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									                                   January 2009




Escape!
Novel Ideas for the Winter Blues


Anthony Abreu…
Blue Ridge Artist-in-Residence


Simply Souper:
Nurturing Soup Recipes
for Wintry Days
                                                           Januar y 2009                       vol. 6, no. 1

                                                                          Credits
                                                          Editor-in-Chief/Publisher
                                                          	
I   t hardly seems possible that another year has gone!
    But… zoom! There went 2008!
                                                              Katherine Cook
                                                          Managing Director
                                                          	  Wade Cook
We would be remiss if we did not take a moment at         Operations Manager
the beginning of the New Year to say “thank you” for      	  Yvonne Glasco
all of the wonderful things that we have had over the     Graphic Design
last four-plus years.                                     	  Jay Wright
                                                          Distribution Manager
Thank you to all of you, our readers, who enjoy North     	   Laura Higdon
Georgia Living and tell us so often. You are always       Photography
so kind, and the biggest part of the reason we enjoy      	  Atlanta History Center
making North Georgia Living each month is because         	  Wade Cook
of you and your lovely responses to it. Thank you so      Sales Associates
much; you make us all feel so blessed!                    	   Laura Higdon
                                                              Loyd Madden
And of course, we must take a moment to thank our         Website
advertisers, without whom we could not operate. So        	  GhostNet, Inc.
many have been with us, even from the beginning, and      Contributors
we still appreciate your business as much as we did       	  Stan Allen, Marshland Adventures
back then. To those advertisers who are newer to us…         Dr. Michael Anderson, M.D.
                                                             Biltmore Village Inn
we appreciate your business, now and always. We              Helen Boyle
hope you want to stay with us for a long, long time.         Cheryl Brown
                                                             Wade Cook
And to our readers, if you enjoy North Georgia Living,       Katherine Cook
please take the time to patronize those businesses that      Dr. Keith Curcio, DVM, DACVS
                                                             Lauren Davis
bring it to you, and don’t forget to tell them you read      Donna Di Piero
about them in North Georgia Living!                          Fernbank Museum of Natural History
                                                             Yvonne Glasco
So here it is, all laid out before us: the year 2009.        Dr. Randall Itkin, DVM, MS, DACVIM
                                                             Sally Jett
                                                             Kennesaw State Univ. Fine Arts Dept.
May it bring us all joy and prosperity! From all of us       Sandy Kramer
at North Georgia Living Magazine to all of you, our          Connie Montgomery
readers and advertisers:                                     Mariah Thompson
                                                             Tybee Island Tourism
Happy, Happy New Year!!!!                                    Jay Wright

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Katherine Cook
Editor                                                       For information, please call our office:
                                                                     (770) 720-2100
                                                                     or visit us on our website at
                                                              www.northgeorgialiving.com
                                                                                                 
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                     Escape!..........................................19
                            .                                                Departments
                     Want to escape the winter blahs? Here are
                     three suggestions for you.…
                                                                             North.Georgia.Business.News.........................8


                                                                             Gardener’s.To.Do.List.for.January................17
           19
                                                                             North.Georgia.Events.for.January...............30
                     Simply.Souper..............................24
                     Join some friends of North Georgia Living who           North.Georgia.Barbecue...............................33
                     offer up their favorite soup recipes, just for
                                                                             	     “Pizza	on	the	Grill”
                     you, our readers…
                                                                             	     by Wayne “Bull” Weaver

           24

                     Silent.Poetry.................................27
                     Enjoy the silent poetry of the artwork of
                     talented Kennesaw State University students in
                     the 26th Annual Student Art Exhibit…



           27
                                                                           On our cover:
                                                                           Photo by Wade
          Articles                                                         Cook - “A Foggy
                                                                           Day In Cherokee
                                  .
          North.Georgia.Kids:.. .....................................10    County”
          	   “A	New	Year:	Back	to	the	Basics	of	Health”
          	   by Michael Anderson, M.D., FAAP

                                          .
          The.Abreu.Fine.Art.Gallery. ..........................12
          	    “The	Home	of	Fine	Arts	in	Blue	Ridge”
          The.Southeastern.Flower.Show...................14
          North.Georgia.Pets........................................28
          	   “Cranial	Cruciate	Ligament	Disease:	Part	II”
          	   by Dr. Keith Curcio, DVM, SACVS

          The.Log.Cabin.Community.Church..............34




                                                                                                               North Georgia Living
 N o r t h       G e o r g i a
B.u.s.i.n.e.s.s...N.e.w.s




                Business News - January 2009

        K
                  en’s Antiques and Auction            ings and both antique and new items are        10:00am to 6:00pm and on Sunday from
                  in Adairsville has a very busy       included. This sale is so huge that Ken        12:30 to 5:00pm. In February, they will
                  January in store! First of all, on   tells us it will take four full days, and on   return to their regular (pre-Christmas)
        New Year’s Day they will be holding            January 3rd and 4th, Ken’s Antiques and        hours, from Wednesday through Sunday.
        their 6th Annual New Years Day Auction.        Auction will begin this huge liquidation!      (770) 735-6923.
        The New Year’s Day Auction will feature        Also this month, Ken’s Antiques and                  Natural World Landscape and
        Gordy pottery and other Southern pottery,      Auction will be having yet another auc-        Design is offering something very, very
        period pieces including a Tennessee sugar      tion on the 6th of January at their location   special during the months of January and
        chest, a fine corner cupboard and more         in Adairsville. Whew!                          February! For these two months, Natural
        as well as some fine Victorian pieces.               Last of all, Ken’s Antiques and Auc-     World Landscape and Design is offer
        The sale will start at 10:00am at Ken’s in     tion wants all antique dealers to know – if    all hardscapes installed at 30% off! That
        Adairsville.                                   you are a dealer interested in a new place     means that patios, walkways, walls, fire
              Also, Ken’s Antiques and Auction         to sell, starting next month, Ken’s will be    pits, outdoor fireplaces and water features
        will be liquidating the contents of Signa-     holding a monthly show, on the first full      will be installed at a 30% reduction off
        ture Designs on Fulton Industrial Bou-         weekend of every month. Booths will be         their always excellent prices. For a free
        levard. Signature Designs is located in a      $100 for an 8 foot by 10 foot space for        estimate, call (706) 974-8055, and as
        157,000 square foot warehouse, so there        the entire weekend (that’s Friday, Satur-      the say at Natural World Landscape and
        is a phenomenal amount of merchandise          day and Sunday). For more information,         Design, “Let’s get started on this one time
        to be liquidated! The list includes huge       call Ken at (770) 887-9922.                    offer! Just give us a call!”
        marble carvings, life-size bronzes, huge             Wildcat on a Wing has something                A & R Auto Repair has some new
        teak carvings, Mahogany furniture,             new for the New Year… new hours! Just          things for your New Year. First of all,
        stained glass lamps and windows, leather       for the month of January, Wildcat on a         they have new, state-of-the-art wheel
        furniture, literally hundreds of oil paint-    Wing will be open on Saturday from             alignment equipment, and they are offer- >

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ing a special to celebrate! Regular align-
ments are $10.00 off, so the normal $69.95
is $59.95. A & R Auto Repair also does
work on transmissions, brakes, air condi-
tioning, tune ups and much, much more.
They do a great job (as we can attest here at
NGL) and are, in the words of one of their
very satisfied customers, “Just the nicest
people.” Best of all, they are open great
hours, including Saturdays! So, whatever
you need in the way of auto repair, you can
all Renaldo and Angelo at A & R Auto Re-
pair; you won’t be sorry! (770) 704-4989.
     Did you know that the Lakewood 400
Antique Market has more than fabulous
antiques? It’s true that they have some of
the best antiques and collectible dealers sell-
ing there on every third weekend of every
month, but, they also offer plants, outdoor
items, beautiful reproduction furniture, gifts,




  “Ken’s Antiques and
  Auction will hold
  their 6th Annual New
  Years Day Auction…
  featuring Gordy
  pottery and other
  Southern pottery, period
  pieces…”

jewelry and more. And you don’t have to
worry about stopping for lunch on the way;
their snack bar has great sandwiches, yum-
my chicken salad (our favorite!), and even
breakfast! If you are looking for antiques,
though, the Lakewood 400 is a favorite of
many, many antique buffs in North Geor-
gia. Located conveniently in Cumming, the
Lakewood 400 Antique Market is well-man-
aged, and family-friendly, and is a wonder-
ful place to find a treasure, or to while away
a leisurely afternoon. And if you are looking
for a great antique or collectible, the Lake-
wood 400 Antique Market is filled to the
brim with them! This month’s shows are on
the 16th, 17, and 18th. Their phone number
is (770) 889-3400 or if you are looking for
more information on them, simply visit
them at www.lakewoodantiques.com. 

