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About the Cover: Dave and Lou Carmichael Community Spotlight: Golf for a Cause -Paulding County Boys & Girls Club Family Focus: Adopted Children and Genealogy Community Spotlight Profile: The Blake House Calendar of Events Health: Is the Radiation Tattoo Forever? Finance: Here’s Your Retirement Countdown It’s Fall Y’all Faith: Going Through Transitions Effectively Travel: Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road Medical: Morton’s Neuroma: Keeping Off Your Feet Gardening: Planting Trees to Conserve Energy Feature Photographer: April Estes Our Town Celebrates Ten Years Pets: Halloween Costumes & Keeping Your Pet Safe Crossword Puzzle What’s Cookin’: Apricot Chicken

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all is on our heels, so what better way to reap the harvest of a couple of Paulding locals than to simply acknowledge all their hard work and service to the community? This article can be just that; recognition for a pair who have spent the seasons of their lives tending to the community and their world as a whole. After seasons of planting seeds, the time comes to reap the fruits of that labor. Sometimes taking time to remember the dedicated work put in is rewarding, especially when it comes to Mary Lou and David Carmichael, a couple who completely embody what it means to give back to others. Lou and Dave are a married couple originally from Chattanooga, TN, who found their way to Paulding County 38 years ago. The pair have been married for 43 years, and have a huge family to show for their love. The duo raised their four children right here in Paulding. Their son, Josh, and daughters, Tara, Kellie, and Melissa, though initially homeschooled, completed their academic career in the Paulding County school system. The four graduated from East Paulding High and then moved on to their respective college careers. Now their children have passed on the torch themselves and have expanded Lou and Dave’s family. The Carmichaels now have 12 grandchildren with their 13th scheduled to make his or her arrival in February 2018.

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he Board of Directors of the Paulding County Boys & Girls Club has announced it will continue its commitment to build great futures for youth in Paulding County by hosting the 13th Annual Golf for a Cause Tournament to support its youth development programming. Through key partnerships and programs, Boys & Girls Clubs is working to help kids and teens succeed in school, live healthy, and become leaders. Funding from the golf tournament will support several program areas: Education and Career, Character and Leadership, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, Sports, as well as Fitness and Recreation. All event proceeds will directly serve the youth of the Paulding County Boys & Girls Club.

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“We’ve got a twenty plus year record of supporting and developing our county’s youth through our Club, but it takes funding to keep our doors open,” said Robert Stephens, Paulding County Board President. “It not only takes dedication and hard work from our staff on a daily basis, it also takes funding to ensure our kids have the resources they need to reach their full potential.” Currently, the Paulding County Boys & Girls Club serves roughly 100 kids each day providing an environment where youth feel safe and secure to dream, discover and develop their potential. The organization is continually working to ensure that all the youth it serves are graduating on time, living healthy lifestyles, and giving back to their communities.


“Throughout my life, I’ve had times where I struggled with self-esteem,” said Sergio Wallace, Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “My Club stepped in and changed my life. Over time, I found friends and mentors who embraced me for who I was and helped me grow. I hope my journey inspires other kids to overcome their fears and obstacles just like my Club has done for me.” To find out how you can get involved in this year’s Golf for Cause Tournament, please visit The Paulding County Boys & Girls Club is a unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Through 25 Clubs in 10 metro counties, trained and professional staff serve more than 6,400 youth (ages 6-18) daily through programs that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. BGCMA also oversees Camp Kiwanis, a 160-acre outdoor residence camp. While the cost to effectively serve those who need us most is more than $5,700 per member, BGCMA asks families to pay only a $60 annual membership fee and no child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, please visit


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hat can we offer our adopted children about their heritage? Why is it important to have this to share with them? Where do we start to get this information for them? Is it OK to let them know they have similarities with our families; is this true or wishful thinking? What does the future hold for them – and their ancestors?

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My husband was doing extensive genealogy research for our family. As he had a breakthrough, he emerged out of his office with the news that he found a string of relatives from the 1200’s. My son looked down and seemed very sad. The day we located some additional news about our genealogy, it stirred thoughts he had himself. He asked more about his birth parents and their heritage. We shared what little information we had and then he said “well, I will just hang on to your genealogy mom, since I don’t have any of my own.” I shared that he did have his very own too and strained my brain to remember what I could from what his birth mother had said many years ago. I had foggy details of the few lone phone calls so very long ago, not much for this young man to get excited over. My heart fell to the ground for him. I fought back the tears; it was so hard to see him in this struggle that need not be. I feel getting as much information and writing down all you learn when you first adopt is priceless to our children and for their future.



