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Every Issue 4 Around Acworth 12 Q&A: Marvon Williams 16 Celebrations 22 Pizza, Pints & Pigskins 35 Networking 36 Rob’s Rescues 38 Photos: Art House 40 Noteworthy 42 Growing Gardeners 47 Senior Events 48 Community Calendar 51 Local Home Sales 52 Cobb Photographic Society 54 Directory of Advertisers Contributors 14 Brian Nejedly 20 Cobb Schools 30 Elisabeth Stubbs 37 Greg Fonzeno 46 Jay White 8 Jesse Evans 33 Joel Williams 34 Kelly Nagel 50 Mia Rooney 32 Roberto De Jesus 44 Susan Schulz 40 Terry Huey 24 Tom Brooks 10 Tommy Allegood Features 14 Wedding Memories Learn what you need to know about capturing your special day in photos. 18 Mamma Mia! Celebrate National Pasta Month by trying these six mouth-watering recipes. 26 Sharper Images Photographer Mark Chandler shares his best tips for shooting clearer pictures. 14
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What’s Closed

O’Charley’s at 3285 Cobb Parkway, Acworth, recently closed. The casual-dining chain shuttered 18 struggling restaurants in the Southeast and Midwest on Aug. 20, but it’s unclear if the Acworth location was included in that mass closure.


Dr. Jose Gonzalez became the 100th active member of the Rotary Club of North Cobb after his induction Sept. 7. The group is led by President Nancy Prochaska.

What’s Changed

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Two LiRu Antiques closed after losing its lease at its prime location in downtown Acworth, but owner Lisa Mack and store manager Ryan Blankenberger have moved down the street to 4510 S. Main St. and opened Acworth Vintage & Vinyl . The rebranded store, which sells vinyl records, vintage clothing and T-shirts, coins, collectibles, baseball cards, and rocks and crystals, is open for business and is planning a grand opening Oct. 13. 770-766-5522, www.facebook.com/ twoliruantiquesANDestatesales.

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Letter From the Editor

This month, I celebrate a very important anniversary. On Oct. 27, 20 years ago, I bought the first house I’d ever owned by myself, the house I still call home. This was a huge milestone for me. My marital status had changed unexpectedly, and I suddenly was the single mother of a young son. I’d never been on my own before — I moved from my parents’ house to my married life home — so I had no idea if I could make it. I was terrified. But God definitely watched over us and made sure we ended up in the right house. He also made sure I didn’t lose it during two years of unemployment after being laid off in the Great Recession of 2008-09.

Moving day, Nov. 1, was one of the happiest days of my life. I’ve had many memorable times here, like the housewarming party my friends threw for us after we moved in and the home maintenance/improvement projects my dad did for me.

Many of my memories involve my son — getting snazzed-up for four — yes, four — proms and the homecoming dance, trying on his graduation cap and gown, earning his first cellphone. I remember bringing him home, still groggy, after he had his wisdom teeth removed and seeing him open the door and say, “Heeerrre’s Johnny!” I watched him

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suffer through his first broken heart, washed his smelly baseball uniforms about a thousand times and found the mountain of chewable vitamins he’d stashed under his bed. While he celebrated getting his driver’s license, I battled the sickest feeling I’d ever had as I saw him back out of the driveway for the first time.

A vivid memory was one Easter when about 10 of his youth group friends came over to watch “The Passion of the Christ” together. It was a Friday night — they could’ve been doing a million other things, but they chose to learn about Jesus. That was special.

Some people might not have a sentimental attachment to their home, but I do. It’s more than concrete blocks and two-by-fours to me. It’s my safe haven.

This month, we’re offering a variety of features for your enjoyment, including recipes on Page 18 that celebrate National Pasta Month and photos from Pizza, Pints & Pigskins on Page 22 and the Art House on Page 38.

And check out our photographyrelated articles: what to look for in wedding photographers on Page 14 and tips for taking sharper photos on Page 26.

Happy fall reading, y’all!

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Fall Events Help Unify, Strengthen Community

The Acworth Police Department is set to light up the community calendar with some exciting events that promise fun, camaraderie and community. Get ready to mark your calendars and be part of these awesome events.

As the witching hour of Halloween approaches, we are gearing up to host our annual Safe-O-Ween event, where kids and families can embark on a unique trick-or-treating adventure at the police department Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m. This event is anything but ordinary, and for many of our staff, it is the highlight of the year. Kids ages 12 and younger, along with their families, will have the opportunity to go trick-or-treating inside our headquarters, while being surrounded by spooky, kid-safe decorations that surely will make for a spooktacular Halloween!

Officers and staff have been working hard on the preparations to ensure this event is safe and enjoyable for everyone. It’s a fun way for the community to come together and celebrate the spooky season while creating memorable moments and opportunities for children to interact with our officers and staff in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Safe-O-Ween is the Halloween experience you won’t want to miss, so be sure to mark your calendars.

Following the Halloween excitement, the Acworth Police Community Foundation will be hosting the first Battle of the Boards Cornhole Fundraiser on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Acworth Sports Complex. This event promises an afternoon of friendly competition, delicious food and refreshing drinks, all available for purchase on-site. The best part is the proceeds from this event go directly to support the foundation.

The Acworth Police Community Foundation plays a crucial role in addressing community needs, and your participation in the Battle of the Boards fundraiser would make a significant impact. Not only will you be supporting a worthy cause, but this event also will serve as the official kickoff for our annual Christmas toy drive.

As the holiday season draws near, our department once again will launch our toy drive. Each year, we collect toys to ensure that every child in Acworth has a reason to smile during the holidays. The week before Christmas, parents and

guardians of children in need will be invited to “shop” for toys at the police department and will be able to enjoy this special season without the financial stress that the holidays can bring.

From Safe-O-Ween to the Battle of the Boards Cornhole Fundraiser to the Christmas toy drive, these events are opportunities for the Acworth community to connect, strengthen bonds and give back to those who need it most. Don’t miss out. Join us for the festivities, and, together, let’s partner to make Acworth an even better place to live, work and play. We hope to see you there!

Chief Jesse Evans has served more than 20 years as a prosecutor and law enforcement professional. He is a native of Acworth and knows there is no better place to live, work and play. Lots of families had a ghoulish good time at last year’s Safe-O-Ween at the Acworth Police Department.
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A Message From the

We’re looking forward to you and your family, friends and neighbors coming to downtown Acworth for all the fun events in October! The Taste of Acworth returns to historic downtown Main Street on Oct. 7. This event has become a highly anticipated fall favorite, where attendees can enjoy trying foods from a number of restaurants in Acworth and nearby.

And don’t forget, the annual Acworth Scarecrow Parade, sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, is back and ready to be enjoyed the entire month of October. We can’t get enough of the way our community businesses, organizations, residents and visitors come together to celebrate the autumn season downtown. There’s something special about Acworth in the fall, and we hope you enjoy this beautiful time of year as much as we’re enjoying the scarecrows hanging along Main Street.

This year, the Acworth Fall Town Hall will take place Oct. 11 at the Tanyard Creek Overlook in the Acworth Community Center. We’ll be sharing information on ongoing and upcoming projects within the city. It’s a great way to learn more about how the city functions and meet our amazing team that works hard to serve our residents every day.

Please visit the Events tab at www.acworth.org for more information on the meeting.

Looking for a fun Halloween event to share with the kids? Our city team has you covered. Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department is excited to host the Halloween JamBOOree Oct. 21, 3-7 p.m., at Logan Farm Park. This vibrant event returns this year with carnival-style games, bounce houses and trick-or-treating.

The Acworth Power and Public Works and Acworth Police departments join forces on Halloween to bring families the opportunity to enjoy a spooky and safe trick-or-treating experience at their annual SafeO-Ween event, Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m., at the Acworth Police Department. Our city team works hard to plan these events and enjoys bringing the festivities to the community we love to serve.

As always, for the latest information on any of our events and projects, you can visit www.acworth.org, sign up for our e-news blasts on our home page, “like” the city of Acworth on Facebook or follow us on Instagram at @cityofacworthga.

May God bless you and your families.

Tommy Allegood was elected to Acworth’s city council in 2000 and has served as mayor since 2002. He is a community builder who is purposed to make it count!

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Get to Know

What are your main responsibilities?

The Acworth Downtown Development Authority’s vision is to help create a vibrant, diverse and relevant downtown. We help foster economic development while preserving the historic downtown heritage. My role as a board member is to champion needs in our downtown and city.

What is your background?

Armed with a solid foundation in business from the University of the District of Columbia, I’ve channeled my expertise toward community service. My commitment to civic engagement led me to serve on various boards, including the YMCA, Kennesaw Business Association and Acworth Business Association. I proudly served as president of the latter. Currently, I contribute to the progress of our community as a member of the Downtown Development Authority, Acworth Police Community Foundation and Acworth Arts Alliance boards. Together, we strive to shape a vibrant and prosperous future for our city.

What surprises you most about the DDA?

What I’m most surprised about is how seamlessly the business community and the city collaborate. The synergy demonstrates a remarkable cohesion and shared vision, making decisions and progress swift and effective. This unity has fostered a vibrant environment for growth and community development, of which the city and its residents are the beneficiaries.

What do you like about being a member?

What I find the most rewarding is being an ambassador for the city that I love. A passion of mine continues to be advocating for small-business owners and helping drive economic growth with a group of like-minded individuals.

