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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

Our Town July 2017

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merican Hope is a band consisting of brothers, Jameson - 15 (guitar & lead vocals), Jadyn – 13 (bass guitar & vocals), and Kenyon – 12 (drums) from Paulding County. Over the last eight years, these three brothers have become talented songwriters and musicians, with the guidance of their family, vocal coaches, instrument instructors, and fellow songwriters.

Their parents, Jeff and Quayla met at church in Los Angeles, California while she was a law student at Pepperdine University. They were married in 2000, then moved briefly to Cleveland, Ohio for Jeff’s work. Jameson was born during their year in Ohio. The next year, Jeff’s work moved him to Atlanta. They researched the best places to live and decided on Paulding County. They rented their first house in Hiram without even seeing it. Jeff and Quayla immediately fell in love with the area and soon bought a house and “settled in.” In 2010, Jeff started his own sales, marketing and innovation firm, PureSky Innovations.

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In 2004, Jameson was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He required a life-threatening surgery that might affect his ability to walk and talk. He had the surgery and came home on Christmas Day 2004. It was the best Christmas present for their family! Thanks to God and the great doctors at CHOA, Jameson is a survivor. In 2011, he was finally declared completely tumor free.

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Music has always been a big part of their family. Jeff won Quayla’s heart when they were dating with his guitar playing and songwriting. They boys got little guitars and began practicing and singing at a very young age. But, the excitement of singing and performing came after Jameson (then age 7) and Jadyn (then age 5) attended a gospel concert with their family. They were so convinced performing was what they wanted to do, their parents signed them up for vocal lessons. Kenyon (then age 4) joined them a few months later.

As a mother herself, and the only dentist in her practice, Dr. Lisa understands that your child’s well-being and your time is just as valuable as hers. That’s why we NEVER over book, and how we stay on schedule.

The group’s name, “American Hope” came from their grandmother. It utilizes the boy’s last name and their Americana country-rock style of music. “American Hope” was a perfect fit! They began performing at various shows around Paulding County. Then in 2010, Randy Owen of the group “Alabama” invited them to sing at his Dixieland Delight Cattlemen Social on Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne. Since then, they have opened for him multiple times.

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The boys had always done cover songs until 2010, when Jameson was inspired to write his first song, “Make Room for Me Lord,” after his grandfather passed away from a brain tumor. It is a touching song about the struggles of preparing to die, saying good-bye to loved ones, and being ready to go home to God.

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community spotlight 2017 Paulding Community Back to School Event P.B. Ritch Middle School Saturday, July 22, 2017 Time: 10am – 1pm

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embers of the Paulding community are once again planning to provide a Back-to-School event for students attending Paulding County schools. This event is provided completely by donations from the community and intended for families who are in need of help to make sure their students are ready with necessary school supplies for the first day of the new school year.

To register your child, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-paulding-back-to-schoolevent-tickets-33093104366 Registration will close July 12th or when all 1,000 slots are filled. Make sure you register your student as soon as possible! Backpack volunteers are also needed to help Paulding’s students for a successful school year! Please register today and join the Paulding Family Connection by helping fill backpacks with basic school supplies and distribute them to students enrolled K-12 in Paulding County Schools. Groups are welcome! The blessing you will receive will be immeasurable.

They are still in need of donations, especially backpacks, glue sticks, filler paper and 1 1/2” 3-ring binders. A complete supply list is on the website and their Facebook page. (See below for links) The host school for the event is P.B. Ritch Middle School, located at 60 Old Country Trail, Dallas, GA 30157. This is a family friendly event, sponsored by Paulding Family Connection. There will be games, snacks and other activities. The Paulding Health Department will provide health checks for your child if they need the school 3300 health form. l Each registered student will receive a backpack with basic school supplies. l Each child MUST be pre-registered to make sure we have enough backpacks for all registered students. l When registration fills up and you are unable to register your child, you are invited to attend the event, enjoy

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the activities, receive any required school health checks from the Paulding Health Department AND sign the waiting list. l IF we have any backpacks left over at the end of the event at 1:00pm, we will distribute those backpacks to the waiting list beginning at 1:15pm – a family member must be at the school when we begin giving out to the waiting list. These will be given out in the order signed up on the list. l The school must be closed by 2pm and all backpacks must be distributed by 2pm.

