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Contributing Writers: Melissa Cummings Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Dan Mirolli Kelly O’Neil Our Town Media Group, Inc. Dr. Veronic Provencher Mary Carol Sheffield Barbara E. Volkov

About the Cover.......................................................5, 38 Seasonal: College Football Bowl Schedule....................8 Calendar of Events.............................................11, 24, 36 Relationships: What is Family?......................................12 Community Spotlight: Helping Hands of Paulding...14 Gardening: Oh Christmas Tree.....................................16 Health & Fitness: Your ZZZs Count.............................18 Medical: Adrenal Insufficiency.....................................20 Home & Design: Christmas Flowers..........................27 Outdoor: Duck Season..................................................28 Seasonal Spotlight: Global Winter Wonderland........30 Finance: Keeping Valuables Safe this Holiday.............33 Family Focus: Raising a Healthy Newborn................34 Feature Photographer: Erin Osborne..........................38 Pet News: Safe Winter Riding.......................................41 December Crossword.....................................................42 What’s Cookin’: 30 Minute Recipes..........................42

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Dave and Maria met in college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduating in 1986, Dave was commissioned as an officer in the United Stated Air Force. They were married and made their home in Frankfurt, Germany. This past November, Dave and Maria celebrated 26 years of marriage. Being an Air Force family, they lived and travelled all over the world. It was in August 2001, Dave and Maria left active duty and moved their family to Paulding so he could fly with Delta and the AF Reserves. They had moved so often with the AF, they wanted to put down roots and raise their sons. By the grace of God, Paulding has been their home for 13 years.

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t’s that time of year, when we get to watch our favorite college teams grab the pigskin and play in some really great games! This is the sixth year that OUR TOWN is featuring the College Bowl Schedule. Hopefully this season will bring us an exciting year in bowl games as the college teams rally for the championship!

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Famous Idaho Potato Bowl R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl San Diego CU Poinsettia Bowl Military Bowl by Northrop Grumman Texas Bowl Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl New Era Pin Stripe Bowl Belk Bowl Russell Athletic Bowl Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Franklin America Mort Music City Bowl Valero Alamo Bowl National University Holiday Bowl AdvoCare V100 Bowl Hyundai Sun Bowl AutoZone Liberty Bowl Chick-fil-A Bowl Gator Bowl Heart of Dallas Bowl Capital One Bowl Outback Bowl Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO Tostitos Fiesta Bowl AllState Sugar Bowl Discover Orange Bowl AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic BBVA Compass Bowl GoDADDY.Com Bowl VIZIO BCS National Championship

Dec. 21, Sat Dec. 21, Sat Dec. 21, Sat Dec. 21, Sat Dec. 23, Mon Dec. 24, Tue Dec. 26, Thu Dec. 26, Thu Dec. 27, Fri Dec. 27, Fri Dec. 27, Fri Dec. 28, Sat Dec. 28, Sat Dec. 28, Sat Dec. 28, Sat Dec. 30, Mon Dec. 30, Mon Dec. 30, Mon Dec. 30, Mon Dec. 31, Tue Dec. 31, Tue Dec. 31, Tue Dec. 31, Tue Jan. 1, Wed Jan. 1, Wed Jan. 1, Wed Jan. 1, Wed Jan. 1, Wed Jan. 1, Wed Jan. 2, Thu Jan. 3, Fri Jan. 3, Fri Jan. 4, Sat Jan. 5, Sun Jan. 6, Mon

2:00pm ESPN 3:30pm ABC 5:30pm ESPN 9:00pm ESPN 2:00pm ESPN 8:00pm ESPN 6:00pm ESPN 9:30pm ESPN 2:30pm ESPN 6:00pm ESPN 9:30pm ESPN 12:00pm ESPN 3:20pm ESPN 6:45pm ESPN 10:15pm ESPN 11:45am ESPN 3:15pm ESPN 6:45pm ESPN 10:15pm ESPN 12:30pm ESPN 2:00pm CBS 4:00pm ESPN 8:00pm ESPN 12:00pm ESPN2 12:00pm ESPNU 1:00pm ABC 1:00pm ESPN 5:00pm ESPN 8:30pm ESPN 8:30pm ESPN TBA ESPN 7:30pm FOX 1:00pm ESPN 9:00pm ESPN 8:30pm ESPN

