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Contents On the Cover

16 September 2022


8 Lofty Honor

Two teachers from Harrison High and Awtrey Middle move one step closer to being named Cobb Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

14 Cherishing Our Elders

Pay your respects to valuable members of the family by celebrating Grandparents Day.

16 Autumn Athletics

Coaches from Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb preview their teams as the fall sports season goes into full swing.

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42 Andrew Bramlett 14 Vicki Davis 26 Dana Dorris 10 Derek Easterling 54 Greg Fonzeno 22 Tiffany Hughes 35 Susannah MacKay 34 Rob Macmillan 46 Mount Paran School 53 Denson Pepper 45 C.A. Phillips 24 Joseph Prass 32 Susan Schulz 38 Nicole Smith 30 Elisabeth Stubbs 47 Robert Trawick 12 Bill Westenberger



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Around Kennesaw Letter From the Editor

Anyone old enough to remember 2001 knows exactly where he or she was when the news broke about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the bravery of the Flight 93 passengers and crew, who kept their captors from hitting a fourth target. I was at home that morning, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on my TV screen. Militants were using commercial airplanes like missiles to destroy important American landmarks and ended up killing 2,977 innocent people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was terrified. So many questions were running through my mind. Should I pick up my son from school early or hope he could be shielded from this tragedy a little longer? Where would the terrorists strike next? There were so many possibilities. Was the president safe? Only one president has been assassinated in my lifetime — but I don’t remember it — and I wanted to keep it that way. As the daughter of a retired firefighter, I was watching the firefighters who were running into buildings that everyone else was running out of, and I wondered how many of them wouldn’t come back out. It also was unsettling to know the planes that hit the twin towers both took off from Logan International Airport in Boston, the very airport my son and I had flown out of when we moved back to Cobb County just six months earlier. While we’ll never forget that awful day in our history, it’s nice that it’s now recognized for something good — the National Day of Service. I hope you will find a way to show your appreciation to our public servants or a charitable organization or to perform some kind of community service in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11. We can’t let evil win. This September also boasts another important day of remembrance on Sept. 11 — Grandparents Day. All of my grandparents are gone, but I’ll get to celebrate being Dani’s nana for the first time. Read about Vicki Davis’ memories of her grandparents, as well as her experiences as a grandma, on Pages 14-15. The start of the school year also signals the start of fall sports at the local high schools. Find out what the coaches of the fall teams at Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb think about this year in their season previews on Pages 16-20. And, speaking of fall sports, check out all the great tailgating recipes from Tiffany Hughes on Pages 22-23. Happy reading!

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Kennesaw Boasts 2 School-Level Teachers of Year SUBMITTED BY COBB SCHOOLS

For three Cobb teachers, their first day back to prepare for the new school year might be their best one yet. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale surprised them with the news that they’d been selected the 2022 Cobb Schools Teachers of the Year (TOTY ) for the three school levels.

Two of the teachers work at schools in Kennesaw: Derrick Tucker from Awtrey Middle and Jordan Motsinger from Harrison High. The elementary TOTY is Jenifer Mitacek from Argyle Elementary in Smyrna. “This is one of my favorite days of the school year,” Ragsdale said. “I look forward to welcoming our teachers back on the first day and recognizing our outstanding educators who make Cobb Schools the best place to teach, lead and learn.” Tucker, the Middle School Level Teacher of the Year, pointed to the students as the reason he returns to the classroom year after year.

“I love teaching because it is an opportunity to be able to meet different kids,” he said. “There is just something about being able to talk to students, to see how they can grow, how you can help them and be a part of their life.” The social studies teacher’s passion for teaching was as clear as the smile on his face when Ragsdale congratulated him. Teaching is his calling.

“It was something that I’ve always wanted to do from the time that I was in high school, having that

Cobb’s High School Level Teacher of the Year Jordan Motsinger from Harriso Kiel, and their sons, Merritt, 18 months, and Holden, 5. Photo courtesy of C

opportunity to be able to make a difference,” Tucker said. “I know that a lot of times, you hear people say, ‘I want to really make a difference,’ but that’s something I’ve seen. I’ve seen what [teachers] can do. That’s one of the reasons why I love being in this profession.” Tucker has been living out his dream as a teacher, serving Cobb students since 2015, and he has some advice for future teachers.

“I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to apply for the Cobb County School District to come and work with us,” the 12-year educator said. “Cobb has been great just from the people that I've worked with and the relationships. I feel there is no place like it.”

Motsinger, Cobb’s High School Level Teacher of the Year, praised the relationships she has built at Harrison as one reason she loves her job.

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“I love teaching in Cobb and working at Harrison because it’s a big family,” she said. “We support each other. We have incredible collaborative teams, and we have a lot of fun together. It’s a great environment, and I’m so grateful to have spent my career here so far. I’ve learned so much from my mentors and our administration.”

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“I’m very honored, and I look at it as a responsibility to continue working hard for our students and continuing to help make Cobb the best place to teach, lead and learn,” she said after the announcement.


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ello, Kennesaw, and welcome to fall, y’all! The city of Kennesaw invites area residents, families, neighborhoods, nonprofits, civic and faith-based organizations, local businesses, schools, local sports teams and athletic clubs to design and create a scarecrow to display on Main Street this fall for the third annual Scarecrows on Main display. The city will upload photos of each scarecrow to its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofKennesaw, and members of the community will be invited to cast their votes for their favorite scarecrows. The Top 3 scarecrows will receive a People’s Choice award, and the scarecrow with the most votes will win bragging rights and a $100 prize. Second place will receive a $50 prize, and third place will get a $25 prize. A $25 application fee to the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority is required with each entry. All money raised will be used to promote the downtown area through beautification projects and events. The application and information packets can be found on the city’s website at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/ scarecrowsonmain, and the deadline for applications is Sept. 12.

A Different Kind of Challenge

What do you see in the picture to the left? Do you see a fashionable young woman or a sad-looking old woman?

Our paradigms — the way most of us see things in the world, right or wrong — are the foundation of our attitudes and behaviors and directly influence the relationships we have with one another. Things aren’t always what you believe them to be. In his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey uses this image to begin his writing about a new way of thinking and building a foundation centered on principles over personality. What Covey writes about our Circle of Influence and Circle of Control causes me to think about my dad and how he has lived his life. My dad is almost 85 years old and chooses to work every day. His life is principlecentered and focused on becoming the best version of himself by achieving his goals through hard work and diligence. He has impressed upon me that there is no single concept, shortcut, quick fix or approach to creating success outside of being true to yourself and beginning the process by looking within. The way we define success might be different, but the way we get there is based on our own positive character traits. The way we respond to situations and events in our lives also is based on these traits. We might not have a choice in what happens to us, but we certainly have a choice in how we respond. Each action or response has a consequence, albeit good or bad, but how we respond still is our choice to make. I pray your September is filled with goodness and that blessings abound for you and your family. God bless you!

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


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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Safety BY BILL WESTENBERGER

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And just like that, the school summer holiday is over. Students are back in classes, buses and traffic are back, and new student experiences have begun. All the “first day” social media posts have populated the news feeds. Excitement and anxieties are present for students, parents, teachers and school administrators, all looking for success in education. With the horrific Uvalde tragedy in our recent past, it’s difficult not to see things through a different filter. Recognizing young people are one of the most treasured parts of our lives, we must do all we can to provide safe environments for them to thrive. Our amazing school system goes above and beyond to keep everyone safe. But as with everything else in a community, they can’t do it alone. It takes all of us doing our part to make the difference. Like many years in the past, our Kennesaw Police Department team took time to make connections with the school leaders in our community prior to the students’ return. We wanted to rekindle all relationships from last spring and let the school administrators and officers know we are with them. During the first weeks of class, we visited the campuses, with the intent to show our support. We have been able to share the new school year excitement with many, and we will make sure to keep our connections strong throughout the year. One of our biggest challenges during the school year is traffic. Please prepare for more congestion by giving yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination safely. We will be out doing our part to help keep the roads as safe as possible. Police traffic enforcement is not enjoyable for anyone; we would enjoy voluntary compliance much more. As we all get used to the new school year, let’s do our part to keep one another as safe as possible. Let’s “see something, say something,” drive safely and stay patient. Together, we can all get an “A.” Until next time, stay safe.

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— It’s Definitely GRAND!


“Being a grandparent is indescribable,” they said. “It’s like having your children all over again, only better!” they said. “You love them like your own children, maybe more!” they said. I heard all the comments from grandparents and thought they were a little obsessed with their grandchildren — until I became a grandmother. The awestruck feeling I had when I laid eyes on our first grandchild, a baby boy and our only grandson, is hard to put into words. I finally got it. I understood what all those grandparents before me meant when they said, “You just can’t explain it.” Since that day in 2011, we’ve been blessed with five granddaughters. Our grandparent quiver is full of arrows; our hearts are full of unexplainable joy. Yes, grandparenthood is grand!

In his infinite wisdom, my father-inlaw — father of four and grandfather of nine — believed grandparents are a refuge for their grandchildren. I agree, but I also have observed how everyone in the family benefits when grandparents are involved.


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Children benefit greatly by having someone who loves them like their parents and might be more available. Grandparents provide unconditional love, a seasoned perspective on the world and a willingness and ability to spend time with their grandchildren. No longer encumbered with managing careers and busy households, grandparents are free to invest their most valuable asset of time. Using the wisdom they gained from raising their children, grandparents might be grateful for a second chance at parenting in this season of their life and enthusiastically become an entertainment committee for their grandchildren. With the grandchild’s best interest at heart, they are a close friend and confidant with a wealth of knowledge and patience, all rolled up into a secondary parent figure.

Parents benefit from knowing their children are cared for by those who truly love them as their own. Involved grandparents can offer parents a welldeserved respite from their parenting duties, allowing them to focus on themselves and each other. By helping to relieve the stress of parenting, marriages, as well as the children, are strengthened. My parents and my in-laws were very supportive to me as a young mother. I could not have parented our sons as well without their influence, encouragement and hands-on

involvement in our lives.

For many families, grandparents are much more than secondary parents or doting elderly relatives for their grandchildren. In 2018, 10% of the estimated 70 million grandparents living in the United States resided with a grandchild, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

These grandparents are fulfilling parental roles and providing stability when parents are unable to raise their children due to hardships from divorce, illness, addiction, incarceration or death. Often at great personal sacrifice, grandparents provide safety nets for their families. And 38% of all grandparents provide babysitting or child care for their grandchildren (www. retireguide.com). It takes a family!