I am now going over family photos from our great-grandparents, and working on framing them for our family wall. They are precious old images of my family and I handle them with the utmost care and reverence. Since I was 30 when we adopted, our son doesn’t remember my grandparents, let alone my great-grandparents. At a recent funeral of my great uncle, I shared with my son the photos of my grandmother’s side of the family. We noticed how he looks so much like them, even though there was no biological tie. His blue eyes and milky white skin are very different than my Portuguese heritage of olive skin, dark hair and brown eyes.

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Once when our son was only five, he found my “color in” shampoo in my shower and used it on his light hair, to look more like me. My blonde son now had red/auburn hair. Bless his heart. Adopted by a full Italian dad and Portuguese mother, he wanted to look like mommy and daddy. Remember to gather and write down all you learn about your children’s biological family when possible from birth parents, adoption professionals, the agency, foster parents or any living relatives you meet. Consider taking photos of the hospital or orphanages or other notable locations to share with them in a genealogy book just for them. It you don’t have much, think about adding photos of the state or country they were born in and notable events that occurred the year they were born. There are many books on helping your children understand more about their culture and heritage. For waiting adoptive parents, start reading and learning before your child arrives in your home. The more you have learned and the more you see the value in this genealogy information, the more prepared you will be for the future. Reprinted from with permission from Mardie Caldwell, Adoption expert and travel writer. All rights reserved.


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community spotlight Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!


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.

an additional 10 months. It was during this time that God gave him a vision of starting his own program in West Georgia.

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

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. 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 or call at 770-537-1221.

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FREE Radiation Tattoo Removal for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Entire Month of October at In HIS Image Day Spa 707 Whitlock Ave. H-9, Marietta, GA 30064 Questions? 770-422-0047 www. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center October 5; Thursday 11am - 1pm State of the Cities; (  $20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Register at or call 770-445-6016. Paulding Gymnastics Events October 7, Saturday – Parent’s Night Out October 8 and 29, Sunday - Open Gym Every Friday; 10am-12pm - Toddler Time Questions? 770-445-5525. 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas Cowboy Day 2017 at the Town of Ynot, in partnership w/Paulding Chamber October 7; Saturday 12pm – 4pm Admission $10/car. Family fun day with Old West entertainment, Kid stick horse race and more. Free hotdogs/drinks with car admission. Bring your lawn chairs. Questions? or 770-445-6016. Dallas Rotary…. Ride for Literacy October 7; Saturday 8:30 am Ride starts at the Senior Center in Dallas ending at Knuckleheads in Rockmart. Questions? Mike Mason 678-674-6050 or City of Dallas Block Party on Main Street - Courthouse Square  October 7; Saturday 4:30pm - 10pm  Free Concert with the Up All Nite Band, Bent Fender and Reckless Dawn performing live in the square! Bring your lawn chairs. No Coolers. Kids activities.

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Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* October 14; 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. Unity in the Community Fall Festival – Unity Baptist Church October 14; Saturday 5pm – 9pm Fun-filled night of Carnival Ride, Inflatables, Games, & Food! Parking-Donation Only; Rides & Games are FREE! 431 Mustang Dr, Dallas. 770-445-8024 or goesalongway 15th Annual Paulding Fine Arts Association Arts and Crafts FALL FEST October 14; Saturday 10am-4pm Main Street in Downtown Dallas Local artists and craftsman showcasing their best work. FREE admission! Fun family entertainment with food, music and more! 13th Annual McKenna Farms Fall Festival - Everyone Welcome! October 21; Saturday 11am - 4pm Games and activities for kids, cake walk, face painting, pony rides! $10/person, under 2 FREE. Proceeds benefit McKenna Therapy Services, 3044 Due West Rd, Dallas. Trunk-or-Treat and Chili Cook-off for New Georgia Youth Athletic Assoc. October 21; Saturday 12pm – 3pm Free Admission! Dress up and come for a day of fun! No outside food or drink. 5885 Villa Rica Hwy, Dallas 30157. To register your trunk or chili email Pamela McClure at Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival at Kennesaw State University October 27-28; Friday 6pm – 11pm and Saturday 4pm – 11pm Balloon Glows, Trick-or-Treating, Tethered Balloon Rides, Vendor Marketplace, Food Trucks, Interactive Kid’s Area, Live Music and more!

