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MABLETON DAY ARRIVES MAY 18 WITH 5K RACE, CLASSIC CARS, MUSIC AND FUN It’s almost the end of the School Year and the 8th Annual Mableton Day Celebration is coming up on May 18 to celebrate. The event at the Mable House Complex marks the coming of Summer with food, fun, crafts and even a 5K race. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K race sponsored by Wellstar, followed by a Kids’ Fun Run sponsored by Cobb & Douglas Public Health/We Can! There will also be jumpies, Kids’ Corner, sponsored by Primrose School at Providence Pavilion, entertainment, food, a classic car show, historic Mable House tours and the vendor area.
Musical entertainment includes the Uhe Mixx band, Mr. Phillips, the Wallah African Drum and Dance ministry, Uni, Douglas Cameron, the last American crooner; and Kinetix. This year, the Kids’ Corner will have a petting zoo. Health and wellness activities for folks of all ages are sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and AARP. This year’s Mableton Day Old School Car Show, the fifth annual, will be “People’s Choice”. Attendee’s at the Mableton Day celebration will make their selection of the top three cars in the show. The Car
Show is limited to 75 show cars on a first registered bases. There is a $20 registration fee to enter the contest. You can enter online or on show day if space is available. Show area will open at 8 a.m. All show cars must be parked by 9:30 a.m. Awards ceremony will be at 1:45 p.m. Parking, admission and historic Mable House tours are free. There will be a charge for race registration, jumpies, and food and refreshments. The day concludes at 2 p.m. except for historic Mable House tours, which will be available until 4 p.m. Come back that evening for the first Candlelite Concert of the
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The City of Smyrna will observe Memorial Day with traditional ceremonies on Monday, May 27. The Memorial Service, honoring the brave American men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice as they served in our country’s armed forces, will be held at Smyrna’s Veterans Memorial Park on King Street across Bank Street from Smyrna City Hall. Public seating will begin at 9 a.m. assisted by ROTC cadets from Campbell High School, and the formal ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The Memorial Ceremony will include the presentation of the colors and rifle salute and laying of the Memorial Wreaths, and distinguished guest speakers. Music for the ceremony will be provided by the 116th Army Band, Georgia Army National Guard. Program speakers will be SFC Mike Schlitz, a Wounded Warrior, and Rabbi Jeffery Feinstein, a former Chaplain. This ceremony is open to all and is free. Free parking at Library, Community Center and near Smyrna’s City Hall.
2013 season. Milkshake Mayfield returns to play smooth jazz and gospel music. General and lawn area seating will be free and tables down in front will be available for a nominal charge. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 8 p.m. The purpose of Mableton Day is to “raise community awareness and instill community pride in residents and businesses in Mableton and surrounding South Cobb area,” according to orhanizer Albert McRae. For more information about Mableton Day 2013, its sponsors and 5K Race registration, click www.mableton5k.com.
MABLETON ELEMENTARY DEDICATED
Parents, students, staff and community members gathered April 21 to mark the dedication of Mableton Elementary. Principal Kym Eisgruber welcomed the crowd and the Mableton Chorus, led by Lydia Grant, performed the school’s new song, “The Mableton Promise.” The Mableton Elementary building replaced the former school that existed on the same site from 1952 to spring 2012. One of the many capital projects funded by SPLOST III, the new Mableton Elementary is a state-of-theart, contemporary school facility that nearly doubled the capacity of the previous building. At left, Kate Keib, Nathaniel Riley and Dennis Pierre chat about the new Mableton Foundation. Below, school and community leaders, including former Gov. Roy Barnes, light a candle commemorating the dedication. Barnes said, “when I started school here in the fall of 1952, we called it the new school because the former (wooden) building burned in 1948.” Also attending was Joe Daniels who started first grade there in 1947 and whose son and grandson attended the school.
