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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. D. Hodari Brooks, MD Melissa Cummings Photography GA Department of Natural Resources Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Elizabeth Williams William Johnson Liz Williams Photography Sharon Mann Our Town Media Group, Inc. Pet-articles.blogspot.com Vince Shorb Pam Walker www.OurTownFamily.com

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About the Cover.........................................................5, 24 Health & Fitness: Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge............6 Family Focus: Enough is Enough!.....................................8 Calendar of Events..................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: Healing from Guilt & Shame...................12 Medical: Direct Anterior Hip Replacement..................16 Finance: Raising Financially ResponsibleTeens..............18 Community: Team Nall Tennis Tournament................20 Home & Design: Photo Wall Murals.............................23 Feature Photographer: Liz Williams..............................24 Travel: La Costa Resort..................................................25 Seasonal: Student Organizational Tips.........................26 Outdoor: Ga DNR News................................................27 Pets: Cat Vocalization......................................................29 August Crossword...........................................................30 What’s Cookin’: National Peaches Month....................30

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Georgia’s “Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge” Combines Great Outdoors with Healthy Living

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iking to the top of the Southeast’s tallest waterfall isn’t good just for your soul; it’s good for your health as well. That’s the basic message behind the Georgia State Park system’s new “Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge.” To help combat the growing obesity epidemic, park rangers are reminding citizens that nature holds the key to healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition, and that outdoor recreation can be more fun than indoor exercise routines.

The new fitness challenge website - TonsofFun.org encourages Georgians to create an online profile to plan activities, track calories burned and document weight lost. It even suggests ways to get the family dog involved. A trainer and nutritionist are available to answer questions online, and soon the Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants will “prescribe” specific outdoor exercises. The website also includes an event calendar with activities such as healthy cooking demonstrations and guided hikes. According to State Park Director Becky Kelley, “Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. It can literally be a walk in the

Rockdale County has begun looking into incorporating Tons of Fun into its employee wellness program. Employees can use TonsofFun.org for guidance and Panola Mountain State Park as an “outdoor fitness center.” State park officials hope that other counties and cities will consider similar partnerships with parks in their areas.

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14-year-old hangs herself. A 19-year-old jumps off a bridge. A 13-year-old shoots himself. Another loads his backpack with stones and leaps into a river. Still another swallows her father’s prescription meds to get rid of the pain and humiliation. These are a few recent sickening headlines as a result of bullying.

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when it involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault or intimidation. No one is safe from bullying. Often those targeted are seen as passive, easily intimidated, smaller or younger. Bullies thrive on controlling or dominating others and have often been victims of bullying or abuse themselves. Some argue that a bully reflects a learned behavior. Envy and resentment may be motives for bullying – using bullying to conceal anxiety or shame. Bullying behavior often begins in childhood. As the bully ages, behavior patterns become more sophisticated, engaging in less obvious, yet equally intimidating behaviors such as character assassination, sabotage, or humiliation. Some surveys indicate as many as half of all children are bullied at some point during their school years. Individuals who are bullied experience true suffering that can interfere with sleep, appetite, school performance, social development including confidence, and emotional development. Researchers have proven many times that being bullied and/or excluded by peers is a strong predictor of depression and anxiety. In the long-term, bullying can lead to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and an inability to form relationships. For some victims, the thought of suicide is easier to contemplate than to endure further harassment and punishment.

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If you suspect your child is the bully, seek the help of your pediatric care provider and a child psychiatrist as soon as possible. Without intervention, bullying can lead to serious academic, social, emotional and legal difficulties. If you suspect your child is the bullied, provide a lot of opportunities for open dialogue between the two of you. Don’t encourage your child to fight back. Instead, help your child practice what to say to the bully and help your child practice being assertive. When possible, have your child avoid unsupervised situations, like hallways and bathrooms, and encourage your child to be with friends and travel in groups. Seek assistance from your child’s adult supervisors, teachers, guidance counselors and principals.

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WellStar Acworth Health Park

WellStar is pleased to announce that the Acworth Health Park Urgent Care is now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Patients from newborn through adulthood can be treated for a full range of conditions from minor needs to higher acuity issues. The Urgent Care will operate under the medical direction of Dr. Charles “Mickey” Moore, an emergency medicine physician with 24 years experience in the WellStar Kennestone Hospital Emergency Department.

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Paulding County Farm Bureau Farmers Market Tuesdays and Fridays; 3pm - 7pm Located at the intersection of Hwy. 92 & Hwy.120 in Dallas, across from Stars & Strikes. http://pauldingfarmers.blogspot.com/   Dallas Farmer’s Market Saturday 8am - Noon Located in the parking lot of the old Dallas Courthouse Annex. Parking is available across the street in the Regions Bank Parking lot.

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Parents of Prodigals - Mt. Calvary Baptist Church* August 1 and 15; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7pm-8:30pm A Christian group for parents with prodigal children. MCBC is located at 287 Mt. Calvary Road in Marietta. Call 770-424-4387 for more information.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center August 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm Guest speaker is Coach Vince Dooley. ($20/members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). To register or for more info visit pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016.

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Silver Swinger Dance Club Country Jamboree - September 15 Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 4 at the Woodie Fite Senior Center Ticket price for the BBQ Dinner and dance is $12.00. The George Britt Band will be playing. Purchase tickets early as a limit number of tickets will be sold. The Center is located at 1000 Simeon Springer Ct, Douglasville, across from the court house. Call 678-626-5630 for more info.