January 2009                                      9
Happy.­­Healthy.®
­­
                                                  by Dr. Michael Anderson, MD
                                                  CHILDREN’S PEDIATRIC CENTER
                                                        EAST MAIN®




    A New Year:
    Back to the Basics of Health
                                                                                          sure everybody has their own towel,
                                                                                          toothbrush and their own toothpaste.
                                                                                          Germs are passed around at the end of
                                                                                          the toothpaste tube… from toothbrush
                                                                                          to toothbrush.

                                                                                          Get Moving. We all have the option
                                                                                          to move—releasing physical energy.
                                                                                          So get moving. Happy healthy kids
                                                                                          need sports, dance, and other move-
                                                                                          ment. A sit-up each morning and
                                                                                          finger play with video games does
                                                                                          not count. Walk your pet, and your
                                                                                          Children. Send them out to ride their
                                                                                          bikes (with a helmet). Children also


                                                                                            “Children… need to
                                                                                            learn that magic elves
                                                                                            do not empty the dish-
                                                                                            washer, take out the
                                                                                            trash, or fold the laun-
                                                                                            dry. Assign household
                                                                                            responsibilities…”


    N
             ew Year’s Resolution. You          some of the simple truths, the ones       need to learn that magic elves do
             say you want to make a             that grandmamma knew. These helps         not empty the dishwasher, take out
             resolution… well you know          are exactly what we need:                 the trash, or fold the laundry. Assign
    we all want to change the world. I                In my home before every meal,       household responsibilities.
    have to tell you that it is an evolution.   after petting the cat, dog, hamster (or
    It was my grandmamma who knew               goldfish), playing outside, or using      Eat, Drink and be Happy Healthy.
    exactly what it would take… All we          the potty—we wash our Children’s          Fat food is easy, but not healthy.
    can tell you is, friend, we may need        little paws. Get soap under their         Limit French-fries to once a week and
    to make a little extra effort to get        claws. The vast majority of infection     cut down on saturated fat, especially
    back to where we need to be; back to        is prevented by soap and water. Make      fats combined with sugar (got dough- >

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nuts?). How do you get Children to eat
vegetables? Ahh… a problem as old as
time itself. Try to do more than just boil
them into mush. Throw veggies in a
sauce pan with olive oil, a diced onion,
and garlic and sauté—your kids may
not be so quick to turn up their noses.
Cheese works well with Children and
veggies, but try lemon and salt, too. Salt
is not evil. Use with reason for taste.

Do Immunize. Fact: more human lives
have been saved by immunizations than
any other medical treatment. Immu-
nize your Children. Get a tetanus shot
every 10 years. Prevent meningitis and
birth-defects with immunizations. Your
pediatrician keeps records to help you
stay up to date.

Sleep Tight. This original saying came
from pulling the ropes tight that sup-
ported the old-time mattress beds.
Good sleep, and plenty of it, will work
wonders for a happy healthy child. Give
them the gift of rest by sending them to
bed at a regular time every night. No TV
in the bedroom.

The Pregnancy Clause. If you are preg-
nant, limit the rigorous stuff but do not
exclude your exercise. Eat healthy. You
are protecting the life of your unborn
child, and by caring well for yourself,
you pass on that goodness to a happy
healthy baby.
    Have a HappyHealthy® New Year!

     Doc Mike (M G Anderson, MD,
FAAP) writes for North Georgia Kids, and
is a practicing pediatrician in Canton,
Georgia. He is a medical director and Asst
Prof of Pediatrics at Children’s Pediatrics
Center: East Main, 391 East Main Street,
Canton, Georgia 30114, (770) 720-MyMD
(6963) www.happyhealthy.com. 




January 2009                                  11
The
Abreu Fine Art Gallery
The Home of Fine Arts in Blue Ridge
                                      J
                                           ust a few feet from the corner of
                                           East Main Street and Mountain
                                           Street in Blue Ridge stands a
                                      building filled with some of the most
                                      beautiful works of art in North Geor-
                                      gia. Known as the Abreu Fine Art Gal-
                                      lery, it is gallery-home of a man who
                                      has been often called “Blue Ridge’s
                                      artist-in-residence,” Anthony Abreu.
                                           Anthony and his wife Christine,
                                      who own the gallery, were both from
                                      Florida, but, as many Floridians and
                                      artists have, they took regular pilgrim-
                                      ages to North Georgia to enjoy the
                                      spectacular beauty of the Blue Ridge
                                      Mountains. “My love for the Appala-
                                      chian mountains and for its scenic riv-
                                      ers, wildlife and abundant nature has
                                      a definite influence on the work that I
                                      present,” says Abreu.
                                           Anthony Abreu has been paint-
                                      ing since the age of six. By the age of
                                      16, he was winning prizes and awards
                                      for his work, including the first and
                                      second prizes at the Florida State Fair
                                      Art Exhibition. Abreu continued his
                                      study in Florida at Ringling School of
                                      Art in Sarasota where, as a student, he
                                      had the opportunity to meet with influ-
                                      ential artists like Norman Rockwell,
                                      Alan Parker and Austin Briggs. “These
                                      men supported my work, and gave me
                                      the encouragement to continue with
                                      my style of painting and not to ever
                                      abandon it,” he says.
                                           In 2005, after fifteen years of
                                      visiting North Georgia, Anthony and
                                      Christine Abreu began construction of
                                      a home near Blairsville with the plan
                                      to become permanent residents. An-
                                      thony Abreu was already developing
                                      a reputation locally as a fine artist. In
                                      fact, he was asked to be the first artist-
                                      in-residence at a private gallery in the
                                      Arts Center in Blue Ridge.                 >

                                      Painting at left titled: Legend of Croft
                                      Mountain


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                                                                       Trust




                                                           Sarah & Cody




The artist, Anthony Abreu


     “Shortly after building our home,
I was anxious to begin my relation-
ship with the community,” Anthony
explains. “I joined the Blue Ridge
Mountain Arts Association. I was
asked to join them as their first Artist-
in-Residence and not long after that,
my wife and I opened a small private
gallery within the Arts Center.”
     In October of 2008, however, a
desire for their own gallery was real-                        Spirit Warrior
ized, when they opened their new gal-
lery on East Main Street—the Abreu
Fine Art Gallery.
     The gallery showcases Anthony
Abreu’s work on a continual basis, but
patrons to the gallery can also find fine
art from a number of other exceptional      Gone Fishing
artists as well. In addition to Anthony
Abreu’s work, various art collections
by other fine artists will be offered
and will change several times during
the year. “Visitors can expect to find
regional, Southwestern and contem-
porary work—oil, acrylic, watercolor
and photography at the gallery,” says
Christine Abreu. “We also have plans
to include other types of artwork in the
future; like sculpture and pottery.”
     No visit to Blue Ridge would
be complete without a visit to the
Anthony Abreu Fine Art Gallery. It is
located at 497 East Main Street in his-
toric downtown Blue Ridge. Weather
permitting, the winter Gallery hours
are Wednesday through Saturday
11:00am-5:00pm and Sundays from
1:00-5:00pm. Please call the Gallery at
(706) 946-3278. 