The Hope Program, a new education opportunity at Christian Aid Mission Partnership (C.A.M.P.) in Austell graduated its second class on April 24. Pictured is retired Cobb County School Principal, Bonnie Little, one of the program’s volunteer instructors. Ms. Little delivered an inspiring keynote address at the commencement ceremony for the graduating class. While drawing from her own life experiences, she spoke passionately on the many aspects Bonnie Little adof how “hope” dresses graduates of empowers lives--- the Hope Program at the ultimate goal of C.A.M.P. the Hope Program---to move women to a new life of self-sufficiency. The Hope Program at C.A.M.P. originally began as The Hope Project, Inc. in Douglasville in 2001. The successful program merged with C.A.M.P. last summer graduating its first class in December 2012. The Hope Program has continued its mission as a faith-based life-changing training program which successfully moves women from unemployment and underemployment to full employment. The Hope Program model begins with spiritual forgiveness and self-esteem assessment to restore hope and dignity. The program then builds upon that foundation by providing instruction in computer skills, life skill basics including financial management, effective communication, and conflict resolution, and also workplace dynamics and job readiness. The twelveweek intensive program has an 82 percent success rate of graduates becoming and staying fully employed. This means success not only for the mother, but also for the family, as 95 percent of the women having completed the program have children in the household. With our continued economic conditions, this program has never been so Continued on Page 3
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Comments By Cathy MOTHERS ARE NOT PERFECT, (DESPITE WHAT WE TELL YOU) By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher The little child who gives you a hug for no reason; who believes you can make her hurts go away; and who knows you can personally protect her from the monsters under the bed; suddenly turns into a stranger who marches into the world on her own without a backward glance and personally holds you responsible for ruining her life by speaking to her friends. Motherhood! It’s a wild and crazy journey that at times seems totally out of our control. I would like to say that my two children always thought I was the perfect mom. Yes, I would like to say that; but, of course, it wouldn’t be true. But as I watch them become parents and self-sufficient adults, I know that I did many things right. As I watch our daughter keeping up with her super-energetic toddler, I am amazed at her stamina and patience, even when her head hurts and she is tired. It is so satisfying to watch my little girl transform into such a caring wife and mother; and my little boy grow to be a loving husband and father. For all of the books on raising a child, there is no simple guide that fits all families. The truth is that being a mother is hard work. And there is no such thing as a nonworking mother. Whether a mother works outside the home like our daughter-in-law who is a teacher or stays home full-time like our daughter, every mother is a full-time working mom. Even when apart, a mother is always mentally with her child, thinking about the cute things they do and concerned about how they are getting along without her. There is also no such thing as a perfect mother. We get tired; we get angry; we run out of patience; we go out to dinner or a meeting and leave our child with a babysitter; we say embarrassing things and serve meals that aren’t their favorite foods. But we also share our children’s snuggly hugs and wipe runny noses and kiss their bruises. We give up a new dress so they can have new shoes. We go to theme parks rather than resorts and piano recitals rather than symphonies. Perfection is over-rated. A good mother is not perfect, yet, with her imperfections, she teaches her children life-lessons. The main criterion for a good mom is to continue to love her children, including their imper-
fections. A mother knows that the love she gives and receives will outweigh any flaws and imperfections. The best mothers are real people. They don’t usually wear pearls and a fancy dress for cooking and cleaning like on a 50’s sitcom. Sometimes they laugh and sometimes they cry. Most times they’re happy but sometimes they’re sad. Most times they speak calmly but sometimes they raise their voice. Yes, the best mothers are real people, slightly flawed, but always, always loving their children, ready with a hug and smile and a word of encouragement – no matter how old the child may be.
