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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Wilson / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography Erin Osborne Flutterbee Photography Independant Sales Rep Alie Ayers

Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, PhD Scott Bauer Sudhir R. Belagaje, MD Brandpoint.com Melissa Cummings Sharon Dowdy Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Healing Hands Massage Our Town Media Group, Inc. Mary Carol Sheffield R. Webb

www.OurTownFamily.com Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2013, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

About the Cover.......................................................5, 34 Health & Fitness: Understanding Massage Therapy.........9 Calendar of Events...............................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: Managing Anger......................................12 Family Focus: Protecting Our Most Precious Resource...14 Family Budget: Freaky Frugal Halloween.......................19 Home & Design: Embrace Color Trends in Style............20 Seasonal: It’s Fall Y’all....................................................24 Gardening: Tackling Fire Ants........................................26 Home Improvement: Green Ways, Autumn Sun.......28 Medical: Common Foot & Ankle Problems..................30 Community: Public Appreciation Day...........................32 Feature Photographer: Erin Osborne............................34 Pet News: Angler’s Panfishing........................................37 October Crossword.........................................................38 What’s Cookin’: 30 Minute Recipes.............................38

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Massage therapy has been part of medicine for hundreds of years. Its original roots have not yet been identified but theories have revolved around Greek, Latin, and Arabic civilization. The word “massage” may have come from Latin word, “massa” which means to touch, handle, or squeeze. Wherever it may have come from, it undeniably has numerous benefits. People have widely accepted the medicinal benefits of massage, which is why massage spas offer numerous massage styles and techniques to suit the needs of their clients.

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***Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. Please contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. For the full Calendar of Events visit OurTownFamily.com.

Dallas Farmer’s Market Saturdays through the year 9am - 1pm 25 Courthouse Square, in the Georgia Highlands Parking lot formerly the old Courthouse annex in Dallas! Weather Permitting! http://tdfm.org.

Paulding County Farm Bureau Farmers Market Fridays through November 22 3pm - 7pm 2515 Marietta Hwy, Dallas GA 30157 (Intersection of Hwy 92 and Hwy 120) across from Stars and Strikes. Call 770.231.4632 for info. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center October 3; Thursday 11am - 1pm The “State of Cities” Address from the Honorable Boyd Austin, Mayor City of Dallas and the Honorable Doris Devey, Mayor City of Hiram. ($20/mem, $25/ non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Visit pauldingchamber.org to register or call 770-445-6016.

Couponing Class at the Hiram Library* October 3; 1st Thursday of each month (except July) 6pm - 7pm Learn from Lori Hendrix how to save money while having fun! 1815 HiramDouglasville Highway, Hiram, GA 30141. 770-439-3964 2013 Salute to America Air Show - Paulding NW Atlanta Airport October 5-6; Saturday 1:30pm to dark, Sunday gates open 11:30am Two great days full of excitement and high flying family fun! Don’t miss this…visit PauldingAirShow.net. For information or see their article on page 33. 7th Annual Cornerstone Comm Challenge - Poplar Square Shopping Center October 5; 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

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Dr. Lisa’s goal is to provide the highest individualized care possible. As a mother herself, and the only dentist in her practice, Dr. Lisa understands that your child’s well-being and your time is just as valuable as hers. That’s why we NEVER over book, and how we stay on schedule.

Brigette Barron Memorial Blood Drive - Christ Central Ministries October 7; Monday 3pm - 8pm CCM is located at 620 Paulding Plaza, Dallas. Schedule an appointment online at red crossblood.org sponsor code: brigettebarron or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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Radical Readers Book Club for ages 7 - 11 at the Hiram Library* October 7; 1st Monday of each month 5pm-6pm FREE program! Sign-up at the front desk; books will be available to check-out! Library is located at 1815 Hiram-Douglasville Highway, Hiram. 770-439-3964. Paulding County Singles Ages 45 and Over* October 8; 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6:30 Ryan’s @ 55 Pace Court Hiram They enjoy movies, bowling, concerts, dancing, etc. For more info visit Paulding County Singles on Facebook or email Elaine at pauldingsingles@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Acworth West Open House October 9; Wednesday The MOMS Club of Acworth West is a social support group for at-home moms. They plan activities, playgroups, “Moms Night Out,” and other events for the family. For time and location email AcworthMoms@gmail.com or check out their website AcworthWestMomsClub.weebly.com. calendar of events continued on page 15

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Learning to Effectively Manage Anger is Important By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

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nger is an emotion everyone experiences. Anger can be caused by feelings of frustration, hurt, injustice (real or perceived), requests or criticisms that are felt to be unfair, or threats to people, things, or ideas that are important. It can vary in intensity from mild frustration to rage. All of us experience anger from time to time, and it is a normal emotional response, not unlike sadness, anxiety or happiness. However, extreme or very frequent expressions of anger are harmful to you and those around you. Frequent or misplaced anger can hurt reputations, destroy relationships, limit opportunities, and even damage health.

