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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

MARCH 2018

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Contributing Writers: Katie O. Anderson BrandpointContent.com Melissa M. Cornay Roberto De Jesus Dr. Egene Hurwitz Samantha Markum Our Town Media Group, Inc. Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc, MA Stephanie Reck Clint Thompson

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About the Cover: High School Baseball Medical: Spring Allergy Drops Family Focus: Correct Your Teens Negative Thinking Calendar of Events Health: What to Know to Prepare For a Blood Test Finance: What to Do With Your Tax Refund? Faith: Are We Led By God or Our Emotions? Community Spotlight: Music in Our Schools Gardening: Choosing Where to Garden Feature Photographer: David Jones Pets: Helping House Guests with Pet Allergies What’s Cookin’: Warm Beer Cheese Dip Crossword Puzzle

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medical Prepare Now For Spring Allergies! New Spring Allergy Drops Bring Relief By Dr. Eugene Hurwitz, Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

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Typically, patients who take the drops see reduced symptoms in one month, rather than several. And, patients do not have to go into the office for each dose. They’re able to do this on their own by taking the drops daily, under the tongue during the allergy season. The drops are safe, and less expensive than allergy shots or drops for those who suffer from year round allergies. Because each patient is different, the best way to get an idea of the individual cost is to make an appointment for a consultation.

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family focus Parents: Correct Your Teen’s Negative Thinking

By Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA

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habit of negative thinking is easy to come by. Let’s just consider the people around us, the television, the radio, and our community as a whole. Considering the new trend is to think and speak positively, it is clear that changing a negative mindset to a positive one is a lot trickier than most of us expected. As adults we know how difficult it can be to change our habits. As such, it is important we encourage our kids and teens to develop the habit of positive thinking before they solidify a pessimistic view of life. Being negative has nothing to do with being realistic (“I just call it as I see it!”) it’s just one interpretation of the many possible ones. Being positive on the other hand injects a note of hope and expectancy. It’s a much healthier mindset.

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1. Challenge your teen’s negative thinking: Often times, you can challenge your teens negative thinking through logic alone. For example, if your teen holds the belief that new people tend not to like him, ask him what he basis this conclusion on. Is it a preconceived expectation that tends to color his view of reality? Is it based on some past experiences that lead him to believe every future experience will be the same? Future predictions, believing to be able to read others’ minds, all or nothing thinking, and catastrophizing are some of the major areas of faulty thinking.

3. A failure is not a failure: As a society we have conditioned ourselves to believe that anytime something does not work out as planned it is a failure instead of a ‘learning lesson.’ The word failure is defeating and has a note of finality in it, where as a learning lesson sounds more positive and allows room for improvement. In my eyes, failures only happen when people give up. Anytime your teen refers to ‘failures’ ask him to look deeper into the situation; ask him what he has learned and what he would do differently if he could do it again. Challenge him to try again if that is an option.

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2. Challenge your teen to step out of the comfort zone: Teens are willing to try new things if they are not worried about failing and of what that failure means. If the temporary failure is considered a part of the process and if it can be separated from what that means about him, perceived failure is no longer so threatening. Clarify this for your teen and challenge him to try something he otherwise wouldn’t.

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In my practice, I love to work with and empower parents. While my one-on-one work with youth is creates immediate changes, it is my work with parents that helps the changes stick around long after I exit the scene. As such, I direct much of my writing to parents hoping to challenge them, inspire them, and guide them to think in different ways.

