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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town June 2010

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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 Katie Parker Katie Parker Photography Independant Sales Rep Kristi Folds

Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Paul Banas Clifton Crawford Dr. Dara Hosch Jessica Logan, GCLP David Mayer n Charlie Parish Charles M. Pesson, MD Jack Sands n Brian Talley Pam Walker n I. White

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 2010, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover...............................................................5 Health & Fitness: Improving Health & Body..................6 Calendar of Events......................................................8, 9, 11 Relationships: Anxieties..................................................12 Family Focus: Vitamin D..................................................14 Seasonal: Tribute to Dads..................................................16 Home Improvement: Concrete Floor Stains................17 Home & Design: Recliners................................................18 Medical: Physical Therapy................................................21 Finance: Health Savings Account..................................22 Community: CASA........................................................24 Outdoor: Summer Grilling.............................................26 Spotlight: Canongate Golf..............................................27 Gardening: Writing Spiders...........................................28 Travel: Food Hotspots.....................................................30 Letter from the Editors.....................................................32 Pets: Keeping Cool...........................................................33 June Crossword...............................................................34 What’s Cookin’: Red Cabbage........................................34


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Keith and Angela Bailey have lived in Paulding for the past six years. Keith is from Powder Springs and Angela is originally from Dothan, Alabama, but has been in Georgia for the past 15 years. Both Keith and Angela have lived all over Atlanta, until settling in Paulding when they married.

Keith and Angela were introduced to each other through mutual friends. This month they will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary.

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When the Bailey’s decided to start a family, they began to talk about adoption. They checked into adopting a baby from several different areas, but sadly discovered the cost was way beyond their budget. One evening they were watching Fox 5 News - Wednesday’s Child. From this informative segment, they got the idea to foster-to-adopt a child. In the Foster/Adopt program, Keith and Angela first had to see if they qualified. Of course, they were able to pass all the necessary qualifications. After only a couple of months, they received a call that they had a match! When Keith and Angela went into the office, the agent said, “We know you only wanted one child, but would you be willing to take a brother and sister?” “Of course!!!” they said without hesitation and before they knew it, they were welcoming home their precious children, Denise and Rodney. In the last three years, the Bailey’s have created a beautiful bond as a family. They are very active and enjoy spending time at their lake house riding four wheelers, bikes and jumping on the trampoline. The children have both been active in gymnastics. Denise is currently taking electric guitar lessons and has also been involved in cheerleading and softball. Rodney enjoys playing baseball and basketball. Angela is now a stay-at-home mom after being a Veterinary Technician for 20 years. Keith has been a lineman for Greystone Power for 13 years. This is the family they always wanted. Both Keith and Angela encourage anyone who wants to have children to consider what they did and give other children a chance to have a family of their own. If you know of a special person, family or group in Paulding, we’d like you to nominate them for a future cover. Send an email to Include the names, ages, why you think they should be on the cover, and contact information. (Please don’t submit your own. It’s quite the surprise to be nominated.) Our selection committee will carefully review the nominations.

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t’s that time of year again; the time when we break out our swimsuits and head for the beach, pool, or just lay out to get a tan. This is the time of year when the fruits of taking care of our bodies are put on display. Working out and eating right can seem like an endless cycle, and it can be quite confusing to know exactly when and where to start our journey of getting in shape.

workout must be tailored to the individual. The trainer will find out about your background as far as any injuries you may have, medical restraints, and past workout history. Given this information, the trainer can better assess you and develop a workout plan that will give you the results you desire. A trainer will make working out fun and enjoyable.

Also, use portion control. You can eat healthy, but if you are going back for seconds, thirds and so on, you are doing more harm than good. A good rule of thumb is using your fist to size your portions. Each helping of

There are a few simple rules to follow that can make reaching your goals easier. The most important thing when trying to get into great physical condition is eating right. So much advice is out there. But one basic bit of advice when considering what to stock your house with from the store is what I am about to tell you, so take notes.

meats, veggies, and so on should be about the size of your fist. This will keep you from overeating. Try to eat four solid meals a day and avoid eating after eight at night, if you can.

Stick to the outside of the isles when shopping. Notice that most of the foods with chemicals and extra fats are located on in the isles. Take a close look at what is on the outside of the isles - fruits, veggies, organic foods, and lean meats. Try to avoid the insides of the isles where sugars and starches live.

Working out regularly is the next component to this puzzle. Just as with eating, there are tons of different approaches to working out. If you have never worked out before, it would be very helpful to consult a personal trainer to get you on the right path. No one workout is right for everyone. Everyone is different; therefore every

Being active in general is the key element to shaping up. When you have a choice between taking the elevator and the stairs, choose the stairs to burn a few extra calories. When you drive to the store, instead of parking as close as you can to the store, park a little way out so you can get a few more steps in your day. Incorporating these little choices into your day will greatly improve your health. It’s your decision, and your body will thank you for every effort you make. Charlie Parish writes courtesy of American Bodyworks in Hiram. It’s 24-7 Fitness where YOU make Fitness a Lifestyle! 770-943-0049 See their ad on the inside front cover!

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Paulding County Senior Community Center June 3; Thursday 11:30 to 1:00pm Join us for our largest General Membership meeting of the month! Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation, go to the website or call 770-445-6016.


Historic Downtown Douglasville June 4-6; Friday through Sunday at various times and locations Come join the fun at the 3rd annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival. The festival will include a Ball featuring a Hat Display Parade, Main Street Market, Flower Show, day and night garden tours, vendors, food music and entertainment. Visit the website to check scheduling and other information.

