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Lyndi graduated from Ohio State University with a communication degree and is now a paralegal for The Plumley Law Firm in Dallas. John graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Housing; emphasizing consumer economics. He was also a place kicker for the Bulldogs for three years, and was a member of the 2002 SEC Championship and the 2003 Sugar Bowl Championship teams.

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he Paulding Summer Lunch program is in full swing right now as CAYA Ministries once again is serving children and families in need during their summer break from school. CAYA Reconciliation Ministries is working with a small army of volunteers and other supporting ministries and businesses to provide sack lunches to kids in our community during their summer break from school. Volunteers come together daily from numerous organizations (churches, businesses and other service organizations) throughout Paulding County to prepare and deliver more than 500 lunches a day.

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The recipients of these lunches are children and youth who would typically receive a free or reduced price lunch at school. That service provided throughout the school year helps families who struggle financially to make ends meet, stretch their budget by not having to use their limited resources to purchase a school lunch or food to make a lunch for their kids to take to school. Over the past several years the Paulding County school system has averaged between 45% and 50% of the student body benefitting from the lunch program.

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Once summer hits many of these families struggle to shuffle those limited dollars to provide food for their kids who are home from school. Although The Summer Lunch Program cannot feed all of these kids on the school free lunch program, we are reaching as many as we can with the resources that we have. This summer program is designed to help them make it through the summer by providing a free sack lunch to the children of these families. In 2018, The Paulding Summer Lunch Program provided just over 20,000 sack lunches to the children in our community.

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Please consider coming along side of us to get involved in what God is doing right here in Paulding County as we serve lunches this summer to our children. He is bringing people together to enjoy being part of an uplifting and inspirational experience where friendships are developed as we share hope from God. Don’t miss out on lifting up someone that is discouraged, or being a smiling face to someone who really needs joy. The lunch program operates Monday through Friday mornings. There are many ways you can participate. Come help one time, once a week or all Summer long. Come alone, with friends or with your family. Help with food donations or financial donations. Call us or check us out on Facebook. You’ll find us on Facebook at “Paulding Summer Lunch.” Come see what can happen when you make yourself available to be used by Him.

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Gardening

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ot summer days may not be perfect for working outdoors, but can be ideal for planning! From blooming shrubs, to annuals and perennials, there are plenty of ways to make your home inviting and appealing. Some of the best landscaping ideas include adding varying heights and creating spaces for outdoor entertaining. Landscaping ideas can be both attractive and functional. Dress Up Your Driveway Start by creating a plan for islands or focal points. Remember your maintenance needs and pick plants that when mature will not overshadow your lawn. Native trees such as magnolia or river birch can add interest and texture. Begin placing plants by height, tallest in the back. This could include a boxwood hedge with roses, annuals, and perennials. Blend a variety of colors, textures, and heights for a great look. Try knockout roses for color and lamb’s ears for texture. Greet Guests with Flowers Flowers always make a home seem more welcoming. Adorn your entrance with assorted annuals and perennials to keep your home fresh with color all year long. Petunia, Snapdragon, and even wildflowers are great additions to your entry.

Plant Rambling Vine Another way to make the most of your landscape is by planting lovely rambling vines. While your landscape design needs to have definition and structure, there is also a place for natural elements. There’s nothing more stately or romantic than French-inspired trellises covered in a delicate, flowering vine. Jasmine is a beautiful evergreen with elegant white blooms and a sweet fragrance. Other vines such as ivy can ramble under your shrubs and perennials. Grow Blooming Shrubs Blossoming flowers, shrubs, and trees make an incredible impact across a yard, and you can add color from foliage as well as blooms. Try high contrasts with deep burgundy framed with lime greens. Tea Olives are evergreens and add an extra bonus with a beautiful fragrance. Plan a Garden Surprise Design small hideaways where people can gather for food and drinks-even yard games. You can also get creative—a vertical wall of plants, a fountain, a statue, or a bench. You’ll create your own secret garden just moments from your front door. You can choose vintage varieties for a grandmother’s garden tribute, or an

