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Publisher’s Point

The Obamacare Crisis And The Vilification Of Verizon... The consummate disaster of the launch of the Affordable Health Care Act in every regard, from the website, to the security concerns, to... Page 3


The Bakery At Elkmont: The Year In Review, And What’s Coming Up By Ali Elizabeth Turner From the very first time I met Caren Sample, which was nearly two years ago when her shop had only been open for a few days, I have enjoyed everything about her, from her creativity, her work ethic, her humor, her generosity, and her relationship with God. She is the owner of The Bakery At Continued on pages 15

Show Your Support, They Are Our Veterans!... On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, a truce, or temporary end of aggressions, was declared between the Allied nations and the Triple Alliance in the First World War... Page 8

Valley Pools’ Alps Spas: Hydrotherapy And Green Technology At An Affordable Price

Cooking with Shelley

By Ali Elizabeth Turner

Cream Cheese Squares... Wanna try something new? My daughter made these for us several months back... Page 13

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What if you could own a spa that could seat six, the same unit could also be a one person swim spa in which to swim “laps,” and all of it was wrapped up in a package that was state of the art in green technology? Well, now you can at Valley Pools, located across from Wal-mart on 72 in Continued on page 17

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Publisher’s Point

The Obamacare Crisis And The Vilification Of Verizon

Publisher / Editor Ali Turner

Sales / Editing Deborah Huff

Graphic Design

Jonathan Hamilton

Contributing Writers Shelley Underhill Lynne Hart Wanda Campbell Teresa Todd Janet Hunt Brian Black Joel Allen Melissa Kirby Jackie Warner Tyler Tucker, DPT

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The consummate disaster of the launch of the Affordable Health Care Act in every regard, from the website, to the security concerns, to the bevy of butchered promises of coverage is so blatant that even those who supported it are “jumping the shark” and mocking it on comedy shows. As of this writing, which occurred on the same day that Health and Human Services “Head Honcha,” Kathleen Sebelius received a much deserved drubbing before Congress regarding everything from the website to the woes of the people who have lost their health insurance, approximately 19 million people had attempted to visit, and a strapping 476,000 people had actually prevailed and purchased Obamacare. However, my personal favorite from the “Oh, Puh-LEEZE Department” was to blame the malfunctioning of the website on Verizon. Playing the Blame Game is part and parcel of human sin, and Ms. Sebelius is no slouch when it comes to slingin’ it. Mind you, the website, which does not work, has reportedly cost the tax payers around 650 million dollars, and the fact that it is replete with blank screens and security concerns only personifies what happens when government tries to sell insurance. “Now, that’s NOT progressive!”

Ms. Sebelius had the following to say toward the start of her trip through the gauntlet. “It is the Verizon server that failednot” However, I am pleased to say that a Tennessee woman named Marsha Blackburn, (a Republican Con-

Gardner of Colorado asked her, “Why aren’t you losing your insurance?” She replied that she already had insurance, (due to being grandfathered in,) and that “it is illegal for [her] to enter the exchange!” Please remember, the Affordable Care

gresswoman,) put it to Madame Secretary until she finally capitulated and said that she (Sebelius) was responsible for the debacle. Her exact words were, “Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible.” OK, I don’t know exactly if we have the same definition of accountability, responsibility, or debacle, but that’s a start. Moving along, another Republican Congressman, (who had purchased insurance under the new policy in order to show good faith to his own constituents,) produced the letter stating that his own personal insurance policy had been cancelled. Cory

Act was touted as a way to make it possible for thirty million Americans to get coverage, and even NBC is estimating that 16 million of our citizens have lost theirs. Remember, we were promised that if we had a policy that we liked, we could keep it. So how does that translate into what is going on in Athens? In the years that I have been involved with Athens Now, I have had the joy of having people coming up to me on the street or in a restaurant to comment on the paper, and sometimes make suggestions as to ideas for articles. But this health care issue has cast a pall

over that process. I was in a lumber store delivering papers, and one of the women who worked there followed me to the door and said, “My son got a letter in his paycheck saying that his insurance had been cancelled. Please, write an article.” At Storytellers’, another man told me that while his son still technically “has” insurance, his deductible is six thousand dollars, and he is a young, healthy man. Another client said hers had gone up $122 dollars a month, effective immediately. I have never seen people this scared. Then there is the issue of choosing to stay out of the system altogether and pay the fine, er, “tax.” For now, that does not seem like a bad idea, if for no other reason than protecting one’s identity. However, at the end of the day, there are two things I am glad for as an Alabaman and a believer: we have legislators that are fighting for us, and more importantly, we have a King that is bigger than the badness of Obamacare, and that’s who I am talking to about this mess. Join me, won’t you? Ali Elizabeth Turner Athens Now Information & Inspiration 256-468-9425 Website:

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All Things Soldier

Putting A Halt To Hate by Ali Elizabeth Turner These days, it is easy to feel more than just a little bit like speaking up rarely makes a difference, here is one of them, providing us with another reason to celebrate! For the last several editions, the All Things Soldier column of Athens Now has tracked untenable government crack downs on our soldiers, particularly those who are Christians. Apparently our voices were heard, and for those of you who saw the danger and got involved, I thank you. An effective “cease and desist” mandate has been issued to the EO (Equal Opportunity) part of the armed forces, in this case the Army, and if you can wade

through the Armyspeak contained in the following memo, you’ll get the reason why this is such a victory.

