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    Summer 2013


    Young Business Leaders Named

    The A ListWhere Have All The Bees Gone?

    Bee Business

    Cherokee County Service OrganizationIn A League of Their Own

    TasteSwEEt of

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    BEING NEIGHBORSMost of the people who workat Northside Hospital-Cherokeelive in Cherokee. Theyre notjust your doctors or nurses,

    theyre your neighbors.

    CONTRIBUTINGWe contribute to CherokeeCounty schools and supportlocal venues and communityactivity centers.

    VOLUNTEERINGOur employees andphysicians have volunteeredmore than 10,000 hours toCherokee County schools

    and organizations.

    INVESTINGWeve invested more than$100 million to bring thebest the medical worldhas to offer right here to



    Cherokees community

    Northside Hospital-Cherokee has served the residents of this county for many years. Andour commitment to bring you the very best possible care goes well beyond our walls.

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    Dear Readers,

    It might be a case o eyes wide shutnot really understanding what is right beoreour eyes. Learning that the honeybee has suered a serious decline in population acrossthe country gave us that thought. Wed heard somethingabout that, but it just didnt stick.But when the subject was brought to our attention by one o Cherokee Countys ownbeekeepers, Christine Fahrnbauer, we got the message and we want to share it with you.Christines response is to attend to the 12 hives she has and she plans or more. Readingour article on the plight o the bees, hopeully readers will become more aware, proactivein solutions or bee population recovery.

    enjoy! Cherokee salutes the best and brightest o Cherokee County as we honor thosevaledictorians rom the 2013 high school graduating classes. We know they will representCherokee County exceptionally well in their uture endeavors.

    Also in this issue, well tell you about some young people who are getting attention in thebusiness world. It seems like just yesterday we honored our rst crop o up and comingleaders chosen as the top l0 in 10but its time to recognize the 2013 honorees. Teentries were numerous, and judges selected winners by slight margins. It is gratiying toknow that these talented community activists, all under 40, look orward to being a part othe growth and uture in Cherokee County.

    Enjoy the vibe o Woodstocks nightlie. Some are even reerring to it as Little Buckhead.With over 16 dining destinations all within a ew blocks, downtown Woodstock isdrawing record crowds. Te outlet shoppes are opening soon; Woodstock is bound tobecome a regional destination.

    Or, learn about an amazing collection o precious artiacts that tell the story o Cherokeesearliest inhabitants and their journey homeward bound to the Funk Heritage Center in


    Tank you or readingenjoy! Cherokee. Your thoughtul comments (and compliments!) aregreatly appreciated. Plans to expand coverage oenjoy! Cherokeeare already on the drawingboard and we look orward to delivering more interesting reading or you to enjoy in themonths ahead.


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    On the Cover:

    A worker honeybee samples nectar rom

    the fowers in the Fahrnbauers ront yard.

    The variety o unique fowering plants is

    credited or providing the right mixture or

    some o the most delicious honey ound

    in Cherokee County.

    1 Welcome

    4 The Hckory Lo Collecton

    6 A Nht Ot on the (Small) Town Eat, Drnk and Be Merry n Woodstock

    8 Cherokee Conty Top 10 n 10 Yon Proessonals

    12 Home Sweet (Asssted Lvn) Home - Cameron Hall

    14 Not Too Late or Happy Campers

    16 Cherokee Conty Aqatc Center - Makn a Splash!

    19 Meet Bll Crane

    20 Best o the Best

    23 Teachn Yor Kds Abot Money

    24 The Bsness o Bees

    26 A Leacy o Servce to Cherokees Chldren

    28 Sothern Athor Raymond L. Atkns, Latest Book

    32 Renassance at the Cherokee Arts Center

    43 Events Calendar

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    When you stand in the parking lot o the Walmart Supercenterin Canton and look south toward the Etowah River, it is perhapsa stretch to imagine that this busy retail corridor was home toNative Americans more than 2,000 years ago. But there is plentyo evidence130 boxes o artiacts that suggest that while theMayans were building great temples in Central America, andRome was ruling much o the civilized world, Native Americanslived and prospered in Cherokee County along the banks o theEtowah River. Te treasure trove o more than 100,000 artiacts

    chronicling centuries o ancient Cherokee history, now reerredto as the Hickory Log Collection, was unearthed and excavatedduring construction o the Walmart in 1994.

    Ancient pottery, turquoise pipes and 19th century remnants othe Native American presence in North Georgia are among thesampling o objects discovered at the Hickory Log Site. When

    Walmart realized the potential archeological signicance o thesite, they halted construction so that the site could be secured andstudied and the artiacts could be properly removed and preserved.Human remains unearthed at the site were respectully reinterredin accordance with ederal laws protecting them and with theparticipation o representatives rom the Cherokee Nation.

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    According to Dr. Joseph Kitchens, executive director o theFunk Heritage Center in nearby Waleska, this discovery actuallyled to the establishment o the Funk Heritage Center, a popularhistory museum on the campus o Reinhardt University that hasbeen designated as Georgias ocial Frontier and SoutheasternIndian Interpretive Center. Dr. F. James Funk o Atlanta wasan orthopedic surgeon and very actively involved with manyeducational and humanitarian endeavors. While serving on theReinhardt University Board o rustees, he ollowed the unoldingstory o the archaeological discoveries and subsequent dig at thesight o the Walmart Supercenter in Canton. His interest inspiredhim to assume the leadership in creating a museum on the campusthat would tell the story o both Native Americans and the earlypioneers o the region, Kitchens explains.

    Te museum was created and dedicated in 1999 with a missionto tell the story o the early Appalachian settlers and SoutheasternIndians, and more than 120,000 people have visited since then.Te museum, with its distinct longhouse design, depicts the storyo Cherokees earliest inhabitants with displays eaturing more than6,000 irreplaceable artiacts, mostly donated by local collectors. Butunortunately, none o the prized artiacts rom the Hickory Log

    Collection are here. Te centerpiece o the Hall o the Ancients is amassive petroglyph that was ound years ago on the Cline armnot ar rom the Hickory Log areaand donated to ReinhardtUniversity. Te petroglyph is the most signicant artiact we haveat this time. Tis boulder is 11 eet long and 5 eet wide and weighsabout 5 tons. Te carvings on it were made by Native Americansand consist o concentric circles, crosses and other symbols carvedthousands o years ago. It was discovered near where the HickoryLog artiacts were excavated, and we may discover a connectionbetween those artiacts and the petroglyph, Kitchen arms.

    Meanwhile, because the artiacts excavated at the Hickory LogSite were along the Etowah River, ocials with the Army Corp

    o Engineers took control o the archaeological materials andtranserred them to the Chapel Hill, N.C., laboratory o Paul Webb,archaeologist or RC Solutions, an engineering rm, where theyhave remained or more than a decade. Fortunately Webb has notbeen idle during this time, but unortunately Funk would not liveto see the collection brought home to Cherokee County. He diedin 2008.

    Archaeological study has gone on during the intervening 18years, a time consuming eort in large part because o the size othe collection, Kitchen explains. Webbs work on this projectincluded identiying the artiacts and sorting them in a way that

    could reveal the secrets o several past cultures.

