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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

Our Town SEPTEMBER 2018

Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope

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Contributing Writers: Sudhir R. Belagaje, MD Micaiah Borchers BrandpointContent.com Roberto De Jesus EatingWell.com Ngozi Nwoke Our Town Media Group, Inc. Ivana Pejakovic, BSc, MA Mary Carol Sheffield

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2018 Paulding High School Football

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ur Town celebrates the 10th Annual tribute to one of our favorite times of the year – the Friday Night Lights of High School Football!

The talented players on our cover this month are all outstanding seniors who have been hand chosen by their coaches for this honor. It is a privilege meeting some of the finest young men in our county. Because of their hard work and dedication, they are invaluable members of their team, school and family. We are so proud of each one!

Tyrell Robinson #15 East Paulding High School

Tyrell is the son of Iris and Trevor Robinson. He has played football for 13 years and plays in the positions of Running Back, Wide Receiver and Quarterback for the Raiders. As a senior, he is looking forward to Friday night games with his brothers and competing in the State Championship. Tyrell is also involved in Baseball and LEAD at East Paulding. After graduation, he plans to attend college to earn a degree in Sports Medicine and play football at the collegiate level.

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Dr. Lisa’s goal is to provide the highest individualized care possible.

Kristian is a Defensive End for the Hiram Hornets and has played football for 11 years. He is excited about his senior year, and looking forward to a successful football season and finishing his high school career strong. Upon graduation from Hiram, he plans to attend the University of Louisville to continue his athletic and academic career. Kristian is the son of Emma Bray.

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. Most insurance accepted. Complete info is a click away at

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family focus Parental Involvement: Pay Attention to Your Teen’s School Performance By Ivana Pejakovic, BSc, MA

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y the time kids enter their adolescent year’s parents expect their children to keep track of school work. While it is right to encourage independence by handing the responsibility over to your children, parents at times may feel their parenting work is done with respect to school work.

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During the teen years, kids are still developing mentally and need assistance from parents. They are developing the self-control and positive work habits necessary to succeed in school and in life. As they get older, parents can hand more and more of the responsibility to their teens, however, parental monitoring and supervision is required to ensure the work is getting done and that there are no concerns with progress. The trick is to stay involved while nurturing their independence.

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By keeping track of your teen’s school work, you are not only showing an interest in the school work itself, but also in your child. School is an important and a major part of children’s lives. This is the place where they will develop life skills, such as communication skills, social skills, work ethic, etc. Your attention will vastly improve your child’s school performance and your interest and guidance will have an enormous impact on your child’s attitude towards him/herself and his/her schoolwork, ability to perform, self-esteem, confidence, success and independence. Your attention is their reward.

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Find Out The Deadlines: What are the deadlines for projects, exams, assignments, and other important school work? Write them down in the family calendar. This will allow you to keep up with what is going on in your child’s school work and it will remind you to ask them about their progress.

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Show Interest In The Content: By showing interest in the content you’ll encourage your teen to pay attention to what s/he is learning. You will model an attitude of interest to your teen.

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Follow up on Missed Work during Absences: From time to time your child will be absent from school. Follow up with your teen on the first day back to school to know what they have missed or if they need any help grasping the information since they missed out on the lesson. They will notice and appreciate the extra attention (even if they don’t show it or say they don’t want it).

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Contact Teacher If Necessary: If you are feeling lost with respect to the school work, feel free to contact the teacher and get more information. You’ll be teaching your teen that it is right to ask for help if something is not understood.

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Common Foot and Ankle Injuries in Football Season By Sudhir R. Belagaje, MD, OrthoAtlanta

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ootball season is here! It’s a good time to review a few common injuries involving the foot and ankle that are often seen with football. It is important to understand that due to the nature of the game, none of these injuries are completely preventable, but with proper, timely treatment, time off the field can be minimized. Ankle Sprains Sprained ankles are often a result of a twisting injury to the ankle. Depending on the severity, a sprained ankle can have swelling and bruising like a fracture. A sprain, by definition, is a stretch injury to a ligament, the soft issue structure that stabilizes the ankle. Most sprains heal fine with nonsurgical treatment, but it can take several weeks and some physical therapy to reach maximum improvement. Fractures (broken bones) involving the ankle/foot Like a sprain, fracture injuries also often result from a twisting force to the foot and/ or ankle. However, unlike sprains, the force is directed on the bones which create the break. Including toes, there are nearly 30 different bones in the foot and ankle, so the individual treatment depends on the specific bone(s) that are injured. Depending on the location and severity, the treatment for a fracture in the foot and ankle can vary from protected walking in a cast boot, to a cast, to possible surgery.