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Lights of LIFE at Life University in Marietta Now through December 31 Light of LIFE is the most affordable holiday light show in the Southeast since 1989. Drive through open Sunday-Thursday 6pm to 10pm and FridaySaturday 6pm to 11pm. Sunday-Thursday: $5/car, $10/van, and $20/bus; Friday-Saturday: $10/car, $10/van or $20 per bus. Also on weekends - petting zoo, train and pony rides, visits with Santa and live music. For more information call (678) 331-4334. Global Winter Wonderland at Turner Field - Atlanta Now through January 5th Global Winter Wonderland is coming to Atlanta! This spectacular event is sure to take your breath away. With giant illuminated lantern designs of landmarks from countries all over the world. Inside you will have access to unlimited carnival rides, Christmas holiday village, dinosaur land, lanterns, shopping, dining and live entertainment. See their article on Page 30. For more info visit or call 770-723-3862.

Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees - Embassy Suites Atlanta - Galleria Now through January 1st The Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees embodies the true meaning of Christmas through fundraising for local charitable organizations. During the event’s fourth year, 38 trees representing Atlanta charities will be on display until January 1. Admirers can “vote” for their favorite tree or charity by donating money in envelopes designated at each tree. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, holiday cookies, carol singing, and more at this free event! Embassy Suites is located at 2815 Akers Mill Road. For more information contact Dale Gustafson at 678-460-2561 Christmas Open House – Christmas is our Business December 1st, 8th and 15th; Sunday from Noon - 6pm Rosewood Park, 149 Mary Wallace Way, Dallas 30157. Admission is FREE! Register to win a fully decorated 7 ½ foot tree. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. (No Cameras) For more info or directions call 678-457-4434 or 770-529-1891.

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Shop for a Cause at the Marlow House at 192 Church St., Marietta December 5; Thursday 6:00pm to 9:00pm Shop various vendors at the Marlow house and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Elizabeth Emergency Shelter. For More Information, Call 678-571-5643 Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center December 5; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote Speaker - TBD ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Visit to register or call 770-445-6016.

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What is Family? By Dan Mirolli



here is a quote by the late Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas that reads, “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” This is true of both my life and the story of our family. I attended East Paulding High School, followed by the University of Alabama (with stints in both New York and throughout China) for my undergraduate degree, and am currently writing from Madrid, Spain where I am earning a Masters in Finance from the Instituto de Empresa Business School. I’ve been fortunate, challenged, and blessed to have traveled the world in the company and encouragement of a loving and adventurous family. Yet despite the intrepid globetrotting and incessant grasp at that age old question, “What do you want to do with your life,” I’ve always known one thing to be true; home is where my family is. It seems we all know this, don’t we? Still experience asks if my family is only someone with my last name. The convenient answer is yes; however Deuteronomy 15 shows a glimpse of a much more loving humanity. According to my God, if I am a human, Jesus died for me and now I am a part of His family. (Romans 8:16).  This is a gift extended to those made in the image of God, namely everyone! Therefore, everyone is part of my family, whether they know it or not!

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This more than any other truth, aside from God’s gracious love towards us, has impacted my life’s trajectory forever. It is what drove me in high school to join four friends in starting a non-profit called Dry Tears, Inc. to raise awareness and money to build wells in Africa. It is what led me to studying Mandarin in China for over six months. It is what inspires my research here at IE; and it is what makes me treasure our great nation every time I leave it.  Humility and perspective are the remedies for a divided soul and a divided nation.  If America could travel beyond its borders and look back, I know she’d see that her capacity for good far exceeded her current divisions.


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n 1987, five local churches, Dallas First Baptist, Dallas First United Methodist, New Canaan Baptist, New Hope Baptist, and Poplar Springs Baptist, formed a partnership to battle the effects of poverty and hunger in Paulding County. From those humble beginnings, Helping Hands has grown into a dynamic alliance of churches, businesses, civic groups, and generous individuals that assist our low-income neighbors with some specific basic needs.

