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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 Photography Avii Rose Avii Rose Photography

Contributing Writers: Mindy Gentry, MD Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Ron Hazelton Jamie John Cheryl D. Jones Our Town Media Group Bruce Strong Fisher Swanson Beth Tabak 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 2012, 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, 24 Health & Fitness: Reasons to Learn Self Defense..........6 Family Focus: Children’s Sense of Entitlement..............8 Calendar of Events..................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: Facing Fear................................................12 Medical: Chocolate, Wine & Aspirin............................16 Home Improvement: Clean & Restore Your Deck........18 Finance: Gas Saving Tips..................................................21 Feature Photographer: Avii Rose...................................24 Home & Design: Colorful Stairways............................26 Travel: St. Augustine, Florida.........................................29 Community: The Bullock Hope House...................30 Gardening: Growing Hydrangeas..................................31 Pets: Cats & Dogs Can Coexist........................................33 April Crossword..............................................................34 What’s Cookin’: National Soyfood Month...................34

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Chad is from Reading, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a Christian home and served with his family in a music ministry. Together his family travelled singing in revivals, youth rallies and concerts. Through this ministry, he developed a love for music and singing. Chad felt a great call on his life, but like many young adults he strayed from God. He fell into a “partying lifestyle and forfeited everything” God blessed him with. These “bad decisions” landed him in Daytona Beach, Florida where he says, “I lived a separate life from everything I was raised in and what God’s Word says I was to be.” Erin was born in Tampa, Florida, but moved to Lake City when she was 8. She also grew up in a Christian home where her father was a preacher. At the age of 14, Erin began some bad habits, including an eating disorder which consumed her for 12 years. Though she acknowledged God as her creator, she did not honor Him. She got involved in drugs and alcohol, and left home at 17. Erin moved to Daytona Beach, and began college classes, but living a “partying lifestyle” made it difficult. About a year after she moved to Daytona she met Chad. Chad and Erin met in a bar. Both of them were “broken on the inside” and although some might argue that God did not lead them into the bar, they know God allowed it to happen. Chad says, “It was in that bar everything in my life began to shift and I didn’t even see it.” Erin says, “Through Chad, God healed my broken heart. I had a long road to recovery ahead of me but through God’s love I completely recovered.” They both know that God has His own perfect way of working things out. A verse that comes to mind for them is:

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Reasons to Learn Self Defense By Bruce Strong


id you know that one in every four college women surveyed has been the victim of an assault or rape? The sad fact is that college age women are actually 4 TIMES more likely to be the victim of rape than any other age group. However, if you want to get into the gender as a whole, statistics show that 1 in 6 women will the victim of a sexual assault in her lifetime. One in six is too high a number for any sort of crime! This alone gives you a clear reason why it is good to learn self defense. Self defense, for some, equates to martial arts techniques. So, many people forego training altogether because they think it takes years to master martial

violence as something that happens to other people. This is absolutely not the way to protect yourself. The fact that crime happens to somebody means that crime can happen to you, too. Ditching the mindset that you could never be a victim is the first step in procuring a safe future for yourself.

arts techniques (which it can). Therefore, they mistakenly never learn self defense at all. Before getting back into reasons to get enrolled in a good, on-going self defense course, let’s clear up the misconception about how difficult it is to learn to protect yourself.

Self defense is not only for women in college; in fact it is a skill not only for women! Men have just as much of a need for self defense; although the scenarios they stand to encounter will differ from those a woman would encounter. Men may be more apt to encounter another guy who wants to fight them. This could be at a party or out for a night on the town. Fights between men could happen anywhere, unfortunately.

Some people take one-time rape prevention clinics; and retain the information learned to such an extent they have been able to fight off an attacker. What this says is there are some techniques out there that CAN be learned in a short amount of time. This is good news, because it means you can learn self defense and gain power immediately as you continue to add moves and techniques to your personal safety toolbox through your self defense course.

Most men tend to gravitate towards martial arts techniques and styles like Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because these two forms of martial arts are reality based and can be used effectively in street fighting where there are no rules of engagement. If you are a guy, you have just as much reason as a woman to learn to defend yourself effectively. Life is a precious thing, and the bottom line is that self defense can get you out of sticky situations. Crime happens, and for that simple reason, you should know how to protect yourself.

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Challenge Your Child’s Sense of Entitlement By Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP


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hen parents raise children with the best of intentions, how is it they end up creating mean-spirited, narcissistic, arrogant and obnoxious little individuals? Entitlement is defined as the notion that a child’s wants should be fulfilled regardless of the circumstances. Common signs of entitlement include not taking turns, being impatient, not saying “please” or “thank you” and a lack of compassion for others. According to Edie Raether, a behavioral psychologist and family therapist, “If you have an entitled child, it is because YOU created one.” It can happen in a variety of ways, some very innocent and naïve.

