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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: Derrick Anderson Leisa Bailey, Ph. D. D. Hodari Brooks, MD Melissa Cummings Brooke Merrill Maggie Siddons Vince Shorb Dorothy Sterrenberg Barbara E. Volkov Pam Walker Our Town Media Group, Inc. 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 2011, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover...............................................................5 Health & Fitness: Get Moving & Get Healthy.............6 Family Focus: What Every Freshman Needs to Know.......8 Calendar of Events..................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: Confidence vs. Arrogance......................12 Home Improvement: Junk Drawers.................................16 Medical: Off to College....................................................19 Home & Design: Taking Risks.........................................20 Finance: Kids and Money.................................................2 1 Outdoor: Beach Nesting Birds........................................23 Community: PPS Walk for Life........................................24 Gardening: Outdoor Planter Boxes.............................25 Seasonal: Back to School.................................................26 Travel: Yellowstone Park..................................................27 Feature Photographer: Brigette Carruth......................28 Letter from the Editors....................................................28 Pets: Rats...........................................................................29 August Crossword...........................................................30 What’s Cookin’: Sandwiches............................................30


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ne of the greatest freedoms we have in our country is education. This month, our children return to school to be educated by some true heroes - TEACHERS! On our cover this month we are proud to have one of Paulding County’s finest, the 2011 Paulding County Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Patsy Hamby.

Patsy developed a desire to teach Shakespeare during her sophomore year in high school. Her interest wasn’t peaked from a wonderful teacher, it was just the opposite. While studying The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, her English teacher had simply asked the class to read the play silently, which did not sit well with Patsy. It left her and her fellow students confused as to the importance of reading something so difficult, and she knew there could have been something more her teacher could have done to make it interesting and more understandable.

Patsy wasn’t able to fulfill her dream right away. It wasn’t until the age of forty-two she enrolled in Kennesaw State University to get her B.A. in English. She began taking the courses necessary until she had all the requirements for her certification in English, grades 6-12. She now holds a Reading Specialist Endorsement, a Master of Professional Writing Degree, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum. She is also enrolled in KSU’s Educational Doctorate, Leadership for Learning Program with a focus on Adolescent English Education. Patsy has been a teacher for the past seventeen years, and eleven of those have been at Hiram High School. She is also on staff as part-time faculty in the English department at KSU, teaching composition and English education courses. In addition to being named 2011 Paulding Teacher of the Year, Patsy has won numerous honors and awards. She is active in her school, her church and our community. As a teacher, Patsy’s mission is to make each of her students feel they matter, and are not a number in the “system.” She feels a teacher’s goal should be to present new material and provide opportunities for students to develop their potential and take their learning a step further. Part of that process is making sure to learn their names and showing them that she truly cares about their goals and the choices they make. Jason Freeman, Principal of Hiram High School says, Patsy “serves as a positive role model for our students and goes above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate individual student needs on a daily basis. She has a love for learning that is contagious, and the students she interacts with walk away as better people.” Patsy is well loved, not only by her students, but by her adoring husband, Frank. He speaks very highly of “this beautiful lady,” and says they haven’t been married long enough. Meeting them both was, indeed, a great blessing.

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aybe your doctor told you to lose weight, or you want to look better for an upcoming wedding, class reunion, or some other event. But with your busy life, you just don’t have the energy to exercise, so you come home from work and turn into a human blob. Or maybe you feel embarrassed to go to a gym, or even walk out your front door with work out gear, so you hibernate and eat another bag of chips or gallon of ice cream. I can relate because I have had to battle with my weight most of my life.

I’ll get in shape and stay that way for awhile, but something will happen and I isolate myself and prefer my couch to a health club. So I am just as guilty as other people of procrastinating and lacking motivation to exercise. However, I eventually get back on track. Throughout the years I’ve found three tricks that help me get motivated and moving again:

1. Do NOT do physical activity for 30 minutes in the

beginning. Look at it realistically. If you have never

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exercised, are overweight, unmotivated and just plain hate exercising, making yourself do 30 minutes of walking or other activity will be too much for you. Here is what I do after not exercising for many months. I tell myself that I can do anything for one minute, two minutes or 5 minutes. Each week I add time so that after a few months I’m doing 30 minutes or more per day. After the first week or two, you begin to feel proud of yourself and look forward to exercising.

3. Get a dog, or if you have a dog, take him or her for a walk. If you can’t have a dog, find someone in your neighborhood that will either walk with you, or someone who would loan you their dog. Believe me, if someone would offer to walk my dog for a few minutes 5 days a week, I’d jump on it! Most dogs LOVE walks and with a commitment to take a dog out, you’ll feel guilty if you decide to be lazy (yes, I know from personal experience.) It will be hard to stay on the couch if someone else if waiting for you and counting on your company. The pain of DISCIPLINE to exercise weighs OUNCES compared to the pain of REGRET, which weighs TONS due to the damage we do to our bodies. Would you rather get heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses, or would you rather use a small amount of discipline to take charge of your health now?

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music to help you get started. If you have an Mp3 player, or a phone with that feature, a CD or cassette player, find 2 songs that make you happy and make you want to get out of your chair and dance. Put on your headphones and go for a walk (or bike ride) with your player. When one song is done, turn around and go home. Or find some stairs and do “stepping”. Depending on your fitness level and speed, you may want to only do one song in the beginning - or just one minute.

Will you look back in a few years and be in the same condition, and have huge regrets? Or will you choose today to start small, get some tunes, find a partner and slowly build a better YOU?  As Sally Fields says in her Boniva commercial, “you only have this one body and this one life”. Make the most of it!

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They will need some tips to surviving the first year because it will be a tough adjustment to their newfound freedom and the increase in personal responsibility that comes with that freedom. This is where I come in. Having finished my freshman year and survived half of my sophomore year, I can give these new freshmen a few tips about getting through the rough times while enjoying the great ones.

