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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town April 2010

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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope

Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website

Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D Susan Brewington David Buster Dara S. Hosch, MD FAAP Matthew Jaffe, MD Jessica Logan Kevin Marcy R. Ryan

Photography Katie Parker Katie Parker Photography Independant Sales Rep Kristi Folds

ONLINE: 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 2010, 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 Health & Fitness: Healthy Habits.....................................6 Calendar of Events.........................................................9, 11 Relationships: New Beginnings........................................12 Family Focus: Childhood BrainTumors..........................14 Home Improvement: Decks.............................................16 Medical: Elbow Injuries....................................................19 Home & Design: Arranging Flowers.............................20 Finance: Late Payments...................................................22 Community: March of Dimes.........................................24 Gardening: Ladybugs......................................................26 Pets: Euthanasia...............................................................29 April Crossword..............................................................30 What’s Cookin’: Easter Leftovers...................................30

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or those of us who enjoy sports, SPRING means the opening of baseball season; a joy for spectators and players alike. Dallas resident, Zack Wheeler, is especially looking forward to baseball season, since he begins spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona with the San Francisco Giants this month.

Meet Zack Wheeler

Zack has lived in Paulding for the past five years, after he and his family moved from Smyrna. Zack is the son of Elaine and Barry Wheeler, and has two older brothers Jacob and Adam. The family is active and baseball has been a part of Zack’s life for as long as he can remember. Though he played different positions throughout his life, he did not begin pitching until his sophomore year in high school.

Zack graduated from East Paulding High School only last year, and is very excited about his future with the Giants. He told us scouts for the major teams begin looking at players during the sophomore year and watch them through their senior year. All the big sports teams come out to “scout” for new talent. When it came time for the draft, Zack was one pick away from the Atlanta Braves. He is really looking forward to getting to know the Giants organization and playing in front of a big crowd. It’s no question Zack is a talented young man. He is very quick to credit to his family for their love and support, as well as his coaches for their training and help in getting him to this point with a baseball career. Though being part a major baseball team can change a person, for Zack it’s important for him to stay grounded. When he’s not traveling with the team, he plans to reside in Paulding and share a home with his brother. Besides baseball, Zack enjoys watching all kinds of sports, playing basketball and hanging with his friends.

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pring makes us take flight as we travel into our journeys of life. As we watch the fowls of the air grace the skies, we are reminded of God’s goodness. He supplies every one of our needs and He loves us unconditionally. God’s love is the strength we live on. In the glow of the sun, not only can we feel God’s love, but His Divine and everlasting presence touches our lives for success and prosperity. His love is real. As we look forward to the days ahead, not worrying about tomorrow, let us enjoy the time that we have here in this season; a season to love, a season to grow and a season to prosper in the Lord our God. Springtime; it’s sweet and oh so special.”

After the incredibly cold weather we’ve had this winter, Our Town is definitely looking forward to the special-ness of spring! The earth comes back to life with the blooming of flowers, the grass and trees turn green again, and of course, it means more daylight time to spend with friends and family outdoors. We are thankful to our Heavenly Father for this season and what His presence means to our lives and yours.

We are very pleased to welcome a new addition to Our Town – Kristi Folds. Kristi is our new independent sales representative and she is absolutely dynamite. She is a local Paulding resident and currently lives in Dallas with her family. We send her a very warm WELCOME, and look forward to working with her and growing Our Town to be the best magazine we can bring to you. Happy Easter and God Bless! Jules and Teresa

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aking a lifestyle change in eating habits, along with an exercise program, is a commitment to be made with a strong mindset. It shows that you are now ready for a change in the way you look and feel. Finding the right program and motivation to fit your lifestyle are key elements for getting started and continued long term benefits. A successful program must be designed according to your schedule, preference of foods and the goals that you are wanting to achieve.

Educating yourself on how food and exercise work together, with your body, to get the results you desire and maintaining those results for a lifetime can help you chose a plan that suits you best. Creating a timeline for your goals to be reached with an ultimate date and finale event (like having a professional picture made) can help keep you on track. This will help you focus on your goal without making excuses or deviating from your commitment. Knowing you will be having your picture professionally made on a specific date (that can-

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Continually educate yourself on nutrition and exercise. Read books, magazines, use the internet to keep your mind motivated and focused on your goal. Try cooking new healthy meals to replace the unhealthy ones. Use moderation, not elimination in the food choices you make.

