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Our Town March 2017

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aseball is a game that leaves us with memories of being with family, eating peanuts and hot dogs, the crack of the bat and incredible plays! What is your favorite baseball memory?

Nothing compares to the joy of seeing our own sons rounding third base in T-ball and Little league games! But, as native Atlantans, exciting memories of Hank Aaron hitting home runs fill our childhood. Another was being at Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship – Braves vs Pirates in the old Atlanta-Fulton County stadium. The Braves were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th Inning. With two men on base, Francisco Cabrera hit a line drive into left field. I can still see Sid Bream running, then sliding into home plate to score the winning run; sending the Braves to the World Series. The eruption of crowd was deafening; the stadium rocked! People were crying; it was a frenzy and IT.WAS.AWESOME! Our Town takes you out to the ballgame with five of Paulding’s finest senior players. These talented young men bring life to this sport, and through their spirit and talent they create special memories for our community, their teams and their schools.

Ty DeLancey #23 East Paulding High School Ty is the son of Joshua and Joanne DeLancey. He has played baseball twelve years and is a shortstop for the Raiders. He is excited about this season and wants it to finish the way it started - with a WIN! Also at EPHS, Ty is a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, he plans to continue his studies and athletic career at Savannah State University. He is really looking forward to playing baseball at the college level.

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Accepting new patients from infants to adolescents. Dr. Lisa’s goal is to provide the highest individualized care possible. 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.

Avery Ragsdale #2 Hiram High School Avery has played baseball fifteen years, and is a right-handed pitcher and shortstop for the Hornets. He knows HHS has a “good core” of great players and is looking forward to making it to the state playoffs. Avery also coaches and gives lessons to youth baseball players. When he’s not playing ball, he owns and operates his own custom wood bat company and runs a surplus inventory/resale business. He will play baseball at Toccoa Falls College, where he plans to study business and finance. Avery is the son of Will and Deborah Ragsdale. Cover Story Continued on Page 26

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The History of Prom

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roms today are an iconic, integral part of the high school experience. They come complete with stretch limos, fancy ballrooms, live bands and most importantly, dresses worthy of movie stars. However, proms have not always been the elaborate, inclusive show they are today. Many scholars believe that high school proms emerged from the popularity of upper-class debutante balls in high society. At these balls, girls in white dresses and white gloves would be proudly escorted into a grand hall for their official introduction to the social dating scene. Invitations were exclusive and official debutantes were few and far between. Indeed, the word “prom” is short for promenade, or the grand march beginning to an immensely important social event. In the early days of high school proms, the nighttime dance served a similar function to a debutante ball. Early proms were times of firsts; the first adult social event for teenagers, the first time taking the family car out after dark, the first real dress-up affair and so forth. Proms also served as picture-taking events, similar to a first communion or wedding, in which the participants were taking an important step into a new stage of their lives. While high school yearbooks do not start covering proms until the 1930s and 1940s, historians believe proms may have existed at colleges as early as the late 1800s. The word “prom” at that time may just have been a fancy description for an ordinary junior or senior class dance, but it would soon take on larger-than-life meaning for high school students. Proms worked their way down from college gatherings to high school extravaganzas incrementally. In the early 1900s, prom was a simple tea dance where high school seniors wore their Sunday best. In the 1920s and 1930s, prom expanded into an annual class banquet where students wore party clothes and danced afterward. As Americans gained more money and leisure time in the 1950s, proms became more extravagant and elaborate, bearing similarity to today’s proms. The high school gym may have been an acceptable setting for sophomore dances, but junior and senior proms gradually moved to hotel ballrooms and country clubs. Competition blossomed, as teens strove to have the best dress, the best mode of transportation and the best-looking date. In a way, prom became the pinnacle event of a high school student’s life, the ultimate dress rehearsal for a wedding. Today, proms continue to be an elaborately important event in the social climate of high schools. Popular movies and novels attest to the importance of prom themes, prom dates and prom queens. Still, prom has become more liberal about its requirements for participants and activities. It is no longer quite as important to have a date or to be asked by the perfect guy. More and more girls are choosing their own dates for the prom, and more and more guys are going “stag” or with a group of friends. Prom is often still the main social event of the high school season, but it is also a time for fun and the creation of memories for everyone to enjoy. Pat and Chuck Geselius are the owners of Pat’s Apparel in Hiram; and your PROM HEADQUARTERS! Visit them in their new location in Cotton Field Plaza, 1817 Hiram Douglasville Hwy, Hiram, 770-222-7888 or online at PatsApparel.com.