Helping Hands (a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Christian organization), having provided services to thousands of Paulding County citizens over the past 26 years, continues uniting the community to actively fulfill God’s plan of supporting many needs of the county’s citizens. Helping Hands also collaborates with other agencies such as DFCS (Division of Family & Children Services), Atlanta Community Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank, The United Methodist Children’s Home, Georgia DHR (Department of Human Resources) - Adult Protective Services, and United Way of Metro Atlanta. Other current partners are Pizza Hut, E-Harvest, Starbucks, Paradise Donuts, Taco Bell, Wal-Mart, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kroger,

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Regarding food disbursements, Helpings Hands holds strict accountability. The amount of food each family needs is predetermined in the application process, based on numbers of adults and children in each family. Food items are weighed when received and likewise, the food given to clients is weighed before it leaves the building, ensuring receipts of food disbursements, each day.

Helping Hands recognizes that many people have needs that go beyond food essentials; therefore, they provide vouchers for clothing assistance at the local clothes closets, vouchers for help with medicine at a local pharmacy, and occasional assistance with utility bills. In addition, they offer assistance for individuals wishing to complete their high school education by attending the Paulding County Adult Education GED classes and scholarships to assist with the GED test.

Helping Hands’ Food Pantry is located at 228 West Spring Street, Dallas, GA. Your donations, small or large are not only needed but also greatly appreciated. If you have a desire to donate, we cheerfully accept food of any kind, financial aid (in any amount), or your time (volunteers are needed in various areas including food drives). We welcome any ideas you may have that could help our organization meet our citizens’ needs. You could help by encouraging participation from your church, a school, or the company for which you work. Finally, yet importantly, Helping Hands and those helped by the organization could use your prayers. Any act of generosity would be immensely appreciated! You may contact Helping Hands of Paulding County by calling (770)443-1230, fax at (770)443-1277, or email at helpinghandsofpc@ You may find more information by visiting the Helping Hands website at www.helpinghandspauld

At a glance, one may view this organization the same as you would any other. What makes this entire operation unique is the fact that all of this is accomplished with volunteers. Fellow Paulding County residents come together each day to offer their time and efforts to help those in need. Families who need assistance may apply at the Helping Hands office between 10:00am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday (last sign in time will be 1:30 or earlier, depending on volume of applicants). Applicants must

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Choose a tree that will fit in your home easily. Consider height and width available for the tree inside your home. You really do not want your tree selection to go down in the Clark Griswold hall of fame.


When you bring your tree home, cut off the bottom inch of the trunk and immediately place the tree upright into a bucket of water. Store it outdoors, out of bright sunlight and protected from the wind to allow it to take up water and get well hydrated before you bring it inside.


Before you bring the tree in to decorate it, check your lights. Test lights and inspect all connections before placing them on the tree. Replace lights if they are worn.


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Speaking of disposal, when the holidays are over and you are ready to get rid of the tree, Keep Paulding Beautiful invites you to “Bring One for the Chipper “ on January 4, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Hiram Home Depot. Trees that are recycled in this program are later used as mulch or fish habitats. For more information on this program, check the Keep Paulding Beautiful website: Remember that the most important thing that a cut tree needs is water! Keep your tree safe and hydrated and enjoy your holidays. Contact the Paulding County Extension office at 770-443-7616 if we can be of assistance to you or check us out online at www.




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Your Zzz’s Count This Holiday Season, So Start Counting Them “A lack of sleep negatively impacts our mood and outlook, as well as our physical health,” says Terry Cralle, a registered nurse and certified clinical sleep educator. “Sufficient sleep, a good diet and regular exercise are the three ingredients to staying healthy all season long.” You may be surprised at how many people experience issues sleeping. The Better Sleep Council reports that 66 percent of people 18 to 34 claim that they have trouble falling and staying asleep. That number drops to 53 percent of people ages 35 to 54, and just less than half of people 55 and older. If you fall into the portion of the population experiencing sleep troubles, consider these tips from the Better Sleep Council:


etween squeezing extra activities into your schedule, finding time to bake holiday treats for your children’s classrooms and organizing a mini family reunion, the holiday season might be causing you a bit of stress. And if that stress is affecting your sleep, you could be caught up in the vicious cycle of exhaustion causing stress and stress causing more exhaustion.

l Build a good sleep environment - A good sleep environment is imperative when it comes to counting zzz’s each night. Start off with a quality mattress. “A mattress is an investment, not only financially but for your health,” says Karin Mahoney, director of communications for the Better Sleep Council. “To help improve your sleep - and your quality of life - it’s a good idea to compare the mattress you are sleeping on to new models every five years and to consider replacing your mattress if it is more than seven years old.”

