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eople visit their dentist more than any healthcare professional and this unique relationship allows the dentist to help screen their patients for breathing disorders. Proper breathing is vitally important to your health. Breathing through your nose helps filter most allergens and microbes from the air, warms and humidifies the air, and helps with proper oxygenation of the blood. Most importantly, nasal breathing allows for the facial bones to develop to their full genetic potential.

So what is the big deal if you breathe through your mouth? First, you lose the benefits of nasal breathing mentioned above. Second, as your body tries to maximize the efforts of mouth breathing, your face begins to change. You develop a longer face, your dental arches narrow, your tongue moves to a lower forward position and your lower jaw falls back (see illustrations). As these physical changes take place, you develop sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. Signs and symptoms for children might include snoring, ADHD, bed wetting, recurring ear infections, grinding of teeth, social anxiety, poor grades, dark circles under the eyes, failure to thrive. Signs and symptoms in adults might include snoring, exhaustion, and memory loss. Common co-morbidities include high blood pressure, memory loss, cardiac issues, and stroke. If you or someone you know is a mouth breather, call our office for a free consultation and get more information on how to correct this disorder. Call us at 770-445-1314 to make your appointment today.

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he Gilbert family has been planting and harvesting crops in Paulding County since 1963, when Bob Gilbert’s parents purchased their land. His mother loves to tell the story of her father encouraging her to “buy some land to raise her boys,” and that’s what she did! They purchased 500 acres at the time, and the family still has 80 acres today. Bob and Jenny Gilbert have been married 28 years. They have one daughter, Emilee, and Bob has two more daughters, Lindsey Catone and Jenna Gilbert. Since 1996 they had been farming their land with fresh cut flowers and vegetables. They sold their products to wholesalers in Atlanta and at local farmers markets. Jenny also specializes in florals for special events and weddings, and Bob has experience in real estate and development, and upper education furniture sales.

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Emilee and Derik moved back to the family farm because they knew this was the best place for them to build a home and start their family. They feel blessed to be raising their children on the farm, where they can learn so much from the land and experience their new family venture from the start.

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The Gilberts had been talking about starting a new business they could all be involved in and use their land in the best way possible, while being able to bring in revenue and enjoy themselves. With their collective experience and love for wine, the idea of Qualusi Vineyards was born. Qualusi is a Cherokee word meaning ‘grapes.’

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The Gilberts visited a few North Georgia wineries, then jumped in full force. They planted a test plot in 2016 before planting a remaining 2.5 acres in 2017. Switching to vines has been a fairly smooth transition with their years of farming experience. The vines they currently have are Blanc du Bois, Norton and Crimson Cabernet. They are able to grow these varieties at this elevation because these particular vines are disease resistant to Pierces disease which can affect some varieties at this elevation. It takes all the Gilberts to keep the vineyard running smoothly, as it is three businesses in one – vineyard, tasting room and winery. Bob and Jenny are in charge of vineyard management, Emilee is in charge of tasting room operations, and Derik will eventually work full time as the Head Wine Maker. Though everyone has their own skill set, they help out and are involved in every aspect of the business – including Cover Story Continued on Page 24 planting and harvest time.

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Emilee met Derik Gilbert through a mutual friend who thought it was romantic they shared a last name. The two of them have been married now for four years, and have two children, Harrison age 2 ½ and Hadlee age 7 months. Emilee is a certified Wedding and Event Planner, and has worked as a Catering Director in the private club industry. Derik is a Sales Manager at Auto Experts in Acworth.

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ccording to the National Retail Federation, 41.4 million people shopped exclusively online from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday in 2018. As the holidays approach, online shopping will continue to grow in popularity, helping families spend more time celebrating the season and less time struggling through long disorganized lines, fighting massive crowds of frantic shoppers, and worrying about whether that must-have gift will still be on shelves at the mall. While online shopping offers up a convenient way to purchase holiday gifts, many consumers are concerned about their delivered packages going missing. Ensuring your online holiday purchases are securely delivered can make your cyber shopping experience even more rewarding and stress free. Here are five tips that will keep your packages safe and your holidays happy.

