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Our Town May 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE…

The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town

About the Cover........................................................................3

Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish

Home Improvement: Container Gardens................................8

Calendar of Events..................................................................4-5

Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope

Business Spotlight: Ragsdale Heating & Air...........................6

Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey D. Hodari Brooks Jerry Clegg Photography Kristin Gabiel Dara Hosch Brigette Carruth Monica Hickey May In Focus Photography Laura Morris Marion Stewart Kathy Wilson ONLINE: www.OurTownFamily.com Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website

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.

Home Decor: Brighten Your Home.........................................12 Medical: Arthritis.....................................................................14 Family Focus: A Lousy Problem...............................................16 Health & Fitness: Heart Attack Survival...............................18 Finance: This Big Picture...........................................................20 Travel: Destin............................................................................22 Letter from the Editors............................................................23 Seasonal: Remembering Mother...........................................24 Seasonal: Avoiding the Summer Blues...................................25 Pet Page: Hot Weather.............................................................26

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Calendar of events 2nd ANNUAL DAY OF PRAYER BREAKFAST – Paulding Community/Senior Center May 7, 2009; Thursday 8am The Paulding Chamber cordially invites the entire county to attend this non-denominational worship service to offer prayer for our community, state and nation. Keynote speaker is Commissioner Michael Thurmond of the Georgia Department of Labor. Mr. Thurmond has distinguished himself as an attorney, author, lecturer and public servant. WSBTV Personality David Chandley will be the Master of Ceremonies. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (770) 445-6016 or visiting the Chamber website at paulding countychamber.org. The cost for the breakfast is Members Prepaid - $15, Members at the Door - $20, Non-members $25 and tables for 10 are $175 with program recognition. Visa and MasterCard accepted. PAUDLING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 48th ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION – Dallas Theater May 7, 2009; Thursday 6pm – 10pm The Paulding Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you join them for their 48th Annual Awards. Member & Guest Reception begins at 6pm; Seating begins at 7pm and the Awards Ceremony begins at 8pm. Then LIVE at 8:45pm, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will perform. For more info contact Shelbia Bohannon at 770-4456016. PAULDING SENIORS – MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH - Paulding Senior Center May 8, 2009; Friday 10:30am The Paulding Senior Center will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch. The cost is FREE! Please call ahead to sign up. For more information contact Betty Roach at 770-4438873. SPRINGTIME AT THE CABIN – Pickett’s Mill Battlefield May 9 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 information or visit their website at picketsmillpark.org. “2009 STREAM CLEAN UP DAY” – City of Dallas May 9, 2009; Saturday 8am – 12pm Volunteer to help preserve Paulding’s streams. For more information call Tommy Leonard at 770-443-0119 or Tina Clark at 770-4451836, or visit keeppauldingbeautiful.com. MOTHER’S DAY May 10, 2009; Sunday PAULDING 45 & OVER SINGLES CLUB MEETINGS AND DANCE – O’Charley’s in Hiram May 12, 2009; (Every 2nd Tuesday of the month) 6:30pm Paulding Singles Club members participate in an assortment 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 located at 4790 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy in Hiram. For more information please call Andree at 770-505-3237. PAULDING SENIORS - TURNER FIELD & ATLANTA CYCLORAMA TOUR - Paulding Senior Center May 14, 2009; Thursday 9am Paulding Seniors will be touring Turner Field and the Atlanta Cyclorama. The cost is $49. They will be leaving from the Paulding Senior Center at 9am. For more information contact Betty Roach at 770-443-8873. Please call ahead to sign up. RELAY FOR LIFE - Paulding County High School May 15, 2009; Friday 6pm to Saturday 10am WALK FOR A CURE! Organize your families or groups to participate in this great community fundraising event benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event begins at 6pm with the Survivors lap at 6:30pm; Opening Ceremonies at 6:50pm; and the