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April 2010

**PLEASE NOTE – Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. PAULDING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON April 1; Thursday 11am-1pm – Paulding County Senior Community Center Join us for our largest General Membership meeting of the month! Special guest speak is Congressman Nathan Deal. Cost is $15 for members (prepaid), at the door $20 members and $25 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation, go to the website or call 770-445-6016.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA 2010 Community Easter Egg Hunt – Hiram Ruritan Sports Complex in Downtown Hiram April 3; 10am – 12pm Join the largest Easter egg hunt in Paulding with over 50,000 candy and prize filled eggs. $5,000 worth of prizes, inflatables, rock climbing wall, face painting, egg coloring stations, pony rides, concessions, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and more! FREE Admission. For more info contact Christ Central Church at 770443-0477.

EASTER BRUNCH AND EGG HUNT - Providence Presbyterian Church April 3; Saturday 10am – 12 pm Come join the fun and fellowship for brunch and an Easter egg hunt for toddlers through 5th grade. PPC is located at 1054 Macland Road, Dallas, Ga

Easter Egg Hunt – White Oak Park April 3; Saturday beginning at 1:30pm Paulding Co. Parks & Rec is hosting an egg hunt for children of all ages. Each age group has different times beginning with 2 & under at 1:30pm (parents allowed on field); 1:40pm - 3 & 4 yrs, 1:50pm—5 & 6 yrs, 2pm - 7 & 8 yrs, 2:10pm - 9 & 10 yrs, 2:10pm area for physically challenged children. The park is located at 298 Mustang Drive. Prizes will be awarded in each age group! For more info call 770-505-3885. EASTER SUNDAY - April 4; Sunday Luke 24: 2-3 (NIV) says “They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Today is the day we celebrate our risen Lord Jesus! Many churches are doing special services today that will bring joy and blessing to your lives. Don’t miss this chance to be with family, a special loved one or to just be with the Lord. CHURCH MISSION YARD SALE - Hiram United Methodist Church April 8 -10; Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8am – 4pm Hiram UMC is located at 324 Hiram-Douglasville Hwy (Hwy 92) MR. PAULDING COUNTY PAGEANT benefiting Relay for Life – Dallas Theater April 10; Saturday 6pm Does one of the men in your life have what it takes to be MR. PAULDING COUNTY? Men will compete in: Swimsuit, Talent, Evening Wear, and Personality Interview. In Swimsuit competition, contestants will compete in men’s swimsuits or any funny and decent beach-type outfit. In evening wear, contestants will be competing in women’s evening wear, so please plan accordingly. This is going to be a fun way to raise funds for a great cause, so have fun creating your swimsuit and evening wear ensembles and performing your talent! Open to men ages 18 and up. Tickets: $10 each. Registration forms are available at City Hall and the Dallas Theater Box Office, as well as online at Registration fees are only $15.00 GOLF CLASSES FOR WOMEN – Mt. Tabor Park Beginner Class: April 13–May 18; Tuesdays 10am - 11am Intermediate class: April 13–May 18; Tuesdays 11am - 12noon Golf lessons for beginner and intermediates women ages 16 to adult. Lessons are once a week for six weeks, and are designed for indoor instruction with all necessary equipment provided. Taught by a PGA Professional instructor. Registration will begin March 29 – April 9. Fee: $72 once a week for six weeks. Mt. Tabor Park is located at 1550 East Paulding Drive, Dallas. For more info please call 770-505-3885; presented by Paulding Co. Parks and Recreation. TAX DAY - INCOME TAX FILING OR EXTENSIONS April 15; Thursday – until MIDNIGHT HEAVENLY HAND-ME-DOWNS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Dallas First United Methodist Church April 16 and 17; Friday 8:30am-7pm and Saturday 9am-1pm Dallas First UMC is located at 141 E. Memorial Drive in Dallas. (Downtown Dallas near the old Paulding County courthouse.) The sale will be in the Family Life Center.

