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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town February 2011

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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography Slava Slavik Slava Slavik Photography

Contributing Writers: Leisa Bailey, Ph.D. Melissa Cummings Stephen Drummond Mark Duffield, M.D. David Eisen Scott Flanagan Dara Hosch, M.D. Kim Kornblatt & Frank Reiff Pam Walker Our Town Media Group, Inc.

Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2011, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover...............................................................5 Health & Fitness: Snow & Winter Sports.........................6 Calendar of Events.........................................................8, 11 Relationships: Is Marriage Obsolete?.............................12 Family Focus: Childhood Seizures....................................14 Gardening: Snow and Ice..................................................16 Home Improvement: Home Automation.......................17 Community: Paulding Senior Center.............................18 Home & Design: Details.....................................................19 Seasonal: Valentine Ideas................................................20 Travel: Romantic Weekend Getaways............................20 Finance: Business Networking..........................................21 Medical: Winter Sports Injuries....................................22 More About the Cover....................................................24 Feature Photographer: Slava Slavik...............................24 Seasonal: Why Chocolate?..............................................25 Outdoors: GA Fishing.....................................................26 Letter from the Editors....................................................28 Pets: Valentine Reward....................................................29 February Crossword........................................................30 What’s Cookin’: Dinner for Two......................................30


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his is an excerpt from a poem called You Are Often in My Thoughts by Joanna Fuches. It perfectly describes the wonderful couple we have on our cover this month – Loran and Peggy Wills.

Loran and Peggy have celebrated 54 years of marriage! When asked about the secret of their success, they both agree that trusting and keeping God in the center of their marriage has been the key. When you follow God’s will, everything else will fall into place. At their young ages of 79 and 75, Loran and Peggy remain very busy in their lives and serving our community. They are both life long residents of Paulding County. Peggy grew up near downtown Dallas with her family. Loran grew up in the New Hope area. As a young boy, Loran would help his father on their farm and while plowing the fields, he found the most wonderful Civil War relics including brass buckles and bayonets. To this day, he enjoys collecting relics and other items depicting the Civil War. Their fathers worked together at Lee Hardware, so their families knew each other while they were growing up. But it wasn’t until Loran was out of the Navy before he REALLY noticed Peggy. They had their first official date on September 19, 1953. After dating for three years, Loran said “let’s get married.” So, on August 17, 1956, they did. Loran served in the Navy for four years and during the Korean War. He worked in aviation electronics, although he would have preferred to have been jumping out of airplanes instead. His work experience in the Navy allowed him the opportunity to work at Lockheed. There were quite a number of layoffs at Lockheed, so Loran eventually changed to a more stable job with Georgia Power as a field engineer. Peggy soon followed him to Georgia Power as a customer service representative in charge of the Dallas office. They both retired from Georgia Power in April of 1992. Since their retirement, they are “busier than ever.” Loran has stayed in touch with the men he served with in the Navy, and he and Peggy have traveled to cities all around the country for Loran’s annual Naval Reunions. Read more about our cover family on page 24

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Understanding the Snow for Winter Sports


ost people perceive snow simply as frozen water. Delving in a little deeper, snow is actually a form of precipitation in the form of ice crystals. These ice crystals are hexagonal prisms that form when snow freezes up. Prisms are formed d u e to the molecular structure of water. Time and again, you will find many types of snow on a mountain depending on the altitude, temperature, and the number of people who have tracked the snow. In snowboarding, to become a good rider, you will need to get used to all of them. After learning some facts about what snow is, we can now proceed with knowing how surface snow forms various kinds of surfaces for snowboarding and skiing.

Powder Powder is freshly fallen, untouched, soft snow. Powder, tiny flakes and crystals form the smooth and soft surface in mountains. It forms a soft smooth surface that will give you the feeling that you are floating in a weightless environment. Powder is often packed in thick layers that form a natural pillow for any crashes. Most snowboarders and skiers find powder the ultimate surface especially since it is the best snow to land on. Thick powder is the best surface for trying new tricks and increasing your speed record. It is also easier to carve turns, to control your


speed, and to hold your edge when the snow is like powder.

When the air temperature becomes warmer than the freezing point, the snow starts to melt and its water content becomes very high. With this, the delicate snow crystals change into large grains of ice and slush is formed. Wet snow is heavier to traverse on than light slow so you will notice how the turns in slush are harder than on softer snow. Similar with crust and crud, more aggressive moves are needed to perform your usual techniques. Smooth carving turns are the way to go in slush if you want to keep it easy and not wear yourself out.

Crud Crud could be considered as the next phase from powder. As more and more people ride through the powder, the snow gets piled at certain places and packed down at others. Fresh powder snow soon becomes “tracked out” and results in an uneven surface with lumps of soft powder-like snow and slippery patches. With this, the amount of resistance that your board encounters is always changing. Snowboarding on crud is more challenging than riding on powder, but it does not necessarily mean it is less fun. The key to traversing crud is to ride more aggressively. When riding, keep your knees bent to absorb the impact that come from riding bumps and the uneven terrain.

Ice Ice is hated by snowboarders with the same intensity as they love powder. This type of snow is the exact opposite of powder - hard, slippery, and most of the time considered hell. Actually, you’ll never find real ice on the slopes. What you do encounter is snow that has been melted and frozen again for a number of times. This forms a solid surface of icy compact snow that is often referred to as “ice”. The key to riding ice is to keep your movements smooth and subtle. If you brake too hard or put too much pressure on an edge you will probably slip and suffer a painful landing. Remember, ice rides fast, snow will slow you down.  Snow conditions do not only affect the way you ride your board, it affects injury patterns as well. Hard pack snow generally capitulate high-speed and impact injuries. Make sure to wear the most appropriate snowboard jackets and gloves. Powder and heavy snow on the other hand is associated with more twisting injuries.

Crust As the name implies, this type of snow has a harder crust on top of softer powder snow. Crust is formed when the sun’s rays and the wind melt the top layer of powder, and then the cold air temperature makes it freeze into solid again. If the crust is hard, you will remain riding on top of the harder, icy surface. If the crust is soft you will most likely punch through it, thus breaking the crust with your ankles as you ride through it. Similar with crud, you will need a more aggressive riding style. In making turns, be sure to keep your snowboard out of the crust by either jump turning or at least by pulling your knees up in turns.