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Lisfranc Injury A Lisfranc Injury can occur from a twisting force on the midfoot near the top of the arch that results in tearing of important stabilizing ligaments of bones in this area. Oftentimes, the injury will be accompanied by severe swelling and bruising with inability to put any weight on the foot. These injuries often need surgery for proper healing and restoration of function. Turf Toe Turf Toe is an injury either from overuse or direct excessive force to the big toe that results in tearing of a ligament on the bottom part of the base of the big toe. Typically, a patient experiences pain when walking and running especially when trying to push off the ground. The most common treatment for turf toe is rest and protective taping. Rarely, if pain persists, will it require surgery. It is important to understand that the above list does not cover all the possible football injuries that can occur in the foot and ankle, but rather is meant to review some of the more common injuries that are seen. As with any injury, it is important to see a healthcare professional for evaluation and treatment if symptoms are present after any injury on the field. Sudhir R. Belagaje, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoAtlanta specializing in disorders of the foot and ankle. Dr. Belagaje’s specialties include deformities of the forefoot, total ankle replacement and sports medicine. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion. For more information regarding Dr. Belagaje or to request an appointment please call 770-445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta.com. OrthoAtlanta proudly serves as the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider of the nationally-televised 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, September 1, 2018, held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. OrthoAtlanta physicians are the key medical point of contact for the visiting teams, their coaches and officials while in town for the game.

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Events for the Our Town Calendar are listed FREE (Restrictions Apply*-see pg 22 for instructions) **Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. Please confirm with the event coordinator. For the full Calendar visit OurTownFamily.com

Dallas Farmers Market Every Saturday; 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, Regions Bank Parking Lot Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! Parent’s Night Out – Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10 and Dec 8; Saturday 7pm-11pm Toddler Time every Friday 10am-12pm Terrific Tuesdays every Tuesday 10am-12pm 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Paulding High School Football Fridays now through November 2; 7:30pm East Paulding Raiders - www.EastPauldingFootball.com Hiram Hornets - www.HiramAthletics.com North Paulding Wolfpack - www.NorthPauldingFootball.com Paulding County Patriots - www.PCHSFootball.com South Paulding Spartans - www.SouthPauldingFootball.com Paulding Parks & Recreation Program Registration* Kick off FALL in one of the great programs and classes offered by PCPRD. For class information or to register, visit the parks or go online to https://recreation.paulding. gov. Burnt Hickory: 770-443-7540; Taylor Farm: 770-222-3270; Mt Tabor: 770-5053885 VENDORS NEEDED! for Paulding Fine Arts 2018 Fall Fest Saturday, October 13 from 10am-4pm on Main Street Dallas Visit http://www.pauldingfinearts.org/ for application and information. Open House - Kennesaw Square Dealers September 6; Thursday 7pm – 9pm at Ben Robertson Center (BRC) Learn to Square Dance...it’s easy, fun and great exercise! Couples/Singles welcome. Classes each Thursday evening. BRC located at 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw GA. Information or to Register visit www.squaredealers.com or call 678-757-LTSD. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center September 6; Thursday 11am - 1pm ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register visit www.paulding chamber.org or call 770-445-6016. Paulding Meadows Arts and Crafts Festival - Earl Duncan Park - Dallas September 8 and 9; Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm Arts & Crafts, Food, Entertainment, and More! Advance Tickets available at the Paulding County Extension Office for $2/person. Tickets at the gate $3/person. 3rd Annual Wheel Believers Car, Truck, & More Show at Smyrna UMC September 8; Saturday Registration 9:30a-12p/Judging 12p-2p/Awards 3p Cars, vintage campers, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors welcome. Entry fee is $20. Live music and food vendors. Smyrna UMC, 9199 Buchanan Hwy, Dallas. Questions? Steve Weaver – 770-265-7289 Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) Meeting September 8; Saturday 10:30am, Spring Place Methodist Church - Chatsworth Keynote speaker – Tony Harris- “Surviving and Living in the New Land.” Meetings are free and open to the public. www.gatrailoftears.com 2018 Family Reunion Workshop hosted by Douglasville Visitors Bureau September 8; Saturday 10am-12pm at Hunter Park on Gurley Road To register for this FREE workshop, become a vendor or have questions email Kristen Tate at TateK@douglasvillega.gov Dallas Food Truck Friday Main Street Dallas September 14; Friday 6pm-9pm www.dallasgeorgiama.com Youth Mental Health/First Aid Seminar at Paulding School District Office September 19-20; Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 12:30pm FREE training classes for those working with children that may be experiencing a behavioral health challenge or crisis. Participants MUST be available BOTH days. Register at www.WillowbrookeatTanner.org Events continued on pg 22

