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IN THIS ISSUE…

The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town

About the Cover........................................................................5

Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish

Health & Fitness: Alcohol and Your Weight............................10

Calendar of Events..................................................................6-7

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Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography Brigette Carruth In Focus Photography

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Relationships: Patience..............................................................8

Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey Jerry Clegg Dara Hosch Matthew Jaffe Christine Mandrake Rachel Paxton S. Quinn Cathy Robertson

Home Decor: Children’s Murals .............................................12 Finance: Pay Yourself First........................................................14 Our Town Favorites...................................................................15 Letter from the Editors............................................................15 Family Focus: Educational Milestones....................................16 Home Improvement: Storage Sheds.........................................18

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.

Community: Community Makeover......................................22 Pet Page: Pets and the 4th of July...........................................24 July Crossword.........................................................................26 What’s Cookin’: Summer Salads..............................................26

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Calendar of Events “MIDSUMMER MAGIC 2009” BENEFIT WITH MAGICIAN JOE M. TURNER – Dallas Theater July 11, 2009; Saturday 7pm-8:30pm Paulding County’s favorite magician is back this July for another summer magic spectacular! Magical entertainer Joe M. Turner returns to the Dallas Theater with his family-friendly illusion show. Proceeds from this year’s show will benefit the Paulding County School Foundation. So gather up your family and friends, come enjoy an evening of fun and mystery, and support your local schools! All tickets are $12.00 and are available online at turnermagic.com and at the Theater Box Office 770-445-5180.

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4TH ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY & ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION CONCERT- Villa Rica Civic Center July 3, 2009; Friday 6pm The Villa Rica Parks & Rec Dept invites you to attend our 4th Annual Fireworks Display; the largest in West Georgia. Enjoy face painting, inflatable slides, the Atlanta Braves Mobile Experience, the full Atlanta Hawks Experience, the Thrashers Experience, hot air balloon tethered rides and other activities. Concessions available. Concert at 7pm and Fireworks at 9pm. NO COST to participants. For more info, contact Kimberly Stovall at 678-840-5959.

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM – Pickett’s Mill Battlefield July 15-17, 2009; Wednesday – Friday 9am–12pm This program is open for children age 8 to 12. Feel a slithering snake in your hand, hear the call of an owl, or get your feet wet in a creek hike while earning a badge as a Junior Ranger! Remember to complete your Junior Ranger Workbook! Pre-Registration required. Limited spaces. Lunch not provided. Cost is $15 per child. For more information call 770-443-7850 or visit their website at picketsmillpark.org.

SENIORS OPRYLAND SUMMER SPECTACULAR – Nashville, Tennessee July 9 - 11, 2009; Thursday to Saturday (call for times) Experience the energy and excitement of Music City while staying at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on the banks of the Cumberland River. Open to Seniors ONLY and cost $517 or LESS. For more information call Betty Roach at 770-443-8873.

PAULDING 45 & OVER SINGLES CLUB ACTIVITIES July 14, 2009; (Every 2nd Tuesday of the month) 6:30pm – O’Charley’s in Hiram July 21, 2009; Tuesday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm – Jalapeno Joe’s in Hiram Paulding Singles Club members participate in a variety of activities including dining socials, dance nights, movies, bowling, car shows, music events, adopt a solider and more. Monthly social and meetings are held at O’Charley’s. Also, join them for Trivia Night at Jalapeno Joe’s in Hiram. For more information please call Andree at 770-505-3237.

CONCERT and FIREWORKS IN THE PARK – Taylor Farm Park July 11, 2009; Saturday 7pm – 9pm Come enjoy good music, fireworks and great family fun! Bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, but alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed. For more information call the Paulding Parks and Rec department at 770-445-8065. LIFE ON THE SOUTHERN HOME FRONT– Pickett’s Mill Battlefield July 11, 2009; Saturday 10am–4pm Come experience a living history in an 1850’s cabin. The program portrays the lifestyles of civilians who lived during the 1850s depicting the cooking, sewing, gardening, and cleaning styles at that time. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and $1.75 for children ages 6-18. Children 5 and under are FREE. Call 770-443-7850 for more info visit their website at picketsmillpark.org

