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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town April 2011

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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 Photography Brigette Carruth Infocus Photography

Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, PhD Ginger Burton Melissa Cummings Mark Duffield, MD Dawn Elise Jason Goggans Ed Luksic David S. Mirolli, RFC Lynne Powers Our Town Media Group, Inc. Stewart Rider

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About the Cover...............................................................5 Health & Fitness: Are You Fit?..........................................6 Family Focus: Spring Fever.................................................8 Calendar of Events.........................................................11, 15 Relationships: Facebook...................................................12 Home Improvement: ProtectingYour Home..................16 Automotive: Fluid Maintenance....................................18 Home & Design: Decorating with China.........................20 Finance: Increased Savings..............................................2 1 Feature Photographer: Brigette Carruth......................22 Medical: Joint Replacement..........................................23 Community: Paulding Relay...........................................25 Outdoors: Turkey Time...................................................27 Travel: Crescent Beach.....................................................28 Letter from the Editors....................................................28 Pets: Bunnies.....................................................................29 April Crossword..............................................................30 What’s Cookin’: Wascally Wabbits..................................30

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Twins: Ryker & Allyn Beavers


aster is coming, and hopping on to our cover this month are twins, Allyn and Ryker Beavers; along with the Our Town rabbit, Lulu. They are residents of Dallas, along with their parents – Shonda and John.

Allyn and Ryker recently turned five years old, and though they’re twins, they couldn’t be more different. Allyn is a “girly-girl”. She loves to color, draw, write, dance, dress-up and be silly. She has a HUGE imagination and is very creative. Ryker is “ALL BOY”. He loves trucks, getting dirty and fixing things. These days he cannot go anywhere without wearing his cowboy boots. He has an incredible memory and is very detailed oriented. Allyn and Ryker have wonderful, friendly personalities and a great sense of humor. Though they fuss like any brother and sister, they love each other a lot and are very protective of one another. If they are separated for any reason during the day or on the weekend, they want to get a surprise to take home for their sibling or they call each other to see what the other one is doing. The care and concern they have for each other is very sweet.

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Each year on Allyn and Ryker’s birthday their family watches the video of their birth. Shonda says, “It is such a special time of reflection on how much they have grown and how lucky we are to have two beautiful healthy children.” They are very inquisitive about which baby is who and cannot believe they were both in mommy’s tummy at once. Ryker will tell you he is baby A and Allyn knows she is baby B; they’re exactly one minute apart.

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Shonda and John feel blessed to be the parents of this energetic duo. Shonda was only three weeks into her pregnancy when they first discovered she was expecting twins. Both of them were very excited and a little overwhelmed at the thought of taking care of two babies, but they knew they were up for the challenge. Shonda and John have lived in this area their whole lives. Shonda is a Medical Sale Rep for Smith & Nephew; an Orthopaedic Medical Device Company which sells medical devices to Orthopaedic Surgeons. John is self-employed and owns his own trucking company called Beavers Trucking.   

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We truly enjoyed spending time with Allyn and Ryker. They are both happy and loving children, and were very excited to have their picture made with Lulu. Allyn and Ryker can tell you they are twins, and how special that makes them. This is very true! Both of them have brought so much joy to their entire family, and it’s a privilege for us to have them on this Easter cover.

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Are You Fit??? Really???

By Jason Goggans


re you f i t ? That may be an easy or hard question to answer but hopefully by the end of this article you will have a better idea of what being “fit” truly means and whether or not you fall into that category.

What do you think it really means to be fit? Are you fit if you can run 10 miles with ease? Some might say yes but let me ask you this, what if running long distances has robbed you of a lot of your lean muscle (as running usually does)? What if losing that lean muscles has left you weak relative to others in your age group? Would you still qualify yourself as fit? What if running has tightened your muscles because you don’t always leave time for stretching after a run and now you have been rendered extremely inflexible? Does that sound like a fit individual? On the other hand, what if you are the strongest person on the block able to lift a school bus full of high school kids? Are you fit? What if you have herculean strength but can’t run 100 yards without keeling over from exhaustion? Would you still consider yourself fit?

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Both of these groups (runners and weight lifters) are to be commended. Being able to run long distances or lift heavy weights is not easy. It takes a lot of work and effort to get there. But if you look at what it means to be truly “fit”, do they qualify? The point I am making is that the true definition of fitness is not measured by a single variable like running endurance, weight lifting strength, or Gumby-like flexibility.

So, if you are runner, add in some resistance work and be sure to stretch. If you prefer weights be sure to not neglect your cardio or flexibility. If you take yoga that’s great, but be sure you schedule time for cardio and resistance work. And, no matter what you are doing, you MUST maintain a quality diet of lean protein, vegetables, healthy fats, some fruit, some starch, and zero sugar. Eating this way not only will help you burn the fat; it will also help you maximize your workouts and burn more calories. It is extremely tough to succeed long term without this crucial element.

Far too often I see people embark on a fitness program only to limit what they do for exercise to one activity. Most people will choose an activity that they are good at because they are familiar with it and therefore find it relatively easy. This is a huge mistake because when an exercise is easy you burn fewer calories and less fat which means your results suffer greatly. When you focus, or specialize, in one area such as cardio you neglect so many other areas of exercise that are crucial if you truly want to be “fit”. So, what do we do to formulate a program that will lead us to being the walking definition of fitness?

So if you are one who focuses on one type of exercise yet you want to achieve true fitness, it’s time to expand the workout program and start incorporating the things discussed above so that you are able to obtain it and be able to accurately call yourself fit!

The answer is that you must broaden your horizons. Don’t be afraid to try new things and new exercise programs. As long as they are quality programs founded on science (and no, the Shake Weight doesn’t count). You want a program that will give you the main pillars of fitness: Cardio Endurance, Strength (loss of muscle and strength is the number one thing that puts people in

Jason Goggans, B.A., is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and graduate of the University of Florida. He is a professional trainer in Cobb County.