Time spent with my paternal grandparents on their Acworth farm remains among my fondest childhood memories. Grandmother was a lighthearted woman who lived a simple life in her four-room farmhouse. When her grandchildren were with her, she made us feel extra special. She played cards with us at night and did creative things with us outside, like making mud pies and fashioning clothes with leaves and twigs under the shade tree. She sewed quilts for her four granddaughters’ high school graduations, and those are valued heirlooms. On my

Vicki Davis’ paternal grandparents, Raymond “Blue” and Clem Graves of Acworth, around 1970.

wedding day 40 years ago, she ironed my clothes in my bedroom, and her presence was a calming force on a very anxietyridden day. I visited her frequently on The Farm, the one place in my life that never changed. She welcomed me with tea cakes and coffee at my special place at the table and listened attentively as I shared my heart with her. When I moved near The Farm, she spent time in my home, loving on her great-grandsons. My grandfather took us to the swimmin’ hole, popped corn over the fire on a wintry night and fetched watermelon from the field on a hot summer day. A man of few words, he walked me around the forest, helping me gather and identify leaves for my school project. I cherish the white oak splint baskets he crafted for me. For my paternal grandparents, love was an action word.

All four of our sons’ grandparents were very involved in their lives and attended most of their sporting, school and church events, cheering them on and

showing interest in their activities. One grandfather taught them about science, computers and electronics, while the other grandfather took them hiking and fishing, teaching them about the outdoors. One grandmother played bingo and always served their favorite foods, while the other grandmother instilled the love of music in them and took them on adventures to the park and Dairy Queen. Each expressed his or her love in unique and thoughtful ways. They, along with my own grandparents, set very high standards for me as a grandmother. My goal as Grandmama to our six precious grandchildren is to love them unconditionally while supporting our sons and daughters-in-law in their parenting efforts. My husband, aka Granddaddy, and I seek to complement the spiritual, disciplinary and educational values they are instilling in our grandchildren. We miss our first four grandchildren, as they aren’t local, but we make every effort to be a part of their world with FaceTime, letters

and occasional visits. Our lives are enriched as we spend time weekly with our twin toddler granddaughters, and we are thankful we are available to help when needed, as we benefit greatly from the double joy. Numerous studies have shown how grandparents experience better mental and physical health and a higher quality of life when they are involved in their grandchildren’s lives. I concur! With healthy boundaries, the grandparentto-grandchild dynamic enriches the lives of every family member, especially grandparents. Grandchildren are God’s healing balm for the aging soul. Truly every good and perfect gift is from above, and I thank him for the gift of grandparenthood. As we celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 11, reach out to the grandparents in your family with appreciation and affirmation for the important and impactful role they fulfill. Yes, grandparenthood is grand!

Vicki Davis, an Atlanta native, visited her parents’ hometown of Acworth growing up. Her family moved to the area in 1987. Family is her focus; writing is her passion.

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A Preview f Football Head Coach Shane Queen The 2022 North Cobb football team was excited to get the season started. Since a heartbreaking loss to Roswell in the playoffs, the senior class has provided great leadership and has had a great offseason in the classroom and weight room and on the practice field. The Warriors boasted a 3.2 GPA at the end of the season. Coming off back-to-back 10-2 seasons and two straight region championships, the coaches and 13-player leadership council worked on “the little things” during the offseason and stressed accountability. The offseason and summer workouts had great attendance and have resulted in strength improvement and development. The senior class will be the strength of the Warrior team. The offense returns six starters, and on the defensive side, six starters return as well. The offense is led by all-state quarterback Malachi Singleton, who had 51 touchdowns his junior year, with 26 coming through the air. Malachi is committed to The University of Arkansas. Ben Hall returns at running back and is committed to The University of Michigan. David Mbadinga will split time in the backfield. The offensive line is led by three-year starters Blake Ellsworth, Marselle Felton and Robert Grigsby, who is committed to North Carolina. Zach Addison and Dominique Moody also will start on the line. The wide receiver group is new but very talented. The only returning starter is David Eziomume. Elijah Lee, Xavier Jackson, Branch Bennett and T.J. Smith give Singleton many targets. The defensive line has Dylan Mann, Brian Graham, Josh Keyes, Ethan Jones, Dominique Moody and Orlando Wilson competing for playing time. The linebacker corps is led by returning starters Kam Owens, Andrew Trelles and Ben Trelles. Taizon Perkins will be a valuable part of the linebacker group. The defensive backfield returns


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three starters: Quentin Ajiero — a Duke commit — Caleb Jenkins and Jordan Lonas. Cayden Trotter and Phillip Gladney will push those guys for playing time. Senior kicker Javier Morales returns to the special teams. The Warriors have one of the toughest schedules in the state. They opened with a scrimmage against defending state champion Collins Hill on Aug. 12. Nonregion games with Westlake, Milton, Buford, Marietta and Northside Warner Robins will prepare the Warriors for their Region 5 Class 7A contests.

Volleyball Head Coach Stephen Sansing North Cobb volleyball had a great 2021 season, compiling a 30-14 record while maintaining a Top 5 ranking in the state all season. However, after advancing to the Sweet 16, we had the toughest second-round matchup in the state with No. 2 Alpharetta. We lost a five-set thriller, but it gave us valuable experience for this upcoming season. 2022 should be another strong season, with an even longer run in the state playoffs. North Cobb returns 13 varsity players, including 10 players with significant starting experience from a year ago. The team is led in hitting by senior Jaidyn Garcia. Garcia was an all-region and first-team all-state selection last season, as she was one of the best right-side hitters in the state. Our returning outside hitters are junior Nikol Antova and sophomore Sara Boyle, both providing significant power from the outside. We have four-year varsity starters in seniors Laila Hixon (setter), Elena Brown (defensive specialist/libero) and Ryanne Fazio (right side). Hixon recorded her 1,000th assist midway through last season, and we will be leaning on her heavily again this year. Brown has been a primary passer for us since she was a freshman, and Fazio has been a starter at right side since her freshman season as well. All three will be counted on as leaders of our team. We have three middles who started last year for significant stretches and are ready for breakout years. Senior


for Warriors Fans Jasmin Edwards, junior Titomi Adeyinka and sophomore Carys Sanabria bring talent to the court and are blocking machines. Sophomore Oliva Boyle will be counted on this year as both a setter and right-side hitter. She started the first half of last season before sustaining an ankle injury, but she is back now and better than ever. Our third setter, junior Anabell Gordon, has impressed this summer and has helped us win some big games the last few weeks. We have several returning and new varsity players who are going to make an impact on the team this year. Senior Carson Walker is the other top returning defensive specialist and will play with newcomers sophomore Itoro Okpok and freshman Hannah Nicholson. These passers will make our defense even deeper and better than last season. We also have three junior hitters in right side Imani Mensah and outsides Hannah Lumpkin and Alex James, all of whom have demonstrated they are ready for the spotlight.

Cross-Country Head Coach John Huff Coach John Huff and the North Cobb cross-country Warriors are excited to be in a new region this fall. Neither squad qualified for state last year, but we are a determined, hardworking group with big expectations for the 2022 season. The boys were beat up pretty badly by graduation. Senior Kevin Pumillo is the loan returner from last year’s Top 7. Pumillo is joined this year by junior Sebastian Barr and two impressive freshmen, Peyton Lewis and Tobi Omoteso. Though it’s a rebuilding year, the boys have high hopes for a state-qualifying season. On the girls’ side, we return four out of our Top 7, plus our No. 8. Led by senior Alexis Christian, junior Isabel Baxter and sophomore Sepideh Ghasemi, the ladies are coming back strong. Christian is coming off a track season where she ran 2:20 in the 800 meters. Other returning talents include Lacy Kluck, Schylar Puhlman and Ndiya Onuoha. We’re very excited to see what these girls accomplish this fall.

Softball Head Coach Mike Turchan In the previous two seasons, the Warriors have been a young and gritty bunch, all while playing in a very demanding region. With experience now on their side, the team’s 2022 campaign is an optimistic one, with several key returning starters. Mackenzie Mathews is a two-time second-team allregion selection who is poised to finish her North Cobb softball career on a high note. Returning juniors include Aubrey King, Samantha Mathews, Lauren Byrd and Soleil Smith, all of whom have been mainstays since their freshman year. Returning sophomores Rileigh Queen, Kate Self and Audrey Ward are extremely versatile in the field and at the plate. As for the freshman class, which can be best described as a blue-collared group, it is bringing a new type of competitiveness to the team. A great mix of talent, offensively and defensively, is providing excitement as the Warriors look for continued growth and success this season.

Flag Football Head Coach Bailey Arnaud After a great inaugural season in 2021, the North Cobb flag football team is looking to continue to grow and succeed in the 2022 season. The Warriors will enter a new area with Pope, Kell, Wheeler, North Paulding, Lassiter, Walton, Kennesaw Mountain, Harrison and Allatoona. The team will be bringing back key players Rileigh Queen, Aubrey King and Gabby Morales and looks forward to adding new athletes from other sports, such as softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse. Tryouts will begin the week of Sept. 19, and the season will open with a doubleheader against St. Anne-Pacelli and South Cobb, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at North Cobb High School.

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Competition Cheer Head Coach Rachel Connell North Cobb is elated to announce the return of Warrior competition cheerleading this fall after a few years in transition. This past year, we have worked on learning fundamentals and building a solid foundation for future years. Our goal this year is to continue building our cheer program, which includes bringing back our junior competition squad as well. We are excited to compete in four local competitions in October and hope to attend the region tournament at Walton High School in early November. We have a young varsity competition team, with only two seniors out of our 14 competition cheerleaders. Although young, the squad has a lot of dedication and a solid work ethic. There is so much leadership that our team members continue to get stronger and more determined each time they are together. And we even have our very own World and Summit champions! Senior Avery Rush, who won with her Worlds team in the spring, is a silent leader who excels in sharing jump techniques with her peers and adds some experience with more than a decade on the mat. Junior Raegan Lewis, who won with her team at The Summit competition in the spring, is a strong leader in her stunting abilities. These two cheerleaders have years of experience and have brought a lot of knowledge, along with other unmistakable talents and silliness, to their squad. We have a few juniors who are working hard to bring honor and glory back to NCHS cheerleading. Varsity football sideline cheer captain Caylin Dyal has a big heart and beautiful tumbling. She and Kayla Pierre-Paul motivate their teammates by keeping everyone’s eyes on the prize. Rose Sorrell is a leader on and off the floor, encouraging those new to competition cheerleading and helping to bridge the gap with patience and helpfulness. Sophomores Milani Thomason and Jariyanah Johnson continue to work on their technique as fliers while amazing their teammates with their bravery and trust. With so much talent among all our young athletes, watch out for sophomores Mackenzie Patterson, Kayla Allen, Olivia Vigil and Allie Dale to really show out this season. The team is working to build proper skill and technique in addition to learning a challenging routine. As a head coach, I am so proud of how much our team has grown, both as athletes and as women, in such a short time. The members continue to push each other and celebrate each other’s successes. For me, that’s what it is all about!” Along with senior Brooklyn Bolden, junior Tsvetlina Lukanova and freshman Brianna Cunningham, the Warriors are ready to take the mat this fall at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Warrior Showcase. We hope to see you at NCHS to cheer on our Warriors before their first competition on Oct. 8!


