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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town January 2017

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Jaimie, Yolanda & Brittany

To Extend a Hand

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o mother another human, pet, plant, or idea even is to be invested in the maturation and development of whatever it is that has been deemed important enough to witness evolve. To mother is to breathe life into someone or something, nurture, and watch grow. Likewise, to mother is to forfeit much of your desires for the continued investment in another, and Yolanda Newell embodies this to the fullest. Yolanda’s life is characterized by her sacrifices; attending to others and causes above her own. As her daughter, I often tell her, “You have to fill your own cup, in order to pour into others.” (I can’t take all the credit for this quote, but it resonated deeply with me, and as an introvert, it is sort of my motto.) My mother, on the other hand, is extroverted, social, and known by nearly everyone in Paulding County. She’s the one her friends call on when they’ve ran head on into trouble. She’s the one who has several events to attend each weekend. Everyone makes it their mission to invite her to anything notable in the community. And she makes it her business to uphold her promises and make it there. “How can I help?” would be her slogan, if she had one.

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Don’t Let Your Preschooler Get You Down

By Nicky VanValkenburgh

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ave you ever seen parents discipline their children in public? I recently saw a mother spank her child at the bank. Unfortunately, the mother was treating her little girl like a punching bag. The child was probably five or six years old, and was intrigued by the bank’s “Take one!” brochures. When the child took one, her mother slapped her hand. The girl began crying. She received another slap. “You be quiet!” the mother growled. The child sat down on the bank’s sofa. She crisscrossed her legs. Oops, her feet touched the sofa. Whack! By the time they marched out of the bank, that mother had slapped her child at least 20 times. Was that necessary? I don’t think so. Children often make mistakes because they’re immature or don’t know better. They’re kids, and they’re not as sophisticated as adults. They’re also creatures of wonder and awe.

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I can’t remember the last time I got excited about getting a free lollypop at the bank. Candy isn’t something that I jump up and down about, but children are completely different. When the teller handed that child a lollypop, her eyes sparkled with delight. Why couldn’t that mother be gentle with her daughter, and loosen up a bit? Being overly strict and rigid was making both of them miserable.

Isn’t it funny how kids are oblivious to external cues? Any adult in that little girl’s situation would think, “I need to keep my mouth shut. I better keep a low profile. My Mom is getting irritated, so I better be as quiet as I possibly can be.” What seems logical to adults is often oblivious to kids. It’s as remote to them as the planet Mars. Most of the time, they don’t have a clue about the way adults think or feel. It is hard for them to put themselves in our shoes. I remember being pregnant with my second child. My belly was so big that I could hardly see my feet. I felt the baby’s little heels pressing against my abdomen, which made it hard to breathe. It was a real challenge walking out of the grocery store with loaded plastic bags and a preschooler in tow. Even so, my preschooler would ask, “Momma, will you carry me?” My preschooler, God bless him, was oblivious to the fact that I was huffing and puffing to make it to the car. The last thing I could do is carry him on my hip.

Watching the parent at the bank made me think about my own disciplinary style. Do I unintentionally respond to my children like that mother did-- out of anger, stress and frustration? I must be patient with my kids, and allow them to make mistakes. They don’t do things on cue. They don’t always listen. Sometimes, they are downright sassy or disobedient. Most of the time, it’s a matter of immaturity. They must learn what it means to be polite, respectful, self-controlled, and well-behaved. Most of the time, they’re just being children.

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Its times like these I have to laugh. This is my life, and it is funny. It is absurd, ridiculous and wonderful. I can’t take myself too seriously. Life is too short for that. As my eyes roll to the sky, I laugh and smile. I can’t let the little guy get me down. He’s just being a child. And I have the privilege of being his Mom.

