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publisher's note Though the first of October has become my family’s standard beach vacation time, July always makes me think of vacations past and reminds me why it’s so important to get away from the day to day with the people you love. I grew up vacationing at Amelia Island Plantation on the northern Atlantic coast of Florida. We tried a few different spots over the years, but Amelia felt like coming home. We would snag the same condo every year, and my aunt and uncle, along with their four children, would meet us there for seven days that always seemed too short. Traditions such as card games, certain kinds of ice cream, and trips to our favorite local eateries were established, with an adult’s night out that was equally exciting for us kids left behind due to the opportunity to order pizza and sneak in an R-rated movie if possible. Night swims and crab hunts, fishing, sand castles, boogie boards, and fireworks were just a few other highlights of those trips that I recall fondly, but some of my favorite moments were when the afternoon thunderstorms would roll in and we were all forced inside. Pillow forts and games of Gin Rummy and Monopoly that went on for hours … those memories rank right along with riding a big wave or finding a shark’s tooth in the sand. I learned how to dive in the pool, watched and helped my younger cousins learn how to swim, and always dreaded the Saturday morning when we had to pack up our things and ride back to Rome. The memories are so vivid I can still put myself there … the smell of salt in the air, the weathered boardwalk scalding my bare feet; it’s the closest thing to time travel I can say I’ve experienced. The only thing I can chalk my vivid recollections up to is the the happiness tethered to them. The place was special, without a doubt, but it was my mom, dad, sister, aunt, uncle, and cousins who made those trips what they were. They spent the time and money to make it happen and went out of their way to make the time we spent there revolve around being together. It’s because of those experiences that I wanted to provide something similar for my kids. We’ve bounced around a bit – from St. George Island to 30A, both offering their own wonders – but my wife and I have tried to pull from the same playbook by making it all about family time and breaking the normal routine. I can only hope my kids look back and remember our trips as fondly as I remember the vacations of my childhood, and I hope that wherever you venture off to this summer, you create a few memories of your own, too.
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et’s start by agreeing that being a bill collector is the worst job in the world, several rungs down from a general telemarketer or hanging from the back of a garbage truck. Bill collectors have been reviled for centuries in literature, all the way back to the Bible. They are still fodder for modern satirists. So why take the job? Cleaning restrooms is beneath you? Is it the lure of a huge commission when you collect the debt and the “guarantees” of success just by following a script? I have a reasonable assumption that everyone who reads this magazine is intelligent and would never consider a job as a bill collector. But just in case you have a distant cousin or a desperate neighbor, allow me to reconstruct a recent phone conversation:
Bill collector: “Mr. Steele, we don’t want to suspend your service.” Mr. Steele (a/k/a Me): “Good. I don’t want you to suspend my service either. Have a nice day.” Bill collector: “But there’s this matter of a past-due balance.” Me: “No, there’s not. I paid you electronically five days ago.” Bill collector: “That’s not what I’m showing.” Me: “Lady, what you’re showing is between you and your boyfriend, and not something that interests me.” (I admit this dialogue would have been more efficient if I weren’t such a smart aleck, but low-wage idiots just bring it out in me. Like a tethered zebra to a lazy lion. Plus, I like to throw them off script.) Bill collector: “If you can’t keep this conversation professional, I will hang up.”
Me: “I didn’t want this conversation in the first place. You called me, and, since you brought up professionalism, may I add that it’s not professional to interrupt working people unless you have a good reason.” Bill collector: “I’m showing that you’re a writer?” (That was when it started feeling creepy.) Me: “Yes.” Bill collector: “Were you writing just now?” Me: “Yes.” Bill collector: “What were you writing?” (That was when I went off on a long, expletive-filled rant that questioned the woman’s honor, education, lineage and possible progeny. Let’s just say that I curse artfully. I ended by saying, “Let me tell you what I’m showing. A f*&#!^*# text message from five days ago that says, ‘Thank you for your payment.”) Bill collector: “I need to speak to my supervisor.” (Long silence. Then …) Bill collector: “Mr. Steele, nevermind.” Me: “That’s OK. Thanks for the material.” Bill collector: “The what?” Me: “Nevermind.” And I hung up, suspending further effort.
After years of attempts in several different spots across the country, a major city – Philadelphia – has approved a tax on sugary drinks. It succeeded there perhaps because the mayor didn’t promote it as a punitive measure against soda makers (which is what the health industry advocates), but as a revenue source (projected $90 million annually). The American Beverage Association immediately said it will take the city to court.
The tax will be levied on distributors, not individual purchases (a sales tax already covers that). But the cost will be passed on to consumers via higher prices, so there will be that additional outcry. I wouldn’t expect this isolated victory for the health industry to signal a trend. First, similar initiatives have failed up until now. Second, I predict the ABA will win the legal battle, early on. Third, in Georgia anyway, there’s the weight of Coca-Cola, which tends to get its way when looking out for its own interests. If we get nothing else from this presidential election year, we have a hot new word on everybody’s lips – “presumptive.” OK, the word itself is not new. But have you ever heard it so many times, daily, before now? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the “presumptive” nominees of their respective political parties because they’ve secured sufficient delegates. I like the word well enough; I’m just sick of its current overuse. Can’t we mix in synonyms like probable or likely? Or is everybody wanting to sound like they went to Harvard instead of Podunk U? The next thing you know, some guy in a bow tie and blue blazer will cruise into a singles bar, pick out the best-looking woman there, and say, “It looks like you’re my presumptive date this evening.” Her reaction will strike a blow for feminists and language purists alike. Dizzy Dean, baseball’s Hall of Fame pitcher and iconic broadcaster, once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it.” Decades later, Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer ever, repeated the same sentiment, but with better grammar.
