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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town December 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE…

The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town

About the Cover........................................................................3 Calendar of Events..................................................................4-5 Finance: Roth IRA......................................................................6

Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope

Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Stalling Design Photography Brigette Carruth In Focus Photography

Contributing Writers: Jerry Clegg Scott Flanagan Mary Hammock, MSN, CPNP Matthew Jaffe, MD Laura Morris Vera Pappas Jay Ruppel Lee Ann Shaffer Ric Wiley

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What’s Cooking..........................................................................9 Editor Letter................................................................................9 Spotlight: Favorite Time Academy...........................................10 Home Decor: Green Christmas ................................................12 Family Focus: Healthy Food.....................................................14 Home Improvement: Water Heaters........................................16 Health & Fitness: Tennis............................................................18

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 Stalling Design, copyright 2008, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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Relationships: Holiday Memories.............................................8

Travel: China.............................................................................20 Community: The Paulding Aitport.......................................22 More About the Cover...........................................................23 Seasonal: Football Bowl Schedule...........................................24 Pet Page: Winter Bird Care......................................................26

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AROUND OUR TOWN - CALENDAR OF EVENTS PETTIT CREEK CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Pettit Creek Farms December 1-30, 2008; Nightly beginning at sundown At Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville Georgia there is over ONE MILE of Christmas lights to drive thru! Hay Rides for All Ages! While you wait, go by the Petting Zoo and feed the animals, and don’t miss the LIVE Reindeer, Comet and Cupid. Visit with Santa every Thursday through Sunday until Christmas.

The Reindeer and Hay Ride are nightly thru December 30th. Prices are $9.00 per vehicle to drive thru or $10/adult and $8/child for the hay ride, petting zoo and Santa. Group rates are available. Lights come on as the sun goes down every day. For more information call 770-386-8688 or visit pettitcreekfarms. com.

KIDS PLAYHOUSE RAFFLE PAULDING CASA for KIDS Now through December 6, 2008 Paulding County’s Court Appointed Special Advocats (CASA) for Kids is raffling this beautiful playhouse, just in time for the holidays. Raffle tickets $2 for 1 or $5 for 3. Drawing to be held after the Main Street Parade. For tickets call CASA Paulding office at 770-505-0065. CHRISTMAS LIGHT AND MUSIC SHOW - The Home of the Felix Family December 1-30, 2008; Nightly beginning at 6pm The Felix family of Dallas has set up their annual display of over 60,000 Christmas lights. This animated light show is choreographed to music, and can be heard through your car’s radio at 100.9FM. They are located in Oliver Place off Dallas-Acworth Highway.

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The show runs nightly from 6pm-10pm on weekdays and 6pm-11pm on weekends; extended hours during Christmas break. If you need more information, email them at felixfamilylight@ bellsouth.net or visit http:// www. att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16& ext=1&groupid=369361&ck= “A BLUE EYED CHRISTMAS” CONCERT featuring BLUE EYED GRASS with JAYRON WEAVER December 4, 2008; Thursday 7pm – Paulding County High School December 9, 2008; Tuesday 7pm – Dallas Theatre Paulding County High School presents an evening of Christmas music starring Nashville Star Finalist and PCHS Alumni Jayron Weaver. This concert benefits the PCHS Chorus. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets, contact Ginger Corley at 770-443-8008 or gcorley@ paulding.k12.ga.us. For tickets to the Dallas Theatre concert call 770-445-5180 or visit the box office. Tickets are $10.75 at the Threatre. “WINNIE THE POOH in THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER” – East Paulding High School December 4-7, 2008; Thursday 10:30am, Friday 10:30am and 7pm, Saturday 3pm and 7pm; Sunday matinee 3pm East Paulding High School’s Theatre Company will present family favorite – “The House at Pooh Corner”. The shows on Thursday and Friday at 10:30am are school field trips. The 10:30am show on Friday will be interpreted for the deaf. All tickets are $5. Bring two cans of food to any show and get two admissions for the price of one. “James and the Giant Peach” coming in January! For more information contact the East Paulding High School Theatre Company at 770-4455100 or visit ephstheatre.com. OLD TOWNE HIRAM – CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING December 5, 2008; Friday 6pm-10pm Make plans to join us in historic downtown Hiram. There will be pictures with Santa; Downtown Shops Open House; Gingerbread House Contest; Christmas Tree Auction; Food, Fun and Family Entertainment! For more information call 770-943-3726.