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FAMILY BIKE-FEST and ONEWAYOUT CONCERT - Hiram/Silver Comet Trial Head at Homer Leggett Park July 25, 2009; Saturday The ChainStation along with PauldingSORBA, Dallas FUMC and RescueAtlanta are sponsoring an event supporting Paulding Pregnancy Services. MTB skills clinic and Free Concert. Dinner is at 6pm Cost: $6.00. For more info call Chuck at 770-439-7337 or visit TheChainStation.com. CANNING WORKSHOP - Autism Sunshine House July 25, 2009; Saturday 10am – 2pm Autism In Georgia, Inc. (AIG) will be hosting a Canning Workshop and discussing the positive affect on Autistic children. They meet on the 4th Saturday of each month at 6340 Cedarcrest Rd NW. PLEASE, no children and they request a $10 donation. Please RSVP at meetup.com/autism-in-gerogia or call Kitty at 770-974-7592. FORGOTTEN MATH FOR PARENTS SEMINAR – Sylvan Learning of Dallas July 30, 2009; Thursday 5pm – 7:30pm ”Forgotten Math for Parents” is a FREE seminar to help parents review Integers, Fractions, Decimals/Percentages, Algebraic Equations, Graphing Basics, Exponeyts and Calculations. There will be refreshments and a raffle. For more information call Gussie Harris 770-443-9595. BENTWATER CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE – Bentwater Clubhouse August 6–8, 2009; Thursday 9am7pm, Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am12pmThursday, August 6th: 9:00 AM 7:00 PM All Sales Final; Buyer Restrictions; No strollers; Cash or check only. For more information contact Michelle at 678-574-9942. ANNUAL PAULDING CO. RODEO – Earl Duncan Park Equestrian Center August 14 and 15, 2009; Friday and Saturday-Gates open at 5pm; Rodeo begins at 8pm Come enjoy cowboys and cowgirls in the art of horseback riding, cattle roping, and

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A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS – THE JEFF BREWER SHOW – Dallas Theater August 15, 2009; Saturday 8pm to 10:30pm Don’t miss this entertaining tribute to the King of Rock and Roll! Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Dallas Theatre box office 770-445-5180. Visit americanelvis.com for more info.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS - “ARTIST GUILD OF NW GEORGIA” Ongoing meeting every second Monday of the month; 7pm Attention all artists, sculptures and photographers! The Guild offers monthly programs on a variety of artistic subjects, and several competitions. Meetings are at 122 Main Street in downtown Dallas. For more info, visit georgiaart.net or call Lynne at 770-445-4338.

RAGSDALE HEATING & AIR 2008 CLAY SHOOT – Blalock Lakes, Griffin Georgia August 29, 2009; Saturday Get your teams together for the 6th Annual Paulding Chamber Clay Shoot to benefit the Paulding County’s Star Student Scholarship Fund. Individual or TEAM entry. For more details, contact LeeAnn Shaffer at the Paulding Chamber at 770445-6016. 2008 – 2009 CONCERT SEASON AUDITIONS – West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society August to September Do you like to sing? The West Atlanta Douglas Choral Society is holding season auditions for the upcoming season’s Christmas and Easter Concert. Rehearsals are held each Tuesday from 7pm to 9:30pm at the Douglas County High School Rehearsal Hall and begin in September. For more info contact, LuAnn Bryant at 770920-7856 or Waverly Rainey, Conductor at 770-920-1662, or visit wadcs.org. GRIEFSHARE GROUP - Northwest Christian Church Ongoing; Monday nights 7pm – 9pm If you’ve lost someone close to you, or know someone who has, consider joining the weekly Griefshare seminar/support group at Northwest Christian Church. They meet in the “Nest”/Youth House. “We know you hurt, and we want to help”. The church is

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WRITERS GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND” Ongoing meeting every second and fourth Wednesday of the month; 6pm – 7:30pm Attention writers! A writers group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at Vito’s Café located at 10175 Dallas Acworth Highway, (Rt. 92) in Dallas. For more info, email muse@lightband. com.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Relationships By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

The Emotional Value of Patience

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atience is a virtue. We’ve all heard and most likely agree with this long honored concept. However, the value and impact of maintaining a life lived with patience is not only virtuous – it is tremendously beneficial to contentment and general life satisfaction. The attribute of patience goes a long way towards a goal of creating a more peaceful self. Without patience, life is extremely frustrating. A persistently impatient person is easily annoyed, bothered and irritated which contributes to unhappiness. Patience adds a dimension of ease and acceptance to life and is essential for inner serenity. Together with perseverance, patience contributes to success.

