years before becoming an Independent Fiduciary Advisor about four years ago. Having been on both sides of the profession, he can quickly analyze a client’s retirement portfolio to determine if it was designed for their best interest or for the best interest of their financial professional. As a fiduciary, Scott is held to a much higher professional standard than a typical broker. He has been nationally recognized as an “Ed Slott Master Elite IRA Advisor” where there are fewer than 260 members across the nation. Scott was also recognized with the distinguished “Advisor of the Year” award for 2011 and 2012 from one of the top Independent Advisor organizations in the country. Scott and his team of Advisors are skilled financial professionals who utilize the latest investment, estate, and beneficiary planning techniques. These techniques help to design and implement personalized strategies that

can reduce financial risk, lower taxes, avoid probate, and protect assets from nursing home costs. Scott’s offices are located in Alpharetta and Gainesville, Georgia, where he and his two older sons, Chris and Brian, and a fourth fiduciary, Mark Peterson, enjoy serving others in their growing financial business. Scott and his wife of 32 years, Carla, have five children ranging in age from 19 to 31 and four wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family as well as restoring classic cars. Scott and his wife, Carla, also love to cruise the Georgia Mountains on their motorcycle. For more information on the ongoing educational seminars and college retirement planning courses that the firm offers, and how Scott, or one of the other fiduciary advisors in the office may be able to serve you and your family, please call one of their offices at (770) 535-5000 or (678) 566-3590. Investment advice is offered by Horter Investment Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through Moore’s Wealth Management, LLC. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through Pershing Advisor Solutions, Trust Company of America, Jefferson National Monument Advisor, Fidelity, Security Benefit Life, and FC Stone.

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Butch and Teresa Miller talk candidly about the loss of their oldest son, the struggle of being the family of a busy politician and how their values keep it all glued together.

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The Olive Branch helps make life choices a little easier when it comes to aging.

9  Wilson Orthodontics strives to give kids something to smile about.

On the Cover Meet the Millers Butch Miller and wife, Teresa, let us into their home for a look at the family life of a busy senator, father and business owner.


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Time to pull on your winter coat! Find out what the latest trends are in outerwear for this year and where you can get the look.

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S he may be right at home on the farm, but Hall County’s own Dixie Truelove is active in many aspects of the community.

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Christmas can be bittersweet for the Miller family since the loss of their son. But family is exactly what holds them together.

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Get a bird’s eye view of this countryside we call home with Balloons Over Georgia in Cumming.

Office parties, school parties and family dinners offer plenty of chances to cheat on your diet. But there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t.

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Crevolyn Wiley whips up two of her favorite holiday recipes and dishes with HOME about Paula Deen and Guy Fieri.

HOME talks to local interior designers to get the best tips on decorating your home for the holidays.

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There’s more to the Salvation Army than red kettles and bells. Find out how the organization helps those in need here in Hall County. November | December 2013


From the Editor Reasons to give thanks are plenty This time of year can bring out the best and worst in people. We get wrapped up in ourselves and the demands of meeting all of those holiday expectations. It can be hard to drown out the noise of commerce and just enjoy the company, the food and the many blessings around us. One of the reasons we chose Butch and Teresa Miller for our cover story is because their’s is truly a story to make you stop and think “But for the grace of God.” Yet, they have managed to grow closer as a family and want Hall County to grow closer as a community. Inside this issue, you can read about the Millers and about the Salvation Army. There are many among us in the area who are in need of clothes, shelter or just an ear to bend. While you read about the latest in winter jackets, think about what you could do with your old coats cluttering the closet. As you flip through the pages of HOME, really think about how lucky we are to live in an area so beautiful, so full of opportunity and let us give thanks.



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The Olive Branch provides a Christian home for elder care Story by Amy Moore Tucked behind tall trees and situated on a plot of lush greenery in Braselton is the culmination of Kathy and Rocky Stone’s devotion to caring for others. The Olive Branch, the Christian-based personal care facility the Stones operate, is more of a calling than a job to the couple. “It was meant to be,” Kathy said. “That’s how it started.” Before opening The Olive Branch in 2007, Kathy took in sick relatives and cared for them in an extra bedroom Rocky built onto their own home. Her affinity for helping spread through her church and community and she then spent 15 years caring for people in their homes. “The phone kept ringing with people asking me to help and I didn’t want to say no,” she said. “People in church got involved and we ended up being in 26 homes with 42 caregivers.” In the time they ran their personal care business, Kathy’s Connections, Kathy and Rocky learned that many homes are not suitable for elder care because of too small bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways and doorways. “We were in all these homes meeting all these Christian families and we never had a problem other than their homes are not meant for elder care,” she said. The faithful couple started praying for an answer to these issues and felt they were being led to build their own facility where they could resolve the concerns under one roof. Rocky, a retired construction worker, put his skills to work and built the three-floor, 9,000-square-foot facility himself. The Stones live upstairs so they’re always available for the residents. The Olive Branch is licensed for six residents in its four bedrooms with oversized bathrooms, climate control and an open floor plan for easy maneuvering. There are several sitting rooms, eating areas and even a salon for residents. 8

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The yard, enclosed in a white picket fence, includes rose gardens, several calming waterfalls, picnic tables, bird houses, and a bell and a windmill Rocky said he included to remind their residents of their childhoods. “This is built for them, not us,” Rocky said of the house. In addition to the fully licensed, around the clock staff, security cameras add another level of confidence to the residents’ families. “We have everything the big folks have,” Kathy said, referencing the amenities of larger nursing home facilities. But The Olive Branch is far from an institutional-type setting, instead offering a casual, relaxed, spacious home filled with love and laughter. That’s exactly what caught the attention of Teresa Funari when she was looking for a place for her 81-year-old mother, Evelyn. Teresa said she called place after place and visited about half a dozen different elder care facilities. Her search was over after she met with Kathy at The Olive Branch. “After that first meeting, I knew this is it,” Teresa said. “There’s a lot of love here. There’s so much attention given and kindness and love.” Teresa said her mother enjoys sitting in the sunroom and watching the squirrels, eating her lunch outside on warm, sunny days and being taken to church each week, services provided by The Olive Branch staff. “Overall I’m very pleased,” Teresa said. “My mother wouldn’t have had the care anywhere else.” Kathy said what sets The Olive Branch apart is that she, Rocky and the staff are so committed to their residents and to their mission to serve the Lord. “We’re a Christian home and we let the Lord guide us,” she said. “The Lord is totally in this home. You’re not going to find this anywhere else in Georgia. We literally take every step with our residents.” Kathy said everyone involved with The Olive

Branch is full of compassion, fully involved in the services they provide and completely hands on. Even the name of the facility — The Olive Branch — was meant to suggest a new beginning, a hope for the future. Often, she said she feels the residents are more like family than charges. Kathy tears up talking about the loss of both of Rocky’s parents and the loss of her own father early in their marriage and how the residents fill that void in their lives. “When you think you’ve lost something, God shows you you haven’t,” she said. “We love to help others. That’s my goal in life.” It’s important to Kathy and Rocky that families know that they are in for the long haul. “It’s in our hearts and our souls,” she said of The Olive Branch. “These people are in need and they’re dependent on us. I love people and I love giving. This is as true as it gets.” For more information about The Olive Branch, visit or stop by the facility in Braselton. Kathy and Rocky always welcome visitors and volunteers. For more info, call 706-654-5700. HOME Living

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Brace yourself ... for a beautiful smile

Wilson Orthodontics gives children a healthy reason to grin Story by Shannan Finke Whether your day entails shuttling children to school and soccer practice, commuting through heavy traffic to the office, crossing off items on a never-ending grocery list or some combination of all three, taking care of those pearly whites may sometimes seem like a full-time job in itself. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day only scratches the surface of proper dental hygiene, but that alone could prove to be a challenge for those whose days are already chocked full of activity. Top off all that with ensuring the oral health of your children, and the task may seem as difficult as pulling teeth. But for the members that make up the orthodontic team at Wilson Orthodontics, creating perfect smiles while promoting a healthy mouth is their top priority day in and day out. With three office locations in Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Cleveland, founding orthodontist and practice namesake Dr. Ron Wilson and his widespread team pride themselves in treating each patient creatively and uniquely. “Our vision is to create an environment that is fun and friendly for the whole family and utilizes the latest in orthodontic technology to deliver the utmost care in orthodontics to deliver beautiful smiles that last a lifetime,” Wilson says. “I enjoy seeing the inner beauty that’s often revealed during orthodontic treatment — the change in one's self-esteem and

self-confidence that comes with a beautiful smile!” The Wilson Orthodontics team has over 100 years combined experience in orthodontic care, making them masters of their trade and knowledgeable in what works best when personalizing a treatment plan that best suits the needs of its patients. Extended office hours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., making it easier for patients to schedule their appointments around already busy schedules. If you’re still unsure of how you’ll be able to juggle getting your child to an appointment with other commitments, Wilson Orthodontics offers the services of its very own vehicle. On the Brace Bus, Gainesville city school system bus driver Jana Shimley, who has over 20 years of bus driving experience, picks up patients from participating schools and summer camps for an exciting ride to Wilson Orthodontics. The H2 Hummer vehicle comes equipped with an Xbox, PlayStation, two iPad 2

devices and a four camera DVR video system for parents to monitor their child’s ride from a secure account, and Shimley will even take a pit stop at a drive-thru window for patients who may be missing their lunch breaks to make their orthodontist appointment. Wilson Orthodontics also maintains a strong social media presence, something the office finds important when trying to access as many patients as possible at all different ages. Visiting the Wilson Orthodontics Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube pages reveals quotes about smiles, pictures celebrating patients’ new braces and videos on various