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The Various Forms of Spring Fever By Lynne Powers


f you’re like me, you probably just smile when someone says they have Spring Fever, which is known mostly as a severe yearning for warmer weather and sunshine. It hits extra hard after an especially long, cold and dreary winter. At the first hint of higher temperatures, you’re out the door for some fresh air, much needed exercise and to allow your kids to release all of that energy they’ve been storing up which has been driving you crazy!

But the truth is spring isn’t all chirping birds and roses. And some kids have a tougher time than we think adjusting to the changes. Here are just a few things you may notice your child experiencing once spring has sprung.

Allergies When your child starts sniffling, sneezing or complains of itchy eyes, it’s likely he or she is experiencing springtime allergies. While a cold will bring many of the same symptoms, allergies tend to be worse in the morning, don’t come with a fever, and produce only clear mucus. Fortunately, many great allergy medications are available both by prescription and over-the-counter. Contact your pediatrician to find out which one is best for your child. Unfortunately, however, even medicine doesn’t completely eliminate all of the effects. Be prepared for decreased energy and increased crankiness at least for a few weeks until the allergen culprits diminish.

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Lack of Focus Teachers report a slight drop in grades during the last marking period of school, which isn’t surprising. Do you remember sitting in that classroom, staring out the window at sunshine you haven’t seen in months, trying to concentrate on what your teacher was saying? Virtually impossible! For kids in school, waiting for the endof-the-day bell to ring during spring months is utter torture. Of course, we should encourage and get after our children when they are distracted and lose focus. But we also need to cut them a little slack.

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A WOMEN’S DAY OF EMPOWERMENT – Paulding Comm Center April 2; Saturday 10am-4pm Sponsored by Babbie Mason Ministries, Shepherd’s Rest and Boundless Limits International. Inspired teaching by Tanya Curren and Praise Music by Babbie Mason. A day that will inspire you to be a powerful woman of God. $15 admission includes lunch. Register online at

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3RD ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW / YARD SALE April 2; Saturday 9am – 4pm Hickory Heights Baptist Church. 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, Dallas, GA. Looking for vendors. Contact Donna at for application. Booth fee $25/ crafters and $10/ for a yard sale space. Proceeds benefit Vacation Bible School. Rain date 4/9/11

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PAULDING CHAMBER - GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON* Paulding County Senior Community Center April 7; Thursday 11:30 to 1:00pm Keynote speaker is the Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta. $15/members, $25/ non-members. For info visit or call 770-445-6016.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* - McEachern United Methodist Church April 7and 21; 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; 9:30am – 11:30am Open to moms with children ages birth to kindergarten. Meet in the Oaks Hall building and child care is provided. For more info call 770-943-3008 ext. 1260. MOM’S CLUB OF DALLAS AND HIRAM* April 7; 1st Thursday of each month 10am – Bethany Christian Church MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support). Meetings are held at 3264 Villa Rica Hwy (Hwy 61) Dallas. For more information email PRIME TIME DANCE - Paulding County Community Center in Dallas April 8; 7pm-10pm Popular Country & Western, oldies, and line dancing. Ages 40 +, $5. at the door.  All proceeds benefit the Paulding County Senior Center. Couples & singles welcome - 54 Industrial Way, Dallas. 770-443-8873 PAULDING 45 & OVER SINGLES CLUB ACTIVITIES* April 12; 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm – Ryan’s in Hiram For more information please call Andree at 770-505-3237. MOBILE DAIRY CLASSROOM - New Georgia Public Library April 13; Wednesday 10:30am  The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a 30-ft, fully operational milking parlor containing a live cow. This educational program is designed to provide children with a better understanding of where milk comes from, how it’s processed, and the health benefits. Operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. The library is located at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas. Call 770-459-8163 for more info. MY KIDZ CLOSET CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE April 14-16; Thurs and Fri 8:30am-7pm and Sat 8:30am-Noon Sale at Peachtree Community Church, 87 Blackstock Rd., Villa Rica. PREVIEW SALE, Wed, April 13; 7pm with an entrance fee of $5 or 5 non perishable items. mykidzclosetgeorgia. com. PAULDING PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB* – Downtown Dallas April 14 and 28; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are held at 122 Main Street in Dallas.  All photographers welcome. Monthly competitions, field trips and more., the website is pauldingphoto


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Are You on Facebook? Should You Be?? By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.


Perhaps, the most dramatic presentation of the reach of social networking is its use as a powerful tool for social change. In 2009, Twitter was used very effectively in the protests following the Iranian election. Even more recently, Facebook has been an integral component in communications in the Middle Eastern protests for freedom and democracy.

or development of other relationships than the marriage. Additionally, it is often easier to say things online that might never be said personally, which increases the potential to cross lines of appropriateness. Relationship expert, Ian Kremer asserts that a strong long-term relationship requires a high degree of transparency and dependability. However unpredictability and mystery is exciting. Reconnecting with past loves can create real temptations. One study identifies that Facebook is raised as an issue in one out of five divorce cases. It is easy to understand the possible negative impact of having a “secret life” kept separate from a spouse. Some couples avoid these issues by keeping all Facebook interactions open to their spouses.

While the positives are clear, there are potential negatives. If one gets consumed in any activity, other important focuses of life can be neglected. Some find themselves consumed by the desire to stay informed on each status update or wall posting. Social networking can become a significant drain on time and energy. While this may take away from time spent with family it may also impact work effectiveness. One study found that two-thirds of US workers with Facebook accounts access their site during work hours which can lead to a lack of productivity.