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“DALLAS RECYCLES DAY” – City Parking Lot in Downtown Dallas May 23, 2009; Saturday 8am – 2pm Keep Paulding Beautiful, the City of Dallas and BDL Landfill is sponsoring this event to bring awareness to keep our county beautiful. Bring your recyclables and inert material for recycling. There will be FREE refreshments, goody bags and prize drawings. This is a great opportunity to teach your family about recycling and the importance in keeping Paulding beautiful. For more info visit keeppaulding beautiful.com. GEORGIA CLASSIC RIDES BLOCK PARTY – Main Street in Dallas May 23, 2009; Saturday 5pm – 10pm Georgia Classic Rides is having a block party on Main Street in Dallas. Bring the family and enjoy seeing great classic cars. Visit GeorgiaClassRides.com for more information.

CHILDREN WITH AUTISM (Autism in Georgia, Inc.) May 30, 2009; Saturday 9am – 12pm Autism in Georgia, Inc. opens the door to connect with other parents and caregivers who are on the same journey. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Heather; a professional with over 16 years of experience working with autistic children. She focuses on teaching social skills and the pragmatics of language. The meeting will be at 6340 Cedarcrest Road, NW, Acworth. Please RSVP at meetup.com/autism-in-gerogia or call Kitty at 770-974-7592. FREE CPR CLASSES – CPR with Mickey June 3, 2009; 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm CPR with Mickey is holding FREE CPR classes for the community. Call 770-573-2448 for more information. 2nd ANNUAL PAULDING PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Paulding Photography Club June 3, 6 and 7, 2009; check times Amateur and professional photography competition for all ages; cash prizes will be awarded. Entries will be taken on June 3rd from 6-8PM at 122 Main Street or Saturday

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145th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PICKETT’S MILL – Pickett’s Mill Battlefield May 30, 2009; Saturday 10am – 4pm If you are a Civil War Buff, or just want to learn some of the history of Paulding, don’t miss this opportunity to witness the reenactment of the Battle of New Hope Church! 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 information or visit their website at picketsmillpark.org.

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WEST COBB MOTHER’S & MORE – West Cobb Chapter May 21, 2009; (Every 3rd Thursday of the month) 7:30pm Need some adult conversation? Join the W. Cobb Chapter of Mother’s and More! 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 third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm at West Cobb Chiropractic, 5041 Dallas Highway, Suite 500, Marietta. For more details, email us a westcobbmothersandmore@yahoo. com.

BROADWAY REVIEW – East Paulding High School Theater May 29-30, 2009; Friday - Saturday 7pm Don’t miss this exciting review of Broadway’s GREATEST hits! The students are performing their own numbers and have chosen their own staging and costuming. Tickets are $5.

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ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES – Northwest Christian Church Ongoing every month Northwest Christian Church is an Angel Food Ministries host site for residents of Paulding and surrounding counties. There are new food menus each month. A regular unit of food costs $30, with an est. value of $60. Monthly specials are offered. This is available to ANYONE regardless of income; cash, money orders or EBT food stamps are accepted. Food must be pre-ordered and menus can be viewed at angelfoodministries.com. For location and more info, call Helping Hands at 678261-8536 or contact the church at 770425-2525. The church is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. 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. GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Ongoing now through - June 7, 2009; Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am – 6pm (Rain or Shine; including Memorial Day) Enter through the `castle gates’... and spend the entire day in merry old England. Shop the marketplace and be amazed as jugglers, minstrels, acrobats, and jousting knights fill 12 Stages with fun entertainment. For directions and ticket information, visit their website at garenfest.com.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Business Spotlight (L-R) Chris and Julie Boyd, Art Ragsdale, Jason Ragsdale, Alan Ragsdale

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Comfortable living temperatures and air quality are important to all of us, but not as important to the experts at Ragsdale Heating and Air, Inc. With warm temperatures and high pollen counts, now is a great time to schedule a Spring Tune up on your existing system. Or, if your system is old and inefficient and you’re tired of high energy bills, Ragsdale Heating and Air, Inc. can bail you out with a new system! Right now take advantage of up to a $1,500 Federal Tax Credit on qualifying installed systems.