That was what came to mind at the news of Ali’s death recently. I also remember the fights. Boxing hasn’t been the same since that era. (Side note: Once, when I was young, fit, and foolish, I was at a party while an Ali fight was on TV and I had a couple of beers. The next morning at work, my wrists hurt when I tried to type, and I wondered why. A colleague replied, “You dummy, last night you tried to demonstrate Ali’s punching style on a water heater.”) I also remember Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War, which cost him his heavyweight title. I have great respect for those who fought in Vietnam. Two classmates were killed over there. I have traced my fingers over their names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But Ali’s stance, I think, did more to crystallize the wrongness of that war than the myriad protests on campuses and in the streets across America. Tributes to the Champ poured in from all corners. The best is perhaps the eulogy comedian Billy Crystal delivered at Ali’s funeral. You can find it on YouTube. Ali boasted about his prowess, but he said little about his humanitarian endeavors; he instead just lent his name. I get it that some people still dislike Ali because of his stance on the war and because of his braggadocio. But he always backed it up. VVV
J. Bryant Steele has won awards for business reporting, feature writing and opinion columns, and is based in Rome. *The views expressed in this column are those of the writer, and do not represent the opinions of V3 Magazine.
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bout a year ago, my business moved from a location we had occupied for nearly five years into a new space. While packing up and cleaning, we discovered items we were ready to part ways with. My coworkers and I marveled at how many things we owned and how many things we did not need. Cleaning out while packing up was very cathartic – letting go of old things while preparing for the new. My moving experience was good – a necessary move that improved work flow, allowed for more customer space and more storage space and allowed all “sides” of my business to come together under one roof. It was an exciting time, and while there were challenges, there was tremendous joy. This summer, I’ve helped family and friends move. Their experiences have been much different than my business move. Obviously, it’s personal, so there’s more emotions attached to the change.
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For one family, the move is 1200 miles away from their current home, and the goodbyes are much tougher. While the excitement of a new home is powerful, it does not seem to offset the anxiety and hard work that is involved in moving a family across the country. While helping my family members with their move, I’ve realized just how many things they have to change: doctors, schools, utilities, trash service, car registrations; the list is endless. Not to mention the intangibles like making your friends, meeting your new neighbors, adjusting the time it takes to get to the grocery, changing your morning routine and even your dialect. In the middle of all the changes, a new job is likely part of the move, and creates its own set of scary new opportunities. As I was helping unpack the kitchen goods for my friend, doing my best to set up her kitchen (at her request) in the most efficient manner, I was overwhelmed thinking about all the rooms she would have to unpack – kids rooms, master bedroom, bathrooms, laundry, storage and so on. There were so many decisions to make about how she would plan to use her space every day. So, wow. That’s a lot to deal with for a family. When my family moved to Georgia, it was a culture shock for me and my sister. We were in middle school at the time and already awkward, so new schools, teenage hormones and funny-sounding accents were just more challenges to deal with. Within one school year, however, we knew our family had made the right choice and we’ve been Georgians ever since. Other than a whim to move to some tropical location every so often, I have no desire to ever leave Georgia. The friendliness of the people, the pleasant (sometimes really hot) weather, the mild winters, the ease of finding reputable service professionals all make living here is such a pleasure. I pray my family members find the same contentment while they’re going through all the challenges of the move. I’ve seen another friend just move with her family from Georgia to California. I know she’s experiencing some culture shock. They don’t have any family there, but moved for her husband’s job. She’s expecting a little one, and has a toddler already. My heart broke for her when her parents, who had gone west with the family to help get everyone settled, had to leave to come back east over the weekend. While prayers were said for peaceful travels and easy transitions, the truth is that moving is hard. And the only way to get through all the “stuff ” that goes with moving is to look for the positive. Find the silver linings. When my sister and I moved my parents, who had lived in their home for nearly 20 years, we uncovered dust bunnies who had grown dust bunnies behind furniture, and stuff on top of
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and wonderful – like watching a movie before you’ve read the book. The last family I just helped this summer, a family of seven and soon to be nine, has downsized from a large home to a smaller home while their permanent housing is finalized. Their outlook on their life is totally based on trust – trusting each other to help them through the changes, but also trusting that peace and joy will come to them as the move comes to a close. And getting rid of some clutter along the way wasn’t a bad silver lining either. V VV
Holly Lynch is the owner of The Season Events, a full service catering, event planning and design company located at 300 Glenn Milner Blvd. in Rome. *The views expressed in this column are those of the writer, and do not represent the opinions of V3 Magazine.
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wimmers, take your mark. The crowd shifts forward, standing along the observation deck crammed elbow to elbow as eyes focus on the athletes now perched on their blocks. Along the pool, you can see the muscles of the swimmers tense in anticipation of the sound – ready for the culmination of countless weekly swim meets and the dreaded “one more lap” that pushed them further than even they believed they could go. In fact, they have gone further than most believed they could ever go. They have had to work hard to show society the gifts they possess, but today, they are showing the world just what they are capable of. The buzzer sounds. The swimmers leap from their blocks into the water, each neck and neck as they glide into their first lap. Welcome to Special Olympics Georgia. Atlanta was once again the site of Special Olympics Georgia’s (SOGA) annual Summer Games in May as 2,931 eager athletes, unified partners, and coaches from all over the state converged on Emory University. Also in attendance were 2,562 volunteers and a mass of roaring spectators, all on site to support the Special Olympians as they compete in events like swimming, soccer, long-distance running/walking, flag football, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics and table tennis.
