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Smyrna residents celebrate this holiday season with a kickoff in Downtown Smyrna on Tuesday, Nov. 28 on the Village Green from 5 until 8 p.m. for the annual Coming Home for the Holidays celebration. Watch Santa light the big Christmas Tree in the middle of the Village Green at 7 p.m. and transform downtown Smyrna with brilliant lights. Enjoy holiday festivities, musical performances by local church and school choral groups, activities for the kids, parade and a visit with Santa at the Smyrna Community Center. This annual event marks the beginning of the season of lights in the downtown area. Each evening through the holidays, enjoy the lights downtown. Admission is free and open to all ages. Santa Claus will be on hand afterwards in the Community Center with photos taken by the Smyrna Optimist Club. Santa House begins Friday, Dec. 1 and each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Christmas, Smyrna Optimists will be taking pictures with Santa from 5:45 – 8 p.m., at the Aunt Fanny’s Cabin building next to the Smyrna Museum. Photos are free but donations go to the “Shop with a Hero Program.” Austell Christmas Tree The City of Austell will hold its annual Christmas Tree lighting Friday, Dec. 1. This event will begin at 6 p.m. at Collar Park, 2625 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, adjacent to the City Hall/Police Department Complex. Powder Springs The City of Powder Springs invites you to an Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1 on the town square lawn in downtown Powder Springs. New this year is a Themed Christmas Parade, “A Storybook Christmas.” Join in the fun with Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies, and pictures with Santa.


Children enjoy the new playround equpment above. Below, Mayor Max Bacon and Mrs. Chuck Camp cut the ribbon on the new playground equipment.


Students at the Smyrna International Academy waited patiently for days as new playground equipment was completed at Chuck Camp Park directly behind their school. But as soon as Mayor Max Bacon cut the ribbon to dedicate the new playground, they swarmed the unique Four Mast Spacenet, basket swings and net twister. The $150,000 equipment addition was built in about 20 days with funds from a Cobb County community development block grant and is a product of Kompan Playgrounds. The equipment is believed to be the first of its kind installed in North America. The Four Mast Spacenet is a climbing structure built with ropes at varying levels. The belt swing allows up to six children to swing together and is fully accessible. The net twister is a seesaw in a wheel shape requiring children to work together to keep moving and stay on. The equipment is designed to provide healthy learning and social interaction.

A drainage system underneath and 14 inches of wood chips help keep the area dry and safe. Chuck Camp Park is named for the late former city attorney.

The Vinings Business Association (VBA) has announced five finalists for their “2017 Vinings Business of the Year” award. The five finalists, in no particular order, include: Vinings Massage & Wellness, WellStar Vinings Health Park, the Atlanta Braves, Canoe restaurant and Fidelity Bank Vinings. In making the announcement, 2017 VBA Chairman Glenn Christian said, “We are more than happy to congratulate and recognize these businesses for being active members of the Vinings community and for their participation in many events that promote Vinings. They have contributed to the overall character, charm and lifestyle of our business and residential culture and we congratulate them on their achievements.” Each of the finalists were invited to speak at the VBA Nov. 7 luncheon held at the Georgian Club, to share some of their secrets on how they have succeeded. “We encourage all members to attend and we also invite nonmembers, guests, Vinings residents, visitors, new businesses and interested citizens to attend as well,” said Christian. The overall program is held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. A buffet lunch is included. The 2017 winner will be announced at the VBA Dec. 5 luncheon held at Overlook III Conference Room, 2859 Paces Ferry Rd and will be selected by the VBA Board of Directors. Previous winners were Chick-Fil-A (2006), SOHO restaurant (2009), Courtyard Atlanta Vinings Hotel (2010), Vinings Jubilee (2011), Vinings Historic Preservation Society (2012), The Bright Side Newspaper (2013), Social Vinings restaurant (2014), Walton Communities Vinings (2015), and the Vinings Village Civic Club (2016).


Celebrate the season with a triple-dog dare, an iconic leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and the coveted Red Ryder BB gun as The Theatre Project presents “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Nov. 10 12 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from

gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!”, “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” The Theatre Project’s Rachel Rudd will be directing a cast of more than 30 local youth actors ages 9-18. When asked what the live stage show could bring that an audience might not get from watching the beloved movie, Rudd explained, “Music, music and more music. I think every story is better with music and audiences will love seeing this beloved story live on stage with our awesome performers!” Harris Wheeler serves as the Musical Director and will employ a live orchestra. Performances for A Christmas Story: The Musical are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 12 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult 13 years and older general admission and $72 per table (6 person limit). Children 12 and under are Free. Tickets may be

Featured in “A Christmas Story – The Musical” are Dylan Anderson as The Old Man; Colleen Cameron as Mother; Claire Fuller as Randy, and Hayes Ray as Ralphie. purchased in advance through Ticketmaster. com or at the Amphitheatre Box Office.