Art Ragsdale has been providing quality service in the HVAC industry since 1994 when he began his business - Ragsdale Heating and Air, Inc. Today, along with his family, Alan Ragsdale, Jason Ragsdale, Julie Boyd, and Chris Boyd, this family owned and operated business has become a successful industry leader by following these simple principles: HAVE THE BEST TEAM OF SKILLED EMPLOYEES - The team of 38 dedicated employees at Ragsdale is second to none. Each technician is factory-trained and certified, but every employee is knowledgeable and committed to serving YOU – the customer – 25 hours a day, 8 days a week!

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The average length of service for their employees is 7 years, although many have more than 10 years of service. The staff not only gives their customers prompt and courteous service, but they give back to the Paulding community. They participate and sponsor many children’s and community organizations, including Relay for Life, Paulding Cops for Kids and many more. In 2008, Art Ragsdale was recognized by our community for his dedication and contributions by being awarded the Paulding County Citizen of the Year award. MAKE SURE THE CUSTOMER IS SATISFIED 110% - With honesty and integrity Ragsdale exceeds a customer’s expectations by servicing, designing, and installing complete comfort solutions for homes and offices. They have a 98.7% rating in overall customer satisfaction and over 82% of new business comes from the referrals of satisfied customers.

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tion and over 82% of new business comes from the referrals of satisfied customers. HAVE THE BEST TEAM OF SKILLED EMPLOYEES - The team of 38 employees at Ragsdale is second to none. Each technician is factory-trained and certified, but every employee is knowledgeable and committed to serving YOU – the customer – 25 hours a day, 8 days a week! The average length of service for their employees is 7 years, although many have more than 10 years of service. The staff not only gives their customers prompt and courteous service, but they give back to the Paulding community. They participate and sponsor many children’s and community organizations, including Relay for Life, Paulding Cops for Kids and many more. In 2008, Art Ragsdale was recognized by our community for his dedication and contributions by being awarded the Paulding County Citizen of the Year award.

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avoid those extreme hot spots in summer heat. Do plan to enjoy those fragrant plants and always have them close to your seating areas, or to brush against next to walkways. A rule of thumb, buy larger planters than you think you may need, small little pots will get lost in the space and never achieve that WOW look in the area.

and set the plants in place. Gently firm the soil around each plant. Be sure to leave three inches from the top of the pot to allow for proper watering. When planting, a good tip is to make sure that the roots of the plants are very damp or wet before planting. Then water your container thoroughly when you have completed your arrangement.

We know that we need to plant containers properly and of course to water when needed. Now to get started! Pick containers that will handle the size of the plants you are considering. You can contrast large and small containers together for a stunning effect. Annuals and bulbs are very popular choices for pots and planters.

Now is the time to move your garden planters and containers to create the overall look that you would like to achieve in the chosen space. It is always a good idea to keep the sun loving plants together and separate from the shading loving ones. Don’t make any combination too upright or too sprawly, have a good mix of both – one will enhance the look of the other.

When you are ready to plant, fill the containers to within about three inches from the top and gently firm down the soil. Set the plants you have chosen and place on top of the soil and then step back and visualize how they will look when they fill out and create an overall view. Containers that will sit next to a wall or fence position the tallest plants at the back of the planter and surround with other plants. When you have large containers or when they will be seen from all sides, set the tallest plants in the middle and surround with the other plants.

