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Staycation

take time off and do things close to home rather than traveling to a distant place

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P.O. BOX 1197 Weaver, AL 36277 OfďŹ ce: 256.369.8349 • Cell: 256.591.3226 Email: info@alclipper.com Website: http://www.alclipper.com Publishers Heath Garmon Connie C. Garmon Graphic Designer Connie C. Garmon Devon Richards Distribution Christian Garmon John Gregory Garmon Account Executives Peter Howell Mitzi Wright Research William P.J. Wilkerson

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Support Team Nicolas Garmon Jacob Garmon Christian Communications Group, LLC Owners Heath Garmon Connie C. Garmon The Alabama Clipper is published by Christian Communications Group, LLC and is distributed free of charge every month. We reserve the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all material contributed. The advertiser pays for advertising placement and design. The views, products and services provided by advertisers and contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the Publisher. The information in this publication is believed to be accurate. However, Christian Communications Group, LLC cannot and does not guarantee its accuracy and will not be liable for the quality in performance of goods and services provided by advertisers or any other portions of the publication. Responsibility for products/services advertised in this magazine lies with the advertisers/contributors themselves. Publisher is not liable for any damages arising from the purchase or use of products advertised herein. Copyright 2009 by Christian Communications Group, LLC. All rights reserved. All articles and photographs printed in The Alabama Clipper, with the exception of those photographs in the public domain or listed with other entities, are copyright of Christian Communications Group, LLC, and cannot be reprinted, redistributed, rewritten, or otherwise reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

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From the Publishers Thank you for taking the time to pick up this issue of The Alabama Clipper. If this is the first time you have seen our magazine, then here is a little bit of information about us. The Alabama Clipper is a community magazine dedicated to highlighting all that is unique and wonderful about Calhoun County. The first issue of The Alabama Clipper was published in July. Now, in its second month of publication, our magazine continues to evolve by adding more useful editorial sections. We will be informing you about issues such as health matters and the concerns of our economy, as well as what makes Calhoun County an exceptional place to live. Each issue brings to light the abundance of activities available to Calhoun County residents and the many exciting places to visit right here in the area, including museums, historic sites and parks. In addition, The Alabama Clipper features locally owned and operated businesses and organizations. The ongoing mission of The Alabama Clipper is to adequately reflect the sense of pride Calhoun County residents have in their community and to encourage residents to make the most of living here. We are excited to announce a new feature beginning with the August issue of The Alabama Clipper. You can now view our magazine online in a digital format. Just visit our website at www.ALclipper.com and click on the magazine shown on the home page. You will then be directed to a digital copy of our magazine where you can flip through the pages the same way you would a physical copy of the publication. You can view and print out the coupons from area merchants and you will be able to read the various articles we have in each issue. As we continue to grow and develop our magazine, we would like to encourage our readers and advertisers to feel let us know what features you would like to see each month. If you have an interesting story or any information about upcoming events, please contact us and let us know. Again, thank you for taking the time to pick up our magazine. We really appreciate it! God Bless, Heath and Connie Garmon Publishers You can add us on any of these Social Networking Sites: MySpace Profile: myspace.com/alclipper Facebook Page: facebook.com/alclipper Twitter Account: twitter.com/alclipper Don’t forget to join our all-new Alabama Clipper Space! http://alclipper.ning.com 6 | Alabama Clipper August 2009

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Crazy Alabama laws Alabama State and County Laws:

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Bear wrestling matches are prohibited. Incestuous marriages are legal. It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy. It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty. You may not drive barefooted. It is considered an offense to open an umbrella on a street, or fear of spooking horses. It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday. Dominoes may not be played on Sunday. It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church. Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death. Boogers may not be flicked into the wind. It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile. You must have windshield wipers on your car. You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time. Masks may not be worn in public. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.

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No person may spit on the floor of a church. It is illegal to bike, roller-skate, skateboard, or inline skate in a commercially zoned area. Men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.

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Women may not wear a ‘lewd dress’ in public. No one may use a ‘funk ball’ within the city limits. Bathing in city fountains is prohibited. No person within the city may possess confetti. It is illegal to spit orange peels on the sidewalk. ‘Spray String’ is banned. Most locales do not have this problem, but Mobile found it necessary to ban bicycles from the interstate highways. If one wishes to read palms in the city, they must first pay $10 for a permit. It is illegal to howl at ladies within the city limits. It is unlawful to wear women’s pumps with sharp,

