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About the Cover.........................................................5, 24 Health & Fitness: Breathing & Your Health....................6 Family Focus: Autism: A Mother’s Perspective..............8 Calendar of Events..................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: Five Bad Family Habits.............................12 Medical: Summer Skin Care Tips.....................................16 Home Improvement: Home Generator?.......................18 Gardening: Stop Deer Destruction.................................19 Travel: ABC’s of Vacation Planning.............................20 Finance: Uncertain Economic Times..............................21 Feature Photographer: Brigette Carruth........................24 Community: Paulding Public Libraries........................26 Pets: Pet Odor and Hair...................................................29 May Crossword................................................................30 What’s Cookin’: National Strawberry Month..............30

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his month we are honored to feature Justin Perkins and Taylor LeCroy, two Paulding County young people who share the same fight against cancer, along with their devoted mothers, Kristal and Wendy. Taylor LeCroy is your typical 16 year old girl who loves to shop, read, hang out with friends, and more. She is a sophomore at East Paulding High School and is very active in East Paulding’s Theatre Troupe and in her first year of the EPHS/JROTC program. Her mom and dad, Wendy and Shane, were high school sweethearts. She has three siblings, Robert, BreAnna and her twin brother Tyler.

In June of 2011, Taylor was diagnoses with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. They first noticed a knot on her neck, but didn’t think too much of it because other family members had the same thing. When one appeared behind her ear, Taylor was taken to an ENT. A biopsy was done and it confirmed she was in Stage 4. The tumors went from her neck down to her pancreas, with tumors inside her lungs and throat. The doctor laid out an aggressive treatment plan; she was to go through eight, 3-week cycles and radiation after that, if needed. Her treatments included infusion chemo, oral chemo, steroids, antibiotics, and several other meds to fight infections and severe nausea.  Half way through her treatments, Taylor’s second PET came back clean! She remained on her treatments, but avoided needing radiation. This was GREAT news, since radiation given to someone with the same location of tumors as Taylor’s means there is a greater risk the patient would develop breast cancer later in life. On December 23, 2011 the doctor officially terminated her infusion chemo treatments.  Taylor still has to take antibiotics every weekend for 6 months, and slowly she has been weaned off most of her other meds. So far the only negative from the treatment is that she is in ovarian failure. This can reverse itself, and the family is praying it will.

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Taylor has remained positive and upbeat through her treatments, and never slacked off with her school work. She has maintained her GPA and hopes to be the class valedictorian. Wendy is very proud of Taylor and the strength she has shown through her experience. Justin Perkins is 25 years old and comes from a family of police officers. His mother, Kristal is a Police Sergeant at Georgia State University, his father, David ‘Cricket’ Perkins is a Retired Sergeant with the Capitol Police, and older brother, Joey is a Deputy with the Paulding County Sheriff ’s Department. Justin also has a younger sister, Jennifer, in-laws Lucy and Kevin, and nieces Read more about our cover on page 24 Abby, Emma and Kaley.


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Is the Way You Breathe Bad for Your Health?

t’s among the most important physical functions our bodies perform. We do it about 20,000 times a day. And still, somehow, most of us get it wrong. “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to learn to breathe correctly,” says Andrew Weil, MD, a well-known pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.

Cancer Centers in Atlanta. And when the body is stressed, it’s weakened. Our immune cells normally function like “little Pac-Men,” Stockdale explains, “patrolling for and destroying bacteria and diseased cells before they can multiply. But when cortisol levels are elevated, those immune cells slow down drastically, allowing pathogens and diseased cells to slip by.” Fortunately, there are simple methods to reverse our faulty inhaleexhale habits. To get started, try these three exercises:

It turns out that getting more oxygen—by simply changing the way we breathe—can facilitate healing from a startling number of serious conditions, including chronic pain, atrial fibrillation, asthma, digestive issues, depression, and a wide range of stressrelated illnesses. The secret is to return to a more natural pattern of respiration: Newborns come into the world breathing deeply, but as we age, stress can alter that pattern, and many of us start to breathe more shallowly. By adulthood, on average, we’re taking 15 to 20 breaths per minute—three to four times faster than is optimal.

Diaphragmatic Breathing - Breathing that involves expanding the belly, giving the lungs room to take in more oxygen. This method improves circulation; eases stress-related and anxiety disorders; speeds recovery from chemotherapy. To start: 1. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place one hand just below your rib cage and the other on your upper chest. 2. Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach pushes against your lower hand. 3. As you exhale through pursed lips, tighten your abs and let them fall inward. (Throughout inhalation and exhalation, the hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.) Do this exercise three times a day for five to ten minutes, then gradually increase that amount. With enough practice, you should begin to breathe this way automatically.