If you have questions or need more information about the event or the Paulding Family Connection, please contact: Nina Lauter, Coordinator for Paulding Family Connection. Email nlauter@paulding.k12.ga.us or call 770-443-8003 x 10211. Visit the Paulding Family Connection online at www.paulding.gafpc.org or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PauldingCountyChildrensCabinet

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1. Gratitude: We all have so much to be thankful for, yet we often forget how fortunate we are. Make gratitude a regular practice in your home. When a great opportunity comes your way or when you avoid a near accident share with your child how thankful you are for what you have been given. It will change your perspective on your life, and it will change your teen’s view of what life is all about.

2. Positive thinking: We all know positive thinking is important, yet many don’t practice this habit. Why? It’s really hard to keep the habit going because most of us are used to thinking pessimistically. And at times it feels like you just can’t control how your child is thinking. That’s true. So, I encourage you not to try controlling how they’re thinking. Instead, control your thoughts, speech, and behavior. You don’t even have to try correcting their speech. Just focus on you staying positive. Once you are able to consistently model positivity, they’ll adapt that. The best part? It’s difficult to continuously fight in a positive home.

3. Take turns speaking: When having family conversations, take turns speaking. The people with authority (parents) and oldest sibling can take over conversations and they tend to be the loudest. Allow all family members to have an equal amount of speaking time. All kids have ideas and nothing shows more love than backing off so your quietest child can speak up too. Create rules in the house for how this will work.

4. Listen: When your teen wants to talk, just listen. Don’t give your advice. Ask questions to keep the conversation going and so you can really understand your teen’s perspective. Allow your teen the time to speak to you. If you cut them off to share your wonderful wisdom, they’re more likely to cut off the conversation with you. They just want you to listen. If they’re not sure of what to do and is asking for your opinion, guide them to make a decision through a series of questions. Let them develop their decision-making skills. 5. Slow down: Have the family slow down so you can appreciate each other. Both your relationship with your children and with your partner will improve when you have time for each other. By making regular time for your teen, you reduce the likelihood of them distancing themselves from you, and if they do, you give them reason to rebuild a relationship with you again.

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July 2017

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4th of July Celebrations and Fireworks Prime of Paulding *** Red, White & Boom *** Fireworks and Expo July 1; Saturday; Expo 4pm-9:30pm, Fireworks 9:30pm FREE admission, Hardy Family Fun Zone, Live Music, Interactive Games, Exhibitors and Taste of Paulding. pauldingchamber.org Powder Springs Independence Day Celebration in the Town Square July 4; Tuesday 7pm – 10pm Spectacular fireworks, games, inflatables, vendors, more! Free! 770-423-1330 Star Spangled Spectacular at Kennesaw State University – Campus Green July 1; Saturday - Family Fun Fest 4pm; Live Concert 7:30pm 

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12th Annual Fireworks Display Extravaganza at Villa Rica Civic Center July 3; Monday 5pm Questions? 770-459-7011

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4th of July Celebration in Marietta Square July 4; Tuesday; 10am-10pm

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IndepenDance at the Pole Barn Concert & Fireworks-Taylor Farm Park July 8; Saturday Festivities at 5pm. Concert at 7pm. Fireworks at 9pm. Paulding Parks & Rec presents a free concert and fireworks! Bring a picnic basket and blanket; enjoy an evening of games, music, and fun! Questions? 770-445-8065

Dallas Farmer’s Market Every Saturday now through December; 9am-1pm; Weather Permitting 25 Courthouse Square, in the Georgia Highlands parking lot. http://tdfm.org

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Crossroads Library - Special Summer Reading Programs EVERY Wednesday through July 12th at 1:30pm. Stop by for a brochure detailing the Summer Programs for 2017, call 770-975-0197 or visit www.facebook.com/crossroadslibrary CLOSED: Tuesday, July 4th.