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Softball Head Coach Chris Widing After a very successful 2021 campaign that saw Harrison softball finish in the second round, Widing is looking to replace several seniors who have moved on to play at the collegiate level. This year’s team will rely on a strong senior class, centered around Bayleigh Rouse, Reagan Janney, Vianka Sanchez, Libby McAbee and Payton Bailey. In support of these individuals, the Hoyas have a nice mix of younger players who contributed significantly to the success of last year’s team. Taking over in the circle will be the trio of Libby McAbee, Payton Bailey and Kiley Fisher. While the team is very young, there is a lot of talent, and the entire team and coaching staff are working hard to ensure this year continues the standard of excellence enjoyed by the Harrison Hoya softball program.

Competition Cheer Head Coach Jordan Motsinger The Hoya competition cheer team is ready to hit the mat with our most creative routine yet. Stacked with visual elements, competitive stunts and impressive tumbling — including 10 running fulls and four two-to-fulls — the Hoyas’ routine is getting better each day, and these athletes can’t wait to begin their season with their first competition at Walton High School on Sept. 17. After graduating three dynamic seniors last season, the 2022 competition cheer Hoyas are being led by the Class of 2023’s Molly Huff and Kamryn Bever. These young women are talented, driven and compassionate leaders who guide their peers with grace and maturity. Just on the heels of these seniors are returning juniors Payton Anderson, Avery Castaneda, Lily Grubb and Reagan Price, all incredible athletes who hold themselves and their teammates to the highest standards of excellence. The sophomore class has the largest class of cheerleaders, and their high energy and eagerness to excel are obvious. Sophomores are Shaylyn Goldizen, Katie Hausdorf, Katelynn Jantz, Lily Jones, Naomi Luten, Mary Moody, Ariana Realpe, Lindley Warren, Addy Watson and Kylie Williams. The only first-year athlete on the varsity team is powerhouse Tori Sanders. The goal of the 2022 season is to secure the region title and “make the mat” at the state competition in November, which we plan to do by embracing this year’s mission: “Believe in the team.”


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Co-Head Coaches Kent Simmons and Jason Scott Boys:

The Harrison High School boys’ cross-country team saw a lot experience graduate last year. As we approach the 2022 season, we know we will be young and inexperienced. We have two returning boys who competed on the state team last year. They were the Region 3-AAAAAAA champions and finished fifth at state. Returning are senior Sterling Sellior (16:10 personal record) and junior Bryce Brownlee (16:22 personal record). As newcomers this season, seniors Thomas Boyle and Noah Larsen will be important leaders on our team. Junior Drew Hayworth also will contribute, and sophomores Parker Gurley and Seth Thompson will provide strong depth to our team.


The Harrison girls’ cross-country team returns six of its Top 7 runners from last year. Led by individual state champion Samantha McGarity, the Hoyas have a strong team that is talented and experienced. The girls finished third in Region 3-AAAAAAA and were second at state. Our biggest challenge will be the top teams in our region — Marietta (state champs) and Hillgrove (fourth at state). Returning runners are junior Samantha McGarity (17:57 personal record); seniors Ellary Hackworth (18:54 personal record), Kate Curtis (19:40 personal record) and Lidia Longo (19:41 personal record); and sophomores Madisson Troupe (20:08 personal record) and Ava Quinto (20:57 personal record). We hope to have some newcomers add to our depth and challenge for some of these top spots on the team.

Flag Football

Head Coach Claire Chatelain After having a large graduating class for our 2021 inaugural season, we are in the process of rebuilding for the 2022 season. Thankfully, we will have several returning players who will have a major impact. Junior Tyra Tuck is our leading flag-puller, and senior Layla Allen and junior Rachel Langston are explosive offensive players. Their experience will provide leadership to new players joining our team. Last season was a great learning experience, but we feel we are going to be more prepared to start this season. We have two new coaches — Kiersten Duncan and Deanna Stewart — joining our staff, and their guidance will help lead our team to success. The Hoyas’ first home game will be against North Paulding at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Football Head Coach Joshua Cassidy The Harrison Hoyas are excited about the season and the challenges it will present. With arguably one of the toughest schedules in the state, the Hoyas will be returning two offensive and five defensive starters, as well as a handful of others who received playing time last year. The players and coaches have committed to being responsible for their roles and being held accountable to their teammates as they work toward being uncommon men. The key returning players for the 2022 Hoyas are Reggie Brigman (wide receiver/defensive back), Brennan Brucato (quarterback), Quinten Cullins (defensive back/wide receiver), Ryan Nelson Sniffer (defensive end), Alex Perry (running back), Bodyn “Bo” Richey (offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Holden Trice (linebacker), Nick Valerio (defensive back), Tyler Wells (wide receiver/defensive back), Grayson West (running back), Basil Yorio (offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Corey Burklow (offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Cameron Carland (offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Quinton Charles (wide receiver/defensive back), Oscar Cruz-Cortez (offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Landon Davis (offensive lineman), Braylan Ford (quarterback), Jaden Gnagy (offensive lineman/ defensive lineman), Liam Gray (linebacker), Brady Kluse (wide receiver/defensive back), Collin O’Hara (linebacker), Ethan Sweat (tight end/linebacker), Amari Watson (wide receiver/ defensive back), Alex Whiteside (running back/linebacker), Nathan Wymer (offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Kamron Cullins (offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Jackson Connors (running back/defensive back), Ethan Harris (tight end/ linebacker) and Xavier Hill (quarterback). Harrison has a number of football players who were named to the all-state academic team. These scholar-athletes and their GPAs are quarterback Brennan Brucato (3.844); linebackers Liam Gray (3.813), Collin O’Hara (3.938), Holden Trice (3.906) and Alex Whiteside (4.273); running backs Alexander Perry (3.969) and Grayson West (4.000); wide receiver Brady Kluse (4.063); cornerback Nick Valerio (4.188); and free safety Tyler Wells (4.219). Among the Hoyas’ college prospects are Brigman, Brucato, Cullins, Sniffer, Perry, Richey, Trice, Valerio, Wells, West and Yorio, who also are the team’s Good Citizens. And the team’s Unsung Hero is booster club President Isabel Garcia.

Volleyball Co-Head Coaches Kimberly Johnson and Clay Taylor

The Hoyas volleyball team went 20-20 last season, landing in third place in the region and in the Elite Eight at state. This team has a really strong mental game. We have started off the season with some off-the-court challenges that have pulled the team together with a fighting spirit and a “nothing can keep us down” mentality. Key players for the 2022 season are seniors Camden George at right side, Ellise Hanson at middle and Lyndsey Jennings at outside hitter. AROUND KENNESAW | September 2022



MOUNTAIN A Preview for Mustangs Fans Football


Head Coach Caleb Carmean

Head Coach Heather Prochaska

The 2022 Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs will try to build on last year’s historic season. The focus will be on creating the edge needed to have the success desired. The team worked extremely hard in the offseason to prepare for a very competitive region. The 2022 Mustangs will be a product of a great senior class, as there will be more than 30 seniors on this year’s team. Returning are eight starters on offense, including quarterback Cayman Prangley, wide receiver Jailen Taylor, offensive lineman Ben Smith and All-American offensive lineman Connor Lew. The defense will look to replace a few more holes but still should be a very talented group that includes defensive end David Atachou, linebackers Evan Duke and Ethan Voltaire and all-region cornerback Jaylen Moson. The Mustangs will have their work cut out for them, as Region 5-AAAAAAA is as strong as any in the state, with perennial powers North Cobb, Walton and Cherokee. The nonregion schedule is highlighted by the Mustangs playing crosstown rival Harrison and Cobb County foes South Cobb and Campbell, as well as North Paulding, all of which should make for great football. The Mustangs kick off the 2022 season by playing Cass for the first time ever in the televised Corky Kell Classic.

Cheerleading Head Coach Alissa Wilbur The Kennesaw Mountain competition cheerleading squad is coming off a region championship in 2021 and is looking to repeat in a new region and classification this year. The squad, led by seniors Amaya Anderson, Alexis Castano, Savannah Jackson, Sophie Salmon, Makayra Walker and Channing Adair Williams, will open its season Oct. 8 at the Pride of Cherokee Invitational at Cherokee High School. 20

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The Lady Mustangs volleyball program will be experiencing change this season after qualifying for the Final Four and two Elite Eights over the past three years. New head coach Heather Prochaska brings much volleyball experience to the young Mustangs squad, which will be led by Florida A&M commit Milana Thornton. The team will seek to improve as the season progresses in order to qualify for the state playoffs again this year in an extremely talented region.

Softball Head Coach Angela Lack The 2022 Lady Mustangs softball team is excited about the fall season, as it returns all starters from last year. The team is led in the circle and at the plate by Makayla Stephens. Hannah Glass is back in the lineup after leading the team in batting average the past two seasons. Alison McGinnis has a lot of range in the outfield and speed on the bases that can help with the team’s success this year. Sam Guercia at catcher brings a great bat and knowledge of the game. There is a new head coach this year after 22 years. Angela Lack has been named head coach after being the assistant coach of the Lady Mustangs for the past five years. The Mustangs are expecting strong senior leadership on the field this year as they work toward their expectations and goals. They are very excited to get the season started.

Flag Football Head Coach Kefla Hare The Lady Mustangs head into their third season of flag football with stability and lots of returning experience. After graduating only three seniors in its first two years, the team has a large number of veterans returning to help lead it into a new area. With such a veteran group returning, the Lady Mustangs are hoping to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time in school history.



