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THE PAULDING AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE

Our Town NOVEMBER 2020

Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope

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About the Cover: A Salute to Veterans Community Spotlight: Museum of Flight/Hearts 4 Heroes Faith: How Will You Be Remembered Calendar of Events Finance: Protection from Long-term Care Costs Gardening: Forcing Amaryllis for Winter Blooms Family Focus: Keeping Your Family Healthy Photographer: April Estes/Reflective Images Photography Pets: Protecting Your Pets Health What’s Cookin: 9 Can Beef Soup Crossword Puzzle

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here is a great sense of pride for our Veterans in our nation and community. The men and women who served America with honor, and an unwavering loyalty deserve a debt of gratitude from each of us. Paulding is home to many distinguished Veterans. Four of them continue in service by volunteering at the new Museum of Flight at the Paulding Airport. These men served our nation with honor, and are now using their experience and expertise to serve our community.

WAIN BATES

Wain Bates enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserve in 1956 while still in high school. After graduation, he went to boot camp at Parris Island, then to advanced infantry training at Camp Lejeune. Upon completion of ITR, Wain returned home and completed the rest of his enlistment while attending Jacksonville State University. He was discharged from the Marines in 1964. In graduate school, Wain joined the Air National Guard and served as an instrumentalist in the 530th Air Force Band. He received an Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and several other service ribbons. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1998. Wain has been married 28 years to his wife Brenda; they share five children and five grandchildren. He has volunteered at the museum for three years. Wain is a member of the Rome Exchange Club and travels with a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, an associate member of the Society of the Honor Guard, a certified NRA firearms instructor and participates in two brass bands.

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Community Spotlight Museum of Flight & the Hearts for Heroes Festival – Saturday, November 14

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he Museum of Flight is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation’s history. Not only do they provide displays, a vast collection of historic flight and military memorabilia and maintain these planes, the museum also donates to the local children’s hospital. To date, the Museum of Flight has donated $25,000 to Children’s Hospital. The museum is also involved with Toys for Tots, regular blood drives, and promoting aviation with flyovers and static displays at various events and air shows around the southeast. The museum was established in the spring of 2010 in Hixon, Tennessee. They first expanded into Rome, Georgia and just recently into Paulding at the Paulding Northwest Georgia Airport. After a two year search, the Museum of Flight is excited to be in Paulding. They were looking for a location that would ensure the museum’s longevity. They now have a brand new museum hanger, with a 40 year land lease at the Paulding Airport location. To say they have BIG plans for this location is an understatement, as they have just completed moving an F14 that is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola to Paulding. One of the best features of the museum is they have planes that actually fly. Outside you will see the military vehicles and aircraft “petting zoo” and inside, the displays of military memorabilia donated from local veterans who served in many different wars and conflicts

from WWII to Operation Enduring Freedom. Veteran Volunteers are onsite to tour you around, and share their knowledge and stories of the military planes and vehicles you’ll see. Four of their volunteers are on our cover. Christine Lewis, Executive Director of the museum says, “The Museum of Flight is a multifaceted organization that provides more than just displays of historic and military memorabilia. It’s a place where our veterans can connect with each other. They’re surrounded with what’s familiar, and they’re able to share their stories with their brothers and museum visitors.” The Museum of Flight currently has about 30 volunteers at the Paulding location, but with all their have planned, they “desperately” need more. If you love aviation and history, and would like volunteer, please contact Christine via email at Director@mofts.org. The Museum of Flight is a great place for families and field trips. They ask for donations: Adults $12.50, Senior Citizens $10, Veterans $7.50, Children age 3-17 $5 and under 2 are free. And, since their “petting zoo” is outside, it’s great for social distancing. The Museum of Flight will have all their planes in their collection on display at the Hearts for Heroes Festival** on November 14! This is a special celebration dedicated to our Veterans, Military, Public Safety and First Responders. The festivities will be at the Paulding Airport, on Saturday, November 14 from 11am to 4pm; and is free to the public. In addition to the Museum of

Flight, there will be a Veterans Motorcade, Car and Bike Show, Live Music, Shopping, Food and more. It will be great outdoor fun for the whole family. The Museum of Flight is located at 730 Airport Parkway, Dallas, Ga 30157. If you would like to set up a tour or field trip, please call 423228-2FLY or email at Director@mofts.org. For more information on the museum visit http://mofts.org/ **Note: Time is subject to change; please call the Paulding Chamber with questions: 770-445-6016.

