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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town August 2010

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Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Greg S. Baker D. Hodari Brooks, MD Nathan Calderon Dara Hosch, MD Anne Hydra J.D. Ingram Charlie Parish Melisa J. Verch Pam Walker

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About the Cover...............................................................5 Health & Fitness: Having a Healthy & Fit Marriage........6 Calendar of Events.......................................................9, 11 Relationships: The Emotional Impact of Traffic...........12 Family Focus: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.................14 Back to School Tips...........................................................14 Home Improvement: The Perfect Driveway....................16 More About the Cover...................................................18 Facebook Tips....................................................................18 Home & Design: Mini Lampshades..............................20 Medical: World Cup Soccer.............................................22 Finance: How to Use a Credit Card....................................24 Community: Skids 4 Kids................................................26 Outdoor: Alaska Salmon Fishing.................................28 Travel: Oil & The Gulf Coast..........................................30 Letter from the Editors....................................................32 Pets: Koi Ponds.................................................................33 August Crossword...........................................................34 What’s Cookin’: Hot Off the Grill.................................34


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eading back to school is a very exciting time, but no more so than for the two brothers, Scott Viness and Jay Goodman and their families on our cover this month. You’ll see they are very involved in the education of our Paulding youth, since three of them are employed in the Paulding County School District.

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Meet The Viness Family Scott and Joy Viness are both originally from Cobb County. They have been married for 19 years, and lived in Paulding County since 1993.

Scott and Joy both earned their Bachelor’s Degrees from Kennesaw State University. Scott is entering his third year as Principal at East Paulding High School. Prior to that, he was Principal at Jones Middle School, and Assistant Principal at Austin Middle School. Joy is entering her third year as Assistant Principal at Burnt Hickory Elementary. Before that, she was an Assistant Administrator at Baggett Elementary and taught Physical Education at P.B. Ritch, Nebo, and Shelton Elementary Schools.

Their sons, Bo and Brock are 18 and 13, respectively. Bo just graduated from East Paulding High School, having survived being the Principal’s son. He will be heading off to attend Georgia Southern University very soon. Bo enjoyed playing baseball and wrestling for EPHS, but is looking forward to college and the activities there. Brock will be entering the 8th grade at McClure Middle School. He is a member of the Boy Scouts, enjoys bowling, and is an active member of the FCA at McClure Middle as well as the youth group at their church.

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As a busy family, they enjoy the few but precious moments at home together, as well as attending West Ridge Church. For Scott and Joy free time is minimal, but Scott loves to fish, play golf and attend school sporting events. Joy’s self-proclaimed hobby is “trying to keep up with the hobbies and talents of a husband and two teenagers.”

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When asked what they were looking forward to about the upcoming school year. They said, “We are very excited about the new school year!” Scott is looking forward to another great year heading up the ‘Raider Nation’ and is excited about furthering the success they’ve enjoyed together so far. Joy is looking forward to continuing to be a part of building traditions at Burnt Hickory, which opened in 2008; along with Principal Dr. Mark Crowe and the outstanding group of staff, students, parents, and community members. They add, “Each year brings such milestones for our school families as kindergarteners and freshman students enter our buildings for the first time, beginning new phases of their lives, then fifth graders and seniors leave to continue to build upon the foundations that they have started while with us.”

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e all want to be healthy. We all want to have a long and productive life, and there are things we can do to ensure we have these blessings in our lives. Eating right, exercising, and taking care of our bodies are all ways to live longer, but being healthy extends to more than just the physical. Our mental health is very closely connected to our physical needs, and for those of us who are married, this journey begins at home.

The relationship between husband and wife has been misunderstood for a long time. Sadly, the media portrays marriage as a promise that’s easily broken instead of the sacred convent that God intended it to be. We are a society that is influenced by the wrong thing, many times by the celebrity media. Love is portrayed as a feeling that once it fades it’s alright to seek greener pastures. Often times we look to the wrong bench mark. If someone told you they had the secret to unconditional love in your marriage and a relationship strong enough to

weather any storm in life, would you listen to them? Do you want to know the secret to having a marriage that will last forever? If so, then consider yourself blessed to have picked up this Our Town and reading this article, because this may be the most valuable piece of information you’ve ever read.

separate duties. The man is to provide for his wife; to love her and attend to her every need while leading her through life. The wife is to submit and follow his lead. The topic of submission for the wife has been misinterpreted for years; it DOES NOT mean she is to be a slave. The submission part of marriage is applicable only if the man loves and cares for his wife as God intended. So wives ask yourself, if you have a man that loves and cares for you unconditionally and is leading for your happiness, does submission really sound so difficult? The secret to a better marriage comes when both partners learn that it’s not about them. Love grows when BOTH husband and wife learns to invest in each others needs before their own. When two people live to serve one another, it gives birth to a healthy and fit marriage that can stand against anything life throws its way. Love is not a feeling, but a daily choice we make to invest in one another.

The secret to a happy marriage is not found in any tabloid magazine. Dr. Phil and Opera have tried to uncover this mystery, but have failed. The secret to a great marriage comes to light when we learn to embrace change. Let me explain. By nature, we are selfish people. When we’re single, it’s all about what we want to do, where we want to go and so on. We have no one to consider but ourselves, but when we decided to marry a change has to occur. We have to die to our selfish ways and put our spouse’s needs ahead of our own. This pertains to both husband and wife.