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Tasty Ta Easy Recipes Offer Variety of Options BY TIFFANY HUGHES

Pimiento Cheese • • • • • •

1 pound shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 pound shredded colby jack cheese 4-ounce jar diced pimientos 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup mayonnaise ½ teaspoon seasoned salt, or more to taste

In a large bowl, combine cheeses and pimientos. Using a hand mixer, add the cream cheese, mayo and salt. Blend until the cheeses are mixed thoroughly. Mixture should be creamy so add more mayo if needed. Taste for salt. Serve chilled. Note: If no additional salt is needed, but the mixture tastes a little bland, add a dash of cayenne pepper. Serving idea: Form into a ball, and roll in chopped roasted pecans.

Roasted Salsa

• 6 medium tomatoes, halved and scraped out • 3 jalapenos, sliced lengthwise with seeds removed • 1 large onion, peeled and quartered • 8 garlic cloves, peeled • Extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste • Lime juice Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle a large baking sheet with olive oil. Lay veggies flat side down. Spread garlic and jalapenos throughout the veggies. Drizzle with oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until veggies are wilted-looking. Remove from pan as soon as you take them out of the oven, and place in a blender. Puree until no chunks remain. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and lime juice to taste then puree once more. Taste to see if salt is needed, then store in the refrigerator. This salsa is excellent served hot or cold.


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Did you know the tradition of tailgating began in the 1930s? When the first huge college football stadiums were built in the 1920s, a large portion of fans owned cars and drove to the games. The problem was, with the influx of tens of thousands of hungry people, local restaurants couldn’t keep up with the demand. So fans began bringing food and a blanket and having a picnic in the parking lot. When wood-sided station wagons were introduced in the 1930s, the rear tailgate made the perfect table on which to enjoy pregame picnics. And the rest is tailgating history. The food options for a good tailgate are limited only by your imagination. Anything from heavy snacks to fullblown meals can be prepared in the college stadium parking lot — your new outdoor kitchen. If you have a portable grill, or even a camp stove, you can grill burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, peppers, onions, etc. A little preparation at home will save a lot of time when you arrive at the stadium. For instance, if you slice the peppers and onions, make the burgers — and separate patties with waxed paper — and shuck the corn ahead of time, you will have more time to socialize before you get ready to cook. One quick-snack idea is to thread pieces of hot dogs or bratwursts onto wooden skewers with thawed tater tots. Grill when you’re at the stadium and serve with your favorite hot sauce or other condiment. Yellow mustard mixed with honey and Sriracha is great on these skewers and most anything else you might be eating. One way to get a lot of variety without a lot of effort is to take dishes that can be served in different ways. Chicken salad is a good example. It can be eaten in a sandwich, served in a wrap

ailgating with fresh spinach or even served as a dip for chips or crackers. Speaking of dips, think of the ones that can do double duty. Roasted salsa is a great example. While it is scrumptious with tortilla chips, it makes a fantastic taco sauce, too. If you grill chicken onsite and shred it, add to tortilla shells and top with cheese and roasted salsa, you will be the envy of everyone around you. As for tacos, almost anything you throw on a grill is good in a taco. Pork loin or even pork shoulder is great when cooked and shredded. To add extra texture, put in a pan on the grill after shredding and drizzle with a little oil. Cook until it begins to crisp up. Toss with some salsa, grilled veggies or whatever sounds good to you. These also are good to assemble at home, minus the salsa. Wrap each in foil, then place on the grill when you get to the parking lot. Carry the salsa in a separate container, and add it to the tacos just before serving. No tailgate is complete without dessert. An easy one to throw together is grilled pound cake or angel food cake with fruit. Simply lay slices of your favorite cake on the grill, along with pineapple, peach or apple slices. Smaller fruit, such as berries, can be grilled but will need to be threaded onto a skewer. Cook cake until golden and fruit until it begins to soften. Place the fruit on the cake slices and drizzle with honey or sprinkle with powdered sugar. Another idea is to bring brownie batter in a zip-top bag and cook it on your grill in a cast-iron pan. Serve with whipped cream and/or ice cream. No matter which team you pull for or which game you attend, enjoy the food and the company, even if your friends are wearing the wrong team’s jerseys. Happy cooking!

Honey Almond Chicken Salad • 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded (or diced, your preference) • ½ cup mayonnaise • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley • ⅓ cup sliced almonds • 1 tablespoon butter • ¼ cup honey • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (Note: You can substitute salt and pepper with 1 teaspoon of your favorite seasoning.)

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, mayo and yogurt. When they are well-mixed, add parsley and salt and pepper (or favorite seasoning). Melt the butter in a small frying pan, and cook almonds until golden brown. Pour the entire mixture into the chicken and stir to combine. Spray a measuring cup with butter spray to measure the honey, and add it last. Stir well. Store in the refrigerator. Chopped Craisins or mandarin oranges are great in this, too.

Hamburgers • • • • • •

1 pound 80/20 ground beef 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal 1 egg 2 tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine ingredients by hand, being careful not to overmix. Form into eight equal patties, and lay on waxed paper to separate. You can change versions of the burgers with various seasonings.

Italian: Use Italian dressing instead of Worcestershire and dry Italian

seasoning instead of Montreal Steak Seasoning. Also add 1 teaspoon salt. Mexican: Substitute taco seasoning for Montreal and add 1 teaspoon salt. Barbecue: Omit the egg and Worcestershire and add ¼ cup barbecue sauce. You want the mixture to be moist-looking before forming patties.

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A Time of Introspection and Reflection BY JOSEPH PRASS

When I was younger, I had the opportunity to camp and hike in some of our most majestic national parks. In addition to the natural beauty of those impressive spaces, it gave me the chance to pause, to not hear any of the noise we hear in our everyday lives, and to be able just to think. Today, we rush from one appointment to the next, from one task to another, with little time to reflect on our lives and our conduct. Our various faith traditions encourage us to slow down and look at ourselves. We all are works in progress, and there are opportunities to improve and redirect our own behavior. In the Jewish tradition, there is an especially important time that is about to occur on our annual calendar — the High Holy Days, a 10-day period that begins with Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and concludes with Yom Kippur (the Day of Repentance). Judaism encourages daily reflection on our conduct and the importance of personally seeking out anyone whom we have wronged or failed, but these actions particularly are essential during this period. Additionally, the High Holy Days are meant to inspire us to connect more deeply with our faith. Just as many of us who are parents tell our children, “You are not leaving the table until you help clean the dishes,”

or “Finish your homework before you can go out,” Judaism teaches we must enter the new year having worked at cleaning up our spiritual house. A small but powerful verse in Psalm 69:29, “May they be erased from the Book of Life, and not be inscribed with the righteous,” has been amplified as part of this holiday season as a metaphor for each of us seeking to be inscribed in a divine Book of Life and blessing. For this reason, it is a practice during the High Holy Days to greet others with the phrase, “May you be inscribed for a good year.” In Atlanta, we are surrounded by nature, and there are times when I return to those moments when nature is so awesome that it makes us catch our breath. I hope we can seize these moments and remind ourselves to pause — just for a minute — and look inward to see how we can move forward and be better partners in this ongoing world of creation.

Keep Moving Forward

ultramarathon, but the weekend before, I was rushed to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat. The next week, I was told I needed to see a specialist for my tooth. The next day, I twisted my knee. I had to convince myself these were all temporary setbacks, and I would keep moving forward.


The past few years have been life-changing for many people. There have been the negatives, including losing loved ones and jobs and fighting to stay mentally and physically strong. There also are positives, if you look at the people who have stepped forward to donate food and help where needed. Many of us have re-evaluated our priorities and reflected more about how we want to live. I’m grateful there have been more discussions about mental health. I’m not qualified to advise someone who needs professional help, but I can offer the following encouragement for staying mentally healthy.

• Managing the bumps. We would love for life to always flow smoothly, but the truth is we learn more from the bumps. We learn to be resilient and to maintain a good attitude. Have a sense of humor when you experience a small problem and keep moving forward.

• Discouragement. We all feel discouraged sometimes, but

you might be making the situation bigger than it is. Look for your accomplishments and realize you can be and do anything you want. Keep moving forward.

• Setbacks. I consider setbacks a step above discouragement. Setbacks take longer for me to recover. I trained for an 24

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Rabbi Joseph Prass is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Tamid in Marietta. In addition, he serves as the director of Holocaust education at the Breman Museum in Atlanta.

• Feeling lost. The opening line of Kenny Chesney’s song

“You Save Me” is “Every now and then, I get a little lost.” Don’t we all get like that sometimes? Find some inspiration, someone you can talk to, and keep moving forward.

• Interactions. Interacting with people can be rough. You

must understand there are many ways of perceiving the same situation, and that doesn’t mean yours is wrong. Deal with all the personalities, find people who make you happy and keep moving forward.

• Changes. This has been a time filled with change, and we all are capable of figuring out the next step. Ask for help whenever needed. Many people are hesitant to ask, but it gladly will be given, and someday, you might be the one helping someone.

Taking care of ourselves and our families is important. I believe in the power of prayer, so pray for good health and keep moving forward. 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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Local News

Kids Win Big at Fishing Rodeo

The Cobb PARKS natural resources management unit recently hosted the annual Fishing Rodeo at Lost Mountain Park. The event had a great turnout of kids who spent the morning trying to hook a big one. The Top 5 winners were, from left, Max Sigourney, second; Brixton Lummus, fifth; Matthew Nash, first; Henry Watson, third; and Lucy Watson, fourth.


Scarecrows Return to Main Street

The city of Kennesaw invites area residents, families, neighborhoods, nonprofit, civic and faith-based organizations, local businesses, schools, local sports teams and athletic clubs to design and create a scarecrow to display on Main Street for the third annual Scarecrows on Main display. A $25 application fee to the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority is required with each scarecrow entry. All funds raised will go to promoting the downtown through beautification projects and events. The city will upload images of each scarecrow to its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofKennesaw, where community members will be invited to cast their votes for their favorite scarecrows. The Top 3 scarecrows will be awarded a People’s Choice award, and the scarecrow with the most votes will win bragging rights, as well as a $100 prize. Second place will receive a $50 prize, and third place will get a $25 prize. The application and information packets can be found on the city’s website at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/ scarecrowsonmain. The deadline for applications is Sept. 12.

