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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Fandos / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Photography April Estes Reflective Images Photography Independant Sales Rep Stephanie Row GOHF

Contributing Writers: Bob Banks Melissa Cummings Roberto De Jesus Natalia Lanigan Blair Lonergan Melanie McVarney Our Town Media Group, Inc. Stephanie Reck Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2019, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover: The Spell Family Family Focus: Staying Safe around Water Faith: Being at Peace with Others Calendar of Events Health Profile: Herbs, Vitamins and More Medical: Seasonal Allergies Community Spotlight: Recycling with our Children Finance: What to Do with an Inheritance Outdoor: BearWise Feature Photographer: April Estes Pets: Dangerous Plants for your Pets What’s Cookin’: Chicken Marsala Crossword Puzzle

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Mrs. Shane shares, “Shane and I knew early on in our marriage that we wanted to foster or adopt. After we were done growing our biological family, the thought of fostering was [always on our minds]. It wasn’t until our kids were old enough to have a say in our family decision to foster that we started to look into the process. We started the licensing process in 2014 and it took 6 months to get out home approved. “Fostering is the hardest thing we have ever done as a family, but yet the most rewarding. God is using you to love in some of the hardest and most difficult situations. Regardless of the struggles, the blessings that come from fostering outweigh the hardships. God did not call us to an easy life but to a life that will bring glory to Him. Our church family has helped us tremendously in meeting the needs of these kids. Whether it be clothing, meals, childcare and many many prayers. We could not possibly do this alone. Some of us are called to be foster parents and many others are called to come alongside. They are equally important to fostering.” It’s quite apparent the Spells have big hearts and lots of love to give. It started with each other and now God has blessed their love with a large, beautiful family! Shane and Shane, (no, that’s NOT a typo) are both from the middle Georgia area. ‘Shane’ is actually both of their middle names and the name they go by. Their friends have given them nicknames - Mr. Shane and Mrs. Shane, He Shane and She Shane, but their foster ‘babies’ call them Mama Shane and Daddy Shane.

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The Spells moved to Paulding in 2004 after their company in Stuart, Florida moved the work to Texas. They decided to come back home to Georgia and Mr. Shane got a job at Lockheed Martin. He is currently a Lead Aircraft Mechanic there and Mrs. Shane stopped working in 2003 to be stay-at-home mom. She recently started substitute teaching in Paulding County. Joining their family are three beautiful foster children. ‘A’ is sweet six year old girl who loves having older siblings to look up to. ‘W’ is a spirited three year old boy who WILL steal your heart with his smile and his sister ‘A,’ a two year old little doll who loves her siblings but doesn’t like grass. Unfortunately, for safety reasons we can’t use their names or show their faces. But trust us, they are precious and SO loved!


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ummer is fast approaching, which means more children will be in and around water areas such as pools, lakes and oceans. Like many parents, you worry about your children’s safety around water, no matter how old they are.

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children aged 1-4, and the third leading cause of unintentional injury death in children and adolescents aged 5-19. Two children die every day due to drowning, and according to a study from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, 88% of children who drown do so while under adult supervision. Many don’t realize that drowning can occur quietly, with no overt signs that the child is in trouble. The good news is that you can follow safety tips - and teach your children skills - to help keep them safe while enjoying water activities. Supervising children vigilantly and creating barriers to accessing water unexpectedly are the first steps in averting a tragedy. Teaching children how to be safe in and around water is one of the most important life skills parents can give their children. In fact, research shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children 1 to 4 years of age. Aquatics at YMCA of the USA offers these safety tips to protect your children from harm around water: Never swim alone. Nobody should swim by themselves, in case of accident. Teach your children that they should never enter the water anywhere without a lifeguard and/or responsible caregiver attending them. Stay attentive and watch without distraction. If you’re with a large group, or even if a lifeguard is present, designate one person to watch the child or children at all times. If children are in a pool or near a body of water, a caregiver needs to be close, paying full attention and not distracted by a phone or other diversions. Wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Children and adolescents must wear appropriately sized and weighted life jackets in or around watercraft. It’s important to understand that not all life jackets are Coast Guard approved. Adults can check this feature by looking at the tag on the inside of the jacket. Non-swimmers and small children should always wear life jackets when near water and while swimming. Adults should also wear them to model safe behavior.