MAGICIAN CAMPS – Taylor Farm Park

June 7-11; Mon-Fri 9:30am-12:30pm is Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 June 7-11; Mon-Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm is Mini Magic Camp – Ages 5-7 This course in magic and illusion for children is designed to give the beginner the chance to learn and practice over two dozen magic tricks. Campers get all the props they need to perform the tricks they learn. Cost is $66, plus a $15 lab fee for a custom magic kit. The park is located at 1380 Pine Valley Road in Powder Springs. Call 770222-3270 to register. MORE CAMPS LISTED ON PAGE 11

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – “Hero Head Quarters”

Northwest Christian Church June 7-9; Monday through Wednesday 6pm – 8:45pm June 11; Friday – Special Family Event Children will discover unnamed heroes who were not super or powerful, yet their small acts were used by God to do wonderful things! Open to preschool through 5th grade. This fun program is free and you can register now at Preschool spaces are limited so don’t delay! NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info call 770-425-2525 or email at

FAMILY MOVIE BY MOONLIGHT– Northwest Christian Church

June 11; Friday – at dusk Please join us at NWCC for a free outdoor family movie. Load up the car with the whole family and some chairs or blankets for seating and plan to join us for “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!” Northwest Christian Church is located at 3737 DallasAcworth Hwy., Acworth. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info call 770-425-2525 or email at


June 12; Saturday 11am – 2pm Paulding native and local author, Tammie Hall introduces her new book ‘Journey of Courage’. Books available for $16; free autographs. Live music, children’s activities and food. Call 770-445-6016

SPRING FLING – Poplar Square

June 12; Saturday 11am – 4pm Great FREE family event; bring your kids, friends, the whole family! There will be a moon walk, games, raffles and prizes. Fun for everyone! For more information or if you would like to participate as a vendor, call Feder Joseph 770-715-7615.


First Baptist Lithia Springs June 12; Saturday 6pm – 9pm, Kick Off Hoedown June 14-18; Monday through Friday 8:45am to 12noon VBS is free and open to ages 3 years to completed 5th grade. FBCLS is located at 3566 Veteran’s Memorial Highway in beautiful downtown Lithia Springs. Pre-register at or call 770-948-2126 for more information and directions.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church

June 13-18; Sunday 6pm-9pm Join us for a fun week at the Saddle Ridge Ranch. Small group Bible study, Crafts, Music, Games! Go to and click on VBS 2010 to register now! PMBC7147 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas, 770-423-0955


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Silver Comet Trail Hiram Trailhead June 19; Saturday 7am Register and 8am Run The Family Alliance of Paulding is hosting their 4th Annual Walk/Run benefiting the Meth Alliance. This is their main event and fundraiser and each year it does a great job getting out the anti-meth message and raising money for the organization. Won’t you participate? Registration will begin at 07:00am and the 5k will begin at 08:00am. Participants over 12 pre-register by June 1 for $20, after is $25; Participants 12 and under are $5.00 less. Registration forms are available online at For more info call 678-202-5777.

PROPHECY SEMINAR & DEBATE - Midway Presbyterian Church

June 19; Saturday 1pm-9pm Is Modern-Day Israel a Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy? This FREE seminar include sessions “The Culture Implications of Bible Prophecy,” “The Gog and Magog Prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39” and “the Interpretation of Zechariah 12 and 14”. The debate starts at 7pm. The church is located on Dallas Highway/120 in Marietta. Go to www. and reserve your space.

FATHER’S DAY June 20; Sunday


East Paulding High and Middle Schools and West Ridge Church June 21-25; Monday - Friday 6:00-9:00pm Surge is for kids entering 1st through 6th grade in the fall of 2010. Nominal cost of $15; pre-register online at or call 770-222-2125.


June 21; Monday The fees for players are $100/individual or $350/team of four and includes 18-holes of golf, cart, full use of practice range with practice balls, goody bag, lunch and player gift. Sponsorship Opportunities Available. For more information please contact Joelle Allison @ 678-314-9852.


June 26; Saturday 5pm – 10pm Don’t miss these beautiful cars and great people! Visit them online at www.georgia for membership and photos.


Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park July 3; Saturday 6pm-10pm CITY OF HIRAM Salutes the Stars & Stripes with live music, fireworks and lots of family fun. For more info contact Cynthia Geyer, 770-943-3726, x-225 or cgeyer@


July 3; Saturday 10am – 3:30pm Don’t miss this grand tradition of shape note singing. Admission is free.


North Paulding High School July 12-15; Monday – Thursday 8am – Noon North Paulding Baseball Diamond Club, players and coaches would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Baseball Camp. The Camp is open to all rising 1st through 8th graders. The cost is $100.00 or $80/player for groups of 8 or more. Reserve your spot and register now! Registration and camp information is available online at npwolf


July 29-30, 5-8:30pm; July 31, 10am-4:30pm; August 1, 10am-2pm Come join us as we explore the mighty love of God this summer at High Seas Expedition VBS! For more information and to register your child, please visit www. or call Andrea Simmonette at 404-643-8183. Registration deadline is July 15th. Freedom Church is located at 474 Hiram Sudie in Dallas.

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July 31; Saturday Pre-Show Gathering 5pm and Concert 7pm This exciting concert features Jeffery Cole as Elvis and is joined by Rev. Johnny Turner and the Steadfast Quartet. Come early to the civic center for a community showcase with local business, dinner from Rodney’s BBQ, raffles and a chance to win great prizes. General admission tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit Shepherd’s Rest Ministries. Call 770-443-5213 for information and tickets locations. Tickets can be picked up at Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram and other select locations. calendar of events continued on page 11

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Ongoing; Every other Friday; 9:15am – 10:45am MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) is a place for moms to come, just as they are, to build friendships, receive mothering support, practical help and spiritual hope. Meetings every other Friday of the month; please check with the church for exact dates. The church is located at 4705 E. Paulding Drive, Dallas. 678-363-7720 Visit or email with questions.



Ongoing; 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 770505-3237.