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Book Writers Critique Group*                August 6 and 20; 1st and 3rd Monday of the month; 6pm - 7:30pm For published and unpublished Book Writers only. Fiction and nonfiction.  For new member info and meeting location email muse@lightband.com National Night Out 2012 - Ben Hill Strickland, Sr. Memorial Park August 7; Tuesday 6pm - 9pm National Night Out is designed to: heighten crime/drug prevention, generate participation in local anticrime programs; and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. This is a FREE event sponsored by the Hiram PD and Target. There will be “hands on” exhibits and activates for kids of all ages. FREE food and drinks! For more info call 770-943-3087. Paulding County Writers’ Guild* August 7; 1st Tuesday of the month; 6pm-8pm For more info and meeting location call Dana Freeman, 678-662-1948.

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Screenwriters Group* - Starbucks in Hiram August 7; 1st Tuesday of the month; 3pm Visit on line and email if attending; GeorgiaScreenWriters.com

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American Sleep Apnea*/GA Chapter A.W.A.K.E. Support Group August 7; 1st Tuesday of each month; 7pm-9pm Meetings are held at the WellStar Paulding Hospital 1st floor conference room. For more information call Ann L. (Pickett) Croft at 770-445-2417 or 770-331-3088.

n Car and Truck Accidents n On the Job Injuries n Wrongful Death/Birth and Brain Injuries n Catastrophic Claims n Occupational Disease

Paulding Photography Club* – Downtown Dallas August 9 and 23; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit pauldingphotoclub.com

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relationships

Healing from Unhealthy By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

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uilt and shame are human emotions which arise early in life. Research suggests that experiences of guilt begin to develop around the ages of three to six, while shame occurs much earlier – from fifteen months to age three. Guilt is a more mature reaction to mistakes than shame; and while guilt can be used to motivate change, it can also become unhealthy when unresolved or disproportionate.

Guilt involves self-blame or sense of responsibility for a regretted thought or action. True guilt is what is felt when facts justify the level of responsibility and regret. Perceived guilt is what is felt when responsibility is accepted for something outside of personal control. Unhealthy guilt can occur when there are unreasonably high standards that result in guilt when unmet. Guilt can be a helpful emotion when it is justified. It motives to learn from mistakes and make changes. The initial conscience pang when something is in conflict with values prompts a realization of a mistake and a desire to make changes. Healthy people use self-criticism to steer themselves back on course.

Guilt and Shame

Shame is hardly ever a helpful or motivating emotion and creates a sense of worthlessness or inadequacy. Internalized shame can also lead to other unconstructive actions including: attacking or striking out at others in an attempt to feel better; seeking power and perfection; blaming others for personal faults; being self-sacrificing and attempting to please everyone; and withdraw to numb against the feelings of shame. Shame is fear based and drives one to hide or protect from criticism.

1. Admit and accept wrong. It is okay to make mistakes, as long as one benefits from the experience. 2. Learn the lesson. Offer thoughtful consideration of underlying motivations that led to mistaken action. 3. Forgive yourself. Self-forgiveness is not abdicating responsibility. It is seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning rather than personal failure. 4. Make amends if possible. A sincere, well-executed apology has the potential to help heal wounds; both for the person who feels guilty as well as for those who were wronged. However, the injured person may not accept even a sincere apology. This is beyond personal control but the action of offering amends is still important. 5. Change your behavior so you don’t make the same mistake again. 6. Lose the guilt and move forward with life. This step is the natural conclusion if the previous five steps are taken.

When the burden of extreme guilt or shame is carried, there is low self-esteem. The sense of low self-worth creates issues that compromise mental health and can become destructive, debilitating emotions. They can create serious negative consequences such as: alcoholism, drug abuse, and other types of self-destructive behavior; depression, unfulfilled lives, and relationship problems. By viewing a mistake as an action and not condemning the person, we can prevent shame, while still encouraging a healthy sense of right, wrong, and guilt when necessary.

Everyone make mistakes and mistakes do not indicate worthless or wicked people. Rather than the negative focus which is so common, it is important to focus on positives – that which makes each person unique and likable. Change what can be changed and accept the rest as a part of your own unique self. Make peace with who you are without the burden of unhealthy guilt or shame. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Marietta. Visit www.marietta-psychologist.com or call 770-4286698 or email LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments are welcome.

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If you’re over the age of 30 and suffer from neck pain, tingling in the arms, or headaches, this could be the most eye-opening article you’ll ever read.

Why Haven’t People With Neck Pain Been Told These Facts? It can affect your sleep, your marriage and your job. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your neck hurts and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Amy Valente, owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. In the years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people with neck pain, arm problems and headaches leave the office pain free. Because patients tell me too often…“I only wished I had found you sooner,” I’m running a special two week Neck Pain Evaluation for those suffering with neck problems. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Neck Pain Evaluation” we’ll be able find the problem and then correct 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. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without neck pain--able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and not have to worry that your pain will hit you at just the wrong time. “Will This Really Work For Me?” Just Listen to What Some of Our Patients Have to Say: “My Neck problems and back pain brought me into the office, especially my neck.