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am a passionate person. My first response when someone hurts or offends me is to react in an angry way, usually through the words I speak. There have also been times when I did nothing just to “keep the peace.” But what God has been teaching me through these instances is there is a way to have TRUE peace with the person(s) who have done things to hurt me by:

1. Watch what you speak. When you are hurt, frus-

trated or angry, a natural impulse is to lash out with your tongue. I’ve been guilty of this, and found there is always negative consequences when I’ve spoken harmfully into a situation or about a person. As difficult as it is, we should guard the words we speak. We will give an account for every idle word spoken one day and should confess this as sin and turn from using our mouths as destructive forces. We have the ability to speak life or death, blessings or curses; choose to speak what will edify and build-up, not tear-down.

2. Don’t take revenge or retaliate with words or your actions. When you retaliate it gives the enemy

“fuel for the fire.” The enemy will “egg you on” to take revenge, but after you do, he will accuse you of being no different; that you can’t be a true witness for Christ or that you are not a true Christian. Never fight “fire with fire.”

When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even His enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7

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You might have to wait to confront an offender if they are hostile, defensive or aggressive towards you. Wait and continue to pray that God would give you an opportunity to speak or write them a letter. Sometimes God steps in and takes care of the situation for us, but what I am finding to be true for me is He wants me to be bold, fearless, courageous, and self-controlled. He does not want me to “run and hide” or get so angry that I take matters into my own hands.

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The Dallas Farmers Market-Regions Bank Parking Lot* Saturdays 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, PCPRCA: Summer Baseball Registration Now through May 31 at Mount Tabor Park For children ages 5 – 12 years. Age control date is June 1, 2019. Practice begins week of June 10. Fee: $91 with t-shirt and hat provided. Questions? 770-505-3885 Twice Blessed Consignment Sale (Three Days Only!) May 2; Thursday 5pm – 9pm May 3; Friday 9:30am – 4pm May 4; Saturday 8am – 12pm (Many items ½ off Saturday) Clothing, books, games, nursery items. Located at McEachern United Methodist Church 4075 Macland Rd, Powder Springs 3rd Annual Derby Day at McKenna Farms May 4; Saturday – Doors open at 4:30pm Boots and big hats encouraged! See their Community Spotlight on page 6 of last month’s issue! For information and tickets, visit Paulding County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale May 4; Saturday 8am – 1pm at Earl Duncan Park Grown perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, shrubs, trees, and of course Second Hand Rose. Also, gently used gardening items. Cash or checks accepted. Paint Recycling Day at Hope Church, 1970 Charles Hardy Pkwy, Dallas, GA May 4; Saturday 9am - 2pm Bring your old paint (latex and oil-based, non-leaking closed containers) and for a fee, we’ll recycle it for you. It’s cheaper than the dump, and better than the landfill! Questions? Email West Cobb Community Fun Fest and Movie Night May 4; Saturday 2pm- 6pm at Jim Miller Park FREE for the family. Fun Zone; Games, Live Music, Touch-a-Truck, Vendors and more! Family movie to follow. Questions? Comcast Cares Day benefitting Helping Hands of Paulding May 4: Saturday 8am- 1pm Questions? 770-443-1230  PCPRCA: Summer Camp; Fitness Classes and more Family Programs May 6; Registration OPENS To see a full list of the programs available through the Paulding Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, visit your local park, library or go to   15th Annual Golf Tournament presented by Rotary Club of Dallas May 8; Wednesday Register 8am; Shotgun Start 9am at The Frog The tournament benefits North Paulding Robotics. To register visit: http://dallasrotary Inspirational Banquet benefitting Helping Hands of Paulding May 9; 6:30pm First Baptist Church of Dallas Evening features Ken Scott, Comic Illusionist. Tickets are $15/per seat or $100/per table of eight.  WE NEED YOU! Questions? 770-443-1230  14th Annual Golf Tournament for Paulding County Special Olympics May 10; Register 9am-10:30am, Tee off 11am at Woodland Hills Golf Club Prizes and lunch provided; Questions? Spring Community Rocks Concert with Members Only May 10; Friday 7pm in Downtown Douglasville FREE concert; open to all ages. Featuring 80/90s tribute band – Members Only. 10th Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival at Cauble Park-Lake Acworth May 10-11; Friday 4:30pm – 10:30pm and Saturday; 11am – 4:30pm Admission is FREE! Visit for info. Events continued on pg 22

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“Helping You Thrive, Not Just Survive”


he owner, Jill Gilson, had a bigger reason to start this business. The people, who saw tremendous changes in her health were giving her an idea to pass her experience and knowledge to others. Jill always had problems with her health as long she can remember. Since her childhood, she lived with pain and didn’t know how to deal with it. Over the years, the symptoms progressed, and new diseases were added to her long list. She was diagnosed with diverticulitis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, IBS, thyroid and adrenal glands disorders. For over 20 years she struggled to find energy, to live a full life and to function as a normal person at work and home. On some days, it was hard to get out of bed, and Jill’s husband thought he was losing her. The doctors were referring her from one specialist to another and prescribed her additional drugs that would not work. Jill wished to get better and hoped that all prescriptions would help her someday. However, all thirteen daily medications started bringing her new problems, causing new side effects.