So, should you Facebook? The popularity and use is so widespread that it’s now a routine aid to social interaction. While it may seem odd or even a little creepy at first; like e-mail and cell phones which were introduced in previous decades to a skeptical populace; Facebook can be a useful tool to connect with others. It can be fun but as with many things in life, caution and judgment is necessary to keep the experience positive.

There have been recent concerns about the impact of Facebook on marriage. The concerns involve betrayal of the marital relationship by focusing more on the renewal

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hatever your opinion about the phenomenon, the current popularity of Facebook is undeniable. Facebook began in 2004 as a site for college students, but today it is popular among all age groups and used in business marketing. There are differing opinions on the positive and negative impact of this new way to keep connected.

Some argue online social networking encourages improved communication with extended family and friends which strengthens relationships and that networking facilitates forming new relationships. There are also assertions that Facebook can be good for your emotional health by helping with stress reduction and increasing a sense of belonging; is typically a positive atmosphere and offers an enjoyable, fun activity. Facebook can be a place for those with social anxiety to practice interpersonal skills. Those with social anxiety often find more comfort interacting in this less personal manner and online social success can lead to greater confidence to reach out socially in other ways. When trying to overcome anxieties – successes tend to lead to other successes.

Next month, I will explore the unique issues and concerns about children using social networking.

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Dear Friend, If you’ve ever thought about going to a chiropractor but you’ve hesitated because you weren’t sure it was right for you please read on… My name is Dr. Amy Valente. I would like to show my heartfelt thanks to the community by celebrating the spring season and the month of April with the announcement of Community Health Week. It’s my way of saying THANK YOU to the people who have been so helpful and mean so much. I hope this will benefit you and yours. I have agreed to “give away” (to anyone who asks for it) $200 worth of my services for only $20. That’s right-$20. In the years that I have been practicing I have helped many people in the North Georgia area feel better and live healthier, more productive lives through chiropractic care. I would now like to introduce you to the many benefits my profession has to offer. For instance, chiropractic care may be able to help you if you are suffering from any of the following conditions. l l l l l l l

Low back pain Neck Pain Migraines Sciatica Herniated discs Degenerated discs Shoulder/arm pain

And a whole host of other problems, ranging from TMJ to carpal tunnel. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment, because this “misalignment” directly affects your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from such problems or similar conditions right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called “adjustments”). So if you’ve always wanted to “check out” chiropractic care and see what is in it for you, now is the best time because….. Right now $20 will get you all the services I normally charge my new patients $200 for! What does this include? Everything. Take a look at what you’ll get…. l An in-depth private consultation about your health and well being. l A chiropractic spinal examination…. l A set of specialized X-rays to deter-

mine if a misalignment in your spine is causing your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays FREE. They would usually cost $100)… l An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help. l Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain… l Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you…. The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, we normally charge $200 for this (most of which just covers the cost of the set of X-rays). But now, as a part of this one time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it can help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you’ll probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you…. MEET THE DOCTOR Prior to obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Marietta, GA, I received my B.S. degree from Excelsior College. I am nationally and state board certified in Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. I am one of the few doctors in this area that performs specific Activator analysis technique for the treatment of degenerative discs, scoliosis, herniated discs just to name a few. I have happily donated my time to organizations such as MUST Ministries, YWCA (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women), and Ross Memorial. I am very proud to be a wife and mother of four boys and a member of Liberty Church in Marietta, GA. DOES CHIROPRACTIC REALLY WORK Absolutely! When you come in I’ll provide you with studies that show why chiropractic is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof” on how well chiropractic works is what our patients say about it. ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS AND BACK PAIN Although Chiropractic care has been

an enormous help to me and my family for 30 years when I met the doctor’s at NLCC I was not currently under care. As I started getting adjusted again the relief was almost immediate! I was suffering from soreness, stiffness and sleepless nights. “Feeling better” affects everything in life and helps us cope with the daily stresses. I suppose I am most amazed by knowing that one’s spine has to do with every part of the body. God made us that way-“fearfully & wonderfully made” (Ps.139) Your Friend- Pastor Ron Mobley TMJ & HEADACHES I was in a lot of pain when I started coming for my adjustments at NLCC. I suffered with pain in my jaw and severe headaches. Now that I have been receiving chiropractic care my pain has decreased tremendously and I don’t have to worry about constant headaches. I can walk my dog without pain and my posture has gotten better. My husband is also very pleased with my progress. I am thrilled at how quickly I have improved due to chiropractic care and I love the positive caring atmosphere they have in the office. Thank you- Denine Wolden KNEE PAIN/SLEEPLESSNESS The reason why I came into the office was because I was having knee pain and I was not sleeping very well at night. I am now getting 3-4 more hours of sleep at night and my knees have gotten a lot better. I interact more with my family and I can ride my bike with my granddaughter. I feel 100% better. The doctors and staff here at NLCC really do what they say and are very professional and friendly. Chiropractic care really works great! Thanks-Thomas Weems SCOLIOSIS When I first came into the office I did not know the extent of my health issues. After the exam, the doctor told me I had a scoliosis that affected my health in many different ways. Chiropractic has helped me to restore my physical balance and as a dancer that is very important! I also had numbness in my hands and now I can take notes without my hand going numb. Since I have been

getting adjusted I have more energy and my heartburn and circulation has improved! I am happy to say that chiropractic is easier than I expected and not as time consuming as I once thought. Thanks! Christine Pearce GUARANTEE OF GREAT SERVICE Obviously we can’t guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee we can give you and that’s a guarantee to accept your case only if we truly feel we can help. LIMITED TIME OFFER Obviously, with an offer like this we can’t afford to do it for very long. So we’ve picked the dates of Apr. 1-15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during Apr. 1-15th. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