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I wasn’t a believer in chiropractic until now. My neck is 100% better! I can turn my head without pain. Chiropractic care helped me when PT and Medication did not. The entire staff is very friendly.” Sincerely, Renee M. “I came into the office suffering with neck pain and headaches. I was amazed at how soon my symptoms were relieved. I know longer have pain and getting adjusted has gotten rid of my headaches. I am less irritable and now able to continue my exercising and maintain an active lifestyle.” Thank you, Jennifer R. “What originally brought me into the office was my neck and low back pain. I could not turn my head to the left. My symptoms have now improved and I can turn my head without pain. Having less pain has

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group* August 9; 2nd Thursday of the month; 6pm-7pm Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Aspen Village Sales Office located at 59 Hillside Trace, Suite 117 in Dallas. For more info call 770-4453594. Purse Party hosted by Energy Hair Salon August 10; Friday 5pm Purses & more! Coach - Louie Vuitton - Chanel - D&G - Vera Wang. 5886 Wendy Bagwell Pkwy, Ste 407, Hiram. For info call Brandy or Lauri at 678384-0355. Back to School Bash to Support your School! August 11; Saturday 12pm - 4pm - Johnny’s Pizza at New Hope Donate a school supply to participate and get a bracelet/pizza slice FREE. Sign in with your school and class! The school with highest attendance wins all donated school supplies! The class with the highest attendance wins a PIZZA PARTY! Vendors, Water Events, Inflatables, Car Wash, Food, Music, Fun, Games, Prizes, etc. For information contact Brittany Wise, 404-984-9094

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Paulding County Civitan Club Meeting* - Ragsdale Inn August 13 and 27; 2nd and 4th Monday of the month; 12pm-1pm Paulding Civitan Club is a volunteer organization devoted to improving lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Meetings $10; lunch is provided. Contact - Jackie Crum at 770-490-7630 or email jackiecrum1959@ gmail.com Paulding 45 & over Singles Club Activities* – Ryan’s in Hiram August 14; 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm Contact Lynn Mitchell at lmpauldingsingles@yahoo.com

Paulding Business Assoc. Luncheon* – Hiram Comm Ctr. August 16; 3rd Thursday of the month; 11:30am-1pm Networking and Buffet Lunch-$12. Visitors WELCOME! pauldingba.org Paulding County Domestic Violence Task Force* August 17; 3rd Friday of each month from 12pm - 1pm Meet in lower level of the Paulding Chamber - 770-445-6016 for more info.

TNT Tennis Tournament and Family Fun Day benefitting Greg Nall August 17-19; Friday through Sunday This event is sponsored by the Seven Hills and Bentwater communites. The tournament is for mixed doubles. On Saturday the 18th there will be a Family Fun Day with activities for the children, a DJ, food and drink, raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds go directly to the Nall Fund. Forms for teams and more info is available at TeamNall.com. See more on page 20. KSU Athletics Community Appreciation Night with KSU Women’s Soccer August 24; Friday 7pm - 10pm KSU vs. Ga. State. Paulding Chamber Members get up to 6 FREE tickets! Fireworks following the match! For more info visit pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016.

Join us for “Jeff Brewer and the Impossible Dream”. Jeff’s show is one of the BEST Elvis tribute shows around! If you are a fan of the King, this show is not to be missed! Seating for this show will be reserved seating - Jeff Brewer has a large following and the best seats go quickly, so buy early! Tickets: MAIN LEVEL $ 20 Regular and $18 Discount, BALCONY $15 Regular and $13 Discount Seating for this show is reserved seating. Discount applies to: Seniors age 62 or older, military with I.D., groups of ten or more tickets purchased together, and students with I.D. Discount Tickets (Senior/ Group Rates) are NOT AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE PURCHASE. Please call the BOX OFFICE 678-363-0813 to purchase or come by in person!

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Tots to Tweens Consignment Sale - Sandy Plains Baptist Church August 25; Saturday 9am-2pm Sponsored by the NW Atlanta Moms of Multiples. Strollers welcome! Faster checkout! SPBC is at 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta. NOWAMOM.org or call 678-4040034. Bring in this ad for admittance before the public sale either 7pm-9pm Friday, August 24 or 8:30am Saturday, August 25. 4th Annual Governor’s Towne Club ‘Play for Pink” Tennis Tournament August 24-25; Friday and Saturday The residents and members of Governors Towne Club (GTC) invite you to join them for the fun, two day tennis event. Several rounds of play for ladies, men and juniors, great silent auction items and more! $40/adults, $20/junior and $60 for ladies who want to participate both days. To register or for additional info, visit gtcgivesback.com or call the GTC Tennis Pro Shop at 678-402-5356. 9th Annual Ragsdale Heating & Air 2012 Clay Shoot August 24-25; Friday and Saturday - Blalock Lakes in Griffin Get your teams together for the 9th Annual Paulding Chamber Clay Shoot to benefit the Paulding County’s Star Student Scholarship Fund. For more details, visit pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016

Main Street Players Production Audition Date/Time: Saturday August 25th 9am-1pm Audition Location: Dallas Theater, 208 Main Street Dallas GA 30132 For details & a character list for this show, please check our website www.dallastheater-civiccenter.com We will be casting both adults & children in this production. Auditions are open to ages 7+ Come prepared! See website for complete requirements.

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Direct Anterior Hip Replacement:

an Exciting Surgical Approach to Hip Replacement By D. Hodari Brooks, MD

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any of my readers either know someone who has had a total hip replacement or know someone who needs a hip replacement. The total hip replacement is a very successful operation that has been performed by orthopedic surgeons for many years. Despite the success of this operation, however, there are specific options that I feel the surgeon can take to make the operation even more successful. Primarily this involves reducing the amount of rehab and post operative “down time” that patients must endure. I have been performing total hip replacements for over 12 years and for the last several years I have been performing the operation through what is known as a direct anterior or “front” approach. I will comment on some of the specific benefits of this of this approach in this article.

