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od has a unique way of designing families. It doesn’t always mean having a biological child, but having a profound trust in God to find the child that’s already in your heart without knowing it, and trusting Him to bring you together.

Heather and Daniel Poe have big hearts for the Lord and for children; especially those children with no families of their own. From very early ages, they both felt a desire to adopt. Heather was born and raised in West Cobb and Daniel grew up in Carrollton. They were introduced by Heather’s dad and began dating. On their first date, they talked about family and wanting to adopt children one day. They were married in 2008, and began the journey of building their family in 2010 when they started the process of their first private adoption.

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The adoption went through in 2011, and they were elated to bring home their first son, Isaiah, just days after he was born. Two years later, they started talking about their next child. It was then Daniel mentioned ‘fostering’. Heather’s first thought was ‘no way!’ She says, “I didn’t want to get my heart broken. I didn’t know how I could take a child into our home, love them as my own because [when adopting or fostering] you love them before you meet them; then possibly have to return them to their biological parents. I wrestled with the Lord for a while, but He finally got me and I relented.”

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Once approved as a foster family, they expected to get a sibling group. But on September 10, 2013 they got a call about a precious, five pound baby girl born September 9th. They brought Rachel (or ‘Rae’) home from the hospital and Heather said, “We loved her before we met her, and I was prepared to fight fiercely on her behalf; to be her voice and her advocate.”

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Foster Care Crisis in Paulding County

By James V. Provost, Department of Human Services

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aulding County is experiencing a crisis in foster care. Currently Paulding County has 128 children in care and only 20 approved foster homes. There are not enough homes for the amount of children that are in care in our community. When children come into care they are traumatized by the experience. They are removed from everything they know and are connected to. The only thing more traumatizing would be the death of a parent. Children suffer many losses as a result of coming into foster care. They lose their home, school, friends, relatives, church and more often than not, are placed outside of their community. Sadly, many of them also experience further trauma when they are separated from their siblings, because there are not enough homes available to keep them together. Imagine you are sleeping soundly in bed and someone you don’t know comes into your home with law enforcement, puts you in a car and transports you to a strange

home. You don’t know the people that live in this home. You don’t know the rules. You don’t even have your own belongings. Now imagine that you have a brother and sister who were removed and sent to other homes and you don’t know where they are. This is only a fraction of what a child experiences when they come into care.

in 6th through 12th grade and to help us keep siblings together. We need families who have a heart for children that may be medically fragile or who have suffered emotional trauma. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect does not happen during regular business hours and children will come into care at all hours of the day or night. We need families who can receive children, regardless of the hour, in these times of crisis. We are engaging the private sector and the faith based community here in Paulding County in our recruitment efforts.

When these children have to come into foster care, they deserve to be in a home where they can be nurtured, safe and feel a connection. As a community we owe that to these children. These are not ‘The Division of Family and Children Services’ children, but are OUR children; the responsibility of our community.

I am begging the community to a “call of action” for our children. Please think about becoming a foster parent and challenge your friends, neighbors, co-workers and family to join in our efforts to increase the number of foster homes in our community.

Just like the children in your family, each child in foster care has needs that are dynamic and unique to them. As a community we need to provide these children with what they need in times of crisis and when they are at their most vulnerable.

Our goal is to have more homes to choose from in Paulding County then we have children in care, so we can provide a child with the services that best match his or her needs. To get more information about becoming a foster parent, call 1-877-210-KIDS. Please call, the children in Paulding County are depending on you.