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August 2010

***PLEASE NOTE – Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. PAULDING CHAMBER - GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON Paulding County Senior Community Center August 5; Thursday 11:30 to 1:00pm Join us for our largest General Membership meeting of the month, with guest speaker University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley! Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation, go to the website or call 770-445-6016 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL August 6; Friday

CRAFT SHOW/YARD SALE - Hickory Heights Baptist Church August 7; Saturday 8am-4pm SELLERS & BUYERS WANTED - Craft vendors ($25.00 for a 10X12 space). Yard sellers ($10 for a space). Proceeds of fees go to the HHBC children’s fund. HHBC is located at 221 Dabbs Bridge Rd, Dallas (corner at Hwy 61N). For more info email Donna

JOHN LANIER IN CONCERT – Unity Baptist Church August 8; Saturday 6pm – 10pm John Lanier is an inspiring and anointed man of God known for his dynamic preaching and singing. He will be performing a free concert at Unity Baptist Church located at 431 Mustang Drive, across from White Oak Park off Hwy 61. For more information visit or call 770-445-8024. FALL ATHLETICS REGISTRATION Now through August 13 Girls Fall Fast Pitch Softball, Adult Softball, Youth and Adult Flag Football, Tennis, Karate, E.A.G.L.E. Jr. Golf, and VolleyOne Volleyball. For details on these athletic programs and many others you can visit Under the Parks and Recreation Department; or come to Mt. Tabor Park or Taylor Farm Park and pick up a copy of “Leisure Excursions” catalog. PAULDING BUSINESS ASSOC. LUNCHEON – Stars and Strikes August 12; Thursday 11:30am-1pm This month’s guest speaker is Cliff Cole, Superintendent of Paulding Schools. Buffet style luncheon is $12 each. Visitors are welcome to attend twice before joining. Stars and Strikes is located at the intersection of Charles Hardy Pkwy. (Hwy. 120) and Hiram Acworth Hwy. (Hwy. 92). ANNUAL PAULDING COUNTY RODEO Earl Duncan Park Equestrian Center August 13 and 14; Friday & Saturday-Gates open 5pm; Rodeo at 8pm Come enjoy cowboys and cowgirls in the art of horseback riding, cattle roping, and bull riding! The event sold out last year, so purchase your tickets in advance. Ticket prices: Adults $10, Children $5, 5 and under FREE. For more information and to purchase tickets online visit A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS – THE JEFF BREWER SHOW – Dallas Theater August 14; Saturday 8pm to 10:30pm

ONE SHOW ONLY THIS YEAR!!! Don’t miss this tribute to the King of Rock and Roll! Doors open at 7pm. Get tickets early because it will sell out! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling 770-4456016, 678-363-0813 or visit Field of Hope’s Annual Breast Cancer Golf Tourn. – Bentwater Golf Club August 17; Tuesday (Register by August 6) Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation; in memory of Kathryn Field and in honor of Michelle Couch. Fees for players are $100/individual or $350/team of four and includes 18-holes of golf, cart, full use of practice range with practice balls, goody bag, lunch and player gift. Sponsorship Opportunities Available. For more information please contact Joelle Allison @ 678-314-9852. BARGAIN BAG BONANZA - Northwest Christian Church August 21; Saturday 8am-1pm Calling all bargain hunters! $5 will buy you as much gently worn clothing as you can stuff in a bag (which we will have for you)! NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info 770-425-2525 or

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“A TIARA BALL WITH CINDERELLA FOR MOMMY & ME” Dallas Civic Center - Downtown Dallas August 22; Sunday 2pm – 5pm This magical event is open to little girls ages 3-8 (parent or guardian must attend with child). Enjoy an elegant luncheon with “Cinderella & Friends”, receive a real tiara, enjoy story time, crafts & entertainment. Proceeds benefit National Supreme Miss Scholarship & Recognition program. For more information, please contact Renee at 770-845-8769 or 3RD ANNUAL KSU SEMINAR FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS Kennesaw State University - KSU Center - Room 401 August 25; Wednesday 9am-1:30pm Meet and learn from success-oriented women.  Get inspired and motivated to take yourself to the next level. Topics include: Social Self, Self Defense, Balanced Self and Self Awareness. $69 includes lunch (2nd person 1/2off) Call 770-423-6450. TWICE BLESSED CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE McEachern United Methodist Church August 26-28; Thursday 5pm-9pm; Friday 9:30am-6pm; Saturday 9am-1pm No strollers, please. Cash and check accepted. Proceeds benefit McEachern UMC children’s ministries. For more info call 770.943.3008 or visit RAGSDALE HEATING & AIR 2010 CLAY SHOOT - Blalock Lakes, Griffin Georgia August 27 & 28; Friday and Saturday Get your teams together for the 7th Annual Paulding Chamber Clay Shoot to benefit the Paulding County’s Star Student Scholarship Fund. Individual or TEAM entry. On Friday night enjoy the “Floor It” Beef & Bonfire Dinner and Silent Auction from 7pm9pm. For more details, contact the Paulding Chamber at 770-445-6016. GEORGIA CLASSIC RIDES “BLOCK PARTIES - Downtown Dallas August 28; Saturday 5pm – 10pm Don’t miss these beautiful cars and great people! Visit them online at www.georgia for membership and photos. PIONEER DAYS 2010 – Sam Smith Park in Cartersville September 3-6; 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 4, 2010, at 10:00am in downtown Cartersville. The Grand Marshals - the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Fireworks-Monday evening. MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK– Glover Park in Marietta Square September 4-6; Saturday to Monday 10am–5pm 24th annual event. Square becomes a family-friendly destination of outdoor artistic enjoyment. Fine art extravaganza features an artist market, children’s art alley and an artist demonstration area and the famous Painted Pots. FREE Admission and Parking at the Cherokee Street Parking Deck. For more info visit WALK FOR LIFE – First Baptist Church of Dallas September 11; 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 PAULDING’S TALENTED SUPREME COMPETITION September 11; Saturday 3pm - 2010 – Dallas Theater The age divisions 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-24. Division compete in solo, duo, trio, small group 4-8 and large group 9-12. Benefit National Supreme Miss Scholarship & Recognition program. For info packet/rules contact Renee Buchanan at 770-845-8769 or email at 2010-2011 SEASON AUDITIONS -West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society August to September We need your voice! “WADCS” is holding auditions for the upcoming season’s Christmas and Easter Concerts. Rehearsals each Tuesday - 7pm to 9:30pm at the Douglas County High School Rehearsal Hall and begin Sept. 7th. Info contact, Jane Freeman, at 770-846-2269 or Waverly Rainey, at 770-920-1662, or visit SUMMER-FALL PROGRAMS – Paulding Parks & Recreation There are many programs offered during August and September by the Paulding Parks & Recreation Department. Visit for a complete listing.

