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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

Our Town OCTOBER 2019

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About the Cover: Beauty for Ashes Community Spotlight: FCA Paulding – Fields of Faith Faith: Fall Into the Word – Galatians 2:20 Calendar of Events Medical: Breast Cancer Survivor Puts Chemo to the Test Health: How Dehydration Affects the Body Finance: What Can a Financial Advisor Do? Gardening: Preserving Seeds: Gifts from the Garden Seasonal: Finally, It’s Fall Y’all! Feature Photographer: April Estes Business Profile: Fraser Roofing LLC What’s Cookin’: Pumpkin Chili Crossword Puzzle

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community spotlight Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fields of Faith Event

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tudents from East Paulding, North Paulding, Hiram, Paulding, & South Paulding will join thousands of other youth on athletic fields across the nation on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the 16th annual national Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fields of Faith. This rapidly growing, interdenominational outreach event will be held at more than 500 locations throughout the nation.

“Every year we are amazed at what God does in stadiums across the country,” Martin said. “Entire communities unite, and lives are changed for eternity right there on the athletic fields. We are excited to see how God will move again through His Word and His people this October. Fields of Faith challenges this generation to be committed to reading the Bible and living a transformed life for Jesus Christ,” said Martin. “It’s students challenging students, peers challenging peers and that’s the heart and soul of Fields of Faith.”

While many Christian rallies are anchored to an entertainer or professional speaker, FCA’s Fields of Faith is structured as a student-to-student ministry. Peers invite their own classmates and teammates to meet on their school’s athletic field to hear fellow students share their testimonies, challenge them to read the Bible and to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

In 2004, the Josiah-influenced dream came true when 6,000 students gathered on school athletic fields throughout three states for the first Fields of Faith event. That was the beginning of what has become one of the most significant faith-related gathering of students in a single day.

The national growth of Fields of Faith has been remarkable. Since the beginning of Fields of Faith in 2004, more than a million people have joined the movement. Fields of Faith began with an idea from Jeff Martin, FCA’s Executive Vice President of Ministry Programs and Resources, who conceived the concept from an Old Testament reference in 2 Chronicles 34, after searching how to help today’s generation of students face spiritual battles and temptations. In the scripture, King Josiah, an influential teenager very similar to Fields of Faith

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While Fields of Faith has its roots with FCA leadership, the event is designed to include multiple national Christian organizations, local churches and ministries. A local leadership team will determine the program of each Fields of Faith event. More information about Fields of Faith is available at FieldsofFaith.com. To learn more about the event in Paulding County, contact Brooke Shealy : 404-823-8432 / bshealy@fca.org (FCA, www.fca.org)

attendees today, gathered his people and challenged them to read the Bible. As a result, they changed their culture.

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Faith By Todd Gaddis, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas

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o you have a favorite Bible verse? My all-time go to passage of Scripture, Galatians 2:20, once which continues to shape my life, comes from the pen of the Paul. Note the following key statements that make up these words: “I have been crucified with Christ” By making this claim, the apostle is saying that the old Paul, the one who loved the law but hated the believers, died with Jesus (spiritually speaking of course), on the Cross. When R.G. Lee, a prominent preacher from a previous generation lingered at the spot believed to be where Jesus was crucified, the tour guide asked him, “Sir, have you been here before?” “Yes,” answered Lee, “2000 years ago.” And so it is with all whose sins have been covered by the shed blood of Christ. “It is no longer I who live” Augustine, key author, philosopher, and theologian of the church in the late 300s and early 400s, had an experience that clearly illustrates these words. While out walking one day, he met up with a prostitute, a sinful companion from his previous, carnal licentious days. When she smiled and said, “Augustine, it is I,” he turned away and responded, “But it is not I.” The result of conversion isn’t an improved version of the old person, but rather a new person altogether (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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“In the Son of God” The presence of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s life stemmed from his faith in God’s only Son Jesus. Like the apostle also wrote on a different occasion, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9). It’s one thing to believe in God. Even the demons do that and shudder (James 2:19). Possessing a saving relationship with His Son Jesus is another matter altogether. As the Lord said, “Believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 “Christ lives in me” When we are saved, the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit that “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27) mystery which God tasked Paul to make known among the Gentiles, comes to live in us. Our goal then should be that He not only reside, but preside, taking complete control of our lives. This happens as we continue to ask forgiveness of our sins and seek fresh fillings of the Spirit. “I now live by faith” Before his conversion, Paul focused solely on keeping the law. Released and redeemed, his life completely centered on faith in Jesus. Just like we are saved by faith, we are sustained by faith as well. Those with an earthly world view claim, “seeing is believing,” while those with an eternal perspective say, “believing is seeing.”