Mix large containers with the small ones, arrange in groupings. Place one or two on plant stands to create a focal point in your arrangement. You may wish to cruise around your neighborhood, go to garden centers or even view the latest magazines to do some creative stealing for more design ideas. Marion Stewart is an avid gardener. She loves sitting on her deck surrounded by so many varied flower-packed and herb planted containers. Find your best planter at the GardenPlanterStore.com.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - Relationships The Psychological Value of the Work Ethic

By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

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ork ethic is defined as a set of values based on the virtues of hard work and diligence. Psychological research confirms that when reward or accomplishments are the result of real and sustained effort - - rather than “taking the easy way” – there is a greater sense of satisfaction and value attached to the accomplishment. Hard work is known to bring financial rewards, build character, maturity, and enhance value to life. Research has shown that the harder the work, the more rewarding the achievement.

There is much emphasis on the quick fix or easy options in this culture. For a fee you can go to the internet and purchase a Ph.D. in Psychology, a degree in ministry or many other degrees – little effort or commitment required. As a society we have become accustomed to such simple and instant results. However, the satisfaction of an outcome that has been worked for over time is much greater than something attained without exertion. While it may seem that it would be great if life was always easy; challenge and adversity provide opportunities to learn strengths, to push outside of a comfort zone and to develop abilities. True accomplishment is empowering. However, either from apathy, insecurity, laziness, or a refusal to grow up; some will shun responsibility, expect to be suc-

cessful without effort or commitment, and live with a sense of entitlement. Psychologically, these individuals are stunted. Often a victim attitude where one feels unable to cope with, adjust to, or change life circumstances develops. When real work and effort results in a sense of power and accomplishment, one is no longer a victim, helpless or dependent. By owning abilities and developing them, we take control of our lives. Things do not have to be easy to be good. Extensive research has shown that excelling in any arena (athletic, music, business) is not simply the result of innate gifts. While there are individual differences in talent, research concludes that nobody is great without effort. Tiger Woods, by any standard is a tremendous talent. However, he began playing golf at 18 months of age and practiced over 15 years before winning his first U.S. Amateur Championship at the age of 18. Even today he talks of his ongoing commitment to many hours a day for practice. Research shows what is true for sports apply to parenting, business, and relationships. Ongoing effort and commitment will result in better accomplishments and greater sense of satisfaction. The benefits of a good work ethic should be taught to children. In some ways our culture encourages children to expect to get what they want without

working for it. It is important to give even young children opportunities to work for and earn rewards. Children who have regular chores around the house to earn their own spending money develop more confidence. Additionally, children should be responsible for their own disappointments and successes. However, it is not unusual to find parents that assume tremendous responsibility for middle school and high school student’s projects, papers and even daily homework. This robs a child from their own accountability. If the work ethic is not learned, children have difficulty truly “growing up”. There are an astonishing number of adult children well into their 30’s and 40’s who still look to parents for financial support. Some well meaning and loving parents find it difficult to tell their adult children that they are no longer their responsibility, and the “children” never develop true independence and autonomy. Part of psychological health is the acceptance of responsibility, the development of self-sufficiency, and the gratifications of accomplishment. 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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AROUND OUR TOWN - home decor By Kathy Wilson

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pring is a sign of renewal in many areas of our lives, and our homes are no different! There is something energizing and refreshing about bringing that bright, airy feeling of Spring into your home. Here are some ways to spruce up and revitalize your rooms, on a dime!  • Add white! White with your present color scheme will both cool and brighten, adding the freshness that only white can! If your room colors tend toward the warm side, such as yellows, browns, or reds...then choose creamier white such as ecru or ivory. If you have cooler colors in your room, such as greens and blues, go with the brighter, cleaner whites. •

Take down your curtains, and just leave your mini blinds underneath. Don’t leave it bare, though, we don’t want boring! Swag some dried or silk flowers over the top of the blinds, or use some muslin to twist around a curtain rod for an informal but airy valance. (No sew!)

Keep your windows sparkling clean. Dirty windows cut down on a surprising amount of light, and make a room look dull. As a bonus, clean windows mean more sparkling glass, and that makes room feel larger and brighter!