While taking in the festivities – and watching the thousands of people involved in Georgia’s event alone – it is difficult to imagine the organization’s remarkably humble beginnings. In the 1960s, Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics as a day camp for children with intellectual disabilities and hosted it in her backyard. Over the years, it has evolved into what is now the world’s largest sports organization
for those with intellectual disabilities, including more than 4.5 million athletes in over 170 different countries. Today, over 200 million people – representing approximately one to three percent of the entire human race – have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability, which is defined by the Special Olympics as “certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication,
social, and self-care skills.” It is a sad but true fact that many of these special individuals do not receive the social or even medical attention they deserve. So, it is the mission of the Special Olympics to do its part in correcting this social injustice. Georgians can be proud to know that they host one of the largest Special Olympic organizations in the nation. SOGA provides year-round training and competition in a variety of sports for children and adults, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness; demonstrate courage; experience joy; and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Swimmers, pushing their way from one end of the pool to the next. This is a scene I have observed hundreds of times, though it never fails to give me a deep feeling of pride as well as a jolt in the pit of my stomach. Today, as I stand along the side of the pool with a small journal in my hand, I’m watching my brother, Daniel Howard, “freestyle” his way across the pool. On June 23, 1999, Daniel was born prematurely and diagnosed with Down Syndrome, making him one of approximately 400,000 Americans who share this chromosomal anomaly. The day my brother came home, my father took me to our special spot by the creek and told me how
things were going to be different. He was right. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without my brother being the special little man my family and all those around him love. Daniel is, to my family and those that have been lucky enough to take a small part in his life, a true example of what it means to love someone at its most simple definition. Daniel enjoys a multitude of activities, from listening to the best of Elvis and all things rock ‘n’ roll to taking an active role in the small church in our
hometown. Daniel has lived his now 15 years on this earth having never met a stranger, nor has he ever missed an opportunity to give random hugs as we make our way through Walmart. My mother, Mary Margaret Howard, a woman I have come to respect and increasingly admire the more I’m around her, truly knows how much swimming on a team has meant to Daniel. “I started teaching him to swim when he was about 6 years old,” she remembers. “It took quite a while for him to develop good strokes, but it was always evident that he had a natural talent for swimming.” Daniel was fortunate to be able to join Dalton City Sea Dragons, a Special Olympics swim team in Dalton, Ga. My mother loves to share just how much Special Olympics has impacted my brother. “The Special Olympics has benefited Daniel in many ways, giving him a reason to stay physically fit and a sense of independence. It has also helped him to make new friends,” she says. “Everyone needs a goal to work toward and swimming provides this for Daniel.” My mother, more than anyone, knows what truly makes my brother so special. “(Daniel) is excited about life, and has fun wherever he goes,” she says. “He is free of prejudice and greed; others like to be around him because he accepts people as they are … Down Syndrome does not define Daniel; it is simply a part of who he is.” According to Daniel, who took home two silver medals and a bronze at this year’s summer
games, the secret to being a great swimmer is very simple. “You have to work hard,” he says. “I love swimming with my friends … the crowd cheers loud. It feels great to win medals, and that’s it.” Daniel’s story, though completely his own, is just one of the many success stories present at this year’s games. Another member of the Dalton City Sea Dragons, Matt Jones, has also had his share of wins. Now 24, he has been competing in the Special Olympics with the team for many years and has earned his place as first on the team. Like my brother, Jones also knows the value of hard work. “I have gotten better by practicing a lot,” he says. “I have set goals for myself and worked hard to reach them.” This year, Jones and the team celebrated as
he achieved his goal of qualifying for the national games. “I want to travel around the world and compete – and be as good as Michael Phelps!” he says. Jones has quite the entourage, but of all his fans, his mother, Deanne Jones, is by far the most proud of her accomplished athlete. “[I’m] extremely proud – and a bit emotional – to see Matt set goals for himself and succeed,” she says. This is, in fact, one of the primary objectives of the Special Olympics. “[It] truly helps encourage those with intellectual disabilities to not only set goals, but to reach them,” she adds. The Special Olympics gives every special needs child a chance to compete regardless of physical limitations. Through the Special Olympics Unified Sports Program, athletes with a disability can participate alongside what the
“You have to work hard,” he says. “I love swimming with my friends … the crowd cheers loud. It feels great to win medals, and that’s it.” Daniel and Greg Howard
organization calls unified partners. These special volunteers are also athletes, allowed to play and assist where needed within their teams. According to Christy Weir, director of global media and public relations for the Special Olym-
pics, this year marks an all-time high for this program. “Thanks to recent growth and awareness, over 600,000 Special Olympics athletes and over 650,000 of their teammates have registered to participate [this year],” Weir says. This year’s Summer Games marks the second for unified partner Janna Plemons of Dalton, Ga. A 20-year-old early childhood education major at Dalton State College, Plemons has discovered a new passion through her work with the Dalton City Sea Dragons. “[Through] my work with the team, I have gained a passion for the special needs community,” she says. “Seeing athletes gain confidence due to the Special Olympics makes me feel accomplished.” Plemons tells the story of one athlete she worked with during weekly practices. “It was his first year on the team, and … he wasn’t able to perform the front stroke correctly,” she explains. “After hours of practice and hard work, something clicked right before the games and he swam an entire 50 meters without stopping. I almost got him disqualified for yelling!” My family, just like the countless other families and friends making up the crowd at this truly unique sports competition, is blessed. We are blessed to have someone in our lives who constantly reminds us that you can defy the odds that are against you; love the ones around you for exactly who they are; and smile, even when the world may not give you reason. These special athletes are here to compete and to win if they can, but more importantly they are here standing for something much greater than themselves. As is traditionally stated before the start of any Special Olympic games, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” V VV To volunteer for the Special Olympics or to donate, visit www.specialolympics.org.