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community spotlight Ring in the New Year with 4-H By Mary Carol Sheffield

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xploring and discovering, encouraging and challenging, that’s what Georgia 4-H is all about. As a program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension System, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network. 4-H’ers are known for sharing their research-based knowledge and technology to people where they live and work. 4-H has been serving youth for more than 100 years! Although it began as a Corn Club for boys and a Tomato Club for girls, 4-H now teaches a more diverse range of topics from leadership to communications to community service. 4-H Clubs can be found around the world today! In Paulding County, 4-H Clubs are found in 5th grade classrooms where students learn public speaking skills and science lessons tied to the Georgia Standards, in each of the nine middle schools, and at the 4-H office where a monthly meeting is held for both high school 4-H’ers and home school 4-H’ers. Its core values are:

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Citizenship Leadership Agriculture Environment Communication Family and Consumer Sciences

4-H is more than just a club. It is student and adult volunteers helping out in their communities and becoming better citizens in their towns and counties. 4-H’ers lend a hand, whether it’s through community service, contributing food, or collecting items for volunteer organizations in Paulding County. Paulding County 4-H is excited to have Patty McIver on board as the new 4-H Agent with Paulding County UGA Extension. Patty assumed this position on December 1st and will be responsible for managing the 4-H Program in Paulding County by providing education programs in monthly meetings in school throughout the county. She has a passion for eco-literacy and stewardship, and believes in leading by example and giving back. Paulding County 4-H’ers help the community, but they also need help from the community. They need support through funding, volunteers and guidance in their project areas. To get more information on how you can get involved whether as a volunteer or a parent, drop by the Paulding County Extension Office on West Memorial Drive in Dallas or call Patty McIver at 770-443-7616. Activities of the 4-H program can be found on the Paulding County Extension webpage at www.ugaextension.org/paulding.

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calendar

January 2017

CHURCHES, NON-PROFITS, SCHOOLS – SEND US YOUR EVENTS!

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.

2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Glover Park - Marietta Now to January 8 Winter Wonderland in Marietta Square and ice-skating in Glover Park. For times and more information visit winterwonderlandmarietta.com. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center January 5; Thursday 11am - 1pm Speaker - Katherine Moore Georgia Conservancy; ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register at pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. Got Elvis? - Chad Gibson tribute to Elvis at the Dallas Theater January 6 and 7; Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 7pm  Chad Gibson returns with his wildly entertaining tribute to Elvis. Info and tickets visit dallastheater-civiccenter.com “Bring One for the Chipper” – Recycled Christmas Tree Program January 7; Saturday 9am – 3pm at Home Depot in Hiram Recycle your Christmas tree this season! 770-439-0707. Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* January 14; 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 House at Hope Preschool January 23; Monday 6pm – 8pm, 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.  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. 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  Joe M. Turner’s Magic on Main Street February 3; Friday 7:30pm at the Dallas Theater and Civic Center Joe M. Turner is a 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. 4th Annual Casino Royale hosted by The Paulding Education Foundation February 11; 6:30pm at WellStar Paulding Hospital Presented by Hardy Automotive Group, Casino Royale benefits Paulding Education Foundation. Visit PauldingEducationFoundation.com for ticket and sponsorship 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. 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 or simply stop by. 

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fitness profile

By Cole Gray

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hen BODYPLEX opened in 2005, the vision was: to create the “anticipated, life-changing fitness experience the world didn’t know it was missing.” That vision still stands more than a decade later. BODYPLEX is a gym where lives are changed and people stay active. General Manager, Cara Sibley, and her husband Brad work together in daily operations at BODYPLEX. Along with their staff, they bring undeniable energy and positive vibes to the members. The team works hard to make BODYPLEX the most welcoming gym in Paulding County. It’s a place where friendships are formed, accountability is built and results happen. Members become part of a family that challenges them to become a better version of themselves, helps them at their weakest points and cheers their victories.

BODYPLEX works to provide its members with a variety of workout options and complementary services. The 24/7, full-service facility offers group fitness classes, personal training, cross-fitness boot camps, tanning beds, child care and more. Features include strength training in the 3,000-square-foot private weight room, treadmills, Technogym equipment and elliptical trainers on the cardio deck, and over 40 “Les Mills Group Fitness” classes per week, featuring a variety of programs and superstar instructors. Personalized nutrition planning, personal training and other programs make BODYPLEX a fitness experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Paulding Couty. And BODYPLEX is the only gym in Hiram with a child care facility. Toys, art activities and other entertainment options in the KIDSPLEX keep children engaged so that members can enjoy peace of mind during their workouts.

