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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town October 2012

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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography April Estes Reflective Images Photography

Contributing Writers: Kim Griffiths Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Matthew Jaffe, MD Our Town Media Group, Inc. Ivana Pejakovic, B.SC., MA Tricia Stevens Pam Walker

Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2012, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

About the Cover.........................................................5, 24 Family Focus: Pediatric Healthcare: When to Call.........6 Medical: Sidestep Falling...................................................7 Seasonal: It’s Fall Y’all.........................................................8 Calendar of Events.................................................11, 15, 23 Relationships: Communication.......................................12 Health & Fitness: Breast Awareness Month.....................16 Travel: Mi Peru..................................................................17 Finance: Haggling..............................................................18 Community: Public Safety Appreciation Day...............20 Feature Photographer: April Estes.................................24 Seasonal Design: Decorating for Halloween..................25 Gardening: Preparing for 2013......................................26 Pets: First Aid Kit for Your Dog......................................29 October Crossword........................................................30 What’s Cookin’: National Ham Month........................30

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FEVER that doesn’t respond to a proper dose of fever reducer within one hour, fever greater than 100.5 that lasts more than 4 days, fever that goes away but returns a day or two later or fever in a baby younger than two months are all reasons to call. Fever is always considered when evaluating a child with illness and can be an indicator of infection.

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COUGHING in the night that sounds like a barking seal can indicate croup, a viral illness you can generally treat yourself. Take your child into a steamy bathroom or place them in front of the freezer with the door open. That should ease the symptoms but you should call immediately if your child is struggling to breathe, indicated by pulling in at the ribs, nasal flaring, rapid or hard breathing or grunting.

Constant coughing can be an indication of wheezing, inflammation or chest tightness. All of these symptoms can be brought on by viral illness but your child will likely need medications to support his airway. If your child is asthmatic and showing respiratory symptoms, then give the rescue medication. You may repeat the medication at home in 15 minutes if necessary, but you should call if coughing hasn’t lightened within 20-30 minutes. No matter the child’s age or medical history, if he is coughing hard enough to turn blue, call 911.

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VOMITING is not concerning if it only happens a few times and your child is able to keep sips of fluids down. You should call if your child is developing symptoms of dehydration- decreased urination, a dry and sticky mouth, lack of tears, and a lack of energy. Always seek medical attention quickly if your child is vomiting dark green bile, is a very young infant with projectile vomiting, has a severe headache or abdominal pain. A RASH consisting of flat, tiny, red dots called petechiae and fever could be indica-

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Sidestep Falling this Autumn By Matthew Jaffe, MD


ne of the first tools homeowners reach for every autumn is a ladder. That is why the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) advises people to take proper safety precautions to reduce the chance of falling or having other ladder-related accidents.

The Consumer Safety Commission reports that each year there are more than 160,000 people treated in hospital ERs from ladder related injuries including cuts, bruises and fractured bones. Knowing how to properly use and set-up a ladder significantly reduces the possibility of being involved in an accident, such as falling. Staying safe on a ladder is easier if you follow these tips developed by the AAOS: Inspect the ladder. Check the ladder for any loose screws, hinges or rungs that might not have been fixed from its last use. Clean off any mud or liquids that might have accumulated on the ladder. Properly set-up the ladder. Every ladder should be placed on a firm, level surface. Never place a ladder on ground that is uneven and watch for soft, muddy spots. The same is true for uneven flooring. Remember to always engage the ladder locks or braces before climbing. If working outside, make sure the ladder – when extended – will not hit electrical wires, tree limbs or any other obstructions. Remember the one-to-four rule: the bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from the wall for every four feet that the ladder rises. For example, if the ladder touches the wall 16 feet above the ground, the base of the ladder should be four feet from the wall. If you are going to climb onto a roof, the ladder should extend at least three feet higher than the rooftop. And, the upper and lower sections of an extension ladder should overlap to provide stability.

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Do not use a ladder as a seat between tasks. You might want to take a break from your chores, but never use a stepladder’s top or pail shelf as a seat. Select the right ladder for the job. If you’re washing windows inside the home, choose a step stool or utility ladder, which are often used when working at low or medium heights. Extension ladders are ideal for use outdoors to reach high places, like when cleaning the gutters on the rooftop. The weight the ladder is supporting should also never exceed its maximum load capacity. Move materials with caution when on the ladder. While cleaning the garage or closet, be careful when pushing or pulling items from shelves. It is easy to be thrown offbalance and fall. Always position the ladder closer to the work. Over-reaching or leaning too far to one side can make you lose your balance and fall. Your bellybutton should not go beyond the sides of the ladder! Wear proper footwear. Make sure your shoelaces are tied and the soles of your shoes are free of any debris or greasy, oily or wet substances. Do not wear leather-soled shoes, as they are slippery! Pant legs shouldn’t be too wide or too long. Be careful when climbing; get help if you need it. Be safe and ask someone to hold the ladder while you climb. Stay in the center of the ladder as you ascend, and always hold the side rails with both hands. Also, make sure that only one person climbs the ladder at a time. So as you prepare your house and yard for this fall season, don’t forget to keep these safety precautions in mind. You’ll save yourself the trouble of a painful fall and have a healthier and happier autumn. Dr. Matthew Jaffe is an orthopaedic surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to Know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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October 2012

***Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. Please contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. For the full Calendar of Events visit

Paulding County Farm Bureau Farmers Market (Through November 30) Fridays; 3pm - 7pm Located at the intersection of Hwy. 92 & Hwy.120 in Dallas, across from Stars & Strikes. Dallas Farmer’s Market - Georgia Highlands Parking Lot Saturday 8am - Noon 25 Courthouse Square, formerly the old Court house annex Saturday throughout the year, 8am - 1pm, weather permitting. Visit for information.

Book Writers Critique Group*               October 1 and 15; 1st Monday of the month; 6pm - 7:30pm For published and unpublished Book Writers only. Fiction and nonfiction.  For new member info and meeting location email Paulding County Writers’ Guild* October 2 and November 6; 1st Tuesday of the month; 6pm-8pm For more info and meeting location call Dana Freeman, 678-662-1948.

Screenwriters Group* - Starbucks in Hiram October 2 and November 6; 1st Tuesday of the month; 3pm Visit on line and email if attending; American Sleep Apnea*/GA Chapter A.W.A.K.E. Support Group October 2 and November 6; 1st Tuesday of each month; 7pm-9pm Meetings are held at the WellStar Paulding Hospital 1st floor conference room. For more information call Ann L. (Pickett) Croft at 770-445-2417 or 770-331-3088. Parents of Prodigals - Mt. Calvary Baptist Church* October 3 and 17; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7pm-8:30pm A Christian group for parents with prodigal children. MCBC is located at 287 Mt. Calvary Road in Marietta. Call 770-424-4387 for more information.

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center October 4; Thursday 11am - 1pm The “State of Cities” address to be by the Honorable Boyd Austin, Mayor City of Dallas and the Honorable Doris Devey, Mayor City of Hiram. ($20/members, $25/non-members prepaid; $5 more at the door). To register or info visit or call 770-445-6016. Girls Night Out (Celebrate Pink) - Christina Marie’s on Main St - Dallas October 4; Thursday 5:30pm - 8:30pm Ten percent of all proceeds go to the Susan G Komen Foundation. Special discounts, including raffle. Serving refreshments. The first ten ladies receive a free gift. Contact Christina Marie’s at 770-443-0111 for any questions. Engage Atlanta Community Makeover October 5th - 7th; Friday - Sunday This is an invitation for individuals across Paulding County and metro Atlanta to join this effort in 2012.  For additional information or to register your organization, visit the website at

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MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) October 5 and 19; 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month 9:15am-11:30am Meetings held at Fortified Hills Baptist Church. For more information visit our website Cornerstone Community Challenge - Poplar Square Shopping Center October 6; Saturday 8am - 12pm The CC Challenge actively addresses the issue of domestic violence by supporting the efforts of Shepherd’s Rest Ministries. The event is open to all ages and abilities. Be a Sponsor, Vendor, Walker, or Runner. For more info call 770-439-7765.


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Communication in Your Relationship


ommunication is key to success in all relationships. From romantic relationships to professional relationships to parent-child relationships, it is important that individuals learn to and are able to effectively communicate with each other.

Through your body language you can convey annoyance, boredom, love, disinterest, etc. It is best when body language matches what you are trying to say.

personal feelings and biases come into play and what we say is often reflected in our feelings, insecurities, and limiting beliefs. If you practice good communication skills, however, it will help you resolve conflicts at a faster rate.

Be direct & concise: Often times we speak in code (especially women) and just want our loved one to guess what we want. Sometimes we say one thing hoping s/he will know we mean another thing. Of course this leads to confusion, fights, frustration, and disappointment. Be honest and direct (get to the point) when communicating.

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Why is communication important? Good communication can and will increase the satisfaction of your life just as bad communication can and will reduce it. How so? Well, we all have something to say and we all wish to relate our needs, desires, thoughts, and emotions to our romantic partners, co-workers, children, friends, and loved ones. Sharing our thoughts allows us to express our feelings, it relieves stress, and it is important for building a bond and strengthening the relationship. More importantly, if you communicate well you’re more likely to be well-liked and respected. Communication is always important, but particularly important during time of conflicts and stress. It will prevent (or minimize) misunderstandings which can lead to unnecessary arguments. These are the times when our

Listen: Listen to what you are being

Think ahead: Most of us (if not all of us) can recall say-

told. A person’s words are a good give away of what they want from you. Try not to add your own interpretation of their words. Repeat what they say in different words and see if your partner agrees with you.

ing something only to regret it as its coming out of our mouths. Words can be wounding. When communicating with your partner stay in the present moment and think about how your words will affect your partner and impact your relationship. Remember, once you say it you can’t take it back.

