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14 Caveman Crew

Three KSU students use social media to spread messages about the environment.

16 Dinner Dilemma

A high school culinary arts instructor shares recipes for school-night meals.

24 College Essentials 101

Recent graduates and current students offer advice for college freshmen.

In Every Issue Piedmont Injury Law

Attorney Ken Crosson said his goal in each case is to get the greatest physical and financial recovery possible for every client.

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Around Kennesaw Letter From the Editor

When school starts every year, I can’t help but think about how the education process has changed since my Stone-Age days in the classroom. Everything was so much simpler and less stressful back then, and I wish it could be like that for this generation. In the 1970s and ’80s, we didn’t know what technology was. There were no computers or online resources. Our essays were written by hand or typed on a typewriter (a what?). Online tests didn’t exist. The closest we came were the sheets on which we filled in a circle next to our answer with a No. 2 pencil, and our answers were run through a Scantron machine. We lugged around heavy textbooks that we actually held in our hands. In elementary school, our lessons were printed on a mimeograph machine — the precursor of the modern-day copier — and the copies had a distinctive smell and left your hands purple. Our internet was called encyclopedias, which usually required a library visit. And our parents weren’t able to see our grades until they got our progress reports and report cards. Riding the bus back then was different. Parental supervision wasn’t required at bus stops. Our buses weren’t air-conditioned, so all the windows were open. Some buses even had radios — the music-playing kind, not the two-way kind. We also didn’t have assigned bus stops. We could get off at different places and walk home different ways if we wanted. And notes signed by two witnesses and a notary public weren’t required for us to ride home with a friend on another bus. Calendars have changed. I don’t remember ever starting school before the last Monday in August. We didn’t have fall or winter break. We usually had three days at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, a week in the spring and three full months of summer. Ah, those were the days. The stress level of today’s students is off the charts, but I didn’t even know what stress was until I started high school. I wasn’t expected to think about a career in elementary school. We didn’t have a million standardized tests every year (I only remember one). We didn’t have honors, Advanced Placement or SAT-prep classes. Way less pressure. School has progressed a lot since the Class of 1981 graduated, but for the most part, we’ve done just fine. Since it’s back-to-school month, don’t miss our feature on Kennesaw State’s Caveman Crew on Pages 14-15, our easy schoolnight recipes on Pages 16-17 and our college-essentials guide on Pages 24-27. Also, turn to Pages 36-37 to see photos of Kennesaw’s July Fourth celebration and to Pages 44-45 to learn how an Acworth church received a much-needed piano free of charge. Happy reading!

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here did summer go? The heat might still be with us, but our kids are back in school, and our favorite festival is just around the corner! Festival fans and music lovers are invited to join Kennesaw Parks & Recreation for two days of barbecue bliss at the Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival 6-10 p.m. Aug. 19 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 20 at Adams Park. From its humble beginnings, Pigs & Peaches has grown into one of the region’s most beloved festivals, attracting an estimated 65,000 attendees annually. Now, in its 21st year, the festival features two days of nonstop music, good eats, cold beer and interactive family fun. Attendees will find more than 100 vendors, exhibitor and contestant booths, a kids zone full of inflatables, amusements and attractions, tons of tasty treats to satisfy every whim, and an incredible lineup of live entertainment and street performers. At the heart of the festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition, which also is recognized as an official Georgia BBQ Championship event. Additional cooking events include the Backyard contest for amateurs, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests and — new this year — the Kid’s ‘Que contest. More than $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners. Music headliners on the main stage include the rock and pop group, the Paul Hand Band, starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 19. Supporting acts include The Relics, Leah Belle Faser, Run Katie Run, School of Rock East Cobb, School of Rock West Cobb and Courtney Dickinson. Musicians on the local stage include Bettin’ on the Mule, The Shetlands, The Steven Brooks Band, Tastebud, Trevor Startt, Bach to Rock’s 30 Watts, Stephanie Berlanga and the Dusty Roads Duo.

The parks and receation staff is committed to producing a quality event with a unique assortment of exhibitors for attendees. The event will be held rain or shine, and admission is free. The Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival would not be possible without the support of businesses and organizations. For those interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com for more information.


I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Downtown Merchants Association in carrying out the inaugural Downtown Dash last month. The rain held off, and more than 400 runners dashed their way through the third of the six-series Grand Prix race events. Shout out to the David family for nicknaming our city “Kennesauna” as a result of the extremely high heat and humidity for the race. There is no doubt we all love Kennesaw, or we would not choose this place to raise our families or to operate our businesses. Based on our recent conversations, I know each of us — residents, business owners, city staff and employees — is committed to making the effort to build and include bigger and better amenities, businesses and relationships. To be successful as a community, we must keep working through challenges in a positive and hopeful manner. Collectively, we will be victorious in our efforts, and we will be defined by how we respond to our challenges, both personally and as a community. I ask you to continue praying for each other and for our community.

Derek Easterling has served as Kennesaw’s mayor since 2016. He is dedicated to serving his community to the highest level possible.




Regardless of the media source or where you stand on any issue, there seem to be more and more problems dividing our world, nation and community. What’s odd is most people have similar beliefs on most things but recently are finding themselves being polarized and almost forced into a category. This division is causing more communities to be ripped apart. As I see this happening around me, it is becoming increasingly painful. Fortunately, there are still people among us who, even in division, find common ground to unify. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to make the headlines or become the lead stories. It doesn’t seem as newsworthy to seek peace and understanding. It’s even more troubling when stones are cast toward those who want calmer waters. In June, the Kennesaw Police Department (KPD), along with my citizen advisory board, hosted the second annual Unity in Community Juneteenth Celebration. Amazing is the only way I can describe the day that our KPD team shared with those we serve. This was a gift provided by the vision of advisory board members. They saw what could be and created a beautiful event. What you might not know is that the creators of the celebration had



The winners of the tug-of-war contest chant “We’re No. 1” during Kennesaw’s Juneteenth celebration.

this vision during a time when the relationship between law enforcement and the people they served was strained and broken. They saw healing before many felt it would ever be possible. They trusted their hearts and have been able to help rebuild trust. Slavery was an extremely dark time, and through emancipation, these United States were able to begin a sincere path to unity. Now, as we continue to help share acceptance for those who might not feel equal, we celebrate Juneteenth by sharing opportunities to unite and develop relationships and friendships that build connections. In just its second year, this event already

has established a platform that is giving back by contributing to a scholarship program that’s helping middle school students with returnto-school resources. Thankfully, there are those in our community who see unity shining through the curse of division. This vision will continue to build us into a better community than we were yesterday. I can’t wait to see what it looks like. Until next time, stay safe. Bill Westenberger has served as chief since 2008. He was given the 2019 Kennesaw Citizen of the Year Award.

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Making a Difference in Their Community BY NICOLE SMITH

In the words of John C. Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” At the June City Council meeting, the city of Kennesaw presented its new Follow the Leader award to three local leaders who personify these words. Allison Giddens, Rod Green and Ann Pratt were the first recipients of the award, which recognizes community leaders who are making a difference through their service. Allison is the founder of The Dave Krache Foundation and part owner of Win-Tech in Kennesaw. Her dad, Dave Krache, who passed away unexpectedly at age 57, was known for his selfless generosity. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in his memory in 2012 to help kids in and around metro Atlanta play the sports they love, regardless of financial ability to afford the cost. Allison was recognized for her leadership abilities and her willingness to step up when needed in the community. She is chairwoman of the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association, serves on the

Chattahoochee Tech Foundation board and leads the Cobb Chamber’s Northwest Cobb Area Council. She is known for her humor and positive attitude. Rod, co-pastor of One Church ATL, helped organize the first Kennesaw Juneteenth event in 2021 at Kennesaw First Baptist Church and planned the 2022 celebration at Swift-Cantrell Park. The event included vendors, family activities and positive interactions with community and government leaders to promote unity. Rod has impacted the city by creating a safe, open space for dialogue among all people, regardless of their background, and is working to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community. He has been described as a servant-leader who listens, shows humility, humor and empathy, and strongly serves his congregation and community through his ministry. Ann was recognized for being the driving force behind the inclusive playground at Swift-Cantrell Park, one of the largest inclusive playgrounds in the country. She is

Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling, left, congratulates Follow the Leader award winners, from left, Rod Green, Ann Pratt and Donna Krache, representing her daughter, Allison Giddens. 12


a retired special-needs teacher and a member of the Civitan Club. As a member of the inclusive playground committee, she did not waver in her determination to have Kennesaw take the idea of a wheelchair swing and turn it into an 18,500-square-foot, fully accessible playground. Ann’s leadership qualities include patience, persistence and focus, and she constantly is thinking of the city’s best interests. The Follow the Leader award program is a project of the inaugural class of the Kennesaw Leadership Academy. Ten young professionals, representing seven city departments, make up the academy. City officials prioritize leadership and professional development as succession-planning tools to invest in their employees’ futures. Through intentional enhancement of leadership skills and competencies, the academy strives to create a deep pool of potential candidates with wide-ranging leadership skills who are able to step into future leadership roles within the city. Participants will partner with the award recipients to volunteer their time and support. Academy members are Lisa Bartlett, garden and education manager, Smith-Gilbert Gardens; Brittani Farmer, special events coordinator, parks and recreation; James Friedrich, assistant to the city manager; Becca Graham, communication and engagement manager, city manager; Joshua Guererro, system administrator specialist, information technology; Lt. Josh Irwin, support services, police; Sgt. Joseph Morgan, patrol, police; Sgt. Matthew Meade, patrol, police; Sgt. Philip Stroud, support services, police; and Miranda Taylor, economic development specialist. Nicole Smith is a public health professional living in Kennesaw with her epic houseplant collection and two senior dogs, Jax and Lily Grace.