That’s where the trouble can start. “Rapid, shallow breathing sends a message to our adrenal glands that we’re in fight-or-flight mode, and they begin pumping out stress hormones like cortisol,” explains Brenda Stockdale, director of mind-body medicine at the RC

Alternate-Nostril Breathing - A technique designed to promote relaxation. This technique reduces blood pressure; may have an anti-obesity effect, and boosts cognitive function on spatial tasks. To start: 1. With your right thumb, close your right nostril and inhale slowly through your left nostril. 2. Now close your left nostril with your pinky and ring fingers, release your thumb, and exhale slowly through your right nostril. 3. Keep the right nostril open, inhale, then close it; open the left nostril, and exhale slowly through the left. That’s one round. Start with three rounds, and add a round each week until you are up to five. Then practice whenever you’re feeling stressed out. The Bellows Breath - An exercise aimed at increasing alertness. It provides a boost in energy comparable to the high you feel after a workout. To start: 1. With your mouth closed, inhale and exhale quickly and evenly through your nose. Aim for three in-out cycles per second, but stop after 15 seconds on your first attempt. 2. Keep practicing, increasing your time by five seconds, until you reach a minute. When you feel your energy dipping, try this technique for 60 seconds. Reprinted with permission. Dr. Andrew Weil and Brenda Stockdale were interviewed by Mark Matousek for this article appearing in the November, 2011 issue of Oprah Magazine. Brenda Stockdale, author of “You Can Beat the Odds.”

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ince I was a very young girl, I looked forward to being a mommy. As all moms, I dreamed my children would be beautiful, intelligent, healthy, confident, generous and kind hearted. I would have powerful athletes or graceful ballerinas, perhaps with artistic creativity or musical prowess. Life would simply be perfect and easy.

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Many tears of heartbreak followed in the weeks and months after Jacob’s checkup. I moved forward with Jacob’s evaluation for speech and requested an evaluation of his fine motor skills, as well. I had started noticing little things, such as his poor accuracy when trying to feed himself with a spoon and his desire to “crash” off the furniture. He did qualify for therapy services for one hour a week but no one would diagnose autism because of his young age. As Jacob got older, his language was very slow to improve but he was better about understanding and following simple directions. He started a high-pitched, glass-piercing scream – sometimes out of frustration, sometimes out of anger, sometimes just because. This as I later realized, was his self-stimulating behavior. Shushing, ignoring and time-out didn’t diffuse the behavior. Nothing worked. Jacob has only dined out occasionally at kid-friendly restaurants and even that brings stares and unkind comments about my poor parenting skills. One person went so far as to inform me that “he just needs a good old-fashioned spanking.” Jacob had an episode of biting at the church nursery at 2 ½ years old, and another four months later. I have two other children that were routinely the victims of biting. I more than understand that it is a developmentally normal behavior, although not a pleasant one, and biting happens among most children from 1-3 years of age. I received a message on my answering machine one day asking me not to bring Jacob back unless there would be supervision with him. What an absolutely humiliating experience! After Jacob’s third birthday, he was enrolled in Special Needs Preschool. He attended five days a week and received therapy four times a week. He really seemed to enjoy his class and over time, he developed more meaningful language and accomplished necessary skills. I have developed a profound respect and appreciation for those who work with special needs children. Although it must be very challenging, there are incredible rewards in watching a child master a skill that has long been a struggle. Now, as Jacob is almost six years old and can communicate with me, and the rest of the world, my worries for him have become fewer. My hope is that he will be one of the 40% of autistic children that are cured with aggressive therapy. I have learned a great deal from my precious Jacob. I have learned appreciation, patience and acceptance. But most of all, I hope others can learn from Jacob, too. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to GROW healthy children one step at a time. If you have questions or concerns please call 678-384-3480.


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Local Grown Farmer’s Markets - Georgia Highlands Parking Lot Saturday 9am - 1pm Fresh produce and vegetables, fresh flowers, fresh breads, pickles, jellies, honey, fresh eggs, and much more! 25 Courthouse Square, Dallas. 2012 Burn Ban from the Paulding County Fire Department May 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012 - NO OUTDOOR BURNING.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center May 3; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote speaker is Mr. Mark Williams of the GA Dept of Natural Resources. ($20/members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). To register or for more information visit or call 770-445-6016.

Mom’s Club of Dallas and Hiram* - Bethany Christian Church May 3 and June 7; 1st Thursday of each month 10am MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support). Meetings are held at 3264 Villa Rica Hwy (Hwy 61) Dallas. For more information email 1st Annual Trinity Chapel Academy Lions Booster Club 5K May 5; Saturday 8:30 am 5K Run/Walk | 1 Mile Run/Walk | “Spirit Walker” races. All proceeds benefit the TCA Athletics Program. TCA is located at 4665 Macland Road, Powder Springs. For more information or to register visit, or call 678-831-1062. Cinco De Mayo - 5K Race for Education May 5; Saturday in downtown Dallas This 5K Race for Education is open to everyone and supports public schools. Entrants may run, walk or participate as a “phantom” runner by making a financial contribution. Contact Amy Mollohan at 770-443-8003 x 10142 or visit PauldingEducation for more info. Song of Atlanta Show Chorus Annual Show & Silent Auction May 5; Saturday 3pm and 7:30pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church/Roswell “Live, Laugh, Love” will feature a performance by Barbershop quartet ‘A Mighty Wind.’ Silent Auction opens one hour prior to each show. For tickets, visit www. or call 770-509-0322. Book Writers Critique Group                May 7 and 21; 1st and 3rd Monday of the month; 6pm - 7:30pm For published and unpublished Book Writers only. Fiction and nonfiction.  Serving Paulding and Cobb County. For new member information and  meeting location contact Book Writers at, Colonial Hills Christian School Open House May 8; Tuesday 7pm 7131 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, GA 30122, 770-941-6342 Paulding 45 & over Singles Club Activities* – Ryan’s in Hiram May 8; 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm Contact Lynn Mitchell at

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Light of Hope Talent Show to benefit CASA - Dallas Civic Center May 10; Thursday 6pm Casa Paulding Presents the 1st Annual ‘Light of Hope’ Talent Show. “Because every child’s voice deserves to be heard.” Tickets available at the box office or online at General Admission Seating, $7.50 per ticket.