As for time management, this can be the most difficult of all skills to attain. Sorting out time for campus events, philanthropy involvement, and schoolwork (which unfortunately is the last thing on a lot of freshman’s radar) can be frustrating and stressful. However, the most effective way to keep up with classes is to attend them… always…with very little exception. Even if the professor doesn’t take attendance, going to class will make studying for the next exam so much easier and less stressful. I’ve had my fair share of classes that I dreaded going to and skipped too often, and unfortunately my grades reflected it.

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As for those pesky “freshman fifteen”, (the 15 pounds that a lot of freshman add to their weight in that first year in college) stress is something that cannot be avoided and it may influence eating and exercising habits. Dr. Connie Diekman, the Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and past President of the American Dietetic Association states: “Eating snacks or mini-meals every three or four hours can help avoid binging. The challenge is really learning how to incorporate healthy eating and exercise into a schedule that is very demanding.” As for me, the best advice I can give on this topic is to walk anywhere and everywhere that is feasible on campus and to eat many small meals throughout the day instead of two or three large ones; and get to the gym! Most campuses offer a Student Center that has a gym with all the workout equipment and cardiovascular machines a freshman would ever need. USE IT!

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Many of them may run into problems with roommates, the “freshman fifteen” (more about that later), and time management. As for me, I was randomly matched with a roommate who thought it was a good idea to never shower and to eat all of my food. The best advice I can give about any roommate situation is to set ground rules from day one. Don’t make the mistake I did and wait until there is a conflict. Come to an agreement on sharing food, cleaning the room, and most importantly, communicating with each other. The worst mistake anyone can make is to keep their feelings to themselves and let them boil up to a breaking point. That’s a bad formula for enduring that first semester in college.

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PARENTS OF PRODIGALS - Mt. Calvary Baptist Church* August 3 and 17; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7pm-8:30pm A Christian group for parents who are struggling with the problems that arise from having a prodigal child. MCBC is located at 287 Mt. Calvary Road in Marietta. Call 770-424-4387 for more information. PAULDING CHAMBER - GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON Paulding County Senior Community Center August 4; Thursday 11:30 to 1:00pm Mr. Louis Miller, Executive Director of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. $20/ members, $25/non-members(Prepaid; $5 more at the door). For info visit paulding or call 770-445-6016. MOM’S CLUB OF DALLAS AND HIRAM* August 4; 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 MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* - McEachern United Methodist Church August 4 and 18; 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. MOVIE UNDER THE STARS – White Oak Park August 5; Friday 7pm-10pm Bring the family out for an old fashion movie night. Movie showing TBA. Call 770445-8065 for more information. JOHN BERRY IN CONCERT - Dallas Theater and Civic Center August 6; Friday 7pm - 10pm Tickets are $29 and available at the Theater box office. CRAFT SHOW/YARD SALE - Hickory Heights Baptist Church August 6; Saturday 9am-4pm Yard Spaces $10.00/Craft Space $25.00. HHBC is located at 221 Dabbs Bridge Rd, Dallas (corner of Dabbs Bridge Road and Hwy 61N). For vendor information contact PAULDING GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY* – Old Dallas Courthouse August 6; 1st Saturday of the month Meet in the Historical Research Library in the old Dallas courthouse. Membership $15/year. The Library is open Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 9am to 3pm and on Wed. 10am to 3pm. For more info email

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aving self-confidence is wonderful and a positive quality to successfully navigate life. Self-confidence is a wonderful asset. It allows us to get past fears and doubts and take control of life and decisions. Those with confidence have a positive and optimistic attitude that is easy to be around. Others typically view a confident person as dependable and admirable. However, as often true, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Overconfidence is a weakness and most would agree that arrogance is undesirable. There are significant differences between confidence and arrogance.

comparing themselves with others. Arrogant people tend to bluff their way to success and often have difficulty listening to others. This person will avoid risks or blame others or circumstances if things do not work out as expected.

person has little difficulty seeing others gifts and strengths while the arrogant cannot. Additionally a confident person does not insist on the adoration of others for their skills or abilities. People who are self-confident show it with their actions, not by their words. Self -confidence is knowledge of ability while arrogance insists on sharing successes with others. There is a quiet calm in the truly confident that the arrogant do not possess. If you find yourself constantly trying to impress friends, family or others with your skills and abilities, you have crossed the line into arrogance.

Confidence is not a belief that one is always right or a sense of being unable to fail. True confidence welcomes alternative perspectives and opinions. A confident person rarely will be found lecturing or preaching to others on how they are wrong. Believing you are always right and unable to accept influence from others can make one obnoxious to be around. Confidence is being willing to be wrong and knowing you’ll be ok if you are. A truly self-confident person is able to show vulnerability and admit to past mistakes. Both the confident and arrogant person is aware of personal areas of strength and ability. However, a confident

Arrogant people can and often do have successes but there are significant costs. Relationships are often shallow and superficial or strained. Additionally, professional successes can be fragile due to difficulties in accepting guidance and feedback and impaired abilities to accept and learn from mistakes. While, not always arrogant, some are plague with an overconfidence that can be problematic. This is most typically seen with inexperience and immaturity. By definition, an overconfident person tends to overestimate the chances of success of an endeavor and underestimate the risks. Because of the self-deception involved, overconfidence tends to make people unable to make effective and successful decisions.

Confidence and arrogance come from different sources. Arrogance is rooted in insecurity – a defense from feelings of weakness that are unacceptable and unclaimed. An arrogant person generally has a skewed view of the world and a warped understanding of themselves. However, a confident person can accept their weaknesses or faults with grace – even though they may not like them.

Strive for honest self-acceptance and nurture self-confidence. Beware the pitfalls of crossing the line into overconfidence or arrogance. As with most things in life, the healthy place is always with balance in the middle. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Marietta. Visit or call 770-428-6698 or email Your comments are welcome.

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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 summer and the month of August 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

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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-

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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

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NW ATLANTA MOMS OF MULITIPLES* – North Metro Church August 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 678-4040034.