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PAULDING 45 & OVER SINGLES CLUB ACTIVITIES Ongoing; 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm – Ryan’s in Hiram Paulding Singles Club members participate in dining socials, dance nights, movies, bowling, car shows, music events, adopt a solider and more. Monthly meetings are held at Ryan’s. For more information please call Andree at 770505-3237.


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This fun and very moving musical presents the life of Christ, using southern vernacular and toe-tapping music to tell the gospel story - the greatest story ever re-told! The production poses the question: “What if Jesus was born in Gainesville, Georgia?” and “What if the Sermon on the Mount took place on Stone Mountain?” and “John the Baptist was baptizing in the Chattahoochee River?”. You’ll even visit Atlanta, Unadilla, and Valdosta along the way! Audiences will enjoy the moving drama, side-splitting humor, and toe-tapping music that come together to make this show a must-see!

The group alternates meeting between two locations: Starbuck’s in Hiram and Hiram Coffee House. For more info visit WEST COBB MOTHER’S & MORE – West Cobb Chapter Ongoing; 3rd Thursday of the month 7:30pm Join the chapter to enjoy some “me” time while bonding with other mothers. From playgroups to book clubs, you’ll find ways to balance work and family and make life more fun! Meetings are held at W. Cobb Chiropractic, 5041 Dallas Hwy. Suite 500 in Marietta. Email for more info. WRITERS GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND” Ongoing; 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month; 6pm – 7:30pm Attention writers! A writers group meets at Vito’s Café located at 10175 DallasAcworth Highway, (Rt. 92) in Dallas. For more info, email muse

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

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PAULDING CO. MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM- Dallas Library Ongoing; 4th Thursday of most months; 10am PCMG, a part of the UGA Cooperative Extension, hosts an educational program almost every month and invites citizens to learn more about gardening topics. For more info and to verify meeting call 770-443-7616 or email

Coming Soon to the Dallas Theater:

l Wizard of Oz Children’s Show AUDITIONS August 10th (ages 6-18 may audition) l Andy Offutt Irwin (Comedian/Storyteller) September 18th l Wizard of Oz (Children’s Theatre) October 8-9 l Murder Myster Dinner Theatre October 22nd-23rd l Haunted Theatre Tours October 29th-31st l Dallas Theater Children’s Talent Show November 13th (Registration opens Aug. 1st) l “The Return” Beatles Tribute Band November 20th

WEST SIDE WINDS REHEARSAL – First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs Ongoing; Monday 7:30pm – 9pm Call 678-237-3673 for information. IN NEED OF PRAYER? – Northwest Christian Church Ongoing; Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-9:30am The prayer team at NWCC would love to pray with and for you! Prayer requests can also be submitted online at NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info 770-425-2525 or


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ne of the unfortunate realities of living in the metro Atlanta area is traffic – and lots of it. Our congestion and commute time is consistently ranked among the worst in the United States. Many Paulding and West Cobb residents regularly face up to three hours daily in their cars. This can include traveling from home to work place, a trip to a shopping mall or to a child’s sporting event. This can also require significant travel time due to the traffic congestion in our area. While this is clearly an inconvenience, it also represents a potential for significant stress, and can result in aggressive and hostile behaviors.

The connection between stress and illness has long been established in medicine. Research shows driving related stress is no different from life stress in the way it affects health. It has become normal for drivers to experience stress and panic under everyday traffic conditions. The responses can range from physiological reactions, such as, heart pounding, muscle spasms, stomach cramps, and nausea, back and neck pain; to emotional reactions such as outbursts of anger, yelling, aggressive gestures, panic and fantasies of violence. One of the biggest causes of driving frustration and anger is an unwillingness or inability to scrutinize personal conduct, preferring to blame other drivers. I think of the old George Carlin joke: “Everyone who drives slower than me is an idiot and everyone who drives faster than

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While drivers unrealistically asses their own abilities, they are unforgiving of other’s mistakes. Mistakes in driving are inevitable and it is helpful to view errors not as stupidity, carelessness or incompetence but more likely as momentary lapses in judgment or attention. Raging and venting indignation against “idiot or maniac drivers” lead to stress, and confrontation.

me is a maniac.” There is a profound lack of objectivity when assessing our own driving ability. This is confirmed in surveys that consistently show a majority of drivers (67%) rate their own driving as “perfect” or “almost perfect”; and the rest (33%) rate themselves as “average”. Literally no one rates themselves as a below average or poor driver. Any driver can challenge this – there are poor drivers out there! Another finding was that drivers who rate themselves as perfect without room for improvement are far more likely to engage in aggressive driving behaviors. Aggressive driving is linked directly to ten of thousands of accidents each year.

To decrease the negative impacts of traffic it is crucial to adopt a driving personality of less superiority and more cooperation. Avoid engaging in power struggles with other drivers. Accept responsibility for errors and offer verbal or nonverbal apologies to other drivers when they occur – and graciously accept gesture of apologies offered by other drivers. Make it unacceptable to ridicule or demean other drivers. Anticipate the needs of other drivers and behave with civility and kindness. Avoid making driving a competitive experience and strive to be helpful to others and look for ways to be cooperative. When this type of attitude is adopted, any commute becomes less stressful.