What sets Acworth apart?

Acworth is unique in that we have such a great downtown, with a variety of restaurants and shops, but also have great parks, greenspace and access to two lakes. Really, it is the people that make Acworth a special place. The cooperation between the private and public sectors is why we have seen such quality growth over the past 20 years.

What changes have you seen?

I have served on the DDA board since July 2013. In that time, I have seen the development of our Parkside District, with the addition of Logan Farm Park, the Acworth Community Center and 1885 Grill. The DDA issued a $7 million bond for building the pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks that connects the Historic District to the Parkside District, the Depot History Center, the roundabout at Cherokee and School streets, and Cherokee Plaza.

What future projects excite you?

The DDA and the city have been focused on placemaking (creating quality places where people want to live, play and work) the past few years, and I am excited to see a potential streetscape update in the Historic District and the addition of more public art.

What are your goals?

I balance personal and professional aspirations. Personally, I want to have family time and global travel. I recently returned from a trip to Italy and Spain. On the professional front, I’m resolute in expanding The Insurance Gurus brand. With foresight, I aim to integrate mortgage lending seamlessly into our portfolio, providing holistic financial solutions. Through this, I seek to redefine and elevate the financial well-being of individuals and families worldwide.

Tell us about your family and hobbies.

For 24 years, my wife and I have crafted a life of shared passions. Our two brilliant daughters — our pride and joy — stand as pillars of our world. Together, we journey the globe, exploring fairways and teeing up for adventure. My heart beats for community service, finding joy in giving back. Fitness fuels our days, weaving strength into our family tapestry. And when evening falls, we seek new culinary adventures, savoring the flavor of life together.

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Photography Tips for Capturing Moments to Last a Lifetime

Brian Nejedly is a local photographer who works with Aroundabout Local Media on cover shoots. He’s been shooting weddings since 2004 and has documented the big day for more than 400 couples. Nejedly has shot weddings all over the United States and has even made the journey to Mexico and Jamaica, which he considers his second home. He shared some photography tips for couples preparing for their big day, as well as things to consider when planning a destination wedding.


What are the most popular photos requested?

I honestly get very few requests aside from particular family photos to make sure certain groups are highlighted. I think couples see my portfolio and know that I will take all of the shots expected, plus a bunch that were not expected.

What are the shots you recommend?

Get sunset photos if your location offers a sunset view. Get a natural, unposed photo of the couple laughing together. Get a photo just walking together. It’s great to see natural movement as people might appear stiff if they are all posing.

How can couples choose a great wedding photographer?

Couples need to choose someone whose work stands out to them visually and emotionally. Do you like the types of photos this photographer tends to capture? Do you like their overall lighting style and color (or black and white) treatment? Also, recommendations from past clients are essential.

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Trashing your wedding dress can be much more fun than storing it away for years. Capturing natural action brings out more personality than posing for photos.


What equipment is used at weddings?

A good photographer should have a variety of lenses to cover any scenario. Zoom lenses are convenient, but I prefer fixed lenses that offer a wider aperture. That’s how you get that nice bokeh (background blur) that really makes your subject stand out. That technique also makes flash less necessary when shooting in darker environments. I also use a mixture of off-camera flash and LED lighting. I am not a fan of using only natural light. Use what you need in order to get the best result.

How much time should you book?

My shortest shoot has been less than an hour to cover only the ceremony. My longest has been a full day of about 12 hours. I spend six to eight hours at most of my weddings.

When in the planning process should you contact photographers?

If you have a particular photographer in mind, book them as soon as possible to make sure you get them for your date. If you’re looking around, you should start looking for your photographer right after choosing your venue. Some venues offer their own, or your coordinator may have recommendations for you.


Which do you consider the most photographic wedding location?

Almost anywhere can be a great location. Beaches are nice because you have a simple backdrop of sea and sky. The background should be relatively simple and not distract from any of the subjects you’re shooting.

What should be considered when choosing a destination?

Cost is key. Destination weddings can be less expensive for the couple, but they do cost guests more to attend. Ease of travel also is important. Choose somewhere you can get to easily, with direct flights and minimal ground transportation at the destination. What may be simple with a single family may not be so simple with a large group. Finally, look at the availability of accommodations. Does your chosen location, like a resort, offer accommodations for everyone? Or is there a place nearby? And is this a place your guests would actually enjoy for a few days? It’s nice when everyone can stay together and get to know everyone better.

How do you pick a photographer for a destination wedding?

Do your homework and choose vendors with experience and multiple reviews and referrals. You may feel like you are choosing an unknown vendor far from home. The way you get to know them is by asking them questions and by reading what others have to say about their work.

How can you take advantage of local scenery and culture?

Do a day-after-the-wedding photo session at a local location or even do a “trash the dress” shoot at a nearby beach, waterfall or river.

What’s your favorite type of venue in north Georgia?

My favorite type of north Georgia venue is one that offers a scenic backdrop and is structured for holding events. It also helps when the venue provides an indoor option in case of rain. A historic home, estate or farm location usually offers a variety of backdrops to work with.

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A sunset photo captures a perfect ending to a perfect day. All photos courtesy of Brian Nejedly (briannejedlyphoto.com). A close up shot of wedding rings is a great addition to your photo album.



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Nothing lights up our world more than you! You are our everything. Happy seventh birthday, our little one. Wishing you a fantastic first grade! We know you’re going to rock it!

Love, Mommy and Daddy

The Young sisters share the same birthday. Happy ninth birthday, Karter! Happy sixth birthday, Kobi! Your family loves you so much!

Age 3 on Oct. 22

Three years of the love of my life. We love you, daughter. Mom, Dad and brother

Georgia Age 5 on Oct. 11

Happy birthday, sweet Georgia girl!

Your family loves you so much!

Mom, Dad, Caroline, Margot, MeMe and Chip


Celebrates her 17th birthday on Oct. 17

Happy birthday! We love you!

Young Sisters Aidan Alspaugh Maitê Ramos
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Celebrate National Pasta Month With These Recipes

October has been designated National Pasta Month, and to commemorate, we asked local food experts — culinary arts instructors and chefs — as well as Aroundabout Local Media writers and employees to contribute their favorite noodle recipes.

Around the World Pasta

Recipe and photo courtesy of Tiffany Hughes

• 4 cups chicken broth

• 19 ounces frozen cheese tortellini

• Extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 pound your favorite sausage

• 1 small head cabbage, thinly sliced

• 4 tablespoons butter, divided

• 2 tablespoons Korean BBQ seasoning, divided

• 1 teaspoon garlic salt, or more to taste

• 2 teaspoons crushed garlic

• ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bring chicken broth to boil in a medium pot over mediumhigh heat, then add tortellini. If liquid does not cover pasta, add water. Cook just until pasta floats to the top. Do not drain. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet, then add sausage (if using kielbasa, cut into pieces before cooking). When sausage is done, add cabbage and toss to coat with oil, then add 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon BBQ seasoning, garlic salt and crushed garlic. Cook until cabbage is wilted, stirring frequently. Transfer tortellini and pasta water into pan with cabbage. Add remaining butter and stir to combine. Add remaining BBQ seasoning. Stir well, then reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until pasta water has reduced (10-15 minutes). Remove cover and add Parmesan. Toss to coat then serve.

Fettuccine Alfredo

Recipe and photo courtesy of chef Ale Peek

• 1 pound fettuccine pasta

• 6 tablespoons butter

• 1½ cups heavy cream

• 1 garlic clove, minced

• 1¼ cups shredded Parmesan cheese

• ¼ teaspoon salt

• ¼ teaspoon pepper

• 2 tablespoons Italian parsley (optional)

Boil fettuccine according to package directions. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add cream and bring mixture to a simmer. Cook, whisking often, for 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for another minute. Add Parmesan cheese and whisk until melted. When you add cheese, the alfredo sauce will thicken. If not thick enough, allow it to stand for 2-3 minutes before serving. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and parsley. Toss in fettuccine.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Kat Holt

• 3 chicken breasts

• Garlic and herb seasoning, to taste

• Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, to taste

• Smoked paprika, to taste

• 1 box penne pasta

• 2 tablespoons butter

• 2 tablespoons garlic

• 2 tablespoons tomato paste

• ¾ cup chicken broth

• ¾ cup heavy cream

• Fresh parsley

• Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

• Lemon juice

NOTE: If using breakfast sausage, omit olive oil and cook cabbage in renderings.

Butterfly the chicken breasts. Season with garlic and herb seasoning, Creole seasoning and smoked paprika. Sear chicken in a large skillet for about 4 minutes on each side and baste with some butter. Set chicken aside. Cook penne pasta according to package directions. In the chicken skillet, add butter, garlic and tomato paste and mix. Then add chicken broth and heavy cream. Simmer on low, then add parsley, Parmesan cheese, a little lemon juice and more garlic and herb seasoning and Creole seasoning. Set aside some of the sauce. Add cooked noodles to the skillet and mix. Slice the chicken. Plate noodles and add sliced chicken on top. Pour extra sauce over chicken. Top with parsley and Parmesan cheese.