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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! Spring Break Camp on April 2-6, from 7am-6pm 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. LAST CHANCE to Register? 770-445-5525 Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center March 1; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote Speaker: Eric Seidel, CEO, The Media Trainers (  $20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; +$5 at door) Register at www.pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. Bingo Night for the North Paulding High School Band March 3; Saturday 6:30pm – 9:00pm Don’t miss some fun and games benefitting the NPHS Marching Band. Two card Minimum purchase ($5 ea.) At NPHS cafeteria, 300 North Paulding Dr., Dallas. Questions? Visit www.NorthPauldingBand.com 21st Annual Sisters in Christ Women’s Conference March 3; Saturday 8:30am to 4pm - Mount Holly Church in Carrollton REGISTER EARLY for this day of fun, praise, and fellowship. Keynote Speaker: Delma Morales, and more wonderful guests. MHC is located at 4685 N. Hwy. 27, Carrollton. Conference is free; lunch is not provided. Registration and info visit www.sistersin christ.com or email info@sistersinchrist.com Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* March 10; 2nd Saturday of the month Kritters Country Club is located at 7377 W. Strickland Street in Douglasville. Call 770489-7500 for hours and more information. Spring Fling in the Park! March 10; Saturday at White Oak Park Let’s ring in spring with an afternoon of games, kite-flying, and fun! Participants must furnish their own kite. Sign in at 12:30pm; Kite Day at 1pm; Winners announced at 1:30pm. Questions? 770-445-8065. Event is FREE! Hope Church Flea Market - 1970 Charles Hardy Pkwy, Dallas, GA March 10; Saturday 9am – 4pm Rain or Shine Come shop for furniture, crafts, clothing and food. There will be home businesses as well! Questions? Email Pamela@placeofhope.org Southeastern Cowboy Gathering at Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville March 8 - 10; Thursday - Saturday  A three day celebration of the West, includes artist, live music, the south’s largest chuck wagon cook off, children’s activities and more! Questions? Call 770-387-1300.

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WELSHfest 2018 in Downtown Rockmart March 17; Saturday 9am – 5pm  Welsh & Local entertainment; fun and educational events; vendor village! Fun for the whole family. http://welshfest.vpweb.com/ Alternative Baseball Exhibition Game – Opening Day - West Cobb vs. Dallas March 18; Sunday 2pm McEachern United Methodist Church Field This game features players with autism/special needs and experienced players (former professional/collegiate/high school). Attend FREE with any monetary donation. Family entertainment, snack and other goods available. Please RSVP to attend at https://www.facebook.com/events/146098242761757/  (In case of a rain out, game will be March 25th at 2pm) Propagating Shrubs with Paulding County Master Gardeners March 22; Thursday 10 am - 11 am – REGISTRATION REQUIRED FREE, but space is limited. Contact the Paulding County Extension Office at 770530-3113 or register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/paulding-county-mastergardener-extension-volunteers-14630229710

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health What You Should Know to Prepare For a Blood Test

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new survey reveals Americans are not aware of what to report prior to a blood test. Only half (52%) believe it is very important to report use of supplements to their healthcare provider before getting a blood test.

With recent interest in the use of supplements like biotin as beauty treatments, it’s especially critical for consumers, doctors and lab personnel to talk before blood tests because very high doses of supplements could interfere with some test results. The possibility of interference in blood testing is low, but if you’re taking high-dose biotin for hair, skin or nail health, for example, it is best to inform your doctor before a blood test. Just as you may need to fast before certain types of tests, you may need to hold off on taking supplements for at least eight hours before blood work. “Many factors - from stress, to prescription medication, to vitamins - can affect blood test results, so it’s important to be proactive in communicating about medicines or supplements you’re taking rather than waiting to be asked,” said Dr. Emily Jungheim, associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine. Ask your healthcare provider about ways to prepare for blood tests. Here are some simple tips to follow: l Write down all your prescription medicines the night before a blood test so you can share up-to-date information with the lab technician or your doctor. l Also report vitamins, supplements, nutraceuticals and any over-the-counter medications. l Know the doses of the medicines and supplements you are taking. The dose matters. (BPT)

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If you’re over the age of 35 and suffer from the following.... • Sciatica • Neck Pain • Disc Herniations • Lower Back Pain • Radiating Hip Pain • Numbness in the Legs & Feet

....there may be hope. Now a local doctor has what may be the most important treatment in helping these conditions. Finally, there’s a treatment to conquer back and leg pain without dangerous medications or painful surgery. Nothing is worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because you hurt and the pain won’t go away! Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in awhile I even catch a patient sleeping during sessions. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be.....

