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About the Cover.........................................................5, 30 Outdoors: How to Live with Wildlife..............................6 Family Focus: The Benefits of Vitamin D..........................8 Calendar of Events..................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt............12 Health & Fitness: Mind the Body...................................17 Gardening: Totally Tomatoes...........................................18 Home & Design: Bring Spring Indoors..........................20 Finance: Renter’s Insurance............................................24 Community Profile:Truth In Nature..............................26 Special Feature: Hero Blood Drive.................................28 Medical: Spring Sports....................................................29 Feature Photographer: Erin Osborne...........................30 Home Improvement: Pressure Washing.........................33 Special Feature: Duct Tape Dynasty................................34 Faith: Why Not Be Bold in Your Faith?.........................35 Pet News: Helping a Child Overcome Fear of Dogs......37 May Crossword................................................................38 What’s Cookin’: 30 Minute Recipes...............................38

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Dallas Farmer’s Market, Saturdays through the year 9am - 1pm 25 Courthouse Square, in the Georgia Highlands Parking lot formerly the old Courthouse annex in Dallas! Weather Permitting! http://tdfm.org. Paulding County Farm Bureau Farmers Market Fridays through November 22nd 3pm - 7pm 2515 Marietta Hwy, Dallas GA 30157. Intersection of Hwy 92 and Hwy 120. across from Stars and Strikes. Call 770.231.4632 for info. 2013 Burn Ban from the Paulding County Fire Department. May 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013 - NO OUTDOOR BURNING.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center May 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm Guest Speaker - Congressman Tom Graves. ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Visit pauldingchamber.org to register or call 770-445-6016.

2013 Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament May 3; Friday at Woodland Hills Gold Club, Cartersville $300 per Team; Corporate Teams, $350, includes Hole Sponsor Registration at 9am; Shotgun start at 10am; Hole Sponsors - $100 each, Prizes for Longest Drive and Closest to Pin. For more information, call Kenda Johnson at 770445-4759 or Steve Turner at 770-443-7571. MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) May 3 and 17; 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month 9:15am-11:30am Meetings held at Fortified Hills Baptist Church. Visit our website nwgamops.org. The Main Street Players Present Annie at the Dallas Theater Civic Center May 3-5; Friday and Saturday 7pm; Sunday at 3pm Leapin’ Lizards! Don’t miss this heart warming family classic! Tickets on sale at the theater box office 678-363-0813. Tickets are $12 and $9 for seniors 62+; children, students; Military with ID, and Groups of 10+. Spring Fling at Praise Academy May 4; 8am - 3pm You’re invited to attend a great family event - Spring Fling at Praise! 4052 Hiram Lithia Springs Rd, Powder Springs 30127. For more info call 770-943-2484. Mother’s Day Luncheon and Silent Auction - Dallas First UMC May 4th, 11am - 2pm Benefits the orphans of Gateway to Victory Learning Center in Kericho, Kenya. $12.50 for adults and $3.00 for children up to 10. Child care provided. Contact Melette Meloy 678-363-9897 or mlmeloy@soundsolutionsco.com; www.dallasfirstumc.org 3rd Annual Paulding County Miss Relay for Life Pageant May 4; Saturday 9am - 4pm at New Season Church Entry Fee: $50.00, Photogenic: $10.00. No photos larger than 8x10, name must be included on back of photo. Sponsored by Paulding County Government Team. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society. For more info call Kendra Johnson at 678224-4059 or Rebecca Merideth at 678-257-4012. Downtown Dallas Merchants Annual Yard Sale on Main Street in Dallas May 4; Saturday 9am McGarity Mustang Stampede 5KRun/Walk for Paulding Relay for Life May 4; Saturday 8am - 12noon Walk begins at Paulding Chamber Silver Comet Trailhead. Adv registration $20, Day of $25, Family $60. For more info email Kevin Kirby at kkirby@pauldingchamber.org. Woodcarving Demo at New Georgia Public Library May 6; Monday 4:30pm - 5:30pm New Georgia Public Library welcomes woodcarver Jerry Johnson. Learn all about the hobby of woodcarving. 94 Ridge Rd - Dallas calendar of events continued on page 15

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The truth behind what truly prevented my parents and others out there like them from sharing this information with their children is two-fold. One, they just didn’t want to deal with the fact that they were aging and didn’t want to have to confront their own mortality. Two, they also didn’t want to admit that they might not be able to handle situations on their own as they occurred. Loss of independence is a common fear for people as they get older. Unfortunately, these fears and their desire to not have me worry ended up hurting them and me in the long run. I wonder if I had known more about my mother’s condition prior to the stroke whether or not it could have been prevented.