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very weekday, at about 2:30 p.m., you brace yourself for the same ordeal. Anxiety grips you. When your child walks in the door from school with a few lessons to complete for homework, cliché phrases like “it takes an act of Congress” or “it’s like pulling teeth” don’t even come close to explaining how you may feel. Getting your child to sit still for just five minutes and start their first math problem feels like nothing short of war. And in many ways, it is a war, a war on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For parents of children with ADHD, everyday activities can usher in feelings of helplessness, and not just because your child runs wild or can’t focus. It’s a heavy feeling knowing your child has every ability to excel academically and socially, if only he or she could calm down and pay attention. On the flipside, children who suffer from the disorder often feel trapped, frustrated and like they are always getting into trouble. But the journey to managing ADHD usually starts with a parent’s gut feeling, a note in a school folder, some concerned calls from a teacher and a parent-teacher conference or two. “We have to give serious accolades to his second grade teacher,” says Sandy* of her son, Jon*. “She told us he was a smart boy, but he wouldn’t stay focused throughout the course of the day while he was doing his classwork.” Sandy and her husband were referred via their pediatrician to Harbin Clinic Psychology. It’s within these walls that hundreds of parents and children like Sandy and Jon focus in on the disorder that affects 11 percent of children in the U.S. Breaking it down Dr. Frank Harbin, who has practiced at Harbin Clinic for 26 years, said his young patients are brought in usually because ADHD symptoms have greatly affected at least two major areas of their lives. Dr. Candice Claiborne, another Harbin psychologist, explained some of the warning signs of ADHD. “Whether in the home or in school, parents are having concerns about their child not being focused, not paying attention or listening.” Claiborne explains. “They’re getting up out of their seats, showing hyperactive behavior and making a lot of mistakes when it comes to their schoolwork. They’re having trouble completing their assignments or even starting their assignments.” Harbin says ADHD is mostly genetic. A child of a parent with ADHD is 50 percent more likely to have ADHD as well. However, ADHD can also be developed if a brain injury or head trauma is sustained.
Symptoms of ADHD include impulsive, hyperactive, aggressive or attention-seeking behavior. Inattentiveness, disorganization, being easily sidetracked, throwing tantrums or having difficulty communicating are symptoms as well. Children who have these symptoms must have them for longer than six months, said Harbin, in order for it to be considered ADHD. When diagnosing ADHD, both parents and teachers must fill out a checklist before more extensive testing is performed by psychologists. Dr. Claiborne notes that other stressors such as the birth of a new sibling, a divorce between parents or any other major lifestyle change like moving or changing schools may trigger ADHDlike symptoms. The psychologists at Harbin Clinic work on finding the root issues before treatment. “Is it anxiety? That’s something we are always considering,” Claiborne says. “We look for an overlap of other symptoms. It may even be depression, too, in kids who are showing irritability or any type of aggression.”
“It’s his ability to focus now. You can tell at home, too. Now, when it’s homework time, he’ll sit down, go to it, complete it, and he’s done.” Claiborne added that emotional issues and aggression associated with ADHD are among the issues she addresses in therapy with kids. Many kids become angry and aggressive because they feel as though they are constantly getting into trouble and they can’t comprehend why. “Especially if the child is on medication, what we work on is that emotional control and impulsivity,” she says. “Helping them to stop, think and then act. Coming up with a better problem-solving approach can be really hard on them because despite their best ability; they’re just not meeting everyone else’s expectations. The goal is to help them communicate their needs to others and solicit feedback in a positive way that will be helpful to them.” Alternative Lifestyles After her son *Max grew out of his terrible twos and threes - and fours and fives - and was still acting excessively rambunctious, *Norma knew something was going on with her son beneath the surface. “I was a Pop-Tart mom,” Norma says. “If he would act wild, I would give him a Pop-Tart and tell him to go watch cartoons. I didn’t realize the
food I was giving him was what was contributing to his behavior.” Norma was not comfortable with the thought of putting her son on medication. She discussed this with Dr. Harbin and began her own journey, researching alternative ways to help her son. While she says she wasn’t completely against the medication, she ended up finding a better alternative. Norma stumbled upon a book that changed the lives of her family: “Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies” by Kenneth Brock, M.D. and Cameron Stauth. The book guided her toward alternative routes to handling ADHD, which included completely changing her son’s diet. After cutting down on carbohydrates, cutting out wheat and gluten completely, and limiting sugar, her son’s behavior changed and his symptoms all but disappeared. “Every meal he had was either organic or prepared by me,” she says. “I immediately saw a major difference. It was a huge sacrifice, but I felt compelled to go this route. Afterwards, people would come up to me and tell me I had the most well-behaved, gentlemanly son. I literally cried. No one had ever said that to me before.” However, there were some problems with his attention span. Though Max was infinitely better-behaved, Norma says she would hit a brick wall with her alternative methods when it came to getting her son to focus. That’s where the Harbin Clinic Neurofeedback Training came in. Medicine and Neurofeedback Training Neurofeedback Training or EEG Biofeedback is an alternative, non-pharmaceutical treatment for ADHD. It can be administered to children on medication or for those who aren’t taking medication, and basically reconditions and trains the brain to pay attention. It works by having a technician place sensors on the surface of the child’s head to monitor brain waves on a computer. The sensor wires are run through an amplifier and a video game control. The child plays video games that are controlled by their brain waves. So, if the child is playing a racing game and is paying attention, the car goes fast and stays on track. When the child’s attention wanders, the car slows and veers off the road and may crash. Not only that, but the video game control the child is holding, beeps and vibrates. So, the child, whose attention has bounced around to other things, receives a nudge back to reality. Neurofeedback Training is 40 minutes a session, twice a week for 40 sessions, and costs $2,800 - but the results speak for themselves. Harbin Clinic Psychology also offers a 25 v3 magazine
card’s amazing. It’s his ability to focus now. You can tell at home, too. Now, when it’s homework time, he’ll sit down, go to it, complete it and he’s done.” Whether it’s the amazement of being able to pay attention to a project for hours, receiving a report card with all good marks or finally being in control of their emotions, these groundbreaking ADHD treatments help kids stay focused on the future.
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percent discount for those paying in full before the treatment, saving $700 for a total of $2100. They also offer other payment options for those that can’t afford that much up front. “It’s a considerably bigger investment in time, energy and money to do this,” says Harbin. “It takes three or four months, but we’re getting 80 percent (of patients) who are either on lower doses of medication or off medication completely. When it works, for most people, it’s long term. You don’t need a booster session two years later.” Getting things under control “I felt wild, out of control and unfocused,” recalls Max of the days before his mom changed his diet, and he began Neurofeedback Training. “And when I say out of control, I mean I literally could not control myself.” Max says the change in his diet as well as the EEG Biofeedback were the first stepping stones to helping him focus. “I would not be where I am today without that. It’s done a lot,” he says. “I used to not be able to sit. I used to not be able to read. Now, I can sit down and focus for hours.” Norma’s younger son, Sam*, was also diagnosed with ADHD, but rather than being hyperactive, his disorder was more of an attention and focus issue. Sam is currently in the Neurofeedback Training program at Harbin, and says it’s been helping him a lot, especially with his math lessons. “I have to concentrate to pass the games. That can be hard, but the games are fun,” says Sam. “They’re challenging. There are easy parts, and there are hard parts. I prefer the more challenging ones, because they’ll help me better.” Sandy, whose son Jon is also in Neurofeedback Training, says she didn’t put him on medication, because she and her husband felt it would be like putting a band aid over the real problem. Her son’s 26
improvement at school, she says, is a testament to the effectiveness of Neurofeedback Training. “Since he’s been (in the program), his report
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 706-295-2028 or find Harbin Clinic Psychology on the web at harbinclinic.com. *Names have been changed to protect patients and families.