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Five Bad Family Habits to Get Rid Of

By Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA


ood family habits are one reason some families are more successful and get along better than other families. While habits are extremely important and help you function from day to day, they are only good, if they enhance your life. Likewise, your family habits are only good if they promote family health.

To keep the family functioning well, you need to recognize which habits are holding you back from functioning successfully and in a pleasant way. Once you identify them it becomes easier to change them. The best part is that all it requires is for one person to change his/her behavior and the rest will be affected by that person. Here are 5 family habits you may want to consider eliminating.


Complaining: Many people complain, for no other reason than to complain. They never actually take any steps to change what is bothering them, but they do complain. Complaining is a

contagious habit that wastes time. It can also ruin relationships when directed at other people. Instead of complaining, be proactive and change what isn’t working. Don’t complain to your spouse and to your kids about their actions. Be aware of how your own actions affect their behavior and change your actions so you bring out the best in your family.

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Yelling: Saying it louder doesn’t make it more right, clearer or sound better; and it’ll not improve your kids’ listening skills. Yelling is a sign of disrespect, powerlessness, and poor communication. Unfortunately, it’s also contagious; as soon as one voice escalates so does another. Instead of yelling, practice sharing your feelings, and speaking in a respectful way. If the kids are still not listening to you, try listening to them. This way you can get an idea of what they are telling you. When they feel listened to, they’ll be more likely to listen.


Over-scheduling: Both parents and kids tend to have too much on their plates. The workload leaves everyone running around and having little time for each other. If this sounds like your family, I encourage you to have each family member drop an activity per week. Prioritize and decide where your family falls on the scale of importance. In the years to come, your kids will remember and appreciate your family time more than any other activity.


Going off to do your own thing: Some families don’t use their free time to spend together. Instead, each family member goes into a different room to do his or her own thing. Although having personal time is healthy, it’s also important to have family time. Spending about 1.5 hours (length of a movie) on 1 to 3 different occasions per week with your family will benefit everyone. Go for dessert, play family games and sports, go on a picnic, walk the dog together, or just sit together and talk without electronics around. The physical proximity will build an emotional closeness.


Chaos in the home: Because people are constantly on the go, it leaves very little time for cleaning. Since housekeeping services can be expensive it leaves many homes in somewhat of a mess. The more disorder there is in the home the less safe and comforting it’ll feel. Reduce unnecessary clutter and make a conscious choice to clean the house once a

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group* May 10; 2nd Thursday of the month; 6pm-7pm Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Aspen Village Sales Office located at 59 Hillside Trace, Suite 117 in Dallas. For more info call 770-4453594. 7th Annual Gold Tournament Presented by Paulding County Special Olympics at Creekside Country Club May 11; Friday Registration 8am-9:30am, 10am tee off Four person Fort Lauderdale style; $300 per team.Great prizes! Contact Marianne Bishop (770) 445-7710 or for info. MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers - Fortified Hills Baptist Church May 11; Friday 9:30am - 11:30am Meetings held at 4705 East Paulding Drive Dallas. Visit Relay for Life - White Oak Park May 11; Friday 6pm to Saturday 10am WALK FOR A CURE! The event begins at 5pm with the Survivor’s Reception, 6:45 Opening Ceremony, and then the Luminary Ceremony begins at 10pm. Closing ceremonies will be the next morning. You do not have to be part of a team to participate. To register or for more info visit Miles for Miracles Benefit for Taylor LeCroy and Justin Perkins May 12; Friday 11am - 4pm at East Paulding High School Track This is a double benefit Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer walk-a-thon for Justin Perkins (25) diagnosed with stage 3 and Taylor LeCroy (16), diagnosed with stage 4b.  There will be family and children activities, music, food, raffles and auction. Walkers (raising pledges) and volunteers are needed. For forms and event information, visit

MOTHER’S DAY - May 13 Sunday He honors the childless wife in her home, he makes her happy by giving her children. Psalm 113:9 Honor your Mother, Grandmother or special Caregiver on this truly special day. NW Atlanta Moms of Mulitiples* – North Metro Church May 14 and June 11; 2nd Monday of the month 7pm Club for families with or expecting twins, triplets, etc. Special events, Mom’s Nights Out, etc. Visit website for more info or call 678-404-0034. BLD Golf Classic at the Frog at the Georgian May 15; Tuesday 10am - 4pm Shotgun start at 8am. For more info or to register, go to

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This production uses beautifully costumed hand puppets and live vocal characterizations to poke a little Southern-fried fun at the classic Hans Christian Andersen story of a kingdom in search of a “real” princess. Twenty mattresses later, everyone in the kingdom learns not to “judge a book by its cover” as the new Princess is welcomed into the family. In the end, it’s “happily ever after, y’all” in this witty, one-of-a-kind adaptation.

Cobb County Animal Adopt-A-Thon May 19; 10am - 4pm Hundreds of dogs and cats need a good home. The shelter is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta 30008. For more info contact Tom Flynn 770-590-5601.