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‘ LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE’ Silver Comet Village Offers Connection to Outdoors


ilver Comet Village, a senior living community in Powder Springs, offers independent living, assisted living and memory support, and is connected to the community in a unique way - one the executive director says isn’t available in any other senior living community. A private entrance connects the sprawling 7-acre complex to the Silver Comet Trail, a perk many residents enjoy. It’s not unusual to see them riding bikes, scooters or walking on the trail; most days, residents use the trail to enjoy nature's beauty. Executive Director Gus Plakiotis said the time spent outdoors - whether on the trail or enjoying the courtyards - gives residents more chances to keep up with friends and make new ones. “Our sprawling outside areas are all connected, which brings a sense of community to everyone who lives at Silver Comet Village,” Gus said.

Residents enjoy seasonal menus of tasty creations prepared by chef Shamika Jones.

The outdoor areas boast lush landscaping and water features, outdoor grilling and dining, raised beds for gardening, bocce ball courts, a dog park, and the private Silver Comet Trail entrance.

The outdoor fireplace and veranda offer a cozy place to socialize, dine and relax in the fresh air.

Common space is important for the growing community, which a few months ago added assisted living and memory support to the 3-year-old independent living community. Residents can be assured of aging in place, with varying levels of service and individualized care plans available as their needs change. “We provide all the services on one campus, which is best for family members, so they don’t have to tour new facilities for just the right new living space for their loved ones when their needs change,” according to Director of Health & Wellness Shirley Nix.


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Support for Every Stage


Silver Comet Village has 64 independent living apartments, 60 in assisted-living and 30 in memory support. Independent and assisted-living areas are close enough that residents can continue to visit even though they live in separate buildings. Transitions are made easier by frequent visits to the new community before a move takes place. Each living community has a salon and barbershop, and the same menu offered in the dining room, unless a special diet is needed. Other common benefits include a home care company that can offer support from 15-minute increments to several hours, and on-site rehab services to help residents with physical, occupational and speech therapy. Transportation is available for shopping excursions and doctor appointments. Gus looks forward to spending quality time with the residents and ventures out for Sunday supper with their “dinner club” twice a month. He also hosts monthly meetings where residents can offer feedback and share ideas or concerns.

Independent Living

Residents enjoy a purposeful lifestyle through many amenities, activities and floor plans. Apartments range from cozy one-bedroom apartments to beautifully appointed two-bedroom, two-bath residences with a den. Each unit has a washer and dryer and a fully functional kitchen. Dining choices include a fine-dining room with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, a bistro to host happy hour, and a private dining room for intimate family events. There’s no shortage of activities, with specially designed spaces like a movie theater, game and craft room, fitness center, library and abundant sitting areas for visiting friends and family.

Assisted Living

While independence is encouraged, assisted-living residents needing a little extra assistance can benefit from support for day-to-day activities like dressing, grooming, housekeeping, medication management and more.

Trained and professional team members are available around the clock, and can coordinate support with home health, hospice, pharmacy and visiting wellness providers.

Memory Support

Residents who are struggling with their cognitive issues, or diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, receive extra care and attention so they can lead an engaging lifestyle in a secure neighborhood. Special features of the memory-support community are the two internal courtyards, again focusing on quality outdoor time, and a baby grand piano in the stylish dining room. Caregivers use a Moments Matter™ program to help residents balance daily routines with spontaneity. An interior entrance offers added security, and spacious studio apartments have sizable closets, roomy bathrooms with accessible showers, and built-in shower benches. A flowing floor plan creates a spacious area while guaranteeing enhanced supervision. Blended multipurpose spaces provide socially engaging gathering places for structured activities and fellowship. Silver Comet Village’s goal is for all team members to become like extended family to their residents to ensure they get the care they need in a personalized way, according to Gus. “Just because you’re getting older and need a little help doesn’t mean you can’t do the things you love to do and live your best life,” he said.

Weldon M. entertains Mattie K., Annie D. and Susan V. at one of the facilities’ pianos.

Testimonials “When looking for a place for senior independent living, you will not find one better than Silver Comet Village. The staff is extremely professional and patient. They are very available and prompt with responses. They are knowledgeable about all of the options available. There were no hidden surprises or fees. There are a wide variety of daily activities that are all optional. The facilities have lots of common areas for residents to spread out and socialize. The units themselves are very modern and clean. It is like being on vacation all the time.” “My father was very anxious about the change in lifestyle. The staff and residents have made him feel very welcome. Everyone is friendly. The management is also willing to listen to concerns in an effort to provide the best living experience they can for their residents. We are very happy we found Silver Comet Village.” “Silver Comet Village has been an amazing home for my mother. The staff goes over and beyond taking care of the residents. The residents are so friendly and truly care for one another. SCV is more than just a place to live; it’s a building that houses a family.”




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HELPING HANDS rates. On top of this tragedy, the youth reached by H2A live in extreme poverty, and many are orphaned and regularly experience food insecurity. When H2A began, the ministry trained South African youth to share the Gospel with their community through the arts, dramatic performances and singing. Over the last 15 years, the ministry has expanded, first by raising up indigenous leaders. There are nine young men and women on H2A staff, and two are seminary graduates. H2A invests in South African communities in the following ways:

• My Brother’s Table.

This carpentry training program for young men has a holistic approach. They learn a trade and are mentored in life and job skills and everyday responsibilities. They also perform outreach in the community, providing tables for families. With the food instability crisis, they provide garden tools needed to grow food.

• Art Performance Youth Team. Hope2Africa Vice President Karen Dingess, left, and President Becky Harris visit families in the Mkholombe squatter camp.


The Most Important Investment in the World


The mission at Hope2Africa (H2A) is to pour the love of God into desperately impoverished youths in South Africa, to equip them to share the good news of the Gospel, and to raise up a generation of godly leaders. “Our focus is to go deep instead of wide. Our desire is for the children to know and understand: We see you. We love you. You matter,” said Becky Harris, H2A president and founder. “Being seen and having someone believe in you can do wonders for your life. God is transforming lives through our ministry.” On the U.S. side, Harris leads H2A in Cherokee County alongside her best friend, Vice President Karen Dingess. Together, they serve in the south coast area of KwazuluNatal, South Africa. Since they launched the ministry in 2007, they have taken 49 U.S. teams on mission trips there. According to the World Population Review, South Africa is listed among the top 10 countries with the highest HIV 32

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Every year, 22 children are chosen to be mentored, attend Bible studies, as well as plan and execute performances, three-day camps and more. These children learn the power of like-minded fellowship and gain the strength to stay on the right track.

• Leadership development.

An ongoing endeavor addressed through personally modeled mentorship and regular community service projects. Presently, Bible studies are offered in high schools.

• Compassion.

With prices skyrocketing, the extreme poverty these youth experience is getting worse. H2A meets the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter by providing weekly meals and quarterly groceries for families, as well as clothes and shoes for each youth member and school uniforms (when needed). Zimbili Luhlwayo (Swinky) is one of the 22 children in the performance group. She is 16 years old and is in the 11th grade. She lives in Mkholombe with her mom, aunt, siblings and cousins. She loves to play volleyball and would love to be a dermatologist one day. “My favorite thing about being in H2A is how they communicate with each other and being involved in the dramas, because it shows what happens in real life,” Zimbili said. “One of the things that makes it hard to have hope is being surrounded by negative people who influence me to have negative thoughts.” More than 350 youth members, from the Zulu and

2022 Hope2Africa youth art performance team.

Xhosa tribes, and close to 60,000 people have been reached with the Gospel. If you would like to be a part of H2A, there are three ways to get involved and stay connected:

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Join the weekly prayer team. Text the word “Prayer” to 833-413-0480 to receive a Sunday morning prayer request and update. Sponsor a youth. Let an H2A youth know for sure that he or she is seen and loved by God through you. Explore trip opportunities. Learn more about 12-day mission trips by contacting Karen at 770-715-3467, or emailing karen@ hope2africa.com. Visit https://hope2africa.com for more information.

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.

Staff members visit the homes of Hope2Africa families to share the love of Christ and pray. AROUND KENNESAW | September 2022


Rob’s Rescues I interviewed Julie Reynolds, left, founder of Amazing Mutts and Wiggle Butts (AMWB), a foster-based dog rescue in Acworth. www.amazingmuttsandwigglebutts.org.

Tell us about AMWB.

We are a small rescue. We have about 20 dogs. We emphasize quality over quantity and bring dogs in that need it the most. We focus on seniors and scared dogs that really need time and effort. Every dog has a story, and we try to get to know the ones that come through our door.

How did you start the rescue?

I was working at a rescue and looking to move to another that had a slightly different philosophy. There was a dog in a shelter in Chattooga County named Arnold, who caught my eye, and I felt such a connection to him. My husband said, ‘Go get him.’ I picked him up as an adoption. That rescue made me so happy. I felt it was a calling to start my own. He was the one that started it all in August 2021.

How many dogs have you helped so far? More than a hundred dogs so far.

Have you always loved dogs?

I got my first dog, a husky-German shepherd mix, about 12 years ago. I got Mia, a pit bull, six years ago. She turned me from a dog person to a dog mom. I got two more pit bulls after that. Autumn, from Cobb County Animal Services, was one of them who set me on the road to fostering. I realized there were so many dogs that needed help socializing and learning how to live in a home, to set them up for a successful adoption. My first fosters were two puppies that got adopted.

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


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What story do you love to tell?

The dogs we take in have their own stories, which often are pretty heartbreaking. I am a teacher by profession, and exploring stories appeals to my training and personality. We take in cats, too, from time to time. The first cat that came to AMWB was a kitten with quite a story. One day, at work, I heard meowing all day. By the end of the day, it was getting progressively weaker. I spent a long time trampling around in the bushes trying to find the source, and finally came across a little kitten that had chewed its way out of a black plastic bag. It was presumably dumped, and became my first cat resident of AMWB.

Where can people find AMWB rescues?

We post our available animals on our Facebook page, as well as on Adopt-A-Pet and PetFinder. We also do adoption events at Hollywood Feed in Woodstock and Petco in Acworth.

How can the community help?

We need fosters. Also, please share our dogs and our mission, which is to really take the time to match a potential adopter with the right dog.