The research by psychologists, Dr. James Leon and Dr. Diane Nahl concludes that “aggressive driving is a cultural norm, not a deviant behavior”. Findings of a web survey indicated that 59% of men and 57% of women acknowledge swearing and name calling; 45% of men and 32% of women to exceeding the speed limit by at least 15 to 25 mph; 39% of men and 35% of women to honking in protest; 34% of men and 31% of women to yelling at another driver; and 28% of men and 20% of women to making an insulting gesture. It is a common phenomenon that perfectly ordinary, friendly, good-hearted people become intolerant and rude when driving.

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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. Erin Arnold. I would like to show my appreciation for the warm welcome the community has shown me by announcing Community Appreciation 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. Low back pain l Neck Pain l Migraines l Sciatica l Herniated discs l Degenerated discs l Shoulder/arm pain And a whole host of other problems, ranging from TMJ to carpal tunnel. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment, because this “misalignment” directly affects your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from such problems or similar conditions right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called “adjustments”). So if you’ve always wanted to “check out” chiropractic care and see what is in it for you, now is the best time because….. Right now $20 will get you all the services I normally charge my new patients $200 for! l

What does this include? Everything. Take a look at what you’ll get…. l An in-depth private consultation about your health and well being. l A chiropractic spinal examination…. l A set of specialized X-rays to deter-

mine if a misalignment in your spine is causing your pain or symtoms…(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).

BACK AND FOOT PAIN I was referred into the office by someone from our church. I originally came in for my back and foot pain. I was not able to run and my husband kept henpecking me to come in! As I started getting adjusted I noticed a difference right away! My back pain was less consistent and my foot pain diminishing. My body seems to be responding better and I have more strength. It is a very positive and uplifting office. I am in awe of the doctor’s ability to see and determine the precise point of adjustment. Your friend, Dana Velasco

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 in Biology. I am nationally and state board certified in Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. I am one of the few doctors in this area that is certified and 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, just name a few. I am very proud to be a wife and mother of 2 beautiful daughters 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.

ALLERGIES A friend of mine told me about New Life Chiropractic Center so I decided to give it a try. Now that I have been getting adjusted, I no longer have to take my allergy medication!!! My posture has also improved and I sleep a lot better. I also have more energy which very important in my line of work as a personal trainer. This place is awesome! I am so amazed how much it has truly helped me on a daily basis! Thanks, Mike Gosselin KNEE PAIN I came to NLCC with terrible knee pain. Since I have been getting adjusted, I no longer have the pain in my knee and other areas are being addressed as well. I can now climb up stairs without feeling pain and I have learned that it is key to keep your spine in alignment for overall wellness. I am feeling better, my digestion has significantly improved and now I can get on with my busy life!! THAT makes my family a lot happier! Thank you, Donna Adams LOW BACK PAIN, HIP PAIN AND REFLUX Chiropractic care has helped me with many different issues. For a very long time I suffered with hip pain and low back pain from an injury from the service. Since receiving care from the doc-

tor I can stand and sit for long periods of time. I USED to suffer from reflux everyday! My symptoms have gotten a lot better and I am even off of the daily medications I used to take for it. I have learned the importance of a healthy lifestyle and I am able to participate in more activities! Mike Creech GUARANTEE OF GREAT SERVICE Obviously we can’t guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee we can give you and that’s a guarantee to accept your case only if we truly feel we can help. LIMITED TIME OFFER Obviously, with an offer like this we can’t afford to do it for very long. So we’ve picked the dates of Aug. 1-15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678-5745678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during Aug. 1-15. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless. Sincerely, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C.

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olycystic ovarian syndrome, (PCOS) is estimated to affect fifteen million adolescent girls and young women in the United States. That is approximately one in ten females of reproductive age. This common condition can lead to chronic medical and physical problems if left untreated. Many parents fail to realize this condition is frequently seen in pediatrics. The purpose of this article is to help parents recognize the symptoms in their teenage daughters. Understanding the associated health problems and treating affected patients earlier can reduce the risk for long term complications.


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PCOS is an endocrine or hormonal disorder that results from an excess of male hormones called androgens. It is thought to be a genetic problem related to elevated insulin levels but the actual cause is unknown. There is a strong correlation between this condition and obesity, insulin resistance and high cholesterol. Women with PCOS are at increased risk for infertility, insulin resistant diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and endometrial cancer. Minimizing the development of these problems is the goal of treatment. Most pediatric patients with PCOS present to their doctors because of menstrual irregularities like heavy or infrequent periods. It is normal for girls to have irregular periods during the first few years of menstruation. However, they should development and maintain a more regular pattern within two years of their first cycle. PCOS is more frequently seen in overweight teens with a history of early puberty but this is not always the case. Acne and male hair patterns are less common symptoms among younger patients with PCOS.


A good medical history and blood work are usually sufficient to identify PCOS in pediatric patients. An ovarian ultrasound is usually not necessary unless the lab results are unclear. Despite the name polycystic ovarian syndrome, not all patients with PCOS have ovarian cysts. Teenage girls with the following problems should be screened for PCOS:


t’s school time again! You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while.

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.

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.

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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Heavy or irregular periods Infrequent or absent periods Unexplained weight gain especially around the middle Thickened, dark skin behind the neck, under the arms and in the groin Excessive facial and body hair Cystic acne on the face and back

To be diagnosed with PCOS, girls need to have two of the following three conditions: irregular or absent menstrual cycles; excess androgen (male hormone) production; and multiple ovarian cysts. Treatments are focused on regulating periods, lowering blood insulin levels and preventing male physical characteristics such as acne, balding and facial hair. When the insulin level is normalized, many of the other symptoms improve, including menstrual irregularities. Weight loss and exercise can be very effective in lowering high insulin levels. However, patients with PCOS often have trouble losing weight. Diabetic medications such as metformin are safely used to lower blood insulin levels and improve PCOS symptoms. A dietary supplement called D-chiro-inositol has been shown to effectively lower blood insulin levels as well. Oral contraceptive pills can be helpful to solve menstrual irregularities, improve acne and reduce male physical characteristics. However, this treatment does not reduce insulin levels and the symptoms usually recur once the patient stops taking the pill. Spironolactone is another hormonal medication used to counter the effects of androgens (male hormones) in patients with PCOS. If your daughter has symptoms of PCOS, see a doctor for a diagnostic work up. Proper treatment can improve her quality of life and reduce the likelihood of the long term complications of this condition. Cobb Pediatrics has been helping families raise healthy children for more than 30 years.