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SANTA’S VILLAGE – Chattahoochee Technical College Campus December 6, 2008; Saturday 9am – 1pm Don’t miss Santa’s Village - a small festival for children 12 and under. Children will be able to enjoy finger painting, ornament making, holiday games, and pictures with Santa. Admission is $3.00 per child. Parking and shuttle service from the college to the parade downtown will be provided both before and after the parade for an additional cost. If an organization would like to participate in the festival or for more information contact John Ashworth at jdashworthsr @comcast.net or Nate Akins at nakins @chattcollege. com.

CHRISTMAS PARADE – Main/Hardee Street in Downtown Dallas December 6, 2008; Saturday 2pm Don’t miss the annual Dallas Christmas Parade. For more information contact Sam Elrod at 770-445-4488.

this re-creation of the city of Bethlehem on the miraculous night our Savior was born. You’ll experience the joy and wonder of the very first Christmas. This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately for weather conditions. Admission is FREE!! If you need more information about this awesome event visit backtobethlehem.com or call 770-3455723. CHRISTMAS CHARITY BALL FOR SHEPHERD’S REST MINISTRIES – Che’ne Rouge December 6, 2008; Saturday 7pm – 11pm NEW TICKET PRICE!! This is your last opportunity to make plans to have an elegant night out with friends! Come enjoy delicious food, great music and dancing. This First Annual Ball benefits Shepherd’s Rest Ministries and will be held in the Grand Ballroom and gardens of Che’ne Rouge in Hiram. Tickets are now, $50 per person, and can be purchased at chene-rouge.com. For more information visit the website or call Che’ne Rouge 770-222-4995.

1st ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA/HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – McGarity Elementary School PTA December 6 2008; Saturday 8am-1pm This event will be fun for the entire family. Homemade crafts, ornaments and a secret Santa Shop for the kids. This is a community event and entry is free. McGarity Elementary School is located at 262 Rakestraw Mill Road in Hiram. For more information, please contact Lisa Long at long4913 @bellsouth. net or 770-443-6515.

ELVIS’ BLUE CHRISTMAS CONCERTTHE JEFF BREWER SHOW – Dallas Theater December 13, 2008; Saturday 8pm Don’t miss this amazing Christmas tribute to the King of Rock and Roll with Jeff Brewer and the Impossible Dream! Even Santa loves Elvis, so bring the kids! Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Dallas Theatre box office or the Paulding Chamber. For more info call the Dallas Theatre at 770-443-8110 or the Paulding Chamber at 770-445-6016. americanelvis. com

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CHRISTMAS ON THE SOUTHERN HOMEFRONT – Pickett’s Mill Battlefield December 13, 2008; Saturday 10am–4pm Come experience a Christmas history in an 1850’s cabin. This special holiday program portrays the lifestyles of civilians who lived during the 1850s depicting the cooking, sewing, gardening, and cleaning styles at that time. Tickets are $3.00 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and $1.75 for children ages 6-18. Children 5 and under are FREE. Call 770443-7850 for more information or visit their website at picketsmillpark.org.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – Northwest Christian Church December 24, 2008; Wednesday at 5:30pm and 7:30pm Come worship the coming of our Savior on Christmas Eve at Northwest Christian Church. The church is located at 3737 DallasAcworth Highway. For directions or more information call 770-425-2525.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - FINANCE WANT TAX FREE MONEY? Use a Roth IRA By Jerry Clegg

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Roth individual retirement account (IRA) is a personal savings plan that offers certain tax benefits to encourage retirement savings. Contributions to a Roth IRA are never tax deductible on your federal income tax return, which means that you can contribute only after-tax dollars. But amounts contributed to the Roth IRA grow tax deferred and, if certain conditions are met, distributions (including both contributions and investment earnings) will be completely tax free at the federal level.