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ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer is the 2nd Leading cause of death in women. It is 2nd only to Lung Cancer. It is estimated 1 in 8 women will get Breast Cancer. Survivors have many things in common and one is the ink they carry around after Cancer is gone. Breast Cancer patients receive tattoos marking placement for Radiation therapy and once treatments are completed, the tattoo remains. Though it may represent a symbol of victory for some, still many wish these tattoos to be removed from their body. Though very small, they are permanent. And, if chance of recurrence is small and the person’s doctor agrees, they may be removed in 1-3 treatments by Laser Tattoo Removal. We have come a long way since the first Lasers for tattoo removal. Today, the gold standard is the Enlighten 3 and it is a true game changer because it removes the tattoo in approximately one-fourth of the number of treatments required by previous lasers. It has the very best of ALL worlds with the Q-switched and Picosecond laser, and 3 wavelengths so ALL colors can be removed in ALL skin types. Also, the Enlighten 3 is safer as there is only a rare risk of hypopigmentation.


Is the Radiation Tattoo Forever? Enlighten 3 is the most advanced laser system for the effective, safe, and quick removal of tattoos. Since tattoo ink is deposited deep in the skin, to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple sessions are needed for clearance. The depth, size and color of a tattoo impacts the number of treatments required for removal. Given that Radiation tattoos are small and black ink, this makes them much easier to remove in only 1-3 treatments. It is important if you are planning Laser Radiation Tattoo Removal that you discuss it with your treating physician first for their thoughts on if this is the time to go ahead with removal. With the all clear from your physician, you should look for Laser Tattoo Removal at a Medical spa or physician’s office. Tattoo Laser Removal should be performed by a State Certified Laser Specialist.

not considered a procedure requiring any down-time. Treatments are performed at 6-8 weeks intervals and the skin must be completely healed before having another treatment. Tattoos no longer have to last forever with the amazing laser technology of Enlighten 3; these tats you would like to forget can truly become history. If you have more questions, it’s recommended you talk to an Enlighten 3 Tattoo Laser Removal professional. Most medical offices and medical spas with Laser Tattoo Removal Technology are honored to help Breast Cancer Survivors remove these Radiation tattoos and most will perform this service Free of Charge, especially during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness. For those people that have won the battle and want to leave the past behind, Enlighten 3 Laser Tattoo Removal is the answer. Dr. Amy Holland is a Medical Doctor, Board Certified by ABPN who believes in whole wellness and whole person care. Visit for more information about her practice.

The procedure works by breaking up tattoo ink particles photo-acoustically for the body to reabsorb through the lymphatic system. A treatment feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Most patients will experience some redness and swelling immediately following a treatment, but these side effects are temporary. This is

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Here’s what our patients have to say: I took a fall in May of 2017 which put my hip an inch out of place. Eight weeks later it was still bothering me and I had significant tingling in my legs. It was impossible to take normal strides and every step was excruciating. After coming to North Cobb Spine and Nerve my pain level has dropped from an eight on a scale of 1 to 10 to a one! I can now step sideways, backwards, and take care of my responsibilities around the house. When I look back at my previous quality of life, I was not sure that I wanted to live another year, but now I want to live another ten years! The atmosphere and care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve is the best. Everyone is pleasant, professional, and cares about each and every patient. All the women are very knowledgeable and use excellent teamwork to provide me with the best care I have ever received. I would be proud to have any of them as a daughter! Yours in health, Patrick Dawson

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Here’s Your Retirement Countdown Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth


f you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don’t need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years. But you do need to make the right moves at the right time – which means you might want to start a “retirement countdown” well before you draw your final paycheck. What might such a countdown look like? Here are a few ideas: Ten years before retirement – At this stage of your career, you might be at, or at least near, your peak earning capacity. At the same time, your kids may have grown and left the home, and you might even have paid off your mortgage. All these factors, taken together, may mean that you can afford to “max out” on your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. And that’s exactly what you should do, if you can, because these retirement accounts offer tax benefits and the opportunity to spread your dollars around a variety of investments. Five years before retirement – Review your Social Security statement to see how much you can expect to receive each month at various ages. You can typically start collecting benefits as early as 62, but your monthly checks will be significantly larger if you wait until your “full” retirement age, which will likely be 66 (and a few months) or 67. Your payments will be bigger still if you can afford to wait until 70, at which point your benefits reach their ceiling. In any case, you’ll need to weigh several factors – your health, your family history of longevity, your other sources of retirement income – before deciding on when to start taking Social Security. One to three years before retirement – To help increase your income stream during retirement, you may want to convert some – but likely not all – of your growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stock-based vehicles, into income-producing ones, such as bonds. Keep in mind, though, that even during your retirement years, you’ll still likely need your portfolio to provide you with some growth potential to help keep you ahead of inflation. One year before retirement – Evaluate your retirement income and expenses. It’s particularly important that you assess your health-care costs. Depending on your age at retirement, you may be eligible for Medicare, but you will likely need to pay for some supplemental coverage as well, so you will need to budget for this. Also, as you get closer to your actual retirement date, you will need to determine an appropriate withdrawal rate for your investments. How much should you take each year from your IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts? The answer depends on many factors: the size of these accounts, your retirement lifestyle, your projected longevity, whether you’ve started taking Social Security, whether your spouse is still working, and so on. A financial professional can help you determine an appropriate withdrawal rate. These aren’t the only steps you need to take before retirement, nor do they need to be taken in the precise order described above. But they can be useful as guidelines for a retirement countdown that can help ease your transition to the next phase of your life. 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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uring October a trip to the North Georgia Mountains is always on our families “TO DO” list. The leaves are changing and the air is crisp and cool; it’s the perfect time to grab the family to head up state and enjoy the vibrantly colored leaves, fresh apples, hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkins and more. There is so much to enjoy, you might want to make a weekend of it.

