County residents ready resolutions
by Megan Thornton
December 30, 2012 12:07 AM | 1828 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cherokee County residents are looking ahead to 2013 with resolutions and big plans for the New Year, including ringing in the midnight hour with traditional foods and some not-so-ordinary New Year’s Eve activities.

Toby Bramblett, associate executive director of the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA, said he’s resolving to spend more time with family.

“Our tradition for New Year’s Day is peas and greens at my mom’s house in Cumming,” Bramblett said.

Bramblett, an avid trail running and mountain biker, said he hopes to continue his passion for healthy living by incorporating YMCA’s Youth Fit For Life, a program geared toward curbing childhood obesity, in more Cherokee County schools.

“We also hope to continue providing a quality atmosphere for healthy living at the Y, not just inside but out in the community,” Bramblett said.

Mitzi Saxon, administrative coordinator of economic development for the city of Woodstock, said she also plans to visit more family members, especially those who are older and unable to get out of the house.

“I seem to get so caught up in so many things going on in my life that I forget others,” Saxon said. “My resolution is to change that thought process. Just a brief visit or phone call can make the day for someone.”

Canton resident Debbie Rabjohn, second vice president of Georgia PTA, said she’s planning to get healthy the smart way this year.

“Because I had foot surgery, I’ve foregone playing tennis a couple of times a week,” Rabjohn said. “It kind of took me out of commission. But I’ve been talking with a girlfriend about getting a trainer and getting back in shape the right way.”

Rabjohn’s family has a unique way to ring in the New Year, including wishing, hoping, and — that’s right — hopping.

“All of us write something we want to do better in the New Year and put it in a silver container,” Rabjohn said. “Then we eat our dinner — ham, collard greens and hoppin’ john, black-eyed peas cooked with bacon and Tabasco sauce.”

But that’s not where the hopping stops.

“We hop around the table,” Rabjohn said. “The food part has always been a tradition, but I don’t know where the hopping around the table and all that started, but we’ve been doing it for the last 10 years.”

This year, Rabjohn said she’ll be joined by Cherokee, her 14-year-old daughter, Cherokee’s friend, Diana Mendoza, and Rabjohn’s niece, Kristen Weaver, 25.

“Whoever is here, we’ll all do it,” Rabjohn said with a laugh.

JoEllen Wilson, vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs at Reinhardt University, said she and her husband John will have New Year’s Day dinner with friends, a 35-year-old tradition.

“Everybody brings the traditional foods — turnip greens, black-eyed peas —and we have dinner with friends and family,” Wilson said.

Wilson, a Canton resident, said she has three resolutions this year: to be more aware of the needs of others and respond, to read the Bible all the way through again and to spend more quality time with family and friends.

Even some members of the Woodstock Police Department shared some resolutions.

Terminal Agency Coordinator Renae Eidson said she hopes to continue making memories with her daughter. Jamie Ingersoll, court specialist, is planning to train for and complete a half marathon. Amanda Harris, court coordinator, is going to start doing yoga regularly, and Cpl. Peter Tinkham said he’d like to ride his motorcycle more.

“And (try) to be a more positive person,” Tinkham said.
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