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Calendar of Events About the Cover The Christmas Hangover Atlanta Smyphony Decorator’s Show House Part III Are You Financially Exposed? February Crossword Business Spotlight, Kids R Kids OT Travel – Patagonia Tired of Battling Unwanted Hair? Shopping With Shelia Family Focus – Got to Go! It’s Consignment Time! Romance in Marriage Wellstar Medical Imaging Services Health & Fitness – Stretching Home & Design – Kitchen Delights Pruning Crape Myrtles Avoiding Injuries on Your Ski Vacation Business Spotlight – Pirate Bay What’s Cookin’? Twenty Something Health & Wellness- Losing Weight Had it With Hot Flashes, Part 2 Bringing Home Baby Pets of the Month

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KENNESAW VALENTINE DANCE: It’s a great Knight for a Princess! Escort your sons and daughters to an enchanted evening fit for royalty. February 6th, from 6 – 9pm, the banquet hall in the Ben Robertson Community Center will be transformed into a magical kingdom complete with a castle court and a dragon’s lair. Dance, party and play in a wonderland of fun. We’ll have abundant food, mouth-watering refreshments, games, storytelling and make-and-take crafts for all to enjoy. Come dressed in your favorite gown or suit of shining armor — and win prizes during our costume contest. A professional DJ will spin a medieval medley of tunes, and souvenir photos will be available for purchase. It will be a night your family will remember and treasure forever. Tickets are $25 per couple ($10 for each additional family member), and can be purchased online or at the Ben Robertson Community Center beginning January 4.

MARIETTA DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE: Marietta fathers and their daughters ages 5-12 years old love to attend the city’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance, held February 7 from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street. Registration at the Marietta Parks and Recreation office located on the third floor of City Hall, 205 Lawrence Street. Tickets are $30 for couples, $5 for extra daughters, and reservations are required. The deadline for registration is February 4 or the when the first 125 couples have been registered. For more information, call Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department at 770-794-5601

ACWORTH DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE: The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department is hosting our annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 13, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., at North Cobb High School. This year’s theme is: At the Hop. This dance is a great opportunity for dads and their daughters to spend a special evening together. A DJ will be providing music for the “couples” to dance the night away as well as games for the dads and daughters to enjoy. This event is open to all girls up to 13 years of age with their Dad or adult male escort. The fee is $25.00 for City of Acworth residents or $35.00 for non-city residents. Additional daughters are $10 for residents and $15 for non-city residents. There will be refreshments and Score Photo will be set up for optional pictures. Registration will begin Monday, January 4th. For more information, please visit

INAUGURAL MARIETTA MARDI GRAS 5K RUN: Brought to you by the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, Women building better communities. Saturday, February 13th be there on Marietta Square! The race begins and ends on Marietta Square. Registration starts at 7am – 8:50am. The 5K starts at 8am, with the 1K starting at 8:45am. There will be a “Tot Trot” starting at 9am. You can register online at The cost is $25 for the 5K and 1K and the Tot Trot is $20. Sponsorships start at $100. Proceeds to benefit ongoing community projects of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. For more information, please visit ART FROM THE HEART: Friday, February 19, 2010, 6:00-9:00 pm. The First United Methodist Church of Marietta’s Weekday Ministry presents its fifth annual silent auction. Advance ticket sales $30/person; $45/couple.Special Offers also available through 2/17/10! At the door, $50/person. Cash or check only. For more information, go to or call 770-429-7850 770-429-7850 770-429-7850 770-429-7850, ext. 7842. THE PINK SUITCASE SISTERS OPEN HOUSE: The Pink Suitcase Sisters, a ladies travel and event club is having an Open House at the Gem City Grill in Marietta on Feb 25th from 5pm-8pm. The is to celebrate the 2 year anniversary and the over 300 ladies that are currently members of the group. All ladies are welcome to come to the Open House and see what the Pink Suitcase Sisters are all about! Other activities are planned for 2010, like a trip to Nashville, an outing to see the play Mama Mia at the Fox, a Stay-cation at Lake Oconee and Madison, a trip to Charleston, Seattle and Costa Rica. The Pink Suitcase Sisters also have plans to walk in the Arthritis Walk at Atlantic Station and the MS walk in Marietta. The ladies are also gearing up to help with the Pink Ribbon Classic in October, and have already raised over $1000 in honor of one of their “sisters”, Anne Wieder, that passed away in December. Please see our website for more information or call Kathy at 770 815-8014 or Traci at 678 333-4355 PRIMROSE FAMILY DANCE-OFF: Primrose Schools is having a family dance-off between Feb.1st and March 30th! Record a 30 second home video of your family’s best dance moves and upload at View and vote daily for your favorite family dance video. Winners receive $5000 and Primrose will make a $30,000 donation to your local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The two runners-up will each receive a Wii Fit Bundle. Each weekly finalist will be awarded a Flip Video camera. For questions, call Primrose School at Macland Pointe at 770-425-0035. THE LEARNING EXPRESS WELCOMES MISS LA LA: Miss Lala's Community Arts Center will be visiting Learning Express at The Avenue West Cobb the last Saturday of every month from Noon-2pm for crafts & activities.. Come join the fun starting Feb. 27th. For further information, please call (770) 422-2228.


ONGOING KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Climb Aboard! With over 300 members, the KBA has been around for over 30 years. Monthly luncheons are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Kennesaw State University Center on Busbee Drive. Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 am and costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Alive After Five is an evening mixer held on the third Tuesday, and the Wake-up KBA morning mixer is held at Bar B Q Street on the fourth Tuesday of selected months. For more information, check their website at or call 770.423.1330. MARIETTA TROLLEY TOURS: The Historic Marietta Trolley offers tons of fun for everyone this spring and summer. From Scary-etta Ghost Tours, to a great ride to and from the Braves games’. For details and complet tour schedules, please visit COBB PARENTS OF MULTIPLES MONTHLY MEETING: Please join us on the second Monday of every month (except December) at 7:00pm for our monthly meeting at North Metro Church in Marietta, Georgia. We are a parent’s club for families with or expecting twins, triplets, quads, etc. We also offer monthly playdates, Mom’s Nights Out, and special family events throughout the year. Please join us at our fun and informative monthly meetings and find out more about us! Visit our website for more information,, or call the information line at 770-924-1474. WEST COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: WHO DO YOU KNOW? Monthly luncheon meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Lost Mountain Baptist Church. Doors open at 11:30 am. Cost is $12 for members/$17 for non-members. Find out about West Cobb happenings and become involved with other businesses interested in giving back to the community. Register on line at, or call 678.776.6331. THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH COBB: Weekly meetings are held on Thursdays 7:30 a.m. at Pinetree Country Club. Find out how we support our groups individual projects in SERVICE ABOVE SELF. We provide humanitarian service that encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will here and internationally. Become involved with other businesses who are interested in giving back. Visit our web site @ WEST COBB SENIOR CENTER: A variety of activities take place at the West Cobb Senior Center. Movie Madness, Dining Out, The Stardust Dance Club, and even Bingo! Call 770.528.8200 for a complete schedule and detailed information. NORTH METRO SYNAGOGUE: Congregation Ner Tamid is a reform synagogue serving West Cobb, Paulding, Kennesaw, Acworth, Cartersville, Douglasville and surrounding areas. We offer Shabbat services, Tot Shabbat, religious school, and much more! For more information visit or call us at 678-264-8575. NORTH COBB CIVITAN CLUB: The North Cobb Civitan Club focuses on the Acworth/Kennesaw communities and especially performs projects involving special needs children. They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s at noon at the Pinetree Country Club. For more information, please call Penny Warren at 678.331.3952. MOTHERS AND MORE: The West Cobb Chapter of Mothers & More, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. We address mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society, and promote the value of all the work mothers do. We offer many opportunities for our mothers to have some “me” time while bonding with other mothers. We also offer playgroups for moms and their children. The West Cobb Chapter meets the first and third Thursday of the month at West Cobb Chiropractic, 5041 Dallas Highway, Suite 500 in Marietta. For more information, visit us at JEWISH CONGREGATION AHAVAT SHALOM: Congregation Ahavat Shalom is a Reform Jewish Congregation serving the Northwest suburbs of Atlanta and its surrounding communities. There is an increasing Jewish population in North and West Cobb County and the area needs a well balanced congregation to serve residents of all ages in a friendly and upstanding manner. We have meaningful adult and children’s Sabbath services, adult education, a religious school with certified teachers and social gatherings for all ages. Everyone is made to feel welcome and join our expanded family. Having formed in a modern era we are cognizant of the evolution of the Jewish landscape. Congregation Ahavat Shalom is therefore accepting of all family structures. For more information please call us at 770-218-3556 or e-mail us at MARIETTA CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION: Enjoy lunch and a speaker on the second Wednesday of every month at Brookstone Country Club from 11am to 1pm. A nursery is available and all women in the community are invited. Please contact Diane Rose for more information. 770-971-6077. NEWCOMERS OF COBB COUNTY: The Newcomers Club of Cobb County holds a wide variety of social activities throughout the month including Bridge, Canasta, Book Club, Maj Jongg, Ladies Night Out, Golf, Bunco, Chick Flicks, Out to Lunch, Out and About Atlanta, and Weekend Pot Luck Dining. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30067. For further information, call 770.234.5068 or email

