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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

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About the Cover: The Perry Family Family Focus: Division of Labor Health: Preparing for a Marathon Community Spotlight: River of Life Fitness: Vacation Fitness Guide Finance: Annual Financial Review Faith: Fathers, Turn toward Your Children Home Improvement: Shelving Solutions Gardening: Poison Ivy Identification Seasonal: Relax and Recharge on a Boat this Summer Feature Photographer: Liz Williams Outdoor: Got Snake Questions? What’s Cookin’: Summertime Kabobs Crossword Puzzle

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Greg and Nicole Perry moved to Georgia from Chicago wanting to establish roots and raise a family. They chose Paulding because it was the best of both worlds being close to their favorite restaurants, shopping, and the lake. Greg is originally from Louisiana and Nicole is a native of the Windy City. They met there after Greg found work in the public relations industry. Being the “new guy in town,” Chicago was a very adventurous city for Greg. A mutual friend played match maker and introduced the two of them. “Dating a “northern” gal was very exciting for me, as dating a “Southern” guy was to her. Having a beautiful lady help me get acclimated made me realize that she was the one.” When Nicole received a great job opportunity in Smyrna, Greg “followed her down and chased her to the altar before she got away.” They have now been married 11 years. This past September, Greg and Nicole added a beautiful daughter, Lyla Drew to their family. Greg also has one other son, Dustin who is 21 and lives in Louisiana with his daughter Aria.

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Nicole went to University of Illinois in Chicago and worked in the insurance field for Kaplan until she started calling American Family Insurance home. She now works directly with their state office. Greg is a Tiger from LSU and can be easily spotted on Saturdays in the fall wearing the team’s purple and gold. He worked in public relations for twelve years, but with the constant uncertainty of the industry and the extensive travel it was a difficult business to be in with a young family. Greg got the bug for working in insurance and small business when he worked for an insurance agency in Baton Rouge. It was this job that put him through college, and sparked his dream to own a small business and create jobs. Insurance was a perfect fit, and in May of 2013 they opened the local American Family Insurance Agency in Dallas. Greg loves being involved in the community and getting Cover Story Continued on Page 24 to know his clients on a personal level.

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It’s 5:00 p.m. and I’ve just walked in the door. I’m tired, the living room’s a mess, and the kitchen sink is full of last night’s dinner dishes. So whose turn is it to do the dishes anyway? My husband did them last...his tolerance for dirty dishes is much lower than mine. When we end up in a standoff to see who can stand the dirty dishes the longest, I always win. I don’t really mind doing the dishes, but I do take exception to doing the dishes, cooking dinner, cleaning up the living room, and making sure the laundry is started; especially after a 9-hour day at work. So what’s the answer? Blackmail, bribery, intimidation? Why not work out a solution that benefits the whole family and encourages everyone to work together? If your children receive a weekly allowance, you should make them work for it, and from a very young age. I started giving my daughter an allowance before she was told she had to participate in the household chores (besides cleaning her room), and you can only imagine her reaction when all the sudden she had to work for it. How you determine the division of labor in your home depends on how many children you have, and how much work you want them to actually do. We only have once child, so I didn’t figure it was fair to make her do the majority of the household chores. If we had more children who were old enough to help out around the house, they would definitely have a larger share of the workload. So in our case we chose a fairly equitable distribution: one person does the dishes and mops the kitchen floor, one person picks up the living room, dusts, and vacuums, and one person does the laundry. Our schedules rotate on a weekly basis. That way everyone has to do each job, but only every 3 weeks. You wouldn’t believe how much it improves your attitude knowing you don’t have to do the dishes for 2 weeks. It’s suddenly no big deal!

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medical Preparing for a Marathon By Yong S. Lee, MD, OrthoAtlanta, and Avid Marathon Runner

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arathons can be grueling, but rewarding. Runners need to develop a training system that works for them to help build endurance and resist injury. A strong exercise regimen and a balanced diet are needed to manage the 26.2 mile run. Running can be strenuous on the body, and even more hazardous if runners do not properly outfit themselves.