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Summer Skin Care Tips By Raechel Cunningham Lowe, LE


ith summer on the rise, there are a few staples that you must follow to keep your skin healthy and glowing during the summer months. Most of us can’t wait to spend more time outside, enjoying summer’s bliss. There are things you can do to allow for more time outside without spending more money down the road correcting your skin from summer sun damage. Most of us don’t think about taking simple precautions to protect our skin until we are in our mid to late 40’s. If we start wearing sunscreens and antioxidants on a daily basis at an early age, we can prevent spending more time and money on upkeep for our skin down the road. Here’s how the sun affects our skin; UVA and UVB rays penetrate our skin and over time can create abnormal cell behavior. Abnormal cells can start to become pre-cancerous or they can look like darker sun spots on the skin. Many times these spots are benign. Sunspots are over stimulated melanocytes (pigment cells) that are on a super charge frenzy to produce pigment which is a byproduct of sun exposure. Over exposure to the sun also creates our superficial blood vessels to dilate, open, and move closer to the surface of the skin. This result can lead to more diffuse redness in our skin tone. Our skin also produces more oil when exposed to the sun or heat; this can lead to acne or enlarged pores. My simple daily tips are to use a good antioxidant topically on your skin as well as a daily SPF of 30 or higher. These are usually applied in the morning after washing your face. It is extremely important to also use an exfoliating product nightly or a few times a week depending on the sensitivity of your skin. One of the best exfoliates to use is Retinol. This stimulates your skin cells to turn over at a higher rate stimulating your skin to produce collagen at a quicker rate which results in healthier skin. There are various products that you can use at home to prevent and maintain your skin’s even tone such as products with Kojic acid, Hydroquinone, Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid. You don’t have to spend a large amount of money on skin care products; you just have to know which active ingredients are beneficial. There are many moisturizers available to consumers that are packed full of antioxidants and contain an adequate SPF of 30 or higher. These are the easiest to use and will save your skin from pre mature ageing and uneven skin tone. Antioxidants prevent free radicals (scavengers from our environment) from taking molecules from our skin’s surface. Over time the effects cause early ageing and sun damage. Some great antioxidants to look for in your skin care products are Vitamin C, Green Tea and Peptides. If you want to lighten up your sunspots the best thing to do is to consult with a skin care professional and see what options are best for your skin type. Certain lasers are attracted to pigment and are extremely efficient at removing the brown spots with little down time. Redness is also best addressed by certain lasers that are attracted to a special pigment in the vessel wall. Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure so make sure you consult with a professional. Raechel Cunningham Lowe is an Aesthetician at Synergy Medical Centers in Acworth - 770.975.1299


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Who Needs a Home Generator? By MJ Marks


ho needs a home generator? Well, maybe you. Winters can be unpredictable; in some areas of the country it may be harsh, while in others it will be relatively mile. Where I live we had a relatively mild winter, which was a relief because the previous two winters were more severe than usual. With harsh winters come power outages, and with loss of power, most homes today come to a stand still. None of the appliances work, which is especially bad for food kept in freezers and refrigerators, the heat shuts off, and so does the water. This is bad enough in any home, but its worse if somebody in the home has health problems, and for the elderly or babies.

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The reason power can be lost during a harsh winter includes heavy snow loads, high winds, freezing ice, and accidents that knock out power lines. But you don’t have to live somewhere with a lot of snow to experience high wind storms and power outages. Tropical storms always wreak havoc on someone’s power. So even if you live in a warmer climate, a home generator may still be a real good option; especially if there is a risk of losing power during the height of a hot and humid summer when you rely upon your air conditioner. Of course, there are other options besides a home generator. If there is a cold winter storm, you can always put your food outside to keep cold. If you have a wood burning stove, then you don’t have to worry about heat and you can melt snow for water. If you live out in the country and are on a well, then at least you have running water. But those are a lot of ifs, wouldn’t it be better to plan ahead and have a home generator? Home generators come in many different sizes and power out puts. You can spend thousands of dollars on one, but you don’t have to. The size and power that you need is dependent upon what you want to power. Remember, you do not have to run your entire household during a power outage, you just need the necessities like heat (or A/C), keeping your food cold, or perhaps some important medical equipment. For under a thousand dollars, you can get a portable home generator to accomplish these basic tasks.

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If money is not an issue, you can purchase a more expensive and permanent home generator that will run your entire household. You can also go somewhere in between; something that runs more than the necessities, but not everything. Regardless of what you want, first you have to determine how much energy is needed to run the appliances you want to run, as this will dictate the size of the home generator that you need. Next, you have to decide what type of fuel source you want to use. Possibilities include gas, diesel, propane, and natural gas. You will always want to keep some of this fuel on hand, and remember that the smaller the generator, the more often it will need to be refilled. If your home is already hooked up to natural gas or propane, your decision is already made for you. Power is something that is easy to take for granted; we use it every day with little thought until we are caught without it for a few days. If you live in an area where power outages occur occasionally, don’t get caught unprepared. Decide now what type of home generator will work best for you, and start shopping around.



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Deer from Destroying your Landscape By Al Hansen


really like seeing my colorful tulips in the spring and bright yellow daylily in the summer. But one major problem that I have encountered is what is known as “deer browsing.” Deer browsing basically means that your landscape becomes a salad bar for hungry deer. Deer feeding is devastating to my expensive shrubs and perennials. Now don’t get me wrong, I like deer. I just don’t want them eating up my plantings in the process.