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The Koutouzis Family is ushering in February with smiles and good wishes to Our Town readers. Mom and Dad, Alex and Dawn Koutouzis have been married for 16 years and have lived in Marietta during this time, as well. Alex is a Vice President with Real Estate Mortgage Network and Dawn is a stay at home mom who is very involved with her children, their schools and activities. As a family they love spending time outdoors and enjoy hiking Kennesaw Mountain, attending ball games, swimming, spending time at the lake, boating and golfing. Family movie night at home is a big hit in their house. Big sister Grace typically make will make a sign that says, “Family Night Tonight! Be There!”

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The Christmas Hangover WOW! We had a great Christmas, and I hope you enjoyed your holidays too. The kids were home and arguing with each other; it felt just like any other Christmas. Actually – for those of you whose children are still around the house, and like my wife you think, “I can’t believe my kids HATE each other. I must be a failure.” Those days too shall pass. Do kids arguing and holidays just go together? Some of the worst fights our rugrats had were when we were on vacation at Christmas and supposed to be enjoying ourselves. Maybe I was naïve – OK – I was naïve, but I thought giving the kids their own hotel room was something they would appreciate. But no – two would gang up on the third, or all three would argue about whether to watch offensive videos on MTV, ultimate makeovers on Discovery, or re-runs of Cops on FX. I’m glad my wife and I had our own television to argue over. This Christmas however, we did not travel and I thought it would be boring. Boring is not the word when my wife and kids and some friends and their kids are dancing and doing Karaoke in the living room at 2:30am Christmas morning. Being a guy, I still had presents to wrap! Actually – that has to go down as one of the best Christmases we’ve had. Santa didn’t arrive with the stockings until 10am. And that actually helped. Because our young’ns are now all out of the house (reference Our Town – Sept. 09), they get fewer presents to open. I used to wake up before 6 am because I was so excited about seeing them come down stairs and open about three hours worth of gifts. Now we have to wake them around lunch time. Something for you young parents to think about as yours’ grow. Another thing we did differently this Christmas was that we didn’t have the same old spiral cut ham. What? That’s a tradition we’ve had for about fifteen years! Ever since that spiral cut ham company started sending out $10 off coupons so we think we’re paying less for an expensive Christmas dinner… I’ve come to enjoy cold ham out of the refrigerator on Christmas day. Along with HOT mashed potatoes, and HOT vegetables, and HOT rolls, cold ham goes well, don’t you think? Well, this year we spent an additional $10 (no coupon) and bought a beef tenderloin that I cooked on the grill. It didn’t seem traditional, but MAN, was it good! (And it was HOT.) Of course, we buy the round Poppers as an activity during dinner. You know – the things that look like the center of a roll of paper towels covered by red or gold wrapping paper? Each person gets two of these. Then a child and the sibling they happen to be arguing with grab each end and…. POP! A miniature firecracker goes off and stuff comes out the middle. A tissue paper crown, a couple of jokes appropriate for five year olds, and a CrackerJack like prize all fly around the dining room as they get yanked out of the middle of the Popper. Well – this is about the third year out of four that someone has gotten their crown too close to the candles on the dinner table. The room fills with smoke, flaming tissue paper falls to the carpet and makes a burn hole in the nylon, and the dog starts barking hysterically. This time, my daughter smothered it with a plate. However, it left an un-removable black soot spot that exaggerates the burn hole. So much for a peaceful dinner. We actually got an early start on decorations this year. The week after Thanksgiving (early for US), the lights went up outside. Over a three day period, my wife moved EVERY item in the house and replaced it with a Christmas trinket. It was really beautiful around here. Or so I thought. One of my neighbors made a comment that the Christmas lights were only on one side of the front of the house. A message on my answering machine asked, “When are you going to put up the rest of the lights?” My response, “When you take down that tacky Santa hanging from your roof by his fingertips!” Have a blessed New Year everyone!

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The Atlanta Symphony Decorator’s Show House - Part III by Brooke Merrill

If I sound a little frazzled, I must warn you that I am writing this article from sunny St. Augustine, Florida where I am working on a project that must be completed before the Decorators’ Show House begins. Balancing “real” work with my “volunteer” work has not been difficult so far, but I can feel the weight of expectation bearing down on me. Much like Superman, I will be a blur running from project to project to Show House come March, so it is very important to forge ahead and be proactive while proactive is still a word in my vocabulary. Since I also work very well in a “reactive” scenario, I shouldn’t have a mental breakdown before the Show House is unveiled, though that would make for a very interesting article! Speaking of blurs, the holidays for me were just that, one bleeding into the other with barely a minute to breathe and reflect. My mind was whirling with ideas for my current projects as well as trying to scope out a schedule for Design Selection and Design Review for the Decorators’ Show House. Going into the Decorators’ Show House project, I did not understand intimately how involved the Design Chair becomes with the designers and their needs, but before I go into that, I want to tell you about the Design Selection process and the subsequent Design Review process.

Since we were so pressed for time this year, we decided to do the Designer Selection on the 28th of December so that we could announce the designers for the 2010 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens before the end of the year. The kitchen and bathroom designers have the most pressure, because their transformations and renovations are the most involved and take the more time than say a bedroom or dining room. I was already getting urgent and impatient emails from the kitchen and bath designers at the beginning of December, but the contract for the house had not even been approved. It is extremely difficult to make decisions about designers when the location for Show House has not been secured, so I had to politely stall the kitchen and bath designers for almost

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To say that the staff at Kids R Kids is professional and top rated is an understatement. With 10 teachers on staff holding 4 year degrees and three teachers working for their 4 year certificates, the team members are top notch and prepared to provide the best educational environment for the 220 plus students enrolled in the center. The teaching staff is trained in First/Aid CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. They also receive additional training in curriculum, child development, classroom arrangement, classroom management, age appropriate activities, nutrition, field trip planning and OSHA regulations provide the skills needed to create a quality learning environment. Along with a great learning environment, Wendy said, “We create a warm loving atmosphere that is safe and inspiring. It’s also so exciting to watch our kids achieve long after they have left us.”

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When Kids R Kids in Marietta decide to make changes to their Learning Center, they do it in a big way! This year, they have already embarked on their goal of achieving accreditation from the NECPA (National Early Childcare Program Accreditation). Wendy Tibbitts, Director of Kids R Kids in Marietta, told Our Town, “NECPA is the leading program in the pursuit of excellence. They are helping us raise the quality bar of our already excellent staff, bringing their knowledge and experience to the children and the families that we serve.” 8 years, Kids R Kids is ive Assistant, at tr is in dm d en, A s, an on the fast Amanda Gre Assistant Director, 5 year , ey n s in ar K ye ia 12 el r Sh track to this to ec ir D s, tt Wendy Tibbi achievement and should complete their accreditation by September or October of 2010. They will be one of a handful of centers in Georgia that will have established this measure, and are proud to be undertaking the challenge.

In 2009 the Kids R Kids team was busy helping the community in several ways. They held a Food Drive for the Center for Family Resources, a Trike-A-Thon and Fall Festival to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and a Diaper Drive to aid local flood victims. In December the center also participated in Toys for Tots and a Coat Drive. Wendy said, “These activities provide so much to the community and also teach our kids what it means to give back. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful families that participate in these events. In February, we are planning a Valentine event called Sharing, and Caring with a Can-a-thon and Food Drive. Our private Pre-K class will then visit a local food pantry and stock the shelves.”