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VENDORS NEEDED for Paulding Fine Arts 2017 Fall Fest Visit http://www.pauldingfinearts.org/ for application and information. Festival is Saturday, October 14 from 10am-4pm on Main Street Dallas. Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* July 8; 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. GRAND OPENING – The Club Store Outlet July 15; Saturday 10am-7pm Light refreshments; Face Painting; Prizes; Music & more! Between Academy Sports and Hobby Lobby. 4215 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy, Suite 9 Hiram. 770-702-8961 GRAND OPENING – Dali & da Vinci Marketplace July 15; Saturday 10am-6pm 10% Off Storewide! Gift Bags for first 50 visitors; Free Food; Door Prizes! 8492 Hiram-Acworth Hwy, Ste 201, Dallas 30156. 404-561-0196 www.dalianddavinci.com Hiram Day Camp hosted by West Metro Church of Christ July 15; Saturday 9am – 12pm at Ben Hill Strickland Park in Hiram Free from ages 8-18. Games, crafts, snacks; a full morning of fun! Call 770-222-4983 for more information. Camp Woodland hosted by West Metro Church of Christ July 19-24; Wednesday - Monday For ages 8-18. Call 770-222-4983 for more information. Food Truck Friday in Beautiful Downtown Dallas July 21; Friday 6pm-9pm www.dallasgeorgiama.com Homespun Festival - Rockmart July 21-22; Friday 5pm – 9:30pm and Saturday 10am – 9:30pm Arts and crafts, games, special events - inflatable obstacle course, rock climbing wall, jousting arena, 22-foot slide, live music, classic car street parade, and Fireworks on Saturday night at 9:30pm. www.homespunfestival.com Events continued on pg 24

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health & fitness The Eyes Have It:

4 Things Your Eyes May Communicate Without You Knowing It

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our eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel. But could your eyes be sending the wrong message? New findings from Allergan’s “A Look at Eye Language” online survey of 1,019 adult Americans reveal that 53% of respondents say the first facial feature they notice about another person is their eyes. Patti Wood, a body language expert with over 25 years of experience in the field of human behavior, says our eyes can convey all sorts of messages - both intentionally and unintentionally. Curious what your eyes are telling other people? Wood provides four eye language examples. Eye contact: Too much of a good thing. You’re taught early on to look at someone when they’re talking to you; it’s a sign of respect and shows you’re listening. In fact, the survey, conducted in conjunction with Kelton Global, revealed that for those who see the value in maintaining eye contact, holding a direct gaze makes them feel respected (53%) and understood (45%). However, Wood says if your gaze becomes a continuous, unrelenting stare throughout an entire conversation, it may signal to the other person that you’re trying to assert your dominance. Certain conditions can alter your eye contact. Sometimes, you send messages with your eyes without realizing it. For example, Chronic Dry Eye disease symptoms, like red, itching, burning or watering eyes, can send the wrong message - one you don’t intend. Talk to your doctor or visit www.eyepowerment. com to learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for Chronic Dry Eye. Liars look away? Not always. You’ve heard the old saying that a person who looks away is lying. But in many cases, that isn’t true. Research shows the eye contact you make while lying is partially determined by your personality. Wood says that introverts tend to have more trouble maintaining eye contact while lying, whereas extroverts may go over the top and increase eye contact while lying more so than they would otherwise. Additionally, Wood shares that an action like rubbing your eyes can convey a lack of interest, fatigue, disagreement or disbelief in the speaker - or even deceit. The amount of eye contact you display can show how you feel about things. Research shows that eye contact can demonstrate attraction or attentiveness. You actually make more eye contact with people and things you like and less eye contact with people or things you don’t like. Wood notes that our eye language makes us look at things that are new or interesting, especially faces, or look away from things that we find distasteful. So if you’re curious about how a certain person feels about you, pay attention to how much they look at you. When it comes to nonverbal communication, your eyes are one of the most expressive parts of your body, even if don’t realize it. In fact, Wood says that research shows we can read not only the six basic emotions - sadness, disgust, anger, joy, fear and surprise - but also over 50 different mental states such as curiosity, interest, dislike or boredom, in another person’s eyes. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your eye language. Certain conditions, such as Chronic Dry Eye disease, have symptoms that may be sending the wrong message - one you don’t intend. To learn more about Chronic Dry Eye symptoms and treatment options, talk to your doctor and visit www.eyepowerment.com. (BPT)

