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July 2017 Volume 1, Issue 12

8 Celebrations

Is someone you know celebrating a birthday?

20 Acworth Farmers Market Photos from a morning at the market.      

24 Depot Park


Replica of Acworth’s 1893 train depot will house city’s history.

26 Eggstravaganza

Cobb school debuts outdoor classroom, district’s first chicken coop.     

36 Cool Recipes

From ice cream dishes to fresh salsa, we have you covered.

40 Spotted Around Town Check out photos of people and places in Acworth.

52 Cobb Photographic Club                                                      

Stunning photos by local photographers.



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Tommy Allegood


Malinda Howe


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Carla Caldwell

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Rob Macmillan


Dylan Reach


Wayne Dennard


Jeff Glover


James Gwin


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People, The Places and The Pleasures that make Acworth

From the Editor On a recent Friday, my twin 15-year-old daughters and I set out for a “staycation” in Acworth. Our first stop was the Acworth Farmers Market in the parking lot of First Baptist Church on Main Street. The market is open 8 a.m.-noon Fridays through Oct. 27. Parking was a breeze and free, and steps from vendor tents. The atmosphere was fun and friendly. Vendors and shoppers talked about gardening, baking, raising chickens and the weather. We bought beautiful Georgia peaches, locally grown vegetables, a couple of plants for our flower garden and a handmade bar of lemongrass oil and patchouli soap made especially for gardeners. It’s so pretty and smells so good, it’s the kind of soap we usually save for company. We sampled several flavors of organic energy bars made by a Cobb Countybased company and selected white chocolate-raspberry bars to take home.  Afterward, we strolled through downtown and stopped in at Two LiRu Antiques & Decor. We’ve admired an item used in the shop to display antique dishes, but it isn’t for sale. During this stop, we met a co-owner who told us how to make our own. The display is constructed of an antique baby crib mattress spring and galvanized metal chicken trough feeders that serve as shelves. We are collecting the parts and will go back to buy dishes.  Next, we dropped in at Acworth Bookstore and Coffee Shop for bottles of water and a new book. Owner Guy Condra graciously showed us the shop’s book and art collection, and we purchased “Feed Them the Steel.” My daughters have since read the book from cover to cover and are still talking about William Tecumseh Sherman’s stay in Acworth and what happened while he was in town.  Our next stop was Lake Acworth. We met many people from other states who were visiting family and vacationing in Acworth. We talked with a woman from Indiana whose daughter was paddle boarding for the first time, and an Ohio family cooling off in kayaks.  As we walked around the lake, we met a family at the pavilion celebrating a birthday. At the beach, we talked with a mom playing with her toddler at the water’s edge, and a group of moms entertaining triplets and twins. Out in the water, kids and parents played on a giant community float. Everyone was having a great time.    By late afternoon, we had to call it a day. Dinner time was nearing for our horses. We stopped by Acworth Feed for supplies and turned the truck toward home. We had a great day, and we have a growing list of things we want to do this summer on our next staycation day.  Check out pages 40-41 to see photos from our day. A photo feature from Acworth Farmers Market is on pages 20-21. I hope to see you around town,

Carla Caldwell Carla Caldwell is editor of Around Acworth. Send your comments or questions to



Kudos! KSU Names Kerns to Oversee Entertainment Park, Stadium Kennesaw State University has promoted Zach Kerns to executive director and general manager of the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park and Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Kerns has been at KSU since January 2015, when he was named assistant Zach Kerns general manager of the Sports and Entertainment Park. He succeeds Marty Elliott, who became general manager of the Miller Theater in Augusta. The 88-acre sports and entertainment park which includes Fifth Third Bank Stadium, an NCAAregulation track, seven competition fields, sand volleyball courts, an indoor training facility and a walking/jogging trail - hosts more than 300,000 visitors annually.

Register Named Cobb Chief of Police Michael Register is the

new Cobb County Chief of Police. He has more than 30 years of operational and supervisory law enforcement experience, most recently serving as the chief of police for the Clayton County Police Department. He worked for Cobb's Police Department from 1986 to 2005, serving Michael Register in many tactical, operational and leadership positions, including assistant academy director and assistant SWAT and tactical team commander. Register has also managed a law enforcement, operational and intelligence program at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and serves on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee as co-chair and is a board member for Safe America. He also served in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 22 years, including combat operations in Afghanistan. Register replaces Chief John Houser, who retired in January after serving Cobb County for 35 years.



COMMUNITY BOARD The Around Acworth community board consists of well-respected community leaders from different walks of life. Our board members assist us in many ways that range from serving as contributing writers to providing valuable feedback.

Tia Amlett, the principal of Barber Middle School, has

been an educator for the past 19 years. Prior to becoming a principal, Tia served as an assistant principal at Garrett Middle School and North Cobb High School. She is a native of South Carolina who earned her bachelor’s degree at Clemson University and master’s and education specialist’s degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Tia is married to Jonah, and they have two children, Nia and Jordan, who attend Cobb County schools.

Ellen Kennerly has lived in Acworth since 1992. She has worked as a journalist for more than three decades, most of it with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution holding positions as Olympics News Editor, Design Director, A1 Editor and Director of Content Development and Operations for, among others. More recently, she worked as Professional in Residence at Louisiana State University and as Director of Asset Intelligence for WebMD. Her business, Kennerly Digital Directions, provides consulting and hands-on deliverables in communications, design and web development, largely for Acworth business people. Bob Weatherford has been a Cobb County resident for

two decades. Bob was a reserve police officer for more than 20 years, eight of those with Acworth PD including time as Captain. He is active in local charities, numerous civic organizations, and co-founded Shop with a Hero. He was elected Cobb County District 1 Commissioner in 2014. In addition to his duties as commissioner, he teaches motorcycle safety courses for the Department of Driver’s Services.

Danielle Hilderbrand is a Cobb County native. She has

been a business owner on Main Street in Acworth for more than six years. Danielle is the proprietor of Pearl’s Spa and Boutique, a partner in Rustic Ruby gift shop and an active volunteer in Acworth. She has been a member of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority for several years and is the 2017 president of the Acworth Business Association. She is a graduate from McEachern High School and Acworth’s North Metro Technical College (now Chattahoochee Tech).

Malinda Howe has lived in Acworth since 1996. She is owner and broker of Anchor Realty Partners and vice chairman of Acworth Tourism Board. She has been a member of the board for nine years. Malinda is originally from Alexandria, Va., and attended George Mason University. She always loved real estate and began her career in commercial real estate working with Savage/ Fogarty, which acquired and managed Class A office buildings on behalf of Dutch pension funds. She moved to Georgia with TMW Management, assisting in acquisitions and leases from 1997-2003, and then pursued her career in residential real estate. Malinda and her husband, Rick, have one daughter, Kara. Malinda lives, plays and works in Historic Downtown Acworth. 6


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ake the opportunity this summer to get outside and enjoy our many beautiful city parks and the lake! Acworth is home to many popular water activities, such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and, of course, wakeboarding. We will host the 2017 Nautique WWA U.S. Wakeboard National Championships Aug. 3-6 at Dallas Landing Park. The event will feature the nation’s best wakeboarders of all ages battling it out on the water for a chance to win a national title. Tickets will be available for purchase closer to the event at the WWA website: The city has been working hard to plan and design Depot Park, which will be located on Main Street beside the red caboose. The city partnered with Save Acworth History Foundation to record the oral histories of longtime Acworth residents for inclusion in Depot Park. The oral histories are available for viewing on Save Acworth History Foundation’s YouTube channel. The group also hosts a speaker series once a month at Roberts School Community and Education Center. The next speaking event is 7 p.m. July 11. The topic is “The Early Pioneers of Acworth,” presented by Davis McCollum. Plan to attend and learn more about the founders of our wonderful city.

In Acworth, our seniors got groove! We have the best bunch of active adults that anyone could ask for, and we have an abundance of activities for them to participate in monthly. In addition to our chair yoga and cardio combo classes, we offer a free monthly senior lunch, day trips and two overnight trips per year. In July, the group will visit the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta. In December, the group will make its second holiday overnight trip when it travels to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for a four-day, three-night getaway. Participants will stroll through Historic Downtown Gatlinburg, explore the Apple Barn and Cider Mill, and get in some shopping at Christmas Village. Registration for the trip opens in early July. Be sure to visit for registration information.   For more information about city projects, events and programs, visit, sign up for our e-news blasts on our home page, “like” Visit Acworth on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @VisitAcworth           God Bless, Tommy

Atlanta native Tommy Allegood is a University of Georgia graduate. He was elected to Acworth’s city council in 2000 and has served as mayor since 2002. The mayor is director for the Cobb Community Foundation, building community through creating charitable resources.



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First Amendment Rights Essential to Our Democracy BY WAYNE DENNARD

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees five specific freedoms for all American citizens: freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. These five freedoms are the foundation upon which all others are based, and they are essential to the health of our democracy. This month, as we celebrate the Fourth of July with barbeques and fireworks, I find myself reflecting on how blessed we are to live in a country where we are free to speak out about issues that are important to us — without fear that our lives, or our livelihoods, will be taken from us because of those beliefs. Public demonstrations seem to have become more common in the past few years, and, more often than not, they are peaceful. You may not hear about them It was clear that on the news, because they are not sensational, but it is the both sides had peaceful demonstrations that different core best highlight the beauty of beliefs, but they our ItConstitution. is with this in mind that demonstrated I would like to share a story about a demonstration that a shared love recently was held in our of our country community.    Last month, a group took and this specific advantage of an opportunity to community. exercise their First Amendment rights by organizing a demonstration in Acworth. In the weeks leading up to their demonstration, the organizer of the group contacted the police department to inform us of their plans and he expressed that the group wanted to work together with the police department to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance as well as to make sure that they were in compliance with traffic laws and city ordinances that might apply to them. I was very impressed 12


with the thoughtfulness, professionalism and courtesy they exhibited, and I invited the group’s leader to tour the proposed demonstration area with me to scope out potential areas for set-up, parking and travel. The leader stayed in contact with me in the days leading up to the demonstration, and the event went off without a hitch. Participants on both sides were incredibly respectful to the police. After the event, the demonstrators cleaned up their signs and there wasn’t one single piece of litter to be found. They left the area as clean as they found it when they arrived. The participants attending the event were able to access their venue without obstruction, and those demonstrating were able to have their voices heard. It was a win for the First Amendment.  It was clear that both sides had different core beliefs, but they demonstrated a shared love of our country and this specific community. I am grateful that we live in a country where we have the freedom to disagree, to be vocal about our passions, and to share our beliefs without fear of persecution.  As police officers, when we think about protecting and serving, we often think about protecting a person or their property. One of our most important responsibilities, however, is to protect our citizens’ constitutional rights. I am proud to do that, and I am grateful for the people in this community who often make it an easy task. This month, as we celebrate the Fourth of July and enjoy time with family and friends, I hope you will take a moment to reflect upon the importance of the First Amendment, the wisdom of our founding fathers and the blessings that we all receive just by living in this incredible country.  God Bless America.

Chief Dennard has served as chief since 2012 and has lived in this community for more than 40 years.



YOUR LOCAL NEWS New DAR Chapter Forms The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has formed the Kennesaw Mountain Chapter to meet demand for growth in north Cobb County. Cherokee County resident Loriann White was appointed Organizing Regent, and tasked to establish the chapter to serve the Acworth, Kennesaw and Woodstock areas. White was awarded Outstanding Chapter Regent for her leadership as regent of the Hightower Trail Chapter in Cherokee County. The name of the new chapter was presented by White and unanimously elected by the 13 charter members, who joined from four surrounding chapters.  The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

From left, Chapter Development and Revitalization State Chair Rene Hardin, Organizing Regent Loriann White, Northwest District Director Charlotte Christian, and State Volunteer Genealogist Betty Looper.

The Kennesaw Mountain Chapter, DAR leadership and guests.