Kids R Kids in Marietta has been in existence for 16 years and is locally owned and operated. The owners are hands on and the support that they receive is phenomenal. A Director of Developmental Teacher Implementation Liaison is even on staff to work with the team in Marietta and their 3 other locations. The majority of their students start in the nursery and stay with them through PreK, After School Care and attend their Summer Camp programs. Because of the high demand, Kids R Kids is now enrolling for summer camp. They have a program for Junior Campers (ages 5-7) and Senior Campers (ages 8-10). Typically, campers take 3-4 field trips a week and combine planned curriculum programs with fun and learning. Wendy said, “Our campers keep very busy with morning and afternoon activities. We do allow them some “free play time” later in the afternoon to explore some of our on- campus activities. There is really is a lot to do here, and parents are so pleased that the kids are learning and having fun in the summer time.” Kids R Kids currently has 5 Pre-K classes with approximately 20 kids in each class. The Kids R Kids private Pre-K classes follows a phonic based curriculum and has shown great success when the children move to kindergarten. Computer learning, Spanish classes pre-reading programs and field trips all provide a solid foundation that prepares their students for success. A superb staff, terrific kids, and excellent programs make Kids R Kids stand out in so many ways. If you haven’t visited, call for a tour and discover the difference that Kids R Kids makes in your community.

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Patagonia is the large area of spectacular scenery shared by both Argentina and Chile and having been on both sides of the Andes, it is a real toss up as to which I would rather visit. On the Argentine side, you fly south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. We North Americans tend to think that air service in the rest of the world is like ours. In South America and elsewhere there are not flights every hour and connections out of every city. In Argentina, there are about two flights per day to El Calafate and they fill quickly during the summer months of November to March. In the winter months the population of El Calafate decreases substantially as there are no tourists. Winter winds blow over the glaciers and snows get very deep. Only the hardy farmers and sheep herders stick around in the cold months. Argentines and foreigners fill the hotels in summer just to see the wildness of Patagonia and its glaciers. There are a total of 48 glaciers found within Glacier National Park which stretches across Argentina and Chile. It is the worlds third largest source of fresh water. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the most spectacular and one of the few glaciers in the world that is not retreating. It is 3 miles wide and the average height is 240 feet above the surface of the lake it sits on. It stretches across Argentina for 97 miles! There is also the fabulous Upsala Glacier with its iceberg filled channel. Two thirds of the chunks of ice are below the surface of the water making this trip dangerous (a la Titanic). It’s quite an experience to take a boat trip out through that channel listening to the “clunk” “clunk” of the smaller pieces of ice colliding with the hull as you journey closer to this amazing glacier. During the summer there are excursions everywhere: 4X4 trips to the high windy mountains, hiking, horseback riding andeven boat trips to the Glaciers with on going commentary. The very best experience however is the mini ice trekking tour that allows you to walk on top of the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is the most amazing thing to be walking along the crevasses with your guide and to hear the tremendous cracking noises coming from within the Glacier. If you don’t feel this adventurous, you can walk around the metal “balconies” that the park has built. The balconies are a series of steps up and down and all around the glacier. Make sure you work on your “Stairmaster” or elliptical machine before you go as none of these excursions are made for the physically challenged. Here too you can hear the noises coming from this huge mountain of ice that stretches some 30 miles from where you can see it. So strap on your crampons (crampons help you walk on the ice for those of you who are uninitiated into climbing and hiking ) and get yourselves down to Patagonia before there are too many people there to make it a true adventure. Next month, I will write about the Chilean side and what there is to do and see on that side of the Andes! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at or


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Women and men alike for years have battled ridding themselves of unwanted facial and body hair. Now, thanks to new laser hair removal treatments, this could become a problem of the past. For most women waxing and plucking unwanted facial hair has become a way of life. With spring and summer just around the corner, you are probably thinking about shaving or waxing those bikini lines and underarms. Both of these methods are costly and painful. They also have to be repeated weekly or monthly. Who has time for that? Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to permanently rid yourself of all unwanted hair on any body part.

Dr. Vincent S. Scott is pleased to announce the opening of his new practice specializing in the medical and surgical care of the non-pregnant woman. With 23 years of experience, Dr. Scott intends to focus on the needs of this special group of patients. From adolescence to beyond the menopause, we will be there to listen and address the important medical issues affecting women during the most challenging phases of life.

If you have ever thought about receiving laser hair removal treatment, now is the time. Here are some of the common questions asked about this revolutionary method of treatment:

How does laser hair removal work? Lasers work by delivering a laser light through an actively cooled hand piece, which glides comfortably across the skin, disabling hundreds of hair follicles in less than one second, permanently impairing hair growth. What does laser hair treatment feel like? The treatments feel like a mild sting for a fraction of a second. The laser has a built in cooling tip that not only helps to protect the skin, but also helps to minimize the discomfort.

What type of results should you expect? There may be no immediate change. Your skin may get slightly red or even develop a small crust that will peel. The laser may leave small red marks on your skin, which should clear up in a few days. The hair that has been destroyed will not start to fall out for two to three weeks. Many times it will get darker and thicker before it falls out. Don’t worry if you don’t see any obvious changes immediately. Does skin color make a difference? The newer lasers work on all skin types, not just lighter skin. Tanned skin, Asian and African American can also be treated.

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How long do the treatments take and how many treatments are required? This is very important to understand. Hair goes through three stages of development, the active growing stage (anagen), intermediate stage (catagen), and the shedding stage (telogen). Typically in the anagen or active stage, the hair will respond more effectively to treatment. At any given time, only one- third of human hair is in the active stage. For this reason, it is necessary to treat an area at least three times with the treatments spaced approximately four to six weeks apart in order to obtain optimal results. Darker hair will respond better, but both dark and light hair may need up to five treatments for maximum response and the best longterm results. Treatment times vary depending on area. An upper lip can be done in 5 to 10 minutes. Underarms or bikini lines usually take 15 to 20 minutes. Legs and backs take longer. Very often, follow-up treatments are shorter and less expensive because there is less hair to treat. How safe is laser hair removal? Lasers have been in existence for more than thirty-five years and are used by a wide range of medical specialists. Since light is used to remove hair without breaking the skin barrier, it is non-invasive, therefore it does not cause some of the irritations typically found with other hair removal methods. The only side effect is short-term reddening of the skin. What is the cost of hair removal treatments? Treatment costs vary depending on the area of treatment and the time of the procedure. A consultation with the doctor is the best and only way to determine how many treatments will be required and cost of treatment. Dr. John Kayal, a Dermatologist located in Marietta has added this latest innovative technology to his practice. “Unlike older technologies available, newer lasers allow me to successfully treat more patients, not just those with lighter skin”. “My patients, both men and women alike, really appreciate this new laser technology because it is fast and effective with minimal discomfort.” “In addition, patients can return to their normal activities almost immediately”.

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Whether building a house or building a wardrobe, starting with a good foundation is essential. One of the reasons we feel we have nothing to wear when we stare into our closet full of clothes is we lack the basics. Instead of randomly buying new clothes, build a core wardrobe. A core wardrobe consists of separates that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of new looks. The core pieces are like a blank canvas that can be accessorized with a few new seasonal items. Surveys have shown that most women wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. What we need to do is pare down our wardrobe to a few good, well-fitting basics that allow us to mix and match pieces to create more outfits with fewer clothes. When putting your core wardrobe together, focus on solid colors and year-round fabrics for the most versatile and costefficient wardrobe. A core wardrobe consists of five basic separates: • Sweater set • Shirt • Jacket • Skirt • Pants Choose the jacket, skirt and pants in black, tan, dark navy, or a rich brown, depending on what looks best with your coloring. Once you have your core wardrobe established, you can easily update it by adding the latest accessories: shoes, boots, handbags, belts and scarves. Shop seasonally for a few “fun” pieces and replace your basics as needed. There is no need to buy a closet full of clothes every season. By core wardrobing, you will save time and money and have a more organized closet. Speaking of an organized closet, don’t put it off any longer! Get in there and sort and eliminate. The snow day we had a few weeks ago was a perfect excuse for me to stay home and clean out my closet. I put on some good music (Elvis and Dean Martin) and got to work. I made 3 piles: keep, alter, and eliminate. In the “keep” group are garments that are flattering, fit well and still look good and accessories and shoes that are still in style. In the “alter“ pile are a pair of jeans that need hemming and a few dresses that I hope can be let out a smidge due to the” mid-life middle” I’ve recently acquired. In the “eliminate” pile I put items that haven’t seen the light of day in several years and anything that is overly worn, stained or just out of style. Now, I’m ready to make a shopping list of the gaps in my wardrobe, take a trip to the tailor and bag up some gently worn items for my favorite charity. Smart dressing means making the most of your time and money. A carefully edited wardrobe will keep you equipped for any occasion. By relying on a few chosen pieces that fit and flatter you and accessorizing with items that express your personal style you will begin to build a 100% workable wardrobe.

