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EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE AT LAUREL PARK: The 2013 Marietta Easter Egg Hunt known as the “Easter Egg Scramble” takes place at Laurel Park and begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, March 22, 2013. The Easter Egg Scramble is sponsored by the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department and features plenty of great candy and fun prizes for all. The hunt is divided into groups based on age, and after the hunt you can visit with the Easter Bunny for great photo opportunities. Age Groups, 3 and under, 4-6, and 7-10 years old. Laurel Park is located at 151 Manning Rd., Marietta, GA 30064. For more information, call 770.794.5601.

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MARIETTA EASTER EGG HUNT: Cobb’s largest egg hunt – takes place at Jim Miller Park at 10am on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Egg Hunt features children’s art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, concessions, and more. You can also visit with the Easter Bunny and participate in the Mad Hatter contest. The Easter eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt features different levels based on age groups with prizes at each level. FREE admission and FREE parking. Jim Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta, GA 30008. For more information and a schedule of age groups, call (770) 528-8875 or visit: KENNESAW EASTER EGG HUNT: Hop on over to Kennesaw’s Easter Egg Scramble on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Adams Park in Kennesaw. The Kennesaw Easter egg hunt begins promptly at 11am so bring the kids to hunt for thousands of colorful wrapped candy treats and goody-filled eggs (including a few “lucky” eggs that can be redeemed for larger prizes). The scramble will be divided into three age groups on three ball fields: 0-3 years, 4-5 years, ages 6-12. A fourth field will be designated for children with special needs, or those who require assistance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to bring a basket or bag to collect treats, and don’t forget your camera. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures, hugs and handshakes. Note: Pets are not permitted on the ball fields. FREE admission. Rain date, Saturday, March 30th. Adams Park is located at 2600 Park Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144. For more information, please call 770.422.9714. ACWORTH EASTER EGG HUNT: On Friday, March 22, 2013, the Easter Bunny is hopping on over to the Acworth Sports Complex, located at 4000 South Main St. Acworth, Georgia. The Easter Egg Hunt will include over 20,000 eggs filled with toys, candy and prizes. Make sure you are there by 8:00 p.m. to see the Easter Bunny make a special entrance! The hunt will be for all children through the 5th grade. The children will be divided into four age groups. Schedule: The 0 – 3 year old group will begin at 8 pm, the PreK – Kindergarten group will begin at 8:15 pm, the 1st grade – 3rd grade group will begin at 8:30 pm, the 4th grade – 5th grade group will begin at 8:30 pm, the special needs group will begin at 8:30 pm. Within each age group there will be a prize egg that can be redeemed for great prizes. The hunts will take place on the football fields (North side of the Complex); parking will be available on the South side of the Complex where the baseball fields are located. Again, this year there will be a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt on the Horizon Field. This hunt will begin at 8:30 p.m. and is for children through the 5th grade with Special Needs. For more information on the Friday Night Flashlight “Egg”stravaganza, please call the Acworth Parks and Recreation Office at (770) 917-1234. EASTER EVENTS AT TOWN CENTER AT COBB: Photos with the Easter Bunny NOW – March 30th in Center Court. Visit for hours and photo package information. Caring Bunny Event, Sunday, March 10, 9-11a.m. Children with special needs have the opportunity to spend time with the Easter Bunny in a photo environment designed to support their sensory, physical and developmental needs. Simon Kidgits “Hop Into Spring”, Saturday, March 16, 1-3 p.m. in the upper level JC Penney wing. Welcome spring with seasonal activities and giveaways! DJ Steve will be on hand with music and games, and the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Free for Kidgits Club members; $5 for nonmembers includes a year of fun activities. Kids who wear their Kidgits t-shirt will receive a special prize. For more information about photo package prices and hours of operation, visit For more information on the Simon Kidgits Club, visit

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10 for 10 by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Obese children are more likely to be obese adults. Pediatric and adult obesity are plagued with serious health conditions, which can lead to a shorter life and are more likely to lead to a poorer quality of life. Although losing weight is frequently an ill-fated New Year’s resolution, there are 10 great reasons to help your overweight or obese child lose 10%. Why 10%? First, because 10% is a great place to start with what can seem like a daunting goal and success breeds motivation to continue healthy patterns and continue on to a new goal. Second, a healthy weight loss is gradual and steady and amounts to 1-2 pounds a week after the first two weeks. This also leads to greater success in keeping the weight off.

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• Feeling better and having more energy. • Reducing social and psychological problems, including discrimination, isolation and poor self-esteem. Some simple changes can have a big impact on weight loss success. First and foremost, lead by example. It is an unrealistic expectation for your child to be successful when they are going at it alone. It is also unrealistic to believe it will be a quick process. When a family makes a conscious decision to be healthier through weight loss and weight management, it takes time and effort. Meals need planning, shopping has to be done, and physical activities should be encouraged to include every member of the family. Second, follow these quick tips for a positive change. Be sure your child is getting plenty of sleep. Research has clearly shown that the sleep deprived have a harder time losing and maintaining weight. Replace sugary beverages and all energy drinks with water. Removing one can of soda a day from your child’s diet will equal 10 fewer pounds at the end of the year. Studies show that calcium improves your body’s ability to burn fat. Be sure your child is getting 3-4 servings of skim milk daily. Finally, portion control has to be a conscious decision. The good news is that portion control can allow most families to include all their favorite foods in a healthy diet. Given that many of our meals are consumed outside of the home, consider sharing a meal with your child or take home half to enjoy for another meal. This will also save money. When you bring home large bags of snacks, take the time to portion out a proper serving size and put them aside in baggies. Weight loss for anyone is not a race. It should be seen as an opportunity to establish healthy choices that will last a lifetime, including when your children leave home and are in the care of themselves or others. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to grow healthy children one step at a time. Please call if you have concerns about your child’s health. 678-384-3480.