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calendar of events March 2017 CHURCHES, NON-PROFITS, SCHOOLS – SEND US YOUR EVENTS!

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

Vegetable Gardening Class with Master Gardener Robert Cheatham March 2; Thursday 4pm at Crossroads Public Library Class is free, but space is limited. Call 770-975-0197 to reserve your space. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center March 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm Trends and Plans for Safety in Paulding’s Business Community; ($20/mem, $25/nonmem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register: pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. Clean Comedy Night w/Kay Dodd Comedy to benefit My Father’s House March 4; Saturday 7pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Purchase tickets at myfathershousehiram.com or at the door. 678-435-5951. PGBC located at 1167 Angham Rd. Hiram.. Spring Jam 2017 – Benefit for the Hiram High School Band of Gold March 4; Saturday 5pm – 8pm at Dallas Senior Community Center $3,500 Grand Prize Reverse raffle, silent auction, live music, photo booth. Raffle tickets on sale now. For info visit Facebook: Hiram High School Band of Gold. Sponsored by Hardy Automotive Group. 20th Annual Sisters in Christ Women’s Conference March 4; Saturday 8:30am to 4pm - Mount Holly Church in Carrollton A day of fun, praise, fellowship. Special Guest: Babbie Mason. MHC is located at 4685 N. Hwy. 27, Carrollton. Conference is free. For info and to pre-register online visit sistersinchrist.com or email info@sistersinchrist.com. Spring Fling Kite Day and Kidz Play Hard Club - White Oak Park - Dallas March 4; Saturday – Hard Club 10:30pm Sign in/ Kite Day 12:30pm Sign in Hard Club is a new program for children age 5-13 that focuses on fitness and fun. Then families are invited to come fly a kite at this FREE events for all ages. Bring a picnic and fly a kite; participants furnish own kite. Questions? 770-443-7540. Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* March 11; 2nd Saturday of the month Kritters Country Club is located at 7377 W. Strickland Street in Douglasville. Call 770489-7500 for hours and more information. Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association Meeting March 11; Saturday at the Old Cumming School Speakers - local historians John Salter and George Pirkle. Meetings are free and open to everyone. Native American ancestry not necessary. Questions, visit www. gatrailoftears.org or email Tony Harris at harris7627@bellsouth.net Vegetable Gardening Class with Master Gardener Robert Cheatham March 18; Saturday 2pm at Dallas Library Class is free, but space is limited. Call 770-445-5680 to reserve your space. WELSHfest 2017 in Downtown Rockmart March 18; Saturday 9am – 5pm  Featuring great Welsh & Local entertainment; fun and educational events; vendor village! Fun for the whole family. http://welshfest.vpweb.com/ Hydroponic Tower Gardening Class with Master Gardener Kristine Huffman March 20; Monday 4pm at Crossroads Public Library Class is free, but space is limited. Call 770-975-0197 to reserve your space. Lil Olympian Day! Mount Tabor Park - Paulding Co. Parks and Recreation Registration: March 20 – April 19; Event: April 29; Saturday 11am – 1pm Children 3 to 5 will play in games, receive a medal, and enjoy an Olympic parade! REGISTER NOW! https://recreation.paulding.gov Questions? 770-505-3885 Summer Baseball is Coming! - Paulding Co. Parks and Recreation March 20 – June 2 - Registration REGISTER NOW! https://recreation.paulding.gov Questions? 770-505-3885 McEachern Methodist UMC Consignment Sale (Three Days!) March 23; Thursday 5pm – 9pm, March 24; Friday 9:30am – 4pm March 25; Saturday 8am – 12pm (Many items ½ off Saturday) Clothing, books, games, nursery items. Strollers permitted Friday only. Cash, checks, visa, and MC accepted. 4075 Macland Rd, Powder Springs twice-blessed.org