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The Goal of Being a [Good Enough] Mom By Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

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n 1987 Dr. Bruno Bettelheim, a respected child psychologist published, A Good Enough Parent: A Book on Child-rearing. Dr. Bettelheim presents the position that parents should not rely on rigid rules about raising children, but rather an understanding that what children need most is a level of empathy and understanding that allows each child to develop into their own unique “best self ”. This skill alone, and not the million daily mandates mothers (and fathers) set, is essential to accomplish the goal of raising a happy and successful child. Since the publication of this book, I have loved the concept of being a “good enough” parent. I love it because the alternative of being the perfect parent is painfully unrealistic and unattainable. When a mother is born, there are inevitable beliefs or expectations about what it means to be a good mother. These beliefs are formed from our culture, the experiences with our own parents, and through the expectations of friends, family and even the media. These outside influences can have so much power and influence over us that it can become difficult to develop our own ideas of what it means to be a “good mother”. However, being able to quietly identify personal goals and expectations is critically important. By doing this you will be honoring your values and priorities, and will successfully teach those to your child. Too much advice from others can lead one into the trap of believing that there is one right way to do things and that if you’re not doing it that one way your kids will suffer – a perfect recipe for guilt. Listen to others, ask your pediatrician questions, read a couple of books…and then listen carefully to your own voice at what your unique, precious child needs most. In Jen Singer’s book, Stop Second-Guessing Yourself, she writes, “Comparing yourself to that one perfect mom who seems to be able to do it all is damaging and not a worthy goal.” She states: “Supermom is faking it.” However, an extreme level of perfection is often expressed when women are asked to describe a “good mother”. Many, if not most, identify goals such as providing three organic homemade meals daily; keeping a spotless, organized house; organizing regular stimulating activities such as music lessons, sports activities and art projects; regular play dates...and personally maintain a size 6 with appropriately groomed hair and make-up!! Really?!?! I’m only slightly exaggerating that these are the standards women identify as important in being a “good mom”.

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Dallas Farmer’s Market Saturdays (Now – December) 9am - 1pm; Weather Permitting 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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Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center May 4; Thursday 11am - 1pm State of the Schools; ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register visit pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. 5th Annual Ragsdale Heating/Air/Plumbing and Adventure Outdoors Clay Shoot Benefit for Truth in Nature May 6; 2 flights – Morning at 8am and Afternoon at 1pm $125 individual or $500 group of 4. Garland Mountain Sporting Clays, 2618 Garland Mountain Trail, Waleska, GA 30183. Sponsorships available. To register visit http:// www.truthinnature.org/clayshoot/ Downtown Dallas Spring Open House – Main Street Dallas May 6; Saturday 10am - 5pm dallasgeorgiama.com 8th Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival at Cauble Park-Lake Acworth May 12-13; Friday 4pm – 10pm and Saturday; 9am – 4pm Admission is FREE! Visit smokeonthelake.org for info. Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* May 13; 2nd Saturday of the month Kritters Country Club is located at 7377 W. Strickland Street in Douglasville. Call 770489-7500 for hours and more information. 10th Annual City of Dallas Yard Sale in Beautiful Downtown Dallas May 13; Saturday 8am – 3pm Presented by the Downtown Dallas Merchants Association dallasgeorgiama.com Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) Meeting May 13; Saturday 10:30am at the Bartow County Library in Cartersville Keynote speaker is GA TOTA member and former educator Wanda Patterson. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more info visit gatrailoftears.com Empowering Women 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference May 16; Tuesday 8am – 2pm Chattahoochee Tech Campus in Paulding Helping women in business! Space is limited. Register at pauldingchamber.org or call 770-445-6016. Yaarab Shrine Circus & Carnival at Jim R Miller Park - Marietta May 19 – 29; For times and info visit 2017shrinecircus.com

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Good Pain vs. Bad Pain

80% of what children learn in school is presented visually. However, 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-age children have vision issues. For children, early diagnosis of eye problems can be key in successful treatment, so it is important to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye exam!