herb garden for the cooking enthusiast. Vegetables are a must to educate young gardeners to enjoy what they have grown. A raised bed with tomatoes, peppers, and other favorite veggies is a fun weekend project. No need to till, and it can be moved to the perfect spot for appropriate sun. Enjoy Color Year-Round A great thing about gardening in the South is that we get treated to colorful flowers, leaves, or berries in every season. These are fantastic additions to your landscape, and you’ll love the accent that they offer to your front porch, mailbox, flowerbed, or backyard. Here are some seasonal flower ideas: Spring: azalea, daffodil, forsythia mandevilla, dogwood, wisteria, bearded iris, peony Summer: hydrangea, daylily, gardenia, crinum, lantana, crepe myrtle, impatiens, zinnia Fall: pansy, aster, sugar maple, beautyberry, ginger lily sasanqua camellia, holly, autumn crocus, mum Winter: winterberry, Colorado blue spruce, amaryllis, Lenten rose, rosemary, saucer magnolia, flowering quince, crocus Robyn Tumlin, 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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The Dallas Farmers Market-Regions Bank Parking Lot* Saturdays 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, www.farmersdallas.com Get Outdoors/ National Trails Day June 1; Saturday 9am – 12pm Celebrate Nationals Trails Day by joining a guided hike through historical grounds and nature’s hideaways. The flexible hike will cover 1 to 4 miles and participation is specific to each individual. $3 child $5.50 adults 770-443-7850 12th Annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival June 1-2; Saturday and Sunday at Douglas County High School For complete schedule, visit http://hydrangeafest.org/ 6th Annual 2019 Run with the Badges 5K/Glow Run - Seven Hills - Dallas June 7; Friday Kick off 6:30pm - Race at 9pm   Sponsored by Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. Register early at www.run withthebadges.org. FREE Summer Concert with the Sons of Sailors from PCPRCA June 8; Saturday 8pm; Veterans Park Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket so you can enjoy the music. Questions? 770445-8065 FREE Outdoor Movie from PCPRCA June 15; Saturday 7pm; Veterans Park Bring the family to see “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on the big screen! Questions? 770445-8065 1st Annual Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Car Show June 15; Saturday; 8:30am - 2pm Questions? https://www.carlblackhiram.com/blog/1st-annual-paulding-countysheriffs-office-car-show/

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Medical Shoulder Impingement Syndrome in Tennis Players By Donald E. Fowler, III, MD, OrthoAtlanta

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houlder pain is one of the most common physical complaints faced by tennis players. Consisting of several joints combined with tendons and muscles, the shoulder enables a great range of motion and strength in the arm, but we ask a lot of this complex structure, particularly in tennis. The dreaded rotator cuff tear is most feared, but seemingly less serious conditions, such as tendonitis, bursitis and shoulder impingement, can take a tennis player off his or her game, and ultimately out of the game if not diagnosed correctly, treated properly, and allowed the appropriate time to heal. Causes Activities that require repeated overhead arm movements, such as overhand tennis serves, can often bring about injury to the shoulder that irritate and cause inflammation. Dynamic instability (loosening) of the shoulder, typically caused over time by repetitive overhead activity, trauma, previous injury, poor posture, or inactivity can cause your rotator cuff to work harder, causing injury. Training too hard is a common cause of overuse injury to the shoulder. Common Symptoms Shoulder impingement can present the following symptoms: • Local swelling and tenderness in the front of the shoulder • An arc of shoulder pain when your arm is at shoulder height and/or overhead • Shoulder pain that can extend from the top of the shoulder to the elbow • Muscle weakness or sudden pain when reaching or lifting • Pain when putting your hand behind your back or head Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatment Options In most cases, initial treatment of shoulder impingement is nonsurgical, with patients experiencing gradual improvement and return to function after several weeks or months. Nonsurgical treatments may include rest, reduced activity, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), physical therapy and possibly steroid injections. When more conservative treatment options do not relieve pain, minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery is a frequently used technique to address shoulder impingement. A small camera is used to examine the affected area, and tiny instruments may be used to remove bone and soft tissue. When facing sudden or repeated shoulder pain, a trained orthopedic specialist can determine the cause of your shoulder pain and provide you with treatment options. Donald E. Fowler, III, MD, OrthoAtlanta, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder disorders. Dr. Fowler serves as chair of surgery at WellStar Paulding Hospital. He is the Medical Consultant and Atlanta Affiliate physician to the New York Mets and has served as a sideline physician for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the BB&T Atlanta Open. Dr. Fowler sees patients at OrthoAtlanta offices in Paulding and The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park. Dr. Fowler serves as team physician to McEachern, Paulding County and Hiram High Schools. For more information regarding Dr. Fowler or to schedule an appointment, please call our OrthoAtlanta Paulding office, 770-445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta.com. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion. OrthoAtlanta proudly serves as the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider of the 2019 BB&T Atlanta Open, one of the top ATP Tour tennis events in the U.S., to be held from July 20 – 28 at Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia. The players, coaches and officials rely on OrthoAtlanta to provide superior sports medicine expertise and service throughout the tournament.

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Faith

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good father is someone you can totally rely on at every time to provide all your needs. Having a very reliable father in place means you have no need to worry about your cares since you have the assurance that He will be there to solve and resolve every situation for you. Matthew 6:9 states “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (KJV). When Christians go before God having the knowledge and mentality that He is their Father, it reduces their stress and tensions, and also strengthens their faith. Sometimes, Christians fail to realize that they have the best, most reliable and most efficient father, who is God and hence they fret and worry about their lives and needs. Jesus was aware of the perception the people had about God as their Father, so He said in Matthew 7:9-11 “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good

GOD Seeing God as our Father is a great sign of humility which God always honors. In Matthew 23:8-11 when Jesus was teaching about humility He said: “but be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant “(KJV).