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“Attention Sciatica And Low Back Pain Sufferers…” Could One Hour With Our Doctors Give You the Answer To Your Disc Pain? Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniations. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column. When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery. But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.) Before You Go Under The Knife and Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing. Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: • A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back • Sitting causes back or leg pain • Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck • Can’t turn over in bed without hurting • Numbness in your toes or fingers • Fire down your legs • Searing pain radiates into your arm • Prickling in your leg or toes

Finally, Some Good News… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told: • Try exercising • Try physical therapy • Try pain medications

• Try muscle relaxers • Try pain shots • Try dangerous back surgery • Just live with it

If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Caution! Decompression is DIFFERENT than old time traction or hanging upside down or inversion machines which can make your muscles squeeze the discs even harder! Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.” How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment! How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart…I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your prob-

lem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises. Does Decompression Really Work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it:

Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say: “I came into the office with neck, low back and knee pain. I had been suffering with this pain for 33 years. The pain had gotten so bad I could hardly move. When I came to the office my neck pain was a 9 on a 1-10 scale (10 being the worse) and now is a 0. My back pain was a 10/10 and is now a 1. I am so happy with the success I have had with my treatment. I now have more self approval and I am more confident.” Thanks, Dennis Duckworth “I had been suffering with back pain for years when I first started treatment. I had sharp pain that would shoot up my spine and to into my right shoulder. It hurt to walk or lift anything. I can now stand for longer periods of time, walk without much pain at all and have more mobility. I already feel 70% better and have not even finished my treatments yet. The staff here is very friendly and they care about my well being. I would recommend people in pain to just come into the office and do it.” Your friend, Marilyn Godwin “Before I started getting spinal decompression therapy I was having severe pain in my low back and numbness down my leg constantly. I had been suffering with this for 3 years. I had two nerve abrasions, multiple steroid shots in my back, pain killers, PT and water therapy and nothing worked. After the first spinal decompression treatment I could stand up straight with very little pain. I can now sleep through the night and exercise again. I am 90-100% better and I am so thankful I found this office.” Thanks, John Ratledge As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be playing golf, enjoying your love life, or traveling again. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able

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to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living, feel tight joints rest, relax, free up, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest. The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression. What Does This Offer Include? Everything we normally do in our new patient evaluation. Just call before March 15th, and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being where the doctor will listen… really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms. • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • An extensive review of your MRI. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until March 15th, you can get everything listed here for $20.The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer. Here’s What To Do Now: Due to the expected demand for this treatment, we suggest calling our office at once at 678-574-5678.

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by Dr. John Kayal There are many new cosmetic items on the market today that claim to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and restore your youthful glow. The question most people have is which ones really work, what do they cost, and how long do they last? All of these are legitimate questions that you should consider before starting any cosmetic procedure. The top cosmetic “fillers” are Sculptra, Restylane, Cosmoderm, and Cosmoplast. These products are called “fillers” because they are injected into areas on the face where there is a lack of volume, or wrinkles. Whether your volume loss is in the lips or the cheeks these products work great in reducing those signs of aging. Sculptra Sculptra is the newest of the cosmetic fillers. Sculptra is an injectable material that contains microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid; this substance has been used for years in re-absorbable sutures used in surgery. Sculptra works by providing a gradual increase in dermal thickness of the treated area. The full effects of Sculptra are evident within weeks to months. Sculptra is not a quick fix; this type of filler is one that does take a few weeks to see changes where as with some other fillers the results can be seen immediately, however knowing this, the benefit of Sculptra is that it lasts longer. Sculptra has been known to last two years whereas other fillers last approximately four to six months. Sculptra should be looked at like a layering process, which means that more than one treatment may need to take place. Sculptra restores volume, as such, and may be used over most areas of the face, not just in fine lines. Sculptra is commonly injected around the eyes and cheeks to restore fullness in these areas. The most common side effects are associated with reactions to injection sites themselves, causing swelling, redness, and possible bruising. Restylane Restylane is a non-animal based product that is composed of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sub-


stance found in all living organisms. In humans it is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. Restylane works by the gel being injected into the deep dermis which adds volume and fullness to smooth facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane gel then integrates into the dermal tissue; it attracts and binds to water molecules to help maintain volume. Restylane is very safe, because it is a natural product and there is no pre-treatment allergy testing. The deep folds between the cheek and the upper lip are well suited for Restylane. Restylane is perfect for the deep grooves just under the corners of the mouth known as marionette lines. The most common side effect is redness and swelling at the treatment site which is only temporary. The effects of Restylane can be seen for six months or longer. Restylane does not have an anesthetic mixed into the gel; therefore some providers suggest using a numbing agent prior to the procedure. Cosmoderm/ Cosmoplast Cosmoderm/Cosmoplast are also two fillers that are very commonly used. They are human-based collagen dermal fillers, which also do not require any pre-treatment allergy testing. By choosing these two products you will see immediate results that will last approximately four to six months. The vertical lip lines at the upper lip and the corners of the lip are excellent indication for collagen. The great thing about these two fillers is that they are formulated with lidocaine, which is a numbing agent. Having this added numbing agent makes the procedure well tolerated. The side effects are the same of the other fillers, swelling and redness being the most common. All of these cosmetic fillers are great products and there are many more on the market. When choosing a cosmetic procedure and cosmetic product think about the most important issues which are: How safe is the product? How well trained is the provider? What type of results do you want? And how does the procedure fit into your budget? All of these questions should be answered before proceeding with cosmetic work. These cosmetic fillers all work great as “lunch time” procedures for decreasing the signs of aging; both loss of volume and fine to deep wrinkles. The price range varies from what material you choose to how much material you actually need. The range for the majority of fillers is between four hundred and five hundred dollars. Like all cosmetic procedures at first this might seem like a great deal of money but if you think of at as a long term maintenance therapy the cost seems to be less. If you are interested in a free cosmetic consult concerning fillers or any other cosmetic procedure, please call Dr. Kayal, certified Dermatologist and Moh’s surgeon, in Marietta 770-426-7177.