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Need to be right: While it’s great to be right, we are seldom right ALL the time. Many times your discussion has nothing to do with who is right and everything to do with understanding where each of you is coming from. If there is a right or wrong, it’s important both parties accept responsibility for their own mistakes. Do not make your argument about whose mistake is bigger, or different, or stupider, or worse. Concentrate on solving the issue at hand and not on who is more right.

with you, place your full attention on that person. Sometimes it’s tempting to split your attention between your partner and the television/ work/ other activity. It can even be tempting to just tune your partner out. This is hurtful and can cause your partner to feel insignificant to you.

Body language: A picture tells 1000 words. So does your body language. What is your body language saying?

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Denim & Diamonds Beauty Pageant presented by Georgia Beautiful Miss October 6; Saturday at East Paulding High School This pageant benefits the Calvary Children’s Home. For more info contact Renee Buchanan at 770-845-8769 or email Walk for Life – First Baptist Church of Dallas October 6; Saturday – Registration 9:30am, Walk 9:30am – 11am Paulding Pregnancy Services (PPS) invites you to join them as they raise funds and bring awareness in support of LIFE. The two mile walk is FREE and open to everyone – strollers welcome. For more info visit, or call 770.222.6911 or e-mail at 2nd Annual Poker Run for Literacy - Paulding Senior Center October 6; Saturday Registration 8am, Kickstands Up 11am until 3pm The 2nd Annual Poker Run support programs such as Teacher of the Month, Dictionaries for 3rd Graders and the Back Pack Program. Sponsorships available. Riders $25/Passangers $15. For more info contact Howard Maxwell 770386-5420 or Tanya Hogan 770-445-2880.

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Craft Show and Bake Sale at Amberley Senior Community October 6; Saturday 9am - 5pm Amberley Community is located at 890 Macland Road, Dallas, GA 30132. Hiram Community Health Expo 2012 @ Main Street Hiram October 7; Sunday 12pm - 5pm Activities for children, Free Screenings for Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and more. Cooking demos, tastings, freebies and give-aways. 

Paulding County Civitan Club Meeting* - Ragsdale Inn October 8 and 22; 2nd and 4th Monday of the month; 12pm-1pm Paulding Civitan Club is a volunteer organization devoted to improving lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Meetings $10; lunch is provided. Contact - Jackie Crum at 770-490-7630 or email Paulding 45 & over Singles Club Activities* – Ryan’s in Hiram October 9; 2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30pm Contact Lynn Mitchell at

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Paulding Photography Club* – Downtown Dallas October 9 and 23; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit THE MISTLETOE MARKET – Cobb Civic Center- Hudgins Hall October 11-13; Thur. & Fri. 10am-7pm, Sat. 9am – 4pm Hudgins Hall is located at 528 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. It’s a holiday gift shopping extravaganza with unique vendors featuring fabulous gifts accessories, gourmet food and decorative items. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of CobbMarietta. Call 770-422-5266 or visit 4th Annual Paulding Public Safety Appreciation Day October 13; Saturday 11am - 5pm Everyone is invited to this family fun day at the Paulding County Courthouse - Watson Government Complex on Hwy 278. Meet and greet members of law enforcement, fire, rescue, EMTs, 911 Dispatch, events for kids, raffle, and MORE! Visit pauldingpsa. org or email Micah Gravley at Greystone Power - 2012 Annual Meeting and Festival October 13; Saturday 8am-1pm – 4040 Bankhead Hwy., Douglasville Family festivities include free breakfast from 8am-9am, health fair, carnival rides, pony rides, games, door prizes and more. Cumberland River performs at 9:45am. 10th Annual - Paulding Fine Arts Fall Festival 2012 October 13; Saturday 10am–4pm – Main Street Dallas Main Street will be closed to traffic and opened to artists, crafters, art lovers, and seekers of crafts and more! Prizes, raffles, food and more. To rent a booth please visit For more info - Christie Morehouse at 770-443-9283.