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It is exhausting working and living with an adult who feels entitled. Growing up in this environment leads to mood swings and frequent anger as a rationalization and justification of explosive actions. It also leads to poor impulse control and frustration intolerance. Also, these personalities are quick to blame others. There is a need for admiration and constant reassurance, and whiny children grow up to be whiny adults. All of these behaviors give your child a distinct disadvantage in making and sustaining adult relationships. Mature adults take things in stride and can maintain their mental and emotional composure despite the frustrations of daily life. It is critical to challenge your child’s sense of entitlement and do it now. Once your child grows up and goes out into the real world, he will have to work for what he wants, just like everyone else. Teaching him the value of hard work and earning the things he needs and wants will lead to the integral connection between making an effort and achieving success.

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Easter Egg Hunt- New Georgia Public Library April 5; Thursday 11:30am Easter themed stories and songs followed by an egg hunt. Library is at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas. 770-459-8163 ‘Paulding Looks at Books’ - The Olive Tree in Downtown Hiram April 5; Thursday 2pm - 4pm The Paulding Literacy Council - Writer’s Expo featuring local authors and their works. Public is invited to attend and meet the authors from several different genres; 14 authors are expected to attend. For more info call 770-445-6016. Community Egg Hunt hosted by Trinity Chapel April 7; Saturday 10am Trinity Chapel is located at 4665 Macland Road in Powder Springs. 770-222-7023 Community Easter Egg Hunt - Northwest Christian Church April 7; Saturday 11am Egg hunts by age group; fun family event. They are also taking collections of cereal and pasta for their food pantry. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info 770-425-2525 or Red Cross Blood Drive by Boy Scouts - Hiram Community Center April 7; Saturday 6:30am - 2pm Hiram Community Center is located at 217 Main Street in Hiram. Spring Fling & Blood Drive - Oasis Family Life Church April 7th - Saturday 10am - 2pm Blood drive benefitting the American Red Cross. Located at 210 Paulding Lane Dallas. For more information, call 770.445.9201 NW Atlanta Moms of Mulitiples* – North Metro Church April 9 and May 8; 2nd Monday of the month 7pm Club for families with or expecting twins, triplets, etc. Special events, Mom’s Nights Out, etc. Visit website for more info or call 678-404-0034.

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EASTER/RESURRECTION SUNDAY He died for me, and set me free on that old ruggled cross. He shed His blood for you and I, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Just put your total trust in Him and overcome the power of sin, sickness and satan. Christ died for our sins, He was buried,and He rose again the third day according to scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4. Have a Blessed Resurrection Year. Amen!



Facing Fear- Taking Actions that S t r e t c h You By Beth Tabak


hange life, ignite your career, boost business, and enhance relationships by regularly (at least once daily) stretching out of your comfort zone. We have what seems to be an infinite amount of inner strength and are capable of so much more. We just need to get comfortable being gutsy. Think of how much children grow yearly, and are consistently forced to stretch out of their comfort zone at each level in school, sports, etc. As adults, there is more learning, stretching, and growing to be done that leads to greater opportunities, more fun, success, life experience, etc. So here are 5 essential perceptions to take on as you face fear plus ideas for how to strengthen your courage muscle daily. Personality Does Not Define the Amount of Courage You Have - We all have access to arguably an infinite amount of inner strength and courage. What can be said for sure is we all have access to more than we currently use. Courageous Does Not Mean Fearless - Many famous performers admittedly get nervous prior to performing. Heroes often admit they felt ‘scared to death’. Courageous people are not without fear. Writer James Neil Hollingworth defined it well, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

Discomfort is a Natural Part of Growth - Ask yourself if you are experiencing the defense mechanism of fear protecting you from a legitimate dangerous situation or are these growing pains. Will this experience help you gain strength, knowledge, and life experience that could lead to more opportunities, a higher quality of life, more self confidence, etc. no matter what the result? There is reason to be excited when you experience growing pains.

Develop the ‘Tapping into your Inner Strength’ Habit - When taking risks stay compassionate towards others and authentic to who you are. For example: l Call someone you would like to learn from and work on developing that relationship. l Contact a prospective client or neighbor; learn their needs, and how you can help them. l Take a class or do something alone and meet new people. l Dress or wear your hair differently. l Have that conversation you’ve been wanting to have with someone you love. l Talk to your boss about how you can flourish with the company. l Make a connection that may help you grow your career or business. l Participate in a cause or group effort.  

Learn from Failures - Resist getting attached to results or what others think. Get feedback and learn but don’t bestow critics the undeserved glory to be repeated over in your mind. Aim to grow from each experience.

American author, John A. Shedd, wrote in Salt from my Attic, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” Neither are we, which is why inaction often causes anxiety. Step into each day drawing from inner strength ready to take risks in order to fill the gap to your greatest abilities.

Being Gutsy Daily is like Strengthening a Muscle - The more you use your inner strength, the stronger and more confident you become. Take a deep breath, get support, believe in yourself, and take those risks. Stretch yourself daily and see how great you feel at the end of the day.