Creating a personal sleep sanctuary will help you meet your needs for rest and rejuvenation and give you plenty of opportunity to count your zzz’s and not lie awake wishing for sleep. By improving your quality and quanl Sleep in your ideal bedroom - Light, noise and even tity of sleep, you are able to better handle all the stresses temperature can disrupt sleep or make it difficult to fall xp. 2/28/11 Exp. 2/28/11 of the holiday season, and instead share in the fun activiasleep. Purchase light-blocking shades and install them ties at this time of year. in windows to keep the sun, streetlights and passing car

headlights from shining in. Consider finding a source of white noise - such as a fan or sound machine producing soft ocean sounds - to cover up other noises happening in the house like the heater kicking in, or someone getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Finally, you should consider turning the temperature in the bedroom down a degree or two - or getting it as close as possible to the ideal bedroom temperature of 65 F. A cooler temperature can help the body relax and fall into sleep much more easily. l Count your sleep - not sheep - Track your sleep using a sleep app. Several apps reviewed by the Better Sleep Council provide users with a variety of benefits. For example, some are designed to monitor your breathing and movements, and they encourage you to wake up when you’re in the lightest stage of the sleep cycle. Others can record your snoring and breathing habits to help determine if you are experiencing any distractions mid-slumber. Catching the right number of -zzz’s can lead to better health and more energy this holiday season, helping to reduce your stress level. Make good sleeping habits and creating a sleep environment a priority, so you can wake up feeling refreshed every morning. Learn more about how to give yourself the gift of a better sleep this holiday season at BetterSleepCouncilOrg.

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Adrenal Insufficiency: How Stress Can Destroy Your Health By Dr. Véronic Provencher


o any of the following signs and symptoms ring true for you? l You feel tired all the time, for no reason. l You have difficulty waking up in the morning even if you went to bed at a decent hour. l You need a coffee, caffeinated tea, pop, or other stimulant just to get going l You find that you get a surge of energy at night. l You have a poor tolerance to stress (whether mental, emotional or physical). l You have a lot of food cravings (salty or sweet). l You have been getting sick more often or when you are sick it seems to linger for longer. If you’ve answered yes for the majority of these, chances are you are suffering from adrenal insufficiency.

Adrenal insufficiency, otherwise known as adrenal fatigue, seems to have become an increasingly prevalent condition in our modern world. Why? Because we have become a world of overachievers, where working yourself to death is celebrated, we are constantly on the go, not taking enough time to relax, recover, and sleep. So many people are under constant stress, that they don’t even realize that they are inadvertently damaging their health. When I say stress, this includes not only psychological stress, but also things like chronic infections, allergies, exposure to chemical toxins, use of stimulants (including caffeine and nicotine), poor nutrition, physical trauma, and poor sleep habits. All of these things, among others, can trigger a stress response in your body, which can be damaging. How your body deals with that stress depends on the proper functioning of your adrenal glands, and if your adrenal glands aren’t functioning properly then many other systems in your body will start to decline, if they haven’t already. Why do I say that? Well, your adrenal glands are like one of your body’s master regulators.

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Depending of their function, they can affect your immune system, sex hormones, blood sugar levels, psychological function, cardiovascular system, and metabolism to name a few. That’s a lot of work for two little glands that sit on top of your kidneys like a triangular hat. Chronic stress is one of the most damaging things that can happen to your health. Not all stressful events are preventable, but forming good habits (proper nutrition and sleep) and developing good coping mechanisms can help offset some of the negative effects associated with stress. However, if you’re at a point where you suspect adrenal insufficiency, it might be time to have your adrenals assessed. Once assessed (often via salivary testing), your adrenal glands can then be appropriately supported to restore proper function and to prevent more serious health issues down the road. Don’t let stress damage your health If you’re suffering from adrenal insufficiency/fatigue or suspect that you or a family member/friend may be suffering from adrenal insufficiency/fatigue contact your doctor to find out how you can treat adrenal fatigue naturally. Article Source:

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Honky Tonk Holidays at the Dallas Theater December 7th, Saturday, 7:30pm Join Obie Award winner Jason Petty, as he turns his critically-acclaimed singing and storytelling abilities toward the most wonderful time of the year…Christmas! In “Honky Tonk Holidays” Ticket Prices- Main Level Regular$25, Main Level Discount- $22 (Sr 62+, child, student, military with ID and groups of 10 or more). Balcony Regular- $20, Balcony Discount- $18 (Sr 62+, child, student, military with ID and groups of 10 or more). Tickets on sales at under EVENTS or at the Theater Box office. Paulding County Singles Ages 45 and Over* December 10; 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6:30 Ryan’s @ 55 Pace Court Hiram They enjoy movies, bowling, concerts, dancing, etc. Visit Paulding County Singles on Facebook or email Elaine at Santa’s at the Pizza Shack! December 11; Wednesday 5pm-8pm It’s Santa Day at the Pizza Shack; 80 Seven Hills Blvd., Dallas (near Publix). Check Our Town for money savings coupons! 678-574-4124

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Hometown Christmas at Friendship Plaza Cartersville December 14; Saturday 10am - 3pm In partnership with the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, this fun-filled, family event is meant to revitalize that ‘hometown Christmas’ nostalgia of shopping downtown and enjoying all that the business district has to offer during the Christmas season. Various entertainment will take place in Friendship Plaza and throughout the downtown business district.

Christmas Open House for ‘Touch of Love’ at Trillium Farms December 14; Saturday 1pm - dark Trillium Farms is an interactive farm for children and special needs children. They’ll have a visit from Santa and refreshments. Event is rain or shine. There is never a charge for their services. Trillium Farms is located at 983 Pearl Johnson Rd. SE , Ranger, Ga. 30734. For more info call (706)337-2165 or visit 5th Annual Powder Springs Polar Run at the Silver Comet Trail December 14; Saturday This race will have two distances to choose from, either 2 miles or a 5k. proceeds will go to Cross Country and Track & Field Scholarships and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. Race day registration will be $20 for the 2 mile and $23 for the 5k. check in will start at 8:00am. Trail head is at 3470 Florence Rd, Powder Springs. Visit under EVENTS.

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ecorating with Christmas flowers is a very beautiful way to celebrate during the holidays. Christmas flowers, Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Noble firs, white pine, Scotch pine and the Douglas fir are used in the creation of the Christmas wreath or holiday wreath. Many people choose to hang a wreath on their front door as a welcome to those who step over the threshold during the holiday season or all year long.

During the holidays or anytime during the year, it is always a good idea to send flowers to those we love and care about and do not get the chance to see very often. Our homes are a good place to start decorating with flowers and we seem to want to use more of them during the Christmas season. Some of the most popular Christmas flowers include Holly, Christmas rose, Mistletoe, Christmas cactus, Ivy, and the Poinsettia. They generally bring more color into the home and give off an air of festivity during the holidays. The holly is a meaningful Christmas flower to many people of different faiths. It communicates enjoyment and delight plus good luck and good fortune. The holly bush along with its beautiful berries springs forth friendship, love, kindness, and affection to all those who receive it during the holidays. Holly can also restore fellowship to any relationship and will bring out love and devotion between individuals.   There are a number of species of holly trees and holly shrubs, which can be found in all but two of the continents. Those two exceptions are Antarctica and Australia. Holly can be found in several sizes, beginning with a dwarf six inch high shrub all the way to a tree that could reach seventy feet tall. The shapes also vary from columnar to pyramidal to round. Some landscape designers use holly shrubs or bushes planted around house foundations and others use them as borders around garden beds. Tall holly shrubs or holy trees can be used to create privacy hedges from neighbors or to block out traffic noise; they can also be planted strategically in your landscape as striking winter flowers.   The majority of the holly trees and shrubs are evergreen plants but you can also find some that are deciduous. A native of the eastern part of the United States and Eastern Canada is the winterberry holly, which is a deciduous plant. One of the characteristics of this particular holly is its ability to tolerate different growing conditions. Many of the holly cultivars need a well-drained soil, but the natural habitat of the winterberry is the wetlands. Because of this trait they have the ability to do well in either a wet soil or a well-drained soil. The winterberry holly will lose its leaves shortly before the arrival of Christmas, but their red berries will be more visible and spectacular because of this. The English holly (ilex aquifolium) and the American holly (ilex opaca) are seen more often because of their beautiful evergreen foliage. Some English holly varieties can grow quite tall; the Ferox Argentea can reach as high as 15 feet and spread out to 8 to 10 feet. The American holly is native to most of the Atlantic Coast states and the Southeastern portion of the United States. The USDA Forest Service noted that when the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 that they found American holly growing. An American holly plant, the Mac’s Prince, can grow to reach 15’ to 30’ and have a 10’ to 20’ spread.   Holly, as one of many Christmas flowers, can be found in Christmas decorations including the Christmas wreaths. Holly bushes and shrubs also add visual interest in landscapes in cold climates that are normally without color in the winter. There are several bird species that find these Christmas flowers very attractive such as blackbirds and thrushes. It has also been noted by the USDA Forest Service that bobwhites, goldfinches, mourning doves, waxwings, and wild turkeys also find the holly a tasty tidbit.