Jill and her husband were always in search of new healing methods. They heard about a chiropractic doctor in Alabama who was practicing holistic medicine. Taking several trips there and then continuing to work with him on the phone, he helped her to feel better and be more energized.

a long list of returning customers. She receives weekly calls from people who share their positive changes in health and who thank her for consultations she has provided in her shop. Jill’s own experience and peoples testimonials make her even more excited to serve the community. When you meet Jill, you will see yourself what a kind and caring person she is. And I am not surprised why her little shop on Cedarcrest Rd draws traffic into her door. Jill will dedicate her time and knowledge to you, and she will guide and cheer for you through the whole healing process.

He recommended to her several herbal supplements. Jill started to cut down on the medications and add more supplements. For a year, she continued to be persistent with this method, to the point that she was completely off all drugs. She felt great! She was hired at an herbal shop in Cartersville, Georgia and worked there for two years. During these time and through her healing process, Jill learned what worked for her and what didn’t. She learned how to listen to her body and how to avoid the side effects. The herbal supplements really worked!


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pring. The time of year when, as poet Alfred Lord Tennyson famously said, a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy “lightly turns to thoughts of love.” That is, of course, if you’re not sneezing, coughing or dealing with itchy eyes. Spring allergies seem to get worse every year. Is there anything you can do to avoid them? Yes, says allergist Dr. Todd Mahr, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “You might feel like suffering from allergies is going to happen every spring no matter what, but there are ways to help alleviate your symptoms.” These 8 tips will help you enjoy the season instead of sitting it out indoors. 1. See an allergist. Before the season kicks in, make an appointment with an allergist to find out exactly what is causing those itchy, watery eyes. Discovering the allergen that you’re reacting to is the first step in treating it. The ACAAI’s Allergist Locator can help you find a board-certified allergist in your area.

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2. Find out if it’s allergies or asthma. Or both. The symptoms from asthma can be similar to those of allergies. Allergies plus asthma can be a one-two punch for some allergy sufferers. Almost 75 percent of asthma sufferers also have allergies. Your allergist can diagnose what’s causing your symptoms and offer suggestions for treatment, so you can start living the life you want to live. 3. Consider allergy shots... They may be the best way to treat tree, grass, mold, dust mite, cat and dog allergies. Allergy shots are immunotherapy. That means your allergist will gradually give you increasingly larger doses of whatever you’re allergic to. There are also tablets that melt under your tongue to treat allergies to ragweed, grass pollen and dust mites. Both forms create a tolerance within your immune system. 4. ... or get a prescription. Research has shown that most allergy sufferers find prescription medications more effective than those they can get over the counter. But most people don’t go in search of a prescription. An allergist can discover exactly what you’re allergic to and prescribe the right medication to ease your symptoms. 5. Start medication before the season hits. Don’t wait. Much like successful pain management involves getting in front of pain before it kicks into high gear, by taking your allergy medications before the worst symptoms develop, you’ll be doing a lot to alleviate those symptoms. 6. Commit to a thorough spring cleaning. It’s not just to give the house a fresh look after the long winter. A deep clean will reduce allergens like mold, which build up in basements and other areas where you might not go every day. It’s also a great way to get rid of the pet hair and dander that have built up in places like your sofa. Wash throw rugs regularly, too, in hot water. 7. Wash the day away before going to bed. Take a shower and wash your hair before hitting the hay to rinse away pollen and other allergens you’ve picked up during the day. Similarly, wash your sheets and bedding once a week in hot water.