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fitness Contributed by Cornerstone Chiropractic

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hether the topic is education or exercise, core content and core The activities tie everything togethCore er. In education, core content includes is the the specific information upon which the Core course is based. Students are expected, at the very least, to demonstrate mastery of the core content. In exercise, core activities establish the musculoskeletal foundation that supports and enables all other components of physical fitness, including strength training, cardiorespiratory exercise, and sports readiness. The term “core” in core exercise is relatively new, but athletes and other persons participating in physical fitness activities have been doing core routines since at least the time of the ancient Greeks, more than 2,500 years ago. For example, wrestling, the ancient Greeks’ most popular organized sport, is grounded in core stability and strength. More recently, in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, high school “phys ed” classes emphasized squat thrusts, jumping jacks, pushups, pullups, and abdominal strengthening. Thus, before the advent of today’s ubiquitous fitness centers and the plethora of personal trainers teaching members how to do an abdominal curl-up on a physioball, core exercises were part of the regular curriculum of all public school students in ninth grade and beyond. Core exercise is not new, but the need for core training became lost in the 1980s fitness boom that focused on “aerobics” and “cardio”, and secondarily on strength training. The importance of core training and the need to learn core exercises has undergone a resurgence recently, as the quantity and frequency of exercise-related injuries has skyrocketed. People eager to make healthier lifestyle choices, including those anxious to lose weight, have thronged their local fitness centers. But although it seems simple and straightforward to pedal an exercise bike, lope up and down on an elliptical stair-stepper, lift a dumbbell, or press down or pull up on a machine-assisted exercise bar, if the exerciser’s core muscles are deconditioned, injury is the likely result, sooner or later.1,2

The most important core muscle is the transversus abdominis, a sheet of horizontally oriented muscle fibers that lies beneath the more familiar abdominal muscles, that is, the rectus abdominis, internal obliques, and external obliques.3 Core muscles include the mutifidi and rotatores, small, deep spinal muscles that connect and help move pairs and groups of spinal vertebras, and other back muscles such as the erector spinae and longissimus thoracis. Everyone needs to train the core as a primary component of an ongoing program of regular, vigorous exercise. There are innumerable highly effective core exercises and most do not require any equipment. A physioball provides the opportunity for variety and increasing levels of difficulty. Such accessories are low cost and usually available in local fitness centers. As with all forms of exercise, start slow and build strength and endurance gradually. It doesn’t take long to notice the benefits of a regular core routine, including enhanced spinal flexibility, improved balance, and a flatter abdominal region. 1Chang WD, et al: Core strength training for patients with chronic low back pain. J Phys Ther Sci 27(3):619-22, 2015 2Southwell DJ1, et al: The acute effects of targeted abdominal muscle activation training on spine stability and neuromuscular control. J Neuroeng Rehabil 13(1):19, 2016 3Leonard JH, et al: Changes in Transversus Abdominis Muscle Thickness after Lumbo-Pelvic Core Stabilization Training among Chronic Low Back Pain Individuals. Clin Ther 2015;166(5):e312-6. doi: 10.7417/T.2015.1884

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My name is Dr. Amy Valente owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. Over the past six years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people come in suffering with arthritis and leave the office pain free.

It would be nice to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain.

I’ve made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you.

Every time you try and push through the pain…like standing or walking for a long period of time…you pay for it for the next 2-3 days with even more pain.

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Do you remember the Vioxx scandal? It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain…but like all drugs, it had side effects. After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes. There’s a time to use pain medications, BUT not before seeking a natural way to correct the CAUSE of the problem! Ask yourself … after taking all these pain medications… maybe for years…are you any better off? Pain Is Not Just ‘Old Age’ Have you had one doctor after another telling you this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis. Sure, if you don’t take care of your damaged joints now, as you get older they will be worse (which is why you shouldn’t wait any longer to see if I can help you.) However, old age is not the cause of your arthritis. I’ll venture to say all 360 joints in your body are the same age, yet arthritis and joint degeneration has not affected every one of them – only your previously injured joints that never healed properly.