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Global Winter Wonderland features giant illuminated lanterns depicting creatures and scenes that include a Christmas holiday village, animals real and imagined, and people and scenes from around the world. Highlights include recreations of some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, including the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The eco-friendly lanterns, some of which tower more than 50 feet high and span nearly 100 feet wide, are illuminated with low voltage LEDs and fluorescent lights, and several structures are powered by solar panels. The family event of the holiday season also features numerous carnival rides and games, international cuisine, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and celebrations of holiday traditions and various cultures from around the world. Global Winter Wonderland in Atlanta is presented by IGO Group and produced by the International Culture Exchange Group (ICEG). John Lin, CEO and Founder of IGO Group and

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he holiday shopping season is up us, and the National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales to rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion. That’s a lot of money spent on valuables - making homes a prime target for theft during the holiday season. If you have jewelry, electronics or other big ticket items on your wish list this year, it’s important to make sure you’re protected long after the gift wrap and ornaments are put away. To make sure you have the proper coverage for your valuables, here are a few tips:

Have the item or gift appraised: This can help establish the item’s value. If a piece of jewelry is an antique or was purchased several years ago, it will need to be appraised for a dollar value. And while it might be difficult to put a price tag on sentimental value, this is a necessity to ensure your priceless possessions are accounted for and protected. Check your insurance coverage: Review your current policy to make sure your valuables are covered. If not, speak with your insurance representative to discuss your options. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do include coverage for expensive personal items but many policies will limit the reimbursement amount if they are stolen. In this case, you might want to purchase an additional rider to expand the coverage on the policy. Consider expanded policy coverage: For an additional premium (the amount paid for coverage), you can increase your coverage limits for each theft loss. Your insurance agent can help you decide what makes sense, based on the value of your items. Keep your store receipt: Save it with your home inventory records and take a picture of the item. Photos and documentation will help speed up the claims process if you have to file one. Store the item in a secure location: If it is something that you don’t use on a regular basis, you may want to consider keeping it in a safe deposit box. Otherwise, consider using an in-home lock box. Get a home security system: Consider installing a home security system for added protection. Many times, just having a sign in your yard from the home security company is enough to dissuade intruders. Plus, some insurance companies like ERIE will offer a discount for preventive measures like having a security system installed. Alert the authorities and your insurance agent: Should your items go missing or you suspect theft, fill out a police report and alert your insurance agent in a timely manner. This will speed up the claims process and will probably increase the likelihood of getting your personal items returned. So, this holiday season, if you want to make sure your valuables are protected, talk to your insurance agent to find out just what your options are.

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ife, in general, is full of advice. When you are pregnant, the advice is voluminous. Advice comes from pregnancy and childbirth magazines, books, family, friends and your obstetrician’s office. Not all advice is good advice and weeding through it all can be overwhelming.

So here’s more advice from a busy pediatric practice about your beautiful bundle of joy. First, breast is best. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Surgeon General, breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby. That said, breastfeeding is not an easy task. Like everything in life, practice makes perfect. New mothers need plenty of rest, good nutrition and water, as well as emotional support while learning to breastfeed. It takes approximately 6 weeks for mom and baby to find their rhythm. Mom will have good milk supply, the soreness should have diminished and mom will be better able to enjoy nursing her baby. The baby will become an efficient feeder in less time. Breast milk’s benefits for the baby include easier digestion, fewer allergy risks, less constipation, less obesity, less diaper rash, improved immunity and a stronger mother-baby relationship. The benefits for mother include lower cost, greater convenience, faster recovery, less post-partum depression, reduced risk for breast cancer and higher satisfaction. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from your pediatrician or a lactation consultant. Breastfeeding is not the best situation for everybody and there should be no guilt in bottle-feeding. Babies thrive with commercially made formulas. Cow’s milk, soy, lactose-free and specialty formulas are available. Consult your pediatrician to find what formula works best for your little one. No matter the nutrition source, watch the baby for sucking on hands, rooting or crying to indicate readiness to feed and the relaxation that occurs with a full tummy.