Lil' Blessings Consignment Sale

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Kennesaw First Baptist Church will host its fall and winter consignment sale Aug. 11-12 at 2958 N. Main St., Kennesaw. This sale offers gently used children’s, junior and maternity clothes; toys, books, infant items (furniture and accessories), games, sports equipment, DVD’s and more. Want to sell? Premium gently used children’s items are accepted. To register, go to www.kfbc. org and follow the Lil’ Blessings links. Sellers receive 80 percent of sale proceeds. Twenty percent of proceeds support KFBC Women’s and Children’s Ministry programming and community outreach. Donated items and the church’s portion of the sale proceeds are tax deductible. Sellers are asked to volunteer for at least one shift.  Want to shop early? Volunteer for a three-hour shift. All volunteers who work one shift receive a pass to a pre-sale. Volunteers who work two or more shifts receive a pre-sale pass for themselves and a guest, and a one-time use 10 percent-off coupon to use Aug. 10 or 11. Sign up on the Lil’ Blessings webpage: Want to advertise? The first 150-plus customers receive a promotional shopping bag. To advertise on the bag, pay a $20 set-up fee. Advertisers are asked to provide a quarter-page advertisement that includes a sample or savings coupon.

The City of Acworth and Acworth Beach Rentals have partnered again this summer to offer kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals at Cauble Park. Rentals are available at Acworth Beach from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, noon-8 p.m. Sundays, and weekdays by appointment only. Renters must be age 13 or older. Rental times are subject to change depending on the weather. For more information go to



YOUR LOCAL NEWS Boating Safety Course Offered; Mandatory for Many Boaters U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 will offer a one-day boating safety class. The About Boating Safety class, covers topics that include: • Know your boat • Before you get underway • Navigating the waterways • Operating your vessel safely • Legal requirements • Boating emergencies Individuals who successfully complete the program and exam meet the Georgia boating certification requirements and are awarded certificates and wallet cards. Boaters born after Jan. 1, 1998, must complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating safety class to legally operate a boat or personal watercraft in the Georgia. Class dates (Only one day needed to complete the course). • July 8 • Aug. 5 • Sept. 9 Fee for program materials is $20 each. Family discounts are available. Please pre-register by emailing Greg Fonzeno at

Classic Car Cruise The Lake City Cruisers will partner with the city and downtown Acworth merchants to hold a Classic Car Cruise 4-9 p.m. July 29 on Main Street.  The event is free to the public. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the cruise.  Proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an allinclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth.  For more information contact Jeff Chase at or call 770-917-1234.



YOUR LOCAL NEWS WellStar Offers Wellness Consults

Owls to Play Football at SunTrust Park Kennesaw State University will host a football game at SunTrust Park in 2018. The game will be played Saturday, Nov. 17, against Jacksonville State University. The match will be the first football game played at the 41,000seat home of the Atlanta Braves. The stadium opened in April. “This is a historic day for so many reasons,” said Vaughn Williams, director of athletics at Kennesaw State, in a statement released by KSU. “I can’t thank Mike Plant and the Atlanta Braves organization enough for allowing the Owls to play the first football game at SunTrust Park. We are excited to provide our student-athletes, coaches, fans and alumni the opportunity to see our football team play in such an incredible and unique venue. I know this will be a great event for Cobb County and the Northwest Georgia region.”  SunTrust Park’s baseball playing surface will be converted to a football field with the field running from home plate to left field.  “We couldn’t think of a better way to bring football to SunTrust Park than with Kennesaw State,” said Mike Plant, Braves president of development.  “Vaughn Williams was integral in making this happen and we’re excited to host this game for Cobb County and Kennesaw State students, faculty and alumni.”  KSU is entering its third season of football in 2017. The Owls have won 14 games during their first two seasons, and came one win shy of a Big South Conference title in 2016. The team is coached by Brian Bohannon.

Free gun safety classes Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren will offer firearms safety and education classes throughout the county. Each program will include a general overview of firearm types, gun safety tips, how to obtain a Georgia weapons license, use of deadly force and what to expect during an active shooter situation. There will be time for questions and free gun safety locks will be provided. The programs are free. Programs will be held: • July 13 at North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth • Sept. 14 at East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta • Nov. 2 at Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta For more information, email 16


WellStar is offering consults at WellStar Acworth Health Park to provide information about the risk factors for heart disease. The consults show participants how to make healthy lifestyle changes. The program is part of a systemwide effort to help the community lower the risk for heart attack and heart disease. The customized plans include weigh-ins, food log reviews and encouragement at appointments every two weeks. The first consult is free. The new program complements WellStar’s Know Your Heart Screening program, which also aims to help patients lower their risk for heart attack and heart disease. The programs are offered through WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine at WellStar Acworth Health Park, 4550 Cobb Parkway NW, Acworth. For more information call 470-956-0050.

Bert’s Big Adventure Accepting Nominations Bert’s Big Adventure is accepting applications and nominations for children to join the group’s 2018 trip to Disney World. The nonprofit organization provides allexpenses-paid, five-day trips for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. “This is such an exciting time for the organization as we are just returning from our 15th anniversary trip. We look forward to welcoming a new group of children and their families to the Bert’s Big Adventure community,” says Bert’s Big Adventure founder and host of “The Bert Show,” Bert Weiss. “Our families mean so much to us. They’re treated like VIPs throughout the entire five-day trip, helping them leave their challenges behind and make lifelong memories together.”  To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, be diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, and have never been to Walt Disney World. Families must prove financial need and live in the radio listening area of “The Bert Show.” The nationally syndicated morning radio show is based in Atlanta.  Bert’s Big Adventure has grown to become a support system for more than 185 children and their families nationwide, providing year-round support through programs such as Reunion Adventures, the Fairy Godparent volunteer program and additional charitable services.  Applications must be submitted by Sept. 8. Families can also be nominated anonymously. The selection process is not based on votes, and only one nomination per child will be accepted. Families who are selected will be notified no later than Jan. 15, 2018.  For more information go to https://

North Cobb Students Reunite Support Special Needs Program BY BECCA KIENEL

Moose McCray. Photo by Michael Farist.

Dana Stringer Moss and Russ McCall. Photo by Mack Turner.

Take a beautiful setting on Lake Allatoona, add enough food to feed an army, play some great oldies music, and you have a perfect high school reunion. That’s what more than 350 North Cobb High School students and teachers from the classes of 1958-1980 enjoyed May 20, at the biggest North Cobb reunion ever. The reunion was the brainchild of Jackie Starnes, who wanted to make the event one that all could enjoy. Starnes has done catering and party planning over the years, so this was a natural project for her. She told me that Mack Turner, Moose McCray and Harry Gilbert influenced her to take on the task. Everyone thought it was a great idea, but no one wanted to tackle it. So, one day, Starnes woke up and decided to do it. She assembled a fantastic group of helpers — Turner, McCray, Gilbert (and his wife, Pat), Betsy Brown, Ken Wilbur, Lamar Baldwin, Ramona Mayes, Sue Corbin, Nancy and Fuzz Smith and Ernestine and Dallas Godfrey. Everyone combined their talents to pull off a feat that many thought impossible. The North Cobb Horticulture Club provided dish gardens for the outside tables, and Starnes’ granddaughter and her fiancé prepared flower arrangements for the inside tables.   In addition to being a lot of fun, the event raised approximately $2,700 for North Cobb High’s program for special needs children.   Becca Kienel is a resident of Acworth’s Collins Avenue Historic District, and often writes about the city’s history. Kienel’s husband, Rick, is a 1969 graduate of North Cobb High School.





The Acworth Business Association kicked off summer at our June luncheon with an update on LakePoint Sports, located in Emerson. LakePoint is more than an amazing destination for sporting events such as baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and wakeboarding. The development also hosts private corporate events and is home to a new Yogli Mogli, Chick-fil-A and several hotels. You can also find exciting activities for the family. Lakepoint Station offers mini golf, Clip n’ Climb wall-climbing challenges, laser tag, gem mining and much more. Neighbors such as LakePoint give us reasons to celebrate our community. We have more reasons to celebrate. The Allatoona High School track and field team and Harrison High School girls soccer team recently won state championships. Go champs! We are so proud of the amazing schools here in Acworth. In June, we met with all school principals and leaders of Kennesaw and Acworth schools at the Partnership Connections Expo. Schools are important partners for our business community, and we take great pride in the partnerships built through ABA members, schools and their sports teams. Another partnership we celebrate is the strong bond we have with our sponsors. Business sponsorships make everything ABA does possible. The scholarships we provide, our community donations and the many


Morning Jolt. 7:45 a.m. American Legion Post 304 4220 S. Main St., Acworth.

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From left: Mayor Tommy Allegood, Neal Freeman, president, LakePoint Sports, and Jennifer Bonn, a teacher at Mount Paran Christian School. Photo by Carla Caldwell.

events we host are funded by sponsorships. In last month’s issue, I incorrectly stated our sponsor for May. Our May sponsor was Northside Hospital (Woodstock). In November, the always educational Dr. Stephen Szabo, who is with Northside, will share tips about men’s health. Our June sponsor was Christian Brothers Automotive. July is an exciting month for ABA because it starts with a bang! (Literally). We celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks and a concert at Cauble Park with our closest friends. Our regular monthly luncheon is July 13 at NorthStar Church. Our speaker, Jim Wilgus, who is with the Georgia Department of Transportation, will provide an update on road projects and plans in Cobb County. We have several more special events planned for our members in July. Visit for information about upcoming ABA events. The Acworth Business Association’s mission is to promote, inform, connect

ABA Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw. Guest Speaker: Jim Wilgus, Georgia Department of Transportation. Catering: Guston’s. Entry Fee: $15 members, and $25 nonmembers. RSVP at Alive After Five. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Shoney’s 1129, Highway 92, Acworth. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers.

July 20

ABA Women’s Business Network After Hours Networking. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Henry’s Louisiana Grill/ Henry’s Uptown, 4835 N. Main St. Fee is $20 per person. RSVP must be completed in advance at and give. We strive to connect members, who have a vested interest in Acworth and the community, and provide opportunities to develop meaningful relationships. The ABA hosts five networking opportunities each month. I would like to invite you to join us at one of our events to start building your business. The support and growth business owners receive from Acworth Business Association members will give you a reason to “Celebrate Unity in the Community” this year. Danielle Hilderbrand is 2017 president of the Acworth Business Association and the proud owner of both Pearl’s Spa & Boutique and Rustic Ruby in Historic Downtown Acworth.

Left, Allatoona High School track and field team. Below, Harrison High girls soccer team. Photos by Danielle Hilderbrand



Students Hold Luau to Celebrate Start of Summer Â


Students at the DeRiche Agency celebrated the start of summer by selling birdseed treats at the Acworth Farmers market, followed by an afternoon luau. The Man Cave student group cooked on the grill and classes provided punch and side dishes. After lunch, students cooled off with water guns, water balloons and a wheelchair-accessible dunk tank. Students ended the day with a frozen treat from a Kona Ice snow cone truck. -- Debbie King



Acworth Farmers Market Offers Farm Goods and Much More

BY CARLA CALDWELL Acworth Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. until noon Fridays through Oct. 27 in the parking lot of Acworth Baptist Church. The market offers a wide variety of Georgia-grown vegetables, fresh eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh-baked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams. The market will feature a pie-baking contest July 14. Chef Henry Chandler is scheduled to judge. There is a two-pie maximum entry limit. The pies can be sweet or savory, but must be made using at least one local ingredient. The ingredient does not have to be in season. The winner will be eligible to compete against winners of contests held at other area farmers markets. A final competition will be held in August at the Woodstock Farmers Market. The Acworth Farmers Market is sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. For more information, call 770-917-1234 or go to My daughters and I spent a recent morning at the market. We picked up beautiful produce, flowers and other items. We also met a lot of nice people. The photos were taken during our visit.

Terry and Carolyn Smith with Mama J’s Produce.

From left, Beth Wilson and Debbie Summers, and John Short with Pearson Peaches, brought to you by Georgia Proud Provisions.

Pete Maxwell with Pure Bliss Organics.



From left, Tommy and Alex (in stroller), Benjamin, and mom Kasia Herdman (back row). Front, far right, Madelyn, and mom Alyssa Cromie (back row, right).

Alyssa Cromie, and son, Damon.

Students from the DeRiche Agency sell bird seed treats at the market. Josh Barksdale grows produce, herbs and flowers.

Neybleth Garmon, left, and Chong Kue.

Maria Starr with Pottery of the Stars.

Emily and Tabitha Hartle.

Walter Ford with Plants by Walter.

Blake Duckworth with Ten Oaks Farm.

Wendy Kephart with Comfy Gourmet.

From left, Regina Archie and Lola Wilburn pack up after a busy day of selling delicious baked goods.


