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iper Lagana and Hutch Collins are a pair of best friends that have a truly special relationship. Their mothers have been best friends since childhood, so both women were very excited when they discovered their children would be born within three months of each other. Piper is the daughter of Nisha Carruth Lagana and Jonas Lagana. She is an active eight year old and enjoys gymnastics, swimming, and softball. She loves dogs, and was very happy to get her own this year. Piper also loves to travel with her family, and can often be found running on an exotic beach. Hutch Collins is eight years old and the son of Alisha and Matt Collins. He has a younger brother, Shepherd and is active in basketball, soccer and baseball. In his free time he loves to draw, write silly stories, and ride four wheelers and his bike. The best friends are in the same class at school and are both involved in West Ridge Church with their families.

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community spotlight By Chi T. Mathias Reed

Love Me Love Me Not

Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness

February is all about LOVE. What is love? Love is not abuse.

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ebruary is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month. Did you know that “one in three young girls will become a victim of physical, verbal, or emotional abuse in the United States; one in five teens report their friends are experiencing dating violence and half report their friends are in verbally abusive relationships”? Additionally, dating violence among teens results in higher risks of drug abuse, tobacco use, high risk teen pregnancy, and suicide.

mitment after leaving my marriage, for my daughters, to be a cycle breaker. I found the courage to move from victim to victor and use my life story and experience to empower others to do the same. ” As a parent, do you know how to recognize if violence is a part of your teen’s social life or dating relationships? While we might think relationship violence is something that could never affect the lives of our children, the truth is nearly a third of girls surveyed said they know at least one student at school who has been physically abused by a person they were dating. The good news is, there is a lot we as parents can do to step in and help. All it takes is a little time, focus and a commitment to reach out, listen and talk to our teens. No one is better positioned to make a difference in the lives of young people than parents. Your concerns about your child staying clear of abuse, being respectful of others and finding healthy relationships need to be discussed. Your values are the ones that matter most. Want to reach out to your teen about relationship abuse? All you have to do is ask.

To properly address the growing epidemic of teen dating violence in our communities, Chi T. Mathias Reed, Author, Domestic Violence Survivor and Advocate, Teen Dating Violence Prevention Specialist and Inspirational Speaker is sponsoring a series of teen dating violence workshops in February 2017. Mrs. Mathias Reed will be facilitating the Loves Me Loves Me Not, teen dating violence prevention workshop to over 1,000 students. The workshop topics will include: n Increase students’ understanding of teen dating abuse n Enable students to reach out to a friend or family member who may be experiencing dating abuse n Increase help-seeking behavior among students involved in abusive dating relationships n Educate on what healthy dating relationships look like “As a mother and advocate against domestic violence and teen dating violence, I made a commitment many years

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ago to become a “cycle breaker” after encountering violence in my own life. In my childhood, I endured child abuse; as a teenager I endured the trauma of losing my mother to murder at the hands of her husband, who also stabbed me 13 times and sexually assaulted me. In my early 20s I endured intimate partner violence by my then husband and father of my daughters. As you can see, domestic violence is a vicious cycle. I made a com-

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A Valentine’s Day Family Celebration By Ivana Pejakovic, BSc, MA

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alentine’s Day is the perfect day to show your family how much you love them, care for them, and appreciate them. Everyone wants to be remembered and treasured on this day and your family is the perfect place to start.

