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Calendar of Events


About the Cover


Picking the Right Camp for Your Kids


May Crossword


Shopping with Shelia


Mommy Moments




What Are You Thinking?!


Top 5 Landscape Design Tips


From My Nonni’s Kitchen


Real Estate in Our Town


Summer Safety for your Pets


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may calendar of events

FRESH PRODUCE MARKET: Saturdays through September 27, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Here’s a great market in your backyard! Visit our local farmers market on Saturdays and stock up on all your fresh fruits and veggies at the Fresh Produce Market. Market opens at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot between Smyrna First Baptist and the Market Village (1275 Church Street SE Smyrna, GA 30080-3595). Enjoy and be healthy! To participate as a market vendor, contact Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863. SMYRNA FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS ARE BACK!: Join us for Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays each Tuesday from May 6 through September 30 at Taylor-Brawner Park from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga, 30080). The City of Smyrna, Georgia Power and Cobb Travel & Tourism (Atlanta’s Sweet Spot) have “powered” up to bring you Food Truck Tuesday along with lots of entertainment and fun. We look forward to weekly announcements. Stay tuned to for the latest and the weekly lineups, too. This event is the best Food Truck event series around! Enjoy the offerings from a weekly gathering of quality mobile gourmet trucks and a bit of sweet mixed in and music, too. Please follow parking directions and remember to park legally. At/after 5:00 p.m. you may find additional parking at Community Bank of the South on Atlanta Road near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Concord/Spring. 72nd ANNUAL YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS AND FAIR: Friday, May 16th through May 26th. The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 72nd year! Packed with more excitement and thrills than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts including the world-famous Rick Wallenda of the most famous family in circus history, as well as Shawn Ives doing unbelievable motorcycle jumps with summersaults!!! Back again this year will be Ringmaster Richard Curtis, Robinson Cortes of the Flying Cortes Family, the Big Cat Extravaganza and Patty Zerbini with her incredible Elephants. Wade Shows will provide even more affordable entertainment with 35 rides for all ages. Come be entertained and amazed, laugh at the Shriner Clowns, then fill up on all your favorite fair foods- corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy, just to name a few. For tickets, schedule, and other information, please visit SMYRNA GARDEN TOUR: Smyrna has fabulous gardens and this year Keep Smyrna Beautiful gives you a chance to get an inside look at the gardening talents of our active and resourceful citizens. The Keep Smyrna Beautiful Garden Tour is Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (rain or shine)! Enjoy gardens, music, artists, food, a plant sale and more! Proceeds from the 2014 Garden Tour will be used to plant trees at Brawner Park and other public places. For more information, contact Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-4312863. TABLE RESERVATIONS FOR SMYRNA CONCERT SERIES (RESIDENTS): Reserve a table through Smyrna Parks & Recreation for one or all of the Smyrna concerts. Reservations (for residents) must be made in advance and in person at the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center (884 Church Street). Residents can reserve tables Sat., May 17 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.-- proof of City residency is required (photo ID with city water bill or tax bill and valid GA drivers license). Non-residents can reserve tables May 27. Concerts start June 7th. For additional information on table reservations, contact the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department at 770-431-2842. MABLETON DAY: Mableton Day is May 17th, 8am to 2pm at the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton, GA. The mission of Mableton Day is to promote local non-profit organizations, gain volunteers and raise resources to support programs such as: art, theater, historical preservation, after-school programs, youth mentoring programs, health and fitness, neighborhood pride, preservation and community volunteers. Every year the Mableton Day celebration attracts residents from all around South Cobb, as it grows bigger and better. We kick the day off at 8am with the Mableton Day 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run. When the races end, folks stay to enjoy live entertainment, art demonstrations, inflatables fun, Kids’ Corner arts and crafts, a car show, great food, and shopping with local vendors. For more information, please visit SMYRNA MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: Join the City of Smyrna for Memorial Day at 20th Century Veterans Memorial on May 27, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. The Smyrna ceremony is organized by members of the community and it is those members of the community who officiate. Join us on this day to honor and appreciate our commitment to peace through strength and sacrifice. Seating will start after 8:00 a.m. and pre-ceremony/ceremony activities will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080). The ceremony is sponsored by the City of Smyrna and coordinated by the Smyrna Veterans Committee, an organization composed of the City of Smyrna, The Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, and American Legion Post 160. The ceremony is a public event and all are invited to attend and participate in this memorial service to honor those who have sacrificed in defense of our nation.

MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA/VININGS WEST: Are you looking for a support group of other at-home moms and their children? If so, the MOMS Club of Smyrna/Vinings West would love to meet you! We are a chapter of MOMS Offering Moms Support International, and we organize fun, daytime social activities and play dates for the moms and kids in our club. We even have a monthly Moms Night Out! Contact us at or visit for more info. Our chapter is zoned for Teasley, Nickajack and Russell elementary school residents in the 30080 and 30082 zip codes.

SMYRNA MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS): Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. Keeping up with the program demand and meeting the needs of working Moms, the Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are (Continued on page 27)


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My clients would describe my work as “Clean, Classic and Creative”. Since 1996, Brian L Christian Photography has photographed for people in magazines, actors, corporate America, family portraits and reunions, models, headshots, properties etc. How exciting is it to meet different people of different lifestyles, careers and backgrounds. My service is not only just about photographing, but servicing client’s needs to provide images for their photographic legacies. My commercial clients have varied and I have worked with Bellsouth, Essence magazine, Upscale magazine, Wal-Mart, and the State Capitol and Legislative Offices. I have also been the official photographer for the National Black Arts Festival. I attended Creative Circus Art School in Atlanta.


My photography has taken me from corporate America to shooting corporate clients, from sitting in the class room to shooting senior portraits, from being married and having a son to taking powerful family portraits, from playing football to awesome actions sport photos, from being a movie buff to making actor headshots, and from listening to all genres of music to shooting CD’s, promos and posters. As you can see my life is in rhythm with my photography.

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL PT Solutions will present The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Brookstone Country Club in Acworth, GA. Registration and range opens at 8:00 a.m. All participant registration includes greens fee, scramble format golf, shared cart, range balls, a sleeve of golf balls, a Foundation gift bag, one fantasy golf card, one door prize ticket, and entry into other course contests. Breakfast will be provided for each participant along with food and beverages at the awards reception. Registration for individual players is $190 and a team of four players is $650. This year’s tournament proceeds will be used to benefit Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna’s goals to purchase needed medical equipment and make hospital improvements. Visit or call 770-438-5233 for information on registration and other sponsorship opportunities. Emory-Adventist at Smyrna will host a free community class on hand pain Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. In recognition of May as National Arthritis Awareness month, Susan Dorgan OTR/L of PT-Solutions will discuss hand pain and arthritis. If your hands show common signs of arthritis such as inflammation, pain and stiffness of the joints, join us for a discussion on the causes, symptoms and treatments of hand pain. Susan will also give tips and instructions on splinting, orthotic procedures, and pointers for using orthotics correctly. This class will be held in the hospital cafeteria. To register, please call 770-319-2025 or visit Free bone density screening at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna on Wednesday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m. Bone density screenings can help determine the strength of your bones and the chances of fractures for people that might be at risk of osteoporosis. By taking a painless, low-powered x-ray of your heel, we can show you the current density of your bones. Results are given on site. (Pregnant women should not have this screening.) Please call 770-319-2025 to schedule your appointment for this FREE screening. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host a free stroke prevention seminar Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year- that’s 1 of every 19 deaths. With someone in the US having a stroke every 40 seconds, being able to quickly identify a stroke could save someone’s life. In this free seminar taught by Director of Education, Barbara Kilgore, RN, CPN, learn ways to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke as well as prevention for you and your loved ones. This class will be held in the hospital cafeteria. To register, please call 770-319-2025 or visit TownsendIncomeTax.qxp_Layout 1 2/12/14 1:28 PM Page 1

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Picking the Right Camp for Your Kids As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy” isn’t always the case if you’re a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast to coast attend some type of summer camp intended to occupy their days and provide memorable experiences full of fun, learning and development. While selecting the right camp can be a daunting task for parents, Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company, which welcomes more than 65,000 kids to its camps across the country, has some key suggestions to ensure a positive summer for everyone. “Safety, fun, health and variety are priorities for us and we’ve learned what it takes to create the best camp experience for kids and their parents,” says Jennifer Veres, National Senior Program Manager for kids’ activities.