These foster kittens are available from Floyd Felines (www.floydfelines.org). The kittens are being fostered by Michelle Brown in Canton. From left: Marvel (female), the beautiful queen; Wanda (female), sweet and cuddly; Thanos (male), small and mighty; Panther (male), fearless; and Kate (female), aka Lady Hawkeye, the first to try everything. I asked Michelle why she likes to foster and why people should think about doing that. She said: “There are so many abandoned cats and dogs. First, it’s important to spay and neuter to help control the animal population and not have more unwanted pets. Once the pets arrive, it’s important to love and care for them. I love cats, and this group of five reminds me of my current two adult cats when they were kittens. I was saddened by their story of being left in a laundry basket. No animal should ever be abandoned or neglected. I have the resources and love to help them, and really that’s all that is needed! They have brightened my days and will make excellent family pets. And, of course, they’ll be spayed and neutered so this cycle won’t continue.”


Ways to Celebrate

National Day of Service


I still remember where I was when I got the news of what was happening Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City; I remember the room where I stood and watched the horrific acts on television. I was a lot younger then, but I knew what I was seeing would change our nation forever. It’s hard to believe that it was more than 20 years ago, but I am happy to say that, while great tragedy took place that day, much good has come of it. Let me explain. Did you know that Sept. 11 — Patriots Day — also is a National Day of Service? This event is organized by September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a nonprofit organization with the mission to “transform the annual day of remembrance … into a worldwide day of unity and doing good.” Each year, JustServe is proud to help promote this day and give communities a way to build understanding and unity through service. Here are a few opportunities close to home:

1. Georgia Adopt-A-Stream/Rivers Alive.

Help maintain a clean water supply for our community and state by joining a river cleanup this fall, including the weekend of the National Day of Service (https://bit.ly/3bnNgBY ).


Next Step Ministries seeks to enrich the lives of

individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Become an ongoing volunteer (https://bit.ly/3BBjaFO), or sign up to volunteer Oct. 1 at the Run, Walk or Roll 5K (https://bit.ly/3d0KZxh).

3. Show love to seniors.

Honor National Day of Service as well as Grandparents Day, which also falls on Sept. 11 this year. Sign up to volunteer at an assisted living center (https://bit.ly/3JnGOYc) or a hospice program (https://bit.ly/3d1ExGf ) near you.

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 nonprof it organizations and service opportunities. If you run a nonprof it, 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.

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Deaf Awareness Month 10 Recommended Reads International Week of the Deaf

Whether you’re hoping to learn American Sign Language, are interested in learning more about the deaf and hard-ofhearing community or are a member of that community, here’s a list of 10 reads we think will resonate with you, available from the Cobb County Public Library. In addition to the titles listed here, a variety of youth nonfiction library books are available to parents interested in explaining deafness and the use of ASL to younger readers. Nonfiction library books that teach ASL, for all ages, also can be found. Ask a library staff member for assistance.


• “El Deafo” by Cece Bell (graphic novel) • “Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law” by Haben Girma

Youth Fiction

• “Song for a Whale” by Lynne Kelly • “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly

Youth Historical Fiction

• “Feathers” by Jacqueline Woodson • “Show Me a Sign” by Ann Clare LeZotte

Coming-of-Age/Young Adult Fiction

• “True Biz” by Sara Novic • “You’re Welcome, Universe” by Whitney Gardner


• “American Sign Language Dictionary” by Tara Adams


• “Not a Sound” by Heather Gudenkauf


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September is Deaf Awareness Month, and the week of Sept. 20 is International Week of the Deaf, so we want to highlight some of the services and resources available at the Cobb County Public Library for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The North Cobb and West Cobb regional libraries each have a Merlin Reader, which has a text-to-speech feature that can be manipulated to help those who are hard of hearing. The Accessibility Services page on the library website highlights the various products and services available to those with physical impairments. https://bit. ly/3bY7GSi. The library also partners with several agencies to assist patrons with hearing impairments. • Georgia Relay. Staff members work with Relay team members to provide telephone service to the hard of hearing. Staff attended training to be prepared to take these calls. https://bit.ly/3zV2XsL. • Georgia Mobile Audiology. The van has visited the library twice to provide hearing screenings for children. https://bit. ly/3Ad10Ir. • Cobb-Douglas Public Health. The agency has provided hearing screenings at several library events through its detection and intervention program. https://bit. ly/3AfLlZZ.


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Members, from left, Shirley Jones, Angela Kilgore, Urshla Roberts-Jackson, Jacqlyn Charles (standing on top), Gloria Boyer, Judy MitchellClonts, Regina Roberts and Natasha FranklinHolliman show off their proclamations.

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While many of us are just starting our day, a group of women is starting its 6 miles toward wellness at 6 a.m. Members of the GirlTrek Kennesaw walking group meet during the week at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw as a part of their commitment to self-care, healthy lifestyles and fostering their relationships with family and friends. Their activities and inspiration were honored by Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling through a proclamation declaring July 18, 2022, as GirlTrek Kennesaw Day. The proclamation noted their actions have earned the admiration of others and highlighted what an asset Swift-Cantrell Park is to the city. Easterling also said the women represent the ideals of the city through their example of healthy living. The local GirlTrek group started in 2019, when Judy Mitchell-Clonts and Angela Kilgore began walking as a way of getting healthy and moving through the grief of losing two of their loved ones. What started as a group of four sisters and their niece, Urshula Roberts-Jackson, has grown into a larger group of eight women, ages 45 to 70-plus, who are connecting and finding joy. Before the women started walking three years ago, they noticed they were gaining weight as they navigated the difficult path through their grief, which motivated them to do something. Through their consistency in movement, they’ve reported lower blood pressure, reduced waist sizes and fewer medications. They use their time together to catch up on each other’s lives and talk about God, family and relationships, among other things. The members have developed a strong sense of accountability and have made 6-mile walks their daily standard, and they’re considering walking up to 7 miles a few times in September. Jacqlyn Charles said if a walker is able to do only 4 miles with the group, she makes up the rest at some point during the day. “It doesn’t matter when or how you start; just take that first walk,” she said. The group was going strong before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, adding complications to the walkers’ usual routine. Now in 2022, the members are finding their stride again and building momentum by getting out during the week to walk. Their dedication to walking also has led to more healthy habits, such as improving their diet and incorporating weight training into their exercise plan. Jacqlyn created a Facebook group, GirlTrek Kennesaw, for posting photos and sharing their progress. This helps create visual motivation for others to get up and get moving. Jacqlyn said this group has been a blessing to her and the community. The members’ bond is strong, and others have noticed. “We are meeting people from diverse backgrounds, while walking in the park, who are telling us how inspiring we are,” she said, noting she’s looking forward to the group bringing in more women.

Touts Benefits of Walking

Meeting at Swift-Cantrell Park for their daily walk are, from left, Regina Roberts, Judy Mitchell-Clonts, Gloria Boyer, Angela Kilgore and Urshla Roberts-Jackson.

Birth of a National Movement

GirlTrek was founded in 2010 in Los Angeles by two friends, T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, with the mission of encouraging Black women to walk as a radical act of self-care and community healing. Just 30 minutes a day has proven health benefits, and this daily act has been transformative globally. In 2020, GirlTrek reached 1 million members who walk to improve their health, and two years later, that number has grown to more than 1.3 million. Research has shown Black women are at a higher risk for chronic conditions, but this initiative is making a difference. According to a 2019 GirlTrek survey, members have selfreported weight loss, decreased symptoms of depression, less prescription medications and consistency in walking five days a week for at least 30 minutes a day for more than a year. Women can choose to walk solo in their neighborhoods or join a larger group in their area. No matter how they choose to get in their steps, they are never alone, as GirlTrek is a sisterhood. The larger network of women trekking in the Atlanta area always is willing to help connect women to other walkers in the community. GirlTrek also provides training for crew leaders — women who lead others on walks in their neighborhood and offer support through national, state and regional coaches. For information on joining the largest health movement for Black women and to find local events and groups, visit www.girltrek.org.

Nicole Smith is a public health professional living in Kennesaw with her epic houseplant collection and two senior dogs, Jax and Lily Grace. AROUND KENNESAW | September 2022


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Age 9 on Sept. 9 This year is your golden birthday, turning 9 on the 9th! We love you so much! Mom, Dad, Cooper, Crooksie and Bella

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To my wonderful kids who have birthdays this month. May God bless you and keep you safe all days of your lives! I love celebrating every single milestone with you. Your dad and I and your little siblings love you to the moon and back!

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Gaspard T. Carrie Kennesaw Meets Mark Twain BY ANDREW J. BRAMLETT

One of the most distinguished residents in Kennesaw history was Judge Gaspard Theodore Carrie, who served as postmaster and justice of the peace, owned a Kennesaw hotel and was the patriarch of one of the city’s most prominent families.

An illustration from “Major Jones’ Courtship.” Image courtesy of Google Books.


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G.T.’s father, Joseph Theodore Carrie, was born in France in 1773. Fleeing religious persecution, he moved to the United States before 1798, worked in Augusta and South Carolina and married Mary Eubanks in 1818. Their oldest daughter, Caroline, was born later that year, and their second child, Gaspard, was born Jan. 1, 1820. The Carries would have at least five more children. Though born in the Carolinas, Gaspard was raised in Augusta. He attended a Catholic school and worked at a newspaper. In the 1830s and ’40s, Penfield, Georgia, was becoming an important city — a group of Baptists established Mercer University there in 1833. Sometime between 1835 and 1840, Gaspard Carrie moved to Penfield and began working for two temperance newspapers, the Christian Index and the Temperance Banner. He became close friends with his boss, a veteran of the War of 1812 named Benjamin Brantly. In 1843, Carrie married Lucy Blodgett in Augusta, and they would have five children. In that same year, Carrie’s brother-in-law enters the story. William Tappan Thompson was an Ohio native who moved to Georgia in 1834. Three years later, he married Caroline Carrie, Gaspard’s oldest sibling. The following year, Thompson began publishing stories he wrote in his own newspaper, the Augusta Mirror, and his best-known book, “Major Jones’ Courtship,” was published in 1843. Written as a series of letters by a fictitious Maj. Joseph Jones, the book featured the Stallings family, which included the matriarch and three daughters, Mary, Caroline and Keziah. The Stallings family was based on the Carrie family, and Mary Stallings was the object of Jones’ affection. Another member of the Stallings family was Tom, based on Gaspard. The Carries weren’t the only real-life individuals to inspire Thompson. He also included a fictional version of J. Edgar Thompson, the chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad, who, according to legend, gave Atlanta its name. When “Major Jones’ Courtship” was first published, the Augusta Chronicle praised it as “the prize book of the season” and compared it to the works of Charles Dickens. Today, the book is remembered for using “atrocious grammar and Southern dialect.” It is believed that the book inspired Mark Twain, as “Major Jones’ Courtship” and “Huckleberry Finn” contain similar scenes set at a circus. In this small way, the early life of Gaspard Carrie helped influence one of America’s favorite authors. On April 9, 1851, Lucy Blodgett Carrie passed away, leaving Gaspard a widower. In 1852, he married Jane Harris. Carrie remained active in the temperance movement but began to look for ways to settle elsewhere. Both he and Benjamin

This drawing shows Big Shanty during the Civil War. Image from the Bramlett Family Collection.