Hip replacements are indicated for individuals with end stage arthritic disease of the hip joint. This can occur from a number of causes including but not limited to osteoarthritis, post traumatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. All of these diseases result in destruction of the hip joint causing pain, limited range of motion and decreased quality of life. A hip replacement cures this problem by replacing the ball and socket of the hip joint. This operation can be performed through a number of different surgical approaches. Each approach has positives and negatives associated with it. My desire to continue to try and reduce the postoperative recovery period for my patients has led me to try a number of these approaches. I now perform the anterior approach almost exclusively. While this approach is not a new one in orthopedics, the techniques and instrumentation have significantly improved over the last several years.

Manuel A. Davila, D.M.D Chris Vandewater, D.M.D. Scott P. Rose, D.M.D., M.D. Neysa Alice Coker, D.M.D., M.D. Jonathan MC Threadgill, D.M.D. Michael McHaney Demo, D.D.S.

One of the main benefits of this approach is the amount of muscle that has to be cut during the operation is kept to a minimum. Instead the approach takes advantage of anatomic intervals that allow for spreading of various muscle groups to allow for exposure of the hip joint. The end result of this is less soft tissue damage during the operation and less postoperative pain. In addition the patients typically are walking with at most a cane by 10-12 days. This allows patients to return to work much faster, depending on the specifics of the job, and to resume their important daily activities much quicker than in the past. A second benefit of this technique is that it is performed with the patient in a supine or face up position. This facilitates the use of xray during the procedure which has the important benefit of allowing me to literally “see” the exact position of the implant components as I put them in the patient. This gives me the benefit of being able to confirm proper implant position immediately; In addition, I can judge leg lengths much more accurately. Since I have converted to near exclusive use of the anterior approach for my hip replacements I have been extremely pleased with how quickly patients recover and for the most part resume their normal lives. As with any approach, it is not indicated for every patient; however, most individuals certainly are candidates. If you require a total hip replacement I recommend consultation with your orthopedic surgeon regarding this innovative and effective approach to total hip replacement. Dr. Brooks is an orthopaedic surgeon at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit pinnacleortho.com for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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How to Raise a Financially

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ow more than ever it is vital that parents give their teenage children a practical financial education. Most parents are already aware that most public high schools do not provide young adults with a practical financial education. Yet these same parents understand how important financial education is for their children’s future. So parents it’s up to you to provide your children with the financial skills they need to make it in today’s society. Helping your high school or college age child to achieve financial independence will give them an advantage that they will use every day of their life. Below is a list of the top lessons you can teach that will establish a solid foundation to raising a financially responsible teen. 1. High Ethical Standards - Developing a high moral character will help your teenager earn more money, be a better job candidate and an overall good person that people respect. In today’s society being a well respected member of the community will help them gain financial independence. 2. Proper mindset - A negative thought process can hurt your child’s chance at life or financial success. A positive outlook attracts positive events so encourage them to develop a mindset that will help them develop into a happy, well-rounded, financially responsible adult. 3. Ability to Communicate -Raising a financially independent teen depends on the ability their ability to communicate effectively. The ability to communicate will help them to stand out and increase their chances of promotion. What’s more great communicators are more likely to be leaders within a company or become successful entrepreneurs. 4. Organization skills - Achieving financial independence at a young age will be aided by having good organizational habits. Lead by example; show your teenage child how having an organized schedule, space, and life will benefit them. Doing so will allow them to reach their fullest earning potential 5. Passion - Encourage your teenager to find and follow their passions. Sit down with them and help them to think about ways they can turn what they love to do into a career. When your child loves what they do it doesn’t feel like work and they excel at what they do.

Now the foundation is there, additional financial lessons need to be taught to help them handle their money; however helping your teen to have a good head on their shoulders is the critical first step. The next step is to build their financial education base. These steps will help you prepare your child for a structured financial education course. 1. Lifestyle - Children, teenagers and young adults aren’t concerned with just ‘money’. Once they understand the personal freedoms having money will afford them, you’ll find your children excited and wanting to receive a practical financial education. 2. Accounts - Open their checking, savings, and investment accounts early. The longer relationship you have established with a bank the more benefits your child may receive. Also, young adults feel an added sense of responsibility for their financial future when they have the proper accounts open. 3. Invest early - Encourage your young adult to begin investing as soon as they have money saved up. The stock market is a great place for them to start; however do not go out and buy individual stocks or mutual funds. Both are too risky unless you have specialized investment training. Making a simple investment in the overall market may give your child lower risk, more consistent returns and greater diversification. Once they set up their investment account they can automate it so each month the investment is made for them automatically. Getting your young adult prepared for the realities of the 21st century is an important part of responsible parenting. Giving them a practical financial education before they move out on their own will continue to benefit them throughout their entire life.

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he Bentwater and Seven Hills communities are hosting a fund raiser on August 17-19 to help local resident, Greg Nall with current medical expenses after loosing his leg in a tragic, but heroic act.