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N o r t h      G e o r g i a
       G a r d e n i n g
                       Ja nu a r y 2 0 0 9




      The Southeastern Flower Show
      January 28th through February 1st




      T
              he North wind doth blow…
              and soon we’ll have… the
              Southeastern Flower Show!
      This year’s Southeastern Flower
      Show at the Cobb Galleria and is
      bound to be a wonderful experi-
      ence for the gardener and garden
      lover alike.
           Held each year by the South-
      eastern Horticultural Society,
      the Southeastern Flower Show is
      known as North Georgia’s premier
      juried gardening and horticultural
      event. The Southeastern Horticul-
      tural Society, located in Atlanta,
      is an organization designed to
      produce events
      for gardeners
      (of which the
      annual South-
      eastern Flower
      Show is their
      most important)
      as well as en-
      couraging sci-
      entific horticul-
      tural research
      and providing
      education on
      gardening for
      all skill levels                                                                  for everyone (as these photos of last
      of gardeners.                             displays showcasing the latest trends   year’s flower show attest.) The South-
      (You can learn more about the South-      in landscaping as well as the new-      eastern Flower Show is considered to
      eastern Horticultural Society online at   est in gardening products. There are    be one of the top juried flower shows
      http://sehort.securesites.net/.)          also competitions in floral design,     in the nation. If you visit this year’s
           For over twenty years the South-     horticulture, landscape and photogra-   show, you will see why!
      eastern Flower Show has featured top      phy. This five-day indoor gardening          The dates for this year’s show at
      garden designers who create fabulous      extravaganza literally has something    January 29th through February 1st. 

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Gardener’s To-Do List for January
           Planning
             January is really a wonderful time for the gardener, planning and dreaming
             for the future. That is because there are lots of plant catalogs available right
in your mailbox and plenty of time to spend indoors. That adds up to the perfect time
for planning changes in your garden for next season. If you keep a journal, that will, of
course, be a great help, although you may know your problems from the previous year
all too well! One of the best ways to first approach changes in your garden is to start with
a list of all of the possible areas of changes you’d like: lawn, vegetable or herb garden,
trees, other edibles (like blueberries or fruit trees), and so on, and work from your list.

           Houseplants
            Houseplants offer gardeners something special during the winter. Of course,
            they make our homes lovely and green but more importantly, they give
gardeners something to grow over the winter months. But what plants should you grow?
Oftentimes, we purchase houseplants backwards. Instead of simply picking out some-
thing that we like the look of, we need instead to think in terms of what will grow well in
the available environment… our house. Before you should even think of buying a plant,
take a look at your home and the place you hope to brighten with a houseplant. Look at
the light level, whether there might be a draft, and, of course, how much space you have
available for the plant. Once you know about where your plant will grow, you can decide
what plant will be suitable for your space.

           Containers and Window Boxes
           Don’t forget to water your outdoor containers over the winter. Watering them
           well will prevent added stress on them during the cold weather. Water outdoor
containers on a day when the weather is mild and water thoroughly. Make sure that the
water runs freely out of the drainage holes; water trapped inside would freeze when the
temperature drops. One practical idea for winter window boxes is to simply make your
plants removable, by using plastic liners. These can simply be lifted out when the threat
of freezing becomes significant.

           Pansies
            When you fertilize your pansies be sure to use a fertilizer they can use. Pan-
            sies benefit from a fertilizer that contains at least 50 percent of its nitrogen
in nitrate form. Applying a 15-2-20, high nitrate pansy formula fertilizer regularly until
March 15th would be ideal. Since it seems possible that this may be a very cold winter,
you can cover pansies to protect them when the temperature drops severely. In extreme
cold, simply cover them, blooms and all, with a 2 to 4 inch layer of pine straw. This will
protect them from harm from cold winds, but also helps hold heat in from the ground.
When it warms again, carefully rake the straw back from the plants.

           Roses
          Now that winter is here in earnest, be sure to check regularly on your roses.
          Make certain that your climbing roses are tied up well; winter winds whipping
them around can damage their bark, inviting disease. Make sure that your roses have a
good layer of mulch, too; two to three inches or so is good.

           Chores
           This winter, make a commitment to less weeds in your garden next year;
           here’s how. Make regular visits into your garden and pull and completely
remove weeds. That is as in, put them in a bag and throw them away. Never throw weeds
into your compost pile or anywhere else they might germinate. 




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Escape!

                                           The Winter Doldrums…



J
      ust a few hours drive away are some fabulous         cious indulgence? Then the city of Asheville, NC
      spots to escape the worst of the winter. From        may be your perfect winter get-a-way…
      the solitude of the water’s edge, to the high life       Does the sound of waves breaking make your
of the city… from the most fabulous personal pam-          heart feel at rest? Then Georgia’s own Tybee Island
pering to the stimulation of learning about some-          may be your ideal winter retreat…
thing new, here are some of our favorite ways to               Is a leisurely stroll through items of true beauty
make the winter’s dreary days and lackluster nights        the thing that makes your heart soar and you soul at
into some thing simply spectacular!                        peace? Atlanta has some of the most wonderful art-
    Would your perfect escape include days of deli-        work and museums in the Southeast, or anywhere!


January 2009                                                                                                   19
        Asheville, NC




A
                                                                                                                     Photo courtesy of the Biltmore Estate




 A          sheville, NC is a place that just
            may have it all! Long known as a
                                                    Pilates instruction, not to mention a wide
                                                    range of some of the best full resort-type
                                                                                                  And how could you mention Asheville
                                                                                                  without thinking of the most famous spa




                                                                                                                                                             Q
            center for the arts, over the years     and award-winning spas in the Southeast.      destination of them all, The Grove Park
 Asheville has become known more and                     Spa packages are available at a num-     Inn (www.groveparkinn.com). Of course,
 more as a healing resort. With a number of         ber of places throughout the city and range   if you dream of a retreat on the grounds
 fabulous spas and resorts to offer the visi-       from A (as in acupuncture) to Z (as in Zen)   of a stunning chateau, the Inn on Biltmore
 tor, it is a great place for a restful winter-     in a wide and wonderful assortment of         Estate (www.biltmore.com) may have just
 time stay. Of course, Asheville also offers        choices. There are spa services in gorgeous   what you have been dreaming of.
 cozy, delightful restaurants, wonderful            historic properties like the WhiteGate Inn          Of course, Asheville itself is a treat for
 shops, extraordinary architecture and great        (www.whitegate.net), the Biltmore Village     the senses. The arts are at center stage in
 entertainment. In the summer, its nearby           Inn (www.biltmorevillageinn.com) and the      downtown with myriad galleries and arts
 hiking trails and whitewater rafting are key       1847 Blake House (www.blakehouse.com)         events. If you are a fan of the arts, a visit
 features, but in the winter, it is the perfect     as well as the spa accommodations in the      to Asheville’s River Arts District, where
 spot to spend a relaxing day, or a nice long       contemporary mountain flair of The Es-        artists, craftsmen and musicians gather in a
 weekend, taking a break from the ordinary          sence Center (www.theessencecenter.com).      neighborhood of warehouses-turned-studios
 and letting your troubles just melt                                                                     would be both interesting and fun.
 away.                                                                                                         Nights in Asheville are filled
        Asheville has been a spa                                                                         with a wide variety of entertainment,
 destination since the eighteenth cen-                                                                   with everything from cozy candle-lit
 tury when Hot Springs, the mineral                                                                      dinners, to clubs pulsing with the lat-
 springs just north of present-day                                                                       est in trendy music, or samplings of
 Asheville were discovered. Over                                                                         opera to bluegrass and every sort of
 the next two centuries, however,                                                                        music in between.
 Asheville has nearly perfected the                                                                            As for antiques, if you love
 presentation of the natural, healing                                                                    them, there are many shops through-
 methods, with no less than five yoga                                                                    out Asheville, but, if you have the
 studios there, as well as tai chi and                                                                   opportunity, Brunk Auctions is one of >
                                           Photo courtesy of: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

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 the finest auction houses in the Southeast.      www.brunkauctions.com.                            in fact. You can request a fantastic free visi-
 Known to collectors for its specialty in               And who could go to Asheville and           tors guide to Asheville from the Asheville
 Southern antiques and collectibles, Brunk        not visit the Biltmore House? Biltmore            Tourism Board (or just browse through it
 Auctions offers some exquisite pieces,           House, built between 1888 and 1895 is the         online) at www.ashvillevisitorguide.com.
 including furniture, art, Cherokee baskets,      largest privately owned home in the U.S.          But be prepared; you’ll see exactly how
 china, silver, Southern folk pottery, oriental   This 175,000 square foot home on 8,000            much you have been missing!
 carpets and estate jewelry, to name just a       acres was built by George Vanderbilt in                Asheville is approximately five hours
 small portion of what they have in their         imitation of a French Chateau. If you have        by car from Woodstock. If you need further
 auctions. There are already auctions sched-      to visit only one place in Asheville, let the     assistance with your plans to visit this
 uled on January 3rd and 4th and on Febru-        Biltmore House be it. (www.biltmore.com).         beautiful and vibrant city, you can also con-
 ary 28th of this year. For more information            Asheville has so much to offer the          tact Asheville Tourism at (888) 247-9811.
 on Brunk Auctions, visit them online at          visitor, it truly could fill a book… and has,