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Got to Go Dara Hosch, MD FAAP - Cobb Pediatrics

Frequent urination is a common pediatric complaint. Busy bladders can be a distraction at school and an inconvenience to families. Urinary frequency can be caused by excessive urine production, bladder irritation or obstruction. Fortunately, doctors can correct or control most conditions that cause urinary frequency in children. This article should give parents a better understanding of proper urinary mechanics and the problems that are frequently seen in pediatrics.

The kidney makes urine by filtering blood to remove waste products and excess water. The urine is stored in an expandable muscular sac called the bladder. The urethra is the tube connecting the bladder to the outside of the body. To keep the urine from leaking out of the bladder, a ring shaped muscle or sphincter remains tightly closed where the bladder empties into the urethra.

When the bladder fills with urine, its walls stretch like an inflating balloon. Nerve endings signal the brain when the bladder is full. When proper urination occurs, the bladder contracts, sphincter relaxes and urine flows out of the urethra. A weak or sideways urine stream may indicate a urethral blockage that needs surgical repair. Other causes of incomplete bladder emptying include bladder irritation or muscle spasms. In children a full bladder can lead that familiar wiggling parents often call the potty dance. However, the same sensation can occur if the bladder wall is irritated by other things. Common irritants to the bladder include infection, constipation or some dietary components. These issues can lead to sudden urges to urinate. Bladder wall irritation is the most common cause of frequent urination in children. A urinalysis and urine culture can rule out infection. If the urinalysis is normal, the doctor will ask about the child’s stooling pattern and diet. The typical American diet for kids is low in fiber and high in junk food. This diet and fear of pooping at school is a set up for constipation. As the colon fills with hard stool, it presses on the bladder signaling the brain that the bladder is full. Urinary frequency usually improves if the constipation is corrected. Sometimes frequent urination is caused by increased urine production. The brain and kidney work together maintaining the proper balance of body water. Water is vital to every organ system in the human body. Diabetes insipidus is a condition caused by the inability to properly concentrate urine. As a result, there is excess water loss. Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which too much sugar can build up in the blood stream. As the kidney tries to rid the body of excess sugar, water is also pulled from the blood stream. Therefore diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus can cause excessive urination. Increased thirst results from the body’s need to replace lost water. A simple urinalysis in the doctor’s office can show if the urine has sugar in it or is abnormally diluted. In either case, further testing would be needed. If diabetes, infection and constipation are ruled out, bladder spasticity may be the problem. This condition can be corrected with bladder training exercises such as timed voiding, regular scheduled bathroom breaks to empty the bladder. However, some dietary changes may be helpful. The worse foods for the bladder include caffeinated drinks, fruit juices, carbonated beverages and chocolate. There is medication to prevent bladder spasticity. However, the major side effect is constipation.

If your child has urinary frequency, see a doctor. Don’t assume the child just wants to checkout all the bathrooms in town or miss class. A treatable medical condition may be the problem.


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SPRING CONSIGNMENT SALES It’s that time again! Consignment sales are a favorite for West Cobb Moms and we have plenty of them for you to visit. Mark your calendars and check out the kids’closets! It’s time to get ready for spring and summer. Savings and fashion are in the air!!! THE DIVINE CHILDREN’S SHOW: Smocked, Trunk Show & Boutique Overstock and Consignment sale. February 9th through 12th. Metro Atlanta’s largest and most exclusive upscale overstock and consignment event. Visit or Location to be determined. NORTH METRO MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES CONSIGNMENT SALE: Saturday, February 20th, at The Walker School, 700 Cobb Parkway N., Marietta, GA 30062, from 9am to 1pm. For more information please visit BORN AGAIN BLESSINGS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Childrens and maternity clothing, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and MORE! Friday, February 26th from 9am – 7pm, and Saturday, February 27th, from 9am – noon. Located at the Cobb Civic Center, 548 Marietta Pkwy. For more detailed information please visit NEXT GENERATION CONSIGNMENT SALE: Kennesaw First Baptist Church on Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th in the fellowship hall. Kennesaw First Baptist is located at 2958 N. Main Street NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Please visit or email for more information. NEW BEGINNINGS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Shop the 2010 New Beginnings Consignment Sale and find great deals on quality items including: Spring/Summer children’s clothing and shoes, maternity clothing, baby gear (strollers, car seats, swings, high chairs, etc.), nursery furniture, bedding, and accessories, toys, games, videos, and more! The sale will be held on March 5th and 6th. Proceeds from the New Beginnings sale benefit children and youth programs at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Smyrna. Bethany UMC is located at 760 Hurt Rd., Smyrna, GA 30082 at the corner of Hicks Rd. and Hurt Rd. For more information, please visit or call Vanessa at 770.436.2675.



DUE WEST TREASURE CHEST CHILDREN’S / JUNIORS CONSIGNMENT SALE: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta. The sale is located at the corner of Acworth Due West Road and Kennesaw Due West Road in the Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Admission is FREE. Sale dates are Thursday, March 11 9:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m.; Friday, March 12 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, March 13 8:00a.m. -12 noon. Many items are 1/2 price on Saturday ONLY. We offer high-quality items at greatly reduced prices. Find gently used children’s, junior’s and teen’s clothing, accessories and shoes. We also offer FORMAL WEAR, maternity wear and accessories, school uniforms, baby items / furniture, electronics, books, CDs, videos/DVDs, TOYS and more! For more information, please call 678-318-1908 or email KINDERMART KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE: KinderMart is an amazing, highly-organized children’s consignment sale in the Atlanta area to benefit the Smyrna First United Methodist Preschool/Kindergarten. It will be located in the Followship Hall of Smyrna First United Methodist Church at 1315 Concord Rd., Smyrna, GA 30080. Friday, March 12th from 9:30am – 8pm, and Saturday, March 13th, from 9:00am to noon. A preview sale is open to all sellers on Thursday, March 11th from 5:30pm. To 8:00pm. For more detailed information, please visit LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: Spring sale dates are March 11th through March 13th at the First United Methodist Church located at 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. Lil’ Lambs is one of Marietta’s longest running church consignment sales. Quality, gently-used children’s clothes and toys, as well as maternity clothes, children’s books/videos and nursery items. For more detailed information, please visit GIGGLES & GRACE CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Your one stop shop for everything kid related, from clothing to toys to bedding and everything in between. March 26th from 9 – 6 and March 27th from 9 – 1. Giggles and Grace is located at the Marietta Church of God, 1083 Allgood Rd., Marietta. For more information, please visit

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Romance in Marriage by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

With apologies for stating the obvious – keeping the romance alive in a marriage is not like when dating! When you think about the courtship days you may remember holding hands, quiet candlelight dinners, walks in the moonlight, sharing private laughs, and feelings of being safe, valued, appreciated and truly loved. Those initial passions and sparks dim over time if not kept alive with deliberate focus and intention. It is an important marital challenge to find the ways to be together long term without losing the romance. Too often spouses come to feel like “business partners” committed to raising children and keeping the household smoothly functioning. The “romantic love” of courtship and early marriage may be replaced with a life that is dominated by the demands of parenting, careers, and financial concerns. Unfortunately, many couples get into a groove where they just become comfortable in a routine of daily life. This can lead to not holding hands anymore, not kissing, or even talking about the day. A significant priority shift from the couple identity to other concerns is problematic as ongoing romance strengthens and enlivens the marriage relationship. By focusing on your spouse and looking for opportunities to encourage romance, couples keep a closer more satisfying bond. Romance can be facilitated in many ways. By pampering and spoiling your spouse, writing love letters or sending cards, spending time together, or arranging little surprises; the importance of the marital relationship is reinforced. Romance is alive when the marital relationship needs such as respect, appreciation, companionship, support, and affection are met. Romance springs from friendship and intimacy. Cultivate a friendship with your spouse. Making time to be alone with each other should be a priority. Compliment and flirt with your husband