Christina Rhoades with Acworth Farmers Market and Country Rhoades Arts & Crafts. From left, Jennifer and Sarah Clark, and Sarah Thomas.



Back-to-School Shopping Made Easy


oted favorite boutique in the 2017 Readers’ Choice by TowneLaker and Around Woodstock readers, Brooklynn’s is continuing to grow. The popular boutique is scheduled to celebrate the grand opening of a new store in the Mall of Georgia, and owner Jodi Tiberio says it’s all because of the community. “We are so grateful for the support that we’ve received from our community. It’s the reason we’ve able to expand and experience such growth.” The team at Brooklynn’s is gearing up to make sure they have everything you need for your back-to-school wardrobe. You can find the styles you’re looking for without the hassle of navigating a large department store. Whether you’ll be hitting the books this fall or gearing up for carpool, the staff at Brooklynn’s is ready to help you look your best with personalized service and the newest trends.

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Brooklynn’s has done the research for you. Find everything you need to put together your back-to-school look. Denim. The hottest denim styles will be available at Brooklynn’s beginning July 17. There will be lots of new looks to choose from for back-to-school. Comfy Activewear. Check out the new High Energy Collection which showcases tops in bamboo fabrics, cool new leggings, hoodies and comfortable athletic-style shoes. Dresses. Fall florals and solid-colored dresses in soft, comfortable fabrics will take you to the top of the class. Tops. Crushed velvet tops in solids and floral patterns are must-haves this season. Color. Brooklynn’s carries all the new fall colors: vintage blush, olive moss, washed denim, hunter green and sangria. Don’t forget to represent your school and favorite team with a new college game-day outfit in your team’s colors!

The best way to keep up with the latest deals and trends is to connect with Brooklynn’s on social media. Follow on Instagram and Snapchat at @shopbrooklynns. Also, shout out to Brooklynn’s favorite sheepadoodle and fur friend, Addison. (Check her out on Instagram at @sheepish_addie.) To receive messages about extra special deals at your favorite Brooklynn’s location, become a VIP by texting the following: Downtown Woodstock: BROOKDT to 555-888 Town Center Mall, Kennesaw: BROOKTC to 555-888 Mall of Georgia: BROOKMOG to 555-888 Panama City Beach: BROOKPCB to 555-888 22



SPECIAL DEALS July 22: Grand Opening! Come see Brooklynn’s at their new Mall of Georgia location! All locations will celebrate by giving a free $50 gift card and swag bag (a reusable shopping bag filled with Brooklynn’s goodies) to the first 50 people in line by 10 a.m. The next 100 people in line will receive the swag bag plus a 30 percent off coupon. (Some limitations may apply.) All the details will be announced on Brooklynn’s website and social media channels beginning July 17. July 22-30: Free Tee! Shoppers will receive a free Brooklynn’s T-shirt with every $50 purchase while supplies last. (Limit two shirts per customer. Styles may vary. Cannot be combined with any other offer.) July 29: $50 Give-Away! Spend $100 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at any Brooklynn’s location and receive a FREE $50 Brooklynn’s gift card. (Limit three per customer.) Brooklynn’s Has You Covered At press time, the Georgia Legislature had not voted to renew the back-to-school tax-free holiday for 2017. However, when you shop at any Brooklynn’s location in Georgia July 29-30, your purchase will be tax-free. Brooklynn’s is going to pay the tax for you! Sponsored Content AROUND ACWORTH | July 2017


New Depot Park Will House Acworth History BY BECCA KIENEL

Back in 2012, the old Acworth Depot had fallen on hard times. In 1970, it had been cut in two pieces and removed from its original location on Main Street to a lot on Winn Street. The site where it once stood became a parking lot. The depot sat unused for many years and was in a decrepit condition. So Mack Turner, who is now vice president of the Save Acworth History Foundation, wrote a post on Facebook expressing his disappointment about the depot, and that city leaders had decided in the 1960s to tear down historic buildings on the east side of the tracks. The depot was built in 1893 and had been the lifeblood of our railroad town for many years. A lot of people agreed with Mack.  In early 2013, a group of like-minded individuals met at Center Street Tavern and started the Save the Acworth Depot project.

A board was formed and acquired tax-exempt status. The City of Acworth agreed to give the group the lot on Main Street next to the caboose if they could meet their goal to raise $150,000 by June 2015. Then came the hard part – fundraising. The project did not qualify for grants because the building had been moved from its original location. The group held art auctions, car shows and yard sales, and received 14 pledges of $5,000. Ultimately, the group fell $50,000 short of its goal, so one of the depot buildings was sold.The building was dismantled and some of the wood was used to build custom furniture. But the City of Acworth was so impressed by the group’s efforts that officials decided to build a smaller replica of the depot next to the caboose and to call the area Depot Park. Bids for construction of the new building are being prepared and groundbreaking will likely start at the end of the year. The new structure will house artifacts and historic images. City officials asked the depot group’s board to help compile Acworth’s history, so the group changed its name to the Save Acworth History Foundation. The foundation’s focus is to raise funds for production of oral history interviews with long-time residents. The group is also involved in collecting digital images of historic significance to Acworth. Dr. Tom Scott, professor emeritus of history at Kennesaw State University, donates his time to conduct the oral histories, but the cost of the videography is $350 per interview. To watch some of the histories that have been recorded, search for Save Acworth History on

Becca Kienel is a current and former resident of the Collins Avenue Historic District. Since moving back to Acworth, she has enjoyed researching the area's history and homes.



If you would like to make sure that no more of Acworth’s history is lost, there are numerous ways to help: • On Facebook, like the Save Acworth History page. • Join the group. Membership is $15 per year for individuals, and $25 for families. • Share your historically significant photos at a Save Acworth History Foundation picture day. Information about the next picture day will be posted on the group’s Facebook page. • Attend the group’s Speaker’s Series held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Roberts Community and Education Center in Acworth. Admission is free. • Make a tax-deductible donation. Any amount is appreciated. If you would like to donate $350 and sponsor a video history, your name will be in the credits as a sponsor. • A plaque will be mounted at the entrance of the new Depot History Center recognizing everyone who has donated $1,000 or more. Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to: Save Acworth History Foundation, 4857 N. Main St., Suite 200, Acworth, GA 30101. Or, go by any Regions Bank and make a donation in the name of Save Acworth History.  

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Davis McCollum 7 p.m. Roberts Community and Education Center, 4861 School St., Acworth 30101 “The Early Pioneers of Acworth Georgia”

Davis McCollum is a sixth-generation Cobb County resident and direct descendent of Capt. Daniel McCollum, Continental Line of Habersham County. (Service under Gen. Nathan Green and Col. Locke of North Carolina - Rowan Militia). He is president of The McCollum Group LLC, a commercial real estate advisory, consultancy and site selection firm in Alpharetta. He is an active member of several industry, historical and professional associations, serving on many committees and special project teams, including the Urban Land Institute, Georgia Historical Society, Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society and The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Georgia and Cobb Genealogical Societies, Sons of the American Revolution, Alpharetta and Old Milton County Historical societies. He is an active board member of the Marietta Museum of History and Aviation Wing and routinely provides historical presentations. In January 2014, he was honored by the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society for his contributions.



Outdoor Classroom

Grows Interest in Science, Math and Agriculture BY NAN KIEL

Awtrey Middle School’s new outdoor classroom provides a place for students to learn and relax, and is home to Cobb County School District’s first chicken coop. Awtrey students recently served as tour guides during “Eggstravaganza,” an event to introduce the space to the community. The outdoor classroom was created by Diane Andrew, a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at the school. Andrew transformed a courtyard into the classroom after attending a professional learning session focused on interactive classrooms. When she returned from the program, she took students on a virtual SKYPE field trip of a victory

garden at a World War II museum. A poll conducted afterward showed students wanted to build the learning area. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black attended the classroom’s community debut and talked with students about the project. Black praised students’ interest in agriculture, and said he hopes some students will consider agriculture as a career. “They’re captivated by the land, by the dirt, by the soil, by the science involved in growing and the biology with the poultry exhibit,” Black said. As part of the tour, Black tasted a smoothie made of fruit processed in a blender powered by a student riding a stationary bike.    Awtrey’s four chickens produce an average of a half-dozen eggs each day, which students collect. Students also tend a vegetable garden and pollinator patch, and care for animals. Andrew plans to expand the outdoor classroom to teach the business side of agriculture. She wants students to operate a farmers’ market where they can sell their vegetables and free-range eggs. This summer, with the help of the Cobb County Farm Bureau, Andrew will attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference.

Teacher Diane Andrew talks with Commissioner Gary Black about the school’s greenhouse. 26


Cobb County Farm Bureau President Stan Kirk congratulates teacher Diane Andrew on being awarded a trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference.

“My plan is to go and find all these wonderful ways to teach using the outdoor space,” Andrew said. “I plan to come back from the conference with new and innovative ideas using Georgia standards to teach our students.”

Nan Kiel works in the communications department at Cobb County School District.

A student peddles a blender bike to make smoothies.

An Awtrey student reads her Georgia Farm Bureau essay.

Students dressed in vegetable suits for the grand opening ceremony.

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black works with a student.


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YOUR SCHOOL NEWS Cobb Students Win Math Tourneys Cobb County School District held three math competitions during the 2016-2017 school year. Students from 12 high schools and five middle schools competed in the tournaments. District staff recognized the winning students in May. Winning CCSD Varsity Team: No. 1: Walton High No. 2: Kennesaw Mountain High No. 3: Lassiter High Varsity Individual No. 1: Paul Shao, Lassiter High No. 2: William Zheng, Walton High No. 3: Sean Engelstad, Kennesaw Mountain High Kennesaw Mountain Varsity, Second Place. Junior Varsity Team No. 1: Walton High No. 2: Kennesaw Mountain High No. 3: Lassiter High Junior Varsity Individual No. 1:  Arvind Saligrama, Walton High No. 2: Dorian Kidonakis, Kennesaw Mountain High No. 3: Dimitrios Kidonakis, Kennesaw Mountain Junior Varsity, Second Place. Kennesaw Mountain High Middle School Team No. 1: Dickerson Middle No 2: Simpson Middle No. 3: Hightower Trail Middle Middle School Individual No. 1: Matthew House, Simpson Middle No. 2: Jeevan Jewel, Simpson Middle Aleks Kudratov, Palmer Middle, Sean Engelstad, Kennesaw No. 3: Aleks Kudratov, Middle School Individual, Third Mountain, Varsity Palmer Middle Place. Individual, Third Place.



Grads Offered More Than $93 Million in Scholarships Cobb County School District’s Class of 2017 received more than $93.7 million in college scholarship offers as of the end of the school year. The figure does not include HOPE Scholarship awards, which will be available later in the summer. Scholarship awards for academic scholars and athletic standouts came from all 16 of the district’s high schools and the Cobb Performance Learning Center. The district is the second-largest school system in Georgia, serving 113,000 students and 114 schools. School: Scholarship Offers: Allatoona............................$1,708,740 Campbell............................$3,683,844 Harrison.............................$6,472,768 Hillgrove.............................$7,958,553 Kell......................................$1,344,966 Kennesaw Mountain.......$10,633,510 Lassiter...............................$9,783,386 McEachern.........................$8,000,000 North Cobb........................$2,384,620 Osborne.............................$2,228,568 Pebblebrook......................$5,200,000 Performance Learning Cnt.......$2,000 Pope...................................$6,465,690 South Cobb........................$2,349,535 Sprayberry.........................$1,181,110 Walton.............................$20,300,000 Wheeler.............................$4,018,529

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Eric Torp Earns Eagle Scout at 14 BY JENNIFER BONN

