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Our Town JANUARY 2018

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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Fandos / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Photography Heather Poe Heather Poe Photography Independant Sales Reps Doris Devey Symantha Redwine

Contributing Writers: BodyPlex Melissa M. Cornay Roberto De Jesus Rachel Dutton George Fandos l Cole A. Gray Jeremy Hicks/Eric T. Carlson Brittany Kirkland Ngozi Nwoke l Beth Tabak Our Town Media Group, Inc. 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 2018, 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 Hambrick Family Community Spotlight: Paulding Family Connection Family Focus: Pre-Planning a Funeral Calendar of Events Fitness Profile: BodyPlex Finance: Time for New Year’s Financial Resolutions Faith: The Best Entrance to a New Year Relationships: Winning Morning Routine Home Improvement: Winter Storm Power Outage Prep Keep Paulding Beautiful – Recycle Health Profile: Herbs, Vitamins & More Gardening: Gifts in My Garden from Wildlife Travel: Quick Escape to the Space Coast Community Profile: Casino Royale-Paulding Ed. Fdn. Feature Photographer: Heather Poe Pets: Pony Meet Puppy! Crossword Puzzle What’s Cookin’: Mandarin Orange Fluff

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teve and Randel Hambrick are your Paulding neighbors who possess the strength of giants and the love of saints. The couple left their home in Orlando with hopes of planting the seeds of their ideas for a ministry in Paulding almost a decade ago. In 2009, Vintage 242, finally bloomed with the intentions of “transforming the community through the love of Jesus.” Before Vintage 242 would become a reality, the two discovered their love for each other and Jesus was something they shared. This love would ultimately brew until it would birth both their family and now, their church family. Randel and Steve are both from the Atlanta area. Randel grew up in Marietta, and Steve spent his childhood in East Cobb, although their first encounter would happen across the country in Omaha, Nebraska years later. Randel, who was taking a leave of absence from her career as a pharmaceutical rep, decided to take a leap of faith and follow her heart by enrolling in a school of ministry in Omaha. One day, she received a random email from a man she had never met before inquiring about the school. This man, was none other than Steve. A mutual friend of the two shared with Steve about Randel’s new journey at the school of ministry. As intrigued as Steve was, he reached out to Randel. So, the two arranged to meet to further discuss his questions the following weekend. Randel gushes that, “we met, sparks flew, and the rest is history!” The two would later marry in August of 2001.

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The pair shared the desire to spread God’s love and message to others, but before they became leaders of their church, they went to school with different paths in mind. While Randel graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communications, she worked in the pharmaceutical sales industry for 13 years. She also worked in college ministry for six years before Vintage 242 was launched in 2009, where she is currently over Mission and Outreach. Steve earned his BA in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Georgia before he decided to go after his MA in Theology from Asbury Seminary. He spent 11 years working in college ministry before the launch of Vintage 242, where he currently serves as the lead pastor. Cover Story Continued on Page 26


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re you ready for 2018? As we turn the page from last year, putting away Christmas gifts, beginning to think about new resolutions, anticipating an early Georgia spring, this might be the year to find some way to serve your community or even get more involved than 2017. Paulding County can boast a fantastic quality of life with a growth rate that is 50% higher than Georgia’s fast pace, household income that is 20% higher than Georgia’s, beautiful landscapes and plenty of natural resources. We live in a vibrant community, with wonderful people, caring governmental agencies and a strong faith-based community. Unfortunately, some of the national trends crippling our society are making their way to Hiram, Dallas, and the surrounding areas. Two of the most alarming trends, nationally, are reason for concern.


In 1960, nearly 90% of American children lived in a traditional family home with married parents. As recently as 2014, this number had fallen to roughly 60% and it continues to fall.



At the same time, illicit drug use now regularly affects over 10% of the population aged 12 and older, having risen 25% in only 15 years.


agencies, churches, and non-profits to accomplish two things: Improve the School Success of Our Children and Improve Family Stability. The PFC believes that for the collaborative to make a difference in Paulding County, volunteer opportunities should be widely available and community members need to work together to focus on our unique challenges like preventing substance abuse, providing healthcare to those who are in need, and ensuring the safety of our citizens.

Clearly, these trends contribute to each other, but that is a discussion for another time. However, these two trends alone are putting our families and most importantly our children at risk.

Every second Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. like-minded citizens informally gather to connect and learn about where to get involved and how to help. Opportunities are varied and examples include mentoring a school age child an hour a week or becoming a child advocate when their family is involved in legal proceedings or providing assistance to military veterans or supporting one of the more than 100 foster families in Paulding County by becoming part of their care community or serving low-income and struggling families.