    Perhaps interest in the discoveries waned through the years, butthe artiacts were not orgotten. In 2012, Billy Hasty, chairman othe current Reinhardt Board, Dr. Tomas Isherwood, ReinhardtUniversity president, and I visited Webb in North Carolina tohave a look at the collection. Te Hickory Log Collection showsperiods o Native American occupation dating back 2,000 years.It includes the last period when Cherokee lived along the EtowahRiver prior to their removal in 1838. Although archaeologistshave not completed their studies on the collection, archaeologistPaul Webb eels this could well be the most substantial collectiono historic Cherokee artiacts ound in Georgia. We came away

    enthusiastic and hopeul that the University could soon bring theartiacts home or exhibit here.

    Te cost o curation o the collection is estimated at more than$50,000, and an active campaign is underway to secure theseunds with more than hal that amount already pledged or given.Enthusiastic museum volunteers have given nearly $10,000 othat amount, and signicant pledges have been made toward theremainder, Kitchen notes. I we are successul in acquiring thecollection, the artiacts will at last be exhibited here in Cherokee

    County where they were recovered.

    Once the Hickory Log Collection is here, selecting and exhibitingthe best o the collection will be the next big task. Eective andexciting exhibition will require thoughtul design to bring thecollection to lie, says Kitchens. I think many visitors will beamazed that people inhabited the area we call Canton more than2,000 years ago, and unintentionally let a historical story behindevidence o their daily lives, their societies and their belies.

    For inormation about how you can help bring these artiacts backto Cherokee County, call 770-720-5970 or email [email protected].

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    A hundred years ago, it was all about the cotton in Woodstocktrains came in regularly and loaded up with hundreds o balesgrown locally. oday, the countryside is littered with the abandonedremnants o similar small arming towns. Let behind by the 21stcentury, their empty Main Streets are lined with boarded-up storeronts. Conversely, Woodstocks picturesque Main Street is lined withbustling boutique businesses. Who would have thought that this oldcotton town would emerge as an entertainment enclave in the 21st

    century landscape with hundreds o diners and revelers convergingnightly to sample the exceptional cuisine, and enjoy a night out onthe (small) town?

    Ironically, Downtown Woodstock has fourished and prosperedduring the most crippling recession in recent history. In 2006, youcould only nd our restaurants in Downtown Woodstock. odayyou can choose rom among 16 wonderul dining destinations. Onereason or Woodstocks tremendous success is the great variety orestaurants you can nd in Downtownall within a ew blocks you

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    A night out in Downtown Woodstock is lledwith exceptional ood and wonderul live

    entertainment. Its really a great atmosphereto have un with riends and amily.

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    Scientists predict that 10 yearsrom now, we may have anoutpost on the moon, carsthat drive themselves, andaugmented reality glasses.Local residents are predicting

    that the 10 young proessionalsspotlighted here will leadCherokee County into anera o continued success andprosperity. Coordinated by theCherokee County Chambero Commerce, in partnershipwith enjoy! Cherokee Magazine,

    the recognition programocuses on those under 40 withthe vision and commitment tooster and achieve greatness.

    Josh Baby

    Josh Bagby, owner o asmall multi-line insuranceagency in Canton,

    enjoyed growing up inCherokee Countyhemoved here in 1996 andgraduated rom CherokeeHigh School in 2005.Te people are one othe things he appreciatesmost about living here.Cherokee County was agreat place to grow up, and I look orward to raising ouruture children in the community. I it really does takea village, then I eel truly blessed to have a village likeCherokee County, he arms.

    On January 1, 2010, Bagby, 26, ounded Te BagbyAgency, Inc. and began operating in the Canton/Woodstock area as a principal agent with Ala Insurance.What makes my job great is that I can hand out money

    when bad things happen. When people need it most, wecan make them nancially whole again. Insurance ties intomy whole way o thinking really. I like to help people upand make them smile, and insurance allows me to do thateven in the dark times, he explains.

    What an honor to recognizesuch an outstanding group

    o rising stars. Te Chambercelebrates this accomplishment

    with each recipient whileeagerly awaiting their

    uture successes,Pam Carnes

    Chamber President and CEO

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    He and his wie, Katie, live in Harmony on the Lakes and enjoyspending time outdoors in Cherokee. We like taking our dog,Elvis, on walks through the neighborhood and the countys parks,and I enjoy playing a little gol whenever I get the chance. Wehavent had a chance lately, but we always enjoy spending time outon the lake as well. He notes that he and Katie are huge collegeootball anshe walked on and played ullback at UGA. We arelooking orward to Reinhardt University kicking o their ootballprogram in the all.

    Rand Bawe

    Rand Bagwell, co-ownerand pharmacist at NorthsidePharmacy and Medical Supply,grew up in Canton along withseveral generations o his amily,and currently lives with his wie,Stephanie, and their two sonsin the Union Hill community.One o the things he appreciates

    most about Cherokee is the smalltown atmosphere. CherokeeCounty is growing very ast and has been or quite some time. Ihave enjoyed seeing these changes as it brings new amilies andbusinesses to my hometown. Tis is exciting as it shows the eortsput orth by our county leaders and their willingness to provide a

    well-rounded, sae community or all o the residents. It is also atestament to local business owners like meothers see the ruits oour labors and are encouraged about a good uture here. Tat said,despite this positive growth, I still eel the small-town atmosphereis prevalent here, and I truly appreciate that.

    Bagwell, 35, and his amily enjoy the many recreationalopportunities in Cherokee. Lately we have been spending moretime at Harmon Field cheering on our son ripp as he playsbaseball. Last year we enjoyed the Cherokee Outdoor YMCAsoccer program with ripp. We always look orward to going toBrown Park to play on the playground. I like going to run thetrails at Boling Parkthe Boy Scouts have done a tremendous

    job creating and maintaining them.

    Bagwell also appreciates Cherokees business community. Ourbusiness could not operate without the support o other localbusinesses. Tey help us maintainour day-to-day operations through

    their respective services. Tiscommunity works well together!

    Michae Cadwe

    Michael Caldwell is on theup-and-coming ast-track as theyoungest elected state legislatorin the United States. I am

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    proud to live in one o the most conservative counties in America.Cherokees citizens continually show that they are deeply investedin their elected ocials and are willing to get involved to protectour amilies, businesses and reedoms, Caldwell notes. CherokeeCounty is truly my home. I grew up in Cherokee County, marriedmy Etowah High School sweetheart, Katie, go to church, work andlive here. While I have the opportunity to represent a portion othis wonderul community, Ill never be perect. Ill do everythingin my power to be as readily available, transparent and accountableas humanly possible. I you ever eel I havent adequately consideredall sides o an issue or i youd simply like to get to know a ellowneighbor, I hope youll reach out to me, he assures.

    When Caldwell is not serving as a state representative, he is aregional sales manager and partial owner o Python Saety Inc.Python Saety, a Cherokee County based business, manuacturesdrop prevention equipment or industrial sites across the globeincluding nuclear power plants, new construction and muchmore.

    One o his avorite things to do in Cherokee is to head toWoodstock. Katie and I spend a great deal o our time in downtownWoodstock enjoying the restaurants and shops. Some o Cherokeesbest businesses are located in Woodstock, and the downtown areais a great place to spend an evening or a weekend. When wereenjoying leisure time but not spending it in our hometown, we cantypically be ound on Lake Allatoona enjoying one o CherokeeCountys most valuable natural resources and recreation spots.

    John Cine

    John Cline currently serves asthe associate judge o the ProbateCourt o Cherokee County. Priorto joining the Probate Court on

    January 1, 2009, I worked or10 years as an attorney in privatepractice in Canton, primarilyhandling cases o child abuseand neglect and probate-relatedmatters, Cline, a graduate oUniversity o Georgias School oLaw, notes.

