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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town January 2010

Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope




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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town

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

Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D Cornerstone Chiropractic Caroline DeJarnatt Dara S. Hosch, MD FAAP Don Logay Charles Pesson, MD Brandon S. Natalie Thomason Kathy Wilson

Photography Cover Katie Parker Photography

ONLINE: 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 2009, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

About the Cover..............................................................5 Calendar of Events.........................................................6-7 Home Decor: Small Rooms Tight Budgets.......................8 Relationships: End of Life Decisions...............................10 Finance: Managing Money..............................................13 Health & Fitness: Snow Skiing Safety................................14 Home Improvement: New Products (Part I)...................16 Medical: Resolutions.........................................................19 Family Focus: Tweens.......................................................20 Family Extra: Poisons........................................................21 Community: New Year New You Makeover..................22 Letter from the Editors...................................................24 Pets: Chickens...................................................................25 January Crossword..........................................................26 What’s Cookin’.................................................................26

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The Importance of Family Communication on End of Life Decisions By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.


amily communication can be sensitive on many issues. However, some issues are especially difficult and tend to be avoided. One of these difficult conversations involves an open discussion of wishes regarding end of life care.

tive allows input on decisions, even at the end when the ability to communicate clearly may be compromised or lost.

As people live longer with chronic illnesses, and as life-prolonging interventions become routine, death frequently involves a decision to forgo or limit care. Family members may have different opinions about specific end of life decisions. The time to make decisions about end of life care preferences known is before illness occurs. This helps prevent future conflict or crisis decision-making. It is critical that families understand and support an advance directive when it has been written; and respect and abide by the person’s wishes.

While it is often difficult to speak openly about death and dying, it can be even more uncomfortable to have to make end of life decisions for a loved one when these sensitive issues have not be discussed. The reality is that the majority of people will not die suddenly but rather as a result of ongoing illness where there may be decisions made By communicating wishes to others, individual about care and treatment. medical preferences can be articulated: Without a family knowing the beliefs, values and wishes of a loved one, they are left to guess – or even worse – fight “Life is sacred. I want all measures to be taken to keep me it out. If the time comes when the person who is being alive until I die naturally.” cared for can no longer speak for himself, family members who know their loved one’s wishes are spared the guilt “I want treatments for specific issues such as infections or and anxiety of trying to make difficult life-support deci- injuries but I do not want any extraordinary measures taken to prolong my life.” sions without knowing what their loved one wants.

Most families find that bringing up the topic is the hardest part. Once everyone gets past the initial discomfort, many find themselves relieved to have the issues out into the open. Sometimes it helps to open the conversation by acknowledging the awkwardness: “I have something on my mind that is really uncomfortable to talk about, but I feel we need to. I want to know your wishes for medical care if you get to the point where you can’t express yourself.”


The ultimate goal of an advance directive is to respect an individual’s values and preferences. Although 75% of Americans say they are in favor of advance directives, only 30-35% actually writes one. Some appreciate the value of advance directives, but they see this need only with the aged, or the terminally ill. However, accidents happen all the time, and those who may have to care for you would likely appreciate having a directive to help them make decisions on your behalf.

“Do whatever medically is necessary for my comfort and to ease pain, but do not prolong my life past the point where there is quality of life.”

This is a difficult but important family discussion. Understanding the wishes of those closest to you and having them understand your wishes is valuable as it allows each to make choices and removes the responsibility for these personal decisions from others.

Additionally, an advance directive can state whether specific medical interventions, such as a respirator, feeding and hydration tubes, CPR, surgery, antibiotic medication, and blood transfusions are desired. Decisions about organ and tissue donation can be expressed. In short, an advance direc-

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any people have different opinions about the relationship between skiing and snowboarding. Some hardcore enthusiasts in these sports maintain that these two are distinct and different from each other. Nonetheless, skiing and snowboarding share the same platforms and manner of execution, namely snowy slopes and downward acceleration. This results to almost the same approach in the preparation and equipment perspectives of the two.  Whether you are a first timer or a veteran at skiing and snowboarding, you must learn how to prepare physically and mentally before subjecting yourself to the unforgettable adrenaline rush that these two sports offer. And that includes protecting yourself against possible injuries that can happen while you are speeding down the slope.  Besides training hard to improve performance level and overall skills, you must completely comply with the safety requirements to become a confident participant in these two sports. As over one hundred thousand people are unnecessarily injured in skiing and skateboarding every year, a serious effort to prepare against injury in these two sports is imperative.