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Visit over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, and on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 10th. The parade is on October 17th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds is located at 1729 South Main Street in Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Admission: Adult - $5 and Children under 10 are FREE. No pets allowed. Visit, for more information or call 706-636-4500.

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A great outdoor family treat is a visit to a corn maze. If there are several of you, divide into groups and make a game of it by seeing who can finish first, but NO cutting through the corn rows! Burt’s Farm - 5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Rd, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534 Pumpkins, hayrides, and gift shop. At Burt’s Farm the pumpkin selection is vast and the quantity is never ending, as is the Indian corn, cornstalks and hay bales. Hayrides are pulled by John Deere tractors that take you through a winding trail filled with nature and beauty. Don’t forget to check the “barn” store for Burt’s fresh baked goodies. Visit or call 1-800-600-BURT for more information and directions. Uncle Shucks Corn Maze – 4520 Highway 53E, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534 The corn maze at Uncle Shucks is located on a 12 acre field of corn that has approximately 4 miles of trails; twisting and turning, and sometimes, coming to a dead end! There are also hayrides, food, and you can “Pick-Your-Own” pumpkin. Visit or call 1-888-OSHUCKS for hours of operation and directions. Haunted Maze during the month of October.

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djustments and major transitions can be difficult, especially if you have problems with control. If something changes and you have an issue with control you can be easily side-swiped. It is important to take it one day at a time. You can’t say you will go here or do this tomorrow for certain because you do not know what will happen. When we have to make adjustments and transitions they will go a lot smoother if we realize that we have to hold our plans loosely and be ready for change. A definition from for adjustment is regulating, adapting or settling in a variety of contexts. If you are not able to adjust easily to transitions and changes it will create disequilibrium and unbalance in your mind, body, and spirit. You will begin to feel stress in all of these areas. When an adjustment needs to be made, in the beginning you may feel some stress, but then you need to enter into the flow of the Spirit of God. That means seizing all control and outcomes of the situation and trusting that God has a plan and He will work it out for your good. It means stop trying to figure out ‘why’


and instead remaining calm and peaceful. Sometimes adjustment periods can take a while to work out. For instance if you have a step family, or your teenage daughter is pregnant and needs help, or even divorce. All are considered a crisis and all can pose a threat to our well-being. Under stress our bodies will either fight or flight, that means stay and fight or run away. Fight or flight is usually seen in stressful or threatening circumstances. There may be a time to run, but from what I know of God He does not want us to stay running He wants us to rest and then get up and fight. Taking it one day at a time is the only way to stay and fight in your situation of transition. If you decide to stay and fight you cannot project tomorrow’s fears and concerns. God gives you grace for each day, not stored up grace. So if you are living out on tomorrow’s grace, you will not survive the adjustment and transition period. With any adjustment or major transition, eventually

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you will adapt and begin to learn new coping skills. It is amazing how God created us to cope and adapt in the most stressful of situations. So no matter what you are adjusting to, know that it is not permanent. Get up today, stop wallowing and having pity parties and say, “This too shall pass.” Nothing in life is ever permanent. As the seasons change, so does our lives. There is a season for everything. Though it may be painful and dark today, tomorrow is new and full of possibilities. Rest in your adjustments and transitions. Hasah, is Hebrew for trust. It means taking refuge in God. Batah, means to have confidence in. Hasah Batah, Trust, take refuge and have confidence in God. James 4:13-15, Message And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today, at the latest, tomorrow, we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” Contact Stephanie at HopeandEncouragement4Women@


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he fall weather means traveling to Fall Festivals, apple harvests or driving around to see the leaves change. Before setting out on the open road, make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the journey ahead. Hankook Tire took a look at driving trends and behaviors to identify what drivers do (or forget to do) to keep safe on the road this season.