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CAVEMAN WILDLIFE CREW Promoting Wildlife Conservation While Having Fun BY DAVE SHELLES



Christian Cave saw movement in the water, and, based on the ripple patterns, he identified the source as a snapping turtle. From the high bank, the Kennesaw State University (KSU) sophomore dove into Allatoona Creek. Standing ankle-deep in the water and holding a camera, Bobby Hardin Jr. reached into a backpack and tossed Cave a snorkel and mask, while Ryland McGreevy

hopped into the water to direct the turtle toward Cave. Cave submerged himself for several seconds but emerged empty-handed, disappointed, but laughing heartily. “That’s my favorite species,” the sophomore said. “It’s going to be a great day.” From two guys with a video camera and an Instagram account to a threeman operation with a business plan and hundreds of thousands of followers across several social channels, the Caveman Wildlife Crew has evolved into a serious endeavor. Cave and McGreevy, both environmental science majors, share a love of science and an even greater desire to bring respect for wildlife to the masses through their TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages. Cave serves as the on-air talent, while McGreevy does most of the filming. Hardin, a marketing major, brought his social media videography skills, production experience, business savvy and social media marketing acumen to the team last year. He also has written the team’s business plan and knows his way around the algorithms that bring their videos to people seeking nature videos. And the videos have developed some serious reach. This spring, the trio traveled to south Florida for an indigo snake expedition, to New York City to discuss TV opportunities with a Discovery subsidiary and to south Georgia to work on a preservation project for indigo snakes. Cave said these trips embodied Caveman Wildlife’s mission — equal parts conservation and entertainment. “It’s been crazy, and I don’t know that I deserve any of it,” he said, “but I couldn’t ask for a better experience, traveling all over with my friends and letting people know about the importance of wildlife.” Cave loved animals at a young age, watching the exploits of Australian personality Steve Irwin on TV and finding wildlife around his family’s Kennesaw home. “I look back at my childhood pictures, and it just seems like I was at Tennessee Aquarium with a butterfly or have a


Mason jar with a praying mantis in it,” he said. “I just had a natural inclination to handle creepy-crawly things.” But he also loved performing and became a theater performance major when he arrived at KSU in fall 2019. After Caveman Wildlife took off, he realized he needed to lend credibility to his science acumen. “I couldn’t just be Christian Cave, wildlife explorer, so I felt I needed to get some kind of extra knowledge in science,” he said. “That’s why I switched to environmental science.” McGreevy began attending Lost Mountain Middle School in seventh grade and befriended Cave, who was in his science class. The two formed a bond through their shared humor and love of science and remained close friends through high school. They both chose to attend KSU, which meant they could continue their exploits in the wild. Often, Cave locates an animal and hands the camera to McGreevy. On most shoots, Cave carries a backpack with cameras and sound equipment and can put it together almost instantly. “I do a lot of primary videography with a DSLR camera,” McGreevy said. “The dynamic that we have allows us to work fluidly when we’re out in the field. We all have different jobs, different things to attack and different things to keep in mind. But, at some point, it’s just hiking around in the woods with your friends.” Oddly, Hardin was a year ahead of Cave and McGreevy at Harrison High School but never crossed paths with them. After an injury ended his football career, he began focusing on acting. Hardin enrolled in KSU as a marketing major in 2018, and he met Cave after a performance by Harrison’s theater department at the college’s Stillwell Theater in 2019. Midway through 2021, Hardin joined Caveman Wildlife. “I do social media videography and some social media photos, and, thanks to my marketing classes at KSU, I’ve put together our business plan,” he said. “I’m still doing some acting as well, still auditioning for roles, but I love working with these guys out in the woods.” The group’s first YouTube documentary was uploaded recently, and there’s talk of an LLC and a nonprofit dedicated to

Caveman Wildlife Crew members, front to back, Christian Cave, Ryland McGreevy and Bobby Hardin Jr. search the creek for their next big discovery.

conservation, but Cave said the crew will continue to inspire and inform. “We’re going to start putting out more entomology, more herpetology, more ichthyology, more ornithology,” he said. “We’re trying to hit all these different animal groups and even get into plants and everything soon, where it’s a wider scope and a broader approach to wildlife education and conservation.” Cave said his team’s forays into the wild don’t always produce the chaos of the snapping turtle adventure. In fact, producing one brief video involves hours of searching and waiting for brief glimpses of the reptilian and


amphibian life they prefer. “Sometimes, we’re out there for like eight hours, and we don’t find anything, but that’s just a part of it,” McGreevy said. “The snakes or turtles or whatever are out there, but just not today. We keep going back, and we’re not going to stop.” On their recent excursion to Allatoona Creek Park, McGreevy finally found a newt relaxing on a rock. After a brief chase, he safely trapped it in his palm, handed it to Cave, grabbed the camera and started recording. “Aw, look at this,” Cave said. “This is Notophthalmus viridescens, the Eastern newt. Just beautiful.”







Simple Recipes for Busy Families

Now that school is back in session, harried parents will be looking for the most efficient ways to use the few hours they have between getting home and going to bed. Somewhere amid the after-school activities, homework, church events, bath time and bedtime stories, they have to squeeze in dinner, and occasionally, they’d like for it to not include a drive-thru window and eating in the car. For school nights when the family has time to gather around the table for a sit-down meal, North Cobb High School culinary arts instructor Chelsea Bodenhamer offers a few quick and easy recipes that don’t take all evening to prepare.

Alfredo Sauce

• ½ cup butter • 1 pint heavy whipping cream (2 cups) • 4 ounces cream cheese • ¼ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon pepper • ½ teaspoon minced garlic • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese In a medium saucepan, add butter, whipping cream and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted. Add minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and add Parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Toss it with your favorite pasta. Make 4 servings.

Pan-Seared Chicken with Rich Cream Sauce

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Lemon Pepper Chicken Sauté

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1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, even size and thickness 1¼ teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning Oil (just enough to coat bottom of pan) 1 cup carrots, half moons and ⅛-inch thick (ideally, blanched and shocked) ⅓ cup sliced green onions ¾ cup chicken broth 1 tablespoon flour ¼ cup sour cream 1 teaspoon parsley flakes

Sprinkle both sides of chicken with seasoning. Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add chicken, single layer, presentation side down first. Sauté on one side until a golden brown exterior has developed. Flip once, sauté until a golden brown exterior has developed on the second side. Remove chicken and finish cooking in the oven, if necessary. Add another small amount of oil to the pan, if necessary. Add carrots and onions to pan. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, mix broth and flour together until well-blended to create a slurry. Deglaze sauté pan with broth. Bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until desired thickness. Stir in sour cream and parsley. Warm through. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve. Makes 4 servings. 16


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4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 tablespoon minced onion 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1½ teaspoons all-purpose flour ¼ cup dry white wine ¾ cup unsalted chicken stock 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley Oil, as needed Salt and pepper, to taste

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a stainless-steel sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add chicken, presentation side down first; cook until deep golden color has been achieved, adjusting heat as necessary. Flip chicken over, reduce heat to medium and cook until golden brown color has developed on the other side. If necessary, finish the chicken in the oven. Add more oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté for about 1 minute or until fragrant and translucent. Add flour; sauté 30 seconds. Add wine to pan; cook 30 seconds or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring constantly. Stir in stock; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until sauce reaches desired thickness. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Finish with a dusting of parsley. Makes 4 servings.

Shepherd’s Pie

• 2 pounds (about 3 large) russet potatoes, peeled and chopped uniformly • 4 tablespoons butter • ¼ cup milk or cream • 1 to 1½ pounds ground beef, lamb or a combination • 1 yellow onion, diced • 2 carrots, peeled and diced • 2 celery stalks, diced • ½ cup frozen peas • ½ cup frozen corn • 1 tablespoon tomato paste • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce • 1½ teaspoons salt, divided (½ teaspoon and 1 teaspoon) • 1 cup shredded cheese (optional) Heat oven to 375 degrees. Set a 9-by-13 baking dish nearby. In a medium pan, cover potatoes with an inch or two of cold water. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 18-20 minutes, until the potatoes are completely tender. Drain and mash thoroughly with a potato masher or a fork until no lumps remain. While potatoes are hot, mix in butter, milk and a half-teaspoon of salt. Taste potatoes and add additional butter, milk and salt to taste. Set aside. While potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Set a skillet over medium-high heat and add just enough vegetable oil to film the bottom of the pan. When the pan is hot, add ground beef or lamb. Break the meat apart with a spatula and stir occasionally until it’s crumbled and browned all the way through. Transfer ground meat to a separate dish. Pour off all but a few teaspoons of fat. With the pan still over medium-high heat, cook onions, carrots and celery with the teaspoon of salt until they have softened, about 15 minutes. Stir in peas, corn, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and the reserved ground meat. Cook until peas and corn are warmed through. Taste and add more Worcestershire sauce or salt as desired. Transfer cooked meat and vegetables into a casserole dish. Drop spoonfuls of mashed potatoes evenly over the surface and use a spatula to smooth the potatoes into an even layer. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. If adding cheese, sprinkle it over the top of the casserole in the last few minutes of cooking. Makes 8-10 servings.

Meatballs • • • • • • •

1 pound ground beef ¼ cup Italian breadcrumbs 3 tablespoons milk 1 egg 2 tablespoons cut parsley 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix just until combined. Shape meatballs into 1-inch circles and place back in the bowl where you combined the ingredients. Heat a sauté pan. Heat a small amount of oil in the bottom of the pan. Sear the meatballs on all sides. Allow them to get brown on each side. Remove meatballs and place on a lined sheet pan. If necessary, deglaze pan with tomato sauce. Once sauce is heated, add meatballs to sauce; allow meatballs to finish cooking on a low simmer. Serve over fresh pasta. Makes 4 servings.

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The History of

Kennesaw’s Hidden Museum BY ANDREW J. BRAMLETT

While I usually write about the past, this month I wanted to share the history of something still present in Kennesaw today: the Bentley Rare Book Museum. Located on the Kennesaw State University campus, the museum features an incredibly large amount of history, just 10 minutes from downtown Kennesaw. Marietta lawyer Fred Bentley Sr.’s love of books began during his childhood, when Marietta librarian Tib Sibley showed him the wonders of reading. Years later, Bentley and his wife, Sara, began collecting unique and rare books. In the early 1980s, they donated rare volumes to what was then known as Kennesaw College. The Bentleys eventually gave more than 2,500 volumes to the school. The Bentley Rare Book Museum was born in 1986, after a conversation between Fred Bentley Sr., library Director Robert Williams and KSU President Betty Siegel. During this pivotal discussion at Siegel’s home, the trio decided to give these books a unique dedicated place at the school, to be called the Bentley Rare Book Gallery.