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Often neuropathy is caused by a degenerating spine pressing on the nerve roots. This can happen in any of the vertebral joints from the neck all the way down to the tail bone. The Single Most Important Solution To Your Neuropathy By using gentle techniques, I’m able to release the pressure that has built up on the nerve. This allows the nerve to heal and the symptoms to go away. Listen to what some of our patients have to say about it: “I came into NCS&N with extreme leg pain that caused a lack of sleep and decrease in activity. Now that I have been getting care I have a lot less pain and I am able to be more active. What amazed me the most is that I don’t have to take any medication and I feel that my nerves have healed a lot! Thank you, Billy Johnston

I originally came into the office seeking relief for symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy. Since receiving treatments I have less pain, tingling This painful condition interferes with and numbness in my legs and feet. your body’s ability to transmit messages I can walk longer, farther and my to your muscles, skin, joints, or internal mobility has really improved! The organs. If ignored or mistreated, doctors and staff here are very neuropathy can lead to irreversible health friendly and I am thankful for their conditions. concern of my wellbeing. Thanks, Why not get help by those trained to T. Oglesby correct the major cause of peripheral neuropathy? How To Find Out If This Will Work For You Data from the National Board of It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic Chiropractic Examiners’ Job Analysis of will be your neuropathy solution. Chiropractic lists arm and leg For 14 days only, $20 will get you all neuropathy as the second most common the services I normally charge new nerve problem treated by chiropractors. patients $250 for!

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finance Declare Your Financial Indep endence Day Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth

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e’re getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others – such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you need to reach your long-term goals? For starters, always work to build your resources. Contribute as much as you can afford to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered.  If you don’t take advantage of this match, you are essentially leaving money on the table. While how much you invest is an essential factor in gaining your financial freedom, how you invest your money is equally important. So make sure you have sufficient growth potential in all your accounts. While growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stock-based vehicles, carry investment risk, you can help moderate this risk by also including other investments, such as bonds. Another way to gain your financial independence is to liberate yourself from the shackles of debt. This isn’t always easy, of course – most of us have experienced times when our cash flow simply wasn’t sufficient to meet our expenses, so we had to take on some type of debt, either through a credit card or a loan. But the more you can control your debts, the more money you’ll have to save and invest for your future. One way to manage your debt load is to build an emergency fund, containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses, which you can use to pay unexpected costs such as a major car repair or a large medical bill. Ideally, you should keep this money in a liquid, low-risk account, so you can access the funds quickly and without penalty. Aside from possibly helping you control your debts, an emergency fund also may enable you to avoid dipping into your long-term investments to pay for short-term needs. Thus far, we’ve only discussed achieving your financial freedom through methods of saving and investing. But you also need to consider your protection needs, too. If you were to become ill or suffer a serious injury, and you could not work for a while, your financial security could be jeopardized. Your employer might offer you disability insurance as an employee benefit, but it may not be enough for your needs, so you might need to purchase some additional coverage on your own. And to help ensure your family’s financial security, you’ll also need sufficient life insurance.

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You also might want to protect yourself from the catastrophic costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay. The average annual cost for a private room in a nursing home is more than $92,000, according to the 2016 Cost of Care Study issued by the insurance company Genworth. And Medicare generally covers only a small percentage of these expenses. You may want to consult with a financial professional to learn about ways you can protect yourself from the long-term care burden. By following these suggestions, you can go a long way toward declaring your own financial independence. Consider taking action soon.   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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re you ready for fireworks? What will you be thinking about while you twirl your sparklers or cover your eyes against the deafening “boom!”? What will you talk about while you sit in lawn chairs on the evening of the Fourth of July and taste homemade ice cream and watch the city’s fireworks display?

That night, Francis Scott Key stood on the deck of the enemy’s ship and watched as they bombed Fort McHenry which protected Baltimore’s harbor. As darkness fell, he could just barely make out the outline of the flag still flying proudly over Fort McHenry. As long as the flag flew, he knew that the Americans had not surrendered.