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Natural FOOds that CaN help yOu tO beat the bulge Of course there is no substitute for eating according to your Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR), the number of calories your body burns in a day. There are however, some foods that can help you to feel fuller longer and can help you along your journey towards your goal weight.

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Eggs are an excellent way to start the day and to get you on the right track for losing weight as well. Eggs are a great form of protein and studies have shown that beginning your day with a great source of protein can ward off hunger longer than a carbohydrate filled breakfast. Protein, like that found in eggs, also helps to regulate blood sugars again naturally curbing snacking.

Eating red peppers may also help to boost your metabolism and keep you from eating as much during the day. Try making a southwestern omelet for breakfast, the capsaicin can naturally reduce your appetite while the eggs will give you the protein you need to stay fuller longer.

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cedarcrestchurch Welcomes the Community to An Easter Weekend Celebration OTM: How is Cedarcrest Church involved in the community and helping others? Pastor Wright: We have a global purpose that includes the community in which we live and work. We’ve been involved in mission projects serving people in Uganda, India and Haiti communicating the word of the Gospel. Internationally we focus on a generational ministry connecting to folks in their own language. Locally we work with Must Ministries and help them to reach out to those less fortunate in the community. We assisted Must Ministries in serving 3000 lunches this past summer. We also work with several organizations in the Atlanta and Acworth areas serving those who are in need.

There has been a remarkably high level of excitement building in the air at Cedarcrest Church in Acworth during the last few months. The enthusiasm of the congregation and staff is directed towards their move to a new location situated at the corner of Cedarcrest Road and Highway 41 positioned on 32 acres of land. The completion date is set for the end of March, just in time to celebrate a Grand Opening for Easter Weekend. Cedarcrest Church actually began as a mission church in 2006 finding a home on the campus of Allatoona High School. They officially constituted in 2009 and began plans for the construction of a permanent home. Cedarcrest Church is a community church that welcomes folks from all denominations and ages to worship with them. With members, active youth groups and visitors, it’s not unusual to see as many as 800-900 people weekly who gather together to celebrate their faith in God. We caught up with Senior Pastor George Wright to get an inside look at Cedarcrest Church and the exciting things in store for them. OTM: Congratulations on your move! I’m sure it’s been an exciting labor of love and dedication for you, your staff, and congregation! Pastor Wright: Thanks you so much. We are all looking forward to this move which we hope to share with the entire community. We had out grown our current location and have been looking forward to this change of venue and the many opportunities it will provide for us. A tremendous vantage point is that we will be able to practice our ministry seven days a week from one central location. OTM: Can you share the Cedarcrest Church’s Mission Statement with Our Town readers? Pastor Wright: Our mission statement is to “Love God and love people as we grow together in Christ” which is centered on the great commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all your soul, and with all of your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is , “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-39).

OTM: We know that you’d like to welcome Our Town readers to join you in your Easter Celebrations. Can you provide us with the details? Pastor Wright: We are all very excited for our Grand Opening Weekend and invite one and all to join us. We’ve got a variety of events planned beginning with a Good Friday service on March 29th at 5:00 pm. Saturday will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Spring Festival and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. And on Easter Sunday we will hold three services. It will be a weekend full of gratitude, joy, and God’s Love. The new Cedarcrest Church is located at 4600 Cobb Parkway NW Acworth, Ga 30101. Visit www. opening for more information. (678) 460-3500

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OTM:: What time do you hold Sunday worship services? Pastor Wright: We meet at 9:30 and 11:00 on Sundays and also have a live online 11:00 service on our website, OTM: The staff at Cedarcrest Church seems young, vibrant and very united. Did you have a connection prior to forming the church? Pastor Wright: Our staff consists of 7 full time and 5 part-time employees. Most of us were connected by friendships prior to our forming Cedarcrest Church, but ultimately we have united over the Love of Christ and that has become our common relationship. OTM: We understand that your youth and adult programs are an integral part of the fabric of Cedarcrest Church’s culture. What do they involve? Pastor Wright: We are passionate about the next generation and consider it a privilege to connect with the kids at Cedarcrest Church. We offer age appropriate worship experiences for children birth through 5th grade at 9:30 and 11:00 equipped with a sound security system in place. Children in grades 6-8 attend Sunday morning sessions called “The Forge” and 9-12 graders gather together in an environment called “The Root”. Each week our students spend time engaging the Word of God through the use of music, videos, teaching, and relevant small groups. We offer a variety of adult programs ranging from community groups, men and women’s groups and a range of Sunday classes and support groups. We have created several different environments and opportunities to allow folks to get plugged-in with other adults at Cedarcrest who are searching and want to learn more about Christ. We are proud to be a multi-generational church extending fellowship opportunities to all ages.