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WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND”* August 10 and 24; 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month; 6pm – 7:30pm Call Hank Somma for meeting location. 678-414-6146 or muse@lightband. com.

CASINO CALAMITY - MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER August 11 and 12; Thursday and Friday at 7pm The Paulding County Historical Society and Museum is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner. Enjoy a delicious Vegas Style Buffet and solve a Murder Mystery called “Casino Calamity”. $40.00 per guest/sponsorships available. Door prizes available. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online For more information visit


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The fantastic Elvis tribute artist, Jeff Brewer, returns to the Dallas Theater for his annual show! Jeff’s fans return to see him perform each year and if you are new to his show, buy your tickets early —this show will sell out!

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP* August 11; 2nd Thursday of the month; 6pm-7pm Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Aspen Village Sales Office located at 59 Hillside Trace, Suite 117 in Dallas. Next to Hibbett Sports. For more information on this event call Kara Marinko at 770-445-3594.

JOB ASSISTANCE MEETING August 14; Sunday 6pm at Northwest Christian Church Looking for work? Meet in the fellowship hall for resume tips, interview techniques, LinkedIn Profile help and more. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth. For more information, please call the church office at 770-425-2525 or email THE PEACHTREE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL August 18-21 For tickets and information on this event visit LIVE CONCERT with THE DALLAS BAND August 20; Saturday 7pm - 9pm at Ben Hill Strickland Park Check out for concert info and find out more about the Dallas Band at FOURTH ANNUAL JURIED FINE ART COMPETITION August 24; deadline for entries Sponsored by “The Artist Guild of Northwest Georgia, (AGNWG) this competition is open to all NW Ga. residents, 18 yrs. and older. $2600 in prizes in six categories: Oil/ Acrylic, Water Media, Drawing, Mixed Media, Photography and 3-Dimensional. The exhibit runs October 12 - November 17 at the Mable House in Mableton. For complete info go to or contact Nikki Davidson at 678-429 9055.  TWICE BLESSED CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE McEachern United Methodist Church August 25-27; Thursday 5pm-9pm; Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-1pm 200+ sellers with over 25,000 items for sale! Infant to teens and everything in between. Proceeds benefit McEachern UMC children’s ministries. For more info call 770.943.3008 or visit


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The Dallas Theater welcomes PlayRight Productions in Smoke on the Mountain: A Musical. Let us take you back to a simpler time, 1938, where you become the congregation of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. The seven member ensemble cast is accompanied by three bluegrass virtuoso “cousins” on fiddle, bass, guitar, and mandolin as they perform over twenty of the best gospel tunes ever written. They will delight you with: Church in the Wildwood, Wonderful Time Up There, No Tears in Heaven, Jesus ls Mine, There is a Fountain Filled with Blood, Bringing in the Sheaves, Smoke on the Mountain, and numerous others. In SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, the musical talent is surpassed only by the side splitting hilarity of these characters. With its universal appeal and strong message of redemption it’s no surprise SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN has become one of the most widely produced shows in the country. The PlayRight Productions presentation of this hilarious, kneeslapping and toe-tapping production is a must-see! Discounts: students with I.D. (or children under 18), military with I.D., Seniors age Main Level 2PM 62 PM and -up, and groups of ten or more tickets Regular $25 & Discount $20 12 purchased Tickets May Be All Children MUSTtogether. be Balcony at the Dallas Theater Box Office by an Adult Regular $18 & Discount Accompanied $15 Purchased and on our website.



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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.



very home in North America has one, two or even three. They can be found in the dining room, spare room, craft or work room. Mainly, however, one is almost always located in the kitchen. This is known as the JUNK DRAWER!

Clearing out the junk drawer is not really difficult, and usually can be taken care of in 10 to twenty minutes. Prepare a spot on a counter or table, covering it with newspaper to prevent any small pieces of dirt or dust from escaping onto the clean surface. Have a box or two on hand, depending upon how big your junk drawer is, and a garbage bag. Empty the junk drawer onto the paper and get ready to begin. Do not let the wide array of materials, and there is sure to be a lot of variety, put you off. You have to approach it logically. Begin to sort, placing each of the items in different piles according to purpose. Ties, rubber bands, twist ties and the like in one pile, batteries in another, sewing items in another, etc. Once this is done, make another pass. Examine the items in each pile and place in piles labeled: things you use regularly; things you rarely use; things you haven’t used in at least a year; things you haven’t used in years; things with parts missing (and the missing section is not in the junk drawer); and things you don’t have a clue what they are.

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Heart Attacks When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle. So when it matters most, trust the WellStar Cardiac Network. For many heart attack victims, chest pain or discomfort is their first sign of trouble, and these signs can be mild or subtle. Our highly trained emergency department physicians diagnose heart attacks fast and efficiently, and WellStar’s accredited Chest Pain Centers at WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone hospitals can quickly treat or transfer patients for the interventions they need. Interventions range from angioplasty and stenting to unclog any blocked artery, to electrophysiology to regulate irregular heartbeats. WellStar Cobb Hospital has an electrophysiology (EP) lab enabling physicians to assess and treat patients with rapid or uncontrolled heart rates. This includes inserting pacemakers as well as automated internal defibrillators. WellStar Douglas Hospital has recently begun performing cardiac catheterizations, enabling countless patients to stay close to home. WellStar Kennestone offers a dedicated electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization labs. WellStar Kennestone also offers an adult cardiac surgery program. These interventions are not possible without the expertise of the cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons working within WellStar’s cardiac program. The WellStar Cardiac Network includes WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine (CVM). WellStar CVM provides comprehensive cardiac service offerings, proven expertise in preventative care, cutting-edge treatment of acute and chronic cardiac conditions and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its patients. They have offices located in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Cartersville, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. Partnering together to offer enhanced services to our community, WellStar Health System, WellStar CVM and Quantum Radiology are now providing heart screenings. A Heart Screening, also known as a CT Cardiac Calcium Score, is a fast and non-invasive CT Scan used to determine the risk of Coronary Artery Disease. Using a multi-slice scan,