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Warehouse of Hope Trunk or Treat October 5; Saturday 12pm – 3pm Horseback riding $5, Kona Ice, and lots of fun! Wear your costume. 100 Hunter Rd. Douglasville. Questions? (770)-489-0509 The Big Day Event hosted by Gateway Baptist Church October 5; Saturday 8am – 5pm Yard sale, Great Food and Family Fun - bouncy houses, dunking booth, train rides and more. Proceeds benefit GBC food program that feeds 15-20 families monthly. 1862 Ridge Road, Dallas. Questions? https://www.gatewaybaptistweb.com/ Bark in the Park - Dog Woods at Coleman Camp Park - Dallas October 12 - Saturday; 10:00am - 1:00pm Scavenger Hunt, Vendors, Raffles, Food, and More! $10/One Dog; $15/Two Dogs; includes Trick or Treat Bag. www.relayforlife.org/barkpauldingga 17th Annual Heart of Paulding Fall Festival October 12; Saturday 10am – 4pm; Main Street in Downtown Dallas Paulding Fine Arts Association and the Merchants of Dallas invite you to check out local arts and crafts; food trucks; children’s activities, live music and more! Celebrate the fine arts and joys of fall! Event is rain or shine. FREE Admission!! 5k Scrubs Run- Paulding County High School October 12; Saturday 8am Professionally timed event with goody bag, race bib, and shirt included. Register early at www.pchsmagnet.com to confirm your spot!  Cabin Life – Pioneers of History at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site October 12; Saturday 10am – 4pm Get outdoors and join their living history specialists at the 1850’s log cabin. Hear stories of old and see period life-way demonstrations. There will also be guided tours of the cabin and nearby battlefield. 770-443-7850

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s a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her worst fear was confirmed after a visit to her doctor when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

put chemotherapy to the test with this genomic test. Her Recurrence Score result was 13, which confirmed that her risk of experiencing a breast cancer recurrence was low and she would not benefit from chemotherapy. As a result, Diane felt confident that she could forgo chemotherapy and its associated harsh side effects. Subsequently, she was able to resume her career as a pilot and her active lifestyle.

Following an inconclusive mammogram and ultrasound, Diane learned she had several small tumors. She underwent a mastectomy to remove the tumors followed by breast reconstruction, ultimately putting her piloting career on pause.

She recently joined a campaign called “Put Chemo to the Test” to raise awareness of the Oncotype DX test and encourage women recently diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer to ask their doctor to order it before finalizing their treatment plan.

The next big question was whether Diane should receive chemotherapy or not, so her physician recommended a genomic test - the Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score test. This tool has been proven to determine whether chemotherapy will be beneficial for individuals recently diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. The test provides a personalized score based on the biology of the patient’s tumor that can help tailor treatment decisions for their individual cancer. Recent results from the largest breast cancer study ever conducted, called TAILORx, confirmed that the test clearly identified the 70 percent of women with early-stage breast cancer who receive no benefit from chemotherapy, as well as the remaining 30 percent of women for whom chemotherapy can be life-saving.

She recommends that women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, or anyone with a friend or family member facing a breast cancer diagnosis, check out ChemoYesorNo.org to learn more about her story and obtain patient-friendly resources to determine if the test can help guide their treatment decision.