For 2008, you can contribute up to the lesser of $5,000 or 100 percent of your taxable compensation to a Roth IRA. You may also be able to contribute up to $5,000 to a Roth IRA in your spouse’s name. If you are over age 50, you can contribute up to $6,000. However, not everyone qualifies to use the Roth IRA. The amount you can contribute to a Roth IRA (if any) depends on your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for the year and your federal income tax filing status. To contribute to a Roth IRA, you must receive taxable compensation during the year. For purposes of IRA contributions, taxable compensation includes wages, salaries, commissions, self-employment income, and taxable alimony or separate maintenance. Other taxable income, such as inter-

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Step one: The Prelude: Share with your child stories, photos and memories about the celebration from your childhood. Try to go to the core of the celebration – sharing truths and values that touch your heart and give meaning to the event. Talk about the rituals you enjoyed as a child and think about creating new ways to celebrate with your children. Some families might want to tell the stories. The way you share stories, feelings and memories can aid your child in finding more depth and richness to the holiday making them mean much more than just receiving gifts and consuming food. If gift exchange is part of the celebration, practicing the art of giving and receiving is important. Share with your child that whenever someone thinks enough

about you to bring a gift you should show gratitude regardless of what it is. Talk about the things you like to receive – toys, candy, books…and about the things that are not so exciting, like clothing. You can practice receiving gifts and what to say in thanks. Step two: Active Participation: Allow your child to meaningfully participate in the whole process of the celebration – beginning, middle, and end. Young children want to be around their parents and they learn so much from seeing the effort that is put forth to create a special occasion. Your children can be involved in family events and celebrations by helping plan the meal, making or checking off the shopping list, setting the table, washing or preparing food. At the start of the celebration the children can greet their guests and offer refreshments. During the celebration the chil-

dren can lead a game, tell a story or take photos. When guests have departed, the whole family can right the house – putting away food, cleaning dishes and returning chairs to their usual place. The conversation at this time is often lively, re-living the event and ending on a positive note. Step Three: Savor the Celebration: Often times a bit of sadness happens after a holiday or celebration. To avoid this, you can have your child put together a memory book with photos, names of guest and stories. If gifts were exchanged, a thank you note can be crafted and sent as well. Children’s lives are enriched by being able to actively participate in daily life. Celebrations help us to slow down and look closely at those things that bring meaning to our lives. They bring cultural and spiritual depth to daily living. May hour holidays be filled with joy, love and meaning. Laura Morris is the Director of Education at Hopewell Montessori School. She has taught in an AMI Montessori school for seventeen years. She can be contacted at (770)917-0507 or www. HopewellMontessori.com

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New Year’s Open House is an old fashioned way to entertain that’s easy on the host and hostess. This fluid party is best served by an appetizer and dessert buffet; all you have to do is occasionally replace and replenish the food and make sure the coffee is hot and fresh. Did you know that there are certain foods that many cultures consider good luck charms if eaten on New Year’s Day? Southerners, like us, eat black eyed peas, turnip greens and cornbread for luck and wealth. The ancient Romans served dates, nuts, and raisins. Dutch people consider food shaped in a ring to be good luck; the shape is symbolic of a completed year. And the Italians eat sweets at this holiday for good fortune throughout the New Year. Get the whole family involved in deciding your menu; that way it’s designed to your taste and budget. However, doing forget to offer variety. If you get stumped, the internet is a great tool for finding recipes. Make sure you have extra trays of food prepared and stored in the fridge or freezer.