    Cline, who has roots originating in Waleska and going backseveral generations, lives with his wie, Millie, and two daughters inCantons picturesque Historic District. I enjoy spending time withmy amily at the many parks in and around Cantonour avoritesare McCanless Park, Brown Park, Heritage Park, and Cline Park. Ialso enjoy riding bicycles as a amily activity on quiet streets aroundCanton or at Reinhardt University.

    One o his avorite things to do is to take his daughter to schoolvia bicycle when the weather permits. Or sometimes we bike tothe R.. Jones Library, then to the playground at Brown Park in

    downtown Canton. Te small-town pleasures are one o the thingshe appreciates most about Cherokee. Although Cherokee Countyis the seventh largest county in the stateby populationinmany respects we have managed to maintain a small-town eel thatI enjoy. I also like the act that we have easy access to everythinga large city can oercollege and proessional sports, arts andentertainment, a world-class airport, rst-rate health carebutthat the city is neither too close nor too ar away.

    Ceve Hi

    Cleve Hill is the managingpartner and attorney at law withthe rm o Bettis, Hill & VannLLC, a boutique law practice witha ocus that includes wills, trustsand estate planning. Hill, 34,

    was selected by ellow attorneysstatewide or Georgia rendMagazines Legal Elite in thearea o Wills/Estates/axes or


    A 1997 graduate o Cherokee High School, he and his wie,Allison, and two children live in Canton, and he has deep rootsin Cherokee County. My grandparents, the late Carl J. Hilland Hazel Reinhardt Hill Moore, were native Cherokee Countyresidents. In act, some o my Grandmothers ancestors were theounders o what is now Reinhardt University. Cherokee Countyis home or me in every sense o the word. It is where my minddrits back to when I think o my childhood, and now what I thinkabout as home or my children. Cherokee County is, in a very realsense, my heritage. I have always ound Cherokee Countys people

    to be hardworking, generous, compassionate and good humored.I the good Lord allowed me to pick anywhere in the world to havebeen raised and to now raise my own children, I wouldnt change athing, Hill arms.

    Hill says he considers it an honor, privilege and dream to notonly live here in Cherokee, but to do what he does or a living.Each day I get to help amilies take care o each other by dratingestate plans and counseling amilies through the administration oestates when a loved one passes. It is my goal to grow my practice tobe north metropolitan Atlantas premiere boutique estate planning,probate, and elder law rm in order to genuinely and positivelyimpact the lives o amilies,

    children, the disabled, and theelderly.

    Barbara Jacoby

    Barbara Jacoby has one othe best jobs around these days.She is the director o PublicInormation, Communicationsand Partnerships or the Cherokee

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    County School District, one o the nest districts in the nation.She and her husband, Michael, and two young sons live in thebeautiul Lake Arrowhead community.

    Cherokee has been her home or 16 years, during which, thecounty has experienced many changes. ens o thousands onewcomers are lling up the wide open spaces between whatonce were small towns. While the ast growth has presentedmany challenges, the longtime residents welcome move-ins like

    me with open arms and open hearts. And I love that even with apopulation topping 218,000, you still run into someone you knowmost everywhere you go, she notes.

    Jacoby says her parents demonstrated the importance o givingtime, talents and treasure or causes you care about, and one oher avorite things to do is volunteer and support communityevents that her whole amily can enjoy. Te late Otis Brumby

    Jr., one o my proessional mentors, spoke o the importanceo paying your civic rent throughout your entire lietime,and I plan on never missing a payment. I am most passionateabout service that ocuses on improving the lives o children,especially the less privileged, at-risk and special needs children

    in our community. Trough becoming a mother and my workwith the Service League o Cherokee County and the SchoolDistrict, I see even more clearly that this is the area where Imcalled to serve.

    Jake Osaer

    Jake Osaer, 35, is the generalmanager o Cameron Hall SeniorLiving Communities, a amily-owned assisted living business

    with locations in Canton andEllijay. He grew up primarily inCherokee County and graduatedrom Sequoyah High School.He and his wie, Heidi, andtheir inant daughter currentlylive in South Canton. What heappreciates most about Cherokee County is that it is a perectblend o metro and country. I like the proximity to downtown

    Atlantait is both close enough and ar enough away.

    With the demands o running an assisted living home and ayoung daughter, Osaer says that he doesnt have much leisure

    time these days and he spends most o it with amily. When Ido have the opportunity to get out, some o my avorite thingsto do in Cherokee County are boating, shing, camping, andmaking very sad attempts at playing gol.

    Osaer, admittedly a huge NASCAR an, also watches racesevery chance he gets. I have attended three or our racesevery year or the last ve-plus years. I have witnessed severalincidents during races rsthand that most people only saw on

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    When Joann Savage, president o Cameron Hall, was theSocial Services coordinator at R.. Jones Regional Hospital (nowNorthside Canton) in the late 90s, she came to the realizationthat there just wasnt a good living arrangement available or manylocal senior citizens. Tere werent enough options to chooserom or elderly olks in Cherokee County. Most senior citizens

    who needed additional help were orced to choose nursing homeplacement over other options because they didnt want to leavetheir community and they didnt have access to quality in-homecare. Although nursing homes are a great t or some people, orthose that dont need that level o care, the atmosphere can bedepressing and detrimental to their overall health.

    Savage says she elt compelled in her heart to do somethingabout it and ounded Cameron Hall, an assisted living homein Canton. I started this business out o a love or the elderly,Savage arms. Tere was nothing else or them locally.

    Now, 15 years later, Cameron Hall has become a model orassisted living and is home-sweet-home to more than 80 residentsin Canton and 55 more at their new Ellijay location. Tis amily-owned-and-operated business is all about amily in more waysthan one. Savage and several amily membersincluding son

    Jake Osaer, general manager o Cameron Hall in Cantonwhohelp her manage the business and maintain the acilities, treattheir sta and residents like amily. Tere is little turnover amongemployees and residents. Savage says that many o their caregiversand residents have been with them or eight to 10 years. Tis istheir home, and they are amily, Osaer arms. Our roots arehere in Cherokee. We know these amilies and are part o thiscommunity.

    15 years later, Cameron Hallhas become a model or asssted

    lvn and s home-sweet-hometo more than 80 resdents

    n Canton and 55 more

    at ther new Elljay locaton.Ths amly-owned-and-operated

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    Joann Savage, President

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    How to Find a Home for YourElderly Family Member -

    Six Tips for Choosing Wisely

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    Cameron Hall is dierent than other area acilities, according to Savage. Because we areprivately owned, our management style is dierent rom that o a large corporation. We areable to give our residents individualized attention and treat them with personal respect andcompassionlike we would treat amily members. Many o their amily members developrelationships with sta and other residents as well, Savage explains.

    Unlike a traditional nursing home, an assisted living residence is or individuals who needa little help with daily activities, but who do not require skilled nursing care. Cameron Hallhas trained caregivers on site around the clock, but they try to create a home-like setting thatpromotes independence, and accordingly, they oer several dierent levels o care, dependingon each patients physical and mental needs. Some patients are entirely sel-sucient andothers require ongoing assistance with medications and routine living tasks. Te sta managesmedications and continually monitors the health o all residents, and physicians make housecalls as needed. Patients who are challenged with dementia reside in a special memory care unitat Cameron Hall in Canton that has been customized and equipped with added saety andsecurity measures.