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I started at North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute for pain in my low back that traveled down my right leg. The pain felt like a burning sensation down my leg and numbness into my toes. I was unable to walk my normal five miles. Since starting the spinal decompression therapy I am now able to walk again without any pain. The pain and numbness down my right leg is completely alleviated. I was surprised to find that I am even sleeping better at night and that the tension in my upper back has also been relieved. The staff here has treated my great and is very caring! Thanks, Bill Norman Dr. Amy Valente, D.C., DNM

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finance What Should You Do With Your

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ou may not get much of a thrill from filing your taxes, but the process becomes much more enjoyable if you’re expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should you do with the money?

The answer depends somewhat on the size of the refund. For the 2017 tax year, the average refund was about $2,760 – not a fortune, but big enough to make an impact in your life. Suppose, for example, that you invested this amount in a tax-deferred vehicle, such as a traditional IRA, and then did not add another penny to it for 30 years. At the end of that time, assuming a hypothetical 7 percent annual rate of return, you’d have slightly more than $21,000 – not enough, by itself, to allow you to move to a Caribbean island, but still a nice addition to your retirement income. (You will need to pay taxes on your withdrawals eventually, unless the money was invested in a Roth IRA, in which case withdrawals are tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions.) Of course, you don’t have to wait 30 years before you see any benefits from your tax refund. If you did decide to put a $2,760 tax refund toward your IRA for 2018, you’d already have reached just over half the allowable contribution limit of $5,500. (If you’re 50 or older, the limit is $6,500.) By getting such a strong head start on funding your IRA for the year, you’ll give your money more time to grow. Also, if you’re going to “max out” on your IRA, your large initial payment will enable you to put in smaller monthly amounts than you might need to contribute otherwise. While using your refund to help fund your IRA is a good move, it’s not the only one you can make. Here are a few other possibilities:  • Pay down some debt. At some time or another, most of us probably feel we’re carrying too much debt. If you can use your tax refund to help reduce your monthly debt payments, you’ll improve your cash flow and possibly have more money available to invest for the future. • Build an emergency fund. If you needed a new furnace or major car repair, or faced any other large, unexpected expense, how would you pay for it? If you did not have the cash readily available, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments. To help avoid this problem, you could create an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid, lowrisk account. Your tax refund could help build your emergency fund. • Look for other investment opportunities. If you have some gaps in your portfolio, or some opportunities to improve your overall diversification, you might want to use your tax refund to add some new investments. The more diversified your portfolio, the stronger your defense against market volatility that might primarily affect one particular asset class. (However, diversification, by itself, can’t protect against all losses or guarantee profits.) Clearly, a tax refund gives you a chance to improve your overall financial picture. So take your time, evaluate your options and use the money wisely. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 678-574-5166

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faith By Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC

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Are You Being Led by God or Your Emotions?

re we as Christians supposed to do everything that someone wants us to? I used to be the one to help out and intervene in any and every situation because I thought it was my Christian duty and obligation. I also had few, if any, boundaries and was severely Co-dependent. You may ask, “Can a Christian be Co-dependent?” Absolutely, they can! I felt overly responsible for everyone’s problems, and took respon-

sibility for other’s actions. When we take responsibility for other people’s actions we do not allow them to suffer any consequences. When we do that a vicious cycle occurs and it goes like this, you “bail” someone out of their situation and they have no consequence imposed and so, they ask you to “bail” them out again and you do. Here goes the insanity wheel. There is no end to the cycle. You feel taken advantage of and used. You have no

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peace about helping but feel that is what good Christians do, or you feel responsible. Do you feel worn-out over the same situations? Do you feel you’re helping or enabling? Enabling is doing something for someone else they are incapable of doing for themselves. Helping is doing something for someone else that they cannot do for themselves. If you are involved in situations with people that have repeated patterns of not helping themselves but allowing anyone to help them through manipulating and guilt, then this is clearly not coming from God. Your flesh may want to intervene once again but you know it will just put a band aid on the situation. The best thing you can do for someone who has repeatedly taken advantage of you or manipulated you is to intercede for them in prayer. Getting entangled in other’s affairs they do not want to get out of will only cause you to get trapped. If your peace is lost or you have no peace in helping, whether it is family or someone needy then know God does not want you to step into that situation. You may say, “Yeah, but if I don’t step in something awful might happen.” That may be true, but God does not lay fear on us the enemy does.