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Comments By Cathy DO WE SUFFER HOLIDAY RUTS OR ENJOY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS? By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher


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What is the difference in being in a rut and following a tradition? Here we are, right at the beginning of the holiday season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, all holidays that we usually celebrate in the same way, year after year, often in the same way we celebrated as children. Is this because we’re in a rut and have no other way to celebrate these special days? Or is it our way of honoring the traditions of our parents and our heritage? Halloween in our neighborhood this year was one of the best as far as cute kids in cute costumes, polite children watched over by caring adults. The kids for the most part took time to walk down our walkway rather than cut across the yard and the one fellow whose dog pooped in our yard was kind enough to have a handy bag to scoop it. Lots of thank you and happy Halloween from the children and the adults! But Halloween is not my favorite holiday. My tradition is to buy candy and give it out; no decorations; nothing special. Next we move on to more special holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas, ending with New Year’s Eve. There are times I wish for our old rut – ah, holiday traditions, that included our children and our parents. But our parents sadly died years ago and our children have their own lives complete with spouses and their own children. Some years we are able to celebrate together, but rarely with all of us in one place. Fortunately, we are still able to celebrate with Allan’s sister, Phyllis. My sister and her family are in Phoenix so we rarely celebrate together. But, even with family living in different states, we still have our traditions that we cherish – not ruts, but memories to be embraced and enhanced year after year. There was the Thanksgiving when Katie was a newlywed at her in-laws but Peter was able to come home; the Christmas when Peter, 16, had major surgery and was home from the hospital just in time for the

holiday dinner. There was the Thanksgiving that college-age Katie celebrated with us but Peter spent the day in Ireland eating a microwaved turkey dinner. Our list of special memories is long. We pull them out for remembering and sharing, savoring the love of our family, our memories, and our traditions. I think a holiday celebration is in a rut when we’re incapable of making any changes; when everything must stay the same no matter what. It’s a rut when we’re going through the motions because we always have done it that way but lack the emotion that gives meaning to the holiday. It’s a celebration when we feel the love, the excitement, the meaning and the significance of the holiday. And for the best holidays, we take the traditions of our past and blend them into our own adult traditions, adapting them as times change.

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SMYRNA CELEBRATES VETERANS DAY NOV. 11 The City of Smyrna will celebrate Veterans Day, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 King Street, between City Hall and the Library. The ceremony is sponsored by the Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, Inc., American Legion Post 160, the City of Smyrna, Smyrna Rotary Club, Chick-fil-A, and JWC Real Estate. Lt. General Steven Arnold, US Army (Ret) and Rear Admiral Robert P. Wright, US Navy (Ret) will be guest speakers. Both have spent more than 30 years in service to our country. Whitfield Academy Concert Band will provide music for the ceremony. Campbell HS JROTC Cadets will present the colors.

South Cobb High School Chorus will provide a Musical Salute to Veterans. Veterans come in all shapes and sizes. Young and old - rich and poor - black and white - and nearly every category in between, they are men and women who served or still serve America. And their families are diverse as well. We need to remember the wives who briefly but anxiously dreaded every doorbell ring or telephone call as their husbands witnessed unspeakable horrors while fighting in hard to pronounce villages. For what they do for us, military families should also be honored on Veterans Day. The American Legion is dedicated to remembering the legacy of all veterans because what these men and women have done for us, matters to America.