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Gently worn clothing, and other children and baby items. Strollers welcomed! 160 sellers! Presale Night on Thursday, April 15th from 6-8pm by donating 5 cans of Food and $5 cash per adult (children are free) to benefit our Fish & Loaves Food Box Ministry. Volunteers needed! For more info visit or email info@ 5th ANNUAL RACCOON CREEK BLUEGRASS BENEFIT – “COUSINS FOR A CURE” April 17; Saturday 12pm – 10pm at Raccoon Creek Music Park Come join the “Cousins for a Cure” Cancer Fundraiser at Raccoon Creek Music Park, located off Braswell Mountain road on Tibbitts Road, Dallas. You’ll enjoy ‘LIVE’ Bluegrass and Gospel Music, BBQ, silent auction and lots of fun. Bank lineup includes 10 local bands. $5 Donation and benefits the Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. For more information and schedule visit COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY & 4TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Rodney’s BBQ in New Hope April 17; Saturday Noon – 6pm FUN-FREEBIES-GOOD FOOD! Rodney’s is inviting the public to join in on their 4th anniversary celebration with a live band, door prizes and giveaways, pony rides, inflatables, ice cream and the Martin’s Monster Truck. There will be a raffle with proceeds going to ‘Christmas for Children’ of Paulding County. Rodney’s is located at 4724 DallasAcworth Highway, Dallas. Call 770-445-5900 for more info. ‘CATS’ – East Paulding High School Theatre Department April 22-25; Thursday-Saturday 7pm; Sunday 3pm Don’t miss the EPHS production of the Broadway’s classic show ‘CATS!’ For more info visit or call 770-445-5100. YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS – Jim Miller Park in Marietta April 23 – May 2; Various show times The 68th annual Shrine Circus is coming to town. Visit for show schedules, acts, and ticket and group ticket info. PARENTING EXPERT – DR. RAY GUARENDI - North Metro Technical College Acworth April 23; Friday 7pm – 9pm Dr. Ray Guarendi – Father of ten, Clinical Psychologist, Parenting Expert, Author and Columnist is speaking in Acworth. You’re sure to enjoy and learn from his effective, but light-hearted, approach to parenting. The event will be in Building 100, at NMTC., just off exit 278 from I-75. For more info call Annette at 770-975-7351 or visit chscon Learn more about Dr. Ray Guarendi at  WEST METRO MARCH FOR BABIES (MARCH OF DIMES FUNDRAISER) – Marietta Middle School April 24; Saturday 8:30am registration, 10am walk Please join the Felker family, (Paulding County’s March of Dimes Ambassador Family; see article pg. 24) at the West Metro March for Babies; benefiting the March of Dimes. The 3.5 mile March is a family event, all ages welcome! March for Babies is the March of Dime’s signature fundraising event. For more information visit DIAMOND CLUB GOLF CLASSIC TOURNAMENT Cobblestone Golf Course in Acworth April 24; Saturday 2pm Shotgun start North Paulding Wolfpack Baseball is hosting a golf tournament to support the Wolfpack baseball program. Cost is $100 per player and includes Range balls, Cart, Green fees, Raffle ticket, Goodie bag, and Dinner. For info or to register go to npwolfpackbaseball. com. Sponsorship information also available on-line. 6th Annual TOUCH A TRUCK DAY – Mt. Tabor Park April 24; Saturday 10am – Noon Radio Disney AM590 will be broadcasting LIVE! Get up close, touch, sit in, ride on, honk the horns and learn about a variety of county & community vehicles, including DOT, Fire, Sheriff, Marshall, DARE, Animal Control, Recycling, Clarks Ambulance, Life Flight Helicopter, 18 Wheelers, School Bus, Limousine and much more. The park is located at 1550 East Paulding Dr. (Vehicles subject to change) The event is free. For more info please call 770-505-3885; presented by Paulding Co. Parks and Recreation. FREE “Just Move It” EXERCISE CLASSES – Northwest Christian Church Ongoing; Mondays 7pm – 8pm – ZUMBA Classes April 2; Friday 7pm-8pm - Kickboxing April 16; Friday 7pm-8pm – Exercise “Boot Camp” Come get fit with us with ZUMBA, Boot Camp and Kickboxing! Classes are in the Fellowship Hall. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info call 770-425-2525 or email us at “A BLAST FROM THE PAST” - Blessed Trinity Performing Arts Theater April 24; Saturday 3pm and 7pm Song of Atlanta Show Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International is gearing up

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for their annual show. The theater is located at 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075. Special Guests artist; you will not want to miss this show! General admission - $15, seniors (60 and over) and students - $10, children under six - free. For more information, visit or call 770-605-4211.

BETH MOORE - “SO LONG, INSECURITY’ - Northwest Christian Church April 24; Saturday 10am – 4pm This is a simulcast event, based on Beth Moore’s new book, So Long, Insecurity. For over a decade Beth has transformed the hearts of women worldwide offering freedom, deliverance, and depth through the powerful teaching of God’s Word. In her new message So Long, Insecurity, Beth exposes the lies that have debilitated women for all ages and women will learn to conquer fear and doubt and will discover the liberating confidence that can only be found in Christ! Tickets are $35; lunch $5. For more info call 770-425-2525 or order tickets online at


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‘PETER AND THE WOLF’ performed by West Side Winds – Lithia Springs First Baptist Church May 1; Saturday 11am The West Side Winds are an adult wind ensemble located in west metroAtlanta. The performance is geared for children ages 5-12; but suitable for all ages. The Church is located at 3566 Veterans Memorial Highway, Lithia Springs. Admission is free. For more info call 678-237-3673.