Earning Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that usually takes most of the teenage years to accomplish, but Mount Paran Christian School student Eric Torp, who is 14, has managed to earn the honor before entering high school. His accomplishment is even more outstanding when you consider that only 5 percent of Scouts attain the status of Eagle Scout. The average age is 17 and the award cannot be given after age 18. It was quickly evident when I met Eric why he had earned such a prestigious award at such a young age. He came into the room with several organized notebooks and file folders. His Scouting journey was meticulously chronicled and documented. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of the requirements involved, and his passion for Scouting is catchy. He is a natural teacher, calmly and slowly explaining each piece of the adventure and then looking you in your eyes to make sure you understood. One of the requirements is to state your life goals, purpose and leadership style. Eric said his purpose is to help others achieve their goals. It is obvious his heart is in servant leadership when he describes service projects he completed. Eric completed 30-plus hours of service. His favorite project was helping with the cleanup after Hurricane Matthew. The Scout troop went to Savannah to make repairs. Eric was moved by the gratitude of a woman who is a nurse. Her It was quickly home’s roof was damaged and the Scouts were able to repair evident when it. This experience showed Eric I met Eric how important service is. One of the awards Eric why he had earned is called The Arrow of earned such Light. The award is given for going above and beyond, and a prestigious an outstanding work award at such showing ethic. Eric said working toward his Eagle Scout badge helped a young age. him discover what he wanted to do in life. He used to think that he would like to enter the military, but as he worked for his many badges, he discovered a passion for robotics. Eric is one of the few students who went through the entire robotics program in middle school. His STEAM teacher Randi Terry describes him as a pioneer. Each time the students start a project, they are instructed to define a problem and come up with a creative solution. When I asked how the robotics class helped Eric, Terry said, “He has learned how to do a presentation and can speak in front of a group in any situation.” Scouting opened his eyes in many ways. The motto of Scouting is “Be prepared” and Eric realizes that being prepared means so much more than being physically capable of accomplishing something. He knows how important the mental aspect is to everything. He believes that someone 30


Eric Torp says his purpose is to help others achieve their goals.

can accomplish just about any goal if the individual makes a plan about how to do it, and then has the work ethic and determination to follow through. He does not believe that age should be a factor in what you can do. Being part of Troop 472 of The Silver Comet District has taught Eric life skills he can use in school and beyond in the workplace. It has also given him a perspective on life that will serve him well. His father, Wade Torp, has been his Scoutmaster, and I am sure that their journey through the Scouting world together has really only just begun. Wade says that as Eric moved up through the ranks of Scouting, and assumed various leadership roles, Eric truly learned what it was like to be a leader. Eric had to handle the planning, coordination and logistics associated with his final project. Eric’s parents did their best to instill in him a can-do attitude and to strengthen his self-Confidence. The Eagle Scout award is more than just an award for Eric, it is a culmination of hands-on learning experience where he was taught life skills that will benefit himself and the people he serves for a lifetime.

Jennifer Bonn is a teacher at Mount Paran Christian School and lives in Kennesaw.


Cobb Students Win Emperor Science Awards

Two Cobb County School District students recently won Emperor Science Awards presented by PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up to Cancer. Kennesaw Mountain High School junior Gwendolyn Henry and Pope High School junior Hisham Kashif are two of three winners from Georgia and are among 100 award recipients from across the country. The third Georgia winner is Julia Boll of Woodstock, who attends River Ridge High School in the Cherokee County School District. The Emperor Science Award program is designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a mentoring opportunity. The award recipients, representing 29 states, will conduct research in a lab or virtually, or a combination of both, working with an esteemed scientist on a multi-week cancer research project. Recipients will get Google Chrome computers to enhance their studies and to facilitate mentor access for students who live some distance from their mentor’s research facility. The awards program also provides the students with a $1,500 stipend for expenses. Approximately 800 students in 44 states submitted applications for the awards to PBS LearningMedia, a digital educational resource library for teachers and students, and Stand Up to Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.  Go to for a complete list of winners.

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KSU Students Selected in MLB Draft

Two Kennesaw State University baseball players were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, marking the 10th consecutive year a KSU player has been drafted. Pitcher Tony Dibrell of Alpharetta was drafted by the New York Mets in the fourth round (127th overall). First baseman Austin Upshaw of Buford was drafted by the World Series champion Chicago Cubs in the 13th round (405th overall).

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Brookwood Christian School Leads

Students to Succeed

School grows to offer more programs, serve more students Brookwood Christian School was founded in 2004 by Acworth resident Kim Wigington to serve bright students who struggled to succeed in other schools. “When my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2002, I had no idea what to do to help her, Wigington said. “I had three degrees in education and 13 years experience as a teacher, counselor and administrator, but I could not help my own child.” Wigington spent the next two years studying methods and materials for dyslexic students. When she felt she had enough training, she began to homeschool her daughter. Within two weeks, she was homeschooling five kids around her kitchen table. By the next fall, the number of students had grown to 18, and space was rented from a local church. BCS now has 58 students in its little red school house. There are plans to add a second building to the campus within the next year. Within the next 10 years,

the school plans to add a third building to house a Montessori school. BCS has raised about $111,000 of the $500,000 needed for the second building. The school wants to finance as little as possible, and hopes to raise at least $200,000 by next year. What the school has to offer is unique. BCS remediates students in areas of difficulty using specialized methods and

materials, yet pushes students to excel in areas of strength. Students are grouped according to their needs and learning styles rather than by age. Frequent breaks and movement are key to learning. BCS students, even middle and high school students, go outside up to three times a day. Classes are often seen walking around Lake Allatoona, down Main Street, or shopping at the Farmers Market on Friday mornings. “The community of Acworth has embraced our school,” Wigington said. “At a recent fundraiser, 70 ladies joined us for afternoon tea. Most of them were from the community and not affiliated with the school. The tea and silent auction raised $9,000 toward our new building fund. We were blown away by the community’s support.” That community spirit led Wigington to serve on local boards, including the Acworth Downtown Development Authority and Acworth Business Association. Wigington was named 2014 Business Person of the Year by ABA, and 2016 Acworth Citizen of the Year by Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. “We could never do all we do without community support, and I am proud to be a part of it,” Wigington said.


Below: Students use iPads for the Fast ForWord Reading program.



ACADEMICS: *School day is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with frequent breaks outside *1st-12th grade accredited by Georgia Accrediting Commission *College Prep and Tech Prep programs available for high school students *Joint enroll options with colleges for juniors and seniors *BCS’s typical student has a normal IQ, but is behind in reading or math

“The school has become a staple in my child’s life and a beacon of hope and promise. I absolutely love this school and the staff.” - Melissa

*In reading comprehension, students gained an average of 2.6 grade levels in 2016/2017 *The Wilson Reading Program is taught to students with dyslexia by a Wilson-certified teacher, who completed a two year-long internship with Wilson


Brookwood Christian School 4728 Wood St. Acworth, GA 30101 678-401-5855 During the summer please email: BCLS10 brookwoodcs BCLS10 BCLS1010

To learn more :

*High school students are issued a Chromebook and use Google Docs to complete work *Fast ForWord reading program on iPads *Teaching Textbooks Math

SCHOLARSHIPS: *SB10, Georgia Special Needs Scholarship – Any student in Georgia who had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at any time during the 2016-17 school year automatically receives a partial scholarship to BCS. Scholarship amounts should be available on the Georgia Department of Education website in July. *Apogee tax credit scholarship – Any couple in Georgia can divert up to $2,500 of their state taxes to BCS. Students who have been in private school or home school are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

AWARDS: Kim Wigington (right), founder and head of school, was named Acworth Citizen of the Year for 2016 by Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. Brookwood Christian School won Around Acworth magazine’s Reader’s Choice award for favorite private school with a focus on special needs.

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Storage Systems Limited Only By Imagination BY JEFF GLOVER

I could easily write a book on organization systems because there are so many options available. Today, I will cover a few categories. Modular organizers. The units are often melamine coated and come in boxes. They are available in a variety of configurations and can be found at big box discounters and home improvement warehouses. The units are usually easy to assemble over a weekend using basic hand tools. They can handle moderate weight, but do not overload them. The shelves can sag with too much weight. These units are great for small utility closets or other storage areas. I don’t recommend melamine units for unconditioned spaces. Humidity and changes in temperature can ruin them. Metal ventilated shelving. The shelving comes in a variety of widths and strengths, and there are many accessories available. This type of shelving is used in closets throughout Georgia. Heavy-duty versions can hold a lot of weight and are great for garages and basement storage rooms. Wood organization systems. There are companies that specialize in installation of wood systems, but the materials can be purchased and installed by homeowners. Kits are

usually made of a combination of plywood and hardwoods, such as oak or maple. The systems can be pricey, depending on materials and accessories. I have used these in highend master bedroom closets, kids bedrooms and basement recreational rooms. Wood units are usually strong and stable, which eliminates most shelf sagging concerns. Custom. These are usually installed by professionals in conjunction with a cabinet maker. The only limit is your checkbook. The systems can be made using numerous wood species, and can be stained or painted in a variety of colors. Features include built-in safes, locking jewelry drawers, lighting, climate-controlled storage drawers and even custom-colored clothes hangers to match the units. Explore the many different types of closet storage units available and select one that best suits your needs and budget.

Jeff Glover is a licensed and insured general contractor. He is a lifelong resident of Cobb County and lived in the Acworth community for the past 17 years.

Campsite Cooking Can Be Adventurous BY TIFFANY HUGHES

Camping in the middle of a Georgia summer is an adventure unto itself. Not only must you worry about possible campsite marauders (i.e. snakes, bears, mosquitoes), you must also provide provisions. Whether you’re a wilderness junkie setting off on a two-week hiking trip or simply pitching a tent in your backyard, it is important to ensure that your sustenance is protected. You will want to take a sturdy cooler for ice and drinks. Make sure to wrap the cooler with a bungee cord if you leave your campsite. This protects the contents from raccoons and bears. Before leaving home, pack the cooler with frozen water bottles that keep items cool and later serve as drinks. Use empty water bottles from home to transport eggs to your campsite. One (16 oz.) bottle will hold approximately six eggs. When you get ready to cook, remove them from the cooler and shake the bottle. You’ve got scrambled eggs without the mess! One sturdy frying pan, such as a cast iron pan, will allow you to cook almost anything. Biscuits can easily be “baked” in cast iron, even over an open flame. The trick is to cover the top of the pan with foil to hold in the heat. If you’re feeling industrious, prepare pancake batter at home and pour it into a couple of water bottles to take to your camp-out. Just remember to take oil or a little butter. 34


Frozen tater tots are another versatile item to take camping. Fry them up and enjoy them with hotdogs, hamburgers, etc. You can also break them up in your pot or frying pan, add fresh veggies (such as carrots, onions, peppers, etc) and maybe some bratwurst, and cook until the meat is done and the veggies are soft.  ou can turn this mixture into a frittata by adding an entire bottle of eggs (six eggs to be exact) and cooking until the eggs set.  You’ll also need to think about snacks. Fresh veggies or fruit provide hydration. You can make trail mix at home before your trip. Take eight cups popped popcorn, and mix with pretzels, roasted nuts and raisins. You should avoid chocolate as it will melt, unless you use candy-coated chocolate.  Whether you are loading up the family for a weekend in the great outdoors or planning a fun night with a blanket fort in the living room, campfire foods are always a good idea. Just make sure you keep Yogi Bear away from the picnic basket! Happy cooking everyone!

Tiffany Hughes is an Acworth resident who is an educator at Tellus Science Museum. She enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. Contact her at creativecook11@



with These Cool Summertime Recipes Puppy Popsicles

If you’re like us, you don’t like to cook and heat up your kitchen in the middle of the summer. Well, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with some cool recipe ideas that include a yummy black bean salsa appetizer, a delicious tortellini salad, plenty of dessert options and even a frozen treat for Fido. And we didn’t forget to include a refreshing sparkling cocktail. Happy summer and enjoy!


Don’t forget your favorite canine. We also love cool treats in the summertime.


• 1 4.25 ounce jar of pureed carrot baby food (or sweet potatoes) • 1 cup of beef broth

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Mix ingredients in a bowl. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray. This quantity will fill one 12-cube ice tray. Freeze until completely solid. Best served outside, since they can get messy as they melt.

Ice Cream Sandwich Trifle


With only five ingredients, this recipe is super easy, but looks like you went to a lot of trouble. If you don’t want to bother cutting up the ice cream sandwiches, you can leave them whole and layer everything in a 9 x 11 casserole dish. Don’t bother reading the nutrition facts on any of the ingredients. It’s summertime − these calories are free!