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The latest trends in outerwear for winter Story by Brandee A. Thomas Gone are the days of buying a single utilitarian coat to carry you through the fall and winter. Based on the wares gracing the racks in department stores, function and fashion have tied the knot and there are no signs of them splitting up anytime soon. Like a good handbag or belt, a coat is meant for a specific purpose, but you also want something pretty to look at that complements your overall ensemble. Gone are the bulky overcoats of your childhood that made you resemble the Michelin man. Today, even down-filled and quilted parkas are being designed with feminine details and waist-accentuating tailoring, so there’s no reason to walk around in unflattering outerwear. When it comes to seasonal warmth, every well-dressed woman should have a trench coat, a peacoat and a basic leather jacket. She should also be sure to throw in a dressier, knee-length coat for good measure. Should you choose to bring out last year’s coats, pay a visit to your favorite dry cleaner to get them looking like new. And don’t forget to check the buttons that you probably forgot to tighten up or replace before you put them away at the end of last winter. If your goal is to stay on trend with the latest fashions, then you may want to head over to Lakeshore Mall and pick up a cape coat. This loose fitting style is flattering for most figures and easier to wear with bulky sweaters than some slimmer cut coats. You can find this style with long or 3/4 length sleeves, as well as with waistaccentuating belts. If you’re in the market for a new leather coat, forget about the long trenches of previous years. The most fashion-forward styles today are waist10

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Above: Men’s Boston Harbour Roma Leather Jacket, $425; Women’s Michael Kors Double Breasted Pea Coat, $280 and Jessica Simpson Blush Tweed Jacket, $280. All can be found at Belk in Lakeshore Mall. Left: The Pea Coat is very trendy this winter for both men and women.

length and well-tailored. Look for leather blazers and moto jackets, which draw their basic shape from motorcycle jackets. When it comes to color, anything goes these days. Current designers are laughing in the face of the notion of pastel colors being reserved for the warmer weather. Walk into stores like Belk, Old Navy and Marshalls and you may be surprised to see the pale hues being used on heavy, winter coats. In that same vein, you’ll also find an abundance of jewel and borderline fluorescent tones while you’re perusing the coat selections in stores. Although feminine, floral prints still carry over into the fall and winter, expect to also find prints like houndstooth, herringbone and

chunky plaids that are usually reserved for menswear. You can also expect to find coats with usually understated details played up via asymmetrical zippers, over-sized shawl collars and unexpected leather accents. With so many options to choose from, designers are all sending the same “anything goes” message. If a leopard-print, faux fur grabs your attention — buy it. If your mother always said that purple just isn’t your color, but that violet peacoat is calling your name — don’t leave the store without it! If a metallic silver parka seems a little too “all eyes on me,” but it makes your heart smile when you see it — wear it with confidence. A laundry list of fashion do’s and don’ts won’t keep you warm, but a coat that you can’t wait to wear certainly will. HOME Living

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Dixie Truelove From barn to board room Story by Brandee A. Thomas Photos by Times staff When parents build a strong foundation for their children, it’s easier for the next generation to find the sure footing needed to climb a little higher in life. Dixie Truelove is proof of that. With encouragement from her late parents, Truelove has helped bridge the gap between farmers and the individuals they help feed. “Back in the day, I think you had your country people and you had your city people,” recalls Truelove, vice president of her family’s business, Truelove Dairy, Inc. “I remember asking my sister one time why dad would wear long sleeves all the time – even in the summer. Part of the reason for that was because when he was growing up, you could tell if you were a farmer because of the tan lines on your arms. He noticed that the men who worked in town didn’t have those tans.” Not that her father, Elmer Truelove, was ashamed of his vocation, but shielding his arms from the sun and thus not developing a “farmer tan,” helped those outside of his rural community to not rush to judgments about his capabilities before getting to know him and hearing what he had to say. Truelove continues her father’s legacy of being an ambassador of farming life. She got her start in the late ’90s when she was asked to join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. “It was probably in 1997 or so. Latrell Simpson was president of the chamber and called my parents’ house because someone had moved out of town and they left a 2-year term open, so they wanted me to join the board,” Truelove says. “My mom and dad had known Latrell for years and loved her. They were very much, ‘You need to do this.’ They were very proud that I’d been asked to join.” Excited by the challenge, Truelove agreed to join. She would go on to be involved with the chamber’s HealthSmart and Vision 2030 initiatives. And of course its agri-business committee. “That committee was started years ago in part to help remind the business community that agriculture is also a business and we have a place at the table,” Truelove says. 12

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Above and opposite: Dixie Truelove on her dairy farm in Hall County.

“Agriculture brought (Hall County) to the table and it certainly helped boost the local economy. It’s great to see that things have diversified from agriculture, but it was ag that brought everything else.” Among other ties to the community, Truelove is currently a Quinlan Visual Arts

Center Board of Trustees member and a founding member and 2013 board of directors secretary for WomenSource. She’s also a past president of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, an organization that she initially was hesitant to join. HOME Living

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“I had to really think about it before I joined the junior league because I didn’t see myself as a typical junior league member,” Truelove recalls. Ultimately, it was her desire to better her community and continue being an agricultural ambassador that swayed her to join the group’s ranks. “They work very hard to raise money to fulfill needs in this community and I wanted to be a part of that,” Truelove says. “Over the years, very few of my girlfriends from the league came from families that farm, so anytime there was something in the news about agriculture or milk, then I was the go-to girl. It gave them all a bridge to agriculture. “I feel like I have a responsibility to those around me to make sure they understand where their food comes from. I also want them to understand that their farmer is very concerned about the air, water and land because we want to produce the most wholesome and nutritious products we can, not just for their families, but for our own as well. I think it helps people understand these things better if they have a face to go with their farmer.”

Today, she’s not only a face of farming, she’s also a face of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. “I was thrilled when I was asked to serve as the chair. It’s a really well run organization, so it is easy to step in and be the (chairwoman) for a year. There are a lot of meetings to attend, but the chamber’s staff is great and they really make it easy to serve,” Truelove says. “‘Leadership for Life’ is my focus during my year as chair(woman). Hall County has seen and is still being led by great leaders and visionaries. Some have led throughout their lives or at different times in the lives. The chamber is tapping into those different stages of leadership through Youth Leadership Hall, Leadership Hall County and the Wisdom Project. “Obviously agriculture is important to me, but it is also important that we cultivate all levels of leaders to continue shaping and guiding our community.” No matter how many boards or committees she joins, this University of Georgia graduate is first and foremost a “cowgirl.” From planting to milking,

Truelove has a hand in all aspects of farm life on her family’s enterprise in Clermont, which she runs with her brother, Jerry Truelove. Whether it’s because of the scenic views of Wauka Mountain

from her family’s farm or because of her affinity for cows, Truelove’s roots are firmly planted in Clermont. And that’s not likely to change anytime soon. “From my viewpoint, working with family is not always easy, but it has its rewards. I got to know my dad a lot differently than a lot of people get to know their dads because we worked together every day,” says Truelove, who began working on the farm with her siblings when she was a schoolgirl. “There were challenges to being on the family farm, but I love this area of Georgia and I couldn’t imagine living out of the south. “I haven’t really given thoughts to retirement yet, but I am starting to feel older. Some of the labor intensive things seem like a little much, but for now, it’s still all good."