TEXAS CAVIAR – Prep time 25 minutes Ingredients: • 2 (15 oz). cans black eyed peas, drained • 8 oz. bottle zesty Italian salad dressing • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered or 1 can of chopped tomatoes (mild or hot) • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (to taste) • 4 cloves garlic, minced (to taste) Preparation: In large bowl, combine all ingredients except cilantro and stir gently to combine. Store, covered, up to 10 days in refrigerator. When ready to serve, mix in the chopped fresh cilantro and serve as a dip with tortilla chips or toasted baguette slices.

SOUTHERN GOLD BARS - Prep Time: 25 minutes; Cook Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: • 1 cup brown sugar • 1 cup butter, softened • 1 egg • 1 tsp. vanilla • 1-1/3 cups flour • 1 cup chopped walnuts • 1/2 cup peach or apricot jam Preparation: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat together the brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in large bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir in flour and nuts. Spread half the batter evenly in a 9” square pan. Spread apricot jam over the batter. Cover with the remaining batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes until light brown and set. Cool and cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.

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available for childcare centers that are truly about quality and offering what is best for children. It is the only national accreditation system that is completely transparent allowing parents to view all standards and over 400 quality criteria on-line. “There is currently no other accreditation system that comes close to NAEYC standards. If anything they are an attempt to copy some of NAEYC standards, but nothing is even remotely close”, states Mr. Walker. The United States Military agrees, as NAEYC is the standard for military sponsored childcare. Beware of programs claiming to have “standards much higher than NAEYC” and not being NAEYC accredited. “It is like someone claiming they earned a Harvard Degree when they did not graduate from High School. To make such a claim is not only frivolous and ignorant, in most industries it would be considered fraud”, Mr. Walker asserts. What quality standards does your current or possible future school practice? If you do not know, it is critical to find out. “State licensing standards are not quality standards,” explains Mr. Walker. Quality standards such as child/teacher ratios, teacher qualifications, and training requirements are essential when considering what is ‘quality’. The person painting your nails or doing your hair probably has more training then the caregiver for your child. Can you

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AROUND OUR TOWN - HOME DECOR By Vera Pappas

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A Green Christmas

hristmas is not usually what one thinks of when thinking Green. This year let’s green up our holidays by reducing our energy consumption and waste.

1. Switch from traditional Christmas lights to L.E.D. Lights. They will reduce your energy consumption greatly. The average string of 50 lights uses 300 watts of energy, the same 50 set of LED lights only uses 4 watts of energy and last up to 100,000 hours.

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a great way to decorate the outside, and can also be mulched or composted after the season is over.

4. Try buying gifts that will actually get used for more than a week or two. Books, movies, actual toys like soccer balls or roller skates, toys that use kid power. Buying all that plastic stuff the kids see on TV is like throwing money down the drain, and polluting our environment. Buy them art supplies that will foster their creativity or a musical instrument. Help them to find their passion, something they will love and grow with.

your lights on timers (inside and out), you will save energy by controlling the amount of hours your lights are on. I don’t know about you, but I’ve fallen asleep with the lights on many times!

5. Don’t waste food. The holidays are the biggest eating time of the year. We cook more, we bake like crazy; we basically overindulge. This means that much food gets wasted. Make sure any and all food scraps go into the compost, not the trash can! Freeze or share what you cannot eat yourselves. If you have an abundance of leftovers, take it to your local homeless shelter, a shut in neighbor, or maybe invite someone less fortunate to share your meal.

3. Decorate using nature. Try decorating your home using natural items. Pine cones and fresh greens make a beautiful centerpiece for a table or swag for the mantle. Adding pine cones or holly berries to your Christmas tree will give it an elegant, natural touch. White Pine Roping is made from the trimming of the trees and is

6. When setting your holiday table, go ahead and use the good china! If you have them, cloth napkins are the way to go. It makes the table look beautiful, sophisticated and it saves waste from entering our landfills. However, if you are going to use paper napkins and plates, please do not throw them into the trashcan! Paper napkins and paper plates can be easily composted with your kitchen scraps. This will make clean up a breeze. 7. Use eco friendly wrappings. Use recycled gift bags, Comics, decorate brown paper bags for wrapping paper. At the very least do not throw your wrapping paper into the trash! Wrapping paper can be recycled just like any other paper. 8. Make lists and condense your shopping trips as much as possible, or do your shopping online. This will save lots of $$$$ on fuel and also keep your life simpler and less aggravating. These are easy tips anyone can implement to Green up your Christmas. Vera Pappas is Co-owner of Green Nation Gardens, an online retailer of green living products for home and garden. Visit greennationgardens. com today!

