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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

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About the Cover: The Henson Family Business Profile: All Things Outdoors Calendar of Events Finance: Investment Lessons from 2020 Faith: Moving Forward after Trying Times Gardening: Poinsettia Care Seasonal: Our Town’s Favorite Christmas Lights Community Spotlight: Helping Hands of Paulding Photographer Bio: G&E Studios Pets: Feeding Birds in the Winter What’s Cookin: Cranberry Fluff Salad Crossword Puzzle

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Calendar of Events CHURCHES, NON-PROFITS, SCHOOLS – SEND US YOUR EVENTS! **Confirm date, time and location w/event coordinator. Full Calendar available at www.OurTownFamily.com Events are listed FREE (Restrictions Apply; See Below) ‘Lights of LIFE’ at Life University in Marietta Now through December 31 – New Year’s Eve Petting zoo, train and pony rides, concessions. Rates and Questions? LIFE.edu ‘Georgia’s Home for the Holidays’ presented by Georgia Symphony Orchestra Live, online holiday performances from single choral or orchestral ensembles. New episodes premiere daily and are available at holidays.georgiasymphony.org, and on the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube pages. 6th Annual Journey to Bethlehem at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church December 4-5; Friday and Saturday 6pm – 9pm, Rain or shine Walk through Bethlehem while the Nativity Story unfolds before your eyes! Free hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting. Special precautions: Mask/Social Distancing/ Reservations required. Visit www.saintvincentdepaulchurch.org/ 28th Annual Christmas Parade Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Paulding December 5; Saturday 1pm in Downtown Dallas (Rain or shine) Bring a chair, comfortable shoes and BIG Smile. Also, there is a canned food drive for Helping Hands of Paulding. Questions? www.pauldingrotary.org “Prevent the Pain” Tennis Challenge presented by Governor’s Towne Club December 6; Sunday 1pm – 6pm $35/per player, includes lunch. Proceeds benefit Prevent the Pain, a nonprofit that supports the unspoken victims brave enough to speak out to prevent the pain of another human being. Questions? https://www.preventhepain.org The Power of Christmas a Contactless Christmas Adventure (2 Weekends) December 11-12 and 18-19; Friday and Saturday 6pm – 9:30pm Drive through and see Santa and his workshop, plus an 8,000 LED magical light display at the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. 770-445-6016 *Pre-purchase tickets are REQUIRED and available at www.PauldingChamber.org