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State Sen. Butch Miller’s small office in the back of his Milton Martin Honda dealership is cluttered. Almost every inch of shelf space is filled with mementos: a dried starfish, a stuffed fox with a broken tail and dozens of framed photos. Smiling faces, Bible verses and awards span the high walls. Miller’s boisterous laugh fills the room as he cranes his neck to see the highest photo. He jokes he’s going to need the ceiling raised to fit anything else on the wall. It seems only natural that the space would be as full as it is. Miller's roles as a businessman, legislator, volunteer and father keep his schedule full. But the South Hall County resident and Buford native knows he must have harmony in all aspects of his life. “You have to have that balance,” Miller said. “The biggest struggle is that balance between family and work and the state legislature. If any one of those three is out of balance, things aren’t good. You’ve got to realize that your family and the Lord are No. 1. After that comes your business, because you’ve got to make a living and then you got to work the Senate in there. It takes a considerable amount of time. But I’ve got a family that’s very supportive.” Three decades of love

Most of the photos in Miller’s office are of his wife, Teresa Miller, and their three sons: Carey Miller, 23, Charlie Miller, 20, and the late Coleman Miller. He picks up a photo of himself and his wife showing them sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck after a football game. This December, they’ll be married 31 years. “I roll over in the morning and say ‘Thank you Jesus,’” he said, smiling down at the photo. “She rolls over in the morning and says ‘Why me Lord?’” Photos of his children also are sprinkled around his office. Miller smiles and points to a childhood photo of his youngest son, Charlie, taken while on a hunting trip. The father of three boys launches into a tale about their adventure. Charlie was mad because he wasn’t allowed to pose with his hunting gun. Each framed snapshot represents Miller’s kind of happiness. He grabs one of his favorite photos, a candid picture of his two oldest sons, Cole and Carey, on Christmas day. Carey is holding out a book to read to Cole. Miller’s voice softens as he explains it’s the last picture taken of Cole. Cole had a form of mitochondrial disease that resulted in a severe disability. He was nonverbal and used a wheelchair.

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home cover story After spending Christmas day with his family, Cole died unexpectedly of respiratory failure on Christmas night in 2001. He was 14 years old. Charlie has a similar form of mitochondrial disease, though less severe. He, too, uses a wheelchair. Miller said his youngest sons never understood how fragile their older brother really was. He said he thinks that was a good thing because they were just brothers, children playing and growing up together. Miller laughs as he tells a story about the time he took Cole on a jet ski while on vacation. He and Cole shared an extra-large life vest. Cole laughed the entire time. Every year for the holidays, the Millers honor their son’s memory by supporting Challenged Child and Friends, the school Cole attended. Visitors to the center are greeted by a smiling statue of Cole, a gift from anonymous business owners in the Gainesville community. The Millers make it a point to attend the annual Challenged Child and Friends’ Festival of Trees. Milton Martin Honda sponsors the annual John Berry Christmas Show in memory of Cole to benefit Challenged Child. Miller said the idea behind the event is to honor Cole’s memory with something fun for the community to enjoy. Teresa said Christmas is, of course, a bittersweet time for the family. “But time does heal,” Teresa said. “It has a way of healing things or softening them a little so we just have a lot of fun.” The Millers are “big Georgia Bulldog fans” so they go to as many football games as possible. At home, Teresa usually hangs mistletoe from the ceiling in their foyer so she can sneak kisses from the “men” in her house. But this year Teresa isn’t sure what the Christmas season will be like since both sons have gone off to college. “We never have them together anymore,” Teresa said. “Usually one is home and the other is gone. But when they’re all here together, that’s when I’m the happiest.” Charlie moved into a handicap-accessible dorm room at Kennesaw State University this year. He’s considering a major in criminal justice. Carey lives in Athens and studies law at University of Georgia. The fatherly pride Butch feels is evident by the way he smiles at “the boys.” On a rare evening together, the family props their feet against the fire pit in the backyard.

“Sometimes, I think things are put in your path and you have a chance to grow from that experience. You can either shrink into a shell or hide, or you can grow and make the most of everything.”

Top: The Miller sons, Carey, Charlie and Cole as small children at Christmas time. Above: Carey reads a book to his brother Cole on the very Christmas day Cole died. Photos courtesy the Miller family.


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Above: The Millers, Carey, Butch, dog Sugar, Teresa and Charlie on the patio of the Miller home in Hall County.

Butch said he feels his children are on the right path to get what he wants for their lives: “For them to be independent and grow up and have meaningful lives and give back to their communities.” Teresa admits she’s enjoying her “empty nest” and this new chapter of their family’s life. But she’s especially excited about having everyone together for the holidays. Carey and Charlie nod their heads in agreement. Being with their family is their favorite tradition, too. “It’s always hard around that time,” Charlie added. “But we always go around our family. Our family is crazy but we all love each other and that gets us through the holidays the most.” “(Cole’s death) definitely adds another dimension to it, but we get through it by spending so much time with family,” Carey said. Teresa said the family has experienced pain and blessings, like every other family. And while she wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through the loss of a child, or the challenges of having two children with disabilities, she wouldn’t change it for the world. “I think the experiences that a person has all add up to make them who they are,” Teresa said. “Sometimes, I think things are put in your path and you have a chance to grow from that experience. You can either shrink into a shell or hide, or you can grow and make the most of everything. I think

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that’s what we do. We try to make the best of everything. It makes you who you are.”

Putting it to a vote

Miller’s decision to go into politics wasn’t made overnight, or even by himself alone. “Teresa and I were lying in bed watching the news and I was thinking to myself ‘Wow, what in the world is going on here,’” Miller said. “I really just felt like my government, on a national level particularly, was not going in the direction I thought it should go. I was thinking that personal responsibility, hard work and less government was what I always believed, but it was going in the opposite direction. Lack of personal responsibility, more government and people. I felt that hard work wasn’t being rewarded.” Miller turned away from the television and tried to muffle the sound with a pillow. “But I could still hear it,” Miller said. “I said ‘I don’t believe this but I feel like my whole system of government 17

home cover story is failing us.’ She said ‘Well, what are you going to do about it.’ I said ‘Well, right now I’m going back to sleep, but tomorrow I’m going to do something about it.’” That night was just the “precursor.” Miller didn’t decide to run for the state Senate until a year and a half later, and only after getting the family’s blessing. “We had a family meeting. We sat at the kitchen table and I said ‘Everybody has veto power,’” Miller said. “If we talk about this and decide it’s not the thing for our family then we won’t do it.” “We were all on board,” Carey said. “It’s his personality. It’s something he loves. I tell people all the time that he was basically politicking before he ever ran for office.” Once Miller had his family’s approval, “everything fell into place,” Teresa said. rs, The Mille h, Miller was elected to utc B , Teresa represent District 49 in a d n a Carey t the special election in May 2010 a e li Char me in with 78 percent of the votes. Miller ho y. nt Hall Cou In the Senate, Miller serves as vice chairman for the Transportation Committee; secretary to the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee; a member of Appropriations, Education and Youth, and Ethics committees; and as an ex-officio member of the Rules Committee. If Miller’s many responsibilities ever start to weigh on his mind he said his family starts to tease him “unmercifully.” “They say ‘Dad calm down,’” Miller said laughing. “It’s just the state Senate. It’s not that big of a deal.” Charlie smiled and said it’s their job to keep him humble.

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It’s Friday afternoon and two employees knock on the office door Rob looking for their paychecks. Miller shares a Photo by m Dunha laugh with both women as he hands them the envelopes. As Miller starts to sit down in the chair across from his desk, the phone rings and he jumps to answer it. The phone call couldn’t have lasted more than a minute, but by the sound of it, he’s sold a car. Miller apologizes for the interruption and silences his cellphone and office line. Almost immediately, the phones blink and buzz with missed calls and messages. 18

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Even with so many people clamoring for his attention, Miller has a way of making the person he’s talking to feel they’re the only person that matters. Miller said he learned the importance of giving people attention from his parents. His father, the late Dr. Cecil Miller, was a family practitioner in Buford “back when there was only one stop light and they turned it off at night.” Miller said he remembered waiting at his father’s family practice in Buford one day after school so the two could go fishing. “When he was with people in the examining room or walking people back to the front, he treated them as if they were the only person in the world,” Miller said. “All his time and energy was for them. I think that’s important. You know how they say children spell love T-I-M-E. Well, don’t we all. That’s the only thing we have. I mean you can’t make anymore. That’s the most valuable resource.” Miller said watching his mother and father give back to the people in the community made him want to do the same. Miller knew from an early age he wanted to be in public service. “I didn’t know if it would be volunteering in the community, Meals on Wheels, Challenged Child or coaching T-ball or whatever, but I knew that I wanted to be involved in the community,” Miller said. “That was something I knew very early on.” Though working in the automotive industry wasn’t exactly something he planned on Miller has succeeded in it. He’s the former chairman of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association Board of Directors and the National Automobile Dealers Association 20 Group. Miller said he knows success looks different for each person and he wouldn’t have any without the support and positive influence from the people in his life. “I wasn’t the biggest, the fastest, the most handsome,” Miller said. “And those things are still true today, but people helped me and encouraged me. For that reason, I want to help and encourage others.”