Brantly listed their houses for sale in October 1854. Carrie’s house in Penfield had “six good rooms with a brick basement and six fireplaces, a good kitchen and smokehouse and other out buildings, being both pleasantly situated and convenient to the schools.” While Brantly moved to what is now Bartow County, Carrie settled in Big Shanty, today known as Kennesaw. In 1859, the Western & Atlantic Railroad began planning to build a hotel and eating house for its passengers in Big Shanty. Officials purchased land from Lemuel Kendrick and Carrie for the new building on the east side of the railroad tracks. Managed first by John W. Lewis and then by Kendrick, the establishment was run by George Lacy at the time of the Great Locomotive Chase. As such, it is often referred to as the Lacy Hotel. The 1860 census provides valuable insight into Carrie’s life. He was living with his wife, six kids and

a 24-year-old enslaved woman. His real estate was valued at $1,000, and his personal property was assessed at $2,500. His occupation was listed as merchant. During the Civil War, Carrie was a private in the 7th Regiment of the Georgia Infantry, but where he served is unknown. The only other known detail about his life during this time is he gave $5 in 1862 to support sick soldiers in Atlanta. In 1864, Big Shanty was burned to the ground as part of the Atlanta Campaign, and this event impacted the Carries greatly. Gaspard’s story after the war will be shared next month.

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

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This young man was mesmerized by SpiderMan as the superhero read a book during storytime.

Kids from the Heritage Club community cut the ribbon on their Little Free Library.

A Fun Way to Promote Reading

The social committee at Heritage Club in Kennesaw launched its new Little Free Library with a ribbon-cutting celebration recently. Besides the ribbon cutting, the event included storytime with Spider-Man, Disney characters Mirabel and Elsa and educator Jennifer Oria as well as games, crafts and snow cones. Artie Mello introduces Elsa and Mirabel to the crowd at the celebration.

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Kids were able to enjoy games, crafts, snow cones and storytime during the celebration.

Love Means Doing Things You Dislike BY C.A. PHILLIPS

I’ve just come home after working all day. I walk into the kitchen and notice the dishwasher light says “clean.” Man, I hate putting away the dishes. I’m ready to relax or play with the dog. Plus, I still need to mow the lawn before those evening thunderstorms start. And yet, the clean dishes loom. At this point, I’m faced with a choice. I easily could blow it off until later. After all, the dog needs some attention, and I have more pressing yard work ahead. But I know my wife, Amy, doesn’t enjoy putting away the dishes any more than I do. She has worked an even longer day than I have, and she isn’t home yet. In this moment, I tell myself I love Amy more than I love not emptying the dishwasher. It sounds trivial, but I would rather spare her from having to do it than elude this household chore. At the end of the day, that’s what love really is. It’s choosing to do something for someone above choosing yourself. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t have a 100% track record of putting away the dishes. There have been times when I did walk away from it. But, as a husband, I have opportunities to make small sacrifices to demonstrate my devotion. Instead of saying, “I’m doing this because it needs to be done,” I tell myself, “I’m doing this because I love Amy so much.” Then, I must do my best to not even mention it. Many times, we do something so we will be acknowledged and praised. But that pretty much undoes our good deed

because the deed points back to us. I know – it’s so hard. We want the pat on the back so desperately. However, if that’s our motivation, it shows the true intention wasn’t selfless at all. Scripture is chock full of examples of sacrifice and exhortations to put ourselves aside for the benefit of others. Perhaps the most straightforward teaching can be found in Paul’s letter to the church at Caesarea Philippi: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV ) Maybe your spouse loathes folding laundry, taking out the trash, helping the kids with homework or cleaning the toilet. Whatever it is, make a point this week of doing it for him or her or at least helping out. If you do it enough, you’ll soon begin to enjoy the satisfaction of loving him or her well. And, quite possibly, you’ll start getting help with that chore you detest!


[Love is] choosing to do something for someone above choosing yourself.


C.A. Phillips serves as communications pastor and director of men’s groups at NorthStar Church. He oversees Over the Hump, a weekly online devotional. northstarchurch.org/lockerroom.

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Erin Klemencic, left, during the Junior Gold Championships this summer. Erin and her twin, Ethan, above, spent their summer preparing for the event.


For 16-year-old twins Erin and Ethan Klemencic, bowling is a family affair. The Powder Springs duo, who are juniors at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, spent their summer training for and competing in the Junior Gold Championships, an annual national tournament for the top male and female youth bowlers in the U.S. The tournament has eight divisions — U12 Boys, U12 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U20 Boys and U20 Girls. Through their hard work and dedication, the twins progressed through the different levels of the tournament. Erin had advanced each of her previous three attempts at the Junior Gold competition, though this year’s event marked her first appearance in the BowlTV finals. Even better, she clinched the national champion title in the U18 Girls division as the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Junior Gold Champion for 2022. “It’s really amazing to come out here and do what I love to do and finally be rewarded by walking away with a championship,” Erin said. “To have this happen is a dream come true. It’s just awesome.” 46

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To compete at Junior Gold, athletes first must compete in a qualifying tournament or league. More than 3,200 United States Bowling Congress youth members competed at this year’s event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The goal is to win not only the national title, but also a portion of the $500,000 scholarship fund and a spot on Junior Team USA, an elite group of top American youth who represent the U.S. in international bowling competitions.

From a pool of 569 female bowlers, Erin advanced to the winners bracket, where she bowled a 223, defeating Annalise O’Bryant of Ball Ground. By winning the national championship, Erin also became a member of Junior Team USA. Ethan also advanced from the initial pool of 1,208 bowlers, averaging 202.56 per game. He ultimately finished the tournament in 147th place. “They both did amazing,” their mother, Cathy Klemencic, said. “It’s an honor to qualify for the tournament. Not everyone gets to participate in the tournament, as you have to qualify to go. Making the first cut — or the Advancers round — is also a big deal. This was the first year Ethan made the cut. That is a huge improvement for him from previous years. All of the hard work with their bowling coach is paying off for Ethan and for Erin.”

Erin Klemencic shows off her U18 Girls division national championship trophy.

Fall Is Coming, But It’s Not Here Just Yet BY ROBERT TRAWICK

Labor Day often is touted as the traditional “end of summer,” and, according to the calendar, autumn officially starts with the fall equinox at 10:29 a.m. on Sept. 22. But our summer season in Georgia extends a little bit longer. Still, the days are getting shorter, and that is beginning to have an effect. We almost can see the end of our long and brutally hot summer. For Georgia gardeners, fall is not a time of winding down things in the garden; instead, it’s a time of revival and renewed effort. We can get back into our gardens and enjoy ourselves, as the debilitating heat loses its grip on the weather. For the next two months, we will experience a gradual shift to milder weather. There will be cool spells, followed by hot, summer-like weather, but as we move into late October, cooler weather will begin to dominate the scene. You might notice an increase of vigor in your warm-season bedding plants in September. Why? Shorter days mean fewer hours of intense heat. Even though the daytime highs might stay about the same, plants begin to experience less stress. This encourages a “second wind” for flowering annuals (https://bit. ly/3QgMS7M) that might last well into October. With this being the case, consider cutting back some of your summer bedding plants and flowers that have grown tall and leggy over the long growing season. This is done in late August or early September at the latest, and it generally involves cutting back plants about one-third to one-half their height. While you’re at it, it might be a good idea to impose some order on those

Summer plants and flowers soon will be replaced by cool-season bedding plants and other vegetation that needs to be planted in the fall.

overgrown flower beds. Groom the plantings to remove dead flowers and unattractive foliage. It is too early to plant hardy trees, shrubs, ground cover and vines in the landscape. Temperatures in the 80s and 90s likely will be common in September, and this still is too stressful for new plantings. Wait at least until the cooler weather of October. The ideal planting season for hardy trees, shrubs and ground cover is November through February. It also is too soon to plant coolseason bedding plants, although they will begin to show up in area nurseries this month. Even if you have an area where the annual bedding plants were spent and have been removed, it still is too hot to plant most fall bedding plants. Mulch over the area, and wait until the more reliably cooler weather of October to plant there. Now would be a great time to consider testing the soil (https://bit.ly/3QjK7Te). Flowering bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, also become available this month, but there is no hurry to plant them. Purchase them now, if you like,

but plant bulbs in the garden from mid-October through early December (https://bit.ly/3BUsSDt). The chrysanthemum often is considered the floral symbol of fall, and you will begin seeing them for sale this month as well. When planted in the garden while daytime highs still are in the upper 80s and lower 90s, these flowers will wither rapidly in the heat. Wait for consistently lower temperatures to purchase chrysanthemums. If purchased and planted at the appropriate time, the flowers and the colorful display they provide will last longer in the garden. So, for now, let’s anticipate the soonto-arrive milder weather and enjoy the delights of gardening over the next few months. And remember, it is never too soon to start planning for next year’s flower garden!

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 researchbased horticultural information, educational programs and projects.

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Cobb Photographic Society Congratulations to everyone who entered the Cobb Photographic Society competition. The topic for July was “General (with no editing).” The guest judge was photographer Ron Ward. The Cobb Photographic Society is a club open to photographers of all skill levels. It meets the first and third Monday of each month. For information, visit www.cobbphotosociety.com.


Frank Seco de Lucena - First Place (Red Sky at Night)


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Umit Yuksel - Second


Paul Shimek - First Place (Buckets)

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The Bailey School of Music at Kennesaw State University is sponsoring the Hispanic Heritage Festival, a weeklong celebration of the rich cultural traditions of Hispanic heritage. This week will offer a variety of concerts led by Germán Gutiérrez, festival artistic director and guest conductor. For information and to purchase tickets, visit musicksu.com.