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Local Attractions About Time Antiques Beautiful, well-lighted, spacious 13,000 square-foot building full of antiques, gifts and collectibles. Lay a ways available. Anniston Downtown District 19th- and 20th-century Victorian and Neoclassical business structures. Federal Building made of marble. Anniston Galleries General line of antiques. 18th and 19th century furniture. Anniston Garden Center Trees, shrubs, hanging baskets, seasonal items, large selection of azaleas, foundation shrubs, etc. Anniston Municipal “The Hill” Located at crest of one of Anniston’s beautiful mountains. Pro shop, golf supplies, concessions, cart rentals. Anniston Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs, fossils, mammals in open dioramas. 400-species bird collection, Egyptian mummies, walk-through cave replica, children’s discovery room, nature trails, art exhibits, picnicking. Anniston/Calhoun County Library— Alabama Room and Anniston Room Genealogical research and Civil War records, etc. Anniston Room is collection of local memorabilia. ALABENTON Genealogical Society headquartered in library. Art Works Gallery A cooperative gallery of east Alabama artists. Art includes: paintings, turned wood, fiber art, jewelry, pottery, photography, and decorative gourds. Berman Museum of World History American West, world wars, Napoleon, Jefferson Davis, Hitler objects. Swords (including one with 1295 diamonds), sacred and secular Asian art, 19th-century European sculptors. Cane Creek Golf Course Full-service restaurant, pro shop, driving range, practice green. Lessons available.

Centennial Memorial Park Alabama-shaped reflecting pool. Veterans wall with names of 1208 lost Alabama Vietnam veterans. Semicircular walls with names of all Alabama veterans lost in war. Cheaha State Park 2799-acre mountain-top retreat; highest point in Alabama. Restaurant, lodging, modern campground, picnic areas, pavilions, hiking & biking trails, play areas, beautiful mountain scenery. See campground listing on page 144. Choccolocco Valley Driving tour. Was Creek Indian village 1832, settlers arrived 1834, homes built 1840, school 1876. Most homes built by 2 slaves. Heritage museum. The Church of St. Michael and All Angels 1890 Norman architecture. 12-ft. Carrara marble altar, alabaster reredos, hand-carved angels and crosses, stained-glass windows, 95-ft. bell tower, 3000-pipe organ. Classic on Noble Originally Levi-Clark Saloon (built 1894), then Woolworth store, theater and more; now catering business. Original hardwood floors. Tours on request.

Anniston Museum of Natural History The Anniston Museum Courtyard has the lush look of the tropics, reminiscent of a hot, humid climate near the equator. Palms and bananas -- the largest public collection in Alabama -- are the heart of this courtyard garden microcosm.

Glenwood Terrace Residential District Eclectic collection of early- to mid-20th-century residential dwellings. Indian Oaks Golf Club Putting greens, driving range. Golf carts available. Pro shop, lounge, lessons. Mount Zion Baptist Church Mount Zion Baptist Church was the second black church organized in the Anniston area and is the oldest

The largest chair in the world. Located on Noble Street, this chair is 31 feet tall and can withstand 85 mph winds. It is made of ten tons of steel and has a spiral staircase that leads to the seat.

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Local Attractions Heartbreaker, Hole No. 9 Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes - Anniston/Gadsden, AL

one still in existence. Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge Hunting, wildlife observation, few trails, steep terrain. Pine Hill Country Club 7 lakes, rolling hills and fairways lined with pine trees. Driving range and swimming pool. Silver Lakes—Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Situated on beautiful, rolling terrain next to Talladega National Forest. Waterfall, pine trees and spectacular hilltop views. Short Course demands a shot directly over water on 7 of 9 holes. Tyler Hill Historic Residential District Driving tour. 2-story, Queen Anne Victorian homes (1880s–1890s) centered around Tyler Square park. Only intact Victorian neighborhood in Anniston.

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Oral Conscious Sedation by Steven P Lynch, DMD

Do visits to the dental office make you nervous? Does a dental appointment bring days and weeks of worry and dread? Anxiety over dental visits is actually quite common. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, tens of million of people are so afraid of going to the dentist that they delay important and necessary dental treatment. The good news is that there is a better way! It’s possible, even for the most fearful patients, to comfortably overcome their fear and have their dental work done in a calm and safe manner. That’s what a patient in our office, Michelle, found out. Michelle, a local teacher, had tremendous dental anxiety that stemmed from a traumatic childhood experience. She had a fear of needles and shots and seemed to always have difficulty getting numb. She was uncomfortable sitting in the dental chair and had a bad gag reflex to boot. The very thought of going to the dentist would make Michelle break out in a cold sweat causing her to put off going for her appointments for a long time. However, when a minor dental problem turned into a painful situation she couldn’t ignore, Michelle knew she had to do something.

Tens of million of people are so afraid of going to the dentist that they delay important and necessary dental treatment. Michelle was lucky. Like thousands of people, Michelle discovered something called OCS or Oral Conscious Sedation. OCS is an increasingly popular treatment option that is meeting the needs of reluctant and anxious patients. In the past, dental sedation meant a trip to the hospital for general anesthesia which required needles, IVs and maintaining an airway. Now many dental practices provide Oral Conscious Sedation in their private offices. This type of sedation requires no needles, IVs or airway tubes. Instead, a combination of oral medication and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is used to provide the patient with a safe and anxiety free alternative to dental treatment. The medicines used in OCS have undergone rigorous research and testing and have been taken safely for decades.