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Safe Exercise One of the most common causes of injury is also the most preventable. When people begin a new exercise program, they often initiate the exercise program improperly and accelerate the program too rapidly not allowing their body to accommodate to the stress. The common notion that exercise must be really hard or painful to be beneficial is simply wrong. Safe exercise programs start slowly and gradually build up in intensity, frequency, and duration over long periods of time. In addition, if you have an existing health problem, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a history of heart disease, or are a smoker, you should contact your doctor before beginning any vigorous physical activity. Workout programs should be modified to reduce the likelihood of causing pain from a pre-existing but asymptomatic orthopaedic condition. Safe Exercise Guidelines • Use Proper Equipment. Replace your athletic shoes before they wear out. Gradually “break in” new shoes over a period of weeks. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that let you move freely and are light enough to release body heat. When exercising in cold weather, dress in layers that are removable so as to not overheat. • Balanced fitness. Develop a balanced fitness program that incorporates cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility. In addition to providing a total body workout, a balanced program will keep you from getting bored and lessen your chances of injury. • Warm Up. Warm up prior to exercise and before stretching. Run in place for a several minutes, breathe slowly and deeply, or gently rehearse the motions of the exercise to follow. Warming up increases your heart and blood flow rates and loosens up other muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. • Stretch. It is critical to warm up properly by gently running in place or spinning on a stationary bike for 10-15 minutes before stretching. There is more and more research that indicates that stretching without proper warm up causes muscular micro trauma and increased risk or more serious injury. If you are unable to properly warm up prior to exercise then you should stretch after you complete your workout. Begin stretches slowly and carefully until reaching a point of muscle tension. Hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds, and then slowly and carefully release it. Inhale before each stretch and exhale as you release. Never stretch to the point of pain, always maintain control, and never bounce. • Take Your Time. During strength training, move through the full range of motion with each repetition. Weightlifting technique is the key to getting the most out of your workout and will lessen injury rates. Breathe regularly to help lower your blood pressure and increase blood supply to the brain. • Drink Water. Drink enough water to prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Drink 1 pint of water 15 minutes before you start exercising and another pint after you cool down. When performing cardiovascular exercise you should drink 16 oz. of fluid every 30 minutes.

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• Cool Down. Make cooling down the final phase of your exercise routine. It should take twice as long as your warm up. Slow your motions and lessen the intensity of your movements for at least 10 minutes before you stop completely. This phase of a safe exercise program should conclude when your skin is dry and you have cooled down. • Rest. Schedule regular days off from exercise. Rest and recovery are just as important as the exercise itself. Common Sports Injuries Overuse Injuries

Exercise puts stress on many parts of the body such as muscles, tendons, bursae, cartilage, bones, and nerves. Injury can occur from repetitive stress or a singular event that is in excess of your body’s capacity to recover. Repetitive stress can leads to microtraumas — minor strains that would typically heal with enough rest. When you exercise too frequently, your body never has a chance to repair these microtraumas. As microtraumas build up over time, you become prone to overuse injuries, such as: • Damage to elbow cartilage in athletes who throw • Stress fractures in runners • Nerve entrapment in rowers • Kneecap (patellar) tendinitis in basketball or volleyball players • Elbow tendonitis is tennis players Traumatic Injuries

To build strength and endurance from exercise, you must slowly and gradually push your body beyond its limits. When you push too far too fast, the body is prone to traumatic injuries such as sprains and fractures. Many seasonal sports injuries happen when athletes rush their reconditioning and do too much too soon with bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles they ignored in the off-season. Risk Factors There are many risk factors that make injury during exercise more likely. • The duration, intensity or frequency of an exercise is excessive or too rapidly increasing. • The terrain or weather conditions are extreme or irregular. • You use incorrect equipment, such as athletic shoes that are not designed for your activity. • You have been injured in the past. (Continued on page 30) • You smoke or have led a sedentary lifestyle.

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Losing Weight In March of last year I found a sticky note that had fallen off the mirror in my bathroom. It had found a secret resting place behind a particularly large Pottery Barn toothbrush holder, and when I happened to be updating my current portfolio of dental supplies I found the slightly aged and wrinkled note, it read simply “2012 Resolutions.” The bottom half of the note was so smeared from a combination of steamy condensation and toothpaste residue that it was undecipherable, but the top part of the list was crystal clear. “1. Lose Weight, Chubby.” So I did. I won’t bore you with the details of how, how much or how long it took, but suffice it to say I lost enough body mass that more than a few people who hadn’t seen me in a while asked, “Are you sick, cause you look great?!” But when most folks asked why I decided to shed what would be considered a medium-to-large size dog or six-year old humans estimated girth, I simply said, “It was time.” However, what more than a couple of my “closest” friends implied was that a middle-aged man with three-plus kids suddenly losing weight and getting in shape could lead one to believe that he was “making time” with someone beside his wife. Yeah, my wife cracked up on that one too, but I did realize some things that happened during my weight loss that could, in an alternate universe and involving a completely different person, lead one to possibly stray from their vows. The first is simple. When I gained weight the only female that complimented me was my mother, and I was eight year’s old at the time. Since then, no person of the opposite sex has EVER complimented


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me on adding to my waist line. But when you start losing weight, suddenly there is a whole church pew of ladies noticing your svelte figure and feeling more than free to come up and compliment you. Granted most of them are in their 70’s, but you get the drift, its attention and a boost to that fragile thing known as the male ego. Second, when you lose weight something interesting happens to your fingers, they get smaller. So small in fact that I now have to keep my Wedding-Ring finger in a permanent bend to keep the symbol of my marriage from succumbing to gravity and bouncing into a floor vent. I could only image the triple threat of raw sensuality that I would exude on an unsuspecting female population if I suddenly appeared wearing my metro-sexual shirt/pant combo that I bought in Midtown while sporting my new physique with a left hand ring free! Divorce attorneys would be hovering around me like the fly’s I currently have drawn to the wafting aroma of my Hai Karate after shave. And now I will bore you with the #1 reason I finally decided to lose weight and get in shape, and it’s simple math: (Age 47 + 4 kids under 7 years-old) * 2 Weddings * 4 Degrees + (Just 1 Wife) = Working until I’m 465. I’m just trying to save my wife the added cost of an XXL casket!

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How much is too much? by Shasta Clark

I’ve been warned not to write this column because I may get nasty letters from football fans. But, I can take nasty letters. I think the message is important enough to write, and it’s not about football anyway; it’s about family.

My son has played soccer, taken ski lessons and ice skating lessons, but his real love is football. It’s all he’s talked about for two years, so when he became eligible to join the first-grade football team, I was first in line for sign-ups. That is, until I learned it was tackle football against second-graders, and they practiced as much as the high school varsity team. Practices started July 30th, four days per week with games on weekends, all the way through mid-October. What? Was I the only parent who thought that was an outrageous time commitment for a first grader?