1. Get deliveries straight to your garage with Key by Amazon

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the option to select in-garage delivery at checkout. To provide peace of mind that your holiday purchases won’t go missing or get damaged by weather, all you need is a myQ-connected garage door opener linked to the Key App to have packages delivered directly into your garage for no extra charge. myQ technology can be added to all leading brands of garage door openers in minutes via a Chamberlain myQ smart garage hub, which is being offered at a low cost this holiday season.

4. Team up with a neighbor

Work with a trustworthy neighbor to mutually look after each other’s packages. If a neighbor is home during an anticipated delivery, ask permission to have packages sent to their address or have them hold deliveries that come to your front door. Return the favor whenever possible, and bake a holiday treat or give a small thank-you gift to show your appreciation.

5. Request a signature

If you are ordering expensive items online, it is a smart idea to require a signature for delivery. By requesting a signature before a package is released, you can ensure that your online purchases are never left unattended. If you are not home at the time of delivery, the mail carrier will typically leave a note with options for rescheduling the delivery for a more convenient time or picking the package up in-person.

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Most delivery services allow customers to set instructions. Ask your mail carrier to knock or ring the doorbell so that you are immediately alerted when a package arrives at your door. If snow, rain or any other weather issue is a concern, consider requesting that you mail carrier drop off packages in an out-of-sight dry spot. Get creative with these drop-off locations and use other delivery points such as back porches, patios and exterior basement stairs.

Holiday shopping is already stressful. Give yourself the gift of peace by trying out some of these package delivery tips, and spend more time enjoying the moments that matter.

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Vinedressers must also closely monitor the vineyard to ensure each is receiving the proper amount of water. Failure to provide sufficient water could lead to sunburn, immature vines, and pest problems. We must also receive our daily “soaking of water” in Christ’s presence through His word and being still to hear His voice.


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John 15 15 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.




et’s take a closer look at what a vinedresser is and use that comparison to our relationship with Jesus. A vinedresser is involved with daily pruning and cultivation of grapevines. Vinedressers work nearly yearround to ensure they have a successful crop. A vinedresser prunes. Pruning is an essential task as it removes dead, diseased, or stunted fruits to make room for new growth. Without this pruning, new growth could not take place. Much like Christ as a vinedresser, He works nearly year-round to prune off old sin habits, bad attitudes, and hindrances to our relationship with Him. When we are being pruned it usually does not feel good, and we wonder why it has to happen at all or so much. Pruning has to take place in us like with the grapevine for new growth. A vinedresser also is a pest manger by keeping pests away from the vineyard. When we stay connected to Christ, He protects us from our enemies. When we under the shelter and protection of the Lord, we are protected from our enemies.

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Grapes take 5 to 6 months to harvest. Different grapes are harvested at different times, depending on their growth. Vinedressers must continually evaluate and monitor the vineyard. We must be patient as the Lord prunes us and as we wait for the harvest. After much pruning, watering, spending time in God’s presence, we will see our harvest come to pass. This harvest could be in the form of increase in joy, peace, hope, faith, renewed hope, old sin habits that have been pruned away, and attitudes that hinder us have been cut off completely. We are the branches and the vine is Jesus, as the source and sustainer of life. The branches must abide on the vine to live and to bear fruit. A branch that is truly connected to the vine is secure and will not be removed, but the branch that appears to be connected (superficially), will be removed. Jesus is the true vinedresser, and He blesses and cares for those connected to Him. Branches belong entirely to the vine, if branches are to live they must completely depend on the vine for sustained nourishment. Many Christians fail to depend on Christ, and instead of being attached to the true vine, they are attaches to their profession, popularity, money, church and ministries. What “vine” are you connected to? Contact Stephanie through www.StephanieReck.com


