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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

Our Town June 2017

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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. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography April Estes Reflective Images Photography Independant Sales Reps Alie Ayers

Contributing Writers: George Bailey BrandpointContent.com Melissa M. Cornay Roberto De Jesus Donald E. Fowler, III, MD Gary Houston l Lareina Morgan Our Town Media Group, Inc. Our Town Monthly Mary Carol Sheffield Edward M. Valentin

www.OurTownFamily.com Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2017, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover: The Valentin Family Community Spotlight: Showcase Group Family Focus: What Good Dads Do Well Calendar of Events Health: Start Eating and Living Healthier Finance: Don’t Let Investments Take Vacation Faith: Great Attainable Favor! Profile: Elite Roofing of Georgia Community Spotlight Profile: The Blake House Medical: Shoulder Pain/Rotator Cuff Injury Buy Local Gardening: Drought Effects on Your Lawn Feature Photographer: April Estes Pets: Horse Sense June Crossword What’s Cookin’: Overstuffed Omelets

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On the flat plains of Iowa, Eddie met his wife, Kelly. He shared that, “when [they] first met, [he] thought to [himself] that women like Kelly are rare, and [he] must find a way to get her interest.” The two developed a friendship even as Eddie continued his career in the army. And just like the romances we often read about and gawk at on the big screen, Kelly often wrote him letters while he was deployed. Eddie expressed that at one point in time, he originally planned to travel back to the Puerto Rican beaches, but with love on the brain, he had a change of heart. He stated, “I went back to Iowa with a ring in my hand and proposed to the woman I knew needed to be in my life if I was going to stand the challenges in life.” Ten years later, Kelly and Eddie’s love story continues. Since their first encounter in Iowa, the couple’s family has grown and now they have dug their roots into Paulding County soil. Cover Story Continued on Page 26

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howcase Group is a truly a special organization that serves at-risk youth and their families in an effort to improve our communities. Eddie Valentin, COO of Showcase Group and our cover Dad was kind enough to share with Our Town the important work they are doing in our community: Showcase Group was founded by a close friend of mine, John Kennebrew, and is led and operated by volunteers. Showcase Group facilitates social and emotional psychoeducational groups with deliberate STEAM activities called ‘Empowered by STEAM’. We provide services in the Juvenile Detention Centers (YDC), in the schools where there are at-risk youth, and community youth centers. We have even partnered up with Georgia State University to host a hack-a-thon at one of the YDCs. The Council for Community Wellness is our mental health and human services clinic currently based in Rome. In addition to psychotherapeutic services and psychosocial assessments we provide supervision and guided experience to associate clinicians as a practice towards their independent license. Relationship building is key for intervention and prevention efforts in crisis. Showcase Group’s volunteers serve

Some have supported us with financial contributions and/or bought tickets to attend our Showcase Awards event. This year the awards will be held in November at the EPI Center. Here we honor community leaders or people whom had done something extraordinary for people. In our Showcase awards we highlight our programs and showcase the wonderful work others are doing in the community. It’s a very fun event with live, music, mingling, presentation, food and drinks. The people of Paulding County are especially invited to join us as we are working to make an impact in this county.

a crucial role in our efforts to strengthen communities by forging these relationships. They serve as agents of change as mentors, advocates and positive role models to youth who too often have nowhere else to turn. Our volunteers become part of these families’ social connections, bridging the gap that separates them from critical resources that help bring families closer together and improve quality of life.

Some may support our organization by providing materials for our Empowered by STEAM program. Others help us by connecting us with sponsors, while some support us with monetary donations. If anyone is interested in supporting this volunteer organization in any way they can contact me via phone 770256-7078 or email me at evalentin@showcasegroup.org.

How can Paulding County help Showcase Group? We work hard to provide free and quality services to our youth and their families. The people of Paulding County have a big heart and are very generous, and receiving any kind of support from my community is an honor. People support us through volunteering to facilitate groups, teaching at risk youth not only the lessons from our curriculum but things they know, like a gentlemen who taught our kids pottery at our Rome sight for example.

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ather’s Day is a time children acknowledge their dads and their relationship. Many of us may consider our dads as the financial providers of the household, the strong stoic one, the rule maker and perhaps even disciplinarian of the family. But research shows that dads have a broader, more meaningful influence in the lives of their children. Dads, in fact, offer a critical role in children’s emotional and psychological fabric that are vital in the quality of relationships and bonds in children later in life.

