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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

Our Town APRIL 2019

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About the Cover: Little Shop of Horrors Community Spotlight: McKenna Farms-Derby Day Gardening: Perennials - Perfect for Your Garden Calendar of Events Medical: Batter Up to an Injury-Free Baseball Season Health: 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Faith: He is Risen Indeed! Spotlight: Paulding Fine Arts/Spring Musicals Finance: Financial Spring Cleaning Feature Photographer: G&E Studios Pets: Saving Pets/Fund the Shelters Challenge What’s Cookin’: Southern Pineapple Casserole Crossword Puzzle

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Sa’d Davis plays Mr. Mushnik. He is a junior and his parents are Alissia and Que Evans, and Thaddeus and Rebecca Davis. He has been involved in theatre for six months, previously participating in Legally Blonde; and has already developed a passion for entertaining with his comedy and letting his personality shine. For the three years Sa’d has been at PCHS, he has been in the band and a member of the marching band. After high school, he plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Theatre, then a Masters in Cover Story Continued on Page 24 Fine Arts.

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cKenna Farms is hosting the 3rd annual Derby Day at the Farm fundraiser on May 4, 2019. Vic Reynolds, the newly-appointed GBI Director, is returning as emcee. Guests will enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby live at McKenna’s beautiful 20-acre horse farm. The evening includes live music, a BBQ dinner, cash bar, silent auction, hat contest, wine toss and betting on the race. All proceeds benefit McKenna Farms Therapy Services, a nonprofit organization who has been serving children with special needs in our community since 2001. McKenna Farms offers physical, occupational, and speech therapies in various settings including clinical, aquatic, and through the use of equine movement in hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. Their therapists work as a team through comprehensive interdisciplinary services to help children achieve their full potential.

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Gardening By Christen Thomas

Why Perennials are (Nearly) Perfect for Your Garden

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pring is around the corner and displays of beautiful plants at the local Big Box store have you thinking it is time to turn your attention to your yard. However, there is a little voice in your head reminding you, that you do not have a green thumb, and your desire and interest to garden will not last through this Saturday afternoon. If you find yourself thinking this way every spring, fear not! Perennials might be the perfect kind of plant for you. Perennial plants are plants that last more than one season. They differ from annuals, which only provide a single season of color. Lazy gardeners rejoice! Plant once and enjoy year after year. Some perennials will have a magnificent seasonal bloom time and will generally die back with the first frost. Nevertheless, they are not gone for good! The following spring watch for their tiny green little plant heads to begin peeking out through the mulch looking for that warm, spring sun. One of my favorite parts of gardening is taking a daily lap through the yard to see what is popping up! Another great reason to choose a perennial plant is variety. Here in the South, our mild winters mean there are many great perennial plants from which to choose. There is a perennial for garden interest in any season! A garden growing all year is not

plants have deeper root systems and can tolerate dry spells more than some annuals. That same deep root system will also reduce erosion and create interest when perennial ground covers are used on a slope. If you are ready to take the perennial plunge, many great and exciting options will be available at the annual:

just pretty; it is great for our pollinator and bird friends too. A garden with year-round blooms provides pollen, nectar, seeds and nesting material for birds and insects. Perennials are the garden gift that keeps on giving. Plants such as Day Lilies, Hosta, Iris and Canna Lilies, can be divided into several smaller plants every few years giving you an endless supply of plants for your landscape. If you are new to gardening or on a budget, this is a great option. I once was fortunate to receive a Hosta division from my Grandmother and that single plant has been divided nearly 20 times over the years. If easy and inexpensive has not convinced you to run right out and fill up your trunk with perennials, here are a few more reasons to shop. Perennial plants tend to be hardier and require less all over care. Well-established

Paulding County Master Gardener Plant Sale! This year’s sale will be held at the Paulding Meadows Pavilion, at Earl Duncan Park, May 4, 2019 from 8am to 1pm. Along with perennials, there will be trees, shrubs, vegetables, and annuals for sale, as well as gently used garden tools and equipment. Also onsite, dozens of smiling, Master Gardener faces, ready to help you make your purchase and answer any of your gardening questions! Proceeds from the sale fund outreach projects of Paulding County Master Gardeners including the Master Gardener Scholarship, awarded annually to a Paulding County student, demonstration gardens, gardening education for adults and youth. Christen Thomas is a Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. These volunteers are trained experts, who answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and environmentally friendly gardening practices. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or visit ugaextension. org/Paulding.