Not completely, but almost. One other parent, along with me, found a flag football league in a neighboring community that started in September and practiced only one day per week with games on Saturdays. Another parent just opted out of football altogether, but many others signed up for tackle football, and their sons spent onethird of their summer and the first six weeks of school learning to tackle. It made me wonder why parents push their children so hard at such a young age to be dedicated to a sport. School sports aren’t like they used to be. Now, children are encouraged very early to pick one sport and play it all year long. Hence, indoor traveling soccer teams in the winter. Is it because the image of 3-year-old Tiger Woods holding a golf club in his tiny preschooler hand is etched into our brains? Surely parents of our generation realize that the chance that their children will turn into Tiger Woods is infinitesimal and the chance that their children will get

a sports-related college scholarship is slim. No, I don’t think parents push their kids in hopes of professional success or a college scholarship. I think parents push their children so enthusiastically because they fear that what happens in first-grade football will determine what happens on a Friday night nine years from now on the high school football field. Parents want their kids to be athletic all-stars in high school and as a by-product of their athleticism they hope their kids will be in the popular crowd. I certainly don’t think this of all parents whose children play “extreme” sports, but I believe it’s more common than not. In fact, an older mom told my friend that if her first-grader didn’t play lacrosse now, he’d never make the varsity team. My friend was strong and bold enough to reply, “Really? He’s six years old. I highly doubt that.” Still, attitudes like that put pressure on parents. If their child doesn’t make the varsity team someday, parents don’t want to be to blame because they didn’t haul their 6-year-old to football practice four days a week. Unfortunately, our kids are the ones who ultimately suffer. All of this over-involvement has shortened their childhoods. As soon as they are old enough to join the team, they are whisked away from imaginary play in favor of organized sports. Think about it: When was the last time you saw a group of boys playing a neighborhood game of baseball? I bet it’s been a while because kids nowadays are too busy running from practice to games to sporting camps. Don’t get me wrong. I think organized sports are noble. I’m ever grateful for my years on the cross country team and even my embarrassingly horrible year on the junior high basketball team, and I will encourage all my children to play sports. It teaches them to be part of a team, to endure challenging situations, to obey authority, and a myriad of other life lessons. But I believe the level of involvement should be tailored to a child’s age, leaving plenty of time for family time, for being home enough to play (and argue) with siblings, for eating dinner with family, for knocking on the neighbor’s door to see if he can come out and play, and for just being a kid. I think we parents should value family time more, worry less about what will happen when our kids are in high school, and just let our kids be kids. Shasta Clark, a former writer for CNN Headline News is a freelance journalist who writes about her most challenging job yet, motherhood. You may contact her at

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• Honor deadlines – they are your friend. Knowing when to let something “imperfect” go is essential. • Delegate details rather than obsessing on them • Limit the number of revisions you allow. • Recognize degrees of excellence- a perfect 10 is not possible every time. People who pursue excellence in a healthy way take genuine pleasure in working to meet high standards. Perfectionists are motivated by self-doubt and fears of disapproval, ridicule, and rejection. The high producer has drive, while the perfectionist is driven. Professor Tracey Wade of the School of Psychology at Flinders University in South Australia has studied “unhealthy perfectionism”; which she describes as “high standards combined with brutal self-criticism”. She states, “Learning to mange a fixation with perfection can be an important step toward living a more balanced life. Self-compassion and kindness are important. Ultimately, criticism and abuse is not the way to get the best out of anyone. And that includes yourself.” Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or Your comments or questions are welcome.

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This method actually SAVES you time. However, if you still feel like you don’t have 2-3 hours a week to cook then it might be time to re-examine your priorities. 5 Shopping on the cheap- Yes, healthy foods can be more expensive than unhealthy foods but there are ways to mitigate the costs. These things may take a little more time and effort but we are re-organizing our priorities to free up more time to be healthy, right? Here are a few of money saving tips: a. Buy in bulk (Costco, Sam’s Club, etc) b. Look for sales at supermarkets and health food stores and stock up c. Eat out less (save money) d. Grow your own vegetables-I know a lot of people who do this! e. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables f. Buy local-local farmers markets are often times cheaper than the supermarkets g. Clip coupons 6 Have healthy snacks on hand at all times- One of the best ways to stay on track nutritionally is to never to let yourself get too hungry. Once you reach the point of being famished it becomes exceedingly difficult to make healthy food choices. Have healthy snacks on hand is a great way to keep this from happening. Some of my favorite healthy and easy snacks are nuts, seeds, almond or cashew butter, jerky, lunch meat (preservative free of course), paleo granola, cans of tuna, fresh fruit, dried fruit, and raw vegetables. Follow these tips and you are sure to make some amazing changes in your health, fitness, and quality of life. Anyone and everyone can do it! Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Specialist in Nutrition, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Marietta, GA. Goggans is the co-owner of Warrior Pride Fitness on Dallas Hwy and has posted more information on his website Or, call Jason @ (678)236-9739.