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eing able to distinguish between a good pain and a not-so-good pain is critically important for all of us who engage in regular vigorous exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Even highly trained athletes such as those on high school and college teams, dancers, and those training for long distance races or multisport events may have difficulty knowing when they are able to work through some pain and discomfort verses needing to pay attention to a real injury. Being able to accurately assess the difference between these two sets of circumstances is crucial to your success and short- and long-term outcomes. An overlooked injury will get worse and, ultimately, the type and amount of treatment required will be more serious and the recovery time considerably prolonged. Of course, pain itself does not necessarily mean stopping what you’re doing. Everyone who does strength training knows that performing the last couple of reps with heavier weights often involves some form of discomfort -- occasionally intense discomfort. But in order to progress, it’s important to tolerate and work through the discomfort, and even pain, associated with temporary muscle fatigue and failure. Similarly, those doing interval types of cardiorespiratory training may experience the intense pain of anaerobic fatigue toward the end of a very fast sprint. But such pain is expected and temporary, and being able to work through such pain represents the training benefit. Working through the pain implies that your strength and endurance are improving. However, the blithe philosophy of “no pain, no gain” needs to be consistently contrasted with the intelligent ability to clearly acknowledge when the experienced pain represents a problem.1 How are you able to recognize when the pain you’re experiencing is a problem? First, the pain you feel during intense effort is temporary and should subside fairly quickly as you move on to your next exercise activity. In contrast, pain that persists or increases during a workout or training session is probably not a good thing. If you continue to feel that pain throughout the course of the day and into the next day, then you should likely interpret that pain as an injury. In this context, it’s important to distinguish the pain of an injury from that of normal muscle soreness. Normal muscle soreness is generalized, not local. You feel such soreness in the entire muscle, rather than in a specific spot. Additionally, muscle soreness resolves within 24 to 48 hours with most usually resolving within a day. Pain that persists beyond 48 hours should be reasonably interpreted as an injury. Importantly, not all injuries require treatment. Less severe injuries such as mild muscle strains may heal on their own with appropriate rest. In general, any injury that persists beyond seven days should be evaluated by a health care professional. Your family chiropractor will be able to accurately assess your health problem and answer questions regarding the nature of the injury and the recommended course of care.2,3 Cornerstone Chiropractic is located at 5886 Wendy Bagwell Parkway, Suite 301, Hiram, Georgia 30141. 770-439-7765 1Gisselman AS, et al: Musculoskeletal overuse injuries and heart rate variability: Is there a link? Med Hypotheses 87:1-7, 2016 2Faizullin I, Faizullina E: Effects of balance training on post-sprained ankle joint instability. Int J Risk Saf Med 2015;27 Suppl 1:S99S101. doi: 10.3233/JRS-150707 3Cools AM, et al: Evidence-based rehabilitation of athletes with glenohumeral instability. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 24(2):382389, 2016

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finance Financial Gifts – and Tips – for New Graduates Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth

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t’s Graduation Season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life. What sort of gifts and tips should you consider? Here are a few ideas: Give a few shares of stock. Everyone should understand the financial markets and how they work. One great way to encourage this interest is to give your child a few shares of stock. Young people enjoy owning a piece of a company that makes the products and services they like – and the very act of ownership can inspire them to learn more about investing and to ask questions: What causes the stock price to go up or down? How long should I hold this stock? Should I own several stocks like this one, or is it better to branch out to find new opportunities? Over time, in learning the answers to these and other questions, your child can become familiar with investing and how to make the best choices.

Encourage your graduate to open an IRA. Your child can open an IRA as long as he or she has some earned income. You might want to suggest that your child consider a Roth IRA, which, at the child’s age and income level, may be a good choice. With a Roth IRA, children can access their contributions at any time, tax- and penalty-free. They can’t touch the earnings without incurring both taxes and penalties, however, until they reach 59½. But you will want to encourage them to keep the money in their IRA intact, giving it the chance to grow. Provide some financial education. Unfortunately, most young people don’t really receive any kind of formal financial education. Of course, you can try to provide some of this knowledge to your own children, but, as you know, advice from Mom and Dad sometimes gets ignored. However, you might get better results if you arrange for your recent graduate to meet with a financial professional. As mentioned above, owning stocks, and following their progress, can teach your children a great deal about investing, but a financial professional can paint the “big picture” and explain how all aspects of money management – such as borrowing, budgeting, saving and investing –fit together to help individuals stay in control of their finances and make progress toward their important financial goals, such as buying a house and retiring in comfort. Recent graduates, whether leaving high school or college, are at “turning points” in their lives and can benefit greatly from understanding the importance of developing good, lifelong financial habits. Most of us can think of several money-related mistakes we’ve made over the course of many years. And your children will make some errors, too. But by providing them with some appropriate financial gifts and valuable advice upon their graduation, they may well be better prepared to keep those mistakes to a minimum – while maximizing their ability to make good decisions. 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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ith twin 18-year-olds graduating from high school this year, I have had a lot of time to ponder the mixed messages young people receive. I’ve heard graduation speeches, valedictorian addresses and the heart-felt testimonies of parents. What really brought things into focus for me, however, were two very different songs, each inextricably linked with decades of graduations -- “Pomp and Circumstance,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

