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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town January 2011

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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope

Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography Brigette Carruth Infocus Photography

Contributing Writers: Leisa Bailey, Ph.D. Melissa Cummings Dara Hosch, M.D. Carin Kirk-Norton Kim Kornblatt & Frank Reiff David S. Mirolli, RFC 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.

About the Cover...............................................................5 Health & Fitness: Sleep Deprivation................................6 Calendar of Events.........................................................8, 11 Relationships: Keeping New Year’s Resolutions.............12 Family Focus: Fainting.......................................................14 Home Improvement: Wood Burning Stoves II.................16 Community: Helping Hands of Paulding.......................18 Home & Design: Revitalize for the NewYear....................19 Finance: For Those Just Getting Started II.....................20 Medical: Healthy NewYear..............................................22 More About the Cover....................................................24 Feature Photographer: Brigette Carruth.......................24 Outdoor: GA Hunters for the Hungry.........................26 Letter from the Editors....................................................28 Pets: Protecting in Cold Weather.....................................29 January Crossword..........................................................30 What’s Cookin’: Chilly Outside, Chili Inside...................30

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After the birth of her fourth child in February 2009, Kendal decided to begin making changes to her lifestyle, and in June 2009, she began going to Jazzercise classes. Read more about our cover family on page 24

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

By Jeff Wilson


f you look at recent history, people are starting to sleep less and less. Less than 100 years ago, people slept 9 hours a night on average; now they’re getting less than 7 hours. We have so many modern conveniences that are supposed to save us time, but really they just give us more to do. Before you accept not sleeping enough as an inevitable way of life, consider the harmful effects sleep deprivation could be having on your body.  Physical Effects Most people are aware of the obvious short terms effects of sleep deprivation including exhaustion, fatigue, and a general lack of energy, but they’re less aware of some of the more serious physical consequences from not sleeping. Sleep not only recharges and repairs our brains, it also repairs our bodies. Here are some other problems that can arise from not sleeping enough:  l Inability to properly process glucose. This can lead to high blood sugar levels and other symptoms of type II diabetes. This also causes glucose to be stored as fat, which can lead to weight gain l Increased symptoms of aging

l Core body temperature is lowered, which can impair proper functioning.

l Decreased judgment abilities and reaction time. Sleep deprivation is comparable to alcohol intoxication when it comes to driving ability.  Emotional Effects While we tend to focus on the physical and mental symptoms of sleep deprivation, there are also significant emotional symptoms as well. Emotional difficulties can take a severe toll on our personal relationships and safety. Some emotional problems associated with sleep deprivation are:  l Increased emotional stress and anxiety.

l Less consistent heart beat. Mental Effects All day long, no matter what you’re doing, your brain is working. It’s spending time inputting processing, and outputting information. Even if you don’t think you get much done during the day, your brain does a lot of work. That’s why it’s important that it has time to rest and recharge. Here are just a few of the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation.  l Less control over speech; exhibited through slurring, stuttering, speaking in monotone, and choosing repetitive words and cliches. Scientists assume this occurs because the speech center of the brain actually shuts down and another, less capable part, must take over.  l While short term memory may be improved, there is a decreased ability to access older memories and convert long term to short term memory. It is almost impossible to learn a new skill.  l Decreased creativity, especially when it comes to problem solving. Sleep deprived people tend to be slower and less accurate when solving problems.  l Hallucinations and even temporary insanity can occur from a lack of REM sleep. 

l A more pessimistic attitude. l Extreme sadness and even depression. l Extreme anger. Sleep deprivation has actually been indicated to be one of the major causes of road rage.  It’s important to remember that not everyone needs the same amount of sleep. You should try to get enough sleep to make yourself feel rested; this may mean getting more than 8 hours. If you’re getting a lot of sleep and not feeling rested, you may have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, and should see a doctor. While it may be difficult to fit a good night’s sleep into your schedule, it will not only make you feel better, it will also make you more efficient in the time you spend awake.

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BASEBALL REGISTRATION – Sara Babb Park January 3-31st Open to ages 3-18. All registration fees will include 2 uniform shirts and a baseball cap. Visit for more information.

