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Contributing Writers: Melissa M. Cornay Dr. Tonya Cremin Roberto De Jesus Kristine Huffman l Ron King Brittany Kirkland Yong S. Lee, MD Samantha Markham Mittie Mitchell Our Town Media Group, Inc. Stephanie Reck l Dan Winfrey 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 2017, 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 Childers Family Community Spotlight: Legacy of Bethlehem Family Focus: Safe Toys for Children Calendar of Events Health: Winter Skin Care Tips Finance: Can You Afford to Retire Early Faith: Cast Your Cares on Jesus this Holiday 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Schedule Medical: Lower Back Pain Dampens Holiday Spirits Gardening: Christmas Cacti and Poinsettias Seasonal: Paulding’s Foster Kids Christmas Project Paulding’s Favorite Christmas Lights Keep Paulding Beautiful – Recycle Feature Photographer: G&E Studios Pets: Keep Your Pets Happy/Healthy This Christmas Crossword Puzzle What’s Cookin’: Cornay’s Christmas Bark

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hristmas is in the air, and the excitement cannot be contained. Even our neighborhood stores couldn’t hold off until after Thanksgiving to pull all the seasonal tricks out their bags. But, aside from nostalgic decorations and the anticipation of both gift-giving and receiving, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and celebrating this time with family and the ones you love. This season is about gathering everyone at your home to watch Christmas movies or read the Christmas Story with hot cocoa at their fingertips. It’s even about getting the entire family excited for that ice skating adventure the kids have been begging you about. Yet whatever your holiday traditions may be, remember the reason for the season. The Childers are one of many families who understand this precisely. Their favorite holiday is all about family and celebrating the birth and life of Jesus Christ. The Childers have spent most of their lives in this community. Jared Childers was born and raised in the area, but his wife, Danielle, moved to Paulding from Nashville, Tennessee in 1995 after her dad, who served in the Navy, transferred to Dobbins.

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Jared first laid eyes on his future-wife at WC Abney Elementary in Dallas. The two became good friends instantly. It would take a few more years, when the two were seniors at East Paulding High, before they took their friendship to the next level and began to date. Years later, the childhood friends would say their vows to each other before God.

Accepting new patients from infants to adolescents. Dr. Lisa’s goal is to provide the highest individualized care possible. As a mother herself, and the only dentist in her practice, Dr. Lisa understands that your child’s well-being and your time is just as valuable as hers. That’s why we NEVER over book, and how we stay on schedule.

As of this past June, the lovebirds have been married for ten years and have two beautiful children. Their oldest, Eli, is five years old and their daughter, Annistyn, is two. Jared has been a lineman for Greystone Power for the past thirteen years. As a member of the safety steering team, Jared advocates for safety, and enjoys every part of it. Danielle worked in banking for thirteen years, but most recently left her Branch Manager position at Bank of the Ozarks in 2015 to be a stay-at-home mom after the birth of Annistyn. Danielle spends her free time volunteering at My Father’s House, a Christian, sober-living home for women, which is located in Hiram. Danielle’s mother graduated from the program in 2015, so the ministry hits close to home and is “very dear to her Cover Story Continued on Page 26 heart.”

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Spiritual illustrations are weaved in throughout the city. For example, guests will be offered a taste of freshly baked bread at the town oven, followed by a sip of grape juice at the wine seller’s booth; both of them together are a picture of the Lord’s Supper. It truly is an event you won’t want to miss.

egacy of Bethlehem is a depiction of life at the time of Christ’s birth and is a ministry of Legacy Baptist Church in Dallas. This is their fourth annual event with plans to continue and grow this LIVE experience every year; and held during the second weekend in December.

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Legacy of Bethlehem will be held THREE NIGHTS ONLY on Friday - December 8, Saturday - December 9 and Sunday - December 10th. No reservations are required. The first group leaves at 6:00 pm with the last group allowed to sign in at 9:00 pm on Friday, and the first group leaving at 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. This fantastic journey into Bethlehem is a free gift to the community. The experience begins with a wagon ride and guided tour, which are both handicap accessible. The live animals will delight the youngest visitors. Guests are guided through the city of Bethlehem and made to feel as if they are themselves sojourners that have traveled to be counted in the census. Each booth that is visited depicts a little more of what life was like at the time of Jesus’s birth and reveals the truth about why He was born.


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Last year the Paulding and surrounding communities welcomed Legacy of Bethlehem with over 2,200 visitors whose feedback was very positive. This year the city has been doubled in size. The journey through Bethlehem takes about an hour, plus wait time which can vary depending on how many visitors come. There are concessions at a nominal cost. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate will be available in the hospitality room after visitors have returned from their journey.