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Family focus

The Rainbow of Healthy Food Choices

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hen it comes to raising healthy families, food plays a central role. Parents can teach good eating habits by encouraging healthy choices. The result is children with strong minds and healthy bodies. Last year, the CDC launched a new slogan, “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters.” A minimum of five fruits and vegetables is recommended daily. Look for new and interesting ways to add fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet. As parents, we need to lead by example. Choose different colors and textures to make your choices interesting and healthy. The deeper and richer the color, the more health benefits the food will provide. For example, orange carrots provide many different vitamins and beta-carotene. These promote vision, prevent skin disorders and enhance immunity. The anti-oxidants prevent cancer and fight aging. Green broccoli is loaded with beta-carotene, Vitamin C, folic acid, calcium and fiber. Vitamin C promotes immunity and serves as an anti-oxidant. Folic acid prevents neural tube birth defects and aids metabolism. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer and is necessary for heart health. Calcium builds strong bones and teeth and helps maintain a healthy weight. The fiber found in broccoli is both soluble and insoluble, helping to meet daily needs. The two phyto-chemicals found in broccoli squelch cancer-

causing agents and have been found to help maintain blood pressure. For these reasons, broccoli has been called the perfect vegetable. Like wise, blueberries have been called the perfect fruit. Blueberries are among the fruits with the highest anti-oxidant levels and fight aging, especially in the brain. They can also improve memory and learning, promote urinary tract health, prevent infection, aid in weight loss, and act as a sleep aid. The delicious red strawberry is rich in folic acid and high in anti-oxidants. It has also been shown to promote dental health by dissolving tartar. It is recommended to reduce high blood pressure, constipation, gout and even acne. Yellow bananas are known for their potassium. Potassium is essential for muscle contraction and necessary for proper functioning of the heart and nervous system. Bananas are a good source of fiber and have been called “mood enhancers” because they contain tryptophan, which has a calming effect on the brain. They also minimize calcium loss and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. There are many ways to incorporate fruits and veg-

etables into your family’s diet. Add blueberries, strawberries, peaches, raisins and bananas to your morning cereal or oatmeal. Throughout the day, choose healthy snacks. Have apple slices with cheese or peanut butter instead of crackers or chips and dried fruit instead of sugary fruit snacks. Add some fresh fruit to yogurt. Choose a low-fat vegetable dip with broccoli, pepper strips, cucumber slices, carrot and celery sticks. Julienne some carrots or zucchini and add it to your spaghetti sauce. Add steamed cauliflower to mashed potatoes. Have fruit for dessert. Children tend to be better eaters if they have a say in what they are eating and they participate in preparation. Encourage children to come into the kitchen and be creative. Give them healthy options and let them choose. Make pizzas with a variety of fresh vegetables. Consider making a desert pizza with different kinds of fruits. Enhance old family favorites. At Cobb Pediatrics, we encourage parents to feed their children well from the very beginning. Healthy eating habits start early in life. Fruits and vegetables are delicious, healthy, filling and low in fat, calories and cholesterol. They provide quick and lasting energy. Explore the more than 350 varieties of fruits and vegetables with your family.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - HOME IMPROVEMENT Water Heaters - Which One is for You?