1. Keep your eyes on the road.

One of the easiest ways to avoid accidents, wrong turns or other highway mishaps is to stay focused. Cell phones are most often responsible for distracted driving, according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index. One-third (33%) of Americans regularly take phone calls while on the road, and 11% admit to texting while driving. To help put this risk into perspective, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports texting while driving on the highway is equivalent to driving blindfolded for the length of an entire football field. Promising news for drivers is the Gauge also found that nearly 49% of drivers use Bluetooth, dictation or do-not-disturb features while driving to maintain better focus while on the road.

2. Take advantage of tech.

As automotive technology continues to advance, cars are constantly updated with the latest and greatest to make your time behind the wheel more comfortable, more efficient and safer. Over 34% of drivers reported their vehicles are equipped with a rear view camera, and 26% have adaptive cruise control, which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe driving distance. While 73% of Americans find these enhanced safety features very useful, the Gauge Index found that more than 57% of drivers don’t actually use them. Regardless of the features in your car, it’s important to not let your ‘fun’ distract you from checking rear and side view mirrors, blind spots and speed.

3. Don’t tread lightly.

Before a road trip, most people fill up the tank, gather snacks and make sure the kids are set up with movies and games. What about your tires? Americans are mostly likely to check the condition of their tires if they appear to look low or uneven (65%) or if a warning light appears (49%).

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Even if not prompted by a warning light or unusual sounds, always double check your tires’ air pressure and tread depth before an extended trip, as healthy tires improve gas mileage and save money at the pump. In addition to the financial benefits of healthy tires, Americans also recognize the importance of tire tread in providing safety and control, as 75% of drivers think about how effective their tire tread is when driving through heavy rain, and 61% are mindful of their tread when driving on a hairpin turn. Additionally, close to 18% of Americans believe enhanced tire grip provides more safety on tough turns than wider lanes, reduced speed limits or road sign warnings.

4. Who ya gonna call?

Even the most prepared and proactive drivers can end up on the side of the road because of unforeseen driving events. Whether it’s a flat tire, dead battery or overheated engine, 41% of Americans listed an auto club as their first phone call, followed by their significant other at 27%. Only 3% of respondents recognized their first call should be to local authorities, who can update traffic information, create a safe roadside situation and send the proper help to get you back on the road safely. (BPT)


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Morton’s Neuroma:

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By Sudhir R. Belagaje, MD



ain in your feet can hinder even the simplest tasks. Morton’s Neuroma is one cause of this type of pain.

We take thousands of steps each day without giving it much thought. We take for granted our abilities to walk, run and jump. However, if you are experiencing pain in your feet, every step is laborious. One potential cause of pain in your feet is Morton’s Neuroma, or interdigital neuroma. This condition involves a particular nerve, the plantar nerve, located in the bottom of your foot. The plantar nerve supplies feeling and sensation to your toes. Pain caused by Morton’s Neuroma typically occurs between the third and fourth toes, although it can also occur between the second and third toes. The nerve becomes thickened and bruised due to irritation by a ligament located above it. A common cause of Morton’s Neuroma is the frequent wearing of tight shoes that squeeze the foot bones together, causing a build-up of extra tissue that pinches the nerve. This bruising may sometimes also be caused by jumping onto hard objects.


Common symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma include burning, tingling, and a slightly numb feeling in your toes, usually in-between them. Shoes, especially heels, can aggravate the pain, which may be relieved by wearing flat, wide shoes or walking barefoot.


A trained orthopedic surgeon can help reduce the pain caused by Morton’s Neuroma. First, the patient must undergo a physical examination for the doctor to pinpoint the tenderness. This is done by applying pressure from the top to the bottom of the foot. Sometimes a click will be felt during the process, which reproduces the patient’s pain and is known as Mulder’s sign.


Because Morton’s Neuroma is essentially a severe bruising, a doctor will most often recommend a wide soft shoe with a metatarsal support inside to relieve pressure. A cortisone injection may also be used to help with pain until the bruising is healed. In severe cases, surgery is an option. During surgery, the doctor first numbs the foot, then removes the neuroma. After surgery, you can expect to be in a post-operative boot for three weeks, or enough time for tissues to heal. In all, it typically takes two months until you can return to your normal routine.