I hear this too often, so I decided to do something about it and run this ad. Just call before March 15th and you’ll get my “Arthritis Evaluation” for only $20. = An in-depth consultation about your arthritis where I will listen…really listen. = A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam to find the “cause” of your problem. = A full set of specialized x-rays to look for joint degeneration (arthritis)… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $200). = A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so I can show you how to fix the problem. I’ll answer all your questions about chiropractic and arthritis pain.The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in a waiting room all day either. To take me up on this special offer, you must call before March 15th. Call today…Phone 678-574-5678 Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again Listen to what our patients are saying about it….. I came into the office for severe Knee pain. I started to feel better soon after I started treatment and the mobility in my knee greatly improved. I can now walk without limping and I realize I shouldn’t have waited so long to get treatment. I have more energy and can enjoy life. Before I came into the office I had no hope. What amazed me most about my care is their loving and caring atmosphere and the excellent, personal attention. God Bless, Carmen Gonzalez

Are you suffering from arthritis pain? If so, relief may be easier than you think. I came to North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute with terrible knee pain. Since being treated here, I no longer have pain in my knee. I can now climb up and down the stairs without feeling pain. I can get on with my busy life with far less pain and stiffness! Thanks, Donna Adams With my “Arthritis Evaluation”, we can find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you could feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re playing golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores… without pain. Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. Please call our 24 Help Line at 678-5745678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before March 15th, 2017. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 4 in Acworth. (on the corner of Mars Hill Rd and Cobb Pkwy)

I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. P.S. The only real question to ask you is this… Life’s too short to live in pain like this. Call us today and soon I’ll be giving you the green light to have fun again!

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finance When Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

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

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re you a “do-it-yourselfer”? If you can take care of home repairs, lawn work and other types of maintenance by yourself, you’ll save money and probably gain satisfaction. But you will almost certainly need some help in other areas of your life – one of which may be investing. In fact, you could benefit from the services of a professional financial advisor at several points in your life: When you’re starting out in your career – When you land your first “careertype” job, you will have some financial decisions to make: Should I participate in my employer’s 401(k) or other retirement plan? (Hint: Yes!) If so, how much should I contribute? How can I juggle saving for retirement with paying off student loans? These are the types of questions you can answer with the help of a financial advisor. When you’re saving for important goals – Whether you’re saving for a down payment on your first home, or for your children’s college education, or for your own comfortable retirement, you’ll face many choices. A financial advisor – someone with experience in helping people work toward these goals – can assist you in making the choices most appropriate for your individual situation. When you’re experiencing a personal “milestone” – Like everyone, you’ll go through many major life events. Some will be joyful, such as marriage and the arrival of children, while others may be unpleasant or sad, such as divorce or the death of a loved one. But virtually all these events carry with them some type of financial component – establishing new investment accounts, purchasing sufficient insurance, naming and changing of beneficiaries, and so on. A financial advisor who truly understands you and your needs can help you make appropriate moves for all your milestones. When you’re close to retirement – As you near retirement, you’ll have several issues to consider: About how much income will you need each year? When should you start taking Social Security? How much can you afford to withdraw annually from your IRA and 401(k)? A financial advisor has the tools, training and experience to explore alternatives and suggest suitable moves for you. When you’re retired – Even after you retire, you’ve got plenty to think about, in terms of financial moves. For one thing, you need to ensure that your investment portfolio provides you with both sufficient income for your desired lifestyle and adequate growth potential to help you stay ahead of inflation. What’s the correct balance of investments for your needs? Are there investments that can provide you with rising income without exposing you to undue risk? Once you’re retired, you just won’t get a lot of “do-overs,” so getting the right help is important. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you may not get it right each and every time. But you won’t pay much of a price (except, perhaps in embarrassment) if that chair you built collapses under a stack of newspapers. However, you also know when it’s time to call in a professional – and that’s whom you need when it comes to building your financial future. So, get the assistance you need, when you need it, from a financial advisor. 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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Causes of Offense

By Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT, BCCC

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11

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definition of offense is an annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult or disregard for one’s standards or principals.