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2010-2011 CONCERT MIDSEASON AUDITIONS From now to Mid-January – West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society The West Atlanta Douglas Choral Society is holding midseason auditions for the upcoming Easter Concert in March. For more info contact, Jane Freeman, Secretary at 770-846-2269 or Waverly Rainey, Conductor at 770-920-1662.


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PAULDING COUNTY WRITERS’ GUILD January 4; 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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SPRING SOFTBALL REGISTRATION – Sara Babb Park January 5; STARTS January 20th Open to ages 3-18. All registration fees will include 2 uniform shirts and a baseball cap. Visit for more information. WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND” January 5 and 12; 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 CHAMBER-GEORGIA POWER LUNCHEON-Paulding County Senior Community Center January 6; Thursday 11:30 to 1:00pm Guest Speaker: Jackie Gingrich Cushman author and daughter of Newt Gingrich. $15/members, $25/non-members. For info visit or call 770445-6016. MOM’S CLUB OF DALLAS AND HIRAM January 6; 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 January 6 and 13; 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 January 7 and 14, 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.  “BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER” - Home Depot in Hiram January 8; Beginning at 9am – 1pm Help our community and our environment! Bring your live Christmas tree to Home Depot in Hiram for recycling into mulch or for use in fish habitats! Call the store for details 770-439-0707. 25th ANNIVERSARY OF KING WEEK January 8-17; Saturday to Monday The 2011 King Holiday Observance will mark the 82nd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 43rd Annual King Center Program and the 25th anniversary of the National Holiday in Dr. King’s honor. Visit and click on “The King Holiday” to get full details. PAULDING 45 & OVER SINGLES CLUB ACTIVITIES January 11; 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. calendar of events continued on page 11


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Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK - East Paulding High School Theatre January 13-14; Thursday 10am; Friday 10am – School Shows Only January 14-15; Friday 7pm and Saturday 3pm – Public Shows Tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults. Teachers-FREE. Bring a two can food bank donation and get two admissions for the price of one. For more info, visit; or contact Grant Brown at


ATLANTA BOAT SHOW – Georgia World Congress Center January 13-16; Thursday to Sunday The ‘all new’ 2011 Atlanta Boat Show will feature one of the largest displays of fishing boats, cruisers, pontoon boats, house boats, and just about everything else you could imagine. The Atlanta Boat Show is a nice retreat from the winter ‘blahs’. Thurs-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 10am-9pm; and Sun 10am-6pm. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for youth (13-15) and FREE for children under 12.


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SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY RECOGNITION January 23; Sunday Paulding Pregnancy Services encourages church Pastors to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. For more info, visit

Saturday February 19, 2011 8am to 3pm

Taste cakes, check out photographers, scout wedding venues! Your one-stop bridal shop for local vendors. Each vendor will be offering a door prize! Tickets $5.00 on sale on our website and at our box office.

MOMPRENUER WWB CHAPTER – J. Christopher’s in Kennesaw January 24; 9:30am A networking group for Mom’s with their own business. Contact Nicole Wolfson at 770-919-1262 for information and to RSVP. THE PAULDING LITERACY COUNCIL – Paulding Chamber January 28; 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. 2011 MISS PAULDING COUNTY BEAUTY PAGEANT January 29; Saturday – Dallas Theater Age divisions from 0-12 months to 16-24 years old. Titleholders participate in many community service activities and public appearances. Proceeds from these competitions benefit Paulding’s Relay for Life and The Puckett Lake Community Youth Outreach in Powder Springs. For more info, go to or contact Renee Buchanan at 770-845-8769 or

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MAGIC AND A MEAL – White Oak Park January 29; Saturday 6pm to 8pm Presented by Paulding County Parks and Rec. A family night filled with fun, food, stand up comedy, audience participation and Magic! Reservations can be made until January 19th. Tickets are $31/family of 4, $10/adult, $7/child. Call 770-505-3885 for additional information.

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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. For info visit www.nationalsuprememiss. com. WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMS – Paulding Parks & Recreation There are many programs offered by the Paulding Parks & Recreation Department. For a complete list and deadlines, visit


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Like the popular T.V. show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”, Off the Cobb takes suggestions from the audience to use in improvisational games to create comic scenes. Director Kelley Cody Grimm, an improv veteran who has performed with Miami’s Mental Floss & Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage, heads a professional cast of four to six actors. Off the Cobb is audience interactive and hilarious and since the skits are based on audience suggestiosn, you never know what may happen!