Now, think of the loudest, brightest firework you’ve ever seen and multiply it by millions. Then, you might begin to be able to imagine what Francis Scott Key saw the night he wrote our nation’s national anthem, ‘The Star Spangled Banner’. It was during the Revolutionary War, when many brave men were fighting for America’s freedom from Great Britain. On the night of September 3, 1814, Mr. Key and John Skinner, courageously boarded an enemy ship to try and convince the British to release a doctor by the name of William Beanes. While they were on board the enemy ship, Mr. Key and Mr. Skinner overheard the British’s battle plans to attack Baltimore. To keep them from warning the Americans, the British forced Key and Skinner to stay onboard until after the battle. 

Spangled Banner’. The poem was a hit and was quickly added to the tune of a familiar song. It was sung in many places and gained popularity, but it wasn’t until March 3, 1931, 117 years later, that President Herbert Hoover declared ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ to be the official national anthem.

For 12 hours, the battle raged and the small American fort held its ground. In the middle of the night, bombs lit up the sky and rockets flashed through the air. Finally, before daylight, the bombing stopped. It was strangely quiet, and Mr. Key couldn’t see if Fort McHenry had been captured or survived.

Most people know the words to the first verse of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ and most people also know that our country was founded on biblical principles and the desire for every person to have the freedom to worship God as they wanted to. But very few people have heard, or remember the words to Francis Scott Key’s fourth verse. It is a beautiful poem that reminds us that God is the giver of freedom, our protector and the one in whom we place our trust. “O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand; Between their loved home and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land; Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: “In God is our trust.” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave; O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

Suddenly, the mist cleared away and Mr. Key caught a glimpse of the red, white and blue flag still flying proudly over Fort McHenry. He was so excited, he felt like singing! He dug a piece of paper from his pocket and began to scribble down a poem on the back of his paper. Several days later, on September 16, the three American men were released. Safe in a hotel that night, Francis Scott Key finished writing the words to ‘The Star

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Planning ahead means planning smart and will give you the best shot at scripting the perfect vacation for your family and your budget. The top three goals reported for summer vacation include rest and relaxation, increased family bonding and enjoying outdoor activities. Fortunately, all of these activities can be enjoyed inexpensively; a sign families aren’t willing to cut their fun as they trim expenses. Consider these tips to maximize your vacation budget:

traveling to a location that doesn’t typically see heavy summer traffic. There are plenty of exciting destinations in the U.S. that may be off the beaten path. Check out Groupon offers for getaway deals as well as packages from airlines and resorts. You may just find your best trip was to a location you never expected to love. w Stretch your budget with found money. You may have vacation funds that you’re not even aware of - like that hidden jar of change in the closet. It’s like a mini savings account, so cash it in at a Coinstar kiosk to boost your budget. If you don’t have a coin jar, start a vacation fund using the change you collect over the next year and encourage your entire family to add to it when they can. In addition to using your spare change, this may also be the perfect time to cash in your credit card or airline points to stretch your budget even further.

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he American summer vacation is a seasonal tradition. It’s when memories are made, experiences are shared and sometimes when bills pile up. In fact, research shows more and more families across the country are planning responsibly and considering their budget when it comes to summer travel plans to make the most of their vacations without breaking the bank.

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or split other costs. Look for accommodations that have a kitchen and you’ll be able to save on restaurant expenses. Finally, if you are eating out, find restaurants where kids can eat for free or at a highly-reduced rate when an adult meal is purchased.

w Look for free or low-cost activities in and around

your travel destination. There are plenty of family-friendly activities that can also be free. Walking tours, museums, historic landmarks and parks all present options for places you can visit without putting a dent in your budget. To find opportunities around your travel destination, check out AAA or the local travel and tourism office as well as convention and visitors bureaus. You can also simply Google free things to do in the area you intend to visit. You may be surprised at what pops up!