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Community Spotlight Our Children Are the Future: Teach them to Recycle Today! 5.11.19 By Bob Banks


ow many adults do things every day that we began to do as a child? We practice traditions with fond memories. As parents, we can instill habits in our children that foster a love of our Earth and teach them to reduce, reuse and recycle. Each of us has the responsibility to model these ideas and pass responsible practices to the next generation. One practical approach to this behavior is to encourage your child to begin recycling in your home. By reducing the things we buy, there is less to recycle or add to the landfill. Some items such as books, plastic bags, containers, old toys and clothing can be donated for other people who can use them. Designate a place in your home to store these items, then donate them to your favorite charity. The most vital component of this effort is to recycle, recycle, and recycle. Only 31.5 % of Americans recycle anything. According to the EPA, Americans only recycle 10 to 15 percent of all our garbage. Each year we throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles, enough to circle the earth four times; five hundred million glass bottles and jars a week, enough to fill a skyscraper; enough aluminum to build all our commercial airplanes every three


months, and enough paper to build a wall 12 feet high from New York City to Los Angeles. Recycling even saves energy by reusing instead of rebuilding.

involved is to connect and volunteer with Keep Paulding Beautiful through our Facebook page. We help recycle Christmas trees, host paper shredding events twice a year, conduct local clean-ups with flash mobs, beautify public spaces, and conduct litter indexes in Paulding. Parents encourage your children to get involved with this worthwhile endeavor, and children do your part in preserving our healthy planet.

What can everyone recycle? The first step to begin recycling at home is to make a survey list of the items that can be recycled. Help your children identify easy things to start with recycling. Wash and crush aluminum cans for easier storage, and tie newspapers, junk mail and magazines in a bundle. Corrugated cardboard from boxes also is a valuable recycling item.

The first Keep Paulding Beautiful Shredder Event for 2019 is coming up on May 11, 2019 at New Season Church in Hiram from 9am until 1pm. You can bring your documents for FREE and shred them securely courtesy of Keep Paulding Beautiful, the Paulding County Board of Commissioners, the City of Dallas, the City of Hiram and New Season Church!

Next, find out if your garbage company picks up recycling. If so, plan to add this service. If not, the Paulding County Recycling Center is located at 65 County Services Lane, Dallas, Ga. 30132. They take Cans, Computers/ Cell phones, Corrugated cardboard, Glass, Magazines/ Newspaper/ Mixed & Shredded paper, Motor oil, Plastic (#1 and #2 only), and Tires: Disposal fees apply. For a complete list of recyclables, you can check out https:// or https://www.facebook. com/kpbgeorgia

Bob Banks, is a Keep Paulding Beautiful Board Member and Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. Keep Paulding Beautiful’s mission is to create an atmosphere that inspires Paulding County citizens to care for their environment in a way that impacts future generations. For more information on recycling and the beautification of Paulding County, visit or the Paulding County Extension Office by visiting

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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! *AluminumCans:CansareacceptedatthePauldingCountyRecyclingCenterandtheRidge

RoadLibrary.Pleaseemptyandrinsethecans.Pleasecheckwithyourneighborhoodschoolsfor aluminum recycling as well. *AutoBatteries:ThesecanbetakentoPauldingCountyRecyclingCenter,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:PauldingCountyRecyclingCenter,OfficeDepotorfunctionalpersonalcomputers 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. *Motoroil:RecycleatplaceslikeAutoZoneandAdvancedAuto,orthePauldingCountyRecycling Center. *Newspaper: Paulding County Recycling Center, Walmart, Kroger in Hiram and some local schools. *Nickel-Cadmiumbatteries: TheseareacceptedatWal-Mart,HomeDepot,DallasCityHall and the Paulding County Recycling Center. *Office Paper and non-glossy mixed paper: This includes notebook paper, envelopes, post-itnotes,junkmail,printerpaperandnon-corrugatedcardboard.TaketoPauldingCounty Recycling Center. *Plastic:ThePauldingCountyRecyclingCenteracceptsplasticwithnumbers1or2onbottomof container(i.e.waterandsodabottlesandmilkjugs).Othernumbersarenotacceptedatthistime. *Plastic Grocery Bags: Kroger and Publix have collection bins at the front of their stores. *Polystyrene foam trays: These are accepted at Publix. *TelephoneBooks:Recyclingbinsareatthefollowinglocations-PauldingCountyRecycling 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: OldtiresareacceptedatthePauldingCountyRecyclingCenter.Thecostis$2/tirefor personalvehiclesizetiresand$3/tireforlargersizevehicles.Nooff-roadtiresareaccepted.They can also be taken to any tire dealer for recycling, although they will charge for this service. *WastePaint:ThePauldingCountyRecyclingCenterdoesnotacceptwastepaint.VisitNetpaint. orgoryoucanmixwithcatlitter.Aftermixing,leavelidofffor24hoursforhardeningthendispose of in household trash to be taken to the landfill.