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‘Bring One for the Chipper’ – Recycled Christmas Tree Program (2 Locations) December 26 – January 3; 9am-5pm Monday thru Friday at Paulding Airport January 5, Saturday 9am – 1pm at Home Depot in Hiram VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Paulding - seeks volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. Learn how you can help a child in foster care find a safe, permanent home. Email ddevey@casapaulding. org or call 770-505-0065 casapaulding.org  CAYA Reconciliation Ministries – To show God’s love by reaching out to feed and clothe those who are physically and spiritually in need, welcome the stranger and visit the sick. http://www.cayaministries.com/ Family Alliance of Paulding - Promoting activities that enrich the lives of families by providing community advocacy, education, and vital social services for individual development. https://www.familyallianceofpaulding.org/ Helping Hands of Paulding - Pantry Volunteer, Case Managers, Store Pick-Up, Back-up Truck Driver, Clothing Center Volunteer, Fundraiser Volunteer and Grant Writer. Questions? http://hhpcga.org/ Keep Paulding Beautiful – Help us create a clean environment in which to live, work, and play. www.KeepPauldingBeautiful.org 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. Museum of Flight - To volunteer or visit the museum call 423-228-2FLY Warehouse of Hope - Food Bank. For assistance or questions about how to donate/ volunteer call 770-489-0508 or email Warehouseofhope123@gmail.com **Email events to info@ourtownfamily.com, by the 15th of the month. *Follow sample in calendar; 40 WORDS OR LESS; SPACE IS LIMITED! RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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s the year draws to a close, it’s fair to say that we’ve all learned something about the social, political, physical and environmental forces that have affected everyone. And, in some ways, our lives will be changed, perhaps permanently. But as an investor, what lessons can you learn from 2020? Here are some to consider: • The markets look ahead. Here’s something many investors discovered in 2020: Investment prices don’t always move in the same direction as the overall economy. This might not have seemed apparent right after the COVID-19 pandemic struck in mid-February, as the overall economy and the stock market took big hits. But just about five weeks later, the markets began a rally that lasted several months. During this time, the economy also recovered somewhat, but still remains on weak footing. What can explain this discrepancy between the markets and economic activity? Essentially, economic numbers, such as the unemployment rate and gross domestic product (GDP), reflect what’s happening today, but the markets are always looking toward tomorrow, which means they are anticipating a stronger economic recovery and the results that come with it, such as greater corporate earnings in 2021. No one can say for sure what the future holds, but you can usually know the market’s opinion by its performance. • Opportunities will always exist for investors. Although the coronavirus seems unprecedented, the equity markets have rebounded from many crises before it. From war to global financial meltdowns, the market has seen it all. But even at the height of these events, when the markets might be most affected, individual segments or industries can do well. For example, in the current environment, when many people have been forced to work and shop from home, and get their entertainment online, it’s probably not surprising that some parts of the technology sector have seen their economic activity grow, along with their stock prices. Here’s the key point: Investment opportunities always exist, especially in times of market stress – and smart investors will find them and incorporate them into their portfolios in a way that’s appropriate for their goals and risk tolerance.  • Patience and discipline can pay dividends. As mentioned above, the stock market dropped sharply in the weeks immediately following the pandemic, but then gained steadily for months afterward. Investors who tried to “cut losses” and exited the market likely did so at the wrong time and missed out on the beginning of the upturn. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon – investors who overreact to market declines often find themselves on the investment sidelines just when a new rally begins. Rather than being reactive in this way, you may be better off sticking with a long-term investment strategy, and buying and selling investments only when it makes sense for your situation, such as when you need to diversify your portfolio. For many reasons, it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything exactly like 2020 again. But some of the investment lessons we learned are applicable in every year – so keep them in mind for 2021 and beyond. 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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any times when life takes a dramatic turn, like when COVID hit, you may have initially felt displaced or out-of-sorts. Times of drastic change can cause disorientation, mental/physical fatigue, lowered immune system, sleeplessness, agitation, irritability, and fear. Resisting change, in the beginning, is common because we are creatures of habit, and any changes in our routine can disrupt our order and flow of doing things. 2020 has been such a challenging year, that many have chosen to cope by self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, food, or some other form of escapism. However, there are healthier ways to face the reality of the situation you are in and move forward. Moving forward will be more difficult if you are not dealing with what is causing you to escape.

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Humans have an incredible ability to adapt to change, however, not all people adapt to change quickly. I do not do well with change, and my adaptation time can take a little longer. I am very routine, orderly, and structured (very Type A). Type B personalities are more flexible and can more readily adapt to change. Be mindful that not everyone will immediately like change, and some may even resist it. Most Americans by now have settled into the “new normal.” So how do you move forward after trying times?  1) Taking it one day at a time. Try not to jump ahead and figure out what next; go one step at a time. 2) Keep a routine as much as possible. Make a list of what needs to get accomplished for the day/week. 3) Connect and plug into your power source - Jesus Christ. This cannot be underestimated. Spending daily time with God when you are going through changes can bring great comfort. 4) Realize the uncomfortableness of change will not last. Usually after 21 days, adaptation to your new changes will occur if you do not resist the changes, and you can begin to move forward. If you resist and fight against the changes, it will take longer to adapt to them. 5) Incorporate something you did before the change. This brings a sense of stability you need during major changes. 6) Change brings stress, so take care of your physical body.  Going to bed and getting up at the same time, eating well-balanced, nutritious meals, exercising, and taking a good multi-vitamin. 7) Stay connected to family and friends that encourage and support you. Having someone you can talk with can serve as a buffer against the stress that comes with change, even if it is a Zoom call. 8) Try not to overload your schedule. Keep your load light, as major changes can cause a decrease in energy levels. Rest when possible, and take it easy. 9) Write out or talk about your feelings. You should have a safe place to process what you are feeling so you don’t get stuck. Journaling is a great way to let out all your emotions. 10) Practice gratitude. Every day write out or say out loud at least (5) things that you are thankful for. This will keep you centered on the good in your life, and help you to recognize that not all is bad. 

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he beautiful red and green poinsettia is a familiar site of the holiday season. They are a member of the Euphorbia family and are native to Mexico. The traditional color is red, but they can be found in a variety of colors.

1. New poinsettias need bright, but not direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours. 2. They like a daily temperature of 65-78 degrees, with a cool 60-65 degrees at night. 3. Watering – a moist but not wet soil. Don’t place your pot in standing water, or root rot will kill it, and don’t fertilize the plant while the flowers are blooming.