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5 REASONS YOU SHOULD LIST YOUR HOUSE TODAY!!!! Many homeowners are waiting until the Spring ‘buying season’ to list their homes for sale. Here are five reasons why that might not make sense this year: 1.) Demand Is High Homes are selling at a pace not seen since 2007. The most recent Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that annual sales in 2012 increased 9.2% over 2011. There are buyers out there right now and they are serious about purchasing. 2.) Supply Is Low The monthly supply of houses for sale is at its lowest point (4.4 months) since May of 2005. The current month’s supply is down 21.6% from the same time last year. Historically, inventory increases dramatically in the spring. Selling now when demand is high and supply is low may garner you your best price. 3.) New Construction Is Coming Back Over the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the block. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are jumping back in. These ‘shiny’ new homes will again become competition as they are an attractive alternative to many purchasers. 4.) Interest Rates Are Projected to Inch Up

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• You have low aerobic or muscle endurance, low or imbalanced strength, or abnormal or imbalanced flexibility. • You have underlying musculoskeletal conditions that predispose you to injury, such as bowed legs or high arches in your feet. An orthopaedic condition such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease. First Aid Accidents can happen despite safe exercise precautions. If you pull a muscle (or worse) during exercise, apply a protective device such as a sling, splint, or brace. Then use the first aid standard for musculoskeletal injures: rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). • Rest the injury. • Ice it to lessen swelling, bleeding, and inflammation. • Apply a compression bandage to limit swelling. • Elevate the injury above heart level to reduce swelling. You may use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen for pain. See your doctor if you have severe pain, cannot move the injured body part, or if symptoms persist. Dr. Lamberson is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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Garage Organization by Lee Wyatt There is little doubt that the garage is one of the most heavily utilized rooms in our homes. Typically, this room is the gathering point for basically everything that doesn't belong in another room, and many times for things that do. As the unofficial, official home storage unit, garage organizational space can come at a premium. As long as you have some basic guidelines, garage organization does not have to be a very painful or drawn out process. In fact, with the proper attitude firmly in place, you can have a whole lot of fun while making your garage an organizational paradise.

Clean Once you have planned out what you are going to do, it is time to clean. Yes, unfortunately you are going to need to clean and move everything out of your garage. Simply remove all of the items in your garage to an outside space. As you are doing this, you can sort through all of the items and begin to organize it. Do this by separating the items into various piles based upon the uses you have in mind. While you are doing this, you should also use the time to get rid of anything that you no longer need. Either throw it away, or donate it to a worthy cause. I would personally suggest donating.



The first thing that you are going to need to do is create a plan. I have found that when I am trying to organize a large area like a garage a map comes in really handy. A simple drawn map, where you can illustrate your desired outcome seems to expedite the process. The map doesn't have to be to scale, though it does help. Simply assign a section of your garage to each of the various uses. Some of the uses that you might have in mind are such things as gardening, automotive, storage, and sports. Decide which types of storage units are going to best suit the needs of each section.

After you have cleaned out the garage, you can start bringing in the storage units you have decided upon. Take the time to organize and maximize the space available. Quite often, the best organized garages utilize more than one type of storage system.


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Yarn Bomb Planned for Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art! by Katie Bush The art of knitting and crocheting have been around for only a few hundred years, making them a relatively young craft in the world. They have always been a favorite for those who like to create beautiful, sometimes functional pieces. Many of us have fond memories of items that have been knitted or crocheted, often given to us by loved ones. Some of us may even remember who taught us how to knit or crochet, a tradition passed down from generation to generation. With the recent revival of “craft” among young people, knitting and crocheting has been reclaimed for new purposes. Craft books now exist on brand new topics, ranging from how to knit Star Wars characters, or how to hook a scarf adorned with skulls. A recent development in the way of the reclamation of handmade crafts is called the yarn bomb. Also known as graffiti knitting, yarn bombs have gained popularity in the past decade. Yarn bombing occurs when a group of knitters and crocheters get together and create work to cover a public object. Often, the pieces can last for months, even years. Traditional graffiti is invasive and leaves a permanent mark on its location. Yarn bombing has become a popular alternative because it is non-invasive graffiti art: you can easily take it off when you don’t want it there anymore. The best part is that yarn bombing is not age exclusive. While grandma might hesitate to crochet a Yoda backpack, she could contribute to the yarn bomb by making blankets, scarves, or something even more intricate. Think of the yarn bomb as a knit and crochet collage: a bunch of random pieces of handmade cloth is stitched together to create a larger custom piece. Mild examples include statues that now have legwarmers or parking meters covered with crochet pieces. Even more extreme circumstances include buses covered with yarn items so precise that it can still even function: opening doors, driving from place to place, even with holes for windows. Some people get very creative with their works. I have seen photographs of a part of a bridge covered with a knit scene of a snail on a flower, crocheted frames surrounding laminated photos of family and loved ones, even a school of 3d fish attached to a 2d piece! Yarn bombs have become so popular that they are now creeping into the Cobb County community. The Produced in a USDA inspected kitchen ALL NATURAL NO PRESERVATIVES LOW FAT LOW GLYCEMIC LOW SODIUM

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Holly and The Treeman Academy Awards season is upon us. I find myself most days discussing the merits of this film versus that one with coworkers and friends. Only yesterday did I realize that my family was a part of what is sure to be 2013’s next blockbuster. It has everything you need: a damsel in distress, a believable supporting cast, an unlikely hero and adequate financial backing. Our story starts on a freezing February morning. A local veterinarian (ahem) is attempting to get out the back door, juggling a 25-pound sack of bird food and a mug of hot coffee. The door is ajar for what only seems like a moment, but to Holly -- the cat in our starring role -- it is just the opportunity she has been looking for. She has waited at that back door for a year and a half, waiting, just waiting, for a mistake, and finally she sees it. She bolts out the door and into the backyard. The golden retriever is in hot pursuit. Mayhem ensues. By the time the dust settles, Holly has scaled the fence and is halfway up the neighbor’s tree. The family tries to talk her down, but the more we -- I mean, they -- talk, the higher she goes. She finally ends up more than 30 feet in the air, gripping on to a leafless branch so small it doesn’t seem possible that it can hold her weight.