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on extensive training of the proprioception system when you were a toddler. Ballet dancers and gymnasts take years of daily classes in order to obtain the results of highly efficient and robust proprioception. Even tasks such as writing and typing are based on years of similar training. The good news is that the training we need to make a smooth transition from winter to summer footwear is simple and easy.

ummer has arrived and, on the weekends at least, many of us have replaced our boots, oxfords, heels, and pumps with sandals and flip-flops. We want to lose all traces of the long winter and revel in warm, fragrant summer breezes. The summer experience is enhanced by freeing our feet from their long confinement and exposing our toes to the sunshine and fresh air. The only downside is the potential, for some of us, to suffer a foot and/or ankle injury owing to the inadequate support offered by summer footwear. From a biomechanical perspective, during the eight months or so of the year that you’re wearing regular shoes and boots, your feet and ankles adapt to the configuration and support provided by your footwear. In fact, your feet and ankles come to depend on your footwear and your built-in physiological support systems “dumb down.” As weight-bearing support is being provided by footwear, your innate neurological mechanisms don’t have much to do. These integrated networks receive less information, send reduced numbers of signals, and begin to lose cohesion. The summer switch to flip-flops and sandals withdraws the artificial support, and your deconditioned neurological networks are unprepared to provide the critical services of maintaining integrity of balance and gait. The unwelcome results may include foot muscle strains, depressed foot arches, and ankle sprains. Any of these would seriously impact your summer fun.

Of course, our choice of footwear represents our own personal sense of style and may even be situated in a personal cultural context. We do need to be aware of the impact of these apparel choices on our overall health and welfare, and the availability of actions we can take to restore the optimal functioning of our internal physiological support systems. The primary action is to engage in exercises that enhance the function of proprioceptors, specialized nerve cells found in all joints, especially weight-bearing joints such as the spine, hips, knees, and ankles. Proprioception is your body’s awareness of position in three-dimensional space. Your ability to walk is based

The single exercise required is known as the “flamingo” or “stork” exercise, which provides specific training for ankle and foot proprioceptors. You stand near a wall and lightly touch the wall with your fingertips (thus, preventing falls). To begin, stand on the right leg and place the left foot beside the right knee, so that the left knee is bent and facing front. Balance on the right leg and maintain this position for 20 seconds. You’ll notice that your right ankle will wobble back and forth as it readjusts to stabilize your weight. Then switch sides, and repeat. This simple method, done two or three times each day will maintain the intelligence and awareness of your proprioception system even though you’re wearing enclosed footwear. When you break out your sandals and flip-flops in summer, you’ll be prepared to enjoy the long, sun-filled days of summer. Cornerstone Chiropractic is located at 5886 Wendy Bagwell Parkway, Suite 301, Hiram, Georgia 30141. 770-439-7765

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ost folks are familiar with common stinging and biting pests, like yellow jackets and wasps, but many people are not aware that there are several types of stinging caterpillars that can cause a gardener discomfort if they are not using care in their presence. As the summer rolls on, the Paulding County UGA Extension Office receives samples of various stinging caterpillars. Caterpillars do not sting in the familiar manner of bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps: In these groups, females are equipped with venom glands and stingers with which they penetrate the skin and introduce venom. In contrast, the stinging caterpillars have pointed spines for defense against predators. The sting inflicted on humans is not from a deliberate attack but the result of contact, usually inadvertent, with the toxin-bearing spines. When brushed against or touched, these structures break away, releasing toxins. In some cases, broken spines may penetrate the skin; in others, toxins spill out on the surface of the skin. Reactions to contact with a stinging caterpillar can vary and include: slight to intense irritation, stinging, itching or burning sensations; development of dermatitis, rash lesions or pustules; inflammation, swelling and numbness at or around the area of contact; fever and nausea; and in some cases, intense pain. The type of reaction depends on the species of caterpillar, the degree of contact, type of toxin and susceptibility of the individual. However, for severe reactions, victims should promptly seek medical attention.

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Another common stinging caterpillar in our area is the Puss caterpillar, which is distinguished by its furry appearance. Don’t be fooled by its warm fuzzy appearance, touching it will be a painful experience!