the heart screening can help cardiologists determine the participant’s level of risk for heart disease or future cardiac issues. The screening is recommended for those who have diabetes, family history of heart disease, history of smoking or tobacco use, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. While lying on the table, the CT Scanner will perform cross-sectional images of the heart. The images are then reviewed by a radiologist specialized in cardiac imaging. The presence of calcium is directly related to coronary atherosclerosis. A calcium score procedure cannot detect the degree or location of specific blockages in the coronary vessels; however, it can assign you a risk level of disease and a risk level for future cardiac events based on your calcium levels. The screenings are currently offered at the WellStar Imaging Centers at Cobb, Kennestone and Douglas Hospitals, WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center at East Cobb and the Paulding Physicians Center. The screening takes less than 30 minutes and requires no special preparation. The self-pay rate is $99 for individuals and $149 for couples and a physician referral is not required. The fee includes the scan and the radiologist interpretation. For more information or to schedule a heart screening, call 770-956-STAR(7827). At WellStar, the circle of care does not stop at intervention and treatment. Our cardiac program revolves around a continuum of care belief that includes treatment of the “whole person” in addition to advanced clinical treatment. The people behind this belief are the educators, physicians, nurses and clinicians treating our patients every step of the way. We offer a multi-phase rehabilitation program, with doctors and rehab professionals working together to create a rehab plan especially for each cardiac patient. Support groups are available to make sure that our patients are taken care of emotionally and mentally, not just physically. WellStar Cardiac Network includes: WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine; WellStar Cobb Hospital*; WellStar Douglas Hospital*; WellStar Kennestone Hospital *; WellStar Paulding Hospital ; WellStar Windy Hill Hospital; Cardiac Surgery; Cardiac Anesthesia; Vascular Surgery; Cardiac Rehabilitation; Cardiac Wellness; Cardiac Patient Support; Cardiovascular Imaging; WellStar Medical Group; * denotes Accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information or a physician referral, call 770-956-STAR or visit

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Off to College: How to Avoid and Deal with Common Orthopaedic Injuries Away from Mom and Dad By D. Hodari Brooks, MD


any of this month’s readers are either parents of college students or hopefully the students themselves. I would like to first congratulate all of the local graduating high school seniors and wish you success as you embark on the next phase of your life. For those of you who will be attending college I wanted to provide some advice on how to avoid and deal with some of the common orthopaedic injuries that I have to treat on a daily basis.

First a few words of general advice: make sure to discuss your family’s current health plan with your parents before you depart for school. Many students do not even carry their insurance card with them. In addition, look up in network providers in the city in which you are going to school so that you can at least have a short list of primary care physicians that you can schedule a visit with if necessary. This will avoid costing mom and dad, what are often significant, out of network fees. When you get to school, take special note of the logistics of medical care, i.e. the location of the medical infirmary, operating hours, status of on call doctors, etc… The goal is thus to be an informed student regarding health care options while at school, before you need the services. I treat literally several students per week during the school year who suffer a variety of injuries that are often avoidable. Some of the more common injuries include: Low Back Strains - these injuries typically result from lifting heavy objects inappropriately. Remember the proper technique is to bend your knees and keep the load close to your body. Also, avoid twisting motions while lifting as these can also cause injury. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of acute low back pain will resolve with 48-72 hours of bed rest, and routine antiinflammatory medication. One word of caution – if pain or numbness develops in your legs then seek medical attention immediately. Ankle Sprains – the majority of these injuries are from twisting type motions and usually result from playing sports, such as basketball. If you are an individual who has repetitive ankle injuries then make sure you wear high top sneakers when playing at risk sports. In addition, ankle braces can often be helpful. If you develop an ankle sprain then remember the acronym: RICE which stands for rest, ice, compression (i.e. an ace bandage) and elevation.


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Don’t be Afraid to Take Risks with your Home Decor By Brooke Merrill


ife always brings us unexpected changes, whether we’re talking about a change in our love life, a job, or trends in fashion and interior design. While trying to stay enthusiastic and positive while working with my clients, I have actually felt staleness in the interior design trends over the last couple of years. I think the uncertainty with the economy had much to do with that. When we are uncertain about our job or our financial security, it is hard to take risks when we are doing a home renovation or a room re-decoration. Here are the questions I have heard most from my clients:

Will these colors still be popular in five years? Shouldn’t I pick a furniture style that is classic and traditional? What color should I stain my hardwoods so that I will never need to update them again? These are all relevant questions, and I think it is extremely important to make good decisions on the expensive pieces of a design project; however, an overly timid mindset during a design project inevitably leads to a lesser quality final product. In order to keep my clients from that inevitable outcome, I make it my mission to gently push them in a direction that allows them to comfortably take risks in color and style. I also have to stay on top of fashion and interior design trends to make sure I am offering ideas that are “of the moment” and relevant in today’s tentative climate. For the last couple of years, it has been difficult to find information and articles with solid trending information, so I was very encouraged when I started digging around online. Not only did I find wonderful color forecasts, I also came across several texture and pattern trends that I can’t wait to work with. IKEA and Benjamin Moore both had great articles on these subjects, and I’ve outlined a few of the things I found interesting.

Ethnic Prints and Textures:

I have always been very attracted to ethnic themes in interior design. I think it has to do with my wanderlust, and if you can’t visit all of the exotic places you read about, it is easy to buy artwork or patterned pillows to transport you to another place. Whether it’s Asian, Indian, African, or Latin American, bold use of color and tribal prints are the common element in all of these ethnic trends. Many fabric designers have tweaked the old flame stitch to incorporate a very ancestral feel. Like an animal print, it is easy to incorporate these colors and prints into your design by recovering a chair or an ottoman and throwing some fun pillows on an old bed or sofa. I have also seen some very inexpensive accessories and dinnerware with a worldly flair. An ethnic vibe in a home lends to a global sophistication that will set your home apart from your friends and neighbors. It looks like you picked up interesting pieces on your travels and nobody needs to know that you found it all at IKEA and HomeGoods!