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gardening Choosing Where to Garden is Essential to Producing High-Yielding Crops By Clint Thompson, UGA Extension

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pring is right around the corner, and so are spring flowers, summer vegetables and all the gardening these seasons bring. Selecting the best place to grow your garden is essential to producing high-yielding crops, like tomatoes, corn, and squash. Bob Westerfield, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, believes there are three factors that all home gardeners should consider before planting this year’s spring gardens. First, find the best place to achieve maximum sunlight. Westerfield said that vegetables grow best in as much sun as possible. Most require at least six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Areas under or near shade trees are not suitable for gardens due to the lack of sunlight. Pick the sunniest spot available for growing a vegetable garden. Next, select a spot in close proximity to a water source. Westerfield recommends using drip irrigation, as water is applied at soil level and impacts the roots directly. “There are plenty of agronomic farmers … who grow dryland corn or dryland soybeans, but when it comes

to vegetable gardens, you’re producing a crop with very fast turnaround and you need to be able to rely on irrigation,” he said. “You’ve got to have a source of water.”

adjusted through lime application and this can take three to six months to take effect. So how exactly do you take a soil sample? If soil in your garden area is uniform and has been treated similarly over time, you can assemble one sample by taking sub-samples from 8 to 12 spots around your garden. If you have different soil types or have amended soil in various areas of your garden differently, then you should sample those areas individually. Use clean tools and containers for all sampling, so that you do not contaminate your soil test. Take a “slice” of soil from the surface down, 4-6 inches in the soil for each spot. Mix all of the sub-samples collected thoroughly in a clean bucket, before placing about 3 cups of it in a Ziploc sandwich bag.

Finally, find an area that drains well and does not have a history of noxious weeds like bermudagrass or nutsedge. Westerfield advises against planting in a weedy area because it can be difficult to eradicate the weeds. While bermudagrass serves as turf on some front yards, when it grows in a vegetable garden, it becomes a weed, and a deeply rooted one.

Soil samples can be delivered to the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 530 West Memorial Drive in Dallas. The fee for a sample is $9, but that fee will save you money by helping you perfect your vegetable garden’s soil! For more information, contact a Master Gardener or the County Extension Agent at Paulding County UGA Extension at 770-443-7616 or check us out online at www.ugaextension.org/paulding.

After the proper site has been selected, Westerfield advises preparing it now, starting with soil sampling. Consider having your soil tested through your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. A soil test report provides information regarding the soil’s fertility status. This is critical to plant health and growth. A soil test will provide data about the soil pH and recommend how to improve the soil for maximum productivity. It’s important to know the pH of your soil. Vegetables grow better in soil that is slightly acidic. Soil pH often needs to be

Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University Of Georgia College Of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.

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Acworth Easter Egg Hunt at Acworth Sports Complex March 23; Friday 6:30pm Easter Bunny arrives at 7:15 pm, first hunt begins at 7:30 pm. Arrive early to enjoy face painting, inflatables, photo booths, and more! http://acworthegghunt.com/ Decade Dash: 5K Run/Walk and Tot Trot for CASA of Paulding March 24; Saturday 7am check in, 7:30am Tot Trot, 8am 5k Start 1990 Vaughn Road, Kennesaw. Register at www.Active.com keyword “Decade Dash” Come dressed in your favorite decade’s duds. Award for best costume!

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Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas March 24; 4th Saturday of the month; 4pm - 9pm Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit www. georgiaclassicrides.com

SEATS $10-$12 Friday, March 2nd, 7pm Saturday, March 3rd, 7pm Sunday, March 4th, 3pm

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Night March 28; Wednesday 6:30pm – 7pm at The Pearl of Dallas Free seminar about detecting symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s and your options. RVSP to Martha Morris 404-713-1936. 100 Westminster Court, Dallas.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The Pearl of Dallas Help is needed with the resident’s activities. You’ll be rewarded with smiling faces! To volunteer call Alie Ayers, 678-350-4445. 100 Westminster Court, Dallas