Saturday, April 17th Showtime: 6:00pm

The Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour starring Etta May and featuring Trish Suhr, Beth Donahue and Sonya White is the top-grossing all female comedy tour on the road today. The Southern Fried Chicks is the story of four different women, all from the South, and their hilarious take on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. It is where the Old South, the New South, and the Deep South come together for an evening of clean, clever story-telling for every generation.

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SCREENWRITER’S GROUP Ongoing; 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month; 1:30pm The group alternates meeting between two locations: Starbuck’s in Hiram and Hiram Coffee House. For more info visit

Life and love in the USA has never been funnier as when the original “desperate housewives” give their points of view. You’ll leave the theatre wiping your eyes, holding your sides and waiting for your next helping of the Southern Fried Chicks.

WEST COBB MOTHER’S & MORE – West Cobb Chapter Ongoing; 3rd Thursday of the month 7:30pm Need some adult conversation? Join the W. Cobb Chapter of Mother’s and More! From playgroups to book clubs, you’ll find ways to balance work and family, adjust to motherhood, and make life more fun! The Chapter meets the third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm at West Cobb Chiropractic, 5041 Dallas Highway, Suite 500, Marietta. For more details, email us at westcobbmothersandmore @

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WRITERS GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND” Ongoing; 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month; 6pm – 7:30pm Attention writers! A writers group meets at Vito’s Café located at 10175 Dallas Acworth Highway, (Rt. 92) in Dallas. For more info, email muse

SUMMER DRAMA CAMP July 19-23, 2010 (Ages 6-8) July 26-30, 2010 (Ages 9-11)

WRITERS GROUP - PAULDING COUNTY WRITERS’ GUILD Ongoing; 1st Tuesday of the month; 6pm-8pm The PCWG meets at the Starbuck’s café in the Target store in Hiram. For more info call Dana Freeman, 678-662-1948.

Our Drama Camp focuses on movement, understanding and application of theatrical terminology, acting, creating characters, theme/plot, costumes, stagecraft, conflict, and theatrical traditions. Camp is held from 9am to 3pm daily for one week. Mornings are dedicated to performance activities and lessons, and afternoons are dedicated to show rehearsal. Campers will act in a culminating performance for friends/family on Friday of camp week. Registration opens April 1st at the Dallas Theater (registration is taking place at box office only, during regular box office hours)

PAULDING CO. MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM - Paulding County Library in Dallas Ongoing: 4th Thursday of most months; 10am PCMG, a part of the UGA Cooperative Extension, hosts an educational program almost every month and invites citizens to learn more about gardening topics. For more info and to verify meeting call 770-443-7616 or email INVENTORS ASSOCIATION OF GA – Ryan’s Buffet in Norcross Ongoing; 4th Saturday of the month; 10am 60+ Inventors, innovators and service providers gather share information at the Inventors Association. Expert presentation and networking time. Ryan’s Buffet is located at 7045 Jimmy Carter Blvd in Norcross. (meal not included) $10 for guests or $35 for all meetings thru December 2010. Sign up for a FREE e-newsletter. Contact Dave Savage cell 404-323-8686 or ___________________________________________________________________________

Total cost for Drama Camp is $100.00, with a $25 deposit due at registration and the remaining fees due on the first day of camp.

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SUMMER DAY CAMP 2010 – Sponsored by Paulding County Parks and Recreation Department May 8; Saturday 8am – DRAWING Open to children 5 – 12 year old. Parents wishing to have their child attend summer day camp must pre-register. This does not guarantee a space for your child, it only insures your name will be placed in a pool from which names will be drawn. You must be present on Saturday, May 8 at Mt Tabor Park (1550 E. Paulding Drive) for the drawing at 8:00am. The cost of camp is $120 per week per child (full day) 8am –5pm. Earliest drop off 7:30am. Latest pick up 5:30pm. $60 per week per child (half day) 8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm. Special themed events each week. For more info please call 770-445-8065 or 770-505-3885.

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Making this Spring a Time for a New Beginning By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.


his winter, in Metro Atlanta, has been long, cold and wet. As warmer and brighter days promise the beauty of spring and the welcome freshness of the coming season, this time can remind us of the importance to consider the new beginnings of each day. While we can make a fresh start at anytime of year, spring is a special time of optimism and change. It is a fresh start that can be reflected in a renewed commitment for self improvement and change for a better you and a better life.