The large colorful part is not actually the flower, but a “bract.” The bract is a modified leaf structure surrounding a small yellow center. This yellow center is the actual flower. Contrary to popular belief, they are not poisonous to people or plants, but should still be handled with care, as their sap can cause a mild irritation. These plants bloom as the days get shorter, but can be grown outdoors during the summer months.

When the branches begin to age and the blossom petals are falling off you can put them out on an enclosed patio, if the night temperatures are above 55 degrees. Continue watering until late March or early April. At this time you can cut the plant back to about 8”. The plant will sprout new growth and you can begin adding some balanced flower fertilizer. Transplant to a new pot not larger than 3”-4” bigger than the original pot. Using a plant soil mixed with peat moss is a good start. Prune to keep it bushy and compact, then stop in September, keeping the plant moist. Starting around October 1st the plant needs to be kept in darkness for 14 hours each day. You can move the plant to a dark room, or cover it with a large box overnight. October into early December the plant needs 6-8 hours of bright-indirect light, with the evening temperatures around 60-70*F. Flower buds begin to show in November. Maintain the water and fertilizer for the weeks into Christmas to have a beautiful show of blossoms.

I received a lovely Christmas poinsettia last November full of lovely red flowers and leaves almost as big as my hand. Determined to keep this gift around for a while, I went looking for the “care and feeding” of this flower. As a result I have a beautiful poinsettia full of large green leaves just waiting for the opportunity to bring on the cherry, red blossoms. This is what I learned:

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Lights of LIFE – 1269 Barclay Cir, Marietta, GA 30060 Open every day now through New Year’s Eve; All buses $20, all cars/trucks $10. More than just a magical light display! Petting zoo, train and pony rides, concessions. Portwood Family Christmas Lights – 20 Valley Drive, Hiram Now through January 3; 6pm – 10pm Monday through Thursday, and 6pm – 11pm Friday through Sunday. Over 60,000 lights, 12 animated displays, 35 foot Snowman, Inflatables, 40 reindeer and a mailbox for letters to Santa. Find them on Facebook at Portwood Family Christmas Lights. Smoot Family Christmas Lights for Lupus - 3699 Autumn View Drive, Acworth Now through December 31; Sunday - Thursday 6pm – 10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm - 11pm. NEW interactive display and more than 75,000 lights synchronized to over a dozen Holiday songs. Tune to 99.1 and dim your lights. 100% of donations go to The Lupus Foundation, Georgia Chapter. Find them on Facebook at Smoot Family Christmas Lights.

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elping Hands of Paulding County, Inc. is a story of how an idea of Christian generosity became an amazing movement which now helps whole communities. In 1987, five local churches, Dallas First Baptist, Dallas First United Methodist, New Canaan Baptist, New Hope Baptist and Poplar Springs Baptist formed a partnership to battle the effects of poverty and hunger in Paulding. From those humble beginnings, Helping Hands has grown into a dynamic alliance of churches, businesses, civic groups and generous individuals who assist our low to no income neighbors with some specific basic needs. Helping Hands is a 501(c) (3) non-profit Christian organization providing services to thousands of Paulding County residents over the past 33 years and they will continue to unite their community by actively fulfilling God’s plan to support their many needs. Helping Hands also collaborates with other agencies such as DFCS, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank, Georgia Dept of Human Resources, Adult Protective Services and United Way of Metro Atlanta. Other current partners are Walmart, Kroger, Publix, Target, Sprout’s and Panera Bread. Their help is much appreciated, however, due to the growing needs in the community, additional assistance is still needed. Helping Hands recognizes that many people have needs that go beyond food insecurity and hunger; therefore, vouchers are provided for free clothing from their Clothing Center and limited utility assistance to residents who are in crisis and have exhausted all other

What makes this entire operation unique is the fact that all of this is accomplished with volunteers! Fellow Paulding County residents come together Monday through Friday to offer their time and efforts to help their neighbors in need.

resources. If they make a critical utility payment for them it may possibly help them become more self-sufficient by negotiating a payment arrangement they can afford, and the utility company will accept. Additionally, assistance is offered to individuals desiring to complete their high school education through the GED Preparation and Adult Basic Education programs with the Paulding County Adult Education Center. Other resources are provided as needed.