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By Amy Carrier The patient’s wife who expressed her gratitude through a letter wanted to do more. President, WellStar Cobb Hospital A recent letter from a grateful patient’s She made a donation to the WellStar Founspouse read, “Dr. Nelson and Brittany dation, which raises funds for not-for-profit saved his life.” The letter went on to call WellStar hospitals, like Cobb. Every dollar donated by our patients is reinthe nursing care “outstanding” vested right here. To learn more, and described members of the care visit or call teams as “comforting, empathetic 770-956-GIVE (4483). people” who became family. She Thanks to our team members praised people in the Emergency for delivering world-class healthDepartment, Intensive Care Unit, care every day. And thank you to the Neurology Floor and Inpatient our patients for allowing us to give Rehab Unit (IRU). She recognized 16 people by name, from Vicki at Amy Carrier you our best. And, for letting us know how we’re doing. During this the front desk, who “always had a smile and comforting words” to Erica in month of thanks, I wish you good health, a the IRU, who “got him up walking; he felt grateful spirit and a happy Thanksgiving! really good about himself.” When I recognized these team members at a recent huddle meeting, it was a NONPROFITS LEARN proud moment. ABOUT GRANT FUNDING During the month of Thanksgiving, we’re given the opportunity to really reflect AT WORKSHOPS on what we’re grateful for. I’m grateful to Cobb Community Development Block tell you I often read letters like this. Grant Program staff is hosting informational Humor heals. Another recent letter grant workshops for nonprofit organizations praised eight team members – including seeking program year 2019 funding through Jimmy and Mimi – who helped a patient federal and state grant programs. laugh through a serious health event and Learn the basics about Community recovery. Development Block Grant, HOME InvestWhen they experience health emer- ment Partnership, Emergency Solutions gencies, patients and families often heal Grant, Community Services Block Grant, through appreciation. In addition to letters, Justice Assistance Grant and Emergency there are opportunities to give team mem- Food and Shelter Program. bers a WOW by filling out a card on the unit The workshops are intended for nonwhile at the hospital. “WOW’d” team mem- profit organizations not currently funded bers enjoy prizes like a Bluetooth speaker through the CDBG or a night at the movies, compliments of This workshop will be held at 2 p.m., WellStar. Sometimes WOWs inspire bigger Thursday, Nov. 16 at the South Cobb recognitions, like WellStar’s annual Shining Regional Library, 805 Clay Road, Mableton. STAR awards.

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Vinings resident and Whitefield Academy senior Brooks Merkle has been named as a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American for the second year in a row. Merkle qualified with both short course and long course times for this achievement. He is a member of the National Team at Dynamo Swim Club of Atlanta and has been part of the WolfPack swim team for the past three years. He won third place for Whitefield this year in the GHSA state meet in the 100-yard breaststroke and third this summer in the Speedo Long Course Sectionals in the 200 yard breast stroke, where he swam against current UGA swimmers. His long-term goal is to swim at a Division 1 college after he graduates from Whitefield.



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Bjarne Detlef displays his medals.


Racing to out-run Hurricane Irma, the World Martial Arts Games took place on Sept. 8-9 in Orlando. Competing in backto-back events was Premier Martial Arts Smyrna student Bjarne Detlef, 9, who, despite the exhausting competition schedule, took home 4 gold medals and 2 silvers in this international event Almost a year ago, Bjarne, along with over 100 other martial artists, competed to become part of the Southeastern Division of the United States Team that would compete at the World Martial Arts Games. In the end, he became one of about 20 who made up the Southeastern Team. According to his coach, Michael Moore, “Bjarne absolutely exemplifies the qualities of a true martial artist. He trains hard, pushes through difficult periods; truly dedicated and with great perseverance.” Bjarne competed in six events including semi-knockdown (a style of kickboxing) and grapple-strike, an event that combines kick boxing with grappling. Bjarne is on schedule to test for his black belt in karate early next year. Premier Martial Arts Smyrna is part of the Premier Martial Arts International family of schools.

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence

Gina Bridges understands how important community, family, and traditions are in our lives. She also knows that most of these things begin and are centered around our homes. It is exactly this understanding that has made Gina one of the area’s leading real estate professionals. Gina realizes that your home is one of your most important investments and buying and selling it can affect many traditions to come. That’s why she has built a Tradition of Excellence and this tradition will continue as her team grows into the next generation of outstanding Real Estate professionals.

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Oh so much space in this soft contemporary. Lots of windows and soaring ceilings make drama the norm in this home. In law/Teen Suite. Cozy loft can be an office or play room, screened porch off the master. Lots of opportunity here. Bring your ideas and contractor and create a WOW home.