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Continued from Page 1 needed by the West and Central Georgia families it serves. The Hope Program at C.A.M.P. is currently seeking new students for upcoming classes as well as financial sponsorships for the program. In addition, volunteers are needed to act as life coaches for the students in the program. Because of the continued support of the community, The Hope Program (including the previous The Hope Project, Inc. in Douglasville) has graduated over 280 women who are now living successful lives. For more information on the Hope Program, please contact Kay Wimpey, Hope Program Coordinator at 770819-0662, x25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Whitefield Academy will graduate its 16th class of superlative students in a series of exercises May 17 and 18, 2013. Event details honoring the efforts of these seniors and their matriculation to college and university programs of their choice are as follows: Baccalaureate: Friday, May 17 from 7 p.m. on the Whitefield campus featuring The Rev. Canon Steven J. Saul, currently serving as the Cannon of the Diocese of the Westerm Gulf Coast of the Anglican Church, as speaker; Graduation: Saturday, May 18 beginning at 10 a.m. at Mount Paran Church of God, and featuring Rev. R.V. Brown, president of Outreach to America’s Youth as the keynote address. “In 20 years of teaching and leading young people, as well as watching other schools around Atlanta do the same, I am convinced you will not find another school outside of Whitefield Academy that graduates a group of alumni with a stronger combination of strength of intellect, maturity in Christ and diversity of giftedness,” said
MABLETON FARMERS MARKET RETURNS
The Mableton Farmers Market will be back for its fourth season, thanks in large part to the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Lifelong Mableton initiative. The Market will open May 23 at the Mable House Complex and will operate every Thursday, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through Sept. 26. Look for a variety of locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy food options.
Holt Merkle Morgan Landers interim headmaster Dr. Kevin Bracher. “I am humbled and honored to stand amongst this class of 2013, shake their hands, and welcome them as we shift our relationship from that of headmaster/student to mentor/ friend.” Joining Brown and Bracher at the podium will be valedictorian and Georgia Tech incoming freshman Holt Merkle; and salutatorian and future University of Georgia scholar Morgan Landers. “The days ahead are bittersweet,” continued Bracher. “These students are the heartbeat of Whitefield, and we cherish our time with each and every one of them. We look to the future, though, with excitement as we welcome over 75 new families who join us in the fall, and celebrate the traditions that define our covenant community.”
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Are you a grandparent parenting or helping to parent your grandchildren? Could you use some encouragement, new ideas, practical help, or prayer? Wouldn’t it be great if you had a support group designed just for you? A Grandparents As Parents (GAP) group is being organized in the South Cobb area to meet this need. “Our home is filled with the laughter, joy, and tears that two young grandchildren bring when they come to live with you. And really being there for them is more than we can handle without support,” says local pastor Dave Pearce.
Pearce decided to start a GAP group that will have its initial meeting on May 7 at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be at Austell Presbyterian Church (5895 Love Street in Austell). You can find more information about the group at www. austellpres.org or by calling the church office at 770-948-2822. The group will not be a prayer group or bible study, but a support group. “ We will look to God for strength and pray for one another, but all will be welcome, even the non-religious.” Pastor Pearce continues. The group will focus on sharing encouragement, ideas, and practical help.