or wife. Take a genuine interest in your spouse’s activities or hobbies. Even when life is hectic and crazy – carve out time for each other! Don’t expect your spouse to read your mind and make you happy. Each person is individually responsible to communicate needs and desires. Good and effective communication includes being a good listener, paying attention to the words, tone and nonverbal communication to get a complete understanding. If the marital relationship is neglected or ignored, it may be difficult to have an open conversation with your spouse about your relationship. If honest efforts don’t improve things, your marriage may benefit from professional help. While the marriage relationship should not be superficial or based on physical appearance, it is important to put effort into looking good. Maintaining attraction is important. Consider minimizing wearing the comfortable over-sized grunge-wear. It rarely is an attractive look. Be sexy. Not only can taking care of yourself and your body help your relationship, but it also helps you feel good about yourself. A very obvious sign of a couple who has lost romance is when physical and affectionate touch has disappeared. Even if the sex drive has changed, couples can maintain touch with hugging, kissing, cuddling, back rubs or foot massages. These non-sexual gestures are independently valuable and may foster a passion spark leading to sexual activity. However, romance and sex are not the same thing and if you expect to be rewarded for physical affection with sex, your spouse will see this motive and the romantic value of the affection can be diminished. It is normal for sexual feelings to ebb and flow during a marriage, but with effort and commitment affection and romance can be kept alive throughout the relationship. It is important to make every effort to keep the romance and fun in your marriage. Plan regular dates and create opportunities for enjoying each other. Keep focus on what is most important in your marriage; the two of you.

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With a clear vision, problems can be solved and mountains can be climbed. From a medical perspective, a clear view can mean saving a life or finding a problem in its early stages. That’s why at WellStar, we believe in looking at healthcare from every angle. Investments in medical imaging mean better technology, non-invasive procedures and clearer images to detect and diagnose health concerns. These same tools are used for prevention and early stage action when used as screenings for breast cancer and heart di ease. From our standpoint, a picture really is “worth a thousand words.” Technology

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While the images captured can solve the mystery, they can also warn of future issues. That is why screenings, such as mammography and heart screenings, can be an important part of your health plan.

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Digital Mammography WellStar Imaging facilities offer digital mammography versus traditional film. Why is digital better? It allows the sub-specialized breast radiologists flexibility in getting a “better look” at tissue, leading to increased cancer detection rates. Digital can reveal early changes in the breast tissue. These early signs are often caught before anything can be felt by a woman or healthcare professional. Annual screening mammograms are recommended for all women age 40 and over. Heart screening

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This may seem like a boring subject and therefore easy to ignore. After all, we have been told how important it is to stretch before and after exercise since we were in grade school. But don’t let yourself fall into that trap because if you truly want to be fit you MUST include stretching in your fitness routine. Stretching can be done before a workout, during a workout, and/or after a workout. While pre-workout stretching is good, post workout stretching is even more essential which is why it’s the focus of this article. Post-workout stretching is often neglected because people are typically exhausted and ready to be done. Some feel it simply takes too much time. My hope is that after you read about the importance of post-workout stretching you will change your tune and make it a point to include a 5minute stretching routine after each workout. First and foremost, post-workout stretching maintains and can increase flexibility. That seems obvious but what may not be so obvious is why maintaining flexibility is so imperative. When you exercise your muscles shorten and tighten as a result. Stretching your muscles post-workout will help to restore them and even lengthen them. When you stretch after a workout and increase flexibility and lengthen the muscles, the following happens: The muscles become more balanced around the joints which improves posture. We all know how having good posture can improve appearance. Good posture can help you look more fit and confident. The next benefit to having good posture is increased airflow throughout the body. When we are not standing up straight, our lungs are not able to take in as much air as they potentially could, so straightening up helps alleviate the issue. As you use good posture, you will notice that your chest opens up, and it’s this that allows more air to circulate throughout the body. Good posture can also decrease injury potential and results in increased overall energy! You reduce the chance of injury when playing sports or exercising. If you are injured you can’t exercise, if you can’t exercise you gain weight…enough said. You increase blood, oxygen, and nutrient supply to the muscles and cartilage thereby reducing muscle sore-

ness after a workout. This in and of itself should make it worth it. If you have ever worked out the right way (by right way I don’t mean 20 minutes on the elliptical watching Oprah); if you have ever truly pushed your body in a sport or workout then you know all about muscle soreness…it’s not a lot of fun. Why not take a few minutes to stretch so that you aren’t miserable for the next 3 days? Stretching can also directly aid in stress management and mental clarity. One of the biggest enemies of fat loss is stress. Stress can cause the body to store fat and burn muscle. The exact opposite of what you are trying to accomplish. Those are some pretty powerful reasons to include a 5-8 minute stretching session at the end of each workout. Hopefully this motivates you to do so. Pre-workout Stretching While stretching after a workout is most important, pre-workout stretching does have some merit. It can loosen you up for your workout helping you with range of motion and proper form on individual exercises, some say it reduces the risk of injury during exercise (this is often debated, however), and it can get the blood flowing therefore boosting energy as you begin your workout. If you are going to stretch before a workout NEVER do so without a 3-5 minute warm-up. Stretching cold muscle is one of the quickest ways to an injury. How to stretch When stretching, be sure to do so slowly and under control. Be sure to never bounce while stretching as this too can lead to injury. You should stretch to the point of mild tension or tightness but never pain. Stretch each muscle group for 1-3 sets of 15-20 seconds. Be sure to stretch your entire body not just the body parts you will be working. When not to stretch While stretching is great, there are times when it is unsafe and should be avoided, for example: • Following muscle strains or ligament strains • When joints or muscles are infected, inflamed, or injured • After a recent fracture • When sharp pains are felt in the joints or muscles Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Kennesaw and Marietta, GA. Goggans is the owner of BodyBack! Women’s Fitness Boot Camps and has posted more information on his website, Log on to receive a copy of Jason’ s latest report, “10 Quick Ways to Weight Loss…How to Look and Feel Better FAST!” or call Jason @ (404) 452-5208.



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Our kitchens have long been the center of our homes! Many of us have happy memories of the wonderful aromas we remember when our mother’s were baking. And, since so much of our time is spent in our kitchens, it’s natural that when considering remodeling or redecorating this space, you would want your décor to be comforting and satisfying – just like a great meal! It’s also very important to be sure that your new redecorated kitchen reflects your likes and your personality!

You may want to start all over, gut the whole room, add new cabinets, counters, appliances, the works! OR maybe you just want to freshen it up with some new color or decorating.

Above all else, I suggest you consider making your decorating scheme reflect your personality. Are you a gourmet cook? Then, consider incorporating some unique utensils and gadgets in your new décor – wooden spoons, spice graters, whisks, copper molds, etc., are all great kitchen accessories. Do you, or someone else in your house, just love to cook? You may need to reassess your kitchen layout and appliances. Maybe you are a “minimum” cook; well then you need a plan that keeps the work clean, simple, and easy. Begin by making a list of what works and what needs improving- what do you like and what do you dislike? What have you seen elsewhere that appealed to you? What would you like the decorating aspects to feel like? How does it need to flow with other parts of your home?

Picking a great color plan is also important. Often, color choices are dictated by the other things in your room – flooring, appliances, cabinets, counter tops – so let your good judgment prevail. If you really want a big change and your color choices don’t blend with everything else, consider changing what you can now, and replace other items over time OR find a scheme that will help “lead” you in your new direction and allow you to work in stages. That will mean some changes now, more later. What’s most important is that your colors be of the same intensity and tone, maybe even something that ties the old and the new together- maybe a great accessory or a little

DELIGH TS fabric or wallpaper somewhere in the space. Be aware, however, that very old, dated colors may be difficult to carry to a new color scheme. Window treatments for the kitchen are wide and varied in style. In fact, more and more homeowners are opting for uniquely designed fabric top treatments, usually placed over a privacy treatment like wood blinds, cellular shades or pleated shades. Kitchen window treatments don’t have to be 100% utilitarian. A simple scalloped valance in a patterned fabric, edged in a contrasting cording is just enough to add pizzazz to a ho-hum room. Stagecoach valances, swag valances, tabbed valances; all displayed on unique decorative rods can really fit the bill too! And don’t forget those little special accents that give any room a total decorative look. You’ll need to consider repeating your fabric selection in other areas of your kitchen for a truly coordinated look. How about adding some upholstered seat cushions, pillows on chairs, lining on the insides of cabinets, shelves and hutches. Tablecloths, placemats, table runners and coordinating napkins are also a must! Tablecloth fabrics can be laminated so everyday use doesn’t have to mean regular laundry. Accessories are also important. The avid chef may use work tools as accessories, hanging them on a decorative rack or using a pot rack. Great, colorful artwork can add a pop of energy and interest. Plants add life, whether they are real or silk. Less is more today; use a few well placed pieces rather than a lot of stuff! So have fun with your kitchen! Just remember, be sure to let your cooking personality and color preferences shine through. Make this center of your home life a fun place to be! Karen Hartley is a local interior designer and decorator and an owner of Decorating Den Interiors. She can be reached at 770-459-9096. See her work at