Those who are easily offended are usually described as “wounded, hurt, insulted, angry, or disappointed.” When someone gets offended, they take everything personally. Scripture teaches however, if we keep our focus upon God and His Word, He will maintain peace in our hearts that can withstand offense, “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165; “You will keep him in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

CAUSES OF OFFENSE Unhealed Past Wounds/Hurts: There are Christians who are “touchy” or extremely sensitive. They spend much of their time hurt or upset at people and at circumstances. For these types of Christians, we should be patient and gentle with them, encouraging them. There are reasons they are so sensitive; it could be a past hurt or wound that has not been healed. This unhealed wound can cause a person to misinterpret others and their responses to them. Sensitive feelings can be a way that Satan uses to oppress people. This can be seen by people not experiencing joy or peace because of being easily offended by others.

Focusing Too Much on Self:

they did not invite you to lunch. Or maybe you have been going through a trial and no one seems to have noticed your plight or reached out to you.

Hurt feelings and being easily offended usually has something to do with self, such as, “I did not get my way or what I wanted.” We must die to self, and become totally immersed in the identity of Jesus Christ. When we die to self, we will become immune to offenses. Die to selfwill that demands justice for my rights that have been violated. Our heart attitudes must be right when seeking a solution to our offense. We must approach the person who offended us in meekness and humility.

Offenses left unrestrained can lead to bitterness, anger, resentment, complaining, and murmuring. Offenses that are held onto to can cause a Christian to be hindered in their spiritual growth, build walls in relationships, lead to potential sickness, and cause bondages in a person’s life that can open the door to demonic strongholds such as discouragement, fear, negative attitudes, critical spirit, and feelings of rejection. When a Christian applies forgiveness, grace, and mercy it can remove all offense and one can experience greater peace, joy, love, more openness in relationships, and spiritual growth and maturity.

False Expectations: People will fail and disappoint us. Expectations should not be placed upon humans, but Christ alone. Although Christians are forgiven and have Christ living in them, they will sometimes fail and make mistakes.

If we see or hear something in another Christian that offends us, we should examine ourselves first. Since the faults we see in others are usually the same ones we have ourselves, we should be careful when correcting others. We need to be certain we have dealt with that problem in our lives first.

Feeling Entitled: Many root causes of offense is the feeling of entitlement. When someone disrespects you, you feel offended and feel the need to “get back,” at them. Maybe someone hurt you from your past, and you feel that you will never allow anyone to hurt you again or disrespect you.

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pring is almost here and if you are a gardener, you probably can’t wait for warmer days and time to dig in your garden! Want to share your enthusiasm for growing beautiful plants with others? Maybe you are Master Gardener material. Ask yourself these questions: l Do I want to learn more about plants, growing things, and

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If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you are a prime candidate for joining a statewide group of more than 2,000 active Master Gardener Extension Volunteers in 73 counties. They use their title only when performing unpaid volunteer work. They are not a workforce for beautification projects. They are primarily educators who organize and facilitate gardening programs and projects. However, they can often be found digging in the dirt!

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Master Gardener Extension Volunteers have talents and resources that are critical to a successful outreach program. They help homeowners by making research-based recommendations to solve and prevent gardening problems. They help protect our environment and encourage a sense of community through gardening projects. MGEVs also develop communication, management and leadership skills through their outreach programming. You can see and feel the great work of MGEVs all around Paulding County: They teach gardening classes yearround for our community, work with 4-H and local schools to provide gardening opportunities for youth, maintain demonstration gardens, donating fresh produce to Helping Hands Food Bank every year during the growing season and much more! Paulding County Extension is accepting applications for new Master Gardener Extension Volunteers for the 2017 training class The purpose of the Georgia Master Gardener® Extension Volunteer program is to assist UGA Extension by training volunteers to provide current horticultural information through communi-