Schedule it! Plan it! Organize it! Let each family member know you intend to celebrate a ‘Family’ Valentine’s Day and that their participation and attendance is very important to you. So, pick a day that is convenient for everyone. This may be a bit harder with older teens who have personal schedules and priorities, but nonetheless, insist this is an important celebration and that it wouldn’t be the same without them. (They might be testing you to see if you are willing to hold a family party without them). Scheduling the party is the first step to committing yourself to it. Planning the party is the second step. Without planning it, the party may become ‘just another great idea’ that never materialized. Organizing the party is the third step. Get the family members involved in organizing their own party and making some of the decisions. Scheduling the party but not following up with it, may lead your teens to say “Well...I guess I’m just not that important. Mom/dad preferred to work [or do something else] to spending time with me.” Also, keep in mind what you hope to teach your teens about commitment. If you are planning the entire day (or just an evening), here are a few activities to plan. Remember, no one is ever too old to have fun. 1. Plan the day’s menu and prepare meals together. Also, make sure to all pitch in with the clean up. 2. Go out for a meal to a place you haven’t tried before 3. Prepare meals together 4. Have a fun family discussion 5. Bake a favorite cake in the shape of a heart 6. Take a short road trip 7. Go out for a trail walk (include family pets if possible) 8. Play the family’s favorite board game (e.g., Apples to Apples, Life, Monopoly) 9. Watch a movie

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calendar of events February 2017

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Events for the Our Town Calendar are listed FREE (Restrictions Apply*-see pg 24 for instructions) **Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. Please confirm with the event coordinator. For the full Calendar visit OurTownFamily.com.

Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center February 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm Economic Forecast; ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register visit pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. Joe M. Turner’s Magic on Main Street February 3; Friday 7:30pm at the Dallas Theater and Civic Center Joe M. Turner - three-time winner of “Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year” and a resident of Paulding County! Tickets: Reg $12/Disc $9 Purchase online or the box office. www.dallastheater-civiccenter.com or 678-363-0813. Family Alliance Annual Dinner Dance - Celebrating Greece at Che’ne Rouge February 4; Saturday 6pm – 10pm; catered by The Olive Tree Fun-filled night of Greek cuisine and dancing! 86 Poplar Springs Rd., Hiram. Tickets are $65/person. 678-202-5777 x100 or familyallianceofpaulding.org  Paulding Casino Royale – 2017 Hearts of Gold February 11; 6:30pm at WellStar Paulding Hospital Presented by Hardy Automotive Group, Casino Royale benefits the Paulding Education Foundation. Tickets $125 per couple or $75 for individual. For ticket and sponsorship information visit PauldingEducationFoundation.com. Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* February 11; 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. Open Registration at Hope Preschool February 17; Friday 9am, 1970 Charles Hardy Parkway, Dallas Interested families are invited to visit, get information on Hope’s programs, activities, and meet teachers and staff. Questions - contact Donna Smith, Preschool Director, at donna@placeofhope.org or 678-202-5987.  ‘Behind the Veil’ Bridal Showcase February 19; Sunday 2pm – 5pm at the Douglasville Conference Center A day of tastings, consultations, and the latest trends in décor and ideas. Brides in attendance will be registered to win exclusive prizes and giveaways. FREE for Brides and guest. Register at Eventbrite.com or call 678-449-3118. Seed Saving Class hosted by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers February 22; Wednesday 10am at Paulding County Extension Office Class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a spot call 770-443-7616 or email uge2223@uga.edu. 530 West Memorial Drive, Dallas.   North Georgia Gardening Symposium - N Metro Tech Campus-Chatt Tech February 23; Thursday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm For experienced gardeners and professional landscapers, it includes a variety of topics to prepare for the coming spring gardening season. Registration info: http:// extension.uga.edu/calendar/eventAttachments/Symposium2017.pdf   Pruning Class hosted by Paulding County Extension February 27; Monday 4pm at Crossroads Public Library Class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a spot call 770-975-0197. 909 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth.   Spring Vegetable Gardening Class hosted by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers March 2; Thursday 4pm at Crossroads Public Library Class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a spot call 770-975-0197. 909 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center March 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm Katherine Moore Georgia Conservancy; ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register visit pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. Clean Comedy Night Saturday March 4, 2017. Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 1167 Angham Rd. Hiram Ga. 30141. To benefit My Father’s House. Kay Dodd Comedy Tickets: myfathershousehiram.com or at the door. For more info call 678-435-5951 Events continued on pg 24

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oney is a source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates, which are the most important fuel source for athletes to help them keep going. Whether you’re looking for an energy boost or just a sweet reward after a long workout, honey is a quick, easy, and delicious all-natural energy source!