    For the senior citizens who call Cameron Hall home, chores like laundry, housekeeping and

    cooking are a thing o the past. Residents gather in the dining room or wholesome home-cooked meals that are prepared rom scratch by an onsite che. He prepares special meals orresidents with restricted diets. Osaer notes that the social aspect o the meals is as important as thephysical nourishment. We schedule a variety o social, educational and recreational programsand encourage and nurture riendships among residents and involvement in the community.From a movie and popcorn on Friday night, to dances, games, church services and exerciseclasses, we try to oer something engaging or everyone. We want them all to be happy.

    Although the phrase laughter is the best medicine has become a clich, ongoing researchindicates that there is a strong correlation between happiness and good health. As CameronHalls sta strives to make residents happy, the residents oten become healthier in the process.I love everything about Cameron Hall, says Ruthelle Holcomb, a long-time resident. I youcant be in your home, this is the best place to be. I wouldnt want to be anywhere else!

    Jake Osaer, General Manager

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    Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in DowntownWoodstock oers Drama Camp through the week oJuly 29, and Fine Arts Camp the weeks o June 17 andJune 24. Drama camp is an all-day event and the neart sessions are 90 minutes, Monday through Friday.

    You might have a shot at getting a spot or your teenin either the Photo Boot Camp or een Improv Camp

    the week o June 10. For more inormation, or call 678-494-4251 to checkavailability.

    Te Cherokee Arts Center in Downtown Canton isalso oering summer camps or the arts. Camp Imagineeatures three-hour drama, visual arts sessionsstartingmid-June and going through the week o July 15andclay camp or three weeks in July. een Photo BootCamp is scheduled or the weeks o June 17 and July23. For more inormation visit or call770-704-6244 to check availability.

    Chukkar Farms is oering summer camps eaturing art,hiking, shing, sports and team building exercises on abeautiul 170 acre arm through the week o July 15. Tesessions here last rom 8:30 to 3:30 each day with earlydrop-o and extended-stay options available. For moreinormation, visit ActivitiesAboundSummerCamp.comor call 770-820-6529 to check on availability.

    Cherokee Recreation and Parks Authority (CRPA)oers numerous camp optionsyou might be too lateor the most popular camps, but you are sure to ndsomething that suits your schedule. Summer specialty

    camps include Fishing Camp, een Adventure Camp,Water-Logged Camp and ennis Camps. Te CRPAalso oers Adventures Express Summer Day Camp andKAOS camps or campers, ages 6 - 22, with specialneeds. Te Cherokee County Aquatic Center (CCAC)

    just opened and oers a variety o classes, passesand swim team opportunities year-round. For moreinormation, visit or call 770-924-7768.

    Te Cherokee Outdoor YMCA oers a ull slate oday camps through July including traditional camp andspecialty (sh camp, mountain biking camp, climbingcamp) camps at their rustic Lake Allatoona location in

    South Cherokee County. Camp options are availableor children rom 5 to 15. For a small ee, the YMCA

    will provide transportation to three designated pick-up/drop-o points in the county.

    Te G. Cecil Pruitt Community Center FamilyYMCA in Canton oers a ull schedule o traditionaland specialty swimming camps or children ages 5 to10 through July. For inormation on both YMCA camplocations in Cherokee, visit or call770-345-9622.

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    Meet Bill CraneColumnist Bill Crane is one o Georgias best known political analysts and commentators.Crane has been in and around Georgia politics since the mid-80s. He served as an advisorand senior stafer to Secretary o State Max Cleland, Governor Zell Miller, U.S. SenatorPaul Coverdell and Attorney General Mike Bowers just to name a ew. Since 2000 he

    has been providing broadcast commentary on Atlantas 11Alive News, WSB-Radio AMand FM and is now the lead political analyst or WSB-V Action News. His other printcommentary outlets include Georgia rend magazine and a growing list o weekly andcommunity newspapers.

    Te rst media buy or Margies jingle was roughly every dollar letin the campaign ollowing a brutal primary run-o election victory

    just a ew weeks prior. Tat $88,000 bet was placed on Braves Baseball(then in their worst to rstseason) as well as Georgia and Georgia echootball. A nominal V buy was placed in metro Atlanta only, also

    eaturing Margie and her jingle. Love or the ad, and the jingle was arrom universal. Some ound the spot insulting to senior citizens, othersasked or reunds o earlier campaign contributions.

    But then a unny thing happened...the jingle caught re. Folkscould NO get it out o their heads. Election night was just a ew

    weeks later. Ten President George Bush lost decisively to challengerGovernor Bill Clinton o Arkansas. Fowler came in rst with 49% othe vote, Coverdell second with 48% and Jim Hudson, the LibertarianParty nominee was third with 3%. Due to a quirk in Georgia law, amajority was required to win a statewide election, not just a plurality.Te rst U.S. Senate run-o in Georgia history would occur three

    weeks later. Coverdell narrowly won that run-o, by just under 25,000votes, roughly 6-8 votes per precinct. Margie led a large crowd in

    Atlanta singing the jingle on Run-O Election Night as Coverdell wasdeclared the winner just in time or the 11 p.m. newscast, and ater theresults had been swinging back and orth all evening.

    Margie recorded two later jingles to assist the campaign eorts oother candidates including ormerAttorney General Mike Bowersand ormer U.S. Senator Mack Mattingly (who was seeking toreplace Coverdell in a special election ollowing his untimely death).Lightning did not strike twice, though Margie was still in good spiritand voice, until she succumbed ater a long and multi-pronged ght

    with cancer. Its been more than 20 years now, and I still never tire o

    hearing her sing that jingle...

    One o my avorite political debates isthe ot repeated, ...why bother, one person,one voter or a regular Georgian really cantmake much diference any more.I almostalways reply, with a smile, ...Well, what

    aboutMargie Lopp?

    My rst encounter with MargieLopp was a campaign headquartersanswering machine. On a Wednesdayall evening, in mid-September, Margie

    had let a message and lilting jingle on the answering machine, aterconsuming a bit o liquid courage in the orm o a couple o vodkaand orange juices. Ms. Lopp was a retired grandmother and widow,age 72 at the time, living modestly in Cuthbert, Georgia, the countyseat o Randolph County, just south o Columbus.

    Ms. Lopp had raised her children on her own, working part-time,most recently proo-reading the Cuthbert imes. As a RandolphCounty GOP volunteer, she had met Paul Coverdell, a ormerState Senator, State Party Chairman and most recently Peace CorpsDirector during the rst Bush Administration. Margie was rustrated

    watching the polls surge in avor o then U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler(D-Atlanta), a 16-year congressional incumbent, with ten years inthe U.S. House representing Atlanta, and then seeking a second termin the U.S. Senate representing Georgia.

    Fowler had already raised and spent nearing $2-million (aconsiderable media buy in those times) blanketing the state with aolksy song, Wyche Fowler...Hes Our Georgia Man.Fowler was tall,

    olksy and southern, articulate and o good humor. Coverdell wasshort, bespectacled, and resembled Dana Carvey doing a GeorgeBush impression with a voice to match. Less than a month prior toElection Day, Fowlers lead was 22 points. But then, a unny thingand Margie Lopps zippy jingle came along.

    Lets put Paul Coverdell in the Senate and put Wyche Fowler out.Wyche has proved we dont need him in it..

    And Georgia wants him out...But with Paul Coverdell well have leaderO that there is no Paul Coverdell in the Senate and put Wyche Fowler OU!