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Here are some tips to keep in mind as you look at camps: * Safety. Ask questions in advance to ensure the camp has standard operating procedures in place to keep your kids safe. Are parents required to show their membership card or driver’s license to both check in and take their children home? Every employee should also have a state-approved background check and those working with kids should be CPR- and first aid-certified. Parents should also know the counselor to child ratio. Some day camp programs allow for a 1:20 ratio, although a lower ratio of, 1:10 is better. These higher standards help ensure the safety and engagement of the children. * Activities. Find a camp that excites kids, provides a routine and has a variety of healthy activities for kids to engage in. This is critical for parents who don’t want their kids wasting away summer days playing video games for hours on end. Good information to learn includes what the balance is between a set daily routine and the type, level and variety of activities the camp has designed to keep kids interested.

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Spring Cleaning It’s spring! The quickest way for me to tell is that, where I live, as soon as the temperature rises above the point where you can see your breath, the streets are lined with runners wearing shorts and short-sleeve t-shirts. A few brave souls go shirtless. In my mind, they’re jumping the gun, yet I get it. We’re all ready to ditch the old—the old body, the old sweaters— and start fresh. This is where I am going to challenge you to do something I do several times a year, but especially in spring. You’re going to ditch your old house without moving or spending a dime. It’s your grandma’s spring cleaning for our generation of mothers. I promise, it’ll give you a boost that rivals a long run, cup of coffee or glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The challenge is to revive your home. Here’s how. Start in the rooms you spend the most time in. For me, it’s my living room, kitchen and dining room. Remove everything from every surface. Lamps, photos, everything. While everything is off, you might as well clean the surfaces. It’ll make grandma proud. Now comes the fun part. Rethink. Put things in places you would never have put them before. Play. Don’t be afraid to put things in unorthodox places. Don’t be confined by where things are “supposed” to go. I put my bedside table in my living room, and my old bedroom dresser and mirror in my dining room. While you’re at it, rethink the lighting in your rooms. Lamps are your friends. Putting one in a new corner can instantly transform a forgotten, unused spot into a quiet place you can cozy up with a good book and your journal on a spring morning before anyone in your house is awake. Put a small one in your bathroom. It’ll take the shock out of flipping on the bright vanity lights in the morning. Now, steal from your kids. My boys’ bathroom had a white picture frame with a sailboat in it. I “borrowed” the picture frame, tore out the sailboat and replaced it with a family photo. It looks lovely in my living room. Sorry kids. If you have things left over, store them for later. When you get them out again, they’ll feel like new. My basement has a special spot where I store rotating decorations. I love to go down there and discover things I had forgotten about. It’s akin to the buzz you get form shopping, but it’s free. You may think this ritual has nothing to do with mothering, but it does. As women, we are inspired by beauty. It’s why we care so much about finding the right pair of earrings, planting flowers and picking the perfect shade of paint. When your surroundings are beautiful, your outlook is different and your spirit is lifted. You are a better mom. And who knows? Maybe it’ll give you inspiration to rethink meals and come up with a dinner that everyone will eat. OK- that’s pushing it for me too!

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Diploma-see by Holly and Diana Parks

College acceptance letters have arrived, deposits have been sent in, and graduation announcements have been sent out. Senior pranks have been played and strains of Pomp and Circumstance waft from the band room window. Seniors breathe a sigh of relief. Gone are the incessant questions of well-meaning adults of “Where are you going to school?” Little do the students know that the next barrage of well-meaning inquiries is headed their way from those same grown-ups. Amidst the schoolthemed streamers and balloons, the full buffets of finger food, and the sideboards piled with gifts, the weight of the unknown lurks. Although the graduates are counting the days until they move onto campus in the fall, there is so much to be discovered and so many questions yet to be answered. However, these are the subjects the well-wishers tend to bring up. These parties should be celebrations of accomplishments. Adults’ queries for the future may place more pressure on the students than pleasure. Some oft asked innocent questions might actually back diploma-clutching kids into the corner of the family room at that Open House:

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• “What fraternity do you plan to pledge?” Since I haven’t met any of the fraternity brothers, I have no idea.