Honey as an Athletic Aid Pre-exercise: For years, sports nutritionists have recommended eating carbohydrates before an athletic activity for an added energy boost.  As with many carbohydrates, pure honey may be an effective form to ingest just prior to exercise. When honey is eaten before a workout or athletic activity, it is released into the system at a steady rate throughout the event. During Exercise: Consuming carbohydrates, such as honey, during a workout helps your muscles stay nourished longer and delays fatigue, versus not using any aid or supplement. Next time you reach for a simple bottle of water, add some honey to it – it might give you that much-needed athletic boost! Post-exercise: An optimal recovery plan is essential for any athlete. Research shows that ingesting a combination of carbohydrates and protein immediately following exercise (within 30 minutes) is ideal to refuel and decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness. Therefore, honey is a great source of carbohydrate to combine with post-workout protein supplements.  In addition to promoting muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration, carb-protein combinations sustain favorable blood sugar concentrations after training.

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What’s Smarter – Paying Off Debts or Investing?

Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/ Acworth

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f you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way – but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals. Under what circumstances might you receive some “found” money? You could get a year-end bonus from your employer, or a sizable tax refund, or even an inheritance. However the money comes to you, don’t let it “slip through your fingers.” Instead, consider these two moves: investing the money or using it to pay off debts. Which of these choices should you pick? There’s no one “right” answer, as everyone’s situation is different. But here are a few general considerations: Distinguish between “good” and “bad” debt. Not all types of debt are created equal. Your mortgage, for example, is probably a “good” form of debt. You’re using the loan for a valid purpose – i.e., living in your house – and you likely get a hefty tax deduction for the interest you pay. On the other hand, nondeductible consumer debt that carries a high interest rate might be considered “bad” debt – and this is the debt you might want to reduce or eliminate when you receive some extra money. By doing so, you can free up money to save and invest for retirement or other goals. Compare making extra mortgage payments vs. investing. Many of us get some psychological benefits by making extra house payments. Yet, when you do have some extra money, putting it toward your house may not be the best move. For one thing, as mentioned above, your mortgage can be considered a “good” type of debt, so you may not need to rush to pay it off. And from an investment standpoint, your home is somewhat “illiquid” – it’s not always easy to get money out of it. If you put your extra money into traditional investments, such as stocks and bonds, you may increase your growth potential, and you may gain an income stream through interest payments and dividends. Consider tax advantages of investing. Apart from your mortgage, your other debts likely won’t provide you with any tax benefits. But you can get tax advantages by putting money into certain types of investment vehicles, such as a traditional or Roth IRA. When you invest in a traditional IRA, your contributions may be deductible, depending on your income, and your money grows on a tax-deferred basis. (Keep in mind that taxes will be due upon withdrawals, and any withdrawals you make before you reach 59½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.) Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, but your earnings are distributed tax-free, provided you don’t take withdrawals until you reach 59½ and you’ve had your account at least five years. Clearly, you’ve got some things to ponder when choosing whether to use “extra” money to pay off debts or invest. Of course, it’s not always an “either-or” situation; you may be able to tackle some debts and still invest for the future. In any case, use this money wisely – you weren’t necessarily counting on it, but you can make it count for you. 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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Valentine’s Day Blues

By Taylor Hoisington  

1 Corinthians 13:13, “Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.”

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or myself and many other “single” people out there, Valentine’s Day isn’t something we generally look forward to with happiness in our hearts. Most of the time, it’s a day where our “single” state is brought to light all the more. I don’t know about you, but I see the decorations in the store, the commercials on television, and all the other reminders about this holiday, and I want to retreat somewhere that I won’t have to deal with it. Valentine’s Day comes around, and I like to find some chick flicks, curl up in a blanket on the couch, and drown my sorrows in a box of chocolate. What stirred in my heart was the one simple phrase we find at the end of 1 Corinthians 13: “...and the greatest of these is love.” Out of all the things that could rate as most important, love made the top of the list. When I thought about love and Valentine’s Day, which our culture has turned into a day for all that lovey-dovey stuff, I couldn’t help but think, “Do we perhaps have a messed up perspective on love and what it really means to be loved and express love?” All throughout the Bible (especially in the New Testament), we find verses that talk about love. There are verses about how husbands and wives should love each other. There are other verses that talk about God’s love.