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side from October being one of the cooler months of the year and a special month for kids to go trick or treating dressed up as an eerie ghoul to scare people witless, it is also, on a more serious note, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For some women being greeted at the door by a vampire, devil or witch, the fright at that moment is nothing in comparison to the fear they feel inside after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when women and young girls are alerted to the importance of early detection (self examination and mammogram) and there is an increased focus upon Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns. During these campaigns, more and more women come forward to get themselves checked out and their questions answered. It’s a great time to help with or form your own campaign. Some people will run a marathon or put on a show to raise funds for breast cancer. Why not take advantage of Halloween night, get a few friends together, dress up,

and instead of holding a lighted pumpkin, hold up a poster with a message saying all monetary donations will be donated to the breast cancer campaign. For those women who are recovering and survived, and who want their life back to normal, here is some helpful advice: l Advanced Technology is our friend! Women suffering from breast cancer get to see their kids grow up, all because they detected a lump early, before it could reach a life threatening stage. l No matter how much someone tells you not to be scared and everything is going to be fine, you’ll always debate this in thought due the fear of knowing you have the ‘Big C.’ To help get over the initial shock of being told that you have breast cancer, you may benefit and feel more content reading up on the disease, as long as the advice is from a reputable source like The information they provide is right and safe. l Chemotherapy treatments can drain you of energy, so get someone to help you with household chores. Don’t try and overdo things around the home. Remember you are recovering and your body needs time to heal. l Join a support group for mental strength. You might

find talking about your cancer, your family, your fears, your hopes to other patients will help greatly, and you can also learn a lot from others ailing, and how they overcame them. l Talking about your breast cancer or any other type of cancer is known to help, but only when you want to. If you can speak openly about your condition you get to evade those dreaded silent moments. Only talk about your condition when you’re good and ready, and don’t be bullied into it. l Realized that no matter show strong and positive you are, there will be bad days and weakness. That’s fine and perfectly natural. There will be crying days of which is expected, so bawl your eyes out if it makes you feel any better. Undergoing chemo and radiation is hard, and crying promotes healing. l Live your life as fully as possible and carry out the activities that give you the most joy and meaning. l Try to keep your sense of humor - even though it can be difficult at times! The critical thing to do NOW is start performing regular self breast examinations and having regular mammograms to help prevent going through any of the ups and downs, pains and treatments for Breast Cancer. So, come on girls get cracking on making those Halloween costumes and go make money for Breast Cancer. You will be saving lives by doing this and who knows, it may be your own or someone close to you.

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Mi Peru! Pam Walker


hough all of the years that I have been writing, I don’t think I have ever written about my adopted country of Peru... as I know it. I tend to think of Peru and Lima in particular, as you would think of going home to grandma’s or a weekend at your summer home. I am always there visiting friends and family. As a group tour escort, I traveled around South America on a regular basis until I met my Peruvian husband. Then I settled in Lima while I worked as a Tourism Investment Investigator for an airline which is no longer around. In those days, I would send scouts up into the Andes or into the Amazon jungle and elsewhere to see what possibilities existed for investment by large corporations that were tied in with the old Braniff Airlines. We sent one fellow to see about a floating hotel on Lake Titicaca. When the pipes froze up and there was no running water, that project was dropped. We also sent 3 fellows into the jungle to do an “adventure camp” in an area called Tingo Maria where there were head-hunters still living. When two of the guys returned with reports of heads on posts and the 3rd man missing, we dropped that idea too. But what we did develop in Peru was to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World….Machu Picchu. Yes, there was always a hotel there called the Machu

Picchu Hotel at the ruins. It was a sketchy place to stay in those days with back packers staying in the town of Aguas Calientes below the ruins, while the “tourists” paid $50 per night for a bed and dinner at the hotel. shops and tree lined streets and in the evening, Barranco turns into the hot spot for dancing and partying. Cozy restaurants offer great Peruvian cuisine now touted to be some of the best in the world. Don’t miss the Ceviche or Antichuchos and for desert famous Bunuelos (Peruvian doughnuts) or Turron de Dona Pepa (served only during the Easter Season).

With our teams and committees, the entire Sacred Valley from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes became the place to invest in. Orient Express bought the Machu Picchu Hotel which now costs around $1,000 per night, and also purchased an old Jesuit monastery in Cuzco that they made into a deluxe hotel. Things have grown since then and all kinds of hotel chains are building all along the Urubamba River. Gone are the days of “cheap” and now the new norm is easily $250+ per night. Things in my home town of Lima are better, but still big chains like Marriott, Sheraton, Ramada and others are constructing new hotels throughout the city. With the fastest growing economy in South America, Peru and Lima are creating wonderful business and investment opportunities for those that are interested.

So many people forget about Lima in their quest for Machu Picchu. It is really a very exciting and progressive city rivaling any in the US. So if you are planning a trip to see the New Seventh Wonder, don’t forget Lima, my love and the best city in Mi Peru!