and lessen the chances of accidents.  Also, the temperature in the snowy caps rapidly changes. Sometimes the coldness in the slopes can be unbearable and you may find yourself losing much needed heat which could lead to other complication like loss of consciousness and tiredness. To prevent this wear head covering like helmet or headbands and gloves.  The snowy slopes in which you slide down your skis and snowboards have very low temperatures. Dress up in layers of clothing to keep the chill out. But also make sure that the fabric you are wearing on the inside is comfortable on your skin and absorbent of the sweat that is sure to come out of you because of the excitement skiing or snowboarding offers.  Do not forget to wear eye protection devices like goggles and sunglasses. Without eye protection, you are most likely to close your eyes due to cold winds as you speed down on your ski or snowboard. Sliding in closed eyes, you will certainly bump on anything and could even wake up in the infirmary the next day.  Get enough sleep the night before the big day. You need to be alert and sportive on the skiing or snowboarding slopes. A tired mind and body can cause accidents and injuries.

In skiing and snowboarding, the key to an accident-free slide is in the preparation. Before you even take the wild ride down a snowy mountain cap, be sure to do all necessary preparations. The following tips could spell the difference between an enjoyable skiing or snowboarding vacation and a visit to the hospital.  Take skiing and snowboarding lessons. There is no such thing as a born skier or snowboarder. You need guidance from experts who have been into these sports for years so that you will improve your performance and safety in skiing and snowboarding.  With regard to your skiing or snowboarding outfit, wear clothing that is dependable against water and wind. Make sure that your apparel has enough protective features like wide collars that can be enfolded to cover your face against wind and zippers and strings that enable you to adjust your outfit easily and comfortably.  Acquire the proper equipment for skiing and for snowboarding. If you own the equipment, like skis and snowboards, have them custom-fitted to your preferences. If you are renting them, be sure to choose the ones that you will most likely be comfortable in. Having the right equipment will drastically improve your performance

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s the unofficial “What’s New Guru” of the home improvement industry, I attend numerous trade shows throughout the year and scour lots of magazines and trade publications looking for new and exciting products, intriguing concepts and “gotta have” gadgets that make life just a little bit better. My checklist for “Hot Home Products” includes simplicity, ingenuity, affordability and great end results. Here are a few of my most recent finds and all-time favorites: 1. Giani™ Granite Countertop Paint Got a kitchen countertop that’s seen better days? Laminate chipped and discolored? Solid surface counter stained and scratched? Giani™ is the world’s first granite paint kit for countertop makeovers. Get the premium “look” of granite at a fraction of the cost – with lots of extra benefits too. Water-based paint kits come in five realistic-looking color combinations and include everything needed to go “granite” in three easy steps in 24-hours or less. One $39.95 kit covers 35 square feet (16 running feet of 24-inch wide counter). It’s available at paint and hardware stores nationwide. Visit or call 1-800-6505699.

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is the season for New Year’s Resolutions! We’re all familiar with them. Those aspirations we have to do better or do more. Many times they revolve around healthy living. You know, that short-lived inspiration, the promises we make to ourselves to “eat healthy,” “exercise more,” or “lose weight.” Unfortunately, those goals are often abandoned before we’ve even begun to work towards them. So, why is it that New Year’s resolutions like these seem doomed to fail?

Well, it may have something to do with the type of resolutions we make and even the time of year in which we make them. One of the problems with healthy New Year’s resolutions is that often, the specifics are left out. We set general goals like “eat healthy” or “lose weight” without creating an action plan designed to map out how to achieve those goals. Not to mention, New Year’s comes as we are approaching the coldest time of year! The cool temperatures make it difficult to want to head outside for a jog or go on a bike ride with a friend. So, what can you do this year to give your healthy New Year’s Resolutions a fighting chance at survival? Here are a few ideas to help you maintain that inspiration and ultimately reach your health goals. The first and most important step is to be specific in setting New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t simply resolve to “exercise more.” Plan to exercise at least 3 times a week. Try something new like walking to your favorite coffee shop or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. By setting small goals for increasing exercise, you’re more likely to reach them and enjoy the satisfaction of staying true to that resolution. Similarly, rather than aspiring to “eat healthy,” make a specific resolution to eat the recommended 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If 6 servings seems too ambitious, set a more modest goal to start and make small changes in your diet. Try substituting a side-salad for french fries, or have apple slices or celery for a mid-afternoon snack. By making real and attainable goals to increase your exercise and improve your diet, you will certainly improve your health and be on your way to weight loss.