“And when she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed “With a word she can get what she came for.”

“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold “And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

One commencement speaker I heard recently polled her friends and colleagues about what message they wished they had heard at their own graduation ceremonies. The answers varied. Some wished they had been told to relax. Others wished they had been told the importance of friends.

We all know ladies (and men) blinded by our material world, hoping to get into heaven by tithing. We also know that, even late in life, they can get into heaven through God’s word -- the promises of Jesus. The song is full of references to a spirit (the piper) calling us to better things, with gentle reminders about the insistence of His call.

Isn’t it interesting that one of the most popular songs for high school proms in history speaks of heaven, while the most popular song for graduation is all about pomp, which is defined as “a cheap or pretentious or vain display.” Perhaps our idealistic young people, in choosing their prom themes, hope to find truth in a place where those who organize graduations have forgotten to look? For those of you who were alive when “Stairway to Heaven” debuted, forget the hyped claims that the song, played backwards, contained references to satan. Consider instead the overt references to Christian living you can find playing it forward.

To be a rock and not to roll. To stand for Christ, rather than to fall for whatever the world throws at us.

What I wish I had been told was that, at 50 years old, I would be spending all my time trying to discern God’s will for my life; that I would be praying for discernment and looking for ways to bring His kingdom to earth. What I wish I had been told is in Romans 12:1-2.

“Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know “The piper’s calling you to join him “Dear lady can’t you hear the wind blow and did you know “Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.”

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

What is a whispering wind, but the Holy Spirit? And what is the consequence, in our earthly lives, if we finally heed that calling? The song tells us.

And if you have already graduated and embarked on a road that you know isn’t exactly the “Stairway to Heaven,” remember this: “Yes there are two paths you can go by “But in the long run “There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

“And if you listen very hard “The tune will come to you at last  “When all are one and one is all  “To be a rock and not to roll.”

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Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Downtown Dallas May 27; 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 georgiaclassicrides.com Camp Dream Scavenger Hunt May 27; Saturday Register @ 11am, First Bike out 12pm, Last Bike in 4pm Starts and ends at Hiram Station, 3736 Atlanta Hwy/Hiram. Registration $15/bike $10/passenger. Raffles, 50/50, Auction Items. All proceeds benefit Camp Dream. Visit campdreamga.org or contact Valarie at valariedunn@campdreamga.org. 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/nonmem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register: 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 runwiththebadges.org.

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This year’s theme will be MIND, BODY & SOUL and will feature speakers discussing how to realize we are much more than just our thoughts. We are also our bodies, our emotions and our spirituality…all these things combine to give us identity, determine our health, and make us who we are!

Dixie Highway 90-Mile Yardsale June 2nd - June 4th / Friday – Sunday https://www.facebook.com/DixieHighway90MileYardSale/ 18th Annual River of Life hosted by Dallas First United Methodist Church June 21-25; Wednesday through Sunday (Register Now!) Volunteers come together to serve our community by providing home improvements to those in need. See their article on page 28. To volunteer or register your church/ group contact DFUMC at 770-445-2509 or www.dallasfirstumc.org. 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 Singles Ages 50 and Over* 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6pm at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, Hiram Paulding Singles 50 and Over on Facebook or call Phyllis Coble at 678-247-6499.