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By Robert S. Meyring as), don’t do it for long, as it still puts your Are you thinking about starting own personal assets at risk. your own business? Maybe you’ve always Get business advisors. I believe most wanted to be your own boss, or people starting a new business maybe your former employer has should consult a lawyer to form a forced you to earn a living on your corporation, to assess the risks, to own. To educate and inform from review contracts, or to be available both my business law practice and when needed. In full disclosure, I my personal business experience, am a lawyer, attorney and entreI’ve put together some practipreneur. I’ve also started and opercal points and issues to consider, ated three businesses from the time when you are your own boss and an I was 11 years old. I recommend entrepreneur. your business advisors have busiMany times, successful business owner experience. nesses start without a great deal Robert Meyring I wish you the best in your of preparation and grow from the brave new entrepreneurial world. hard labor and determination of the founder. Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attorAn entrepreneur’s knowledge, skills, and/or ney. The Meyring Law Firm website is www. craftsmanship alone may not be enough for or call 678-217-4369. success. If 9 out of 10 new businesses eventually fail, then I would speculate that many new 2 FROM CAMPBELL businesses fail because of over-preparation and under-doing. If the “doing” is the earning HONORED BY STATE of customer payment, then the “over-preparing” for example could be spending lots of The Georgia Library Media Associatime and money on getting the perfect office tion (GLMA) and Georgia Library Associafully equipped before meeting and earning tion (GLA) recently named Campbell High the payment from the first customer. Simply School the recipient of the Judy Serritella put, bring more money into the business than Exemplary Library Media Award. you spend out of the business. “Martha Blaydes and Andy Spinks The amount of preparation needed have worked diligently to create an envito start a business really depends on the ronment where students feel comfortable amount of cash invested and the risk taken and excited about reading and learning,” with the start up. Generally, more cash Campbell principal, Dr. Jeanne Walker, said invested, more prep needed. Planning can in her letter to the Georgia Library Media be overdone but the actual “doing” is prob- Association. “They have also worked colably the best ingredient into the start up and laboratively with the teaching staff to design growth recipe of a good business. instructional plans that maximize the use of Do what is needed to make the prospec- space and resources.” tive customers comfortable with you. Give The two media specialists established your future clients many reasons why they a media committee and advisory group would want to work with you. Focus on to address current and future needs of the communicating to your potential client the learning commons. benefit of your goods or services. Blaydes and Spinks helped transform Get organized. Set up a corporate entity Campbell’s media center into a learning so your personal assets and real estate are commons, which includes print resources not at risk. In other words, separate your for Hispanic students and families and personal money, from your business money. extensive research sources for students Even though you can operate as a sole pro- enrolled in the International Baccalaureate prietorship with a “DBA” (doing business program.

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A gala to benefit the Vinings Historic Preservation Society was held in October at the Histopric Pace House with music and dancing and a sumptuous menu. Above, Jim and Rickie Charvet, left, enjoy the evening with Mike and Mary Lynne Bates. Below left, Nancy Geisler, VHPS President, enjoys the appetizers with Pat Wildman, Melissa Pilkington and Anne Eldridge. Below right, Katherine Lacey, Tom and Melissa Beaird look over the silent auction table. Net proceeds from this event benefit The Vinings Historic Preservation Society and its properties.