Helping Hand’s Food Pantry is located at 228 West Spring Street, Dallas, GA 30132. They are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The Clothing Center is located at 140 Professional Court, Dallas, GA 30132. (Please call for days of operation.) Your financial donations, small or large are not only needed, but greatly appreciated. If you desire to donate food, they will cheerfully accept it no matter the size. Volunteer Pantry Workers, Drivers, Clothing Center Volunteers and Case Managers are needed, since 90% of their volunteers are sheltering in place for safety reasons. Facial coverings/ masks and social distancing are required at Helping Hands. They follow the CDC guidelines to do their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Regarding food disbursements, Helping Hands holds strict accountability. Due to the pandemic, families in need of assistance may apply for food service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. They will need proof of their Paulding residency such as a lease agreement, mortgage documents or a utility bill along with identification. All families receive the same amount of emergency food regardless of the size of the family because of this unprecedented time which has caused a decrease of incoming donations. Donations are weighed when received and likewise, food given to neighbors is weighed before it leaves the building, ensuring receipts of food disbursements, each day.

They welcome any ideas you may have to help them better serve their neighbors in need. You may help by encouraging participation from your church, school, or place of employment. Finally, yet importantly, Helping Hands and those served by the organization could use your prayers. Feel free to contact the Executive Director, Reva M. Burks at (770) 443-1230 or email at helpinghandsofpc@gmail.com if you are interested in a tour or have questions. Additional information may be found at their website hhpcga.org.

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The Christmas Season is a favorite and busy time of year for the Henson family. They have several Christmas traditions which includes a couple of mischievous little elves (Jolly and Jingle) who will not stay on the shelf, Christmas Eve church services, the reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the poem Annie and Willie’s Prayer by Sophia P. Snow, and a Christmas day full of fun with Jodie and Ashley’s family, which cannot be had unless Asher and Breck wake up their parents before seeing their gifts from Santa.

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ary and Elaine Jones have been married for over ten years. Elaine is a native of Georgia and Gary spent more than 20 years in the Sunshine State before moving to Georgia in 1996.

Ashley and Jodie enjoy family time with their boys. They are members of Dallas First United Methodist Church, and Ashley helps coach Breck’s 12U baseball team at New Hope Ballfield. Also, this is a favorite time of year for the four of them. They love skiing and

Gary has always had a love for photography. In 2011 his lifelong desire for photography started the transition from his construction business of over 30 years into the photography business. Elaine spent over 30 years in the insurance industry, serving her clients by helping them understand their insurance coverage and needs. Together they started Gary and Elaine’s Photography in 2011. In 2016, their creative minds wanted something simpler and rebranded to G & E Studios. Their work has since been featured in several articles and magazines. Gary is a certified photographer, and their business has won several awards. snowboarding as a family. Each winter break, they head to ski slopes in the Rocky Mountains. In fact, they’ve planned a skiing trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming later this season. ***

They both love the full-service studio approach for your family’s portrait needs and are very handson. Through their five-step process, they help plan your session every step of the way. Making people happy is what it is all about, and they both take great pride in pleasing their clients. Their mission is simple. They both want to ensure you have the best portrait experience possible! As a couple and photography team, they are a perfect match! To contact G&E about booking, please visit www.gandestudios.com or email contact@gandestudios.com.

Christmas is a blessed time of year for all of us to remember God’s gift of His son, our Savior Jesus Christ. For some, getting together may be a little different this year, but with God and love all things are possible. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

May you all have a blessed and healthy, Merry Christmas! **Many thanks to Perry Deweese of Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm in Powder Springs. www.sleepyhollowtrees.com