One of my favorite areas in Lima is Barranco, where historic homes are being renovated daily. Barranco was an old seaside resort and a day’s ride from downtown Lima by carriage. Today it is the “In” place to be and be seen. It is filled with boutique hotels, cozy clubs, quaint

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Haggling - Is That the Best Price You Can Offer Me?

By Kim Griffiths


s the years of being debt free go by, I recognize that this lifestyle has really freed me in many ways. I don’t have the newest car, the latest clothes, the biggest house, etc., but what I do have is peace of mind. When I really want something, I now plan for it and save, save, save. So, when I finally can afford it, there is a tremendous sense of accomplishment when I get to experience the vacation or buy the new outfit.

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I recently read a magazine article about a man who decided at the age of 35 he was going to retire at 50. This man and his wife made severe sacrifices in order to achieve their goal. Although I found the story inspirational, I think the frugality required for this goal is too extreme for my taste. For me, life is a journey about striking a balance. I don’t get the sense that this couple, with their “hard core,” focus, ever stopped to smell the roses along the way. Earlier this year it occurred to me that service-related purchases such as lawyers, accountants, hairdressers, mechanics, handy men, and personal bankers quote me their top line price. That said, I decided that if I could shave 10% off here, and 25% off there from services, I could put the savings towards reaching my next goal. Throughout this year, I’ve been experimenting with a simple question, “Is that the best price you can offer me?” When I first attempted to ask this question I said it quietly, cautiously and without much confidence. I found it very difficult to ask this very simple question. As a result, the responses were hit and miss as well. Over these past 7 months, my confidence has grown because of the successes I’ve gotten with trimming down the price.

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I actually now like to study the reaction of people. I find that immediately after asking the question, there is a very quiet uncomfortable moment. From experience I’ve learned that this is the critical moment of bargaining. I bite my lip and I don’t say a word. I think to myself, “breathe.” That’s all I need to do in this exact moment. Stay present. Allow the other person to respond. The worst the person could say is no; in which case I will probably pay the full amount anyway. There’s nothing to lose. Because negotiating is not something frequently done in the United States, we just accept the price quoted and pay it. It sometimes comes as a bit of a shock to the service person being asked the question because they aren’t often put on the spot about their charges. Now I try to challenge myself to remember to get out of my comfort zone and ask the question. Especially for bigger ticket services, I try to make a conscious decision to ask up front so that I can shop around and get the best price possible. This tactic challenges me to really pay attention to what’s going on and not mindlessly pay the bill. I would much rather stretch my dollar as far as it can possibly go. The mechanic still gets paid for his services but I get to put the savings towards a really special gift that my nephew wanted for his birthday. And, nothing replaces the excitement and smiles of surprising someone you care about so much.


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Paulding County Public Safety Appreciation Day


n Saturday, October 13th from 11am to 5pm you will have an opportunity to meet and greet some of Paulding County’s finest from the Sheriff ’s Department, Fire Department, Hiram Police, Dallas Police, Emergency Personnel from Clark’s Ambulance, 911 Dispatch, Georgia State Patrol, and many others.

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This will be the 4th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Day and is hosted by Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. (PPSA). The event will be at the Watson Government Complex located at 240 Constitution Blvd. in Dallas. It’s a fun way for your whole family to say “THANK YOU” and interact with the brave men and women whose mission is to keep our community safe 24/7.

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This will be the largest event of its kind in our area, and it’s FREE. There will be activities for the kids including the Smokehouse from the PCFD, access to the vehicles, finger printing, child safety checks, recruitment for the kid’s law enforcement ‘Explorer Program,’ and more. They will have entertainment, food, a raffle and other give-aways. This event gives children a chance to get comfortable with and foster a sense that Public Safety personnel really are the “good guys” and here to help. Your attendance is so appreciated too, in that by coming, you are showing the “good guys” that you support and appreciate them.

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Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. (PPSA) was created to help Public Safety employees in times of need; whether it’s for themselves or a member of their family. To be eligible for benefits, individuals need to either live OR work in Paulding, but must work in the areas of Public Safety - Sheriff ’s Office, Police Department, Firefighter, Paramedic, EMT and 911 Dispatch. The assistance from PPSA is used to help with tangible expenses like certifications, medical or utility bills, and hospice or funeral expenses. The idea began when a Deputy’s spouse became ill and needed immediate hospice care, then unfortunately passed away. PPSA hosted a spaghetti dinner which helped raise over $2,000 to help with the expenses. But, PPSA takes this a step further. Personnel who need help don’t just need it immediately. They still need help months or even a year down the road; which is very unique about PPSA. They stay involved and continue to help where it’s needed. In four years, PPSA has done so much including establishing two Rising Star Scholarships; the Chad Leggett Scholarship for any fire, EMT or Paramedic personnel and the Tara Drummond Scholarship for law enforcement personnel. Most recently they donated $1,000 to establish benevolent funds for each of the following agencies: Hiram Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Paulding County Sheriff ’s Department, Paulding County Fire Department, and Clark Ambulance. The proceeds raised from the event on the 13th will help them accomplish so much more, but they need you! To get more information about PPSA or the Public Safety Appreciation Day, visit or their Facebook page by searching on Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. If you are interested in sponsorships and/or making a monetary donation please contact Micah Gravley at 404-759-5876 or Linda Verscharen at 770842-6786. Financial donations can be made payable and mailed to Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc., P.O. Box 1755, Hiram, Georgia 30141.