We have four (4) dynamic speakers to help teach us to be healthy, happy and motivated with ourselves. Kicking off will be Marti Billingsley, “Getting My Mind Right”; Kimberly Roberto, “Maximized Living”; Steve Dennis “Dancing With Your Soul” and wrapping it up will be Sharon Saffold Harris, “Your Total YOU.” We hope you will join us and be a part of this women’s seminar with other powerful female leaders from the community. The conference will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 8:00am to 2:00 pm at Chattahoochee Technical College. The admission fee is $45 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members and will include breakfast and a catered lunch by Atlanta’s Finest Catering. G & E Studio’s will be on site to take or update your Professional Headshots for $25! Vendors will be set up on site to promote products, such as Mary Kay, Fashion Attitudes Consignments and MeShe Jewelry just to name a few. Vendor booths are still available to purchase if you are interested. Register today SPACE IS VERY LIMITED AND WILL SELL OUT!

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The Poe’s are a beautiful family and love spending time together wrestling, cuddling, eating ice cream, being outside and building a tent in the living room on family movie night. Isaiah, now age six plays baseball, Rae age three loves to sing and dance with her daddy, and Emmett at only nine months “LOVES” to eat. They attend Burnt Hickory Baptist Church and are involved with the Orphan Care Ministry, as well as being active members of the Family Alliance of Paulding. Heather stays busy as a mom of three, a photographer, and running an at home business with Nerium International. After starting his career in the commercial risk management business, Daniel transitioned to State Farm six years ago as an agent. His office is in Dallas, and it allows him to be home more often with his family. Daniel and Heather’s share their thoughts and a favorite quote that sums up how they feel about orphans: “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It’s easier to pretend they are not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” David Platt “We have a real crisis in our country. Children every single day are being displaced from their homes; sometimes going to sleep in a hotel with a case worker, being placed ‘In-home’ across the state, [or worse] being sent back into a toxic environment because there is nowhere else for them to go. In Paulding County specifically there are approximately 140 children in care at any one time and 20 foster homes. Daniel and I believe this responsibility falls on the church. It’s our call as believers to care for orphans. To step in for a season, maybe for a lifetime; to love them and show them Jesus. It’s a Biblical mandate but until we step up to this charge, the crisis continues.” If you feel a tug at your heart for the orphans and foster children in Paulding, we encourage you to pray about it. James V. Provost from the Department of Human Services has written an article on page 6 with more information on the foster care crisis in Paulding and how you can help; or for more information about becoming a foster parent, call 1-877-210-KIDS. Thanks again to Lori McBrayer at McBrayer Ranch – an incredible event facility for wedding, showers, and pony parties. A great place for a photo shoot. Visit them at McBrayerRanch.com.

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allas First United Methodist Church is now in its 19th year of hosting River of Life here in Paulding County. This year’s River of Life will be held Wednesday through Sunday, June 21-25, 2017 during which time volunteers from across Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee will come together to serve our community by providing home improvements to those in need. Disabled clients are provided with ramps to enter and exit their homes. Fresh paint revives a home that may have been neglected for decades. Leaky roofs are repaired. Extreme yard work is performed. Lives are changed. Over 150 youth and adult participants will work at sites throughout the county. The participants take great pleasure in getting to know their “clients” as the fellowship becomes just as important, if not more so, than the shingles placed, or nails hammered. Following each day on the worksite, teams go back to the church for dinner, recreation, and a time of worship. Many others help by preparing and serving meals, transporting volunteers to and from worksites, delivering supplies, and providing fellowship to others. Many local businesses also participate by donating or discounting food, ice, office supplies, and building materials for this charitable community event. If you or your organization is interested in donating tax deductible contributions, please contact the Dallas First United Methodist Church office at 770-445-2509, Jonathan Howard at 770-365-5912, or Chuck Posey at 770-443-2230.

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s animal lovers we have had an assortment of pets throughout the years, but cats and dogs have been the primary choice when it came to our 4 legged children. Having deciding early on to only adopt rescue animals, we often had behavior issues to address before peace would reign. When you are introducing new members to your home there are facts that must be considered. Dogs are territorial and will often be aggressive to any new addition to their home. Cats have the same tendencies and will fight to defend their territories and mark their spaces to show their dominance.