 Tybee Island
 Winter with Nature
                                                                                            Photo courtesy of Lauren Davis and My Beach House Rentals, Tybee Island




QQ         uaint isn’t the term one usually
           associates with beach towns. Most
           of our familiar beach towns have
 lots of fancy, high-rise condominiums and
 elegant eateries.
                                                  place to watch many sea and shore birds
                                                  that winter there. (But be sure to allow
                                                  yourself time to visit the Lighthouse, too!)
                                                       In fact, the Lighthouse on Tybee
                                                  Island is one of five lighthouses left in
                                                                                                    years. The site at Tybee Island Lighthouse
                                                                                                    is one of the most complete lighthouse
                                                                                                    complexes in the United States, too, with
                                                                                                    all of its support buildings still intact.
                                                                                                    (www.tybeelighthouse.org) Of course, the
       But just a few hours drive away there      Georgia. Tours are self-guided, but there         views from the lighthouse are magnificent!
 exists a wonderful beach! Just east of           are volunteers to answer any questions                  Deep-sea fishing is a year-round
 Savannah, is the fun and sometimes still         you might have. The oldest and tallest            sport in the waters off Tybee Island as is
 funky beach community of Tybee Island.           lighthouse in Georgia (the lighthouse has         freshwater fishing in the marshes and up
 Yes, we all know what fun the beach is in        recently been completely restored), Tybee         the Savannah River. The most fresh water
 summer, with lots of things to do and…           Island has been the light station at the          fishing is for “Red fish and stripers up the
 lots of people to do them among.                 mouth of the Savannah River for over 270          Savannah,” says Captain Stan, owner of
       But the beach in winter can be a                                                             Marshland Inshore Fishing adventures
 spectacular place, when nature shows a                                                             on Tybee Island (www.marshlandadven-
 different side. Towns like Tybee Island can                                                        tures.com). Deep-sea fishing (offshore)
 be the perfect place to spend a winter day                                                         in the winter includes: Black Sea Bass,
 in the beauty of the beach, without throngs                                                        Gag Grouper, Red Snapper, Red Porgy
 of people, noise and queues.                                                                       and Dolphin. Inshore fishing includes:
       Tybee has some special winter visitors                                                       Atlantic Croaker, Black Drum, Flounder,
 (other than you, of course). Tybee, and her                                                        Red Drum, Sheepshead, Spot, Tripletail,
 undeveloped sister, Little Tybee Island, are                                                       Weakfish, and Whiting.
 the winter home for many birds. The North                                                                Other nature tours are available
 Beach, near Tybee’s Lighthouse, is the best                                                                                  Continued on the next page…
                                                  Photo courtesy of Marshland Adventures

 January 2009                                                                                                                                                 21
     “the beach in
     winter can be
     a spectacular
      place, when
     nature shows
         a different
                side…”




                                                                                                          Photos courtesy of Lauren Davis and My Beach
                                                                                                                             House Rentals, Tybee Island




                                                                                              them online. They have rentals that sleep
                                                                                              from one (hey, its Tybee island) to fifteen.
                                                                                                    Last of all, if you want a couple of
                                                                                              real Tybee Island-type events, this year’s
                                                                                              Polar Bear Plunge will again be held on
                                                                                              New Year’s Day. If a dip in the cold waters
                                                                                              of the Atlantic is your idea of a way to
                                                                                              start the New Year, here’s your chance! On
Continued from the previous page…                                                             Valentine’s Day, Tybee Island is hosting a
                                                                                              perfectly Tybee-style celebration at Tie the
through charter companies like Sundial          Rentals on Tybee (www.mybeachhouseon-         Knot on Tybee (www.tietheknotontybee.
Tours (www.sundialcharters.net) owned by        tybee.com), tell us that most of the Tybee    com) where you can join in the group wed-
Captain Rene Heidt. Year-round tours of         beaches have recently been “re-nourished,”    ding ceremony! (Or just renew your vows.)
Little Tybee are available that feature bird-   meaning that sand has been pumped onto        (912) 786-5319.
ing, shelling, dolphin viewing and more.        the beach from further out, and that means,         Don’t put off the trip to the beach
Sundial, for example, offers winter dolphin     says Lauren, “We are seeing shells I have     until summer! Winter at Tybee can be
charters as well as fossil hunting charters     never seen before!”                           tons of fun!
from October to April.                               Speaking of that, My Beach House               You can find out more information
      And speaking of shelling, if that is      Rentals features some of the original,        on visiting Tybee at www.tybeevisit.com,
your interest, this winter would be a great     colorful and delightful Tybee style houses    including a free visitor’s guide, or at www.
time to visit Tybee. Lauren Davis and           for your stay. You can call them at (912)     tybeeisland.com, you can download a
Sally Jett, owners of My Beach House            484-8397 for more information or visit        printable travel guide as well.              >


22                                                                                                                     North Georgia Living
Atlanta:
Learning & Family Fun
D
D         owntown Atlanta, just an hour or
          so away from most of us, and has,
          of course, nearly endless things
to do. But did you ever think about how
many wonderful museums there our in
                                                 special exhibits (on February 14th, the new
                                                 “Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discov-
                                                 eries” opens.) There is an Imax Theatre
                                                 which features regular films like “Mystic
                                                 India,” “The Greatest Places,” and in
                                                                                                        Of course, what article on Atlanta’s
                                                                                                  museums could not include the High
                                                                                                  Museum of Art (www.high.org)? The High
                                                                                                  offers its own fabulous collection of art, in
                                                                                                  fact, it is considered to be the leading art
North Georgia’s big “hometown?” There            February, “Dinosaurs Alive!” There is also       museum in the Southeast. Their permanent
are so many fascinating ones, that the cold      the Fernbank Rose Garden, the Fernbank           collections include African art, American
and dreary days of winter can fade away in       Forest, the Star Gallery and even more. (At      Art, European art, Modern and Contempo-
all of the enthralling things there are to see   the Fernbank Museum, the floors are made         rary art, Folk art, and the Decorative Arts,
and do!                                          up of fossils… how cool is that?)                as well as nearly 4,000 photographs.
      If you have never been to Fern-                  The Fernbank Science Center (www.                Currently, the High Museum is
bank (located just off of Ponce de Leon          fsc.fernbank.edu) is the location of             featuring special exhibitions of China’s
in DeKalb County), you are missing a             Fernbank’s Planetarium and Observatory, as       phenomenal “Terra Cotta Army,” the
                                                          well as their fascinating live animal   “army” of the First Chinese Emperor,
                                                          exhibits. The Science Center also       King Ying Zheng (considered by many to
                                                          offers special “Science Nights Out”     be the greatest archeological discovery of
                                                          for you and your budding scientist,     the 20th century) as well as the beautiful
                                                          as well as other special events.        exhibit of “Louvre Atlanta,” 91 works
                                                                The Michael C. Carlos Mu-         from the Musee de Louvre in Paris.
                                                          seum at Emory University spent                But that is far from all of them;
                                                          years as the little-known, beauti-      there is the Margaret Mitchell House
                                                          ful little museum on the Emory          Museum on Peachtree at 10th Street,
                                                          Campus. That is until this lovely       where Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone
                                                          museum bought a mummy in 1999           with the Wind,” the Atlanta History
                                                          from a collection in Niagara Falls.     Museum, the Martin Luther King, Jr.
                                                          The mummy turned out to be not          Memorial Museum, the Apex Mu-
                                                          just royal, but a pharaoh; it is, in    seum in Sweet Auburn, The Wren’s
                                                          fact, believed to be the mummy          House Museum, the Children’s
                                                          of Ramses I, and in 2003, the           Museum in Centennial Park, the
wonderful treat for the mind and the senses.     Carlos museum was thrust into the news           Museum of Design at Peachtree Cen-
Fernbank is technically made up of two           when they returned the mummy believed            ter, the Braves Museum, the World
major components, the Fernbank Science           by most to be this great pharaoh, to Egypt.      of Coca Cola, the President Jimmy
Center and the Fernbank Museum of Natu-          (You can read a version of this story at         Carter Museum and the William Bre-
ral History (www.fernbankmuseum.org). At         www.news.nationalgeographic.com/                 man Jewish Museum on Spring Street.
the Fernbank Museum of Natural History,          news/2003/04/0430_030430_royalmummy.                   Whatever you find interesting, you
the list of things to do and see is long, and    html.)                                           can learn more about it, just a short drive
includes permanent exhibitions like “Giants            The Carlos Museum was not in any           away in Atlanta, where museums can fill
of the Mesozoic,” in the Great Hall, which       way diminished by their gift, in fact, the       your winter days with information and
is their permanent—and fascinating—dis-          Carlos is known as the premier museum of         family fun!
play of dinosaurs. You can also visit exhib-     Classical, Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern,             *And don’t forget that Tutankhamun,
its like “A Walk through Time in Georgia,”       Ancient American, African, and Asian art         the Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
“The First Georgians,” “The World of             in the Southeast. The Ancient American           will be at the Atlanta
Shells,” and much, much more. Beautifully        Collection alone is stunning, with over          Civic Center until May
displayed and very visitor and kid friendly,     2,300 pieces in it. The other collections are    25, 2009. 
the permanent exhibits at Fernbank are truly     fabulous as well, and well, well worth visit-
fantastic fun for everyone in the family.        ing. For more information and directions
       But that is far from all that you can     you can visit them online at www.carlos.
find at the Fernbank Museum; there are           emory.edu.