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HIGH Hot air ballooning over Lake Lanier Story and photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson

If you’ve ever wanted a different look at Lake Lanier, might I suggest looking up? For anyone without a fear of heights, hot air ballooning is an amazing way to see all of North Georgia. HOME Magazine recently went up with Daryl Tatum, owner of Balloons Over Georgia in Cumming. The 7 a.m. flight was early (we had to get there by 6:30 a.m.) but well worth the breathtaking views of the sun rising over the mountains. We took a gentle, hour long glide over Sawnee Mountain, subdivisions, church yards and fields of bewildered cattle. Tatum’s basket could hold 24, and it was nearly full. Some passengers were celebrating birthdays and milestones, others were just testing their courage. We waved to folks on the ground while Tatum pointed out landmarks. The balloon landed in an unfinished subdivision called Setting Down Bluff (ironically). Tatum answered a few questions from HOME: Question: How long have you been ballooning and what got you into it? Answer: Since 1994. My wife gave me a balloon ride for our 10th anniversary that year. After the flight the pilot mentioned that his crew where all volunteers and he paid them with balloon rides when there were openings in the basket. I thought that sounded like fun so I told him to call me if he ever needed help, expecting to never hear from him. He called me the next weekend and the rest is history. 20

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Question: What makes North Georgia such a great place to balloon? Answer: The scenery, the vegetation and terrain. Some parts of the country are completely wide open and flat. Some places, like farther into the mountains, have too much forest and nowhere to land. North Georgia, and particularly our area about 40 miles north of Atlanta, is a little unique. We have a good bit of rolling hills leading up to the mountains we see to our northwest and north. We still have a very forested landscape, but still plenty of places to land. Enough development that we have people on the ground to see and talk to but still are able to have the feeling of being disconnected from the world for a while. Q: How often do you take people up for rides? A: We schedule flights almost every day of the year. Once at sunrise and once late in the evening before sunset. Q: Is fall better than summer to balloon, or does it really matter? A: I do really like fall, but it isn't necessarily better or worse than any other time. It basically depends on your body’s thermostat as to what you would enjoy the most. Basically, in my opinion, any time of the year is great, but I might be a little biased. The sunrise flights are generally everyone's favorite year-round and in the summer we don't schedule the sunset flights due to the heat and risk of afternoon

Opposite page: Hot air balloons take off from an empty field in Cumming. Balloon pilot Daryl Tatum fires up the burners. This page, clockwise: Cows scatter as the balloon floats over the herd. Passengers enjoy the sunrise over Lake Lanier. Tatum readies the hot air balloon while a passenger watches.

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Above: Hot air balloons float over Sawnee Mountain as the morning mist burns off. Right: A balloon glides past a home in Cumming.

thunderstorms popping up. During the winter months we still schedule flights, but it is a little bit cooler. However, the upside to this is that with the cold air we get clearer views. Q: Do you sometimes feel like a meteorologist? What kind of training is involved in understanding weather patterns? A: (Tatum lets out a chuckle.) Well, I don’t know if I feel like a meteorologist, but a lot days I believe I could do the job. We do learn a lot about the weather when we are learning to fly. And a lot of that is learning how to know when not to fly. Sometimes it may look perfectly fine from the ground, but what you don’t

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home recreation see is that it may be very windy or turbulent as little as 50 feet above the trees. We basically have to learn how to find the information we need to make good decisions and be able to decipher it. What is published in places like and other websites isn't meant for use in aviation and a lot of times what is shown in places like that isn't accurate enough for us to plan a balloon flight with. Q: I heard you say you are a 3-time winner of the Helen Race to the Atlantic event. What’s it like to participate in that each year? A: It is extremely challenging. It is the only long-distance balloon race in the country and we fly daylight to dark for 2 days. Most balloon events are local competitions where everyone tries to fly to certain targets. Which is challenging in itself. But this race puts the pilot in positions that most of the time he would never encounter. And it gives you a chance to practice skills that you really do need to be a safe pilot, but would normally not need on the average passenger flight. Basically we all take off at the same place in

Helen and our crews follow us across Georgia and South Carolina. We are not able to carry enough fuel to last all day so they have to be there for us when we come down to switch out fuel tanks. And then we take off again. This also means that we are having to land in the worst part of the day for balloons. After about 10 a.m., the sun has started heating the earth and the thermals and downdrafts this creates are very challenging for flying a balloon. And this usually last until about 5 or 6 in the evening during the summer. Most of the time it’s the crew that wins the race for you. If they are not there when you are ready for fuel and you have to land and wait for them, that just puts that much more distance between you and your competition. And chasing a balloon across country for hours at a time and being there when it lands is not the easiest thing to do. Q: What is the most memorable moment you’ve had while ballooning? A: I have had so many memorable moments that I couldn't even remember them all, let

alone write them down. We have had marriage proposals and even weddings in the balloon. I've been able to see some of the best views in the world during my flights, particularly during the Helen Race, but also daily during my passenger flights. Everything is just so different from the viewpoint of a balloon. Basically every flight creates a lasting memory. Q: How about the harrowing? A:(Another chuckle from Tatum.) I really have never had an experience I would consider harrowing. I have had a few times that things where not perfect or not the way I expected them to be, but never anything that came close to having a bad ending. If you fly as often as I do, you will occasionally run into a condition that will challenge your abilities, but I strive to always be ready for that. For more information on Balloons Over Georgia, visit the website at balloonsovergeorgia. com or call 1-800-979-3370.

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Dreams of sugarplums? Don't let holiday treats tempt you into breaking your diet Story by Shannan Finke

There are plenty of things that make people nostalgic about the holiday season: family gatherings, Christmas parties, cookie swaps, gift exchanges, long lines at the mall, Bing Crosby and the list goes on. Among the many different things that foster memories of a happy holiday, perhaps some more than others, the one thing we are all sure to have in common is the delicious food served seemingly non-stop during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Amidst the endless offerings of platefuls of holiday ham, turkey stuffing, sweet potato soufflé and pecan pie comes the moment when you think about what all that goodness could do to your waistline. Suddenly, all the great tasting treats you look forward to each year become a little less appetizing. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions each Jan. 1 is to lose weight, and perhaps rightfully so. Medical researchers have found that most people gain at least some weight during the holiday season, although the exact amount may vary. Over the years, those pounds can add up if not kept in check throughout the rest of the year. For those who struggle with their weight, the fight to keep the pounds off is a year-round battle. Sheenagh King, a registered dietitian and bariatric program manager for the Center for Bariatric Surgery at The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville, recognizes that it’s not easy to maintain, and much less lose, weight during the holidays. However, the myth that the task is impossible is in reality far from true.


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“The holidays are an excuse to eat what you want,” King says. “Stick to your plan. Eat smart.” One of the most effective weapons to preventing weight gain is to have a plan or strategy when you know you’re going to be surrounded by countless tempting chances to overeat. Before going to a party or gathering, drink a glass of water – it’s calorie free and makes

you feel full. Stay away from creamy dressings and sauces, which may add more calories than what your meal is worth. Eat your food slowly, and wait a few minutes before going back to the buffet for seconds. You may find you’re not craving another helping of potato salad as much as you thought you were. If you eat more fruits and vegetables at the beginning of your meal,

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home health you may find there’s not as much room for dessert at the end. Finally, make a point to stop eating when you’re comfortably satisfied, not miserably full. Your body will thank you for it as the night goes on. King also recommends keeping tabs on the liquid calories so prevalent during the holidays, such as eggnog, soda, beer and wine. Liquid calories are easier to consume than solids, and oftentimes, they add little to no nutritional value. But perhaps one of the most essential elements of any eating plan during the holidays is to be realistic. The task to lose weight may be “selfdefeating” for many according to King, and for those, it may be better to aim for maintaining current weight. Besides the holidays, there Party favors are plenty of obstacles people face when trying to lose weight: Trim back the trimmings. To shave social eating, emotional eating, calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, celebratory eating, snacking and and whipped cream “head hunger,” involving a purely Wear snug clothes and keep one mental food craving as opposed hand busy.When you wear snugto physical hunger. However, King fitting attire, chances are you'll be adds that one of the most prevalent too busy holding in your stomach to overeat. Hold a drink in your and dangerous hurdles are our own dominant hand so it won't be so excuses. easy to grab food. “There’s a failure to understand Chew gum.When you don't want that health is more important than to eat, pop a piece of sugarless how any food tastes. We must look gum into your mouth.This works well when you're cooking or when at the future and make a good you're trying not to dive into the investment in health,” King says. buffet. “There are no excuses; you are what Be a food snob. If you don't love you eat. Prepare now, because you it, don't eat it. Scan the buffet for will not have a second chance at foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes that are availgood nutrition. Do it today.” able all year long. The Center for Bariatric No skipping meals. Always eat Surgery provides a body mass index normally on the day of a party. (BMI) calculator on its website Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic for those wanting to find out more beverages. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories — especially about weight loss and management. holiday favorites like eggnog. To find what weight range you Skip the appetizers. If you need a are considered in, visit www. little nibble before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, salsa, or a small With a long list of unhealthy handful of nuts. Source: WebMD symptoms and consequences that accompany being overweight or obese, including certain cancers, gall bladder disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and others, the thought of sticking to a healthy eating plan through the holidays may not seem like such a terrible idea, after all. So enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and partake of a Christmas treat, but remember it’s best in moderation for both now and in the long run.