Ingredients • • • • •

24 vanilla ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped Large container of Cool Whip, thawed 1 jar of hot fudge ice cream topping 1 jar of caramel ice cream topping 1/2 cup of crushed Heath Bars


Using a sharp knife (or serrated-edged knife), cut ice cream sandwiches into eighths. Layer pieces of ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of a trifle bowl, cover with hot fudge, caramel sauce and Cool Whip. Continue with layers, ending with a top layer of Cool Whip. Sprinkle the crushed Heath Bars on top. (You can substitute crushed nuts or your favorite cookies or candy.) Cover with foil and freeze at least 30 minutes before serving. 36



Ingredients • • • • • • •

1 package frozen cheese tortellini, cooked and cooled 1/2 cup swiss cheese, cut up into cubes 1/2 cup deli ham, cut up 1/4 cup peas, frozen and thawed 1/4 cup of green onions, chopped 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese Ranch dressing to taste


Mix together in large bowl and add ranch dressing to your liking then refrigerate until ready to serve. Always a crowd favorite!



• 2 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed • 1 14-ounce can corn, drained • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced • 1 large avocado, peeled and diced • 1 small onion, diced • 1/8 to 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 2 tablespoons lime juice • Salt and pepper


Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Cover and chill overnight. Taste and add salt, pepper or more lime juice as necessary. Serve with tortilla chips as an appetizer, or with grilled chicken breast as a meal.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Squares CANDI HANNIGAN, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

This family favorite has become our go-to cake for birthday celebrations. It started as my son Drew’s choice that the others have adopted, but now it’s hard to keep it reserved for once-a-year occasions! It’s important to freeze after each step, so the layers stay separated. And I always double the recipe for the chocolate topping extra fudgey is always a good thing!

Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

30 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed ¼ cup butter, melted Half-gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk ½ cup sugar 1 ½ (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate 1 tablespoon butter 1 12-ounce carton Cool Whip, thawed 1 cup chopped pecans


Key Lime Pie

Combine cookies and ¼ cup butter. Press into a lightly greased 13-x9-x-2 inch pan, and freeze. Combine evaporated milk and next three ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan - consider doubling this part! Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Cook, stirring constantly, 3-4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Cool to room temperature. Spread ice cream over the top of the cookie crumbs, and let freeze. Spread chocolate mixture over top of the ice cream, and freeze again. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle pecans over top. Store in the freezer until about a half hour before serving.


My daughters and I love this recipe for Key Lime Pie provided by Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice. It is easy to make and hits the spot on a hot summer day. We also make it at other times during the year. The pie is smooth and cool, and not too tart or too sweet. For a yummy - and easy - topper, try Land O’Lakes’ new Sugar-Free Whipped Heavy Cream in a can.



Ingredients • • • •

• 1 750 bottle of sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco, or a white wine like Riesling or pinot grigio • ¼ cup brandy or triple sec • 2-3 tablespoons sugar • 3-4 white peaches • Juice from 1 lemon

1 9-inch graham cracker pie shell. 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 3 egg yolks (egg whites not used) ½ cup Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice until smooth. Pour filling into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to stand 10 minutes before refrigerating. (We leave the pie in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, if we can make it that long before slicing into it). Just before serving, top with whipped cream. Add lime slice garnish if desired.


Add brandy and lemon juice to the bottom of your pitcher. Cut up the peaches into cubes and add with ice. Top with Cava or Prosecco and serve immediately. You can add a little red wine at the bottom of the glass to give it a pink color. AROUND ACWORTH | July 2017


‘Honey Stop the Motorcycle’ BY MALINDA HOWE

It was May 7 when Danielle Hilderbrand first saw the sign posted outside the house on Main Street. The sign read, “Honey Stop the Car.” In this case, it was “Honey Stop the Motorcycle.” But there it was. A 1910 Victorian. Hilderbrand, who is president of Acworth Business Association and owner of Pearl’s Spa & Boutique and Rustic Ruby in Historic Downtown Acworth, has looked several years for the perfect home to hit the market.

It had to be in the Village (as the locals refer to Historic Downtown Acworth). Village living is close enough to walk to the lakes, shops and restaurants. This house ticked all the boxes. Nestled on an acre in Historic Downtown Acworth – the beauty has good bones. It just needs updating and love. Hilderbrand closed on the home June 8 and can now say, “Honey I’m Home!” Our historic renovation journey has begun!  

The living room before restoration began.

Aaron Morrison, Hilderbrand's boyfriend, discovers a beautiful fireplace hidden behind a wall.



Removal of acoustic ceiling tiles revealed original wood ceilings.

Malinda Howe lives, works and plays in Historic Downtown Acworth and is broker and owner of Anchor Realty Partners. Howe is also vice chairwoman of the Acworth Tourism Board.

Your Child’s 20/20 Vision Isn’t Always ‘Perfect’ BY DR. DYLAN REACH

Did you know that more than 80 percent of everything you and your child perceive, comprehend and remember depends on the effectiveness of the visual system? Vision problems, such as lazy eye, poor eye-hand coordination and the inability to move and track your eyes together as a team and focus on information, can hinder your child’s ability to learn. These problems can be present, even if your child scores a perfect 20/20 on the school eye exam. That’s why it’s important to have your children’s eyes examined by an optometrist who specializes in all aspects of eye health, including the diagnosis and treatment of hidden eye disorders. The exam should include tests for visual interpretation, muscle balance and movement, color vision, depth perception and visual field. And, if an eye disorder is detected, the doctor can arrange for the latest in vision therapy. Vision therapy is a treatment program designed to help children learn, relearn and reinforce specific skills to eliminate vision problems and improve their visual system. In vision therapy, doctors prescribe specific tasks to be done under controlled circumstances. Repetition of these tasks improves vision by coordinating eye muscles, straightening the alignment of the eyes and improving eye movement, eye coordination and eye focusing ability. Take time to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of vision problems. Together, we can make a difference. Physical Signs • frequent headaches • poor eye-hand coordination • constantly looks down when copying • holds head very close to reading materials • moves entire head, not just eyes, when reading • frequently loses place while reading or skips lines Behavioral Signs                                • improper behavior • spends too much time on homework • seems lazy • falling behind the rest of the class • refers to himself/herself as stupid • dislikes school • no longer tries

Dr. Dylan Reach, an optometrist at Acworth Family Eyecare, has been providing eye care in the Acworth area for more than 15 years.


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Spotted Around Town

Guy W. Condra and a selection of books outside his business, Acworth Bookstore & Coffee Shop.

A birthday party at the pavilion. From left, Ayvah Nizzari, Ayden Nizzari, Kid Dynamo (in hat), Alexis Mendez and Traci Jancik.

Rebecca Padgett and her son Gibson.

A beautiful June day in Historic Downtown Acworth.



Gracie Molnar, of Indiana, tries paddleboarding for the first time while visiting family in Acworth.

Kayakers cool off at Lake Acworth.

A train arrives in Historic Downtown Acworth.

Fun at Acworth Beach. From left, Tiffany Truchan and triplets, Olivia, Gracie and Charlotte; Meredith Conklin, with children Kate (center row), and Matt (front center), and Meredith Klaus, with children Will and Charlotte.


The nice guys at Acworth Feed. From left, Tony Gunn, Colin Elia and owner Mark Tatum

Swimmers at Acworth Beach.



Rob’s Rescues This dog’s name is Tara. She is at Cobb County Animal Control. Her tag number is 596166. She is a stray and about 3 years old. She is a Chihuahua mix and is really calm. She also listens well. Her colors are white and brown. She would be a perfect family member. This is kitten season! Go to the shelters and get kittens. Please help Cobb County Animal Control (1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta). The Cobb County shelter is near capacity for cats and kittens. Please consider adopting. Cherokee County Animal Shelter (1015 Univeter Road, Canton) is also packed, and adult cats are free right now. I recently interviewed Ms. Lindsay Hayes, a teacher at High Point Elementary School; and Ms. Mary EuDaly, whose dog, Angel, is a therapy dog. Angel is from Egypt and has three legs.

Mary EuDaly

How old is Angel and what kind of dog is she? 10 years old, cross shepherd.

Do you have other pets?

Three other dogs, all rescues.

Where did Angel come from?

Tanya Mahrous Tobias from Second Life Atlanta ( brought her back from Egypt. She was a Cairo street dog and had been hit by a truck. She was in the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) for four years.

How did you start therapy work with Angel?

What would make a good therapy dog? Therapy dogs have to like all people and get along with other dogs. They have to pass the Canine Good Citizens test and be able to tolerate noisy and quite chaotic situations.

What does Angel like to do most?

She loves to be petted and loves to be with people. She likes to play with one of my other dogs.

What can I do to help you?

Encourage people who have potentially good therapy dogs to go through the program at Happy Tails ( There is a lot of demand for therapy dogs.

Do you have any advice for me?

Keep on doing what you are doing. Keep telling the stories behind rescue dogs.

Lindsay Hayes

What were your first thoughts about bringing a dog into your classroom?

I thought it was an amazing idea. It is a great motivator for kids who are reluctant to read, as dogs are a perfect audience.

What advantage does it give to have a dog here?

The kids develop confidence. It is a safe environment, and they can make mistakes without being judged.

What do the kids like about Angel? They all want to read to Angel. They feel special getting to read with her.

What do you like about Angel?

I like seeing my kids get excited about reading. Having Angel here is a wonderful incentive for them. They want to be great readers for Angel! 

I met Angel at Second Life Atlanta and fostered her. I saw how she loves people and how good she is with children. She has such a story to tell! Angel inspires people. She has so much love, but has been through so much hardship.

Why does Angel only have three legs? She was hit by a truck in Cairo and taken to the ESMA. The leg was badly mangled and stuck out behind her. She remained that way for four years in Cairo, and it was amputated when she came to the USA.

What do the kids like best about Angel? They like to see a dog at school, and they like to pet her.

What is Angel’s best ability? Giving unconditional love.

Angel, Rob, Ms. Mary EuDaly and Ms. Lindsey Hayes, who teaches at High Point Elementary School.

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Rob, Angel and Ms. Mary EuDaly in a reading session at High Point Elementary School.

I’m Rob Macmillan, and I am on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. Contact me at

WellStar Kennestone Honored for Top-Level Cardiac Care WellStar Kennestone is the only hospital in the state of Georgia and the second hospital in the nation to receive the triple distinction of the Disease Specific Care Certification for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, Cardiac Valve Repair/ Replacement and Congestive Heart Failure Program by The Joint Commission. All WellStar hospitals have received the Gold Seal of Approval accreditation from The Joint Commission, recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects a hospital’s commitment to meeting defined performance criteria. Recognition by The Joint Commission is your assurance that you can trust WellStar for the highest quality of care.



Cobb County Public Library System

ACWORTH LIBRARY 4569 Dallas St., Acworth,  770-917-5165

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday • 1-6 p.m. Saturday Closed Thursday, Friday and Sunday

July 12, 19, 26

Toddler/Preschool Storytime. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Songs and nursery rhymes in a friendly, encouraging environment. Movie and craft are included.

July 18

Storytime with Rise Against Hunger. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Summer reading program theme is "Building a Better World." Rise Against Hunger is an organization working to end hunger in the world. Join Rise Against Hunger's Atlanta program coordinator, DeRon Waller, for a storytime in which you will learn about world hunger and taste one of the volunteer packaged meals the organization distributes.

July 25

LegoMania with littleBits. 4-5 p.m. Young patrons and their families are encouraged to have fun, build and explore with Legos and littleBits! Family Movie Night. 5-6:45 p.m. Watch “Storks” in the library’s picture book area. The move is rated PG.

July 8

Sphere Robot Programming. Noon-1 p.m. Dive into beginning computer coding as you and your team use Lightning Lab software to program a Sphero robot to navigate a maze. Race your Sphero against other teams. Ages 8-17. Registration is recommended.

July 10, 17, 24, 31

Baby Storytime. 10:15-10:45 a.m. A morning of books, songs

and nursery rhymes. A fun activity that introduces little ones to the library, and also can be an important first step in a child's journey to literacy and love of reading!   

July 11

Storytime with Ranger Amanda. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ranger

Amanda from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park brings the treasures of Kennesaw Mountain to you! Explore the flora, fauna, scents and sounds of the mountain in the air-conditioned comfort of the library. Storytime is followed by a craft.

Family Movie Night. 5-6:45 p.m. Watch “The Secret Life of Pets” in the library’s picture book area. The movie is rated PG.

July 11, 18, 25   

Storytime in the Park. 10:30-11 a.m. Frana Brown Park, 4901

N. Main St., Acworth. Join librarians each Tuesday morning for outdoor storytime in beautiful Frana Brown Park in downtown Acworth, across from the post office. Bring a towel or blanket to sit on, and snacks. All ages are welcome! No registration required.