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

Dallas Farmer’s Market Saturdays (Now – December) 9am - 1pm; Weather Permitting 25 Courthouse Square, in the Georgia Highlands parking lot. http://tdfm.org. Crossroads Library - New Saturday Hours 1pm-5pm Summer Reading Program EVERY Wednesday - 1:30pm. Stop by and pick up a brochure detailing the Summer Programs for 2017 or call 770.975.0197 or visit www.facebook.com/crossroadslibrary. 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. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center June 1; Thursday 11am - 1pm State of the County w/Commission Chairman Dave Carmichael; ($20/mem, $25/ non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register at www.pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. 2017 4th Annual Run with the Badges 5K Glow Run - Seven Hills - Dallas June 2; Friday Kick off 6:30pm - Race at 9pm   Organized and sponsored by Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc.  Register NOW at www.runwiththebadges.org. Dixie Highway 90-Mile Yardsale  June 2-4; Friday and Saturday https://www.facebook.com/DixieHighway90MileYardSale/ 10th Annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival - Downtown Douglasville June 3-4; Saturday and Sunday at various times and locations For complete schedule, visit www.PennyMcHenryHydrangeaFestival.com FREE Summer Concert with DOMINO a Van Morrison Tribute Band June 10; Saturday 8pm at Veterans Park PCPRD presents Domino, the most authentic VM Band around! Bring a picnic and blankets, and rock all night to Van the Man’s greatest hits! Questions? 770-443-7540 Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* June 10; 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. Vacation Bible School - New Life Baptist Church June 11-15; Sunday 6pm-8pm, Mon-Thurs 7pm-9pm Embark on a submarine journey and learn about Jesus our Redeemer. Classes for all ages. Food, Fun, Fellowship. Registration begins Friday, June 9 at 7pm. 496 Bobo Rd. Dallas. 770-445-8128 Galactic Starveyors Vacation Bible School - Legacy Baptist Church June 12-16; Monday-Friday 9am-12pm daily Register now at www.legacybc.org FREE Outdoor Family Movie Night: “Sing!” June 17; Saturday at Sundown at Taylor Farm Park Bring the lawn chairs, blankets, and pack a picnic! Alcohol prohibited. Movie starts at sundown. 1380 Pine Valley Rd. Powder Springs. Questions? 770-222-3270 City of Dallas Block Party and Mother’s Finest - Live in Concert June 17; Saturday; 6:00pm Main Street - Dallas Live Entertainment - Food Trucks. Skyjacker 45 Opening for Mother’s Finest at 6:30pm. Mothers Finest goes on at 8:00pm. www.dallasgeorgiama.com June 18; Father’s Day Sunday Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 Honor your Father, Grandfather or special Caregiver on this truly special day. 18th Annual River of Life hosted by Dallas First United Methodist Church June 21-25; Wednesday through Sunday Volunteers serve our community by providing home improvements to those in need. Volunteer/Register with DFUMC at 770-445-2509 or www.dallasfirstumc.org.

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hen you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you’re looking to improve your overall health by focusing on improving your diet, it’s also time to turn to the experts. Nutritionists and registered dietitians are the thought leaders when it comes to improving your eating habits. So to learn from the professionals, we asked a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist to offer tips on how you can improve your nutrition and start living a healthier life today. Here is their advice::