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There Is Hope It is a challenge to get dogs and cats to coexist but it can be done with time and patience. The usual process is to separate the two physically, however, this is not a practical long term solution. Though caging and closed rooms can be used in the beginning for safety, creating a plan of action for new behaviors can help you achieve harmony with time and practice.

HI! I’m GENIE [and my name means “of

noble descent”] (DOB ~04/18/2016), a female domestic shorthair Tuxedo. My human mom had been caring for some feral cats outside, one of which was pregnant and sneakily made her way into the house where she delivered me and my siblings. I was well-cared for during my first couple of months, and when my human mom found out she was having to move, she dumped me (as well as several other cats) outside. Well, needless to say, I didn’t do very well in that outdoor situation – after all, I had been pampered up to that point! I wasn’t sure about how to fend for myself outside. And when a good Samaritan heard of my plight, she stepped in to help me and several others find a new start in life. I am now safe – indoors – at Fancy Feline Rescue and I’m searching for my new ‘fur’ever home – indoors! I promise I’ll provide you with years of love, laughter, loyalty and companionship if you’ll share your love and your home with me. I am spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day trial period of pet health insurance at the time of my adoption. My adoption fee is $125.

The First Steps Obedience in the most important factor when introducing your older pets to the newest member. Both cats and dogs can be taught basic commands and NO must be understood immediately. Chances are your new pet will understand the command by word or by tone but it can also be reemphasized with treats and affection.

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While the older pets are contained, allow the new pet to slowly acclimatize themselves to the new surroundings and smells. By letting them wander on their own for short periods, they can scatter their own scent within the home which allows the other to become familiar to the new scent. Once the new pet is secured, allow the older pet to investigate and aquaint themselves to the new scents and reward them positively for acceptable behavior. This stage may take some time for both cats and dogs to adjust but the more they feel safe the faster the process.

To see some of our cats available for adoption, please visit www.fancyfelinerescue.org/available.htm; then complete our online Adoption Application, www.fancyfelinerescue.org/adoptapp.htm, or email us at FancyFelineResQ@bellsouth.net. And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FancyFelineRescue!

The Introduction Once you see signs of acceptance you can introduce physical contact. With each pet being held securely and only when they are calm in each other’s presence, you can allow them to sniff each other. Be ready to correct negative behavior and offer protection from aggression swiftly. By repeating this process often and increasing the time in each other’s company, they will begin to learn to adapt to the new situation.

***Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is in dire need of foster families, and volunteers to help with cleaning, feeding, and socializing our cats at the Rescue Center and/or helping at our weekend adoption events two weekends a month at the Kennesaw Petsmart. If you are willing to give of your time and your heart to help our kitties, please complete our online Volunteer Application at www.fancyfelinerescue.org/volapp.htm. The gratification of knowing you make a difference in the lives of these deserving cats is overwhelming.*** Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a licensed, non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention and excellent care to homeless cats, working hard to find them good permanent homes.

Dogs are pack animals and are happy to be with their families and though cats are aloof, they too enjoy affection from their owners. In time you will begin to see that your dog and cat can coexist peacefully without fear or aggression. You may find they become the best of friends and they may agree to give each other a wide berth. Whatever the case, you can teach both dogs and cats to be comfortable in their new home safely. Pet Article courtesy of http://pet-articles.blogspot.com.