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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! l Parents Night Out - Nov. 1 and Dec 13; Friday 7pm – 11pm; $25 per child  l Toddler Time - every Friday from 10am – 12pm; $5 per hour 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Secret Santas Needed for Paulding’s Foster Children Email PDFCS at Paulding.Foster.Kids.Christmas@gmail.com to learn how you can create excitement in a child’s life this Christmas! Due West UMC’s Holiday Market - Bake Sale -Silent Auction November 2; Saturday 9am – 2pm Over 45 vendors with handcrafted items - jewelry, pottery, monogramming and more. Proceeds benefit Due West UMC Preschool. Market: 3965 Due West Road, Marietta. Questions? 770-590-0982 or Facebook: DueWestUMCPreschool 30th Anniversary of Christmas Open House - Christmas is our Business November 3, 10, 17 and 24; Sunday 12pm – 6pm December 1 and 8; Sunday 12pm – 6pm 12+ Beautifully decorated trees, garlands, wreaths, etc., FREE Admission. 149 Mary Wallace Way, Dallas. Rosewood Park Subdivision. Empowering Women GiveMas Event November 8; Friday 7pm at The Pizza Shack in Cedarcrest Collection event of food for school, weekend back pack program. Food can be dropped at the Paulding Chamber until November 20. Questions? 770-445-6016 Be Free Fitness 5K benefitting Shepherd’s Rest Ministries November 9; Saturday 7am – 11am Questions or to register call 678-247-5498; email befreefitnessrocks@gmail.com Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) Meeting November 9; Saturday 10:30am at the Pickens County Library Keynote speaker: Dr. Barbara Kawulich. Meetings are free and open to the public. www.gatrailoftears.com

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT Millennials May Need to Boost Life Insurance

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f you’re a Millennial – born between 1981 and 1996 – you’re either in the very early or relatively early stages of your career, and as the old song goes, you’ve got a lot of living to do. Still, it’s not too soon to think about a financial issue you may have overlooked: the need for life insurance. Regarding this topic, Millennials need to ask three key questions: When should I purchase insurance? The answer to this question depends somewhat on your stage of Millennial-ism. If you’re a young Millennial, perhaps just out of college, single, and living in an apartment, your need for life insurance may not be that great. After all, you may well have other, more pressing financial needs, such as paying off your student loans. But if you’re an older Millennial, and you’ve got a mortgage, a spouse and – especially – children, then you unquestionably need insurance, because you’ve got a lot to protect.

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How much do I need? Millennials who own life insurance have, on average, $100,000 in coverage, according to New York Life’s 2018 Life Insurance Gap Survey. But that same survey found that Millennials themselves reported they need coverage worth about $450,000, leaving an insurance deficit of approximately $350,000. That’s a pretty big gap, but of course, these figures are averages and may not apply to your situation. Still, you should know how much insurance you require. You might have heard that you need life insurance worth about seven or eight times your annual salary. And while this isn’t a terrible estimate, it doesn’t apply to everyone, because everyone’s situation is different. A financial professional can look at various factors – your age, your marital status, number of children, size of mortgage, etc. – to help you arrive at an appropriate level of coverage.

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Keep in mind, also, that your employer may offer life insurance as an employee benefit. However, it might be insufficient for your needs, especially if you have a family, and it will probably end if you leave your job. What type of life insurance should I get? Many people initially find life insurance to be confusing, but there are basically two types: term and permanent. As its name suggests, term insurance covers a given time period, such as 10 or 15 years, and provides only a death benefit. It’s generally quite affordable, especially when you’re young and healthy. Permanent insurance, on the other hand, offers a death benefit and a savings component that allows you to build cash value. Consequently, the premiums are higher than those of term insurance. Again, a financial professional can help you determine which type of insurance is most appropriate for your needs.

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Thus far, we’ve only been talking about life insurance. But you may also need other types of protection, such as disability insurance, which can replace part of your income should you become ill or incapacitated. And you may eventually want to explore long-term care insurance, which can help cover you for the enormous costs of an extended nursing home stay.