Get organized. Your environment can work for you or against you. Having an organized refrigerator can be the key to success on the journey to weight loss. Keep produce where it is easily visible and accessible. Storing foods like hard-boiled eggs, chicken breast and roasted vegetables at eye-level can really help to make smarter meal choices. Clear food containers will also help to keep already prepared meals top of mind and lessen food waste, which means saving money in the long run. Practice superfood swaps. Don’t cut out food cravings — embrace them! Eat the flavors that you crave but swap out overly processed stuff for fresh, wholesome ingredients. Avoid products with chemicals, refined sugars and flours, artificial flavors and preservatives and it will naturally lead to a healthier lifestyle. When you fill the house with healthier foods, you’ll automatically eat smarter when hunger strikes. Eat your “green base.” It can be difficult to make the right nutrition choices all the time. So when you are eating more decadent food like fried chicken, Chinese or pizza, put it on a base of leafy greens like spinach, spring mix or kale. That way you will get to eat what you want, but you’ll fill up more on your superfood greens and eat less of the high-calorie foods. Set the table. One of the simplest ways to start naturally eating less and enjoying food more is to eat all meals and snacks at the table. When you put food on a plate, eat at a table and sit in a chair you’ll eat much less than if you were eating while working on the computer, watching TV, standing in the fridge or driving! Build a better breakfast. A healthy diet starts with a nutritious breakfast. Think whole foods instead of pre-packaged foods high in calories and packed with preservatives. Eggland’s Best eggs contain double the omega-3s and more than double the vitamin B12 compared to ordinary eggs, which can be perfect for maintaining heart health. They also contain 25 percent less saturated fat, six times more vitamin D and 10 times the vitamin E of ordinary eggs. Plus, they taste great and you’ll be happier and healthier all day long. Know the nutrients you should be getting and the recommended daily amount for each. The National Institutes of Health provide online tables for recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals, based on age and gender. Do your best to eat a balanced diet; making sure to get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Supplement your diet with a quality multivitamin. Eighty-one percent of consumers realize not all multivitamins are the same. MegaFood makes a line of multivitamins formulated to support the health of men and women during various phases of life. They’re made from real food from real family farmers and are gluten-, soy-, GMO- and dairy-free, and tested to be free of pesticides and herbicides. (BPT)

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t’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long? Here are a few suggestions: Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want them to grow in value so that you can eventually sell them for a profit. Other investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), provide you with a regular source of income and stability of principal – two valuable contributions to your portfolio. However, investments like CDs don’t offer much in the way of growth. So if you own too many of them, you might be slowing your progress toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. You can maximize the productivity of your portfolio by owning a variety of investments – domestic stocks, international stocks, corporate bonds, U.S. Treasury securities, CDs and more. How much of each investment should you own? The answer depends on a variety of factors, including your age, income, risk tolerance, family situation and specific objectives. Over time, your ideal investment mix may change, but you’ll likely need at least some growth potential at every stage of your life. Don’t let your portfolio go “unsupervised.” Your investment portfolio can be subject to “drift” if left alone for extended time periods. In fact, without your making any moves at all, your portfolio can move in directions that may not be favorable to you. Suppose you think your holdings should be made up of 70% stocks, but due to strong gains, your stocks now make up 80% of your portfolio. This development could lead to a risk level that feels uncomfortably high to you. That’s why you should review your portfolio at least once a year, possibly with the help of a financial professional, to check your progress and make adjustments as needed. Don’t stop at the nearest “resting place.” Some people hope that if they can get that one “winner,” they will triumph in the investment arena. But the ability to “get rich quick” is much more of a myth than a reality. True investment success typically requires patience, persistence and the resilience to continue investing even during market downturns. In other words, investing is a long-term endeavor, and you need a portfolio that reflects this reality. The investment moves you make today may pay off for you decades from now. You need to establish your goals and keep them constantly in mind as you invest. And you will never really reach the end of your investment journey, because you’ll need to make choices and manage your portfolio throughout your retirement years.

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hat is favor? It is love untarnished, unbroken, and free. It is giving from the heart generously without expecting anything else in return. It is the Lord giving you everything you need, and some things you never thought you would ever have. God gives freely and liberally to anyone who will call on His Name, to the one who would allow Him to care for them, and happy to be called His own. His gifts are for the edification of our souls, for spiritual growth and maturity, words of wisdom to live by, the tools to make a difference in the lives of other people, and the power to live according to His standards. He gives faith, hope, love, the spirit of charity, compassion and understanding; He gives us the desire to be better than we have ever imagined we could be. We decide to live for Him, and He gives us a purpose for our lives that will glorify His Name. We are weak, sinful, and broken, but God can make us into strong, righteous, beautiful vessels of peace and love. What is favor to me? The ability to love others when I often want to do something else, to show me the necessity to get along

with my family, coworkers, neighbors and strangers, even when they may rebuke, ignore or disregard my thoughts and opinions. I learned to love them with God’s love, and He loves me like I am the object of His affections. It is amazing to me that He loves ALL of His children in the same way. Because of His love, I am not alone; He loves me just the way I am; He gave me all the talents, needs and desires I have. I have learned its okay to be me and God doesn’t make mistakes; I am who I am because of His love for me.

give generously from our hearts, when we forgive other people for hurting and abusing us. There is no better way to show God exists than we do the impossible with our hearts! Give generously with your heart to another person and you are showing the world what God’s favor is and what it is like to be the object of His favor. The world needs to know how much The Lord loves them, and He is willing to forgive them and draw close to them if only they would realize they really need Him in their lives and He can cure them of the disease of sin, to heal their hearts and minds. Only by the revelation of God’s love and favor can anyone come to the point of repentance. Is it easy to show the Favor of God to other people? NO, in fact it is impossible to show that type of love without having God’s love in our hearts. That is why we must come to Him first and repent and be forgiven; we must allow His Holy Spirit to do the work in our hearts so that we are transformed. Seek Him first with all of your heart, and be led by His Spirit, and then you will experience His favor and be transformed by His love. Once you experience God’s Favor, then you will be able to show His Favor to the world!