An attitude of a fresh start does not connote forgetting, ignoring or denying responsibilities for the past. It is important to honestly acknowledge struggles and accept responsibilities for actions and decisions made. However, a fresh start liberates feelings of guilt, resentment or anger from past experiences. To move forward with a new attitude it is essential to let go of previous failures and disappointments. It is most helpful to see mistakes as learning opportunities to be used to help recognize future alternative paths. Of course, this is often easier said than done. If stuck in the negative swamp of unresolved emotions about past issues, it may be helpful to process these lingering negative feelings with a friend, a trusted clergy, or even a professional. Unless past concerns can be accepted and resolved, it is not possible to have that clear path to move forward. Giving yourself a sense

Redemption - Let go of previous mistakes and failures. Repair self-esteem and prove that this fresh start will be successful. Completion - This is your reward for the efforts and commitment.

of a new beginning to examine life and goals for change is a wonderful start towards creating the life you want. Life coach, Tom Volkar has suggested these helpful considerations in creating a fresh start:

By the process of honestly assessing life, finding the desire for change, and setting realistic goals that can be maintained and rewarded; new starts are wonderful new beginnings that can be an important part of achieving any goal. However, don’t get so focused on the goal that the joy in the process is lost. If your goal is to lose 30 pounds and become fit; each day of healthy eating and exercise will reward with increased energy and improved sense of well-being. The ultimate goal need not be met to experience positives along the journey. If meaning and enjoyment in the process is experienced, it is much easier to keep working towards the end goal.

Awareness - Think about what you really want out of life and do something about it. What is the part of life where a fresh start is desired? What do I intend to do differently this time? Commitment - Without motivation it is very hard to overcome the difficulties you will face as you change your life for the better. Is my change goal important enough that I can successfully focus and maintain energy for at least one month? Action - What are the steps – preferably small steps - that can be made daily towards my goal? Start small and work your way up. Write down your goals and keep track of your progress. Frequency - Make sure some form of an action step is completed daily. Diluted efforts most typically cause momentum to dwindle.

During this season of new beginnings, don’t be afraid to push yourself. While scary, change can be a very wonderful experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to move on to the next exciting chapter in your life. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at



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Childhood Brain Tumors By Dara S. Hosch, MD FAAP Cobb Pediatrics


ew parents can imagine a more frightening diagnosis for their child than a brain tumor. As the most common type of solid tumor in pediatrics, this dreadful disease impacts one in every 35,000 American children. Unfortunately, the incidence of malignant brain tumors in children has increased by twenty-five percent in the last thirty years. This article is to educate parents about the symptoms of childhood brain tumors. Recognition of symptoms leads to proper diagnostic evaluation and faster determination of the most effective treatment plan.

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Every year more than 2,200 American children are diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The majority of these children are less than eight years old at the time of diagnosis. Better imaging techniques have improved the diagnosis of this condition. However, the scientific advances in the treatment of brain tumors have not improved as rapidly as in the treatment of other childhood cancers. Current statistics show the five year survival rate for childhood brain tumors to be around seventy percent. However, some brain tumors carry a more favorable prognosis than others. Doctors do not know why children develop brain tumors except in a few rare genetic conditions. As a pediatrician, I find this particularly frustrating because I cannot help parents protect their children from this devastating disease. There are some controversial theories about chemicals in our diet, environmental toxins and electromagnetic radiation from household appliances and power lines increasing the risk for a brain tumor. However, to date, research has yet to demonstrate any proven connection between these exposures and the development of brain tumors. Perhaps one day we will have a better understanding of why some children get brain tumors and others do not. For now, primary care doctors focus on identifying cases early so that treatment can be optimized.

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The signs of a brain tumor vary with each patient and the location of the tumor. The following are the most common symptoms: l A headache is the most frequent symptom of a brain tumor. Since everyone gets headaches, it is important to know which headaches are concerning. Brain tumor headaches tend to be worse early in the morning but never completely go away. They may wake the child from sleep and cause morning vomiting. l A seizure is the first sign of brain tumor in one third of cases. It might be convulsions or a smaller more localized seizure that presents as muscle twitches, abnormal smells, speech problems or unexplained tingling sensations. l Changes in personality, memory and intellectual ability may occur when the tumor presses on the part of the brain that affects cognitive skills. l Tumors can cause a sense of increased pressure in the head that feels worse with coughing, exercise or position changes. This pressure may cause vomiting or drowsiness. l Blurred or double vision can occur when there is increased pressure on the optic nerve. Sometimes parents notice their child tilting the head or crossing the eyes in an effort to compensate for impaired vision.

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he spring sports season is in full swing and that means many children are suiting up for activities such as baseball, track and field, soccer, softball and tennis.