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Secondly, illness prevention is a must. In Kindergarten, we learned to wash our hands after using the restroom and before eating. In the daily care of a newborn, we should always wash our hands before handling them, feeding them and after changing them. Anyone who comes to visit must wash their hands before coming in contact with the baby. If they are sick with a fever or cough, they should not enter the home until they have been free of illness for at least 24 hours. Due to the lack of immunity, a fever and illness is a big concern in a newborn. If the baby feels warm, take a rectal temperature. It is the most accurate. If the temperature is above 100.4, the baby must be seen immediately at the pediatrician’s office or emergency care. Finally, a baby should be put on their back to sleep. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics instituted the “Back to Sleep” program, there has been a significant decrease in the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies should sleep on a firm, well-fitted mattress with no pillow or fluffy stuffed animals in the crib. Co-sleeping is not recommended because of the fear of suffocation from being trapped in bedding or under a parent. Newborns frequently have their days and nights mixed up. Caring for a newborn is exhausting. Arrange your day around your newborn’s sleep schedule and nap when he or she naps. The laundry and dishes will wait. As early as 2 months of age, sleeping patterns start to regulate. Feeding frequently during the day makes for a better sleeper at night.

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Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes. Visit to see menu and cut off date for orders. 678-310-9660. Major credit cards accepted. Located at 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132.



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Angels among Us Ministries and Angels for Success A Ministry that gives FREE prom or formal gowns to young ladies in high school that do not have the funds to buy one or outfits for ladies going for a job or an interview. To make an appointment or donate call Tina Watson 770-445-8994.

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Vince is a junior at North Paulding High School. He is involved in several clubs, including theater and track. He actively leads several community service events through the NPHS Beta Club. After graduating, he plans to attend a four year research University with a pre-med focus. He enjoys learning about space, physics and the universe; hoping to one day work for NASA as a physician.

The Mirolli’s worship at West Ridge Church. They also love to travel, ride mountain bikes, cook Italian food; and go sailing and scuba diving in the summer and cheering on both the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia football teams in the fall. They are NOT a house divided, but a house unified. Celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas is always a favorite time for the Mirolli family. They enjoy decorating their home with treasured, ornaments they’ve collected from around the world and the handmade Nativity made by Dave while stationed in Saudi Arabia. They hide the Jesus figurine until Christmas morning, as a reminder that on Christmas Day we celebrate Jesus, “God’s perfect gift to us.”

We thank the Mirolli’s for being part of this special cover. Read more about the Mirolli family and their ministries on our website, Also, we thank Perry Deweese of Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm for allowing us to photograph on his property. Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm has been a family owned business in Paulding County since 1980. They offer acres of the highest quality “choose and cut” trees. The farm is located at 628 Sleepy Hollow Road, Powder Springs 30127 or call 770-942-6770 for more information.

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Drew is a graduate of North Paulding High School and is now a junior at the University of Georgia. He is working towards a Business Degree with a focus on Real Estate Investments. As 9th graders at NPHS, Drew and three friends founded the non-profit ‘Operation Poverty’ to raise awareness about poverty and support the needy in our community. In 2011, he was named Georgia’s High School Volunteer of the Year.



rin Osborne of Flutterbee Photography has many facets in her life - wife, mother of two, daughter, sister and follower of Christ. All of these have an amazing affect on her photography.

As a wife, she “loves a love story” and capturing those special moments between a bride and groom or when a Mom and Dad are tackled by their two year old. As a mother of two, Erin loves the maternal connection of a newborn in its mother’s arms or the shaky steps of a one year old. The daughter in her identifies with the trust in a child’s gaze, sloppy kisses from toddlers, and the stubborn reluctance of teenagers. As a sister, she loves the adventure and creativity that siblings inspire in one another. As a follower of Christ, she marvels at how God could create something beautiful, every single time. He made a human being and never ever repeated Himself.