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1. Lion’s share 5. Adagio and allegro 10. The “A” of ABM 14. Its quarter says “Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers” 15. SE Asian Communities 16. Carrot, e.g. 17. Ticket info, maybe 18. Yards 19. War losers, usually 20. Gardening 23. Dog-___ 24. Extremely busy 28. Biochemistry abbr. 29. Follower of Mary 33. Lift, so to speak 34. Of the spleen 36. Old World duck 37. Allergies 41. “Once ___ a time...” 42. Native of ancient Crete 43. Mother’s _______ 46. ___ Station 47. “For shame!” 50. Burdensome 52. Gray or Mother 54. Uses a pungi 58. Sundae topper, perhaps 61. Isuzu model 62. “The ___ Ranger” 63. Knitting stitch 64. High wave 65. Assayers’ stuff 66. Arid 67. Rejoices 68. ___ bread DOWN 1. Honored in May 2. Kasich, for one 3. W. African coastal country

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his is a very special edition for me personally. My mother was the biggest inspiration in my life as for most of who I am, but especially for the art of cooking. She taught International Gourmet Cooking at our local college back in the 70’s and was the one who fostered my passion for cooking. She taught and cooked to nurture, and show those she cared about how very much she loved them.  The blessing of being asked to contribute the recipe article for Our Town has touched me deeply, as it has allowed me to carry on my mother’s passion for teaching and cooking; and her never-ending quest to spread love to all those who touched her life. So I dedicate this article to my dear mother and offer to you all, her favorite, must have dish for all holiday and special gatherings.   4. Bakery offering 5. After-bath powder 6. Biblical birthright seller 7. Cry like a baby 8. Imitates a hot dog 9. Dig 10. Antient Greek queen 11. “___ what?” 12. Also 13. “___ alive!” 21. Runs in neutral 22. “Go team!” 25. “Remember death” 26. Times to call, in classifieds 27. Drops on blades 30. “Gimme ___!”(start of an Iowa State cheer)

31. “Welcome” site 32. Goodyear icon 35. Shoe cushioning 37. “Wheel of Fortune” choice

38. Compete 39. Setting for TV’s “Newhart” 40. Island nation east of Fiji 41. Amateur video subject, maybe 44. “My boy” 45. Modern tribe of N. Africa 48. Online newsgroup system 49. Mother ______ 51. “Cheers!” 53. Lowest deck 55. Halftime lead, e.g. 56. Soft, waxy part of a parrot’s beak 57. Works in the garden 58. Harvest goddess 59. Morgue, for one 60. “To ___ is human ...”

MOM’S SEVEN LAYER SALAD:

DIRECTIONS:

LAYER 1 1 head of iceberg lettuce – cleaned, dried and chopped LAYER 2 1 bag of frozen petite green peas (15 oz) – thawed, dried, not cooked LAYER 3 1 large yellow bell pepper – chopped in bite size pieces LAYER 4 1 medium purple onion – chopped small LAYER 5 2 cans (8 oz.) of diced water chestnuts – drained and dried LAYER 6 The Dressing: 1 (15 oz.) jar of Hellman’s mayonnaise and ½ cup of granulated sugar sprinkled over the mayonnaise LAYER 7 The Topping: 2 cups of finely grated mild cheddar cheese and ½ pound of crispy fried bacon, crumbled

Layer from the bottom up, in a glass trifle bowl or other round glass bowl, each layer from 1-5.  Spread the mayonnaise over layer 5, the water chestnuts, and then sprinkle the sugar over the mayonnaise.  At this point, refrigerate for at least 2 hours; long enough for the mayonnaise to absorb all of the sugar. You want the sugar to “melt” into the mayonnaise so you do not have a “gritty” consistency. After the mayo and sugar have formed the dressing, top the salad with the grated cheese and crumbled bacon.   MELISSA’S MEASURE: Make this your own by substituting your favorite veggies and topping ingredients. Try romaine lettuce or green cabbage instead of iceberg; carrots or asparagus instead of peas; spring onions instead of purple; mushrooms or artichoke hearts instead of water chestnuts. You may also want to play around with different cheeses you enjoy; parmesan, mozzarella, or smoked Gouda; and instead of bacon, try diced ham or toasted pecans or walnuts. You are only limited by your imagination! To all of you wonderful ladies we call mom, THANK YOU! You not only feed our bodies, but your love, compassion, wisdom and guidance provides for us the life bread that our souls, hearts and minds rely upon for nourishment and sustainability throughout our lives.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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