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Opposite page: Crevolyn Wiley in her Gainesville kitchen. Above clockwise: Numerous cookbooks fill the shelves in Wiley’s home. Pork Tenderloin with easy Cranberry Chutney. Red Velvet Peppermint Pound Cake.

Holiday the Crevolyn way Story by Amy Moore Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson

Few things in life make Crevolyn Wiley happier than having her family and friends gathered around a table enjoying one of her home-cooked meals. “I’ve always loved having friends and family in my home and I’ve always wanted to cook,” she said with a cheerful laugh. It’s no wonder she’s made a name for herself in the Gainesville area as an expert in the kitchen.

She can be heard three times a week on WDUN 550 AM for the Cooking with Crevolyn segment, found online on her blog – - and just last month released her first cookbook of the same name. An Illinois native, 53-year-old Crevolyn admits she didn’t know much about Southernstyle cooking until she married her husband, Darrell, almost 30 years ago and moved to Georgia. Since then she’s mastered Southern cuisine with the help of her mother-in-law, church

cookbooks and her own curiosity for creating new dishes. “I’m definitely self-taught,” she said. “I tell people I’m just a home cooker in my little kitchen. It just comes from a passion I have and picking cooks’ brains and getting ideas.” But she doesn’t limit herself only to one style. Crevolyn is a self-described Food Network November | December 2013


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Pork Tenderloin with Easy Cranberry Chutney Pork Tenderloin Ingredients: ½ cup olive oil 2 pound pork tenderloin 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tablespoons minced garlic Salt and pepper, to taste 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Rub olive oil over pork tenderloin. Sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, minced garlic, salt and pepper. 3. Put bread crumbs in large resealable bag. Add tenderloin and shake to coat. 4. Place pork on a foil-lined shallow cookie sheet. Press remaining bread crumbs into pork. Put a tent of foil over the top of the cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil tent and cook an additional 15 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Let meat rest for 10 minutes then cut into half-inch slices. 5. Serve with Cranberry Chutney. Easy Cranberry Chutney Ingredients: 2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup apple cider vinegar 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup raisins 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger ¼ teaspoon cloves 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained Directions: 1. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except the mandarin oranges. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until apple is tender. Add mandarin oranges and simmer an additional 5 minutes. 2. Let cool before serving. Store in the refrigerator. 3. Serve with Pork Tenderloin. This is also great served over cream cheese with crackers.


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Red Velvet Peppermint Pound Cake Ingredients for Cake: 3 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup all-vegetable shortening 2 sticks butter, softened 3 cups white sugar 5 medium eggs ¼ cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon peppermint extract ¼ teaspoon salt 1 bottle red food coloring 1 cup buttermilk

Ingredients for Icing: 12 soft peppermints 1 stick butter, softened 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 1 box powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Hard peppermint candies, for garnish

junkie and has a great admiration for pioneer chefs like Julia Child as well as newer ones like Guy Fieri. She and her husband recently road tripped through Texas touring Fieri’s selections from his show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” She also recently had the chance to not only meet, but sit and eat with Paula Deen through a partnership with her family’s business, J&J Foods grocery store and Fieldale Farms and Springer Mountain Farms. Last month, Crevolyn, her husband, and representatives from the companies enjoyed a business lunch together at the Chattahoochee Country Club. “It was the best experience,” Crevolyn said of sitting next to Deen during the meal. “She was warm and kind and you just felt like you’d known her your whole life. I was thrilled.” Crevolyn said she can relate to Deen, a Georgia-native, who also is a self-taught chef and has a rich heritage of Southern cooking in her family.

Directions for Cake: 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a 10-inch tube pan with butter and dust with flour or sugar to coat. 2. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside. 3. Cream shortening, butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add cocoa, vanilla, peppermint extract, salt and food coloring. Mix well. 4. Add alternately the flour mixture and the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Combine well. 5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes or until pick comes out clean. 6. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack before icing. Directions for Icing: 1. Put soft peppermint candies in a resealable bag and crush. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Gradually add powdered sugar and then vanilla extract. Cream until smooth. 3. Divide the icing in half. Add crushed soft peppermint candies to half and spread on top of cake. Spread the other half on the side of the cake. 4. Place hard peppermint candies around base of cake for garnish. HOME Living

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home taste “She’s my style,” Crevolyn said, adding that there are “lots of a great folks doing great things” in the cooking world. “Fieri is just brilliant and Julia Child was the pioneer of chefs coming into your home. She was awesome and hilarious and I have a great admiration for her.” Crevolyn said she also enjoys Ree Drummond and other chefs who have new combinations and new methods. “There’s always something to learn,” she said. What she learns, she then puts to use in her own kitchen creating dishes for her family, friends, blog and cookbook. In her kitchen, which she calls her office, you’ll hear her use some of her catchphrases, like “whompum” and “whack” while she crafts new culinary masterpieces every day. “If I’m not cooking for my family, I’m cooking for someone else,” she said. Also in her “office” you’ll find all the necessary tools for mixing, baking, cooking and creating. Crevolyn said in this busy world, she cannot live without her slow cooker and loves her Kitchen Aid mixer. She’s also found a new gadget she loves — a mini whisk, perfect for eggs. “I love it,” she said excitedly. “It’s so cute!” And her handheld ground meat crumbler has been handy to have around when she makes her family’s favorite meals. One thing they love is her bacon cheeseburger meatloaf, which she says they could eat at least once a week. “I don’t even need the recipes for my mac and cheese, party potatoes and roasted asparagus because I know them by heart from cooking them so often,” she said. “As a mom and wife, my favorite things to cook are things my family likes.” For her blog, she recently finished up a pound cake challenge, making a new pound cake every week. The real challenge was not gaining pounds throughout the challenge, she joked. “I had to taste them so I’d do it right as they came out of the oven and then I’d send them on to neighbors or the store,” she said with a laugh. The blog posts are usually themed with the seasons and Crevolyn said she has no problems sharing her recipes. “That’s the way to do it,” she said of passing along her cooking secrets. “That’s how you pass them down and have a rich heritage to share.” Most of the recipes in her recently released Cooking with Crevolyn cookbook are from her family and friends and others that have filtered through her kitchen. “Anytime you’re sharing your love of food, it brings together family and friends around the table,” she said. “It starts conversations and solves problems. Around the table and then cleaning the kitchen or washing the dishes are some of the best times I’ve had.” Crevolyn said if there’s anything she wants to come from her recipes, it’s bringing people back around the table. Crevolyn’s cookbooks are available at J&J Foods stores in Gainesville, her blog is at

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home lifestyle Story by Brandee Thomas Around this time of year, most people begin to look forward to spending time with those they hold close in their hearts. It’s also a time when many ladies of the manor will bring out their inner Martha Stewart to make their homes shimmer and shine with outward displays of holiday spirit. “Tis the season to be jolly,” but that doesn’t mean stressing yourself out to create brand new decorative displays for every holiday during the last two months of the year. Instead, focus on decorations that you can refresh and build upon as the seasons go along. Points of interest If you don’t have the time or energy to deck your halls from top to bottom, there are two main areas you should take on to give your home a festive feel. “If nothing else, you want to decorate your (entry) and table,” says Phil Wilson, interior designer with Today’s Traditions Furniture & Design in Gainesville. Wreaths “I like to put out a plain, organic type of wreath – grapevine, driftwood or something like that – in the early part of the season,” Wilson says. “Then, as fall progresses, I like to add a few colorful leaves and then later sprigs of holly and red berries. Or just a festive bow and it’s instantly in season.” Burlap wreaths, which have grown tremendously in popularity this year, can also be made seasonally appropriate with bows, small pumpkins and later Christmas ornaments. “I personally like creating almost contradictions – like pairing organic materials and items with more glitzy pieces,” Wilson says. “It keeps things interesting.” Centerpieces Although you can create a centerpiece anywhere – coffee tables, buffets, mantles – the most traditional location is the center of the dining room table. “Instead of doing oranges and golds in my dining room for the fall, I set my table with a burgundy-red tablecloth, which transitions well,”

says Gail C. Wolfe, Traditions co-owner and interior designer. “You can get (seasonal) napkins with all kinds of colors to match. I have a floral arrangement in the center of the table. When Christmas times comes, I pull out all of the fall colored flowers and put in the Christmas flowers. I keep the same base, but I just update it for the season.” “For fall, I like to arrange small, autumnal colored fruits and vegetables in a footed bowl of some sort in like an antique white, or maybe a distressed ivory color,” Wilson says. “That can be used indoors or outdoors. For the winter, I’ll replace the vegetables and things with sparkly, jewel-toned ornaments and seasonal bows.” Both Wilson and Wolfe agree that nothing makes the season quite as bright as candlelight. “There’s something very holiday about having candles grouped together in a display,” Wilson says. “Always group them in odd numbers. To me, in the center of a table, the more the better. At least three, but as many as 5-7 looks good.” For an average-sized dining table, you can create a beautiful centerpiece of candles arranged on a large platter with dried Indian corn and pumpkins for Thanksgiving and shiny ornaments for Christmas. If you happen to have a large table, one that seats around 10 -12 guests, you can pull off something truly spectacular, Wolfe says. “One of my clients had a huge table, but it was long and narrow, so you couldn’t do anything too big in the center of it,” she says. “I told her, ‘Get me every candlestick you’ve got,’ because I wanted to put all manner of white candles on each holder. They had a lot of silver and brass and we used it all. “If any of the candleholders matched, they were set on opposite sides of the table, so