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What Are You Thinking? by Mark Orler How many times have we as parents looked at our children in bewilderment and asked the question, “What are you thinking?” But as the parent of four children I often find myself adding, “Which one are you and what are you thinking?” It’s not that we are suffering from dementia, although with an infant in the house it sometimes feels that way; it’s more that we project our adult decision-making thoughts onto these malleable brains and wonder what genetic malfunction must have occurred that caused them to behave that way. I had one of these moments the other evening at dinner. I was seated at our kitchen table when my third-in-line for the crown sat there refusing to eat what was, by EVERYONE else’s opinion, a great meal. “How could you not like meatballs!?” “Na hungee.” “Duuuude, you may not be hungry now, but trust me you don’t want to skip this meal.” I pleaded, “Mom’s got ice cream and if you don’t eat your dinner you can’t have ice cream.” This was a no-brainer! Both his sisters had already devoured their dinners in anticipation of the Blue Bell Ice Cream that their mother had promised. Even the baby had chowed down knowing that later he would get the secondary benefits of his Mother’s Blue Bell consumption. “Just take two bites, I will go to bat for you, if you just take two bites.” “I na HUNGEEE!” This is where the fuses blew and I knew that one of us was going to have to be a parent even though it was going to end badly and there would be tears…some even shed by him. “Okay, no dinner, no dessert.” I said as I grabbed his plate and took it over to the sink where I pretended to throw the meatballs down the disposal. Pretended, because I fully intended on making sandwiches out of them later…I mean, who doesn’t love meatballs? Inevitably, as his sisters sat around the table enjoying, or should I say, “over-enjoying” their ice cream in front of him he looked at me and asked innocently, “Cream?” “No sir, you had your chance, and that chance went down the sink 10 minutes ago.” I could almost taste my delicious sandwiches. “No c-c-cream?” he stammered. “No.” Picture Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. St. Helens and any other volcanos you can think of erupting and that was the level of tantrum that exploded from the booster-chair at the end of the table. My wife looked at me from across the table with a look like, “Can we just give him some ‘cream’ to shut him up?” I telepathically let her know that caving was not an option and that sometimes being a parent was difficult but that if we caved on this the next thing you know he would be smoking cigarettes and hanging outside the pool hall trying to score some “cream” from one of those ner’-do-well milkmen that always claim to have an “extra” half-gallon that the store didn’t need and they would sell at cost. At least that’s what I thought I telepathed. From her look back I think she was saying, “What are you thinking?”

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Top 5 Landscape Design Tips by Doug Scott, Redeem Your Ground | Exterior Design Studio We’re finally starting to have some consistently beautiful weather…and if you’re like me, I’m sure you’re itching to get outside to enjoy as much of it as you can. But some of you may have some ground redemption to do before you can fully enjoy your yards. If so, you’re in luck…below you will find a quick run-down of my Top 5 Landscape Design Tips. Hopefully they will help you get outside and make the most of your time with your friends and family. 1. What do you want to highlight...or hide? One of the primary questions you should ask yourself when coming up with a design for your yard is “What do I want to highlight…or hide?”. Typically in the front yard, standing at the street…you’d want to highlight your front door and how you want your guests to get there. By taking out the guessing game, you’ll create a much more welcoming space for them to enter into. In contrast, your design should also take into consideration those things you want to hide, for example: any utility boxes, unsightly (but necessary) storage, unattractive views, etc. In your backyard, it’s very similar…but instead of thinking of it from the street to your home, it’s the opposite – from your home to the spaces you want to see and not see…go or not go. 2. Think about what you want to see outside from your home. One of the most important things to consider when trying to optimize the value of your outdoor spaces – both functionally and aesthetically, is what you will see from your home. So walk around the inside of your home and pause at those windows and doors where you spend most of your time looking or walking through. Then design your outdoor spaces accordingly. 3. Allow the lines of your home to direct your design. When deciding where to place planting beds, plants, or hardscapes…whether immediately against your home or out in your yard, you should first look to see where the strong lines of your home are. For example, don’t just randomly stop your patio along the exterior wall of your home…do so where there’s already a corner or look up and see where your eave stops. 4. For plant material, think in terms of layers Think of your landscape beds in terms of a painting...where you have a background, middle ground,