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Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5S1 herniations. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column. When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery. But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.) Before You Go Under The Knife And Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing. Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: u A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back u Sitting causes back or leg pain u Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck u Can’t turn over in bed without hurting u Numbness in your toes or fingers u Fire down your legs u Searing pain radiates into your arm u Prickling in your leg or toes Finally, Some Good News…… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told: p Try exercising p Try physical therapy p Try pain medications

p Try muscle relaxers p Try pain shots p Try dangerous back surgery p Just live with it If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.” How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment! How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart…I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls your apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your problem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises.

Does Decompression really work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it. Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say: “I came into the office with neck, low back and knee pain. I had been suffering with this pain for 33 years. The pain had gotten so bad I could hardly move. When I came to the office my neck pain was a 9 on a 1-10 scale (10 being the worse) and now is a 0. My back pain was a 10/10 and is now a 1. I am so happy with the success I have had with my treatment. I now have more self approval and I am more confident.” Thanks, Dennis Duckworth I had been suffering with back pain for years when I first started treatment. I had sharp pain that would shoot up my spine and to into my right shoulder. It hurt to walk or lift anything. I can now stand for longer periods of time, walk without much pain at all and have more mobility. I already feel 70% better and have not even finished my treatments yet. The staff here is very friendly and they care about my well being. I would recommend people in pain to just come into the office and do it. Your friend, Marilyn Godwin Before I started getting spinal decompression therapy I was having severe pain in my low back and numbness down my leg constantly. I had been suffering with this for 3 years. I had two nerve abrasions, multiple steroid shots in my back, pain killers, PT and water therapy and nothing worked. After the first spinal decompression treatment I could stand up straight with very little pain. I can now sleep through the night and exercise again. I am 90-100% better and I am so thankful I found this office. Thanks, John Ratledge As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be back on the golf course, enjoying your love life, or traveling again. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living, feel tight joints rest, relax, free up, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest.

For those suffering with herniated lumbar disc, a nonsurgical, drugless solution is helping patients be pain free The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression. You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until April 15th you can get everything listed here for $20. The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer. Here’s What To Do Now: Due to the expected demand for this treatment, we suggest calling our office at once at 770-668-6871

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Kid’s Craft Day- New Georgia Public Library April 14; Saturday 9am - 4pm Stop by to make a paper flower; Library: 94 Ridge Rd, Dallas. 770-459-8163 City Wide Yard Sale - Downtown Dallas April 14; Saturday Contact City of Dallas for more information and time. Main Street will be closed from the red light to Spring Street on that day. www.cityofdallasga. com First Annual NPHS WolfPack ‘Run for a Cure’ 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run April 14; Saturday 10am at North Paulding High School Registration before March 16th: $ 25.00 5k and $15.00 Fun Run; includes t-shirt. Registration after March 16th: $30.00 and $20.00 Fun Run; includes t-shirt. Visit for forms and information. City of Acworth Registration for Youth Football and Cheerleading April 14; Saturday 10am - 1pm - Onsite early registration May 19; Saturday 10am - 1pm - Onsite early registration Discounts available for early registration - prior to May 31st! Onsite registration is to be held at Halbrooks Field. For more information or to register call 770-974-7093 or visit

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2nd Annual Paulding GOP Young Scholar Award April 16; Monday - Scholarship Application Deadline Through the Young Scholar Award, the Paulding GOP hopes to encourage students to reflect on the constitutional issues that form the cornerstone of the U.S. Government. For the form, type in scholarship/young_scholar_application.pdf.

Job Fair - God’s Employment Network April 17; Tuesday 10am - 2pm - First Baptist Church of Douglasville God’s Employment Network is having a job fair and you’re invited. Open to the metro Atlanta community. FBC is located at 5900 Priestley Mill Road in Douglasville. For information, visit

Cobb EMC Power Breakfast* – Paisano’s Italian Grill April 17; Tuesday 8am - 9am Focus on truly successful networking. 1305 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas. Buffet Breakfast $10/members, $15/non-members. For info visit or call 770-4456016. Register online - 24 hour cancellation is required. 12th Annual Cops for Kids Golf Tournament - Creekside Country Club April 18; Wednesday 9am Shotgun start Presented by Sheriff Gary Gulledge. 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.

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Improving your Heart Health with Chocolate, Wine & Aspirin By Mindy Gentry, M.D.


ou’ve probably heard that taking a baby aspirin or drinking a glass of wine can be good for your cardiovascular health - and it’s true! For most people chocolate, wine, and aspirin can offer protective benefits for the heart.

ASPIRIN Aspirin comes from the bark of the willow tree. Its use dates back to 3000 B.C., and it has been used regularly throughout history for a variety of ailments. In recent years, it has been used primarily as an antipain and anti-fever medication. Bayer, a German Company, named the drug aspirin in the late 1800’s. They were eventually forced to give up the trademark as a part of the treaty of Versailles in 1919, and shortly after, aspirin became available without a prescription. Aspirin interferes with production of prostaglandin which reduces pain and inflammation and essentially makes your platelets less “sticky.” Studies have shown that aspirin may reduce the risk of heart attack by 44%, but in women a greater reduction was shown in the risk of stroke. Physicians recommend taking aspirin if you’ve had a previous heart attack or stroke, but if you have not had a cardiac event and have several risk factors for heart disease, your doctor may recommend you begin an aspirin regimen as a preventative measure.