Ongoing; 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month; 1:30pm The group alternates meeting between two locations: Starbuck’s in Hiram and Hiram Coffee House. For more info visit


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Ongoing; 3rd Thursday of the month 7:30pm The West Cobb Chapter of Mother’s and More address mother’s needs and provide opportunities for mothers to have some “me” time while bonding with other mothers. From playgroups to book clubs, you’ll find ways to balance work and family, adjust to motherhood, and make life more fun! The Chapter meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm at West Cobb Chiropractic, 5041 Dallas Hwy. suite 500, Marietta. For details, email us at westcobbmothers andmore @

July 10th 4:00 PM A wild and wooly assortment of trick marionettes brought to life with the puppeteer in full view of the audience. Atlanta-based puppeteer, Lee Bryan or “That Puppet Guy” is a nationally recognized touring artist who combines live vocal characterizations and songs with innovative puppet designs for wholesome family entertainment. Constantly seeking to educate his audiences in the art of puppetry, Lee’s original stories and clever adaptations of classic tales often incorporate multiple styles of puppets which are demonstrated in his very popular behindthe-scenes demonstration following each solo performance. See the multi-talented, highly energetic Lee Bryan Prices: bring his zoo to life on the Dallas Theater stage!

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Ongoing; 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month; 6pm – 7:30pm Attention writers! A writers group meets at Vito’s Café located at 10175 DallasAcworth Highway, (Rt. 92) in Dallas. For more info, email muse


Ongoing; 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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Ongoing; 4th Thursday of most months; 10am PCMG, a part of the UGA Cooperative Extension, hosts an educational program almost every month and invites citizens to learn more about gardening topics. For more info and to verify meeting call 770-443-7616 or email

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Paulding Parks and Rec have camps all summer long at both Mt. Tabor and Taylor Farm Parks. For a complete camp description visit and look under “park and rec”, then “camps”. To register or get more information, please call 770-505-3885 Mt Tabor Park, or 770-222-3270 Taylor Farm Park.



It’s summer, and that means it’s time for nationally-recognized magician Joe M. Turner’s spectacular annual charity magic show!


Baton, Cheerleading, & Tumbling; June 7-10; 9am to 12pm, ages 4 to 13; fee $71 Volley Ball Camp; July 6-9; 9am to 12pm, ages 10 to 14; fee $61 “DIVA” Camp; July 6-9; 9am to 12:30pm, ages 8 to 12; fee $61 “Princess” Camp; July 26-30; 9am to 12pm, ages 3 to 7; fee $61 KidzArt Camp; July 26-30; 9am to 12pm, ages 6 to 11; fee $86 plus $30/materials

Joe has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN Headline News, and has performed across America and around the world - His illusions, sleight-of-hand, and family-friendly humor make this a MUST SEE event every year in Paulding County. This year, Joe is supporting Engage Atlanta as they partner with local officials in the construction of a special needs ballfield and playground. Get your tickets now, and tell your friends that Saturday, June 12 is going to be the summer’s most magical evening. Don’t miss it!


Fast Pitch Camp; June 14-28; 8:30am to 11:30am, ages 9 to 14; fee $51 Fast Pitch “Pitching” Camp; June 14-28; 1:30 to 3:30pm, ages 9 to 14; fee $71 Grasshopper Camp; June 21-25; 9am to 11am, ages 5 to 8; fee $41 Basketball Camp; June 28-July 1; 8:30am to 11:30am, ages 6 to 14; fee $46 Art Camp; July 6-9; 10am to 11:30am and 12pm to 1:30pm, ages 6 and up; fee $46 Marital Arts Ninja Camp; July 26, 27, 29 & 30; 6pm to 8:30pm, ages 6 to 14; fee $45 Tennis Camp; July 12-15; 9:30am to 11:30am, ages 8 to 15; fee $56

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Complicated Lives Can Come With Anxieties

ife is complicated and anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Some experiences of anxiety are an expected part of life. However, when anxiety becomes extreme it develops into a disabling disorder. Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that include excessive amounts of nervousness, fear, worry, or dread. Anxiety disorders are the most common psychological difficulty and one that affects over 40 million adults in the United States.

to control or stop. Other disorders that are thought to be related to OCD include trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), and compulsive shoplifting.

Anxiety disorders may be caused by life changes, stress and tension; medical factors; genetics; brain chemistry; substance abuse; or a combination of these issues. Whatever the cause, anxiety disorders are serious and painful.

Phobias are intense fears and avoidance of situations (flying in a plane, driving on the interstate) or of things (bugs, heights). Phobias typically cause people to avoid the things that are feared.

leads to a gradual progression where more and more situations are avoided. Therefore, avoiding anxiety provoking situations actually results in the further development of an anxiety disorder.

Panic Disorder involves intense and sudden periods of fear or even terror. There is typically an abrupt onset that involves physical symptoms such as racing heart rate, difficulty breathing, shaking, chest pain, hot flashes or chilling and an intense sense of fear. Panic attacks are not medically dangerous, but they are terrifying.

There are different types of anxiety disorders, with different symptoms:

Social anxiety or phobias are where there are extreme levels of discomfort in social interactions. The fear is typically about being negatively judged by others or a fear of public embarrassment or humiliations.

Generalized anxiety disorders (GAD) involves ongoing excessive worry about nonspecific issues. GAD sufferers often feel afraid and worry about health, finances, family, work or potential misfortunes. The fears are typically unrealistic and there is a sense that the worst will happen.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder resulting from a past trauma (such as military combat, rape, a serious accident or other extreme encounter). Symptoms include flashbacks, hypervigilance, nightmares, or extreme fear.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by thoughts or actions that are repetitive, distressing, and intrusive. OCD suffers usually know that their compulsions are unreasonable or irrational, but because they alleviate anxiety, are very difficult

Avoiding circumstances that make you anxious might help you feel better in the short term. However the relief is only temporary and every time something is avoided, it becomes harder to face. Typically concerns that the anxiety will return becomes problematic and most often