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VALENTINE’S DAY SERENADE – Hosted by Paulding Co. Park & Rec Register NO LATER than February 9th by 5pm; Serenades held Monday February 14; 9am-4pm Send your Valentine a love song or song of appreciation plus a special gift and card with your sentiments. All performances limited to Paulding County ONLY. All ages are welcome! $15 per serenade; serenades will be between 9am - 4 pm on Monday Feb. 14. To make your reservation please visit Mt. Tabor Park at 1550 E. Paulding Drive, Dallas. For more info call 770-505-3885. SCREENWRITER’S GROUP February 1; 1st Tuesday of the month; 3pm @ Hiram Coffee House February 20; 3rd Sunday of the month 1pm @ Starbucks in Hiram For more info visit

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PAULDING COUNTY WRITERS’ GUILD* February 1st; 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 CHAMBER - GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON Paulding County Senior Community Center February 3; Thursday 11:30 to 1:00pm Keynote Speakers and Co-Authors, Barry L. Brown and Gordon R. Elwell. Authored, ‘Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia’. $15/members, $25/ non-members. For info visit or call 770-445-6016.

MOM’S CLUB OF DALLAS AND HIRAM* February 4; 1st Thursday of each month 10am – Bethany Christian Church MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support). Meetings are held at 3264 Villa Rica Hwy (Hwy 61) Dallas. For more information email MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* - McEachern United Methodist Church February 3 and 17; 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; 9:30am – 11:30am Open to moms with children ages birth to kindergarten. Meet in the Oaks Hall building and child care is provided. For more info call 770-943-3008 ext. 1260. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* – Fortified Hills Baptist Church, Dallas February 4 and 18, 1st and 3rd Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  MOPS - a place to find friendship and support as a woman and mom. Childcare provided. Visit or call Kenni Raye at 678.398.9771.  Paulding County Genealogical Society* – Old Dallas Courthouse February 5; 1st Saturday of the month Meetings are held in the Historical Research Library in the old Dallas courthouse. Membership $15/year. The Library is open Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 9am to 3pm and on Wed. 10am to 3pm. For more info email COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE – Watson Government Complex February 8; 12pm – 8pm 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas. Call 770-445-6016 to pre-register your time. PAULDING 45 & OVER SINGLES CLUB ACTIVITIES* February 8; 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 770-505-3237. WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND”* February 9 and 23; 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month; 6pm – 7:30pm For published and unpublished authors; no poetry. Call Hank Somma for meeting location. 678-414-6146 or PAULDING PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB* – Downtown Dallas February 10 and 24; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are held at 122 Main Street in Dallas.  All photographers welcome. Monthly competitions, field trips and more., the website is calendar of events continued on page 11


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NATIONAL SUPREME MISS SCHOLARSHIP AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM - Paulding Community Center in Dallas February 18-19 This program recognizes girls ages 7-21 who’ve excelled in academics, volunteer service, leadership & personal achievements. www.nationalsuprememiss. com.

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THE PAULDING LITERACY COUNCIL* – Paulding Chamber February 25; 4th Friday of the month 10am Meetings held at the Paulding Chamber. Seeking new members, volunteer tutors, and adult students who would like to learn to read. For info call 770-445-4511. MY KIDZ CLOSET CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE March 3-5; Thursday and Friday 8:30am-7pm and Saturday 8:30am-Noon Sale at Community Fellowship Church located at 612 Cohran Store Rd., Douglasville. Public invited to PREVIEW SALE on Wednesday at 7pm with an entrance fee of $5 or 5 non perishable items.

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TOTS TO TWEEN SPRING CONSIGNMENT SALE Friday, March 11th from 1pm-8pm Saturday, March 12th from 8am – 12noon Sponsored by the Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples. TWO day sale at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. Clothing, toys, furniture, and more! For more info, contact Megan at 678-453-6993, or visit 

Main Street Players Kids present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! A musical stage play based on Roald Dahl’s wonderful, whimsical children’s book.

FAMILY ALLIANCE OF PAULDING 4th Ann. Dinner Dance Fund Raiser March 19; Saturday 6pm-11pm – Che’ne Rouge The theme of this year’s event is Decade Dance. Wear your favorite fashions from and hear your favorite tunes from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Dinner, dancing, raffles, and entertainment. Catered by Jim N’ Nicks. This event should be the most talked about of the year. $50/person; $500/Table. Business sponsorships available. For more information contact Linda at

Join us as Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee and Violet Beauregarde tour Willy Wonka’s fantastic Chocolate Factory and learn a few lessons along the way! Our Narrator will guide you through this wacky world, but keep on your toes, as our Oompa Loompas really steal the show! We are thrilled to offer our second children’s production and are honored to have such talented young people take the stage here at the Dallas Theater. We do hope you’ll join us for this truly ‘sweet’ show!

EASTER/SPRING CONCERT – West Atlanta Douglas Choral Society March 22; Tuesday 8pm This traditional Easter/Spring Concert will be held at the Douglas County High School Performing Arts-Mashburn Theater; 8705 Campbellton Street, Douglasville. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets from a Chorale member, Kroger in Douglasville, or at the door if available. For more info on WADCS, visit

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he month of February is often associated with love because of the celebration of Valentine’s Day. However, in November, 2010 a startling release by TIME magazine and Pew Research Center offered a sobering poll about Americans current view of marriage. The headline was that nearly 40% of those polled stated that marriage is becoming obsolete (up from 28% in 1978). This caused a flurry of articles and more than a little concern and sadness among marriage therapists. When examined more closely the survey offers some interesting information about how marriage is currently viewed. In the 1950s, when half of American women were married in their teens, marriage was viewed as a step toward adulthood and a necessary path to independence, children, and intimate companionship. Moving directly into marriage from adolescence is no longer expected and the expectations of marriage have changed. Couples are more focused on having a higher quality marriage and the current view of marriage has shifted to less necessary and less focused on sacrifice and obligation; and more about romance, life fulfillment and happiness. Getting married for life, having children and raising them with your spouse is still the ideal for most Americans but acceptance of the alternative paths has grown. Johns


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However, for those without a college degree the trend is to move in together, have children, and then consider marriage.

Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin states: “Marriage is still very important in this country, but it doesn’t dominate family life like it used to. Now there are several ways to have a successful family life, and more people accept them.” It is without debate that the view of “family” has changed. More people accept the view that a marriage isn’t necessary to have a family. Currently, nearly one in three American children are living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married (five times more than 1960).

Currently two-thirds of people with a college degree are married, compared with less than half of those with a high school degree or less. Those within lower socioeconomic levels are less likely to marry. It is unclear whether the burdens of poverty are making people’s relationships less permanent or people’s impermanent relationships are worsening their economic future.

Sociologist, Cherlin also discusses differences in marriage among the socio-economic groups stating: “The college-educated wait until they’re finished with their education and the careers are launched. The less educated wait until they feel comfortable financially.” There was a 13% increase in couples living together from 2009 to 2010. With the recession and the challenging economy, many wait to get married and opt for cohabitation. Some are living together because they don’t have enough money to live alone, and they aren’t going to get married until they have enough money. Therefore, the age for first time marriage has increased. In 2010 the median age of men getting married for the first time was 28.2 and 26.1 for women; and this age has gone up about one year every decade since the 1960’s. For most college-educated couples, living together is a prelude to marriage after better financial stability is achieved.

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The view of marriage has changed but it is still a respected and desired life path. While 40% believe marriage is becoming obsolete, only 25% of the unmarried stated they do not want to get married; and among currently married, 80% said their marriage is as close as or closer than their parents’ marriage. Additionally, while 44% of Americans under 30 believe marriage is heading for extinction; only five per cent of those in that age group do not want to get married. Marriage is complex and challenging but not headed to be obsolete any time soon! Dr. Leisa Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Marietta. Visit reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@marietta-psychologist. com. Your comments are welcome.


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

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

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

is causing your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays FREE. They would usually cost $100)… l An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help. l Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain… l Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you…. The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, we normally charge $200 for this (most of which just covers the cost of the set of X-rays). But now, as a part of this one time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it can help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you’ll probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you…. MEET THE DOCTOR Prior to obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Marietta, GA, I received my B.S. degree 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 to 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.

NECK PAIN AND TINGLING ARM PAIN I came to NLCC with moderate to severe neck pain and tingling sensations (paresthesia) in my left arm. I feel better and do not have the pain anymore. I sleep better and have more time to spend playing sports with my children. They have an incredible team here and they make me feel like a part of their family! Thanks, Dr. Francisco PuentesEndocrinologist KNEE PAIN AND LOW BACKPAIN (sports related) I came into NLCC because my mom is a patient here and suggested it when I started having severe back pain while playing sports. My back feels much better when I play and my knee pain is rare. I am a lot more enjoyable to be around. I have never met people in the medical field as comforting and welcoming as the staff at NLCC. I have told everyone one about the wonderful care here! Thank you, Emily Jones TMJ AND HEADACHES I was in a lot of pain when I started coming for my adjustments at NLCC. I suffered with pain in my jaw and severe headaches. Now that I have been receiving chiropractic care my pain has decreased tremendously and I don’t have to worry about constant headaches. I can walk my dog without pain and my posture has gotten better. My husband is also pleased with my progress I am thrilled at how quickly I have improved due to chiropractic care and I love the positive caring atmosphere they have in the office. Thank you, Denine Wolden HIP, KNEE AND RADIATING LEG PAIN I was having pain in my hip, knee and leg all the way down to my ankle. The pain kept me up at night! The pain is now almost entirely gone and a good night sleep has returned! I never realized how wonderful it was to sleep! I was amazed at how quickly I responded. I have had chiropractic care before

but never such a gentle progressive healing. Thank you for your help! Phyillis Waddle 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 Feb. 1st-15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during Feb. 1st-15th. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless. Sincerely, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C.

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Childhood Seizures By Dara Hosch, MD, FAAP Cobb Pediatrics, PC


itnessing your child have a seizure can be terrifying for any parent. However, more than 100,000 American children experience seizures every year. The most familiar type of seizure is the generalized convulsion but some seizure activity is not as obvious. Recognizing what is happening and knowing what to do are important to minimize the complications of a seizure. This article will discuss some common types of childhood seizures and review first aid recommendations.

A seizure is defined as abnormal electrical impulses in the brain. This leads to repetitive jerking movements, staring spells or unusual behaviors. Seizures have various causes including brain injury, lack of oxygen, illness, poisons, electrolyte imbalances and genetic conditions. By far the most common reason for a childhood seizure is fever. A sudden change of body temperature lowers the brain’s seizure threshold. For children between the ages of one and five years, most seizures are simple febrile seizures. These seizures generally last less than five minutes and stop without any medical intervention. Afterwards the child quickly resumes normal behavior. While there is a 30 to 50 percent chance of having subsequent febrile seizures, very few children who have simple febrile seizures go on to have a chronic seizure disorder.

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Since simple febrile seizures are generally brief and harmless, no treatment is needed. Children who have seizure disorders or atypical febrile seizures should be referred to a neurologist for management. Tests are used to determine the most effective treatment for each patient. Available treatment choices include medications and special diets. For extremely severe seizure conditions that do not respond to medication, doctors may consider implanting a vagus nerve stimulator or surgically removing the part of the brain that triggers the seizure. Children with seizure disorders should never bathe or swim alone.

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If you witness a child having a seizure, it is important to remain calm. Check the time so that you can track how long the seizure lasts. Seizures that last more than an hour can cause neurologic damage. Keep the child in a safe place where he or she is unlikely to fall. It is important to protect the child’s airway; do not put anything in the child’s mouth. Position the child on his or her side to prevent choking on vomit or phlegm. If the child has a fever, sponge down the child’s skin with a wet cloth and keep the child lightly dressed. It is safe to use a rectal medication if it is indicated for fever reduction or seizure treatment. Call 911 if the seizure lasts longer than 10 minutes or causes the child to have trouble breathing. After a seizure it is important to follow up with a doctor.