WINE Wine is the oldest documented man-made medicine. Greek and Roman physicians used it regularly to treat a variety of ailments, including dementia and even sinus problems! In the late 19th and 20th century, however, the dangers of alcohol were brought to light. Alcoholism and fetal alcohol syndrome were recognized, and public opinion turned against alcohol consumption in general which lead to prohibition. We since have learned that alcohol in moderation can actually be quite good for your health. Similar to aspirin, alcohol decreases clot formation and makes platelets less sticky. Polyphenols such as reveratrol and flavonoids help prevent LDL or “bad” cholesterol from becoming oxidized so it’s less likely to become glued to arteries. Alcohol in moderation can increase HDL or “good” cholesterol about 12%- similar to exercise! Studies have shown that while any alcohol is beneficial, red wine is probably more so. Likely because red wine is fermented with grape skin, which leads to higher levels of polyphenols. Alcohol intake must be moderate, as excessive intake has been found to be harmful.

CHOCOLATE Just like wine, chocolate contains flavanoids and antioxidants that scavenge free radicals and keep hearts healthy. It comes from the Cacao tree and the Maya Indians were the first known people to have consumed it in 250900 A.D. For years, cacao seeds were ground into a bitter spicy drink that was used as a health elixir. Later the drink was sweetened and became more of a treat for elite society. The first chocolate bar was produced in the 1800s and quickly spread to the mass production we know today. So how can chocolate be a health food? It helps inhibit platelet clumping, and reduces inflammation. Half of a square of chocolate inhibits platelets as much as an 81 mg aspirin! Dark chocolate is best due to the higher cocoa content. Studies have shown that light chocolate consumption resulted in a drop in blood pressure, a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, and a lower risk of heart failure. The recommended amount is unclear due to the varying studies and brands of chocolate, but about 6-7 grams a day (or a square of a chocolate bar) is about right. So what do these three things have in common? Chocolate, wine and aspirin all decrease blood clot formation, and have antioxidant properties that protect your heart health. Again, moderation is the key to keeping the benefit of incorporating these into your lifestyle outweigh the harm. Mindy Gentry, MD, is a cardiologist with WellStar Medical Group, Cardiovascular Medicine. She is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. Dr. Gentry’s special interests include cardiac imaging, women and heart disease, and heart disease during pregnancy. For more information, please visit or call 770-956-STAR.


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f your deck or patio is looking a little worse for the wear, it’s probably time for a deck restoration. Although this project might seem like a big undertaking, there are only three products — wood cleaner, wood brightener and wood sealer/stain, all water-based — and eight easy steps standing between you and a deck that looks like new.

in smooth and even strokes, overlapping each one. Work in small pieces, about 20 to 30 square feet of deck. Thoroughly wet the wood without pooling the liquid. Let the cleaner soak in for about 10 minutes.

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Work the cleaner into the wood with a synthetic-bristle brush. Work with the wood grain and scrub the treated area. Apply gentle pressure to agitate the solution and work it into the deck surface to lift the embedded grime.

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Begin by mixing a deck cleaner concentrate with water. A deck cleaner concentrate will help to remove dirt, tree stains, pollen, algae and mildew from the wood. Pour two quarts of warm water into a deck sprayer and add the cleaner concentrate. Stir the mixture thoroughly with a piece of wood before assembling and pumping the sprayer. Also be sure to wear protective covering on your eyes and hands.

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Spray the deck cleaner over a small area of your deck. With the nozzle held a foot from the deck’s surface, spray

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Hose the area with water and a highpressure hose nozzle. Equip your hose with a high-pressure nozzle and hose the cleaning solution from the deck. If you are working on grass or near plants, wet them first to help dilute the solution before it touches them.

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Use a brightener solution to lighten and even out the wood’s color tones. Mix the brightener the same way as the cleaner, combining the water and solution and then stirring. The brightener will blend and even the color tones of your deck. This step is optional, but wearing protective covering over your eyes and hands is not.


ependable Tire/Service, Inc. in beautiful downtown Lithia Springs is the new business in town. On January 11, 2012, owner Robert Penna opened the doors and he’s proud to say his first quarter has been a success. He is very quick to thank his customers who stopped in to say hello and visit the new tire store and the vendors who took a chance on his new business including, Ace Hardware of Lithia Springs, McTyre Lock& Safe, Wells Fargo, ATS, Hunter Engineering, Moore Equipment, Mitchell1, UniFirst, CARQUEST and NAPA to name a few.