People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with angry feelings. Expressing angry feelings in an assertive (not aggressive!) way is the healthiest; where needs are communicated without attacking others. Alternatively anger can be suppressed, and then converted or redirected. The danger with this response is that if it isn’t allowed outward expression, anger can turn inward leading to health problems and indirect manifestations including passive-aggressive behavior. Passive-aggressively expressing negative feelings can be one of the most destructive relational issues.

Out of control anger hurts your physical health. Chronic anger makes you more vulnerable to heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, a weakened immune system, insomnia and high blood pressure. Anger problems also lead to mental health issues including depression, difficulty with concentration, stress, eating disorders and more. Perhaps most significant is that anger problems hurt relationships with others. Chronic, intense anger makes it hard for others to trust you, speak honestly, or feel comfortable or safe with you.

viewpoints. Others will be more willing to listen to you and accommodate your needs if you communicate in a respectful way. Myth: I can’t help myself. Anger isn’t something you can control. Fact: You can’t always control the situation you’re in or how it makes you feel, but you can control how you express your anger. And you can express your anger without being verbally or physically abusive. Even if someone is pushing your buttons, you always have a choice about how to respond. Myth: Anger management is about learning to suppress our anger. Fact: Never getting angry is not the goal. Anger is normal, and it will come out regardless of how hard you try to suppress it. Anger management is all about becoming aware of your underlying feelings and needs and developing healthier way to manage. Rather than trying to suppress your anger, the goal is to express it in constructive ways.

Anger expert, Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. and Melinda Smith, M.A. provide this discussion of common myths and facts about anger: Myth: I shouldn’t “hold in” my anger. It’s healthy to vent and let it out. Fact: While suppressing and ignoring anger is unhealthy, venting is not healthy. Anger is not something you have to “let out” in an aggressive way to avoid blowing up. In fact, outbursts and tirades only fuel the fire and reinforce anger problems.

Mastering the skills of anger management takes work, but learning to control your anger and express it appropriately can help build better relationships, achieve personal goals, and lead to a healthier, more satisfying life.

Myth: Anger, aggression, and intimidation help me earn respect and get what I want. Fact: True power doesn’t come from bullying others. People may be afraid of you, but they won’t respect you if you can’t control yourself or handle opposing

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My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, and I’ve been helping people with neuropathy and What has amazed me the most about nerve problems for years. my care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is the dedication of the staff. I More than 20 million Americans suffer couldn’t ask for better care and I feel like from peripheral neuropathy, a problem family there. The Neuropathy Therapy caused by damage to the nerves that has decreased the pain in my legs and supply your arms and legs. feet. I can even sleep through the entire night! The pain, numbness, pins and This painful condition interferes with needles have improved. I have improved your body’s ability to transmit messages mobility and I have the ability to do daily to your muscles, skin, joints, or internal activities again. My family has noticed organs. If ignored or mistreated, neumy relief. They appreciate my overall ropathy can lead to irreversible health improved attitude that has replaced the conditions. cranky one caused by the pain. The atmosphere at North Cobb Spine and Why not get help by those trained to Nerve Institute is always helpful, friendly correct the major cause of peripheral and welcoming. neuropathy? - Charlotte C. Data from the National Board of ChiroHow To Find Out If This practic Examiners’ Job Analysis of ChiWill Work For You ropractic lists arm and leg neuropathy as the second most common nerve problem It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic treated by chiropractors. will be your neuropathy solution. Often neuropathy is caused by a degenerating spine pressing on the nerve For 14 days only, $20 will get you all roots. This can happen in any of the vertebral joints from the neck all the way the services I normally charge new patients $250 for! down to the tail bone.