The next thing you should do is check in with your parents and/or your adult children and go through the same stuff. If they don’t want to include you in their plans, make sure that they share this information with someone they trust. Understand that their desire to decrease your concern is really just like burying one’s head in the sand. It’s the not knowing that is truly damaging in the end because you can’t do anything if it’s too late and if you don’t have the right information. A lot of people put off doing things like this because they think fear the information. The reality is that information is power and keeping yourself ignorant only removes choices and your ability to respond.

Like many adult children, I had enquired after my aging parents’ health in vague ways. And like so many parents of adult children, my parents always said, “Oh, we’re fine. Don’t worry about us, honey.” If either of them had a medical procedure or illness, me and my siblings would hear about it after the fact. They didn’t want to worry us. That strategy of keeping us in ignorant bliss I have come to believe that no matter how old or young didn’t pay off. I know that my parents intended good and you are, no matter if you are single or married, with xp. 2/28/11 2/28/11 children or without, perfectly healthy or managing an there were equal parts of me that thought “Well, Exp. they’re my parents so they know best” and “If they were sick, illness or injury---somebody other than you better know

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BLD Golf Classic at The Frog May 9; Thursday 9am shotgun start The Frog is located at 2699 Villa Rica Highway, Villa Rica. kkirby@gmail.com Mothers Day Paint Party and Pizza at First Baptist Church Dallas May 10; Friday 5:30pm - 8pm DADS! For only $25 you can purchase a ticket for your child to come paint a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day! Pizza and drinks provided. All proceeds support summer mission trip team. FBCD is located at 401 Main street in Dallas. For more information call 770-445-8897 7th Annual March against Meth 5K/10K Walk Run - Silver Comet Trailhead May 10; Friday 5pm Register and 7pm Run The Family Alliance of Paulding is hosting their 7th Annual Walk/Run benefitting the Meth Alliance. For sponsorship info and registration forms visit meth paulding.org or for more information call 678.202-5777. 1st Annual Ragsdale Clay Shoot for Benefit for Truth in Nature May 11; Saturday 8:30am Registration This event is to be held at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in Douglasville. Registration is $100 per shooter or $375 for 4 person squad. It supports Truth in Nature, an outdoor ministry benefitting Paulding County youth from one parent homes. Sponsorships are available. http://www.TruthinNature.org/ clayshoot

Savage Race Atlanta at Moonlight Stables Equestrian Center May 11; Saturday 9am Savage Race with more than 25 twisted obstacles scattered about a 4-6 mile rugged race course. For more info visit www.SavageRace.com/atlanta2013 Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) Meeting May 11; Saturday 10:30am at Hearn Academy in Cave Spring, GA Guest speakers: Billy Abernathy. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more info visit the GA Chapter gatrailoftears.org or call Linda Baker at 770-704-6338. Mother’s Day - May 12 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. Paulding County Singles Ages 45 and Over* May 14; 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6:30 Ryan’s @ 55 Pace Court Hiram They enjoy movies, bowling, concerts, dancing, etc. For more info visit Paulding County Singles on Facebook or email Elaine at pauldingsingles@yahoo.com Relay for Life - White Oak Park May 17; Friday 6pm to Saturday 10am WALK FOR A CURE! 6:45-Opening Ceremony, 10pm-Luminary Ceremony. 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 pauldingrelay.org 1st Annual Spring Fling Arts & Craft Festival May 18; Saturday 9am - 4pm at North Paulding Baptist Church FREE. Food, fun, and fellowship! Booth space available for crafters at $30.00. For application or more info send email to DeidreHolden@Yahoo.com

