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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

Our Town FEBRUARY 2019

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About the Cover: Meet Lexie and Dalton James Family Focus: Ancient Ingredients Give a Health Boost Faith: When You Are Disappointed Calendar of Events Medical: The Common Ankle Sprain Fitness Profile: BodyPlex Home Improvement: Hello Winter Refresh! Finance: Review Your Fixed Income Strategies Gardening: A Natural Valentine Feature Photographer: April Estes Pets: Show Your Pet Some Love on Valentine’s Day What’s Cookin’: One Skillet Shrimp Alfredo Crossword Puzzle

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hether it’s a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat, quieting a cough or settling a rumbling stomach without a trip to the pharmacy.

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hether it is running and jumping on the basketball court or just a misstep on the stairs in front of your home, ankle sprains are some of the most commonly experienced injuries. Ankle sprains comprise nearly 85 percent of the ankle injuries doctors see each year. A sprain, by definition, is a stretch injury to a ligament, the soft issue structure that stabilizes the ankle. Most sprains heal fine with nonsurgical treatment, but it can take several weeks and some physical therapy to reach maximum improvement. Ankle Sprain Severity: Ankle sprains are categorized into three grades, based upon increased severity: I, II, and III. A Grade I ankle sprain means the ligaments are stretched. Grade II means the ligaments are partially torn, while Grade III is a full tear of the ligaments in the ankle. Each grade can be applied to the following different forms: High ankle sprain. The ligaments of the tibia and fibula are injured at the ankle joint. Medial ankle sprain. The inside ligaments are injured. Usually called the deltoid ligament. Low ankle sprain. The ligaments that support the subtalar joint, below the true ankle joint. Lateral ankle sprain. Occurs at the outside of the true ankle joint. A lateral ankle sprain is the most common. Symptoms: These four symptoms are common to all types of ankle sprains. Pain. The most obvious and immediate symptom of an ankle sprain is pain. Sharp, well-localized pain will be felt in your ankle for almost any type of sprain, though it does become more severe the higher degree of sprain. If the nerves in the ankle are stretched because of the sprain, burning and numbness may also be felt. As you begin to rest your ankle, the pain can become more generalized around your ankle. Swelling. In nearly all cases of sprained ankles, swelling occurs. As with pain, this will be greater with a more severe sprain. You can combat swelling by elevating your ankle the day or two following your injury. Swelling often becomes worse if you do not elevate an injured ankle. Bruising. Another common symptom of a sprained ankle is bruising, which is simply a black and blue discoloration over your ankle. Bruising is caused by bleeding under the skin; it is not an indicator of the severity of your sprained ankle. Joint Instability. With a high-grade ankle sprain, you will most likely feel immediate instability in your ankle, whether it is looseness or trembling. Many people who experience a sprained ankle will hear a popping sound. If you hear this sound, it is essential to limit the movement of your ankle and elevate it. An ankle sprain is a common injury for many people with active lifestyles. You should always take precautions if you begin experiencing any of the symptoms above, as immediate action will help fuel a quicker recovery. Sudhir R. Belagaje, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoAtlanta specializing in disorders of the foot and ankle. Dr. Belagaje’s specialties include deformities of the forefoot, total ankle replacement and sports medicine. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion. For more information regarding Dr. Belagaje or to schedule an appointment please call 770-445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta.com.

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Review Your Fixed-income Strategy as Interest Rates Rise Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments - Dallas/Acworth

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hen interest rates rise, the value of your fixed-income investments, such as bonds, will typically fall. If this happens, how should you respond?

First of all, it’s important to understand this inverse correlation between interest rates and bond prices. Essentially, when interest rates rise, investors won’t pay you full price for your bonds because they can purchase newly issued ones that pay higher rates. So, if you sell your bonds before they mature, you could lose some of the principal value. You may be seeing a price drop among your bonds right now, because interest rates generally rose in 2018 and may continue to do so in 2019. While you might not like this decline, you don’t necessarily have to take any action, particularly if you’re planning to hold these bonds until maturity. Of course, you do have to consider credit risk – the chance that a portion of the principal and interest will not be paid back to investors – but unless the bond issuers default, which is usually unlikely, particularly with investment-grade bonds, you can expect to receive the same regular interest payments you always did, no matter where rates move. Holding some of your bonds – particularly your longer-term ones – until they mature may prove useful during a period of rising interest rates. Although long-term bond prices – the amount you could get if you were to sell these bonds – tend to fall more significantly than short-term bond prices, the actual income that longer-term bonds provide may still be higher, because longer-term bonds typically pay higher interest rates than shorter-term ones. To preserve this income and still take advantage of rising interest rates, you may want to construct a “bond ladder” consisting of short-, intermediate- and longer-term bonds. Because a ladder contains bonds with staggered maturity dates, some are maturing and can be reinvested – and in a rising-rate environment such as we’re currently experiencing, you would be replacing maturing bonds with higher-yielding ones. As is the case with all your investments, however, you must evaluate whether a bond ladder and the securities held within it are consistent with your objectives, risk tolerance and financial circumstances. You can build a bond ladder with individual bonds, but you might find it easier, and perhaps more affordable, to own bond-based mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in bonds. Many bond funds and ETFs own a portfolio of bonds of various maturities, so they’re already diversified. Building a bond ladder can help you navigate the rising-rate environment. But you also have another incentive to continue investing in bonds, bond funds or ETFs – namely, they can help diversify a stock-heavy portfolio. If you only owned stocks, your investment statements would probably fluctuate greatly – it’s no secret that the stock market can go on some wild rides. But even in the face of escalating interest rates, bond prices generally don’t exhibit the same sharp swings as stocks, so owning an appropriate percentage of bonds based on your personal circumstances can help add some stability to your investment mix.