Training Running a marathon takes a toll on the body, which is why runners should have a training schedule in place. New runners should design a program that staggers the number of miles run each day, slowly increasing the number each week until the desired length is reached. It is not advisable for any new runner to attempt running 26.2 miles on the very first day. Start out with one or two miles to build your endurance, and then increase the number by one mile every one to two weeks. A more aggressive approach may lead to injury and/or burn out, two things runners want to avoid. For experienced runners, a maintenance routine will help keep your endurance strong and help keep you injury free. You may want to cross-train, by adding cycling, yoga and swimming to your training regimen. Cross-training can help keep your endurance strong and your body flexible, all while adding variety to your workouts.

Diet Most experts and experienced runners will suggest a carbohydrate load the night before a marathon, so that you have additional starches and sugars in your body to use as fuel for your run. It is advisable to try a carb-load on a training day to see how your body reacts to it. If you find you lack energy for your run or feel too sluggish, you may want to avoid excessive amounts of carbs. Try to find foods that keep you energized and strong. Everyone is different, so listen to your body to see what works for you.

Stretching To avoid injury to the hips, knees, feet and ankles, be sure to stretch before and after your run. Stretch out all the major muscle groups of the feet, legs and hips to help keep joints from incurring damage and muscles from tearing. Keeping the leg, foot and ankle properly stretched and aligned can help reduce the chances of irritation and injury. Footwear When training for, and running a marathon, no ordinary shoe will do. Runners need extra support. Do your research before selecting a running shoe. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to bone and tendon damage, ankle strains and sprains, and damage to the knee joint. Over time, improper equipment can sideline a runner. Before you hit the pavement, speak to a trained orthopedic specialist about proper footwear, stretching, warm up and cool-down exercises to help keep you moving in the right direction. Yong S. Lee, M.D., is a physiatrist at OrthoAtlanta and an avid marathon runner. 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 770-445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta.com.

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allas First United Methodist Church is now in its 19th year of hosting River of Life in Paulding County. This year’s River of Life will be held June 20 – 24 during which time volunteers from across Georgia and neighboring states come together to serve our community by providing home improvements to those in need. Disabled clients are provided with ramps to enter and exit their homes. Fresh paint revives a home that may have been neglected for decades. Leaky roofs are repaired. Extreme yard work is performed. Lives are changed!

PAULDING COUNTY The River of Life event begins on a Wednesday evening with registration, supper, and orientation. Youth and adults are assigned to work teams and safety measures are discussed. Transportation and meal details are finalized for the week. A worship session and lights out, round out the opening session of River of Life. The following three days begin at 7:00 am with breakfast and devotional time before leaving for the work sites under the supervision of capable and dedicated work team leaders. After a fulfilling day of service, the participants are transported to a local high school for showers, then back to the church for some play time, dinner, and an awesome time of prayer and worship.

June 20 – 24, 2018

Over 150 youth and adult participants will work at sites throughout the county. The participants take great pleasure in getting to know their “clients” as the fellowship becomes just as important, if not more so, than the shingles placed, or nails hammered. Following each day on the worksite, teams go back to the church for dinner, recreation, and a time of worship.

Then on Sunday, the event culminates with an incredible 10:30 am River of Life worship service conducted by the participants. To sum up the week, testimonies are given and stories shared about the life-changing experiences of the past few days.

Many others help by preparing and serving meals, transporting volunteers to and from worksites, delivering supplies, and providing fellowship to others. Many local businesses also participate by donating or discounting food, ice, office supplies, and building materials for this charitable community event.

Join Us There is a place for you, regardless of how little experience or time you have to devote. Please consider getting involved in this year’s River of Life. Pray about how you can best serve God through your participation. Once you do, you’ll be hooked! It will become a part of your life, as it has ours! You WILL be blessed!

River of Life Journey Preparation for this event begins many months in advance. The River of Life committee begins making plans, selecting work sites, and raising funds shortly after the prior year’s event has ended. As prayer is the most crucial element of our preparation, we begin on our knees and end the same way! Countless hours are devoted ensuring that no detail is overlooked to make each year’s event the best ever.

If you or your organization is interested in volunteering or making a tax deductible contribution, please contact the Dallas First United Methodist Church office at 770-4452509 or visit www.dallasfirstumc.org for more information.