Morton’s Neuroma can be a very painful and debilitating injury, making it difficult to even walk. However, with the right care and treatment, you can be back on your feet, pain-free, within a short period time. An experienced, board-certified orthopaedic specialist should evaluate any prolonged pain or injury, and determine the appropriate treatment option.

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Planting Trees to Conserve Energy


By Mary Carol Sheffield, Paulding County Extension Coordinator


rees Can Help You Conserve Energy Arbor Day in Georgia comes in February, but did you know that now is the ideal time of year to plant a new tree in your landscape? Trees planted now will have time to produce new roots before having to supply water to lots of thirsty leaves next spring. Planting now will mean lower maintenance time for the trees when spring does arrive. If you are transplanting a small tree, fall planting is especially important since inevitably roots are damaged and lost when the tree is moved. By transplanting trees now, you assure the roots have adequate time to grow and repair themselves for spring. That strong root system increases your odds of successful transplanting.

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A Good Reason to Plant Trees Trees can be a valuable tool for helping to reduce your energy costs. Planting strategically placed trees in your landscape can help reduce your energy costs over time. It is not hard to make a plan for planting trees that can lead to savings and now is a great time to plant. You can plan now for trees in your landscape that will bring beauty as well as savings in the future.



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Trees reduce this heat island effect by reflecting green light and absorbing ultraviolet and near-infrared light and converting solar energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis. This dissipates the heat gain. In contrast, dark surfaces (asphalt, tar, gravel, brick) absorb the majority of solar energy that shines upon them and retain much of this energy for long periods of time. This trapped heat re-radiates into the surroundings, elevating daytime temperatures and reducing cool-down at nighttime. Planting trees across urban landscapes provides shade, increases the reflection of radiant energy, and reduces absorption of heat by structures and pavement found in urban areas. How do trees help conserve energy? Trees intercept solar radiation to reduce heat gain by buildings. l Trees transpire water from ground to air. This cools the air as water changes phase from gas to liquid. l Trees block and slow winter winds that create drafts and draw heat away from buildings.

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Buildings, asphalt, and concrete absorb solar energy, resulting in the emission of longwave radiation that then heats the air in developed areas resulting in the urban heat island effect. Trees provide energy conservation benefits and help offset the urban heat island effect when they are found in every part of urban landscapes, businesses, parking lots, along streets, in parks and green spaces. Trees create shade when properly placed in urban settings. This shade can reduce energy use in homes, offices, and other buildings. Trees near air-conditioned buildings provide the most energy conservation. Having trees distributed across the entire urban landscape is important. They can create cooling effects for larger areas by reducing the urban heat island effect.



“Tree time” is slower than most of us have the patience for, yet if you’ve enjoyed the cool shade, beautiful fall color, or wind-breaking gift of a tree, you most likely have someone else to thank. Consider this when deciding whether or not to plant. Planting a tree is among the most noble and selfless acts you can do. In many cases, the tree planter will only gain a portion of the expected energy conservation returns, but they reap all of the satisfaction of having planted a tree that may outlive the individual!

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Halloween Trick or Treat Village! Presented by PCPRD October 28; Saturday 2pm – 7pm Earl Duncan Park at Paulding Meadows FREE event with candy, fun, and games! Children up to age 12 can participate in the costume parade. Questions? 770-445-8065


Fall Festival at Activation Church October 28; Saturday 1pm – 3pm Free games, food for purchase and vendors. Everyone welcome! Activation Church is located at 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, Dallas.


Breakfast to Benefit – Hope for Christmas October 28; Saturday 8am – 10am at LongHorn Steakhouse in Hiram $10/person includes 6 oz. Renegade Sirloin, bacon, scrambled eggs, juice, and coffee. Bring a toy and have your picture taken with Santa! Purchase tickets online, -37777745253 Questions? Email

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The Annual Thrill at the MILL Amphitheater - Villa Rica October 28; Saturday 10am – 2pm Pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, bounce houses, carnival games, scarecrow contest, train rides, Trick-or-Treating and much more! FREE admission! There is a small charge for some games and rides. Questions? 678-840-1441

SHOP NOW! Family owned store serving the local area since 2011. Unbeatable prices on top quality home furniture and mattresses. Visit or stop by our showroom located off of HWY 278.