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Everywhere I look online and in magazines, the color trend being predicted is purple. This is extremely exciting, because I LOVE purple, and believe it or not, so does my husband. According to color psychologists (yes, there really are people who study color), purple uplifts and calms the mind and nerves. It offers a sense of spirituality and encourages creativity, and there are so many shades of purple, you are sure to find one that would be the perfect accent to your current décor. I painted my master bedroom a deep lilac twelve years ago, and we have yet to tire of the color, though we did get tired of the Croscill sage and purple bedding we bought after our wedding. By pairing it with chocolate and cream and throwing in a zebra print, I was able to transform the room from dated to chic on an extremely tight budget. Do not distress if you are not a big fan of any of the shades in the purple family. There are several other color trends to choose from. Henna, gray, yellow, and peacock blue are all colors that you will see a lot of in the next couple of years, but you should always mix the brighter colors with earth tones in order to achieve the maximum effect and not go overboard.


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Kids and Money Financial Literacy Lessons You Can Share By Vince Shorb


ften parents become frustrated with their children’s irresponsibility with money. Usually this attitude stems from a lack of understanding in regards to money management. Parents must teach their children practical money management skills to help them live a financially rewarding life.

The concept of ‘kids and money’ raises many questions for parents that want to teach their kids about money management. Many parents don’t realize that the majority of schools lack a class that gives students a practical financial education. Many more parents feel about as comfortable having the ‘birds and bee talk’ and they do having the ‘kids and money’ talk. It’s no wonder recent studies show that more parents talk to their kids about sex rather than money. This article will help you to have your own ‘kids and money talk’. Most people recognize the importance of teaching kids about money, yet so many fail to do so. A big part of the reason is because most parents don’t know where to start. Follow the tips below when you have your ‘kids and money talk’.

1 ) Be Practical: Focus your ‘talk’ on the practical application of the subject rather

than theory, history, definitions and other less usable information. They can pick up theory overtime. First, teach them how they can and will apply practical money skills to their life.

2) Use a Story: Stories are an excellent way to teach kids about money and make the learning process fun. Sharing personal stories help you truly connect with them and relate to them on a memorable level. If you’re not comfortable sharing your own stories, third party stories are great as well. 3) Relax: You ‘kids and money talk’ does not need to be stressful. Realize that you

are there with good intentions to give the participants information that will change their lives. Breathe, have fun and understand the presentation does not have to be perfect.


Use Current Content: Make sure your content is relevant, up-to-date and is something that your kids can relate to. You can get quality financial education tips from organizations like the National Youth Financial Educators Council and other quality organizations. Times are changing faster than ever before so always seek out up-to-date stories and topics that your students can relate to.

5) Be Prepared: Before having your ‘talk’ be prepared and practice your presenta-

tion. Focus on money lessons which motivate, educate, and engage your children as well as inspire them to take action.

It is much more effective to begin teaching your children how to handle their money from the time they are young rather than waiting until they are teenagers. Encourage them to do something, such as making their beds or cleaning their rooms, in exchange for money. Of course, this doesn’t have to be a large sum of money, and in fact, it shouldn’t be. It should only serve as an incentive to teach them responsibility and reward.

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In teaching kids about money, you should encourage them to have different banks for different uses. For instance, one bank could easily be their spending money for chewing gum and other little items. A second bank could be used for them to save money for larger items they may want to purchase such as an electronic game. Another can be used for money they want to donate or tithe. And finally, they must be encouraged to have a real savings account in a real bank. This is money they are not to access except to make deposits. Vince Shorb is part of The National Financial Educator’s Council (NFEC).

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THE PAULDING LITERACY COUNCIL* – Paulding Chamber August 26; 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 770445-4511. GEORGIA CLASSIC RIDES “BLOCK PARTIES”* - Downtown Dallas August 27; 4th Saturday of the month; 5pm – 10pm Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit

8th ANNUAL RAGSDALE HEATING & AIR 2011 CLAY SHOOT Blalock Lakes, Griffin Georgia August 26-27; Friday and Saturday Get your teams together for the 8th Annual Paulding Chamber Clay Shoot to benefit the Paulding County’s Star Student Scholarship Fund. For more details, contact the Paulding Chamber at 770-445-6016 TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE August 26-27; Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-Noon Everything you need for your family; strollers are welcome. Sale to be held at Sandy Plains Baptist Church 2825 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. For more information, visit or call 678-453-6993 or email

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PIONEER DAYS 2011 – Sam Smith Park in Cartersville September 2-5; LABOR DAY WEEKEND Arts and crafts, rides and games, fireworks, musicians, singers and dancers. Cost $5.00 Adults, Children under 12 Free. Parade-Saturday, September 3, at 10am in downtown Cartersville. Fireworks-Monday evening.

MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK– Glover Park in Marietta Square September 3-5; Saturday to Monday 10am–5pm 25th Anniversary of this special annual event. The Square becomes a family-friendly destination of outdoor artistic enjoyment. FREE Festival Admission and Parking at the Cherokee Street Parking Deck. For more info visit FISHING FOR FREEDOM September 10; Saturday at Lake Ramona in Hiram Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Outdoors is hosting this event to show appreciation for 100 Wounded Warriors and their families. Sponsorships are available for as low as $50.00. Space is limited to 100 attendees. To register or for more information, contact Carlis Baker at 678-699-1854.