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When I think about all the verses I’ve read about love, I realize none of them tell us to go out and find someone to love us. Every verse I’ve ever read in the Bible pertaining to love tells me to go out and be the one loving others because God first loved me. It’s so easy for my flesh to get wrapped up in the selfish question of “What about me?!?!? Who’s going to love me? Who will pursue me?” As I allow myself to get wrapped up in these self-absorbed questions, I no longer have the strength to give love away to others. Sometimes it feels like we have nothing left to give because we’re so thirsty for love. What I realize, though, is that I don’t love others in my own strength. I love them because God love me first. (1 John 4:19).

Some verses even tell us to love our enemies. So many different aspects of love are talked about throughout Scripture, but we find the greatest form of love is this: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13).

A new question has come to my mind... If I stopped focusing on getting someone to love me and I began focusing on loving others every day, what would be the result? Would I hate Valentine’s Day as much as I do?

The question I had to ask myself was, “If love made the top of the list for being the “greatest”, why do I despise the holiday our culture has chosen to represent it?” As I pondered this question, I realized my problem came because I wasn’t looking for someone to love... I was looking for someone to come along who would love me. So desperately I long to be pursued, wanted, cherished, and adored... but who am I loving? Who am I truly loving?

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K, we have finally gotten the rain that we have all been waiting for and we are ready for our gardens to be beautiful again. What to do?

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sure you have plenty of sun, good organic soil, and are kept fertilized with a fertilizer with high nitrate nitrogen, as this works much better at low temperatures. But what else is there besides Pansies? How about berries?

The first thing many of us think of in the cooler months is Pansies. They are beautiful additions to every sunny area. There are so many different varieties and colors. There are the little guys that we call Violas, the traditional Pansies that have medium to large blooms and there are the newer, spreading Pansies that get up to 30 inches wide and look great, spilling over the edge of a container. All these Pansies come in a multitude of colors - bright yellow, purple, white, orange, blue, red and bi-colors. They can be grown in containers or in the ground. Make

Remember how beautiful holly berries are on a cold day. Consider planting a “Nellie Stevens” Holly or a “Burford Holly.” They are great for decorating and your bird friends will be very grateful. The Mockingbirds love the fruit and many bird species love building their nests among the shiny green leaves because the thorns discourage predators. Have you ever walked out of you house on a cold winter’s day and smelled the best smell in the whole world? It could very well be a Daphne odora. Walter Reeves, the famous Georgia Gardener, once told me, when I asked what Daphne smelled like to him that it “smelled like the prettiest girl in the 6th grade.” (Not sure what she smelled like, but it must have been good.) This is a wonderful evergreen shrub for

part sun to part shade and very well drained soil. Mix some ground pine bark with existing soil to improve drainage or plant in a large container. There is so much to love about winter in Georgia. Don’t forget the beautiful bark on the River Birch and the Coral Bark Maple. How about all the different evergreen foliage plants? Or the bright red foliage on the Nandinas? You might want to choose a sterile variety if you are concerned with them being invasive. The bright golden foliage of “Gold Mop” Chamaecyparis looks stunning against dark green evergreen foliage. Speaking of dark green evergreen foliage, check out the “Hicks Yew.” This tall conifer has the perfect foliage for your garden as well as winter flower arrangements, where it lasts for weeks. Enjoy your garden all year, but remember this is the perfect time to plant almost all trees and shrubs; and of course Pansies too! The author of this article, Mickey Gazaway, is a Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. For more information on winter gardening in Paulding, contact the Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or visit ugaextension.org/Paulding.