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(A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: www.brightsidecobb.com) MAY now – 28: ART EXHIBIT. South Cobb Arts Alliance presents The World of Art April 16 May 28 Mable House Arts Center Gallery 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton Gallery Hours MonThurs 10 a.m. -5 p.m. ••• 11: FREE MOVIE NIGHT: Sat. May 11 at 6 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church, 4494 Floyd Road, Mableton. Join us for movie night & refreshments, watching “Facing the Giants”. All ages invited but we ask that any children under 12 years old please be accompanied by an adult. ••• 16: BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS EXPO Thursday, May 16 Cobb Galleria Centre 3 to 7 p.m. Free to attend. Registration not required ••• 18: MABLETON DAY. The 8th annual Mableton Day May 18 from 8a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, featuring diverse entertainment, arts and crafts, food and children’s activities, The Old School Car Show and Mableton 5K, and Mableton Jr Fun Run. ••• 23: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. Cobb County Schools JUNE 3: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST Monday, June 3 Cobb Galleria Centre. 7:30 a.m. Small Business of the Year & Top 25 Recognition Online Registration Closes: May 29 at noon. Registration at www.cobbchamber.org ••• 5: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Mableton Lion’s Club Park Community Center. www.sc-ba.org ••• 8: RETIREMENT PARTY. Reverend Joey Hatchell’s Retirement Party Saturday, June 8 - 2 pm thru 5 p.m. At Faith United Methodist Church 4336 King Springs Road, Smyrna. Church Office: 770-432-9722. ••• 26: SOUTH COBB AREA COUNCIL Wednesday, June 26 Coach George E. Ford Center 11:45 a.m. General Admission: $30 Members: $10 online; $20 at the door Online Registration Closes: June 24 at noon. Registration at www.cobbchamber.org WEEKLY EVENTS AEROBICS CLASS. Austell First United Methodist Church offers “Firming After 50”, a free weekly low-impact aerobics with a focus on adults over 50 years of age. Class meets in the church’s fellowship hall every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with certified group fitness instructor Cindy Standard. Austell First UMC is located at 5705 Mulberry Street in downtown Austell, just north of the railroad tracks and City Hall. More details can be found at www.blessaustell.com or by calling 770-9481806. ••• AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BIBLE STUDY. Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Come, have dinner & study the Bible with us. Words of Faith A.M.E. Church 5719 Garner Road. Mableton. 770 944 3584 ••• COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY - NON-DENOMINATIONAL. Designed to guide us in aligning the words of our mouth with The Word of God. THURSDAYS starting promptly at 9 and ending promptly at 10 a.m. located at: CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH, 4494 Floyd Road at Concord Road, Mableton. This Bible Study is a non-denominational, no frills opportunity to explore, uncover, unblock, and empower our gifts through the lens of the Holy Bible both the Old and New Testament. ••• FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - noon, January through November on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net. ••• FREE TAIJI CLASS for all Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. South Cobb Regional
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- Please join us! Every Monday night at 6 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 6216 Love Street, Austell. ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivy Road, Mableton meets every third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Bingo--Mon, Tues, Friday 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m. ••• AUSTELL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Treadmill Mall Complex ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first Monday of each month for its regular meeting. ••• AUSTELL COMMUNITY TASK FORCE meets every 1st Monday at 7 p.m. at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell. www.austelltaskforce.org. ••• “HOBO SUPPER” Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invited---Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale, Georgia. For $6 you get a Drink, Beans (3 kinds), Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Onions, Pickles, Beets and a large variety of homemade desserts to choose from. Community invited. ••• JOB SEEKERS: First Presbyterian’s Career Transition Ministry is open for anyone seeking a new career opportunity. Join us to network, learn about career tools, and share your job seeking skills and experiences with others, monthly starting at 6:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta. For more information contact Bill Lins 404-558-1579 or Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or go to http://fpcmarietta.org ••• MABLETON IMPROVEMENT COALITION (MIC) is a nonprofit citizens group formed to promote quality growth and redevelopment in the 30126 zip code. MIC’s Board of Director’s meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., generally at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton. Everyone is welcome. Visit www.mableton.org to confirm meeting location. ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are non-profit support groups for at-home mothers. SmyrnaWest chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit www.momsclubofsmyrnawest.com for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubsvw@gmail. com for more information. ••• PEBBLEBROOK JR FALCONS Association Quality Recreation * Life Skills * Civic Action Programs 2nd Sunday Monthly Meetings at 5 p.m. 6th Grade Academy at The Barnes Center Coaches & Volunteers always needed and welcome. ••• CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER LINE HISTORIC AREA COMMITTEE meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The