5. Commanders will use their EO Program Managers to lead the refresher training to the EOAs. EOAs will then lead the refresher training to the unit EORs/EOLs.

SITUATION. Due to recurring Equal Opportunity (EO) challenges, the FORSCOM DCG has directed an Equal Opportunity Training Stand-down. All units will immediately suspend all Unit EO training to include the Equal Opportunity Leader’s Course (EOLC). TASKS TO COMMANDERS: 1. Retrain your EO Advisors (EOAs) and EO Representatives (EORs) NLT 31 October 2013 on three primary training objectives:

6. III Corps EO Office will conduct the refresher training to Corps Separate Brigades EOAs and Separate Battalions EORs/EOLs.

a. Emphasize that neither DoD nor the Army maintain or publish any centralized list of specific organizations considered to be extremist in nature or in opposition to the Army’s core

6th Annual Athens Veterans Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 9th • 11am

All proceeds will go to help our local veterans For more information... Roxanne Haggermaker - 256-206-6702 Sandy Thomas @ Alabama Veterans Museum - 256-771-7578

Entrance Donation Request: $25

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values. (The American Family Association had been described as a “hate group” from which soldiers had been warned to stay away.) b. Reinforce the importance of conducting unit EO training consistent with HQDA policy and command needs, using only approved Army training aids and materials. c. Encourage EOAs and EORs to use their chain of command to answer questions and resolve issues. 2. Restart unit EO training NLT 01 NOV 13 and ensure that leaders at all levels are directly involved in the conduct of EO training. 3. Task your IG to inspect unit EO training on a routine basis IAW AR 1- 201, Army Inspection Policy. 4. Ensure all commanders understand their responsibility to provide command direction and oversight for their EO program.

7. Upon completion of retraining, Program Managers will receive, consolidate, track, and staff results through the III Corps EO Office NLT 28 October 2013 When I was in Iraq, a standard joke that was made in response to goofy stuff which was considered to be political correctness run amok was, “What EO think tank did you just come from?” What that meant was that the liberal party line that had just been touted obviously didn’t wash with most soldiers, and was often ignored because of its lack of common sense. Now, however we see that the EO trainers that were guilty of targeting Christians have actually been reprimanded, held accountable, and I hope, dressed down. Oh, to have been a fly on that wall…. But I’ll happily settle for celebrating!

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Calendar of Events

Alabama Veterans Museum & Archive Coffee Call Nov 2

8am. All veterans are invited to come to the museum and fellowship with fellow veterans or family members. Contact 256-771-7578.

Sherri Lovell Memorial 5K Nov 2nd

Sherri Lovell Memorial 5K race @ 9:00am. This race honors the memory of Sherri Adams and all those who lost their fight with breast cancer. Money raised will benefit the Athens-Limestone Hospital Pink Elephant Mammogram Scholarship Fund. This program allows women in Limestone county without insurance or sufficient insurance to receive annual mammograms. Race begins at the Waddell Center 902 W. Washington Street, Athens, AL

Elkmont’s 1st Hilltop Arts Festival Nov 2

Over 30 booths of Tennessee Valley Artist’s arts and crafts including paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, henna, pottery, candles and much more. Art Market is free to the public. Gin House Barbeque is catering the Library Benefit Concert Saturday night at the Red Caboose. (After the Free Arts Festival) Your $10.00 ticket will now include wonderful entertainment from The Pyles as well as dinner! Each plate includes BBQ Sandwhich, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, and Iced Tea!!! Tickets can be ordered by calling Bridgette Pylant at 256497-1097 or by Contacting the Elkmont High School Library! Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $15.00 The day of the show!

The Athens Garden Club (AGC) will meet at the Tanner Baptist Church, at 9:30 am; social beginning at 9:00 am. Ms. Natasha McCrary, Proprietor, 1818 Farms in Mooresville, will be the guest speaker. In addition, donations for the Limestone County Churches Involved (LCCI) will be collected. The meeting is open to members and their guests. For further information please contact athensgardenclub@

2nd Annual Blue Line 5K Run/Walk Nov 16

At the corner of Elkton Street and Pryor Street, Athens, AL *Course is USATF/RFRTC certified * AL 12063JD Race starts at 8:00AM Register at or Athens Police Department. Also visit our Facebook page for a registration form and a complete list of sponsors, where you can pick up a registration form. See more at

Christmas Open House Nov 23 & 24

It’s a day to bring the kids to downtown Athens to have their picture made with Santa Claus and Mother Christmas. You can enjoy carolers, refreshments and of course you may find that perfect gift at a great price. Hosted by Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and The Spirit of Athens. Contact: 256-232-2600/256-232-9040, www. Fee to participants

Athens Ladies Civitan Club Holiday Home Tour Dec 1

Veterans’ Day Parade Nov 9th

The Annual Athens Veterans’ Day Parade will be Nov 9th at 11:00 AM. Grand Marshalls this year will be honoring Ms. Alice Rogers, WWII Cadet Nurse; Ms. Carmen Montgomery, WWII Army Nurse Corps and Ms. Louise Steele of DAR will be the honorary Grand Marshall. To participate in this year’s parade contact Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-374-2073 or Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578. Honor our veterans by lining the streets of Athens and waving as the parade moves through town. Prizes will be awarded for best overall and most patriotic entry. The same route as the annual Christmas Parade will be used. Floats and entries will line up at Athens High School and proceed down Hobbs Street. Grand Marshalls this year will be honoring Ms. Alice Rogers, WWII Cadet Nurse; Ms. Carmen Montgomery, WWII Army Nurse Corps and Ms. Louise Steele of DAR will be the honorary Grand Marshall. To participate in this year’s parade contact Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-374-2073 or Sandy Thompson at 256-771-7578 – Come out and support your local Veterans and Museum.