What can you do this year? To continue being a great community we need diverse gifts and as many people working together as possible. Our children, especially those in challenging home situations need love, support, basic life skills, and as they age, a better understanding of how to make good decisions. Many of our younger parents also need support, that might be financial, supply of basic needs or services, or just encouragement. As the prophet Jeremiah wrote: “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you… because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

Check out the website at for more information and come get to know where your community needs you. Bring a friend. The next meeting will be January 11, 2018 in the board room at the Paulding School District Office at 3236 Atlanta Hwy., Dallas, GA 30132. The spotlight topic will be The Opioid Crisis in Georgia.

So how can I get involved you might ask yourself? The Paulding Family Connection is a great start. This collaborative is set up to have strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with a variety of community members,

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eath is a topic that most people tend to avoid. It makes us uncomfortable because it involves dealing with our own mortality. It is, however, a good idea to plan a funeral ahead of time to ease stress on the family members we leave behind. There are many factors which must be considered when planning a funeral, not the least of which is cost. Planning your funeral ahead of time can help to ease the emotional and financial burdens your loved ones will face when you pass on. In many cases, death occurs unexpectedly. Even if a loved one has been ill for some time, no one exactly knows when he or she will pass. If no funeral arrangements were made in advance, the surviving family members must handle those arrangements themselves at an already difficult time. Making decisions, such as whether the deceased will be buried or cremated, where the memorial service will be held and whether or not there will be a viewing of the body can take a toll on already emotional loved ones. Add to that the fact that these major decisions need to be made quickly, and the stress may be too much for your loved ones to bear. When pre-planning your own funeral, you will make those difficult decisions ahead of time, so your loved ones won’t have to.

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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! Gymnastics Home Meet - Hiram High School January 19-21 Winter Break Camp on February 19-23, from 7am-6pm Spring Break Camp on April 2-6, from 7am-6pm 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Call EARLY to Register/Questions? 770-445-5525 New Adaptive Therapy Recreation Programs Girls Spring Softball Registration Open at Paulding County Parks & Rec PCPRD is excited to announce these and several more NEW PROGRAMS! Online registration and a current list of classes can be found at: https://recreation.paulding. gov Questions? 770-445-8065 “Bring One for the Chipper” – Recycled Christmas Tree Program January 6, Saturday 9am – 12pm at Home Depot in Hiram Recycle your Christmas tree this season! 770-439-0707. Paulding Family Connection Meeting January 11, Thursday 9:30am - 11am Board room at the Paulding School District Office 3236 Atlanta Hwy., Dallas, GA 30132. The spotlight topic will be The Opioid Crisis in Georgia. For info or email Nina at LauterNLauter@ Tribute to Lucy & Ricky Musical Comedy Show - Dallas Theater January 13; Saturday 7pm  America’s favorite couple is here to tickle your “funny bone!” This world class comedy and musical tribute performed by Melody Knighton and Luis Hernandez. For tickets and information visit Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* January 13; 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. Menopause - The Musical - Strand Theatre in Historic Marietta Square January 16 – 21; Tuesday - Sunday  A hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 16 years! It’s the hilarious celebration of women and ‘The Change!’ For more information and tickets call 770-293-0080.

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Atlanta Boat Show – Georgia World Congress Center January 18-21; Thursday to Sunday A nice retreat from the winter ‘blahs’ featuring the largest display of fishing boats, cruisers, pontoon and house boats, and more! Tickets are $14/adults, Children 12 and under are FREE. Questions? Casino Royale-Hearts of Gold hosted by Paulding Education Foundation February 10; Saturday 6:30pm at Wellstar Paulding Hospital The event of season is not to be missed and benefits the Paulding Education Foundation. SPONSORSHIPS and DONATION OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW!! Special promotions for teachers! Visit www.PauldingEducationFoundation. com for info. ‘In the Mood’ Comedy Show Starring Moody Molavi February 17; Saturday 7pm - Dallas Theater Join award winning touring comedian, Moody Molavi, as he brings his family interactions and everyday experiences to life on stage. Moody is an Iranian Southern Bapticostal who has a passion for making people laugh at the unexpected thoughts that come out of his head. His animated personalities will have you in stitches. Questions? Bridal Expo - Dallas Theater February 18; Sunday 11am – 5pm TICKETS GO ON SALE, Janaury 12; Saturday 7pm  This bridal expo is a perfect one-stop-shop for all your wedding needs whether you’re on a budget or planning a fairytale wedding. It’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with local vendors who want to make your dreams come true. Tickets are $8 per person. Questions?


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e’ve reached the end of another year – which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions?




Here are some ideas to think about: Increase  contributions to your employer-sponsored retirement plan. For 2018, you can contribute up to $18,500 (or $24,500 if you’re 50 or older) to your 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b), for employees of public schools and some nonprofit groups, or a 457(b) plan, for employees of local governments. It’s usually a good idea to contribute as much as you can afford to your employer’s plan, as your contributions may lower your taxable income, while your earnings can grow tax-deferred. At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered.