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6th ANNUAL RACCOON CREEK BLUEGRASS BENEFIT April 17; Saturday 12pm – 10pm at Raccoon Creek Music Park “Cousins for a Cure” Cancer Fundraiser at Raccoon Creek Music Park, located off Braswell Mountain road on Tibbitts Road, Dallas. Enjoy ‘LIVE’ Bluegrass, Gospel Music, BBQ, and silent auction. 11 local bands. $5 donation benefits the Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. Visit schedule. SPRING FESTIVAL - Mars Hill Community Church April 17; Sunday following 10am service Easter egg hunt, jumpees, slides, games and more family fun. The Student Ministry will provide Hamburger & Hot Dog lunch plates ($4-$5). MHCC is located at 109 Mars Hill Road, Powder Springs. For more information call 678-797-0814 or email office@ POKER RIDE benefitting PAUDLING RELAY FOR LIFE April 17; Sunday 12:30pm-5:30pm Birdie’s Wings at 5876 Wendy Bagwell Pkwy, Hiram. Raffle prizes and trophies for best and worse hands. $25 entry fee. For more info call Valarie Dunn 770-633-2920. COBB EMC POWER BREAKFAST* – Bentwater Golf Club April 19; 3rd Tuesday of the month; 8am – 9:30am Meet, mix, and network.. 100 Golf Links Dr, Acworth. Buffet Breakfast $10/ members, $15/non-mem. Call 770-445-6016 or visit

11TH ANNUAL COPS FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT presented by Sheriff Gary Gulledge at Creekside Country Club April 20; Wednesday 9am Shotgun start Four person Fort Lauderdale; Mulligans $5.00 ea (limit 4/player). Lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A of Hiram. Great prizes! Register online at or call Diane Abernathy at 770-505-5533. THE PAULDING LITERACY COUNCIL* – Paulding Chamber April 22; 4th Friday of the month 10am Meetings held at the Paulding Chamber. Seeking new members, volunteer tutors, and adult students who would like to learn to read. For info call 770-445-4511. COMMUNITY YARD SALE - Carrington Pointe at Lakeswan April 23; Saturday 8am-4pm Carrington Pointe is across from Ingles on Nebo Road.

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COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT - Northwest Christian Church April 23; Saturday 11am Egg hunts by age group, carnival games, photo with grandparents and special surprises. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info 770-425-2525 or nwccoffice@ DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - Paulding County High School April 28, 29, and 30; Thurs-Sat at 7 pm and May 1; Sun at 3 pm Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  For information email gcorley@paulding.k12. or call 770-443-8008. AQUAFINA MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PITCH, HIT & RUN COMP May 1; Sunday 2pm Area Youth competition. Burnt Hickory Ball Fields located at 208 School Road, Dallas, GA. Boys and Girls ages 7-14. For more info contact Jeff Hope at 404-583-6734 or jeffhope@acmga. com. 6th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Presented by Paulding County Special Olympics at Creekside Country Club May 6; Friday Registration 8am-9:30am, 10am tee off Four person Fort Lauderdale style; $300 per team.Lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A of Hiram. Great prizes! Contact Marianne Bishop (770) 445-7710 or for more information

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The Marvelous Wonderettes is a cotton-candy colored, non-stop pop musical blast from the past! Featuring your favorite songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy & Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic 50’s and 60’s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)” and so many more! Tickets on sale now! $10 regular and $7 discount (for seniors age 62+, students, military & groups of 10+)

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How to Keep Your Home Safe During Storms By Stewart Rider


omeowners face a number of challenges and frustrations just keeping their home in order and safe from the elements. When storms blow through an area, it can lead to even more damage, sometimes very costly. However, if you take time to prepare for storm conditions, it can save you a lot of stress and headaches when the time comes and you do face adverse weather conditions.

One of the major problems homeowners have during a storm is dealing with falling debris. If you want to avoid a major cleanup following a storm or heavy winds, call in a tree service. If you trim branches or eliminate the problem altogether, you will not have to worry about tree removal following a crash onto your home or car. Also, understand that lightning can damage your home just as easily as wind and rain. It may be harder to plan for though, however to avoid problems, it’s a good idea to trim away any tall branches that surround your home.

If you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, hurricanes, or windstorms, consider tacking down your outdoor furniture and decor. Many homeowners that experience volatile weather conditions regularly may not bother with outdoor living, but if you do, it is important to keep the items you invest in safe. More importantly, you want to keep the furniture and materials from being launched through your own windows or those of a neighbor. Use rope or other methods of tacking to keep barbecue grills, chairs and tables, and tent coverings from flying away in high winds.

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When you do get a bad storm, be sure to check on flooding in and around your home. There are situations where you live in your home for decades and until a “storm of the century” hits, you may not experience any flooding. If you are aware of small leaks or overflows, or if you know your community has a problem, you can be better prepared in emergency events. You can also check on the outside of your home to make sure the concrete is pitched away to prevent flooding.

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Good Maintenance, More than Oil Changes


Checking the owner’s manual of the vehicle will tell the interval of when each fluid needs to be changed. When looking at the table or the suggested driving condition, use the server; no one drives normal as defined in the owner’s manual. All fluids have a useful life, and it is based on time and mileage. Your local repair shop may recommend fluid changes based on the area the vehicle is driven. Once those limits are surpassed then the protective value is no long there and starts to lead to the failure of the component it was designed to protect. Let’s start with anti-freeze; anti-freeze is good for two years. After that the protective value breaks down and

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and often over looked. Brake fluid is very absorbent of water and over time water develops within the brake fluid of the vehicle. This causes the brake fluid boiling point to be lowered and under heavy braking can cause brake failure. It also causes unnecessary brake component failure to calipers, wheel cylinders, brake lines, and master cylinders.

can start to cause internal part corrosion, radiator stoppage, and premature water pump failure to name a few. Every two years the system needs to be flushed of the old and have new added for maximum protection from freezing and corrosion. There are many different types of antifreeze and adding the wrong type to the system can cause major problems or shorten the life of components. Check with a trained technician as to what fluid is right for the vehicle.

oday’s vehicles can easily give good reliable service for over 500,000 miles if maintained properly. However to do this takes more than just changing the oil and filter every 3,000 or so miles. In this article I will speak of the other fluids. Yes, there is more than just oil that needs to be changed.