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the ties that bind The charm of Broad Street and the respect Rome has for art makes this community a great place to screen a flick. text Cecil Disharoon
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rom around the world, they come – film directors, international and regional, each armed with cinematic amazement. Digital footage replaces the reels of old, but together the actors and actresses, scores, and lighting become the stories that make up the Rome International Film Festival, where creative dreams stand out on silver screens. Over the years, RIFF has hosted films that were later distributed by HBO, Miramax and the Starz! Network. It has also been touted as one of the 20 best film festivals for its price of admission by Movie Maker magazine. Each year, roughly 10 times as many films are submitted as screened, but only the best are spotlighted on the three-and-a-half day weekend in September – one RIFF Executive Director Seth Ingram hopes is becoming a source of community pride. “RIFF could become a premiere attraction for its home city one day, like Cannes and Sundance (Park City, Utah) have become,” he says. “Rome could explode into a destination for the film community for festivals.”
This year’s festival will take place Sept. 1518, but organizers have been hard at work since the spring as they prepare for the annual event. “We don’t finalize the program until after the July 17 late [submission] deadline,” says Ingram, who is in his second year with RIFF. “It wraps up your life! “[Throughout the year], I visit other film festivals for noteworthy submissions and talent,” he adds. “A Board of Directors, 25 members strong, plus an extended Advisory Board oversee our screening process, which calls for as many volunteer viewers, or ‘screeners,’ as possible.” Planning for hospitality and the hosting of film makers from around the globe also begins early. Volunteers open their homes for up to a dozen international visitors; four times that many filmmakers and up to 1,500 guests finally converge for the three-day event. “We’ve streamlined the schedule and moved the viewing to just two locations, the DeSoto and the City Auditorium,” says Ingram. “[This] makes the festival feel more organic. It’s all downtown, so guests can walk to all the locations. There v3 magazine
“RIFF could become a premiere attraction for its home city one day, like Cannes and Sundance (Park City, Utah) have become. Rome could explode into a destination for the film community for festivals.”
aren’t that many places ideally suited to film screenings, but since we have use of the classic DeSoto Theatre, we thought we’d make it central.” Founded by Atlanta director and Turner employee Barry Norman, RIFF originated as the 2002 Dahlonega Film Festival. In 2004, then-Rome Area Council for the Arts Executive Director Allen Bell worked with Norman to accommodate the festival in Rome. The DeSoto proved a successful anchor theater in an area with a plenitude of restaurants, shops, hotels and hospitality hosts. “Harry Musselwhite took over as executive director until 2011 and he still has an advisory role,” says Ingram. “He started as program director under Mr. Norman in 2004-2005. Then, Ryan Simmons, with his wife Helen’s involvement, was executive director for the next three years.” 32
The printed word can hardly do Ingram’s exuberance justice; the festival has become a household way of life for his family. “I was visiting my friend, Shea Bentley Griffin. She moved to L.A. in the ’70s. After a few years in the industry, she did the casting of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ and ‘Matlock.’ Shea was instrumental in advising the governor to put together the tax credit [for film production in Georgia],” says Ingram. “Anyway, she and I became friends through the festival. Shea wanted me to take up executive directorship and Randy (Quick) stalked me down at her house. He took two ‘no’s’ before a ‘yes.’” RIFF provides a unique opportunity for Romans to explore creative works from around the globe while socializing with one another and meeting new people. Who hasn’t had a great
discussion after watching a film with friends? And who knows, one or more of RIFF’s featured films may even make it to your list of personal favorites. The work of some fellow Georgians will be among those attempting, with their entry, to become part of our conversations this year. With over five dozen films selected, the September screening festival will create an exciting scene, the air alight with stimulation. April Ingram serves as the administrative coordinator for the festival. “April is the hospitality director, who lines up travel logistics and programming schedules for workshops, bringing us the creators of the films,” says Seth. “It’s incredible how through the process, you feel like you know the people when they arrive after so much communication. The festival’s so personable, in a few days [last year] arose a tight-knit community of friends that went to Atlanta afterwards! “April’s success comes from coordinating the many community volunteers living Between the Rivers, who housed filmmakers personally,” he continues. “From the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, they’re hosted by friends. We have lots of repeat filmmakers as a testament.” Matthew Darraugh, a New Zealand director, enjoyed his RIFF experience so much last year that he left the following message on the festival’s Facebook page. “Great films and music, talented filmmakers, an iconic old theater and one of the warmest
festival crews you could ever hope to meet,” Darraugh says. “It felt like the whole town went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The Rome International Film Festival has a heart of gold. Don’t miss it!” Rome’s hospitality and the excitement surrounding RIFF are worth exploring for anyone who is mildly curious and able to spare a few hours for a memorable experience. The goal of the selections themselves are ever to intrigue film buffs, and the accessibility of the filmmakers throughout the festival creates a unique opportunity for anyone who enjoys cinema. Central screening venues in the vicinity of cafes and shops creates a village-like atmosphere, and most agree that is the one of the strengths of Rome. The late submission deadline is still open. Next month, keep a watchful eye out for the titles you can anticipate seeing in September. “Selections are announced the first of August,”
says Ingram. “We sometimes have to negotiate a licensing fee if (the film’s) picked up a distributor. This happened with, for example, ‘Wildlike,’ a film with a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes ‘Fresh’ score, and presently, a 74 percent MetaCritic Score, which picked up distribution for limited theatrical release. Frank Hall Green, a Georgia native now living in New York, directed ‘Wildlike.’” For aspiring filmmakers who want the chance to be screened at RIFF, Ingram has a suggestion. “For a person who creates animation or comedy, chances are much better,” says Ingram. “This year, they have been very sparse. I keep looking because I hope to find material suited to a general audience. For example, the Boys & Girls Club is bringing over kids for a Saturday morning showing of material they might enjoy. So in that interest, along with whatever’s submitted, I will look at other film festivals to recruit some films, to fill a need for what (we) may not have.”