Whether you are going for rustic or glitzy, mixing in organic items, like pine cones and holly, adds a touch of texture.

you really wouldn’t notice they were identical. I created a serpentine pattern down the middle of the table with the tallest holder in the center and working my way down in height. Then I got some baby ivy and twined it through the whole thing. I took some baby poinsettias and stuck them in there. When you lit those candles, it was really stunning.” Wilson says that same idea could be replicated for the fall by replacing the poinsettias with dried gourds. If you’d like to replicate this display, Wolfe recommends first considering the layout of your dining room. “In that room, you entered face on, so I arranged the candleholders with the tallest in the center, but if you entered from the side, you’d probably want to put the tallest one at the end furthest from the door,” Wolfe suggests. “Visually, you want to be sure you get the most bang for your buck.” November | December 2013


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The Salvation Army Story by Shannan Finke Photos by Times staff Unless you’re one to admittedly self-identify with Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch when it comes to having holiday spirit, the joy and goodwill characteristic of this time of the year is usually found in more than packages and bows. Like they always say, it is better to give than to receive, and this mantra tends to ring especially true during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. But while so many of us enjoy the holidays surrounded by family and friends in the comfort and familiarity of our own homes, plenty of people throughout the Northeast Georgia region are fighting just to stay warm each night, find enough food to feed themselves and their family and provide a seemingly normal Christmas for their children. Although it’s a fact of everyday life, there’s something about the happiness of the holidays that brings out the struggles and needs of many of our neighbors. The Salvation Army proves itself a champion to those in need throughout the community every day of the year, consistently providing shelter, clothing and food to those who need it the most. And with a reputation of gold, this organization is sought out particularly frequently during the holiday season as a resource for the community in which it serves. According to Capt. Matt Cunningham, corps officer for the Salvation Army in Gainesville, the organization has some “pretty neat events” lined up for this 2013 holiday season. After stationing himself atop the roof of the Slack Auto Parts store on Main Street last

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year, determined to remain there until his goal of raising $10,000 for the Salvation Army was met, Cunningham and other organizers knew they had some big shoes to fill in 2013. “We’re working with other community members to not only raise funds, but also have a good time,” Cunningham says about the Thanksgiving and Christmas initiatives the Salvation Army has in the works. Per usual, holiday meals will be distributed throughout the community to those in need of a hot supper. The food boxes are given out by the Salvation Army and volunteers on the deemed day of distribution, usually sometime in December. While the box’s contents are dependent on the size of the family it’s going to, they are always made to try and supply enough food to last through the season. These meals are prepared to look like a traditional holiday feast, which may include entrees and trimmings such as chicken, yams, sweet potatoes, rice, fruit and cranberry sauce, among other things. The Salvation Army also tries to make sure that everyday essentials are on hand to

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home charity include with food boxes, such as peanut butter, tuna and canned chicken breast. Cunningham explained that canned food drives can sometimes be difficult when the organization is working to ensure there are enough staples to distribute, oftentimes receiving a surplus of donations in the form of jars of olives and other foods that are not necessarily considered staple items. For this reason and others, the Salvation Army has partnered with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank this year to ensure all of the basic needs of the Northeast Georgia community they’re helping are met. Cunningham says the Salvation Army welcomes volunteers who want to assist in assembling the final product of the food boxes and distributing them throughout the community in December. “We try to collaborate with people in the community to do the best we can for Christmas, and we like to work with other people and organizations to make the most impact,” Cunningham says. Volunteers are also invited to help with the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meal served to

the residents of its shelter in November. Whether you’re interested in helping cook on location or whipping up your favorite casserole or other recipe in the comfort of your own kitchen, any donation of food or time to serving the meal is appreciated and needed. Aside from providing meals for the community, the Salvation Army undertakes many other tasks designed to meet practical needs. Evenings when the temperature drops below freezing create what the organization calls “cold weather nights” in its shelter. With an open door policy, those needing a place to go have the option of sleeping in the shelter to stay out of the freezing weather. “These nights, our shelter opens and gives people a place out of the elements,” Cunningham says. “You never know who will show up. And if you’re at home and think hey, maybe I can make a pot of soup on nights that it’s freezing outside, we could use them for cold weather nights.” And according to tradition, the Salvation Army will be placing angel trees at Lakeshore Mall, churches and other places of business

throughout the community, allowing people the opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for those who may not otherwise receive anything. Toys will also be collected and sorted at the Salvation Army warehouse in Chicopee and from there will be distributed with the food boxes in December. If you’re planning on having a warm clothing drive this winter, Cunningham says the Salvation Army will accept coats and other warm clothes and accessories to give to the homeless and those who may not have heat within their houses. For those really looking to get into the Christmas spirit, volunteer to ring a Salvation Army bell. This long-held tradition will continue this year, and donations you help collect will be used throughout the upcoming year. There’s certainly no shortage of volunteer opportunities this holiday season, and it’s safe to say that when you are working with the Salvation Army, you are indeed doing the most good. To find out more about volunteering, call the Salvation Army office at 770-534-2305.


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Nov. 1 “Echoing Air,” Baroque Music Concert 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; $5 students and seniors. Piedmont College Chapel, 992 Central Ave, Demorest. Nov. 1 “Happy Birthday Dr. Long” celebration Cupcake with each paid admission. Crawford W. Long Museum, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-3675307, Nov. 1-2 Evening of Dance 7:30 p.m. Pearce Auditorium, 200 Blvd., Gainesville. $6 general, $4 seniors, children and students. Free for Brenau students, faculty and staff. 770-534-6263. Nov. 1, 8 YearOne Fast Friday “Legal” Street Racing Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce, 706-335-2301, Nov. 1-3 Jefferson Holiday Market Main Street Jefferson, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-367-5714, 706-215-3345, blaughinghouse@ Nov. 1-3 Hemlock Fest Dahlonega. Fundraiser to help save eastern and Carolina hemlock trees. Live music, primitive camping, knife throwing and archery contests, canoeing, arts & crafts demonstrations, interactive presentations and exhibits, food vendors, Native American crafts and art. Nov. 1-3 SCCA American Road Race of Champions Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton, 800-849-RACE, 770-967-6143, www.roadatlanta. 36

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Nov. 7-9 Marketplace 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Preview party 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $5. 770-535-1976, com. Tickets $15-$40 Nov. 2 Trick or Trek Trail Run 10 a.m. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Run in costume, collect some treats and win a prize for best costume. 770-535-1976, www. Nov. 2 Artist Talk 5:30-7 p.m. Brenau’s Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents’ Gallery, 200 Blvd., Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263. Nov. 2, 23 Make Your Own Basket 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Smithgall Woods. Register in advance. 706-878-3087 Nov. 7 “Do You See What I See?” Gallery Exhibit Holiday Show. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 706-8783933, Nov. 4-14 University of North Georgia

Senior Exhibition Series Dahlonega Campus, Library Technology Center, 117 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Reception 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Visit www.northgeorgia. edu/library/hours to check library hours. Free. Nov. 4 Gospel Choir 7:30 p.m. Pearce Auditorium, 200 Blvd., Gainesville. 770-538-4764. Nov. 7 Piedmont College Singers Fall Concert 7:30 p.m. Piedmont College Chapel, 992 Central Ave., Demorest. Nov. 7 Featured Artist for the Month Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts. 5-6 p.m. 706-878-3933, www. Nov. 8 University of North Georgia Jazz Band Concert 8-9:30 p.m. Gloria Shott Auditorium, 322 Georgia Circle, , Dahlonega. Tickets: adults $5, children and

non-UNG students $2, free with UNG ID. Nov. 8-9 Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Exposition Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, 770781-3491, $5 ages 13 and older. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 404-569-0028, michael.moore@; John Walls, 770-8863507 Nov. 8-10 Holiday Road Open House Winter Arts Tour 1-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday Local painters, potters, jewelry makers, fiber, glass, metal artists, demonstrations, handmade gifts. Nov. 9 University of North Georgia presents: All American Piano Celebration 4-7 p.m. Gloria Shott Auditorium, 322 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Free. HOME Living