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n early sign of spring will be the growing cadre of runners taking to the road. Whether you are a long-distance marathon runner, or training for your first 5K, don’t let a running injury take you out early in the season.

“It’s reported that 82% of runners will experience an injury at some point in their running career,” explains Dr. Yong Lee, a physiatrist with OrthoAtlanta orthopedic and sports medicine specialists. “About 40 percent of running injuries are knee injuries,” explains Dr. Lee. “One of the most common running injuries is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Commonly known as ‘runner’s knee,’ PFPS is the irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the patella, or kneecap. The condition involves how the kneecap moves in relation to the thigh bone. An aching pain under the kneecap experienced during or after long runs, while running downhill, descending stairs and even after periods of prolonged sitting, are typical indications of runner’s knee. Risk factors include excessive inward foot rolling, known as overpronation, and weak quadriceps, hips or glut muscles.” A physiatrist, is a physician who is fellowship-trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), and may be your best option for treating running injuries such as runner’s knee. The goal of the physiatrist is to restore physical function, mobility and quality of life in patients with bone, muscle, or joint injury using non-surgical treatment options. The patient’s physical, functional, emotional and psychosocial well-being are all considered in a physiatrist’s treatment plan. In assessing a runner’s injury, a physiatrist may include evaluation of the runner’s gait, shoes, and running form. In short, the physiatrist conducts the examination, makes the diagnosis and works together with a physical therapist to establish the treatment plan for the patient. For the patient with runner’s knee, taking extra rest days between runs, reducing mileage, and a strength building program may prove beneficial. The physiatrist may prescribe a specific exercise program consisting of muscle strengthening, increasing range of motion, joint positioning, muscle relaxation and aerobic fitness, all designed to improve function. Bicycling may be added to help strengthen the quads. Use of elliptical equipment and swimming may also build the muscles without further damaging the knee.

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If you experience pain or an injury while running, an experienced, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, or a rehabilitation specialist such as a physiatrist, should evaluate your running injury and determine the appropriate treatment option. Yong S. Lee, M.D. is a physiatrist with OrthoAtlanta in Paulding who is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) specializing in non-surgical orthopedic care. He has extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal and spine injuries, non-operative occupational, work and sports injuries. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion. For more information or to make an appointment please call 770-445-5666 or visit orthoatlanta.com.

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quiet and unassuming,” says Rebecca Ascher, Ascher Davis Architects in New York and Newport, Rhode Island. “For a more assertive affect, I might specify tongue-and-groove walnut or hickory, characterful woods that provide a degree of drama. For that reason, they’re best reserved for large, high-ceilinged rooms that are not easily overwhelmed. In smaller, lower spaces, a ceiling with too much personality can feel oppressive.”

ardwood may be one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet architects, designers and homeowners are always finding fresh ways to use it in the modern home. What’s the appeal? Flexibility and variety, for starters. According to the American Hardwood Information Center at www.hardwood info.com, here’s what’s trending:

Wide-Plank Flooring

Perhaps no recent trend has been more influential than the use of wide-plank hardwood flooring. Traditional plank widths, ranging from 2 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches, are still popular. But today’s homeowners often ask for widths between 5 and 7 inches, and there is even demand for up to 10 or 12 inches. “Wider floorboards can make a space look larger and more modern,” says Melissa Morgan of M Interiors in San Antonio, Texas, who has used the generously proportioned planks in traditional and contemporary homes. “With fewer seams, these floors can be treated like a canvas: ebonized oak or walnut for a sleek, dark look; light woods like ash or maple for a chic, urban vibe; weathered-gray tones for a slightly rustic affect - the possibilities are endless.”