January 2009                                                                                                                                23
N o r t h   G e o r g i a
            F     o      o      d
                Ja nu a r y 2 0 0 9




       Simply Soup-er
        W       e asked some of the
                best cooks we know to
        tell us their favorite recipes
        for a nourishing bowl of soup
        just so we could share them
        with you!
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
      No group of “favorite soups” from us could do without this
one. It is Wade Cook’s favorite soup, hands down, and it tastes, as
he says, “Just like chicken pot pie, but without the crust.” (The crust
is his least favorite part.)
      Although the broth is a bit thinner than most chicken pot pies,
the taste of this one is worth the effort. If you miss the crust, just put
a biscuit on the top of the bowl.
      And don’t be dissuaded by the length of the recipe. It is really
quite simple to make, and very, very well worth the effort!

2 large or three small chicken breasts, cooked
1 cup pearl onions
2 cups small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
2 cups carrots, sliced
1 cup celery, sliced
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about two ears)
1 cup green peas                                                             Super Bowl Soup
1 Tbsp. grated onion                                                              Our Yvonne says that no Super Bowl Sunday is complete
1 stick butter, divided                                                      without a bowl filled with this soup. It’s a recipe borrowed from
1 cup all purpose flour                                                      a very dear friend, but with a few changes to make it her own.
2 chicken bullion cubes, crushed (Or 2 Tbsp. chicken bullion granules)       More like a stew than soup and filled with beans and sausage, it
2½ cups chicken broth (plus broth to cook the potatoes in)                   is hearty, easy and delicious—and just the sort of substantial dish
2 cups whole milk                                                            that the guys will love!
¼ tsp salt                                                                        It makes it fun and easy if you cut up the ingredients before
¼ tsp garlic salt                                                            beginning to cook.
½ tsp fresh ground pepper
Biscuits, if desired                                                         2 Tbsp. oil
                                                                             3 cloves of garlic, minced
     Cook chicken breasts and cut into chunks (about 3 cups).                1 large red onion, chopped
Set aside.                                                                   3 cups of a variety of beans of your choice (navy, kidney,
     Cover the pearl onions in water and bring to a boil. Boil for           pinto, great northern, etc.)
three minutes, drain and cover with cold water. When cooled,                 ½ tsp. dried cumin
drain and skin by removing the root end of each onion and press-             ½ tsp. garlic powder
ing the opposite end until the skin slips off. Set aside.                    ½ tsp. onion powder
     Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water or a              1 large can of diced tomatoes
combination of chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil and cook             1 large fresh tomato, diced
for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. While the potatoes cook, and           1 country-style (large link) sausage, sliced
in a second pan, place the carrots and celery with water and cook            2 large potatoes, diced
for about 10 minutes. Add in the corn and pearl onions. Cook for             6 fresh mushrooms, sliced or diced
five more minutes. Add in the peas. Cook for another 5 minutes.              4 cups chicken stock or broth
Drain all vegetables and set aside.                                          2- 3 cups chopped cabbage
     In a soup pot, cook the grated onion in 1 Tbsp. of butter               2 bay leaves
for 3 minutes. Add in the rest of the stick of butter (7 Tbsp.)              1 Tbsp basil and oregano
and melt, stirring constantly. Add in the seasonings and chicken             Salt and pepper to taste
bullion. Stir together. Add in the two cups of broth and the cup
of flour. Whisk until smooth. Add in the milk, one cup at a time,                 In a large pot, heat the oil and cook the garlic and onion
blending completely after each addition. Bring the milk mixture              for 1 minute. Add the chopped cabbage and simmer for 3
to a boil, reduce heat and simmer or about 1 minute, or until                minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the remaining ingredients,
thickened. Add in the vegetables, about ½ cup at a time, until               cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 35 to
well mixed. Add in chicken.                                                  45 minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving.
     Serve with a biscuit on top, if desired.                                                                           Continued on the next page…


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Continued from the previous page…

Minestrone                                                                 Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
     Ask any Italian-American what their favorite soup is, and                Our friend, Helen Boyle, is a vegetarian. Here is her Black
minestrone is bound to be on the top of the list. Donna Di Piero           Bean Soup, delicious, and made completely without meat!
offers us her recipe for this delicious version of that Italian classic.
                                                                           1 pound dried black beans
½ cup chickpeas, soaked (5 hours minimum) and drained                      2 quarts water
½ cup cannellini beans, soaked (5 hours minimum) and drained               1 teaspoon salt (for the beans)
2 quarts beef broth (homemade is the best, with tiny bits of beef)         2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. olive oil                                                          1 tsp. ground cumin
2 onions (white) chopped                                                   1 tsp. dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced                                                    1 tsp. salt (for the soup)
1 large can whole tomatoes                                                 ¼ tsp. dry mustard
½ cup finely chopped cabbage                                               2 Tbsp. olive oil
½ cup diced carrots                                                        2 large onions, coarsely chopped
½ cup diced celery                                                         2 green peppers, chopped
½ cup Ditalini pasta, cooked and drained*                                  2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1½ tsp. salt                                                               Cooked rice
½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
Pinch of crushed, dried red pepper                                              Soak the dried beans in the two quarts of water, overnight.
About 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated                                     On the next day, using the same water, add in 1 tsp. of salt and
                                                                           bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until beans are nearly tender
     In a large pot, place the chick peas and cannelloni beans. Add        (about 45 minutes).
in the broth and simmer for about 45 minutes.                                   Mix the garlic, second teaspoon of salt, cumin oregano and
     In a skillet, sauté the onions and garlic until soft; add in the      second teaspoon of salt together and set aside. In a large frying
tomatoes, breaking them into pieces. Simmer for 15 minutes.                pan, sauté the onion until clear and add in the seasonings, lemon
     *Cook the pasta in boiling water as directed on the package.          juice and ½ cup of liquid from the beans. Cover and simmer for
Drain and set aside.                                                       10 minutes, then add to the beans.
     While the above cooks, place the chopped carrot, celery and                Cook for 1 hour longer. Serve with a spoonful of rice and
cabbage in a small sauce, cover with water and boil until crisp-ten-       garnish with sour cream and fresh green onion slices. 
der (about 10 minutes).
     Add the tomato mixture, vegetables and pasta into the beans
and broth. Add seasonings and simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered.
Taste for seasonings. Serve in soup bowls with Parmesan cheese
sprinkled on top. Serve with crusty bread.