It is common to overestimate what can be accomplished in the hours of a day and to underestimate the hassles that will accompany tasks. We live in a speeded up world where everything has become instant. Instant messaging, email, text, cell phones encourage an attitude and belief that we should never have to wait. Given these issues, it is easy to understand how as a culture we have become less patient. Impatience can be bad for your physical health. Impatience causes stress, weakens the immune system and forces the heart to beat faster and harder. It has long been known that people with impatient “Type A” personalities have a much higher risk of hypertension and heart disease. Impatient, agitated people forget how to relax. Intense emotional stress can result in intestinal disturbances, stiff necks and

backs, and headaches. Impatience also can impair the ability to think clearly and make good decisions. Additionally, chronic and extreme impatience can develop into a deeply ingrained sense of resentment, and anger. This is created out of the belief that the world is unfair with a desire to sabotage and cause harm. These outraged people see themselves as unfortunate victims of negative forces and have feelings of powerlessness. Whenever we hold on to resentment, we turn “small stuff ” into really “big stuff ”. We start to believe that our opinions and beliefs are more important than our happiness. They are not. If you want to be a more peaceful person you must understand that being right is almost never more important that allowing yourself to be happy. The good news is …patience can be learned. The bad news is…patience is only learned through opportunities to practice it! I want to offer a few guidelines to improve a sense of calm and patience. • • •

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Tolerance is essential. Remember not everyone operates at the same speed. Slowing down to a slower pace may be helpful to you. Why are you in such a hurry? Remind yourself that the world is not all about you.

Most impatience is due to perception and expectation. “Stuff happens” and unrealistic expectations about uninterrupted smooth sailing will create disappointment and resentment. • Setbacks are temporary. Remember, “This, too, shall pass.” • Trying to do too much sets you up for impatience – avoid overwhelming yourself! While often times useful, multi-tasking can be a curse! And finally - • Be patient with yourself as you learn patience. •

Leonardo da Vinci wrote: “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.” The city of Marietta is providing many opportunities for my clients and me to improve our level of patience. My office is located on Kennesaw Avenue which due to detours and construction is currently an extreme challenge to navigate. I am struggling to be grateful for this opportunity to deepen my patience! Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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The impact of alcohol on the human body is very different than from any other food group. When you have a normal meal your body gets its energy from the calories from the carbohydrates, proteins and fat, which are slowly digested within your stomach. However, when you drink alcohol it does not get digested but instead, diffuse through the stomach very quickly, reaching the liver and brain within minutes. This effectively means that rather than processing calories from normal food,

your body gets its energy from alcohol calories, which offer absolutely no nutritional value to your body. Consequently, since your body gets powered by alcohol calories, nutritional calories such as carbohydrates and dietary fats do not get burned and your body does not get all the benefits out of them, instead they get stored as permanent fat deposits.  Moreover, alcohol actually stimulates your appetite, since alcohol calories do not fill you up as much as same amount of calories derived from food; you are likely to consume more calories if you are drinking. On top of that, research shows that if you drink before or during a meal, both your inhibitions and willpower are reduced and in this state, you are more likely to overeat, especially greasy or fried foods—which can add to your waistline. In order to avoid this, wait to order that drink until you’re done with your meal.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Home Decor By Cathy Robertson

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Pick your wall. The great part about painting a mural is that you can totally customize it to the space in your child’s room. You can paint murals wall to wall, paint a single wall, paint the ceiling or just a wall section. It’s completely up to you and your hearts desire! Choose your characters. Grab your kids and their favorite story books. Look through and find your child’s most loved characters. Your kids will love this. Decide which ones you are going to place in your mural. Don’t worry. No art skills are needed. You are not going to be free handing these drawings. Just pick the favorites. It’s O.K. to mix and match characters from different books. Create your background. Take a hint from Disney and Winnie the Pooh. Keep your

background colors light and soft. This will allow your characters to really stand out. Unless you are artistically inclined, don’t make this complicated. Take your sea sponge and dab on a very light soft blue color for the sky. Sponge all the way down to your designated horizon line. Use white to add fluffy clouds. Use a light soft color for the grass or ground, and use slightly different shades of green to sponge on some hills.