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Try to “max out” on your IRA. Even if you have a 401(k) or similar plan, you can probably still invest in an IRA. For 2018, you can contribute up to $5,500 to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older. (Income restrictions apply to Roth IRAs.) Contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax-deductible, depending on your income, and your earnings can grow tax-deferred. Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, but earnings can grow tax-free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you are 59-1/2 and you’ve have had your account at least five years. You can put virtually any investment in an IRA, so it can expand your options beyond those offered in your 401(k) or similar plan. Build an emergency fund. Try to build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses, with the money held in a low-risk, liquid account. This fund can help you avoid dipping into your long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a new furnace or a major car repair. Control your debts. It’s never easy, but do what you can to keep your debts under control. The less you have to spend on debt payments, the more you can invest for your future. Don’t overreact to changes in the financial markets. We’ve

had a long run of rising stock prices – but it won’t last forever. If we experience a sharp market downturn in 2018, don’t overreact by taking a “time out” from investing. Market drops are a normal feature of the investment landscape, and you may ultimately gain an advantage by buying new shares when their prices are down.

Review your goals and risk tolerance. At least once in 2018, take some time to review your short- and long-term financial goals and try to determine, possibly with the help of a financial professional, if your investment portfolio is still appropriate for these goals. At the same time, you’ll want to re-evaluate your risk tolerance to ensure you’re not taking too much risk – or possibly too little risk – with your investments. Do your best to stick with these resolutions throughout the coming year. At a minimum, they can help you improve your investment habits – and they may improve your financial picture far beyond 2018 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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14:12, Matthew 7:13). The narrow gate of praise and thanksgiving may be difficult considering your genuine reasons but it leads to life (Matthew 7:14). Be among the few who will find it.

anyone who thirsts, but you have to enter His gates with thanksgiving and the courts with praise (Psalm 100:4). Choose to enter the New Year full of thanksgiving and praises, refuse to be bothered with what didn’t work out the way you expected, and look forward to the New Year with great expectation (Proverbs 23:18). Make up your mind to be joyful in the Lord no matter what comes up in the coming year, and the enemy will not be able to steal from you.

This past year may not have gone the way you expected, and you may have done things, according to the scriptures, to have it the way you expected and it still didn’t work out (according to your own evaluation), but the truth remains that it could have been worse if not for God! And as a child of God that loves God, all things work together for your good (Romans 8:28).

Thanksgiving and praise attract God and it is the atmosphere in which He operates (Psalm 22:3). A thankful person hands his battles over to God, and who can defeat God? According to 2 Chronicles 20:14-30 God told the Israelites the battle was His. When they started praising and giving thanks to the Lord, He defeated their enemies and gave them victory and great spoils. God has not changed. One great way of engaging God in your affairs is to praise and give thanks to Him. It works like fire!

All the wide gates may seem justifiable to be used, but they are the worst gates to go through into the New Year. They will only give the enemy more licenses to afflict you more. If you are to defeat the enemy then you must stop singing his songs, which attract him to you. Choose to see the blessings of this year; count your blessings and name them one by one, and you will SEE reasons to take the praise and thanksgiving gate.

The Almighty God and author of the New Year recommends praise and thanksgiving for increase victory (Psalm 67:5-7). If you desire a better year, then it is wise to put aside what your flesh and circumstances are dictating to you and choose the Master’s Best Entrance to a New Year.

God is the Alpha and Omega of the coming year and He has promised to give the fountain of water of life freely to

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eople, things and circumstances often determine the decisions or the steps people take in life. However, none of these can force you to choose THEIR way, you are the one to finally make the decision and implement it. There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death - Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV). Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it - Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV). There are many wide open gates to the New Year, these include: the ungrateful gate, the murmuring and complaining gate, the offence gate, frustrated gate, depressed gate, disappointed gate, etc., however, there is the narrow gate of praise and thanksgiving. Which one are you going to go through? You may have ‘genuine reasons’ why you should go through one of the wide gates, but is it the best entrance to use? Truly, they may seem right to you, but the end is the way of destruction and death (Proverbs


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hat does a Winning Morning Routine have to do with how to live a happy life? Plenty! The moment we awake brain patterns quickly claim our attitude towards the day. For many of us by noon we feel good or bad about what we have accomplished. By mid-afternoon, energy levels decline. Wait, we have choices‌ to take new actions for new results! Prepare Ahead. Be clear on priorities. Plan action steps the day before. Think through the day to come. What can you do in the evening to save steps? Make lunches, your outfit is clean and ready, kids backpacks prepared with homework inside (yes, it needed to be said). What will save time through the day? Any errands you can knock out in the direction you are going? Keep priorities first and secondary tasks second. Wake up knowing your road map. Get the Best Sleep. Bedtime can be a soothing ritual of selfcare. Your bed should be as comfortable as possible. Create the most relaxing atmosphere. In contrast, create a great environment to awake to with sunlight, fresh air, pleasing accent colors, etc. Get your body in rhythm by going to sleep and waking up at the same times daily. Shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep for an enthusiastic start and enduring energy.