and foreground. The plants in the background should be higher and typically evergreen... particularly when up against the foundation of your home. Plants in the middle ground should be lower in height when mature than the background plants. This is also where you can have perennials, since when they are not in bloom or leafed out you will look right past them to your evergreen background plants. Lastly, your foreground is where you will plant your smallest plants and where you can add a bit of color. These can be annuals, smaller perennials or an evergreen groundcover. Each layer helps transition to the next. 5. Don’t be tempted by the plant impulse buy! I’ve been to some homes where I’m left a bit confused…not knowing exactly where to look or where to go. There’s a fancy plant here and a fancy tree there…and watch out, there’s another kind of plant here and another kind there. This often happens because the homeowner sees a plant that they’ve “just got to have” while checking out at the big box store. Don’t do it! With landscape design, less is very often more. Chose a few plants you want to highlight and provide visual interest in your yard…and use all the other plantings to draw your eye to them. Now with these tips in mind…get out there and redeem some ground! Doug is the owner and chief designer of Redeem Your Ground | Exterior Design Studio. Smyrna residents, he and his wife, Brittany, also write a family, home & garden blog – RYGblog. com, where they hope to help and inspire others to redeem their ground as well. Enter the chance to win an onsite consultation…a $250 value for free. Go to and click on the “CONTACT RYG” link in the right-hand navigation bar and complete the form. It’s that simple.. Provide us your name, email address…and in the “Subject” line put “Our Town – RYG/May” and then YOUR ZIP CODE. May’s winner will be announced on Saturday, June 7th in our RYGblog Weekly Recap email.. If you haven’t already subscribed to RYGblog, we’ll do that for you as part of the entry process. (Note: Only 1 entry per household and only Our Town subscribers from the Smyrna/Vinings and West Cobb areas are eligible to enter.)

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FROM MY NONNI’S KITCHEN DELICIOUS BASIC MEATBALLS Some recipes fry meatballs for extra flavor and firm texture. In my opinion, this isn’t necessary. You can retain plenty of flavor and texture by baking them at a high temperature, and the best part—there’s no mess! Mixing meatballs is a two-step process. Before adding the meat, blend other ingredients thoroughly then add the meat and mix with a fork. Using a fork prevents over-mixing and compacting, which can toughen meatballs. Preheat over to 450 STIR TOGETHER: 1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs ¾ cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, finely grated ½ cup whole milk ½ cup low-sodium beef broth ½ cup chopped fresh parsley 3 eggs beaten 2 T dried oregano 1 T minced garlic 1 T kosher salt 1 T ground black pepper 2 t dried basil 1 t crushed red pepper flakes ADD: 2 lb. ground chuck Combine the ground chuck with the bread crumb mixture. Stir thoroughly with a fork. Using a portioning scoop or 2 spoons, shape the meat mixture into balls (about 2” in diameter). Coat a baking sheet or shallow roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. Space the meatballs on the pan so they are not touching or crowded together. Cover bottom of the pan with beef broth. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are just cooked through. Reserve pan juices for your favorite sauce. These meatballs freeze well! Makes 30-33 meatballs; total time 50 minutes.

FRESH TOMATO SAUCE 1 ½ cups diced yellow onion 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic 3 cans (14.5oz each) whole plum tomatoes, crushed ½ cup reserved meatball pan drip drippings ½ cup minced fresh parsley 1 T. sugar 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes Salt to taste Saute’ onions in ¼ cup olive oil over medium high heat in a large pan until translucent. About 4 minutes. Stir in garlic. Cook just until you smell it, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, pan drippings parsley, sugar, pepper flakes, and salt. Sim Simmer 15 minutes. Start boiling the water for pasta. Add about 12 cooked meatballs to the sauce and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes to heat through. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Stir in the cooked pasta and toss well to coat. Before serving add ¼ cup fresh basil strips. Garnish pasta and meatballs with grated Parmesan cheese. ENJOY!