2013 20th Annual Taste of Douglasville in O’Neal Plaza May 18; Saturday 11am - 5pm Come to this family FUN festival and sample food from some of the finest restaurants around the area. For more information call the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County at 770-949-2787. 175 Years: Cherokee Trail of Tears Memorial Service May 18; Saturday 2pm - New Echota Cherokee Capital Historic Site-Calhoun Become involved or volunteer. Inquiries about the memorial service and visiting New Echota State Historic Site may be sent to friendsofnewechota@gmail.com or call 706624-1321. For more info visit the GA Chapter site gatrailoftears.org

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In Chiropractic this is called “innate intelligence” or the regulation of body functions by the part of the nervous system not under conscious control (like digestion or blood pressure). In biology it is called “homeostasis” and it is how the body runs itself automatically. It is this ‘behind the scenes’ ability of the body that must be considered in any attempt at weight loss, or else our efforts will be doomed to fail. Our weight is in large part a result of what we are telling the body to react to. Our bodies use a form of sugar as its main fuel, but when we drink a 32 oz. Dr. Pepper, the amount of sugar in it overwhelms the body’s immediate needs. Some of it may float around unabsorbed in the blood (high blood sugar), some may be burned, and the rest is stored away as fat. Much of the high-fructose type sugar is processed into fat in the liver and then stays right there as belly fat. This is how the body is simply following directions and reacting automatically to the sugar it is given. It is our choice as to what we give it. One thing we want our clients to appreciate is both how the body automatically uses and stores fuel, and how we can consciously deliver that fuel to the body. The reason for eating small meals throughout the day is to deliver a more moderate amount of fuel spread out; an amount the body can use in the short-term, so there is no need to ‘store’ extra away. This is using the body’s own self-control mechanisms for our personal weight loss advantage. The mind-body connection can help us reach our weight loss goals in several ways. First, it is the conscious decisions we make on how and when to fuel our bodies that gives the body something to respond to. It is then the body’s inner knowledge that directs all the avenues of how the body then responds to what we have given it. When we don’t eat all day, we tell the body there is no fuel, so slow down the metabolism, and as a result we gain weight. Work with your body, give it what it needs when it needs it, and it will be absolutely ready to help you lose all the weight you want. Dr. Jay Goldklang is Program Director at Snapthin Medical Weight Loss in Hiram. Call them 770-943-8600 to see how they can help you.

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Don’t Love Your Tomatoes to Death By Mary Carol Sheffield, Paulding County Extension Coordinator Follow some basic rules for growing healthy tomato plants that will produce a great crop of tomatoes this summer.  1. Water when plants need it, but don’t over water. For the first week that they are in the ground, they might need water every day, but gardeners need to back off the water after the first week and slowly wean their plants down to 1 inch of water a week for their plants. Watering tomato plants everyday will prevent them from developing a strong root system. If tomato plant roots are sitting in wet soil everyday, it is an invitation to root rot diseases.

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2. Deliver the water to the root system. Do not wet the plant leaves. Wetting the leaves opens them up to infections that can cause your plant leaves to spot, yellow and wilt before the plant has a chance to produce any of the tasty tomatoes that gardeners are so anxiously anticipating. You can use a soaker hose or drip tape water your plants at the root system. 3. Water in the early part of the day. 4. Mulch around your tomato plants to help conserve water in the soil, keep the root system cool and help reduce the chance of soil-borne diseases infecting your tomato plants.

5. Rotate your tomato crops each year. Planting them in the same place allows disease pathogens that are specific to tomatoes to build their populations in the soil. Try not to plant tomatoes in the same place more than once every three or four years. 6. Be careful with fertilizer. Young tomato plants are particularly sensitive to nitrogen and can be easily burned if over fertilized. Have you had your soil tested? Follow soil test results carefully and don’t apply all of the recommended fertilizer at the time you plant tomatoes. Wait until they have established a good root system and started to grow before you fertilize to prevent fertilizer burn, which causes tomato leaves to yellow and curl and can result in the death of very young tomato plants.  You can learn more about growing tomatoes in Georgia by reading the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication, “Georgia Homegrown Tomatoes.” Mary Carol Sheffield is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact a Master Gardener or the County Extension Agent at the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or check us out online at www.ugaextension.com/paulding.

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Mother Nature gives us interesting flowers, plants, and tree foliage to let us know that new life is in the air. Now we need to bring some of that beauty into our homes as well. One way is to start growing the herbs that we use most often on our kitchen counters. We can start them from seed and transplant them as seedlings later in the garden or keep them inside to use when we need them. All we need to do is find those plant containers we put away in the garage for winter, give them a good dusting or a new coat of paint, and we are ready to plant.