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eeding birds in the winter is very important, and more so nowadays as you may be saving their lives. Every year it is getting harder and harder for birds to find enough food. With the encroachment of new construction their natural habitats are being eliminated and so is their food sources. Even if you are not a bird watcher you can be an important part of helping the ecology of your neighborhood and the surrounding community. In the winter especially if there is a lot of snow cover birds have a very hard time finding enough to eat. You can help these feathered friends by placing a bird feeder or two in your yard or garden. This is a perfect AT HOME project for those who have children. A bird feeder and bag of food cost less than a movie, but for small children you can create an entertainment that is not only educational but will entertain them for hours and hours. Be sure your bird feeder is hung near a window where the children will be able to see it. When it is time to fill the bird feeder make sure you let the children help. If you purchase a book on birds that frequent your area you can use this as a learning experience by looking at the book with your children and reading about the different kinds of birds. Birds are more than just entertaining. They eat insects which help to spread seeds of flowers and shrubs, as well as being part of the natural order. Birds are also an important part of our food chain. Chickens and turkey are raised for food. Their droppings are processed for fertilizer, so they do have a significant economic impact. But why feed them? It is estimated that since Victorian times we have lost hundreds of species and many today are on the verge of extinction. We have a moral obligation to be good stewards of the land. By setting up feeding stations we are helping in this endeavor. While feeding birds in the winter is very important, it is a good idea to provide for them all year. I personally feel we are being a bit selfish when we feed birds since we are receiving so much more than we are giving. The sounds of birds singing on a crisp, clear morning brings a feeling of warmth and well-being. By attracting birds we let ourselves in for hours of entertainment watching as pecking orders are established, or males try to impress the females with their big show of fancy gyrations and struts. Watching as baby birds are taught to fly and fend for themselves. Yes, for a couple of bucks a month we can catch some of the greatest shows on earth right in our own backyards.

Available for Adoption: Hi, my name is Lux! I am coming up on my 4th birthday and weigh 65 pounds. As a puppy, a woman was giving me away outside of a Food Depot. Thankfully, I ended up in the right hands and was adopted through FTTF! Recently, I had to return so that I could be adopted as an only pet. I love eating sticks, going for walks, and BELLY RUBS! I can have quite a bit of energy, but I love to snuggle and sleep just as much as I love to run around. I love people more than anything adults and kids alike. Training commands come easy to me and I won’t let any food be wasted. My foster parents say that I’m an emotionally sensitive girl and love to snuggle if someone is sick or sad. Ideally, I would love a home with no other pets and a private backyard. Could that be your home? All I want for Christmas is a forever family!

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To learn more about Lux, please email us at adopt@friendstotheforlorn.org #Adopt #FTTF #AdoptLux #DogOfTheMonth Hi, I’m VANESSA (DOB: ~08/22/2020), a brown tabby domestic medium hair female! I consider myself to be a princess, and love to be treated as royalty! I spend my days lounging around in rays of sunlight and chasing my kitty roommates VINNY and VIVIAN through our cat tunnel. I like playing with them, but I’m also content to entertain myself with a particularly fascinating hair tie or pen lying on the floor. I care a lot about my image, so I make sure to groom myself several times a day, and sometimes I help VINNY and VIVIAN with their grooming too. It’s hard to maintain all of my gorgeous fluff! I don’t like being handled very much, but I’ll happily give and receive affection on my own terms. I can be cuddly when I’m tired, but otherwise I like doing my own thing!! I would prefer to not be in a home with young children - but wouldn’t mind being around other kitties. I would probably do well as an only pet as I’m a quiet lady and would love to make your castle my ‘fur’ever kingdom!! I am spayed, up-to-date with age-appropriate vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of my adoption. My adoption fee is $125. www.fancyfelinerescue.org email us at FancyFelineResQ@bellsouth.net www.facebook.com/FancyFelineRescue

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his 5-minute side dish, Cranberry Fluff Salad combines seasonal fruits, Cool Whip, and festive marshmallows. It’s perfect for your holiday celebration, and one your friends and family will love!

Ingredients (8 servings)

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2 (20 ounce) cans pineapple tidbits, well drained 1 (14 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce 2 (11 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, well drained ½ cup chopped pecans 2 cups miniature marshmallows 1 (8 ounce) carton Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions 1. In large bowl, combine pineapple, cranberry sauce, oranges, pecans, and marshmallows. Gently fold in Cool Whip 2. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes l Make sure the pineapple and oranges are very well drained before adding to the bowl. Excess fruit juice in your salad will make it a bit watery and not as fluffy! l Gently fold in the Cool Whip, being careful not to stir too hard. You want to keep as much of the air or “fluff” in the Cool Whip as possible, and you don’t want to damage the structure of the fruit in the salad. l If you want the pecans to stay crunchy, add them in just before serving. l The salad is best when served within 1-3 hours of preparation; but it can be made 24 hours in advance.. l

Garnish with extra marshmallows on top! Kids will go crazy for this side dish...

For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/fluffy-cranberry-salad/ Blair Lonergan started ‘The Seasoned Mom’ to simplify mealtime for her family. For more family friendly recipes, including her “Week in Meals,” visit www.theseasonedmom.com. Sign up to have her latest recipes delivered directly to your inbox. Recipes and images belong to TheSeasonedMom.com and are used with permission.

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