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REAL ESTATE in OUR TOWN by Deb Ratchford PEOPLE SHOP WITH LOGIC AND BUY WITH EMOTION!!!! Why is staging a home is so important? It’s the same reason that builders set up model homes in new construction neighborhoods – to emotionally engage potential buyers and increase their interest level. A good stager will help you create more space by decluttering, manipulate the lighting for maximum appeal, and can add pops of color to draw attention. A stager’s job is to create emotion for a buyer walking through your house. Nice furnishings, good lighting and a pleasant smell are important details that a stager can help you with. A professional stager quickly develops a plan to get your home ready for showings. It’s just like hiring a landscape architect to move things around in your yard to give great curb appeal. The same goes for the interior of your home. A stager can also recommend some things for the exterior that could help to create a warm feeling for potential buyers. A stager can give you the plan to do the work yourself or you can hire them to oversee the entire project. In a Seller’s market, more buyers are searching for homes because of the low inventory. The homes that are selling the quickest are staged and priced correctly. Potentially you could receive 10 offers versus 3 offers and get top dollar if your home is staged properly and priced inline with neighborhood comps. Do you not owe it to yourself to do what it takes to make your listing more competitive in this market? A good Realtor will have a Stager on their team to jump in, and quickly get your home as marketable as possible. As part of my marketing package, I offer a two hour staging consultation during the listing consultation at no cost to you. Good staging will leave you with better photos, which will attract more buyers and potentially bring more offers. Call me today to get a FREE market analysis, a FREE STAGING consultation and FREE PHOTOS taken of your home! Now is the time to sell! Bysinger Staging Monica Bysinger: 770-597-8851

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NORTH COBB MOCHA MOMS: Are you looking for a support group for moms of color?. Well look no further! Mocha Moms, Inc. is a national support group for mothers of color interested in enriching their lives as mothers, wives, sister friends, entrepreneurs and advocates for their communities . North Cobb Mochas are a mixture of stay at home mothers, part time, and full- time working mommies. Join us for Mom’s Night Out, play-dates, family events, couples’ nights, Sister Circles, get fit days/night, community service projects and MORE. We have planned a truly exciting and enriching year. The annual membership fee is $50. To learn more you can visit our website at Mocha Moms, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socio-economic level, education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join. JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB-TOUR OF GIBBS GARDEN IN BALL GROUND, GA: May 28th, 9:30am3:30pm. This month the Jonquil Garden Club will meet at the Smyrna Library at 9:30 a.m. and carpool to Gibbs Garden, a beautiful garden established by the Gibbs Landscape Company. Plenty of shady trees with seating are available for those who enjoy just sitting and enjoying the beauty. Trams are provided to navigate various areas of this large garden. The onsite Arbor Cafe offers sandwich lunches for $8.00 - $10.00. Tickets are $18.00 for seniors and groups of 10. The Jonquil Garden Club’s objective is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but in public places as well. For further information regarding registration or inquiries about membership, contact Marilyn Parker at 770-949-6640. You may also want to learn more about the club and upcoming events at: www. SMYRNA MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: The Smyrna Veterans Committee, the City of Smyrna , and American Legion Post 160 will kick-off the Memorial Day Ceremony at 9:30 am on Monday, May 26, 2014, at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial at 800 King Street between City Hall and the Library. We will honor fallen veterans and help support local veterans and their families. Following the ceremony, there will be a barbecue cookout open to the public held at American Legion Post 160 at 160 Legion Drive starting at 12 noon. You can show your support for local veterans and their families by participating in the Distribution of Poppies organized by the Auxillary of Smyrna’s American Legion Post 160 over the Memorial Day Weekend