Before you sit down in the stands to root for the home team, make sure to take extra steps that ensure your child’s safety this sports season. More than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under will receive some type of medical treatment for sports-related injuries each year, said Brooke Schembri of Safe Kids Cobb County, which is a national organization run locally by WellStar Health System and Cobb & Douglas Public Health. Further estimates from the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, Inc., (NYSSF) estimate that more than 5 million children seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms from sports injuries each year. “It is estimated that half of all sportsrelated injuries among children can be prevented,” Schembri said. “Protective equipment, safe playing conditions, and the development and enforcement of safety rules help reduce the number and severity of sports injuries.”

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Each sport comes with its own injury risks. Generally, the most common types of injuries sustained by children related to sports occur to ligaments, tendons and muscles, in the form of sprains or strains. Only about 5 percent of sport injuries involve broken bones, according the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Below are a few tips for making this sports season safe and successful. Get the right gear. Protective equipment is essential for all players and will vary by sport (including padding, eyewear, mouthpieces, face guards, and protective cups). Consult with the team coach for specifics. Also, it’s important to wear protective gear during practice and during games. “Most organized sportsrelated injuries (about 62 percent) occur during practices rather than games,” Schembri said.

their ability to provide immediate care or have an understanding can be crucial to players. To sign up for a local CPR/First-Aid class, call 770-956-STAR. Get physical. Most school sports and many team sports require a child to have an up-to-date physical prior to playing each season. There’s a reason for this: a physician can monitor your child’s health on an annual basis and detect of any possible health problems that could pose a threat to a child’s sports participation. Time out. Anytime a player is in pain, they should stop any physical activity as not to worsen the injury or situation. Additionally, players should take breaks periodically. Rest periods during practice and play can reduce injuries.

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Prevention and Treatment of Elbow Injuries By Matthew Jaffe, MD

s you gear up for enjoying spring sports, such as tennis and golf, it’s important to be aware of some of the most common elbow injuries and how to prevent t h e m and treat them, if they do occur.

“Tennis Elbow,” also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a very common condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that result in elbow pain. It develops when either an abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle, and tendon around the outside of the elbow, occurs. Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow. It most commonly strikes people in their dominant arm, though it can also occur in the non-dominant or both arms. You don’t have to be a tennis player to be affected by tennis elbow. In fact, anyone who participates in activities that require repetitive arm, elbow, and wrist movement, such as baseball players, bowlers, gardeners or assembly line workers, may be at risk for tennis elbow. Common symptoms are experiencing pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow, with pain worsening when shaking hands or squeezing objects. Another common elbow injury is medial epicondylitis, also referred to as “Golfer’s Elbow” or sometimes even “Pitcher’s Elbow.” Although it’s less common, this condition is similar to tennis elbow in that it’s an overuse syndrome. However, the affected muscles and tendons are on the inside of the elbow, rather than the outside. Repetitive flexing, gripping or swinging is what causes the tiny tears in the tendons, which contribute to this form of elbow tendonitis. There are several ways you can decrease your risk of tennis or golf elbow. Though it may sound simple, it is vital that you engage in simple stretches to warm up your muscles before playing a game of tennis or a round of golf. It also helps to strengthen the forearm muscles by doing exercises such as squeezing a tennis ball for five minutes at a time or doing wrist curls with a light dumbbell. If you’re diagnosed with tennis elbow or golf elbow, your doctor will likely advise that you take a break from your sport, or whatever the activity may be that’s causing the overuse of your elbow. Ice, physical therapy and anti inflammatory medications may also be recommended. In some cases cortisone injections are required, and in severe cases, surgery, though that is rare. While tennis elbow and golf elbow are some of the more common diagnosis, there are a number of conditions that can contribute to elbow pain. Therefore, if you’re suffering from elbow pain, it is important to have your orthopaedic surgeon examine the elbow in order to give you the proper diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment. So best of luck as you hit the courts, or the course, and enjoy your favorite sports this spring!

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lowers are one type of plant that is loved by almost all people. They make wonderful home decor as well eye-catching adornments to the outside of the home. To make flowers even more pleasing to the eye, many people choose to arrange them in beautiful and unique ways. Arranging flowers is not a difficult task to learn. All you need is a little imagination and creativity. The following is a list of tips and tricks to arranging flowers:


Choose the colors you find appealing. Colors that display joyfulness and vibrancy include bright colors such as red, yellow, and blue. If you are looking for an arrangement that reflects a season such as Spring, use pink, yellow and purple.