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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! School’s Out! Summer Camp Summer Classes – 8 week Session (NO registration fee for Summer Classes) 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Dallas Farmers Market Every Saturday; 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, Regions Bank Parking Lot 5th Annual 2018 Run with the Badges 5K/Glow Run - Seven Hills - Dallas June 2; Friday Kick off 6:30pm - Race at 9pm   Sponsored by Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. Register early at www.run withthebadges.org Camp Dream Dice Run June 2; Saturday Register @ 10am, Kick Stand Up 11am, Last Bike in 3:30pm Raffles, Auction Items. 100% of proceeds benefit Camp Dream. Questions? www. campdreamga.org or email valariedunn@bellsouth.net. Keep Paulding Beautiful Shredder Event at New Season Church, Hiram June 2; 9am-Noon Questions? 770-443-7616 11th Annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival - Downtown Douglasville June 2-3; Saturday and Sunday at various times and locations For complete schedule, visit http://hydrangeafest.org/

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Radical Scholars S.T.E.A.M. Camp at Hearts Academy of Excellence THREE SESSIONS: June 4-8, June 11-15 and July 9-13 LEGO Robotics; Rocketry; Art; Rollercoaster Physics; 3D Printing. $125 - $150 per workshop. Questions? 770-713-4309 or amckay@radicalscholars.com

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center June 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm State of the County; ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register visit www.pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. FREE Summer Concert presented by Paulding County Parks and Recreation June 9; Saturday 8pm Veterans Park 80s Tribute Band, the 80ATORS plan to rock the park! Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket so you can enjoy the music! Questions? 770-445-8065 Vacation Bible School - New Life Baptist Church June 10-15; Sunday 6pm-8pm, Mon-Thurs 7pm-9pm Classes for all ages. Register www.newlifedallasga.com/vbs or call 770-445-8128

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Cancer Prevention Cooking School June 12; Tuesday at Douglasville UGA Extension Office To sign up, contact: 770-920-7224 or email uge2097@uga.edu Kinder Art - 3 Day Art Camp at the Historic Courthouse Gallery June 12-14; Tuesday - Thursday 9am – Noon For children age 4-6. Questions/Registration? www.pauldingfinearts.org FREE Outdoor Movie presented by Paulding County Parks and Recreation June 16; Saturday 7pm at Taylor Farm Park ‘JUMANJI’ - Bring lawn chairs and blankets out to enjoy a family-friendly movie on the BIG SCREEN! Questions? 770-445-8065 19th Annual River of Life hosted by Dallas First United Methodist Church June 20-14; Wednesday through Sunday (Register Now!) Volunteers come together to serve our community by providing home improvements to those in need. To volunteer or register contact DFUMC at 770-445-2509 or www. dallasfirstumc.org. Events continued on pg 22

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fitness Vacation Fitness Guide: Traveling the Healthy Way

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RECYCLE Ever wonder what to do with recyclables? Here is some helpful recycling information we found which will help keep our planet and our community GREEN! *Aluminum Cans: Cans are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center and the Ridge Road Library. Please empty and rinse the cans. Please check with your neighborhood schools for aluminum recycling as well. *Auto Batteries: These can be taken to Paulding County Recycling Center, AutoZone, Advanced Auto or call Alsobrook Recycling at 678-567-5577. *Cell Phones, old PDAs and Pagers: These are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center and Staples *Computers: Paulding County Recycling Center, Office Depot or functional personal computers can be donated to senior citizens to use for emailing family and friends. *Corrugated Cardboard: Paulding County Recycling Center. Please flatten and remove all polystyrene peanuts and/or other packaging material before placing in bin. *Glass: Paulding County Recycling Center *Magazines and glossy mixed paper: All magazines as well as glossy paper (INCLUDING YOUR BELOVED OUR TOWN MAGAZINE) can be dropped at the Paulding County Recycling Center and many local schools accept them. *Metal: Scrap metal is accepted at the Paulding County Landfill. Scrap metal includes old appliances, bikes, grills, lawn mowers, and much more. *Motor oil: Recycle at places like AutoZone and Advanced Auto, or the Paulding County Recycling Center. *Newspaper: Paulding County Recycling Center, Walmart, Kroger in Hiram and some local schools. *Nickel-Cadmium batteries: These are accepted at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Dallas City Hall and the Paulding County Recycling Center. *Office Paper and non-glossy mixed paper: This includes notebook paper, envelopes, post-it notes, junk mail, printer paper and non-corrugated cardboard. Take to Paulding County Recycling Center. *Plastic: The Paulding County Recycling Center accepts plastic with numbers 1 or 2 on bottom of container (i.e. water and soda bottles and milk jugs). Other numbers are not accepted at this time. *Plastic Grocery Bags: Kroger and Publix have collection bins at the front of their stores. *Polystyrene foam trays: These are accepted at Publix. *Telephone Books: Recycling bins are at the following locations - Paulding County Recycling Center and select libraries. Call to confirm. Bins at the libraries are placed a week before the earliest delivery date and for an additional two weeks after the latest date of delivery. *Tires: Old tires are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center. The cost is $2/tire for personal vehicle size tires and $3/tire for larger size vehicles. No off-road tires are accepted. They can also be taken to any tire dealer for recycling, although they will charge for this service. *Waste Paint: The Paulding County Recycling Center does not accept waste paint. Visit Netpaint. org or you can mix with cat litter. After mixing, leave lid off for 24 hours for hardening then dispose of in household trash to be taken to the landfill.