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Like Diane, one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. The treatment of invasive breast cancer should be personalized because what is best for one woman may not be right for another. If you have breast cancer, it’s important to take an active role in your health by learning about your available treatment options. An ongoing, collaborative discussion with your doctor is key in determining what treatment option best fits your individual needs. Following are a few questions to ask your doctor:

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How Dehydration Affects the Body Contributed by Cornerstone Chiropractic Sufficient water intake is critically important in maintaining normal physiological processes and eliminating metabolic waste products. All cells are aqueous environments. Drinking appropriate amounts of water every day aids each and every one of your body’s cells in performing its numerous functions so that you remain healthy and well. Also, water is a key component of the intervertebral discs. These shock-absorbing cartilaginous structures assist your spinal column in supporting the weight of your head and torso and distributing mechanical loads so that you can effectively perform physical tasks such as carrying weights.

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Sufficient daily water intake should be accompanied by the components of a healthy diet, including eating regularly from a wide variety of food groups, including fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and possibly dairy products. For example, all family members should eat at least 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. As well, a complete healthy lifestyle includes regular vigorous exercise. Five sessions per week of at least 30 minutes per session is recommended. Regular exercise provides mechanical challenges to bones, joints, intervertebral discs, and other musculoskeletal soft tissues, enabling these structures to obtain and maintain optimal strength, flexibility, and resilience. Regular chiropractic care helps coordinate all your healthy lifestyle activities. By detecting and correcting spinal misalignments as well as removing sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps all members of the family get the most out of their nutritional and exercise programs. As a result, regular chiropractic care assists children, adults, and seniors to achieve long-term health and well-being.

The intervertebral discs consist of a fibrocartilaginous outer ring (the annulus fibrosus) and a gelatinous center (the nucleus pulposus). Water is a significant component of both structures, especially the nucleus pulposus. Intervertebral discs begin to degenerate by the age of 4, and begin to gradually lose their blood supply, turgor, weight-distributing, and shock-absorbing capabilities. If dehydration has affected the intervertebral discs and has begun to result in clinically significant degeneration of a disc or discs, a person may experience back injury, and ultimately chronic back pain. Thus, for many reasons, ensuring optimal daily hydration is critically important for all members of the family, including children, adults, and older adults.

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Gardening Preserving Seeds: Enjoying a Gift from the Garden By Molly Zablan

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he act of preserving seed reaches back to ancient civilizations and remains beneficial for differing reasons. For many, saving seed affords an economic benefit, as seed packets can be costly. For others, connections with family past and present are strengthened with favorite varieties being passed from one generation to the next. Preserving heirloom plants for future use is another popular goal. Regardless of the reason, saving seeds provides a great start to the next season’s garden and the process is easy enough for the novice to find success.

Secondly, consider which plants to use in gathering seeds and when to harvest. The gardener will want to choose seed from healthy plants rather than from diseased or dying ones. It is good to assess which plants provide a tasty product and strong yield throughout the growing season and select seed from such plants. Allow beans and peas to mature and turn brown on the vine. Tomatoes should be picked when fully ripe. Choose seeds from strong, vibrant plants throughout the growing season to help ensure that seeds saved will develop into healthy plants. These lima beans are open pollinators and a good option for saving from year to year.

The first step is to consider which seeds to save. In choosing seed to save, consider first what is legal to save. Hybrid varieties should also be avoided since they are the product of cross-pollination. Even though hybrids provide viable seeds, any plant raised from seed may be far removed from the parent plant in characteristics. To keep it simple, open pollinated plants are the ones to choose, and many varieties can be found in Southern gardens and can be trusted to breed plants highly similar to the parent plants. Open pollinated beans, peas, and tomatoes may be a good start for the beginner.