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f you were to receive a sizable inheritance, what should you do with it? This money could help you achieve some of your important financial goals – so you’ll want to think carefully about your choices. Of course, everyone’s needs are different, so there’s no one “right” way to handle a large lump sum. But here are a few suggestions that may be useful:


Pay off some debts. Depending on the size of your inheritance, you may want to consider paying off some, if not all, of your debts, such as car loans, personal loans and student loans. You might even consider paying off your mortgage, but you may not want to, as you might be able to get a better return on your money by investing it. Also, if all your money is tied up in a house, you’ll typically have less liquidity than you would get from your investments. Contribute more to your retirement accounts. You may now be able to afford to contribute more to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, as well as to your IRA. These accounts offer tax benefits plus an array of investment choices, so they are excellent ways to build resources for retirement.

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Build an emergency fund. If you haven’t already built an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses, you may be able to do so now, using part of your inheritance. Keep the money in a liquid, low-risk account, so that it’s readily available to pay for unexpected costs. Without such a fund, you might be forced to tap into your long-term investments.

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Above all else, you may want to get some help. If you don’t already have one, a financial professional can recommend ways of using the money to help you meet your goals. For one thing, you could further diversify your investments, which is important, because diversification can help reduce the effects of market volatility on your portfolio. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification can’t prevent all losses or guarantee profits.)

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And a financial professional can help you determine how much your plans could change due to the inheritance. To name just one possibility, you might be able to move up your retirement date. If so, you’d need to adjust many aspects of your financial strategy, such as when to take Social Security, how much to withdraw each year from your retirement accounts, and so on.


You’ll also need to consult with your tax advisor, because some inherited assets, such as an IRA, could have tax implications.

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Save for college. If you have children, or grandchildren, whom you would like to someday send to college, you might want to put some of your inheritance into a college savings vehicle, such as a 529 plan, which provides tax benefits and gives you great flexibility in distributing the money.

Your loved ones worked hard, and probably invested for many years, to leave a legacy for you. So, to honor their memory, do whatever you can to handle your inheritance wisely.

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Outdoor You May Be Wise, But Are You Bearwise? Contributed by Melissa Cummings, Communications/Outreach Specialist


eorgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) offices receive and respond to more than 1,200 calls about black bears each year. The vast majority of these calls represent only minor situations that, at least initially, were entirely avoidable. BearWise is an education program recently developed by bear biologists from each of the 15 state wildlife agencies that make up the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). The program, anchored by the website, offers citizens specific, detailed, and high-quality information to help people live responsibly with bears and to keep bears wild. “Avoiding problems with bears is usually not that difficult, and is often quite simple, though it may not always be convenient,” says Adam Hammond, WRD’s state bear biologist. ~ Charles Spurgeon “We encourage people to check out the BearWise website, especially the six BearWise Basics, to learn more about what it means to coexist with these magnificent animals and to be Bearwise.”

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LET NEIGHBORS KNOW: Share news with your friends and neighbors about recent bear activity and how to avoid bear conflicts. Bears have adapted to living near people; are you willing to adapt to living near bears?

NEVER FEED OR APPROACH BEARS: Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs! SECURE FOOD, GARBAGE AND RECYCLING: Food and food odors attract bears so don’t reward them with easily available food or garbage. REMOVE BIRD FEEDERS WHEN BEARS ARE ACTIVE: Birdseed and other grains have a high calorie content making them very attractive to bears. The best way to avoid conflicts with bears is to remove feeders. NEVER LEAVE PET FOOD OUT: Feed outdoor pets portion sizes that will be completely eaten during each meal and then remove leftover food and food bowl. Securely store these foods so nothing is available to bears. CLEAN AND STORE GRILLS: After you use an outdoor grill, clean it thoroughly and make sure that all grease and fat is removed. Store cleaned grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.

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Shane and Shane are proud to be part of Fostering Hope at their church, Vintage 242. They understand that in Paulding County and around Georgia there is a foster care crisis; where there are not enough foster homes for the number of children who need them. Fostering Hope represents the foster community of Vintage 242, and operates through partnerships with FaithBridge Foster Care Organization and Winshape Foster Care. Since 2016, Fostering Hope families bring hope by serving as foster parents, providing respite care, babysitting, helping with transportation and meals, as well as coaching and mentoring children and birth families. They are dedicated to supporting at-risk families by helping them work to make the necessary changes needed for their children to return home. Will you prayerfully consider helping Paulding’s foster children? Whether you donate time, money, a meal, or open your heart and your home by fostering with love, you really can make a difference. For more information on fostering a child in Paulding here are several resources: Paulding County Department of Family Services: 1-877-210-KIDS Fostering Hope: Winshape Foster Care (WSFC): Faithbridge Foster Care:


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lants are wonderful outdoors and indoors, and are certainly a beautiful addition to your home. However, if you have pets, you may want to reconsider which plants you choose to have in your house (and out, if you have an outdoor dog). Some plants are completely harmless if they are chewed or eaten, but some are toxic and can even cause death. Because dogs are naturally curious and will often eat anything, it is a good idea to doggie-proof your house where plants are concerned. Here is a brief list of several plants that are harmful to your pet if ingested. The first plant on the list is the Azalea (Rhododendron sp.). This is a poisonous plant, though consumption does not usually result in death, it does cause severe irritation. The symptoms of ingestion include stomach irritation, abdominal pain, an abnormal heart rate or rhythm, and convulsions. Sometimes, in great quantities of Azalea consumption, a coma and/or death can result.

Castor bean (Ricinus communis) is a common plant that can be very harmful if it is eaten. The primary toxic ingredient in this plant is called ricin. Ricin has been used as poison for decades, and about 1 milligram is enough to kill an adult human. These plants may be grown as an ornamental plant, or they can be a household plant. Though the seeds are primarily the most harmful part of the plant, consider the whole plant toxic. The symptoms of ingestion are vomiting, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, shortness of breath, dehydration with excessive thirst and muscle twitching or convulsions. English Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is a beautiful plant that can be found almost anywhere. They are gorgeous and elegant as they climb up the side of the house, or as they hang from a plant holder in your home. English Ivy’s beauty may be deceiving, since this plant is very toxic to dogs if consumed. The symptoms of ingestion include stomach irritation, diarrhea, difficulty breath and coma resulting in death. Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense) is not a household plant, but it grows heavily in meadows, fields, by rivers, ponds and lakes. So if you live in a rural area and have a pet that loves to roam around outside, you will want to be familiar with the appearance and symptoms of Johnson grass poisoning. The symptoms of consumption include difficulty breathing, severe anxiety, convulsions and coma. There is an antidote available, so be sure to take your dog to the vet as quickly as possible if you suspect Johnson grass poisoning. Lantana is the final plant that is harmful if eaten. It is a popular plant that adorns gardens almost everywhere. It does not always cause death, but it can in severe cases. The leaves and berries of the Lantana plant are the most toxic part. The symptoms of ingestion include weakness, sluggishness, and bloody diarrhea. If the case is severe, death will occur within 2 to 4 days time. Protecting your pets by considering what plants you put in your home and in your garden is an important thing to do. Since you can’t keep an eye on your pets all the time, the safest and best solution is to simply remove these plants or avoid them altogether so there won’t be an accident. Your pets will thank you for keeping them safe!


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classic Chicken marsala is made with chicken cutlets, mushrooms and Marsala wine. It is a variation on a traditional Italian scallopini dish, which dates to the 19th century, when it most likely originated with English families who lived in western Sicily (where Marsala wine is produced). The chicken is coated in flour and sautéed . It is served with a Marsala wine reduction sauce, which often includes onions, mushrooms, and herbs. However my quick and healthy baked chicken marsala recipe cuts out some of the more labor-intensive steps — without sacrificing flavor!

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Ingredients (Serves 4-6) 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets (thinly sliced chicken breast) 8 ounces sliced mushrooms 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, NOT diluted ½ cup dry Marsala wine 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 sprigs fresh thyme stems removed Salt and pepper to taste For garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a large, shallow baking dish with cooking spray. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and place in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle mushrooms on top. 3. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together condensed soup, Marsala wine, garlic, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. 4. Pour sauce over chicken. 5. Bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F). The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. 6. Garnish with additional fresh herbs, just before serving

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations: l Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and bake the chicken in an 8-inch square dish. l Don’t have any Marsala wine? You can substitute with an equal amount of sherry, brandy or dry white wine. For an alcohol-free version, use chicken broth. l For a truly creamy Chicken Marsala recipe, add a splash of heavy cream to the sauce after the dish is done baking. l Can’t find chicken cutlets or thinly-sliced chicken breasts at the store? Buy regular chicken breasts and slice them yourself at home! l I prefer sliced baby bella mushrooms for this recipe, but white mushrooms will also work. l The following sides go well with this easy chicken marsala recipe: Wide noodles (such as papardelle or egg noodles); Rice; Crusty, toasted French bread; Broccoli; Asparagus; or a simple salad dressed with Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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