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Faith

How Will You Be Remembered? By Leonard Granger

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t our church, we recently had a sermon about how men and women of the Bible are remembered. The Biblical leaders of the Old and New Testaments had many challenges with trials and tribulations. When they turned to God in prayer for his guidance and protection, He was there to answer their cries for help. However, if they left God out of their decisions and attempted to find an answer with their limited knowledge, we read where all kinds of great misfortunes and disasters often resulted. It tells us in the Bible as Christians, where the Lord reminds us we have a limited time to serve him and let others see our works. James 4:14-15, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even as a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this.” Or James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Yet if we ask the Lord in prayer for His guidance, before we make a large or small decision, our life here on the earth will be more successful. The Lord is there to answer our prayers and if we praise him daily as his servant; he is pleased and we often see blessings of all kinds showered on us. Remember, those around us watch daily how we live as Christians, and I pray we live a life that is a beacon of light to the lost world. How can we as servants of the Lord remain strong and walk in the footsteps of our gracious and loving, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? The Bible covers every aspect of a Christian life if we only spend time and search out the answers we are looking for. I am reminded of my Air Force service in the missile field, working on airborne missiles carried by the B-52 bomber. It was impossible to remember all the solutions for repair of malfunctions that might happen on the missile, however, we had tech manuals. They told us what to repair and how to do it correctly, so we could keep the missiles protecting our nation. We should use the Bible also to find answers to keep us strong servants of the Lord. Just like our military puts on armor to protect them from our enemies, “The Armor of God,” we read can protect us from the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” In verse 16, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” The devil will attempt to lead us down a wrong road if we let him, but let us be strong and pray and read the Bible daily as it gives us spiritual strength in our personal relationship with the Lord. We pray our life will be remembered as a faithful servant of the Lord and we had the boldness to spread the Gospel to the sinful world. This Veterans Day and each Sunday, let’s give honor and praise to our Lord Jesus as we worship Him in the church of our choice.

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Finance

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ike everyone, you want to remain physically and financially independent throughout your life. But if you lose some of this freedom, the last thing you’d want is to become a burden on your family. How can you keep this from happening?

First of all, you need to be aware of the risk. Someone turning 65 today has almost a 70 percent chance of eventually needing some type of long-term care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you face that 70 percent likelihood. In reality, you have either a zero percent chance of requiring long-term care (you’ll never need it) or a 100 percent chance (you’ll definitely need it). Nonetheless, if you think you’ve got that zero percent chance, you’re taking a gamble – and it could be a big one, because long-term care is expensive. The median annual cost for a private room in a nursing home is over $102,000, according to Genworth, an insurance company. Other long-term care services, such as those provided by a home health care aide, also don’t come cheaply. Furthermore, you can’t count on Medicare paying all these costs – in fact, it would probably only cover a small portion of a nursing home stay and provide limited assistance for home health care. So, if you were financially unprepared for the expense of long-term care, the burden might fall on your loved ones. This could be a big financial challenge, in two ways. First, if a family member had to become your caregiver, this individual might have to abandon a career, or at least substantially reduce their working hours. Not only would this result in a loss of income, but it could also lower the amounts that could be contributed to a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. Second, if your family members couldn’t leave their jobs or cut back on their hours, or they were simply unable to provide the type of long-term care you need, they might be forced to pay for a nursing home stay or home health care worker out of pocket. To avoid these outcomes, you have a couple of options: •  Self-insure – You could conceivably “self-insure” against the costs of long-term care by devoting a portion of your investment portfolio specifically to this purpose. However, if at some point you require admission to a nursing home, it may require a significant commitment of your resources. • Purchase protection – Over the past decade or so, there’s been an increase in the types of long-term care protection vehicles available. These instruments vary widely in cost and in what they cover, but by choosing a protection option, you may greatly lower the financial risk you might face. By consulting with a financial professional, you should be able to find an arrangement that’s appropriate for your situation. Preserving your financial independence and helping protect that of your family should be a key financial goal. And you can make progress toward accomplishing this by recognizing the potential cost of long-term care and taking steps to deal with it. 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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maryllis are popular flowering bulbs which are forced indoors for their large, spectacular blooms during the holiday months in the winter. The colorful flowers help to brighten the gray days of winter. Amaryllis bulbs make great Christmas gifts and can be forced beginning in November for vibrant blooms around Christmas. Amaryllis bulbs can be found in ready-to-plant kits, bulbs at local nurseries and plant and bulb catalogs. When choosing bulbs shop early in the season and choose bulbs that are plump and firm. Amaryllis bulbs produce magnificent trumpet-shaped blooms and are available in a wide range of colors - red, white, yellow, pink, salmon and bicolor. In addition to solid-colored petals, there are many varieties with stripes, contrasting edges -- even double blooms. Single-flowering, double-flowering, and miniature amaryllis cultivars are also available. A single stem will produce 4 flowers, and large bulbs may produce 2 stems.