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The Misteltoe Market – Cobb Civic Center October 10-12; Thur. 9:30-6pm, Fri. 9:30am-6:30pm, Sat. 9:30am- 4:30am Cobb Civic Center is located at 528 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. It’s a holiday gift shopping extravaganza with unique vendors featuring fabulous gifts accessories, gourmet food and decorative items. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. Call 770-422-5266 or visit jlcm.org ‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’ presented by East Paulding HS Theater Co October 10-12; Thursday-Saturday; 7pm - Public Shows October 11; Thursday; 10am - School Field Trip Show Returning 2012 champs of Region 5-AAAAA One-Act Play competition present this traditional southern folktale. Tickets are $5 in advance for Public shows or $7 at the door. Tickets for Field Trip Show are $3 per student; teachers are free. 5th Annual Paulding Public Safety Appreciation Day October 12; Saturday 11am - 5pm Everyone is invited to this family fun day at the Paulding County Courthouse - Watson Government Complex on Hwy 278. Meet and greet members of law enforcement, fire, rescue, EMTs, 911 Dispatch, events for kids, raffle, and MORE! Visit pauldingpsa.org or email Linda Verscharen at lindav883@ comcast.net. Greystone Power - 2013 Annual Meeting and Festival October 12; Saturday 8am-1pm – 4040 Bankhead Hwy., Douglasville Family festivities include free breakfast from 8am-9am, health fair, carnival rides, pony rides, games, door prizes & more. Cumberland River performs at 9:45am.

11th Annual - Paulding Fine Arts Fall Festival 2013 October 12; Saturday 10am–4pm – Main Street Dallas Main Street will be closed to traffic and opened to artists, crafters, art lovers, and seekers of crafts and more! Prizes, raffles, food and more. To rent a booth visit pauld ingfinearts.org. Call early to reserve your spot! For more information please call 770-443-1649 or email pfaa@bellsouth.net.

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“Building Grace” Arts & Craft Show and Silent Auction October 12; Saturday 8am - 4pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Handmade crafts, woodwork, horseshoe art, gourmet food items, etc. GCPC is located at 36 Coach Bobby Dodd Road, Dallas. For more info email Coleda Phillips at coledaphillips@gmail.com.

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After School Story Time at the New Georgia Library* October 15; 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4pm Activities include author visits, simple science experiments, crafts, stories and more. The library is located at 94 Ridge Rd - Dallas. For more info call 770-459-8163.

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Paulding Business Assoc. Luncheon* – Hiram Community Center October 17; 3rd Thursday of the month; 11:30am-1pm Networking and Buffet Lunch-$12. Visitors WELCOME! pauldingba.org Dysport™ Event Party at Governor’s Medical Group October 17; Thursday 4pm-8pm Dysport™ $125/area, Restylane™ $350/syringe and Perlane ™ $375/syringe. Please RSVP. If you can’t make the party, no problem, you can prepay and use these products at a later date. Call 770-975-9077 to reserve your slot today! GFMG is located at 4900 Ivey Road, Suite 1826, Acworth 30101. Movie Time at the Hiram Library* October 17; 3rd Thursday of the month; 5pm - 7pm Contact the library to see what feature they’re playing. Free! 1815 Hiram-Douglasville Highway, Hiram, GA 30141. 770-439-3964 3rd Annual Poker Run for Literacy - Paulding Senior Center October 19; Saturday Registration 8am, Kickstands Up 10am The 3rd Annual Poker Run support programs such as Teacher of the Month, Dictionaries for 3rd Graders and the Back Pack Program. Sponsorships available. Riders $25/Passangers $15. *Includes lunch and t-shirt. For more information contact Howard Maxwell 770-386-5420 or Tanya Hogan 678-234-0461. S.H.A.R.E. House Paws-an-Effect Dog Show and Fun Run October 19; Saturday 9am - 1pm at Deer Lick Park Fun for all ages at a dog show competition and one mile fun run with animal adoptions, vendors, demonstrations, prizes and more. 2105 Mack Road, Douglasville. For more info, email weath451@aol.com calendar of events continued on page 22

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COSTUMES Be creative and involve the whole family. Start by looking at your resources and work with what you have. One mom used her resources by dressing her children in her husband’s UPS uniforms. The parents were the packages wearing big boxes with “handle with care” and “fragile” stickers. They were the hit of the neighborhood! Since I have small children, I try to purchase or make costumes that can be used for other purposes like Princess themed birthday parties or use storybook characters for school dress-up days, etc. See how creative you can be by using items from around the house to create fun, free costumes. Here are some ideas for kids and adults: Pirate: Baggy button-up shirt, short pants, colored socks, bandanna/scarf, paint on beard and eye patch, or buy an eye patch (usually not more than $1). Highway: Gray sweatshirt and sweat pants, yellow tape, toy cars. Tape a dotted yellow line down the middle of the sweat-suit and tape or glue cars on the “road”. Bag of Jelly Beans: Cut holes in a clear garbage bag for head and arms. Fill bag with small colored balloons. Tape up bottom of bag, make a label and tape on front of the bag. Tourist: Tan shorts, tall black socks, a camera, some maps hanging out of your pockets. Nerd: Small pants hiked up, suspenders with a half tucked-in shirt, slick parted hair with a cowlick, old pair of taped glasses, pens/pencils in shirt pocket. Ninja: All black clothes, you can wrap a black material cloth or bandanna around face. Cut weapons out of cardboard and wrap in aluminum foil. (You can create almost anything from some cardboard and aluminum foil) Biker/Rock Star: Old torn jeans, black sleeveless shirt, dog collar, bandanna. Paint on fake mustache, sideburns, etc. Ghost: A classic! Cut holes in a white sheet for eyes. For better vision cut hole big enough to drape on shoulders and paint face white, or you may use a white ski mask. Hobo: Old raggy clothes and hat. If you have old shoes, cut the toes out of them. Paint a beard on and rub a little dirt on the clothes.