Wood Ceilings

It used to be that hardwood planks primarily went on floors or walls, but today they’re appearing on residential ceilings too. “Simple poplar beadboard, painted white or with a light natural stain, looks crisp and airy overhead, adding visual interest while remaining

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work well in both traditional and contemporary settings. This is particularly true in kitchens, where a favorite configuration features upper cabinetry in a light-color wood such as birch, and lower cabinetry in a dark-color wood like cherry. The result is a space that has strong visual interest, and is light and airy, yet solidly grounded.

Gray Stains and Finishes

Gray is a classic “neutral” that never truly goes out of fashion. It’s currently one of the most popular colors, ranging from pale smoke to deep charcoal, showing up in hardwood flooring, paneling and cabinetry. “Whether light or dark, gray stains bring out any wood’s natural grain and texture,” says New York interior designer Laura Bohn. “Grays are versatile and timeless - quiet and soothing colors that recede into the background without losing personality or becoming faceless. That’s why they work in any style décor, yet always look modern.”

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Architects and designers, who once avoided using different varieties of hardwood in a single residential space, now mix and match them with newfound enthusiasm. Clearly contrasting wood tones - blond maple and black walnut, for example - create a striking effect that can

Homeowners drawn to the popular look of weather-beaten rustic and elegantly timeworn are turning to distressed hardwoods - new product to which scrapes, nail holes, notches, saw marks and other signs of wear and tear have been carefully applied, often by hand. Manufacturers are able to reproduce convincing facsimiles of anything from the burnished walnut floorboards of an 18th century salon to the rugged oak-plank siding of a 19th century Pennsylvania barn. It’s a distinctive look that offers a wide range of aesthetics. (BPT) For more information about design trends, applications and products, contact your local flooring experts at Heath Flooring in Dallas. 770-505-1213 or visit HeathFlooring.com

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Spring Jam 2017 – Benefit for the Hiram High School Band of Gold March 4; Saturday 5pm – 8pm at Dallas Senior Community Center $3,500 Grand Prize Reverse raffle, silent auction, live music, photo booth. Raffle tickets on sale now. For info visit Facebook: Hiram High School Band of Gold. Sponsored by Hardy Automotive Group. 20th Annual Sisters in Christ Women’s Conference March 4; Saturday 8:30am to 4pm - Mount Holly Church in Carrollton A day of fun, praise, fellowship. Special Guest: Babbie Mason. MHC is located at 4685 N. Hwy. 27, Carrollton. Conference is free. For info and to pre-register online visit sistersinchrist.com or email info@sistersinchrist.com. Abundant Living Expo March 25; Saturday 10am – 4pm - Dallas Civic Center Something for everyone: gifts, giveaways, snack bar, special kid’s corner. Meet local professionals offering jewelry, books, art, massage, herbal products, & more. Tickets: $5 online or $7 at the door, abundantlivingexpo.com, 678.882.2227 Springtime Dance with Dad presented by Paulding Co. Parks and Recreation March 25; Saturday 6pm – 8pm at Paulding Senior/Community Center An evening for dads and daughters to enjoy dancing, dinner, and photo op! $31 per couple, $11/additional daughter; 770-505-3885 REGISTER ONLINE NOW! https://recreation.paulding.gov Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas March 25; 4th Saturday of the month; 4pm - 9pm Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit georgiaclassicrides.com Ongoing Monthly Events- Confirm dates/times with coordinator Book Writers Critique Group* Every Wednesday 1pm - 2:30pm at Starbucks – Crossroads. 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas writers_muse@att.net  Dallas Rotary Club at Audrey’s Café* Thursdays; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Contact Madge Lovingood 770-439-7991 with any questions. Lighthouse Food Pantry* Thursday of the month (except holidays) 11am-1pm FREE food for those in need. Open to the first 200 families or until food runs out. *Restrictions apply. The food bank is located at 294 White/ Ingram Parkway Dallas. Call 678-363-7470 for more information. Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry* Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes. Visit MannaFoodMinistry.org to see menu and cutoff date for orders. 678-310-9660. Major credit cards accepted. Located at 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132. Grief Share Support Group at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church* Sundays now through December 18, 4pm 6pm PGBC is located at 1167 Angham Rd. Hiram. For call 678-435-5951 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 770-439-7181. 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 for information. Paulding Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. Become An Adult Reading Tutor – tutors needed; training provided. l Learn and Improve Your Reading skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. l English Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register call 770-443-1660 l Class Instruction for GED. To register call 770-443-1660 l