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For patients with chronic seizure disorders, called epilepsy, fever is not the only thing that can increase the risk of a seizure. Flashing lights, fatigue, stress, medications, breathing too fast, and stimulating video games are other common triggers. Some patients experience a sensation or warning sign before the seizure such as a distinctive smell or taste. Other patients have no warning. Seizures appear as staring spells, full body convulsions, or subtle movements involving only a small part of the body with no loss of consciousness. The infantile spasm is a particularly devastating type of seizure that is associated with metabolic disorders and birth injuries. Unfortunately, babies who have infantile spasms often experience developmental regression following a seizure. The type of seizure activity depends upon the portion of the brain that is affected. Following a seizure, some patients experience confusion and sleepiness called a post-ictal period.

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Snow and Ice in the Garden S

now and ice are just another challenge to the gardener. In nature plants and animals have adapted different ways to survive the cold winter weather and many of our garden plants will endure several degrees below freezing without any problems at all. The trouble is that a huge proportion of the plants that we grow in our gardens and greenhouses today hail from all around the world. Some plants are from places where snow and ice are a totally unknown phenomenon and it is these that suffer in the coldest weather. Many can be protected by greenhouse protection, though some will require some specialist care and warmth to see them through the worst of the weather. Others will survive in a cold frame or in a cold greenhouse, protected from the cold using greenhouse insulation and other techniques. The most tender plants may need conservatory or house protection or will need replacing after a particularly cold winter. You need to weigh up the cost of keeping them alive against the cost of replacing them. 

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 Most garden plants are hardy and will survive all but the most extreme winter temperatures. Many perennials are herbaceous and die back to ground level for the winter, with their crowns at or below the soil surface. A layer of mulch will protect them from the cold and then as the weather warms in spring they will re-grow to create a mound of foliage and flowers for the new season. Other plants are woody or shrubby and either keep their leaves as evergreens or drop their leaves as they enter their winter slumber. Again, unless they are not fully hardy, these plants will come through the winter to a flourish of new growth in spring. 

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 The lawn will survive a period under heavy snowfall. It is advisable not to walk on it while it is snow covered as you may cause undue damage. The snow will form an insulating layer that will protect the grass plants for short periods of time. After a heavy and prolonged snowfall the lawn may need some extra tonic and TLC in early spring. Heavy frost can also lie on a lawn for days; again, it is good practice not to walk on the lawn when it is frosty and frozen. 

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 The weight of snow on branches can be sufficient to break large boughs from trees and shrubs. Knock off heavy snow using a broom to prevent broken stems and damage. Take care under heavily laden tree branches as they have the potential to shear off and fall. If there has been some damage then prune back to healthy wood so that the plant can heal itself. A clean cut will heal quicker and be less likely to become infected with fungal or even bacterial diseases. 

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o you remember the Jetsons? That cartoon family who lived in a home where the house itself served their every need and desire? We’re not quite there yet as a society, but we are getting surprisingly close. Advances in automation for home residences have made it possible to automate everything from brewing your morning coffee to feeding the pets. Once you get it set up, all you’ve got to do is sit back and let the house take over for you.  Almost Anything Is Possible - Literally the sky is the limit when it comes to what’s possible with these units. Of course, your budget might also play a factor, but let’s assume it’s not an option for the time being. Take a look at what these technological wonders can do.  Lighting - Automation of your lighting means you’ll have access to different light settings for different activities. Imagine having the perfect lighting for watching television, sitting down to a romantic dinner, or tackling the bills, all at the touch of a single button. Lighting automation also means your hall light can be programmed to turn on when it senses you making a midnight trip to the bathroom, your porch and driveway lighting will turn on when you pull up to the house, and your kitchen lighting will turn itself on in the morning when you venture in for your morning bowl of cereal.  Home Audio - Imagine soothing jazz music turning on in your bedroom every night at bedtime. Or how about the morning news kicking on in the kitchen, along with the

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coffee pot, to get your morning off to the right start? Automation of your audio system can even transfer whatever you’re listening to from room to room as you make your way from the kitchen to the bathroom to relaxing on the porch over the course of an afternoon. It’s all at your fingertips with a home automation system.  Security - Another huge draw of home automation is heightened security. Home security systems can be wired into your home automation system so all their features are at your disposal. You can check wireless feed from security cameras on your television while you’re watching the big game. You can program your lights to alternate off and on from room to room while you’re away, and they can also be programmed to brightly light up your house and grounds instantly in case of an unwanted intruder. And of course, your home automation system will always be in touch with your security provider, so you can be sure help is on the way in case the unthinkable happens.  Everything Else - While the above mentioned features might seem impressive, they really only scratch the surface what the automation of your home can entail. You can start your oven cooking dinner from across town, program the system to feed your pets on a set schedule, water your plants, open and close shades at certain times of the day, and even regulate the temperature of your home to save you money when you’re not in. The truth is, the Jetsons’ aren’t nearly as far off as we might think.






he Paulding County Senior Center opened in 1991 and provides numerous programs for those 55 years and older living in the community. It is a multi-purpose facility where senior citizens come together to socialize, stay active, and meet new friends. They provide wellrounded programs of social and recreational activities. Also, they assist participants in achieving and maintaining the highest possible degree of physical and emotional well-being.

Some of the programs the Center offers to Paulding’s seniors include, exercise classes, weekly singing, art classes, billiards, various card groups, quilting, knitting and crocheting, book club, day and over-night trips. The Center also serves as a nutrition site for the County where over 100 seniors enjoy meals each day, either on-site or through their meals-on-wheels program. A transit program is also in place to provide transportation to those who may need to take advantage of it. These are just some of the programs available. Also, the Senior Center proudly boasts a busy and talented Quilting Club. The Club is extremely active and routinely offers their beautiful quilts available for sale or by raffle at the Center. The Center can always use extra help from volunteers. They accept various donations from the community for their quilters including material, thread, sewing machines, etc. Also, they accept

donations for their bingo prizes and cash donations for the luncheons they have throughout the year. The Center is located at 54 Industrial Way North in Dallas. They are opened Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. For more information, make donations or volunteer, please contact Senior Center Director, Libby Spencer at 770-443-8873.