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ovember is here and it is the start of the holiday season! Thanksgiving brings families together with food and fun and traditionally, Christmas decorating begins the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. Nothing symbolizes the holiday season more than a wreath on the front door. It is like a welcome sign for all the visitors to your home. The kind of wreath you hang on your front door can tell a lot about the inhabitants inside too! The hanging of wreaths is traced to Roman times. They were hung at the time of Winter Solstice. It was considered a time of darkness, as the days were short. Wreaths made from Holly, an evergreen, were circular to represent the life cycles of the world around them and the belief that light and life would return in the spring.

If you have never made a wreath from live greenery, there is no time like the present! You will need a few supplies to get started, such as: a wreath form, floral wire, ribbons and decorations, all found at your local craft store. For the greenery, look around your yard. Using sharp pruners, trim branches from trees such as, Pine, Spruce, Cedar, Magnolia, Leyland Cypress or Arborvitae. Holly bushes are another great option, as well as herbs like, Rosemary or Bay. As you prune, look for healthy, flexible stems and be sure to keep your cuts balanced and symmetrical so it does not affect the look of the tree when finished.

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iking and running are great exercises for burning calories and toning your body. However, these exercises can cause pain in your feet and ankle joints. When you’re running, your feet are always coming off the ground and then hitting the ground with a great deal of weight. As we head into fall and winter, inclement weather, falling leaves, snow and ice can impact your outdoor exercise routine. Some exercise equipment and low-impact exercises enable you to work out while decreasing discomfort or pain in your feet and ankle joints. Consider the following workout equipment to help prevent injury to the feet and ankles. Rowing Machine Rowing machines allow you to work on your upper body while in a seated position. These machines were developed to imitate rowing a boat and avoid excessive strain on your feet. If you try using a rowing machine and you begin to feel tension in your feet, it’s possible that you are too far away or too close from the foot stop of the machine. Simply adjust the seat to resolve this issue. Stationary Exercise Bike With a stationary exercise bike, you can adjust the difficul-


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he Paulding County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for the annual Cops for Kids Christmas shopping program. Cops for Kids obtains its funding through generous donations from local businesses and citizens, as well as several fundraisers which are hosted by Sheriff Gary Gulledge and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. With the help of the community and local business owners, this program has been very successful over the years. When this program began in 1998, we took 20 children shopping. Currently, we take approximately 200 children shopping each Christmas. We have met and exceeded our goals every year thanks to contributors like you.

and donors; no matter what year you joined us. It takes everyone’s participation to be successful.

You can drop checks off in person or mail them to the following address: Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Cops for Kids Attn: Lt. Tracy Parker 247 Industrial Way North Dallas, GA 30132

We hope your business or organization has been successful this year and you will be able to donate. It only takes $200.00 to sponsor one child. Every donation helps, and we encourage you to join forces with other business owners or individuals to sponsor one or more children.

Donations to Paulding Cops for Kids, Inc. are tax deductible because it is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization as prescribed by the Internal Revenue Service. Your donation is not only tax deductible, but helps us give Christmas to a needy child in Paulding County.

If you feel compelled to donate, please make checks payable to “Paulding Cops for Kids.”

We expect a rough year for many families here in our community. Please be assured that every penny you donate stays here in Paulding County! If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Lt. Tracy Parker at (770) 505-5536. Thank You, Sheriff Gary Gulledge

Sheriff Gulledge and I would like to personally thank the businesses that have been with us since 1998. YOU are one of the reasons this program has been so successful. We also thank our many partners