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Seaside harmony - What says “summer” better than a trip to the beach? While winter’s lower temperatures mean you probably won’t want to get sand between your toes or dip them into the ocean, you can still enjoy the warmth and relaxation of the seashore. Simply choose colors that echo the natural hues of sun, surf and sand. Cool bluegreens soothe the senses, while gentle peach and soft white evoke the warmth of the sand and revive the spirit. Create the effect with an inspiring wall color such as Behr’s Ocean Liner T14-1, South Peach T14-2, Miami Weiss T14-3 (a creamy shell-like hue), Edgewater T14-4 or Sky Blue T14-5. Then, extend the theme throughout your decor with accessories and lighting that celebrate the look of a chic modern resort.

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Grand reign - From the mansions of the “Great Gatsby” to the magnificent homes of Newport, R.I., Americans continue to be fascinated with grand residences. These opulent homes carry us to another place and time, when the Vanderbilts, Carnegies and Rockefellers set the standard for luxury and elegance with their fantastic homes. You can recreate some of this effect with opulent detail, color and ornamentation. This style works for either richly masculine rooms with Cloisonne Blue T14-14, the deep eggplant purple of

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Boxerstock 2013 Music Festival – Jim Miller Park October 20; Sunday 12pm – 6pm Atlanta Boxer Rescue is co-sponsoring their annual Boxerstock music festival. A full day of music and dogs! For entertainment lineup or to purchase tickets visit www.boxerstock.org.

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Masquerade Ball benefitting Family Alliance of Paulding @ 655 West October 25; Friday 7pm - 12am This fun filled, amazing evening will have music, dancing, dinner, prizes and more! Catered by The Olive Tree. Cost is $30/person. For sponsorship or tickets call 678-202-5777 x100 or email lindav883@comcast.net.

Growing Champions for Life – A Seminar for Parents October 26; Saturday 7pm - 9pm Mars Hills Community Church This seminar is from David Benzel, America’s Sport Family Church. Reserve your tickets online now as space is limited; www.MarsHillsCC.com. The church is located at 109 Mars Hill Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127 678-797-0814

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TRUNK-OR-TREAT - North Paulding Baptist Church October 26; Saturday email for time Free food, games, trunk-or-treating, costume contest, and more! NPBC is located at 700 School Road in Dallas. For more info email kmchollis@yahoo.com. 3rd Annual Pumpkins, Putts & Paulding Golf Tournament at the Frog October 30; Wednesday 8:30am Registration, 10am Tee-off Enjoy 18 holes of golf (including cart), golfer “goody” bag, breakfast, lunch, 19th Hole Reception, door prizes, awards and a fantastic day of networking. Longest Drive * Closest to the Pin * Mulligan Cards * Team Awards * Door Prizes. $125 per play or $500 per foursome. Call 770-726-7000 for details and register online at www.golf digestplanner.com/24350-PumpkinsPuttsPaulding

First Annual Paulding Festival of Trees at the Paulding Senior Center November 16; Saturday 10am - 2:30pm The Paulding Board of Realtors® is hosting this festive, FREE event with beautifully decorated holiday trees and displays. Entertainment is planned and Santa will be there for pictures. Silent Auction bidding, throughout the day, with a Live Auction, at the ticketed evening event from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. For more information contact: 770-866-1397.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center November 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote Speaker - TBD ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Visit pauldingchamber.org to register or call 770-445-6016.

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Celebrate 42 Years of the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, GA October 12th - 13th and 19th - 20th; Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 12th. The parade is on October 19th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds is located at 1729 South Main Street in Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Admission: Adult - $5.00 and Children under 10 are FREE. Visit georgiaapplefestival.org, for more information.