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The ever cool-headed dad decides it is time to turn to technology. He sits down at the computer and types “cat stuck in tree.” An hour later .... Enter Peter “Treeman” Jenkins. At first glance he would seem an unlikely rescuer. He does not arrive with a ladder truck. He does not arrive with a ladder at all, but instead ropes -- piles of ropes -- along with carabiners and harnesses and and a air-powered rope launcher and a large canvas sack from REI with a glove sewn in the side. Mr. Jenkins ran a successful tree company in Atlanta for years. At 61, he now splits his time as a certified arborist, a teacher of recreational tree climbing, and a rescuer of cats from trees. Sounds like a hero to me. This is going to be a difficult rescue (better for Oscar votes, right?). Holly has climbed a tree much too thin for The Treeman to climb. He will need to go to the top of larger tree about 15 feet away and work himself over and down to her. This is very slow, methodical work. Nearly two hours of rescue footage will definitely need editing for the final film. More ropes, more pulleys, swing over a little farther. Balance atop the scrawny sapling. Finally, as he edges inch by inch along a branch to reach out and grab a petrified cat dangling 30 feet above the pavement, he has her. He gently puts her in his REI canvas sack, ties it up and lowers her to down to the ground.

The family waits. They cajole, they plead. They drink more coffee. The wind starts to kick up. With every gust the tabby-and-white cat begins to bob ever more precariously up and down and side to side. All that lies beneath her is the wide expanse of asphalt that is the neighbor’s driveway.

Fade to black.

The teenage daughter, who until this point has not realized that anything is wrong, arrives on the scene and begins to cry on cue.

In all seriousness, I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Jenkins. I hope you never have a cat stuck in a tree, but if you need The Treeman, you can reach him at (404) 486-0144, or Tell him Holly sent you.

It is now the veterinarian mom’s turn to sit at the base of the tree and wait. She notices that a pair of red-tailed hawks, who frequently hunt in the neighborhood, have appeared in the sky. She usually loves watching this majestic team flying their lazy circles. Today, she realizes, their lazy circles are quickly getting much lower and much smaller as they begin to circle around the eight-pound cat sitting on a toothpick up in their airspace. Panic sets in. She begins to run around the tree waving her arms and screaming like a wild woman. “You will not eat my cat!!!!” They continue to circle for a few more minutes but eventually veer off. Perhaps it just seems like too much trouble. The plot is at a standstill. The cat is cold, scared, and definitely not coming down.

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(Continued from page 6) MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT: MCMA's Second Annual Plein Air Paint Out is scheduled for the weekend of March 23 & 24, 2013! Artists will paint local public and private sites in beautiful Historic Marietta. From the local homes and gardens to the dynamic architecture of downtown, Historic Marietta has many picturesque scenes perfect for plein air (or outside) painting. The Marietta Cobb Museum’s Second Annual Plein Air Paint Out will feature a judged exhibition and sale on display at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (located at 30 Atlanta Street, a block south of Marietta Square). To end the event, all completed works will be judged, displayed, and for sale at a reception on the 24th at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. The museum is now registering people who wish to participate in this event. Read more about it below or call Katie at (770) 5281444 x16 or visit for more information! We hope to see you there! POWDER SPRINGS EASTER EGG HUNT: Powder Springs First United Methodist Church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The event will start promptly at 10:00 am in the sanctuary rain or shine! Bring your Easter baskets and expect lots of candy-filled and prize–filled eggs! Located at 4329 Marietta Street in Powder Springs, Georgia, the Egg Hunt is designed for kids up to 12 years of age. Cookies and lemonade will be served along with Easter crafts, songs, and games for the kids. For further information, contact the church office at 770-943-5130 Mon.-Thurs. from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Or contact our Children’s Director, Karen Slaton at You can also check out our website at NORTH COBB JUNIOR WARRIOR FOOTBALL REGISTRATION: The North Cobb Junior Warriors will be holding registration for the Spring football season on Saturday April 20th and April 27th from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the North Cobb High School football complex. Registration is for current 5th through 7th grade students. The Spring session will begin Monday April 29th and run through May 18th. During the Spring session, participants will learn fundamentals, agility, offensive and defensive schemes from the North Cobb Varsity and Middle School coaching staffs. Players will participate in two Jamboree game sessions against several of the other local Middle School programs. The North Cobb Junior Warriors are a member of the 40 team Georgia Middle School Athletic Association and are a feeder program for the North Cobb varsity football program. Come be a part of the exciting North Cobb Junior Warriors! For more information go to

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2305 Alexander Farm in Marietta 5/2.5 Brick home located in the Hillgrove High School district. Two-story foyer, open floor plan, move in ready, large open kitchen, breakfast area, separate dining & living room, large master bedroom with trey ceilings, master bath features separate vanities, whirlpool tub, separate shower and tile flooring. Large deck for entertaining, large landscaped fenced in backyard. Convenient to The Avenues at West Cobb, Historic Marietta Square and Kennesaw Mountain $230,000


Choctaw Ridge Three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms. Lovely and private in sought after Choctaw Village. Relax on the inviting screened porch with a cozy fireplace. Or, step inside to enjoy this open floor plan and another fireplace to cozy up to while you entertain friends and family. Pristine condition. Very close to golf course and Club House. $350,000

D SOL 6331 Rooks Pass 4/2.5 Immaculate home in great condition with open floor plan and hardwood flooring in the kitchen & foyer. Large kitchen featuring stained cabinets, granite counters, tile backsplash, an island, a breakfast bar, & breakfast area. Large family room with ceiling fan & fireplace. Separate dining room, family room, and bonus room. Very large master that leads to a private bath that features a double vanity, separate shower, garden tub, and walk-in closet. $250,000

NG ISTI TING L T NEWIVATE SE R P Settlers Walk 2 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Bright open cottage home with tucked into the back of the complex for lots of privacy. Large bedrooms with walk in closet in master suite. Open family room and separate dining room with high ceilings. Spacious sunroom could be an office or just a place to relax. Kitchen with tile back splash, stained cabinets, and lots of counter space. Spacious 2car garage. Pool in complex. Convenient to shopping, restaurants and entertainment.