How to Protect Your Landscape from Deer Feeding It is nearly impossible to completely stop deer damage to your shrubs, especially if their populations are high; but you can reduce it to the point where it is not noticeable. The most obvious way to reduce damage is to find out what the deer are eating and don’t put that in your landscape! But I like to think we can strike a balance between our human love for flowers and perennials, and the deer’s voracious need to ingest them. Another idea is to surround the deer’s favorite plants with varieties that they don’t regularly feed on. For example, deer love tulips, but very rarely eat daffodils. So you plant a few tulips within a large ring of daffodils. This may seem logical, but trust me, it does not work! Deer are not stupid and they’ll trample those trumpety

yellow daffs just to get to your Darwin Hybrids!

Other home-remedy deer repellents are not too effective, but they are worth mentioning just for fun. These include small, finemesh bags of human hair (about two handfuls) and bar soap hung from branches of trees. Replace both soap and hair bags often to reset the scent. It is also a good idea to mix up the scents by using different people’s hair and different brands of soap. Keep in mind that methods that work in one area or for one person may not work at all in an area more highly frequented by deer. You need to constantly try new things and switch them up.

Deer Prevention Using Special Scents and Repellent The two types of deer repellents are ‘contact’ repellents and ‘area’ repellents. Contact repellents are applied directly to plants, causing them to taste bad. Area repellents are placed in a problem spot and repel by their foul odor. Spray or spread contact repellents on a dry day with warmer temperatures and concentrate on smaller plants first. Older, larger trees may be treated only on their new growth as it is most tender.

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Of course, putting up a fence will pretty much stop the deer, but they have been known to jump fairly high. In addition, fencing blocks the view of my tulips and that defeats the purpose.

A spray of 20 percent whole eggs and 80 percent water is one of the most effective repellents. To prevent the sprayer from clogging, remove the screen or white membrane attached to the end before mixing the eggs. The egg mixture is weather resistant but must be reapplied in about 30 days. Be prepared, after a few days, this spray smells to high heaven! Something about rotting egg smell doesn’t seem too down-home!

I hope the ideas above will help keep your landscape from becoming the next deer buffet stop. Remember, the key is to try several different methods, and continually switch them up so keep the deer on their toes; or hoofs, if you will.

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The ABC’s of Summer Vacation Planning

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ow that Spring Break is over, it’s time to start planning for summer vacations. Gas is at an all-time high and it is almost as expensive to take a road trip as it would be to fly somewhere. Therefore early planning is a must. Getting your dates in order is just the beginning. But most importantly, figure out what your budget is and start planning right now.

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Transportation by air or by car is the first consideration. After that you must think about accommodations. Do you want to pay a hefty bill and be in the heart of things, or do you want to be a little further away with a more cost effective place to stay? Don’t be swayed by internet ratings. It has been proven time and again that hotels and attractions are hiring professional writers to put opinions on sites such as Tripadvisor. com or Don’t be fooled. Your best advisor is your travel counselor who has been there and knows first hand and can tell you what to expect.

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Providing the kids with learning experiences while they’re having fun is a great idea. For instance, in Charleston S.C, this historic city known for romance and charm also has a great children’s museum. There are many places in Charleston where the kids can learn first hand about the beginnings of the War Between the States while climbing over cannons, and replicas of historic ships. Nearby Folly Beach or Seabrook Island offer accommodations in hotels, condos and home rentals right on the beach.

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Summer is also the best time to fly into Bozeman, Montana or West Yellowstone and drive into Yellowstone National Park in a rental car or RV. Here you can camp or stay in one of the National Park Lodges. What a great experience to see the geysers like Old Faithful and the buffalo herds roam. You probably will spot a bear or two or three, but always remember to keep your distance and stay in the vehicle as these are America’s very wild animals and they don’t like to pose for pictures, especially if they have a cub with them.

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You can always fly or drive to Orlando where there are a number of activities waiting to be seen. Not only is Disney World the prime experience, but EPCOT takes you to countries across the globe with food and activities to add to the learning experience. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an adventure into Africa. If you can’t afford a full blown safari, just visit this Disney Park for a very good simulation of the real thing.

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How to Protect Yourself in Uncertain Economic Times

By O. Johnson


ith a sustained, high unemployment rate, the fall of home prices, and the number of countries defaulting on their debt, people are scared the future and how can you blame them? In fact, I find myself falling into this same category. Because of the great uncertainty in the economy, it is important to prepare before a potential lay off. While you hope this will never happen to you, it is wise to prepare yourself and your family financially in case this type of crisis does occur. Even if it doesn’t, now is a better time than ever to start cutting your costs where you can. You can do simple things like combining trips to save money on gas, clipping coupons to save money on groceries, paying off debt to save money on interest, and putting cash aside for an emergency fund.

Paying off debt and putting money aside for an emergency fund go hand in hand in preparing for an uncertain future. Too often emergencies happen and people reach for the credit card because they don’t have cash to cover the expenditure. Before paying extra towards credit cards, it is important to set aside an emergency fund of at least $1,000. Once the emergency fund is set up, paying extra towards credit cards, car loans and mortgages is important in reducing the amount of interest that is ultimately paid.