When planting an amaryllis bulb, select a pot which is approximately 1 to 2 inches wider than the diameter of the bulb. The container may be clay, ceramic, or plastic, but should have drainage holes in the bottom. Plant the bulb in a well-drained potting mix. Place a small amount of the potting mix in the bottom of the pot. Center the bulb in the middle of the pot. Then add additional potting soil, firming it around the roots and bulb. When finished potting, the upper one-half of the bulb should remain above the soil surface. Also, leave about one inch between the soil surface and the pot’s rim. Then water thoroughly and place in a warm (70 to 75°F) location. For pre-planted amaryllis bulb check the container for drainage holes. If the container does not have drainage holes remove the bulb from the pot and drill small holes in the bottom of the container for drainage and replant the bulb. After the initial watering, water just enough to keep the potting mix barely moist. When growth appears, move the plant to a sunny window and water more frequently. During

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Family Focus Keeping Your Family Healthy

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e all know common routines have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes parenting more challenging than ever. This year, preventing illness at home is part of everyone’s focus. A simple runny nose could mean anything from the common cold or allergies to something more serious like the flu or COVID. “Parent’s #1 priority should be keeping their family healthy,” says Dr. Wendy Wright, adult and family nurse practitioner, owner of two family-health clinics and spokesperson for Advil. “In addition to COVID19 concerns, there’s the typical cold and flu season to consider, with these dual threats unlike anything we’ve ever faced before. By being proactive and knowing smart steps to treat illness, you’ll help support your family’s well-being.”

Wright recommends these tips to help keep families healthy: 1. Wash and disinfect daily Whenever you and your family re-enter the home, wash your hands right away with soap and water. Wash hands well for 20 seconds, or about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Washing your hands is one of the easiest, most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.

If soap and water aren’t readily available, the CDC recommends an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You should apply the hand sanitizer gel in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then rub the gel on your hands and between your fingers for 20 seconds until dry. You should also disinfect commonly touched items. For kids attending school, this means wiping down backpacks, lunch boxes inside and out, and folders used to bring paperwork to and from school each day. If done according to directions on the disinfectant, this helps kill germs and can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

2. Monitor and treat a fever This cold and flu season, monitoring and treating fevers are more important than ever to reduce the spread of germs. Readings at or over 100.4 F indicate a fever and may be a sign of underlying illness. Keep family members at home if they have a fever and treat as necessary with Advil to reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pain associated with the common cold or flu. There are different types of Advil that your entire family can use to

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Johnny Shook enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Cortland Alabama on February 19, 1943. He went to Miami for 10 weeks of basic training, then to college training detachment in Raleigh. From there he was stationed at Moody, Napier and Bainbridge and then was sent to Texas where he was assigned to the 29th Gunnery School at Buckingham Field. After 18 weeks, Johnny was assigned to a crew testing the aircraft and the crew for readiness in the South Pacific during World War II.

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pril Estes is a native of Paulding County and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 18 years. They have had an amazing journey thus far and have been blessed with four beautiful children who are the inspiration and the heartbeat of her business. April graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2002 with a BBA in Finance. She spent several years in her career at a local bank until she had her first son. Although she had always had an interest in photography, this is what altered her career path. She became passionate about preserving and capturing every sweet little moment, and the emotions created when looking back at those memories. She began classes at the Showcase School of Photography and officially opened her photography business in 2008.

After his discharge on February 19, 1946, he went on to play in the Dixieland band with Jimmy Dorsey and Johnny Edwards. Later, he was the band instructor for Stevenson High School in Scottsboro Alabama and West Rome High School in Rome Georgia. At 94 years young, Johnny stays busy with his wife Martha and their two children, two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He is sharp as a tack, and has been sharing his knowledge with visitors to the museum for six years.

While currently in her 12th year of her business, she has been blown away with how God has blessed her. The opportunities that her career has unveiled and the many friendships she has developed along the journey, has been an encouragement of God’s provision and plan for her life and 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 wants the opportunity to capture these important milestones so you can cherish them forever. Reflective Images Photography is currently booking sessions for fall, winter and the busy Holiday Season. To contact her, find her on Facebook, visit her site at www. reflectiveimagesphoto.com or email reflectiveimagesphotography@gmail.com   

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Loran Wills joined the US Navy on March 23, 1949. He was 18 when he went to boot camp in San Diego, then to Millington Naval Airbase for 40 weeks of aviation electronics training; from there he went to North Island for advanced radar training. Loran was at Alameda Naval when he volunteered with a group going to Korea. In September of 1951, he joined Task Force 77 of the 7th Fleet with Carrier Air Group 15. In May of 1952, he returned to the states and received two bronze stars for his service during the Korean War. Loran was discharged February 22, 1953. Loran and his wife Peggy have been married 64 years. They have a lot of family in their church and the Paulding Community. Loran is an avid book collector, a Paulding Historian, serves as the Chairman of the Paulding WellStar Hospital Authority, serves on the Paulding WellStar Regional Health Board, an Elder in his church, and a Gideon; in addition, to being one of the newest volunteers at the museum. We appreciate the chance to honor and thank these men for their service to our country, and their continued service in our community. To find out more about the Museum of Flight, see the Community Spotlight on page 6. We also extend our gratitude to all service men and women, and Veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice.