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

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t PearTree Interiors our motto is “the only difference in ordinary and extraordinary is that little something extra”. Perhaps all you need are those “little details” to make your home “extraordinary”.

We have found that many of our customers need some outside input to get started in this process. Therefore, we are going to give you, the Our Town readers the opportunity to “Ask Kim & Frank”. Each month send us any decorating questions that you just can’t seem to figure out and we’ll try to point you into the right direction. The most common challenges asked by our clients have been:

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1st - Paint, Paint, Paint! Color is the backdrop for staging all of you furnishings and favorite things. With color you can lighten or darken, warm or cool and even expand or cozy up a space. You can also enhance or emphasize the architecture of a home. For example to make crown molding pop, you can paint the walls a deeper color than the molding and the ceiling a lighter version of the walls. Another use is to paint pieces of furniture to accent your color scheme. Remember not to be afraid of using “bold colors because beige and khaki everywhere can become boring. If you have an open floor plan, paint can be used to help define specific rooms or areas of a large space.

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2nd - Accessorize! This can be as simple as throwing a green afghan over the back of a plaid sofa to break up the lines, or as involved as purchasing the perfect oil painting over the mantel. Adding accessories can change the total look and feel of any space. What can I do to make my home feel “cozy”? As designers, the first things that come to mind are lighting and candles. A small lamp strategically glowing on a table by a corner chair is an encouragement to have a cup of coffee or grab a good book and sit for a while. Candles not only offer warm light in a room, but they also leave the perfect aroma lingering in the air. Also, nothing is more elegant than a candlelit dinner party or more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two. (hint, hint... something to keep in mind as Valentines Day approaches).   Decorating your home is a fun and exciting way to express yourself. Don’t let your dilemmas discourage you, let us help! We are very interested and looking forward to hearing from you. Email us at

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For those who prefer their romance on a white sandy beach, a short non-stop flight from Atlanta on weekends is the lovely islands of the Turks and Caicos; one of my favorite islands. The beaches here are sugar fine and as white as snow. Nothing beats a sunset drink under a palapa on the beach with the turquoise water lapping at your feet. Or try the bar at the Grace Bay Club where the infinity edge pool makes the bar seem like an endless counter that extends all the way to the sea.

on’t let Valentine’s Day slip by without letting your LOVE know how you feel. It doesn’t take a great deal of money, just a little planning and some extra prep time to give him or her a night they will never forget!

If your having a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two*, it helps to create the mood. This can be done with some soft music and a few rose petals. Roses are quite expensive this time of year, but florists sometimes offer discounts on petal or older roses they can’t sell. Also, silk rose petals can be as beautiful as real ones and are available in most craft stores.

For a sybaritic and very romantic weekend, try the Amanyara with its separate pavilions for each couple. Three walls of the pavilions retract so you can welcome the outdoors and enjoy your surroundings. The most romantic experience is dinner at the sunken table in your pavilion and surrounded by cushions for a cozy evening.

If you are using the petal in your décor, here are a few ideas: Create a Centerpiece of Petals: While a bouquet of roses can capture one’s heart, strewn rose petals can certainly play on the heartstrings. The average rose bloom yields about 25 petals and will fill a 4-inch square area on your tabletop. Create this plush pile of petals and add tea-lights for a simple table centerpiece.

If you are a golf fanatic, you could also try Bermuda or the Bahamas, keeping in mind that at this time of year, they can be chilly in the evening. The cold fronts that affect the South, can also go as far as these islands. Even though they are located in the Gulf Stream, day time temperatures can be cool and breezy too. For Bermuda, a perfect golf getaway is the Fairmont Southampton boasting the islands oldest private golf club. They can also arrange to have you play some of the other courses on the island.

Create a Walkway: Scatter rose petals from your threshold to the dining table to make your Valentine feel extra special. Garnish with Petals: Accent food by placing petals on the rim of your dinner plates for a professional look at home.

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In addition to your romantic décor, include a few simple gestures of love. You could create a handmade Valentine card, read an impromptu poem, learn a few French “love” phrases and illuminate every room with candlelight. Most importantly, tell them you love them and you’re glad they are part of your life.

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Avoiding Injuries on Your Ski Vacation By Mark S. Duffield, D.O.


now skiing is a very popular winter activity. Every year nearly 15 million people ski in the U.S. alone. Most are under the age of 40 with 60 percent being men and 40 percent women.

However, like all sports, skiing does come with some inherent risks. Based on reports from the ISS (International Ski Symposium), approximately two people per 1000 days skiied sustain a serious injury from snow skiing. So really, per person involved, skiiing has a relatively low number of injuries for a sport that is so common. By comparison, soccer injury statistics reveal that in a 90 minute game two to three players may sustain injury, showing an injury rate of 14 percent for soccer vs. a low .05 percent for snow skiing.   Most skiing injuries are minor bruises and scrapes. When major injuries occur, they are typically caused from an isolated fall, usually due to a skier’s loss of control, such as going too fast or skiing in an area that is inappropriate for their ability. Only about ten percent of injuries are due to collision with other skiers.   Head injuries account for a very small amount of injuries, particularly since the evolution of the ski helmet. There is strong evidence that ski helmets may prevent and/or significantly reduce the severity of minor to moderate head trauma. So as with any sport, it is important to use the proper safety equipment. Most major skiing injuries are either to the knee (33 percent) or the shoulder (nine percent). Interestingly, those percentages are opposite with snowboarding. With technology advancements in equipment over the last 30-40 years, particularly bindings and boots, lower leg fractures and lacerations have significantly reduced. However, the incidence of ligamentous injuries have increased, specifically to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).  