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Other ways to save money to apply towards the emergency fund and/or apply towards debt is to reduce the amount spent. One of the biggest expenses in most household budgets is food, whether it is eating out or buying groceries; it can amount to a large amount of money. These expenses can be controlled by preparing meals at home and not eating out as much. In addition to cutting back on eating out, you can reduce your grocery bills by using coupons and shopping during sales. By not eating out and cutting costs via coupons and sales, these savings can be stashed aside for the emergency fund and/or debt pay down. Another large expenditure in most households is gas. An easy way to cut down these costs is to drive less and combine trips. This can result in a significant saving, more than if you were to trade in the large SUV for a hybrid. Smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles are in high demand and may not be a bargain as their higher purchase price may not offset the fuel savings of the smaller car. It may be better to cut back on trips to save money on gas. Paying off debt, establishing an emergency fund, saving money on gas and groceries are a few steps that individuals can do to prepare themselves up for the economic uncertainty we all face.

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Ladies’ Movie Night - Fortified Hills Baptist Church, June 1; Friday 7pm Age to Age, a mentoring ministry is hosting this free event. 7pm. There will be a sign up session for the new mentoring session, for those interested. For more info contact Nancy Dempsey at or 770.367.3204.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center June 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote speaker Chairman of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Mr. Dennis Lockhart. ($20/members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). To register or for more information visit or call 770-445-6016. Rocky Point Lighthouse VBS - Freedom Church June 8-10; Friday 6pm-9:30pm, Saturday 3:00 pm-7:30pm, Sunday 10am-1pm Hosted by Freedom Church, 474 Hiram Sudie Rd, Dallas. Request a registration packet by email at or call 404-643-8183. Open to Pre-K age 4 through 5th grade. 5th Annual “An Evening with Elvis” - Dallas Theater and Civic Center June 9; Saturday Pre-Show Gathering and Concert 7pm This exciting concert features Jeffery Cole as Elvis and is joined by Rev. Johnny Turner and the Steadfast Quartet. General admission tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit Shepherd’s Rest Ministries. Purchase tickets at Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram 770-439-7765, or call 770-443-5213 for information.

Georgia Miss Amazing Pageant - East Paulding High School June 8-9; Time to be announced For girls ages 5 to 35 with disabilities providing an opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive enviornment. Three areas of competition: Interview, Introduction, Evening Wear. Talent contest optional.  Seeking contestants, volunteers, sponsors. For more info call 404-861-2596 or visit Facebook www.face

Elementary Basketball Camp - Northwest Christian Church June 13-15; Wednesday-Friday 8:30am-12 noon Basketball camp for 2nd-5th graders led by Coach Valerie Linley, former point guard for the Florida State Seminoles. Cost is $25 per child. Spaces are limited, so please register soon at Located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, 30101. 770-425-2525. Paulding Literacy Council, PauldingReads! Tutoring sessions with trained volunteers who work one-on-one with any Paulding adult resident who wants to learn to read or improve their reading skills. Learn more by calling 770-920-8221 or 770-974-5531. Prepare for the Citizenship Exam - Family Alliance Center (FAC) Mondays and Wednesdays; 1pm - 2pm (Register 9am - Noon on Mondays) Legal permanent residents 18 years or older can attend classes to prepare for the US Citizenship exam; services are free. For info call 678-202-5777, extension 103. FAC is located at 210 Oak Street in Hiram (under the water tower) Summer Reading and Special Events - Paulding County Libraries For more information about library events, call (770) 459-8163 or visit

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Justin is a people-person, and has always been healthy and active; his favorite activity is running. After graduating from Paulding County High School, Justin served as a fire fighter for five years, but decided on a career change. He is currently unable to work and has no insurance. But, he’s very busy fighting a fight, he never dreamed he would have to.

In December, 2011, Justin noticed his lymph nodes were swollen. After multiple tests and a biopsy, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He began chemo on January 24 and will have chemo treatments every other week through July. When he noticed his hair falling out, he decided HE was going to be in control and shave his own head. In a show of love and support, his brother and friend shaved their heads too; making the experience a memorable, more positive one.

On March 19, Justin received good news. His cancer was in remission, but he would need to finish the chemo treatments to ensure the cancer did not return. The chemo treatments are hard, but he’s developed friendships with the other patients who get their chemo at the same time. There are usually 10 of them in a room; Justin is the youngest. They pass the time by watching game shows and talking, which makes this 3 ½ hour process almost “fun”.

Justin has stayed positive through this ordeal and believes that though it hasn’t been an easy road, “God is in control and will never leave me or forsake me”. Kristal is a very proud of Justin’s strength and spirit, and is thankful for the blessing of watching God work in his life.


The financial strain on these two families is great. On May 12th there will be the ‘Miles for Miracles Walk-A-Thon’ at East Paulding High School from 11am to 4pm. This double benefit has been organized by Beth Waters of Operation Appreciation, and all proceeds go directly to Taylor and Justin to help with their financial burden. During the Walk-A-Thon there will be activities for all ages, including music, an auction/raffle, face painting, pony rides, a rock wall, and more! There will be over 50 vendors, the Paulding County Fire and Sheriff ’s departments, S.W.A.T. and the Georgia State Patrol. Also, pets are welcome.