Yoga combines stretching, breathing, and meditation. Whatever your propensity choose self-care with benefits to get off to a great start.

Turn Your Snooze Time into an Awakening Time. Allow a spiritual moment before the ego awakes to connect with your soul. Pray, be grateful, listen silently, or visualize and feel your ideal end result when achieving your goal. You can set your intention or a theme for the day that supports your success. Imagine the impact on your relationship if you used this awakening time daily to tell your significant other how much you love and appreciate them.

Shower and Shine. Kind of a given. Feeling clean, fresh, and looking your best to start the day increases your confidence walking into the office along with the number and type of opportunities that come your way. Fuel Up with a Healthy Breakfast. Your body slows while you sleep but still a surprising amount of activity is going on within. Your eyes and brain become quite active through REM cycles. Tissue growth and repair takes place. The immune system increases production of certain proteins. Hormones are released and the list goes on, all running on stored energy. So it makes sense to fuel your body with a nutritional breakfast for a peak performance day.

Hydrate. I will save the abundance of health benefits from water for another day. The point is you just awoke from one-third of the day without water. Every cell in your body from head to toe needs water for you to function at peak performance. So when you are preparing fuel for your body, add a glass or two of water. Sunlight, Fresh Air, and the Morning Sky. Allow the sunlight in to awaken you naturally if possible. Open the windows or step outside on lovely mornings for a refreshing start to the day. A few minutes watching the beautiful changes of the horizon during a morning sunrise is uplifting.

Quiet Moment. If you are looking for a deeper experience incorporate a quiet block of 10-20 minutes or whatever you choose for meditation, journaling, gratitude, prayer, spiritual reading, writing down your goals, etc. What NOT to Do Avoid Email First Thing in the Morning- Email can quickly detour you off your plan and lead to others rearranging your day. Set up blocks of time a little later to manage email.

Self-Care with Benefits. At the very minimum, music is energizing. Exercise kick-starts your metabolism. Stretching and deep breathing stimulates the brain.

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inter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power outages that could affect thousands of Americans this winter storm season. In fact, increasingly severe weather is the chief reason power outages are becoming more likely, according to a National Governors Association report. What’s more, a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found the average outage lasts two hours and 20 minutes, but increases by 260 percent to six hours and 10 minutes when a major event like severe weather is involved. While you can’t predict when a winter storm or extended power outage might affect your neighborhood, you can take steps now to prepare your home and family for severe weather events. Stock up in advance Nearly everyone has experienced long grocery store lines and cleared-out store shelves when news of a coming


Keep enough bottled water and non-perishable foods on-hand to feed everyone in your family up to one week. Set these items aside in a “storm prep” box so you don’t dip into them until you really need them. Canned foods, protein bars, dry cereal and nuts are great options. Never allow your supply of prescription medications to fall below a week’s supply, and make sure you stock up on useful over-the-counter meds such as pain relievers and cold remedies. Finally, keep a supply of batteries, flashlights and battery-powered lanterns readily available to ensure you have safe illumination when the power goes out. Invest in emergency power With the average length of power outages growing longer, many Americans are turning to generators to help ensure their homes and families stay safe and comfortable during winter storms. In fact, a report from the Society for Risk Analysis notes “a string of natural disasters and prolonged blackouts have motivated consumers to invest in personal generators at unprecedented rates.” Homeowners have two options when it comes to backup power; portable generators and automatic standby generators. Portable generators can be moved from place to place and are designed to power a few key items

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or systems, like a refrigerator or lights, using properly rated extension cords. These manually operated generators are usually gasoline-fueled and must be operated outside of the home. Automatic standby generators like those from Kohler are permanently installed outside the home similar to a central air conditioning unit. They attach to a home’s existing natural gas or propane lines and turn on automatically within seconds when the power goes out; homeowners do not need to be present to operate. Standby generators can power an entire house, from essentials like the refrigerator, sump pump, lights and water heater to non-essentials such as TVs, computers and more. To learn more about automatic standby generators, visit After the storm Once the storm is over, continue to be cautious. Check weather and traffic reports before leaving the house to determine if roads are closed. If you do venture out, stay alert for downed power lines. If you spot power lines that are down or damaged, call the power company immediately. Finally, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to ensure everyone is fine. Preparation is the best way to protect your home and family during the winter storm season. Take action now, which includes a storm prep box and a backup power source, to keep your family safe and comfortable, no matter what the weather may bring. (BPT)


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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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Helping you Thrive, Not Just Survive By Cole A. Gray