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Page 8, November 2017 (A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and South Cobb is available on our website: NOVEMBER 11: BETHANY HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Make Christmas special for those on your list with items from local vendors on Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 760 Hurt Rd, Smyrna. Proceeds go to support our Missions programs (Habitat for Humanity; Soldier Angel/Workdog Programs) ••• 11: ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Annual Hands on Christmas holiday arts and crafts festival at Smyrna First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. - 2. Kids of all ages can create high quality, homemade crafts and keepsakes. (Adult supervision required for younger kids.) We will also feature our Holiday Gift Mart which is filled with local artisans’ unique crafts and gifts. For more info, visit www. Bring a change of clothes, because Santa Claus will be available for photos during the festival (via appointment only) with a professional photographer. At a $20 fee, proceeds benefit Smyrna First’s MOPS group. To book Santa appointments, visit ••• 12: HOLIDAY BAZAAR: International Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale featuring for sale new and gently used items for your home and holiday shopping and homemade baked goods and treats. One day only - Sunday Nov. 12 from 12:30- 4 p.m. at 4000 King Springs, Smyrna. All proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Center of Self-Realization Fellowship, a nonprofit organization. ••• 16-18: FREE ART EXHIBIT - Light of Hope Community Appreciation Art Exhibit; 1507 Hurt Rd, Marietta; November 16-18: 16th at 3 p.m. -7:30 p.m.; opening reception 6:30 p.m.; 17th at 3-8 p.m.; 18th at noon to 9 p.m., closing ceremony 8 p.m.; free to the community. www.lohpc. com/art-show-2017 ••• 18: GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION. The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta will be hosting its 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Showcase and Gala. It is scheduled for 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Suites NW, 2999 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. There is no fee to submit an entry to the Gingerbread House and Showcase. Cost for the Gala. Tickets can be purchased online, www., select "Shop" and then "Gingerbread C & S Tickets" from the drop-down menu. For additional information, please email jlcmgala@ or call 770-422-5266. ••• 23-24: CITY CLOSING. City of Smyrna Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, Nov. 23, and remain closed through Friday, November 24. Public Safety remains operational with the exception of office services such as records and permits. ••• 28: TREE LIGHTING. "Coming Home for the Holidays" Annual Holiday Season Celebration and Tree Lighting, Tuesday, Nov. 28 - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come celebrate this holiday season kickoff in Downtown Smyrna! The Big Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony includes concerts by local church groups and school choral groups, activities for children, a parade, and visits with Santa. Admission is free and open to all ages. ••• 28: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Are you aware of the hazardous materials in and around you home? Mikel Vann, Chair for the Marietta Garden Council, will give a presentation on household hazardous materials and how to properly dispose of them at the Jonquil Garden Club November 28 meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room of Smyrna Library. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at Smyrna Library at 10:30 a.m. Come join us to learn more about all gardening, environmental, and service related topics. For more information about programs or membership, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our award-winning website at DECEMBER 1-10: CHRISTMAS HOUSE. SCAA presents its annual Christmas House Arts & Crafts Show December 1-10 Mon.-Sat. 10am to 6 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton. For more information visit ••• 1: Austell holds its Annual Christmas Tree Light-


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ing on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Collar Park. ••• 2: Austell Holiday Market Festival brings food, music and crafts to Austell’s Historic downtown in the Jefferson Street area 10 – 8 Dec. 2. ••• 2-3: TOUR OF HOMES. The 31st Annual Marietta Pilgrimage, Marietta, Dec. 2-3. www. ••• 5: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Program: Announcement of Vinings Business of the Year and speaker: THE "TrustDALE" Cardwell. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Dec. 5 at Overlook III Conference Room. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd



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Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness. com. 678-725-0099. ••• 7: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. For reservations: www. ••• 9: UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER Block Party and Movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on an inflatable screen at Smyrna’s Twentieth Century Veteran’s Memorial lawn. Fun begins Dec 9 at 6 p.m. with movie at 6:30. ••• 24: CANDELIGHT COMMUNION. Smyrna Christian Church invites the community to a Candlelight Communion Service on December 24, at 6 p.m. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is “designed to remind us of what we say we are celebrating.” Make this service a part of your Christmas celebration this year. We are located at 910 Concord Road, Smyrna. For more information please call Lee Delbridge at 770-435-1723. WEEKLY EVENTS BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Smyrna Boy Scout Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m. Contact us at 770-883-1123. Website: www. ••• MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at "Smyrna History Museum" for upcoming Museum events. See for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Questions or to RSVP for a complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-795-5079 (or email at ••• JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www. ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823.

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••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Road, Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160. Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month and the AMER-


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ICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month. All of these meetings are at 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. For more information, access or call 770-436-2501. ••• ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Our historic building was a church in Smyrna/Vinings for 141 years. We're a nonprofit educational organization and meetings/ programs are free and open to the public. Call 678-662-3857 or visit our website,, for more about us. ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m.

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For more information visit ••• CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW. We are an inclusive club dedicated to community service and welcome everyone to come as our guest to a meeting of your choice. ••• FREE DINNER – 6 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Light of Hope Presbyterian Church, 1507 Hurt Road, Marietta. Community invited. ••• THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna. Members assemble at 10 a.m. and the meeting opens at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, in our own gardens,and public places. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend. For further information, you may contact Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248. ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1 at 12 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-athome or part-time working moms, we have added to the elementary school districts served in the Smyrna area: in 30080 and 30082 zip codes and any of the four following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, and Nickajack. We offer morning and afternoon weekly play groups and activities. For questions about our club or are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community. For more info, visit www.smyrna-

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SCAA artist Miles Davis installs a painting from his new series of artworks “1000 Words” at the South Cobb Regional Library in Mableton. The ten colorful and imaginative new original paintings share the common theme of the power and importance of reading books. The “1000 Words” project is made possible in part by a grant awarded to SCAA from the National Endowment for the Arts. Stay tuned for more information on this memorable exhibit. There will be a reception on Nov. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Library for a meet and greet with the artist.