Try painting your focal wall, (that is, the one most seen) in a sunnier, brighter, or lighter shade of your current wall color. It will add lightness to the room without drastically changing the whole scheme. Don't worry, you can always go back to that rich red in the fall, but how about a little petal pink, or sky blue? Remember, its only paint, its cheap! Pick up some pretty colored glassware from the dollar shop, and display it where the sun will light it up! You could even use clear glassware, and fill it with colored water to coordinate with the room. Use your glassware as vases, pencil

scheme of the room. Don't match the colors, just pick something complementary.

holders, or candy dishes, but make sure it is seen! Glass sparkles and adds a bit of sunshine to a room.

• Clear most of the artwork and accessories out of your room, and just keep a few larger, simpler pieces. It de-clutters the room, and helps to put the focus on the freshness of a room. • Finally, don't forget your entry area when you are creating that spring glow all around your home. Remember, your entries are a visitor’s first impression of your home! Add a pot of pansies on the porch, paint your entry a fresh spring color, and hang a handmade wreath or a basket of flowers on the front door. All these ideas take very little time, little or no money, and do wonders for your spirit and the spirit of those who you love. Take a little time to brighten your lives!

Pot up some pansies from the garden center and use them indoors as houseplants. They are cheap, easy, and add flowers to a room without the cost of replacing floral arrangements every week! You can even coordinate the flower color to the color

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AROUND OUR TOWN - medical Arthritis and Exercise: Do they Go Together?

By D. Hodari Brooks, MD

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s a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing in the greater Atlanta area I am asked lots of questions by my patients on a daily basis. Today I wanted to take the time to address one of the more common questions that I have been getting recently. This question can have many forms but in general the question is: “Doctor, I know that I have arthritis but can I, and should I still exercise?” It is apparent to me that there is a fair amount of confusion in the lay press and even on the internet regarding the risks and benefits of exercise. Let’s take this question in two parts: The first part of this question relates to whether a person with arthritis CAN exercise. Now, like all medical questions, the answer is both simple and complex at the same time. The simple answer is a definitive YES. Regardless of a person’s degree of arthritis they can usually perform some type of exercise. In general if arthritis involves the joints of the lower extremity, i.e. the hips, knees, and ankles then these individuals should focus primarily on low impact exercises. Examples include the elliptical, stationary bike, and Nordic track. This is important in order to limit the impact on the knees and hips in particular. This

doesn’t mean that you have to completely give up your treadmill or running program, however, it does mean you should give strong consideration to modifying your exercise program. If you have a milder degree of arthritis then you can still perform high impact activities, however, my recommendation is that you reduce your frequency of impact exercises and add more non-impact activities. It is true that as a patient’s arthritis progresses their ability to perform aggressive exercises decreases. These individuals usually do best with aquatic therapy which significantly limits the stress on all joints. There does come a point, however, when the arthritis becomes so severe that any type of exercise becomes extremely difficult. It is at this point that patients should consider joint replacement surgery to help restore their quality of life.

exposed to during a particular activity. By decreasing the forces on your joints you can often decrease the speed at which your arthritis progresses and importantly decrease the pain you experience with everyday activities. In addition to benefiting your muscles and joints, exercise also has a clear benefit on the health of your heart. It is important to add, however, that if your overall health is not very good then you need to check with your primary care physician to discuss whether you are healthy enough to engage in a physical exercise program.

The second portion of this question relates to whether a patient with arthritis SHOULD exercise. Again the answer is a definitive YES. There are clear benefits of exercise regardless of whether you have arthritis or not. In general the reason that exercise is so beneficial is that it allows individuals to strengthen their muscles around the joints. The effect of this is to decrease the force that your joints have to be

Dr. Hodari Brooks is an orthopaedic surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Specialists. For more information on options for those with arthritis, visit the Pinnacle Orthopaedics website at www.pinnacle-ortho.com.