The last and maybe most over looked fluid is the differential fluid on rear wheel drive vehicles, four wheel drives, and the transfer case on four wheel drives. The reason for changing engine oil is the protect value, the addititives, break down over time. The same holds true for the fluid found in these components. With some additional preventive maintenance on today’s vehicles there is no reason not to enjoy carefree driving for many miles. The fluids are the life of each component; they do multiple tasks to protect the component from breaking down. All these fluids are easily changed at any automotive repair center and could save money, time, and the inconvenience of being stranded on the side of the road. Remember it takes more than just changing the engine oil to keep driving trouble free.

Next is transmission fluid; old dirty transmission fluid can cause premature failure to internal compounds both from wear and heat. Today’s transmission operates on very tight tolerances and once worn, due to lack of fluid change, will not perform as designed. Like antifreeze, today’s vehicles take different types of transmission fluid; do not mix them for it will cause shift problems.

Submitted by Ed Luksic of Express Oil in Hiram. Ed has over 30 years of experience in automotive repair, operations, and management.

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Decorating with Grandma’s China By Ginger Burton


y grandmother passed on her love of china to me. I admit that several of my cabinets are filled with plates, teacups, saucers, and serving pieces that I rarely use. Simply knowing that, behind those doors, stacks of delicate wares with colorfully painted flowers are sitting neatly on the shelves brings a smile to my face. Around the house, I have strategically-placed plates on display stands as a pleasant surprise for my guests. I switch them out from time to time – based on the season or my mood, of course. Cabinets with welcoming glass fronts look great with neatly stacked dishes; use upper shelves that you may not need to access so often to proudly display your beautiful plates. Remember, you don’t have to display everything you own, so be selective and, of course, you can switch them out periodically!

Decorative plates are easy to display. Hang a couple on the wall or set on a plate stand on a mantle or bookshelf. Mixing and matching is perfectly acceptable if you have inherited or acquired multiple collections. Use only what works and avoid the temptation to have everything out just for the sake of it. Don’t crowd the walls or make your displays too “busy.” Use only what you can arrange nicely at that time.

Just because you are using a vintage item doesn’t mean you have to make your whole décor old fashioned. Pair your item with something trendy to create an updated and fresh look. For example, a display of vintage china plates looks terrific against a wall that’s painted in the latest fashion color. Not sure what that color is?  Take a stroll through the mall or shop online fashion boutiques. You will quickly notice which colors are being highlighted for the season! The contrast of the old with the new (or new again) is always a winner.

So what if that cup or plate gets a small chip or crack? Don’t worry. If you can’t replace the piece, find a new way to use it and repurpose the item. A broken or chipped piece that you no longer would use for food is begging to be part of an art project. Delicate teacups are delightful to hang with a ribbon in a window. Why should window decorations be appropriate for certain seasons only? Drill a hole, and add some hot glue or wiring, then tuck your new work of art into a floral arrangement. Or use a permanent marker to inscribe a note and affix to a gift package in lieu of a card. The recipient will feel very special. Antiques and collectables such as china definitely require a little TLC. These will need to be hand washed, as many of them are hand painted. Also, it’s very important to invest in storage to prevent damage to these fragile items. If it’s worth saving, it’s worth protecting. The special occasion you create by using them will make it worth the effort. Ginger Burton is an interior design instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College at the Mountain View Campus.


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Mitra Kalitia is a Wall Street Journal real estate reporter. Two recent articles highlight dramatic changes in the housing market: more buyers are paying for real estate purchases in cash, and those who borrow to buy a home are coming up with larger down payments.

The switch to cash purchases is especially prevalent in real estate markets hardest hit by the recent recession. The National Association of Realtors reports that in 2010, 54.2% of homes purchased in Miami were cash transactions. In Las Vegas, 45.9% of home purchases were paid in cash, while Phoenix had 35.6%. It is true that many of these transactions involve foreclosed or distressed properties selling at a discount. However, Mr. Kalita noted that downtown Miami real estate prices rose 15% in the past year. This isn’t just scavenger activity. People are seeing opportunities, and finding cash reserves are the best way to purchase them. As for the trend toward larger down payments, the move is “driven mostly by banks, who have found that larger down payments discourage delinquencies by increasing the buyers’ exposure to loss and reducing the impact of declining prices.” Banks have also tightened their lending standards, making it harder for individuals to qualify for mortgages even if they have substantial down payments.

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Both actions have prompted buyers to bring more cash to the table, as the median down payment rose to 22% of the purchase price in 2010, the highest percentage since 1997. (In the fourth quarter of 2006, the average down payment was just 4%, and near zero in some overheated markets.) Along with this information, the articles contain two cogent observations. The first is value of cash in hand. The second comes from Mr. Kalita, who states the “jump in real-estate purchases made with cash is another sign of the revival of animal spirits returning to the economy.” “Animal spirits” refers to a phrase first used by 1930s economist John Maynard Keynes to describe the economic confidence that prompts people to spend money. For Keynes, one of the functions of government-controlled monetary policy was to encourage the animal spirits – to provide economic stimulus packages, in today’s vernacular. But this current revival of animal spirits has nothing to do with government and financial institution policies. In fact, just the opposite: Banks and government agencies, through higher down payments and tighter lending standards, are making it harder to buy a home. The “stimulus” is coming from individuals with cash savings. Eventually, the increase in cash reserves will resolve some of the uncertainties in the economy. In times of financial uncertainty, one of the best long term responses, both for businesses and individuals, is to save…While tax breaks, subsidies, and monetary policies can definitely influence economic growth, the foundation for long-term financial prosperity and stability, both individually and nationally, is built on a solid base of saving. Establishing and maintaining healthy cash reserves not only improves your individual financial health, collectively it strengthens the economy and energizes the “animal spirits.”