The good news about ACL injuries is that over the past four to six years they seem to be on the decline. This may be due to the trend in shorter skis, brought on by the advent of the shaped ski. It was previously thought that the bindings were the culprit of many ligament injuries (ie. the binding didn’t release and the knee took the brunt of the load, tearing the ligaments). However, the shorter ski seems to lessen the strain on the knee ligaments, particularly with inadvertent turns or falls. When a person does sustain a ligament injury, often they cannot continue to ski and must be helped by either a companion or the ski patrol and taken to an Aid Station. Sadly, the ski day (and likely the trip) are over as these injuries are not compatible with further sporting activities. When evaluated by an Orthopaedic Surgeon, if the diagnosis is ACL injury, the discussion is typically centered on whether to surgically reconstruct the ligament or use a brace for definitive treatment. Typically, for patients who are very active and desire a knee similar to their pre-injury status, a reconstruction of the ligament is offered. Although considered a surgery with a very predictable outcome, it is not necessarily the best or only option for every patient. Bracing can be a good option too, and is often the option of choice for patients willing to use a brace on a consistent basis. Shoulder injuries related to skiing typically come in one of two categories: dislocation or fractures. Dislocations occur when the forces applied across the joint are so great that the supporting structures are torn and the bones are no longer held in position. Such dislocations usually require immediate medical attention in order to be “relocated” and will often later need surgical attention to keep the shoulder stable. When fractures occur, they are usually of the clavicle (commonly known as the collarbone) or humerus (upper arm bone). Generally speaking, both can be treated nonoperatively, though some variations do require surgical attention.

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In conclusion, snow skiing is truly a sport that anyone can enjoy, regardless of ability or age. It inspires one to be in direct contact with the outdoor elements and gives us the opportunity to see many aspects of nature that we may not ordinarily experience. In general it is also a very safe sport, particularly when a skier recognizes his or her physical limitations and level of skiing ability. So if you hit the slopes this winter, be mindful of your safety and you’ll likely enjoy an injury-free vacation. Dr. Mark Duffield is an orthopaedic surgeon at 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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Loran and Peggy attend Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in America, where they’ve been there for the past eight years. Loran and Peggy consider the church family, their own family. They’ve also made numerous mission trips to Mexico and Jamaica.

During their 54 years together, Loran says Peggy has been a wonderfully supportive wife and a good manager of their home. She is and always has been a great friend and kind critic when he needed one. Loran says he couldn’t have been the man he was without her. Peggy is involved in the women’s ministry at the church. Currently, she is the President-elect of the ‘NWGA Presbyterian Women in the Church’. She works with the elections in Paulding, and has served on the Paulding Board of Elections both as a member and the Chairman. She also loves to knit.

Loran is an avid book collector and has thousands of books, most of them about Christianity, the Civil War, the Navy, and more! His favorite book is the Bible. He is also a Paulding historian. If it happened in his lifetime, he can tell you in full detail about the event. Loran knows the most interesting stories. One he told us was the story of his family’s radio. For years it was the ONLY radio in New Hope so their neighbors would come over to listen to the different shows and historical events like the Grand Old Opry and Joe Lewis’ fight. He still has the radio, and it’s in beautiful condition.

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lava and Sara Slavik are originally from Brno, in the Czech Republic. They have been happily married for 14 years and have two children, Katie and John. In May of 2004, they moved their family to Paulding County wanting new challenges and better opportunities for their children. It was here that Slava and Sara realized their dream by opening their own family and wedding portrait studio – Slava Slavik Photography. Prior to discovering his passion for photography, Slava was the CEO for a digital photography software company in Central Europe. Sara worked in the graphic design industry creating cards and brochures, doing magazine and book layout, and creative ad design. Together, they began doing wedding portraits for family and friends. It brought them great joy and it was then they discovered their desire to have their own studio. After coming to the United States, Slava was able to work with some of the finest photographers in Georgia. He developed great technical skills, and along with his own personal warmth and creative eye, he is able to capture people in unique and creative ways.

Today, Slava Slavik Photography is dedicated to giving you beautiful portraits and a memorable experience. They specialize in romantic wedding photography and contemporary indoor and outdoor portraits of engaged couples, families, children newborns and executives. Slava and Sara draw on their European heritage to offer their clients a different approach that combines a clean fresh look with traditional Southern attitude. To see their work, visit their website or contact them at 404323-1153.

Loran is very dedicated to the Paulding community. He is the Chairman of the Paulding WellStar Hospital Authority, serves on the Paulding WellStar Regional Health Board, an Elder in his church, a Gideon and a member of the Lion’s Club; just to name a few. It’s no surprise why Loran was named Paulding County’s Citizen of the Year in 2006. Loran and Peggy are very young at heart, and they both believe that just because you get older, doesn’t mean you have to act older. Neither one of them ever want to become “old fuddie duddies.” They are very happy and content with their life and feel that God has fully and completely blessed them through everything they’ve done and everyone they’ve met. It is so sweet to see the love and admiration they have for each other. They are wonderful examples to follow, and we thank them for being on our cover and welcoming us so sweetly into their home. They made us feel like family, and they will forever hold a very special place in our heart. They are a blessing to this community, and we thank God for allowing them to come into our lives.


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Why Chocolate for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is many things to different peoplea chance to start new relationships, rekindle old ones, or remind that special someone how wonderful they really are. Others feel it is just another “Hallmark” holiday where they are expected to do something for unknown reasons. Regardless of your hopes, expectations, or reservations about Valentine’s Day, chocolate has long been a favorite gift for lovers.

Since the days of the Aztecs, chocolate has been used as a gift. Today a box of luxurious quality chocolate says a thousand “thank yous”, “good luck”, or “I love you”. Chocolate can be given as a way of saying “congratulations”, “I am sorry” or “get well soon”. On Valentine’s Day chocolate clearly says “I LOVE YOU!” Chocolate is more than food, it not only fills your belly but also makes you feel SO good. Elaine Sherman wrote “Chocolate is heavenly, mellow, sensual, deep, dark, sumptuous, gratifying, potent, dense, creamy, seductive, suggestive, rich, excessive, silky, smooth, luxurious, and celestial. Chocolate is downfall, happiness, pleasure, love, ecstasy, fantasy ... chocolate makes us wicked, guilty, sinful, healthy, chic, and happy.” What more could you want to say to your paramour on Valentine’s Day? Even the scientific name for the tree from which chocolate is derived, Theobroma cacao, translated from Greek, means “food of the gods”. Why does chocolate evoke so many feelings and emotions for us? Chocolate has long been associated with

passion, romance and love. This association may go all the way back to the Aztecs. They believed chocolate was a source of spiritual wisdom, incredible energy and elevated sexual power. Chocolate was widely used as a nuptial aid and was widely served at wedding ceremonies. The Aztecs did not know chocolate as we do today; they consumed cocoa as a drink. Reports indicate that the Emperor Montezuma consumed large quantities of the drink every day and always fortified himself with a cup before entertaining his harem. The explorer Cortes reported to Carlos I of Spain that chocolate is “... the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink enables a man to walk for a whole day without food.” From the earliest times, chocolate was considered a substance of power and a source of vitality.