All these combined forces in Erin’s life make her photography emotional, true, and joyful. Her images capture not only what you can see, but the invisible connections you share with those you love. Erin hopes that in 50 years, the moments she’s documented for her clients will be like a time-warp that allows them to re-live the connections shared with their children, parents, and spouse.

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hen you think of preparing winter riding, most of us think about getting warm riding gear for ourselves and quarter sheets for our horses. But winter has a significant effect on your horse’s hooves. Being mindful of these changes can help your horse keep his hooves healthy.

Hooves grow slower in the winter. These changes come mostly from the circulation in the hoof. When horses are ridden or are turned out less, there’s less circulation to the hooves. Slower hoof growth is good news for some people - this can mean fewer visits by the farrier. But for others who are waiting for a crack or other hoof problem to grow out, this reduction in hoof growth can mean a long wait. Hoof growth isn’t the only issue to worry about this winter. Ground that is frozen is unyielding and can cause hoof soreness or bruises. Riding slowly on frozen ground is one way to prevent this. Adding pads to your horse’s shoes is another way. Balls of ice can also form from melting snow, putting pressure on the center of the sole. The balls of ice can cause soreness or lead to tripping, and one slip on an icy surface will make your horse will feel unsafe and not want to risk slipping again. To avoid this situation, make sure to ride or walk your horse on safe ground. Abscesses seem to spring up any time of the year, but winter seems to be an especially popular time. Often this is caused by the change in temperature - warm and muddy one day, cold and frozen the next. The hoof wall expands and contracts to meet these conditions and can allow bacteria in. Another method of entry for bacteria is through wet feet. Excessive moisture from too much washing of legs to remove mud can soften the hoof and also allow bacteria in. This can also cause the problem of scratches or pastern dermatitis. Scratches are a common problem of inflammation of the skin behind or around the pastern of the horse. Winter is one of thrush’s favorite times of year because it thrives in wet, dirty bedding and areas where mud, mixed with manure, is found. Creating mud and manure free turnouts are also important. Use stall mats, hog fuel or gravel in paddocks and sacrifice areas to help cut down on mud. Clean areas at least once a day or so to prevent manure from causing problems.


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Nany’s Scottish Shortbread

1 lb. 50/50 butter 2 1/2 cups brown sugar 5 cups flour (or whatever is needed for proper texture)

In a large bowl, knead the dough well. Spread the dough on a floured board and flatten. Cut into shapes. Place on brown paper in cookie sheets. Bake at 300-325 degrees F for 20-30 minutes (depends on thickness) until it is golden brown. *Cook’s Note: “This recipe was passed down from the early 1900s by my Scottish Great-Grandma, “Nany.” It was her favorite tradition to read stories from the Bible while enjoying a warm cookie with a glass of Ginger Ale.”

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Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole (Makes 8 servings)

1 pound of ground pork or turkey sausage 1 teaspoon mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups milk 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes 8 ounces mild Cheddar cheese, shredded Crumble sausage into a medium skillet. Cook over medium heat until evenly brown; drain. In a medium bowl, mix together mustard powder, salt, eggs and milk. Add the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese, and stir to coat evenly. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover, and bake 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover, and reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until set. Cook’s Note: “My mom has always made this for us on Christmas morning, and since we only have it once a year it makes it even better. It is so delicious, and everyone enjoys it!”

Christmas Eve Beef Stew (Makes 8 servings)

2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, diced into 1” pieces 1 (28oz) can of stewed tomatoes, with juice 1 cup chopped celery 4 carrots, sliced 3 potatoes, cubed 3 onions, chopped 3 ½ tablespoons tapioca 2 cubs beef bouillon 1/8 teaspoon of each - dried thyme, dried rosemary and dried marjoram 1/4 cup red wine 1 (10oz) package of frozen green peas, thawed Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Place beef, tomatoes, celery, carrots, potatoes, onions, and tapioca into a Dutch oven. Season with beef bouillon, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram; stir in red wine. Place the lid on the Dutch oven. Bake for 5 to 6 hours in the preheated oven. Add peas during last half hour of cooking. Cook’s Note: “This has been a family tradition for Christmas Eve for many years. I serve a green salad and a loaf of warm bread. It can also be made in a slow cooker.”

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