You may have heard this past June, Greg was driving his truck down the exit ramp of Fulton Industrial near I-20 and realized his brakes were out. At nearly full speed, he made a split second decision to drive his truck into a tree instead of hitting someone. After the impact, Greg jumped out of his truck but his leg had been detached in the accident. WSB-TV Channel 2 reports the woman he would have hit was Tara Baynes, a mother of four. She saw the truck coming and took cover thinking she was going to be hit. There was no impact, and Ms. Baynes looked up to see the truck wrecked and Greg laying on the ground yelling for help. By the grace of God, a Rural Metro ambulance had made a wrong turn and was right there to give him medical attention. Other than the paramedics, Ms. Baynes was the ONLY person to stop. This meant a lot to Greg. Although Greg insists he isn’t a hero, Ms. Baynes says to her, he is.

Greg, his wife Angela and their daughter, Mattie has lived in Bentwater for eight years. He grew up in Mableton and has a sister Kim, and twin brother Craig. Greg has always been very active and athletic. He played baseball throughout high school and college, and continued playing travel softball for 20 years. Greg is a Georgia Tech fan and an avid tennis player.

who would consider donating jump houses and also, shuttle buses that can provide transportation for the players from Bentwater to Seven Hills. They expect parking to be limited. Also, businesses are allowed to set up tents to promote themselves for a donation to the Nall Fund.

Greg was release from Grady Hospital a month after the accident. He has incurred large medical expenses and will need a prosthetic leg and renovation of his home. To help with these expenses, the Team Nall Tennis (TNT) Mixed Doubles Tournament and Family Fun Day will be held the weekend of August 17-19 at the Seven Hills and Bentwater Tennis Courts. Saturday the 18th will be a day of fun for the whole family including kid’s activities, a DJ, food and drink, raffles and a silent auction. There will be some famous tennis players attending who have special donated items and Wilson will be on hand with giveaways and demoing tennis rackets.

The Nall Fund has been set up at United Community Bank. You can visit their website, www.teamnall.com for the complete story, event information or to make a donation online.

TeamNall is inviting our community and asking for help and involvement. They need volunteers and donations for the raffle and silent auction. They are asking for sponsors

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Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas August 25; 4th Saturday of the month; 5pm - 10pm Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit georgiaclassicrides.com.

2012-2013 CONCERT SEASON AUDITIONS for WADCS - Now to September The West Atlanta Douglas Choral Society is holding season auditions for the upcoming season’s Christmas and Easter Concert. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7pm to 9:30pm at the DCHS For more info on WADCS, visit wadcs.org. MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK– Glover Park in Marietta Square September 1-3; Saturday to Monday 10am–5pm 26th Anniversary of this special annual event. The Square becomes a familyfriendly destination of outdoor artistic enjoyment. FREE Festival Admission and Parking at the Cherokee Street Parking Deck. Visit artparkmarietta.com

Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center September 6; Thursday 11am - 1pm Public Safety Awareness Program. ($20/members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). Register at pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. 2012 Georgia Public Safety Softball Championship September 7-9: Friday through Sunday - Mt. Tabor Park - Dallas For more information call 404-983-0150 or email bill@29promotions.com. Paulding Meadows Arts & Crafts Festival September 8 - 9; Saturday and Sunday at Earl Duncan Park - Dallas Featuring Arts & Crafts, Food, Entertainment, and More! For more information visit www.PauldingFestivalsInc.org.

Junior League of Douglas County September 10: Monday 6:30pm at Downtown Conference Center Open to Paulding residents. Join the JLDC for their first meeting of the year. Speaking will be a panel of JL alumni and current members. Visit www. jldouglascounty.org/.

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Twice Blessed Children’s Consignment Sale - McEachern UMC September 13-15; Thursday 5pm-9pm; Friday 9:30am-6pm; Saturday 9am-1pm 200+ sellers with over 25,000 items for sale! Infant to teens and everything in between. Proceeds benefit McEachern UMC children’s ministries. For more info call 770-943-3008 x1212 or visit twice-blessed.org. CASA Paulding Volunteer Information Meeting September 17; Monday 6:30pm at the CASA Paulding office For more info about becoming a CASA volunteer, visit casapaulding.org or call the CASA Paulding office at 770-505-0065. Fall training classes begin October 1st. Cornerstone Community Challenge - Poplar Square Shopping Center October 6; Saturday 8am - 12pm The CC Challenge actively addresses the issue of domestic violence by supporting the efforts of Shepherd’s Rest Ministries. The event is open to all ages and abilities. Be a Sponsor, Vendor, Walker, or Runner. For more info call 770-439-7765 Denim & Diamonds Beauty Pageant presented by Georgia Beautiful Miss October 6; Saturday at East Paulding High School This pageant benefits the Calvary Children’s Home. For more info contact Renee Buchanan at 770-845-8769 or email misspauldingcounty@yahoo.com.

Paulding Literacy Council, PauldingReads! Tutoring sessions with trained volunteers who work one-on-one with any Paulding adult resident who wants to learn to read or improve their reading skills. Learn more by calling 770-920-8221 or 770-974-5531.

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Custom Photo Wall Murals To Decorate Kids Bedrooms By William Johnson

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ustom photo wall murals are great ways to decorate your kid’s room without any major alteration. Go through this article to know more about the best ideas of creative wall murals for kid’s rooms, the major benefits of using custom murals for walls and more.