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Apply the brightener to the cleaned deck surface. Spray the brightener on the damp, cleaned deck with consistent overlapping strokes. No drying time is required before applying the brightener.

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Let the brightener stand on the clean deck surface for about 10 minutes. Set the sprayer’s hose nozzle to mist and dampen with water. Scrub the deck lightly with the brush, then rinse with the hose nozzle set on high pressure.

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Apply water-based sealer with a large paint pad. Pour the sealer into a paint tray, and use a large paint applicator pad on a long handle to weather-proof the cleaned deck boards with the sealer. Run the pad over the deck in straight strokes and moving with the wood grain to fill crevices and coat the planks evenly. In just one day, you’ve completely cleaned and restored your wooden deck or patio, taking it from dark and dingy to clean and bright. Now pull out the patio furniture and enjoy your “new” deck. Ron Hazelton is a home improvement expert. Visit for more tips on workshop organization, storage and safety.


Robert grew up in Lithia Springs and is proud to be able give back to the community. Although, the area is somewhat different than the one he grew up in, the people’s goals and values are the same as his - to provide for his family and enjoy each day to its fullest. Because he’s a family man, he understands the need to make every dollar go further. This is one of the reasons he decided to open Dependable Tire/Service, and the reason for his mission: “As we are the new business town, we have an obligation to prove ourselves to the community. So, it is my goal to “Set the Standard in Service”, and to offer that service at a reasonable rate. With that stated, from now until further notice, Dependable Tire/ Service will be selling tires at cost, plus installation fees (this offer is only good with the purchase of tire installation).” You heard him right! He is extending his costs for tires to Dependable Tire/Service’s customers! So, stop by and check out the new Tire Store, ask about their low rates on other automotive services, and NEW TIRES AT COST! With prices escalating and taxing our budgets, this is their way of helping YOU! Dependable Tire/Service, Inc. is located at 3664 Bankhead Hwy, Lithia Springs, GA 30122. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 3pm; they are closed on Sunday. Visit their website


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as prices are on the rise again! Here are some tips to help you conserve gas and save money as deal with high gas prices.

1. Keep your car tuned up. Cars in poor running condition use more gasoline. 2. Plan trips well to avoid unnecessary driving. 3. When you run your air conditioner you get much worse gas mileage. Use your air conditioner sparingly. If you have a lower setting, use it. Turn it on until the car gets cool, then turn it off and let the fan circulate the cool air. Never run your air conditioner with your windows open! 4. Keep your windows closed when traveling at high speeds. Open windows cause additional drag and lower your gas mileage. At high speeds, an open window can use more gas than many air conditioners (especially if they are on a low setting). 5. Check your tire pressure. Over-inflated tires can actually reduce your fuel efficiency, so don’t overfill them. 6. If at all possible, change your work start time to avoid gridlock. Stop and go traffic hurts your gas mileage. 7. Take unneeded items out of the car. You don’t need to carry snow chains around with you in the summertime. Just make sure to put them back in when winter comes around. 8. Try not to idle your engine for long periods of time. If you are stuck in traffic and you don’t think you are going to go anywhere in the next few minutes, you may want to turn your car off. 9. You no longer need to warm your car up for long periods of time, especially new cars. New cars are made to run when cold. 10. Don’t travel at fast speeds in low gears unless you need the compression to slow down. 11. Try to drive the speed limit. 12. Try to accelerate slowly when leaving the stop light. It’s not a competition with the driver in the lane next to you. The fastest person through the intersection just gets to spend more on gas. 13. No need to buy the highest priced gasoline. Most cars are built to run on regular unleaded. Check your owners manual or consult a mechanic. I have had many tell me that the more expensive gas is a waste of money. 14. Revving the engine needlessly wastes gas. There is no need to rev before you turn your vehicle off. 15. If at all possible, try to arrange car pools with co-workers to share the cost of commuting to work. 16. Walk, bike or run to your intended location whenever possible. 17. When the price is sky high, don’t fill up. Wait for the price to go down before you fill up your tank. Filling up your tank when the price is peaking lets gas companies know that you are willing to pay ridiculous prices for gasoline. If you know the price is going to skyrocket go ahead and fill up. 18. And last, the biggest and most important step towards saving money on gas is always try to purchase vehicles that get good gas mileage. The difference between 20 miles-per-gallon and 40 miles-per-gallon is huge. Fisher Swanson is a regular contributor to

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Mr. Paulding Pageant for American Cancer Society - Dallas Theater April 28th - Saturday, 6:30pm During the intermission of Battle of the Bands; Categories include Talent, Evening Wear, and Personality Interview. Entry fee $15/Tickets $10 each. For info visit 1st Annual Board of Realtors 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run April 28; Saturday 8am - Silver Comet Trailhead at Paulding Chamber Proceeds benefit the Children’s Foundation of Paulding. Pre-registration $20/Day of $25.00. To pre-register or get more information call the Paulding Board of Realtors at 770-866-1397 or visit (May 5-Rain date)