Thus it is both acceptable and desirable to exercise even if you have arthritis. Certainly the relative severity of an individual’s arthritic disease will have an effect on just how successful an exercise program can be. It is my experience that virtually all patients feel better if they can exercise. So I encourage all of my readers to commit to getting involved in a personal exercise program for 2009. I know you will feel better, and your joints will too.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - FAMILY FOCUS By Dara Hosch, MD FAAP Cobb Pediatrics, PC

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ead lice have been an issue for people since the beginning of time. Even ancient Egyptians, Aztec Indians and our founding fathers dealt with this pesky parasite. While lice are not dangerous and don’t carry diseases, they are contagious and can be difficult to treat. For this reason, many schools have a strong policy against attending school with an active case of head lice. Hopefully, this article will help parents understand this very common problem.

from ages 3 to 12 years old. However, lice can live on anyone’s head, all ages and races. They like clean hair as well as dirty hair. Therefore, good hygiene will not prevent lice. The best prevention is not sharing things that touch the head like hats, hair brushes and pillows. Head to head contact during play or a hug is a great way to spread lice.

combs should be washed with the lice insecticide. The floor and upholstery should be vacuumed. Items that cannot be washed can be tied up in a plastic garbage bag for about 10 days. The lice cannot live away from a warm human head for very long.

Every year, millions of kids get head lice. These tiny insects live on human hair. They stay near the scalp where they can feast on tiny bits of human blood. While their bite does not hurt, it can make the scalp itchy and irritated. A louse is about the size of a sesame seed. It has six legs and no wings. Their eggs, called nits are laid on the hair shaft close to the scalp. The louse uses a glue-like substance to stick the nit firmly onto the hair. Each louse lays about 8 eggs per day. That is 240 eggs per month which is their typical life span for a louse. The nits are small yellowish brown ovals attached to the hair. Once the louse hatches, the nit appears clear or white.

Head lice can be treated in several ways. Effective treatments kill the adult lice and the nits. Over-the-counter and prescription insecticides are available. Read the instructions carefully as some of these treatments are so flammable that using a hair dryer can be dangerous. Because these products are poisonous, it is not recommended to use them on children under age 3 or on pregnant women. Since nits cannot be washed off, a nit comb is needed to remove them from the hair. There are products available to loosen the gluey substance attaching the nit to the hair. Re-treatment of the hair in 7 to 10 days is recommended to kill any newly hatched lice.

Lice do not jump or fly. They are passed from person to person on things like hats, brushes, clothing and pillows. They are most commonly found on girls

To prevent recurrence, the lice must also be removed from belongings. Bedding, hats and stuffed animals should be washed with hot water. Hair brushes and

There are alternative treatments for those who wish to avoid toxic insecticides. These methods may not be as effective but are safer and worth a try. Zinc and sulfur are ingredients found in some natural remedies. One source recommended Cetaphil cleanser applied to the hair liberally then blown dry. The idea is to shrink wrap the hair and thereby suffocate the lice. Vinegar and mayonnaise have been reported to help loosen the nits. The key to success is the complete removal adults lice and nits. If you need help coping with a stubborn case of lice, see your doctor for assistance. Cobb Pediatrics has been helping families raise healthy children for more than 30 years. Call for an appointment so that we can get your family on the road to nutritional health.

KEEP PAULDING BEAUTIFUL Ever wonder what to do with recyclables? Here is some helpful recycling information we found which will help keep our planet and our community GREEN! • • • • •

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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 midJune. 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.