Fortunately, these stinging caterpillars do not usually appear in large numbers in our gardens. If you do encounter one of these stinging critters in your yard, use caution not to contact it with bare skin. Many of the stinging varieties are brightly colored and this can help you notice them before you get too close. Just brushing against one can break the hollow spines and release the venom. If you must remove one from a plant or garden surface use a stick or garden tool to handle it. Remember if one has been on your clothes or made contact with your gloves, broken spines may remain and can still cause the stinging sensation if they come in contact with your skin. The good news is contact with these pests is unusual. Control is usually not needed since these caterpillars are usually solitary. If you find many stinging caterpillars feeding on plant leaves in an area where they pose a hazard to people, lightly dust the leaves and infested areas with products containing Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki and/or Safer’s insecticidal soap if caterpillars are small. Remember, dead caterpillars can still cause painful stings. Spread a cloth or plastic sheet under a tree or shrub to collect the fallen dead caterpillars, and then carefully dispose of them without touching them. Mary Carol Sheffield, is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information contact the Paulding County UGA Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or visit www.ugaextension.org/ paulding.

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ary and Elaine Jones own and operate G and E Studios. For more than five years, they have had the pleasure of growing their business in the surrounding metropolitan Atlanta area, focusing on Paulding, Cobb, and Douglas counties. They believe in giving back to the communities and do so whenever possible. Gary and Elaine are a professional team of full-service photographers who enjoy working with families from newborns to senior portraits to weddings! They focus on the in-depth use of light; “it’s all about the light” being their tag line. Gary focuses on the use of natural lights and strobes to capture the moments. The passion they both have to tell your story through the images speaks for itself.

Jameson and his mom are both avid songwriters and have written a combined collection of over 60 songs. Jeff, Jadyn and Kenyon also write songs and regularly contribute to the songwriting process. The group’s song, “My Song” was written mainly by Jameson, but when he performed his initial draft of the song at the dinner table one night, the whole family, began throwing in lines, making it an American Hope collaboration.

Another specialty they offer is their photo booth. Many options can be requested to include a customized background based on a theme and color scheme. The red carpet experience makes for an elegant feel. The booth has been a great success and in high demand from day one. #PhotoBoothFun

The boys also play their own instruments. Jameson has become an accomplished guitarist playing both lead and rhythm guitar, Jadyn excels at bass guitar and Kenyon keeps the solid rhythm on drums. Today their younger siblings – Kalyn (age 10) is learning piano and Greyson (age 7) is learning guitar. The entire Hope family is involved in the boy’s performances. Kalyn makes guest appearances singing with the boys at some of their shows and Greyson often helps them out on stage playing tambourine.

G and E Studio’s gratification comes from the new relationships they continue to build. Gary and Elaine’s goal is to be your professional family—Where YOUR vision is OUR mission.

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American Hope is a family effort and they truly enjoy being together. They are very thankful to be living in the Paulding Community and appreciate the American service men and women who keep us free. They love their church family at Macland Road Church of Christ, where Jeff, Jameson, Jadyn, and Kenyon are regular worship leaders. Also, the Hope’s enjoy trips to the beach or an escape to their county home on Lookout Mountain where the kids love to hike, explore the country and just be kids. The boys are taking a few weeks off this summer to attend summer church camp and work on a mission trip helping kids from Inner City Mobile, Alabama. American Hope will pick up with performances in September where they will perform at the Jacksonville State University - Canyon Center - COUNTRY ROCKS on September 2, and another show at the VFW Fair in Fort Payne, Alabama on September 28. To hear their music visit them online at www.AmerianHope.com Like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AmericanHopeBand See their concert schedule at www.reverbnation.com/americanhope Watch their music videos on their YouTube channel – American Hope

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Familiarization with the Boat: It is best to gradually introduce your pet to your boat and the water. Let your pet explore the boat while it is docked before going out. Turn on the engine and let them get used to its sound, smell, and feel while the boat is docked. Then, take your pet out on small cruises and gradually build up to longer cruises.