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veryone loves a vacation. With the current and hectic lifestyles of people today, vacations feel almost like a necessity. After a year long of hard work and struggling with deadlines, shuffling papers and generating ideas, even a short vacation can give an amazing effect of refreshment. However, some people find it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle during a vacation. Good news, is there are ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle during a vacation, both nutrition and fitness wise. When it comes to eating, all of us need the basic nutrition like carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamins and some fats daily. It is also applicable during your travel, and especially during this time, you will need good nutrition to keep you healthy and fit so that you will be able to enjoy your time off without regrets and difficulties. Nobody wants to be sick while traveling. Always bring light but healthy snacks with you. Snacks that are high in protein and loaded with good carbohydrates are among the best of choice. You can try bringing along small packs of whole meal breads, low fat muesli or granola bars or roasted almonds. Low fat milk is one of the best soft drinks around, instead of juggling cans and bottles of sweet carbonated drinks. Other than that, make mineral water your best friend. Both low fat milk and mineral water are easy to find. If you are going to do some strenuous exercises like hiking or a long walk across the countryside, then perhaps you should keep a bottle of energy drink with mineral water. It helps you replenish the sugar, water and minerals in your body. Consume food that you know. If you want to try something more adventurous while eating, be sure to know what the ingredients are. You have the right to choose what is best for your body. Try to eat enough vegetables and fruits and make sure you have the portion of meat and poultry right. Normally, people get to do natural exercises like walking while sightseeing for instance. However, in case the vacation is rather a sedentary one, then you should put more emphasis on your eating habits. Indulgences occasionally are all right, of course. It is vacation after all.

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finance

What Should You Look for in an Annual Financial Review? Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth

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iven the complexities of the investment world, you might consider working with a financial professional to help you move toward your goals, such as a comfortable retirement. You’ll want to establish good communication with whomever you choose, and you should meet in person at least once a year to discuss your situation. At these annual reviews, you’ll want to cover a variety of topics, including these: • Your portfolio’s progress – Obviously, you will want to discuss how well your investments are doing. Of course, you can follow their performance from month to month, or even day to day, by reviewing your investment statements and online information, but at your annual meeting, your financial professional can sum up the past year’s results, highlight areas that have done well or lagged, and show you how closely your portfolio is tracking the results you need to achieve your long-term goals. • Your investment mix – Your mix of investments – stocks, bonds, government securities and so on, helps determine your success as an investor. But in looking at the various investments in your portfolio, you’ll want to go beyond individual gains and losses to see if your overall mix is still appropriate for your needs. For example, is the ratio of stocks to bonds still suitable for your risk tolerance? Over time, and sometimes without you taking any action, this ratio can shift, as often happens when stocks appreciate so much that they now take up a larger percentage of your portfolio than you intended – with a correspondingly higher risk level. If these unexpected movements occur, your financial professional may recommend you rebalance your portfolio to align it more closely with your goals and risk tolerance. • Changes in your family situation – A lot can happen in a single year. You could have gotten married, divorced or remarried, added a child to your family or moved to a new, more expensive house – the list can go on and on. And some, if not all, of these moves could certainly involve  your financial and investment pictures, so it’s important to discuss them with your financial professional. • Changes in your goals – Since your last annual review, you may have decided to change some of your long-term goals. Perhaps you no longer want to retire early, or you’ve ruled out that vacation home. In any case, these choices may well affect your investment strategies, so it’s wise to discuss them. • Changes in the investment environment – Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to establish a long-term investment strategy based on your individual goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, and stick with this basic strategy regardless of the movements of the financial markets or changes in the economy. Still, this doesn’t mean you should never adjust your portfolio in response to external forces. For instance, if interest rates were to rise steadily over a year’s time, you might want to consider some changes to your fixed-income investments, such as bonds, whose value will be affected by rising rates. In any case, it’s another thing to talk about during your annual review. These aren’t the only elements you may want to bring up in your yearly review with your financial professional – but they can prove to be quite helpful as you chart your course toward the future. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Fathers, Turn Your Hearts toward Your Children