School Age Storytime. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Elementary-age students are invited to hear a reading of a variety of books and engage in discussion with the librarian and fellow participants. Designed to engage students and encourage them to use comprehension skills. Storytime is followed by a craft.



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KENNESAW LIBRARY 2250 Lewis St., Kennesaw, 770-528-2529

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday • 1-6 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays • Closed Sundays

July 8

Sphere Robot Programming. N2-3 p.m. An officer team will

talk about the jobs and capabilities of police animals and provide a demonstration. All ages are welcome. Make sure you are comfortable being around dogs for this program.

July 11

Toddler Time. 10:30-11 a.m. Songs, stories and rhymes that

enhance early literacy and social skills. A movie or craft may be included. Parents/caregivers are expected to participate in all activities. For ages 18 months-3 years.

July 13

Build a Fairy House with Cobb Watershed. 11:30-12:30.

Children ages 4 to 16 years old and their parents are invited to join representatives from the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program to explore the magical world of fairies. Participants will learn how to provide fairies and other woodland creatures the four things they need to survive: food, water, shelter and a lovely view. Then, using materials from nature, build a fairy houses. Supplies are provided, but children are invited to bring their favorite items.

CAREing Paws at Kennesaw: Read to a Dog! 4-5 p.m. For independent readers who would benefit from or enjoy reading to a dog who loves stories! Registration is required. Visit the circulation desk or call the library to register a child for a 15-minute session reading one-on-one to Polly (with her handler Joan supervising).

July 14

Harry Potter Wandmaking for Teens. 3-4:30 p.m. Every wizard needs a wand! Get ready for your acceptance to Hogwarts by creating your own wand with our supplies and a little hot glue magic. For rising middle- and high-schoolers. Registration is required and is limited to 10. Register by calling the library at 770528-2529 or emailing Miss Kate:

July 17, 24

Kennesaw Family Movie Night Series. 6-7:30 p.m. Feel free to bring a dry snack and something comfy to sit on. Movie schedule: “Trolls,” July 17, rated PG. “Mulan,” July 24, rated G.

July 18

Toddler Time. 10:30-11 a.m. Songs, stories and rhymes that

enhance your child’s early literacy and social skills. A movie or craft may be included. Parents/caregivers are expected to participate in all activities. For children ages 18 months-3 years.

July 20

Anime Club. 3-4 p.m. Share our favorite anime and manga, drawings, and cosplays! Snacks. For ages 13 and older. No registration required!

For information on more programs, visit

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late BY DR. SCOTT R. HARDEN

The foundation of oral health is simply healthy gums and healthy teeth. When a patient has a healthy mouth, everything is good. However, when a person has substantial dental problems, assessing, diagnosing and treating their needs can be complex. This is a crucial time, when a dentist can help a patient and get them through a tough situation. A friend of mine recently shared his dental problems with me. We had worked on several weekend projects together when he told me he “just broke yet another tooth off” and he had a bad toothache. His face had become swollen several times over the past year and he knew he had gum disease because of his bad breath.  This person is a hard worker who neglected his dental care over the years. He turned to me for help in getting his teeth back to a healthy level.  A week or so later, he came into my office. A comprehensive clinical exam determined he had advanced decay that destroyed all of his back teeth to the roots. Advanced gum disease destroyed 80 percent of his supporting jawbone around his back teeth. Because of his advanced problems, his options were limited, and he wasn’t surprised to learn his teeth would need to be extracted.  He was told that, when his back teeth were extracted, they would be replaced with either a removable upper partial 46


denture or implants and bridges. He knew this, but had to hear it officially for it to become a reality. He asked questions to gain a good understanding of his dental dilemma, but then embraced the facts and soon was ready to take steps toward improved oral health. People take dental health for granted and only begin to appreciate how important it is when they are experiencing a severe toothache or swollen face. After treatment, my friend was extremely happy to be out of pain and free from the embarrassment of having broken front teeth. Most importantly, he was free of infection.    Being a friend, he shared more of his inner thoughts than most patients. He said he could not imagine why he waited so long to take care of his teeth. He knew there were problems slowly developing, and the problems were steadily getting worse, but he didn’t experience any pain until his teeth started fracturing.  He said, “I learned my lesson about taking good care of my teeth and only wish I would have come into the dentist sooner to avoid the embarrassment and serious problems that I had.”

Dr. Scott Harden, a dentist at Fountain View Family Dentistry, has served Woodstock for more than 25 years. 770-926-0000.





Bonsai Study Group, SmithGilbert Gardens. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. Led by Bonsai curator Rodney Clemons, who visits the garden the second Saturday of each month to oversee, evaluate and prune the garden’s bonsai collection. Smith-Gilbert Gardens asks that visitors not bring personal bonsai trees onto the property. Free, after paid garden admission. For more information, contact Anna Bell King at 770-919-0248 or go to http://

FRIDAYS Acworth Farmers Market.

8 a.m.-noon. Through Oct 27. Vegetables, eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh-baked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams. Acworth First Baptist Church parking lot on the north end of Main Street. Sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. For more information, go to or call 770-917-1234.

THROUGH SEPT. 5 Acworth Slide. Dallas Landing Park, 5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Sept. 5. After July 31, the slide is open only on weekends and holidays. $4 per person for one slide, $8 per person for unlimited slides for one hour, and $16 per person for unlimited slides for one day. There is a $5 parking fee at Dallas Landing for people who are not Acworth residents. For more information, or to make reservations, visit

25-Sept. 16 AWithGarden

Wings. Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. Butterfly house and pollinator garden. Learn about the incredible life of butterflies. Many native species, including the monarch, black swallowtail and gulf fritillary. Exhibit features the Southern Living Plant Collection. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. TuesdaysSaturdays. Hours extended Saturdays in August to 7 p.m. Exhibit included with general admission. For more information, contact Anna Bell King at 770-919-0248 or go to http://   Attention, teachers! A Garden With Wings is open for field trips Aug. 15Sept. 15. Call the gardens to schedule a visit.


Classic Car Cruise. 4-9

p.m. Main Street in Historic Downtown Acworth. Sponsored by The Lake City Cruisers, City of Acworth and downtown merchants. Admission is free. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the cruise. Proceeds go to Horizon Field, an all-inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. For more information, contact Jeff Chase at jchase@acworth. org or call 770-917-1234.



Wakeboard National Championships.

Dallas Landing Park. The nation’s best wakeboarders of all ages will battle for a chance to claim a national title. More information will be available as the event approaches. Check the Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department website, www.acworthparksandrec. org, as well as the WWA website,, for all additional details and ticket sales. continued on page 50 48




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Lil' Blessings Consignment

Sale Fall and winter consignment. Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main St., Kennesaw. For more information, go to or call 770-427-3109. More information also is listed in the Community News section of the magazine.

COMMUNITY CLASSES Tai Chi. The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department offers two levels of Tai Chi. A beginners class is 6:30 p.m. Mondays. The advanced class is 7:30 p.m. Mondays. All classes are taught by Phil Robinson and his certified instructors. Classes are held at the Roberts School Community Center in Acworth. If you are unsure of which class to attend, contact the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department at 770-917-1234. Classes begin Aug. 7. The cost for this two-month session is $100 for city residents and $105 for non-residents. Register at!

REGISTRATIONS Football and Cheerleading. The Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association

provides competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children ages 5-12. Teams are grouped according to age and weight. Football players are placed on teams with children of similar skill and experience. Practice begins the last week in July and ends in early to mid-November. Once the season starts, practice is held three nights a week, with a game on Saturdays. Registration rates, league information and onsite registration dates are on the Acworth Warriors website:

Acworth Youth Basketball League. The Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community

Resource Department is ready to begin another exciting basketball season. The program provides competitive and instructional basketball for children ages 5-14. Teams are grouped according to age. Practice starts the first week of November and games begin in early December. Registration begins Aug. 1. Registration and other league information can be found at For more information, contact Mychal Lewis at

Horizon League: fall baseball. Registration is underway for the Fall Horizon Baseball League. The Horizon League is a noncompetitive baseball league for athletes ages 5 and older with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Games are played on the Horizon Field (4000 S. Main St.). The cost is $15 per player. Games begin Sept. 14 and continue through Oct. 21. Register online at or at the Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department located at 4762 Logan Road.



Temple Kol Emeth Noshfest. 11 a.m.-5

p.m. Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4. Celebrate Jewish food and culture. 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta. The annual event showcases delicacies and activities unique to the Jewish heritage and brings together Cobb County’s diverse community. Food from around the world, crafts and goods. Interactive exhibits and sanctuary tours. A kids zone with inflatables, games and face painting. Petting zoo with a camel. The event also will feature a Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts) demonstration and cooking demonstrations. Admission is two canned goods per family. All food collected on admission will go to MUST Ministry's effort to feed the hungry in Atlanta.  

The annual Covering the Bases event takes place Sept. 15 from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Visit for more information!

Summer Sports Camps. Brush up on the fundamentals of several sports. Each summer the Parks and Recreation department hosts a speed and agility camp and a football camp. Speed and agility camp is 6:30-8 p.m. July 10-14 at Logan Farm Park. City residents $35, nonresidents $45. Football camp is 6:30-8 p.m. July 18-20 at the Acworth Sports Complex. City residents $25, nonresidents $35. Participants receive a camp T-shirt and water bottle. For more information, contact Mychal Lewis at

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Congratulations to each of you who entered images in the June competition. The Cobb Photographic Society is a photography club open to photographers of all skill levels. The club meets the


1st Rob Hale “Smile”

2nd Paul Shimek “Fort”

HM Phyllis Westland “Room with a View”

3rd Jeff Westland “Shelburne's Evening Glow”

HM Mark Chandler “Center for Civil and Human Rights”

Black & White:

1st Diane Powell “Urban Geometry” 52


2nd Paul Shimek “Grand Mosque”

3rd Sally Hale “Going Up”


The topic was “Architecture.” The judge was Scott Johnson. first and third Monday of each month. For information about the club, please go to


1st Ashley Miller “A Wrinkle in Time”

3rd Mark Buckert “Arched Walkway”

2nd Heather Finley “Berry College Church”

HM Mark Buckert “Blue Door in the Alley”

HM Steven Powell “Doorway in Paris”

HM Cathy Maddox “No Wasted Space”

HM Jeff Westland “Angles for Angels” AROUND ACWORTH | July 2017


Senior Activities City of Acworth

July 18

Senior Lunch. Noon. Hosted by City of Acworth Parks and

Recreation Department. Bingo with prizes and other special activities. Roberts School Community and Education Center, 4681 School St., Acworth.

Aug. 25

August “Seniors Got Groove” Day Trip. North Georgia

Premium Outlets. Lunch is not included in the cost of the trip. Registration opens July 5 for residents, July 12 for nonresidents. $5 residents, $10 nonresidents. Trip leaves at 9 a.m. from Logan Farm Park. Register online at www. or in person at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth.

Dec. 12-15

“Seniors Got Groove” Overnight Trip. Holiday getaway.

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Four-day, three-night trip includes hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn-Pigeon Forge and admission to Smoky Mountain Opry and Titanic Museum. Stroll through historic Downtown Gatlinburg, explore the Apple Barn and Cider Mill, and shop at Christmas Village. Dinner at the Old Mill Restaurant and Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show are included in the price. Transportation costs and tips are included. The trip includes walking. $575 residents, $600 nonresidents. Registration opens July 7 for residents, July 14 for nonresidents. A deposit is due at registration and all balances must be paid in full by Nov. 1. Register online at or in person at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth.

CLASSES Senior Chair Yoga

Learn stretching and strengthening exercises, breathing techniques and more. The 12-week spring session begins July 17. Classes are 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m. at Roberts School Community Education Center, 4681 School St., Acworth. Free for residents, $15 for nonresidents. Register online at or in person at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth.  

Senior Cardio Combo

Elevate your metabolism by moving rhythmically to music. Strengthen and tighten muscles using free weights. The 12-week spring session begins July 20. Classes are 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m. at Roberts School Community Education Center, 4762 Logan Road, Acworth. Free to residents, $15 nonresidents. Register online at or in person at 4762 Logan Road, Acworth. 54


Aloha to Aging

The following programs are offered at Aloha to Aging, 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, unless specified in the listing. The nonprofit serves Cobb, Cherokee, DeKalb, Fulton and Paulding counties. To register for classes and for more information, call 770-722-7641, or email

Aloha to Aging is restarting its adult day respite and educational

programs in west Cobb. The Aloha Day Club serves people age 55 and older who have stopped driving and need socialization, exercise and fun. Burnt Hickory Baptist Church Oaks House, 5145 Due West Road N.W., Powder Springs. Call or email for more information.