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committee deals in a variety of matters to further the recommendations of the River Line Master Plan. Anyone is welcome to join us. Visit www. mableton.org to confirm meeting locations and for more information on the committee. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday at the South Cobb Library - 805 Clay
Road - Mableton. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint. etc. and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Nadine Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. Our meetings include a presentation on a topic of interest regarding the 1861-1864 era. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.. We are a hereditary memorial organization and welcome all visitors. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or email@example.com. ••• SOUTH COBB HOMESCHOOLERS. Are you a homeschool parent in need of support? The South Cobb Homeschool Support group meets monthly at the South Cobb Regional Library at 805 Clay Road, Mableton 30126. If you are interested in attending please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at schomeschoolers.blogspot.com ••• SOUTH COBB KIWANIS: Under the aegis of the Smyrna Club, a group has been meeting twice monthly at the O’ Charley’s on the EastWest Connector, and are working towards a goal of 25 members. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Charles Lollis at 770-739-8381. ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month at The South Cobb Community Center. 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton at 6:30 p.m. ••• SOUTH COBB SENIORS Friendship Club meets on the 1st Monday of each month 10:30 a.m. at the Lions Club Drive Community Center, Mableton. Newcomers are welcome to come and join the fellowship and lunch, guest speakers and the love of others. SUPPORT GROUPS ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive,
••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• GRANDPARENTS AS PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP Starting in the South Cobb Area. Are you a grandparent parenting or helping to Parent your grandchildren? Could you use some encouragement, new ideas, practical help, or prayer? The initial meeting May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Austell Presbyterian Church (5895 Love Street in Austell). You can find more information about the group at www. austellpres. org or by calling the church office at 770-9482822. The group will not be a prayer group or bible study, but a support group. The group will focus on sharing encouragement, ideas, and practical help. ••• NAMI SOUTH COBB has monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month 7 to 8:30 p.m., except Dec. Macland Presbyterian Church 3615 Macland Road Powder Springs. Kathleen Breen, 770-943-5322, email@example.com. NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-222-3211, patmkramer@bellsouth. net for information. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meeting Every Monday at 7 p.m. Cumberland United Methodist 2375 Paces Ferry Road, Smyrna. ••• PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a new Parkinson’s Disease Support Group from 2 – 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of Every Month at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center. Please join us for this FREE class. Call 770-438-5220 to register or for more information. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404354-8911 for more information or see www. wbcfamily.org. ••• VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES SUPPORT GROUP (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for the JUNE issue is MAY 23 with publication the week of JUNE 3. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.
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When you are in the hospital, (or simply in need of one), the last thing you want to worry about is being far from home. That’s why you should know of the comprehensive and quality care available at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Recent quality awards include two recognizing patient quality and safety from the Partnership for Health and Accountabilty (PHA). The annual awards recognize Georgia healthcare organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. WellStar Cobb Hospital imparts quality and safety into every service offered, from our pediatric and adult Emergency services to our cardiac care and robotic surgery institute. When you need quality care, know that WellStar Cobb Hospital is here for you. For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR.
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By Jasmine Jimenez Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or rodent Don’t you dare waste another second. If you love your pet Take him or her to the vet. They don’t have to be sick or need any repair Just take them for a trip to show them you care. If you want your pet to love you making sure they’re healthy is a must When they sense that you’re helping them they start to develop a sense of trust. Knowing they have a friend makes their heart’s beat ever so gentle So make sure to get them checked for illness, diet and dental. Sure buying toys can really make a pet content But that happiness only last for a moment. The best gift you can give them is a healthy life that lasts long When visiting his doctor, nothing can go wrong. Go ahead and make an appointment With your pet’s health you can’t lose a moment. Because when it comes time they need some love to be around They know where a sincere, dear friend can be found. May 5-11 is National Pet Week! Practice responsible pet ownership and please bring your pet in for a preventative check up. We are here to answer any questions or concerns. The pet lovers at Animal Health Center (770) 439-1994 and Animal Care Clinic (770) 439-1996.
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The vision of WellStar Health System is to deliver world-class healthcare through our hospitals, physicians and services. Our not-for-proﬁt health system includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Health Parks; Urgent Care Centers, Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing Center; and WellStar Foundation.