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“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children...” Malachi 4:6

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e who are fathers are the windows through which a child sees God. God’s primary purpose for a father is that He would pattern godliness and holy living before his children so they might know who the Heavenly Father is. Let me share four ways a father’s heart is turned to his children. 1. Fathers, know when to lay down the law and when to give grace to your children. Why is it we are often convinced that more is better? We are admonished to do everything in moderation, and should apply these same laws when disciplining our children. Too much or too little can be destructive. Trust me, he/ she doesn’t want total freedom. Laying parameters gives your child a sense of security they desperately need. But know this; your children will learn the grace of God when grace is demonstrated by their fathers. Ask God for wisdom to know when to show grace. Fathers, your children were born in sin. Your mission in life should be to teach your children how they might be freed from the bondage of sin. A strict set of rules in your home will not deliver your children from sin. Rules never transform the heart, relationship transforms the heart. The relationship you have with your children is far more important than a set of ‘do’s and don’ts’.

2. Fathers, learn to talk with your children. Step out of your world and into theirs. You may hate their music, tattoos and may be confused by their desire for body piercings. Ask them what they like about the music or why they want a tattoo. You can refuse them permission to participate in certain things as long as they live under your roof, but let them know you are interested in them. The worst thing you can do to a child is ignore them. Moms are much better with communication skills than dads are but it is crucial for us to talk to our children. A large number of youth were asked: “Who can you go to when you are experiencing difficulty in your life?” Dad was number 48 on the list. A child who doesn’t feel comfortable talking to his father is a child whose heart is turned away from his father. 3. Fathers teach your children. “For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children.” (Psa. 78:5) Some fathers never seem to grasp the scriptural concept that it is the father’s responsibility to teach his children. We are so trusting when we hand the souls of our children off to others. Fathers, you send your kids off to school for 1,260 hours every year. A teacher you probably don’t know has seven hours daily with your child. How many hours a day does your child get you? It’s our God-given responsibility to know what others are teach-

ing our children. A child’s character and set of values has already been formed by age seven or eight. It’s a father’s responsibility to teach his children and he must do it while they are young. 4. Fathers must protect their children. Jesus said, “A certain man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it...” A father must set a hedge about his family to protect them from drugs and sexual immorality. Talk to your children about the dangers of these sins. Fathers, it’s your job to filter the internet in your home so your children are not accessing filth that may corrupt their minds and destroy their souls. Fathers, it’s your job to know what kind of music is saturating the grey matter between their ears. Music is extremely powerful and it will mold their minds and pattern their souls. Some fathers can’t act as spiritual guardians of their home because they lack spiritual power. They have unconfessed sin in their lives. The first step to becoming a good father is becoming a good son. The key to a good relationship with your children is having a good relationship with your Heavenly Father. One day we will stand accountable for our children before God. It is fearful considering how imperfect we all are. I want to rear my children in the fear of the Lord and hear “well done, good and faithful servant.”

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gardening By Mary Carol Sheffield

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oison ivy is one of the most dreaded landscape weeds among gardeners and it is in full leaf now that June has arrived. If you have ever experienced the red, itchy, blistery rash that goes along with this weed, then you understand a gardener’s disdain for this plant.

So how can you tell if it is poison ivy?

The old saying goes “Leaves of three, let it be.” That is a good starting point, but just because a plant has three leaves, it may not automatically be poison ivy. According to Dr. Mark Czarnota, UGA Weed Specialist, poison ivy can grow as a vine or a shrub, with compound leaves composed of three leaflets and arranged alternately on the stem of the plant. Dr. Czarnota notes “Poison ivy leaf shape and texture is highly variable. Leaves with different shapes may be found on the same plant or on plants near each other. People may incorrectly identify poison ivy when observing a poison ivy plant with an unusual leaf shape.” In any case, following the “leaves of three, let it be” motto can be good advice for avoiding contact with poison ivy. Poison Ivy Photo by David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

Are there other plants that look like poison ivy?