Once per quarter, BODYPLEX holds “Launch Week,” featuring group fitness instructors introducing new moves and music to all fitness classes. Non-members can experience BODYPLEX for free during Launch Week. Sometimes, it only takes one class to get hooked. New members can earn BODYPLEX gear by taking part in the New Member Challenge, which works to make fitness a habit for new gym-goers. The next Launch Week kicks off Jan. 14, and special New Year’s deals are available too: $0 enrollment on all premium packages, all personal training sessions are 25% off, and eight-week GRIT Bootcamps are 15% off until the end of January. Some days, the gym is the last place you want to be. But BODYPLEX is more than a gym; it’s a fitness family. Its variety of workout options, family-like atmosphere and expert instructors are unparalleled in Paulding County. The levels of ethics, integrity and compassion at BODYPLEX are unmatched. It’s these qualities that keep members coming back. [Editors Note: The printed version of this ad incorrectly implied that Cara Sibley opened BodyPlex in 2005. She is the current General Manager and is a great asset to the facility and is loved by BodyPlex staff and members!]

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I started at North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute for pain in my low back that traveled down my right leg. The pain felt like a burning sensation down my leg and numbness into my toes. I was unable to walk my normal five miles. Since starting the spinal decompression therapy I am now able to walk again without any pain. The pain and numbness down my right leg is completely alleviated. I was surprised to find that I am even sleeping better at night and that the tension in my upper back has also been relieved. The staff here has treated my great and is very caring! Thanks, Bill Norman Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

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finance

Consider Some New Year’s (Financial) Resolutions Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth

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e’re just about ready to open the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon? All worthy ambitions, of course, but why not also include some financial resolutions? By reviewing your needs and goals, you can identify some resolutions that are particularly relevant to your own situation. But here are a few suggestions: l Build an emergency fund. If you needed a major car repair or a new furnace, or faced some other large, unanticipated expense, could you cope with it? If you didn’t have the money readily available, you might have to dip into those investments intended for long-term goals, such as retirement. Instead, build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses, kept in a liquid, low-risk account. l Cut down on debts. It’s not easy to cut down on one’s debt load. But if you can find ways to reduce your debts, you’ll help improve your overall financial picture. Many debts are not “useful” – that is, they don’t carry any tax advantages – so every dollar you spend to pay down those debts is a dollar you could use to invest for your future. l Boost contributions to your retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar retirement plan, take full advantage of it. Your earnings have the potential to grow tax deferred and your contributions may lower your taxable income. Plus, most plans offer a selection of investment options, so you can choose the investment mix that fits your objectives and risk tolerance. Therefore, if your salary goes up this year, or if you think you can find other ways to free up some money, increase your contributions to your retirement plan. l Review your portfolio. Is your investment portfolio still on track toward helping you meet your long-term goals? If not, you may need to make some changes. You’ll also want to study your investment mix to make sure it still accurately reflects your risk tolerance. Over time, and often without your taking any significant actions, your portfolio can “drift” to a place where you are taking on too much risk – or even too little risk – for your needs and long-term objectives. If this happens, you may need to “rebalance” your holdings. l Avoid mistakes. None of us can avoid all mistakes, in life and in our investment activities. But as an investor, you’ll clearly benefit from minimizing your errors. For example, it’s generally a mistake to jump out of the market in response to a period of volatility. If you wait for things to “calm down” before investing again, you might miss out on the opportunity to participate in the next market rally. l Think long term. Keep this in mind: You’re not investing for today or tomorrow, but for many years from now. Try to keep a long-term focus when making all your key investment decisions. By doing so, you can avoid overreacting to short-term developments, such as a sudden drop in the market or a “momentous” political event that actually decreases in importance as time goes by. Try to follow these financial resolutions as best as you can. You could make 2017 a year to remember. 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