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YOU HAVE HEARD OF THE WHITE LESION OF DECAY; NOW WHAT? By Dr. Vivian Hudson Early decay on a tooth shows as a white chalky line or halo. Once you have this what can you do to stop it or repair the damage? The old silver fillings were the answer 50 years ago but they were ugly, contained mercury, and took away healthy tooth structure. The tooth colored fillings were less damaging to the tooth by bonding but they too required removal of tooth structure. Today dentistry takes advantage of modern chemistry. Now we change the chemistry of the tooth and oral environment. Calcium and phosphate ions interchange between the tooth and saliva constantly, usually from tooth to the acid saliva. The application of varnish that has calcium phosphate and fluoride remineralizes the tooth. The treated surface is more resistant to acid and the new surface of flourapatite resist bacterial attachment. A follow up at home usage of toothpaste with fluoride and calcium phosphate continues the protection. Who benefits from this treatment? Adult patients with periodontal problems are probably the number one benefactors. The softened roots from the exposed tooth are susceptible to decay and this helps tremendously. People who have braces,brackets or bridgework where it is difficult to clean benefit tremendously from varnish and toothpaste with fluoride and calcium phosphate formulations. Fighting oral disease with chemistry is the future for dentistry. The early lesions benefit from varnishes and the developed decay is stopped with silver diamine fluoride. Of course missing tooth structure needs replacement but we beat back decay with chemistry today. Text adapted from Inside Dentistry.

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New Eagles are, from left, David Reteneller, Jeremy Benson and William O'Rielly.


Jeremy Benson, 17, of Brookhaven, William O’Rielly, 18, of Smyrna, and David Reteneller, 17, of Brookhaven, have earned the highest award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Benson, O’Rielly, and Reteneller received the award after earning at least 21 merit badges and completing Eagle Scout Service Projects for which each of the boys installed benches, pavers, and shrubbery on the Marist School campus. Members of Troop 74 chartered to the Cathedral of St. Philip, Benson, O’Rielly, and Reteneller are three of approximately seven percent of all Boy Scouts who ever achieve this rank. Benson is the son of Lisa and Ken Benson. O’Rielly is the son of Susan and Will O’Rielly. Reteneller is the son of Karen and Dan Reteneller. Leaders in both Scouting and the community, Benson, O’Rielly, and Reteneller served in two or more of the following roles: Scribe, Webmaster, and Patrol Leader. They are in 12th grade at Marist School where they run for the cross country and track teams as well as serve as members of the National Honor Society. Scoutmaster, Tim Porter, said, “Having the opportunity to be with these three scouts for their whole Scouting career has been a real blessing. I love seeing boys build friendships like David, William and Jeremy have built, and I know their time in scouting together helped strengthen those bonds. Scouting can be such an impactful connec-

tion point for young boys and I know it will be a part of their childhood that these three will cherish forever." The Eagle Scout rank carries a special significance both in and outside of Scouting. Benson, O’Rielly, and Reteneller join other prominent Americans including former President Gerald Ford, astronaut Neil Armstrong, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In 2013, 690 Atlanta area Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank. In doing so, these Scouts contributed approximately 114,814 hours of service to improving our schools, parks, churches, and communities through their Eagle Scout projects alone. Benson, O’Rielly, and Reteneller were recognized in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor presentation on Sept. 24, at Marist School. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact smyrnafirstmopsnight@gmail. com or visit ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. September through May. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world's largest service organization simply stated: We serve. Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon. ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc. and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at pwhittingham@ ••• 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