By Ric Wiley

So thinking about it, what types of water heater are there? There are four main types but most of us will only need to use one. Solar Water Heaters - These types of water heaters rely on the power of the sun to heat your water. How efficient they are depends on the amount of sunlight they get so this usually depends on where you live. The more sunlight and more intense the better and if the climate is hot in the first place then the water is already pre heated to an ambient temperature before the action of the sun. They are a good source of some hot water but are not really good enough to be classed as your main water heater, so you will need a conventional water heater as a

Stove Powered Hot Water - Using your stove to heat your water is the oldest method around. It has been around for a long time, (if you think about heating water in an iron or clay pot), but these days many of us have water jackets built into our stoves. I have a wood-burning stove so in effect my hot water is free as my stove is often on. It is efficient as a water heater and does the job pretty well. Electric Water Heaters - This type of water heater is relatively expensive to run. This is my backup heater and is useful within 15 minutes as I can have hot water to use for a shower when returning from a vacation and the heating has been off. It is there as a standby for me but is very easy to use as I just switch it on and before long I have hot water. For many people who do not have a stove or fire type water heater this is one of the few choices you have and in this case they are very good, although more expensive to use than a wood stove or solar energy. Gas Water Heater - These tend to heat both your hot water and provide heating for your house

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AROUND OUR TOWN - HEalth & fitness By Matthew Jaffe MD

Anticipating the Start of Tennis Season: What You Need to Know

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ennis is a very popular sport for all age groups in Georgia and as the start of the season approaches, I’m always asked about common tennis-related injuries and what can be done to treat them. Most tennis players will experience discomfort at some point in their careers, whether they’re a weekend player or a tournament professional.

The shoulder is a common place for injury in tennis and many of these injuries can be attributed to rotator cuff tendonitis or bursitis. Rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis will usually cause pain while serving or hitting overheads. Pain may also be felt after match play is completed. One can develop inflammation either within the muscles (tendonitis) or above the muscles (bursitis). The best way to treat inflammation is usually with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and occasionally, with a cortisone injection. If

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inflammation persists for a long time or becomes severe, a visit with an orthopaedic surgeon may be in order. By far the most common tennis injury I see is lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is a condition involving pain and inflammation over the outside bump of the elbow and is most severe while playing or at nighttime. This problem is a result of inflammation at the attachment of the muscles at the elbow. Over time, the tendons attaching the muscles to bone may develop tiny tears and begin to weaken. This process causes continuing pain and debilitation. Treatment of tennis elbow can involve medications, physical therapy, stretching, or simply a change in racquet or strings. Cortisone injections or surgery may be necessary in some cases. Knee pain is another common complaint during tennis season. This can be a result of patellofemoral pain (kneecap inflammation), tendonitis, injury to cartilage or ligament strain or tear. Tendonitis and kneecap inflammation can usually be treated with medications, therapy, and rest. However, cartilage or ligament tears require evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon and possible surgical intervention.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - TRAVEL Exceptional Opportunity to Vacation in

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Arch Bridge and Marble Boat, the Great Wall Of China, and the Ming Emperor’s Tombs. The groups will then travel to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou to view the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Hansham Temple, and the National Embroidery Institute. The Shanghai tour-segment will also included a memorable morning boat cruise on China’s scenic West Lake, and visits to such famous sites as the centuriesold Lingyin Temple, the Yu Garden, and the Bund, a world-famous waterfront park.

The Paulding Chamber’s trip will depart New York on April 3, 2009, and return on April 11, 2009. This nine day seven night tour will include round trip airfare from New York to Beijing, ground transportation to and from the Beijing International airport, all airport taxes, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodations, 3 full meals daily, deluxe bus tours, English speaking guides, a pre-arranged “strategic business-partners” dinner and conference (thus making this trip eligible as an IRS tax-deduction), and admission to all scheduled tours and attractions. The cost is ONLY $1,899 per person (double occupancy). Please note that domestic US transportation (to and from New York from any US city) is not included.

Securing or updating a personal passport is an individual responsibility, along with obtaining a valid Chinese Visa (which Citslinc can arrange for everyone that is registered). The cost of the Chinese Visa is only $175 per person. A $200 per-person non-refundable deposit must be paid at the time of registration, but will be deducted from the total fare of $1,899. Full balance of payment will then be due by December 28, 2008. Interested parties may register online at www. pauldingchamber.org, by calling 770.445.6016, or by coming by the Paulding Chamber of Commerce for a registration brochure. The Chamber is located at 455 Jimmy Campbell Parkway, Dallas, GA.