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Decluttering

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etting your house in order can be a struggle, especially as we age. Sorting through decades of belongings is often emotional and stressful, as questions and decisions pile up: Is this jewelry valuable? What should I do with all these tools I no longer use? Will this china set have sentimental value to my children? While it can be exhausting, this effort to declutter and simplify can be worthwhile, not only for our homes but also for our health.

The Advantages of Decluttering

Getting rid of things you no longer need or want may have a positive effect on mental health and can also make for a safer environment. It’s a sobering fact that every 12 seconds, according to the CDC, someone over age 64 will fall and end up in the emergency room. Decluttering can help keep paths clear and obstacles to a minimum. A study at Indiana University showed that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. Regular household chores like vacuuming and washing windows can be great physical activity. A tidy home can also mean we’re more likely to invite people over - prompting interactions that can help alleviate feelings of depression and isolation that can accompany aging.

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Take it one room at a time. According to a study by Moen, the most-cluttered areas of a home are the garage, kitchen and home office. The kitchen is a good place to start the decluttering process, because throwing away chipped dishes and expired spices isn’t as taxing as wading through boxes of potentially important paperwork or personal items. Take everything out of the fridge and cupboards and spread it all out on a counter or table so it’s easy to review. Give shelves a good wipe-down and restock them with the necessities, putting go-to things within easy reach, and donating or storing appliances and dishes that are used less often. Once you feel good about your progress in the kitchen, move on to tackle the garage, office and other spaces where belongings tend to pile up. Like closets!

Keep only what you wear the most. Pick a handful of favorite outfits for everyday wear, social outings and special occasions, seasonal wear and wardrobe staples, and donate the rest. If it’s hard to part with handmade or other sentimental items, consider finding creative ways to remember them, such as making a memory quilt of old T-shirts or photographing special items for an album and then letting them go.

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Stop the build-up before it begins. Keep a recycling bin handy for unwanted credit card offers and coupon packs before they enter the house, and unsubscribe from magazines and newspapers if they pile up unread. Eco-Cycle has some tips to cull the tide of junk mail, and mobile apps like Evernote can help collect and digitize recipes, warranties, instruction manuals and memorabilia to clear away more piles of paper.

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If you’re over the age of 35 and suffer from the following.... • Sciatica • Neck Pain • Disc Herniations • Lower Back Pain • Radiating Hip Pain • Numbness in the Legs & Feet

....there may be hope. Now a local doctor has what may be the most important treatment in helping these conditions. Finally, there’s a treatment to conquer back and leg pain without dangerous medications or painful surgery. Nothing is worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because you hurt and the pain won’t go away! Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in awhile I even catch a patient sleeping during sessions. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be.....

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Call today and for ONLY $20 we can get you scheduled for a consultation as soon as there is an opening. When you call, tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Back Pain and Sciatica Evaluation so we can record the date and give you proper credit for this special offer. But remember this special offer is only good until Sept. 14, 2018.

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Before I came to North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute I had lower back pain, pinched nerves, and shooting pain down my leg. Decompression therapy has decreased my pain to none at all. I have improved 100% since before I started care. I can do house work, walk long walks, and take care of my family. My home life is better because I am not Ill anymore. I would recommend this office to anyone that asked, the doctors and staff are nice and quick to help. Thanks, Nancy Noland Dr. Amy Valente, D.C., DNM

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

Time to Put Excess Cash to Work?

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ou’ll always want to base your investment decisions on your own needs and goals. But there may be times when you might consider adjusting your portfolio because of risks and opportunities. Now may be one of those times.      