When an anxiety disorder is significantly interfering with life, professional assistance is important and should be explored. Medications can be very helpful in the treatment of anxiety disorders. These medications are commonly prescribed by physicians (family practice, OBGYNs, or psychiatrists). Psychotherapy or counseling is helpful by exploring the root causes of the anxiety and to teach the behavioral interventions that are helpful with anxiety. Training in relaxation techniques, meditation, and breathing exercises really can help with the intense discomfort of anxiety. Learning how to manage stress in life and not over committing is important. Looking after physical health is helpful. This includes eating healthy meals, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. Additionally, a trained therapist can develop a systematic treatment plan to challenge the irrational belief systems that develop with anxiety. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. While reaching out for professional help is never easy, most people who seek treatment for anxiety experience significant relief and an improved quality of life. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at



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ads spend their lives thinking about their families. They slog hard at work so that they can bring home the bacon. They allow their own preferences to play second fiddle to others at home, and they routinely forgo their own happiness to bring a smile on the lips of their children.  In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared Father’s Day a holiday, to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Father’s day presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate fatherhood. It’s a day to reflect back on the special, if often unacknowledged, role dads play in our lives. It’s a time to remember the innumerable sacrifices fathers make for us, and repay them by saying those simple words dads love to hear, “Thanks dad, I love you.”  Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Father’s Day:  1. Dad doesn’t have to wait for his next birthday to feel special. If there is a shirt, a watch or tickets to a game that dad has wanted to buy for a long time but just never had the time for, let him know you took the time to care. 


 Historical museum: If dad’s a history buff and loves to talk and point at the same time, then let him lecture and explore to his heart’s content at a local historical museum. Don’t forget the souvenirs and photographs on your way back home.  Ballgame: There’s nothing that dad loves better than to root for his favorite team with rousing support from the family.  Golfing: If you are getting dad some top quality golfing equipment this Father’s Day, then you might as well pack up a picnic and caddy for dear dad out on the greens.  Jazz and Blues Festival: Live classic performances are great for dads and will make the night one to cherish and remember.  Rent-a-fantasy-car: Check for this service in your area to rent your dad a Porche (or any other fantasy car) for the day. Let him take his very own speed trip (with insurance, of course!)  Rollercoaster: If fancy cars are not his style, then dad will love a good old fashioned rollercoaster ride. Make sure it’s a big scary one that takes him to the moon and back.

2. Dads may not be sentimental around the house but they love to display their Father’s Day cards at work with pride. Give your dad a card. If you have the time, make your own card, letting dad know how much you love him.  3. Treat your dad to dinner at a local restaurant. Better still; surprise him by cooking up his favorite dish at home. (If you don’t cook, order out from his favorite restaurant and have a quiet intimate evening with dad.)  4. Get your dad a Father’s Day gift that is personal and expresses the measure of your love for him. Give something you know your dad will love and use often. This way, your dad will remember you every time he uses the gift. Above all, remember, it’s not the gift, as much as the thought behind it that counts— especially, with dads. 5. Spend some quality time with your dad. You could stay home and make the day a special family occasion by watching a movie together, playing a game or listening to some of his favorite music. Or, treat your dad to a popular “dad” type destination:

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here was a time when a home with concrete floors made people think the owners either ran out of money or they just couldn’t make up their mind. Now things have changed. Stained concrete floors are now often a preferred choice for some of the finest home. The trend of having stained concrete in homes started with its appearance in cool retail locations. At some point homeowners realized this same eye catching floor could be a hit in their own homes. Today there are many companies who have the expertise to turn your ordinary concrete foundation into something really special. Let’s start by looking at the advantages that stained concrete floors bring to your home.  Easy to maintain – Nothing is easier. Just a quick sweep and a damp mop is all it takes with a good waxing once a year to maintain the shine.  Health benefits – One of the best things about stained concrete flooring is it does not hold dust and allergens. It is the best choice for people with allergies.  Green friendly – Since the floor is basically using the foundation that is already there, there is no wood to cut or carpet to produce.  Energy efficient – Concrete floors can actually reduce utility bills since they stay cool in the summer and a few throw rugs can bring out their warmth in the winter. Concrete floors are not painted with a stain the way furniture might be, instead the concrete is treated with a mixture of acids and salts that actually create a chemical reaction that changes the color of the floor.

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irtually as all-American as apple pie is the recliner chair. It is a staple in any man’s den and it invites it’s users to snuggle in for a sleep, watch a DVD or simply grab some much needed rest.  A very early version of the recliner chair goes back to the 19th century, but the chair we know and love was first invented by two cousins Edward Knabusch and Edwin Shoemaker. The two took this concept from a back-porch chair and went on to make a comfortably upholstered version. The original incarnation of their company was called Floral Town Furniture, but after they were granted their patent in 1931, they modified the business name to La-Z-Boy.  The first recliner chairs did not have a footrest. The Barcalounger manufacturer added it in 1947 and shortly after, La-Z-Boy added it as well. It soon became a regular feature right through the industry. The TV series ‘Friends’ revitalized the entire market for motion chairs as Chandler and Joey enthused about the later, sleeker types of the timeless classics.  Nowadays, recliner chairs are built to fit and complement any style of decor. There are recliner chairs that are built to go in home theaters and can skim the wall, but still able to recline. This saves room in little theaters and supply total comfort when watching a flick. There are also recliners that don’t appear to be a recliner but seem more like a wing back chair or

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he constant hum of machines surround the doctors, but it would take the strongest ear to hear the exchange between the two surgeons at work. The procedure? A Whipple – a surgery involving the removal of portions of the pancreas and the most common operation performed for pancreatic cancer. The complexity comes in the reconstruction necessary after portions of the pancreas, duodenum (a part of the small intestine), bile duct and sometimes a portion of the stomach are removed. For the surgeon, David R. Elwood, M.D., with WellStar Surgical Associates of Marietta, this complex cancer surgery is a specialty.

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Just down the hall in WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s Surgery Center, you could also find Douglas Lundy, M.D., of Resurgens Orthopaedics or William Terrell, M.D., of Pinnacle Orthopaedics attending to the latest “cold trauma” case. Trauma can mean a variety of things to people, but many will associate the word with the need for fast and immediate care. For clinicians, “hot traumas” describe patients who have an increased ability to survive the injury if they can be cared for within an hour after the trauma. Once those life-threatening issues have been addressed, their medical team looks to the specific injuries and what treatments are needed. These “warm or cold” trauma patients come to specialists like Drs. Lundy and Terrell. Multiple studies have shown that many musculoskeletal injuries are better treated on a time-delayed basis, leaving time for soft tissue to recover. Many of the injuries affect upper or lower extremities and may also involve the bones of the pelvis itself.