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AROUND OUR TOWN - health & fitness The Chain of Survival Information from the American Heart Association

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udden cardiac arrest is a major cause of death in the United States. It claims about 335,000 lives each year. That’s 5 lives every 8 minutes. Sudden cardiac arrest means that the heart stops pumping blood. This can happen suddenly, without warning. Often it’s due to an abnormal heart rhythm or a heart attack. There can be other causes of cardiac arrest, too. Other examples are accidental electrical shock or submersion (near-drowning). Right now the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is about 5%. If survival rates from cardiac arrest were increased to 20%, about 40,000 lives could be saved. A strong Chain of Survival can increase a victim’s chance of survival. What’s the Chain of Survival? It is an American Heart Association metaphor that uses the links in a chain to describe the actions needed to save a victim’s life. The four links in the Chain of Survival are: l Early access l Early defibrillation l Early CPR l Early advanced care EARLY ACCESS MEANS l Recognizing that a cardiovascular emergency exists l Immediately phoning 911 to access the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awareness of early warning signs. Early access only happens if you know who to call and when to call. Many people deny (or don’t know) the symptoms of a cardiovascular emergency. Instead of phoning 911 first, some people call loved ones or their own

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inancial Planning is a process that can help you reach your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, then outlining strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and available resources. A comprehensive financial plan serves as a framework for organizing the pieces of your financial picture. With a financial plan in place, you’ll be better able to focus on your goals and understand what it will take to reach them.

One of the main benefits of having a financial plan is that it can help you balance competing financial priorities. A financial plan will clearly show you how your financial goals are related – for example, how saving for your children’s college education might impact your ability to save for retirement. Then you can use the information you’ve gleaned to decide how to prioritize your goals, implement specific strategies, and choose suitable products or services. Best of all, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your financial life is on track. The Financial Planning Process Creating and implementing a comprehensive plan should be done by working with a local financial professional to:

•Develop a clear picture of your current financial situation by reviewing your income, assets, and liabilities, and evaluating your insurance coverage, your investment accounts and your tax exposure. •Establish and prioritize financial goals and time frames for achieving these goals. •Implement strategies that address your current financial weaknesses and build on your financial strengths. •Choose specific options and services that are tailored to meet your financial objectives. •Monitor your plan on an ongoing basis, making adjustments as your goals, time frames or circumstances change. Common Financial Goals 1. Saving and investing for retirement. 2. Saving and investing for college. 3. Establishing an emergency reserve fund. 4. Providing for your family in the event of premature death. 5. Minimizing income taxes.

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he Gulf Coast, without a doubt, has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Destin, Florida is no exception. This treasure on the panhandle has everything to make a vacation perfect, presented with ample class and charm.

conveniences of home. (teenage boys love kitchens!) During the day we raised the shades of the windows throughout the great room, revealing a panaramic view of the vast blue water. We adults took the master suite, of course, which also sported ten foot ceilings and a balcony that overlooked the beach. The master bath was enormous, complete with a garden tub for relaxing in a long bath. Our favorite perk in the master suite was the king-size mattress. It slept better than any bed I have been in. In fact, I turned up the mattress cover and made note of the brand and model before I left. I want to find one just like it.

Another mom and I had the priviledge of taking six teenage boys to Destin for Spring Break last month. It is always an unsettling mystery arriving at a condo that you have never stayed in, hoping it There is a heated swimming pool on meets your expectations. tin, Connor, us A l, the property and the building is located We stayed at Crystal View ae h ic John M and Deonte in a great area of Destin. We condos, VRBO 157436. It m da A d, re Jar were a short drive from the finest was incredible! This welloutlet stores and walking distance from several great decorated, three bedroom, restaurants. We could see “Pompano Joes” from our three bath unit was so roomy and had breathtaking oceanbalony and decided to walk and eat there for dinner front views with a wrap around balcony. I’ll be honest and one evening. Aside from the long wait, even on a confess that, if I am going to put forth the time and effort week night, the restaurant lived up to it’s reputation to travel to the beach, I want to stay on the water! of having delicious seafood and decent portions. “The Crab Trap” is another favorite in Destin and The deep living area of this condo was spaceous with ten is walking distance in the other direction. We will foot ceilings, allowing our party great fellowship opportube sure to try it out on our next visit. nity. This space included a large, open kitchen with all the