WALK FOR LIFE – First Baptist Church of Dallas September 17; Saturday – Registration 9:30am, Walk 10am – 11am Paulding Pregnancy Services (PPS) invites you to join them as they raise funds and bring awareness in support of LIFE. The two mile walk is open to anyone – strollers welcome. For more info visit, or call 770.222.6911 or e-mail at 2010-2011 CONCERT SEASON AUDITIONS for WADCS Now to September The West Atlanta Douglas Choral Society is holding season auditions for the upcoming season’s Christmas and Easter Concert. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7pm to 9:30pm at the DCHS For more info on WADCS, visit ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES - Hickory Heights Baptist Church HHBC is a host site for Angel Food Ministries Food Boxes. HHBC is located at 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, Dallas. For more info visit SUMMER/FALL PROGRAMS – Paulding Parks & Recreation Paulding County Parks and Recreation host many events in our county. There is something for everyone! For a complete list and deadlines, visit __________________________________________________________________________

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Reach the Beach, But Give Beach-nesting Birds Their Space By Melissa Cummings


aking the family to a Georgia beach? Please be ready to share it with families of a different feather - beach-nesting

and the Arctic. Red knots flushed from feeding might not gain the weight they need to survive their more than 9,000-mile migration.

birds. Some of Georgia’s coastal areas, popular in summer, double as important nesting habitats for protected birds such as American oystercatchers, Wilson’s plovers and least terns. These areas include Little Tybee Island, Pelican Spit off Sea Island, Cumberland Island and the southern end of Jekyll Island. Beach-nesting birds nest above the high-tide line on wide, terraced beach flats or in the edge of dunes. In Georgia, the birds lay eggs in shallow scrapes in the sand from April through July. After hatching, chicks hide on the beach or in the grass. Disturbance by humans or pets can cause adult birds to abandon nests and chicks, exposing them to extreme heat and predators. Tim Keyes, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources biologist, encourages beach-goers to avoid posted sites, walk below the high-tide line, observe beach birds only from a distance and back away from any nesting birds they accidentally disturb. Adults frightened from a nest will

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often call loudly and exhibit distraction displays, such as dragging one wing as if it’s broken. “Typically, if you’re in the wrong place, the birds will try to let you know it - it is just a matter of paying attention,” said Keyes, who works in the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section.

Beach-goers are urged to leave their dogs at home or keep them on a leash when visiting a beach where dogs are allowed. Owners who let their dogs chase shorebirds can be fined for harassing federally protected species. People are asked to keep house cats inside and not feed feral cats.

Human disturbance is a significant threat for these species, which already face risks from native predators and high spring tides that wash away nests and chicks. Pets also can be destructive, killing or scaring birds.

Georgians can also help conserve Wilson’s plovers and other rare and endangered animals not legally hunted, fished for or trapped bypurchasing a bald eagle or hummingbird license plate, or donating directly to the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund. This support is vital to the Nongame Conservation Section, which receives no state general funds to protect Georgia’s nongame wildlife, rare plants and natural habitats for future generations. Details at or (478) 994-1438.

The problems are similar for migrating seabirds and shorebirds. Georgia beaches provide vital stopover sites for species such as red knots flying from South America

Contributed by Melissa Cummings, the Communications/ Outreach Specialist at the Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division.

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14th Annual Walk for Life

n Saturday, September 17, 2011 Paulding Pregnancy Services will hold its annual 2 mile “Walk for Life” fundraising event. This is the 14th year of the walk, and in addition to fund raising, it is also done to increase awareness of PPS and the ministry they do within the community. They received support from several area churches and some local businesses, but there are still many opportunities to “get the word out” about the services they offer.


Paulding Pregnancy Services is a non-profit ministry with a genuine concern for sharing the love of Jesus Christ through words and actions. Dedicated volunteers serve Christ and our community by evangelizing, educating and caring for those who have experienced or who are at risk for an unplanned pregnancy, and without judgment. Events like the “Walk for Life” help PPS gain community awareness so they can continue to offer their services FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. First Baptist Church of Dallas has graciously hosted the Walk for the last seven years, allowing PPS to use their Fellowship Hall and facilities for the care and comfort of the walkers. They are able to conveniently register walkers as they arrive, distribute T-shirts and cool them down when they return! The partnership PPS has with First Baptist of Dallas has truly been a blessing for them. FBC is located at 401 Main Street, Dallas; a ¼ mile from the old Dallas Court House. PPS has asked that walkers pre-register in order to get the brochures to solicit sponsors. Participation in the walk is open to all who are seeking an opportunity to be pro-active for the cause of LIFE both “born & unborn.” No graphic pictures or signs will be used. To register for the walk, obtain sponsorship forms or get general information about Paulding Pregnancy Services, you can visit them online at, phone 770-222-6911 or email pps44@ 

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utdoor planter boxes are used for container gardening or just to enhance an outdoor living space. You want the outdoor planter boxes to add warmth to your landscaping and garden area. These planter boxes will also accent a deck, back porch or front porch, and even your backyard patio. They can be made of clay, wood, PVC material or metal and most of them are resistant to most weather conditions.

Clay outdoor planter boxes can be good at keeping your plants healthy but the soil may dry out quicker. They come in various shapes, styles, and sizes; they are also heavy and fragile and may not be good for porches or balconies. Wooden outdoor garden boxes started out as old whiskey barrels that were cut in half. Wooden garden boxes today are generally built of teak, redwood, and cedar and are designed in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Some designs are elaborate and others simple or very rustic. A cedar raised bed that is elevated off the ground is considered as an outdoor planter box for the gardener who does not want to bend over to maintain the flowers or vegetables. PVC is a material that is quite durable and used often for planter boxes. It can be made to look like wood or to resemble clay. The planters made of PVC are lightweight and inexpensive and will be able to handle many years sitting out in brutal weather. Polyethylene is also another excellent material used for garden boxes such as a selfwatering square planter that is made to resemble painted wood.