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ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS - Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Dallas Georgia Writers Guild Every Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:30pm At Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas writers_muse@att.net Paulding County Beekeepers Club* 2nd Thursday of the month; 7pm at Dallas Primitive Baptist Church 222 Legion Rd., Dallas or follow on Facebook at Paulding County Beekeepers! Questions? Call Sue McCleary at 678-310-7305.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Keep Paulding Beautiful You can help Keep Paulding Beautiful create a clean and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play. To volunteer call 770-443-0119.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Paulding CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile court. They protect a child’s right to be safe, treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. To volunteer call Rachel Lunday at 770-505-0065 or email rlundy@casapaulding.org

This one-woman concert tribute features the music and stories of country music’s pioneering women, honoring legends such as The Carter Family, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Reba McEntire. As Katie says, “This show is jammed packed with interesting tidbits about the women throughout country music history all wrapped up with the music you love.” Katie wows with her powerful voice and unique insight into the legends of country music.

You will not be disappointed with Chad’s all-encompassing likeness to the King himself!

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DAVID JONES

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ometimes the passion in life for what you love to do becomes the catalyst for life changing events. That’s what took David Jones, a 12 year decorated armed services veteran from the Air Force, to his current dream job as a photographer.

North Paulding High School

Studying under Atlanta’s Master of Photography, John Haigwood was a tremendous boost to David’s natural talent. With Haigwood’s mentoring, David learned different lighting techniques, composition and advance fundamentals which gave his portraits that little extra shine. Since then, David has enjoyed working on photo shoots for Our Town magazine, local celebrities, schools and families, as well as global corporations such as After Six formal wear rentals. Always pushing the creative envelope, David has the same enthusiasm he brings when he’s hired to shoot for his commercial clients. No matter if he’s shooting a mother’s belly bump, a family portrait or a wedding, or the fabulous top athletes in Paulding County, David will surpass expectations and bring the experience to a whole new creative level. David has a mastery of lighting, styling, editing and most of all, a vision for capturing a portrait in time that tells the perfect story. To see more of David’s fantastic work, visit his online galleries of families, couples, children and more by visiting his website, DavidJonesMedia.com. If you would like to contact David, you can reach him at 770-687-6378.

Nick has been involved in baseball eleven years, and is an outfielder and first baseman for the Wolfpack. He is very excited about the season and playing with his teammates. They have a great team at NPHS and a real chance at winning the State ring. After graduation, Nick plans to attend Kennesaw State University where he will play baseball, and study Nursing or Pre Law. His parents are Stacey and Jim Colina.

Daniel ‘Parker’ Whittaker

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Parker is the son of Raven and David Whittaker. He has played baseball fourteen years and is a shortstop and second baseman for the Patriots. He looks forward to a great season with his teammates and making it to the playoffs. While at PCHS he also played football for two years. In the fall, Parker plans to attend and play baseball at Andrew College where he will major in Marine Biology. His dream is to play in Major League Baseball.

Baley Coleman

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Baley is a pitcher and first baseman for the Spartans and has played baseball thirteen years. He says, “We have a special group of guys, [and] a shot to do something special [this season].” Together their goal is a Region Championship then State Playoffs. Also at SPHS, Baley is on “All A” Honor Roll and a LaGrange Scholar. He and his parents, Paige and Darrell Coleman are members of First Baptist Church of Powder Springs. Once he graduates, Baley will attend and play baseball at LaGrange College where he will study Exercise Science. These players have a busy season ahead of them and we hope you’ll go to a game and cheer them on! Their game schedules are available online at: East Paulding High School - http://www.epraidersbaseball.com Hiram High School - http://hiramathletics.com/baseball North Paulding High School - http://www.northpauldingwolfpackbaseball.com Paulding County High School - https://pcpatriotsports.com South Paulding High School - https://www.southpauldingdc.com/

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Hi everyone! I’m GINGER (DOB ~9/13/2017), a female red tabby domestic shorthair. Do you know that ginger is a hot fragrant spice? Well, that pretty much describes me . . . and that’s how I got my name! I’m just a hot (for a kid, anyway) and spicy little girl – full of myself and full of typical kitten antics! I love my human attention, love to play, love to snuggle, am curious, and just can’t wait to find my ‘purr’fect ‘fur’ever home. I promise I’ll provide you with years full of love, laughter, loyalty and companionship if you will just give this hot and spicy little girl a chance! I am spayed, 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. My adoption fee is $125.