Georgia’s booming as a place to make films. In addition to the most-watched cable TV episodes in history (“The Walking Dead”), a laundry list of famous films and TV shows have shot scenes in our state. “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” will be filming here soon as well. “RIFF has real potential for growing; it’s a matter of continuing to seek sponsors to turn a festival into a Sundance or Telluride,” says Ingram. “We aspire to have paid full-time people, like the Atlanta Film Festival.” “It’s great to see the networking this event brings”, Ingram continues. “The parties will bring people passionate about film together, amid the playground of a diverse array of films for conversation and inspiration. The festival has grown into more scouting of talent, which is critical to its vitality.
So the process continues. RIFF still needs volunteers to man the theater; also, it’s never too early to sign up screeners and hospitality homes for the next year. Seth Ingram gives an apt metaphor: “There’s a reason there’s so many credits at the end of a film. Just as it takes an army of volunteers to produce a film and it takes an army of volunteers to make a successful film festival." V VV Submissions are best sent, here: filmfreeway.com/festival/RIFF and on the official RIFF website. To volunteer, find information at email@example.com.
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A Living Legacy Formerly fashioned as a temporary stay establishment, Winthrop Senior Living is now the perfect home for the active Roman senior. text Corinna Underwood photos Cameron Flaisch and Derek Bell
has been said that “aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” That may have been exactly the notion that Charles S. Williams Sr. had in mind when he began paving the way for dedicated senior care communities in North Georgia. It was back in 1983 when Charles, then-proprietor of the Ramada Inn Hotel on Rome’s Hwy. 411, recognized a need for senior living options in the area. He decided that he would fulfill that need and set about retrofitting and redesigning the hotel to create lifestyle options for aging adults and their families. The result was Winthrop Court Senior Living: a concept that combines a fulfilling way of living combined with a rich legacy for the Rome community. For the past 30 years, Winthrop Senior
Living has been dedicated to providing a standard of excellence in the senior care industry. The legacy that Charles S. Williams Sr. began is carried on today by his sons, Charles Williams Jr. and Gardner Williams, with their continued commitment to provide excellent care in a safe and stimulating environment for those who live in the Winthrop Senior Living community. Home Without the Hassles Winthrop Court’s unique, apartment-style living gives each resident independence and privacy among the array of services available: no more home repairs, cleaning, laundry utility bills, or landscaping. Shopping and medical appointments are not a problem either. Residents can take a ride with the Winthrop
private bus or van service. Assistance with a servant’s heart; this is the Winthrop Way! Winthrop Court offers a choice of luxury accommodations designed to suit individual taste. These include one-bedroom apartments, interior studios and exterior studios, which open onto the gardens; just like home. Each apartment is serviced with individually controlled heating and air conditioning, an
emergency call system, a smoke alarm, and sprinkler system for safety and comfort. The spacious closets provide plenty of storage room and telephone connections allow easy access to communication with friends and family. Rooms can be individualized with carpeting or hardwood floors and a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave. The atmosphere is ideal for senior living, as it requires very little adjustment from lifestyles prior to Winthrop Court. In fact,
residents are encouraged to continue their favorite pastimes. One of the reasons the gardens at Winthrop are so fruitful is because of the residents’ participation. “A lot of our residents have developed a green thumb over their lifetime and enjoy gardening, and we want to help them continue doing that,” says Shane Rehberg, Winthrop’s marketing manager. One of their recent projects is hay bale gardening. Shane explained that this involves
planting vegetables directly into bales of hay. As the hay begins to decompose, it supplies nutrients to the plants, while making them easily accessible to the senior residents who do not have to bend over low garden beds. The Winthrop hay bale garden is currently producing a hardy crop of succulent tomatoes. Navigating leisurely throughout Winthrop Court is simple with trouble-free features designed to ensure safety and promote mobility. The entire building and grounds are open for residents to enjoy dining, activities, and engaging with neighbors and family. When they’re in the mood for quiet time, residents can enjoy a shady bench in the courtyard, a quiet nook in the library, or the privacy of their own apartment to relax and recharge. Keeping it Social Socialization is an important part of the Winthrop Way and Activities Director Carol Greissinger’s upbeat attitude inspires all the activities at Winthrop Court. “I want our residents to look forward to getting up every day,” she says, and that is reflected in the entertainment, activities, trips and games that residents participate in daily. Winthrop Court is ever-evolving through continued improvements and upgrades. One of the more recent additions is a recreation room, affectionately known as “the garage”
because of the Route 66-themed photographs that line the walls. Residents meet here on a daily basis to participate in a rich tapestry of activities that cater to all tastes. Whether it’s chair yoga, craft projects, Bible study, a singalong with local musicians, or a lively bingo game, there’s always something going on in the garage. Meal times at Winthrop are among the highlights of each day and often something that residents look forward to the most. The dining rooms not only offer tempting, southern-style selections, they create comfortable social spaces. Menus are carefully planned by a registered dietitian and offer a variety of options to satisfy the savviest of taste buds. Each meal provides nutritional balance with heart-healthy menus and delicious treats; this, too, is an integral part of the Winthrop Way. For residents who are in the mood for a retro social setting, there is a 1950s-style ice cream parlor, reminiscent of the days of the family-run sweet spots where people would go for milkshakes, malts and sundaes. Winthrop’s seniors often gather there to eat, play cards or share memories of the good old days. Many a relaxing evening at Winthrop is spent sitting around the fireplace in the elegant great room. Residents are welcome to take a seat at the baby grand piano and share their musical gifts or sit back and listen to a guest play their favorite tunes. Commitment to the Community The staff and residents of Winthrop Court have a strong and vibrant connection with the local community. Nothing reflects this more strongly than the resident group Women of 38