New Beginnings-Change is on the Horizon

By Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC

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or many, you are sensing a change coming, but not sure exactly what that change is. Some things in your life that have not produced fruit and life are being cut away now. This can be a bit scary, removing the comforts in your life, but it is only to make room for what lies ahead. Some things in your life no longer serve a purpose like they once did. Be obedient to what God is showing you to let go of. Do not fear the unknown, and do not try and figure out what will come next. God has many of His people in a season where He is saying, “Be still before me and not doing before me.” So many are running from one thing to the next, but missing God along the way. God’s deepest desire for you now, is to rest and rebuild your relationship with Him. Nothing else is more important than sitting at the feet of Jesus. Many have become wearied and worn-out, and need time to be with the Father to regain strength and new perspectives. God wants to pour out His special anointing on you, but this can only be done in His presence and not trying to fix and solve everyone else’s problems. It is time to rest and be still. No more striving and figuring out what to do. Simply be with the Father. You may be thinking,

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want us to serve Him, but He also cares so much more about our relationship with Him. His desire is to see you whole again and on fire for the things of God. Sin, hardships, and difficult circumstances have entered your life causing you to be lukewarm with God. You still serve Christ in ministry, but your heart is far from it. God knows that, and wants to commune with you and bring you back to your first love, Jesus Christ.

“How can I just rest and be when there are people to help?” But how can you help with an empty cup? You know if your cup is empty because you are not giving out of the overflow but giving out of your strength, which leaves you tired and frustrated. When you operate in the overflow, there is abundance.

His plans are good for you and your new beginning will be with Jesus at the center. You will have a renewed trust and faith in God, and you will be fit for what God has called you to do. So do not worry or fret of what next, just release anything God shows you, and embrace being with Him. He does not want nor expect anything else from you now. You will know clearly when He has opened the door you are to walk through; it will not be by force or by your flesh, but by the flow of the Holy Spirit.

So God desires a new beginning for you. He has seen your struggles and He has seen you trying to minister to others while hurting. God says I do not desire you to give out of brokenness, but out of an overflow. This may be frightening to you, to not help, to not serve, but it is not forever. It is until you and the Father are one again. Somehow your relationship with Jesus, your first love, has become tainted, and you have believed that He just cared about how much you served Him. Yes, Jesus does

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home improvement

room sink faucets can help reduce the spread of bacteria and germs, since no one needs to touch them to turn them on. Plus, their hands-free operation ensures that the faucet stays free of fingerprints, soap scum and toothpaste splatters. A wave of the hand starts the faucet -- and you’re on your way to a tidier, maybe even immaculate, bathroom.

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actoring in time demands like family, work and home, it’s easy to see why products that improve cleanability are gaining ground in bathroom design. Today, a variety of bathroom fixtures, devices and construction materials can all help contribute to a bathroom that cleans up with less effort from you and stays that way longer.

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Cleaning the toilet, tub and shower probably doesn’t top anyone’s list of favorite tasks. While it’s still necessary to do regular deep cleaning, when it comes to daily maintenance, a range of new bathroom additions can lend a hand. n Self-cleaning toilets - Even in the cleanest households, the toilet can be a hotbed for a variety of unpleasantness. The new ActiClean self-cleaning toilet from American Standard can make day-to-day cleaning of the bowl a much easier task. The press of a button releases cleaning solution into the bowl for either a one-minute quick clean or a 10-minute deep clean, while the patented VorMax jetted flushing technology powerfully scours the bowl to remove all splatter, skid marks and clinging waste. At the end of the soak period, the unit automatically siphons away the cleaner and rinses the bowl with clear water. Simply press a button, walk away, and let the toilet do the rest - it’s that easy.

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Of course, if you’ll be renovating a bathroom or building a new home, the best way to ensure a cleaner bathroom at the get-go is to start with construction materials that promotes cleanliness. Mildew resistant tiles and grout, mold-resistant paint, and solid surface countertops can all add up to less cleaning time down the road.

n Smarter showers - Sure, you can find high-tech, highcost showers that keep shower doors spotless through nano-technology that repels dirt and water droplets. But having an easy-to-clean shower can actually be simpler and less expensive. It starts by choosing the right materials and design. For example, traditional shower doors are notorious for building up mold, mildew and grime in door tracks. Frameless shower doors can eliminate that problem. If you hate mold in tile grout (and who doesn’t?) you have numerous options. Tile your shower with a dark tile and dark grout. Or, opt for tiles made with mildew-resistant coatings. For super-easy cleaning - not to mention leading edge design - you can even choose a concrete shower.