Fred Bentley Sr. and former Kennesaw State University President Betty Siegel. 18


A faculty lounge in the library’s basement was repurposed for the new gallery. It was based on the “gentleman’s libraries” found in the 18th and 19th centuries, and it was decorated using authentic materials and furnishings. The varnish recipe used for the wood paneling was from a 1772 cookbook, and it called for boiled ox hides. Unfortunately, when preparing the varnish inside the library, it smelled horrible, and three buildings had to be evacuated. Once the room was constructed and furnished, the gallery opened to the public on April 17, 1988. Over the next three decades, the Bentley Rare Book Gallery’s collection grew in size. Today, there are more than 10,000 books and manuscripts in the collection. In 2017, the gallery was renamed the Bentley Rare Book Museum. The Bentley is home to a wide variety of unique books, including first editions by Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. One of the gems in the collection is the “Fourth Folio” of William Shakespeare’s work. After the Bard’s death, several actors who had worked with him produced a compilation of his plays, today known as the “First Folio.” It was published in 1623 and was followed by three later editions. Part of the “Second Folio” and a complete copy of the “Fourth Folio” are in the Bentley collection. Another gem is an 1843 printing by William J. Stone of the Declaration of Independence. Since the original declaration, on display in Washington, D.C., has faded, Stone’s version commonly is used to create reproductions. Fundraising efforts are underway to conserve the “Fourth Folio,” the Declaration of Independence copy and an 1830 copy of the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper. Of course, being a rare book museum, many of the items in the collection are hard to find, except in similar institutions. For example, a 1542 compilation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s works, including “The Canterbury Tales,” can only be found in four other museums across the globe. An essential aspect of rare books is provenance, or who owned and used the text in the past. The best example in the Bentley is the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s copy of “Strength to Love.” The copy was owned by King’s mother, Alberta, and was signed by King. Likewise, a weighty tome of John Locke’s works, which now resides in the Bentley, was owned by Lord Cornwallis, whose surrender at Yorktown in 1781 ended the British war effort in the American Revolution.

The “Fourth Folio” of William Shakespeare, 1685.

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery.

The oldest item in the collection is a cuneiform tablet from the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Books, however, don’t have to be old to have value: In the Bentley collection is a 1971 microfiche copy of the Bible. What makes it significant is that it went to the moon with Apollo 14. Other books have personal value to people who have worked with the museum. One of the museum’s first editions, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” was purchased by Williams, now the library’s director emeritus, in 1961. KSU students also play a significant role in the collection. Interns help research items in the museum, learn about preserving books for future generations and identify books that would enhance the collection. The Bentley Rare Book Museum is one of the most unique places in our area and has some of the rarest items in metro Atlanta. I would like to thank the staff at KSU’s Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books for their help with this article. For more information about this invaluable historical resource in our community, visit https://rarebooks. kennesaw.edu. To donate to the museum, visit https://rarebooks.kennesaw.edu/donate.php.

Andrew Bramlett is vice president of the Kennesaw Historical Society and an honorary member of the Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Commission.

The “Fourth Folio” of William Shakespeare, 1685.

Rare book bindings. Photos courtesy of the Bentley Rare Book Museum.



Local News Hearing Children’s Voices Event Is Back After a two-year hiatus, SafePath’s Hearing Children’s Voices event will return to Truist Park Aug. 13, 6-10 p.m. The theme for the 19th annual fundraiser is “A Night of Bond: Casino Royale,” and guests are invited to dress as their favorite James Bond character. Featured during the evening will be casino activities and games, as well as great Braves-related activities and opportunities. For information and tickets, visit https://safepath.org/ event/2022-hearing-childrens-voices/.

The Fun in the Park Photo Contest is accepting entries through Nov. 3.

Snap Hot Summer Pics for Fall Contest

While enjoying Cobb parks and facilities, be sure to capture the moments for the 18th annual Fun in the Park Photo Contest. Take photos of nature, wildlife and anything that shows why spending time at a park is enjoyable. Each participant can enter up to 10 shots. The contest is open to all ages. The deadline to enter is Nov. 3. For more details or an entry form, visit www.cobbcounty.org/parks/programs/ fun-park-photo-contest. 20


Deadline Extended for Cobb International Festival

The Cobb International Festival is back this year, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 27 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Experience food, art and music from around the world during this showcase of rich diversity in the community and across the country. The application deadline for food and artist vendors and community groups has been extended to Aug. 11. To become a vendor or volunteer, visit https://bit.ly/3nS4pXa.

Kennesaw State University added $1.8 billion to Georgia’s economy in fiscal year 2021. Photo courtesy of Jason Getz

College’s Economic Impact Rises to $1.8 billion

Kennesaw State University (KSU) had an economic impact of $1.84 billion on Georgia in fiscal year 2021, according to a recent University System of Georgia (USG) report. KSU’s economic impact in FY 2021 marked an 11.6% increase from $1.65 billion the previous year. The total economic impact of all 26 USG institutions on their local communities was $19.3 billion in FY 2021, up 3.8% from $18.6 billion in FY 2020. The university’s personnel and operating expenses, combined with educationrelated spending by students, accounted for nearly $1.15 billion of its total FY 2021 economic impact. The remaining $650 million-plus resulted from the institution, its employees and students purchasing goods and services in the community, such as at restaurants and retail stores. The USG’s measure of economic impact reflects direct and indirect spending that contributes to the regions served by its colleges and universities. The report evaluates economic impact in terms of output (sales, plus or minus inventory), value added (gross regional product), labor income and number of jobs. The annual study was conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, which analyzed data collected between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, to calculate each school’s economic impact.

Board Congratulates Gold Medalist The Cobb County Board of Commissioners congratulated Dr. Bill Farrar of Kennesaw for winning the gold medal in table tennis at the 2022 National Senior Games last month and presented him with a certificate of achievement. The National Senior Games is a 20-sport, biennial competition for people 50 and over and is the largest multisport event in the world for seniors. Commissioner Keli Gambrill presents a certificate of achievement to Dr. Bill Farrar.

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What impresses you about the school?

The hard work and efforts of students, teachers and administrators has helped Palmer to be a National Demonstration School for AVID, a program designed to enhance college and career readiness skills. The AVID schoolwide system, including training and implementation of higher-level instructional strategies, has been influential in providing our students with the support and guidance they need for a solid academic foundation. Also impressive, Palmer uses an evidence-based framework, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support), to improve school culture and behavior. This promotes a safe environment for students to learn and grow academically and socially.

What can the school expect under your leadership?

Shannon Kiger

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When students returned to Palmer Middle School this month, their new principal was a familiar face. In May, Shannon Kiger bid farewell to Palmer students as their assistant principal, a position she held for two years, but welcomed them to the new school year as their principal. “From the time I entered Palmer, I was immediately welcomed and embraced by the students, parents, staff and community,” Kiger said. “I quickly realized this is a very special place. I look forward to continuing our school’s mission of ‘empowering all students for success’ by increasing learning to ensure all students are high school-, college- and career-ready. I am grateful to continue to be a part of this extraordinary school community and remain dedicated to Palmer’s commitment to care for your children and provide them with an exceptional learning environment.” Beyond her students, Kiger has seen firsthand the impacts of a Cobb Schools’ education and the mission of “One Team, One Goal: Student Success.” Her husband and two daughters are products of the Cobb County School District. Kiger, who has worked 29 years as an educator, joined Cobb Schools 23 years ago, and her experience with middle school students spans more than two decades. 22


My focus will be to provide the very best instruction for our students every single day. I have the highest of expectations for myself and for teachers because the kids deserve our best. I am a leader who builds positive relationships with all stakeholders. We are so much stronger when we partner together to strive for student success and school improvement.

What does student success look like to you? It is so rewarding for educators to watch students grow and gain confidence in an area that they struggled with before because of guidance and learning opportunities you create. Having students immersed in engaging, challenging instruction, followed by the students being proud of their results and accomplishments, is what student success looks like to me.

What do you enjoy about being an educator?

There are many wonderful things about being an educator, including opportunities to collaborate, both inside and outside of the classroom. Educators understand and appreciate the fact that we are all lifelong learners, and improvement is a continuous process. By talking and sharing with others in our field, we can tap into the creativity of others and be inspired to create learning opportunities that may be better than what we could do on our own.

Outside school, where might people run into you?

I became so impressed with the Palmer school community that I moved to the area last August. I love shopping and dining in the downtown areas of Kennesaw and Acworth, especially since I don’t cook! I am a graduate of the University of Georgia, and my husband and oldest daughter are alumni of Auburn University, so we love attending SEC events as well as cheering for our Atlanta Braves. However, most often, you will see me running into RaceTrac to grab a Reese’s Cup and Diet Coke.

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Recent Graduates Offer Advice for New College Students

High school graduates walked across the stage in May and, soon, many will be packing up and heading off to college. It’s common to get butterflies on the first day of school, but moving away from home for the first time can be even more daunting. To put the minds of first-time college students at ease, recent graduates from Cherokee and Cobb counties shared expert advice.

RACHEL MURPHY Rachel, a 2015 graduate of Etowah High School, graduated from Mercer University School of Law in May with her Juris Doctor degree. Rachel recently completed the Georgia Bar Exam and will be working for the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office in Canton.

What were your dorm essentials?

Other than the obvious things like chargers, extension cords, power strips ... stackable storage containers with drawers were a good space saver, especially when having to share a bathroom with little or no drawer space. Also, my first year of college, I had to do all of my laundry in the dorm laundry facility, so having lots of quarters on hand is a must. I did not get an air fryer until I got to law school, and it changed my world! Definitely wish I had one in college. My rice cooker and Crock-Pot were huge lifesavers. I would meal-prep and freeze a lot of meals. I could easily grab one out of the freezer, stick it in the Crock-Pot for a few hours, and have lunch or dinner with little prep work/cleanup.

What are your packing tips?

One thing I tried to do to save space was to consolidate small things within large things. For example, if you have a lot of tennis shoes, you can store socks inside the shoes to save space. Also, if you run out of bags for your clothes, keep the clothes on hangers and place them inside a trash bag. Tie the bag shut by wrapping the garbage ties around the hangers; that way, your clothes are more likely to stay flat. When you get there, you can hang up the hangers and cut away the trash bag. This saves a lot of time when unpacking as well; plus, the hangers provide a good handle when transporting the bags. When packing a car, I recommend using towels or blankets to line your seats and trunk to make sure you aren't scraping your car or damaging the interior.

How can you meet new friends?

Get involved as much as you can! Making friends when you first get to college can be hard, especially if you are going to a school where you don’t know anyone. Getting involved in clubs, organizations, campus jobs, school events, etc. helps you meet new people easily. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. A lot of other people may be feeling apprehensive about going to these events alone, so you might meet others in your same position and quickly bond over that small thing. Rachel with her parents, Randy and Jodi Murphy. 24


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ANSLEY CARTWRIGHT Ansley graduated from the University of Georgia in May with her master’s degree in public relations. She recently accepted a position as the marketing coordinator at Brown & Brown. In 2019, as a rising college sophomore, she wrote a packing list article for Aroundabout magazines (https://bit.ly/3nowTHQ). Here is her perspective as a graduate: Despite all of the courses you took in high school and the conversations you had with your guidance counselor, it’s hard to feel fully prepared for college. Getting ready to go off to school can be overwhelming, from trying to fit your life into a shoebox-sized dorm room to fitting half of it back in your car to take home when you realize you don’t need everything after all. The last-minute items you shoved in your suitcase will be the ones you use daily and the decorative pillows you splurged on probably will spend the semester on the floor. Through the challenging first weeks, you will learn and grow more than you ever thought possible in such a short period of time.