There are different types of flowers you can work with. You can use fresh flowers, dry flowers or artificial flowers. For the type of flower you choose, you will need floral foam. Green water-retaining foam is used for fresh flowers and flora. Brown foam is used for dried or artificial flowers. For fresh flowers, soak the foam in warm water with plant food. For dry and artificial flowers, you do not soak the foam. You just have to add glue to the foam to make sure they stick to the container they are placed in.



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Once you have securely placed the foam in the container, place short pieces of bushy greenery along the base to cover the sponge. For dry flowers, you can use floral tape to cover the foam and lay heavy flowers along the base. For traditional arrangements, always cut your floral foam about 1” higher than the rim of the container. This will allow plants to be arranged naturally.


It is important to remember some flowers dry up before others, so if you want the arrangement to last longer, pick flowers such as carnations and roses. Fresh flowers should be watered every few days. If some of the flowers die earlier then the others you can remove and replace them with other fresh flowers. Scented flowers can be overwhelming in small confined areas. The dried and artificial flower arrangement should last.


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uring pregnancy checkups, everything was normal. Then at 23 weeks, Melissa Felker went into labor. The labor was stopped and the contractions were slowed down. For 11 days, Melissa and her husband Jason, hoped their baby wouldn’t come just yet.

When the Felker’s learned the risks of severe pre-maturity, they were scared and worried about their baby and his outcome if he did survive. Melissa felt at fault for the preterm labor and that she had worked too hard during pregnancy. Melissa’s due date was April 18, 2009, but Noah David Felker was born January 3, 2009 at only 1lb 9oz and 12 ½ inches long. After Noah was born, the Felker’s were incredibly concerned about him and his future, yet they were hopeful he would be ok. After 18 long days, they were finally able to hold their son, Noah, for the first time. Though he was still on the ventilator, and weighed only 1lb and 13 oz., the Felker’s felt joy and nervous, but beyond excited to have a son.

Noah was a very sick baby and spent the first 5 months of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Kennestone Hospital. He had some complications and issues with hearing and vision as well as lung problems. At 2 ½ months, he had laser eye surgery at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. Among the long list of complications, Noah suffered from respiratory distress syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension, retinopathy of prematurity, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, just to name a few. In his first 5 months of life, he had 12 blood transfusions, received surfactant therapy and had an IVH grade III brain bleed followed by swelling of the brain.

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The NICU staff at Kennestone Hospital was great at helping the Felker’s every step of the way. “I feel the doctors and nurses truly helped save Noah’s life and also by God’s grace,” Melissa has said. The NICU had the equipment they needed to do the job. Noah still suffers from some complications, but today he is a vibrant 14 month old who loves music, story time and playing in his swing.


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here are many different critters and creepy crawlers that you’ll find in your garden and what most folks don’t realize is that a lot of them are good guys! Now, I’m not asking you to cuddle up to some freaky spider or to think scorpions are cute; the critter we’re talking about today is much easier to love- the ladybug! It’s also known as a ladybird or lady beetle. There are hundreds of varieties of ladybugs and they range from the red and shiny ones that you know and love to plain brown guys that you’d never label as a ladybug. Nearly all of the ladybug species are considered to be ‘beneficial insects’. Ladybugs are considered beneficial insects because they eat the bad guys! They eat aphids, mites, and scale insects- all of which are harmful to our gardens and crops. In fact an Asian ladybug was imported for its voracious appetite for scale insects- it saved the pecan crop from cottony cushion scale! One drawback of these imported ladybugs is that they’ve taken over food resources from the native ladybug species. Native lady bugs are severely outnumbered by Asian and European ladybugs to the point that conservationists fear for the survival of several species of ladybugs. Now don’t hate the intruders; they’re still doing a good job eating bad bugs.

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The Pain of Facing Euthanasia – Steps to Prepare By Kevin Marcy


hoosing to euthanize a beloved pet can be one of the most heart wrenching decisions a family can make. Most pet owners consider their pet as part of the family. Because their love for their pet is strong, quite often the decision to euthanize a pet is put off for days, weeks or months; even if it makes the most medical sense for the pet’s well being and comfort.

Dr. Alan Wolfelt, author, educator, nationally known grief counselor, and pet lover, says, “If someone makes the decision to euthanize their pet they need to trust their decision and believe they have made the right choice”. Together you and your veterinarian should sit down and decide what is best for your pet. Once you have made this tough decision, I recommend several steps to assist you and your pet to prepare for this day. Step 1: You and your family should spend as much time as possible with your furry child. Together visit some of the places special to you and your pet. Step 2: Allow your pet to do some of the little things you would normally never let them do. Like eating table food, sleeping on your bed, chewing on an old shoe etc.

even feel anger at yourself, your vet, or your pet. This is all normal. You must allow yourself to feel these feelings to work through the grieving process. Talk about them with another person who loves pets. This will, in time, help these feelings become less powerful and you will grow more confident in your decision.