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ebruary is marked on the calendar with a great big heart for honoring those we love the most – sweethearts. However, as this month warms the air and spring nears, one’s heart should again blossom with its love of our natural world, especially the trees. Everyone knows that trees remove carbon dioxide from the air, help reduce erosion, provide shade, food and habitats for many species, but there are other significant benefits that we gain from trees. In the early 1900s, a company named Bayer buffered the derivative of a tree product to reduce side effects and called it acetylsalicylic acid or aspirin. In 1918, when the flu pandemic hit the world, aspirin proved its real worth. Today, 80 million aspirin tablets are taken daily. Some people take a low dose of it to reduce the risk of heart attack, but there is evidence that it may also help prevent some cancers and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There are trees that disperse oils, which are antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer compounds. Modern science is still exploring their potential benefits through research.

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Every tree planted on Arbor Day helps clean the air and water, beautify neighborhoods, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy, and prevent soil erosion, among many other benefits. Paulding County Master Gardeners plan to plant a tree for Arbor Day at White Oak Park in February as a memorial to Master Gardeners who passed away in the last year. If you are interested in attending their Arbor Day Ceremony, check the Paulding County UGA Extension website for details at www.ugaextension.org/paulding.

As we enjoy the warmth of the arrival of warmer air and cherish our closest loves, we should never forget the gifts that trees provide for our quality of life each day. Take a little time today to simply enjoy the beauty of the trees and give thanks for their healthful nature. In honor of the benefits of Trees, February is the month that Georgia Celebrates Arbor Day. Arbor Day is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs, and other organizations, as well as individuals, to reflect on the importance of trees in our state and across our nation. J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arbor Day, initiated the holiday in Nebraska in 1872. He said, “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.” The Georgia General Assembly has designated the third Friday in February as the day of our state Arbor Day. While National Arbor Day is the third Friday in April, it is too warm at that time of the year to plant trees in Georgia. Trees should be planted between November and midMarch so they will have a better chance of establishing before the onset of summer heat. 

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pril Estes is a native of Paulding County and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 16 years. They are blessed with four beautiful children who have become the inspiration and heartbeat of her business. April graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2002 with a BBA in Finance. She spent several years in her career until the birth of her first son. Although she always had an interest in photography, this is what altered her career path. She became passionate about the opportunity to be able to preserve and capture every sweet little moment. The emotions that can derive from a photograph are what inspired her to pursue the industry so that she could help bring that happiness to others. She began classes at the Showcase School of Photography and officially opened her own photography business in 2008.   Reflective Images Photography is in its tenth year of business and April has been blown away how God has blessed her. The opportunities her career has unveiled and the many friendships she has developed through this journey have been such an encouragement of God’s provision and plan for her life and her business.    April is an on-location photographer and offers sessions for whatever is special and dear to your heart. Whether you are growing your family, about to send him off to college or preparing to walk her down the aisle, April would love the opportunity to capture these important milestones and memories so they can be cherished forever.   To contact her about booking a session, please visit www.reflectiveimagesphoto. com or email reflectiveimagesphotography@gmail.com   

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When Lexie and Dalton aren’t working they enjoy spending time with their families and friends, especially their nieces Marley and Kenzleigh. Lexie enjoys making crafts with her twin sister, Macie; as well as helping plan Macie’s upcoming wedding. Dalton loves to hunt; and together, they have one fur-baby in their little family - an Australian Shepherd named Colt. Lexie and Dalton are looking forward to their first Valentine’s Day as Mr. and Mrs. They plan to enjoy a date night out including dinner and a movie. The newlyweds are “loving” being married and enjoying each other’s company as much as their schedules allow. Lexie shares, “We have an awesome relationship and are best friends. We love doing everything together… cooking, watching movies at home, and [are especially] looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together. We are both happy that I have his last name!” Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. James! May the Lord bless your marriage with peace, love and joy always!