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PAULDING CHAMBER 50TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION January 20; 6pm – 9pm at the Georgia World Congress Center Presented by Greystone Power; Keynote Speaker is Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives – Newt Gingrich. Cocktail Reception at 6pm and Dinner Seating at 7pm. Cocktail Attire, please. Tickets are available through the Chamber and are $125.00. Table Sponsorships available. For more information contact Kevin Kirby at 770-445-6016.

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By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.


How to Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

any see the New Year as a time for new beginnings. Making New Year’s resolutions is a tradition and for many a yearly ritual. Research indicates that 40 to 45% of Americans make one or more resolutions each year. While a lot of people who make resolutions break them, research indicates that resolutions are helpful because people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve a change goal than people who don’t articulate specific resolutions. The top New Year’s resolutions are about weight loss, exercise, smoking cessation, and better money management.


If (when) you get off track don’t beat yourself up - forgive and move forward. Re-examine your plan and make adjustments. Expect some bumps on the road, and have coping strategies to deal with problems that will come up.


Keeping a resolution is clearly harder than making one. The statistics indicate resolutions are kept over time: Past the first week: 75% Past 2 weeks: 71% After one month: 64% After 6 months: 46% This suggests that while resolutions are often broken, many do result in real change and therefore can be truly useful. Making a lasting change in behavior is rarely a simple process, and usually involves a commitment of time, effort, and emotion. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) offers these tips to help keep New Year’s resolutions:



Choose your own resolution. Make sure your goal is something you want for yourself and not for anyone else and that you are truly ready and willing to make a life change. Just because it’s the New Year doesn’t mean the time is right for you to focus on a change. Having a strong initial commitment to make a change is essential to successfully achieving a resolution goal. The more specific your commitment, the better. Take the time to write about the resolution and why the change is valuable. Keep this writing to remind you later why the resolution is important to you.


Reward yourself when each small step towards the overall goal is achieved. It takes about a month for anything new to become a habit. Celebrate each step towards making your resolution change a new habit.


The keys to keeping a resolution include picking a realistic goal, taking small steps toward the goal and learning to navigate the set-backs. The secret is not willpower. Those who rely on hopes, wishes or desire fail at a higher rate than others. Successful resolution-keepers make specific, concrete action plans to change behavior.

Don’t make too many resolutions. Pick a realistic, attainable goal with a reasonable time frame. Trying to change too much at one time is a guarantee for failure.


Make a plan and write it down. Break your overall objective down into smaller goals so that there can be successes of small steps over time. This gives a sense of accomplishment and helps with motivation to keep going. Plan what time frame makes sense and be realistic. Part of what makes a resolution work is when it can be tracked, day to day, to determine whether you are on your goal. Keep a written record of progress and setbacks as a good way to keep track of progress.

You don’t have to make changes on New Year’s Day. Pick a time when you know you are ready. It is important to be well-rested, motivated, and excited about making an important change. Perhaps, wait until spring. Sometimes the best way to successfully accomplish a New Year’s resolution is to make it at a different time of year.

Involve family and friends. Support from others can help maintain motivation.

Dr. Leisa Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Marietta. Visit reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@marietta-psychologist. com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

Good Luck with your resolutions and Happy New Year!!


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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 Jan. 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 Jan. 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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ainting, also called syncope, is a temporary loss of consciousness caused by inadequate oxygen to the brain. In pediatric patients this condition is usually harmless but occasionally it indicates a serious health problem. Understanding the physiology behind fainting is helpful to explain why some children are more prone to this phenomenon. As a healthcare provider, I want to help parents prevent fainting episodes in their children. This article explains what happens in the body when someone faints and common causes of childhood syncope. The article also discusses when loss of consciousness could be a warning sign of an underlying health condition. Human organ systems work together to ensure adequate nutrients and oxygen are provided to the brain. A simple change in position from sitting to standing causes a redistribution of the body’s blood supply. To get enough blood and oxygen up to the brain, the blood vessels in the legs need to squeeze tighter and the heart needs to pump slightly harder and faster. This happens automatically but may be too slow in a growing adolescent, someone who is not well hydrated, or following an emotional or physical trauma. Passing out is a safety mechanism that improves perfusion of blood to the brain.