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We are an Owen’s Corning Preferred Contractor and also a GAF Master Elite Contractor. Only 2 % of the roofing contractors in the nation are Master Elite Contractors, evidence that their standards are very high. Companies must be in business for a minimum of 7 years and receive a 99% customer satisfaction rating based on independent surveys from GAF. GAF Master Elite Contractors must provide 1 million in general liability coverage, proper and valid workers compensation, a solid rating with the BBB, a good or better credit rating, no liens or judgments unresolved on record, and a good workmanship record. With the GAF certification, Elite Roofing of Georgia is able to provide a 10 year No Leak Warranty on all new roofs. OTM: Can you tell us about your staff? ERG: Elite Roofing of Georgia is local and family owned with over 20 years of experience in the roofing business. We are all actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business and are dedicated to providing our neighbors with the best service in the industry. OTM: How can Elite Roofing of Georgia help Our Town readers with insurance claims? ERG: We work closely with our customers who are involved with their insurance company. From the initial inspection to the final steps of closing the claim, we will be there to answer all of your questions. With high ratings and a trusted reputation with insurance companies,

Elite Roofing of Georgia is a company that you will want assisting you. OTM: What type of warranties and maintenance programs do you offer? ERG: As we mentioned before we offer a 10 Year No Leak Warranty on new roofs. In addition, we provide a 2 year No Leak Warranty on repairs, a GAF System Plus Warranty, and an option for GAF Master Elite Golden Pledge Warranty. OTM: What advice do you recommend to homeowners when choosing a roofing company? ERG: When selecting a roofing company, we recommend that homeowners visit the BBB site to check for negative reports, as well as, the Secretary of State’s site. We are also strong advocates of requesting a copy of the company’s business license and insurance certification with a follow up call to verify that they are current and still active. We encourage homeowners to get multiple estimates and choose a company that does not require a down payment.   Lastly visit their office location and check their references. OTM: We understand that a large portion of your business is providing commercial and residential roofing, but didn’t realize that you also offer other services.  Can you detail those for us? ERG: Elite Roofing of Georgia not only specializes in new residential and commercial roofing but we also do roof repairs, seamless gutters, gutter covers, wood repair/replacement, siding, decking, painting, and more. Elite Roofing of Georgia is located 3458 Marietta Highway in Dallas. 770-445-1290 www. myeliteroofer.com eliteroofga@yahoo.com

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he Blake House mission is to provide a place of refuge for men struggling with addiction and allow Christ to regenerate them physically, spiritually, and mentally. The Blake House (TBH) is a 10-month long, Christian, in-patient, regeneration process. This process differs greatly from a conventional rehabilitation program. We believe the process of regeneration, “to restore to a better state,” is the prescription for life long freedom from addiction.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! an additional 10 months. It was during this time that God gave him a vision of starting his own program in West Georgia.

West Georgia. He was truly a saint and could love like no other. Blake understood God’s love for him and was able to display that to everyone. He will always be loved and missed, but forever ingrained in the ministry. During this time No Longer Bound’s vision had changed from a multi-campus program to being a singular campus with strategic partner programs. The first of these strategic partnerships was to be the West Georgia campus.