Here’s some background: In recent months, the Federal Reserve has raised short-term interest rates several times, and given its generally favorable outlook on the economy, it has indicated it may continue bumping up interest rates gradually over the next year or so. The Fed doesn’t control long-term interest rates, but these rates often follow the lead of short-term movements. However, longer-term rates haven’t yet risen as much as shorter-term ones, which means the difference between short- and long-term rates is relatively small, historically speaking. This doesn’t mean you should make drastic changes to your portfolio. You still need to stick with the asset allocation that’s suitable for your situation, which typically involves owning a certain percentage of growth-oriented vehicles, such as stocks, and a certain percentage of

fixed-income securities, such as bonds. However, if you do have space in the fixed-income part of your portfolio, you may find the higher interest rates offered by shortterm bonds and certificates of deposit (CDs) to be attractive. To take advantage of this opportunity, though, you will need to have the cash available to invest.

so on. Also, you may want to set aside enough cash for a goal you want to reach in the next year or so, such as a vacation.

Some people hold too much in cash, waiting for interest rates to rise, or as protection against the risk of a market decline. But holding excess cash involves its own risk – the risk of not investing. So, if you have your cash needs covered, you may want to consider investing any excess cash. 

And keep in mind that regardless of where interest rates are going, bonds and other fixed-income investments can offer some key benefits to investors. In addition to providing a source of regular income, these types of investments can help reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio. While bonds can, and will, fluctuate in value, they typically can provide more stability to your portfolio and tend to behave differently than stocks over time.    

But if you have taken care of all these needs and you still have excess cash, you may want to consider putting this cash to work, possibly by investing in short-term fixed-income vehicles now being issued at higher interest rates.

After years of historical lows, shorter-term rates now have risen to levels that are more attractive to investors. Take the time to review your situation, perhaps with the help of a financial professional, to determine if taking advantage of these rates may be appropriate for you. 

To determine if you are holding excess cash, you’ll need to review your entire cash situation. For example, do you have enough cash, or cash equivalents, to create an emergency fund of three to six months’ worth of living expenses? This fund can be vital in helping you pay for things like a major car repair or an unexpected medical bill without dipping in to your long-term investments. And, of course, you need enough liquidity to provide for your lifestyle, including your regular spending needs – your mortgage, utilities, groceries and

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re you faced with a challenge that you don’t know how to solve? Every problem has a solution and every question has an answer. Your creator has envisaged every challenge that you will ever have in life and has written out the solutions to them in His manual called the Bible. Therefore, it is left for you to search the manual for the solutions to the challenge. This article emphasizes the need to go for light in God’s word that will help you overcome the challenges in your life. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path - Psalms 119:105 (NKJV)

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it - John 1:5 (NKJV) Every challenge or problem in your life is darkness and will be destroyed by light any time, any day and anywhere. Darkness can never stop light from overcoming it.

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Any time you shine light in darkness, it always gives way to the light (John 1:5). The brighter the light the further darkness gives way to light. Darkness can only bow to light, not to your crying, shouting, murmuring or complaining.

Light shows you where to put your feet and shows you what your path looks like (Psalm 119:105), thereby helping you to make the right decisions concerning the path before you. It informs you on whether to continue on that path or not, and if you are to continue the places to step on. Light helps you not to stumble on the way (Proverbs 3:23) and helps you to see the details you wouldn’t see without it. It also shows you the things on your way that will help you tackle the problems that you meet there. The word of God is light that has the capacity to scatter any darkness in your life. The light you need to overcome

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that challenge in your life is in the word of God. You only need to search it out, it is there! Mike Murdock said that every problem in life is wisdom problem, as such all you need is the wisdom for that challenge you are faced with now. The word of God is a bank of wisdom seeds. Locate the wisdom seeds you need, apply it to that darkness and the light in the wisdom seeds will overcome the darkness and you will be free (Proverbs 4:10-12). The word of God does not only light up your path, it also lights you. When the word of God goes into you, it lights you up (Isaiah 9:8). Therefore, the more of God’s word that is in you, the brighter you shine and the brighter your path (Proverbs 4:18). This also means that darkness will be far from you, and will start encroaching again when your light starts to get dim. In conclusion, light is master to darkness any time. Therefore, go for light; let it light you and your path up, and your life will be full of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).   Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor and author. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God’s love and Christian living for a more fulfilling life. Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com. Source: www.faithwriters.com-CHRISTIANWRITERS