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Less commonly syncope is the result of an underlying heart problem. If there is a defect in the heart’s rhythm or ability to contract, the brain may not receive enough blood to sustain consciousness. For doctors, the red flags that may indicate fainting is due to a heart problem include the following: fainting during exercise or exertion; passing out while swimming; a murmur that gets louder when the patient stands up; an abnormal EKG; and shortness of breath, chest pain or heart palpitations prior to passing out. Another important warning sign for doctors is a family history of sudden death, SIDS, pacemakers, or genetic heart arrhythmias. Sports physical exams should include questions about the athlete’s underlying health and family history to identify those athletes at risk for heart related syncope or death. Patients with these warning signs or relevant family histories deserve more detailed attention, such as an EKG and cardiology referral.

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Staying well hydrated with non-caffeinated beverages is the best way to prevent fainting. Proof of proper hydration is clear and abundant urine. Anxious patient breathing too rapidly (i.e., hyperventilation) can be treated by having the patient breathe into a paper bag until the respiratory rate normalizes. If a child feels lightheaded after prolonged standing or upon changing positions, the child should lie with the legs elevated above the level of the heart or sit with the head hanging between the knees. Patients feeling faint after injections or blood work, should lie down until the feeling passes, usually about fifteen minutes. Athletes playing strenuous sports at a high school level or higher should have a sports physical at least annually. Consult a doctor if your child has any of the warning signs discussed.

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Fainting after standing up too quickly is very common in adolescents. Prolonged standing or sudden inactivity after exercising can also cause blood to pool in the lower legs resulting in syncope. Small children who have breath-holding spells when they get angry can momentarily reduce oxygen to their brains and pass out. Fortunately, these causes of fainting result in no long term damage and usually no injury. Fainting from these causes is often preceded by a prodrome or warning that passing out is imminent. Typical prodromes include lightheadedness, decreased vision and a loss of facial color. Parents and children should recognize and respond to these symptoms to prevent injury during a faint.

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In this issue, we’ll talk about how to store the wood that is ready to burn and the wood that needs to cure.

Keeping your own wood supply needs careful consideration. A sheltered timber store is fantastic for keeping your wood in optimum condition. There are many options for a wood store however, if you want to make your own then it is advisable to keep things simple. Unseasoned raw wood must be stored differently than seasoned fire wood and there are important factors to consider.  The main thing you need is a roof. The raw wood should be guarded from rain fall and so a simple pergola kind of structure is a very good start. Sides are less essential than a roof but if you know that the wind tends to blow from one main direction on your property then it might be a good idea to make that side solid. Leaving spaces in the solid panel is useful since it enables air to circulate thoroughly which will in turn aid the actual treating process. Whenever stacking your wood you can look at using wooden pallets in between each layer to help air circulation. Always put the largest logs at the base of the stack and carry on building the actual stack with ever decreasing sizes of log.

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aulding County Helping Hands is a non-profit organization originally founded in 1987 by five local churches as an emergency food organization. Today, Helping Hands consists of church, community and professional people working together to provide temporary emergency aid to those Paulding residents in needs. Because of the generous involvement of their volunteers for the past 23 years, they are now able provide help with other necessities on a limited basis.  Helping Hands is working to foster a caring atmosphere for anyone experiencing temporary or emergency struggles due to a crisis situation. It is their desire that God’s love reaches out through Helping Hands to serve those that have fallen through the cracks and assist with immediate needs while respecting individual dignity. Helping Hands provides a variety of services. They provide food for qualifying families or individuals up to six (6) times per calendar year. In addition, they provided perishable food items such as bread, pastries and produce, as available. Helping Hands of Paulding County is an Atlanta Community Food Bank partner agency. They also assist families who need help with utilities, rent and prescription medicines. Each application is reviewed on a case by case basis and the availability of funds varies throughout the year. Their goal is to not only meet the physical needs of the community, but to encourage and assist with spiritual needs as well. In doing so, they can also provide prayer and Bibles.

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ith the holidays behind us, we’ve put away all the tinsel and lights of Christmas. This is the perfect time of year to asses your interiors and recreate you living space. Sounds difficult and expensive? Not necessarily!