Ardmore Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Stew Nov 11

11:00 AM Ardmore Veterans’ Organization will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony and chicken stew November 12th at 10:30 AM at the Ardmore, TN Annex building located at 26349 Main Street. Contact 931-427-2124.

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The Athens Garden Club Meeting Nov 13

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Contact Carolyn at 256-233-0258 for more information.

Reliance Bank Christmas Parade (Athens) Dec 5 Contact: 256-232-1944, Fee to participants

Ardmore Christmas Parade Dec 7

1:00 PM. Bring your band, float, walking group, club entries, etc. and enter the parade. Enjoy the award winning Ardmore High School Marching Band. Contact: 256-423-3011, 931-427-2421 Free

ONGOING EVENTS The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library hold used book sales on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale is held at the library, 405 E. South St. For further information, please call (256) 232-1233.

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Uncommon Sense Law And Politics: The Gen Y Perspective



You: The Financier Of Liquor Advertising

by Melissa Kirby

You didn’t know that, did you? But it’s quite true. The ABC liquor stores’ advertisements and displays - all the marketing that makes the stores more pleasing to the customer - are paid for by you, the taxpayer.

Here is where a bit of speculation has to be incorporated into the plain ole’ math, because it’s hard to tell who buys from where, and why. That’s called marketing, as a matter of fact; something that started this conversation in the first place.

You see, for the sake of a slight profit margin, we are, to quote State Senator Arthur Orr, “putting the state in competition with the guy down the street - the one paying taxes.” Jump back to postprohibition-era. In December of 1933, the TwentyFirst United States Amendment permitted the sale and distribution of intoxicating beverages, privy to local and state laws. There are currently 18 “control” states, who, while allowing the sale of alcohol, keep it highly regulated. Alabama is one of the dozen or so that actually staff, promote, and stock their own liquor stores on the state’s dime. The Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control board serves as a warehouse and supply center for the liquor retail stores. It also has an enforcement and licensing division for the regulation of spirits and hard liquor, as well as beer and wine. But the ABC board has another function. It actually operates liquor stores, such as the one in Athens on Hwy 31. We,

the state, are in the retail business. Senator Orr is spearheading a bill to privatize these stores, while carefully controlling the privatization. The number of stores will be highly regulated. The city of Athens, for instance, may not be allowed to have more than four. The “liquor store on every corner” phenomenon is not prevented by a state-run store; it is prevented by enforcement, which liquidating the state’s retail interest will leave the ABC board free to focus on.

es that hire them will get preferential treatment in the bidding for limited slots. There is some concern over losing revenue.

If we’re being honest here, the only things the government does better than the common man are enforcing the law (mostly because they made sure no one else has the authority to), building roads (that’s because the common man doesn’t have a paving machine out back), and going to war (same problem with a tank). Some would add printing mon-

ey, but that’s debatable. The ABC stores do see a small profit margin. But that’s not considering government pension plans and retirement and health care. That’s ignoring inefficiency and the possibility of mismanagement that would be eliminated in the private sector. And that’s assuming that we want our state to be in the business of selling liquor. Alabama has had less financial difficulties than plenty of our fellow states. But watching the distress around us without changing what we’re doing would be idiotic. We cannot place the burden of more pensions, more departments, and a bigger, badder beast of a government on the shoulders of the next generation. It isn’t fair, it isn’t kind, and it really isn’t smart.

The ABC employees don’t have to worry about losing their jobs: they will get hiring preference for other government positions they may qualify for, and private business-

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Show Your Support, They Are Our Veterans! by Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, a truce, or temporary end of aggressions, was declared between the Allied nations and the Triple Alliance in the First World War. The following year this date was commemorated as Armistice Day. After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans’ Day, dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Ninety-five years later, the wars continue and we continue to honor those who have fought to secure our freedom and rights. We hold these men and women in our hearts and in our prayers; we thank them at military remembrances and… we visit their gravesites. On November 9th, 2013 we will have our own remembrance with our Athens Veterans’ Day Parade. Limestone County residents can show their support for our veterans by lining the streets, making signs and waving

Ms. Carmen Montgomery, a former member of the Army Nurse Corps, and the Honorary Grand Marshal, Mrs. Louise Steel.

Alice Rogers

Ms. Carmen Montgomery joined the Corps as a second lieutenant in 1944 and worked as a casual nurse and a surgical nurse in stations and field hospitals all over Europe during the war. Her duty stations included Italy, Austria, Germany and

After the parade everyone is invited to the Vietnam Veterans’ Building on Elm Street for free chicken stew. Other Veteran related activities coming up are:

Louise Steele

Carmen Montgomery

Ms. Alice Rogers was a member of the Nurse Cadet Corps during the final years of World War II, stationed at Woodrow Wilson Army Hospital in Stanton, Va. Alice said, “I finished training in 1943-44, and served at Newton B. Baker Hospital in Martinsburg, W.V. At Baker we cared for paralyzed soldiers who had been shot in the back. I have always used my Army training during my civilian life in nursing. We were taught to improvise what we needed and didn’t have.” Mrs. Louise Steele is a lifelong resident of Limestone County. She grew up in Lester where she is an owner and member of the Treasured Forest organization. She is a graduate of Athens State and taught school in the Tanner area. She has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since April 16th, 1966.