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Autumn Golf Classic to benefit Paulding Education Foundation October 15; Monday 7:30am - 5pm at Creekside Country Club 7:30 am Registration/Putting Contest Qualification, 8:30 am Putting Contest, 9 am Shotgun Start. For more info, call Amy Mollohan 770-443-8000. $125 per player, Paulding Business Assoc. Luncheon* – Hiram Comm Ctr. October 18; 3rd Thursday of the month; 11:30am-1pm Networking and Buffet Lunch-$12. Visitors WELCOME!

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8th Annual McKenna Farms Fall Festival - Everyone Welcome! October 20; Saturday 11am - 4pm Games and activities for kids, cake walk, face painting, pony rides! $5/person, under 2 FREE. Proceeds benefit McKenna Therapy Services 3044 Due West Rd, Dallas.

Salute America 2012 Air Show at Paulding NW Atlanta Airport in Dallas October 20; Saturday 9am - 3:30pm This is the first Air Show ever held in Paulding. Gates open at 9am with lots of family fun and FLYING! USAF Wings of Blue Parachute Team, Jet Vehicles, Hawker Beechcraft Defence Demo, and MORE!

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Masquerade Ball benefitting Family Alliance of Paulding @ 655 West October 26; Friday 7pm - 12am This fun filled, amazing evening will have music, dancing, dinner, prizes and more! Catered by Cajun’s Cookin’. Cost is $25/person. For sponsorship or tickets call 678202-5777 x100 or email TRUNK-OR-TREAT - North Paulding Baptist Church October 27; Saturday 5pm - 9pm Free food, games, trunk-or-treating, costume contest, and more! NPBC is located at 700 School Road in Dallas. For more info email 16th Annual Trunk ‘R Treat Village- Earl Duncan Park October 27; Saturday 2pm – 7pm Bring the whole family! Trick or Treat; fun and games. Costume parade for children up to 12. *FREE* 724 Paulding Meadows Drive, Dallas. For info call 770-445-8065.

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LobsterFest! St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Mars Hill at Fords’ Road October 27; Saturday 12pm - 7pm Lobster Dinner $25, Lobster Only (Live or Cooked) $15, Pizza Dinner $5. Tickets on sale at church office, 1pm-4pm weekdays. NO TICKETS SOLD AFTER OCT 19TH. Call 770-590-9040 or visit for more info. Proceeds benefit Live Nativity Celebration, December 21 and 22.

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Family Fall Festival at Christ Central Church North October 31; Wednesday 5pm - 9pm Costumes, music, food, treats and no tricks! 620 Paulding Plaza. 770-943-0477 Holiday Market Bake Sale and Silent Auction November 3; Saturday 9am-2pm - Due West UMC Preschool 45 vendors and Silent Auction. 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064. Contact Karen Coffeen 770 590-0982.

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Now meet ‘The Avengers’… We mean the Boys! Timmy Mattick is a sweet boy and full of

energy. He is five years old and in K5. His parents are Rachel and Brian Mattick, and he has four siblings Brice, Jonathan, Daniel and Kathryn. They attend MacLand Baptist Church, where Timmy enjoys AWANAs and singing in children’s choir. At school, he loves learning about God and playing with his friends. His favorite toys are his Legos and he is learning to ride his bike. During the fall he loves to play in the leaf piles, eat apple pie, and carve pumpkins.

Zachary Brown is a kind hearted boy who loves super heroes. He is four years old and in K4. His parents are Lisa and Zachary Brown, and he has a sister, Ellis, and brother, Hudson. They have lived in Hiram for six years and attend West Cobb Church. Zachary is involved in gymnastics; he loves to sing and wants to play soccer. At school, he likes learning about the Bible and Math from Ms. Jackie. This fall he is looking forward to playing in the leaves with his friends.

We want to express our gratitude to the Administrator of Praise Academy, Joe White and Pastor Tommy Chapman of Praise Tabernacle for allowing us to shoot our special cover on their property. Also, we would like to thank Lesa Brown of Blissful Bites for creating a beautiful cake for this special occasion. It was almost too gorgeous to eat, but we did and it was DELICIOUS!