First of all go through each room you want to “recreate” and list those possessions you want to hold on to. Decide if they are in the best location for functionality and appearance. Don’t be afraid to consider new options for the location and/or functionality of your possessions. For example, an old family heirloom chest in a guest bedroom used to store off season clothes that is only seen by guests once a year. You might consider placing it in your foyer with a new lamp and mirror hung above it. This will give the piece new life while each guest entering your home will admire the family heirloom. An added bonus is you can use the chest to store linens for the dining room table a few steps away from the foyer.

Second, go through your rooms and decide what items you really don’t care for or ones that no longer function in the place they’re in. Usually these are things you have acquired just to “get you through” or they are no longer needed. At this point you may want to use this time to think ahead about having an early spring yard sale. Now is the perfect time of year to get ahead of the game and think, “out with the old, in with the new”. Springtime usually inspires us to clean and repaint; painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to impact an environment. So, why not use, this time to pre-plan what you do for spring?

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For Those Just Getting Started – “If I knew then what I know now…”(Part Two) By David S. Mirolli, RFC


n November, we looked at a few areas to help those who want to get serious about their financial affairs Establishing a good recordkeeping system, saving first, building a liquid emergency fund, studying long-term wealth accumulation, and define the parameters for borrowing. Now we’ll look at some other basics.

Get the right kind of Insurance. Insurance is so pervasive in our financial universe many people do not consider it part of their wealth accumulation plans; rather, it is considered a regular monthly expense, like groceries and utilities. But if you intend to accumulate assets, insurance is the most financially efficient way to secure and preserve those assets. It makes no sense to invest time and effort on wealth accumulation then neglect taking steps to protect the fruits of your hard work. Your ability to earn an income and create wealth is arguably your most important asset. Considering the importance of your human capital, one of the smartest things you can do when you are starting out is to insure


cern – especially if you have assets and children.) Others might emphasize starting contributions to a retirement plan as early as possible to take advantage of compounding over a long time period. (This idea is really an offshoot of saving first, and a specific item to consider when determining your long-term wealth accumulation strategies.) But honestly, if you do a good job with the actions listed above, your “start” will be better than the lifetime financial results of many Americans.

yourself by securing disability and life insurance coverage. While Social Security provides a minimum level of disability income insurance, under most circumstances, SSA benefits will most likely not be sufficient to preserve your wealth, especially if you are engaged in a professional occupation, with potentially high long-term earning potential. If this is the case, you should consider personal disability income replacement insurance.

Likewise, many individuals “just starting out” would be well-served by obtaining at least $1 million in 20- or 30year term life insurance with conversion privileges. If you are young and reasonably healthy, the premiums will never be lower, and the underwriting will never be more favorable. Buying life insurance now not only provides immediate protection to those dependent on your earning capacity, it also ensures you will have the option of using life insurance later – in various forms – to further enhance or protect your financial assets. Waiting to buy life and disability insurance until you are sure you need it is a dangerous game; you have no guarantee that you will be healthy enough to qualify for the insurance when you realize how much you need it.

As I said before, the very best thing you can do is get started today. You are ultimately responsible for getting started and establishing a sound financial life, it doesn’t need to be a do-it-yourself project. The financial service industry exists to provide products and services to make your financial objectives possible. Ask some of those friends who’ve already made financial progress to refer you to their financial, tax and legal professionals and get the benefit of expert knowledge and experience. David S. Mirolli, is a Registered Financial Consultant and resident of Bentwater Subdivision. To see Part One of this article visit and look in the “past issues” for the November 2010 issue.

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By Charles M. Pesson, MD


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.

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The first important step is 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. Another, and maybe the most important step is to be specific in setting New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t resolve to simply “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 seem 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 Continued on Pg. 23


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“Our high-resolution, 3T MRI System offers unsurpassed detail,” said Benedict. “And we can perform functional MRI, which helps determine exactly which part of the brain is handling critical functions such as thought, speech, movement and sensation. This type of precise imaging is essential for not only assessing the effects of stroke, trauma or degenerative disease, but planning surgery.” Also, thanks to WellStar’s Picture Archiving and Communications System, patient images can be reviewed by Benedict, no matter which WellStar facility performed the study. “I can review imaging studies immediately, and get patients precisely where they need to be within our System,” said Benedict. “I can oversee cases and act as oncall specialist.” Benedict explained he often provides such consults to WellStar Emergency Department physicians for head or spinal trauma cases.