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Also riding in the Athens Veterans Day Parade will be Maj. Gen. David L. Mann, the commanding general for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/ Army Forces Strategic Command and Congressman Mo Brooks.

The Alabama Veterans’ Museum & Archive’s monthly coffee for veterans and families of veterans, held at the museum on November 2nd at 8:00 AM.

flags along the Parade route. “All Veterans wrote a blank check, they vowed to protect our freedoms and serve our country, to secure the life we all enjoy,” said Alabama Veterans Museum Director & Master Sergeant, Sandra Thompson.” This year’s Veterans’ Day Parade pays tribute to three admirable and very innovative women as our Grand Marshals. Ms. Alice Rogers, a WWII Cadet Nurse,

France. She earned her Battle Star during the Battle of the Bulge. She became a physical therapist and was instrumental in the eradication of polio.

East Limestone High School organization, “Support our Soldiers,” will have their Veterans Day program on Friday, November 8th. They will serve breakfast for the veterans at 8:30 and the show will start at 9. Ardmore Veterans’ Organization annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony and chicken stew November 12th at 10:30 AM at the Ardmore, TN Annex building located at 26349 Main Street. Contact 931427-2124. To participate in the Veterans’ Day Parade contact the Veterans Museum MonSat 9-3, 256-771-7578, or email Sandy Thompson at, or contact Roxanne Haggermaker at 256-374-2073. A $25 entry donation is appreciated. For information about the above events and other Athens-Limestone County events, call 256-2325411/256-867-1438 or visit our website

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What Makes Ronnie Roll

The Gift Of Community, Part Seven, The Importance Of Celebrations by Ali Elizabeth Turner We are just finishing up what could be described as our own personal cityspawned festival season, having had Grease Festival, Fiddlers’ Convention and Storytellers’ Festival, just about back to back. Each has brought much joy, (and thankfully some money as well,) to Athens, and now we are gearing up for the Veterans’ Day Parade, then all that comes our way with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why is this stuff important? In the Strategies section of Gary McCaleb’s book, The Gift Of Community, celebrations are discussed as an important part of what makes a city a community. The following is part of that commentary:

“There are a lot of things wrong in our cities today-but there are a lot of things right. Elected officials and non-elected leaders in every area of the city have a responsibility to plan regularly for celebrations. Parades, festivals, sporting events, and concerts are just some of the ways a city celebrates. And these celebrations don’t always have to be big and expensive.” We talked about the fact that we are all guilty of “running too fast, too hard,” as Mayor Ronnie puts it, and if we don’t take the time to celebrate things as a city, and more importantly, as individual families, we can find ourselves in a position of becoming individual and

went on to walk, but to play football, was a source of inspiration to the Mayor, and to find out that they were essentially comrades in arms was yet another reason to celebrate.

Mayor Ronnie and Rocky Bleier corporate human structures that are sorely lacking in humanity. Speaking



ing, recently the Mayor had a “six degrees of separation” moment that brought him more than one source of personal joy. He was at a conference, and, as he always enjoys, was making a point of getting to know new people around him who were also conferees. As a football fan, Ronnie was well aware of the NFL career of a fellow named Rocky Bleier, who played for the Packers during the Terry Bradshaw era, and Rocky was in attendance at the conference. That alone was a reason to celebrate, and then it got better. It turns out that Rocky and Ronnie were in Vietnam at the same time, and while they never met, Ronnie’s unit supported Rocky’s. “Rocky got shot up,” he told me, “and no one expected him to ever walk again.” The fact that he not only

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One of the things I have come to celebrate about my own personal version of “Mondays With Ronnie” is getting a chance to hear his stories. While most of the time they are just very funny, sometimes there is a moral to the story that is a great take away. This one goes back to his days as a student at UNA, when he was at an establishment on the Alabama/Florida border, waiting for the music to begin. Out of nowhere a very large motorcycle gang came in, and basically tried to take over the place. One guy came up to Ronnie and said, “Can I have this table?” Our Mayor then turned the tables, and more than just symbolically. He looked the biker in the eye and said, “No, you can’t have this table, but I’d love to have you join me. Pull up a chair.” The biker was probably not used to someone cheerfully refusing to be bullied, let alone using the pending celebration to disarm him. Oh, and the celebration? Bonnie Raitt took the stage, the rest, as they say, is history, and celebrating is one of the things that makes Ronnie roll.

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Clean and Green

Let’s Talk Turkey by Lynne Hart

How do you cook your Thanksgiving turkey? Some like it grilled, others will deep fry it in peanut oil. I prefer mine stuffed and baked in the oven. However you choose to cook yours, there will be more than 45 million others in the United States cooking a turkey along with you. Turkey and all the trimmings are a national favorite at this time of the year, and again at Christmas. When our plates are clean and the leftovers stored, there will be a lot of fats and grease to be handled.

debris that goes through the drains, resulting in a clog. The Athens Wastewater Department spends tens of thousands of dollars removing these clogs and the cost is passed on in customer bills paid by you and me! The Wastewater Department in cooperation with Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful developed the FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) Collection and Recycling program just over one year ago. FOG col-

When cooking oils, fats and grease are poured down kitchen drains, it cools and becomes a very sticky layer on sewer pipes. This sticky mess then attracts and holds other food particles and

lection containers are available free of charge to Athens and Limestone County residents. Just pick one up from the white FOG cages at the following locations: ● Athens-Limestone Recycling Center (15896 Lucas Ferry Rd.) ● KALB Office (125 East St.) ● Utility Building (1806 Wilkinson St.) ● Various apartment complexes in Athens (check with apartment management) Once the container is full, return it to the bottom shelf of any of the collection cages.