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rigette Carruth is a native of Illinois, but has lived in Georgia since 1985. She and her husband Tim have been married for 22 years, and have two “awesome” boys. Chase is 19 and a student at Kennesaw State University and a 2010 graduate of East Paulding High. Cameron is 15 and a sophomore and baseball player at East Paulding High. She is a breast cancer survivor of three years, and is now training for her third year of the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk. Brigette has a degree in fashion merchandising and took photography classes at KSU. She started her photography business, InFocus Photography in 2003. She is a member of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), GPPA, SEPPA and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Photography through PPA. She received the Distinguished Award in the Bridal Category for print submission to the PPA Southeast District Competition, April 2012. Her work has also been published nationally in Bridal Guide Magazine, March/April 2011; in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Georgia Dugout Club Magazine and the San Francisco Giants web page with photos of minor league player Zack Wheeler, 2009.

Brigette specializes in creative portrait photography, special events, and commercial. Her newest venture is ‘Allure Couture’ and unique experience sessions. Her business motto is designed in an attempt to give God the glory for everything she does. To see her work, visit or to schedule a session call 770-617-3805. “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” Hebrews 12:1-2

Taylor and Justin are very thankful for the work Beth and Operation Appreciation have put into the Miles for Miracles benefit. They plan to walk as much as they can, and are excited to meet and thank everyone who has committed to participating in the event. We’re very proud to have these two brave young people and their moms on our cover for Mother’s Day. Praise God that Taylor and Justin have responded well to treatment. We encourage you to get involved in the ‘Walk’. They need walkers to obtain pledges, volunteers, items for the raffle/auction, pre-order t-shirts, cash donations and more. All forms, on-line donations, link to facebook and event information can be found at Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we hope Wendy and Kristal have a richly blessed Mother’s Day. We asked Taylor and Justin if they wanted to send their moms a special “Mother’s Day” message: TAYLOR - Mom “I appreciate everything you have done in the sixteen years I have been here. You’ve always supported me in every thing I do, no matter whether you agree or not. I’m lucky to have a mother like you. I love you. Happy Mother’s Day.” JUSTIN - Mom “Thank you for always being there for me. I could not have asked for a better mom. You truly are the best. Even though I’m a grown man, I know that I’m your ‘baby boy’ and I’m ok with that. I love you MOM! Happy Mother’s Day.” We have SO MANY more photos to share! “Like” us on Facebook, Our Town Magazine Paulding and see more pics from our cover shoot.


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Paulding County Public Libraries oon our children will be out of school and finding things for them to do can be a challenge. The four libraries in Paulding County have reading programs and events coming up now and through the summer, which will help fill some of that “free” time. Here is a guide to get you started.

New Georgia Public Library Paulding County Public Library (770) 445-5680 (770) 459-8163 1010 East Memorial Drive, 94 Ridge Road, Dallas, Dallas, Georgia 30132 Georgia 30157 Lynsey James, Branch Manager Kendra Winters, Branch Manager

May* 5 2:00 Movie “Hugo” & Popcorn 10 11:00 Mother’s Day Tea 12 9:00 - 4:00 Making Butterflies 25 2:00 - 5:00 “Star Wars” Characters 11:30 Big Thinkers Science Exploration June* 2 2:00 “Muppets” Movie & Popcorn 7 11:30 Queen Emeraldo Stories & Magic 9 9:00 - 4:00 Craft Projects 11:30 Brian Breggeman Juggler 21 11:30 D’vante Parks, Magician 28 11:30 “Tessa’s Tree” Puppet Show *Every Tuesday - Lap Sit Story Time *Every Thursday - Story Time for age 5 plus

May 8 11:00 - 7:00 Summer Reading Sign Up June 5 2:00 Julie Austin Story Teller 12 2:00 K-9 Unit 19 2;00 Josie Bailey Story Teller 26 2:00 Ken Scott, Magician July 10 2pm Summer Reading Finale & DJ Party

Maude P. Ragsdale Public Library (770) 439-3964 1815 Hiram-Douglasville Highway, Hiram, Georgia 30141 Bonne Smith, Branch Manager

Crossroads Public Library (770) 975-0197 909 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth, Georgia 30101 Cherry Waddell, Branch Manager

May 8 3:30 Story Time (Craft, sing) 21 11:00 Summer Reading Sign Up 24 11:00 Story Time & craft 25 1:00 Movie w/popcorn June 7 11:00 “Man Of Mysteries” Magic 14 11:00 Queen Glitter 21 11:00 Paulding Co. Fire Truck 28 11:00 Scott Douglas, music, singing, dancing July 12 11:00 Foam Party 19 11:00 Summer Reading Finale

May 3 11:30 “Book Celebration” Story Time 10 11:30 “Mother’s Day” Story Time 14 5:30 Book Chat w/Justin 17 11:30 “May Flowers” Story Time 21 11:00 Summer Reading Sign Up 24 11:30 “Clap your Hands, Stomp your Feet” June 7 11:30 D’Vante Parks Magician 11 5:30 Book Chat w/Justin 14 11:30 Natalie Jones Story Teller 21 11:30 Big Thinkers Science Exploration 28 11:30 Paulding Co. K-9 Unit June 25 - July 13 Speckled Bird Exhibit

Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11am - 7pm, Friday - Saturday  9am - 5pm and Closed Wednesday and Sunday. All branches are part of the West Georgia Regional Library. For more events and program information visit

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Available for Adoption: GEORGE (DOB ~10/09/2010) is a large male flame point Ragdoll mix with gorgeous blue eyes who found himself at a North Carolina kill facility after he was picked up as a stray. GEORGE has the typical Ragdoll personality -- he’s laid-back and easy going -- and is sure to provide years of love and loyalty to that family willing to give GEORGE a second chance, and will make a wonderful life-long companion for his new family. GEORGE is neutered, upto-date with vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV/FHW, microchipped, dewormed, has received flea and ear mite preventative, and is eligible to receive at least 30 days of prepaid pet health insurance at the time of adoption. GEORGE’s adoption fee is $125.00

To see all our cats available for adoption, please visit, then email us,, or call, 678-522-2152, to schedule an appointment to meet your new family member! Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention and excellent care to homeless cats, working hard to find them good homes.