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“In the old days – and by that I mean 10 years ago – this surgery required a fairly large incision,” said Benedict. “Now we go through the nose with tiny television cameras, or scopes, and make only a small hole in the sinus cavity.”

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Continued from Pg. 22 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.

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.


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Within two months she was wearing smaller clothes, had more energy and felt better. Kendal says, “I was excited because I began having the energy to keep up with my kids and then had to start buying smaller clothes!” By setting short-term goals for herself, changing her eating habits, and attending, on average, four exercise classes per week, Kendal lost 88 pounds and went from a size 18-20 to a size 4-6. She says “without prayer and reliance on the Lord, LOTS of support from friends and family, and Jazzercise, I would not have been able to do it! It feels great to know that not only am I now a much healthier, stronger, and happier person for my family, but I am also setting the example of living a healthy lifestyle for my children!”

Kendal’s family is very proud of her weight loss and life-style change. Her husband, Justin, says “she’s hot!!” Also, just as proud are her children, who hang out in the childcare room while their mommy works out. They think their mom “is awesome and strong.” Kendal has also inspired her friends and members of her family, including her mother-in-law, Dee. Dee says,” Kendal has proved to so many that she is amazing. Over the past year, she has shown discipline and perseverance in her journey to accomplish her goal. While losing weight might have been her initial goal, she has accomplished so much more. I have watched her emerge with renewed self-confidence, and throughout this journey, she has praised God for being the source of her strength. Kendal is inspirational to so many, including me, and I am very proud of her.”

Meeting this precious family was truly a blessing. They have a great heart for the Lord, and we especially want to thank them for being so accommodating and allowing us to include them on this cover. Little Lucy was recovering from pneumonia and you would never have known it. She was quite the trooper during our shoot. Editor’s Note: We would like to thank Carin Kirk-Norton for her contribution to this article.

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Her students at Allgood Elementary and Jazzercise love her. Each group looks forward to her classes. Carin Norton, owner of Jazzercise of Dallas says, “We are very proud of Kendal. She has accomplished so much in such a short period of time and has been a huge motivator to many of our customers”. For the month of January, Jazzercise is offering your First Month for $20.11. See their ad on page 7.

Capturing all of your magical moments for 2011 BRIGETTE CARRUTH


rigette Carruth is a native of Illinois, but has lived in Georgia since 1985 and has become quite the southern girl. Her husband Tim was born in Marietta and raised here in Paulding County since the age of 6. They have been married 21 years and have two boys. Chase age 18 is a student at Kennesaw State University and a 2010 graduate of East Paulding High. Cameron age 14 is a freshman at East Paulding High. The family is long time members of Roswell Street Baptist church, where Brigette teaches 8th grade girls Sunday school and plays flute with the orchestra. Brigette has a degree in fashion merchandising and took photography classes at KSU. She started her photography business in 2003. Brigette’s business is based on senior portraits, family and children, maternity, sports and special events. She also does commercial work with area businesses. Her newest venture in the photography world is working with bridal designer Kristina Eaton of Kristina Easton Ltd. Brigette will be published nationally in the Bridal Guide magazine sometime after the first of the year. Recently she has had several photos of our local minor league baseball player Zack Wheeler published in the AJC and San Francisco Giants web page along with the Georgia Dugout Club magazine.

Brigette is a breast cancer survivor of two years and is participating in her first Susan G. Komen 3-day walk this year. God has truly been her rock, giving her strength and courage that comes from nowhere else.


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ince 1993, hunters have been bringing meat to the tables of those in need through the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program. This successful program continues to provide opportunities during hunting season for hunters to share their harvest with those in need. Currently, hunters can donate deer at 14 participating deer processors through Jan. 15.  “The Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program is one opportunity for hunters to demonstrate their generosity by sharing their harvest with those in need,” said John W. Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division assistant chief of Game Management. “The Division is proud to be a cooperator in this public-private partnership and to work with the many partners who make it possible each year.”  Wildlife Resources, along with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Wildlife Federation and the Georgia State Association of Food Banks sponsor the program.  Thanks to these partners, and to the efforts of Georgia hunters and participating meat processors, nearly 30,400 pounds of venison were collected, processed and distributed to food banks across the state last year. This meat provided approximately 152,000 meals for needy Georgians. Since the program’s inception in 1993, more than 288,282 pounds of venison have been donated.