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ty service and educational gardening projects using applied research and the resources of the University of Georgia. Classes for the 2017 Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training will be held at the North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in Acworth. Classes will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm from June 2 through June 28, 2017. Applications are now available at our office and on our webpage at www.ugaextension.org/paulding and will be accepted until 5:00pm on March 22, 2017. Class details and fees are included in the application materials. Space in the class is limited and applicants who are accepted as MGEV Trainees will receive 40 hours of horticultural training from Extension Specialists, Agents, local horticulturists, and veteran MGEVs. Core classes include basic botany, plant physiology, soils, basic entomology, weed identification and control and a variety of other horticulture related topics. To be certified as an MGEV, trainees return 50 hours of volunteer service to the Paulding County Extension Office within the first year after the training. After the first year, MGEVs volunteer a minimum of 25 hours of service and participate in 6 hours of approved continuing education in order to maintain their title. Mary Carol Sheffield, is the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information contact the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or visit online at www.ugaextension.com/paulding.

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veryone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do. As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may begin sooner than you think. “We tend to think about memory decline as an older person’s issue, but that’s not the case at all,” says Dr. Aimee Gould Shunney, a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in women’s health and family medicine. “There was a study published in 2012 in the British Medical Journal that examined cognitive function in people age 45 to 70. The researchers did not expect it, but they found evidence of cognitive decline in the 45-year-old participants as well as the older participants.” She notes there are two basic pathological processes that cause degeneration of the brain: oxidative stress and inflammation. Basically, the standard American diet and lifestyle contribute to those processes. No matter your age, you can take charge of your brain health by following these five smart steps from Dr. Shunney: Healthy eating “A Mediterranean-type diet that focuses on whole foods, good fats and foods high in antioxidants is a great place to start,” says Dr. Shunney. She encourages her patients to focus on getting omega-3 fats from fish and monounsaturated fats from olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds. She also recommends increasing fruits (especially berries) and beans (they’re packed with antioxidants). What’s more, research shows a little cocoa, coffee and red wine can act as antioxidants and are beneficial in low to moderate amounts. Supplements In addition to a quality multivitamin, Dr. Shunney recommends an omega-3 supplement. “Getting enough omega-3s is one of the most important measures we can take,” she says. “DHA is the dominant omega-3 in the brain.” She suggests Omega Memory by Nordic Naturals. Learn more at www.nordicnaturals.com. Regular sleep Poor sleep is a risk factor for cognitive decline. “Studies show both sleep deprivation and sleeping too much impact cognitive performance,” Dr. Shunney says. “A good goal is to go to bed around the same time each night, sleep for 7-8 hours, and get up around the same time every morning.”

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Thinking activities “I recommend anything that keeps your mind working,” says Dr. Shunney. “Activities that require things to be arranged or puzzles that have to be put together. Crossword puzzles, word games and board games are all great.” Socialize “Social isolation has been linked with cognitive decline,” says Dr. Shunney. “In one study, people who were lonely experienced cognitive decline at a 20 percent faster rate than people who were not lonely.” So, make time for a photography, art or foreign language class, or join a local club anything that connects you regularly to other people. (BPT)

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Paulding Pregnancy Banquet Fund Raiser with Kenn Kington April 11; Tuesday 7pm – 9pm at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church For information call 770-222-6911 Georgia Renaissance Festival April 15 – June 4; Every Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day Visit garenfest.com for times and ticket information. “ARE YOU READY?” presented by New Life Baptist Church April 22; Saturday 6pm and April 23; Sunday; 11am and 6pm You’re invited to a FREE drama focusing on the importance of accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a friend! 496 Bobo Road, Dallas. Questions? tmcadams@bellsouth.net 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair at McEachern United Methodist Church April 22; Saturday 11am – 2pm Free and open to public. Health screenings, demonstrations, kid’s playhouses, door prizes, food, etc. Vendors call Nancy Folds 770-943-3008 by April 1 to sign up. Info visit www.mceachernumc.org or facebook.com/McEachernMemorialUMC 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 Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. n Become An Adult Reading Tutor – tutors needed; training provided. n Learn and Improve Your Reading skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. n English Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register call 770-443-1660 n Class Instruction for GED. To register call 770-443-1660 Dallas Rotary Club at Audrey’s Café* Thursdays; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Contact Madge Lovingood 770-439-7991 with any questions. 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.