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f there’s one thing fans look forward to more than the game itself it’s tailgating. This pregame ritual is essential, but it can also involve a lot of planning and organization. This season, if you’re looking for less stress and more fun at your tailgate, it’s time to bring in a fresh playbook. With a few smart hacks, you can streamline your tailgating experience to earn rave reviews without breaking a sweat. To be tailgate MVP, consider these winning plays: 1st play: Know the rules Every tailgate location has rules. Know what’s allowed so you’re not caught off guard. Info on food, drink, music, even electronics and generators is available on stadium websites. 2nd play: Plan the menu Create a burger-building extravaganza with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ new Gourmet Burger Bar. The hassle-free burger bar is complete with 10 (or more) individually wrapped and made-to-order beef, turkey, chicken breast and veggie burgers, Yukon kettle chips, fresh toppings and signature condiments to create customized burgers to everyone’s tastes. To order, call your local Red Robin restaurant or visit www.redrobin.com/catering. 3rd: Hydrate Just like your team needs stamina to win, you’ll need it to last an entire day of tailgating. In addition to your favorite drinks, freeze water bottles to use as ice. As they melt, you’re left with chilled water to stay hydrated. 4th play: Keep organized When your team is flustered, it can cost them the game. Similarly, when you’re disorganized, it can cause your tailgate to fumble. Pack essentials like bottle openers, sunscreen, duct tape, permanent markers and first-aid supplies in a toolbox or craft container. 5th play: Magnets are magical Heavy-duty or industrial magnets are a lifesaver when surface area is scarce. Stock up so you can adhere banners and garbage bags to your car or nearby light posts. 6th play: Stand out Your tailgate buddies will have a tough time finding you in a sea of vehicles. To stand out, go high. Fly a flag or inflate helium balloons with long strings to help direct friends to your location. 7th play: Stay connected The modern tailgater needs to stay connected. Bring a car phone charger so you don’t drain your battery checking the out-of-town scoreboard. Bring multiple extension cords to keep your entire crew charged up. 8th play: Game on As you get closer to kickoff, why not have some friendly competition of your own? Classic tailgate games like cornhole, ring toss and ladder ball will get everyone in the mood to cheer their favorite team to victory. 9th play: Keep clean To make sure a win is the only thing you bring home from the stadium, create a portable hand-washing station. Fill an empty laundry detergent dispenser with water, place a bottle of hand soap beside it and hang paper towels with a bungee cord. You’ll keep hands clean for cheering and keep cold and flu bugs at bay. 10th play: Pack the night before If you’re packing in the morning, you’re wasting valuable time while someone else is taking the best tailgating spot. Pack as much as you can the evening prior, leaving only last-minute essentials for game day. (BPT)

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Paulding Celebrity Classic at New Georgia Ballpark September 21; Friday 6pm/First Pitch 7pm Alternative Baseball Organization, a program for teens & adults with autism and special needs vs. Paulding County Celebrities. Park located 5885 Villa Rica Hwy., Dallas. Free with donation. Players listed at www.alternativebaseball.org National Hunting and Fishing Day September 22; Saturday Enjoy FREE fishing on any public waters in the state AND FREE scheduled events at designated parks: https://georgiawildlife.com/get-involved/nhfday Georgia Classic Rides “Block Parties”* - Watson Government Complex September 22; 4th Saturday of the month; 4pm - 9pm Beautiful cars and family fun! www.georgiaclassicrides.com

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7th Annual Poker Run & Benefit Concert for Aiden’s Army September 29; Saturday Registration 9am-11am/Ride 11:30am/Concert 5pm Motorcycle Poker Run - $25; 50/50 Raffle; Silent Auction all benefitting the Aiden Marley Hughes Foundation. Start at Harley Davidson of Atlanta in Lithia Springs. Concert hosted by Dixie Tavern, Marietta. Questions? www.AidensArmy.org Dallas “Block Party” and LIVE Concert Pyromania & Pandora’s Box September 29; Saturday 5pm – 10pm Concert Tickets $10 www.dallasgaconcerts.com

Join us in HOTlanta for a private Backyard BBQ with the Q’s Pool Party plus Breakfast with the Actors, and much more! For details go to www.campdreamga.org/events/2018/10/6/soaps-in-the-south or contact Lisa Lynch at 770-634-0620

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Keep Paulding Beautiful You can help Keep Paulding Beautiful create a clean and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play. To volunteer call 770-443-0119. ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Book Writers Critique Group Every Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:30pm at Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy. Dallas, Georgia. Questions? writers_music@att.net or 678-414-6146 (leave a message) Dallas Rotary Club at Audrey’s Café* Every Thursday; 7:30am networking, 8am meeting Questions? 770-439-7991 Grief Share Support Group at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church* Classes offered every few weeks. Contact them for dates and time.678-435-5951 Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry* Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes. Questions? 678-310-9660. Major credit cards accepted. 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132. Paulding County Beekeepers Club* 2nd Monday 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 Paulding County Writers’ Guild Meeting* 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm Call 770-943-0571 or check www.pcwgga.org/calendar for meeting info. 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 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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Need a Great Tree for Fall Color?