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Creamy Tortellini, Spinach and Chicken Soup

From 365 Days of Slow Pressure Cooking,contributed by Amanda Bowen

• 1 medium yellow onion, diced

• ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

• 1 tablespoon dried basil

• 2 cloves of garlic, minced

• 2 tablespoons tomato paste

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 4 cups chicken broth

• 2 14.5-ounce cans petite diced tomatoes

• 1 to 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

• 1 teaspoon salt

• ½ teaspoon pepper

• 4 cups frozen or fresh cheese tortellini

• 3 cups packed spinach (more, if desired)

• ½ cup Parmesan cheese

• 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half

In a microwave-safe bowl, add onions, flour, basil, garlic and tomato paste and drizzle with olive oil. Microwave for 5 minutes, stirring every 90 seconds (the mixture will be pasty and weird looking). Put in slow cooker. Add broth, tomatoes, chicken, salt and pepper. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours (or until chicken is very tender). Remove lid and use a fork to remove chicken. Add tortellini, spinach, Parmesan cheese and warm cream (should be warmed to prevent curdling). On a cutting board, shred or cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Add chicken. Replace lid and cook on high for about 10 minutes, or until tortellini are cooked through. Ladle into serving bowls. Yield: 8 servings

Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Recipe courtesy of Anne Alejandro

• 1 pound macaroni

• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

• 2 carrots, shredded

• ¼ cup onion, shredded (optional)

• 2½ cups Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise (no substitutes!)

• ¼ cup milk

• 2 teaspoons sugar

• Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain well and place in a large bowl (I like to use one with a lid for easy refrigeration later). While macaroni is still hot, sprinkle on vinegar and add carrots and onion. Toss together until well combined. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until cooled. In a smaller bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk and sugar. Fold mayonnaise mixture into the macaroni until all the noodles are evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours (best if overnight). Gently stir before serving. Add a little more milk, if needed, but no more than a tablespoon or two.

Gnocchi Carbonara

Recipe and photo courtesy of Mark Maier

• 4 large russet potatoes, scrubbed clean

• 2½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

• 3 large eggs

• ¼ cup ricotta cheese

• 2 teaspoons kosher salt

• Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Poke potatoes all over with a fork and place directly on oven racks. Bake until easily pierced with a knife, about 60 minutes. Let cool. Once cool enough to handle, cut potatoes in half, and continue cooling. Once steam has escaped and potatoes are dry, scoop out insides. Discard skins. Run potatoes through a ricer or mash well with a fork. In a large bowl, combine riced potatoes, 1 cup flour, eggs, ricotta cheese, salt and a little pepper and mix; add more flour a little at a time as needed until a dough forms. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Using your hands, roll each piece into a long rope, about ¾-inch in diameter. Cut ropes into 1-inch pieces. Place pieces on a lightly floured baking sheet. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi until it floats to top, about 2 minutes. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water (for carbonara sauce), then drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown butter over medium heat, and once it’s nutty and fragrant, add the cooked gnocchi. Season with several cranks of black pepper and salt, if needed. Saute about 2 minutes, until golden in color.

Carbonara Sauce

• 4 ounces bacon, chopped

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• Black pepper and salt

• 1 clove garlic, crushed

• 3 whole eggs

• ½ cup finely grated Parmesan

• 1 small handful chopped parsley

Add bacon and oil to a cold pan and saute over medium heat (add generous amount of black pepper while bacon is cooking) until bacon is crisp and fat is rendered. Add garlic during the last minute of cooking. Mix eggs and Parmesan together in a mixing bowl. Remove bacon from heat, set bacon aside and add gnocchi to pan. Working off the heat, pour egg/cheese mixture into gnocchi, mixing quickly until the eggs thicken but do not scramble. Thin out sauce with reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency. Season with freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste. Mound the pasta into warm serving bowls and garnish with chopped parsley.

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Barber Students Intern With Global Team

While most kids took a break from learning over the summer, five Barber Middle School students seized the opportunity to intern with MADlearn, a company that helps young people develop their own apps.

Only 14 students across the country were selected for the MAD-learn virtual internship — which helps students sharpen their skills and acquire new ones for future careers — and five of them represented Barber: Alix Bennett-McMyne, Ana Carroll, Buchi Emerah, Syeda Tanzim and Jalen Walker.

Based on their interests, the eighth-graders were assigned to mentors, senior MAD-team members who gave weekly tasks for the students to complete. The students reported directly to their mentors, who guided and helped them navigate through challenges.

“The majority of companies refrain from offering internships to middle school students, despite the evident proficiency displayed by these young individuals,” said Saundra Watts, a computer science and STEM teacher at Barber. “These students demonstrate a remarkable aptitude for acquiring genuine on-the-job soft skills, assuming responsibilities, resolving challenges and, notably, cultivating effective teamwork.

“Their collaboration with teams composed of adults is a source of genuine pride. Within my classroom, I am diligently imparting the significance of personal branding and the art of constructing compelling resumes. The opportunity provided by MAD-learn, enabling students to apply their acquired knowledge to tangible real-world undertakings, is genuinely valued and appreciated.”

Alix is grateful that the company opened the internship opportunity to middle school students and hopes the experience will help when applying for college.

“The MAD-learn internship gave me an amazing opportunity to discover what modern internships

and workplaces are like, all while allowing me to further my interests in graphic design, writing and voice acting,” she said. “The most useful thing I learned was probably how to write professional, confident emails, which I previously struggled with.”

While Alix made posters, blogged and worked on a tutorial video, Syeda learned design tasks during her internship that she wants to continue in the future.

“I enjoyed the internship at MADlearn because they personalized the tasks that were given to stuff that fit your interests,” Syeda said. “Also, it fits around your schedule so that you can work at your own pace without any pressure. I also like how friendly and supportive the whole team was to everyone.”

When the Barber students learned about the internship opportunity, they were eager to apply. They learned about resumes and how to

create one and had to interview for the position.

Through the internship, the eighth-graders were able to experience working with a global team, which helped them learn how to build and maintain a network of relationships and mentors.

As part of her internship, Ana worked on music and lyrics for the first MAD-learn song.

“Working with MAD-learn was amazing,” she said. “I got to experience what it was like to work with a team worldwide and hear their thoughts, ideas and perspectives. This internship has allowed me to be creative and work hard over the summer.”

Besides the students who interned over the summer, Barber has three additional students, Aaliyah Anderson, Suany Rivera-Abrego and Sophia Smith, interning with the company this fall.

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MAD-learn interns from Barber Middle School are, front, Jalen Walker; middle from left, Syeda Tanzim and Aaliyah Anderson; and back from left, Buchi Emerah, Sophia Smith, Suany Rivera-Abrego, Ana Carroll and Alix Bennett-McMyne.

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Crowd Chooses Best Pies at Annual Festival

It might have been a rainy day, but the weather didn’t deter avid pizza lovers from venturing out to the annual Pizza, Pints & Pigskins festival Sept. 9 at Logan Farm Park in Acworth. Foodies were asked to vote for their favorite pies, and when the voting ended, Pisano’s Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen in Kennesaw took home the People’s Choice Award. Generations Pizza in Acworth won Best Overall Taste honors, while Doro’s Italian Restaurant in Acworth snagged the Best Presentation Award. Besides getting their fill of pizza, attendees could watch college football games on big-screen TVs, play in the kids’ zone, listen to live music, browse through the Georgia Grown Member Gift Market and purchase drinks from the beer garden.

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College football fans take a break to watch the Nebraska-Colorado game during the annual festival.
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Pizza lovers voted Pisano’s Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen as the People’s Choice winner. Employees of Doro’s Italian Restaurant, which won the Best Presentation Award, show off their pizza.

@ the Library

Kemp Memorial Library

4029 Due West Road, Marietta, 770-528-2527

• Book Chat: Second Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. The adult book club’s selection for Oct. 12 is the literary mystery “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger.

• Cooking Club: Fourth Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. Bring a dish to share with the group in a fun and relaxed environment. The Oct. 26 theme is stuffing.

North Cobb Regional Library

3535 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw, 770-801-5320

• The Lit Squad, A Walking Book Club for Busy Adults: Meets at trails in the Acworth-Kennesaw area on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The genre for October is Spooky Stuff. RSVP at cobbcat.org for meetup details.

• Cross-Stitch Meetup: Meets the first Saturday of every month. Cross-stitch and needlepoint crafters can share ideas and enjoy a day of stitching and chatting with other crafty peers on Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Homeschool Meetup: Socialize and share with other homeschoolers. Meets Mondays, Oct. 9 and Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. Registration is encouraged at cobbcat.org.

Stratton Library

1100 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, 770-528-2522

• African American Book Discussion: Meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The book selection for Oct. 9 is a novel inspired by history, “Yellow Wife” by Sadeqa Johnson.

• Teens Knit: Meets the fourth Monday of every month, 5 p.m. Teens, ages 12-17, can socialize and bring supplies to work on knitting projects on Oct. 23.

West Cobb Regional Library

1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, 770-528-4699

• The West Cobb Craft Club: Meets every Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon. All skill levels are welcome to knit, crochet or work on any other portable craft.

• Chess: Open Play and Family-Style Instruction: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month is Black Light Chess. The event is family-friendly, and all experience levels are welcome.

Early-Learning Resources Offered to All Children

Cobb County’s public libraries play an essential role in supporting early-learning success in the community. Introducing children to the library at a young age supports healthy brain development and builds socialemotional skills with lifelong impact.

For many, this journey starts by visiting the Cobb County libraries and meeting the employees, checking out books regularly, attending storytimes and signing up for the 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten (1000B4K) program.