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Office Paper: includes any NON-glossy paper such as notebook paper, envelopes, post-it notes, and printer paper. It also includes non-corrugated cardboard. All three public libraries accept these items. Newspaper: All three public libraries, WalMart, the Dallas Park-N-Ride (across from Chattahoochee Tech), the Kroger in Hiram, the Water Department ( Macland Road location ONLY), and many schools accept newspapers in their parking lots. Corrugated Cardboard: The Dallas Park-N-Ride accepts it. Please flatten and remove all polystyrene peanuts and/or other packaging material before placing in bin. Magazines: All magazines as well as glossy paper. (INCLUDING YOUR BELOVED OUR TOWN MAGAZINE!) The Dallas Park-N-Ride and many local schools accept them. Telephone Books: Telephone books are typically delivered between mid-May and mid-June. Bins are placed at the three public libraries, the Dallas Park-N-Ride and sometimes a fifth location. These bins are placed a week before the earliest delivery date and for an additional two weeks after the latest date of delivery. The Dallas Park-N-Ride bin remains year-round. Aluminum Cans: Cans are accepted at the Dallas Park-N-Ride location. Please empty and rinse the cans. Please check with your neighborhood schools for aluminum recycling as well. Nickel-Cadmium batteries: These are accepted at WalMart and Home Depot. Polystyrene foam trays: These are accepted at Publix. Scrap metal: Accepted at the Paulding County Landfill. Scrap metal includes old appliances, bikes, grills, lawn mowers, and much more. Scrap tires: Accepted at any tire dealer for recycling, although they will charge for this service. Motor oil: Recycle at places like AutoZone and Advanced Auto. Auto Batteries: Many stores that sell them accept your old battery for recycling. Old Cell Phones: These are accepted at the Paulding County Water System Facility located at 1723 Bill Carruth Parkway, Hiram, some local schools. Please verify with school’s administrative staff. Waste Paint: Duron Paint in Hiram sells a product called Waste Paint Hardened- This product may be purchased for around $ 3.00 and can be put in unwanted paint for absorption for disposal. For more information on recycling, you can contact the “Keep Paulding Beautiful” office at 770-443-0119. www.keeppauldingbeautiful.com

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hen the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside delightful, it’s important to find ways to help your dog stay active indoors where it’s safe and warm. PetMd recommends dogs get 30 minutes to two hours of physical activity every day, with the specific amount that’s best for a dog depending on her age, size, breed and overall health. Pets who get plenty of exercise are happier, healthier and less likely to engage in destructive behaviors like chewing. For more than 50 years, Petmate (R), is committed to delivering the best in pet products to keep your four-legged friends healthy and happy. The Petmate team offers five tips for helping your dog stay active throughout the winter: Play Fetch Indoors

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Sneak off to a far part of the house and call her name. She’ll love the mental challenge of hunting for you and the sense of victory when she finds you. For even more fun, take along a toy that features a squeaker to help the dog find your hiding place. You can also hide a favorite toy and encourage her to find it. Reward her with pats and praise when she brings it back to you. Twice the Treat

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A dog’s tolerance for cold temperatures depends on many factors. A big dog with lots of hair will probably be better equipped to handle cold better than a small, shorthaired pooch, but you know your dog best and can tell when it’s too cold outside. Use common sense; keep your dog (and yourself) off ice and bundle her up in a warm sweater and booties if needed. Since evenings and nights are darker in winter, check out Petmate MaxGlow(R) collars and leashes. They absorb light throughout the day, then glow at night to help make your dog more noticeable in the dark. Cater to Comfort