In 2011, after being at NLB for 5 years, God opened the door to Jason’s vision. NLB launched No Longer Bound West Georgia as a satellite campus in Bremen. Jason was asked to run and overThe Blake House and its story starts see the program, along with with Jason Wiley. In 2006 Jason’s life Blake Chapman. Together had become unmanageable and in ruin Jason, Blake, and 14 men from an addiction to crack and methin the program made the amphetamine. His addiction had almost journey to West Georgia. destroyed his family and everything that The program grew bigger Jason Wiley and Family was dear to him. He was left with two and faster than ever expectoptions, jail or a drug and alcohol treatment program. ed, and was the proof that God wanted a regeneration Jason made the choice to enter No Longer Bound recov- program in this area. ery program and began the process of healing. It was at NLB where he was set free through Jesus Christ from the On November 12, 2013, Blake Chapman passed on to bonds of his addiction. After completing the program, our creator in his sleep. It was a devastating loss for he decided to stay and serve as a disciple (intern) for everyone. He was a big part of the foundation of NLB

With NLB’s new vision, it was agreed upon for Jason to start his own program using the facilities that NLB West Georgia had used. On June 1, 2015 Jason launched The Blake House. He thought it fitting to celebrate Blake Chapman and his life through the name of the ministry. Blake remains a testament to God’s awesome love; that He can always bring life from death. Jason Wiley is now the Founder and Executive Director of The Blake House. God has restored everything he had and more during his time in ministry. Through his vision men are able to receive the healing they need to break the bonds of addiction. If you need help or know someone that is struggling with addiction, please visit theblakehouse.net or call at 770-537-1221.

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OrthoAtlanta’s Donald E. Fowler, III, MD specialties include sports medicine, and treating disorders of the shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist, and knee with arthroscopy, or minimally invasive joint repair; ACL reconstruction; and total joint replacement surgery. Dr. Fowler currently serves as team physician for Paulding County, Hiram, and McEachern High Schools. He also serves as a medical consultant and Atlanta affiliate physician for the New York Mets professional baseball team.

he diagnosis “you have a torn rotator cuff” brings fear and dread to the active sports enthusiast, especially avid tennis players. A “cuff tear” typically means prolonged recovery time, if not an end to a tennis career. However, knowing when to see a trained orthopedic specialist for that shoulder pain can offer you a higher probability you may return to, and remain in, the game you love. As an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine and shoulder disorders, I have treated many rotator cuff injuries in patients. The shoulder is actually a dynamic ball and socket system, with four tendons and muscles coming together in a cuff that holds the shoulder joint together. The system provides a wide range of motion, but it can be prone to instability and subject to injury. A rotator cuff tear may be caused by excessive repetitive, overhead motions so much a part of tennis. The repetition, oftentimes without proper rest or care after extensive periods of exertion, can cause minor damage that accumulates over time, resulting in microtears. A tear can also come about abruptly from some trauma, such as a serious fall. Persistent pain and difficulty in lifting the arm away from the body can suggest a tear. Severe tears in the rotator cuff tendons can make it impossible for the patient to

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Mild rotator cuff injuries can be treated with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. Patients with persistent pain and motion limitation may benefit from a cortisone injection around the rotator cuff, followed by a rehabilitation program from a trained physical therapist. More severe rotator cuff tears require orthopedic surgery to restore full functionality. Shoulder arthroscopy, a minimally-invasive procedure, is one such surgery. It is best to see a qualified professional to assess your injury and provide recommended treatment options.

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Water correctly. Established lawns need about 1 inch of water per week and the best way for established lawns to get this water is all at once. Many homeowners use irrigation systems to water their lawns, and tend to water lightly and frequently, which can result in poorly rooted turf. Currently, Paulding County is under a Level 2 Drought Response and outdoor watering is limited for lawns, gardens and trees to twice a week. The schedule allows even addresses to water on Wednesdays or Saturdays before 10 am and after 4 pm and odd addresses on Thursdays or Sundays before 10 am and after 4 pm. Don’t guess, soil test! Proper application of fertilizer is critical to lawn health. A soil test is the best way to determine fertilizer needs specific to your lawn. For a small fee, your local extension office can tell you your soil pH and how to adjust it if needed, as well as give you specific recommendations for the amount and timing of fertilizer application. Putting down too much or too little fertilizer is a costly mistake many homeowners make and the impact can often be felt in our local waterways, when excessive fertilizer runs off into stormwater drains and creeks. Aerate during the growing season. Aerification of your lawn with a core aerator helps increase water penetration, reduces soil compaction and encourages healthy root growth. It is best done during active growing season, which for warm season lawns is now. Grow turf in areas that have the right light conditions. Grass doesn’t grow in the forest, because trees out-compete it for light, water and nutrients. Turfgrasses perform better in full sun. Varieties that will tolerate light shade include Fescue, St. Augustine and some varieties of Zoysia, including Zeon and Jamur. If you have a truly shady area in your yard where you have a difficult time establishing turf, consider turning that area into a shade garden and save yourself some frustration! Mow your lawn at the right height and frequency. Mowing the lawn is more than removing excess growth; it is about encouraging the health of the grass. A sure way to damage your lawn is to mow it too short. This removes excess shoot tissue that is needed to make food for the plant. The rule of thumb is to mow the lawn often enough so that you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. Use this chart to help determine your correct mowing height and frequency:

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Let the clips fall where they may. Do not remove grass clippings as they return nutrients and organic matter back to the soil. Leaving grass clippings can reduce fertilizer needs by as much as 30%. However, clumps of grass should be scattered since they keep sunlight from reaching the underlying grass. Use a rake or leaf blower to scatter the clumps. Watering Calendar: Level 2 Drought Response Counties in Orange (Counties in Yellow are Level 1 Drought Response) Mary Carol Sheffield, is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. 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 visit online at www.ugaextension.org/paulding.

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Paulding County Master Gardener Plant Propagation Workshop June 22; Thursday 10 am - 12 pm FREE, but space is limited, call the Paulding County Extension Office to reserve your space. 530 West Memorial Drive, Dallas, GA, 770-443-7616 Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Heritage Festival @ Mill Amphitheater, Villa Rica June 23 and 24; Friday 7pm-9pm and Saturday 4pm-9pm The festival features some of the best artists in the genres of gospel, blues and jazz. Questions? 678-840-1160 Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas June 24; 4th Saturday of the month; 4pm - 9pm Georgia Classic Rides block party and car cruise. Beautiful cars, great people, and family fun! For membership and photos visit www.georgiaclassicrides.com Food Truck Friday in Beautiful Downtown Dallas June 30; Friday 6pm-9pm dallasgeorgiama.com

4th of July Celebrations and Fireworks Prime of Paulding Red, White & Boom Fireworks & Expo-Old Towne Hiram 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. www.pauldingchamber.org Star Spangled Spectacular at Kennesaw State University – Campus Green July 1st – Saturday; Family Fun Fest 4:00pm, Live Concert 7:30pm  12th Annual Fireworks Display Extravaganza at Villa Rica Civic Center July 3; Monday 5pm Questions? 770-459-7011 4th of July Celebration at Acworth Beach July 4; Tuesday; 4pm – Questions? 770-917-1234. 4th of July Celebration in Marietta Square July 4; Tuesday; 10am-10pm ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS - Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Book Writers Critique Group* Every Wednesday 1pm - 2:30pm at Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas writers_muse@att.net  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 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 visit  www.pcwgga.org/calendar for meeting info. Paulding Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. Become An Adult Reading Tutor – tutors needed; training provided. l Learn and Improve Your Reading skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. l English Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register call 770-443-1660 l Class Instruction for GED. To register call 770-443-1660 Paulding Photography Club – Downtown Dallas* 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PauldingPhotographyClub. **Email events to info@ourtownfamily.com, by the 12th of the month. *Follow sample in calendar; 50 WORDS OR LESS; SPACE IS LIMITED! RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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In addition to being a father, Eddie is a psychosociologist, who is committed to many different causes. He is the COO of Showcase Group, a non-profit which provides services to juvenile detention centers (YDC), schools where there are at-risk youth, and other community youth centers.

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pril Estes is a native of Paulding County and has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 16 years. They are blessed with four beautiful children who have become the inspiration and heartbeat of her business. April graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2002 with a BBA in Finance. She spent several years in her career until the birth of her first son. Although she always had an interest in photography, this is what altered her career path. She became passionate about the opportunity to be able to preserve and capture every sweet little moment, and the emotions created by them. She began classes at the Showcase School of Photography and officially opened her own photography business in 2008.   Reflective Images Photography is in its ninth year of business and April has been blown away how God has blessed her. The opportunities her career has unveiled and the many friendships she has developed through this journey have been such an encouragement of God’s provision and plan for her life and her business.    April is an on-location photographer and offers sessions for whatever is special and dear to your heart. Whether you are growing your family, about to send him off to college or preparing to walk her down the aisle, April would love the opportunity to capture these important milestones so they can be cherished forever.   To contact her about booking a session, please visit www.reflectiveimagesphoto. com or email reflectiveimagesphotography@gmail.com.   