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Pruning Crape Myrtles

by Jessica Logan, CTC Environmental Horticultural Student & CTC Horticultural Technician

Okay. First thing is: wait! Don't prune your crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia spp.) (By the way: it's crape not crepe- they're not pastries) until after the new year, February is ideal. If you prune too early the wound left by the cut won't heal as it would during active growth: water and disease can enter and could cause that branch to die back several inches. You could be left with ugly dead sticks at every place you made a cut. Also, pruning too early can cause premature growth during the random warm spells that are not uncommon during the winter in this area; the new growth will then be damaged and probably killed once temperatures return to 'normal'. Don't wait too long though, have your crapes pruned by the Ides of March (the 15th): you want to have the pruning done before the new growth THERE IS NO REASON starts in the spring. TO DO THIS

• Remove any branches smaller than your pinky finger, these branches will not support the weight of a bloom cluster.

Second thing: Don't commit "Crape Murder". There is no reason to whack your crape myrtles back to a certain height every year. I repeat: THERE IS NO REASON TO DO THIS.

• Please see the photos, courtesy of Rick Smith at The Pruning Guru.

• You should be pruning 8-12" above the cut you made last year; cutting in the same place makes a big knot of wood at the top of a thick trunk with teeny tiny branches coming out of it: it looks ridiculous. • Remove any branches growing from the outside edges back into the center, these can rub on other branches and cause wounds that allow disease to enter. • The finished product should look like a snow cone: V shaped with a rounded dome; the branches in the middle cut higher than the ones at the edges.

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Despite popular opinion, crape myrtles don't have to be pruned at all! *Gasp!* It's shocking, I know, but they are trees and can be left to grow as such. The reasons that we prune crape myrtles are 1. Because our neighbors do it. 2. To concentrate those fabulous blooms into tighter more showy clusters and 3. To keep a cleaner look, as crapes like to sucker and look a little messy. Here we go: • First, choose your tree carefully if you're thinking of putting one in. There are some cultivars, like 'Natchez', that will grow to 30'+, and then there are shrub forms, like 'Victor', that will stay under 5'. Like needing the right tool for the job, you need the right plant for the space.

"I (your name) do solemnly swear that I will not butcher my Crape Myrtles. I will do one of the following three things: I will follow these directions, I will hire a competent professional, or I will leave them alone. With liberty and justice for all."

• A good rule of thumb is to not remove more than a third of your tree's height.

Now your correctly pruned crapes will be on their way to being happy, healthy and giving you beautiful blooms to enjoy all summer!

• When you make a cut to remove a branch, make it just above the branch collar (the little wrinkle at the base the branch where it attaches to the trunk) pruning above or below this can damage the tree. When you make a cut to shape the canopy you will not prune to a branch, just cut it at the height you want on the branch at an angle so water doesn't sit on it.

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by Mark S. Duffield, D.O., Pinnancle Orthopaedics Snow skiing is a very popular winter activity. Every year nearly 15 million people ski in the U.S. alone. Most are under the age of 40 with 60 percent being men and 40 percent women. However, like all sports, skiing does come with some inherent risks. Based on reports from the ISS (International Ski Symposium), approximately two people per 1000 days skied sustain a serious injury from snow skiing. So really, per person involved, skiing has a relatively low number of injuries for a sport that is so common. By comparison, soccer injury statistics reveal that in a 90 minute game two to three players may sustain injury, showing an injury rate of 14 percent for soccer vs. a low .05 percent for snow skiing. Most skiing injuries are minor bruises and scrapes. When major injuries occur, they are typically caused from an isolated fall, usually due to a skier’s loss of control, such as going too fast or skiing in an area that is inappropriate for

their ability. Only about ten percent of injuries are due to collision with other skiers.

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Head injuries account for a very small amount of injuries, particularly since the evolution of the ski helmet. There is strong evidence that ski helmets may prevent and/or significantly reduce the severity of minor to moderate head trauma. So as with any sport, it is important to use the proper safety equipment.

Most major skiing injuries are either to the knee (33 percent) or the shoulder (nine percent). Interestingly, those percentages are opposite with snowboarding. With technology advancements in equipment over the last 30-40 years, particularly bindings and boots, lower leg fractures and lacerations have significantly reduced. However, the incidence of ligamentous injuries have increased, specifically to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The good news about ACL injuries is that over the past four to six years they seem to be on the decline. This may be due to the trend in shorter skis, brought on by the advent of the shaped ski. It was previously thought that the bindings were the culprit of many ligament injuries (ie. the binding didn’t release and the knee took the brunt of the load, tearing the ligaments). However, the shorter ski seems to lessen the strain on the knee ligaments, particularly with inadvertent turns or falls.

When a person does sustain a ligament injury, often they cannot continue to ski and must be helped by either a companion or the ski patrol and taken to an Aid Station. Sadly, the ski day (and likely the trip!) are over as these injuries are not compatible with further sporting activities. When evaluated by an Orthopaedic Surgeon, if the diagnosis is ACL injury, the discussion is typically centered on whether to surgically reconstruct the ligament or use a brace for definitive treatment. Typically, for patients who are very active and desire a knee similar to their pre-injury status, a reconstruction of the ligament is offered. Although considered a surgery with a very predictable outcome, it is not necessarily the best or only option for every patient. Bracing can be a good option too, and is often the option of choice for patients willing to use a brace on a consistent basis.

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Pirate Bay – A Tropical Paradise in West Cobb The new Pirate Bay restaurant located on Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw is truly an adventure, and a great addition to fine dining and entertainment in our area. We caught up with J. Pilkonis, Director of Entertainment & Marketing in January, and he gave us the inside story and history behind the creation of Pirate Bay. Pilkonis explained to Our Town, “The concept of the Pirate Bay was years in the making. Owners, Yuri and Rita Turkin, have owned businesses in the area for more than twenty years. These businesses currently include, the Pirate Bay, The Cave, a nightclub, and The Beverage Resort, a package store. The Turkins have an extensive and illustrious background in circus performing. Yuri was, for a number of years, the director of the Moscow Circus. This background is strongly reflected in his current businesses. When the Beverage Resort opened, it was one of the most elaborately designed stores of its kind. Likewise, The Cave features a luxurious interior, specifically designed to be an escape from the outside world.” What all three businesses have in common is Alex Okun, one of the most renowned theatrical set designers in Russia. It is Okun’s imagination and vision which contributed to the uniqueness of these settings, and the Pirate Bay is no exception, with an elaborate Tropical Paradise theme, including a large pirate ship high on the far wall, a working waterfall, tiki huts, and a coral reef. Pirate Bay also hosts a stage for live performances and a game room for the kids. A Menu Designed Around Paradise Adam Kimball, the chef at Pirate Bay, is a 2008 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, and apprenticed at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel prior to graduation. Additionally, he is certified as a Culinarian by the American Culinary Federation. His style mixes the classical culinary arts with a traditional southern background, and the results speak for themselves. The Pirate Bay menu was painstakingly designed to provide delicious cuisine at prices that make a night at The Bay well within a family budget. They feature a wide variety of seafood,


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Pilkonis told us, “We’re strongly devoted to family dining, and this was very deliberate from the start. We have The Cave which was designed for adults and we wanted a place which the entire family could enjoy. Our “Kids Eat Free Mondays and Tuesdays” isn’t just a limited time special; it’s a permanent fixture, reflecting our devotion to catering to the entire family.” The biggest challenge that Pirate Bay finds in providing quality family entertainment on a regular basis is that no one else does it. Pilkonis said, “It’s hard to get the point across sometimes because it’s that unusual. Every Saturday and Sunday, we present three shows - one at 1:00, 2:30, and an evening show at 6:30. The Turkins’ circus background has given us unique access to performers from around the world, and thus far, we’ve featured both local acts, and international acts currently performing at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. We’re currently in negotiations to bring in some Cirq de Soleil acts from Las Vegas. The best way for folks to keep up with our entertainment schedule is by visiting the “events” page of our website at”

Pirate Bay is experimenting with featuring live music on weekends for the after-eight adult crowd as well. If it works out, Pilkonis said, “We’ll l definitely take it further, “which is really the whole point of how Pirate Bay operates. We value the feedback of our customers. If we’re doing something wrong, we want to hear it; if we’re doing something right, we want to hear that too! It’s the best way - maybe the only way - for us to be the best restaurant we can be. We encourage everyone out there to give us a try…to have a one-our tropical getaway without ever leaving Kennesaw….”