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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! n Toddler Time every Friday 10am-12pm n PARENT’S NIGHT OUT – April 13 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Junior Ranger Program at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield April 4-6, Thursday – Saturday 8am-12pm Enroll your child now for the Junior Ranger Program; open to ages 6 to 12. They’ll earn patches and badges while learning about the Battle of Pickett’s Mill through fun, challenging activities. $60 per child. To register call 770-443-7850 Keep Paulding Beautiful Day presented by Paulding NW Atlanta Airport April 6; Saturday 8:30am – 12pm Noon Great day for families/children. Activities. EnviroScape. Coloring Contest. Lunch. Tours. 730 Airport Parkway, Dallas www.KeepPauldingBeautiful.org Civil War Trust Day at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield April 6; Saturday 10am – 4pm Cannon and musket firings, period games, and guided battlefield tours. Guest speaker leading a lecture on the Civil War. $3 child $5.50 adults 770-443-7850. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center April 11; Thursday 11am - 1pm Industry Appreciation, Dr. Ron Newcomb, President of Chattahoochee Tech. ($20/ mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.)Call to register: 770-445-6016 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Pictures with Easter Bunny April 13; Saturday, 1 pm - 4pm – American Legion Post 111 First Egg Hunt starts at 2:15pm. All children welcome, especially special needs. 2587 Scoggins Road, Dallas.  Questions? 770-445-2759 Paulding County School’s Fine Arts Day April 13; Saturday ALL DAY at Paulding County High School Artwork and performances from each High School; professional Art Auction raising money for scholarships; food trucks and vendors! Questions? 770-443-8000 Open House at Dominion Christian School April 16; Tuesday 6:30pm Christ Centered – College Prep – Dual Enrollment - Full Athletic Program. 4607 Burnt Hickory Rd, Marietta. Questions? 770-420-2153 OPENING DAY - The Dallas Farmers Market-Regions Bank Parking Lot* April 20; Saturdays 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, www.farmersdallas.com The Blake House 4th Annual ‘Inspire’ Dinner Banquet April 25; Thursday 6:30pm – 9pm at The Mill Town Music Hall All proceeds benefit The Blake House. For info and tickets visit theblakehouse.net Ultimate Block Party – Downtown Douglasville April 26; Friday 5pm – 9pm at the Old Police Precinct FREE event features face painting, music, entertainment, food trucks, and more!

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Touch a Truck Day! Presented by PCPRCA April 27; Saturday 10am – 12 noon at Veterans Park *FREE* EVENT: Get close to the vehicles and equipment used in Paulding County such as police cars, fire trucks, and more! Questions? 770-505-3885 Georgia Classic Rides 29th Annual Car Show – Paulding Meadows Park April 27; Saturday 9am gate open, 4pm Awards Door prizes food, entertainment and more! Ticket price $5/person (under 12 FREE). For registration and information visit www.georgiaclassicrides.com 8th Annual “Dallas 5K Race for a Cure” 2019 April 27; Saturday 8am – Main Street Dallas Proceeds benefit Paulding County Relay for Life. Questions? https://dallasga.gov/dallas-5k-race-for-a-cure/ North Paulding High School Band Yard Sale April 27; Saturday 8am-3pm at Cedarcrest Church in Acworth