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These two examples are a small part of WellStar Surgical Services, which encompasses seven surgical practices and 23 surgeons, quality inpatient and outpatient surgical programs at all five WellStar hospitals and the expertise of the clinical teams. These teams are leading the way with the latest advances in laparoscopic, minimally invasive procedures, as well as image-guided techniques. Additions such as the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System continue to change the way surgery is defined. The da Vinci system provides not only the benefits of traditional laparoscopic surgery — smaller incisions, less bleeding and shorter recovery times — but it also provides a greater range of motion and a digitally clear surgical field for the surgeon. Currently available at WellStar Kennestone, da Vinci is used in gynecological, urological and cardiac surgeries. Other advances include single-incision laparoscopic surgeries, video-assisted thoracic surgeries, gastric bypass — WellStar Kennestone is a Bariatric Center of Excellence and joint replacement. WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone hospitals have Joint Commission Gold Seal certifications for their Joint Replacement programs.

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f you’ve ever had a sports injury, or any form of debilitating orthopaedic condition, you know that physical therapy can be a very important part of the treatment process.

Physical therapy is considered a conservative treatment method and is often one of the first measures an orthopaedic surgeon will prescribe when treating a patient. Physical therapy focuses on pain relief, promoting healing and restoring function and movement associated with an injury. Although many patients may think they know how to exercise properly and manage their own pain and rehabilitation, physical therapists are specialists skilled and educated specifically in proper rehabilitation methods. They work closely with the patient’s referring physician in order to develop a rehab program designed specifically to each individual patient. Physical therapy can encompass everything from pain relief, increased strength and flexibility, proper postural alignment, regaining movement or range of motion, endurance training, relaxation and stress relieving techniques, to more simple balance and coordination training, proper walking, education, safety awareness and development/implementation of a home exercise program. Treatment in physical therapy can involve more traditional techniques such as stretching, massage and basic exercises, or the use of highly sophisticated equipment such as ultrasound machines for muscle stimulation. Hydrotherapy is another form of physical therapy that makes use of water as a means of reducing the strain and stress on the body that can be caused by exercises that are typically performed on land.

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f you have been asking questions about healthcare coverage then you have definitely heard about health savings accounts (HSAs). Some people advocate they are the next step in the domain of health coverage, while others believe that only healthy and rich citizens can benefit from such plans. Before answering these questions it is better to learn what HSAs are and how they work.  What is a HSA?  A typical health savings account is comprised of two elements:  1) Savings account with interest bearing: Yearly deposits of up to $2,900 ($5,800 in case of a family) introduced to the savings account are to be taxed. The money deposited will usually roll over on a yearly basis. However, the money you withdraw from the account for healthcare purposes is tax-free, as are any withdrawals after you officially retire.  2) Healthcare coverage plan with a high deductible The minimum deductible amount should not be less than $1,100 ($2,200 in case of a family). That is the amount of money to be paid out-of-pocket before getting the actual benefits.  When the annual deductible is paid, the actual coverage kicks in. You will have to pay all the specified co-insurance and the plan will cover all that remains.  The overall amount of money to be paid out-of-pocket is limited to $5,600 ($11,200 in case of a family). In other words, after you have spent $5,600 on healthiness services your insurance company will pay for all health costs exceeding that amount.  What are the pros of health savings accounts? Because any money withdrawn for healthcare use is not taxed, HSAs are a good way of saving more money in your pocket. - In case you keep the funds without withdrawing them from the account, you will have more money after you retire. And since you can freely withdraw the money for any reason after you turn 65 it is a good additional source of retirement money. - Health Insurance Plans with higher deductibles have lower premiums than typical plans. - HSAs don’t depend on your working place and you will keep it the same no matter what.

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ummer is here! This means it is time to begin preparing meals without heating the house whenever possible. If you haven’t considered the value of cooking on the grill in the past, perhaps now is a great time to adjust your way of thinking.  Cooking on the grill is a great way to keep the heat of cooking outside your home as well as to bring the family together for the entire cooking process. Moms read: this is a great way to get dad to help out with meal preparation. While this is said somewhat in jest, there is some truth to the fact that men are much more inclined to slave away over a hot grill than a hot stove. More importantly, most of the mess of cooking on the grill remains outside your kitchen. I don’t know about you, but that is a huge bonus for me, when it comes to cooking.  Cooking on the grill is also a great way to get the kids involved in the meal preparation and clean up process. We like to use disposable plates when grill cooking and keep the dining ‘al fresco’. If you are hoping for instant family unity over the picnic table you might want to think again but there isn’t anything quite like it when it comes to not worrying about spills or dropped food as you can rest fairly certain that the animals will take care of anything that gets left behind.  Even small children can help when cooking on the grill by bringing utensils to the grill, holding plates, and ‘setting’ the picnic table for your dining experience. If you intend to do a good deal of cooking on the grill you may want to invest in some portable and ‘kid friendly’ containers for things such as condiments, napkins, plastic ware, and tablecloth holders. Be sure to find containers that can handle a decent gust of wind without flying off too. These may be a little heavier for your little ones to hold but they won’t be nearly as difficult to chase when blowing across the lawn.  Cooking on the grill is a great way to enjoy nature after a long day of work. Be careful that you do not reserve this as a weekend event as you will find you miss out on some of the relaxing qualities it can bring to your midweek slump. One thing that can definitely be said about grill cooking is that the selections are almost as limitless as they are when cooking on the stove. You must use your imagination for maximum effect though very few meats and vegetables are truly off limits when it comes to cooking on the grill.  In addition to cooking meats on the grill, it is important to keep in mind that you can also cook all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables on the grill as well. You should also keep in mind the awesome side dishes that go great with grilled foods such as baked beans, potato salad, and nice cool deserts and pies.  Cooking on the grill is a great way to bring family and friends together. The next time you plan to have a get together why not make it a night of cooking on the grill? You can have the best of all worlds with no muss, no fuss clean up and great food with good friends. Cooking on the grill is certainly a great way to get the neighbors out and about. There’s nothing on earth that can quite compare to the aroma of meat, fruit, and vegetables grilling over hot charcoal. If you don’t remember and your mouth isn’t watering just reading about, it’s been far too long since your last barbecue experience.  The most important thing to remember about cooking on the grill is that it should be an experience rather than a chore. Most of us truly enjoy the thought of having a good dinner under the sun or stars (whichever applies in your case). If you haven’t tried this in a while, it’s time to dust off the grill and refresh your memory and your taste buds.