July 10

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one, both inside and outside of the home. Free respite care is provided for your loved one during the meeting, but must call in advance for care to 770-722-7641.

July 11

Parkinson's Disease/Care Partner Support Group. 10:30-

11:30 a.m. Group discussion for people with Parkinson's and their care partners. Helpful tips and resources that provide comfort and encouragement.

July 18

East Cobb Healthy Brain Game Day. 10:30-noon. A healthy mind is an essential key to staying independent, involved and enjoying life to the fullest at any age. The program offers an exciting series of games to keep minds sharp and stimulated. Donations appreciated. RSVP by emailing or call 770-722-7641.

July 19

West Cobb - "ASiST" (Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training).

1-2:30 p.m. Discuss common age-related health challenges while participating in hands-on simulations. West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs. Call 770-528-8200 to reserve a spot.

July 25

Art Class for People With Dementia and Their Caregivers.

10 a.m. Art has been proven to be one of the ways to bond with those with dementia, while also exercising the brain. You do not have to be an artist to participate. Participants must RSVP by July 20. Call 770-7227641 or email

Today's Technology Class. 1-2:30 p.m. Join BH Technology at Aloha to Aging to ask questions and learn more about today's technology, phones and computers. Must RSVP by July 19. Call 770-722-7641 or email

July 26

North Cobb - "ASiST" (Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training).

12:30-2 p.m. Discuss common age-related health challenges while participating in hands-on simulations. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth  (inside Kennworth Park).  Call 770-975-7740 to reserve a spot.

Cobb Senior Services

July 19

Food for Thought. Navigating Your Senior Years — Program #12812

The following programs are offered by Cobb Senior Services at North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth. Located inside Kennworth Park. 770-975-7740. Go to for more information, classes and events.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Join Barbara Bonatucci with Nelson Elder Care Law for a fun and informative seminar that will explain the decisions that need to be made, and legal documents required, to provide protection as you plan for your future. $5 Cobb residents, $6 nonresidents.

July 6

AARP Smart Driver — Program #12397 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Check with your insurance agent about a possible discount for taking this class. $15 AARP members, $20 nonmembers. Bring lunch.

July 7

Book Lovers — 11 a.m.

July 20

Bowling — Program #12801

10:30-11:30 a.m. Join the Cobb County 911 Education Team to learn about 911 guidelines, senior safety and scam alerts, and Swift 911. Free. Registration required.

All About 911 and Senior Citizens — Program #12813

Stars and Strikes Bowling Center, 10010 Highway 92, Suite 180, Woodstock. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 at bowling center; Registration required.

July 10

Garden Club — 11 a.m.

July 11

Let’s Do Lunch — Program #12402

11:30 a.m., Carrabba’s, 1160 Ernest Barrett Parkway, N.W., Kennesaw. Lunch on your own; reservations required.

July 12

Aging with Essential Oils — Program #11646

1-2 p.m. The changes that occur over a lifetime can cause an enormous toll on the body, emotions and mind. Learn how to incorporate therapeutic-grade essential oils into a daily routine of preventative healthcare. Presented by Staci Williams of Essentially Zestful. Free. Registration required.

July 17

You Be the Judge — Program #13153

1-1:45 p.m. Listen to actual court cases and hear all the facts regarding the case. Discuss details among friends and find out which was the correct outcome of each case. Free. Registration required.

July 25

“Jeopardy!” — Program #12651 12:30.-2:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, America’s favorite game show, “Jeopardy!,” will test your knowledge. Be a participant or audience member. Provided by Dottie Denham, a medicare consultant with Cigna. Free. Registration required.

July 26

ASiST (Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training) —

Program #12255 12:30-2 p.m. An overview of the most common age-related health challenges and how they affect elders. Experience what it's like to handle everyday tasks while dealing with age-related health challenges. Presented by Geri Maryland with Aloha to Aging. Free. Registration required.

July 27

Summer Team Trivia — Program #13154

1-1:45 p.m. Bring a friend and put your facts about summer to the test. Sip on cold lemonade while having fun challenging the other teams. Free. Registration required.

July 28

Bingo — Program #12376

Noon-2 p.m. $3 Cobb residents, $4 nonresidents

July 31

Stevi B’s and Bingo — Program #12802 Noon-1:30 p.m., 3335 Cobb Parkway, Acworth $5.29; reservations required. Pizza and salad buffet. Limited shuttle service available. AROUND ACWORTH | July 2017






Acworth Parks Acworth has an abundance of wonderful parks and with the days getting longer and warmer, it’s a great time to get out and about.

Acworth Sports Complex. 4000 S. Main St. 7 a.m.-11

p.m. A 42-acre complex with six baseball fields, two football fields, multiple practice areas, batting cages, restrooms, two concession stands and parking. The complex is home to the Acworth Baseball Association and the Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association. The complex accommodates players ages 5 through 14 for baseball and 5 through 12 for football. The complex includes Horizon League, which provides team sport opportunities to children with cognitive and physical disabilities for ages 5 and older.

Baker Plantation Park. 4790 Baker Plantation Drive. Sunrise to sunset. A half-acre neighborhood park in the Baker Plantation subdivision. Playground, two grills and a picnic pavilion. Cauble Park. Home of Acworth Beach, Lake Acworth and Veterans Memorial Patriots Point. 4425 Beach St. A 25-acre park with fishing points, public restrooms, a boat ramp (for electric motor-driven boats only), a boardwalk, beach, rental facilities, two playgrounds and an open play area. Rental facilities include four pavilions, a lakeside gazebo and a beach house. Acworth Beach opens on Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. No lifeguard on duty. Parking is free Monday-Friday. On weekends, non-residents pay a $10 (cash only) per-vehicle fee from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. No pets are allowed on beach areas and must be on a leash at all times while in the park. Dallas Landing Park. 5120 Allatoona Drive. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

An 82-acre park located on Allatoona Drive off Main Street. Dallas Landing overlooks Lake Allatoona. The park contains a beach, group pavilion, picnic tables, grills, volleyball court, horseshoe pit and public restrooms. The group pavilion is available for rental. The park is open to Acworth Slide, the world’s largest inflatable water slide, according to the city. The park is open from mid-April through mid-September and there is a $5 parking fee every day.

East Lakeshore Park. 4449 East Lakeshore Drive. 7 a.m.-11

p.m. The 1.5-acre park includes a playground, picnic benches and an open play area.

Frana Brown Park. 4901 N. Main St. 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. The

quarter-acre park contains a fountain and benches for relaxation. The park also contains the original bell from the Acworth Methodist Episcopal Church South. The church congregation was established in 1905. The park can be rented for weddings or other small gatherings.



Logan Farm Park expansion. Photo courtesy City of Acworth.

Logan Farm Park. Central Entrance is at 4762 Logan Road. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. A 120-acre park that encompasses the parks formally known as Terrace Drive Park and Tanyard Creek Park. Logan Farm Park includes a nature trail that connects to Cowan Road, Terrace Drive, Cherokee Street, School Street, and McClain Circle. Park contains a lighted walking track around a multipurpose recreational field, a half-acre fishing pond, a playground and public restrooms. This park is also home to the Parks and Recreation Offices. A 15-acre expansion was completed in late 2016 that winds along Cherokee and Taylor streets. The addition includes a large playground, a group shelter, restrooms, more walking trails and greenspace.

Newberry Park. 4321 Toccoa Drive. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. The 12-acre park contains a baseball field, concession stand and batting cages. Home to the Acworth Baseball Association's Senior League. The baseball field is known as the historic Coats and Clark Field and is for kids ages 13 through 16. The park also includes a passive recreation atmosphere great for picnicking and relaxation. Overlook Park. 4636 Lake Acworth Drive. 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. The 1.5-acre park overlooks beautiful Lake Acworth. The park offers great fishing and picnicking opportunities. Proctor Landing Park. 5260 Proctor Landing Road. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Proctor Landing is an 82-acre park along the banks of Lake Allatoona. A beach, two group pavilions, picnic tables, grills, two volleyball courts, two horseshoe pits and public restrooms. Group pavilions are available for rental, except Sundays in May, June and July. The park is open from mid-April through mid-September. $5 parking fee everyday. South Shore Park. 4555 Ragsdale Road. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. A 30-acre park with a beach and fishing areas. Information compiled by Acworth Parks and Recreation. For more information on the Acworth Sports Complex, tournament listings, registration dates or directions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 770-917-1234.



As a kid, I would beg my older brother (whom I love) to play "Hide and Seek." He was older and better. He would find me quickly, while I never seemed able to find him. But one day I found the BEST hiding place in our whole house. The youngest child was about to defeat his older brother.

Me: "Steve, wanna play Hide and Seek?" Steve: "No." Ten minutes later. Me: "Steve, wanna play Hide and Seek. Just one round. I'll go first." Steve: "No." Two minutes later. Me: "Come on. One round. I'll hide and you will not be able to find me."   Steve: "Go away." Zero minutes later. Me: "Come on. I promise not to bother you the rest of the day."   Steve: "OK. Go hide."  He started counting, "One, two, three ..." The BEST place was in the hall closet. No one except mom and dad ever went into that closet. It had our 8 millimeter movie equipment sitting on the floor under our parents’ heavy coats. Dad's golf clubs were crammed in the back corner. We children were under a death threat if we so much as touched dad's golf clubs. He never played, but he clung to dreams of his youth when he had more time and no children. Behind the golf clubs next to the projector and under the coats was a dark corner of invisibility. I heard Steve holler, "Ready or not, here I come." I was ready.  Concealed in closet darkness, I congratulated myself.  Time passed; no Steve. He must have started in the

basement. More time passed. I settled in, knowing that victory would be mine. Still no Steve. No sounds of him searching the house. Feeling secure in the quality of my hiding place, I took a risk and gave a quick yelp, just to give him a hint. I could hear mom moving around the house. I could hear the TV back in the den. Searching was not heard. After making more noise, I carefully climbed out of the BEST hiding place in the whole house and tip-toed back to find mom in the kitchen and Steve sitting on the sofa contently watching TV. In tough times, sometimes it feels like I am waiting for God to find me, but unsure if God was looking. If you have ever felt that way, keep reading. I love the book of Job. It brings me comfort during the times I have felt forgotten or overlooked by God. Trouble comes. Tears fall. Fear builds. Darkness falls. If you read the whole book of Job, you will discover that Mr. Job is not patient. He cries out to God. Job demands answers to why he is suffering. He complains. God waits 38 chapters to speak. That's a long time if you are Job. And, when God does speak, answers are not forthcoming. Yet, it becomes obvious that God has indeed heard Job's laments and inquiries. God was listening. So, here are three ways to “get found.” • Spend time seeking God. Job may have complained a lot, however, the one thing he did well was continuously cry out to God. When it feels like you are being overlooked, seek God. • Let God find you. Hiding from God is not a winning strategy. God knows who you are; where you are; and what troubles you. Move toward a community of faith. Seek a friend that you believe to be closer to God than you are. • The more you pray, the closer your heart is to God. Your prayer may not be answered the way you want, but that does not mean God is not listening. Jesus lifted up a great prayer prior to his arrest and crucifixion. "Not my will, but yours." I like that. When I pray, I frequently discover that my heart changes. My brother Steve (whom I love), allowed me to hide from him. You and I can never hide from God.   Your easily found brother in Christ.

James Gwin has been the pastor of Acworth United Methodist Church since 2011. As a native Georgian, he loves the rich diversity of the Acworth community.