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FATHER things to them that ask him?” (KJV) It is quite unfortunate that some Christians even trust their earthly fathers more than God. We should realize that our earthly fathers can only see what is physical, but God who is our Heavenly Father sees and knows all things. He knows the end from the beginning and always knows what is best for us. The fact that He has not answered a particular prayer request does not mean that He hasn’t heard our prayer or that he doesn’t care about us. Because He loves us, He always does things in His own time and in His own way for our good. What we need to do is to trust God as our Father who knows what is best for us and who works things together for our good.

So how can we change our perspective and see God as our Father? We can change our perspective by renewing our mind. We need to realize that God, being a very good Father, is interested in every area of our lives and wants to play a key role in it. But He can’t come uninvited, hence we should pray and invite God our Father to take charge of every area of our lives, and also to lead and guide us in all that we do. In this way, our lives will be transformed and all our burdens will be taken away. We can rest secured knowing that God is in charge of our affairs. May God our Father bless us all in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Finance Vacation and Retirement: Different Goals Require Different Investment Strategies

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4th of July Concert – Fireworks - Cauble Park, Acworth July 4th - Thursday; 5:30pm; Fireworks at Approximately 9:30pm IndepenDance at the Pole Barn - Concert and Fireworks at Taylor Farm Park July 6; Saturday; Festivities 5pm, Concert 7pm, Fireworks 9pm​ Bring your picnic basket and a blanket, and get set for an evening of music, food, fun and games. Questions? Paulding County Parks & Recreation 770445-8065 Junior Ranger Road Trip at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield July 11-13, 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. Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival Paulding Meadows/Earl Duncan Park July 12 and 13 – Friday 6pm – 10pm and Saturday 12pm – 10pm Questions? http://www.raccooncreekmusic.com/ Dallas Food Truck Fridays Main Street – Dallas July 19; Friday 6pm – 9pm 42nd Annual Homespun Festival in Polk County July 19 – 20; Friday 5:30pm - 9:30pm and Saturday 8am – 6pm Fireworks - Saturday at 9:00pm Questions? 678-883-9255  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - ‘Feed the Hungry’ August 31; Saturday - Keystone Baptist Church needs 500 volunteers for one hour each to pack 50,000 meals in four hours. Volunteer or make a donation. Keystone Baptist Church, 3303 Dallas Hwy NW, Acworth. Register/Donate/Questions? http://www.keystoneonline.org. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - 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.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Keep Paulding Beautiful – Help us create a clean environment in which to live, work, and play. www.KeepPauldingBeautiful.org. ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS - Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Book Writers Critique Group Every Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Wendy’s - Crossroads 8659 Hiram Acworth Hwy. Dallas. Information? Email writers_muse@att.net or call 678-414-6146, leave a message Dallas Rotary Club at Rodney’s* Every Thursday; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Questions? 770-439-7991 Paulding County Singles Ages 50 and Over* 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6pm at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, Hiram Paulding Singles 50 and Over on Facebook or call Phyllis Coble at 678-247-6499. Paulding Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531 l Become An Adult Reading Tutor - tutors needed; training provided. l Learn and Improve Your Reading Skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. l English classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register, call 678-460-1587 l Class instruction for GED.  To register call 678-460-1587

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ho doesn’t love an easy, delicious salad for a quick summer-time dinner? This retro favorite is a blast from the past! If you’re a child of the 80’s, then you’ve definitely enjoyed this Doritos Taco Salad on a number of different occasions. It’s an easy dinner recipe and a crowd-pleasing party food that always wins rave reviews!

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Ingredients (Serves 8) 1 lb. ground beef 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning 2/3 cup water 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped 1 sweet onion, diced 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese 3 cups Doritos Nacho Cheese tortilla chips, coarsely crushed 8 ounces French salad dressing

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Instructions 1. Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes (stirring often), until thickened. Set aside to cool. 2. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Add onion, beans, corn, tomatoes and cheese. Toss. 3. Add ground beef, Doritos and dressing. Toss gently to combine and serve immediately. Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations: p Iceberg lettuce is our favorite in this retro classic, but you can substitute with romaine lettuce or other mixed greens if you prefer. We just love the refreshing crunch of the iceberg! p I always use French dressing (you can’t beat the sweet, creamy taste when paired with the zesty taco meat), but you can substitute with Catalina, Ranch, or any other dressing that you prefer. p If you prefer, you can substitute an equal amount of ground chicken or ground turkey in lieu of the beef. p I always use the classic Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos in this recipe, but Cool Ranch Doritos will also work well! p Add any of your other favorite taco ingredients, such as diced avocado, fresh cilantro or sliced olives! p Cooking for a smaller family? Cut all of the ingredients in half! The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same. If you prefer to cook a full 1-lb. of taco meat, you can save half of the cooked taco meat in the freezer for another meal. p For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/doritos-taco-salad/

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