    Bill Crane lives on the east sideo metro Atlanta in Scottdale,Georgia, and owns his own

    ull service communications andpublic afairs rm, CSI Crane,LLC. You can give him yourthoughts back via his website, or via email [email protected].

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    Cherokee High SchoolValedictorian Jebb Ricketts will study economics at Emory

    University. At a recent Cherokee County School System banquethonoring the countys top students and their teachers, Rickettshonored economics and history teacher Dan Gagnon, who hethanked or his lessons and sense o humor. Hes one o thosestudents who made me a better teacher, Gagnon said.

    Salutatorian aylor Wilson will pursue a degree in chemistryand Russian at Vanderbilt University on her path to a career as adoctor. She recognized Spanish teacher Jay Huller, who gave her the

    condence to carry on a conversation in another language.Creekview High School

    Valedictorian Victoria Cochran is headed to Harvard University tostudy chemistry and thanked Henry Oglesby, who, in addition tobeing her math teacher, also served as sponsor or the math team andBeta Club during her participation in both groups.

    Salutatorian Kasey Perrin, who plans to study English at GeorgiaCollege & State University and work as a writer, honored history andpsychology teacher Cleve Ard. He showed me what it means to be agreat teacher, she said.Etowah High School

    Valedictorian Madison Miracle will major in pre-med at theUniversity o Georgia with a career planned in neuroscience. Shethanked history and sociology teacher Rebecca Schwartz or not onlyteaching her classroom lessons, but also lie lessons.

    Salutatorian Ahila Manivannan has been accepted into theMedStart Program at Wayne State University (Detroit, Mich.),

    where she will major in nutrition or biology to prepare or a careeras an ophthalmologist. She recognized Spanish teacher Dr. ClaudiaLarrotta, or teaching her the value o learning a new language.

    (continued on page 22)

    Cherokees Class o 2013 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

    In a county that has received national recognition or its outstanding schools,these students have distinguished themselves with superior academic perormance.

    We congratulate the best o the best...

    River Ridge High SchoolValedictorian Raj Patelplans on majoring in electrical/computer

    engineering at Georgia ech and recognized math teacher MattBohon: In his classroom, I elt immersed in all the knowledge hehas to give.Salutatorian Ian Donn is also bound or Georgia ech where he plansto major in computer science to prepare or a career in robotics. Hethanked teacher Chris Akins or teaching him science and makingit un.

    Sequoyah High SchoolValedictorianMargaret Hartman is headed to Harvard College to

    study biology and play on its basketball team. She plans to pursue acareer as a pediatric or neonatal surgeon and honored math teacher

    Andy Kohler, who she praised or his devotion to students in classand beyond, adding that he would come to her games to cheer orher.

    SalutatorianAnna King, will attend Brigham Young University tostudy biology in preparation or a career in the medical eld. Shethanked Spanish teacher Allison Webb. She blows my mind withher knowledge, Anna said.

    Woodstock High SchoolValedictorian Sara Gra will study biology at Brown University

    to pursue a career in medicine. She honored math teacher JohnBell, who is retiring this year, noting she had to elbow her wayin to get to see him beore or ater classes because hes so popularamong students.

    SalutatorianJoshua Changis headed to Yale University to studymechanical engineering. His career? Hopeully, Ill be buildingstu, he said. Joshua thanked math teacher Loretta Cameron or

    Bestof thebe st

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    Kennesaw State University | College of the ArtsStar-Spangled Spectacular

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    (Best o the Bestcontinued rom page 20)

    sharing her insights about math...and lie.

    Cherokee Christian High SchoolValedictorian Abigail Jenningswill continue her education at Te

    Kings College in New York City where she will enter the Culture,Media and the Arts program. She served on the Cherokee ChristianHigh School Student Council, helped establish a Student Arts Guild,and worked on the yearbook sta at this private school.

    Salutatorian Hope Lipham plans on attending Georgia ech inthe all to study business. She participated in numerous athleticand service related activities ranging rom varsity soccer to Praiseeam. She served with distinction in both Student Government andNational Honor Society.

    Furtah Prep SchoolValedictorian yra Dolman is passionate about helping the needy.

    She is planning on attending KSU but has not decided what hercollege major will beshe is leaning toward human services. AtFurtah, a local private school, she was president o the student counciland FCA and received MVP or varsity basketball and tennis.

    Salutatorian Kris Sun (Yinze Sun in Chinese) is rom ShenyangChina. He is planning on attending Stony Brook University in New

    York. He came to the United States to improve his English and learnabout U.S. customs and landscape.

    Te Kings AcademyValedictorian Mitchell Cribb will continue his education at

    Kennesaw State University, where he dual enrolled his senior year.

    He plans to transer to Georgia ech to major in engineering. Whileat Te Kings Academy, one o Cherokees private schools, he wasinvolved in Beta Club, ESA (Eta Sigma Alpha Honor Society), and

    ACS Drama Club.

    Salutatorian Ariel Walley will continue her education atKennesaw State University, where she dual enrolled her senioryear. While at Te Kings Academy, she served as the Beta Clubvice president (as a junior) and president (as a senior). She wasalso a member o ESA.

    From let to right, ront row: Ahila Manivannan, Madison Miracle, Kasey Perrin, Victoria Cochran; second row: aylor Wilson, Joshua Chang, Sara Gra, AnnaKing; back row: Jebb Ricketts, Raj Patel, Ian Donn and Margaret Hartman.

    From let to right, Abigail Jennings, Mitchell Cribb, yra Dolman, Hope Lipham, Kris Sun and Ariel Walley.

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    How little thought we give to the tiny honeybee, given itscontribution to the lives o all o us. Now, the time has come orpayback. Te how is up to us. When begins now.

    Te bees are packing up. Swarms are disappearing.

    Beekeepers around the world have been worried or almost adecade. First notices came rom France, where beekeepers noticedan erratic behavior in the hives. Bees were abandoning the hive and

    queen. Farmers blamed pesticides reerred to as neonicotinoids, andorced their cessation. In 2006, U.S. armers were reporting theseriousness o the situation to congress-- bees were disappearing romtheir hives, never to return, and the problem had become widespread.European and U.S. researchers raised the alarm seeking answers andsolutions to stop what could be disastrous or all crops.

    In that same year, the Colony Collapse Steering Committee wasormed to address the problem and included scientists rom agencieso the (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), NationalInstitute o Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Animal Plant HealthInspection Service (APHIS), Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS), Oce o Pest Management Policy (OPMP), the National

    Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA).

    Te malady is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Teoriesand opinions as to why it occurred were abundant, and camerom all quarters. Some thought cell towers might be causingintererence with the bees in-born navigational system. Neworms o pesticides, the Varroamite, ungal bacteria, climate changeshave all been suspects. Te USDA and the EPA recently stated that

    multiple actors were behind the population declines and areblaming parasites, disease, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.Consensus is building that a complex set o stressors and pathogensis associated with CCD. Researchers are increasingly using multi-actorial approaches to studying causes o colony losses. Growers andbeekeepers eel there is no choice but to aggressively seek solutions.

    It has been said every third bite o ood you take, thank a bee or otherpollinator.

    Te stark reality is that over last decade, it is estimated that almost1/3 o all honeybee colonies in the United States have disappeared. Itmakes us wonder what our tablesour liveswould be like without


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    The Plight (and Fight) o the Honeybee

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    (continued on page 42)

    the oods we all know and love. Te plummeting decline o beesleaves us with a crop-list o oods that simply will not grow withouthoneybees. (See side bar or oods Bees pollinate.)