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



rigette Carruth is a native of Illinois, but has lived in Georgia since 1985 and has become quite the southern girl. Her husband Tim was born in Marietta and raised here in Paulding County since the age of 6. They have been married 21 years and have two boys. Chase age 18 is a student at Kennesaw State University and a 2010 graduate of East Paulding High. Cameron age 14 is a freshman at East Paulding High. The family is long time members of Roswell Street Baptist church, where Brigette teaches 8th grade girls Sunday school and plays flute with the orchestra. Her degree is in fashion merchandising, but her love for photography caused her to go a new direction taking classes at KSU. She started her business, In Focus Photography in 2003. Specialties include unique location work for senior portraits, family and children, engagement, maternity, sports and special events. She also does commercial work with area businesses. Brigette’s first national publication came out in the March/April issue of Bridal Guide magazine with a full-page ad for Kristina Eaton Ltd.

Brigette is a breast cancer survivor of two years and completed her first Susan G. Komen 3-day, 60-mile walk in October of 2010. She is already signed up for the 2011 walk and is currently doing off-season training.

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oint replacement is a surgical procedure that can be positively life altering. In years past, Orthopaedic surgeons offered the procedure in an attempt to improve the day to day activities of patients. Many patients had to abandon recreational activities, because their pain and immobility were just too great. As technology and techniques have improved, we now offer these advancements to help patients not only with day to day activities but also to allow them to participate in certain recreational desires. If conservative options such as cortisone injections, antiinflammatory medications and physical therapy are not helpful, joint replacement may then be the ultimate option.

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Joint replacement is performed by an Orthopaedic surgeon and is essentially a resurfacing of the entire joint. Although knee and hip are the most commonly replaced joints, shoulder, elbow, finger and ankle joints can be replaced as well. Worn and deteriorated joint surfaces, particularly weight bearing joints, are generally very painful which in turn significantly reduces motion and consequently activity level. We use innovative techniques to remove worn and deformed areas of the joint and replace areas with man-made implants, effectively replacing the entire joint surface. The implants are made from stainless steel, cobalt chrome, titanium and polyethylene. We also use a bone cement material that forms a hard bond between the resurfaced bone face and the new implant.

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The joint replacement procedure is performed in the hospital. Often general anesthesia is used during the surgery, occasionally a spinal or nerve block can also be used for pain management after the surgery. We encourage our patients to walk the next day (in some cases the same day) with the assistance of the physical therapist. Most patients initially will use assistive devices like crutches or walkers and then advance to a cane several weeks after their surgery. It is entirely normal to experience pain after the surgery but it is well managed in the hospital for 2-4 days. Once a patient has progressed past the need for hospital medications, they are discharged home or to a rehabilitation facility. Patients then see their operative surgeon in the office approximately 10-14 days after their surgery. Throughout the post operative period (2-3 months) patients are in consistent contact with their therapist and see their surgeon every few weeks. Each patient has a unique and interesting road to eventual joint replacement surgery. It is up to you and your doctor to form a relationship of communication, information gathering, camaraderie, and trust over time (which may be many months and even years) before you have a joint replacement. Revisiting each different patient situation many times over is a very common scenario before we would schedule a patient for replacement. We encourage questions about the procedure; what are your expectations, etc? It is our role to assist you in the decision making process and make the experience as predictable and fulfilling for the long-run as possible. Most patients experience at least a 15-20 years life out of their replaced joint; some keep the same implants their entire life. There are many treatment options for patients that have joint pain, replacement is only one. We’re consistently encouraged by new and innovative conservative efforts to stave off joint replacement. We encourage you to see your Orthopaedist and find out what options are available to you for relief. Dr. Duffield is an orthopaedic surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to Know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of physicians, services and locations near you.

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Smaller scars, faster recovery time, less trauma to the body and less need for medication …who wouldn’t want a surgery that offered all of these things?

Invasive Surgery — or sometimes referred to as Laparoscopic Surgery — can be a great alternative for the right patients. And instead of days in the hospital and even more recovery time at home, patients can leave within 24 hours, or even the same day, and be back to normal activity within days, not weeks.

Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) uses the mini-cameras to diagnose and treat conditions in the chest. During this surgery, one or more small incisions are made in the chest. A tiny fiber-optic camera, called a thorascope, is inserted through one incision, and surgical instruments are inserted through the same or other small incisions. The thorascope transmits images of the inside of the chest on a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in maneuvering the instruments to complete the procedure. VATS can replace a traditional thoracotomy, which uses one large incision to gain access to the chest.

At WellStar Kennestone and Cobb Hospitals, physicians who are leaders in their respective fields are performing the latest in minimally invasive surgery and using their expertise to teach other clinicians in the region. Whether it is gastric, neurological or orthopedic, the number of procedures now being performed laparoscopically continues to grow. “The breadth and depth of the technology being used by physicians at WellStar is astounding, and we are very pleased to be able to offer these procedures at our facility,” said Sherron Kurtz, executive director of surgical services at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. These surgeries are often performed using small cameras with microscopes, tiny lights and high definition monitors. Physicians are even able to perform procedures now using only one incision — through the belly button. These single incision surgeries are currently being used for gallbladder removals at WellStar Cobb and Kennestone Hospitals.