The fats, oils, and grease are then sold to Mr. Sweeny, a Limestone County farmer, who turns it into biodiesel fuel for his farm equipment, thus keeping the entire recycling process right here in our community. Pick up your FOG container now so you have it ready for your holiday cooking -- then continue to keep fats out of the sewer lines by using the program year around! Call or email KALB for more information about this or other programs.

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Cooking with Shelley

Cream Cheese Squares by Shelley Underhill

Wanna try something new? My daughter made these for us several months back. She was not around for me to get the recipe, so I looked it up online. They have several different versions but she assured me that this is the recipe she used. You can contact me at if you have any questions. Enjoy!

What you will need: 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup margarine, melted 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan. 2. Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down. Pour the melted margarine over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top. 3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is crisp and golden.

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Learning As A Lifestyle

“All The News That’s Fit To Print,” Or Is It? by Wanda Campbell

Center for Lifelong Learning - 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 Wanda Campbell selection groups was a listing for pictures of Wanda Campbell. There were lots of them – not me. Wanda B. showed up again, so did Wanda, Bladen County Clerk of the Court, and a gravestone for Wanda Knight Campbell.

Following up on my get your resume updated article . . . . Have you ever Googled yourself? You might be surprised what you find when you do that. After reading an article that said some employers are using Facebook and Google to vet their potential employees, I wondered what I would find if I looked myself up on the web. Because I don’t use my middle initial, I got lots of responses to my search for Wanda Campbell. The first name was Wanda B., a writer of Christian fiction. The second response told me there were 25 entries on LinkedIn (I am one of them). And, my name,

When I went to Facebook and looked up

Wanda Campbell, Court Clerk address, and phone number are listed for Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning. I am sixth in the choices. That is pretty good since Wanda B is the first three. Fourth




Wanda B. Campbell Wanda Campbell, I was sure I would get a list of Wandas like the web search. When I selected “show all listing for

Wanda Campbell”, I got a bunch. Funny thing is most of the Wandas that had pictures were about my age. Funnier still is I never lived in a place with anyone named Wanda until I moved to Columbus. There were three Wandas in my circle of friends there. When I moved to Athens, there are lots of Wanda’s here. I did not really worry about my Facebook account. I am not your typical Facebook person. I don’t usually post except for work and I rarely comment on other posts. I do read my children’s information and “Like” what they say. And, while I was looking up stuff for this article, I was able to “talk” with my new grand-daughter-in-law about picking living room furniture. But getting back to potential employers looking at Facebook or Google pages, what you post could have an impact on whether or not you are hired. That rant you post about customer service or your political view could be the thing that does not sit well with your fu-

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ture employer. Before you post that cute “selfie” you might want to think about what other people will think.

About a year ago there was a post that went viral. Two women went to Washington, DC for a conference. While they were in Washington, they visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. One made faces while the other took pictures. These pictures were posted on Facebook. After many, many posts, both were fired for being disrespectful.

There is a part of me that says it was their Facebook page, not the employers, so what does it matter. But as an employer, I don’t want my staff to look bad or make my company look bad and they were supposed to be at a conference learning something. However you feel about this, what you put on the web could impact your efforts to find a job. What is posted today is permanent. Just when you least expect it, something you wish was gone will show up.

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Cover Story

The Bakery At Elkmont: The Year In Review, And What’s Coming Up by Ali Elizabeth Turner continued from page 1

Elkmont, located at 23925 Thach Road in Elkmont, right next to the railroad tracks. Her cupcakes were voted #1 in the Valley by, and I can say from experience that her wares are both tasty and a feast for the eyes. I also am very proud of her for defying the recession, and for doing what puts recessions to flight: start a business, serve your customers well, work your backside to a nub, and give God the glory for the increase. So, without further ado, this article is going to take a look at the past year, issue an invitation to the people of the Valley to have Caren help make their holidays sweet, and look ahead toward The Bakery At Elkmont’s second anniversary. This past year Caren experimented with baking cupcakes every day that were available to the general public, as well as building her custom cake/ cupcake/specialty baked goods brand. It proved to be too much, and now she is concentrating only on custom goods. However, she told me, “If people will give me a day’s notice, I can put together even a small amount, like a half dozen cupcakes, and have them ready for pickup.” That is nearly the best of both

worlds, i.e., custom baked, and daily baked. Each year in March, the Veterans’ Museum has an annual luncheon to honor various women in our area who have served in the Armed Forces, and The Bakery At Elkmont made the cupcakes for dessert that were just like the flyer that had been put out to advertise the event. They were beautiful. The summer at The Bakery was filled with activity, what with wedding season, a lot of smash cakes for one year olds, birthday cakes and anniversary celebrations. I have playfully suggested that perhaps there might be a market for “smash cakes for seniors,” now that I am sixty. Actually, I’d be up for a full on food fight, and perhaps someday I’ll hire her to make the goodies for it… September saw the Bakery’s

involvement with Sydney’s Coins for Courage, a nonprofit fundraising organization that was started by Johnson Elementary School student Sydney Newton, herself a cancer survivor. That event helped raise $700. The 2nd Annual Grease Festival was also held in September, and Caren prepared some of her most popular items for the Young Republicans’ booth. Kelly Kazcek of voted the “Inside Out Sundrop” cupcake, and deep fried s’mores #1 and #2 of all the sweet offerings at the “celebration of all things fried.” October was the 5th Annual Pink Elephant Luncheon, sponsored by Athens Limestone Hospital as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month , held

at the Limestone County Event Center. The Bakery at Elkmont produced a whopping 540 cupcakes for the event. October also was the month for the Holiday Photo Shoot at the Bakery, held in cooperation with Randall Peek Photography. In addition to having holiday pictures taken, kids got to have an opportunity to bake with their grandparents.