The program encourages families with young children to read at least 1,000 books with them before they start kindergarten. A 1000B4K Completion Celebration is scheduled for Oct. 14 at North Cobb Regional Library. Space is limited, and registration is required at cobbcat.org.

Explore these October programs for young children at the West Region libraries:

• West Cobb Regional Library: Baby Storytime is Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime, for children ages 18 months to 3 years, meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., followed by Preschool Storytime at 11:30 a.m.

• North Cobb Regional Library: Family Storytime for ages birth to 5 years offers two sessions with stories, music and movement activities Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Play Cafe, featuring self-directed play stations for ages 18 months to 7 years, meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Cobb and Douglas Public Health officials will be at the library for an early hearing detection and intervention event Oct. 10, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., for babies up to 18 months old.

• Kemp Memorial Library: Baby and Toddler Storytime meets Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., and Preschool Storytime meets Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

• Stratton Library: Toddler Time, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., provides ages birth to 3 years a chance to sing, play and read. Preschool Storytime is Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

To connect to early-learning resources offered by the Cobb County Public Library, visit www.cobbcounty. org/library/learning-programs/early-learning.

Tom Brooks is the communications specialist for the Cobb County Public Library. He enjoys walking and hiking in the Georgia mountains, photography and engaging conversations.

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Learn How to Take Sharper Photos Using a Camera

It is disappointing to take what you think will be a good photo, only to see on your computer screen that the image is slightly out of focus or just not sharp. There are several things you can do when taking photos that will increase your chances of making them sharp. Through learning the functions of your camera and improving your focusing techniques, you can create sharp photos consistently.

Knowing the features of your camera is important in obtaining good results. There are settings that can help you make sure you have your subject in focus. For starters, most modern cameras have at least two

focus settings: one-shot focus and continuous focus (different brands might use different terminology, but they all basically do the same thing). One-shot focus is best used for a static subject, and continuous focus works best for subjects that are moving. The seagull photo was shot with continuous focus.

Continuous focus often is used for sports photography, when the participants are moving, and the photographer can track them and hold focus on them as they move. To accomplish this, press the shutter button halfway and track the subject while moving, with the focusing points continuously on the subject. If the focusing points fall off the subject, you likely will lose focus, but as long as the points are on it, you can press the shutter and keep the focus continuously.

One-shot focus is basically just that — taking one shot at a time, refocusing and shooting again. If you’re taking photos of people, focus on their eyes, then take your shot.

Your camera probably has multiple focusing points. It likely will grab the focus of whatever is closest to the lens, but this might not be your intended subject. One way to control this is to set your camera to one focus point or just a few focus points. Then you can use this point to focus directly at the subject and, if needed, slightly move your camera to recompose the scene, once you have your subject in focus. This typically works with a static subject.

Another consideration is the aperture, or f-stop. The wider the aperture (the smaller the f-stop number) is, the more shallow the depth of field (the area that is in focus) will be. This is great if you want a blurry background, but, sometimes, it might be too shallow to capture your entire subject in focus. Notice in the butterfly photo, the head is in focus, but the wings fall out of focus. This is controlled by the aperture. If you want the whole butterfly in focus, then you need to close down your aperture (to a larger f-stop number) to enlarge the focus area (depth of field). So instead of shooting at f/2.8, maybe try f/8 or f/11.

When you use a smaller aperture, be careful not to use a shutter speed that’s too slow. By closing down the aperture, you are letting less light into the camera. You likely will compensate for that by using a slower shutter speed, but one that’s too slow will cause motion blur or camera shake, as you might not be able to hold the camera still enough to take a sharp photo. The rule of thumb is: You can hold your camera at a shutter speed of 1/focal length of your lens. If you are using a 50 mm lens, you typically can hand-hold at a shutter speed of 1/60 second or faster. If using a 200 mm lens, then the slowest you want to try to hand-hold your camera would be 1/200 second (or the closest speed on your camera, such as 1/250 second). For anything slower, a tripod is recommended.

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101 Photography

When holding your camera, specifically with slower shutter speeds, there are techniques to improve the chances of not having camera shake. If your lens has image stabilization (or vibration reduction), be sure this option is turned on. This feature is there specifically to help give you sharper images. If you can, brace yourself next to a wall or tree to steady yourself. Keep your elbows tucked in close, put one hand under the lens and hold your breath as you press the shutter gently. Of course, if you can increase the shutter speed, that will improve the likelihood of getting a sharp image. If you have to shoot at any shutter speed slower than the aforementioned rule of thumb, using a tripod is recommended. For a tripod, turn off the image stabilization (or vibration reduction) on your lens. Use a shutter remote so you will not shake the camera while pressing the shutter. Remotes are available wired or wireless or as an app on your phone, depending on the make of your camera. If you don’t have a remote, you can use the delayed shutter feature, which delays the time between your pressing the shutter and the camera taking the photo. Usually, you have the option of two seconds or 10 seconds. This will give the camera time to stop shaking after you press the shutter.

Taking sharp photographs is not difficult, but it is a process. Learning these tips and making a mental checklist each time you take a photo will help you take the sharpest photos and get the most out of your equipment.

Mark Chandler is past president of the Cobb Photographic Society and teaches photography for the Kennesaw and Smyrna parks and recreation departments. See his work on Instagram @markchandlerphotography.
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Antiques - Design - History

Shop and take in a bit of Canton’s rich history at Cotton Mill Exchange.

While there, don’t be surprised to run into locals as well as shoppers from Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas or Florida.

The combination of 150 merchants inside a 48,000-squarefoot space at The Mill on Etowah makes Cotton Mill Exchange (CME) a natural attraction for folks looking for a one-stop shopping experience.

Owners Steve and Lori Sinatra describe the family of vendors as the best in Cherokee and surrounding counties.

“When you enter the store, we hope you will see the higher quality and remarkable talent in all the shops inside,” Lori said. “CME truly is the place to shop for home furnishings, gifts and other specialty items.”

The home of CME, The Mill on Etowah sits on the banks of the Etowah River, not far from Canton’s Main Street. In 2018, developers purchased the former denim factory and created a 250,000-square-foot adaptive reuse development intended to maintain the rich history while creating a popular destination for shopping, dining and events.

Just outside the front door of Cotton Mill Exchange, festivals and other outdoor events take place on a regular basis, attracting more shoppers. CME is surrounded by a brewery, four restaurants — with two more planned — an ice cream shop, a wine bar, a doughnut shop and more.

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Manager Suzanne Skelly and owners Sinatra, with dog, Frankie.

Gift boutiques. Tableware, gourmet olive oils, bath and spa items, and more.

Handcrafted, beautiful walnut and white oak dining tables as well as charcuterie and cutting boards.

Antique and primitive furniture. Early American, European/French, incredible pieces from the 1700s to 1900s.

Clothing boutiques. Four boutiques offering sophisticated to trendy styles, along with jewelry and accessories.

Artisans. Pottery, artwork, leather goods and more.

New furniture and restored vintage furniture. Sofas, dining tables, painted and refinished vintage furniture.



When the Sinatras opened CME on Jan. 13, 2020, they fulfilled a long-held dream: to own a business in the historic town they live in. Inside the Sinatras’ store, there’s a nod to the past around every corner, from the 123-year-old original maple floors to the brick walls and wooden ceilings. Many former employees and family members talk about their memories of this mill being the center of their lives and what it meant to their family.

It’s not uncommon for a family, group of friends or a couple to spend hours strolling among the vendors’ booths in search of the perfect gift, women’s clothing or a new piece of furniture for their home. The Sinatras are excited for the future of CME and always are looking for new vendors.

“We appreciate and thank Canton and the surrounding towns for their support these first three years,” Steve said. “You have made CME a great place to visit and shop: Your Inspiration Destination!”

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owners Steve and Lori Primitives and antiques. Women’s clothing and accessories. Handcrafted tables and lighting.
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Thinking About New Window Treatments?

What options are there for window treatments?

The selection of window treatments includes blinds, shutters, draperies and many different types of shades, available in a wide variety of fabrics and woods.

How much does a custom window covering cost?

Depending on the style of window covering you choose, a standard 48by-60 window will run from $200 for the least expensive to more than $1,500 on the high end.

What are the trends in window coverings?

Shades that are handwoven from natural reeds, grasses and woods. Grays are still in, as well as statement colors such as bright reds, blues, etc. Textures, stripes and geometric patterns also are popular choices. Layering, pastels, and pretty and romantic fabrics are the coming trends. Simple, sleek lines, chrome decorative hardware and clean, modern looks also are trending.

What are the benefits of shutters?

Shutters lend warmth and classic styling to any room. Choices include real hardwood, modern-day hybrid materials and polysatin compound for maximum strength and durability.

How long does it take to get new window treatments?

Depending on the window treatment you choose, you can expect to wait two to four weeks from order to delivery.

Are cordless options available?

Absolutely. From cordless and motorized operating systems, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls, there is a wide array of lifting system options for enhanced child and pet safety.

How do motorized options work?

Almost all custom window treatments are available with a motorized operating system. Convenience is a key advantage, but it is not the only one. Motorized window coverings offer enhanced child and pet safety. They can be programmed to optimize energy efficiency. You can easily operate your coverings from a remote control, a wireless wall switch or from your mobile device. Lift mechanisms like PowerRise allow you to raise/lower your coverings, PowerGlide allows for easy opening, closing or rotating the vanes of your vertical coverings, and PowerTilt easily tilts slats.