Add your foreground. This part is optional and can be as simple or detailed as you wish. Use stencils to add anything from flowers, butterflies & picket fences to sea shells, fish & seagulls. Use your sea sponge to dab on tree tops and foreground bushes. Use lighter green for bushes and trees far away and slightly darker shades for the ones close up. Place your characters. Use a projector to project your characters directly onto the wall. Remember that characters made smaller will appear farther away. Lightly trace the characters. Try using chalk or a charcoal pencil when tracing. Mistakes wipe off easily! No projector? No sweat! Enlarge your characters on a photo copy

machine. Trace them with a charcoal pencil. Place them on the wall charcoal side down. Firmly rub the tracing with a #2 pencil. The charcoal outline will transfer to the wall. Keep in mind that your character will be facing the opposite direction, so plan accordingly.

Paint your characters. This is no more difficult than using crayons in a coloring book. Grab your water cleanup craft paint and start painting. Stay in the lines. Use inexpensive sponge brushes for large and medium areas. Use detail brushes for the small stuff. Want to really make it pop? After it dries, outline it with a darker color. Refer to your story books for inspiration. Your kids will be so excited; they’ll hardly be able to wait to show their new mural off to their friends. You might find yourself doing a little bragging too! Create a room that you and your child will never forget. Have fun. Be playful. Do it together. Cathy Robertson is an Artist and writer for Fine Art Castle. Sign up for the monthly newsletter at fineartcastle.com.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Finance Pay Yourself First! Learn from big business

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hat can you do to help secure your financial future? Pay yourself first by regularly investing some of your income. Big Companies always pay themselves first. However, most Americans end up paying themselves last. Usually that means Americans end up not paying themselves anything as they have no money left when they go to pay themselves last!

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Dollar Cost Averaging is the smart way to pay yourself first Dollar Cost Averaging is the strategy of investing a fixed amount of money in an investment at regular intervals. For instance, you could invest $100 each month. If you’re using dollar-cost averaging--investing a specific amount regularly regardless of fluctuating price levels--you may be getting a bargain by continuing to buy when prices are down. However, you’ll also need to consider your financial and psychological ability to continue purchases through periods of low price levels or economic distress; dollar-cost averaging loses much of its benefit if you stop just when prices are reduced. And it can’t guarantee a profit or protect against a loss. Even if the value of your holdings fluctuates, regularly adding to an account that’s designed for a long-term goal may cushion the emotional impact of market swings. If losses are offset even in part by new savings, the bottom-line number on your statement might not be quite so discouraging.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - family focus Educational Milestones Educational Milestones

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n the fall we will send our oldest son off to college. This stage of his life has come way too fast for us. It seems like yesterday that we were planning his first day of preschool. I am filled with a mixture of emotions but these feelings are now familiar. As I recall each major step along the path to his schooling, there was a certain amount of anxiety, stress and excitement. Like all parents, I want his experiences to be wonderful. I wish for him to make good friends, stay safe, do well academically and have the time of his life. Of course, I know that I can’t be there to ensure that he always makes the best choices. Therefore, it seems like a good time to review the things every student should know.

patients as they prepare to enter middle school, high school and college. Hopefully, these thoughts will be useful to parents as they help their own children cope with these important educational milestones.

fair and sometimes things will not go your way. However, you can learn as much from your failures as your successes (maybe more). •Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise and get enough rest. Allowing your body to get run down will only hamper your ability to perform. Keep your head on your shoulders and don’t do things that impair your judgment. When you feel ready to make grown up choices, be responsible. A careless decision can alter your life. When you need advice, talk to an adult. You will be surrounded by teachers, counselors and mentors who are happy to help you. •Talk to your family. They want to know if you are struggling or unhappy. They want to know who your friends are. But mostly, they want you to know that they will love you no matter what. Whether you need comfort or celebration, it is important to share your life with the people who care about you.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - home improvement Selecting the Ideal Storage Shed

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hen looking for the perfect way to organize your extra indoor and outdoor things into one space, you should consider an outdoor storage shed. A shed will give you extra space for lawn equipment, box storage, or can even act as a parking space for your motorcycle, bicycle, or even your car if space allows.

Style - Look at your landscape and backyard and visualize the style and size of shed you prefer. Popular choices for outdoor storage shed styles include country cottages and farm barns. Also consider add on accessories to enhance the look of your shed, including double doors, lofts, windows, shelves, flower boxes, shutters, and more.

When most people think of outdoor storage sheds, they think of those outdated metal kits that don’t fit into the landscape and often rust within a few years. Today, sheds have evolved from those metal kits to include stylish and more durable sheds built from plans or new updated kits. Sheds built from wood, vinyl, or brick that often look like miniature versions of a home are popular. These sheds are perfect for storing lawn equipment, holiday decorations, out of season clothing, and much more.