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ervice dogs offer countless benefits to help combat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also be instrumental in rebuilding and uniting families after veterans come home from serving their country. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 30% of American military veterans experience PTSD after returning home from combat. Yet only about 40% of those individuals ever seek help. Service animals are recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The designation is limited to dogs who are trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. In some cases, these tasks are highly physical in nature, such as guiding a person who is blind or pulling a wheelchair. Other roles service dogs play may be less immediately visible, such as providing a calming presence to a person with PTSD who is experiencing an anxiety attack. More Than a Companion Service dogs are highly trained to assist military veterans in achieving better quality of life. Veterans who utilize service dogs report lower levels of depression and anxiety, fewer hospitalizations and a reduction in medical and psychiatric costs, among other benefits. Beyond what these canines help prevent, they also ease loneliness and stress, help veterans return to work or college, strengthen personal relationships, and provide security and unconditional love. Up to the Task Just like the members of the armed forces they help, service dogs are highly trained professionals with an important job to do, including turning on lights and opening doors; nudging or licking to interrupt flashbacks or nightmares; using their body weight as a grounding mechanism to reduce anxiety or alleviate panic; retrieve bags with medications or a list of numbers to call during a medical emergency; provide security and reduce hypervigilance in public places; and pick up dropped items and assist with mobility and ambulation. When You See a Service Dog Service dogs are often large breeds that stand out in a crowd, and their calm demeanor can make it seem perfectly appropriate to approach and pet them. However, it’s important to remember that service dogs are at work and distractions can prevent them from providing the service their owners need. The International Association of Canine Professionals offers these etiquette tips for interacting with service dogs and their owners: n Remember, a service dog is there as support for a person with a physical or health disability, which may or may not be readily apparent. n Respect that health conditions are private matters most people prefer not to discuss with strangers. n Just as you would not stare or point at a person in a wheelchair, avoid calling unnecessary attention to a person with a service dog. n If you must interact, always focus your attention on the handler, not the dog, so the dog can stay focused on its job. Avoid whistling, clapping or otherwise distracting the dog. n Teach children not to approach service dogs. Although most are trained to avoid aggression, a perceived threat to their handlers could result in warning growls or barks that may scare a child.

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Skillet Chicken Recipe with Apples By Blair Lonergan, The Seasoned Mom


fter a bountiful apple harvest, enjoy this savory, healthy dinner that’s ready for the table in about 30 minutes! This Skillet Chicken Recipe with Apples combines the sweet fruit with aromatic rosemary and savory onions for an easy meal that’s full of complex flavor.


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Ingredients (Serves 4) 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs. total) (or substitute with 2 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken thighs)

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon butter ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard ¾ teaspoon salt, divided 3 medium apples, sliced (I like a firm-flesh apple such as Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, or Braeburn)

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Instructions 1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper (to taste). Once the skillet is hot, add chicken to the pan and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Do not disturb the chicken until it is seared on the first side. Flip the chicken breast over and brown on the other side (about 6-10 more minutes). The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm. 2. Do not clean out the skillet, but melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onion and rosemary in butter; cooking for 1 minute or until lightly golden, scraping up the bits from the bottom of the skillet as you stir. Add brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt, and apples; cook (stirring regularly) for 12 minutes, or until apples are softened. 3. Return chicken to the skillet and heat just until warm, spooning apple sauce over the meat. Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations: l The total cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. I always recommend using a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your chicken. It’s done perfectly when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. l I’ve shown boneless, skinless chicken breasts here, but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer the dark meat. The thighs will cook for about 7 minutes on each side. l I prefer a firm-flesh apple in this recipe because they hold up to the cooking process (rather than turning to mush). Good varieties include Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady or Braeburn. l Swap out the apples and use pears instead! l Can’t find fresh rosemary? Substitute with about 1/4 teaspoon (or 1/2 teaspoon for a stronger flavor) of dried rosemary. For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/skillet-chicken-recipe/ Blair Lonergan started ‘The Seasoned Mom’ to simplify mealtime for her family. For more family friendly recipes, including her “Week in Meals,” visit www.theseasonedmom.com. Sign up to have her latest recipes delivered directly to your inbox. Recipes and images belong to TheSeasonedMom.com and are used with permission.


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