Frequently poison ivy is confused with other plants in our landscapes. One of the main plants that people

confuse with poison ivy is a vine known as Virginia creeper. It is a native vine which normally has 5 leaflets from a central point, but can have 3 – 7 leaflets. It can have a somewhat weedy growth habit and grows in similar habitats as poison ivy.

According to Sydney Park with University of Florida Extension, Poison oak is a low-growing, upright shrub that is about 3 feet tall. It is found in dry, sunny locations and does not grow in heavy shade. It is similar in appearance to poison ivy, having three leaflets, but those leaflets are always lobed. Whether you can tell poison oak and poison ivy apart, it is best to stay away from the plant if you suspect it could be either!

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Poison Oak, Photo by John D. Byrd, Mississippi State Univ., Bugwood.org

Another plant that can look suspiciously like poison ivy, is the seedling of a boxelder tree. Boxelder seedlings are young trees and have 3 leaflets on a woody stem. You can tell the difference by noticing that the leaves are arranged opposite each other on the stem of boxelder, while they alternate on poison ivy. The good news is, neither of these plants have the same itchy effect as poison ivy, but the challenge is knowing which is which!

How to control poison ivy?

After you have positively identified poison ivy, there are several ways to control it in a landscape setting. The easiest thing to do, if the poison ivy pops up in a lawn or other area that can be mowed, is to just keep it mowed down. Dr. Czarnota notes that keeping it mowed will eventually eradicate the vines. When herbicides are needed to control a larger area of poison ivy, follow instructions outlined in the UGA Extension publication, “Controlling Poison Ivy in the Landscape” which you can find by searching at http:// extension.uga.edu/publications.html.

What is the difference between poison ivy and poison oak?

Poison oak is not as common in our landBoxelder Seedling, Photo by Jan Samanek, scapes, but can be found Paulding County. Phytosanitary Administration, Bugwood.org in

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Americans are working longer hours, dealing with stress and constantly connected to technology, with just 46% taking their full vacation time, according to Project Time Off’s 2017 study, The State of American Vacation.

One easy solution? Get on the water and go boating. Whether close to home or on vacation, being on, in or near the water is good for you. In fact, the human brain consists of 75% water, so when you see or hear water it triggers the brain to react positively, according to Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of Blue Mind, a bestselling novel on the scientific connection between water and happiness. What’s more, boating is more accessible than you

There are easy ways to get on the water, no matter where you are or whether your interests lie in fishing, watersports, sailing, personal watercraft or simply cruising with loved ones. Use these five tips to help you find your way on the water this summer.

Join a boat club. Find a boat club near you to access

a versatile fleet of boats. You’ll pay a monthly fee and be able to book your time on the water online. Most boat clubs take care of docking, cleaning and maintenance, with members responsible for fuel. Plus, most offer boat training courses as part of the membership.

Rent a boat.

Rental options are available on most waterways and provide hourly, daily or weekly access to a variety of boat types. Rental outfitters give tutorials on operating a boat, share safety instructions and offer

suggestions on destinations. Another rental option new to market is peer-to-peer rentals, where you can locate boats online by entering your zip code, allowing you to rent someone else’s boat, which usually includes insurance and captains for hire to help you set sail.

Charter a trip. Explore new waters and experience

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Take a class. Sign up for a boating lesson to hone your powerboating, sailing or watersports skills by mastering the basics while having fun along the way. On-water training courses, watersports camps, youth boating programs and more are offered across the U.S. Float your own boat. Chart your own course to boat ownership by visiting DiscoverBoating.com, where you’ll find a boat selector and loan calculator tool to help determine your budget and identify types of boats that fit your lifestyle and interests. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, the site can connect you with manufacturers whose boats best fit your needs and wants. Get off the dock and climb aboard a boat this summer by using DiscoverBoating.com’s Go Boating Today interactive tool - just enter your zip code to find boat clubs, rentals or charters close to home. (BPT)