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reating a home with desirable curb appeal is a goal of most homeowners. As you are choosing trees, foliage and lighting, are you also thinking about your driveway design? Except for grass, your driveway probably takes up more square footage than anything else in your yard.  Your landscape plan should include the type of driveway and sidewalk that will enhance the style of your home. An elegant Tudor needs a cobblestone drive while a mid century ranch would be better suited to a textured concrete driveway. Let’s look at some of the choices available today.  1. Concrete is one of the first things people think of when they consider their paving options. The plain but functional concrete drive is being replaced by versions with stamped designs as well as colors. Popular paving materials such as cobblestone, brick and fieldstone can be replicated in concrete at a fraction of the cost. You can also feature geometric designs in your drive. Staining the completed driveway will create depth and texture that adds to the illusion that you have a stone driveway. While plain concrete is one of your best budget options, choosing and paying for an upscale design will give your home increased aesthetic value.  2. Affordability makes asphalt another popular choice. It is strong, does not show stains like concrete does and needs only a minimal amount of maintenance. A long dark driveway can look impressive in a well landscaped yard.  3. Brick pavers create a driveway that is elegant and timeless. This is a wonderful choice for an historic home. You can sometimes find old bricks for sale at companies that specialize in demolition of older homes. Patterns can be created with the bricks ranging from herringbone to basketweave. A foundation bed of sand will give your driveway stability. Another plus is that if a brick cracks it can be replaced without interfering with the whole driveway.  4. Cobblestone is a costly but long lasting choice for high end homeowners. It is extremely durable and environmentally friendly. The labor intense process of laying this material, plus the cost of the material itself, makes the up front cost prohibitive to most homeowners.  5. If brick and natural stones are out of your price range and even concrete pushes the budget, you do have the option of gravel. This crushed stone is eco- friendly because it allows rainwater to soak into the area instead of running off. Maintenance is minimal. You will have to replace the stones every few years but you will never have to worry about cracks in the driveway. Adding a border of bricks or larger stones will give your driveway definition. This choice of driveway material is popular in rural settings.  When choosing a driveway material think about price, maintenance and durability as well as how well it fits the look of your home and yard. How does it fit into your lifestyle? Children that skateboard or shoot baskets in the driveway will appreciate a smooth surface. Drive around neighborhoods with homes like yours and see what driveways appeal to you.  Every detail of your home, when thoughtfully chosen, adds appeal for you to enjoy now and contributes to the resale value in the future. Spend a little time looking at the decorative and functional options for your driveway. You will reap the benefits every time you return home.

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Jenn is a stay home mom and enjoys running half marathons. Jay has been a physics teacher in Paulding for the last nine years. He is currently in his second year at North Paulding High School teaching honors and AP physics. He is especially looking forward to, “the new school year and the traditions that are being formed at North Paulding High School. This will be the first year that we have a senior class and I am eager to see how the class of 2011 embraces this opportunity.”

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ave you signed up for FaceBook yet? Chances are, many of you are already members of the popular social networking site. For those of you who haven’t taken the plunge, the following is a list of tips to help you take this step. With so many friends and family scattered across the country, it’s a great way to connect or reconnect with folks you don’t get to see very often. 1. Understand that you don’t have to accept all friend invitations. If you high school nemesis tries to become your friend, you can simply ignore it. The same is true if someone you don’t know tries to friend you. Just “x” the friend request. 2. Be prepared for an onslaught of friend invitations once you’ve made a few friends. Finding friends on Facebook is as easy as catching the common cold. Other people will see you when you post comments on a mutual friend’s wall and the friends requests will roll in. 3. Most people only post lighthearted comments. Some friends will never post anything at all and will rarely make comments. Some people never even say “hi” online when they accept your friendship invitation or you accept theirs. 4. Keep political and religious view largely out of sight unless you only make friends who share your views. 5. If you have a private comment to make to a friend use the message link instead of posting on that person’s wall where it may go out their entire list.

1. Never share your password with anyone. 2. Adjust your privacy settings to match your level of comfort, and review them often. 3. Be cautious about posting and sharing personal information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your address or telephone number. 4. Report users and content that violate Facebook terms of use. 5. Report and block anyone that sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications.

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Maximizing Room Ambience with Mini Lamp Shades By J.D. Ingram


aving proper lighting for your home or workspace is a must that is oftentimes overlooked by people who are always on the go or pressed for time to tinker with home improvement details. However, making minor changes or adding little, well-thought-of details to your current lighting arrangements can make a huge difference to your mood, eyesight, electric bill and the overall aesthetic appeal of the spaces you move around in the most.

While a combination of natural light and bright, overhead lights is conducive for productivity in the workplace, a different ambience might be desired at home after long hours at work – low, dimmer, softer lamp lights are a prime example. Are you in need of a chic and unique update on your existing lamps? No need to burn a hole in your budget –Mini Lamp Shades might just be the answer for you especially if you have been looking for a trendy update to those old, dust-gathering lamp shades. Mini Lamp Shades can be used on most kinds of lamps –floor lamps, table lamps and even chandelier-type lamps or sconces. Cost-conscious con-

as it doesn’t defeat the usability purpose of your lamp’s mini-makeover.

sumers might be hesitant to opt for these smaller lamp shades if lined up with bigger ones that cost just about the same, but opting for these miniature alternatives can actually help save money because it diffuses more light while maintaining the softer, more relaxed mood that regular-sized and massive lamp shades give off. By adopting these smaller shades as an alternative, there would be no need to do a complete overhaul on the lamp stand and light bulb on hand. However, there are some things to be taken into consideration in order to get the perfect lighting with these Mini Lamp Shades – all of them easy and customizable to fit your needs!