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ituated amidst a beautiful natural setting in Woodstock, the golf course at Eagle Watch has the kind of character and power one would expect from its designer, Arnold Palmer. Eagle Watch’s 8,500-square-foot clubhouse is reminiscent of a turn-of-the century lodge with a fully stocked Pro Shop, three dining rooms, men’s and women’s changing rooms, and a spacious lobby that serves as a tribute to Arnold Palmer.

Eagle Watch Joins Canongate Golf Clubs While the Canongate brand has come to the forefront of golf in Atlanta in recent years, the private golf provider actually opened its first club almost 45 years ago! The vision was simple-to provide a membership experience that was affordable for more golfers than just the elite. Forward to 2003 and the sale of Canongate Golf Clubs to Roquemore family friend and golf industry veteran Joe Guerra. Guerra saw that golfers on the north side of the city were underserved in terms of affordable golf membership options and felt Canongate could meet their club needs.

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South side private golf provider Canongate had an eye on Eagle Watch. In 2005, the Davis Love designed Windermere Golf Club in Cumming and the Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula, a Fred Couples signature course became Canongate’s first ventures on the north side of Atlanta. Eagle Watch would become the third “Canongate-style” private club on this side of town. Welcoming Bentwater and The Frog to the Canongate Family The very foundation of the Canongate platform is reciprocal play, meaning if you are a member of one Canongate Club, you have golf access at all 23 Canongate Golf Clubs in Metro Atlanta. For Eagle Watch members, Chapel Hills in Douglasville and Mirror Lake in Villa Rica were the closest Canongate courses, but Canongate wanted a closer neighbor for Eagle Watch and found the perfect compliment in Acworth’s Bentwater Golf Club last year. Bentwater is a Mike Dasher design that opened in 2000 and is one of Northwest Atlanta’s best golf courses. The now fully private course has received a four-star rating by Golf Digest in its listing of “Places to Play.” The challenging course is well known for its striking views of Red Top Mountain.

Canongate members also now enjoy access to The Frog in Villa Rica, a Tom Fazio masterpiece. Considered one of Atlanta’s best, The Frog has earned 4.5 stars from Golf Digest. While it remains a public course, Canongate members enjoy discounted rates. A Canongate Membership Includes More than Golf Members enjoy discounted tickets to premium events at Philips Arena, neighborhood savings at restaurants and shops, and much more through Canongate’s Access Advantage Program. The clubs provide a variety of social events and a year-round competitive junior tour. The Canongate Golf League provides a forum for adult golfers to meet and compete with other Canongate members throughout Atlanta. Canongate remains true to its vision of affordable golf with unparalleled variety. Family memberships begin with a modest entry fee and monthly dues starting at $149. If you are ready to become a member of a golf club, look no further.

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The Writer Spider


he writer spider (Argiope aurantia) goes by several names: garden spider, writing spider, black and yellow garden spider, among others. Whatever you call them, they are both creepy and pretty at the same time. This spider can be quite large and is usually found hanging in the center of her web, upside down, with legs together in pairs so it appears that there are only four. The spider that you see in the center of the web is the female; the male is much smaller and he often hangs out near, or even in, her web once he finds her. 

A particularly interesting unique thing to this genus of spiders is how they construct their web. They create a zigzag-looking design right in the middle where they hang out. This structure is called a ‘stabilimentum’ and its purpose is not certain. Some think it is to camouflage the spider from prey, and others think it is to make the web more visible from larger animals like birds and moths that could fly into the web and destroy it. In the fall they lay eggs in one or more sacks that look like an onion bulb. She then dies with the first frost and the babies emerge in the spring and disperse to make their own webs. Now, you may be thinking that this is triggering something from your childhood. It should be! Charlotte from ‘Charlotte’s Web’ was a writer spider. Do you remember how her babies left when the wind caught a small bit of web that acted like a parachute? Well that’s really how they do it! Another piece of trivia about this spider is an old wives’ tale that I heard growing up. If you come across a writer spider’s web and see your name spelled in it... you’re doomed! Well, ‘how are they beneficial?’ you ask. They eat bugs. They are fairly indiscriminate eaters, but do eat mosquitoes, flies and such. While they don’t dine specifically on problem insects like the aphid does, they are without doubt a great addition to your garden. Before

Their bite, by the way, is similar to a fire ant sting and they have to be severely harassed to actually bite you- they usually just drop out of their web to the ground. Jessica Logan, GCLP is a Horticulture Technician at Chattahoochee Technical College.