How do I let in light without sacrificing privacy?

You will like the Top-Down/ Bottom-Up operating system; you can maintain your privacy and still enjoy the natural light.

What do you recommend for a sliding glass door?

Vertical blinds are recommended for a sliding glass door. Since they draw to the side rather than lifting and lowering, they operate better on doors and windows that also slide from side to side.

What is a honeycomb shade?

This type of shade is made with multiple cells instead of a single layer. Think of the inside of a beehive. Honeycomb shades are available with single, double and triple honeycombs and are very energy efficient, as this unique cellular shade traps air in distinct pockets to help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor

Managing finances and investing for your future are important tasks that can be challenging. Many people benefit from working with a financial advisor who knows their needs and goals and makes appropriate recommendations. If you’re considering getting help, you’ll want to find the financial advisor that’s right for you.

• Have you worked with people like me? All of us are unique individuals, yet we share certain characteristics with others — age, income, family situation, etc. You might feel comfortable knowing that a financial advisor has worked with people like you and can readily understand and appreciate your needs and specific goals. The more information you provide about yourself upfront, the better your chances of finding a good match.

• Do you have a particular investment philosophy? Some financial advisors follow a certain investment style. Others might focus on specific investments or categories. There’s nothing wrong with these approaches, but you might be better served by someone who takes a broader view that emphasizes helping clients meet their goals.

• How will you communicate with me? Open and frequent communication is key to a successful relationship with a financial advisor. You’ll want to know what to expect. Will you have annual or semiannual reviews? Between reviews, can you contact your advisor with questions you have? How will an advisor notify you to recommend investment moves? Will you communicate with the financial advisor or are other people involved?

• How do you define success for your clients? When you ask potential financial advisors how they define success, you might want to look for responses that go beyond numbers and encompass statements such as “I’m successful if my clients trust me to do the right things for them. I’m successful when I know I’ve helped my clients reach all their goals.”

• How are you compensated? Financial advisors are compensated in different ways. Some work on commissions, some charge fees, and some combine fees and commissions. There isn’t any best method, but you should understand how an advisor is compensated before you begin a professional relationship.

These aren’t the only questions you could ask, but they’re a good start. When you’re trusting someone to help with your important financial goals, you want to be completely comfortable with that individual. Ask whatever is on your mind.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones financial advisor. Edward Jones, member SIPC

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The What, How, Why of Contingency Fees

When seeking legal representation for a personal injury case, you might come across the term “contingency fee.” What is a contingency fee? How does it work, and what are the benefits?

A contingency fee is a payment arrangement between a client and his or her attorney, where the attorney’s fee is contingent upon the successful resolution of the case. In other words, the attorney’s compensation is determined as a percentage of the final settlement or recovery obtained for the client. If the case isn’t successfully resolved, the attorney does not receive payment. Contingency fees primarily are used in personal injury or workers’ compensation cases.

How Contingency Fees Work

• Agreement on a contingency-fee percentage: If the attorney agrees to handle your case on a contingency basis, you will negotiate and agree upon a specific percentage of the final settlement or verdict that will serve as the attorney’s fee. In workers’ compensation cases, the fee is capped at 25%. In personal injury cases, the fee usually is higher and can range from 30% to 45%, depending on the complexities of your case.

• Payment only if successful: A primary advantage of a contingency-fee arrangement is you pay the attorney only if he or she successfully resolves your case. If the attorney fails to obtain a settlement or favorable verdict, you are not responsible for paying any fees. This arrangement aligns the attorney’s interests with yours, as he or she is motivated to secure the best resolution possible for your case.

• Fee calculation: Once your case is resolved successfully, the attorney’s fee is calculated based on the agreed-upon percentage of the final settlement or verdict. For example, if your case settles for $10,000, and the contingency fee is 30%, your attorney will be paid $3,000.

Benefits of Contingency Fees

Contingency-fee arrangements offer several advantages to clients, including:

• Access to legal representation. Contingency fees enable individuals who might not have the means to pay high hourly fees to have access to capable legal representation.

• Shared risk. The attorney shares the risks of the case with the client, as he or she is compensated only if the case is successful. This motivates the attorney to work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome.

Contingency fees provide an opportunity for individuals to seek fair compensation without the financial strain of upfront costs and should foster a partnership that strives for a successful resolution.

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Waymark is a 501(c)(3) that provides life-changing programming & relationships for youth in foster, adoptive and group homes through camps, skills-training and mentoring.

You can RSVP at www.waymarkfoster.org/gala We hope to see you there! Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6:45 - 9 p.m. at North Metro Church in Marietta!
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Oct. 7

Taste of Acworth

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Downtown Acworth

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Morning Jolt

8-9 a.m.

The Cowan Historic Mill

4271 Southside Drive

Oct. 12

Alive After 5

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Center Street Tavern

4381 Center St.

Oct. 23


Golf Tournament

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8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bentwater Golf Club

100 Golf Links Drive

Oct. 26

Women’s Networking Lunch

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Logan Farm House

4756 Logan Road

Nov. 2

ABA Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Acworth Community Center

4361 Cherokee St.


Navigating Business Surprises With Grace


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In the world of business leadership, one thing is certain: Plans don’t always go as expected. You’ve meticulously charted your course, crunched the numbers and developed a strategy that seemed foolproof. But suddenly, a curveball is thrown your way, and you find yourself facing a situation that’s drastically different from your well-laid plans. How you respond to these unexpected twists can define your success. Here are some practical tips:

• Stay calm and adapt. The first step is to take a deep breath and remain composed. Panicking won’t solve the problem at hand. Instead, assess the situation objectively and be ready to adapt. Remember, it’s not the change itself that’s the problem; it’s how you react to it.


• Embrace change as an opportunity. View unexpected events as opportunities for growth and innovation. Some of the greatest business success stories emerged from times of adversity. Be open to shifting your perspective and exploring new avenues that might not have been part of your original plan.


• Leverage your network. Reach out to your mentors, advisors and professional network. Sharing your challenges and seeking guidance can provide fresh insights and solutions you might not have considered. Don’t be afraid to ask for help; it’s a sign of strength, not weakness.


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• Reevaluate and refine your strategy. Drastic changes often require a reevaluation of your business strategy. Be prepared to adjust your goals, timelines and tactics to align with the new reality. Flexibility is a key trait of successful entrepreneurs.

• Communicate transparently. In times of uncertainty, transparent communication with your team, stakeholders and customers is paramount. Honesty builds trust and can turn a challenging situation into an opportunity to strengthen relationships.

• Learn from setbacks. Every setback is a valuable lesson in disguise. Take the time to analyze what went wrong, why it went wrong and what you can do differently in the future. This learning process can lead to more resilient and effective business practices.

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• Maintain a positive mindset. A positive attitude is contagious and can inspire your team to overcome obstacles with enthusiasm. Be the beacon of optimism in your organization, showing that even in challenging times, there’s room for hope and growth.

• Keep learning. The business landscape is ever-evolving. Commit to continuous learning and personal development. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to navigate the unexpected with confidence.

The ability to handle drastic deviations from your plans is a hallmark of successful businesses. By staying calm, embracing change and maintaining a positive mindset, you not only can navigate these challenges but also inspire those around you to rise to the occasion. Remember, it’s not about avoiding setbacks; it’s about how you transform them into steppingstones on your path to greater success.


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Join the ABA by visiting www.acworthbusiness.org.
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Kelly Nagel is president of the Acworth Business Association. She is the chief marketing officer and “bagel tester” for Nagel’s Bagels.
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Through Networking

Aroundabout Local Media continues its mission to help local businesses grow and prosper. This is what it looks like when entrepreneurs in the community meet to exchange ideas and information and develop relationships by supporting and encouraging one another, while opening doors to new opportunities.

The Acworth Business Association (ABA)

ABA meets the first Thursday of each month for a luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Acworth Community Center, 4361 Cherokee St. See Page 34 for the monthly article written by ABA President Kelly Nagel and a list of other events hosted by ABA.

Other business associations in the Acworth area are invited to send photos from their monthly meetings to edit@ aroundaboutmagazines.com. Please include the names of everyone in each photo, along with the date, time and location of your meetings.

Present at Alive After 5 in August were, from left, Thomas Tucker from Rep. Barry Loudermilk’s office, Bob Brooks, Rich Biro, Stuart Sailers and Bart Nunley. Kathy Latham, left, and David and Maria Van Vurst enjoy the August Alive After 5 event.
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Deborah Hill, left, and Malinda Howe of Anchor Realty Partners with the August issue of Around Acworth at the September luncheon.

These animals are at Cobb County Animal Services, waiting for homes.

Rob’s Rescues

Hidden Acres Animal Sanctuary (HAAS) in Canton spreads hope, healing and love to rescue farm animals and human hearts. If you missed the first part of my interview with Sarah Carney of HAAS last month, you can read it at  aroundacworthmagazine.com. Learn more at hiddenacresanimalsanctuary.org.

Tell us about farm animals as therapy animals.

We work with each and every animal on the farm, providing them with exceptional care and love. We then help pay this forward by working with our rescues to provide animal therapy to those who need it most.

This dog’s name is Blanche. She is a medium-size gray dog who came to the shelter as a stray. She is a very calm dog who seems to just want to relax. She is very easygoing and would be a good companion. This is the most docile bully-breed I have ever met, and she really could use some affection.