Color: More than its aesthetic attribute, choosing the right color of your Mini Lamp Shade contributes to how bright or dim you want the room to be. For bedside lamps used for reading, off-white or beige colors are recommended. For lamps intended to give off a warm feel, don’t be afraid to use patterned lamps or more playful shades such as peach or burgundy. Location, location, location: It wouldn’t be a great idea to situate an ornate yet dark-shaded Mini Lamp Shade over a tall lamp stand in the middle of the hallway –map out where you’re placing your lamps first before going out to buy the first Mini Lamp Shade that you see. Appropriate soft-colored shades made of uneasily breakable material for children’s bedrooms if intended to be used as night-lights, moderately bright ones for the living room, and smaller, ornate lamp shades can even be used for pendant chandeliers!

Size matters –but doesn’t have to be a limiting factor: Can you pair a large table lamp with a smaller shade? The answer would be yes. If you’re willing to make more modern updates on home improvement, your lamps need not be proportional all the time. Of course the size of the Mini Lamp Shade of your choice should be scaled to fit around the light bulb to be used, but the stand doesn’t have to be scaled to fit as well as long

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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.

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World Cup Fever without World Cup Injuries By D. Hodari Brooks, MD


ith the excitement over the FIFA World Cup, as well as the summer season, significant attention has been turned towards soccer. Chances are that either you, your child, or a friend of yours is playing soccer these days. As a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, I treat a number of soccer related injuries. Here are some of the more common injuries I treat, and tips to avoid them.

Hamstring Strain – The hamstring is one of the longest muscles in the human body and as such, is vulnerable to injury. Most commonly individuals fail to stretch and warm up properly before playing. Soccer is a sport that involves significant running with quick directional changes and if muscles are not properly warmed up it is easy to injure them. So make sure you stretch, and begin with a light jog before starting your game. Knee Sprain – The knee is especially vulnerable to injury because of the sudden change in direction as well as force required to kick a soccer ball with speed. Proper kicking technique is important so pay attention to your coaches. In addition, proper shoe wear, especially the right cleats, are important to allow for appropriate traction while kicking and running. Achilles Tendon Injuries – The Achilles tendon helps the large muscles of the calf to power the ankle and foot. Typically injuries occur due to improper stretching before playing. The most common symptom is that patients feel as if someone kicked them in the back of their leg. This tendon is torn quite often and usually requires surgery for active younger individuals. It can take up to one year to fully get over an Achilles tear so the best treatment is to avoid injury. Shin Splints – These injuries typically result from overuse and the repetitive stress running places on the lower extremities. In particular shin splints produce pain over the tibial (shin) bones that can often be quite intense. The good news is that rest is usually enough to treat this problem. If the pain continues then a stress fracture may have occurred and more aggressive treatment is necessary. Thus, as you, your family and friends enjoy playing soccer this summer, remember to stretch, warm up and utilize appropriate shoe wear to help reduce injuries. Occasionally you may have to take a break from soccer to allow your body to rest, but even the professionals come off the field for a rest every once in a while. Stay smart and score some goals. Dr. Hodari Brooks is an orthopaedic surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to Know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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redit cards are very dangerous. If you haven’t learned how to use them properly, then the best things you can do is cut them up and get rid of them. As a pastor of a Church, I’ve advised many people to do just that. But there is a way to use your credit card so that you don’t have to pay interest, pay late fees, or even overspend.

Credit cards are the easiest way to build your credit. Yet it is also the easiest way to destroy your credit too. I’ll explain in detail what I do here, so that you’ll be in charge of the credit card, not the card company. First, you need a budget. If you don’t have a clearly defined budget, then you can’t use your cards to your benefit. A budget tells you how much you can spend, where you can spend it, and when you can spend it. It is essential.

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I use a budget program that I personally developed. You can design your own or purchase one. You need something simple. Many of the family consumer products out there are either very complex or more of a glorified check register than a true budget program. Once you have your budget in place, you can now use your credit card in the correct manner. Here is what I do:

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I then go to a local grocery store and spend $42.00 and pay for it with my credit card. I may stop at a gas station and fill up. However, I know that I only have $32.00 in that account, so I can’t quite fill all the way up. I stop filling up at exactly $32.00. I pay for this with the credit card too.

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When I come home, I go to my budget and immediately deduct the $42.00 from my budget account for groceries. This leaves $8.00 left in that particular account. I then deduct the $32.00 from the gasoline account which empties that account out completely. Later, when the bill for the card comes in, I pay it without wondering if I have the money for it or not. I’ve already accounted for it in my budget, so I simply send them a check and call it good. I am able to pay off the entire bill every month!

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I follow this procedure religiously. The Bible tells me to know the state of my flocks, and I make every effort to do so. I want to know to the penny how much money I have at any given time. Obviously, this procedure is dependent on having a good budget. If you don’t have one, get one. I’m able to pay off my card every month, completely, every time. I never worry about if I have the money to do so. I never worry about interest payments, late fees, or overspending. Simply accounting for every charge on your card in your budget solves all of these problems.



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he Skids 4 Kids project is helping provide 800 pair of shoes to the students of Herschel Jones Middle School. Based on federal guidelines, HJMS is one of the highest poverty level schools in our county. It was because of this that Dena Owens and other members of the Christ Central Church in Dallas decided to start the Skids 4 Kids project.