The members of Legacy Baptist Church warmly invite the public to come and rejoice with them this Christmas season. Legacy of Bethlehem is hosted and held at Legacy Baptist Church, located at 2976 Dallas Acworth Highway, Dallas Georgia 30132. If you have questions, please call 770443-0805.


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Check Construction Stuffed toys are ideal for small children, but make sure they are safe for your child by looking at the way the toy is made. Are the eyes, nose, and other small features fastened on tightly? If not tightly secured, these items can come off when a child inevitably puts it in their mouth. Are There Sharp Edges? Any toy with a sharp edge can be a potential safety hazard for a toddler. A child walking or running with such a toy can fall and be injured by it. Again, toddlers like to put things in their mouths, so a sharp-edged toy could cut their lips, gums or tongues.

Check for Recalls Before setting out on your toy shopping excursion, find out what toys have been recalled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can tell you if a toy has been recalled that could pose a serious safety threat to your child by calling 1-800638-2772. You might be surprised to find out that some of the leading toy makers have recalled toys. While you are at it, it’s a good idea to check older toys your child already has to be sure they are not on the recall list. The CPSC website will tell you what to do if a toy you have is on the recall list.


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Check for Hazards and Sturdiness Safety is something you should always check. Small parts can be a safety hazard. Parts small enough to fit easily into a toddler’s mouth can be a choking hazard. This may seem to be an unlikely problem when you’re looking at that ideal toy, but remember, small children and infants automatically put items in their mouths. If there are small parts that are very likely to come off after a light drop, it’s a good idea to look for something else.

Are There Electrical Or Heating Units? Only children over 8 years old should receive electric toys with heating elements. Do not be tempted to buy these for a younger child just because they are a bargain and would be fun to play with. When children are playing unsupervised, a toy with an electrical heating element can be hazardous.

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Check Age and Ability Check the packaging to make sure the toy you are buying is appropriate for your child’s age and ability. A game that is meant for a 5 year old can be perplexing for a 3 year old. Also, read the directions. Make sure to follow the instructions for proper assembly and how to play with the toy. If you can’t understand them, chances are a child probably won’t be able to figure out how the toy works either.

Remove Dangerous Packaging Remove those twist ties that keep toys secure in their packages. They keep the toy looking good on the shelf, but they become a hazard when the toy is removed from the package. Even if your toddler’s toys do not have these, check older sibling’s toys for them. They need to be properly discarded to avoid any danger to a younger child. On Christmas morning, you can eliminate a suffocation hazard to your child by immediately throwing away all plastic wrappings from the toys.


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‘Lights of LIFE’ at Life University in Marietta Now through December 31 $10 per car – Friday/Saturday/Sunday; Nov. 23-26 and Dec. 15-31; 6pm-10pm $5 per car – Monday – Thursday 6pm-9pm; $20 per bus regardless of date. Petting zoo, train and pony rides, concessions. Questions visit 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Glover Park - Marietta Now to January 3; Times vary Winter Wonderland in Marietta Square and ice-skating in Glover Park. For more information visit Paulding Gymnastics DECEMBER Events for Kids! December 16 – Mock Meet December 27-29; January 3, from 7am-6pm – Christmas Camp December 31 - New Year’s Eve Sleepover 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Register/Questions? 770-445-5525 Hiram Christmas Tree Lighting - Main Street - Hiram December 1; Friday; 6pm – 9pm Music and dance performances, Santa, snow, food trucks, and more! Christmas Singing and Remebrance Service December 2; Saturday 7pm at Jeff Eberhart Funeral Home If you’ve lost someone, join them for a special Christmas Memorial Service to gather celebrate your loved one’s life…together. Service held at 123 Watson Drive, Dallas. Questions? 770-445-4496  25th Annual Christmas Parade Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Paulding December 3; Saturday 1pm in Downtown Dallas (Rain or shine) “Making a Difference in Our Community” Can food drive for Helping Hands, Inc. For more info visit Christmas Open House - Christmas is our Business December 3 and 10; Sundays 12pm-6pm at 149 Mary Wallace Way, Dallas. December 2; Saturday 1pm-5pm at 91 Renner Path, Dallas FREE Admission. Beautiful designs. Donte $25 for chance to win a 36” decorated wreath, proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Enjoy homemade Apple Cider, cakes and fudge. Questions? 678-457-4434/770-529-1891

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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center December 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register at www.pauldingcham or call 770-445-6016. A Friday Night Before Christmas with Santa and Mrs. Claus December 8; Friday 6pm – 8:30pm at Burnt Hickory Park A festive evening filled with crafts, snacks, games, and photo time! Fee: $10. Photo times assigned upon registration. Questions, call PCPRD 770-443-7540