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In addition, Eddie is a crisis interventionist at Benchmark Human Services, where he serves 6 counties, one of them including Paulding County. As an oncall clinician, Eddie often is a listening ear for many veterans like himself, who find it easier to relate to him due to their shared experiences. Eddie is also a collaborating research scholar at the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience in which he studies Oxytocin signaling in the brain amongst military vets and its relationship to the veteran suicide crisis. Kelly, a renaissance woman herself, is the Operations Coordinator at Showcase Group and a consultant for horse farms that maintain community programs. Kelly and Eddie are the parents of quite extraordinary children as well. Their oldest, Taylor, is a Neuro-behavioral Biology major at Emory University and Rylee, who has a passion for graphic design, attends East Paulding High School. Miguel studies at the Walker School in Marietta and is enthralled in computer hardware and coding, while C.J. is a charismatic 3-year-old who finds joy in song and music. Last but surely not least, Sofia, the youngest of the clan, can most likely be found singing to the tunes of Moana. Together, the family enjoys hiking and kayaking, in addition to sharing their dear old Dad’s love of surfing. With Father’s Day quickly approaching, Eddie seeks to spend this holiday remembering his own father. Eddie exclaimed that, “What I can tell you is that I will put some Puerto Rican music on blast, grab my wife, [and] do some salsa spinning just like he would.” *To support or get more information on the Showcase Group see their article on page 6, or call 770-256-7078 or email evalentin@showcasegroup.org. Volunteers and donations are always appreciated.

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orses, like people have different personalities. Many like to think that a horse is reminiscent of its owner. I must say I find this to be very true from my own personal experience. I think it is very important for a horse owner or future horse owner to know how to handle your horse or potential horse, and understand how a horse’s senses work.

Available for Adoption: I am STARR (DOB 03/20/2015), a purebred female Seal Point Tabby Birman. I was surrendered along with nine other purebred Birmans by a breeder who could no longer care for us because of her personal health issues. I am a very independent girl, and while I tried real hard to be a lap cat with my previous owner, my elders in the clowder started arguments with me about that, so I just gave up asking for lap time. Luckily, I have learned that my caregivers at Fancy Feline will give me lap time that I don’t have to fight for, and I couldn’t be happier! So, with a caring family, some TLC, and individual attention, I know that I will become that lap love bug you just can’t resist! I am spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance. My adoption fee is $300

Healthy horses have a very keen sense of smell. Your horse more than likely will have a craving for grain or apples. An apple doesn’t have much smell, but if you have one in your pocket your horse will definitely smell it and know exactly what pocket it’s in. He will probably be sniffing at your pocket and nudging you for it. Out on a trail, your horse can smell many things before you even notice them, such as hikers, deer, mountain bikers etc. Sometimes a horse will snort at certain smells, as kind of an alert to its owner.

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Horses also have a keen sense of hearing which they use in conjunction with the sense of smell. You will notice your horse flicks its ears often sometimes pricking them forward and turning them to the side. This is an indication that your horse is paying attention to the sounds in the environment. This is a natural prey instinct. I also find when horses prick their ears back towards you, they are paying attention to you and your cues as well. Horses use their ears to not only listen but to also talk to you. When a horse pricks his ears forward look at the direction they are pointing and you’ll find out what your horse is investigating. It could be another horse, dog, or truck. When you horse pens his ears, it’s usually an indication he’s angry, disgruntled or upset.

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A horse’s tail is another form of communication. A horse’s tailbone is actually an extension of its spine, but a horse can express himself through his tail. You can actually tell what a horse is thinking by the tail’s position. A relaxed horse usually lays his tail against his body in a natural manner. Sometimes a horse will hold it slightly out away from his body as a balancing mechanism while trotting or cantering. A scared horse tucks or clamps his tail to his body. A happy or excited horse lifts its tail high like a flag; and an unhappy or irritated horse swishes his tail at you, another horse or an annoying fly. A horse has keen sight, but sees differently than people do. The horse’s eye has a different physical structure than the human eye. A horse will raise his head to focus on close objects and lower its head to see distant objects. In addition, horses are also color blind. Due to the placement of the horse’s eye being on the sides of the head, he has lateral vision. Meaning he can see two separate images at the same time. It is a good idea when working with your horse, to work on both sides of your horse. Horses also communicate by voice with other horses and by body language. If you watch horses in a pasture you will see this often. Horse will swish their tails at eat other when they want space. They will also kick at each other if another horse or human is too close. You will see horses push each other with their bodies when they want another horse to move or wants to show dominance. Horses will also do this with humans and to my amazement many horse owners allow this. This is a definite ‘no no’, and needs correction. By carefully observing your horses and understanding their senses, you will learn a lot and really bond with your horse.