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Paper hearts, doilies, secret admirers, chocolate—these are the things I remember from my childhood Valentines’ Day celebrations. Even a pudgy, four-eyed, bucktoothed kid like me got a Valentine in those days. It’s funny how now, as an adult (or something resembling an adult), every February that homely girl seems to tap me on the shoulder and say, “Am I getting any candy hearts this year? What about some chocolate? “ And every year I turn around and tell my fourth-grade self, “No, Valentine’s Day doesn’t work that way anymore. And I don’t really eat candy that often. Don’t give me that look, it’s just the way it is.” Since the end of fourth-grade Valentine’s Day parties, I have had a love/hate relationship with this particular celebration. On the one hand, I eat up all its chickflick marathon, dancing teddy bear, long-stemmed rose decadence. I make up messages for the candy hearts like “LUV U MORE” or “GR8 BUTT”. On the other hand, my mind can easily pull out some twisted candy heart messages too, like “STOP TXTNG” and “JUST FRIENDS”. As soon as I can figure out how to condense “YOU TOSSED ME LIKE SOUR MILK, BUT I STILL WONDER WHAT YOU”RE DOING FRIDAY NIGHTS” I’m writing the candy heart company. My fourth-grade self always reminds me how wonderful and mysterious love is with wide innocent eyes, while my twentysomething self rolls her eyes at all the Hallmak hype, telling me to put a wall up, don’t expect anything from anyone, and don’t get hurt. Pain and love are a couple themselves it seems. After all, St. Valentine had his head chopped off on February 14. In a morbid sense, it’s fitting: when you fall in love you can’t rationalize, you’re blind to the flaws of the object of your affection, and you generally act a little like a crazy person. Yet every year I watch men frantically deliberate over cards in the grocery store and women sniff every cologne at the perfume table of the mall. Every year twenty-something Lindsey tells me it’s too much—it’s silly to want a feeling that inspires you to smell colognes until your head spins, or turns the annoying teddy-bear song into a melodic declaration of affection and commitment. Until fourth-grade Lindsey taps on my shoulder again and wonders if she’ll get a box of chocolates this year, dancing through pink and red displays. “Do you think I’ll ever—ya know, find someone who will feel that way about me?” I ask her. She shrugs, and tears the cellophane off a giant cardboard heart. With her mouth full of sweets, she replies, “Don’t you want to feel that way about someone else?” I stare in amazement at this girl who is so assured of love as she sits cross-legged, pinching all the chocolates in the box to find one with a coconut filling.

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fats for energy and cell repair, fiber for bulk and waste removal, vitamins and minerals for metabolism and proper organ function and lots of water to stay hydrated and to flush toxins.

Weight Watchers has a great system to teach you how to modify eating habits. So does the virtual grocery store at the American Diabetes Association where you choose your meals then calculate your calories.

48 year old Valerie Bertinelli who made it onto the cover of People magazine having lost 50 pounds (½ pound per week) over 2 years with a combination of diet and exercise, is a fine example. Jenny Craig controlled her intake to 1750 calories per week over 2 years, long enough to change habits, and a personal trainer had her running 5 times per week.

Exercising can be broken into anaerobic and aerobic exercise. The ideal exercise is aerobic exercise which involves long sustained outputs for the body to burn a combination of body fat and oxygen. To lose weight the goal is to aerobically burn about 300 calories per exercise session 4-6 times a week, with a target heart rate zone of 30 to 60 minutes each session. You can burn about 8.5 calories per minute by walking at about 5 miles per hour. To maximize calorie burn stay in your target heart rate.

So let’s get practical. How many days are you at practice with your kids? Why not use that time to your advantage by walking 45 minutes in your target heart rate zone at 5 miles per hour to burn about 380 calories. Do that 3 times a week and you will burn 1140 calories per week. That leaves 610 calories (1750-1140=610) or 87 calories a day left to cut from calories in your meals, to lose a pound a week. And that can be done simply by taking smaller portions of what you are already eating.

Heart rate monitors are available from any sports store. They have wrist watch monitors that can be programmed to beep slowly when your heart rate is below your target and fast above your target heart rate.

The benefits: You will not only look better, you’ll have more energy, your blood pressure will improve, and will be less likely to have diabetes and heart disease as you grow older.

Fad diets work over the short haul, but when we return to our old habits we regain the weight because we have not built healthy eating habits. We need to retrain ourselves to consume a well balanced, high fiber, low carbohydrate, low fat diet and to exercise regularly. A healthy diet should contain protein for basic body structures, carbohydrates for energy,


Dr Greg Matechak is a Family Medicine Physician from the Kennesaw Mountain Medical Group, corner Stilesboro & Kennesaw Due West. He serves on the medical staff at Kennestone hospital and is part of the Sports Medicine staff at Kennesaw State University. He earned his MD from the Medical College of Georgia, completing his training at the Atlanta Medical Center Family Medicine program. He also has degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn and Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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HAD IT WITH HOT FLASHES? - PART 2 by Dr. Tracy E. Goldman In last months, Our Town, I discussed the fact that many of my female patients suffer from hot flashes when nearing and, even after they experience menopause. Their symptoms include not only hot flashes, but perspiration, the sensation of heat on the upper body and face, chills, night sweats and other uncomfortable conditions. Last month, I had specific recommendations for non-hormonal treatments. In this installation, I’ll discuss hormonal replacement therapy for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.

be considered as well. Some side effects of hormone therapy include breast soreness, fluid retention, nausea, leg cramps, headaches, and mood alterations. Abnormal bleeding is commonly seen in the first six to twelve months for most women. The use of hormonal replacement therapy is obviously a major decision for both the physician and the patient. And, it should involve periodic conversations about the treatment as well as a continual monitoring of the results. Dr. Tracy Goldman, D.O. is an associate physician with T. Stephen Balch, M.D., Internal Medicine and Family Practice. Her office is located at 5555 Peachtree Rd., Suite 281, Atlanta, GA 30342. Ph: 404-252-3771. References: 2009 “Use of Hormone Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms: A Shared Decision”

Vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause can be quite debilitating. As mentioned, there are several options for treatment. The decision to use hormonal replacement therapy depends upon multiple factors. It’s important that I have a clear picture of the patient’s current, as well as, her past medical conditions. A review of her family’s health history is extremely relevant in deciding which treatment to choose.


Some menopausal conditions that the patient might experience include headaches, heart palpitations, urogenital tract changes, and mood disturbances. There is strong evidence according to the NIH that supports a causal relationship between estrogen levels and these vasomotor symptoms.


Hormonal replacement therapy, in my opinion, should begin with the lowest dose possible for the shortest duration possible. There are several estrogen and progestin combinations available. Some studies have shown that hormones given via a transdermal patch have exhibited a lower risk of DVT than from taking oral formulations. Contraindications to hormone therapy include breast cancer, pregnancy, DVT’s, and undiagnosed vaginal bleeding. If any of these conditions exist, I normally would not recommend hormonal replacement therapy. Also, for patients with high triglyceride levels, other forms of therapy should

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Avoiding Injuries on Your Ski Vacation

The Atlanta Symphony Decorator’s Show House - Part III

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Shoulder injuries related to skiing typically come in one of two categories: dislocation or fractures. Dislocations occur when the forces applied across the joint are so great that the supporting structures are torn and the bones are no longer held in position. Such dislocations usually require immediate medical attention in order to be “relocated” and will often later need surgical attention to keep the shoulder stable. When fractures occur, they are usually of the clavicle (commonly known as the collarbone) or humerus (upper arm bone). Generally speaking, both can be treated non-operatively, though some variations do require surgical attention. In conclusion, snow skiing is truly a sport that anyone can enjoy, regardless of ability or age. It inspires one to be in direct contact with the outdoor elements and gives us the opportunity to see many aspects of nature that we may not ordinarily experience. In general it is also a very safe sport, particularly when a skier recognizes his or her physical limitations and level of skiing ability. So if you hit the slopes this winter, be mindful of your safety and you’ll likely enjoy an injury-free vacation.