By Mary Carol Sheffield o you want a beautiful shade tree in your yard to give you fall color? There are many options for shade trees that provide magnificent fall color. Just look around Paulding County and you’ll see plenty of beautiful trees glowing with red, yellow and orange this fall.

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Maples can steal the show in the fall. I have seen some fantastic maples in Paulding County neighborhoods. A client once told me that each fall parents will bring their kids by her yard to take pictures underneath her sugar maple. Check out the red maple cultivar, ‘October Glory” or the sugar maple cultivar, ‘Bonfire’.

Some of my favorite trees for fall color are the tulip poplar, Chinese pistache, dogwood, maple and gingko. This is just a short list, but it gives you a place to start.

Ginkgo trees have a unique leaf shape and are a striking yellow in the fall. One word of warning about ginkgo. The female trees produce fruit that has an undesirable odor, so verify with the nursery that you are purchasing a male tree.

Tulip poplars have brilliant yellow foliage in the fall, but their mature size can be 60-80 feet tall. Make sure that you plant it in an area where it can grow.

Sugar Maple Photo Credit: Joseph O’Brien, USDA Forest Service

Chinese pistache have striking colors and a beautiful rounded shape. Their leaves change color and drop quickly, so their color doesn’t last as long as some others, but they are one of my favorites. Dogwoods have beautiful flowers in the spring and deep red leaves in the fall. When the sun shines through on a crisp fall day, the tree almost glows. They prefer light shade, so don’t plant them in full sun.

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Soil Prep You have heard this from me several times before, but it can’t be overstated…SOIL TEST! Proper soil pH and fertility is extremely important! Soil samples are only $9.00 and you can find details and instructions at ugaextension.org/paulding. If you pay good money for a tree that you plant in poor soil, then you’re wasting your time and money. Proper planting Follow proper planting times and planting methods and you will enjoy your tree for years to come. Early to late fall is the optimal planting time for planting container grown trees and late fall is best for ball and burlap trees. You’ll want to wait until late winter to plant bare root trees. For more information about planting trees, contact the UGA Cooperative Extension in Paulding County at 770-443-7616 and ask for the publications, “Shade Trees for Georgia” or “Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines.”

Whichever tree you choose for your landscape, there are several things you should consider before making your final selection.

If you see a tree that you like but cannot identify it, you can always email a picture of it to the Extension office for identification. Make sure you get a picture of the entire tree, a close up of the leaves and a picture of the trunk. Tell us where the picture was taken. Email it to uge2223@uga.edu.

Planting Site Always remember, right plant, right place. Decide where you will plant your tree and then consider its mature size. Don’t plant a tree two feet from your home that has a mature size of sixty feet. No matter how beautiful the tree, you will not be happy when the root system begins to damage your foundation or when its limbs begin to scrape against your home.

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Ross Malmgren #5 North Paulding High School

Ross has played football for 12 years and is the Quarterback for the Wolfpack. His parents are Sheri and Ross Malmgren. He is looking forward to leading his team every Friday and “making the most of every moment of my last high school football season.” At North, he also plays golf, is a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Program, and he enjoys volunteering and coaching at youth football camps. After graduation, Ross plans to play D1 football and get a college degree in Business or Sports Management.

Ja’on Walker #54

Paulding County High School Ja’on is the son of Tonya and John Walker. He has played football for eight years and is a Right Tackle and Defensive Tackle for the Patriot Nation. He is looking forward to finishing out his senior football season strong with his teammates. Ja’on is also involved in Beta Club and National Honors Society at PCHS. Although he is currently undecided on which college to attend, he plans on pursuing a degree in Software Engineering after his graduation.