Don’t forget the necessities.

While picking out the perfect decor may be more fun, you might regret not prioritizing the essentials when you’re stuck in Target with every other freshman, fighting for the last pack of Command strips or off-brand paper towels. Bring an extension cord that can reach from the floor to your lofted bed. Pack more hangers, buy a box of trash bags, and toss in some medicine, because — without a doubt — you will need it. Unless you stay on top of your health, you might just spend your entire first year with the freshman flu. Pack disinfectant wipes, take your vitamins and at least try to get some sleep.

There always will be something you forget.

You won’t realize you forgot to pack an umbrella until it's already raining. Even if you aren’t a STEM student, there will be at least one time you will need a calculator for class, and it will be the day the bookstore is sold out. You won’t think about extra storage until you’re out of room. You might think you will eat in the dining hall for every meal until you see your roommate come home with Easy Mac and a side of microwave popcorn. Bring your favorite snacks. Pack Tupperware to bring dining hall food back to the dorms. Bring a Keurig, enough K-Cups to last you through your first week of exams and to-go cups.

Think out of the box.

With the luxury of Amazon and online shopping, it’s easy to pack your deliveries the way they arrive. But, take items out of their shipping boxes to consolidate space. Pack clothes and bedding in soft bags that can easily squeeze into the extra space boxes can’t. Try to unpack larger items first, and take the elevator up to your dorm and the stairs down. Get there early. The lobby of your dorm will soon look like a line for a ride at Six Flags, but where everyone is carrying furniture. Set up your side of the room before or after your roommate. With tiny dorm rooms, the fewer people trying to unpack at the same time, the better.

Come with an open mind.

The greatest advice is to come to college completely willing to try new things and meet new people. Introduce yourself more often than you might be comfortable with. Start conversations with something other than “Where are you from?” I like to ask people their zodiac sign, because, even if they don’t know it, they probably have an opinion on it they’re going to want to talk about. Visit a club even if it's just for the free food. If someone asks you to go to the dining hall or hang out in their dorm or study together, go. Try to get to know your teaching assistants and professors. Enjoy this time in your life when you are constantly growing. You’re never going to be fully prepared for when your parents leave and you are finally on your own, but you’re going to be able to handle whatever comes next.



BROOKE VON SEEGER Brooke, a 2018 Etowah High graduate, recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family science and a minor in business. She has accepted a position with PepsiCo Frito-Lay as a sales management associate. Her tips for collegebound students:

Don’t leave home without a good laptop (definitely do your research). Also, buy lots of vitamin C, specifically Airborne vitamins! • Make sure to bring your pillow. I forgot to pack my pillow, and I was so sad. • Do not overpack! I am guilty of bringing too much stuff no matter the occasion. Only pack what you need, and then add one more outfit. As far as packing a car, utilize every space, i.e., your laundry hamper as a holder for smaller items. Use blankets and bathroom towels as padding between breakable items. • Packing a car is like a puzzle. Take your time, step back and look at what you are working with before beginning. Good luck; you will become a pro by your third year! • Get involved. Whether that means joining organizations, going Greek or joining a club/intramural team on campus, it’s a great way to meet new people. It helps make a large campus feel smaller, and it makes the adjustment to college life easier.

CHELSEY KELLY Chelsey graduated from Georgia State University in 2020 with her bachelor’s degree in film and media. She’s pursuing a master’s in Christian ministry at Mercer University Atlanta and is set to graduate in May 2023. Her advice:

Bring a planner. It’s the only way you’ll be able to remember all of your assignments, appointments, meetings, etc. Whether it’s a calendar on your phone or a paper planner, carry it with you everywhere! • I wish I would've brought my own Wi-Fi router. Unfortunately, campus and/or dorm Wi-Fi can be finicky. • For packing a suitcase, section your loose items like toiletries into plastic bags and roll your clothes so you can fit more. For loading a car, pack loose items into flexible bags and label them all to make unpacking easier. • Remember to explore the resources on your campus, such as your advisers, career counselors, professors and even alumni. Half of the college experience is about the connections you make and the onthe-job experience/internships you’re able to put on your resume.

GRANT GILBERT Grant recently graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in digital marketing. His advice for first-time college students:

Always keep an extra pair of comfortable clothes to carry around with you (in your backpack, etc.), in case you get rained on on your way to class or you get asked to hangout with friends after class. • One thing I didn't bring was pots or pans, yikes! • When packing your car, moving the passenger seat all the way up gives you a little more space after you fold down your seats. • Don't worry about if you will make friends in college. I promise, you will make some great friends that make college much easier. AROUND KENNESAW | August 2022


Personal Injury? Personaliz The team at Piedmont Law treats each case, minor to major, with the same compassionate attention.


t’s clear that, as a personal injury law firm, Ken Crosson and his team at Piedmont Injury Law are poised to help anyone who has suffered serious, life-altering injuries caused by the negligence of others.


The level of concern, however, goes deeper than many might realize. Piedmont Injury Law handles cases of all levels, from minor injuries in relatively tame car crashes to catastrophic injuries or wrongful deaths caused by high-speed crashes with trucks or other commercial vehicles​, or by medical malpractice, animal attacks or accidental falls.

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“In every case, our goal is to get for our clients the greatest physical and financial recovery possible,” Crosson said. “We keep in mind that even a ‘small’ case is a very big deal to the client, so we give each client intensive, responsive service.” Focused attention on each client and his or her needs is an advantage of having a boutique firm, where the volume of cases is kept relatively low so that close attention can be paid to every client. “Such care results in a client experience that the high-volume firms with the billboards and the radio ads just cannot match,” Crosson said. “Going above and beyond the call of duty for our clients ​is pretty much our expectation.” Here are a few examples: • One case manager recently drove a client at 5 a.m. to a surgery appointment and then stayed around until she was released because the client had nobody to drive her home.

Another recently went to a hearing-impaired client’s house to help her navigate a telehealth appointment made necessary by COVID-19 restrictions.

“One of my most satisfying experiences was helping a severely injured client who, on a Friday afternoon, was dumped out of the hospital because she had no health insurance,” Crosson said. “We helped her get transportation home (about a two-hour drive), prescriptions, home health care and emergency surgery to stabilize her eye socket, all on no notice and before the end of the weekend, by reaching out to the network of providers we have developed relationships with through the years. We made a massive change for the better in the outcome this lady would have had if she had been left to her own devices. We ended up getting her a multimilliondollar settlement in her case, too.”

“We pride ourselves on being available and responsive to our clients, and we use a variety of technologies to


zed Care make ourselves accessible and to ensure that, when a client reaches out, we connect with that client the same day, or within one business day, 100% of the time,” Crosson said. Potential clients don’t need to worry about costs; there are no fees unless the case is won. Crosson said he and his team are able to get clients a much bigger recovery than they’d be able to get on their own. “If you are seriously injured, it is NOT hiring us that can be ridiculously expensive,” he said. Crosson has been practicing law, including personal injury law, since he graduated from law school and passed the bar in 2009. He earned an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and his law degree, with honors, from Georgia State University. Initially, the firm’s focus was on personal injury law and business litigation, but seven years ago, the decision was made to focus exclusively on protecting injured people and their families. In 2018, the name Piedmont Injury Law was chosen to show the commitment to the region, as well as their expertise in injury law. At the core of the practice is Crosson’s desire to do what he does best: help people going through tough situations and keep them from being taken advantage of when they are most vulnerable. “I truly believe we offer a quality of legal services to our injured clients that is as good as, or better than, any other law firm in the state,” he said. “Our plan for future growth is to continue to raise the bar in the personal injury law industry, so that we are the obvious first choice for anybody in our community who has been seriously injured and needs legal representation.”

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Kitchens come first. Whether it’s a mini makeover or a full gut, kitchens are at the top of many homeowners’ lists. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it offers the best return on investment among home improvement projects.

Because we are traveling again and visiting friends and family, smaller spaces, such as guest bathrooms and guest bedrooms, as well as powder rooms and laundry rooms, are on many lists.

Updating or creating a home office is not quite as popular as it was a couple of years ago. Most homeowners already have completed this project, or are going back into the office.

Open floor plans aren’t going away. Homeowners still are knocking down walls to open up their space. Better sight lines, increased functionality and easy entertaining are some of the many reasons to remove a wall or two.

Warning: Only a licensed and experienced contractor, architect or structural engineer can determine if a wall within your house safely can be taken down. Parts of the wall may need to be opened up to determine whether the wall can be removed. Expect additional costs if the wall is load-bearing, as supports (beams, pillars) must be added.

To-Do List Trends How to Prioritize Updating Your Home BY ELISABETH STUBBS

Have you recently purchased a home that wasn’t ideal — you were glad to get it! — but need to make some changes to make it more your style? Or, have you decided to stay put and finally make some updates, to take advantage of the equity you have in your home? If your to-do list is long, and you’re wondering where to start, check out these trends reported by Houzz and Thumbtack.

Elisabeth Stubbs is one of the owners of Enhance Floors & More, one of Atlanta’s top-rated flooring dealers, located in Marietta.



Smaller projects, such as TV mounting, ceiling fan installation and replacing light fixtures, are quick jobs to complete. Color changes, such as interior painting and wallpaper removal or installation, also commonly are found on to-do lists. If you’re short on time, these projects might need to move to the top of your list.

Master bath remodeling and tile installation are perennially popular on project lists. Perhaps you have a leak, or you want a bigger shower. Expect this project to be pricey, but worth it.

Popular exterior projects include landscaping, tree trimming, fence and gate installations, exterior painting, concrete installations, deck or porch remodeling, gardening, play equipment construction, gazebo installations and sod installations. These projects can enhance curb appeal and raise the value of your home. Many people prioritize interior over exterior updates, and others, vice versa. Whatever your preference, consider that some exterior projects are best completed seasonally.

New floors are a part of almost every interior update. You might be adding family-friendly luxury vinyl planks to your home, or soft, stain-resistant carpet to your bedrooms. If it finally is time to refinish your beat-up hardwoods, today’s floors are functional and fabulous.