The next step is extracting the seed. Place the pea or bean pods in a single layer and let them completely dry for a couple of weeks. When this step is complete, remove the seeds by shelling or gently crushing the pods. Tomatoes require a bit of fermenting to remove the membranes surrounding the individual seeds, making them easier to separate and use. Cut the tomato and scrape seeds along with the membranes into a jar and cover with water, sloshing the contents around once daily for four or five days. Once the seed covering has dissolved, pour off the water and any seeds, which have risen to the top; rinse the remaining seeds and place on a paper towel to dry completely. Packaging and labeling is the final step. Once fully dried, place in jars labelled with variety and date saved. Some people add silica packets to aid in keeping the seeds dry. Store in a cool, dry place. Finally, relax and enjoy the thought of having seeds ready for spring planting. Molly Zablan, is a Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. These volunteers are trained experts, who answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and environmentally friendly gardening practices. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or visit ugaextension.org/Paulding.

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I have been in remission for over 20 years because Dr. Michael Andrews is the world greatest Oncologist [and now, part of the family]. He exhausted every avenue possible to put my Cancer in remission; but does the same for all his patients while displaying his great sense of humor, unmatchable skill set and knowledge to defeat this beast that doesn’t discriminate called Cancer. What I hope everyone gets from reading my story is, there is life after a diagnosis of stage four cancer, and the lesson I learned while fighting for my life allows me to never walk past a field of beautiful flowers without appreciating them.

Rebecca Crawford and her husband Scott have two boys. Rebecca is a stay-at-home mom, but also operates her own interior decorating business. As crazy as it sounds, this journey has been one of seeing God, his care and love in ways that I never could have imagined. Beginning with receiving the call with news of the diagnosis during a bible study with five women that I love dearly. Over and over God showed how good and present He is in every situation. After I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in March 2017. I began a five month round of chemotherapy in April that ended in August. Chemo was followed by a mastectomy and then six weeks of radiation. Radiation ended in early January 2018. I had my final reconstructive surgery in late spring 2018. I can absolutely say that we will never forget the way family, friends and church family surrounded us. Everything from meals, taking me to chemotherapy appointments, cards, gifts....I’m still overwhelmed by the amount of love and sacrifice that we witnessed in the care we received throughout this long journey.

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Trick or Treat Village from PCPRCA October 26; Saturday 2pm – 7pm at Earl Duncan Park @ Paulding Meadows Bring the family out to this *FREE EVENT* in your best costumes to enjoy hay rides, trick-or-treating, games, and more! Food and drinks will be available for a small fee. Questions? 770-445-8065 Georgia Classic Rides Block Parties/Car Cruises October 26; 4pm - 9pm at Watson Government Complex Beautiful cars and family fun! www.georgiaclassicrides.com Creepy Classics: A Halloween THREE Movie Event at Dallas Theater October 26; Saturday Casper - 3:00pm; Beetlejuice - 5:30pm; Scream - 8:00pm See THREE Halloween classics on the big screen at this FREE event! 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 Love Life & Shop presented by Paulding Pregnancy Services November 16; Saturday 10am–4pm at Fortified Hills Baptist Church Arts, crafts, and retail festival. Visit with Santa; Shop with many vendors and check off some items on your Christmas list. Questions? 770-222-6911 VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) - Paulding is seeking volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. Our next training begins in October! Learn how you can help a child in foster care find a safe, permanent home. Email rlundy@casapaulding.org or call 770-505-0065. Visit casapaulding.org to learn more. Helping Hands of Paulding - Pantry Volunteer, Case Managers, Store Pick-Up, Back-up Truck Driver, Clothing Center Volunteer, Fundraiser Volunteer and Grant Writer. Questions? 770-443-1230 ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Battlefield Tours - Pickett’s Mill Battlefield* Every Saturday; 10am Questions? 770-443-7850 Book Writers Critique Group Every Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Wendy’s - Crossroads 8659 Hiram Acworth Hwy. Dallas. Information? Email writers_muse@att.net or call Be on the lookout for 678-414-6146, leave a message

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Celebrate 48 “Fun-Filled” Years of the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, Georgia October 12-13 and October 19-20; Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds - 1729 South Main Street in Ellijay, Georgia 30540 Parade, an antique car show, apple cake contests, and over 300 vendors with hand-crafted items, and on-site demonstrations. Admission: Adult - $5 and Children under 10 are FREE. No pets allowed. Visit georgiaapplefestival.org, for schedule and parking information, or call 706-636-4500.