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Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* December 9; 2nd Saturday of the month Kritters Country Club is located at 7377 W. Strickland Street in Douglasville. Call 770489-7500 for hours and more information. Live Nativity Celebration at St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church December 15-16; Friday and Saturday 6pm – 9pm Outdoor presentation every 30 min; last one at 8:30pm. 5725 Fords Road, Acworth, at the corner of Ford’s Road at Mars Hill Road. Questions? 770-590-9040 Hanukkah Celebration and Menorah Lighting Marietta Square, Glover Stage December 18; Monday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Holiday music, FREE hot chocolate/donuts, photo booth, games/stories hosted by Congregation Ner Tamid. All welcome, arrive early for free parking. For more information visit

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Winter Skin Care Tips:

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How to Avoid Overly Dry, Itchy, Irritated Skin This Winter


s the colder months set in, you may notice your skin transitioning into a dry, itchy, flaky mess. In addition to being unsightly, when skin becomes dry and irritated, it can exacerbate the symptoms of certain skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Winter weather affects your skin in several ways. During the summer months, the humid air helps to moisturize your skin, and the nourishing minerals in vitamin D are more easily accessible because of the vast amount of sunlight. In places with harsh winters, such as the Northeast, once winter arrives, the humidity levels plummet outdoors and you’re stuck indoors for longer periods of time. Cold winter air lacks humidity and dries up natural oils in your skin, causing dehydration. Bitter winter winds also cause chapping and windburn. Between the harsh weather outside and the blasting heat inside, your skin needs extra care during the winter months. Start following these tips early, before the thermometer hits the freezing mark and your skin will thank you this winter season.

Avoid hot showers and baths: Your first instinct on a cold morning is to take a long, hot shower. While tempting, this is not a good idea for your skin. Bathing in hot water breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin, which causes a loss in moisture. Instead, take warm showers and avoid staying in for an extended period of time. Showers should be limited to 10 minutes or less.

skin. Switch to a heavier moisturizer in the winter that is oil-based, not water-based. The oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture. Make sure to also use an oil-based moisturizer with SPF, even when the sun isn’t out. UV rays that cause skin damage are present year-round, rain or shine. Use a humidifier: In the winter months, the lack of moisture in the air causes skin to crack and become itchy. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air and prevent extreme dry skin. Run it in your bedroom at night to counter the drying effects of indoor heating. Be sure to follow the directions for cleaning the humidifier to avoid build-up of bacteria.

Exfoliate: Overtime your skin creates a build-up of dead skin on your outermost layer. These dead skin cells are what make your skin look dull and flaky. In addition, this layer acts as a barrier, preventing moisturizer to absorb fully. Exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin cells and reveals newer, healthier-looking skin. Use a gentle exfoliating product a few times a week, or less, if you have sensitive skin.

Bundle up in layers and take off wet clothes: Dressing in layers allows you to take clothes off when you experience overheating and sweating. This is important especially for psoriasis and eczema sufferers as sweating can make symptoms worse. Avoid irritating your skin by wearing soft fabrics. Fabrics such as wool and denim are more likely to irritate your skin. Wet clothes that are worn close to the skin can cause irritation and sores. Change out of wet clothes - gloves and socks as soon as possible.

Moisturize: Once your skin is exfoliated, the next important step is moisturizing. A common misconception about moisturizers is that they add moisture to your skin. Although better serums can be absorbed, most moisturizers are not formulated to add moisture to your skin, they just lock-in the moisture that’s already there. Therefore, it’s important to apply moisturizer to damp

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Merry Christmas Can You Afford to Retire Early?

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ome people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you’ll need to plan ahead – because a successful early retirement can’t be achieved through last-minute moves.

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So, if you’re determined to retire early, consider taking the following steps: • Pick a date. Early retirement means different things to different people. But it’s important to pick an exact age, whether it is 60, 62, 64, or whatever, so you can build an appropriate retirement income strategy. • Think about your retirement lifestyle. You may know that you want to retire early – but have you thought about what you want to do with your newfound time? Will you simply stay close to home and pursue your hobbies? Do you dream of spending two months each winter on a tropical island? Or are you thinking of opening your own small business or doing some consulting? Different retirement lifestyles can have vastly different price tags. Once you’ve envisioned your future, you can develop a saving and investment plan to help you get there.