The tour will fly directly into the Chinese Capital of Beijing. The subsequent land-trips will then include tours to Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Some of the many Beijing-area attractions will include visits to Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Palace Museum, Kunming Lake, Longview Hill, Seventeen

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AROUND OUR TOWN - COMMUNITY THE NEW KID - Paulding County Regional Airport

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riday, November 14, 2008 was a big day for Paulding County. At a historical ribbon cutting ceremony, Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson, other government officials, local media and over 200 business owners and residents welcomed the new kid: Paulding County’s own Regional Airport (PUJ)!

sustainable development has endorsed the airport’s 600-acre design. The eco-friendly foresight that was adopted during the planning phases will ensure the airport’s place on a very short list of “Green Airports”.

The Airport will maintain a focus on supporting positive relationships The Paulding County with its neighbors in surRegional Airport is the rounding areas, and airfirst jet-capable airport to port users will find that be built in Georgia in over the facilities and lack of thirty years, and its design congestion will provide The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony provides a very solid founa positive flying experidation and infrastructure for the future of aviation ence. The ultimate goal of the airport is to provide and commerce in Paulding County. Paulding County long-term profit generation that can self-sustain the has been ranked as one of the Ten Fastest-Growing airport for independent development. counties in the United States over the last ten years. Recognizing this tremendous growth, the Safety is the standard for the design of the airport, airport was built and planned for aggressive growth and proactive pilots aircraft owners, and passengers and increased aircraft operations in the immediate will appreciate the ease of usage and accessibility future. that it provides for both VFR and IFR flights. The airport consists of a single, 5,500’ x 100’ runway The winner of the United States Department of (13-31) capable of handling most business aircraft Commerce’s “Excellence for Innovation in Economic in service today. Development” award, the airport is the center of a 10,000 acre pod system designed to enhance The centerpiece of the Airport will be its state of commerce and industry. Additionally, the Nature the art terminal building and Fixed Base Operator Conservancy, a prominent national organization (FBO). Located adjacent to the extensive main ramp focused on conserving the environment and selfarea, the FBO and fueling facilities are capable

of handling several large business jets simultaneously. The FBO is scheduled to open Fall 2009 and will feature all the amenities any professional pilot has come to expect, Blake Swafford, Saxby Chamblis, Jerry Shearin & including internet Glenn Richardson and electronic weather access, meeting areas, pilot rest areas, and sufficient parking for both vehicles and aircraft of all sizes. Hanger space will be plentiful, with a planned mix of corporate style and box hangers available. Clever eco-planning has allowed for several areas of the airport property to be expanded for the anticipated growth in years to come. This is an exciting time for Paulding County, Saxby Chamblis with some of our Chamber and what Georgia’s Staff newest airport will mean for the county’s economics; industrial and corporate growth is now limitless. Paulding truly is a great place to be! For more information on the airport, visit the Airport Authority at pauldingairport.com.

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ABOUT THE COVER -Continued We also, want to thank the rest of our ‘cast’; the kids from Colonial Hills Christian School in Lithia Springs. Thank you to Mr. Hicks at Colonial Hills for excusing their absence. They all did such a fantas- t i c Whoa, Jane! job and we appreciate their patience so much. Although if you offer teenagers a day out of school and a free meal from Chick-filA, they would probJune helps out ably be willing to do anything! We would also like to thank their parents, for giving us permission to take them all the way to Cartersville on top of missing a day of school.

Anna Margaret Williams, who kept a prayerful watch over all of us. Finally, we have our ‘Wise Men’. From left to right is tenth grader, Jarred Williams and seniors, Deonte Adams and Charles McKay. These guys did such a great job with the camels, which were quite intimidating to them. We would also like to thank Narroway Baptist Church for graciously loaning us the ‘wise men’ costumes and the manger.