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Silent Poetry
The Kennesaw State University Gallery Student Art Show




P
        ainting is silent poetry, so Plutarch   ing exhibitions. Previous exhibitions     the ongoing “Athos Menaboni: Conver-
        once said. Once again, the Art Mu-      in these spaces have included works       sations with Nature” in the Clayton Gal-
        seum and Galleries at Kennesaw
State University will be presenting the
silent poetry of their students in the 26th
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, from
January 15th through March 3rd on the
campus of Kennesaw State University.
      Celebrating more than a quarter
century of spirited competition among
KSU student artists, the 26th Annual
Juried Student Art Exhibition is open
to all students. Entries are juried by
distinguished Atlanta arts professionals,
with many cash prizes awarded. Many
of the works are available for purchase.
The opening reception for the show will
be on January 15, from 5:00 to 8:00pm
at the Fine Arts Gallery, in the Joe Mack
Wilson Building.
      The Art Museum and Galleries at
Kennesaw State University offer more
than these fine student exhibitions,
however; they also feature national, in-
ternational, regional, student and faculty
pieces as well. In fact, 13 annual exhibi-
tions offer the patron a wide range of
contemporary and traditional art. Many
of the exhibits also include associated
artist demonstrations and lectures.
      Kennesaw State University is cur-
rently raising money to build Phase II of       by Mexican painter Rodolfo Morales,       lery as well as the Annual Art Faculty
its Art Museum. Phase I was dedicated in        French-Chinese installation artist Chen   and Staff Exhibition. This is a showcase
the spring of 2008 and was funded by a          Zhen, American photorealist painter       exhibition of the artists of the Kennesaw
$1 million from the Robert W. Woodruff          Steven Assael, and iconic American        State University department of Visual
Foundation. Located in the Dr. Bobbie           artist Christo.                           Arts, demonstrating a wide range of
Bailey and Family Performance Center, it             In coordination with the univer-     media including sculpture, painting,
includes the Don Russell Clayton Gallery,       sity’s annual “Year of” international     drawing, photography, ceramics, mixed
home of the Athos Menaboni Collection,          celebration, the galleries also present   media, printmaking and graphic design.
and the Anna F. Henriquez Atrium, home          an annual exhibition of works from        The opening reception is on January 27,
of the Ruth Zuckerman Collection. These         the highlighted country or region. This   from 5:00 to 8:00pm in The Art Gallery
two collections by Georgia artists are          spring, for the “Year of Turkey,” the     at the Sturgis Library.
just part of Kennesaw State University’s        galleries will show “ATA Türk: Chantal         For more information, you can
extensive Permanent Collection of Art.          Zakari and Mike Mandel in Collabora-      contact the Kennesaw State Univer-
      The university also has two galler-       tion,” from March 19 through April 30.    sity Galleries and Museum at (770)
ies that present a full schedule of rotat-           Other upcoming exhibitions include   499-3223. 

January 2009                                                                                                                    27
N o r t h         G e o r g i a
                          P. e. t. s
    with Dr. Keith Curcio, DVM, DACVS



       Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease: Part II

        T
               reatment for cranial cruciate liga-     placed on the knee and ultimately results     before instituting a weight loss program.
               ment disease consists of medical        in severe arthritis. Low-impact exercises           Nsaids are drugs that alleviate pain
               and surgical options. Medical           such as leash walks and swimming place        by reducing inflammation. Aspirin is a
        options rarely will cure the problem, but      less stress on the knee, therefore delay-     common product for humans, which is in
                                                                                                     this class of drugs. These drugs are given
                                                                                                     for pain relief from chronic arthritis as
                                                                                                     well as after the initial tear of the liga-
                                                                                                     ment. There are a handful of veterinary
                                                                                                     specific nsaids on the market. Some of
                                                                                                     the side effects are gastrointestinal upset,
                                                                                                     gastric ulcers, liver and kidney problems.
                                                                                                     A veterinarian should be consulted before
                                                                                                     attempting to give these products.
                                                                                                           Nutraceuticals are products that are
                                                                                                     given to help with joint health. Examples
                                                                                                     of these substances would be glucos-
                                                                                                     amine and chondroitin sulfate. These
                                                                                                     substances are building blocks that help
                                                                                                     to form cartilage. These substances
                                                                                                     are given with the hopes of restoring
                                                                                                     cartilage. The effects of glucosamine and
                                                                                                     chondroitin sulfate are not fully known,
                                                                                                     nor have they been proven or unproven
                                                                                                     to work. There are limited side effects if
                                                                                                     given appropriately. It is important to use
                                                                                                     a reputable brand, because nutraceutical
                                                                                                     products are not regulated by the FDA,
                                                                                                     these products do not work immediately
                                                                                                     and can take up to a few months before
                                                                                                     any results are seen.
                                                                                                           Physical rehabilitation is an in-
                                                                                                     tegral part of recovery from an ACL
        can be used to help relieve pain prior to      ing the progression of arthritis. These       tear in humans. Rehabilitation options
        surgery and is an integral part of the post-   exercises are excellent for recovery of the   for veterinary patients have increased
        operative treatment. Small dogs less than      post-operative patient.                       over the past five years. The benefits of
        30 pounds may stabilize with strict cage            Weight reduction can be helpful to       rehabilitation are to help relieve pain,
        rest for a period of eight weeks unless a      reduce the amount of stress placed on the     increase range of motion of the joints
        meniscal tear is present. In most cases,       joints. The heavier the animal, the more      and improve function. There are a few
        surgery is the preferred treatment choice      stress is placed on the joints. Weight loss   rehabilitation centers in the Atlanta area
        for an optimal outcome.                        before and after surgery is important to      that have certified rehabilitation special-
              Medical management consists of           help the recovery as well as post-opera-      ists and a full array of rehabilitation tools
        low-impact exercises, weight reduction,        tive function. Weight loss can be chal-       such as an underwater treadmill. Many
        non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs          lenging during this period due to the lack    exercises can be performed at home eas-
        (nsaids), nutraceutical products, and          of exercise. It is therefore important to     ily to help an animal recover from knee
        physical rehabilitation. Any exercise that     reduce the amount of food given during        surgery. Physical rehabilitation should
        causes a dog to pivot its knee such as         this period to prevent excessive weight       be discussed as part of the post-operative
        playing ball, Frisbee or chasing other ani-    gain. The weight loss should be gradual       recovery period.
        mals will lead to a high amount of stress      and a veterinarian should be consulted              Surgery remains the treatment of        >


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choice to maximize a functional        (TPLO) and the tibial tuberosity
outcome of dogs with cranial           advancement (TTA).
cruciate ligament tears. There                The osteotomy performed
have been numerous surgical pro-       depends on the surgeon. These
cedures that have been described       are technically demanding
to treat this disease. The two main    procedures that have a high
categories include intra-capsular      learning curve and require ex-
and extra-capsular repairs. Intra-     tensive training in bone-plating
capsular techniques are proce-         techniques. These procedures
dures, which rely on stabilization     are usually performed by board
of the joint from within the joint     certified veterinary surgeons.
capsule. Most of these procedures             Post-operative recovery is a
use a graft from the patient.          gradual process and usually takes
      Extra-capsular techniques        up to 3-4 months before good
rely on stabilization of the knee      function is achieved no matter
from outside the joint capsule.        which procedure is performed.
Most intra-capsular repair             It is important to restrict activ-
techniques in dogs are no longer       ity to optimize healing. Physical
performed because most grafts          rehabilitation and medical man-
have proved to be inferior to the      agement should be instituted to
extra-capsular repairs.                improve post-operative function.
      Currently, there are two                In summary, cranial cruci-
types of extra-capsular repairs        ate ligament disease is the most
that are recommended. These            common orthopedic injury. This
are the lateral suture stabilization   condition will lead to chronic
technique and osteotomy (cutting       lameness and arthritis if untreat-
the bone) techniques.                  ed. Surgery currently remains
      The lateral suture stabiliza-    the best treatment option. There
tion technique has been used for       have been numerous surgical
over 50 years. The procedure           techniques developed but only
relies on using a heavy synthetic      2-3 is currently recommended for
suture or band, which is placed        best outcome. A board certified
around the knee in the same            veterinary surgeon or a veterinar-
direction as the cranial cruciate      ian experienced with orthopedics
ligament. The suture temporarily       should be consulted in order to
holds the knee in place and allows     determine the best surgical proce-
scar tissue to form to permanently     dure to optimize outcome.
stabilize the knee. Ultimately, the           Dr. Curcio and the staff at
implant will stretch or break over     All Pets Emergency & Referral
time. If the suture breaks before      Center are ready to treat your
the scar tissue forms, the knee will   pet for cruciate ligament disease
remain unstable which can lead to      or any other orthopedic prob-
continued limping. Most dogs will      lem. Dr. Curcio is board certi-
achieve about 90 percent function      fied by the American College
after this procedure although the      of Veterinary Surgeons and has
larger breed dogs tend to stretch      over eight years of veterinary
the suture out prematurely.            surgical experience. He special-
      Osteotomy techniques rely        izes in small animal orthopedic,
on changing the biomechanics           soft tissue, and neurological
of the knee. The tibia is cut with     surgery. We are conveniently
a saw, the cut segment is rotated      located on Highway 9 between
and stabilized with a bone plate.      McFarland Road and Windward
The knee becomes stable when           Parkway. Dr. Curcio sees cases
the limb is placed on the ground.      by referral appointment only.
Most dogs will achieve 90 –95%         The Emergency Unit is open
function after this procedure. The     nights, weekends and all holi-
two most common osteotomy pro-         days to help you and your pet. If
cedures being performed are the        you need more information call
tibial plateau leveling osteotomy      (678) 366-2500. 