The following 14 processor locations will accept deer or commercially processed venison until Jan. 15, 2011 during business hours:

Axson Baldwin Canton Columbus Dawson Eastman Irwinton Jefferson Leesburg Milledgeville Naylor Sparta Stephens Vidalia

DROP BACK A PACK Want to donate, but don’t have a whole deer to give? No problem, how about just donating a portion of a processed deer. All participating GHFTH program processors will have a freezer indicating where hunters can “Drop Back a Pack” for the program. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE Hunters interested in participating in the GHFTH program can bring field-dressed deer to any designated drop-off location. All hunters who donate a deer during this collection period will be entered into a drawing for a deer rifle, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.  For more information on donating food to those in need during other times of the year, call the Atlanta Community Food Bank at (404) 892-FEED. For more information on the GHFTH program, visit or contact the WRD Game Management office or call (770) 761-3045.

Lee’s Meat Processing, (912) 422-3079 JJ’s Deer Processing, (706) 776-2819 Mitch’s Archery and Deer Cooler, (770) 479-7004 Daffin Meat Processing, (706) 322-8848 Mossy Creek Outdoors, (229) 995-4109 Barlow’s Deer Processing, (478) 374-5614 Starley’s Deer Processing, (478) 946-8976 Sealey’s Deer Cooler, (706) 335-9304 Country Jacks, (229) 883-6017 Wright’s Deer and Wild Hog Processing, (478) 452-4228 K&K Deer and Wild Hog Processing, (229) 269-5557 Garner’s Grinder, (706) 444-9228 Fire Tower #2 Meat Processing, (706) 743-3766 Stewart’s Quality Meat, Inc. (912) 537-9888

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new year is about to unfold With new opportunities to explore Doors will open for new experiences New adventures with the Lord  Remember not the former things The things of this past year The Lord will do new things in us Much more than we are aware  For He will make a way for us As we put our trust in Him And He will guide our every step By His presence we have within  What God has placed within our hearts We find we’ll be able to do If we look for the opportunities We’ll see the door to go through  We mustn’t let anything hold us back But rise up and take our place And be all that God wants us to be With a fresh touch of His grace

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Available for Adoption: BELLE (DOB ~01/20/2007) is a beautiful female pure-

bred Blue & White Bicolor Persian with gorgeous copper eyes who was originally confiscated from a breeder who was not able to properly for the cats in her cattery. BELLE was adopted, but her owner developed an illness which required her relinquishment of BELLE back to FFRS. BELLE has lived a brief life of luxury and is now seeking that perfect home again. BELLE will make a wonderful companion for someone who is not necessarily looking for a lap kitty, but is looking for someone to love and admire. BELLE is spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, microchipped, dewormed, negative for Feline AIDS/Leukemia, 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. BELLE’s adoption fee is $150.00.

To see all our cats available for adoption, please visit, or come visit some of our cats at the Douglasville Petsmart.

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.

In 2011, we pray for God to look on you with favor, as well as your families, your health and your businesses. In this coming year, we give thanks each day to our most gracious Heavenly Father, who we trust to guide and direct us in everything we are and everything we have.



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Protecting Your Pets in Cold Weather



he chilly months are definitely here, and unless your pet is a cold weather dog such as a Huskie or a Saint-Bernard, its coat of fur will not protect it from the biting cold. The rule of thumb is: If you are feeling cold, then your dog is feeling cold. In cold weather, dog sweaters and jackets are recommended. To get the correct size, measure his chest and neck before buying one from the pet store. If your dog is smaller, you might have luck finding one at a toy store.

Dogs living outside should have their shelters off the ground, insulated with clean straw and with warm comfortable blankets to lie in. If you notice that parts of your dog’s skin have changed to gray, black, white, or red, then frostbite has set in and it is time to pay the vet a visit. Frostbite usually affects the tail, bottom, or tip of the ear and can lead to hypothermia and amputation of the affected area in severe cases.