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Also, it is important that you don’t let the cold weather keep you from exercising. Winter weather can frustrate even the most motivated exercisers and can all too easily discourage those that are trying to kick-start a new fitness plan. However, maintaining your exercise routine in the winter months is just as important as it is during any other time of year. If you’re not afraid to step out into the cold to work on your healthy New Year’s resolutions, make sure you warm up first. Low temperatures can make your muscles tight, so a proper warm-up of stretching is key to preventing injuries. Also, make sure you wear lots of layers to insulate your body from the cold. Another important reminder is to stay hydrated. Though you may not feel as thirsty as you do during a hot summer work-out, it is just as critical in the winter that you get enough water during your exercise routine. If the temperatures outside are too much for you to bear, don’t give up! There are plenty of ways for you to meet your fitness goals while indoors. Try walking at an indoor location, such as a mall or spend 20 minutes walking up and down the stairs in your home or on a break at your office. You can also join a health club to have access to indoor exercise equipment, or create a home gym. Work-out equipment doesn’t have to be expensive. Try hitting sports stores after Christmas for sales. With just $50.00 you can easily set up a great work-out routine with a set of dumbbells, an exercise ball and a jump rope. You can also swim laps at an indoor pool or simply visit your local library to rent exercise videos to follow at home. So this year, as you start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, think in terms of specific, attainable goals and create a detailed action plan. Make sure you’re well prepared for physical activity when outdoors, or plan to do indoor exercises which can be just as effective. With a strategy like this, you’re sure to find better success in keeping your 2010 New Year’s Resolutions and meeting all you healthy goals. Good Luck and Happy New Year!

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Parenting Your Tween


tween is a preteen in the life stage between childhood and adolescence. The physical signs of puberty are barely beginning but the child’s perspective is already changing. It is a fact of life that children grow up. The process varies with each child but the parent-child relationship is always affected. Guiding your child safely through the tween stage can be emotionally challenging but the reward is great, a well adjusted adult.

Young children tend to adopt parental values. During their tween years, peers and celebrities begin to have a bigger influence upon them. Tweens crave acceptance by others. In an effort to fit in, they may dress like their friends, wear their hair like their friends and enjoy the same activities as their friends. They are self-conscious and easily embarrassed by what their parents say or do. This process is necessary for them to figure out who they are and what is really important to them. Unfortunately, this stage of life can be awkward. It is a particularly painful time for children who are different. They may feel left out or be targeted by bullies.

Parents need to be aware of the pressures placed upon their children by society and school mates. The best way to stay in the loop is by continued involvement in their child’s life. Sharing meal time and other family activities becomes challenging with the increasing demands of sports teams, school work and social activities. However, it is more important than ever to be a presence in their child’s life. Volunteering at the school, attending school functions, coaching sports teams and chaperoning social activities are good ways to get to know peer groups. Parents need to make time to hang out with their children. Parent child discussions about feelings and life experiences can help to build resilience and booster self-esteem. Parents need to reassure their tween that they are loved unconditionally just the way they are.

the behaviors they expect their children to imitate. Some of those behaviors include eating healthy, exercising regularly, being kind to others, communicating in a respectful manner, drinking responsibly, being a courteous driver and coping with life’s responsibilities without complaint. As tweens begin to exert more independence, parents may need to adjust to this natural change. Parents should pick their battles if they want a more harmonious transition into adolescence. It is OK to respect their child’s privacy to some extent but safety warrants parental controls and supervision of internet access, cell phone usage and details about social activities. It is important to know your child’s friends and the friends’ parents. There need to be appropriate rules about curfew, internet use and relationships with the opposite sex. Well child check-ups usually change for preadolescent patients. Medical professionals recommend the parent leave the room during the physical examination. This protects the child’s modesty and encourages the child’s ownership into his or her own health. It also gives an opportunity to review the health dangers they may encounter as a teenager. A trusted doctor-patient relationship will be important during the coming years.