We work with Cherokee County’s special-needs residents and seniors. The transformations we have witnessed have been life-changing. We work with a 14-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy. When she first came to the farm, her parents couldn’t believe how her muscles relaxed in the presence of the animals. Lying a bunny across her heart brought such calm. She feeds the animals with her feet, and it is an incredibly therapeutic experience for her.

Our Youth Empowerment program started by bringing families who had lost a child to suicide to the farm. The Core Community Empowerment School has realized how empowering animals are and brings 15 to 20 self-harming and troubled youth here to do a weekly service project and have animal immersion time. We take goats on leashes to senior centers.

The farm has a designated animal rehabilitation and care team. This group of volunteers is assigned four animals apiece that they connect with every week and take into the community to do good. Ask any of the volunteers, and they will tell you that their lives have also been completely transformed working with these animals.

Is there a story that you like to tell?

This farm was built to provide sanctuary to farm animals. I have always felt that animals are strong, powerful healers. The therapy program actually started during COVID. My grandmother was my favorite person in the world. COVID was a terrible thing for the elderly in our community. Senior facilities were completely locked down, and families could not visit. The elderly lost so much interaction with the outside world and loved ones.

When these lockdowns started happening, I took one of my goats and trained him to walk on a leash. I sent him with a volunteer who works at one of the local memory-care centers, and the goat spent a large part of the day interacting with the patients. The feedback about the transformation among the memory-care patients during the goat’s visits was incredible. The therapy program grew from there.

Can people visit the farm?

We do not have a paid staff, and we are all volunteers here. There is no public access to HAAS. We do, however, have events. We have goat yoga and farm tours, as well as a privateevent space. You can sign up for these events on our website. All proceeds go straight toward caring for the animals. We also have apartments on the farm, The Goat Inn and The Horse Inn, which have been voted Atlanta’s Top Airbnb Experience.

This cat’s name is Rocket. He is a 5-year-old stray. He loves to be held and is a very sweet cat. He has very long legs and seems to like people a lot. I know that he would really like a home.

Rob Macmillan is on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. On Facebook @robsrescues. www.robsrescues.com.
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Rob with Sarah Carney and Duchess at Hidden Acres Animal Sanctuary.

How to Prevent Electric-Shock Drowning

You might’ve heard about people who have been victims of electric-shock drowning (ESD). Unfortunately, this has happened in both of our local lakes, Allatoona and Lanier. Electric-shock drowning occurs when electrical current leaks into surrounding water, causing a swimmer to become incapacitated. The current causes muscular paralysis and impairs your ability to swim or stay afloat, which leads to drowning.

Each year, numerous accidents happen in the water around boats and docks where alternating current (AC) electrical power is used. ESD is far more likely to occur in freshwater than saltwater. In freshwater, the body is a better conductor of electricity than the water (the opposite is true in saltwater).

The cause of electrical currents leaking into the water often is the result of faulty wiring and equipment on boats or docks, sometimes created unknowingly when a boat owner attempts to repair or upgrade a vessel’s electrical systems. Household wiring and boat wiring are different, so if you’re not 100% certain of what you’re doing with shore-power repairs, hire a professional. And you should test your boat periodically for electrical leakage into the water.

You should never swim near any dock or boat where AC power is used. To reduce the risk, individuals and pets should never enter the water within 150 feet of any electrical equipment or wiring, which eliminates swimming in a marina. Most marinas prohibit it anyway.

In 2011, the National Electric Code introduced new requirements for ground-fault protection in shore-power

applications in marinas and boatyards. The 2017 version expands the protection area to docks at private residences. The new requirements are not retroactive, but dock owners would be wise to upgrade their facilities, which can be as simple as installing a ground-fault circuit interrupter at the dock pedestal. This device will trip if dangerous current escapes the dock. Ask your marina to install ground-fault protection and have the electrical system inspected and tested annually. And owners also should have their private docks inspected each year by a qualified marine electrician.

New requirements include warning signage on all docks — including residential — using electricity. The American Boat & Yacht Council also requires whole-boat ground-fault protection, and an equipment leakage current interrupter now is installed on new boats. Owners of older boats should consider upgrading their shore-power systems. The upgrade equipment normally is installed at the power panel, and a professional can install it in as little as two hours.

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You should never swim near any dock or boat where AC power is used.
Greg Fonzeno is the public education officer and commander of the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit (Flotilla 22) at Allatoona Lake.
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Variety Is Hallmark of Exhibit

The Art House in downtown Acworth opened its new display, “Juried Exhibit,” last month. “This exhibit is a mix of lots of different mediums, styles, sizes,” Acworth Arts Alliance Executive Director Cathy Green said. “There was not a specific theme for this exhibit.” The juror for the show was Kathy Rennell Forbes (rennellforbes.com). An awards ceremony will take place during the open house on Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through Oct. 28, and all pieces are for sale. The Art House at 4425 Cherokee St. is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.acworthartsalliance.org.

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“Armstrong” by Trevor Beemon (acrylic) “September in Kennesaw” by Christy Hayes (acrylic) “Rose, Rose, Rose” by Caroline Homes Nuckolls (acrylic)
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“Going Home” by Claudia Downey (oil)

Mistretta Wins DARE Award

Acworth police Cpl. Eric Mistretta was recognized recently for completing a two-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) recertification program and being honored at the graduation ceremony with the Joanne Chauncey Award. This accolade is presented to the student who displays the highest level of expertise in the DARE curriculum. Mistretta earned this recognition by providing valuable support to a classmate who was encountering challenges during the course. His commitment and exceptional performance caught the attention of mentors and the state coordinator, leading to an invitation to participate in an upcoming “train the trainer” session that will equip him to assist in teaching the DARE class annually.

Excellence in Financial Reporting

Remember God’s Great Love for Us

1 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalm 100 ESV

What a blessing to read. How often we forget, or simply ignore, that God is for us. I love these verses. Each one can proceed or follow verse five as a proclamation or declaration of who he is and why we praise him or why we should adore him.



Acworth Development Director Alex Almodovar has been recognized by the Cobb Chamber with the Cobb Young Professionals Next Generation Award for demonstrating leadership ability in the community and in his current role. Only two of these awards are presented each year. Almodovar serves on several boards in Cobb County and is a graduate of Leadership Cobb Class of 2023.

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the city of Acworth for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022. The report was judged by an impartial panel as meeting the program’s high standards, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the city’s financial story. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

There is a great need to remember to be joyful, willing to serve and happy about the privilege of honoring him. He is God, and he loves us. He created us with a desire for each of us to know him and, through knowledge of him and the revelation of who he is, call out to him with a heart of thankfulness. Through praise, thankfulness and gladness, we give him our personal worship and can bring glory and honor to him by living our lives as a testimony of who he is to those we encounter each day. We can never comprehend his steadfast love for us. He is loyal, faithful and committed to us, even though we are undeserving. Because of his unwavering grace, love and mercy, we should pour ourselves out constantly as an offering to him.

Don’t forget to feed off the truth that has been revealed to us — the truth given to us through his word and brought to life in us by the Holy Spirit. By feeding ourselves on his truth, we will give thanks, be joyful and have a heart full of gladness for what has been implanted deep within us by our Creator.

Breathe in the beauty of this verse and God’s love for us today: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

Terry Huey is pastor of Summit Baptist Church. The longtime Acworth resident graduated from North Cobb High School. He and his wife, Kara, have two children, Eli and Charis. Police Chief Jesse Evans, left, congratulates Cpl. Eric Mistretta. Alex Almodovar accepts the award from Alyssa Blanchard.
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At Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue, our thrift store provides funds to rescue, feed and find homes for neglected animals. But we have more donations than our volunteers can handle. If you have a little spare time, could you paw-lease email us at volunteer@mostlymutts.org?

Our mutts thank you!

5505 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, GA 30102

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Healthy Plants Start With Bed Preparation

Fall is a prime planting season in Georgia. Coolseason flowering bedding plants and vegetables are planted through February, and October through February is the best time to plant hardy shrubs, ground covers and perennials. How well you prepare the soil before planting has an enormous effect on the health and growth of your plants.

Gardeners often put too little effort into learning about their soil and what is needed for proper bed preparation. Soil is the primary source of water and nutrients for plants and also must provide sufficient oxygen to the root system. A gardener’s job is to make sure, through proper bed preparation, that the soil provides what plants need to be healthy and strong.

There are many kinds of soil in Georgia. Knowing the characteristics of the soil in your garden is necessary for a successful growing season. You can learn about it by talking to other gardeners who are knowledgeable about the soils in your area.

You also can have your soil tested by the University of Georgia Extension. In Cobb County, you can bring your soil samples to the Cooperative Extension office and have it tested by the lab for $9. This is possibly the best $9 you will spend on your entire landscape. The test will provide information on many nutrients, like phosphorus and potassium, as well as providing the pH. Typically, test results are emailed to you within seven to 10 business days, just in time to prepare beds for our prime planting season.

Bed Preparation

Shrubs, ground covers, vegetables, annuals and perennials should always be planted in well-prepared beds. Trees generally are planted in individual planting holes, and the soil used to fill in around their roots should not be amended. The soil in beds, however, usually is improved in some way when amendments are added. Amendments are materials blended with the soil to enhance the growth of plants being planted in the bed. Here are the basic steps in preparing a bed.