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• Boost contributions to your retirement plans. If you want to retire early, you may well need to accelerate your contributions to your retirement accounts, such as your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan. You may need to cut back in other areas of your life to maximize the amounts you put into your retirement plans, but this sacrifice may be worth it to you. •  Invest for growth. Your investment strategy essentially should be based on three key factors: your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. When you change any one of these variables, it will affect the others. So, if you shorten your time horizon by retiring early, you may well need to reconsider your risk tolerance. Specifically, you may need to accept a somewhat higher level of investment risk so you can invest for greater growth potential. • Keep a lid on your debt load.  It’s easier said than done, but try to manage your debt load as tightly as possible. The lower your monthly debt payments, the more you can contribute to your retirement plans. Life is unpredictable. Even if you take all the steps described above, you may still fall short of your goal of retiring early. While this may be somewhat disappointing, you might find that adding just a few more years of work can be beneficial to building resources for your chosen retirement lifestyle. For one thing, you can continue contributing to your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan. Plus, if you’re still working, you may be able to afford delaying your Social Security payments until you’re closer to your “normal” retirement age, which, as defined by the Social Security Administration, likely will be 66 or 67. The longer you put off taking these benefits, the bigger your monthly checks, although they will max out once you reach 70. And even if you are not able to retire early, some of the moves you took to reach that goal – such as contributing as much as you could afford to your IRA and 401(k), controlling your debts, and so on – may pay off for you during your retirement – whenever it begins.     This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 678-574-5166

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faith By Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC


asting our cares on Jesus means more than just superficially saying we are casting our cares upon Him; it means we are actively trading our worries, anxieties and fears into prayers. It also means we are taking those disturbing, faith-less thoughts captive and continually renewing our minds with the truth in God’s word.

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1. Organize, write down a “To-Do” list, and plan when possible. 2. Have limits (budget) on your spending before you spend.  3. Get creative and make homemade gifts. People will appreciate the thoughtfulness. 4. Limit time with unhealthy, toxic, or negative family members.  5. Say, “No.” You can’t be at every event, party and at every family function for the holidays. 6. Rest when you can. Take time to rest because the holidays can be quite taxing physically and mentally. 7. Do fun things and enjoy time with people who are enjoyable. 8. Balance your eating during the holidays with fresh fruit and vegetables, and drink green tea for immunity. Be sure to get some form of exercise. 9. Carve out frequent time to spend with the Lord. Sit in His presence and let your soul be still before Him. Don’t go and run from place to place, but be still. 10. Take long, warm bubble baths and sit back and let the warm water relax your tired muscles. 11.Cast all your cares, anxieties, fears, and worries unto the Lord. Casting your cares means replacing your worries, burdens, and anxieties with prayer and taking every thought captive and renewing your mind with the truth of God’s word. 12. If you are lonely or depressed, find a good, Bible-believing church and attend. Give back to others who are in difficult circumstances. Talk to someone, tell them how you feel, let someone pray with you. Don’t suffer alone.

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Sometimes we can get overwhelmed, especially during the holiday season; with so much to do, people to visit, and gifts to buy with a limited budget. It can get overwhelming if we have difficult or dysfunctional relatives, or maybe even a prodigal child. Our burdens and concerns can make us feel heavy, as if weights were put upon our shoulders. We may even try to meet the demands and expectations of everyone; this can be especially difficult coming from a divorced or step-family. We may be overwhelmed with the consumerism that comes with the holidays, and feel we have to keep up with everyone else. Some may go into debt this holiday season or take on an extra job just to have the income to buy gifts. Some will begin to drink or use drugs to get through, while others sink into a pit of despair and depression because they cannot keep up with the demands and expectations, or feel heartache from the many losses they may have endured.

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We are so busy that we do not take the time to rest with God. We must pull away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and unplug our phones, laptops, and other electronic devices, and plug into the source of our strength. We are not stopping long enough to get refilled and refreshed by Jesus. It is not about trying to please everyone, even your family, it is about Jesus and your relationship with Him.

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limbing ladders, hanging holiday decorations, and lifting heavy packages are part of holiday preparation. But these extra activities may bring about, or aggravate, lower back pain. Fortunately, many back problems resolve themselves without medical intervention after a few weeks. However, when a back problem persists, impacts standing upright, or causes leg pain or weakness that grows worse, it is time to consult with a medical professional. The most common cause of lower back pain is a sprain, strain or spasm usually brought on by poor lifting technique, twisting and lifting at the same time, slips and falls, or improper ergonomic practices. The back consists of more than 30 small bones, or vertebrae, stacked one on top of the other, and separated by spongy cartilage known as discs. Unfortunately, there are many possible causes of back pain and determining which of these is responsible for your specific symptoms can be difficult. A great first option for addressing non-emergency back and spine pain is consultation with a physiatrist, which is a medical doctor trained in the medical subspecialty known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). A PM&R physician is specially-trained to work together with the patient to evaluate their functional deficits, conduct specialized diagnostic tests and procedures to identify the cause of those deficits, and prepare a comprehensive treatment program to address the patient’s underlying condition with individualized therapy and non-surgical methods. The goal of the physiatrist is restoration of the patient’s functional level using conservative, non-surgical intervention, while avoiding the use of long-term medication therapies to minimize pain. The physiatrist will perform a thorough physical and neurological examination. To help confirm the cause of the back pain, the physiatrist may utilize X-rays, MRI imaging, CT scan, bone scan, or bone density tests. Physiatrists are also trained in electrodiagnostic medicine, which evaluates the function of nerves in the limbs, identifies specific nerve entrapments and other nerve lesions, and assesses whether the connection between the nerves and their muscles are intact.