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Medical

Batter Up to an Injury-Free Baseball Season By Yong S. Lee, MD, OrthoAtlanta

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pring and summer mean more of everyone’s favorite pastime - baseball. Whether your son or daughter is the star pitcher for the local little league or you are simply picking up the bat and ball at the annual company picnic, these healthy measures before, during and after the game may keep you and your family on the field and injury-free. Baseball players require just as much warm-up and cool down preparations as any other sport. Pitchers should be particularly cautious with their elbows and shoulders, as pitching can put undue strain on the muscles and joints of the arms. Pitchers should carefully warm up their arms to prevent injury and damage. Additionally, overuse injuries can result for those players who are specializing in a single sport and overtraining one muscle group more than others. These types of injuries result when tiny tears form in the ligaments and connective tissues and are not allowed to fully heal before they are put under stress again. This can result in chronic pain, inflammation and, in some cases, can even evolve into permanent injury. Other players on the field should be just as cautious. While pitchers don’t do as much running, other players have the added strain of running, often in quick bursts of movement. Fielders should warm up all major muscle groups of the body, not just the arms. Baseball allows players moments of non-activity, and if muscles are not properly stretched, these moments can cool muscles down quickly, causing injury. No matter what position they play, players should stretch all muscle groups prior to the game and between innings, just in case. Hydration is important for baseball players too. Players are urged to hydrate themselves before, during and after the game. Since most baseball is played during the hotter times of the year, dehydration can happen quickly, so players need to stay hydrated. Players are encouraged to drink at least 8 ounces of water for every fifteen to twenty minutes of exercise. A player who loses just 2% of their body weight during activities will notice about a 25% decrease in their overall performance. Staying hydrated can keep an athlete at peak performance and prevent injuries. Prevention is essential to the overall health of the body. Baseball players are encouraged to maintain a strict stretching and hydration program. Injuries can be prevented, but when they occur, make an appointment at the office of your local orthopedic and sports medicine specialists. Their physicians and staff are ready to help players put the zip back in their game. Yong S. Lee, M.D., is a physiatrist at OrthoAtlanta and sees patients at OrthoAtlanta offices in Paulding and The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. Board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), Dr. Lee specializes in non-surgical orthopedic care, non-surgical spine, non-operative occupational, work and sports injuries. Procedures performed include spinal injections, discography and radio frequency pain management techniques. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion. For more information regarding Dr. Lee or to request an appointment please call 770445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta.com.

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Health 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods that May Lower Your Risk for Disease

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nflammation is your immune system’s reaction to irritation, injury, or infection. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet is one way to counter some of the chronic inflammation that comes from leading a not-so-healthy lifestyle. Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned author and director at the University of Arizona promotes anti-inflammatory foods backed by recent studies. “While stress, lack of exercise, genetics and toxins can increase chronic inflammation, the average American diet is overloaded with trans fats and refined sugars that have become a major culprit. That’s because heavily processed food are difficult for the body to break down and tax the immune system. Refined carbs also raise blood sugar and add to insulin resistance and the increase of inflammation.” By incorporating foods that are rich in vitamins and contain anti-inflammatory properties you can begin reducing inflammation and improve your general well-being one day at a time. Green Leafy Vegetables Leafy vegetables like Swiss Chard contain the anti-inflammatory vitamins K, D, and C. Ginger A flowering plant that reduces intestinal gas and prevents nausea. Tomatoes This delicious vegetable is easy to add to your diet and is a rich source of lycopene, beta-carotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids, and Vitamin E. Beets Root vegetables, such as beets, contain a natural antioxidant, beta lain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation. Green Tea Green Tea reduces cholesterol levels, assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. Virgin Coconut Oil Coconut Oil carries anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and has many helpful uses for the body. Walnuts These familiar nuts are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids and can protect against cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Black Cod This fish is also known as butterfish or sablefish and contains more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Bock Choy Black Choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. It also has a concentration of beta-carotene and vitamin A. Olivello Juice or Sea Buckhorn Juice A juice that is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C.

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Faith

“He is Risen Indeed!”

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ollowing the Bolshevik revolution, the local communist leader was sent to a Russian village to announce to the people the virtues of communism and to move their minds away from religion, which Karl Marx called “the opium of the people.” After the communist had harangued the crowd for a long time, he gruffly said to the local Christian pastor: “I will give you five minutes to reply.” “I don’t need five minutes to reply” the preacher replied, “only five seconds.” He then climbed on the platform, proclaiming the Easter greeting: “The Lord is risen!” With one voice, the villagers roared back: “He is risen indeed!”

the truth. First off, it’s the best news that a person could ever hear. And too, there are still millions at home and around the world who haven’t heard or don’t believe.

heaven to assume His rightful position at the right hand of the Father. And to make matters even better, God sent the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit to serve as teacher, comforter, and guide. Those who have died in Christ are not really dead – Because Christ was raised, “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). When a Christian passes, the body remains on the earth while the soul and spirit are immediately transported to heaven -where they will immediately be met by Jesus. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. As I’ve said hundreds of times during funeral messages, the Christian who has recently died is more alive they ever been!