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••• SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at or visit our new website: Members and Guests are welcome. SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. ••• 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, Smyrna ••• 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. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Road, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held every Monday at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs, from 7 p.m. - 8:30. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout Metro Atlanta call 800-566-9010, or visit: ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna, GA Phone: 678-631-5541. The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson's Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for December issue is November 23 with publication the week of December 5. 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 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and aqua zumba. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The Wolfe Center is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to the exercise schedule we offer several, fun and unique activities for our members. Here is the November schedule: Pickleball -- every Monday and Tuesday at Community Center Mahjong -- every Thursday Mexican Train -- Nov. 6 Monopoly -- Nov. 7 Dorothy’s Travels! -- Nov. 8 Canasta -- Nov. 13 and Nov. 27 Tri-Ominoes -- Nov. 14 UNO -- Nov. 15 Life Size Scrabble -- Nov. 20 Bunco -- Nov. 21 Color My World -- Nov. 22 Giant Jenga -- Nov. 28 Rummikub -- Nov. 29 Bring Your Device -- Nov. 29 And so much more! For information on how to become a member of the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool or for more information on any of the activities, please contact us at (678) 631 – 5541 or stop by and take a look around. 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. Anxiety -- Thursday, Nov. 9, 10:30 –

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11:30 a.m. If you ever feel anxious, fearful or apprehensive, these feelings can be normal in stressful situations. However, sometimes they become worse and get in the way of enjoying your life, interrupting your sleep, keeping you from engaging in activities, or seeing family and friends. Panic attacks and obsessive behaviors can also occur, which can be very frightening or disrupting. Donna McGrane, RN, with Ridgeview Institute will discuss anxiety, fear and panic attacks and ways you can manage these better and what help may be available. Advance Care Planning -- Friday, Nov. 10, 10 – 11:30 a.m. At this workshop, you will learn how to talk with your loved ones about final healthcare decisions. Each participant will receive a free planning guide which outlines questions you and your family should discuss along with forms you can use to record your wishes. Presented by Cindy Newman, MSHEP, RN, WellStar Community Education & Outreach. Thanksgiving Meet and Eat -- Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12 – 2 p.m. $12 /$14 Non-resident. Start your holiday season off with us for this festive and fun-filled afternoon where you will enjoy a delicious meal of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings from Ambrose Culinary Caterers. Don’t miss out on About Time 4Jazz who will perform live. Fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Bingo Bash -- Monday, Nov. 27, 1 – 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. A Christmas Carol -- Friday, Dec. 8, 4 – 10:30 p.m. Join us as we travel to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre as the Alliance Theatre presents one of Atlanta’s most treasured holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol. Our first stop will be dinner at the Old Vinings Inn, an “upscale southern fare.” $97 Senior Council member; $102 Non-member. Deadline Nov. 1. Price includes motor coach transportation, dinner, admission fee, tax and tip. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 2 Wii Bowling -- Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free; Join in the fun for Wii bowling. Meet new friends and socialize while having fun. Shanghai Rummy -- Every Tuesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Have fun meeting new friends and playing cards. Canasta -- Every Wednesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Get your friends together for a fun afternoon of playing cards and meeting new friends.

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'CHRISTMAS HOUSE' OFFERS ARTS, CRAFTS GIFTS The South Cobb Arts Alliance presents the 33rd annual Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show featuring handmade items perfect for Christmas or year-round gifts. The 10-day show runs Dec. 1 - 10 and is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 2 – 6 p.m. on Sundays. This beautifully staged indoor, juried holiday gift show features Christmas trees covered in handmade ornaments to jewelry and fiber art. The Christmas House offers a broad selection of affordable, fine handcrafted gift items. Help out Santa by purchasing items from local artists. A sister event to the Christmas House, Mable’s Tea Room, also opens Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 9, closed on Sundays. Tea Room hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tea Room is a tradition for many, and proceeds benefit the South Cobb Arts Alliance. Be

sure to make reservations for four or more by calling 770-819-3285. Bring the children out to the grounds of the Historic Mable House on Saturday, Dec. 2 for Cobb County PARKS annual Candy Cane Hunt. Hours are 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Activities include cookie decorating, crafts, marshmallow roasting, photos with Santa, and, of course, the Candy Cane Hunt complete with prizes. Your little princesses should wear their favorite ball gowns and tiaras to the Mommy & Me Tea, Sunday, Dec. 3. Seatings are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of light refreshments. Call 770-819-3285 for details and to reserve your table. Sincere thanks to the volunteers of the South Cobb Arts Alliance, and for the vital support of Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.