Another addition to the world of minimally invasive procedures is the da Vinci Surgical System®. WellStar Kennestone and Cobb Hospitals offer gynecologic, urologic and cardiac surgical procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System, robotics technology that allows for significantly smaller incisions than those made during traditional open surgeries. Da Vinci is fundamentally similar to previous forms of laparoscopic surgery, but its high-definition 3-D technology allows the operating surgeon significantly better vision than does traditional video equipment. Da Vinci’s technology only enhances a surgeon’s skills – it does not replace them. For more information on WellStar’s surgical services, the minimally invasive surgeries offered or for a physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

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very year thousands participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Paulding County, and anxiously await the culmination of the events at the Paulding County High School. This year’s event will take place Friday and Saturday, May 13th & 14th. Countless volunteers are currently spending a lot of time fundraising – from asking friends to donate, selling t-shirts, to selling different items and services - all in the name of Relay for Life.

Paulding County residents should be proud in that each year they raise a great deal of money in the fight against cancer– last year over $230,000 was raised. A large portion of those fundraising dollars stay in the community benefitting local cancer patients. One such program is Look Good… Feel Better, a free program that provides beauty kits to cancer patients. The kits include makeup and skincare products, and provide a priceless service in that it helps restore patient appearance and self esteem. The program also allows local cosmetologists, nail techs, aestheticians and other beauty providers with the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients as they teach them beauty tips that are specific for their needs. Although a great deal of the Relay for Life fundraising money does stay in the county as Paulding cancer patients use the free services, there are dollars that are not being consumed, primarily because patients don’t know the help is there. “It is our goal that every dollar raised at Paulding County’s Relay for Life return to the community,” says Lindsi Pearson, Area Manager for the American Cancer Society. “There is clearly a patient need, and it saddens me to think that there are thousands of dollars left “on the table” because a cancer patient doesn’t know she can call and get assistance

with the Look Good…Feel Better program, or any of our other countless free community services.” While participating in Relay for Life is a vital way to help Paulding County cancer patients, it is equally important for each person to encourage families and friends who can benefit from these free services to ask for help. The American Cancer Society and its’ programs are dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health program and saving lives, as well as diminishing suffering. Together, residents in Paulding County can create a community where there is less cancer and more birthdays. For more information, to donate to or participate in the 2011 Relay For Life of Paulding County, or to find out about the free services in Paulding for cancer patients, call 770429-0089, or visit www. and help support Paulding County starting today.

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Turkey Time in Georgia


he opening day of the Georgia turkey hunting season began March 26 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division anticipates the 2011 season should be fair, with harvest likely down from the 2010 season. Statistics from the 2010 season harvest summary indicate that an estimated 47,275 resident Georgia hunters bagged 34,001 turkeys last year. “We had a real productive 2010, so there will be many juvenile turkeys available for harvest,” says Kevin Lowrey, Wildlife Resources Division wild turkey project coordinator. “However, the poor reproduction levels in 2007 and in 2009 will lower the supply of vocal adult gobblers.”

Georgia’s current turkey population is estimated at 335,000 birds and turkey hunters here are privileged with one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from March 26 through May 15, 2011 to harvest their bird(s). Because most hunters pursue wild turkeys on private lands, the Wildlife Resources Division reminds hunters to always obtain landowner permission before hunting.

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population currently hovers around 335,000 statewide, as recently as 1973, the wild turkey population was as low as 17,000. Intensive restoration efforts, such as the restocking of wild birds and establishment of biologically sound hunting seasons facilitated the recovery of wild turkeys in every county. This successful effort resulted from cooperative partnerships between private landowners, hunters, conservation organizations like the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Wildlife Resources Division. The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has donated more than $3,326,481 since 1985 on projects that benefit wild turkey and other wildlife. The NWTF works cooperatively in partnership with the Wildlife Resources Division and other land management agencies with the focus on habitat enhancement, hunter access, wild turkey research and education. There currently are 96 local Georgia chapters of the NWTF with membership totals of more than 17,000. For more information regarding wild turkey hunting opportunities, WMA hunting opportunities, 2011 wild turkey hunting seasons, regulations or license requirements in Georgia, visit Contributed by Melissa Cummings, the Communications/ Outreach Specialist at the Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division.

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1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.


hat a wonderful gift God gave us with His son, Jesus, and what a victory it is that Christ lives! It seems appropriate that during the month of April, nature itself is renewed as if to give thanks to their creator.

Each month God shows us His mighty love through our magazine. He has allowed us to meet wonderful people and forge great relationships in Paulding and the state of Georgia. He has taught us faith in believing that he wants us to succeed, and has allowed the most amazing things to happen to us. Also, he has made us stronger, and has taken great care of our families and our homes. We are humbled by the love he has for us because we feel so undeserving; yet every day we give praise and thanks that he does. We wish you and your families a very Blessed and Happy Easter!




















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Rabbits as Pets By Dawn Elise


hinking about getting a pet? There’s one furry companion you probably haven’t considered, but should. It’s smart, uses a litter box, can learn to come and walk on a leash, is at home anywhere from a big house with yard to a college dorm room, and it probably won’t make you sneeze. What’s this terrific alternative? A rabbit.  What’s so Special about Bunnies?

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l Rabbits are quiet, smart and will play with toys. l They’re cute; watching them eat a carrot or washing their big ears will put a smile on anyone’s face. l Far fewer people have allergies to rabbits than other furry pets, and some breeds barely shed. l They’re clean, as animals go. Once they’ve learned to use a litter box, they can roam around your house like any other pet. Plus, their droppings are virtually odor-free and are considered cold compost. l They are social animals and are happiest and healthiest with another rabbit to play with. They also like to snuggle with people, so you can plan to spend time holding, petting and playing with them each day.