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OCS is often referred to as “relaxation” or “comfort” dentistry. These are terms used to describe the feelings most people have during an oral sedation dental treatment. OCS allows you to have your dental work completed in a calm and relaxed manner without fear or anxiety. Another advantage is that the OCS medications have an ‘amnesic’ effect. This means you will remember little to nothing that happened while sedated. Many people will read this article and think, “Well that’s fine and dandy, but I’m so afraid…I’m worse than afraid…nothing will work for me.” That’s what Michelle thought, but she was able to have extensive dental work completed while totally relaxed and comfortable. In fact, she remembers very little about her treatment at all. She is ecstatic about her new smile and grateful that she doesn’t have any more toothaches. Best of all, however, Suzy says she will never be afraid of going to the dentist again! You are not alone. You can overcome dental fear too! To find out more about Oral Conscious Sedation contact DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) 1-866592-9618 or contact the office of Dr. Steve Lynch in Oxford at 256-831-4210 ■

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Steven P Lynch, DMD Dr Lynch is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He is author of numerous dental articles and has lectured extensively. He is currently President of the Alabama Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is also a member of the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Dental Association. www.alclipper.com | 8

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➧ There are some things you have at home that are great for camping trips. ➧ Use a five gallon bucket for a potty or a tablecloth for a poncho. ➧ Coffee filters make the perfect way to strain water.

Things You Can’t Do Without While Camping By Emma S.

hy pay a fortune for camping gear when it’s likely you have most of what you’ll need right at home? Sure, some things you’ll probably need to buy -- like tents and folding chairs -- but many things, which will be very helpful during your trip, can be found in your kitchen or closet. A five-gallon bucket, for instance, makes a great porta-potty. Smaller buckets work for really small kids. Place a tall kitchen garbage bag inside the bucket, use the bathroom and then tie the bag shut. The bags can be disposed of later. Buckets with a handle are ideal for the porta-potty. Be sure to clean the buckets well and place them in a large garbage bag for the ride home. Sheets are a must-have when camping. String cord from limb to limb, then hang sheets for privacy where the bathroom bucket is placed. Sheets can cover the ground for kids to play, serve as table cloths and even separate a one-room tent into a two-room tent. Kerosene and sand, when mixed together, are a great way to give your camping area plenty of extra lighting. Use empty soda cans, with the top cut off, to mix the sand and kerosene. Fill it half full of sand, then stir in kerosene until the sand is very damp. Throw in a match and voilà! Kerosene doesn’t explode like gas and is slow burning for plenty of lights during your trip. If the light begins to fade, simply stir in a little more kerosene. A half-empty bottle of soda, or even water and sugar, will help keep stinging bees and other insects away. Uncork the bottle and set it a few yards away from the camping spot. The bees and wasps will swarm to it, and they leave you alone. It’s a good idea to take three or four of the bottles along with you.

Old plastic table cloths can be instantly turned into rain ponchos, should it begin sprinkling on your camping day. Cut a hole in the center, slip it over the head, and you won’t get drenched. Table cloths also serve as their original intention, covering the camping table for eating. You can also fold them and use them as cushions. Meat trays make it easy to make instant campfires. Wrap Styrofoam meat trays in newspaper first. Place mulch, pieces of bark, small sticks and similar items on the tray. Cut up old candles and place the pieces amongst the bark and sticks. Microwave for a few seconds, until the wax melts. When cool, wrap in foil, then take along on the trip. When ready to start a fire, just lay one of the meat trays on the ground and toss a match on top. It’ll burn for a long time and put off plenty of heat. Coffee filters are great for straining water. Although most people bring fresh water with them on their camping trips, if you find yourself with dirty water, coffee filters are ideal for getting leaves and sticks out of the water. To make sure you have really clean water, place a drop or two of iodine in the drinking water, and it’ll kill the germs and bacteria. Not all camping supplies have to come from the expensive camping store. There’s lots of supplies you can make yourself, or borrow from another room of your home. Some things that always come in handy while camping are clothes pins, safety pins, water treatment drops, foil, waxed paper, small grocery bags, large garbage bags (these make great showers!), pillow cases, foil pans, paper towels, waterproof matches, first aid kit, cards, pen and paper. ■

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Staycation

Due to economic circumstances many people will be opting for a staycation this year. If you are unfamiliar with the term, this is where you take time off and do things close to home rather than traveling to a distant place. If you get creative, these can be great fun. The trick is to remember you are on staycation! So, put your mail in a pile, your laundry too, and eat lots of meals out until you get “back”. After all, with no airfare or hotel costs, you can spend a little extra on food and admission to local attractions. Here are some fun ideas. 1. Pitch a tent or sleep one night on your deck, patio, or balcony if possible. Cook on the grill only. In other words, go camping in your own back yard! Got kids? Challenge them to notice things in your yard/neighborhood they usually take for granted. Have a contest for who can collect the most different species of leaves or flowers. 2. Have a camera scavenger hunt in the nearest town/ city. Make a list of “things” to find and be creative. A church steeple, someone in uniform (keep in mind this could be a statue), something historic, something unfinished - you get the idea. You can use throw away cameras and one hour develop-

ing so you can all share your entries and the day’s events over dinner. 3. Have a progressive restaurant dinner. Start early to allow for travel time and to let your food settle between each course. Pick a different restaurant for each course - appetizers one place, salad/soup at the next, entree at another, and dessert at a fourth. 4. Take day trips and visit area attractions you’ve never been to before. I had lived in Indiana for over 30 years before I ever set foot in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Think amusement park, water park, museum. 5. Spend a day hiking at a state park. Some have other fun ammenities available like horseback riding or swimming.