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December 7th is going to be Decorate Day at the Bakery. Kids will be able to decorate a cookie or cupcake for the holidays under Caren’s careful tutelage, and they can either eat their creation there or take it home to consume. In addition, for the holidays there will be custom cheese cakes available by order, and pre-made icing for sale. The icing will be made at the shop by Caren, and will be perfect for someone who has the time to bake a cake, but won’t have to fuss with the frosting. So, what’s ahead for 2014? At the beginning of the year Caren is going to launch her kids’ party service, where she’ll “come to you.” Rather than have the custom cake all ready for pick up at the shop, the party attendees will be involved in making it, which I think is a marvelous idea. Caren is also going to look into adding homemade ice cream to the menu, and will

gear up for Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest holidays of the year for The Bakery. March will be the anniversary celebration, but she hasn’t told me yet what she’s up to. I just know that it will be worth waiting for, as is everything she does, and we congratulate Caren on her hard work that has made The Bakery at Elkmont one of the best kept secrets in the Valley.

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Cover Story

Valley Pools’ Alps Spas: Hydrotherapy And Green Technology At An Affordable Price by Ali Elizabeth Turner continued from page 1

Athens. Or, what if all you were interested in was a two person spa in which to slip after work and send your stress packing? Valley Pools has that, too. If you are more of a visual sort, you can even get a spa that creates a waterfall complete with a light show. But before I talk much more about spas, let me tell you what I heard as I was waiting for our interview to begin. One customer came in to purchase a seasonal pool closing kit, and commented that “your prices are the best anywhere.” Another came in to purchase a closing kit and said, “This is the best our pool has ever looked.” Also, it’s important to remember that every Thursday all pool and spa chemicals are 20% off. Another customer came in with a sample of pool water to be tested. Nancy Spry, who manages the Athens store, cheerfully tested his water, determined that his pool water needed to be more alkaline, and suggested ways to bring it in to balance. Back to the spas. Alps brand are state of the art, and are affordable. Their introductory prices start at $4,995 and go up to

$17,500, and all models come with a lifetime warranty. In addition, the introductory price package includes free installation. Some models fit through a standard 36” door opening, and all of the models are more energy efficient. Nancy also says they are much more streamlined underneath the model where all the operational systems are located. Every unit comes with a cover, and

tal ionization system that releases microscopic ions in to the water. The ions do not evaporate, and sunlight, aeration, pH and temperature do not affect the ionized water.

marble, and Tuscan sun. The number of hydrotherapy jets starts at 39 in the Innsbruck model, and go up to 109 jets in the K2 XLS unit. The frames for each unit are made out of G90 galvanized steel, which is 150% stronger than wooden ones. Gone are the days of warping and rotting, and rusting is a thing of the past as well. Formerly shells were bonded with fiberglass, but Alps spas start with .275 ABS acrylic, and then the shells are backed by another acrylic bond material that is both environmentally safe and more durable.

i s water tested for a full 24 hours in order to determine that everything is working well. There are a number of custom options available with each Alps spa unit. The cabinets that surround the units are made out of tri-layered synthetic paneling that come in mahogany, grey or cherry. There are also five colors from which to choose for the acrylic lin-

ers: oyster pearl, tourmaline, pearl shadow, sterling

In keeping with the trend toward purification systems that are not dependent on chlorine, Alps spas can be equipped with a number of components to keep the water clean naturally. There is a digi-

Another feature is an ozone generator CD chip, which produces 20% more than other models. There are salt systems available, and if a customer wishes a bromine filtration system, that can be had. There are other custom options to make your spa experience even more enjoyable. These include a Bluetooth MP3 stereo system, lighted air controls, perimeter lighting, lighted cup holders, an aromatherapy system, and lighted mushroom shaped pop-up waterfalls. Alpine Spas has been in business for over 20 years, and has never had the desire to be the biggest producer of spas, just the best. They do not have any spas in stock, each one is custom built. So, if you are considering a spa or personal swim system, come to Valley Pools and allow the experts to help you select your model and options, and enjoy a spa that will help build your health for years to come.

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Health and Fitness

Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s

by Janet Hunt

Janet Hunt is a Certified Personal Trainer and can be reached at 256-614-3530 to schedule an appointment.

We (young and old) forget things and make silly mistakes. When this happens to an older adult, they are frequently put in to the “Alzheimer’s” category. To find out more information, I visited Alzheimer’s Association website (alz. org); and below is what they had to say. Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking or reasoning skills. Below are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s compared to just typical age-related changes that happen to us all: 1. Alzheimer’s sign: memory Loss that disrupts daily life. Typical age-related change: sometimes just forgetting names and appointments, but remem-

cial obligations 10. Alzheimer’s sign: changes in mood or personality. Typical age related change: developing specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when the routine is disrupted.

bering them later. 2. Alzheimer’s sign: challenges in planning or solving problems. Typical age related change: making the occasional error when balancing a checkbook. 3. Alzheimer’s sign: difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or play. Typical age-related change: occasionally needing help to use settings on the microwave.