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                       Ja nu a r y 2 0 0 9




 January 1, 2009                  January 3, 2009                  January 8-11, 2009              January 10, 2009
 Adairsville: Ken’s               Alpharetta: Alpharetta           Roswell: Georgia Ensemble       Blue	Ridge: Blue Ridge
 Antiques and Auction/ Ken’s      Library/ Friends of the          Theatre/ “Southern              Mountain Arts Association/
 6th Annual New Year’s            Alpharetta Library Book Sale/                                    “The Art of Carrie Shoults”
                                                                   Comforts”/ Thursday, Friday
 Day Auction/ 10am/ Free          a wide variety of fiction and                                    Opening Reception/ 6-8pm/
                                                                   and Saturday: 8pm; Matinee
 admission/ (770) 877-9922 or     non-fiction, reference books,                                    Shoults is an accomplished
                                                                   Saturday 4pm and Sunday         artist and exhibits her work
 www.kensauction.com              history, biography, children’s
                                                                   2:30pm/ Tickets $17 to $33/     in galleries around the South/
 Kennesaw: Cobb Place/            books, paperbacks, books
                                                                   (770) 641-1260 or www.get.org   (706) 632-2144 or www.brmaa.net
 Atlanta Track Club               on tape and rare editions/
 Resolution Run/ 1 mile at 12     10am-4pm/ (770) 475-9214 or      January 9-10, 2009              Ellijay: Ellijay Elementary
 noon; 10K at 12:20pm/ Race       www.fotal.org                                                    Auditorium/ John Jorgenson
                                                                   Acworth: Theatre on Main/       Quintet/ 7:30pm/ Tickets
 day registration only/ ATC       January 5, 2009                  “Always... Patsy Cline”/        available at Gilmer Arts
 Members free; all others:
                                  Helen: Smithgall Woods           8pm/ Adults: $15; Seniors       and Heritage Association/
 $5/ (404) 231-9064 or www.
                                  Conservation Center/Winter       and Children (12 and under):    (706) 635-5605 or at www.
 atlantatrackclub.org
                                  Guided Hike/ 1-3pm/ Register     $12/ (770) 565-3009 or www.     gilmerarts.org
 January 1-17, 2009               in advance/ $3 parking fee/      theatreonmain.net               Marietta: Blackwell
 Cartersville: Bartow             (706) 878-3087                                                   Playhouse/ “High School
                                                                   January 9-11, 2009
 History Center/ “Bartow’s                                                                         Musical”/ 11am and 3pm/ All
                                  January 5-9, 2009
 Greatest Generation”; Exhibit                                     Marietta: Blackwell             seats: $12/ (678) 213-3311 or
 of residents of Bartow County    Waleska: Humberland Guest        Playhouse/ “The Odd             www.blackwellplayhouse.com
 during the 1940’s contributed    Ranch/ “Organic Gardening by
                                                                   Couple”/ Friday and Saturday    Waleska: Funk Heritage
 to World War II/ Admission:      the Moon”, taught by Master
                                                                   at 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm/        Center at Reinhardt College/
 $3 adults, $2.50 senior          Gardener Brigitte Humber (18                                     January Meeting of the Trail
                                                                   Adults: $16; Seniors and
 citizens, $2 students; Members   and older)/ $100 per season/                                     of Tears Association/ 10:30am/
                                  for more information call:       Youth: $14/ (678) 213-3311 or
 admitted free/ (770) 382-3818                                                                     Free; open to the public/ (770)
 or www.bartowhistorycenter.org   (770) 479-7895                   www.blackwellplayhouse.com
                                                                                                   704-6338 or badnil@alltel.net