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Staycation 6. Take one day and just “go for a drive”. Remember when people did that? Anyway, don’t have a destination planned, just get up in the morning and pick a direction in some random way (coin toss, etc.) then head out. Take highways and back roads (no interstates) and keep going in that general direction until lunchtime or a little after. Then head back home trying to find a different route. 7. Pack an old fashioned picnic and go to the park. Take a Frisbee. Swing on the swings - yes, you, the adult! Take a tablecloth so you can eat on the ground and then use it to lay on and read after lunch.

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8. Spend a day getting pampered. Either go to a day spa and get the works or just do it yourself at home. Trade massages with your partner. Give yourself a facial, a manicure, a pedicure. Got daughters? Trade manicures and pedicures then do each others hair in some new way. 9. Sign up for a class in some art form you’ve never tried before. Who knows, maybe you have hidden talents just waiting to be discovered. Check local art museums, cultural centers, libraries, and universities for possible options. 10. Go to the local mini golf/go cart place, a bowling alley, a skating rink, a laser tag place or a local festival. There is at least one going on almost every weekend in most areas. 11. Go to the farmers market in your town, or a nearby one, and shop. Take time and enjoy being outside and all the different bounty the vendors are offering. Try making dinner that evening with nothing except what you purchased at the market that day. 12. Have a movie marathon. This is great for a bad weather day. Rent lots of movies or go through your collection and pick ones you haven’t watched in ages. Let all family members pick at least one flick. No meals today, just have snack type foods to munch on all day. This doesn’t have to be unhealthy - think veggies and dip, hummus and flat bread, salsa and chips, cheese and crackers, lunch meat rolls, and, of course, popcorn! 13. Go to a local race track, minor league baseball game, or a county/state fair. Introduce your kids or yourself to something they’ve never done/seen before.

With a little planning and a commitment to remember you are on staycation (no falling into your normal routine) you may have more fun than if you’d vacated! ■ 18 | Alabama Clipper August 2009

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Internal Cleansing LLC. Located in the Historical District of downtown Oxford, Internal Cleansing LLC is locally owned and operated by certified Colon Hydrotherapists. They believe that Colonics is the foundation of improved health. Due to the fast-paced lifestyle of the majority of people in the U.S., we are forced to eat highly processed foods, and eat them very quickly. No longer is home grown, organic food an attainable option in our daily lives. We all are bombarded with thousands of toxins in the form of chemical food additives, carbonated sugarladen drinks, as well as thousands of prescription and over-thecounter drugs that all are slowly destroying our Gastro-Intestinal system, and eventually our entire bodies. Almost every human ailment can be attributed to a sick colon coupled with a nutritional deficiency. The owners, Emily and Preston, truly believe they are blessed by this opportunity to genuinely help others to be healthy. This is reflected in Internal Cleansing’s slogan…..”Helping others to heal themselves”. Whether one is looking for a safe and efficient weight loss method, increased energy, overcoming constipation, or preventing the onset of Cancer of the internal organs, Internal Cleansing LLC recommends Colonics as the first step in reaching those goals. “Having a clean digestive system enables your body to operate the way it was intended. Your colon is your sewer system.

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It must be clean and properly functioning in order to process the food, absorb the nutrients, and eliminate the toxins effectively”. Once your colon is cleansed, organs such as the liver, kidney, and gallbladder release their overload of toxins, enabling your body to perform optimally. Do yourself a favor, rid your body of toxins, increase your energy, decrease your weight, and reduce your chances of cancer. Begin with colonics, add an exercise program, eat healthier, and be determined to reduce the toxins you put in your body. As with incorporating an exercise program, you will need to consult your physician before undertaking colon cleansing. Internal Cleansing LLC does not administer medical advice, prescribe, or claim to heal. Emily invites you to come by 324 Snow Street to view the facility, as well as see the colonic table, and understand how it operates. Feel free to call her with any questions you may have at 835-5005 Monday thru Friday from 9 to 5.

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Tangible Investment Group specializes in assessing and purchasing diamonds, fine jewelry and watches. Tangible Investment Group looks to acquire jewelry made by famous makers, such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany and for watches made by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron, Breguet and others. However, Tangible Investment Group is certain to approach a one-carat diamond engagement ring with the same attention to detail as an entire collection of rare art deco pieces. Step 3: Selling Your Piece Tangible Investment Group allows you to make informed decisions on each piece, with payment offered on the spot if you choose to sell. There is no predetermined limit or minimum price and no commission charges or fees applied. Tangible Investment Group understands that selling your treasured items is a very emotional process and we take this responsibility seriously. There is nothing more important to Tangible Investment Group than your satisfaction when it comes to price, service and integrity.