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Summer Safety by Amber Burckhalter Summer is upon us, school is out, the kids are gearing up for camp and the thermostat is rising. While the summer months are my favorite time of year, I could live without the heat and so could my dogs!! So, how do we keep our four legged friends safe and comfortable during these hot months? Here are 9 tips to help you and your dog safely enjoy this summer: 1) As the temperatures rise, so does the stress on your dog’s cooling system. So, provide lots of cool, fresh water. Outside on a hot day, make sure your pup has a shady spot to rest and put out two bowls of frozen water and another non-frozen bowl of water. As the water melts throughout the day, your dog will have fresh cool water to stay hydrated. Other ideas include a kiddie pool with wadding water, a sprinkler or mister, fans and cooling pet beds.

6) Avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand. Remember, if you would not walk on it without shoes, neither should your pup! Look for signs like your dog picking up their feet, pulling you to the grass or barking at you as they try to communicate that the ground is too hot and burning their pads. If you suspect you have accidentally burned Fluffy’s feet, see your vet for treatment. 7) Dogs that are brachycephalic (smushed or short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning and limit any outdoor exercise to early morning or late evening. My French Bulldog almost

2) Have you ever noticed your dog digging up the ground on hot days? They are trying to get to the cooler earth and beat some of the heat. If your dog is outdoors, remember that most doghouses trap heat, so make sure you provide a cool, shaded resting place. In mid-summer and during our highest temperatures, dogs should not be left outdoors as the risk of heat stroke increases. 3) Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Cracking windows and leaving the air conditioning on is not a guarantee that your dog will be safe so leave them home on hot days. 4) Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun’s heat is less intense. Also remember to bring water and, if you prefer, a collapsible bowl with you on those walks. 5) Make sure to watch for signs of heat stroke when exercising, playing or spending time outdoors. These can include: vomiting, bright red gums/tongue, diarrhea, refusal to walk or stand, high body temperature, thick drool, excessive panting, lethargy and seizures. If you suspect heat stroke or exhaustion, your dog must receive a veterinarian’s treatment immediately as this condition can be fatal.


never sees the sun in the middle of the day during summer and, when she does, she is relaxing in her kiddie pool. 8) Sadly, every year, I hear about dogs who have drowned in the family swimming pool or at the lake house. While many dogs enjoy the water, not all dogs can swim and some will swim to exhaustion. If you have a swimming pool, make sure your dog knows how to get out of the pool in the event they fall in without you there to help them. Providing a large orange traffic cone on the pool steps that your dog can visually identify (Continued on page 30)

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Some Interesting Facts about Cats and the People that They Own It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one’s blood pressure. In 1987, cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America (about 50 million cats resided in 24 million homes in 1986). About 37% of American homes today have at least one cat. If your cat snores or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you.

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Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the fact that women’s voices have a higher pitch. In an average year, cat owners in the United States spend over $2 billion on cat food. When your cats rub up against you, she is actually marking you as “hers” with her scent. If your cat pushes his face against your head, it is a sign of acceptance and affection.

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Cat bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites. In just 7 years, one un-spayed female cat and one un-neutered male cat and their offspring can result in 420,000 kittens. Some notable people who disliked cats: Napoleon, Hitler, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Because cats tend to keep their problems to themselves, many owners think their cat is perfectly healthy, when actually they may be suffering from a life-threatening disease. Therefore, cats, on an average, are much sicker than dogs by the time they are brought to your veterinarian for treatment. Never give your cat aspirin unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian; it can be fatal. Never ever give Tylenol to a cat. And be sure to keep anti-freeze away from all animals - it’s sweet and enticing, but deadly poison Most cats adore sardines. Spaying a female before her first or second heat will greatly reduce the threat of mammary cancer and uterine disease. A cat does not need to have at least 1 litter to be healthy, nor will they “miss” motherhood. A tabby named “Dusty” gave birth to 420 documented kittens in her lifetime, while “Kitty” gave birth to 2 kittens at the age of 30, having given birth to a documented 218 kittens in her lifetime. According to a Gallup poll, most American pet owners obtain their cats by adopting them.