APPLE ORCHARDS Ellijay is the heart of Georgia’s apple country and is safely nestled in the mighty Appalachian Mountains. From late August to December, roadside stands abound with the tastiest, tree-ripened mountain apples available. Buying direct means buying fresh. Visit georgiaapplefestival.org, under the tab “Orchards” for more information. Mack Aaron’s Apple House - 8955 Hwy 52 East - 706-273-3600; MackAaronsAppleHouse.com B.J. Reece Apple House - 9131 Hwy 52 East - 706-276-3048; ReeceOrchards.com Hillcrest Orchards - 9696 Hwy 52 East - 706-273-3838; HillcrestOrchards.net R & A Orchards - 5505 Hwy 52 East - 706-273-3821; RandAOrchards.com Red Apple Barn - 3381 Tails Creek Road - 706-635-5898; RedAppleBarn.com

CORN MAZES, HAYRIDES & PUMPKINS A great outdoor family treat is a visit to a corn maze. If there are several of you, divide into groups and make a game of it by seeing who can finish first, but NO cutting through the corn rows! Uncle Shucks Corn Maze – 4520 Highway 53E, Dawsonville, Georgia The 2013 corn maze is located on a 12 acre field of corn that has approximately 4 miles of trails; twisting and turning, and sometimes, coming to a dead end! There are also hayrides, food, and you can “Pick-Your-Own” pumpkin. Visit UncleShucks.com or call 1-888-OSHUCKS for hours of operation and directions. Haunted Maze during the month of October. Burt’s Farm - 4801 Highway 52, Dawsonville, Georgia Pumpkins, hayrides, and gift shop. At Burt’s Farm the pumpkin selection is vast and the quantity is never ending, as is the Indian corn, cornstalks and hay bales. Hayrides are pulled by John Deere tractors that take you through a winding trail filled with nature and beauty. Don’t forget to check the “barn” store for Burt’s fresh baked goodies. Visit BurtsFarm.com or call 1-800-600-BURT for more info and directions.

STABLES North Georgia offers some fabulous trail rides for the adventurous type, so SADDLE up! Blanche Manor Horseback Riding, Blue Ridge, GA 706.455.RIDE BlancheManor.com Sunny Farms North, Dahlonega, GA. 706.867.9167 SunnyFarmsNorth.com TrackRock Stables, Blairsville, GA. 706.745.5252 TrackRockStables.com Gold City Corral, Dahlonega, GA. 706.867.9395 GoldCityCorral.com The Dillard House Stables, Dillard, GA 706.746.2038 DillardHouseStables.com

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s the mother of young children, I spend lots of time worrying. One of the things southern moms have to worry about is fire ants. Those pesky biting ants can wreak havoc on back yard fun! Fall is one of my favorite times of year to spend outdoors with the kids, so keeping fire ants at bay is a priority at our house. Luckily, my friend and University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences News Editor, Sharon Dowdy, caught up with University Entomologists recently to get advice that will help you take the sting out of fire ants this fall.

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“When fire ants sting, they release toxins that cause blisters, prolonged agony and even possible allergic reactions,” said Wayne Gardner, a research entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Gardner, and his colleague UGA Extension entomologist Dan Suiter, should know. They study fire ants and ways to control the pests as part of the urban entomology research program on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia.

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Fire ant colonies reach their peak in the fall having grown throughout the summer months, Suiter said. The ants tend to be most active in the spring and fall, when daytime temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees. During the fall especially, they spend a lot of time foraging for food.

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Another reason to treat the pests in the fall is their location. “The ants aren’t too deep in the ground and this makes it easier to kill with a mound-drench, granular or dust,” Suiter said. “When using these products it’s critical to treat when the queen and brood are close to the surface.” UGA specialists recommend treating fire ants by first broadcasting a fire ant bait like Amdro. This can be done either across the home lawn or in a 4-foot circle around each mound. Do not disturb the mounds.

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Never apply bait using a spreader that’s been used to spread fertilizer. Fertilizer can contaminate the bait by altering the smell. “If you smoke and get smoke smell on the bait, the ants won’t touch it. Or if you have gasoline on your hands, the ants won’t touch it,” Suiter said.

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Wear gloves and use only a new spreader dedicated to treating fire ants, he said. Allow the bait to work for a week to 10 days. Then kick the ant mounds or poke them with a stick and step back quickly. If there is any ant activity, apply a contact insecticide to target the mounds. “Get a long stick and run it down through the center of the mound,” Suiter said. “It should push like a hot knife through butter. Pull the stick out quickly and pour in the premixed insecticide.” Pour the insecticide quickly as the ants will scatter once the mound is disturbed. A premixed gallon or two of insecticide should fill the mound from the bottom up. Gardner says dusts or powders can also be sprinkled on the surface of the mound if you prefer dry treatments. “A really excellent one is Orthene (acephate) which is actually packaged and sold for fire ant control,” he said. “For those colonies that might survive the bait treatment, a second treatment of the mound with this material is an excellent idea.” The worker ants find the powder, carry it into the mound and expose their nest mates and food supply, he said. This method is called the Texas Two-Step Method and was developed by urban entomologist Mike Merchant of Texas A&M University. For advice on the best control method for your situation, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent 770-443-7616 or search “fire ants” at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.