    Without bees to pollinate many o our avorite ruits andvegetables, the United States could lose $15 billion worth o crops-- not to mention what it would do to your diet.

    Consider one little nut, the almond, or example. We eat them inlots o recipes, salads, casseroles, coee, by the handuls, extracted,inused, etc. Te almond is popular and in demand. Eighty percento the worlds almond consumption is grown in Caliornia, andis the states top agricultural export. According to U.S. estimates,the almond harvest is valued at $4 billion a year. But, with all thesophisticated equipment, high tech know-how and ortunes at stake,nothing has changed since the almonds fower rst bloomed:Each blossom must be visited by a bee, or there will be no harvest.

    Actually, more than $20 billion o annual harvests rely on pollination.

    How the Caliornia almond growers can provide enough bees ormany thousands o acres o almond blossoms is by working withbeekeepers willing to rent their hives to the Caliornia growers.

    (One large grower needed 91,000 colonies to pollinate 46,000 acreso almonds.) Careully, hives are shipped to the San Joaquin Valleyrom all over the country rom willing beekeepers.

    Georgia has estimates o 75,000 bee colonies and 2,000 hobbyand commercial beekeepers. Te industry generates $70 million eachyear in the state through sales o honey, beeswax, queen bees andpackage bees.

    Georgia ranks 14th in the nation in honey production and second,behind Caliornia, in queen bee and packaged bee production,said Keith Delaplane, an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity o Georgia College o Agricultural and Environmental

    Sciences. Tese are bees that are shipped to beekeepers throughoutthe world or starting colonies and or crop pollination. We dominateon the east coast as a supplier o bees.

    Here in Cherokee County, Georgia, a sel-proclaimed rookiein beekeeping is Christine Fahrnbauer. Along with husband, Ernie,

    who owns New Lie Landscapes, live in a airytale setting o fowers, apond, barn and garden in Union Hill. A short walk rom the houseleads to a delightul woodsy, winding pathway where a select group oanimals, more pets than anything else, are neatly partitioned behindshort ences. It appears more like a small petting zoo nestled in theshade o tall trees. Contented and obviously unaraid, the bright eyed

    animals gawk at visitors. A pot bellied pig and biddy hens cavortwith a baby goat sporting a cherry red harness. Along with the noisyducklings, assorted varieties o chickens and 4 dogs, they all quicklylose interest in visitors. On this day the menagerie takes a back seatto the stars contained in the 12 hives down near the pond.

    Modestly, Christine says she is more the beehaverthan a beekeeper.Everyday, she says, she learns something new and amazing abouthoneybees. Concerned about CCD, she wants to keep her beeshealthy and disease ree. Later on this year, She looks orward toexpanding and adding a honey house, which is a working space,a lab o sorts, with equipment to urther the honey processing romher hives.

    Moving rom Johns Creek our years ago opened the door ornew projects and more acreage or Christine and her amily. She hasa degree rom Georgia ech in Industrial Design but had opted todevote much o her time raising the couples our children, now inhigh school and college. Teir amily dream was always to have aarm and when they ound the property in Union Hill, it was reality.Her interest in beekeeping happened when a riend introducedthe idea. She took a couple o classes and joined a beekeepers clubbeore ordering her starter bees in 2009. Beginning with 4 hives, shelearned as she progressed. Last year, she had been successul enoughnot to have to replenish lost bees. Te girls, as she calls them, areastonishing.

    She has watched her hive-raised queens mature and was witness tothe hatching o 8 queens at one time. Most new beekeepers dontget the opportunity to see one queen emerge, out o her cellI wasortunate to see eight!

    Her ourth year into it, trial and error led to the successul 12hives. Te honeybees work really hard to deliver some o the besthoney many olks say they have ever tasted, she says. It could be

    partly due to the wonderul variety o fowers on our property. Withcompliments to my husband, the honeybees orage our 11 acre treearm which includes a eld o blueberry bushes, raspberries, gs,

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    (continued on page 34)

    In 1935, in the throes o the Great Depressionand just 15 years ater the ratication o the 19thamendment giving women the right to vote, nine

    women joined together to establish the ServiceLeague o Cherokee County. Te oldest volunteerservice organization in the county, this nonprot hasa long legacy and a sweet rich heritage o caring or

    the countys youngest and most vulnerable residents.In the past 75+ years, the women belonging to thisorganization have worked to provide eyeglasses,medical and dental care, ood, clothing andcollege scholarships to thousands o local children.

    A diverse group o 90 women, they are boundtogether by their like-minded commitment to careor Cherokees children in need.

    We are ollowing in the ootsteps o someamazing women who helped make CherokeeCounty what it is today, and we take very seriously

    our responsibility to carry on their rich legacy oservice to the children o this community, notesMillie Cline, publicity chair.

    In keeping with a longstanding tradition, each othe members commits to 10 years o active serviceand contributes volunteer hours that collectivelyapproximate 10,000 hours per year. I knew that10 years would be a long commitment, but I eltthis was my calling in lie and eagerly accepted.Tat moment has changed my lie in ways that

    ofserviceto cherokees children


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    Celebrating15 Years!

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    Summer is the perect seasonor a book that is, at once,unny and sad and sillyand wise. Tat is just onereviewers verdict oCampRedemption, the newest release

    rom acclaimed contemporarySouthern author and Georgiaresident Raymond Atkins.

    Published by Mercer University Press and available atAmazon. com and at local booksellers, Atkins novel bringstogether a group o colorul Southern characters at astruggling Bible camp in the north Georgia mountains. Tecamp, known as Camp Redemption, is owned by Early andIvey Willingham. Early has his own struggles with alcohol andmarijuana and is seemingly content to just watch the worldgo by, while Ivey considers hersel a modern-day prophet and

    has visions o dead relatives and angels in her sleep.

    Although the camp is orced to close, it still attracts arather unusual collection o people in trouble who are seekingredemption. Tere is Jesus Jimenez, an abused runaway;Millie Donovan, a mother who arrives with children intow; Charnell Jackson, a lawyer with a past; Isobel Jimenez,

    Jesus mother and her other children; and the nal arrival,Hugh Don Monort, the local bootlegger. Complicating theplot is Gilla Newman and the deacons at the Washed in theBlood and the Fire Rapture Preparation emple who wantthe Willinghams camp. Will they get it? What happens tothis unlikely gathering o men, women and children currentlythere seeking answers to their problems?

    Atkins debut novel Te Front Porch Prophet, the storyo two lielong riends in the ctional town o Sequoyah,Georgia released in 2008, was awarded the 2009 Georgia

    Author o the Year or First Novel and was a 2009 IPPYAward Finalist or Best Popular Fiction. Te Front PorchProphethas drawn comparisons rom a number o reviewers

    with the work o iconic Southern author Eudora Welty inits understanding o the Southern psyche and its portrayalo small-town Southern lie. His second novel, Sorrow Wood,published in 2009 and set in the small rural Alabama town

    o Sand Valley, blends mystery and romance. Atkins has arm but subtle grasp o the reakishly ordinary people andunderstated, oten unintentional humor that makes a smalltown tick, saysAtlanta Magazineseresa Weaver.

    Following the March release oCamp Redemption, Atkinswas honored with the Ferrol Sams Award or Fiction. MercerUniversity Press annually gives the award, named in honor othe late Georgia novelist Ferrol Sams, to the best manuscriptthat speaks to the human condition in a Southern context.