One thing to watch out for during the cold weather is salted sidewalks and driveways, pools of automotive anti-freeze, and other chemicals. Anti-freeze, for instance, tastes sweet to your pet, and when ingested, he may appear wobbly. Watch out for other signs such as vomiting, thirst, and urinating excessively. If symptoms are not caught in time, ulcers may develop around the mouth, diarrhea may occur, and seizures accompanied with rapid breathing. At this point, the kidneys will be extensively damaged. Therefore, when coming in from the cold, wipe your dog’s legs and stomach because he may ingest anti-freeze when licking his paws. You should also use dog boots to prevent cracks caused by salted pavement.

In spite of the fact cats have an external covering of fur which is supposed to keep it warm, the fur coat may provide little protection during the cold winter. Like dogs, this same rule applies for cats, “If you’re feeling cold, then your cat is feeling cold”. It is important for you to be aware where your feline is during very cold winter. If your cat has the habit of heading outdoors, make sure it is back in the house

When warming your pet, don’t do it too quickly like putting it directly into warm water. A quick sudden increase in temperature will only do more harm. Warm your pet’s body slowly by covering it with a warm blanket and putting it in a warmer environment. You may also use a hairdryer, but use the low setting and don’t get too close to avoid burning its body. Ensure your pet has warmed up and you cover its body with enough protection from cold before you take it out of the house to visit the vet.

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If your pet is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for a time, frostbite might occur. Observe your pet carefully and if its movement slows down, its body begins to shiver and breathing becomes shallow, it could possibly be suffering from hypothermia. Do what it takes to gently warm your pet up or else, it could eventually pass out and die.


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ost of us love a good bowl of chili on a cold chilly day. Not only is it a great meal for a family, but in most recipes chili can be put together very quickly. There are an endless number of versions out there; enough to satisfy anyone’s palate. There are chili recipes with or without beans, with or without meat, even with or without tomatoes. Also, some folks like it HOT and some not. Here are a few simple recipes for chili. Remember, chili is hard to mess up so don’t be afraid to make it your own. ENJOY!!!

Laura’s Quick and Easy Chili

1 ½ lbs of browned ground beef 2 can of light red kidney beans

2 cans of tomato sauce 2 packages of French’s Chili-O Mix

Put ingredients together in stock pot and cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.



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This is a mild chili and goes great with cornbread or Fritos. Don’t forget to include shredded cheese, sour cream and diced onions that can be added later according to one’s taste.

Antonette’s White Chicken Chili

3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed ½ tsp chili powder 1 ½ chopped onions ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp minced garlic 4 cups diced cooked chicken breast 4-6 cups of chicken broth 2 cans Great Northern beans 1 Tbsp oil ½ to 1 cup Half and Half 2-4 oz of mild green chilies chopped 1 ½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese 2 tsp ground cumin 4 cups grated cheddar cheese 1 ½ tsp oregano (2 in soup and 2 for garnishment) Garnish with tortillas, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, cilantro, guacamole….. Combine broth, potatoes, onions, garlic in large stock pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes and onions are tender – about 30 minutes. In skillet, sauté chilies and all seasonings in the oil. Mix and heat thoroughly. Add to broth mixture. Now add cooked chicken and beans. Simmer 30 minutes. Add half and half and 2 cups of cheese, stirring until creamy and cheese has melted. Serve with remaining cheese and other garnishments. This is also a mild chili, but can be spiced up with hotter green chilies and the jalapenos.

A.J’s 500-Mile HOT Chili Recipe

3 lbs stewing beef, cubed 1 lb chorizo (Spanish Sausage) 2 large onions, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 3 jalapeno peppers, peeled and diced 3 Tbsp olive oil 3 Tbsp oil

3 Tbsp chili powder 1/2 tsp cayenne 1 tsp salt 3 - 15 oz cans tomato sauce 1 - 12 oz can Mexican beer 1 ½ cup water

Brown beef, onions, garlic and jalapenos together in olive oil. While mixture is browning, add cayenne and chili powder. Stir often. Add tomato sauce, salt, water and beer. Cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often. Uncover and simmer for 2 hours. Don’t forget to include sour cream, shredded cheese, cornbread, cilantro and other garnishments for toppings. Caution... you might want to only use two (or one) jalapeno peppers for your first time with this HOT, savory chili recipe! Also, its best to hold back on the salt until just before serving.

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