Winthrop (WOW). “They are a welcoming committee and ambassadors for Winthrop,” says Rehberg. The committee is comprised of President Edna Carter, Vice President Edna Battles, Treasurer Shirley Modlin and Secretary Helen Smith, who also takes care of membership. This group of ladies and their team not only act as a welcoming committee to Winthrop Court’s new residents, they work hard to develop fundraising efforts to benefit non-profit organizations throughout the Rome area. Some of their past community accomplishments include raising funds for the local Pregnancy Center and for the renovation of Sunshine House. The WOW team is
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Record: 157-29 with 64 pins and 45 tech falls Winning Percentage: 85% State Rank: 3rd in 6 and under division National Rank: 50th in 6 and under division • 3 Most Outstanding Wrestler Awards for 6 and under • 1 st place finishes at both State Qualifying tournaments •2 nd and 4th place finishes at Georgia State Championship • 1 st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place finishes at National Championship
he sport of wrestling is built for the tactical mind. Size up your opponent, prepare for battle and strike when the moment is right. The goal is to stay one step ahead of your foe in order to put them on the mat while you stay on top. There are no ropes, there are no folding chairs and there is no script. This is the real deal and once the whistle blows, one man stands between you and victory. While many associate the term wrestling with Vince McMahon’s WWE, those who are aware of the true sport most likely think of it as a high school, college and Olympic sport as far as the age groups are concerned. So, to stumble on the story of Spencer Baker would be an eye opener for even a casual fan of the sport. At first glance, you get the typical 6-year-old boy; a curly-haired little goofball with kind of energy you wish you could bottle and sell to the masses. He focuses when he wants to but has the standard attention span of other kids his age. So, getting your point across quickly is important. No one understands that more than his parents, Ben and Samantha Baker, so looking for an outlet for all that energy was of the utmost importance. As fate would have it, Spencer’s older cousin, Isiah, was a wrestler, and his grandparents took him along with them to watch a meet when he was almost 3 years old. It captivated Spencer so much he knew right away that he wanted to give it a shot. “When they brought him home, it was amazing to hear them talk about how much Spencer enjoyed it,” recalls Samantha. “To this day, they will tell you they’ve never seen Spencer sit still for more than five seconds, except at a wrestling tournament. They suggested we give it a try and while he was nervous at first, after a few practices he absolutely loved it.”
The process isn’t as cut and dry as most youth sports, however, so finding a club sanctioned by USA Wrestling (USAW) was the first step. USAW is the governing body for wrestling in the United States and is also the representative to the United States Olympic Committee. This was easy enough since the Bakers reside in Silver Creek, Ga., and the Dragons Wrestling Club that is affiliated with the Pepperell community was a well-established club that Spencer could join. They paid their dues, purchased the team gear and sent Spencer in for his first practice, where waiting for the 5-year old was an 8-year-old opponent. “I was nervous because he was older than me,” says Spencer. “But I won.” Winning became the norm for young Mr. Baker. After a few months of practice, it was tournament season and Spencer didn’t waste any time making a name for himself. At his first tournament, held at Kell High School in Marietta, Ga., he took home first place in the 6U, 40 pounds division, starting a streak of top-four finishes that is still going strong after two complete seasons. From there, wrestling became breakfast, lunch and dinner for the Bakers – shuffling their schedules to make time for the next tournament while attending three team practices a week, with a fourth private lesson to top it off on Sundays. Spencer couldn’t get enough of it, so they made sure he received all the instruction available to him. “Growing up, I never wrestled and really didn’t know much about the sport, to be honest,” says Spencer’s father, Ben Baker. “I looked in on a tryout in high school and thought those guys were too tough and crazy for me,
but I grew up and went to school with guys coaching Spencer and have a lot of respect for them. We were proud of Spencer in the beginning, but we had no idea if it would stick or how good he would be. It was only after a couple of tournaments that those coaches were telling us that we could have something special on our hands in Spencer, and Samantha and I took that to heart. As long as he wants to do this and is having fun with it, he will get all the support we can offer.” That support is not limited to just cheering from the stands. Samantha wanted to be matside for Spencer’s matches, so she applied for a coaching license and went to school to earn her bronze certification, which are required for state qualifiers, state championships, and national championship tournaments. “One of the first things that stood out to us at his first tournament was how loud the environment was,” says Samantha. “There are multiple matches taking place at the same time and everyone is yelling over each other, so being mat-side to support and help Spencer
“Win or lose, he always smiles and shakes the hand of his opponent. That, to me, is a testament to the expectations of the sport of wrestling and to his coaches who hold him to a very high standard.”