    All three o the published novels as well as one I amworking on now explore the lives o regular people going

    Ready for thoselazy days of

    summer?Warm sunshine,

    a cool drink,a comfortable

    chair by the poolor maybe on a

    shady porch and- a good book.

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    about the business o living rural, Southern lives, Atkinssays. I write character-driven ction in which the goodpeople are good but not perect, the bad people are notall that bad, and the eccentric people are on ull displayor all to see. My limited omniscient narrator in each bookhas a subtle but sardonic sense o humor, much like myown, so the action is presented in a deadpan but humorousmanner. Te trick to avoiding stereotypical caricature is totreat the characters with respect as they encounter the same

    acts o lie that we all must deal with, including topics suchas love, aith, betrayal, economic misortune, war, religion,morality, depression, ear, and death.

    On the next sultry aternoon, immerse yoursel in theworld o Atkins quirky yet poignant characters.

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    can nd a wide range o great dining and bar destinations, armsKyle Bennett, Woodstocks director o ourism and Visitors CenterOperations. From a martini bar to a cigar bar, rom Italian cuisineto Mexican, rom rootop bars to restaurants located in historicbuildings lled with Southern charmthe dierent experiences thatcan be ound at restaurants in Downtown Woodstock is amazing,

    Bennett says. A night out in Downtown Woodstock is lled withexceptional ood and wonderul live entertainment. Its really a greatatmosphere to have un with riends and amily.

    I you preer something old, you can enjoy casual ne diningprepared by Bacchanalias ormer executive che and a shot o agedbourbon or moonshine in a hundred-year-old house (CenturyHouse avern) or classic Southern are and a mint julep at a historictrain depot (Freight Kitchen and ap). Sit in the shade o an olivetree and eat reshly harvested ood prepared over re much the sameas it was 100 years ago (Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill), orsavor Old World Neapolitan cuisine hand crated using 100 year oldrecipes (Vingenzos).

    In the mood or something new? Partake o a cold margarita,spicy homemade Mexican are and hot live music on a rootop patio(Pure aqueria) or a chilled made-rom-scratch Dirty Blue martini,resh sushi and dancing at one o the coolest destinations around (IceMartini Bar), or listen to Blues and chill out with a Costa Rican cigarat Maxwells Cigar Bar. And thats just the beginning.

    For a mix o old and new, make dinner reservations at ea Leavesand Tyme, a popular Main Street destination or the past 15 yearsthat oers guest a proper traditional English tearoom experience.Tey are now serving a three-course dinner on Tursdays, Fridays

    and Saturday evenings handcrated by popular local che LauriGrizzle.

    In Downtown Woodstock, you can eat, drink...and be merry!Enjoy live musical and theatrical perormances presented by theElm Street Cultural Arts Village at the City Center auditorium year-round and ree live summer concerts at the Park at City Center.Celebrating its 16th year, the series eatures an eclectic musical brewo classic rock, current country, southern rock and rhythm and bluesin the park on the second Saturday night o each summer month.Te rst Friday night each month is reserved or Friday Night Live,an evening when local merchants stay open late and celebrate with athemed downtown wide estival.

    Although many locals are surprised to discover that DowntownWoodstock has become such a popular entertainment destination,Mayor Donnie Henriques, who took the helm in Woodstockin 2005, says its no surprise that Woodstock is succeeding whereother small towns have ailed. Te city council and leadershipo Woodstock have made this a priority and welcomed these newbusinesses. We knew that in order to succeed long-term Woodstockneeded three components: entertainment, shopping and recreation.

    (A Night Out On Te Small own continued rom page 7)

    One reasonor Woodstocks

    tremendous success isthe great variety orestaurants you can

    nd in Downtownall within a ew blocksyou can nd a wide

    range o great diningand bar destinations,

    (continued on page 40)

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    With a new director at the helm,the Cherokee Arts Center in Cantonis experiencing a bit o a renaissance.Oering classes, concerts and exhibitions,the Arts Center is emerging as thecultural home or visual, perormingand literary arts. And a ne home, itis. Originally constructed in 1926 asthe home o the Canton MethodistChurch, the brick Colonial RevivalStyle church buildingwith its distinctgable ront, ull height portico and

    octagonal belryhas been repurposedas a wonderul multiuse acility orthe arts. We have the best acility inNorth Georgia, says CAC DirectorMary Akers o the building that is onthe National and Georgia HistoricRegistries. We have room or visual andperorming arts. Its exciting to be ableto build an educational program as wellas a perorming arts program. We canoer everyone something. Oten wellhave a concert, a play, an exhibit andnearly a dozen classes all within a two-

    week period.

    Te auditorium, which was a churchsanctuary or much o the 20th century,seats 250 guests and oers concert andtheatre goers an intimate venue orenjoying national and local perormers.Country Music Awards RCAs 2013break out band Bush Hawg perormedthere in May. Akers says concerts, locallyproduced plays and lm estivals arescheduled or the Arts Center as well.

    Numerous local artists and manyCherokee County students have hadthe privilege o having their art workexhibited in the beautiul Art Centergallery. Te Center hosts annualshows and receptions or Cherokeeselementary, middle and high schoolseaturing the best works created bystudent artists. Additionally, the brightand spacious gallery showcases the

    works o Cherokee County Arts Centermembers, students and teachers as well

    Renaissance at the

    Cherokee Arts Center

    Mary Akers , CAC Director

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    Are You Visually Illiterate?

    Te increasing importance oimages and visual media incontemporary culture is changing

    what it means to be literate in the21st century. Te digital age has

    ushered in undamental changesin the way that we communicate.Did you know that more than250 million photos are uploaded

    to Facebook every day? Expertscontend that being literaterequires more than just beingable to read and writedecodeand encode text. Most o us can

    look at a photograph and quickly

    determine what it means. Butvisual literacy is the ability to notonly understand a visual language(decode) but to create a visual

    language (encode). Unortunatelymany o us are lacking expertisein the encoding elementwe lackeither the technical or the artisticability to communicate efectivelywith images. Tat makes us

    vulnerable to becoming visuallyilliterate in the 21st century.

    One solution: ake art orphotography lessons and visit art

    galleries regularly, suggest Dr.Kimberly Lyle-Folkman,an expert in visual learning.Tis will increase yourknowledge o basic design

    principals and help you createand use images more efectively.

    A variety o art classes areofered at the Cherokee Arts

    Center or children, teens andadults. For more inormation,call 770-704-6244 or

    as other prominent local artists. Akers points out that beginners can take classes at theArt Center in photography or painting and eventually have their work on display in thegallery. Students can build their art skills and grow to create a nished product that willbe exhibited in our gallery, or they can take drama classes and then perorm here in aplay. We oer the ull spectrum o art experiencesit comes ull circle. I dont know otoo many other places where you can do that.

    Classes this summer include a variety o painting and drawing classes or adults, digitalphotography, and drama classes or kids. Camps in June and July will ocus on either artor drama and the Center will oer a special photo boot camp or teens. I am excitedthat we are able to oer everything that artists and art patrons could want, arms Akers.We really try to oer something or everyonewhether you enjoy listening to music orcreating art yourseladults, children and teens. We have whole amilies participatingin our play productions sometimes.

    Akers, a local longtime artist and art teacher, notes that participation is growing onevery level, and she is excited about expanding programs in the near uture. We areplanning on adding literary arts this summer, and wed like to start oering music lessonsand bring in more talent to share with the community. Having the privilege o runningan art center is a dream come true or me.