First, do a thorough job of removing unwanted vegetation from the bed. This might mean taking up turf to create a new bed or just cleaning out weeds that have grown in an existing bed. Then, turn over the soil to a depth of at least 8 inches using a shovel,

Tom Peck prepares plant beds at The Wellness Center.
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Homemade compost can be used to amend the soil in plant beds,

spade or garden fork, and break up the large clods. Next, spread any desired amendments over the turned soil. You almost always will want to add 2 to 4 inches of organic matter. You can make your own compost, or you can purchase compost from your local nursery. Other suitable choices include peat moss, soil conditioner or finely ground composted pine bark. Finally, thoroughly blend the amendments into the soil. A garden tiller is great for this step, but it also can be done by hand. Rake the bed smooth and shape the sides, and you’re ready to plant. When you finish, you will see that the bed is several inches higher than it was before preparation. This is desirable, as it will help improve drainage.

Remember, a soil test can help you decide what amendments, nutrients or fertilizers need to be added to your soil.

I won’t deny that this is hard work, but the results will be healthy, vigorous plants, and it will be well worth the effort.

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County supports the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and strives to improve the quality of life in our community by delivering research-based horticultural information, educational programs and projects.



October 14, 2023

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre | 6 p.m.

Buy tickets:


Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County is a part of the University of Georgia Extension. enhancing the growth of the plants.
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Nonprofit Inspires Hope Through Good Words, Deeds

The gift of encouragement does more to support others, give confidence and inspire hope than almost anything we can do. And the amazing thing about this simple action is that it benefits the giver and the receiver of the good word or deed. The ancient proverb says it best: A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

There’s a whole lot of refreshing going on at The Encouragement Project (TEP). This nonprofit has a mission to provide unique and purposeful opportunities to serve and encourage people in need in our communities.

“The heart of TEP is to encourage people to use the natural gifts and abilities God has given them to bless others in the special ways only they can,” Director Stephanie Cervantes said. “We have a number of ways to get involved and always welcome help with any of our current projects.”

How much goodness is being spread through TEP here and in 25 other counties across north Georgia? Since TEP’s beginning in 2015, more than 30,000 people have been served, volunteers have worked more than 52,700 hours, and more than 33,500 items have been shared. The organization accomplishes these kind deeds through five main projects:

• Bears and Friends: Stuffed animals can provide snuggly comfort for refugee kids and other young ones in traumatic situations. Bears and Friends accepts gently used/ new stuffed animals that are cleaned, packaged cheerfully and sent out to be encouraging, huggable, portable friends.

• Hugs and Kisses: During the colder months, many people struggle to find basic warmth. Beautiful knitted and crocheted handmade items are collected to share hugs (scarves) and kisses (hats) with those in need.

• Sew It Seams: This is a fantastic outlet for those who sew to make creative items that serve and bless people of all ages — from babies to the elderly. Sew It Seams gathers lovely quilts, adult bibs for hospice and dementia patients and a variety of other sewn items to share.

Ruth, a talented volunteer, works on a piece at one of TEP’s community Sewing Day events.
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TEP Director Stephanie Cervantes, right, crochets with Betty, a volunteer who donated handmade hats until she was 101.

• Simple Gifts: The purpose of this project is to thank first responders, teachers, health care employees, nonprofit workers and others who work to help our communities. Simple gifts are created from handmade paper containers, which are artistically decorated by season or event and filled with a sweet treat.

• The Book Drop: Literacy is an incredible gift. This project provides books for kids in low-income families who have little access to them. New and gently used books are collected to give children in need access to wonderful stories and adventures. As of last year, 19,445 books had been donated and distributed.

There are many ways to help and encourage those around us — gifts of time, service, provisions and words — and you are invited to be a part of the effort, even if it’s just by cleaning out your closets or bookshelves. TEP is collecting new and gently used children’s books and stuffed animals, yarn (any kind, full skeins or leftover bits), fabric (any kind, any amount), scrapbook paper (any kind/embellishments) and scrapbook tools (dye cuts, cutters, scoring).

Sarah, a TEP volunteer, said, “I was at a stage in my life where I was looking for a way to give back. Volunteering with The Encouragement Project has given me purpose. I believe in the mission and have seen what they do, and it is good!”

Izetta, an amazing volunteer who is in her 90s, has made 4,000 hats for TEP! She humbly said, “Well, I like to crochet, and this just gives me something to do.” Do you knit, sew or crochet? If so, join TEP team. The Encouragement Project provides a place to donate where every item goes directly to children and individuals, providing help and encouragement right on time. For more information and to donate, visit theencouragementproject.org. To share your unique gift, volunteer or find drop-off/pickup locations, email Stephanie Cervantes at serve@theencouragementproject. org or call/text her at 678-951-6235. Follow TEP on social media platforms for all the latest happenings.

Susan Schulz is a Bible teacher and mentor who lives and plays on the Etowah River in Canton. Connect with her on social media or at susanbrowningschulz.com. As books are donated, they are checked, sorted, packed and delivered to children in need. Donated stuffed animals are wrapped in bags sewn by TEP volunteers and given to kids in refugee/traumatic situations.
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Izetta, who’s in her mid-90s, has crocheted hats for kids since 2017 and just passed the 4,000 mark for number of hats made.

Common Myths About Refinancing a Home

I am amazed by how many people think refinancing is a bad thing these days. For some, it does not make sense. However, for the majority of homeowners, it does make sense. Here is a real-life example of how refinancing can be beneficial.

The homeowners had 28 years left on a 30-year mortgage with a 2.75% interest rate. They financed $475,000 on their mortgage. This would be a total payback in interest of $698,000. On top of the mortgage, these clients had more than $100,000 in credit card debt. Between the mortgage payments and credit card payments, they were spending $5,700 a month on debts, and the compounding interest on the credit cards prevented the balances from decreasing.

After we reviewed their options, we found they could use their equity to pay off all the credit cards, not have any money due out of pocket and save $1,410 a month in cash flow. After using their mortgage to pay off their debt and refinancing their 2.75% rate, they were able to spend the same as they had been on total debts, paying off the mortgage — and becoming debt-free — in 15 years. That will eliminate 13 years of mortgage payments, saving them more than $302,000 in interest.

Here are some common myths about refinancing:

1. Higher rates do not save money.

False. It depends on the client’s situation. More than 80% of homeowners can benefit from refinancing.

2. I have to bring money to closing for a refinance.

False. No money is owed at closing on a refinance. The only out-of-pocket expense is the appraisal fee, which ranges from $450 to $650.

3. Refinancing means I cannot manage my money.

False. The previously mentioned clients accumulated their debt from starting a new business, which is beginning to thrive now that they are able to focus on their company instead of worrying about finances. I have many clients who are accessing cash to buy property and invest in their future.

These are just a few examples of the many refinancing myths that exist. I encourage people who are in debt to look at their options; they might have a lot of equity in their home. The market is not going anywhere, as the demand is outweighing the supply.

Jay White, an independent mortgage broker, ranks in the top 1% in the nation in mortgage closings, according to Mortgage Executive magazine. He has 21 years of experience and is a multimillion-dollar producer.
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Senior Activities


4100 S. Main St., Acworth // 770-975-7740 www.cobbcounty.org/public-services/senior-services/north-cobbsenior-center. Registration is required for all activities; no walk-ins allowed. Call 770-975-7740 to register or visit https://bit.ly/3BEvncc.

Oct. 10

Medicare and You. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn about the Medicare changes for 2024 and get questions answered ahead of the enrollment period.

Art-ivity: Bottle of Boos Halloween Vase. 1-2 p.m. Paint bottles with Halloween characters to make a vase.

Oct. 16

Pumpkin Decorating. 10-11:30 a.m. Decorate pumpkins for Halloween then compete in the Spooktacular Pumpkin Contest from 12:30-2 p.m.

Oct. 18

Dollar Tree, Acworth Luncheon and Bingo. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dollar Tree at 4890 Cherokee St., Acworth, and luncheon/ bingo at the Acworth Community Center.

Oct. 19

Personal Protection. 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about the fight-orflight response in an active-shooter situation.

Oct. 20

Tooth Be Told: Oral Hygiene and Procedures. 10:3011:30 a.m. Learn best practices for properly caring for your oral health, which is crucial for seniors.

Oct. 23

Retinal Image Screenings. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call the center to schedule an appointment for a free screening.

Oct. 25

Armchair Travel: New Mexico. 1-2 p.m. Learn about the ancient ruins, changing colors of the sky at sunset, red rock mesas and snowcapped mountains.

Oct. 26

Let’s Do Lunch: Come-N-Get It. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet at Come-N-Get It, 1409 Church Street Extension, Marietta. Lunch on your own.

Oct. 27

Shopping Trip: Old Time Pottery/America’s Thrift. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2949 Canton Road, Marietta. Lunch on your own at Culver’s afterwards.

Oct. 30

Crafting Corner: Keepsake Ornaments. 10-11:30 a.m. Make a photo ornament for the holidays.

Oct. 31

Game Show Afternoon: Let’s Make a Deal. 1-2 p.m. The host will choose contestants to make deals and win prizes. Costumes encouraged.

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Around & About


Through Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-noon Fridays

Logan Farm Park

Choose from a wide variety of gardenripe Georgia-grown vegetables, as well as local eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh-baked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams each week. For information, email Jeff Chase at jchase@acworth.org.

Taste of Acworth

Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Main Street, downtown Acworth

Enjoy great food from more than 100 local restaurants and businesses, along with two live entertainment stages.