Pro tip: If you’re considering removing textured ceilings, or taking on another messy project, the time to do it is before you paint and/or change out flooring.



The Art of Planning an Open House BY JOANNIE BATES

Realtors have differing Marketing a home is opinions on the value of open everything. Getting people houses and whether they are excited about a property is what worth the time and effort. In it’s all about. “Coming soon” my experience, the answer is yes, sneak-peek promotions and they definitely are worth it. And an open house no one wants when you do them, you should to miss are ways I like to build do them big! anticipation for the listing. I also Does the open house sell like to include extras, like grazing the home? Sometimes. What tables, prizes and swag bags. it always provides me, as the As Realtors, we work hard to listing agent, is the perfect gain the trust of our clients. I opportunity to highlight the encourage all agents to employ property’s assets. The home An open-house spread at a home in west Cobb’s Oakwind neighborhood. a savvy open-house strategy to is clean, and the owners are show the client’s home in its best gone, giving me a live studio light. Bring in neighbors and for promoting the property through my social media and those who are just curious — they might tell others about the networking channels. I’m ready to go when the home is amazing open house they went to over the weekend. Get people prepped for an open house. talking. Surprise and delight them. Make it memorable! Prep is key to ensuring a successful open house. At the first listing presentation with my clients, we create a calendar of events that includes an agents-only preview night and weekend Joannie Bates is a Realtor for Keller Williams Signature open houses at times when the most people would be out Partners. She works with clients in the surrounding looking at homes. I notify my real estate network and promote area, with a focus on luxury and investment properties. these events on my social media channels.

3 Ways to Give This Back-to-School Season


It’s an exciting time of year for students. School is back in session, and that means new classes, new challenges and new opportunities. I still remember the look of pristine, unopened notebooks — and the smell of new crayons. It just felt like exciting new things were right around the corner. Unfortunately, for many youth in our community, the return to school is not exciting or positive. It can be nearly impossible to focus on learning when you are worried about where your next meal will come from or how you will get the school supplies you need. The good news is, every effort made to support a child’s education makes a direct impact in their future. Read on for some wonderful ways to get involved, and be sure to check out justserve.org; new opportunities are added weekly. 1. SimpleNeeds GA (https://bit.ly/3xPfwoo) works hard to fill in the cracks and provide specific goods families might not receive elsewhere. It has two fabulous programs for students: Uniforms for Excellence and Shoe Them Love. General school supplies are welcome as well. 2. Family Kickstart Georgia (https://bit.ly/3NpC2d2) supports the family of each student by providing resources and mentoring for youth wellness, job readiness and English as 32


a second language instruction for parents. You can become a mentor or tutor and be an important part of students’ lives. 3. Georgia HOPE (https://bit.ly/3a2vyDk) is a community-based provider of mental health, substance abuse and family preservation services. Supplies are needed for foster teens, housed temporarily in hotels until more permanent arrangements can be made. Donate items to help keep them in school and keep their lives as stable as possible. Be sure to check out these great projects and more on the JustServe website. Or, for additional ideas, join the JustServe North Georgia public Facebook group. You truly can make an impact with simple acts of service!

Justserve.org is a free, nationwide website and app that works to match volunteers with nonprofit organizations and service opportunities. If you run a nonprofit or are looking for ways to make service a regular part of your life, check out justserve.org. You can sign up for regular updates and learn more about organizations nearby, too. JustServe makes it easy to just go out and serve! Susannah MacKay is a local JustServe specialist. She grew up in Marietta and loves helping strengthen her community through service! Follow her on Facebook @JustServeGeorgia.

11 Ways to Have a Great School Year


Parents pray for a great school year for their children — hoping for a teacher who will inspire their kids, friends who will bring them joy and activities that ignite a passion. Everyone knows each year comes with potential challenges as well, but we hope the positives outweigh the negatives. Here are 11 suggestions to ensure this happens.

• Make sure the school has your correct contact information. There are times during the year when the school

might need to contact you quickly, and you want to be easily reached, especially if your child is sick. Also, make sure you have the teacher’s email address.

• Read the handbook. Highlight important information, such as the procedure for checking out for doctors’ appointments.

• Create a clean, distraction-free work area. Your child will

work better if she or he has a clean area where it’s possible to focus.

• When important papers come home, pin them up in an easy-to-see spot.

• Keep a calendar with school dates. It’s easy to forget about early-release days, so listing them on a calendar you can check easily leads to fewer surprises.

• Guide younger children through their homework without doing it for them. It’s tempting to do their homework for them, especially if there’s a lot of it, but that teaches them it’s OK to use someone else’s work. Teach them study skills and guide them to the answers. Help older children, if needed, and check homework upon completion.

• Set a consistent bedtime. Children need consistent schedules, and they need plenty of rest even more.

• Eat dinner together. This will be the time when your child lets you know what happened at school.

• Communicate with teachers. It takes a team effort to ensure

your child’s success, so when you have information or questions for the teacher, let him or her know. Be reasonable about the frequency of communication, though. Expecting a daily email would be inappropriate. Teachers do not have a lot of downtime, so only communicate with them when necessary.

• Organize everything the night before for the next day.

Your morning will go much smoother if you do not have to run around preparing things. Frenetic mornings are no fun. Starting off on a calm note gives your child a good start to the day.

• Set aside some time for fun. Remember, this month is still

technically summer, so continue doing some of the fun activities you’ve been doing. Jennifer Bonn is a freelance writer in Kennesaw and a recently retired 40-year educator. Her book, “101 Tips to Lighten Your Burden,” was recently released and is available on Amazon.

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This young man showed off his patriotic spirit during the Independence Day festivities.

Attendees were able to rent tables in front of Depot Park Stage for picnics or just relaxing.

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Patriotic souls from all around crowded into downtown Kennesaw to celebrate our country’s freedom during the city’s Salute to America last month. The annual event featured live music on two stages, festive street entertainment, food vendors, kids’ activities and a brilliant fireworks show.

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The event the entire crowd had been waiting for — the spectacular fireworks display.

Leah Belle Faser, a contestant on the 20th season of “American Idol,” performed on the Main Street Stage.

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Standing in the Gap for the Homeless BY SUSAN BROWNING SCHULZ

Simple Needs GA founder Brenda Rhodes thanks a young lady who asked for donations for the organization in lieu of gifts for herself.



When Brenda Rhodes was volunteering in her community, she noticed some of life’s necessities weren’t readily available to people who were struggling and down on their luck. She wanted to fill in some of those gaps. “This is expected, since every nonprofit can’t do everything,” she said. “It started with requests from residents at a homeless shelter. They were provided travel-size toiletries, and, at times, not all were available (such as deodorant). My thought was that it was stressful enough living in such an environment; having things that they need for hygiene would help. “I also noticed that, when folks arrived, they often had a few things in a garbage bag. I figured having a duffel bag to put things in would also be of benefit. I started collecting bags and then eventually purchased them, along with full-size toiletries. I added pens and paper, as well as a refillable bottle for water. “I also started volunteering to serve people who lived in the woods and residents of the shelter who were moving out and starting over. They were asking me if I knew of anyone who had beds or furniture.” These volunteer experiences inspired Rhodes to launch Simple Needs GA (SNGA) with three initial programs: Comfort Kits, Simply Sheltered and Simple Household Needs. The organization became an official nonprofit in April 2010. After a few years and more research into the ongoing needs of our community, programs for children were added: My Birthday Matters, Shoe Them Love, Uniforms for Excellence and Spirit of Christmas. SNGA’s programs meet the needs of families and individuals in poverty or those coming out of homelessness, while inspiring community members to provide help as well. Two of the seven programs are for those experiencing homelessness. SNGA seeks to serve by doing things like bringing tents to people living in the woods, providing birthday gifts and party supplies or new shoes for a homeless child. The staff and volunteers work hard not only to provide basic needs but also to connect hurting and desperate people with the services essential for improving their lives. SNGA collaborates with other local charities and often includes those needs in its charity drives. A tangible example of filling the gap is the Spirit of Christmas program. If someone experiences job loss or a tragic event

Simple Needs GA benefitted from much-needed help on Volunteer Day.

after other nonprofits’ provision deadlines have passed, SNGA steps in to make sure even the latecomers have a meaningful Christmas. Each year, the organization supplies comfort kits (bags of toiletries) for 1,400 people, furniture for about 160 individual or family households, birthdays for about 300 children and Christmas gifts for 300 kids in more than 100 families, Rhodes said. J.H. fled a bad situation with her three kids and left with only some clothes and a few blankets. For three weeks, they slept on the floor of an empty apartment. When she shared her story with a friend, that person happened to be an SNGA volunteer. J.H. was introduced to the Simple Household Needs program and came to the SNGA warehouse to pick out furniture, kitchen items, toys and linens for her home. As she browsed through the shelves, she said, “I feel so blessed. I can stop crying now.” A homeless man shared his experience. “When I was down on my luck, the tent, tarp and sleeping bag were a blessing and helped me get through a tough winter,” he said. “I feel as if I’m wired to help others,” Rhodes

said. “My mother was such a giving person in every way. She and I were very close. I miss her every day. I’ve volunteered most of my life and also love RAK (random acts of kindness). My high school yearbook senior quote was ‘You can’t take from this world that which you have received, only that which you have given.’ Being able to make a difference, and giving others a way to do so also, is important to me.” If you are wired to help and inspired to meet the needs of those facing difficult times, visit simpleneedsga.org, call 678-266-3344 or email info@simpleneedsga.org for more information or to donate. A wish list of current needs is updated regularly on the website. You can follow the latest happenings on the organization’s Facebook page.

Susan Schulz is a Bible teacher and mentor who lives and plays on the Etowah River in Canton. Connect with her on social media or at susanbrowningschulz.com.



Rob’s Rescues These animals are waiting for homes at Cobb County Animal Services.

There are a lot of small dogs like this one at the shelter. This dog’s name is Molly. She is a 7-year-old terrier. She came to the shelter as a stray and has a lot of love and positive energy in her. Molly would be a perfect family dog who would love everyone and just have a fun time with them.

I interviewed Global Conservation Corps (GCC) founder and Executive Director Matt Lindenberg about what he does and his new movie, “Rhino Man.” This interview is the last of three parts that have been published over the summer. GCC (www. globalconservationcorps. org) is a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta that bridges the gap between community and wildlife.

Rob with Matt Lindenberg of Global Conservation Corps.

What do you want people to know about GCC?