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pril Estes is native of Paulding County. She graduated from Paulding County High School where she met and dated her high school sweetheart, Michael Estes. They have been happily married for 10 years, and have four children, Landon age 7, Easton age 4, Marlow age 2 and Tinley 2 Months.   Michael is a Paulding County Firefighter and has been with the PCFD for 8 years.   April went to Kennesaw State University and graduated in 2002 with a BBA in Finance. After graduation, she began her finance career at a local bank, while acquiring her Residential Real Estate license as well. A couple of years later, she had her first son who forever altered the direction of her life. Although she always had an interest in photography, this is where her passion grew while trying to preserve and capture every sweet little moment. She began classes at the Showcase School of Photography and officially opened her own photography business, Reflective Images Photography in 2007.   April is a custom, on-location photographer and offers sessions which include maternity, newborn, toddler & children, senior portraits, families, engagements and weddings. It’s important that her clients feel relaxed and have a good time. She says, “Whether their playing with the kids or spending an intimate moment together, I feel this is when I am able to capture the “natural” essence of their personalities. These are the moments I want my clients to cherish for years to come.”   April has truly found her passion and is thankful for the business God has blessed her with, the friendships it has allowed her to develop, and the opportunities it has provided for her family. To contact her, visit her site, or email

We very much appreciate our talented cover photographer, April Estes for working with us and taking an amazing shot for this special, birthday cover! Please visit her site to see more of her work. Lesa Brown, Our Town is a joy to publish each month, and serves as a testament of faith to trust God’s plan for our lives. We cannot express how honored we feel to be here today and going STRONG! During these last five years, we have met many wonderful people both personally and professionally who have encouraged us and enriched our business and our lives. We recently took a walk down memory lane and looked through all 60 issues of Our Town. It was interesting to see how the magazine has changed, including a fresh new layout, more content, and the paper. Do you remember when we used to be on newsprint? We also have a wonderful addition to our staff, Account Executive Heather S. Roberts. Heather has been a tremendous asset to Our Town for the past year, and we are truly proud to have her and call her friend. All these changes have been positive for our growth, and we are looking forward to what the next five years will bring! Blessings to you, Teresa & Jules


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Decorating for Halloween on a Budget

By Tricia Stevens


he holidays are here again—and with the current economic situation how do we keep on trend to decorate our homes without blowing the holiday budget? Take Halloween for instance, what could be more exciting than turning your space into a giant haunted house for the family and still being able to throw that Halloween party you’ve been planning on. It’s easy to go overboard with your décor but with a little imagination and resourcefulness you can turn ordinary household items such as trash bags and old curtains into a creepy Halloween setting sure to impress everyone! Here are a few ideas, but first you will want to create the basic atmosphere by using bulk items such as batting and white sheets.

s Tear cotton batting into pieces and hang them from ceiling fans, photo frames, light fixtures, on buffet tables, across mantels and furniture; the list is endless. This will give the effect of having spider webs throughout your home.

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s Take old white sheets and cover all of the furniture to simulate a creepy old haunted house. Dust talcum powder or baby powder over the sheets to create a dust cloud when one of your guests sits down. s A great use for white trash bags is to make ghosts that you can hang throughout your home and garden with fishing twine. The twine is almost invisible so it will not show and it gives the illusion that the ghost is floating. Stuff the end of a trash bag with newspaper, paper towels or other materials. Tie it shut around the “neck” area to form a ghost. Use black paint to create eyes and a mouth. s Colored construction paper is an inexpensive way to make silhouettes of witches and spooks to hang on your walls throughout the home. You can take smaller spooky shapes and tape them to the end of a flashlight, then angle at the walls to cast eerie shadows. s Pumpkins are a must have for the season but try something different by painting your Jack ‘O Lanterns all black. This will add some spooky sophistication to the setting.

s Lighting is a great way to create a mysterious mood. Use candles, candles and more candles! Buy them in bulk to save money, then scatter them throughout the house (be sure to think safety and keep them away from the kids, curtains and animals). If you can dim your lights, do so to give off an eerie glow. Another way to spice up the lighting is to change out your regular light bulbs with colored bulbs, try blue or red bulbs for a super spooky ambiance! s Use your existing glass vases and decorative bowls to make evil-looking potions by filling them with water and food coloring. Put some twigs or other plant material in them to get a gross and mysterious effect. You can also take larger twigs and branches from the yard and then spray paint them black. Use them to put in the vases or around your home to get a freaky forest that is quite sinister! s Dry ice is an awesome addition to any Halloween motif. Use it to envelop your guests in fog by placing it in decorative bowls at the entry of your home. If you have a pool it is worthwhile to throw some in and watch the fog rise! There is certainly no lack of available, affordable resources in October for Halloween inspired décor! In addition to using the items that are handy in your home, take note of your neighborhood displays and browse the discount stores for extra ideas. They can be a great source of inexpensive spooky items to enhance your haunted home!