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January 12-16, 2009               January 16-18, 2009
Waleska: Humberland               Acworth: Theatre on Main/
Guest Ranch/ “Organic             “Always... Patsy Cline”/ Friday
Gardening by the Moon”,           and Saturday 8pm; Sunday
taught by Master Gardener
                                  Matinee 3pm/ Adults: $15;
Brigitte Humber (18 and
older)/ $100 per season/          Seniors and Children (12 and
for more information call:        under): $12/ (770) 565-3009 or
(770) 479-7895                    theatreonmain.net
January 13, 2009                  Marietta: Blackwell
Roswell: The Cottage at           Playhouse/ “The Odd
Bulloch Hall/ “Digging            Couple”/ Friday and Saturday
Georgia Archeology”               8pm; Sunday 3pm/ Adults:
(Archeology Class meets each      $16; Seniors and Youth:
Tuesday for 8 weeks)/ 7:30-       $14/ (678) 213-3311 or www.
9pm/ Registration fee is $25/
                                  blackwellplayhouse.com
(770) 992-1731
Waleska: Falany Center            January 16-19, 2009
for the Performing Arts at        Alpharetta: The Cooler/
Reinhardt College/ Joe Grandsen   The Atlanta Freedom Cup
and the Brent Runnels Jazz        1st Annual Invitational
Quintet in concert/ 2pm and
                                  Peewee Hockey Festival/ 4pm
7:30pm/ Adults: $20, Seniors,
children 12 and younger:          Friday through 6pm Monday/
$16/ (770) 720-9167 or www.       (770) 649-6600 or www.
reinhardt.edu                     atlfreedomcup.com/contact.
January 14-18, 2009               html
Roswell: Georgia Ensemble         January 17, 2009
Theatre/ “Southern Comforts”/                                       January 18, 2009                  January 21-25, 2009
                                  Kennesaw: Murray Arts
Wednesday 7:30pm; Thursday                                          Waleska: Falany Center
                                  Center/ Cobb Symphony                                               Roswell: Georgia Ensemble
7:30pm; Friday and Saturday                                         for the Performing Arts
8pm; Matinee Satuday 4pm          Family Concert/ 1pm and                                             Theatre/ “Southern Comforts”/
                                                                    at Reinhardt College/ The
and Sunday 2:30pm/ Tickets        3pm/ $1 to $5/ (770) 429-7016     Reinhardt Chamber Ensemble        Wednesday 7:30pm; Thursday
$17 to $33/ (770) 641-1260 or     or www.cobbsymphony.org           presents “A Celebration of        7:30pm; Friday and Saturday
www.get.org                                                         Handel”/ 2pm and 7:30pm/
                                  Marietta: Blackwell               Adults: $25, Seniors and          8pm; Matinee Satuday 4pm
January 15-18, 2009               Playhouse/ “High School           children 12 and younger:          and Sunday 2:30pm/ Tickets
Rome: Shorter College;            Musical”/ 11am and 3pm/ All       $20/ (770) 720-9167 or www.       $17 to $33/ (770) 641-1260 or
Callaway Theatre/ Massenet’s      seats: $12/ (678) 213-3311 or     reinhardt.edu
                                                                                                      www.get.org
“Cinderella”/ Thursday,           www.blackwellplayhouse.com        January 19, 2009
Friday and Saturday 7:30pm;                                                                           January 23-24, 2009
Sunday 2pm/ (800) 868-6980,       Sautee-Nacoochee: Sautee-         Kennesaw: Kennesaw State
                                                                    University; Dr. Bobbie Bailey     Acworth: Theatre on Main/
ext. 7288 or www.shorter.edu      Nacoochee Arts Center/
                                                                    and Family Performance
January 15-31, 2009               “Bob Prim: One Family”/ An                                          “Always... Patsy Cline”/
                                                                    Center/ The Martin Luther
                                  evening with storyteller Bob      King Jr. Day Concert/ Free/       8pm/ Adults: $15; Seniors
Kennesaw: Kennesaw
State University/ Wilson          Prim accompanied by local         (770) 423-6650 or www.            and Children (12 and under):
                                  musicians/ 8pm/(706) 878-3300     kennesaw.edu
Building Fine Arts Gallery/                                                                           $12/ (770) 565-3009 or www.
26th Annual Student Arts          or www.snca.org                   January 21-23, 2009               theatreonmain.net
Exhibition; (Opening                                                Blue	Ridge: Blue Ridge
                                  Woodstock: Historic Dean                                            Marietta: Blackwell
Reception: January 15 5-                                            Mountain Arts Association
8pm)/ Free/ (770) 499-3223 or     Store on Main Street/ ‘Main       Art Center/ Watercolor with       Playhouse/ “The Odd Couple”/
www.kennesaw.edu                  Street Sessions’ featuring Kurt   Tom Lynch/ Tom Lynch has          8 pm/ Adults: $16; Seniors and
                                  Sutton as Mark Twain/ 1pm/        been the host of his own PBS
                                                                    TV series, author of 7 books/     Youth: $14/ (678) 213-3311 or
                                  Free/ (770) 924-0406
                                                                    Enhance your watercolor skills    www.blackwellplayhouse.com
                                                                    from this master watercolorist/
     For more events in North Georgia visit the events              $270/(706) 632-2144 or www.
      on our website at www.northgeorgialiving.com                  brmaa.net
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     January 24, 2009                        January 28-31, 2009
     Marietta: Johnson Ferry                 Atlanta: Cobb Galleria Centre/
     Baptist Church/ 21st Annual             The Southeastern Flower Show/
     Polar Bear Run/ 2K at 8am; 5K           For information on tickets and
     at 8:30am; Cub Run and Cub              times visit www.flowershow.org
     Dash at 9:15am/ No race day             January 29, 2009
     registration; must register by          Waleska: Falany Center for the
     January 16/ (770) 795-3230 or           Performing Arts at Reinhardt
     www.johnsonferry.org                    College/ Guitarist Petar Jankovic
     Marietta: Blackwell Playhouse/          in concert/ 7: 30 pm/ Adults:
                                             $20, Seniors and children 12 and
     “High School Musical”/
                                             younger: $16/ 770-720-9167 or
     11am and 3pm/ All seats:                www.reinhardt.edu
     $12/ (678) 213-3311 or www.
     blackwellplayhouse.com                  January 30-31, 2009
                                             Alpharetta: Alpharetta First
     Roswell: Ivy Hall at Roswell
                                             Methodist Church/ PlayRight
     Mill/ The Michael O’Neal Singers        Productions presents “Smoke
     20th Season Gala/ Dinner with           on the Mountain”/ 7:30 pm/
     wine and beer included; cash bar;       (770) 475-5576 or www.
     memorable program; silent auction       playrightproductions.com
     featuring artwork from the Ann
                                             Cartersville: Grand Theatre/
     Jackson Gallery/ $75 per person;        Stageworks presents “Smoke on
     black Tie Optional/ Advance             the Mountain”/ Times and tickets
     reservations required/ (770) 594-7974   TBA/ 678-848-4400
     or www.mosingers.org
                                             Marietta: Blackwell Playhouse/
     January 25, 2009                        “The Odd Couple”/ 8 pm/
     Waleska: Falany Center for the          Adults: $16; Seniors and Youth:
     Performing Arts at Reinhardt            $14/ 678-213-3311 or www.
                                             blackwellplayhouse.com
     College/ “A Tribute to Johnny
     Cash”/ 2pm and 7:30pm/ Adults:          January 31, 2009
     $25, Seniors and children 12 and        Marietta: Blackwell Playhouse/
     younger: $20/ (770) 720-9167 or         “High School Musical”/ 11 am
     www.reinhardt.edu                       and 3 pm/ All seats: $12/ 678-213-
     January 26, 2009                        3311 or www.blackwellplayhouse.
                                             com
     Rome: Shorter College; Brookes
                                             Sautee-Nacoochee: Sautee-
     Chapel/ Organist Leon W. Couch,
                                             Nacoochee Arts Center/
     III in concert/ 7:30pm/Free/            International vocalist Elsie Witt
     (800) 868-6980, ext. 7288 or www.       in concert/ 8 pm/ 706-878-3300 or
     shorter.edu                             www.snca.org 




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Pizza on the Grill
    Grillin’ Time
    with Wayne “Bull ” Weaver




I
     f you have never made pizza on          dough onto it. You can use your own        dough cook on one side. (It should take
     the grill, you are truly missing a      recipe for the dough or use a purchased    about 5 minutes.) Using a spatula, (and
     great taste! Using a covered grill to   one, just don’t let the dough get spread   taking care not to burn yourself!) turn
prepare pizza creates a crispy crust and     too thin, or it will be hard to handle.    the dough. Add toppings to the side you
a smoky flavor.                                   When the coals are ready, push the    just turned up. Use whatever toppings
     Use a covered grill large enough to     coals around the edge of the grill (so     you like. Cover it (with its toppings)
hold a 12 or 14 inch pizza. Use the grill    that you will be cooking indirectly).      again and cook for 5 to 10 minutes
rack in its top position. Now, prepare       Now, oil your grill rack and place the     more. (The length of cooking time will
your fire. While the coals are getting       pizza dough directly on the rack, but      depend on your toppings.)
ready, spread foil onto a pan, spray         not over the coals.                             Remove it carefully to a plate or
it with cooking spray and shape your              Put the cover on and let the pizza    platter and enjoy!


Our Pizzas:

BBQ Chicken Pizza                                                 Summer Pizza
    This was topped with about ¼ cup barbecue sauce, about             For our Summer Pizza, we used about 1 cup chopped
1½ cups of chicken (we used ordinary rotisserie chicken           fresh tomato, ¼ cup chopped fresh basil and about 1½ cups
from the store), about ½ cup thinly sliced red onion, about       shredded Italian four-cheese mix. 
1½ cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese, and about ¼ cup
chopped cilantro.


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     Log Cabin
     Community Church

     B
              ack in 1912, a need arose in the area between Atlanta and
              Marietta, just past the Fulton County line, for a religious
              center for the area. Even in those days Cobb County was
     growing, although with few roads and no other transportation
     between the homes in this newly growing part of Cobb and the
     churches in the cities of Atlanta and Marietta. And so, a little log
     cabin on the appropriately named Log Cabin Drive became the
     site for a new church.
          A name was needed for this new religious group, and “Log
     Cabin Union Sunday School” was chosen. Later this name was
     changed, first to the “Log Cabin Community Sunday School” and
     later to its current name, the “Log Cabin Community Church.”
          Although the aim of the Log Cabin Community Church
     didn’t include huge numbers of members, eventually the tiny
     building became too small for the modest growth of its numbers
     at that time. In 1919, another log building was built, to be used as
     the church, although the first structure was left, and is still stand-
     ing, housing a little museum of sorts.
          In 1949, a new stone church was built, not far from that tiny
     log cabin. Today the Log Cabin Community Church serves as a
     meeting place for the community, as well as a place to study and
     worship together “in an atmosphere of reverence, with a friendly
     spirit.”
          The Log Cabin Community Church also participates in com-
     munity service, through MUST Ministries and the Scouts – Boy
     Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts, and holds regular
     Sunday Services and, as their original intent… Sunday School.
          Log Cabin Community Church is located just off I-285 and
     South Atlanta Road in Smyrna. A map to their location is avail-
     able on their website at www.logcabinchurch.com 

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