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How to Make the Most of the Tax-Free Shopping Days Many states offer tax-free shopping during certain times of the year to motivate people to go out and shop in their local stores. Back-to-school and pre-holiday periods are popular times to hold such events. Many of us head out the door to take advantage of the savings, often coupled with extra incentives and promotions offered at the individual stores. It is a great time to shop, especially if you develop a plan of attack. Here are tips to help you make your plans to get the most out of tax-exempt shopping days. Know What is Tax Free Knowing what kind of merchandise and how much you can spend on specific merchandise that is tax-free in your state will help you organize your list of items to buy and avoid disappointment in the checkout line. Print the state list out and bring it with you in case you run into an uninformed store cashier.

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Compare Prices • There are several resources for comparing prices before you head out to the stores. • Check online at price-comparison sites such as Pricegrabber.com.

2009 Sales Tax Holiday

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday August 7, 2009, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday August 9, 2009, Alabama will hold its fourth annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. Go to http://www.ador.state.al.us/salestax/SalesTaxHol.htm for more detailed information.

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Tax-Free Shopping • Look at your local stores web sites for advertised specials. • Check your local mall’s web site for advertised and last minute specials.

• Check the newspaper and individual store flyers. • Call the stores and ask if they are offering specials during the tax-free days.

• Look online for printable coupons for your local stores. Stay Focused - Make a List Make a list in advance of the main items you plan on buying and what stores you plan to shop in to find the items. This will help you avoid bouncing from store to store and running out of time or energy to get those items which you really need. Budget Your Money Tax-free days are fun and we tend to get caught up in the hype and overspend. If you have a basic budget to work with, this will help you avoid buying more than you really need just because the items are tax-exempt. Bring Your Ads Many stores will match competitors advertised prices on the same merchandise. If you have an advertisement with you or a

coupon to show to the store employee’s, they may match the price if it is the identical item. Check Extended Hours Many stores and malls will be extending hours to accommodate the rush of shoppers during this busy time. Expect longer lines and plan accordingly. If a store opens early or closes later than the others, you may want to shop during the extended hours and avoid the crowds. Go To the Bank Before You Go If you prefer to use cash when you shop, do not depend on the mall money machines to actually have money. Busy times such as tax-free shopping days equal empty money machines. Avoid Over Spending Sticking to a plan, working with a list and doing price comparisons before you head out the door will help to keep the focus on staying within a budget. The temptation to buy more will be strong, but doing so will take away from the goal to shop smart. It is not how much can one buy, but how much of what is needed can one buy at a good price and without going over budget. ■

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Back to School

SHOPPING

on a Budget By Donna L Montaldo

Part of the excitement of school starting each year for kids, is the new stuff they need. All the new clothes, new shoes, new book bags, lunch boxes and even new pens and pencils also adds financial stress to our checking accounts. The good news is, there are alternatives to spending an outrageous amount of money making certain our child’s wardrobe is up to snuff. Here are tips on how, when and where to shop for back to school when you are on a budget.

General Tips • Never stop shopping for back to school merchandise. Buy when you see items on sale and pack it away until next year. • Dive into the super discount bins at stores such as the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens and Office Depot. You can find huge savings on notebooks, pencils, erasers, clips and even socks and underwear. • Buy clothing off the final sale racks that your child can grow into, but avoid fashion trends. Basics rarely go out of style.

Shop the Outlet Malls Shopping outlet malls for back to school clothing is an great way to increase how much you get for your money. What you can expect to find: • You will find many popular brands, including designer brands, at lower prices. Right off the rack, you can expect to save 20 percent at the very least. If you go during peak sale time - like July 4 - then you can look to save up to 70 percent. • The regular stores which also have outlets send many of the past season’s merchandise to the outlets. If you are looking for basics, such as khaki pants, cardigans, hoodies, polos, sweats, shoes and accessories you will be able to find a better a better

selection of the drastically reduced items by shopping at the outlet store. • Outlet stores are as promotional as the regional malls with coupons, bounce-back coupons, outlet mall customer appreciation programs and group discounts. The days of outlet malls being filled with damaged merchandise is long gone, however you will come across slightly irregular merchandise. Usually it takes a magnifying glass to see the problem, but it’s best to play it safe and inspect everything you plan on buying.

Department Store Shopping Stores like Wal-Mart, Sears and Target get aggressive with their marketing when back to school time rolls around. Each carry decent inventories in school uniforms, but they sell out fast. June and early July is the perfect time to go browse the sale racks, especially if you are not limited to buying just uniforms. Organize a Swap Meet Get in touch with neighbors, friends and family who have young children and begin a swap group. • Designate a time for everyone to meet. Each will be asked to bring their children’s outgrown clothes. • Separate the clothing by gender and size. • Everyone, in order, may choose a piece of clothing from the pile. Then the next person goes, and so on, until all the desired pieces have been selected. Tip: Sending invitations is a fun way to get the swap going and offers a good opportunity to lay down the ground rules such as the clothing should be clean and rip and stain free.