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home calendar Nov. 9-10 Lighting of the Tree and Movies under the Stars Noon. Braselton Bros. Store/Braselton Park. Nov. 9-10 Civil War Expo 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Helen Riverside Park. Re-enactors, Period villages, demonstrations, and camps. Nov. 10 Northeast Georgia Salutes Our Military Heroes family day 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900,, Nov. 10-16 Veterans Week 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Military memorabilia and artifacts, veterans avail-

able to speak. Free. 770-297-5900,, Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade 4 p.m., downtown Dawsonville. Veterans Affairs of Dawson County, 706-265-6278 Nov. 12 University of North Georgia Patriot Choir Concert 8-9 p.m. Gloria Shott Auditorium, 322 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Free. Nov. 12 Korean War Veterans’ Panel history forum 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members, $3 non-members. 770-297-5900, or Nov. 12 Second annual French Cabaret: Celebrating Na-

tional French Week 6-7:30 p.m. Brenau University Student Union Building, 220 Sorority Circle, Gainesville. Free. 770-5384453. Nov. 12-Dec. 1 Juried Student Design Exhibition Breansu Presidents’ Gallery, 200 Blvd., Gainesville. Reception 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 14. Free. 770-534-6263 Nov. 12-23 “Guys and Dolls” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-16 and 19-23, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 23. Brenau’s Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. $24-26 adults, $22-24 seniors, $14-16 students. 678-7173624, Nov. 13 Georgia Poetry Circuit Reading 12:30 p.m. John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Banks Recital Hall, 429 Academy St., Gainesville.

Free. Limited seating. 770-5346179. Nov. 16 Vientos del Pueblo, Music from the Andes 7:30 p.m. Center Theatre, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee. 706-8783300, $20 nonmembers, $18 members, $12 ages 12 and under. Nov. 16-17 Mistletoe Market and Sugarplum Tea Room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Sunday. North Georgia Technical College, 121 Meeks Ave., Blairsville. Arts and crafts, food. Free. 706-896-0932, Nov. 16-17 Celebrate the Holidays Festival and Parade Noon. Braselton Park.

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home calendar Nov. 17 University of North Georgia Golden Eagle Band Fall Show 7-8 p.m. Lumpkin County High School, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega. Free. Nov. 18 University of North Georgia Singers and Le Belle Voci Concert 8-9 p.m. Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega. Free. Nov. 18 Dinner and a Movie 7 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE,

Gainesville. $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. 770-534-2787, Nov. 19 Wind Ensemble Fall Concert 7:30 p.m. Piedmont College Chapel, 992 Central Ave., Demorest. Nov. 19 University of North Georgia Singers and Le Belle Voci Concert 8-9 p.m. Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 Park St., Dahlonega, GA 30533. Free. Nov. 21 University of North Georgia

Orchestra Concert 8-9 p.m. University of North Georgia Hoag Auditorium, 100 College Circle, Dahlonega. Tickets: adults $5, children and non-UNG students $2, free with UNG ID. Nov. 21-24 “Courage” 7 p.m. Nov. 21-23, 2 p.m. Nov. 24. Piedmont College, Swanson Center Blackbox Theater, 365 College Drive, Demorest. Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors. Nov. 22-24 Holiday Art Show Amicalola Falls Lodge. Juried artists. Nov. 22-Dec. 15 “White Christmas — Irvin Berlin” The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-7819178, www.playhousecumming. com. $25 Nov. 23 Dawson County Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Dawson County Municipal Complex, 415 Ga. 53 East, Dawsonville. Parade starts 4 p.m., through downtown Dawsonville ending at City Hall. Christmas activities, hot chocolate, crafts, bounce house, pictures with Santa, tree lighting at dusk. Free., 706265-6278 Nov. 25 A Ceremony of Carols 7:30 p.m. John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-538-4764, www.brenau. edu.

Dec. 6-8 Gainesville Ballet Company presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec 8, 2 p.m. Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University. 38

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Nov. 27-Dec. 14 Festival of Trees Unicoi State Park, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen, 706-878-2201, Sponsored by White County Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Helen/White County Convention & Visitors Bureau, fundraiser for United Way of White County. 706-878-2181. Nov. 29 Annual Lighting of the Village 6 p.m. Downtown Helen at the Bandshell, 706-878-2181 Nov. 29 Christmas in Downtown Clayton 5-8 p.m. Santa, shopping, refreshments. Clayton Merchants and Business Association, 706-782-1520 Nov. 29-Dec. 22 Old Fashioned Christmas Downtown Dahlonega square. Lighting of the Square, parade with Santa, other holiday events daily through December including caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, live theater events. DahlonegaLumpkin County Visitors Center, 706-864-3513, Nov. 30 Yonah Brass Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. Historic Gym. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee. 706-8783300, Pass the hat donations.


Dec. 1-31 Christmas In Cornelia, Holiday Light Spectacular Cornelia City Park. Nightly until 11 p.m. Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Dec. 2 University of North Georgia Percussion Ensemble Concert 8-9 p.m. Gloria Shott Auditorium, 322 Georgia Circle, Dahlonega. Tickets: adults $5, children and non-UNG students $2, free with UNG ID. HOME Living

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home calendar Dec. 8 Christmas on Green Street Green Street in Gainesville; 4:30-7:15 p.m. antique car procession. Green Street will be closed from 3:30-7:45pm. Presented by The Hall County Historical Society, www.hall

Dec. 3 University of North Georgia Chorale Concert 7-8 p.m. Ed Cabell Theatre, Performing Arts Center, University of North Georgia’s Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. Dec. 3 2013 John Berry Christmas Show 6 p.m., Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville. Benefits Challenged Child and Friends. Presented by Milton Martin Honda. www. Dec. 4 University of North Georgia Symphonic Band Concert 8-9:30 p.m. University of North Georgia Hoag Auditorium, 100 College Circle, Dahlonega. Tickets: adults $5, children and non-UNG students $2, free with UNG ID. Dec. 5 University of North Georgia Singers and Le Belle Voci concert with University of North Georgia Chorale 7 p.m. Gainesville First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. Free. Dec. 5 Guest Heritage Center for the Arts Artist Reception 5-6 p.m. GHCA Arts-Crafts-Gifts, 8016 S. Main St., Helen, 706-8921033, www.experiencegeorgiaarts. org Dec. 6-8 Sautee Stars Children’s Thea40

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tre Troupe, “The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood” Sautee Nacoochee Center Theater, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee. 706-878-3300, www. Dec. 6 Downtown in December Main Street Jefferson, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-367-5714, 706-215-3345, blaughinghouse@ Dec. 6 Photos with Santa 5:30-8:30 p.m. Crawford W. Long Museum, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-367-5307, info@crawfordlong. org Dec. 6-7 Service of Lessons & Carols Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. Piedmont College Chapel, 992 Central Ave., Demorest. Dec. 6-8, 13-15 Charity Lane, Christmas decorations tour 5:30 p.m. Off U.S. 441 North, Rabun Gap. 706-782-1878 Dec. 6-8 National Auto Sport Association Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder High-

way, Braselton, 800-849-RACE, 770-967-6143, www.roadatlanta. com. Members $10 Dec. 7 Christmas Parade Main Street Jefferson, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-367-5714, 706-215-3345, blaughinghouse@ Dec. 7 Breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m., Rock Creek Sports Complex. Packages with breakfast start at $5. Dec. 7 Miniature Gingerbread House Workshop 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 5-12. Pre-registration required. Crawford W. Long Museum, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-367-5307, info@crawfordlong. org Dec. 7 Christmas Parade 5 p.m., Main Street, Clayton. Chamber of Commerce, 706-782-4812 Dec. 7 Christmas Parade 2 p.m., Downtown Blairsville. Pictures with Santa in Historical Court House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Parade free. 706-745-5493, www.

Dec. 7 Christmas at the Cabin Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee. 706878-3300, Free. Dec. 7 Annual Christmas Parade 2-3 p.m. Downtown Helen. 706878-2181, Dec. 7 Annual Christmas in the Mountains Festival 3-8 p.m. Downtown Cleveland. Carols, hot cocoa and cookies, kids activities, arts & crafts, food booths. White County Chamber of Commerce, 706-865-5356, www. Dec. 7 Kinderfest Noon-3 p.m. Downtown Helen. Games, face painting, balloons. Helen Chamber of Commerce, 706-878-1908 Dec. 7 Deck the Halls 3-5 p.m. Unicoi State Park, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen, 800-573-9659. Holiday crafts, hayrides (weather permitting), music, food, pictures with Santa. 800-573-9659, www. HOME Living

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home calendar Dec. 8 Tour of Churches/Homes Downtown Development Authority. Main Street Jefferson, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-367-5714, 706-215-3345, blaughinghouse@

Dec. 14 Christmas Tree Lighting 4-6:30 p.m. Vogel State Park, U.S. 19/U.S. 129 South. Tree lighting, caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus, bonfires, toy drive. Parking $5. 706745-2628,

Dec. 8 Celebrating a Green Christmas 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free photo with Santa, carols, Christmas crafts. 770-2975900,, jcarson@brenau. edu.