Children’s rooms like bedrooms or playrooms are the places where your child spends a lot of time each day enjoying his or her early childhood life. That’s why, it is necessary to make these rooms extraordinary by offering a playful environment for your child. Decorating your kid’s rooms with custom wall murals is a great idea. A decorative customized wall covering is

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considered a far better, inexpensive and more innovative option to decorating your kid’s room when compared to wallpaper. It takes interior decoration to a new level without major alteration. Besides giving your child’s room décor some style, these modern wall murals also plays a great role in stimulating your child’s imagination. With technology at its peak, custom photo wall murals are counted amongst one of the popular murals for kids. These are customized wall coverings made from high quality, high resolution pictures of your family, loved ones or even your child’s own pictures or drawing. The process of creating your own photo wall covering is very easy. There are several online wall mural designers such as signgrafx.com or muralsyourway.com. Using the designer tools, you choose your wall covering material as well as size. Upload your photograph(s) that you want on your wall covering and proceed towards a process of designing custom wall murals. Place the order for the artwork and get your murals for walls delivered at your doorsteps within 48 hours. Also, it might help to check with the different sites to get the best price.  There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating your child’s room with the photo wall murals and make your little one’s room memorable. You can opt for anything from realistic high quality images that feature animals, cartoon characters, Disney fairies or princess, teddy bears, cars, sports, space, maps and flags, flowers, city, season, scenes from nursery rhymes, alphabets and numbers, planets and stars, etc.

There are a couple of benefits to using photo wall murals to decorate kid’s bedrooms: 1) These types of wallpapers are easy to remove and reuse. These wallpapers come with the sticky backing with adhesive qualities which are easy to remove without damaging your wall. The self-adhesive characteristic of photo wall-murals plays a major role in simplifying the entire installation process of wall coverings. To put it in simple words – a customized wall mural has a long life in comparison to the paper. 2) Tear resistance is another priceless benefit of a creative wall covering which ensures longer life of the mural. Moreover, these types of wall artwork demands minimum maintenance and very easy to clean. A gentle wiping once a week with a damp clean cloth can keep your custom coverings look new for years.  Happy redecorating!!!

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Together, Chris and Katelyn love to go hiking at Kennesaw Mountain. They also love traveling anywhere and everywhere if given the chance. Most of all, they love spending time with their families. They are excited about their future together, and are currently shopping for their first house. After Chris finishes his degree at KSU, they hope to start a family of their own.

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We appreciate Katelyn and Chris being on our cover this month and wish them all the best for a happy and blessed future.

lizabeth Williams has been a Paulding County resident since the age of 3. She and her husband of five years are expecting their 2nd child in October and they couldn’t be more thrilled to be giving their 4 year old daughter, Madison, a baby sister.

Liz has owned and operated Liz Williams Photography, LLC since 2008 and recently opened her own studio in Hiram. The studio caters to children of all ages and contains props for all tastes. “We particularly love our newborn clients. It is such a wonderful gift to watch our clients grow from just a couple of days old to toddlers. It’s fun to witness their personality’s blossom and we enjoy capturing every milestone and sharing the memories with their families.” Since opening the studio in February, Liz Williams Photography has seen a major boost in clientele. The studio serves as a great alternative to outdoor sessions during the very hot and cold months of the year, however, location shoots are still their favorite. As Liz explains, “Nothing beats natural lighting.”

Liz specializes in newborn photography, weddings, maternity, family portraits, senior portraits, boudoir, events, engagement, and more. You can find the studio in the Darby’s Crossing office complex on Hwy 92 (between Hwy 278 and Macland Road).

**Please check our Facebook page for behind the scene photos from our cover shoot as well as other great shots from our talented guest photographer, Liz Williams! Watch for notifications on Facebook for cover family nominations and contests. You or someone you love could be on our next cover!

For more information and to view her portfolio, visit her website, www.LizWilliamsPhotography.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/lizwilliams02. To contact her, call 678-315-4012 or email liz@lizwilliamsphotography.com. (Mention this ad for $10 off your first one hour photo session!)

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Great Getaway at La Costa Resort and Spa

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h my! What a great place for a summer vacation. I have always wanted to visit La Costa Resort and Spa. Years ago at the Marietta Country Club our head Golf Professional used to be the head of the golf program at La Costa and continually sang the resort’s praises. So when I saw an email with a great package rate including golf credits, spa credits and a per diem meal credit, I was there!

Just a 3 and 1/2 hour flight from Atlanta, the weather in San Diego stays at a constant average of 70 degrees. About 30 minutes north, La Costa is nestled in the canyons just off the coast. It is a sprawling campus of 500+ guest rooms, villas and suites for families, two very famous golf courses, (The Champions Course - a PGA tournament course and the South Course), a golf academy, a 17 court tennis center and Junior Tennis Academy, a fitness center and athletic club offering a whole menu of classes daily, The Chopra Yoga Center, and a wonderful spa and an equestrian center at La Costa’s Saddle Club for those that love to ride. Best of all, there are pools for adults, intimate pools at the spa, and pools for kids. There are a total of 7 pools including 3 waterslides and a beach for kids. La Costa was created near Carlsbad, CA, by Beverly Hills architect, Edward H. Fickett in 1965 depicting Spanish/Mexican style which is so popular on that side of the country. Using natural brick and hand carved doors, it was a masterpiece of its time. Not only did he create at 48,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, but also a $3 million dollar spa that was considered by some to be the best-equipped and largest spa in the world. Located on its own private 22 acre spread, La Costa Spa accommodated 150 guests an hour. The entire resort covered more than 400 acres of gardens, golf courses, homes and the spa. It was the hottest new resort on the west coast and often visited by some of Hollywood’s most famous. After a $50 million dollar renovation, it is still a great place for just about everyone. There are all kinds of things for adults to do all day long and as part of the renovation, the 6000 sq. ft. children and teen facility was added. Kidtopia, a Club for kids, and Vibz - Teenspace have X-Box games, music, bowling, billiards, and more. When families check in there is always a VIK (Very Important Kid) goody bag waiting for each child. There now is a shopping Marketplace that includes a Starbucks. The 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, combines to make this resort a combination of business types, golfers, hip young people from all over California, and families of every size and description. This is one great resort for every age, and I’m loving it. What a great place for my next family reunion! Well, I’m going to think about that later. There is far too much to do right now! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at Walker Adventures or pliwalker@earthlink.net. You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at http://www.pamwalkers.blogspot.com.