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Back to School Consignment Shops and Thrift Shops Using consignment shops as a way to help with back-to-school expenses is a growing trend. Not only will you get back a percentage of the cost of the clothes your child has outgrown, but also the “slightly worn” replacement clothing you might find may be a pleasant surprise. Many of today’s consignment shops only accept top-brand clothing in very good condition. There is no reason to shy away from stores like Goodwill. Often retailers donate previous season clothing which was never sold to charitable organization like Goodwill.

Garage Sales Garage sales can be a fantastic place to find back-to-school supplies. Common items found at garage sales are children’s book bags, lunch boxes, eraser boards, clothing and accessories. I have even found unopened packages of notebook paper, pencils, pencil sharpeners, notebooks and learning tools such as dictionaries and basic math books. For the college-bound student, you can find luggage, computers, calculators and other useful high-price items at one-tenth

the original price.

Swaps, Auctions and Second-hand Stores Online Don’t have much in the way of consignment stores or swaps where you live? Try browsing the online sites to broaden your choices. Guide Choices: • eBay.com • Overstock.com Auctions • Swapthing.com • Craigslist.org • OnceWornNotForLong.com • WornButNotForgotten.com • GentlyLovedClothing.com

Consignment Shops - Local Listing Consignment shops are often hard to find and hidden away in small strip centers. This site has a list of local consignment shops by state and town. • KidsConsignmentSales.com ■

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Tips and Strategies for the

High School Years

The final countdown to the college years begins at high school. These are the last formative years before the launch from the nest. Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to realize that your teen is flying toward the opportunity to begin life on his or her own.

Information, Please Every teen headed for high school wants to do well, fit in and have a good time. One of the best ways to help them succeed is to make sure they have enough information about the new world that’s opening up to them. Encourage your teen to create a “Top 10” list of things every freshman (or sophomore, or junior, or senior) should know. Suggest that they ask older siblings, friends and relatives for advice that they wish they had when they were your student’s age. Your teen may also find it helpful to ask these contacts about the worst thing that ever happened to them in high school. Students can learn from these experiences and prepare themselves to avoid a variety of scenarios—before they find themselves in the midst of their very own “worst day ever.” Talk about all of this newly-gathered information with your daughter or son. You can provide some additional perspective that will be valuable in the days and months ahead. In addition, check with school staff members to find out if there are any unique school rituals reserved for older students. This may help students new to a high school avoid accidental embarrassments. “Senior Steps,” for example, may lead to a door that only seniors can use; a special courtyard may be reserved exclusively for the use of a specific grade level.

The Future and Now This is an important time to point out to high school students that the decisions they make today can have a big effect on their future for many years to come. Encourage teens to see their high school experience as a springboard toward adult life; help them focus on finding positive ways to make the most of their school days. Discuss with your teens what they’d like to accomplish in life and when they’d like to accomplish it. Keep in mind that they may talk as if they know how to do everything but, in reality,

they don’t have the experience and information to chart an accurate and direct path to their future plans. Listen to what they tell you and then help them find the best way to get the information they need to reach their goals. Talk about personal choices—including the things that may seem like fun now—and the way those choices might lead to regrets in the future. Ask questions like “What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?”“What can you do today to help yourself get to that goal?”“What do you see your friends doing 10 years from now?”“What do you think their lives will be like in the future?”

Exploring Careers These days, a variety of tools are available to help teens explore career choices. Software programs, online quizzes, school-sponsored programs and more can help students make choices regarding their future studies and professional ambitions that take advantage of their personalities, skills, interests and abilities. Many schools require the completion of a specific number of volunteer service hours in the community. As teens plan to meet these requirements, they can look for ways to work in areas related to their career interests. Students attending schools without community service requirements will also find that a volunteer stint can provide winning opportunities of many types—for the volunteer and for the community. An entry-level part-time job related to a student’s intended career path is another excellent way to explore job options. The employment experience and the chance to learn to save money for the future are added bonuses.

Listen, Hear, Help As you talk with your teen, make sure you’re listening to what they’re saying. Don’t just hear what you’d like to hear. Remember that this is a stressful and sometimes confusing time for young adults. They want to grow up to be on their own, but they still want parental approval—and they still very much want to be a part of their family. -- Kathie Felix Kathie Felix writes about education for a variety of national news media outlets. ■

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❱ Week One Alexandria @ Anniston Cherokee Co. vs. Piedmont Clay Co. @ Munford Cleburne Co. @ Lineville Donoho @ White Plains Etowah vs. Lincoln Jacksonville @ Weaver JCA @ ASD Ohatchee vs. Pleasant Valley Oxford vs. Benjamin Russell Saks @ Wellborn Spring Garden @ Appalachian ❱ Week Two Alexandria vs. Cherokee Co. Anniston vs. Childersburg Cleburne Co. @ Lincoln Collinsville @ Spring Garden Donoho vs. T.C.C Glencoe @ Weaver