Our faith is not in vain – How can I believe in someone I have never seen? The answer, in a word, is faith. The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 11:1). According to Edwin Hubbell Chapin, “Skepticism had never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world’s heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.”

We are those most blessed – We serve a risen Savior, One who promised never to leave us or forsake us. He lives in us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. As Paul writes: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Let this be the Easter that you realize afresh and anew, Jesus, Who is alive, loves you and wants you to experience abundant and eternal life that only comes through Him.

And because He is risen . . . Our preaching is not wasted – Having preached for over three decades now, I can tell you the greatest message I can possibly deliver is, “The grave is empty, He’s alive!” One might think it tedious to stand in the pulpit, proclaiming the same thing week after week, month after month, year after year. Yet nothing could be further from

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We are no longer lost in sin – As wonderful as the story of the cross is, it’s not complete without the resurrection. Scripture proclaims, “If Christ has not been raised . . . you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). Three days after being buried, Jesus arose from the tomb. And for the next 40 days, He made numerous post resurrection appearances - after which He ascended back to

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Community Spotlight

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Hiram High School presents ‘Disney’s Newsies’ April 11-14, 2019 (Thursday – Sunday) Performances Thursday through Saturday are at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10/adult and $8/student. HHS Theatre Director - Dr. Jennifer Grazer, Music Director - Ashley Poole and Choreographer - Chelsea Hadaway. Questions? 770-443-1182.

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North Paulding High School presents ‘Peter Pan, Jr.’ April 19 and 20 (Friday and Saturday) Performances are 7pm Friday and at 3pm on Saturday. Ticket prices are $5 at the door. NPHS Theatre Director - Brittany Patterson. For more information call NPHS at 770-443-9400.

The 7th Annual Paulding Fine Arts Day will be hosted on April 13, 2019. It is a community-wide festival you will not want to miss! Fine Arts Day is an all-inclusive, day-long event to celebrate and highlight the talented students and teachers in our fine and performing arts programs in the Paulding County School District. It is a day where we are all in one place to showcase what we see in our individual schools throughout the school year.

East Paulding High School presents ‘9 to 5 – The Musical’ May 2 – 5 (Thursday – Sunday) Performances Thursday through Saturday are at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. EPHS Theatre Director - Britt Hensley. For more information call EPHS at 770-445-5100.

You will see performances, artwork, food trucks, vendors and artisans, be able to participate in a professional art auction to raise money for scholarships, and more. The event will be held at Paulding County High School. Admission is $5.00 per person, with a $10.00 max per family. Pre-paying is encouraged and can be done here: https://gofan.co/app/school/GA67832 For more information on Paulding Fine Arts Day scan this QR code with your smart phone.

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High School Spring Musical Events

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South Paulding High School presents ‘Little Women’ April 25-27 (Thursday – Saturday) Performances are nightly at 7pm and ticket prices are $10 at the door. SPHS Theatre Director - Josh Baines. For more information call SPHS at 770-949-9221 or visit https://www.bainessphsdrama. com/ For information on all upcoming events, including choir and orchestra performances, spring musicals and other news, scan this code to see Paulding’s Fine Arts digital publication – The State of the Arts.