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4. Alzheimer’s sign: confusion with time or place. Typical age-related change: confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later. 5. Alzheimer’s sign: trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Typical agerelated change: vision changes due to cataracts. 6. Alzheimer’s sign: new problems with words in speaking or writing. Typical age related change: sometimes having trouble finding the right word.

What can one do to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s: regular exercise may help prevent Alzheimer’s. Exercise keeps blood flowing to the brain and encourages the development of new brain cells. The best types of exercise are aerobic activities like walking, biking – even gardening. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests 30 minutes of this type of exercise per day to get the body moving and the heart pumping. Editor’s Note: In addition to exercise, studies are now showing that what and how you

eat, along with how you move as stated above have a huge impact on preventing Alzheimer’s in the first place, or slowing its progression. Eating a rainbow of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables releases phytonutrients containing antioxidants that go after free radicals throughout the body, and the dark colored fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, grapes and elderberries specifically help with cardiovascular health and memory. Certainly it is a challenge to consume the recommended 9-13 servings per day of “the rainbow,” but there are whole food supplement sources that are backed by published, 3rd party, independent university studies that demonstrate the specific power of food to help. For more information, call Ali 256-4689425.

7. Alzheimer’s sign: misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Typical age related change: misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them. 8. Alzheimer’s sign: decreased or poor judgment. Typical age related change: making a bad decision once in a while. 9. Alzheimer’s sign: withdrawal from work or social engagements. Typical age related change: sometimes feeling weary of work, family, and so-

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Dog Barker


by Joel Allen

Dear Readers, Be warned there is someone in the community selling Great Dane Puppies and claiming to be my sister. If you or someone you know has experienced this, then please call me. Thank you.

men the targets of dogs? No, but there are a few that probably get grief

appears out of nowhere barking and startles this person. They im-

According to the dictionary, “Cynophobia” is the irrational fear of dogs. It is my hope that those who fear dogs will read this article. The dog is barking “Yippeee! The mailman is coming!” Every day at this time, the mail arrives and the dog announces how bad he wants to chase the poor mailman. Are all mail-

from dog.



Let’s look at it through the eyes of someone who is afraid. Walking along the sidewalk by a fence, suddenly this dog

thing wrong, and in turn can become fearful of the one who is scared. Dogs are not mind readers, but they will protect themselves or their family from a threat. This is how some dog bites happen. When someone is bitten, find out what happened, and don’t assume it’s the dog’s fault.

Lastly, allow me to ex-

mediately fall off the sidewalk and “BAM!”, they are hit by a car. No one saw that coming, huh? This would most likely be written off as an accident, then again maybe not. So, why be scared? Where does this inner fear reside? Is it a traumatic experience that was endured? While we consider those questions, let us look at what the dog is thinking. Using the same scenario from above, the dog runs at the person through the fence and just like that, they jump off the sidewalk. What does the dog do? Looks at the scene, sniffs and walks away. He was doing what was natural. Alright, now someone sees a dog running their way. It is barking with eyes locked on that person. They tense up, wanting to run but they know the dog will catch them. So, what do they

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do? They don’t run! Standing their ground, they make their body appear as large as possible. Pointing a finger, they boom the word “GET!” Now watch the body language of the dog. The dog falters and slows, becoming uncertain. This is where they reinforce their command with determination saying

“GET!” again. This time the dog stops. Stomping their foot, by stepping toward the dog, they repeat the word “GET!” with all their being. The dog turns away with its tail tucked. Whew! That was a teaching moment. Another example has occurred when Zues and I have been in Walmart or other stores, and there were people who were afraid of Zues. Some screamed and ran away, and Zues paid them no mind. It is sad they allow that fear to rule them. Dogs sense when there is fear. If someone is scared, then a dog will sense there is some-

tend a helping hand to you who are afraid. Call and meet with me or come up to Zues and me wherever you see us. I will be glad to help you get past your fear. The only promise I want from you is for you not to “stroke out” on me!

“Remember to love your dogs because they love you. Maybe not the way you want them to, like chewing up your favorite shoes or what not, but that is just love chewing. Be thankful for the time you have with them always.”

Joel and Zues Allen 256-651-2211

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The View From The Bridge

Is Someone Else Getting Rich On Your Dime? Calling All Home Renters... Jackie Warner

by Jackie Warner

Community Outreach “Impact, Engage, Grow” Community Matters

I know many of you have heard the phrase “allow your money to work for you.” Stop and think about it - are you? Are you a renter or do you know someone who is renting or leasing a home, apartment, or business property? Stop throwing your money away; better yet stop making someone else rich on your dime! Let’s make sure that I am clear on renting. There is nothing wrong with renting if you rent with a purpose. If one chooses to rent, then choose wisely. Renting should be temporary and not for the long term. Money paid for rent

will continue to build equity for your landlord and leave you high and dry without any return on the money spent during your rental agreement.

your profits and do as you please; hopefully that involves saving and doing your research to find the next investment opportunity.

Instead of paying your landlord’s mortgage, start putting your money to work for you by paying your own mortgage. The money you pay toward your mortgage will build equity for you, and not someone else.