focus was extremely important to me.” The Bakers have a competitive nature, but that doesn’t exceed the importance of Spencer’s enjoyment of the sport. Just like his mom and dad, Spencer likes to win, but if his hand isn’t raised after a match, the only action taken is an extension of his hand to congratulate his opponent for a hard-fought victory. “Sportsmanship means everything,” says Ben. “We would be lying if we said we didn’t take pride in Spencer’s win and loss record, but the way he handles himself after losing is much more important to Samantha and me. He doesn’t hang his head; he doesn’t cry. Win or lose, he always smiles and shakes the hand of his opponent. That, to me, is a testament to the expectations of the sport of wrestling and to his coaches who hold him to a very high standard.” By choice, Spencer began wresting in two weight divisions at every tournament, so his own competitive nature is the driving force behind his success on the mat, posting an
Coosa Valley Home Health Care, an Amedisys company, is in the business of helping our patients maintain and improve their quality of life-at home. Home is the place where family, friends and familiar surroundings make patients feel most comfortable - and recover faster. overall record of 157-29 over his short career, with highlights including, but not limited to, second- and fourth-place finishes at state championships; first- , second- , third- , and fourth-place finishes at the national championships; and Most Outstanding Wrestler awards at both the state championships and South Paulding tournaments. He currently ranks third among all 6-year-olds in the State of Georgia and is 50th in the same category nationally. The future is bright for the talented Mr. Baker. For now, Spencer is just enjoying his summer break and taking a short hiatus from the mat to recharge for next season. Burn out percentages are higher amongst wrestlers who start as young as Spencer, so Ben and Samantha are trying to avoid this with breaks from practice and participation in other sports such as soccer and baseball. “From what we know about our son, he thrives when he is on the go,” says Ben. “He loves other sports, but wrestling is just a different animal for him. So, we have to do our part to balance things out and be supportive without pushing too hard and ruining something he loves to do.” Fortunately for mom and dad, that doesn’t seem very likely for a kid that likes winning as much as Spencer. “I like wrestling because it’s fun and I get to put people in head to arm (a signature headlock that he uses to get a pin),” says Spencer. “But my favorite part is the referee raising my hand when I win.” And that’s something that happens often. V VV
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Not running and playing this summer like you should? Call us! We can get you back to health!
Lieberman Family Chiropractic Monday-Wednesday & Friday 10 - 12 & 3 - 6:30 | Thursday closed | Saturday 10 - 12 | Sunday closed
Dr. Brian Lieberman, Dr. Rebecca Lapham
Where YOU RECOVER AFFECTS hOW YOU RECOVER
Kindred’s nationwide network of transitional care hospitals are designed for medically complex patients who require continued care and extended recovery time. We specialize in ventilator weaning and management, complex wound care, short-term rehabilitation, dialysis and IV antibiotic therapy.
304 Turner McCall Boulevard • Rome, Georgia 30165 706.378.6800 • GA TDD/TTY# 800.255.0135 www.kindredrome.com © 2013 Kindred Operating Healthcare, Inc. CSR 176719-02, EOE
Our local Toys for Tots was created by the Marines but is now locally run by the Exchange Club of Rome, which is the Local Coordinating Organization for Floyd and Chattooga Counties.The Rome organization works all year long to provide toys for all the children that are registered. With the money raised, toys are purchased during after Christmas sales as well as store closing sales. That is how, along with much appreciated donated toys, our local Toys for Tots is able to bring Christmas morning to local families.
Donate to Our Local Toys for Tots
ALL YEAR LONG
So if you are planning a family get-together, a company picnic, or a neighborhood party, think about collecting an unwrapped toy or a monetary donation from each participant and help support your local Toys for Tots. For more information on how you can help our local chapter visit: rome-ga.toysfortots.org or email Rometoys@gmail.com
The Dish urlee s Fish House & Oyster Bar
Rome, GA Est. 2012
650 Henderson Dr #403 Cartersville, GA
PH: 770-334-3431 www.johnnymitchells.com Open everyday from 11am-9pm Johnny Mitchell’s has hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood selections and authentic barbecue slow-smoked over cherry and hickory wood. Come experience the fusion of Southern hospitality and fine dining.
406 Broad Street Rome, GA 30161
413 Broad Street Rome, GA 30161
Hours: Mon-Thur: 11:00am- 9 :00pm
Hours: Mon - Sat: 6:00pm-10:00pm 400 Block Bar & Lounge: 4:00pm-1:30am
Sun : 11:30 - 3:00pm Schroeder’s menu includes sandwiches, calzones, soups, salads, potato skins, nachos, wings, and more. And don’t forget our pizza! It’s the best
Whatever you are in the mood for,
in town...and for a sweet treat, try our
you’ll find a homemade meal at our
Cheesecake Calzone! (Draft & Bottled
Smokehouse that will bring you
Beers & Wine also offered) Famous
for: Roast Beef Relief!
www.getjamwiched.com 510 Broad Street Rome, GA 30161
2817 Martha Berry Highway Rome, GA 30165
Hours: Mon -Thu: 11:00am- 10:00pm Fri - Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm Sun: 11:00am-9:00pm
WOW strives to serve the highest quality of food with the freshest ingredients. You will leave saying “WOW! What a Place!” Famous for: Wings and over 17 signature sauces to choose from!
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Jamwich - Serving distinctive sandwiches, salads, and soups. Sandwiches built with the finest ingredients: Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, Zelma’s Blue Ribbon Jams and Jellies, fresh sourdough bread, premium Boars Head thick cut bacon and farm-to-table produce.
Live music each weekend.
La Scala offers both first-rate service and terrific Italian Cuisine in an upscale casual atmosphere. 50% off cafe menu from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
227 Broad Street Rome, Georgia 30161
PH: (706) 204-8173 www.curlees.com Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:00am-9:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:00am-10:00pm Curlee’s offers casual dining, fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, chicken and more! It is located on Broad Street in the center of the city, and it has a family-friendly atmosphere!
Takes Reservations, Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Kids, Take Out, Catering and Waiter Service
595 Riverside Parkway Rome, GA 30161
PH: 706-233-9960 Hours: Sun -Thu: 11:00am-9:00pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00am-10:00pm
Fuddruckers catering can help you feed just about any size group, anytime, anywhere. Our menu will please the most discerning tastes and meet the high standards you require. We know how to make your event spectacular with the WORLD’S GREATEST CATERING.
3401 Martha Berry Hwy Rome, GA 30165
PH: 706-291-1881 Hours: Sun -Thu: 11:00am-10:00pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm Dine in, Take out, or delivery... Authentic Italian is what we do! We have enjoyed great success by providing our guests with a casual, friendly atmosphere and excellent service. In addition to the healthy portions of our food, you will see our entrees range from homemade sandwiches, pizzas and calzones to pastas, chicken, veal and seafood dishes. www.romamiagrill.com
Make it a meal worth remembering. Where to eat in Northwest Georgia. v3 magazine
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