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If you found an old wicker chair at an estate sale you visited last year, now is the time to get it out and give it a new life. A new coat of paint and a bright colorful cushion will do nicely. Now you can bring it inside to your newly painted room for a new spring look. You can place it in your bedroom so that when you wake in the morning it will remind you that spring is here. Flea markets can also produce new treasures for your home or a three season porch.

Houseplants need the right amount of light; some will need more than others. If your houseplants start to look frail and thin it means they are not getting enough sunlight and you may need to put them in a south-facing window. It is a good idea to rotate your plants so they will grow straight stems. Houseplants also need a level of humidity that is above 50 percent and this can be accomplished by using a humidifier. You can create your own humidifier by filling a tray of rocks with water, place the plants on top of the rocks and they will receive the proper amount of moisture they need.   

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“HayDay” Vacation Bible School at Northwest Christian Church June 2-4; Sunday - Tuesday 6pm-8pm “Hay Day” is a fun farm-themed event with games, crafts, Bible stories and more for preschool and elementary age kids. The program is free. Register now at www.nwcc.net. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth. For more information call 770-425-2525.

Street Fair on Main Street in Downtown Dallas June 8; Saturday 12noon - 6:15pm Street vendors, fun, delicious BBQ and other food, music, and entertainment all to benefit Shepherd’s Rest Ministries’ Safehouse and Services for Battered Women & Children.   6th Annual “Evening with Elvis & Friends” Benefit Concert June 8; Saturday 7pm at the Dallas Theater on Main Street Presented by Hardy Automotive this excited concert features Jeffrey Cole stars as “Elvis” along with Steadfast Quartet, Chad Byrd as “Johnny Cash,” and Peyton Waddell. General Admission Tickets $20. For tickets and ticket sale locations, call 770-443-5213.  All proceeds benefit Shepherd’s Rest Ministries.   Hay Day VBS - Freedom Church June 13-16; Thursday - Sunday Open to Pre-K through 5th grade. Come grow in friendship with Jesus Christ. Freedom Church is located at 474 Hiram Sudie Rd, Dallas.  For registration or more information, visit www.freedomchurchdallas.com Prayer Walk and Benefit Concert hosted by His Forgiving Grace Ministries June 15; Saturday Prayer Walk, FREE Benefit Concert for Veterans, and Benefit Motorcycle Ride. (Walk and Ride loc and time TBA) Call Gary at 678-749-4982 for details. Benefit concert (multi-genre) will be at Strickland Park Amphitheater, Hiram 4-9pm; gates open at 3:30pm. For more information email HFGMinistries@yahoo.com “I Think I Can Dance” Camp at Burnt Hickory Park Registration through June 14 Camp - June 24 - 27; Monday - Thursday 9am-noon No previous experience necessary. Ballet or Jazz shoes required. End of Camp performance! Ages: 6-10, Fee: $61. Call 770.443.7540 for more information. 2013 Spring/Summer Programs - Paulding Parks & Recreation Programs for kids and adults fill fast so REGISTER EARLY! For a complete list of programs and deadlines call 770-222-3270 or visit www.paulding.gov and follow the link to the 2013 Parks & Recreation 2013 Spring/Summer Program Guide.

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There worse part about this scenario is that these losses could have been covered at a substantially low cost because the average renter’s policy costs just $185 a year, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. It’s certainly worth the peace of mind provided knowing that any covered worldly belongings are protected. So why don’t more people get renter’s insurance? The InsuraceQuotes.com survey concluded that 60 percent of people believe renter’s insurance to cost $250 a year or more, and 21 percent actually believe that it would cost them up to $1,000 or more. “Renter’s insurance is a lot more affordable than most people think,” said Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst for InsuranceQuotes.com. “Most renters don’t realize that their landlord’s insurance usually only covers the structure and not the renter’s belongings.”

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ruth in Nature came about when God opened a door to Jeff and Carrie Davis in 2009. He had laid it on their hearts to start an outdoor ministry and to share the love of Christ with middle and high school youth from single parent families; with the goal to develop and strengthen the child’s ability to make positive impacts in their families, the community and beyond.