Everyone experiences the winter blues from time to time when you’re stuck indoors. The climate and atmosphere can affect your dog, too. Be aware your dog may need some extra comfort and safety measures to weather the winter. Just as you dress her in a warm sweater for outdoor playtime, your dog may appreciate a warm, snug bed. A great choice is the Aspen Pet Self-Warming Lounger Bed with reflective heat technologies; no batteries or plug needed to keep your pet warm and toasty. For more information on how to care for your pets throughout the year, or to learn more about the wide variety of pet products available, visit www.petmate.com. (BPT)

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crossword puzzle

what’s cookin’

Strawberry Pretzel Delight

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1. Bore 6. “___ alive!” 9. “20/20” network 12. Mandible 14. “Be quiet!” 15. ___ el Amarna, Egypt 16. Elderly predjudice 17. Accent note 19. Nod, maybe 20. Adjusts, as a clock 22. Rejected 23. Some male dolls 25. Cheat, slangily 26. Mounds 27. ___ Rica 29. Marriage proposal answer 30. Love’s focus 33. Remarkable 35. Jewish month 39. Invariability 42. Knocked off, in a way 43. “Agreed!” 44. Set of six 45. “My man!” 47. Valentine gift 49. David, “the sweet psalmist of ___” 52. ___ lab 53. Messy dresser 57. Spiny cactus 58. Doesn’t guzzle 60. “The ___ Daba Honeymoon” 61. Baby eagles 63. Songbird, or Jack ______ 65. Arthur Godfrey played it

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32. “Tarzan” extra 34. Settlers 36. “Jurassic Park” girl 37. ___ Today 38. “Acid” 40. Devotee 41. “___ Cried” (1962 hit) 46. Cave 48. Greek poet 49. Freeze 50. Fountain order 51. “Gotcha” 54. Caterpillar, for one 55. “O” in old radio lingo 56. Madam 59. Attack, with “into” 62. Chester White’s home 64. Call, as a game

his is an old fashioned recipe that most of our grandmother’s probably made. I have put my own, updated twist on it and thought it appropriate for the February issue of Our Town since its red, white and sweet. Hope you all enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!   2 – 3 ounce packages strawberry Jell-O 2 cups boiling water 4 heaping cups of whole pretzel twists, finely crushed (will be about 3 cups when crushed) 1 ½ cups (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 blocks cream cheese, softened to room temperature 16 ounce container whipped topping Another 1 cup granulated sugar 24 ounces fresh strawberries, cored and cut in quarters   Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Boil the water and add it to the two packages of strawberry Jell-O. It is best to use a glass or metal bowl for this. Put it in the refrigerator to begin to chill and thicken while preparing the remaining parts of the dish. Mix together the crushed pretzels, melted butter and 5 tablespoons of sugar. Press mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 glass baking dish to make the crust. Bake for about 18-20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Cream together with a mixer the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth and sugar is well dissolved. Add ½ of the container of whipped topping and blend until well incorporated and fluffy. Once the crust has cooled thoroughly, spread the cream cheese layer over it. Make sure you spread this layer completely to all edges and corners of the dish. This will prevent the Jell-O layer from seeping down to the crust layer. Once the Jell-O has thickened to the consistency of egg whites, pour it over the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle the quartered strawberries into the Jell-O. Refrigerate for about 4-6 hours; until the Jell-O is set and firm. Top the dessert with the remaining ½ carton of whipped topping.   MELISSA’S MEASURE: The secret ingredient to all dishes, whether sweet or savory, is LOVE. Melissa M. Cornay, RN is the Clinical Manager for Amedisys Home Health Services. Her love and nurturing of people flows over into her cooking and every dish is full of her secret ingredient. She’s not one to follow exact recipes, but cooks by intuition and taste. She is a natural. Melissa puts her heart and soul in everything she makes, and has been gracious enough to put them in writing for us. It is a treat to have the opportunity to share some of her favorite recipes in Our Town’s What’s Cooking.

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