One of the most important features to incorporate into a bathroom to help keep it fresher and healthier is an exhaust fan. This will not only remove unpleasant odors from the bathroom, it will also vent moisture out of the room from steamy showers and baths. Excess moisture in a bathroom is one of the leading causes of mold and mildew, which can be unsightly, smelly and unhealthy.

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e’re all familiar with the highway driving experience of being behind a person who is continually braking for no apparent reason. This is especially problematic if you’re in the left-hand lane. You’re zipping along at the posted speed limit and suddenly the brake lights of the car in front go on. You have to immediately react and hit your brakes. If this happens more than a couple of times, you look for the first opportunity to pass this unskilled driver. The person riding their brakes may thoughtlessly cause a serious traffic problem or worse. Metaphorically, you may be physiologically “riding the brakes” without knowing it, creating ongoing problems for your long-term wellness and well-being. For example, many of us are not aware that lack of regular vigorous exercise results in a slowing down of our metabolism. Without such exercise, our daily metabolic processes simply do not operate at peak levels. In the absence of critical energy demands imposed by regular vigorous exercise, a low level steady state takes over. Fat cells accumulate, reflexes dull, and our overall sense of awareness deteriorates. But your body is a finely crafted machine and it is designed to fulfill very high performance metrics. The aphorism, “what you don’t use, you lose” applies specifically to human physiological performance. Without regular vigorous exercise, you’re riding your physiological brakes and your body systems will degrade accordingly. The good news is that these entropic effects can be reversed. Our bodies are dynamic and remarkably adaptive. Beginning or renewing an exercise program will quickly result in noticeable benefits. Many people will begin observe such benefits within four to six weeks. The important health benefits derived from regular vigorous exercise include slowing of the heart rate, increased capacity of the heart to pump blood, increased capacity of the lungs to take in oxygen, accumulation of lean muscle mass, increased creative abilities, increased ability to focus and perform useful work, and improved restful sleep. These benefits all derive from any basic exercise program that includes some form of strength training and some form of cardiovascular exercise. Thirty minutes per day, five days a week, is the recommended standard. A program that incorporates three days of cardiovascular exercise and two days of strength training, or three days of strength training and two days of cardiovascular exercise, will be sufficient to derive maximum results. Cardiovascular exercise includes walking, running, swimming, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and sports such as basketball and lacrosse. Strength training should comprise routines including exercises for the chest, back, shoulders, arms, and legs. Certain forms of exercise such as yoga simultaneously incorporate strength training and cardiovascular exercise. Most important is the consistency of exercise. What works for one person may not work for another. Find the types of exercise that you like to do and want to do and keep going. There will be times when you need to take a break for a week or two. Trust your instincts and return to your exercise program as appropriate. Encourage your family members to participate so that everyone can achieve peak performance, health, and wellness. Cornerstone Chiropractic is located at 5886 Wendy Bagwell Parkway, Suite 301, Hiram, Georgia 30141. 770-439-7765

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id you watch the TV Game Show, “The Weakest Link”? Me neither. For this discussion, we’re going to apply the original term of a “weakest link” as in a chain. When a chain is used to move a load, as load increases the chain gets closer to breaking. The first part of a chain to break will ALWAYS be the “weakest link”. It’s a simple principle that applies EVERY time.

You can’t change the temperature, but you can ensure your maintenance habits do not contribute causing a “weakest link” situation. Ensuring good routine maintenance habits and allowing vehicle warm-up before driving lowers risk. It was 23 degrees this morning here in Paulding County. That’s additional load that your coolant and oil must be capable of overcoming.

For this article, the chain is your vehicle. The “links” are vehicle systems such as engine, transmission, drivetrain, cooling, sensors, exhaust, and tires. The load is a combination of trips, temperatures, and maintenance habits. When the “links” are strong, you’re riding in style. If the combination of load overcomes the “links,” you’re walking. Another simple principle.

Let’s look at the individual “Link” of your Cooling System.