Truth in Nature offers many outdoor programs throughout the year. These programs not only allow youth to experience an outdoor activity, but also develop character, develop self-esteem, and grow spiritually in the Christian faith. Their programs are run once to twice per month and include things such as camping, fishing, archery, river tubing, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting, and other outdoor related activities. There is NEVER a cost for participation in any of the programs and the youth can participate in as many or little programs as they wish. The more they participate the more they get out of it. During the programs, Truth in Nature sometimes invites special guests to speak to the youth, and they always incorporate a devotional time and a prayer or quiet time. On Saturday, May 11th there will be the 1st Annual Ragsdale Heating, Air and Plumbing Clay Shoot benefitting Truth in Nature. The event will be held at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in Douglasville, Georgia. Registration begins at 8:30am and the tournament begins at 9:30am. The cost is $100 per shooter or $375 per four man squad. The fees include breakfast, lunch, t-shirt, gift bag and door prize entry. There will be prizes, raffles, side games and more!

A Christ-Centered Program Dealing with Hurts, Habits, Family Issues, Addictions, Anger, Etc. Meetings every Monday (Except holidays) at 6PM @ Hiram First Baptist Church 4211 Hiram-Sudie Road, Hiram, GA 30141 404-312-2626 Childcare Provided

Truth in Nature needs continued support from our community to help them with their program. Currently they need: l Shooters, volunteers, and sponsors for the Clay Shoot. l Local business program sponsors l Male volunteers for their outdoor programs (background check and liability form required), l Donations of equipment (fishing rods, tents, sleeping bags, etc) should be in working condition l Individual financial contributions.

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If you would like more information about Truth in Nature or would like to register for the 1st Annual Ragsdale Clay Shoot on May 11th, please contact Jeff Davis at 404-374-4228 or email him at jeff.davis@truthinnature.org. You can also visit www. TruthinNature.org. Financial contributions are tax deductible and can be made directly on the website or by mailing to: Truth in Nature, P.O. Box 1340, Douglasville, Expires 5-31-13 Georgia 30133. For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 • ourtownmagazine@bellsouth.net  Our Town

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hree percent of the population of the United States of America doesn’t seem like a lot of people, does it? Let’s put that into perspective. Every two seconds someone needs blood or blood products. Where do these blood products come from? You, the American population, provide all the blood products needed to help save lives. The startling statistic is that of the 38% of the population eligible to donate blood, only 3% actually do.

Each person that donates blood has the potential to help save a life. There are millions of statistics that 3% could represent but we are talking about people’s lives and their heroes, so ponder this, approximately 3% of the US population serves in the US Armed Forces. Our military potentially save lives every single day by unselfishly giving their time, and some even their own lives, to serve their country and protect our freedom. They are heroes.

Donating blood to help patients in need makes you an instant hero, and you can pay honor to our military heroes at the same time. Join the American Red Cross at the Become a Hero - Honor a Hero Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Christ Central, 620 Paulding Plaza, Dallas, Georgia (next to Slugger’s Alley). Every donor has the opportunity to write a brief message to an active duty, retired, or fallen member of the US Armed Forces letting them know of the donation made in their honor. Messages will be shared throughout the community. Special refreshments will be provided by Jim n Nick’s of Hiram. If you would like to make an appointment to donate, please visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: CCNORTH or call 404-692-0648. This Memorial Day week take the opportunity to become a hero while honoring a hero and helping to save lives.

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“Tennis Elbow,” also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a very common condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that results in elbow pain. It develops when either an abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle, and tendon around the outside of the elbow, occurs. Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow. It most commonly strikes people in their dominant arm, though it can also occur in the non-dominant or both arms. You don’t have to be a tennis player to be affected by tennis elbow. In fact, anyone who participates in activities that require repetitive arm, elbow, and wrist movement, such as baseball players, bowlers, gardeners or assembly line workers, may be at risk for tennis elbow. Common symptoms are experiencing pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow, with pain worsening when shaking hands or squeezing objects.