Dec. 14 Featured Artist Series 1-4 p.m. Braselton Gallery, 36 Frances St., Braselton, 678-9608977,

Dec. 10 "Passages" reception 4:30-6 p.m. John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Leo Castelli Gallery, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263 Dec. 12-Feb. 15 Quinlan’s Winter Exhibitions Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 12. Call 770-536-2575 for times. Dec. 13-15 Community Chorale Holiday Concert, Center Theater 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee. 706-878-3300, www. $10 members, $14 nonmembers, $4 ages 12 Dec. 13-21 Christmas in the Park Cornelia Community House & Cornelia City Park. Ice skating $10; free make and take crafts workshop, visits with Santa, holiday market arts and crafts. Dec. 13-14 Christmas in Cumming Arts and crafts festival (admission $1), photos with Santa, hay rides. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, 770-7813491,

Dec. 17 Christmas Classics 2013 8 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-7819178, www.playhousecumming. com Dec. 19 North Georgia Barber Shop Singers Christmas 2013 8 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-7819178, www.playhousecumming. com Dec. 20 Cumming Playhouse Singers Christmas Concert 8 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-7819178, www.playhousecumming. com Dec. 21 “Sounds of Sawnee” Christmas Concert 8 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-7819178, www.playhousecumming. com Dec. 22 The North Georgia Chamber Symphony 3 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-7819178, www.playhousecumming. com Dec. 31 The Return Beatles Tribute Band 3 and 8 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-781-9178, www.playhouse

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home around town WomenSource's Sixth Annual Power of the Purse September 10, 2013 WomenSource honored the work of local female heroes while raising money for area charities with the annual fashion show at the Chattahoochee Country Club. On the runway donning the latest trends in fashion were Susan Abee, United Way of Hall County Grace Akan, Hall County Public Defender's Office Lindsay Burton, Hall County District Attorney's Office Tonya Butler-Collins, United States Army Veteran Marlana Crews, Hall County Fire Services Rev. Ruth Walker Demby, First Baptist Church of Gainesville Julia Greene, Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County Dr. Bonita Jacobs, University of North Georgia Elida Lopez, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Rev. Gala Sheats, First Baptist Church-MLK Drive Cheryl Vandiver, North Georgia Community Foundation LeCrisha Peyton Webb, Hall County Schools-East Hall Middle School Britney Whitaker, The Longstreet Clinic PC-Pediatrics


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Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours September 19, 2013 Business-minded community members came together at the Northeast Georgia History Center and the Brenau University Jacobs Building to meet, mingle and make connections over refreshments, music and door prizes.

12th Annual John Jarrard Foundation Songwriter Festival September 20, 2013 Despite rainy weather, musicians Kent Blazy, Kim Williams, Doug Johnson, Jim Collins and Bob Morrison played to honor the late John Jarrard, Gainesville native and Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee at Riverside Military Academy’s John L. Beaver Field House. Before the main event Saturday night, a free concert was held on the square Friday, featuring David Lee Murphy, Riverstreet Again and Berklee College of Music students. Concert and auction proceeds went to charities, including Good News Clinics, Good News at Noon Men’s Shelter and Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County, among others.

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10th Annual Art on the Square September 21, 2013 Artists and entertainers braved afternoon showers to participate in the 10th annual Art in the Square in downtown Gainesville. The festival featured various art exhibits by more than 120 artists and artisans from the Southeast, specialty vendors and activities.

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17th Annual Vineyard Fest at Chateau Elan August 25, 2013 The 17th annual Vineyard Fest at Château Élan was a huge success thanks to all of the vendors, wineries, entertainment and beautiful weather. Guests were given a Château Élan wine glass upon entry and immediately entered into a wine-lovers paradise. There were wine, beer and spirit tastings from national and international wines, Georgia wines, craft beers and distillery spirits. Vineyard Fest provided a sampling of culinary specialities as well as an assortment of wines, craft beers and distilled spirits.

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Come in today and let us check to see if your plan can be transferred to a locally owned and operated Pharmacy.

3845 Hwy. 53, Hoschton

(located in West Jackson MIN-E-SHOPS)

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

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A Taste of History: Auto Racing in Northeast Georgia August 30, 2013 Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Richard Petty, one of the drivers known for revolutionizing American stock car racing, signed autographs at “A Taste of History: Auto Racing in Northeast Georgia.” The event honored racing history in North Georgia at First Baptist Church’s banquet hall on Green Street with noted author and Gainesville native Ronda Rich serving as the master of ceremonies. All proceeds benefited the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville.

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The Center for Female Continence


• Avoid social engagements • Wear pads frequently or daily • Keep a change of clothes with you • Avoid intimacy or exercise • Plan activities around the location of bathrooms • Feel frustrated or embarrassed about your problem Tel: 706.282.7676 Fax: 706.886.7280 Toll Free: 866.913.8620 3 OFFICE LOCATIONS: 740 Prince Avenue, Bldg 9, Athens 79 Doyle Street, Toccoa 2350 Limstone Parkway, Gainesville Starting in November 2013

R. Brian Raybon, MD education:

North Carolina State University, 1988, BS, BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 1992, MD residency:

Emory University 1992-1996 fellowships:

Department of Gynecologie et Obstetrique, Lyon, France Gynecological Cancer Centre, Sydney, Australia Institute for Special Pelvic Surgery, Baltimore, Maryland professional societies:


Georgia OB-GYN Society, Board Member (Urogynecology Member-at-Large) International Urogynecological Association American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists Dr. Raybon has trained over 100 physicians in minimally invasive pelvic floor surgeries. Dr. Raybon has helped hundreds of women regain their active lifestyle through successful treatment of urinary and/or fecal incontinence. Call today to set up a personal and compassionate consultation.

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Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life Masquerade Ball September 13, 2013 The Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life hosted its Masquerade Ball held at the Braselton-Stover House. Masked attendees enjoyed an evening that began with a social hour and silent auction with portrait photography by Tommy Brooks. Jessica Worley, co-chair of the Braselton-Hoschton Relay For Life, provided welcoming remarks and introduced Todd Sigmon, executive director of oncology services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Braselton Mayor Bill Orr offered the prayer and Lisa Martin provided musical entertainment during the dinner, which was served by volunteers. Jean Beck provided recognitions and introductions and Kelli Banks, a cancer survivor, was the keynote speaker. Chris Jones of the American Cancer Society also provided remarks. Jennifer Kidd gave closing remarks A 50-50 raffle was held and Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly conducted the live auction, which raised money for Relay For Life.


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2013 Hero's Ball August 23, 2013 Braselton Police Assistant Chief Lou Solis awardedOfficer of the Year honors to Officer Mark Berry. The third annual Hero’s Ball honored the public safety workers of the Braselton Police Department, West Jackson Fire Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The event took place at the Braselton Stover House and began with light appetizers provided by Cornbread & Caviar and a donation bar and live music.

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Braselton Woman's Club Founders Day Celebration September 4, 2013 Founders of the civic organization which has evolved into the Braselton Woman’s Club as well as their descendants and members who followed those who joined together to better their community through service were celebrated at the Sept. 4 Founders Day program. The Braselton Woman’s Club paid tribute to the individuals who started the club which has continued the mission of enhancing the education of children and making improvements in the community. The Braselton Woman’s Club Founders Day Celebration committee includes acting secretary Linda Pugh; program coordinator Sylvia Schurr, secretary Bernice Hurst; Braselton Woman’s Club co-president Jan David; committee treasurer and program committee member Martha Martin; chairwoman and accounting Jane B. Smoot; researcher Jane Gladden, who also worked with decorating and facility; Jo Longo, who handled publicity; and Bobbie Kinney, decorating committee.

2013 Good News Clinics' fundraiser September 12, 2013


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Opening band Fowl Play performs at Good News Clinics' 2013 fundraising dinner at Frist Baptist Church in Gainesville September 12. Organizers hoped to raise $50,000 for the Pine Street free clinic that provides medical and dental care for low- and no-income people. Various local medical professionals played and sang as donors and volunteers ate dinner.

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Come experience the uniqueness of historic downtown Braselton where guests and locals enjoy some of the best shopping in Northeast Georgia. Whether you are perusing one of our many outstanding antique store, enjoying an afternoon at the day spa, visiting our local artist gallery or dining at a local restaurant, downtown Braselton has something for everyone.

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