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Green Ways to Make Autumn Sun Work for You hen the autumn sun shines brightly on golden leaves and warms the crisp air, it’s easy to forget the winter doldrums that approach. Winter snow and dreary days seem far away.

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incentives mitigate those costs. Plus, solar hot water systems reduce energy costs in the long run. The cost of the system varies depending on the size of your home and volume of water needed. However, on average, they can cut your water heating bills by 50-80 percent.

All that sun can work in your favor. From powering your hot water heater or fresh air skylight to saving money by running your clothes dryer less, here are a few ways you can put the sun to work for you.

Solar-powered fresh air skylight You can also save money and improve your indoor air quality by opting for a solar-powered fresh air skylight. Energy efficient solar powered skylights and accessories like solar powered skylight blinds, which can increase energy efficiency by another 45 percent, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit, as is the installation cost.

Solar water heating Replacing an old water heater proactively is a good idea for a number of reasons. First, if it’s older, it’s probably not as energy efficient as newer models. And, when hot water heaters die, they can do so spectacularly, flooding the room where they’re housed and leaving your family without the water they need to shower and keep clothes and dishes clean. Consider replacing your current water heater with a solar water heating system. While such systems may cost more to purchase and install than a conventional one, various federal and state tax credits and other green product

ing areas like hallways, closets, and other interior spaces both large and small. Clothes drying Humans have been using solar power to dry clothes for about as long as we’ve been wearing fabric. Hanging clothes to dry in the sun allows you to trim your electric or gas use as much as $85 a year, plus it reduces the wear clothes experience tumbling in a dryer, the website The Daily Green points out. Cooking Even in autumn, the sun can make it too hot to grill outdoors. Why not use the sun’s power to cook food without the need to hover over and watch it? Solar cookers are the answer. One popular type, box cookers can accommodate multiple dishes at once and are used in countries around the world where the sun is the most reliable source of energy. They cook at moderate to high temperatures and require less supervision than your gas grill. You can buy one online or build your own - a great family project that can help teach kids about solar power and greener living.

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Arthritis: There are 26 bones in the foot which form 33 small joints. However, just like any joint in the body, the cartilage cushion between many of these joints can get worn down creating arthritis and resulting in pain that is most severe with walking or standing. The arthritis in these joints may have occurred from a prior injury to the foot or an underlying alignment issue which causes uneven stress to be applied to certain areas. In larger joints in the area such as the ankle stiffness can develop in addition to pain from the arthritis.

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Deformities of the toes: Bunions or hammertoes are created by misalignment of the small bones within the toes and/or feet. Putting the cosmetic appearance aside, these deformities can cause significant problems with finding shoes that do not rub against the deformity and create pain or sores in that area. These problems are often due to genetics and the use of improperly fitting shoes.

Ankle Sprains: These are one of the most common injuries seen due to organized league or recreational sports participation. The most common type of sprain is when the foot rolls inward creating pain on the outside of the ankle. While most patients with these injuries heal without further problems, there are some who have to decrease or adjust activity level due to feelings of pain or the ankle feeling unstable. These patients may benefit from evaluation by a Foot and Ankle specialist.