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Georgia Classic Rides 23rd Annual Car Show - Paulding Meadows Park April 28; Saturday 8am - Close Car registration @ gate - 7am and 1pm; cost $20/car. Gate opens to the public at 8am; cost $5.00/person. For vendor info contact Evelyn Waters at 404-5133847 or email or visit Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas April 28; Saturday 5pm – 10pm Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit T.L. Gray Book Signing - New Georgia Public Library April 28; Saturday 11am - 1pm Library is at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas. 770-459-8163 Golf Fore Hope Tournament benefitting the Bullock Hope House April 30; Monday at Creekside Golf and Country Club Registration from 7am - 8am; Shotgun start is 8:45am. A quality, competitive one day, 18 hole scramble, best ball format. The Club is located at 591 Westchester Club Drive in Hiram. For info visit

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Chad and Erin have two handsome sons, Bryan and Brody. Bryan will be 12 on his next birthday, and has quite a testimony himself. When Bryan was four, he had his first of two open heart surgeries to repair an atrial septal defect; his second was at age 10. Through the power of prayer, Bryan has fully recovered and his heart is in great shape. Brody is three, who is full of personality and boundless energy. Chad also has two more sons, Evan and Zion who live with family in Pennsylvania. Easter is a favorite holiday for the Rodgers. For them, not only is it a time to reflect on what Christ’s death and resurrection has brought to the world, but it’s a great time to be with family and eat the “world’s favorite candy.” We loved meeting Chad, Erin, Bryan and Brody. Their love for the Lord glows in their faces. We thank them so much for their time and for their extreme honesty. They welcome you to join them at Christ Central for Easter services.

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Today Chad is studying Music Production, and is the Worship Pastor at Christ Central North Campus in Dallas. Erin is in her second year of college and is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, though lately she has been feeling God changing her heart to work in full time ministry with Chad. She has a big heart for helping people and hopes her testimony will let people know that through God all things can become new.



nspired by a family friend, Avii was commissioned to draw a piece of art at the age of 9. Since then, the young entrepreneur within her has never turned back. Her family has always encouraged her to explore music, painting, drawing, writing and photography. She began writing and finished her first novel at the age of 11 and is currently in pre-publication.  Avii has been home schooled since fourth grade. This learning environment allowed her to truly express herself. Photography was added as another art form at age 11 and has since become the quickest and most exhilarating one. She is constantly designing concepts that inspire her to push her to find new ground within the camera lens. She finds complete joy working with people, and she challenges herself to bring a new twist on the project and subject provided. She is continually encouraged to focus on bringing out the spirit of her subject while remaining true to her style.

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he stairways are often neglected when it comes to decorating the home. Sure, they might get a minor facelift with some new carpeting or a newly painted banister, but how many people really pay attention to their stairways? They are, after all used on a daily basis, so are they not worthy of their own trendy, interior design?

In 2012, people are finding new ways to add a touch of whimsy to their homes, particularly through the use of colorful stairways. Whether you’ve got stairs leading to the basement or the second (or third) floor of your home, it’s probably pretty similar to this: a clean banister with turned spindles, wood steps or carpeted steps and neutral paint tones or color palette. Perhaps it compliments the rest of your existing interior design, or perhaps it was just there when you moved in and you’ve never really thought twice about updating the space. But now, people have

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rest of your decorating ideas, no matter what room it is. Another cute idea that’s popped up is quotes on each stair. They can be quotes from each member of the family, quotes from a favorite child’s book, or quotes about love and life. Simply paint the stairs the desired color, purchase wall decals to attach to the stairs and voila!

The photos are slowly popping up all over interior design blogs and in magazines, catching eyes and inspiring a plethora of stairway related decorating ideas. You also need to remember that just because you want your stairway to be colorful does not necessarily mean it has to be bright, vibrant or overwhelming. One easy way to infuse a bit of life into your stairway is the use of colorful tiles. Pick out a pattern that compliments your space or consider a trendy pattern, such as a Moroccan inspired or a damask pattern.

These are just a few ideas to add visual interest to your stairway. You could just as easily paint each stair a different color or paint them alterStripes are also a good choice, nating colors for a unique so alternating look. Wallpaper is another great option and colored tiles to create a striped with so many different choices out there, it’s look could have a visually stuneasy to find the right wallpaper to suit your ning look on your stairway. interior design style. Whatever you decide, remember the stairs Depending on what room your are only a small area and if you decide you don’t like the look, stairway is located in, consider you can remodel for relatively little money. finding tiles that compliment the

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• Castillo de San Marcos - managed by the National Park Service, Castillo de San Marcos has become one of the most famous attractions in St. Augustine Florida.. The old fort sits near the bridge of the lions. This fort is centuries old and in great condition. While walking through the stone corridors and gazing the rooftop, which used to boast of powerful cannons used to protect the fort, one can get a glimpse of history and almost imagine what it was like to live at the fort during the height of its glory. You will be able to feel the ambiance of the ancient times as well as the elegance of the place by its design which was built in 1600’s by Spanish explorers. • St. Augustine Lighthouse - built in 1874, this lighthouse is still intact with its 219 steps stairs to the top. This is yet another famous destination for tourists who are looking for unique experience. • Fountain of Youth Park - it is believed to be the site where Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513. There are so many things you can witness which brings history. The famous Fountain of Youth Park lies in the heart of this place.