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ill Gilson’s story begins with a host of health issues including fibromyalgia, digestive issues and chronic fatigue syndrome. On the worst days, she spent as many as 16 hours in bed. The turning point was seeing a holistic chiropractor, who prescribed all-natural remedies. Within three days, she felt well enough to walk around the house a little more than normal. Three months later, Gilson was back at work. And after a year, her symptoms of 20-plus years were completely reversed. She got to know the owner of her local herb and vitamin shop after many trips to pick up the holistic treatments her chiropractor ordered and was eventually offered a part-time job. After some time there, friends, family and customers told her she should open her own natural herb shop. In May 2017, she opened Herbs Vitamins & More on Cedarcrest Road in Dallas. “As a testimony to natural healing, I wanted to open a store in this community to help others get their lives back, just as I got mine back,” Gilson said. “We all deserve to live our lives to the fullest.” Gilson says the store’s motto is “Helping you Thrive, Not Just Survive!” She works as many as 70 hours a week, offering cleanses and detoxes for bowel, blood, liver, lung and lymphatic health. The store carries brands like Nature’s Sunshine, the first American company to put medicinal herbs into pills. Another popular product flushes parasites from the body, which Gilson says is “very, very imperative” for personal health.

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Parasites can enter the body through raw or undercooked meat, sushi, pork or even red meat. Gilson recommends detoxing from parasites twice a year and says everyone has them, especially those with children or pets. Two new services offered at Gilson’s shop are perfect for starting the New Year toxin-free. The Himalayan Salt Cave Sauna features 50 pounds of Himalayan salt bricks. Heating the salt with far-infrared heat releases a combination of 84 elements and minerals into the air. Breathing in the sauna air can relieve asthma, COPD, allergies, sinus issues and even anxiety. The treatment even pulls toxins out of subcutaneous fat.

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Winter Gardening: Gifts in my Garden from Wildlife


ne of my favorite winter activities is feeding birds and inadvertently feeding squirrels and chipmunks. This is not a one-way activity; I get rewards by watching the activities of the birds, squirrels and chipmunks. They leave me treasures - new trees, shrubs and plants from adjacent areas. One magnificent tree that I have acquired through this partnership is the Cucumber Magnolia tree. Since I am a native Mississippian, Magnolia trees are very special to me. There are many different trees in the Magnolia family and several can be found in our Paulding forests. There are now five Cucumber Magnolia trees in size from one foot to over six feet in my yard. I suspect they are all gifts from my partners in gardening: the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. Let me tell you about the Cucumber Magnolia tree. A Cucumber Magnolia tree is the hardiest of the native treesize magnolias and is found in forests from New York to Georgia, and west to Illinois. Cucumber Magnolia is the most widespread and hardiest of the eight native

magnolia species in the United States, and the only magnolia native to Canada. One of Virginia’s early pioneer botanists, John Clayton, made the first scientific observations in 1736. In the early 1800s, these trees were widely exported to Europe, where they were found in the very finest gardens and landscapes. The pioneers were reputed to have used the bitters extracted from the green fruit with whisky as a fever medicine. The Cherokee and Iroquois tribes used Magnolia acuminata, largely the bark, as a remedy for some common ailments. The wood was also widely used for furniture and interior paneling. The wood is similar to yellow poplar and is usually sold as yellow poplar.

after ripening in the fall. Birds, squirrels and chipmunks eat the seed, the seed pass through the digestive tract of the creature, the seed coat is softened and when the seed is eliminated, it is ready to sprout. While the flower is not a showy as other magnolias, it is still very attractive. The flower is yellow-green and has a tendency to blend in with the leaves. The bloom is bell shaped with six greenish yellow tongue-shaped petals. It takes about 20 to 30 years for the tree to bloom. My largest tree is about 6 feet tall, so I have a few years until I get to see a bloom! Feeding birds and gardening are my passions, and my partnership with the wildlife in my yard and garden has brought me many very pleasant surprises - tree, shrub and plant surprises and is a very worthwhile pastime. Try it this winter and you may be pleasantly surprised about what nature will bring you in the coming spring and years ahead.

The name ‘Cucumber’ comes from the unripe fruit from the tree, which is green and often shaped like a small cucumber; the fruit matures to a dark red color and is 6-8 cm long and 4 cm broad.