Antioch Baptist Bible Church 5871 Glade Road SE, 770-529-1546 Awtrey-Westwood Baptist Church 5855 Awtrey Church Road NW 770-974-0023 Calvary Baptist Church of Acworth 4361 Westside Drive 770-974-4965 Cedarcrest Church 4600 Cobb Pkwy NW 678- 460-3500 First Baptist Church of Acworth 4583 Church Street 770-974-3021 Glade Road Baptist Church 6570 Glade Road SE 770-975-1143 Harvest Baptist Church 3460 Kellogg Creek Road 770-974-9091 Hickory Grove Baptist Church 2862 Hickory Grove Road Hickory Heights Baptist Church 221 Dabbs Bridge Road, Dallas GA 30132 404-488-3667 Hillcrest Baptist Church 6069 Woodstock Road 770-917-9100 Iron Hill Baptist Church 5172 Groovers Landing Road SE 770-974-2951 Keystone Baptist Church Meets at Allatoona High School 3300 Dallas Acworth Hwy NW, Lost Mountain Baptist Church 5400 Old Dallas Road Powder Springs Morning View Baptist Church 3750 Dallas Acworth Hwy. 60


Mount Olivet Baptist Church 2385 Acworth Due West Road 770-974-8335 New Hope Baptist Church 3814 New Hope Church Road 770-974-7612 Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church 7147 Hiram Acworth Hwy 770-423-0955 Piney Grove Baptist Church 1605 Mars Hill Road 770-428-5122 Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Church Road SE 770-529-0509 Sardis Missionary Baptist Church 2741 S. Main St., Kennesaw 770-428-4031 Summit Baptist Church 4310 Moon Station Lane NW 770-975-4595 Thankful Baptist Church of Kennesaw 928 Kennesaw Due West Road NW 678-797-0611 The Entire Bible Baptist Church 4980 Cobb Parkway North NW 770-975-1100 Three Taverns Church 3575 Acworth Due West Road 678-856-8002 Victory Baptist Church 5717 Priest Road 770-337-0952

Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church 4255 Taylor St. 770-974-8221


Christ Episcopal Church 1210 Wooten Lake Road NW 770-422-9114 St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church 5725 Fords Road 770-590-9040


Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness 2515 Old Highway 92 770-672-6838


Chabad Jewish Center of Acworth 1480 Shiloh Road NW #500 678-460-7702 Congregation Ner Tamid Reform Jewish Synagogue Old 41 Highway NW suite 220 678-264-8575


Christ Lutheran Church 176 West Sandtown Road SW Marietta 770-424-2850 Living Hope Lutheran Church 3450 Stilesboro Road 770-425-6726 First United Lutheran Church 3481 Campus Loop Rd., Kennesaw 770-427-0325


Acworth Presbyterian Church 4561 Church Street 770-974-6552

West Ridge Church 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy 770-222-2125

Christ Community Church 2753 Watts Drive 770-529-2600

Western Hills Baptist Church 700 Mars Hill Road, Kennesaw 770-425-7118

Heritage Presbyterian Church 5323 Bells Ferry Road 770-926-3558

Wildwood Baptist Church 4801 Wade Green Road NW 770-428-2100

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church USA 618 Acworth Due West Road NW 770-427-3545

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 3385 Mars Hill Road NW 770-974-4395


St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 1618 Ben King Road, NW 770-428-7139 St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Meets at St. Teresa’s Episcopal, 5725 Fords Road 770-485-0825 St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 680 West Memorial Drive 770-443-0566


Acworth United Methodist Church 4340 Collins Circle 770-974-3312 County Line United Methodist Church 1183 County Line Road, NW 770-428-0511 Due West United Methodist Church 3956 Due West Road 770-427-3835 Kennesaw United Methodist Church 1801 Ben King Road 770-428-1543 New Beginnings United Methodist Church 2925 Mack Dobbs Road 770-421-9980


Abiding Church 1370 Lockhart Drive 678-888-1515 Activation Church 3415 Old Highway 41, Suite 720

Bethel A.M.E. Church 4826 School Street 770-905-9539 Calvary Chapel River Oaks Meets at Brookwood Christian Academy, 4728 Wood Street 770-881-4862 or 678-977-0087 Christ the King Church of Greater Atlanta 6464 Highway 92 770-924-9161 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5055 Holt Road NW 770-974-9697 Cobb Vineyard Church 3206 Old Highway 41 NW 678-574-0005

Love Community Church 5598 Bells Ferry Road 404-663-1828 or 770-975-8042 Masjid Suffah 2750 Jiles Road, Kennesaw Mission For Life Church Meets at Pitner Elementary School 4575 Wade Green Rd. 678-613-9256 Mount Olives Church of God 5065 Cherokee Street 678-651-9042 New Covenant Full Gospel Inc 5653 Priest Road 770-974-0685

Dayspring Church 6835 Victory Drive 770-516-5733

NorthStar Church 3413 Blue Springs Road 770-420-9808

Eagle Pointe Church 5100 Old Stilesboro Road NW 770-421-1643

Northwest Christian Church 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy 770-425-2525

Empowerment Worship Center 4192 Main Street 770-609-9062 Faith Family Church 5744 Bells Ferry Road 770-926-4560 Four Points Church Meets at Picketts Mill Elementary 6400 Old Stilesboro Road 678-402-6632

Open Doors Church 2011 Hickory Grove Road Prayer & Praise Christian Fellowship Church 6409 Bells Ferry Road 770-928-2795 River’s Edge Church 3450 Acworth Due West Road NW 678-318-1918 RiverStone Church 2005 Stilesboro Road 678-384-5200

Freedom Church 3611 Cobb Parkway 770-529-6006

Sanctuary Church 700 Mars Hill Road 770-884-1963

Gateway Church 1455 Ben King Road 770-701-0003

Unity of Kennesaw Meets at Big Shanty Elementary, 1575 Ben King Road 770-422-9552

Acworth Christian Church 4476 Northside Drive 770-974-1358

Household of Faith Bible Church Meets at North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Drive NW 770-365-6723

Acworth Church of God of Prophecy Ministry 3891 Nance Road NW 770-975-1124

Kellogg Creek Church of Christ 3510 Kellogg Creek Road 770-974-2814

Vintage 242 Church 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway 678-383-2299

Branches of Christ 5946 Jacobs Road 770-917-4964

LifeBridge Church 3102 Loring Road 770-422-3010

Wholistic Life Ministry 1719 Nemours Dr. NW, Kennesaw 678-836-9586

Victory Church 4625 Highway 92 770-794-7366



ACWORTH AREA CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Acworth Business Association 770-423-1330 Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 770-345-0400 Cobb Chamber of Commerce 770-980-2000 KSU Small Business Development Center 470-578-6450 LeadsNet Business Referral Group 404-819-8896 No Fee Referral Network - Acworth Contact: Betty Motter 770-256-4864 West Cobb Business Association CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee Child Advocacy Council 770-345-8100 Cherokee County Habitat for Humanity 770-345-1879 Cherokee County Humane Society 770-928-5115 Cobb County Habitat for Humanity 770-432-7954

Southern Hope Humane Society 770-445-7294 CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Acworth Optimist Club Contact: Debbie Ward          770-974-0670 Acworth Masonic Lodge 4497 McLain Circle 770-974-3577 Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation 770-529-9003 Ext. 40 American Legion North Cobb Post 304 Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America 770-989-8820 Girl Scout Council of North Georgia 770-974-4278 Girl Scout — Camp Pine Acres 770-974-6696 Junior League of Cobb — Marietta 770-422-5266 Kennesaw-Acworth Lions Club Kiwanis Club of Kennworth Golden K Contact: Ken Leone 470-422-0382 Rotary Club of North Cobb

Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue 404-993-7958

Sigma Gamma RHO Sorority Contact: Jackie Ajudua 770-529-5654

Here Am I Ministries, Inc. 770-529-4644 Contact: Rev. DeAnna Fountain

VFW Post 5408 (Acworth & Kennesaw Post) 770-974-0958

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue 706-698-HOME

POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS Acworth Business and Professional Chapter of the John Birch Society Contact: Boyd Parks 770-975-3303

Humane Society of Cobb County 770-428-9882 Lung Cancer Alliance Georgia Contact: Edward J. Levitt 770-590-7898 MUST Ministries 770-427-9862 Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption 770-325-PETS Papa’s Pantry 770-591-4730

Cherokee County Democratic Party 770-345-3489 Cherokee County Republican Party 770-592-0575

RECREATION & HOBBIES Atlanta Yacht Club Atlanta Water Ski Club 770-425-3679 Cherokee Soccer Association 770-704-0187 Children’s PEACE Center 770-917-8815 Cobb County Radio Control Modelers Club Friends and Neighbors Club (F.A.N. club) Judy, 770-514-7819 Kennesaw Futbol Club Carrie Crawford, 404-630-8805 Northwest YMCA (Brookstone Area) 770-423-9622 West Cobb Lacrosse Club 770-641-2222 SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS Active Adults Living with Arthritis (AALA) Contact: Marcia 770-605-7960 Celebrate Life International Celebrate Recovery Contact: Sheryl Banister 770-428-2100 Grandparents Support Group 678-699-3400 MOMS Club of Acworth-West MOMS Club of Acworth-East Moms in Ministry @ Summit Baptist Church Every other Tuesday AM 770-794-0442 Newcomers of Cobb County Meets 3rd Tuesday 770-234-5068

Cobb County Democracy For America

Parents of Prodigals Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 770-424-4387

Cobb County Democratic Party 770-420-7133

Sisters of Support (Breast Cancer Support) Contact: Sandy, 770-926-3488

Cobb County Libertarian Party 770-425-2856

Widows / Widowers Grief Support Recovery 770-590-0334

Cobb County Republican Party 770-421-1833

Paws for Disabilities

Cobb County Republican Women’s Club 770-785-2522

West Cobb CHADD Meets 1st Thursday at Due West United Methodist Church 404-368-9394

Pet Buddies Food Pantry 678-310-9858

Republican Women of Cherokee County 404-747-3353

West Cobb Mothers and More 770-314-1211





AUTOMOTIVE Frankfurt Foreign Automotive 678-505-8907


BEAUTY SALON & SPA élon Salon 770-427-8698



Georgia Trade School 3 770-590-9353, FUNERAL SERVICES Dream Land Pet Memorial Center 678-594-0041



Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation Services 49 678-574-3016,

Joint Chiropractic, The 678-574-5959,


CLEANING SERVICES Carpet Dry-Tech 51 678-368-5991, COMPUTER SUPPORT AiOS Group 3 470-440-8499, COUNSELING Thrive Counseling 3 678-217-7529, CREDIT UNION/BANKING Inside front

DENTAL Acworth Family Dentistry 770-974-8211


Daniel Lee DMD, PC 770-974-4146


Fountain View Dentistry 770-926-0000


Albritton Construction 678-907-4931


AquaDoc Plumbing 770-516-9000,


Birchwood Painting 470-210-4411


Casey's Painting 39 678-445-9661, Dr. Fixit, Ph.D. 770-974-2390,


Evergreen Grounds 770-262-2190


Jeffery C. Glover, LLC 404-694-0550,


Reliable Heating & Air Back cover 770-594-9969, TK & Sons Plumbing 770-529-0799 Trinity Reconstruction 404-250-2707



MORTGAGE Bay Equity Home Loans Jay White, Area Sales Manager Direct: 470-443-1839


Kragor Orthodontics 770-485-8827,


Williams Orthodontics Woodstock: 770-592-5554 Canton: 770-345-4155


EDUCATION/TUTORING Brookwood Christian School Cover, 15, 32, 33 678-401-5855 Cornerstone Prep 5 770-529-7077,

Acworth Family EyeCare 770-974-3153

Northside Hospital


WellStar Kennestone Hospital


Anchor Realty Partners Malinda Howe, Broker D: 404-444-0225 / O: 770-917-0322


Blue Sky Cabin Rentals 866-342-7970


Debi Smith Properties C: 404-660-6652/O: 770-240-2004




RESTAURANT Doro’s Italian Restaurant 678-903-2607,


JD's Bar-B-Que 770-974-8434,


Dogwood Terrace 770-627-4069



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Flagpole Warehouse 770-974-0507


Serendipity House 770-966-1301




Gentle Dental Care/Georgia Dental Implants Inside back 770-926-2784,

North Georgia Audiology 7 and Hearing Aid Center 770-726-8948,



Governor’s Med Spa & Concierge Medicine 41 678-888-5181

LGE Community Credit Union

Furtah Preparatory School 678-574-6488,


Celebration Village 800-762-1194




DayBreak Village 770-790-7008


Cartersville Medical Center 800-242-5662


Dogwood Forest 678-831-4999

Cherokee Internal Medicine 678-238-0301,



Kennesaw Family Medicine 770-222-3503



Acworth UMC 35 770-974-3312, TRANSPORTATION Airport Limo 404-444-6622 AROUND ACWORTH | July 2017

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