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1) Plan that vet visit. Annual check-ups that include immunizations, physical exams, routine blood work and prescription refills are as important to pet health as they are to human health. Routine wellness visits can also save pet-care dollars in the long run through preventive care and early disease detection. If your pet missed his or her annual check-up last spring, consider getting that visit rescheduled. Most veterinarians offer pet wellness appointments with curbside drop-off and pick-up to help safeguard owners’ health. 2) Get off the couch. Summer’s heat is giving way to cooler temperatures, so resist the temptation to forgo your dog’s evening walk for yet another movie marathon. Not only will outdoor exercise help whittle your pet’s waistline and promote joint health, but getting outside can boost your own caloric burn and mental outlook as well. 3) Don’t “fall” back on parasite prevention. Just because you aren’t slapping mosquitoes like you did in July doesn’t mean you should stop protecting your pets from parasites. The American Heartworm Society recommends giving heartworm preventives - many of which prevent a host of common parasites - to dogs and cats yearround. While heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, it’s nearly impossible to guess when you’ll see the last one in the fall or the first one next spring. Disease-carrying mosquitoes can also survive as temperatures drop by migrating indoors or to protected areas near houses and other buildings.

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Hello! I’m SLOAN (DOB: ~06/25/2020), a female Calico Domestic Shorthair, and I am quite a character (as most of Calico’s are!) My mom, JOYETTE, and I found ourselves at a northeast Georgia animal control facility and they reached out to FFRS to take us into their care. We arrived and are thriving, enjoying the good life (well, as good as can be in a rescue!). I am quite the attention-seeker, curious, loveable, and, of course, just full of kitten antics. If you think you can give me the attention I so deserve and are willing to make me a part of your family, I promise I’ll provide you with years of love, laughter, loyalty, and companionship! I am spayed, upto-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, 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 $125.

4) Rethink your pet’s cool weather wardrobe. Protective wearables make more than a fashion statement for many pets. Arthritic senior dogs, as well as short-haired dogs or lean breeds that chill easily, will be more comfortable if you slip on a cozy fleece coat when clipping on their leash. Just make sure your pup’s garment has a snug vs. a tight fit - and consider coats with reflective fabric if you favor nighttime walks. And if your activities include hunting with your dog, make sure to outfit your four-legged companion with a hunting vest. 5) Hide the holiday treats. Remember certain human treats may be toxic to your pets. Leftover food and bones, can choke or cause digestive problems. Chocolate is hazardous to both dogs and cats, sugar can throw off your pet’s electrolyte balance and certain artificial sweeteners can cause liver failure in dogs. So it’s best to keep the Thanksgiving candy and desserts to yourself, and away from your pets.

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his simple 9 Can Beef Soup tastes like a cross between taco soup, beef chili, and a thick, hearty stew. Make it on the stove top or in a Crock Pot for a satisfying, family-friendly dinner!

Ingredients (16 cups) 1 ½ lbs. ground beef (ground chicken or turkey can be substituted) 1 cup finely-diced onion (I use frozen pre-diced onion for a shortcut) 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes (this is the large size, or you can use two smaller cans) 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes w/green chilies (such as Ro*Tel or Red Gold brands) 2 (15.25 oz) cans corn 1 (16 oz) can pinto beans 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans 2 (15.5 oz) cans black beans 2 (1 oz) packets dry Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix *Optional, for serving: sour cream; sliced green onion; fresh cilantro; grated cheese; tortilla chips; diced avocado Instructions for Stovetop Method: 1. Brown the beef and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off fat and return beef and onion to the pot. 2. Add remaining ingredients to the pot (do NOT drain the cans). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer (covered) for 1-2 hours. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary. 3. Ladle into bowls, add desired toppings, and serve! Instructions for Slow Cooker Method: 1. Brown the beef and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off fat and transfer beef and onion to a slow cooker. 3. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker (do NOT drain the cans). Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary. 3. Ladle into bowls, add desired toppings, and serve! Recipe Notes l No need to add broth, unless you prefer a thinner soup. Then you stir in beef broth or water at the end until it reaches the desired consistency. -The soup is seasoned with the Ranch mix, as well as the zesty green chilies that are packed with the diced tomatoes. Feel free to add any other spices or seasonings you like, such as chili powder, cumin or garlic powder. For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/9-can-beef-soup/ 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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