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When having a friend or family member who is allergic to pets stay for several days, it is a good idea to ask if they have any medication. Try to tactfully explain you will do all you can to reduce the potential for allergic reaction, but your pet will be in the house.

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If it is the new love of your life who is suffering with allergies, it is a good idea to arrange to go out for your dates. If that special someone is sneezing and puffy-eyed when in your house, it will surely kill the romance.

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It is always a good idea to thoroughly vacuum all carpets, rugs and possibly furniture, before an allergy sufferer arrives in your home. These days, there are numerous vacuum cleaners that are wonderful at ridding your home of allergens.

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!

4. Remember, not all people love animals as much as you do. It is a good idea

***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.***

to respect a houseguest’s feelings on this matter and try to prevent your pet from jumping up or on your guest. Moreover, ensure that your animal cannot get to your guest’s belongings to chew or shed on them.

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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It may be helpful to separate your guest and your pet, either by keeping your animal in another room, or using a baby gate to divide a room. Of course, baby gates will not work for cats or dogs that like to jump. Therefore, if you keep your pet in a separate room be sure to check on him frequently to ensure there are no signs of distress.

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During the two or three weeks leading up to your guest’s visit, ensure that you have brushed your dog or cat daily. If you have a dog, it is wise to bathe him too. This will help to reduce the amount of hairs that your pet sheds, thereby reducing the possibility of an allergic reaction.

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If your houseguest is severely allergic, you may like to consider asking a friend, relative or neighbor to care for your pet for the duration of the visit. Leaving your pet with someone you trust is preferable to leaving him in the care of strangers.

8. Alternatively, you may like to purchase an air purifier or filter, as this can prove

very helpful to an allergy sufferer. It is certainly worth investing in an air filter if you are expecting regular visits from an allergy sufferer.

On the other hand, if you have yet to get a pet and you’re living with an allergy sufferer, there are many animals that will not cause symptoms. Most obviously, fish and reptiles make great pets and do not shed. Alternatively, if you would rather a cat or dog, there are hairless breeds of both animals. Moreover, there are some dog breeds, such as the Poodle and Greyhound, which are considered ‘hypoallergenic’ due to the fact they do not tend to cause allergic reactions. Of course, the majority of this advice is designed to help with short-term visits from an allergy sufferer. Unfortunately, none of these measures can guarantee a solution to pet allergies, but they will help to reduce the chance of an allergic reaction.

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he wonderful month of March is here. I decided to write a recipe this month that would be great for tailgating, as baseball season begins, as well as a tasty offering for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering. So, what do tailgating and St. Paddy’s have in common, you ask? Well, beer of course! And, what better way to have your beer than in a warm, creamy, cheesy dip with lots of fun dippers served on the side. With a little luck, I hopefully hit this one out of the park! ENJOY!

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2 8 ounce blocks of room temperature cream cheese 8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, grated 8 ounces of Colby cheese, grated 1 12 ounce bottle of lager beer, I prefer Yuengling 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon of garlic powder 1 teaspoon of onion powder 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika Hot sauce to taste, optional

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Put the cheeses and the beer in a sauce pot over medium heat and melt together until smooth and completely homogenized. Using a whisk will incorporate the ingredients together easily. Do not allow the cheese mixture to come to a boil or it will “break.” Once melted, stir in the mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and hot sauce. The mixture may seem a bit thin at first, but once you pour it into your serving bowl and it sits for a few minutes, it will thicken to a nice consistency.

MELISSA’S MEASURE: I like to serve this dip with soft pretzel bites, an assortment of fresh veggies, and tortilla chips. My favorite dipper is probably an odd choice, but it is oh so delicious…slices of tart Granny Smith apples. I know, what a different twist! Makes you want to make this dip just to try it out, right?

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