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Student Organization Tips: Organized to Learn Tip #8: Use a Calendar for Time Management - A calendar can help provide a big-picture view of your classes and lessen your chance of forgetting tasks. Write reminders well in advance of the due date, so you can get a jumpstart. Calendars are also great to keep track of your other activities, appointments and other important dates. After a couple of weeks, you’ll find that planning your time will become a habit and you will be setting yourself up for success in school. Here are some additional tips for managing your time:

Tip #4: The Right Bag - Choose a backpack or book bag that has plenty of pockets for storage. Reduce clutter, by emptying your bag once each week, on a specific day. You’ll find missing assignments and perhaps even that lost banana from lunch!

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Tip #1: Don’t Worry - Organization is not a trait we’re born with, it’s something that must be learned and practiced. The right supplies will help you on the path to organization success. Tip #2: Three-Ring Binder - This is a must-have. Look for one large enough to store all the papers and folders you’ll collect throughout the school year or semester. Use binder accessories to help manage the contents such a tab dividers, sheet protectors, and binder pockets. Tip #3: Twin Pocket Folders - These are great for storing extra papers and keeping track of important information. Pick colorful folders or designs. Coordinating folder and binder colors will help you to find your paperwork faster.

Tip #5: Set Up a Study Space - Before you set up your work area, think about how you like to study. Do you lock yourself in a quiet room with no distractions, or do you prefer to sprawl out on your bed, music cranked? Do you want the area to be brightly lit or do you to work with one strong desktop lamp? As you read, do you make notes on paper or your computer? Regardless of how you study, you need to stay focused on one thing at a time. Remember that distractions and endless searching for misplaced paperwork wastes tons of time.

l Make time to study and mark this time on your calendar. l Prioritize assignments with the closest deadlines and set aside time to work on longer-term projects. l Break down large projects into several smaller steps so it doesn’t appear so overwhelming. l Weekly To-Do Lists: making a list of smaller tasks lets you cross off finished items as the week progresses and is a visible reminder of your progress and an amazing motivator. l Monthly To-Do List: reserve these for big responsibilities, like research papers and finals. It’s also very rewarding to cross off these tasks.

Tip #6: How to Organize and Study - Assign each subject its own color and keep a binder for each subject. Make sure there are two sections in the binder; one to hold review handouts and notes and the other for dayto-day class notes. Write the date on your notes, and notate if the notes are from class or from the textbook. When studying, highlight only the main ideas on a page and use index cards as flash cards to help remember important facts.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t forget, everyone needs a little organizational refresher every now and then. Have confidence you will reach your goals and take pride in your accomplishments. Before you know it, your teachers, parents and friends will notice and be impressed with the newly-organized you.

Tip #7: Managing Your Desk - Begin by creating a place for everything you’ll need. File away copies of homework assignments, old tests and handouts in folders or manila files. There are many organizational supplies to help keep everything tidy. Experiment with different solutions until you find one that work for you.

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The Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® app is available on iTunes, Android Market and PocketRanger.com. It is also formatted as a Mobile Website for ease of use for Blackberry users. App users are able to locate friends within parks using the Friend Finder feature. The potentially life-saving Alert feature supplies GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency. Guests can also cache park maps in advance to ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception. In addition to GPS technology, the Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® provides other tools that make exploring the great outdoors a breeze. Visitors can decide which Georgia State Park, Wildlife Management Areas or Public Fishing Areas to visit using a list of activities or searching a region. The Calendar of Events is updated in real time. Weather forecasts are at users’ fingertips. Property rules and regulations are a click away, which is especially helpful to anglers and sportsmen. A Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide tutorial is available at http://www.youtube.com/ user/PocketRangerApp.

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Available for Adoption: ISABEL (DOB ~10/26/2010) is a red (orange) and white female Japanese Bobtail mix who we rescued from a local animal control facility where she faced an uncertain fate. ISABEL has a good personality, and would prefer to be in a home with no other cats, dogs, or children. She would love nothing better than to spend her time lounging in front of a window to soak up the sunshine and watch the birds outside, and, in that perfect new home, will provide her new family with years of love, loyalty, and companionship. ISABEL is spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV/FHW, microchipped, dewormed, has received flea and ear mite preventative, and is eligible for at least 30 days of prepaid pet health insurance at the time of adoption. ISABEL’s adoption fee is $125.00.