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he Gulf Coast, without a doubt, has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Destin, Florida is no exception. This treasure on the panhandle has everything to make a vacation perfect, presented with ample class and charm. Another mom and I had the priviledge of taking six teenage boys to Destin for Spring Break last month. It is always an unsettling mystery arriving at a condo that you have never stayed in, hoping it meets your expectations. We stayed at Crystal View condos, VRBO 157436. It was incredible! This welldecorated, three bedroom, three bath unit was so roomy and had breathtaking oceanfront views with a wrap around balcony. I’ll be honest and confess that, if I am going to put forth the time and effort to travel to the beach, I want to stay on the water! The deep living area of this condo was spaceous with ten foot ceilings, allowing our party great fellowship opportunity, with a large, open kitchen with all the conveniences of

home. During the day we raised the shades of the windows throughout the great room, revealing a panaramic view of the vast blue water. We adults took the master suite, of course, which also sported ten foot ceilings and a balcony that overlooked the beach. The master bath was enormous, complete with a garden tub for relaxing in a long bath. Our favorite perk in the master suite was the king-size mattress. It slept better than any bed I have been in. In fact, I turned up the mattress cover and made note of the brand and model before I left. I want to find one just like it. There is a heated swimming pool on the property and the building is located in a great area of Destin. We were a short drive from the finest outlet stores and walking distance from several great restaurants. We could see “Pompano Joes” from our balony and decided to walk and eat there for dinner one evening. Aside from the long wait, even on a week night, the restaurant lived up to it’s reputation of having delicious seafood and decent portions. “The Crab Trap” is another favorite in Destin and is walking distance in the other direction. I will be sure to try it out on our next visit.

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e celebrate the gift of mothers this month. Each of us have probably had an amazing woman in our life, somewhere along the way. She may have been our mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or friend. But she impacted our lives in a motherly fashion with unconditional love and guidance.

Some of us never really comprehend the loving sacrifice that mothers are capable of until we experience the love of our own child. Whether you gave birth to your child, went through an adoption, or spend time with a child as a grandmother, aunt or friend, motherhood is a priviledge! It is a precious gift to remember a cherished moment in time when we can appreciate a special glance, laugh or loving gesture. God is so generous to allow us to recall the little details of our pasts that bring us joy and comfort. I love to remember my Nannie. I can still replay images and conversations in my mind - the smell of her home that I loved to visit, things we laughed about, her fried chicken livers and, most importantly, her unwavering faith that she so openly shared with me. Following is a sweet recollection of a moment in time by Monica Hickey May. This lovely English lady currently lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island. She has some delightful writings about her life and an impressive resume as an accomplished Bridal Consultant in London and New York. Please read more about her online. We hope this brings you joy.

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3 Cups of Cake Flour (Swan’s Down) 3 Cups of Sugar ½ Cup of Cocoa ½ Tsp of Baking Powder ½ Cup of Shortening (Crisco) 2 Sticks of Butter 1 ¼ Cup of Whole Milk 6 Eggs 2 Tsp Vanilla ½ Tsp Salt Cream together butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each egg. Sift all dry ingredients together, including the cocoa. Add the vanilla to the milk. While mixing, alternate the flour mixture and the milk into the cream mixture. (Begin and end with flour.) Pour into a greased and floured bundt or tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Jules’ Mom: Ann’s Pimento Cheese 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened 8 ounces grated or shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese (Not packaged, it is best if you grate your own) 2 ounce jar of pimentos (small) 1/2 to 1 cup of mayonnaise Beat cream cheese with electric mixer with approximately 2 Tbsp. of mayonnaise. Add grated sharp cheddar cheese, continue beating, and add remaining mayonnaise to achieve desired, fluffy texture. Add pimento and continue until mixture is the same consistency as whipped cream. Serve on your favorite cracker or bread. This one is great for parties or picnics!

This Mother’s Day.. . cook for Mom or prepare one of her recipes that reminds you of her!

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