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I have been to Kenya several times. I even honeymooned there so far back I don’t want to say. However, it has been a good 10 years since I visited the last time, mainly because I found that the Safari operators in Kenya had lost their way and started making a Disney attraction out of what was a spectacular country. Since then, I had been looking for Karen Blixen’s proverbial Out of Africa experience. I did safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. I tried to track the great gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda several times, but was challenged by terrorists each time..consequently, that is still on my “bucket list”. Invited to see the new Kenya on invitation from the Kicheche camps of several new Conservancy groups, I jumped at the chance. I had heard about these private groups purchasing large swaths of land throughout Kenya to preserve the animals and to preserve the country. Just before the rainy season, I left the US to see what had been accomplished. On the first day alone, in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the base of Mt. Kenya, I saw most of the Big Five! Elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros all roamed freely across this giant fenced wilderness. That very night two cheetahs lay sleepily in the grass not far from the tented camp that Kicheche had provided. Expires 6/30/14

Now when I say tented, this was not like your average tent in the woods. These tented camps have proper bathrooms with running water. You can even get a shower every night...not a long one...but long enough even to wash your hair if you need to. Don’t look for the hair dryer, however, as these camps don’t have electric current. They are solar powered and that lasts just so long in the cool dark evenings. So what could be better than sitting by the fire, hearing the lions roar in the distance and then sitting down to a gourmet feast in the main tent, complete with candle light and full service wait staff to attend with French service. No buffets here....only the best will do. At 5:30am (dawn), one of these same waiters brings you coffee or tea and cookies to your tent door, to wake you up so you can prepare to go on your first game drive. What a great way to get a wakeup call!

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as the exit, along with spending time teaching your dog how to get out of the pool on their own, will keep Fluffy safe while she cools off. If you cover your pool, keep your dog indoors as they do not understand that they cannot safely run across the pull cover. 9) Heartworm prevention, as well as flea and tick prevention, is vital to a dog’s health in the south, where some of the highest heartworm infection rates exist. Heartworm is spread via mosquitoes, who bite infected dogs and then bite non-infected dogs, spreading the parasite. Current research states that virtually 100% of dogs exposed to infective heartworm larvae become infected. The cost of preventive is minimal especially when compared to the cost of treatment. While we cannot control the flying pest, we can keep our dogs safe with proper preventive. So, see your veterinarian today for the proper test and to purchase your preventive.

Out at 6am and back around 9am filled with stories about who saw what. Best of all, within the Conservancies, it is illegal to have more than two safari vehicles together at any one time! Gone were my memories of the old Kenya where when someone spotted a pride of lions within 5 minutes, there were 25 other vehicles surrounding them filled with tourists from around the World uttering adoring words loudly and clicking a myriad of camera shutters. None of that in the new Kenyan conservancies. There are now six conservancies covering thousands of acres all over Kenya. Best of all, these conservancies are giving jobs to locals and educating them about the preservation of the earth and its animals. No more plastic bags floating across the Mara. The people now pick up what waste and trash they see and stow it properly. People from the US are afraid to travel to Kenya after hearing about terrorists and mall bombings....but the Conservancies of Kenya couldn’t be more peaceful and wonderful. Thank you Kicheche glad you are educating us all!

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We at K-9 Coach hope you and your family are enjoying this time of year. We hope you stop by and visit our brand new retail and grooming area as well as our new, fully-filtered, by appointment only, swimming pool. Set apart from our normal daycare and boarding activities, you may purchase private swimming for your dog in our indoor, full- size, temperature controlled swimming pool. Great for play, dogs who require low impact exercise and teaching proper water safety. Call us for more information or see our website. Happy summer!! Established by Certified Canine Behavioral Consultant and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach is Atlanta’s ONLY complete canine experience, providing industry-leading: Training, Playcare, Lodging & Grooming. K-9 Coach is recognized as Cobb County Small Business of the Year Award for 2011 Voted: Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Dog Training, Boarding & Daycare, every year since 2008. Voted: Best of Smyrna/Vinings Doggy Daycare - 2011, 2012, 2013, Angie’s List Silver Service Award Winner - 2012, 2013.


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