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Office Paper: includes any NON-glossy paper such as notebook paper, envelopes, post-it notes, and printer paper. It also includes non-corrugated cardboard. All three public libraries accept these items. Newspaper: All three public libraries, WalMart, the Dallas Park-N-Ride (across from Chattahoochee Tech), the Kroger in Hiram, the Water Department ( Macland Road location ONLY), and many schools accept newspapers in their parking lots. Corrugated Cardboard: The Dallas Park-N-Ride accepts it. Please flatten and remove all polystyrene peanuts and/or other packaging material before placing in bin. Magazines: All magazines as well as glossy paper. (INCLUDING YOUR BELOVED OUR TOWN MAGAZINE!) The Dallas Park-N-Ride and many local schools accept them. Telephone Books: Telephone books are typically delivered between mid-May and mid-June. Bins are placed at the three public libraries, the Dallas Park-N-Ride and sometimes a fifth location. These bins are placed a week before the earliest delivery date and for an additional two weeks after the latest date of delivery. The Dallas Park-N-Ride bin remains year-round. Aluminum Cans: Cans are accepted at the Dallas Park-N-Ride location. Please empty and rinse the cans. Please check with your neighborhood schools for aluminum recycling as well. Nickel-Cadmium batteries: These are accepted at WalMart and Home Depot. Polystyrene foam trays: These are accepted at Publix. Scrap metal: Accepted at the Paulding County Landfill. Scrap metal includes old appliances, bikes, grills, lawn mowers, and much more. Scrap tires: Accepted at any tire dealer for recycling, although they will charge for this service. Motor oil: Recycle at places like AutoZone and Advanced Auto. Auto Batteries: Many stores that sell them accept your old battery for recycling. Old Cell Phones: These are accepted at the Paulding County Water System Facility located at 1723 Bill Carruth Parkway, Hiram, some local schools. Please verify with school’s administrative staff. Waste Paint: Duron Paint in Hiram sells a product called Waste Paint Hardened- This product may be purchased for around $ 3.00 and can be put in unwanted paint for absorption for disposal. For more information on recycling, you can contact the “Keep Paulding Beautiful” office at 770-443-0119.

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ver since I was asked to be on the Travel Advisory Board of Bon Appetite Magazine, I realized that there was a foodie trend in travel. Yes, people are still traveling to see the sights and historic wonders of the world, but now they are also traveling to find truffles, fine wines, great chefs and great food destinations around the world, as well. Television plays a huge role in our lives today, and since the inception of “reality TV”, the major networks have been creating shows to make the public more appreciative of the famous chefs and food destinations of the world. Cities around the world are now including in their tourism marketing the famous chefs and restaurants of their cities. New York has always been a favorite for award winning cuisines, where people travel not only to see the great shows, but also to indulge in some of the world’s best eating. What would a trip to the Big Apple be without a night out on the town and dinner at my favorite, Bouley? Paris, has been a food destination for years with chef ’s such as Joel Robuchon (L’ Atelier du Joel Robuchon on the Left Bank), and Alain Ducasse in the Plaza Athenee Hotel. Let’s not forget Tallievant and Tour d Agent, both made famous by the travel shows on TV. You now can tour them in your home and learn how to make those delicious chocolates, Parisian style.

Italy long synonymous with great wines and olive groves is now known for wonderful restaurants, as well. Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence has fabulous food and a great wine cellar filled with Italian and International fine wines. Take in the sights and then take in a great meal with a robust Sangiovese!

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So, big deal you say? These places have been food hot spots forever!

In the Middle East one can enjoy the most delicious Mediterranean food in Istanbul, Turkey. At Anjelique enjoy the sights of Turkey’s elite, while you enjoy the local favorites and international cuisine with a Turkish flare. Or enjoy dinner in a tower which you reach by boat at Kizkulesi Sip a glass of Raki, the local favorite, while you listen to the prayer calls at sunset. While there, you can take a tour of the Spice Market and purchase Saffron at bargain prices.

What’s new are places like Lima, Peru! The varied cuisines of Peru combine the flavors of indigenous and oriental flavors with some of the best seafood in the world. Who can resist a great Ceviche made of the local Corvina? Try some at Rosa Nautica, a restaurant built on a pier over the Pacific Ocean in the Miraflores suburb of Lima. Try a modern version at Astrid y Gaston, a world renowned restaurant created by South America’s famous Peruvian Chef of the same name. Let’s not forget the Pisco Sour. In Lima, you can actually take a Pisco tasting tour and learn to mix your own! Argentinean wines are now hitting international marketplaces and fetching a good price for their Malbecs and Torrontes. Wine tasting tours have become one of the best bargains in both Chile and Argentina. Take a bike tour of the vineyards near Mendoza’s Uco Valley where you can also learn to prepare the wonderful Chimichuri Sauce that accompanies so many of Argentina’s fabulous steaks. In Chile, stay at historic Casa Real and enjoy favorite Chilean dishes in the Baccarat chandeliered dining

I could go on and on, with new destinations for food and great destinations for wine. I am now on the Travel Advisory Board of Saveur Magazine which has an ongoing relationship with fine food around the world. As a “foodie” and wine lover myself, I browse the pages and chat with the editors about where to go next in this wide world of food exploration. Santé! Cheers! Proust! Here’s to Foodie Travel! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at www.pamwalkers.

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of Dads and Cars uch of our immediate American History is defined by the evolution of the automobile. To be fair, men love cars and trucks. My father is no exception.

So many of my childhood memories involve a vehicle. I watched my dad leave in them for work and return at the day’s end. We piled in for fun family outings and he spent countless hours, it seemed, working under their hoods.

My father had a ‘55 two-toned green Oldsmobile when he and my mother met and fell in love. I have slivers of memories of his ‘63 blue Chevy that got stolen. My favorite was “Moon Mullins,” a ‘63 red stepside Chevy truck. My parents, sister, brother and I squeezed into it for trips to our “farm.” Those were great times and I wish he still owned that truck. (Bella Swan would have loved it.) He added a second truck, a ‘64 Chevy he called the “Green Weenie.” My grandest memory of that one was the day the engine stalled, flooded by the heavy rains. My father had to walk back home in his business suit, carrying his briefcase. Drenched, approaching the front door, my very young brother greeted him, quoting Bob Dylan, “Come in, I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

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As kids, we loved our white station wagon with the rear-facing back seat. I wonder, though, if it depressed Dad to succumb to the mini-van of the 1970’s? There were many other cars through the years, and, yet, there were several I thought he’d drive into the ground and never part with. In high school, he “let” me drive his ‘72 Oldsmobile Regency 98. My friend’s dubbed it “The Tank,”....and that it was. Perhaps that is why I am still quite comfortable in massive, gas-guzzling vehicles. Having kids of driving age, though, I can appreciate his desire to put my sister and I in a tank, surrounded by heavy steel.