Rachel Dutton, 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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Need to Get Warm? How About a Quick Escape to the Space Coast!


spas, restaurants and more are located in the area, to help all the “pre-cruisers” get ready for life at sea. You don’t need to actually have a cruise booked to enjoy all that’s offered in this bustling port - just an appetite, a sense of adventure and maybe some extra energy.

tep outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there’s a remedy for all this gloom. Winter’s bitter cold is the perfect excuse to head south with the family for a quick vacation getaway. Florida’s Space Coast, where it’s decidedly warmer, has something for everyone. From rockets launching into outer space to unforgettable seafood and more, the Space Coast is an affordable and worthwhile escape, even for just a weekend. So, if the onset of winter isn’t sitting well with you, take a couple of days off, book your tickets or gas up the car, and get ready to experience these Space Coast attractions and activities. They’ll turn up the heat! 1. Explore the final frontier. As you might have guessed, the Space Coast got its name because it is home to both the Cape Canaveral launch complex and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Here, rockets operated by SpaceX and others still regularly blast into the heavens. A day at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will bring you up close to one of the legendary Apollo command modules that orbited the moon, as well as the last Space Shuttle orbiter to fly. You’ll learn about the history of the NASA program and maybe even see a rocket launch! It’s an interactive journey that will inspire the entire family.

4. Embark on a zoo adventure like no other. At the Brevard Zoo, you can kayak past exotic animals, feed a giraffe, zip line over the treetops and get an eyeful of hulking rhinoceros. With a wide array of animal species on hand and a variety of fun activities and educational opportunities available, this unique facility is set up to be more of an adventure than a walk-through. 2. Hang loose at Ron Jon Surf Shop. You’ve seen the iconic shirts and the ubiquitous roadside billboards, but nothing can really prepare you for a visit inside Ron Jon’s flagship store in Cocoa Beach. With more than 52,000 square feet of merchandise space, it’s like nothing you’ve experienced at the shore before. You’ll find everything to outfit your beach-bum vacation lifestyle, and maybe a few items that will fit in back home, too. 3. Get into vacation mode with a “pre-cruise” outing. In the heart of the Space Coast is Port Canaveral, the busiest passenger cruise port in the world. Because this is the spot where millions of people begin their cruise vacations each year, numerous entertainment venues,

5. Enjoy the fresh air. Its sunshine and mild temperatures make the Space Coast perfect to visit this time of year. For those who like to be outside, there is a healthy range of options. You can spend an afternoon bird watching in nearby wetlands, walking along the beach, or even fishing along the shore or on one of the many inland bodies of water. Visiting the Space Coast is an affordable, easy way for you and the family to escape the cold for a long weekend and, with so much to do, you’ll probably decide you need a longer stay the next time around. (BPT)

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21st Annual Sisters in Christ Women’s Conference March 3; Saturday 8:30am to 4pm - Mount Holly Church in Carrollton REGISTER EARLY for this day of fun, praise, and fellowship. Keynote Speaker: Delma Morales, and more wonderful guests. MHC is located at 4685 N. Hwy. 27, Carrollton. Conference is free; lunch is not provided. Registration and info visit www.sisters or email ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: 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 1:00pm - 2:30pm 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 www. 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 for meeting info. Paulding Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. Become An Adult Reading Tutor – tutors needed; training provided. Learn and Improve Your Reading skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. English Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register call 770-443-1660 Class Instruction for GED. To register call 770-443-1660

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he Paulding Education Foundation was founded and incorporated in 2006. It is a private, non-profit, 501c3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Paulding County School District. The School District is comprised of more than 29,000 students, and as a partner with the School District, the Paulding Education Foundation, can make a significant impact in education through special programs and grants, such as: College Scholarships Technology in Classrooms School Grants   Their vision is to provide resources, both financial and human, that ensures total commitment to the exemplary performance of public education in Paulding County. Through their efforts, they hope to enrich and expand learning opportunities for students by:

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Promoting an opportunity for the community to contribute to public education, s Promoting instruction through grants to our teachers and schools, and s Establishinginnovative a network public, private and government partners for the sbenefit of public educationamong in Paulding County. However, the Paulding Education Foundation cannot accomplish its goal of education excellence alone. They need the continued support of parents, teachers/ administrators, community/government leaders, and business owners to make the goal a reality.   Each year the Paulding Education Foundation hosts three fundraising events designed to raise capital for specific educational programs and scholarships. On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Hardy Automotive Group will present the 5th Annual Paulding Casino Royale to benefit the Paulding Education Foundation.   This black tie optional event will be held at the WellStar Paulding Hospital and features over $5,000 worth of prizes including a week at the beach, a weekend in the mountains, and much more! Platinum sponsors include Hardy Automotive Group, WellStar Paulding Hospital, R.K. Redding Construction, Inc., and O’Brien Productions. Gold Sponsors include Our Town, Howard Maxwell, Kim Cobb, Greystone Power, AFLAC - Sandy Kaecher, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Shaw Hankins and Wyatt’s Pharmacy.   Tickets are $100 per couple/$60 individual and are available at Doors open at 6:30pm. Sponsorships are still available; and as a sponsor, you are furthering a worthy mission to enhance the educational experience for our students in Paulding County. All proceeds from this event benefit the Paulding Education Foundation and will go toward their grants and scholarships to Paulding County students and schools.   For more information about sponsorships or to become a volunteer, contact Jim McMichen, Executive Director at or 770-4438003 x 10142 or visit If you’re unable to participate in this fun night, but would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Paulding Education Foundation, you can mail a check, made payable to PEF, to 3236 Atlanta Highway, Dallas GA, 30132. Also, you can “Like” their Facebook page at https://

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eather Poe is a native of Georgia and moved to the Paulding area five years ago with her husband, Daniel, and one son. Since then they have had two more children and her husband opened a business, rooting them in Paulding County.