Function - Make a list of each way you plan to use your outdoor storage shed to help determine its main purpose. By considering the main function of a shed, you can eliminate certain styles and shapes that will not fit your needs. For example, if you want to store your riding mower in your outdoor storage shed, you should consider sheds with double doors and an entry ramp instead of a step or stairs for ease of storage. You may also want a ventilated shed if you will be storing gasoline for your riding mower.

When choosing a storage shed, keep the following tips in mind so your shed suits your desire and storage needs.

Building Materials - After you have decided on the style and main function of your shed, determine the building materials you want. There are many different choices when it comes

to building materials. Your budget and desire for achieving a certain “look” will determine the type of building materials you use. Common siding materials include wood, vinyl, and rock. Cedar is a popular wood for outdoor storage shed because it is pretty, durable, and weather, insect, and rot resistant. Vinyl is the most economical choice. It lasts a long time, is rust and rot resistant and does not require painting, but it is usually considered a less stylish choice than rock or wood. Rock siding, which includes stone, concrete block, and bricks, makes for a sturdy and long lasting shed, but it requires more labor to install. Your Abilities - Consider your abilities when deciding between a storage shed kit and building from scratch using storage shed plans. If you aren’t an experienced builder, it may be best to go with a storage shed kit that includes pre-cut pieces that you simply put together. A shed built from plans may last longer, but if you don’t have the skills to build it right, it is not the most economical choice. By keeping these tips in mind when choosing an outdoor storage shed, you should find a shed with the look you love that meets all of your storage needs. S. Quinn is an author for BuildAShedPlans.com. For more tips and free resources check out the website.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Medical What You Need to Know when You Hit the Courts This Summer By Matthew Jaffe MD

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ennis is a very popular sport for all age groups in Georgia and is especially fun when on vacations during the summer. During the warmer months, when most people enjoy hitting the courts, I’m always asked about common tennis-related injuries and what can be done to treat them. Most tennis players will experience discomfort at some point in their careers, whether they’re a weekend player or a tournament professional. The shoulder is a common place for injury in tennis, and many of these injuries can be attributed to rotator cuff tendonitis or bursitis. Rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis will usually cause pain while serving or hitting overheads. Pain may also be felt after match play is completed. One can develop inflammation either within the muscles (tendonitis) or above the muscles (bursitis). The best way to treat inflammation is usually with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and occasionally, with a cortisone injection. If inflammation persists for a long time or becomes severe, a visit with an orthopaedic

surgeon may be in order. By far the most common tennis injury I see is lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is a condition involving pain and inflammation over the outside bump of the elbow and is most severe while playing or at nighttime. This problem is a result of inflammation at the attachment of the muscles at the elbow. Over time, the tendons attaching the muscles to bone may develop tiny tears and begin to weaken. This process causes continuing pain and debilitation. Treatment of tennis elbow can involve medications, physical therapy, stretching, or simply a change in racquet or strings. Cortisone injections or surgery may be necessary in some cases. Knee pain is another common complaint during tennis season. This can be a result of patellofemoral pain (kneecap inflammation), tendonitis, injury to cartilage or ligament strain or tear. Tendonitis and kneecap inflammation can usually be treated with medications, therapy, and rest. However, cartilage or ligament tears require evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon and possible surgical intervention. Finally, foot and ankle pain can be a

source of debilitation in the tennis player as well. Pain arising in the arch or heel of the foot may be due to plantar fascitis, a common inflammatory condition. This can usually be treated with new shoes or shoe inserts, stretching exercises and therapy. When those solutions don’t work, medication and injection or surgery may be required. So as you enjoy playing tennis this summer, have fun but be aware of the conditions you should watch out for. And remember, if pain persists beyond a few weeks and doesn’t resolve itself with rest and overthe-counter medications, a visit with your orthopaedist may be a smart move! Now go hit the courts! Dr. Matthew Jaffe is an orthopaedic surgeon at Pinnacle Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Specialists. For an appointment call 770-9443303 or visit www.pinnacle-ortho. com.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Community

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n 2008, eight local churches came together and held a community service event called the Community Makeover. Many of the churches involved did not hold Sunday Services; instead they performed acts of kindness all over the county. Ultimately, three thousand volunteers completed two hundred and twenty service projects within Paulding over three days. The Community Makeover finished off the weekend with a Celebration Service in the Sam’s Club Parking lot with over five thousand people in attendance.