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pring is here – and for many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying up your home, why not try brightening your financial environment? Some of the same moves you make to clean your surroundings may apply to your finances.  Consider these suggestions:       Get rid of clutter. When you go through your closets, attic, basement or other areas, you may find many items you no longer need. You might be able to sell some of these things or find other ways of disposing of them. And as you review your portfolio, you might also encounter “clutter” in the form of investments that may be redundant to others you own. If so, you might consider selling these investments and using the proceeds to purchase new ones, which may help you broaden your portfolio.  Protect yourself from hazards. As you go about your spring cleaning, you may well encounter hazardous substances, such as cleaning agents, paints, batteries, pesticides and so on, which you don’t need any more and which may pose potential health risks. You can reduce the possible danger from these materials by recycling or disposing of them in an environmentally safe way. Your overall financial situation has hazards, too, in the form of illness or injury preventing you from working, or, in your later years, the need for some type of long-term care, such as an extended stay in a nursing home. To protect yourself, you may need appropriate insurance, including disability and long-term care. Find new uses for existing possessions. When you are sprucing up your home, you may rediscover uses for things you already have. Who knows – perhaps that treadmill that’s been gathering dust in your garage could actually be employed again as part of your rededicated exercise regimen. And you might be able to get more mileage out of some of your existing investments, too. Suppose, for instance, that some of your stocks are paying you dividends, which you take as cash. If you don’t really need this income to support your lifestyle, you might consider reinvesting the dividends so that you can own more shares of the dividend-paying stocks. Over the long run, increased share ownership is a key to helping build your portfolio.  Establish new habits.  Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be just about physical activities – it can also involve a new set of habits on your part. For example, instead of placing your unread magazines in an ever-expanding pile, try to read and recycle them quickly. You can also develop some positive habits as an investor, such as “paying yourself first” by regularly putting some money in an investment account each month, even before paying all your bills. You can also avoid some bad habits, such as overreacting to market downturns by selling investments to “cut your losses,” even though those same investments may still have strong growth potential and may still be suitable for your needs.  Doing some spring cleaning can make you feel better about your living space today. And applying some of these techniques to your financial situation can help you gain a more positive outlook for tomorrow. 

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3rd Annual Derby Day at McKenna Farms May 4; Saturday – Doors open at 4:30pm Boots and big hats encouraged! See their Community Spotlight on page 6! For information and tickets, visit www.mckennafarms.org/DerbyDay Paulding County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale May 4; Saturday 8am – 1pm at Earl Duncan Park Grown perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, shrubs, trees and of course Second Hand Rose, gently used gardening items. Cash or checks accepted. Paint Recycling Day at Hope Church, 1970 Charles Hardy Pkwy, Dallas, GA May 4; Saturday 9am - 2pm Bring your old paint (latex and oil-based, non-leaking closed containers) and for a fee, we’ll recycle it for you. It’s cheaper than the dump, and better than the landfill! Questions? Email pamela@placeofhope.org Christmas for Cameroon 5K hosted by Hope Church – Register NOW! May 18; Saturday 8am - Silver Comet Trail on Seaboard Ave in Hiram Christmas for Cameroon is a non-profit outreach that collects and delivers Christmas presents to children living in orphanages throughout Cameroon. Sign up at www.placeofhope.org CASA Volunteer Opportunity – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Paulding is seeking volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. Questions on how you can help a child in foster care find a safe, permanent home call 770-505-0065 or email rlundy@casapaulding. org. Visit casapaulding.org to learn more. Volunteers Opportunity - Help Keep Paulding Beautiful create a clean, healthy environment in which to live, work, and play. www.KeepPauldingBeautiful.org ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS - Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Battlefield Tours - Pickett’s Mill Battlefield* Every Saturday; 10am Questions? 770-443-7850 Nature Hike - Pickett’s Mill Battlefield* Every Saturday; 1pm Questions? 770-443-7850

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Elliott Bedell portrays Orin the Dentist. He has been involved in theatre for four years and has participated in Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family and Cinderella. He enjoys the opportunity that theatre gives to be someone different and entertain others. Also at PCHS, Elliot is in the marching band, youth group, Sound Board, Beta Club, Drama Club, and Thespian Society. Elliott is a senior and is the son of Schelley and Edwin Bedell. After graduation, he plans to attend college and earn a degree.

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Jalen Reed is a senior and the Voice of Audrey II. He has participated in theatre for four years and has worked on The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Cinderella, Subtext and more. For Jalen, theatre is a place where he enjoys being with friends and the journey of creating a show. At PCHS, he also participates in National Thespian Society, Beta Club, National Honors Society and is the President of the Drama Club. Jalen is the son of Maryum Boykins and after graduation, he plans to major in Theatre and become a drama professor.