It is about investing in people to save wildlife. If we can’t secure the future of the local communities living around wildlife, there will be no wildlife. We must create a mutually beneficial relationship between wildlife and the people.

How can someone work for GCC? This cat’s name is Idgie. She is 15 years old and was an owner surrender. She has been in the shelter a very long time, and she just needs a home to be loved and live out her life.

Our approach is to bring skilled people into the classrooms in our communities to educate and provide skill development and opportunity creation for people living alongside wildlife. Families can come to South Africa and be educated in all we do.

How can the community help?

It starts with educational awareness. Become educated on the problems involved in protecting wildlife. Share our posts on Instagram and social media. We do events in Atlanta, so join us there and help with events. If you have any connections that do corporate matching or want to pay the salary of a South African ranger guarding rhinos against poachers, let me know.

Is there still a possibility that rhinos will become extinct?

Yes, unfortunately. At this rate of poaching, rhinos will be extinct within 10 years. Everyone needs to come together to solve the problem. A rhino horn is worth about $100,000.

What animal is in the most danger?

Rhinos are super endangered. Also, there are only about 7,000 cheetahs and 10,000 lions in the wild.

What is the most important way to protect wildlife?

Rob Macmillan is on a mission to help shelter dogs and cats. On Facebook @robsrescues. www.robsrescues.com.



Everyone has a part to play. It doesn’t need to be rhinos in Africa. It could be several species of darters (very small fish) or sea turtles in Georgia. Just do something. “Rhino Man” will be premiering at one of the big film festivals later this year. Watching the film will provide a lot of answers and inspiration.

How can people get in touch with you?

Follow us on Instagram and look at our website. We also have a very cool newsletter, with stories from the field.

Waiting Is Important Part of God’s Plan BY TOM TANNER

Waiting. We don’t like to wait. We don’t like lines; we don’t like traffic. We like things that are quick. We love instant. We live in a microwave world. We hate the phrases “not yet” and “not now.” We even have turned the phrase “I can’t wait” into a positive statement: I can’t wait to see you. I can’t wait to go on vacation. I can’t wait for Christmas! I’m sure many, maybe most, of us have prayed similar prayers in the last two years. How long? When will this end? Why not now? Where are you? We don’t enjoy waiting, but waiting is a big part of our journey. Scripture is filled with stories of waiting. Abraham waited 25 years for Isaac to be born. Moses waited 40 years — twice. Jacob waited seven years for Rachel, only to be tricked into marrying her sister. From Malachi — the last book of the Old Testament — to the writing of the New Testament was a span of 400 years called the silent period. The people of God waited 400 years to hear from God. Even Jesus waited 30 years to begin his public ministry. Waiting always has been a part of God’s plan and story. When he tells us something or shows us the way he’s going to use us, we tend to believe him if it will happen in a week or

two. But often, God has in mind a longer preparation period than we think is necessary. We highly value doing more than waiting. We see waiting as an annoyance, not as part of God’s plan and purpose. God wants us to learn to wait. He actually uses waiting to grow us and prepare us for what is coming. The truth is most of us think we are ready for the next thing before we really are ready. God calls us to wait but not to punish us or take away from us. Quite the opposite. He has more for you. And he cares about you too much to give you something you’re not ready for. “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” ( James 5:7-8) Dr. Thomas Tanner is lead pastor of RiverStone Church and president of the Transformation Network. He and Melissa have two children and five grandchildren. tom@riverstoneonline.org.

How Much Is Pain and Suffering Worth? BY JOEL WILLIAMS

The difficult thing about awarding damages for pain and suffering is trying to assign a dollar value to something that’s intangible. It’s not always just about the physical pain and suffering; it’s also the mental anguish and suffering endured. It can be a bit subjective. The legal definition of pain and suffering is “the enlightened conscience of a fair and impartial jury,” meaning it is up to 12 strangers on a jury to decide what they are going to award for past and future pain and suffering. The first factor to consider when quantifying pain and suffering is the severity of the injury or injuries. For severe injuries, a large amount of compensation should be awarded. Conversely, if the injury is relatively minor (cuts, bruises, temporary soreness), the award typically is lower. Another factor for the jury to consider is the length of suffering. Permanent, lifelong suffering usually results in the largest amount of compensation. Pain that only lasts a few days generally is compensated at a much lower level. When a case goes to trial, the judge will give the jury examples of what it can consider when determining pain and suffering compensation. Some examples include fear, shock, anxiety, actual and future pain and suffering, loss of earning a living, etc. Another factor that can affect the value of pain and suffering is the venue or county the case is in and what the jury pool looks

like. There are conservative counties where jurors typically award less, unless someone has been injured severely, and there are some venues that traditionally award more for pain and suffering damages. The injured person’s ability to convey the extent and impact of his or her injuries also can affect the amount awarded for pain and suffering. Concrete examples of how the injuries negatively affected one’s life are helpful. The ability to express those things truthfully and effectively to the jury, in a way that jurors can connect with, helps the jury understand the injured party’s position. Witnesses who can testify to the injured person’s abilities before and after the injuries were sustained also can influence how much compensation he or she receives. There is no formula for calculating pain and suffering across all personal injury cases. Each case is different, and the amount of compensation awarded should be tailored to the specific facts of each one.

Joel Williams is a partner at Williams|Elleby, a Kennesawbased personal injury law firm. www.gatrialattorney.com.



Avoid wetting the foliage, if possible, by using drip irrigation, soaker hoses or an irrigation system that sprays water below the foliage. If you must wet the foliage, irrigate during the morning or when it will dry rapidly to reduce diseases.


Daytime highs in the 90s and nighttime lows in the mid-to-upper 70s lower the vigor of roses. Despite your best efforts at proper care, you will notice the flowers produced in mid-to-late summer often are smaller with less vivid colors, and they seem to fade almost as soon as they open. Many gardeners think the lower vigor and poor quality mean the roses need more fertilizer. Since heat is the issue, however, roses need less fertilizer in late June, July and early August.

Planting and transplanting Roses, like these tea roses, need proper care to survive the summer heat.

Roses Need Proper Care in Summer BY ROBERT TRAWICK

Summer heat can stress many plants in our landscapes. Most roses struggle during the extreme temperatures of mid-to-late summer, so proper care is important as they enter this stressful time of year. Regular watering, mulching and deadheading, as well as insect, disease and weed control, are the major tasks.


August is a good month to prune once-blooming roses, which bloom heavily in the spring and early summer, then very little or not at all the rest of the year. They will blossom next year on the new growth they have this summer. Everblooming roses, however, will continue blossoming through the summer. When pruning faded flowers (deadheading), you should cut them back to just above the first five-leaflet leaf. Cuts can be made lower on the stem of more vigorous roses to control their size. The next major pruning should take place in late August.


The intense summer heat can dry out beds surprisingly quickly. Roses planted this year need a regular deep watering whenever we go five to seven days without a good rain of one-half to 1 inch. Established roses are remarkably drought-tolerant and generally don’t require a great deal of supplemental irrigation. They don’t need to be watered until seven to 10 days after the last good rain. During long dry periods, water roses once or twice a week as needed. 42


Mid-to-late summer is the absolute worst time to plant or transplant roses. If you need to move a bush, wait until late November.

Pest control

For roses that are highly susceptible to black spot, a weekly spray program is important through the summer months. Fungicides labeled “to control black spot” must be used regularly. This is not a disease you can treat on an as-needed basis. Even with persistent efforts, black spot can show up when we get regular afternoon rainfall. Still, spraying will help. To avoid spraying, choose roses that are more tolerant of or resistant to black spot. Various insects will chew on the foliage, or occasionally on the flower petals, but damage usually is minor. Leafcutting bees chew round pieces about the size of a nickel or dime from the edges of leaves, but damage generally is not bad enough to warrant control.


Keep beds well-mulched to minimize weeds. A preemergent herbicide, labeled “for use around ornamentals,” such as Preen or Amaze, also can help. As the spring and summer bloom season ends, don’t despair. With good summer care, everblooming roses can be even more spectacular in October and November. The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County (MGVOCC) supports the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and strives to improve the quality of life in our community by delivering research-based horticultural information, educational programs and projects.

Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County is a part of the University of Georgia Extension.

Pollinators: What the Buzz Is About BY LINDA PURVIS

Plants rely on pollination — nearly 90% of flowering plants need pollinators to transfer pollen for successful reproduction. In turn, these plants are critical in ecosystem function, providing food, forming habitats and offering a variety of resources for many animals. Pollinators — birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, bats and other small mammals — also are key in regulating ecosystems that support food production, habitats and natural resources. Unfortunately, substantial evidence shows the decline of pollinator populations due to human activity and habitat fragmentation. Broad-spectrum pesticides, disease and the spread of invasive plants also can disrupt pollinator habitats. Pollination is essential for survival. Agriculturally, the loss of pollinators would alter human food systems dramatically. Many fruits and vegetables are insect-pollinated and grown on a large scale with the help of pollinators. Without them, the availability and diversity of fresh produce would decline substantially, and human nutrition would be impacted negatively. It’s possible to pollinate without them, but it would be incredibly labor-intensive and expensive.

Bees and other pollinators are vital in the production of fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants.

To help restore healthy pollinator ecosystems, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Allatoona Lake created the Pollinator and Native Habitat Restoration Project. In spring 2021, the Corps and Georgia Audubon began planting native grasses and plants that will attract pollinators at Cooper’s Furnace in Cartersville, but this was only the beginning of the restoration project. Using supplemental funding provided by its headquarters in Washington, the Corps has installed pollinator fields and restoration sites at several areas around the lake. This year, a hoop house was built at the Volunteer Village for growing wildflowers and native aquatic plants, which will be planted annually in the lake bed to create fish habitats. And beehives were set up at the Allatoona Project Management Office and at Wildlife Action of Georgia. You can make a positive impact on reversing the pollinators’ decline by turning your yard into a pollinator garden.

Here are some ideas.

• Fill your yard with native plants. Native plants are the

J.P. Alvavez examines bees at one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ bee hives.

foundation of habitats for pollinators, providing them with pollen and nectar for food, protection from predators and the elements, as well as a place for their young to grow.

• Give bees a home. Most of the 4,000 bee species native to North America don’t form hives. Instead, females lay eggs in decaying wood or sandy soil. Leave tree snags on your property, or build a native bee house.

• Plant milkweed. Monarch butterfly populations have declined a staggering 90% in the past 20 years. One cause is the lack of this caterpillar host plant. Without it, butterflies cannot complete their life cycle. • Protect grasslands. These are important for birds, butterflies and bees and are on a faster decline than any other ecosystem in North America.