A conservative treatment plan may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), a period of rest, passive physical therapy such as massage, transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), heat/cold, and then active rehabilitation exercise, or physical therapy. A variety of spinal injections or procedures may be used to provide pain relief and functional improvement. l

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Christmas Cacti and Christmas Poinsettias

By Kristine Huffman


hortly after Christmas last year my sister called me in a near panic. She had received our Grandmother’s infamous holiday cacti to tend and care for during the coming year. The beautiful little cacti had been passed down through a few years of relatives and landed on her windowsill this particular year. The cactus had very colorful tubular flowers and was always placed in an heirloom planter making the worry of proper care all the more real. Christmas cacti shows flattened leaves with rounded looking teeth along the edges and it will bloom near Christmas. This is common in the holiday cacti world where florist list Thanksgiving and Easter cactus as seasonal. The care of most holiday cacti is simple, making it the perfect gift for both green thumbs and non-gardeners alike. In their native range the cactus live in rain forest unlike the common cactus we are familiar with from the west. Christmas Cacti are not sun loving. Primarily they prefer short days meaning 8 to 10 hours of light while dark last 14 hours.

During the summer months set your cacti in a shady spot and water thoroughly. You can fertilize it with a fertilizer made for houseplants between the months of April and October. You may find a few leaves fall off during this time but this is not alarming if you are providing the proper care for your plant.

it to low temperatures. For best results to show off your Poinsettias place them near a sunny window, but don’t let their leaves touch the cold window pane. Poinsettias are tropical plants and are usually grown between 60 and 70 degrees F in greenhouses. They are best kept away from radiators, air registers, and fans. To extend your plants blooming time place it in a cooler room at night. (55 to 60 F is ideal) Examine your Poinsettia’s soil daily and water it when it feels dry.

It is possible to take a clipping and pass it along to other family members to enjoy as well. Prune the cacti after the flowering season is over. They are easy to propagate by taking a clipping and placing it in a pumice or well-draining soil / germinating mix until new growth is seen. Water sparingly until you see new growth then regularly after that.

Your Poinsettia will be in full bloom in December. During the month of February the flower fades and in March you should remove the flowers and cut the stems to 6 inches. Replant into a larger pot during the summer months and pinch all lateral shoots to 4 inches. You can root the shoots if desired. In August bring your Poinsettias inside and keep in light from 8am to 5pm.

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Poinsettias and Christmas Cacti are two of the joys of Christmas. Growing and caring for plants long term spreads Christmas cheer throughout the year. Kristine Huffman, is a Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact a Master Gardener or the County Extension Agent at the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or check us out online at

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tart the Holiday Season off with a jingle by making sure there is a sparkle in a child’s eye, a place for them on Santa’s knee, and the hope that wishes really do come true. The 20th annual Paulding County Foster Children’s Christmas Party on December 09, 2017. Each year through the help of local businesses and individuals in our community we are able to sponsor each Paulding County Foster child with gifts from Santa, an awesome breakfast, and a fun filled adventure. I want to thank you for being such an important influence in our program in the past.

• Sponsor or donate: party supplies, breakfast food, entertainment, toys • Volunteer at the party 7am-12n • Set up an Angel Tree at your business • Gift cards for door prizes for the foster parents who give so much unselfishly

‘It would be impossible to reach this goal without people like you.’

It would be impossible to reach this goal without people like you. I am writing to invite your business or you as an individual to participate this year. Please note all monetary donations are accepted, but are needed as soon as possible. Checks should be made out to Family Alliance of Paulding. The event will be hosted by Stars and Strikes for the 10th year! This is such a wonderful opportunity for the foster families. They really have a blast! It is so awesome to hear

Benefits of supporting this project:

• All contributions are 100% tax deductible (EIN#) • You can take pride in being a good citizen • You will have positively impacted a child’s life. If you would like to sponsor this project or volunteer your services please contact me at 678-641-6385 or email me at pcfoster

their laughter and see the smiles on their faces as they climb up on Santa’s lap and get their gifts. It really makes you realize how we take things for granted.

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• Sponsor a child(ren) by wish list or monetary donation. It is our goal to give $50.00 gift cards for the teens to a local store of their choice.