It all started 40 years ago when Gary picked up his first camera, but came to a halt when all of his equipment was stolen. He was given his first “shot” at photographing a friend’s wedding in 2011 that re-sparked his passion for photography. It was in that moment that he knew he had to pursue his burning desire to take photos again. For Elaine, her passion is in the people; serving her professional family and ensuring that each member leaves with images that will be cherished for generations to come. Her joy comes from making her people happy, by filling their homes with products that document specific memories.

PCHS’ production includes a double-trio of the background singers Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon who set the scene and comment on the action throughout the show. Crystal is played by Mohau Mbesa and Aleecia Greene; Chiffon is Abigail Roper and Hailey Hamilton; and Ronette is played by Josi Spurlock and Savannah Wilder.

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There are over 50 performers and crew in this production of Little Shop of Horrors. All are amazing young people, and their hard work and dedication will definitely shine on show nights! There will be memorable songs, wonderful sets and an actual MAN EATING PLANT! This production is directed by PCHS Drama Instructor Matthew Pavlak and PCHS Choral Director Ginger Corley, and choreographed by Tammie Roper. Performances are April 25, 26 and 27; Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and April 28; Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $8 at the door or online https://gofan.co/app/ school/GA5227/Musical; and will be held in the PCHS Performing Arts Center located at 1297 Villa Rica Highway in Dallas. 770-443-8008. *See the Community Spotlight on page 18 for information on more high school musicals and fine arts events.

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Hi! We’re SWEETHEART and SWEET PEA (DOB ~08/06/2018), female Blue Lynx Point Snowshoe sisters. We were surrendered to Fancy Feline Rescue of the South (along with another of our clowder) because our owner felt she had too many cats and wanted the best possible life for all of us. We are both full of snuggles and purrs and are looking for a home together since we are a bonded pair. If you will take that leap of faith and give us a home together, we promise we’ll keep each other out of trouble, provide you with years of love, laughter, loyalty and companionship – okay, and maybe give you quite a lot of sandpaper kisses along the way! We are spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, are microchipped, and will be eligible for a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance. Since don’t want to be separated, the adoption fee for the both of us together is $175. To see some of our cats available for adoption, please visit www.fancyfelinerescue.org/available.htm; then complete our online Adoption Application, www.fancyfelinerescue.org/adoptapp.htm, or email us at FancyFelineResQ@bellsouth.net. And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FancyFelineRescue! ***Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is in dire need of foster families, and volunteers to help with cleaning, feeding, and socializing our cats at the Rescue Center and/or helping at our weekend adoption events two weekends a month at the Kennesaw Petsmart. If you are willing to give of your time and your heart to help our kitties, please complete our online Volunteer Application at www.fancyfelinerescue.org/volapp.htm. The gratification of knowing you make a difference in the lives of these deserving cats is overwhelming.***

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ith your Easter ham, on a bridal shower buffet, at a funeral, or for your birthday dinner, this Pineapple Casserole is a Southern staple on just about any celebratory table! Ingredients (Serves 10) ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers  (about 50 whole crackers) 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks 1 cup sugar 6 tablespoons flour 2 cups (8 ounces) grated cheddar cheese

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Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. 2. In a large bowl, combine melted butter and cracker crumbs. Set aside. 3. Drain the pineapple over a bowl to catch the juice. 4. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and 6 tablespoons of the reserved pineapple juice until smooth. Stir in cheese and pineapple. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. 5. Sprinkle buttered cracker crumbs in an even layer on top. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations: l Make it an entree by preparing a Pineapple and Ham Casserole. Simply add a cup or two of diced, cooked ham to the filling. l Instead of enjoying this casserole as a side dish, try serving it for dessert — kind of like a pineapple crisp! It would be delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top! l Don’t have Ritz crackers? While the Ritz are definitely my preference, you can also make a Pineapple Casserole with Cheez-Its or your other favorite salty cracker! l Instead of grated cheddar cheese, try making a Pineapple Casserole with cream cheese! Just use 8 ounces of diced, room temperature cream cheese in lieu of the cheddar. For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: www.theseasonedmom.com/pineapple-casserole/

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