Handley @ Munford Jacksonville @ Oneonta JCA vs. Appalachian Ohatchee vs. Ranburne Oxford @ Pinson Valley Piedmont @ Wellborn Pleasant Valley @ Tarrant Saks @ Central-Coosa White Plains vs. Leeds ❱ Week Three Alexandria @ St. Clair Co. Anniston @ Saks Cleburne Co. vs. Munford Donoho @ Loachapoka Handley vs. Lincoln Jacksonville vs. Ashville JCA @ Victory Christian Ohatchee @ Randolph Co. Oxford @ Huffman Piedmont vs. Weaver

Anniston - OPEN Boaz @ Lincoln Cedar Bluff vs. Weaver Cherokee Co. @ Cleburne Co. Clay Co. @ Saks Donoho vs. Providence Christian Jacksonville vs. Pleasant Valley JCA vs. Skyline Munford vs. T.C.C Ohatchee @ Piedmont Oxford @ Huntsville White Plains @ Spring Garden

Pleasant Valley vs. White Plains Spring Garden @ Valley Head Wellborn @ Leeds ❱ Week Four Alexandria vs. Jacksonville Anniston vs. Cleburne Co. Childersburg @ Lincoln Donoho @ Winterboro Gadsden City @ Oxford Gaston @ Spring Garden Glencoe @ White Plains JCA vs. Jefferson Christian Munford vs. Saks Ohatchee vs. Woodland Piedmont @ Tarrant Pleasant Valley @ Wellborn Weaver vs. Leeds

❱ Week Six Alexandria @ Locust Fork Anniston @ Handley Boaz @ Fort Payne Childersburg vs. Munford Cleburne Co. vs. Central-Coosa Donoho vs. Wadley Gaylesville @ Spring Garden

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Glencoe vs. Wellborn Hokes Bluff @ Jacksonville JCA @ Parkway Christian Lincoln @ Saks Lineville vs. Ohatchee Oxford vs. Hewitt-Trussville Piedmont vs. White Plains Pleasant Valley vs. Leeds Weaver @ Tarrant ❱ Week Seven Alexandria vs. Ashville Anniston vs. Munford Cedar Bluff vs. Spring Garden Cherokee Co. vs. Jacksonville Cleburne Co. vs. Saks Donoho @ Notasulga JCA vs. Ragland Lincoln @ Central-Coosa Ohatchee vs. Lanett Oxford vs. Clay-Chalkville

Piedmont @ Pleasant Valley Wellborn @ Weaver White Plains vs. Tarrant ❱ Week Eight Alexandria @ Oneonta Anniston @ Lincoln Childersburg vs. Cleburne Co. Clay Co. vs. Ohatchee Donoho vs. Verbena Glencoe vs. Pleasant Valley Handley @ Saks Jacksonville vs. St. Clair Co. JCA @ St. Bernard Munford vs. Central-Coosa Oxford vs. Shades Valley Piedmont vs. Leeds Spring Garden vs. Woodville Wellborn @ Tarrant Weaver vs. White Plains [Sat.]

❱ Week Nine Alexandria @ Hokes Bluff Anniston vs. Coosa-Central Childersburg @ Saks Coosa Christian vs. JCA Donoho @ Fayetteville Glencoe @ Piedmont Jacksonville @ Locust Fork Lincoln vs. Munford Ohatchee vs. Horseshoe Bend Oxford @ Pell City Pleasant Valley vs. Weaver Spring Garden vs. Skyline Wellborn vs. White Plains

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❱ Week Ten Alexandria vs. Cleburne Co, Anniston vs. Briarwood Clay Co. vs. Lincoln Donoho vs. Skyline Jacksonville vs. Wellborn

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Calendar of Events Pine Hill Country Club Invitational August 1 Anniston Pine Hill Country Club Invitational 256-237-2633. www.pinehill-countryclub.com. Admission charged. Pine Hill Country Club--Details to be annoucned.

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Woodstock 5K - RRCA Southern Regional Championship, 29th Annual Aug ust 1 Anniston Woodstock 5K 256-239-9001. www.annistonrunners.com. Fee for participants only. Anniston H.S., Woodstock Ave. One of the oldest footraces in area on challenging course in historic neighborhood. Prize money, door prizes, bragging rights. Registration, 6 a.m.; race, 7:30 a.m. Art Works Reception Quarterly showing and reception by members of Art Works fine arts gallery. Paintings, turned wooden bowls, pens and decorative pieces, fiber art, gourds, photography, jewelry and pottery. Museum Day September 12 Anniston Museum Day 256-237-6766. www.annistonmuseum.org. Free. Anniston Museum of Natural History

Day of fun featuring music, live animal programs, food and great family entertainment. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Art Works Reception August 7, November 6 Anniston Art Works Reception 256-237-1259. www.artworks-anniston.com. Free. Anniston Downtown District, 921 Noble St. Quarterly showing and reception by members of Art Works fine arts gallery. Paintings,