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Preparing the Garden for Next Year: 4 Almost Free Steps to Take Now For a Great 2013 Garden


nstead of thinking about the cold winter months ahead, stay positive and think instead of next spring and summer’s garden. Much like you do a great lawn, what you do now and in the coming months can make a huge difference in the success of next year’s garden.

Here are four things you can do NOW to really jump-start your 2013 garden: 1. DON’T COMPOST YOUR TOMATO AND PEPPER PLANTS Contrary to what we normally do, which is compost everything we can, we don’t compost our pepper and tomato plants from the garden. We actually throw them on our burn pile and burn them with fallen sticks, etc. Why? Because there is too great of a chance for any plant disease to get passed through to the soil for next year. In addition, the odd green or damaged fruit still on the plants, along with their thousand of seeds, are something we prefer to keep away from our compost pile. 2. CLEAN OUT THE WEEDS FROM THIS YEAR’S GARDEN Don’t let those weeds overwinter in your garden. Clean them out now and prevent weeds from going to seed, digging deeper roots, and doubling your weeding efforts next year.

A good cover crop will dig deeply into your soil with their roots. This adds valuable organic material to your soil, along with adding plant loving nitrogen to the soil as the plants break down. Then you can turn under your cover crop in the spring before planting. We get a lot of questions on the cover crops, especially “Won’t they become weeds?” As long as you use an annual rye and make sure to not let the grass go to seed, and turn over in the early spring, you should have no worries.

3. ADD ORGANIC MATTER NOW Chopped leaves and compost are the stars here. Dig in generous amounts of compost to your raised beds or garden and start collecting those falling leaves now! If you don’t have access to your own, make a trip around local neighborhoods and collect the bags or piles of leaves that accumulate at the curb. We use our push mower to shred the leaves. Then, we dig in generous amounts to our raised beds to decompose. Even better, use the leaves as a mulch on your beds over the winter – helping to keep valuable soil from eroding. Just dig into the bed’s soil in the spring. For even better mulch – try item #4. 4. PLANT A COVER CROP Just like the “big farmers” do, our gardens and raised beds benefit greatly from a cover crop. We have already begun to plant our cover crops in the rows we have cleaned out. We use annual rye, a great choice to help add lots of organic matter and nutrients to your soil, and also protect it over the winter months from leaching all of the nutrients out of your bare soil.

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


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National ‘Country Ham’ Month


am can refer to the haunch of any animal meat. Yet, what we most often refer to as ham is the upper haunch of a boar or pig; it is usually dry-cured like country ham, or wet-cured like city ham, and then boiled, baked or smoked. Country Ham tends to be saltier than most hams and it is enjoyed in paperthin slices. City Ham tends to be tender, juicier and less salty. Though both types of ham are delicious, either works well with these delicious recipes.

Country Ham-and-Peach Panini

8 ciabatta bread slices* 4 teaspoons coarse-grained Dijon mustard Freshly ground pepper 4 (1-oz.) fontina cheese slices 4 ounces thinly sliced country ham, prosciutto, or Serrano ham 2 medium peaches (about 3/4 lb.), unpeeled and sliced 4 teaspoons honey (optional) 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Spread each bread slice with 1 tsp. mustard, and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. Layer with cheese, ham, peaches, and, if desired, honey. Top with remaining bread slices, and press together gently. Brush sandwiches with olive oil. Cook sandwiches, in batches, in a preheated panini press or preheated nonstick grill pan. Cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve immediately. *Any firm white bread may be substituted.

Country Ham Potato Soup

1/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup chopped country ham 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups chicken broth 4 cups unpeeled, chopped new potatoes 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sour cream Garnish with chopped ham

In a large stockpot, melt butter. Add onion, garlic, and ham; cook 4 min, or until onion is soft and ham begins to brown. Add flour and stir for 1 min, or until well blended. Add broth and stir; cook until thickened and bubbly. Add potatoes; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 15 min or until potatoes are tender. With a potato masher, mash potatoes until only a few chunks remain. Add cream, thyme, red pepper flakes, and black pepper; cook for 2 min. Stir in cheese and sour cream until well blended.

Country Ham Corn Cakes

1 (6-oz.) package buttermilk cornbread mix 2/3 cup water 3/4 cup fresh corn kernels 1/3 cup finely chopped country ham Stir together cornbread mix and water in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in corn kernels and ham. Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each corn cake onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or large nonstick skillet. Cook cakes over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry and cooked; turn and cook other side. These tasty cakes go great with soup or salad. This month’s article is dedicated to my fellow ham lover - Hamma Margaret!

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