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lizabeth Williams has resided in Paulding County for 27 years. She graduated from East Paulding High in 2005, then attended Columbus State University where she studied psychology. After her first daughter, Madison, was born in 2008, she purchased her first digital camera. “No one else could capture her adorable personality the way I saw it as a mother, so I just started photographing her myself.” Friends and family then encouraged her to start her own business. Liz Williams Photography, LLC was founded in 2008, and serves the entire metro Atlanta area. Prior to finding out she was pregnant with her second daughter, Maci, in 2012, Liz opened her first studio in Hiram. After Maci was born, she moved the studio to downtown Dallas where she remained for 5 years. “It was the perfect location, right off of Main Street. I just outgrew it over time.” She now has an in-home studio in her newly finished basement with room to continue growing. The studio is fully equipped with lighting, backdrops and props from wall to wall. Liz specializes in newborns, children, seniors, engagements, weddings, events, and everything else along the way. “I feel the most rewarding part about my job is creating lifelong friendships with the families whom I have had the pleasure of watching grow and grow up.” Liz offers several themed mini sessions throughout the year. To stay up to date with her mini session schedule and specials, follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/ lizwilliams02. To book a session, visit her website at www.lizwilliamsphotography. com or call 678-315-4012.

same experiences so they bought a travel trailer. Now they go camping about once a month with five other families. “It’s cleansing for the soul to spend a few days outside in God’s creation, unplugging and seeing all the kids having the times of their lives doing the same things we did as kids. We want our daughter to grow up with these same experiences, so this is how we spend most of our free time now.” Father’s Day is special for Greg as it makes him grateful for his own father. “My Dad is the man I look up to the most. [He] was the kind of Dad that worked overtime, sometimes working two jobs so my mom could stay home, and keep my sister and me out of trouble. Somehow, he still found time to coach my baseball or basketball teams, and cheer from the stands on Friday nights when I was in marching band. My Dad always made time for us, always! It swells my heart and [fills me] with pride to see my son be such a great example to his daughter, just like my Dad was to me. I have found that one of the biggest shames in life is that, as a kid, you don’t have the maturity to realize just how special your parents are until you are much older, so you don’t get to acknowledge them for how great they are in the moment. I just assumed everyone had a great Dad who was always in their corner.” As Greg, his father and son celebrate this special day together, we wish them and ALL the wonderful dads in Paulding a blessed and Happy Father’s Day! *Many thanks to Lori McBrayer of McBrayer Ranch for use of her beautiful event facility during our cover shoot. www.mcbrayerranch.com

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s spring fades into summer, the number of snake-related calls and emails to John Jensen go up. But most center on two questions: What species is this and what do I do with it?

“Only every once in a while is it a venomous snake,” said Jensen, a senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and co-author of “Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia.”

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Whether it’s a venomous snake is, of course, the concern or fear underlying most of the questions. Chances are it’s not, Jensen said. Only six of the 46 species native to Georgia are venomous and only one of those – the copperhead – usually thrives in suburban areas, where the majority of Georgians live. So what to do if you spot a snake? Try to identify it from a distance. Resources such as www.georgiawildlife.com/georgiasnakes, which includes DNR’s “Venomous Snakes of Georgia” brochure, can help. Do not try to handle the snake. Give it the space it needs. Remember that snakes are predators that feed on rodents, insects and even other snakes. There is no need to fear non-venomous snakes. Native non-venomous species are protected by state law, and the eastern indigo is federally protected as an imperiled species. If a clearly identified venomous snake is in an area where it represents a danger to people or pets, contact DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division for a list of private wildlife removal specialists. Most snake bites occur when a snake is cornered or captured, prompting it to defend itself.