D SOL 671 Manor Ridge in Mableton 4/3 Wonderful renovated home that includes a new kitchen with brand new GE appliances including refrigerator. New, updated bathrooms. Refinished hardwood flooring. New water heater and newer roof. Extra large family room with large brick fireplace. Master with walk in closet. Great backyard is fenced in, level, with shade trees. Oversized new deck. Don't miss this great renovation with all these brand new features! $149,000

4585 Oakland Terrace 4/3 Large home full of upgrades! Hardwood flooring throughout. New kitchen features granite countertops, tile backsplash, BRAND NEW stainless steel appliances, and a great island. Large bedrooms. NEW bathrooms feature granite counters and tile flooring. Large finished basement includes full bedroom and full bath. Level, private, fenced backyard. $148,000


West Atlanta St. Two Large Lots asking $80,000 for both. An old restaurant is on one lot and the second is a large parking lot. This is perfect for a warehouse or large commercial storage facility. Great price for this commercial property. $ 80,000 for Two Commercial Lots Close to Marietta and Smyrna


NEWNG I LIST 306 Windswept Way.

4/2.5 Wonderful home with open floor plan. Large kitchen with hardwood flooring, stained cabinets, gas cooking, breakfast bar, and breakfast area. Large two story great room with wall of windows, ceiling fan, and brick fireplace. Separate dining room and living room. Large master with trey ceiling, and private bath that has double vanity, separate shower, whilpool tub, and walk in closet. Large secondary bedrooms. Large fenced in back yard. Great schools $225,000

4963 Lewis Rd. 5/5 Incredible Craftsman home w/easy access to I-285. Bright and awesome gourmet kitchen w/upgraded Bosch appliances, granite counter tops, huge walk in pantry, mud room, beautiful great room w/coffered ceiling & double sided fireplace, rich hardwoods, sep. dinning room, master ste w/sitting room & fireplace, large master closet and bath, 3 bedrooms, 1 w/private bathroom, 2 w/Jack and Jill access, finished basement w/media rm, bar room, play room, huge back yard and great deck. There is so much to mention you will have to see it to appreciate it. $469,000



LD SO 4855 Hickory Mill in Smyrna 3/3.5 - This home features a large open floor plan that includes hardwood flooring and large windows. Kitchen features granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Separate dining room, living room and a large two story great room. Bathrooms feature modern tile and granite counters. Home sits on a large, very private lot. $375,000


517 Sheritan Way in Smyrna 4Br. 2Bath & 2 Half Bath. 4Br. 2Bath & 2 Half Bath Very nice home in a quiet s/d cul-de-sac. Updated kitchen with top of the line GE stainless appliances and tiled flooring. Large living room with stone fireplace, separate dining room, and large Sunroom. Large master with remodeled master bath has double vanity, separate tiled shower and whirlpool tub. Awesome master closet.... must see. Large bonus room is perfect for an office or game room. In ground pool is heated from the solar panels, also a new solar blanket for the pool. Pool liner is 6 years old. New 60 gal water heater, and new AC. $275,000



Awesome Home in Powder Springs 4 Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms. Open floor plan with hardwood flooring and large kitchen with large cabinets, pantry, gas cooking, and built in microwave. Two story great room with brick fireplace, and wall of windows. Master with trey ceiling and private bath with double vanity, separate shower, tile flooring, whirlpool tub, and walk in closet. Large secondary bedrooms, and level fenced in back yard.



3608 Lakeshore Drive in Smyrna 3/1

4 sided brick ranch full of upgrades! Hardwood flooring throughout. New kitchen features granite countertops, tile backsplash, and BRAND NEW stainless steel appliances, Large bedrooms and updated bathroom that features granite counters and new tile. New thermal pane windows. Large, level, private yard. Enjoy the sunset over the lake from your front porch! Don't miss out and the seller says, make an offer. $115,000


3571 Herren Dr. in Smyrna 3/2 LAKE FRONT HOME

Large, very private lot (1.414 Acres) on a 27-30 Acre Lake (Cindy's Lake). Property is fully-irrigated from the lake, Electrical sub-panel next to the lake in case of a future dock and 2 boats are included: a pedal boat and a Field & Stream fishing boat with a marine battery and trolling motor. This home has a new roof and gutters, new energy-efficient windows and doors, new lighting and plumbing fixtures, new cabinets and granite, hardwood flooring throughout,12' X 12' covered deck off of the master bedroom overlooking the lake,12' X 24' uncovered deck off of the living room overlooking the lake, new LG stainless steel appliances, large walkout finished basement with new carpet, alarm system, 2 fireplaces, extra attic insulation, storage shed, termite bond paid through September 2013, and it’s a Smyrna address with no city taxes. $289,000

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D SOL 2247 Major Loring Way 4/2.5 Very nice open floor plan with two store great room features ceiling fan and tiled fireplace. New Kitchen with granite counters, tile back splash, matching freezer/Refrigerator, and built in microwave. Master on the main level, private bath has double vanity, sep shower, whirlpool tub, walk in closet, and heated flooring. Large guest bedrooms, additional bonus room. Extra large patio, wooded private back yard. Must see. $220,000 We could not have picked a better agent to work with than Deborah Ratchford. As a family of four, we were selling our home in Smyrna and buying in East Cobb. Deborah did a great job negotiating on our behalf and had a contract to sell our house in under two weeks. When it was time to buy, we had very specific things we wanted in our new home. Deborah searched tirelessly for us, taking us out multiple times. When we finally found the right house, once again Deborah did a great job negotiating the best price despite multiple offers on the house. Deborah is very knowledgeable, experienced, and truly cares about her clients. We would gladly recommend her to anyone in the market and have already referred her to friends and family. We have the perfect house to Kevin Lynch raise our boys and could not be happier. Deb Did It Again!


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Barry has worked with thousands of clients in his 21 year mortgage banking career. Whether you are the first time home buyer, refinancing an existing loan, or building your dream home, Barry has the knowledge and creativity to help you achieve your goals.

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