Longer trips equal more load. But, a short trip might also be more load. Cold temperature increases load too. Poor maintenance habits are undoubtedly the most significant load increasers. Example: a short trip in cold temperatures without adequately warming-up vehicle systems or “links” adds more load to the “links” of coolant and oil. If the coolant is inadequate or the oil is past service life and due for change, either or both can become the “weakest link” and your vehicle-chain breaks. Any temperature below 35 or above 80 degrees increases “weakest link” risk. The risk increases dramatically with poor maintenance habits.

Your vehicle’s Cooling System “link” performs two functions. Even in winter, it cools your engine down to 190 degrees by absorbing flame-hot engine temperatures and carries them to the radiator where cool air is passed through the radiator cooling the coolant. This is a good thing. It also means your vehicle has a readily available source of 190 degree heat for heating the inside of your vehicle on a 23 degree morning. Another good thing. You’ve just learned that vehicle “links” are simple systems. In this example, problems occur when your cooling system “link” is stressed because of cold overnight temperatures and the anti-freeze mixture is inadequate. Another simple principle, water freezes and vehicle things break. If the anti-freeze mixture is inadequate (too low percentage of ethyl-glycol), either engine parts freeze and break, or heater cores freeze and break leaking coolant

inside on your carpet. The smell inside takes months to go away. The result at best is no heat on a 23 degree morning drive to work or school along with a really bad smell. At worst case, you’ll need a new engine. Did that get your attention? This “weakest link” would be avoided by routine cooling system service. The accepted correct cooling system mixture is 50/50. 50% ethyl-glycol (anti-freeze) and 50% water (H2O). Many times, a mixture error occurs over time and is completely unintended. A small leak in the coolant system leads the owner to the easiest solution of just adding some more water to fill the radiator or overflow bottle. Over time, this dilutes the anti-freeze and the coolant will eventually have too high percentage of plain water which freezes. The coolant system leaks should be corrected, no matter how small. Then the cooling system flushed and replaced with water pump lubricant and the factory recommended 50/50 anti-freeze mixture. Routine cooling system maintenance is critical to your vehicle’s longevity and will ensure it is NOT your vehicle’s “weakest link” during the next several months. Brian Drummond, owner of Automotive Engineering, 770-222-7004

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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 info. 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 Business Assoc. Luncheon* 2nd Thursday of the month; 11:30am-1pm (check site to confirm mtg) 855 Hiram Douglasville Highway in Hiram. Cost $15 members prepaid online, $18 members at the door, and $20 non-members. pauldingba.org Paulding County Bee Keepers Club* 2nd Thursday of the month; 7pm at Dallas Primitive Baptist Church Do you currently have bee hives? Check out the bee club. For info call Sue McCleary - 678-310-7305. DPBC is located at 222 Legion Rd., Dallas. “Bee” sure to follow on Facebook at Paulding County Beekeepers! 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 info. 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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From there, Yolanda made her mark in the county. Her work at the Paulding Chamber of Commerce further exhibited her support for local businesses in the area. From Paulding County Economic Development to her current position at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, she remained involved in the county’s advancement. Yolanda’s engagement with the community seems never ending, yet continues to be sincere. It is her innate ability to mother not only her children, but her neighbors, co-workers, fellow board members, to the people she runs into at the grocery store. To mother not only means to stay by the bed of your little ones in the wee hours of the night when they’ve come down with a cold nor to raise them to distinguish what’s right from wrong, but mothering extends to those outside of your family. It is to sacrifice your needs and wants in order to uplift the community and to simply extend a hand. My mother has always been committed to those outside of herself. As a quiet and reclusive child, I have not always understood my mother. Where I reveled in being alone and to myself, she enjoyed company after work and pushed to make it to other commitments even in the midst of an exhausting day. But now as a mother myself, I see her in another light. Within her intuitive need to see about others first, it is now that I can grasp her altruistic ways. It is now that I am a mother to my own children, that I appreciate my mother’s benevolent devotion to her neighbors of the world. [Editor’s Note: We appreciate Yolanda’s givingness to our country and community; it is an honor to have her on our cover – the first in 2017. She is joined by her beautiful daughters, Jaimie Lupoe and Brittany Kirkland, the author of this loving article.]