FRYING A TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING? The City of Smyrna wants your used cooking oil. The used oil will be made into biodiesel fuel for the City’s vehicles, and recycling is so easy for you. Smyrna residents may recycle the used oil by putting it in a plastic milk jug with a screw top and leaving the jug at the curb on their recycling day. Free containers are also available from any of the drop-off locations listed below. Non-residents and residents may bring filled containers to the Smyrna Recycling Center at 3475 Lake Drive, the Smyrna Public Works Department at 2190 Atlanta Road, or the Smyrna Fire Stations on Atlanta Road, South Cobb Drive, Con-

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Notes On The News FAMILY LIFE RESTORATION CENTER ASKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher Family Life Restoration Center in Mableton is in danger of closing and is asking for the support of the community. “We have been taking care of the homeless since 2012 at our Shelter located at 6328 Mableton Parkway,” said Luther B. Washington Jr., executive director. In September “we had a visit from the Fire Marshals and the outcome was not in our favor. We learned that we were in violation of several codes and we were shut down immediately. Washington reported that the organization had to go through the process of placing homeless people in other shelters until address the violations are addressed. “We have not lost hope; we look at this as an opportunity to make our facility safer for those we serve. While God has opened up a door for us to shelter and develop the homeless, the code violations that were presented are extremely costly and the organization cannot afford it at the moment,” he said. “We humbly ask, if you are able, to share in this Set back. First, you can help pray for us here at FLRC. We will need prayers that God will send the right contractors, fire alarm company, sprinkler system company and partners to get the violations corrected. We will also need prayers that our financial needs will be met. We will need roughly $75,000.00 to purchase materials and hire contractors to do the work. Donations are tax deductible. Donate on-line at or send a check made payable to Family Life Restoration Center, 6105 Mableton Parkway, Mableton Georgia 30126. If you have any questions about giving or would like to speak with someone about our work, don't hesitate to contact Luther Washington, Executive Director, at 770944-1066. “I look forward to doing God's work again with the homeless soon and letting you know all about how God has worked through FLRC when we reopen” Washington said. Emory To Grow In Smyrna

Emory is operating the former Emory-Adventist Hospital in Smyrna offering sports medicine, and a focus on the spine and orthopedics. According to Dr. Scott Boden, Smyrna is the second of four Emory Orthopedics and Spine Centers in the metro area. Another is in Johns Creek and others are planned at Spivey Station and Stockbridge. Opening in July, the Smyrna office has a staff of 10 to 12 with a high quality X-ray and MRI scanner in place. “We hope within the next couple of years to build a new medical office tower on that campus.” Bowden said. “We expect it to grow.” Emory has partnered with the Braves and because the Smyrna campus is in close proximity to SunTrust Park has become the official team healthcare provider for the team. Emory is not just the hospital in Clifton Road in DeKalb County. With some 200 sites around Atlanta, Emory Healthcare is “a regional health care provider that is closer to people’s communities,” Bowden said. “We’ve gotten a warm reception to patients that we are committing to this side of town.” He said. Atlanta Road – I-285 Update Drivers on Atlanta Road crossing I-285 have seen nothing happening on the roadway recently. You may wonder if the Georgia DOT is on schedule with the project, or even working on it. The answer is no, and yes. Due to some schedule problems (perhaps I-85 collapsing?) the project missed its September completion date, but should be finished by next summer. But work is going on, it’s just underneath the bridge, only visible from I-285. Some 76 percent of the interchange project is complete, accord to a DOT spokesman at the Smyrna Business Association. Beams are currently being set at night and sound walls still need to be installed. Got an item for the news? Send to


The Smyrna Optimist Club will host its 16th annual “Flippin for Kids” Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 25. This year’s breakfast is dedicated to the memory of long time member and friend Susan Pearson. Susan lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. This year’s breakfast is dedicated to her memory. This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Optimist club, generating over $10,000 annually. All funds raised are used to pay for some of the 50+ Youth oriented projects throughout the community. “Each year since its inception the event has grown in size and in stature” said member Alton Curtis. “It truly has become sort of a Smyrna Community Reunion.” Because the event is held the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving, more family and friends tend to come together to socialize. Many people stop to catch an early breakfast before hitting the malls or going

to the GA/GT rivalry game. “Where else can you go at 8 in the morning, and have all you can eat hot off the grill pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, and coffee for $5?” said Max Bacon, Smyrna Mayor. “This is a wonderful community tradition that we look forward to each Thanksgiving weekend. The Optimist Club does great things for the kids of the community; this is one way to help support that effort.” This year’s event will begin at 8 a.m. and serve until 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. Tickets are being sold in advance by the club members and can also be purchased at the door for $5. To get tickets contact Chairman of the breakfast Tara Carr 678-772-7894 or any member you may know of the group. We look forward to having you and your family come and be a part of this special day.

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