Home ownership can be a reality when you take the right steps for home buying success:

If you already have a home… then consider investing in another real estate property to keep, sell, or rent. You then become the landlord or the seller and are able to take

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1. Check your credit score (If there are issues, find out what it will take to get your score where it needs to be. Clean it up and start making the effort toward owning your home!) 2. Contact a lender/bank to see how much you can afford. 3. Know your rights when

making a purchase. (Ask questions.)

9. Have an inspection prior to making the purchase.

4. Determine the best loan program for your particular situation; there are various home buying programs available today with excellent interest rates. Do your research.

10. After purchasing the property, keep it in the best condition possible for re-sale opportunities.

5. Understand and be prepared for the costs associated with your purchase.

11. Pay extra monthly toward the principal on your property loan for quicker payoff and decrease the amount of interest being paid.

6. Start shopping for your home. (Have a realistic wish list.)

12. Start looking for your next investment!

7. Shop for something you can truly afford; do not max out your budget.

Until next time, be sincere, kind, and intentional.

8. Make and negotiate the offer.

Jackie Warner, Career Development Facilitator

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Medical Update

Ow! My Ankle!

By Tyler Tucker, DPT, Clinical Director for OnMark Physical Therapy

It does not matter how active or inactive your lifestyle seems to be, many of us have experienced a sprained ankle at some point in our life. It may occur during a sporting event, such as football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc., or just while you are trying to walk across the yard or up and down a step or two. All of the sudden, one foot gets turned inward and we fall onto the outside of our ankle which makes walking and our other regular activities difficult and painful for the next several weeks. This can have a negative impact on our family life, participation in school, or even productivity at work. A recent study by Cleland et. al. published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy discusses the mechanics

behind the common lateral ankle sprain and how frequently these injuries occur, as well as a couple of common ways ankle sprains are typically managed.1 They were looking at the differ-

ences in individuals’ pain and level of disability following lateral ankle sprains based on whether they went to a physical therapist for manual therapy and guided exercises twice a week for

four weeks, as compared to individuals who were shown exercises once a week for four weeks to be performed at home.1 They report that the individuals who had sprained their ankle and gone through a program with a physical therapist who performed manual therapy and guided them through exercise routines performed in the clinic and at home experienced decreased pain and improved function to a greater degree at four weeks and at six months following their initial injury than did the group who went through the home exercise progression only.1 So you could choose to sit at home and try to manage

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your ankle injuries on your own, and they will get better over time to a certain degree. However, when you unfortunately suffer from an ankle sprain, consider going through a guided program of manual therapy and specific exercise progressions with your local physical therapist in order to return to your prior lifestyle with decreased pain more quickly. A good rule of thumb for all musculoskeletal injuries, that may occur in our day to day lives, is to use the R.I.C.E. method, until you can get in to see a health care provider for a thorough evaluation. Rest and icing the area with combined compression and elevation will all serve to help keep the pain and swelling of the injured tissues down and manageable.

OnMark Physical Therapy 936 US HWY 72 E Athens, AL 35611 256-684-8343

Reference: (1) Cleland, JA, Mintken, P, McDevitt, A, Bieniek, M, Carpenter, K, Kulp, K, and Whitman, JM. Manual physical therapy and exercise versus supervised home exercise in the management of patients with inversion ankle sprain: a multicenter randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(7):443-55.

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Security Savvy

Thanksgiving Safety by Brian Black, Operations Manager of Madison Security Group 203 Us Highway 31 S, Athens, AL 35611

It’s that time of year when we start planning for the Thanksgiving travels. Last year AAA estimated that over 3 million people would travel over 50 miles for Thanksgiving celebrations; just imagine how many will be traveling across town to Grandma’s house for lunch. The best way to stay safe is planning. You should plan to leave your house a little earlier than normal, in anticipate of others on the road that decided to wait until the last minute to leave and are now in a hurry to get to their destination before the turkey gets cold. And make sure you are not feeling the effects of the Tryptophan before you drive home. That is if you go home. A “tradition” that some people have is to stay up after the Thanksgiving meal and go to the midnight openings of retail stores. These people are easy to spot, they will start gathering at 9:00 or 10:00 pm and stand in line outside these retail stores even if it is cold and raining. This is a time when you need be

observant of all things and people around you. You probably will not have any problems until those doors are opened. When they are, that’s when friendly easy going people turn into creatures you normally see on Halloween. Be careful of the stampede going in to the stores, there are always reports of people getting injured during these times. I would advise not taking small children with you; but if you must take small children with you, hold on to them, it would be real easy to have children injured or get away from you and ruin the whole “fun” experience.

Friday, be aware of all kinds of crimes that can take place. Credit card number theft is one of the more popular crimes. Individuals working in teams can steal your credit card number before you real-

ize what is happening. There are a couple of things you can do to eliminate this threat. Try to use checkouts that allow you to swipe your card. If you must hand your card to the cashier try to maintain visual contact with your card at all times. Don’t be distracted by someone behind you or another cashier, they could be working as a team to steal your credit card number. The theft works this way. The person to whom you have given the card has a card capture device hidden; while the other person distracts you, they

capture your card number and the deal is done. You probably won’t know about it until January.

So just be vigilant this Thanksgiving. Have fun, be safe and be aware.

One final thought on Thanksgiving. As you gather with your family, remember the reason why we celebrate. We are fortunate to live in the greatest country in the history of the world. We have been blessed with resources and talents beyond all others.

Happy Thanksgiving, and remember to always remove the bag from the turkey before you cook it!

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