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With 40 Breeds, How do You Choose? l Rabbits’ personalities change greatly when they go into adolescence. Some love toys, others like to romp in the tall grass. Adopting a rabbit at least 6 months old will help guarantee the bunny will act the same way a year from now. l Consider how your other pets will respond to a rabbit in your home. If a rabbit will be safe, choose one that’s the right size to interact with your children and pets. l Rabbits have a variety of personalities. Some will play hard to get; some will sit on your lap and let you pet them as long as you like. l Reputable rabbit rescue organizations will insist that your rabbits be spayed or neutered, for their health and your happiness.  How do You Care For Bunnies? l Rabbits need attention, fresh water and food (hay, rabbit chow and vegetables) every day. (Editor note: Our cover rabbit Lulu will do anything for red, orange and yellow peppers, but she doesn’t like squash.) l Litter boxes must be changed weekly. l Rabbits like a cozy space to call home. An extra-large wire dog crate, water bottle, heavy food bowl, litter box with recycled paper, a box with shredded paper to dig in, and a few hard infant or cat toys will keep them happy.

l To keep your bunnies healthy in a wire-bottom cage, put old carpet scraps on the bottom. Without that protection, they’ll develop painful and debilitating arthritis in their toes. Add a 12” x 12” ceramic tile for him to lie on to cool off.  l Rabbits may take a few weeks to warm up to new people and surroundings, but will soon relax once they become comfortable with their environment. Although they love to hop around the house, rabbits need a safe place where they can go when they need time alone. l Bunnies don’t see in color, so they often mistake wires for weeds and chew on them. You can easily bunny-proof your home by tacking wires up out of their reach. l House rabbits have difficulty cooling off above 85 degrees and staying warm below 40 degrees, so you’ll need to use caution when you take them outside in the summer or winter. If you’re still unsure about a rabbit as a pet, seek out a local rescue organization and become a foster. This is a wonderful way to save some bunnies’ lives, decide if you’re a rabbit person and find the perfect one for you. For more information about adoption or rescue visit, the House Rabbit Society or www. has a list of state rescue organizations.



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(MISHA (DOB ~12/18/2008) is a lovely female Lynx Point Siamese mix with expressive blue eyes who we rescued from a high kill shelter in North Georgia. MISHA is a very attentive, inquisitive, and playful girl who will provide her new family with many, many years of love and companionship. She is an excellent candidate to become your next lap kitty! MISHA is spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline AIDS/Leukemia/Heartworm, microchipped, dewormed, has received flea and ear mite preventative, and is eligible to receive at least 30 days of prepaid pet health insurance at the time of adoption. MISHA’s adoption fee is $125.00. To see all our cats available for adoption, please visit; then call, 678-522-2152, or email us,, to schedule an appointment to meet your new family member!

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etting your children help in the kitchen on Easter is a great way to get them involved with you, and out of their candy-filled Easter baskets. We found some fun Easter snacks for kids that are very easy to make, require little to no cooking, and fun and delicious to eat! These treats can be great additions to your Easter meals, too. Enjoy and don’t be afraid to get creative and make the treats your own!

Runaway Rabbit Racecar Snackcakes

There’s no cooking involved; it’s all about assembling and decorating these adorable little Rabbit Racecars.

Swiss Roll Snack Cakes or Twinkies (for the car) Marshmallow Bunny Peeps (the drivers!) Gummy Life Savers or Sour Rings (wheels and steering wheels) Mini sandwich cookies (wheels) M&M’s, Smarties, or Sweet Tarts (headlights) Pez candies (license plates) Halved gummy rings or cookies (seat back) Chocolate or Vanilla Frosting (for the glue)

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Unwrap candies and cover a flat surface with waxed paper to work on. Place your frosting in a decorator’s bag, or into a Ziploc bag with just the very tip cut away so you can pipe out a small amount. On the bottom of each bunny Peep, slice a small V so he’ll sit up on the car without tipping over. Next, using the frosting as glue, stick the Peeps, wheels, seat backs, steering wheel, headlights, etc., where they should go on the car.

Easter Bunny Breakfast Biscuits

These adorable bunny biscuits can be covered with a bit of honey, or roll them in butter, then coat with cinnamon and sugar, or brush with maple syrup, then sprinkle them with powdered sugar when they cool! This Easter recipe serves 8.

2 pkgs (8 ct. each) Country Biscuits Slivered Almonds (whiskers) 16 dried raisins (eyes) 1 tbsp. butter, melted 8 dried cranberries (noses) 2 tbsp. honey, warmed  Preheat oven according to directions. Arrange 8 biscuits on baking sheet, leaving plenty of room. With the other 8 biscuits, cut each one in half. Each half-biscuit will be one bunny ear. Attach two ears to each single biscuit to make your bunny head. Be sure they stick well so they won’t come off. It helps to moisten the parts and attach with a bit of milk. Next, use raisins, dried cranberries, and slivered almonds to make the bunny face. Now, bake until golden. Combine honey and butter in a small bowl and brush your bunny biscuits lightly, being careful not to dislodge your bunnies’ facial features! You can sprinkle with powdered sugar to make white bunnies. These treats are great for any meal, or as a snack with peanut butter and fruit.

Pear-fect Funny Bunny Salad

If your children do not like cottage cheese, make your bunny tails from Cool Whip or a large marshmallow, too... just don’t let it sit too long before serving. Serves 6.


6 canned pear halves 12 slivered almonds, for ears, OR 12 raisins 12 pieces of shaped carrot, for ears 3 maraschino cherries halved Cottage cheese, as needed, for tails  Arrange the pears cut-side-down on a plate. It helps to put each one on it’s own lettuce leaf so they can be moved. Make two slits at the front of the narrow side of the pear to insert the eyes. Make two slits at the top to insert the ears. Insert raisins for eyes and either carrot pieces or slivered almonds for ears. Add a halved cherry to the front of the pear for a nose. Place a dollop of cottage cheese to the back end of the bunny for a tail. Finally, refrigerate until ready to serve. For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 •  Our Town

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