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Non-venomous snakes such as the scarlet kingsnake, eastern hognose and watersnake species can be confused with their venomous counterparts. Pit vipers, which include native venomous snake species in Georgia except for the coral snake, are often identified by their broad, triangular-shaped heads. Yet many nonvenomous snakes flatten their heads when threatened and may have color patterns similar to venomous species. Use caution around any unidentified snake. SNAKE NOTES Benefits: While some snakes eat rodents and even venomous snakes, others prey on creatures Georgians also many not want near their homes. Brown and red-bellied snakes, for example, feed on snails and slugs, the bane of gardeners. Crowned snake species primarily eat centipedes. Babies? Snakes such as earth and brown snake species do not grow large and homeowners occasionally mistake them as juveniles. The concern here: Are larger parents nearby? Yet though some species are live-bearers and some are egg-bearers, snakes do not exhibit parental care, DNR’s John Jensen said. If there are parents, they’re not watching over their offspring. Prevention: To reduce the potential for snakes near your home, remove brush, log piles and other habitat features that attract mice, lizards and other animals on which snakes prey. For more on Georgia’s snakes, visit www.georgiawildlife.org/georgiasnakes. Also, “Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia” (University of Georgia Press) is a thorough reference. From eastern indigo snakes to bald eagles, The Nongame Conservation Section works to conserve rare and other Georgia wildlife not legally fished for or hunted, as well as rare plants and natural habitats. The agency depends primarily on fundraisers, grants and contributions. That makes public support key. Georgians can help by contributing to the state’s Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund. Here’s how: Buy or renew a DNR eagle or hummingbird license plate. Most of the fees are dedicated to wildlife. Upgrade to a wild tag for only $25! Details at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenseplates. n Donate at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com. Click “Licenses and Permits” and log in to give. n Donate directly to the agency. Learn more at www.georgiawildlife.com/donations. n

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Hi there! I’m PETULA. I was initially rescued by Fancy Feline Rescue from a local animal control facility as a kitten after I was turned in as a stray. I was adopted by a caring lady who, unfortunately, became unable to care for me and moved to an assisted living home – and her heart is broken. She asked FFRS to find me home where I am loved and treated like the princess I am. I enjoy my one-on-one attention. I promise to provide my new family with lots of love, loyalty, and companionship for years to come. I am spayed, up-todate with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, microchipped, have received flea preventative, and I’m eligible to receive a 30-day free trial pet health insurance at the time of adoption. My adoption fee is $125.

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.*** Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a licensed, non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention and excellent care to homeless cats, working hard to find them good permanent homes.

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uring the hot summer months, my husband and I do a lot of our family dinners out on the grill. One of our favorite things to make are homemade kabobs because they are easy, and they use up the fresh vegetables from our garden.

Here are 2 of our favorite recipes. *Tip* If you are using wooden skewers during grilling, you will want to soak them in some water for 5-10 minutes before threading on your meats and vegetables. Soaking them will help to keep them from catching on fire during the grilling process.

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Beef and Vegetable Kabobs

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29. Dead duck 31. S. Region, Palestine 33. Helper 34. Announce 36. One in a suit 37. Romaine lettuce 39. Immensity 40. Hide 42. “Aladdin” prince 43. Rein in 44. Additional 45. Beauty pageant wear 46. Grand Canyon transport 48. Hammer part 49. Aesop’s also-ran 50. Acknowledge 51. 18-wheeler 52. “-zoic” things 55. “Fancy that!”

12 (1” thick) cubes of cooked lean beef 12 cherry tomatoes  12 large mushroom caps  5 green peppers, quartered  12 broccoli florets  4 medium onions, quartered  6 slices bacon  1/2 teaspoon table salt  1/2 teaspoon black pepper  3 tablespoons butter Alternate beef cubes and vegetables on 6 skewers with a bacon strip on each. Melt butter in a small saucepan, add salt and pepper. Brush each kabob with butter. Place your kabobs on a grill about 5” away from the heat until the vegetables and bacon are browned. You will want to flip over your kabobs once during the grilling process.

Tex-Mex Pork Kabobs

4 boneless pork chops cut into 1” cubes 4 teaspoons taco seasoning mix  1/2 green or red pepper, seeded and cut into 1” pieces  1/2 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1” pieces Note: If you like them hot and spicy, you can substitute the pepper with hot jalapeno peppers. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cubed pork pieces with your desired seasoning until the cubes are evenly coated. Thread the cubes onto your skewers, alternating with green pepper and onion pieces. Place the kabobs onto the grill about 5” away from the heat and grill until the pork is cooked and no longer pink. *Editor’s Note: The combination of kabob recipes are endless and can be suited to the tastes of your family. For grilled kabobs, you can use any type of protein – chicken, beef, pork, tofu, fish, shrimp, or scallops. As well as other vegetables such as asparagus, squash, Brussel sprouts, etc. For non-grilled fruit kabobs you can use strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, bananas, grapes or berries. Get the kids in on the action by letting them choose their favorite food items and putting them on the skewers. It’s the perfect summer meal.

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