“In Loving Memory of our own little PRINCESS! Thank you for loving us and being a part of our lives for over 17 years. We will miss you!”

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Thanks for getting me here and there, and for the little silver Mazda truck you bought me out of college that is long gone now. Mostly, though, thanks for the love and the memories. It’s been a great ride. I Love you.




y dad has owned several cars in his life. When he met my mom, he drove a shiny black ’57 Ford; a very impressive car to a young lady from a small town in Alabama. But the first car I remember our family owning was a burgundy 1966 Chrysler Newport. This car was a boat! In fact when I drove it in high school, it was lovingly referred to as the S.S. Haygood. As a family, we went everywhere in the Chrysler – Six Flags, Stone Mountain, Disney World, Myrtle Beach… you name anywhere in the south, and it was there. For me, it was like a hotel on wheels. Remember in those old cars you could lay in the back window? In the daytime you could get a tan, then while traveling at night you could gaze up at the stars. This of course was BEFORE the seat belt law.

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My dad still has the Chrysler sitting in his carport. It doesn’t run, but the exterior paint and interior are in good condition. In fact, it looks nearly new again when he pushes it out and washes it off. It was a great car and I have many wonderful memories from it. Happy Father’s Day Dad and thank you for filling my life with love, happiness, exciting places and fun memories. I LOVE YOU! Teresa


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Keep Your Pet Cool this Summer By I. White


ou know that summer is hot. You also know when you need to get out of the sun and cool down. Listening to your own body is easy, but your four-legged friends can’t talk to you. It’s your job to protect them from the heat, and all of the consequences of summer, by providing everything that they need to stay cool.

When temperatures climb and your pets are panting the afternoons away, follow these tips to keep them safe and happy even on the hottest of days. l If possible, let your animals come inside during the worst heat every day. Early afternoon is the hottest time of day for any living thing: letting your cats or dogs soak up some air conditioning for a few hours every day will keep them cool and stop your worrying. l Make sure that your pets have access to shady spots at all times. Trees are the best sources of protection from the sun. If that isn’t possible, make sure that your pet can get under a covered area, such as a patio or porch. l Keep the pet’s water supply cool and fresh. The water will heat up as the day passes, so either change the dish often or invest in an auto-watering system. Many models attach to your outdoor water faucet: as your pet depletes the water supply, the system adds more without overflowing or making a mess.

l Never leave your animal in a car, even for just a few minutes. The temperature inside the vehicle quickly rises to the point where any living thing inside will either die or become very, very sick. Even if you park in the shade and leave the windows down an inch or two, you’re still putting your beloved pet at risk. You should leave your dog at home where he can stay in the shade or inside and have plenty of access to fresh, cool water. l Don’t expect your pets to be playful or overly active on hot days. They don’t need to overexert themselves any more than you do. Like humans, pets can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat strokes. l Some pets love to swim. Provide these animals with a kid’s wading pool so that they can cool off whenever they get too hot. You can also take your dog with you on trips to the lake or other body of water. If he loves to swim, the cool water will be great. The time he gets to spend with his human masters only makes the experience better for everybody. l If your pet seems sick or otherwise abnormal, call your veterinarian immediately. If your cat or dog is dehydrated or is suffering from heat exhaustion, he’ll need quick treatment to get well again.

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he dark red/purple hue of the leaves of the red cabbage, make for some beautiful recipes. Although when it’s cooked, red cabbage will normally turn blue. To retain the red color it is necessary to add vinegar or acidic fruit to the pot. To grow red cabbage, you need to have well fertilized soil and sufficient humidity. It’s a seasonal plant which is seeded in spring and harvested in late fall. Keep the beautiful red color of the leaves with this “no-cooking required” dish:

Red Cabbage Coleslaw with Strawberry Lemonade Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe 8 cups thinly sliced red cabbage Carrots, 8 medium, peeled, finely diced 6 finely sliced green onions 1/2 cup finely diced green bell peppers 1/2 cup sliced large green olives with pimentos 2 teaspoons celery seed 1 teaspoon salt Pepper to taste

1 cup Strawberry Lemonade Vinaigrette (See Recipe Below) Place all vegetables and seasonings in a large bowl. Pour Strawberry Lemonade Vinaigrette over the vegetables and stir to thoroughly coat. Chill until ready to serve. Yields about 12 servings. Strawberry Lemonade Vinaigrette 1/2 cup light olive oil 1/2 cup agave nectar or mild honey 1/2 cup strawberry lemonade (See Recipe Below) 1/2 cup pear vinegar or apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon celery seeds 1 teaspoon salt or to taste Fresh ground pepper to taste In a medium mixing bowl add all ingredients except olive oil. Slowly drizzle olive oil while whisking until mixture emulsifies (thickens slightly). Chill. Makes 2 cups Strawberry Lemonade 2 C freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 16 small lemons) Zest of 2 lemons 1 C sliced fresh strawberries 5 cups cold water 1 3/4 C sugar (can substitute organic agave nectar OR mild-flavored honey) Squeeze fresh lemon juice and pour into a 1/2 gallon pitcher. Set aside. Place sliced fresh strawberries and 1 cup cold water in blender; process on high for several seconds. Sieve strawberry puree through a mesh strainer into a large bowl and add to fresh lemon juice. (Add the strawberry puree without straining if you like). In a medium saucepan make a simple syrup by adding sugar, lemon zest and 1/2 cup water. Heat on medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool completely. Add the cooled simple syrup to lemon strawberry juice. Stir to mix. Makes about 1/2 gallon or 8 cups. This is a very sweet lemonade. For a refreshing, less sweet option, mix one part lemonade with one part natural mineral water or club soda.

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