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ur pets’ love for us is unconditional so they deserve plenty back in return, and what better time than Valentine’s to show how much we care for our furry companions. One of the best ways to show your pet how much you love them is not to spoil them with expensive toys and unhealthy treats, but with gestures to improve the pet’s quality of life.

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The kindest cut: It might seem a bit unfair on what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, but Valentine’s is a great time to think about neutering your pet because in the animal world, too much love can be a bad thing. All owners have a responsibility to neuter their pets so they can live healthier, longer lives and to reduce the number of unwanted animals being euthanized.

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(DOB ~10/05/2011), a purebred male Seal Point Siamese, and described as a “wedge head” Siamese. I was found wandering as a stray and then found myself in a local animal control facility. Since Fancy Feline Rescue took me under their wings, I have settled in quite well and am now ready to choose my human and new ‘fur’ever home. I recently had a dental and had to have 11 teeth removed, but I am feeling so much better now. I love sleeping in the bed with you, marking you as my human, and weaving in and out of your feet (so be careful!). I’m quite vocal when I’m traveling but settle down once I get to my destination. I’m ready - are you! I’ll provide you with years of love, loyalty, and companionship if you’ll give me the chance to pick you as my new human! I am neutered, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of my adoption. My adoption fee is $300

Get registered: Remember to have your pet properly registered with your local authority and consider micro-chipping so you have a much better chance of being reunited with the animal love-of-your-life should it stray.

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Have a heart: Valentine’s Day is a good time to remind us to ensure all vaccinations are up to date and our pets’ hearts are protected against Heartworm Disease. Heartworm Disease is caused by heartworms which are injected into our pets’ body when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. These worms eventually make their way to the animal’s heart and lungs, growing up to 30 centimeters in length and cause severe damage to the tissues and blood flow resulting in heart failure and death. Luckily this life threatening disease is easily prevented by using a heartworm preventative. Check with your veterinarian for the best product to use.

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Here comes the groom: Give your pet a pampering wash and grooming session so they are happier, healthier and more pleasing to be around. Promise to make this a regular part of your pet-care routine.

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Inside info: The most loving thing to do for your cat, and native wildlife, is to shut the door on their hunting instincts and keep them inside. Properly cared for indoor cats have a life expectancy of 15-20 years compared to ten years for outdoor cats.

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One good dish deserves another: Keep an eye on the food that goes into your pets bowl. Make sure it is only ever filled with healthy, quality food in appropriate amounts. Valentine’s Day is a great day to start getting your doggie’s diet in order.

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What’s up doc?: Show you pet how much you love them by taking them to the vet for a check-up (You can even ask them to warm the thermometer first!) Exercise your love: Take your dog for a walk, swim or play in the park. Regular exercise benefits owners and pets alike and it’s a great way to bond with your animal. Toys are also a great way to add some extra fun into your pets exercise routine.

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his lightened up version of a classic Shrimp Alfredo cooks entirely in one skillet for an easy dinner recipe that’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

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1 ½ cups uncooked mini penne pasta 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp minced garlic ¼ cup minced onion 1 ¾ cup chicken broth 1 ¾ cup milk I used 1%, but skim or 2% would also work 2 Tbsp flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 lb. peeled, deveined, cooked shrimp ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley; fresh basil

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Instructions 1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. When oil is shimmering, add garlic and onion and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 2. Add chicken broth, milk, flour and salt and whisk until completely combined. Stir in uncooked pasta. 3. Bring to a gentle boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 4. Simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring once or twice during this time. 5. Stir in shrimp and cook, uncovered, for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp is heated through. 6. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. 7. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve immediately.

Tips and Recipe Variations: l Stir constantly as you’re cooking the garlic and onion. This will prevent the garlic from burning. If you get distracted and your garlic burns, start over (it will be too bitter to use). l I like to use mini penne, which cooks in just 9 or 10 minutes, but you can use regular penne pasta if that’s all that you can find. You’ll just need to increase your cooking time to at least 11 or 12 minutes. l I use frozen peeled and deveined cooked shrimp, which I thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This is a great shortcut so that all of the prep work is done for me! l This Shrimp Alfredo pasta pairs nicely with: a simple green salad dressed in Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette; 2-Ingredient Italian Sugar Snap Peas; Garlic Roasted Broccoli. l For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/one-skillet-skinny-seafood-alfredo/

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