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Ellijay is the heart of Georgia’s apple country and is safely nestled in the mighty Appalachian Mountains. From late August to December, roadside stands abound with the tastiest, tree-ripened mountain apples available. Buying direct means buying fresh. Visit georgiaapplefestival.org, under the tab “Orchards” for more information. Here are a few: B.J. Reece Apple House - 9131 Hwy 52 East - 706-276-3048; ReeceOrchards.com Hillcrest Orchards - 9696 Hwy 52 East - 706-273-3838; HillcrestOrchards.net Mack Aaron’s Apple House - 8955 Hwy 52 E.- 706-273-3600;MackAaronsAppleHouse.com R & A Orchards - 5505 Hwy 52 East - 706-273-3821; RandAOrchards.com Red Apple Barn - 3381 Tails Creek Road - 706-635-5898; RedAppleBarn.com

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A great outdoor family treat is a visit to a corn maze. This is also great fun for a school or church group. If there are several of you, divide into groups and make a game of it by seeing who can finish first, but NO cutting through the corn rows! Burt’s Farm - 5 Burt’s Pumpkin Farm Rd, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534 At Burt’s Farm the pumpkin selection is vast and the quantity is never ending, as is the Indian corn, cornstalks and hay bales. Hayrides are pulled by John Deere tractors that take you through a winding trail filled with nature and beauty. Don’t forget to check the “barn” store for Burt’s fresh baked goodies. Visit www.BurtsFarm.com or call 1-800-600-BURT for more information and directions. Uncle Shucks Corn Maze – 4520 Highway 53E, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534 The corn maze at Uncle Shucks is located on a 12 acre field of corn that has approximately 4 miles of trails; twisting and turning, and sometimes, coming to a dead end! There are also hayrides, food, and you can “Pick-Your-Own” pumpkin. Visit www. UncleShucks.com or call 1-888-OSHUCKS for hours of operation and directions. Haunted Maze during the month of October.

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pril Estes is a native of Paulding County and has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 12 years. They have had an amazing journey thus far and have been blessed with four beautiful children who are the inspiration and the heartbeat of her business.

My journey begins with our daughter Belle. At the age of 6, Belle was in renal failure and needed a kidney. In my attempt to donate my kidney, I underwent the required health screenings including a mammogram. The mammogram results led to a biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis that I had invasive breast cancer. Two tumors were discovered that would require aggressive treatment. The results were devastating especially considering at this time our daughters health was failing. She was connected daily to a dialysis machine fighting for her second chance at life and desperately needing a kidney. Even worse was to learn my cancer diagnosis removed any opportunity for me to donate my kidney.

April graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2002 with a BBA in Finance. She spent several years in her career at a local bank until she had her first son. Although she had always had an interest in photography, this is what altered her career path. She became passionate about the opportunity to be able to preserve and capture every sweet little moment and the emotions that it created when looking back at those moments. She began classes at the Showcase School of Photography and officially opened her own photography business in 2008. While currently in her 7th year of her business, she has been blown away with how God has blessed her. The opportunities that her career has unveiled and the many friendships it has allowed her to develop along the journey has been such an encouragement of God’s provision and plan for her life and her business. April is an on-location photographer and offers sessions for whatever is special and dear to your heart. Whether you are growing your family, about to send him off to college or preparing to walk her down the aisle, April wants the opportunity to capture these important milestones for you so you can cherish them forever.

Chemotherapy was difficult as I lost all of my hair, my ability to taste food and daily energy. After a year of chemotherapy and surviving numerous major surgeries I could finally focus on my daughter having her transplant. February 2012, my husband was miraculously able to donate his kidney to our daughter. Almost 8 years after my cancer diagnosis and my daughter’s health battle we celebrate our second chance at life together giving thanks to our loving God for blessing our family. Looking back, I thought because I was young and healthy that breast cancer was something other women battled. I am so thankful to be almost 8 years cancer free. Every day is a gift from God where I choose not to be a victim of breast cancer but an OVERCOMER and SURVIVOR!