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Another common elbow injury is medial epicondylitis, also referred to as “Golfer’s Elbow” or sometimes even “Pitcher’s Elbow.” Although it’s less common, this condition is similar to tennis elbow in that it’s an overuse syndrome. However, the affected muscles and tendons are on the inside of the elbow, rather than the outside. Repetitive flexing, gripping or swinging is what causes the tiny tears in the tendons, which contribute to this form of elbow tendonitis. There are several ways you can decrease your risk of tennis or golf elbow. Though it may sound simple, it is vital that you engage in simple stretches to warm up your muscles before playing a game of tennis or a round of golf. It also helps to strengthen the forearm muscles by doing exercises such as squeezing a tennis ball for five minutes at a time or doing wrist curls with a light dumbbell. If you’re diagnosed with tennis elbow or golf elbow, your doctor will likely advise that you take a break from your sport, or whatever the activity may be that’s causing the overuse of your elbow. Ice, physical therapy and anti inflammatory medications may also be recommended. In some cases cortisone injections are required, and in severe cases, surgery, though that is rare.

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While tennis elbow and golf elbow are some of the more common diagnosis, there are a number of conditions that can contribute to elbow pain. Therefore, if you’re suffering from elbow pain, it is important to have your orthopaedic surgeon examine the elbow in order to give you the proper diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment if you. So best of luck as you hit the courts, or the course, and enjoy your favorite sports this spring! Dr. Jaffe is a board certified, orthopaedic surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to Know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit www.Pinnacle-Ortho.com for a complete list of physicians, services and locations near you.

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rin Osborne of Flutterbee Photography has many facets in her life - wife, mother of two, daughter, sister and follower of Christ. All of these have an amazing affect on her photography.

As a wife, she “loves a love story” and capturing those special moments between a bride and groom or when a Mom and Dad are tackled by their two year old. As a mother of two, Erin loves the maternal connection of a newborn in its mother’s arms or the shaky steps of a one year old. The daughter in her identifies with the trust in a child’s gaze, sloppy kisses from toddlers, and the stubborn reluctance of teenagers. As a sister, she loves the adventure and creativity that siblings inspire in one another. As a follower of Christ, she marvels at how God could create something beautiful, every single time. He made a human being and never ever repeated Himself.

All these combined forces in Erin’s life make her photography emotional, true, and joyful. Her images capture not only what you can see, but the invisible connections you share with those you love. Erin hopes that in 50 years, the moments she’s documented for her clients will be like a time-warp that allows them to re-live the connections shared with their children, parents, and spouse.

Take a moment to stop by Erin’s blogsite through www.flutterbeephotography.com and flip through the images there. They just might inspire you to capture the seen and unseen in your life as it is right now. To contact Erin, call 404-585-8185, email erin@ flutterbeephotography.com, or on Facebook at Flutterbee Photography.

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Lindsay says, “Growing up, I didn’t have the best example on how a woman should be treated. As I got older and began to date, there were many times I questioned, would I ever get married? Would anyone ever love me? I decided to compose a list of every quality I wanted my future husband to have. My list was very long, but I remember someone telling me that God was in my details. I decided to get a journal of prayers for my future husband even if I didn’t know him by name. I cried out to God for Him to rescue me from that last relationship. Within thirty minutes, I got a text saying the relationship was over. I was done trying to find the right man, but God had different plans. My love story was about to unfold just six days after surrendering everything to God.” “I soon received an invitation to lunch from a very handsome Marine Captain named Matt on September 6, 2010. As I walked out the door the next day, I knew God was telling me that it would be my “last” first date. How would I tell this man that he was going to marry me? Was this even considered a date? As I took my seat at the restaurant, it was time for me to look at this man directly in the face. I was beyond amazed. God had taken my detailed list and given it to me in physical form. This was the man I was going to marry. God then completely took over the seven hour conversation, and we both knew why we were there. We were married December 18, 2010. Our love story can be described as a whirlwind romance that will last for a lifetime.”

After being married over a year, Lindsay and Matt were ready for their family to grow. Lindsay had been told by her doctors that it would be unlikely for her to have children, but they were wrong! She says, “God was in those details too. When we found out I was pregnant, we sat there in disbelief and I burst into tears.” On March 3, 2012, they were thrilled to find out that God had chosen them to be the parents of little Bella; “A sweet little angel who He sent down directly from heaven.” For Lindsay, being a mother means everything. She says, “Nothing compares to being a mother. It’s the best feeling in the world.” She misses Bella when she’s napping and loves to watch her light up when Bella sees her from across the room. Lindsay loves listening to her little heart beat, but one of her favorite times is early in the morning; she and Bella will snuggle up in a prayer shawl and listen to worship music. We wish Lindsay a very blessed and happy FIRST Mother’s Day; and wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and other remarkable women who have served as care givers. May God Bless You All!