There are some important topics that parents must be comfortable discussing with their tweens such as puberty, sex, alcohol, drugs, smoking, huffing, bullying, eating disorders, internet pornography and child predators. Most preadolescence will be exposed to these issues eventually and they need a clear understanding of their dangers. As always, parents need to practice what they preach. Dealing with their own bad habits may be difficult but parents need to model

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Protecting Your Child from Poisonous Hazards By Natalie Thomason

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very 15 seconds, a Poison Control Center somewhere in the United States gets a call. More than half of these calls are from an adult tending to a child who has swallowed a potentially poisonous substance. The New Year is the best time of year to conduct a thorough safety inspection of potential, poisonous hazards to children in your home. There are many different types of poisonous materials found in your home; some are more common than others. Most people think of cleaning products as hazardous but there are some hidden hazards that can be deadly.

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Young children explore the world by putting things in their mouth. That’s one reason more than 1 million children under 6 years old are victims of accidental poisoning each year. You can help keep your child safe by identifying and locking up toxic materials and knowing what to do if he touches, inhales, or swallows something poisonous.

Hazardous materials are not always obvious and poisonous substances may not be in plain sight. The following are common household hazards: hand sanitizer; cosmetics; personal care products such as mouthwash, nail products and baby oil; over the counter and prescription drugs; cleaning products; household plants; “garage items” such as paint thinner, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid and pesticides. The best way to protect your child from ingesting any of these dangerous substances is to make sure all are locked in secure cabinets. Do not rely on child resistant containers to protect your children. In one study, several 2 year olds were left alone with a “child resistant” medicine bottle and most had the top off within 30 minutes. Never refer to medicine as candy, even if they resist in taking their medication. Children learn by imitation, so take your own medication when the children are not watching. Mom’s purse is a common place that children find and ingest harmful items. Take just a moment and think of what may be lurking in your own purse. Hand sanitizer, lipstick, perfume, lotion and pain reliever are among many dangers. Keep your purse out of the child’s reach at all times including at home, in the car and the grocery store.



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A New You for a New Year!!!!


magine feeling more energetic, more fit, more alive than ever before! Imagine that this kind of vitality is easier to attain than you ever dreamed! Now stop imagining and start today to achieve exactly what you want with The Essentials of Maximized Living. To become THE 1 person in 1000 who is healthy, pain-free, and living the life they were meant to live after the age of 60; these essentials must be followed.

DETOX: Minimize Toxins in your body that create sickness, disease and even stop weight loss. NERVE SUPPLY: Maximize the ability of your body to Function and Heal by protecting and improving the brain and nervous systems communication with every cell and organ. NUTRITION: Learn the Basic Truths about Nutrition not just the hype in the commercials and fad diets, truly read the labels on your food and seek help to determine a diet that makes sense and allows you to be healthy. EXERCISE: Exercise has a purpose of driving oxygen to every cell of the body so we can eliminate toxins strengthen our hearts and enjoy countless other benefits. Find out how to exercise for ONLY 12 to 16 minutes and receive HOURS of benefit. If we can learn to change 1% in a day, within 40 days we can begin to change our health; reduce diabetes, lower blood pressure, get rid of pain, get off of dangerous drugs!!! Imagine living a life that God intended by being healthier, through living along the principles set before us. A fundamental TRUTH is that we were all created to be VIBRANT and HEALTHY; we were given the ability to function and heal at 100%, the way God intended. However, in today’s world this can become increasingly difficult. We are being bombarded daily by advertisements for drugs, supplements, diets, and “quick fixes”. Yet we all know the only way to be truly healthy is to put an effort towards the essentials of health and healthy living. The average American will gain 7 to 15 pounds during the holiday months, it’s reasonable to understand that most New Years resolutions involve diet and exercise. But it is also easy to understand why there are so many sick and suffering people in our world; yet our health and that of our families can’t afford to “take a holiday”. Perhaps one of the best things that can be done to improve ourselves and the world around us through this New Year is to resolve to work harder at these essentials of health, and inspire our families and friends to do the same. Please seek out a health care professional for honest and sound advice on how to regain and protect the most valuable thing in life – HEALTH!!!

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This is the verse we are claiming for 2010. We will no longer be bound by this economy or any negativity. We’re fighting back; it’s 2010; and because of God’s promise; we know we’ll win.

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Raising Chickens What comes first--the chicken or the chicken supplies? By Carole DeJarnatt


here is a movement across the nation that more and more people are starting to raise chickens. Whether it be the state of the economy or people just wanting to get back to the basics--people are looking for ways to be a little more self-sufficient, and having eggs supplied by your own animals is one of many ways.