The mission of Skids 4 Kids is to help break the stigma associated with poverty by providing every student at Herschel Jones Middle School with a new pair of athletic shoes for the 2010-2011 school year. However, their mission doesn’t end there. They have a vision that the Skids 4 Kids project will grow into a yearly event and distribute athletic shoes to poverty stricken children all throughout Paulding County.

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To accomplish this program, they will need the help of the residents and businesses of Paulding County. The shoes will need to be donated or purchased at a discounted price, so they will need to apply for grants and in-kind donations from shoe companies and charities that support child focused activities. Also, they request donations and participation from area businesses throughout Paulding and by soliciting donations through advertisement and promotion with local news media and television stations.

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How can YOU help provide a new pair of shoes for a needy child in Paulding County? You can help by making a donation toward the festival, either monetary or product donations, which will include food, entertainment, fun, and of course free shoes. Residents and business owners can make a donation by making a monetary, taxdeductible contribution to Skids 4 Kids. All contributions are made directly to Christ Central Dallas and earmarked for Skids 4 Kids.

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any people don’t know this, but Alaska has salmon galore! Sure, everyone hears of the salmon runs every year. They probably imagine huge, two-foot long salmon weighing up to 15 pounds as they surge out of white-capped rapids on their way upstream. They think of the grizzly bears waiting patiently on rocks or in the midst of the water with their gaping mouths open, just waiting for one of those lucky fish to jump right in. But did you know that Alaska salmon fishing provides anglers with the opportunity to catch several varieties of this spectacular fish?

Silvers, or cohos, as they are more commonly known by sports fishermen and women, are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, especially British Columbia and Alaska. This salmon species grows up to two feet long and can weigh in at a whopping 15-20 pounds. Just as an aside, the male is unable to close his mouth while mating, and watch out for those teeth, because they’re sharp! Adult cohos swim in the Pacific and coastal tributaries, and then head upstream around July, August and September to spawn. Spawning for silvers, or cohos, can take place at any time between September and December, based on location. Female cohos will lay roughly 2,500 eggs and guard them closely until she dies several days later. Cohos are known to be aggressive and anglers are put to their mettle to catch these powerful fish. More than one comes away from Alaska with a “the fish that got away” tale! Another common Alaskan salmon is known as the king salmon. If you think the silvers can grow, wait until you see some of these. Some weigh in at over 90 pounds, though most average between 30 and 80 pounds. Still, that’s a lot of fish. Alaska salmon fishing, especially for kings, provides fishermen with enough adventures and stories to last a lifetime. Alaska offers thousands of lakes, rivers, streams and other waterways where fish are plentiful, and that means more than salmon. There’s trout and halibut as well as other varieties that will keep fishermen well occupied during any fishing vacation. Fishing for king salmon is best from around May to July in most sections of the state. Your method for nabbing those red beauties is as varied as the styles and equipment of the men and women who flock to Alaska every year to catch them. Anglers from around the world can also fish in ocean waters for salmon, or in tributaries or rivers, both along the coast and inland.

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The “Oily” Truth About Florida’s Beaches By Pam Walker


ing....Ring.......“I want to cancel my reservation because of the oil in the Gulf!” “What? There is no oil on the beaches in Florida?” “What? Well I am scared anyway. So please cancel my reservation!”

So goes one of the many calls that are coming into Florida hotels these days. Working in the tourism industry and being part of a tourism commission that is promoting beaches in Flagler County (just south of St. Augustine and a little north of Daytona), I can tell you that calls like those above are coming in on a regular basis all over the this state. Even in Orlando, a place where Mickey Mouse seldom sees a wave, people are canceling! Why are people listening to the talking heads on TV? When are these nightly reports on TV and radio going to stop sensationalizing what is happening and terrifying the general public to death? From the pictures they show, they would have us believe that if you stick your big toe in the ocean it will come out slimy and covered with goo! When are they going to show pictures of those wonderful white sugar beaches in the Ft. Walton or perhaps the beaches of the Keys or Daytona? I am continually amazed at the mass thought process of

the American public. You hear it on the news and it must be true. When is the average American going to stand up and see what is really around them? Don’t listen to the nightly gloom and doom nut jobs on TV. Don’t you realize that they get paid for “stirring the pot”? The more viewers they can get to watch them and their horrifying broadcasts, the more advertisers flock to their stations and ply them with money. Why is it that the average program is one hour long, but there is more commercial content than substance these days?

The beaches this year in Florida are wonderful, white and pristine as ever. In Flagler County, on the relaxed east coast of Florida, the beaches are a pretty pink, which comes from little colored coquina shells and reefs off the coast. The only oil we have ever seen is when some tanker or cargo ship has the bad taste to clean their bilge out at sea and the small pieces float to shore. Growing up in New

Jersey, I remember my grandmother with a small can of gasoline by the back door to clean our feet from the tar every time we came from the beach. Why are we fretting so much when the beaches are so beautiful? On the 4th of July we had a picnic on the beach here in Flagler. Nice friends, a warm breeze, surf rolling in with warm water, and a beautiful pink sand beach and fireworks to enjoy. I must admit that part of that beach came home in the car with me, .but I don’t mind. There was no tar, no oil, and no worry. Most all the beaches in Florida are free from oil and the famed tar balls. But the Federal Government and BP had to give the State of Florida $25,000 to fund new advertising, because everyone was listening to the talking heads and canceling their beach vacations. Don’t miss out on the best time of the year, and the best beaches in the world! Come and enjoy Flagler, Daytona, Miami, Key West, Naples, Panama City Beach, and Ft. Walton Beach. All are open to the public and waiting for you to have a wonderful time. Come on down! The water and the beaches are fine! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at www.pamwalkers.