Chocolate has been a subject of study since the first shipment from Veracruz arrived in Spain in 1585. But modern science has made some interesting findings that may help explain our lust for quality chocolate. Chocolate contains organic substances known as alkaloids. The most important of these substances is theobromine, which works as a stimulant to the kidneys. Stimulants in chocolate also affect the central nervous system, with effects similar to caffeine, which is also present in chocolate. A chocolate bar may contain as much as 200 mg of theobromine, but only about 25 mg of caffeine. Another important substance found in chocolate is phenyl ethylamine, which is part of a group of chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins have an effect similar to amphetamines and

are found naturally in the human body. When endorphins are released into the bloodstream, the mood is lifted and feelings of positive energy are reached. The sensation known as “runners high” is caused by endorphins released during exercise. Phenyl ethylamine levels in the brain have also been linked to “falling in love”. One more chemical found in chocolate is serotonin. Serotonin is known for its calming properties. The presence of these chemicals may explain the multitude of feelings chocolate evokes.

Critics would say that the benefits of eating chocolate are small when compared to the sugar and fat contained in a chocolate bar. The best chocolate, dark chocolate with high cacao butter content has no added fat, as well as a high percentage of cacao solids and correspondingly less sugar. Although chocolate will never be considered a health food based on its nutritional value, it is still good for you! Good for your heart and soul-anything that helps relieve stress and makes you feel so good must be. Receiving a nicely wrapped box of chocolates causes a sense of anticipation. The pleasure of unwrapping the box, the sensual smell, lifting the soft seductive papers, the look of the smooth dark chocolates. When it finally passes your lips and starts to instantly melt filling your mouth with exquisite pleasure. The taste and smell flood your senses with overwhelming ecstasy. Eating it slowly, taking time to enjoy and savor every bit. What better way to start off an evening of love?

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he new 2011 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations are now available. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently distributed printed versions of the regulations to all Division offices and facilities, a number of State Parks and fishing license retailers statewide. An online version of the new regulations is available at  WRD advises new and experienced anglers alike to familiarize themselves with the Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations before casting a line. “Georgia offers so many different fishing opportunities from the coast to the mountains and this booklet is designed to help anglers find great places to fish and to educate them on Georgia’s fishing regulations,” explains WRD Chief of Fisheries Management John Biagi. “It contains information that should answer all basic questions for anglers.”

The guide provides helpful information, including color fish identification charts for both freshwater and saltwater fish, license purchasing information, contact information for WRD fisheries management offices and WRD law enforcement offices, trout stream listings, public fishing area information, state record fish listings and complete fishing regulations for Georgia. The Board of Natural Resources sets Georgia’s fishing regulations based on recommendations made by the Department’s fisheries biologists and field personnel while the Georgia General Assembly sets the laws related to fishing. For more information about Georgia’s fishing

production to improve the quality of fishing in Georgia. The Center also will offer educational programs to school systems and to the public, including kids fishing events, on-site classroom programs and teacher development sessions. Classroom and educational programs are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.   The Go Fish Georgia Initiative is a $30 million initiative that leverages $19 million in state bond financing with private donations and financial support from local communities. It includes development and improvements of mega-ramps and other access areas that improve the quality of fishing throughout Georgia and increases participation in fishing through active promotion and marketing of Georgia’s exceptional fishing resources.   Construction of the Center began in 2008 and was completed in September 2010. The Go Fish Education Center is part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (Fisheries Management Section). The Center is located next to the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. The Center’s hours are Friday-Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.); Sundays (1 p.m.-5 p.m.). Fees are as follows: Adults - $5, Seniors 65 and up - $4, Children 3-12 - $3; Children 2 and under - free.   For more information, visit www.gofisheducationcenter. com or call (478) 988-7187.

regulations or for information about where and when to go fishing, visit or contact the nearest WRD fisheries management office. “GO FISH EDUCATION CENTER” In October of last year, former Governor Sonny Perdue, along with local community leaders, cut the celebratory ribbon at the official dedication of the Go Fish Education Center in Perry. Developed as part of the Go Fish Georgia Initiative, the Center will promote better water stewardship and increased fishing participation around the state.   “The Go Fish Georgia Initiative will allow us to improve our fishing resources and boat access, drawing not only more tourists but also major fishing tournaments that will have a positive economic impact in communities across Georgia,” said former Governor Perdue. “It also promotes conservation and encourages families to spend time together outdoors, making memories that will last a lifetime.”   The Go Fish Education Center features an interactive and educational journey through Georgia’s diverse watersheds. It also serves as a great resource of fishing information for any level of angler, with tips on where to go, what gear to use and when to fish. With 76 species of fish on display in tanks and ponds, the Center offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about Georgia’s aquatic wildlife and habitats. Boating and fishing simulators let visitors test their skills on the water. And a state-of-the-art fish hatchery offers a look at the science of fisheries management. The hatchery will expand research and increase fish

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e had an amazing winter blizzard that dumped 4-6 inches of snow. That was followed by 2 or more inches of ice and sleet which shut down schools and many businesses for the week. On the plus side, most folks did not loose power, which would have made the week unbearable. But, the kids had a blast and didn’t complain one bit. By Thursday, we were definitely ready for the snow to go.

Also, we met the most amazing couple, Petty and Loran Wills who graciously agreed to be on our February cover. We think you will really enjoy their story. Unfortunately we don’t have enough space in our magazine to list all the reasons for how wonderful they are. We feel like we’ve know them our whole lives and we received such a blessing meeting them. We truly appreciate Donna Leonard for “turning them in.”