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Before the pair began their journey at Vintage 242, they commenced an adventure as parents. Their oldest, Anna Katherine, just turned 15 and is in the 9th grade. She is quite the athlete, as she’s on the varsity cross country team, track team, softball team, and fishing team at Mount Paran. Their youngest daughter, Sara, is 13 and in 8th grade, and also enjoys being active as she is on the softball and volleyball teams at Mount Paran Christian School. Steve has a love for fishing, just as Anna Katherine does, while Randel enjoys traveling the world and making new memories. As a family, the crew loves to travel, which gives them the opportunity to expose the kids to different experiences and cultures. The family also enjoys watching UGA football together, spending time on the lake, and dining at unique restaurants. Don’t challenge this family to a game of Spades, though! They’ve declared they all have some pretty amazing card-playing skills, so challenge them to a game if you dare.

Heather graduated from Kennesaw State University and worked in ministry alongside her husband for several years until the birth of their first son. Shortly after his birth, Heather turned a hobby of photography into a business when family members and friends began asking for photos of their own families. She has been a professional photographer for the past six years. Using natural light, Heather photographs everything from newborns to weddings to family sessions in the SNOW! From the start of Heather Poe Photography, her goal is to provide quality photos for an affordable price, that allow families the opportunity to capture memories that will last for generations. To see more of Heather’s work, visit her Facebook page at Heather-Poe-Photography-313274552025170/. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, email her at

The family also spends a lot of their time at Vintage 242, where they have put a ton of love and dedication into seeing that Jesus’ word and love is spread throughout the community. In 2014, Randel and Steve established a foster care ministry at Vintage 242, which they named Fostering Hope. They currently have 10 foster families they have been nurturing and helping for the past four years. Randel shared, “We love investing into children in need and the families they come from. We believe fostering is a beautiful way to bring God’s kingdom into our community and change the trajectory of children’s lives and their families.” The couple also serves on a mission board with an organization known as Partners, they serve on the Transformation Network Board, which is a church planting network, in addition to serving on the board for Story International, which is a mission agency serving orphans in Guatemala. This New Year will bring exciting opportunities for Randel and Steve to continue to serve the community and the world! They plan on visiting missionaries and taking mission trips to Scotland, California, India, and Guatemala. We hope the Hambricks inspire families to continue to serve communities, not just in your own backyard, but across the globe. We wish them and everyone a Happy New Year’s and several more to come!


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There are many more dogs out there in need of homes than we can take in with a limited number of foster homes. With much heartbreak, we must turn away numerous requests for rescuing dogs daily due to lack of foster space. If you are interested in fostering and want more information, please go to our website and submit a foster application. Foster homes provide food, shelter and most important LOVE. All vetting is provided. We also help with food and can loan crate or puppy pen. Must be able to drop off pet at Petco, Acworth GA on Saturdays from 11am-4pm for our adoption event and keep pet until adoption.


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Pet Pony, Meet Pet Puppy


ou’re an animal lover, and you’ve dreamed about your dog running through a field alongside a horse or watching your pup play with a pet goat. But how will your companions respond when they meet their new unique sibling? To make sure your pets start their relationship out right, the experts at Tractor Supply Company have five tips to make the introduction as seamless as possible. Taking the appropriate steps to properly introduce your dog to another animal - such as a horse, pig, goat or rabbit - will drastically improve the chances of the two becoming friends. 1. Consider your pet’s personality Dogs are instinctively pack animals and tend to get along well with others, especially others that roam in a pack or herd such as horses, goats and sheep. But teaching your dog to live with respect for members of another species will depend on several factors, including its age, breed and temperament.



While breed doesn’t always predict an animal’s personality, it can be insightful in determining likely traits. For instance, labs, retrievers and terriers are natural hunters and might be better friends with a goat or pig rather than a rabbit. Also consider interactions your pet has had with other dogs to indicate how a future meeting with an unfamiliar animal might go.

Available for Adoption: “Well, hello there you handsome gentlemen!” That’s what everyone says to us! We’re FLIP and FLOP (DOB ~09/01/2016), black and white bicolor purebred male Persians. We had a wonderful, loving home – until the unthinkable happened! Our two-legged brother developed severe allergies and it was determined that he is allergic to us. We tolerate dogs (we lived with a 9 year old Golden Doodle), other cats, and children. We love to be touched, petted, cuddled, and will sleep on your pillow allow night if you allow us. We like to play with strings, hide in boxes, and demand your attention. We are looking for a home together, so keep that in mind when considering us for adoption – we can’t be separated as we are best friends! We are neutered, up-to-date with vaccines, dewormed, have received flea preventative, will be microchipped, and will be eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of adoption. Our adoption fee is $450.