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1. Kind of school 7. Bed & breakfast items? 14. Entwine to form a hedge 15. Asmara is its capital 16. Clothing 17. Polar bear’s favorite soda 19. Couple 21. ___ canto 22. Split pulses 23. “Sesame Street” watcher 26. Church assembly 28. Notability 29. Fleeting touch 32. Long, long time 33. Cliffside dwelling 34. Free from danger 37. Troublesome 38. Capital of Macedonia 42. Lacking in manners 46. ___ shooting 49. “___ to Billie Joe” 50. Brings home 51. Romeo’s “two blushing pilgrims” 52. Leaf of a palm or fern 54. Athletic supporter? 55. “Gimme ___!” (start of an Iowa State cheer)

56. “Casablanca” pianist 57. Criminal 60. Summer ___ 63. ___ street 67. Italian province or its capital 68. Number of lines printed 69. Passed 70. Additional items DOWN 1. Marienbad, for one 2. Final: Abbr. 3. Big Apple attraction,

d e f f u t s r e v O Omelets By Melissa M. Cornay

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reetings to all and I hope this issue has found you relaxing and enjoying the long, hot, lazy days of summer. June is our issue all about Dad.  When I was growing up, during the summer, my family and I attended church on Saturday evenings being that we were on Sunday School break along with our regular school break. This always allowed for my siblings and me (with Mom’s help) to prepare a feast fit for OUR king on Father’s Day morning. Thus, I decided to share my dad’s favorite Father’s Day breakfast:  Overstuffed Omelets. 

with “the” 4. Domestic 5. Almond 6. Flightless birds 7. “Hold on a ___!” 8. Free 9. Like some potatoes 10. And others, for short 11. Parenthesis, essentially 12. Type of cedar 13. Deli offering 18. On the safe side, at sea 20. Turned blue, maybe 23. Cookbook abbr. 24. Face-to-face exam 25. Porous rock 27. Discouraging words 28. Gangster style hat 30. Uninterrupted musical transition 31. Hangout 33. Bracelet site

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35. Big Apple inits. 36. ___ Today 39. After-dinner drink 40. 6, written out 41. “___ quam videri” (North Carolina’s motto)

43. Estrogen 44. Altar avowal 45. Blow off steam 46. Bohemian, e.g. 47. ATP to a specified molecule 48. Long narrative poem 52. Beautiful women 53. Wild Asian dog 56. Increase, with “up” 58. Alternative to Windows 59. Chap 61. ___ grecque (cooked in olive oil, lemon juice, wine, herbs, and served cold)

62. Affirmative action 64. “This means ___!” 65. ___ Khan 66. “Absolutely!”

I give several suggestions for omelet fillings below. You can pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. Try two or three different combos each time you make your omelet and you will have a delightfully different experience each time. As for my dad, he always loved his with “The Works,” hence the name OVERSTUFFED OMELETS.   Ingredients: 3 large eggs – brought to room temperature 2 tablespoons of half & half or cream 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper 1 tablespoon of butter 1/3-1/2 cup filling for the omelet Suggested fillings:  Grated cheddar or Swiss cheese, goat or cream cheese, or a combination of two or more. Diced smoky ham, crumbled crispy bacon, brown breakfast sausage. Sautéed fresh veggies such as onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes. Fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, thyme, chives. Whisk together eggs, half & half, salt and pepper until well blended. Heat butter in an 8 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot and melted. Tilt the pan to coat the bottom with the melted butter. Pour the egg mixture into the pan. Let it set for 5-10 seconds and then begin gently pushing the cooked eggs from the edges toward the center and tilt the pan so the uncooked portion of eggs from the middle runs to the edges and begins to cook on the hot surface of the pan. Continue cooking, pushing and tilting the eggs until they have set and there is no liquid egg visible. Place the filling on one half of the omelet and fold the other half over with a spatula. Allow to set 30-45 more seconds and then slide onto a plate. Serve hot.   MELISSA’S MEASURE:  By example our dads teach us how to be strong, how to protect what is precious, how to be a leader, and how to treat others. Often, they are the constant, silent, guiding force in our lives that gently reminds us to always do what is right. On this Father’s Day “OVERSTUFF” your dad with love and appreciation and let him know how very much you cherish all of the strength, protection, safety, comfort, leadership, compassion, and integrity he has provided to you throughout your lives together. 

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