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Metal outside planter boxes will work well with other types of materials and are very common. Some metal boxes are available in box shape, circular shape, tall or short, and some have fancy feet so the container sits off the ground. Some may need a plastic liner for outside use and others are selfwatering window boxes. Hanging planters are good for ivy type plants and flowers because they will hang beautifully down the sides of the planter. Some of these hanging planters are also self-watering. When you really think about it you can use almost any type of container as an outdoor planter box. You can also use old bushel baskets, an old wooden wheel barrow, a plastic milk carton or almost anything that will tolerate water and soil plus it should be deep enough for the roots of your plant. A small container that is six inches in depth will be fine for growing radishes; you will need a larger container for that tomato plant. Once you know how large your plant or vegetable is going to be you can select the proper sized container for the growing roots and your plant may be able to go for a longer period of time between waterings.  All of your outdoor planter boxes need to have some type of drainage holes; some are located on the bottom and some may be on the sides. The extra water needs to drain out of the container so the roots of the plant will not become waterlogged. Larger planter boxes have drainage holes on the bottom so it will be better to elevate the container so the water has somewhere to go instead of pooling under the pot. Bricks, paving stones, or wood scraps are good to place under the containers; you can also purchase metal plant stands equipped with an opening for containers to slip into. A soil mix that is aerated does not need to have stones placed in the bottom of the container because you want to have as much space as possible for the plant’s roots. If self-watering planters are not used you want to check the plants once or twice daily during hot summer days. If you have a number of planter boxes you may want to set up a drip system to water your container garden. The larger containers can use a layer of mulch in order to retain some of the moisture. Water softener water is very toxic to plants because of the salts that are used. The best water to use is rainwater that has been collected in a rain barrel during your rainy season; this is also known as “free� water.

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A Great First Day as you Head Back to School


ummer is over, and though you may be feeling a little sad, chances are you’re probably feeling a little excited too since it’s also time for school to start. Because of all the new things: teachers, friends, and maybe even a new school, some kids feel a little scared or nervous on their first day. Hopefully, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while.

Feeling Good on Day One – Make the day feel special by wearing an outfit you like. If you wear a uniform, you might wear a favorite watch or piece of jewelry to show your personal style. Also, BE PREPARED. Have all the supplies you need packed in your backpack the night before. It’s also a good idea to take a couple of extra dollars for an emergency – like forgetting your lunch money.

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The First Day - Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and going over all the stuff you’ll be doing that year. They might ask you to talk about yourself and what you did over the summer. Pay close attention, and don’t be afraid to raise your hand if you have a question. Also, say hello to kids you know and the new ones you don’t. It’s a great time to make new friends.

Waverly Rainey, Conductor William Callaway, Accompanist

Auditions through September 30th

A Bad Start to the Day? – If you hate school by the end of day one, be patient. Remember to give things time to sort themselves out. It can often take time to adjust to new routines and schedules. If those feelings don’t fade, talk to your parents, teacher, or school counselor.

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More tips for a fantastic first day: l Get enough sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. l Develop good work habits: Write down your assignments and turn homework in on time. l Take time with school work. If you don’t understand something, ASK the teacher and remember to do your best. l Keep a sense of humor. One teacher shows her new students a picture of herself graduating high school - with big 80s hair in a white cap and go wn. This usually makes the kids laugh, and it’s a good way to remind them that school is fun!

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Yellowstone Revisited

hen I was a small child, my Dad had a goal for his children that few fathers shared. His goal was for us to see all of the natural wonders of the United States of America before we were grown. So, when I was 13 years old, we took off from New York in his 4-seater Cessna 180 to visit all of the spots across the USA that he wanted us to see. “See America First” was his motto; and that we did! We visited many wonderful places on that trip, but my favorite stop was Yellowstone National Park. We flew into West Yellowstone Village which at that time was just a few cabins in the woods. Each evening we were visited by deer, raccoons, and grizzlies trying to eat the remains of people’s picnics and leftovers. In those days, the annual tourist count of visitors to Yellowstone was about one million people in 12 months.

Today in the summer months, the count is about one million visitors each month. West Yellowstone is now a bustling town and the main entrance to the park. There are many restaurants, tour companies, trinket shops, outfitters for camping supplies, etc. The streets are lined with RVs and rental cars. Yellowstone is now like the United Nations of National Parks, everyone grappling for a chance to see Yellowstone Falls, Old Faithful Geyser and more.

Yellowstone National Park is wonderful any season of the year, but this year, totally undaunted by the 4th of July crowds, I visited the park on the holiday weekend. There were lots of visitors, all having fun. The Park has wonderful hiking trails, great sites, animals galore and traffic jams of people looking at the animals. The daily newspaper called Yellowstone Today

lists a number of things to do in the Park, including where to shoot the best pictures, safety around the animals, visitor education about geysers, where to hike and bike and even where to fish. It also includes scenic pullouts along park roads where you can observe the natural beauty of the park, as well as, camping areas where you can park an RV or even pitch your own tent if you wish. In the old days, you could either stay in West Yellowstone as my family did, or stay in one of the rustic lodges within the park. Accommodations were limited then,

each with minimal services and few restaurants. Today, there are great places to stay in Canyon Village near Yellowstone Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs alongside the famous bubbling pools of hydrothermal vents, the Old Faithful Lodge which has now grown to epic proportions with scores of hotel rooms, restaurants and gift shops. In addition, there are accommodations at Roosevelt Lodge near the north entrance of the Park and the Lake Hotel near Yellowstone Lake. The Lake Hotel even features boat tours and has dock rentals, as well, if you’d like to bring your own houseboat. Some, but not all of these hotels are available all year long in order to accommodate winter visitors as well as summer visitors. Even the 4th of July crowds could not darken the beautiful days, sunshine, and blue skies, scenic vistas and natural wonders that are there to take advantage of while at Yellowstone. I can now say I have been lucky enough to have re-visited Yellowstone. Summer, winter, spring or fall is a good time to visit one of our country’s greatest assets...YOUR national park....... Yellowstone! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at

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his has been a wonderfully hectic summer, and it’s bittersweet that it has to end. We’ve shared family trips to Hilton Head, South Carolina and Lake Wedowee in Alabama, and were blessed by the people who joined us and new friends we met.