• Sign up for the annual Georgia Pollinator Census. The

census, held Aug. 19-20, is a citizen science project designed to make a difference in pollinator conservation. Watch the video at ggapc.org to learn how to join.

For information about our restoration project, call me at 678-721-6700. Linda Purvis is a park ranger/ natural resources specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Allatoona Lake. She is lead coordinator on the Allatoona Lake Pollinator and Native Habitat Restoration Project. AROUND KENNESAW | August 2022


Park Street Baptist Church Birthday Wish Brings Sweet New Sound to Acworth Congregation SUBMITTED BY PONCHO WILSON

The last time Donna McPherson’s hands touched a fresh set of 88 piano keys at Park Street Baptist Church was during a calendar year that ended in those same double digits — 1988, when she was 17. But weeks before her 51st birthday on June 24, she received an unexpected gift, one bequeathed by a local piano store owner that granted an early wish and answered many years of prayer. McPherson and her congregation experienced the surprise of a lifetime with news that their little

The crew from World Class Piano Gallery arrives with Park Street Baptist Church’s new piano.



Acworth chapel was having an immaculately restored Kimball horizontal baby grand piano wholly donated, professionally delivered and perfectly positioned on the pulpit by a local music gallery owner. “The church sounds and feels amazingly alive again,” said McPherson, a 1989 Etowah High School graduate and former touring gospel musician. “Music brings everything to life, especially since our old upright piano was on its last legs. So I’ve earnestly prayed for years God would someday soon work something out for us.” In the spring, members of Cartersville’s Center Baptist Church visited Park Street during its annual revival. When Center members heard the woeful sound of Park Street’s old upright piano barely carrying a tune, they banded together to form a Pennies for a Piano fundraising campaign. After making several calls to area piano stores for pricing, lifelong Center member Bob Bearden of Cartersville asked his master-musician daughter, Julie Bearden Carver, if she knew anyone nearby who could help. She knew exactly who to call — Dan Wilson of World Class Piano Gallery in Woodstock. “If anyone could help us with our piano project, it most certainly was Dan,” Carver said. With prices soaring by the day, Wilson didn’t want to wait for the fundraising goal to be met, so he took matters into his own hands and heart and offered one of his showroom trade-ins at no cost to Park Street. The vintage mid-1970s-era Kimball baby grand, valued at $3,000 retail, was a perfect fit. “I’ve been very blessed the past several years,” said Wilson, whose store is at 9740 Main St. near Highway 92. “In times like these, we need to count our blessings, and I definitely have plenty to count. There was no better time than now.” Wilson and his three-man crew even took away Park Street’s old upright, hoping to refurbish it so the congregation could donate it to another chapel in need. Or, if it can’t be restored to his highest standards, Wilson said he’ll pull another trade-in to donate in the old piano’s unsalvageable place. Deacon Mark Pope of Acworth, a lifelong member of Park Street, was at the church May 24 when Wilson and his World Class Piano crew arrived with the Kimball baby grand. “Y’all have no idea what this means to our church,” Pope told the crew that day. “We are forever grateful, and we hope this blessing will pass on to others as it has to us.”

Park Street’s refurbished Kimball baby grand, donated by Dan Wilson of World Class Piano Gallery in Woodstock.

Center Baptist’s inspiration to act and Wilson’s generous gesture are just the beginning of this story. On the surface, natural eyes might see only a singular act of benevolence from a local piano store owner, but its symbolism in form and function deserves a deeper look through a spiritual lens. A sharper focus reveals three intertwined trials by fire spanning many decades and many miles that brought these grand trinity tales of faith, music and worship full circle. The first trial by fire occurred in the late 1800s, when the W.W. Kimball Piano Co. of Chicago burned to the ground. It was as much of a historical loss to the music culture back then as it was a crushing blow to the fine art of piano manufacturing. ​Not long after the fire, Kimball rebuilt its massive factory in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park, but the Great Depression and two world wars would follow in apocalyptic threes to decimate supply chains for wood, steel and labor force. The totality of these soul-crushing events would nearly wipe out one of the most-renowned names in American piano manufacturing history, but its heirs merged with Indiana’s Jasper Corp. to form a diversified Kimball International Inc. in 1974.

Five years before the Kimball resurgence, another trial by fire smoldered hundreds of miles away, along the shores of Lake Acworth. Members of Park Street Baptist invested the time and sweat-equity expense to rebuild their sanctuary from the ground up on actual remnants of the former chapel. While manpower was in shorter supply back then, faith was at an all-time high. But the most dramatically miraculous of these three trials is found in Wilson’s testimony. After losing his beloved downtown Rome piano stores 21 years ago from financial fallout following Sept. 11, Wilson found his industry financially decimated and himself homeless. He barely hung on during the years that followed, but he was able to slowly climb his way back into the piano wholesale business, initially working from his Canton home showroom, then moving to his current gallery. It, too, has been built from the ground up by his own hands and an unyieldingly artful passion for piano music and manufacturing. “I’d find myself asking God, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’” Wilson said about his previous Job-like trials. “But today, when I quietly ask God the same, it’s taken on a whole new and positive meaning.”



School News

Chattahoochee Tech instructors Robin Aiken, left, and Jennifer Chin demonstrate phlebotomy procedure.

Chattahoochee Tech to Offer Phlebotomy Training

Chattahoochee Tech is launching a phlebotomy technician certificate training program to prepare students for this highdemand profession. Phlebotomists collect blood samples from patients or donors and are employed throughout the health care system on the forefront of patient care, according to Chattahoochee Tech instructor Jennifer Chin. They work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and doctors’ offices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 22% from 2020-30, which is faster than the average for all occupations. About 19,500 openings for phlebotomists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. This program will be based at the Chattahoochee Tech Marietta campus. For more information, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu/ Phlebotomy-Technician.

Kennesaw State Earns International Recognition Scrappy’s Bucket List (SBL), a Kennesaw State University Division of Student Affairs program, recently earned a Catalyst Award: the Optimizing the Student Experience Award. The awards recognize international institutions of higher learning using technology to develop educational and administrative innovations. Aptly named after KSU’s mascot, SBL includes 63 activities for students to cross off before they graduate. Some SBL activities are to attend a homecoming event, snap a selfie at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, attend a Diversity Week program and join a registered student organization. Students can track their progress online and earn rewards as they complete the list. Since its launch in fall 2021, nearly 60% of students have participaged (https://studentaffairs.kennesaw.edu/ scrappysbucketlist).

Kennesaw Mountain Family Awards Music Scholarship The Lesley Litt family presented a $1,898 scholarship to a 2022 Kennesaw Mountain High School graduate and wind symphony student, Jadyn Green, who stood out academically and desires to continue performing, as well as pursue a major or minor in music. The KMHS 1898 Band Scholarship pays tribute to the school’s address, and the year American pianist and composer George Gershwin was born. The scholarship is an example of how the school community supports each other.

Mount Paran Earns CASE Award

During the 2021-22 academic year, Mount Paran Christian School won several prestigious honors in recognition of its marketing and communications initiatives, as well as its advancement and community-building efforts. Among the most notable was recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, also known as CASE. MPCS received Gold in the Circle of Excellence Awards in the Holiday/Year-End Video category for its “Merry Christmas” video. The video concept spotlights MPCS head of school Tim Wiens, dressed in festive holiday attire, singing and dancing his way through the school campus. Across all social media channels, the video has been viewed more than 4,000 times, impressive for a PK-12 independent school of 1,250 students. View the Christmas video at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=eAkQ2qylYvM. 46


The Lesley Litt family presents Jadyn Green with a $1,898 music scholarship. Photo courtesy of Cobb Schools.

@the Library Cobb County Public Library System www.cobbcat.org

NORTH COBB REGIONAL LIBRARY 3535 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw


10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays

Aug. 6

This month, the Monthly Makers (ages 16-plus) will be using heat-embossing and heat-foiling techniques to make handmade cards, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is required.

Aug. 6, Sept. 3

Cross-Stitch Meetup, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., is the first

Saturday of the month. Meet others with a love of crossstitch; bring what you are working on, along with lunch or snacks, or start something new.

Aug. 9-10

The Art Experience is a two-day program that meets

the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month (excluding September) at 6 p.m. Ages 18-plus can join Leslie Robb in exploring different styles and mediums of art. Registration is required. All supplies provided.

Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1

Meetup for Adults With Special Needs will take

place in the multipurpose room, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Adults with special needs are invited, along with their caregivers, to meet new friends and enjoy stories, crafts, games, movement and music.

WEST COBB REGIONAL LIBRARY 1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw


10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays

Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1

Join the West Cobb Craft Club, 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint or create jewelry? Or do you want to learn how, while making friends? Join the group to craft and get inspired. All skill levels are welcome (especially beginners). Bring your own craft supplies.

Aug. 22

The West Cobb Fourth Monday Book Discussion meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. and covers a variety of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, classics and new releases. There will be an alternate online option in August; visit the website for details. This month, members are reading “The Redhead by the Side of the Road” by Anne Tyler. AROUND KENNESAW | August 2022


Senior Activities

Cobb Senior Services

Registration is required for all activities; no walk-ins allowed. Call the center to register, or visit www.MyActiveCenter.com.



4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs // 770-528-8200 www.cobbcounty.org/public-services/senior-services/ west-cobb-senior-center

4100 S. Main St., Acworth • 770-975-7740 www.cobbcounty.org/public-services/senior-services/ north-cobb-senior-center


Aug. 10

No experience is necessary. Bring your own materials.

Happens Month by learning movements and breathing exercises that promote intentional laughter.

Woodcarvers. 1-3:30 p.m. Work on small woodcarving projects.


Laughter Yoga. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Celebrate Happiness

Paper Crafting Fun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy making cards and

Armchair Travels: Golden Yukon. 1-2 p.m. Learn

Color Me Happy. 1-3:30 p.m. Color with others. Bring your own

Aug. 12


with some heart-pumping, seated virtual exercise.

scrapbooking with others. Bring your own supplies. materials.

about Canada’s paradise for adventures.

Virtual Seated Exercise. 1-2 p.m. Stay in shape

Mahjong. 10 a.m.-noon. Game knowledge and mahjong cards are

Aug. 15-16, Aug. 24-25


p.m. each day. Take part in a hands-on workshop to create the workings of a clock and paint the base. $15 supply fee to instructor.


Fancy Fold Cards. 10 a.m.-noon. Join Susan Wilson to create fancy fold cards..