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Floatation Device: A personal floatation device (a.k.a. life jacket) can also ensure

safety while on the water. Not all pets can swim (including some dogs). Even if your pet is a good swimmer, getting tossed overboard can put any animal into a panic. In addition, your pet could suffer from exhaustion or hypothermia. Many pets also fall into the water from the dock or while trying to get from the dock to the boat. Having your pet equipped with a floatation device with a lifting handle makes retrieving your pet much easier and safer. Help your pet get used to their life jacket by first practicing at home for short periods of time. Start by putting the life jacket on your pet and let them walk around with it on. The next step is to let your pet swim with it on for a short period. It’s a new experience for your pet so it’s important for them to get used to it before the boat trip.

Proper Hydration & Staying Cool: Pets do not sweat, so keep an eye out for heavy panting or drool and a rapid heart beat. Protect pets from heat by providing some shade on the boat, providing plenty of water and keeping the deck cool to protect paw pads. Bring along a travel water bowl and fresh water. It is critical to hydrate pets before they get into the water. Otherwise, they will drink the natural water and may get sick. Going Potty: A big challenge of boating with your pet is making provisions so they can go to the bathroom. Bringing along your cat’s litter box and securing it inside the cabin is a good solution for your feline friends. Dogs, however, are a bigger challenge. If your boat trip does not allow for regular land stops for your dog to do their business, then provisions must be made so they can relieve themselves on the boat. A portable dog potty that simulates grass is an excellent solution.

Health Records: If your boating destination is a marina or place that you’re not

familiar with, be sure to bring along a copy of vaccination and health records. Some places may require proof of immunization before letting pets explore on land.

Call Ahead: While most marinas and parks welcome pets, there are some that

aren’t pet-friendly. Be sure to call ahead before arriving on shore.

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n the summer of 1953, my mother was 12 years old and working on the steps to earn her Girl Scout badge for cooking. One of the steps was to create an original recipe. It was just before July 4th and my mom decided to use all of the fruits that were just in season to make a fruit salad to share with family and friends for the holiday. When asked what she called the delicious concoction, she simply replied “Stuff.” 

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36. Creative, slang 40. “Bingo!” 41. “___ Gang” 42. “A likely story!” 44. Place on a clothesline 47. Barbie’s beau 49. ___ gestae 51. Bump on the head 54. Scribble 56. “Much ___ About Nothing” 57. Seed coverings 59. Put off, as a motion

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15. Repeating 17. “C’___ la vie!” 21. Prohibited 24. Debbie Downer 26. Grind, as teeth 29. “Whew!” 32. Class of 2017 34. Amateur video subject, maybe 37. Scarely audible 38. Arctic bird 39. Chicken 43. Greek 44. Playing marbles 45. First-aid item 46. Tenant 48. Recorders 50. Go up and down 52. British bonds 53. Old _____ 55. Propel, in a way 58. Bowl over 61. Org. of 189 countries 63. P.I., e.g.

That year for the 4th of July my mom was able to not only earn her Girl Scout badge for cooking, but she earned the hearts and palates of all those who sat at the table that Independence Day and every one since.  Hope you all enjoy this delicious summer fruit salad that my family has enjoyed for over 6 decades on the Fourth of July all because a little girl from Columbia, South Carolina loved cooking, scouting and feeding her family.  

Simply Sarah’s Stuff

4 cups each: Fresh watermelon, seeded and cubed or made into balls Fresh cantaloupe, seeded and cubed or made into balls Fresh honeydew melon, seeded and cubed or made into balls Fresh strawberries, cored and quartered Fresh blueberries, washed and dried Fresh peaches, pitted and sliced l Put the cubed melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew) in a bowl and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. l Put the remaining ingredients (strawberries, blueberries, peaches) in another bowl and sprinkle with 2/3 cup granulated sugar. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. l When ready to serve, mix both bowls of fruit together, including the juices that have accumulated while resting in the refrigerator.  Don’t pour those juices out, they are the best part! l Put the “Stuff” in a pretty, glass serving bowl and garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint.   MELISSA’S MEASURE: Take advantage of the wonderful fresh fruit that’s in season; just in time for the holiday. These six fruits are only in season together for about four weeks out of the whole year. Because of this, it is one of those special dishes you enjoy and then crave because you can’t wait for that time of year to come back around so you can enjoy it again! Hope you all enjoy this “Stuff” this holiday, as well as lots of your own fun and festive stuff!! 

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