Austin Ruben #2

South Paulding High School Austin has played football since he was five years old, and is a Running Back, Linebacker, and Defensive End for the Spartans. He is the son of Monde Ruben and Christopher Ruben. This football season he is looking forward to “giving my all every Friday night and leading my team to a winning season.” Also, he plays basketball at SPHS and is a mentor for students at Dugan Elementary. Austin anticipates graduating and going to college where he plans to play college football and major in Sports and Medicine.

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hances are if you live in a rural or even suburban environment, you live close to feral cats - skittish, roughened wild cats that may look like they need some human help, only to run away when approached. These cats aren’t tame and in no way willing to be a house cat and are perfectly capable of living outside on their own, whether it damages some of the ecosystems or not.

Hi there! I’m MIA (DOB ~06/10/2010), a frontpaw declawed, brown tabby and white female Persian. Because of my owner’s recent declining health, I found myself at Fancy Feline Rescue of the South. My start there was a bit terrifying, and it has taken me a while to settle in and learn to trust my caregivers at FFRS. All is good now, and I am ready to find my new ‘purr’fect home. I can be a bit cantankerous at times, but read the signs I give you and you’ll know when I’m done with the attention you are giving me. I lived with a Goldendoodle, don’t mind being around children, but I’m not so sure about other cats. If you will give me a chance to get settled into a new home, I promise I’ll give you years of love, loyalty, and companionship. I am spayed, upto-date with vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, am microchipped, and will be eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of my adoption. My adoption fee is $150.

If you find yourself surrounded by these untamed creatures, you have several options. One, you could leave them be and claim they are simply not your problem. This is a favored option for many but by no means a good one. There are over 70 million feral cats in the U.S.A. alone and scientists rightly blame the extinction of thirty-three species of bird on that huge number of cats: cats that hunt, kill and eat all sorts of birds, reptiles and rodents. This overpopulation could quickly lead to the extinction of other birds and maybe even some prey mammals. Plus, who wants the reek of a feral cat spraying its territory underneath and around their carport? Yuck.

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The second option would be to start feeding them. This is a better choice, but still not ideal as your third option, which we’ll discuss in a moment. Feeding these cats at set times during the mornings or evenings and putting out a homemade shelter for them is a good idea - cats that aren’t hungry will pounce half-heartedly and are far more likely to end up empty-pawed after the hunt. But this also leads to several other problems: spreading diseases and overpopulation. Diseases like toxoplasmosis, parasites, and rabies can spread through a bite or scratch when a neighborhood pet mingles with a feral. In turn, diseases can be spread to the unsuspecting owners when they’re animal interacts with them. The illnesses can cause death in some occasions, and grief follows after an animal’s death due to the sicknesses. This means that the disease could be spread to your outdoor cats and possibly to you and your family!

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Along with this, cats are like rabbits when it comes to reproducing and if none of the cats are sterilized, there will be kittens. This adds to the population, increasing the risk factor of all the previously mentioned points. As the cats’ caretaker, you’d also have to increase the food you put out for the animals daily because of the extra mouths to feed. You’d also be given the task of taming and adopting out the kittens - and only given a certain window of time to do this. The last option is Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R). This involved trapping the cats using humane, catch-and-release traps before getting them sterilized and releasing them again. This eliminates almost all of the issues with having feral cats around your yard. Now that there are neutered, they won’t be having any more kittens, they’ll be vaccinated and dewormed so they won’t spread parasites or diseases, and they won’t feel the urge to spray their territory as much.

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Grilled Fennel-Rubbed Pork Chops & Apricots By Breana Lai, EatingWell Test Kitchen Manager

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oasting and grinding your own spices for a flavorful rub is the quickest, easiest way to build surefire flavor in this easy pork chop recipe. Serve with a simple tossed salad and some roasted sweet potatoes to round out the meal.” Ingredients 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground pepper 4 thin-cut bone-in pork chops (about 1½ pounds total) 8 firm ripe apricots or 4 nectarines, halved and pitted ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint Directions 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Toast coriander and fennel seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Coarsely grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Coat both sides of pork chops with the mixture. 3. Oil the grill rack. Grill the pork chops until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part without touching bone registers 145°F, 2 to 3 minutes per side. 4. Grill apricots (or nectarines) on the coolest part of the grill, turning occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes total. 5. Transfer the pork chops and fruit to a serving dish and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve topped with feta and mint. © Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. EatingWell magazine and EatingWell.com.

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