Our shepherds are tenth graders, Anthony Parrish and Michael Jones. By the time we were done, both boys had become quite the herders. ‘Joseph’ is senior, Austin Williams, who had a time keeping our donkey away from ‘Baby Jesus’. ‘Mary’ is sixth grader, Alyssa Parrish. She really took to her role by keeping ‘Baby Jesus’ entertained. Our beautiful Angel, is fourth grader,

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AROUND OUR TOWN - FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE

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27. FedEx Orange Bowl, January 1, 2009, 8:00pm, FOX, Miami, FL at Dolphin Stadium, BCS vs. BCS 28. AT&T Cotton Bowl, January 2, 2009, 1:00pm, FOX, Dallas, TX at Cotton Bowl, Big XII vs. SEC 29. AutoZone Liberty Bowl, January 2, 2009, 5:00pm, ESPN, Memphis, TN at Liberty Bowl, C-USA vs. SEC 30. AllState Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2009, 8:00pm, FOX, New Orleans, LA at Louisiana Superdome, BCS vs. BCS 31. International Bowl, January 3, 2009, 12:00pm, ESPN, Toronto, Canada at Rogers Centre, Big East vs. MAC 32. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, January 5, 2009, 8:20pm, FOX, Glendale, AZ at University of Phoenix Stadium, BCS vs. BCS 33. GMAC Bowl, January 6, 2009, 8:00pm, ESPN, Mobile, AL at Ladd Peebles Stadium, C-USA vs. MC/WAC 34. FedEx BCS National Championship Game, January 8, 2009, 8:00pm, FOX, Miami, FL at Dolphin Stadium, BCS #1 vs. BCS #2 For more information on these games, visit footballbowlassociation.com.

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ne of the harshest facts about the winter months is that many factors combine to make it hard for birds to find food. First, there is just less of it. Plants that many birds might feed on, such as berries, stop producing in many areas, and those birds that like to feed on the insect population will find that it has pretty much disappeared, either dying out or hibernating during the cold months. So finding a good source of food is a challenge.

starlings try a feeder covered on all sides but the bottom, which will feed many other birds but discourage starlings.

The other thing to keep in mind is that because birds are warm blooded, and wintertime is so much colder, they need a very high source of energy to keep warm enough to survive. Much of the bird seed available these days doesn’t really provide much in the way of calories or energy. That’s why suet feeders are a favorite for winter time bird feeders.

With a few simple steps like this, you can make sure that the birds in your yard are going to make it through the winter. Depending on the type of suet you use, it can start to melt and go rancid at temperatures above 70 degrees F, so take care to empty after the spring thaw. Another thing to keep in mind is the wintertime

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Brutus is our 12 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Brutus enjoys chasing squirrels and chipmunks. He loves to lay around with his family and ham it up for treats! Brutus especially loves women and his new baby sister Logan!

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Suet is raw beef fat, typically taken from around the kidneys and loins. Because of its high fat content it is very high in energy. Suet is one of the best foods to attract nuthatches, woodpeckers, wrens, titmice, chickadees, thrashers, cardinals, bluebirds and many other types of birds. And, as usual with bird feeders, it can attract some less desirable wildlife like starlings and squirrels. So, if these are a problem, you may want to use a suet feeder with a cage, and for

need for water. Obviously, with freezing temperatures, the availability of water outdoors will drop, and a typical bird bath will freeze over fairly quickly since they are designed to be shallow. There are many heated bird baths, but probably the easiest way to solve this problem is to add a bird bath heater to your existing bath. Make sure that the bird bath is made from a material that can take the heat, some resins may melt. Also be sure that the heater has a thermostat so it won’t overheat the water as well.

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Daisy Daisy Hardy is a 2 year old Blue Chihuahua. This adorable little chicken loves her daddy, Johnny.

Skooter Burger, is a 3 year old Chi. This handsome little guy is bringing home the bacon!

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