Crafting Corner: Painting Clocks. 10 a.m.-12:30

Cooking for One or Two. 10-11 a.m. Learn to cook in small

Aug. 19


a.m. Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day by joining friends at Common Grounds Coffee Shop for dessert.

portions, eat well and eat healthy.

Tech Talk: Cord Cutting. 10-11:30 a.m. Learn how to use internet-based services to get television programming.


Money Smart Consumer Fraud. 10-11 a.m. Learn to identify

and prevent financial exploitation, such as identity theft, scams and homeowner mortgage schemes.

ALOHA TO AGING Covenant Presbyterian Church // 2881 Canton Road, Marietta 770-722-7641 // www.alohatoaging.org

Parkinson’s Support Group

Meets at 2 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Group discussion for the person with Parkinson’s and their care partner, on helpful tips and resources.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one in or out of the home. Care provided during the meeting, but must RSVP in advance.

Aloha Social Day Club

Meets 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Respite care for you and engaging social activities for your loved one who no longer drives. Visit the website for details. 48


Pop-Up Shop: Eat Desserts First. 10:30-11:30

Aug. 22

Shopping Trip. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Shopping trip to Super Target and Ross and lunch at O’Charley’s.

Aug. 23

Scarf-Tying Workshop. 10-11 a.m. Learn how to tie

a scarf into a kimono wrap, vest, facemask and hair wrap.

Aug. 24

Manage Hearing Loss. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn

how to determine hearing loss, what to do about it and where to get help.

Culinary Creations: Cotton Candy. 1-2 p.m. Learn about the history of cotton candy and see a demonstration on how it’s made. $3.

Aug. 25

Virtual Exercise: Better Breathing. 1-2 p.m.

Participate in a virtual exercise that promotes better breathing.

Aug. 26

Jeopardy Trivia. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 31

Sock Hop. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Break out the poodle skirts and leather jackets for an old-fashioned sock hop.

How to Avoid Boating Collisions, Part 3 BY GREG FONZENO

We’ve looked at the issue of collisions between boats. Let’s now look at another type of collision: running aground. An adage says there are only two kinds of boaters — those who have run aground and those who will. There are ways to prevent going aground and ways to recover. Pay attention to the environment — lake levels and where the shallow areas and protrusions, such as trees and rocks, are located. Ask other boaters what they’ve found, and mark your lake map accordingly. When you discover danger areas, mark them, and report your observations to your marina and fellow boaters. If you don’t have a depth finder, get one. These relatively inexpensive instruments — compared with a damaging grounding — are very accurate. Most depth finders also show trees on the bottom. You need to know which parts of your boat extend below the sensor location on the depth finder. Keep a good lookout. Lack of a good lookout is the No. 1 cause of boating accidents across the nation. Have someone dedicated to looking at the water directly ahead of the boat. Be aware of the navigation aids on the lake. Stay in the channel and within the channel markers (white buoys with black vertical stripes). No matter what you do, you still might run aground or hit a submerged object. If you do, come to a stop if you haven’t already done that the hard way! Next, make sure everyone is wearing a

life jacket. Then examine your hull and the engine’s lower unit(s) for damage. If grounded, find out what part of the boat is stuck. If it’s the engine, raise it and see what happens. You might have to get out, push the boat away and then restart the engine. If the bow is stuck, move everyone to the stern, thus raising the bow. The reverse works if the stern is stuck. Changing weight from side to side also might help. Use a radio, cellphone or hand signal to get help. In any event, there are two things you shouldn’t do. Don’t panic! Unless your boat is taking on water, you probably are safe and can await help. Also, don’t try to swim to shore. Always stay with the boat. The odds of getting help are much better than swimming off alone. For information on boating-safety classes, visit https://bit. ly/3y6WKsJ or email flotilla22pe@gmail.com.

Greg Fonzeno is the public education officer and commander of the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit (Flotilla 22) at Allatoona Lake.



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The 21st annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival will return to Adams Park in Kennesaw Aug. 19-20 from 6-10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Presented by Williams Elleby Law Firm, the two-day event will include a barbecue competition, nonstop music, dance groups, a kid zone, fireworks, good food and vendors. www.kennesaw-ga.gov/ pigsandpeaches/.


10 Pizza, Pints & Pigskins AUGUST

12 Born Again Blessings

children’s consignment sale will be Aug. 12-13 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at RiverStone Church, 2005 Stilesboro Road in Kennesaw. The sale will feature children’s and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more. First-time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. www. bornagainblessings.com.

13 Bonsai Study Group

Bonsai curator Rodney Clemons leads a the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch, noon-1 p.m.), at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. Visitors are welcome to ask questions and talk with Clemons and the volunteers about this ancient art. Participation is included with garden admission.

Cornhole ATL State Cornament will

feature the best cornhole teams from across Georgia competing for ultimate bragging rights, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., at Logan Farm Park, 4405 Cherokee St.

Through Aug. 13

M2R Fence Gallery, an annual curated

traveling installation of local artists’ work brought to life on a large scale, is on display in the Historic Downtown and Parkside districts. www.visitacworth.org and www.m2rfence.com. 50


will have pizzerias from across Cobb County competing for the title of favorite pizza, noon-10 p.m., at Logan Farm Park, 4405 Cherokee St. Contests include People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice and Most Creative. The free event also will feature a kids zone, music from Scott Thompson and The Return — The Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band, televised football games, football activities and a beer garden. 770-423-1330, www.jrmmanagement.com or billwatson@jrmmanagement.com. The Kennesaw Grand Prix Series Races will be held the second Saturday of each month, except for August, in front of Kennesaw First Baptist Church at 2958 N. Main St. The September race will benefit the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in downtown Kennesaw. Future races and organizations they benefit are:

Oct. 8: Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. Nov. 12: Wounded veterans.

Visit https://kennesawgrandprix.com/faq/.



The Battery Atlanta

Art House Happenings

Yoga by Kaiser Permanente, 6:30-7:30 p.m.,

Aug. 6-Sept. 24



is a free outdoor yoga class for all ages on the Plaza Green. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring water. Register at batteryatlyoga2022.eventbrite.com.

“Ordinary to Extraordinary — Juried Art Exhibit” will open with a reception Aug. 6, 4-7

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail

A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family. Get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Parks and Recreation

2529 J.O. Stephenson Ave. // 770-424-8274 www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation

Mondays, Wednesdays

BSD Taekwondo. Aug. 1-Oct. 26, 6-7 p.m., Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. This class teaches focus, discipline, self-control and self-defense for ages 7 to adult.

Through July 21

BYOB (Beat Your Opponent Back). Aug.

6-Oct. 8, 1-3 p.m., Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. This course is designed to give females and teens the skills to protect themselves.

p.m. People’s Choice voting will run through Sept. 2. An open house and awards reception is planned for Sept. 3, 4-7 p.m. Receptions are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be available.

Oct. 1-29

“Founding Artists” exhibit will open with a reception Oct. 1, 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 5-Dec. 23

“Small Works & Gifts” exhibit will be accepting submissions from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15. acworthartsalliance.org/guidelines.

Nov. 12

The annual Member Artist Holiday Gift Shop will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Acworth Community Center in the Tanyard Creek Overlook space. There is no fee to attend.


Register for late summer/fall classes and workshops offered by the Acworth Arts Alliance. Classes and workshops for kids and adults take place at the Art House in downtown Acworth. acworthartsalliance.org/classes.

First Friday Concert Series The free series runs through October, 7-9:30 p.m., at the downtown pedestrian underpass off Main Street. 770-422-9714.

Sept. 2: Oct. 7:

Justin Borgman Band TBA

Farmers Market

Through Oct. 28

The Acworth Farmers Market is open 8 a.m.-noon Fridays rain or shine at Logan Farm Park at the main entrance. Applications for vendors for the 2022 season are being accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. For more information or an application, visit https://bit. ly/3zTv1OB

Marietta History Center

On Doing History presentations begin at 2 p.m. www.mariettahistory.org.

Aug. 13: Cemetery Preservation with Christa McCay Oct. 1: Historic Architecture with Marietta Monaghan



Cobb Photographic Society Congratulations to everyone who entered the Cobb Photographic Society competition. The topic for June was “Long Exposure.” The guest judge was photographer C.J. Andretta. The Cobb Photographic Society is a photography club open to photographers of all skill levels. The club meets the first and third Monday of each month. For information, visit www.cobbphotosociety.com.


Mark Chandler - First Place (Brasstown Bald)

Mark Chandler - Second Place (Miami Skyline) 52


Paul Shimek - Third Place (Blast)


Mary Ann Ortiz - First Place (Smooth-Flowing River)


Paul Shimek - First Place (Drop-Off) AROUND KENNESAW | August 2022


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Fern Gully Jamaican Cafe

Pisano’s Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen


Frozen Cow Creamery

SuBourbon Rock & Oyster Bar

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American 2825 S. Main St. 770-627-2297 www.meetatbernies.com

Big Shanty Smokehouse Barbecue 3393 Cherokee St. 770-499-7444 www.bigshantybbq.com


American 2844 S. Main St. 770-635-2800 www.burgerfi.com

Jamaican 2756 S. Main St. 678-401-3719 www.ferngullycafe.com

Ice Cream

2870 Cherokee St. 678-324-7459 www.frozenbluecow.com

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

American 2825 S. Main St. 770-575-9026 www.gusfriedchicken.com

Honeysuckle Biscuits & Bakery Bakery

2825 S. Main St. 770-627-4370 www.honeysucklebiscuits.com

Cylantros Venezuelan Cuisine Kennesaw

Kennesaw Thai Cuisine

El Taco Azteca Bar and Grill

Lazy Labrador Coffee House

Venezuelan 3338 Cherokee St. 678-324-6276 www.cylantros.net

Mexican 2689 Summers St. 678-310-0165 https://eltaco-azteca.com



Thai 2754 S. Main St. 678-331-1988 www.kennesawthaiatlanta.com

Coffee and Baked Goods 2886 Cherokee St. 770-820-6091 www.lazylabradorcoffeehouse.com

Italian 2740 Summers St. 770-966-9600 www.pisanospizzeria.com

Oyster Bar 2718 Summers St. 770-726-2163 www.subourbonbar.com

The Nest Kennesaw

Barbecue 2921 Cherokee St. 678-903-6921 www.thenestkennesaw.com

Trackside Grill

Southern 2840 S. Main St. 770-499-0874 www.tracksidegrill.com

Vesuvio Pizzeria Napoletana Pizzeria 2893 N. Main St., Suite B https://vesuvionapoletana.com


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