The Smyrna Kiwanis Club donated a book to each student at Russell Elementary School, South Hurt Road. Above are Jabar Dozier, President and Peter Manson, Principal. A total of 1,068 books were donated, one book for each child to keep, take home, enjoy and share with others. The students were grateful to receive the books. Cheryl Sarvis chaired the project and organized it so well that Smyrna Kiwanis members consider it the best project of the year and are proud to have been a part of our “Book for Every Child at Russell” project. We thank Carol Adkins and staff at Russell Elementary for helping with the Book project, the Terrific Kids, and K-Kids programs and making them successful. Peter Manson, Principal, since joining Russell this year has continued the support that Russell has offered in the past.
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SPRING IS ANKLE SPRAIN SEASON
Spring is sports season for many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the Kennesaw, GA area. It’s also ankle sprain season for one area foot and ankle surgeon. Evan Brody, DPM FACFAS, President of Georgia Podiatry and a foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Kennesaw and coming soon to Austell, says ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries he treats this time of year. “As people emerge from their winter hibernation and start to get active again, they can injure their ankles playing sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer,” he says. Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it’s their first sprain or their fifth. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) can reduce swelling and pain until the ankle can be evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle surgeon. A sprain may not always be a sprain; the ankle could be fractured. Dr. Brody notes that many athletes develop chronic ankle instability from repeated ankle sprains, causing their ankle
to frequently “give way.” In some cases these players may require surgery. Proper rehabilitation of an ankle sprain reduces the likelihood of developing chronic ankle instability. Brody shares three spring ankle sprain prevention tips from FootHealthFacts.org: 1. Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports. 2. Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, don’t wear running shoes for sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball. 3. Wear an ankle brace if you’re recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle. Dr. Brody can be contacted at 678310-0540 to schedule an appointment. FootHealthFacts.org is the consumer Web site of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Brody is a member of the ACFAS and board certified in foot and ankle surgery. He earned his podiatric medical degree from Barry University and has been practicing in Georgia for more than 10 years.
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BABYSITTER / ATHLETIC DESK ATTENDANT The Vinings Club seeks a personable, dependable, regular parttime employee to work in dual capacities as babysitter and athletic desk attendant. Babysitting schedule is Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Athletic desk schedule is Wednesday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Alice Ward at 770-431-5026 to arrange an interview.
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Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Activities limited to adults age 55 and above. Educational Seminar -- Thursday, May 9: Alternate Options for Care, 11:30 a.m. Free, Registration Required. Representatives of the West Cobb Consortium will present on various topics covering hospitalizations i.e. home health, hospice, geriatric care managers and more. Learn about the value of transitional care at Assisted Living vs. going home. Enjoy a light lunch sponsored by Arbor Terrace at West Cobb. Door prizes too. Stay informed. Monday Movie Madness -- Monday, May 13: Lincoln, 1– 3 p.m. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones. Cost: $2 / $3 Non-Resident; Ticket required; PG13 Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, May 14: Cheesecake Factory, Cumberland Mall Location, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: Separate Checks; Registration required. Treat yourself to a lunch outing once a month with other seniors at local area restaurants near the Center. Get to know other people and enjoy the social gathering. This will be a fun time! Meet at restaurant; Call center for directions. Registration Required! May Day Meet & Eat -- Thursday, May 16, 12 – 2 p.m. Cost: $8 / $10 NonResident. Plan your afternoon right and
join everyone for a fun-filled afternoon listening to Mark Kurtz singing Frank Sinatra and others live! A delicious meal will be served too! Bingo Bash -- Monday, May 20, 1– 3 p.m. Cost: $3 / $4 Non-Resident. Win gift certificates to local restaurants! Multiple tickets can be purchased. Wellness Seminar -- Tuesday, May 21: Eating For Ailments, 1– 2 p.m. Free, Registration Required. If you are interested in learning what foods are good to eat or not good to eat for certain ailments, then this seminar is for you! Come listen to what the Family and Consumer Science Agent from the University of Georgia/ Cobb County Cooperative Extension has to say. Dahlonega Square, Smith House & Wolf Mountain Vineyards -- Thursday, May 23, Cost: $64 Senior Council Member / $69 Non-Member, Deadline: May 16. Check-in: 9:30 a.m. This will be a memorable day filled with good company, food and drinks! Enjoy the unique experience in dining at a large family style dining table with platters piled high with Smith House style fried chicken, baked ham, roast beef with all the homemade sides and dessert. After lunch, you will get to stroll along the Square to see lots of antique shops too! Your day will end with a tour and tasting at Wolf Mountain Vineyards. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission fees, lunch, snacks and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled.