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raser Roofing, LLC is honored to serve the people in their local communities for the past 10 years. In fact, this October is their 10-year anniversary! Owned by Dominick and Sara Fraser, the company is headquartered in Lawrenceville, GA and recently opened a new office in Smyrna. With multiple locations, they are able to service all your residential and commercial roofing needs in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Their honest and professional sales team is available to perform free roof inspections. They can help diagnose a leak or walk you through the insurance claims process if you have storm damage on your roof. If you have an insurance claim, they can provide effective solutions that will give you a higher chance of collecting maximum compensation from the damage done to your roof. Their contractors have provided high-quality roofing repairs, replacements, and installations throughout the states of Georgia and South Carolina. Thousands of roofs have successfully been restored, maintained, and upgraded on their watch!

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tablespoon olive oil small onion, diced teaspoons minced garlic ½ lbs. lean ground beef (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup frozen corn kernels 2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes (NOT drained) 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce ½ cup beef broth (plus extra to thin, if necessary) 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper Optional (for serving): cornbread; corn chips; cheese; sour cream; sliced green onions/ chives; cilantro; avocado; diced red onion

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72. Catch 73. Change, as a clock DOWN 1. Campus military org. 2. Length x width, for a rectangle 3. Lagerlöf’s “The Wonderful Adventures of ___” 4. Depart suddenly 5. Czechs 6. Cool 7. “Thanks ___!” 8. Accident 9. Zen enlightenment 10. ___ Khan 11. Enthusiasm 12. Fast finisher? 13. Chimera 19. Pen 21. Adage 25. May event, for short 27. Pedal pushers 28. Announce 29. “Do ___ others as...” 30. Aim 31. Audited, with “on” 35. O. Henry’s “The Gift of the ___” 36. On the safe side, at sea

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1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook about 5 minutes or until it begins to caramelize around the edges. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute. Add the beef and brown all over, breaking up the meat as you go, about 5-7 more minutes. Drain fat and return beef mixture to the pot. 2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, covered, on low heat for about 1-1 ½ hours. 3. Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with optional toppings. FOR THE SLOW COOKER:

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook about 5 minutes or until it begins to caramelize around the edges. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute. Add the beef and brown all over, breaking up the meat as you go, about 5-7 more minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. Drain fat. 2. Transfer the beef mixture to a slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours. 3. Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with optional toppings. Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations: l Turkey pumpkin chili is a delicious and easy twist! Just substitute ground turkey for the beef, and use chicken broth instead of beef broth. l Any of your favorite beans will work! I use pinto beans, but you can try a can of red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, pink beans, or black beans (for a Halloween-inspired black-and-orange bowl). l To make last-minute dinner prep even faster, I like to brown the ground beef, onion and garlic in advance and then just keep the cooked meat in a container in my refrigerator until we’re ready to use it. This is a step that I can usually do on the weekend so that I only have to dump the ingredients into the pot on a busy weekday morning. l Leftover chili can be cooled, then stored in an air tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. l To reheat, thaw overnight. Place chili in a saucepan. Cover and warm over low heat, just until heated through. If it seems too thick, thin the chili with a splash of broth or water. 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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Focus on safety, with the help of the Paulding and Douglas County Sheriffs’ departments, the Douglas County Fire department and Safe Kids. They’ll have the BearCat (armored vehicle), the sound truck, Command Center, Polar Patrol and a fire engine on-site for children to see! Learn about electric vehicles and their benefits from trusted energy advisors. Enjoy menu options available for purchase by The Deep South Biscuit Co. food truck, as highlighted on a recent episode of Food Truck Nation.

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BUSINESS MEETING AND PRIZE DRAWINGS Get updates on your cooperative’s status, starting at 11 a.m. Stay for the prize drawings immediately after, including the grand-prize giveaway — a Chevy pickup truck retired from GreyStone’s fleet!

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