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Possum Drop - Tallapoosa December 30 and 31; Saturday and Sunday Forget Times Square, come to downtown Tallapoosa for the Possum Drop on New Year’s Eve! Two days of live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Additional info at or call 678-250-Drop (3767). Golden Nugget Drop at The Mill Amphitheater in Villa Rica December 31; Saturday 10pm – Midnight  Free event, rain or shine! Headlining is ‘Departure’ - a Journey Tribute Band. VIP tables are $30 (6 seats). Lawn chairs, picnics and non-alcoholic beverage welcome. To reserve call Janet Chumley at 678-785-1092. “Bring One for the Chipper” – Recycled Christmas Tree Program January 6, Saturday 9am – 3pm at Home Depot in Hiram Recycle your Christmas tree this season! 770-439-0707. ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Dallas Farmer’s Market at 25 Courthouse Square, Every Saturday 9am – 1pm, through December. Weather Permitting Playing Pickleball in Paulding County, Indoors at Mt. Tabor Park in Dallas Tuesdays; 11am – 1pm and Wednesdays; 6pm – 8pm, thru end of 2017 East to Learn and Play. Free Lessons Available. Questions? 770-794-1985 Dallas Georgia Writers Guild Every Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas Dallas Rotary Club at Audrey’s Café* Every Thursday; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Contact Madge Lovingood 770-439-7991 with any questions. Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry* Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes. Visit to see menu and cutoff date for orders. 678-310-9660. Major credit cards accepted. Located at 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) - Fortified Hills Baptist Church Meets every other Friday; September- May from 9:30am - 11:30am Women with children ages birth-Kindergarten are welcome. Childcare is available. Questions? Paulding County Beekeepers Club* 2nd Thursday of the month; 7pm at Dallas Primitive Baptist Church 222 Legion Rd., Dallas or follow on Facebook at Paulding County Beekeepers! Questions? Call Sue McCleary at 678-310-7305. Paulding County Singles Ages 50 and Over* 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6pm at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, Hiram Paulding Singles 50 and Over on Facebook or call Phyllis Coble at 678-247-6499. Paulding County Writers’ Guild Meeting* 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm at the Hiram Bookstore 5077 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy, Ste. 109, Hiram. Call 770-943-0571 or check www.pcw for meeting info.

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Favorite Local Lights Atkinson/Rowell Family Christmas Lights 18 Riverwood Landing, Dallas December 4 – December 31 - Sunday/Thursday 5:30pm – 9pm and Friday/Saturday 5:30 – 10pm TWO homes with over 30,000 Christmas light displays choreographed to special seasonal music. Tune to 99.1. For more information find them on Facebook at Atkinson/Rowell Family Christmas Lights.

Aubuchon Lights 28 Southshore Pass Dallas (Brightwater Subdivision) December 1 - 26 Thousands of Christmas lights on display with popular music from the hit movies, Disney sound tracks, and popular Christmas hits. For more information and hours find them on Facebook at Aubuchon Lights.

Felix Family Christmas Lights 224 Oliver Overlook (Oliver drive in GPS) Dallas Now – December 31; most nights from 6pm – 10pm; Hours vary on weekends and busy nights Three houses, Christmas lights/music display with nearly 100,000 lights and choreographed to popular Christmas tunes. Tune to 100.9FM. 100% of donations benefit Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. Find more information on Facebook at Felix Family Christmas Lights.

‘Lights of LIFE’ at Life University in Marietta Now through December 31 $10 per car – Friday/Saturday/Sunday; Nov. 23-26 and Dec. 15-31; 6pm-10pm $5 per car – Monday – Thursday 6pm-9pm; $20 per bus regardless of date. Pony rides! Train rides! Petting zoo! Concession stand! Questions visit

Lights for Lupus/ Smoot Family Christmas Light Show 3699 Autumn View Drive, Acworth, 30101 November 23rd-December 31st; Sunday/Thursday 5:30-10pm and Friday/Saturday 5:30-11pm Over 75,000 lights synchronized to over a dozen Holiday songs. Free hot chocolate Saturday nights in December. 100% of donations go to The Lupus Foundation of Georgia. Find them on Facebook at Smoot Family Christmas Lights.