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White Chocolate Mousse 3 ounces white chocolate 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

2 cups whipping cream 4 egg whites

½ cup whipping cream 2 egg whites

To prepare the crust, mix the crumbs and butter in a bowl. Pat over the bottom of a 12-inch spring form pan. Chill in the refrigerator. To prepare the filling, heat the chocolate in a double broiler over hot water until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in the eggs. Add the egg yolks and mix well. Set aside. Beat the whipping cream in a mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Beat the egg whites in a mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites and whipped cream alternately into the chocolate mixture. Spoon into the prepared spring form pan.

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To prepare the mousse, heat the white chocolate in a double boiler over hot water until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in the egg yolks. Set aside. Beat the whipping cream in a mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Beat the egg whites in a mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream and egg whites alternately into the white chocolate mixture. Pour gradually into the center of the chocolate filling and swirl with a knife. Chill, covered, for 3 to 4 hours. To serve twelve to sixteen.

To be perfectly honest, I would have any one of the designers who applied this year decorate a room in my home, so the decision making process was extremely difficult. We had to weigh talent with dedication to the Atlanta Symphony Show House in past years with new talent appeal and finally with professionalism (presentation of their designs to be precise). As nerve racking as the process was, I admit that it was thrilling to see the genius that these men and women have accomplished during their design careers. Each portfolio was so different but so equally intriguing, and I could flip through the pages for hours and hours without getting bored. I don’t want to give away the surprise of the selection, because I want to encourage my readers to pick up the April edition of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine. You will find the selections and preliminary sketches of the designers’ ideas and whims in the April edition, and it adds to the anticipation that steadily builds before the doors are finally open to the public. On a side note, you probably think this article is dragging out, but I really don’t want to leave out anything. This is a true accounting of what goes into the making of the Atlanta Decorators’ Show House, so please bear with me.

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Chocolate Filling 14 ounces semisweet chocolate 2 eggs, slightly beaten 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten

To help you understand how the Design Selection works, you first need to know that when a designer applies for Show House, part of the application asks him or her to list the top five rooms they would like to be considered for, number one being their first pick. The Design Review Board must then make a spreadsheet that categorizes the lists by room and how many people have chosen a room as their top choice, second choice, third choice and so on. From there, we must narrow down the list by defining who is most qualified and/or appropriate for each space until there is one designer assigned to each room. Again, in my naïve bliss, I did not realize how grueling and mentally exhausting the process would be, but the Review Board members were amazing and we had a great time bonding over muffins, coffee, crab salad, and more coffee while we poured over portfolios and resumes.

Back to the subject at hand…we had a really urgent dilemma this year that we have not had to deal with in past years. The program for DSHG is always graciously donated by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, which amounts to thousands of dollars in marketing and promotion for the Show House. AH&L also prints the Show House expose` in the May issue, which garners that much more exposure for the designers and the Atlanta Symphony. We had the wonderful opportunity to have the expose` printed in the April issue this year, which coincides much more closely with the Show House Dates (April 17th through May 9th). This will allow us to attract more attendees since they will have better awareness that Show House is going on, and we are so grateful to AH&L for allowing us the opportunity to run in the April issue. However, this pushed up our deadlines for Design Review by two weeks and unfortunately that sent many designers into a panic. You must realize that, like me, they are still working full time on paying projects and designing a space in the Show House is a volunteer project for them. The exposure is incredible, but it does not immediately pay the bills or put food on the table. The new deadlines really put a cramp in the designers’ styles since most of their calendars are set two months or more in advance. I had a lot of feathers to smooth, and I was happy to do it since I can relate with them on so many levels. To all of these wonderful designers’ credit, they moved ahead like troopers (after a few grumbles and venting sessions) and were able to get all of their materials together before the January 6th Design Review. I must say that Design Review was absolutely the most amazing experience a fellow designer could have. The Review Board and I were able to get inside the heads of thirty of Atlanta’s premier designers. We were able to ask questions as to how they came up with the ideas and why they thought that was the best choice. We got to see the fabrics and paint selections, the lighting and furniture selections before anyone else. It was like knowing what Reese Witherspoon will wear to the Oscars two months before we get to see her walk down the red carpet. I will leave you this month with the only hints I can drop the rabid fan about what you will see in the 2010 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens. First, you will experience the most unique and charming chandelier I daresay in your lifetime. And second, several of the Design Spaces will decked out in sumptuous wall to wall fabric (OMG, I’m about to faint!) By sheer coincidence many of the designers’ colors flow seamlessly from space to space, so the fluidity will be ethereal as you wander from room to room admiring the finest in home interiors. It will be like a dream that you do not want to end.

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Bringing Home Baby By DR. MICHELLE DEHAVEN, DVM You have a house full of four-legged babies and now you are awaiting the arrival of a two legged one. We often get questions about how to prepare and what to expect. The first and foremost bit of advice I give is that you never, ever, leave an infant alone with an animal. I don’t care if you own Lassie, you don’t leave them together without supervision.

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But there are things you can do to smooth the transition in most cases. A well-trained dog will be much safer to have around your children. Ideally, obedience training should have taken place before the test-kit line ever turned blue. A dog that obeys — especially one who will sit, down and stay — is a dog whose behavior you can safely control even when they are excited, scared or just curious about the new arrival. Get your pet used to the idea that changes are going to happen. Let them in the baby’s room while you paint. Let them sniff all the new furniture and gadgets you are buying. If you plan to keep the pet out of the room once the baby is born, you might go ahead and install a baby gate at the door (or even a screen door), and so your pet can see what is going on. They are going to be much less anxious if they have been included in the planning and are not locked out of a secret room. Especially if you have a pet that’s extremely bonded to the mom, well in advance start letting other members of the household take responsibility for feeding, exercising, and playing with the animal. Change any future sleeping arrangements before the baby arrives. When mom and new baby are still in the hospital, have a family member bring home a blanket or two that you have rubbed all over the baby. Let them get to know the new scent before the baby actually arrives home. When the new family member does arrive, send mom in alone first. After a few days in the hospital there will be great welcome-home commotion. After everyone has settled down, then have a family member bring in the little one. From the pets, you can expect anything from curiosity to indifference to fear. Don’t force the baby on the pets; let them introduce themselves when they are comfortable.

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Second, take an honest appraisal of your pet. Do you have a golden retriever that lets your nephew ride him and pull on his ears without ever missing a wag of the tail? Or do you have a Chihuahua who refuses to let anyone near you and has already taken pieces of flesh from unwary guests? Let’s face it; the second dog is going to be much less likely to be thrilled with a 7-pound human rival.

Anna and Blake are 2 yr. old Miniature Australian Shepherds. Although littermates, they are quite different physically, which makes their April 1st birthday very appropriate. Blake, a black-tri, weighs in at almost 50 lbs., while Anna, a blue merle, barely hits 20 lbs. They are both very smart and really patient with the kids (especially during dress-up time)!

Most folks decide to give their pets their overdue affection when the baby is asleep. This teaches the pet that “no baby = good,” but “baby awake = not good.” Do your best to kick the ball with your foot, give the pets some attention and jiggle the cat dancer when the baby is awake, so the animal begins to assume that fun stuff happens when the baby is around. Actually, I’d recommend you give the pet less attention when the baby is asleep, not more — you parents need a nap anyway. A new baby is a big adjustment on everyone’s part, but with some advance planning and patience you can make it work. I have dozens of wonderful photos of my patients with their new human family member, snuggled together and both smiling joyfully.



If you would like your pet to be Our Town’s Pet of the Month, please send a photo with a short bio to: Our Town Magazine, 101 Church Street Suite 175, Marietta, GA 30060 or email it to


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Who Says Natural Gas Isn’t Romantic? FireSide’s Valentines Day Tips Cook a romantic dinner (on your natural gas stove) Snuggle up to a romantic fire (lit with natural gas) Pamper your loved one with a relaxing bath (water warmed by your natural gas) Happy Valentines Day From Your Friends at Fireside Natural Gas!

Our Town February 2010 - West Cobb  
Our Town February 2010 - West Cobb  

Our Town February 2010 - West Cobb