2. Let the new pet get comfortable Your dog isn’t the only animal dealing with a change. Remember your new flock, pet goat or rabbit may need a few days to get used to their surroundings. Giving animals some time to learn their environment can alleviate some initial skittish behavior. 3. Set up a controlled introduction Whether introducing a small rabbit or big horse, start with a meeting where you have the control. Prior to orchestrating the first sniff, place your new animal inside a fenced enclosure that allows your dog and the new friend space to observe each other.

To see some of our cats available for adoption, please visit; then complete our online Adoption Application,, or email us at FancyFelineResQ@ And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook,! ***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.***

Once your dog has taken in the initial sights and smells, it still may take several weeks for comfort to set in. Take it slow, be persistent, and remember that peaceful coexistence starts with familiarity.

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. Reward calm behavior Chances are your dog will be suspicious of something new in its backyard domain. If your dog starts wiggling with excitement or whining, that’s normal! Reinforce positive interactions by offering comfort and rewarding submissive body language, such as relaxed ears and a lowered head.

Also, be patient. Dogs are not trained overnight. 5. Leashed meeting Next, using a leash, bring your dog to meet the new pet. Let them check each other out and interact in a safe way. Repeat this process for as long as it takes for your dog to relax. This portion of the interaction will require close observation of your dog’s behavior. Any type of tension or aggression needs to result in a firm “no,” while good behavior should be verbally praised. In the event that your dog shows signs of fear or aggression, increase your distance until you’ve reestablished a calm demeanor and then try again. Continue this ritual until your dog and your new pet start to behave like old friends. For expert advice on raising pets and other animals, visit KnowHow. Photo credit: @in_stride_ride (BPT)

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Don’t leave your pet home alone all day. Let them come to Kritters and have a fun time of Play.

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Mandarin Orange Fluff


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By Melissa M. Cornay

Happy 2018 All!


ow that the holiday fun, food, and festivities have come and gone, a lot of us find ourselves with the desire to start the New Year off with a fresh and light outlook on our lives, including our food choices. I wanted to help anyone trying to stay true to that desire by contributing an offering this month with a delicious dessert that is fast, easy, and is right in step with keeping you on track with those good food choices.

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36. Ab strengthener

38. Bit 39. Exact word 40. Kind of phone 41. Length x width, for a rectangle 42. “___, humbug!” 45. Common flowering plant 46. By way of, briefly 48. Compose 49. Attendee, meeting 50. Conversation with God 53. Discharge, for short 55. Zero 57. Check 58. Ashcroft’s predecessor 60. “Rocks” 61. Masefield play “The Tragedy of ___” 62. Eighty-six 63. “For shame!” 64. “Go on ...”

My dear mother-in-law loves desserts and sweets more than most people I know. Maybe, all of that sugar is what makes her so sweet! Even so, she focuses on eating healthy. I relish in cooking for her because she is always so appreciative and makes me feel like whatever she is eating, that I have made for her, is the best thing she has ever put in her mouth. I especially enjoy making desserts for her because of her love for those dreaded sweets. This is a dessert recipe I make for her often because it soothes that “sweet tooth” of hers while also considering her healthy eating habits. So everyone please indulge, guilt free, often, and with abandon; as my precious mother-in-law does every time I make this for her. No one will ever know what’s missing because the taste is everything!

Mandarin Orange Fluff

1 - block of fat free cream cheese – softened to room temperature 1 - 8 oz tub of lite whipped topping 2 - 0.3 oz boxes of orange sugar free gelatin 1 - 24 oz container of low fat, small curd cottage cheese 2 – 23.5 oz jars of Mandarin oranges in 100% fruit juice – drained Using a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, whipped topping and gelatin. Once blended into a smooth mixture, use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the cottage cheese and finally the Mandarin oranges. That’s it! Of course, if you like, you can use the full fat, full sugar ingredients instead of this version. We like this option because it doesn’t skimp on flavor while cutting some calories without anyone ever feeling deprived. Try using different gelatin flavors and fruits, especially while those fruits are in season. We have successfully made it with strawberries and strawberry gelatin, raspberries and raspberry gelatin, and cherries and cherry gelatin. This base recipe can be changed up in so many ways. It’s something different every time and your family will feel like they are getting a special treat with each different combination. The added bonus: You can feel great about serving this because only you will know how healthy it really is, and they will just love and gobble it up!


Here’s to a very happy and healthy 2018!!! In my measure, it’s always about how we treat our fellow man. So, let us all decide to be kind to one another and share our SWEETNESS with everyone throughout this blessed New Year!


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