Trunk or Treat (including free hot dog supper) at West Metro Church of Christ October 29, Sunday 5:30pm - 8pm Free Hot dog supper at 5:30pm. Costume contests and prizes! Amazingly decorated vehicle trunks and candy! 4550 Hiram-Sudie Road, Hiram, GA 30141. For questions, please call 770-222-4983. Halloween ‘Trick or Treating’ in Downtown Dallas October 31; Tuesday 4:30pm – 8:30pm


Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center November 2; Thursday 11am - 1pm John Adams – Market Trends in Real Estate and Beyond ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid;+$5/at door.) Register or call 770-445-6016.

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2017 AONH Annual Health Care Conference (REGISTER EARLY!) November 2; Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm at Douglasville Conference Center Niki Gratrix will present “The Power of Relationships in Health and Healing.” Free event; registration required. ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Playing Pickleball in Paulding County, Indoors at Mt. Tabor Park in Dallas Tuesdays; 11am – 1pm and Wednesdays; 6pm – 8pm, thru end of 2017 East to Learn and Play. Free Lessons Available. Questions? 770-794-1985 Dallas, Georgia ~ Writers Guild Every Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas Dallas Rotary Club at Audrey’s Café* Every Thursday; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Contact Madge Lovingood 770-439-7991 with any questions. Lighthouse Food Pantry* Every Thursday of the month (except holidays) 11am-1pm FREE food for those in need. Open to the first 200 families or until food runs out. *Restrictions apply. The food bank is located at 294 White/ Ingram Parkway Dallas. Call 678-363-7470 for more info. Paulding County Beekeepers Club* 2nd Thursday of the month; 7pm at Dallas Primitive Baptist Church 222 Legion Rd., Dallas or follow on Facebook at Paulding County Beekeepers! Questions? Call Sue McCleary at 678-310-7305. Paulding County Singles Ages 50 and Over* 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6pm at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, Hiram Paulding Singles 50 and Over on Facebook or call Phyllis Coble at 678-247-6499.


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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   

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After the two found love in high school, they went on to explore the world separately. Lou attended Auburn and Dave made his mark at Vanderbilt and earned his Civil Engineering degree. He has since maintained a career in aviation. After graduating, Dave joined the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. While serving as a commanding officer, he earned two meritorious service awards from the President of the United States. Once he conquered flight school and his military tour concluded, Dave began his career with Eastern Airlines. Dave also served as a reservist for 24 years and was able to retire after 30 years as a Colonel. In addition, he worked as a Civil Engineer and contributed to the construction of State Route 278.

Lou initially worked for Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services before settling into Paulding County where she volunteered at the Dallas Housing Authority. Her time and efforts into the Housing Authority led to a job as a social worker with the organization where she has worked now for the past 35 years. When the Carmichael’s aren’t servicing the community, they spend their time together by biking and hiking amongst other outdoor competitive sports. Dave is a fan of hunting and fishing, and also enjoys breeding dogs. The family owns 30 acres of land in which they host weddings, and even church and family bonfires. Like most families, the Carmichael’s are big on celebrations from birthdays to graduations and, “all the blessings of life.” The Carmichael’s experiences and contributions definitely serve as a reminder as to why celebrating the bounty of your crops is just as much a part of the harvest process as the hard work. Their work parallels the Fall season, helping us learn that although the long haul can seem drawn out, there is fulfillment in patience and dedication to whatever your crop may be.


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Our Town Celebrates TEN YEARS!


hen we started selling ads during the hottest part of August in 2007, the idea of being here ten years later was only a dream. But through our faith, and God’s grace and provision that dream is now reality.


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It wasn’t always easy, and even through the horrible economic down turn that started in 2008, we persevered and made it through. Because of our Heavenly Father we have been able to always pay our bills and owe nothing. And, because of Him we have many wonderful clients, colleagues, readers, and friends in the Paulding community. These people – the “Our Town Family” - have encouraged and enriched our business and our lives, and we love and respect you more than we can say. Through the pages of all 121 issues of Our Town many stories have been told. The stories of families, groups or individuals on our cover, the story of the wonderful Paulding businesses who chose to honor us with their advertising, and the story of Paulding – a community and government of great people who are dedicated to making Paulding the best place to be. Being part of this amazing community after TEN years is humbling and we thank you for accepting us. Our Town is our testimony of faith to FULLY trust God’s plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” So, it is with praise and through our faith that we look forward to Our Town’s future with you!