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We’ve been to St. Augustine, Panama City Beach and West Cove in Lake Wedowee. We’ve tanned; we’ve skied and went tubing. We were able to spend some quality time with our family, and reconnect with a few old friends and make new ones. Most of the summer was great; however, both of us endured great loss. Our Aunt Margaret and Aunt Oma will be missed. They were tremendously loved by all of their family and they will live in our hearts for the rest of our days. Also, we lost a very dear friend, Scott Bolin. Scott was very active in the Paulding business community and was a big fan of ours. The feeling was mutual. Our regret in loosing our loved ones is that we wish we could go back and spend more time with them. Time may not always be for good, but its part of life. God tells us there is a time for everything: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV) 1 There is a time for everything,


and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, Margaret 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

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ummer of 2010 has definitely been a season of ups and downs. The good part is there are a few weeks left. The bad part is there are ONLY a few weeks left.

Bear Bryant This is “Bear” Bryant. He is six weeks old in this picture. Bear lives in Dallas, GA with his “parents” Fred and Cheryl. Bear likes to play fetch with his small tennis ball and he loves playing with his chew toys. Bear is looking forward to watching the University of AL play football this fall.


is about a year and a half and very friendly! He loves to snuggle and keep close to you! He loves everyone and playing with other dogs! June 27, Rudy disappeared near Cedarcrest Road & Seven hills :( Maybe you could help him find his way back home to his mommy? She misses him very much!


Oma Time really is the greatest gift we can share with each other. Even though summer is coming to a close, it’s never too late to spend quality time with those you love or are precious to you. Do you have a friend or loved one who needs special attention? If you’re not sure, ask. We encourage you to let them know how much they mean to you. If you can’t visit; pick up the phone. However, don’t wait for that visit or phone call. Communication is a two-way street. If you need someone, please reach out. For all of you getting ready to go back to school, we want you to know that our prayers are with you for a successful, safe and victorious year. Principals, teachers and school employees, we appreciate the time you spend in preparing our children for their future. Kids, we pray you will know that the time you’re spending in school is an investment in your future – so make the most of it.

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Koi Pond:: Learn Before you Buy By Anne Hydra


id you know that Koi fish are called dragon fish by many people? Originally, Japan was the main place where the Koi fish was bred. Today, you will find that these fish are kept by enthusiasts and bred by professional fish farmers across the globe. Often times, they are kept in man-made or natural Koi ponds. If you have gained an interest in creating a Koi pond in your own yard, then you have made a great decision. However, you cannot just jump into it, create the pond and put fish in it, without doing some research of your own. Below, we are going to get deeper into this subject.

It is important you know how to keep the fish in order for them to remain healthy. Once you know how to keep them, you will have them for many years to come. Ponds that are well maintained will offer a lot of beauty and they are a perfect complement to your garden. Like most things, the ponds are going to take a bit of care. You should not give up if you find you make some mistakes in the beginning. You can learn a lot from books and other enthusiasts. Like all other living things, your

Koi could get an illness. Your pond will be outdoors, so it is normal for organic matter to fall into the pond and cause the chemical balance to change. The filter could also break or get blocked, which will cause the fish problems.

be an expert in no time. These type of fish can have a big price tag on them, so many individuals start out with goldfish to test their pond That’s not all that could happen and see if they have everything right in to the fish. You see, there are it. a lot of predators outdoors. You may want to start with an aquarium first, Watch out for those cats, this way you will have some lessons in big birds, snakes and taking care of fish. The pond is like other predators that a giant aquarium. You will need have a desire to taste to know how to determine if a some of your fish. Many fish is sick, which can be more individuals put nets on top of difficult for you to learn when their pond, which will serve a number the fish is swimming around of purposes. For starters, it will help in a pond. keep the predators out from getting your fish. We recommend you check with local breeders and pet It will also help keep your fish in their shops to see what you could water. Yes, just as a dog likes to escape learn from them. There are also out of a fence, the fish have a tendency to starter books that will help you. flop around and flop out onto the ground. Being educated on the subject will prevent problems in the future. By reading and studying information, you will

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rilling can be done anytime of year. It’s a great time for families to spend together or make it a simple party by inviting friends over. Think about it, cooking in the kitchen is limiting. By being in a confined space, you’re not only heating your kitchen, but restricting the number of people who can participate. By being outside, everyone can be there. From meats, to vegetables, to fruits - practically anything can be cooked on a grill. Here are a few recipes that will surely be a hit.

Cedar-planked, Rosemary Salmon This easy-to-prepare recipe is delicious and healthy. It’s a perfect main dish; just add a salad.



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1 (12-15 inch long) cedar plank, 4 (6-8 oz each) skinless salmon fillets, soaked in water for 2 hours 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 Tablespoons orange juice Garnish with 4 fresh orange slices Heat grill to medium-high heat. Remove plank from soaking. Place plank on grill. Cover and grill plank alone for 4-5 minutes until edges begin to smoke. Meanwhile, blend oil, garlic, and orange juice in food processor or blender. Brush on both sides of salmon fillets. Sprinkle both sides with lemon-pepper seasoning, pressing in slightly. Place fillets on preheated plank. Sprinkle rosemary on each. Cover grill and cook for 15-20 minutes until fillets are done. Garnish each fillet with an orange slice. Serve from plank. Serves 4. Grilled Parmesan Corn Picked up some fresh corn from the Hiram Market or the Dallas Market and wondering what to do with it. Try this and you’ll want to buy more! 8 ears fresh corn 1/2 cup butter or margarine - softened 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon salt Remove husks and silks from corn just before cooking. Combine remaining ingredients, stirring well. Spread butter mixture on corn and place each ear on a piece of aluminum foil; wrap tightly. Grill corn over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes, turning several times.

Grilled Peach Melba with Fresh Raspberry Sauce With fresh peaches and raspberries, this recipe will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup sugar, divided 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 C lightly crushed fresh raspberries 2 peaches, halved and pitted 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon butter, melted 2 cups vanilla ice cream

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