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pet news Baby it’s Cold Outside…. Winter Tips for Your Fur Babies! By Amber Constantine

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inter is now upon us. We’re grabbing our heavy coats and boots from the backs of our closets, preparing for the cold months. While we bundle up, we often forget about our pets. It is true that dogs’ fur coats help keep them warm in the winter, but there are a few things you can do to make sure your pet is happy and comfortable. If you take your dog outside often, then his paws are constantly exposed to the cold ground, snow, or ice. This exposure can cause the paw pads to crack and bleed, creating a truly uncomfortable situation for your pet. It’s important to take care of your dog’s paws during the colder months. The easiest way to add a layer of protection is to invest in dog boots. Just like your boots, dog boots will protect your pooch’s paws when you go outside. Make sure you look for water-resistant boots, since you don’t want your dog to be cold and wet. Boots with Velcro straps at the top are great for most dogs; the Velcro will ensure that the boots stay on the paws. If your pooch doesn’t like to wear boots or if you just can’t find any that are appropriate, then there are other at-home ways to keep your pet’s paws in good winter health. First, it’s important to keep the hair between the dog’s toes and around the feet and ankles trimmed. This hair can be a magnet for ice and debris that will irritate the paws. Trimming the hair is a quick and simple process that can be accomplished at the same time you trim the nails. Second, petroleum jelly can do wonders for keeping the paw pads in good condition. Rubbing the jelly on the bottom of the paws before going outside provides an insulating layer. Rubbing jelly on the paws when your pooch gets back inside can help ease and heal any sores or cracks. Just because your pooch is indoors doesn’t mean he’s fully protected from the cold. More than likely, your home is also cooler during the winter months. Make sure your pet is comfortable by having a dog bed or two throughout your home. Adding an extra blanket wouldn’t hurt. You can also purchase dog pajamas for the winter. The pajamas are great for more than just keeping your pet warm. They also trap the shedding hair. So instead of the hair going all over your home, it’s trapped in the clothes until you give them a good wash. Keeping your pet warm and comfortable in the winter isn’t a difficult task. Dry, cracked paw pads can be painful for pets. By purchasing extra booties or petroleum jelly, you can make all the difference in your pet’s comfort. Don’t assume that your pooch is warm just because he’s inside your home. A bed and an extra blanket can ensure your dog is warm and cozy this winter.

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5 slices bacon, diced 1 1/2 c. potatoes, peeled and diced  1 medium onion, thinly sliced  1/2 c. water  1 can cream-style corn  2 c. milk  1 tsp. salt  Pepper  Butter In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Drain grease, leaving 3 tbsp. in the pan. Add onion slices and cook until lightly browned. Add potatoes and water and cook until potatoes are tender (10 to 15 minutes). Add corn, milk, salt, and pepper. Cook until heated through. Top each serving with bacon and butter.

Sausage Bean Chowder

2 lb. link sausage 2 cans (16 oz. each) kidney beans  1 can (1 lb. 13 oz.) tomatoes, broken up  1 qt. water  1 large onion, chopped  1 bay leaf  1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt  1/2 tsp. garlic  1/2 tsp. thyme  1/8 tsp. pepper  1 c. diced potatoes  1/2 green pepper, chopped In a skillet, cook sausage until brown. Pour off fat. In large kettle or crock pot combine kidney beans, tomatoes, water, onion, bay leaf, salt, thyme, and pepper. Add sausage, simmer for at least an hour. If using crock pot you may simmer all day. The longer this soup cooks the better it is. Add potatoes and green pepper. Cook, covered, until potatoes are tender. Remove bay leaf.

Salmon Chowder 1 4 2 1 3 1 2 1 2

can cream of mushroom soup c. potatoes, peeled and cubed  cloves garlic, minced  can salmon  tbsp. butter  c. onion, finely chopped  carrots, chopped finely  c. broccoli, chopped finely  tsp. Mrs. Dash seasoning

Melt butter in large saucepan. Add onions, garlic, carrots, and broccoli and saute for about 5 minutes. Add potatoes and enough water to barely cover the potatoes. Stir in salmon with juices. Cook, covered, until the potatoes are tender (15 to 20 minutes). Add cream of mushroom soup and Mrs. Dash and stir until soup is well blended. Heat but do not boil.

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