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he demand for Pet Halloween costumes has escalated the last few years. You may like to have your dog with you while out trick or treating, so why not dress your buddy in a costume for Halloween and allow him to join in the fun keeping dog Halloween safety in mind, of course. With a properly trained dog, and dog-loving neighbors, it can be an enjoyable evening for the entire family. Some dogs like getting dressed up and the attention they receive but it may be tad stressful for those that are not party animals. Here are some tips to encourage your dog to become accustom to the costume idea: p Do not wait until Halloween night to put your dog’s Halloween costume on. Start a couple of weeks prior. Use treats to motivate him. p Let your best friend sniff around the costume, drape it over him for a minute, give him a treat and praise. Do this a few times. p Do the above on a daily basis, and leave the costume on longer each time. Then put the costume on him, loosely. Repeat what you have done in the instructions above. A minute or so at first and then gradually in longer increments. Accompany this with much praise and treats. p If your best buddy becomes perturbed and upset, and just doesn’t like the idea of being dressed, forget the costume. A simple doggy t-shirt, Halloween collar or bandana may be a better option.

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Dog Halloween Costumes – Safety p The fit should be right - not too tight or constricting. p Avoid impeding the breathing, sight, barking or hearing. p The costume should not result in overheating. p Check for items that may choke or poison your dog if he swallowed them. p A dog should not at any time be left unattended when wearing a costume.- All rubber bands should be removed immediately.

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Safety on Halloween - Inside the Home p Be careful that your pet does not run out the door while you are tending to trick or treaters. p It is a good idea to have a reflector on your dog; it may save him from being hit by a car if he gets loose. p In the event that your dog escapes, make sure he is wearing a collar and ID. p Consider keeping your dog on a leash, crated or in another room while trick or treaters are coming and going. p Candy and wrappers will be everywhere on Halloween but they must be kept away from pets. Give your dog a chew toy or a doggy treat so that he won’t feel left out. Safety on Halloween – Outside p Do not leave your dog outside on Halloween. Every Halloween pets are stolen, tormented, tortured and injured. p If you walk your dog Halloween evening, be vigilant of what he may pick up along the path. p Do have your buddy on a lead while you are trick or treating with the kids and see that he is wearing a collar and ID. p Keep your dog away from jack-o-lanterns. Place lighted candles and pumpkins where they can’t be knocked over by pets. Shopping for Pet Halloween Costumes: If your best friend has the personality and temperament to accompany the kids trick-or-treating, there are a variety of costumes available in pet-friendly sizes. They can be found at local pet stores, as well as the local superstores.

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Apricot Chicken By Melissa M. Cornay


appy Fall Y’all! I’m so excited October is here and Halloween is just around the corner. Some of my fondest memories were the holidays and how special my mom always made them with decorations, fun festivities and interesting food preparations. I remember as a little tyke sitting on the counter and adding ingredients to the mixer as mom and I made birthday cakes from scratch for the lucky recipients. I remember standing on a chair at the stove and helping mom stir the pot of a family favorite for whatever celebration or holiday for which we were cooking.

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When my first niece and mom’s namesake, Sarah Elizabeth or ‘Bett’ as we call her, was born, my mom did the same with her. Little Bett would be right along-side my mom, her Nana, and together they would prepare dishes to delight and amaze. What a cherished bond Bett and I share in getting to cook with and learn from this wonderful blessing, our mother and grandmother. I decided to share this recipe for two reasons. First, because it is Bett’s favorite dish that she and Nana prepared and was always one of my favorites. And second, because in keeping with my mom’s whimsical and clever meal ideas for special events, I believe she would approve of my choice of this bright orange main dish to fill little bellies before heading out for a merry and mischief night of trick or treating.

Bett & Aunt Minnie’s Favorite Apricot Chicken 2 ½ pounds chicken tenders 1 - 10 oz jar apricot preserves 1 - 16 oz bottle Catalina dressing 1 - packet dry onion soup mix Non-stick cooking spray

In a large bowl, mix together the preserves, dressing, and dry soup mix. Add the chicken tenders to the bowl and coat with sauce. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the chicken and sauce into the prepared dish. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated, 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove chicken from oven and place on a serving platter. Pour the remaining sauce from the baking dish into a sauce pot and cook on medium-high until the sauce reduces by half and has thickened to a glaze. Pour the glaze over the chicken on the serving platter and enjoy! Some ideas to serve with your apricot chicken tenders to make your Halloween themed/colored meal complete: spicy, black bean salad, tater tot casserole smothered in cheddar cheese, and devil’s food cake with a rich, dark, fudgy frosting. MELISSA’S (AUNT MINNIE TO BETT) MEASURE: Holidays and celebratory times in our lives are always important days we all look forward to together. But, when we have extraordinary people in our everyday ordinary lives that we share special time with, these days become the most important days of all.


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