This year’s Community Makeover will be held July 31st, August 1st, and August 2nd. We hope to once again to serve our community in a meaningful way. We have grown to eighteen Paulding Churches and fifteen Cobb County Churches. We will once again have a Celebration Service at the Sam’s Club Parking Lot, 4798 Jimmy Lee Parkway, Hiram, GA 30141, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome, please come and join us. For more information, to submit projects or volunteer visit www.communitymakeover.net.

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4th of July Safety Tips for Pets

By Christine Mandrake   ummer has officially started and it’s time for fun family outings, picnics in the park and hiking and biking the trails. For many of us, our canine companions enjoy participating in all these fun activities. But, unfortunately not all our pets enjoy all the festivities as much as we do.  The 4th of July can be especially distressing and scary for some dogs (and cats too). If your pet experiences stress to the loud booming noises of fireworks, here are a few tips that can help keep them safe and happy. 

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July 4th - Don’ts:

  Don’t take your dog to fireworks displays. Even if your dog isn’t normally afraid of loud noises, the intense booms of fireworks and the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” can make any dog a little tense. 

Don’t leave your dog in your car. Even with the windows partially open hot humid summer evenings can still pose a risk to your dog. And, cracked windows can be an invitation for your dog to escape placing them at risk for getting injured and lost in its panic to get away.  Don’t leave your dog outside in a fenced yard or chained up. Every year dogs escape by jumping fences or digging under them. Scared panicked dogs are at greater risk of getting lost, injured or even worse killed by being hit by a car. Chains can also get tangled and injure a dog that is desperately trying to get away. 

July 4th - Do’s:

  Do make sure you keep your pets indoors in a safe and secure room. Make sure to remove any items that could be harmful like ropes, cords or anything that could be harmful if chewed or ingested.  Do make sure your dog and cat is wearing up to date identification. In addition, make sure your microchip company has the correct con-

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tact information on file. Also, keep pictures of your pets handy in case of an escape. Each year Shelters and Animal Control facilities see their share of pets, lost and frightened from fireworks. Having your pets properly identified, helps ensure their speedy return.  Do make sure they are surrounded by familiar items like their bed, blanket and their favorite toys.  Turn the radio or television on at normal levels to mimic typical household sounds. This can help keep your dog company while you’re at the neighborhood barbeque, picnic or parade.  Keep blinds and drapes closed to help give them a more sheltered feeling.  If your pet has extreme anxiety, consider using a safe calming supplement or spray. Many natural plants and herbs promote a sense of calm and relaxation in animals as well as people. Never use any drugs or medications with your pet without consulting your veterinarian. Christine Mandrake is the owner of www. wellbeings.com, a site dedicated to providing info and resources about caring for senior pets.

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alads are a great accompaniment to any summer picnic or barbecue. Everyone has their favorite. I personally love Taco Salad, my daughter’s favorite is Pea Salad. Here are some easy salad recipes you can prepare for your family or take to your next family get-together. Keep an open mind about the Broccoli Salad recipe and give it a try. It is delicious!

Taco Salad

1/2 onion, chopped 3 tomatoes 1 head lettuce 4 oz. cheese, grated 8 oz. Thousand Island dressing Taco Sauce to taste 1 bag tortilla chips 1 lg. avocado, opt. 1 lb. ground beef 1 can kidney beans 1/4 t. salt Chop onion, tomatoes, and lettuce. Toss with cheese, dressing and taco sauce. Crunch and add chips. Brown meat, add kidney beans, salt and simmer 10 minutes and mix into cold salad. Serve immediately (or prepare ahead of time and add cheese and chips right before serving).

Broccoli Salad

1 bunch broccoli, cut in tiny flowers 1 c. raisins 1/4 c. red onion 1/4 c. pecans (or walnuts, or sunflower seeds) 1/4 c. bacon bits 1 c. mayonnaise 1/2 c. sugar 1/4 c. vinegar Mix mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Add bacon bits and other ingredients and mix. Chill for a few hours.

Pea Salad

2 bags frozen peas 1 block cheddar cheese (cubed or shredded) 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 bunch green onions 1 pkg. bacon cut into small pieces and fried Keep peas frozen until ready to use. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill and serve.

Five Cup Salad

1 c. sour cream 1 c. miniature marshmallows 1 c. coconut 1 c. pineapple 1 c. mandarin oranges Mix together and refrigerate for 12 hours.

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