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turned wooden bowls, pens, and decorative pieces, fiber art, gourds, photography, jewelry and pottery. 5-8 p.m. Find “Treasures” at the Museum’s Annual Rummage Sale August 08, 9 a.m. - noon Anniston Museum of Natural History Auditorium, Anniston Museum League’s Annual White Elephant Sale is set for Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 9am-noon in the Anniston Museum Auditorium. This fun rummage sale offers the opportunity to shop for donated treasures from the attics and basements of Museum members. Sort through well organized tables of gently-used items including housewares, decorative pieces, books and more. Who knows what kind of find you might make! Come a little early for a light breakfast of coffee, breads and sweets available for purchase at the White Elephant Bake Sale, beginning at 8am. Be first in line when the Auditorium doors open for the White Elephant Rummage Sale at 9am. And shop for beautiful flowering orchids offered by private growers in the Museum Lobby from 9am-noon. Great bargains, tasty treats, and beautiful orchids! It’s a fun morning of shopping and visiting with neighbors and friends. Proceeds benefit Anniston Museum. Call 256-237-6766 for more information. Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly Sept ember 26-January 10 Anniston Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly 256-237-6766. www.annistonmuseum.org. Admission charged. Anniston Museum of Natural History Designed especially for a family audience, exhibit includes living dioramas, interactive components and informational panels about a variety of reptiles, including turtles, crocodilians, lizards and snakes. Guided Archaeology Tour of Calhoun & St. Clair Counties August 22 Jacksonville Guided Archaeology Tour of Calhoun & St. Clair Counties 256-782-5681. http://epic.jsu.edu. Admission charged. Calhoun, St. Clair Counties Join JSU Dr. Harry Holstein for guided archaeology. Bring lunch and drinks. Transportation provided. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mountain Echoes Festival September 26 Jacksonville Mountain Echoes Festival 256-435-9386. www.jville.net/jma/. Jacksonville City Sq. A community-based arts, crafts, entertainment and food festival produced by the Jacksonville Merchants Association. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’ September 25-26 Wellington Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’ 256-492-3700. www.foggyhollow.com. Admission charged Foggy Hollow Farm, 439 Ross Lake Rd., between Anniston and Gadsden in Webster’s Chapel Community Alabama’s largest bluegrass festival features takes place in June and Septempter and features local, regional and national acts, parking lot picking, camping. ■

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Use this back-to-school checklist to make sure you’re ready when the big day arrives. After all, there’s a lot to accomplish before school begins! If you start early, you can easily tackle this list in just a few weeks, and the payoff will be a much easier back-to-school season for your entire family.

says lead-free on the label. Some vinyl lunchboxes give off a lead residue, which you don’t want near your kids’ food! Also, begin to plan what you’ll include in your kid’s lunches, and stock up on extra lunchbox staples, like fruit cups and granola bars, when you see them on sale.

Have a Fashion Show

Organize Your Closets

Before you go shopping for new clothes, have each child try on the clothes they haven’t worn since last year. As you find items that no longer fit, set them aside to bring to a consignment shop or donate them to charity. If you find that you do need to purchase a few items, pay attention to the back-to-school sales and use coupons to help you save money.

Fill Out Any Necessary Medical Forms If you need to have forms signed by your child’s pediatrician, send them to your doctor’s office as soon as possible. Also, if your child has a food allergy, contact your child’s teacher before the school year begins to discuss any necessary precautions. You can print a food allergy action plan from The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

Purchase School Supplies You can get a list of the specific school supplies your child will need from the school secretary or teacher. Items you’ll need to pick up may include backpacks, binders, and planners/organizers, in addition to the regular assortment of pencils, crayons, glue, and scissors.

Confirm Your Babysitting Arrangements Double check that your babysitter knows what day school starts, and understands when you’ll need him or her to be available. In addition, take the time to confirm his or her pay rate and your planned payment schedule. Consider Purchasing Alarm Clocks for the Kids If your kids are extremely reluctant to get up in the morning, consider using an alarm clock with gradually increasing sound, or use a timer to make their bedside lamp turn on just before you want them to wake up.

This can help to get everyone out the door a little faster in the morning. If you’re gotten behind in doing the laundry, or you have a lot of ironing to do, take some time to complete this task before school begins. Also, consider purchasing a wrinkle-release spray for the kids’ clothes, which may not really need to be ironed on a regular basis.

Update Your Calendar Your calendar is a great tool for staying organized and managing the kids’ busy schedules. Take the time to add school-related items to your calendar, like half-days and holidays. Also, fill in your kids’ regular activities, like soccer practice, ballet, or karate. Get into the habit of looking at your calendar each evening to be sure you know what is coming up the next day.

Create a System for Organizing and Storing Papers On the first day of school, your kids will probably come home with 5-10 papers for you to sign. You’ll want to have a space in your home where your kids can regularly leave the paperwork that requires your signature. You’ll also want to have one spot where you can keep information on hand that you’ll need frequently, like the school lunch menu and calendar.

Gradually Move the Kids’ Bedtimes Up You’ll want to be sure your kids are getting plenty of sleep when school starts. If your kids have been staying up extra late this summer, you want to gradually move their bedtimes up by about fifteen minutes a night. This will make bedtimes easier on you when school begins, and it will help relieve the back-to-school jitters and insomnia.

Plan Your Lunches First, you’ll need to decide whether you need to purchase new lunchboxes. If you do, make sure you look for one that

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