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Pet Odor & Hair: A Solution for Both

By Debbie Davis


f you’ve ever visited someone whose house smelled of pet odor, you know that the first whiff of air you smelled made an impression that you still remember. And when you took off the clothes you wore and found hair all over them, you probably made up your mind not to visit again. If you are a pet lover and your home has pet odor and hair issues, here’s a solution that will work.

Even if your house and your pets are meticulous, pet smell, hair, and fur can really make people stand-offish about visiting your home. Even if you clean daily, pet hair and odor are continuous issues, and even when you’re not cleaning, these particles and smells are being generated. So the best solution is something that will clean up both these pollutants as fast as they are generated. The answer is to clean the air with a purifier designed to remove both particulates and odors. Let’s deal with the particles first. Not only are fur and hair issues, if you have a warm-blooded pet such as a dog, cat, bunny, bird or ferret, dander is an issue as well. The hair and fur are visible, but the dander is not. However, the protein in these small flakes of dead skin is a highly potent allergen and can make your home intolerable for those who are allergic to it, and prolonged exposure to all of these particles can create sensitivity where none previously existed. The best type of air cleaner for particles is a HEPA (abbreviated as high efficiency particle arresting). To receive this designation, it must be able to remove 99,997 out of every 10,000 airborne particles that are.3 microns or greater. This type of filter easily traps pet hair, dander, and fur as well as other household particles such as dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, pollen, bacteria and viruses. Now let’s talk about the odor. Pet odor, particularly urine, can be tenacious and seemingly impossible to control. If you are used to cleaning up after accidents happen, this puts you behind the eight-ball in terms of how your home smells. Even if you are able to completely clean the area, it will still take a while for the smell to dissipate, and meanwhile the way your home smells is not good. Again, using an air cleaner that can continuously filter out the pet smells, especially urine, keeps your air smelling fresh all the time, even when mistakes have happened.

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Carbon filters are well known for their ability to eliminate gaseous pollutants. A carbon-based filter with an additive especially designed to eliminate pet urine smell is the only solution that you can count on to work. Since particles and gases are two different types of matter, your air purifier should be able to eliminate both odors and particles. This means selecting a purifier that contains filters that can remove both. Using an air purifier that can work 24 hours every day to clean the air means less hair, fur, and dander to clean from surfaces and vacuum from the floor. Also, it means that each time you open the door to your home you can be confident that your air smells fresh and clean.

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National Strawberry Month


ay is the month when we celebrate the love of strawberries and take notice of all the value this delicious fruit has to offer. A cup of strawberries has only 45 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C. So, don’t let this month pass you by without enjoying some delicious strawberry treats.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Fresh Strawberries 4 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked crisp and chopped (optional) 1⁄4 c plus 1 1⁄2 tbsp olive oil, divided 1 tbsp orange marmalade 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar 30 fresh asparagus spears, tough ends removed 1 tsp kosher salt 2 ½ c fresh strawberries, sliced 1⁄4 inch thick 6 tbsp crumbled feta cheese with peppercorns 1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper

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Add 1⁄4 cup olive oil and marmalade to skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until marmalade is melted. Remove from heat, and stir in vinegar. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425°. Line baking sheet with foil and spread asparagus in a single layer. Drizzle with 1 1⁄2 tbsp olive oil, tossing gently to coat; salt evenly. Bake 5-10 minutes, until barely tender. Place spears on a large platter. Stir strawberries into marmalade mixture, tossing to coat. Spoon strawberry mixture evenly over asparagus. Top evenly with bacon, feta cheese, and pepper. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

Strawberry and Nutella Crepes

Crepes* Nutella - a chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella) Strawberries (sliced) Nuts (Pecans, Almonds, Peanuts, Pistachios chopped, optional) *Crepe Recipe 1/2 c flour 1 egg 3/4 c milk 1/8 tsp salt 1 tbsp butter (melted)

Mix everything in a large bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into a lightly buttered pan heated at medium. Tilt the pan and turn so that the mixture evenly coats the entire bottom of the pan. Cook the crepe until golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown. Spread crepes with Nutella; spread sliced strawberries and sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Easy Strawberry Jam 4 c fresh strawberries 4 c sugar 1 3/4-oz. pkg. unflavored powdered fruit pectin 3/4 c water 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 small lemon, very thinly sliced In large bowl crush berries with masher. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 minutes; stirring occasionally. In small saucepan combine pectin and water. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Pour into berry mixture. Add lemon juice and stir 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Stir in lemon slices. Ladle jam into clean half-pint jars of freezer containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and label. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours or until set*. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year. Makes about 5 half pints. *Note: Freezer jam does not set as firmly as cooked jam.


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