Step 3: Take more pictures or videos of your pet. Maybe create a scrap book or tribute video. Step 4: Sit with your pet and look at and talk about the old pictures or videos you have taken over the years. Discuss it in detail and remember how you felt. Step 5: Make sure you have made a decision on how your pet is to be memorialized. Memorialization is just as important when a pet dies, as it is when a human family member dies. Search out a Pet Crematory you feel comfortable with. Discuss options, ideas, services and prices.

Finally, remember guilt, regrets and self blaming are very common feelings after a pet dies. Dr. Woffelt, also talks about having a case of the “if only”; if only I had gotten him to the vet quicker, if only I hadn’t let her out the side gate, if only I had been more responsible. If you find yourself experiencing that “if only” feeling, don’t be so hard on yourself. There really are some limits and you can only do so much.

Step 6: Stay with your pet from the time you arrive at your Vet’s office until your pet takes their final breath. Bring their favorite toy or blanket; comfort them with a soothing, calm voice.

Kevin R. Marcy and wife Gina are owners of Dream Land Pet Memorial Center in Kennesaw, a cremation service dedicated to pets, that offers individual cremation services, viewings, pet loss and grief resources, as well as a full line of pet urns. Visit their website at www. DreamLandPetCremation. com or call 678-594-0041.

Step 7: If you have other pets, allow them to be a part of all of these activities. They too will grieve. It is important to understand even though you have made the right choice in euthanizing your pet, it may leave you feeling guilty. You may

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Bunnies and Ham and Eggs, Oh My!


t’s time of year again. You’re standing, dumbfounded, in front of a mound of hard boiled eggs, sliced ham and chocolate Easter bunnies. You wonder “what am I going to do with 6 dozen eggs, 6 lbs. of ham and 25 chocolate bunnies”. The stress of it is almost enough to send you to bed for a week--or at least tear most of your hair out. Here are a few ideas and recipes to help you avoid both of those.

Leftover Chocolate Bunnies Take a rolling pin to them and crush the life out of them. Then use the crumbs to sprinkle on: ice cream use in milk shakes stir a few in a mug of hot chocolate use in place of chocolate chips for making cookies melt for dipping fruit and candy.

1. Easter flower Remember the crumbs you don’t use, can be frozen for later use. 2. Assortment 3. Describe Leftover Ham 4. Family dog, for short 5. Filter Save bone for bean or split pea soup (it can be frozen.) 6. Navajo home Make: 7. Decorated, as a cake ham salad chef salad 8. “___ any drop to drink”: ham sandwiches Coleridge add to macaroni and cheese to make a delicious casserole 9. Amniotic ___ 10. Fencing swords Chop and freeze to use in: 11. Enthusiasm potato salad 12. Inexperienced scrambled eggs 15. Conductor Koussevitzky omelets top baked potatoes 17. Carbamide potato soup 18. Acclimate scalloped potatoes 22. South American monkey au gratin potatoes 23. Slender nails pizza - with pineapple. 24. Cork’s country 25. Big Indian Top tortilla with ham, salsa, and cheddar cheese and warm, for hot ham and cheese 26. Astringent sandwiches. 27. Small town 28. Luxurious Leftover Eggs 30. Gravy ingredient Make: potato salad 31. Draw out tuna salad 32. Level, in London pasta salad 33. Coin opening chef salad 35. Many spinach salad with eggs and bacon 36. Duff deviled eggs 37. Charge fill tomatoes with egg salad 41. Flax fabric Golden Morning Sunshine * 42. Man-like, slang Golden Morning Sunshine 43. Came down 2 cups white sauce 44. In heaven 4 eggs, hard boiled and chopped 45. Admittance Toast 46. Concerned with weight White Sauce 47. Nosh 1/4 cup dry milk 1 cup cold water 49. Song and dance, e.g. 2 Tbsp. flour 1 Tbsp. margarine A of dash salt 50. Length x width, for a rectangle In a covered jar, combine dry milk, flour and salt and mix well. Add water. Shake until 51. Binge all the ingredients are dissolved. Melt margarine in a 1 quart sauce pan. Stir in flour52. Catch a glimpse of milk mixture and cook over low heat until mixture thickens and starts to bubble. Keep 54. Chucklehead stirring until thickened completely. Once the white sauce has thickened, add eggs. Serve 55. “A pox on you!” on toast. For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 •  Our Town 56. Ashes holder For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 l l  Our Town

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