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MERRITT & FLETCHER LAW FIRM EXPANDS
The law firm of Merritt and Fletcher to the firm. She is office manager and the in Smyrna is expanding with the addition first person clients meet when entering the of a new attorney, Heather Donahue. Rich law office. Merritt opened the office in October 2010 in the Village Market in Smyrna, and then added Jim Fletcher to the firm in 2012. “After two exciting years in solo practice, I brought into my firm, a friend and former colleague at a large Atlanta law firm, Jim Fletcher. We began transforming the firm into a full-service law firm,” Merritt said. Previously, “we said goodbye to big law firm life in Buckhead.” Jim Fletcher, Rich Merritt, Heather Donahue, and He said they have found a need in Autumn Gentry Smyrna for the law firm and enjoy living and working in the same area. “We are Merritt & Fletcher is located at 1265 connected to the community,” Merritt said. Spring St., Suite A, Smyrna and can be “We have homes and families here and we reached at 770-433-9345 or www.Merrittwant to be the go-to law firm in Smyrna.” Fletcher.com. Jim Fletcher, who grew up in Vinings PLAY HIGHLIGHTS and attended Teasley Elementary and Griffin Middle School, joined the firm last year. He GOSPEL MUSIC PIONEER brought with him a civil litigation practice. The Old Zion Heritage Museum is Fletcher deals with civil suits, business litigacoordinating with The National Association, contracts and new business matters. tion of Christian Theatre (NACT) and The Heather Donahue, who joined the firm Educational Cultural Company (ECC) to in April, brings a family law perspective to host the Marietta premier of The Lord Will the firm. She deals with child support adopMake A Way Somehow! In celebration of tion, divorce and name changes. Black Music Month and the anniversary of She has extensive experience with the the birth of Thomas A. Dorsey, the producCobb and Fulton bar, having worked in the tion will run June 28 - 29, at the Marietta Superior Courts in both counties. She said Middle School Auditorium. she brings a background of personal experiJoin us on Friday June 28 at 7:27 pm or ence in the areas of divorce and adoption. Saturday June 29 at 2:07 pm. Tickets go on She is also a certified mediator with seven sale on Monday May 29 at a cost of $30 for years experience VIP, $25 for General Admission, or $20 for In family law cases, Donahue said, “It’s groups of 20 or more. Tickets can be purone of the most personal and hardest things chased at Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon to get through. I bring a personal perspecSt, Marietta GA 30060. Tickets can also be tive that is helpful to my clients.” purchased online at www.DorseyPlayATL. Autumn Gentry is also a new addition com.
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Terrell family members cut the ribbon to open the I.T. and Lodemia Terrell Community Garden and Educational Center in Austell in April. From left are Shirley Dozier, Wade Terrell, Regina TIlley and Mike Terrell. City Council used some $18,000 in donated funds to buy equipment, plants and maintenance for the garden at Windy Lane and Owens Drive. The land was purchased by the city with federal funds after it was inundated with some 15 feet of floodwater in the 2009 flooding. The first phase will include 24 garden plots that residents can rent and plant their crops. The Garden Center will include walking trails and an outdoor classroom.
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