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Expert suggests that cats are so complex that they communicate with you, other felines and other animals in very unique ways. Of course, in addition to their vocalization skills, they also communicate through a broad range of body postures as well. These are often easier to interpret than their meows are. Nearly everyone who has had the privilege of hearing a cat purr knows that it generally translates to something good. However, contrary to what you may have been taught to believe, purrs are not always positive. This sounds that warms your heart is made when the feline breathes in and out with quick pauses occurring between breaths. The purr is created by a separation in the vocal folds caused by built up pressure. It is actually a very complex process and you should feel special if a cat directs this type of communication in your direction. Although purring is typically perceived as a sign of happiness or contentment, cats in pain will often purr when they are stressed as well, an act that remains a mystery. It’s no secret that hissing is a warning that you should take seriously; cat bites are not fun to deal with. (If you want to correct your cat’s biting behavior, here’s an excellent resource: http://catbehaviorsolutions.com/Ebook/index.html) There are different variations of hisses as well. If you startle or upset a cat, you will often be faced with a mouth open hiss. This is common if you invade their space. If a cat is extremely distraught or fearful, a scream is often released along with the hiss. When you hear cats fighting outside and low-pitched angry growls are present, this is another form of hiss. Now for the most confusing vocalization of them all; the meow! No one will ever know what every meow means but if you are really in tune with your feline friend, you’ll begin to notice a pattern which will help you understand their needs. Cats don’t have only one generic meow. If you pay attention, you will discover that your cat will make a different sound for food, attention, boredom, if he wants outside, etc. Cats are highly intelligent creatures; they are trying to teach you what they want if you are observant. Just as humans train dogs through consistent repetition, cats train humans with their communication…not all people pick up on their daily lessons though.

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Office Paper: includes any NON-glossy paper such as notebook paper, envelopes, post-it notes, and printer paper. It also includes non-corrugated cardboard. All three public libraries accept these items. Newspaper: All three public libraries, WalMart, the Dallas Park-N-Ride (across from Chattahoochee Tech), the Kroger in Hiram, the Water Department ( Macland Road location ONLY), and many schools accept newspapers in their parking lots. Corrugated Cardboard: The Dallas Park-N-Ride accepts it. Please flatten and remove all polystyrene peanuts and/or other packaging material before placing in bin. Magazines: All magazines as well as glossy paper. (INCLUDING YOUR BELOVED OUR TOWN MAGAZINE!) The Dallas Park-N-Ride and many local schools accept them. Telephone Books: Telephone books are typically delivered between mid-May and mid-June. Bins are placed at the three public libraries, the Dallas Park-N-Ride and sometimes a fifth location. These bins are placed a week before the earliest delivery date and for an additional two weeks after the latest date of delivery. The Dallas Park-N-Ride bin remains year-round. Aluminum Cans: Cans are accepted at the Dallas Park-N-Ride location. Please empty and rinse the cans. Please check with your neighborhood schools for aluminum recycling as well. Nickel-Cadmium batteries: These are accepted at WalMart and Home Depot. Polystyrene foam trays: These are accepted at Publix. Scrap metal: Accepted at the Paulding County Landfill. Scrap metal includes old appliances, bikes, grills, lawn mowers, and much more. Scrap tires: Accepted at any tire dealer for recycling, although they will charge for this service. Motor oil: Recycle at places like AutoZone and Advanced Auto. Auto Batteries: Many stores that sell them accept your old battery for recycling. Old Cell Phones: These are accepted at the Paulding County Water System Facility located at 1723 Bill Carruth Parkway, Hiram, some local schools. Please verify with school’s administrative staff. Waste Paint: Duron Paint in Hiram sells a product called Waste Paint Hardened- This product may be purchased for around $ 3.00 and can be put in unwanted paint for absorption for disposal. For more information on recycling, you can contact the “Keep Paulding Beautiful” office at 770-443-0119. www.keeppauldingbeautiful.com

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Fiery Grilled Peach and Habanero Salsa

Grilling the peaches caramelizes their natural sugar. Serve with grilled pork, fish or chicken. Refrigerate for up to three days.

4 large peeled peaches, halved and pitted (about 1 pound) 2 (1/4-inch-thick) slices red onion Cooking spray 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon grated orange rind 1 teaspoon finely chopped seeded habanero pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Lightly coat peaches and onion with cooking spray. Place peaches and onion on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill peaches 2 minutes on each side. Cool and chop peaches. Grill onion 3 minutes on each side. Cool and chop onion. Combine peaches, onion, cilantro, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; toss well. Let stand 15 minutes.

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1 cup water 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 3 large ripe peaches 2 1/2 cups tart white wine (such as albariño) 1/3 cup Grand Marnier 1 (750-milliliter) bottle chilled cava or other sparkling wine Garnishes: blueberries, mint leaves, and peach slices

Combine water and brown sugar in a microwavesafe dish; microwave at HIGH for 3 1/2 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cool. Peel and pit peaches. Combine sugar syrup and peeled peaches in a food processor; process until smooth. Pour peach mixture into a pitcher; stir in white wine and Grand Marnier. Chill at least 4 hours; strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve. Squeeze cloth to extract juices. Discard solids. Stir in cava. Garnish, if desired.

Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches

Look for amaretti cookies at specialty or gourmet markets; they have a distinct almond-amaretto flavor and crunchy texture that make this dish memorable. In a pinch, you can substitute crumbled almond biscotti. 1/2 cup crushed amaretti cookies (about 8 cookies) 2 tablespoons brown sugar 4 large ripe peaches, halved and pitted Cooking spray 8 teaspoons butter 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, shaved

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Preheat broiler. Combine cookie crumbs and sugar in a small bowl. Hollow out the center of peach halves using a melon baller. Fill each peach half with 1 rounded tablespoon cookie crumb mixture. Arrange peaches in an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Place 1 teaspoon butter on top of each filled half. Broil 2 minutes or until butter melts. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate. Cool 5 minutes before serving. (Recipes and photos by a CookingLight.com) For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 • ourtownmagazine@bellsouth.net  Our Town

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