Also, there is great excitement in our households since both our sons start the next chapter in their lives - COLLEGE! They will soon be moving away, and although they will not be too far from home, it will be hard to say “good bye” and accept that we will be unable to see their handsome faces or get one their big, enveloping bear hugs each day. We are so proud of them though, and they will be in our thoughts and prayers constantly. For all of you getting ready to head back to school, we want you to know that our prayers are with you for a successful, safe and victorious year. We appreciate all those involved in the education of our children, and what you’re time and contribution means to their future. Students, we pray you make the most of your education, no matter what level of education you’ve reached. Going to school is a privilege - don’t waste it. God Bless You All, Teresa & Jules

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here is an increasing craze for the domestication of rats or as we call them, pet rats. The scientific name for a pet rat is Rattus norvegicus. It is really important for you to keep your pet rats as happy and as healthy as possible. You must gather as much informative knowledge as you can about keeping rats as pets.

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Basic nature and look of a pet rat: Domestic rats are really intelligent, adorable, and clean which gives them a chance at having a good relationship with humans. These rats are quiet different in nature and activities from their ancestors. The difference is that these pet rats are very low on aggression, and rivalry towards other rats and humans. These rats are sensitive as well as playful in nature. They can be trained to answer to their pet names and to do various tricks and activities. The rats are from the rodent family but require really high maintenance. Moreover, pet rats must be given at least one hour of quality play time out of their cages and nest boxes on a daily basis. Also, rats are nocturnal and therefore, they are more active during night time.

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Handling of pet rats: It is important to understand that the more attention and care you provide to your new domestic rat, the faster the rat will get used to your smell, your voice, and your presence. Your rat will become friendly with you. Give proper handling to your pet rat whether or not they act like they like it. They will definitely help them learn to get along with you in a playful manner. One of the best ways to handle your pet rat is to allow them to ride freely inside your home, your sweater and on your shoulders. Always lift the rat by positioning your hands under the rat’s chest just from the backside of the front legs. You have to be careful not squeeze them. If your pat rat is very lazy and calm, it is advised to see a vet as soon as possible. If they are not interested in food, not playing, and their fur is quiet messy, this shows that are going through some health problem and illness. As their owner, it’s important you provide the best treatment to your rats to keep them happy and lively.


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crossword Across 1. Gangster’s gun 4. Oyster gem 9. Nutcase 14. “Where ___ you?” 15. Provide, as with a quality 16. Bitter 17., e.g. 18. Fowl place 19. Chatter 20. Humanity courses 23. Like much testimony 24. Quote, part 3 25. Pillbox, e.g. 28. Colon cleanse 32. Soot color 34. Death on the Nile cause, perhaps 37. Handy 39. Astute 40. Drug test specialist 44. Bang-up 45. Accustom 46. Athletic supporter? 47. Common axis 50. Beck, for one 52. “C’___ la vie!”


aving a plain old square sandwich can get extremely boring for your child. Kids love to eat foods that look interesting. So here’s a little help for you to think outside the box and create a unique, healthy sandwich presentation for your child. In addition to these ideas, you can try a lettuce wrap, a pita, a sandwich made with a cookie cutter or whole grain waffles.

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Down 1. Magnetic induction unit 2. Cupid’s projectile 3. Phone company 4. Yearly basis 5. Carbon compound 6. Bothers 7. Deteriorate 8. Abate

9. Yellowstone sight 10. “God’s Little ___” 11. “Dummy” course 12. Do-it-yourselfer’s purchase 13. “___ to Billie Joe” 21. Anger 22. Reggae sub-genre 26. Excellence 27. Perfect, e.g. 29. In-flight info 30. Cheese nibblers 31. Beside 33. Schuss, e.g. 34. Abreast (of) 35. Drives away 36. Cigar 38. Jewish month 41. Alternative to Bowser 42. Bauxite, e.g.

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The Sandwich Presentation

PBJ Quesadilla

Spread peanut butter on one half of the tortilla and jelly on the other. Fold over to sandwich it. Quesadilla can be served cold or heat it for about 3 minutes per side. If heated, be sure to check the temperature of the jelly before serving.

Fluffernutter Taco 4 pancakes (Prepared) Marshmallow fluff Peanut butter Heat up a pancake (for a quick version, use frozen pancakes) and spread marshmallow fluff on one half of the circle and peanut butter on the other. Then, fold it over and enjoy.

Peanut Butter and Banana Biscuit 1 tube Pillsbury Simply Biscuits Peanut butter 2 medium bananas, sliced Prepare the biscuits according to package directions. Split the biscuit in half. Spread peanut butter on half. Then top with banana and close it up. Serve immediately.

Fruity Waffle Sandwich 2 Frozen wheat waffles, cooked per instruction on the box 2 Strawberries, sliced 1/2 Apple, sliced (we used golden delicious) Dusting of cinnamon A drizzle of agave nectar While the waffles are toasting, slice the strawberries and apples. Place the fruit on one waffle, dust with cinnamon, drizzle with agave nectar and top with the remaining waffle.

Sushi Sandwiches Turkey, ham or chicken; Sliced Sliced cheese Sliced veggies – cucumbers, carrots, celery Sandwich Spreads – Mayo, Mustard, Cream Cheese or PB&J Begin by cutting the edges off your bread. Then use the spread and fillings of your choice. Roll up the sandwich tightly and cut into small rolls. Your kids will love helping fill their little sushi rolls.

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I LOST 45 lbs in 4 Months!! After several failed dieting attempts, I heard about Synergy Medical Centers. Their program was different. It allowed me to see results quick, which kept me motivated. With the help of the doctors and supportive staff, my eating habits and lifestyle changed. I was not only able to lose weight, but keep it off. My transition has been amazing and I have never felt better...



START-UP New Patients Receive $100 Off any START-UP Package. May not be combined with any other offer.

Medical Weight Loss that Works! BEFORE

l Physician Supervised Weight Loss l FDA Approved Medication l Computerized Body Fat Analysis l Medication Dispensed Onsite l Nutritional & Exercise Counseling l hCG Therapy*

Synergy Medical Centers 3889 Cobb Pkwy NW Acworth, GA 30101 (Across from QT & Wal-Mart)

*Disclaimer: hCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.

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