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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! *Aluminum Cans: Cans are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center and the Ridge Road Library. Please empty and rinse the cans. Please check with your neighborhood schools for aluminum recycling as well. *Auto Batteries: These can be taken to Paulding County Recycling Center, 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: Paulding County Recycling Center, Office Depot or functional personal computers 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. *Motor oil: Recycle at places like AutoZone and Advanced Auto, or the Paulding County Recycling Center. *Newspaper: Paulding County Recycling Center, Walmart, Kroger in Hiram and some local schools. *Nickel-Cadmium batteries: These are accepted at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Dallas City Hall and the Paulding County Recycling Center. *Office Paper and non-glossy mixed paper: This includes notebook paper, envelopes, post-it notes, junk mail, printer paper and non-corrugated cardboard. Take to Paulding County Recycling Center. *Plastic: The Paulding County Recycling Center accepts plastic with numbers 1 or 2 on bottom of container (i.e. water and soda bottles and milk jugs). Other numbers are not accepted at this time. *Plastic Grocery Bags: Kroger and Publix have collection bins at the front of their stores. *Polystyrene foam trays: These are accepted at Publix. *Telephone Books: Recycling bins are at the following locations - Paulding County Recycling 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: Old tires are accepted at the Paulding County Recycling Center. The cost is $2/tire for personal vehicle size tires and $3/tire for larger size vehicles. No off-road tires are accepted. They can also be taken to any tire dealer for recycling, although they will charge for this service. *Waste Paint: The Paulding County Recycling Center does not accept waste paint. Visit Netpaint. org or you can mix with cat litter. After mixing, leave lid off for 24 hours for hardening then dispose of in household trash to be taken to the landfill. When dropping off recyclables, glass, tin cans and plastic can be in the same bag. The Paulding County Recycling Center is located at 65 County Services Lane, Dallas, Georgia 30132. For more information contact “Keep Paulding Beautiful” at 770-443-0119 or visit

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Remembering Betsey Joyner

Betsey was a precious soul and a true fighter. She was a bright light with an endearing, witty sense of humor. A giver. A lover of life. This season she celebrates a perfect Christmas in the arms of her loving Savior, Jesus. Betsey, you are loved and missed! (Please save us a seat!)

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In addition, the Childers have made Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas their church home. The family is very active in church and are looking forward to their church’s upcoming ‘Share the Joy’ event on December 9th; a special event this Christmas season where they’re able to share their joy and love for each other, the community, and Christ.


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One of their favorite family traditions are antique picking. Jared picked up the hobby from his grandfather, who was in the antique business for years. The tradition has since trickled down and now Danielle and Jared have gotten the children in on their fun. The kids have become Jared’s “picking buddies” as they rummage through their local flea markets and antique stores. In addition to antique picking, the family loves to work in their yard, swim during the warmer months, fish, and ride their four-wheeler.

Have a corporate event, family reunion or birthday party; they will tell that story too. Want to relive the event in later years? Let them video your event! Their tagline, “It’s all about the light,” says it all. Gary understands and focuses on the use of natural lights and strobes to provide the best images possible. G and E Studios’ also offers a photo booth that gives you and your guests many hours of fun and excitement.  Numerous props, a customized background, and the red carpet experience will make for an elegant feel for all of your events. #PhotoBoothFun

As Christmas creeps closer, the Childers prepare for the holiday as it is very special to them and holds a great deal of meaning. The family shared with us that, “Christmas is a time we reflect on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In our home, we enjoy Christmas traditions but the most important part of our Christmas is making sure our children know the true meaning of CHRISTmas. It is not about how many presents we have under the tree but about a sweet baby boy who was born of a virgin for a very special purpose, and that was our salvation. Happy birthday Jesus!”

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During the Christmas holiday, you can find the Childers decorating their home with vintage décor, spending quality time with their families, hunting for amazing Christmas light displays, and enjoying great food. They also enjoy caroling with their church, in addition to visiting those who are sick and shut-in. We hope the holiday brings the Childers and each family a joyous, safe, and Merry CHRISTmas! Our Town would like to thank Josh Strickland and Julie Merritt of the Unique Piece Furniture store in Dallas for their assistance and letting us shoot at the store! Unique Piece Furniture is family owned store featuring top-quality home furnishings and mattresses. They are located at 101 Greystone Blvd, Dallas. Contact them at 678-402-1190 or visit online at

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he holiday season can be very stressful for all of us, but it can also be stressful for our pets. Additionally, our pets may have more access to things that can harm them at this time of year. So, it is important to ensure our animals are happy and healthy over the Christmas period. This article will discuss some of the things that conscientious owners should do to reduce the possible risk to their animals.

1. Be Careful with Decorations

It is wise to keep an eye on your pet, especially cats and dogs, which may have easier access to tree decorations and lights. Obviously, these can cause serious harm to an animal if he or she tries to eat them. If your pet is a big chewer, you may choose to purchase a product, such as Bitter Apple, and place it on electrical wires to deter chewing and guard against potential electric shock.

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However, it is not just the tinsel, lights and baubles you need to be concerned about. Natural decorations can also prove very harmful to pets. For example, poinsettia, mistletoe, ivy and holly berries are all poisonous. Therefore, if you wish to decorate your home with any of these items, ensure they are out of reach of animals.