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    (A Legacy o Servicecontinued rom page 26)

    I cannot describe, says current president o the Service League,Delane Stevens.

    My eyes have been opened to the need in the communityand the Service Leagues ability to help. We have requests to helpprovide the things most o us would take or granted. Te Leaguemembers want to be on the ront line ghting or the children who

    cannot ght or themselves. Im proud o my ellow volunteers whosacrice time with their own amily to help another amily. We arean army o 90 women ghting or the same great cause, she says.

    Te Service League hosts several undraising events throughoutthe year, with their fagship event being the Riverest Arts andCrats Festival, which is in its 29th year. Tey also host a 5KRun/1 Mile Fun Run each spring called Run or the Children

    as well as an annual ormal event, the Annual Ball, which eaturesentertainment, dancing, and auction items. With proceeds raisedat these events, the League served 624 local amilies and sponsored161 children at Christmas time. You can be assured that everydollar you donate to our organization, every undraiser you attend,and any way that you support the Service League is making adierence in the lie o a child, arms Stevens.

    We dedicate our time with the aith that we are making adierence in the lie o a child, most o these children we will neversee or know their plight. Te League is made up o 90 womenthat have very dierent backgrounds, talents and philosophies, yet

    we all come together because we have a common heartstringchildren, adds Jennier Stanley, a longtime member.

    op: Te 2012 Riverest Service League booth.

    Above: Members enjoy the Service League Luncheon.

    Right: Annual Service League Ball Dancing or theChildren challenge held last month at the Marriott

    Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, GA. BallCommittee chairs and co-chairs.

    From let to right: Ball committee chairBrittany Hayes, Coach Vince Dooley,

    Co-chairs April urner and Holli Kimsey.

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    (op 10 in 10continued rom page 11)

    V. I witnessed Carl Edwards in the 99 car going airborne intothe catch-ence a ew years back at alladega, which was also therst win or 2012 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski. I metKurt Buschdriving the Miller Lite #2 Dodge at the timeinthe ineld ater he won a race in Atlanta and got a picture withhim. And I was able to hang out with ony Stewartdrivingthe Oce Depot #14 Chevrolet at the timeand his crew.

    Jamie Pritchett

    Jamie Pritchett, 31, is ownerand president o North GACPA Services PC located inowne Lake. Born and raisedin Ball Ground, and a graduateo Cherokee High School andKennesaw State University, shecurrently lives in Waleska with

    her husband, Bryan. Small towneel, amily, riends, closenesso community and everyones

    willingness to help in the time o need are what she appreciatesmost about Cherokee County.

    I would like to make a dierence. I want to leave a mark in lieworth rememberingnot as Jamie Pritchett, an entrepreneur andowner o North GA CPA Services, but memorable enough thatpeople might someday say, look what she did--what she was ableto accomplish and how she did her part to make our community abetter place.

    Te Lord has blessed me with much more than just anopportunity to open my own rm and make a living, but to sharethose blessings. Tat is why our rm has held an and heater drivesor the elderly, why we adopt a child rom DFCS at Christmas, why

    we participate in community runs, why I visit the middle schoolevery nine weeks to talk to the next generation about possibilities,responsibilities, sel-respect and the joy that comes with givingback to community.

    When shes not working, she enjoys spending time with riendsand amilymost o her amily lives in Cherokee and her husbandsamily is nearby in Pickens County. My roots are pretty deep in

    Cherokee County and I only plan on them growing deeper. Temore I can give back, the more I can leave that mark and hopeullyinstill inspiration in others to do the same or their community,Pritchett says.

    Rebekah Shentt

    Rebekah Shelnutt, 33, is anassistant district attorney andprosecutes primarily crimes against

    women and children. She is also aCaptain in the Army JAG CorpsReserves. As a member o the JAGCorps, Shelnutt serves as a special

    prosecutor in cases where womenand children are the victims. She

    was born in Canton and has livedin Cherokee County her entire lieexcept or time spent pursuing higher education and serving in thePeace Corps. I completed my undergrad in Political Science andMBA at the University o Georgia and nished law school at GeorgiaState University. I appreciate that Cherokee oers the benets o asmall town yet there is plenty to do. I love that people are riendly,crime is relatively low, and I like that I really know my community.She says she enjoys kayaking at the lake, running at the park, andgoing to the Y.

    I belong to Canton First United Methodist Church and volunteerwith the Cherokee County Domestic Violence ask Force. I believeyou get as much as you give to your community. Every small act wedo, whether it is an act o service or an act o kindness, makes this abetter place to live.

    Heath Tippens

    Heath ippens, a project managerwith the Cherokee Oce oEconomic Development, is the

    seventh generation o his amilyto live in Cherokee County. Helives with his wie, Whitney,in the Clayton community inthe rural northern part o thecounty. Cherokee is my amilyshome, and we plan to be here orgenerations to come, he arms.Cherokee is a wonderul place to live! We have everythinggreatschoolshighest SA Scores in the Stategreat healthcare, greathousing options, great recreation options, a great business climateand great people.

    ippens, 29, a native o Canton and a graduate o the Universityo Georgia, is a member o the Georgia Economic Developers

    Association and currently serves on the Young ProessionalsCommittee. Heath is a graduate o the Basic Economic DevelopersCourse at Georgia ech. He also is a graduate o the Georgia

    Academy o Economic Development. He enjoys sports, especiallyhunting, shing and boating.

    I am humbled by this recognition, ippens says o the Chambers op10 in 10 honor. I would like or everyone to know how much Cherokeemeans to me. I will always give my absolute best or this community, andlook orward to seeing it grow into an even better place.

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    sta has the latest advanced training to ensure each guest leaveseeling happy and beautiul.

    Shoppers and consigners rom all across North Georgia areheading to Canton or some summertime adventure shopping.People love exploring at Fun Finds and Designs, an upscaleurniture and home dcor consignment shop in Canton. Its adierent store every day, says owner Betty Anderson. You neverknow what you are going to nd here. We have an ever changinginventory o beautiul unique merchandise. When you rst enterthe store you may wonder i its really consignment. It is alwaysa pleasure to assure our customers that 90 percent o the stores

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    (A Night Out On Te Small own continued rom page 30)

    PARK HERE!Yo may have trobe fndin a parkin pace

    riht in ront o yor dinin destination, bt there

    is ampe ree parkin in Downtown Woodstock

    within an easy wakand stroin aon

    main street is ha the n! Three convenientparkin ots to check ot drin yor next trip to

    Downtown Woodstock are:

    The City Center parking lot, which is located

    on Towne lake Parkway at the intersection

    with Main Street, has hndreds o parkin

    spots avaiabe a within a bock or two o the

    restarants in downtown.

    The Methodist Church parking lot, accessible

    rom Towne lake Parkway, is avaiabe or

    pbic parkin Monday throh Satrday.

    The Mill Street parking lot, which is located

    behind the historic storeronts on Main Street,

    can be accessed rom Mi Street or rom Main

    Street, by trnin onto Em Street.

    Te recreation and entertainment are in place, and when the outlet mall opensthis summer the third component will be in place.

    Parking lots in Woodstocks Downtown are increasingly ull o cars romneighboring counties. Bennett says that people are calling Woodstock LittleBuckhead. When the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta opens in Woodstock in July,

    Woodstock will no doubt become a regional destination. Its hard to imagine thatpeople will be vacationing right here in Woodstock, but they soon will be, thanksto the vision o Woodstocks leaders.