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Justin Chauvin #10 North Paulding High School

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Justin has been involved in baseball for thirteen years. As a shortstop for the Wolfpack, he wants to finish his senior year strong, and help his team leave behind a legacy for their program. At NPHS he is involved in SALT (Student Athletic Leadership Team), DECA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. He is a member of West Ridge Church, and the son of Marilyn and Kirk Hodo. After graduation, he plans to play baseball at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and pursue a degree in Business Administration.

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ometimes the passion in life for what you love to do becomes the catalyst for life changing events. That’s what took David Jones, a 12 year decorated armed services veteran from the Air Force, to his current dream job as a photographer.

Studying under Atlanta’s Master of Photography, John Haigwood was a tremendous boost to David’s natural talent. With Haigwood’s mentoring, David learned different lighting techniques, composition and advance fundamentals which gave his portraits that little extra shine. Since then, David has enjoyed working on photo shoots for Our Town magazine, local celebrities, schools and families, as well as global corporations such as After Six formal wear rentals. Always pushing the creative envelope, David has the same enthusiasm he brings when he’s hired to shoot for his commercial clients. No matter if he’s shooting a mother’s belly bump, a family portrait or a wedding, or the fabulous top athletes in Paulding County, David will surpass expectations and bring the experience to a whole new creative level. David has a mastery of lighting, styling, editing and most of all, a vision for capturing a portrait in time that tells the perfect story. To see more of David’s fantastic work, visit his online galleries of families, couples, children and more by visiting his website, JFXdigital.com. If you would like to contact David, you can reach him at 770-687-6378.

Alex Gilstrap #3 Paulding County High School Alex is the son of Will and Merissa Gilstrap. He has played baseball for fourteen years and is a pitcher for the Patriots. He is looking forward to a great season and taking the next step with his team by making the playoffs. Also at PCHS, he is in BETA Club and is the Senior Class President. Upon finishing his senior year, Alex plans to go to West Georgia University where he will eventually earn his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Justin Reily #1 South Paulding High School Justin is an outfielder and pitcher for the South Paulding Spartans and has played the sport for fourteen years. He is looking forward to pitching against rival teams and playing alongside his teammates in the state tournament. In addition, he is excited about having a fun senior year with his friends and graduating. Though undecided on where, Justin plans to attend college to play ball and earn his degree. He is the son of Chad Reily and Melissa Reily.

A special thanks to Coach Mike Marra at Hiram High for accommodating our shoot. With a busy season ahead, we encourage you to go watch a game, make a memory and root for the home team! Find the game schedules online:

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As the days, weeks and months go by your puppy will be getting better at letting you know when they need to go out, but just about the time you think you have a handle on it - BAM... the poor thing gets sick. Either with a new food change or something that is causing your poor pet digestive issues, you now have another clean up situation. Whether that means a carpet spray or hardwood cleaning; or it entails the full body suit, clothes pin on the nose and rubber gloves to your elbows, it’s gotta get cleaned up. Then there is the smell to contend with. Finding the solution to work in your home to control the smell and cleaning can be hard. Here are a few things I do that seem to help a lot. Spot Scrub - Wherever the scene of the crime is I start with spot scrubbing. Odor killing and stain removal for pets are the two biggest things I look for in a spot cleaner. Baking Soda - Baking soda helps to deodorize a room. If it’s my carpet I start by sprinkling around the area and if the smell is still pretty bad I let the container in the room to absorb the smell. This also works wonders in kitty litter boxes. When I change them I sprinkle it in the bottom of their litter box and on the floor under the box. Baking soda and vinegar water is a perfect stain remover when steam cleaning and scrubbing your carpet. Grooming and bathing your dog - The difference this makes in the smell of my house is amazing! Especially as I was dealing with an allergy that made her skin have a terrible odor. Grooming was essential for my dog with allergies. Vacuum every day - I try to keep up with my vacuuming. I don’t always do it every day but I try to. I also use baking soda before I vacuum and let it sit in the carpet about a half hour before running the sweeper. Odor control room spray - This one is a big one. I always have a spray bottle of odor control spray to help freshen up the house especially before any visitors come. Cleaning can be a daunting task as a pet owner but we could never trade that for all the love and affection we get from our loving furry friends.