The 90th annual North Georgia State Fair will take place 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and 12:30-10 p.m. Sundays at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. The largest fair in metro Atlanta will feature live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue-ribbon competitions, local entertainment, fair foods and games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway. For information on concert performers, admission, ticket prices, discount tickets and special events, visit northgeorgiastatefair.com. For questions, call 770-423-1330 or 770-528-8989 after Sept. 6 or email tod.miller@northgeorgiastatefair.com.

09 MOMS Club of Kennesaw

is a great group for moms to join to meet other moms in the Kennesaw area. The September meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the North Cobb Regional Library.

10 Pizza, Pints & Pigskins

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 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.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest noon-midnight Friday and Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday at Horned Owl Brewing, 2765 S. Main St., Kennesaw. The free event will feature live music Friday night and Saturday and stein-hoisting contests and will offer German beers and other fresh craft beer taps for sale at the beer garden tent, along with authentic German food from food trucks. For information, visit hornedowlbrewing.com.


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The Taste of Acworth will take place 11 a.m.-

6 p.m. on Main Street downtown. This event benefits numerous schools and charities in the community. There will be more than 150 booths from local restaurants and businesses, plus two live entertainment stages and a kids zone. Admission is free. Restaurants will be offering food samples, ranging from $1-$5. 770-423-1330; www.acworthbusiness.org. The 2022 Acworth Halloween JamBOOree is set for 3-7 p.m. at Logan Farm Park, on the large field in front of the playground. There will be games, rides, food, music and a costume contest for the kids. https://bit.ly/3AjccED. The city of Acworth, the downtown merchants and the Lake City Cruisers will hold the Fall Downtown Classic Car Cruise 4-9 p.m. at Logan Farm Park. The event is free to the public. A $5 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the cruise. All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all-inclusive special-needs sports facility in Acworth. For information, contact Jeff Chase at jchase@acworth.org or 770-917-1234.

Through Oct. 28

The Acworth Farmers Market is open 8 a.m.-noon Fridays, rain or shine, at the main entrance of Logan Farm Park. 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/3O7Nydq.



The Superior Plumbing Taste of Kennesaw will take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Main Street downtown. The event, which benefits five local charities, will feature samples from more than 20 Kennesaw and Cobb County restaurants, the Trackside Grill Beer Garden, music, local entertainment and children’s activities, including a rock wall, inflatable slides and bounces. Admission is free, and food samples will range from $1 to $5. 770423-1330, Laura@jrmmanagement.com, www.kennesawbusiness.org.


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

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.

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


Painting and Drawing With Jessica Geist, Aug. 30-

Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Intermediate and advanced oil painters, ages 18 and older, can expect to learn or improve on techniques for creating depth and realism, as well as color theory and color mixing.

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.


Junior Aerospace Engineering Air and Space Explorers. Aug. 24-Oct. 5, 6-6:50 p.m., Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Learn about planets, stars, space travel and more through hands-on activities for ages 4-7.


Painting and Drawing With Jessica Geist, Sept. 1-Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Intermediate and advanced oil painters ages 18 and older can expect to learn or improve on techniques for creating depth and realism, as well as color theory and color mixing.


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.

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.

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Senior Activities

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

Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the West Cobb Senior Center and the fourth Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at North Cobb Senior Center. Join veterans 55 and older for an informal get-together. Call Mike Nichols at 770-528-1448 for information.

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Mozart’s iconic Symphony No. 40 as a model of a good symphony.

12:30 p.m. Explore this trail at Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta. $5. Registration deadline is Sept. 21.

How to Listen to Classical Symphony. 10-11 a.m. Examine

Sept. 13

Social Security: Securing Today and Tomorrow. 10-11 a.m. A

Social Security specialist will address qualifying for Social Security, calculating and choosing benefits, Medicare, auxiliary and survivor benefits and applying online.

Sept. 14

Learn Pickleball. 2-4 p.m. Meet

at Ward Recreation Center at 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, to learn how to play pickleball. All equipment provided.

Sept. 19

Manage Your Microbiome.

10-11 a.m. Learn about foods that promote gut health as well as how to clean out the pantry and buy fresh foods for a healthy lifestyle.

Sept. 21

Fall Prevention. 2-3 p.m. Take

steps to prevent falls by learning about physical changes, health conditions and medications that can cause them.

Sept. 26

Medicare: What’s New for 2023. 10-11 a.m. Get ready for the annual enrollment period by learning about the finer points of Medicare.

Walk West Cobb: Doll’s Head Trail at Constitution. 9 a.m.-

Sept. 29

Tech Talk: Transitioning to Mac. 10-11:30 a.m. Learn the ins and outs of a Mac computer and what the differences are between Windows and Mac.


Woodcarvers. 1-3:30 p.m. Work

on small woodcarving projects. No experience is necessary. Bring your own materials.

Ballroom Dance. 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Couples and singles can enjoy ballroom dancing to music provided by a deejay.


Paper Crafting Fun. 10 a.m.-

4 p.m. Enjoy making cards and scrapbooking with others. Bring your own supplies.

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


Mahjong. 10 a.m.-noon. Game

knowledge and mahjong cards are required.


Advanced Bridge. 1-3:30 p.m.

Competitive Standard American Bridge played at an advanced level.

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the most from the public library by learning to access all its free resources.

dancing is the perfect activity for couples looking for fellowship, exercise and good clean fun.

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Dance N Squares. 1-3 p.m. Square

DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Meets monthly at 1 p.m. at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Powder Springs. 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. Upcoming dates: Sept. 13.

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.

Are You Struggling With Tax Problems? BY DENSON PEPPER

Do you or your company need to catch up on the required filing of income tax returns to the U.S. Treasury or the Georgia Department of Revenue? For peace of mind, reach out to a trusted tax professional, specializing in unfiled returns. If you have a tax liability, a tax professional can represent you to tax authorities and negotiate the best available settlement.

As we approach the extended deadline to file 2021 income tax returns, here are three facts to keep in mind about unfiled returns: Generally, the IRS only requires you to file the most recent six years of returns, 2016 to 2021 this year. The IRS will not consider a repayment plan for prior years’ taxes unless all required returns have been filed. The collection statute of limitations does not begin until a return is filed and assessed.

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Don’t ignore unfiled taxes.

The IRS can file your return for you and send you the bill. Usually, the tax will be greater than it would have been had you filed it yourself.

If you are due a refund, you must file within three years of the original return’s due date, or the IRS can keep your money.

Technology helps find nonfilers.

Once again, the IRS is using software to find nonfilers. Enforcement labor shortages will dictate more of its usage in the foreseeable future. The IRS shut down much of its collection arm again early this year. For the rest of this year, a dramatic return to collection enforcement and many mailed tax notices are expected.

Don’t go it alone.

If you’re worried about going it alone, a tax professional can help you navigate a confusing maze of laws and protect your appeal rights after returns have been filed and assessed.

CPA Denson Pepper is your neighbor, with 30-plus years of IRS experience. He is an expert at helping people resolve their income tax problems. 678-797-5241.

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Fire Safety Aboard Your Vessel, Part 1 BY GREG FONZENO

• If you have an inboard or inboard/outboard engine, it is time to run the bilge blower. Run the fan for four minutes. It’s also a good idea to run this blower before any engine start, since even a small leak can produce fumes. • Use your nose! Gasoline has a distinct odor that you can smell even in small amounts. If you smell gas, shut down everything and find the source.

Fire on a boat always has been a dreaded and sometimes fatal experience. When refueling, the risk of fire is heightened. Fires at a refueling dock have happened at our local lakes, but there are precautions you can take to minimize the risk.

Next month, we’ll discuss the types and number of fire extinguishers you need to have on board your vessel. Over the past several years, there have been a few changes to this carriage requirement, and boaters need to know what those changes are. To learn more about this subject and other safety topics, consider taking a boating-safety class. For information on classes, visit https://bit.ly/3BHeZIS 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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• If your boat has an enclosed cabin, close all windows and doors before refueling. Because gasoline fumes are heavier than air, they can collect in the lower parts of the boat. • Frequently check your fuel lines and connections for leaks and worn spots. • Be sure all electrical devices and the engine are turned off. • When gasoline passes through the pump hose, it generates static electricity. If that sparks with the fumes at the fuel tank fill point, an explosion can occur. To dissipate the static electricity, keep the hose’s metal nozzle in contact with the metal part of the refueling opening to ground the system. • Try not to spill any fuel during the process. This adds to the fire danger and also contaminates the environment. Legally, you are responsible for your fuel spills. • Once fueling is complete, securely fasten the gas cap and open all windows and doors to ventilate any fumes.



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PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL SERVICES Governors MedSpa & Concierge Medicine 678-888-5181 www.governorsmedicine.com

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REAL ESTATE & RELATED SERVICES Keller Williams Realty, Joannie Bates Cell: 678-788-6465 Office: 678-631-1700 www.joanniebatessells.com


SK Home Inspections 770-819-8453 www.skhomeinspections.com


RECREATION Paradise Rental Boats 3 770-746-0005 www.bestinboating.com/boat-rentals

BluTree Advantage 470-481-0363 www.blutreeadvantage.com


Credit Union of Georgia 678-486-1111 www.cuofga.org


Cotton Mill Exchange 770-992-9294 www.cottonmillexchange.net


LGE Credit Union www.lgeccu.org


Golf Cars of Canton 678-880-1156 www.golfcarsofcanton.com St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 770-919-1458 www.svdpgeorgia.org


HOME & GARDEN Dayco Systems Heating & Cooling 770-336-7888 www.daycosystems.com

Brookwood Christian School 678-401-5855 www.brookwoodchristian.com


Enhance Floors & More 770-565-3808 www.enhancefloors.com

Chattahoochee Technical College 770-528-4545 www.chattahoocheetech.edu/98-7chattahoochee-tech-podcasts


Towne Plumber 770-257-7503 www.towneplumber.com

Georgia Trade School www.georgiatradeschool.com






DayBreak Village 770-218-6166 www.daybreakvillage.com

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Silver Comet Village Cover, 28-29 770-222-2775 www.silvercometvillage.com


Provident Insurance Agency 770-499-2040 www.providentgroup.com


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Downtown Kennesaw Dining Bangkok Cabin

Fern Gully Jamaican Cafe

Pisano’s Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen


Frozen Cow Creamery

SuBourbon Rock & Oyster Bar

Thai 3413 Cherokee St. 770-427-5287 www.bangkokcabin.net

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


AROUND KENNESAW | September 2022

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