Women in Praise Extravaganza

Oct. 7, 3-6 p.m., Bethel AME Church, 4826 School St., Acworth

Award-winning gospel artist Beverly Heath will be featured. Donations appreciated.

770-765-1308, seebeyond30178@ gmail.com

Fall Book Sale

Oct. 13-15, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Cobb County Civic Center, Marietta

The Cobb Library Fall Book Sale will include hardcover and paperback books for all ages, magazines, DVDs and books on CD and audiocassette. Prices range from 10 cents to $4. www.cobbcounty.org/library/news/ cobb-library-fall-2023-book-sale

Acworth Book and Storytelling Festival

Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rosenwald School, Doyal Hill Park, 4410 Cherokee St. Hear from local authors and storytellers and browse the book sale at this free event sponsored by Acworth Cultural Arts. This year’s theme, “Words and Stories of Many Voices,” features performances by the Southern Order of Storytellers and Kennesaw State University’s storytelling class. acworthculturalarts.org

The Conquest Marching Band Competition

Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Allatoona High School 3300 Dallas Acworth Highway, Acworth Marching bands from 13 high schools will perform. Tickets $15, children 6 and younger admitted free. allatoonabands.org

2023 ArtsKSU Gala

Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The gala, benefiting annual student scholarships in the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, will feature a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, gourmet dessert, a formal program and silent and live auctions. This year’s event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art. https://e.givesmart.com/events/xhs/

Taste and Brews Fall Festival

Oct. 14-15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Etowah River Park, Canton

Taste, sample and enjoy the flavors of Georgia and listen to live music by regional acts. Admission is free, and there will be a variety of children’s activities. www.tasteandbrews.com

Kids enjoyed dressing up in their costumes and playing carnival games at last year’s JamBOOree. Acworth Farmers Market
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Halloween JamBOOree

Oct. 21, 3-7 p.m., Logan Farm Park

Get the whole family dressed up for games, rides, food, music and a costume contest for the kids.


Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m., Acworth Police Department, 4440 Acworth Industrial Drive

Bring your elementary-age children and join Acworth police and staff members from Acworth Power and Public Works for a spooktacular time for treats.


Acworth Cares: A Foster Care Celebration

Nov. 1, 6-7:30 p.m., Acworth Community Center

Join Georgia Kids Belong and the city of Acworth for their first community foster care celebration and recruitment night to honor foster parents and recruit new foster and respite parents. Representatives from the Division of Family & Children Services, Goshen Valley, Bethany and Winshape Homes will be present. Appetizers, desserts and coffee will be provided. bit.ly/44JMTYb

Waymark Hands of Hope Gala

Nov. 2, 6:45-9 p.m., North Metro Church, Marietta

This free event will include a farm-to-table dinner, live music, speaker Mary-Kate Burson, youth testimonials and a live auction benefiting young people in Cobb and Cherokee counties who are in the foster care system.


Acworth Beer & Wine Fest

Nov. 4, 1-5 p.m., Logan Farm Park, 4405 Cherokee St.

Enjoy more than 100 craft beers, wine, live music and food. This event is for people 21 and older; no kids or pets will be allowed. Tickets, $40 in advance, $50 at the door, include event entry, souvenir cup, unlimited beer and wine samples, and entertainment.


Acworth Charm Tour of Homes

Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m., downtown Acworth

This year’s home tour is focusing on six charming lake homes. Proceeds benefit Brookwood Christian School and Acworth Arts Alliance.


Acworth Turkey Chase

Nov. 19, 7:30-10:30 a.m., downtown Acworth

Enjoy a 5K run, jog or walk through downtown Acworth and along the shores of Lake Acworth to benefit the Tackle Hunger Program. All participants must bring a nonperishable food item to receive a race number and T-shirt. https://acworth. org/event/acworth-turkey-chase-2/



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Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

Oct. 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Acworth Community Center

Learn easy-to-remember moves based on your body weight and martial art techniques.


Chair Yoga

Tuesdays through Nov. 28, 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m., Acworth Community Center

This fitness program features exotic rhythms, such as salsa, merengue, cumbia, samba and more. All fitness and skill levels are welcome. www. acworthparksandrecreation.org

Bend & Breathe Meditation Yin Yoga

Wednesdays, 8:15-9 a.m., Acworth Community Center

This yoga class targets the deep connective tissues, such as fascia, ligaments and joints, as well as bones. It’s slower and more meditative.



”Juried Exhibit”

Through Oct. 28

Awards ceremony Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m.

“Small Artworks and Gifts Exhibit”

Nov. 4-Dec. 23

Smaller pieces of art make great gifts. Artists receptions Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, 4-7 p.m.

Holiday Gift Shop

Nov. 18, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Acworth Community Center, Tanyard Creek Overlook

More than 25 member artists will have items for sale. Free admission.


Classes and workshops for kids and adults are offered by the Acworth Arts Alliance at the Art House in downtown Acworth..

Build Yoga

Wednesdays, 9:05-9:50 a.m., Acworth Community Center

Join a very dynamic class, using yoga postures, plyometrics, hand weights and calisthenics to build strength, flexibility, balance and endurance.

Pickleball Lessons

Wednesday and Thursday mornings, various times, Acworth Community Center All experience levels are welcome.

BSD Taekwondo

Saturdays, through Nov. 18, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Acworth Community Center

A traditional taekwondo class for people 16 and older. Students learn balance, focus, self-control and how to increase their confidence. Traditional skills are designed to promote health, lower stress and develop the body, without the use of weapons.

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Melissa Craft, Laura Carlino and Terry Chrapko. Photo by Beth Fornuto Photography.

Play Warns of Accusations, Scare Tactics

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” was written during a time when McCarthyism — a campaign against alleged Communists in U.S. institutions, carried out under Sen. Joseph McCarthy from 1950-54 — terrorized America. Since the Cold War was causing tension in the U.S., anyone could be accused of being a Communist, and those accusations were taken very seriously. Mostly, there wasn’t any evidence to prove the allegations, but those accused still could lose their jobs and reputation. And anything they’d ever said could be held against them, taking away their freedom of speech.

The Red Scare — hysteria over the perceived threat Communists posed in America during the Cold War — was used as a weapon in American politics. If politicians didn’t like certain people, they could accuse those people of being Communists. Those accused could rat out other alleged Communists to escape punishment, and accusations flooded the political world. So, amid all this chaos, how did Miller create, in my opinion, one of the greatest pieces of literature ever?

During McCarthyism, many Hollywood actors and writers had been blacklisted because of left-sided beliefs, and many were accused of being a Communist. Miller was one of those. At his trial, he refused to give names of fellow actors who could have been Communists, and he was convicted. However, his sentence later was overturned, so he didn’t serve time. While researching the Salem Witch Trials, he was inspired to write a screenplay comparing McCarthyism to the 1600s witch trials.

Each event in this screenplay is positioned perfectly. At the beginning, we discover some of the Salem girls had been dancing in the woods and casting “spells,” which planted the seeds for the idea of witchcraft. We also find out that the Rev. Parris’ niece, Abigail, had an affair with John Proctor, who

was married, and that some of the townspeople were arguing over land and financial matters. These details don’t seem important at first, but Miller was setting up why the townspeople might accuse others of being witches, similar to the Red Scare. Abigail accused Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth, of being a witch so she could be with him, and townsfolk accused others of witchcraft to acquire land they wanted.

Soon, people were being convicted left and right of practicing witchcraft. When Elizabeth was sent to prison, Proctor knew he must expose Abigail’s lies to save his wife. Using his servant girl, Mary, to testify, he went to the courts with proof of corruption and exposed his affair with Abigail. Elizabeth, who knew about the affair, was brought in to confirm this information. Known for being an honest woman, she lied and said Proctor did not have the affair to save his reputation. Then Mary accused him of being a witch, leading him to be convicted and sentenced to hanging.

Just like McCarthyism, the courts didn’t want evidence; they wanted names. People were willing to accuse anyone as long as they could avoid conviction. Elizabeth was different. She willingly sacrificed herself to protect her husband’s image and refused to rat out anyone else.

The ending of “The Crucible” is grim but perfect. Proctor is a flawed character, but compared to other townsfolk, he’s at a higher moral level than anyone. He stood for the truth and refused to lie or convict others to save his skin. Similarly, Miller wanted to show during this time that McCarthyism was corrupt and ridiculous. Comparing it to something as ludicrous as the Salem Witch Trials could open the eyes of those around him to seek truth and stand up for what’s right.

“The Crucible” is simply one of the best works of literature I’ve read. The ending and message are realistic and inspiring. It sends a warning that we need to prevent history from repeating itself by stopping any future “witch hunts” that might happen.

Mia Rooney is a senior at Allatoona High School. She writes for the school newspaper and serves as president of the French Honors Society and copresident of the French club.
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Cobb Photographic Society


Andreas Wierschen - First Place (Ace)
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Congratulations to everyone who entered the Cobb Photographic Society competition. The topic for August was “Portraits,” and the guest judge was photographer Joe Boris. The Cobb Photographic Society is a club open to photographers of all skill levels. It meets the first and third Monday of each month. For information, visit www.cobbphotosociety.com.



Joy Rogers - First Place (Starlet) Jeff Westland - First Place (Garden Beauty) Lori Mitchum - Second Place (3-2 Count)
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Andreas Wierschen - Second Place (Cowboy)

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