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he Bullock Hope House is Georgia’s first privately owned home dedicated to providing comfort, healing, and a peaceful environment to those out of town guests, receiving cancer or rehab treatments.

The Bullock Hope House is unlike any other facility in the metro Atlanta area or throughout the state, as it offers a private, intimate home like setting, for one patient and their caregiver. The length of stay is dependent on their treatments and could be one week, or even up to three to six months. Patients have come as far away as Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina or as close as Dalton, Columbus or even Ellijay, just to name a few. They work with local area hospitals and their staff to insure the patients are scheduled by medical professionals, based on their individual needs and to alleviate some of the worries associated with commuting and lodging while undergoing cancer or rehab treatments. This home offers 2 bedrooms, kitchen, dining area, living room, laundry facility and a newly renovated handicap accessible bathroom. Guests at the Hope House can this fully furnished home, complete with all the necessities, such as linens, towels, cooking utensils, etc., courtesy of the Hope House sponsors. Since their opening, the Bullock Hope House has oper-

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Volunteers are needed and always appreciated. Opportunities include: building and ground maintenance, meals, and fundraising. These are just a few ways the Bullock Foundation can use your help to provide the most comfortable environment for the seriously ill patients and their families who are recovering at the Bullock Hope House. If you are looking to be part of a charitable foundation at any level, please visit them on Facebook, or or call 770943-3705. The Bullock Foundation, Inc., a not for profit foundation, was formed to support the Bullock Hope House.

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ydrangeas grow and bloom the best in morning sun with afternoon shade. Don’t expect them to do well in heavy shade. The Pee Gee variety is hardy enough to grow in full sun. They prefer plenty of moisture and should be monitored for additional watering over the first and second year after planting and especially during droughts.

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Hydrangeas enjoy a regular fertilizing schedule. A good slow (timed) release applied 1-2 times a year will keep them happy. Follow the directions on the fertilizer label. Don’t apply fertilizer if the plant is wilted or looks unhappy. Take care of the problem and then apply fertilize. The different varieties of hydrangeas require specific pruning times or blooms for the following year may be lost. Regardless of the variety always remove any dead or broken stems/branches. As the plants age and become mature, prune out about 1/3 of the stems/branches back to ground level. This will keep the shrubs looking healthy. Pruning hydrangeas Oakleaf Varieties: Plant 3-4 feet apart. Prune back to about 18-24 inches tall. This plant blooms on new wood and can be pruned back during fall/winter or anytime except during spring when it is preparing to bloom.

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Limelight, Pee Gee and other Paniculatas: Blooms during mid/late summer and can be pruned during fall/winter or early spring. (Blooms on new wood) As the plant ages, Paniculata blooms often turn a pinkish shade. Forever Pink, Nikko Blue and other macrophyllas: Prune these varieties in summer (after blooming), but before August. By August, they may have already set their buds for blooming the following year much like azaleas and rhododendrons. They bloom on the old wood, which means the new growth produced after they have completed their blooming in late spring/early summer. Climbing Hydrangea: Plant growth will be improved by adding organic matter such as aged manure/compost to the soil. Not a fast grower and takes several years to establish after planting. Because it is a vine type plant, other than pruning out any dead branches that are reachable, not much is required to keep it looking good. Changing the bloom color: A lot of people send in questions on how to change the bloom color of their hydrangea plants. A white blooming hydrangea will not change to pink or blue no matter what is done to the soil. Although as the white bloomer ages, often the blooms will take on a pinkish shade. In warmer climates, a red hydrangea doesn’t usually produce a true red color. For Pink blooms: A pH of 6.0 to 6.2 is needed. Add dolomite lime several times a year. Recommended: High Phosphorus fertilizer (ratio close to 25/10/10). This will help to limit the amount of aluminum being absorbed by the plant. For Blue blooms: A pH of 5.2 to 5.5 is need here. I have read that a solution of ½ oz (1 Tbsp) aluminum sulfate per gallon of water applied to plants which are at least 2-3 years old throughout the growing season will produce blue blooms. Water well before applying the solution and do be cautious in applying as too much can burn the roots. Use a low Phosphorus fertilizer such as a ratio of 25/5/30. Bone should be avoided when attempting to change the color to blue. A natural way to encourage the color change to blue is to apply organic matter to the soil such as coffee grounds, fruit/vegetable peels, grass clippings and other items you would normally add to compost. The pH of the water should not be any higher than 5.6. Also, planting the hydrangeas next to a concrete foundation or walkway will affect the color and raise the pH with lime seeping out into the soil.