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The pressure washing system works by using pressure, water flow rate, cleaning solutions and heat. Sometimes cold water is used with added chemicals and higher pressure to achieve better power washing results. This system of cleaning helps clean a building by removing dust, dirt or bird residue and to prepare it for painting work by removing residue of old paint. The high velocity washing equipment is used for cleaning wood, granite, asphalt, bricks and aluminum. The power washing and cleaning technique can be carried out for various purposes such as cleaning pavers, exterior tiles, house washing, brick restoration, concrete and timber cleaning. Also, pressure washing is used commercially for washing down external cladding, parking garages, driveways, deep steam cleaning, degreasing, sanitizing, paint stripping, oil diesel stain and grease stain cleaning.

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These girls got together for several months, along with a few of their moms and made different items out of duct tape to sell. They made wallets, purses, flower pens and pencils, notebooks, small tablets, lip gloss covers, roses, bracelets and other jewelry. They sold the items before and after school games for $1 to $5 each. They made their first $40 and then set a goal of $100. Before they knew it they had achieved and passed their goal. To date, they have made over $1,200 for Ms. Noles. The faculty and parents at Praise Academy are so very proud of these girls and their giving hearts. Mr. Joe White, Praise Academy’s Principal calls them the “Duct Tape Dynasty Girls,” and they were awarded “Happy Meal Heroes” from 104.7 The Fish.

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pring has sprung! Driving around this beautiful county, seeing all the trees blooming and the grass greening, we can’t contain our excitement about how beautiful God’s divine Creation is. What an awesome God we serve!!! HE deserves our praise in good times and in bad! HE is our King of kings; our Lord of lords; our Provider of ALL things; our Healer of ALL ills, our Teacher; our Rock; our Father; and our Deliverer! HE will NEVER leave us nor forsake us! HE asks us to give ALL our burdens over to him. Regardless of how big our problem seems HE is there for us. Regardless of how rotten our sin, HE forgives those that call upon HIS name. Jesus hates sin but HE loves the sinner! HE loves each of us, and sees us as HIS perfect creation. In HIM we are victorious!!! Isn’t that great news? That’s news worth sharing with everyone…even other Christians, as we all sometimes feel beat down, misguided, or overwhelmed with life’s every day challenges. During the spring and summer seasons most of us are busy attending BBQ’s, weddings, and other outdoor celebrations. We take vacations to the beach, the mountains, or to visit family. We seek out opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the nice weather, and the fellowship with family and friends. As you’re out and about this year chances are you will encounter a lot of people. These gatherings and events will provide you, the Christian, with the perfect opportunity to share your faith with others. Many of us are proud to say we are Christians until the time comes to explain ‘why’ to others. That’s ok! You are not alone! Understand this; the reason for your fear of sharing your faith is either a fear of rejection or ridicule or a fear of public speaking. Some may even argue that they are just “private about their faith and politics.” Jesus calls on us to “confess” our faith in HIM. We confess HIM both by our actions and by our spoken words. The Bible tells us this: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9. Are YOU saved (born again)? If yes, then why not seek opportunities to “confess.”

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If you look at it as forcing your faith on others that may not want to hear about it, remember this - Each of us has a testimony. During the course of normal conversation with others, look for an opportunity to share all or parts of your testimony while giving God the glory. It doesn’t have to be long or polished. God will bless you for honoring and praising HIM. The more you speak of HIM, the more natural it comes to you. Still think you may have problems with that? Then sincerely and diligently pray for BOLDNESS daily. If you sincerely desire in your heart the boldness to share your faith, meditate on these scriptures: “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4. Also “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26. And lastly, our daughter’s favorite scripture: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. If we can help you in any way, please let us know. Gary and Leslie founded His Forgiving Grace Ministries in January of 2009. Our ministry passion is working outside the walls of the church and breaking down all barriers. With questions about this article, assistance with your salvation, or prayer for you or a loved one, please contact us at HFGMinistries@yahoo.com. God bless you.