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The event is hosted by Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. (PPSA) and will take place at the Watson Government Complex located at 240 Constitution Blvd. in Dallas. It’s a fun way for your whole family to say “THANK YOU” and interact with the brave men and women whose mission is to keep our community safe 24/7. This will be the largest event of its kind in our area, and it’s FREE. There will be activities for the kids including the Smokehouse from the PCFD, access to the vehicles, finger printing, child safety checks, recruitment for the kid’s law enforcement ‘Explorer Program,’ and more. They will have entertainment, food, a raffle and other give-aways. This event gives children a chance to get comfortable with and foster a sense that Public Safety personnel really are the “good guys” and here to help. Your attendance is so appreciated too, in that by coming, you are showing the “good guys” that you support and appreciate them. Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. (PPSA) was created to help Public Safety employees in times of need; whether it’s for themselves or a member of their family. To be eligible for benefits, individuals need to either live OR work in Paulding, but must work in the areas of Public Safety - Sheriff ’s Office, Police Department, Firefighter, Paramedic, EMT and 911 Dispatch. The assistance from PPSA is used to help with tangible expenses like certifications, medical or utility bills, and hospice or funeral expenses. The idea began when a Deputy’s spouse became ill and needed immediate hospice care, then unfortunately passed away. PPSA hosted a spaghetti dinner which helped raise over $2,000 to help with the expenses. But, PPSA takes this a step further. Personnel who need help don’t just need it immediately. They still need help months or even a year down the road; which is very unique about PPSA. They stay involved and continue to help where it’s needed. In five years, PPSA has done so much including establishing two Rising Star Scholarships; the Chad Leggett Scholarship for any fire, EMT or Paramedic personnel and the Tara Drummond Scholarship for law enforcement personnel. Most recently they donated $1,000 to establish benevolent funds for each of the following agencies: Hiram Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Paulding County Sheriff ’s Department, Paulding County Fire Department, and Clark Ambulance. The proceeds raised from the event will help them accomplish so much more, but they need you! To get more information about PPSA or the Public Safety Appreciation Day, visit www. pauldingpsa.org or www.facebook.com/PauldingPublicSafetyAppreciation. If you are interested in sponsorships and/or making a monetary donation please contact Linda Verscharen at 770-842-6786. Financial donations can be made payable and mailed to Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc., P.O. Box 1755, Hiram, Georgia 30141. *Photo credit - Wingers Media Productions

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As a family, the Sparks are very active; when their not flying, they’re waterskiing. Chase also plays Lacrosse, golf and tennis. Hadley is involved in gymnastics, dance and tennis. Amanda has plans to get her pilot’s license, now that the children are back in school full-time. Eventually, Chase and Hadley hope to earn their pilot’s licenses as well.

Brent is the Director for the upcoming 2013 Salute to America Air Show to be held October 5th and 6th. This is the second year the Sparks have participated in the air show. It’s a family event for them and for many other families as well. Brent shares, “This year’s team of families continues to grow. When I say it is a family affair, I am understating. The time commitment and the shear number of hours that are spent by air show staff volunteers to produce this event are staggering. Strong families and good communication is the key.”   We hope you will be able to join the Sparks at this year’s air show. For more information visit www.PauldingAirShow.net.

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ERIN OSBORNE

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rin Osborne of Flutterbee Photography has many facets in her life - wife, mother of two, daughter, sister and follower of Christ. All of these have an amazing affect on her photography.

As a wife, she “loves a love story” and capturing those special moments between a bride and groom or when a Mom and Dad are tackled by their two year old. As a mother of two, Erin loves the maternal connection of a newborn in its mother’s arms or the shaky steps of a one year old. The daughter in her identifies with the trust in a child’s gaze, sloppy kisses from toddlers, and the stubborn reluctance of teenagers. As a sister, she loves the adventure and creativity that siblings inspire in one another. As a follower of Christ, she marvels at how God could create something beautiful, every single time. He made a human being and never ever repeated Himself.

All these combined forces in Erin’s life make her photography emotional, true, and joyful. Her images capture not only what you can see, but the invisible connections you share with those you love. Erin hopes that in 50 years, the moments she’s documented for her clients will be like a time-warp that allows them to re-live the connections shared with their children, parents, and spouse.

Take a moment to stop by Erin’s blogsite through www.flutterbeephotography.com and flip through the images there. They just might inspire you to capture the seen and unseen in your life as it is right now. To contact Erin, call 404-585-8185, email erin@ flutterbeephotography.com, or on Facebook at Flutterbee Photography.

Editorial Correction from September 2013 issue: Nick Miller, Jr. #7 - Paulding County High School Nick is the son of Bethesda Johnson and Nick Miller, Sr. He plays in both the Wide Receiver and Free Safety positions for PCHS. After graduation, he hopes to attend Louisiana State University, play for the Tigers and study engineering; all while pursuing his dream to play in the NFL. ***Do you know a family or special group in Paulding County that has a great story? Why not nominate them for a future cover! Send an email to info@ourtownfamily. com and include the names, why you think they should be on the cover and their contact information. (Please don’t submit your own. It’s quite the surprise to be nominated.) Our Town’s Cover Committee will review the nominations for selection.