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his month I have chosen to share a recipe that combines the focus of our magazine’s issue, baseball, and the fun and festive holiday we celebrate on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. After deliberating over which recipe would best encompass my vision, I decided upon an old family favorite. This was actually one of the first dishes my mom taught me how to prepare and is extra special and dear to my heart. So without further ado, I present the ultimate game day dish, potato skins using the quintessential Irish fare – TATERS! I am calling them: BASES LOADED TWICE BAKED POTATO SKINS

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30. Banana oil, e.g. 33. À la mode 34. “___ Ha’i” 35. Abandon 38. “Absolutely!” 39. Ponzi scheme, e.g. 41. Stringed Greek instrument 43. Simple eye 44. Acting in lustful manners 45. Beam 46. Atlanta ___ 47. Certain Arab 48. Molière comedy, with “The” 51. The “A” of ABM 52. Gulf war missile 53. Creole vegetable 54. Boston suburb 56. Bug 57. “___ Ng” (They Might Be Giants song)

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6 medium russet potatoes, about the size of your fist. Washed and dried thoroughly 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper 8 ounces sour cream mixed with ½ envelope of ranch style dressing/dip mix 1 ½ pounds center cut bacon fried until crispy and then crumbled 2 cups grated, mild cheddar cheese 1 bunch scallions with greens and whites thinly sliced Snipped chives for garnish Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the washed and dried potatoes by pricking front and back of potato with a fork. Rub the potatoes lightly with vegetable or canola oil and lightly sprinkle with kosher salt. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake 35-45 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool. As the potatoes cool, prepare your other ingredients: fry bacon, grate cheese, slice scallions, melt butter, and combine the sour cream with the ranch dressing/dip mix. Once cool enough to handle, slice each potato in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the insides and place into a large bowl. Leave a thin boarder in each potato skin to maintain its integrity and shape. Place the halved potato skins on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes with skin side up, then flip and bake about 5 more minutes with potato side up to crisp the shells. While the skins are crisping in the oven, pour the melted butter over the potato “insides” and mix well. Sprinkle in garlic and pepper; mix well. Next incorporate the sour cream mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine all ingredients thoroughly. Evenly spoon the loaded potato mixture into the 12 potato skin halves; bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Cook until cheese melts and potatoes have warmed through. Allow potatoes to cool about 5 minutes before arranging on a serving platter. Sprinkle snipped chives for garnish, and ENJOY! (Yield 12 Servings) VARIATIONS: For a vegetarian alternative, try replacing the bacon with steamed, chopped broccoli and caramelized onions. For a different meat alternative, try replacing the bacon with smoky ham and the cheddar with Swiss cheese. MELISSA’S MEASURE: If you remember to relax, take your time, and enjoy the creative process while cooking, you will always get LUCKY and HIT A HOME RUN! Happy St. Patty’s Day to all and Welcome Baseball Season 2017! Melissa M. Cornay, RN is the Clinical Manager for Amedisys Home Health Services. Her love and nurturing of people flows over into her cooking and every dish is full of her secret ingredient. She’s not one to follow exact recipes, but cooks by intuition and taste. She is a natural. Melissa puts her heart and soul in everything she makes, and has been gracious enough to put them in writing for us. It is a treat to have the opportunity to share some of her favorite recipes in Our Town’s What’s Cooking.

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