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Available for Adoption: CHANCE (DOB ~3/4/2011) is a beautiful male seal point Siamese who we rescued from a local animal control facility where he was surrendered by his previous owner. CHANCE is a wonderful young man who, given another chance, will provide his new owner with lots of love and loyalty for years to come. CHANCE would prefer to be an “only child,” as he can be a bit bossy with other cats and doesn’t care for competing for your attention. So, if you are wanting a life-long companion, someone to snuggle with you and never leave your side, CHANCE will be the perfect cat for you - if you will give him a chance. CHANCE is neutered, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, 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. CHANCE’s adoption fee is $150.00.

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Helping a Child Overcome a Fear of Dogs By Rachel Paxton

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t seems inevitable that at one time or another, a child will have an unpleasant run-in with a dog. When my twin boys were about 18 months old, their first encounter with a dog was not pleasant for them. The dog was fairly small, but very energetic and ran straight over to them and started jumping up on them. After that experience it was months before they could even look at another dog again.

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If your children have grown up around dogs, then they will probably not be as easily scared by a new dog. If your children have not spent much time around dogs, then it is probably a good idea to plan the circumstances around their first experiences with a dog. It only takes one unfortunate situation to have your child scared half out of his wits.

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Two members of our family have small dogs, and over time our boys have slowly started to warm up to them. They started by being in the same room with them, and then gradually sat next to them. Petting them gently was next, and once in awhile they are brave enough for a kiss! The important thing is to not force your child to do anything he doesn’t want to. This will not alleviate his fear. The best thing to do is give him the opportunity, and he will eventually take the step when he is ready.

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When you are out in public places, don’t be afraid to tell dog owners that your child is afraid of dogs if they let their dogs get too close to your child. It infuriates me when people disregard leash laws and let their dogs run around in a public park where children are playing. Obviously they have never had a child that was afraid of dogs! One bad experience with a dog can undo months of work you have done with your child to overcome his fears. I have found for the most part, however, that people are generally respectful and understanding and if you let them know your child is afraid of dogs they will steer clear with a sympathetic smile. I have to laugh, however, when they tell me their huge dog is nice and loves children. I know my boys will appreciate that when they are bigger than the dog!

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BBQ Chicken Pizza (makes 4 servings) 1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust 1/2 cup barbecue sauce 1/2 cup diced grilled chicken 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place pizza crust on cookie sheet. Spread with barbecue sauce. Scatter chicken over top. Sprinkle evenly with red pepper, green pepper and onion. Cover with cheese. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Sausage and Broccoli with Pasta (makes 6 servings) 1 1/2lb. sweet Italian pork sausage or turkey sausage, casing removed 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (10 ¾ oz) of Cream of Broccoli Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free) 1/2 cup milk 1 bag (about 16 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 4 1/2 cups corkscrew-shaped pasta (rotini), cooked and drained Crushed red pepper Cook the sausage in a 6-quart saucepot over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion and garlic to the saucepot and cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir the soup, milk, broccoli and 1/4 cup cheese in the saucepot and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through and the broccoli is tender, stirring occasionally. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Serve with the red pepper, if desired.

Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry (makes 4 servings) 1 cup low-sodium fat-free beef broth 1/4 cup light teriyaki sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon Asian dark sesame oil 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 4 teaspoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 pound flank steak, cut against the grain into 1/4-inch strips 4 cups broccoli flowerets (1/2 of a 1-pound bag) 1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced (about 1-1/2 cups) 1 small red onion, thinly sliced (about 1-1/2 cups) 1 bag (8 ounces) carrot matchsticks   Cooked brown rice

In a bowl, whisk broth, teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, Chinese fivespice powder and cornstarch. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add flank steak and cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan and set aside. Drain any fat from pan. Return skillet to mediumhigh heat; add broccoli and1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until tender. Remove cover; cook until water has evaporated. Add remaining teaspoon of vegetable oil to pan; add peppers and red onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add carrots; cook 1 minute. Return beef to skillet. Add sauce; cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with brown rice. For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 • ourtownmagazine@bellsouth.net  Our Town For Advertising information Call 770.222.2699 l info@ourtownfamily.com l OurTownFamily.com  Our Town


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