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Max is a 2 year old male Jack Russell Terrier mix, we adopted him on November 8th, 2011 from the Paulding Animal Shelter and has brought a lot of joy and company to our family. Max loves to play and is very friendly with people, kids and other dogs. He loves to walk but more than anything he loves his bed. We are very happy to have found him when we did.

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crossword Across 1. Punctuation 6. Bar order, with “the” 11. “The Canterbury Tales” pilgrim 13. Pizza feature 15. You and I 17. “Iliad” city 18. City on the Yamuna River 19. 3.14159 20. Dance 22. Sheep 23. Call, as a game 24. Big wine holder 25. “Dear” ones 27. Approach 28. Yielding 32. Breakfast cereal 35. Rescue 36. Old 37. Before 38. Certain theater, for short 39. Couple 40. Chinese “way” 41. Tough ___ nails 42. Prefix with phone 43. Bridge site 45. In order that 46. In heaven 47. Going to the dogs, e.g. 49. Austrailia ____ dance 50. I 51. Business must 52. “___ Gang” 54. Key Lime, e.g.

55. Amigo 56. “Comprende?” 58. Finish, with “up” 60. History channel’s “___ Men” 61. Kipling’s “Gunga ___” 63. Arid 65. “Who __ you love?” 66. Carbonium, e.g. 67. Not Peyton 69. Order between “ready” and “fire” 71. Bed & breakfast 72. Symbol of forgiveness 73. ___ de deux

Down 2. Instead of 3. Big Apple attraction, with “the” 4. ___ mortals 5. Acknowledge 6. Advocate 7. Waves or the net 8. ___ Today 9. Hiking location, abbr. 10. To be stretched 12. Lasik focus 13. “Wheels” 14. Endured 16. Boats

19. Verdigris 21. Bounty 24. Hotel employee 26. “Do the Right Thing” pizzeria owner 27. Telekinesis, e.g. 29. Discloses 30. Peter, for one 31. Enroll in 32. U.S. Senator, R 33. Single 34. Bacteria 42. A little of this, a little of that 44. ___ juice (milk) 46. ___ v. Wade 48. Ornamental flower, for short 49. Repair 53. Pistol, slangily 54. Calphalon product 55. A.T.M. need 57. Victorian, for one 59. Appear, with “up” 61. Family head 62. “Alice” waitress 64. Small dog bark 66. Not out 67. Emergency room 68. “What ___ it?” 70. Not Pa


National Soyfoods Month


oy products are beneficial in that they are cholesterol-free, and an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12 and iron. Even better, all soy meat alternates are low in fat and calories, though the fat content varies by product. From soy snacks, like whole soy nutrition bars and soy yogurt and pudding, to meal option, like soymilk, soy burgers, tofu and edamame, there is a tasty soy food option to fit into your active lifestyle.

French Toast

2 Eggs 6 Day-old French bread (thick slices) 2⁄3 c Silk Vanilla or Silk Omega-3 DHA 1 pinch Nutmeg 1⁄4 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Vanilla or almond extract

Beat together the egg, Silk, spices and extract. Spray griddle or skillet with canola and place over medium-high heat. Dip each slice of bread in the Silk mixture, soaking both sides. Place on hot skillet and cook until bottoms are golden brown. Flip and brown remaining side. Keep warm in low oven until ready to serve.

Tofu & Vegetable Enchiladas

w/ Red Chili Sauce

½ package (7oz) House Foods Premium Tofu Firm or Extra Firm, drained 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp salt or more to taste ½ cup white mushrooms, thinly sliced ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced ½ cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped 8 corn tortillas 1 can (19oz) Enchilada sauce ¼ white onion, thinly sliced Queso Fresco for garnish, crumbled

Wrap Tofu in paper towels and press to remove excess water and crumble. Cook mushrooms with 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a large skillet until browned. Add red onion and cook until translucent. Add Tofu and cook until browned. Add spinach and 1 tsp salt; stir until spinach wilts. Remove from heat. In separate skillet, sauté white onion in 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil until brown. Add enchilada sauce and salt to taste; bring it to a boil. Heat tortillas on both sides then add on 1/2 cup of mixture; roll up to form the enchilada. Then dip the enchiladas into the hot sauce and place on a plate. Pour the remaining sauce over enchiladas and top with cheese. Serve hot.

Banana Cream Pie

1 baked piecrust ¾ cup sugar 1/3 cup flour ¼ teaspoon salt 2 cups Silk Vanilla or Original 3 egg yolks, beaten 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla 4 bananas, sliced

Prepare crust and bake fully. In a saucepan whisk together sugar, flour and salt. Gradually whisk in the Silk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubby. Continue stirring and cook for two more minutes. Remove from heat and whisk ½ cup of Silk mixture into egg yolks. Transfer the yolks back to the saucepan, whisking constantly. Return to heat and cook for 2 more minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and sit in butter and vanilla. Arrange sliced bananas on the bottom of baked crust and top with filling mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until thoroughly chilled.


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