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“Catches were already improving this past May as the water temperatures warmed, but then consistent rains pushed the rivers back into the floodplains,” said Don Harrison, fisheries biologist. “When the river is out in the floodplain, fish of all species have increased foraging opportunities and their survival rate is higher as they are more spread out – so more food sources and less predation provides for bigger and more plentiful fish.” A research study on redbreast sunfish growth, conducted by fisheries staff during the previous decade, found that redbreasts grew extremely fast when the river was out in the floodplain with the largest increase in growth rate when this occurred during late spring and early summer. These are the conditions Georgia has experienced so far this spring, so fisheries personnel expect anglers to catch some of the biggest river bluegill and redbreast seen in years. The prime fishing time will come when the river level drops to well within the banks. Fishing tips for panfish, such as redbreast, sunfish and bluegill, include using crickets suspended underneath a small float and to target around shoreline cover. Those anglers that can make pinpoint accurate casts can sling artificial lures into shady haunts to pull out some true “rooster” redbreasts. Some of the more effective artificial lures for these species include small spinner baits with rubber band skirts or small plastic beetle bodies, in-line spinners, and popping bugs.

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crossword ACROSS 1. Avian chatterbox 6. Asinine 10. Blowgun ammo 14. Absent of social standards 15. Fishing, perhaps 16. “I had no ___!” 17. Thin stripe 18. Clash of heavyweights 19. Earth crust 20. Sweetheart 22. “My ___!” 23. IV part 24. Fall 26. Arctic native 30. Anderson’s “High ___” 31. “My man!” 32. ___ podrida 33. “___ on Down the Road” 35. Jenny Lind, e.g. 39. Strong horse 41. Carriage, 19th century 43. Atlas, e.g. 44. Small amount 46. Bergman in “Casablanca” 47. ___ Day 49. Tokyo, formerly 50. Meets 51. Pumpkin color 54. Cord fiber

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30 Minute Recipes for

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Quick French Onion Soup (makes 6, 1 ½ cup servings)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 large sweet onions, sliced 2 cups chopped spring onions, or leeks, whites and light green parts only 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried 1/4 cup dry sherry 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 3 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium beef broth 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed 1/4 cup minced fresh chives, or scallions 6 slices whole-wheat country bread 1 cup shredded Gruyère, or fontina cheese

56. Dog command 57. Pile on too much 63. Coffeehouse orders 64. “Yes, ___” 65. Drench 66. ___ fruit 67. The “A” of ABM 68. Kind of room 69. Perlman of “Cheers” 70. 1987 Costner role 71. Affirmatives DOWN 1. Beat to a pulp 2. A chip, maybe 3. “The Last of the Mohicans” girl 4. Gulf V.I.P. 5. Earp 6. Instrument panel 7. Loan sharks 8. Exec’s note 9. Tree of Africa and Australia 10. Kitchen must 11. “Farewell, mon ami”

12. Supply with weapons again 13. Claw 21. Student getting one-on-one help 25. “Major” animal 26. ___ Fyne, Scotland 27. Burn relief 28. Pudding fruit 29. Delusional belief 34. Skin 36. Small decorative case 37. “Stop that!” 38. Aims 40. Catch 42. Mushroom cloud 45. Warms again 48. House servant of nobility 51. Arise 52. Rugged 53. Copious 55. A little overweight 58. Barn topper 59. Lady’s man 60. Debts 61. Existence 62. Brings home

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sweet onions and stir to coat. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until softened and starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add spring onions (or leeks), garlic and thyme and cook, uncovered, stirring often, until starting to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in sherry and pepper; increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broth and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in chives (or scallions). Meanwhile, toast bread and divide it among 6 bowls; top with cheese. Ladle the soup over the bread and cheese and serve immediately. Nutrition info: 374 calories; 10 g fat; 18 g protein; 6 g fiber

Sun-Dried Tomato and Chicken Orzo (makes 4 servings)

8 ounces orzo, preferably whole-wheat 1 cup water 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed), divided 1 plum tomato, diced 1 clove garlic, peeled 3 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram, divided 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (1-1 1/4 pounds) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 9-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed 1/2 cup finely shredded Romano cheese, divided

Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse. Meanwhile, place 1 cup water, 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, plum tomato, garlic, 2 teaspoons marjoram, vinegar and 2 teaspoons oil in a blender. Blend until just a few chunks remain. Season chicken with salt and pepper; in 1 tsp oil, cook chicken over medium heat until golden and no longer pink in the middle. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and bring to a boil. Measure out 1/2 cup sauce to a small bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes to the pan along with the orzo, artichoke hearts and 6 tablespoons cheese. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide among 4 plates. Slice the chicken. Top each portion of pasta with sliced chicken, 2 tablespoons of the reserved tomato sauce and a sprinkling of the remaining cheese and marjoram. Nutrition info: 457 calories; 12 g fat; 36 g protein; For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 • ourtownmagazine@bellsouth.net  10 g fiber. Our Town For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 l info@ourtownfamily.com l OurTownFamily.com  Our Town


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