Next, the Paulding Chamber hosted their 50th Anniversary Celebration, with keynote speaker Newt Gingrich. We can tell you that exciting things are happening in Paulding. Paulding is now the first county in Georgia to be named a “Certified County of Ethics”. Also, CNN and Money Magazine have placed Paulding County in the top 20 of its “Best Places to Live” in the United States. Commission Chairman, David A. Austin says, “Paulding County is strategically positioned to become the next great industrial and commercial suburban county in metro Atlanta. With WellStar Health System’s recent announcement to build it’s newest, states-of-the-art LEED Silver Certified Hospital building, along with the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport’s new 23,000 square foot terminal building, Paulding is rapidly transitioning from a bedroom community into a burgeoning business and industrial hub.”

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(DOB ~12/18/2008) is a lovely female lynx point Siamese mix with expressive blue eyes who we rescued from a high kill shelter in North Georgia. MISHA is a very attentive, inquisitive, and playful girl who will provide her new family with many, many years of love and companionship. She is an excellent candidate to become your next lap kitty! MISHA is spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline AIDS/Leukemia/Heartworm, microchipped, dewormed, has received flea and ear mite preventative, and is eligible to receive at least 30 days of prepaid pet health insurance at the time of adoption. MISHA’s adoption fee is $125.00.


To see all our cats available for adoption, please visit; then call, 678-522-2152, or email us,, to schedule an appointment to meet your new family member! Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention and excellent care to homeless cats, working hard to find them good homes.

We are really looking forward to see what God has in store for us next. For all of February and for this upcoming Valentine’s Day, we pray that you and your family are richly blessed. February is HEART MONTH, so make sure you take some time this month to tell those special people that you love them.


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our pet is a member of the family, and he deserves to be remembered on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes our pets seem like the only ones who understand us. On special holidays, don’t forget their contribution; include them in the festivities and remember them when the time comes for gift giving. After all, human partners may come and go, but your furry or feathery companions are always there for you. Consider Your Pet’s Personality When Buying a Gift You know your pet has a unique personality, and it’s also important to remember that he has emotions, fears, and routines, too. Some pets are very physically active, some are vain, some like to be the life of the party, and others enjoy a good puzzle. With a little thought and some

research, you’ll know the type of products your pet will appreciate, and have an idea where to get the best deal on them. Internet sites as well as the large pet supply outlets have made these products readily available, and you don’t have to search very far to find impressive product offerings. Explore the World of Pet Gifts this Valentine’s Day Instead of the usual chew toy or catnip mouse, explore some of the new and interesting products available for your pets. From designer outfits to gourmet biscuits, it’s a whole new world when it comes to pet products. You may not be interested in the extravagance of a dog stroller that keeps Fifi’s feet dry when she takes an excursion through the park, or a cat enclosure that will allow you to take kitty along with you on your dog’s walk, but self-cleaning litter boxes, GPS tracking chips, and herbal essences that are designed to be used like aromatherapy might just fit the bill when it comes to remembering your pet on Valentine’s Day. Give Your Pet the Gift of Health and Safety on Valentine’s Day While you are looking for ways to thank your pet for all of the things he does for you, don’t forget to educate

yourself about his needs. Are his inoculations current? Does he have pet insurance? In a health emergency, would you know what to do until help arrives? Many pets die needlessly every year as a result of ingesting human foods that are poisonous to them. Do you know about the common foods that could hurt or kill your pet? Being able to answer yes to these questions may save your pet’s life one day, so when you are choosing a gift, maybe a good gift would be a trip to the vet, or a book on emergency pet care. When you are choosing that perfect card for your spouse or a funny gift for a co-worker, remember the one who waits for you no matter how late you are, and is glad to see you every time you walk through the door. Make Valentine’s Day the day you reward your pet for all the things he or she does for you every day.

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ake pleasure in simplicity this Valentine’s Day by creating an easy and elegant dinner for two. Scatter a rose petal path leading to a dining table lush with aphrodisiac fare. Romance your paramour with a gesture from the heart, such as a line of poetry during dessert. It’s as simple as that. Asparagus with Light Raspberry Sauce - Try this easy and elegant recipe and add a splash of color to your plate. 1 lb. asparagus spears, washed 1 cup fresh raspberries 1/4 cup olive oil

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp white pepper

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Chicken, Artichoke, and Pistachio Paupiettes - This chicken roulade is a great gourmet main dish, and you don’t have to be a chef to prepare it. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tbsp olive oil 1 cup canned marinated artichoke hearts 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan 1 cup cooked instant couscous, unseasoned

1/2 cup ground pistachio nuts 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 12 wooden picks, soaked in water

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking sheet olive oil. Pound chicken breast to ¼” thickness. Rub remaining olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper on chicken breasts. Finely chop the artichoke hearts, then mix together with garlic, Parmesan, couscous, pistachios, lemon juice, and, oil until combined. Mound 1/2 cup artichoke mixture along center, on underside of chicken breast. Wrap breast around mixture by pulling edges from long sides of breast up over mixture. Overlap edges of breast on top of mixture and insert a wooden pick to secure edges closed. Place chicken, wooden pick side down, on prepared baking sheet. Cook 40 minutes until chicken center is no longer pink. Remove from heat and arrange on platter or individual plates. Red Passion Salad - Alize Passion Fruit Liqeur is the secret to making this out of this world salad. 2 tbsp Alize passion fruit liqueur 1/8 tsp. pepper 3 tbsp olive oil 1 small head red leaf lettuce, washed 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 hearts of palm stalks 1/8 tsp. salt 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds Whisk together liqueur, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Cut hearts of palm stalks into ½” slices and add to lettuce. Pour dressing over ingredients and toss to coat. Divide salad between 2 serving plates. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top and serve. Note:Hearts of palm are velvety white stalks and are usually canned and packed in brine. They be found in the canned vegetable section, typically next to the artichokes, of your local grocery store. Chocolate Espresso Mousse - Rich chocolate dessert to spoil your sweetie. 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate 5 Tbsp sugar 2 eggs, pasteurized

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