Along with an interest in raising chickens, you need to be aware of the poultry equipment required to maintain your new flock. Some people just jump right in without a thought--kind of like I did in the beginning. My husband brought home six chickens and we scrambled around looking for temporary housing until we could build something better and provide something to properly dispense their feed and water. If you have a choice, first determine what is needed to start raising chickens, and then get your chickens.


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home. Whether it be a chicken tractor, a chicken coop, or a livestock barn, give the chickens a place to get out of the rain, lay an egg, and roost at night. Baby chickens require an area with a heat source for a short time so the housing requirements will be different. Poultry Equipment--this includes the poultry feeder and waterer, and nesting boxes. The type of poultry equipment you purchase depends on the age of the chicken. Unless you buy a pre-fab chicken house, most do not come with nesting boxes so you will need to supply the area where you want to gather the eggs. Used Poultry Equipment--there are many sources to purchase used poultry equipment and the first place I usually look is Craigslist and from there I search for any local livestock or small animal auctions; and don’t forget your local trading posts papers. Chicken Feed--when you bring home your new chickens one of the first things they want to do is eat. Again, what type you buy is determined by the age of the chicken. There are a variety of chicken feeds out there so do your homework to choose the one that is right for you. Storage Containers for Poultry Supplies—the likelihood of attracting critters of some sort is very high with all the scratching a chicken does in its food that helps to spread it around. I use metal trash containers and they do the trick. I keep my food supplies in one and my chicken equipment in the other.

I have been raising chickens for over five years now so, I have my preferred methods of feeding and watering along with my preferred poultry equipment, some homemade and some store bought. If you are just starting out and not sure where to turn, a visit to your local feed store is a great starting point. Check out their prices then compare them to the online stores. Most of the time you will find if you buy local you will save on the shipping costs, and there is the chance if they don’t have what you’re looking for they will order it for you. With the interest in raising chickens you need to have the correct poultry equipment to maintain your new flock. Carole DeJarnatt raises a variety of hens, baby chickens, and a few roosters. She shares her chicken raising experiences on

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rock pot cooking has been around a long time and is still a good way to provide nutritious meals for your family. Conventional cooking requires a good deal of time and energy; two things which are in short supply in this busy age. Most people don’t have the time to stand around watching the stove. Crock pot cooking is the answer for saving that precious time. Simply throw a few good ingredients in the pot in the morning, and come home that evening to a tasty meal!  Taco Casserole 1 lb. ground beef or turkey 1 tsp. garlic powder 2 drops of Tabasco sauce 1 tsp. chili powder 2 cans chili with beans (16 oz.) Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

1 medium onion, chopped ½ cup green pepper, chopped 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz.) 1 cup frozen corn ¾ lb cheese, grated

Brown ground meat and drain. Add onion, garlic and pepper and cook until transparent. Add remaining Tabasco, tomato sauce, and chili powder. Grease crock pot and layer in 5 layers, beginning with meat mixture and nacho cheese tortilla chips, then the corn, chili, and grated cheese. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on low.

Hawaiian Pork 3 lbs. pork roast, boneless, rolled 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 cup catsup 2 tbsp. honey 2 tbsp. lemon juice

6 cloves 1/4 tsp. paprika 2 tbsp. orange juice 1 tbsp. soy sauce

Place the roast on a rack and broil 15-30 minutes or until brown (can be done the night before). Stick the cloves randomly all over the roast. Place the roast into the crock pot on the meat rack. Mix together the nutmeg and paprika, sprinkle over the roast. In a small bowl, stir together the catsup, orange juice, honey, soy sauce, and lemon juice; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours (high 4-6 hours).  Remove the meat from crock pot and thicken juices by mixing together 1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch and 2 tbsp. water; mix into juices and cook on high until thickened.

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole 1 lb. ground beef 4 cups chopped cabbage 1 cup uncooked instant rice 1 can tomato paste (6 oz.) 1/2 cup ketchup 1 to 2 tbsp. sugar, optional 1 ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. garlic powder

1 small onion, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped 1 cup water 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained 14.5 oz 2 tbsp. vinegar 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. pepper In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a crock pot; add cabbage, green pepper and rice. In a bowl, combine the water and tomato paste. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour over beef mixture; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until rice and vegetables are tender. Yield: 4-6 servings

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