Hi there! We’re LOGAN (I sport a white scarf and have two little black spots on my white nose), CARTER (you just gotta love the black and white markings on my upside down heart-shaped nose and my “bowtie”), and EMERSON (I have silly white whiskers and a white scarf), and we are all named after Georgia towns because we are local boys! Our cat mom gave birth to us under a shed in the back of a trailer park and a kind family cared for us. When they felt we were old enough, they contacted an FFRS volunteer to see if they could help us find a new family. We were welcomed into the FFRS family and went to our first event on 10/28/17. Everyone said we are adorable! We say we are handsome! We are all even tempered, affectionate, and intelligent. Take a chance on bringing any of us into your life and you will find out what a joy a we Tuxedo cats can be! If you will consider giving use a home, we promise to provide you with years of love, laughter, loyalty, and companionship. We are neutered, up-to-date with age appropriate vaccines, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of adoption. Our individual adoption fee is $125.00, but if you adopt all of us together, you’ll get a special deal – in more ways than one!

2. Too Many People

A house full of guests can cause great distress to your pet. It is always a good idea to ensure your pet has a little quiet hide away that he or she can retreat to if feeling overwhelmed. If you are a cat owner, you may find that rearranging the furniture in your house can cause your cat to stop using his, or her, litter tray. Therefore, it is wise to try to retain as much familiarity as possible during the festive season.

3. ‘Tis the Gorging Season

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Yes, the holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry, but your animals shouldn’t get in on the act too. Too much ‘human food’ can lead to many digestive problems for an animal and may even make him, or her, very ill. A little naughty treat is one thing, but remember your pet is not an extension of your garbage disposal. Incidentally, it is not advisable to give dogs a bone from your turkey, because they can easily splinter and puncture your dog’s intestinal wall. Moreover, chocolate is poisonous to many animals, so that is best avoided too.

***Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is in dire need of foster families, and volunteers to help with cleaning, feeding, and socializing our cats at the Rescue Center and/or helping at our weekend adoption events two weekends a month at the Kennesaw Petsmart. If you are willing to give of your time and your heart to help our kitties, please complete our online Volunteer Application at The gratification of knowing you make a difference in the lives of these deserving cats is overwhelming.*** Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a licensed, non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention and excellent care to homeless cats, working hard to find them good permanent homes.

4. Christmas Trees can be Dangerous

Although it may seem silly, a Christmas tree can prove very attractive, especially to a cat, which will want to climb it and even use it as a scratching post. Obviously, it is not uncommon for a cat to knock a Christmas tree over. To avoid damage to your house and danger to your cat, you may find it useful to tie the tree down with fishing line or something similar.

5. Ribbon on Gifts May be Pretty, But they’re Not Safe

Cats, in particular, can be drawn to an attractively wrapped gift with a beautiful ribbon. If a cat attempts to eat ribbon, it can become tangled in his, or her, esophagus or intestines. Therefore, if you cannot keep your cat away from the gifts, it is wise to ensure that any ribbon is removed before it is placed under the tree. The holiday season can be enjoyed by every member of the family, but it is especially important to take good care of our animal friends at this time of year. No loving pet owner wants to spend Christmas at the vet with a poorly animal.


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Christmas Bark By Melissa M. Cornay


am so excited because the holidays are upon us! My husband and I are always elated that the holiday season and all of the extra special festivities, excitement, and love that surround our lives during this time of year are here!

We met each other in our freshman year of college and became fast friends from our first meeting. That year during our Christmas break we hung out almost the entire month of December decorating his apartment, shopping for gifts, and making Christmas candies to give to our loved ones and friends. All through our friendship which then moved into dating as a couple, and ultimately ending in our wedded bliss as a married couple, we have enjoyed the delightful time we share together in continuing to make candies for our friends and family every year. The following recipe is one of the creations we came up with several years ago and always include in the tin of treats we make and share with our loved ones.


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This recipe is very simple and only has a list of 3 ingredients. We use the cranberries and pistachios with the white almond bark because it looks so “Christmassy” with the red, green, and white colors. There are many variations you can do to change this up to make it your own. Use other nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts. Macadamias, etc. Use other dried fruits: apricots, cherries, raisins, etc. Or, you can use a combination of many. Use whatever your heart desires!


l Melt one 24 oz package of almond bark in the microwave according to package

directions. l Once the bark is melted, smooth and creamy, pour it onto several sheets of

wax paper. l Pour ½ cup of shelled pistachios evenly over the melted bark. l Pour 1 cup of dried cranberries evenly over the melted bark. l Press the pistachios and cranberries into the melted bark and then let it harden

together. Once hardened, break the candy into pieces, place it in tins and share with your family and friends to enjoy during the season. Hint, you might want to make a double batch because if you are like us, we eat about ½ of a recipe before it ever gets to the tins! LOL!

Melissa’s Measure: Make your holidays about the people you love and cherish, and not about any of the craziness this time of year can bring. When we look back on it, it’s about the time we enjoy with each other; sharing love, time, and memories. In the long run, nothing else will ever matter more than that!


God Bless & Merry Christmas!

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